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Xbox Live outage lasts five hours as Titanfall launches

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 12, 2014 6:26 am

Titanfall launched yesterday, a game that Microsoft was heavily invested in, but it looks like the company unfortunately experienced some issues during its launch with Xbox Live experiencing some serious downtime.




Microsoft's gaming network had gamers unable to sign into their consoles to play Respawn Entertainment's first game, a game that was quite the make-or-break it title for the company's next-gen console. Titanfall is a multiplayer-only game, which is another headache in itself, as all play with the game requires Xbox Live. The tutorial can't even be played without an Internet connection.




The official Xbox Support Twitter account has tweeted: "Thanks for your patience, Xbox Live is good to go! Try these specific steps to get back in the game now." So it looks like it's all good now, but it's not a first good step for Microsoft and Titanfall.

Tetris to be played on a 29-story building in Philadelphia

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 12, 2014 5:46 am

During next week's Philly Tech Week, Tetris will be played on the city's 29-story Cira Centre as screens. Frank Lee, a professor at Drexel University and founder of the school's Entrepreneurial Game Studio, is continuing what he did last year.




Last year, with the help of Brandywine Realty Trust, the company who owns the Cira Centre, played a special version of Pong on the side of the building. It happened during mid-April, when Philly Tech Week 2013 took place, setting a Guinness World Record for "Largest Architectural Video Game Display."


The massive game of Pong used 460 LEDs on one side of the building, taking up a giant 59,800 square feet of space. Lee's version of Tetris will take place on both the north- and south-facing walls of the building, expanding over a space of more than 100,000 square feet. Lee said in a press release: "One regret that I had was that we only used one side of the building. So it was only visible to half of the city. This year, I wanted to find a way to use all sides of the building and truly created an aesthetic of a unique and fleeting moment shared by all the people in Philadelphia."


This will all take place during Philly Tech Week 2014, which runs between April 4-12.

The Witcher 3 gets delayed, new release date of February 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 12, 2014 4:35 am

CD Projekt Red has some bad news for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, that it has been delayed until February 2015. The studio had originally pinned the release of the game for 2014, but the game is still in a technically "unfinished" state.



The delay comes at a time when the studio talked about other game studios bragging about the performance in their games when in an unfinished state, so maybe this delay has something to do with it. CD Projekt Red won't just release a game of this scale in an unfinished state, so some more time for the vast title is obviously needed, and welcomed.


The studio's official board members talked about the delay, saying they weren't happy with the game's overall quality and projected release date, as it wouldn't give them enough time to provide gamers with The Witcher 3 that the studio had originally envisioned: "We recently re-examined what we had achieved thus far, and faced a choice about the game's final release date. The decision we made was difficult, thoroughly considered, and ultimately clear and obvious."

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300: Rise of an Empire tops the weekend box office

By: Alyssa Coulter | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 12, 2014 3:39 am

This past weekend the WB film 300: Rise of an Empire made waves at the top of box office charts, bringing in a total domestic gross of $45,038,460, and a total worldwide gross of $132,838,460. The film is a sequel to the 2006 fantasy action film based on the highly popularized 1998 comic book series "300" by Frank Miller and Lynn Varley. Much like its successful predecessor, 300: Rise of an Empire is a dark, gritty, action-packed, historical fiction film that focuses on the Greek conflict with Persia.




300: Rise of an Empire was written and produced by Zack Snyder, and is supposedly based off of a graphic novel by Frank Miller that is pending release. Frank Miller, the master of darkness in the comic book world, is responsible for the dark, brooding tone of the 300 movie franchise. The film features a populous cast of beautiful actresses like Eva Green and Lena Headey, and bulked-up actors like Sullivan Stapleton and Hans Matheson.

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Sin City: A Dame to Kill for official trailer rocks the web

By: Alyssa Coulter | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 12, 2014 2:20 am

This past weekend the first trailer for Frank Miller's new film Sin City: A Dame to Kill for hit the web and sparked interest among fans and critics of the Sin City film series. The fast paced film trailer features an all-star cast which includes Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba, Mickey Rourke, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Eva Green, just to name a few. Keeping with the theme of the Sin City franchise, and the graphic novel series, the film will be primarily monochromatic, with a few color highlights to accent significant items or aspects in the film, like Manute's golden eye.




Despite the initial doubts fans and critics had surrounding the film, as the trailer continues to gain more and more hits, and the film's release date inches closer, fans and critics alike are expressing resounding optimism toward the film. Critics on a variety of news outlets are showing optimism toward the outstanding cast, and fans on YouTube are showing quite a bit of excitement for the film's release.

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Final Audition Week for The Voice: Favorites for the Big Win

By: Alyssa Coulter | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 12, 2014 1:54 am

As the auditions come to a close on NBC's hit singing competition The Voice, the internet is a buzz with its favorites for the big win. While Adam Lavigne, Blake Shelton, Shakira, and Usher were battling it out to see who gets who, fans are weighing in on their favorites for the overall win. So who's looking hot for the win? Based on chair spins and internet chatter, these are the likely winners:




Night 1: Christina Grimmie "Wrecking Ball" (Team Adam)


Night 2: Delvin Choice: "A Song for You" (Team Adam)


Night 3: Sisaundra Lewis: "Ain't No Way" (Team Blake)


Night 4: Emily B.: "Wicked Game" (Team Shakira)


Night 5: Kat Perkins: "Gold Dust Woman" (Team Adam)

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Two arrested following successful data theft of phone company KT Corp

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 12, 2014 1:34 am

Two men have been arrested and are allegedly involved in a cyberattack and data theft of KT Corp, a major South Korean phone company, with 12 million users affected. The breach took place over a long period, and the criminals took up to 300,000 piece of information at a time, and the South Korean government forced KT Corp to create an online database for users hit by the breach.




One of the suspects reportedly broke into the KT Corp computer system using custom-coded software he developed himself. During the breach, the accused hacker gained bank details, employment information and home addresses on 12 million KT - around 75 percent of the company's customers.


The information was later sold to another criminal, and he allegedly used the data to pose as a KT sales rep and sell mobile phones - the criminal scheme generated an estimated $10.8 million, according to reports.

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Twitch streaming makes its way to Microsoft's Xbox One

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Mar 12, 2014 1:16 am

With this mornings launch of Titanfall, Microsoft has also enabled Twitch.TV live streaming on the Xbox One. Starting today, users will be able to begin streaming their gameplay sessions straight to Twitch, and allow users all over the world to watch them battle it out in real-time.




"Our second, and most significant, system update for Xbox One is starting to roll out today and includes improved matchmaking, party chat and friends features that will make gaming on Xbox One an experience like no other. To me that means playing games like 'Titanfall' on the best multiplayer service on the planet, using a new headset or the one you already own, while live broadcasting your games on Twitch," said Microsoft product manager, Mark Whitten.

NBN Co in Australia could ramp up Internet speeds to 13Tbps

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Mar 12, 2014 1:06 am

The National Broadband Network in Australia has tested out some truly breakneck Internet speeds, where a successful trial has been completed by the NBN Co and network transport company Coraint at 1Tbps super-channel.




The trial was conducted over the company's 1066km fiber ring in Queensland on a 396GHz grid using Coraint's FlexiGrid technology. Coriant said that the trial featured a 35% improvement in spectrial efficiency, where it could eventually provide a maximum theoretical transmission capacity of 13Tbps over a distance of over 1000km.


NBN Co's Chief Technology Officer, Gary McLaren, said that the trial proved that the NBN Co's potential upgrade path for its transit network is huge. He said in a statement: "It highlights how established backbone infrastructure can be upgraded with sophisticated optical and electronic equipment to provide extra capacity for the future needs of the National Broadband Network."


13Tbps would be quite the Internet connection, let's hope this is in the pipes for the future!

Jawbone finally adds support for Android to UP24 Wristband

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Mar 12, 2014 12:33 am

The Jawbone UP24 launched way back in November, and ever since then only iOS users got to partake in the the fitness trackers full mobile experience. Today Jawbone announced that it has officially updated its UP app for Android and now allows Bluetooth syncing with Android phones. Previously the app was only compatible with the UP fitness tracker which has less features than the popular UP 24.




"We believe that helping people understand the context and meaning of their data is key in helping to make sustained behavior changes," said Travis Bogard, Jawbone's vice president of product management and strategy. "Through our investment in data science we have been able to provide personalized insights to help nudge people to meet their sleep or activity goals. Now, our entire community can enjoy the benefits of these insights in real-time."


The update also adds other features to the Android app such as better alerts, push notifications, and milestone tracking. I wrote off fitness trackers for a long time, but with a recent purchase of another fitness tracker that is on the market, I am almost completely sold on he concept and look forward to recording and tracking data every time I head out for a workout, hike, or bike ride.

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