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Twitter adds a 'report abuse' button to all platforms

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Aug 30, 2013 4:31 am

After an outcry in UK over rape and bomb threats sent to female journalists and a member of Parliament, Twitter has updated all of its platforms with a 'report abuse' button. The social networking/microblogging site is also adding more staff to help go through the flagged tweets from the rape and bomb threats.

 

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This all began with UK activist Caroline Criado-Perez, who successfully lobbied to have novelist Jane Austen featured on a UK banknote. People seemed to be completely outraged at this, after which she was slammed with multiple rape threats over Twitter.

 

It culminated in one of her followers opening up a Change.org petition pressing Twitter to make it easier to report abuse. Before Twitter implemented this change, users needed to search the site in order to find out how to report abusive messages. The Change.org petition was a huge success, taking in over 139,000 signatures.

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Facebook Home updated with lock screen music controls and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Aug 30, 2013 3:32 am

Facebook for Android has just been updated, with some big Facebook Home changes. Facebook Home for Android now includes music controls on the lock screen during playback, which is nice.

 

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But, it doesn't end there: there's also animated stickers now available in messages. Not a huge update, but the music controls in the lock screen is definitely a nice addition. I've tried out Facebook Home on my Galaxy S4, and I don't know what to think. If your life centers around Facebook, which many do, then it might be nice to check this out.

Warcraft movie to arrive in 2015, Duncan Jones to direct

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Aug 30, 2013 2:36 am

It's been a long time coming, but the World of Warcraft movie finally has a filming date: January 2014. Duncan Jones is going to be getting into the director's chair for this, with his previous movie, Moon, being one of my favorite of recent years.

 

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Legendary showed off some decent test footage at Comic-Con, announcing the studio would start filming in early 2014. Warcraft will start shooting in Vancouver on January 13, 2014, with casting yet to be announced. Since January is only a few months away, we should begin to hear about casting very, very soon.

 

Rumors are pegging the movie to not be some PG-rated flick, but will be a full-blooded fantasy flick, in the same path as The Lord of the Rings and will reportedly follow the RTS games from the 90s, and not World of Warcraft. The World of Warcraft, er, world, will be used in a future movie, with the current movies taking it slower and concentrating on the mid-90s titles.

Tex Murphy returns thanks to Kickstarter, new game arrives in 2014

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 30, 2013 1:29 am

One of the first games that really pushed me to upgrade back in the day was Under a Killing Moon. I didn't have a CD ROM drive at the time, and the game arrived on multiple CDs, something that cost close to AU$1000 back in the day.

 

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If you remember back that far, Under a Killing Moon featured Tex Murphy, who is making a comeback thanks to Kickstarter. The game will be called Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure will hit PC and Mac in early 2014, from publisher Atlus. The title received around $600,000 in funding a year ago when it was known as Project Fedora.

 

Developer Big Finish Games is now stepping in with a big name publisher in order to help it "more fully" realize its vision for the game. I can't wait to see the game in action, FMV and all.

The official trailer for Grand Theft Auto V is here!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 30, 2013 12:23 am

Here it is! The official trailer to Rockstar's sure-fire, record-breaking, open-world game, Grand Theft Auto V. The trailer is expansive, topping all of the previous footage and trailers we've seen yet. Check it out:

 

 

September 17, folks, September 17! I don't have a current generation console, so I won't be playing this because Rockstar isn't supporting the platform they started out on: PC. Not even next-gen consoles, which is disappointing. Hopefully Rockstar are just keeping the next-gen version behind closed doors for now.

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StackExchange founder designs new mechanical keyboard for programmers

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Aug 29, 2013 11:26 pm

Programmers are a fickle bunch when it comes to their keyboards. While some prefer a massive gaming style keyboard others prefer smaller more compact units that are straight to the point. However the one unifying feature that all programmers like is mechanical key switches. Today WASD Keyboards released a new keyboard aimed specifically at programmers.

 

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WASD says that the new Code 87-Key Mechanical Keyboard was designed by the legendary Jeff Atwood, the creator of Stack Overflow.com. The keyboard came to be after Atwood was unable to find the ideal backlit mechanical keyboard to fit his coding needs. The result is what Atwood says is "the only simple, clean and beautiful backlit keyboard" he's ever found.

 

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The keys are said to feature that distinct tactile pump while remaining quiet and non-clicky. Possibly the coolest feature though is the ability to switch between windows, Mac, Dvorak, and Colemark arrangements at the hardware level via a switch convenient placed under the keyboard. This means users can switch keys around then flip the switch and their set up on a new layout. The keyboard retails for $149.99 and comes in 87 and 104 key varieties.

LeakedTT: Nokia's Lumia 1520 is the Goliath of Windows Phones

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 29, 2013 10:23 pm

Earlier today a photo of the rumored Nokia Lumia 1520 Phablet popped up on the forums over at The Verge. The phone was posted by a user going by the name of Doomguy, and depicts a massive six-inch device that is supposed to feature a full 1080p Display.

 

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The Lumia 1520 is rumored to be powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor from QUALCOMM, and would most likely run Windows Phone 8. We have been hearing reports as well that the phone will come with its own stylus and could include a native Microsoft Onenote app that could rival Evernote in the notetaking department. How do you feel about a 6-inch screen? Is it too big, too small, or is it just right? Let us know in the comments!

YouTube's logo gets a refresh, looks more Windows 8 friendly now

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Aug 29, 2013 9:25 pm

It appears that YouTube has been quietly changing its logo across the various social networking platforms it uses to promote its content. Additionally both the Android and iOS apps now feature the new logo. We're still not sure though, if this is an official permanent logo update as YouTube.com still features the old bubbly style logo.

 

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The new logo as seen above appears to be more Windows 8 friendly and looks like it would fit in perfectly with the live tiles on any Windows 8 home screen. Additionally the logo does appear to more closely align with other Google-owned services such as Chrome and Drive, which both are quite minimalist and features double drop shadows. I have sent a request to YouTube for more information and will update this post as soon as I know more.

Digital Storm raises the bar in PC liquid cooling with the HydroLux

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Aug 29, 2013 8:31 pm

Today system builder Digital Storm announced what it says is the "New Standard in PC Cooling" by unveiling its new HydroLux complete desktop cooling solution. The new liquid cooling system is available exclusively on Digital Storm desktops and combines liquid and airflow cooling with a fully integrated customizable control suite that lets you manage and change things from the desktop.

 

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"We work hard to differentiate the Digital Storm brand by engineering powerful systems that meet our customer's high-performance demands," said Rajeev Kuruppu, Digital Storm's Director of Product Development. "HydroLux delivers on that promise by providing an industry leading cooling solution that can be fully customized to meet each user's unique needs."

 

HydroLux allows users to monitor their systems cooling performance and the software will automatically adjust to temperature fluctuations in real-time, making this one of the first liquid cooling solution that allows users to control their system from the desktop environment.

 

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Hydrolux also features a unique LED lighting solution that alerts users of temperature fluctuations and fluid temperature. The software is able to adjust LEDs built within the chassis to display different colors for different temperatures. The colors change from a cool blue to a warm red with a yellowish orange indicating medium.

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Corsair set to unveil 5 new headsets, and much more at Pax Prime

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Aug 29, 2013 7:23 pm

PAX PRIME 2013 - Today Corsair announced that it would be unveiling several new high-performance gaming peripherals at the PAX PRIME 2013 expo being held this weekend in Seattle Washington. The company says that it will unveil five new gaming headsets alongside a brand-new gaming keyboard and will wrap things up with two gaming mouse mats.

 

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Up first will be the all new, top-of-the-line Vengeance 2100 Dolby 7.1 Wireless Gaming Headset which features a 2.4GHz wireless connection with a 40 foot range, and boast a battery life of up to 10 hours of constant use. The headset features Dolby 7.1 surround sound for an accurate the creation of real-world audio. The headset features 50mm drivers and microfiber-covered memory foam ear pads. THe Vengeance 2100 is expected retail for $149.99.

 

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Up next from Corsair is an improved version of its Vengeance 1500 v2 Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset. As its name implies it will feature Dolby 7.1 surround sound, with new 50mm drivers that provide a deep and rich bass as well as clean, crisp highs. Like its bigger brother the ear pads are covered and microfiber and features a noise-canceling microphone. The Vengeance 1500 v2 will retail for $99.99.

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