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More GTA V details released, PC version will be released a few months after the console releases

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 19, 2012 8:34 am

Grand Theft Auto V is set to pretty much be one of the biggest games of 2013, and one of the biggest games ever released - but with no PC version in sight, it is disappointing.




GTAForums, a community dedicated to everything GTA, has some more details on GTA V thanks to a recent Q&A session with Italian website, GTAForums published the finding in a recent thread, and there are some very big details on the game:

  • There is no lead platform for GTA V: Rockstar is developing the game for both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 at the same time.
  • The PC version of GTA V is expected a few months after the console release.
  • Grand Theft Auto V's graphics raise the bar for the current-gen consoles, providing amazing in-game visual performances.
  • The GTA V demo currently possesses a lot of alias--which will, of course, be fixed before the game's release--and the frame rate wasn't perfectly executed, mirroring Rockstar's demo version of GTA IV five years ago.
  • Players cannot switch between the game's three main characters if they are in free-roam mode and are wanted by the police. However it's stated that Rockstar is still working on this particular feature, so it may be implemented and changed.
  • There will be multiple endings for GTA V.
  • The game's story arc is estimated at roughly 25-30 hours of play time.

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Facebook slowly transferring all users to more secure HTTPS connections

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Nov 19, 2012 7:36 am

I've been using HTTPS to access Facebook ever since the social network offered it, but with over one billion users - having it by default is a much better way of keeping your users' data more secure.




Facebook has used HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure) to protect users when they submit their username and password to login - which prevents someone from diving in and accessing your username or password when typing it. But, in January of 2011, the social network starting offering users to opt in for all of their Facebook browsing to fall under the more secure HTTPS umbrella, at the time warning "Encrypted pages take longer to load, so you may notice that Facebook is slower using HTTPS."


Facebook also said that "We hope to offer HTTPS as a default whenever you are using Facebook sometime in the future." We're finally here, and they're about to press the GO button on this more secure way of browsing. A few days ago, a Facebook Developer Blog post hinted that "this week, we're starting to roll out HTTPS for all North America users and will be soon rolling out to the rest of the world".

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Netflix reaches the Nintendo Wii U, watch a 1080p movie on your TV, and the GamePad

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Nov 19, 2012 6:35 am

Netflix has arrived on the Nintendo Wii U in the US and Canada, capable of offering two-screen support. This means that you can watch 1080p on your TV, as well as the screen on the Wii U's GamePad controller.




Say you're watching a 1080p movie on your TV, you can look at information about the movie or TV on your GamePad, or on both the TV and GamePad. When content is rolling, the video is shown on the TV with controls such as play/pause/stop and title information pop up on the GamePad in your hands - awesome, right?


The GamePad has some more tricks up its sleeve, where you can tap "Play on GamePad" and the playback of the content you're watching on the TV switches over to the GamePad with sound fed to the speakers on the GamePad (or headphone jack), too. Netflix search on the Wii U has a full keyboard, and all of the search interactions and results are presented to your TV in real-time.

16GB Nexus 10 in stock in the US, AU Google Play stores

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 19, 2012 4:31 am

Most of you may have missed out on getting the oh-so-awesome Nexus 4 when it sold out in a matter of just minutes last week, but it looks like the 16GB Nexus 10 is in stock with both the US and AU Google Play stores.




The 16GB Nexus 10 is available, but the 32GB version is not. I'm guessing they all got scooped up in the Nexus 10 launch madness - but hey, if you're like me and don't use much of the internal storage - this is a great time to jump in and get one.


Check your Google Play store, and if you want to purchase one I'd say jump in now, because once the news is out - they might sell awfully quickly.

Samsung want the skinny on the Apple, HTC settlement, and they want it now

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 19, 2012 3:37 am

Apple and Samsung have been at each others throats for what feels like years now, and if you didn't hear, just recently Apple settled with HTC over patents - and now Samsung want the details of this settlement.




On Friday, the South Korean device maker asked a court to force Apple to provide them with a copy of the HTC deal, where they argued that the deal most likely covers some of the patents covered in their own case against Apple. Samsung wrote in their filing with the court:


As you know, the issue of Apple's willingness to license its patents was briefed in Samsung's opposition to Apple's motion for permanent injunction. This license has direct bearing on the question of irreparable harm and whether monetary remedies are adequate.

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Apple's iMessage and FaceTime services experiencing downtime, again

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Nov 18, 2012 10:33 pm

If you're an iMessage user, you might have woken up - or suddenly discovered - that you're iMessage wasn't working. It seems the downtime of iMessage isn't just in certain locations, but is much more widespread.




TheNextWeb has collated a bunch of tweets, showing the pain that iMessage users are going through right now, shown above. It looks like Apple has not only confirmed that iMessage is down, but so is FaceTime.


Apple experienced iMessage downtime just two months ago - and it seems that it has struck again. For a company this powerful, selling the premium product of choice in the mobile market, is it just me, or would one expect this to not happen - at least not this often. Twice in as many months is not good.


SMS still works, by the way - just the iMessage service and FaceTime. Apple has issued a statement via their System Status page, saying:


Users are unable to use iMessage. Normal service will be restored ASAP. Users may be unable to place FaceTime calls. Normal service will be restored ASAP.

Anonymous joins in on Israel, Gaza conflict - takes action against Israeli websites

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Nov 18, 2012 9:37 am

What could potentially lead into a huge, huge war - the conflict over in the middle east with Israel and Gaza, is Anonymous stepping in and taking down multiple Israeli websites.




These aren't just little pleb websites, we're talking big Israeli sites - which Anonymous have called "OpIsrael". This comes in direct retaliation to threats from the Israeli government that it may shut to and from Gaza as violence between its Israeli Defence Force (IDF) and Hamas seem to be escalating.


Anonymous has stepped up and said:


For far too long, Anonymous has stood by with the rest of the world and watched in despair the barbaric, brutal and despicable treatment of the Palestinian people in the so called 'Occupied Territories' by the Israel Defence Force. But when the government of Israel publicly threatened to sever all Internet and other telecommunications into and out of Gaza they crossed a line in the sand.

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Nintendo Wii U review roundup

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 18, 2012 8:31 am

We will have our own in-house review of the Nintendo Wii U soon, but for now, we've provided a roundup of the reviews from around the world. The consensus is that it's a good console - but it's no homerun for the Japanese console maker.




People seem to be loving the GamePad, not totally (low-res screen, touchscreen isn't so great) - but the general idea about it. Being close to portable console quality is nearly here thanks to Nintendo's foray into a tablet-like console. Most reviews are early days, but there are some "Review in Progress" looks at the console - which is an idea I personally love.


Reviewing consoles close to, or on day-one is hard. Launch titles can only be so good - there's day-one patches these days to consoles and games, and the usual bugs, etc. Anyway, on with the roundup!



The Verge




Nexus 10 jumps onto the operating table, has its insides looked at

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 18, 2012 7:36 am

Powerbook Medic have down a detailed teardown on the recently launched Nexus 10 from Samsung. After they've pulled that high-res 2560x1600-pixel screen, the insides get peeked at.




They've found that the battery, processor, and flash storage are all genuine Samsung-made parts. Considering that Samsung make components for most of the other big players in the mobile market, it would make sense for them to bake their own goods into their own product.


Powerbook Medic found that there's not much glue used, which is good news, meaning that the Nexus 10 can be pulled apart easily - requiring just a few tools.

LSI AIS 2012 - LSI and Microsoft Collaboration on Windows Server 2012

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Nov 18, 2012 6:25 am

LSI AIS 2012 - During the keynote address at the 2012 LSI Accelerating Innovation Summit (AIS) the head of the Windows Server 2012 program stepped on stage to say a few words about the extensive role that LSI played in helping to develop Windows Server 2012, in particular the High Availability segment.






LSI and Microsoft worked very closely during the development of Windows Server 2012. LSI's overwhelming presence in the datacenter helped Microsoft to understand the needs of customers and their most pressing issues, and together they came up with several initiatives to address storage-based challenges.


One of the most sought after attributes by customers are High Availability products. These are in essence 'always on' solutions, which will continue to function regardless of the situation. For instance, if a server were to fail another would have the ability to pick up its workload with absolutely no interruption of service. For these types of challenges to be addressed both servers have to share the same storage pool.

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