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Take part in the Crysis 3 open multiplayer beta starting January 29

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 23, 2013 8:29 pm

Want to get a sneak peak at the upcoming Crysis 3 game? Well, Crytek and EA are giving everyone just that opportunity by offering an open beta of the multiplayer version of Crysis 3. Starting January 29, PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 users will be able to participate in the beta.

 

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The beta is designed to give you just a taste of the full Crysis 3 multiplayer experience, and help the development team collect your valuable feedback.

 

In the Crysis 3 Beta, you'll be able to suit up, team up with your friends, level up to rank 10, and customize your Nanosuit with different weapons, attachments and suit modules.

 

It will feature two beta multiplayer modes: Hunter and Crash Site. The Hunter game mode is best described by the Crysis team: "This multiplayer game mode is all about the survival of the fittest. There are two teams, initially comprised of two permanently cloaked "Hunters", and up to fourteen CELL troopers awaiting extraction. Each trooper slain respawns on the Hunter team to prey on their former allies, building to a frenetic climax. If any of the troopers survive the round, the hunters lose. Whichever way you play, Hunter Mode delivers a heart-pounding test of strategy and survival."

 

The Crash Site mode is the ultimate King of the Hill type game experience. It's just like it sounds: an Alien ship drops a pod at a random spot on the map. Members of each team attempt to gather around the pod in order to capture it and accumulate points.

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Courts rule ban of Indiana sex offenders on social networks unconstitutional

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Jan 23, 2013 7:14 pm

In Indiana, it has been illegal for some time now for sex offenders to join popular social networks such as Facebook. Today the Associated Press is reporting that the 7th US Circuit of Appeals court has ruled that the law banning sex offenders from social networks is unconstitutional.

 

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In the ruling, the judge writes that the law "broadly prohibits substantial protected speech rather than targeting the evil of improper communication to minors." The ACLU was behind the case and has fought for such bans to be removed before.

 

Federal judges have in the past barred such laws in other states, and this case sets further precedence for ongoing battles in several states where sex offenders are battling the right to sign up on social networking sites, chat rooms and instant messaging clients.

US government declares June 1st and 2nd "National day of Civic Hacking", invites hackers to help improve the country

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jan 23, 2013 5:49 pm

June 1st and 2nd have officially been named National Day of Civic Hacking. NDCH is a national event in which citizens of all schools of hacking are invited to collaborate with developer and entrepreneurs from all corners of the nation to create, build, and invent new solutions using pubically released code, data and technology to better their community.

 

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The National Day of Civic Hacking will give American's a chance to get back to their roots, roll up our sleeves, and create solutions to problems in their communities. The event will utilize the expertise, knowledge and DIY spirit of those outside of federal, state and local governments.

 

The source listed below includes a list of participating cities, and even if you are not near one of those, there most likely will be many web based events where you can participate. My local metropolis of Augusta, GA will be one of the host cities and I am sure my local Maker Space, The Clubhouse, will be hosting something as well. So check with your local Hacker Spaces, Maker Spaces, and Tech Clubs to see if they too will be hosting an event.

Nintendo working on new Zelda, Mario Kart and Mario games for Wii U

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 23, 2013 5:44 pm

Satoru Iwata, President of Nintendo, announced that the company is developing some of its biggest franchises into new games for the Wii U. Unfortunately however, the information mostly stopped there.

 

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We will see a new 3D installment to the Super Mario series, along with a similar edition of Mario Kart, but Nintendo has only confirmed their existence, no images have been released. We are expecting more details and maybe playable demos at E3 later this year.

 

We have also heard that there is not one, but two new additions to the Zelda series being developed as we speak. Reports are that one will be an enhanced port of the GameCube classic Wind Walker, while the other is a brand new entry that is said to take the series "back to the basics." Ending the string of new game reports, is a new game staring Yoshi, but details on it are almost nonexistent.

Windows Phone 7.8 SDK released into the wild - brings emulator images, but no new API's

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 23, 2013 4:58 pm

Today Microsoft announced the release of its Windows Phone 7.8 SDK, which is good news for developers who want to test their apps with the revised OS. The primary purpose of this release is to let developers test their live tiles with Windows Phone 7.8.

 

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The updated SDK includes two images, one that simulates devices running 512MB of RAM and another that simulates 256MB of RAM. The SDK includes no new API's over the Windows Phone 7.5 SDK, which is no surprise.

 

This further enforces the idea that Windows Phone 7.8 will mostly be a cosmetic update and not much new functionality will be seen. On a more exciting note, legacy support is still alive as Microsoft says that the new SDK won't alter existing Windows Phone 7.1 emulator images.

Kim Dotcom's Mega joins the ranks of the top 150 websites in the world after five days

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jan 23, 2013 3:59 pm

Mega, the recently launched brainchild of the infamous Kim Dotcom, has already climbed to the ranks of the top 150 sites on the internet. In just five days, the file sharing website has eclipsed rivals RapidShare and Dropbox according to Alexa rankings, a service which ranks websites by size from users who install its browser toolbar.

 

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In a tweet that simply read "141", Dotcom announced the sites entry into the 150 club. The numbers are based on website ranking service Alexa, where Mega is still in the 7,000 range if you go by the three month stats, but if you track the site on a seven day basis, Mega has beat out its major rivals in terms of website traffic.

 

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The joy in the Mega camp is not everlasting though as allegations arise that the site's encryption service is not as secure as they would like us to think. The issues arise with Javascript and a "poorly" created random entropy for the encryption keys. In true fashion, Dotcom addressed the issue by tweeting that a contest with cash prize will be held soon, and saying "Let's see what you got". It's unclear if Mega's massive website traffic will continue after news agencies around the world move onto other topics.

Siri was destined for Verizon-powered Android devices before Apple buyout

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Jan 23, 2013 3:16 pm

Siri was once the name of a small startup company who developed the voice assistant app now known as Siri. Back in 2009, the now popular iOS application was destined to live out its life on Android... that was until Apple stepped in and bought the company.

 

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The startup had a contract in place with Verizon to pre-install Siri onto every Android phone it carried, and the carrier had even shot a series of commercials hyping the new voice assistant. Steve Jobs had taken notice of the little startup and decided that iOS could not live without exclusive rights to Siri, so he sat down with the startups co-founder Dag Kittlaus and made plans to purchase the company.

 

Siri as we know it was a very different thing at the time of Apple's acquisition, with the app being based on 2001: A Space Odyssey's HAL computer. The voice was "otherworldly" and full of "dry wit." Apple did what it does best, and refined the software to become the most used virtual assistant today.

RumorTT: Nokia EOS Windows Phone 8 smartphone to sport 41MP PureView camera

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 23, 2013 2:45 pm

Last year when Finnish phone giant Nokia unveiled its ridiculous 41 mega-pixel 808 PureView, we were to say the least, a bit impressed. Sources are saying that the company's upcoming EOS smartphone will be the first Windows Phone 8 device to sport the uber-camera.

 

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Nokia is said to be ditching the plastic and giving the case a nice aluminium case to give the EOS a "premium" look and feel. Other rumors are saying that we could see up to six new smartphones for MWC 2013, and a possible appearance by PureView on a Lumia 920.

 

Nokia has yet to release any official news on bringing PureView to its current phone line or upcoming products. The company is also staying silent on its Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2013 plans.

The new 3DMark will arrive when it's ready, will be here "sooner rather than later"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Jan 23, 2013 11:27 am

Futuremark's upcoming new 3DMark is set to be quite different to the previous iterations of the benchmarking software, as it moves into cross-platform territory. Futuremark President Oliver Baltuch has come out and said that he is constantly bugged with questions of when the new 3DMark will arrive, to which he says:

 

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I cannot confirm a launch date with now. Simply put, 3DMark will be ready when it's ready, which we expect will be sooner rather than later.

 

It is nice to know that it's coming "sooner rather than later", and that it's cross-platform. I quite excited for the new 3DMark, being able to test something between devices is going to be utterly awesome for us here at TweakTown to give you, our dear, awesome readers a much better benchmarking method across multiple devices and platforms.

TPB AFK, the documentary on The Pirate Bay, will be released for free on February 8

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jan 23, 2013 10:32 am

The documentary peering into the lives of the people behind The Pirate Bay, TPB AFK, is set to be released as a free download on February 8 - the same time that the doco gets shown at the Berlinale, Berlin's international film festival.

 

 

TPB AFK's director, Simon Klose, has said that it's the first movie that will be released online at the same time as its Berlinale screening. Klose hopes that the release plans will mirror the documentary's subject matter itself, which I'm sure it will. He adds:

 

By sharing this film under a Creative Commons license, we hope to contribute to a serious debate about the social and economic benefits of sharing. We also hope to prove that sharing can be a realistic business model.

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