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Mantle patch for Battlefield 4 delayed into January

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 31, 2013 7:33 am

Just as my Radeon R9 290X GPUs arrive, the Mantle patch for Battlefield 4 has been delayed. The news has been confirmed to Polygon, which talked with an AMD representative who said:

 

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After much consideration, the decision was made to delay the Mantle patch for Battlefield 4. AMD continues to support DICE on the public introduction of Mantle, and we are tremendously excited about the coming release for Battlefield 4! We are now targeting a January release and will have more information to share in the New Year.

 

It wouldn't matter right now, because Battlefield 4 is still a mess with problems.

Hackers DDoS Battle.net, League of Legends and EA.com

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Dec 31, 2013 6:25 am

A group of hackers who are known as DERP, used DDoS attacks on a few large games and gaming sites, taking a few of them down. EA's home page was victim, Battle.net, League of Legends and Club Penguin were all affected.

 

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It looks like a single gamer by the name of Phantoml0rd is the target of these multiple attacks, with DERP attacking all of the games he streams through Twitch, which include World of Warcraft and League of Legends.

Steam Holiday Sales: Metro: Last Light, Alan Wake both on special

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 31, 2013 5:37 am

The Steam Holiday Sales continue, with some even bigger sales today, including Metro: Last Light for 66% off, dropping it to just $18.69 from $54.99. You can also grab Grand Theft Auto IV for $12.49, a huge 75% off its original $49.99 price.

 

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If you're into superhero fighting games, Injustice: Gods Among Us - Limited Edition is 50% off, down from $49.99 to just $24.99. Alan Wake is a massive 90% off, down from $29.99 to just $2.99 - a bargain right there! Outlast, the creepy game that is compatible with the Oculus Rift, is just $6.79, down $19.99 or 66% off.

The Sun flips its magnetic poles halfway through 22 year cycle

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Dec 31, 2013 4:36 am

Today NASA confirmed that the Sun has flipped its magnetic field and has began its 25th solar cycle. This means that the Sun has flipped its magnetic field 24 times since we have began keeping record. The magnetic reversal occurs every 11 years and despite what many tin-foil hatters would lead you to believe, this is totally natural.

 

 

In the video above NASA has illustrated how the process takes place, and provides a complete timeline of Suns magnetic field since 1997, the end of the 23rd Solar Cycle. Other than some increased Sun Spots, and a few more flairs than normal, NASA says that we should not worry too much about the poles reversal.

 

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DROPOUTJEEP - the NSA program that backdoors every iPhone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Privacy & Rights | Posted: Dec 31, 2013 3:14 am

According to security researcher Jason Appelbaum, and German news magazine Der Spiegel, the NSA has the ability to spy on virtually every iPhone, and users' digital communication sent from said iPhone.

 

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The NSA reportedly has a program called DROPOUTJEEP, which allows the US spy agency to intercept most things - including SMS messages, contact lists, the physical location of the iPhone (and its user) through cell phone data, and even the ability to access the iPhone's microphone, and camera. Leaked documents have helped put the picture together, with the NSA claiming a 100% success rate when it comes to getting spyware into iOS-based devices.

 

Then comes the scary part: that the NSA requires physical access to the device, which the US spy agency reportedly reroutes shipments of iPhone's purchased online, but it is also working on a remote version, which is even worse. Appelbaum says: "Either [the NSA] have a huge collection of exploits that work against Apple products, meaning they are hoarding information about critical systems that American companies produce, and sabotaging them, or Apple sabotaged it themselves."

 

He finishes with something quite scary: "Do you think Apple helped them with that? I hope Apple will clarify that."

Samsung launches 110-inch Ultra HD TV, available in China

By: Charles Gantt | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Dec 31, 2013 2:50 am

Less than two weeks ago, Samsung unveiled a 105-inch curved screen Ultra-HD TV that it will be showing off at CES 2014, the company has unveiled yet another uber-sized TV. The new 110-inch UHD TV features a flat-screen design with a full 4K resolution, and is supported by a free-standing metal frame.

 

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Don't get too excited though, as this beauty is only available in China and the Middle east at the moment which is where the $50,000+ TV will have more buyers. I will be at CES 2014 next week, so keep an eye on TweakTown for images of that 105-inch curved screen beauty!

BlackBerry's CEO John Chen says company will return to profitibility

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 31, 2013 1:23 am

BlackBerry's new CEO, John Chen, says that no one should start counting his company out just yet. In an open editorial for CNBC, Chen said that BlackBerry is "well-positioned for the future," and that even though the company faced "challenging circumstances," he believes that BlackBerry will once again rise to profit.

 

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"It was important to make swift and impact changes to ensure that our customers' investments in BlackBerry's infrastructure and solutions are secure," said Chen. "I'm surrounded by a talented team of industry leaders, including our new leaders for enterprise, corporate development and strategic planning, and marketing. In the coming weeks, I'll continue to build out my leadership team with those who have the skills and passion to get BlackBerry back on the path to profitability."

 

Chen went on to say that BlackBerry is still king of the enterprise market and that the public should not be fooled by the "competition's rhetoric claiming to be more secure or having more experience than BlackBerry" Chen finished up the editorial by saying: "We've accomplished a great deal in these last couple months, and we're positioned for the long haul. We have a strong cash position with more than $3 billion on hand, a renewed spirit, and trusted technology, network and platform. I believe BlackBerry has a clear lane ahead of us to create new trails as a nimbler, more agile competitor.The journey has just begun."

LG to debut first WebOS powered SmartTV at CES 2014

By: Charles Gantt | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Dec 30, 2013 11:32 pm

Earlier this year when LG announced that it would be purchasing WebOS, the mobile phone operating system developed by Palm, everyone wondered why LG would do such a thing. Many eyebrows were raised at the thought that LG might dump Android for WebOS, while others speculated that the company would turn it into something for the company's SmartTV division.

 

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Today it appears that the latter has became true, and LG will debut its first WebOS powered SmartTV at CES 2014. With this announcement, it appears that WebOS may actually have a chance to thrive after all, despite its years of off and on again development. With companies like Samsung and Google developing operating systems designed to make our TVs more connected, it appears that we may see a race to the top in 2014.

Gaming PC company MSI unveils its 2014 CES lineup

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Laptops | Posted: Dec 30, 2013 11:19 pm

During the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next month, computer manufacturer MSI will unveil new gaming notebooks, workstations, touchscreen laptops, tablets, and a new All-in-One (AIO) gaming system.

 

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"MSI's 2014 lineup of notebooks, tablets and AIOs embodies our commitment to delivering exceptional performance, constant innovation and magnificent style," said Andy Tung, MSI Pan America Region VP of Sales, in a press statement. "From the world's thinnest gaming notebook to the first gaming AIO and powerful workstations, 2014 will be a year filled with outstanding products."

 

MSI and other companies are expected to also show off - or announce - motherboard/GPU and motherboard/CPU aimed towards gamers. The lure of a gaming AIO, at a time when the niche market struggles, could jump-start to the industry moving forward. The Taiwanese-based company is well known for its gaming products, and that will be a major driving force for MSI in 2014.

Super Talent unveils new USB 3.0 Express Motile USB on-the-go drive

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Dec 30, 2013 9:47 pm

Today Super Talent unveiled a new USB 3.0 on-the-go drive designed for Android users who frequently need to transfer files between their mobile devices and PCs. The new USB 3.0 Express Motile features a USB B connector as well as a micro-USB connector and fits in any Android device that utilizes the micro-USB connector.

 

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The new USB 3.0 Express Motile is available in capacities from 8GB up to 64GB, and can reach read speeds up to 67MB/s and write speeds up to 24MB/s. Super Talent says the drive is backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and USB 1.1 No information on pricing or availability was giving at the time of this writing.

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