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Activists launching balloons carrying 'The Interview' into North Korea

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 9, 2015 1:00 pm

Think the drama regarding North Korea and The Interview is over? Think again! Lee Min-Bok, a North Korean defector and activist, has carried out another round of balloon launches to share copies of The Interview in North Korea.




"I launched thousands of copies and about a million leaflets on Saturday, near the western part of the border," Lee recently told the AFP. Helium balloons carrying anti-Pyongyang propaganda and copies of The Interview were floated from the South Korean side - and it's unknown how many balloons actually reach the other side of the border.


To help make it more difficult for guards on the North Korean side to detect the balloons floating into their country, Lee launched the balloons in remote locations and under the cover of darkness. The police also are aware of his actions and don't move to intervene: "The police would have no right to stop me from doing this. I am always being tailed by police."

Creator of Bioshock says his next game is powered by Unreal Engine 4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 9, 2015 10:13 am

The original Bioshock was created by Ken Levine, who teased that he was working on a new first-person shooter back in January, has just said that his upcoming project is using Epic Games' Unreal Engine 4 technology.




Levine has been quiet on his next project, with random tweets mentioning that his new protect will be "smaller, more entrepreneurial". The news came from Levine revealing that his titel would be using Unreal Engine 4 when a fan tweeted him asking which graphics engine he would be using for his new game.


Considering the entire Bioshock series was powered by Unreal Engine, Levine is most likely very familiar with it, and wants to continue to use Epic Games' proven technology. We should hear more about Levine's mystery project at E3 2015, hopefully.

Shots of the purported XFX Radeon R9 390 Double Dissipation surface

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Apr 9, 2015 9:02 am

The first shots of the purported XFX Radeon R9 390 Double Dissipation have arrived, featuring a dual-slot cooler with two 100mm spinners, and a large aluminum fin-stack heat sink.






The card rocks a 6-pin + 8-pin PCIe power configuration, and a bridgeless Crossfire system, just like the Radeon R9 290 series. We should see this card, if it's real, positioned below the R9 390X with its "Fiji XT" core, with the R9 390 featuring the "Fiji" GPU. We don't know what the GPU itself will be, but we should see 4096 stream processors, a 4096-bit HBM memory interface with between 4GB and 8GB of RAM that provides a huge 640GB/sec of memory bandwidth.

Businesses struggle to fight against ransomware cyberattacks

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 9, 2015 8:50 am

Ransomware infections tend to be a frightening scenario for businesses often caught off-guard when an employee mistakenly compromises a workplace machine.




Cybersecurity experts are increasingly worried about ransomware, one of the fastest rising hacker-related crimes, which demands a ransom payment in exchange for files held hostage. The traditional method of infection is a malicious file attached to an email, but criminals are finding ways to point victims to hijacked websites.


Unless home users or companies have data backed up, and are careful of emails opened and websites visited, ransomware can prove especially catastrophic. Even though US government and private sector cybersecurity experts warn against paying ransoms, many companies choose to pay the ransom and move on.

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Apple Watch reviews are in, with mostly iPositive things to say

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Apr 9, 2015 8:39 am

A few technology journalists have gotten some wrist-on time with the Apple Watch, throwing out their reviews on Apple's first wearable: Watch. It looks like most say it's the best smartwatch out there, but it's not all sunshine and rainbows for Watch.




The New York Times has said "unlike previous breakthrough Apple products, the Watch's software requires a learning curve that may deter some people. There's a good chance it will not work perfectly for most consumers right out of the box, because it is best after you fiddle with various software settings to personalize use. Indeed, to a degree unusual for a new Apple device, the Watch is not suited for tech novices".


The Verge was more than happy with Apple Watch, with a snippet of their review teasing: "There's no question that the Apple Watch is the most capable smartwatch available today. It is one of the most ambitious products I've ever seen; it wants to do and change so much about how we interact with technology. But that ambition robs it of focus: it can do tiny bits of everything, instead of a few things extraordinarily well. For all of its technological marvel, the Apple Watch is still a smartwatch, and it's not clear that anyone's yet figured out what smartwatches are actually for".


There are other reviews too, which you can find below:




The Wall Street Journal


Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will support DX12, and AMD's TressFX 3.0

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 9, 2015 7:35 am

Eidos-Montreal has shown off the official CGI trailer of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, something you can watch below, but the studio has also teased that the sequel to Human Revolution will have some nice tricks up its sleeve in the graphics department.



Deus Ex: Mankind Divided uses the latest version of the impressive Dawn Engine, which was specificially built for Xbox One, PS4 and PC. AMD has been working closely with the studio under its Gaming Evolved program, which means we'll see full support for Windows 10 and DirectX 12, as well as TressFX 3.0.

Continue reading 'Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will support DX12, and AMD's TressFX 3.0' (full post)

Rebuttal of gutless LoL community claim

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 9, 2015 6:33 am

Yesterday we covered an extremely popular Reddit thread on /r/LeagueofLegends which labeled the LoL community as gutless and willing to spend money on whatever Riot provided no matter how good or bad their services may be.




In the form of a public rebuttal, Reddit user BadassGhost takes the opposite standpoint, claiming that Riot games is one of few companies whom actually listen to community feedback and boycotting their income will see negative implications rather than positive change.


With an up-voted score of 1027 at the time of writing this article, one disgruntled user replied "both threads are overly extreme. It's not all black and white and the majority of this sub is too immature to get this."

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Semmler and fnatic's Devilwalk join the ESL CS:GO casting crew

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 9, 2015 5:17 am

A massive 11-person strong casting team will be covering ESL's upcoming $48,000 pro series finals including professional gamer analysts, colorful shoutcasters and experienced observers.




Notably joining the list is analyst and fnatic CS:GO manager Jonatan 'Devilwalk' Lundberg and experienced shoutcaster Auguste 'Semmler' Massonnat who are set to help enlighten and entertain CS:GO fans new and old.


Here is the full list of commentators and support staff Thanks to HLTVorg.



'Need for Speed' movie sequel revving into action

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Apr 9, 2015 5:03 am

Last year's big screen adaptation of Electronic Arts 'Need for Speed' franchise might have hit a wall with disappointing returns of a little over $200 million worldwide on a $66 million budget, but strong interest from the Chinese domestic market has ensured that a sequel is speeding into production.




Variety is reporting that a Chinese venture partnership that last year partly financed 'Transformers: Age of Extinction' is behind the efforts to produce a sequel, with an agreement with EA now in place. The title is especially lucrative to the Chinese market considering that a third of the film's entire worldwide box office was raised in the Chinese market. The only current roadblock is Dreamworks pictures who hold the rights, but with apparently little desire to move ahead, could conceivably be transferred with the right amount of cash.


As of now, there's currently no word on a script or cast, but the partnership have assured that much of the film would be filmed in China, with Chinese cast members and could begin as early as this year if negotiations conclude successfully.

Google reportedly planning monthly subscription service for YouTube

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Apr 9, 2015 4:27 am

According to an e-mail sent out to Google partners today, the Mountain View-based search giant will soon be offering a monthly subscription service to YouTube, which would offer an ad-free experience.




The e-mail says: "Your fans want choices. Not only do they want to watch what they want, whenever they want, anywhere, and on any device they choose, they want YouTube features built specifically with their needs in mind. Over the past several months, we've taken bold new steps to bring these experiences to life. Since inviting hundreds of thousands of fans into our YouTube Music Key Beta, we've seen tremendous engagement. And we've seen an equally enthusiastic response for our new YouTube Kids app, designed to give families a simpler and safer video-viewing experience- it's already crossed 2 million installations in less than one month.


We're excited to build on this momentum by taking another big step in favor of choice: offering fans an ads-free version of YouTube for a monthly fee. By creating a new paid offering, we'll generate a new source of revenue that will supplement your fast growing advertising revenue".


We should expect YouTube to unveil its monthly subscription service before the end of the year, with a sure to be competitive price.

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