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Vizio sold TV viewing habits without permission

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 7, 2017 9:33 am

Vizio has been tracking, selling your TV viewing habits - in something that we've found out from a settlement with the FTC and the New Jersey Attorney General, costing Vizio a swift $2.2 million.

 

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The $2.2 million settlement will settle the state and federal charges placed against Vizio, as the company were busted installing software on 11 million smart TVs to track viewing histories, all without consumer knowledge. Vizio is being order ed to delete any user data that was scooped up before March 1, 2016.

 

Vizio was busted working with a third-party company to build its smart TVs that were capable of capturing "second-by-second" viewing information about what's being displayed on the screen. This information captured includes what was on your cable, internet, set-top boxes, DVD players, over-the-air broadcasts, and other streaming devices.

 

FTC senior attorney Lesley Fair says that Vizio have been tracking users on their smart TVs since 2014, with Fair adding that Vizio were selling the viewing data to advertisers. This data included IP addresses that could be matched to the owner, and household.

 

Furthermore, third parties could use the information to secure personal data such as sex, age, income, marital status, household size, education, and home ownership. But don't worry, Vizio didn't allow the companies it was working with to identify users by name, but it did allow those third parties to track user habits across devices", reports Engadget.

Zelda: Breath of the Wild goes gold, ready for Switch

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Fashion meets Tech | Posted: Feb 7, 2017 8:06 am

Nintendo is gearing up for the massive launch of its next-gen Switch console on March 3, and now its system seller Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is ready, as the game has just gone gold.

 

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The development team celebrated Breath of the Wild going gold, with an image by Monolith Soft developer Yasuyuki Honne posting an image to Twitter.

 

Monolith helped out by providing some thoughts on how the open world nature of Breath of the Wild should feel, as they had previously worked on Xenoblade Chronicles X.

 

Nintendo will launch its next-gen Switch console alongside The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and I'm sure the sales are going to be in the healthy many millions mark.

DRM giant forgets to secure server, log files leaked

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 7, 2017 6:48 am

Denuvo has been in the headlines lately with the DRM-maker being a part of some of the biggest games of the last 12 months, and now the company is faking something very different - with a massive chunk of private web-form messages being leaked.

 

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The first messages appeared on 4chan, with the messages including contact between game developers and Denuvo. The 11MB file has messages from Denuvo's public contact form, with messages from all the way back to April 25, 2014 - furthermore, it seems like their web database content is totally unsecured, with root directors for "fileadmin" and "logs" opened at the time of writing.

 

There are also messages from game developers like 343 Industries asking Denuvo about applying their DRM tech to Halo Wars games on the PC, Harmonix Games asked about an in-person meeting during GDC this year, and Capcom asked for a few things, too. Other developers including Ninja Theory and TaleWords also saw their private messages with Denuvo opened to the world.

Amazon teases drone delivery as 'Prime Air' in the US

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Feb 7, 2017 5:49 am

Amazon is making big moves to take over the skies with drone deliveries, teasing its purported Prime Air delivery service during the Super Bowl this year.

 

 

The company ran what would've been a very expensive ad spot, showing a couple sitting on the couch - with the man licking the Doritos' dust from his fingers, with the woman then gives a sarcastic reply to Amazon Echo. She says: "Alexa, reorder Doritos from Prime Air", with Echo replying with: "Ok, look for delivery soon" and then a drone comes into focus... beautiful, convenient - and the future of me being even lazier.

 

Amazon makes note that the Prime Air drone delivery isn't a real thing... yet, but expect that drone deliveries - and what should end up as Prime Air, will be the future of Amazon's delivery dominance in the future.

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Fallout 4's High Res Textures won't download? Try this!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 7, 2017 5:21 am

Bethesda have released their new High Resolution Texture Pack for Fallout 4, which weighs in at a damn hefty 54.7GB - but there are some people, myself included, who can't download it.

 

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Fallout 4's own DLC tab doesn't appear for me, but those with mods installed have no issues. If you're having a problem finding, or being able to download the 54GB high-res texture package, here's a trick that should help you.

 

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Right click 'Fallout 4' in your game library, and click 'View Downloadable Content'.

 

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You should see the High Resolution Texture Pack in the menu, with the checkbox - untick it, close the DLC tab. Reopen the DLC tab, and tick it again - and you should begin downloading the Fallout 4 High Resolution Texture Pack.

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Minecraft used to pitch Gigafactory facility to Tesla

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 7, 2017 5:00 am

Minecraft has been used in a way that I didn't expect, with Lithuania using the game to pitch Tesla on their new Gigafactory facility.

 

 

The Northern European country wants to be the home of Gigafactory 2 facility, with the video above showing a cinematic time lapse of the facility's construction, while the country provides some details on why Lithuania is a great destination.

 

Tesla loved it, tweeting the video out a couple of days ago.

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GDDR6 will launch this year, 16Gbps bandwidth on offer

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Feb 7, 2017 4:36 am

AMD will be launching the first consumer graphics card with HBM2 in a few months with its next-gen Vega GPU architecture, but later this year Micron will be launching its new GDDR6 technology.

 

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GDDR6 will eventually replace GDDR5, but not the faster GDDR5X, by 2020 according to some reports. GDDR6 is capable of 16Gbps bandwidth, up from the 10Gbps on GDDR5X, and up significantly from the 7-8Gbps from GDDR5.

 

Micron is bringing up the release of GDDR6 because people are upgrading their graphics cards every 3 years, rather than 5 years or so.

AMD hits LG, Vizio products with patent infringement

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 7, 2017 4:07 am

AMD is getting confident against some very large companies over a patent infringement, with LG, MediaTek, Vizio, and Sigma Designs all in AMD's crosshairs right now.

 

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AMD filed the claim last month, saying that the four companies are manufacturing products that infringe on two patents filed by ATI, and one owned by AMD as well. The patent infringements claim that the companies are infringements with unified shaders, graphics processing architecture, and parallel pipeline graphics systems.

 

An interesting take on AMD's pursuit is that MediaTek, LG, Vizio, and Sigma Designs normally license their GPU technology from third-party companies like Imagination and ARM. AMD is now suing the manufacturers direct, versus the physical products that the companies are making. AMD is alleging that the infringed products include MediaTek's Helio P10 processor that powers a few LG smartphones, while the Sigma Design SX7 (STV7701) processor for 4K TVs with HDR support, something Vizio uses inside of their high-end TVs.

 

AMD also makes a note about Samsung and GlobalFoundries having licensed the IP covered by the infringed patents, continuing that anyone infringing on its patents damages the legitimate licensees of AMD's IP. AMD is aiming for the infringing devices banned from import and sale in the US, which would affect many different products between LG and Vizio.

AOC's 35-inch UltraWide monitor: 200Hz and AMD FreeSync

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Feb 7, 2017 3:49 am

AOC has just blasted its new AGON AG35QCX FreeSync monitor into the gaming arena, a beasty new 35-inch 21:9 display with a native resolution of 2560x1080 and massive 200Hz refresh rate, backed by FreeSync.

 

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The new AOC AGON AG35QCX uses a 35-inch MVA panel with 4ms response, and has a 2000mm curve that also supports 100x100m VESA mounting. The design of the display is also damn nice, with a headphone hook on the right - perfect for gamers and headphone owners.

 

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We also have a 4-port USB 3.0 hub and built-in 5W speakers, but it's the price that is the biggest draw card, with AOC setting a price of £599.99 at Overclockers UK, which converts to $748. The closest competitor is the Acer Predator X35, which costs $1000+ on Amazon right now.

Find the Origin of Evil in our 'Ouija' Blu-ray giveaway!

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Feb 7, 2017 3:39 am

To celebrate this week's release of 'Ouija: The Origin of Evil' on Blu-ray and DVD, we have 15 Blu-rays to give away thanks to our friends at Universal Sony Home Entertainment.

 

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When you talk to the other side, you never know who will be listening. It was never just a game. Inviting audiences again into the lore of the spirit board, Ouija: Origin of Evil tells a terrifying new tale in 1967 Los Angeles. A widowed mother and her two daughters add a new stunt to bolster their seance scam business and unwittingly invite authentic evil into their home. When the youngest daughter is overtaken by the merciless spirit, this small family confronts unthinkable fears to save her and send her possessor back to the other side.

 

To go into the running to win a prize, simply answer the following question in 50 words or less:

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