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900 million Qualcomm-powered smartphones open to malware

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 9, 2016 3:24 am

Qualcomm is in some serious hot water right now, with Check Point revealing four vulnerabilities under the QuadRooter name that take advantage of issues with Qualcomm's drivers to install malware onto Qualcomm-based smartphones, in which there are 900 million right now.




The malware can hit the Qualcomm driver software such as graphics, memory and routing in order to get root level access that can hijack your smartphone. The attack doesn't even sound hard, with Engadget reporting that all an attacker needs to do is "load a seemingly innocuous, permissions-free app to deliver the payload".


There are over 900 million Android-based, Qualcomm-powered smartphones in the world, with Qualcomm powering the large majority of the 1.4 billion Android smartphones in the world right now. Most of the latest flagship smartphones use Qualcomm processors, like the LG G5, HTC 10, and some variants of the Samsung Galaxy S7.


If you want to make sure you're vulnerable to this software, Check Point has some software you can download and run on your smartphone. But, three of the four issues have been patched, with the fourth one set to be fixed soon.

Samsung to go all-in on curved displays with Galaxy S8

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 9, 2016 1:32 am

Samsung hasn't even unleashed its new Galaxy Note 7 smartphone yet and the rumor mill is already kicking off with reports of Samsung going all-in on curved displays with the next-gen Galaxy S8 smartphone.




Right now, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge have a big difference between them in that the S7 edge has a curved display whereas the Galaxy S7 has a normal flat display. Even the new Galaxy Note 7 has a beautiful dual curved display, with the Galaxy S8 rumored to be the first smartphone (after the phablet-sized Galaxy Note 7, that is) that Samsung releases with no flat version in sight.


The Korea Herald reports: "Samsung has considered that it would make the edge display as the identity of the Galaxy S smartphone lineup if the company can provide consumers differentiated user experience through software and user-friendly functions (for the curved screen)".

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Be 'The Boss' in our latest Blu-ray giveaway

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Aug 9, 2016 1:28 am

To celebrate this week's release of The Boss on Blu-ray and DVD, we have ten Blu-ray copies to give away thanks to our friends at Universal Sony Home Entertainment.




Watch your assets. Academy Award-nominated star Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids) headlines The Boss as a titan of industry who is sent to prison after she's caught for insider trading. When she emerges ready to rebrand herself as America's latest sweetheart, not everyone she screwed over is so quick to forgive and forget.


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

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Fox juggling 'X-Files' cast schedules for another season

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Aug 9, 2016 12:40 am

Continuing from the confirmation from head honcho Dana Walden that Fox was attempting to mount more 'X-Files' episodes earlier this year, it seems the studio is still trying to get the deals done.




According to SlashFilm, Fox Broadcasting Company Entertainment President David Madden has confirmed the studio is trying to align schedules to make it happen. "We would obviously love to do another season. There are significant talks going on with all three of the principals. Schedules are hard but we're working hard to get this done". Walden continued, touching on some of the mixed reviews for the limited season. "I would just add the show was off the air for a very long time and was introduced to a variety of new viewers through OTT platforms. There was still a lot of time to cover in these six episodes. They had the challenge of filling in the mythology and how they go to where they were at the start of the six. Going forward, there won't be the same obligation to reset the series. "

Scientists want to map world's oceans, Google helping

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Aug 8, 2016 11:34 pm

150 oceanographers are on board for a 14-year long project that will map the Earth's unknown ocean floor. The plan is to use sonar-equipped ships, unmanned submarines, and other vessels to create a Google Maps-style guide to the mountains, valleys, and volcanoes deep below sea level.




The project will be overseen by the General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (which has the backing of the UN), and will see Google helping.


A primary goal of the project is to help submarine captains avoid crashes; the USS San Francisco struck an underwater mountain 525 feet beneath the Pacific Ocean in 2005, killing one crew member and injuring 97 others.

AMD drivers released for RX 470, RX 460

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Aug 8, 2016 10:00 pm

Radeon drivers are out now for new RX 470 and RX 460 owners. Whether you have the card or not though, there are some other relevant bits in store.




Apart from the new card support, you get a CrossFire profile for Codemasters' F1 2016 (nearly two weeks ahead of launch), plus a variety of issue fixes (most notably for the subpar CrossFire performance in DOTA 2 and low framerate or stutter in Wolfenstein: The Old Blood on the RX 480).


For the full notes and download, hit the source. Alternately, just update through Radeon Settings.

Quake Champions could be free-to-play

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 8, 2016 8:41 pm

Much to the huge disappointment to its hardcore fanbase, Quake Champions could very well end up being a free-to-play arena shooter.



id Software turned quite a few heads when Quake Champions was announced at E3 2016. The multiplayer-only online arena shooter seemed to resurrect the long-lost art of blistering-paced visceral action, promising "no limitations" 120Hz action with unlocked frame rates. But all of that hype could be crushed by soul-sucking microtransactions.


PC Gamer recently asked id Software's Tim Willits about Quake Champions being retail or F2P, and here's what he said: "I can definitely say that is a really hard problem, and so for us we're trying to figure out exactly what people want more of, and how they perceive it. And I'm not even trying to be cagey! It's not like we know and just aren't trying to tell anybody, we don't know and we're still trying to figure this out."

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How to dive into game design without a degree

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: TweakTown | Posted: Aug 8, 2016 8:30 pm



Contrary to popular belief, you don't need to be a programming whiz to make games. In fact, you can learn the fundamentals of game design with zero coding experience. The Complete Game Design & Developer Bundle can turn even the greenest coder into a bona fide game designer for only $59.


This bundle includes the following courses:


  • Build iPad, iPhone & OS X Games for SpriteKit in Swift: Use Apple's own coding language to make iOS games
  • Professional Video Game Art School Course: Get exposed to 2D and 3D animation, layout, and design
  • The Complete HTML5 Mobile Game Development Course: Use HTML5 to make apps across several platforms
  • Unity3D 2016: Build, Program & Publish a Crossy Road Game: Create cross-platform games with minimal code
  • Learn 3D Modelling and Texturing from Scratch with Blender: Configure scene lighting, run basic simulations, and more with Blender
  • Learn Essential Game Development Principles by Designing Games for Apple TV & iOS: Build a 2D side-scroller for an emerging platform


Packed with over 120 hours of training in 2D and 3D game design, the Complete Game Design & Developer Bundle will help you master the tools needed to create hit games from the ground up on several platforms.


Normally $1,112, the Complete Game Design & Developer Bundle is available to TweakTown readers for more than 90% off its retail price, bringing the price down to only $59.

Hulu ending free streaming, expanding Yahoo parternship

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Online Video | Posted: Aug 8, 2016 7:31 pm

Hulu is ending its free streaming service and moving to a subscription only model. By no coincidence, it's also expanding its partnership with Yahoo, who will be launching Yahoo View, an ad-supported TV streaming site.




View will feature the five newest episodes of shows from ABC, NBC, and Fox, among others -- eight days after the original air date. Also available: day-after clips and full seasons of anime shows and Korean dramas.


"For the past couple years, we've been focused on building a subscription service that provides the deepest, most personalized content experience possible to our viewers," Hulu senior VP and head of experience Ben Smith explained in a statement. "As we have continued to enhance that offering with new originals, exclusive acquisitions, and movies, the free service became very limited and no longer aligned with the Hulu experience or content strategy."

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Watch the No Man's Sky dev livestream right here

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 8, 2016 6:48 pm

Sean Murray is playing No Man's Sky right now on Twitch, showing exactly what you can expect from the new patch.


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After years of development, No Man's Sky is almost upon us. Tomorrow it launches on PS4 and our long wait comes to an end. Hello Games boss Sean Murray has launched a livestream of the game to sample some of the new content added in by the massive day one patch, taking us on a tour of what we can expect with our journeys on the morrow. He's also revealing quite a bit about the game, showing us some interesting tidbits, including what happens when you die, planet-specific discoveries, and tons of items.


Also remember that No Man's Sky servers will be wiped twice ahead of the game's launch, so no one will have the upper edge when it comes to discoveries. Anyone who has an early copy will have to delete their save data to play the new patch.


Be sure to check out our huge list of No Man's Sky content to catch up on the game, and enjoy the stream!