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Mirror's Edge Catalyst PC requirements spotted, Ivy Bridge reins again

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Mirror's Edge Catalyst is coming soon, and the Faith driven shooter, powered by DICE's latest Frostbite, is going to be a graphical powerhouse on the PC. At least potentially. The PC requirements are now out and it looks like the recommended requirements, for a 1080P 60FPS experience, aren't terribly steep.




For the minimum level of enjoyment, DICE and EA seem to recommend a modest Ivy Bridge-based i3 or a six core/three module AMD FX processor paired with either an NVIDIA GTX 650 or an AMD Radeon R9 270X. Those cards are not the most expensive on the market, and with the right combination of settings, Catalyst should run just fine. The Frostbite engine is a very versatile one, capable of scaling up and down while still looking quite good. It's also very well optimized in the majority of games it's been employed in, with good multi-GPU support.


The beta for Mirror's Edge Catalyst begins on the 22nd of April and goes through the 26th. They had such a large response to the prospect of playing the beta that they actually stopped accepting any new applications after a mere 45-minutes after they opened up registration. The game will make use of the classic mechanics from the first, letting you run around the city of Glass completing missions in an open-world setting while free-running to get to where you're going. This time, it should be an even more open and fluid experience. The full PC specification recommendations are after the break.

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More PS2 classics are coming to the PlayStation 4, can you guess what?

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Mark your calendar folks, because on April 22nd Max Payne will be coming to the PlayStation 4, and will probably be just as vengeful as ever. The European PlayStation Blog revealed the date of the next classic game that'll make it the PS4 with their version of backward compatibility.




This will be the 22nd such game to be brought back to life, specifically from the era of the PlayStation 2, which has a great deal of classic, hit games. Sony has recognized the value in bringing back older titles to the platform quite some time ago when they started offering PSOne and PS2 classics via the PlayStation Network for the PlayStation 3 and Vita. They soon became popular items in the store, prompting them to continue, and evolve development to the newest platform.


Max Payne was originally released all the way back in 2001 for the PS2, the original Xbox and the PC. It was a smashing hit with its introduction of Bullet Time, a mechanism for slowing down time so you could more easily target the plethora of enemies that no doubt ambushed you often. April 22nd is the date that's available, though that might be exclusive to the EU PSN store, we'll update as we know more. The full list of PS2 games playable on the PS4 is just after the break.

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Apple quietly updates the new ultrathin Macbook, makes it viable again

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Apple's thin and light Macbook, a return to the popular less expensive non-pro brand, has been updated with new Skylake processors that should help increase already great battery life and boost performance while still keeping it just as petite.




The exterior has retained the same svelte 11.04 x 7.74 x 0.52-inch and 2.03lbs dimensions, but pick up a new Rose Gold finish to compliment the Space Grey, Silver and Gold options already in the store. The changes under the hood are evolutionary, changing out the Broadwell M processors for Skylake M. Now the $1,199 model comes standard with a new 1.1GHz dual-core Intel Core M3 attached to 256GB of PCIe-based storage with 8GB of LPDDR3 1866 and Intel's HD 516 pulling graphics duty. The more expensive $1,599 model switches to a Skylake-based 1.2GHz Intel Core M5, 512GB of PCIe-based storage and the same 8GB of LPDDR3 1866. There's an option for both models to upgrade their storage and the processor to a more speedy M7 variety as well.


One of the major complaints against the re-envisioned Macbook was that the storage was much slower than it should have been, being purely SATA based, which has now been fixed at absolutely no price increase. The inclusion of the new processors should help with battery life and even the overall experience. Battery life is quoted as being an hour longer at around 10 for browsing and 11 fro movie playback. The original is a testement to the memory management and general efficiency of OSX, with most tasks being completed with ablomb. You won't use it as a primary video editing platform, however.

Congress is finally investigating SS7 mobile network security flaw

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Cellular networks are already pretty insecure as they are. Voice is sent unencrypted and in the clear despite having the necessary hardware to support even light encryption methods. Spoofing cellular towers, too, isn't exactly the most difficult thing to do either, but that's small potatoes compared to a vulnerability in the Signalling System No. 7 telephony protocol that can allow a potential malefactor to track you across the globe, with relative ease. Congress is now taking an interest and investigating these vulnerabilities.




The interest in the issue began with the airing of a 60 Minutes piece where Sharyn Alfonsi and a German computing enthusiast who specializes in nefarious programming techniques, showed off just how easy it is to exploit the SS7 protocol to track cellphone users. To demonstrate their point, the pair recruited US Representative Ted Lieu and asked him to use a new, not modified, iPhone when conducting staff phone calls. With just the phone number, they were able to pinpoint the location of the US Representative wherever he had the phone, and they were even able to record conversations he was having as well. It apparently didn't take much effort on the part of the researchers, either.


Mr. Lieu, following the demonstration he took part in, called for an official full investigation into the matter so that the vulnerabilities can be addressed. The flaw is something that potentially affects quite a few different markets, within the US and abroad, which could pose serious privacy issues. Not to mention if someone should use the flaw to target individuals as part of pre-meditated actions.

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Google wins 11-year court battle over book rights

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

In 2005, the Authors Guild sued Google for scanning book excerpts for its database. 11 years later, the battle is over, and Google has won resoundingly following a judgment from the Supreme Court, which denied the option for appeal.




The Guild claimed the project hurt authors' abilities to make money from their work, while Google claimed everything it was doing was protected under fair use laws. After the ruling, both parties echoed these sentiments.


"We believed then and we believe now that authors should be compensated when their work is copied for commercial purposes," said Authors Guild president Roxana Robinson.

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Netflix CEO not opposed to offline playback

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Online Video | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Streaming services like Spotify and Amazon Instant Video offer the option for offline playback -- the key benefit of which is the ability to listen to or watch content in situations where Wi-Fi is not available -- and it may only be a matter of time before Netflix offers the same. Its CEO Reed Hastings, when questioned on the prospect in an earnings call this week, clearly indicated it's not something he's opposed to.




"We should keep an open mind on all this... as we expand around the world where we see an uneven set of networks, it's something we should keep an open mind about."


Should the service one day implement it, it's likely stored content would disappear after 48 hours.

Vizio's new 4K TVs start at $469, end at $3,999

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

If you want the high fidelity a 4K TV offers but don't want to sell your pets to get one, Vizio is offering a 43'' $469.99 option with its E-Series. It doesn't come with anything in the way of bells of whistles as far as we can tell, but it should get the job done.




Its other budget options include the 32'' $229.99 and 43'' $369.99 E-series TVs, which are full HD as opposed to 4K, but offer SmartCast (allowing you to send your favourite apps to the TV).


On the higher-end, Vizio has two 2016 M-Series 4K TVs: $849.99 for a 50'' and $3,999.99 for an 80''. For your hard-earned dough, you get support for high dynamic range (HDR), Dolby Vision, and SmartCast. Then there's the $1,699.99 70'' E-series offering, which also doesn't seem to come with any bells and whistles, but offers massive size and extreme resolution for a not completely obscene amount of money.

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John Romero is being a bigger tease about his upcoming FPS game

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 19, 2016 1:55 pm

John Romero has long been rumored to be working on a new game, but there's been precious little info available to actually go on aside from his confirmations. HOXAR might just be the name of that mysterious new game, if the info is sound.



That website is for a fictional company supposedly set in his new game world. The company develops immersive holodeck like experiences without the use of any sort of headset. Presumably, this is set up as a marketing stunt to help introduce us to the new, thriving world. It lends a bit of realism to the characters and is something that Romero and crew have done with past games, specifically the UAC website for Doom 3.


Unfortunately, this still doesn't give away much aside from what we might see as a start to the story of the game. It's safe to say that this technology will have some impact inside the new FPS, which it's likely to be considering that's the primary genre that he's responsible for creating. Mum has been the word up until now, but since the cat is crawling out of the bag, maybe he'll be kind enough to release a few details soon.

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Google Play Music introduces podcasts for US, Canada residents only

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Apps | Posted: Apr 19, 2016 1:00 pm

Podcasts come to Google Play Music at last today, but unfortunately, the service is only for US and Canada residents. One of the beautiful things about podcasting is anyone in the world can hear it (in theory, anyway), so this is quite the detriment for many would-be users. We've contacted Google for comment and will update this story should we hear back.




Included features: podcast suggestions, subscriptions, notifications; missing features comprise mark as read, playback speed, and RSS, among others. In other words, this is a pretty bare bones service. On the plus side, the design appears great.


To try out Google Play Music podcasts for yourself, update the app through the Play Store now.