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ResetPlug reboots your router when internet goes out

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Networking | Posted: May 4, 2016 2:07 pm

The newly available ResetPlug is a smart plug that keeps your internet connection as fluid as possible. When it goes out (and it's bound to from time to time), the plug detects this and resets power automatically, getting you back online quickly (assuming all you need is a reset).

 

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If the reset doesn't work the first time, ResetPlug will keep trying. You might worry this would destroy your router's power supply or power circuit should your connection remain out for an extended period, but it resets every five minutes by default and this value is adjustable up or down during setup. As such, there shouldn't be issues.

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Dishonored 2 lets you play as Corvo or Emily, has dynamic endings

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 4, 2016 1:47 am

Bethesda has formally announced that Dishonored 2 releases on November 11, 2016 on PS4, Xbox One and PC, along with a few new tidbits about the game.

 

 

Dishonored 2 will actually feature two playable protagonists--Corvo Attano and Empress Emily Kaldwin--and players will be able to choose between the two. It looks like Emily and Corvo each have their own unique abilities, offering more replay value for the first-person stealth adventure. Bethsoft also revealed that Dishonored 2 will react to specific decisions you make in the game, unlocking dynamic missions that ultimately culminate in multiple endings. So on top of the dual-protagonist mechanic, we'll get an extra layer of replay value with the endings.

 

"Reprise your role as a supernatural assassin in Dishonored 2. Play your way in a world where mysticism and industry collide. Will you choose to play as Empress Emily Kaldwin or the royal protector, Corvo Attano? Will you make your way through the game unseen, make full use of its brutal combat system or use a blend of both? How will you combine your character's unique set of powers, weapons and gadgets to eliminate your enemies? The story responds to your choices, leading to intriguing outcomes as you play through each of the game's hand-crafted missions."

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New Watch Dogs 2 lead character reportedly leaked

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 3, 2016 11:11 pm

If these leaks are accurate, Watch Dogs 2 will feature a brand new protagonist.

 

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Sullen hacker Aiden Pearce apparently won't be returning for Watch Dogs 2, and now thanks to an accidental leak we have a our first purported glimpse at the sequel's main protagonist. Performance artist and actor TheKingCort, who did motion capture and lent his likeness to the new hipster hacker character, prematurely posted the protagonist on hits Instagram page. King's Instagram feed is now set to private, and the post has presumably been taken down.

 

Ubisoft has already confirmed that Watch Dogs 2 will release in 2017, likely before the end of April of next year. Since a new Assassin's Creed won't release in 2016, Watch Dogs 2 will likely take its place, but a 2016 release might conflict with Ubi's original statements. AMD also confirmed that Watch Dogs 2 will be optimized for AMD video cards with extensive DirectX 12 support.

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YouTube testing clean Material design

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 3, 2016 6:37 pm

YouTube has had a pretty similar and somewhat chaotic design for a good six years or so, but it looks like that may finally change. A fresh and clean new design based on Google's Material platform has surfaced online, indicating it's likely in testing as you read this.

 

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If you'd like to try it yourself, open Chrome and follow the steps below as outlined by redditor giorgiomarinel:

 

  • 1) go to https:www.youtube.com/?gl=US
  • 2) open the developer tools (ctrl + shift + i)
  • 3) go to the 'Resources´ tab and delete the VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE cookie for the youtube domain
  • 4) go to the console and define the VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE cookie using the following command:
  • document.cookie="VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE=Qa1hUZu3gtk;path=/;domain=.youtube.com";
  • 5) reload the page

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Twitter stock falls to all-time low

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 3, 2016 5:00 pm

Twitter's stocks dropped to $13.90 this morning according to Bloomberg, an all-time low since the company's public inception three years ago. It rose slightly to $13.99 later in the day, putting its market cap at $9.7 billion: a significant drop versus last week's $14 billion, which was estimated prior to the release of the company's quarterly results. As of press time, they sit at $14.08.

 

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Things haven't been going well for Twitter lately, between a recent smattering of executive departures and a trend of dropping stock values. Months ago, The New Yorker went so far as to say the end is near for the social media service, while USA Today stated about the same time that it could go on for hundreds of years due in part to its $3 billion cash reserves. We're inclined to think the truth is somewhere in between.

The Rock's alarm clock app inspires you to get up in the morning

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Apps | Posted: May 3, 2016 3:34 pm

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has a new iOS and Android app designed to motivate you to get out of bed in the morning and make the day your...well, you know. Appropriately named "The Rock Clock", it lets you set a personal goal, choose when you want to get up, and then wake up to a message from The Rock himself.

 

 

Other features include video messages from The Rock, 25 custom alarm tones, and "Rock Time", which syncs your alarm with The Rock so "you get up when he does" (probably not smart if you don't live in the Pacific Northwest). Amusingly, there's an intentional lack of snooze alarm because "The Rock is not a fan of that button."

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By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: May 3, 2016 3:00 pm

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Expert says self-driving cars means more car sex

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: May 3, 2016 2:07 pm

Driverless cars give rise to a variety of concerns for drivers and industry members alike. The latest: sex behind the behind the wheel, which has at least one expert on edge.

 

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"I am predicting that, once computers are doing the driving, there will be a lot more sex in cars," states Barrie Kirk of the Canadian Automated Vehicles Centre of Excellence. And while that sounds like a great thing, he points out the potentially dangerous side, saying, "That's one of several things people will do which will inhibit their ability to respond quickly when the computer says to the human, 'Take over."'

 

Videos are already online showing those in Tesla driverless vehicles engaged in activities like reading a newspaper or brushing their teeth, so sex isn't much of a stretch.

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NVIDIA's next-gen GeForce teased with 'Order of 10' mystery

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 3, 2016 11:00 am

NVIDIA's big reveal of its next-gen GeForce video cards is just days away, with the company teasing select members of the press with its 'Order of 10' mystery. What is the 'Order of 10' mystery you ask? Well, it's a teaser and countdown to the GeForce 1000 series reveal.

 

 

First off, some tech press received a mystery box that led them to the site orderof10.com, with a hexagon image with each side the equivalent of a piece puzzle. The site could be accessed by entering a code from the triangle that is found inside of the box, which was also sent to tech sites. The box has a '10' logo embedded on the front, with a single triangle with the code found inside.

 

GamersNexus found another link that led to a reveal countdown that ends on Friday, May 6. This is the day that NVIDIA will reportedly unveil its next-gen cards, but the puzzle is an interesting piece of marketing. The six pages on the site were: Collision, Structure, Circles, Compute, Vision, and Astronomy. Each puzzle leads to the next, solving the entire mystery.

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Polaris is exciting, but will this be the GPU we're looking for?

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 3, 2016 4:12 am

Polaris might be the brightest point in the sky, but what about the GPU?

 

There's a tremendous amount of excitement surrounding the upcoming Polaris P10 and P11 GPUs, as there rightfully should be. This marks a sort of subtle change in direction for AMD for some time. If rumors are true about the size and relative expected raw power of these two chips, then neither represent a true successor to Fiji, but will instead be a faster an far more power efficient Hawaii, which still continues to grow its performance with additional driver releases.

 

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But that doesn't necessarily mean an end to the "Big" Polaris debate, nor does it mean we won't be seeing the all-out performance infused chip that holds back nothing. It just means that AMD has found an underserved market at, perhaps, lower price-points that don't quite have the stuff to power good VR experiences and that might also be power hungry beasts. So what did they do? From the reports that we've been hearing, it seems like they aim to take on that mainstream market from the bottom up, potentially having completely new Polaris based cards in all segments.

 

That's a good thing because it adds a tremendous amount of choice and also pave the way for a much faster "Big" Polaris, or Vega, in the future. It's true that the mid-range and mainstream are probably the most sold cards out there. Not everyone can, or wants to, buy the top-end at $599 and above. It's not always the most sensible option. P11, though it may not be the Fiji and Titan X killer we want, most certainly can be faster, at a similar price point to the R9 390X and while using far less power.

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