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ROCCAT begins shipping its Tyon gaming mouse

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: 1 day, 14 hours ago

ROCCAT has announced that it is shipping its new Tyon gaming mouse, which features a dorsal fin, 16 assignable buttons, and 31 distinct functions. ROCCAT has made its new Tyon gaming mouse available at Best Buy, too.

 

 

All of those buttons and functions allows ROCCAT's Tyon to be an "efficient, combat-ready and aestherically facscinating masterpiece for all genres, including MMO, RPG, and more". René Korte, Founder and CEO of ROCCAT said: "Today's games demand that players master the different layers and dimensions of gameplay, whether on land, at sea, in air or space. The efforts placed on perfecting the Tyon is beyond comparison and we are confident that it will take gaming to the next level".

 

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ROCCAT's new Tyon gaming mouse features a two-click button which is placed between the mouse wheel, providing a comfortable mid-finger action, known as the Dorsal Fin. Tyon features 576KB of on-board memory to save all of your settings and macros, an 8200DPI Pro-Aim Laser Sensor that ensures you get your target, and programmable dual lighting RGBY illumination for both the lower rim and wheel of the Tyon.

 

ROCCAT's Tyon is available online and at Best Buy right now for $99.99.

eMusic dropping major record labels, choosing to go back to indie

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: 1 day, 15 hours ago

Online music service eMusic is dropping major record labels as it plans to leave "the mainstream music business" and return back to the independent music scene. Of note, the company will drop music from Sony, Warner and Universal - a bold move at a time when streaming and digital download services try to cozy up to the big record labels.

 

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eMusic was one of the original music services which began offering subscriptions for listeners, and was one of the best known services to find new indie music. The decision will also drop indie artists that have their music distributed using major record studios.

 

"Beginning Oct. 1, 2014, the leading download-to-own music retailer will be exiting the mainstream music business and exclusively offering independent music," the company said in a public statement. "The company's goal is to build the most extensive catalog of independent music in the world."

Lizard Squad hacker group targets Call of Duty, Destiny servers

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 day, 15 hours ago

The little-known Lizard Squad hacker group recently disrupted online servers of Destiny and Call of Duty: Ghosts, as the group continues to rack up victims. This is more troubling for Destiny, one of the most anticipated game launches of the year, as it was only released on Sept. 9 and has a large following. Lizard Squad has been relatively dormant the past few weeks, staying out of the headlines as it prepared distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks against Destiny and CoD: Ghosts servers.

 

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Following its initial introduction to the world, the group received a large amount of criticism from gamers, game industry officials, and fellow hackers. After the group issued a fake bomb threat against an American Airlines flight carrying a Sony executive, many wondered how much longer the group would be able to operate.

FBI busts man accused of selling smartphone spyware to infect users

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 day, 16 hours ago

The U.S. government has arrested Hammad Akbar, CEO of InvoCode, a company known to sell a type of spyware designed to snoop on mobile users. The app in question, StealthGenie, allowed users to record outgoing and incoming calls, intercept calls, activate a device and monitor surrounding conversations within a short distance, and track email, SMS messages, voice mail, and other critical phone behaviors.

 

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It would only take a few moments to successfully install the spyware on a phone, which would give the app user a frightening amount of surveillance capability. Akbar reportedly tried to advertise and sell the spyware app over the Internet, with a focus on helping users catch cheating partners and spouses.

 

"Selling spyware is not just reprehensible, it's a crime," said Leslie Caldwell, Assistant Attorney General, in a press statement. "Apps like StealthGenie are expressly designed for use by stalkers and domestic abusers who want to know every detail of a victim's personal life - all without the victim's knowledge. The Criminal Division is committed to cracking down on those who seek to profit from technology designed and used to commit brazen invasions of individual privacy."

Bill Gates added $9 billion to his stack-o-cash in the last year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 1 day, 23 hours ago

Bill Gates has climbed back to the top of Forbes' list of the 400 wealthiest Americans, with a total net worth of $81.2 billion. The next richest American on the list of Warren Buffett, who has $13.4 billion less than Gates, with $67.8 billion.

 

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Considering Gates has donated close to a third of his money, or around $30 billion, is massive. Gates has donated the $30 billion to charity, mostly through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. With that much money on its own, you could be the 16th most richest person in the United States. Over the past 12 months, Gates has added $9 billion to his net worth, mostly due to big gains in Microsoft shares.

 

Gates' return on his investments in Canadian National Railway and trash company Republic Services are also providing him with a nice injection of cash. He also owns a big chunk of stock in tractor maker Deere & Co. and South American McDonald's franchise, Arcos Dorados.

OnePlus aiming to release OnePlus One 2 mid next year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 2 days ago

OnePlus hit the headlines this year with its OnePlus One smartphone, but failed to grab much marketshare with issues of producing enoguh smartphones and getting it into consumers' hands quick enough.

 

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But, we're hearing about the OnePlus One 2 now, and during a recent interview on Reddit, Carl and David from OnePlus answered a slew of questions about the future of OnePlus, and their upcoming devices. They were asked if Android L would appear on an upcoming OnePlus device, with Carl saying: "OnePlus 2 should be out in Q2 or Q3 of 2015. By that time, I'd think Android L would be standard. :)"

 

Carl also responded to users' claims that they found the form factor of the OnePlus One to be too large, where he replied: "We've seen a lot of people asking for a smaller device, and want to let everyone know that we hear you. We're thinking about it". Even right now, the OnePlus One isn't available commercially, but the company will be launching its pre-order program by the end of next month, where it should sell smartphones at a faster rate than its current invite-only program allows.

Visceral Games promises Battlefield: Hardline 'will work' at launch

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 days, 1 hour ago

After the mess that was the launch of Battlefield 4, EA is taking a much different, and more appropriate path for the launch of the Visceral Games-developed Battlefield: Hardline. The company delayed it into 2015, but it looks like it could be for a good reason.

 

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At the Tokyo Game Show, Game Revolution talked with Ian Milham, the Creative Director of Visceral Games. Game Revolution asked Milham whether the game will be 100% ready at launch, as most games these days don't seem ready for their big launches, with pretty much every big game launched lately enjoying its fair share of problems. Milham replied with: "What you're basically asking is, 'Is you're game going to work?' and the answer is yes, it's gonna work. We actually started on this more than a year before Battlefield 4 came out".

 

He continued: "We've been working with the DICE guys for a long time; some of our engineering work is actually in Battlefield 4 and things they've been doing since then. It's in pretty great shape now and all that work is gonna come into what we're doing". Milham also added: "We already had one very successful beta, we're going to have another beta on every platform we ship on. We take shipping a working game pretty seriously. So, yes, the game will work".

 

Milham did have a disclaimer, adding that there will be the usual hiccups, as the game is shipping out on five different platforms. But, overall, he has confidence that Battlefield: Hardline will avoid major problems when it launches, pointing to the fact that gamers have been thrashing Hardline at trade shows for countless hours, without crashing. At TGS for example, Battlefield: Hardline was featured with rounds of 8 vs 8 multiplayer, without an issue.

Google's Project Ara will use a 'modified version of Android L'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 2 days, 2 hours ago

Android L is expected to be unveiled with the forthcoming Nexus 6 smartphone, which should sport a 5.9-inch QHD display, but this new mobile OS will be modified for Google's modular Project Ara smartphone.

 

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Google's Paul Eremenko has teased that we are to expect hot-swappable components, so that users can switch out the camera module for example, without having to power off the entire phone. Virtually every single component will be hot-swappable, apart from the display and the CPU. On its Phonebloks blog, Google said: "Project Ara will use a modified version of Android L, developed in collaboration with Linaro. Thanks to this version, the modules, except the CPU and the display, will be hot swappable".

 

These hot-swappable modules will be made available through the Google Play store, which will open up "a new online store" to sell the modules too. We should expect the modular smartphone to be made available to consumers early next year.

Ryse compared on a PC versus Xbox One video, shames Xbox One version

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 days, 3 hours ago

Ryse is going to hit the PC soon, after being an Xbox One exclusive and launch title for Microsoft. The Crytek developed game is now being compared between the Xbox One and PC in a new video, which you can watch below.

 

 

I watched that video, and to me, I didn't see much of a graphical change between the two. I did notice massively increased frame rates on the PC, and reduced motion blur, but only slight upgrades in terms of texture quality and animation. Digital Foundry are behind the video, noting that they were playing with the preview build of Ryse for PC, which isn't the complete version gamers will receive soon.

 

Richard Leadbetter of Digital Foundry explained that he found the PC version can improve in two very obvious areas: resolution and frame rate. Leadbetter said: "The PC version we tested-a two-level press demo-offers the opportunity to resolve these issues conclusively. Slotting a Radeon R9 290 into our Core i7 3770K PC overclocked to 4.3GHz, Ryse's spectacular opening renders beautifully at a native 1080p, with a flawless 60fps update. A 30fps cap is included in the options, but crucially, Crytek allows PC users to run fully unlocked - and given the right hardware, the impact is spectacular".

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Project Cars developers aiming for 1080p at 60FPS on Xbox One and PS4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 days, 4 hours ago

Project Cars is shaping up to be one of the best, if not the best-looking racing game of all time, but how will it look on the now current generation consoles?

 

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Slightly Mad Studios, the developer behind the game, has said that they are aiming for 1080p at 60FPS on both the Xbox One and PS4. Andy Tudor from Slightly Mad Studios talked with Eurogamer recently, where he said that even though the recent work-in-progress versions of the Xbox One version of the game were "not quite 1080p at the moment" the studio is "still aiming to get there".

 

Tudor continued: "Towards the end of the game you're always optimizing, and during development it's a rollercoaster. Sometimes you look at the game and think oh god, that's not working, that's not working. But other days you hit 60 fps, and it's awesome". Tudor also explained that the "physics underneath runs at 600 times a second" and that the developer calculates "the input you're doing on the controller 250 times per second". Project Cars slides onto gamers' rigs and consoles on November 18, arriving on SteamOS and Wii U next year.

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