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'Simpsons' characters to be recast after core cast member leaves

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Coming just days after 'The Simpsons', the longest running scripted TV show of all time, was re-confirmed for a further two seasons by the Fox Network, one of the core voice actor cast members has parted ways with the production.




Veteran comedian Harry Shearer, the voice behind Mr. Burns, Smithers, Ned Flanders, Reverend Lovejoy, Kent Brockman, Dr. Hibbert, Lenny, Principal Skinner, Otto and many many more has taken to Twitter to announce that he "won't be part" of the show moving forward.



'Simpsons' show runner Al Jean told 'New York Times' journalist that "we do not plan to kill off characters like Burns and Flanders but will recast with the finest voiceover talent available."



Harry Shearer will return for one more episode of the show which airs this weekend in the U.S.

Some of the mods for Grand Theft Auto V contain nasty malware

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

If you've been downloading mods for Grand Theft Auto V, we would suggest you take a break and look at which versions you've been downloading as they could contain some very nasty malware.




We've noticed on the GTA Forums that the "Angry Planes" and "NoClip" mods for GTA V have malware, and you could be at risk. The GTA Forums post notes that "The virus could have deleted itself after grabbing what it needed to cover its tracks". The post on the forums is quite detailed, with an 11-step list of instructions on how to remove the issue.


The post does note: "If you downloaded Angry Planes or NoClip and played GTA V with them, you were most likely hit with a keylogger or other methods of password grabbing, and I strongly suggest changing all passwords. Do the steps above first before changing them. Just because you don't see any of the files above, don't assume you weren't hit. The virus could have had a way of deleting itself from your computer to cover traces. I'd also suggest using something like Keepass in the future for keeping your passwords in an encrypted database, since browsers keep passwords in plain text".

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US military testing new floating seaport that can be located offshore

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

The US military is interested in testing floating seaports that could be used for large-scale operations, with a test taking place in Hawaii later this month. Using the Montford Point, a 785-foot US Navy vessel as a "mobile landing platform," the hope is to be able to see how realistic personnel and equipment can be transferred to shore.




"In Culebra Koa we'll be expanding to mate different kinds of ships to it," said Lt. Russ Wolfkiel, spokesman for the Expeditionary Strike Group 3, in a statement published by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. "After (Marines) go in and take the shore, now you've got to move in material to support the war effort, or, in the case of (humanitarian assistance), how do you get that material ashore if your ports are not up to speed?"


The exercise will take place starting on May 18, and involve thousands of sailors and US Marines, Air Force and Army personnel. If implemented, using seaports and other sea-basing techniques can make it easier to deliver humanitarian relief and increase security.

Corsair unveils world's first 128GB DDR4 unbuffered memory kits

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: RAM | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

We've seen G.SKILL and its 128GB DDR4 kit, but now Corsair has just announced the world's first available 128GB DDR4 unbuffered memory kits in its Vengeance LPX and Dominator Platinum Series lines.




The 128GB kits come in 8 x 16GB, and are designed for Intel's X99 series motherboards with XMP 2.0 support. Corsair's new 128GB DDR4 kits come in both 2666MHz and 2400MHz, with even higher speeds to "be announced soon". The Dominator Platinum Series 128GB DDR4 kit is "the most advanced memory kit available" with a "striking industrial design for good looks, patented DHX technology for cooler operation, and user-swappable colored "light pipes" for customizable LED lighting".




Corsair's Dominator Platinum Series RAM are the highest quality parts, as they are hand-screened ICs, and they undergo "rigorous performance testing", too. The second kit, Vengeance LPX Series 128GB DDR4 is designed for high-performance overclocking with each IC individually screened for its performance potential.


The two new 128GB DDR4 kits from Corsair are available from Corsair's website, and at retailers and e-tailers that stock Corsair products.

LG says it is still 'considering' making the new Nexus for Google

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

As it stands, we don't know who will be making the new Nexus, but according to Android Pit, LG has said that it is still considering making the new Nexus for Google.




With Google I/O just a couple of weeks away, I'd dare say that whichever company is making the new Nexus would know by now, as production would've been underway for weeks by now. Android Pit asked its source if LG was involved with the new sure-to-be Android M-powered Nexus, to which their source replied "it's under consideration at LG".


Android Pit reached out to Google for a comment on its partnership with LG and the new Nexus, but Google said it would "not comment on rumors or speculations". We should find out about the new Nexus in just a couple of weeks time at Google I/O 2015 which takes place May 28-29.

Analyst: World of Wacraft still okay, even after gamers drop out

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 14, 2015 7:51 pm

World of Warcraft (WoW) may have seen 3 million subscribers drop out of the game, but Blizzard Entertainment still is in full control, according to recent statements made by an analyst. It is extremely difficult for development studios to try to enter the paid-subscription gaming market, but it looks like Blizzard has found the way to get it done.




"WoW is the market leader, by a landslide," said Joost van Dreunen, chief executive of SuperData Research, in a statement published by VentureBeat. "Generating still over a billion [dollars] in revenue annually, it's a juggernaut of a franchise, especially if you consider it's been around for more than 10 years."


World of Warcraft has always endured rolling amounts of subscribers, with subscribers surging after the launch of Warlords of Draenor last fall. Blizzard is focused on creating a "fun and engaging experience," and isn't as worried about "chasing numbers" - but is still something that they should be concerned about.

Hackers compromising store gift cards, victimizing customers

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: May 14, 2015 6:43 pm

Trying to directly attack banks and other financial institutions is increasingly difficult, so cybercriminals are finding new ways to cause mayhem.




A popular new method is victimizing the Starbucks mobile payment app and gift cards, as they are able to steal pre-loaded amounts off cards - and then use the auto-reload function to get to victims' debit and credit card accounts.


Hackers are always on the lookout for new vulnerabilities and loopholes that allow them to steal funds from companies and victims. "Fraud is moving away from banks into big e-commerce companies," said Avivah Litan, security analyst at Gartner, in a statement published by NBC News. "Criminals are learning how to turn rewards programs, points and prepaid cards into cash."

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Konami shifting focus, and plans to take over mobile gaming

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 14, 2015 6:26 pm

Game developer and publisher Konami is expected to pursue the development of mobile games aggressively, believing there is huge potential in the competitive market space. The Japanese market is increasingly adopting mobile-oriented games and entertainment, so Konami could create huge potential revenue streams.




"Our main platform will be mobiles," said Hideki Hayakawa, president of Konami, in a statement to the Japanese Nikkei media outlet. "Gaming has spread to a number of platforms, but at the end of the day, the platform that is always closest to us, is mobile. Mobile is where the future of gaming lies."


In addition to mobile games, free-to-play will also prove to be a lucrative market for the Japanese company. There has been a high amount of tension and in-fighting at Konami, so the company may need a fresh new start to help get things sorted out.

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By: TweakTown Deals | More News: TweakTown | Posted: May 14, 2015 4:00 pm



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Tesoro changes up its company plan slightly

By: Chris Smith | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: May 14, 2015 11:22 am

Tesoro is becoming known as a major player in the wide world of gaming and eSports peripherals, sponsoring numerous teams, tournaments and social media campaigns, they are gaining ground on the long-time players in the industry.




Not only is this company showcasing five new mice, two lightweight headsets, an RGB mechanical keyboard and more at Computex, Tesoro announced that there will be moving in to the PC DIY field of technology.


With a teased release of a new PC chassis coming to market, Tesoro announced in its latest press release that it will "preview concepts for its upcoming line of mini cases" at Computex this year, further commenting that "its initial series of PC chassis that will premiere later this year."

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