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Xbox One exclusive breaks its chains, Ryse: Son of Rome coming to PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 8, 2014 5:31 am

One of the Xbox One launch titles was Ryse: Son of Rome, developed by Crytek, published by Microsoft. Ryse is now coming to the PC, with Crytek and Deep Silver co-publishing the game. Deep Silver recently acquired the rights to Homefront: The Revolution from Crytek, too.

 

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The flood gates aren't quite open for all games to come over from the Xbox One to PC, but they're happening. Ryse is the second Xbox One exclusive to come over to the PC, with Dead Rising 3 coming to the PC next month. Now all we need is for Microsoft to see the light and in order to better compete with the PS4, it could unleash Halo, Forza and a slew of other Xbox games to the PC.

 

What will Ryse on the PC have on offer? We'll see the original game with downloadable extras, 4K support, and hopefully much more.

Come watch a fish play Pokemon. Yes a fish, in a fish tank

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 8, 2014 4:25 am

Well, this is something you've probably never seen before: a fish playing Pokemon. Over on Twitch, there's a channel called FishPlaysPokemon (did you think it would be any different?) where they have Grayson Hopper, the fish in question, playing Pokemon.

 

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The channel explains: "Hi everyone! Welcome to our stream where our fish, Grayson Hopper, plays a Pokemon game. Unfortunately, we don't have a dedicated light for Grayson at night as he lives in a tiny dorm room and we would rather not sleep with the light on. :( But in the future we will be getting him a dedicated lamp and improving the quality of the stream to include recent inputs determined by the motion tracking. Things can move a little slow, so another option we're considering is making the system distributed where we have a site where you can provide a fish stream link and we'll include it in the controlling".

 

Right now there are 17,877 people watching, with a total of 1.17 million total channel views. Grayson has been playing Pokemon for around 125 hours, and now has a Charmander named 'AAAABBK' and even defeated his first opponent, the rival's Squirtle.

Charms menu in Windows 9 ditched, Microsoft to offer virtual desktops

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Aug 8, 2014 3:34 am

We're starting to hear more and more about Windows 9, but what big changes should we expect with Microsoft's new desktop OS? For starters, we should be treated with a new Start Menu, as well as windowed "Metro-style" apps.

 

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Beyond that, it looks like Microsoft will be removing its Charms bar, which is an overlay from the right hand side of the OS that gives users quick access to search, share, the Start screen, devices and settings. This new information is being reported by The Verge, which has seen the changes in the latest builds of Windows Threshold, the codename for Microsoft's upcoming OS. Charms are useful for touch-based systems, something I often used to quickly search for something on my Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro Ultrabook, but outside of that, it's close to useless on traditional mouse and keyboard setups.

 

Another new addition to Windows 9 is the rumored virtual desktops feature, that will see power users and enterprise customers welcoming the new OS. Windows has supported virtual desktops before, but always through third-party software, but now Windows 9 users will be capable of creating their own separate active desktops, with the ability of switching between by clicking, or tapping a button on the taskbar. The addition of virtual desktops shows that Microsoft is getting serious about its focus on the desktop.

Samsung rumored to be working on smartphone with wraparound display

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 8, 2014 2:34 am

The latest prototype smartphone from Samsung looks super interesting, with the South Korean giant reportedly playing around with the idea of a smartphone prototype that features a wraparound display that would ditch the need for side bezels, reports ZDNet Korea.

 

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What this means is that the touch display will extend to the side of the smartphone, and will be used instead of the side buttons that we have on our smartphones today. ZDNet Korea's supply chain sources have said that it's "unclear whether Samsung will produce the new phone massively or change it to a limited edition premium phone for developed countries". What do you think about this type of smartphone? Would you love to ditch your tablet and have the best of both world's sitting in your pocket?

Adult Swim's 'Rick and Morty' Season One coming to Blu-ray in October

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Aug 8, 2014 2:23 am

Adult Swim has a history of unleashing risque and subversive humour on the world, and one of their latest hits - 'Rick and Morty' is getting a Blu-ray release in October from Madman Entertainment.

 

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Modeled roughly on 'Back To The Future' (if Doc Brown was a raging alcoholic), the show is fast collecting a legion of fans for its out-there plots, outlandish adult humour that transcends the seemingly child-friendly animation and consistently hilarious gags that had us in stitches through its 11 episode run.

 

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Madman's Blu-ray which hits on October 8 will feature a light sprinkling of extra features, include multiple audio commentaries and original animatics.

Orign's Game Time program makes Battlefield 4 free for a week

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 8, 2014 1:36 am

For the next 168 hours, or one week, Battlefield 4 is completely free. For those who haven't purchased it yet, EA is providing you with the chance to play the first-person shooter for free, thanks to Origin's Game Time program.

 

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Previously, Origin's Game Time program offered up Titanfall for free. The one-week of free Battlefield 4 goodness isn't just locked to single-player or multi-player, but it opens up the world's of both for the 168-hour timeframe. Gamers are open to downloading Battlefield 4 and playing it for free all the way through to August 14 at 10am PT. Once you start playing it, you'll receive a countdown to this time, so you'd better get in quick!

Black Hat speaker gained access to 200 luxury hotel rooms with an iPad

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Aug 8, 2014 12:26 am

A security consultant speaking at the Black Hat event has outlined how he gained access to the controls of 200 luxury hotel rooms in China.

 

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At a session called Learn How To Control Every Room At A Luxury Hotel Remotely at Black Hat, Las Vegas, Jesus Molina spoke of the time he spent staying at the St Regis hotel, Shenzhen. Molina became "bored" - at which point he picked up a complimentary iPad granted to guests and reverse engineered a home automation protocol, KNX/IP. He then had access to the lights, temperature and more in his room - but by simply changing one digit of the iPad's IP address he could control rooms all over the hotel.

 

Molina thought about testing the methods with the door lock mechanism but decided not to. "I thought about looking to see if a similar system controlled the door locks but got scared," he said, according to Sky News. Later he made sure to inform the parent company of the security flaw, which is apparently now shut.

Man who shone laser at helicopter because he was bored sent to prison

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Aug 7, 2014 10:22 pm

A 26 year old Californian man has been sentenced to nearly two years in prison for shining laser pointers at a passing police helicopter.

 

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Brett Lee Scott, 26, of Buttonwillow, claimed that he was "bored" and agreed to a plea deal with prosecutors. As Ars Technica reports, court filings show Scott had been allegedly shining the laser pointers towards the helicopter over a six month period.

 

Although it may seem innocuous, powerful laser pointers can quite easily blind pilots - with the worst case scenario being the crashing of an aircraft. No injuries resulted in this case, but the prosecution is a clear sign the law's taking the potential of such threats seriously.

LinkedIn made to pay 6 million USD to underpaid employees

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 7, 2014 9:25 pm

The social network for people who have to wear ties on a day to day basis, LinkedIn, has been forced by the US Department of Labor to pay out 6 million USD after being found guilty of breaking wage laws.

 

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LinkedIn was found to have broken federal wage laws in California, Illinois, Nebraska and New York, and subsequently had to pay over 3 million in back wages, plus over 2.5 million in damages to 359 people, including former employees and those still at the firm. Although the company was caught out by the Department of Labor, it did praise LinkedIn for how it responded - agreeing to pay every cent and taking steps to ensure it didn't happen again.

 

"Talent is LinkedIn's number one priority, so of course, we were eager to work closely with the Dept. of Labor to quickly and equitably rectify this situation," a spokesperson for LinkedIn said to CNET. "This was a function of not having the right tools in place for a small subset of our sales force to track hours properly; prior to the DoL approaching us, we had already begun to remedy this."

Flirting drives huge upsurge in mobile instant messaging says Deloitte

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 7, 2014 7:06 pm

The rise and rise of mobile instant messaging is largely attributed to flirtatious messages among young people, according to a report.

 

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The likes of WhatsApp, Snapchat, iMessage and Facebook Messenger have enjoyed an enormous boom in usage, according to Deloitte, with some teenagers and young adults sending as many as up to 100,000 messages each year. Smartphones are naturally the primary delivery method, and in Britain, the total number of messages is expected to reach 300 billion by the year's end - up from 160 billion the year before.

 

"Teenage romance is appropriating technology for its needs," Deloitte's research head Paul Lee said. "A constant among humans is courting and they use different tools to do it. It used to be hanging on the phone, now it's instant messaging." Lee went on to say that the average person sends seven text messages a day, but this is hardly anything at all compared to instant messaging which makes up 46 messages a day, or three per waking hour.

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