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EA cancels Dragon Age: Inquisition for India, Pakistan and Bangladesh

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

While many gamers across the world are looking forward of their copy of Dragon Age: Inquisition, those in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh will not. EA has cancelled pre-orders from these countries and started refunded money to those who placed an order for physical and digital copies.

EA said in its EA Help website: "In order to avoid a breach of local content laws, EA has withdrawn Dragon Age: Inquisition from sale in India and the game is no longer available for pre-order. Customers who pre-ordered the game will be contacted directly and will be fully refunded."


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EA regional marketing director Simon Smith-Wright said, "The current action we've taken only affects Dragon Age Inquisition." It should be noted that EA did not give any proper reasons for refusing pre-orders from these countries. Later, nation-wide distributor Milestone Interactive confirmed speculation made by many gamers that it was due to the options of engaging in same-sex and bi-sexual relationships. For those who don't know, India has a law under section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, 1861 declares that having sex between two consenting adults of the same gender punishable by law.


Dragon Age: Inquisition isn't the first game where publishers were sceptical to release in the local markets, especially for India. It was pointed out that Dante's Inferno was not sold in India as some took offence to the game's content. Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas were also not sold in the country, as it offended Indian sentiments. Interestingly, Mass Effect series that also had options to engage in same-sex relationships were sold in India with no hiccups to physical and digital copies.

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France is pissed off with Assassin's Creed: Unity and Ubisoft

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

It looks like myself, and countless other gamers aren't the only ones pissed off with Ubisoft right now, with a former Minister and Presidential Candidate in France, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, denouncing Assassin's Creed: Unity as "propaganda" that favors the "favors the narrative of France's ruling elite over the revolutionaries" reports Polygon.


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Mélenchon spoke on French radio, with the Daily Telegraph translating him, where he said: "[Unity] presents an image of hatred of the Revolution, hatred of the people, hatred of the republic which is rampant in the far-right milieu". He added a description of Marie-Antoinette as "that cretin, who is celebrated as a poor little rich girl" in AC:U.


He also said: "The man who was our liberator at a certain moment of the Revolution, because the Revolution lasted a long time, Robespierre, is presented as a monster. It is propaganda against the people, the people who are [portrayed as] barbarians, bloodthirsty savages. In 1789 there were the poor aristocrats, and they are presented as fine upstanding people".

Far Cry 4 day-one update adds SLI support, fixes multi-monitor setups

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

Far Cry 4 has launched in the last 24 hours, with Ubisoft already patching up the first-person shooter on the PC to version 1.2. The patch includes some things that should've made the launch version, such as support for NVIDIA's SLI technology. The day one patch on the PS4 brings it up to version 1.01, and a 600MB download for PlayStation owners. The PC version on the other hand, had two patches to bring it up to version 1.2.


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What I don't understand is, Ubisoft worked closely with NVIDIA on Far Cry 4 (and Assassin's Creed: Unity) but SLI support was missing from the game as it says right there in the patch notes that the patch "added SLI support". For one of the biggest releases of the year, and a game NVIDIA had invested heavily into, one would think SLI testing would've been done very early on and baked into earlier code of the game - not having to provide SLI support after the game was released.


The patch notes are quite lengthy, but we have them listed below (or in the for you:


Far Cry 4 v1.1.0


  • Fixed crash in IGE.
  • Fixed an issue with incorrect characters in map naming.
  • Fixed screen tearing when performing a handgun takedown.
  • Fixed various controls issues
  • Fixed various Graphic issues
  • Fixed various IGE issues
  • Fixed various localization issues
  • Fixed various Multi-GPU issues
  • Fixed various Multi-Monitor issues
  • Fixed various multiplayer issues
  • Fixed various sound issues
  • Fixed various UI issues
  • Fixed various Uplay Actions issues
  • Fixed various Uplay Rewards issues
  • Saved maps from IGE and Downloaded now can be opened in the Editor from in-game.
  • Skills, Crafting and Progress Menu now cannot be accessed in Arena.
  • The game now boot if the game folder name contains Cyrillic characters.
  • The game now boot on Korean localization.


Far Cry 4 v1.2.0


  • Added ability to change FOV scaling.
  • Added NVIDIA GeForce Experience support.
  • Fixed various controls issues
  • Fixed various Graphic issues
  • Fixed various IGE issues
  • Fixed various Multi-GPU issues
  • Fixed various Multi-Monitor issues
  • Fixed various UI issues
  • Playing a map from Map Browser two times now don't trigger an Error.
  • Skills, Crafting and Progress Menu now cannot be accessed while playing a created map.

Five-year-old becomes the youngest Microsoft Certified Professional

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

A five-year-old boy has become the youngest person in the world to pass Microsoft's Certified Professional exam. Ayan Qureshi is still in his first year as a student at Clifford Bridge Primary School, in the UK, but in his spare time he is now considered an IT expert with his new certificate proving it.


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Qureshi said he found the exam difficult, but he enjoyed it, adding: "There were multiple choice questions, drag and drop questions, hotspot questions, and scenario based questions". His father said that the hardest thing was explaining the language in a test, in a way that a five-year-old could understand. The young boy has an excellent memory, a trait that led to him excelling in the test.


His father introduced him to computers when he was just three years old, and from there he has obviously learned quite a bit in two years. His father added: "I found whatever I was telling him, the next day he'd remember everything I said, so I started to feed him more information". When Ayan turned up to sit for the exam, supervisors were concerned he was too young, but his father said it would be fine, which he most obviously was.

Made in Space 3D printer successfully installed on space station

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: 3D | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Astronaut Barry Wilmore installed the Made in Space 3D printer inside of the Microgravity Science Glovebox (MSG) located on the International Space Station. A commercial printer manufactured by Made in Space will fly to the ISS sometime in 2015.


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This is a major milestone for Made in Space - and 3D printing as an industry - as the crew aboard the ISS will test 3D printing in zero gravity, with 3D-printed items in space eventually returned to Earth for comparison testing.


"This is a very exciting day for me and the rest of the team," said Mike Snyder, Made in Space lead engineer. "We had to conquer many technical challenges to get the 3D printer to this stage."

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Just Cause 3 will not include multiplayer when it launches next year

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

Avalanche Studios will be launching Just Cause 3 next year, but the developer has announced that it will be shipping without its multiplayer component. This doesn't mean Just Cause 3 won't ever have multiplayer, but it will simply be shipping without the multiplayer component.


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Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Avalanche Studios, Christofer Sundberg said: "Maybe sometime down the line, we'll take Rico into the modern world of multiplaying". Most Just Cause 2 fans will remember multiplayer in the game, but it was an unofficial mod developed by fans, which was sanctioned by its publisher, Square Enix, as Just Cause 2: Multiplayer Mod.


Sundberg added: "We don't expect the fans to make the multiplayer for Just Cause 3, but at some point you have to make a choice on where your focus is. Our strength is the sandbox experience, and we want to deliver a great Just Cause 3 experience".

Paramount Resort planned for London, including 'Star Trek' ride

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Disney has a few, Warner Bros and Universal too, and now Paramount are building one. The studio has unveiled new plans to build a 'Paramount Resort' in London, which when completed in 2020 will house 50 rides and attractions, each themed around the studios most famous films, television shows and games.


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Paramount is promising that attractions will include big ticket entertainment shows and cultural events with an English 'feel', 12 major rides including a 'Star Trek' themed ride, theatres and accommodation. The $3b development is anticipated to welcome 50,000 visitors per day.


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The attraction is due to open by Easter 2020, one year later than previously expected.

Intel MICA wearable will have Google alerts, AT&T data plan support

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Intel previously unveiled the My Intelligent Communication Accessory (MICA) wearable, an expensive and stylish wearable bracelet geared towards women. MICA wearers won't need to carry a smartphone and will be able to connect to Facebook, Google, Yelp, and other online services through an AT&T data plan, and indicates Intel wants to find new ways to connect with consumers.


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"We really approached this first and foremost about why would a woman want to wear this everyday, and how can it be incorporated into her wardrobe," said Humberto Leon, Intel creative director. Intel purchased wearables firm Basis earlier in 2014, as a number of hardware companies jump into the wearable market.


Intel CEO Brian Krzanich had to claw its way into the smartphone and tablet markets, after losing out to ARM and other rivals, but wants to ensure it is an early adopter in the wearables market.

ASUS release Intel Atom-powered EeeBook X205, runs Windows 8.1

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

ASUS has just taken the wrapping off of its new EeeBook X205, an Intel Atom-powered notebook that features an 11.6-inch display, full-sized keyboard, large touchpad and much more.


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The ASUS EeeBook X205 is powered by the Intel Atom Z3735 processor, which is the company's Bay Trail-T processor, backed up by 2GB of RAM, an 11.6-inch 1366x768 LED backlit HD display, running Microsoft's Windows 8.1 OS. We also have the usual 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi-, Bluetooth 4.0, a microSD card slot, micro HDMI, two USB 2.0 ports, and a 3.5mm audio jack. There's also a VGA front-facing camera, and a 38Wh hour battery that should be good for up to 12 hours of web browsing according to ASUS.


The new EeeBook X205 has a price of $329 AUD, which is around $286 or so USD. It's available right now, too.

OCZ launches new Vertex 460A SSD

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: Super Computing | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

OCZ Storage Solutions has just announced the release of their Vertex 460A. The original Vertex series has been a stellar product with a history that spans back to the original version with the first-gen Indilinx Barefoot controller. The new version leverages Toshiba's latest A19 MLC NAND flash. The A19nm process geometry is the second generation of Toshiba 19nm MLC. The new version also features the Barefoot 3 controller and sequential speeds of 545/525 MB/s read/write (480GB model). Random speeds also top out at 95,000/90,000 random read/write IOPS, respectively, but performance varies depending upon capacity, as noted in the graphic below.


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The Vertex 460A features an endurance rating of 20GB of writes for the three-year warranty period. OCZ is providing their new ShieldPlus warranty, which provides advance shipping and covers return shipping costs if there is the need for an RMA. The new Vertex also features Acronis True Image for cloning an existing installation to the SSD, and a 3.5" desktop adaptor. OCZ recently launched a new online shop, and we expect units to be available there shortly.

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