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Xbox One is 'literally a Windows device', says Microsoft

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Sep 12, 2015 6:18 pm

"The Xbox One is literally a Windows device," says Microsoft's Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Chris Capossela, illustrating how Microsoft doesn't see a distinction between the Xbox One and other platforms like Windows-powered phones and PCs.




"A core power metric for us is Windows 10 devices. That's not PC statement.That will be phones, that will be tablets, that will be laptops, that will be desktops, that will be big surface hubs that will be Xboxes," Capossela said at this year's Citi Global Technology Conference. "Xboxes today run Windows and so every time we sell an Xbox we're actually creating a Windows active device that hopefully people love it; it's a gaming device in their living room. It is not a separate animal. It is literally a Windows device."


While the Redmond-based tech giant has a role for every Windows 10 device, the OS acts as a glue to connect and cement each platform to a unified scope. The seeds of Windows 10 kernal will be planted into the Xbox One in November as part of the console's major new update, opening up new functionality like extensive backward compatibility with Xbox 360 games, Cortana support, and up to "thousands" of Windows 10 apps in the future.

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YouTuber demands $22K to promote indie game

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 12, 2015 5:00 pm

Indie devs already have it pretty hard, and getting the attention of the gaming community can be even harder. Some devs turn to YouTubers as a natural way to advertise their games...but when you're asked to pay $22,000 for a single sponsored video, it makes your jaw drop.




"On one of my normal PR rounds I received an email from a very popular YouTuber with a few million subscribers offering to have one of our games featured on their YouTube channel for a rate of either $17,600 for 2-3 talking points or $22,000 for 2-3 talking points AND a description link," Ben Tester, whose indie studio Wales Interactive is responsible for games like Soul Axiom and Master Reboot, said on Reddit.


This kind of huge payoff isn't anything new. YouTubers have done promos and sponsored videos all over the place, earning up to $15,000 to $30,000 for a single video. This kind of cash is enough to fund an indie game and it's as much as some people make in a year. It got to the point where advertisements and original content bled so closely together that no one could tell what content was promoted. Eventually the Federal Trade Commission had to step in and force regulations on YouTube's multi-million dollar system, ruling that YouTubers now have to make promoted videos explicitly clear to viewers.

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Taxi lawsuit dismissed, told to compete technological advances, Uber

By: Chris Smith | More News: Apps | Posted: Sep 12, 2015 4:25 pm

With Yellow Cabs being combatant against the rise of Uber and other similar applications, a lawsuit was launched to have this method of transportation banned from use. However, Queens Supreme Court Justice Allan Weiss recently ruled that for-hire vehicles requested through an electronic medium may continue operate alongside Yellow Cabs - effectively ensuring Uber is safe to live another day.




Addressing the case at hand, the judge wrote that "any expectation that the medallion would function as a shield against the rapid technological advances of the modern world would not have been reasonable," adding "in this day and age, even with public utilities, investors must always be wary of new forms of competition arising from technological development."


The lawsuit was filed by four Queens credit unions who each have stakes in Taxi medallions. Their lawyer, Todd Higgins, told media that this ruling is "a stunning abdication of leadership and responsibility that will haunt New York City for years to come," adding "a catastrophe is unfolding, as an entire industry continues to be illegally destroyed, while elected officials allow it to happen on their watch."

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Jimmy Kimmel shows original iPhone to public, says its iPhone 6S

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 12, 2015 3:25 pm

The new iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus are now here, but Jimmy Kimmel has taken a step further where he took to the streets interviewing the public on the new iPhone 6S, except it wasn't the new iPhone. It was the original iPhone, the 3.5-inch one from 2007. Check it out:



Yeah, the people thought it was a demo version of the iPhone 6S and thought it was new, noting how fast it was, and that "Apple has done it again". One person had asked what was new in the iPhone 6S, where they were told that it had a "higher-resolution [display] and a much better quality camera".

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MSI teams up with Corsair to offer a liquid cooled video card solution

By: Chris Smith | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Sep 12, 2015 2:34 pm

MSI has unleashed a teaser to the public on its global Facebook page, depicting MSI and Corsair logo's surrounded by splashes of water, with the 'OC Series' logo pushed into the top right corner.




Combined with the caption "Now this is going to be truly 'cool'!" followed by hashtags "MSI, Corsair, GraphicsCard," it seems fairly obvious that some sort of water cooled OC Series video card product is on the way, however, you can never be sure.


TechPowerUp has rumored this new addition to be an MSI-exclusive Hydro Series cooling bracket, set to attach to an all-in-one liquid cooling loop.

Become a misunderstood clown looking for answers and love in this game

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 12, 2015 1:36 pm

Yep, this isn't a joke. Devolver Digital's Dropsy the Clown hit Steam not to long ago, allowing users to become a heavily misunderstood love-filled clown in this "non-traditional take on the classic point and click adventure formula."



Complete with a sing-along trailer (seen above), this title can be played in an open world adventure, puzzles and hugs or text free experience mode. Seeing each option set on a similar path, Dropsy's goal is to turn this community around through the power of pixelated love.


Including the ability to talk to animals, Dropsy will "help those in need, hug total strangers, and unravel dark and shameful secrets from his past on the way to redemption" as stated in a recent press release.

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Facebook sees massive growth in Africa, riding mobile wave

By: Chris Smith | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 12, 2015 12:35 pm

Thanks to the massive rise of mobile use in Africa, Facebook has seen stellar growth in this region, reporting 60 percent of all internet users are now signed up to this social media platform, with 80 percent of access happening on mobile devices.




84 percent of Africa's population now has access to mobile networks, as reported by the African Union last week, with this news coming after Facebook's investment into Africa became public in June 2015, resulting in its African user base growing by 20 percent to a total of 120 million in less than 12 months. However, with over a billion people located on this continent, it's obvious that there is still has a long way to go.


With users located mainly within Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa, Facebook further made mention that every single user in its Nigerian and South African user base accesses Facebook on a mobile device - making up 15 million and 15 million people respectively. These high figures are backed up by 95 percent of 4.5 million Kenyans following suit.

Software vendors rapidly growing despite subscription-based worries

By: Chris Smith | More News: Software | Posted: Sep 12, 2015 11:27 am

Although many companies have started rolling out subscription-based cloud versions of software, a study involving 100 software vendors showed that over the last 12 months, the revenue gains have been the biggest since 2008's recession.




Released by the Software & Information Industry Association and OPEXEngine, these findings pointed out that small and medium software business' have been hiring staff at a higher rate currently than seen before, analyzing companies mainly in the private business-to-business and Software as a Service sector.


Other findings indicate that these firms have seen an average growth of 55 percent over 2014, expanding on last year's 42 percent. The top 25 percentile of business' have fared even better, seeing a massive 150 percent growth, compared to a previous growth of 100%. Staff hiring rates have been boosted up to a 32 percent average, with some rapidly-expanding companies looking to increase total employee's by a massive 43 percent.

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Microsoft acquiring AMD rumors tease a takeover of the chipmaker

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 12, 2015 10:36 am

The rumors of Microsoft acquiring AMD are back again, with Microsoft reportedly interested in acquiring both the CPU and GPU divisions, days after AMD announced it was breaking its GPU division away into its own entity called Radeon Technology Group.




With AMD under its wing, Microsoft could truly begin to compete on a totally different level against companies like NVIDIA, Samsung and Apple. With Microsoft's big pockets, AMD could have a massive injection of R&D money and in a few years, we could be looking at a market with one of the strongest competitors being Microsoft.


This is without considering the console side of things, where Microsoft could have AMD exclusively making GPUs, CPUs or APUs for use in its next-generation Xbox consoles. The next step would be VR gaming, and with AMD cooking up Liquid VR we could see Microsoft having a huge win on its hand on the hardware side of things when it comes to VR thanks to it acquiring AMD.


If we consider that AMD spent $7.6 billion acquiring Nokia, Microsoft could spend less than a few billion acquiring AMD and it would make the company far more profits in the future than Nokia has until now.

TSA master key blueprints now easily available for 3D printing

By: Chris Smith | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Sep 12, 2015 10:33 am

Now readily available on Github, anyone with access to a 3D printer has the ability to download and create their very own TSA master keys, enabling them to open any TSA-recognized lock around the globe. This tool was made possible thanks to The Washington Post posting an image of TSA master keys in 2014.



In comes Github user Xyl2k, using the published image in order to duplicate these real-life keys on a computer, releasing the final STereoLithography (STL) files to the world. If you're wondering about the legitimacy of this 3d-printed project, Bernard Bolduc, a security researcher, tried it for himself and it worked without fault - check the Twitter post above.


We certainly don't encourage breaking into anyone's baggage at home or abroad, however, we do suggest you purchase a new style lock as soon as possible.

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