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Tarantino's 'Hateful Eight' teaser rides in from the cold

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Aug 13, 2015 1:29 am

Despite only have having eight films under his belt (seven if you merge both 'Kill Bill' films), a new Tarantino feature film is something of a major cultural event and if the premier look at his first film in three years; 'The Hateful Eight' is anything to go by, then it's going to be a good one indeed.

 

 

Starring Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell and Jennifer Jason Leigh, the film is based off an original script written by Tarantino revolving around eight rugged westerners who seek refuge on a mountain pass during an aggressive blizzard.

 

'The Hateful Eight' will be released in a limited U.S. engagement on Christmas Day 2015, before a full worldwide release in January 2016.

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Final Fantasy XV will see a simultaneous global launch to gamers

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 12, 2015 11:47 pm

It looks like Final Fantasy XV will be the first game in the series to receive a simultaneous game launch across the world. It's one of the many changes gamers can expect to see after game director Hajime Tabata took over the position from Kingdom Hearts III director Tetsuya Nomura.

 

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"This may be something that we are a little bit embarrassed to talk about, but really, this is the first time that we've done a packaged, standalone Final Fantasy game with a simultaneous global launch, so we didn't have the setup to deal with that, really," said Tabata, in a statement made to GameSpot at Gamescom.

 

"The first thing we had to do was rearrange our internal structure to create something that could do that. That was the first important work on the project." When Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII was released in Japan in November 21, 2013, it was a three-month windows before the title was available worldwide.

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McDonald's is now rolling out its mobile app across the country

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Apps | Posted: Aug 12, 2015 10:15 pm

McDonald's is now rolling out a mobile app to some customers in the United States, which features a loyalty program for the restaurant's drinks, special deals, and more. A customer can earn a free drink after five McCafe drink purchases, if they use the app.

 

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The company will rollout the app nationwide by October, if everything goes according to plan with limited testing, according to McDonald's. Ideally, the mobile app could pave the way for increased use of different ordering and payment opportunities while inside McDonald's restaurants.

 

McDonald's CEO Steve Easterbrook admitted the company is "a little behind some others" when it comes to mobile app rollouts.

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EA 'investigating' backward compatibility for EA Access service

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 12, 2015 8:22 pm

Electronic Arts could offer backward compatibility so EA Access members can play Xbox 360 game titles on their Xbox One game console, according to a recent tweet from the official EA Access account:

 

 

The EA Access subscription offers access to EA games, DLC discounts, and early access to game titles - and while the game collection is for Xbox One titles - it looks like Xbox 360 games could be thrown into the mix.

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'Islamic State Hacking Division' compromises US military personnel

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Aug 12, 2015 7:37 pm

The "Islamic State Hacking Division," a hacker group claiming to be affiliated with the extremist group operating in Syria and Iraq, took credit for posting the personal information of hundreds of US military and government personnel.

 

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Compromised data included names, email addresses, passwords, phone numbers and other information of personnel of the Air Force, Marine Corps, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and NASA.

 

Leaked data also reportedly included credit card information from US State Department officials, along with Facebook message screenshots between military personnel. The group previously targeted Canadian military cadets, and hacked websites to share images from Syria.

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UN: World population to top 9.7 billion in 2050, 11.2 billion in 2100

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Aug 12, 2015 7:00 pm

The current human population on Earth is 7.3 billion today, and will rise to 9.7 billion in 2050, and 11.2 billion by the year 2100, according to the United Nations (UN) Population Division.

 

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Africa is expected to see another surge in population figures, with a current population of 1.2 billion up to 5.6 billion. Asia, which has 4.4 billion and is the most populous continent, is estimated to peak at 5.3 billion by 2050, and then decline back down to 4.9 billion by 2100.

 

Here in the United States, where the population is around 322 million, we're going to add 1.5 million people per year until we reach 450 million by 2100.

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Virtual reality helps deliver 360-degree view of war-torn Syria

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Aug 12, 2015 6:41 pm

Activist news organization Ryot is giving virtual reality supporters a 360-degree view of Syria, with its "Welcome to Aleppo" three-minute film. The journalist who captured the footage used six cameras and a 3D-printed gimbal placed on a tripod in one of the most dangerous regions of the world.

 

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"VR will definitely be used for entertainment, porn, video games, all of that," said Christian Stephen, the global editor responsible for filming the video in Syria for Ryot, in a statement to the AP. "It can also be used to genuinely communicate stories around the world in desperate need of reaching people. The fatigue that has come with photos and videos of explosions and people crying has numbed people to the reality of the world, especially in Syria."

 

Stephen admitted trying to capture the footage was a daunting task, with regime and rebel snipers taking aim at the odd contraption - and those responsible for leaving it unattended. "It's an incredibly harsh environment to work in normally, but when they see you running around with a tripod and an alien device on top of it, they are going to try and kill you."

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Save 28% On the Indestructible Titan MFi-Certified Lightning Cable

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: TweakTown | Posted: Aug 12, 2015 3:44 pm

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"Sorry, the dog chewed up my Lightning cable" is the new "the dog chewed up my homework." It didn't work then, and it won't work now when your boss expects you to check emails on the go. Enter the virtually indestructible Titan MFi-certified Lightning cable. Get the sanity-saving cable for $24.99 at TweakTown Deals.

 

Wrapped in two layers of flexible, industrial-grade steel and sealed with one-piece housing that keeps connectors in place, the Titan cable charges any Lightning-compatible device without fraying. In fact, it'll last you for life-and it comes with a lifetime warranty to prove it. Bring it on, Fido. And since it's MFI-certified, you can rest easy that your Apple devices are staying safe as they charge.

 

Don't miss your chance to grab the Titan MFi-certified Lightning cable for $24.99 at TweakTown Deals.

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Larian Studios announces Divinity: Original Sin II

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 12, 2015 1:47 pm

Larian Studios, the developers behind the acclaimed Divinity series, today announced a new sequel to the PC CRPG hit Divinity: Original Sin will enter development following the success of a new Kickstarter campaign.

 

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"For a long time, we've dreamed of making something even bigger, better, and more engaging than Divinity: Original Sin, and now it might finally be within our reach," Larian Studios said on its Kickstarter page for Divinity: Original Sin II. "However, we can't reach that dream without your help. As Swen says in his latest blog post, 'Divinity: Original Sin wouldn't be the game it was without the input from our Kickstarter backers ... without having that same community on board, it's going to be very hard for us to achieve the goals we have for Divinity: Original Sin 2.'"

 

Larian has opened up its forums and encourages the community to provide ideas and feedback for stretch goals and pledge rewards to help shape the game's development. The studio also affirms that a hands-on demo of Divinity: Original Sin II will be playable at PAX Prime from August 28-31, and we'll likely see some screenshots and a trailer in the coming weeks.

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New mod brings Halo 3 online multiplayer to PC

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 12, 2015 11:50 am

By heavily modding and cracking Microsoft's region-locked free-to-play Halo Online, a tech-savvy team of modders is working hard on bringing a free, fully functioning port of Halo 3 multiplayer to the PC for the first time.

 

 

 

In an effort to serve PC gamers with an authentic Halo 3 port, a growing community of modders have created the Eldorito mod, a bit of software that effectively allows gamers to test-play a user-modified version of Halo 3 online multiplayer.

 

"I feel strange saying I want an almost ten-year-old game on my PC with nothing new, but there is something about Halo 3's simplicity that I enjoy," Sam Fish, one of the modders working directly on the project, said to PC Gamer. "I think that having Eldorito at least getting to Vanilla Halo 3 status would be an insane starting point for modding and going crazy with the game. We have already seen an insane amount of support with the community with people making Forge maps and mods and posting them on our subreddit almost daily. I think that if our community stays this awesome, Eldorito will have an amazing year."

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