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George Lucas planning to gift a museum to the city of Chicago

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Nov 7, 2014 4:18 am

Over the last 35 years, Director and 'Star Wars' creator has made a lot of bank from his creation, with his wealth estimates at over $7 billion. Now at 70 years old, he's wanting to give a little bit back, with plans to create a sprawling museum in Chicago, to house his extensive collection of movie props, memorabilia and art collection. So why are some in the community up in arms against the plans?


Well, apart from plans to remove two large parking lots utilised by fans of the Chicago Bears pro-football team to park near the Soldier Field stadium, the designs for the museum are quite new-age, and... well, hideous.


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Designed my Beijing architectural firm MAD, the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art is planned to open in 2018.

DICE has parts of Battlefield 4 running on Apple's iOS

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 7, 2014 3:35 am

DICE has been working on something behind the scenes, porting its Frostbite engine over to iOS, the engine that powers its Battlefield games. Kristoffer Benjaminsson, Product Owner for Mobile at Frostbite has talked about the ways of getting Frostbite on iOS on the Frostbite blog.


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Parts of Frostbite are already working on iOS, with DICE and its Battlefield 4 Commander app, but the company also showed off Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare on an iPad Air earlier this year at Apple's WWDC event, which is powered by its Frostbite engine. After that, the company wanted to see Battlefield 4 running in iOS, which has been quite the task.


With the Frostbite engine handling dynamic features like destruction or moving light sources in real-time, rendering all of this on a mobile device is extremely hard. But, DICE says that this "puts extra demand on performance to be able to deliver large, highly detailed world's with superb visual quality. We were making great progress feature-wise, but hardware and software limitations forced us to either scale down the number of objects and their complexity to retain visual fidelity, or accept lower visual fidelity to cope with a larger number of objects".

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The Witcher 3 will have 16 different DLCs, all which are... free!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 7, 2014 2:10 am

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt comes out early next year, but we're being introduced to its DLC a little early - but it's not all bad, as CD Projekt Red are offering all 16 pieces of DLC for free.


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The developer has said that each piece of DLC will be free on all three platforms: Xbox One, PS4 and PC, no matter what - whether you pre-order the game now, or buy it down the track. After years of developers and companies sucking money from gamers in the form of DLC, it feels like a really nice breath of fresh air to see a big title like The Witcher 3 enjoying free DLC, and even better, that there's 16 parts of it.

Some of Ubisoft's biggest upcoming games vanish from Steam

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 7, 2014 12:54 am

Far Cry 4, The Crew and Assassin's Creed: Unity are some of Ubisoft's biggest games coming out this year, and early 2015 have all but disappeared from Valve's digital distribution service, Steam.


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A representative for Ubisoft UK told PCGamesN: "We've been in discussions with Valve about Assassin's Creed Unity but for the time being the game is not available via Steam in the UK". I've just checked Steam here in Australia, and all of those games do not show up, but I did see them just two days ago. This could be because Valve takes a cut of the sales, while Ubisoft has games big enough they'll still sell through their own distribution software: uPlay.


With everything going on surrounding Ubisoft pissing PC gamers off, you'd think the company would be trying all attempts to make up for it, and not dig the hole deeper. This move feels like the company has hired machinery to help dig its hole quicker from a construction company called 30FPS Construction, which would probably have a slogan like: "Digging At 24FPS Is More Cinematic".

Chitika: Apple iPad's 80% Web traffic among tablets dominating

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 6, 2014 11:14 pm

The tablet market in North America is extremely competitive, but the Apple iPad is completely dominating Web traffic, collecting 79.9 percent, according to Chitika.


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The statistics don't include the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 tablets, as Chitika studied mobile advertising impressions in September, so it's possible Apple's lead could have extended. In the No. 2 position was the Amazon Kindle with 6.7 percent, and Samsung took the No. 3 spot with 6 percent.


"With Amazon, Apple, Google, Sony, and other brands all overhauling one or more of their tablet offerings in advance of the 2014 holiday shopping season, the North American market remains tremendously competitive," the Chitika report says. The group also says "early January may yield the most accurate picture of the post-holiday North American tablet ecosystem."

Disney/Pixar announce 'Toy Story 4' for 2017 release

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Nov 6, 2014 10:43 pm

Whilst it was a hugely satisfying and emotional conclusion to the 'Toy Story' franchise, 'Toy Story 3' did gross over a billion dollars worldwide, so as if Disney and Pixar were going to let the franchise sleep.


Today, Disney head Bob Iger officially announced production on a fourth 'Toy Story' is about to get underway, to be directed by Pixar CEO John Lasseter, who will return to the franchise for the first time since the 1999 sequel.


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Whilst details are currently scant, and it's not yet been confirmed that Tom Hanks and Tim Allen will return to voice Woody and Buzz, it's impossible to imagine the film without them. What we do know is 'Toy Story' 4 is coming in 2017. And it will be great.


Star Wars: Episode VII gets new title - it's what you'd least expect

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Nov 6, 2014 10:22 pm

Fresh from the news that filming on the latest 'Star Wars' has wrapped in London, comes an official announcement of the title from Disney and Lucasfilm.



Eagle eyed readers will note the complete absence of 'Episode VII'. Could it be that Disney intend to complete drop the naming convention?


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Fans have accepted the title pretty well, although I must admit to having a little trouble. I'm not sure how the Force can go to sleep exactly? In the words of Obi-Wan Kenobi:


Well, the Force is what gives a Jedi his power. It's an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us; it binds the galaxy together.


'Star Wars: The Force Awakens', with or without 'Episode VII' opens on December 18th, 2015.

Far Cry 4 PC system requirements released, ahead of game launch

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 6, 2014 9:38 pm

Far Cry 4 will be released by Ubisoft later this month, and the official minimum and optimal PC requirements were recently released. The game will be available on November 18 for the PC, Microsoft Xbox 360 and Xbox One, Sony PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.


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Minimum system requirements:


OS: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8/8.1 (64-bit only)

Processor: Intel Core i5-750 @ 2.6GHz / AMD Phenom II X4 955 @ 3.2GHz


Video card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 / AMD Radeon HD5850 (1GB VRAM)

DirectX: Version 11

Storage space: 30GB

Sound: DirectX 9.0c sound card with newest drivers


Optimal system requirements:


Supported OS: Microsoft Windows 7 SP1, Microsoft Windows 8/8.1 (64-bit only)

Processor: Intel Core i5-2400S @ 2.5GHz / AMD FX-8350 @ 4.0GHz or faster


Video card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 / AMD Radeon R9 290X or better (2GB VRAM)

DirectX: Version 11

Storage: 30GB

Sound: DirectX 9.0c sound card with newest drivers

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Aberdeen integrates 8TB HGST He8 Helium HDDs

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Nov 6, 2014 9:36 pm

HGST led the way with 6TB drives by developing their HelioSeal technology, which fills the HDD with helium and seals the drive. This delivers a number of benefits, lower internal air resistance reduces flutter and allows use of thinner and lighter materials. With less air resistance the drive also doesn't have to work as hard to spin the platters, even while increasing the platter count to 7, thus producing radical reductions in power consumption. HGST is leveraging the benefits of HelioSeal technology to move forward with the new He8, an 8TB version of the previous-generation drive.


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In a sign that 8TB drives will experience a rapid uptake, Aberdeen announced today they are integrating the new He8 into their AberNAS and storage server products. This will provide increased density for their customers and also tremendous reductions in power consumption. The He8 drive will deliver instant benefits and boost capacity of just one 4U rackmount up to 192TB. We took a deep-dive with the first commercially-available helium drive in our HGST Ultrastar He6 6TB Helium Enterprise HDD Review, and found it to deliver on its promises.

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Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde languishing in Swedish prison

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Nov 6, 2014 9:06 pm

The Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde is serving an eight-month prison sentence in Sweden after being captured earlier this year. It's no surprise to hear each person involved in the creation - and early operation of the popular website - have faced copyright offenses and assorted legal troubles over the years.


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Sunde is vegan, so trying to eat food in prison has been a constant struggle, including suffering from iron and vitamin deficiencies. "I'm down 16kg so far... but it's slowed down," Sunde recently said. "There isn't much left. I don't know how I'll feel in three years, looking back at all this."


Sunde will likely be released later this month from prison, but he's unsure what lies ahead - The Pirate Bay continues to be a major hub for Internet users - though he will likely have to find a legitimate profession to avoid further legal trouble.

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