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Destiny bug unveils expansion mission, other future game details

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 29, 2014 11:30 am

A reported bug in the Destiny video game has unveiled names and locations of content that will be forthcoming in expansions. The first Destiny expansion will reportedly be available in December - and while new content was expected - it seems interested gamers will be able to know some of the perks that lie ahead.

 

 

A full list of story missions and expanded information was recently compiled by a Reddit user, so you don't need to bother watching the video and taking notes.

 

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FBI concerned over new encryption abilities of smartphones

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Sep 29, 2014 10:30 am

Google and Apple are facing criticism from the FBI and other government agencies over their decision to encrypt data on smartphones that would make it inaccessible to law enforcement. The FBI reportedly opened dialogue with both companies to discuss the matter at hand in the future. It's unsettling the government, which was embarrassed and angered after details of NSA surveillance was leaked by former contractor Edward Snowden, wants to learn more about why companies want to encrypt data.

 

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"What concerns me about this companies marketing something expressly to allow people to hold themselves beyond the law," said James Comey, FBI director, during a recent press conference.

 

While Apple declined comment to the Wall Street Journal, Apple CEO Tim Cook recently shared these thoughts regarding data protection: "People have a right to privacy. And I think that's going to be a very key topic over the next year or so."

EVGA's new GeForce GTX 980 Classified features 1400MHz+ Boost Clock

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Sep 29, 2014 7:17 am

EVGA will soon launch two new GeForce GTX 980 cards, with their two forthcoming GPUs to be two of the most-remembered Maxwell-based GPUs thanks to their power. EVGA's new GeForce GTX 980 Classified and GTX 980 Hydro Copper are fastly different, but are supremely powerful.

 

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First, we have the EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Classified, which features the latest ACX 2.0 cooler, and a custom-designed PCB that is built for overclocking enthusiasts. The GPU features the same high-density heat sink array that was laid out across the GTX 780 Ti, but offers up a new duo of fans with the ACX 2.0 that should see even quieter operation. Better yet, EVGA's GeForce GTX 980 Classified is a dual-slot card, so SLI setups will be even better than some of the competition. The new Classified GPU features a nice black/grey scheme with a hint of red. But what are we talking about when it comes to clock speeds? EVGA will be providing users with a massive 1400MHz+ Boost clock out of the box, making it one of the fastest GTX 980s available.

 

The EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Classified will feature the same 2048 CUDA cores found on the rest of the GTX 980s, a Base Clock of 1291MHz, Boost Clock of 1405MHz, and is capable of 2-, 3-, and 4-way SLI. 4GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 7GHz will also be baked onto the Classified.

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 reference GPU spotted with Asetek watercooling

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Sep 29, 2014 5:38 am

NVIDIA's reference GeForce GTX 980 is a monster when it comes to power efficiency and heat output - and not in a bad way. The talk of a watercooled reference GTX 980 using an Asetek unit is interesting, as it'll be thought of in the same light as AMD's Radeon R9 295X2.

 

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The GTX 980 pictured above has the Asetek cooler slapped into it, but if you look closer, there's still the reference fan installed. This will see the GPU itself cooled with the Asetek watercooler, keeping it nice and cool even with some crazy overclocking, while the rest of the components such as the VRM and RAM and cooled by the reference cooler.

 

It would be interesting to see NVIDIA offer out a new reference GTX 980 with the watercooling used above, as the Maxwell architecture has some massive headroom for crazy overclocks, which watercooling will only amplify.

AMD rumored to launch its new Radeon R9 380X early next year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Sep 29, 2014 4:29 am

NVIDIA has had huge success with its new second-generation Maxwell architecture, forming the new power-efficient, but super-fast GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 GPUs. AMD were rumored to fight back at GAME24, but nothing materialized, until now. WCCF Tech is reporting from a leak from overclockers.ru, that teases AMD's next generation GPUs.

 

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AMD reportedly talked with 4gamer.net journalists in a round table discussion, teasing details on its upcoming products to compete against NVIDIA's new GTX 900 series of GPUs. The new product that AMD will fight back with is the Radeon R9 380X, and not the 390X that most would've presumed. The new R9 380X will be based on the Pirate Islands architecture, powered by the Fiji GPU. Overclockers.ru is reporting that AMD have three new cards in the pipeline, with the Fiji-based R9 380X which will replace the R9 290X, the Treasure Island-based R9 370X, and another.

 

The most exciting news is that AMD will not only reportedly fight back with new architecture, but it'll shift onto a smaller process, moving over to TSMC's new 20nm manufacturing process, as well as using 3D stacked HBM memory. The third card we mentioned above is what we're all here for today, with the new R9 390X reference GPU to feature AMD's hybrid "hydra' liquid cooling, which the company used on its dual-GPU R9 295X2 earlier in the year.

SoftBank interested in possible DreamWorks acquisition in curious move

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 29, 2014 3:30 am

Japanese telecommunications and Internet company SoftBank has reportedly shown interest in acquiring the DreamWorks animation studio. SoftBank currently owns Sprint and had a failed bid to buyout T-Mobile in the United States, though is still interested in successful U.S. companies it could benefit from.

 

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If the deal materialized, it would be a rather curious move for SoftBank, as DreamWorks would likely join a growing catalog of business units. Shares of DreamWorks closed on Friday at $22.36, and SoftBank would reportedly pay an inflated price of $32 per share, which the DreamWorks board is currently considering.

 

DreamWorks officials haven't shunned buyout offers in the past, but said they were interested in developing its own businesses - but a few Hollywood box office duds has pressured the company to potentially make changes.

AMD to release its Radeon R9 390X early next year, 20nm with HBM tech

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Sep 29, 2014 3:23 am

AMD is starting to ramp up its rumor machine, with talk of the new Radeon R9 390X, it's next generation flagship GPU. AMD's new R9 390X is expected to be available in the first half of 2015, according to DigiTimes.

 

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The new Radeon R9 390X is based on AMD's Bermuda GPU core, which should kick some serious ass, bringing a slew of new things to AMD's silicon. First off, we should see the R9 390X being the first GPU to be built on TSMC's new 20nm manufacturing process, but the card is rumored to arrive with High Bandwidth Memory, or HBM. HBM is 3D stacked memory technology that will offer an incredible amount of bandwidth on the already-fast GDDR5 tech that is used, with around 100% more bandwidth, all while using less power.

 

AMD is also rumored to be using hybrid liquid cooling on the new reference R9 390X, similar to what the company used on its dual-GPU Radeon R9 295X2 earlier this year. The problem here is, without a next-gen GPU coming out until at least Q2 2015 or so, what will AMD do to fight off what is an incredible new set of GPUs from NVIDIA? Aggressive price cuts on its R9 290 series, that's what. The only thing AMD can do until its launches its new R9 300 series is drop the prices of what it has now, considerably, to fight off Maxwell from NVIDIA.

Microsoft Windows 8/8.1 users will receive free Windows 9 upgrade

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Sep 29, 2014 2:29 am

Microsoft Indonesia has reportedly confirmed that the upcoming Microsoft Windows 9 operating system will be a free upgrade for current Windows 8 and 8.1 users. The company is expected to host an event on September 30 to detail Windows 9, where pricing and release information should be revealed.

 

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Although Windows 8/8.1 provides significant security updates and a "modernized" interface, many users refused to upgrade to the touch-centric OS. Microsoft has accelerated its operating system road map to meet changing consumer and business user demands, and Windows 9 should help gauge where the company stands.

 

It's also worth noting that as users become familiar with major software updates, such as Apple iOS or OS X and Google Android, for example, the updates are available for free. This is a great opportunity for Microsoft to prove it has listened to users and is prepared to make changes for the future.

Kim Jong-un missing for 3 weeks, suffering undisclosed illness

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Sep 29, 2014 2:23 am

The leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Kim Jong-un has not been seen at official events or on state television for three weeks, with the latter confirming the Supreme Leader is suffering "discomfort".

 

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According to a source outside the secretive state, Jong-un is speculated to be suffering from gout, a build up of uric acid that overwhelming strikes older people, leading to joint inflammation. Jong-un's poor diet would seem to be a culprit in this instance. However, the absence of official word has led to other speculation that a power struggle is afoot, or that he's simply on holidays.

 

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The UK newspaper The Mirror has also helpfully posited that Jong-un has become addicted to Swiss cheese. Such is the craziness of North Korea.

Call of Duty creator hired to advise US government on future wars

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Sep 29, 2014 1:42 am

With all of the conflicts the US has been involved with since 9/11, and the decades prior, one would think they would be masters of conflict, battle knowledge, strategy, and so much more. But, it looks like Washington think tank is asking for help, in a very weird place: by hiring the maker of Call of Duty, to envision the future of war for the US.

 

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The Atlantic Council think tank says that even with all of its money, power and capabilities, the United States isn't thinking creatively when it comes to threats in the 21st century. The creator behind the Call of Duty franchise, Dave Anthony, will be among other authors, screenwriters and entertainment figures for an initiative called 'The Art of Future War Project', something that will launch next week.

 

The idea of this project came about when former Pentagon official Steven Grundman walked in on his son playing Call of Duty: Black Ops II, in which a cold war between China and the United States takes place, in 2025. In the game, the two superpowers are fighting against each other for rare earth elements in section missions. Anthony said: "He was struck how realistic our portrayal in 'Call of Duty: Black Ops II' was of a future conflict.

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