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GameSpy is calling it quits, will shut down site and all servers

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Apr 5, 2014 12:19 am

It appears that yet another popular website will be closing its doors forever due to "business issues." Gamespy.com has just announced that it will be shutting down its website along with all of its PC gaming servers, effective May 31st. Gamespy has been a staple in the PC gaming community since 1999, and it appears that it will not make it past 14 years old.

 

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"Just to be clear, we're not being shut down because PC gaming isn't a big, important, and growing thing -- because it is. That's not even debatable. It's not even because the GameSpy staff did a bad job of talking about it. Hell, from where I'm sitting we did an awesome job," said GameSpy's Dan Stapleton. "Why is this closure happening, then? It's a business thing, and like most business things it's not easy to explain or understand unless you spend all day crunching numbers and paying bills. Which I don't. So here's the simple version that even I can comprehend: Ziff Davis wants to run an efficient, focused company, and managing several different sites that all cover videogames isn't exactly the model of efficiency. "

 

Stapleton went on to say that the GameSpy staff will go on to write for other gaming media outlets such as IGN, and that they will continue to bring readers what they need to know about the current state of gaming. It's a sad day to see a staple like GameSpy fall, but such is the way of many sites that have been acquired by Ziff Davis over the years, and I am sure that this will not be the last to shutter its windows.

USB 3.1 Type C spec uses reversible connector design

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Apr 4, 2014 11:59 pm

The USB 3.0 promoter's group have finalized its design for the next USB connector. The USB 3.1 Type C cable and ports are designed specifically for providing easier connectivity with notebooks, tablets and even smartphones such as Samsung Galaxy Note 3 which uses micro USB 3.0 port.

 

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Another main feature is that the connectors are reversible. This way end users shouldn't be confused with which end of the connector goes to the device and the system. The newer connector is said to be as thin as micro-USB 2.0 made to be robust enough for notebooks and tablets, and even slim enough for mobile phones. It will also eventually replace existing micro USB 3.0 connectors.

 

The Type-C USB 3.1 connector also doubles up to 10 Gbps transfer speed. According to a spokesperson, the specification is scheduled to be completed by July, and products with the new connector should be out by end of this year.

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Microsoft says that external storage will be headed to Xbox One soon

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Apr 4, 2014 11:08 pm

When the Xbox One launched without any mention of external storage, many gamers quickly grew concerned over how many games they would actually be able to install on the device's internal hard drive. With games like Call of Duty Ghost, Battlefield 4, and Titanfall consuming over 25GB each, and DLC packs averaging between 5GB and 10GB, there was good reason for this concern. As expected, Xbox One owners quickly filled their storage space and had to begin deleting content just to play a new game.

 

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It appears that Microsoft is just about ready to release a fix for these issues, and in a post on Reddit, the company's Major Nelson confirmed that an external storage solution is on the way. When asked about external game storage, Nelson said: "External game storage is coming soon... I need to check on media support." So does this mean that Microsoft is going to open up the USB port to accept that external hard drive you have laying around? Not likely, as we expect the company to offer a 1TB and 2TB Xbox-branded external drive which it will charge a premium for.

Amazon's Fire TV gets torn down earns 6 out of 10 repairibility score

By: Charles Gantt | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Apr 4, 2014 10:14 pm

Being one of those people who love to tear things apart to see what makes them tick, I look forward to iFixit's new device teardown every time something new is released. This weeks Amazon Fire TV was no exception, but it is a little disappointing to say the least. iFixit managed the teardown in no time at all, and what was reveled is a single-board design that leaves little repair room that a DIYer would be capable of.

 

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Scoring just a 6 out of a possible 10, the Fire TV is nothing more than another board in a box, meaning that no other electronic components reside off of its PCB. This is the way most devices are being manufactured in modern times as components are continuing to shrink and SoC's are increasingly becoming more powerful and capable of multi-tasking. The device does feature a Qualcomm Processor, 2GB of RAM and 8GB of NAND flash. It's basically any smartphone produced in the last two years minus the screen.

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NFLPA to probe Eagles release of DeSean Jackson

By: Tyler Bernath | More News: Sport | Posted: Apr 4, 2014 10:07 pm

Executive Director of the NFL Players' Association, DeMaurice Smith, said the NFLPA will examine the situation surrounding the Philadelphia Eagles release of WR DeSean Jackson. Jackson was the teams leading receiver and one of the leagues most dynamic players. The Eagles decision to part ways with Jackson, came after a report by NJ.com surfaced linking the wide receiver with "gang connections" a report refuted by Jackson himself.

 

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DeMaurice Smith went on to say: "We've always been aggressive about protecting the integrity of our players, especially where we believe or think that a team may have done something that is impermissible, and that's something that we're gonna look at." Jackson signed with the Washington Redskins Wednesday for a deal worth $24 million, $16 million guaranteed.

Government agencies don't do enough after suffering data breaches

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 4, 2014 9:53 pm

aFederal agencies aren't seriously defending against data breaches and personal identifiable information (PII) is increasingly finding its way into the hands of cybercriminals, according to a recent report published from the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

 

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The number of government data breaches increased up to 25,566, twice the amount as reported in 2010 - and affected companies often are unfamiliar with how to respond properly.

 

The GAO has criticized federal government branches, specifically the Department of the Army, IRS, SEC, and a few other agencies, falling short of mandating information security programs and being lackadaisical about security efforts.

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Yelp now lets users search reviews by using emojis

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Apr 4, 2014 9:26 pm

Searching Yelp has always been an easy process, and for that matter, searching anything on the internet has always been an easy process. There are those out there however who feel that it should be even easier, and today Yelp became one of those companies. users of the popular restaurant rating service can now search for good eats by simply typing in a single emoji.

 

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That's right, iOS users can now flip to their alternate keyboard when searching Yelp an enter in one of the small cartoon-like emojis that appear on the screen. This move signifies Yelp's commitment to improving its mobile platform, something most of its users now use to access the service. This news follows a recent decision by Twitter to begin allowing the use of Emojis on its mobile platform as well.

XYZprinting announces its new da Vinci line of affordable 3D printers

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Maker & DIY | Posted: Apr 4, 2014 8:19 pm

XYZ Printing has just unveiled two new 3D Printers to its da Vinci line of affordable 3D Printers. The new da Vinci 2.0 Duo, and da Vinci 2.1 Duo Plus bring several new features to the popular da Vinci 3D Printer. The new da Vinci 2.0 Duo and 2.1 Duo Plus are dual-nozzle 3D printers that are capable of printing in 2 colors at once, with the da Vinci 2.1 Duo Plus functioning as a completely stand-alone unit.

 

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The da Vinci 2.1 Duo Plus features Wi-Fi connectivity, and allows remote access and printing through a remote app, and allows users to monitor the print via a built-in camera. An easy to use touch-screen panel is also present for added functionality. The new da Vinci 2.1 Duo Plus is capable of printing in two colors at once just like its counterpart, the da Vinci 2.0. The 5-inch touchscreen LCD panel runs a version of Android, and allows users to select models to print that have been placed on a USB thumb drive as well.

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Microsoft open sources 'Roslyn', its .NET compiler platform

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Software | Posted: Apr 4, 2014 7:25 pm

Yesterday during Microsoft's Build Conference, the Redmond-based company took to the stage to announce that it is releasing its Roslyn .Net compiler platform to an open source development model. The project is now public on Codeplex, and can be forked, modified, or improved upon by anyone.

 

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I know that most of you are asking "What is Roslyn," and that is a very good question for those who are not savvy on the development world. Roslyn is a set of APIs Microsoft created to help developers better interface .NET with their apps, websites, and other coding adventures. It is comprised of c#, VB.Net, and other compilers that are written in the languages themselves. This makes them available to traditional command-line interfaces.

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Sapphire announces the launch of the R9 290 Vapor-X OC GPU

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Apr 4, 2014 6:38 pm

This morning Sapphire Technology launched a new version of its R9 290 Radeon GPU that features a new cooler and some factory boosted performance. The new R9 290 Vapor-X OC video card features several of Sapphire's leading technology including its high-performance Vapor-X cooling solution, which keeps the factory-overclocked card running cool.

 

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The new R9 290 Vapor-X OC GPU is based on AMD's Graphics Core Next technology and features 2560 Stream Processors, 4GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 1400MHz, and a high-speed engine clock of 1030MHz. Sapphire says that these features combine to create industry-leading performance, stability, and longevity. The Vapor-X Cooler utilizes a "Tri-X" structure that is made from five heat-pipes, three fans, and efficient cooling fins.

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