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DJ Steve Aoki acquires professional eSports team Rogue

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 5, 2016 8:10 am

We are seeing more and more substantial investment into eSports, with 2016 bringing in some big money and even bigger deals for professional gaming, and now DJ Steve Aoki has invested in Overwatch and CS:GO pro team Rogue.




ESPN first reported on electronic dance music star Steve Aoki announcing at TwitchCon over the weekend that he invested into Rogue, with Aoki explaining: "As many of my fans know, I've been a gamer all my life and have been getting more and more involved in eSports. I can finally take my love for gaming to the next level as an owner of Rogue, the professional esports team. As an avid player of Overwatch, their dominance caught my eye, and after getting to know them, I realized that we shared the same goals and interests in team building and competition".


Aoki will be hands-on with the managerial and brand development of Rogue, with the eSports team only forming in May, getting investment this early and guidance for brand development could be something to keep an eye on.

The man who changed the world: 5 years sans Steve Jobs

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 5, 2016 7:28 am

It has been five years since the world lost one of the most recognizable faces in the world of technology - Steve Jobs. Known as the founder of Apple, Jobs was one of the most influential people in the world of computer and mobile technology. The iPhone isn't just one of the most popular mobile phones, it's also one of the most popular devices of all time.




Together with Steve Wozniak, Jobs made the first home computer - Apple, the same name the duo called its company that became one of the most recognizable brands worldwide. Jobs' charisma and persistence had a lot to do with it.


Jobs began his career as a teenager. He worked at HP and designed video games for Atari. Then he met Wozniak, with whom he made the Apple I. A year later the duo made the Apple II computer that started the revolution in the personal computer industry.

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Scare yourself again with the Outlast 2 demo now out

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 5, 2016 6:15 am

For those who were brave enough to play the original Outlast game, you might be happy to know that the demo for Outlast 2 is here, available on the PC through Steam, and also on the Xbox One and PS4.




Outlast 2 will be arriving in Q1 2017, but the developer is providing a nice surprise for Halloween, with the Outlast 2 demo available through to November 1. Outlast 2 is described as:


No conflict is ever black and white. But once the dust has settled, the victors get to decide who was right and who was wrong. Who is good and who is evil. Human nature pushes us to extremes of violence and depravity, which we then justify by divine inspiration and a promise of paradise to come. Horror rises from desperation and blind faith. Outlast 2 will test your faith, pushing players to a place where going mad is the only sane thing to do.


You are Blake Langermann, a cameraman working with your wife, Lynn. The two of you are investigative journalists willing to take risks and dig deep to uncover the stories no one else will dare touch. You're following a trail of clues that started with the seemingly impossible murder of a pregnant woman known only as Jane Doe.


The investigation has lead you miles into the Arizona desert, to a darkness so deep that no one could shed light upon it, and a corruption so profound that going mad may be the only sane thing to do.

Samsung's Note7 is now blowing up the world of GTA 5

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 5, 2016 3:08 am

Samsung just can't catch a break. After the whole exploding batteries on Galaxy Note7 fiasco and the global recall of the devices, we witnessed many, and I mean many, memes and GIFs making fun of the poor Note7. Clearly, that wasn't enough.



While Samsung is trying to soften the blow, a GTA 5 player HitmanNiko created a mod that replaces the sticky bomb with a Galaxy Note7. As you can see in the video below, the virtual Note7 can cause a lot of damage.


Samsung continued the sale of the Galaxy Note7 in South Korea after a successful exchange program, and other countries will see a relaunch in the upcoming weeks. But now they have a new competitor to worry about - Google's Pixel.

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Facebook Marketplace gone bad: Sex, drugs and guns

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Oct 5, 2016 2:14 am

Facebook has introduced Marketplace, an online destination where you can buy and sell items with people in your community, on Monday. However, it didn't take long for the users to start exploiting this tool.




Drugs, animals, sexual favors, weapons and a whole range of forbidden items were listed on Facebook's Marketplace. Those items clearly violate the terms of service.


Mary Ku, Director of Product Management, apologized to the users stating that the technical problem prevented them from recognizing and removing posts that violate the rules.

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TV's 'Archer' set to end at 10th season

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Oct 5, 2016 12:59 am

Fans of TV's 'Archer' got a boost earlier this year after the FX Network greenlit the show for a further three series, but according to creator Adam Reed that's the end of the road.




Speaking on the Murmur podcast, Reed confirmed that "the plan is to end Archer after season 10. I don't know that anybody has talked about that, but that is definitely my plan - to do 8, 9, and 10 and they're gonna be each shorter seasons of just eight episodes - and then wind it up." Still, it's better than the previous plan was going to end much sooner. "I was gonna end it after 8, but then I had sort of a brain explosion of a way that I could do three more seasons and really keep my interest up. So the three seasons that are coming up are gonna be pretty different from what has come before, and they're gonna be different from each other."


'Archer' season eight is set to air early in 2017.

Another Disney classic getting a live action remake

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Oct 5, 2016 12:26 am

Everyone knows that Disney loves the green back, but news that the studio is moving to remake yet another one of its animated classics is just getting a little too much. Even for me.


According to an announcement by the studio, Disney is set to bring the 1998 animated hit 'Mulan' to the big screen in 2018, with Disney "launching a worldwide casting search for a Chinese actress to play Mulan" (hint: look in China). Disney have madly been rushing to convert its back catalogue to the screen, with a number of films in active development, such as 'The Lion King, 'The Little Mermaid', 'Dumbo', 'Beauty and the Beast', 'Aladdin' and 'Cruella'.


That's all well and good, but can we please get a third Tron... I'm begging.

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Forza Horizon 3 update fixes PC performance issues, more

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 4, 2016 7:32 pm

A new patch is out now for Forza Horizon 3 on both Xbox One and PC, though it mainly focuses on the highly publicized PC issues, particularly performance.




Apart from fixing the stuttering and stability, it disables mouse move detection while driving, and adds a variety of control options, including steering wheel sensitivity, center spring scale, and damping scale. Additionally, it includes a ton of fixes for wheel controls, so if you had any issues with yours before, they should be fixed.


Playground and Team 10 are said to be working on force feedback issues and yet more wheel support, as well as further stability and performance improvements, so if you're still not satisfied after this update, hold tight.

Microsoft Band has been discontinued

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Oct 4, 2016 6:01 pm

Following its second attempt at a fitness tracker, the Microsoft Band appears to be dead. Both iterations of the product have been removed entirely from the official store, and Best Buy is no longer selling them, although Amazon still has some remaining stock up for grabs. As well, the software development kit has been removed.




Sources indicate the software team intended to bring Windows 10 to Band has been, well, disbanded, and that hardware team members have been moved elsewhere. Additionally, Microsoft is said to be phasing out the devices, with no plans for a Band 3.


The company offered a somewhat vague statement on the matter.

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Google's new Pixel smartphones include 24-hour support

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 4, 2016 5:24 pm

Google has announced its new Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, with prices starting at $649 and pre-orders opening up today - but Google is stepping in a new direction with Pixel, offering 24-hour customer service.




The new 24/7 support for Pixel is almost unprecedented, especially when you consider Apple doesn't offer anything close to this with the iPhone. Google will be including 24/7 support over chat, with customer service representatives capable of screen sharing with your Pixel, and even over the phone if you need detailed help.

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