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Reading every book in Elder Scrolls Online would take 32 hours

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 4, 2014 5:31 am

Some of you may be playing The Elder Scrolls Online before you read this, but if not, spare up around 32 hours if you're the kind of person who wants to immerse themselves fully into the world.

 

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Why 32 hours? Well, that's the amount of time it will take you to read the 2,235 books that are in The Elder Scrolls Online - some 480,000 or so words. There are some other impressive numbers from the infographic, such as you'll need to kill 119,050 mudcrabs to reach level 50 within the game. There are an insane 10,202 non-player characters in the game, and to meet all of them in real life, it would take the average person around 15 years.

 

There are 61 million items in the game, and over 40 million different weapon variations within The Elder Scrolls Online world. Over five million players registered for the beta, which is quite an astounding amount of gamers.

Telltale is bringing some of its biggest games to Amazon's Fire TV

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 4, 2014 4:33 am

Fans of Telltale Games' incredible The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us should be glad to hear that the developer is making its episodic hits available on Amazon's Android-powered set top box, Fire TV.

 

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Better yet, Telltale has already made The Walking Dead: Season One available on Fire TV, the second season, The Wolf Among Us, and the upcoming Game of Thrones title set to come soon. Telltale didn't provide an exact date, but we should hopefully see an announcement soon.


Microsoft to move San Francisco office to new downtown location

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 4, 2014 3:41 am

Microsoft will move its San Francisco office to the Financial District's "crown jewel," located at 555 California St., renting the second and third floors. The San Francisco Microsoft office specializes in sales, marketing and engineering, and the employees won't have to move very far away.

 

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The average price of office rentals in the area is about $58 per square foot, while Microsoft is expected to pay $62 per square foot. The 555 California Street building is the second tallest building in San Francisco, and is easily noticeable as it stands above the Financial District.

 

Microsoft also has a Silicon Valley location in Mountain View, California, where most of the company's regional employees work. Microsoft reportedly wants to expand into Sunnyvale in the near future, though an exact location hasn't been selected.

 

I've attended meetings and tech training sessions in the current Microsoft San Francisco office, and believe moving to a separate office building will be ideal. If visitors know to enter the Westfield mall and how to get on the elevator and find the appropriate floor, it's easy - but first-time visitors sometimes end up aimlessly wandering around in circles.

Google's impressive Project Ara technology detailed in a new video

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 4, 2014 3:26 am

Project Ara is getting closer and closer, with Google hosting its Ara Developers Conference between April 15-16, but the Mountain View-based search giant has decided to show off a behind the scenes look at its development process in a new video.

 

 

The video introduces you to some of the crew of the Ara team, where you get to have a tease of some of the prototypes floating around, and how some of these pieces will gel together in the end to make your own personalized smartphone. We should see more details at the Ara Developers Conference in just a couple of weeks time.

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Rhapsody tosses its hat into the Google Chromecast arena

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Apr 4, 2014 3:06 am

Ever since Google opened up the Chromecast SDK to developers, support has been added to services and apps at a blazing pace, and today Rhapsody became the latest in a long line of recent additions to the $35 media streaming dongle. Today Rhapsody announced that it had updated its Android and iOS apps to now support Chromecast.

 

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This meas that Google Chromecast users now have access to more than 32 million songs that Rhapsody holds in its collection. Chromecast support has also shown up in the Napster app which is owned by Rhapsody and used mostly in the UK. Today's announcement follows a similar release by Rhapsody's competitor Rdio earlier this week.

Investigation into Experian breach and how it happened

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 4, 2014 2:37 am

Credit bureau Experian is now facing a multi-state investigation following a data breach that left almost 200 million people at risk of data theft.

 

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"We are investigating," according to a spokeswoman for Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, in a statement to Reuters. "It's part of a multi-state investigation."

 

Vietnamese citizen Hieu Minh Ngo pleaded guilty for his part in the theft, in which he sold stolen information to a large number of cybercriminals.

 

It shouldn't be surprising to hear there is a thorough investigation into the breach - not only was the company compromised using clever social engineering - Experian is a leading credit bureau in the United States.

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Apple begins seeding OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 build 13D33 to developers

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Apr 4, 2014 2:09 am

Apple has today began seeding the fifth version of its OS C Mavericks 10.9.3 beta build to developers. This pre-release version is coded 13D33, and developers are being asked to focus on key aspects of the OS such as Graphics Drivers, Audio, Safari, and Contacts / Calender USB Sync via iTunes.

 

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This is part of the upcoming update to OS X Mavericks that will usher in 4K Support for external monitors, a first for the operating system. While the syncing via USB option was nixed in previous builds, Apple hopes to bring it back in the next update with a more refined and intuitive version that will work seamlessly with iTunes.

Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure goes on sale April 22 for $19.99

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 4, 2014 1:27 am

When I was young, the Under a Killing Moon games were a dream - full-motion video, incredible (for the time) graphics, and much more. Well, now there's a new game in the Tex Murphy world arriving on April 22: Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure.

 

 

Tesla Effect goes on sale on April 22 for both the PC and Mac for just $19.99, which marks a return of Tex Murphy, and the actor who plays him, Chris Jones. The new game features live-action, full-motion scenes against 3D backgrounds, interactive dialogue and detective style gameplay which sees the player investigating crime and questioning witnesses.

 

The new Tesla Effect picks up after the cliffhanger ending of Tex Murphy: Overseer, which was released all the way back in 1998. Tesla Effect was funded on Kickstarter, where nearly 7,000 backers provided $598,000 of funding to see the game made.

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Twitch.TV now offering private chat rooms for its streaming service

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Apr 4, 2014 1:12 am

Video game streaming service, Twitch.TV has just added a new feature to its website today. Users can now enable private chat rooms that are accessible by invite only, which cuts down on the trolls who do what trolls do best. While Twitch already allows users to chat with broadcasters, this new group chat feature lets the broadcaster pick and chose who they wish to allow in their coatroom at any given time.

 

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"One of the most beloved features on Twitch is the ability to chat with the broadcasters and your fellow gamers. In many ways, it's what makes Twitch, Twitch. It's where community memes begin," Twitch said in a blog post. "Where you express your glee, outrage, befuddlement, or amusement, as the case may be. Twitch is a social place, and chat is where the social exchange happens."

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AMD's Radeon R9 295X2 gets detailed in a leaked preview

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Apr 4, 2014 12:57 am

We know that the Radeon R9 295X2 is coming, very very soon, but VideoCardz.com has an exclusive piece detailing AMD's upcoming dual Hawaii-based GPU. It's quite the beast, so prepare your hearts, wallets and electric bills.

 

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The Radeon R9 295X2 is the first dual-GPU card from AMD based on its impressive Hawaii architecture, where AMD has baked in two fully loaded Hawaii cores, instead of cutting them down for the usual thermal and power consumption issues. We have a total of 8GB of RAM spread across its impressive 512-bit memory bus.

 

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The full specs you can see above, comparing it against the Radeon R9 290X, the just-announced GeForce GTX TITAN Z, and the slightly older but still very relevant GeForce GTX 780 Ti. The new R9 295X2 features two 8-pin PCIe power connectors, with a total TDP of 500W. This is quite high considering the R9 290X has a TDP of 250W, as does the GTX 780 Ti. But, we have two full Hawaii cores here, versus the usual cut down of cores that we see in most dual-GPU cards.

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