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Verizon Wireless follows AT&T's lead, now selling data exemptions

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jan 21, 2016 10:02 pm

Verizon Wireless is following AT&T's lead in selling data exemptions to online content providers, so watching videos on a particular website or through an app for one example wouldn't count toward your data limit. You'll know the content is safe to consume courtesy of a bee icon next to it. The company is calling this its FreeBee Data service, which is in beta as of today. Should a provider sign up for it, they pay on a per gigabyte or per click usage basis and receive more traffic in return.




Given it puts anyone who doesn't pay up at a disadvantage, most if not all would agree this violates net neutrality. However, it's not currently illegal under the FCC, who review matters like this on a case-by-case basis. That said, they have been hosting "productive" talks about it this month, so it will be interesting to see where this leads.

Tom Cruise to fight 'The Mummy' in franchise reboot

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jan 21, 2016 9:56 pm

Universal Pictures have been wanting to get a feature film reboot of 'The Mummy' franchise since the disappointing 2008 sequel 'Tomb of the Dragon Emperor' for a number of years, and now that Tom Cruise is officially on board it should progress pretty quickly, with a June 2017 release date set by the studio.




According to Variety, Cruise won't just star, but will also "play a major part in development". Sofia Boutella has also signed on to play the titular role of the mummified undead.


The film will act as a vehicle to re-introduce the world to Universal's stable of classic monster characters, including The Invisible Man, Dracula and Frankenstein which are expected to culminate in a Marvel style cinematic universe.

New video shows amiibo for Zelda: Twilight Princess in action

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 21, 2016 8:58 pm

Finally Nintendo has released a video showing us how the cool Wolf Link amiibo is going to work with the new Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess coming out on the Wii U.



We already knew that the figure would unlock exclusive content, thanks to the listing on Amazon, but now we know how it works and we get to take a quick glimpse at the exclusive "Cave of Shadow" area.


That dungeon gives players access to a series of challenges that require you to use Wolf Link and Midna's abilities to defeat an increasingly larger wave of enemies. Once the challenge is completed, your results are recorded in the amiibo and you can go back to try to beat your previous record.

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Rumor: AMD might cut the price of the vanilla R9 Fury significantly

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jan 21, 2016 8:01 pm

AMD might be looking to lower the price of the vanilla R9 Fury, or so a rumor seems to suggest. And this would be shortly after they lowered the price of the Nano in response to customer demand and the market.




KitGuru says that one of their sources that just happens to be part of the retail chain seems to be privy to the knowledge that there is indeed a price-cut that's going to happen on the R9 Fury. They don't know what that cut actually is, but just that it's going to happen in the coming weeks. They even suspect the price-cut might include the Fury X as well.


This is great news because it's a great card that can provide a good experience at 1440P and even at 4K if the visual quality is turned down some. A price reduction would make more competitive against the card, the 980, that it actually competes against. If this holds true, it'll be a good move by AMD.

32 percent of Android users run 4.0 or older, vulnerable to exploit

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 21, 2016 7:00 pm

A new study from Duo Labs has revealed some concerning data on security pertaining to Android users.




It turns out 32 percent of them run version 4.0 of the operating system or older. This is especially worrisome because this makes them more susceptible to the Stagefright vulnerability, unlike later versions which added or supported security features to fight it.


The team also found 1 in 3 Android owners do not use lockscreen passcodes, compared to iPhone owners who are apparently much more concerned about security (1 in 20 don't use a lockscreen passcode). More, just 10 percent of Android phones utilize pre-boot passcode device encryption; 20 percent are running 5.1.1 and not 6.0.1, and 5 percent are jailbroken (versus 0.4 percent of jailbroken/rooted iPhones).

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Introducing Brave, the new browser that blocks ads by default

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jan 21, 2016 6:34 pm

Ex-CEO and co-founder of Mozilla Brenden Eich has revealed Brave, a new kind of internet browser that wants to disrupt ad-based web surfing.



Brave essentially acts as a filter for the traditional web surfing experience: the browser blocks all targeted ads and replaces them with non-invasive "anonymous" ads. The browser will be released across iOS, Android, Windows and Mac OSX, and is part of the company's "high-precision and privacy" platform, which is powered by a virtually-hosted cloud infrastructure. Brave not only blocks existing ad structures, but also denies cookies that can identify users. The best part is that Brave won't store your user data at any point, ensuring privacy.


"We are building a new browser and a connected private cloud service with anonymous ads," Eich said on the company page. "Brave browsers block everything: initial signaling/analytics scripts that start the programmatic advertising "dirty pipe", impression-tracking pixels, and ad-click confirmation signals. By default Brave will insert ads only in a few standard-sized spaces."

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New Star Wars Battlefront DLC coming for free with maps and more

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 21, 2016 6:03 pm

New details concerning upcoming free content for Star Wars Battlefront seem to have emerged via a video from EA Brazil. According to the video, we can expect a lot of new content.




Among that content should be a new map set on Tatooine, a few new outfits for Luke Skywalker and his sister Leia and even some new game modes that have been heavily requested by fans; private matches. There'll also be daily challenges and even community events hosted by EA themselves.


Star Wars Battlefront was a little light on content when it originally released, which was off-putting to fans who wanted, and expected, a wider variety of maps, weapons and game modes to keep things interesting in the long run. Even a few months after it was released, there was hardly anyone playing, which speaks to the lack of interesting content. It just got old really quickly, despite being the first Star Wars game in some time.

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Battlefront III prototype leaks online, playable on modded Xbox 360's

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 21, 2016 5:33 pm

With EA's Star Wars: Battlefront reboot being soulless and hollow, gamers have often thought about how different things would be if Free Radical's Battlefront III sequel hadn't been cancelled. Now we can sate some of our curiosity as a prototype for the scrapped shooter has been leaked online, showing off some key features of a game that never was.



New info on the Battlefront III prototype was originally shared on a Reddit thread, and users have successfully booted up the leaked files to reveal what looks to be authentic gameplay.

The build can only be played on special modded and developer Xbox 360 hardware, however, so you'll need some specific gear to try it out.


Based on the footage and screenshots we've seen, the build looks genuine. Free Radical co-founder Steve Ellis, whose studio developed the game, said that the prototype looks familiar. "Yes, that looks familiar. I'm not sure when the build was created, but it certainly seems legit," he told GamesBeat.

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Fender's new headphones range from $99 to $499

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Jan 21, 2016 5:02 pm

Guitar maker Fender is now in the headphones game with its Fender Pro In-Ear Monitors line. Designed and assembled in Nashville by last year's acquisition Aurisonics, the price ranges from $99 to $499, depending on which of the five models you choose.




The higher-end models include 3D-printed Digital Hybrid Technology (DHT) shells, which are based on thousands of ear scans with the aim of creating a universal fit (Fender claims they 95 percent of ears will love them). Some others feature Hybrid-Dynamic tuned Balanced Armature Array (HDBA) for a "rich, full frequency response with substantial bass."

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Pre-load The Division Beta 48 hours before it starts, be the first in

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 21, 2016 4:06 pm

The Division's beta test is scheduled for next week and you can make sure you're in on the action as soon as possible by pre-loading it 48 hours in advance.




The information regarding pre-loading actually came from the official French page for The Division, explaining that the 48-hour pre-loading can commence on all platforms. That means that you can prepare yourself on January 26th for the Xbox One, and January 27th on the PS4 and the PC. You'll need at least 26.25GB of space on the PC.


The relatively closed beta test is available only to those that have pre-ordered The Division or those that have been explicitly invited, so not everyone will be able to join in on the fun. But remember that this is a beta test, and Ubisoft is intent on testing infrastructure of the underlying online aspect and to have people see what kind of other issues are in the game. They want to use the feedback we'll provide.

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