We've recently talked about some crazy modifications in the pipeline for "the game that never stops evolving", including the 4K resolution texture pack mod alongside this crazy fan-made addition that basically adds a game within the game, named Enderal.
Taking a quick look at Nexus Mods, it gives you somewhat of an idea as to how extensive and vast Skyrim mods really are. You can see hundreds of mods here with thousands of downloads in total, seeing many of these fan-made game modifications hitting 1,000 plus downloads of their own.
This massive online community goes to show that if a developer can open up their game for modding, a whole new world of repeat-customers can emerge. How many people do you know that were heavily into playing things like Battlefield 2's Point of Existence mod or similar? Unfortunately these days, many games are released without a console, let alone being open to mods - meaning many games suffer majorly as eSport titles and also require constant developer interaction and support to grow and evolve.
The lure of cord cutting is appealing to consumers interested in dropping cable and satellite subscriptions in favor of online video services. The addition of the Dish Network Sling TV further disrupts the market, a $20 per month service that gives users the chance to watch ESPN, CNN and other popular channels without a traditional subscription.
In addition to Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu and similar services, HBO, CBS, and ESPN plan to provide online offerings without a traditional pay TV subscription.
Pay TV subscriber levels have gone down and we expect that trend to continue," said David Heger, senior analyst at Edward Jones, in a statement to Forbes. "The cable TV model has been phenomenally lucrative for content producers," as "networks like HBO are looking to expand by capturing some of those households with no pay TV service."
Telstra Bigpond customers were been posting over social media claiming internet service outages country wide this morning, some claiming that they were desperately trying to contact customer service with little to no response.
Telstra has confirmed that a team was working to fix an outage that occurred overnight, further stating that the issues across New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Victoria should now be fixed. They have advised customers to restart their modem or router by powering them down for 30 seconds or more, then turning them back on.
Some customers took to Twitter, explaining that Telstra customer service told them that "their wireless, adsl & cable out for whole of Australia for 24-48 hours." However reports seem to claim that a few select states were unaffected by the outages.
Cybercrime is maturing while those interested in launching attacks are better organized and skilled with their ability to breach networks. There are a growing number of paid cyberattack tools available on the black market, which can be custom scripted for additional payments, broadening the scope of these attacks.
Following its success of dropping the Microsoft Xbox Live and Sony PlayStation Network on Christmas, the Lizard Squad hacker group showed off its distributed denial of service (DDoS) tool. The DDoS-for-hire attack service, dubbed Lizard Stresser, put the for-pay cyberattack market in front of a larger audience - and it appears people are interested.
"I really feel Lizard Squad has upped the ante on the DDoS for hire market," said Terrence Gareau, Chief Scientist at NexusGuard, in a statement to SiliconANGLE. "They have taken an approach much like Silicon Valley startups that focuses on marketing and media to push a product and make their stresser appear better than competitors."
Duke University researchers have grown human skeletal muscles in a research lab, with the manufactured creation able to contract and respond like native tissue. It's possible the lab-created muscles can help with drug research and so researchers are better able to study diseases.
Researchers used human cells that progressed past stem cells but didn't reach full muscle tissue yet - and the myogenic precursors were allowed to form into muscle fibers located in a custom 3D scaffolding.
"One of our goals is to use this method to provide personalized medicine to patients," said Nenad Bursac, associate professor of biomedical engineering at Duke University, in a press statement. "We can take a biopsy from each patient, grow many new muscles to use as test samples and experiment to see which drugs would work best for each person."
Featured here is an incredible system completed by Malik Customs, featuring a full EK Water Block setup all wrapped up in a Phanteks Enthoo Primo Ultimate and stuffed full of goodies by ASUS, including a GTX 970 Strix and a Z97-AR motherboard.
It's hard to predict what will happen as robotics technology matures, and artificial intelligence software advances, but there is growing concern that robots could end up taking jobs from humans. In Germany and other European Union (EU) nations look to solve political problems, there is growing concern that robots - and not immigrants from other nations - could lead to a shrinking work force.
"What's fundamentally different is that (these advances) have the ability to affect a broader set of workers," said Jeremy Bowles, a researcher at the Bruegel Institute in Brussels, Belgium. Bowles believes humanoid robots will be able to carry out human tasks that could one day impact white-collar employees.
However, a counter-argument is that the rise of robotics will help spur the economy, as there will be additional opportunities for businesses. "Robotics is seen as a pivotal technology, which is not only going into robotics per se but into so many other branches and technologies," said Uwe Haas, secretary general of the European Union's robotics program. "It will create new jobs because [it will make] new businesses possible."
We've been covering some sweet modded systems recently here at TweakTown, with a Cooler Master build by Stuart Tonks featuring in our headlines only just yesterday.
Cooler Master are committed to the mods, opening up their "Case Mod World Series by inviting all modders to show-off their creativity and push the limits of PC case design," as written in their recently issued press release. There is over $20,000 worth of cash and prizes available for entrants, supplied with the help of Dremel, Intel, ASUS, OCZ and GeiL.
The two categories include 'Tower Mod' and 'Scratch Build' with judging to be completed by the Cooler Master panel, including the following members: Richard 'Darthbeavis' Surroz, Peter 'L3P' Brands, Brian 'BOD MODS' Carter, Ronnie Hara, Mathieu 'Sassanou' Heredia, Richard Kiers, Antony Leather and the sponsors. Cooler Master have also added a new 'Rising Star' award, said to be given to a future star to watch in the modding scene - this is alongside a peoples choice award, with the winner chosen through public voting.
NZXT have just announced their DOKO - a PC streaming device that connects to your network, allowing you to use the PC in your living room or other places around your home. The DOKO gives you the ability to complete any function that your PC would usually do, no matter where you are - thanks to its lack of limitations.
According to their recently issued press release, "the current problem with modern PC streaming technologies and set-top boxes is that they all come with their own pre-defined limitations," further explaining that "TV boxes are restricted to their own set of media channels, file formats and limited applications. PC game streaming and screen mirroring devices are all restricted by their own platforms, proprietary technologies or latency issues."
Using a gigabit Ethernet connection, the DOKO offers low latency, 50-80ms, high definition, 1080p @ 30fps, services. Complete with four USB ports containing USBoverIP technology, users gain the ability to plug a device into the DOKO and it will mirror these actions just as if you plugged it in to your home PC.
For the last few years, 'Star Wars' fans have been under the impression that they have Disney to thank for purchasing the franchise and therefore making sequel episodes 7, 8 and 9. Now, according to creator George Lucas that wasn't accurate.
Speaking to USA Today on the publicity trail for Lucasfilm and Disney (via the subsidiary Touchstone label) animated feature 'Strange Magic', Lucas has revealed that he was planning on not only making, but directing 'Episode VII' on his own for a 2015 release, before selling the franchise off. He later relented, selling the franchise to Disney outright for $4 billion dollars in cash and Disney stocks, saying "It's better for me to get out at the beginning of a new thing and I can just remove myself".
'Star Wars: The Force Awakens', which was based on Lucas' originals plans for his own version of 'Episode VII' opens worldwide on December 18th this year.