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Twitch quietly rolls out a private messaging system dubbed Whisper

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jun 12, 2015 7:52 am

Twitch has just very quietly rolled out a private messaging system dubbed Whisper, which allows you to talk between friends, you know - like you do everywhere else.

 

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Whisper works by typing "/w" into the Twitch chat box, where you just add the username of the person you want to talk to. Once you've done this, it will create a message to your friend, that only the two of you can see. Whisper messages populate in the standard Twitch chat window, but we're sure that this will change soon.

 

The company has said that it is working on pop-out private messages, as well as offline delivery. You can also block Whisper messages from abusive users, as well as change privacy preferences in Settings.

Gaming program Xfire is no more, focusing on tournaments instead

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 12, 2015 7:08 am

Established in 2003 and commonly seen across the competitive scenes of Battlefield 2, Call of Duty 4 and regular gamers alike - Xfire has now closed its chat client and social platform in order to solely focus on the Xfire tournament platform.

 

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With so much nostalgia attached, Xfire is described by some as Steam's influence into in-game chat, allowing users to converse in and out of game, log their gaming hours and share screenshots or videos seamlessly with other members.

 

Boasting a 12 year stint spanning 24 million users, Xfire has kindly allowed all members to download their full album of screenshots and videos simply by entering their username. Be warned, there is a long queue at hand.

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Unreal Engine 4 and DX12 will see improved performance for Xbox One

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 12, 2015 6:33 am

Epic Games has teased that there will be performance improvements to Unreal Engine 4-powered games on the Xbox One thanks to DirectX 12. The news was revealed by Ray Davis, the General Manager of Epic Games, during an interview with Gaming Bolt.

 

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Davis said: "The most intriguing aspect of DirectX 12 to me is the notion that it's a concerted effort to remove as much cruft from between the developer and the hardware itself, which means out of the box we're able to immediately do more for free, essentially. Microsoft has done a great job with the updates, and it's also worth mentioning that they've been a great partner in soliciting feedback from the developers to help guide the future design. Hopefully we'll see the official launch soon so players can start seeing the benefits firsthand!"

 

Davis continued, adding that DX12 and UE4 could deliver even better looking, better performing games on the Xbox One: "Unreal Engine 4 already does a great job of showcasing what the Xbox One is capable of and with the advent of DirectX 12 we're excited to see developers squeezing even more out of the hardware. Several internal Microsoft teams are using UE4 for games development so it's made it incredibly easy to closely partner with them and to ensure that Unreal Engine is a great development tool for the broader Microsoft ecosystem".

Gran Turismo 7 rumored to be unveiled for the PS4 next week during E3

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 12, 2015 3:34 am

If there was a system seller back in the day for the original PlayStation consoles, it was Gran Turismo. But with E3 2015 right around the corner, news is only just breaking now that we might be introduced to Gran Turismo 7.

 

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The founder of the Gran Turismo series, Kazunori Yamauchi, talked about the ongoing partnership between Peugeot and Gran Turismo, as well as the next game in the series: Gran Turismo 7. Yamauchi teased the release window of GT7, where he said: "we are talking about Gran Turismo, people will not have to wait so long".

 

Now if we rewind back to 2013, Yamauchi talked about the release of Gran Turismo 7, saying that it could be "a year or two (from 2013)". This would put it at a late 2015 launch, spilling into 2016. Yamauchi also teased that GT7 would have many more premium cars to drive, as well as saying Polyphony Digital have fixed the simulated damage and crash physics.

Metal Gear Solid 5 will reportedly have 'optional' microtransactions

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 12, 2015 1:35 am

Konami has already pissed fans off by killing off Silent Hills, but they're coming back for more with the rumor that Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will feature optional microtransactions.

 

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News of the in-game microtransactions has come from the Italian PlayStation pre-order page for the game, which says "Acquisti in-game opzionali" which roughly translates to "optional in-game purchases". IGN has also noticed this when they previewed MGS 5 last month, where in the demo they saw an option to speed up development on Mother Base with the following prompt: "Reduced time features cannot be used in offline mode".

 

Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain uses the same in-game currency as MGS: Peace Walker, which is called GMP, or Gross Military Product. We could see microtransactions in MGS 5, and that's going to disappoint fans of the game.

SilverStone unveils the Kublai KL05 tower case

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jun 12, 2015 12:38 am

SilverStone has added to its Kublai series of PC cases, introducing the Kublai KL05 ATX tower case for PC enthusiasts. The case has been designed to fit liquid cooling systems, and should provide ample room for 240mm and 280mm radiators.

 

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The case can support up to 8 drives, or 11 with the purchase of an additional drive cage. In addition, there is quick access filters so the case can be cleaned faster, a motherboard back plane slot for a CPU cooler, mesh front panel intake, and front-side intake vents. SilverStone is throwing in a 120mm fan to help get the cooling efforts started.

 

The SilverStone KL05B-Q and KL05B-W will be available starting on June 16, with a $69.97 MSRP.

HTC shares at their lowest since May 2005, even after M9 announcement

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 12, 2015 12:01 am

HTC is in trouble once again, with the Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer cutting its sales forecast by as much as 35%, with plans to write off $94 million of "impaired assets", writes Bloomberg.

 

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HTC shares have dropped by 9.9%, the lowest they've been since May 2005. Slowing demand and weaker sales in China have reportedly been to blame, with HTC set to record a loss for the current quarter. Jasmine Lu, an analyst with Morgan Stanley said: "The magnitude and timing should disappoint the market and deepen investors' concerns over rapidly deteriorating fundamentals and management credibility".

 

It seems that even the One M9 smartphone wasn't enough to help HTC out of its slump, but with the Vive VR headset coming out this year, will it be enough to help HTC?

NPD: PlayStation 4 outsold the Xbox One in May

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 11, 2015 10:48 pm

The Sony PlayStation 4 has retaken its console sales lead over the Microsoft Xbox One after a strong month of May, according to The NPD Group.

 

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"As we head into E3, we would like to thank gamers for making PS4 the top-selling console and the leader in software sales in the U.S. in May," a Sony spokesperson told GamesBeat. "We are truly humbled by this success and we look forward to sharing what's next for PS4 at our E3 press conference on June 15."

 

The PS4 has dominated the Xbox One so far in 2015, outselling the American manufacturer every but April - and Sony has continued to solidify its strong lead. In addition, the PS4 versions of the top 10 game titles in May outsold their Xbox One counterparts - well, except for Minecraft.

'Celebgate' hacking scandal actually much bigger than believed

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jun 11, 2015 10:35 pm

Unsealed federal court documents revealed almost 600 storage accounts may have been compromised as part of the infamous 'Celebgate' hacking scandal. Stolen images from Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Hope Solo and other actresses and models were posted on 4chan, and then spread elsewhere on the Internet.

 

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Apple iCloud accounts belonging to 572 unique accounts were accessed, some of the accounts visited six times.

 

In other news, the FBI has traced the hacker to the South Side of Chicago, in the Brighton Park neighborhood. FBI agents seized computers and other documents from the house, but no one has been arrested. Two email addresses allegedly belonging to 30-year-old Emilio Herrera are tied to the investigation, but he hasn't been named as a suspect.

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Phiaton introduces BT 100 NC earphones, Bluetooth 4.0 audio product

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Jun 11, 2015 10:15 pm

Audio company Phiaton has launched the BT 100 NC earphones, a Bluetooth 4.0 headset that features active noise cancellation. The product is geared towards athletes with water- and sweat-resistance functionality for athletes, commuters and people enjoying the outdoors.

 

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The BT 100 NC use an "around the neck" design with inline controls that allow wearers to manage music and calls. The earphones are available for $119.

 

"In today's market, there are few options that balance superior audio performance with the need for a durable headphone that can withstand the rigors of exercise and other daily activities," said James Baik, president of Phiaton. "The BT 100 NC is designed to fill this need and provide an all-around superb experience for users."

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