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HTC forces Fantastic Four push notification ads onto its smartphones

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 4, 2015 5:32 am

HTC is in hot water over its Sense Home application on some of its smartphones, with the Taiwanese giant using the push notifications to throw ads for the new Fantastic Four movie onto some users' devices.




A thread on Reddit has 'impersonaljesus' reporting that even though they were using a custom launcher, "this ad was pushed to my phone". You can disable notifications from the Sense Home app by going into the app settings and disabling the ability of push notifications, but you shouldn't need to be putting up with forced advertisement from HTC like this, no matter what setting is enabled or disabled.

Microsoft is excited over the challenge of PC to Xbox One streaming

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Aug 4, 2015 4:04 am

One of the big drawcards to living within Microsoft's ecosystem is the ability to stream games from your Xbox One to your PC, but it will be the PC to Xbox One streaming that could be more exciting.




Xbox boss Phil Spencer has talked about it in more detail now that the Xbox app for Windows 10 has launched, allowing gamers to stream content from their Xbox One consoles directly to their Windows 10 PCs, and tablets over their Wi-Fi networks. Microsoft is now reportedly working on PC to Xbox One streaming, but it's not something that the company is talking about. Spencer said the company would love to give fans the ability to do so, including mouse and keyboard support on the Xbox One.


During a chat with The Verge, Spencer said: "We understand if you're going to go PC to Xbox, we need to get keyboard and mouse working completely so you could play those games. In terms of where we want to go with our platform, those are absolutely in scope of things that we want to do". But Spencer did note that streaming from Xbox One to the PC is much easier, as the company knows just what hardware you have, instead of the other way around where there are countless combinations of hardware.

Metal Gear Solid V on PC gets new release date and spec sheet

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 4, 2015 2:30 am

Konami has moved up the PC release of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain to September 1, aligning both PC and console platforms for a simultaneous day one launch. There's only one catch--PC owners will have to wait until 2016 until they can access the game's Metal Gear Online multiplayer mode.




"We initially did not think it would be possible to get such an epic game out onto PC in time for launch alongside its console counterparts, but all involved have worked diligently to meet the demands of our consumers, Konami President Tomotada Tashiro said in an official statement. "Now PC users will be able to explore the vibrant and beautifully-realised locations and set-pieces that elevate The Phantom Pain beyond all other action titles. We feel confident that Steam users will be satisfied with the contents we will provide for the Steam version."


The Japanese publisher has also opened up MGSV pre-orders on Steam, and everyone who pre-buys on Steam will get a free copy of the game's short prequel adventure Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes.

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'Jurassic World' director hints at open-source dino future

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Aug 4, 2015 12:05 am

On the eve of 'Jurassic World's Japanese domestic release, but already the third highest grossing film of all time, Universal has unsurprisingly moved fast to lock in a sequel for 2018, but where will they take the franchise next?




'Jurassic World' director and screenwriter for 'Jurassic Park 5' (or 'Jurassic World 2' if you will) Colin Trevorrow spoke to Wired and shed some light on what we will, and won't see in the next film.


"[It will not be] just a bunch of dinosaurs chasing people on an island. That'll get old real fast. I feel like the idea that this isn't always going to be limited to theme parks, and there are applications for this science that reach far beyond entertainment. And when you look back at nuclear power and how that started, the first instinct was to weaponise it and later on we found it could be used for energy... What if this went open source? It's almost like InGen is Mac, but what if PC gets their hands on it? What if there are 15 different entities around the world who can make a dinosaur?"


The next installment hits screens on on June 22, 2018.

'Tron' actor gives up on prospect of more films

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Aug 3, 2015 11:28 pm

Original 'Tron' and 'Tron Legacy' actor Bruce Boxleitner has kept the franchise flame going for over 30 years now, but after Disney's cancellation of the second sequel in recent months, even he has sadly given up the faith.




Speaking to SlashFilm on the prospect of further 'Tron' films, the actor said "I don't really care anymore. I'm done with it. I've moved on. I hate to say that but it's been too up and down for me. I would rather not just keep going. I don't want to repeat my career anymore."


Whilst it might sound a bit harsh, Boxleitner clearly understands the business rationale in not continuing the franchise. "It breaks my heart, but I understand the times move on. Disney, it's not in their [wheelhouse] anymore. The animated series a lot of promise, they didn't stick with that either. I don't think they really want it anymore. I think they've got Star Wars. They've got Marvel. Legacy was successful. I'm not sure that they really had that much interest anymore. I hate to say that because I think there's a lot more to go."


Still, its not game over for 'Tron' fans, with a new ride at DisneyLand Shanghai opening next year.

New mod transforms GTA V into a RPG, thanks to modder Logic Spawn

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 3, 2015 6:36 pm

Modders have been quite busy crafting a slew of additions and expansions for GTA V's PC port, leading to some pretty amazing things like playing as Iron Man, wreaking havoc with the game's physics with the car cannon mod, or even adding incredibly realistic visuals with the Project Realism script. Now one modder has made Los Santos into a sandbox for a chaotic RPG adventure.



With GTA: RPG, a modder by the handle of Logic Spawn has injected more RPG mechanics into Rockstar's heist caper by adding "typical RPG features such as leveling, questing, non-linear dialogue, skills, looting and more". Vanilla GTA V already had a light RPG system, but this particular script kicks things up a notch for some high-quality entertainment.


Each of the three main characters have designated classes--Time Master for Michael, Speedster for Tranklin and Berserker for Trevor--and players can create their very own character with a range of different customization options straight out of GTA: Online.

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3 Reasons Your Car Needs This Essential Gadget

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: TweakTown | Posted: Aug 3, 2015 4:39 pm



Whether you're in the car every day or a few times a year for road trips, you've probably found yourself with a low phone battery, counting the minutes to your destination so you can power up. Being able to charge your devices on the road is a must-and a potential lifesaver if you find yourself in an emergency situation. Enter the Mpow 3-port car charger. It's your last chance to get it at TweakTown Deals for 80% off, so there's no excuse not to add this to your glove compartment. Head over and grab it for just $13.99.


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  • It'll keep your devices safe. The Mpow automatically stops charging if there's a danger of overcharging, overheating, or overcurrent.


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Could social media eventually turn on the Islamic State?

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Aug 3, 2015 4:35 pm

The Islamic State has had ups and downs while using social media, finding Twitter, YouTube, and other sites helpful in recruiting new members, sharing propaganda, and intimidating the public. Trying to fight the group has evolved into an international effort, with Europol and the US government looking for ways to crack down on the Islamic State.




"Every targeted country that the Islamic State brags about becomes more resolved to take on the Islamic State," said Max Abrahms, a political science professor at Northeastern University and member of the Council on Foreign Relations, in a statement published by Voice of America.


"While it's true that bragging about the violence over social media can be beneficial in terms of having a recruitment affect, there's also a very substantial attrition effect."

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The Arkansas Governor's URL now points to a LGBT forum

By: Chris Smith | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Aug 3, 2015 2:32 pm

Thanks to an expiring domain registration, someone has taken the Arkansas Governor's URL and ensured it redirects to a LGBT community focused chat room and forum.




Expected to be in retaliation to Asa Hutchinson's harsh stance on the LGBT community, Hutchinson recently refused "to veto a bill which banned local governments in Arkansas from passing anti-discrimination ordinances to protect LGBT residents," as reported by Gizmodo.


According to Vocativ, this domain was taken over by a college student by the name of Dylan Hailey. In an interview with this news website, Hailey claims to currently own the domain registration details to 27 politicians now with no intentions to stop in the future.

Report: Konami exploits and "imprisons" employees

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 3, 2015 2:15 pm

The public image of Japanese games publisher Konami continues to worsen as more news breaks on the company's controversial treatment of its own employees. Nikkei reports on the disdainful conditions that Konami employees are subject to on a regular basis, revealing things like invasive video monitoring and even reassigning key development talent to menial labor tasks.




"Konami's internal culture sounds poisonous. For one, email with outsiders is done with a randomized email address changed regularly," freelance games localizer Thomas James said in a series of translations of the Nikkei article. "It does not stop with emails. Lunchtime leave is regulated with time cards. Those who exceed allotted time are outed within company."


"Employees deemed useless have been known to do assembly line work, security guard detail, cleanup at fitness clubs," James continues. "These are not nobodies being told to do this work either. Producers and other prominent creators have had this hoisted on them."

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