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YouTube's 301+ view counter replaced with real-time stats

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Aug 6, 2015 6:35 am

A few days ago YouTube updated its web-based video player, with the video sharing giant now removing the iconic 301+ view counter. It has been replaced with a new real-time view counter, which is much better for viewers, and YouTube content creators.




YouTube explained its 301+ view counter in an infographic, above, where it quickly became a placeholder to stop spammers from artificially increasing YouTube video views. Once a video hit 300 views, YouTube would halt the view counter at 301+ until it was able to confirm the views weren't spam bots, and then it would reveal the true view count.


But now, YouTube is confident that it can tell the difference between automated views and real-life people watching them. From now on, the view counter will drive up as more people watch the videos, with the iconic 301+ view counter now put to rest.

Mafia 3 reveal trailer released at Gamescom

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 6, 2015 5:39 am

Gamescom 2015 - As promised, 2K Games has revealed the cinematic trailer to Mafia 3, with the game being set in a beautiful, reimagined New Orleans.



Mafia 3 is filled with era-inspired cars, fashion, music, characters and is a "haven for organized crime". The Italian mob controls illegal gambling, drugs, prostitution and more through corrupt police and politicians. Mafia 3 sees protagonist Lincoln Clay returning home after a stint in Vietnam, with family being the central point of the game.


But, his family was betrayed and killed by the Italian mob, making Lincoln's story all about revenge. As you progress throughout Mafia 3, Lincoln will align himself with other criminals in order to build his own empire and a new family, where it will transform New Orleans in the process.


Mafia 3 will be released in 2016 for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

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Malaysia Airlines confirm MH370 aircraft part find

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: BREAKING STORY | Posted: Aug 6, 2015 4:54 am

16 months on from the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, today the company has confirmed that part of a wing that washed up on the shore of Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean last week was from the downed craft.



The airline states that the find was corroborated "jointly today by the French Authorities, Bureau d' Enquetes et d' Analyses pour la Securites de I'AviationCivile (BEA), the Malaysian Investigation Team, Technical Representative from PRC and Australian Transportation Safety Bureau (ATSB) in Toulouse, France and subsequently announced by the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dato' Seri Najib Tun Razak."


Whilst the aircraft has not been found, the find will allow searchers to use sea modelling to assist approximating a location where the airline plunged into the ocean last year.

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HTC Vive headset gets nominated for 'Best Hardware' award at Gamescom

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Aug 6, 2015 4:07 am

Gamescom 2015 - For the last couple of years it has been the Oculus Rift that has had the attention of trade shows like CES and Gamescom, but for this year's Gamescom, it is the HTC Vive that has been nominated for the 'Best Hardware' award.




HTC's Vive headset is powered by Valve's SteamVR platform, where it joins past winners and nominees in the Oculus Rift DK2 (which won the award last year) and Sony's Project Morpheus (nominated last year). At CES 2014, Oculus won the overall 'Best of CES' award for the Crystal Cove prototype, but it looks like 2015 is the year of Vive.

Shiro Games announces Aug. 25 launch date for Evoland 2

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 6, 2015 2:26 am

Shiro Games has announced its Evoland 2: A Slight Case of Spacetime Continuum Disorder game will be released on August 25.



Evoland 2 isn't your traditional video game, as it is designed to help take players "on a truly epic journey through time and across a variety of classic and contemporary video game styles." The standalone gaming experience features a character who learns to "understand events in different timelines," while improving the future.


The initial game launch is for PCs, with Mac and Linux versions scheduled for a later release. It will cost $19.99.

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AMD Radeon R9 Fury can be unlocked to the full-fledged Fury X

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Aug 6, 2015 2:05 am

An interesting turn of events for AMD's latest video cards has been discovered by 'TX12' from the OCN forums, where he has a universal tool that lets you unlock any Hawaii, Tonga or Fiji-based GPU to its full potential.




Some users have already managed to unlock their air-cooled Radeon R9 Fury cards to a full-blown Fury X, which requires water cooling. In the case of the Fury X, AMD disabled a number of CUs on the GPU, but this universal tool lets you unlock them and enjoy the full 4096 stream processor count from the Fury X, on your air-cooled Fury.


There are dangers of doing this, as you can completely brick your very expensive card, so use caution. The thread on the OCN forums has a full rundown of how to do it, with benchmarks and screenshots of a fully unlocked Fury to Fury X, increasing its stream processor count from 3840 to 4096.

'Jumanji' remake coming from Sony Pictures

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Aug 6, 2015 12:30 am

In a year with the best slate of summer blockbusters in recent memory, one studio has had a very disappointing year. Whilst Universal have had two films gross a huge $1.5 billion at the world wide box office ('Jurassic World' and 'Furious 7', Sony Pictures highest grossing film of the year - 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2' has grossed just over $100 million - even less than it's great white hope; 'Pixels'. Not a great year - and today's announcement proves again that the studio is creatively bankrupt.




The studio has today announced their slate of films coming in 2016 and 2017, which include 2 sequels to 'Bad Boys', but also a remake of the 90's classic 'Jumanji' which starred Robin Williams and some (at the time) breakthrough CGI effects. Sony haven't confirmed the cast, director or screenwriter for the project, short of a December 25, 2016 release date.


We all know Hollywood loves reboots and remakes, but it's getting seriously ridiculous now.

ASRock unveils its 100 series motherboards

By: Chris Smith | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Aug 6, 2015 12:19 am

Adding to the plethora of Intel 6th Generation 'Skylake' announcements today is ASRock with its support for this new chip in the form of its 100 Series motherboards.




Including models such as the Z170 Extreme7+, the Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K6+, the Z170 OC Formula and more, plenty of features and a range of styling options are on offer. With the Extreme model taking on a sleek black and gold color scheme, the Fatal1ty dons the traditional red and black and the OC Formula model wraps up the line with a stand-out yellow highlighted scheme.


Featuring general 100 series options like Ultra M.2 slots suitable for RAID 0, DDR4 support, USB 3.1 Type-A and USB 3.1 Type-C, ASRock also offers a Type-A and Type-C USB 3.1 front panel with the Gaming K6+ and Extreme 7+ models - something unseen with many other company offerings.

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Your Facebook friends list could determine your loan approval success

By: Chris Smith | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Aug 5, 2015 10:47 pm

This Tuesday, Facebook's latest patent was approved, giving this internet giant the ability to judge your friends list through a financial eye. This new ability means that a lender can examine the credit ratings of your Facebook friends in order to judge if you're suitable for a loan or not.




The full text reads: "When an individual applies for a loan, the lender examines the credit ratings of members of the individual's social network who are connected to the individual through authorized nodes. If the average credit rating of these members is at least a minimum credit score, the lender continues to process the loan application. Otherwise, the loan application is rejected."


The approved patent included some other applications as Fortune explains as "filtering out SPAM and helping with search queries," but these are mostly a detraction from the main point.


No one is exactly sure when Facebook will implement this, or even why. But this may make some users re-think the online company in which they keep. There would be nothing worse than being denied for a loan based on your friends poor choices.

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Survey: Growing number of US consumers trying digital, mobile payments

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 5, 2015 10:35 pm

American consumers are paying for goods at checkout using a number of different payment methods, with 93 percent saying they used cash, 68 percent using debit cards or checks, and 67 percent using credit cards. None of that is too surprising, but what might shock people is that 62 percent used PayPal, according to a recent Blackhawk Network Shopper study.




In addition, 14 percent of US consumers made purchases using a mobile payment service supported by their smartphones and tablets. It's an important glimpse into payments, as mobile payments are expected to become more prevalent in the years to come.


"Consumers still have a strong preference for traditional payment methods like debit cards and prepaid cards," said Teri Llach, CMO of Blackhawk Network. "Those payments tools are not going away anytime soon, even as interest in and usage of new payment methods grows. Our findings prove that payments is not either/or when it comes to legacy payments versus emerging products; it's really about convenience and providing a mix of options."

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