After a hectic week of Grand Theft Auto V being pulled from Target shelves, and then Kmart Australia following through with the same action, Australian gamers are now petitioning to have the Bible banned. Yes, that Bible.
The petition has reached Change.org, where it has secured itself over 35,070 votes, with 14,930 more required. The petition states that the Bible "encourages readers to murder women for entertainment" by "commit(ting) sexual violence against women, then abuse or kill them to proceed or get 'god' points".
It continues, adding: "Target, you pride yourself on being a family company, caring for local communities, and have a strong ethical sourcing policy. How can you do this while contributing to hostile and callous attitudes toward victims of violence and, more broadly, to all women?". The petition finishes by asking: "Please put ethics before profits and make a strong statement that you do not condone sexual violence, sexual exploitation or the abuse of women as 'entertainment'".
Remember the Sony Pictures hack that saw employee's computers compromised and in-cinemas movies be released to the public? Well, according to recent news - this hack is even more in depth that originally thought.
Thanks to Gizmodo we were able to learn some more information regarding the whole ordeal, including various issues that Sony may face in the near future. As according to BuzzFeed, the 40 gigabytes of data released by these hackers contained everything from medical records to unreleased movie scripts - being claimed as one of the worst corporate hacks in history.
The European Southern Observatory's Council has announced that it has approved plans to start construction of the world's largest telescope, which will be built-in Chile, and completed by 2024.
Tim de Zeeuw, the Director General of the ESO said in a statement: "The decision taken by Council means that the telescope can now be built. Major industrial construction work for the E-ELT is now funded and can proceed according to plan". The ESO will build the massive telescope on top of a mountain in Chile called Cerro Armazones, in Chile's Atacama Desert.
Back in mid-2012, the telescope was approved, but construction could only start once 90% of the funding required had been secured. This has now obviously happened, with de Zeeuw adding: "the most powerful of all the extremely large telescope projects currently planned". How big will the telescope be? We should see it featuring a 39m aperture optical and infrared telescope, which means we should see scientists capable of seeing the details of Earth-sized exoplanets, and study star populations in nearby galaxies. de Zeeuw added: "the next few years will be very exciting".
Rovio has announced that it is laying off 110 staff from its Tampere, Finland-based studio, and then closing the studio itself down. The developer of Angry Birds previously said it would lay off around 130 employees, but it has been able to lay off a little less, as it is opening up a few new positions.
This lay off of 110 employees represents around 16% of Rovio's global workforce, but the company isn't as powerful as it once was. Angry Birds was next to unstoppable, and while it might still be by branching out into different brands like Star Wars and Transformers, interest for the bird-flinging game is coming down.
Rovio's CEO, Mikael Hed, said in October: "We have been building our team on assumptions of faster growth than have materialized. It is never easy to consider changes like this, but it is better to do them sooner rather than later, when we are in a good place to reignite growth". Angry Birds still enjoys over 200 million active players every month (as of September), but this is down from the 263 million active players it had back in 2012.
It looks like the OnePlus 2 is shaping up behind closed doors, something that should feature a 5.5-inch display, either 1080p or QHD (2560x1440). It should also feature Qualcomm's Snapdragon 805 processor, backed up by Adreno 420 graphics.
The OnePlus One handset featured a Snapdragon 801 processor, so it's a nice upgrade on its predecessor. Continuing with the internals, we should see the company plugging in a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera, 5-megapixel front-facing snapper, 32GB of on-board storage, and a 3300mAh battery. We should see it launch with Android 5.0 Lollipop, as most flagship handsets will next year.
There's just some things you need to use in order to understand, and I think the Oculus Rift is one of them. More so, the STEM system from Sixense is another, and so is the StrikerVR gun. OK, I'm done - just watch the video below.
Yeah, that's some next-gen gaming right there. A physical gun you hold in the real-world which has actual recoil, while the STEM is tracking all of its movements in real-time, while you're receiving everything visual through the VR world of the Oculus Rift. Sign. Me. Up. Also, give me Half-Life 3.
We've just been made aware of Dell's commercial December showcase thanks to Techarp forums, showing us all of the latest corporate and consumer offerings that the large-scale company will release in the near future.
The main products covered in this showcase include Dell's Venue tablets, their PowerEdge FX, updated Dell monitors and new product pricing and availability across the range. Dell have been one of the major players in the corporate structure for many years now, alongside other big names such as HP, IBM and Lenovo.
This showcase took place on the 3rd of December at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, seeing multiple topics covered. Firstly was a report on their revolutionary next-generation converted architecture. Claimed to feature a highly modular design, this method is designed to remove the need for SAN storage. The point to this being much better performance capabilities because storage is now located locally to the server, removing any bottlenecks over your network infrastructure.
After reaching the 4th installment in this series, hilarious YouTube content creator Goldvision is on a mission. His whole aim in Grand Theft Auto online is to play "with the intent to never hurt and never kill other players. He has succeeded thus far." This is a vast contrast to the massive media coverage of the social out lash against Australian retailers by members of the public, claiming GTA to promote misogynist views alongside promoting murder of women and rape culture.
Offering a very Max Payne-eque voice over, Goldvision covers his turmoils, issues, thoughts and triumphs whilst trotting around in GTA Online, with the sole aim of not causing any wreckage, carnage, murder or pillage. Self-quoted as "trying to discern the difference between determination and an experience points bar" this series is likely to leave you in stitches.
Alongside providing videos related to other gaming titles including Planetside 2 reports and Destiny tips, tricks & trouble, the GTA Pacifist series is something that caught our eye.
The first whispers of the upcoming successor to HTC's One M8 have been floating around for a few days now, with it coming with the One M9 moniker. Now we're hearing about the HTC "Hima", the company's purported upcoming flagship smartphone.
Hima will feature a 5-inch 1080p display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor (with a 2GHz quad-core processor, and 1.5GHz quad-core processor), 3GB of RAM, a 20.7-megapixel rear-facing camera, and a 13-megapixel "UltraPixel" front-facing snapper, VoLTE/CA/LTE Cat. 6 support, a 2840mAh battery, and Android 5.0 with HTC Sense 7.0 splashed on top.
We don't know whether this Hima smartphone will arrive as the One M9, or whether it will feature a different name, but we know it's coming and it should be unveiled at MWC 2015 which takes place between March 2-5 in Barcelona, Spain.
Retail giant Newegg have just sent out their first-round of invitations to their 11th Annual Eggie Awards today, stating the date of January the 8th 2015 - during CES Las Vegas' event.
There is an official invite to follow, with this announcement not containing too much information. For those who don't know, the Eggie awards is based around promoting and honoring Newegg's vendors, partners and customers efforts throughout the previous year.
Set as an invitation only event, it will take place at night in Las Vegas, NV at XS Nightclub which is located within the Encore Resort - so if you're looking to see some big names in tech face to face, it's the time and place to be. CES Las Vegas has a long-held history of illustrious and outlandish company parties, much as is seen yearly at Computex in Taipei, Taiwan. Expect no holds to be barred at this event, with Newegg set to impress and flex some financial muscle to show their support to their partnered companies and individuals.