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Battlefield 4 Naval Strike begins rolling out to premium members on PC

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 31, 2014 1:45 pm

It's been almost a week since DICE first tried released the Naval Strike expansion for Battlefield 4. Unfortunately, only PlayStation 4 owners who were Battlefield premium members could play the new DLC. A major bug in Naval Strike forced DICE to postpone the game for PC and Xbox One premium members until a fix could be implemented. In a statement on the delay,DICE said that: "We know that many Battlefield 4 Premium owners wanted to play Naval Strike today. However, we didn't want to release the new content until we believed it was quality content."

 

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It appears that DICE was able to implement the fix a little earlier than expected, and today Battlefield 4 premium members on PC are beginning to receive the Naval Strike update. This follows a roll-out to Xbox One premium members just three days ago. I just finished downloading the update, and will have a post up very soon with a first look at Battlefield 4 Naval Strike in high-resolution on max settings.

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Silicon Motion expands SSD portfolio with new eMMC and SATA 6Gb/s

By: Kalen Kimm | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Mar 31, 2014 12:11 pm

Today, at the Electronics Engineering Live! Conference and Expo in San Jose, CA, Silicon Motion Technology Corporation (NasdaqGS: SIMO), manufacturer of NAND flash controllers for solid state storage devices, will announce new additions to its Ferri portfolio with single-package Ferri-eMMC™ and ultra-high performance SATA 6Gb/s FerriSSD embedded memory solutions.

 

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The Ferri-eMMC is available in two flavors, the SM667 for applications that require up to 30K P/E cycles and the SM661 for applications that do not require such high reliability. The new controllers are designed for a wide range of embedded applications and provide for more flexible PCB design and low-cost manufacturing. They are available in configurations ranging from 2GB to 32GB.

 

The new SATA 6Gb/s Ferri-SSD embedded memory series also has two models, the SM659 and SM619. Embedded DRAM extends the SSD life and delivers best-in-class performance of up to 80K random IOPs. These solutions leverage Silicon Motion technologies including PowerShield, DataPhoenix, Intelligent Scan DataRefresh, SSDLifeGuard health-monitoring, and remote firmware updates. They are available in 8GB to 64GB configurations.

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Game on for our Ender's Game Blu-ray Giveaway - Win 1 of 5 copies

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Mar 31, 2014 9:40 am

To celebrate this week's release of the 2013 sci-fi hit Ender's Game on home video formats, our friends at Icon Home Entertainment have supplied us with copies of the film on Blu-ray to give away to five lucky readers.

 

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Filled with extra features including two audio commentaries, a 50 minute making of documentary, a collection of Deleted and Extended scenes and Easter eggs, the Blu-ray will hold pride of place in sci-fi fans Blu-ray collections.

 

To go into the running to take one copy home, simply answer the following question in 35 words or less:

 

What would you do if you found an unhatched egg containing a previously extinct animal?

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International ATM skimming operation leads to 17 indicted by feds

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 30, 2014 9:32 pm

Criminals operating an alleged money laundering scheme have been busted, with 17 defendants involved in an operation to use ATM and debit card numbers - and PIN numbers - to withdraw money from victims' accounts.

 

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The criminal operation occurred from May 2011 to September 2012, with criminals targeting debit card and PIN numbers stolen throughout Europe - stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to the DoJ.

 

These charges are the result of the hard work of dedicated law enforcement personnel both here and abroad to address a transnational crime problem that can affect virtually anyone with a bank account and carries significant financial consequences," said Robert Holley, FBI Chicago Office Special Agent-In-Charge. "Cooperation with international law enforcement agencies was crucial to the investigation, and we are grateful for the assistance that led to these arrests."

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Wal-Mart launches its new trade-in program for game consoles

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Mar 30, 2014 2:42 am

Wal-Mart started its video game trade-in program where people can trade in their old game consoles, games, softwares and its accessories. The retail chain giant also launched a tool where you can find the worth of your gaming console hardware and software.

 

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Wal-Mart displayed its in-store credits in its website. It does offer a cash option, but its less than what in-store credit offers.

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CD and DVD ripping for personal use will be legalized in the UK

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Storage | Posted: Mar 29, 2014 6:57 pm

Until now, backing up a disc that's purchased for personal use is considered illegal in the UK. However, the UK government recently revealed that the upcoming revision of the copyright law will address the issue.

 

The decision was made after making series of public consultations and inspection of the copyright legislation. For few years, the initial proposal were in its planning stages for few years. Now, the revised should be implemented by summer. By July, people can now make a backup of their disks for personal use.

 

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The government did emphasize that giving access of those backups to others will remain illegal. You can store personal copies in any storage devices, or even use online storage. But its illegal to allow even your friends to access it.

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Nikon announces plans to replace D600 DSLRs with D610

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Cameras | Posted: Mar 29, 2014 2:25 am

Many Nikon D600 DSLR users complained about multiple granular black spots which were reflected on the images captured by the camera. The amount of complaints increased tremendously, leaving no choice but to offer replacement of these DSLRs with D610.

 

Nikon D600 seem to have multiple defects and bugs, according to the source, and the issue was not only sensor dust. It was reported that there was dust accumulation because of the oil on the sensor.

 

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On February 2013, Nikon issues a service advisory, though it claimed that the dust issue was present in 'some rare cases'. It was also alleged that Nikon resold D600 with the dust issue which were returned to the company as refurbished cameras rather than fixing the defect. Replacing the DSLR's shutter assembly allegedly didn't fix the issue either, and excessive oil and dust spots were clearly visible in the pictures.

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Watch the first trailer of new 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' movie

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 28, 2014 10:01 pm

Cowabunga!

 

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Only 24 years after the original movie hit the big screen, a teaser trailer for the newest "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" movie has been released. There is a star-studded cast, but most of you probably only care about Megan Fox starring as reporter April O'Neil, with Michelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo, Raphael, Shredder, and Splinter all returning. The film is scheduled for release on August 8.

 

Here is the trailer:

 

 

Since the hit movie series, our favorite turtles have been on TV shows, video games, plastered on clothing apparel, accessories, and a wide assortment of other products - but a new movie seemed like something that wasn't probable. However, sure to bring back some nostalgic memories, especially among early Generation Y folks, as we've hoped for a true modern adaptation to the movie.

It's been several months, but the new Kinect for Windows is here

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Mar 28, 2014 8:54 pm

Its been more than half a year since we first got a glimpse at the next-generation Kinect motion sensor from Microsoft. During its unveiling, no mention was made of a PC version. This left makers, and kinect enthusiast wondering if there would even be a PC version of the new Kinect.

 

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Today Microsoft answered those questions by finally unveiling the PC version of the Kinect, and for the most part it is identical to its Xbox One counterpart. The differences lie in the way the Kinect connects to the PC, which is handled through a new connection hum. The hub is designed to connect the sensor to the PC via USB 3.0, as well as providing a place to plug in a power brick. Furthermore, the Xbox logo is gone, and the power button has the universal power logo on it. While the sensor is not yet available for purchase, Microsoft says that it is close to launch and will arrive soon.

Former president Jimmy Carter would consider pardoning Edward Snowden

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 28, 2014 7:47 pm

Former president Jimmy Carter recently said he would give former NSA contractor Edward Snowden a pardon if he was convicted in the United States.

 

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"If he was found guilty and sentenced to death, I would certainly consider pardon," Carter recently said in an interview, though admitted he doesn't have "the information President Obama has about what damage has been done to our security apparatus."

 

Carter has shown his displeasure regarding the NSA's snooping behavior in the past, even saying he mails letters via U.S. Postal Service if he wants to correspond with someone privately.

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