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Microsoft vows to support the Raspberry Pi 2 - offering up Windows 10

By: Chris Smith | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Feb 2, 2015 10:59 am

Unsure if the Raspberry Pi 2 is for you? Microsoft are putting their might behind this latest product offering - announcing that it's "delivering a version of Windows 10 that supports Raspberry Pi 2."

 

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The 2nd generation of Raspberry Pi offers a more powerful processor and twice as much RAM. Often toted by retro-game emulators worldwide as an optimum product, you could always install versions of Windows on the device, however Microsoft is now working to directly offer up an Operating System tailored for this tiny computer system.

 

There will be more information released later as to how exactly Microsoft will be supporting the Raspberry Pi 2, with them stating this will come "in the coming months."

 

Set to retail for $35 and now with a specially-tailored Windows 10 offering - you can likely sort yourself out a fully-functional home computer for a tiny price.

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Team Liquid release its eSports-focused 2014 StarCraft II Awards

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 2, 2015 10:22 am

Featuring a massive 22 categories covering almost anything you can think of from "best ceremony" to "worst drama" and "best Korean Terran", Team Liquid has just released their eSports-focused highly-anticipated 2014 StarCraft II awards.

 

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Although not currently as often in the spotlight as it once was seen, StarCraft II is still a massively popular RTS game across the globe, seeing constant Blizzard support in the form of tournaments, events and game updates. Many regard StarCraft II as the birth of eSports professionals worldwide - seeing its rise in popularity begin the professional couriers of many commentators, journalists, streamers, tournament organizers and gamers alike.

 

Compiled by a massive team of 17 writers, one graphical artist and one editor, Team Liquids well-written and professional-presented awards are always worth a look into.

Hipster Whale is an example of Indie developing done well

By: Chris Smith | More News: Apps | Posted: Feb 2, 2015 8:28 am

Not quite the next Angry Birds, but Indie developers Hipster Whale have burst into the app scene with a big bang - seeing over 30 million global downloads and topping $1 million in profit since launching their game Crossy Road late last year.

 

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Seeing them officially form only four months ago, Hipster Whale are certainly an indie success story - with ten million of their total downloads occurring in the last fortnight alone, seeing this free game draw in massive profits through in-app purchases and advertising. It's reported that users will pay between $1.29 AU and $3.99 AU to purchase new characters for use alone, alongside the various advertising avenues taking place.

 

Co-founder Matt Hall said to reporters that "we wanted a game that was influenced by popular culture and crazy. We put a lot of effort into a game that people want to share," further mentioning that they didn't heavily promote or advertise Crossy Road - simply relying on social media networks, user reviews and recommendations to push their product to the masses.

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UPDATE: CS:GO player GMX claims ScreaM didn't throw the match

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 2, 2015 6:53 am

We recently published an article stating that former-Epsilon CS:GO team member Robin "GMX" Stahmer dug up some dirt on his ex-team mates - claiming that they threw a match on purpose in order to win in-game items in a bet against themselves on CSGOLounge.

 

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Stahmer has taken to Facebook, explaining how he believes that his former teammate Adil "ScreaM" Benrlitom wasn't involved in the scandal - stating "I did this under anger, and in this act, I forgot to say that my former team mate ScreaM, didn't know about this throw. I've talked a bit with Adil [ScreaM], and in my anger, I forgot he didn't know about it. I don't know yet if they told him about it or not, but I didn't."

 

Stahmer went on to express his sympathy and regret, stating "I want to apologize toward the community, and toward ScreaM who doesn't deserve all this hate."

 

Valve has explained their harsh stance on match-fixing and betting scandals, joining almost-all major tournament providers across the globe in banning a bunch of American and Canadian CS:GO players for throwing a match and benefiting around $10,000 worth of in-game skins through the process.

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The PlayStation Network is currently down, again

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Feb 2, 2015 5:09 am

As shared on their official Twitter page 3 hours ago, PSN is down again - however no word has been made of how, why, or who may be responsible.

 

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Obviously many on social media are instantly blaming the infamous Lizard Squad, who were responsible for taking down PSN and XBOX Live late in 2014 - however there is no telling until someone comes forward with an answer.

Eiffel 65 would be proud - this CM Silencio case is a blue overload!

By: Chris Smith | More News: Modding | Posted: Feb 2, 2015 5:04 am

We're seeing a massive trend here - yet another Cooler Master modified case jam-packed with Bitspower rigid tubing watercooling goodies.

 

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H²OC Project has just shared their Silencio 652S Edge Mod - now with newly added blue dye in the watercooling and more strips of LED lights.

 

Supported by Cooler Master, Bitspower and Avexir Memory, this case features four sticks of RAM coupled with a single GTX 780, rigid tubing throughout and custom sleeves on all cables. As you can easily tell by the pictures, blue is the common theme here - with all watercooling and LEDs being blue in color, accentuating all parts of the case whether metal or acrylic.

 

Although not as clean or minimalistic as other builds that we've been covering recently, it's still impressive.

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The British army has employed a whole batallion of Facebook Warriors

By: Chris Smith | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Feb 2, 2015 3:58 am

This brings the term "keyboard warrior" to a whole new level. The front lines are most commonly publicized, however what's going on behind closed curtains? Here's an insight - The British Army have just implemented a whole battalion of soldiers described as "Facebook Warriors."

 

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Named as the 77th battalion, this number has some historical background. Claimed by the Financial Times as a "guerrilla unit led by the swashbuckling British commander Major General Orde Wingate, one of the pioneers of modern unconventional warfare. They operated deep behind Japanese lines in Burma between 1942 and 1945 and their missions were often of questionable success."

 

This new battalion will be responsible for implementing "'reflexive control', an old Soviet tactic of spreading specifically curated information in order to get your opponent to react in the exact way you want them to," as described by Gizmodo.

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The US Army takes down racist-interpreted Tweet

By: Chris Smith | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Feb 2, 2015 2:57 am

After tweeting about challenge posed thanks to "Chinks in special ops' digital and physical armor", the US Army has decided to withdraw this announcement due to it possibly implying "Chinks" as those of Asian decent.

 

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The US Army has been applauded for taking down the possibly racial-insensitive tweet, but also received a lot of criticism from the pubic for there being no current apology issued.

 

It's obvious that the tweet shouldn't have happened in the first place, it's also sad to think that some social media manager has likely lost their job or are currently being severely reprimanded over this mistake. Justified or not, you decide.

Epsilon suspends its CS:GO team over match-fixing allegation

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 2, 2015 1:32 am

Recently there was a massive match-fixing and betting ring scandal that rocked the whole North American and Canadian Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) scene, seeing numerous players and a manager be banned for life from all Valve major events, ESEA tournaments and more.

 

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In recent news, French-based eSports organization Epsilon has suspended their whole CS:GO division pending a current match-fixing investigation.

 

Their world-class CS:GO squad has been unearthed by former teammate Robin "GMX" Stahmer, with him stating that his old team purposefully lost a match on the ESEA platform against rivals OverGaming in order to profit from weapon skins. These skins were achieved through bets made against themselves on the popular website, CSGOLounge.

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Did you know there's a school that offers eSports scholarships?

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 2, 2015 1:04 am

With League of Legends as their game of choice, Robert Morris University (RMU) proudly state that they are "the first college to offer scholarships and create an eSports varsity team."

 

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First announced on Friday June the 20th, 2014 - RMU are offering scholarships covering 50% of tuition and 50% of room and board costing, asking people to email in for applications.

 

Sponsored by DX Racer, Pwnt Wear, ASUS, Cooler Master and CM Storm, it's exciting to see this kind of advancement being made in the competitive scene. Coming from an eSports background myself, a vast majority of the competitive community is made up of university students, meaning it only makes sense to market to this target audience by sponsors and game manufacturers.

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