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Skype hides your IP address, to help you from yourself

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Jan 22, 2016 3:06 pm

Skype has just made a big change to the way in which their omnipresent messaging app works, adding in a level of privacy that wasn't quite there before. Now your IP address is hidden by default, to help prevent an easy avenue for launching a DDoS from.




It seems that the gaming community is the reason for this change, because of how vindictive and angry players can get if they lose, or if someone says something they don't agree with. DDoS's are a real threat carried out on a variety of scales almost daily, and Skype has previously been an easy way to facilitate that. Just use a tool to backtrace a persons IP using their Skype ID. But now that won't work, because your IP address will be obfuscated by default, a great leap forward for privacy.


"Starting with this update to Skype and moving forward, your IP address will be kept hidden from Skype users. This measure will help prevent individuals from obtaining a Skype ID and resolving to an IP address," the news update says. It's a great thing, because it was one of the easier avenues attack.

Sunset Overdrive invades Rocket League on the Xbox One

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 22, 2016 2:32 pm

Rocket League hasn't quite release on the Xbox One just yet, which means it might not be the success that developer Psyonix wants it to be. In order to attract as many new players as possible, they're bringing some exclusive Sunset Overdrive themed stuff into the game.




It might not be much, but they've added in an Overcharge boost which is surprisingly delightful sounding, and the Fizzie car topper, shown above. "In short, Rocket League would naturally fit with the world of Sunset Overdrive," says Marcus Smith, the creative director for Sunset Overdrive. One might be about a hipster zombie apocalypse and the other about vehicle-borne soccer (everyone not in NA), they're both whimsical and quite entertaining with their particular styles.


The Sunset Overdrive flair is the latest exclusive content to appear for the Xbox One, following on the footsteps of Halo and Gears of War themed exclusive in-game items.

OVERKILL's The Walking Dead VR game will launch in 2017

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jan 22, 2016 2:08 pm

If there's a game I want to try out, it would be OVERKILL's The Walking Dead. Starbreeze Studios has been showing off the VR shooter since E3 2015, but it has now confirmed it will be made available to gamers in 2017.




On top of this news, Starbreeze Studios announced it has received an investment from Smilegate, while securing an agreement for the release of the formers' upcoming titles in Asia, under the latters' guidance. This new partnership will see Starbreeze nab itself a 10-year right to develop, publish and distribute an all-new first-person, cooperative game based on Smilegate's CROSSFIRE franchise for Western markets, and distribution rights on the Smilegate platform.


The distribution rights are decent, as it'll allow Starbreeze to push out editions of PAYDAY 2 and OVERKILL's The Walking Dead into Asian markets, through the platform. In the press release, it notes: "OVERKILL's The Walking Dead will be expanded with more content where an Asian version will be developed for simultaneous launch with the western version. To maximize the new opportunities, Starbreeze, 505 Games and Skybound have decided to release the game in all markets during the second half of 2017. The partners are convinced this will pave the way to success, maximize revenues and cement it as a tent pole product for the next decade to come".


The one thing we don't know is whether OVERKILL's The Walking Dead will be made available on the Star VR headset - but we should hear about that in the coming months, hopefully.

Project CARS developer teases upgrades for the Oculus Rift launch

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jan 22, 2016 12:12 pm

Project CARS is still one of the best-looking games on the market, but it will get much better when VR support is delivered - with developer Slightly Mad Studios teasing it has a "whole bunch" of VR extras being prepared. The Oculus Rift launches on March 28, so we should expect VR support "as the CV1 goes live" according to Slightly Mad Studios.




SMS confirmed in a new thread on the Oculus subreddit that a new patch is being rolled out today, adding support for the public version of Oculus' v0.8 SDK. The team said: "We're rolling out a patch today that will bring the public version up to SDK 0.8. Internally we have been working for a few weeks now with the RC SDK, and as the final version will only be released when the CV1 hits the street, this means that any updates we've been working on will also roll out when that happens".


The team added: "So short term that means that you won't be getting any new features/fixes for Project CARS, but luckily it's only a very short time. As soon as the CV1 goes live, you'll be receiving a game update with a whole bunch of features, fixes, and optimizations".

Apple hires Virginia Tech professor, an expert in AR and VR technology

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jan 22, 2016 10:22 am

We're only weeks away from the launch of the Oculus Rift, with the month after seeing HTC launch its Vive headset. But now, Apple looks to finally be moving with its VR and AR plans, hiring Virginia Tech computer science professor Doug Bowman.




Bowman was listed as one of the grant winners of the HoloLens research projects, with his skills including creating 3D user interfaces for VR/AR experiences. Bowman has said that one of the ideas he's been working on for a while now is wearable displays, and full surround display prototypes. We should see Apple get into the AR game with its Titan car project, where 3D and gesture-controlled interfaces within the car would make perfect sense.

Google has made $31 billion in revenue since Android launched

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jan 22, 2016 8:28 am

Just how profitable has Android been for Google since it acquired the company? Thanks to Oracle's lawyer in their court proceedings against Google, Bloomberg reports that Android has generated $31 billion in revenue and $22 billion in profits since it launched.




Most of the money made has been from Google ads shown on Android phones, and from Play Store revenue. Oracle attorney Annette Hurst said: "Look at the extraordinary magnitude of commerciality here". Google, until now, has been keeping Android earnings a secret, has requested the judge to seal the transcript from that part of the hearing.


Google says the Oracle lawyer received her information from internal, confidential documents marked "Attorney's Eyes Only", and that they should never have been released. Google wrote in its request to the judge: "That non-public financial data is highly sensitive, and public disclosure could have significant negative effects on Google's business".

Avatar 2 delayed, thanks to Star Wars: Episode VIII debuting next year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jan 22, 2016 6:53 am

Disney recently announced it had delayed the release of Star Wars: Episode VIII until December 15, 2017 - which has now had a major affect on the sequel to Avatar, also due in Christmas 2017.




According to The Wrap, 20th Century Fox has now delayed Avatar 2 - even after James Cameron said they were targeting the holiday release window of 2017. But, the release of Avatar 2 has been up in the air for a while, rumored for 2014, 2015 and even 2016 - but now, who knows when James Cameron's next juggernaut will be released.


But, it makes sense that they wouldn't want to compete against Disney and the unstoppable Star Wars franchise, especially during the holidays. We're not just talking about the movie here either, but merchandise, and everything else that launches with Star Wars: Episode VIII, and Avatar 2. We should hopefully see Avatar 2 released in 2018, but at this rate it might be 2020 before Avatar 2 is released.

NVIDIA sends out codes for The Division beta

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 22, 2016 5:13 am

NVIDIA has been sending out emails with a coupon code that provides access to The Division beta. The email says that quantities are limited, so you'll need to redeem your coupon quick if you got on that is.




The Division beta kicks off on January 28 for Xbox One users, while PC and PS4 users will have to wait 24 hours to jump in. The beta will run for three days, ending on January 31. As for the game, you're looking at requiring around 26GB of HDD space.

Justice League: Part One release date announced: November 17, 2017

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jan 22, 2016 4:54 am

After the huge week that Warner Bros. has had, with new TV spots for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the official trailer to Suicide Squad, and our first look at the Wonder Woman movie for 2017, WB has provided a release date for Justice League: Part One.




Justice League: Part One will be released on November 17, 2017 - a few months after Wonder Woman hits screens on June 23, 2017. Just a few days ago, Warner Bros. released its first concept art for Justice League, where Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash and Cyborg all appear - beautifully, I might add.


The big start to the DCEU started with Man of Steel but kicks off in a far bigger way with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which premieres on March 25, 2016.

AMD confirms its next-gen Zen CPUs to launch at the end of the year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jan 22, 2016 3:42 am

We now know that AMD will be launching its Zen-powered Summit Ridge FX CPUs late this year, after being in development for the last two years.




AMD will launch its new processor families; Summit Ridge and Bristol Ridge, later this year - both hitting the enthusiast and mainstream markets. The news came from AMD's recent earnings call - where they reported a 28% decline in revenue. The Zen architecture is super-exicting, as it will be a completely revised design, more CPU cores, Simultaneous Multithreading Support (SMT), high-bandwidth, low-latency cache on the FinFET process, and so much more.

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