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Usernames, media won't count toward Twitter character limit soon

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Social Networking | Posted: May 25, 2016 7:09 pm

Mostly in line with earlier rumors, Twitter has confirmed that media and @names in replies won't count toward its 140 character limit before too long.

 

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A source previously indicated links wouldn't count either, and while that's not specifically pointed out by Twitter in its blog post, it does say it's "exploring ways to make existing uses easier and enable new ones, all without compromising [the service's] unique brevity and speed."

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Wooting one analog mechanical keyboard hits Kickstarter

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Peripherals | Posted: May 25, 2016 5:12 pm

Remember that sweet mechanical keyboard with pressure-sensitive keys I told you about a few months ago? The one with the weird name? It's hit Kickstarter.

 

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The Wooting one, as it's known, has already surpassed its €30,000 funding goal, sitting at €46,915 as of the time of writing and just two days in. The company behind it says the keyboard is nearly finished and a manufacturer is lined up; they just needed a bit extra to finalize the firmware, so now it's off to the races.

 

Since we last saw it, the Wooting one's switches have been detailed. They are indeed custom: dubbed Flaretech optical switches, they come in Red ("Linear silent" for gaming) and Blue ("Non-linear clicky") and are described as "modular" and "fast as light."

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Next-gen 4K-ready Xbox coming in 2017, could sport external GPU

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 25, 2016 5:04 pm

Microsoft's new 4K-ready Xbox, codenamed Scorpio, will release in 2017 as a direct answer to Sony's new PS4K console.

 

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Internal Microsoft sources told Kotaku that the new Xbox (aka Scorpio) will release in 2017 with 4K support thanks to an upgraded GPU. We've heard reports that Microsoft's next-gen Xbox will rock 10TFLOPs of performance, and the sources affirmed the new Xbox could "technically support the Oculus Rift". The Xbox4K may even leverage AMD's new GPU enclosure, especially since Phil Spencer teased upgradeable hardware for the new Xbox.

 

Sources also said that Microsoft will follow an iterative roadmap for future consoles, meaning the traditional console cycle is no longer viable. Instead of major new console hardware releases every five years, consoles will gradually stack upon one another with releases every 2-3 years, with full forward and backward compatibility across consoles. This further hints that the new Xbox will have successively upgradeable hardware.

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Microsoft to unveil a Shield TV-like Xbox set-top box at E3

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 25, 2016 4:21 pm

Microsoft will reveal two new streaming devices at E3--a smaller Roku-like streaming-only stick, and a bigger set-top box that may stream games from Xbox or PC.

 

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In the most recent episode of The Sams Report, Windows insider Brad Sams dropped major scoops on Microsoft's incoming Xbox plans, including the Xbox One Mini, a new 4K-ready Xbox, and two new streaming devices that will perfectly round out existing hardware.

 

"Microsoft is going to announce at least two streaming devices at E3. There's going to be a very small device--the size of a Chromecast--and something that's a little bit larger. It'll be lunchbox-sized, but it won't be an Xbox One crammed into a teeny-tiny box, but I believe it's going to be a streaming device with more advanced functionality. [It'll likely be] a media device that plays lightweight Windows Store games, possibly like Apple TV," Sams said in the podcast.

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New Xbox One hardware will play 4K video, not 4K games

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 25, 2016 3:35 pm

Microsoft is reportedly working on a new Xbox console that will support 4K video playback, but not 4K gaming, and could be a contender to Sony's new PS4K console.

 

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In the latest episode of The Sams Report, Windows insider Brad Sams dropped some scoops on Microsoft's future Xbox plans, claiming that the Xbox Mini is real. But he also says Microsoft has its own mid-cycle refresh countermeasure to the PS4K that will support 4K video and likely have full backward compatibility with existing Xbox One games.

 

"Microsoft is also dabbling with 4K. We've heard a lot about the PS4K and people have said 'Microsoft's gotta have something that competes with this'. I don't believe it's going to be 4K gaming. I do believe it'll play the next-generation Xbox games, but it'll only allow 4K video playback, not gaming," Sams said in the podcast. "To make this happen there would have to be some sort of internal hardware upgrade. I'd imagine faster video memory...but I don't quite know. But I don't see the console changing too much because remember it has to have compatibility with all the games."

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Prepare for a career in ethical hacking with this bundle

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: May 25, 2016 3:30 pm

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The Ethical Hacker Professional Certification Package has over 60 hours of training designed to teach you all about penetrating networks, exposing flaws, and handling digital evidence legally. This comprehensive course curriculum will teach you every aspect of ethical hacking and prepare you to get certified in the process.

 

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Xbox One Mini is real, will be revealed at E3 2016 claims insider

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 25, 2016 3:05 pm

Microsoft will unveil a smaller Xbox Mini at E3 2016, along with a slew of other devices.

 

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Thurrot.com insider Brad Sams claims that Microsoft will expand the Xbox lineup with a new Xbox One Mini console. Given Sams thinks Microsoft will unveil a pair of streaming stick media devices at E3, the Xbox One Mini likely won't be a digital-only set top box and will play discs. A few weeks ago Sams brazenly declared Microsoft will indeed reveal new Xbox hardware at E3.

 

"I've been sitting on this for a while now, but I feel its safe to talk about. I know it's coming. Since I predicted that Microsoft would unveil new hardware E3, I've heard from a lot of people that said 'yeah, you're right'. There's going to be more than just one hardware. There's going to be hardwares--plural. Xbox Mini is real. It's legit, and I'm not quite sure what form it's going to take."

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Battlefield 1 trailer recreated in Battlefield 1942

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 25, 2016 2:41 pm

Whereas a lot of gaming video projects elect to remake older games in a newer engine, YouTube user and Battlefield enthusiast "PzkpfwV" decided to go the opposite route. Upon seeing the still-awesome Battlefield 1 trailer, he took it upon himself to remake it in the now 14 year-old Battlefield 1942 engine (specifically, with the Forgotten Hope: Secret Weapon mod).

 

 

You can view the excellent results above. If you'd like to watch both versions of the trailer at once, click here. As you'll see, the remake is bang on.

Fallout 4 modders are tired of console players begging for mods

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 25, 2016 2:08 pm

If you play Fallout 4 on PS4 or Xbox One, you'll want to stop spamming modders with requests to bring certain mods to consoles. The creators are getting tired of it, and it's a good way to talk them out of porting content.

 

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In the next two months, Fallout 4 mods will be available on PS4 and Xbox One. This is a pretty big deal, and naturally console owners are extremely excited. But console owners are completely dependent on PC modders to not only make the mods, but port them over to the Bethesda.net service for console compatibility. Naturally this means modders have been completely overrun with requests to "plz bring to Xbox" or "PS4 version coming when?!", and the creators are getting sick of it.

 

In a recent Reddit post, a Fallout 4 modder cautioned PS4/Xbox users to stop demanding and begging creators for mods. There's a certain etiquette within the modding community; gamers must respect the efforts of modders, and work with the creators to make better experiences and sometimes remunerate their efforts with donations. Console owners don't seem to understand this, says the post, resulting in an outstanding sense of entitlement.

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Titanfall 2 leaks: release date, grappling hooks, maps and more

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 25, 2016 8:33 am

New Titanfall 2 leaks pinpoint a release month, along with a number of new unique features including a grappling hook operator ability.

 

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A Redditor has leaked a bunch of Titanfall 2 info including release dates, box art (the left half of the pic above), gameplay features and map content. Titanfall 2 will launch on October according to the leaks, which aligns perfectly with EA's Q3 2016 release window. The sequel will also feature a "ton" of new pilot abilities including a grappling hook that can be "extensively used" by Titan operators, and players will be able to string together tactical combos using the grappling hook such as "pulling enemies while they're in midair".

 

The leaks also revealed Titanfall 2's multiplayer maps are much more expansive than the first game, suggesting that the player count will be boosted as well. There was no mention of the new Titan swords or the game's "grounded and dirty" singleplayer campaign, so we'll have to wait for the official E3 2016 reveal in June. The Reddit leaks have since been deleted, but you can still find them via a Google web cache.

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