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Two ex-Naughty Dog employees land jobs with Infinity Ward

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 4, 2014 7:32 am

Two developers have left the arms of The Last of Us developer Naughty Dog, jumping over to the Infinity Ward camp. Naughty Dog lost its Lead Game Designer Jacob Minkoff, as well as its Narrative Designer lead Taylor Kurosaki.

 

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The duo will take on roles at Infinity Ward of Design Director and Narrative Director, respectively. Kurosaki had been with Naughty Dog in the 90s, left and came back in 2004. Minkoff had joined Naughty Dog in 2009, but left the company back in January. This isn't the only high up talent to leave Naughty Dog, as the Uncharted developer also lost its Creative Director to Visceral Games and EA earlier in the year.

 

While this might be the best news for Naughty Dog, it could be a resurgence for Infinity Ward after the very public departure of its co-founders Jason West and Vince Zampella left to form Respawn Entertainment, which released Titanfall earlier this year.

XBMC drops its Xbox heritage, is now known as Kodi

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 4, 2014 6:35 am

XBMC, or Xbox Media Center, has been around for what feels like forever, but the developers behind it have just rebanded the service to Kodi Entertainment Center. Kodi will be the new name of XBMC from version 14 of the software, onwards.

 

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Now that we have the rebranding in process, version 14.0 or "Helix" will see the developers owning the trademark of Kodi. This will prevent companies, especially Microsoft, from coming after the developers - even though there have been countless versions of the software have been released under XBMC. The new Kodi release is a rough alpha right now, so we shouldn't see the Kodi name spread far and wide for now.

Elon Musk says that AI could be 'more dangerous than nukes'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Aug 4, 2014 5:31 am

Elon Musk has founded some of the biggest companies involving technology, such as PayPal, SpaceX and Tesla Motors. Musk thinks we need to build a home for humans on Mars as soon as possible, but when it comes to artificial intelligence (AI), he has his reservations.

 

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Over the weekend, Musk tweeted about a book recommendation, but after that he said: "We need to be super careful with AI. Potentially more dangerous than nukes." Musk isn't new to his stance on AI, where back in June the SpaceX founder said he has even considred the possibility of a 'Terminator'-like scenario. Musk has also admitted that he's even invested money into AI companies, where he wants to keep an eye on where AI is going.

Crucial lists its DDR4 RAM kits for pre-order on OverclockersUK

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: RAM | Posted: Aug 4, 2014 4:33 am

We've already seen DDR4 hit the shelves of Japan, and just a few days ago we saw official confirmation that ADATA had launched its new DDR4 kits. Now it's Crucial's turn, listing a bunch of DDR4-powered kits of RAM on OverclockersUK.

 

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Every kit of RAM is quad channel, with 4x8GB (32GB) and 4x4GB kits (16GB) up for pre-order, with a shipping data of the 29th of August. We have multiple speeds on offer, starting from 2133MHz, with an option for 2400MHz, 2666MHz and the blistering 3000MHz option for a huge $1120 (or so).

New world record for data transfer sits at 5.4TB per second

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Aug 4, 2014 3:27 am

Whatever Internet access you've ever used, be it personal or professional, probably doesn't even begin to come close to what the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is playing around with in their labs.

 

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A team at DTU has just set a record for the fastest ever data transfer speeds, at 43 terabits of data in a single second - this equates to around 5.4TB of data, or 1GB of data in a barely-there 0.2 milliseconds. This technology uses a single laser down a single line of fiber, the same fiber lines that are used in fiber-optic connections.

Sayonara to Japan's Studio Ghibli, as company announces closure

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Aug 4, 2014 3:23 am

Under the guidance of directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, Japan's Studio Ghibli animation company has gone from strength to strength, producing 20 animated features in the last 27 years, including the hugely successful 'Spirited Away', 'Ponyo', 'Howl's Moving Castle' and 'My Neighbour Totoro'.

 

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But with the retirement of the two directors who formed the backbone of the company and following the Japanese release of 'When Marnie Was There' last month, Studio Ghibli has confirmed today that they will exit the feature film business effective immediately, with a break to consider their future.

 

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This is a hugely sad day for anime and animations fans worldwide and I hope that the studio can find a way out to continue making films in the future.

Google Photos rumored to become its own service

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Aug 4, 2014 2:24 am

Google is rumored to be reworking its social networking service, Google+, where it will break apart some of its services such as Photos, into their standalone service. Google is looking to increase its presence in the photo sharing space to better compete against its competitors in Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Flickr.

 

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If Google end up doing this, Photos could soon feature its own suite of filters and image enhancement tools, something that would require a Google+ account to use. Bloomberg reports: "the service, called Google+ Photos, would still work with the social network's users and may be rebranded as part of the move, one of the people said."

 

We can already see the beginnings of this move, with Android now featuring its own "Photos" app alongside the usual "Gallery" app. Photos is a great service, something I personally use across all of my devices, but being standalone could be much better again.

Feel the 'Need for Speed' in our latest Blu-ray giveaway

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Aug 4, 2014 1:05 am

Thanks to our friends at Disney Home Entertainment Australia, we have copies of this weeks Blu-ray release of the big screen adaptation of EA Games 'The Need for Speed' to give away to three lucky readers.

 

Buckle up with star Aaron Paul ("Breaking Bad"), Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, Scott Mescudi (aka Kid Cudi), Dakota Johnson and Michael Keaton in this high-speed tale about an underground driver (Paul) who sets off on a race for revenge against the wealthy ex-NASCAR driver (Cooper) who framed him for a crime he didn't commit. Delivering real speed, real danger and real action, this turbo-charged thriller explodes on screen on Blu-ray and Digital HD with spectacular high definition picture and sound!

 

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To go into the running to take one Blu-ray copy home, simply correctly answer the following question:

 

What year was the first 'Need for Speed' game released?

 

To enter, simply 'like' this post and share via Facebook or Twitter and send your answers, along with your postal address to ben at TweakTown.com before the competition closes on August 7th. The total prize pool is approximately $119.85.

 

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'Need for Speed' is available on 3D Blu-ray, 2D Blu-ray, DVD and Digital from Australian retailers on August 6th.

A post on 4Chan that says 'This post is art' sells for $90,900

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Aug 3, 2014 11:56 pm

An eBay seller has shelled some $90,900 for a post on 4Chan, nothing physical, but a post on the infamous Internet forum. The seller had the starting price at $500, but it blasted up to $90,900 pretty quickly.

 

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Within 36 hours the post reached the massive $90,900 price point, which would point toward this auction or at least the bid itself being fake, or the usual troll work we can expect from 4Chan.

Don't like the new Ninja Turtles reboot? Megan Fox says "F**k off!"

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Aug 3, 2014 7:22 am

Despite the best efforts of Paramount Pictures and Michael Bay's production company Platinum Dunes, the new 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle' live action reboot is an up hill battle, with almost everything, including the awful redesigned turtles, to the casting of Megan Fox in the role of news reporter April O'Neill, up for criticism.

 

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Well, Megan Fox has taken matters into her own hands, in the only way that she can - by telling the world's media at the film's Los Angeles media conference that audiences are "...Gonna love it - and if they don't love it, they can f**k off and that's the end of that."

 

Great work Megan, I'm sure that will do the trick. Take a look at the film's latest theatrical trailer below and join us in a silent prayer that the final film won't be quite as bad.

 

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