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Destiny: Xur's Three of Coins exotic drop buff will be a gamble

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 days, 5 hours ago

In Destiny's new The Taken King expansion, Xur will have an impressive new buff that will significantly boost exotic item drop rates--but you'll have to gamble to get it.

 

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During IGN's PAX 2015 panel, Bungie dev Luke Smith revealed that Destiny's interstellar merchant, Xur, will have a new buff that will make it rain exotics: "What Xur has on him is an item that lets you basically gamble the chance to find an exotic on the next enemy you kill."

 

"Xur's still going to show up every week, he's still going to sell some amount of exotics," Luke Smith iterated when asked how the infamous Agent of the Nine might change in the new expansion. "But now he's got a new mechanic that we're not talking too much about yet, but it's a new way for you to sort of gamble and get exotics out in the world. We're pretty excited about this."

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UK debuts its 'UK Against ISIL' social media account

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Social Networking | Posted: 3 days, 5 hours ago

The UK government wants to be a bit more proactive in discussing its strategy to counter the spread of the Islamic State, and is using the @UKAgainstISIL Twitter account to help share that message.

 

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The Foreign Office officially launched the account last Thursday, and will share "updates on the UK government's ongoing work to defeat Isil." The group is sharing updates regarding airstrikes, condemn the Islamic State's activities, and share information on how to defend against the group.

 

"The government is very well aware of the fact that it doesn't have the ability to say things that will resonate with extremist Islamists," said Charlie Winter, senior researcher at the Quilliam Foundation, in a statement published by The Guardian.

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Phiaton launches PS 202 NC active noise cancellation earphones

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: 3 days, 6 hours ago

Audio company Phiaton has launched its PS 202 NC earphones, an audio product featuring active noise cancellation designed to block 95 percent of ambient background noise.

 

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The earphones also have a half in-ear design, and should deliver additional listening time. The 14.3mm drivers provide an adequate level of optimized vibration, and includes everplay-x so owners can keep listening even if battery power runs out. For those of you interested in using the earphones while connected to a smartphone, it's possible to use the in-line remote and microphone to manage a playlist and answer phone calls.

 

The Phiaton PS 202 NC earphones are currently available for $109.

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Famed astronaut Buzz Aldrin shares his 'master plan' for Mars

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 3 days, 7 hours ago

Famed astronaut Buzz Aldrin is working on a so-called "master plan" to help colonize the Red Planet of Mars sometime in the next 25 years. Aldrin, the second person in history to walk on the moon, hopes for a Mars settlement by 2039, but admitted it's an "adjustable" schedule.

 

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If a Mars settlement can be created, it wouldn't be a one-way mission, and believes a 10-year duration could be created. NASA hasn't spoken publicly about Aldrin's plans, however, he believes the US space agency would at least listen to the mission plan. NASA is actively working on a next-generation rocket and spacecraft that would allow for the long journey to Mars.

 

Aldrin has partnered with the Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) to develop the Buzz Aldrin Space Institute - designed to promote manned missions to Mars. The new university program backs the following mission: "commercial and international development of lunar resources to support an eventual Mars settlement."

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LG partners with REEDS Jewelers for the LG Watch Urbane Luxe

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 3 days, 8 hours ago

LG Electronics has partnered with REEDS Jewelers to create an expensive luxury watch that isn't like most other smartwatches currently available.

 

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The watch features a 1.3" full circle P-OLED display, runs Google Android Wear, and features a 410mAh battery. Owners can receive smart notifications, alerts, navigational prompts, fitness integration, and use the "OK Google" feature. The watch itself has a handmade alligator strap and features 23-karat gold.

 

If you have deep pockets, you can visit the REEDS' website and pre-order a unit for $1,195. The limited edition watch will have an initial run of just 500 units - with each model receiving its own serial number to authenticate it.

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Report: Prior to breach, no one wanted to purchase Ashley Madison

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 3 days, 9 hours ago

Avid Life Media was unable to find a willing suitor for Ashley Madison, and trying to generate new funds proved extremely difficult.

 

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Avid Life sent a letter to investors that it was interested in purchasing $10 million worth of shares, amid pressure to improve the company's liquidity. Any aspirations for an IPO would be crippled in a "doomsday scenario," according to bankers speaking to Reuters prior to the massive data dump.

 

"Over the last couple of years, we have not been successful in exploring various alternatives including a sale of the business and seeking debt from third parties," a letter from the board of directors confirmed.

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Konami developers didn't take holidays to get MGS V on PC earlier

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 days, 11 hours ago

It looks like the only reason we're about to enjoy Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain on the PC in two days is because the staff of Konami didn't take their summer vacation.

 

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Konami developers skipped their holidays to meet the deadline, which is in just a couple of days time. Originally, Konami had promised Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain two weeks after its launch on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but now we enjoy it as a simultaneous release on the consoles, and PC.

 

Thanks, Konami!

Survive 'The Walking Dead' in our latest Blu-ray giveaway

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: 3 days, 12 hours ago

To celebrate this week's release of 'The Walking Dead: Season Five' on home video, we have six copies of the film on Blu-ray to give away thanks to our friends at Entertainment One.

 

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Rick and the group are still reeling from the loss of their home, family, and friends. With the destruction of the prison, the survivors are scattered and sent on divergent paths, unsure of everyone else's fate. What was a challenging life behind fences and walls becomes even more perilous and precious as they're exposed to new dangers, new enemies, and heartbreaking choices. Their faith will be tested - a faith that breaks some and redeems others.

 

To go into the running to take a Blu-ray home, simply answer the following question in 50 words or less:

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Mortal Kombat X cancelled for the Xbox 360 and PS3

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 days, 12 hours ago

If you have a previous generation console, you won't be playing Mortal Kombat X. Warner Bros. has cancelled development of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of Mortal Kombat X, saying that both versions would not meet the quality "expected of a Mortal Kombat game".

 

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There's no more details on what exactly transpired, but I would dare say that the previous generation consoles couldn't hit 60FPS. The Xbox One and PS4 versions are pumping out the fatalities and blood spattering at 60FPS, but the previous-gen consoles are not up to scratch. Good on Warner Bros. to not just throw it out at 30FPS and expect everyone to just put up with it.

Grand Theft Auto V 'ENBSeries' 4K screenshots will blow you away

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 days, 14 hours ago

The ENBSeries from modder 'Ryuken' has never looked better, with Ryuken sharing some beautiful 4K screenshots from the mod for Grand Theft Auto V. While they will look good on your monitor through these pictures, they'll look even better when run in native 4K from within the game itself.

 

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There are plenty more screenshots to take a look at, below. I can't wait until games look this good by default, but GTA V on the PC at 4K looks pretty damn good without the mods. With the mods on top, it really is something special.

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