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Extortionists emailing Ashley Madison members demanding payment

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Aug 22, 2015 12:32 pm

Well, it didn't take long before the scam artists and extortionists started taking advantage of the recent Ashley Madison data dump. People with email addresses exposed are receiving shady looking emails that demand payment in exchange for secrecy so their spouses and partners aren't informed.




Here is one email that was shared with Brian Krebs from Krebs on Security:




Unfortunately, your data was leaked in the recent hacking of Ashley Madison and I now have your information..."

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Nintendo cuts price of 2DS portable gaming system to just $99

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Aug 22, 2015 12:20 pm

The Nintendo 2DS has received a price cut from $129.99 down to $99.99, and now serves as a great way to enter the video gaming market.




Unlike the 3DS, the 2DS doesn't open or close, but is promoted as a sturdier and more rugged device better suited for children.


"At a suggested retail price of $99.99, Nintendo 2DS is an even more attractive introductory option for first-time gamers," said Scott Moffitt, EVP of sales & marketing at Nintendo North America. "The new lower-priced hardware combined with the strong lineup of new games launching this year and arguably the best library of games in this generation makes it a great time be a Nintendo fan."

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Take-Two: GTA V tops 54M units shipped, GTA series reaches 220M

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 22, 2015 11:49 am

Grand Theft Auto V has topped 54 million copies shipped, with the Grand Theft Auto series reaching 220 million units, according to Take-Two Interactive. The disclosure was filed in a recent SEC report, with the game studio describing 2015 as "one of [its] best years ever."




Instead of noting how many units have been sold, the number of units shipped describes shipments to game retailers. However, it's still an impressive accomplishment, as Grand Theft Auto one of the most successful game franchises - still unable to close in on Mario or Pokemon, but ahead of Call of Duty.


However, Grand Theft Auto could put pressure on Pokemon - which tallies close to 300 million - as there are new game updates and editors in the works.

Double your DualShock 4's battery life for just $5

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 22, 2015 10:44 am

Want your DualShock 4 to last longer? The solution is simple--just swap out the battery.




With a sleek feel and an innovative touchpad, the PS4's wireless DualShock 4 controller is arguably one of the best controllers in recent memory, but it has one problem: the power-draining lightbar. Although the lightbar is a nifty little feature that actually changes color to signal in-game interaction, most PS4 users would be happy to nix the light just to get some extra usage time before having to recharge.


The easiest solution is simply unscrewing the DualShock 4 and swapping out its stock 1,000 mAh battery and replacing it with this 2,000 mAh battery for just $4.32 which will double its battery life. Or you could spend $13 for Nyko's PS4 PowerPak.

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iPhone owner? Samsung wants you to 'test drive' one of their handsets

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 22, 2015 9:40 am

In a bid to pull more iPhone users over to its Galaxy handsets, Samsung is offering consumers a 'test drive' of their new smartphones for 30 days, something that will cost just $1.




Samsung is targeting Apple users, where you need to own an iPhone in order to let you try out a Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy S6 edge+, or the new Galaxy Note 5 for just $1. Samsung wants to provide an entire month of using its smartphone so that it can show you the other side of the fence, hoping that people will want to keep their Galaxy handsets after the end of the 30 days.


Obviously if you don't return the phone after the 30 days, you'll be charged the full retail cost of whichever handset you took home for that $1.

In Win announces their new gaming chassis, the 805 Mid Tower

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Aug 22, 2015 7:35 am

In Win has just announced their new 805 Mid Tower, which continues the "element of aluminum and tempered glass", with the new 805 Mid Tower also featuring a USB 3.1 Type-C port.




It has a very unique look with a 'skeleton structure' that is completely see through, allowing a huge 270-degree wide-angle look inside of the case. So for case modders and gamers who want to show off the insides of their gaming PCs, the new In Win 805 Mid Tower is going to be quite the unique chassis.




Better yet, it comes in a few different versions with a 'white LED light' in the gold and black editions, while the red LED will light up on the red version of the 805 Mid Tower. The inclusion of a USB 3.1 Type-C port allows owners of the In Win 805 Mid Tower to use 10Gbps speeds, transferring files to and from their external drives at over 1GB/sec.

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Nintendo NX's games will come on cartridges, no disc drive supported

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Aug 22, 2015 6:18 am

A new patent filing has unloaded a bevy of new information on Nintendo's mysterious NX console, giving a new perspective on what Nintendo is cooking up for the future. The patent, which was filed in February and just released, describes Nintendo's filing as a "Stationary Game Apparatus, Game Apparatus, Game System, Recording Medium and Speed Control Method".




What we know so far is that the NX won't have a disc drive, that it sports two NAND flash memory banks as well as a primary hard-disk for storage, a processor, and its very own Wii U-like wireless display controller. Rather than relying on Blu-ray discs the console will instead rely on SD memory cards, which herald a nostalgic transition back to the cartridge medium which most of us grew up on. Only instead of the 128MB SNES cards of our youth, the NX will need at least 32-64GB SD cards to keep up with today's demanding games. It's likely that the system will also be buffered by digital games and apps via Nintendo's eShop.


According to the filing, the NX includes "a processor, a first memory, a second memory, an internal HDD (Hard Disk Drive), an image output unit , a communication unit, a wireless communication unit, a power supply unit, an HDD connection unit, a card slot, and a wireless display controller".

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Man of Steel 2 rumored to have George Miller in the director's chair

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Aug 22, 2015 5:58 am

After the success of Mad Max: Fury Road, it looks like Warner Bros. could be using George Miller in their DCEU for the sequel to the Superman reboot Man of Steel.




The director of the documentary The Death of Superman Lives, John Schnepp, said that Miller has been shortlisted to direct Man of Steel 2. Man of Steel was directed by Zack Snyder, but Snyder has been busy with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and then Justice League: Part 1 reportedly begins filming in January 2016.


Miller directing Man of Steel would be an interesting choice, as it seems Warner Bros. is confident with its range of directors for the upcoming movies in the DC Extended Universe.

AMD reportedly launching its HBM-based Radeon R9 Nano on August 27

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Aug 22, 2015 4:32 am

One of the more surprising video cards in AMD's new Fiji-powered lineup was the super-small Radeon R9 Nano, which is only as long as the PCI Express x16 port that it gets installed into.




The Radeon R9 Nano uses the same Fiji GPU that the R9 Fury and R9 Fury X are based on, with 4GB of HBM on-board. AMD is teasing that the R9 Nano has 2x the performance-per-watt compared to the Hawaii-based R9 290X, which is quite the claim. Especially when you consider that the R9 Nano will be using just 175W of power.




As for the performance compared to the Radeon R9 Fury X, it will reportedly have up to 85-90% of the performance that the Fury X does, leaving it toe-and-toe with the R9 Fury. If this is true, the R9 Nano will become AMD's most exciting video card released out of all of the Fury and 300 series cards.

PS4 exclusive Driveclub sells over 2 million copies so far

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 22, 2015 2:37 am

Evolution Studios, the developer behind PlayStation 4 exclusive Driveclub, has announced that they've sold over 2 million copies of the game. The studio has said that it reached the goal before the free trial version was offered through PlayStation Plus.




The developer has also said that it will continue to support Driveclub for another year at least, with more DLC expected in the near future. Evolution Studios teased that there will soon be new features, modes, tracks, cars and even some "big surprises" announced soon. Monthly updates are on the horizon, with the studio to soon add fan-requested features such as fully customizable multiplayer lobbies, new difficulty options, more tracks, community events, extra photo mode options, fine tuning for drift mode, smarter notifications, and "a lot more".


Driveclub fans are already enjoying a Double XP weekend which is active on all 15 cars in the PlayStation Plus edition, with the Double XP weekend continuing until Monday, August 24.

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