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Tesoro releases MMO Thyrsus optical mouse with 6 thumb buttons

By: Chris Smith | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jun 26, 2015 3:25 pm

The more, the merrier is Tesoro's slogan as it announced the "Thyrsus Optical MMO and MOBA Mouse With 6 Thumb Buttons" in a press release today.

 

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Complete with 35 macro keys across five gaming profiles, this mouse can store an impressive 1600 recordable actions through its six thumb buttons and four other buttons. Complete with adjustable DPI, a 1000Hz polling rate and a multicolor LED illumination effect, also featured are Omron gaming switches, 8200 maximum DPI and support for up to 30g of acceleration.

 

Connected to your PC through a braided cable and a gold-plated USB connection, the Thyrsus comes bundled with Tesoro's upgraded UI and will hit the shelves this August for $69.

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League of Legends team manager banned for soliciting players

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 26, 2015 2:31 pm

An official announcement by Riot Games' League of Legends eSports management has just confirmed that Chris Badawi, "current part-owner of LCS team Team Dragon Knights (TDK) and CS team Renegades (RNG)" has been banned for one year from the LoL Championship Series (LCS) due to soliciting of players, even after warnings were issued.

 

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Explained by 'RiotNickAllen', Badawi "solicited a player under contract with Team Liquid to join his team. After doing so he was notified by Team Liquid's owner and LCS officials that soliciting LCS players under contract was a violation of league tampering rules and could disqualify him for consideration as an owner, coach, or player." Allen went on to explain that despite the official warning, Badawi solicited yet another player, ensuring this ban would take place.

 

In order for his gaming team to compete in LCS over the next year, Badawi must forgive all team assets and ownership - marking himself as in no way related to his former gaming team.

CCleaner v5.07 is now here with Windows 10 support and more

By: Chris Smith | More News: Software | Posted: Jun 26, 2015 1:35 pm

If you're looking for one way to clean out the trash from your computer, CCleaner has just announced via email the release of its v5.07 software which supports Windows 10.

 

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Also featuring updates towards Google Chrome cache and session cleaning, Microsoft Edge support has been tweaked and Firefox Web Apps have also been added to the start-up management.

 

To celebrate, CCleaner is running an exclusive professional plus offer, featuring CCleaner, Defraggler, Recuva and Speccy Professional at 60% off - otherwise if you're happy with a limited version you can also download it for free. If you're extremely keen, entering the code JUNE15 within the next 5 days will see another 20% taken off, making an 80% discount in total.

Wargaming bait and switch gamers in latest World of Warships deal

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 26, 2015 12:23 pm

Wargaming has found itself in hot water with gamers, where it partnered with Humble Bundle last month on a deal for its popular World of Warships game, which is still in beta.

 

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At the time, the MMO developer was offering anyone who purchased the bundle access to the upcoming closed beta, a premium ship dubbed 'Murmansk' and 1,000 premium credits. Anyone who purchased the bundle would see their items carried over from the beta to the full game, but after Wargaming applied the latest patch to World of Warships, gamers have noticed that the ship, and premium credits, are gone.

 

Even when re-entering the code they were provided when they purchased the bundle, gamers were hit with the same brick wall: no premium ship or premium credits. Wargaming then posted a statement that the Humble Bundle deal that included the premium ship and 1,000 credits was only for the closed beta period, leaving gamers feeling like they had been bait and switched by Wargaming.

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Samsung reportedly making 70% of the A9 chips for the next-gen iPhone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 26, 2015 11:40 am

We are only a few months from Apple unveiling the new iPhone 6S, but it looks like its main competitor will be making most of the A9 processors that will be powering the next-gen iPhone.

 

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According to a report on Chiphell, 70% of the new A9 processors will be made by Samsung while the remaining 30% will be produced by TSMC. Samsung will also be making a large portion of the 2GB of LPDDR4 RAM for the new iPhone, while Hynix will be making the remaining chips for Apple. Comparing this to the current iPhone 6 and 6 Plus where Samsung and Hynix split the DRAM production 50/50.

 

The new iPhone will also feature a better camera, which is expected to be a large improvement on the 8-megapixel iSight camera on the current iPhone. We should see Apple unveil the new iPhone in the coming months.

Temporarily pulling PC sales of Batman: Arkham Knight was a good call

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 26, 2015 11:20 am

A lot of Batman: Arkham Knight PC gamers haven't had a pleasurable gaming experience during launch week, as there are a number of performance problems, bugs, and game glitches. Warner Bros. rightfully decided to temporarily suspend future sales of the PC version as the studio works to resolve issues.

 

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Why was it the right call? Put simply, the studio had a bit of advice to PC gamers suffering issues: turn down the settings.

 

"We continue to work closely with AMD to resolve these issues as soon as possible; make sure you have the most current drivers and check back here for updates on when the next driver version is available," Warner Bros. said in a statement.

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EA would delay Star Wars: Battlefront if the 'quality isn't right'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 26, 2015 10:10 am

In the aftermath of Warner Bros pulling the PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight because of it being a complete mess of a PC port, Electronic Arts' COO, Peter Moore, has come out talking about Star Wars: Battlefront.

 

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Moore said that Electronic Arts wouldn't have a problem delaying a game if it wasn't ready, just like it did with Battlefield: Hardline. Moore said: "You can't ship it if it doesn't work or the quality isn't right. You just bite the bullet. Trust me, shipping Hardline in March was not the easiest thing to do from a business perspective, but it was the right thing to do from a player perspective".

 

Does that mean EA could postpone Star Wars: Battlefront? No. Moore said that the game is already "rock solid" even in huge 40-player matches, so a delay "ain't going to happen" according to Moore.

Microsoft might offer Windows 10 on USB flash drives as well as DVDs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jun 26, 2015 8:49 am

It looks like we could see Microsoft offer up Windows 10 on USB flash drives, compared to the usual DVDs that we've seen the company do with previous versions of its operating system. Intel has also teased its new Skylake-based Core i7-6700K for the week after Windows 10, if you were waiting on a new CPU upgrade.

 

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German site WinFuture has the rumor, stating that Microsoft will sell USB flash drive versions of Windows 10, alongside the DVD copies of the OS. The report states that both Home and Professional versions will come in 32-bit and 64-bit versions, with a USB flash drive allowing Windows 10 to be installed and licensed for use on a single PC.

 

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Microsoft will reportedly have a more expensive price tag attached to the USB flash drive versions of Windows 10, with a $25 increase on the $199 price of Windows 10 Home, while a $38 price increase on the $199 price for Professional. Not too bad, especially given the super convenience and increased speed of installing the OS from a USB flash drive provides.

 

If Microsoft does indeed offer a USB flash drive version of Windows 10, is it something you think is worth the premium? Do you normally install your operating system from DVD or USB flash drive? Personally, I have shifted over to USB flash drives to install Windows in the last few years, and I'll never go back. I don't use an optical drive, period.

Star Wars: Battlefront to be shown off on PC at Comic-Con next month

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 26, 2015 7:37 am

It looks like next month is going to be quite the Comic-Con, with our first glimpse at the PC version of Star Wars: Battlefront. Up until now, all of the gameplay we've seen is from the console versions of the game.

 

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EA took to its official Twitter account for Star Wars, where they said: "Join us at the @thenerdmachine during #SDCC and try #StarWarsBattlefront on PC!". We also found out that DICE had unprecedented access to original Star Wars props and locations, allowing the studio to create the impressive visuals we've seen in Battlefront.

 

Mathew Everett, Community Manager for DICE, recently talked about the collaboration between DICE and Lucasfilm, where he said: "The Sullust they use within the comic is based on the Sullust we're introducing into the Star Wars universe in Star Wars Battlefront. This has been a part of the collaboration we have had with Lucas over the last few years".

 

He continued: "Mission maps are unique to Missions. The map count we revealed includes only Multiplayer maps from the base game (12 maps). We also have the two extra free maps that will come with the Battle of Jakku. The Battle of Jakku maps will arrive starting on December 1st or December 8th depending if you pre-ordered, which gives us 14 maps total before The Force Awakens arrives in theaters. We will reveal the full Mission map count in the near future".

Trying to sort out cybersecurity for US military is very difficult

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jun 26, 2015 6:40 am

The US government and military cannot be left alone to keep data safe from outside threat, and it's up to the private sector, security planners and citizens to lend a hand. Officials hope to create a new national cybersecurity strategy that will better protect the federal government from cyberespionage attempts.

 

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"You do not want this to be a military approach," said Mark Troutman, director of the Center for Infrastructure Protection & Homeland Security at George Mason University, during a meeting at the US Army War College. "We are Americans. We secure ourselves at the end of the day with an active and engaged citizenry."

 

It's appropriate timing for the talks, as the United States and China interact with one another at the Strategic and Economic Forum, with US officials assuming China is behind the devastating Office of Personnel Management (OPM) attack.

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