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Star Wars: Battlefront upgrades, heroes and weapons leaked

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 17, 2015 8:16 pm

The Star Wars: Battlefront beta was seen as a huge boon for EA and DICE, with a huge portion of gamers having a blast in the 20v20 Walker Assault skirmish or Drop Zone PVP chaos. But all in all the beta was quite limited, but a recent leak shows how little content the beta actually offered.




As with any beta release of a popular AAA game, dataminers completely scoured every inch and cranny of the beta's core files, finding a treasure trove of content that will be released in the final game. The unearthed code was formatted for legibility by Reddit user me_and_my_johnson, and reveals the full array of heroes, weapons, traits, upgrades, maps and everything else that EA and DICE have planned for Battlefront's release this November.


Be aware that the list contains spoilers and is an entirely massive and comprehensive amount of data consisting of over 17 pages in Google Docs. One of the most amazing surprises is Leia's hero ability--we knew she'd be in the game from previous leaks, but her super is pretty amazing...however we won't spoil the fun.

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Apple's new 4K iMacs are ridiculously hard to repair

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Oct 17, 2015 8:04 pm

It looks like Apple's new 21.5-inch iMacs have been updated with something other than the 4K Retina display: completely unrepairable hardware that makes every DIY tecchie shudder in revulsion.



The folks at iFixit are experts at tearing down the latest tech and putting it all back together in tip-top shape, and as a result their analyses carry some pretty hefty weight. So when iFixit rated the 21.5-inch 4K iMac with a repairability score of a measly 1 out of 10, it means Apple is earnestly pushing toward in-house serviceability.


What exactly makes the new iMac so daunting? Basically, none of the parts in the all-in-one computer are replaceable in any capacity. The RAM is soldered to the logic board (which isn't really surprising). What is surprising is that the logic board doesn't have a Fusion Drive connector, cutting off any plans to add further storage. The Intel CPU is also fastened to the board, and Apple has even melded the iMac's glass cover front with the Retina display, further upping the cost of repair.

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Steam hardware doesn't work on Macs, Valve apologizes with free games

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 17, 2015 6:21 pm

While Valve has started to ship its new Steam hardware out to pre-orderers across PC and Mac, the tech only actually works on one platform. When Mac owners get their hands on Valve's new streaming box and controller combo they'll be sorely disappointed to find the tech doesn't function on their platform--but Valve is on the case, and they're making it right.




Due to "temporary software issues" Valve affirms the Steam Controller and Steam Link PC game streaming set-top box aren't compatible with OS X. The digital storefront giant says that these issues will be fixed via a number of firmware updates that will roll out in the next few weeks, but until then Mac users are out of luck.


To make up for the inconvenience and disappointment, Valve is starting to gift free copies of its huge $100 Valve Complete Pack that contains every released first-party game it released. Email correspondence between a frustrated Mac owner and Valve reveals more details.

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If you pre-ordered Wolfenstein, you can now sign up for the Doom alpha

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 17, 2015 5:33 am

If we rewind the clock all the way back to February 2014, we'll remember that Bethesda promised that anyone who pre-ordered Wolfenstein: The New Order at the time would receive alpha access to the new Doom game.



Well, now that we're closer to the release of Doom, it's happening. Bethesda used Doom as a way of boosting the sales and marketing prowess of Wolfenstein (which didn't do too badly by the way), and now they're making good on that promise. Anyone who pre-ordered Wolfenstein back in 2014 should've received a code at the time for the Doom alpha. If you have that, you can now redeem that promise on the Doom website.


The Doom multiplayer alpha will include 6v6 team deathmatch that will take place on one map in the game. There will be one demon, where "the first player to the Demon Rune will transform you into the powerful Revenant. Use your jetpack and dual rocket launchers to hunt down the other team for a limited time to either secure your team's lead or mount a comeback", according to the official Doom website. Six weapons and two equipment items will be in the closed alpha, where they can be used in both standard and customizable load outs. Equipment wise, we have a personal teleporter and frag grenade. These weapons include:


  • Vortex Rifle
  • Super Shotgun
  • Repeater
  • Rocket Launcher
  • Static Cannon
  • Plasma Rifle

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Valve says ads on their Steam platform would be 'dumb'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 17, 2015 3:28 am

With the impending release of Valve's gaming arsenal, which includes Steam OS, Steam Controller, Steam Machines and the Steam Box, Valve is beginning to talk more about letting ads onto their Steam platform.




During a recent interview with GameSpot, Valve's Erik Johnson said: "It would be a bad business decision, let alone just dumb. We don't see a case for that ever getting user value, so we wouldn't do it. I don't think that those ever work, either. To take it a step further, I don't think anybody buys Doritos as a result of that".


It's good to see that Valve don't just want to shove ads down gamers' throats, as this is something that will clearly differentiate them from the competition come next month, and into 2016.

US government plans to require users to register their drones

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Oct 17, 2015 1:29 am

It looks like the US government wants to put its stamp of approval on any drones you own, with a report from NBC News indicating that the Obama administration is ready to announce new plans for drones.




The new plans would see drone owners needing to register their drones with the Department of Transport, so that they can make sure you don't fly your drone into any aircraft coming in, and out of airports. I don't know how registering your drone would stop that, apart from the government being able to better identify who owns the drone, but what do I know.


The new plan is expected to be announced as soon as Monday, with the DoT wanting to get drone registration happening by Christmas - just in time for those aerial drones wrapped up under the tree.

Final 'Force Awakens' trailer, poster due in days

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Oct 17, 2015 12:13 am

'Star Wars' fans have been patiently waiting for the next look at the first new film since April's well received second teaser,and their patience is about to rewarded in a few days time when LucasFilm releases the final theatrical poster, the final theatrical trailer along with pre-sale ticket availability for 'The Force Awakens' first cinema screenings.




According to i09 and backed my multiple sources, the final poster will be revealed this weekend, followed by the trailer release on Monday night "roughly around 8pm EST", and then tickets to go on sale for cinemas worldwide. The eagerly anticipated final trailer is expected to reveal more details on the film's plot, as well as finally reveal the saga's returning stars, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher.

Chattanooga now home to 10Gbps Internet, transfers at 1.1GB/sec

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Oct 16, 2015 9:39 pm

Chattanooga, Tennessee is now host to the world's fastest Internet, which clocks in at 10Gbps. The service comes courtesy of local Internet service provider EBP, which introduced citywide 1GB/s service in 2010. They dub the service "NextNet."




The 10Gbps service will cost you $299 per month, compared to the $69.99 1Gbps service. Two other cities -- Springfield, Vermont and Salisbury, North Carolina -- started offering 10Gbps service this year, but Chattanooga, with 170,000 customers, has the highest potential adoption rate.


The city and company are hoping the news will attract tech startups to the region. Another motivator is Comcast, which recently introduced 2Gbps service for $159/mo to residents.

Ballmer buys 4 percent stake in Twitter

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 16, 2015 8:28 pm

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has purchased a 4 percent stake in Twitter, making him one of the company's biggest shareholders.




Following the news, Twitter Inc. shares rose 4.9 percent, which is especially good news for the company (and Ballmer) given they've declined 40 percent since April.


Ballmer stated on his new Twitter account that the company is "leaner, more focused" and that he's "glad" for his investment.

AMD outsourcing assembly, testing, packaging to NFME

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 16, 2015 7:43 pm

Following the AMD revenue loss news yesterday, the company will begin outsourcing its microprocessor assembly, testing, marking, and packaging operations to Nantong Fujitsu Microelectronics Co., Ltd (NFME), a Chinese company with expertise in semiconductor assembly and testing (pictured below).




The deal, which is expected to go live in the first half of 2016, is valued at $436 million. AMD will provide its facilities in the region and their 1,700 employees to NFME (including management), who will in turn provide AMD with $371 million. NFME will achieve 85% ownership, thereby serving as controlling shareholder of this joint-venture (not AMD itself). The joint-venture will house a total 5,800 employees across five facilities. No workforce reductions are planned.


AMD says it made the deal to cut expenses while providing itself with an infusion of cash. There's also something to be said for the enhancement of its supply chain operations.

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