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Your fridge could be a witness in a murder trial

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 3, 2017 3:30 am

I like my fridge, I really do... but when I get to the point of having a fridge with a camera, and a microphone - I feel like we've stepped over a line. What next... our toilet roll holders will have built-in microphones? Our showers will have 360-degree cameras for the next level of Big Brother voyeurism?

 

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According to Mark Stokes, the head of the digital, cyber and communications forensics unit at the Metropolitan Police: "Wireless cameras within a device, such as fridge, may record the movement of owners and suspects. Doorbells that connect directly to apps on a user's phone can show who has rung the door and the owner or others may then remotely,m if they choose, to give controlled access to the premises while away from the property".

 

Stokes added: "All these leave a log and a trace of activity. The crime scene of tomorrow is going to be the internet of things".

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Dell's new XPS 13 is a surprise 2-in-1 foldable tablet

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jan 3, 2017 2:25 am

Dell's cat is out of the bag, with a massive tease of its new XPS 13 laptop that seems to have Dell shifting their glance towards the likes of Lenovo and HP with their Yoga series, and Spectre x360 respectively.

 

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The new XPS 13 is a 2-in-1 that is exactly what it sounds like: a 2-in-1 laptop that will flip itself into a tablet or a display if you pitch it like a tent. Inside, we should expect Intel's new Kaby Lake-based Core processor, I'm going to take a stab in the dark and say a minimum of 8GB of RAM and configurable to 16GB, and a bunch of ports - unlike Apple, and its courageousness by removing every single port they could.

 

I'll try to get some hands-on time with the new XPS 13 at CES 2017 in a few days time.

Nintendo Switch and Wii U third party partners compared

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 3, 2017 1:26 am

Nintendo has touted its third-party support for its new Switch console-and-handheld hybrid system, but they said the same thing about the Wii U, and devs eventually pulled out due to dismal console sales and underwhelming specs and power. Here we do a quick comparison of the third-party confirmations and take a look at the rumored Switch specs to gauge our games library expectations from the new platform.

 

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Forty-seven of the games industry's top third-party publishers and developers have already pledged support to Nintendo's new Switch platform, and Nintendo says that's only a sampling. During the Wii U's pre-release third-party confirmations, however, only 21 or so publishers and devs pledged support for the lackluster system--and that number eventually petered out dramatically over time. Could the same thing happen to the Switch?

 

The main reason developers stopped making games for the Wii U was the system's complexity and lower-end performance. It was a nightmare for devs, requiring a lot of extra work to scale their games on an underwhelming specced system. With the Switch, however, Nintendo enlisted leading graphics card-maker NVIDIA. NVIDIA has a proven track record with its integrated Tegra chip, which powers its Shield TV and Shield Tablet hardware. The Switch rocks a highly customized Tegra chip (possibly based on NVIDIA's new high-end 16nm Pascal graphics architecture) that incorporates both a CPU and GPU on the same chip, and essentially melds NVIDIA's two Shield products together, while providing HD gaming performance, power efficiency, optimum heat mitigation, flexibility for developers, and unique hardware scaling optimized for the Switch's dual-factor hardware (switching from handheld mode to docked console mode).

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Liberty City is coming to GTA V thanks to new mod

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 2, 2017 11:25 pm

A new highly ambitious GTA V mod will add Liberty City into the game, rendering in Rockstar's high-end engine.

 

 

The mod is being developed by the OpenIV Team, who has been working on the project since GTA V released. "Today we are proud to announce the project we worked on since initial GTA V release. Liberty City is finally coming into GTA V in all its glory," reads the the announcement on OpenIV Team's blog.

 

Liberty City won't actually replace Los Santos--the two areas will co-exist and essentially merge two massive GTA games together. Due to legal concerns, the mod will essentially transfer Liberty City from a player's owned copy of Grand Theft Auto IV into their copy of GTA V. So the mod itself is a converter of sorts that takes the older GTA IV files and transforms them into high-def assets, textures, etc usable on the GTA V engine. "Because Liberty City takes a lot of space and we do not have rights to distribute it as our work, we decided to make this mod as an automatic converter that converts Liberty City from your copy of GTA IV into your copy of GTA V," reads the mod's FAQ.

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CNN demonstrates Russian hacking with Fallout 3 pic

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jan 2, 2017 10:24 pm

Everyday people don't really understand how computer hacking works--even those that watch Mr. Robot probably aren't familiar with the process. So if you're a member of the mainstream media, how do you demonstrate this complicated virtual crime? Easy--just use some footage from Fallout 3.

 

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CNN recently posted up a report on Obama's response to the apparent Russian hacking fiasco that uses a still from Fallout 3's computer hacking mini-game. In fact, I was able to track down the actual screenshot, which was taken from a Kotaku article from 2012.

 

You can see the brief glimpse of a Vault-Tec terminal at about 1:02 in CNN's video report that matches the Fallout 3 screenshot used by Kotaku in their old terminal hacking article. Check a side-by-side below.

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Prey developer promises PC version is 'really flawless'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 2, 2017 2:34 am

Dishonored 2 was a mess when it launched a few months ago, with PC gamers upset at the state of the game - and Arkane Studios trying to fix as much as it could, but it was a case of too little, too late.

 

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Arkane Studios is currently hard at work on the reboot of Prey, which is powered by CryEngine - with the studio to not make the same mistake twice. During an interview with Game Informer, Arkane's Creative Director Raphael Colantonio and Lead Designer Ricardo Bare explained: "We've had a rough launch on the PC with Dishonored 2. In development, you never really know what you're going to see, especially on the PC with so many configurations. Unfortunately it is what it is, it shipped but now it runs really well after some patches. Of course, we are paying attention to make sure that this time the PC version is really flawless when we ship".

 

They continued: "A bit more Q&A time, also it's a different engine so the constraints are different. In the case of Dishonored 2 we created a new engine really, even though it's based on idTech most of it has been redone. In the case of Prey we're using CryEngine and it's an engine that's already shipped stuff before, so it's not the same configuration. We are, nevertheless, aware of the problem; we were already but it got us by surprise, this time we'll be paying more attention for sure".

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Nintendo Switch to get 'lots' of Unreal Engine 4 games

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 2, 2017 1:31 am

We've already reported that Nintendo's new Switch console-and-handheld hybrid system would leverage modern engines and APIs like Vulkan and Open GL 4.5, DICE's Frosbite 3, Unreal Engine 4, and now it looks like we can expect to see quite a few UE4 games cross over to the Switch.

 

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According to NeoGAF, Epic Games Japan manager Takayuki Kawasaki says a lot of Nintendo Switch's games will use UE4, including "releases of already announced major titles and new games." Takayuki also confirmed that Dragon Quest XI would use Unreal Engine 4 on the Switch, alongside other upcoming titles including Square Enix's hotly anticipated Final Fantasy VII: Remake, Kingdom Hearts III, Tekken 7, and the yesteryear Street Fighter V.

 

As for performance in Unreal Engine 4, we've uncovered the Nintendo Switch's UE4 graphics presets. Nintendo's new Switch hybrid can hit high graphics preset in 1080p in Unreal Engine 4 while in docked console mode, and medium GFX preset in 720p in handheld mode.

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AMD teases Vega with its 'After the Uprising' teaser

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jan 2, 2017 12:04 am

AMD has released its teaser for their upcoming Vega GPU architecture, something that I saw a few weeks ago during their Tech Summit 2016 event - check it out below.

 

 

The new 'After the Uprising" video does an extremely good job of continuing the efforts that AMD put into the Radeon Rebellion marketing triumph from last year, but I take a personal spin on it - I consider the drums stream processor cores, and there's a lot of them in the video.

 

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AMD has also launched a new website for all things Vega, which you can find right here at ve.ga - yeah, another nice touch. There's a countdown on the website right now for 3 days and a few hours from now - which is at the start of CES 2017, so expect some big announcements during that time - and keep clicking back here at TT HQ, my article will be waiting for you.

 

You've got to hand it to the RTG marketing team, they began this new journey in 2015 with the start of the marketing for Polaris, and continued in 2016 with the Radeon Rebellion push. It's an interesting marketing tactic, but I personally love it - the continuation now with Vega is perfect. In this politically heavy world we live in, the underdog is coming back in a big way - and the Rebellion is only just beginning.

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Microsoft: are you ready for the Project Scorpio beast?

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 1, 2017 11:58 pm

Microsoft has kicked off the first day of 2017 by asking Xbox fans if they're "ready for the beast," aka their upcoming enthusiast-grade 4K-ready Project Scorpio console.

 

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Project Scorpio has been described in a whole manner of colorful ways, with devs calling it a "monster" and Microsoft affirming it'll deliver "the best resolution, best frame rates, no compromises," but now the company has tossed around another term by calling the next-gen Xbox a "beast."

 

Xbox exec Aaron Greenberg Tweeted an interesting post that tells us two things: the company is extremely confident in Project Scorpio, and it will meet its Holiday 2017 release. Greenberg has recently been quite vocal about the console, saying that it will "usher in a new era of 4K gaming"

 

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New Call of Duty Vietnam game teased by Sledgehammer

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 1, 2017 10:58 pm

Sledgehammer Games, who will likely develop next-year's Call of Duty game, has further teased evidence that CoD 2017 will be set in the past--and it's likely the Vietnam War.

 

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Call of Duty games are typically rotated across three major Activison studios: Infinity Ward, Treyarch and Sledgehammer games. With Infinity Ward having developed Call of Duty: Infinite Warafre, Sledgehammer games is expected to make the next shooter in the series, and we have even more evidence that it'll be based on the studio's scrapped Vietnam War-based Fog of War game.

 

Sledgehammer dev Michael Condrey recently shared an image of an older M1911A Colt .45 pistol on Twitter, saying "can you un-see our runner up?" The "runner up" here could be referring to the next "runner up" chapter of Call of Duty, with the M1911A hinting at a variety of different settings. This particular pistol saw widespread action in the US Army following 1924 and onward, and was used in World War II, the Vietnam War, the Korean War, and others. But Sledgehammer didn't start developing a Call of Duty game based on these other timelines: only the Vietnam War.

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