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Latest Assassin's Creed: Unity patch to fix performance problems

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 13 hours ago

Ubisoft are trying to fix the various problems in Assassin's Creed: Unity as fast as they can, with an upcoming patch that will fix some 90 crashes, bugs, performance issues and more across the Xbox One, PS4 and PC versions of the game.

 

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The patch rolls out later on today for the PS4, with the Xbox One and PC getting patched up soon after. Ubisoft has detailed the patches on their forums, some of them strangely mission-specific. Specific framerate drop improvements include:

 

  • Improved general Framerate on PS4 by lowering the priority of the online services thread
  • Fixed FPS drops while Arno climbs on the RHP building of Palais de Justice
  • Fixed FPS drops when in climbing and pressing the Left Stick towards somewhere that is not climbable in certain areas
  • Fixed FPS drops in Sainte Chapelle

 

On top of that, there is another patch that will be released that will improve the frame rate even more .

Apple's market value tips over $700 billion

By: Chris Smith | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: 1 day, 14 hours ago

Apple has become the first company to jump over the $700 billion milestone, thanks to a rise in shares pushing them to this evaluation earlier today.

 

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Apple shares experienced an almost-one percent rise this morning in the US market, seeing them now valued at $119.75 and meaning their market capitalization was made equal to around $701.7 billion.

 

This marks a massive 48% rise in 2014, with constant improvement seen since April. Reportedly due to Apple claiming they will go to extra measures to boost their share price, they announced its first stock split in nine years - claiming it would buy back another $30 billion in stock. This coupled with a quarterly dividend raise has shown massive success for the tech giant.

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GTA V will have 'just for PC' features, including a video editor

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 14 hours ago

Grand Theft Auto V launched for the previous generation consoles last year, and only last week for the Xbox One and PS4, but it looks like Rockstar has a few tricks up its sleeve for the PC version of the open-world fun-a-thon.

 

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WCCFTech is reporting that the PC version of GTA V will include a video editor mode, which is a 'Just for PC' feature. This feature alone would be a great addition to GTA V, and would fit better on the PC version thanks to the mouse and keyboard combination. Extending on this feature, is the ability to mod the game, something that turned GTA IV on the PC into something absolutely remarkable.

 

Grand Theft Auto V launches on the PC on January 27, 2015.

VR device 3DHead has evaporated - has no ties to Oculus

By: Chris Smith | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: 1 day, 15 hours ago

Voted in my personal top five worst advertisements of all time, the 3DHEAD was seen popping up around the internet in recent times - consistently claiming to be much better than what Oculus had to offer, the title even including the words "Oculus killer". Featuring amazing specification as a 2K resolution, the ability to use it in conjunction with controllers on your PC and the ability to make your voice one of the most annoying things on the planet - what's not to love?

 

 

Thanks to a Reddit thread made by 'crazy_goat', we've come to the knowledge that 3DHEAD has just randomly disappeared off the internet. This post contains information including the disappearance from the internet and following the apparently crazy original investor - Alki David.

 

How crazy could he be? Billionaires often make silly technology investments without knowing the full information, surely! Alongside David offering millions of dollars to Chris Brown and Drake to fight in a boxing match, he also once tried to convince news outlets that he had aired the first assisted suicide live on the internet as publicity for his website.

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Senator wants Visa, Mastercard to 'recommit' efforts to fight piracy

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 1 day, 16 hours ago

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) wants Visa and Mastercard to "recommit their efforts" in the evolving fight against illegal activity online. And the focus isn't on counterfeiting or gambling - it's dedicated to online copyright infringement.

 

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Following the demise of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), the RIAA and MPAA have gone back to the drawing board in their continued fight against Internet piracy. Political lobbying remains an active objective that won't go away, with the group's calling upon politicians to continue pressuring companies.

 

Here is what Leahy said (via press statement): "In recent years, strides have been made to help reduce online infringement-and payment processors have played a role in that progress. But more can and should be done.

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Xbox One designer responds to critics that say the console is too big

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 1 day, 16 hours ago

The Microsoft Xbox One and Sony PlayStation 4 game consoles are selling extremely well - but that doesn't necessarily mean everyone is happy. Carl Ledbetter, who was project manager behind the Xbox One's physical design, recently responded against criticism of the Xbox One's bulkiness.

 

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While the Xbox One is heavier and bigger than the Xbox 360 - at a time when consumers seemingly want to see more hardware packed into streamlined designs - Ledbetter understands not everyone will be happy when a console is released. He explained the growing pains - and what is done to overcome certain hardware design barriers that many people seem to take for granted.

 

"Everybody gets frustrated, because what we want is for everything to be wafer thin, not get hot and just be a snap to put together," Ledbetter said. "But the reality is that there are very real issues around cooling when you're pushing some number of watts in the processor, therefore the thing has to have some size to it. There's always an interesting dynamic between engineering and design, and constraints around performance.

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'Blade Runner' sequel won't be directed by Ridley Scott

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 day, 17 hours ago

32 years on from the release of the original, Ridley Scott is preparing to revisit the world of 'Blade Runner', with a sequel which will see Harrison Ford reprise his role of is-he or isn't-he-a-replicant Deckard. But now, the 76 year old director has announced that he won't be behind the camera for 'Blade Runner 2', but will serve as producer.

 

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Speaking to Variety whilst on the promo rounds for his latest picture, 'Exodus: Gods and Kings', Scott has confirmed some more details on the story, written by the original 'Blade Runner' scribe Hampton Fancher.

 

We talked at length about what it could be, and came up with a pretty strong three-act storyline, and it all makes sense in terms of how it relates to the first one. Harrison is very much part of this one, but really it's about finding him; he comes in in the third act.

 

'Blade Runner 2' is expected to go into production next year, for a 2017 release - the 35th anniversary of the original.

Meet the Sonim XP7 Extreme, the 'world's most rugged' Android phone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 day, 17 hours ago

Sonim has just unveiled the "world's most rugged LTE/Wi-Fi/Android smartphone" with its new XP7 Extreme, featuring a 4-inch 800x480 "glove touchscreen" and oh-so-much more. The company has taken to Indiegogo to raise $150,000 for this awesome device, with the campaign ending on January 7, 2015.

 

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The 4-inch display may be low-res in this QHD world we live in, but it is a high-visible display which is viewable in direct sunlight, a powerful 103 dB speaker, the keys and screen can be used with heavy or wet gloves, it's rated at IP68, which means the XP7 Extreme can be fully submerged in water at up to 6.5 feet, for up to 30 minutes, as well as being rated at IP69, for resistance to high temperature pressure wash.

 

The Sonim XP7 Extreme is also drop and impact resistant, surviving drops up to 6.5 feet onto concrete, from any angle. It can be used in temperatures ranging from -4C to 131F, can survive in extreme pressures of up to one metric ton, is resistant to oils and chemicals, and is also puncture resistant. But don't worry, Sonim (even with all these technologies keeping it safe) still offer a 3-year comprehensive warranty, covering accidental damage.

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Cyber espionage remains a major objective for Russian government

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 day, 17 hours ago

Russian cybercriminals, largely backed by the Russian government, have growing coordination as their attacks victimize the United States, UK, and Western European nations. The Energetic Bear, APT28 and Uroburous - three Russian-based malware families - are being used to conduct cyberespionage, rather than conduct data theft purely for financial gain.

 

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Although Russian-based cybercrime targeting businesses gets most of the attention, threats of cyberespionage remain more problematic. Each new discovered exploit and toolkit reveals significant sophistication, as cybercriminals are able to rack up victims in a stealthy manner - often being discovered long after breaching targets, if at all.

 

"China has economic objectives," said Christopher Ahlberg, co-founder and CEO of Recorded Future. "Russia wants to show the world they are strong politically. Energy is incredibly important to them [as well]... They also want to sell gas to Western Europe - there's more of a focus on commodity markets and geopolitical [interests."

Employers on high-alert of temp workers being targeted by scams

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 day, 18 hours ago

Cybercriminals will likely increase attacks against small and midsize retailers that hire temporary works to help augment staff ahead of the holidays. Cyberattacks don't peak during November or December, but criminals change their tactics to focus on companies that might hire additional staff and have focus on other day-to-day business operations.

 

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Seasonal temporary workers haven't been trained in company policy, and might not be aware of current social engineering attacks, so they make easy prey, according to Akli Adjaoute, CEO of the Brighterion security firm. "These less-trained workers that are hired during the holiday season are much more vulnerable to social engineering attacks."

 

The financial impact of a data breach - or other cybersecurity problems - have been a painful lesson for companies throughout 2014. However, many companies struggle in their efforts to

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