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Next-gen Mass Effect teased at Comic-Con 2014

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 27, 2014 5:24 am

Something that was expected for Comic-Con this year was a tease of the next Mass Effect game from BioWare. What was shown off at E3 2014 wasn't much, but now we have actual information about some of the things we'll find in the game itself.

 

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For Mass Effect fans, you'll be happy to know that the Mako is making a return. This means we should see some added planetary surface exploration, something that hasn't made a return since the first Mass Effect game. You can see the new Mako in the picture above, with the panel at Comic-Con receiving a short video seeing it drive around, but that isn't available to anyone to watch online unfortunately.

 

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What we do know, is that the new Mass Effect will not be called Mass Effect 4. The new Mass Effect is something totally new, pushing Shepard out of the way. We also get to take a look at some N7 armor that looks like it is placed on human male character in the game, but there will be a gender choice in the new Mass Effect, something that has been quite important to the franchise itself.

Google X's Baseline Study project wants to map perfect human health

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Health Technology | Posted: Jul 27, 2014 4:22 am

Google's research and development arm, known as Google X, is working on something new: the Baseline Study project. The goal of this new adventure is to hopefully one day, better detect health risks such as heart disease earlier in a patient's life, so that the patient can take preventative measures before it is too late.

 

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Dr. Andrew Conrad, a molecular biologist, is the lead on the Baseline Study project, who has been credited with creating a cheap way of scanning donated blood for HIV. Conrad joined the ranks of Google in March 2013, assembling a team of 70-80 experts in the fields of biochemistry, imaging, molecular biology, optics and technology.

 

Google's Baseline Study began earlier in the year through an unnamed clinical testing firm, where doctors started collecting bodily fluids such as urine, blood, saliva and tears from 175 anonymous volunteers. Google will use these fluids and its mammoth computing power to hopefully find patterns called biomarkers. These biomarkets will help the search giant, and its researchers detect health issues before a person even shows symptoms of this issue. We don't know when we will hear more about this, but it's great to see Google working on something so important with its resources.

XBOX release first trailer for ET dig documentary 'Atari: Game Over'

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jul 27, 2014 2:56 am

Despite the confirmation this week that Microsoft would shut the doors on Microsoft Studios, the company are continuing production the documentary 'Atari: Game Over' and have released the first trailer at San Diego ComicCon.

 

 

The documentary looks at one of the most fascinating stories in gaming history, confirming the urban legend that the bankrupt gaming giant of the 1980's did in fact bury their biggest mistake - the rushed video game based on Steven Spielberg's 'E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial".

 

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'Atari: Game Over', directed by Zak Penn will be released by XBOX Originals later this year.

Samsung launches a new 7-inch smartphone, the Galaxy Tab Q

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 27, 2014 1:19 am

Just when you thought the 5.7-inch screen on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 was big enough, Samsung goes and increases the biggest offering on its devices to 7 inches with the new Galaxy Tab Q.

 

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The Galaxy Tab Q is still considered a 'phablet' but most phablets don't feature a microphone and ear speaker, something that is reserved for smartphones. So this makes the Galaxy Tab Q a smartphone, and it is one massive behemoth of a smartphone at that. The 7-inch display features a 1280x720 pixel resolution, and inside we have a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera backed up by a 2-megapixel selfie shooter.

 

Samsung has provided microSDXC support up to 64GB, and a 3200mAh battery. Right now the Galaxy Tab Q is exclusive to China, but Samsung has teased that it will drag it (probably with the help of Superman) over to the US in the near future.

An update on malware found at TweakTown - it's been fixed

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: TweakTown | Posted: Jul 26, 2014 11:08 am

Earlier today we discovered that TweakTown had been attacked with malicious code from rmr-group.com being inserted to most of our pages. We first discovered the attack due to a warning from Google Chrome. It's the first time this has happened to TweakTown in our long online history.

 

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After having detected the problem, we removed all injected code from our pages. We are now running a full server scan to detect any issues. We are also changing all of our passwords and scanning our own personal systems for any issues.

 

We would like to apologize for any harm this may have caused to you or your PC. As a result, we recommend that all our readers run a full malware scan on their systems, as a precaution. It's unlikely any harm has been done, but it's better to be safe than sorry. We recommend Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and Microsoft Safety Scanner - both are free.

 

Thanks for your understanding on the matter, and we will do all we can to ensure this doesn't happen again.

Google has sold 'millions' of Chromecasts since it launched last year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 26, 2014 4:25 am

Google launched its Chromecast device a year ago, and now we're beginning to hear about just how many of the $35 HDMI streaming dongles the company has sold. This number is somewhere in the "millions" according to the Mountain View-based search giant.

 

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The company has said that it has tracked over 400 million casts, with Chromecast selling in over 20 countries, and 30,000 stores across the world. Google held back the Chromecast to just Amazon and its Google Play store for months so that it could build up inventory to blast it to retailers, but now that it has, it has gone on to great success.

 

So much so, that Google is offering a free 90-day Google Music All Access subscription to anyone who owns a Chromecast, and isn't already an All Access member. This offer is valid through to September 30, 2014.

The new Unreal Tournament gets teased on a guided video tour

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 26, 2014 3:02 am

We've now just had our first look at the new Unreal Tournament, with a bunch of detail talked about for the upcoming first-person shooter. There's a few videos you can get your hands-on, with the game's Art Director, Chris Perna, giving us a bunch of information.

 

 

All-in-all, there's 47 minutes worth of video from Epic Games' streamed reveal of brand new concept art on the next-gen Unreal Tournament. Perna discusses this in the video above, where he says they're going for a "Chris Nolan Batman Begins look" instead of a "Tim Burton Batman look". Perna wants "something more polished" with "more realism, without going over the top" and repeating what Epic "did with Gears of War and UT3" where those games were "dark and grungy".

 

 

Senior Designer Jim Brown jumps in, saying: "You start with a map that's just kind of the basic shell, and we just focus on the gameplay. Independent of us doing that, a lot of times, Chris and the art guys will make these little vignettes that are - what would you call them?" Perna continues: "There are many different environments in UT. There's going to be different colors and different environments, but what this does is give you, maybe, a quality bar. 'Hey, all those different things need to have a lighting quality and a mood about them that feels like this.'"

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Holy HD, Batman! Original 60's TV show finally comes to Blu-ray

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jul 26, 2014 1:40 am

KAPOW! BAM! SOCK!

 

To mark the 75th birthday of the caped crusader, Warner Bros yesterday announced at San Diego Comic Con a November release for one of the holy grails for Bat-fans - the release of the 1960's Batman TV show, starring Adam West and Burt Ward for both Blu-ray and DVD, marking the first time the series has ever been released to video.

 

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After being held up due to a rights dispute between Warner Bros who own the property and Twentieth Century Fox who own the content, alongside a multitude of smaller rights issues, such as star cameos and incidental music, an agreement was finally reached last year paving the way to the debut release of the camp classic.

 

 

Warner's 13 disc Blu-ray boxset, which releases on November 11th, will include all 120 20 minute episodes remastered in 1080p, including a generous collection of behind the scenes featurettes and interviews, along with some physical swag, including a die-cast Batmobile, two books and 44 collectors cards.

Ubisoft developers witness goat sacrifice in real life for Far Cry 4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 26, 2014 1:38 am

While on a research trip to Nepal, two Ubisoft developers experienced a legitimate ritual sacrifice of a goat. The two developers jetsetted off to Nepal for some research, as Nepal is the inspiration for Kyrat, the fictitious Himalayan setting of Far Cry 4.

 

 

Far Cry 4's Game Narrative Director, Mark Thompson and the Associate Producer on the game, Phil Fournier, made the trip with Vice's Krishna Andavolu. Once they arrived in Kathmandu, the group heard a rumor that there was going to be an animal sacrifice, so they found their way into the event. The sacrifice was made possible thanks to a man providing the goat on behalf of his family to Kali, who is the Hindu goddess of change and destruction.

 

The video, above, is the first of a three-part series that goes into the source material and inspiration behind the fourth outing in the Far Cry world. At Comic-Con, the Creative Director behind Far Cry 4, Alex Hutchinson, told the audience that another Vice documentary titled "The Vice Guide to Liberia" offered another inspiration, this one for the game's villain, Pagan Min.

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Game of Thrones star could end up in the 'The Last of Us' movie

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jul 26, 2014 12:36 am

Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark on HBO's mega hit Game of Thrones, is in talks to star in the movie version of the PlayStation exclusive 'The Last of Us'.

 

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Buzzfeed's Senior Film Reporter, Adam B. Vary, tweeted directly from San Diego Comic-Con: "The Last of Us movie team had meeting with Game of Throne's Maisie Williams for lead role of Ellie. Nothing signed yet at all". The problem is, Maisie is 17 years old, while Ellie in the game world of The Last of Us is 14.

 

Naughty Dog has the last say of the casting of the roles within the movie, so we might see Williams star in the movie after all, even with her being a few years older than Ellie. I think Williams would be great for the role of Ellie, especially considering how her character has evolved in the world of Game of Thrones over the last four seasons.

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