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Star Citizen's first-person shooter combat explained in great detail

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 13, 2015 5:35 am

Roberts Space Industries has taken to its website to provide a very in-depth article on how the first-person side of Star Citizen will work, teasing that there will be three different stances, as well as having your breathing impact gameplay.

 

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First, the three different stances will include: lowered stance, ready stance, and ads stance. RSI explains that having three different stances means "that the game will have a more realistic system of weapon handling, which will immediately impact gameplay. Star Citizen's three stances are Lowered, Ready and Aim Down Sights (ADS). The Lowered stance trades the ability to fire for maneuverability. The Ready stance slows a soldier's movement while making reactionary fire and aiming a lot faster and more accurate. The ADS stance is the most accurate, but has the slowest movement and most restricted visibility of the three stances".

 

Not only that, but breathing will have a big part to play in the Star Citizen first-person shooter mode, which is "simulated in order to make first person combat a much deeper and more tactical experience than many familiar FPS titles". A big part of this is stamina, which is "a resource you will need to manage" according to RSI. The developer continues: "Performing actions such as sprinting, vaulting, mounting, climbing and breath control (detailed below) will lower your stamina. Low stamina will have several temporary knock-on effects, such as drastically reduced sprint distance, diminished ability to aim properly, and even a reduced amount of time that breath can be held".

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided to be a 'real challenge' to hardcore players

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 13, 2015 3:25 am

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided was revealed last week, but now the full marketing campaign is beginning to ramp up, with Game Director Jean-François Dugas, teasing Deus Ex fans through his Twitter account.

 

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Dugas was asked if Deus Ex: Mankind Divided would be ghostable, to which he replied that it would, and for the first time in a Deus Ex title, even during boss fights. Dugas said: "As always and even on boss side, finally!". Ghostable means you can play through the entire level, including boss fights, without being seen - providing the true stealth side of Deus Ex.

 

He continued, adding that the boss fights from Deus Ex: Human Revolution are coming back, which has fans excited. Dugas continued, when he was asked if Mankind Divided would be as hard as the original Deus Ex from 1999, where he said: "We'll have the 'Give me Deus Ex' again. Not exactly like the 1999 mode but you should expect a real challenge". When asked if the same team members from Human Revolution are working on Mankind Divided, Dugas replied with "For the most part, yes".

 

We should hopefully see more on Deus Ex: Mankind Divided as we get closer to E3 2015 in June, but we are already pumped with the news that it will support DirectX 12 and Windows 10.

Rockstar says 4K is a real 'eye opener' for Grand Theft Auto V on PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 13, 2015 2:13 am

Grand Theft Auto V unlocks for PC gamers across the world in a little under 24 hours now, so after multiple delays, it doesn't even feel like it's happening - but it is, and in a big way.

 

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Rockstar Games sat down with PC Gamer recently to talk about the game and how it runs at 60FPS, 4K and more. PC Gamer asked if GTA V on the PC was "locked at 60FPS", to which Rockstar replied: "The target framerate for the PC build of the game is 60fps, when you start up GTA 5 for the first time it chooses settings to maximise the framerate and visual quality on your PC. These are simply recommendations though, and players can change these to whatever they want. We will never be able to guarantee the framerate when someone decides to push their texture, shader or post-fx quality to a level that their PC can't support. That said, if your monitor and PC support it you can choose to run at even higher framerates".

 

PC Gamer also talked about 4K, asking "GTA 5 supports 4K resolution on PC - how much of a big deal do you think 4K will be for players? Do you think it'll transform the way they experience that world?" Rockstar's reply is pretty exciting, with the developer saying: "4k is an eye opener when you see if for the first time, it really does make you look at the world differently and in greater detail as you would expect. That said, you could probably say the same thing about a lot of the other high-end graphical options and ultimately it will be personal preference which particular resolution and graphical settings that each player decides to settle on".

 

Grand Theft Auto V unlocks on the PC in around 22 hours, but by the weekend we hope to have a performance article looking at various VGA cards and how the game runs at 1080p, 1440p, 4K and beyond.

Wave eBike hits Indiegogo, is the 'fastest and most affordable' yet

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Apr 13, 2015 1:09 am

We keep hearing about electric vehicles, like the Model S from Tesla Motors, but what about electric bikes? They're a thing, and they've hit Indiegogo in a big way thanks to Wave and the "fastest and most affordable" electric bike ever with its eBike.

 

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Wave is hoping to raise $70,000, with its eBike costing $499 right now, down from it $999 price when it hits stores in the near future. Wave's eBike is promising a top speed of up to 28mph, and a range of just over 26 miles in electric-only mode, from a single charge. The Wave weighs in at 50lbs, has a 750W motor, and a 12aH battery that can be charged in 3-5 hours.

 

Owners can ride it with its electric motor, or they can use the Wave like a normal bike, disabling the electric mode by twisting the throttle.

Enter our 'Alexander & The Very Bad Day' Blu-ray giveaway

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Apr 13, 2015 12:39 am

To celebrate this week's release of the family comedy 'Alexander and The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day' on Blu-ray HD, DVD and digital, we have copies of the Blu-ray to give away to 4 lucky readers.

 

Get ready for the best worst day of your life. Disney's 'Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day' follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life - a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. But when Alexander tells his upbeat family about the misadventures of his disastrous day, he finds little sympathy and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him. He soon learns he is not alone when his mom (Jennifer Garner), dad (Steve Carell), brother (Dylan Minnette), and sister (Kerris Dorsey) all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Anyone who says there is no such thing as a bad day just hasn't had one.

 

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To go into the running to take a Blu-ray home, simply correctly answer the following question in no more than 50 words:

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'Game of Thrones' episodes leak addressed by HBO

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Apr 12, 2015 11:30 pm

As 'Game of Thrones' fans prepared for the premiere of the much anticipated premiere of Season Five, it was naturally a huge surprise when episodes one, two, three and four started appearing on torrent trackers such as Torrent Freak, The Pirate Bay and Kickass Torrents. When it was quickly established that the leak was legitimate, fans swarmed to download the content with TorrentFreak estimating the episodes were downloaded "more than 100,000 times in just three hours". The source of the leak is speculated to originate from watermarked preview copies sent to members of the press.

 

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HBO has now released a statement on the matter which confirms the leak. "Sadly, it seems the leaked four episodes of the upcoming season of 'Game of Thrones' originated from within a group approved by HBO to receive them. We're actively assessing how this breach occurred."

 

As tantalising as the leak may be, many fans have elected to wait it out for high definition versions.

Apple Stores aren't stocking the hot new Retina MacBook

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Apr 12, 2015 11:18 am

Apple has had a big few days, with the Watch pre-orders opening up and the launch of its new Retina-capable MacBook. The new Retina MacBook is reportedly not being stocked at many Apple Stores, leaving consumers furious.

 

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Apple Stores in the US are reportedly not stocking the new MacBook, which seems to be limited to online purchases, for now at least. MacRumors has taken a look at multiple Apple Stores across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, which all resulted in the new Retina MacBook being unavailable at all locations, "at least on launch day" they reported.

 

The new Retina MacBook has seen its shipping times already expand, with custom models shipping in 3-4 weeks as soon as orders became available. The new 12-inch Retina MacBook starts at $1299, featuring a super-slim design, a single USB-C port, a redesigned keyboard and an all-new butterfly mechanism, Force Touch trackpad, fanless architecture and an all-day battery.

Apple reportedly talking with artists about exclusivity deals

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 12, 2015 9:40 am

Taylor Swift has enough pull in the industry that wherever she goes, millions of users will follow. So the reports of Apple looking to score exclusive deals with big artists for iTunes, or Beats Music, shouldn't be a surprise.

 

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The Cupertino-based iGiant has reportedly talked with over a dozen artists about exclusivity deals, including Florence and the Machine, and Taylor Swift. With Swift removing her entire library from Spotify last year claiming that artists weren't being fairly compensated for their work making big headlines.

 

Apple is reportedly talking with artists for limited streaming rights to a track with Florence and the Machine, as well as approaching Swift about partnerships. The idea behind the exclusives is to have consumers sucked into paying for subscriptions with Apple over its competitors, with a rumored pricing of $14.99 per month for a family plan on its Beats subscription plan.

 

But is exclusive content enough to have you jump ship from Spotify, Pandora or Play Music?

NSA boss now wants 'front door' access to your PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Privacy & Rights | Posted: Apr 12, 2015 8:12 am

The NSA has virtually got unrestricted access to most users data, but that doesn't stop the US spy agency from wanting more. NSA chief Michael Rogers has now called for a "front door" encryption key that would provide the NSA with access to your data, but the key would be broken into multiple parts so that no one agency or person could easily get in.

 

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This method would theoretically stop thieves from getting in and taking your data, but it would let government officials access your data at any time, if they have 'permission'. The White House is considering the move, along with others like letting courts order the creation of mirror accounts, so that US agencies can access any and all messages as they arrive, or so that they can back up the data as it's unencrypted. President Obama is considering these new policies, where he should receive a report by the end of the month, with the possibility of a new policy revealed shortly after.

 

Rogers' solution isn't a one key fits all scenario, with fellow institutions like the National Institute of Standards and Technology against the idea. They note that any door that is introduced would arrive with security holes, even if a split key is created. US agencies like the FBI and NSA don't like widespread encryption because it works so well, but it only works as long as there are key holders that won't just provide the key when asked, or requested.

Google is indexing files from some private network-connected HDDs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Privacy & Rights | Posted: Apr 12, 2015 6:00 am

An investigation that CSO Online conducted has found that if you do not have your network-connected HDDs configured correctly, your files could be ending up in the wrong hands.

 

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Their report stated that some personal cloud devices with external HDDs connected to routers with FTP enabled have been indexed by Google, which has seen personal files found on the Internet, and on search results. This includes very personal data such as emails, journal entries, passports, tax records, financial statements, mortgage documents, passwords, private photos and more.

 

The organization was able to map a family's personal and financial history all the way back to 2009 just by searching their name as their data was archived on a Western Digital HDD that they had connected through a Linksys WRT1900AC router. But when the family was warned about this, it was too late. The family noted: "I simply could not figure out how someone got the [card] info minutes after I'd activate them. My system was clean and secured more than the average person," said one member of the family. Now I know. [It's not] difficult when my backups were public and being indexed on Google".

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