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Grand Theft Auto V on PC comes in a 7-disc box set, takes up 65GB HDD

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 9, 2015 1:27 am

We only just reported on the graphical customization options that the PC version of Grand Theft Auto V will have, but what about the retail version of the game? The retail version of GTA V will reportedly be enjoyed by PC gamers in a 7-disc DVD box set.

 

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Someone has posted an image on Reddit with the 7-disc DVD set, with the full installation of Grand Theft Auto V taking up a huge 65GB of HDD space. GTA V launches on the PC on April 14, so we don't have much longer to wait thankfully.

'Rockstar Games' movie to dramatise 'GTA' legal battle

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Apr 9, 2015 12:55 am

The highly publicised 2003 legal wrangling between activist lawyer Jack Thompson and Rockstar Games over 'Grand Theft Auto III' which saw Thompson seek damages of nearly $250 million in damages from Take-Two Interactive, Sony Computer Entertainment America and Wal-Mart is about to be dramatised in an upcoming feature movie for BBC films.

 

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, British director Owen Harris is targeting 'Harry Potter' star Daniel Radcliffe to portray Rockstar Games founder Sam Houser in the feature which is due to start filming later this month.

 

The long running legal battle ultimately saw the eccentric lawyer disbarred in 2008, but not before receiving massive attention for the case and his other targets including rap music and even criticised the PlayStation Dual Shock controller for giving players a "pleasurable buzz". Gamers never did work out what he was actually doing with it.

IMAX and Disney sign multi-year release contract

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Apr 9, 2015 12:32 am

Dedicated cinemagoers who live near an IMAX cinema know the massive screen and superb sound system is the ultimate way to see blockbuster film releases, and now the Walt Disney company company has signed an agreement with the company which extends a partnership which began in 2000 with the release of the first IMAX processed theatrical film - 'Fantasia 2000', for another three years.

 

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According to ComingSoon, Disney and IMAX have agreed to a contract extension out to 2017 from Disney's stable of studios including Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm. Titles due out over this time include eagerly awaited films such as 'Star Wars: Rogue One' and 'Star Wars: Episode VIII', 'Ant-Man', 'Captain America: Civil War', 'Guardians of the Galaxy 2', 'Toy Story 4' and the currently filming 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales'.

GTA V on the PC has plenty of customization options for graphics

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 8, 2015 11:43 pm

Grand Theft Auto V launches on the PC in just a few days time, but PC Gamer has received an early look at the title on the machine we've all been waiting for it on: the PC.

 

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The graphic customization seems nice and detailed, where you can see the amount of VRAM required as you adjust your settings. Under that, the resolution scales up to 4K (and hopefully beyond, as we'll be testing in a few days) with the aspect ratio, refresh rate and output monitor all adjustable.

 

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As you can see from the image above, you can adjust the population density, population variety and distance scaling. Under that we have our usual graphics settings: texture/shader/shadow and reflection quality, reflection MSAA can be tweaked, water/particles/grass quality can all be tweaked, and then we have soft shadows and post FX. There are also plenty of AA options, with FXX, MSAA and NVIDIA's TXAA that can be toggled and played with.

 

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One of the surprising options is that you have raw mouse input, which will have PC gamers thanking the Rockstar Gods.

Samsung Galaxy S6 comes with pre-installed apps you can't remove

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 8, 2015 11:15 pm

Samsung's new flagship Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge smartphones launch on Friday, but they will include some pre-installed apps that can't be removed. Future Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge owners can hide these apps though, but they will still chew up that precious storage.

 

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The news is coming from reports on the XDA Developers Forum, with users questioning whether these pre-installed apps can be "removed", so that the storage space they did consume, would be freed up. A Samsung spokeswoman has talked with Computerworld, confirming that the pre-installed apps on the S6 and S6 edge cannot be uninstalled, but that the apps could be "hidden from view" but not completely removed from the handset.

 

The pre-installed apps that users can disable or hide will reduce the used space on the NAND flash by a decent amount, but it's unfortunate that these apps can't be fully uninstalled. This is something that iPhone users have to put up with, but a growing number of Android devices from companies like Samsung are using bloatware on their devices, that users can't remove.

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Ways to Make Conference Calls Less Disturbing

By: TweakTown Staff | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 8, 2015 1:50 pm

Would you be surprised to know that 92 percent of staff love meetings? According to a Verizon study, they really do! Meetings are seen as a chance to participate and contribute, and have face to face time with other participants. It's when meetings disrupt the workflow of individual staffers and departments that things can get dicey. As much as people love meetings, they can be stressful, too, with work backing up and schedules upended because anyone who needs a soapbox feels the need to call a meeting.

 

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Making your meetings a part of the workflow instead of a big rock thrown into the middle of it can also help to decrease a trend toward staff disengagement. A Gallup poll reported that some of the most experienced and highly educated workers feel "not engaged" or even actively disengaged from their workplace and co-workers. These workers tend to be age 30 to 64 and have high levels of education, and often years of experience and know-how. Re-engaging these workers is a soft cost that savvy business owners and managers will reckon against the cost of finding and hiring a new candidate and filling the position anew, or letting the situation sit and fester with a resentful, disengaged worker playing Candy Crush on their iPad during meetings.

 

Making Meetings Work

 

Making meetings work in the real-world takes some thought and ingenuity, and there are times when a conference call is all it takes to put things right. However, to pull out an old cliché, there are times when you need to think outside the box on how to engage with everyone, face to face in the best and most effective way. Using modern technology such as the cloud-based Blue Jeans Network for video conferencing can help bring back that engagement gained from a stimulating face to face meeting without the stress, expense, and work disruptions caused by calling meetings in a single location.

 

Top Ten Tips for Successful Meetings

  1. Set a time for the meeting that worked for everyone. This is simple courtesy. Interrupting people's workflow can cause all types of problems, and so can calling audio or video conferences across time zones. Working out a good time for everyone helps reduce stress and resentment.
  2. Set an agenda for the meeting and make sure that everyone gets a copy. By setting an agenda, there's little room for meetings to wander off on tangents, or get caught up in side issues.
  3. Set a limit for speakers in terms of both number and time. Unless you're hosting a lecture or demonstration, other parties need to be given time to speak, and a question and answer period provided for after each speaker is finished.
  4. Seek input from the participants. Find out what issues they feel need to be addressed and what their concerns are, then address them.

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Twitter takeover rumors swirl, with Google rumored to acquire Twitter

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 8, 2015 11:41 am

There have been rumors of a potential takeover bid on Twitter, with shares in the company rising 3.5% to $52 each yesterday. Barron's reporting that there are two unnamed companies that have approached Twitter with "serious" interest in taking it over.

 

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According to Briefing.com, Twitter has bought in advisers - with Goldman Sachs rumored to be talking with the social network giant - in order to "fend off a takeover offer". We don't know who would buy Twitter just yet, but Google would be a potential company and it could see them fight off Facebook in the social networking space much better than its own Google+ ever did.

ASUS MG279Q is a QHD display with FreeSync, an IPS panel and 120Hz

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Apr 8, 2015 10:36 am

It looks like ASUS is backing AMD with its new MG279Q display, which has now been revealed as a FreeSync capable display, reports PC Perspective.

 

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The ASUS MG279Q features a QHD resolution of 2560x1440, an IPS panel, with a 120Hz refresh rate and support for AMD's FreeSync technology. At CES 2015, PC Perspective noticed it as a monitor without FreeSync or G-Sync, but it has now been donned with AMD's variable refresh rate technology. It has a minimum refresh rate of 40Hz, with the maximum hitting 120Hz.

 

We should expect samples of this display in the coming weeks, with an MSRP of $599.

Microsoft teasing Windows 10.1 already, codenamed 'Redstone'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Apr 8, 2015 9:39 am

With Microsoft not even releasing Windows 10 to the public yet, we're hearing about "Redstone" which is the codename for Microsoft's updates for Windows 10, due in both June and October 2016.

 

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Redstone will be a series of updates that will reach Windows Insiders before the public, which will give enthusiasts some time to play around with the updated operating system. Microsoft isn't saying much about what Redstone will offer, but with the company hard at work polishing Windows 10 before its release, Redstone will most likely include whatever misses the RTM version of Windows 10.

 

Don't confuse Redstone with Windows 11 (or whatever Microsoft call the next version of its OS after Windows 10), as Redstone will be what Windows 8.1 was to Windows 8.

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