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Game of Thrones game from Telltale receives its debut trailer

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 21, 2014 5:30 am

Telltale Games has teased the debut trailer to their upcoming Game of Thrones game, revealing that many of the show's popular actors will reprise their roles in the game.

 

 

These include Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Lena Heady as Cersei Lannister, Natalie Dormer as Margaery Tyrell, and Iwan Rheon as Ramsay Snow. This news right here, has me instantly interested, especially as I haven't played any of Telltale Games' previous titles. Telltale's take on the game takes place between season three and season five of the show, with Telltale's six episode series following the lives of five playable characters from House Forrester.

 

The Forresters are sworn to the Starks, who believe that the wintry conditions from which they were raised has only made them stronger. Their family motto is "iron from ice". We will see the first episode of Game of Thrones on the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC, Mac and iOS later this year.

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Activision announces Call of Duty franchise has generated $10 billion

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 21, 2014 4:41 am

Activision has announced that Call of Duty has generated over $10 billion in sales worldwide, with the company saying that Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is the "biggest entertainment launch of the year".

 

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It had been previously reported by analysts that the Call of Duty franchise was in decline, but Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg has said that "Preorders are a good barometer for day one, but I don't think they reflect the overall demand for the product". During the announcement earlier today, Hirshberg said: "Sales and engagement are up through the first week compared to last year. Season Pass sales are up, as well. The game has been very positively reviewed and the response from fans has been tremendous".

 

Activision also added that the new Call of Duty is the highest-selling digital launch in console history, too.

SpotCam announces its new 24/7 cloud-based Wi-Fi HD camera

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cameras | Posted: Nov 21, 2014 4:14 am

SpotCam has just announced its first home monitoring Wi-Fi video solution, with the cloud-based video startup offering 24-hour cloud-based HD playback, for free.

 

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The camera itself captures 720p, or 1280x720, in low bandwidth, with clear night vision thanks to its 12 IR LEDs. It has a 110-degree wide angle view, motion/audio/disconnection event detection, 256-bit SSL encryption, can have its video playback done over the web, or through it's mobile app, and has two-way communication. The SpotCam camera sells for $149, with 24-hour recording for free. As for 3-day, 7-day, and 30-day recording, the following prices apply:

 

  • 3-day recording - $3.95/month or $39/year
  • 7-day recording - $5.95/month or $59/year
  • 30 day recording - $19.95/month or $199/year

 

You can grab the SpotCam from Amazon, or Newegg right now.

Apple requests Foxconn builds a new $2.6 billion factory

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 21, 2014 3:38 am

It looks like Apple has requested Foxconn, which is the largest device manufacturer in the world, to build a new $2.6 billion facility just for the production of displays for its various iDevices.

 

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Apple reportedly wants to have its hands-on an Innolux factory, the display portion of Foxconn, to only make displays for its iPhone, iPad and other popular-selling products. Innolux has been a company that Apple has reportedly been tapping to make the 4.7-inch displays for the iPhone 6. Sophia Cheng, a Public Relations representative for Foxconn's Display Unit, Innolux Corp., said: "Equipment installation will commence next month with mass production of panels to start by the end of 2015 after an urgent request for exclusive capacity".

 

Cheng wasn't aware if the deal had been signed or not, and Apple is keeping its mouth firmly shut about the deal. Considering Foxconn already has a couple of Apple-dedicated facilities in China, this would still be a first for the company; to have a factory making components exclusively for products for a single company.

Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions out next week on PC, Xbox and PlayStation

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 21, 2014 2:24 am

Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions comes out next week, with the developer teasing pre-order DLC and platform-exclusive levels for PC, Xbox and PlayStation.

 

 

On PC the game launches on November 25, while the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One find themselves beginning to get addicted to the new puzzle shooter on November 26. Pre-ordering on PC secures you two bonus levels; the triangle-shaped Secret Eye, and the doughnut-shaped Blood Count. The Xbox One version receiving Blood Count for free if you pre-order. The Xbox 360 on the other hand, has no pre-order option, so Blood Count is provided for free for those who purchase the game between November 26 and December 2.

 

Both Xbox versions of the game include the exclusive cube-shaped Titan Box, which is colored in the sexy Xbox green. Moving onto the PS3 and PS4 versions of Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions, where Sony users in the US being the only ones able to pre-order. US-based PlayStation owners will receive the Secret Eye level. Both Sony consoles also include the exclusive Symbolic level, where enemies spawn in clusters shaped like the PlayStation control buttons.

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Intel Adds 3D NAND to the Roadmap for 2015 Products

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Nov 21, 2014 1:29 am

In an earnings call today for investors, Robert Crooke, VP and GM NVM Solutions Group, publicly announced Intel's 3D NAND. The new 3D structure will use lithography larger than 20nm but Intel didn't disclose anything further. The new 3D NAND will be produced in Utah, a IMFT factory, Intel's joint venture with Micron Technology.

 

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Robert Crooke holding an Intel 3D NAND package.

 

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Intel stressed the disruptive nature of the new 3D structure. The company plans to release products in the second half of 2015 with the new flash and plans to use the technology to disrupt SSD prices.

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Intel teases its Haswell-EX processor, which will feature 36 threads

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Nov 21, 2014 1:11 am

During the 2015 IEEE international Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) in February 2015, Intel will reveal more technical details about its upcoming Haswell-EX processor. This processor will be the most complex CPU the company has ever made.

 

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Intel's Xeon E7 v3 "Haswell-EX" processor will work in motherboards with up to eight sockets, packing 18 cores (and 18 Hyper-Threaded cores) for a total of 36 threads per CPU. We will also have 45MB of last-level cache (LLC), quad-channel DDR4 support, PCI Express 3.0 and much more. The new Intel Xeon E7 platform will usher in new reliability, availability, scalability (RAS) capabilities, something that will bring Intel closer to the older Itanium-based servers.

 

The Haswell-EX processor will be using Intel's 22nm Tri-Gate technology, packing in an insane 5.56 billion transistors, making it one of the most complex x86-based processors ever made.

HBO Go app finally arrives for Microsoft Xbox One owners

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 21, 2014 12:05 am

Microsoft Xbox One console owners will finally have access to the HBO Go app, available to HBO subscribers, with voice and gesture controls supported. The new app is now arriving for US HBO subscribers, and the voice and gesture controls will allow console owners to access the entire HBO catalog using a hand gesture or voice instructions.

 

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"Xbox is one of our subscribers' favorite ways to access HBO Go and its incredible breadth of award-winning programming," said Jeff Dallesandro, HBO VP of digital domestic network distribution. "Now, Xbox One users can get in on the action and Kinect with the very best HBO series and films on this innovative, state-of-the-art device."

 

There are a wide variety of apps available for the Xbox One, including rival apps from Netflix, Amazon Instant Video and Hulu Plus - ensuring entertainment apps are available in the living room is an important role for Microsoft, Sony and set-top box manufacturers.

Amazon has fleet of 10,000 robots helping fulfill orders in warehouses

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Nov 20, 2014 10:24 pm

Amazon is rolling out a fleet of robots that will help the company boost productivity and ensure timely deliveries ahead of what should be an extremely busy 2014 Christmas holiday shopping season. The robots can help locate and pick items, which are verified by a human picker before being boxed up and sent from the facility - the company will be able to save upwards of $900 million each year, with robotic assistance able to help save 20 percent to 40 percent per shipped order.

 

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To help ensure it would have a robotics inventory it could call upon, Amazon purchased Robots maker Kiva Systems for $775 million in 2012 - and there have been more than 1,400 Kiva robots already working in Amazon's logistics chain.

 

Amazon tends to have successful shopping seasons, but as the US economy has recovered - and consumers have extra money to spend this Christmas - Amazon wants to ensure everything runs smoothly and customers will be happy.

Compromised webcams, baby monitors posted on Russian websites

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Nov 20, 2014 9:00 pm

A Russian website is posting links to hijacked webcams and baby monitors, and US and UK privacy watchdog groups want to try to have the website shut down. The website has a listing of 4,591 cameras in the United States, 2,059 in France, 1,576 in the Netherlands, and numerous other cameras across Europe.

 

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Some of the webcams listed on the website show a static image but don't appear to be running, while others still work just fine.

 

"The fact that a website is able to stream footage from thousands of cameras, illustrates the risks that consumers are taking by not changing the default passwords on camera enabled devices," said David Emm, Kaspersky Lab Principal Security Researcher. "It only takes a minute to change a password, and the longer it is left unchanged, the greater the chance that the device will be compromised."

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