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Facebook Live expands with Group and Event support, invites, more

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Apr 6, 2016 5:28 pm

Facebook Live is being expanded in a big way starting today, with all kinds of new features and functionality.


A big one is support for Groups and Events: now you can stream live to select people, for a select event, or make the stream the event. Facebook imagines a few specific scenarios: streaming live from a birthday party for someone those that can't make it, taking fans who RSVP "backstage", or scheduling a Q&A session.


Posted by Facebook on Tuesday, April 5, 2016


Other exciting features include invites (which allow you to watch live streams together with a friend) and discovery options (including a map that shows you broadcasts from all over the world), to name a couple.


Expect the changes to roll out on iOS and Android over the coming weeks.

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Survey says iPhone users have better credit than other device users

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 6, 2016 4:03 pm

You know when you click agree to a privacy policy without reading it? Well, sometimes they're allowed to share your information, though very anonymously. WalletHub lets you check your credit score for free, and they've come to some very fun conclusions about credit score and devices used.




These are more of a correlation at the moment and don't at all indicate anything other than mere observations of the customers that use their website. But they did notice that iPhone users tend to have excellent credit, with 56% holding that score range. Only 19% have bad credit and 15% have good credit. BlackBerry users seem to have the worst ratings with 46% of those users being put into that category. Windows Phone users tend to have excellent or good credit scores as well. Perhaps because of the proliferation of devices, nearly 44% of people on Android-based phones have bad credit.


In their survey they have a lot of other fun facts that really mean absolutely nothing, but are pretty interesting observations in their own right. More data and a proper study would need to be conducted to actually conclude anything, but these are "fun facts" anyway. Take a look at their full infographic below and see if you follow the same trends.

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Final Fantasy VII Remake will be a trilogy with 90 hours of gameplay

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 6, 2016 3:28 pm

According to the latest issue of Game Informer, Square Enix says that the new Final Fantasy VII Remake will be made up of a trilogy of three game-discs with 30 hours of content each, totally up to 90 hours of gameplay.



The magazine notes that the Square Enix dev team, which consists of the original Final Fantasy VII developers Yoshinori Kitase, Tetsuya Nomura, and Kazushige Nojima, used the three-part Final Fantasy XIII saga as inspiration for the Remake's release structure. As such, each game will be 30+ hours in length, and make up a three-part trilogy.


Kitase, Nomura, and Nojima also say that they feel they have "full liberty" to add or change the content found in the 1997 original, so the Remake could be quite different from the landmark JRPG that changed the history of gaming. Square Enix has already revealed the new action-based combat system for the FFVII Remake, showing a "dramatic change" from the original's Active Time Battle system. We could see major story plots and elements changed or even nixed, but the devs affirm that they still want to make the fans happy--isn't that the whole point of making the FFVII Remake?

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Charge 6 Devices Simultaneously for $20

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: Apr 6, 2016 3:00 pm



If everyone in your home is fighting over a single USB plug, you need another solution. Something that can handle multiple devices at the same time, perhaps? Get the 6-Port USB Charging Station for $19.99 at TweakTown Deals.


Under five inches high, this charging hub fits perfectly on your desk without getting in the way. Use it to charge up to six USB-compatible devices at the same time, including an iPhone or Android phone, Bluetooth speakers, a digital camera, headsets, and more. Choose to get it in black, blue, or silver to match your decor.


Get the 6-Port USB Charging Station for $19.99 at TweakTown Deals.

See the magic of VR without wearing an HTC Vive

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Apr 6, 2016 2:50 pm

Virtual reality is a magical doorway to another dimension--a dimension where just about anything is possible. But unless you've actually tried a VR headset for yourself, it's hard to fully grasp the scope of the new platform. Thankfully, Valve has us covered.



Valve has just published a brand new video that shows everyday people what it's like to wear an HTC Vive headset--and the best part is that you don't need to actually strap one to your face. Using special green screen tech, Valve allows us to see everything that the Vive wearer is seeing--but of course, it's stuck in 2D for us. Even still the video is jam-packed with enchanting wonder and whimsy, and reveals a unique world of delightful entertainment.


The video shows off footage from a huge assortment of HTC Vive's SteamVR launch games including The Lab, Job Simulator, theBlu, Everest VR, Budget Cuts, and Elite Dangerous. If you're thinking about picking up a Vive, or any VR for that matter, the footage is a great crash course into what you can expect from this new generation of hardware. But the Vive isn't just about gaming--Valve asserts that the platform will be used for tons of entertainment, scholastic endeavors like historical representations throughout time, and even medical treatment.

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Gears of War 4 release date officially revealed, beta test incoming

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 6, 2016 1:38 pm

Microsoft today announced that Gears of War 4 will release on October 11, 2016 across Xbox One. A PC version hasn't been officially announced, but it's a possibility.



Xbox spokesperson Major Nelson also revealed that an open Gears of War 4 beta test will be held later this month. If you own the Gears of War: Ultimate Edition on Xbox One, you'll get early access to the Gears of War 4 beta on April 18. Xbox LIVE Gold members will get into the beta starting April 25.


Coalition Games has confirmed that Gears of War 4 will have split-screen co-op, but the gameplay will drop down to 30FPS in this mode. "Any way you can play Gears of War you can play split-screen," said Coalition's Rob Fergusson. As for the beta test, Fergusson says that beta will quite impressive: "Honest to God, it's a technical beta," he said. Gears of War 4 will run at 1080p 30FPS in singleplayer, but multiplayer will hit up to 60FPS.

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Final Fantasy 15 has skill trees, dynamic dialogue, over 200 quests

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 6, 2016 1:13 pm

In the latest issue of Game Informer magazine, the publication delves into the mythical world of Final Fantasy 15 to unveil a bunch of new content for the game. From the coverage we know that Final Fantasy 15 will have a dynamic dialogue system that allows players to choose answers and paths to specific scenarios, and the game may react to player choices. Noctis may also receive special status effects based on his dialogue choices, which could affect quest outcomes as well.



There will be over 200 quests in the game, and Square Enix wants to boost that number before the September launch. There are four different types of quests: main story quests, mini-game quests (think fishing and Chocobo racing), monster-hunting quests (like the Deadeye hunt in Episode Duscae), and specific regional quests that vary from location to location. Don't forget that FF15 will have a NewGame+ mode, and the main story will be at least 50 hours long.


Interestingly enough, Final Fantasy 15 will have a skill tree for each of the four main characters so that players can customize their party. After every level up, Ignis, Gladio, Prompto, and Noctis will each receive an Ability point. Ability points can be spent on new unlockable skills as well as passive bonuses like boosting your auto-dodge ability. As we've seen in the Platinum Demo, the game treats magic like a usable item--that is you need a specific item to cast spells. Luckily you'll be able to recharge your magic usage at special points.

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The Division's game-breaking backpack glitch gets fixed next week

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 6, 2016 12:23 pm

Ubisoft has officially acknowledged The Division's game-breaking backpack glitch, and announces that a fix is coming.




In a recent forum update, Ubisoft's community manager Natchai Stappers says that a fix for the high-end backpack glitch will roll out alongside of The Division's new 1.11 update on April 12. "We will be deploying a fix in update 1.1 on April 12th that should resolve instances of the infinite loading/backpack issue. Due to this fix requiring a client patch, we cannot deploy it at an earlier date. We thank you for your patience."


If you're unfamiliar with The Division's backpack glitch, that's probably a good thing. The bug has kept thousands of PS4, Xbox One and PC gamers locked out of the game's servers for weeks, just for crafting a high-end backpack. That's right, just crafting an in-game item in The Division can block you from playing, and keep you locked out of the servers.

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New Mafia 3 screenshots showcase the Big Easy's vice-ridden streets

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 6, 2016 10:30 am

It's been quite some time since 2K Games has said anything about Mafia 3, but now we have a new batch of screenshots that highlight the Crescent City's seedy underbelly.




The new Mafia 3 screenshots were taken from a pre-alpha build of the game, and were featured as part of a GDC 2016 presentation entitled "Adding Life to Your Level". The screens highlight a distinct visual style that matches the colorful flair of the Big Easy and shows us the kind of atmosphere that the devs at Hangar 13 are shooting for.


Mafia 3 takes place in 1960's Louisiana and follows the story of Lincoln Clay, a Vietnam vet who returns home and starts working for the city's underground crime organization. After his friends and family are slaughtered by the Italian mob, Lincoln's life turns upside down, and players spend their time building up an empire to take revenge on the mafia.

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Sony's PS4 to PC game streaming not compatible with Windows 7

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 6, 2016 9:44 am

The PS4's new Masamune v3.50 firmware update is now live, but Windows 7 owners won't be able to get in on the Remote Play action.




In a recent post on the PlayStation Blog, Sony unveiled a host of details on the PS4's huge new update. Using v3.50, PlayStation gamers will be able to stream PS4 games to their PC in up to 720p 60FPS with Remote Play. This is a pretty momentous occasion that sees Sony directly responding to Microsoft's plans to unify Xbox and Windows 10 PC gaming.


Sadly, Windows 7 users will be left out. The Masamune update only supports Windows 8.1 and Windows 10, as well as OSX 10.10 and OSX 10.11 on Mac, so those of you who opted not to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 won't be able to take part in the game streaming.

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