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It looks like Ubisoft gimped Watch Dogs on PC deliberately

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 16, 2014 1:56 pm

Jibbed has posted on the NeoGAF forums, saying that "The Worse," who is the creator of the mod for Watch Dogs, has seen some huge improvements and locked away goodies within Ubisoft's open-world hacking title. He has discovered that Ubisoft has left "almost all of the shaders and improvements seen in 2012 and 2013 are still in the game files, such as the e3 2012 explosions". The mod, as it stands right now, includes some huge improvements, such as:


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  • Changes to the default fog values
  • Enabled bokeh DOF for the main cameras
  • Stuttering Improvements
  • E3 2012 Bloom
  • Performance Improvements
  • Enabled Headlight Shadows
  • LoD Changes
  • Reflection changes
  • Added 3 new cameras to the game(closer, normal, further)
  • Rain changes(High quality rain drops, properly reacting to light, etc)
  • LensFlares(WIP)
  • Lighting changes(TESTING AND WIP)
  • Civilians density changes
  • And many more things.. SOON.


I think we're about to see a huge explosion on the Internet about this - on one hand, this is amazing for PC gamers - on the other hand, it would seem that Ubisoft deliberately gimped Watch Dogs on PC for what reason exactly? More sales on consoles? To not see the PC version look undeniably better than next-gen consoles? No matter the reason, this will not end well for Ubisoft - but it will end well for gamers, who can expect Watch Dogs to look even better.

Stealth cell phone towers blend into the environment

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 16, 2014 1:03 pm

If you travel around much of your local area, you are sure to see some of the large and ugly metal cell phone towers that power the nation's wireless infrastructure. In some cities, there are laws that prevent mobile companies from installing these big eyesores. That means that companies are having to get sneaky with the way they install towers.


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Wireless companies are now putting up so-called stealth cell phone towers that are able to blend into the environment. You may live right up the street from one of these towers and not know it. For instance, the bell tower of the church in this image hides a fully functional cell phone tower.

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Amazon Kindle Fire smartphone expected June 18

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 16, 2014 12:00 pm

Amazon is expected to step into the smartphone market this week with a new smartphone using a 3D interface. We mentioned several days back that Amazon had put a teaser video online showing customers reacting to a mystery product out of the camera's view. That product was assumed to be a smartphone.


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More rumors about the unannounced smartphone are making the rounds. The device is expected to use the Kindle Fire OS. While the smartphone isn't official yet, other makers should be feeling the heat from the smartphone. Amazon grabbed a big part of the tablet market with its Kindle tablets.

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PiBot Raspberry Pi DIY robotics kit gears up for Kickstarter

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jun 16, 2014 11:02 am

One of the coolest little developer boards out there is the Raspberry Pi. That board can be used for any project needing electronics for control that you can dream up. A new robotics kit made for use with the Raspberry Pi is getting ready to hit Kickstarter.


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That robotics kit is called the PiBot. PiBot will have a range of features that electronics fans will appreciate including voice recognition, face recognition, and live HD streaming from the PiBot camera. The robot will be controllable from a smartphone and tablet.

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Hexo+ autonomous aerial camera platform hits Kickstarter

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Cameras | Posted: Jun 16, 2014 10:22 am

One of the most used action cameras on the market is the GoPro camera. Those cams are used to recoded everything from biking to motorsports and just about anything in between. A new accessory for GoPro camera s has hit Kickstarter in the form of a flying camera base called the Hexo+.


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The flying platform for the GoPro has six rotors and can fly autonomously. The drone camera works in conjunction with an app that allows the user to frame themselves or another person in the shot. Users then choose a starting position for the drone.

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The Sopranos: The Complete Series coming to Blu-ray in August

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jun 16, 2014 4:26 am

Warner Brothers Home Entertainment Australia, in conjunction with HBO have announced the forthcoming release of the fully remastered complete series of 'The Sopranos' on Blu-ray.


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The series, which was shot on film, began airing in 1999 in standard definition format until HBO began a restoration effort a few years ago, a pain-staking process which involved re-scanning the 35mm elements and reassembling the series, much like similar restorations for television shows such as 'Friends', 'Star Trek The Next Generation' and 'The X-Files'.


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The 28 disc Blu-ray boxset includes all 86 episodes from six series and includes hour of bonus material including audio commentaries, featurettes, two cast and crew round table discussions, deleted scenes and more. The boxset will be released on August 27th, with a retail price of $199.95 AUD.

P.F. Chang's swiping debit and credit card manually following breach

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jun 15, 2014 10:30 pm

Following news of a data breach, P.F. Chang's is temporarily swiping all credit and debit cards manually, trying to prevent another data breach. The procedure is now being done at all of its U.S. restaurants, and customers will now receive carbon copies of receipts. The restaurant still hasn't released additional details about the security incident.


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"We have moved to a manual credit card imprinting system," confirmed Rick Federico, P.F. Chang's president, in a statement to journalists. "This ensures our guests can still use their credit and debit cards safely in our restaurants as our investigation continues."


It adds even more pressure to restaurant managers, but will be more secure until P.F. Chang's is able to sort out the problem. The breach is now being investigated by banks and law enforcement, with P.F. Chang's also running its own internal investigation.

Movie theaters might begin encouraging second screen on mobile phones

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 15, 2014 7:30 pm

The movie industry is working to see if they can integrate mobile phones into the movie watching experience, giving viewers the chance for a unique second screen experience. Using the second screen can help viewers instantly share thoughts, receive additional content, and embrace the social aspect of the movie going experience, supporters hope.


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Broadcasters and content providers have dabbled with second screen apps and services - but have learned viewers will do whatever they want when using a smartphone or tablet. However, second screens have become popular during live events, such as concerts, sporting events, and political speeches.


The current generation of second screen technologies might not take the world by storm, but increasing popularity of smartphones and tablets will provide a unique opportunity for software developers, advertisers, and other third-party companies.

OCZ tease 3.8GB/sec SSDs in RAID 0 at Computex 2014

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Jun 15, 2014 10:53 am

Computex 2014 - Just when we thought the 1.8GB/sec transfer speeds with a PCIe-based G.Skill SSD was fast, OCZ has to e-mail me notifying me of its RevoDrive 350 PCIe SSDs in RAID 0 at Computex 2014 - pushing an incredible, bandwidth-crushing 3.8GB/sec!


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Yes, 3800MB/sec. It's an insane number, something that had OCZ use "specialized cooling fans to keep the SSDs humming along smoothly, the demo system was able to reach staggering speeds of nearly 4,000 MB/second!". The OCZ RevoDrive 350 SSDs are available in 240GB, 480GB, and 960GB with up to 1.8GB/sec sequential read speeds and up to 1.7GB/sec on writes - so a single drive kicks some ass, but in RAID 0? Wowzers.

Healthcare industry working on stronger cybersecurity standards

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jun 15, 2014 7:31 am

The medical industry is under increasing threat of cyberattacks, with hackers compromising patient records that can be sold on the black market. Medical identity theft amounted to 43 percent of identity theft cases, according to research released earlier this year, as security experts warn of sophisticated attacks.


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"Although you can't stop criminals from attempting a cyberattack, you can take several steps to reduce your risk of having your personal information stolen, misused, or deleted," according to Experiant Health. "Start by using strong passwords, avoiding malware and viruses, and protecting yourself against scams and security breaches."


Experiant urges the following practices: don't use the same password for multiple accounts; passwords should not be dictionary words; install antivirus security software; scan all drives for viruses or malware; never email personal information; and be careful not to click on links or download attachments from unknown/suspicious contacts.

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