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Disney sued for $2m over Ford 'Star Wars' set injury

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Oct 13, 2016 12:38 am

The on-set injury which saw 'Star Wars' actor Harrison Ford pinned under the door of the Millenium Falcon set has been settled in a UK court for a massive $2 million.

 

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According to The Daily Mail, the Disney owned company 'Foodles Production' has been ordered to cough up the huge amount to cover the actors injuries which included a broken tibia and fibula, a dislocated ankle and a deep cut to his hand which required plastic surgery to repair. The court heard that the injuries could have been far worse, even killing the actor. Foodles admitted to two counts of breaching its health and safety duties in relation to the on-set incident.

 

Still, Disney won't be hurting too much from the payout, with 'The Force Awakens' grossing over $2 billion at the world wide box office.

Remembering the man that helped build today's future

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 12, 2016 8:28 pm

Five years ago, we lost two people who had an enormous impact on the IT industry. On October 5th, 2011 Steve Jobs, the man whose vision and determination are responsible for a revolution in the industry of personal computers, music, tablets, mobile phones, animated movies, had died.

 

Just a week later, on this day in 2011, the world lost a true legend, a man to who we owe everything we know about modern computing, a man who isn't as nearly as praised as he should be - Dennis Ritchie.

 

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Ritchie was an American computer scientist who received the Turing Award in 1983 for his accomplishments. And there are quite a few things we owe to this great man.

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Verizon Pixel phones will update same time as Google

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 12, 2016 8:05 pm

Last week we reported Pixel phones bought through Google partner Verizon would receive updates through Verizon, with the assumption they'd be late as is typically the case. Verizon however has assured that updates will occur simultaneously.

 

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"All operating system and security updates to the Pixel devices will happen in partnership with Google. In other words, when Google releases an update, Verizon phones will receive the same update at the same time (much like iOS updates)," a spokesperson for the company said. "Verizon will not stand in the way of any major updates and users will get all updates at the same time as Google."

 

Verizon also notes their version is carrier unlocked and sports just three pre-installed apps, all of which are easily uninstalled.

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Battlefield 1 beta hackers may get 10 years in prison

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 12, 2016 6:24 pm

The hackers responsible for Battlefield 1's DDoS attacks--as well as many others--have been caught by federal authorities and could face some serious jail time for their cybercrimes.

 

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The two 19 year old hackers--Zachary Buchta from the U.S. and Bradley Jan Willem van Rooy from the Netherlands--have been charged for masterminding DDoS attacks for Lizard Squad and Poodlecorp, selling DDoS software and fraudulent credit cards.

 

The duo allegedly carried out a number of DDoS strikes, including the most recent crippling the Battlefield 1 beta servers. After the beta DDoS, Lizard Squad promised to smash Battlefield 1's servers once again when it launched on October 21.

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AMD drops Gaming Evolved app

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Apps | Posted: Oct 12, 2016 5:55 pm

You may have noticed recently the lack of a 'Gaming Evolved' check box in the AMD driver installation window. As it turns out, the company has discontinued the app, so if you want to record or stream gameplay, you'll have to look externally to Plays.tv, OBS Studio, and so on.

 

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"Starting September 12, 2016, AMD is no longer bundling the AMD Gaming Evolved App by Raptr with builds of Radeon Software," reads the official statement. "The application will still work. AMD will cease to undertake any compatibility testing, install support or general technical support for this application, nor will it be available through Radeon Software or its installer. Previous builds of Radeon Software that include the AMD Gaming Evolved App dated before September 12th 2016 will remain intact and will not be affected."

 

The news isn't too surprising as most found the app clunky and inefficient, particularly in comparison to competitor GeForce Experience. One hopes then AMD is hard at work on a proper, internal solution.

4K video of Google Pixel XL is fake

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 12, 2016 4:25 pm

A stunning video emerged last week showing the video capabilities of the Pixel XL camera. As noted in the previous article, there was a chance the video is fake, and now it has been confirmed that video is indeed fake.

 

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Ron8it user thought it would be fun to steal a video originally posted on Vimeo by Ruben Sanchez and try to sell it as his own shot with a Google's Pixel XL. The video is indeed stunning, but it doesn't show how good the Pixel XL camera is. Instead, it shows the capabilities of the Panasonic GH4.

 

As stated under the original video, it was shot in 4K UHD on a Panasonic GH4, with Lumix and Nikon lenses. The YouTube user that "borrowed" the video has removed it in the mean time. It also poses questions about his other videos, allegedly showing the wonders of the iPhone 7 Plus camera.

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Castlevania gets reborn in Unreal Engine

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 12, 2016 3:32 pm

Castlevania, that beloved sidescroller that taught you the meaning of "NES hard," is being unofficially remastered in a fan-made game with modern graphics.

 

 

Let's get this out of the way: I love Castlevania. I've been playing the games like a madman, and so far I've beaten Symphony of the Night and Super Castlevania IV, got to Dracula on Castlevania Dracula X, and am currently playing through the original trilogy on Wii U Virtual Console and Castlevania Chronicles on PS1. So when I heard that Dracula-slayer and resident indie dev Dejawolf is in the process of remaking the original NES Castlevania game in Unreal Engine 4, I practically leaped for joy (careful to avoid those floating Medusa heads!)

 

After more than a year of work on the project, the first chapter of the remake is currently available for download. Sadly, the game is almost unplayable thanks to its awkward keyboard controls, but it's not meant to be a final release--this is more of a demo of sorts, a taste of what's to come. I tried using an Xbox 360 controller with the game, and I could jump, but I couldn't use the whip...so I had to stick with the bad keyboard controls.

 

Now half of me wanted to avoid writing about this just to keep on the down low, seeing as Konami will likely slap it down with a cease and desist. But the other half wants to spread the word so Dracula can be slain once again, this time in glorious 3D.

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By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: Oct 12, 2016 3:30 pm

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Military craft mysteriously spends 500 days in orbit

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Oct 12, 2016 2:37 pm

One of the most mysterious American military aircraft has spent 500 days in the Earth's orbit on a mission about which we know almost nothing.

 

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The US military launched the X-37B in May last year on its fourth mission. Although some details about the cargo are known, the mission of this spacecraft remains unknown. We don't know how long will it stay in space or where it will land.

 

Among many theories, some mention the X-37B could be a space bomber or a new type of probe that can destroy spy satellites.

 

The X-37 began as a NASA project in 1999, before being transferred to the U.S. Department of Defense in 2004. The first spaceplane's orbital mission was in 2010 when it spent 224 days in the orbit. Next spaceplane was launched in 2011 and it returned to Earth after 468 days. A third X-37 mission was launched in 2012 and the aircraft spent 675 days in the orbit.

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Apple's shares hit new high since last year

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 12, 2016 1:23 pm

While Samsung is trying to forget the Note7 ever happened after the second global recall and the end of production of the device, Apple has reasons to celebrate. Not only did they lose their main competitor to their new iPhone 7, but their stock jumped by 2.3 percent, reaching highest point since last year's December. Part of this can be attributed to the fact that many analysts expect that Apple will gain some sales of their controversial new iPhone even though it was panned by many critics for not having a headphone jack.

 

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Apple's stock was up $2.66 on Tuesday, while at the same time Samsung's dropped by 5%. Samsung is experiencing a major crisis after the decision to permanently end the production of the Galaxy Note7 was made.

 

On the other hand, Apple is doing pretty well. Although its shares hit a very low point in May, when rumors about "weak and boring" new iPhone started to float around, Apple's new iPhone is in high demand, and the rise of their stock value confirms it.

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