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Blizzard brings automated tournaments to StarCraft II

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 20, 2015 10:32 am

In a bid to win over eSports enthusiasts and those looking to transfer into this scene, Blizzard has recently announced the addition of automated tournaments within its gaming client.




Complete with an easy-to-access tournaments button in the main menu, the two tournament formats on offer in this beta testing period will be 3-round tournaments in single elimination and 6-round tournaments in a group stage to single elimination bracket.


This is a great way in order for Blizzard to push more players towards the eSports scene, alongside giving competitive players a viable way to hone their skills on a regular basis. However, small tournament organizers who are looking to learn some tips and tricks in order to move onto bigger and better things may find this addition an issue as it basically kills their target audience.

VAIO brand is making a comeback in the United States with a new tablet

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 20, 2015 9:33 am

Most people will remember the iconic VAIO brand that Sony had, but sold the rights to in early 2014 to investment firm Japan Industrial Partners, which is ramping up to launch a new VAIO tablet in the United States in October.




The company started off selling products locally, but now they want VAIO products selling across the world. VAIO CEO Yoshimi Ota said that the reason VAIO was so unprofitable when Sony had the rights was a focus on market share. Under the ownership of Japan Industrial Partners, VAIO won't be pushing any cheap or unprofitable devices. This is where the new Canvas Z steps up to the plate.


The new VAIO Canvas Z is a "monster tablet" rocking a 12.3-inch 2560x1704 display, a massive Core i7-4700HQ processor, up to 16GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. The Canvas Z rocks a built-in kickstand, stylus, and a detachable keyboard.


VAIO will start the pricing on the Canvas Z at $2199 when it launches on October 5, with pre-orders to start in the middle of September. VAIO will also be launching into the Brazilian market, but there is no ETA on when that will happen. Moving into the future, VAIO will be pushing into multiple new categories, something that will include wearables, communication devices, factory machines, and even - wait for it - consumer entertainment robots.

Australian Government emails surface from Ashley Madison hack

By: Chris Smith | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Aug 20, 2015 8:32 am

With the Ashley Madison affair website being hacked recently, seeing user information leaked on the dark web, news has just come to light that some Australian Government officials and employee's have been using their email address' for more than just business meetings and proposals.




This pastebin list contains over 700 leaked Australian Government employee email address', ranging from members of the New South Wales Police force to the Australian Defense Force and even the Victorian Education Department. Reportedly "copied from a post on a forum on the darknet," these email addresses are just some among millions now readily available to the public.


Wondering if you or your friends have been exposed? You can enter your (or another persons email) into this website to see what comes up.

DisplayMate says Galaxy Note 5 has the 'best smartphone display' ever

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 20, 2015 7:33 am

Samsung has only just unveiled its new Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ handsets, but DisplayMate has put them both under the test awarding the new Galaxy Note 5 with some serious praise for its display.




Most people would think that the display on the Galaxy Note 5 being the same size and resolution, would not be that much of an upgrade, but DisplayMate says quite the opposite. President of DisplayMate, Dr. Raymond M. Soneria, said that the Galaxy Note 5 is the best performing smartphone display the company has ever tested.


The display in the Galaxy Note 5 breaks new records in various categories, including highest absolute color accuracy, peak brightness, and highest contrast rating in ambient light, and that's not even all of the categories the display in the Note 5 wins in. The new Galaxy S6 edge+ was also given some praise, with Soneira saying that the fact that the flexible plastic substrate used in the dual-edge display is now essentially the same as traditional glass substrate.

Ridley Scott's 'The Martian' gets first teaser trailer

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Aug 20, 2015 5:48 am

Returning with a new feature film less than a year from the release of the biblical epic 'Exodus: Gods and Kings', Sir Ridley Scott goes back to the Sci-Fi genre once again, with an adaptation of Andy Weir's 2011 novel of the same name. Today, distributor 20th Century Fox has released the first footage from the film, which looks to be an interesting project indeed.



The studio has kindly provided an official synopsis for the film: During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring "the Martian" home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney's safe return.


'The Martian' hits screens worldwide from October 2015, well in advance of that other eagerly awaited space film.

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Gearbox secures 'full and rightful' ownership of Duke Nukem franchise

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 20, 2015 5:33 am

The Duke Nukem franchise hasn't been in a good spot for quite a while now, with 3D Realms, Gearbox Software and Interceptor Entertainment "voluntarily ended all litigation between them".




It has all been quite messy, with the announcement of Duke Nukem Mass Destruction back in February 2014, which was an isometric view shooter for the PS4 and PC. 3D Realms had bought in Interceptor to develop the game, but after the teaser site for the game opened up, Gearbox sued them. Gearbox wanted full rights and control over any Duke Nukem game, with 3D Realms then countersuing, stating that it had the rights to develop Duke Nukem games, saying that the Duke Nukem trademark was its property.


Interceptor acquired 3D Realms the next month, in March 2014, with Interceptor's Mike Nielsen placed into the CEO chair. Nielsen has said "When Interceptor acquired a license to develop Duke Nukem Mass Destruction [or Duke Nukem Survivor, its working title] from 3D Realms, we did so in good faith and were not aware of any conflict. We never intended to cause any harm to Gearbox or Duke, which is why we immediately ceased development after Gearbox reached out. To secure the future of Duke, 3D Realms has agreed with Gearbox that a single home serves the IP best".

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Intel's Skylake CPUs have always-listening abilities to wake your PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Aug 20, 2015 4:11 am

IDF 2015 - One of the new features of Intel's Skylake architecture is that it is always listening for your voice, ready for voice commands to wake your PC up, similar to how Cortana works in Windows 10, or Google's various voice-controlled features in Android.




Intel has packed a new digital signal processor (DSP) into the Skylake processors, where you can wake your PC up by talking to it. The feature was shown off at the Intel Developer Forum, where you can wake your PC up from sleep, or have a program launched - all with your voice. The chipmaker hasn't mentioned if any additional hardware will be required, obviously outside of a microphone, but integration of this technology will work perfectly in most laptops.


The question is, will people want this feature turned on by default? Do you want your Skylake-powered PC to be always listening out for your voice? What type of security is there? There are more questions being raised over security, than it being just a cool feature for Intel's new processors.

WD bumps Black level performance HDDs up to 6TB storage capacity

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 20, 2015 3:14 am

WD announced its WD Black line of performance hard drives has received a new model with support up to 6TB of storage capacity.




The 3.5-inch, 7200 RPM drive features 128MB cache, dual stage actuator technology, SATA 6 GB/s interface, and an integrated dual-core processor. The drive also is 29 percent faster than the WD Black 4TB version.


The WD Black 6TB is available now with a $294 MSRP.

Continue reading 'WD bumps Black level performance HDDs up to 6TB storage capacity' (full post)

92% of gamers leave money on the table by not playing games they own

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 20, 2015 2:19 am

Two in five gamers have upwards of "$200 unclaimed" by holding on to unused games, according to a study commissioned by GameStop. The survey found 92 percent of those surveyed reported having at least one video game disc "her or she no longer plays."




"One-third of those surveyed (33 percent) said they have between five and nine unused games lying around the house, while 38 percent said they have as many as 10 to 20 unused games," the report reads.


Retailers such as GameStop want players to turn in their games for in-store credit or cash, though 28 percent just haven't bothered to get around to it - while 27 percent only bother trading in game titles when they are low on cash.

Continue reading '92% of gamers leave money on the table by not playing games they own' (full post)

Xbox One backward compatibility to support original Xbox?

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Aug 20, 2015 12:13 am

Microsoft is quite happy with the addition of Xbox One backward compatibility able to support Xbox 360 games, but the company may not just stop there. When asked by someone on Twitter about backward compatibility so Xbox One gamers could play original Xbox titles, here is what Xbox chief Phil Spencer said:



Current Xbox One Preview Program members are able to test out Xbox 360 games, with a public rollout expected in November. Looking ahead, all Xbox 360 games with Gold titles will automatically be playable on the Xbox One.

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