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EA 'investigating' backward compatibility for EA Access service

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 12, 2015 8:22 pm

Electronic Arts could offer backward compatibility so EA Access members can play Xbox 360 game titles on their Xbox One game console, according to a recent tweet from the official EA Access account:



The EA Access subscription offers access to EA games, DLC discounts, and early access to game titles - and while the game collection is for Xbox One titles - it looks like Xbox 360 games could be thrown into the mix.

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'Islamic State Hacking Division' compromises US military personnel

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Aug 12, 2015 7:37 pm

The "Islamic State Hacking Division," a hacker group claiming to be affiliated with the extremist group operating in Syria and Iraq, took credit for posting the personal information of hundreds of US military and government personnel.




Compromised data included names, email addresses, passwords, phone numbers and other information of personnel of the Air Force, Marine Corps, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and NASA.


Leaked data also reportedly included credit card information from US State Department officials, along with Facebook message screenshots between military personnel. The group previously targeted Canadian military cadets, and hacked websites to share images from Syria.

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UN: World population to top 9.7 billion in 2050, 11.2 billion in 2100

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Aug 12, 2015 7:00 pm

The current human population on Earth is 7.3 billion today, and will rise to 9.7 billion in 2050, and 11.2 billion by the year 2100, according to the United Nations (UN) Population Division.




Africa is expected to see another surge in population figures, with a current population of 1.2 billion up to 5.6 billion. Asia, which has 4.4 billion and is the most populous continent, is estimated to peak at 5.3 billion by 2050, and then decline back down to 4.9 billion by 2100.


Here in the United States, where the population is around 322 million, we're going to add 1.5 million people per year until we reach 450 million by 2100.

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Virtual reality helps deliver 360-degree view of war-torn Syria

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Aug 12, 2015 6:41 pm

Activist news organization Ryot is giving virtual reality supporters a 360-degree view of Syria, with its "Welcome to Aleppo" three-minute film. The journalist who captured the footage used six cameras and a 3D-printed gimbal placed on a tripod in one of the most dangerous regions of the world.




"VR will definitely be used for entertainment, porn, video games, all of that," said Christian Stephen, the global editor responsible for filming the video in Syria for Ryot, in a statement to the AP. "It can also be used to genuinely communicate stories around the world in desperate need of reaching people. The fatigue that has come with photos and videos of explosions and people crying has numbed people to the reality of the world, especially in Syria."


Stephen admitted trying to capture the footage was a daunting task, with regime and rebel snipers taking aim at the odd contraption - and those responsible for leaving it unattended. "It's an incredibly harsh environment to work in normally, but when they see you running around with a tripod and an alien device on top of it, they are going to try and kill you."

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Save 28% On the Indestructible Titan MFi-Certified Lightning Cable

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: TweakTown | Posted: Aug 12, 2015 3:44 pm



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Larian Studios announces Divinity: Original Sin II

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 12, 2015 1:47 pm

Larian Studios, the developers behind the acclaimed Divinity series, today announced a new sequel to the PC CRPG hit Divinity: Original Sin will enter development following the success of a new Kickstarter campaign.




"For a long time, we've dreamed of making something even bigger, better, and more engaging than Divinity: Original Sin, and now it might finally be within our reach," Larian Studios said on its Kickstarter page for Divinity: Original Sin II. "However, we can't reach that dream without your help. As Swen says in his latest blog post, 'Divinity: Original Sin wouldn't be the game it was without the input from our Kickstarter backers ... without having that same community on board, it's going to be very hard for us to achieve the goals we have for Divinity: Original Sin 2.'"


Larian has opened up its forums and encourages the community to provide ideas and feedback for stretch goals and pledge rewards to help shape the game's development. The studio also affirms that a hands-on demo of Divinity: Original Sin II will be playable at PAX Prime from August 28-31, and we'll likely see some screenshots and a trailer in the coming weeks.

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New mod brings Halo 3 online multiplayer to PC

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 12, 2015 11:50 am

By heavily modding and cracking Microsoft's region-locked free-to-play Halo Online, a tech-savvy team of modders is working hard on bringing a free, fully functioning port of Halo 3 multiplayer to the PC for the first time.




In an effort to serve PC gamers with an authentic Halo 3 port, a growing community of modders have created the Eldorito mod, a bit of software that effectively allows gamers to test-play a user-modified version of Halo 3 online multiplayer.


"I feel strange saying I want an almost ten-year-old game on my PC with nothing new, but there is something about Halo 3's simplicity that I enjoy," Sam Fish, one of the modders working directly on the project, said to PC Gamer. "I think that having Eldorito at least getting to Vanilla Halo 3 status would be an insane starting point for modding and going crazy with the game. We have already seen an insane amount of support with the community with people making Forge maps and mods and posting them on our subreddit almost daily. I think that if our community stays this awesome, Eldorito will have an amazing year."

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Only 34% of Steam users play games at 1080p, says Valve

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 12, 2015 10:48 am

Every month Valve conducts in-depth surveys to determine the most popular hardware and software solutions used by Steam gamers and compares them on a month-by-month basis. Last month's survey report reveals that most gamers are using stock hardware rather than high-performance rigs.




According to July 2015's hardware survey, only 34% of Steam users play at 1920x1080 resolution, with 26% running games at the laptop standard resolution of 1366x768. Out of the gamers that opt in for multi-display gaming, a full ~29% of these users run at 3840 x 1080 resolution.


When it comes to CPU's ~48% of Steam users run dual-core CPU's, with quad-core CPU's close behind at ~45%. The bulk of CPU clock speeds are between 2.3 GHz and 2.6Ghz, but the 3.3-3.69Ghz clock bracket is on the rise accounting for approximately ~16% of users. Intel CPU's predictably dominate with an inclusion rate of 75% versus AMD APU's at just a quarter of users.

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Thecus expands its business NAS lineup with the new N8900PRO

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 12, 2015 9:45 am

Thecus has just announced its expanding its rackmount NAS lineup by introducing the N8900PRO, which packs an Intel Xeon E3-1275 quad-core processor clocked at 3.4GHz, 8GB of DDR3 RAM (expandable by up to 32GB), and an AES-NI hardware encryption engine.




Florence Shih, CEO of Thecus, explains: "For businesses in need of a powerful, all-purpose NAS server, the N8900PRO provides a robust hardware platform to handle the rigorous day-to-day operations in the workplace. With the 8-bay, N8900PRO, users are able to deploy a high capacity, cost effective storage solution with ensured data protection and security".




The new N8900PRO from Thecus has eight bays that can take either SAS or SATA drives, 10GbE support for ultra-fast network transfers, and oodles of features that will have business users happy for years. There's also VMware, Microsoft and Citrix virtualization solutions, and much more included. Better yet, the N8900PRO takes use of Thecus' Daisy Chaining technology and iCSCI Thin Provisioning, which allows users to hit an insane 576TB of storage. Multiple file systems are supported, including ext3, ext4, Btrfs, and XFS.

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Gamer finds new ghost scare in P.T. demo

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 12, 2015 9:15 am

Although the acclaimed P.T. demo will turn a year old tomorrow, the game continues to spellbind players across the globe who continue to search for secrets buried in the hallowed depths.



One gamer shares his find on Reddit, saying that P.T.'s terrifying ghost Lisa will appear as a mini jump-scare in the starting basement.


"After you get trapped in the bathroom and are forced to be possessed on the next loop, get killed by Lisa to get back to the room you start in," says metatronicsauce, the finder of the new scare. "If you exit the room backwards, you will see Lisa very briefly before you enter the hallway. You might also sometimes hear her moaning in the basement room, as if you were possessed."

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