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North Korea bans access to Facebook, YouTube and porn sites

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Apr 1, 2016 3:30 pm

North Korea's Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications has announced a nation-wide ban on social media networks like Twitter and Facebook, as well as YouTube and even porn sites.




The Associated Press reports that North Korea is tightening its grip on censorship by blocking access to major social media sites for "a certain period of time". The ban also includes several South Korean websites, as well as gambling and porn sites. The government warns that anyone who attempts to circumvent the ban or distribute "anti-republic data" will be punished.


As North Korean citizens are walled off from the outside web and only have access to a government-controlled intranet, the new restrictions are aimed at making it extremely difficult for visitors and foreign residents to share the country's current events with the outside world. Before now visitors were able to enjoy unrestricted access to the web. Interestingly enough, Instagram has been whitelisted and isn't banned by the new law.

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has made over $500 million so far

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 1, 2016 3:28 pm

While Warner Bros. might not be enjoying the best critical reception to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the movie has just smashed through the $500 million barrier - only five days after its release.




Batman v Superman pulled in $12.2 million on Tuesday domestically, taking in another $20.7 million overseas. This kicks the global total of BvS to $501.9 million, thanks to it opening in virtually every major foreign territory, including China - the world's second-largest market for movies.


Have you seen Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice yet? What did you think?

Vector Unit's Riptide GP: Renegade promises insane watercraft racing

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 1, 2016 3:06 pm

The next generation wave-riding extravaganza has just been announced by Vector Unit. Riptide GP: Renegade has a completely retuned graphics engine underneath, retuned mechanics, and promises to let us pull off some very crazy stunts in mid-air on just about every gaming platform imaginable.



The newest Riptide will let you show off to your friends with death-defying stunts over massive waterfalls in beautifully rendered scenes, outrun cops, and speed off at nearly reckless speeds across increasingly surging waves. If you're daring enough, you'll get the chance to evade police boats and drones while blasting through some rather vast and interactive race environments. Just like the previous Riptide games, there'll be no shortage of secret shortcuts, and animated obstacles to race around.


You'll also get a chance to battle your way through a variety of different race types and even boss fights to reach the top of the underground hydro jet racing circuit, which is totally a thing. Racing earns you XP and cash so you can upgrade and customize your hydro jet, unlock new stunts, and increase your rider's performance. There'll be online multiplayer plus local split screen multiplayer on consoles. And the best part is that it's supposed to run at 1080P and 60FPS on the consoles (much higher on the PC of course). It'll be available on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Android, iOS and through the Amazon app store.

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By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: Apr 1, 2016 3:00 pm



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Win the DJI Phantom 4 Drone

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: Apr 1, 2016 3:00 pm



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The biggest war in EVE: Online's history is brewing

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 1, 2016 2:32 pm

EVE: Online has a spectacularly intricate political structure that's not unlike a sprawling sci-fi epic. Instead of a regal Padishah Emperor or Galactic Empire, the dreaded Imperium sits upon the throne of the EVE: Online universe, reigning over all other coalitions and clans. Thanks to the donations from an online casino, thousands of players have formed the Moneybadget Coalition to dethrone the space titan once and for all.



So why are EVE: Online players fed up with the Imperium? The Imperium apparently extorts players with the Viceroy System that has players paying cash for protection. Space is dangerous, after all, and it'd be a shame to see your hard-earned dollars wasted when your ship is utterly demolished. The Imperium also delights in earning the ire of its foes and stirring up other players: "We thrive on having our enemies be completely unhinged and hating us," Alex "The Mittani" Gianturco, one of the Imperium's leaders, said to Polygon. "We figured out a scalable way to conquer the galaxy without taking any territory."


The rebellion--in this case the Moneybadger Coalition--is now striking out against the nefarious Imperium. Online gambling site I Want ISK is funding the rebel's fleets, which measure in the thousands of dollars. Armed with its new fleet, Moneybadger swarmed Imperium space in an attack now known as the battle of M-0EE8, which actually broke the previous record for most PVP kills in a single battle.

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Final Fantasy XV needs to sell 10 million to be a financial success

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 1, 2016 2:05 pm

The scope of the entire media project that is Final Fantasy XV is massive, with a full-length CGI movie, anime series and of course, the game itself. All of which cost a lot of money to make, increasing the amount that Square Enix has to sell in order for it to be considered a financial success.




The director for Final Fantasy XV, Hajime Tabata, explained to Kotaku that for it to be considered a commercial success, they'd have to sell 10 million units, or copies of the game, worldwide over the life of the game. 10 million is quite a bit, but needed if they want to recoup any losses. Kotaku notes that that number is more than any single Final Fantasy game has ever sold. Final Fantasy VII has sold 9.72 million copies since it was released, coming the closest. The Division has only sold 2.72 million copies since it was released, so while it's technically possible to sell that many, the number is rather large and the task somewhat daunting.


Final Fantasy XV is going to be released on the PS4 and Xbox One on September 30th 2016, with a PC version only being considered after the console launch and they can fully concentrate on porting it properly.

The first wave of HoloLens preorders are now shipping to developers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Apr 1, 2016 1:22 pm

After what feels like years of teasing, Microsoft has begun shipping the first set of HoloLens pre-orders to developers - providing the world with a look at what comes in the box of HoloLens.




Inside, we'll find the HoloLens (duh), as well as an awesome-looking carrying case if you want to tote HoloLens somewhere. Microsoft is also providing a little device called Clicker, which will help you navigate through the UI of HoloLens. If you want to secure yourself a HoloLens headset, you'll have to wait a few months as the first wave is shipping now, but the rest of the preorders will be shipped in the next 2-3 months.

Intel adds new PCIe SSD's to help speed up those slow Clouds

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Storage | Posted: Apr 1, 2016 1:01 pm

Intel is on a roll after having introduced us, finally, to Broadwell-EP on the server-side, they're also introducing a number of new SSD products intended for use in data centers or in professional capacities. Two of these new SSDs are even packing Intel's own 3D NAND technology, available for the first time in any of their products.




The DC D3700 and D3600 are being introduced to provide solutions for hot storage of data in the cloud, designed to run 24/7 for extended periods of time. They come bundled with MLC with HET (high endurance technology) and an NVMe 1.2 compliant controller that's capable of read speeds up to 2100MB/s and write speeds of up to 1500MB/s on the top-end D3600 device with a capacity of 2TB, and D3700 drive that has a capacity of 1.6TB. Sustain random read IOPS can be as high as 470K with write IOPS up to 95K on the D3700 and 30K on the D3500.


These SSDs will be offered in sizes of 800GB to 2TB with dual port 2.5" drives with U.2 connectors that support PCIe functionality. This means that unfortunately they aren't going to be backwards compatible with existing SAS or SATA connectors. If you want the highest endurance flash storage with these speeds, it'll be time to upgrade. The DC D3600 and D3700 drives also feature end-to-end data protection and power-loss data protection with self-test and thermal throttling and monitoring to make sure that they're as reliable as possible, or at the very least give you an indication when they're about to go.


3D NAND is exciting on many different levels, it gives greater endurance than is already seen in SLC or even MLC with HET, to the tune of several GB's of program/erase cycles, which translates into tremendous endurance over traditional methods. Intel is taking advantage of that fact by positioning the DC P3320 and P3520 as being perfect for any data center. They feature 32 layer MLC-based 3D NAND that's denser than the competition, able to potentially offer more storage in the future. The Intel/Micron cells put most of the CMOS logic underneath the NAND itself, leading to that smaller footprint.

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Final Fantasy 15 on PC won't happen until console ports release

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 1, 2016 12:32 pm

Square Enix hasn't ruled out a PC release for Final Fantasy 15, and the publisher promises that it'll seriously evaluate the platform in due time--but not before the console ports release. So we could be waiting well into 2017 before FF15 makes the jump to PC.



Square Enix game director Hajime Tabata says that the studio is "aware of the big call for a PC version." but the PS4 and Xbox One flavors take priority. The studio is committed to optimizing the console versions ahead of Final Fantasy 15's September 30 release date.


"Unfortunately we weren't able to do simultaneous development on a PC and console version for XV," Tabata told Endgadget. "We had to focus on the console version, and our goal was to maximize, optimize everything for the HD consoles. Once that's done, then we will definitely take a good, hard look at PC and what we need to do, and consider all our options. But right now we aren't decided, we're still considering a lot of things."

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