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Promised patch for Halo: The Master Chief Collection has been delayed

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 19, 2014 6:47 am

343 Industries had a promised patch for Halo: The Master Chief Collection, something that was meant to fix the massive multiplayer matchmaking problems that the first-person shooter is experiencing, but the patch has now been delayed.


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The developer was meant to release it sometime today, but has delayed it until "later this week". The patch was meant to provide a "a variety of fixes across the title, including Matchmaking performance issues, general UI and game stability improvements" that have plagued the game since it launched.


Microsoft has said: "This week's content update, which was originally scheduled for release this Wednesday, Nov. 19, will now be releasing later this week to allow for additional fixes, as well as the completion of the testing and certification process".

Thimbleweed Park, a 'true spiritual successor' to Maniac Mansion

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 19, 2014 5:28 am

Maniac Mansion is one of those games I will forever cherish, with the point-and-click adventure game being one of the big Lucasfilm Games of their time. Well, Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick are now making something they're calling "the true spiritual successor" to Maniac Mansion, called Thimbleweed Park.


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The developing duo are taking Thimbleweed Park to Kickstarter, hoping to hit $375,000 in required funds to get the point-and-click adventure off the ground. When explaining the game, they say it "cuts to the core of what made classic point-and-click adventure games so special ... It's deep, it's challenging, it's funny, it's everything you loved about adventure games". On Kickstarter, it says: "It's like opening a dusty old desk drawer and finding an undiscovered LucasArts adventure game you've never played before".


Thimbleweed Park will tell the tale of a pair of "washed-up detectives" who are in charge of an investigation into a death in Thimbleweed Park that "once boasted an opulent hotel, a vibrant business district and the state's largest pillow factory, but now teeters on the edge of oblivion and continues to exist for no real reason".

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'Peanuts' CG movie trailer goes live

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Nov 19, 2014 5:18 am

The long-running 'Peanuts' strip might have concluded 15 years ago, shortly before the passing of creator Charles M. Schulz, but the franchise has continued to live on in syndication and pretty soon the series will get an injection of life when Blue Sky animation and Twentieth Century Fox release a 'Peanuts' CG motion picture.


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Coming in a year's time, 'Peanuts' will feature the voice of original Snoopy and Woodstock voice artist Bill Melendez, using archival recordings, and will be directed by Steve Martino (Horton Hears a Who), with a script from Charles Schulz's son, Bryan Schulz, and grandson Craig Schulz, along with Cornelius Uliano. The principal voice cast has yet to be announced.



'Peanuts' hits US cinemas on November 6, 2015.

Apple will offload tasks from Watch to iPhone when it launches

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Nov 19, 2014 4:39 am

We are finally learning more about Apple's first wearable, Watch, as the company has released its WatchKit for developers to tinker with. We now know that third-party apps will require a connected iPhone in order to work, as the processing for Watch is offloaded to the iPhone, with the Watch just rendering the result.


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Apple's WatchKit also revealed some animations being pre-rendered as an image sequence on the iPhone, before it is blasted up to the Watch for display. We also don't know what will happen if your iPhone disconnects from Watch while you're looking at it, as the Watch apps are installed to the wearable by "your existing app" found on your iPhone. The documentation does state that Apple will support "fully-native" Watch apps in the future, but this won't happen until this time next year.


One thing we know for sure, is that the Watch will come in two different display resolutions; 272x340 for the 38mm Watch, and the 312x390 for 42mm version. Apple won't start selling its Watch until "early 2015", but it could be delayed a little later into the year yet.

Sony's new image sensor is capable of amazing auto-focus abilities

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cameras | Posted: Nov 19, 2014 3:32 am

It looks like Sony could have one of the best smartphone cameras in recent history with the news of the commercialization of its new Exmor RS IMX230 stacked CMOS image sensor, an image sensor that will be baked into the company's upcoming smartphones.


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Why is this a better sensor? Well, according to Sony, the sensor will capture 21-megapixel still photos, and is the first CMOS image sensor for smartphones that features an on-board image plane phase detection AF single processing function, something that can use up to 192 auto-focus points. This means it will allow super-quick focus for fast-moving objects, and much more.


The new sensor is also capable of capturing HDR still images, and video, and can gather data from two different exposure conditions. From there, it will create a single image output that attempts to correct the bright and dark areas of the photo. When it comes to video capabilities, the new sensor is capable of capturing 720p video at 120FPS, 1080p video at 60FPS and 4K video at 30FPS. We should see this new sensor baked into Sony smartphones sometime in the second half of 2015.

AMC offers an unlimited ticket to Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Nov 19, 2014 2:41 am

For those who loved Interstellar, and I was one of them, an unlimited ticket to the movie is something that simply isn't done much these days - if at all. AMC Theatres and Paramount Pictures are teaming up for such a thing, allowing movie goers to see Christopher Nolan's epic space movie as many times as they want.


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The price for the unlimited tickets usually range from between $19.99 and $34.99, depending on the location. The tickets will be made through AMC Theatre's loyalty reward program, AMC Stubs. AMC has said that this is the first time an unlimited ticket has been offered, which is definitely a nice way of getting in repeat viewers into Interstellar.

50% of consumers thinking of a smart wristband will buy a smartwatch

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Nov 19, 2014 1:30 am

The wearable electronic devices market will reach 68.1 million units in 2015, a slight drop from 70.1 million units in 2014, the Gartner research group said. The industry will take a hit as consumers consider a wider adoption of smartwatches, especially devices that can be easily paired with their Google Android or Apple iPhone smartphones.


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The five most prominent fitness wearables currently on the market: wristbands, sports watches, heart rate monitors, smart garments, and other fitness monitors. While sport watches and heart rate monitors are common place, newer generation of devices are disrupting the market - but not fast enough to prevent the onslaught of smartwatches that will be released in 2015.


"Smartwatches having retail prices of $149 or more will typically have the capability to track activity and have accelerometers and gyroscopes similar to their smart wristband cousins," said Angela McIntyre, Gartner research director. "The smartwatches differ from smart wristbands in that smartwatches need to display the time and have a user interface oriented around communication. However, some smart wristbands have the ability to display and send text messages. The overlap in functionality between smart wristbands and smartwatches is expected to continue."

FBI becoming more active in fight against malware, cybercrime efforts

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Nov 19, 2014 12:48 am

The Interactive Advertising Bureau's Anti-Malware Working Group has teamed up with the FBI and US Department of Justice in their effort to fight malware and cybercrime. There has been an increase in organized cyberattacks targeting the IAB, and federal partnerships could help limit future widespread issues.


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The FBI and other government agencies want to increase proactive behavior to clamp down on cybercrime, and this marks the first industrywide relationship they have created. The IAB Anti-Malware Group formed in September and has generated widespread interest, including from the US government, as cybercriminals make millions from compromising companies and users.


"We have become such a target of organized crime that we think this is the only way to truly be successful long-term," said Mike Zaneis, IAB executive vice president. "In the advertising space, what we're particually worried about is the type of malware that will basically make your computer a zombie, or a bot, and will begin to generate non-human traffic back to criminal websites or just selling traffic on networks or exchanges."

Real estate drone captures topless sunbather, accidentally uses pics

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Nov 19, 2014 12:26 am

Australian real estate company Eview Real Estate made a mistake when it posted a listing on a billboard, after being informed they used a picture that included a topless sunbather only wearing a thong. Mandy Lingard discovered the picture of herself after spotting it in the neighborhood, and Eview Real Estate has now removed the listing.


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"Images of Miss Lingard were not used intentionally, it was merely an oversight and Eview Group have put into place systems and procedures to ensure that such instances do not occur in the future," said the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority, the national group responsible for licensing commercial drone flights.


Meanwhile, Lingard said she is embarrassed by the situation, as she explained what happened: "I heard a noise and then I saw this odd thing flying around and thought it was a kid's toy. It hovered around and luckily I was face down at the time."

Logitech announces the Skrillex Edition UE Boom mobile speaker

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Nov 18, 2014 11:39 pm

Logitech has announced its latest addition to the UE Boom lineup, with the company teaming up with six-time Grammy Award-winning electronic dance music producer Skrillex for the Skrillex Edition UE Boom.


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Skrillex has provided a unique visual style to the Skrillex Edition UE Boom, with his own hand-drawn work splashed onto the already slick-looking mobile speaker. Skrillex said: "UE BOOM is awesome because it's small, portable and powerful. They get so loud! I listen to them all the time on tour - from the bus to backstage. They're the best little speakers you can get, which is why I'm pumped to have my own artwork covering a custom edition".


The Logitech UE Boom is a great speaker, with my very positive review on it right here, but this new Skrillex Edition UE Boom is definitely for fans of Skrillex. General Manager of Ultimate Ears, Rory Dooley, said: "Skrillex has been a disruptive force in the EDM evolution, changing people's expectations of and experiences with music. UE is thrilled to work with an artist as notable as Skrillex to bring people their music in an exciting - and expressive - package. Skrillex finds inspiration in the combination of music, people and technology, and this collaboration is a natural fit for our brand".

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