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PolitiFact hacked, mining cryptocurrency on users' PCs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cryptocurrency & Mining | Posted: 1 day, 10 hours ago

It is the new rage of 2017 to have your website mining Monero, or other forms of cryptocurrency, riding users' CPUs to make money. There's a good way of doing this, and a bad way... but now PolitiFact is joining in on the crypto mining fun, unintentionally.




PolitiFact visitors have noticed that their CPUs are being used, thanks to the site's JavaScript code being hacked. The site has confirmed with TechCrunch that they've removed the code, and is now working out how it happened. With 3.2 million page views per month, they'd be making a pretty penny from people looking to the site for legitimate content.


PolitiFact's hacked JavaScript code used CoinHive, which has been used before as they're a third-party service that uses users' CPUs to mine cryptocurrency. Hijacked CPUs mining cryptocurrency seems to be all the rage right now, and I don't think it's going to slow down.

Windows 10 data collection breaks Dutch privacy laws

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: 1 day, 12 hours ago

We all know Windows 10 sucks all of our data and sends it to the Illuminati, but now Microsoft is facing a growing threat from the Netherlands' Data Protection Authority, where Windows 10 violates the country's data protection law.




This is even after the changes Microsoft made to Windows 10 with the Creators Update, but Microsoft doesn't "clearly inform" users of the type of data that they're collecting, and the reason why they need it. Officials think that Windows' default settings stop users from truly consenting to the data collection, which is a really big problem.


The DPA has said that during the installation process, Windows 10 defaults to full data sharing, encouraging you to accept those terms. Accepting these terms doesn't mean you gave permission, says the Data Protection Authority. The regulator has also said that the Creators Update didn't honor some users' previous privacy settings, and that Microsoft doesn't make it clear that their Edge browser is continuously sucking down all of your app and browsing data when you've got the default privacy settings enabled.

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Join Spider-Man's 'Homecoming' in our Blu-ray giveaway!

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: 1 day, 13 hours ago

To celebrate the upcoming home video release of 'Spider-Man: Homecoming,' we have fifteen Blu-ray copies to give away thanks to our friends at Universal Sony Home Entertainment!




A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging superhero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine - distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man - but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.


To go into the running to win a prize, post this article to your social media profiles and send your correct answer to the following question (along with your postal address), to ben at TweakTown dot com before the competition closes on October 20th:


Name Spider-Man's original comic creator

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Battlegrounds' new desert map, vaulting system teased

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 days, 4 hours ago

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds single map isn't boring thanks to its gigantic 8x8km size, but with a new map on the way we can't help but wonder how much stronger the addiction to PUBG is going to get.




Erangel, the map in PUBG, is very different to the new desert map. The new desert map is a "sprawling battle arena crowded with desert trees, cacti, and a surprising number of buildings", according to PC Gamer, which recently visited the offices of PUBG Corp in South Korea. PC Gamer continued, saying that the new map features "hills, rises, and ditches in the landscape, which should create lots of opportunities for cover from sniper fire, or alternatively, convenient places to stage an ambush".


Does the new map make a difference? I'd say so, with PC Gamer adding that the new map will feature improved vehicle handling. Depending on what surface you're on: roads, dirt, or very rough terrain. This is going to change those car chase battles that are already intense enough on Erangel, but the new desert map with improved car physics could really change things.

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti benchmarks begin to leak

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 2 days, 6 hours ago

NVIDIA is reportedly less than two weeks away from releasing their new GeForce GTX 1070 Ti, a new graphics card that is going to literally be like a bomb being dropped on AMD, and more specifically against their still fresh Radeon RX Vega 56 graphics card.




AMD's new Radeon RX Vega 56 is the more compelling Vega-based graphics card out of the three launched (RX Vega 56/64/64 LCE), but NVIDIA is prepared to completely demolish Vega 56 with the new GTX 1070 Ti. Now we have some leaked benchmarks to share, with numbers coming out of Ashes of the Singularity.


The benchmarks show that the GTX 1070 Ti will compete with the GTX 1080 in some games and resolutions, powered by the GP104-300 GPU. We have 19 SMs, compared to the full GP104 with 20 SMs. We have 7.2 billion transistors, 2432 CUDA cores, 152 TMUs, 64 ROPs, and 8GB of GDDR5 memory. The big difference between the GTX 1070 Ti and GTX 1080 is that the latter has GDDR5X RAM, which will make a big difference to performance.


NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 1070 Ti will reportedly not overclock at all, with no dynamic boost over the stock specs. This is something that NVIDIA has built into the GTX 1070 Ti so that it doesn't completely gobble up the GTX 1080 and make it a useless graphics card for gamers. AMD on the other hand, will see their Radeon RX Vega 56 disappear into the night.

It's official: Cuphead is a smashing success

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 days, 16 hours ago

Cuphead, that charming hard-as-nails indie with wonderful 1930's artwork, has smashed 1 million sales and counting.



While making Cuphead, Studio MDHR toiled for years to ensure their game was as enchanting and fun to play as possible. This meant years of painstakingly animating hand-drawn artwork, years of tweaking and inking, and years of transforming their vision into something gamers haven't ever experience. Now all of that sacrifice and tireless effort has paid off: just two weeks after release the game has gone platinum with over 1 million sales across the globe. The indie team had done it--Cuphead was a success, and has gone down in history alongside indie greats like Stardew Valley and Shovel Knight.


"We have worked tirelessly over the past few years to deliver a game that remained true to our vision and we are both humbled and excited that so many people from around the world are playing Cuphead - it truly makes it all worth it," Studio MDHR founders Chad and Jared Moldenhauer said in a joint statement.


"Cuphead has only been out for two weeks and we never could have dreamed of the reception we've received from our amazing fans! Today, we wanted to take a moment to thank each and every one of you for your support and we're excited to share that Cuphead has gone platinum with over 1 million units sold!"

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Battlefront II beta's lootboxes will change over time

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 days ago

EA and DICE remind gamers that Battlefront II's beta is just that--a beta, and nothing is permanent or set in stone, including microtransactions and lootbox mechanics.




One of the best things about online service-based games like Destiny, Rainbow Six: Siege, World of Warcraft, Overwatch, and now the new Star Wars: Battlefront II is that the game evolves considerably over time. Armed with feedback and a core vision, developers can continually tweak, shape, and overhaul their creations to ensure the games not only expand, but are fun to play and please their audience. The principal point of funding for service games, however, are the dreaded microtransactions--randomized loot boxes in particular are great sources of revenue for these business models. But at the same time these games typically don't change too much from their point of origin (unless they're disastrously unsuccessful), especially when the games have extremely engaging and addictive layers of gameplay like Battlefront II does.


In a recent update, EA and DICE affirm players that Battlefront II will not ever be frozen in stasis, and will change to the whims of the playerbase (within reason, of course: EA isn't about to kill off its main point of recurring revenue streams just because gamers hate lootboxes). The company also clarified a few things to players, who have been bombarded with half-truths and somewhat incomplete information.


"Like everything else, we will be continually making necessary changes to ensure the game is fun for everyone," the post reads. "We will work to make sure the system is balanced both for players who want to earn everything, as well as for players who are short on time and would like to move faster in their progress towards various rewards."

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MSI debuts 32-inch curved 1080p 165Hz gaming display

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: 3 days, 7 hours ago

MSI has just announced its new Optix AG32C, a new 32-inch 1080p display with an 1800R curvature. It's a huge display, but the 165Hz refresh rate will help gamers enjoy a smooth experience in a whopping 32-inch size.




The MSI Optix AG32C has a native 1080p resolution, 165Hz refresh rate with AMD FreeSync support, 3000:1 static contrast ratio, and 250 cd/m2 brightness. Connectivity wise we have HDMI 2.0, DP1.2, and dual-link DVI. MSI hasn't revealed pricing just yet, but if you were hoping for a large gaming experience with 32-inch, remember the native 1080p resolution. 1080p should really be enjoyed at up to 27/28-inch or so, while 32-inch is reserved mostly for 4K.




You could squeeze in a large 1440p display into a 32-inch panel and not feel overcrowded, which is something the 165Hz refresh rate will help with. So, MSI... when is a 32-inch 1440p and 4K model coming? 32-inch 4K @ 165Hz... now you'd be talking.

LG is building Europe's largest EV battery factory

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 3 days, 9 hours ago

With all of the talk of the largest lithium-ion battery facility in the world being built in my home town of South Australia, news of LG building the largest electric vehicle battery production facility in Europe is of just as large importance.




LG has announced news of a new car battery facotry in Poland, a first of its kind in Europe, that will help the growing demand of batteries by electric vehicle makers. VP of LG Chem, Chang-Beom Kang, said: "The company has chosen Poland as the most competitive location for production to satisfy the needs of European and global car producers".


The new facility will cost $1.63 billion, with LG about to break ground in the city of Wroclaw, which is awfully close to Germany, which is a major car manufacturing hub in Europe. LG Chem plans to manufacture up to 100,000 electric vehicle batteries in 2018, while they create 2500 people in the process. The new EV battery factory will also include an R&D center, too.

Destiny 2 requires 68GB of HDD space on the PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 days, 10 hours ago

The release of Destiny 2 is right around the corner, with Activision and Bungie releasing the PC requirements for the game. PC gamers won't need to be rushing out to upgrade just yet, as you only need an AMD FX-4350 as a minimum, but you will need 6GB of RAM, a 64-bit version of Windows, and 68GB of HDD space.




Bungie suggests PC gamers have an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 2GB or GTX 1050 2GB, or AMD's Radeon HD 7850 2GB as minimum. Recommend PC graphics cards dial up to the GeForce GTX 970 4GB or GTX 1060 6GB, or AMD's Radeon R9 390 8GB. 8GB of RAM is also a recommended PC spec for Destiny 2, while the CPUs drive up to the Core i5-2400/Core i5-7400 or the AMD Ryzen 5 1600X.




Destiny 2 will feature a full spread of great PC features and technologies when it launches, with an uncapped frame rate, 4K support, 21:9 UltraWide monitor support, mouse and keyboard with custom key mapping, text chat, adjustable field of view, FPS counter, FPS target option, detailed PC settings, and more. Bungie have really gone the full nine yards to make sure PC gamers are looked after with Destiny 2.

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