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New research reveals top 5 most secure Password Managers

By: Sponsored Content | Software | Posted: 2 days, 18 hours ago

What sort of passwords do you use? Things like '123456', 'qwerty' or even 'password'? If so, you are not alone, but you should be worried. These are among the most commonly used passwords around and all leave users accounts inherently vulnerable.

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Fortunately, these days, more and more people are more and more aware of the benefits of using a Password Manager. They not only help keep your passwords secure but also make it easy for anyone to remember a whole host of complex passwords. A good Password Manager can also check how secure your passwords are, generate new secure ones for you, and much more.

But, while the case for using a Password Manager may be beyond dispute, choosing the best one is much harder. Which is why new research in this area is always welcome and that is what VPNCompare have delivered. Their in-house experts have been hard at work testing all the top Password Managers to see which is best.

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New Threadripper not as backwards compatible as AMD initially hoped

By: Shannon Robb | CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 2 days, 18 hours ago

As of right now, this is very much a rumor, so I want to put that out front. However, this lends far more credence to the claim as it has come from several sources over time and seems to be more of a beginning to a realization. Sometimes it is simply not possible, and I have to assume as of the time of writing that is the case.

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Word has been coming around over the past month or so, and it's not great for anyone looking at a new platform on the Threadripper front. Especially if you are looking at a new or better motherboard for your existing Threadripper or looking to put a newer chip in your current X399 motherboard.

The new TRX40, which is one of the claimed new chipsets/board monikers for the latest 3rd generation of Ryzen Threadripper from AMD. While AMD always pushes to make a socket or platform last a long time, we have seen issues with X570 where 1st gen Ryzen support was cut in many cases. However, in the case of AM4, older boards could still support the newer chips, at least mostly with a few exceptions across the line.

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On Intel X299? DON'T update your BIOS to the new Cascade Lake-X UEFI

By: Shannon Robb | Motherboards | Posted: 2 days, 19 hours ago

Intel has caught a lot of heat for the tactic of refresh after refresh of virtually similar CPUs. Just to making minuscule changes such as TIM to solder change and minor clock speed bumps as demonstrated by the initial X299 CPUs 7XXX to 9XXX series parts. Users have scoffed at the 14nm+++++++++++++++++++ as many have put it due to Intel struggling for years with the 10nm node.

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Well, today, Intel's complacency and practices may have come along to bite them in the ass thoroughly. As seen on Intel's own support article page the inclusion of the new microcode for support of the new Cascade Lake-X parts will remove compatibility for the dual channel X299 based bretheren, the Kaby Lake-X.

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Not today China, not today... Fitbit moves production out of China

By: Shannon Robb | Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 2 days, 19 hours ago

Most of you have likely had some experience with Fitbit. Or at least heard the name or maybe even have come across an ad or store display for them. For the uninitiated, Fitbit was one of the early brands touting the capability and benefits of fitness-based wearable computing.

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For the past year or more, the US administrative branch has been imposing and proposing new escalating tariffs on Chinese made goods in an attempt to hedge off the claimed unfair trade deficit.

Fitbit saw this coming as trade negotiations seemed to stall numerous times, and tensions escalated with threats of new tariffs to come if an agreement is not met. With that, any company would think about their current manufacturing supply chain and alternatives to China as a resource. Fitbit did just that, as you will see below in the quote from the current CFO of Fitbit Ron Kisling.

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Xbox vice president Mike Ybarra leaves Microsoft

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 2 days, 22 hours ago

Xbox corporate VP Mike Ybarra is leaving the company to take on new paths in the gaming sphere.

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Mike Ybarra's been with Microsoft for two decades and helped Phil Spencer transform the Xbox One into a competent product with a rich ecosystem. Now as the company ramps up for a huge 2020, Ybarra is jumping ship to take on something new.

"After 20 years at Microsoft, it's time for my next adventure," Ybarra said on Twitter. "It's been a great ride at Xbox and the future is bright. Thanks to everyone at Team Xbox, I'm incredibly proud of what we've accomplished and I wish you the best. More soon on what's next for me (super excited)!"

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GTA 6 and Bully 2 possibly in development at Rockstar

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 2 days, 23 hours ago

According to an ex-3D animator, Rockstar has been developing multiple new projects simultaneously since 2017.

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For six months from July to December 2017, Angith Jayarajan made 3D animations for Rockstar India's technicolor branch. In that time he worked on Red Dead Redemption 2 and other mystery games, which assuredly include Grand Theft Auto 6 and possibly even Bully 2.

As Jayarajan says in on an Instagram post from September: "I did a course in 3D animation, did a masters in animation and made two animated short films. After that I worked at Rockstar Games. I worked on Red Dead Redemption 2 and a couple of games I can't name yet."

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Free-for-All slaughter mode added to Call of Duty: Mobile

By: Jak Connor | Gaming | Posted: 3 days ago

What better way to show your dominance in a Call of Duty game than topping the leader-board in a free-for-all match? Call of Duty: Mobile players should prepare their thumbs.

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According to a new in-game message, Call of Duty: Mobile players can expect the new free-for-all game mode to arrive this Friday, October 11th. Unfortunately it isn't here to stay though as the message also reads that it will only be available until Thursday, October 17th.

At the moment Call of Duty: Mobile features predominately team-based modes, so when free-for-all launches it will be a nice mix-up mode for players. Its strange that Activision has decided to not keep the mode available on the game forever, perhaps they are thinking that removing modes and adding new ones will keep the game fresh and stop it from becoming stagnate. Call of Duty: Mobile is currently available on iOS and Android.

Surviving Mars is currently free-to-play on the Epic Games Store

By: Jak Connor | Gaming | Posted: 3 days, 1 hour ago

Epic Games Store is back with yet another free game to enjoy over the weekend, this time round gamers can test their luck on Mars.

This game is of course Paradox Entertainments city-builder Surviving Mars, and while the title might be a bit self-explanatory lets jump into what players can do. Just like most city-builder titles, players will be required to survive the environment they are placed in, but this time round they are on the baron wasteland planet Mars.

Players will need to develop strategies to supply oxygen, food, technology, infrastructure, mineral research and everything else in-between to keep their colonists alive. There is numerous problems that players will have to deal with as well, an example of a quite humorous one is if your lead scientists manages to create alcohol and develops alcoholism after too many hard days in the lab. If you are a city-builder type gamer or enjoy the likes of building your own colony on Mars, head over to the Epic Games Store and download the game for free. A link can be found here.

Stardew Valley's 1.4 update touches on 'everything' in the game

By: Jak Connor | Gaming | Posted: 3 days, 2 hours ago

If you are close to marrying your partner in Stardew Valley, perhaps you have noticed that there isn't that much to do after that. Update 1.4 fixes this issue and adds content for post-marriage.

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According to Eric "ConcernedApe" Barone, update 1.4 adds some more depth to post-marriage life for Stardew Valley players and according to his statement he knows there will always be more than be done. Barone spoke to USG and said "The new 1.4 update does add some depth to post-marriage life... some additions that I'm proud of and I hope are very heartwarming for players... but I know there will always be more that can be done."

He continued and said "I've been unofficially calling 1.4 the 'everything' update because it touches pretty much every aspect of the game in some way or another. One of my major goals was to add in a lot of quality of life features that make the game more convenient and effortless to play." Barone also mentioned that Patch 1.3 which is targetted at bringing multiplayer to consoles is on the verge of being ready.

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FromSoftware director picks Bloodborne as his favorite game-child

By: Jak Connor | Gaming | Posted: 3 days, 3 hours ago

The notoriously difficult FromSoftware titles no doubt fill a special spot in hearts of many gamers, but which is your favorite? and do you agree with the games director?

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Each of FromSoftware's titles pack their own great features respectively, but if I was to ask you which is your favorite, if you only had to select one, what would you choose? 2009's Demon Souls? Or how about 2011's Dark Souls, or perhaps 2015's sequel, Dark Souls 2? Or are you more of a modern souls gamer and prefer 2016's Dark Souls 3? Bloodborne is also in the mix and then there is also the recently released Seikro: Shadows Die Twice, which gives a different taste than the other previously mentioned titles.

While this question might be extremely hard to answer for a FromSoftware fan, I would imagine it would be even harder for FromSoftware game director Hidetaka Miyazaki. In a recent interview with GameSpot Brasil, Miyazaki did choose a title and the title of Miyazaki's favorite game-child has been awarded to Bloodborne. Is this what you chose?