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Second half of Rick and Morty Season 4 rumored to release in April

By Jak Connor | TV, Movies & Home Theatre | Feb 14, 2020 03:12 am CST

If you are a Rick and Morty fan, then you are no doubt upset with how long you have had to wait for the second half of the awesome season four. But what if I told you it was just around the corner?

Right now, Rick and Morty are halfway through their fourth season, and before the year ticked over to 2020, Adult Swim announced that they would be going on a break only to return with the second half of season four. Fans have waited quite some time for that second half, and during that waiting period, Adult Swim posted to their Twitter page requesting "patience".

While patience is running thin for fans, Adult Swim did say that the second half would return sometime in 2020 and gave no specific date - so it's like they have lied. It's assumed that there have been some production issues with the second half of the season, which can be understandable if fans are informed. So when will the second half release? According to "sources" close to TheBuzzPaper, the second half of the season is expected to release in "April".

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First look at Robert Pattinson as 'The Batman' in new dark video

By Jak Connor | TV, Movies & Home Theatre | Feb 14, 2020 02:35 am CST

We have been hearing about how Robert Pattinson was geared up to take on the role of the Caped Crusader, and now we have video proof.

According to a report by Deadline, Robert Pattinson is seen wearing the bat suit in red-saturated camera test released by The Batman director, Matt Reeves. The music that is heard throughout the video is a score done by Michael Giacchino, which adds a certain dark tone to Bruce Wayne's alter ego.

The camera test was shared on Reeve's Twitter account, and fans were quick to judge what they saw. Not-so-surprisingly reactions were very divided with many fans comparing Ben Affleck's Batman in Batman V Superman and Justice League, to what they are now seeing in Reeve's design with Robert Pattinson. If you didn't know, The Batman by Reeves will concentrate on batman's known trait as the world's greatest detective.

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The phishing scam that cost Puerto Rico's government over $2.6 million

By Jak Connor | Business, Financial & Legal | Feb 14, 2020 02:07 am CST

Phishing scams are currently one of the most common ways to scam someone, and while you'd probably think that it would never happen to you, it just happened to the Puerto Rico government.

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In a new report by the Associated Press, the Puerto Rico government transferred funds equating to over $2.6 million dollars to a phony bank account through a phishing scam. The incident was discovered just this past week, and at the moment, government officials are working with the FBI to recover the stolen funds.

So how did this happen? According to Ruben Rivera, who is the finance director of Puerto Rico's Industrial Development Company, the department received an email that said that a bank account that was tied to government payments needed changing. In response to the email, officials transferred the funds into the changed bank account, which they later discovered was fraudulent.

Microsoft's $10b Pentagon contract now in limbo, Amazon blames Trump

By Jak Connor | Business, Financial & Legal | Feb 14, 2020 01:34 am CST

Amazon is extremely upset over losing a $10 billion dollar Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud computing contract to Microsoft. So, as any good business would do, they claim it bias.

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According to a new report from CNBC, Microsoft's contract with the Pentagon is has now been paused because Amazon believes that President Trump has a bias towards Microsoft. Amazon's argument is that President Trump personally doesn't like Bezos or Amazon, and through his supposed dislike, he influenced which company would get the contract.

Now, the judge that is ruling the case has put the contract on pause to hear out Amazon's beliefs. Here's Amazon's statement, "The question is whether the president of the United States should be allowed to use the budget of the DoD to pursue his own personal and political ends." CNBC also says that Amazon has said it would pay out $42 million for any "costs and damages" that are resulted from this contract being put on pause.

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Rare 'Nintendo PlayStation' hybrid console auctioned off for $500,000?

By Jak Connor | Gaming Consoles | Feb 14, 2020 01:34 am CST

Closer to the end of last year, we heard about an incredibly rare hybrid console called the "Nintendo PlayStation". The console was manufactured back in the 1980's and is now going on auction for a not-so-surprising amount.

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If you don't know about the Nintendo PlayStation, please check out this post here to get some history on it, then head back to this article to read about the auction price. The hybrid console is being sol on Heritage Auctions, and due to its ridiculous rarity (only 200 units), the price is mighty steep. At the time of writing this post, the hybrid console is sitting at $260,000, with the next minimum bid having to be at least $312,000.

When I woke up this morning, I checked the bidding price, and it was sitting at $145,000, now just two hours later while I'm writing this post it has climbed $100,000+. At this rate, the Nintendo PlayStation could be sold for half a million dollars after the bidding closes in 21 days. If you want to sell your house to buy this console, feel free to check it out and bid here. On a personal note, when this console is sold, I hope the owner donates it to the National Videogame Museum, where it can be preserved as an artefact of gaming history.

Facebook Gaming lock in a big another big name, UFC star Ronda Rousey

By Jak Connor | Gaming | Feb 14, 2020 01:06 am CST

Facebook Gaming has announced a newly secured gamer to join their platform, and it isn't who you would expect either as she didn't get her name from gaming, but instead fighting on the global stage.

This gamer is Ronda Rousey, who is known for her participation in the UFC and a former WWE world champion. Rousey took to her YouTube Channel to announce that she will be exclusively streaming video games on Facebook as of February 18th. At the moment, Rousey has more than 11.2 million Facebook fans, which answers the question as to why Facebook would want a UFT fighter gaming on its platform.

Rousey's stream is titled "Baddest Stream on The Planet" and her first livestream is scheduled in for February 18th at 3 PM PST. This isn't Rousey's first appearance in the gaming scene either, as she is the voice of Sonya Blade in Mortal Kombat 11. If you want to read up on more of that, check out this article here.

Microsoft's Flight Simulator is shockingly gorgeous in these HD images

By Jak Connor | Gaming | Feb 14, 2020 12:32 am CST

If you haven't yet seen Microsoft's Flight Simulator, then you are in for a treat because it's one of the best looking games out there at the moment.

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At the moment, the game is still alpha, which means it's not close to being finished, but yet it still looks incredible. Today, we are going to be looking at a bunch of screenshots that were taken by alpha testers of the game, and boy, does it look next-gen. If you don't know much about Microsoft's Flight Simulator, I'll give you a quick rundown of the game.

In Microsoft's Flight Simulator, players will be able to take control of a range of different aircrafts and soar through the skies in a highly detailed realistic world. Flight Simulator will also use a huge amount of data from Bing Maps, and through Microsoft's cloud, it will be streamlined directly into the game to give you photo-realistic models of Earth in real-time. For more information about Microsoft's Flight Simulator, check out this link here.

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Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 pricing expected to be $500

By Anthony Garreffa | Gaming Consoles | Feb 14, 2020 12:23 am CST

Microsoft and Sony will be launching their next-gen consoles in late 2020 with an expected price of $499 each, with Bloomberg publishing a new report saying Sony is struggling with PlayStation 5 pricing over increased manufacturing costs.

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According to the new report, manufacturing costs for the PlayStation 5 have reached "around $450 per unit" which is "forcing a difficult price-setting decision in its battle" with Microsoft and its next-gen Xbox Series X console. Normally Sony finalizes the pricing of its new PlayStation console in February (like, around now) and then mass produces it in the spring.

But, according to Bloomberg's sources Sony is taking a "wait-and-see approach". Rewinding back to 2013 and the release of the PS4 which retailed for $399 and cost $381 or so to manufacture (IHS Market estimations) -- a $450 manufacturing cost on the PlayStation 5 would see Sony having to retail it for at least $470 to match the $20-or-so profit per console of the PS4, so we should expect a $499 retail pricing on the PS5.

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NVIDIA adjusts outlook by $100 million over coronavirus

By Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Feb 13, 2020 11:59 pm CST

NVIDIA completely pulled out of Mobile World Congress before the MWC organizers GSMA canceled the event, all over coronavirus.

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The coronavirus outbreak and fears globally have also pushed NVIDIA to reduce its revenue outlook for the first quarter of fiscal year 2021 by $100 million over the disease outbreak. NVIDIA's earnings reports for fiscal year 2020 were stellar, with revenues of $10.92 billion -- down 7% from the previous year.

Still, NVIDIA's recent Q4 2019 revenue ended on January 26, 2020 saw them pull in $3.11 billion -- up a huge 41% from the previous year with its $2.1 billion. This is all thanks to its gaming technologies like GeForce graphics cards and NVIDIA's big push into AI.

DOJ charge Ohio man who laundered over $300 million through Bitcoin

By Anthony Garreffa | Cryptocurrency & Mining | Feb 13, 2020 10:28 pm CST

Larry Dean Harmon of Akron, Ohio has been arrested for operating a cryptocurrency laundering service, where he moved a hefty $300 million through Bitcoin in a "tumbling" operation.

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Harmon partnered with underground marketplace AlphaBay on an operation called Helix, which was known for its illegal activity that included drug deals (and I'm sure much more) according to the Department of Justice. Harmon exchanged over 350,000 bitcoins on Helix between the years 2014-2017, with the act of "tumbling" seeing people turn their cryptocurrency transactions to hide them from illegal activities like drugs, guns, and much more evil activities.

Don Fort, chief of the IRS Criminal Investigations division said in a statement: "The brazenness with which Helix operated should be the most appalling aspect of this operation to every day citizens. There are bad actors and then there are criminals who facilitate hundreds of other crimes. The sole purpose of Harmon's operation was to conceal criminal transactions from law enforcement on the Darknet, and because of our growing expertise in this area, he could not make good on that promise".

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