Fallout TV show teased by Bethesda, coming to Amazon Prime

Derek Strickland | Jul 2, 2020 at 12:05 pm CDT

Bethesda is teasing a new TV series based around its popular post-apocalyptic Fallout game series.

A Fallout TV show is officially happening. Today the official Fallout Twitter account put out a video teaser for the upcoming series, and confirmed Amazon Studios will be backing the project. The Fallout series is coming to Amazon Prime Video.

Independent film production company Kilter Films is leading the charge and producers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy are attached. We don't know how many episodes will be made, and we don't exactly know when the series will go live.

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Microsoft is killing failed Mixer streaming platform on July 22

Derek Strickland | Jun 22, 2020 at 1:44 pm CDT

The unpopular Mixer streaming service is being retired on July 22, 2020, Microsoft today confirmed.

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Mixer has always had a problem and now Microsoft has finally given up on the streaming platform. The service aimed to compete with YouTube and Twitch, but ultimately failed to gain mass viewership despite securing the industry's most popular streamer, Ninja.

As of July 22, Mixer will be killed off and the entire community and streaming framework will be moved to Facebook Gaming. Basically Facebook Gaming is eating--or mixing with--the Mixer platform.

"To better serve our community's needs, we're teaming up with Facebook to enable the Mixer community to transition to Facebook Gaming. This is a key part of a broader effort that Xbox and Facebook Gaming are embarking on, bringing new experiences and opportunities to the entire world of gaming," Microsoft wrote in a blog post.

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Anonymous: 'the US is currently under a major DDoS attack'

Anthony Garreffa | Jun 15, 2020 at 8:22 pm CDT

If you're experiencing outages right now, you're not alone -- millions are being hit with internet, phone, and data outages across the United States.

T-Mobile was hit hard, with voice and data services affected and massive spikes in outage reports on Down Detector starting at 1PM ET. Neville Ray, T-Mobile president of technology, tweeted that the company was aware of the issue and that T-Mobile engineers were hard at work fixing it.

He tweeted: "Our engineers are working to resolve a voice and data issue that has been affecting customers around the country. We're sorry for the inconvenience and hope to have this fixed shortly".

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The Last of Us 2 launches early in June as Sony combats leaks

Derek Strickland | Apr 27, 2020 at 11:14 am CDT

UPDATE: Naughty Dog has officially commented on the Last of Us 2 leaks:

The Last of Us 2's main story beats have been leaked out, and Sony is responding in the best way: By releasing the game early.

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The Last of Us 2 will now release on June 19, 2020 on PlayStation 4, Sony today confirmed. The accelerated timeline comes weeks after Sony and Naughty Dog delayed the sequel indefinitely due to shipping issues. The game is basically finished, Naughty Dog said in the previous announcement, so an accelerated release makes sense (reports say Sony wanted to wait until Fall or thereabouts when COVID-19 is expected to fade and retailers open back up). Whether or not Sony will forego possible physical retail sales due to COVID-19 limitations remains to be seen, but the games-maker will assuredly sell millions of digital sales.

This move is a direct response to the massive TLOU2 leaks that recently broke out. Neither Sony nor Naughty Dog have officially acknowledged the leaks, but today's announcement is among the best ways to push back against the story spoilers.

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President Trump invokes emergency powers, US fights invisible enemy

Anthony Garreffa | Mar 18, 2020 at 9:11 pm CDT

President Trump has just invoked emergency powers, something that will marshal medical supplies as the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreck havok on the US and the world.

The 70-year-old Defense Production Act gives President Trump the power to push production by privately-owned companies, in order to manufacture and supply the United States with masks, ventilators, and other medical supplies. President Trump tweeted: "I only signed the Defense Production Act to combat the Chinese Virus should we need to invoke it in a worst case scenario in the future. Hopefully there will be no need, but we are all in this TOGETHER!"

President Trump also recently closed the US-Canada border, with just essential travel allowed. The Trump administration will also be sending relief cheques to millions of struggling Americans, too.

Trump to temporarily close US border with Canada due to coronavirus

Anthony Garreffa | Mar 18, 2020 at 9:14 am CDT

President Donald Trump has just announced that the United States will closing its border with Canada, where all "non-essential traffic" will be blocked over coronavirus.

The moves by President Trump closing the US-Canada border come barely 24 hours after the European Union agreed to close its external borders to non-citizens. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently made similar moves in Canada, where he considered closing Canada's border to non-citizens, while US citizens were exempt from that ban.

President Trump tweeted: "We will be, by mutual consent, temporarily closing our Northern Border with Canada to non-essential traffic. Trade will not be affected. Details to follow!" The story is breaking, and I will update it when more information is made available.

British Airways cancels ALL flights to and from mainland China

Anthony Garreffa | Jan 29, 2020 at 2:23 am CST

British Airways has just announced it has suspended all flights to and from mainland China, a move made after Britain warned against all but essential travel to China because of the on-going coronavirus outbreak.

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British Airways said in an email: "We apologise to customers for the inconvenience, but the safety of our customers and crew is always our priority. Customers due to travel to or from China in the coming days can find more information on". British Airways isn't the first airline to make a bold move like this, with South Korean airline Air Seoul stopping all flights to China over coronavirus.

Thai Lion Air also announced that it has stopped all flights between Thailand and Chengdu in southern China until February 10, while airlines including Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines letting crew wear masks on China bound flights. American Airlines is providing hand sanitizer wipes for flight attendants to use on all China bound flights.

Uber loses license to operate in London after multiple safety failures

Anthony Garreffa | Nov 25, 2019 at 6:04 am CST

Uber has just lost its license to operate in London, where after multiple safety failures Transport for London said the ride-sharing giant was not "fit and proper" as a license holder.

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The ride-sharing giant lost its license back in 2017 but the TfL granted two extensions, and they expired on Sunday. With around 45,000 drivers working for Uber in London, the license to operate being up in the air is a big deal -- London is also in the top 5 markets for Uber globally, too.

As for the "pattern of failures" by Uber in London, these include passenger safety and security concerns -- where Uber's internal systems allowed unauthorized drivers to upload their photos to Uber driver accounts. TfL reports that over 14,000 fraudulent trips took place in London in late 2018 and early 2019.

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Samsung develops first 12-layer 3D-TSV chip packaging tech for HBM

Shannon Robb | Oct 7, 2019 at 5:25 pm CDT

We've all seen HBM deployed on various GPU's primarily from AMD starting back in the days of the FURY and FURY X. However the market for HBM has grown quite a lot and is used for not just GPU but similar devices such as compute accelerators and FPGAs

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Samsung today announced that they have developed an industry first in the new 12-layer 3D-TSV (Through Silicon Via) design. The design uses 60,000 TSV holes to enable the stacking of DRAM chips in a vertical configuration. The TSV holes are stated to be one-twentieth the thickness of a human hair.

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Skyrim composer Jeremy Soule accused of rape

Derek Strickland | Aug 26, 2019 at 11:55 pm CDT

Video games composer Jeremy Soule, described as the John Williams of game music, has been accused of raping an independent developer.

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Nathalie Lawhead, the indie dev behind Tetrageddon Games, says she was raped by Skyrim composer Jeremy Soule while working on a hellish ARG project. The following is based on Lawhead's story.

"On November 4 2008 I was contacted by a studio in Vancouver to design and build an ARG for their new IP. I talked about my experiences of working with this company before. For example, in this post."

"What I didn't share, when talking about my experiences, is that I was raped by Jeremy Soule while I was working there."

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