Play as Los Santos Police With New GTA V Mod

A new mod for Grand Theft Auto V on PC is offering to put players on the other side of the law, allowing them to adopt the role of an on-duty Los Santos police officer, tasked with cleaning up the streets of the crime-laden city. The mod, currently in alpha, is produced by Palm Beach Games, who were also responsible for the enjoyable 7Precinct and SAPD: First Response mods for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, the latter of which has been retrofitted to operate with GTA V.

The mod’s features, according to VG24/7, include:

  • Go on duty and choose your player skin and patrol vehicle
  • Receive several call-outs to respond to
  • Request police backup, medical assistance, fire squad, SWAT, roadblock, and heli support
  • Perform traffic stops
  • Engage in pursuits
  • Arrest random pedestrians and suspects
  • Frisk random pedestrians and suspects
  • Use a taser on pedestrians
  • Interactive police station interiors
  • Increase/decrease your rank and unlock certain perks
  • Save your progress just like vanilla SA
  • Personalize several aspects, such as keypresses, in the INI file
  • Go on patrol with a K9 unit (dog)
  • Real-time crimes
  • Save your personal stats like rank, number of suspects killed, etc. and share with other users

The mod can be downloaded from the Palm Beach Games website.

Thank you VG24/7 for providing us with this information.

How Hard did Iron Man Hit the Hulk in Age of Ultron?

The highest grossing movie of 2015, Avengers: Age of Ultron has been out around a week now; sorry USA, you get it tomorrow. In this time, the world has been given a cinematic master class in how movies should look, big and brash to put it bluntly. However, there is one physicist in America that just couldn’t let his mind rest after watching the latest teaser of the Hulk Vs Iron Man Hulkbuster fight; he wanted to figure out how hard that blow needed to be to send him over the other side of the block.

I’m not even going to try and compress this down, this is the ultimate nerd bomb, but first the video.

https://youtu.be/mjx-02XWuzk

“The Mass of Hulk

I know you don’t want to look at this first, but it’s the best place to start. Before looking at the Hulk as he is thrown back from the punch, I need to know his mass. But how could I possibly get the mass of the Hulk? Let me make the following assumptions:

  • He has a similar density as a human being.
  • The Hulk is about 2.5 meters tall—based on how he looks next to Captain America.
  • The Hulk is a bit bulkier than a normal human.

Since I assume the Hulk has the same density as a human, I can use a comparison of volumes (with a human) to find the mass. Suppose that we represent both a human and the Hulk as a cylindrical shaped object.

Since the Hulk isn’t just a tall human, I have to take into account his “bulk”. The volume of the Hulk cylinder is larger both because of the size and because of this “shape” ratio that I call a2. Let me skip right to the fun part. If the Hulk is 2.5 meters tall with a shape coefficient of 1.25 (just a guess), then he would have a mass of about 290 kg.

How Far and How Fast?

Next, let’s look at the video clip to estimate how far the Hulk went after being hit by Iron Man with the Hulkbuster armor. If I can determine how far the Hulk flew back, I can also estimate his speed after getting walloped by Hulkbuster. At first glance, it seems like he is moves back about one city block (or maybe more). Of course, I would like a better estimate.

After poking around on the Internet, it seems clear that this fight takes place in Johannesburg, South Africa. Better than that, I have found the location of Iron Man when he punched the Hulk. Here it is.

Screen shot from Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer along with images from Google Maps.

Boom. Right there in front of City Hall just to the left of one of those palm trees. Ok, that seems like the location of Iron Man when he hit the Hulk. But where did the Hulk go? From this shot, it appears he went North and away from City Hall.

Screen shot from Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer along with images from Google Maps.

It would seem that the Hulk would land somewhere past that tall building. If you try to find the landing location on Google Maps, you will actually find that it is right about where he started but looking in the opposite direction. If I assume that Hulk goes just past that tall building, his travel distance would be somewhere around 110 meters.

But what about his launch speed? I could use the travel distance and the flight time to get an estimate of the speed but there is one small problem. I don’t actually know the time. The clip shows the Hulk flying away from Iron Man and then cuts to another scene where he lands. I’m not sure these two scenes don’t overlap. But don’t worry. If I estimate the launch angle (I’m going to guess 20°), I can use basic ideas in projectile motion. Let me write the following equation for the horizontal distance traveled.

Yes, you might call this the “range equation”—but be careful. This equation can be quite dangerous. Your best bet is to really understand the basics of projectile motion.

Going back to the Hulk, if I use an angle of 20° and a horizontal distance of 110 meters I get a launch velocity of 40.95 m/s (91 mph).

Punching Force

I have an estimate for Hulk’s mass. I have an estimate for the Hulk’s speed just after the punch. But what about the punch itself?

Since I know both the Hulk’s mass and final (final as in after the punch) velocity, I also know his change in momentum. This means that I can use the Momentum Principle which says:

Technically, there are two forces acting on the Hulk during the punch. There is the force from the punch and then there is the gravitational force. I think it will be ok to just ignore the gravitational force for now (you can go back and add it in as a homework assignment). This means that I just need the time interval that the force is applied to Hulk. It’s difficult to determine exactly when Hulkbuster’s fist made contact and then left contact with the Hulk, but it looks like 3 frames is a good estimate. This would put the contact time at 0.067 seconds (3 frames is clearly longer than the actual contact time).

Now we can calculate the force of the punch. Since the force is in the same direction as the change in momentum, I can deal with these quantities as scalars instead of vectors (just a note for my physics friends).

With a slightly shorter time interval or a slightly higher launch speed, this force could be close to 20,000 Newtons (4500 lbs). That’s a large force, but remember that this is the Hulkbuster armor.”

Wow, 4500lbs; that’s on heck of a punch. There are still a few unanswered questions, but that’s enough ‘nerding’ for one day, go play some games or something. I’ll just leave this here.

Thank you to Wired for providing us with this information.

Nexpaq Revolutionise the Smartphone Case

The next step in the smartphone case could be here very, very soon. Nexpaq, a global company, is working on providing an almost fully modular case, very similar to that of Google’s Project Ara.

The company wanted to bring the modular design to current users; why should we have to wait for Project Ara to have a release date and price? The current compatibility list is small, just the iPhone 6, Samsung Galaxy S5 and S6 Edge., but they are looking to expand based on the ideas given on the Kickstarter page.

The case looks chunky, but for the functionality it brings, I can live with that; look at what it’s currently offering with the initial release.

The prices look very reasonable for modules, $14 for a SD card reader, that would make the current flagship phones look more interesting with their fixed storage capacities.

The pricing offered isn’t too bad either, $89 for the early bird bundle, or £109 if you miss that and buy it on release in January 2016.

I will be 100% behind this when it is released. I’m almost tempted to back them if they will make a Galaxy S6 case. Would you be interested in this phone case? Are you waiting for Project Ara to be announced? Let us know in the comments.

Google Chrome’s Password Alert Extension Protects Against Phishing

Installing antivirus and other protection software is all well and good but nothing can really protect you from your own mistakes if you accidentally input your credentials in the wrong login box. Google wants to improve their users’ privacy in regards to phishing attempts with Password Alert – a Chrome extension that notifies them whenever they input their account passwords into non-Google websites.

After it is installed, the extension fires up when you successfully log into your Google or Google for Work account, and then it saves a reduced-bit thumbnail of your password into the browser’s local storage. It then compares that password to any other password that you enter on other websites and alerts you accordingly. Naturally, if you’re using the same password across multiple accounts, this little extension might become more of a nuisance than a help. This way, Google is encouraging us to use different combinations, which is not exactly a bad idea.

According to the company’s Director of Security for Google Apps for Work, Eran Feigenbaum, a similar tool has been used internally by Google for a few years now. The extension’s code is open source, which means that other sites will be able to adapt it and use it for their own services.

Will you install this Google Chrome extension?

Thank you Techspot for providing us with this information.

First Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Ti Specifications Confirmed

AMD has been grabbing most headlines lately with their highly anticipated 300 series GPU launch, but that doesn’t mean the Nvidia is just standing by and watching what happens. They’ve been busy themselves and have been working on the GeForce GTX 980 Ti card that I know quite a few of our readers are looking forward too.

There have been some rumours concerning the specifications so far, but the sources have been questionable, or at least they weren’t verifiable. That has changed as Videocardz got the latest information directly from Jen-Hsun, the CEO of Nvidia, and you can’t really find anyone that more credible in this situation.

So what has been confirmed now? First of all the name, the next graphics card that Nvidia has for us all is the GeForce GTX 980 Ti. It will use half the memory of the TITAN X, 6GB, and it will be available with both stock and aftermarket coolers. The 12GB TITAN X monster is currently limited to Nvidia’s own stock coolers. The connection options were also confirmed and the 980 Ti comes with three DisplayPort, one HDMI, and one DVI-I port.

What we still don’t know is if it will use the full GM200 silicon and what speeds it will run at, but I’m sure we won’t have to wait long before we also get those details as the card is expected to arrive in a few week. We’ll make sure to keep you updated. The chart below is from earlier this year and contains some of the rumoured specification of the new card.

Thank you Videocardz for providing us with this information

TomTom Shakes up the Action Camera Market With New Bandit

TomTom has launched a new Action Camera to take on the rivals such as GoPro. TomToms’ take on an action camera comes with eased editing and sharing thanks to the companion app for smartphones and the built-in media server. Just shake your phone and the app can automatic generate a video of your highlights and share it on the internet.

The companion app makes it possible to create and share videos in matter of minutes and everywhere you are thanks to the built-in media server inside the camera that is able to allow your smartphone to access all the recordings. But TomTom’s action camera doesn’t just record videos, it also comes with built-in motion and GPS sensors to automatically find and tag exciting moments based on speed, altitude, G-force, acceleration and heart rate. The heart rate part requires the use of TomTom’s Runner.

“We know that the biggest frustration people have with action cameras today is the time and effort it takes to edit,” says Corinne Vigreux, co-founder and managing director, TomTom Consumer. “With TomTom Bandit we’ve cut the editing time down from hours to minutes – all it takes is a shake!”

With current action cameras, you first need to download gigabytes of footage to a powerful PC. Then you need to find the highlights, put together a story and format it. This can take hours on end and that is just what the Bandit is created to fight.

The TomTom Bandit action camera has a wide-angle lens, 16MP CCD sensor, and a powerful processor to create the best recordings of your adrenalin focused moments. It’s also waterproof up to 50 meters without an extra and bulky case, although it does require an additional lens cap.

 

The uniquely designed Batt-Stick combines a long lasting battery with a microSD card reader and SuperSpeed USB 3.0 plug. It plugs directly into any computer with the USB connector to allow you to easily download and store all your footage and precious moments. No need for extra cables, adapters, or readers.

The TomTom Bandit Action Camera will be available in May for €429 for European customers and later this summer for APAC and the US.

Features include:

  • Video at 1080p30, 1080p60, 720p60, 720p120
  • Cinematic at 2.7k30, 4k15
  • Native time lapse at 4k30, 1080p30 (various capture intervals)
  • Native slow motion at 1080p x2, 720p x4, WVGA x6
  • Single and burst photo up to 16MP at 10/s
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Smart and USB3.0 connectivity
  • Smartphone app available on iOS only at launch. An Android version of the app will be available soon.

 

Wolfenstein: The Old Blood System Requirements Revealed

Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is a first-person shooter that’s set to be released on May 5, 2015 by Bethesda Softworks. Developed by MachineGames, this is a prequel to the highly acclaimed Wolfenstein: The New Order from 2014, and its action takes place in 1946. During the campaign, the player will be able to see through the eyes of William “B.J.” Blazkowicz once again as he strives to reveal the location of a Nazi compound.

Now, just a few days away from its official release, Bethesda and MachineGames revealed the PC system requirements for Wolfenstein: The Old Blood. As we’ve come to expect from such a heavy title, the game requires a 64-bit operating system, at least 4GB of ram as well as 38GB of free hard-disk space. Below you can check out the full minimum and recommended requirements.

MINIMUM:

  • OS: 64-bit Windows 7/Windows 8
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-2500 @ 3.3 GHz / AMD FX-8320 @ 3.5 GHz
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 / AMD Radeon HD 6870 (1GB VRAM)
  • Hard Drive: 38 GB available space

RECOMMENDED:

  • OS: 64-Bit Windows 7/Windows 8
  • Processor: Intel Core i7 / AMD FX-8350
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 / AMD Radeon R9 280 (3GB or more VRAM)
  • Hard Drive: 38 GB available space

Do you think your machine can handle the next installment in the Wolfenstein series? The previous one was quite taxing on my own rig.

Thank you Dsogaming for providing us with this information.

MSI Introduces Prestige Notebook Series

Work and fun don’t have to be separated when using MSI’s new Prestige notebook series. The sleek and silver designed notebook got its inspiration from boutique fashion and high-precision instruments and packs a lot of power on inside the great look chassis.

The Prestige series is powered by the Intel fourth generation Core i7-4720HQ processors and comes with either a GTX950M or GTX960M graphics card. The notebook delivers true-to-life image quality close to 100% of the sRGB scale with MSI True Color Technology, allowing you to share your work with co-workers and more without the risk of potential color distortions.

Besides great visual experiences, the Prestige notebooks focus on a great audio experience. MSI adopted the Nahimic sound technology on their new notebook series that is said to give a great sound experience with 360° sound, improved clarity of dialogue, and increased bass. It also boosts the microphone with a constant volume and noise reduction as well as the new HD Audio Recorder feature that enables you to enjoy studio quality sound. MSI partnered with Dynaudio to equip the notebook with top-notch audio speakers and also added their own Audio Boost technology.

Another nifty feature added to the Prestige series is the ability to switch power profiles by hardware buttons by use of the new Shift feature. You can switch between sport, comfort, and green. The Non-glare coating on the display reduces eye strain and increases the comfort while reading on the available 15.6” FHD 1980 x 1080 or 4K and 17.3” FHD 1980 x 1080 display options.

Other hardware specification include up to 16GB 1600MHz RAM, up to 256GB M.2 SSD and 1TB HDD and a BD Writer. You also get several USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports, HDMI 1.4 and mini DisplayPort 1.2 connections. Networking is covered by a Gigabit Ethernet controller and 802.11ac WiFi as well as Bluetooth 4.0.

Zowie Gear Released New ZA Series Gaming Mice

Finding the perfect gaming mouse, or just any mouse for that matter, to fit your needs, preferences, and hand shape perfectly can be troublesome to say the least. You’ll need to try a lot of different ones before you find the one that matches you perfectly. With that in mind, it’s great to see Zowie releasing more shapes and options for us.

The ZOWIE FK1 and FK2 mice have been very popular among fans of ambidextrous shapes and the brand new ZA series builds on the same concept and proven interiors. The ZA series mice are the answer for gamers who want to rest their palms on the mouse and those looking for a mouse which is easier to lift with a claw grip. The FK series was a ‘flat’ mouse and not very comfortable for those who like to rest their palms on the rear of the mouse and that is where the ZA series comes into play with a heightened back.

The new ZA series comes in three different sizes to give you even more choices and find the perfect fit for your hand size. The ZA11 is the biggest with a rear width of 67mm and a height of 40mm while the ZA13 is the smallest with a rear width of 62mm and a height of 38mm.

The ZA series has another advantage, one for people who lift their mouse a lot from the surface. Near the front, it has a tiny groove on each side that helps you to hold the mouse and keep the grip with the use of a lot less pressure.

Inside the mouse, you’ll find the same proven components as Zowies’ EC-A and FK series mice are using, the Avago 3310 sensor. This is a great and well-proven sensor that gamers all around like.

Features:

  • Ambidextrous mouse developed for palm and claw grip usage
  • Two thumb buttons on both sides to comfortably serve left- and right-handed users
  • Plug and Play (no drivers needed)
  • Easy to switch between left- and right-hand functionality
  • 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 DPI adjustment
  • Adjustable USB report rate 125 / 500 / 1000 Hz
  • Perfect lift-off distance = 1.5 ~ 1.8mm
  • Operating system: Win2000/XP/VISTA/7/8; Mac OS X v10.2 after

The stock availability of partner shops will be announced through the Zowie Gear Facebook page

Gigabyte Updates With Support for Upcoming 5th Gen Intel Core Processors

One of the real pains in building computers comes at the times where you need to upgrade several components in order to keep everything compatible to the one new component that you actually had the intention to upgrade. This won’t be an issue if you plans are to invest in the upcoming and fifth generation of Intel Core processors and you own a Gigabyte Z97 or H97 based motherboard.

GIGABYTE’s engineers have been busy in their labs and they have tested and verified that the new generation of Intel Core processors all work perfectly on their H97 and Z97 chipset based motherboards and offer an optimal performance.

So users who wish to take advantage of Intel’s new processor generation as soon as possible can rest assured that their GIGABYTE motherboards will support it. You will need to download and install the latest BIOS to make sure that everything runs smoothly and that every function is properly supported, but that is kind of a normal thing and one that you have to do with each new generation of processors.

You can find and download the latest UEFI BIOS files for your 9 Series motherboards directly on GIGABYTE’s own website and be ready for the upcoming launch.

Microsoft Renames Project Spartan to Microsoft Edge

Project Spartan has long been known as the replacement for Microsoft’s aging Internet Explorer browser lineup. Debuting alongside Windows 10 later this year, the new browser finally shed its codename and was officially christened Microsoft Edge. This new name aligns the browser with the name of its underlying rendering engine, Edge. The new browser cuts out most of the legacy cruft left from Internet Explorer as well.

Microsoft Edge has a number of notable new features compared to Internet Explorer. HTML and Javascript extensions are supported, allowing extensions from Chrome and Firefox to be easily ported. This will do much to ensure a vibrant extension community right from the start. Cortana, Microsoft’s new personal assistant will also feature heavy integration with the browser. Customizable tab groupings and a revamped New Tab page also feature as well. Inking support and a reading list are also added in.

In line with the renaming, Microsoft has made a new video highlighting what most of the new features will look like. While light on details and more of a blur than anything, it does showcase everything pretty well. For now we’ll have to wait for Edge to fully hit the Windows 10 Preview before we can see the browser in its entirety as it is still in development.

Sky to Drop 3D Channels

Sky, TV subscription giant in the UK, has announced that they will be dropping their dedicated 3D channels. This will take place during June and will be moved over onto their ‘On Demand’ service.

3D has been on the decline for a few years now, the novelty is nice for the odd movie in cinema, but to live with the glasses on a day-in-day-out style would be just annoying. The only good thing to come from 3D is the double refresh rate to 120hz on some monitors and TV’s. The motive behind this is currently unknown, but fingers are pointing towards a UHD (4K) series of channels. The full press release can be seen below:

“We were recently very pleased to announce that almost 7 million of our customers in Britain and Ireland have now connected Sky’s On Demand services – making us far and away the biggest connected TV platform. What’s more, we’ve seen on demand downloads hit over 300 million in the last three months alone. That’s up by more than 60% year on year. So as more and more of our customers choose to watch TV when it suits them, we’re making some changes to how customers can watch Sky 3D.

Since its launch in 2010, Sky 3D has led the industry, becoming the home of incredible 3D content – from Sir David Attenborough’s award-winning documentaries like Flying Monsters, to the biggest Hollywood blockbusters like Avatar.

So today we’re announcing the latest development in our plans for 3D. From June Sky 3D is going fully on demand. From the latest 3D movie premieres like Guardians of the Galaxy, X-Men Days of Future Past and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, to the very best in natural history with documentaries like Natural History Museum Alive, it will all be ready and waiting for our customers to view whenever it suits them.

The changes to 3D are all part of making our on demand offering a fantastic destination for customers. Other recent enhancements that benefit millions of connected customers include putting on demand content front and centre on the Sky+ TV Guide, adding more of the very best Box Sets such as Prison Break and Game of Thrones, and securing rights to even more shows and sport.”

Do you currently use 3D channels on a daily basis? Will this move affect you? Let just know in the comments.

Full AMD CPU Roadmap Leaks

AMD is either orchestrating a hype campaign or they really can’t keep their secrets. This time around, the CPU roadmaps for both desktop and mobility have been leaked out to 2016. These roadmaps clarify a number of rumors and leaks over the past while as well lay out AMD’s long-term strategy.

For the desktop segment, 2015 is pretty much more of the same. Piledriver continues to drive the performance segment on AM3+ while Puma cores hold the low end. Kaveri gets a rebrand to “Godavari” making previous rumors around Godavari moot.

An important confirmation is the use of 14nm throughout the product stack. 14nm will bring AMD to parity with Intel Skylake. While Intel is set for 10nm in 2016, there have been signs that there will delays with that process. 14nm also means continued usage of Global Foundries, maybe with Samsung as a secondary supplier since the designs can now be easily be ported between the two firms.

Zen looks to be AMD’s go to architecture for 2016, covering everything from the performance to low power segments. It’s ability to replace the low-end Puma cores likely means the architecture is well power optimized and efficient. Scaling from 2-8 cores, some rumours are also pointing to simultaneous-multithreaded making an appearance, meaning up to 16 active threads are possible. It does look like rumours of a true 16 core consumer CPU were wrong though. The top end chip is codenamed Summit Ridge while the mainstream APUs are Bristol Ridge, complete with HSA 1.0. The small form factor and budget range will be served by Basilisk. Both Summit Ridge and Bristol Ridge are on the new FM3 socket while Basilisk is BGA.

On the mobile side of things, it much of the same. In 2015 Carrizo gets an update to Excavator cores, likely a minor tweak of the current Steamroller. For 2016, Bristol Ridge serves the performance and mainstream segments at 15-35W while Basilisk targets low power at 5-15W. Ultra low power moves from Amur with ARM A57 cores to Styx which sports up to 2 K12 cores to hit about 2W.

With all this information out already, it looks like May 6th will an important day not just for AMD fans but for PC fans in general. I doubt there will be much left to leak on the CPU side from AMD until then. 2016 looks like it will be a very interesting year if AMD can finally start competing with Intel using Zen.

Crucial Ballistix Sport 2400MHz Quad Channel DDR4 16GB Memory Kit Review

Introduction


Memory, the most vital part of any computer that gets overlooked the most. There’s not a lot to say about RAM apart from its expensive and very confusing. DDR4, the newest iteration of RAM is currently the fastest version of the consumer RAM, with speeds exceeding 3333MHz.

Crucial are one of the big players in the RAM game, providing us with solid performance at a more affordable price. Today’s kit is the Ballistix Sport 2400MHz, one of Crucial’s cheaper sets, providing us with minimal heatsinks and the base unit to use a black PCB. Let’s see how this set compares to the likes of Corsair, G-Skill and our base 32GB Crucial DDR4 set.

Specifications

Packaging and Accessories

We won’t dwell on the packaging too much as it is very plain and simple. Ffour modules neatly packed into a small rectangular box. This kit is a quad-channel variety so each module is 4GB in size.

A Closer Look

The Ballistix Sport kit looks very understated. A very slimline heatsink panel on each side. Such a minimalistic design which I think might put some off due to looking a little “cheap”. Hopefully that is not the case with the performance.

Check out the New Classes for the Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing III!

The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing III is the third installment of the gothic-noir steampunk action-RPG created by NeocoreGames. Inspired by Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the game offers a viable alternative to titles such as Diablo III or Torchlight II, and it is set to be released on Steam this May. In order to give you a glimpse of what’s new in this game, NeocoreGames released a video that showcases two brand new player classes for the RPG, namely the Elementalist and the Protector.

The names of the classes pretty much speak for themselves. The Protector is a heavy-armored juggernaut that relies on melee damage and impressive defensive skills. The Elementalist can wreak havoc using powerful magic attacks, but he is otherwise quite squishy when it comes to close combat. Obviously, the classes offer two very different play styles, but judging from what I’ve seen in the video, they are both equally fun to play. This is the second class video released by NeocoreGames for the upcoming title, as the first one showcased the Umbralist and the Phlogistoneer. Have a look at both of these videos by clicking below and let us know if you are looking forward to the final piece of the Van Helsing trilogy.

Thank you Dsogaming for providing us with this information.

PS4 With Silent Hills P.T. Installed on EBay and Its Not Cheap!

Following the news that Konami is pulling the Silent Hills demo, P.T., from the PlayStation Store today (29th April), is seems that some canny/cynical gamers are using the opportunity to earn some dough, with a couple of listings turning up on eBay offering a PlayStation 4 console with P.T. installed, with ‘Buy it now’ prices of £1,000.

P.T. may well be the last remaining relic of the eagerly awaited Silent Hill reboot, Silent Hills, which was to be co-helmed by Pacific Rim director Guillermo Del Toro and video game auteur Hideo Kojima, creator of the Metal Gear Solid franchise, and was due to star The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus. After Kojima’s mysterious feud with Konami, the game was thought to be under threat since, while the Silent Hill intellectual property is owned by Konami, the game’s Fox engine belongs to Kojima. Sadly, the game’s termination was confirmed by both Del Toro and Reedus over the weekend.

The well-received P.T. – despite being a demo, it garnered over a million downloads – now stands as an artefact of a potential classic, an idea that the two eBay sellers seem to be banking on. The two listings can be found here: 1 and 2.


During the writing of this article, a third PS4 with P.T. popped up on eBay, this time a regular auction, starting at £650.

Thank you VG24/7 for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Silent Hill France.

ISP Promotes Higher Broadband Deal for ‘Ideal’ Streaming

We all know the basics that a better internet connection means better internet experience. Well, it seems that this is all Verizon customer service employees know too and it’s over Netflix streaming again.

Netflix offers two standard streaming qualities, standard at approximately 3Mbps and High Definition at approximately 5Mbps, but Verizon sales reps told one customer he should upgrade from his 50Mbps Fibre Optic service due to it not being able to provide the smoothest experience. Industry analyst Day Rayburn had a small run in with multiple sales reps who tried palming this pitching this to him.

“Last week I contacted Verizon to discuss the renewal of my two-year FiOS Triple Play contract which already gives me 50Mbps up/down,” Rayburn wrote. “Three different sales reps via the phone and one via an online chat all tried to convince me to upgrade to 75Mbps, with the false promise that it would give me better quality Netflix streaming, amongst other OTT [over-the-top] streaming services. I was told that with 75Mbps I would get ‘smoother video viewing’ and ‘better quality’ with a higher tier service. Of course, this claim by Verizon is 100 percent false and they know it.”

“During HBO’s Game Of Thrones Season 5 premiere, I had ten separate streams going on at the same time via HBO Now and Sling TV,” Rayburn wrote. “All combined, I consumed just under 29Mbps of my 50Mbps connection and all ten streams had perfect quality. HBO Now’s bitrate maxes out at 4Mbps and some of the streams I had going were to mobile devices. Amongst the ten streams, they averaged 2.9Mbps per second. So even if I had a household of ten people, all streaming at the same time, going from 50Mbps to 75Mbps would not have given me any better video streaming quality over what I already have. Verizon is simply using the average consumer’s lack of knowledge of bitrates and streaming technology to scare them into thinking they need a higher tiered package than they really do.”

Rayburn, an analyst at Frost & Sullivan, actually tried defending the ISP last year over the financial dispute with Netflix; I bet he’s changed sides now.

I understand the “make a sale” pitch, but blatantly lying to a customer is just dirty dealings; I wonder how many customers they have falsely snagged with this hook.

Thank you to ArsTechnica for providing us with this information

A Bot Found Twitter’s Financial Results Early and Caused Its Stock to Plunge

Apparently, releasing a company’s financial results ahead of time can cause quite a dramatic effect on its stock value. A financial tech named Selerity managed to dig up Twitters’ numbers using a bot that scans for financial results-related URLs. Selerity published the company’s quarterly results before they were released officially on Tuesday, and this caused a stock price tumble of 18 percent. As a result, Twitter’s stock price was at $42.27 per share at the end of the day.

During the year’s first quarter, the social networking goliath lost over $162 million. Furthermore, from 2010 to 2014, it lost over $1.5 billion, which is quite considerable even for such a successful brand. During an annual report that was released in 2015, Twitter’s management stated the following:

” Since our inception, we have incurred significant operating losses, and, as of December 31, 2014, we had an accumulated deficit of $1.57 billion”

CEO Dick Costolo tried to reassure investors by releasing the following statement:

“It is still early days for these products, and we have a strong pipeline that we believe will drive increased value for direct response advertisers in the future.”

Do you think that Twitter will be able to recover from these significant losses?

Thank you Arstechnica for providing us with this information.

 

Inateck FE2004 USB 3.0 HDD External Enclosure Review

Introduction


I’ve had the pleasure to have a closer look at quite a few of Inateck’s docking stations and enclosures so far, and it has been a pleasure every time. Today I’m taking a closer look at the Inateck FE2004 2.5-inch portable HDD and SSD enclosure. The FE2004 enclosure connects through a USB 3.0 connection for great transfer speeds thanks to the 5Gbps bandwidth and it can take drives up to 9.5mm height.

The Inateck FE2004 has a delicate and simple appearance. The only thing that stands out from the black enclosure is the battery indicator and company logo. The manufacturing is great and every part fits together without gaps or edges that you’ll feel. The surface also feels very smooth and it’s generally an enclosure that is pleasant to touch and hold.

A portable enclosure also has to be convenient to carry and light weight. Inateck’s FE2004 is both as it only weighs 90 grams the rounded corners make the 130 x 83 x 13 mm small enclosure easy to slide into even the tightest pockets. The USB cable is detachable so you don’t break it during transport and can pack it all better. A detachable USB cable also allows you to replace it with a longer or shorter one depending on your needs.

The FE2004 would be a great expansion for laptop users to store all their extra media such as films and images, ready to stream when needed and without the need to take up that little precious internal storage that most laptop users are bound to. The enclosure is

The enclosure is suitable for 9.5mm and thinner drives. There is a pre-mounted foam pad inside the enclosure to keep thinner drives such as 7mm SSDs mounted properly and prevent them from rattling around and Inateck also includes a second foam pad with the enclosure in case you ever need to replace it. A minor thing that costs them maybe a cent, but one that is extremely convenient for the user buying the product.effectively.

The bottom side of the enclosure has four tiny nipples as feet and while they don’t look like much, they do provide a better grip on the surface than the other side does. Place on the top side, the enclosure could easily slide off a smooth surface, but the feet hold it in place.

Features

  • Built-in foam pad, protect hard disk effectively
  • Blue and red power supply/HDD LED activity indicator
  • Suitable for 9.5mm and thinner 2.5-inch SATA HDD and SSD.
  • Super Speed USB3.0 offer Speed up to 5Gbps
  • Compatible Operating Systems: Windows 2000/Windows Me/Windows 98/ XP /Vista/ 7/ 8, Mac OS 9.1/10.8.4 above
  • Hot Swap & Plug and Play: No reboot and additional driver is needed
  • Tool-Free design: Mounting a drive in three-second without tools and mounting screws.

 

ASUSTOR Adds the Last Missing Streaming Option to Their NAS’

ASUSTOR has been busy updating their NAS software all around, but with a special focus on the media part. Playing movies and tv shows is becoming a bigger part of users life every day and the solutions to do so become easier as well. ASUSTOR already had a pretty good coverage on the area with AirPlay support, KODI and XMBC media players, as well as UPnP and DLNA streaming. But one had been missing so far and that was the official Chromecast support.

That is not an issue anymore as the new AiVideos mobile app now supports Chromecast multimedia streaming playback, bringing the big screen entertainment experience to the last few ASUSTOR users who couldn’t already enjoy it. After linking with Chromecast, AiVideos turns into a remote control allowing users to pause, fast-forward, adjust the volume and even configure subtitles at the touch of a finger.

“Although consumers are relying on their mobile device more than ever before, many are still not satisfied with watching videos on a small screen,” said Steve Huang, Product Manager at ASUSTOR. “We are very excited to be adding Chromecast support to ASUSTOR NAS, allowing videos on our devices to be streamed and played on bigger screens and bringing our users a more satisfying digital entertainment experience.”

The new version of AiVideos is first available for Android and can be downloaded or updated from Google Play. Users should also use the newest version of LooksGood (1.0.0.r1220) in conjunction with the newest version of AiVideos in order to enjoy Chromecast support.

Predator: Dark Ages is Full of Win!

I can’t stress enough how awesome this new trailer is. I loved the original Predator movies when they launched all those years ago, with the exception of the terrible Alien vs. Predator movie, I’d rather pretend that didn’t exist.

Sci-Fi alien movies almost always focus on modern civilization or future worlds, where guns and laser weapons are prolific, making for a fair fight against the space filth that has landed on Earth. Fortunately, as an antidote to all of this futuristic madness, Director James Busche and producers at Fascinating Pictures are creating Predator: Dark Ages.

Predator: Dark Ages is literally what it sounds like, an epic space monster and Knights! One of the deadliest hunters in the galaxy vs swords and armour, set in the time of the Crusades, and it looks epic! Unfortunately, this isn’t the big blockbuster it deserves to be, but a fan made film, albeit one that’s got some top-notch production values to it. The teaser trailer below should be more than enough to get you excited for the final product and we’ll be following this one closely as it develops.

“Set during the Crusades, the faith & fighting skills of a group of Templar Knights is put to the test when they encounter the Predator. Their battle is the thing Myths and Legends are born from. Starring Adrian Bouchet, Amed Hashimi, Sabine Crossen, Ben loyd-Holmes, Jon Campling, Joe Egan and Philip Lane.”

A major network or film studio needs to throw money at this idea, Predator Thought Time would make a great series!

Apple Watch – Will it Blend?

The title of this article says it all really, can you blend the Apple Watch? Of course you freaking can, everything blends, so long as you have a big enough blender.

What is amazing is that Blendtec are still blending things, after all these years, what originally started as a simple marketing campaign for their expensive and incredibly powerful blenders, turned into an internet sensation and has been going on ever since. Personally, I think it’s awesome that it’s still Tom Dickson doing the blending, what a bizarre full-time job he landed himself in!

“Thankfully, the real Apple Watch is finally here, and boy is she a beauty, but the Apple Watch is a work of art. It should be on your wrist, not in a Blendtec.” Said Tom, before putting it in the blender.

 

We’ve seen all kinds of cool tech blended over the years, such as smartphones, tablets, MP3 players, you name it, they’ve blended it.

The watch blending is fun, but I highly recommend you watch the entire video, because Blendtec have something even bigger planned, albeit one that seems a comical flight of fancy, but one that would not doubt be epic if they ever did it.

Apparently Microsoft has Never Heard of 4chan

It’s not uncommon for the business world and popular culture to clash, more often than not, it ends in hilarious consequences, but Microsofts’ latest gaff may be one of the best ones yet. It seems that no one at Microsoft has ever heard of a little thing called 4chan, legendary for its on going thread of chaos known as /b/.

With the Microsoft Build 2015 event upon us, Microsoft has tried to come up with some smart branding to try and simplify things, but I’m guessing they don’t see the confusion, or the funny side of calling Build 2015 by the name /b

This isn’t going to end well for Microsoft, they’re practically inviting themselves to get trolled into oblivion by 4chan members and it’s only a matter of time before they start getting laughed at on twitter.

Oh wait, it’s already happening, told you it wouldn’t take long!

It’s obviously too late for Microsoft to do anything about it, they’ve clearly already printed books, leaflets, banners, T-shirts and every other bit of material for the event with the /b logo. So if you see someone walking around sporting this branding, be sure to ask them which they support, Microsoft or 4chan?

Eurocom Launches Upgradeable M4 Ultraportable Laptop

If you’re in the market for a compact laptop that still packs a great display and enough power for even demanding usage scenarios, then you might want to take a closer look at the new Eurocom M4 ultraportable laptop with up to Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M graphics, intel Core i7-4940MX upgradeable processors, and a QHD+ 13.3-inch display with a resolution of 3200 x 1800 pixels.

The new Eurocom packs a lot of power but only weighs 2kg and measures just 330 x 227 x 31.9mm. As with all Eurocom models, you can customize just how much performance you need and want to pay for. The M4 now provides three levels of graphics cards to choose from, the GeForce 960M, 860M, and 765M. The new 960M might be the perfect choice for a system like this, providing a great performance at decreased power consumption.

The system is powered by Intel’s HM87 Chipset that can handle the full line of Intel’s 4th Gen Core i7 processors, including the Core i7-4940MX with four cores and eight threads, running at 3.1GHz. You can equip the system with up to 16GB DDR3-1866 memory via the two SO-DIMM slots and with up to 4TB storage capacity through one 9.5mm 2.5-inch and two mSATA storage bays, even the most demanding users needs should be covered.

The display is also customizable, not everyone want’s a QHD resolution on a 13-inch screen. Other options besides the 3200×1800 display is a 2560×1440 Quad HD matte display and a 1920×1080 Full HD matte display. Even with all that power at your disposal, the M4 can still give you a long battery time of 5 hours.

EUROCOM M4 VGA / GPU Graphics Options:

  • 2GB GDDR5; NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M (N15P-GX-B); 640CUDA; GPU 1029MHz; VRAM 2500MHz; Maxwell GM107 28nm; on-board
  • 2GB DDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M (Kepler); 128-bit; 768 CUDA; GPU/VRAM Clock 850MHz/2000MHz; on-board
  • 2GB GDDR5; NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M (N16P-GX-B); 640CUDA; GPU 1097MHz; VRAM 2500MHz; Maxwell GM107 28nm; on-board

EUROCOM M4 Processor / CPU Options:

  • 2.40 GHz (up to 3.40) Intel Mobile Core i7-4700MQ (Haswell); 4C/8T; 6MB L3; 22nm; FCPGA946; 47W; DDR3L-1600
  • 2.50 GHz (up to 3.5) Intel Mobile Core i7-4710MQ (Haswell); 4C/8T; 6MB L3; 22nm; FCPGA946; 47W; DDR3L-1600
  • 2.60 GHz (up to 3.20) Intel Mobile Core i5-4210M (Haswell); 2C/4T; 3MB L3; 22nm; FCPGA946; 37W; DDR3L-1600
  • 2.80 GHz (up to 3.80); Intel Mobile Core i7-4810MQ; 4C/8T; 6MB L3; 22nm; FCPGA946; 47W; DDR3L-1600
  • 2.90 GHz (up to 3.90); Intel Mobile Core i7-4910MQ; 4C/8T; 8MB L3; 22nm; FCPGA946; 47W; DDR3L-1600/1866
  • 3.00 GHz (up to 3.90) Intel Mobile EXTREME Core i7-4930MX (Haswell); 4C/8T; 8MB L3; 22nm; FCPGA946; 57W; DDR3L-1600/1866
  • 3.10 GHz (up to 4.00); Intel Mobile Core i7-4940MX Extreme; 4C/8T; 8MB L3; 22nm; FCPGA946; 57W; DDR3L-1600/1866

Hulu Buys Streaming Rights to the Entire Seinfeld Series for up to $180 Million

Hulu just got done striking a deal with Sony Pictures Television for the streaming rights of the beloved show Seinfeld. The deal was for the entire 180 episode series, with Hulu paying up to $180 million. There are varying reports of what the total what the claims are stating are between $700,000 to $1 million per episode.

Hulu has beaten out Amazon, Netflix, and Yahoo for the digital streaming rights to the ’90s classic American sitcom “about nothing”. This no doubt will be worth it in the long run for Hulu as the show is still extremely popular in syndication. There have been varying reports about the actual amount that the deal is for since it hasn’t been made public yet. Though some of the first reporting media outlets are saying figures of between $700,000 to $1 million per episode.

Unfortunately for Hulu customers that want to watch the show they will still have to sit through a few commercials even if they are paying customers of Hulu Plus. The commercials certainly make a lot of money for the streaming service, but also hurts its potential customer base as many users refuse to upgrade to Hulu Plus because they still play commercials.

Thank you, Wall Street Journal for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of tumblr.

Out of Control Russian Spacecraft Hurtling to Earth

The Russian cargo spacecraft Progress M-27M is currently out of control after delivering supplies to the International Space Station and is plummeting to Earth. NASA footage shows the unmanned craft descending towards Earth’s atmosphere with little hope of regaining control over it.

“It has started descending. It has nowhere else to go,” an insider told news agency Agence France-Presse (AFP). “It is clear that absolutely uncontrollable reactions have begun.” The insider also revealed that the Russian space agency will attempt to contact the craft again to ensure that it every effort is made to avert its uncontrolled fall to Earth, saying, “We have scheduled two more communication sessions to soothe our conscience.”

The Russians lost communications with the craft, launched by a Soyuz rocket on Tuesday, soon after becoming spaceborne. Spokesperson for the Russian space agency, Mikhail Fedeyev, has refused to comment, rendering him utterly redundant.

http://youtu.be/28jJ3sANL1o

The crew of the ISS, who were due to receive a cargo shipment from the Progress on 30th April before control of it was lost, have been watching the spacecraft fall away. Commander Chris Hadfield, the Canadian astronaut and former Commander of the ISS, says that the Progress should burn up as it hits the Earth’s atmosphere, so there should be no concerns about falling debris impacting the surface of the planet.

Thank you news.com.au for providing us with this information.

Pirate Movie Streaming App Popcorn Time Blocked by UK Court

The High Court ruled yesterday that popular movie streaming platform Popcorn Time be blocked by the UK ISPs. Sky, BT, EE, TalkTalk, and Virgin Media will be forced to block access to five URLs that offer the Popcorn Time app for download.

In his ruling, Judge Briss did a marvellous job of stating the obvious regarding Popcorn Time’s legal status, stating, “It is manifest that the Popcorn Time application is used in order to watch pirated content on the internet and indeed it is also manifest that is its purpose.” Though his follow-up “No-one really uses Popcorn Time in order to watch lawfully available content” is not entirely correct, since movies on Popcorn Time are usually DVD or BluRay rips, meaning that they have to be “lawfully available” in order to be streamed. Users are just accessing them without paying for them via illegal means.

Popcorn Time has issued the following statement:

We’re pretty disappointed from the judicial system in the UK and feel pretty sorry for the citizens of England for their basic rights, like the freedom of speech and net neutrality being revoked so easily.

We hope to see some sort of protest from the citizens of the UK against this order, but given how easy it is for the judicial system there to hurt their basic rights, we doubt they will do so

We find this move they made pretty predictable and we’re sure that this is not the last of it. We’re working full force now even more than ever on making Popcorn Time fully p2p and soon the software will not be depended on any domain or centralized server to operate.

Since no ISP has challenged the order, it will come into effect soon, with access to popcorntime.io, flixtor.me, popcorn-time.se, and isoplex.isohunt.to denied to UK users. However, anyone who already has Popcorn Time installed should not see any disruption to their service. Regardless, as with the spate of blocked torrent sites over the last few years, the move is sure to prove futile, with proxies and VPNs offering savvy internet users access to any blocked content.

Thank you Engadget for providing us with this information.