Microsoft Edge to Gain Google WebM and VP9 Support

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer have long been panned as the red-headed stepchild among the various web browsers. The built-in Windows browser suffered from both a real and perceived lack of speed, features, and extension support. With Microsoft Edge, the company looks to be making sure their latest browser will keep up to date with current standards. As a result, the Windows 10 Anniversary Update will bring WebM and VP9 support to the Windows 10 browser.

VP9 is Google’s latest experiment with video codecs. After VP8 largely failed against H.264 due to patent issues and a delayed release, Google is hoping VP9 take hold. Together with Microsoft and the rest of the Alliance for Open Media, Google hopes VP9 will offer a royalty-free alternative to H.265. As 4K content hasn’t yet quite taken hold, VP9 still stands a good chance to become the industry standard. The WebM container format and Opus audio codec will also be added as well.

Unfortunately for those involved, VP9 doesn’t have widespread hardware acceleration support yet. This means devices playing back VP9 content will likely have to resort to the CPU instead of a more power efficient ASIC. For Microsoft Edge, VP9 support will be turned off by default unless hardware acceleration is detected. Even with this glaring fault, the extensive use of VP9 on YouTube may eventually sway hardware manufacturers. Let the codec wars begin!

‘Click Farms’ to Inflate Online Popularity Exposed

How do you get a few hundred people to like your “Why are courgettes* so neglected?” page? Paid advertisements? Viral publicity? Trusting in the innate power of that most underestimated of Summer squashes? With the success of such options being variable at best – leaving much to chance – there are some who would rather try to cheat the system, paying for likes, followers, and other quantifiable indicators of popularity.

The “Why are courgettes so neglected?” Facebook is one of many that has been exposed as paying for likes, using companies that hire ‘click farms’ – low-paid workers tasked with clicking on the appropriate button (‘Like’, ‘Follow’, ‘Retweet’), over and over, via a series of fake accounts – to inflate their popularity. This particular page paid a team in Dhaka, Bangladesh for its measly half-a-thousand likes.

Dispatches, a Channel 4 investigative journalism show in the UK, has exposed just how prevalent this underhanded practice really is. The reveal is sure to hurt the veracity of social media platforms and their accidental involvement in misleading their users.

“There’s a real desire amongst many companies to boost their profile on social media, and find other customers as well as a result,” Graham Cluley, an independent security consultant, told The Guardian.

Using ‘click farms’ is not limited to pages about green vegetables, though – Dispatches found an online casino, which had licensed the Monopoly brand from owner Hasbro, was also guilty of the practice. Hasbro ordered that the page be closed following the deception’s reveal, saying that it was “appalled to hear of what had occurred.”

“Potentially, a number of laws are being breached – the consumer protection and unfair trading regulations. Effectively it’s misleading the individual consumers,” Sam DeSilva, IT and Outsourcing Law lawyer for Manches LLP, added.

An undercover sting also exposed the middlemen who act as agents for ‘click farms’, with Dispatches secretly recording its meeting with Sharaf al-Nomani, owner of Shareyt.com, which offers likes, follows, and other indicators of popularity on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and YouTube, for a fee.

While the site claims that it is “a crowd-sourcing platform to help you improve social media presence and search engine ranking FREE,” al-Nomani, in meeting with undercover Dispatches reporters, revealed that “around 30% or 40% of the clicks will come from Bangladesh” as part of a deliberate, organised strategy.

*That’s a zucchini to anyone from the Americas.

EA Copyright Claim Removes Donald Trump Mass Effect Video

Donald Trump is a rather controversial figure who was originally dismissed during the first stage of his Republican nomination campaign. Rather swiftly, Trump began to attract a vociferous following and shocked political commentators with his dramatic rise in popularity. Throughout the course of Trump’s success, he’s made various remarks which would end other politicians career. Despite this, whenever he says anything controversial, it seems his popularity rises by a significant amount. Of course, Trump is often the subject of many parodies, memes and other fan content on YouTube.

Recently, Donald Trump tweeted a fan-made video entitled, ‘The Trump Effect’. This includes music and Martin Sheen’s voice-over from Mass Effect 2. According to Game Informer, various Bioware employees were appalled by the notion of their work being an integral component of Trump’s current political strategy. The publisher, EA, reacted by launching a YouTube copyright claim and flagging the video for breach of their intellectual property.  EA released a statement regarding these events which reads:

“The video was an unauthorized use of our IP,”

“We do not support our assets being used in political campaigns.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXWU2EbBoQk

As always, this hasn’t really altered anything and the video is still available through other YouTube channels. Surely, this move has bolstered Donald Trump’s publicity and giving him additional headlines. Personally, I haven’t got a problem with spoof videos, or users making their own unique content. However, copyright holders will take down any content which they feel uses their intellectual property. It’s a fascinating situation because I’m wondering if any other video using their assets would have been taken down in a similar manner.

It’s probably down to views, and the amount of people accessing videos with copyrighted material. Whatever your opinion about Trump, I honestly think it’s important to have freedom of expression to mock, criticize and help media personalities. Starting to block content just because you dislike its message is a dangerous path to walk down.

The Music Industry Wants The Digital Copyright Law Reformed

First, we had live music, then we got vinyl records, then cassettes and CD’s and now we can enjoy our music anywhere we like in the palm of our hand thanks to Digital music. The problem is that being able to share and copy music so easily isn’t for everyone and the American music industry wants the Digital Copyright Law Reformed.

Why does someone want the Digital Copyright Law reformed? The American music industry argues that the approach of issuing takedown notices to people who upload content illegally just doesn’t work when combating the number of web addresses and options people have for uploading music. They claim that the safe harbor passages of the Digital Copyright Law actually protect those who benefit from piracy, such as google with its search engine and YouTube videos.

As part of the reform, the music industry is looking at technology like audio fingerprinting to spot piracy before something is even uploaded. They are also asking that a takedown notice for say a song on YouTube, would affect all illegal copies of the song on that site. While the music industry may argue that issuing takedown requests at the moment doesn’t help enough, Google would argue that after a recent study as many as 30 percent of the takedown requests they received were dodgy.

People currently argue that the Digital copyright law is a guilty-until-proven-innocent piece of legislation, that often ends up with videos and content that use music for legal reasons are flagged up on systems. Asking for copyright law to be reformed, especially around its safe harbor passages, could result in the law being relaxed, or entirely new measures being put in place to combat the onslaught of takedown requests sites and search engines receive for both genuine and ‘dodgy’ reasons.

Final Fantasy XV Has Its Own Anime And Will Soon Have A Movie

Who hasn’t heard of Final Fantasy? With a new game, Final Fantasy XV, set for release in September, fans are excited for anything to keep the series going. To help the game receive a warm reception, Square Enix are sorting people out with not one but two forms of entertainment before the game even begins.

Set for release later this year, Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV will be a 3D-animated film focused on King Regis. Set for a digital release in 2016 and will feature voice work from the likes of Aaron Paul, Lena Headey and Sean Bean.

Before you have to wait that long though you can start to enjoy Final Fantasy XV. Created by the same studio as Sword Art Online and Black Butler, A-1 Pictures, the anime will be released in five-ten minute episodes, straight to YouTube for everyone to watch.

If that wasn’t enough you can already enjoy the series with the first episode already going live, with the entire series reported to tie into the game demo. If you want to start enjoying Final Fantasy now you can find the episode below, a little something to help with the wait  before the movie or game gets released later this year.

YouTube Looking To Go Live With YouTube Connect

YouTube is the name people think of when they hear about videos on the internet, and while social media like Facebook and Twitter have added video support, many still prefer to upload to YouTube and then share the video. One thing Facebook and Twitter do that YouTube can’t is to create live videos such as when someone decides that they want to start streaming straight to their audience. This may change though with reports about the new service: YouTube Connect.

VentureBeat may have stumbled across the new service, which seems to be targeted towards creating a live streaming platform for YouTube users. The feature is based around the ability to start streaming from your mobile phone, but there are other features such as the chat ability and even the ability to tag people and other accounts in the stream. A news feed will allow you to feature the latest clips from friends and subscriptions.

The live videos won’t just be locked to the app, with them simultaneously streamed to their YouTube channels as well, all the while they are saved so that in future someone can come back and catch up on your videos.

While YouTube does currently have live streaming the feature is noted as being in beta and limited as to who can access it, so maybe YouTube Connect will be their way of bringing the feature to the masses in the near future.

Mozilla Bans Popular YouTube Unblocker Add-On

One of Firefox’s popular add-ons has been kicked from the repository after repeated bad behavior, and it is unlikely to come back. The YouTube add-on uses a list of proxy servers to circumvent geoblocking of YouTube videos, which in itself is a very useful feature, but one that you’ll have to find another add-on for from now on.

The latest of multiple issues with the popular browser add-on that already accumulated over 250 thousand downloads started last weekend with a user reporting an issue on the Mozilla bug tracker. After installing the add-on, his anti-virus software alarmed him right away that it had blocked a download coming from a third-party website which had been flagged as malware by Avast Anti Virus.

On further examination, the user found out that the add-on was altering the browser settings and disabled the add-on signing feature preventing unauthorized installs, AKA add-ons that haven’t been signed or certificated by Mozilla. After disabling this security feature, the YouTube Unblocker add-on then went on to download another add-on called Adblock Converter from a third-party domain via an unsecured connection, an add-on that is categorized as malware and isn’t to be found in the official add-on library. To make matters even worse, users without proper anti-virus or anti malware solutions wouldn’t even know that this extra add-on was installed as it wouldn’t show up in the about:addons page either and it would reinstall itself again if a user managed to uninstall it in safe mode.

This is far from the first time that this add-on has been under investigation for bad behavior, last time in June 2015 where they were caught circumventing the official guidelines for add-ons with update code that bypassed the official Mozilla review process. Before that, they were caught tampering with search results and sending data back to the company without the users consent or knowledge, even when the user opted out of the feature.

Luckily for users who need a geo-unblocking feature for their Firefox browser, there are plenty of other alternatives to choose from.

YouTube Create Team to Deal With Takedown Mistakes

YouTube is known as much for its community content as it is for the paid content it wants to introduce. Community content can be anything from the cute cat playing piano video to an action packed music video featuring your favourite movie and video game clips, the latter of which don’t last long online sadly. The reason the video wouldn’t last long is due to the automated copyright system flagging even the smallest piece of content, ending up with videos being taken down for any reason provided. This is set to change with YouTube creating a team to deal with these takedown mistakes.

User created content is the backbone of YouTube and when people are finding their videos being removed, even though they have a genuine right to publish them, they would more likely to leave for one of YouTube’s rival services. The new team will have the purpose of “minimizing mistakes”, with the hopes that with fewer mistakes more content will be left on the site without any legal issues regarding their content.

Alongside the new team, there will also be some new initiatives rolled out in the coming months designed to “strengthen communications between creators and YouTube support”. Including increased transparency for the status of monetization claims, the features you’ll see coming seem to be focused on supporting and developing YouTube content creators as much as the service itself.

 

Youtube Adds Handy Blurring Tool to Video Editor

We all use Youtube. We watch everything from funny cats playing musical instruments to the latest music videos. The problem being is that once it’s uploaded to Youtube you can sometimes quickly find that you’ve left something important in. From your friends license plate, to maybe even your address or phone number on a piece of paper hiding in the corner of the screen. What could you do? For just that scenario Youtube has added a Blurring Tool.

While they previously had a blur tool, it was only really built for people who wanted to hide their faces, but now you can go all out and blur anything you feel might require a little bit of privacy. The cool part of the feature is it’s pretty much automated, all you need to do is draw a box around the part of the video you want to hide and the software will do it all for you. If that’s not what you were after you can just lock the box in place and blur even just a part of the screen.

Understanding that the tool has many uses, Amanda Conway, the privacy lead for this tool, stated that they “built the feature with visual anonymity in mind”. Blocking everything from number plates and faces to phone numbers and bank cards, the new tool could save people time with their post video editing.

Home-made And Working Batarangs Are Now A Thing

We all love when people get that little bit creative. So far we’ve seen a 3D printed railgun and even someone who made boomerangs based on your favourite fantasy weapons. While it was cool to see a diamond pickaxe (disclaimer: it was made of wood) fly and come back to us the classics really got to us in the form of giant wooden Batarang. Apparently this wasn’t good enough for LaserGadgets who went one step further and made a working Batarang.

LaserGadgets is a youtube channel dedicated to bringing that fictional superhero gear that we’ve all dreamed about to life. Their creations have included a Death Star style laser and even a functional Iron Man gauntlet (minus repulsor technology).

The Batarangs in question are made out of metal and at the press of a button deploy the two wings ready to help take out the Joker. If this wasn’t enough the video even explains how to make your own Batarangs! We recommend that if you do make some, you don’t start wearing black spandex and prowling the streets at night, instead enjoying what is, without a doubt, one of the coolest creations we have ever seen.

We now have a Batarang and you can even get a Batmobile golf cart. What piece of fantasy technology would you like to see made and why?

Dentist Tried to out YouTube Critic but Will Instead Pay Legal Fees

We all judge people, and some of us dislike people for something as simple as their job. A popular profession to be hated for being is a dentist, a profession sometimes accredited with just being there for you to inflict pain on your patients. Well in a legal case in Georgia, America a dentist has gone to court to try out a YouTuber who uploaded an investigation into the dentist that was aired by an Atlanta-area television station.

The original indictment was published in 2009 which stated, among other things, that Austin beat several patients. The assault charges, whose victims included children, was dropped as part of a plea deal after pleading guilty to six counts of Medicare fraud. The assault charges relate to when a patient would cry out or moan during a procedure (something we’ve all done when that sharp metal tool stabs into your gums), Gordan Trent Austin would tell the patient to stop making noise, only to reinforce the message if they didn’t obey with a quick strike from a dental instrument.

With the original video released in 2009, it was only back in 2015 that Austin filed a lawsuit in an attempt to sue the Youtuber for defamation, this lawsuit included a subpoena to google to identify the Youtubers identifier. Public Citizen didn’t like this though and filed a motion arguing that not only was there no case for defamation but that the statute of limitations had elapsed, so even if there was it was too late.

The hearing was scheduled to take place on Tuesday but a week before it went to court, Austin’s lawyers agreed to not only drop the case but pay $12,000 in attorneys’ fees to Public Citizen.

We’ve seen a lot of cases like this where someone seems to go to court on the off-chance that they could benefit, among them are a LARPing website being sued for “infringing patents” by importing products and the Onewheel creators who dropped their case against China-based rivals only weeks before it goes to court.

Portal vs Half-Life: The Cake is Real!

If there is one thing Valve don’t like its the number 3. With fans waiting for Half-life 3 till it became nothing more than a joke, the eagerly awaited Left 4 Dead 3 being nothing more than rumours and even Team-fortress 2 looking to be the last in the line of releases. The one thing Valve do like doing, messing with physics. Nothing more so than in their ever popular Portal game series (again, a series of only 2 games). Of course, Valve mess with physics no matter what game you play, but physics means nothing when it comes to the cake!

The cake may not be a lie, as you can now even purchase the elusive cake from the Portal game series. When it comes to cake, people will do anything for a slice, from stealing that final slice to using portals and explosive barrels to get the whole thing for themselves.

In the fan-made video see Gordan Freeman from the Half-Life series fights off against Chell from the Portal series in order to gain that ever elusive cake.

It’s always nice to see fans do these kinds of videos, mixing up series and jokes into something that’s not only fun to watch but also good for a quick laugh. Now if you don’t mind, I’m off to grab some cake.

Youtuber Uses Minecraft to Prey on Underage Fans

The internet is a wide and wonderful place, being able to play games with people all over the world and listen to music at the press of a button the ability to communicate and share your experience with the world is just a moment away. Sadly though, some people seek to use this ability for less than honourable reasons, as shown by a recent Youtuber who tweeted out inappropriate images of a fan.

The act of streaming of your gaming experience and sharing it, sometimes even in the game, with fans from around the world, is not rare these days with many people making a life out of the activity. Marcus Wilton, who went by LionMaker, is a streamer based in Belgium who often streamed he popular block-based game, Minecraft. He has made up an audience of over 600,000 subscribers, many of whom are young teens or even pre-teen in age.

It now appears that he used that position to have inappropriate conversations and obtain indecent images of people, including trying to obtain an image of a 12-year-old via Skype and a 16-year-old girl and that’s believed to be the tip of the iceberg.

In defence of himself, Wilton claims that he was hacked on several occasions including on the 21st December when pictures of the 16-year-old girl in question were posted via his twitter feed. This has yet to be independently confirmed, but a third girl has come forward stating that she was offered $500 for images of herself, with the money being transferred through PayPal even when the offer was refused.

We at eTeknix would like to remind everyone to be safe online, be mindful of the images and details you share with people online and if you ever suspect something or receive messages that upset you, then contact a family member and report the messages, be they received by Skype, Facebook or any other method for that matter. If you receive the messages by text or a phone call then contact your service provider and report the offending number immediately.

The Fine Brothers Rescind “React” Trademarks

The Fine Brothers is an incredibly popular YouTube channel with almost 14 million subscribers and gained popularity with a series of “react” videos. The concept is quite simple and revolves around of the idea of filming people’s reactions to viral videos, old technology and film trailers. Unbelievably, brothers Benny and Rafi Fine caused outrage by trying to trademark the word ‘react’. Not only that, they had the nerve to launch content ID claims against people making react style videos without their approval via the ‘React World’ license. Rightfully, people voiced their disgust and couldn’t believe the duo’s egotistical behaviour. Thankfully, after a great deal of media scrutiny and public disdain, the brothers have decided to release an official statement which reads:

“Hello,

We’re here to apologize.

We realize we built a system that could easily be used for wrong. We are fixing that. The reality that trademarks like these could be used to theoretically give companies (including ours) the power to police and control online video is a valid concern, and though we can assert our intentions are pure, there’s no way to prove them.

We have decided to do the following:

1. Rescind all of our “React” trademarks and applications.*

2. Discontinue the React World program.

3. Release all past Content ID claims.**

The concerns people have about React World are understandable, and that people see a link between that and our past video takedowns, but those were mistakes from an earlier time. It makes perfect sense for people to distrust our motives here, but we are confident that our actions will speak louder than these words moving forward.

This has been a hard week. Our plan is to keep making great content with the help of our amazing staff. Thank you for your time and for hearing us out.

Sincerely,

Benny and Rafi Fine

*This includes “React,” “Kids React,” “Elders React,” “Lyric Breakdown,” etc. Please note: It takes a while for the databases to update, but the necessary paperwork has been filed.

**Content ID is YouTube’s copyright system that automatically flags content that looks like or sounds like copyrighted content. This mostly flags videos that are direct re-uploads of our videos (which is what the system is built for), but if you know of a video that has been claimed or removed incorrectly, please email us with “false claim” in the subject line.”

Clearly, this is just damage control after seeing the hatred directed at the Fine Brothers. Either they’re stupid for not expecting this or so arrogant that they honestly believed it was possible to trademark a word in the English language.

Computer Completes a Rubik’s Cube In A Spellbinding Time

There are many things in life that are quite annoying and include inventions such as Predictive Text; however, the Rubik’s Cube certainly adds a new dimension to the word “Frustrating”. But, what happens if you mix a homemade computer with arguably the world’s most difficult game?

Well, two software engineers from Kansas, US, decided to find out and it becomes apparent this computer was able to successfully complete the iconic puzzle in a mind-bending 1.047 seconds, this means that it successfully found the correct permutations quicker than it would have taken for you or me to say the word Rubik’s Cube.

The current Guinness World Record is a rather poor 2.3 seconds while humans are currently well behind on a snail-like pace of 4.9 seconds, although, that is still pretty fast. If you’re wondering, this record is held by a 14-year-old who goes by the name Lucas Etter in November 2015.

Below is the video, as you can see, the cube is being held within a 3D printed frame via “drilled holes with four USB cameras pointing at the puzzle. The robot is then hooked up to a Linux-based computer running a Kociemba Rubik’s cube-solving algorithm that takes the information delivered from the cameras and then works out in milliseconds which moves to make”.

The creators, Jay Flatland and Paul Rose uploaded the video and are currently applying for it to be officially recognized as a new world record, one would assume this would be a time which stands for a long while, although, you know what assumptions are.

Three Asian Countries Receive Their Own YouTube Homepages

One might be inclined to think that YouTube enjoys near-global presence, and while that’s certainly true to some degree, there are some countries where the service is either completely banned or heavily restricted. Back in 2012, for example, Pakistan’s officials have decided to block YouTube in their country because its representatives refused to remove a controversial anti-Islamic, low-budget movie named “Innocence of Muslims.” However, several years have since passed and YouTube is looking to establish a presence in certain Asian countries without interfering with local regulations or customs in any way.

According to our sources, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Pakistan have just received their own localized homepages, which won’t deliver all of YouTube‘s content but will instead provide curated content that has received the green light from the nation’s officials. Furthermore, each one of these new homepages will highlight local content creators, musicians and filmmakers, and we all know how good YouTube is at promoting individual talent. Since the service was implemented not too long ago, it will take some time for Pakistani officials to review it and decide whether they will agree to lift the ban or not. As long as they have a say in what goes live on the homepage, there’s probably a good chance that they will agree to YouTube’s terms.

Sub-15 Minute Fallout 3 Speedrun Sets New World Record

An intrepid speedrunner has managed to complete Fallout 3 in under 15 minutes, setting a new world record. YouTube user Rydou used a combination of quicksaving/quickoading to skip dialogues, clipping through walls to skip large swathes of map, and a further quickload quirk that allows walking speeds of 160% to beat Bethesda’s RPG in less than quarter of an hour.

Below the video, Rydou explains how to exploit the speedglitch:

“When you cripple your legs, your speed is set to 0, [and] then [brought] back to 60% of your normal speed. By quickloading just before getting crippled, you can confuse the game into giving you 60% without actually being put to 0 (because we don’t actually really get crippled). So you get a huge speedboost, and walk at 160% of your normal speed.

This speedboost can appear in two versions: One which is “breakable”, it will last as long as you don’t quickload again. The second one is “unbreakable”, you can quickload or load a game without losing it.

This time can still be improved, even if my raven rock was godly, my vault 87 was pretty awful, so I would like to get a sub 14:50. [At] the same time, I might try to get the sub 30 on FNV glitchless, and then get a decent time on FNV Any% because the run is now 2 min faster than it was.”

Watch Forza 6 Launch Trailer Made with Grand Theft Auto V

We can easily say that Grand Theft Auto V for PC was one of the biggest games of 2015 and one of the games where we have seen most user-created work originate from. In the past, we mostly saw amazing Skyrim work and while that’s still being created and released, we’ve gotten a whole lot more Grand Theft Auto V content. The mods for the game allow you to take it to the next step, do new things, and recreate quite a few things. The newest remake in that regard is the Forza 6 Launch Trailer that was made entirely with the use of Grand Theft Auto V and its tools.

As mentioned, the entire video that is embedded below was made with Grand Theft Auto V and its tools, but the creator also used a few mods in order to get it just right. Among the mods and tools used were the Project RELOAD GTA V Graphics enhancer, Simple Trainer, and various car mods.

“Come and join us in a whole new world of racing in our brand new games, Forza Theft Auto. Discover the fun of racing simulation while driving in a big open world while also ramming into people and kill them, by guns,” the video description reads.

The creator of the video was inspired by the official launch video several months ago and decided that it was worth a remake in Grand Theft Auto V. To avoid some copyright restrictions, the video was shortened by about 2 seconds over the original trailer and the sound was pitched down. Other than that, it looks pretty sweet and it is some amazing work.

RavevnwestR1, as the YouTuber calls himself, made the video in just a couple of days and also stated that it isn’t perfect. He thinks he could do better, so we might see an upgraded version in the future. For now, you may just enjoy the work he’s already done.

Here  is the original launch trailer for comparison purposes. What do you think? Did RavenwestR1 nail it with his rendition off Forza Theft Auto V? Let us know in the comments.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0CXqEHMgiFg

This isn’t the first remake that RavenwestR1 has made and you can find a lot more cool work on his YouTube channel.

Fallout 4 Player Does the Almost Impossible Playthrough


Fallout 4 is without a doubt one of the biggest games of the year and most people should know the basics of the game by now. Basically, it is very simple, survive in a post-apocalyptic world by any means necessary. Thate includes a fair amount of bloodshed and it is very difficult to take a peaceful approach to the game compared to earlier titles in the series such as Fallout 3 and New Vegas. But what is difficult becomes a challenge instead and a guy named Kyle Hinckley actually did it. He completed the game on Survival mode with a zero kill rating.

The previous games in the series offered more abilities for peaceful solutions such as just sneaking around enemies by picking locks and similar tasks. However, such features aren’t present in Fallout 4. The game is designed for mayhem and it wants you to create it. The game actually wants it so much that weird bugs will happen when you don’t follow the obvious and blood filled route. Still, Kyle managed to complete the game and has presented the entire playthrough to YouTube where you can watch the 37-part series on his channel called The Weirdist.

Kyle Hinkley gave an interview with Kotaku after his amazing completion where he talks about his experiences with the no-kill playthrough. Okay, it isn’t really a no-kill playthrough at all, but Kyle doesn’t do any of the killing himself. The game’s missions simply don’t allow for a pacifist playthrough, but Kyle did the next best thing. He achieved zero kill count himself including his companion, robots, turrets, legendary enemies, synths, etc. He got zero on it all as it is revealed in the last episode.

The whole thing was a brute force approach to the game as it’s the only way to beat it this way. Save the game, try something and if it fails you’ll reload and try again until you succeed. Kyle also had to start over from scratch several times and spent quite a bit of time building random items in order to gain experience. Most experience point in Fallout 4 come from battle, of which he did none. Instead, he made NPCs attack each other or used his skills to calm everyone down where he could.

For the most part, it worked great. But it also broke the game a few times. NPCs wouldn’t continue the dialogue, random enemies spawned where they shouldn’t, and the sound also started to bug around. The entire series is available for your to watch, but keep in mind that it contains most of the gameplay and therefore also possible spoilers for those who haven’t completed it yet.

“I’m a little disappointed in the lack of diplomatic solutions in this game, it’s a lonely departure from the rest of the Fallout series,” Hinckley said. “My version of pacifism isn’t really diplomatic, it’s more exploitative of the game mechanics to achieve a zero-kill record. In other [Fallout] games, you had a lot of alternatives for bypassing the combat, whether it was with sneaking, speech checks, or a back door opened with lockpicking and hacking. In fact, in previous games (at least 3 and NV), your companion kills didn’t count towards your record either.”

YouTube Claims T-Mobile’s ‘Binge On’ Plan is Throttling Videos

T-Mobile has won a host of US customers due to its liberal policy towards internet data usage, selling itself as the nation’s “un-carrier”, with particular plaudits aimed at its Binge On data plan, which allows free streaming of online videos (but at lower resolutions) without eating into customers’ data allowances. YouTube, however, have blamed the policy for throttling its videos down to 480p, despite the service not being an affiliate of Binge On, according to the Wall Street Journal (paywalled, via BGR and MacRumors).

“Reducing data charges can be good for users, but it doesn’t justify throttling all video services, especially without explicit user consent,” a YouTube spokesperson told the Wall Street Journal.

This assertion has been corroborated by The Internet Association, which says that T-Mobile’s Binge On “appears to involve the throttling of all video traffic, across all data plans, regardless of network congestion.”

When asked for comment, T-Mobile did not address the issue directly, choosing instead to boast how its customers enjoy “free streaming video that never hits their data bucket” and “the quality of their video experience and the complete control they have.”

T-Mobile’s Binge On plan is currently under investigation by the FCC to determine whether it adheres to the new net neutrality laws in the US.

Independence Day Resurgence Trailer Released!

It’s been a long time coming, with the original movie having graced our screens 20 years ago! Now it seems that the iconic sci-fi action movie is set to return to the big screen, as the official trailer has been released and if that doesn’t get you excited for this movie, nothing will!

Independence Day Resurgence takes place after the events of the first movie, where humans have developed new technologies and braced for future attacks, but it seems our efforts may not have been enough. With Roland Emmerich in the director’s chair, you can expect plenty of action, and with Liam Hemsworth, Joey King, Maika Monroe and more taking leading roles, it should be an interesting romp to say the least.

“We always knew they were coming back. After INDEPENDENCE DAY redefined the event movie genre, the next epic chapter delivers global spectacle on an unimaginable scale. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens’ advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction.”

If you’re eager to see the movie, don’t hold your breath just yet, as the official release date is June 24th, 2016, giving you enough time so save up enough money to afford cinema popcorn.

Are you looking forward to the new movie? I know I am!

Adobe Renames Flash and Shifts Emphasis to HTML5

Adobe has unveiled its new 2016 Creative Cloud package, bringing with it the end of Flash, but in name only. From now on, Flash – now notorious for its regular security holes and exploits – will be known as Adobe Animate CC, with Adobe making a noticeable shift toward HTLM5.

“For nearly two decades, Flash Professional has been the standard for producing rich animations on the web,” Adobe writes on its announcement blog post. “Because of the emergence of HTML5 and demand for animations that leverage web standards, we completely rewrote the tool over the past few years to incorporate native HTML5 Canvas and WebGL support. To more accurately represent its position as the premier animation tool for the web and beyond, Flash Professional will be renamed Adobe Animate CC, starting with the next release in early 2016.”

While Adobe insists that the newly-branded Animate CC will remain a “first-class citizen” as a content platform, along with Adobe Air, the company is pushing the HTML5 capabilities of its latest iteration.

“Today, over a third of all content created in Flash Professional today uses HTML5,” Adobe adds, “reaching over one billion devices worldwide. It has also been recognized as an HTML5 ad solution that complies with the latest Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) standards, and is widely used in the cartoon industry by powerhouse studios like Nickelodeon and Titmouse Inc.”

YouTube has already abandoned Flash in favour of HTLM5 as its default video format, while sites such as Amazon have banned Flash adverts on its sites.

Video From Volkswagen Shows Emissions Cheating Fix

Today, a video from Volkswagen was released on Youtube, outlining their planned fixes their EA 189 1.6 and 2 litre diesel engines, which have been at the center of their recent emissions scandal.

There are two parts to the solution outlined in their video: The first is an update to the engine control software of the car, the second the installation of a flow transformer, a grated plastic tube that “stabilizes the air flow and allows for a more precise measurement of the incoming fresh air” and according to Andreas Krause, “the fuel can be metered more precisely and will improve emissions”. VW state that the fix will be quick for the vehicles, with the 1.6 litre engines taking less than an hour and 2 litre as little as 30 minutes.

Unfortunately for American owners of offending VW vehicles this fix is only for European vehicles, where the regulations in place regarding diesel emissions are less strict. And while VW claim that the fix to their 3-litre engines is only a software upgrade to the engine, no fixes that have been submitted by the German company have yet to be approved by US regulators. Until a solution is approved, the countless Audi, Porsche and Volkswagen cars that are fitted with an offending engine remain suspended from sale.

Despite this, Volkswagen assure consumers that the cars remain “technically safe and roadworthy until the respective technical measures can be implemented”.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKN8danpIfE

Incredibly Talented Stuntman Recreates Signature Tekken Moves

The Tekken franchise is renowned for stylish signature moves and memorable characters. Ideally, these moves are best kept in video game form, as they are frightfully difficult to replicate and potentially dangerous. Despite this, a stuntman called Eric Jacobus decided to tackle the challenge head-on and released a series of videos.

Jacobus’ moves are filmed with an overlay to contrast his performance with the original game. Additionally, the impact of each strike is shown via intense post-processing effects. These are taken from the Tekken games and adds a degree of flair to his video series. Admittedly, I’m not the most knowledgeable person about Tekken, but the games are thoroughly enjoyable. Saying that, I do prefer the early PlayStation One titles.

The Real Life Tekken series is a fascinating watch, and I was in awe of Jacobus’ skills. Furthermore, it showcases the abilities of leading Tekken characters and enhances your appreciation for each strike. Clearly, this isn’t recommend unless you have martial arts experience and perfect balance. Although, it’s a unique fitness regime which incorporates gaming quite nicely.

As a stuntman, Jacobus is highly trained and published a whole host of jaw-dropping videos. While I’m tempted to give these moves a try, it’s probably safer to leave it to the professionals.

Player Recreates the Piano Scene from Big – In Fallout 4!

Have you been enjoying Fallout 4 this week? Some people seem to have completely abandoned the main quest for other pursuits, such as building giant pianos! After 19 hours of work gathering all the required copper and putting all the wire and pressure pads together, the end result is pretty spectacular. OK it’s actually a little bit rubbish, but in all honesty, given that the game wasn’t designed for building pianos, I’m damn impressed.

“This took 19 hours to get all the copper and build all the wires and things i needed for it. BUT ITS F****** AMAZING! Share it with your friends if you think it was cool! It will help me do more cool stuff like this to share with everyone! Please sub to the channel we have big plans!”

Check out the video below, the user did his best effort to play the scene from Big, you know the one with the giant piano in the store? As well as a few other easily recognisable tunes for good measure.

What will the community come up with next? If giant electric pianos are being done within one week of the game being out, who knows what else we have in store from adventurous Fallout Settlement creators.

YouTube is Now Offering Content Creators Business Loans

YouTube is a phenomenon which has revolutionized people’s viewing habits and provided a legitimate rival to broadcast Television. The service has progressed at a rapid rate and helped forge the careers of internet celebrities like PewDiePie. Initially, the website was created as a networking tool to bring communities together and share hobbies. Although, my viewpoint is a little idealistic. Google’s acquisition of YouTube contained a long-term plan to make the service profitable. Currently, this isn’t the case but it’s certainly turned into a professional organization where serious money can be made from content creators.

Youtube has decided to enter a business relationship with Lending Club to provide the funds to make a professional YouTube channel or take it to the next level. The announcement reads:

“We’ve partnered with Lending Club to provide YouTube Creators a limited finance offer you can put toward building your channel:

  • Personal & business loans
  • Competitive interest rates
  • Funds in your bank account quickly

YouTube exclusive perks:

  • Rebate for any origination fees: YouTube will pay back the origination fee, which will be rebated to you by Lending Club.

  • Qualify for a 5% loan rebate: If you increase either your channel’s average upload frequency or watch time, in the 12 months after you take out your loan, you’ll get a 5% rebate on the original total loan amount. Find out more.

This is a terrible move on Google’s part and I’m not convinced a cash injection will help YouTube channels to become successful. Additionally, the revenue streams from smaller channels are tiny, so the length of repayment could be extremely long. I feel a lot of people will just ignore this measure, and proceed without relying on loans. However, it’s concerning because people in desperate situations could take out a loan they cannot pay back. As a result, certain vulnerable individuals might end up in hardship, or being sued by the loan company.

If you want to read more information about this loan scheme, please visit here.

Do you think Google are wrong to partner with a loan company?

Check out this Supercut of Every James Bond Gadget Ever

From a simple hidden knife, to a laser equipped watch, James Bond has had a lot of cool toys over the years. Sure there are a few films that are a lot more understated in terms of tech than others, take the new Daniel Craig films for example, but the classics were full of whacky toys.

Personally, I’ve always had a soft spot for the Bond cards, they’re usually the most outrageous movie cars you can think of, but still look like something you could really own.

“Every gadget used by James Bond . . . plus a few from the Q Branch that were just too good to leave out. From every James Bond film ever, in chronological order.” say the videos creators, Burger Fiction on YouTube, and it must have taken ages to actually put together!

So how many gadgets do you think there have been throughout all of the movies? With a few to spare for Q and his team? Take a guess and watch the video; my guess was almost 50 gadgets short.

Which one of the gadgets was your favourite from them all? Let us know in the comments section below, but we warned, it could turn into a heated debate on who is the best Bond quite quickly.