Dishonored: Dunwall City Trials set for Dec 11th release

The Dishonored: Dunwall City Trials downloadable content launches on 11th December for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, Bethesda has announced.

It costs £3.99 / €4.99 / $4.99 or 400 Microsoft Points.

Dunwall City Trials includes 10 challenge maps designed to test your combat, stealth and mobility skills. You have to kill as many targets as possible, fight off waves of tallboys, guards, weepers and thugs or kill targets in a non-stop run of drop assassinations.

There’s a new set of achievements and trophies and global online leaderboards.

Source: Videogamer

Garry’s Mod to get Kinect support

 

What happens when you add PC Kinect support to renowned sandbox Source game Garry’s Mod? Happiness!

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Support arrives this week or next according to Garry, and when it does, you’ll be able to assume direct control of the many Half-Life etc. characters/models in Garry’s Mod.

You could make them dance, you could make them swing things around, smashing the virtual place up. Or you could make them behave in a believable way with no need to animate, which also makes this quite exciting.

Luckily Garry Newman, maker of Garry’s Mod, videoed his many trial and error attempts at getting Kinect to work properly with his sandbox game.

Source: Youtube

Twitter to offer downloadable tweet history by 2013

Twitter’s CEO Dick Costolo has reiterated his promise that Twitter users will be able to download their entire Tweet archives by the end of 2012.

And once again, the engineers working on that project have (we imagine) sighed, rolled their eyes and shrugged at one another, privately expressing a wish that certain CEOs would stop making them look bad by promising the moon on a stick, which tech teams are unlikely to be able to deliver (we imagine).

Speaking at the University of Michigan, Costolo told students:

“By the end of the year – I’ve already promised this so the engineers, when I promised it publicly, they’re already mad at me so they can keep being mad at me. Now, again, once again, I caveat this with the engineers who are actually doing the work don’t necessarily agree that they’ll be done by the end of the year, but we’ll just keep having that argument and we’ll see where we end up year-end.”

So it doesn’t look hugely likely that the archive backup service will hit the web before Jan 1, but who knows what red hot pokers, carrots on sticks and cats o’ nine tails Twitter uses to eke code out of its engineers.

Source: Techcrunch

Android 4.2 updates fixes missing month December

Google has come up with a fix to add December to the Android 4.2 People app, with an OTA software update now rolling out.

December babies everywhere were outraged when it emerged that Google had forgotten to include their birth month in its People app in Jelly Bean.

This meant that Galaxy Nexus owning friends couldn’t add December birthdays to their calendar and were therefore liable to forget them altogether. As if it’s not hard enough sharing a birthday with Christmas.

Happily, the search giant has been working double time to sort this heinous oversight out and Google Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 owners have reported that the update has landed on their handsets.

No official word from Google on this yet so it’s not clear if all Nexus owners are currently in line for the over-the-air update or who’ll be next or what countries are being prioritised or anything.

Source: XDA

iPad Mini 2 rumours already circulating

Though the iPad mini has been on sale for only a few days, rumours are already circulating about its replacement.

The story goes that the iPad mini 2 will have an even sharper display of 2,048 x 1,536 pixels packed into the same 7.9-inch space.

That is the same resolution as the grownup iPad 4 with Retina display, and the next mini should either have that Retina tech or something similar.

Since the mini is much smaller, it means even more pixels can be cramped into every inch; the mini 2 is said to have a crisp 324 ppi density.

Upping the screen resolution isn’t the most surprising upgrade for the potential iPad mini 2.

The biggest criticism of the current iPad mini so far is its 1,024 x 768 resolution. Critics wonder why a Retina display wasn’t incorporated into the first iPad mini to begin with.

Cynics will say Apple went with a lower resolution so it had some low hanging fruit to grab for the next upgrade. Production problems surrounding the iPad mini might also be the culprit.

Source: TechRadar

Windows 8 App store finally reaches 20,000

Microsoft’s Windows Store now has over 20,000 apps available for download. This milestone was breached on Tuesday and propels the company towards its target of reaching 100,000 apps in 90 days from GA. However unless the trend takes off exponentially the target isn’t going to be reached. Please check out my “artist’s impression” of the Windows 8 apps quantity, linear flight path, below.

Windows app watching website WinAppUpdate has just tweeted that there are now 20,610 apps available in the Windows Store. The 20,000 app milestone was breached on Tuesday. By my rough calculations Tuesday was day 26 and on day 1 there were about 5,000 apps available in the Store. Simply plotting a straight line indicates that Microsoft and Windows 8 app developers really will have to step up their efforts to reach that 90 day 100k goal.

WinAppUpdate said that the proportion of free apps is very high; 17,958 of the 20,610 are free apps, that’s nearly 90 per cent. However if you go to the Windows Store now you will find that there are not over 20,000 apps to choose from; that’s because this is a global app figure. When we look at individual Stores the Canadians have the most apps available at 14,000, the US has 12,675 and here in the UK we have just 11,000 apps available to download.

Compare this progress to the Mac App store which had 10,000 apps in April 2012 after launching in January 2011 and Microsoft’s progress seems reasonable. Keith Lorizio, VP, Microsoft U.S. Sales & Marketing seems to have simply been a bit over optimistic with his projections last month.

Source: Twitter

Galaxy Note 2 sells over 5 Million units

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has sold more than 5 million units worldwide, selling 2 million in the last month.

At the beginning of this month, the Korean mobile maker announced the device had sold 3 million units. The Note 2 has been on sale for five months, and originally hit UK shelves on October 1. It only made its way stateside a month ago, which might well account for the recent sales spike.

This doesn’t mean 5 million people are using the Galaxy Note 2, though. Rather, Samsung is counting sales to retailers. In other words, more than 5 million devices have shipped to go on sale, with some of them sold, some of them still on the shelves. But still, it shows the demand is there.

While 5 million is impressive, it’s a fraction of the 30 million sales theGalaxy S3 has notched up. But then the S3 has been on sale longer, and has a smaller screen (4.8-inches to the Note 2’s 5.5-inches).

Indeed, many thought the original Note wouldn’t sell, being too big to be a phone, and too small to use as a tablet. Instead, it’s spearheaded a whole new category of device, known as the ‘phablet’. HTC is rumoured to be readying a UK equivalent of its 5-inch J Butterfly (as it’s known in Japan) and Droid DNA (as it’s called in the USA) to compete with the Note 2.

Source: Samsung

First Black Ops II patch announced

This update was designed to address a number of launch issues on all three platforms, with the Xbox 360 patch having released yesterday, the PS3 one on November 17, and two separate PC ones on November 16 and 21.

Full details of each follow below:

Xbox 360 Title Update 1 Patch Notes

  • Made infrastructure and performance improvements to Live Streaming.
  • Made streaming performance improvements to video playback in CODTV.
  • Addressed an issue where flight range parameters for airborne vehicles could be deleted in the middle of a match due to a network interruption. This fix resolves the following symptoms reported by the community:
  • Escort drone flying under the map
  • Inability to call in the Dragonfire
  • FHJ-18 weapon level is now increased by destroying Scorestreak vehicles and aircraft.
  • Care Package/AGR canister exploit has been addressed.
  • Patched a small map exploit in Aftermath.
  • Addressed a rare situation that would cause the Emblem Editor menu to overlap other menus.
  • Balance pass on spawn influencers to improve cases causing non-optimal spawning under certain conditions.
  • Improved performance for emblem uploads to prevent an occasional hang. If there is an error connecting to servers during an upload, you will now be able to re-try your save.
  • Emblems and Clan tags will now appear correctly on the Assault Shield when stowed on the back.
  • Addressed all reported UI error code messages.
  • Elite Clan Friends list no longer actively sorts players when their status is updated. The player list will refresh after closing and re-opening the tab.
  • Improved a number of emblem icons in the Emblem Editor.
  • Junkyard IV reward added to Calling Cards.

PS3 Title Update 1 Patch Notes

  • Made performance improvements to matchmaking and lobby timers to start matches faster.
  • Addressed an issue contributing to the majority of reported freezes. A small number of low frequency cases continue to undergo investigation for the next patch update.
  • Many backend updates have been made since launch to streamline servers for load balancing. This results in many general improvements to matchmaking, user content servers, leaderboards and online security.
  • Made infrastructure and performance improvements to Live Streaming.
  • Made streaming performance improvements to video playback in CODTV.
  • Addressed an issue where flight range parameters for airborne vehicles could be deleted in the middle of a match due to a network interruption. This fix resolves the following symptoms reported by the community:
  • Escort drone flying under the map
  • Inability to call in the Dragonfire
  • FHJ-18 weapon level is now increased by destroying Scorestreak vehicles and aircraft.
  • Care Package/AGR canister exploit has been addressed.
  • Patched a small map exploit in Aftermath.
  • Addressed a rare situation that would cause the Emblem Editor menu to overlap other menus.
  • Balance pass on spawn influencers to improve cases causing non-optimal spawning under certain conditions.
  • Improved performance for emblem uploads to prevent an occasional hang. If there is an error connecting to servers during an upload, you will now be able to re-try your save.
  • Emblems and Clan tags will now appear correctly on the Assault Shield when stowed on the back.
  • Addressed all reported UI error code messages.
  • Elite Clan Friends list no longer actively sorts players when their status is updated. The player list will refresh after closing and re-opening the tab.
  • Improved a number of emblem icons in the Emblem Editor.
  • Junkyard IV reward added to Calling Cards.

Black Ops PC updates

  • Max FOV increased to 90
  • Fix: Horse falling through the world in Afghanistan when playing on some CPUs with 4 or more cores
  • Fix: RC-XD and the AGR sinking into the map in MP when playing on some CPUs with 4 or more cores
  • General performance improvements in SP, MP, and ZM for CPUs with 4 or more cores
  • Fix: crash when a 7th player tries to join a 6 player league lobby
  • Improved dedicated server matchmaking
  • Fix: some cases of “Connection Interrupted” in MP while loading into a match
  • Server connectivity improvements
  • Fix for transmission errors during League Play
  • Fix: crashing when running with no Audio device
  • Fix: error when going into the sound options menu with no sound device
  • Make sure laptops with both integrated and Nvidia GPUs always switch to the Nvidia GPU. This will fix bad performance, ability to join matches, and possible crashes
  • Multi GPU performance improvements
  • Livestreaming improvements
  • Fixed freeze if the player tries to change graphics options after rendering a movie or live streaming
  • Speed up going into Options menu in some cases
  • Fix: Various additional errors, crashes, and other compatibility issues

Source: MP1st

Xbox TV to come in 2013

Microsoft has been hard at work making the Xbox 360 more than just a gaming console, adding a host of video options and apps alongside features such as the new SmartGlass and a web browser. According to a report from The Verge, come next year the company will continue to push in that direction, except with a two-SKU strategy that will see the arrival of a lower-priced ‘Xbox TV’ for those interested only in streaming and casual titles, not the core gaming functions.

The device is expected to arrive ahead of the 2013 holiday shopping season alongside or shortly after the next-generation Xbox game console hit store shelves. Hardware specifications aren’t fully locked down at this point, but the report says it will use a chipset to enable an “always on” device that boots quickly to provide near-instant access to TV and entertainment services.

The device is said to run on the core components of Windows 8 — it’s unclear if that means Windows RT or a custom version to fit the form factor like it’s supposed to be the case with the rumored Xbox Surface tablet.

The so-called Xbox TV is said to be part of a broader effort to make the Xbox platform scalable enough to run on a number of devices. We’ve already head about a gaming oriented tablet, as mentioned above, while other ideas floating around include a phone capable of running a full version of Microsoft’s Xbox Live services, as well as providing some functionality to TV OEMs who would like to sell a licensed Xbox television set.

Source: Trusted Reviews

Steam Autumn Sale now on

Steam has just begun its annual Autumn sale, granting new deals every day between now and Monday, 26th November.

Today’s deals include:

  • The Walking Dead – £10.49 / $12.49 (50 per cent off).
  • Darksiders 2 – £11.89/ $16.99 (66 per cent off).
  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown – £20.09 / $33.49 (33 per cent off).
  • Terraria – £2.03 / $3.39 (66 per cent off).
  • Age of Empires 3 Complete – £7.49 / $9.99 (75 per cent off).
  • Magic The Gathering: Duel of the Planeswalkers – £3.49 / $4.99 (50 per cent off).

Elsewhere, The Amazing Spider-Man is £12.49 / $24.99 (50 per cent off) as part of a “lightning deal” for another 15 hours, and World of Goo and Cave Story are both 75 per cent off at £1.74 / $1.74.

Check out more deals at the Steam storefront.

Source: Steam

DICE says they don’t just want to do Battlefield, Mirrors Edge 2 confirmed

Swedish developer DICE doesn’t want to become the Battlefield factory, it’s insisted.

Ben Cousins, general manager of ngmoco Sweden and former executive producer of the Battlefield franchise, has tweeted to say Mirror’s Edge 2 is indeed in development.

Tweeting in response to this very story Cousins said: “It is general knowledge in the Stockholm dev scene that Mirror’s Edge 2 is in production at DICE.”

The last game it created that wasn’t Battlefield was 2008’s Mirror’s Edge, and DICE’s announced projects include Battlefield 4, Battlefield 3 DLC, ongoing support of Battlefield 3 itself and development of the Frostbite game engine.

But it’s also working on non-Battlefield projects, EA Games vice president Patrick Soderlund told OXM.

Soderlund was asked if it was hard to justify risks such as Mirror’s Edge while Battlefield continues to set tills alight. He replied:

“Well it depends, right? Maybe it is and maybe it isn’t. It’s also important for us – the DICE guys are roughly 300 people in the Stockholm studio; not all of them are working on Battlefield things, and that’s intentional, because we don’t want to become a Battlefield factory.

“The minute we start saying ‘you’re going to make a Battlefield game for the rest of your life’, they’re going to go some place else. So for them to make great Battlefield games there need to be other things for them to do as well. That’s why we have people who move around quite a bit. And then obviously we have a boatload of people that just want to make Battlefield because they love it.”

Solderlund added: “Same thing with the team in San Francisco that are making Dead Space. It’s a stunning team and they’re passionate about what they do, and they love making Dead Space. Then the answer’s ‘well, then make Dead Space’. Then we have to figure out how to sell it and make it successful.”

Source: Twitter

New Deathadder is revealed by Razer

Razer has launched an updated version of their popular DeathAdder gaming mouse. The revised pointer will ship with a new 4G infrared sensor capable of achieving up to 6,400 DPI resolution for improved performance and precision, among other improvements.

The gaming accessory provider says the new DeathAdder maintains the same iconic right-handed ergonomic shape as the original but it has been enhanced with built-in textured rubber side grips to provide more control during intense matchups.

  • 6400 dpi 4G Optical Sensor
  • Ergonomic right-handed design with textured rubber side grips
  • Five independently programmable Hyperesponse buttons
  • Razer Synapse 2.0 enabled
  • 1000 Hz Ultrapolling/1 ms response
  • On-The-Fly Sensitivity adjustment
  • Always-On mode
  • 200 in. per sec. and 50 G of acceleration
  • Zero-acoustic Ultraslick mouse feet
  • Gold-plated USB connector
  • Seven-foot, lightweight, braided fiber cable
  • Approximate size: 5.00 in./127 mm (Length) x 2.76 in. / 70 mm (Width) x 1.73 in. / 44 mm (Height)
  • Approximate weight : 0.23 lbs./105 g

The revised Razer DeathAdder is available as of writing in the US and in Europe for $69.99 and EU €69.99, respectively.

Source: PRnewswire

More iPhone 5S rumours for Spring 2013 launch

The iPhone 5S release date could be Spring 2013.

The Chinese-language Commercial Times estimates that full commercial production of the rumoured iPhone 5S will begin as early as Q1 2013, with the December run only expected to return between 50,000 and 100,000 units.

Such an early release of the iPhone 5S remains unlikely, however. The iPhone 5 has had barely enough time to gather dust on shop shelves, let alone pull in the masses of revenue Apple has still to make from it.

A Q1 2013 release of the 5S would also raise questions over Apple’s upgrade process.

But Digitimes reckons the iPhone 5S release date will be a little later, citing predicted sales targets of relevant component manufacturers. “Apple is expected to introduce its next-generation iPad and iPhone series around the middle of 2013… Component orders placed by Apple, which climbed to high levels prior to the iPhone 5 rollout, will rise again between March and April, the observers indicated.”

Some sources claim that Apple has is ploughing ahead with the next iteration of the popular handset, due to low yield rates of the iPhone 5 on the assembly line at Foxconn.

Apparently, because of the fragility of the parts used to make the device, many break before they even see the light of day.

Nevertheless, it’s more likely that the iPhone 5S will hit stores in the latter part of 2013, following the trend set by the iPhone 5 and 4S. It’s even possible that Apple will skip the iPhone 5S and hop right on to the iPhone 6.

Source: Chinatimes

EE might be supplying WiFi on the Tube

EE could be about to piggy back on London underground’s Wi-Fi network, which is controlled by Virgin Media.

A tweet apparently appeared on the official EE Twitter account, dropping a heavy hint that the 4G network was readying a deal in the new year, but it has since been deleted.

An EE spokesperson said: ” The tweet was posted in error, and was subsequently removed.

“We’re always looking at ways to improve the service we offer our customers. However, we have nothing to announce at this time.”

According to Pocket-Lint, the tweet read: “Travel on the tube? From early 2013, EE customers will be able to get WiFi access on the London Underground at no extra cost.

I’m sure we will hear more of this in time to come.

Source: PocketLint

Firefox 17 gets integrated Facebook Messenger

Mozilla has released the latest Firefox update, version 17 by its count, which adds a new social API.

The social API allows for a persistent social sidebar that gives users direct access to chatting with their social networks while surfing the web.

As a partnership between Mozilla and Facebook, the first social feature for Firefox 17.0 is Facebook Messenger.

Turning the Facebook Messenger feature on opens up the Facebook chat sidebar on the right side of the browser along with notifications along the top for incoming comments, photo tags and other notifications.

While Facebook Messenger is the only social sidebar out for Firefox 17 right now, the social API will make it possible for other social networks to build their own similarly integrated tools.

Also new in Firefox 17 is the click-to-play blocklisting feature for plug-ins. With the feature, Firefox will no longer automatically run web content that uses a vulnerable or out-of-date plug-in.

Users can still manually select content to run using older plug-ins, or allow Firefox to try and install a newer version of the plug-in, but the key is that plug-ings need user permission to play.

The other big change in the new version of Firefox is that Mozilla has finally cut off support for Mac OS X 10.5. Safari dropped Leopard support last year, and Chrome followed suit a few weeks ago, making Opera the only major browser to still support the legacy Apple OS.

Source: TechCrunch

New Xbox shown in final issue of Xbox World

A couple of weeks ago we reported that PlayStation: The Official Magazine would see its last issue roll off the presses this holiday season. Publishing house Future wasn’t done there, however, as they also axed a few more gaming magazines in the process including British-based Xbox World and PSM3.

Not wanting to disappoint fans, the editor in chief of Xbox World decided to go out with a bang by releasing some new details about Microsoft’s upcoming Xbox 720. And by new details, we mean a full 8-page feature on the gaming console.

The magazine says that current developer kits have four hardware cores with each one being divided into four logical cores. The early systems also reportedly carry 8GB of RAM, the same capacity that Sony’s PlayStation 4 could end up with.

The final product is expected to ship with directional audio, Kinect 2.0, Blu-ray disc support, TV-in and –out, a new innovative gamepad and at some point, augmented reality complete with supporting glasses.

The publication doesn’t believe that Xbox 720 will be actual name of the console. Instead, they seem to think that simply “Xbox” will do. Either way, we should likely know the full details by the middle of next year at E3.

Source: Examiner

41 Comet stores to close by end of the Month

High street electronics retailer Comet has earmarked 41 locations for closure by the end of November, unless a buyer can be found for the troubled company.

The company, which currently has 236 stores around the UK, collapsed earlier this month with administrators Deloitte announcing closing down sales in order to move stock inventory.

“Regrettably… it is necessary to begin a store closure programme and an employee consultation process is under way,” Deloitte said in a statement

“While the administrators will look to redeploy staff from any stores which do face closure to other stores nearby, there will inevitably be redundancies.”

Unless a buyer comes in, the closures will result in the loss of a further 869 jobs.

On Monday the administrators announced that it would also be virtually ceasing Comet’s home delivery service, once current orders have been accounted for.

603 employees at the 12 hubs across the UK will lose their jobs, bringing the total job losses so far up to 2,000. The company has 6,500 employees in total.

According to the Telegraph, Deloitte is hoping that talks with potential outside buyers can save up to 50 of the locations, but it appears unlikely that the Comet brand name will live on

Source: Telegraph

GTA V could still be coming to PC

Grand Theft Auto V, the expansive single-player, multi-character game due out next year, may find a parking spot outside its already confirmed consoles.

The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 are the currently known homes for the Los Santos-set gameplay, but according to a recent report, PCs and the Nintendo Wii U could see GTA V’s characters come to life too.

“Everything else is up for consideration,” said Dan Houser, vice president of creativity for Rockstar Games and the company’s head writer, in an interview with IGN, answering an inquiry as to why other consoles aren’t confirmed for the game.

While that might not seem much to go on, Houser elaborated that unlike Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft, Rockstar is a third-party publisher and is free to pick its carrying partners.

The Wii U went on sale Sunday in the U.S. and is due out in the U.K. soon.

And while it’s not launching with many of the promised services it was supposed to, including Nintendo TVii, a GTA V/Rockstar partnership could see the Wii U’s sales overcome any initial bumps in the road.

Source: IGN

Huge Assassin’s Creed III Patch detailed

Ubisoft has unveiled an enormous new patch for Assassin’s Creed 3 on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 3

The update is scheduled to go live “by the end of next week”, the developer wrote on60. the game’s official forum. Around a hundred fixes are included, encompassing the game’s main story quests, side missions and multiplayer modes.

Ubisoft has said that the PC version will launch with these fixes intact, making for a less buggy version of the game than consoles received at launch.

The full patch notes lie below – but beware campaign spoilers in the details of specific story missions.

Multiplayer

Multiplayer Modes

  • ASSASSINATE Instances where it was possible for players to kill players that were not their target in Assassinate have been corrected.

  • ASSASSINATE Bodyguards no longer fail to stun when they are locked by the pursuer of the player they protect.

  • DEATHMATCH

  • In Fort Wolcott, fixed a bug where players would remained stuck on warmup screen.

  • MANHUNT

  • The cooldown boosts for loss streak bonus are not permanently active for all abilities during a manhunt round anymore.

Multiplayer Abilities

  • Loss Streak now correctly triggers when players lose their contracts five times in a row.

  • Disruption now breaks the hitting player’s lock.

  • The Smoke Bomb’s drop behavior has been updated. It now drops at the user’s feet instead of dropping in front of them. However, if players drop it from a ledge, it will drop below them.

  • Throwing Knives used against players hiding in haystacks will now make them get out of this haystack.

  • Using Throwing Knives against a target now prevents the target from contesting the kill.

  • Players are no longer stuck after using the Money Bomb from a ledge.

Multiplayer Ladders

  • Several issues which occurred when players would quit a Manhunt pre-session lobby and join their friends the same session later have been corrected.

  • After a session ends on a draw, both teams will now receive the same rate for Abstergo ladder, instead of one team getting a winning rate and the other getting a losing rate.

  • Players are now granted Abstergo points normally even if one or several players get the idle state at the end of the session (The idle players do not get any Abstergo points)

Multiplayer Misc

  • It is now possible for players to lock their target when their target has just stunned them.

  • Changing the ability set three times during a game can no longer reset the ability’s cooldown.

  • The X icon no longer inaccurately persistently displays.

  • It is no longer possible for players to get up and perform a kill under certain conditions while they’re vulnerable.

  • Transitions to join Multiplayer sessions after an invite now work correctly.

  • Warm up games are no longer interrupted when the host player leaves.

  • It is now possible to stun a vulnerable pursuer.

  • The X icon no longer displays above the pursuer’s previous target when they have been stunned after being vulnerable.

Singleplayer

Story missions

  • Mission “A DEADLY PERFORMANCE” Mission result screen could show an incorrect sync reward

  • Mission “A DEADLY PERFORMANCE” Players could be stuck in the opera if they backtracked in a certain way after killing the target.

  • Mission “INFILTRATING SOUTHGATE” Target would not be spawned if the player failed to perform a meat shield during the firing line tutorial

  • Mission “INFILTRATING SOUTHGATE” Fixed multiple bugs where the guard on the boat could walk in circles, stay stuck or jump on the railing.

  • Mission “JOHNSON’S ERRAND” Fixed floating muskets after a cinematic.

  • Mission “JOHNSON’S ERRAND” Moved HUD icon on the explosive barrel on the ground instead of above the cart, because that’s what the player needs to shoot.

  • Mission “JOHNSON’S ERRAND” prevent the player from using hide spots during part the mission to avoid a possible mission break.

  • Mission “THE SOLDIER” Fixed a missing audio line.

  • Mission “THE SURGEON” Fixed a bug where the eavesdropping tutorial couldn’t be completed if the mission was restarted.

  • Mission “THE SURGEON” Fixed NPC not reacting to the player’s presence during the steal tutorial.

  • Mission “THE SURGEON” Fixed optional objectives that could fail too easily.

  • Mission “WELCOME TO BOSTON” When replaying the mission, when asked to buy a sword and pistol, those items would already be purchased.

  • Mission “WELCOME TO BOSTON” Fixed Possible mission break if the player shoots the horse he’s supposed to ride.

  • Mission “UNCONVINCED” Fixed a bug where the player could enter the tavern too early and break the mission.

  • Mission “UNCONVINCED” Blocked accidental blending during the tavern fight, which could break the mission.

  • Mission “FEATHERS AND TREES” Fixed a bug where the optional objective “Do not touch the ground” could fail too easily.

  • Mission “HUNTING LESSONS” Fixed the issue where the bear could flee and eventually freeze.

  • Mission “A BOORISH MAN” After the mission, the candelabra would display an interaction effect while the secret door to the basement was already opened.

  • Mission “RIVER RESCUE” Blocked the player from diving in the river too early which could break the mission.

  • Mission “STOP THE PRESSES” Cinematic could sometimes not trigger, breaking the mission.

  • Mission “THE HARD WAY” Fixed the optional objective “Do not take any damage” that would fail if the player hits rocks even if it doesn’t deal damage to the ship

  • Mission “ON JOHNSON’S TRAIL” Fixed issue where Chapheau could become inactive if the player dragged the fight far from where it started.

  • Mission “THE ANGRY CHEF” Fixed issue where the “limit health loss” optional objective would wrongly fail if the player reloads a checkpoint or dies. Also fix the displayed limit to 33% as that’s what’s actually used.

  • Mission “THE ANGRY CHEF” Fixed missing butcher hatchet during cinematic if blood option is turned off

  • Mission “BRIDEWELL PRISON” Closed the cell doors while being escorted to prevent the player from getting stuck in them

  • Mission “BRIDEWELL PRISON” Fixed voices becoming muffled mid-eavesdropping

  • Mission “SOMETHING ON THE SIDE” Fixed missing ocean during the chase

  • Mission “SOMETHING ON THE SIDE” Made the chase part easier

  • Mission “A BITTER END” Fixed a camera glitch if the player reloads last checkpoint during a certain cinematic

  • Mission “A BITTER END” Fixed a glitch that could happen if the player restarted the mission during a specific cinematic

  • Mission “FATHER AND SON” Fixed a bug where the guard you’re supposed to kill would not reappear if the player starts fighting him and then runs away.

  • Mission “FATHER AND SON” The mission could not be completed if the guard the player kills the target he’s supposed to steal using a stealth kill from bench or a rope-dart hanging move.

  • Mission “MISSING SUPPLIES” Disabled a patrol that would almost guarantee failing the mission if they detected and started fighting Haytham

  • Mission “ALTERNATE METHODS” Made the chase section easier

  • Mission “BROKEN TRUST” Fixed a bug where the player could be stuck on a horse if he exited and re-entered the Animus at a specific moment

  • Mission “LEE’S LAST STAND” removed a destructible barrel that could cause problems if used as part of a contextual counter-attack.

  • Mission “CHASING LEE” Adjusted difficulty on the Charles Lee chase

  • Mission “LAID TO REST” Fixed a bug where the mission could be failed if redcoats start fighting the mission targets

Location: Side Quest

  • BOSTON BRAWLERS Mission “PETER BUNYON”, prevent the player from hiding, which would break the mission

  • BOSTON BRAWLERS Mission “THE TOURNAMENT”, fixed a bug where the player could blend with spectators and break the mission

  • BOSTON BRAWLERS Prevent using anything else than the fists during all fistfights

  • Boston Liberation Missions, North District Fixed an issue where some events would not complete properly if the player used an assassin recruit to kill the target.

  • COLLECTIBLES Fixed some chests that were not properly aligned when lock picking

  • COLLECTIBLES

  • removed the glow effect from chests during lock picking

  • COURIER MISSIONS Fixed a bug where mission update popup messages could be missing or wrong when delivering letters

  • FORT ST-MATHIEU Fixed a bug where the player could respawn inside the fort’s reset zone, which could break the fort’s logic

  • FRONTIERSMEN

  • Challenge 3, fixed a bug where objective “visit every tavern” would complete after visiting only 1 tavern

  • FRONTIERSMEN Mission “MONSTER OF THE SEA”, fixed a bug where sometimes eavesdroppings could not be completed

  • HUNTING SOCIETY Mission “THE MAN-EATER”, fixed a bug where the smaller locate zone would disappear if the player scans all clues outside of it

  • HUNTING SOCIETY Mission “THE PATRIARCH”, fixed a where the search zone could disappear from the map after interacting with the 1st clue

  • New York Liberation Missions Mission “PROTECT THE CLINIC”, fixed the mission not failing if the player goes too far from the area to protect.

  • New York Liberation Missions

  • West District, fixed a bug where the NPCs guarding the infected blankets could sometimes not be there.

Location: Boston

  • Removed map icon on the door of Molyneux Tavern in Boston, until it is required by a specific mission

Location: DLC

  • Fixed a bug where the wrong language could be selected even if the proper language DLC is installed

Location: Epilogue

  • Animus Synching tutorial, forced subtitles on off-camera voice, so that the player doesn’t think the game is frozen

Location: Frontier

  • Fixed a bug where players could respawn and desync immediately in a loop if he died in the Valley Forge region before unlocked. Also patches players which savegame are already stuck

  • Fixed a bug where the player could respawn under the ground in a loop, in two different places

  • Plugged a hole in the ground where players could fall through the map

Location: Global

  • A text message is now visible on-screen at all times while a skippable cinematic is playing

  • Added a failsafe to the animals navigation, to prevent them from getting stuck

  • After the end credits, put the hood back up when not in Homestead

  • Disabled special attacks with heavy weapons on animals

  • Fixed a bug where the player could not equip a color change on the normal outfit from a shop if they are currently wearing a special outfit.

  • Fixed a bug where the player could not finish enemies on ground if they were thrown in deep snow

  • Fixed a bug where there wouldn’t be any reticle when precision aiming if the SSI option was turned off

  • Fixed a few rare bugs where the player could fall through the map while swimming or diving

  • Fixed various rare crashes

  • Greatly reduced the probability of animals to get stuck inside an object

Location: Homestead

  • Fixed a rare bug where the Homestead upgrade progress could be lost after fast-travelling to the homestead

  • Mission “BOWLS BEGINNER”

  • Removed possibility to quit the bowls game after a reload, which would fail the mission.

  • Mission “CUTTING TIES”, fixed a bug where the NPC could react to fights or dead bodies and flee away, breaking the mission

  • Mission “NORRIS GOES COURTING”, fixed a bug where Norris would not reappear if the player goes too far from him.

  • Mission “THE PROPER TOOLS”, fixed multiple glitches where the Quest Log could become inconsistent

  • Mission “THE WEDDING”, fixed a missing audio line

  • Mission “THOUSAND-POUND IDEA”, fixed a bug where NPCs required for the mission could disappear and break the mission

  • Mission “TOOLS OF THE TRADE”, fixed mission not failing if Lance falls in the water

  • Mission “WHITE TROPHY”, make the cougar immune to explosions to prevent a possible mission break

  • Side-quest “ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE COMMON MAN”, fixed a bug where the quest could sometimes not be completed

Location: Menus

  • Added a wait message for some cases where the game could appear frozen if some servers are unresponsive

  • Animus Database, fixed updates of Kaniehtí:io entry that would be unlocked too early and spoil the fact that… [censored]

  • Fixed a bug where the player’s friends’ Uplay wall would get spammed by previously completed missions and sequences when the player reloads his game

  • Fixed leaderboards ranking the player as #1 when he’s actually alone on it

  • Homestead mission icons are now displayed on the map when selecting the “Missions” filter

  • Present pause menu, fixed a possible glitch if the player enters the controls section and leaves it very fast

Platform: PS3

  • Fixed wrong message after purchasing a DLC and leaving the store

  • Westpoint DLC Mission “A SPY AMONG US”, fixed a bug where required characters would disappear and not come back if the player went too far from them

  • Westpoint DLC Fixed a bug where the player could fall through the map by going through the gate while in conflict

Platform: Xbox 360

Removed Benedict Arnold icon from the map legend

Source: Ubisoft

Wii U goes on sale in the US

The long-awaited Nintendo Wii U console is now on sale in the United States, following a midnight launch on Sunday.

Crowds of eager gamers descended upon on the Nintendo World store in New York City, where Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Amie excitedly counted down to the launch.

The midnight launch at some stores angered GameStop customers who’d pre-ordered the device, only to realise that the chain would not be opening stores early.

Tight supplies of the console are already leading to sold-out signs appearing across the U.S, echoing the demand for the original Wii console back in 2007.

Forbes is reporting that over 2,500 consoles have already appeared on eBay and are selling for $500, (UK£314, AUD$483), which is up to 66 per cent higher than the base price for the 8GB console.

Although gamers in the US can now gleefully enjoy their next generation console, gamers in the UK, Europe and Australia will have to wait until November 30 to get their hands on the device.

Source: Bloomberg

 

Black Ops 2 is highest earning Call of Duty game ever

Black Ops 2 is the highest earning Call of Duty game in the space of 24 hours, Activision has announced. But actual sales figures weren’t revealed.

Black Ops 2, released Tuesday, earned anestimated $500 million worldwide in one day. Modern Warfare 3 made $400 million from 6.5 million day-one sales. Black Ops 1 made $360 from 5.6 million day-one sales.

Activision broke out sales for the previous two record-breaking Call of Duty launches, so why omit them for Black Ops 2? The logical conclusion is that Black Ops 2 didn’t sell more than 6.5 million copies.

Bobby Kotick’s press release comment said lifetime sales of the Call of Duty franchise now exceed the box office totals for Harry Potter and Star Wars, the two most successful film franchises ever.

Source: Videogamer

New iMacs to be delayed due to manufacturing complications

According to a “commercial source”, the updated iMac may not hit shelves until early next year due to manufacturing complications related to the 5mm edge thickness of the mounted display/chassis — 80% thinner than previous generation models.

This reduction is partly achieved through a friction-stir welding process that uses heat and pressure to adjoin two aluminum surfaces, enabling seamless joints between chassis sections. MacBidouille notes that this method is used in other fields, such as the construction of aircraft wings, but apparently computer makers are less versed in the tech or the new iMacs are simply that complicated to build — or both.

It’s also believed that Apple’s manufacturers are having trouble with producing the iMac’s new displays. The screen is 45% thinner than what’s inside last year’s models and it uses a lamination process that eliminates the 2mm air gap between the panel and front glass. This approach increasingly common among smartphones and tablets, but it’s reportedly harder to accomplish with the iMac’s larger screens.

Apple has declined to comment on MacBidouille’s report and the company’s online store still shows the original launch dates of November and December for the 21.5- and 27-inch iMacs. In a less extreme prediction, a person familiar with the situation told CNET that the 21.5-inch would probably be delayed until next month, but that both models would still ship in time for the lucrative holiday shopping season.

Source:

 

Spire announce X2.9883 CPU cooler

The X2.9883 is the newest CPU cooler in the gaming branded series X2 by Spire. Built on the technology of HDT (Heat-pipe Direct Touch) with an increased number of total six (6) heat-pipes. Combined with a high number and density of fins, crowned with one Nano-Tech silent and PWM controlled 120 mm fan for great cooling performance. The U-shaped, 6 mm in diameter heat-pipes are in direct contact with the CPU heat spreader. Rapid heat transfer to the 46 aluminum, nickel-coated fins provide a larger surface area for optimum heat dissipation.

● HDT Heat-pipe direct contact with all of the processor area
● Six 6 mm U-shaped sinter-powder heat-pipes
● Straight lined heat-pipes, air can easily pass through
● 46 Stamped aluminum fins for best surface rate
● Large surface fin ratio for increased heat transfer rate
● All Nickel coated fins to preserve killer looks from oxidation
● One 120 mm Nano-Tech bearing fan design
● Silent. Long life span 70.000 HRS
● PWM fan speed RPM control, 4 PIN PWM (2510)
● Supports AM2/AM3/FM1/FM2 and 775/1155/1156/1366/2011
● High performance up to TDP 150 W

Source: Press Release

Researchers boost WiFi hotspots by 700%

A team of researchers at NC State University believe they’ve found a way to greatly boost WiFi. Dubbed WiFox, their solution is purely software-based, meaning it could be rolled out to existing WiFi networks.

Specific details are still under wraps as they will be presented at the ACM CoNEXT conference in December. But essentially WiFox would run on a Wi-Fi access point as part of the firmware and kick in whenever it detects the access point is developing a backlog due to congestion, giving priority to certain transmissions depending on the size of the backlog. The press release likens the technique to a traffic policeman, allowing data to flow freely in one direction for a while and then reversing the flow, all in an optimal way to clear congestion.

The research team tested the program in their lab and found that improvements ranged from 400% with approximately 25 simultaneous Wi-Fi users to 700% with around 45 users sharing the same connection. According to their estimations, this translates to the Wi-Fi system being able to respond to user requests an average of four times faster than a Wi-Fi network that does not use WiFox.

It’s worth noting that the technology is not meant make existing Wi-Fi networks faster, only reduce slowdowns in congested hotspots. It’s unclear when or if WiFox will make it to public Wi-Fi networks across the world.

Source: NCSU

OnLive appears on Google TV’s via update

Owners of LG’s G2 Google TVs were treated to a surprise today, as cloud game streaming service OnLive arrived via a software update.

The app was originally announced for LG’s G2 series televisions back at June’s E3 conference, and now it appears the series is the first to receive the update.

OnLive allows users to stream console-quality games directly to their Smart TVs, which can then be played using an OnLive wireless controller. Other than the controller, OnLive requires no additional hardware. Games can also be taken on-the-go using compatible Android, PC and Mac devices.

Currently the OnLive app is only available on LG’s G2 series, with the company planning to pre-install the service on all future LG Google TVs. LG G2 Smart TV owners can access OnLive through the ‘Premium Apps’ area on their televisions.

Source: Engadget

Music streaming is up 700% this year

The growing popularity of internet music services likeSpotify has sent the number of streamed tracks up by almost 700 per cent in the UK.

In an interview with The Guardian, David Joseph, chairman and chief executive of Universal Music UK and Ireland revealed that over 7.5 billion tracks have been streamed this year.

During the whole of 2011 only 1.1 billion tracks were streamed through the likes of Spotify, Deezer and Last.fm, representing a seismic shift in the way Brits are consuming music.

The Guardian points out that another 250 billion songs have been viewed through YouTube this year.

Source: Guardian

 

New GTA V Trailer released

The brand new trailer for Grand Theft Auto V has hit giving us our longest glimpse at the game so far.

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It’s the second trailer of the game, which is expected in spring next year.

The graphics look awesome, a real step-on from GTA IV. And fans won’t be disappointed, as there are the usual insane-looking missions and snappy dialogue.

Source: Youtube