Fallout 4 Release Causes Significant Drop in Pornhub Traffic

With reports coming in that Fallout 4 has sold 12 million copies on release day alone, there’s no doubt about it, Bethesda’s latest game is a smash hit. We’ve all heard the excuses, people booking time off work, people phoning in sick, telling their friends “I can’t make it out tonight” and so much more, just to snuggle up on the couch, or at their desks to play their new games. However, it seems it’s not just work and friends that have been set aside for this game release.

One of the most popular adult sites in the world, Pornhub, reported that it saw a 10 percent drop in traffic when Fallout 4 launched. Around 5am on November 10th, Pornhub traffic started to dip; approximately the same time a lot of people finished downloading the game on steam. I might also add that the game would have downloaded sooner if they weren’t sat streaming videos… and stuff.

“We can’t say we’re too surprised with what happened to our traffic during peak gaming hours,” Pornhub vice president Corey Price told GamesBeat. “Based on the data, it looks like a huge surge of people decided to indulge in some wasteland wandering by taking the day off of work and school to play, while the rest of the world had to wade through what we assume were the longest hours of work ever in anticipation of some alone time with their consoles.”

Of course, this isn’t a big surprise, it’s not like people only have one hobby and sometimes it’s just funny to see how one industry can have an effect on another like this.

“As huge fans of the game, we can’t say we blame anyone for swapping Pornhub time for some Pip-Boy surfing instead,” said Price. “We would have done the same.”

By 11pm it seems people had seen enough of the wasteland for the day, and traffic at the site was back to normal.

 

Someone Found an Infinite Caps Glitch in Fallout 4

I’m not one to cheat in my games, I like the immersion and level of effort required to get somewhere and do certain things within the world. However, if you’re not like me and you want to struggle to carry your bottlecap filled pockets around the wasteland with you, here’s how you can get all the caps you could ever want.

  • First, find a vendor who sells ammo. Any ammo will do.
  • Pick an ammo type.
  • Buy every single bullet of that ammo type.
  • Sell exactly one ammo of the stash you just bought back.
  • Sell another chunk of the ammo, but not all of it.

It should be noted that the glitch doesn’t seem to work with every vendor, and you can only take as much money as each vendor has at that time, but if you’re tired of only being able to afford cruddy hardware, it’s a quick workaround…. you cheating scumbag (joking).

It’s actually quite a simple glitch to say the least and one that I suspect that the team at Bethesda will patch in the not too distant future. Of course, with more pressing issues such as the FPS bug, I can’t see this one being a top priority.

Does Fallout 4’s Codsworth Know How to Say Your Name?

According to Bethesda, Fallout 4’s robot butler “Codsworth” knows how to say over 1,000 names. That’s pretty impressive and something that can help just push that little bit of extra immersion and personalisation into your RPG experience, but can Codsworth say your name?

The folks over at Polygon decided to put the robot butler to the test by trying out a wide range of names, some common, some completely silly and random, as well as a NSFW effort, so be warned if your boss is listening in.

“Fallout 4’s robo-butler Codsworth knows how to say over 1,000 names, according to Bethesda. We decided to put him to the test.” – Polygon

Fallout 4 hasn’t had the best of launches, especially on PC where a few major issues have been hittings some users, although we do have fixes to some of the more common ones.

Unfortunately, it seems Codsworth library of names isn’t as great as we had hoped, so if you hear “Sir” then you know he doesn’t know how to say your name. At least he can say “boobies”, because we all enter that as our name in games, right?

Did you notice Codsworth saying your name in the game? Let us know in the comments section below.

Fallout 4: How to Fix FOV, Mouse, Aiming and 21:9 Issues!

Have you been enjoying Fallout 4 so far this week? The game has gotten off to (mostly) positive feedback from gamers and the wider gaming industry, but as with any game launch, there have been a few issues. From the game running too fast due to high FPS, mouse acceleration issues, poor FOV and more. Fortunately, fixes are coming thick and fast courtesy of some proactive redditors.

First things first, make sure that you download the latest Nvidia drivers (sorry AMD fans, nothing yet) which were released today.

Next up, the FOV is looked on Fallout 4, but a few simple tweaks can allow you to change it.

Open both Fallout4.ini and Fallout4Prefs.ini
In the [Display] section of both files, add the following lines:
fDefaultWorldFOV=90
fDefault1stPersonFOV=90
90 is the default FOV of most FPS games, but you can change that to whatever makes you happy

What about that god awful mouse acceleration issue?

Open both Fallout4.ini and Fallout4Prefs.ini
In the [Controls] section of both files, add this line:
bMouseAcceleration=0

Although why bMouseAccelration=0 would ever be set to anything higher than zero is beyond me… silly Bethesda. Then we’ve also got the fact that vertical mouse sensitivity is set to half the horizontal, and once again, I have no flipping idea why! Here’s how to fix it.

Open Fallout4.ini
In the [Controls] section, find fMouseHeadingXScale
On the next line, make fMouseHeadingYScale 2x the amount of fMouseHeadingXScale

If you’re having trouble with 21:9, mostly from not being able to select your resolution from within the game. Follow these simple steps

Add these values to ‘Fallout4Prefs.ini’ in your documents, my games etc AND to ‘Fallout4Prefs.ini’
bTopMostWindow=1
bMaximizeWindow=1
bBorderless=1
bFull Screen=0
iSize H=1080
iSize W=2560

Now go forth and enjoy the wasteland once more!

Fallout 4 PS4 Performance Woes

As with most AAA game launches, some retailers send out the game early to ensure delivery for the big day. Most of the time it works, sometimes it’s late (and we always hear about when it’s late), but sometimes the delivery service works some magic and delivers the game a few days early. This time around, PS4 copies of Fallout 4 have made the way to customers.

Without sounding like a broken record, WCCFTech has reported another Frames Per Second (FPS) issue like we had with Batman: AK and even Witcher 3, great. Users on the Neogaf board who have received this early copy have reported the extreme performance dip when in heavy gunfire or in graphically intensive areas such as when Molotov Cocktails explode. There is a video link at the end of this article.

Twitter user @Tidux is one of the lucky (or unlucky) customers who received the game early and has been tweeting constantly with updates regarding the game mechanics and features. After a quick read of the tweets, I can safely say there are no spoilers to the game storyline/ missions or similar.

There has been no official response from Bethesda to this, however, a Twitter user had a response regarding what the performance is set to be like, to which Pete Hines of Bethesda tweeted:

Now here is the problem for pre-launch users, the basic game disk(s) is sent out to customers and then after the official launch, you are prompted to install additional “Day One” updates to patch whatever problems there may possibly be. If you try to play the game before the official launch, you will not have downloaded this patch and problems may be apparent. We can only wait and see with less than 12 hours to the official launch and possible Day One patches to be released.

Warning, the comments contain strong language and mild spoilers.

Here is a link to a video of the FPS issue.

First Fallout 4 Mod ‘Enhanced Wasteland’ Released

Tired of the same old dusty look to your wasteland? Of course you’re not, most of you have barely even started playing Fallout 4, let alone getting bored with it! However, if your eyes are telling you that the game could do with a slight visual kick up the backside, then you’ll want to check out the new mod on Nexusmods.

“Enhanced Wasteland is a ReShade/SweetFX Preset. The goal of this preset was to slightly add more vibrance to the wasteland environment in Fallout 4 and make it appear less washed out. There is also usage of other settings that I think make the game look better. You can check out the screenshots to see how it will look in-game.”

Enhanced Wasteland is a fairly simple mod, but the visual impact is certainly noticeable. Using ReShade/SweetFX presets, it tweaks the lighting, vibrance, shadows and a few other effects to give the games visuals a little more beauty and flair.

The team have done a great job with building the world of Fallout 4, but we all know that the truly greatest aspect of Bethesda games comes after the release date. There’s a very talented modding community out there already working hard on making this game better. So while this may be a simple mod, expect some much bigger ones to be revealed very soon.

You can download Enhanced Wasteland from NexusMods here.

Which mods are you hoping to see released for Fallout 4?

Pip-Boy Production was at “Maximum Capacity”

Anyone who is anyone in the gaming industry, be it as a gamer or maker, knows about the Fallout series; if you haven’t, get from under your rock. In the recent announcement of Fallout 4, the limited edition featured a real life Pip-Boy which interacts with your mobile phone thanks to a slot in the top. The limited edition sold out almost instantly; after crashing retailers websites of course.

Bethesda marketing Vice President Pete Hines has stated that the company tried to make as many of the product as possible, selling out instantly in both waves of shipments. The problem it seems is that the factories tasked with producing the iconic plastic shroud were at maximum capacity with pre-existing orders.

“We reached a point where we’d go back to the factories and they were like, ‘Guys, this is it, sorry. This is as long as we can run the lines and as many of them as we can make,'” Hines told GameSpot. “We’d go back to [the factories] and say, ‘Demand for this is insane, we’ve got to make more.’ And they’d move other projects off or shift stuff to other factories and it just came to [them telling Bethesda], ‘Final answer: sorry, this is as many as we can make.’ And we sold every single one of those that we could.”

Before you go shouting on social media that you have a good chance of buying a brand new Pip-Boy, think again, Hines during a conversation with a fan:

We could be seeing more remaining stock of Pip-Boy editions hit the shelves, but likely in very small quantities. If you want to get your hands on one; keep your eyes glued to your local resellers and eBay for the possible second-hand purchase.

Thank you to ArsTechnica for providing us with this information.

Hori Produce PC/ PS4 Hybrid Controller Successor

For one reason or another, console gamers have remained stagnant to the ever progressing world around them when it comes to gaming. As a console convert myself, I was jealous of the PC input methods of keyboard and mouse due to the huge accuracy given through high DPI devices.

Well, one company has decided to make my dream come true with the Tactical Assault Commander 4. It isn’t a full keyboard layout, but more the features of what you generally use while gaming. The conventional ‘WASD’ keys are programmed to mimic the left analogue stick while the mouse will mimic the right. The rest of the DualShock controller buttons are mapped out in a more PC gamer friendly orientation. Hori has also added a few additional features to include the ability to walk/ run at the touch of a button and a ‘snipe’ mode to decrease the mouse sensitivity.

As the name suggests, this peripheral is the successor to the Tactical Assault Commander 3. The basic idea was there and it worked well, many reviewers found that mapping an analogue stick to the mouse didn’t work as well as planned. Hopefully, Hori has taken that on board and produced something even better this time around, and I should hope so with pre-order prices starting at around £85.

Will you be interested in purchasing one of these? Maybe as a present to you console gamer family member? Let us know in the comments.

Thank you to Engadget for providing us with this information.

Fallout 4 Craze Crashes GAME Website

The Fallout series has been the game that most people think of when asked about post-nuclear war survival games. The newest addition to this is Fallout 4, which comes with a brand new collector addition, with added Pip-Boy wearable. The new tech is compatible with most mobile phones by docking them inside and has most fans crying in anticipation to get their radioactive hands on them.

In the UK, GAME has the exclusive rights to this new collectors edition and went on pre-order at 9am this morning; well it was supposed to anyway. Due to the overwhelming interest in the item, the GAME website crashed and caused major headaches.

As any company would do in this day and age, someone from the marketing team took to Twitter to try to ease the tense customers, using references from the game itself.

The website was then fixed, or maybe the consumers broke their computers and the amount accessing the site was less, and all of the pre-orders were taken within minutes.

Were you one of the thousands trying to access the website this morning? Did you get your hands on the Pip-Boy Edition? Let us know in the comments.

Thank you to MCVUK for providing us with this information.

G.Skill Ripjaws 4 2666MHz 16GB DDR4 Memory Kit Review

Introduction


Memory, the most vital part of any computer that gets overlooked the most. There’s not a lot to say about RAM apart from its expensive and very confusing. DDR4, the newest iteration of RAM is currently the fastest version of the consumer RAM, with speeds exceeding 3333MHz. RAM kits now come in a variety of shapes with the basic bare modules, right up to the simply stunning Ripjaws series.

Today we will be looking at the G.Skill Ripjaws 4 2666MHz 16GB memory kit. This is one of the more conservative memory kits that G.Skill produce with a rather tame 2666MHz clock speed, but this does let the manufacturing team set an impressive 15-15-15-35 timing. G.Skill are renowned the world over with how well their memory kits perform and most of the world’s memory overclocking records are set with G.Skill memory.

“G.SKILL Ripjaws 4 series performance DDR4 memory is designed for the ultimate experience on the latest Intel X99 platform! Whether you are processing large amounts of data or intense gaming, experience smooth system performance with the newest next-generation PC memory technology! All Ripjaws 4 memory kits are tested with G.SKILL’s extensive suite of testing software to ensure maximum performance and stability. Make Ripjaws 4 the ideal choice for your DDR4 system!”

That’s enough talking, let’s jump into testing.

Specifications

Packaging and Accessories

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

A Closer Look

The design of the Ripjaws series is very unique and very recognisable to most enthusiasts. I think the design could be taken to the next level if the ‘Ripjaws 4’ logo was laser etched on or cut out instead of a sticker.

Xbox One Sales Dip in Early 2015

After an aggressive holiday season, seeing price cuts for both Xbox One (XB1) and PlayStation 4 (PS4), figures now reveal that Microsoft has taken a hit in the first quarter of 2015. Shipments were down 20% year on year with just 1.6 million shipped worldwide.

This wouldn’t be such a bad thing in the grand scheme, but Sony announced in early March that it had already sold 1.7 million units worldwide in just the first two months of the year, with more likely stashed in retailers warehouses. Using a bit of simple math, that could possibly equate to a quarterly sales figure of over 3 million units for Sony; easily dwarfing Microsoft’s figures.

Along with the poor shipment levels, the aggressive pricing strategy has come around and bitten them hard. Revenue from Xbox platforms as a whole was down 24% year on year. This has been pinned on the fact that the XB1 has dropped 33% of its price tag from January 2014 to January 2015; meaning it would have to sell 33% more products to just match last years sales.

It’s not all doom and gloom though, Microsoft announced Xbox Live usage was up over 30%, suggesting those that own the system are spending more time and money on the system.

Console companies generally sell their products at a loss to pick up a larger player base and then make the money back on games and DLC, but reports have come in that publishers outside of Microsoft are selling fewer Xbox games than they were a year ago; adding up to the nine-month fiscal year revenues are down 7%.

Do you own a console? How would you feel if it became a ‘one horse race’? Let us know in the comments

Thank you to ArsTechnica for providing us with this information

Launch Trailer for Battlefield: Hardline Released

Electronic Arts has recently released the official trailer for its upcoming Battlefield title, Battlefield: Hardline, ahead of the title’s launch on March 20th. Check the trailer out below.

Though the trailer looks great, it still remains to be seen whether the title will live to its expectation. Given that the beta had its little hiccups and that its predecessor, Battlefield 4, led to a lot of people being disappointed due to its bugs when it first launch, we just have to see what the new title has to bring.

Battlefield: Hardline is said to launch on March 20th through Origin on PC and Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 through retailers.

Thank you TweakTown for providing us with this information

Huawei: 5G Will Be Here By 2020 – Speeds Up To 100X Faster Than 4G

4G has now been implemented around the globe in major cities for just over a year now. Looking for constant advancement in technology, Huawei have claimed that their new 5G infrastructure and technology will reach 100 times the speed of 4G by the year 2020.

As we reported, Huawei have announced their plans for a 4.5G opening in China by 2016, so this information coming to light is quite interesting. Will 4.5G still be worked on, or is Huawei looking to skip it and reach straight for the stars? 4.5G is set to provide the average user with 100Mbps speeds stable and support up to 30,000,000 connections per tower – set to be somewhat of a ‘patch’ for the current 4G offering, which often experiences connectivity, signal and data transfer issues.

In comes 5G, claiming a 10Gps peak transfer speed – quite possibly faster than your phone can process. Coming from backward Australia, I can only dream of a day when internet will out-perform things like your computers HDD speeds or LAN infrastructure – with 5G in the pipeline, it seems like somewhat of a reality.

As with all new major advancements in technology from 4K cable streaming to 10km data “fricken lasers”, the cost of the research, installment and implementation is always something to consider. Taking a look at 4G speeds currently, they’re amazing and offer the user with speeds that are likely much faster than their current ADSL2+ offering, but are extremely expensive. An Australian eSports group called ACL PRO often experience issues with venue internet being poor in Australia – meaning that they have to run their StarCraft II tournaments via multiple 4G ‘wireless sticks’ – seeing hundreds of dollars worth of data transfer flushed down the drain per event. Wouldn’t it be amazing if one day, we could do away with home line ADSL style internet and simply power our whole houses infrastructure simply by walking inside with our mobile phone? Until then, enjoy thousands of dollars a month in downloads of shareware programs and creative commons music through your 4G connection – if you can even get one.

Back to the topic at hand, 5G is set to allow you to reach speeds of up to 10Gpbs, we’ve decided to list out the speeds below to give you an easily viewable comparison of past and future technology.

  • 2G: A few hundred k per second
  • 3G: Up to a few M per second
  • 4G: Two hundred M per second
  • 5G:  10Gbps

Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology Chief Engineer Zhang Feng has announced that the global information and communications industry is ushering in a new wave of innovation, cloud computing, networking and other technologies alongside the rapid redevelopment of new applications. All said to be supported by an amazing 5G mobile internet infrastructure.

We will continue to report as the story develops.

Image courtesy of TNW

iPhone 6 Plus Hammered by new Samsung Advertisements

[youtube width=”854″ height=”480″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxhSnNZH3Rk[/youtube]

Samsung have come out of the blocks with both arms swinging – producing a series of advertisements targetting competitor Apple’s latest technology.

Samsung has a long standing battle with Apple. Not only are they the main competitors on the telecommunications market, but Apple and Samsung have a legal history to boot.

What better way to get back at Apple than a funny ad campaign targeting their champion product? This advertisement takes no time in pointing out the similarities between Apple’s new iPhone 6 plus and Samsung’s long-standing Galaxy Note series, alongside showing that the note was ridiculed for its size and proudly displaying negative initial reviews of the series. One quote had us chuckling – “you’ll look like you’re talking into a piece of toast”.

The message of the video as a whole conveys the fact that Apple have “followed” or “copied” Samsung in making a bigger device to try and keep up with their developing technologies. All of this is backed up by supplying a few Apple skeptic tweets from the public, further reinforcing their innovative Samsung technology and then finally promoting their “next big thing”; the Galaxy Note 4.

It doesn’t quite matter which side of the fence you sit on, it’s always quite funny to watch two heavyweight companies battle it out in an ad campaign.

How will Apple reply? Will Apple reply? Here’s hoping that it all goes to plan.

Featured image courtesy of Phandroid

Apple Vs Android -iPhone 6 is Just an Old Nexus 4?

The Apple Vs Android argument will be ongoing until the end of time – Apple fans often claiming that the iPhone ‘just works’ and Android fans claiming of the latest technology and lowest prices. Both parties have good points, but are you paying way too much for your iPhone with possibly outdated technology?

The comparison shot above has been circulating around popular image boards and social media websites as of late, showcasing how Apple’s brand new iPhone 6’s premium features match that of something released almost two years ago by Google.

One thing this image doesn’t list however is the backend specifications of the phone, meaning there is no RAM or CPU model or speed noted, without taking this into account however this begs the question – is the iPhone really worth the price tag? But to put it into context, Googles Nexus 4 contains a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro and 2GB of internal RAM compared to Apple’s iPhone 6 with a faster 64-bit, A8 CPU but smaller 1GB of RAM.

As a whole – you’ll be paying $199 for the Nexus 4 8GB, compared to a much larger $869 for the iPhone 6.

Personally, I’m not a fanboy either way – but it does make you stop and think. Are you upgrading to the new iPhone 6? We want to know why you prefer Apple’s product over its competitors – is it the interface, are you happier with their design? Or maybe something else has got you hooked.

Image courtesy of CNet

Gat out of Hell, New Saints Row Unveiled at PAX

Voliton had promised the announcement of a new project at PAX, and they came through with it. As expected it’s an addition to the Saints Row series, more specific it’s a standalone expansion to Saints Row IV and is called Gat out of Hell.

Many people were expecting a new game in the series, and while I’m sure that already is in the works as well, this is “just” an addition to the last game. In this version the crew is playing around with an Ouija board when their beloved boss suddenly gets sucked into hell. The crew, always up for an adventure, doesn’t need long to decide to follow him for a rescue.

[youtube width=”800″ height=”600″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fteDOwbT3Q[/youtube]

Users who wish to play the new hell game don’t need to own the original, as it’s a standalone version, with everything included. It should launch in January, on the 27th, next year and cost $20. I for one am looking forward to blowing up some daemons with my dubstep gun.

Thank you Voliton for providing us with this information.

Image and video courtesy of Voliton.

Synology DS415Play 4-Bay NAS Review

Introduction


In the early stages of this year we saw the arrival of Synology’s DS214Play – a 2-bay system which offers users the ability to stream media connect across the network to everything, including mobile devices thanks to its onboard transcoding capabilities from Intel’s latest Evansport processor. Little did Synology know, this unit has turned out to be one of their most popular 2-bay systems to hit the shelves this year and as users embraced the transcoding power, the demand for a bigger and better system soon followed.

Aside from the obvious extension to four bays, the DS415Play features the same Intel Evansport 1.6GHz CPU, featuring Floating-Point Units, giving the system its popular ability to transcode media on the fly for streaming across to mobile devices as well as processing image thumbnails much faster than that of a typical SoC based system.

Connectivity wise we find an extra two USB2.0 ports on the rear of the system in place of the eSATA port that the 215 features. On paper this means that we should expect to see at least the same levels of performance as on of this years top-selling 2-bay systems, with an easy, too-free setup and a user interface that I consider to be one of the most user-friendly solutions on the market today.

Like a large number of Synology’s systems, the DS415Play comes in a rather non-de-script box, with only a few labels on the outside indicating which unit is inside. From a business point of view this means that on the grander scale we are looking at lower packaging costs – which in turn means a cheaper end product for the consumer. Inside we find a similarly comprehensive bundle with little more than a power cord, patch lead and a quick setup leaflet.

Thecus N4560 4-Bay NAS Review

Introduction


Over the last few years, the NAS market as a whole has been growing at a steady rate and in when we start to break things down and look at the rate of growth in the individual market sectors, the rate of sales in the consumer group has seen a far greater growth than any other market sector. Part of this growth is down to market exposure where users are seeing far more units on offer through both the retail and e-tail channels; however the price is a more crucial factor and this is what is now bringing the NAS concept into the limelight for the SOHO market. When we go back two to three years and look at the total cost of ownership; that’s the cost of purchasing the NAS itself along with drives to store data on then with the cost of running the unit – things were not looking that good and the price of one of a typical 4-bay system in some instances was easily a four-figure sum of money – in other words, simply too much of a cost to swallow considering you could easily buy a set of drives and whack them into your desktop system for a whole lot less.

Since that time, the total cost of ownership has dropped considerably, with the price per GB of hard disk storage at its best to date and with NAS products maturing with more and more features, but for a lower price we are now starting to see the SOHO NAS ownership numbers grow more and more to the point where if you want to share a large amount of data between multiple systems, the NAS is now the go to place for your storage needs.

In the latter part of last year I took a look at Thecus’ N2560 – a highly affordable system that brought style as well as substance to the SOHO market with a white plastic chassis and tool-free installation on the outside and inside one of the first SoC designs inside which offers a high amount of performance for its size whilst keeping the power consumption nice and low in the process. The N4560 that I’m taking a look at today is, as one may see, is an extension to the new line of affordable systems and alongside the larger space to accommodate four drives, the N4560 packs an Atom based SoC to keep the performance at a good level whilst keeping the power consumption down (although the choice of drive will have an impact on the total consumption) and to round the package off, we are presented with a good array of features, but not too many that would flood a rookie user with options, resulting in a confused experience.

The N4560 comes in a light blue coloured box and alongside the system itself we get a fairly standard Thecus bundle, including two sets of screws for 2.5″ and 3.5″ drive installation, keys to lock the drive bays, IEC kettle lead and patch lead and a spread of paperwork with warranty information, basic setup steps and a CD with desktop software to accompany the system.

Australians Gain the Ability to Watch Game of Thrones Through Google

Aussies rejoice! If you’re one of the seemingly few that wish to support your content creators to the fullest, Google is now offering streaming of Game of Thrones through their Google Play service.

Too good to be true? There’s a catch. As the season 4 finale has already aired and Google Play is late to the chase – only releasing the latest episode today. If this will be the same for future seasons or a once off, we don’t know for sure.

The pricing is reasonable however. Standard definition episodes air at $2.99 a piece (or $29.99 for a season), with the High definition option coming in at $3.49 each (and $34.99 per season), meaning this is a rather good alternative to Foxtel users who don’t watch much else.

What makes this Google move more intriguing is Foxtel’s apparent broadcast exclusivity – which I’m sure some users would have not purchased if they were aware of Google’s intentions previously.

All in all this is an interesting move by Google and we’re looking forward to see if the numbers stack up in the future.

To catch your own subscription, head to the Google Play Website.

Image courtesy of Pagesay

Apple Recalls European iPhone Chargers Due to Overheating Issues

A new announcement from Apple has come to light informing user with European 5W iPhone chargers to check to model number of their charger in and in a large number of case to then to a replacement program that has been setup after it was discovered that a number of chargers with the model number A1300 were overheating, posing a huge safety risk to its user(s).

The adaptor in question was shipped predominantly between October 2009 and September 2012 with the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and the iPhone 4S and additionally on its own as an accessory. Given the huge area the uses the European 2-pin plug, the number of chargers that Apple are referring to is in the hundreds of thousands, if not millions.

The replacement program which Apple have set up, asks users to look on the mains end of the plug and to check the details of the part they have. The faulty plugs are identified by a block grey ‘CE’ marking and above the right hand pin, the model number A1300 is printed. Users that have anything other than A1300 are not affected. Once confirmed, users should head to their nearest Apple store of authorised service center, where they can exchange their charger for free. Those who are unable to get to a store can contact technical support where a replacement can be arranged. In both instances the serial number of the corresponding iPhone is required for verification of the charger.

This latest discovery adds yet another part to the growing list of recalls and replacement programs that Apple have had to set up, so whilst it is all and well jumping on to the Apple bandwagon, on the greater scale, their track record for faulty products doesn’t quite sway in their favour.

Source: The Verge

Scamming Site Offering ‘Free’ Origin Game Keys Discovered

A site offering free game keys for Origin users has been discovered, where users have the freedom to browse through all the games available on Origin and request a ‘free’ key which will be delivered to them 24 hours after they have entered their login credentials in a basic looking form. Now obviously I will stress at this time that if you ever come across a site that appears to be ‘offering’ free keys and there is no hard evidence available to support it, turn around and walk away; these rogue sites are there simply to acquire your Origin login credentials. You can imagine what happens from there.

This new scamming site that has been uncovered runs under a number of URLs – the main one of these being ea-free-origin-keys.weebly.com , although a bit of rooting around has discovered that the site owner, who has built the very basic looking site through Weebly.com, has the domain names ea-origin-keys-4-free.tk and eaoriginkeys4free.tk also registered, pointing to the Weebly domain.  Further investigation shows that the site is hosted on a server in an Amsterdam datacentre in the Netherlands and is registered under BV Dot TK (masking the true owners identity), whilst the name servers suggest the site was registered through the Free Dom domain registration service.

Further more, the YouTube video that ‘shows’ how the keys can be obtained is shown on a page titled ‘BBC’ although the fact that there is only one video on this channel rings alarm bells in itself and the 480p quality is used to try to mask the creators personal details as they ‘demonstrate’ how the keys are requested. Whilst watching the video we see that the users system’s language is French, narrowing down the true source of the scam and in the comment section one watcher asks if this process is illegal – the response from the creator: ‘of corse watch the video ‘.

Whatever way you look at this scam, it is a cheap way of obtaining users Origin identities and considering how simple the site looks and the information behind it that can be found, I doubt it will be long before this site is taken down. I’ll once again re-iterate my word that if it looks too good to be true, it probably is – especially if it looks like a rookie attempt as well.

Source: eTeknix Reader

Synology DS414j 4-Bay NAS Review

Introduction


Throughout the Synology product range each other models available can come in one of three variations the first of these is the standard series and this has no indicator after the name giving us a model name such as DS414. The second option, which is indicated by plus after the model number indicates that this is a performance system offering the best features that Synology have to offer, whilst the third option indicated by a ‘j’ indicates that a model is geared for the entry-level user whose focus is more on getting the largest capacity as possible was not worried about performance either things too much. Typically, ‘j’ series systems have tended to come with a single core processor and by doing so this has kept the price point down, which for the entry-level user is more important than performance.

All is about to change however, the system that we are looking at today – the DS414j – is Synology’s first system to offer a dual core processor on an entry-level-based system. in addition to a dual core processor we also see for the first time USB 3.0 been featured and once we take the latest version of DSM into account solution for users in a small office and home office environment as well as home-media enthusiasts who want a centralised and highly accessible storage solution for an affordable price.

This is not all although, as we have seen over the last few months there has been more of a demand for cloud based storage solutions and when we look at systems like Western Digital’s My Cloud, EX2 and EX4, which are directly aimed for cloud users, it is easy to see why, in general, the home based user is moving over to this form storage. Where the DS414j differs however, is that its primary role is as a local storage device and then secondly it offers the cloud features; rather than the opposite way round.

Aside from a typical feature set which we would expect from a Synology NAS, we also find support for 5TB drives allowing for up to 20 TB of raw storage, along with read and write speeds of around 100MB/s and 80MB/s respectively. Rounding all of this up into a package that is set to retail for around $390 in US and £260 in the UK, it looks like Synology may have just hit the proverbial nail on the head for the home or entry-level user.

Like most Synology systems, the DS414j comes in a brown monochrome box and aside from a power adapter, CAT5e patch lead and a quick setup guide, we have three sets of screws one each for 3.5 inch and 2.5 inch drives, with the third set the locking each drive trays into place once installed into the system.

Metal Chassis Spotted On Upcoming Samsung (Galaxy S5 ?) Handset In Leaked Pic

According to a report from ZDNet Korea (via BGR), Samsung is reportedly in the process of launching a “killer” handset in February, and based on previous reports, all points out to one smartphone, the Galaxy S5.

Of course, not even ZDNet Korea names the Galaxy S5 specifically by name when talking about the handset featuring the metal chassis. But it does describe the phone’s specifications, and they most likely match a high-end handset, such as the upcoming Galaxy S5. It is said that the smartphone will feature a quad HD display boasting a resolution of 2560 x 1440 and an integrated iris scanner, offering enhanced security to users. Given that the previously mentioned features are new to Samsung, it does strongly support the theory of implementing them in a device such as the Samsung Galaxy S5.

Other features mentioned consist of a new 64-bit Octa-Core Exynos processor or a Quad-Core Snapdraggon processor (depending on the model), a 16-megapixels camera with new low-light photo quality technology, 3GB of Ram and a 4,000 mAh battery, all powering the Android 4.4 KitKat OS.

The metal feature will be seen, as rumored, only on one version of the upcoming Galaxy S5. Given the above mentioned specs, it would probably not be the one featuring the Quad-Core Snapdragon since Qualcomm announced that the first 64-bit processors will be more low-end oriented. It would only be logical to put a plastic body on a lower-end spec handset. But it could however be the other way round, since at this point we can only speculate.

Based on numerous reports, the Galaxy S5 could launch as early as next month. But taking ZDNet’s report into account, the handset’s launch date would most likely be somewhere in March, one month ahead of the Galaxy S4’s one-year anniversary.

Thank you BGR for providing us with this information
Image courtesy of BGR and TweakTown

Western Digital Extend My Cloud Lineup With EX4 4-Bay Solution

Western Digital have been hot topic within the storage world since the release of their innovative personal cloud storage drives. In a follow-up to the single drive offerings that are aimed primarily for the consumer market, Western Digital have now upped their game with a 4-bay NAS that gives all the Cloud capabilities of the single bay unit, but with some added extras.

The EX4, for those who recognise it, is somewhat similar to the Sentinel DX4000 NAS that we looked at earlier in the year, however external appearances are where the similarities end. On the inside of the EX4, a Marvell 88F6282 2GHz single core CPU is in control with the system capable of holding up to 16TB of raw storage through RAID0, 1, 5, 10 and JBOD configurations as well as Western Digital’s own Flex-RAID allowing drives of different capacities to be installed and used together seamlessly.

Designed for the ‘Prosumer’, the EX4 is one of the worlds first 4-bay cloud NAS systems and whilst it offers up cloud capabilities, it still gives total flexibility to be used as a traditional local NAS device. On top of the standard My cloud features that are on offer on the single bay systems, the EX4 also includes 10 user licences for WD’s Smartware Pro software for automated computer backups as well as the ability to have a full system backup made to another remotely setup EX4, giving the total piece of mind that your data is secure. For SOHO and SMB users, Active Directory support is also included and an SDK for app developers is available from Western Digital’s website.

The EX4 is available now through a number of e-tailors and also the reseller channel with four options to choose from. The entry-level system will come with no drives giving the best user flexibility for £319, whilst 8TB, 12TB and 16TB models all kitted out with WD’s own Red drives are available for £670, £799 and £999 respectively.

Whilst this is the only multi-bay cloud solution that Western Digital are offering for now, they have noted that a 2-bay version – namely the EX2 will be available in the early part of next year.

Source: Press Event

Teratrend (SilverStone) TS432U 4 Bay USB3.0 RAID Enclosure Review

Introduction


Just over two months ago, I had a look at the TS231U 2-bay external RAID enclosure from Teratrend – a sub-division of Silverstone. Whilst I loved the refined looks of the metal chassis and the rather simple setup process and overall the concept of what it does, I was sadly left a little disheartened over the slow speeds experienced – especially with the unit setup for RAID0 operation.

Teratrend naturally wanted to make amends on the impression that the TS231U left me with and after taking on board the feedback I’ve had to give them, they sent me out a unit of a higher calibre. The TS432U that I’m going to have a look at today, as the title suggests, is a four bay unit. Whilst the TS432U as doubles the potential storage capacity that the TS213U could handle, there are more RAID options to play with and a LCD display on the front to make configuring and maintaining the unit far easier than before.

Like NAS systems that I have a delve into, four bay RAID enclosures like this unit have a large number of advantages over smaller two bay units, however there is one particular advantage that stands out over the rest. This is RAID5. For those that are totally clued up on RAID, there are eight standard levels of RAID, however a number of these are not commonly used. RAID5, as mentioned, is a key RAID level that many opt for as it’s not only provides data spanning across multiple drives but it also allows for the data to still be accessed if a single drive were to fail. For the purpose of this review I will focus on RAID0, 10, 5 and JBOD for performance comparison.

Before I take a closer look at the TS432U, those that have read my review on the TS231U will note a large number of similarities between the two units, in-fact bar the addition of an extra two drive bays (and the consequent RAID options that come with this), the only feature that this unit has over the other is a LCD display on the front.

With this drive having two slightly different designs (either with a screen or without), Teratrend have kept packing costs down by using the same box for both SKUs of the four bay unit. To distinguish the units apart once they have been packaged, a sticker is placed on the front of the box to indicate which unit is inside. Alongside the unit is a IEC kettle lead, USB 3.0 and eSATA cable and a CD with the user manual and system utilities on.

Asustor AS-604T 4-bay NAS Review

Introduction


Its not very often we see new names coming to market that appear to have such a strong presence about them. Typically it takes quite a period for a new name to be classed as on of the common brands, rather than being left on the sidelines, however there is a new name to the NAS scene that has only taken a couple of years to become more commonly known. Asustor, who have been around for only the last two years, are as some might guess a subsidiary of Asus, one of the leading brands in graphics cards and motherboards.

Taking the expertise in design, innovation and quality that Asus have, Asustor NAS systems are, in their desktop format, designed straight for the home user with clean and stylish looks, a user interface that makes the process of managing a NAS a lot simpler and more intuitive to work with and an app for iOS devices that allows the system to be remotely controlled when a HD TV is connected for its media centre functions.

Being a relatively new player in to the NAS market, Asustor are going to have their work cut out when it comes to taking on the big names such as QNAP and Thecus but with the backing of Asus, they do have a good change of being right up there with the big guns so to speak.

To give an overview of the Asustor range, there are currently eight systems in their product catalogue split into three groups. The first of these groups, aimed at home to power users comprises of a two and four bay system in the AS-3xx series, ideal for budget users who want a system to get them up and going. Next up from this is the power to business group, also known as the AS-6xx series (of which the system we’re looking at today is part of) and this comprises of four systems ranging from two to eight bays. The last group is for the SMB market and here lies two rack mount NAS, one four-bay 1U system and a nine-bay 2U system at the top end of the Asustor range.

Setting the NAS aside to see what else is included as an accessory set, Asustor bundle in a CD with the user manuals, to sets of screws for 2.5″ an 3.5″ drives, two Cat5e patch leads and a UK 3-pin kettle lead.

Western Digital Sentinel DX4000 16TB RAID5 4-Bay NAS Review

Up to now we’ve been looking at network storage servers that come with no drives and are produced by a company other than a drive manufacturer. Western Digital are one of the best hard drive manufacturers our there in the market and their recent changes to their product line-up has not only made choosing the right drive for the job easier, but also a lot clearer. When it comes to network storage, WD has three types of drive that are geared for the job, Red, SE and RE. Red drives are still aimed for the home/SOHO user, whilst their enterprise SE and RE drives are optimised for the constant punishment that they will encounter 24×7.

Setting drives aside, WD has now come out with their own NAS solution, optimised for their own drives, in an all-in-one easy to use solution and so we get the Sentinel DX4000. The Sentinel is a first in a line of self designed NAS solutions that can be purchased with drives pre-installed in a variety of capacities, varying from a modest 2TB, right up to a whopping 16TB. Unlike other NAS solutions on the market, one of the main features that sets this system apart from the rest is the use of Windows Storage Server 2008 and a auto configuration process during the initial set-up that automatically builds the drives into a RAID5 array – the preferred choice for NAS solutions as this gives the best data security and will ensure no data is lost, should one drive fail during operation.

With this unit designed specifically for the SMB environment the use of WSS 2008 should allow for seamless integration through active directory and domain configuration and also for those that are at home with Windows, should make maintaining the system a bit more intuitive. With RAID automatically configured based on the number of drives installed, set-up should be easier as mentioned and knowing how well trusted and reliable Western Digital’s drives are in the NAS markets with multiple lines of drives targeted at this environment, there is good hope that the system has a lot to give.

All NAS’ come with a selection of cables to get you connected and running, this one being no exception. Alongside the user manual, the first thing we note are the two external power inverters, which as we will see on the next page, aid towards a more compact build of the main unit itself. Do note that on all other SKUs apart from the 16TB option, the DX4000 will only come with a single power adaptor, but as a top of the line model, the 16TB option includes both adaptors to allow for redundant power supply feeds. Also included are two sets of power cables for the UK and European markets and a single CAT5e cable. There is also a visible lack of screws that we traditionally see, but this is due to the tool free installation that the DX4000 adopts.