Gears Of War 4 Featuring Marcus Fenix’s Son

Warning: this article will contain information regarding Gears of War 4. If you want to experience the game without any spoilered content, this may be an article you want to miss.

Now that we’ve done that, let’s get talking about what we really want to know. Details. Gears of War 4 looks to the be the latest in the series of Gears games, the first of which since Microsoft  purchased the series from Epic Games, its creators. The first bit of information we’ve received about the game is finally here, and that includes screen shots of the new cast and some details about them.

First up you have JD Fenix, featured in the middle above. The name should ring a bell as JD is actually the son of Marcus Fenix, the main character from the original Gears Of War games. Next up you have Delmond (Del) Walker, JD’s long time friend and fellow soldier, found on the left. Before the game took place, JD and Del go AWOL from COG (the military in the Gears of War series) only to find Kait Diaz (found on the right), an outsider who seems to have taken kindly to the former COG soldiers.

Set 25 years after Gears of War 3, the game looks to have a closer feel to the original Gears Of War game, rather than its sequels. With Liam McIntyre, known for playing the Weather Wizard on CW’s The Flash, voicing JD Fenix, the main character will be filled with the rich feeling a good actor brings to the game. Kait Diaz is being voiced by Laura Bailey, known for voicing Olympia Vale in Halo 5: Guardians and Jaina Proudmoore in Blizzard’s World of Warcraft. With Del being voiced by Eugene Byrd, known for his recurring roles on Bones and CW’s the Arrow.

With such a talented line up behind the game, we might even be able to look past the bad release of the previous Gears of War game in the Ultimate Edition on PC.

Google Isn’t Happy With AVG’s Chrome Plugin

AVG have a give and take relationship when it comes to their attitudes and approach with security and privacy, from their creation of glasses that could hide you from facial recognition software to going so far as to start selling your browsing activity to companies. AVG Chrome plugin has been found to bypass Chrome’s security features, something which Google are less than happy with.

The Web TuneUp tool is available for download from Chrome’s extension store, which sent the web addresses where they were compared against known malicious sites, in hopes that they could warn you before you land on one of those bad sites. The way the plugin was created though reportedly left the information open to exploits as reported by Google Security researcher Tavis Ormandy on December 15 in an issue report. In the report, he describes it by stating that it “exposes browsing history and other personal data to the internet”.

Ormandy was less than pleased about it, stating that he was unsure if he should contact AVG (an action that he did do) or if he should ask the extension abuse team to investigate it as a PuP (Potentially unwanted program, a term often used to describe pieces of software that could also be described as viruses or malware).

As of December, 28th AVG has completed a secure patch for the plugin while it has been reported by Ars Technica that the plugin was frozen while the plugin was investigated for policy violations.

Huge Steam Error Exposes User Details!

Steam is a worldwide service designed to help you and your friends purchase and play games with a sense of security and unity. This doesn’t mean it’s perfect though as we found out this Christmas with a bunch of users reporting seeing other people’s details.

Reported on Reddit users were claiming that not only were their information displaying in another language it was also showing other usernames and information related to their accounts. While this may sound trivial the kind of information wasn’t, with everything from Steam Wallet balances, purchase histories and PayPal information being met with some contact information. While there has been no official word from Valve has of yet, but the steam services

While there has been no official word from Valve has of yet, but the steam services did go offline for a period before being brought back to life with a fix.

Steam Database, a service that keeps watch on steam from its sales to its services, reported that while it was being exposed the information was read-only. This means that people could only see your information, not change it. They go on to stress that it is not a hack but most likely a misconfiguration in Valve’s caching mechanisms. They then recommend asking Steam to forget your payment information as “Valve have proven multiple times that they’re unable to keep their security standards to a high level”.

FAA Details About Drone Owners Will Be Publicly Avaliable

The Federal Aviation Administration has been talking recently about their plans for drone owners to have to register, recently releasing details about the system  and then outlining the criminal charges that will be placed on people should they not follow the new rules. The FAA confirmed on the 18th December that model aircraft’s name and home addresses will be publicly available.

In its current state, the system does not release names and addresses. They have expressed that the system will be modified so that the public can search registration numbers, ultimately revealing the name and address of the a particular drone.

With the ability to search a registration number and find out their details, from their response to Forbes writer John Goglia, you would not be able to search by name or address so unless you have the drone’s number you are not going to be able to find someone’s details (or track a drone down based on the owner’s details).

Of course this revelation is slightly worrying for a lot of people, they are now able to have their details exposed by a legal requirement. It would be on par to getting people to reveal their identity for driving licenses or publicly revealing the owner of registered guns.

The Academy of Model Aeronautics advised its members that they are looking for legal and political ways to stop the registry or change the way it is being conducted, given that they are about to expose a majority of their members details to the public.

Wetherspoons Reveals Extent Of Hack

From phone calls made to and from prisons, to the details of thousands of children and their parents, hacks seem to be everywhere and are affecting everyone these days. The latest one to reveal they’ve been hacked is  JD Wetherspoons, the popular pub chain.

Revealing that its old website was hacked between the 15th and 17th of June, but only learning about the attack on the 1st of December, Wetherspoons called in security specialists before informing customers on the 3rd of December. Yet again the hack seems to have revealed a database containing numerous customer details, currently put at around 656,723 customers.

The details included in the database were the first name, surname, date of birth and contact details such as mobile phone numbers and email addresses.

If you purchased a voucher before August 2014, the last four digits of your credit or debit card could have been accessed, although they are keen to express that no other details, such as security codes or the remainder of your card details, were exposed.

Don’t pay by card? How about not using your card when you go to Wetherspoons? This doesn’t affect me? Did you sign up for their free wifi, or maybe even used the Contact us form? If you did then your data could be included in that which was revealed.

Amongst TalkTalk, Vodafone and VTech, more and more companies are finding their systems breached. Maybe now is a good time to avoid handing out any details to any company or person.

TalkTalk Hackers Only Accessed a Small Percentage of Data

Since the cyber attack on Internet Service Provider (ISP) TalkTalk on October 21st, it has been revealed that the hacker(s) have only been able to access 4% of sensitive customer details. I say only loosely as even a single customers details being revealed is bad enough.

BBC has  reported that 156,959 customers had personal data accessed, of which 43,656 had payment details accessed, but approximately 28,000 credit and debit card details were obscured beyond use to any hacker for financial transactions.

TalkTalk has already contacted a large amount of affected customers and the remaining customers will be contacted “within the coming days”. The firm and other data security firms have advised all customers to keep monitoring their personal accounts of both email and bank for any suspicious activity and report to your bank, TalkTalk and in extreme cases, the police.

Take a look at this video shared by the BBC twitter account of a scammer trying to con a customer. Most banks would have been informed to monitor customers accounts themselves, but you could take extra measures such as taking out a subscription to credit freezing subscriptions offered by Expedia which will not only freeze your credit score, but also inform you of fraudulent activity.

Has the hack impacted you or someone you know? Let us know what security measures have been taken in the comments.

Anonymous to Start OpKKK

The internet is a place where lots can happen. People can have their details exposed, like those that were taken in the latest breaches at TalkTalk or they could have them misused in SWAT’ings. Some people believe though that this means that not only can the internet be misused, it can also be used for good. To represent and defend the common people, one such group is Anonymous.

Famous for their operations against governments and controversial groups, Anonymous are already acting on their next operation, titled Operation KKK. Designed to target the Klu Klux Klan, who are listed as a hate group by the Anti-Defamation league and is said to have anywhere between 5,000 and 8,000 members. Anonymous wants to unmask around 1,000 of these in the next phase of their operation, an action called Hoods Off on November 5th.

Not one to shy away from the public, Anonymous have been updating their twitter reporting already that many sites related to the KKK have already been taken offline, and that more will come.

A hacker going by the name of Amped Attacks has already helped out with this by taking down the Westboro Baptist Church’s website as well as several KKK websites. In doing so they have apparently also gained access to a list of identifying information for a range of people including Mayors and Senators.

Vodafone Customer Bank Details Accessed in Hack

Just over a week ago, TalkTalk’s website fell victim to a cyber-attack and revelations have emerged regarding the company’s poor security infrastructure. It seems these attacks are becoming more prevalent as today, Vodafone admitted a data breach involving 1827 customers’ personal information. This include their bank details and telephone number. A spokesperson from Vodaphone confirmed the attack, and reaffirmed that it wasn’t due to their security measures:

“This incident was driven by criminals using email addresses and passwords acquired from an unknown source external to Vodafone. Vodafone’s systems were not compromised or breached in any way.”

“Whilst our security protocols were fundamentally effective, we know that 1,827 customers have had their accounts accessed, potentially giving the criminals involved the customer’s name, their mobile telephone number, their bank sort code, the last four digits of their bank account,”

“Our investigation and mitigating actions have meant that only a handful of customers have been subject to any attempts to use this data for fraudulent activity on their Vodafone accounts.” 

A number of sources on Twitter have suggested the attack came from The Dark Web:

The spokesperson went on to discuss the data loss’ ramifications and said:

“However, this information does leave these 1,827 customers open to fraud and might also leave them open to phishing attempts,”

“These customers’ accounts have been blocked and affected customers are being contacted directly to assist them with changing their account details.”

I do find Vodafone’s excuse to be fairly laughable and they have to take responsibility for the data loss. Professionals aren’t going to hack a major network without some form of protection and will make it difficult to trace. The information gathered is more than enough to cause chaos in terms of a person’s bank balance and can be used to help find other details like an email address.

Blizzards ‘Overwatch’ Beta Details Revealed

Blizzard has a long line of video games in its resume, from the Warcraft series to Diablo and StarCraft, they are remembered for a wide range of characters and settings. Most recently they pushed into the multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) scene with their Heroes of the Storm. Featuring characters from all their games and a focus on objectives throughout several very different maps it has been well accepted by the public and Blizzard hope to repeat that success with their latest game idea, Overwatch.

Online FPS shooter, Overwatch, will see two teams of heroes and villains fight for control at command points and use the same objective based gameplay that made heroes of the storm popular, encouraging teamwork and consistent combat throughout. The latest on Overwatch though is good news for some and less for others.

October 27th is the official date for the start of the Beta but if you are eager to get into the game there are a few things you should be aware of.
First up the location, at the start the Beta test will only be available in America, with the rest of the world joining in at a later date (a similar release model was followed by some of their previous games). Secondly the beta testing will be broken into two groups, their core and beta weekend groups.

The core group will be responsible for the majority of the testing and will have access to the game for testing every day. This will be their core testing group, with large groups of users being invited to participate in their beta weekends for testing out just how well the game will handle with thousands of players.

Thank you Blizzard for the information.

MIT Ranks Worst In IT Security Assessment

The Massachusetts institute for technology (known as MIT) is known throughout the world for its technological prowess and skills. Producing proud graduates, it is known for being at the forefront of the information technology that we as a world use on an everyday basis. Once again it has scored first, this time, however, this is not good news.

Conducted by Security Scorecard, an information security assessment company, the company tested an assessment for several high-value universities and nearly gave MIT a failing grade. MIT scored low in several areas, including; hacker chatter (this measures the number of times the school was mentioned in online forums used by hackers and the amount of user details that were revealed online on these forums), patching cadence (how quickly reported patches were applied to deal with the vulnerabilities reported during the scan’s period) and IP reputation (the amount of malware communications that were coming from IP’s registered with the school).

MIT did score high in several areas, though, such as its Web Application Security, the health of its DNS records and finally the quality of its security at its endpoints. As with all things security is not something that can be considered fixed and left alone, it should always be considered and updated.

Thank you Ars Technica for the information. 

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WHSmith Contact Us Sends Email To Companies Mailing List

Online shopping is a big thing, and companies like to keep track of what you’re buying and even send you the odd offer here or there, you brought a TV so why not buy a sound system for 20% less? Normally these offers mean we sign up with some sort of password and email combination, and you expect them to store these and be safe. In recent years we’ve seen some sites hacked and their details published online, but today it would seem that WHSmiths has taken it a step further with their contact us form emailing everyone who had registered for magazines with the company!

In a statement, WHSmiths stated that “I-subscribe [the company responsible for their magazine subscriptions] have immediately taken down their ‘Contact Us’ online form which contains the identified bug, while this is resolved”. They stressed in their discussion with the Guardian newspaper that it was “a bug not a data breach”.

The emailed not only included the information such as the person’s name and the message they wished to send but was sent to a large list of contacts, thus exposing their details to a wider than wanted audience.  Some of the earlier messages contained not only their real names and emails but also postal addresses and phone numbers.

With data security at its highest and customers, both paying, and interested parties, worried about the extensive breaches and accidents, will companies soon look at different ways of storing information where these accidents could happen less?

Thank you The Guardian for the information.

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Epic Games Forums Taken Down After Hack

There is no shortage of victims in hacking cases these days, it seems like it’s the hobby of the generation or something. The latest victim is Epic Games who had their forums hacked and as a consequence they have temporarily taken the forums down and disabled them until the situation has been dealt with.

A round of mass emails went out this morning informing signed up users about the security breach and effects there off. It is still unclear how much information the hacker made off with, but the hack might have resulted in access to your usernames, passwords, email addresses, and date of birth that you provided when you signed up.

“We have just discovered that the Epic Games forums located at forums.epicgames.com were compromised by a hacker. We are sorry to report that the incident may have resulted in unauthorized access to your username, email address, password, and the date of birth you provided at registration.”

Epic Games is strongly suggesting that you change your password on any other site that might use the same combination as on Epic Games forums. One should never use the same password and user combination more than one place, but we also all know that a lot of people do it for convenience.

The affected forum site covers UDK, Infinity Blade, Gears of War, Bulletstorm, and prior Unreal Tournament games. However, the separate forum sites covering Unreal Engine 4, Fortnite, and the new Unreal Tournament were unaffected.

Here’s How to Get $200 off Your Newly Bought Samsung Galaxy Note 4

It’s been a while since Samsung launched the Galaxy Note 4. Even so, people do enjoy it and proof stands in the number of people owning such an Android device. Samsung did pay attention to this and is still interested in getting people to buy the Note 4 with a new rebate promotion in the US.

According to the rules, everyone who purchased a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 handset at full price from a retailer or carrier is eligible to get $200 back. In order to get your hands on the cash, Samsung needs your contact information, the handset’s IMEI and the Wi-Fi MAC address, along with a photo of the receipt that has the purchase date clearly visible.

Once all the above have been submitted, it is said that it usually takes up to two working weeks to receive the money. One thing to take into account is that wireless carriers such as US Cellular or Sprint are not eligible. Also, the offer is only available between the 7th and 26th of July, so you have to hurry if you don’t want to miss this chance!

More information on the terms and conditions can be found here and you can start your rebate application here.

Thank you Android Central for providing us with this information

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Minecraft:Story Mode Details Released

TellTales games have grown very popular over the past few years very well-known with their work with the walking dead series and the wolf among us, and now they chosen to give Minecraft the episodic choice treatment.

A trailer debuting the first real look at the block choice making game, more information will be shown at Minecon 2015 in London to detail what the game actually is all about. the trailer doesn’t have any gameplay elements but does give us a small peek at what the story is going to be based around.

The game will be releasing for android and last gen and current gen consoles IOS, and PC.

It will be very interesting to see how telltales can include a story in a video game that doesn’t really have a story of its own it just opens for endless possibilities as Minecraft is really all about your own adventure and creativity. the trailer shows us that the game will follow a small group of characters or players guessing from the trailer there are points in the game where you given choices to craft and even steal choices that will be pivotal points in the story mode.

Hopefull,y TellTales can deliver a story and experience that will be fun and tear inducing as their known for

Are you interested in a Minecraft Telltales game?

Thank you androidcentral for providing us with this information

Facebook Wants to Give You More Information on Contacts with New Caller ID Feature

Social media giant, Facebook, has been busy as of late, providing users with more and more features to help them in their daily activities, as well as make them stay and enjoy their social media platform for longer.

We’ve seen that one of their biggest achievements as of late was to make the Messenger app web-based, so they provided users with access to the Messenger platform on both desktop and mobile, provided you don’t already have the app installed.

One of their latest achievements was to bring news articles directly in your feed, so you will have access to your friend’s activities as well as know what’s going on in the world too. I know it’s a bit of multitasking to do and you might even end up mixing your friend’s selfie with a volcano eruption, then you ask yourself what he was doing there in the first place, before realising you were reading two things at once. But hey, we all get used to it in the end.

Facebook’s latest addition is the CallerID feature, which brings some more details about contacts and who wants to connect with you. This is done by having the app display an even bigger photo of the contact, more details about how related you are with him or her and “much more”, as Vice President of Messaging Products, David Marcus, stated. The feature is said to already be available for Android and iOS users in the US, UK, France and India. So will this be of more help than just asking your friends about who is trying to connect with you? We will see.

Thank you Sci-Tech for providing us with this information
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Images and Details for Rainbow Six: Siege Leak from the Alpha Build

A Redditor has apparently leaked some information and screenshots from the Rainbow Six: Siege build. Reddit user ‘bDL-Z_ftw’ is the fellow redditor who shared the images, along with a video which unfortunately was taken down real quick.

These are the screenshots which have leaked so far:

And below you can view the details from the Alpha build:

  • Version of the Closed Alpha is 0.1.0

  • The air-plane map, named “Plane”, has the following (named) zones: Seating Journalist, Bathroom, Exterior, Cargo, Cargo Entrance, First Aid, Cargo Room A, Cargo Room B, Military Seating, Stairs Cockpit, Kitchen Prep, Seating Staff,

  • The plane map has the following CAMs in “Support Mode” (after one’s death): Luggage Hold, Cabin Staff, Main Corridor, (plus atleast 2 more)

  • The designated names of different areas (above) will be helpful in planning out a round and in voice-comms

  • The map is huge! The plane is also very huge with detailed in-door environments (with fantastic lighting), multiple floors etc.

  • CTUs: GIGN (atleast 3 CTUs will be in the closed-alpha)

  • Primary Weapons: MP5 MLI (stock color in closed-alpha is golden), P90, 591A1, FAMAS G2, K33 NATO, G36C,

  • Secondary Weapons: NP-9, Model 586, MAC11, 226 MK25, M45 MEUSOC,

  • Gadgets: Barbed Wire (hurts and slows down attackers), Sledgehammer (a breaching hammer to breach through destructible surfaces), Deployable Shield (crouch-height cover that blocks all weapon damage), Breach Charge, Stun Grenade, EMP Grenade (disables any electronics in range), Shock-Drone (disables traps and also shocks enemies), Frag, Bonfire Launcher,

  • Defenders / Attackers Types: Recruit (can be picked by more than one player and has the most customization options), Thatcher (Attacker – UK flag on his arm), Twitch (Attacker – WIP, plus a GIGN tag on his arm), Sledge (Attacker), Ash (Attacker – probably the female operator),(a total of 11 types are available, recruit is common to both Attacker and Defenders, plus 5 unique types for both Attacker / Defender, each)

  • Moreover, each kit has a specific icon

  • Each Defender / Attacker / CTU type has a specific “bonus” ability: Recruit (Croix Rogue – Improved revive ability), Thatcher (Gas Mask – Damage received from smoke is reduced and also no coughing will happen)

  • Knifing is confirmed!

  • Grenade explosion has a deafening effect that lasts around 5 seconds or so

  • Scoring Points: Barricading: +5, Injure: +50, Injure Assist: +50, Confirm Kill: +50, Kill Assist: +75, Kill: +100, Headshot: +50, Gadget Destroyed: +10,

  • Barricading can be destroyed by team-mates

  • When injured, you can move/crawl to get to safety

  • The voice-overs in the video were in English, but the accent was French

  • The animation for climbing up ladders is not yet properly implemented, as it can been in the screenshot that there’s a gap between the player and ladder

  • When hit, your screen gets zoom-blurred for a moment

  • When an enemy player notices and shoots at you, you can see the white hit-direction-indicators on-screen

  • This area shows the health of your player, and probably body-armor type/ status. The shirt icon probably shows that the player isn’t wearing any armour

  • Magazine Reloading: If you have ammo 1/269 and you reload, you get to 31/239 (for the MP5 MLI). Moreover, the reload animation restarts if interrupted by another action

  • DEATH REPLAY (aka 1st-person Kill-Cam) of around 7 seconds is shown after one’s death, which can also be “skipped”

  • Additionally, there’s an END OF ROUND REPLAY as well

  • A decisive round shows “MATCH POINT” on the top of timer-clock

  • DAMAGE LOG (top-right) indicating the damage done by your killer is shown in the DEATH REPLAY screen

  • End-of-Round screen shows ROUND GRAPH (time-line of kills etc.) and ROUND REPORT (scores, K/D, etc.)

  • Some of the stuff shows WIP (work in progress). The textures also read “ALPHA” at some places on the map.

Thank you WCCF for providing us with this information

Almost 10,000 UK Driving License Details Leaked Online

It looks like the NSA or other government agencies might not be the only ones that have access to your personal details. Everyone with Internet access could have seen your address, name, email and photo just by navigating to a website. This is the case of a private parking ticket company by the name of PaymyPCN.net, who allegedly published one of their clients’ database online. It is said that a security flaw on the private parking firm’s website allowed public access to around 10,000 motorists.

“[The] breach at PaymyPCN.net demonstrates that even with basic IT security measures in place, perimeters are still permeable.” said Sol Cates, CSO at security vendor Vormetic. “In this case, it appears that, while motorists’ data and fine payments were encrypted once inputted into the PaymyPCN.net website, a backdoor link left the computer database wide open – providing access to private information provided to PaymyPCN.net by the DVLA. Although the information was encrypted, just as important is the control of access to the encrypted information – and this is where PaymyPCN.net appears to have failed,” he added.

Michael Green, a consumer activist, is said to be the one who uncovered the flaw after it had been “sent to a motorist in error”. The site is said to have been taken offline by PaymyPCN.net immediately after the breach, but it has since returned. PaymyPCN.net activities involve the collection of parking charge notices, acting as an agent of both private and public sector parking operators.

Thank you The Register for providing us with this information

First Details Emerge on 14nm Xeon E3-1200 v4 / v5

Intel’s third generation of Xeon E3-1200 processors for single-socket servers and workstations has been on the market for over a year now, 16 months to be exact, and it looks like Intel is getting ready to release two new versions over the next 18 month time-period.

The two new generation of the Xeon E3 processor will be called E3-1200 v4 and E3-1200 v5 and will be based on the Broadwell and Skylake architectures that boast improved CPU efficiency, better graphics and support for more memory.

Xeon E3-1200 v4 series will most likely be available in the second quarter of 2015 and will be compatible to the current Denlow platform and C220 series chipsets. The v4 is built on Broadwell and features a quad-core processor with hyper-threading and up to GT3 graphics. The embedded cache is increased to 128MB and the DDR3 memory support is increased to 32GB. It will be manufactured in the current LGA package.

The Xeon E3-1200 v5 series will most likely be released sometime in the second half of 2015 and be part of the new Greenlow platform. They are going to utilize the C230 series chipset and be launched in an LGA package at first to ensure compatibility with the socket 1151. Just like the v4 they will feature up to 4 cores with hyper-threading technology, but only up to GT2 graphics. They are going to work with both DDR3 and DDR4 memory and have up to 64MB onboard cache.

At a later time, most likely the beginning of 2016, Intel will introduce the BGA version of the Xeon E3-1200 v5 processors to feature GT4 graphics, 128MB eDRAM cache and only support DDR4 memory.

Thanks to MyDrivers for providing us with this information

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Broadwell-E Details Emerge, but Mass Production Still a Long Way Ahead

More details have emerged this week in the form of a new slide detailing some more information about the upcoming and highly anticipated high-end desktop processors from Intel. The 14nm Broadwell-E that will be compatible with existing LGA2011-3 sockets and X99 chipsets. But from the looks of things, we’ll have to have a lot of patience to wait for it as it won’t make the hoped debut in 2015.

The new Broadwell-E CPUs will have a very similar design to the current Core i7-5xxx processors and feature 6 to 8 cores with Hyperthreading and up to 20MB of L3 cache. Overclocking options and turbo boost will be available like we’re used to from the current generation. It will support quad-channel DDR4 memory with speeds up to 2400MHz and have 40 PCIe lanes. The thermal rating stays at the 140W the current generation has, which to me seems a bit odd considering the new and improved manufacturing process.

The current data at hand estimate pre-ES Broadwell-E microprocessors to be available in the second quarter of 2015, ES version will debut in week 36 of 2015 and qualification samples (QS) are expected to be available in 47th week. The ones we really care about as consumers are the final production CPUs, those should be shipping in the first quarter of 2016.

Thanks to VRZone for providing us with this information

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Friends and Seinfeld Recreated in The Sims 4

People all around the world have loved recreating their homes or rather for the most part creating their dream homes in the Sims series. The first game was released 14 years ago, while the most recent edition to the series was launched just 2 weeks ago, The Sims 4.

The short time on the market hasn’t held The Sims ‘super fan’ Ian Roach back, and he’s heavily designing and releasing shots of is creations. Among his project so far are several location from Friends, Seinfeld, Golden Girls and Arrested Development, with many accurate details included. There is still room for improvement, but he’s gotten all the key aspects right.

From the mismatched inventory in the Central Perk coffee house, to the Chandler and Joey’s reclining chairs and Monica’s apartment, it’s all there. Most work in Seinfeld has been done on Jerry’s apartment itself, but then again most of the show did play in that apartment. I did miss the diner a bit, but I’m sure it’s on Ian’s to-do list. Ian is however creating the entire buildings with as many rooms as shown in the respective shows.

A lot more things are teased with “Guess the show” titles on his Imgur page, and there are also a lot more shots there than I could show you here. For gamers who have The Sims 4 in the library and are eager to check it out in-game, they can search for Ian’s Origin ID ‘ian8000’ in the Sims Gallery.

Thank you ShortList for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Ian Roach.

Hackers Want to Make You Play ‘Doom’… on an ATM!

Normally when you hear about hackers and ATMs, you think of someone attempting to steal your credit card details or make the machine spit-out some bills. This time however, it is more fun than drama, since you can get to see how a game can be played on an ordinary ATM.

An Australian hacker named Ed Jones, who also goes by the name of Aussie50, has posted a YouTube video which shows how he is kicking off in ‘Doom’ on the ATM machine. He is stated to give some credit to his partner, Julian, who is said to have sorted out “the software, wiring and logic side”.

There are a lot of questions surrounding the achievement, such as where did he acquire the actual ATM from or, most commonly, will we able to play games on ATMs in the future. Nobody has those answers at present, but the real question is: Does it matter? No, mainly due to the fact that you don’t get to see this everyday. I mean, who doesn’t want to play Doom on an ATM?

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PW5ELKTivbE[/youtube]

There have been discussions on Ed’s YouTube channel about turning the PIN pad into a controller and using the side panel to select weapons, while also discussing about making the receipt printer into a high-score note to keep after you finish your game session.

When talking about modern games, such as Minecraft for example, Ed pointed out that it is physically impossible to get them running on ATMs, mainly due to the fact that it lacks the performance needed to run them. While he can ‘upgrade’ his customized ATM if he wanted to, that would mean he would have to change about every OEM component found in the ATM.

“I could upgrade the hell out of it and play modern games, but that defeats the purpose of using all of its OEM (original equipment manufacturer) hardware with minimal modification. It lacks a PCI-E slot, so a subtle video card and RAM upgrade is not possible,” Ed stated.

Ed is stated to be thinking of introducing a coin mech below the card reader, which wouldn’t be such a bad idea. A ‘re-invention’ like this could make old games such as Doom popular again and accessible almost everywhere. Julian and Ed are not at their first wacky invention yet. They have been stated to have made Doom available previously on a LED billboard.

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HTC’s Upcoming Smartwatch Leaked in Newly Uploaded Video

There has been a lot of talks about wearable devices such as smartwatches in the past. Manufacturers announced and even released their first versions since then, having Samsung and LG already revealing their Gear Live, G Watch and even Motorola is not far behind with its Moto 360.

Aside from the above, most manufacturers appear to keep their plans a secret. HTC is one of them, keeping the plans for its upcoming smartwatch away from consumer eyes. Even so, leaks are bound to surface, and HTC may have revealed a glimpse of its smartwatch design in the video below.

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It is said that at 0:35, a HTC employee is seen at his desk with a smartwatch dock besides him and the actual smartwatch on the dock. Details are scarce at this time, but we can clearly see that the company is following Samsung and LG’s design.

Another leaked image can be seen at 0:43, where a team of designers (or so it seems) are rendering the smartwatch design in a 3D software. If the device proves to be a real Android Wear version of what HTC wants to release, it won’t be long before the company will make it official through a statement in the following weeks.

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