You Can Now Download Steam Controllers Designs For Free

Companies are normally quite protective over their property and designs. This often leads to people creating modifications and designs that are often a little rough around the edges. If you are a fan of the Steam controller then you won’t have this problem as you can now download the Stream Controllers designs for free on Steam.

The Steam controller was released in October last year and provides support for select games and lets you customise it a little. The difference here though is that you can download the computer-aided design (CAD) files to help you in creating your own custom controllers.

People were modifying the controller way before these files were released, with a Reddit thread featuring some of the mods people have made (a thread that is sure to explode thanks to 3D printers and the CAD files).

With two variations of the battery door already created and shared by valve on the download page (both can store and carry your wireless receiver for you), the ideas will surely just keep coming as players change the shape and design to increase comfort and add more features.

What would you add to your favourite controller? A drinks holder or maybe you’d like to try out a different button layout? Can this be anything but a good move for gamers and the creators of the Steam Controller alike? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below

Half Life 3 File Names Found in SteamVR Performance Tool

Yesterday, Valve released a performance utility which measures your system’s readiness for SteamVR. This tool scans your PC’s hardware configuration and provides a simple grading to inform the user about VR requirements in an easy to understand manner. The application contains various strings referring to Half Life 3 and could suggest the fabled game is actually in development:

“c:\buildslave\vrgdc2015_staging_win64\build\src\ga me\shared\hl3\hl3_vscriptgamesystem.cpp…….VScr iptServerHL3
c:\buildslave\vrgdc2015_staging_win64\build\src\ga me\server\hl3\npc_quest_citizen.cpp…CNPC_QuestCi tizen::DisplayDialogString..m_DialogStringDisplayD ropShadow
c:\buildslave\vrgdc2015_staging_win64\build\src\ga me\server\hl3\partial_entity_manager.cpp
c:\buildslave\vrgdc2015_staging_win64\build\src\ga me\server\hl3\procedural_spawn_constraint.cpp
c:\buildslave\vrgdc2015_staging_win64\build\src\ga me\server\hl3\utllogicconstraintsolver.h
c:\buildslave\vrgdc2015_staging_win64\build\src\ga me\server\hl3\procedural_spawn_manager.cpp
c:\buildslave\vrgdc2015_staging_win64\build\src\ga me\server\hl3\entity_persist.h
c:\buildslave\vrgdc2015_staging_win64\build\src\ga me\server\hl3\procedural_spawn_target.cpp
c:\buildslave\vrgdc2015_staging_win64\build\src\ga me\server\hl3\procedural_spawn_template.cpp
c:\buildslave\vrgdc2015_staging_win64\build\src\ga me\server\hl3\procedural_spawn_volume.cpp
c:\buildslave\vrgdc2015_staging_win64\build\src\ga me\server\hl3\procspawn_bias_line.cpp
c:\buildslave\vrgdc2015_staging_win64\build\src\ga me\server\hl3\procspawn_modifier.cpp
c:\buildslave\vrgdc2015_staging_win64\build\src\ga me\server\hl3\procspawn_variable.cpp
c:\buildslave\vrgdc2015_staging_win64\build\src\ga me\shared\hl3\imposter_manager.cpp
c:\buildslave\vrgdc2015_staging_win64\build\src\ga me\server\hl3\npc_turret_ceiling_pulse.cpp
particles/vortigaunt_fx/vortigaunt_charge_token.vpcf
c:\buildslave\vrgdc2015_staging_win64\build\src\ga me\server\hl3\point_quest_goal.cpp
c:\buildslave\vrgdc2015_staging_win64\build\src\ga me\server\hl3\prop_fixed.cpp
c:\buildslave\vrgdc2015_staging_win64\build\src\ga me\server\hl3\gravity_vortex_controller.h
#HL3_SpyGrenadeHint1
#HL3_SpyGrenadeHint2
c:\buildslave\vrgdc2015_staging_win64\build\src\ga me\shared\hl3\hl3_vscriptgamesystem.cpp”

Reddit member ‘DuckyDays‘ also discovered multiple mentions of Half Life 3:

“There is 1671 matches of hl, 14 of hl3, 97 of hl2, 11 of HalfLife2, 0 of HalfLife3
c:\buildslave\vrgdc2015_staging_win64\build\src\game\client\hl3\c_point_quest_goal
BaseHLBludgeonWeapon
HLSelectFireMachineGun
C_BaseHLPlayer::Schema_VerifyBindingIsRegistered
client\hl2\c_strider.cpp
\client\hl2\c_npc_manhack.cpp
And this is just a few, I found alot of weopons and npcs mostly HL2 what I could find. Now I am not a programer or anything, so I dont know what any of this means. I just found it in the code
EDIT Under the server.dll I found some more text
GameSystemReallocatingFactory@VCHL3VScriptGameSystem
HL3_SpyGrenadeHint¨
game\server\hl3\gravity_vortex_controller
\game\server\hl3\info_quest_dialog
game\server\hl3\procedural_spawn_target
game\server\hl3\npc_turret_ceiling_pulse
CLASS_PLAYER CLASS_ANTLION CLASS_APCDRIVER CLASS_BARNACLE CLASS_BLOB CLASS_BULLSEYE CLASS_CITIZEN_PASSIVE CLASS_CITIZEN_REBEL CLASS_COMBINE CLASS_COMBINE_GUNSHIP CLASS_COMBINE_HUNTER CLASS_CONSCRIPT CLASS_HEADCRAB CLASS_MANHACK
But more then anything I found HL2 refrences all over the code.
EDIT2:
In the file “readyonly_tools_asset_info.bin” under /steamVRPerformanceTest/vr.
core vr portal2_imported left4dead3 hl3
Al in one string.”

It’s important to remember that this doesn’t mean Half Life 3 is confirmed, and it might simply be trolling on Valve’s part. Perhaps, it’s a coincidence or to do with another Valve title like Dota 2. Clearly, this doesn’t prove anything but I’d like to think positively and hope Half Life 3 is going to eventually come out. Although, I do think it’s impossible to meet everyone’s expectations due to the lengthy development period and uncertainty if Valve has any interest in releasing a sequel.

The Intercept Leaks Huge Cache of Documents on the USA Drone Strike Program

Leaks of classified information have been part of the fabric of social interactions and also modern-day communications that includes the Internet, from hacked celeb pics to the now infamous Edward Snowdon cache of documents that detailed the extensive surveillance states and operations around the world. This leak is no different, yet if genuine, (I have to put this caveat in just in case someone is lying here and it comes back to bite me firmly on the posterior), is a huge trove of secret documents which have been published by The Intercept, detailing the Obama administration’s secretive and controversial drone-based assassination program.

If you’re not familiar with this program then let me elaborate, The US military and figures including the Obama administration have implemented a program that sort to track and kill high-value enemy targets throughout Afghanistan, Yemen, and Somalia. Now onto the documents which have been classed as being leaked by an anonymous whistleblower, this information covers an extensive array of subjects which includes kill chains, operations and also the standard intelligence flaws.

Skimming through this information reveals some extremely sensitive documents, for example “One top-secret document shows how the terror watchlist appears in the terminals of personnel conducting drone operations, linking unique codes associated with cellphone SIM cards and handsets to specific individuals in order to geolocate them”.

Another document reveals a case of a British citizen, Bilal el-Berjawi, who was stripped of his citizenship before being killed in a U.S drone strike in 2012. “British and American intelligence had Berjawi under surveillance for several years as he travelled back and forth between the U.K. and East Africa yet did not capture him. Instead, the U.S. hunted him down” and eventually used a drone strike to kill him in Somalia.

The “Kill Chain” sounds like a title to a film, yet this purported leak is very compelling, interesting, informative and also fascinating. It details the steps required to authorize a drone strike on a target in Yemen and the people who it passes through. It also shows that according to a Pentagon study, president Obama signed off on a 60 day authorizations to kill suspected terrorists, but he did not sign off on individual strikes.

According to the documents, there are two steps. Step 1 is choosing the target and step 2 is taking a strike. Step 1 starts from a JSOC task force before going through officials including Leon Panetta who is the Secretary of Defence, a principals committee which includes Hillary Clinton all the way to President Obama. Step 2, in the case of strikes in Yemen, ranges from a JSOC task force all the way to the president of Yemen.

Well yes, this is indeed big, am I surprised? No, the US is addicted to the Find Fix Finish mantra which has made drone strikes popular for the administration. The cache is extensive and it is far too much information to detail here, otherwise this article would be 5000 words long, and few want that.

It will be fascinating to see further developments in the coming days, weeks and also months.

Thank you theintercept for providing us with this information.

Google Could Begin Searching Your Desktop’s Local Files

Google has recently filed a patent listing with the USPTO entitled, “Computer Application Data in Search Results” which catalogues search results across the internet, cloud and local storage. This means Google will be able to search through your data and act as a unified search engine. The patent is engineered to replace Windows’ built-in search tool and offer a wide range of results. However, privacy advocates and many consumers will feel quite uneasy if this policy ever comes to fruition.

While users are accepting of Google’s data policy for online searches, I’m not convinced they will allow access to local files so easily. Evidently, people are opting for cloud-storage more and operating systems are eventually going to be a service. Despite this, Google’s reputation around privacy and how it handles sensitive data is quite poor and you have to wonder how an individual’s data will be processed. It’s important to reiterate that, patents are design ideas and not a guarantee that something will be implemented in the future.

Nevertheless, it seems companies are trying to increase user convenience at the expense of privacy. Do you feel comfortable having bank documents, childhood photos and other information as part of a global search and assessable by Google?

Thank you SlashGear for providing us with this information.

How To Turn Bing System Web Results Off in windows 10

Windows 10 with Cortana has been received with mixed reactions due to certain bugs and privacy issues, but users have also found another annoying feature which integrates with a system file search. If you would like to search for something in particular which does not directly match a system setting or installed app, Cortana taps into Bing and brings up a list of web results by default, which is a handy other half tool. This can be frustrating instead of the simpler searching your local hard drive for relevant files. In order to only search locally, users have to click on the “My Stuff” button in the search results.

If you would like a quicker way around this, then here it is, firstly, you do need to disable your personal assistant Cortana, Everytime I hear that name it reminds me of that dreadful Clean Bandit Windows phone Ad that was on every second. To disable it, open the Cortana/search interface and click the Notebook icon before clicking on and selecting settings, once done, move the “Cortana” slider to off. Addendum to this, Microsoft still stores all personal information which has been supplied to this feature on its servers.

Then open the search interface again and select the Settings cog. In the menu that opens, move the “Search online and include web results” slider to off to disable Bing’s search integration. And that is pretty much it, any searches from now on will only focus on your local files, although what Microsoft call local could be in China for all we know.

This won’t search your OneDrive files as this has been integrated into the default option.

Thank you PC World, not that one, for providing us with this information.

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OneDrive Can Finally Sync Shared Folders

The long-awaited option to synch shared folders on OneDrive is finally here. Microsoft finally started to roll out an update that allows users to sync content in shared folders and have it pushed to other users as soon as the files get synced.

Up until now, Google Drive and Dropbox took the lead in sharing folders and making it easier to collaborate with other people on the same projects. I personally preferred Dropbox so far due to the fact that it synced files and delivered the updated files to colleagues almost instantly (depending on the internet speed, of course). However, as Microsoft wants to integrate OneDrive in its upcoming Office 2016 suite, changes needed to be made.

Besides, synching folders in OneDrive was one of the top upvoted features in Microsoft’s feedback forum, so it was bound to be implemented sooner or later. You may not have the feature yet, but Microsoft is said to have started gradually rolling out the update to users. Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10 and Mac OS X will get the aforementioned update, and yes, it seems that Windows 8.1 will be skipped. OneDrive Director of Product Management, Angus Logan, tells that Microsoft is focusing on Windows 10 and this might be a way to ‘force’ users to update to the latest Microsoft OS.

It seems that Microsoft is moving one step closer to helping businesses collaborate and make it easier to share and sync files, but is it enough to get you to switch to OneDrive? We like to know what software you are using to share folders. Is it Dropbox, Google Drive, or will you switch to OneDrive in the end? Let us know!

Thank you PCWorld for providing us with this information

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Chrome Beta on Android Helps Prevent Downloading Duplicates

Face it, we all have a downloads folder that dates back to the beginning of time. Most browsers will let you download unlimited amounts of the same file, cluttering up your storage and taking up valuable room. However, the Chrome development team have released a nifty new feature into their beta version of the popular web browser to solve the problem. Instead of all your files having a (1) or (2) appended to the file name, the browser will now offer to replace the existing file or create a new one before downloading it, helping you save valuable storage space, as well as preventing you from wasting bandwidth.

The change is very minor, yet very welcome addition on a platform where device space is like gold dust, especially so on mobile platforms. It’s very surprising that this functionality hasn’t come already to the browser, but it is nice to see the functionality added to the largely used application, after all, virtually all of us use internet browsers and download files.

The application has had over 1 Billion downloads off the Google Play store, and is responsible for over 30% of the market share. What browser do you use and do you think this feature will come in handy, or should be just be thinking before we click that download button, again.

Google Now Allows You To Download All Of Your Data

Google has started offering users access to an easy export service that allows them to download all the data from their Google Accounts.

In a blog post, Google has outlined the new service, detailing that you’ll be able to download “a single archive file for multiple products with a copy of your Gmail, Calendar, Google+, YouTube, Drive, and other Google data”. 

You can literally get a copy of everything, including your calendars and soon, Gmail. The ability to download Gmail data is coming over the next month.

Facebook offers a similar service, allowing users to extract all of their data in one handy file for personal archiving.

Source: readwrite

SanDisk Introduces the World’s First 128 GB microSD Memory Card

Mobile World Congress brings news from SanDisk as well, having announced the world’s first 128 GB microSD memory card suitable for 4K video recordings as well as having all the storage space a user would want to keep all his files, music and data in one place on a storage solution the size of a fingernail.

“The new SanDisk Ultra microSDXC card again demonstrates how SanDisk continues to expand the possibilities of storage so that consumers can benefit from our latest technology advancements,” said Susan Park, director, retail product marketing, SanDisk. “With 128GB of removable storage, consumers will enjoy the freedom to capture and save whatever they want on a smartphone or tablet, without worrying about running out of storage space.”

The microSD is configured with Class 10 UHS-I having reading speeds of up to 30 MB/s and 10 MB/s write speeds, being compatible with all handsets and devices which support SDXC, including most Android devices launched within the last few years. SanDisk also took the liberty of announcing a 64 GB embedded NAND mobile made specifically for Android devices, although it is still currently being sampled by SanDisk partners.

The microSD in question can also be a nice addition to the Samsung Galaxy S5 handset which is stated to support such a card, though a smartphone with over 128 GB storage space is likely to be filled up anytime soon, especially when manually managing the handset’s data.

No price tag has been specifically revealed for the 128 GB microSD ‘giant’, having SanDisk memory cards from 8 GB to 128 GB available from $29.99 all the way to $199.99. To be noted is that the SanDisk 128 GB memory card will be exclusively sold at BestBuy.com and Amazon.com .

Thank you Android Central for providing us with this information
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