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.

Pricing and New Name Revealed for SteamOS Powered Handheld

Valve made a great choice when they allowed third party manufacturers to create SteamOS powered hardware, the same strategy behind Android and what most likely contributed to its huge market share. If Valve can pull off the same with SteamOS, that is something that only time will tell, but it looks great up until now.

We’ve previously seen a lot of known vendors presenting their SteamOS powered devices and we’ve also had a glimpse of the SteamBoy handheld gaming device. The SteamBoy is now officially unveiled under its new name, the portable Smach Zero Steam machine and it is going to start shipping by Q4 2016 with pre-orders starting November 10th, 2015.

The specifications aren’t anything that will blow us away, but it’s decent. You get a 5-inch touch screen with a 720p resolution, 4GB RAM, and 32GB storage space. It is also possible to expand the storage with the use of SD cards. It features Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 4G LTE connectivity and also an HDMI output for gaming on a bigger screen. There wasn’t any word on what CPU it will use.

Smach, the company behind the device, is confident that it is enough to deliver a great experience in popular games such as Dota2, Half-Life 2, and Civilization V. I question the last one, especially in a late-game on a huge map full of cities and land improvements.

The good news is the price and the Smach Zero can be pre-ordered through the company’s website for $299, but not until November 10th. That is about the price of a “normal” smartphone – and it’s pretty much just that, except that it’s loaded with SteamOS and has the added controls on each side.

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AeroCool Wants Your Help to Name Their New DIY Kit

Aerocool has made some funky looking cases in the past and it looks like they don’t have any plans to stop that way of thinking. They are getting ready to release their new “revolutionary” DIY kit, codenamed Magic Box, that gives you the flexibility to build a computer case like no other.

The new DIY kit needs a name and AeroCool wants their customers and fans to name it for them. For this, they kicked off a contest to find just the right name, so let your imaginations run wild. The name that convinces the design team most will win and become the official name for the kit.

The really cool things about they AeroCool DIY kit is that it doesn’t just limit you to building and PC case, you can build pretty much anything you want. The final product can be a table, a lamp, a cup holder, a coat hanger, a toy and the list goes on and on. There aren’t any limitations except for your own imagination (and the amount of DIY pieces you have).

AeroCool will of course hand out rewards for the effort and the first place winner with the name that is picked will win two kits while another five sets will go to five random people who entered with valid suggestions. So be creative and you got a chance for some extra freebies.

The entire event is held via a Facebook post on the official AeroCool page where you can reply with your suggestions and read up on the few conditions to enter. Good Luck.

Thousands of Uber Accounts Are Said to Be Selling on the Dark Web

At least two vendors on the dark web marketplace named AlphaBay are allegedly selling Uber accounts. The accounts are said to let buyers order trips using whatever payment method attached to the accounts, while also providing them with the full trip history, email addresses, phone numbers and even location information of people’s home and work address stored on the accounts.

The price for such an account is said to be as low as $1, but it could get to $5, a price that won’t even get you around the block with a taxi. One of the sellers is said to have sold over 100 accounts to other buyers, but a lot more accounts are estimated to have been sold by now.

“We investigated and found no evidence of a breach,” a Uber spokesperson told The Verge. “Attempting to fraudulently access or sell accounts is illegal and we notified the authorities about this report. This is a good opportunity to remind people to use strong and unique usernames and passwords and to avoid reusing the same credentials across multiple sites and services.”

The method used to acquire the accounts is not yet clear, but this comes after Uber disclosed the information about 50,000 of its drivers had been accessed by a third-party in May. The latter might indicate that a security breach might have been found in the company’s system and exploited to get access to user’s account credentials.

However, Uber stated that the breach did not affect user names and suggested that the information leaked to the third-party is unrelated to the stolen user credentials currently selling on the dark web.

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Bloodborne Day One and Second Update Detailed

It looks like Bloodborne players will have to ready their internet connections for a day one patch on its launch date, on March 24th. The patch is set to weigh in at 2.7GB and is required for players who pre-ordered the title on PSN or for those buying the title digitally or physically in-stores; the patch is said to already be available for players who pre-ordered the game.

The 1.01 patch is said to bring some big features like the Chalice Dragon, as well as enable online play and add an option to either display the PSN name or character name in matches. Another thing to point out is that players will have their gaming performance improved with the update.

“The development team is currently exploring another patch for Bloodborne, seeking ways to improve load time duration, in addition to other performance optimizations and miscellaneous bug fixes.”

According to their statement above, From Software is looking into a second patch which will address some loading time issues. A release date for the second patch has not been revealed, but the developers state it will “roll out soon”.

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Google Launches Domain Name Service

Google has launched its Google Domains service in the US, bringing the company to a brand new market. The service brings a load of competitive extras, with many questioning whether they’ll pose a threat to GoDaddy and other big name domain providers.

Google Domains has been in an invite-only beta since June, but is now open as a public beta to US citizens. It brings some big perks – free private registration (WHOIS masking), free Gmail email forwarding, free domain forwarding and an allowance of up to 100 sub-domains. The service also offers easy Blogger integration, a simple Google-designed domain dashboard and access to a cavalcade of those new domain endings.

Of course many are wondering whether Google will pose a threat to GoDaddy and other big domain companies. It’s understood that Google will probably attempt to simply the process of buying and using a domain name, especially with its massive online presence. Thanks to that presence, what is certain however, is that it will at least see some degree of success, although it’s not known whether this will become a big business for Google.

Source: 9to5Google

Windows Operating System Naming Schedule set to Change

It’s been said by Industry analysts that Microsoft are set to change their naming style for their soon-to-be-released next generation offering. Currently codenamed “Threshold”, the new operating system is set to drop the numbering system off the end of the scale – killing the publics current “Windows 9” naming protocol. This was discussed at a recent press conference, marking the possibility of Microsoft killing its long-time tradition.

Although we’ve seen non-numbered Windows editions in the past such as XP, VISTA and ME, it seemed logical to most that a number would succeed Windows 7, 8 and 8.1.

This naming change is said to symbolise an end of an era and a new stage of development for corporate giant Microsoft. They’ve moved CEO’s from Steve Ballmer to Satya Nadella and are said to be focusing more heavily on equipment sales service, rather than Windows PC software design. Nadella’s strategy for Microsoft moving forwards has claimed to put “cloud computing first”, marking a slight change in direction of focus.

If you haven’t picked it up by now, Microsoft’s new offering is set to be named simply “Windows”.

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Skywalker Middle Name sees British Womans Passport Declined

Laura Elizabeth Skywalker Matthews, from Southend, decided to honor her favorite series of movies in a somewhat-permanent way – legally adding Skywalker as a middle name. Although no issues have been seen from this previously, she’s recently found out the hard way that it may not be for the best.

At 29 years old, Matthews has this name added to her bank accounts and drivers license, but hit a brick wall when applying for an official British passport – an outright rejection.

Matthews claims that this name change was brought around several years as a joke, but now she’s seeing some unfortunate consequences.

A representative of Britain’s Home Office confirmed the issue to the BBC, stating that name-changes are not accepted on passports if they are subject to copyright of trademarks:

“We have a duty to ensure the reputation of the UK passport is not called into question or disrepute”

Maybe we all should think twice before changing our middle name or Voldemort or Princess Peach. What do you think? Is this law unrealistic, or is the government protecting themselves from a real threat?

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Canada and NASA Team Up To Stop Asteroid That Could Hit Earth

Canada is said to be teaming up with NASA to work on its Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer mission, or OSIRIS-REx for short, having its main objective be the first US probe to return samples from an asteroid.

A $61 million laser-based system named the Laser Altimeter (OLA), provided by Canada, is said to be mounted on the side of the probe and will serve scientists with high-resolution 3D maps of the asteroid named Bennu. With the images, scientists are then able to search for a safe place to land the probe in order to collect samples.

The Bennu asteroid is said to be 500 meters in diameter and regularly crosses Earth’s orbit, posing a chance to will hit our planet each time it passes. Calculations have previously indicated that there is one chance out of 1,800 that Bennu will hit Earth in 2182. However, the calculations are still not that precise. This is why scientists are anxious about the project and are eagerly awaiting the samples from the asteroid.

The probe is said to be ready for launch in 2016 and will reach the asteroid in 2018. The mission the will consist of the probe hovering Bennu for approximately 8 months, time that will be used for searching for a safe spot to collect the samples. Once that has been found, the probe is said to hover a few meters above the surface of the asteroid and collect the samples, having a return to Earth date set for 2023.

While the mission aims to serve scientist with the knowledge needed to predict the asteroid’s true path, it is said that the project itself aims at providing a deeper understanding of how asteroids are connected to the origins of the solar system as well.

The public is said to also be invited for the ride by sending their names on the round-trop journey to the asteroid. It is said that the name will be on the spacecraft, which will remain in space long after returning the sample return capsule to Earth. Sign-ups are said to close on September 30th, 2014 and people who would like to have their names floating around in the galaxy could fill up the form here.

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Microsoft Has Officially Changed SkyDrive’s Name To OneDrive

Microsoft has announced that it will change its popular cloud service name from SkyDrive to OneDrive. That time has come, and now we can see it from ourselves. Those of you who want to access Microsoft’s Skydrive will be redirected to the OneDrive page.

“Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for you to get all of your favorite stuff in one place – one place that is accessible via all of the devices you use every day, at home and at work. Because let’s face it, until now, cloud storage services have been pretty hard to use, and the vast majority of us still have our stuff spread out everywhere,” said Microsoft’s Chris Jones. “In fact, according to a recent poll, at least 77 percent of people who are familiar with the cloud still have content stored on a device that is not backed up elsewhere. We want to change that.”

The official web page is now onedrive.live.com, something a bit confusing for novice users, but essentially all functionality is similar to the old SkyDrive, however with a new intro interface (if you haven’t already logged in). One logged in, everything will be the same as before so as not to confuse anyone used to the SkyDrive interface. Also , a tutorial and presentation of the OneDrive can be viewed once logged in.

It is said that new users who sign up will receive 7GB of free storage space and an additional 500MB for each additional user they invite to the service. In addition to that, users who opt into auto backing up images from their smartphone receive an additional 3GB of free storage space.

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Sony Xperia Z1 mini To Change Its Name From “Z1s” to “Amami”

The elusive mini version of the Xperia Z1, earlier rumored to be the Xperia Z1s, has cleared FCC under a new codename and now it’s known as the Sony “Amami”. Appearing under model name Sony D5503, the “Amami” is a smaller version of the Xperia Z1, but it’s said to be smaller mostly in size and not in performance. The handset is expected to ship with the same powerful Snapdragon 800 system chip and 20-megapixel camera as the original Xperia Z1.

Sony has already announced a mini Xperia Z1 but it’s only aimed at the Japanese market and comes under the Sony Xperia Z1f name. The device in cause that just passed FCC certification however is expected to be heading to Europe.

The build numbers 14.2.A.0.144 and 14.2.A.0.78 suggest the Sony Amami will come pre-loaded with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and not the latest 4.4 KitKat version. We still would not count those references as hard proof as Sony could change things and to be noted also is that a FCC filing does no promise for an actual product launch, it’s just a step in a regulatory process.

Whether or not we will see the device named “Amami” or Z1s, we hope to see more at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and Sony’s January 6th presentation.

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