Sony To Offer 4K Streaming Service ‘Ultra’ From April

Rumours have recently been spreading saying that Sony would be working on a 4K variation of their PS4. Sadly it would seem those rumours were overblown but you could soon be watching 4K Videos on demand with Sony offering its streaming service from April.

The 4K films featured as part of ‘Ultra’, their streaming service, will retail at $30, including a selection of special features and will be available through Sony’s new 4K screens. Alongside their new films, people will be able to upgrade films they’ve purchased from Sony’s online store 4K versions at a “discounted” price.

Those with Ultraviolet movies will be able to enjoy them alongside their new films with the ability to link to their UV collections meaning that all those UV codes you’ve been adding to that account may finally see some use.

With 4K players costing upwards of hundreds of powers on their own, $30 a movie doesn’t seem that bad when you compare the prices. The limited collection of movies that will include the likes of The Walk, Concussion and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, may put people off but with it building upon Ultraviolet and other systems people may decide to skip the discs altogether and stick to streaming 4K content in order enjoy the latest quality in movie experiences.

Pioneer Announces Portable Music Player For Audiophiles

The smart phone revolution has integrated a number of dedicated devices from cameras to audio players into one portable solution. However, a large quantity of smartphones suffer from poor audio reproduction and lackluster battery life. As a result, there is still a legitimate reason to own a premium audio player if you’re a music enthusiast. The Pioneer XDP-100R is constructed from high-grade aluminium and runs Android. Furthermore, it is capable of playing lossless formats such as FLAC, MQA, ALAC and DSD audio reaching 11.2MHz.

Amazingly, the audio player utilizes two separate circuit boards to maximize audio quality and “eliminate the effects of digital noise”. In terms of its specification, there is a 4-7 inch 720p display, 32GB internal memory with two MicroSD slots each supporting a maximum of 128GB of storage. The battery life is also quite impressive and allows up to 10 hours on a single charge with high-quality bitrates.

However, this supreme audio quality will apparently cost a staggering $700. As with any high-end audio equipment, the price is well out of the rich of most mainstream users due to the niche audience. Although, it’s certainly interesting to see a dedicated portable audio device in 2015.

Do you use your mobile phone to play music?

Take A Gander At the Worlds First Ultra HD Player

The explosion of online HD and 4K downloaded content has rendered the typical DVD and Blu-Ray player in many respects obsolete, Samsung hope not and they have unveiled the world’s first Ultra HD player at the IFA show in Berlin.

So, what does this player have to offer? The image detail is rather impressive and offers four times the resolution of Blu-ray and 64 times as many colours. There is no detail on price, but I would have thought it would have to be competitive and comparable in relation to other tech for it to be successful. The player also has a curved design which integrates with its brand of TVs and it also includes a number of UHD streaming services. Below is an image to convey the new player, as you can see, they look stylish to a point.

Samsung has also announced that its new 4K Televisions will be the first to upgrade to the new standard HDMI 2.0a, this is essential to be able to receive the information from the Ultra HD players.

It will be interesting to see how this player is received by early adopters of this tech, are consumers interested in buying a standalone player instead of an all in one piece of tech i.e. computers. Other info includes Fox studios who are committed to releasing a cache of upcoming movies in Ultra HD, which includes Fantastic Four, Maze Runner, Kingsman: The Secret Service and more.

Samsung hopes to launch this player in the first half of 2016.

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Minecraft’s 1.9 Update Brings a Lot of New Features to the Title

Minecraft’s 1.9 Update has been recently revealed at MineCon in London, bringing a lot of changes and new features to the title. Dubbed ‘The Combat Update’, it adds a lot of changes to the combat system and some other new cool items such as shields.

One of the main combat features highlighted in the update is the ability to dual-wield weapons. This ability apparently got everyone hyped, but who wouldn’t be, since the feature now adds support of holding different items in both your hands. Also, it is said if you hold a map in one hand while having something else in another, a new minimap will be displayed to aid you in navigation.

Shields are another addition to the title, having the ability to craft and customize their banners. However, no details were given out on what is required to craft or customize their banners.

Since we talked about crafting, it is worth pointing out that new potions were added as well, all with their own unique abilities, including potions that can be added on arrow tips. It is said that there are potions that help you mark and display enemies’ position, even behind walls, as well as other great potions that may aid you in your quests.

Lastly, the biggest overhaul comes with the patch is a new world named The End, adding a much dangerous and mysterious area for users to explore. An exclusive enemy added along with the world is a purple mob that can shoot fire missiles. The interesting bit is that if you get hit by one of the latter missiles, you begin to levitate.

Other things players will see in The End are corals, which players can use to create items, various islands to add alongside the main one, and a lot of dungeons for players to raid and get prepped for the Ender-Dragon.

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Adobe Flash Vulnerability Patch Released

Adobe has released a recent patch to address a critical vulnerability that could possibly allow an attacker to take control of the affected system. Adobe acknowledged that this flaw is being actively exploited in the wild via limited targeted attacks, the known affected systems are those using internet explorer for the windows 7 operating system also including Firefox on windows xp. according to the patch details Adobe states the following software can be potentially impacted:

  • Adobe Flash Player 18.0.0.161 and earlier versions for Windows and Macintosh
  • Adobe Flash Player Extended Support Release version 13.0.0.292 and earlier 13.x versions for Windows and Macintosh
  • Adobe Flash Player 11.2.202.466 and earlier 11.x versions for Linux

The company advises updating to the latest version of flash in order to prevent the risk of exploitation, but at this point the users should good look at how important flash is to their regular internet use.

This recent flaw was uncovered through the help of a FireEye security researchers. a Singapore based FireEye team discovered the flaw in June when they detected a phishing campaign exploiting CVE-2015-3113. ”The attackers’ e-mails included links to compromised Web servers that served benign content or the malicious Adobe Flash Player file that exploits CVE-2015-3113.”

Do you think there is a risk using Flash player with the likelihood of these dangers? have you updated your flash?

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Uber Wants to Put You in the Driver Seat with Its New Game

Have you ever wondered how to increase your sales and promote your service? Uber might have the right answer to it and yes, it is a game! The popular transport company now has a driving game called UberDrive available on the Apple AppStore that puts you in the driver’s seat of their cabs.

Uber wants to promote its service and get its clients more engaged with the company’s driver-partners that ever before. The UberDrive title lets you experience their daily life as one of their independent cab drivers in a fun and rewarding way.

According to Uber’s Newsroom article, players need to help riders reach their destination as quickly and safely as possible. However, the game is not designed as monotonous as it sounds.

Players will be able to earn achievements and unlock parts of the city as the progress through the game. Score points will also unlock various cars and new areas, while activities such as identifying landmarks and tapping on intersection points will increase your score.

In addition to the above, Uber added some educational elements such as fun facts about landmarks and a trivia mode where riders can quiz players to get destination points on the map.

Uber has launched the UberDrive worldwide with only San Francisco as a playable map. However, Uber stated that San Fancisco is the “initial” map, indicating that more areas are likely to come in the future. For now, users can download the game from here.

Dota 2 Championship Prize May Reach Record $11.5 Million

Dota 2 has been getting a lot of attention lately and it’s now seen in its annual championship tournament, where the prize pool could reach $11.5 million, setting it as a new record in the game’s championship history. Pretty impressive, huh?

This year marks the fifth International Dota 2 Championship event and it is said that the prize reached $11.4 million this Friday thanks to the money brought in from virtual Compendium. This is really overwhelming since the prize pool started off with a $1.6 million budget at the end of April.

However, in just a matter of days, the prize money reached $5.5 million. This was mainly due to a lot of Compendium sales, which is the sum of in-game challenges, fantasy league-style predictions and in-game cosmetics rewards. Thanks to its fans and players, competitors now will have the opportunity to have a lot of fun, fight for the top and maybe even end up filling their bank account with a small fortune.

In terms of Compendium sales, the basic one costs you $9,99. Should you want to spend more, there is also a $27,99 variant, 25% of which goes to the prize pool. This year Compendium owners are said to have more rewards as they level by watching games, collecting player cards and other such activities.

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Permanently League of Legends Ban for Profanity in Just 15 Minutes

This was bound to happen sooner or later since most players I’ve seen on either League of Legends or Dota 2 gain faster profanity skills than any other game-wise skills. Thankfully, Riot Games shares the same vision and wants to keep League of Legends a fun and welcoming place.

The developer wants to make an automatic world-wide banning system for players who use verbal harassment in the game. The system is said to have rolled out for the European Union, but should the tests prove to be successful, it will roll out in the rest of the regions soon enough.

The system works by sending notification cars to players who have used verbal harassment in matches, providing an evidence of the latter and an appropriate punishment that will take effect. The player can be punished in two ways, with either a two-week ban or a permanent ban, after exiting the match. It takes only 15 minutes after the match ends for the system to register the verbal harassment and deliver the ban.

Riot states that the player behaviour team is looking over all verbal harassments being reported and if the test goes as planned, the system will be available worldwide shortly. But this is not all that it brings. The new system will also keep players who reported others up to date with the process status and rewards players for positive gameplay. Personally, if the system gets rid of all annoying players out there, it might even tempt me to join the MOBA community. How about you? What are your thoughts?

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$15,000 Laser Turntable – For the Enthusiast With a Heavy Wallet

I love vinyl, although admittedly it’s one hobby too many for my already busy schedule and gadget obsessive lifestyle. The sound of a record is simply unrivalled and while I have a large collection of FLAC and other high-resolution audio files, analogue is king for audiophiles.

Spinning your records and hearing the tick of the needle is fantastic and involving, but there’s another option for those who like to go a little crazy with their credit card. The EIP Laser Turntable plays the record without touching the record, something that many collectors of rare and expensive albums would no doubt love, as it would prevent wear on the surface of the record.

The laser reads the analogue waveform with absolute precision and while that sounds great (literally), it comes with a catch; it costs a whopping $15,000! for the player.

“The Laser Turntable employs patented technology that produces phenomenal fidelity while never physically touching the record, thus eliminating the deterioration to the album’s surface inflicted by conventional turntables. The laser’s precision allows you to pick up audio information that has never been touched or damaged by a needle. This virgin audio information is then reproduced without digitization maintaining true analog sound as close as possible to when the master tape was recorded. The Laser Turntable even allows you to play records that have been severely warped or damaged over years of wear and tear.” – EIP

This is cool, but in all honesty, you could spend around £100 for a half decent player and enjoy your collection. You could also spend thousands and get a great deck, with a high-end head and cleaner, spend a fortunate on building an epic collection from your local record store and you would still not have spent as much as this laser player costs, but things with lasers are really cool.

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iOS 8.4 Beta Brings With it a New Music Player

A new music player is making its way to you in the new iOS 8.4 beta, and brings a fresh new design that is long overdue. The new app is laden with features users have wanted for a long time, and that iTunes currently has.

A few of the new bits that are in the updated app include a mini player for when you are browsing the app and an upcoming song queue. Songs and albums that you have recently added to your iTunes will be at the top of the list. The now playing screen has been overhauled and looks much better while allowing users to start streaming their music wirelessly without ever leaving the screen. There is an improved iTunes Radio interface in this new release and should help you find some new tracks to love. The new global search feature allows you to search iTunes from anywhere within the application, and it allows you to launch iTunes Radio straight from the search.The upcoming Beats music service won’t be available since it should arrive at about the time that Apple’s developer conference is going on.

The upcoming Beats music service won’t be available since it should arrive at about the time that Apple’s developer conference is going on.

Check out this hands-on with the new app

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League of Legends Player Reaches Diamond Tier with Exactly 3,439,140 Mouse Clicks

The Diamond tier isn’t the highest level in the League of Legends title’s ranked mode, but it still is near the top and very hard to achieve. Players who want to climb up the ladder all the way to Diamond (at least) are said to put a lot of effort and time into the game, like three years and around three million clicks, according to a player’s statistic.

League of Legends and redditer r3as0n has reached the Diamond V level, the lowest of the top five tiers that Riot uses to separate each of the seven separate ranks.

Diamond is said to be the third rank, falling short behind Master and Challenger, making it a respectable level to achieve, even with the game’s big community. The redditer has even kept track of the total number of times he clicked the mouse in-game during rank mode and until reaching the Diamond rank.

“I use a Razor Naga MMO mouse for league of legends because i’m not a big fan of shift clicking + Ctrl clicking,” the ranked League player told Kotaku in an email this morning. “I like having the extra 12 buttons at my disposal for key-bindings.”

“I’m reluctant to say that the mouse is the MVP,” he added, “but i’ve had this mouse since 2010 and I’ve never had any issues with it.”

After the last successful qualifying match that placed r3as0n in Diamond V rank, the counter indicated a number of 3,439,140 mouse clicks. This statistic is not just numbers, it also shows how long players are required to play the game in order to just scratch the surface of the upper-most competitive high ranks.

The redditer also admits that he formed a lot of reflexes during his time spent in-game, helping him make quick-judgement and take swift actions during battles.

In the end, given the statistics captured by r3as0n and the high number of League of Legends players, we will probably not see a lot of Master or Challenger ranked characters in the title.

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Star Citizen Hits the $77 Million Mark in Crowdfunding

It seems that Star Citizen’s success will never stop, and the same can be said for its crowdfunding campaign. It looks like the campaign does not slow down with time, instead it seems to be speeding up.

The title looks to have hit the $77 million mark in crowdfunding, a staggering amount of money compared with other AAA title budgets, even the most expensive ones. One interesting aspect about the latter is that the last $1 million was made in just 5 days, indicating that the crowdfunding campaign might be speeding up.

Adding up the maths, it looks like the title might even hit $100 million soon, but even if it doesn’t hit that mark (by some miracle), it will still remain the most successful crowdfunded thing in history. How about that?

Star Citizen is said to be available for PC players very soon, but with the latter mentioned budget, it could be even sooner than expected.

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DOTA 2 Rejected Character Concept Recreated by Player In-Game

It looks like DOTA 2 player, MaxOfS2D, has recreated a ‘failed’ character concept designed by Valve; the recreated concept can be viewed in the video below.

Valve has provided access to its database of rejected concept design for the highly anticipated Faceless Void remodel over the weekend. The character model is said to have been offered as a compendium reward during last year’s DOTA 2 International.

The company is said to have dropped quite a few redesign options, including the wand-bearing dinosaur interpretation of Faceless Void and Lobster Void. Valve apparently has strict guidelines regarding what hero creations enter the title. It is said that one guideline involves heroes that have to get along with the game’s lore, which is why we won’t see this Faceless Void character anywhere beyond a player mod.

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World of Warships Hits Closed Beta

Wargaming’s latest MMO title, World of Warships, has just hit closed beta status. The developer states that, as with their other titles, World of Warships aims to deliver an authentic experience to all players.

There are reports that a total of 50 ships, both American and Japanese, and 5 maps are present in the beta. However, expect Wargaming to add a lot more once the title is released. Fans who would like to participate in the closed beta can sign up on the developer’s website here.

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Apple Forcing Users to Upgrade Flash

In Apple’s latest hit against Adobe Flash, the most recent update to OS X is now forcing users to upgrade to new versions of Flash by blocking any web content that uses it.

Now when a user of OS X Yosemite with an out of date Flash plugin tries to run any Flash content, they receive this message –

Apple has had a tirade against Adobe Flash for many years, first with its decision to not include Flash on the iPhone and later and perhaps more importantly, the iPad – a decision that initially proved somewhat unpopular. Steve Jobs himself had a personal hatred towards the plugin, writing an angry open letter in 2010 titled ‘Thoughts on Flash’.

“Symantec recently highlighted Flash for having one of the worst security records in 2009. We also know first hand that Flash is the number one reason Macs crash. We have been working with Adobe to fix these problems, but they have persisted for several years now. We don’t want to reduce the reliability and security of our iPhones, iPods and iPads by adding Flash.” – Steve Jobs

Source: MacRumors

Sony Announces $1,119.99 Hi-Res Walkman

$1,119.99. For a Walkman. Yes, Sony has just announced its latest Walkman  – one that utilises so-called ‘Hi-Res’ audio and subsequently costs $1,119.99.

Sony is labelling the Walkman ZX2 as “the fruit of continuous refinement in high audio quality technologies.” It contains 128GB of storage and the ability to play a cavalcade of high quality audio formats, including DSD, WAV, AIFF, FLAC and Apple Lossless. Oddly, the device uses an old version of Android – Jelly Bean to be exact, with a custom Walkman interface. There’s also a MicroSD card slot.

The software and hardware isn’t really the end of it though, as its design is a feature on its own. Its matte black curved casing is simple and abstract. It defers attention towards the display and its physical play/pause buttons on the side of the device. It also has a gold coloured headphone jack, symbolising the audio superiority it will bring to your ears.

Sony says that it will be available in the Spring.

Source: The Verge

Apple Fighting to Prevent Release of Steve Jobs Deposition

The Associated Press, CNN and Bloomberg have filled a motion to have the video deposition of Steve Jobs released from the ongoing iPod lawsuit. The publications are in a battle against Apple’s lawyers who are actively seeking it stays confined to the courtroom.

Attorney Thomas Burke made the point that there would be no legal case to prevent its release, considering it was merely a “regular testimony” with a significant level of interest from the public. Apple’s lead attorney requested that the video should not be released. The video itself is 2 hours long, and features Steve Jobs discussing Apple, its competitors and iTunes, 6 months before his death in October of 2011. Subsequently, despite it having never been seen publicly, the deposition would not be the last known recorded footage of Jobs – that was his appearance before the Cupertino City Council in June 2011, concerning the new Apple campus.

The iPod lawsuit concerns the digital rights management of the devices between 2006 and 2009, when it’s alleged that the company acted unfairly by blocking users from installing content from competing music services on their iPods.

Source: CNET Via The Verge

Steve Jobs Still Delivering Sharp Opinions From the Grave

The other day we reported on the news that Steve Jobs was to appear in court over an iPod lawsuit via a video deposition recorded in 2011.

Well the trial began yesterday, and we have some of the first details of what was said in that video. According to Reuters, Jobs delivered a bit of a crushing blow to Real Networks, the company behind Real Player:

“During his 2011 deposition, Jobs displayed some of the edge he was known for, according to a transcript filed in court. Asked if he was familiar with Real Networks, Jobs replied: “Do they still exist?”

The video was shown alongside email exchanges between Jobs and other Apple executives. One of those emails from 2004, continued to add to the Real Networks bashing, with Jobs considering the release of a statement likening them to hackers:

“How’s this?” Jobs wrote. “‘We are stunned that Real is adopting the tactics and ethics of a hacker and breaking into the iPod.'”

Jobs said that Apple felt compelled to implement DRM on the iPod to make it more appealing to the music industry. At the time, illegal downloads had swarmed the internet, making iTunes something very difficult to get music executives to work with.

The trial continues, with current Apple SVPs Phil Schiller and Eddy Cue expected to make appearances.

Source: Reuters

Professional CS:GO Players Caught Cheating and Banned

A shadow has been cast on the professional CS:GO gaming community as three players have been caught cheating in competitive play and received VAC bans last week. The outed players are Hovik “KQLY” Tovmassian, Simon “smn” Beck and Gordon “Sf” Giry.

Professional players or at least semi-professional, have been banned before, but it is rare that it happens on such a high-profile level. It doesn’t just cast doubt on past performances in tournaments, but also on the entire scene. There might be other similar and yet undiscovered cheats in the wild.

KQLY, probably the most prominent of the banned players, has issued some statements via his facebook page. He said that he used the third-party tool for a seven days period and that the programmer that had offered him the tool had ensured that “lots of professional gamers user it.” The tool in question has no visual display and the only way it can be detected is during installation. No visual indication can be found on the affected systems. The cheat allegedly connects through the steam workshop.

No doubt the shame must be high and I bet they’d like to crawl up into a hole and disappear right now. And it is really bad timing with Dreamhack starting this week. The Titan and Epsilon teams have been disqualified from this years Dreamhack Winter 2014 tournaments that has a price pool of $250,000.

Thanks to PC Gamer for providing us with this information

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Western Digital Launches WD TV Personal Edition, Featuring Miracast and Remote App

Wester Digital has just announced its launch of the WD TV – Personal Edition, which is described as being an easy to use Wi-Fi enabled media player, able to play any media file stored on USB and network storage devices, as well as any computer on the home network.

“Consumers have increasingly large libraries of disparate personal content types on a variety of storage devices, from portable USB to network attached storage and personal computers,” explains Jim Welsh, executive vice president, WD Content Solutions Business and worldwide sales. “WD’s ecosystem of apps and media players ensures that viewing that content is seamless on all screens, from mobile devices to the HDTV. WD TV personalise the entertainment experience, providing the easiest way for consumers to playback all of their personal videos, photos and music.”

The company says that the WD TV – Personal Edition allows users to enjoy a wide range of personal media, such as photos, videos and music on their home entertainment system, having support for a wide range of file formats, including MKV, MP4, AVI, WMV, MOV and others. The streaming is said to be achieved via USB connected drives such as the My Passport Ultra and My Book product family, cloud and network attached storage drives such as the WD My Cloud product family, digital camcorders or cameras, and any networked PC or Mac computer inside the household.

The WD TV – Personal Edition is said to have an intuitive user interface, allowing users to customise the home page with their favourite apps, setting shortcuts to favourite content folders for quick access, as well as setting auto-run for preferred apps to begin at start-up. In addition to the latter, WD has even added Miracast support to the WD TV – Personal Edition, allowing users to project their Miracast enabled mobile device onto their TV in up to Full HD 1080p. Also, the WD TV includes support for social networks through apps such as YouTube®, Hulu Plus, VUDU®, SlingPlayer®, Spiffy®, Pandora® and Facebook, among many others.

Last but not least, the WD TV Remote app is said to improve the navigation experience for WD TV users by turning their iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, or Android compatible mobile device into an advanced feature remote control for their media player. The company has stated to have made the product available in the UK at retailers and wdstore.co.uk, having a price tag set at £69.99, having the WD Remote app available on both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

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Warface Title Launched Amids Crytek Financial ‘Crysis’

Though Crytek is facing financial problems in the UK headquarters, having paid employees only £700 last month and staff leaving due to this, the company was able to at least release its long-awaited free-to-play title, Warface, the latest free-to-play title to hit Steam.

Crytek is counting on Warface to become a success, having promising daily content updates in order to keep players interested in the title. One way or the other, it may even be the company’s way out of the financial situation it currently faces at the UK headquarters. Steam has stated that the game is currently available in North America, Europe, Turkey, Australia and New Zealand.

“Bringing Warface to Steam paves the way for a new audience to discover the game’s engrossing cooperative and competitive action; completely for free. As well as putting the power of CryEngine to work, Warface draws on Crytek’s FPS expertise to ensure players are immersed in the heat of battle–whether they’re jumping in for a quick game with friends or dedicating more time to the game’s extensive multiplayer modes” Hasit Zala, Warface Franchise Director stated.

In terms of features, Warface is said to offer four player co-op missions and a ‘versus’ mode, having players work together or against each other in order to win. The title is said to have fairly low system requirements in order to attract a variety of gamers with different system specs. The minimum requirements are said to be an Intel or AMD Dual-Core 2 GHz CPU, 2 GB of Ram and NVIDIA 8600 or Radeon 3650.

The recommended system requirements for users who like to experience the true graphics of Warface is stated to be for users having an Intel or AMD Dual-Core 2.6 GHz or higher CPU, same 2 GB of Ram and NVIDIA 9600GT, AMD Radeon 3870 or higher end GPUs. The game can be found and downloaded from Steam.

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Crytek Announces a Homefront Sequel Named Homefront: The Revolution

The first Homefront game was not considered as a big success by THQ, having it be more of a mainstream shooter. Since then, THQ went bankrupt and no further development could be considered given THQ’s situation. Crytek however saw potential in the title and bought the brand.

Since then, Crytek has been working hard to make this launch a success and also add its CryEngine touches to the title. The name of the upcoming sequel is Homefront: The Revolution, which will come out for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, as well as PC.

The game itself is said to be open-world, having the action set in Philadelphia and focusing mostly on guerrilla warfare style. The player is said to take the role of a freedom fighter, who alongside other civilians start to fight against the oppressors.

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The story involves the Korean army, which has been ruling the country for about four years, until the uprising begins and the player fights to overthrow them in order to bring freedom to the region once more. It is also said that the player will have to craft his own weapons and use the surroundings during gameplay, since the opposing force already controls the area and implicitly all the weapons and resources.

Crytek is also looking to break the mainstream shooting feel and add focus more on the open-world environment, where players can team up with friends and play in co-op mode. The only thing linking the two Homefront titles is said to be the story. More details about the game are unknown at the moment, but Crytek is bound to present it at E3 next week.

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Father and Son Develop Service Which Offers Multiple Language Support in a Single Video

Sometimes it is frustrating to watch a foreign film, especially when you have to read between the lines and make sense of a minimally translated dialog. A father and son thought about it and came to the same conclusion, so they went on developing a piece of software which will change all this.

The software resulted is called Alugha, which translated from Swahili means ‘one language’, having the software currently be in beta. Bern and Nikolas Korz, the people behind the software, are working to achieve native-language translation of movies, available within the original file, helping viewers concentrate more on the movie’s action. The idea behind Alugha was born when Bern was doing videos on YouTube and his own Channel, at which point he was asked to translate them in English. He later found out that the process was hard and time-consuming, therefore another alternative needed to be found. While searching for some piece of software to translate his movies, he found out that there was nothing of the sort available.

Bernd and his son Nikolas then set out to solve the problem at hand and came up with the current software, Alugha, concentrating at first on YouTube. The piece of software comes under the shape of an extension for all browsers. Furthermore, with the help of their HTML5 player, users can embed their own videos without the need of using the YouTube service. Producers can create and upload audio files in any language to the Alugha servers, having them connect to the same video on the back-end. Also, description and titles are translated to help viewers read them in their own language without the need of third-party software.

Alugha accepts audio files limited to 20 MB, having users restricted to upload them under the MP3 or WebM format. The audio file specs have been set to 160 Kbit/s or 190 Kbit/s rates for MP3 or full HD rates for WebM formats. Users can choose to switch languages in real-time, even when the video is playing, and Korz seen the piece of software a benefit to motion pictures, games, trailers, speeches and product demos. Having support only for YouTube at the moment, it is said that popular platforms such as Facebook and Vimeo are considered in the future, as well as support for iOS, Android and Windows Phone applications.

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In terms of language support, Alugha features most registered ISO-638-3 languages, focusing on the 50 most popular ones. Korz adds his opinion towards Alugha, stating it is a ‘massive energy saving’ piece of software when producing a movie, giving the option to attach different language tracks and increasing traffic to a single video while adding additional benefits to those using AdSense and Advertisements in their videos.

Alugha is said to come out of beta in August, bearing various extensions and a download section on the product’s website with links to different platforms and browsers. The software will have a free scheme for producers, providing the most basic support, with additional charges for those who want more features.

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Nokia Guru To Be An iPod Shuffle Competitor

Nokia is known for cool accessories, and the new batch of phones and tablets about to be unveiled soon from the Finns is likely to be no exception. A new gadget called Nokia Guru has appeared, and it has every bearing of a music-related accessory.

The matchbox-like cyan Guru in the picture has a volume rocker and a play button, as well as a pair of in-ear headphones matching its color. There is a microUSB port in there as well, suggesting the device might carry its own battery and/or storage. There is an NFC tag, and some are suggesting it is Bluetooth equipped, too, so what exactly is the goal here, remains to be seen.

It could be a player and a Bluetooth headset in one to help keep the huge Lumia 1520 in your pocket. And if it is, Nokia’s first phablet could have a cyan version. Who knows? We’ve also heard that the new Lumia 525 about to be shown will be a music-centric phone, so the Guru could be meant for it. All is likely to be revealed sooner than expected, more specifically when Nokia World is taking place, so let’s hope for something amazing.

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