GTA V PC Price Drops to Under £30 for Digital Download

So Grand Theft Auto V has been out for over a week now and prices have seemed to stand around the £33 mark.

GTA V is that massive game, in terms of map size and hype, that has taken the world by storm. It was originally released back in 2013 for the Xbox 360 and PS3, then re-released on the XB1 and PS4 and now, around 16 months on; we see it on the PC.

It wasn’t long before users started seeing issues, some starting the minute the game was released due to baE install files and folders; this did require some users having to delete and restart the 60GB download again; news story can be found here. Along with that, one of the biggest games of 2015 may attract some unwanted attention and it did; in the form of hackers taking control of numerous GTA V accounts; full story can be found here.

It hasn’t been all doom and gloom, we’ve seen countless mod stories pop up, from the start of modding, Oculus VR hacked in and the most recent being the Apocalyptic Animal mod.

So what about the gamers that want the game, but are holding out for updates and a better offer? We are hosting a competition to win a steam game of your choice, that includes GTA V, just follow this link, sign up to our forums and tell us what game you want here.

If you can’t wait for the draw, fear not as the game has now dropped to below £30 for the digital download. GameStop is offering GTA V for £29.97 with the additional $1,200,000 in-game cash amount. So what are you waiting for? Go buy it here.

GTA V: Barrel Full of Problems?

So following on from the username character issue we saw earlier today, it seems that another issue has reared its head. This time in the form of login errors (being the main issue).

So the main error code being presented is “ERR_GEN_ZLIB_1/2/3” and is known to affect everyone, but it only seems those that are using Rockstar Launcher are experiencing the most issues.

There are hundreds of other errors too, of which, I’ve highlighted all the errors that require you to REINSTALL the entire game. Here is a list of the error codes:

  • [ERR_NO_STEAM] – Could not detect the Steam client. Please reboot Steam and Grand Theft Auto V.
  • [ERR_NO_LAUNCHER] – Please run Grand Theft Auto V using PlayGTAV.exe.
  • [ERR_NET_WINSOCK_4] – WinSock receive error. Please reboot and restart the game. Return Code:
  • [ERR_NET_WINSOCK_3] – WinSock send error. Please reboot and restart the game. Return Code:
  • [ERR_NET_WINSOCK_2] – Invalid WinSock DLL version. Try reinstalling Windows.
  • [ERR_NET_WINSOCK_1] – WinSock error. Please reboot and restart the game. Return Code:
  • [ERR_NET_MEM] – Network error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_NET_EVENT] – Network error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_NET_ARRAY] – Network error. Incompatible versions of GTA V.
  • [ERR_MEM_VIRTUAL_3] – Game memory error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_MEM_VIRTUAL_2] – Out of game memory. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_MEM_VIRTUAL_1] – Out of game memory. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_MEM_TINY_RESIZE_2] – Game memory error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_MEM_TINY_RESIZE_1] – Game memory error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_MEM_TINY_FREE_2] – Game memory error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_MEM_TINY_FREE_1] – Game memory error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_MEM_TINY_2] – Game memory error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_MEM_TINY_1] – Game memory error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_MEM_SYSTEM] – Out of game memory. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_MEM_SPARSEALLOC_FREE_3] – Game memory error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_MEM_SPARSEALLOC_FREE_2] – Game memory error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_MEM_SPARSEALLOC_FREE_1] – Game memory error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_MEM_SPARSEALLOC_ALLOC] – Out of game memory. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_MEM_POOLALLOC_FREE_2] – Game memory error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_MEM_POOLALLOC_FREE_1] – Game memory error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_MEM_POOLALLOC_ALLOC_5] – Out of game memory. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_MEM_POOLALLOC_ALLOC_4] – Out of game memory. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_MEM_POOLALLOC_ALLOC_3] – Out of game memory. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_MEM_POOLALLOC_ALLOC_2] – Out of game memory. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_MEM_POOLALLOC_ALLOC_1] – Out of game memory. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_MEM_MULTIALLOC_RESIZE] – Game memory error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_MEM_MULTIALLOC_FREE] – Game memory error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_MEM_MIN_ALLOC] – Out of game memory. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_MEM_EXTALLOC_ALLOC] – Out of game memory. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_MEM_EMBEDDEDALLOC_RESIZE_3] – Game memory error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_MEM_EMBEDDEDALLOC_RESIZE_2] – Game memory error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_MEM_EMBEDDEDALLOC_RESIZE_1] – Game memory error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_MEM_EMBEDDEDALLOC_INIT_1] – Out of game memory. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_MEM_EMBEDDEDALLOC_GUARD_5] – Game memory error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_MEM_EMBEDDEDALLOC_GUARD_4] – Game memory error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_MEM_EMBEDDEDALLOC_GUARD_3] – Game memory error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_MEM_EMBEDDEDALLOC_GUARD_2] – Game memory error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_MEM_EMBEDDEDALLOC_GUARD_1] – Game memory error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_MEM_EMBEDDEDALLOC_FREE_3] – Game memory error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_MEM_EMBEDDEDALLOC_FREE_2] – Game memory error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_MEM_EMBEDDEDALLOC_FREE_1] – Game memory error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_MEM_EMBEDDEDALLOC_ALLOC] – Out of game memory. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_MEM_CONT_3] – Game memory error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_MEM_CONT_2] – Out of game memory. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_MEM_CONT_1] – Out of game memory. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_MEM_BESTALLOC_FREE_2] – Game memory error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_MEM_BESTALLOC_FREE_1] – Game memory error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_GUI_SF_MEM_2] – Game memory error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_GUI_SF_MEM_1] – Game memory error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_GUI_MENU_VER] – Corrupt game data. Please reboot or reinstall the game.
  • [ERR_GUI_CHILD] – Corrupt game data. Please reboot or reinstall the game.
  • [ERR_GUI_ACTIVE_PANEL] – Corrupt game data. Please reboot or reinstall the game.
  • [ERR_GFX_WIN] – Failed to create window. Please reboot and make sure the graphics device is functioning correctly. System Error:
  • [ERR_GFX_STATE] – Game error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_GFX_SHADER_VAR] – Corrupt game data. Please reboot or reinstall the game.
  • [ERR_GFX_SHADER_TYP] – Corrupt game data. Please reboot or reinstall the game.
  • [ERR_GFX_RENDERTHREAD_TXD] – Corrupt game data. Please reboot or reinstall the game.
  • [ERR_GFX_RENDERTHREAD] – Failed to initialize thread. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_GFX_RENDERTARGET] – Failed to create render target. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_GFX_PFX_2] – Game error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_GFX_PFX_1] – Game error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_GFX_MORPH_2] – Corrupt game data. Please reboot or reinstall the game.
  • [ERR_GFX_MORPH_1] – Corrupt game data. Please reboot or reinstall the game.
  • [ERR_GFX_INVALID_SHADER] – Corrupt game data. Please reboot or reinstall the game.
  • [ERR_GFX_INIT] – Failed to initialize graphics device. Please reboot or reinstall latest DirectX runtime.
  • [ERR_GFX_IM] – Game error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_GFX_EFFECT_INVALID_STATE_5] – Corrupt game data. Please reboot or reinstall the game.
  • [ERR_GFX_EFFECT_INVALID_STATE_4] – Corrupt game data. Please reboot or reinstall the game.
  • [ERR_GFX_EFFECT_INVALID_STATE_3] – Corrupt game data. Please reboot or reinstall the game.
  • [ERR_GFX_EFFECT_INVALID_STATE_2] – Corrupt game data. Please reboot or reinstall the game.
  • [ERR_GFX_EFFECT_INVALID_STATE_1] – Corrupt game data. Please reboot or reinstall the game.
  • [ERR_GFX_EFFECT_2] – Corrupt game data. Please reboot or reinstall the game.
  • [ERR_GFX_EFFECT_1] – Game error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_GFX_DRAW_ROPE_2] – Corrupt game data. Please reboot or reinstall the game.
  • [ERR_GFX_DRAW_ROPE_1] – Corrupt game data. Please reboot or reinstall the game.
  • [ERR_GFX_DRAW_GLASS_2] – Corrupt game data. Please reboot or reinstall the game.
  • [ERR_GFX_DRAW_GLASS_1] – Corrupt game data. Please reboot or reinstall the game.
  • [ERR_GFX_DRAW_DATA] – Corrupt game data. Please reboot or reinstall the game.
  • [ERR_GFX_D3D_VER_1] – No DirectX 10 or 11 adapter or runtime found. Please install latest DirectX runtime or install a compatible DirectX 10 or 11 video card.
  • [ERR_GFX_D3D_SWAPCHAIN_ALLOC_2] – No DirectX 10 or 11 adapter or runtime found. Please install latest DirectX runtime or install a compatible DirectX 10 or 11 video card.
  • [ERR_GFX_D3D_SHADER_2] – Corrupt game data. Please reboot or reinstall the game.
  • [ERR_GFX_D3D_SHADER_1] – Corrupt game data. Please reboot or reinstall the game.
  • [ERR_GFX_D3D_NOFEATURELEVEL_2] – No DirectX 10 or 11 adapter or runtime found. Please install latest DirectX runtime or install a compatible DirectX 10 or 11 video card.
  • [ERR_GFX_D3D_NOFEATURELEVEL_1] – No DirectX 10 or 11 adapter or runtime found. Please install latest DirectX runtime or install a compatible DirectX 10 or 11 video card.
  • [ERR_GFX_D3D_NOD3D1X_4] – No DirectX 10 or 11 adapter or runtime found. Please install latest DirectX runtime or install a compatible DirectX 10 or 11 video card.
  • [ERR_GFX_D3D_NOD3D1X_2] – No DirectX 10 or 11 adapter or runtime found. Please install latest DirectX runtime or install a compatible DirectX 10 or 11 video card.
  • [ERR_GFX_D3D_INIT] – Failed Initialization. Please reboot and restart the game. Try reinstalling the game if this persists.
  • [ERR_GFX_D3D_DEFERRED_MEM] – DirectX error. Out of memory. Please reboot, close other applications, and ensure your computer meets the minimum requirements.
  • [ERR_GFX_D3D_DEFERRED] – DirectX error. Please ensure your video card is installed properly with the latest drivers. Check your DirectX installation and reboot your system. Return Code:
  • [ERR_GFX_CHECK_PROC_2] – Corrupt game data. Please reboot or reinstall the game.
  • [ERR_GFX_CHECK_PROC_1] – Corrupt game data. Please reboot or reinstall the game.
  • [ERR_GEN_ZLIB_2] – Failed zlib call. Please reboot or reinstall the game.
  • [ERR_GEN_ZLIB_1] – Failed zlib initialization. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_GEN_SCENARIO] – Game error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_GEN_POOL_3] – Game error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_GEN_POOL_2] – Game memory error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_GEN_POOL_1] – Game error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_GEN_PED_VAR] – Game error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_GEN_PAGE_1] – Game error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_GEN_NAV] – Corrupt game data. Please reboot or reinstall the game.
  • [ERR_GEN_MAPSTORE_2] – Game error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_GEN_MAPSTORE_1] – Game error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_GEN_MAP] – Game error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_GEN_INVALID] – Corrupt game data. Please reboot or reinstall the game.
  • [ERR_GEN_INTERIOR_1] – Corrupt game data. Please reboot or reinstall the game.
  • [ERR_GEN_INPUT_2] – DirectInput failure. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_GEN_INPUT_1] – Too many input devices. Please remove some devices and reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_GEN_INFLATE_2] – Game error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_GEN_INFLATE_1] – Game error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_GEN_ENT_TRANS] – Game error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_GEN_ENT_CONT_3] – Game memory error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_GEN_ENT_CONT_2] – Game memory error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_GEN_ENT_CONT_1] – Game memory error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_GEN_CUT_2] – Corrupt game data. Please reboot or reinstall the game.
  • [ERR_GEN_CUT_1] – Corrupt game data. Please reboot or reinstall the game.
  • [ERR_GEN_CODEC_1] – Voice chat codec error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_GAMECONFIG_1] – Corrupt game config data. Please reboot or reinstall the game.
  • [ERR_FIL_ZIP_3] – Corrupt game data. Please reboot or reinstall the game.
  • [ERR_FIL_ZIP_2] – Game error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_FIL_ZIP_1] – Corrupt game data. Please reboot or reinstall the game.
  • [ERR_FIL_PACK_3] – Corrupt game data. Please reboot or reinstall the game.
  • [ERR_FIL_PACK_2] – Game error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_FIL_PACK_1] – Game error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_FIL_DISK] – Game error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_FIL_COMMON] – Game error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_DEFAULT] – Fatal error. Please reboot or reinstall the game.
  • [ERR_AUD_SOUND_2] – Audio error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_AUD_SOUND_1] – Audio error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_AUD_MUSIC_INIT] – Failed to initialize audio. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_AUD_MIXER_INIT] – Failed to initialize audio. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_AUD_INVALIDRESOURCE] – Corrupt audio data. Please reboot or reinstall the game.
  • [ERR_AUD_INIT_2] – Failed to initialize audio. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_AUD_INIT_1] – Failed to initialize audio. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_AUD_HARDWARE_DS_INIT] – Failed to initialize audio hadware. You may need to reinstall your audio drivers or DirectX. Also ensure your audio device is functioning correctly. Return Code:
  • [ERR_AUD_HARDWARE_DS_BUFFER] – Failed to create audio buffer. You may need to reinstall your audio drivers or DirectX. Also ensure your audio device is functioning correctly. Return Code:
  • [ERR_AUD_HARDWARE] – Failed to initialize audio hadware. Please ensure that your audio device is functioning correctly.
  • [ERR_AUD_GTA_ONLINE_LOAD] – Failed to load audio data. Please reboot or reinstall the game.
  • [ERR_ANI_POOL_2] – Game memory error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_ANI_POOL_1] – Game memory error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_SYS_TIMER_RDTSC] – CPU does not support rdtsc instruction.
  • [ERR_SYS_THREAD] – Game error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_SYS_STREAMERREAD] – Corrupt game data. Please reboot or reinstall the game.
  • [ERR_SYS_SETTINGS] – Computer does not meet minimum requirements.
  • [ERR_SYS_PURE] – Game error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_SYS_PARAM_PREFIX] – Invalid command line parameter.
  • [ERR_SYS_PARAM_FORMAT] – Invalid command line parameter format.
  • [ERR_SYS_PAR_3] – Corrupt game data. Please reboot or reinstall the game.
  • [ERR_SYS_PAR_2] – Corrupt game data. Please reboot or reinstall the game.
  • [ERR_SYS_PAR_1] – Corrupt game data. Please reboot or reinstall the game.
  • [ERR_SYS_NOSTREAMINGHANDLES] – Out of file handles. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_SYS_NOFILEHANDLES_3] – Out of file handles. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_SYS_NOFILEHANDLES_2] – Out of file handles. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_SYS_NOFILEHANDLES_1] – Out of file handles. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_SYS_MINREQ_VID_MEM] – Your computer does not meet the minimum recommended Video Memory specification. The game may have trouble running if you proceed.
  • [ERR_SYS_MINREQ_URL]
  • [ERR_SYS_MINREQ_TITLE] – Minimum Recommended Hardware Check Failure
  • [ERR_SYS_MINREQ_MEM] – Your computer does not meet the minimum recommended Memory (RAM) specification. The game may have trouble running if you proceed.
  • [ERR_SYS_MINREQ_CPU_FREQ] – Your computer does not meet the minimum recommended CPU Frequency specification. The game may have trouble running if you proceed.
  • [ERR_SYS_MINREQ_CPU_CORE] – Your computer does not meet the minimum recommended CPU Core specification. The game may have trouble running if you proceed.
  • [ERR_SYS_MINREQ_CPU] – Your computer does not meet the minimum recommended CPU specification. The game may have trouble running if you proceed.
  • [ERR_SYS_INVALIDRESOURCE_5] – Corrupt game data. Please reboot or reinstall the game.
  • [ERR_SYS_INVALIDRESOURCE_2] – Corrupt game data. Please reboot or reinstall the game.
  • [ERR_SYS_INVALIDRESOURCE_1] – Corrupt game data. Please reboot or reinstall the game.
  • [ERR_SYS_INVALIDFILE] – Corrupt game data. Please reboot or reinstall the game.
  • [ERR_STR_INFO_3] – Game error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_STR_INFO_2] – Game error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_STR_INFO_1] – Game error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_STR_FAILURE_4] – Game error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_STR_FAILURE_3] – Game error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_STR_FAILURE_2] – Corrupt game data. Please reboot or reinstall the game.
  • [ERR_STR_FAILURE_1] – Network error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_STR_CACHE_3] – Game error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_STR_CACHE_2] – Game error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_STR_CACHE_1] – Game error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_SCR_TEXT_MEM_4] – Game memory error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_SCR_TEXT_MEM_3] – Game memory error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_SCR_TEXT_MEM_2] – Game memory error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_SCR_TEXT_MEM_1] – Game memory error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_SCR_LAUNCH_2] – Corrupt game data. Please reboot or reinstall the game.
  • [ERR_SCR_LAUNCH_1] – Corrupt game data. Please reboot or reinstall the game.
  • [ERR_PHY_POOL_2] – Game error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_PHY_POOL_1] – Game error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_PHY_GEOM] – Corrupt game data. Please reboot or reinstall the game.
  • [ERR_PHY_BOUND] – Corrupt game data. Please reboot or reinstall the game.
  • [ERR_PHY_ARCH] – Corrupt game data. Please reboot or reinstall the game.
  • [ERR_PAR_INVALID_9] – Corrupt game data. Please reboot or reinstall the game.
  • [ERR_PAR_INVALID_8] – Corrupt game data. Please reboot or reinstall the game.
  • [ERR_PAR_INVALID_7] – Corrupt game data. Please reboot or reinstall the game.
  • [ERR_PAR_INVALID_6] – Corrupt game data. Please reboot or reinstall the game.
  • [ERR_PAR_INVALID_5] – Corrupt game data. Please reboot or reinstall the game.
  • [ERR_PAR_INVALID_4] – Corrupt game data. Please reboot or reinstall the game.
  • [ERR_PAR_INVALID_3] – Corrupt game data. Please reboot or reinstall the game.
  • [ERR_PAR_INVALID_2] – Corrupt game data. Please reboot or reinstall the game.
  • [ERR_PAR_INVALID_12] – Corrupt game data. Please reboot or reinstall the game.
  • [ERR_PAR_INVALID_11] – Corrupt game data. Please reboot or reinstall the game.
  • [ERR_PAR_INVALID_10] – Corrupt game data. Please reboot or reinstall the game.
  • [ERR_PAR_INVALID_1] – Corrupt game data. Please reboot or reinstall the game.
  • [ERR_PAR_COLL] – Corrupt game data. Please reboot or reinstall the game.
  • [ERR_SYS_INSTALLER] – Corrupt game data. Please reboot or reinstall the game.
  • [ERR_SYS_FILELOAD] – Corrupt game data. Please reboot or reinstall the game.
  • [ERR_STR_PACK_2] – Corrupt game data. Please reboot or reinstall the game.
  • [ERR_STR_PACK_1] – Game error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_STR_MOD_INFO] – Game error. Please reboot and restart the game.
  • [ERR_STR_MOD] – Corrupt game data. Please reboot or reinstall the game.
  • [ERR_STR_MISSING] – Corrupt game data. Please reboot or reinstall the game.
  • [ERR_STR_INVALID_DATA_2] – Corrupt game data. Please reboot or reinstall the game.
  • [ERR_STR_INVALID_DATA_1] – Corrupt game data. Please reboot or reinstall the game.

OK most of those errors will probably never affect most of us, if they do; they’re probably a very easy reboot fix.  I personally have been looking for fixes and so far none have worked, some claim to work, but are spam with stupid browser add-ons. I personally advise biting the bullet and re-installing the entire game, or waiting for an official response from Rockstar.

Are you experiencing any issues with your GTA V game? Did you pre-load? Which client did you use to download it? Let us know in the comments.

The Pirate Bay Has Trouble Finding Safe Harbour

The Pirate Bay has been back online for a couple of weeks now, but it has been far from smooth sailing for the site. The main problem for them is to find an ISP that actually wants to host the site.

Last Friday it went down again for 12hours and according to the Pirate Bay admin, four hosting companies have already jumped ship. TPB is currently using CloudFlare’s CDN services that will hide the real location, but Cloudflare does forward takedown notices to hosting providers and most are not very eager to have TPB as a customer.

TPB’s main goal at the moment is to bring back stability to the site after which spammers and malicious links will be dealt with as well as reopening of the registration.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing us with this information

App Utilizes Camera to Solve Math Problems Instantly

Stuck on that last piece of calculus homework? A new app has hit the scene, the PhotoMath App allows you to solve your tricky math equations instantly just by pointing your Smart Phone camera at your paper.

Back when I was in school, my teachers always told me I needed to learn basic calculations in my head  to make adult life much easier, but little did they know, phones were going to become pretty popular and mine has a nifty calculator app pre-installed. PhotoMath takes this one step further, allowing you to solve tricky algebra equations in an instant simply by pointing your phone at the equation.

Unfortuatnely, for Android users it’s apparently not going to be available until 2015 so for the mean time you’re going to have to use the old-fashioned method. If you’re an Apple user, you can start reaping the benefits right now. However, this isn’t being marketed as the be-all and end-all of math equations as we know it, PhotoMath’s statement reads:

“PhotoMath reads and solves mathematical expressions by using the camera of your mobile device in real-time. It makes math easy and simple by educating users how to solve math problems.”

Other than simply solving the problem for you, the app also spits out an explanation as to how this answer was reached in a further effort to educate the user on its processes.

There are some mixed user reviews on the iTunes page with some users complaining that the app doesn’t always pick up the whole sum, the general feeling is mediocre at best with a 3 star current rating. To give it credit, the rating sample is quite small sitting at 10 reviews, so we’re hoping that this app isn’t a ‘pie in the sky’ ideology and actually works flawlessly in application.

If you’re looking for more of an explanation into how it functions, check out their promotion video.

Image courtesy of TechCrunch

Samsung Bug in Evo 840 SSD

During the last couple of weeks, more and more reports have started to surface about problems with the Samsung 840 and Evo 840 drives. The trouble in question is extremely low speeds when reading old data, meaning data that has been written over a month ago. Freshly written files will have the same performance as the drive has advertised.

The biggest collection of information about this bug is over at the Overclock.net forums. The thread is close to 750 replies at the time of writing, and more are coming in all the time, and the thread itself started about a month ago. As more people get aware of the problem, more reports pop up all over Reddit and other user forums as well.

The HD Tach graph below illustrates the issues with these drives. The odd part for now, is that the bug only affects LBA’s that have old data associated with them. Freshly written data has the full speed. This explains very well how such a severe bug could have been hiding for so long. The good news is, it’s most likely a firmware issue and can be fixed with an simple update.

Anandtech has reached out to Samsung via phone and it seems they are both aware of it and working on a fix. Presumably the bug has been located. There’s sadly no ETA on a possible fix yet, but it’s great to see Samsung working hard to fix this issue. But then again, it is in their own interest to do so.

I am running a 1 TB Samsung Evo 840 in my personal system, so of course I had to test this out myself. I can verify that the bug is present on my drive as well. This could very well attribute to some of the lags and slow loading times I’ve been having when working with my PC. Doing a normal disk-to-disk copy of fresh data results in about 250 MB/s, which is normal for that folder. An old data copy however swings between 300 kb/s and 2.5 MB/s with peaks up to 6 MB/s. That’s not what I’d call SSD speeds.

Update September 25: Estimated time for a firmware update is set to October 15, we’ll keep you updated.

Thank you Anandtech for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of Anandtech.

iPhone6 Stock Might Be Limited upon Launch

It has come out that there might be a possible shortage, or limited amount, of available iPhone 6 upon release, as supplies to Apple are scrambling to meet the demands for the new top model of fruit.

The shortage, or rather where the problem occurred, is in the panel production for the new device. In an attempt to make the new iPhone as thin as possible, Apple only designed the display to have one layer for the background lighting. This however wasn’t enough and the display was to dim, so the engineers had to get back to work to design a new display with two layers like in the current models.

Since Apple is readying two new devices this time and at the same time is preparing for the holiday sales, stock might be limited in some areas or for a time period. These news come from two independent display manufacturer, but we never know if it originates from Apple directly to increase the hype and first-day sales.

Output is said to be back on track now and suppliers are working flat-out to make up for lost time. All three suppliers and Apple declined to comment on the news.

Thank you Reuters for providing us with this information.

EA Promises To Learn From Battlefield 4 Mistakes, Or So It Says…

The first weeks after EA launched the latest widely known massive multiplayer shooter title, Battlefield 4, it was impossible not to spot all the bugs and glitches when playing it, rendering the game unplayable and also highly unstable. It is said that it even went as far as building massive lawsuits against EA, claiming that the publisher had misled investors with their comments claiming that all was good despite knowing in advance that the game would be buggy.

There were also speculations that EA might have learnt a lesson from all of this, something which they have picked up during their recent investor call. According to EA’s Patrick Söderlund, he stated that the Battlefield 4 title was a highly complex game and that their focus to produce a highly innovative game that also delivered 60fps gameplay resulted in problems that they did not foresee. Söderlund goes on to state that he believes Battlefield 4 is a lot more stable since its launch, and that they are “taking multiple steps to evaluate what occurred and incorporate those learnings into our development process for future products, so we don’t experience the same problems again.”

“I would close on the fact that Battlefield 4 remains an amazing game with massive innovation, and we’re confident that gamers will be logging-on to play for a long time to come.” Söderlund stated.

There are also news about EA halting all future DLC for Battlefield 4 until all issues inside the current game have been dealt with (or at least the more severe ones). But what are the actual user opinions on this matter? Of course, the Battlefield 4 concept is ideal, but is the gameplay and overall experience worse that previous titles such as Battlefield 3?

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iWatch Reportedly Facing Battery, Display And Manufacturing Issues

The first wearable device that Apple is expected to unveil is a smartwatch which is commonly referred to as the iWatch. There’s no confirmation from the company that such a device exists, but the trial production of this device is underway and apparently it is plagued by a few problems. Apple is said to be debating on what screen technology to use that would work best with regards to battery life. The smartwatch is reportedly plagued with battery issues as well and the manufacturing process is reportedly hampered by poor rates.

Previous rumors suggest that Apple might use an OLED display for the iWatch, but the new report claims that the company is going back and forth on the screen technology due to battery concerns. The smartwatch is said to have a 100 mAh battery at this stage, comparable to the 105mAh battery found in the sixth generation iPod nano. Rumor has it that the battery is only able to provide power for a couple of days, while Apple is looking to expand it to four to five days at the very least.

This isn’t the first time it has been said that manufacturing issues are slowing down trial production of the iWatch. It is believed that finish treatments for the smartwatch’s body are tricky which are resulting in poor yield rates that are not up to Apple’s mark. Despite all of these issues, it is still believed that Apple will be able to launch iWatch in 2014.

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Wireless Issues In Windows 8.1 PCs Still Persist

It seems not even Windows 8.1 can escape the problem sphere everyone seems to be having lately. According to Softpedia, several users have reported limited or no Wi-Fi connectivity, a bug that previously affected Surface tablet, but now became a widespread issue also targeting PCs and other tablets.

Forums have started filling up with users reporting problems, but it appears that fixes for the problems at hand are yet to be released. Some examples of issues encountered by users can be seen below.

“Two brand new HP notebooks, and two apple computers. Upgraded the bios, rebooted, updated the NIC drivers, (as HP phone helpdesk said to do) upgraded the cisco E4200 router firmware. No matter if pc’s are set to sleep, reboot or powered off, issue happens.

It happens less on the HP notebook, but the wireless setting are the same on the other HP. Issue wasn’t as bad on Windows 8 but after 8.1 it is constantly not connecting without many tried of disconnect, reconnect, reenter the password. The router has been reset a couple times and the cable modem has been reset.”

“I ran into the same issue described in the thread. I use Windows 8.1, Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6235 (ASUS UX31A) and DLink (DIR-655) wireless router. I think it’s a combination of both Intel and Microsoft issue. None of the configuration tricks work for me (rollback driver, disable 802.11n/Bluetooth/power save, etc.).”

“I feel bad for buying new laptop and especially using windows 8. I have new dell laptop, Wi-Fi was dropping intermittent. I upgraded to windows 8.1 thinking it might fix the issue. Think what, now I can’t connect at all. I am decided to get out of Windows 8.”

Microsoft has apparently acknowledged the problem, but instead suggested only vague workarounds that do not seem to fix the issues on Windows 8.1 tablets or PCs.

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Xbox One Users Experiencing TV Motion Judder

It’s another day and yet another problem has been troubling users of the new Xbox One. One of the many new features that Microsoft have added to the console is integrating the output from a TV receiver into the front end. Mixing this with the OneGuide service, users are presented with a simplified viewing experience where everything can be done from the console. Naturally not every user is going to use a separate box, but those that do are more than likely going to have a strong interest in setting up this service.

Where the new problem has arisen is with regards to the signal that the console receives from the attached TV receiver. Most of the home entertainment systems that are available here in the UK work on a 50Hz input/ output, however Microsoft’s consoles work to the US standard of 60Hz. What this effectively means is that the Xbox and TV receiver are working to two different standards and with the Xbox running at a higher rate, there is going to be a visual indication that something is wrong.

In a similar way to the lag that gamers experience when their graphics card is put under a heavy workload in-game, Xbox One users are experiencing motion judder as repeated frames are being displayed at a higher rate than what the console is receiving. At this moment in time Microsoft are looking to work on a permanent fix for this problem (only adding to the workload they already have from the numerous other problems that have come to light), however there is only a temporary fix that tricks the console to output at 50Hz.

A reader from HDTVtest, a UK-based TV review site, has listed a guide for users to follow which defaults the One to a 50Hz output signal, thus eliminating the stuttering effect that may have been seen. In this guide, ‘kevgallacher’ instructs users to go into their screen settings, change the input to auto-detect HDMI and set the resolution to 1080p. When applying the settings, the console will ask if this display has appeared correctly and by selecting ‘no’, the console will drop the output from 60Hz down to 50Hz.

This issue is likely to affect users that are not just in the UK, however it is going to be a region specific issue; affecting only those who are in countries where broadcasts are made at 50Hz. Until Microsoft can come up for a permanent solution for this, ideally with an option being added to the system settings, this manual fix will have to do the trick.

Source: CNET

Samsung Pulls Android 4.3 Update For Galaxy S3 From The Market

Samsung launched the latest Android update last week for its Samsung Galaxy S3 series, but after it was released many users’ encountered problems and now the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update has been pulled from the market while rumors are that the Note 2 update will be delayed.

The Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update for the Samsung Galaxy S3 yesterday hit the UK and it was available for unlocked version of the device via an OTA update. Phone Review had such a device but did not update to the Android 4.3. Apparently, after checking the device again this morning, the update was gone and the Galaxy S3 notified it already had the latest software update (which was not Android 4.3 of course).

The conclusion is that the Android 4.3 update was pulled from the store for the device and could also mean that the same software will be delayed for the Galaxy Note 2 that looked ready to be released. The issues confronted by users with the Galaxy S3 running on Android 4.3 consist of the handset becoming unresponsive after the update especially the lockscreen, and battery life getting worse.

Other problems included a patchy Wi-Fi connection or the handset locking up completely needing the battery to be pulled to restart the device. Considering the handset has been sitting on Android 4.1.2 for a while now it’s a poor performance by the company when you take into account how long Android 4.3 Jelly Bean has been available.

The update had also reached some carrier versions of the handset in the UK that included O2 and Three, and you would have thought these have been pulled as well and hopefully Samsung quickly provides a fix for those that have already installed the software and commences the rollout of the update.

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