ESPN to Show Drone Racing

ESPN has often shown more than unusual choices when it comes to its schedule, with them beginning to show the DOTA 2 tournaments two years ago, even when their boss said the eSports were not a sport. In the latest change to their schedule, ESPN is looking to show drone racing within the year.

Announcing a partnership with the international drone racing association (IDRA) on Wednesday, ESPN is looking to stream drone races online starting off in August with the US National Drone Racing Championship in New York. Streamed via ESPN3 live, the footage will then be edited to a one-hour special to be streamed on one of ESPNS’s TV channels.

Unlike with other sports, drone racing can be viewed from two perspectives, both the view following the drone and the view that its pilot gets to see, provided via a first person camera mounted on the front. With ESPN also carrying the 2016 World Drone Racing Champion in Hawaii in October, ESPN accredited this uptake to the “unprecedented rise in popularity” of the event, even saying it may go alongside NASCAR and Formula 1 as the “next behemoth racing sport”.

With drone racing having its first champion courtesy of the Drone Prix that was hosted in Dubai earlier this year, drone racing contests are appearing all around the world as people look to race their drones and show off their skills as the next generation of racers!

HunieCam Studio Streams Are Now Banned on Twitch

Traditionally, quirky Japanese games remained deeply rooted in the console market and it was quite rare to see them being released for PC audiences. The reasoning behind this revolves around a number of factors including the niche Japanese PC sector, and familiarity with console development. Thankfully, this has dramatically changed in recent years and Japanese publishers are much more open to releasing unusual titles on the PC platform. Giving the consumer extra choice is always advantageous and I’m a huge fan of various genres containing Japanese games. Of course, the culture in Japan is different to the western world and some users might become baffled by the influx of “eroge” games on Steam.

Eroge games are based on a sexualized theme and as you might expect, contain nudity. There’s nothing inherently wrong with this whatsoever, and I’m pleased to see games on Steam which offer unique experiences. Unfortunately, this liberal viewpoint isn’t shared by Twitch and many adult games including Sakura Spirit, and even BMX XXX cannot be streamed by their user base. Furthermore, the company recently added HunieCam Studio streams to the prohibited list:

https://twitter.com/HuniePotDev/status/717099892427120640

So what is HunieCam Studio? Here’s a brief synopsis from the official Steam page:

“In HunieCam Studio players take control of a sleazy cam girl operation. Rake in stacks of filthy internet money and attract as many disgusting fans as you can in this fast paced, click happy and thoroughly perverted take on the business tycoon / management sim genre!” 

“Recruit cam models from an eclectic cast of cuties who have probably made some poor life choices. Manage your girls’ daily errands/activities to keep them stress-free and productive. Invest in various aspects of your business to improve functions and expand operations. Optimize your cam shows by promoting girls who match popular trends/fetishes. Abandon your morals and disappoint everybody who cares about you!”

This is a disappointing decision by Twitch although it’s not unexpected. Video games cater to different cultures and interests. As a result, it would be much better to simply allow streaming of ‘eroge’ games and use some sort of age verification. Blocking them completely seems a bit rash and hypothetical when other mainstream titles are awash with traditional violence.

How to Reach Level 100 In WOW With Just Two Dance Mats

Remember when you start that new game and with every level you unlock new abilities and gifts with every level up? With some games reaching the level cap is both exciting and also upsetting, knowing that your character will never quite be able to advance anymore? Imagine if you wanted to reach level 100 on WOW, though? Well, Rudeism has proven you can reach level 100 in wow with just two dance mats.

Taking just 5 days, 11 hours, 48 minutes and 38 seconds, Rudeism has finally completed the achievement of dancing his way to level 100. The finishing move came after a 7-hour stream, the video of which you can find below (check out from 7:70:00 to find the moment of triumph).

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Dubbed “Dancecraft”, Rudeism has been working on this achievement for around a month now. With his moves being showed off both on the dance mats and in-game, reaching the staggering level in a rather impressive form.

With people doing everything from dancing their way through the World of Warcraft landscape to beating Dark souls with nothing but a pair of Donkey Konga’s Bongo’s, the world is a weird and wonderful place.

With the new movie coming out later this year this was the perfect time for Rudeism to show off his moves and we hope that he doesn’t stop there when it comes to dancing to victory.

The Music of David Bowie to be Streamed via Skype

Earlier this year David Bowie passed away. In tribute to the legend, Michael Dorf has created a tribute show, “The Music of David Bowie”. Due to interest in the project, you could now enjoy the show via Skype for a small charitable donation.

Teaming up with both Skype and ammado, the show at Radio City Music Hall on April 1st will be streamed online across the world for all the share in the memory. With a suggested minimal donation of $20 or £15, the show will feature 18 different artists paying tribute to the man himself.

The confirmed artists for the show include:

  • MUMFORD & SONS
  • BLONDIE
  • PIXIES
  • MICHAEL STIPE
  • J MASCIS
  • RICKIE LEE JONES
  • ESPERANZA SPALDING
  • RON POPE
  • JHEREK BISCHOFF, AMANDA PALMER & ANNA CALVI W/KRONOS QUARTET
  • ANN WILSON OF HEART
  • THE ROOTS
  • THE POLYPHONIC SPREE
  • PERRY FARRELL
  • JAKOB DYLAN
  • HOLY HOLY
  • DONNY MCCASLIN GROUP W/ MARK GUILIANA, JASON LINDNER, AND TONY VISCONTI

The donations will go to a range of charities such as the Melodic Caring Project (MCP)Grammy in the SchoolsFor Music & Art named as just a few. With 100% of the proceeds going to charity, you get a great show and help an amazing cause all in the memory of a historic figure. You can find out more and contribute to the show here.

Netflix Party Lets You and Friends Watch Netflix Together In Different Rooms

Remember those times you see a really good movie on Netflix and just want to watch it with a friend? If that has ever been you, you know that sometimes you can’t be in the same room to watch Netflix every time you find something interesting to watch. In this day and age being stuck in the same room to watch a film really shouldn’t be a problem, and Netflix Party looks to solve that problem.

Netflix Party is a google Chrome extension that will let you and friends watch Netflix from two different machines. Adding synchronised video playback you never have to worry about your friend being behind or in front of you, even during those embarrassing moments when the call of nature interrupts an action scene. Alongside the playback options, Netflix Party goes so far as to add a group chat to the side of the movie, meaning that if you wanted to discuss and talk during the film without microphones disturbing your experience, the option is there to write your opinions about the plot holes and characters without disturbing the experience for everyone.

You can find the extension here, and the official site has a three-step guide on how to start using the extension which we can summarise right here.

Step 1: Install the extension
Step 2: Open a video on Netflix
Step 3: Click the NP icon to start/join a Netflix party

Simple and enjoyable, just what we like to hear.

Netflix Admits It’s Been Throttling Video for Mobile Streamers for Years

People have always been wary of companies when it comes to mobile data, with rumours T-Mobile was throttling connections for videos that weren’t signed up for their binge service. This seems to be common practise though with Netflix coming out and admitting that it’s been throttling connections for years.

Mobile data is a big topic these days, with more and more people using their phones to connect and browse the web while on the go. These matters only get bigger when people begin watching movies or streaming shows on the morning commute to work.

With companies like Netflix accounting for 35% of internet traffic, you can’t help but feel like they have a responsibility to help people out avoid the large charges that companies place on data use. Netflix admits that it has been throttling streams at 600 Kbps for mobile services, that is unless you are with Sprint and T-Mobile who Netflix state “historically those two companies have had more consumer-friendly policies”.

AT&T weren’t overly happy, releasing the following statement:

“We’re outraged to learn that Netflix is apparently throttling video for their AT&T customers without their knowledge or consent,” said Jim Cicconi, AT&T’s senior executive vice president of external and legislative affairs.”

To be fair to the company, Netflix is looking at becoming more data efficient, including the re-encoding of re-encoding of its entire media library entire media library in order to help shave off those extra Kbps that will cost you. If you think this is something new, the company stated that it has been doing this for more than 5 years in order to “protect consumers from exceeding mobile data caps”.

No matter what you think of the company, no one seems to have noticed it before (can’t have been that big a deal could it?) and they were doing it for the right reasons so I don’t see how Netflix has done anything wrong other than not inform people before regarding the process.

ASUSTOR Enhances Core Functions With New ADM 2.6 Beta

It has been about three years since ASUSTOR introduced the ADM operating system, now they’re ready with the public beta on the newest version, ADM 2.6. The new ADM version enhances a lot of core functions in the operating system and it is one well worth checking out for ASUSTOR NAS owners. Among the improvements in ADM 2. beta, we find an even better MyArchive function, advanced iSCSI LUn snapshot configuration, and a more flexible cloud storage system as well as an improved Portal experience.

One of ADM’s strongest points and one of the features that I love most on the ASUSTOR NAS is the MyArchive feature. It allows you to use internal drives in a more flexible way that allows drive ejection at basically any time. This allows you to use drives in the same way you would optical drives, only with a lot more storage capacity and the abilities that come from HDDs. That feature is better than even with ADM 2. beta as it now allows for N-1 drive bays to be assigned as MyArchive drives which mean that you can use all but the main drive for it. Further, you can now format the MyArchive drives as NTFS and HFS+ on top of EXT4 to allow for easy connection to Windows and Mac OS systems when not in use in the NAS’. Also, you can self-define tags for each disk for easier management and identification, each MyArchive drive can be configured to automatically mount on up to 20 trusted NAS devices, supports AES 256-bit encryption by password, electronic key, or physical USB device. As an ASUSTOR NAS user myself, I can say that I love every one of these new features.

MyArchive isn’t the only place that got improvements. Account management also got easier with the new ADM beta version and now includes batch-creation of user accounts, including import function from text and CSV files with integrity check. You can also create scheduled iSCSI LUN snapshots now to take regular snapshots based on specific time periods.

Along with the ADM 2.6 beta enhancements, ASUSTOR 31, 50, 51, 61, 62 and 7 series users can also upgrade to the ASUSTOR Portal beta and URL-Pack, allowing them to stream from even more popular media sites. There’s a newly added hardware accelerated Chromium browser next to Crome, you get smooth streaming of YouTube 1080p videos, and can stream from sites such as Iqiyi, Sohu, Tudou, Youku, Vimeo, MetaCafe, US Stream, Crunchyroll, and Vudu directly on your TV.

You can find all the detailed information about the ADM 2.6 Beta program on the official minisite or just go ahead and upgrade your NAS right away. Keep in mind tho, this is a beta version, so there could be possible bugs.

ADM 2.6 beta Update Highlights

  • Upgrades the GNU C library from eglibc 2.13 to glibc 2.22
  • Upgrades the Linux kernel for AS50/51/70 devices to the latest 4.1 long-term support version
  • Increases supported MyArchive bay number to N-1
  • Adds NTFS, HFS+ support for MyArchive disks
  • Supports AES-256-bit encryption for MyArchive disks (in EXT4 format only)
  • Supports batch creation and importation of ADM accounts
  • Supports scheduled iSCSI LUN snapshots
  • Supports intermediate certificate importation
  • Supports hardware accelerated Chromium for optimized YouTube performance
  • Adds URL-pack app to offer more popular streaming video websites

Latest Pokémon Games to be Revealed Soon?

If you hadn’t been living under a rock since the new year then you probably know that the popular series, Pokémon, will be celebrating their 20th anniversary this year. With everything from card games and video games, to board games and cartoons, the series has gone from strength to strength with children and adults alike wanting to catch them all. Soon though you may have to catch a few more as Nintendo are looking to celebrate the anniversary with a bang!

On February 26th, the day that Pokémon turns 20, Nintendo will be celebrating with a Pokémon direct, a video stream where people all over will be able to join in the celebrations to enjoy the anniversary. This would be a big deal, but the event is overshadowed by a find from Nerdleaks who have managed to unearth two trademarks for what we can only assume to be the latest Pokémon games.

With Red, Blue and Yellow being released for download, you could soon find yourself running to catch the latest game in the series along with even more of the little pocket monsters. The two names revealed so far are Pokémon Moon and Pokémon Sun, drawing on Nintendos history of opposites with unique twists and Pokémon in each game.

With the stream starting at 3PM GMT on their Twitch channel or the Nintendo Direct Website, what other mysteries and gifts will we get to celebrate with Pikachu?

New OCZ Gaming Site Supports Streamers and Gamers

OCZ is no stranger in the world of gaming and computers with their strong portfolio of solid state drives and it is this group that is partially responsible for OCZ’s success, simply by buying their products. OCZ wants to give back to those and have launched a new mini-site dedicated to gamers and streamers.

The new mini-site is simply called OCZ Gaming and the slogan “what moves me”. The answer to that is without a doubt gaming for a lot of our readers, which makes it worth to check this site out. Especially if you are a Twitch streamer that doesn’t have an SSD sponsor yet.

OCZ has started a streamer sponsor program and best of all, it is real easy to sign up and apply for it. There is but one rule really, you can’t have an SSD sponsor from another company. That’s fair, right? There are four different sponsor tiers that will give different awards starting from a single OCZ Vector 180 SSD and to a lot more. There are some details on what has to be fulfilled for each of the tiers, but it is definitely worth checking out if you are a Twitch game-streamer. All you need to do to apply is to fill out a little form on the OCZ Gamers mini-site.

On the OCZ Gaming site, you’ll also find videos with system builds and wallpapers for your desktop to show off your OCZ pride. There are contests and giveaways too as well SSD guides so you pick the right drive for your setup.

A big part of PC gaming is located around the Steam platform, there is no getting around that. To meet the gamers where they are, OCZ also launched a Steam Group. The group already has over 1200 members, so it is off to a very good start.

Annual Speedrun Marathon for Charity AGDQ 2016 Starts Today

An event for the calendars for the many speedrunning and video game fans out there, Awesome Games Done Quick, or AGDQ as it is often known is kicking off its 2016 event today at 4:30 PM GMT or 11:30 AM EST. AGDQ 2016 will be kicking off with Splatoon and continue to run, non-stop until next Sunday, when the marathon will wind down with Super Metroid and Final Fantasy IV runs. All money received during the marathon (as well as through Twitch subscriptions) will be donated to the Prevent Cancer Foundation, and will be hoping to break last year’s record of over 1.5 million dollars raised.

For those not in the loop, “Games Done Quick” are a number of collaboration events run by Speed Demos Archive, which have been running since 2010. Since then, Games Done Quick has grown to run at least two events annually, Awesome Games Done Quick in January and Summer Games Done Quick in August, each event focusing on the Prevent Cancer Foundation and Doctors Without Borders respectively.

These are also great community events, bringing together over 100 speedrunners and countless more watchers and staff to celebrate the breaking of games old and new for the sake of charity. Additionally, the GDQ events are streamed live on twitch through the gamesdonequick channel. This also gives publicity to the many speedrunners that make up the event and entertains thousands of fans worldwide (while also ruining their sleep schedule and work productivity).

If you’re not the kind of person who wants to commit to watching speedruns 24/7, the schedule for AGDQ 2016 can be found here. Whether you’re a long-time fan of speedrunning and the GDQ events or this is your first time watching, please let us know what runs you’re most hyped for in the comments below. I’m personally looking forward to the Punch Out games, after AGDQ 2014, where Sinister1 got a personal best time live, while blindfolded.

QNAP’s HD Station Just Got Better With JRiver Media Center Support

QNAP continues to improve the experience for their customers and the newest incentive is an upgrade to the HybdridDesk Station 3.0 app that now comes with integrated support for the renowned JRiver Media Center and thereby provides even more options and choices for the users when it comes to their media experience.

The HybridDesk Station, for those who don’t already know it, is a combination of technologies that allows you to use your NAS unit as a PC by simply attaching a keyboard, mouse and HDMI monitor to it. Among others, it uses multimedia transcoding, Virtual Machine (VM) integration, cloud integration, NAS connection technologies, and more.

JRiver Media Center is perfect to manage a large library of media files and even multiple media servers within the same network. The media center features cover art and metadata art to make the management easier and users can use the powerful media player for flawless direct-streaming of every multimedia format as well as multi-zone multimedia streaming.

JRiver Media Center doesn’t just stream video, you can also use it to record directly with yourself. It also covers music and files besides the motion picture features. It has functions such as equalizer, tempo, pitch, and sample rate available to satisfy audiophiles’ tastes too.

The HD Station 3.0 is supported by QNAP’s TS-x51, TS-x51+, HS-251/251+, TS-x53 Pro, TVS-x63, TVS-x71, TVS-871T, TS/TVS-x80, TS-x70 and TS-x79 series with QTS 4.2.0 or above firmware.

Amazon Fire Can Talk to Your Home and Listen to You

It would seem Amazon keep expanding on their technology, from the Kindle to the Echo, they produce more and more technologies that we now feel we need, that we never even considered before. The next one has a simple and nice name, Alexa, and she’s looking forward to helping you get your house straight.

Alexa is available on Amazon Fire devices running version 5 (and Fire TV Sticks running Fire OS 5.0.3) and higher. Alexa is a system designed to allow you to voice control your connected home systems.

From playing your prime music stations to playing your music collection, even your audible books. You can even re-order items, so remember that pet food and supplements you order? Why not re-order more in a single sentence?

You can even use Alexa to create your shopping lists, check your calendar or toggle your home devices.

Imagine sitting down to watch a movie and realising the lights are a little too bright, one sentence later the lights have dimmed to that of a cinema and with another sentence, your movie begins and you enjoy your popcorn in comfort having never left your seat.

At £79.99 for the TV box or £34.99 for the Fire TV Stick, you could soon be streaming all your favourite videos and streaming services without ever having to leave your chair. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

ISP’s in Germany Can be Ordered to Block Piracy Websites

ISP’s are the ones responsible for giving the public access to the world wide web and everything that you can find on it. The problem with the public having access to everything is that sometimes they give access to things which they shouldn’t, a game or a movie or sometimes just designs for things which haven’t even been created. Piracy online is the concept that you either host or copy something that you don’t own, have the rights to use or the permission to run. Germany has had enough though and its supreme court has said that maybe you shouldn’t be able to access that material online.

In a recent ruling, the supreme court has ruled that ISP’s can be required to block sites if they meet two conditions first. The first condition is that the person requesting the block must have explored alternative options, this can be anything from contacting the person that uploaded the material to contacting the site that hosts the material.

The second option is that the site can only be blocked if “on balance” they are deemed to have more illegal than legal content, this means that if someone uploads one bad file to your system the chance that your system will be blocked is small.

More and more countries are making moves like this, from tracking down illegal uploaders to blocking off people’s access to the materials, where do you stand on this question. Should we be given free reign of the internet and the people who are illegally uploading materials targeted or should the people who download and use the materials illegally be acceptable targets for legal action as well?

CS:GO Gets TV Spot On Fox Sports 1

E-sports are becoming more and more of a publicly known event, it used to be that players would gather around with their friends and watch their teams fight out through their web browser. There have been documentaries about e-sports in the cinema and now tournaments are also backed by crowd funding events, making their prices and people’s interest in the events seem to grow day by day. Now it would seem that you may soon be able to watch your favourite teams fight out on your TV.

Fox Sports, one of the main broadcasters of sports in Australia, have hidden in their schedule a slot for none other than the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament that starts on Tuesday. While it is common for e-sports to have some representation in the media, it will be the first time that Counter-Strike matches have been shown in full, and not just in a highlight reel, on TV.

With international tournaments picking up speed, with games like Heroes of the Storm and Smite joining the likes of Counter-Strike, League of Legends and Dota with large prize pools and even larger audiences, could you soon see a mainstream channel dedicated to all of your favorite e-sports games?

Thank you Kotaku for the information.

Elgato Demonstrates HD60 Pro Game Capture Card

The times where online streaming was reserved for a few selected people is long gone and there are millions of gamers out there that stream their gameplay every day. Today, Elgato Gaming took live streaming of gameplay to the next level with the announcement of the new Game Capture HD60 Pro.

The HD60 Pro is built around a high-speed PCIe interface and it enables live streaming in flawless quality with near zero latency. It also comes with a powerful encoder chip directly on the card that allows the HD60 Pro to save a full resolution 1080p video with 60fps. There is no need to choose whether you want to use your power to stream or record, the HD60 Pro does both without breaking into a sweat.

The Elgato Game Capture HD60 Pro can stream and record your Xbox, PlayStation, or Wii U gameplay just as well as any other HDMI signal. The new Instant Gameview feature delivers video directly to your preview screen with superior low latency technology, ensuring that in game video is perfectly in sync with your webcam reactions and audio commentary. Thanks to Master Copy, you can stream and record at the same time without compromising on the quality of your broadcast or recorded footage. Even while streaming live in 720p60 quality you can save a full resolution 1080p60 recording, with separate tracks of your webcam and live commentary.

With the purchase, you get a 2 meter long HDMI cable as well as a low profile bracket for those who wish to use it in an SFF chassis. The card does require a fair system with Windows 7 SP1 (or later), a 2nd generation Intel Core i5 CPU (i5-2xxx or comparable), a PCIe x1/x4/x8/x16 slot, 4GB RAM, and an internet connection. Stream Command requires a 2nd generation Intel Core i7 CPU (i7-2xxx or comparable).

Game Capture HD60 Pro is available online from Elgato and Amazon now for $199.95. The UK price is set to £159.95.

Yahoo Pays NFL to Stream a Regular-Season Game for Free

On Wednesday, Yahoo announced a partnership with the NFL to stream a regular-season football game across the globe for free.

The game between the Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars will take place on October 25 in London and will also air “exclusively” on Yahoo’s Web and app platforms across the globe, with the exception of the teams’ local TV affiliates—meaning that no cable or satellite network, including paid services like DirecTV Sunday Ticket, will air the game. Yahoo will rely on a CBS crew to produce the broadcast, but have not released any more information.

ArsTechnica reported:

“This confirms the news that was released in early March about plans to globally stream the contest though, at the time, neither a provider nor any possible price had been confirmed. A Sports Illustrated report on the announcement claimed that other potential bidders for the digital rights had been turned down due to their desire to attach a pay-per-view charge to the match; meanwhile, an NFL spokesperson told Sports Business Daily that the league had reached out to companies like Google, Amazon, and Apple before signing on with Yahoo.

The news comes following the NFL’s March decision to loosen its decades-old rules about blacking out local game broadcasts due to poor ticket sales, noting at the time that the league didn’t black out a single 2014-15 game.”

Yahoo has also posted:

“For the first time in NFL history, anyone with an internet connection can tune in, exclusively on Yahoo, from anywhere to watch a live football game for free. Whether you’re on your phone, tablet, laptop, console or connected device — we’ve got you covered.”

Could this be the return of free sports streaming? I certainly hope so!

Thank you to CNN for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of Askmen.com

Diamond Wireless Video Stream HD 1080P HDMI Review

Introduction


A great desktop or AV setup should simply work, with as few controls needed as possible, as few cables as needed, so that you can power it up and get on with the work or entertainment you desire, with as few problems as possible. Whether you’re wanting to take your work and throw it up on the big screen for a presentation, send your video output to a projector, take the movie or website you’re working with from your desktop to the living room, it doesn’t matter, you just want to be able to do it in a few simple clicks. The Diamond wireless display transmitter is one device that promises to be able to let you do just that, but is it any good?

“Wirelessly stream HD video and internet content to your HDTV. Now you can enjoy your home computer content and stream movies from sites like Hulu®, Netflix®, Boxee®, iTunes® and YouTube® from the comfort of your own living room. There is no need to buy bulky set top boxes that limit what you can watch. Simply connect your PC to your high definition television and watch quality digital content supporting 1080p resolution. It’s your TV and your PC wirelessly!”

I’ve had a little experience with wireless display technology in the past and it was woefully inefficient. There were lag issues, display quality problems, stutter, range issues, resolution limitations and more. However, that was a fair few years ago and wireless technology has improved greatly since then, so I’m eager to see how this device holds up.

  • Watch ANYTHING from your PC or laptop on a large flat panel TV
  • Simple and Easy installation
  • Supports 1080p Full HD
  • 5.1 Digital Audio
  • 3.5 MM 2 Channel Stereo
  • MULTITASKING – Watch TV while working on your PC or laptop
  • Stream presentations wirelessly to your HDMI or VGA projector
  • Stream photos, music library or Internet radio from your PC or laptop to your HDTV home theater
  • Up to 30 foot range
  • HDMI cable included

In the box, you’ll find everything you need to get you started. The power cable, a USB transmitter, the receiver box and a HDMI cable.

The USB adaptor is simple enough and will connect to your computer easily enough, the higher and more insight of the transmitter you can get it, the better.

The receiver box is nice and compact, a lot smaller than most streaming devices and it shouldn’t be hard to integrate into your home entertainment setup, or pop next to a device such as a projector. It’s also small enough that you could keep it stored in your laptop bag. On the end, you’ll find a VGA port, great for keeping it compatible with older projectors and displays.

Down the other side, you’ve got a power input port, Mini-USB, HDMI (1080p and 5.1 Digital Audio support) and a 3.5mm jack for external 2 channel audio.

Two indicator lights on one end, to show signal and power.

The aerial can be moved to help you find an optimal signal.

It can also be removed should you need to and it features a standard WiFi antenna port, so you may even be able to add your own aerial if you really wanted to, or simply replace it should you break the original.

Twitch Streamer Uses Xbox Rock Band Guitar on Bloodborn

What do you get when you mix a Xbox 360 Rock Band 1 Guitar controller with a PS4 version of Bloodborne? Well, a bit of a headache getting it to work at first, but eventually an epic ‘Guitarborne’ gameplay video, as Twitch streamer bearzly names it.

It looks like the guy really has some crazy ideas up his sleeves, but at the same time, they are most entertaining to watch. Also, the Guitarborne stream is not his first, according to his Twitch profile. He has performed many ‘terrible controllers’ runs of different games, but mostly Dark Souls, as he states he is a huge fan of the Souls series.

Aside from his latest Guitarborne video, he appears to have made a Drum Borne (drum controller), piano controller, one finger, Wiimote & Nunchucks and Bongo Souls (bongo controller) videos. Other videos he has in the planning stages include controllers such as the DDR Pad, Maracas, Katana, N64, SNES, Powerglove and Kinect.

Twitch users can also suggest him other crazy controllers and have him try to make an epic video out of them. At present, the hardest controller he used to play on and stream with is the piano Rock Band 3 controller, experiencing a lot of problems with running straight on the thing. Still, the videos are epic!

Watch some of his videos, including the Guitarborne one, below:

If you want to watch more of his videos, head on over to his Twitch profile. What do you think? Have any crazy controller ideas in mind?

Image courtesy of IGN

Oddworld: Abe’s Exoddus Remake Is a Go!

On the heels of the success of Abe’s Oddysee New ‘n’ Tasty has had with the recent release Oddworld Inhabitants is greenlighting a remake of Abe’s Exodus. There is no current ETA though, just the promise of a great game to come.

The remake of Abe’s Exodus is thanks to fans who voted for that game to be done next if “Abe’s Oddysee New ‘n’ Tasty” was any good. The news was revealed by Lorne Lanning, Oddworld Inhabitants’ co-founder and president who appeared on The Kinda Funny Games stream on Twitch. They talk a lot about how much of an influence that the community around the Oddworld games has made with the series. The whole episode is a very interesting watch and I would highly recommend watching it, as Lorne makes a hell of a talk show guest and has a lot of good insights.

The Oddworld games started with Abe’s Oddysee, which came out in 1997 on the Sony Playstation and PC platforms. Abe’s Oddysee New ‘n’ Tasty is a full ground-up remake of Abe’s Oddysee, that is much more than a simple HD remastering of the game according to our recent review.


Watch live video from KindaFunnyGames on Twitch

Thank you DSO for providing us with this information.

Microsoft Xbox One Price Drop Now Official

Have you postponed your Xbox upgrade lately? Well, its high time to get your shopping mood on! It seems Microsoft has just lowered its Xbox One price to £299.99 on its official Xbox One store in the UK.

There have been quite a few deals for the Xbox One on the UK market lately, the latest one coming from Asda and its Xbox One console bundle at just £249. However, the company now seems to be officially lowering the price tag below the £300, which in turn indicates that more attractive deals are on their way.

The Redmond giant is also teasing with future exclusive releases for its console on its webpage, including blockbusters such as Halo 5: Guardians, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Forza Motorsport 6, Fable Legends, and Quantum Break, all due to arrive late this year.

“There’s only one place to play the best exclusives and biggest blockbusters this year, like Halo 5: Guardians, Rise of the Tomb Raider, and Forza Motorsport 6. Experience the most advanced multiplayer on Xbox Live, powered by hundreds of thousands of servers that maximize performance. Quickly switch between games, live TV, and apps. And instantly resume your game where you left off.”

In addition to the latter, Microsoft is taking the opportunity to brag about its cross-platform gaming supports, stating that its console is “the only one where you can connect with friends and play across Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs”.

Additional technologies are also highlighted in the ad, such as the instant resume, the ability to stream Xbox One games to Windows 10 PCs or tables in your home, “the industry leading controller and revolutionary Kinect technology” and even its ability to provide users with constant features and enhancements.

Nevertheless, Microsoft has actually brought a sweet deal on the table and more are yet to come from retailers all around the UK. A similar approach has been made on the US market not too long ago, indicating that the price drop might not actually be for a limited time only.

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Did BBC Just Release 10 Episodes of Doctor Who on BitTorrent?

BBC has been known to be very helpful in providing access to the latest Doctor Who content in the past. Even so, the company seems to take its content to a whole new level of sharing.

10 episodes of the most recent season have been made available via BitTorrent. Now we know that ‘free’ associated with the word ‘torrent’ means a whole different thing on the internet, but BBC appears to embrace the latest content sharing technique regardless of its never-ending debates.

The episodes are said to come with a short intro video featuring the new Doctor, Peter Capaldi, as well as a preview of the first instalment, namely ‘Rose’. Fans who desire to get more than that need to pay $12 to get the rest.

There is no mention regarding their quality, but looking at the previews, it seems to be quite high. The episodes can be streamed directly or downloaded to be viewed offline from here.

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Facebook Reveal Huge Drone Prototype for Internet Services

With many parts of the world still without internet, Facebook have been working hard on finding cool and innovative ways to get people connected, no matter where they are in the world. This goes as far as satellite technology, standard broadband connections and now, drones.  While the technology is still in its early stages, these prototype drones as seen in the picture above, are solar-powered and capable of beaming internet data back and forth from users to other ground stations and satellites.

Below you can see how they worked to create the crafts wings, with Facebook saying they drones will be huge, with the wingspan of a 737 and the weight of a car, which is pretty light given their size, but these things have been designed to stay in the air for a very long time between stops.

For those with poor internet connections, this is really cool. For places with no internet, these drones could be deployed on a short or even a long-term basis to create a high-speed connection where ever and when ever they’re needed!

Check out the rest of our F8 coverage here.

 

Facebook AI – How It Will Effect The Content You Consume

AI is a big focus for companies like Facebook. Every time you load your news feed, some kind of algorithm is working hard to curate the best content for you. Have your closest friends shared a video of their holiday that you would like, does your favourite brand have a promotion that would be interesting to you, is there a viral video clip that’s suited to your interests. One way Facebook is looking to improve this system is with the use of a neural net AI, that can scan not only images, but also video content and text, detect what kind of content is featured and categorize it to serve it up in the news feed, on other websites and even respond to natural questions and searches based around the information it has learnt.

To demonstrate this, Facebook’s team taught the AI how to detect hundreds of different sports just by showing it a short clip. It was able to pick them out and categorise them, which could help improve upon the current and rather limited tag based system we use for videos.

A further demonstration involved showing the system the books of Lord of the Rings. The AI generated a short interpretation of the events of the story and in the real-time demo, they were able to ask questions about what happened, such as “where was the ring before it was destroyed?” and “where if Frodo now?” and the system responded correctly. This could have a huge impact on the way we navigate content and conduct searches on websites; I’m looking forward to seeing how this platform develops.

Check out the rest of our F8 coverage here.

Apple Posts Live Stream For March 9th Event

Apple will be live streaming their event on Monday, 9th March. Titled “Spring forward”, the presentation is expected to focus on the upcoming Apple Watch. The event starts at 10am PDT, which is 5pm GMT.

We expect to see a number of new details, perhaps new features that are included with the Apple Watch. The company has been limited in the information it has shared regarding the device since its debut in September last year. Since then it has apparently been under continued development, with Apple readying the software and hardware ready for release. A number of rumours have suggested that the company has been working on improving the device’s battery life, with the only official information suggesting that it will need to be charged nightly.

Besides the watch, the company is rumoured to be introducing a new MacBook Air, perhaps with a radical redesign. Either watch live here or keep your eye on eTeknix on March 9th to find out.

Source: Apple

Razer Forge Brings a New Level of Gaming to the Living Room

Razer announced the Razer Forge TV earlier last year but didn’t really reveal too many details other than it being an Android-based system designed for the living room. During CES, we got all the latest details of this high-performance Android TV micro-console that will bring both hardcore PC gaming and Android gaming into the living room. The new gaming ecosystem consists of the Razer Forge TV micro-console, Razer Cortex: Stream software and two Bluetooth peripherals, the Razer Serval, and the Razer Turret.

The quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, and 16GB Flash storage inside the console should be enough to enjoy all the games you can find in the Google Play store on the big screen, and with up to four players. The Serval controller seen above is a Bluetooth gaming controller with four action buttons, two thumb sticks, trigger, and bumper buttons, but also comes with a phone clip to directly attach a mobile device. It can remember four device pairings, making it easy to switch between devices as well as having Android control buttons.

The Razer Cortex game launcher will be getting a streaming feature during spring time this year. That in return will provide ultra-low latency PC gaming with up to full HD resolution on the new console. It is compatible with any DirectX 9 and above software and works with both Nvidia and AMD graphics cards. No need to build an extra gaming PC for the living room anymore and no limitations like on the Nvidia Shield that only works with Nvidia GPUs.

But a game controller might not be the best choice for every game, actually it’s only good for very few when looking from a PC gamers point of view. Razer of course knows this and created the Turret, a wireless gaming mouse, lapboard, and keyboard unit. You’ll get a full gaming keyboard with anti-ghosting, a magnetic board that prevents the mouse from sliding down and a 3500 DPU ambidextrous mouse. The whole thing connects wireless via Bluetooth 4.0 LE or Wireless 2.4GHz to ensure lag-free gameplay as well as keep up compatibility with as many devices as possible.

“Razer Forge TV is a device that is able to bring together the most popular elements of an entertainment center,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO. “It powers popular music and movie apps and plays Android TV games that an entire family can enjoy. For the hardcore gaming audience, it will bring PC gaming to the couch. Razer Forge TV is what we see as the future of consoles.”

Specifications:

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 805
  • Quad-Core Krait 450 CPU – 2.5 GHz per core
  • Adreno 420 GPU
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 16 GB storage
  • Bluetooth 4.1 + HS
  • Wireless 802.11ac 2X2
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • USB 3.0
  • HDMI 1.4 output
  • DC Power
  • 105 mm Width x 105 mm Depth x 17 mm Height

The console will be available for €99.99 or in a combination with the game controller for €149.99. The Serval controller will set you back €79.99 on its own and you’ll have to spend €129.99 for the Razer Turret lap-keyboard. The software is free if you buy any of these devices, otherwise it will set you back €34.99. Availability for all is set to Q1 2015, so the wait won’t be long.

Thanks to Razer for providing us with this information

HP Announces Mini PC With Just 32GB Storage

Hard drives with ridiculous amounts of storage have become cheap these days, really cheap. Many low-end desktops and laptops now come with 500GB+. So why has HP just unveiled a machine with only 32GB of storage at CES? Because they want to make things even cheaper. Using the cloud.

The Stream mini costs only $180 and is designed to be a full-fledged Windows-based desktop PC. The machine comes with a low-end Celeron processor and 2GB RAM. It also comes with that exceptionally low 32GB of storage. However, it is worth mentioning that it also comes with a two-year subscription to the OneDrive cloud service, giving users 200GB up in the cloud. It also only uses 45 watts of power, which is less power consumed than that of most lightbulbs.

This little machine, with such low specs and only 2 USB ports, seems to be a big bet on HPs part on the usefulness of cloud computing. We’ve seen it with Chromebooks – machines that use an OS that is effectively designed for the cloud, but never on a desktop PC running Windows. It’ll be interesting to see if this works.

HP isn’t risking everything on this though, there’s a version of the machine just called ‘Stream’ that carries a much more appropriate 500GB, perhaps the company’s strategy just in-case nobody’s comfortable with so little local storage.

Source: The Verge

‘Serial’ Becomes a World-Class Podcast

The popular podcast was born ‘Serial‘ as a user report of a lengthy criminal investigation. In 1999, a school girl was murdered with her ex-boyfriend being sent to jail for the crime. Dedicated to the cause, Serial is still analyzing this case on a week-by-week basis and has become of one of the most downloaded podcasts available online.

Based around the accused, Adnan Syed, Serial explains of his life sentence which is currently being serves in Maryland correctional facility for the murder of his ex-girlfriend, Haw Min Lee. After a lengthy search for her body, it was established that her murder was conducted on the 13th of January, 1999. The Serial podcast was kicked off by Sarah Koeing, a journalist who was asked by a family friend to look at the case at hand – later becoming her obsession and turning into a weekly podcast for her to share her thoughts, discoveries and theories.

15 years since her tragic death, we’re now eight episodes into the series -which became the fastest podcast to hit 5 million downloads and streams on iTunes in history. Serial is now ranked one of the top offerings among iTunes’ 285,000 podcasts and 9.2 million episodes currently available for the consumer.

Podcasts are an ‘old technology’ that seemingly still has it place in our society – much alike radio. Whether you’re sitting on the train or driving to work, there’s no easy way you can sit down and watch a TV – so why not load up an interesting cast? we’ve heard that Serial will provide you with much better entertainment that your general murder-mystery fictional series, providing the listener with a connection to the people, places and things that occur within.

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