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WATCH: Age of Empires IV is announced 21 Aug 2017, 10:33 pm
Microsoft today released an announce trailer for Age of Empires IV as we approach the 20 year anniversary of the release of the original title in the franchise.
The cinematic trailer takes the user through the ages but doesn't confirm much about the game at all. For now, all we really know is that Age of Empires IV is coming and is being developed by Relic Entertainment (Company of Heroes, Warhammer, Homeworld).
It has been 12 years since a major release in the Age of Empires series and it's likely to be some time before Age of Empires IV is available to buy. In the meantime, Microsoft will be releasing Age of Empires: Definitive Edition on October 19, the 20th anniversary of the original Age of Emprires.
Here is the trailer released by Microsoft, and a second video showcasing the history of the iconic franchise.
Court injunction targets Mayweather vs. McGregor piracy 21 Aug 2017, 10:16 pm
Preemptive action from a U.S. court aims to stifle illegal unauthorized streams of the hotly-anticipated fight between Floyd Mayweather Jnr and Conor McGregor this weekend.
The upcoming bout between the undefeated Mayweather, and UFC star Conor McGregor, has generated phenomenal interest. As such, Showtime is concerned about a loss in revenue from pay-per-view receipts due to the availability of unauthorized streams on the web.
The premium cable and satellite network went to court seeking an injunction against several websites that are advertising the bout ahead of the weekend. United States District Judge André Birotte Jr. approved a preliminary injunction forbidding the site's operators from providing illegal streams. The injunction is valid until August 28.
All of the domains affected appear to be associated with LiveStreamHDQ, according to TorrentFreak. Showtime has clashed with LiveStreamHDQ's operator, Kopa Mayweather, in the past.
Given the high profile nature of the fight, it is likely that a very wide range of sites will offer illegal streams through browsers, while others will be available through P2P streaming (Acestream etc.) and by other means. The unauthorized streaming of sports events has come to the forefront in recent months around the world. In the UK, efforts are underway to block illegal streams of Premier League football matches during the games, for example.
Google introduces Android 8.0 Oreo 21 Aug 2017, 10:03 pm
The next iteration of the Android mobile operation system is called Oreo, Google has revealed.
It promises that Android 8.0 Oreo improves speed, performance, security and introduces several new useful features. Oreo will feature much faster boot speeds (up to twice as fast on Pixel, Google claims) and brings Autifill, which will remember logins and other information with your permission to make things more convenient.
On the security side, Settings now puts Security front and center. Additionally, Oreo brings tighter app install controls, and has Google Play Protect built-in. To alleviate charge concerns, Android Oreo minimizes unintentional overuse of battery from apps in the background.
Picture-in-Picture is a useful new addition that allows you to see two apps at once, so you can, for example, check your schedule while being on a video call without having to swap apps. Notification dots let you tap to see what's new in your apps, meaning you can view notifications only for priority apps.
Oreo also features built-in support for Android Instant Apps, letting you check out new apps without having to install them, and also features a team of fully-redesigned emojis.
'Ban the Killer Robots', warns AI and robotics experts 21 Aug 2017, 8:58 am
More than 100 robotics and AI experts, along with heads of tech companies in the field, have signed a letter urging the UN to prevent the use of AI in lethal weaponry.
Signatories include billionaire Elon Musk, and Mustafa Suleyman, the founder of Google's DeepMind. It specifically warns about a forthcoming third revolution in warfare with the development of robotics and artificial intelligence.
"Once developed, they will permit armed conflict to be fought at a scale greater than ever, and at timescales faster than humans can comprehend," the letter reads.
"These can be weapons of terror, weapons that despots and terrorists use against innocent populations, and weapons hacked to behave in undesirable ways."
They are calling for the inclusion of "morally wrong" technology in the list of weapons banned under the UN Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW).
The fear is the development of fully autonomous weapons that can select and engage targets without any human oversight once deployed. While no such weapons are known to exist now, developments in robotics, drone technology and AI makes their eventual development inevitable.
Vive VR headset gets $200 price cut 21 Aug 2017, 8:46 am
HTC has permanently cut the price of the Vive VR headset by $200, bringing it closer to the cost of hardware from rival Oculus.
That brings the cost of the Vive headset down to $599, which is still $100 more expensive than Oculus Rift & Touch. It also includes Google Tilt Brush, Everest VR, Richie's Plank Experience, and 1-month free access to VIVEPORT Subscription.
It was only a matter of time before HTC would cut the cost of Vive following cost cuts by rival Oculus. Consumers have been choosing between two similar VR systems but with a $300 difference on the price tag.
According to Engadget, HTC said that the cost cut is not aimed at clearing inventory, so it's unlikely that HTC is preparing to unveil any new hardware.
More info: Vive
Xbox One X Scorpio Edition available for pre-order 21 Aug 2017, 8:33 am
Microsoft has made a limited Xbox One X Scorpio Edition available for pre-order ahead of the launch of the revamped console.
The Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition features a custom design with "Project Scorpio" printed on the console and the controller. Additionally, it also comes with an exclusive vertical stand so you can choose how to display it in your home.
With only a limited number available, the only way to buy one new is through the pre-order through Microsoft's store, Best Buy and Amazon. It is available for $499 while stocks last.
In the box: Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition 1TB Console, Project Scorpio Edition Wireless Controller, Xbox One X Vertical Stand, 1-month Game Pass subscription trial, 14-day Xbox Live Gold trial, HDMI cable (4K capable), and AC Power cable.
Reddit now hosts videos too 21 Aug 2017, 4:41 am
Reddit has launched its own video hosting service for its millions of users, cutting out the need for separate third party uploads.
The user-driven, community-based content sharing site added the ability for users to upload GIFs and images last year too. Up until that point, Redditors had to rely on third-party services like Imgur for content uploads and some communities (subreddits) still largely do choose third party options.
Most videos shared through reddit have typically been hosted on popular platforms like YouTube and Streamable, but now Reddit is launching its own video hosting service to cut out the third party, and open up a new potentially lucrative ad-revenue source.
Reddit said that the need for users to upload content to third-party services inhibited their abilities to share quickly and easily, and that the new hosting is intended to streamline the process from video capture straight to upload.
Not all communities (subreddits) will be able to use the service however, as Reddit wants to stick to content that isn't infringing or unsuitable for a family audience. Reddit has a large number of adult-themed subreddits and sports communities that often share highlights and content without permission.
Source: BBC News
Courts order ISPs to block 59 piracy websites 21 Aug 2017, 4:39 am
Judges have ordered ISPs to block a list of 59 websites that provide access to pirated movies and TV show content.
Two seperate orders from courts in Australia obliges Internet Services Providers to block a total of 59 websites and 127 domain names. In one case, based on a complaint from Roadshow, a judge ordered ISPs to block 42 websites, while in a second case brought by Foxtel, a further 17 blocks were mandated.
The list of websites includes popular sources for unauthorized streams, including PrimeWire, Project Free TV, Watch Servies and PutLocker, which can blocked based on legislation passed in 2015.
"This is a historic moment for Australia to have what is effectively 95% of the criminal trade blocked," Graham Burke, co-chief of Village Roadshow, and also the head of Creative Content Australia, said. "The thieves who run pirate sites contribute nothing to Australia -- they employ no one and pay no taxes here. Of the enormous profits they earn, not one cent goes back to the original creators of the content."
Creative Content has threatened to sue pirates in Australia later this year.
Microsoft lists games enhanced by Xbox One X 21 Aug 2017, 4:36 am
Microsoft has shared a list of game titles that will be visually enhanced by the Xbox One X console, due to be released in November.
The Redmond giant has released details about game enhancements with the upcoming Xbox One X over the past few months. On Sunday, Xbox' Major Nelson dropped a list that includes newer titles from Microsoft's own studio but also from third-party and Indie developers.
The list - which will be updated continuously - does not detail exactly what kind of enhancements to expect per title, and not all listed games will be enhanced by Xbox One X on launch day, which is November 8.
Still, the list gives us an idea of what to expect when it comes to Xbox One X enhancements.
- A Plague Tale: Innocence
- ARK: Survival Evolved (Game Preview)
- Assassin's Creed Origins
- ASTRONEER (Game Preview)
- Black Desert
- Chess Ultra
- CODE VEIN
- Conan Exiles
- Crackdown 3
- Danger Zone
- Dark and Light
- Darksiders III
- Dead Rising 4
- Deep Rock Galactic
- Diablo III: Reaper of Souls – Ultimate Evil Edition
- Dishonored 2
- Dishonored: Death of the Outsider
- Disneyland Adventures
- Dovetail Games Euro Fishing
- DRAGON BALL Fighter Z
- Dynasty Warriors 9
- EA SPORTS FIFA 18
- Elite: Dangerous
- F1 2017
- Fable Fortune
- Fallout 4
- Farming Simulator 17
- Final Fantasy XV
- For Honor
- Forza Horizon 3
- Forza Motorsport 7
- Gears of War 4
- Halo 5: Guardians
- Halo Wars 2
- Hand of Fate 2
- Hello Neighbor
- Homefront: The Revolution
- Injustice 2
- Jurassic Park
- Killer Instinct
- Killing Floor 2
- Kingdom Come: Deliverance
- Life is Strange: Before the Storm
- Madden NFL 18
- Mafia III
- Mantis Burn Racing
- METAL GEAR SURVIVE
- Metro: Exodus
- Middle-earth: Shadow of War
- Minecraft: Xbox One Edition
- Minion Masters
- Monster Hunter: World
- NBA 2K18
- Need for Speed Payback
- Ori and the Will of the Wisp
- Outcast – Second Contact
- Outlast 2
- Path of Exile
- PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
- Portal Knights
- Pro Evolution Soccer 2018
- Project Cars 2
- Quantum Break
- Raiders of the Broken Planet
- Railway Empire
- Real Farm Simulator 2017
- Resident Evil 7 biohazard
- Robocraft Infinity
- Rocket League
- Rush: A Disney Pixar Adventure
- Sea of Thieves
- Slime Rancher
- Sonic Forces
- Star Wars Battlefront II
- State of Decay 2
- Strange Brigade
- Super Lucky's Tale
- Surviving Mars
- Tennis World Tour
- The Artful Escape
- The Crew 2
- The Darwin Project
- The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition
- The Last Night
- The Long Dark
- The Surge
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
- Titanfall 2
- Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands
- Tom Clancy's The Division
- Train Sim World
- TT Isle of Man – Ride on the Edge
- Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide
- We Happy Few
- Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
- World of Tanks
- WRC 7 FIA World Rally Championship
- Zoo Tycoon
Source list: majornelson.com
Nintendo Switch outsold PS4 and Xbox One in July 18 Aug 2017, 8:19 am
Nintendo's latest gaming console, Nintendo Switch, has been near impossible to get in some parts of the world for some time now. In July, Nintendo finally managed to produce more units for retailers - and the results were impressive: Switch outsold both PS4 and Xbox One in July.
NPD Group, who tracks the console sales, says that two factors were there to push Switch to the #1 spot: first of all, the supply of the units hasn't been on par with the demand and now that problem has finally been solved by Nintendo. Secondly, Splatoon 2 has gained massive momentum and has made the console interesting even for the "hard-core gamers".
At the same time, the upcoming SNES Classic is already sold out - the year 2017 seems to treat Nintendo pretty well.
Nokia releases its latest flagship phone - here's Nokia 8 16 Aug 2017, 7:26 pm
HMD Global who currently has the rights to use iconic Nokia brand in its phones, released its latest Android flagship phone just moments ago.
New Nokia 8 is a direct challenger to other Android-based flagship models in the market and is priced accordingly - and packs pretty familiar features, too.
Nokia 8 has a heatpipe-cooled Snapdragon 835 chipset, 4GB of RAM memory and a 5.3-inch QHD (
According to HMD, the phone is meant for "content producers" - not meaning people who write blogs for living, but people who use social media actively and post lot of a/v content to net. This means that HMD has made an extra effort to make sure all the audio and video features of the phone are on par with the top models in the market.
Both, front and rear camera can record video and capture still images at the same time without video recording suffering from this. Both cameras can be operated at the same time and can be viewed on screen simultaneously. To enhance the "multi-dimensional" video recording, Nokia 8 also supports Nokia OZO surround audio recording.
Rear camera is a dual 13Mpix camera - the other one capturing black and white spectre and other one capturing colors, a similar solution to the one Huawei has used in its recent flagship models. Furthermore, the front camera has a 13Mpix sensor.
Estimated global pricing is set at around €559 / $658. Availability should be "soon", but HMD didn't reveal exact dates. HMD's current phones have been praised for their "almost vanilla" Android and snappy operating system updates.
Secret code found in WhatsApp beta - adds support to payment transactions 11 Aug 2017, 9:39 am
Mobile payments have been the de facto method of making person-to-person payments in developing countries for more than a decade now - and the rest of the world is catching up, it seems. Obviously, the fact that most people in developing countries don't have a bank account, but most of them have access to a mobile phone has created such seemingly weird disparity between the industrial countries and developing countries.
Now, tech companies around the world have finally decided to jump he bandwagon before the market has matured. Facebook introduced payment transactions to its Messenger app in United States and is rumored to expand the service to India soon.
Facebook's other messaging product, WhatsApp hasn't made such move previously - until now. People have dug through the latest Android beta version's code and have found out that the app has hidden feature to support UPI payment model, standardized in India.
Beta version has TOS clauses that ask user to approve WhatsApp's payment policy and user's own bank's payment policy before proceeding with transactions.
Meanwhile, Paytm, a mobile payment company that has 200 million users in India, is rumored to add messaging capabilities to its payment app in near future. Thus, making the Paytm and WhatsApp to go head-to-head in India, where both companies have 200M+ active users.
Microsoft announces a new edition of Windows 10 - aimed for "real pro" users 11 Aug 2017, 8:12 am
Microsoft has announced a new edition of Windows 10, aimed for power users. The new version, Windows 10 Pro for Workstations has four major selling points over existing editions.
Firstly, there is ReFS (Resilient file system), a file system that provides cloud-grade resiliency for data on fault-tolerant storage spaces and manages very large volumes with ease. Using its integrity streams, ReFS detects when data becomes corrupt on one of the mirrored drives and uses a healthy copy of your data on the other drive to correct and protect your precious data.
Second major selling point is the support for NVDIMM-N memories that allow super-fast read and write times - and are non-volatile, meaning that the memory keeps the data even when the power is switched off.
Thirdly, Windows 10 Pro for Workstations adds a new, faster mechanism for sharing files called SMB Direct, which promises to improve speeds of sharing large files. SMB Direct requires network adapters to support Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA). It will reduce the load sharing the files puts on CPU and moves that load to the network adapter instead, resulting faster sharing and lower latency.
Finally, the new Windows edition adds support for server-grade CPUs, like Intel Xeon and AMD's Opteron series, allowing the operating system to utilize all the horsepower in such CPUs. This means support for up to 4 CPUs (currently max of 2 CPUs is supported) and support for 6TB of memory (current limit is 2TB).
Browser war veteran Opera updates - Opera 47 released 11 Aug 2017, 7:53 am
Browser war veteran, Norwegian Opera browser has been updated. New version, Opera 47, brings only handful of improvements, as Opera - just like all other browser vendors - have shortened their release cycle recently.
New features include the ability to export bookmarks, a pretty standard feature among browsers, but one that as been missing from Opera for some time now. Also, Opera 47 promises a smoother video playback for Windows 7 and macOS users.
Furthermore, the "recently closed tabs" list has increased to list 32 recently closed pages from the previous limit of 10 pages. Other improvements are merely cosmetic - some fine-tuning of colors, brightness, etc of the browser's user interface.
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Bitcoin split in two, say hi to the new Bitcoin Cash 2 Aug 2017, 2:38 pm
We are seeing some major changes in the world of cryptocurrency as the most popular currency amongst them was divided into two entities. The split has been in the works for a while but it is still considered highly controversial action.
Current Bitcoin will remain as it is and the new cryptocurrency Bitcoin Cash will be created alongside. They use the same transaction history but currently Cash is much less supported.
Behind the split, or "hard fork" as it's called, is the fact that Bitcoin has become very popular and many believe that it has become too overcrowded and may not function much longer given the increases in transaction frequency.
Bitcoin Cash has been designed to tackle the problems with high transaction fees as well as bitcoin size limit that doesn't allow mining larger blocks and thus slowes down the transaction process.
The Bitcoin transaction process is rather limited as the maximum amount of block data per 10 minutes is one megabyte. That means that only seven transactions can be completed every second, which obviously is not enough as the platform gets more and more popular.
Bitcoin Cash on the other hand is said to have up to eight times faster transaction speeds.
Even though the introduction of Bitcoin Cash doesn't necessarily make a difference to someone with Bitcoins, after all you can just continue using Bitcoin as before, it has sparked a lot of debate and controversy. Coinbase, the largest cryptocurrency exchange has no plans to support the new Bitcoin Cash because the value and even the survival of the new currency is too hard to predict.
Whether you'll be able to exchange and use Bitcoin Cash depends on the platform and the wallet you are using.
The value of Bitcoin Cash quickly rose to over $650 but is still a far cry from Bitcoin's $2700.