Thursday, April 21, 2016

IT News Head Lines (TechSpot) 22/04/2016

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Rocket League's basketball mode 'Hoops' teased in gameplay trailer

Rocket League creator Psyonix teased a new basketball mode last month. Dubbed Hoops, the highly anticipated game mode is set to arrive as part of a free update on April 26.

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Comcast's new Xfinity TV Partner Program raises plenty of questions

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler back in January introduced a proposal that would give consumers more options when it comes to cable or satellite set-top boxes. As you likely know, consumers don’t really have much of a choice in this space today as you’re essentially stuck paying a rental...

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Is your PC powerful enough to run Mirror's Edge Catalyst? Find out here

The closed beta for Mirror’s Edge Catalyst kicks off on April 22 and runs for five days. PC gamers planning to participate in the beta or those that will simply wait and purchase it next month now know just how graphically-demanding the game will be as EA / DICE have...

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Solar panels must be installed on rooftops of new buildings in San Francisco starting next year

San Francisco will soon require select building owners to install rooftop solar panels. The legislation, drafted by Scott Wiener, was unanimously approved by the city’s Board of Supervisors Tuesday evening according to The San Francisco Examiner.

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Mitsubishi Motors busted for manipulating fuel economy tests

First Volkswagen, now Mitsubishi. The Japanese automaker on Wednesday said employees tampered with fuel consumption tests in an effort to artificially boost the fuel economy rating of select vehicles.

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After more than 10 years of service, Microsoft is putting its venerable Xbox 360 out to pasture

Phil Spencer, head of Microsoft’s Xbox division, said earlier today on the official Xbox blog that they’ve decided to stop manufacturing new Xbox 360 consoles. Microsoft will continue to sell its existing inventory of 360s but once those are gone, it’ll bring an end to a storied console that’s more...

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PC gaming on the couch is now a lot easier, thanks to the all-in-one Razer Turret

If, like me, you have a PC in your living room that you use as a media center and occasionally for playing local multiplayer games, you’ll probably find that using a keyboard and mouse combination in this kind of setup can be a bit of a headache.

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Lian Li's new standing desk is also a PC enclosure

Lian Li has a penchant for building unique PC enclosures – many of which are often impractical. With its latest creation, however, the Chinese chassis maker illustrates that it’s in tune with a growing movement orchestrated by health-conscious computer users around the globe.

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What a waste! 10 times stores sent ridiculous packaging

If you do as much online shopping as we do, you've probably run into over-packaging before. You ordered something small and light, and it arrived at your house in a box large enough to store your entire wardrobe, with the Bubble Wrap to match. Or you ordered 10 things, that...

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LeEco's latest smartphones replace 3.5mm headphone jack with USB Type-C connector

Chinese-based smartphone manufacturer LeEco (formerly Letv) on Wednesday refreshed its entire line of handsets. The new devices, the Le 2, the Le 2 Pro and the Le Max 2, are especially noteworthy as none of them feature traditional 3.5mm headphone jacks.

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Facebook is considering ways that will allow some users to earn money from posts

Facebook is investigating a number of different methods that will allow members to make money from their posts. According to a report in The Verge, one of the ideas the social media giant is considering is the introduction of a ‘virtual tip jar’ as a way of giving money to...

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Intel to cut 12,000 jobs as global demand for PCs continues to wane

Intel said during its most recent earnings report that it would slash roughly 11 percent of its workforce, or about 12,000 jobs, by mid-2017 as demand for PCs continues to wane.

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The developer behind Bastion and Transistor has just revealed a new game and it looks stunning

If you’ve played either of Supergiant Games’ previous titles - Bastion and Transistor – you’ll know that it has a reputation for creating beautifully atmospheric games with vivid art styles that place an emphasis on audio design. Now, the San Jose-based company has revealed its third game, Pyre, which looks...

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The people who upload torrents

On a popular torrent site, Fallout 4 has been downloaded nearly 140,000 times. Nearly 200 people are downloading right now, as I write this. AAA or indie, Fallout 4 or Super Meat Boy, it doesn’t matter. Piracy is inevitable. But a torrent doesn’t appear out of thin air.

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The Netherlands is aiming to become the first country to ban the sale of all non-electric cars

While electric vehicles sales in the US make up around just 0.6 percent of the total market – a figure that will increase once Tesla’s Model 3 arrives next year – EVs continue to be much more popular in Europe.

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Corning perfects technique to print full-color images onto Gorilla Glass

Corning, makers of the resilient Gorilla Glass that protects billions of smartphone and tablet displays from scratches, has announced a new product that’ll allow device makers (and eventually, consumers) to print high-resolution, multi-color images directly on its glass.

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Las Vegas hotels will soon offer VR porn rentals

Adult flicks have been offered as rentals in hotel rooms for as long as people have been popping quarters in vibrating beds. In Las Vegas, things are about to get a bit more advanced as virtual reality headset maker AuraVisor is teaming up with adult entertainment filmmaker VR Bangers to...

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Google's Android Security Report reveals what it's doing to combat harmful apps

It can be tempting to venture outside the walls of Google Play but as the search giant highlights in its second-annual Android Security Report, doing so can have dire consequences.

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Americans are increasing their reliance on mobile Internet (at the cost of home broadband)

Despite multiple social programs designed to lessen the digital divide between low-income homes and those that earn more money, roughly a third of Americans still don’t have a fixed broadband connection at home.

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Understand Java like a pro with the Complete Java Programming Bootcamp, only $69

Unlock all the coding mastery of Java with this super-intensive Java Programming Bootcamp of courses, now 90% off in the TechSpot Store.

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Viber rolls out end-to-end encryption, adds PIN-protected hidden chat option

Viber on Tuesday became the latest messaging app to bolster its privacy chops with the addition of several new security-minded features including end-to-end encryption, a feature the company has been working on for years.

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This massive Skyrim mod took three and a half years to build

It’s hard to believe that The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was released nearly four and a half years ago. That’s an eternity in the realm of PC gaming but the fact that people are still playing it is a true testament to the power and dedication of the modding community. ...

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New Mafia III story trailer unveiled, release date and special editions confirmed

A new story trailer has landed for the third title in the Mafia series, and with it comes confirmation of the game's release date. Mafia III will launch on the PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 worldwide on October 7, publisher 2K Games announced.

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Apple updates 12-inch Retina MacBook line with better specs and new color, announces WWDC 2016 dates

Apple has just updated its 12-inch Retina MacBook line. In addition to the latest generation of Skylake chips, the new models will feature improved graphics, faster flash storage, and an extra hour of battery life. Plus, for the first time on a Mac, they will be available in a rose...

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Hyundai and Cisco join forces to develop advanced connected car technologies

Hyundai Motor Group has announced that it is teaming up with Cisco Systems to develop new internet-connected car technology. The move is part of the vehicle manufacturer’s ‘Connected Car Roadmap’ that it hopes will lead to the creation of “high-performing computers on wheels.”

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Enterprise IoT drives indirect savings

It was supposed to be about the money. Primarily saving it, but possibly even making some. In the real world, however, it turns out that process and innovation trump the dollar when it comes to the use of IoT-related technologies in business.

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BlackBerry CEO defends decision to help Canadian police access phone messages

While many in the tech industry supported Apple’s refusal to comply with the FBI’s request for help in unlocking the San Bernardino iPhone, not every company is against aiding authorities. Surprisingly, one of these firms is BlackBerry, an organization that is known for its focus on security and privacy. ...

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YouTube now supports livestreaming of 360-degree video

YouTube enabled support for 360-degree videos more than a year ago. Now, the Google-owned company is taking that pivotal next step in immersive video by enabling users to livestream 360-degree video.

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Upgraded PlayStation 4 is reportedly codenamed Neo, has improved hardware but no exclusive games

New information about the upgraded PlayStation 4 has been revealed. Often referred to as the PS4.5 or PS4K, the new console is codenamed Neo, will come with improved specs and won’t have any exclusive games, according to a report from Giant Bomb.

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LaCie's new '12big' Thunderbolt 3 RAID tower offers a whopping 96TB of storage

LaCie at the 2016 National Association of Broadcasters Convention (NAB) today unveiled a massive desktop RAID storage solution that offers a maximum capacity of up to 96TB.

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Best Motherboards of 2016
Building a new PC is all about choices and tradeoffs. Picking between AMD and Intel is usually the first choice you have to make, but it certainly isn't the most complicated. Instead, that honour goes to the motherboard, with each board maker typically offering at least half a dozen different models based on a single chipset. We've done a lot of the homework for you to save you some time, money, and/or regret. Here's what we believe is the very best out there.

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Dark Souls III Benchmarked: GPU & CPU Performance
Dark Souls III is arguably the biggest game to launch this month. Using the engine from developer FromSoftware's 'Bloodborne', Dark Souls III looks quite impressive but you can certainly tell this is a console port. The tweakable options are decent though the game gives no real explanation of what you are enabling. You do get enhanced graphics, better performance and higher resolutions.

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Dark Souls III Review
Dark Souls 3 is an action RPG in which players are thrust into a gothic fantasy world and asked to survive against brutal odds. The narrative connects to the first two games, but story takes a backseat to action, so newcomers won't feel totally lost. In Dark Souls 3, players travel to Lothric, a land of ash and decay. Your task is to defeat the Lords of Cinder, god-like creatures corrupted by power.

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Never10 1.3.1
Easily control automatic and unwanted Windows 7 & 8.1 Upgrading to Windows 10.

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Java SE 8.92
Java Platform, Standard Edition (Java SE) lets you develop and deploy Java applications on desktops and servers, as well as in today's demanding embedded environments.

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TrackMania Nations Forever
It is the most popular online pc racing game. It fuels 7 different racing environments; hundreds of thousands of tracks and millions of players to compete with.

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IObit Smart Defrag 5.0.2.768
Same quality and features as paid defragmenter, no cost forever.

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GoPro App 1.3.0
The GoPro App for desktop is the easiest way to offload and enjoy your GoPro photos and videos.

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Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for Android 2.00.3.9000
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Mobile guards your identity and personal data on-the-go. So you and your Android smartphone or tablet are safe from malware and unauthorized surveillance. Wherever you are. Whenever you go.

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Kingo Android Root 1.4.5
The easiest Android rooting software you have ever seen. Android Root is free. Supports almost every Android device and all Android versions.

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Jetico Personal Firewall 2.1.0.14.2481
Protect computer from hackers' attacks.

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Google Chrome Dev for Windows 51.0.2704.19
This version is intended for only for developers and early testers.

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PlayOn 4.0.69
Never Pay Outrageous Cable Bills Again. Free Movies, TV Shows, Live Sports and more.

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PDF-X Change Viewer 2.5.317.1
The PDF-XChange Viewer is smaller, faster and more feature rich than any other FREE PDF Reader/ PDF Viewer/ PDF Editor available.

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Vole Windows Expedition 3.44.60412
Vole Expedition is a scene reproduce resource manager. A easier and more graceful way to manage your documents.

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Avira Internet Security Suite 15.0.17.273
Avira Internet Security Suite is a one-size-fits-all security solution for your online life. A single product that protects you from online threats while improving your PC’s performance.

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EarthTime 5.5.9
EarthTime displays the local time and date of any place in the world.

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AstroGrep 4.4.5
AstroGrep is a Microsoft Windows grep utility. Grep is a UNIX command-line program which searches within files for keywords.

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x264 Video Codec rev. 2692
x264 is a free library for encoding H.264/MPEG-4 AVC video streams.

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Google Chrome Dev for Mac 51.0.2704.19
This version is intended for only for developers and early testers.

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SyMenu 5.02.5953
SyMenu is a portable menu launcher that allows to organize and find your portable applications in a quick and easy way.

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DesktopOK 4.29
Save and restore the positions of icons. DesktopOK also offers as a small but effective solution for user that have to change the screen resolution often.

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XYplorer 16.60.0200
Multi-tabbed dual pane file manager for Windows, featuring a powerful file search, a versatile preview, and a highly customizable interface.

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Wireless Network Watcher 1.97
Wireless Network Watcher is a small utility that scans your wireless network and displays the list of all computers and devices that are currently connected to your network.

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DriverEasy 5.0.3
Automatically Detect, Download, Backup, Restore and Uninstall Drivers. Fix your Driver Issues.

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Zero Install 2.11.3
Zero Install is a decentralized cross-platform software-installation system available under the LGPL.

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KMPlayer 4.0.7.1
Versatile media player which can cover various types of container format such as VCD, DVD, AVI, WMV among others

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TSR Watermark Image 3.5.5.7
Professional photo watermarking software - Easy, fast and fully featured batch photo watermarking.

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SynciOS 5.0.3
Syncios is free but powerful iPad/iPhone/iPod to PC transfer which offers you ultimate solution for transferring media contents between iOS devices and PC.

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Password Manager XP 3.2.672
Helps systematize and store securely valuable information.

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EarthView 5.5.9
EarthView is a dynamic desktop wallpaper and screen saver, which displays beautiful views of the earth with daylight and night shadows.

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LinkAssistant SEO Tool 6.0.9
Get Your Search Engine Rankings High By Improving Your Site's Link Popularity.

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Sony PlayStation 3 Firmware 4.80
Downloading and installing the PlayStation 3 system software update will update your PS3 system's operating system to include the latest security patches, settings, features and other items.

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Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Firmware and Driver April 2016


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AOpen DE7000 Bios R1.07


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ATIc Install Tool 1.24.3
This program is a tool to download and install the driver for the AMD Radeon Series.

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SteelSeries Engine 3.7.2
SteelSeries Engine 3 gives you everything you need in one single app. A unified platform that supports nearly all your SteelSeries gear. It’s a single installation that leaves only one process running behind the scenes on your computer – simple, easy, effective.

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Nvidia GeForce Graphics Driver Hotfix 364.96 for Windows 8/7
This hotfix aims to solve game crashes on certain GeForce GTX 860M notebooks.

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Nvidia GeForce Graphics Driver Hotfix 364.96 for Windows 10
This hotfix aims to solve game crashes on certain GeForce GTX 860M notebooks.

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Realtek HD Audio Codec Driver 2.79 for Windows Vista/7/8/10
Realtek HD (High Definition) Audio Codec Driver for Windows Vista/7/8/10 32-bit and 64-bit. Keep your PC sounding crisp and clear.

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Intel HD NUC Graphics Driver 15.33.42.4358 for Windows 8/7


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