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 Gameguru Mania News - Apr,22 2014 - all 
Batman Arkham Origins - Cold, Cold Heart Trailer - movie
(hx) 10:55 AM EDT - Apr,22 2014 - Post a comment
The Cold, Cold Heart Story Add-On introduces new locations including Wayne Manor and GothCorp, taking players on an ice-cold journey as Victor Fries encounters Batman for the first time. Players will have access to all new gadgets including Thermocharged Batarangs and Thermal Gloves. Batman is also equipped with his powerful Extreme Environment (XE) suit to take down Mr. Freeze and his Cryo-thugs in hours of new story content.

TechNews - Microsoft reveals Holograph - tech
(hx) 02:38 AM EDT - Apr,22 2014 - Post a comment / read (1)
  • Microsoft Research reveals Holograph, brings Leia hologram to life - All those cool 3D holographic interactive user interfaces that people see in sci-fi movies and TV shows are finally getting closer to reality. Microsoft Research recently showed off a new project called Holograph that was made to render large data, not just in 3D, but in a way that it looks like it is being projected above a display.
  • Fire TV vs. Roku vs. Chromecast vs. Apple TV - Google is said to be looking into ways to make end-to-end encryption tools such as PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) easier to use with Gmail. The utility is already compatible with Gmail but its complex nature has kept it from reaching a mainstream audience. How exactly Google plans to integrate PGP into Gmail is a bit of a mystery as it poses some pretty significant issues. With end-to-end encryption, only the sender and receiver can read the contents of a message. That'd be problematic for Google as the company currently scans Gmail messages for advertising keywords. What's more, Google would have to contend with the issue of lost passwords. Under such a scenario, only the end user would ever have access to the decryption key meaning the provider couldn't recover data without it.
  • Chromecast Now Live Streams MLB.tv - Are you ready for live major league baseball action straight from MLB.tv? Well, Chromecast has now added support for MLB.tv to stream live broadcasts to your TV from your personal handheld device.
  • The Start Menu will reportedly return to Windows this fall - At BUILD 2014, Microsoft surprised many by showing off a Start menu that will be making its way back into Windows. After Windows 8 debuted without the iconic feature, there was a great deal of negative feedback, and along with numerous other contentious issues surrounding the OS, it eventually lead to the departure of Steven Sinofsky. But with Windows 8.1 and its first major update, Microsoft has been slowly re-introducing classic features and has made a commitment to making the OS more mouse- and keyboard-friendly. Ever since the Start menu was shown off, everyone has been wondering when we will see it return to the OS and, according to Wzor, the answer will be this fall. Right now, it is unclear if the update to bring the Start menu back will be called Windows 8.2, or will simply be 'Windows 8.1 Update 2'. Either way, this is the first bit of semi-credible information about when we can expect the Start menu to return to the OS.
  • Canonical trying to lure XP users with the release of Ubuntu 14.04 - After the recent release of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS for servers, Canonical has announced the brand new desktop version. With Windows XP's life support having ended on April 8, the latest iteration of Ubuntu is a more-than-suitable replacement for the dead OS. Along with other XP users switching to Ubuntu, the French police force is moving over 70,000 computers from XP to Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, which is guaranteed to be supported for 5 years after the initial release. The Chief Information and Security Officer in Gendarmerie, Stephane Dumon​ has stated that their "project to replace Windows XP with Ubuntu on over 70,000 desktops is returning significant benefits; already we've lowered the total cost of ownership for a ratio of 40 percent, eliminated license costs and radically reduced technical problems."
  • Google is considering end-to-end encryption for Gmail - Google is said to be looking into ways to make end-to-end encryption tools such as PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) easier to use with Gmail. The utility is already compatible with Gmail but its complex nature has kept it from reaching a mainstream audience. How exactly Google plans to integrate PGP into Gmail is a bit of a mystery as it poses some pretty significant issues. With end-to-end encryption, only the sender and receiver can read the contents of a message. That'd be problematic for Google as the company currently scans Gmail messages for advertising keywords. What's more, Google would have to contend with the issue of lost passwords. Under such a scenario, only the end user would ever have access to the decryption key meaning the provider couldn't recover data without it.
  • NSFW: The Anomaly Trailer - In Cinemas July 4 - A former soldier is taken captive and awakens in the back of a van to learn he only has a few moments to figure out how he got there. It's a unique concept set in the near future that explores the idea of mind control.
  • British Newsreel Collection Free to Watch on YouTube - Ten Stone Baby, a British Pathe newsreel from 1935. Despite the newsreel's original title "Ten Stone Baby", the boy Leslie Bowles is actually 3-years-old. Seen with his parents in a kind of pen, Leslie is sat in an armchair. Somebody then dangles a bar of chocolate into the pen and he immediately sets to work at fetching it.
  • Drone Shoots Footage From Inside A Fireworks Display - What you get when a Phantom quadcopter flies through a firework display.
  • Action Movie Kid Goes To School - He'll never need coffee to wake up :-D
  • You Will Have No Idea How This Illusionist Pulled Off These Tricks - Illusionist Darcy Oake basically pulled multiple doves out of thin air on "Britain's Got Talent."
  • This Man Takes A Slow Motion Food Bath - Because watching food dumped on someone just isn't good enough at normal speed.
  • Coco Austin Pictures + Sexiest Twitpics - check it out!
  • Hottest Babes on the Internet #30 - Which one is hottest? ;-)
 Gameguru Mania News - Apr,21 2014 - all
New Project CARS Video - movie
(hx) 03:15 PM EDT - Apr,21 2014 - Post a comment
Here's a new video, showing off the amazing visuals of Slightly Mad Studios upcoming racer, Project CARS. Game is still in development and number of tracks, cars and other features are changing almost every day. Target release date - autumn 2014 on PC, XBONE, PS4, WiiU.

CRYENGINE Video Shows Smoke - movie
(hx) 03:13 PM EDT - Apr,21 2014 - Post a comment / read (1)
Here's a new video, showcasing the normal mapped smoke effects that CRYENGINE is capable of.

Black Desert Online Video - movie
(hx) 03:10 PM EDT - Apr,21 2014 - Post a comment
Pearl Abyss has released a new trailer for its upcoming next-gen MMORPG, Black Desert Online, that focuses on the game's environments:

Elder Scrolls Online Accidentally Banned Legit Accounts - briefly
(hx) 02:53 PM EDT - Apr,21 2014 - Post a comment
If you were one of the legit players that were accidentally banned during last week's cheater round-up, The Elder Scrolls Online website has good news for you.
As part of our continuing effort to combat gold spammers, botters and exploiters, we recently banned a number of accounts. After several players appealed, we were able to investigate the matter further and discovered some legitimate accounts got caught up in the sweep. We unbanned accounts last night, and have email responses going out for those affected from our support group. It is never our intention for legitimate players to be harmed as we work to keep your game free of cheaters, and we sincerely apologize for the mistake.
Star Citizen - Arena Commander Details - preview
(hx) 03:47 AM EDT - Apr,21 2014 - Post a comment / read (3)
CIG/RSI released a new video, covering the PAX East event (unveiling what was called the Dog Fighting Module or DFM, but now dubbed Arena Commander) in all it's glory and pain. Pulling no punches at how difficult things were, but also showing how incredible everything is when it works. Additional video created after PAX East goes into how things went on the show floor (timeindex 22:44) and (23:15) after PAX getting into some interesting new details about the helmet flip animation, missile countermeasures, flying around in your space suit and free flight modes.

Steam's Weekly Top Sellers - briefly
(hx) 03:43 AM EDT - Apr,21 2014 - Post a comment / read (1)
Here are the ten top selling titles on Steam for the week as reported by Valve:
1.DayZ
2.Dark Souls II
3.Saints Row IV
4.Rust
5.LEGO Marvel Superheroes
6.Watch Dogs
7.Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
8.Counter-Strike: Global Operations
9.Goat Simulator
10.Space Engineers
 Gameguru Mania News - Apr,20 2014 - all
Weekend game, movie, hardware deals - briefly
(hx) 06:23 AM EDT - Apr,20 2014 - Post a comment
Wolfenstein: The New Order Pre-Order Now on Steam - briefly
(hx) 05:47 AM EDT - Apr,20 2014 - Post a comment
Looking forward to the release of Wolfstein: The New Order? That time is here and Steam is now taking pre-orders.

Star Wars Rebels - WonderCon 2014 Clip - movie
(hx) 05:19 AM EDT - Apr,20 2014 - Post a comment
This special Star Wars Rebels preview clip, which premiered at WonderCon 2014, features an introduction from voice actress Vanessa Marshall and an exciting sequence from the upcoming animated series. Hera, captain of the Ghost, pilots her starship during a battle with two TIE fighters. Chopper delivers a message from Kanan, currently engaging the TIEs in the top turret. The Jedi is apparently displeased with Hera's maneuvering. In response, she takes matters into her own hands...

Final Fantasy 14 PS4 vs PC Comparison - briefly
(hx) 05:04 AM EDT - Apr,20 2014 - Post a comment / read (2)
an impressive port that comes close to delivering a PC-quality experience on a console. The PC version is still the best option overall, but the crisp 1080p visuals, more detailed artwork, longer draw distances and the possibility of having hundreds of characters on-screen at once without that big a dip in performance are all fantastic achievements for this next-gen console release, and people who simply prefer doing their gaming on console will get a good deal out of this version - while still getting to play along with their friends on PC.

 Gameguru Mania News - Apr,19 2014 - all
TechNews - GeForce GTX 780 Ti Round Up - tech
(hx) 06:03 AM EDT - Apr,19 2014 - Post a comment
  • GeForce GTX 780 Ti Round Up: EVGA, Gigabyte, MSI - All three cards get kudos for running near silent throughout the majority of testing. This is a testament to each company's custom cooling solution and we'd be hard pressed to pick a favorite among the three. If forced to pick a winner, MSI would get the nod by a hair. Not only did it run quiet, but it was far slower to heat up than the other two cards when running a 100 percent GPU load. This might be due to the semi-open air design of the cooler's minimalistic shroud.
  • 13-Way Low-End GPU Comparison - The alternative OS gurus over at Phoronix have posted a 13-way low-end GPU comparison on Linux.
  • Microsoft fixes issue that caused some Windows XP PCs not to boot up - Microsoft won't be issuing any more patches or updates to Windows XP, at least to the general public, but this week the company ended up fixing a problem that was causing some PCs with the 12-year-old OS not to boot up. The problem wasn't with Windows XP itself, but with new antivirus definitions that were made available for the free Microsoft Security Essentials program. The fix is quite simple. Boot into safe mode and disable inside Msconfig from both the services and the startup. Then reboot into regular mode and uninstall it.
  • What Heartbleed Looks Like When Running Its Code - We look at and run the code that exploits the Heartbleed bug.
  • Snowden asks Putin LIVE: Does Russia intercept or store comms? - Russian special services are using special media for tapping and spying only on the decision of the court, says Vladimir Putin answering the question by former NSA agent Edward Snowden on how Russian government spies online.
  • Android Smartphones Given Remote Access to PCs - Google has announced the availability of Chrome Remote Desktop app for Android, a tool that allows Android devices to remotely access Windows and Mac computers. In order to gain remote PC access, users will need to download and install software on their PC as well as the Chrome Remote Desktop app on their Android device. Once configured, users should be able to access PC-based files from their Android device. The service is free to set up and use. Google said an iOS version of the Chrome Remote Desktop app us due later this year.
  • AT&T Doesn't Like 600MHz Auction Rules, May Skip It - AT&T indicated to the Federal Communications Commission this week that it disapproves of proposed rules for the upcoming incentive auction for 600MHz spectrum. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has floated a plan that would reserve spectrum in each market for companies that don't already have low-band spectrum. Thanks to its 700MHz spectrum holdings, AT&T would be restricted from bidding in about 70% of U.S. markets for the 600MHz spectrum. Wheeler's proposal has yet to be officially implemented, but AT&T's Joan Marsh said, "If the restrictions as proposed are adopted, AT&T will need to seriously consider whether its capital and resources are directed toward other spectrum opportunities that will better enable AT&T to continue to support high-quality LTE network deployments to serve its customers." If AT&T doesn't participate in the auction, it could hinder the FCC's goal of generating money to build a public safety network. The FCC is scheduled to vote on the incentive auction rules by May.
  • Facebook Announces Optional 'Nearby Friends' Feature  - Facebook has just announced an optional feature called Nearby Friends.
  • UK Teachers Want Parents to Cut-Off Their Children's Internet - A group of UK teachers are urging parents to limit their children's time on tablets and other technology, as they claim a rising number of young students lack the motor skills needed to play with building blocks while older students are unable to take written exams with pen and paper. According to The Telegraph, the Association of Teachers and Lecturers wants parents to turn off the Wi-Fi at night before bed so students get a good night's sleep instead of playing on tablets all night. The association claims that younger students as young as three or four can swipe on an iPad screen, but have little or no dexterity in their fingers to use building blocks. As for the older students, the association said their attention spans are limited in the classroom due to overexposure to technology. They further claimed that these students can't implement the skills they read in their textbooks, but have exceptional technical skills when it comes to consumer electronics.
  • Scientists Find an 'Earth Twin' or Maybe a Cousin - It is a bit bigger and somewhat colder, but a planet circling a star 500 light-years away is otherwise the closest match of our home world discovered so far, astronomers announced on Thursday. The planet, known as Kepler 186f, named after NASA's Kepler planet-finding mission, which found it, has a diameter of 8,700 miles, 10 percent wider than Earth, and its orbit lies within the "Goldilocks zone" of its star, Kepler 186 - not too hot, not too cold, where temperatures could allow for liquid water to flow at the surface, making it potentially hospitable for life.
  • Scientists discover brain’s anti-distraction system - This is the first study to reveal our brains rely on an active suppression mechanism to avoid being distracted by salient irrelevant information when we want to focus on a particular item or task
  • Why Do These Female Bugs Have A Penis? - Evolution has done some crazy things in order to ensure the survival of certain species. In fact, some female insects have actually developed male genitals! Join Trace as he discusses why certain female bugs have a penis.
  • How The Blind See Beauty - Can you see beauty around you?
  • Music Sounds Better When It's On Fire - You may have heard of a Ruben's Tube. This is the same concept but with a whole extra dimension of coolness.
  • Magnetically Actuated Micro-Robots for Advanced Manipulation Apps - SRI is developing new technology to reliably control thousands of micro-robots for smart manufacturing of macro-scale products in compact, integrated systems.
  • Watch how technology allows an amputee to dance again - Technology has been instrumental in creating realistic and lifelike prosthetic limbs over the past several years. One of the most impressive examples yet comes from Hugh Herr, an associate professor of media arts and sciences at MIT. A double amputee himself, Herr has created a bionic ankle packing two microprocessors and six environmental sensors. The device is able to adjust ankle stiffness, power, position and damping thousands of times each second to provide the wearer with a more natural gait – something that could go a long way in helping to prevent osteoarthritis as a patient gets older.
  • What I Saw Running North Korea's Marathon - Here I am, a foreigner in North Korea, with high-end running gear, flourescent sneakers, and energy gels in my pockets. The local runners, meanwhile, sport antiquated uniforms and shoes that look like they might fall apart.
  • Orange Is The New Black - Jungle Trailer - US - Explicit -  The highly-anticipated second season of Netflix's ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK goes back behind bars for another sentence with the fearless, funny and unforgettable inmates of Litchfield prison. The series' ensemble includes Taylor Schilling, Jason Biggs, Laura Prepon, Kate Mugrew, Danielle Brooks, Uzo Aduba, Natasha Lyonne, Taryn Manning, Laverne Cox, Michael Harney, Samira Wiley, Yael Stone and more. Lorraine Toussaint joins the cast in season two as Yvonne "Vee" Parker. Season two is exclusively on Netflix in all territories on June 6, 2014.
  • Things Old Ladies Do That'd Be Creepy If You Did Them - Basically everything ;-)
  • If Slipknot Was On Radio Disney - A classic from Andy Rehfeldt.
  • Drive It Like You Stole It: 3 Wheel Mustang - Missing that front left tire? Don't worry, you'll be able to get where you need to be.
  • These Guys Are Better At Spinning Pens Than You Are At Most Things - That thing you did in middle school because you were bored? These guys perfected it.
  • This Man's Porsche Is A Total Disaster - Never have so many problems come from the same car ;-)
  • The 100 Peeps Challenge - Destroyed - One hundred is far too many of anything to be eating in one sitting.
  • Russian Firefighter Makes A 'Magic Carpet' - What else are you supposed to do with a trampoline and some high powered hoses?
  • Welcome To The Incredibly Sexist Legends Football League - The Legends Football League was formerly known as the Lingerie League and it was created... well you know why it was created. But then something interesting happened, these women started to play for real. And while their uniforms still leave little to the imagination, the level of competition on the field has improved dramatically - they hit, and they hit hard. And judging by the numbers of fans in attendance, Victoria's secret is out.
  • 138 Water gets model Vanessa Golub kind of wet - 138 Water has done it again. Really, is it any surprise anymore? :-)
  • Candice Swanepoel - Victoria's Secret Photoshoot 2014 - Take a look!
  • The best pics on the Internet #74 - All pictures are carefully handpicked!
Wolfenstein: The New Order Gameplay Footage - preview
(hx) 03:43 AM EDT - Apr,19 2014 - Post a comment / read (1)
This footage was captured during a livestream and according to Bethesda, the next stream will be on Thursday, April 24th at 2pm EST. Wolfenstein: The New Order is currently planned for a May 23rd release on PC, old-gen and current-gen consoles.

Tabletop Simulator Steam Trailer - movie
(hx) 03:38 AM EDT - Apr,19 2014 - Post a comment
Tabletop Simulator is the only simulator where you can let your aggression out by flipping the table! There are no rules to follow: just you, a physics sandbox, and your friends. Make your own games and play how YOU want!

 Gameguru Mania News - Apr,18 2014 - all
Crytek's Cevat Yerli On Mantle&RT Graphics - tech
(hx) 04:39 PM EDT - Apr,18 2014 - Post a comment / read (3)
During this year's GDC, Crytek announced that CRYENGINE will support Mantle and Yerli claimed that with Mantle developers using CRYENGINE will be able to achieve CG quality graphics:

Skywind - Official Development Video #2 - mod&map
(hx) 04:34 PM EDT - Apr,18 2014 - Post a comment / read (1)
Skywind recreates the world of Morrowind using Skyrim's engine. According to the video's description, however, regions are not yet optimized and "the frame rate is apparent in many scenes." Skywind is currently in development by a team of more than 70. Creators aim to include full voice acting and more detailed environments in the mod. Skywind is currently NOT available for download. A release date and beta is not available yet.

Quo Vadis Berlin 2014 - CD Projekt RED - briefly
(hx) 04:31 PM EDT - Apr,18 2014 - Post a comment
Biz Development Talk about: "Why it makes sense to be independent"

Unofficial Xbox One Gamepad Driver 2.0 - console
(hx) 04:30 PM EDT - Apr,18 2014 - Post a comment / read (1)
Lucas Assis has released a new version of the unofficial Xbox One gamepad driver. According to Lucas, this 2.0 version will make it easier to play games that use XInput.

H1Z1 Gameplay Livestream (4/17/14) - preview
(hx) 04:27 PM EDT - Apr,18 2014 - Post a comment
Sony Online Entertainment has livestreamed H1Z1, and below you can find the video from that stream showing 40 minutes of gameplay footage. H1Z1 is a zombie MMO title that is inspired by Rust and DayZ, will feature an open persistent world and is based on Planetside 2's Forgelight Engine.

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