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terça-feira, 30 de setembro de 2014

New NVIDIA v344.16 Reference Drivers Released

NVIDIA Now Offers New WHQL-Certified Version 344.16 Reference Drivers for NVIDIA Graphics Cards Running under 32-Bit Windows and 64-Bit Windows.

Here's the Official Word:

"The new GeForce Game Ready driver, release 344.16 WHQL, allows GeForce owners to continue to have the ultimate gaming experience. This driver is aligned with today’s launch of the world’s most advanced GPUs—the GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970. With support for NVIDIA G-SYNC Surround displays, gaming has never been more realistic and immersive. In addition, this Game Ready WHQL driver ensures you'll have the best possible gaming experience for the latest new blockbuster titles including Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, The Evil Within, F1 2014 and Alien: Isolation."

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"Power Changes Everything" Trailer for CoD: Advanced Warfare

A New Trailer Titled, "Power Changes Everything", from "Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare", Shows Off the upcoming Next Installment in the Military Shooter Series. Here's a Debriefing on the New Videoclip: "Power changes everything in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, from the Private Military Corporation-driven storyline in the single-player Campaign to the innovative exoskeleton movements in Multiplayer. Take a look at what makes Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare the total gaming package, including the world premiere of the four-player co-op mode: Exo Survival".

Here's the Trailer:

Alex Kurtzman Will Direct, "The Mummy"

Alex Kurtzman was Going to Direct his Studio Tentpole for Sony, in the Form of the Venom Spin-Off Movie. But, Recently he was Announced as Part of the Team Creating an “Extended Universe” of Interconnected New Films featuring Universal Monsters such as Dracula, the Wolfman and the Mummy. Now Kurtzman is Directing, "The Mummy", for Universal and so, the Monster Movie (the Universal Monster Movie, that is) will be his Next Directorial Effort. THR Reports that, Kurtzman will Direct the Film from the Script he and Chris Morgan (Fast & Furious) Have Created. The Trade Reports that, this will be a Story Set in the Present Day and an “action-adventure tentpole with horror elements” rather than a Straight-Up Horror Film. So, a Bit like the Previous Reboot of "The Mummy". This One, however, will Have All New Character — it Won't be a Reboot in Any Sense, Other than the Use of the Title and a Basic Concept.

"The Mummy" is Set for Release on May 22, 2016.

So, What about Venom and Kurtzman’s Work with Sony on the Expanding Spider-Man Series ? This is One More Factor Leading us to Wonder about the Degree to which Sony’s Plan is Being Reworked. (As it has been a Couple of Times Already, in between Marc Webb’s Films.) No Release Date was Set for Venom but, there was a Point When it Seemed like the Film Might Arrive within the Next 4 Years. With Kurtzman doing "The Mummy", Maybe that Won’t Happen, at Least Not with Kurtzman at the Helm. Kurtzman’s Former Writing Partner, Roberto Orci is Off the Spider-Man Franchise. While it is Possible that Kurtzman Could be the Architect of this Plan at Universal and also Work on the Continuing Development of Spider-Man at Sony, this Directing Assignment Contributes to Speculation that, All Things Spider-Man are in Flux. Kurtzman Recently Said he Would still Direct Venom, which is Slated after Sinister Six but that, “It’s still in conversation. Everybody is still figuring it out… It’s all up for grabs, right now. We’re just trying to figure it out”. Meanwhile, we Don’t Know Much More about What Kurtzman and Morgan are Planning for the Universal Monsters. Primarily, we Don’t Know if they will Use the Character Designs Originated in the ’20s, ’30s and ’40s — it’s those Designs, Coupled with Tone, that Make a “Universal Monsters” Movie, Afterall.

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"Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor" Article Reviews / New Trailer; Hi-Rez Texture Plans

Next Week Marks the Official Release of "Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor", the New Action Game Set between the Events of The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings. A New Trailer Breaks Out the Sedatives to Explain "Everything You Need to Walk Into Mordor". Also, Reviews Have Started Appearing Online so, you Can See Evaluations from Lots of Websites Out There. Also, DSOGaming has a Screenshot Showing Off the PC Settings for the Game, Indicating there are Plans for a High-Resolution Texture Pack to Accompany the Release, Noting that, these "Ultra Textures" will Require a Video Card with 6GB of VRAM.

Here's the Review Articles for the Game + Video Trailer and High-Resolution Texture Pack Image (Above) :

"Urban Terror" Update v4.2.019, Released to the Public

The 19th Release of "Urban Terror" v4.2 is Now Out ! In this New Version, Lots of Bug Fixes, New Gametype (Freeze Tag !), Improvement of Team Survivor as well as Bomb and 2 New Maps as well !


• New gametype - Freeze Tag (#10) - new CVARs g_thawTime and g_meltdownTime - new log lines
• New map ut4_prominence
• New map ut4_killroom
• New g_stratTime CVAR - strategy time at round start in Team Survivor and BOMB modes
• Fixed hotpotato timer not stopping on timeout
• Fixed crash when using map and devmap server commands
• Fixed a "round end" message loop happening when only one player is connected in FFA gametype
• Fixed the flag capture time bug in jump mode
• Fixed a crash in the demos ui page
• Fixed a possible crash on map load on OSX
• Fixed a "signal 6" crash on OSX 10.9
• Fixed the copy/paste causing engine crash on Unix systems
• Fixed malformed reply to the /ignore command #10
• Fixed ut_weaptoggle grenade malfunction when having two types of grenades #4
• Added a flood protection on weapon mode change #32
• Fixed callvote kick bug where another player could be kicked
• Fixed client number for callvote server log messages
• Fixed callvote map unpredictability and server log messages
• Fixed some HUD elements being displayed while the client was paused #36
• Added a client info cvar named authl containing player's auth name when authenticated #35
• Unlocked the download speed of map packs #44
• Fixed dmaHD entering an infinite loop on certain maps #34
• Made the reconnect command work across a client restart #40
• Fixed the forcesub broadcast message #50
• Fixed bomb plant time crashing the server #52
• Fixed tell command not targeting the correct user #19
• Fixed medkit icon not appearing or randomly flickering #17
• Fixed third person mode persisting in sub #43
• Fixed Client 0 getting the kill on certain bleed outs #78

Another "Assassin's Creed Unity" Trailer - "Customization and Co-op"

UbiBlog Now Features a New Trailer from "Assassin's Creed Unity", Offering an Inside Look at Co-op and Customization Options in the Coming Installment in the Stealth / Action Series. Here's How they Describe the Videoclip, which is Narrated by AC Creative Director, Alex Amancio: "In Assassin’s Creed Unity you’ll be able to customize not only the appearance of your Assassin, but your skills and abilities as well. Learn all about the deep customization system and how you can tailor your skills and abilities to best suit your play style. This customization will be crucial to co-op as you and your teammates use complementary skills to tackle co-op challenges and unlock the hidden secrets of the French Revolution".

Check Out the Trailer, over here:

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"Warxon" Alpha Released

Alpha Version of "Warxon" Game is Released. This is the 1st Public Release of "Warxon" and its Purpose is to Provide Playable and Complete Version of Game Suitable for Gameplay Testing. Content of the Game is Temporary and Mostly Borrowed from such Free Games as Nexuiz Classic, Open Arena and Xonotic. "Warxon" Alpha is Using Latest Version of Qfusion 3D GPL Engine and has Many Features Needed for Competitive Playing. Even though Final Release Aims to Replace Most of the Content with Modern Hi-Quality Assets, Alpha Version is Packed with Highest Quality Free Content Available and Should Provide Enjoyable Experience while Testing such an Early Version of the Game. Alpha Release Aims to be Stable Enough to be Reliably Used for Online Cups.

More about "Warxon" :

"Warxon is a multiplayer FPS game that is currently in the early stages of development. We aim to bring the community a new eSports title that will ressurect the FPS scene. Gameplay will be movement based with endless action and intense close range fights that allow for unlimited possibilities for skill growth. The Warxon project is reliant upon the community. Our ultimate goal is to create a thriving community and bring a breath of fresh air into the competitive FPS scene and to provide the best possible experience for both casual and pro players. Qfusion engine used in Warxon has being polished for many years powering community game Warsow, perfectly suiting its ESports related demands and cartoonish 3D style. But, its capabilities are way beyond of that and planned to be extended to be in line with most modern 3D engines."


"Warxon" Alpha (Windows and Linux Versions) - Mirrors:

"Warxon" Alpha - Community Map Pack 1 - Mirrors:


- Unpack both archives (Warxon Alpha and Community Map Pack 1) in the folder ‘warxon’
- On linux you will need to ‘chmod +x’ executables
- Run game by executing warxon_x86.exe on Windows or warxon.x86_x64 on Linux
- Many customization settings unavailable from UI can be accessed from console. For reference you can visit wiki page of game Warsow which has a lot of Qfusion related info mostly applicable for Warxon (


The Nearest Goal of "Warxon", is to Replace Overused Free Content with Minimum Amount of Unique High Quality Assets and Establish its Own Visual Style, in Order to Start Proper Fundraising Campaign. To Help this to Happen, Please, Donate at

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"Far Cry 4" - "Pagan Min: King of Kyrat" Trailer

The Primary Antagonist from "Far Cry 4" is Revealed in a New Trailer from the upcoming Open-World FPS Sequel. They Explain Why it's Good to be the King: "He’s charming. He’s fashionable. He’s crazy as all get out. He’s Pagan Min, tyrannical dictator of Kyrat and the main antagonist in Far Cry 4. Though he may be totally insane, you can’t help but love him. Of course, he might kill you if you don’t love him, so maybe it’s just in your best interests. Get to know your king in the video below and learn a little about his past".

Here's the Video Trailer:

Windows 8 Users Can Upgrade to Windows 9 for Free

President of Microsoft Indonesia, Andreas Diantoro, has Confirmed that, Windows 8 Users will Get Windows 9 Free-of-Charge. If you're Thinking it Hasn't been that Long since Windows 8 Launched, you'd be Right. Released just 2 Years Ago, in October of 2012, Windows 8 was Plagued with Problems and Criticsm Right from the Get-Go - so Much so that, Microsoft is Desperately Trying to Distance itself from it, by Getting Windows 9 Out there as Soon as Possible. But, What about those Dedicated Microsoft Early-Adopters Who Made the Switch to 8 ? Well, Microsoft Indonesia President, Andreas Diantoro, has Confirmed that, as a Reward for their Loyalty, Windows 8 Users will be Able to Upgrade to Windows 9 Completely Free-of-Charge. Speaking to Indonesian Publication, Detik, Diantoro Said that, Users will be Able to Easily Install the Windows 9 Update after Downloading it from Microsoft, in a Similar Way to How Apple Currently Rolls Out its OSX Updates.

He Said this in Relation to the Free Upgrade from Windows 8 so, it's Unsure if Users on Older OSes, such as Windows 7 and the No-Longer-Supported Windows XP, will be Able to Upgrade Digitally. Diantoro also Didn't Make it Clear if the Free Upgrade would Extend to Windows 7 Users but, we Can probably Assume it Won't. He also Didn't Announce any Pricing Options for a Standalone Windows 9 Version. Microsoft is Rumored to be Revealing the OS this Month and Leaks Have Suggested it will Feature the Return of the Start Menu, the Cortana Voice-Based Search Assistant that's Currently Available Only on Windows Phone, the Notification Center, Support for Multiple Desktops and Several Other UI Enhancements. We've Reached Out to Microsoft of America for Confirmation that, this Deal will Extend to those in North America.

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"Styx: Master of Shadows" Coming Next Month + New Trailers

Cyanide Studio Announces an October 7 Release Date for "Styx: Master of Shadows", Saying their Stealth Infiltration Game will Infiltrate Stores that Day for Windows, PlayStation 4 and XBox One. They Celebrate the News with 4 New "Making Of" Trailers from the Game, Covering Gameplay, Sound Design, Music and the Team.

Here's the News:

"Styx: Master of Shadows, the infiltration game from Cyanide that will be available for download on October 7 on PS4, XBox One and PC, today invites us behind the scenes in a new video ! Commented by Julien Desourteaux (Game Director & Level Designer), Guillaume Blanchard (Project Manager) et Mathias Chataignier (Game Designer) from Cyanide Studio, this 5 minutes video lets us learn more about the game, its mechanics, its level design, as well as the intentions of the developers when they designed its infiltration gameplay. We learn how the developers created the mechanics to make of Styx: Master of Shadows a challenging game, back to the source of infiltration games.

The playable character – a fragile but resourceful goblin – played a huge role in this task, as much as the level design, which is both open and highlights the vertical perspective, and prompts players to experiment to reach their objectives in very different ways. This is only one video among a series of 4. The 3 other videos, that you can watch below, are focusing on the sound design, the music designed by Game Audio Factory, and on the team. They will let you know even more about the game, waiting for its release on October 7 !"

Here's All the Trailers for the Game:

"Starpoint Gemini 2" Launches + Release Trailer

Iceberg Interactive Announces that, "Starpoint Gemini 2" has Left Early Access and Little Green Men Games' Space Simulation Sequel is Now Officially Launched on Steam for 20% Off for the Next Week, Saying this is also Available through "Various Other Digital Platforms".

Here's a Release Trailer along with the Patch Notes for the Launch Version. Here's an Overview of the Game:

"Captain your own space ship and roam the galaxy in 3D in this tactical space simulator with tons of RPG depth ! Space has never looked so inviting - but images can betray... It has been two years since the end of the second Gemini war, and the situation in the war-torn system is further from resolution than ever before. The collection of freedom fighters named Gemini League is now reduced to a small group, with no power or influence, after losing their leaders. The Empire meanwhile, has used the re-opened Starpoint to occupy the once renegade Gemini sector - and beyond. A multitude of Imperial warship fleets and mammoth mother ships have crushed every trace of opposition. The situation was looking bleak, when they suddenly halted their armada and re-shifted their focus on fortifying Starpoint with staggering numbers. Rumors soon spread that they were afraid of something coming after them through the T-gate, from what was supposed to be the core of the Empire. What are they running from that makes even the mighty Empire tremble ?"

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segunda-feira, 29 de setembro de 2014

"QuakeCon 2015" Announced

QuakeCon 2015 will be Held from July 23 to 26, 2015 in Dallas, Texas at the Hilton Anatole. 2015 will be the 20th Year id Software has Ever Hosted QuakeCon. BYOC and Tournaments will be Announced at a Later Date.

For More Info about the Event, Check the QuakeCon Website:

PS4 Uncharted 4 'Nathan Drake' Close-Up Revealed -- What Do You Think ?

"Uncharted 4: A Thief's End" Lead Game Designer, Kurt Margenau, has Shared a New Image of What Uncharted Hero, 'Nathan Drake' will Look like in the upcoming Game, Due Out in 2015 for PlayStation 4. Margenau Released the Image on Twitter, with the Caption: "Drake looking next-gen as f*ck…".  He Snapped the Shot at the Naughty Dog 30th Anniversary Art Exhibit, which is Currently on Display at a the Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, California. The Exhibit Premiered on September 27 and Runs through October 12th. You Can Read More about it in this Post. It is Unclear if the Image of 'Drake' you See below, Represents What he will Look Like In-Game or Only through Cinematics. A Teaser Trailer for the Game Released in June 2014, Gave us a 1st Look at How Naughty Dog had Redesigned 'Drake' for the New Game. This Image Matches Up with What we Saw before, in that 'Drake's' Hair is Now Graying, he Appears Somewhat Thinner and his Face is Scruffy and Slightly Bruised. Naughty Dog Said Previously that, "A Thief's End" will Tell a "More Personal" Story that Delves into Who 'Drake' is a Person. "It's his greatest adventure yet and will test his physical limits, his resolve and ultimately what he's willing to sacrifice to save the ones he loves", Naughty Dog Said in June about the Game. The Game also Promises to be an "Edge-of-Your-Seat" Rollercoaster Ride.

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VIDEO: "Nixie" is a Wearable Drone that Captures Your Activities on the Fly

Remember the Dronie ? If Not, it's a Self-Taken Photograph (Sigh, Selfie) from a UAV like the Parrot AR Drone 2.0 that Provides a Bit More Creativity than your Arm Reach Allows. Imagine that you Can Attach that Drone to your Wrist and Launch it Instantly and you Have Some Idea about How the "Nixie" Works. Once Aloft, it's Designed to Detect your Presence and Fly Around you, Pointing its Camera to Film your Exploits -- Ranging from Tourism to Mountain Climbing, as the Video below Shows. The Project is Part of Intel's 'Make it Wearable' Contest and Uses an Edison Chip to Track you and Avoid Obstacles. For Now, it's just a Delicate Prototype that Can Fly Off your Wrist and Not do Much Else. But, it's Scored a $50,000 Finalist Prize from Intel, Meaning our Dream of Having Aerial Footage of All our Hum-Drum Activities Could Finally Come True -- Yes, we are that Vain.

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The New "Babadook" Trailer is Fantasticaly Done and Creepy

The "Babadook" is a Lean and Mean Horror Film Out of Australia and this New "Babadook" Trailer is just Perfect. The Film was One of the Best at Sundance this Year and Remains One of my Favourites of the Year so Far. The Story Centers on 'Amelia', a Widowed Mother and her Troubled Young Son, 'Samuel'. The Kid is Spinning Out of Control and his Mom is at her Wits’ End. A Strange Storybook Provides a Focal Point for 'Sam’s' Nightmarish Hallucinations and Things Get Intense as 'Sam’s' Visions Start to Connect with 'Amelia’s' Own Fears. Essie Davis and Noah Wiseman are Simply Terrific in the 2 Lead Roles and Writer / Director, Jennifer Kent, has Cooked Up a Story that is Shockingly Scary and Built on Solid Characters. Take the Shocks Out of this Movie and you’d still Have a Great Story. With Them in, "The Babadook" is the Must-See Horror Film of 2014.

Watch the Trailer, below. Turn Down the Lights and Turn Up the Volume before Watching this One:

"The Babadook" Official Website:

"The Babadook" Opens on October 24 in the UK and November 28 in the US. Trailer via Total Film.


"Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia (Essie Davis) is at a loss. She struggles to discipline her ‘out of control’ 6-year-old, Samuel (Noah Wiseman), a son she finds impossible to love. Samuel’s dreams are plagued by a sinister monster he believes is coming to kill them both. When a disturbing storybook called ‘The Babadook’ turns up at their house, Samuel is convinced that ‘The Babadook’ is the creature he’s been dreaming about. His hallucinations spiral out of control and as he becomes more unpredictable and violent, Amelia is genuinely frightened by her son’s behaviour. But when Amelia begins to see glimpses of a sinister presence all around her, it slowly dawns on her that the thing Samuel has been warning her about may be real."

"Scream" Pilot Director Chosen, Cast and Major Characters Revealed

MTV and Dimension TV are Moving Forward with the Development of a Scream TV Series, after 1st Announcing the Concept Over a Year Ago. Jamie Travis (For A Good Time Call, Faking It) has been Hired to Direct the Pilot and a Cast of Young Actors, including Willa Fitzgerald (Alpha House, Royal Pains), Amy Forsyth (Torment, Reign), John Karna (Premature, The Neighbors), has been XoZeN for the Major Roles.

We’ve Got More Character Information below. Deadline Reports the Director Hire and Features Info about the Cast and 5 Primary Characters in the Pilot:

- Will Fitzgerald will play Emma Duval, a classic beauty whose new life with the “in crowd” leaves her estranged from childhood best friend Audrey.

- Amy Forsyth is Audrey Jensen, the daughter of a Lutheran pastor and an artsy loner who aspires to be a filmmaker.

- John Karna is Noah Foster, a creative computer genius with a vast knowledge of pop culture and the tech world who’s best friends with Audrey.

- Carlson Young is Brooke Maddox, the charismatic leader of the popular crew.

- Amadeus Serafini is Kieran Wilcox, the mysterious new kid in town who has a dark side and a tough exterior that hints at experience beyond his years.

Behind the Scenes, Jill Blotevogel (Harper’s Island, Ravenswood) is Exec Producer and Showrunner, while Jay Beattie and Dan Dworkin (Criminal Minds, Revenge) Scripted the Pilot. Wes Craven, Marianne Maddalena and Cathy Konrad are All Exec Producers along with Bob and Harvey Weinstein.

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"FIFA 15" Sold 100,000 More Copies on PS4 than XBox One in UK

The PlayStation 4 Version of "FIFA 15" Outsold the XBox One Version by 100,000 Units in the UK, according to a New Report. While Access to Sales Figures is usually Restricted to Companies Partnered with Chart-Track, UK Newspaper, Metro, Claims to Have been Told of the Sales Difference by an "Insider". "Chart-Track doesn't reveal actual sales figures, since companies have to pay to access that information and aren't supposed to make it public. But, an insider tells us that, the PlayStation 4 version was ahead of the XBox One by 100,000 units", Says Metro. "That's an awful lot considering how much effort Microsoft put in with co-promoting the game with EA, including the XBox exclusive Ultimate Team Legends mode." Figures Posted by Metro, however, Suggest that, XBox 360 was on Par with PS4 Sales, with PS4 Reportedly Accounting for 32% of Total Sales, XBox 360 at 30%, XBox One at 22% and PS3 at 15%. EA has Yet to Announce Sales Figures for the Game. However, it was Revealed this Morning that Week 1 Sales were Up by 15% over Last Year's FIFA 14, Due to the Simultaneous Launch on XBox One and PS4. "FIFA 15" Landed in the UK Last Friday Shooting Straight to the Top of the UK Charts. Thinking about Buying it on your Lunch Hour ? Find Out Where to Pick it Up Cheapest with our Supermarket and High Street Price Roundup.

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VIDEO: "Interstellar Marines" Free Co-op Mission Campaign

A New Co-op Mission Called, "The NeuroGen Incident" is Now Available as a Free Download for "Interstellar Marines", their Work-in-Progress, Sci-Fi First-Person Shooter. There are Details on the Official Website and the Early Access Game is on Sale for 25% Off over the Next Few Days to Celebrate the Release. "We promised our players tactical cooperative gameplay, and this is our first step towards fully delivering on that promise", Explains creative director Kim Haar Jørgensen. "The team has been laser-focused on delivering an exceptional update that meets the highest expectations of the Interstellar Marines community."

Here's Word on the Mission:

"The NeuroGen Incident immediately thrusts the player and up to three friends into a pivotal event in the Interstellar Marines universe. The mission ties directly into the storyline of the game and helps to create the foundations for the upcoming single player and coop campaigns."

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Yahoo's Old Web Directory Still Exists but, Not for Long

Way before Yahoo Launched Search, it Offered People from a Different Era a More Primitive Way to Find Websites: a Web Directory. While the Advent of Sophisticated Search Engines likely Means you Haven't Seen that Directory in a Decade or so (Confession: we Didn't Even Realize it was Still Around), it Apparently Still Exists... though Not for Long. Yahoo has just Announced that, it's Finally Shutting Down the Service on December 31, 2014; 20 Years after Company Founders, Jerry Yang and David Filo, 1st Put it Together. For the Young 'uns Who've Never had to Use it, the Yahoo Directory is Exactly What it Sounds Like: a Directory of Websites you Can Browse to Find the Information you're Looking for, Something we Clearly Don't Need Anymore. Let us Have a Moment of Silence as this Relic of the Early Internet Bids Farewell and (along with Yahoo Education and Short Movie Creation Service, Qwiki) Joins the 60 Other Services Yahoo has Recently Killed, in an Effort to Find its Focus.

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Facebook's Atlas Ad Platform, Will Track You Around the Internet

Facebook's Sufficiently Chummy with Advertisers that Some People Have Gone and Built their Own Social Networks to Escape Mark Zuckerberg's Clutches. For those Who Remain, however, it's Now Going to be Even Harder to Avoid People Using your Personal Profile Information to Sell you Things. The Company has Rebuilt and Relaunched (Former Microsoft Ad Platform), Atlas, as a Way of Monitoring People's Online Activity across Every Device that they Own. In a Blog Post, Atlas Chief, Erik Johnson, Talks about "People-Based Marketing" that Leaves Behind Cookies and Instead Knows What you're Doing on Desktops, Smartphones and Tablets. That Data, Coupled with Facebook's Knowledge of your Age, Gender and Preferences, will then be Used to Sell Specific Products -- with the Firm that Handles Intel and Pepsi's Promotional Work the 1st to Sign On.

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Sony is Shutting Down "PLAYSTATION Home" in North America, Too

It was Only a Matter of Time. When Word Came Down that Sony was Shuttering the PlayStation 3 Virtual Space, "PLAYSTATION Home", in Japan Earlier this Year, the Service's Domestic Days were Likely Numbered as well. Citing a "Shifting Landscape" as the Cause (and Likely no Public Outcry that the Often-Laggy Environment was Missing from the PlayStation 4), Senior Community Manager, Paul Sullivan, Writes on the PS Blog that, the Last Day to Run Around the Hub will be March 31 of 2015. Don't Start Fretting just Yet, however, as the Electronics Giant Plans to Release New Downloadable Content for the Quasi-Second-Life Experience Ahead of that. Perhaps it's Time to do a Mournful Diva Dance in your Virtual Domicile to Commemorate this Event.

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"iRig Pads" Offers Multicolored MIDI Control for iOS and More

It's No Secret that, we're Fans of Handy Audio Gear here at »XoZeN« and if you're Looking to Kick Off that DJ Habit, IK Multimedia May Have a Compact Option for you. The Company's New "iRig Pads" Brings a 4 x 4 Grid of Multihued Touchpads (as the Name Suggests) for MIDI Control of iOS, Mac and PC Apps. Those 16 Rubber Pads are also Pressure Sensitive while Flashing Red, Green and Orange. What's More, a Smattering of Buttons and a Slider are Programmable to Handle Custom Presets alongside Onboard Edit Controls. At Less than an Inch Thick, the Outfit Says it's the Smallest of its Kind Available at the Moment and it Grabs Power from Whatever Device it's Tethered to via either a Lightning or USB Cable. As you Might Expect, this Latest iRig Offering Plays Nice with IK Multimedia's Suite of Audio Apps (SampleTank, DJ Rig, etc.) as well as, Popular MIDI-Friendly Options like Ableton Live, GarageBand and More. If you're Itchin' to Start Composing those Trance Grooves, the Gadget is Now Shipping Worldwide with a $150 / €120 Price Tag.

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XBox One Launches in China

Chinese Gamers Have just Witnessed their 1st Major Console Launch since Authorities Lifted their 13-Year Ban on Most VideoGame Systems. Following a Last-Minute Delay, Microsoft has Released the XBox One in Mainland China; People in 37 Cities across the Country Can Now Pick Up a Shiny New Machine without Having to Resort to Unofficial Channels. There are Only 10 Government-Approved Games on Offer from Day 1, including Dance Central: Spotlight and Forza Motorsport 5 but, Over 70 China-Friendly Titles are Supposed to be in the Works. As for Sony ? It has Yet to Confirm just When the PlayStation 4 Reaches China but, it's Doubtful that, the Company will be Far Behind -- it Won't Want to Give Microsoft Too Much of a Head Start.

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New "Interstellar" Trailer Explores the Wonders of Space

Here’s the 2nd Full Trailer for Christopher Nolan‘s New Movie, "Interstellar". This is What we Saw at Comic Con and it Shows so Much More of the Journey into Space and also of the Kubrick Influence that Plays Heavily on Parts of the Film. We See More of the Problems that Plague Earth and which Lead to that Journey. We also See More of Matthew McConaughey as he Explores Reaches Far Away from Earth and Get More of an Idea of the Toll that Takes on him. But, More than Anything Else, we See a Stunning Depiction of the Universe.

Watch the New "Interstellar" Trailer below, Hopefully on the Biggest Screen you Have Handy:

You Can See a Better HD Version at, by Putting the Access Code "7201969" in at the Prompt, or Get a Direct Link to the 1080p Version here: You Can See Why we Loved this Trailer at Comic Con and also Why we were Reluctant to Jump to Too Many Conclusions about What Some of this Footage Really Means. I’d Expect this Trailer has been Rather Skillfully Cut to Lead to 1 or 2 Interpretations that Aren’t actually Correct about the Film. And we Love that Misdirection; it Allows the Trailer to Show Some Wondrous Stuff without actually Giving Away the Importance of those Shots within the Film. Now Aren’t you Dying to See this Projected in 70mm IMAX ? This May be Worth a Road-Trip for Spectacle Alone.

"Interstellar" Stars Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway, Casey Affleck, Matt Damon, Michael Caine, Ellen Burstyn, John Lithgow and Topher Grace. It Opens on November 7th.


"Interstellar chronicles the adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage."

domingo, 28 de setembro de 2014

"Godzilla 2" Release Date Set for 2018

That Gareth Edwards is a Busy Man. After Completing this Year’s Hit, Godzilla, he Moved Immediately to a 2016-Dated Star Wars Spinoff Film. From there, he’ll Now Have to Move Directly to "Godzilla 2". Warner Bros. and Legendary Have Set June 8, 2018 as the "Godzilla 2" Release Date. The Wrap Reported on the "Godzilla 2" Release Date. We Know Edwards is Directing the Film and that Legendary Plans on Bringing in 3 Adversaries for Godzilla this Time Around: Rodan, Mothra and Ghidorah. As of Now, "Godzilla 2" is the Only Film on that Release Date but, it does Have a Pixar Film Opening the Week After.

Here’s Part of Peter’s Report from Comic-Con, Where those Aforementioned Monsters were Revealed:

"A couple years back, Legendary Pictures surprised San Diego Comic Con International with an FX test for Godzilla created by director Gareth Edwards. The footage was the talk of Comic Con that year, and in 2014 Legendary has once again surprised Hall H with a reveal of the potential Godzilla 2 monsters. Legendary Pictures head Thomas Tull first presented a video from Gareth Edwards which was recorded in San Francisco where he is working hard on Star Wars. Edwards thanked fans for supporting Godzilla and joked that while he is just doing a small little sci-fi movie next, he will return to Godzilla 2 afterwards. He also jokingly revealed a list of monsters who will be in the sequel, but the names were bleeped out. Tull, in attendance, then presented some classified footage from Monarch “to show what we are thinking about for the sequel”.  The black and white video was filled with footage of destruction from around the world with a voice over from John F Kennedy. Text on the screen reads: “There is still one secret that remains hidden… There are others”. The video then revealed three Godzilla universe monsters: the giant pteranodon kaiju Rodan, the giant divine moth kaiju Mothra and the three-headed dragon kaiju Ghidorah."

Mothra 1st Appeared alongside Godzilla in the 1964 Godzilla Film, Mothra vs. Godzilla. Here is Some Information on Mothra from the Godzilla Database:

"Since her first film, Mothra has been depicted in various stages of the lepidopteran life cycle: Mothra’s mammoth egg is decoratively colored in blue and yellow waves. The egg hatches into her larva, a massive brown, segmented caterpillar (resembling a silkworm) with glowing blue, sometimes red, eyes. In rare circumstances, twins may emerge from the egg. The caterpillar eventually spins a silken cocoon around itself (the pupa stage) and from this cocoon the imago (adult) Mothra emerges, a gigantic moth-like creature with brightly-colored wings. Mothra’s life cycle—particularly the tendency of an imago’s death to coincide with its larvae hatching—echoes that of the Phoenix, resembling resurrection and suggesting divinity. She is among Toho’s most popular characters, primarily among female fans, and she has appeared in every Godzilla film era."

Rodan 1st Appeared in the 1956 Toho Film, Rodan. Here is Some Information on Rodan from the Godzilla Database:

"Aside from his impressive speed and agility, Rodan possesses a variety of special abilities. He is capable of creating destructive shockwaves when flying, which he has used to demolish major cities such as Tokyo and Moscow. In addition, Rodan can cause powerful winds while on the ground by simply flapping his wings. He also uses his beak and talons effectively in battle (as shown in Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla 2, where his beak was powerful enough to crush boulders) and his wings, despite their delicate appearance, are quite durable. Rodan can lift creatures several times his weight, for instance, Godzilla. Rodan also usually has spikes on his head and chest, which he may use in battle."

The video ended with the words “Let them fight”. Thomas Tull would not confirm that the monsters will definitely appear in the sequel but, repeated that those are the Kaiju that Legendary are interested in exploring in a Godzilla sequel.

sábado, 27 de setembro de 2014

"Young Ones" - Futuristic Western Trailer

“From writer/director Jake Paltrow comes a futuristic western, told in three chapters, which inventively layers Greek tragedy over an ethereal narrative that’s steeped deeply in the values of the American West.” I’m in. Did I Mention that, the Film has a Great Cast ? Michael Shannon, Elle Fanning, Nicholas Hoult and Kodi Smit-McPhee Lead this Story. Watch the "Young Ones" Trailer Embedded After the Jump:

Jake Made his Feature Directorial Debut with The Good Night Starring his Sister Gwyneth, which Premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. His Followup, "Young Ones", also Played the Sundance Film Festival but, was Met with Somewhat Mixed Reviews, with Most Complaining that, the Film Tries to Squeeze Too Much into the Short Running Time. Screen International Said that, "Young Ones" “gives us a futuristic Western so bleak that its pitiless tone becomes downright mesmerizing”. Ok, I’m Still in.

Here is the Official Plot SYNOPSIS for the Film:

"YOUNG ONES is set in a near future when water has become the most precious and dwindling resource on the planet, one that dictates everything from the macro of political policy to the detailed micro of interpersonal family and romantic relationships. The land has withered into something wretched. The dust has settled on a lonely, barren planet. The hardened survivors of the loss of Earth’s precious resources scrape and struggle. Ernest Holm (Michael Shannon) lives on this harsh frontier with his children, Jerome (Kodi Smit McPhee)and Mary (Elle Fanning). He defends his farm from bandits, works the supply routes and hopes to rejuvenate the soil. But Mary’s boyfriend, Flem Lever (Nicholas Hoult), has grander designs. He wants Ernest’s land for himself, and will go to any length to get it. From writer/director Jake Paltrow comes a futuristic western, told in three chapters, which inventively layers Greek tragedy over an ethereal narrative that’s steeped deeply in the values of the American West."

Jake Paltrow’s, "Young Ones" will Hit Cinemas on October 17, 2014.

"Automata" Trailer: Antonio Banderas Grapples w/ Robot Sentience

The Film "Automata" Seems to Have Come Out of Nowhere and it Appears to Have just the Sort of Vibe that Fans of Neill Blomkamp’s Film, District 9, will Love. Antonio Banderas Stars in and Produces a Story that Bears a Distinct Conceptual Influence from Isaac Asimov but, which Looks a Lot More like Blade Runner and the Films from Blomkamp. It’s Set in a Gritty Vision of the Future in which Robots are Poised on the Brink of Evolution and Charts the Intersection of the Life of One Man and a Set of Intelligent ‘bots.

Watch the Great "Automata" Trailer, below:


"Automata" Releases on October 10th. Gabe Ibáñez Directs. Melanie Griffith and Dylan McDermott Co-Star.


"Fast forward fifty years into the future, planet earth is in the midst of gradual desertification. Mankind struggles to survive as the environment deteriorates and the slow regression of the human race begins in AUTÓMATA. On the brink of life and the reality of death, technology combats the prevailing uncertainty and fear with the creation of the first quantum android, the Automata Pilgrim 7000. Designed to bring support to society’s plight, man and robot reveal what it means to co-exist in a culture defined by human nature.

The descent of civilization is juxtaposed by the rise of ROC, the corporation at the helm of robotic intelligence. Despite the demise of humanity, the company has set forth security protocols to ensure mankind always maintains control over the manufactured population. As ROC insurance agent, Jacq Vaucan (Antonio Banderas) routinely investigates cases and complaints surrounding defective androids, he begins to uncover the secrets behind who is really manipulating the Automata Pilgrim 7000. Jacq’s own suspicions propel the mystery— uncovering a truth that is far more complex than the make or model of any machine."

sexta-feira, 26 de setembro de 2014

VIDEO: Watch a Tiny Robot Fly an Aircraft Nearly as Well as a Real Pilot

Autonomous Aircraft are likely to be the Future of Air Travel but, we're Not Quite There Yet; Even with Autopilot Systems in Place, Most Airplanes are Designed with Human Pilots in Mind. South Korean Researchers May Have a Clever Robotic Stopgap, however. Their Tiny "PIBOT" Automaton Uses a Mixture of Flight Data and Visuals to Fly Using Real Controls. It still Needs Intervention Shortly before Touchdown but, it Can Otherwise Take to the Skies as well as Many Organic Air Crews -- it May Even be a Bit Better in a Few Areas, since it Uses its Camera to Align Neatly with the Runway on Takeoff and Landing. This Pint-Size Machine is Only Flying a Simulator right now and it's Certainly Not Going to Captain an Airliner Anytime Soon. However, its Creators are Only Getting Started. Besides Giving "PIBOT" Enough Skill to Tackle Every Stage of Flight, they're already Translating its Skill to Real (if Remote-Controlled) Aircraft. It's Not Hard to Envision a Future Where Robots Stand in for Flesh-and-Bone Pilots in Aircraft that Can't Easily be Retrofitted to Fly on their Own.

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VIDEO: DHL Will Do Delivery-by-Drone but, Only for One Tiny European Island

While Netflix Laughs, Amazon Petitions and Google Runs Tests in New Zealand, DHL is about to actually Launch Drone Delivery for its Customers -- Sort of. Of Course, it's a Rather Limited Launch, since the Only Eligible Recipients are Residents of Juist, a German Island in the North Sea. DHL has been Testing its PaketKopter System since Late Last Year. Now, in Partnership with the German Government, it's Established a Flight Path for its UAVs to Take Off and Fly Themselves 12km from a Harbor in Norddeich to the Island at a Height of about 50m (164 Feet) and Up to 18 m/s (about 40mph).

There's still No Plans to Use these for Regular Service but, you Can Get a Peek at the Drone in Action by Checking Out the Video, After the Break. While any Flights will be Monitored Constantly from the Ground, it's on Autopilot from Takeoff until Landing. Unlike Google's Project Wing, it Won't Dangle or Drop Deliveries, instead PaketKopter Lands at a Pad and then a Courier Takes it the Rest of the Way to One of the Island's 1,500 or so Residents or Vacationers. Another Limitation is that, for Now, it's Only Serving Up Medications and Only during Certain Times during the Week and on Weekends. Covering Times When the Local Ferry Isn't Available.

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Students Allegedly Being Forced to Work in Chinese Technology Factories

Despite the Efforts of Major Technology Corporations, such as Apple and Samsung, to Improve Labor Conditions in China, Major Problems are still Slipping through the Cracks. Now, as The Wall Street Journal Writes, Some Chinese Students in their Teenage Years are Reportedly Being Forced by their Schools to Work about 12 Hours per Day, 6 Days a Week, on Factory Assembly Lines in that Country. It Gets Worse, though. According to a 16-Year-Old Student Who Spoke to The Wall Street Journal, she was Told to Either "spend summer making computers" for an HP Supplier or Wave Goodbye to the Chance of Graduating from her Vocational School. She's Only One of Thousands of Teenagers Going through this Situation, per the Report.

Of Course, this Only Adds More Fuel to the Fire. Last Year, a Number of Factories in China (and in Other Parts of the World) Came Under Pressure after Findings of Child Labor Violations, Unreasonable Hours and Extremely Poor Working Conditions, so Much so that, Companies like Apple Went as Far as Dropping Suppliers. Back then, Technology Firms Promised to Monitor the Situation Closely, along with the China Labor Watch but, it Clearly Hasn't been Close Enough to Keep these Factories from Violating the Rules.

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