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 Gameguru Mania News - Feb,21 2015 - all 
TechNews - OneNote is now completely free - tech
(hx) 05:42 PM EST - Feb,21 2015 - Post a comment / read (4)
  • Monoprice CrystalPro 28-Inch 4K Monitor Review - Monoprice is at the low-end of the pricing scale. It performs among the best in this group of six TN-based screens, though. The company doesn't deliver the highest light output, but it has enough, and its color and grayscale accuracy approach professional level
  • MediaTek shows off 480fps super slow-motion 1080p video - MediaTek's capabilities have exploded over the last couple of years and their latest SoC range reflect that. In a teaser for the still-unreleased Mediatek MT6795, MediaTek shows off the super slow-motion video-capturing capabilities in a video of a BMX stunt. According to MediaTek, this is the world's first smartphone SoC that can capture 1/16-speed video. The SoC itself has eight cores clocked at 2.2 Ghz and is based on ARM's big.LITTLE technology. Unlike the standard big.LITTLE configuration, MediaTek's variation continues to use all eight cores simultaneously.
  • MS will give you up to $650 towards the purchase of a Surface Pro 3 - f you currently own any Surface, Microsoft wants to reward your loyally and help you upgrade to a Surface Pro 3. Thanks to a new promotional offer the company is running, they will give you up to $650 towards the purchase of a new device. Here's the deal, if you have a Surface and want to buy a Pro 3, head over to this website and you can get your current device apprised. The downside here is that unless you are looking to upgrade your current Pro 3 to a Pro 3 with an i7, you won't be getting anywhere close to the $650 mark. For example, a maxed out Surface Pro 2 will net you $361 and if you have a Surface RT, you will only get about $84 for your working device. The promotion runs from 2/15/2015 to 3/8/2015 and is only available in the US, Canada is not included in this promotion. Another thing to note about this offer is that the trade-in voucher must be used by April 8th, 2015
  • MS will give you 100 GB of OneDrive storage if you have a Dropbox - Microsoft is targeting Dropbox in its latest free storage giveaway by hanging a 100 GB carrot in front of Dropbox users. If you have a Dropbox account, Microsoft will boost your storage by simply clicking the link at the bottom of this post. To redeem the offer, you will have to verify that you do have a Dropbox account by saving a document to the service. Microsoft makes this process quite easy and it only takes about 10 seconds to grab that 100 GB of additional storage for one year. Microsoft has been giving away a lot of free storage recently with the company offering up 100 GB of storage through Bing, but this campaign is specifically targeted at a competitor. For those of you who have both services, this is an easy way to boost your OneDrive storage with only a few mouse clicks.
  • Microsoft hints at upcoming Windows 10 campaign in latest advert - Microsoft has released a new video to promote Windows and this could be the beginning of the Windows 10 marketing machine. The company will be releasing the OS later this year and it looks like June is the target. The clip, that you can watch above, focuses on the foundation of Windows and how the upcoming release of Windows 10 will focus on providing a personal experience. While Windows 10 is not mentioned by name, the advertisement does refer to building a new OS.
  • Microsoft OneNote is now completely free on PC and Mac - The OneNote free edition, while it was popular and seen as a step in the right direction, still heard some criticism for not being completely free. That is, some features of the software were still restricted to the paid versions. Fortunately, however, it has recently been announced that the full version of the software will be going free on both the PC and the Mac without any restrictions.
  • iPhone Users Can Now Store Office Documents In iCloud - Microsoft has announced several new features for its Office suite of productivity apps. First and foremost, third-party cloud providers can now integrate their own services into the "locations picker" in the iOS Office apps. This means mobile device users can open, edit, and save their documents to any cloud service. Apple's iCloud is the first to receive this support, so iPhone and iPad users can store their mobile Office documents in iCloud. Microsoft said it plans to bring this feature to the Windows and Android versions of Office soon. Further, Microsoft is making it possible for cloud storage providers to weave Office Online into their own mobile applications. Microsoft's vision here is to let people open, view, and edit their online documents from any browser on any device. Microsoft said Box, Citrix, and Salesforce are already working on this level of integration. Microsoft has dramatically increased the availability of Office to mobile devices in recent months with the hopes that people and businesses will continue to use its productivity suite rather than competing products from Apple and Google.
  • Apple Opening iOS 8.3, iOS 9 Betas to Public - Starting in mid-March, iPhone owners will be able to install the beta version of iOS 8.3. Apple's hope with the public beta release is that more eyes on the developing build will help eliminate more bugs throughout the process. The public build is also the third iOS 8.3 beta build for developers, so the general public can see the same features as the developers. Just like in the OS X beta program, users will also have an app that allows them to send feedback about the beta back to Apple.
  • Samsung acquires Apple Pay competitor LoopPay - Following reports of a potential acquisition last year, LoopPay, makers of a popular mobile payments service and one of ApplePay's largest competitors, has officially been acquired by Samsung. Like ApplePay and other mobile payments companies, LoopPay provides an alternative to existing magnetic swipe readers and POS machines in retail stores, which have proven to be a huge safety risk for millions of customers. Their products allow shoppers to process payments without ever swiping a card, and LoopPay says its products -- which include a key fob and the CardCase -- work at 90 percent of existing retailers.
  • Sprint Now Offering 12GB Share Plan for $90 - Sprint has announced a new option within its range of Family Share Pack plans. Customers can get up to 10 lines with unlimited talk, text, and 12GB of high-speed data to share for $90 per month. Sprint has dropped per-line smartphone access charges from $25 per month to $15 per month, but will waive access charges completely (for a period of one year) for customers who port their number from another carrier. Tablets cost $10 per line and mobile broadband devices cost $20 per line. Sprint is also still offering to pay the ETFs for customers who break their contract to switch to Sprint (up to $350 per line, four lines max). All devices must be purchased through Sprint Easy Pay or the Sprint iPhone for Life Plan.
  • NSA hid spying software in hard drive firmware, report says - The U.S. National Security Agency has figured out how to hide spying software deep within hard drives made by Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba and other top manufacturers, giving the agency the means to eavesdrop on the majority of the world's computers, according to cyber researchers and former operatives. That long-sought and closely guarded ability was part of a cluster of spying programs discovered by Kaspersky Lab, the Moscow-based security software maker that has exposed a series of Western cyberespionage operations. Kaspersky said it found personal computers in 30 countries infected with one or more of the spying programs, with the most infections seen in Iran, followed by Russia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, China, Mali, Syria, Yemen and Algeria. The targets included government and military institutions, telecommunication companies, banks, energy companies, nuclear researchers, media, and Islamic activists, Kaspersky said. Kaspersky published the technical details of its research on Monday, which should help infected institutions detect the spying programs, some of which trace back as far as 2001.
  • Malware Is Still Spying On You Even When Your Mobile Is Off - Most of us have seen Hollywood movies where hackers trace and spy on mobile devices even though they are switched off. Like most things in spy movies, we disregard it as fiction. However, the AVG mobile security team recently discovered malware that may challenge this preconception. The malware hijacks the shutdown process and the device remains functional even though it appears to be off. First seen in China, the malware spreads through Chinese app stores with around 10,000 devices infected so far. The malware affects versions of Android older than v.5 (Lollipop) and requires root permission to hijack the shut down process. After pressing the power button, the phone displays an authentic shutdown animation, and the phone appears off. Although the screen is black, it is still on. While the phone is in this state, the malware can make outgoing calls, take pictures and perform many other tasks without notifying you.
  • Lenovo's Superfish security snafu blows up in its face - The preloaded Superfish adware does more than hijack website ads in a browser. It also exposes Lenovo owners to a simple but dangerous hack that could spell disaster.
  • This Is Your Brain On Extreme Weather - We like patterns. Unfortunately, that means the most recent thing we notice tends to become the most important data point in that pattern.
  • Buran: The Russian Space Shuttle That Almost Was - Did you know the Soviet Union had its own Space Shuttle? Learn all about the Buran, what happened to it, and what innovations set it apart from its NASA counterpart.
  • Everything Wrong With American Beauty In 12 Minutes Or Less - Since the Oscars are fast approaching, we thought it'd be fun to sin a couple former best-picture winners, starting with 1999's American Beauty. Great movie, still has sins.
  • Has Homer Simpson Been In A Coma For The Past 20 Years? - A compelling theory as to why "The Simpsons" has gone completely off the rails (aside from the fact that writers are forced to detach from reality as they attempt to write episodes about everything ever).
  • Neill Blomkamp Directing Next ALIENS Film, Ridley Scott Producing - Gotta be better than Prometheus right? Scott producing rather than directing will probably benefit the film.
  • How Many People Does John Wick Kill in the Movie? - If for some wildly ridiculous reason you still haven't watched John Wick, you should stop what you're doing and watch it immediately before you check out this video full of violent spoilers.
  • Furious 7 - International Trailer - Universal Pictures released an international trailer for Furious 7 (previously known as Fast & Furious 7), an upcoming American action film directed by James Wan & written by Chris Morgan. The seventh installment in the Fast & Furious film series.  Furious 7 is scheduled to release on April 3, 2015.
  • Mad Max: Fury Road - International Trailer -Warner Bros. released an international trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road, an upcoming Australian post-apocalyptic action film directed & produced by George Miller, co-written with Brendan McCarthy & Nico Lathouris. The fourth film of Miller's Mad Max franchise. First film of the franchise in almost 30 years. It stars Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Nathan Jones, Abbey Lee, Riley Keough. Mad Max: Fury Road is scheduled to release in 2D and 3D theaters on May 15, 2015.
  • Rare Look Inside Antarctic Explorers' Huts - After 10 years of conservation efforts, the huts that once housed the likes of Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton are ready for a new generation.
  • Japanese Underground Bike Parking Machine - This can't be easier or cheaper than buying a bike lock, but it looks so cool that I want one anyway!
  • High Res Wifi Signal Mapping - A really cool video!
  • White Blood Cells Attack A Parasite With A Vengeance - All you bacteria out there better watch this video so you can know what to expect next time you try to get in us.
  • An NHL Webcam Gets A Terrifying Surprise Visitor - By the looks of it, that bird is a raven, and if we had to guess what it's saying, it'd be "nevermore will the 49ers make it to the Super Bowl. Love, Baltimore."
  • 3 Year Old White Belt Reciting the Student Creed - How many 3 year olds do you know that can say "self-discipline"?
  • How Lil Jon Cleans Snow Off Cars - Boston take note: nothing moves snow like a powerful subwoofer!
  • Zach LaVine Pulls Off Ridiculous Space Jam Dunk At NBA Dunk Contest - LaVine jumps so high he nearly clotheslines himself - with the rim.
  • 10328x7760 - A 10K Timelapse Demo - showcasing the extreme resolution of the PhaseOne IQ180 camera
  • Cat to warm by a heater - LOL!
  • Russian Man Takes Off All His Clothes During Security Check - I'm pretty sure he's not concealing anything :)
  • People are Awesome Epic Wins 2015 HD - People are awesome epic wins skills and talent!
  • Irina Shayk for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue 2015 -  She's single again guys *wink*
  • The best pics on the Internet #121 - All pictures are carefully handpicked!
  • Hottest Babes on the Internet #57 - Which one is hottest? ;-)
Anti-Cheat Hardware is coming - briefly
(hx) 10:59 AM EST - Feb,21 2015 - Post a comment / read (2)
Coming soon to Kickstarter is the world's first anti-cheat hardware device. Engineered by UCLA grad David Titarenco, Gamer:Ref is a device that measures controller input and compares it to the game's behavior. The device claims to counter cheating software found in CS:GO, Dota 2, and League of Legends, because anti-cheat software is believed to be weak. The device isn't perfect however. On the technical site Titarenco explains that the device can't prevent wall hacks or ESP style cheats. He also goes to say that those vulnerabilities are on the developer side.
The goals of Game:Ref:
   - Eliminate all software cheats in online games.
   - Eliminate 100 percent of cheats in LAN tournaments.
   - Once a cheater is detected quarantine them from the rest of the gaming community.
   - Work with developers so they don't have to spend time worrying about cheaters ruining their game.
Victor Vran - Early Access Gameplay Trailer - movie
(hx) 04:55 AM EST - Feb,21 2015 - Post a comment
Haemimont Games' action-RPG Victor Vran is now available on Steam Early Access.

 Gameguru Mania News - Feb,20 2015 - all
Dungeons 2 - Gameplay Trailer - preview
(hx) 04:41 PM EST - Feb,20 2015 - Post a comment
The Dungeon Lord is back and this time he's serious! In Dungeons 2, fulfil the Dungeon Lord's insatiable quest for vengeance by recruiting fearsome new monsters from all corners of the underworld in order to undertake his evil bidding. Taking over the underworld isn't enough though this time The Dungeon Lord will extend his dominion over the puny humans and attempt to conquer the overworld too! Dungeons 2 will be available worldwide via Steam for Windows PC, Mac and SteamOS on the 24th of April - with a boxed retail version for PC released in Europe on the same day. The PC retail version will be available in North America on the 28th of April.

Final Fantasy 15 Final Fantasy XV Gameplay - preview
(hx) 04:37 PM EST - Feb,20 2015 - Post a comment / read (1)
Final Fantasy 15 Final Fantasy XV gameplay shows off 42 minutes of new footage from the PS4 demo.

Dualshockers has the details on what was revealed:
- Having Noctis warp around, block and evade costs MP.
- You can select weapon abilities with the D-pad.
- The title screen changes according to real world time between day and night.
- Noctis can't go very far into the water in the demo, but he will be able to go further in the final game.
- The AI reacts according to Noctis' movements. When he changes speed, his party will too. They also react automatically to the situation.
- A red 'Encounter Gauge' appears when enemies are close, and battle starts. At that point the marker disappears.
- Not all monsters are hostile, but they will defend themselves if attacked.
The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 - DRM Free Trailer - movie
(hx) 09:48 AM EST - Feb,20 2015 - Post a comment
King Art Games has released a DRM Free launch trailer for their new point-and-click adventure game, The Book of Unwritten Tales 2.

Worlds of Magic PC Has Gone Gold - gold
(hx) 08:15 AM EST - Feb,20 2015 - Post a comment
Wastelands Interactive has announced that its 4X turn-based strategy game, Worlds of Magic, has just reached the Gold Master status on PC platform. Worlds of Magic is described as the true spiritual successor of classic Master of Magic, and is currently planned for a March 19th release.

 Gameguru Mania News - Feb,19 2015 - all
Broken Age Part 2 To Be Released This Spring - briefly
(hx) 05:37 PM EST - Feb,19 2015 - Post a comment
Double Fine has released a new "Progress Update" video for Broken Age Part 2, in which the company's Tim Schafer revealed that Broken Age Part 2 is in beta phase and will be released later this Spring.

Dragon's Dogma Online - Trailer #2 - movie
(hx) 05:34 PM EST - Feb,19 2015 - Post a comment
Here's the second trailer for Dragon's Dogma Online, an upcoming free-to-play RPG for PC and PlayStation that is due out later this year in Japan.

Solarix - First Impressions - preview
(hx) 05:12 PM EST - Feb,19 2015 - Post a comment
DSOGaming has posted 10 minutes playthrough video of Solarix, the upcoming first-person sci-fi horror game developed by Pulsetense Games and powered by UDK. Solarix aims to offer open-ended levels for both combative and stealth-focused playstyles.

Homeworld Remastered 4K Cinematics Trailer - movie
(hx) 02:34 PM EST - Feb,19 2015 - Post a comment / read (3)
This 4K-enabled trailer features two beautiful in-game Homeworld cinematics from the Homeworld Remastered Collection -- the Mothership awaits your command starting February 25, 2015.

The Order 1886 - First 25 Minutes Gameplay - preview
(hx) 12:59 PM EST - Feb,19 2015 - Post a comment / read (1)
The Order 1886 gameplay shows first 25 minutes of footage (PS4)

FINAL FANTASY TYPE-0 HD CE Reveal - console
(hx) 04:46 AM EST - Feb,19 2015 - Post a comment
All pre-orders from SQUARE ENIX are automatically entered into a sweepstakes, where you could win a FINAL FANTASY TYPE-0 customized PlayStation 4 or Xbox One! The FINAL FANTASY XV -EPISODE DUSCAE- demo is also included in every copy of the Collector's Edition. FINAL FANTASY TYPE-0 HD available 03.17.15.

 Gameguru Mania News - Feb,18 2015 - all
SWTOR - Choose Your Path Trailer - movie
(hx) 08:08 PM EST - Feb,18 2015 - Post a comment / read (4)
A new trailer for Star Wars: The Old Republic has been released that invites players to "Choose Your Own Path". Check it out and let us know your true path.

Am I the only one who feels that the number of possibilities offered by SWTOR is two? ;-)
DX12: 900% FPS Increase Over DX11 - tech
(hx) 07:59 PM EST - Feb,18 2015 - Post a comment / read (5)
Some interesting performance claims are surfacing surrounding Microsoft's upcoming DirectX 12. One such report comes in a tweet from Brad Wardell showing over a 900% improvement over DirectX 11 on an unreleased GPU playing an unspecified game. The Stardock boss tweeted:
Did a test of DirectX 11 vs. DirectX 12 on an unreleased GPU with an 8core CPU. DX11: 13fps, DX12: 120fps. Lighting and lens effects.
Hand of Fate - Now Available - briefly
(hx) 05:11 PM EST - Feb,18 2015 - Post a comment
Defiant Development has announced that its new title that blends RPG and rogue-like features with elements of board and collectible card games is now available. Hand of Fate is priced at $19.99 and in order to celebrate this announcement, Defiant Development released the game's launch trailer.

Here are the game's features:
    -Breathtaking fantasy world where human inhabitants struggle for survival
    - 465 cards - each one a different decision, battle, piece of equipment, enemy or boss battle
    - More than 1000 lines of dialogue - never hear the same sentence twice in one play session
    - 13 epic boss battles and 24 kinds of enemies
    - More than 100 game changing items including: 25 weapons and 13 sets of armor
    - Two game modes:
       Story - Defeat the dealer and his treacherous minions
       Endless - Cycle through a never ending deck of cards and compete worldwide for the top spot on the leaderboard
Bladestorm Nightmare Coming to the PC - briefly
(hx) 04:17 PM EST - Feb,18 2015 - Post a comment
Koei Tecmo has announced via Twitter that Bladestorm Nightmare will be released on Steam this May.



Bladestorm: Nightmare is a remake of Bladestorm: The Hundred Years' War from 2007, and, like its predecessor, revolves around the French and English conflict that took place between 1337 and 1453. While the sequel's "Bladestorm" mode aims to accurately recount the events of the Hundred Years' War, its new "Nightmare" mode offers a brand new, fantasy-based story involving demons and a possibly evil Joan of Arc, all set in the same universe.
Project Cars Delayed Again - briefly
(hx) 04:12 PM EST - Feb,18 2015 - Post a comment
Bandai Namco and Slightly Mad Studios announced today that Project CARS will be slightly delayed, and is now planned for an April 2nd release on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. According to the development team, this delay will let it further enhance and polish the game.
Moving a release date was not an easy decision to make, as we know our fans are eager to get their hands-on on Project CARS. But we know that these extra days will allow us to provide the best game experience that our fans deserve. We assure you the wait will be worth it when the game does arrive early April.
 Gameguru Mania News - Feb,17 2015 - all
Lucius II - PC gameplay - 1080p 60fps - preview
(psolord) 07:45 PM EST - Feb,17 2015 - Post a comment
Lucius is taken to the psychiatric ward of St. Benedict's Hospital by unsuspecting caretakers. The Book of Revelations predicts the birth of a child that would end up ruling the world with an iron rod. The first part of this prophecy has been fulfilled. It is time to take care of the rest.

Total War: ATTILA - Launch Trailer - movie
(hx) 06:38 PM EST - Feb,17 2015 - Post a comment
Total War: ATTILA is now available to purchase at retailers and available for digital download!

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