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PlayStation Now Beta Opens to PS4 Users

Jul 31, 2014 - 9:54 PM - by Reverend
First announced at CES in January, PlayStation Now delivers games to PlayStation consoles with no discs or downloading required. Since January, PS Now has been in private beta for select gamers across the country, a program that expanded in May. Now, the beta is available to everyone in the U.S. and Canada.

As part of this open beta, PS4 users will see a library of more than 1,000 PS Now titles available for rent in the PlayStation Store. The rental period will vary by game — either 7 days, 30 days, 90 days, or just 4 hours so you can "sample the experience."

"With a strong and stable broadband connection, visual and gameplay quality will be much like what you're used to with other PS3 games," Sony said.

PS Now will feature cloud game saves and support for Trophies, friend lists, and leaderboards. You'll also be able to play online with other PS Now users, as well as those who have the downloadable or disc-based versions of the game.

Sony asked beta testers to provide feedback about the service.

"Since we're still in Beta, and in the very early days of PS Now, we plan to continue to collect feedback during this Open Beta phase to make further refinements to the service," the company said.

One thing many users are apparently asking for — a PS Now subscription option. Sony said it has heard the requests "loud and clear," and is working on it.

PC Magazine
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U.K. Launches Driverless Car Campaign

Jul 30, 2014 - 7:32 PM - by Reverend
The United Kingdom has given autonomous driving the green light, launching a new campaign that will see driverless cars on local roads within six months.

The government is calling on U.K. cities to join with businesses and research organizations to throw their hat into the ring for a share of a £10 million competition to host the country's driverless cars trial.

Available online, applications must be submitted by noon on Oct. 1. Up to three cities will be selected to host the trials, which begin in January. Each project is expected to last 18-36 months.

"The excellence of our scientists and engineers has established the U.K. as a pioneer in the development of driverless vehicles through pilot projects," U.K. Business Secretary Vince Cable said in a statement. "Today's announcement will see driverless cars take to our streets in less than [six] months, putting us at the forefront of this transformational technology and opening up new opportunities for our economy and society."

Two areas of independent driving technology will be covered in the review: cars with a qualified driver who can take over control of the driverless car, and fully autonomous vehicles without anyone behind the wheel.

"Driverless cars have huge potential to transform the U.K.'s transport network—they could improve safety, reduce congestion, and lower emissions, particularly CO2. We are determined to ensure driverless cars can fulfil this potential," Transport Minister Claire Perry said. "Which is why we are actively reviewing regulatory obstacles to create the framework for trialling these vehicles on British roads."

PC Magazine
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Jul 30, 2014 - 12:04 PM - by Reverend
AnyDVD works in the background to automatically and transparently enable read access of the contents of a movie DVD as soon as it's inserted into the drive.

AnyDVD HD comes with same functionality as AnyDVD, but with additional features for full HD-DVD (High Definition DVD) support, including decryption of HD-DVD movie discs.



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Windows Phone 8.1 update said to be imminent

Jul 28, 2014 - 11:00 PM - by Reverend
Microsoft is soon to release an update for Windows Phone 8.1 just weeks after that version of the platform was released, according to various sources. The update is rumoured to include support for app folders and updates to Cortana.

The software giant released the Windows Phone 8.1 code to developers back in April, but it only became available for existing handsets in June. However, according to sources including The Verge, Microsoft is now readying a Windows Phone 8.1 update that may be in the hands of developers from the start of August.

According to reports, the chief new feature of this update will be the ability to create folders or groups for apps on the phone's home screen. Users will be able to drag one app tile on top of another to create a folder in which to organise apps however they please.

Other sources claim that the update will offer other features including a native resolution of 1280x800 pixels, support for the Network Time Protocol and enhancements for the Cortana digital assistant. It is also claimed that handset vendors will be able to design custom lock screens for their devices and pre-install applications.

Meanwhile, The Verge further claims that the forthcoming update will add support for interactive smartphone cases, allowing for scenarios such as the phone waking up automatically when the case is opened.

Rumours regarding a Windows Phone 8.1 update have been circulating for some time, but official documentation to vendors has now begun referencing it, according to various sources, indicating it is close to being delivered at least as a developer preview.

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CCleaner 4.16.4763

Jul 24, 2014 - 9:41 PM - by Reverend
CCleaner (Crap Cleaner) is a freeware system optimization tool. That removes unused and temporary files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster, more efficiently and giving you more hard disk space. The best part is that it's fast and Free.


CCleaner 4.16.4763

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MH17: Twitter and Facebook spammers exploit crash

Jul 21, 2014 - 9:21 PM - by Reverend
Scammers are using the MH17 disaster in east Ukraine to spread objectionable links, online security experts have warned.

A link to a pornographic website disguised as a video of the Malaysia Airlines crash was posted on a Facebook page dedicated to one victim.

Many tweets have been posted that appeared to report the disaster, but actually included spam links.

One expert said the firms should take more responsibility for removing them.

The chief intelligence officer of anti-spam body Spamhaus, Richard Cox, said that it was common for spammers to exploit anything being discussed by a lot of people online.

"It is a fairly rapid and predictable response by the individuals behind it. They are all to make money. There is no compassion involved," he said.

Mr Cox added that the perpetrators might be using software that could detect what was being posted regularly and repost using the same hashtags.

Liam Sweeney A Facebook apparently dedicated to Liam Sweeney was set up, hosting spam.
A Facebook community page dedicated to Liam Sweeney, one of the 298 people victims, uses his name and picture.

Its sole post is a link entitled: "Video Camera Caught the moment plane MH17 Crash over Ukraine".

However, the link takes users to a pornographic website. Moreover, anyone who clicks on it is then asked to call a phone number in order to verify that they are aged 18 or older.

"Whoever it is now has your caller ID and you could get a lot of nuisance calls," said Mr Cox.

"This is all based on a somewhat tasteless video that probably doesn't exist and is presented in a completely tasteless way."

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UK anti-piracy campaign set to begin

Jul 21, 2014 - 7:11 PM - by Reverend
People in the UK who persistently pirate music and movies will soon start getting emails warning them that their actions are illegal.

The warnings are part of a larger scheme that aims to educate people about copyright and legal ways to enjoy digital content.

Starting next year, up to four warnings annually will be sent to households suspected of copyright infringement.

But if people ignore the warnings, no further action will be taken.

The warning system is the result of four years' wrangling between internet service providers (ISPs) and industry bodies representing music and movie-makers.

The original enforcement regime was outlined in the Digital Economy Act 2010 and called for persistent pirates to have their net access cut off after a series of warnings.

In addition, rights holders wanted warning letters to mention the potential penalties people would face for copyright infringement and access to a database of known illegal file-sharers.

The years of talks brokered by the government have led to the creation of the Voluntary Copyright Alert Programme (Vcap) that uses warnings via email or post.

The UK's biggest ISPs - BT, TalkTalk, Virgin and Sky - have signed up to Vcap. Many smaller ISPs are expected to join later.

In addition, the UK government has pledged to contribute £3.5m to an education campaign that will promote legal ways to listen to music and watch movies.

BBC News
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Western Digital jumps to 6TB in budget hard drives with $299 Red

Jul 21, 2014 - 7:08 PM - by Reverend
Western Digital is shipping two new 6TB hard drives as it tries to make its highest-capacity storage products affordable.

The WD Red hard drive is US$299 and the WD Green will go for $279. The WD Red is designed for enterprises with more NAS (network attached storage) and error-correction features. WD Green has more sensors and controls for lower power consumption, making it applicable to consumer desktops.

The 6TB drives are designed for use in 3.5-inch enclosures in desktops and external storage systems.

The pricing “is really affordable” for that class of product, said Fang Zhang, storage analyst at IHS.

The first hard drives that shipped with 4TB capacity were relatively higher in price, in terms of dollars per terabyte, Zhang said.

WD’s HGST unit already ships a 6TB hard drive, the Ultrastar HE6, which is selling for $477 on Amazon. Seagate’s 6TB desktop hard drive is selling for $299.99 on Newegg and B&H Photo and Video.

The 6TB drives could increase the available capacity on WD’s external storage products. WD is qualifying the Red product for the My Cloud, the two-bay My Cloud EX2 and the four-bay My Cloud EX4 external storage systems. The 6TB drive could also be plugged into network-attached storage systems and external storage bays that can be bought for under $10.

The 6TB drive could appeal to workstation users, gamers and enterprises, but there is generally more of a preference for cheaper, lower-capacity drives, Zhang said.

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