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Another Reason to Hate Ubisoft

If you are a big fan of Ubisoft - or if you hate them, here's something to think about next time you go buy one of their titles. According to a writer that works at Ubisoft and has been working on Far Cry 4 - gamers are terrorists. He says that there are some controversial things in the new game that you may not like, but he doesn't care if gamers like it or not "because you don't negotiate with terrorists". He's not talking about the content of the game here, he's stating that gamers are terrorists and he won't change the game if you don't like it. 

This comes in the shadow that still haunts Mass Effect 3 where people hated the ending so much and after many complaints, free DLC was given with a different ending that closed the story much better. Ubisoft will NOT being doing that. They won't let us gaming terrorists ruin their ideas. Yeah, I play games, I have an opinion - and I'm a terrorist. Thanks Ubisoft. I won't argue with your game stories because I won't be playing them.

Source: Twitter @cjkershner

Chromebooks for Schools? New York Says Yes!

I think Google's Chromebooks are in trouble in the long-run as Microsoft is really starting to push their super-low-cost laptops, but that hasn't bothered New York and they just approved the use of Chromebooks in their schools. This is a huge win for Google (and Chromebook manufacturers) as this space was formerly used by Apple and Microsoft. That being said, with the competition dropping their prices, I still think Chrome will not live a long and happy life.

Over the last year, we saw more and more schools using Google Apps for Education. After evaluating it centrally we decided to add Google Apps to our list of approved and supported tools for NYC schools this year. A number of factors drove this decision. First, a number of schools were already using Google Apps for Education. Second, since Google Apps doesn’t require special technical skills, schools were able to customize the tools to meet their specific needs.

Source: Google

Ken Block Can Really Drive

This is probably the most insane car video you'll see today. This Ken Block guy can drive! The 4x4 mustang is pretty sweet too.

Skype Gets Better?

Have you ever wished that you could keep up with your Skype contacts without actually downloading the whole client? Well we have good news for you, now you can access this great service over the web! It is nice to see since if you ever need to use this service on someone elses computer you won’t have to download such a big file to it.

To use Skype for Web, users simply sign in on Skype.com. From there, they can connect and start instant messaging directly from their browser. Voice or video calls will require a small plug-in. Now in beta, the service works with Internet Explorer, Chrome on Windows, Firefox and Safari, but it initially will be available only to a small number of users. It will be rolled out worldwide in the coming months, Watson said.

Source: TechNewsWorld

Metal Gear Very Solid

There are many people who are eagerly awaiting the release of the new Metal Gear Solid title, and some of you still have questions when it comes to some versions such as the PC. One question is, “What is the framerate going to be? “ and this has been answered with a simple 60fps. A lot of games are running at this framerate so it isn’t a big letdown, but you would think with a title with this large a cult following that they would do all they can to give those who can use it a better framerate. 


The FPS is locked at 60 for MGSV:GZ.

Source: SteamCommunity

Smash Bros. Gets Scientific

Ever been crunching numbers on your TI 83/84 calculator and just felt like you needed a gaming break but had none with you? Well you can actually play a version of Smash Bros. on it now! It is availiable for download fromwww.omnimaga.org and is open so you can make modifications yourself. Amazing!

On that screenshot, you can only see one Fox moving. That's only because I don't want my left hand to play against my right hand but I checked, everything works with the other Fox too. For now, they are played on the same calc (with different keys obviously) but for future versions, I was thinking about two solutions: either you use a second calculator as a pad without its screen being used or I use CalcNet as geekboy suggested. That's for future versions anyway, I have other problems to solve.

Source Omnimaga
Image Credit: Omnimaga

Source: Omnimaga

Facebook Tries a Cleanup

We all know how annoying those Facebook posts that are actually more like ads, and that seem to slip by every filter that we put up and wish that FB would do something about this. As it turns out they are! In January of next year they will start limiting even more of these ad posts from your feed! So we can look forward to a more relevant news feed, hopefully…

Beginning in January 2015, people will see less of this type of content in their News Feeds.As we’ve said before, News Feed is already a competitive place – as more people and Pages are posting content, competition to appear in News Feed has increased. All of this means that Pages that post promotional creative should expect their organic distribution to fall significantly over time.

Source: Facebook Newsroom

Pixel Density War is Awesome!

I love pixel density. The more pixels you can cram together on a display, the better. I like having a laptop with a 3K display and wish I had enough green saved up to buy a 5K display to go with it. When it comes to smaller screens, pixel density used to be owned by Apple, but others have come out and beat them down, cramming 2560 x 1600 displays on 5-inch or bigger displays. Sharp is giving the small(er) screen the same love and has packed in an amazing 736 pixels per inch on their new 4.1-inch display. Yup, even this tiny screen has a native resolution of 2560 x 1600.

According to Sharp, the new display has the same ppi as that of a 4K display that measures 6 inches. We know what many customers might be thinking at the moment. How much battery life will this screen consume? And will the super-high resolution make that much of a difference on a smaller display? Whether you get your answer or not, Sharp is said to be planning to provide companies with sample panels sometime in 2015 and mass production of the screens might happen in 2016.

Source: MobileMag

Apple Kills SSD Performance on Competitor SSDs

If you needed another reason to hate Apple, we've got some ammunition for you. With the latest version of their OS (Yosemite 10.10), Apple has pulled the pin and killed off TRIM support for competitor SSDs. There is no reason to do this as the "user experience" will be the same (or better) with a different SSD, but Apple has decided to push their own brand to the point where a part that could be serviceable for the average guy - no longer is. Removing this will make the experience worse for users that upgrade their drives. #BadApple

TRIM marks data to be deleted that was removed at the filesystem level. Normally, SSDs do not keep track of the blocks that are no longer in use. This is where TRIM enabled SSDs would come into play by  helping increase the life of of the SSD, and performance over that lifespan.

Source: FutureLooks

$149 Chromebooks Are Coming

With the drop in price on Windows machines, Google has had to help with a little problem. Chromebooks became more expensive than a full on Windows machine. Granted, the performance on these Windows laptops for $199 is nothing great, but neither is a Chromebook when it comes to multi-tasking. The solution? Lower the price of Chromebooks - and they will. According to sources, new machines from Lenovo and ASUS show that $149 Chromebooks are expected soon.

In October 2014, Lenovo announced a 10.1-inch Android notebook using Rockchip's RK3188 solution and Digitimes Research estimates that Lenovo's RK3288-based 11.6-inch Chromebook will become available in the market at the end of 2014 at the earliest or in the first half of 2015 at the latest. Asustek's 11.6-inch Chromebook is expected to be released in 2015.

Source: DigiTimes

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