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Mass Effect Early Access Trial Details

It's been a few years since we've had a Mass Effect sequel and Andromeda looks to be pretty impressive overall. While it may not be entirely open world, there should be enough of a galaxy available to keep you playing for hours on end. That's the nifty think about the earlier installments. Choice you make do affect the play-path in the game and the outcome. It will be available for early access for some people and the details about what all you get and at the link below.

BioWare has shared some new details about Mass Effect: Andromeda's 10-hour Early Access trial for EA Access and Origin Access subscribers, noting that its single-player will be limited. Set to go live on 16 March, a week ahead of Andromeda's release date, subscribers will get to play the game for up to 10 hours.

Source: IBTimes

RadioShack Looking at Bankruptcy - Again

It's been a rough rollercoaster ride for RadioShack over the past few years as they've declared bankruptcy, been bailed out, closed stores, laid off people, merged companies, re-branded themselves, almost risen from the ashes only to find themselves right back where they were in 2015. Looking to shut down and fold up for good. While RadioShack brings fond memories, they are distant and it's been a long time since RadioShack was really relevant in our throw-away generation. It's too bad I guess, but when you are late to adapt, you do become extinct.

The bankruptcy would deal another blow to the RadioShack brand, an almost-century-old source of electronics that struggled to compete with online merchants and big-box retailers. The General Wireless venture was designed to help the RadioShack name live on following the demise of the original chain. But pressures on the business, including sluggish foot traffic at shopping centers and a shift to e-commerce, have persisted.

Source: MSN

Cord Cutters On the Rise

People have been "cutting the cord" and ditching their paid satellite or cable subscription service for a few years now in favor of another cord - their internet cable. The fact is that paid TV is pretty expensive - but it is convenient. If you opt out of your cable package, you'll need several streaming services to replace the content - but if you want less content, it's a great way to go. Another 1.7 million people have cancelled their TV package this past year, but that is only a 1.7% increase.

"With the results now in from all of the largest operators, it is clear that cord-cutting of legacy distribution services -- that is, without including OTT-delivered virtual MVPD bundles like Sling TV and DirecTV Now (and soon, YouTube TV) -- has at last meaningfully accelerated," Moffett said.

Source: DSLReports 

Hacking the Western Digital MyCloud NAS

As we often discuss, your data is not private anymore. This is a sad reality that some people try and avoid by managing their own personal cloud - whether it be through a full NAS, a Lima device or any other means. The fact is that pretty much everything can be hacked if someone tries hard enough. Another sad reality is that if you have a MyCloud NAS from Western Digital, people don't have to try too hard at all.

In the middle of last year I (Zenofex) began looking for a NAS that provided hardware decoding through my currently prefered media player, Plex. After a bit of research I ordered a Western Digital “MyCloud” PR4100. This device met all the requirements of what I was looking for and came highly recommended by a friend. After adding the NAS to my network and visiting the device’s admin page for the first time, I grew weary of adding a new device to my network without giving it a proper audit. So, I logged in, enabled SSH access, and looked at how the web server functionality of the device worked.

Source: Exploitee

BlackBerry Priv for $290? Yes Please!

If you have been waiting to get a BlackBerry Priv, you'd better hurry as this aging device will soon fade into the history books. That being said, it's a solid device and with it being reduced to a mere $289 online, it might just be the right time to pick one up. It was the flagship device at the beginning of 2016, so it's got a lot of life left in it yet. Take a look at where you can snag the best deal now.

The Priv has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard that stows away behind the device's 5.4-inch Quad HD display. BlackBerry itself is now selling the Priv for $499, but you can currently get a new unlocked Priv, in full retail packaging and with all accessories included, for $289.99...

Source: Neowin

GDC Wrapup

If you couldn't make it to the Game Developers Conference this year, you may have missed out on a few different announcements. There weren't tons of HUGE announcements, but there were a few things that are really cool and worth checking out. This year VR was big (again), although we've yet to really see it's success in the mainstream market. AR is also showing it's face more and more, and this has more application I believe. Check out the video at the link below.

Over the course of the week, we covered the latest developments from the gaming world, which included major announcements by Oculus and Microsoft on the alternative-reality front. But that wasn't all: Independent games are always a major part of GDC and this year was no exception, as demonstrated by the massive Indie Megabooth.

Source: Engadget

Lenovo Bring Motorola Back

There was a time not long ago when Lenovo bought Motorola and had planned (and did) to start to phase out the Motorola brand name. Well, after the success  of the last couple of Motorola devices, they seem to be reconsidering that idea. They are now planning on bring the brand back and putting it front and center - which is really what they should do here in North America at the very least.

He plans to reinvigorate the staid brand with its most forward-looking product: the Moto Z, a phone that embraces a modular concept with swappable Moto Mods that let users add capabilities like a projector or extra battery. He vowed to expand distribution, meaning the Moto Z will come to more carriers in the US.

Source: CNET

Nintendo Switch Teardown

If you've wanted to know for sure what is inside the Nintendo Switch console, you don't have to wait or wonder any longer. It has been fully torn down and the parts laid bare for you to peruse and enjoy. It's always a good read and a good watch over at iFixit.

This Friday night is the moment you've all been waiting for: Nintento has finally launched its Zelda machine new console, the Nintendo Switch. Forget playing games for now, it's time to take a peek at the hardware. Let iFixit do the talking, and our tools will do the walking. Come tear down with us!

Source: iFixit

How "Game Mode" Works on Windows 10

Microsoft has announced that they will be bringing "Game Mode" to Windows 10 and they've now outlined how it will work. It's pretty simple as they are essentially giving priority to games instead of having them run as just another process and service. This looks like it will still only work with games purchased through the Windows Store and really is quite anti-competitive. With hardware as powerful as it is, it may not be necessary, but if you have aging hardware, it could be the difference that makes the game run smoothly.

On the CPU side, Game Mode allocates a majority of the CPU's cores to be devoted exclusively to the target game, so an eight-core system might get six gaming-dedicated cores when running in Game Mode (depending on what other processes are running). The system then moves threads devoted to other processes off of those gaming-focused cores, reducing thread contention among the various gaming process threads and improving performance.

Source: ArsTechnica

Bitcoin price surpasses gold

For the first time ever, the price of a single Bitcoin has surpassed the price of Gold. Thanks to a surge today on the Bitcoin market, single Bitcoins have hit just under $1,300 USD in comparison to Gold which is trading in the $1,225 range. Obviously the fluctuation in the Bitcoin market is far bigger than the Gold market but it just goes to show that Bitcoin has become a very interesting playing in the currency markets. The Globe and Mail have more on this story.

Bitcoin jumped to a new high Friday, a day after soaring past the price of an ounce of gold for the first time.

One unit of the virtual currency was trading above $1,292.71 at 7:30 a.m. in New York, compared with $1,226.89 for an ounce of gold. The metal’s had a terrible week, declining for the fourth time in five days.

The latest surge in bitcoin’s value has been attributed to tighter currency restrictions in countries such as China, India and Venezuela, as well as speculation about prospects under the Trump administration.

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