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Melbourne GTA Online cheat developer has home raided

Tags: australia, gaming

A gamer in Melbourne has had his assets frozen in connection with a cheat for Grand Theft Auto Online, raising questions about the reach of copyright law and the policing of online civility.

This is a cracking read & raises so many great discussion points around the reach of copyright, cheating in online games, profiting from selling cheat-enabling software and the stifling of the mod-ing community out of fear of legal action.

Spend the five minutes to read through, it’s an incredibly well written piece and well worth it.

Source: He Developed a Video Game Cheat. Then His Home Was Raided. – The New York Times

Samsung shows off their folding smartphone display

Tags: tech

Samsung showed off its future-phone concept under dimmed lights at its annual developer conference today in San Francisco. The phone unfurls to offer a 7.3-inch flexible display for reading, watching television, or multi-tasking with multiple apps.

Chew, chew…. you hear that? It’s Samsung’s PR hype train running at full speed down the tracks direct from 2019… or maybe 2020?

The demoed display was shown off under some heavily dimmed lighting for no more than 20 seconds, which yes showed the display nice and brightly but also hid the giant box that housed the prototype.

Samsung are telling us to expect the display to go into mass production next year and Google have announced their support for the “foldable” display format within Android but as to when you or I might holding one in our hands? Bet longer than shorter on that one.

Source: Samsung’s Folding Galaxy Smartphone Concept Bends All the Rules | WIRED

Get Destiny 2 on PC for FREE!

Tags: gaming

In celebration of one year of Destiny on Battle.net we want to gift you a copy of Destiny 2. Claim now before the offer expires on November 18, 2018.

 

That’s a pretty sweet deal. All you have to do is log into your Battle.net account and click the “Claim” button before November 18th and it will forever be there for you to play.

Even if you think Destiny isn’t your jam its definitely worth checking out, especially at that price!

Source: Blizzard Gifts

The dream is over, WhatsApp is getting ads

Tags: tech

“We are going to be putting ads in ‘Status’. That is going to be primary monetisation mode for the company as well as an opportunity for businesses to reach people on WhatsApp”

WhatsApp Vice President Chris Daniels shared that little nugget at a conference in India overnight.

Targeted ads are to be inserted alongside WhatsApps “Status” feature – one that I didn’t even know existed but replicates Instagram Stories & Snapchat.

With more active users than Snapchat, which at this point I don’t think is too hard, the messaging service is skirting the line on their 2016 announcement: “you can still count on absolutely no ads interrupting your communication”.

Source: Money matters: WhatsApp to soon show ads in ‘Status’ feature – The Economic Times

Lana del Ray resurrected two of Apple’s dead product lines today

Tags: tech

Introducing the new iPad Pro, MacBook Air and Mac mini. Powerful tools to imagine and create amazing things.

The Mac Mini has been untouched for four years. FOUR! Today Apple took the covers off a new version with an entirely revamped set of internals that are impressive?

A quad-core i3 or six core i5 are behind the new Mini with support for up to 64GB of RAM. It gets USB-C, which Apple seems to be adopting everywhere now (including the new iPad Pro) as well as an option for 10Gb ethernet.

The Mac Minis are available to order now and start from A$1,249.


Also reborn, my personal favourite Mac, the MacBook Air. The new Air mirrors the Mini in getting a series of new CPUs and ports but like it’s non-Air brothers now gets a Force-Touch trackpad, TouchID and a much welcomed Retina display.

Different to Airs of the past the new version will only be available in a 13″ variety and is now bigger than Apple’s MacBook lineup at 12″. The decision further muddies Apple’s lineup and, at a guess, is aimed at making people who want the smaller footprint to move to a far inferior solution (in my opinion) and get an iPad Pro.

The new MacBook Air is available to order today and start from A$1,849 which will get you 8GB of RAM & 128GB of storage.


Lastly the iPad Pro got all of the leaked updates and features we expected. A new screen, the removal of the home button and the new A12X Bionic chip.

More exciting is the fact the re-released Apple Pencil now has a magnet that allows it to clip onto the side of the new iPad Pro. It’s also meant that bot the pencil and the sides of the iPad are now flat akin to the iPhone 6’s sides but with a god-awful lens bump.

People are making a big deal of the iPad losing its headphone jack but it’s really not that surprising to anyone – or rather it shouldn’t be. The inclusion of a Thunderbolt equipped USB-C port over Apple’s proprietary Lightning connector is a boon that hopefully proliferates across the iPhone and other iPads in the future. Another reason not to upgrade my phone it would seem.

The new 11″ & 12.9″ iPad Pro are available today and start from A$1,229.


And lastly Lana del Ray was there singing a couple of songs off her new album. Why? I’m not sure, why not I guess? Maybe that’s why the whole thing was in Brooklyn?

At least if she’s a “brand ambassador” she probably uses an iPhone already and we don’t have tweet around a photo from Twitter where she uses an Android phone or something.

Brand ambassadors unite!

Source: Apple (Australia)

RED’s Hydrogen One smartphone sucks

Tags: tech

…the three big things meant to set the Hydrogen One apart — its holographic display, 3D photo and video capture, and a powerful accessories port — all fail, and are ultimately the phone’s weakest points.

Ooooof!

Blurry display, slow SoC, oversized and accessory poor. There’s very little the folks over at The Verge could find to put in the “positive” column of their review.

Are you surprised though? The holographic-hype was real but I kinda bought into it – or wanted to!

Source: RED Hydrogen One Review: Red, dead, no redemption – The Verge

Oculus co-founder departs Facebook after Rift 2 cancelled

Tags: gaming, tech

Brendan Iribe, the co-founder and former CEO of Oculus, announced today that he is leaving Facebook.

Iribe announced his departure in a Facebook post yesterday, thanking his colleagues and employees who’ve been a part of the Oculus journey since it began in 2012. Notably (and unsurprisingly) absent from that list any mention of Oculus’ other co-founder Palmer Lucky who remains one of Silicon Valley’s ostracised Trump funders.

While Iribe doesn’t mention it his departure from Facebook is said to have come at the cancellation of the company’s successor to the popular Oculus Rift headset. It’s believed the desired growth path is to concentrate on all-in-one solutions like the recently announced Oculus Quest.

Cancellation of the “Rift 2” should ring alarm bells for PC VR gamers whom are now potentially left with only one unit being actively developed by HTC.

Facebook have since stated that the Rift is definitely not be shuttered and they’re still developing the headset but who believes anything Facebook says at this point?

Source: Oculus co-founder is leaving Facebook after cancellation of ‘Rift 2’ headset | TechCrunch

iPhone XR reviews begin to hit

Tags: tech

Most people can probably find a better way to spend $2250 than on infinite black levels.

Probably the most telling pull from The Verge’s hands-on review with thew new iPhone XR.

Despite its LCD panel, with a relatively low 326 PPI density, and single rear facing camera the iPhone XR is set to be what I think will be Apple’s highest selling model of the current generation.

Significantly cheaper, almost no functioning difference and what I consider a sweet spot in physical size sitting perfectly between the iPhone X  and the iPhone 8+.

Very keen to get hands-on with one and see how it feels in hand.

 

Source: Apple iPhone XR review: better than good enough – The Verge

Samsung could say goodbye to the ‘notch’

Tags: tech

At an exclusive event for twenty corporate customers at the Marriott Hotel in Shenzhen, China, Samsung revealed a new technology milestone that could enable the Galaxy S10’s radical new design: a display that allows front cameras to poke through without the need for a notch.

Samsung are said to have developed a display with four underlying technologies built into its AMOLED core that would allow the hideous notch to be removed and introduce a truly edge to edge display.

The four components said to be included are:

  • Finger-on-Display (FoD) for finger print reading
  • Sound-on-Display (SoD) which emits sound without speakers
  • Haptics-on-Display (HoD) for localized feedback aimed at gaming.
  • Camera/Image sensors for photography and depth sensing.

Speculation of how the screen works is the AMOLED being able to make areas of the screen transparent/translucent to allow sensors to operate beneath it, but little is really known beyond the single leaked slide below.

It’s also unclear whether we can expect the upcoming Galaxy S10 to include the display or not. It looks like, at this stage, the tech is in heavy development but whether or not its at a mass production level is yet to be seen.

All I know is that I’m yet to own a “notch” based smartphone and it looks like, given I haven’t upgraded again, I may never have that burden.

Source: Here’s How the Galaxy S10 Could Kill the Notch Forever

Panasonic is crowdfunding human blinkers

Tags: tech

The prototype device, called Wear Space, is designed to keep people distraction-free when working in busy spaces or open-plan offices by blocking them off from their immediate surroundings.

These are just plain f#@king dumb. (In my opinion)

Just build your office with some walls. The open-plan office works for some companies but not for most. We have proof of that now.

Inventing something akin to a dog wearing a cone on their head and slapping some bluetooth headphones in them is not the solution.

Source: Panasonic’s human blinkers help people concentrate in open-plan offices