Author Archives: Chris Scott Barr


Tomb Raider II gets stunning Unreal Engine treatment

Tomb Raider II gets stunning Unreal Engine treatment

The original Tomb Raider games were among the first great shooter/adventure games for consoles. Sure, there were others before, but Tomb Raider created a legacy that is still loved, and is still getting built upon to this day. Unfortunately, like most games released in the 90's, the graphics really haven't held up. But someone is trying to fix that.

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Microsoft Edge joins forces with Chrome and Safari against Flash

Microsoft Edge joins forces with Chrome and Safari against Flash

When Apple declared that their revolutionary phone wouldn't support Adobe Flash, the internet went crazy. It was outrageous, preposterous! Whether you believed it at the time or not, Steve Jobs and co were on the right track. Flash can cause serious issues, and on the mobile side of things, it can be a drain on your battery. And Microsoft's new Edge browser will soon automatically freeze some content rendered by the Flash player, on websites.

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173,000 Hyundai Sonatas recalled over power steering issue

173,000 Hyundai Sonatas recalled over power steering issue

If you own a Hyundai Sonata, then you'll want to listen up. Today, the company announced a recall on roughly 173,000 Sonatas, due to an issue with the power steering. If left unchecked the power steering can go out, which would make the car significantly harder to steer. The company advises that this could potentially lead to accidents, due to the increased difficulty caused by only having manual steering.

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Netflix will raise prices for some customers next month

Netflix will raise prices for some customers next month

Despite a dwindling catalog, Netflix still remains a good deal, at just $7.99. If you're confused about that price, it means that you probably haven't been using the service for more than a couple of years. And if that price sounds about right, then I've got some bad news for you.

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Adobe Flash Player’s ransomware vulnerability gets an emergency patch

Adobe Flash Player’s ransomware vulnerability gets an emergency patch

In an announcement that surprises no one, Adobe has released an update to their Flash Player. Updates to Adobe's Flash suite seem to come rather frequently, mostly because new vulnerabilities are continually being found. This time, the bug being patched is one that allows someone to take over your computer and hold your data for ransom.

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Private MMO servers – A grey area with potential

Private MMO servers – A grey area with potential

Earlier today the news broke that one of the most popular World of Warcraft emulation servers is being taken offline. The reason that it's going dark is due to the threat of legal action from Blizzard against both the team running the server, and the hosting provider that keeps it online. While Blizzard is legally in the right, it does bring up some interesting questions about the way MMOs change over time.

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Senator Franken calls out Oculus over privacy concerns

Senator Franken calls out Oculus over privacy concerns

Just yesterday I wrote a piece regarding the Terms and Conditions that every Oculus Rift user has to agree to. In those Terms and Conditions were a few parts that had some users concerned, as the guys at UploadVR found when they went digging through it. These were primarily related to data that would be collected, and potentially shared with other companies, such as Facebook. Well today, Senator Al Franken has sent a letter addressed to Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe to address some of those concerns.

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GoPro Omni packs six HERO4 Black cameras for perfect spherical video

GoPro Omni packs six HERO4 Black cameras for perfect spherical video

GoPro is known for making cameras that can go almost anywhere. If you want to strap a camera to your head while you bike down a mountain, they're the ones that you're probably going to turn to. Well now the company has unveiled their new Omni rig, which they hope you'll use for all of your 360-degree VR video needs.

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Researchers defeat Google’s reCAPTCHA system with a 70% success rate

Researchers defeat Google’s reCAPTCHA system with a 70% success rate

When it comes to interacting with a website, they always seem to want to know if you're a human. Sure, my cat has managed to get to a surprising number of sites on her own, but websites aren't really worried about cats. Rather, they want to keep bots from getting in and mucking things up. That's why most sites employ some sort of CAPTCHA system that most computers can't crack easily. Unfortunately, some of the best ones have now been cracked.

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Blizzard takes legal action against community-ran vanilla WoW server

Blizzard takes legal action against community-ran vanilla WoW server

World of Warcraft is a very different game than the one that made its debut back in 2004. This fact was most obviously apparent to those who played on a user-ran server, which is based on the original, vanilla version of the game. One of the most popular user-ran vanilla servers was named Nostalrius, and next week it will be going offline.

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Rogue One teaser trailer brings together new faces and old favorites

Rogue One teaser trailer brings together new faces and old favorites

This is a great week for Star Wars lovers, such as myself. Just two days ago The Force Awakens was released on Blu-rey and DVD. And today, we're finally getting our first look this year's new Star Wars movie, Rogue One.

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Roccat Kova Mouse Review – Affordable, solid design

Roccat Kova Mouse Review – Affordable, solid design

Over the years, Roccat has slowly carved out a name for themselves as a maker of quality gaming accessories. I've used a few of their mice and keyboards, and have generally been pleased with them. Today, I'm going to take a look at their Kova mouse, which I've been using for a little while.

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