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Grand Theft Auto Online cash packs frozen as Rockstar battles servers

Grand Theft Auto Online cash packs frozen as Rockstar battles servers

Rockstar has disabled Grand Theft Auto Online currency purchases and massaged the PlayStation Network servers so as to bring the GTA5 multiplayer environment back online, but the cloud-based missions still struggle to hold up to the eager gamers. "For the time being and until we have been able to get everybody access to GTA Online and things are running smoothly, we have disabled the option of purchasable GTA$ cash packs" Rockstar said today, as it battles greater-than-expected demand for the online environment.

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Apple grabs cable and IP expert for presumed Apple TV push

Apple grabs cable and IP expert for presumed Apple TV push

Apple has reignited speculation of a renewed push into TV and home entertainment products, quietly hiring a cable and networking specialist to work on "part of something big" for the Cupertino firm. Former CableLabs engineer Jean-François Mulé confirmed the move on his LinkedIn profile, with his new title the vague "Engineering Director" at Apple. However, there are already suggestions that the new exec's expertise in PeerConnect could be of particular interest to his new employer.

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Grand Theft Auto Online downtime drags as Rockstar firefights

Grand Theft Auto Online downtime drags as Rockstar firefights

Grand Theft Auto Online continues to struggle under the weight of eager GTA5 gamers hoping to play online, with the 16-player virtual arena still struggling to defeat network errors, glitchy graphics, and freezing races. The online component to Grand Theft Auto 5 launched earlier today, and immediately encountered problems despite developers Rockstar bringing on extra servers in preparation. Even now, according to Rockstar's status page, the experience is still subpar for many gamers.

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Grand Theft Auto Online launch Tuesday could see server melt-down

Grand Theft Auto Online launch Tuesday could see server melt-down

Grand Theft Auto Online, the multiplayer gaming environment for billion-dollar title GTA5, could encounter launch day hiccups given a greater-than-predicted crowd eager to take part, developers Rockstar North has warned. The online arena, which will allow up to sixteen players to compete against each other simultaneously, could well be swamped with gamers after sales of Grand Theft Auto 5 surprised the studio with its early sales performance.

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Breaking Bad finale sees record 10.3m viewers

Breaking Bad finale sees record 10.3m viewers

AMC's Breaking Bad finale pulled in 10.3m viewers on Sunday evening, with the five seasons coming to a close with the network's second highest ratings of the year. The show, which followed anti-hero and terminally ill Walter White over the course of sixty-two episodes as he turned to crime in order to provide for his family, saw a 3.7m surge from the penultimate episode, Nielsen says.

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DISH Hopper gets Control4 integration for smart home

DISH Hopper gets Control4 integration for smart home

DISH and Control4 have teamed up to integrate the Hopper HD DRV into the Control4 home automation system, spreading control of the digital video recorder across any in-wall touchscreen, remote, tablet, or smartphone used in the home. Building on DISH's API, which the company launched back in July, the integration means that those living in a Control4-enabled smart home will be able to manage setting and playing back their recordings from third-party devices, as well as have EPG information fed into the system and displayed on other screens.

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Netflix Super HD goes live for all subscribers

Netflix Super HD goes live for all subscribers

Netflix has enabled Super HD video for all of its streaming subscribers, having trialled the low-compression system earlier this year in an ISP-dependent test run. Then, Netflix only offered the service - which is 1080p Full HD, but using less compression for better quality visuals - to those viewers using an ISP with a direct connection to the company's own servers. Now, however, it has lifted that limitation.

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Apple TV one-tap setup from iPhone quietly capitalizes on Bluetooth LE

Apple TV one-tap setup from iPhone quietly capitalizes on Bluetooth LE

Apple has added one-tap instant setup to the Apple TV, using Bluetooth LE and an iOS 7 device to automatically load WiFi network and Apple ID information to the streaming set-top box. Quietly introduced today, the new feature appears to have been enabled in Apple TV OS 6.0 - re-released earlier this week - and helps new Apple TV owners to avoid punching in setup details such as complex WiFi passwords with the bundled remote.

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Linn Exakt takes on Sonos and AirPlay

Linn Exakt takes on Sonos and AirPlay

High-end music component company Linn is taking on Sonos along with Apple's AirPlay and other digital streaming systems with its new Exakt speaker technology, offering lossless connectivity. The Exakt system - which Linn rather hyperbolically says evolves speakers into "intelligent, connected, software-upgradeable products" - consists of the Klimax Exakt DSM and Klimax Exakt 350 Speakers, mixing together lossless hook-ups with various digital processing systems including crossover phase correction.

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Apple TV 6.0 adds AirPlay from iCloud, iTunes Radio, more

Apple TV 6.0 adds AirPlay from iCloud, iTunes Radio, more

Apple TV has been updated, with v6.0 of the set-top box's software adding iTunes Radio, music purchase support, access to content stored in iCloud, and more. The new software brings the same iTunes Radio streaming support that Apple added to iPhones, iPads, and iTunes on the desktop earlier this week to the television, in addition to AirPlay from iCloud streaming for playing videos stored in Apple's cloud backup without needing to download them first.

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