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Detekt tool hunts down government spyware on your PC

Detekt tool hunts down government spyware on your PC

Government surveillance is a hot topic, and as news about the extent of such monitoring keeps coming, many individuals have wondered at one point or another whether any of their own data is under some agency's watchful eye. To help (potentially) ease your paranoia is a new open-source malware tool called Detekt, which its maker Claudio Guarnieri -- with support from the Electronic Frontier Foundation -- says will help you determine whether your computer is infected. The malware detector is available for Windows users.

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Game of Thrones returns in Trailer for PS4, Xbox One

Game of Thrones returns in Trailer for PS4, Xbox One

This week the folks behind the Telltale Games release of Game of Thrones have decided to unveil their first trailer. This is an episodic series of games, starting with "A Song of Ice and Fire", and will follow similar formatting to other episodic games from the same developer: The Walking Dead, Tales from the Borderlands, and The Wolf Among Us included. This release has George R.R. Martin working as story consultant and has characters from the HBO series doing the voices of the characters they represent in the TV series.

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Google acquires Relative Wave: visually-inclined tool-makers

Google acquires Relative Wave: visually-inclined tool-makers

The folks at Relative Wave are creators. They're making it easier for software developers to see what their apps will look and act like before they create a final design. With their tools, creators can visualize what they're making for a smartphone ON the smartphone, rather than on a PC. When you edit something in their system, "Flow", you see it change in real-time on the smartphone you're prototyping on. Google just acquired this company, and they've made their software free for download for Mac users in the process.

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Titanfall re-released as “Deluxe Edition”

Titanfall re-released as “Deluxe Edition”

This week you'll find the re-release of Titanfall as Titanfall Deluxe Edition for PC and eventually Xbox One. This version of the game will cost LESS than the original release of the game and will include all DLC released since the game was originally launched. This should serve to summon a new wave of players to the game to keep the game going strong online. Titanfall is an entirely online-based game, running on Microsoft's Azure servers across the planet - without players, there is no Titanfall.

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Intel’s last ditch effort: merge mobile and PC chip units

Intel’s last ditch effort: merge mobile and PC chip units

Despite what seems to be nothing but losses on the mobile front, Intel isn't ready to call it quits just yet, at least not formally. While some companies (HP and Sony come to mind) are divorcing their businesses in order to remain profitable in at least one area, Intel isn't about to let someone else take its mobile and tablet business elsewhere. Instead, it will be merging that loss-making unit into its division in charge of making chips for PCs, in the hopes that they will finally hit some sweet spot in the end.

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Goat Simulator update to MMO for free this Thursday

Goat Simulator update to MMO for free this Thursday

For those of you that've played Goat Simulator, you understand the madness. It's a tiny game, one in which you're a goat that does insane and inane things for the greater good of simulating the real life experiences of a goat. For those of you that've not experienced Goat Simulator - may god have mercy on your souls. This game is about to get a major update this Thursday. An update that's also an expansion. An update that's also entirely free for people that already own the game.

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Should you give Ubisoft a break on Assassin’s Creed Unity?

Should you give Ubisoft a break on Assassin’s Creed Unity?

This week is not a great one for Ubisoft. They've been hit relatively hard for their slightly lackluster release of Assassin's Creed: Unity, with reviewers finding the game less than perfect in some cases and downright unplayable in others. But what if Ubisoft had waited? What if they delayed again - past the two weeks delay they'd noted back in August? At what point does it make sense to release a product that's unfinished? At what point does a development team have to stop and release?

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Assassin’s Creed Unity update: patch released ASAP

Assassin’s Creed Unity update: patch released ASAP

Issue surrounding the release of Assassin's Creed Unity are currently being addressed by Unity in a second patch. While many players have already downloaded the first "Day 1 Patch", there's a second in the mix. This second download for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, will address several of the most stand-out issues that've come up in the release of the game. Falling through the ground when you jump off a building? No worries for you - all will be well soon, so says Ubisoft.

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Assassin’s Creed Unity issues: Ubisoft blames AMD [UPDATE: Ubisoft recants]

Assassin’s Creed Unity issues: Ubisoft blames AMD [UPDATE: Ubisoft recants]

It's not been a great couple of days for Ubisoft. Assassin's Creed Unity was put on sale a full 12 hours before the review embargo was lifted, reviews were less than positive, and there've been several reports of graphics glitches in-game for both the console (PS4, Xbox One), and PC versions of the game. Today Ubisoft has responded to a couple of complaints, suggesting in one case that "graphics performance" could be "adversely affected by certain AMD CPU and GPU configurations." Ubisoft appears to be suggesting this performance hit is only present on PCs, not necessarily Xbox One or PS4.

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Chromecast opens to more games, Showtime, Starz

Chromecast opens to more games, Showtime, Starz

The tiniest of Google devices, Chromecast, has opened its doors to a number of new apps for official connectivity this holiday season. Starting with games like Connect Four Quads, Simon Swipe, and Scrabble Blitz, Chromecast is growing incrementally with big names like Hasbro. Hasbro's Monopoly Dash is another of the new games coming to Chromecast, alongside Wheel of Fortune, Just Dance Now, and Big Web Quiz. And if that wasn't enough in the quiz department, there's also the Emoji Party for questions like Google's suggestion: "how many goats tall is Taylor Swift?"

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