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There are a few caveats to consider before exploring the freewheeling modding scene, as Bethesda discussed in a livestream last week.While loading the wrong mods or loading them in the wrong order could make the game temporarily unplayable, you don't have to worry about screwing up your save game while playing with mods loaded—a separate "modded save" will be stored alongside the standard version.While there are plenty of interesting and useful mods to play around with, we can particularly recommend the "Full Dialogue Interface" mod, which ensures you won't be surprised by the specific words that come out of your avatar's mouth when you decide what to say next.After that, how about some new hairstyles or new radio options?Aside from games like LittleBigPlanet that are explicitly about user-generated content, console games are rarely modifiable to the same extent as similar PC games.Maybe Bethesda's newfound support of the console modding scene will drive other developers and console makers to be more open to the idea of letting console players play around with the game code itself.
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The Xperia X, Xperia XA, and Xperia X Performance will go on sale at Sony s retail stores, Best Buy, Amazon, Reagan Wireless, and B Photo Video later this year.But the similarities are only skin-deep.A soft press on the key allows you to focus, and a harder press takes a shot.In fact, the phone feels very compact, and that s largely due to the 5-inch screen.Secondly, it has a slightly bigger battery at 2,700mAh and it doesn t have a bigger screen or higher resolution to power, so we would expect the battery life to be good.Given the choice we would certainly opt for the top-end X Performance, for the faster processor and waterproofing.
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fotograf: Tomas Oneborg/TTStyrelsen i Forsmarks kraftgrupp AB, kontrollerad av statliga Vattenfall, har beslutat att gå vidare med en plan för att öka effekten i Forsmark 1-reaktorn, skriver bolaget i ett meddelande på elbörsen Nordpool.Det handlar enligt Vattenfall inte om någon ny investering, utan om en uppgradering som bygger på teknisk utrustning som funnits installerad sedan 2011.Utrustningen möjliggör en effekthöjning på 120 megawatt mer än i dag, men för att mata ut mer effekt krävs förstärkningar av kraftnätet.Förhandlingar med Svenska kraftnät ska inledas för att anpassa kraftnätet och effekthöjningen bör kunna göras om 3–4 år, enligt kärnkraftsoperatören.Beskedet kommer under pågående energisamtal mellan den rödgröna regeringen och oppositionen, där bland annat den omstridda effektskatten på kärnkraft och en bortre tidsgräns för svensk kärnkraft om 20 år har diskuterats.Energiminister Ibrahim Baylan S har utlovat besked om effektskatten senare i veckan.
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The Melbourne team has now developed a new design and manufacture process that allows it to create 2,000 different types of the pixel, which corresponds to 2,000 different colors and shades.That provides a far richer pallet from which to create images than researchers have had access to in the past.An example of what can be achieved is at the top of the page: The image on the left is an actual photograph, while in the middle and on the right are representations made using the plasmonic pixels.The plasmonic image measures just over half an inch across—large compared to previous microscopic images created using the same technique.Currently it looks washed out compared to the real picture, but with more pixels to choose from, it will only ever look better.The team reckons that the technique could be used to print never-fading, high-resolution images, which may be of use for security tags, medical packaging—or simply images that you never want to say goodbye to.
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International payments clearing-house SWIFT wants extra hands to keep its stable doors closed.In a job ad that inexplicably fails to mention the hundreds of millions of dollars missing, in a variety of currencies because of astonishingly-lax security, it seeks an information security trainee.As previously documented, SWIFT's slackery aided and abetted a US$81 million heist from the Bangladesh central bank, another $12 million from Ecuador's Banco del Austro, and attacks in the Philippines and Vietnam.SWIFT's response has been criticised for, among other things, only offering a guarantee that the network would expand its use of two-factor authentication, rather than demanding it of all banks.The infosec specialist SWIFT is currently seeking in the US will be in an entry-level role: a bachelor of computer science with more than no experience at all, with work experience in PHP, Perl or Python; MySQL and Unix knowledge.Knowledge of intrusion detection and vulnerability assessment capabilities is an asset , the job ad says.
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If you're catching an EasyJet flight, make sure you leave plenty of time to get there or you could face a big fine - thanks to new rules being enforced by the low-cost carrier.According to The Independent the check-in barriers at Gatwick will be programmed to not open if you're trying to get through to security less than thirty minutes before your flight.Instead, you'll have to return to the EasyJet desk and pay around £80 to book another flight.Even though EasyJet has always recommended leaving 30 minutes, it would usually try and squeeze you on anyway - much to the frustration of staff who want to get the plane into the air.You might think that this is latest in a long line of examples of budget airlines turning the screws to wring more cash out of us, following stories about EasyJet charging a tenner to receive proof your flight was cancelled, or reducing the hand baggage allowance.So really, the lesson here is simple: Make sure you get to the airport plenty of time in advance.
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Last year, Asus blew enthusiasts away with the GX700, a crazy Republic of Gamers-branded gaming laptop that featured full-blown water-cooling thanks to a hulking dock that connected to the rear of the notebook.Asus ROG s keeping the exact details about the GX800 water-cooled gaming laptop close to its chest, but what s already been announced is intriguing indeed.When the notebook s plugged into the water-cooling dock it ll crank up the clock speeds and performance capabilities of all its major components—hence the need for all that power.When you will be able to get your hands on one, and for how much money?Asus isn t saying yet, sadly.Hopefully the GX800 becomes reality much faster than the GX700, which spent what felt like an eternity touring trade shows before it actually appeared on the streets.
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GIFThat last attempt at an Age of Empires game is not what the people wanted.They want...well, probably something that looks more like this cute little animation by Shankwanger.Here it is in full:
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Success Games like Candy Crush Saga, Minecraft, and Star Wars Battlefront sold in millions of copies. Read also: Mojangs president speaks out: We are by definition a one-hit-wonder King, somköptes of American Activision Blizzard autumn 2015, leading the league with a sales turnover of 17 billion last year. Carl Armfelt, fund manager of Swedbank Robur's fund for new technologies, however, that Starbreeze has a different business model that runs counter to the short cycles Johanna Nylander talking about. Starbreeze has proven for all other game developers in the world that can drive a brand that game Payday four years and for a long time to have a pretty good profitability. Read also: Swedbank Robur great deal in Starbreeze - becoming the second largest shareholder Swedbank Robur's fund for new technologies has invested in both Starbreeze, Stillfront and Paradox Interactive, which is listed on First North on Tuesday. There will always be a team of four people in a basement doing something from scratch, but in the future it will be the largest companies that are good at it.
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No, we're not talking about skulking off to the shady corners of the interwebs and dabbling in illicit downloads.Based on extensive interviews with the late Joe Strummer and his gang, it runs at 40 minutes in five sections: perfect commuting fodder.This Valve-funded doc follows the lives of three pro Dota 2 players, all of them hungry for the grand US$1million prize at a tournament, making for a very enticing watch.Its classic movies are even neatly arranged into genres for themed film nights.As the name suggests, it gathers copyright-free documentaries, from the likes of Louis Theroux and Stephen Hawking.Internet Archive: Better known for the Wayback Machine a digital DeLorean for looking at how sites have changed over the years , the Internet Archive also has over 20,000 free films in its vaults.
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Last week saw an unusual development in the field of ransomware: The cybercriminal group that operates the TeslaCrypt malware published a universal decryption key for their software.Any victim can download and use it – and repair files encrypted by TeslaCrypt – so this threat is technically disarmed.This malware appeared about a year ago.It used the Adobe Flash Angler exploit to infect machines and targeted mostly gamers using a list of files that are used to save game progress .Why would the creators decide to kill their brainchild?Some might theorize that the reason the TeslaCrypt team shut down the operation is because they knew the authorities were hot on their trails.About a year ago, the creator of the Locky ransomware published a decryption key, but cybercriminals keep using Locky anyway.Time will tell if TeslaCrypt s makers release a viable replacement — one as successful as the original — and what new challenges such a release would pose to the security industry.Nitsan Saddan is advanced threat researcher at Cymmetria.
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Facebook is winding down LiveRail, the video ad tech business it acquired in 2014.In 2015, LiveRail began to power ad serving for all in-app ads on the Facebook Audience Network — launched in 2014 to target ads to Facebook users in apps and now mobile websites beyond Facebook itself — including native video and display ads, in addition to supporting desktop advertising.However, earlier this year, Facebook announced it was closing down LiveRail s ad-serving capabilities to focus on private marketplaces and ad mediation for native and video.We are discontinuing the LiveRail Private Exchange to focus on finding better ways for publishers to sell their ad space directly to advertisers, as well as expanding our video ad offering via Audience Network, said a Facebook spokeswoman.This is what many of our publishing partners told us they wanted, and we believe this will make video ads more relevant to the people who watch them.Earlier this week, Facebook confirmed it will shutter its programmatic exchange for desktop inventory, FBX, in favor of mobile and cross-device capabilities like Custom Audiences and Dynamic Ads.
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There s plenty of speculation about Xbox One Mini and PS4 Neo to certainly be more than hearsay, and now even GameStop expects multiple new consoles E3 2016.During the company s latest earnings briefing via GameSpot , GameStop COO Tony Bartel said he expects multiple new console announcements during the show, as well as a clearer idea of the next six months of software.We expect E3 to focus on key titles in the back half of the year and console announcements," he said.It s important to note that Bartel doesn t explicitly state which consoles will be revealed at E3.Although Nintendo has said only The Legend of Zelda for Wii U will be on show, could it spring a surprise and actually reveal the Nintendo NX?It s a very exciting time in the games industry, with new consoles on the horizon from all the major players and plenty of amazing games coming out over the next 12 months, as well as the launch of PlayStation VR, we re in for a treat.
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Skype has a tablet-friendly refresh coming your way.With version 7.0, the app more fully embraces Google s Material Design language by adding in a floating action button for quick access to new messages, voice, and video calls.There s also finally a multi-pane view when you use the app in landscape mode so you re able to quickly switch over to another conversation.Microsoft also says it s ramped up the search capabilities, with the company s improved universal search so you can find a contact, conversation, group, or Skype bot from the search bar at the top.You can look for the new version of Skype to land soon in the Google Play Store.The impact on you: All in all this looks like a pretty solid update, so definitely grab it if you use Skype frequently on an Android tablet.
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And with the large population of migrant Chinese workers in the affected area, scientists worry the disease could unleash its first outbreak in Asia.The authors of a recent paper called the current situation "unprecedented in history," writing that it is "critical" to assess the risk now and act quickly "so that a global catastrophe can be averted.Once the disease reaches that phase, about half of the people infected die.This outbreak, which began in Angola in December 2015, is particularly concerning because it's spreading through highly populated cities, including Luanda, which has over 7 million people.The Chinese and Kenyan cases were from travelers, highlighting the global threat that diseases pose today, as Maryn McKenna writes in National Geographic.If the disease takes hold in China, where the Aedes aegypti mosquito is also present, 2 billion people in Asia could be at risk, according to a study published in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases on May 6.But it's constantly in short supply.A short-term action planNearly 12 million yellow fever vaccines have gone to Angola, where over 7 million people have already been vaccinated.They could get a mini-dose now, and then get a full dose later to prevent future outbreaks.Our increasingly connected world is making it easier than ever for diseases to spread.Hopefully public health officials can get this outbreak under control — and keep it from spreading to billions of people at risk in Asia.Read the original article on Tech Insider.More from Tech Insider:This is about to be the best reason to switch from iPhone to Android14 crazy airplanes that look straight out of science fictionApple might put its Amazon Echo competitor INSIDE the next Apple TV AAPL This one chart shows why Apple s next iPhone needs to be a hit AAPL I tried the Bill Gates-backed vegetarian burger that 'bleeds' and sizzles like beefNOW WATCH: Mosquitoes are the most dangerous creatures on Earth — should we kill them all?Loading video...
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Porsche 804 med Joakim Bonnier vid ratten på Nürburgring den 5 aug 1962. fotograf: Wikimedia CommonsTEKNIKHISTORIA.Nu har bilen med chassinummer 1 totalrenoverats.Joakim Bonnier och amerikanen Dan Gurney som förare gick man under året som bäst in med en förstaplacering i Frankrikes Grand Prix i Rouen.Ferry Porsche tyckte inte att dyra Formel 1-tävlingar gav märket tillräcklig utväxling.Pengarna behövdes för att ta fram den nya modellen 911.Prenumerera på den här!
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National audit shows that the Swedish authorities have long to "acceptable level" when it comes to information security. Poor information may have consequences as when the Civil Aviation Administration radar stopped air traffic at several airports recently, or in April, when no one could leave out prescription medication. A new audit by the National Audit Office shows that the government has far to an acceptable level, writes the Swedish National Audit Margareta Åberg Per Dackenberg and Marcus Pettersson at Dagens Nyheter. A stronger governance from the government, with clear demands on what should be achieved, when it will be completed, and then a follow-up needed for the situation to improve, according to the National Audit Office. Asks the Government among other things also to consider setting up a central function to support the work of the authorities, and to let the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency to develop a model to improve information security. Get the news you're going to talk about in your Facebook feed - like Metro Sweden
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A team investigating the lithium-air end of the battery spectrum -- ones that 'breathe' oxygen -- claims to have made a little breakthrough, one that could speed a boost in battery energy density to between five and ten times current levels -- and be on the market inside five years.The boasts of the advancement in using air to manage part of the reaction come from a team at UT Dallas led by Kyeongjae Cho and Yongping Zheng pictured , where work with with fellow researchers at Seoul National University has led to the creation of a new catalyst for future lithium-air batteries called dimethylphenazine.A thing so new it's not yet in the Chrome spell checker.These new catalyst materials are soluble rather than solid, which makes them better for reasons we have no chance of ever understanding no matter how much time we spend looking at this Wikipedia page on lithium-air battery catalysts.Dr Kyeongjae Cho explained it in layman's terms to us lot with: "This is a major step.Make sure to check out our @GizmodoUK Twitter feed, and our Facebook page.
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"The companies announced Tuesday that they had entered a "memorandum of understanding" to start exploring how they could work together.That begins Tuesday with new leasing options from Toyota that let Uber drivers cover their payments with their earnings.Toyota Financial Services Corp. and Mirai Creation Investment Limited Partnership will also be making a strategic investment in Uber.The amount was not disclosed.We re excited that Toyota, the largest automobile manufacturer in the world, is making a strategic investment in Uber as part of a broader global partnership.Toyota vehicles are among the most popular cars on the Uber platform worldwide and we look forward to collaborating with Toyota in multiple ways going forward, starting with the expansion of our vehicle financing efforts, said Emil Michael, chief business officer of Uber, in the press release.It's not the first time a traditional automaker has come knocking on a ride-hailing company's door.The Uber-Toyota collaboration comes on the heels of Volkswagen announcing a $300 million investment in Uber competitor Gett.Uber's other rival, Lyft, may be a better example though of a direction Uber could take in a newly minted collaboration.Lyft and GM have since teamed up on projects like providing rental cars to people who want to drive for Lyft.NOW WATCH: Uber drivers reveal 5 ways to get a better passenger ratingLoading video...
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They launched as hybrids between the smart watch and workout gadget, syncs with Android and iPhone handsets and attracts the time of writing emerged as an avalanche on crowdfunding site. The most striking difference between the two models is that Time 2 has a color display that is 56 per cent larger than its predecessor. Pebble does not stop there, but also fit to launch the new Android-training unit Core. The sights are clearly set on out-competing smartphone bracelets and hip pockets of joggers. "Leave your phone at home," reads the invitation of Pebble, which instead made the core of a lightweight clip-on solution. Battery life should land of over 5 hours in active use and storage at 4 gigabytes.
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