November 2016

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Share Your Final Fantasy XV “Snapshots” on PS4 for a Chance to Win a PSVR

Show us your best moves!

By IGN PS4 Gamer Challenge

UPDATED OFFICIAL RULES CAN BE FOUND HERE[1] [Updated as of October 11, 2016]

Calling all PlayStation 4 gamers! We’re giving you a chance to be featured on IGN and win some amazing prizes! If you have an eye for photos when it comes to Final Fantasy XV, this week is all about you!

What is the PS4 Gamer Challenge? What do you have to do? Glad you asked!

What’s This Week’s Challenge?

Final Fantasy XV is now available on the PlayStation 4 and we want to see your best Prompto Snapshots of your journey on the world of Eos!

What is the PS4 Gamer Challenge?

Every week, for the next few weeks, we’ll pick a game and propose a specific challenge where you show us your skills. We’ll watch all submissions and pick our favorites, which we’ll then showcase on IGN! Rinse and repeat the following week with a new challenge and more prizes!

The best part? Even if your clip doesn’t make it into the video, you still have a chance to win prizes just by sharing the video!

How Do I Submit?

Share your best PS4 gaming moments straight from your PlayStation 4 to Twitter. Make sure you’re following IGN[2] (we’ll be checking!) and tweet your clip at us with the hashtag #IGNPS4Share and #Sweepstakes for a chance to win.

What are the Prizes?

Each week you’ll enter for a chance to win PlayStation Store Gift Cards and potentially win the grand prize of a PlayStation VR headset!

What Was Last Week’s Challenge?

Eighth week you showed us your flying skills on Watch Dogs 2!

Seventh week you really showed us how much you love Overwatch!

Sixth week you showed us how you dominated the Scorestreaks in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.

Fifth week you showed us your “Play of the Game” highlights on Overwatch.

Fourth week there was no deficit in fighting game carnage.

Third week you showed us your best Star Wars Battlefront aerial dogfights.

Second week it was all about the fastest run times in the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered beta.

First week we asked to see your Rocket League skills.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Must be 18+ and a legal resident of the 50 US or DC.  Other restrictions apply.  Sweepstakes consists of multiple entry periods beginning 10/3/16 through 12/12/16 at 11:59:59 pm PT. Void where prohibited. Subject to Official Rules[3] [Updated as of October 11, 2016]. Sponsor: IGN Entertainment, Inc.


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Small text won’t be an issue with Virgin Media’s huge 14-inch TellyTablet

Humongous Android tablets are not new, given the existence of Samsung’s Galaxy View[1] and Alcatel’s Xess[2], but the market for them is very niche. With that said, British firm Virgin Media took a crack at it anyway with the TellyTablet, which was announced alongside the company’s first 4K set-top box, CNET[3] reports.

Virgin Media does not want you to think of the TellyTablet as a traditional Android tablet — rather, the company calls it a “personal” smart TV that you can use when the main television is being used. Lending to the lingo is the TellyTablet’s 14-inch, 1,920 x 1,080 resolution IPS panel, its two speakers on the front and two on the back, and its kickstand that lets you prop the tablet up on any flat surface.

More: Seeing lots of ads on your tablet and phone? Get ready for even more[4]

Virgin Media did not say what makes the tablet tick, but you do get 32GB of storage, with the MicroSD card slot there if you need more storage for your movies and TV shows. Also unknown is the battery capacity, though the company promises seven to eight hours of battery life.

On the software front, the TellyTablet runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow, though it does not tell the whole story. Since it comes from Virgin Media, the TellyTablet comes preloaded with the company’s TV Anywhere app, which lets you access live TV, “selected” recordings, and on-demand box sets. The app also lets you sync some recordings for offline viewing and turn the TellyTablet into a huge remote.

Finally, you can consume content through the TV Anywhere app on any Wi-Fi connection, functionality exclusive to the TellyTablet.

Overall, the TellyTablet seems set up to act as a complimentary device to Virgin Media’s set-top boxes. As such, the tablet will only be available in the United Kingdom for 300 pounds, or a little over $375. Alternatively, you can buy the TellyTablet with a phone through Virgin Media for an additional 10 pounds ($12) a month over 24 months.


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7 reasons ‘Rogue One’ stands out in the Star Wars saga

It’s up to Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) to lead a ragtag group of rebels to find the Death Star plans before it’s too late.
Photo by Bonnie Burton/CNET (video screenshot)
Thousands of Star Wars fans (including me) have already preordered tickets[1] to see…

2016 will be 1 second longer: Google can help you cope

Like a man eager to show off his new watch, Google is encouraging anyone running IT operations to ask it for the time.

The company will let anyone use its NTP (Network Time Protocol) servers, a move to help IT shops cope with the next “leap second,” which will be tacked onto 2016 just after midnight on Dec. 31.

Leap seconds help to keep clocks aligned with Earth’s rotation, which can vary due to geologic and even weather conditions. But an extra second can wreak havoc with applications and services that depend on systems being tightly synchronized.

Most Internet-connected devices get their time through NTP, an open-source technology that’s used all over the world. NTP has its own problems[1], mainly around funding, but it’s long been the standard. Google runs its own NTP servers and uses them to ease its systems through leap seconds, according to Michael Shields, technical lead on the company’s Time Team, in a blog post[2] on Wednesday.

Time synchronization is critical for many things Google’s systems do, such as keeping replicas up to date, determining which data-affecting operation happened last, and correctly reporting the order of searches and clicks, the company says.

Ordinary operating systems can’t accommodate a minute that’s 61 seconds long, so some organizations have used special-case workarounds for the extra second. But sometimes these methods raise issues, like what happens to write operations that take place during that second. At times in the past, some Google systems have refused to work when faced with a leap second, though this didn’t affect the company’s services, a Google representative said.

So Google will modify its NTP servers to run clocks 0.0014 percent slower for 10 hours before the leap second and for 10 hours afterward. When the leap second takes place, they will have accounted for it already. Google’s been using this technique, called “smeared time,” since a leap second in 2008.

Enterprises running virtual-machine instances on Google Compute Engine, and those using Google APIs, will want to keep their own systems synchronized with Google’s slightly slower clocks during that 20-hour period. Client systems will also have to be set to that time in order to work with those servers. And it won’t work to run some servers on smeared time and some on regular time, because then clients won’t know which time to follow, Google says.

So the company is making its NTP servers available free through the Google Public NTP service. Users can take advantage of the service by configuring their network settings to use as their NTP server. The company laid out detailed instructions[3] for synchronizing systems to its smeared time.

Google won’t be the only company smearing time on Dec. 31. Akamai[4] plans to slow down its clocks over a 24-hour period around the leap second. Amazon and Microsoft have done the same thing in the past.

In fact, the big cloud companies look ready to standardize on a 24-hour “leap smear[5].” Google plans to use the longer transition for the next leap second, partly to ease more slowly into extra second and partly to align itself with other companies. There’s no date yet for the next leap second, but Google expects it to come in 2018.

Leap seconds began in 1972 and are now administered by the International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service (IERS). They’re needed because Earth’s rotation isn’t uniform. It’s affected by things like tides in the oceans and the movement of magma beneath the Earth’s crust. Atomic clocks, which set the standard for most timekeeping, are more consistent than that.

To comment on this article and other PCWorld content, visit our Facebook[6] page or our Twitter[7] feed.


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NASA Is Experimenting With Fire in Space, and it Looks Awesome


By Alanah Pearce[1]

NASA has been conducting space fire experiments to better understand fire safety in space and on spacecrafts, and it sure does look weird.

While NASA has done similar studies aboard the International Space Station before, potential risks meant these experiments were limited in size and scope. The new round of Spacecraft Fire Safety experiments, called “Saffire,” began earlier this year, with NASA remotely igniting nine different material swatches in a cargo ship orbiting Earth:

The second experiment (in the videos above), Saffire-II, took place last week, and while NASA don’t yet have enough data to produce the experiment’s results, they have released two videos of two samples — Nomex (Sample 7) and Plexiglass (Sample 9) — being burned. Nomex is often used for cargo storage bags and plexiglass is used for spacecraft windows.

The experiments intend to help NASA understand how fire behaves in space, with the company saying[2], “Understanding how fire spreads in a microgravity environment is critical to the safety of astronauts who live and work in space.”

David Urban, principal investigator, said, “Saffire seeks to answer two questions.

“Will an upward spreading flame continue to grow or will microgravity limit the size? Secondly, what fabrics and materials will catch fire and how will they burn?”

While NASA figures out how fire works in space, they also need your help figuring out what to do with astronaut poop[3].

Alanah Pearce is an editor at IGN, who really likes writing about space stuff. You can find her on Twitter @Charalanahzard[4]


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