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How Light Comes Alive in Dying Light on PS4

Hi, I'm Maciej Jamrozik, the Lead Technical Artist at Techland, developer of the upcoming first-person, action survival-horror game Dying Light. Light and shadow play a crucial role in Dying Light. They affect not only the gameplay and its day-and-night cycle, but also the visuals.
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Verizon HTC One Max now on sale, $299 on contract

The HTC One Max is now available for purchase on Verizon's network. The carrier is offering HTC's phablet for $299 on a 2-year contract.

If you'd like to purchase the phone without commitment to the carrier, the price is $599. The phone is also available with a Verizon Edge plan for $25.22 a month.

Verizon is currently working on offering yet another phablet - the Nokia Lumia 1520. Earlier in October, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 was made available on the carrier's network, carrying the same price tag of $299. However, it's off-contract price was $100 steeper than the HTC One Max's - at $699.

The HTC One Max is currently available on Sprint with AT&T preparing to launch it shortly.

Across the pond in the UK, the One Max is offered both on carrier plans as well as off-contract for the rather higher £585.

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Download : XnView v2.10

XnView is freeware software that allows you to view and convert graphic files. It's very fast and easy to use. But more importantly it supports more than 400 graphics formats!
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VidZone Update: JT, Linkin Park, Future Kick off the Holiday Season on VidZone!

VidZone is gearing up for the Holiday Season, but before we jump right into the holiday spirit we have some great music treats for you! We have awarded Justin Timberlake the coveted Artist of the Week title and we are showcasing Linkin Park’s latest remix venture. There is yet ANOTHER Miley Cyrus collaboration and a fiery new release from the Avenged Sevenfold camp.
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Check off your holiday gift list with Google Shopping

Thanksgiving is just a few days away, and if you’re like us, you still have loads of stuff to buy on your expanding holiday gift list. If you can’t imagine braving the crowds to get everything picked and purchased, don’t worry: our elves have made some improvements to Google Shopping in time for the holidays.

Find the hottest toys and get inspired with our holiday shortlists
We’ve curated holiday shortlists for top gift categories including Hot Toys, Electronics, Google & Android Gadgets, Gifts for the Home, Gifts for Her and Gifts for Him. For those of you looking for something to delight the kids in your life, here are some of the top trending toy searches on Google Shopping this month:

And for those of us wanting to relive our childhoods, we’re also seeing many nostalgic toys making a comeback this year:
Browse more quickly and easily
A new shopping experience on desktop, tablet and mobile makes it easier than ever to browse and hone in on items you want to buy, whether it’s a camera, a ski jacket or an ice cream maker. Click on a product to preview details like sizes, colors and description, and find out if it’s available at a nearby local store. If you see an item that’s almost perfect but not quite, click to view “visually similar” items.

Make your shortlist and check it twice
Shortlists help you keep track of products that catch your eye, compare them at a glance, and share ideas with friends and family. Your shortlist now also stays with you at the top of each page while you browse Google Shopping, so you can keep track of items as you go.

Check out the product from all angles
Sometimes it’s hard to imagine what an item actually looks like from the online picture. Now, for many items on Google Shopping, you can see a 360° view of the products. These interactive images bring you the in-store feeling of holding and touching a product.
Once you’ve got something for everyone on your shopping list, we encourage you to buy something for yourself. You’ve earned it.

Posted by Karen Corby, Senior Product Manager, Google Shopping

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Download : Camfrog Video Chat 6.6.320

Camfrog Video Chat is a modern chat client that allows real time video, audio and text chats with up to thousands of participants. The tool enables seeing, speaking and writing to other chat room members simultaneously. Not all video chats require yo...
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How Can I Check the Age of My Windows Installation?

Curious about when you installed Windows and how long you’ve been chugging along without a system refresh? Read on as we show you a simple way to see how long-in-the-tooth your Windows installation is.

Dear How-To Geek,

It feels like it has been forever since I installed Windows 7 and I’m starting to wonder if some of the performance issues I’m experiencing have something to do with how long ago it was installed. It isn’t crashing or anything horrible, mind you, it just feels slower than it used to and I’m wondering if I should reinstall it to wipe the slate clean. Is there a simple way to determine the original installation date of Windows on its host machine?


Worried in Windows

Although you only intended to ask one question, you actually asked two. Your direct question is an easy one to answer (how to check the Windows installation date). The indirect question is, however, a little trickier (if you need to reinstall Windows to get a performance boost). Let’s start off with the easy one: how to check your installation date.

Windows includes a handy little application just for the purposes of pulling up system information like the installation date, among other things. Open the Start Menu and type cmd in the run box (or, alternatively, press WinKey+R to pull up the run dialog and enter the same command).

At the command prompt, type systeminfo.exe

[Editor's note: Helpful reader mjso74 pointed out in the comments section, that a more efficient command to use would be systeminfo | find /i "install date" as it returns only one line with the exact information we're looking for. Thanks, mjso74!]

Give the application a moment to run; it takes around 15-20 seconds to gather all the data. You’ll most likely need to scroll back up in the console window to find the section at the top that lists operating system stats. What you care about is Original Install Date:

We’ve been running the machine we tested the command on since August 23 2009. For the curious, that’s one month and a day after the initial public release of Windows 7 (after we were done playing with early test releases and spent a month mucking around in the guts of Windows 7 to report on features and flaws, we ran a new clean installation and kept on trucking).

Now, you might be asking yourself: Why haven’t they reinstalled Windows in all that time? Haven’t things slowed down? Haven’t they upgraded hardware? The truth of the matter is, in most cases there’s no need to completely wipe your computer and start from scratch to resolve issues with Windows and, if you don’t bog your system down with unnecessary and poorly written software, things keep humming along. In fact, we even migrated this machine from a traditional mechanical hard drive to a newer solid-state drive back in 2011.

Even though we’ve tested piles of software since then, the machine is still rather clean because 99% of that testing happened in a virtual machine. That’s not just a trick for technology bloggers, either, virtualizing is a handy trick for anyone who wants to run a rock solid base OS and avoid the bog-down-and-then-refresh cycle that can plague a heavily used machine.

So while it might be the case that you’ve been running Windows 7 for years and heavy software installation and use has bogged your system down to the point a refresh is in order, we’d strongly suggest reading over the following How-To Geek guides to see if you can’t wrangle the machine into shape without a total wipe (and, if you can’t, at least you’ll be in a better position to keep the refreshed machine light and zippy):

Armed with a little knowledge, you too can keep a computer humming along until the next iteration of Windows comes along (and beyond) without the hassle of reinstalling Windows and all your apps.




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Black Friday: LG G2 $50, S4 mini free from Sprint on-contract

The LG G2 will be available from Sprint for $49.99 on-contract, while the more compact version of Samsung's latest flagship, the Galaxy S4 mini, can be had for free this coming Black Friday weekend. The S4 mini offer reflects a $50 mail-in rebate, whi...
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Waze hits Windows Phone as the Store reaches 190,000 apps

Following the launch of the popular photo sharing app Instagram for Windows Phone, popular traffic and navigation app Waze has gone out of closed beta and is now available for download from the platform’s app store.

Waze, which was acquired by Google, brings crowd-sourced real-time information for road conditions, shortcuts, traffic jams and gas prices. If you want to try out Waze on your Windows Phone, follow the source link to download the app for free.

Meanwhile, the Windows Phone Store itself has some good news of its own. The app marketplace has surpassed the190,000 apps milestone. Daily, an average of 500 new apps are added. So far, the Windows Phone Store has accumulated 3 billion downloads with currently daily downloads now exceeding 10 million. Monthly revenue from paid apps is also up to 181% over last year, when Windows Phone 8 was released. The app downloads since then has also increased by a staggering 290%.

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Adobe promo drops Photoshop CC + Lightroom 5 subscription to $9.99/mo

Adobe switched to a subscription model for tis Creative Suite earlier this year, renaming it Creative Cloud. It was pricy – up to $50 a month for the whole suite. Now there’s a promotion that will allow you to pay only $10 a month for Photoshop CC, Lightroom 5, Behance ProSite and 20GB of cloud storage over the next year.

Previously, the $10 a month deal was only available for people who owned Photoshop CS3.

Anyway, the price per month differs by region – $10 in the US, €12.30 in Europe, £8.80 in the UK, you can check the price in your currency here.

The deal expires on December 2, so if you were going to pay for Creative Cloud anyway or the previous price was too steep, you might want to hurry.

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Download : Opera 18.0.1284.49

A full-featured Internet browser, Opera includes pop-up blocking, tabbed browsing, integrated searches, and advanced functions like Opera's groundbreaking E-mail program, RSS Newsfeeds and IRC chat. And because we know that our users have different n...
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Apple iPad mini 2 LTE version experiencing shipping delays

Apple had problems launching the iPad mini 2, but after the tablet went on sale on November 12 you might have thought that the problems have been resolved. Maybe they haven't, at least not fully.

The Cellular version of the Apple iPad mini 2 is on backorder on all the major US carriers. Verizon's shipping date slipped from November 25 to December 2, Sprint is saying the tablet will ship in up to 2 weeks, AT&T will take 3-4 weeks to ship, while T-Mobile might not manage before Christmas with 6-8 week shipping delay.

Surprisingly, Apple's web site still lists the original 5-10 business days for shipping it did when the iPad mini 2 launched. Availability for store pickup is very limited at the moment.

Things over in Europe are a mixed bag – T-Mobile Germany will ship the iPad mini 2 with Cellular in 2-3 weeks, while Three UK says it has it in stock and will ship it instantly.