‘Never let them go’: Port Lincoln mother’s heartbreaking Facebook message

Damien and Melissa Little with sons Koda, 4, and Hunter, 9 months (front right). Picture supplied by family.

THE mother whose husband shot himself and their young sons before driving off Port Lincoln wharf has posted a heartbreaking message on Facebook.

Melissa Little, 29, who lost her family in the most tragic of circumstances in January, wrote in the note: “Hug your loved ones tight … Tell them how much you love them and never let them go!”

She said she had been “overwhelmed by people’s generosity” since the shocking murder-suicide in January, when Damien Little, 33, drove off the wharf in South Australia with sons Koda, 4, and Hunter, 9 months, in the car.

The grieving mum wrote that she was “truly grateful” for the “astounding support” she had received, which included more than $83,000 raised on the Facebook page “A Little Help”, where she left the message.

A description posted by a friend said the page had been created to help “cover the costs that no parent should have to endure.” The fundraising account was closed yesterday.

Ms Little said kind messages, prayers and “positivity” had helped make her days more bearable during “the hardest, most difficult time”, and the money had allowed her to put off returning to work until she was ready.

She said she wanted her family members to be remembered for their “happy times.”

“For those who knew Damien, Koda and Hunter personally, continue to cherish the memories of their happy times and happy faces,” she wrote. “And for those who did not know them personally please understand how I wish my family to be remembered, the happy fun loving times.”

Her note has been published with permission from the family.

The full message left on Facebook page “A Little Help”.

The full message left on Facebook page “A Little Help”.Source:Facebook

Little had reportedly been suffering from mental illness in the lead up to the double murder suicide. Reports suggest he had refused to seek professional help but had appeared to friends and neighbours to be “happy” and “normal” in the weeks leading up to the tragedy.

News.com.au understands Little bought a takeaway coffee at a McDonald’s drive-through just moments before he shot his sons and himself in the car and drove off the wharf at high speed, plunging about 30m into Boston Bay.

His wife Melissa has since maintained she only wants to remember her husband and children in a positive light.

The couple, who first dated after meeting at a local high school, married in March 2007 in Port Lincoln in front of 110 guests. They had been planning to build their dream home on the town’s outskirts on a property that offers spectacular sea views.

But instead, Melissa is now left to pick up the pieces of her shattered life, and grieve for the loss of her sons who she will never see grow up.

A coronial investigation is being held into the deaths, which shocked the Port Lincoln community, with local Mayor Bruce Green describing the day as one of the saddest in the town’s history.

‘And for those who did not know them personally please understand how I wish my family to be remembered, the happy fun loving times.’ Picture supplied by family.

‘And for those who did not know them personally please understand how I wish my family to be remembered, the happy fun loving times.’ Picture supplied by family.Source:Supplied

[Source:- News.com]

Give Dogmeat a Backpack with This Fallout 4 Mod

image description

A Fallout 4 modder releases a new mod for the sole survivor’s canine companion Dogmeat, giving him a customizable backpack that increases his inventory space.

Companions in Fallout 4 can lend a helpful hand in combat, but many players bring them along purely because of their ability to carry excess equipment, items, and junk, lightening the sole survivor’s load. Dogmeat can also carry the sole survivor’s equipment, although how exactly he’s carrying any of it is unclear. While Bethesda didn’t provide an answer to this conundrum, one modder has stepped in to help the process make a little more sense.

While other companions can presumably carry the sole survivor’s extra stuff in their pockets or the equipment they’re carrying, Dogmeat – realistically speaking – doesn’t have any way to carry the pounds of extra junk that the sole survivor gives to him. Modder Higeyosi has stepped in to make this process make a little more sense, and they’ve added yet another cute accessory to the faithful pup.

Higeyosi’s Fallout 4 mod, entitled Dogmeat’s Backpack, allows Dogmeat to carry a bag on his back. The backpack comes in three different styles, ranging from an assortment of small pouches to a large satchel bag. In addition to just looking charming on the happy dog’s back, the backpacks actually increase the limit of weight he can carry, so players may find it beneficial to their treks through the wasteland. Best of all, the mod works together with other armorsmith mods, allowing players to hand-craft the backpack for their dog themselves.

Dogmeat, like the other companions in Fallout 4, can be equipped with certain cosmetic items that allow the player to customize his appearance in the base game. Players can easily equip goggles and bandanas to the pooch, but with a little extra work, he can also be given an entire set of doggy armor. Unfortunately, unlike the backpack mod, Dogmeat’s armor doesn’t add any actual defense perks to the pooch, but given Dogmeat’s status as an immortal, that’s not too much of a drawback.

Not every player will choose to travel the wasteland with Dogmeat, as some may find it makes the game too easy, while others may be irritated by Dogmeat disappearing into strange locations. For those who do, however, mods like these allow players to find ways to improve Dogmeat’s basic characteristics and keep the overall experience fresh.

Have you downloaded any mods specifically made for Dogmeat? Tell us about it in the comments.

Fallout 4 is now available for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.


[Source:- Gamerant]

The all new Twitter experience, handcrafted for Windows 10

Connect with people, express yourself, and discover more about the things you love with the Twitter app for Windows 10. Twitter for Windows 10 is a Universal Windows App that features a new media rich timeline and shows you photos and Vine videos. You can also see tweets in Live Tiles right from your Start menu.

Twitter image 1

Free to download from the Windows Store, the new and improved Twitter app for Windows 10 sports a cleaner, more potent perch for sharing and following along. See it quicker with a media forward timeline. Share photos privately and upload multiple photos straight from a timeline. And see what’s happening now on Twitter without being logged in. Get the most interesting Tweets from the day optimized for your location even when logged out, a Windows 10 first!

Screenshot (11)

Be part of the conversation like never before with Twitter for Windows 10, download it for free today! You can also read the news Twitter shared on their blog last week.


[Source:- Windows]

New Mobile Game Slashy Souls Tries to Emulate Dark Souls

image description

A surprise announcement from Bandai Namco reveals the publisher will be releasing a new game called Slashy Souls for the iOS and Android platforms today.

Bandai Namco is also the publisher behind Dark Souls 3, and has teamed up with GameStop to release the new mobile title Slashy Souls, which will draw inspiration from From Software’s series of incredibly challenging action RPGs. Bandai Namco was quick to point out, however, that Slashy Souls is only inspired by Dark Souls, and is not an entry into the series, nor was the game developed by From Software. The similarities begin and end with the medieval gothic aesthetics and the same focus on challenging, Dark Souls-esque gameplay.

Slashy Souls reimagines the traditional Dark Souls gameplay experience as an endless runner mobile game, embracing nostalgia-inducing 16-bit graphics rather than attempting to create a fully 3D experience. While the gameplay looks closer to games like Temple Run and Robot Unicorn Attackthan a full-fledged Dark Souls game, Slashy Souls will feature a number of spells, weapons, and bosses that will be familiar to fans of the From Software’s punishing series of RPGs.

Those looking to play the game will be pleased to hear that Bandai Namco has commited to making the game free-to-play and that Slashy Souls is available now in the respective app stores of its platforms. Some might even consider the fact that Slashy Souls is a game far removed from the actual Dark Souls universe a good thing, as From Software’s story-telling has become widely regarded as one of the most convoluted narratives in modern gaming. Bandai Namco is even offering fans $10,000 to explain the Dark Souls story, a tongue-in-cheek acknowledgment of the series’ narrative shortcomings.

While the announcement of Slashy Souls certainly came as a surprise, the fact that Bandai Namco is making news headlines again is not. Bandai Namco also released the prologue trailer for God Eater Resurrection, an upcoming JRPG title that is set to hit North America and Europe this summer. It’s been a busy weekend for the publisher, and given that most of Bandai Namco’s recent news has been dedicated to Dark Souls 3 updates, it’s also been a welcome change of pace for everyone involved.

slashy souls gameplay dark souls inspired

While it remains to be seen just how close Slashy Souls gets to capturing the charm and difficulty of its inspiration, Bandai Namco believes it has a mobile winner on its hands. The game is being marketed with the tagline “Why Wait? Die Today!”, while its in-store app bio describes it as “the hardest game ever”. We’re sure the community might have some qualms with that bold a claim, but hopefully Slashy Souls makes for an entertaining and challenging addition to public transit commutes and boring boardroom meetings everywhere.

[Source:- Gamerant]

Microsoft gaming boss responds to Windows 10 VSync, SLI, Crossfire complaints

A recent thread on Reddit highlighted several key points as to why it was bad to have a Windows Store exclusive game, like the recently released Tomb Raider and the upcoming Quantum Break. According to the thread, the Windows Store is not as optimized as Origin, for example, and lacks SLI/Crossfire support as well as the inability to disable VSync.

VSync, for those that did not know, stands for Vertical Synchronization. The basic idea behind VSync is that it synchronizes your frames per second with your monitor’s refresh rate with the purpose to eliminate “tearing”.

Since these games are launched via the Windows Store and not from the game’s EXE file, the Nvidia Control Panel is unable to be utilized for settings customizations. The Universal Windows Platform itself has several limitations, one of them includes the inability to disable VSync (this comes from the Tomb Raider developer in a post on Steam).

Thankfully, Microsoft’s Xbox and Windows gaming boss Mike Ybarra has taken it to Twitter to state that SLI and Crossfire are supported, but it depends on the game itself. Games must be developed to support these technologies. As for VSync, “we will fix [it], says Ybarra.


[Source:- Winbeta]

Lenovo K80: powerful 4GB RAM and huge 4000mAH Battery beast

As we all know, smartphones with 4GB RAM are leading in the market. In order not to be left behind, smartphone manufacturers are also on the way trying to catch up with the latest technological trend. Lenovo is not an exception when now it unveiled its own handset that has a random-access memory of 4 GB. It is named Lenovo K80.


Obviously, Lenovo K80 is a direct opponent to Zenfone 2, because it not only has a RAM of 4GB and other similar features and price but also offers a better battery of 4000 mAh .

Lenovo K80 Specs

As for Lenovo K80 specs, it runs Android Lollipop and is equipped with a 5.5-inch 1080 display, powered by a 64-bit Intel Atom processor at 1.8 GHz. Also, it has some other outstanding features such as offering LTE, 13 MP rear camera with Optical Image Stabilization, 64GB of storage space and especially, a very generous 4000 mAh battery. Regarding the design, it is only 8.5mm thin. The available variants of this handset are black, silver, and red.

Lenovo K80 Price and Release Date

Lenovo K80 will be for sale in China from 30 April at the price 1,799 CNY (equal to Lenovo K80 price of 330 USD ). Another model with only 2GB RAM and 32GB of storage space will be also under release at a lower price. Undoubtedly, the similar features and price but better battery of Lenovo K80 endanger to decrease the market share of Zenfone 2 somehow.In conclusion, the latest technological features at an affordable price makes Lenovo K80 one of the options that people should consider for purchase. Let‘s hope that Lenovo K80 will be available in Bangladesh soon.


[Source:- Pricepony]

Uncharted 4 Story ‘Changed 100%’ After New Directors Came On

image description

Uncharted 4 director Neil Druckmann reveals that the story forUncharted 4: A Thief’s End changed 100% when he and co-director Bruce Straley came onboard.

Neil Druckmann and Bruce Straley are no strangers to the Uncharted franchise. The pair had worked on the first two titles of the series, and they returned to the fold in June 2014 to finish things up with the series-concluding Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. Evidently there were some creative differences with the writing team that had headed the helm since the original due left to direct The Last Of Us, because Druckmann and Straley ended up scrapping everything that had been done to the title before their arrival.

Uncharted 4 was originally being directed by Justin Richmond and Amy Hennig, who went on to work for Riot and Visceral Games respectively in early 2014, after their careers with Naughty Dog came to an abrupt halt. These career change-ups didn’t come without drama, with plenty of reports stating that Hennig was ‘forced out’ of her post by the new directors, though this was officially denied by Naughty Dog itself.

In any event, Druckmann recently revealed during an interview that the story changed “100%” when he and Straley rejoined the studio to direct the game. This was corroborated by voice actor Nolan North, who provides the voice of Nathan Drake himself. According to Nolan, the development team had completed almost a year’s worth of work crafting Amy Hennig’s vision, all of which was scrapped with the change of creative leadership in 2014:

[The development team] shot eight months of her story and it was all thrown away. Amy is still a very dear friend of mine and she’s brilliant. But the Last of Us guys were the next team there, so they took over and they just wanted their own flavor. They got rid of some of the other people that were involved and just redid their thing.

This would certainly explain why Uncharted 4 was delayed until 2016, as the development team had to scrap the majority of the assets which weren’t needed for Drukmann and Straley’s vision. While it’s clear that Druckmann and Straley are talented directors, one wonders if the original vision from Richmond and Hennig will ever come to light, à la the scrapped Saints Row game from Volition.

Uncharted 4‘s development cycle has evidently been a bumpy road (even one of the voice actors left shortly after Amy and Justin jumped ship, and was later replaced by Troy Baker), but the game is edging ever closer to completion, and is finally slated to release this April.

Nathan Drake’s closing story will reveal a brand new villain to the popular franchise, and we imagine the supposedly final portion of Nathan’s storyline will go out with a bang.

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is poised to release on April 26th, exclusively for the PlayStation 4.


[Source:- Gamerant]

Microsoft testing Project Centennial version of Office 2016

Microsoft is currently testing a new Project Centennial version of its Microsoft Office 2016 suite for desktops, allowing the full suite of programs to be downloaded in a single click via the Windows Store, specifically optimized for Windows 10. Right now, it doesn’t appear the apps work, but it’s good to know the company is in the middle of making the transition over to Centennial, or at least considering it.

The download process is pretty straightforward, you simply click download and the Windows Store will download the entire Microsoft Office 2016 suite in about 10 minutes, install it and have it ready to launch in the Start Menu. Sadly, none of the apps appear to work, at least here on our test machine running build 10586. The apps do list themselves correctly however, which is very interesting indeed.

In fact, the apps technically launch, they just don’t do anything. The Project Centennial versions of Office 2016 weigh in at around 1GB in size, which isn’t too bad. The screenshot below showcases everything the Project Centennial test app downloads. Spoiler, it’s the full Office 2016 suite.

centennialo16-614x630 Microsoft testing Project Centennial version of Office 2016

Office 2016!

It’s exciting to see Microsoft planning to port more of its first party apps over to its 3 Windows 10 app bridges. Project Centennial makes it easy to port Win32-based apps over to the Windows Store, allowing for easy one click-installs for consumers and easy app updates from developers in the future, as well as other benefits such as live-tile support and Windows 10 integration.

You can try out the apps yourself via the Windows Store via this link, perhaps you’ll have better luck than us although we hear a number of other people haven’t even been able to initiate the download let alone install it. We’ll keep you posted regarding any new developments in this area, in the meantime, would you welcome a Project Centennial version of Office 2016 for desktops? Let us know below!


[Source:- Winbeta]

Nokia’s return to the smartphone market set in 2016, revealed CEO

Last month, on May 12, 2015, Nokia just celebrated their 150th anniversary, making it one of the longest-life smartphone manufacturers in the world. One month later, we have their Nokia CEO announced with the press about a promising coming back: Nokia’s return to the smartphone market with Nokia Android!! Isn’t it just exciting and worth waiting for the Nokia Comeback in 2016?

nokia c1

Nokia’s return to the smartphone battle has already been set to come. Although most of this Finnish technology company was sold to Microsoft in a multi-million dollar deal which completed last year, there are still parts belong to the long-standing brand. In the Nokia’s return, the Giant will be focusing on designing and licensing only.

Nokia’s return: Watch out, competitors! The Giant is coming back

They are thinking of partnering with some different third parties to provide Nokia’s design and let those companies manufacture and launch final products, said CEO Rajeev Suri to German Publication, the “Manager Magazin”, when announcing Nokia’s return. Under an agreement with Microsoft, Nokia is not allowed to use its brand on phones until Q4 of 2016. So if everything goes right, the world-famous Nokia will come back to the smartphone market in 2016. “We will look for suitable partners,” says Suri. “Microsoft makes mobile phones. We would simply design them and then make the brand name available to license.”

Nokia Comeback 2016: Promising a dream flagship?

Recently, even before the news of Nokia’s return was revealed, there have been leaking rumors about an amazing Nokia Power Ranger concept. The device is spotted with 512GB and Dual-Boot, which has drawn attention of huge amount of users worldwide. Now, together with the returning of the Giant, we have all the proof to hope that the dream device will come true soon. It’s been really long since we last heard the name Nokia in smartphone retailers and showroom. Hope the Finnish Giant will bring out something extraordinary like the long awaited Nokia C1 Android Smartphone!


[Source:- Pricepony]

International Pricing For HTC Vive Confirmed

image description

In a post on their blog, HTC has confirmed international pricing for its upcoming HTC Vive VR headset and reiterated that pre-orders will open on February 29.

With Sony’s PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift, and HTC’s own VR headset scheduled for release in the upcoming months, 2016 is shaping up to be an intriguing year for video gaming. With just over a month to go before the HTC Vive’s April launch, the company behind the headset have now confirmed international pricing.

In a post over on their blog, HTC have revealed international pricing for the HTC Vive in 24 countries, and that pre-orders for the VR headsets will open on February 29 at 10:00AM ET. While HTC has limited orders to one unit per customer, the company has also announced that Google’s Tilt Brush will also be included in the pre-order bundle for a limited time.

Looking at the price list, it is clear that the HTC Vive will be expensive no matter which country gamers buy it from. While the Sony PlayStation VR is expected to cost between $400 to $600, and Oculus Rift confirming a $599 starting price for their VR headset, the HTC Vive VR headset will cost a whopping $799. VR gaming may still be in its infancy, and high starting prices were to be expected, but with average consumers initially expecting to pay less, there’s a possibility that it’ll take some time for gamers to embrace this new paradigm in gaming.

HTC Vive Costs $799, Launches Early April

Having said that, those high price points are somewhat justified by the amount of supplementary devices that will be shipped alongside the headsets. Not only will the HTC Vive feature two additional controllers, two Lighthouse sensors, and two free VR games, but the headset will also be powered by Steam VR software, which based on Valve’s reputation, may prove to be a big selling point for gamers.

While there are early worries over the pricing of VR, companies have tried to keep the price points as low as possible, and have made every effort to ensure that the headset quality is of a high standard, including delaying release dates on a number of occasions. With Valve allowing game developers free use of the HTC Vive, this sets another important precedent on ensuring that gamers will not only get high quality hardware for their money, but they’ll have high quality software to back it up.

Despite the HTC Vive’s high price point, it is still to early to judge whether VR will be a success. But based on the potential of VR in gaming, 2016 will certainly be a very intriguing year for the industry.

The HTC Vive VR headset will retail at $799 and is scheduled for launch in early April. Pre-orders will start on February 29 at 10:00AM ET.


[Source:- Gamerant]