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Archive for May, 2015

How to reboot your friend’s iPhone remotely: the text message bug

by on May.28, 2015, under General, Mobile Devices

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Lately there’s been a bit issue with iPhones where by sending a certain text message, if the notification is received while on the lock screen the device will reboot. I’ve seen it first-hand, constantly today people all around me are rebooting each others’ phones. I’ve been told that some people have had certain areas of their phone corrupted by this issue and they can’t open their Messages app.

This is the message:

effective.  Power لُلُصّبُلُلصّبُررً ॣ ॣh ॣ ॣ

It makes no sense, does it? It’s just a random string of mostly Arabic (or whatever it is) letters that happens to crash the phone. In my experience, it’s only possible on iPhone 5 and up devices, and does not work for the iPod Touch or iPad line of devices.

Here’s how to fix it: turn off your notifications. Launch the Settings app, and go to Notifications. Toggle it to off, and you will no longer be affected. If it has made you unable to launch your Messages app, go into your Photos app, into your photo gallery and try to text a photo – any photo – and it will fix the issue according to somebody I talked to in real life who has experienced this first-hand. I’ve also heard accounts of people’s only option being factory resetting the phone, so this could be a prank gone wrong for you – don’t do it. Comment below if you’ve been sent this message, and what happened!

– Gavin (Gaveroid)

Image found on ‘s article on this matter. All other information was not sourced from their article and rather from personal experience. Text version of message was found on Reddit, posted by /u/CashtoMoney.


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Nvidia Shield Android TV console expected to release in the upcoming final days of May

by on May.26, 2015, under Consoles, Games, General

shield android tvPerformance gaming and workstation graphics card giant Nvidia is releasing a third installation to their Shield line of Android devices. This new entry into the series is titled the Nvidia Shield Android TV console; a powerful gaming box running the new Android TV set-top box firmware from Google, modified by Nvidia to fit their console of course. Usually you wouldn’t expect much from an Android console, but it’s so powerful it can literally play Crysis. The box is expected to release on May 28th*.

The box’s base model will ship for $199, and feature 16GB of internal memory. Recently, Amazon leaked a product page for a $299 model with 500GB of internal memory.

The technical specifications of this device are quite amazing for what it is in my opinion. According to Nvidia’s website, the system will feature an Nvidia Tegra X1 processor, sporting a 256-core Maxwell GPU with 3GB of VRAM. It’s 4K Ultra HD ready, able to play 4K content at 60FPS in the VP9, H264, and H265 formats. It can do 4K capture at 30FPS in H264 or H265 formats. It supports up to 7.1 or 5.1 surround sound through HDMI. It can play back at 24-bit/192kHz through HDMI and USB, and upsample to that through USB. The $199 model will feature 16GB of internal memory, and the $299 model will feature 500GB of internal memory. It supports 802.11ac 2×2 MIMO 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.1/BLE. As far as ports, it features gigabit ethernet, HDMI 2.0, two type-A USB 3.0 ports, a micro-USB 2.0 port, a MicroSD slot, and an IR Receiver compatible with the Logitech Harmony. It will weigh 23 OZ / 654 g, will be 5.1 inches / 130mm tall, 8.3 inches / 210mm wide, and 1 inch / 25mm thick. The operating system is the new Google Cast ready Android TV. It uses a 40w power adapter, which typically uses 5-10w of power.

Out of the box, it will have the Google Play Store, Google Play Movies & TV, Google Play Music, YouTube, PLEX, and Photos and Videos installed undoubtedly among other proprietary Nvidia software. Apart from playing all of your favorite Android games and using your favorite Android apps on the big screen, it will stream Nvidia GRID games at 1080p 60FPS* from the cloud (basically HD, gaming-grade remote desktop of high-end games from their server PCs to your console like OnLive), stream games from your personal Nvidia-powered gaming PC using Nvidia GameStream, and use Nvidia Share, which allows you to record, take screenshots, and livestream to while playing. It’s basically Nvidia Shadowplay for the Shield devices. Also, some major AAA game developers will be porting games like Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, Crysis 3, War Thunder, Half Life 2, Portal, Metal Gear Rising, Doom 3, Resident Evil 5, and more exclusively to the Shield console, not to mention the great high-quality games that exist already on the Android store being playable on the Shield, such as the Grand Theft Auto games like Chinatown Wars, III, Vice City, San Andreas, Max Payne 1 and 2 (which are all AAA titles ported to Android), and high-quality Android games like Real Racing 3, Modern Combat 5, N.O.V.A. 3, Shadowgun: Deadzone, and more being playable on the console just because it runs Android. Some games that already exist will also be optimized in both performance and control schemes for the Shield, although I assume as with previous Shield devices you can map your controller controls to user-defined areas on the touchscreen for certain applications and games.

I personally will be purchasing the $299 500GB model as downloadable games are quite big nowadays on Android and I feel 16GB just won’t cut it. Even with expandable SD card space you can’t get a 500GB SD card for $100 or under. Stay tuned for more information on the Nvidia Shield Android TV console over the coming days, and more content (unboxing, setup, etc.) once it’s released.

by Gavin (Gaveroid)

* Some information was taken from ShackNews. I’ve been unable to find this information anywhere else through light searching so its’ credibility is questionable. My apologies to ShackNews for this. 
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JC-MP Road Trip, Hosted by TheStuffJunky, Sunday May 17th @ 3 pm EDT.

by on May.14, 2015, under Games, General, JC2-MP, PC

roadtrip5172005We hope to welcome you to another roadtrip sponsored by and hosted on Gaveroid’s Scavenger Hunt server, and designed and coordinated by TheStuffJunky.

Sunday May 17th @ 3pm EDT


This roadtrip will pit your skills of offroad driving and 4x4ing, to speedboats in tight places, to uphill driving in the snowy reaches at Ski Resort; but, most importantly, your skills of having fun.

roadtripWe start our adventure on the easy roads in the North Desert. We drive up through the North-East desert to the military base and launch our vehicles to the River for a challenging speedboat course. We cruise down the River, make a few lefts and rights, and start driving to AP2. At AP2, we take small squads of planes to the far North AP. We then drive towards Gaveroid Broadcasting Company, and then up a windy road to launch at the next AP East. We meet at the North Runway and pit our skills on an ever-more-difficult 4×4 offroad course. We then take a short drive to the farthest North Village in Ular oil country and then take boats to the Harbor just West from MHC. We drive to Ski Resort, endure a long uphill offroad battle to the military base North of Ski Resort, launch ~100 meters down landing on the slopes, and regroup at Ski Resort. We drive to Dish and have a mini ‘smash ‘em up’ and everyone will launch South out of Dish meeting on the highway. From there, we will drive an on-edge mountainside route to Casino and launch towards the Lagoon. We convene and take speedboats (or you can choose /jesus and take any vehicle) to Skull Island for a few round of Ultimate Mayhem. After everyone let their steam out, we take a few lefts and rights in more close spaces through the North Major Cities of Panau and head towards PIA. From PIA we fly to Lost Island and claim some loot. *it is optional to go to Ice Lake and have a crazy derby. Ice Lake is G=TP menu, Strange Locations, Ice Lake.



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