Here are nine big changes coming to Destiny: The Taken King

Bungie detailed many of the changes and gameplay improvements coming to its addicting interplanetary MMOFPSRPG Destiny in a Twitch stream this afternoon. It was the first of three scheduled livestreams exploring the world of The Taken King, which is set to expand and completely overhaul Destiny when it’s released on September 15th. (It’s different from The Dark Below and House of Wolves, the two small DLC packs released in the year since vanilla Destiny‘s launch last September.)

The stream featured executive producer Mark Noseworthy, senior design lead Tyson Green, and community managers DeeJ and Cozmo, and it focused on the mechanics of character development and the refinement of core gameplay elements rather than new environments or…

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Author: Jamieson Cox

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PS4 Getting Acclaimed Stealth Game République Next Year

The complete version of episodic game République will be released on PlayStation 4 in early 2016 in both North America and Europe, publish GungHo Entertainment announced today.

République is a stealth game in which you assist a young woman named Hope to escape from a totalitarian state. You help to guide her around from the perspective of surveillance cameras, interacting with the environment in various ways to keep her out of danger. GungHo says in this version “players finally take full control of Hope,” suggesting you’ll have more of a direct effect on things when playing on PS4.

Republique on PC

Republique is developed by Camouflaj, a studio headed up by Metal Gear Solid 4 producer Ryan Payton. It began as a Kickstarter game back in 2012 and was originally slated to only release on mobile platforms. When it looked as if that wouldn’t attract enough money to reach its goal, Camouflaj decided to also bring it to PC, helping the crowdfunding campaign to ultimately raise $555,000.

“Having been so inspired by early PlayStation titles, it’s with much joy and a touch of irony that the full République experience will arrive on PS4,” Payton said of today’s announcement. “I can’t thank GungHo enough for supporting our efforts to faithfully translate République into a true console experience.”

The first three episodes of Republique have already been released on PC and mobile, with two more episodes still to come. When it launches on PS4–where it’ll be available on the PlayStation Store–the game will consist of all five episodes. A price was not announced, but the existing PC version goes for $25.

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Author: Chris Pereira

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Ashley Madison's $19 'full delete' option made the company millions

Ashley Madison’s hackers have already claimed that the site’s “delete everything” service, which charged its affair-seeking users $19 to remove any trace of their presence on the site, wasn’t entirely effective. And now internal documents leaked as part of the massive breach have shown that the company profited heavily thanks to the disingenuous promise of “full delete.” According to BuzzFeed News, one memo points to Ashley Madison having made $1.7M in incremental revenue in 2014. Ignoring taxes and other potential costs, the numbers indicate nearly 90,000 users turned to the feature in hopes of erasing their entire history and activity on the site.

Data from the hack is now easily searchable, so those people don’t need go far to…

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Author: Chris Welch

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Watch Today's Destiny: Taken King Livestream Right Here

Bungie’s multi-week livestream series dedicated to Destiny‘s upcoming Taken King expansion kicks off today in just about an hour. You can watch the broadcast right here through the embed below.

The presentation begins at 11 AM PDT / 2 PM EDT. Hosted by executive producer Mark Noseworthy and senior design lead Tyson Green, this broadcast will talk about how player achievements in the first year will carry over to year two. You can watch a teaser for Destiny’s second-year content here.

Two additional livestream events will follow, on August 25 and September 2.

The Taken King launches on September 15 across all platforms. It will make major changes to the overall Destiny experience, and the Ghost voice actor Peter Dinklage has even been replaced. For more on The Taken King, check out some recent stories below.

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Author: Eddie Makuch

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Would you like your new SSD in leather, wood, or steel?

When I was a kid, I’d have been happy to just have more than one gadget, but kids these days are a bit more demanding. Their electronic devices have to be portable, versatile, and they have to look amazing too. Call it the Moto X syndrome. Sating that same desire for ever-more-exotic materials in the storage space is a German company by the name of Brinell. It’s already collected a Red Dot award (to be fair, almost everyone has one of those by now) for its earlier designs and it’s gracing IFA in Berlin this year with a new set of updated solid state drives.

The soft nappa leather, available in a choice of black, brown, or white, is joined by a stainless steel option, a faux-carbon look, and a slightly more expensive Makassar…

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Author: Vlad Savov

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Watch Matt Damon Fight for Survival in The Martian's New Trailer

Ridley Scott’s upcoming space adventure The Martian comes to cinemas in October, and ahead of that a new trailer has been released.

The film stars Matt Damon as an astronaut fighting for survival after a massive dust storm leaves him stranded on Mars with only a few weeks of supplies left. Back on Earth, a team of NASA scientists try to figure out how to bring him home, while his former crewmates hatch their own dangerous mission to rescue him. Check out the trailer here:

In an interview with Collider, Damon explained how The Martian would differ from similarly-themed films such as Mission to Mars or Red Planet. “One of the biggest differences is that it’s primarily me on my own for a lot of it, and that’s a big challenge,” he said. “It’s got all the bells and whistles of NASA and the whole B-side of the story is the rest of the world trying to get this guy back. But the other half of the movie is me and Ridley on Mars.

“Hopefully we’re making the definitive Mars movie, at least for now.”

The Martian was adapted from Andrew Weir’s novel by Daredevil writer/producer Drew Goddard, and the star-packed cast also includes Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, Sean Bean, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Kristen Wiig. It will be released on October 2, 2015.

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Author: Dan Auty

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How well do you know your gadget history?

Welcome to the second annual Verge Hack Week. We’re totally blowing up our site: we’ve given our reporters and editors the entire week to play with new tools and experiment with new storytelling ideas, while members of our amazing product team have gathered in New York to help build all sorts of interesting new things. Learn more.

You think you know a lot about technology. You’re the person everyone — friends, family, co-workers — seeks out for advice on what phone to buy or how to set up their new printer. And maybe you truly are a tech aficionado. But can you answer the question of when? When were these semi-recognizable gadgets unleashed upon the world? Time plays tricks. Time is cruel. What is time? Does it exist? For the…

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Author: Chris Welch

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