Geekword Technology News Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:02:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Titanfall: Tips for building the best pilot loadout Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:50:55 +0000 Titanfall, the multiplayer first-person shooter by Respawn Entertainment, has received positive reception from critics, winning over 70 awards. Eddie Makuch reported on Gamespot that the Xbox Live platform experienced its “biggest week in terms of users and usage” after the game’s release on March 14 this year.

What is the best loadout for pilots in Titanfall? Well, as it turns out, that’s somewhat of a loaded question. The best loadout for one Titanfall player might actually end up being ineffective for another player who prefers a different playing style.

Due to the game’s fast pace, tactics that may work well in other first-person shooters such as Call of Duty or Battlefield may not work well in Titanfall. Even seasoned shooter veterans may be surprised by how drastically the addition of freerunning changes the formula.

Here are some tips on building a better pilot loadout based on your intended play style.

Spray ‘n Pray

This loadout will probably be the easiest for new players to ease into, as it focuses on using automatic weapons to rain damage down upon enemies from above. Stay limber with the Enhanced Parkour Kit, and stay deadly with Satchel Charges in your pocket.

Primary Weapon: R-97 Compact SMG with Extended Mag

At mid-range, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more deadly weapon than the R-97. Slap an Extended Mag onto the gun to ensure that you won’t have to reload during a critical moment, and you can easily sulk around the game’s interiors bagging kill after kill.

The R-97 is also an excellent weapon for laying down covering fire. It can be inaccurate at times, but if you’ve got your opponent too scared to poke his head out from behind cover, you can easily use wall running and your jetpack to close the distance for a one-hit melee kill.

Accurate players will be able to pick off enemies at a distance with the R-97, but you shouldn’t rely too heavily on ranged combat with this loadout. Still, it allows for a little bit of flexibility, which is especially nice for new players.

Sidearm: RE-45 Autopistol

The RE-45 is the perfect complement to the R-97 SMG for players who value speed. This fierce little sidearm makes up for what it lacks in damage and accuracy with a downright frightening rate of fire and a high clip size (you get 20 bullets per magazine). Switching to your RE-45 can mean the difference between life and death in a tough spot.

Anti-Titan Weapon: Sidewinder

Continuing the fast and furious theme, the Sidewinder is a rapid-fire grenade launcher that is capable of doing some serious damage to enemy Titans at mid to close range. Make sure to lead your shots, as enemy Titans can move surprisingly fast, and aim for the red weak points.

When playing with the Sidewinder, try to unload a full clip upon the enemy Titan before sprinting for cover to reload. The low clip size and somewhat lengthy reload time are the only downsides to this fast and powerful weapon, but you can learn to mitigate those issues by picking your battles in areas with lots of cover.

Tactical Ability: Active Radar Pulse

You won’t have access to the Active Radar Pulse until you hit Level 19, but the wait is worth it. Activating this Tactical Ability will light up enemies through walls, and allow you to see incoming threats before they even know you’re there. It’s great for players looking to hunt down their next target, and it can be incredibly useful during objective-based games too, as it will let you know when enemy reinforcements are coming in. Use the Active Radar Pulse to set up sneak attacks.

Ordnance: Arc Grenade

The Arc Grenade is the perfect tactical counterpoint to the RE-45 Autopistol and the R-97 Compact SMG you’ll be rocking with this loadout. Tossing these grenades inside of a room before you enter can be a great way to disrupt an enemy’s vision, allowing you to get in close for a kill. Similarly, throwing one at the feet of a Titan will sometimes disrupt their visuals enough to allow you to escape.

Kit Tier 1: Enhanced Parkour Kit

In a speed-based loadout like this one, more mobility is always better. Try to always be wall running or flying with your jetpack. It makes you a harder target to hit.

Kit Tier 2: Minion Detector

Most of the equipment in this loadout is pretty early-game stuff, and as such it will likely help you level up to unlock more advanced items. The Minion Detector is a great way to kickstart the leveling process, as it points out nearby AI enemies as you run around the environments. Wiping up a squad of AI Grunts is a great way to boost your post-match score.

Preferred Modes:

The mobility of the Spray ‘n Pray loadout makes it perfect for games of Attrition and Capture the Flag.


This setup allows you to get up close and personal with enemies and objectives alike – oftentimes, without them even realizing that you’re there.

Primary Weapon: EVA-8 Shotgun with High-Capacity Drum

The EVA-8 is a deceptively powerful little gun, and its drum-fed design means that it reloads much faster than your standard video game shotgun. One point-blank shot is powerful enough to kill any Pilot, and two shots should be enough at medium distance. It’s even possible to take down enemies at a distance with between four and five shots. The addition of the High-Capacity Drum will ensure that you don’t have to reload during a heated battle, and will also allow you to shave off a massive chunk of health when you Rodeo an enemy Titan.

Sidearm: B3 Wingman

Like the EVA-8, this high-powered revolver excels at close range. Its massive slugs are slow-firing, but should be more than enough to put enemies in the ground as a last resort.

Anti-Titan Weapon: Charge Rifle

The Charge Rifle is a divisive weapon amongst Titanfall players thanks to its lengthy charge time. However, if you manage to get the shot off, the rifle’s bolt will deal massive damage to enemy Titans. Coupled with the Cloak, this can make for deadly sneak attacks.

Tactical Ability: Cloak

The crux of this loadout is the Cloak. It’s not the most effective cloaking device ever (you’ll still be visible as a blue silhouette), but you’ll be surprised by how often you can fool enemies with it. In maps such as Overlook, which have interiors with busted pipes spewing steam, it can be easy to ambush enemies.

Ordnance: Arc Mine

What’s better than killing an enemy with a B3 Wingman slug to the face? Shocking the poor sap to death with a well-laid trap. The Arc Mine is clutch in objective modes like CTF and Hardpoint. Set Arc Mines near windows or on top of objectives to deliver a nasty surprise to anyone hoping to get the jump on you. One Arc Mine alone won’t be enough to kill an enemy at full health, but you can easily finish the job yourself.

Kit Tier 1: Enhanced Parkour Kit

Again, it’s always nice to have enhanced parkour skills.

Kit Tier 2: Warpfall Transmitter

Get you Titan in the fight faster with the Warpfall Transmitter. Even though this loadout is focused more towards objective-based game modes, it can be essential to have an AI Titan patrolling your objectives with you. Use the Warpfall Transmitter to get your Titan into the fight, and let it watch the exterior of an objective while you Cloak and patrol the interior.

Preferred Modes:

This loadout is all about the objective-based modes. Hardpoint and CTF will be a playground for you.


In case it wasn’t already apparent, this loadout focuses on precision ranged combat. It plays as a mixture of the above loadouts, with the cloaking capabilities of the crafty Ghost class and the environmental awareness of the Spray ‘n Pray.

Primary Weapon: Longbow-DMR Sniper with AOG

The Longbow is the obvious option for anyone interested in serious ranged combat in Titanfall. Your choice of scope depends mostly on your preferred playstyle, but the AOG does have the benefit of being more versatile than the long-range-only 6x scope.

Sidearm: RE-45 Autopistol

If you can’t fight close-range enemies off with your primary weapon, you’ll definitely want to bring along a sidearm with some punch. The RE-45 is everything the Longbow isn’t: lithe, fast, and versatile.

Anti-Titan Weapon: Archer Heavy Rocket

The homing systems of the Archer make it ideal for a sniper’s playstyle. From your perch, you should be able to achieve multiple consecutive locks by the time the enemy Titan figures out what’s hit them.

Tactical Ability: Cloak

It never hurts to be near-invisible. Note that the Cloak fades the instant you fire, so you’ll want to use it to cover your tracks. Fire at an enemy and then immediately Cloak so they won’t be able to figure out where the shot came from.

Ordnance: Arc Mine

Use Arc Mines to notify yourself when an enemy is coming. When an enemy trips one of your mines, you’ll see an ‘X’ icon onscreen indicating that you’ve hit someone. This is your cue to whip around in the direction of your Arc Mine trap and pull out your Autopistol.

Kit Tier 1: Power Cell

The Power Cell will make your Cloak last even longer, making you even harder to find.

Kit Tier 2: Guardian Chip

As a Sniper, you’re probably not used to getting in the thick of combat. Hopping into a Titan will make you the center of attention, and it’ll force you to sacrifice your perch to boot. Instead, you should let your Titan do its own thing, and protect it with a Guardian Chip.

Preferred Modes:

This loadout is great in tactical modes like Last Titan Standing and Pilot Hunter. Toss it aside for objective-based modes, though; you won’t be doing anyone any favors in Hardpoint or CTF if you’re not actively pursuing the objectives.

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Dark Souls II guide: 5 essential tips for beginners Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:41:53 +0000 The Souls series is unforgiving. That much, everybody knows. But newcomers shouldn’t let the daunting reputation of this stellar series keep them from experiencing one of the most satisfying games of this console generation. Get past the first few hours – which can admittedly be rough – and you’ll find that with enough patience and practice, any challenge can be overcome.

This guide for new players aims to smooth the entry process for Dark Souls II. You won’t find any glamorous boss tips or secret weapons here – that stuff’s coming later – but what you will find is a series of rules that you must obey at all times while playing Dark Souls II, lest you pay the price. And since the rules of each consecutive Souls game differ ever so slightly from its predecessor, even series veterans should find a tip or two to improve their game.

Talk to Everyone, Multiple Times

Anyone who has played the original Dark Souls will tell you just how important certain NPCs can be to your progression in the game. The thing is, that might not be apparent the first, or even the second, time you talk to those characters. Many NPCs have multiple lines of dialogue, the likes of which you’ll only hear if you keep initiating conversation with them.

An early-game knight, for example, sits on a crate near an archway. Speaking to him multiple times will reveal a trap ahead, and even earn you an item for your persistence.

Pick Your Play Style Ahead of Time

Whether you’re playing as a bulky tank of a knight or a lithe mage, you will be best served by min-maxing your character’s stats. This can be done most efficiently if you know exactly the type of warrior you’d like to play before you start dumping points into your stat sheet.

Players new to the Souls series should familiarize themselves with the concept of “fat rolling”. Depending on the weight of the armor and weapons you have equipped, your dodge roll (an essential move for all play styles) speed will speed up or slow down. Additionally, the more you have equipped, the less distance your roll covers. If you have over 70% encumbrance, you will “fat roll” in an excruciatingly slow animation. This is still a valid way to play the game, but you’ll have to compensate for your lack of speed with massive power.

Either way, you should plan early, which leads us to the next section on how to level up more efficiently.

How to Level

Dark Souls II has thirty-one stats. Nine of these are Primary Stats (you can put points directly into these stats when leveling up using Souls) and twenty-four of them are Derived Stats (these stats are passively influenced by which Primary Stats you choose to level up).

Here is a breakdown of which Primary Stats affect which Derived Stats.

  • Vigor – HP and Petrify Resistance
  • Endurance – HP, Stamina, Physical Defense, Poise
  • Vitality – Equip Load and Poison Resistance
  • Attunement – Slot, Cast Speed, Curse Resistance, AGL
  • Strength – HP, Attack Strength, Physical Defense
  • Dexterity – HP, Attack Dexterity, Poison Bonus, Bleed Bonus, Physical Defense
  • Adaptability – HP, Poison Bonus, Poison Resistance, Bleed Resistance, Petrify Resistance, Curse Resistance, AGL, Poise
  • Intelligence – HP, Cast Speed, Magic Bonus, Fire Bonus, Magic Defense, Fire Defense, Dark Defense
  • Faith – HP, Cast Speed, Fire Bonus, Lightning Bonus, Dark Bonus, Bleed Bonus, Fire Defense, Lightning Defense, Dark Defense, Bleed Defense

So as you can see, if you want to play as a physical attacker, Endurance, Vitality, Strength and Dexterity are very important statistics, whereas if you wish to play a magical ranged attacker you’ll likely want to invest in Faith or Intelligence.


The class you choose can have a profound effect on how you play the game. The Souls series is infamous for its vague character class descriptions, and Dark Souls II is no exception, so we’ve written everything out for you below in plain English.

  • Warrior: A close-range fighter who specializes in swordplay. Pick this class if you wish to play a straightforward melee class.
  • Knight: Another fairly straightforward melee class, the Knight plays well with massive two-handed weapons. This can leave them lacking in the defense department, though.
  • Swordsman: Adept at dodging and ideal for backstabbing foes. Like the Knight, the Swordsman does not rely on shields for defense, and excels at dual wielding and two-handing weapons.
  • Bandit: The Bandit is best with a bow. Bows can be a boon during exploration, as they allow you to aggro enemies from range, and can help you split up larger groups. However, many of the game’s boss battles will be more difficult when relying on a bow. The Bandit cannot take a beating.
  • Sorcerer: Like a Bandit, but with magic. Agility and mid-range projectiles are the Sorcerer’s specialties, but unlike the Bandit’s arrows, the Sorcerer’s Soul Arrow spell automatically recharges.
  • Cleric: A melee fighting with healing skills. With practice and timing, you can survive much longer than average by playing as a Cleric. However, the Cleric’s impressive defensive capabilities come at the cost of weaker attacks.
  • Explorer: The Explorer class gets extra gear over the course of the game. This perk comes at the cost of massive stat trade-offs, however, and the sacrifice won’t be worth it for most players.
  • Deprived: As the name suggests, the Deprived starts off with no bonus stats. This means that as you level, you will have complete control over the way you level your character. On the other hand, the early going will be much tougher than it would have otherwise. Expert players swear by the Deprived, and if you have the patience to be extra careful (and perhaps replay certain sections more than average), it’s certainly worth it for the level of control you’re afforded over your stats.

Don’t Ignore Poise

Poise (upgraded via Endurance and Adaptability) may seem like a useless stat compared to more immediate things like Poison Resistance or HP, but it’ll end up being your best friend. See, penalties for mistiming blocks and attacks are greater than ever in Dark Souls II, and Poise is the stat that determines how easily your character becomes staggered. The stagger animation can mean certain death during certain battles.

Your Poise stat should largely dictate how you approach battle. Lighter armored characters will receive less Poise by default, meaning that they should keep their distance and dodge more frequently.

Adaptability and Endurance are very important. Don’t ignore them as you level up.

And that’s it. With these tips, you should be prepared to start your long journey into the brutal world of Dark Souls II. But that’s not all. Check back with us in the future to find even more Dark Souls II guides, tips and tricks!

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Install Android 2.3.3 / Gingerbread on Nexus One Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:37:20 +0000

Manually Install Gingerbread on Nexus One

25 Feb

Muhammad Ali

Don’t you just hate it when you have to wait for the OTA Android update to hit your handset? Well if you are a Nexus One user and are waiting for the Gingerbread update, which recently went live, to land on your handset, then the waiting days are over as the manual and speedy method of getting Android 2.3 on your Google Phone is listed after the jump.

Gingerbread Nexus One

How to Manually Install Android 2.3.3 on Nexus One

Disclaimer Please remember that you will be performing these steps at your own risk and we won’t be held responsible for anything that goes wrong during the upgrade process. You may want to take backup of the important stuff.

Step 1: Download the Android 2.3.3 firmware for the Nexus One from here.

Step 2: Rename the file and copy it to your microSD card via USB. [Note: make sure the file is named and not]

Step 3: Power off your Nexus One

Step 4: Hold down the “Volume Down” button as you power the phone back on.

Step 5: A screen should appear showing your phone’s system searching for various files. Scroll down to “recovery” and press the “Power” button.

Step 6: When you see the triangle with an exclamation point symbol, press the “Power” and “Volume Up” buttons at the same time.

Step 7: From the menu that appears, select “Apply”

Step 8: When the screen displays “Install from sdcard complete” select “reboot system now” and wait for the phone to power back up.

You just brought Android 2.3.3 on your Nexus One and you know what that means: faster performance, a better looking UI and a user experience enhancing keyboard.

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Samsung demands to see iPhone 5 and iPad 3 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:37:20 +0000 This has to be one of the wildest news I am yet to report in my blogging career. This is my next reports that Samsung through a motion has asked the court to order Apple to show their lawyers the yet to be announced and the .

Why would Samsung lawyers ask for such a thing? Well the official reason behind this move is that the Samsung lawyers want to see if there are any similarities between the Apple products and Samsung products, and if there are they want to prepare for future lawsuit filings from the Cupertinos.

It’s interesting to note that this request comes after Apple’s lawyers earlier got the court’s approval to see Samsung’s line up of mobile phones and tablets which included Galaxy S II, Galaxy Tab 10.1, Galaxy Tab 8.9 and others.

I don’t know for sure but I think this motion is uncalled for because whenever Apple files a lawsuit, Sammy’s legal defenders will be given ample time to prepare and respond. Do you see the need for this legal motion? Sound off in the comments section or if you want you can share your thoughts on our Twitter and Facebook channel.

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PwnageTool is iPad jailbreak ready – Technology Blog Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:37:19 +0000

PwnageTool can now jailbreak iPad

16 Oct

Muhammad Ali

We all know what MuscleNerd and the other members of the iPhone Dev Team intend to do this Sunday – roll out PwnageTool which will bring iOS 4.1/iOS 3.2.2 jailbreak for Mac based owners of iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. While Sunday is still a couple of days away, MuscleNerd has shared a teaser video of the PwnageTool in action which you can see after the jump.

Here’s what the video is all about:

Using geohot’s limera1n exploit to convince iTunes to restore iPad to pre-JB 3.2.2 from PwnageTool

In simplistic terms PwnageTool is doing what it is known for – restoring custom firmwares without upgrading the baseband one bit. This tool is pretty important for iPhone 4/iPhone 3GS users who rely on an iPhone unlock as it allows them to restore custom firmware without updating the baseband and thus keeping the device unlockable.

PwnageTool which will be unleashed this Sunday just like Greenpoison will use geohot’s USB bootrom exploit employed in Limera1n.

Want jailbreak guides for iOS 4.1/iOS 3.2.2. See if the following links serve you rightly:

Jailbreak iOS 4.1 on iPod Touch 4G/3G using Limera1n

Jailbreak iOS 4.1 on iPhone 4/3GS using Limera1n

Guide to jailbreak iPad running on iOS 3.2.2

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Video tour of HTC Flyer Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:37:18 +0000 Well Well Well, what have we here. HDBlog got some useful hands-on time with the HTC Flyer and recorded the whole experience for our viewing pleasusre. 10 minutes of play time with HTC’s first Android Tablet awaits you after the jump.

HTC Flyer

The language used in the video is not English, but you won’t worry about it that much once you see what this 7 inch of awesomeness has to offer. Here are the things that attracted me the most in the video:

  • The presence of HTC Sense 3.0 makes us forget that the Tablet is running on Gingerbread and not Honeycomb. Speaking of Honeycomb, HTC Flyer is scheduled to get the update after it lands into the hands of its buyers.
  • HTC’s Weather app has gotten a whole lot attractive and immersive.
  • HTC’s Camera app has some nice and funny photo effects.
  • 3D based Carousel navigation among the home screens.

What part of video you enjoyed the most? Let us know on our Twitter and Facebook feed.

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Opera Mobile 10 v/s SkyFire 1.5 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:37:17 +0000

Opera Mobile 10 v/s SkyFire 1.5

16 Dec

Muhammad Ali

Folks at CareAce have performed a feature by feature comparison between Opera Mobile 10 and SkyFire 1.5. Even though the comparison is a brief one, it does highlight the important pros and cons of both the browser, as you can see in the video shown below.

The video performs the comparison based on the following aspects of both the browser

  • User Interface.
  • Degree of customization each browser offers (Settings page).
  • Speed.

One of the things that stand out for SkyFire’s browser is its ability to load pages faster than Opera’s browser software. On the other hand, Opera Mobile offers a rich user experience.

What is your take on this comparison effort? Which mobile browser is better?

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iPhone 5 production begins in Q3 of 2011 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:37:15 +0000

Apple getting ready to test iPhone 5

23 Mar

James Stephen

According to Chinese Time article spotted by 9to5Mac, Apple’s next gen iPhone, iPhone 5 has entered the test production phase and full production of the iPhone 4 successor will start in the third quarter of 2011.

iPhone 5

The Chinese source also put forward the following claims:

  • iPhone 5 will be getting a 4 inch touchscreen which we already read here and here.
  • iPhone 5 will have a NFC chip as rumored earlier.
  • A metal surfaced back a speculation of which we shared with you during the last week.

Foxconn will be performing the manufacturing duties for the iPhone which Apple fanatics know isn’t the first time. But what’s disturbing is the speculation of iPhone 5’s massive production starting in the third quarter which won’t help Apple’s cause of having a massive iPhone launch. But hey it’s a rumor and they can always go wrong.

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Samsung unveils bada Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:37:14 +0000

Samsung unveils bada, a feature rich mobile platform

9 Dec

Samsung has officially unveiled bada, its next mobile platform. This huge announcement was made by the South Korean electronics company in an event held in London. The new platform represents Samsung’s vision of smartphone for everyone. The platform which replaces Symbian, targets  not only consumers and mobile phone makers but also developers. It offers interesting features such as 3G, multitouch support and more. (Features list provided below)


Bada features

Bada which is the Korean word for ocean brings the following features:

  • TouchWiz Interface
  • 3G
  • GPS
  • WVGA based multi-touch screens
  • Flash control
  • Web control
  • Motion sensing
  • Fine-tuned vibration control
  • Face recognition
  • Supports sensor based and context aware applications
  • Wi-Fi

Samsung’s cool TouchWiz Interface will be ported to bada. Yes it is the same interface which is visible on Omnia and Behold.

As far as the arrival of bada powered handsets is concerned, they are destined to arrive in the first half of 2010. These feature rich phones will be hitting Europe and Asia first. Interestingly Samsung will be launching bada applications in its application. Samsung plans to expands its application store to 30 countries which includes France, UK and Italy.

Samsung’s bada is already gathering attention as a potential gaming platform, with gaming industry leaders such as EA and Gameloft already signed up to develop games for this exciting platform.

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Apple Black Friday Deals 2010 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:37:14 +0000 If you head over to Apple’s official site, you will see the deals lined up by the Cupertinos on the account of Black Friday, the most busy shopping day of the year. Almost all of the Apple Products are part of the Black Friday offering except for one – iPhone 4.

Apple Black Friday Deals

Here is how the price tags of the big boys of Apple stand:

  • iPad – $458 (save $41)
  • iPod Touch – $208 (save $21)
  • iMac – $1098 (save $101)
  • Macbook Air – $1198 (save $101)
  • Macbook Pro – $1098 (save $101)
  • iPod Nano – $138 (save $11)

So which product will you be purchasing ?

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