विपुल मेहता इंडियन आइडल 6 के विजेता बने (Vipul Mehta Indian Idol winner )

विपुल मेहता इंडियन आइडल 6 के विजेता बने (Vipul Mehta Indian Idol 6 winner )

Sleeping Dogs Review

Like Darksiders II, Sleeping Dogs is very derivative in the way it cherry picks signature elements from some of the best-loved video game franchises. However, this third-person open-world title takes these ingredients and cooks up one of the most enjoyable experiences in the genre. The game can be best described as a love child of Bruce Lee and Faith (Mirror's Edge) in the GTA universe. It incorporates free-flow hand-to-hand combat from Rocksteady Studios' Batman games and Parkour from Assassin's Creed in an oriental open-world setting reminiscent of the Yakuza games. You even have a smattering of RPG elements across multiple disciplines, which give an interesting twist to the proceedings.
An oriental GTA clone
The plot is reminiscent of the Hong Kong crime-thriller Infernal Affairs. You play the role of Wei Shen — an Asian-American cop sent to infiltrate the ranks of the Sun On Yee Triad (Chinese mafia). Set in a fictional version of Hong Kong, Sleeping Dogs features a unique blend of Cop and Triad missions that are played out in a non-linear fashion. The game has you playing on both sides of the law. You gather evidence against the Triad as an undercover cop, while at the same time committing increasingly dastardly crimes to gain access to Sun On Yee's inner circle. The main story missions themselves are quite cinematic and well executed.
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The car handling dynamics are impressive
The cops and robbers dichotomy is reflected in the game's RPG implementation, which offers just the right amount of depth. Both Police and Triad missions provide separate experience points (XP), with a discrete levelling system and unlockable abilities. Apart from these two XP systems, you also earn Face XP by performing side quests. Face is a measure of your street cred that lets you unlock clothing, cars, and other items that boost your offensive and defensive stats.

Complex and refined gameplay
The Batman-inspired combat system is fluid and admirably nuanced. It employs a traditional blend of light and hard attacks, along with grappling moves, to create a fighting style bearing a great deal of depth. Wei can grapple Foes and slam them into walls as well as environmental props, whereas various stun and power attacks can be used to disarm or defeat enemy defences. The baddies themselves come in Brawler, Armed, Grappler, and Striker varieties — each requiring unique strategies and move sets to defeat. New moves can be learned and perfected by visiting dojos peppered around the city. Overall, the brawling segments are involving and require much deeper strategy and skill level than your average open-world game. This karma, I believe, is enough to forgive its slightly clunky cover system and Third-Person Shooter mechanics.
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The combat system is complex and challenging

The Parkour mechanics have been seamlessly integrated into many chase segments involving spectacular set pieces. While you can't expect to pull an Assassin's Creed or Mirror's Edge, the free-running elements still are great fun. However, the vehicle sequences are what set Sleeping Dogs apart from the rest of the open-world games. The developer United Front has worked on ModNation Racers, whereas some members of its development team were also involved in Need for Speed games. This is evident in the game's vehicle handling system, which walks the tightrope between arcade and simulation camps quite well. Like the PSP game Pursuit Force, Sleeping Dogs allows you perform crazy stunts and jump from one car to another, which adds a whole new dimension of action to the vehicular sequences.
A living, breathing microcosm
The city may not be as large as San Andreas, but its four districts have been painstakingly crafted to capture the essence of Hong Kong. The PS3 version doesn't have complex 3D meshes or cutting edge particle and lighting effects evident in GTA IV. However, a mix of brilliant art direction and densely populated streets makes the Sleeping Dogs universe seem like a living, breathing city. My only complaints with the graphics department were anaemic draw distances and minor framerate issues in certain segments. In a nutshell, the game leverages good art and design to overcome limitations of its graphics engine.
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Yes, you can (finally) have girlfriends in this game

The sound effects are well done, with some impressive voiceover performances that complement equally brilliant cinematics. The narrative is surprisingly refined for an open-world game. The performances are well nuanced, and lend credibility to the complex plot. Sleeping Dogs doesn't feature an anti-hero, unlike almost all open-world games, which happen to include some delightfully quirky elements of their own. Having said that, this oriental take on the genre has its share of oblique humour in the form of massage parlours, wacky karaoke bars, and some hilarious banter that can be overheard in the streets. The main Police and Triad missions require no specific sequence, and you are encouraged to wander off a tangent completing side quests (favours), betting on cockfights, or even getting yourself a proper digital girlfriend. The game itself is filled with great moments of sarcasm and some brilliant self referential humour.
An experience that's hard to replicate
It's not an easy task for a video game to find acceptance with casual gamers without resorting to a tie-in with either a movie or a sports franchise. It's remarkable then how open-world, crime capers such as GTA, Mafia, Saints Row, and Yakuza are popular with the same lot. What they lack in Hollywood or spectator-sport quotient is made up by their ability to provide an escape from mundane reality. These games let you indulge in stuff that's frowned upon in real life — activities such as beating up random people on the street, dealing drugs, driving like a complete lunatic, and murdering prostitutes. We all like to let off some steam, in a socially questionable manner, as long as there's no one judging our actions. It's not difficult to understand why these games are so popular then.
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Vehicular combat is reminiscent of Pursuit Force

Their massive scope comes at a price though. Because these games have to incorporate a lot of content in essentially the same development time as regular titles, they tend to suffer from poor controls, gameplay gremlins, or a general lack of refinement and polish. Sleeping Dogs, however, is surprisingly refined. This is mainly because it was fortunate enough to have a rather long development time. It originally started out as True Crime: Hollywood, which was eventually canned by Activision. Don't ask why, but my guess is that the AAA factory may have thought there weren't enough Call of Duty and Guitar Hero games to focus on this one. Interestingly, the game was nearly complete when it was cancelled. Square Enix eventually bought the rights and gave United Front another year to polish it, which is easily evident in every aspect of the game.

Sleeping Dogs is by far the most refined GTA clone I have come across. Something tells me that its unprecedented gameplay depth will not be matched for a long time. It's not every day that an open world game gets a second chance and the extended development time required to deliver an experience as compelling as this. If you love this genre, there's no reason why you should miss this.
Source - tech2

Nitish Kumar's good work as CM dents his PM prospect

NEW DELHI: Bihar CM Nitish Kumar may be hailed as an eligible candidate for the PM's post by many, but people in his home state are in no mood for his elevation.


In a survey — conducted by an English news channel and market research agency Ipsosis — 84% respondents in Bihar said they considered Kumar as the best CM the state had ever had. In comparison, only 64% wanted Kumar to become PM.

Kumar's rise has spelled everyone else's doom in Bihar politics. Only 13% hailed RJD chief Lalu Prasad as the best CM. Former CM Jagannath Mishra and LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan got 2% and 1% votes, respectively.

A significant number of RJD voters, too, do not want Prasad to come back. While 73% of his voters still stick with him, 27% show a vote swing. Among all voters, 56% do not want Prasad to come back.

The survey, conducted in 125 out of 543 Lok Sabha seats covering 18 big cities, also shows JD(U) gaining more seats in the next Lok Sabha polls at the cost of all other parties. The survey forecasts 25 seats for JD(U) (a gain of five seats from its tally in 2009 elections), while only forCongress and a loss of four seats to other parties, including BJP.

Gujarat's latest export to China garba!

The batch will arrive in Ahmedabad on October 1 and perform at Karnavati Club during Navratri, which starts on October 16, said Jagat Shah, chairman, India China Economic & Cultural Council (ICEC)- Gujarat chapter.
Likewise, the Chinese will also teach Gujaratis the traditional Chinese dances of the lion, dragon as well as acrobatics. The various forms of traditional dance will be performed by Gujaratis along with the Chinese during the Vibrant Gujarat summit in January 2013. Besides, a 72-member team from China will stage a Beijing opera, which dates back to the third century, at Motera stadium for three days during the upcoming Vibrant Gujarat summit in January next year.

Latest Java software exposes PCs to hackers: Experts

BOSTON: Computer security firms are urging PC users to disable Java software in their browsers, saying the widely installed, free software fromOracle opens machines to hacker attacks and there is no way to defend against them.
The warnings, which began emerging over the weekend from Rapid7, AlienVault and other cyber security firms, are likely to unnerve a PC community scrambling to fend off growing security threats from hackers, viruses and malware.

Researchers have identified code that attacks machines by exploiting a newly discovered flaw in the latest version of Java. Once in, a second piece of software called "Poison Ivy" is released that lets hackers gain control of the infected computer, said Jaime Blasco, a research manager with AlienVault Labs.
Several security firms advised users to immediately disable Java software -- installed in some form on the vast majority of personal computers around the world -- in their internet browsers. Oracle says that Java sits on 97 per cent of enterprise desktops.
"If exploited, the attacker will be able to perform any action the victim can perform on the victim's machine," said Tod Beardsley, an engineering manager with Rapid7's Metasploit division.
Computers can get infected without their users' knowledge simply by a visit to any website that has been compromised by hackers, said Joshua Drake, a senior research scientist with the security firm Accuvant.
Java is a computer language that enables programmers to write one set of code to run on virtually any type of machine. It is widely used on the internet so that Web developers can make their sites accessible from multiple browsers running on Microsoft Windows PCs or Macs from Apple.
An Oracle spokeswoman said she could not immediately comment on the matter.
Security experts recommended that users not enable Java for universal use on their browsers. Instead, they said it was safest to allow use of Java browser plug-ins on a case-by-case basis when prompted for permission by trusted programs such as GoToMeeting, a Web-based collaboration tool from Citrix Systems.
Rapid7 has set up a web page that tells users whether their browser has a Java plug-in installed that is vulnerable to attack: www.isjavaexploitable.com/.

SOURCE - TIMES OF INDIA

A cancer drug '10 times more potent than current medicines'

Scientists have created a new drug that they claim is 10 times more potent than current cancer-fighting drugs.
In a new study, University of Missouri (MU) researchers have taken an existing drug that is being developed for use in fighting certain types of cancer, added a special structure to it, and created a more potent, efficient weapon against cancer.
"Over the past decade, we have seen an increasing interest in using carboranes in drug design," said Mark W Lee Junior, assistant professor of chemistry in College of Arts and Science, in a statement.

Mobility is the 'Current Big Thing'


Although the mobility market in India is big, it's still on it's way to maturity, say officials at the NASSCOM Cloud and Mobility Summit.
"What's exciting about the mobility field is the way it provides us with the opportunity to rethink how we use technologies," said Sowri Santhanakrishnan, Venture leader, Mobility, Cognizant, at the recently held NASSCOM cloud and mobility Summit 2012.

Six killed as two IAF helicopters collide midair in Gujarat

JAMNAGAR: Six defence personnel were killed on Thursday when two MI-17 choppers of Indian Air Force collided midair just after take off from an air base near Sarmat village of this district in Gujarat, IAF officials said.
The villagers, who witnessed the accident, said the two choppers collided soon after take off and crashed near the village, 15 kms from Jamnagar city.

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