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PlayStation VR launches in Japan: over 51K units sold

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 1 hour, 19 mins ago

Sony has officially launched its PlayStation VR headset, selling over 51K units in its home country in the first week on sale. Sony launched PSVR on October 13, selling 51,644 units in the first 3 days on sale.




The company hasn't provided full sales figures for worldwide numbers, or even something as simple as the shipped numbers - so we have no idea how many PSVR units Sony has shipped to distributors, retailers, or consumers. Sony will release its fiscal year 2016 financial results for their Q2 on November 1, so we could expect to hear something then.

'Deadpool' director Tim Miller walks from sequel

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 3 hours, 15 mins ago

This year's release of 'Deadpool' was a huge surprise success for 20th Century Fox, grossing nearly $250 million dollars more than the latest 'X-Men' feature 'Apocalypse', despite having a budget nearly two thirds less. Unsurprisingly, the studio has fast tracked a sequel, but they're now on the lookout for a brand new director.




According to The Wrap, former visual effects artist Tim Miller who infused the first 'Deadpool' film with a sleek, fourth wall busting style has apparently opted out of returning to helm the sequel, following "creative differences" with star Ryan Reynolds. The final straw apparently revolved around the casting of the main villain Cable, which found the studio side with Ryan Reynolds. Despite Miller walking, writing duo Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are returning to write the script.


Whoever ends up behind the camera, 'Deadpool 2' is set for a 2018 release.

Do you have questions for Elon Musk? Now is time to ask

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 5 hours, 8 mins ago

Elon Musk will host an AMA or "Ask Me Anything" session on Reddit today, October 23rd, at 6 PM EDT (3 PM PDT). Standard subreddit rules will apply in the AMA thread and the users have been warned to follow the rules and not to ask questions already submitted.




The questions and answers will be on the SpaceX subreddit, meaning you can ask questions related to SpaceX, and not Tesla Motors or SolarCity. Musk also pointed out that he will be answering SpaceX related questions.


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Huge cyber attack involved 10s of millions IP addresses

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 10 hours, 9 mins ago

Tens of millions of IP addresses were used to take down popular websites like Twitter, Spotify and Netflix on Friday by so far unknown sources. The DDoS attack on the DynDNS started on Friday morning, but the service was restored around 9:30 AM ET. However, around Friday noon, another attack began. Service was restored at approximately 1:00 PM ET same day, but many users had reported they had issues with certain websites.




Dyn reported there was an attempt of a third attack wave, but the were able to successfully mitigate it without customer impact.


Dyn issued a statement saying they are continuing their investigation.


At this point, we know this was a sophisticated, highly distributed attack involving 10s of millions of IP addresses. We are conducting a thorough cause and forensic analysis and will report what we know in a responsible fashion. The nature and source of the attack is under investigation, but it was a sophisticated attack across multiple attack vectors and internet locations. We can confirm, with the help of analysis from Flashpoint and Akamai, that one source of the traffic for the attacks were devices infected by the Mirai botnet. We observed 10s of millions of discrete IP addresses associated with the Mirai botnet that were part of the attack.

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Apple's iPod changed the world of music 15 years ago

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: 12 hours, 14 mins ago

Smartphones, including the iPhone, almost entirely replaced the MP3 players, but Apple's iPod earned its place in history because it forever changed the world of music.




Steve Jobs introduced the iPod at a very humble presentation on this day, October 23rd, 15 years ago. The iPod, which had 5GB of storage and allowed you to carry a thousand songs in your pocket, along with iTunes, started a revolution in the way we buy music and movies.



The first iPod was the size of a deck of cards, with an aluminum back and plastic front end. It had a rather modest screen compared to today's standards, and its price was $399 for a 5GB model, FireWire port included.

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ARK: Survival Evolved update: new dinos, maps, and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 13 hours, 28 mins ago

ARK: Survival Evolved has been updated, with developer Studio Wildcard releasing update v248 that includes new dinosaurs, new mechanics and features, and now ARK: Survival Evolved features procedurally generated maps - and that's a big deal.



The biggest change to ARK is the inclusion of procedurally generated maps, that will be randomly generated for the user - all on top of the massive worlds that are created. ARK: Survival Evolved players can choose from various landscape options, where they can tweak the heights of mountains, the depths of valleys, and the number of lakes, oceans and rivers - as well as the biomes that they want, and so much more.


There are also new creatures to be scared of, with the prey-grabbing Kaprosuchus, the boulder-throwing Chalicotherium, and the oxygen-giving Diplocaulus - all making appearances in the v248 update for ARK: Survival Evolved.

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AT&T buys HBO, Warner Bros., and CNN for $80 billion

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 14 hours, 51 mins ago

AT&T has struck a deal to acquire Time Warner, with the merger mounting towards over $80 billion. The news has been reported by the likes of The Wall Street Journal, Reuters and Bloomberg, and has the deal reportedly ballooning out to $85 billion, once it's all done and dusted.




If the deal is inked, AT&T will find itself owning HBO, Warner Bros. Entertainment, and CNN - these companies own some of the biggest entertainment and media companies under their respective umbrellas. HBO has the rights to shows like Game of Thrones, while Warner Bros. has Batman, Superman, the upcoming Wonder Woman and Justice League movies, and so much more. Now AT&T will own them, so could we expect some big changes in the way AT&T stream media to their wireless customers?


What I'd like to be right now: a fly on the wall of the likes of Netflix, and AT&T's competitors - as well as other media and entertainment companies. This $80 billion deal is mammoth, and it'll have big waves for the entire industry.

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Shadow Warrior 2 patched, includes several optimizations

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 17 hours, 12 mins ago

Shadow Warrior 2 has been one of the best releases on PC in 2016 so far, with developer Flying Wild Hog releasing their third patch for the PC version of Shadow Warrior 2 since it released last week.




The new update includes shadow and geometry flickering issues, optimizes shadow rendering performance, and defaults the GPU to the dedicated graphics card, and not the integrated GPU on your CPU (if you've got one). The new patch also includes some performance improvements to the cooperative side of the game, with FWG providing a bunch of cooperative network bandwidth usage optimizations, and new Photomode fixes.


There are also some new balance and gameplay changes, and the usual general gameplay and UI improvements.

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PS4 Pro 'turns off half the GPU' to run normal PS4 games

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 18 hours, 57 mins ago

We're beginning to find out more concrete details on the technical specifications of Sony's upcoming PS4 Pro console, with PlayStation Chief Architect Mark Cerny explaining some of what Sony has done inside of their new console.




Cerny said there are two chips in the PS4 Pro, which lets it play older PS4 games - but when you install the PS4 Pro game, both of the chips work together. Since Sony tapped AMD's new Polaris architecture for the PS4 Pro, is there some CrossFire magic going on?


He explains: "We doubled the GPU size by essentially placing it next to a mirrored version of itself, sort of like the wings of a butterfly. That gives us an extremely clean way to support the existing 700 titles. We just turn off half the GPU and run it at something quite close to the original GPU".


Cerny continued, saying that the team behind the PS4 Pro said games needed "about 10% more memory", which is why they added the 1GB of slower DRAM into the console, joining the much faster 8GB GDDR5.

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Escape from Tarkov looks like one of the best games ever

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 20 hours, 47 mins ago

It looks like developer Battlestate Games has been busy with completely changing Escape of Tarkov, their new hardcore story-driven MMOFPS game that has been in a state of constant change since the developer started on it.




It's been in closed Alpha form for a while now, but the studio is continuing its work on large-scale online testing and performance optimization. The team has made massive upgrades to the graphics in Escape from Tarkov, which looks positively awesome.




The team has said that they have made "significant engine changes", teasing: "


  • Improved shaders with added Physically Based Rendering (PBR) features
  • Ambient light portals (improved indoor lighting
  • Complete and improved sky lighting in full daylight cycle
  • New Screen Space Ambient Occlusion
  • Contact Ambient Obscurance
  • New tone mapping
  • Eye adaptation
  • Improved SSR (screen space reflections)
  • New color correction
  • Reworked and improved most of the materials and textures of characters, weapons, and objects
  • Optimized terrain and vegetation


Escape from Tarkov is expected to enter closed beta testing later this year, but Battlestate Games hasn't provided a release date for the game just yet.

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