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Grand Theft Auto V for the PC is in the "final stages" of development

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 46 mins ago

Rockstar answered a bunch of questions on its blog about Grand Theft Auto V, questions which ranged from the previous generation consoles, right up to the upcoming PC version of GTA V.

 

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When asked "where the heck is GTA5 PC" the developed replied with "We're presently in the final stages of development on the PC version of Grand Theft Auto 5 and hope to have confirmed official system requirements to share soon ... in the coming week." Another good question was asked, where if you could transfer your GTA Online progress over to the PC, which you can. Rockstar said "Yes and from any platform" which is great to hear.

 

Grand Theft Auto V for PC reaches us on January 27, 2015.

PMC-Sierra joins OpenPOWER foundation

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: 1 hour, 6 mins ago

PMC-Sierra has joined the OpenPOWER Foundation, which is dedicated to developing advanced server, networking, storage and acceleration technology, along with open source software. The open source movement is radically altering the design of hyperscale and cloud data centers by providing more efficiency at lower cost.

 

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The OpenPOWER group makes POWER hardware and software available to open development for the first time, as well as making POWER intellectual property licensable to others, greatly expanding the ecosystem of innovators on the platform. PMC will leverage their deep knowledge of SAS and NVMe controllers to help develop new I/O interfaces by sponsoring a new I/O workgroup, along with IBM, Emulex, QLogic and Mellanox.

 

"Participating in the I/O workgroup with IBM and integrating our products into the OpenPOWER platform ensures that our customers have access to the latest cloud and big data storage technology," said Kurt Chan, vice president of storage technology and strategy for PMC's Enterprise Storage Division. "As a market leader in SAS and NVMe controllers, working with the industry to define new I/O interfaces and being at the forefront of new developments enables PMC to deliver the most advanced products for open architectures."

 

"The development model of the OpenPOWER Foundation is based on collaboration and represents a new way of innovating around processor technology," said Brad McCredie, OpenPOWER president and IBM fellow and vice president. "OpenPOWER Foundation members like PMC will be able to add their own innovations on top of the POWER processor technology to better serve their customers' needs, as well as create new products to address new markets. PMC's deep I/O expertise will benefit our collective efforts and further strengthen OpenPOWER's growing ecosystem."

Prepare your wallets: the 2014 Steam Holiday Sale begins

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 hour, 30 mins ago

Valve has just kickstarted its annual Steam Holiday Sale, which will run all the way through to January 2, 2015. There are countless games on sale, all of which will change every 12 hours.

 

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Right now, the current sales include:

 

  • Civilization: Beyond Earth for $29.99, down 40% from its original $49.99 price.
  • Euro Truck Simulator 2 for $3.74, down 85% from its original $24.99 price.
  • Sniper Elite III for $24.99, down 50% from its original $49.99 price.
  • Dark Souls II for $14.79, down 63% from its original $39.99 price.
  • Rocksmith 2014 Edition for $20.39, down 66% from its original $59.99 price.

 

There are many more games on sale, so go and check them all out!

Minecraft: Story Mode announced, story-based game from Telltale Games

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 hours, 7 mins ago

Mojang has announced Minecraft: Story Mode, a new story-based single-player mode for the super-popular game, which will be made by the developer of The Walking Dead game, Telltale Games. Minecraft: Story Mode will launch next year on "Xbox consoles, PlayStation consoles, PC, Mac, iOS and Android-based devices."

 

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On the official Mojang blog, they write "Minecraft: Story Mode will be released episodically, just like The Wolf Among Us, The Walking Dead or the recent Tales from the Borderlands, which is another developer-collaboration series between Telltale Games and Gearbox Software. We're not intending on creating an 'official' story for Steve, or explaining the world of Minecraft in detail. It will be a cool game."

 

The folks over at Telltale provide even more details, teasing "Minecraft: Story Mode will be an all-new narrative-driven game series developed by Telltale in collaboration with Mojang. Set in the world of Minecraft, the series will feature an original story, driven by player choice." The developer continues "It will not be an add-on for Minecraft, but rather a separate stand-alone product that will premiere in 2015 on consoles, computers and mobile devices."

Netflix shoots down offline playback, says it will never happen

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: 2 hours, 38 mins ago

Netflix has come out talking about an offline feature for its media streaming service, saying that the offline feature was "never going to happen." It was being reported that the company would unveil the offline feature to certain tablets, but the company has come out slamming down the rumor.

 

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During a recent interview with TechRadar, Cliff Edwards from Netflix talked about offline playback being a short term fix for something that was a much bigger problem thanks to the lack of widespread, and varying speeds of Internet.

Crossbar touts latest breakthrough in RRAM technology, due in 2016

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: 3 hours, 51 mins ago

Crossbar has recently made some encouraging gains in the path to commercializing 3D RRAM by 2016. 3D Resistive RAM (RRAM) promises to break the barriers associated with the reduced endurance of NAND as the lithography shrinks. While the best-in-class SLC NAND can pull off 100,000 write-erase cycles, 3D RRAM can deliver an exponential gain to a mind-boggling 100 million write cycles. 3D RRAM is also denser, up to 10X per chip compared to NAND, and provides speeds up to 20 times that of flash. As an added bonus, it draws less power. Seems to be too good to be true, right? Basically unlimited endurance, faster performance, lower power consumption, and it's all wrapped up in one amazingly dense 1TB chip the size of a postage stamp? Providing a product with the performance of RAM, but the persistence of NAND, is the Holy Grail. But is it feasible?

 

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Crossbar believes they are on the cusp of delivering this almost too good to be true product. Crossbar outlined some of the latest advancements at the 2014 International Electron Devices Meeting. Crossbar has patented their Field Assisted Superlinear Threshold Selector, which overcomes the limitations of a sneak path current issue. Sneak path current disrupts the reading of data from RRAM's cells. By eliminating the problem Crossbar has made a huge breakthrough that will see wearable products entering the market in 2016, at least by their estimates, and SSDs roughly 18 months after. We would assume they mean late 2016.

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Toshiba launches 6TB 7,200 RPM MG04 HDD

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: 5 hours, 16 mins ago

Toshiba has announced the release of their latest datacenter HDD, the 6TB MG04 series. The MG04 comes in SAS and SATA flavors and also touts a 30% increase in the sustained data rate. The models also feature Toshiba's persistent write cache technology. This technology persists data to the storage medium by utilizing the rotation of the disk platters during a power loss event to generate enough power to flush the data. This power loss protection technique lends another layer of protection for key business-critical storage systems.

 

 

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The MG04 spins at 7,200 RPM to deliver nearline-class seek performance, and the increased storage density delivers 50% better power efficiency, on a watts-per-TB basis, than previous 4TB models. The drives use 4K native and 512e sector lengths, and models are available with ISE (Instant Secure Erase) functionality. The SAS drives also sport a 12Gb/s connection for compatibility with the latest hardware. The competition in the HDD arena is heating up as we move to denser HDD storage solutions, and the continued advances in HDD technology compliment Toshiba's vast flash-based product portfolio.

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University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers embracing IoT

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 6 hours, 17 mins ago

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is fully embracing the looming storm connected devices, with students creating dozens of connected devices in its custom Internet of Things Lab. Students have created a smart kitchen inventory, smart tech football helmet able to detect injuries, and other cutting-edge products - all part of a unique effort that isn't for a class, so students set aside their own time to learn more.

 

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Sandra Bradley, the lab's research director for consumer and retailer applications, broke down IoT: "Imagine everything you touch could have an Internet connection with sensing and data, and it could do more. Your refrigerator keeps things cold. What if it could give you shopping lists or monitor spoilage of food? This is about things people touch every day, and say, 'What if?'"

 

Preparing students for IoT research, engineering and programming is an important effort - analysts believe there will be 50 billion connected devices in our lives by 2020. The job market should boom around connected technology, so this is an innovative program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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NASA's Curiosity rover finds methane on the surface of Mars

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 7 hours, 8 mins ago

The Curiosity rover traveling across the surface of Mars has stumbled across organic matter, with scientists saying they saw a tenfold spike in methane. The discovery means there must be a "relatively localized source," with many potential sources, both biological and non-biological, as Curiosity continues to drill into the Martian surface.

 

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"This first confirmation of organic carbon in a rock on Mars holds much promise," said Roger Summons, MIT scientist and Curiosity participating researcher, in a press statement. "Organics are important because they can tell us about the chemical pathways by which they were formed and preserved. In turn, this is informative about Earth-Mars differences and whether or not particular environments represented by Gale Crater sedimentary rocks were more or less favorable for accumulation of organic materials."

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Scientists using drones to help better study how tornadoes form

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 8 hours, 11 mins ago

Researchers are using unmanned drones to fly into Western and Midwestern storms, as they try to better learn how tornadoes form. Using drones is a realistic and more affordable way to reach storms that most scientific instruments simply can't reach.

 

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The Unmanned Aircraft System and Severe Storms Research Group was created by the University of Colorado and University of Nebraska, with both universities creating a custom research consortium. Both universities will strengthen their relationship with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to receive approval for flying drones in extreme weather.

 

"For most of the past decade, CU-Boulder's UAS research group has collaborated closely with Dr. [Adam] Houston and his UNL severe-storm research group," said Brian Argrow, CU-Boulder aerospace engineers. "Our creation of the new consortium establishes a forum to productively engage current and future collaborations with whom we will work to use UAS to better understand the origins and evolution of severe storms, and to potentially revolutionize severe-storm forecasting and warning systems."

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