Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to finish this movie five months earlier.
In an event that rarely occurs in Hollywood, Paramount Pictures has decided to move the fifth installment of the long running Tom Cruise spy franchise 'Mission Impossible' forward by a whole 5 months. The initially announced release date of December 25th has now changed to July 31.
Hemled by Christopher McQuarrie who previously directed Cruise in 2013's 'Jack Reacher'), the film reprises Jeremy Renner as Agent Brandt, Simon Pegg as Benji and Ving Rhames as Luther Stickell. New to the film are Alec Baldwin, Simon McBurney and Rebecca Ferguson. With this newly minted released date, look for marketing including the first theatrical teaser trailer to begin ramping up soon.
I'm a big fan of Epic Games' Unreal Engine 4, as it's one of the most powerful, gorgeous engines that developers have access to. But this latest technology demo is one of the best, if not the best use of it I've ever seen.
Feel free to admit your mind is broken, and you don't know if you've just seen a movie with some added film blur, or a game engine. The developer behind it is from level designer and 3D artist Benoît Dereau, who worked on Dishonored. The Paris apartment is just totally gorgeous, and something I want to see come of this is an Oculus Rift-powered game with this level of detail. Insane.
Last August we reported on the 'Faraway Islands' GPU which was meant to be the Radeon R9 400 series but it looks like this is known as 'Arctic Islands'. You might have guessed from the word 'arctic' that AMD is looking to keep the R9 400 series cooler, with improved power efficiency, better aligning them with NVIDIA's Maxwell-based GeForce GTX 900 series GPUs.
Then in November we reported that the Radeon R9 490X (and any GPU close to it in the R9 400 series) could feature over 1TB/sec memory bandwidth, thanks to HBM. The latest rumors are pointing to Arctic Islands being baked onto the 20nm process, which should see the GPUs running much cooler than the R9 290X which runs quite hot, especially compared to a GTX 980.
When can we expect AMD to begin shipping the Radeon R9 400 series? Well, we are to expect the R9 300 series in Q2 2015 of this year (sometime between April and June) so we shouldn't see the R9 400 series until at least the second half of 2016.
Apple just reported its quarterly earnings, pulling in a massive $74.6 billion in gross revenue for the quarter, of which $18 billion was net profit. It's not all about those numbers though, as the company has now shipped over one billion iOS devices.
Apple CEO Tim Cook noted that the billionth device sold was, of course, a 64GB iPhone 6 Plus, which is the company's flagship handset. Apple will be keeping the device at its headquarters in Cupertino in honor of the massive milestone.
When Microsoft launched the first Windows 10 Technical Preview last year, it included a built-in keylogger that would collect information about "you, your devices, applications and networks, and your use of those devices, applications and networks. Examples of data we collect include your name, email address, preferences and interests; browsing, search and file history; phone call and SMS data; device configuration and sensor data; and application usage".
Well, it looks like the latest version of Windows 10 that the public can get its hands-on in the form of the Technical Preview still includes this built-in keylogger. Microsoft adds "[When you] enter text, we may collect typed characters and use them for purposes such as improving autocomplete and spellcheck features".
Since this is stated in the EULA for the Windows 10 Technical Preview, Microsoft isn't exactly hiding it. A post on Reddit bought this to my attention, warning people to not use this as their "daily driver" operating system. Since it's collecting copious amounts of not just personal data, but being a keylogger, it can secure everything on you. What if someone has found a way to hack into this built-in keylogger, and has been taking users' logged keys of Internet banking sessions, and various log-ins like Facebook and the such?
Late last year, 'Guardians of the Galaxy' and 'Jurassic World' star Chris Pratt passed on the role of the video game adaptation of Sony's 'Uncharted', which I thought was rather curious at the time. Now, it's a little clearer why.
According to Deadline Hollywood, Disney, who now own the rights to the 'Indiana Jones' franchise after purchasing Lucasfilm in 2012, are not only looking at bringing the franchise back, but are looking at casting Chris Pratt in the role once occupied by 72 year old Harrison Ford.
Deadline do make the point that "while things are very early", it sure looks like we might be seeing some more 'Indiana Jones' adventures soon - and hearkening back to the classic Hollywood serials that the franchise is based on, I think this can only be a great thing.
Featuring an i7 4790K paired with a GTX 780Ti DCII, this custom-chassis ROG-styled build is all tied together with an ASUS GENE VII.
If the full build log tickles your fancy, you can have a look for yourself - otherwise we'll wrap up the information below for you. With the custom chassis design being made out of sheet steel and acrylic, the original purpose was for it to house a mATX motherboard, two radiators, one video card and a full water-cooling system.
Once again featuring Bitspower cooling support, this custom build even managed to throw a full-size Be Quiet! power supply into the mix, with the full specification list reading:
CPU: Intel i7 4790K
MOBO: ASUS GENE VII
GPU: ASUS GTX780Ti DCII
PSU: Be Quiet! Straight Power 10 CM 800
FAN: Be Quiet! Silent Wings 2 120 mm
SSD: Kingston 3K 240 GB
RAM: Kingston HyperX Black Fury 16 GB
COOL: Various Bitspower products
A little over fifteen years ago Apple was on the verge of bankruptcy. In a final convulsion, the company decided to bring back its exiled founder Steve Jobs who, as we all know, went on to revolutionise the company to the powerhouse it is today. Still, not many industry analysts called today's profit result for the company, which has just broken the record for the largest quarterly profit in history.
According to the release from the company, up until the quarter ending quarter ending December 27 2014, Apple earned $74.6 billion in gross revenue and recorded quarterly net profit of $18 billion, primarily off the back of strong strong sales of iPhone and Mac products leading into the Christmas period.
To put the revenue result in context, this is more than Microsoft and Google combined, with the latter making less than what Apple did in this quarter in all of 2014. Apple shares closed last night at just under $110 dollars.
Set to ride the smartwatch success wave, Chris V Woolpert has set out to create a limited edition charging station - adding class and style to your charging experience.
Recently releasing a Kickstarter campaign, Woolpert describes this project as a "derivative or "spin off" design from a larger parent design project called USDCS." Further explaining that "the goal of this Kickstarter project is to raise funds for the proper development of the USDCS smart technology design project."
The product itself will hold your smartwatch up high for all to see, whilst providing a charging cable threaded through the 'arm' of the device - allowing you to hold and charge your smartwatch in style. All new major-brand smartwatch releases will require nightly charging, so if you're looking to keep your watch safely off the ground or a desk, this might be the solution for you.
Just 8 years on from the release of 'Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer', which starred a pre-'Captain America' Chris Evans, Jessica Alba and Ioan Gruffudd, Twentieth Century Fox have completely reset the franchise, with the release of this years 'The Fantastic Four' from 'Chronicle' director John Trank.
The studio have now released their first look at the film, with a rather generous 2 minute trailer that I gotta admit doesn't really make me excited in the same way as, say 'Jurassic World' or 'Terminator: Genisys'. Still, take a look and see for yourself.
'The Fantastic Four' hits screens worldwide in August, and also in 3D if you're that way inclined.