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Intel will talk about its 10nm production later this year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 1 hour, 10 mins ago

Intel has said that the development of its 10nm technology is coming along well, with the chipmaker to begin talking about its plans for the future using 10nm later in the year.

 

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President of Intel, Renee James, said during a recent Q&A session with stockholders at Intel's annual meeting: "The 10nm development is progressing very well. You will start to see start-up cost in the second half of the year on 10nm. We will talk about the timing of [10nm] later this year - the early part of next year about when that will happen".

 

We don't know much about Intel and its 10nm manufacturing process, but the company is wanting to increase transistor density, while reducing per transistor cost. This is something that other companies have failed to do with their shift into 14nm and 16nm FinFET processes, but Intel will hopefully see much more success with its 10nm technology.

Codemasters delays F1 2015, new release date of July 10

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 hours, 11 mins ago

F1 2015 had an original release window of June, but Codemasters has just delayed the game to July 10. To try and fan the rage away, Codemasters released a new in-engine teaser trailer, which you can see below.

 

 

With F1 2015 built from the ground up for current generation consoles, it also sports a brand new engine and handling model. Codemasters' Game Director, Paul Jeal, has come out and said: "F1 2015 marks an exciting new chapter for Codemasters and FORMULA ONE; it's a shift in direction for the game series, on new formats and our brand new game engine, with the game set to be released earlier in the season, launching this June". Jeal added: "The handling is a vast improvement from our previous games. In particular our new tyre model is a superb step forward towards realism, letting you explore where the limit is and allowing you to instantly feel much more connected with the car".

 

He continued: "You can now experience the changes in grip caused by temperature changes, wear, car set-up, debris and weather conditions. Our improved vehicle dynamics much more accurately convey the difference in performance and the feel between mechanical and aerodynamic grip. The new Force Feedback system adds to the feeling of connection with the car and track surface. The more natural and realistic nature of the game physics also serves to ensure that the racing experience is more accessible, enjoyable and rewarding for players of all skill levels".

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Big developers have joined AMD and PC Gamer's PC Gaming Show at E3

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: 5 hours, 33 mins ago

One of the more exciting parts of E3 2015 will be the PC Gaming Show at E3 2015, with AMD teaming up with PC Gamer, with big names like Twitch, Bohemia Interactive, Tripwire and Digital Storm to be participating.

 

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But, there have been a few new developers joining the event, with ArenaNet, CCP Games, Creative Assembly, Fullbright, Frictional Games, Frontier Developments, Nexon, Pixel Titans, SCS Software and Splash Damage joining in the fun. The PC Gaming Show will take place during E3 2015, where Sean 'Day[9]' Plott will be hosting the event at the Belasco Theater in LA on June 16, 2015.

 

We are expecting to see AMD unveil the Radeon R9 390X at the event, as well as a big concentration on PC gaming and everything that surrounds it.

Palmer Luckey being sued by his previous employee over the Oculus Rift

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 7 hours, 18 mins ago

Palmer Luckey is in some very hot water, and unfortunately, this event is happening in the real-world and not a virtual one. The founder of Oculus VR has been accused of stealing confidential information with his previous employer, and "passing it off as his own" reports Reuters.

 

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Hawaii-based Total Recall Technologies has said that it hired Luckey in 2011, where he was tasked at building a prototype head mounted display. Luckey signed a confidentiality agreement, according to a lawsuit filed on Wednesday. In the second half of 2011 and well into 2012, Luckey took feedback and information to "improve the design of the display" reports Reuters. Luckey then reportedly used that information he learned and took to Kickstarter to build his own headset, which has turned into the Oculus Rift.

 

Total Recall Technologies is seeking compensatory and punitive damages, but it hasn't mentioned a specific amount. This could be quite damaging to not only Oculus VR, but Facebook, with Luckey in the firing line. Oculus, Facebook and Luckey have all reportedly denied comment thus far. With the Oculus Rift set to nearly start the VR headset market by itself, I'm sure that amount of considerable.

Johan Andersson, Frostbite engineer, teases AMD Radeon R9 390X

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 8 hours, 15 mins ago

We know it's coming, but we've just seen an 'official' shot of the Radeon R9 390X courtesy of Johan Andersson, the engineer behind the Frostbite engine over at DICE.

 

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Andersson posted the image to his Twitter account, where he said: "This new island is one seriously impressive and sweet GPU. wow & thanks @AMDRadeon ! They will be put to good use :)". So now we can look at the previous rumor and render of the Radeon R9 390X that WCCFTech posted not too long ago, with this card looking absolutely identical to the render.

 

AMD should release its HBM-powered Radeon R9 390X in the coming weeks.

Virtual reality being used to help train football players

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 10 hours, 56 mins ago

It looks like virtual reality is still destined to rule video games and movies, but that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of other uses. Silicon Valley company STRIVR Labs is developing a virtual reality sports tool that allows football players to make play reads, learn plays interactively, and execute game-type reps using an Oculus VR Rift headset.

 

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"It was one of the few times in your coaching career when you're watching something and you think, 'This is a game-changer,'" said Bret Bielema, coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks college football team, in a statement to the media. This is gonna change the way we teach young men."

 

Technology is fully embraced by collegiate and professional sports, with game film and plays distributed via HDTVs, smartphones and tablets - with VR expected to add a new element. It's especially helpful in sports because coaches can have players make natural movements like they were in an actual game or scrimmage, while all the data is immediately captured.

Lovense teams up with Virtual Real Porn for adult-themed VR content

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 13 hours, 6 mins ago

A growing number of adult entertainment companies want to embrace virtual reality, with Lovense, a company focused on sex toys, teaming up with Virtual Real Porn.

 

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Lovense will create toys that Virtual Real Porn will integrate with the Samsung Gear VR and Oculus Rift headset, among other tech VR products.

 

"This was an unexpected partnership, but we believe it is a positive development for Lovense," said Dan Liu, founder of Lovense, in a statement published by VentureBeat. "Our focus is to use sex tech products to solve problems for consumers, but when they approached us, we immediately saw the potential."

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Free-to-play MMORPG Tera proves to be extremely popular on Steam

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 15 hours, 56 mins ago

Tera, a free-to-play MMORPG that launched on May 5 on Steam, is more popular than Eve Online, The Elder Scrolls Online, and Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.

 

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Tera developer En Masse Entertainment said the game peaked with 18,454 concurrent players - significantly higher than Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (7,401 players), The Elder Scrolls Online (5,067), or Eve Online (3,690).

 

Tera has quickly become one of the top 10 F2P games available on Steam, with more than 4.5 million users in North America - and more than 20 million accounts across the world. Of course, with the game being available for free, it can help entice gamers to download it and try it out for a few hours.

View the heartfelt 'Batkid Begins' documentary trailer

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 16 hours, 6 mins ago

Warner Bros. has shown off a trailer for the "Batkid Begins" documentary, featuring Miles Scott, a young leukemia patient who became superhero for a day in San Francisco. The 5-year-old received help from the Make-A-Wish Foundation and city of San Francisco, which featured him fighting bad guys to help save "Gotham."

 

 

Batkid received international attention, with President Obama and numerous celebrities offering praise and support for the young child. "One of his doctors told us that with this disease, they just become, like, a fighter," according to a statement from Scott's father in the trailer. "They fight for life. I think he sees the good vs. evil battle in superheroes."

 

"Batkid Begins" will open on June 26.

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Microsoft continues to add Windows 10 Xbox app functionality

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 18 hours, 8 mins ago

Microsoft is adding new updates for the Xbox app on Windows 10, with recently added features including game bar shortcuts, friends list changes, game hubs, and more. Check out a recently released video from Larry Hryb, Xbox Live's Major Nelson and Director of Programming for Xbox Live at Microsoft:

 

 

The Xbox app is only available to Windows Insider program members, which has opened early testing of the upcoming Windows 10 OS. Microsoft has added a game DVR, with customized shortcuts that make it easier to capture screenshots or record gameplay footage. Live streaming isn't currently available, though is expected at some point in the future.

 

Similar to the Xbox One game hubs, the app will let gamers view achievements, check game play usage, and view customized activity fields.

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