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Quixel uses Unreal Engine 4 to showcase its surface capturing tech

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 0 mins ago

We've been writing about various uses of Epic Games' Unreal Engine 4, but Quixel has something unique to share with its Megascans technology. Megascans is massive, as its library contains thousands of materials scanned with the company's HDR surface capture technology. The best way to show this off, is with a video, below:

 

 

Quixel explains this well: "MEGASCANS is a new breed of material library, finally bringing full real-world surface scans to the art community. Browse, preview and download 1000+ materials scanned with Quixel's groundbreaking HDR surface capture technology and experience real diffuse, specular, normal, translucency, AO and much more".

 

The jungle environment demo looks impressive, but it isn't the absolute best we've seen. What it does showcase is Quixel's impressive surface capturing technology, and the power of Unreal Engine 4 and its versatile nature.

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'Adventure Time' movie on the way

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 58 mins ago

Now in its sixth season, the crazily irreverent Cartoon Network animation 'Adventure Time' has only become increasingly popular as audiences embrace the show in the millions weekly, and gobble up all manner of merchandise.

 

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Not content with all that, Cartoon Network's owner, Warner Bros. is now preparing a feature length movie adventure to be produced by 'The Lego Movie' duo Chris McKay and Roy Lee. 'Adventure Time' creator Pendleton Ward will serve as writer, as well as a producer.

 

It's not yet confirmed if Jeremy Shada and John DiMaggio will return to voice their roles of Finn and Jake respectively, but it's hard to see that they won't. "Mathematical!"

HP impresses with its new Spectre x360 13.3-inch convertible laptop

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: 1 hour, 6 mins ago

HP has started off 2015 with a bang, announcing its new 13.3-inch Spectre x360 convertible laptop, with the aforementioned 13.3-inch display rocking a QHD resolution of 2560x1440, which also happens to feature Panel Self-Refresh technology, which lets the laptop power down when the display is not changing.

 

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There will be two models of the Spectre x360 released, with one bumping the 13.3-inch screen down to 1920x1080 touch-capable display, while the higher-end model features the QHD panel. There are also two choices when it comes to the processor, with HP offering up the Intel Broadwell-ULT-based Core i5-5200U and Core i7-5500U. The Core i5-5200U is a dual-core part with HT enabled at 2.2GHz or 2.7GHz with Turbo Boost, while the Core i7-5500U is also a dual-core part with HT at 2.4GHz, or 3GHz with Turbo. HP has provided just 4-8GB of DDR3 RAM on the Spectre x360, while storage options range from a 128GB SSD up to 512GB.

 

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HP has priced the Spectre x360 competitively, with the starting price of just $900 for the Core i5 model with 4GB of RAM, 128GB SSD and 1080p touchscreen. HP will offer up the Core i7 model with 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD and the same 1080p touchscreen for $1150, while the best model will feature the Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM, 512GB of SSD and the QHD touchscreen for $1400.

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The Division to feature 100-player 'Dark Zones', PvP, and so much more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 hours, 45 mins ago

Ubisoft doesn't have much trust with gamers, especially PC gamers, but The Division is still continuing to shape up nicely - even if it looks like its graphics have been watered down over time. A closed beta of the game is currently active, with a bunch of people playing The Division and discussing specific gameplay details and more.

 

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The participants have detailed the way players will enter 'Dark Zones' which are public combative spaces within The Division, which are both cooperative and competitive, filled with friendlies and enemies. Players must pass through a decontamination chamber when entering and leaving the Dark Zone. There are special weapons are gear that you can collect in the Dark Zones, but you must pass through the decontamination process in order to have these weapons and items become a permanent part of your kit.

 

These Dark Zones in The Division feature up to, or around 100 players. Other players in here can act as friendlies, but hostile players can be killed, which build up something called a reputation meter. Once your reputation meter begins to build, you become more visible on the in-game mini map. You and your team can choose to work together with another team, with alpha players saying that there have been scenarios where players hide on rooftops, scale up and down buildings with grappling hooks, and more.

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Game on for our 'Hunger Games: Mockingay' Blu-ray Giveaway

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: 3 hours, 20 mins ago

To celebrate this week's release of 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' on Blu-ray HD and DVD, we have ten copies of the Blu-ray to give away to readers, thanks to our friends at Village Roadshow Home Entertainment.

 

The courage of one will change the world. 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1', finds Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) in District 13 after she literally shatters the games forever. The story accelerates to new, exhilarating levels as the futuristic chronicle of Katniss Everdeen enters into a new realm. The Games may have been obliterated for good, but the fight to survive is about to intensify. Faced with the most daunting odds - and watched by the eyes of a hopeful nation - Katniss must put into motion courage, strength and empowerment against the all-powerful Capitol. This is the moment when she realizes she has no choice but to open her wings and fully embody the Mockingjay symbol. If only to save Peeta, she must become a leader.

 

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To go into the running to take a Blu-ray home, simply correctly answer the following question:

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Google hit AI breakthrough that could be huge for self-driving cars

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 3 hours, 46 mins ago

Google has reportedly reached a milestone in its artificial intelligence research, showing off an algorithm that could beat a human being playing Atari video games. Not only playing it, but it was learning from the experience, just as we would, according to a paper published by Nature last week.

 

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Demis Hassabis, one of the authors from the paper said: "We can go all the way from pixels to actions as we call it and actually it can work on a challenging task that even humans find difficult. We know now we're on the first rung of the ladder and it's a baby step, but I think it's an important one". The team started their work at DeepMind, which is the London-based start up that Google acquired back in January 2014. When they joined Google, they began looking at ways of baking their intelligence into Google products.

 

The researchers then began working with Atari games, which had more complicated 3D environments, which Hassabis says the algorithm would be able to beat those games within the next five years. Hassabis added: "Ultimately the idea is that if this algorithm can race a car in a racing game then also essentially with a few extra tweaks it should be able to drive a real car. But that's again, even further away than that".

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SanDisk unveils huge 200GB microSD card for Android devices

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: 4 hours, 38 mins ago

MWC 2015 - SanDisk has come out of nowhere unveiling the new 200GB Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition, with a gigantic 200GB of storage on a tiny little microSD card.

 

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The largest microSD card that SanDisk made up until now was 128GB, but this new 200GB card is capable of 90MB/sec. Even at 90MB/sec, it would take around 35 minutes to fill the card and its 200GB capacity. The new SanDisk 200GB Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition is only compatible with Android smartphones and tablets.

 

What does a 200GB microSD card cost? $400, which is four times the cost of a 128GB card on Amazon right now. SanDisk sweetens the deal offering you 10 years of warranty, which is a very nice touch.

Concern in rising number of tax-related scams and cybercrime

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 8 hours, 31 mins ago

The US federal government is worried about a growing number of cases related to Stolen Identity Refund Fraud (SIRF), with criminals filing state and federal taxes - and making off with the tax refunds. Tax-related identity theft was the most reported type of fraud submitted to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in 2014, with the agency receiving 109,063 complaints.

 

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Recently, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued another public advisory to remind people that any telephone calls or emails claiming to be the IRS are fraudulent. In these scams, criminals ask victims to provide personal information or transfer money to them.

 

"It is a massive problem," said Brian Krebs, independent cybersecurity investigative reporter, in a statement published by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "It's probably going to emerge as the biggest identity theft problem this year."

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Samsung announces new Gear VR for the new Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 13 hours, 17 mins ago

MWC 2015 - After announcing the new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge smartphones, Samsung has teased that it has a new Gear VR Innovator Edition coming.

 

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The new Gear VR will work with the new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge smartphones, taking advantage of those beautiful new Super AMOLED panels and their QHD resolutions. The new Gear VR is 15% smaller than the original Gear VR, has a USB port on it, redesigned straps which give it "better weight balance" and mechanical ventilation that will make wearing the Gear VR for longer periods of time more comfortable.

Samsung makes the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge official, with 14nm CPU

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 13 hours, 32 mins ago

MWC 2015 - Shock horror! Samsung has just unveiled the new Galaxy S6 at Mobile World Congress 2015 at its Samsung Unpacked event.

 

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Samsung's CEO, J.K. Shin, took the stage to unveil the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge official. The new Galaxy handsets have an all-new design, with wireless charging built into the smartphones finally. We have a 5.1-inch QHD display (2560x1440) with pixel density hitting a huge 576PPI. Samsung has continued the use of its great Super AMOLED display technology on both the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge.

 

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Inside, we have Samsung's incredible 14nm, 64-bit, 8-core Exynos processor with 3GB of LPDDR4 RAM making it one of the fastest, if not the fastest handsets on the market. On the back, we have a 16-megapixel camera. The Galaxy S6 edge has the dual edge display, which will show users details like the time, weather and notifications on its side. One of the downsides of the two new handsets, is that Samsung has removed the microSD slot, which means we do not have expandable storage now. A move toward the way Apple does things with its iPhone. The company has also cut out the removable battery, which is another downer.

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