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The new Moto X should feature QHD display, 4GB RAM, Snapdragon 808

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 hour ago

The third-generation Moto X smartphone is the latest handset to have the rumor mill start up for it, with Motorola's purported new smartphone said to rock Qualcomm's Snapdragon 808 processor.

 

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Not only that, but the third-gen Moto X should feature a 5.2-inch QHD (2560x1440) display, 4GB of RAM, Android 5.1.1 Lollipop and more. We're being told to expect a 16-megapixel "Clear Pixel Technology" rear-facing camera, a 5-megapixel snapper up front, 32GB or 64GB of storage, and a 3280mAh battery.

 

This new smartphone should compete directly against LG's just-announced G4 smartphone, as well as the new Galaxy S6 from Samsung. We've reviewed the Samsung's new Galaxy S6 edge, right here.

'Star Wars' characters join Disney Infinity 3.0

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 hour, 45 mins ago

Parents of school-aged children might very well be aware of the increasingly popular 'Disney Infinity' gaming franchise, which merges collectible figurines with a gaming environment - but the latest version might even interest a few parents! Disney have announced the third iteration of the series will include characters from the 'Star Wars' franchise, along with 'Avengers: Age of Ultron', the upcoming Pixar animation 'Inside Out' and 'Tron Legacy'.

 

 

Accompanying the release will be collectible figures, including Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda, Darth Maul, Darth Vader, Han Solo and Chewbacca, which will be backwards compatible with previous versions of the series.

 

Disney Infinity 3.0 will hit stores in the fourth quarter, ahead of the December release of the latest 'Star Wars' film, 'The Force Awakens'.

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Killing Floor 2 developer says Sony is 'far easier to work with'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 hours, 14 mins ago

PC gamers are being prepared for Killing Floor 2 with its minimum and recommended requirements for your PC, where you'll need a dual-core processor from Intel or AMD to play.

 

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On top of that, VGA requirements aren't too bad with Tripwire requiring an NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250 or AMD Radeon HD 4350, 3GB of RAM and a 64-bit version of Windows 7 or higher to play Killing Floor 2. They do recommend an Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 or AMD Phenom II 450 processor, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 or AMD Radeon HD 6950, 4GB of RAM and a 64-bit version of Windows 7 or higher.

 

As for the PlayStation 4 version of Killing Floor, the team are targeting 1080p 60FPS, with the studio explaining that they already have it running at 1080p 60FPS on the PC on a wide variety of hardware. Alan Wilson, VP of Tripwire Interactive, said: "Its a TARGET. Will we achieve it? Don't know - but we've already got the game running on a pretty broad spectrum of hardware on the PC".

 

As for the Xbox One version of the game, Wilson explained that Sony is far easier to work with, which is the reason why the PS4 will be getting Killing Floor 2 ahead of the Xbox One. He continued: "Oh, it most likely will. Just that Sony were far easier to work with, had been on the ball for a long time, helping us along. And Microsoft didn't. So it goes to PS4 first (and exclusively)".

Intel launches its new Xeon processors, supporting up to 12TB of RAM

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 2 hours, 47 mins ago

Intel has just launched its new line of Haswell-EX Xeon CPUs, which include up to 36 threads (with the 18-core model), with up to 45MB of L3 cache, depending on the model.

 

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The flagship Xeon E7-8890 V4 processor has 18 cores (36 threads), 45MB of L3 cache (LLC) and clock speeds that float between 2.5GHz and 3.3GHz in AVX workloads, and between 2.1GHz and 3.3GHz normally. This Haswell-EX powered Xeon CPU has a massive 165W TDP, packing some 5.6 billion transistors. All of this results in a wallet-busting price of $7175 or so.

 

The new Haswell-EX powered Xeon platform can handle up to 24 DIMMs per socket of either DDR3 or DDR4, with a full 8S server rack capable of consuming up to 12TB of DDR4 RAM. These new systems can handle up to 32 sockets, with 8-socket systems capable of taking 12TB of RAM, too.

 

Intel's Haswell-EX Xeon E7 v3 processors might culminate with the $7175 version in the E7-8890 v3, but it all starts with the 'entry-level' E7-4809 v3 which features 8 cores/16 threads, 2GHz clock speed, and 20MB of LLC cache.

Titanfall 2 launching sometime between April 2016 and March 2017

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 hours, 7 mins ago

The sequel to Titanfall is coming, thanks to EA's latest earnings call revealing some information on Titanfall 2. EA said that Titanfall 2 wouldn't be coming until at least 2H 2016, or closer to 2017.

 

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Blake Jorgensen, EA's Chief Financial Officer, said in a response to a question about Titanfall 2: "You should assume that's not in fiscal '16; it's more likely in fiscal '17". With EA's fiscal 2017 running from April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017. Respawn Entertainment, the studio behind Titanfall 2, has said that the sequel to the mech-based first-person shooter would be "multiplatform" teasing that it would arrive on the PS4.

 

The original Titanfall was released onto the Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC, but never made it to Sony's consoles. Titanfall 2, when it's released, should reach the Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

DICE and EA tease Mirror's Edge 2 for early 2016

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 hours, 2 mins ago

EA and DICE have been teasing a sequel to Mirror's Edge since mid-2013, but fast forward to now and we finally get a release window of early 2016 for the parkour-style title.

 

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Electronic Arts has said that Mirror's Edge 2 will be out in Q1 2016, with EA saying that Mirror's Edge 2 "reboots the franchise for the next generation". Last year, Senior Producer on Mirror's Edge 2, Sara Jansson, said: "I wanted to let you know that the game is progressing nicely and I think you're going to love it. I know many of you probably wish we would show more of the game, but we're still pretty early in development and our passionate core Mirror's Edge team is working full on to make the best game possible".

 

Mirror's Edge 2 launches for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC in early-2016.

Fox renews 'The Simpsons' for another two years

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 5 hours, 47 mins ago

It's already the longest running scripted TV show of all time, but 'The Simpsons' is about to get a little longer. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Fox network has greenlit a further two seasons of the Matt Groening animated show.

 

 

Starting life in 1987 as short animated stories on the variety 'Tracy Ullman Show' before debuting with the full length episode 'Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire' on December 17 1989, 'The Simpsons' has gone on to enjoy 26 seasons. Now, the show has been confirmed to run through to at least 28 seasons, which will take it up until 2018.

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Samsung launches PRO Plus and EVO Plus memory cards with 4K in mind

By: Chris Smith | More News: Storage | Posted: 5 hours, 57 mins ago

Today Samsung has pushed its new range of SD and microSD memory cards to the public, in total what is on offer includes the PRO Plus, PRO, EVO Plus and EVO families, explained in their latest press release as necessary "to address the rapidly growing consumer need for advanced multimedia memory solutions."

 

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The new PRO Plus model is capable of working with 4K UHD video applications and is created for use in DSLR cameras, smartphones and tablets alike. Boasting read speeds of up to 95MB/s and write speeds of 90MB/s, these models come backed with UHS-I Speed Class 3 (U3) and Class 10 performance levels.

 

The PRO Plus series has seen a debut in 32GB and 64GB capacities, touching on their ability to record around 110 minutes of 4K UHD video or 490 minutes of full HD.

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NVIDIA offers GTX 900 series "Two Times the Adventure" game bundle

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 hours, 55 mins ago

In a bid to increase sales and show off some features, NVIDIA is offering The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Batman: Arkham Knight as a bundle with their GeForce GTX 970 and 980 model cards from participating retailers. If you're looking into the GTX 960 or a notebook containing the GTX 980M or 970M you'll receive a code for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt only.

 

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The codes for these games can be activated through Steam and are counted as pre-orders, meaning you can download and install the game before the official launch date.

 

These titles have been chosen due to them allowing NVIDIA's GameWorks technology, enabling new features such as HairWorks in The Witcher 3, PhysX-accellerated cloth effects and destruction plus HBAO+ in both available games.

Company seeking way to create eyes-free texting while driving

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 7 hours, 36 mins ago

It's no secret that texting while driving is a dangerous - and often illegal activity - but it's something that occurs regardless of possible safety risks and being pulled over by the police. A new service from RayGo uses voice prompts to interact with your smartphone, and will automatically pause if the driver is going too fast.

 

 

RayGo hopes to give drivers a safer method to interact with text messages, as the app connects to a five-key Bluetooth controller mounted to a driver's steering wheel. In addition to text messages, users can interact with Gmail, Spotify, Facebook Messenger, and WhatsApp, with messages being read through the vehicle's speakers.

 

"RayGo is a product for the many of us who use their phones even though we know it's wrong, providing a much safer way to engage with your smartphone while driving," according to the RayGo on its Indiegogo page. The company wanted $30,000, and has raised $31,900 with 11 days left.

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