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Apple joins the fight to end AIDS with special offers

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 4 days, 15 hours ago

World AIDS Day, designated on 1 December every year since 1988, is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of the HIV infection. Governments, non-governmental organizations, and individuals around the world mark this day, often by organizing educations on AIDS prevention and fundraising.

 

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In honor of World AIDS Day, Apple is offering ways for customers to join (RED) in its mission to create an AIDS-free generation. Apple is the world's largest corporate contributor to the Global Fund, founded by, among others, Melinda and Bill Gates and Kofi Annan. This year marks Apple's 10th anniversary supporting (RED) in the fight to end AIDS.

 

Tim Cook, Apple's CEO, said in an official statement:

 

The gift of life is the most important gift that anyone can give. Thanks to the vision and dedication of (RED), an AIDS-free generation is within our reach. We want to leave the world better than we found it, and that's why our longtime partnership with (RED) remains so important to us.

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4 new CTUs are coming to Rainbow Six Siege next year

By: Ma Yong Kang | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 days, 16 hours ago

Thanks to Redditor "bunnybowing" from the Rainbow Six Siege subreddit, we now know the countries that those 4 new CTUs from gonna come from.

 

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The image comes from the Ubisoft China blog of weibo.com. According to it, year 2 DLC pass gonna be available on the 1st December. (That's the Chinese release date and not the North America one.) 4 new CTUs gonna be added coming from Spain, Hong Kong (China), Israel and South Korea.

 

For more information on this year 2 season pass, please read our post here.

Steam's library of games is growing quicker every year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 4 days, 18 hours ago

2016 was a gigantic year for gaming, with literally too many games to list - but it's not the AAA titles that are driving digital distribution platforms on the PC like Steam, it's the new indie games that are blowing up on Steam.

 

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38% of all games on Steam were released this year, a number that should have you gasping - 4207 new games have been released onto Steam this year, and remember - the year isn't over yet. Last year, 2964 games were released, while in 2014 there were 1772 new games, and compared to 2013 the number of games released has skyrocked from 565 in 2013.

 

Valve has been working with gamers since its inception, but in 2012 the company launched its Steam Greenlight initiative that saw Steam gamers voting on which games would be submitted into the Steam store. Valve didn't need to spend so much time going through all of the games submitted, and it gives gamers a more hands-on approach with what games were approved.

 

Predictions for 2017? 6500+ new games released.

YouTube now supports 4K live streaming at 60FPS

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: 4 days, 20 hours ago

YouTube has announced that it now supports 4K livestreaming, right up to 60FPS - in both 360-degree and standard video formats.

 

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It was only a couple of weeks ago that YouTube rolled out its 4K HDR support, leaving content creators with the wide variety of formats that are now filled to the brim with 4K 60FPS, HDR, and 4K 60FPS 360-degree content.

 

The one big point that 4K 60FPS is going to do for people is that content creators can livestream the highest quality video available on YouTube, which should lead to us receiving broadcast-quality content on-the-go.

Overwatch's Season 3 begins, with changes on the way

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 days, 22 hours ago

My brother, nephew, and I have prepared ourselves for today - the first day of the third season of competitive play in Overwatch. Blizzard has opened the competitive flood gates on both the PC and console versions of the game.

 

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The new competitive season will include some changes that aren't quite here yet, and lets Overwatch players built up points that can be used to rank up, and be traded in for golden weapons, sprays, icons, and more. The changes include starting Overwatch players in lower ranks, where they can work their way up, instead of falling for the first few games thanks to half-baked matchmaking.

 

One of the things that Blizzard did, that I liked, is that you could still play "Off Season" competitive matches. Playing the off season matches allowed people who love the format, rules, and play style of competitive mode aren't waiting so long between seasons.

 

Some of the changes we should expect are the new map that's on its way known as Oasis, Symmetra will receive her Photon Barrier and Shield Generator, and hopefully more. I'm hoping we get some Christmas-themed outfits and weapons, as my brother who 'hooks all day' with Roadhog wants a Santa Claus outfit for his hog.

Resident Evil 7 is 'the ideal image' of Resident Evil 1

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 days ago

Capcom has a lot riding on the new Resident Evil 7 game, but during an interview with Eurogamer, game director Kōshi Nakanishi explained large golden nuggets of details on Resident Evil 7: Biohazard.

 

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Nakanishi said that Capcom might have reached the original Resident Evil concept, saying: "It almost feels like this time around we were able to achieve the ideal image of what Resident Evil 1 could be. Given that you have all these photo-realistic environments and you're able to traverse through them with a first-person perspective, having that level of immersion, with all the latest technology, it was kind of cool to be able to be like, here's that very, very original concept from the very beginning, and we're able to take that vision and really apply".

 

Nakanishi talked about the enemy count in Resident Evil 7 "more frequent, more abundant, and at the same time it almost lessened them, almost cheapened the feel of each encounter". The team has put a lot of thought into what the adversary means to the gamer, with Nakanishi continuing: "At the end of the day, each adversary should represent a fear. Something that means when you encounter them you are scared. At the same time, because you're scared, when you do overcome them you feel a greater sense of triumph, so that's definitely something that we were trying to strive for".

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MSI teases its new M.2 Shield SSD heatspreader

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: 5 days, 1 hour ago

MSI is no stranger to cooling technology, with the company announcing it has added a heatspreader to the M.2 slot on future - and I'm guessing, Z270 motherboards - as M.2 drives have been running very hot in some PCs.

 

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MSI will unveil the new M.2 Shield cooler with its next-gen motherboards that will support Intel's upcoming Kaby Lake CPU architecture, led by the Core i7-7700K - which seems to be running into its own temperature-related problems. MSI's upcoming M.2 Shield SSD heatspreader is a metal cover with a pre-applied thermally-conductive gap-filling pad.

 

It won't matter which M.2 SSD you have, MSI's new M.2 Shield will fit onto it as it is hinged at the bottom, clamping down onto the M.2 drive as it's the larger surface - meaning it can take more heat from the NAND flash.

 

MSI should better unveil the M.2 Shield at CES 2017 in January, 2017.

Rainbow Six Siege second DLC season pass available now

By: Ma Yong Kang | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 days, 3 hours ago

You can now buy Rainbow Six Siege next year season pass if you want to get all those DLCs at their day of release. Yet, if you still want the items from year one, you gotta buy that year one season pass or unlock them with in-game cash. Eugh...

 

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The year 2 season pass gonna cost you $30. It will include every bit of content for Xbox One, PS4 and, of course, PC. According to Gameranx, here's what you can expect for year 2 content:

 

Operators and bonus DLC

 

  • 8 new Year 2 operators across 4 seasons
  • 8 exclusive headgear customisations
  • 8 exclusive uniform customisations
  • R6 Carbon charm
  • 600 R6 Credits to purchase in-game content

 

VIP perks

 

  • 7-day early access to each season's new Operators.
  • 10% discount in in-game shop
  • 5% Renown boost to unlock in-game content faster
  • 2 extra daily challenges

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Titanfall 2 DLC trailer shows all its content flawlessly

By: Ma Yong Kang | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 days, 4 hours ago

Last Tuesday, Respawn Entertainment detailed the content of Titanfall 2 first DLC but, we only got a glimpse of the Ion Prime Titan. We only got words of it. Well, the studio have awarded us with an jaw-dropping trailer today.

 

 

The trailer show us in the first part how the new elite wingman pistol gonna look, follow by an execution animation from the new Ion Prime Titan, the newly integrated phasing into your enemy execution and finishing with another execution from the Scorch Prime Titan.

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FDA is using ecstasy to treat PTSD in large-scale trials

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 5 days, 6 hours ago

I can only imagine those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are reading news that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of MDMA (ecstasy) in large-scale trials.

 

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The new Phase 3 research will see 230 patients involved, funded by Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), an organization that pushes for the medical use of marijuana, LSD, and MDMA. MAPS funded the Phase 2 studies of MDMA with 130 PTSD patients. One study showed that out of 19 patients, 56% said that their PTSD symptoms weren't as strong after taking ecstasy with just three doses of MDMA - by the end of the study, two-thirds of them no longer met the criteria required for having PTSD - impressive.

 

Andrew Parrott, a psychologist at Swansea University in Wales said: "It sends the message that this drug will help you solve your problems, when often it just creates problems. This is a messy drug we know can do damage". But it's not as cut and dry as that, with a C.J. Hardin - a veteran who did three tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, said: "I just felt hopeless and in the dark. But the MDMA sessions showed me a light I could move toward. Now I'm out of the darkness and the world is all around me".

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