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MSI teases its Z170A XPOWER Gaming Titanium Edition motherboard

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: 3 days, 7 hours ago

Intel is about to press the launch button on its upcoming Skylake processors, a range that will include the new flagship Core i7-6700K processor, and while we've seen some of the GIGABYTE and BIOSTAR boards, now we're getting a sneak peak at one of MSI's enthusiast boards.

 

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The MSI Z170A XPOWER Gaming Titanium Edition is a work of art, sporting a beautiful white and black color scheme that is going to look great with the right components. One of the standout features on the new Z170A XPOWER Gaming Titanium Edition motherboard is the inclusion of the 'MSI OC Dashboard'. This dashboard is located next to the DIMMs, and lets you overclock your system very easily.

 

The MSI OC Dashboard has a few buttons on it that lets you overclock your CPU, but it also features direct BCLK control from the new tool. You can also do a complete discharge of the motherboard, which is a different touch than we're used to. On the board itself, we have two M.2 slots, 8 x SATA 6Gbps ports, two SATA Express ports, two USB 2.0 connectors, a right-angled USB 3.0 connector, and an internal USB 2.0 port.

Mafia 3 confirmed, will be shown off during Gamescom next week

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 days, 8 hours ago

The announcement of Mafia 3 being in development has just happened, with 2K Games officially announcing the game through Twitter, with a full reveal on August 5, during Gamescom.

 

 

Mafia 2 was released in August 2010, some eight years after the original Mafia was released. We have been hearing about Mafia 3 for quite sometime now, but it looks like we will be hearing all about it next week. Mafia 3 is currently in development by 2K Games studio Hangar 13.

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Windows 10 launch has Microsoft securing 40Tbps of bandwidth

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: 3 days, 9 hours ago

The launch of Windows 10 is here, with Microsoft blasting out the Windows 10 update to some PCs who had 'reserved' a copy of the new desktop operating system.

 

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Users are reporting that they're seeing a "'$Windows.~BT' folder onto the C:/ of their system, with Plaffo.com reporting: "Several users have noticed a new folder in the main memory of your PC called '$Windows.~ BT' that contains the files for the installation of Windows 10". The folder sitting in C:/ is only visible if you enabled hidden files and folders in your Windows settings.

 

But the more interesting news is coming from the fact that Windows 10 is going to chew up a considerable amount of the Internet for the coming days, with Dan Rayburn, an analyst at Frost & Sullivan saying that Microsoft had wanted to start blasting out Windows 10 to users on July 25, but had to wait for the delivery and distribution partners to free up capacity up to an insane 40Tbps (over 4TB/sec).

Xbox chief happy to see 'death of consoles' talk proven wrong

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 3 days, 10 hours ago

Xbox boss Phil Spencer believes it's a great time for the gaming console market, and years ago shot down talk of the console business dying. Instead, the Microsoft Xbox One and Sony PlayStation 4 have both garnered major attention by gamers:

 

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"I have a lot of respect for the team at Sony and the success they've had with PS4, and it's a great time for the console industry," Spencer said in an interview with Edge. "I've said this a few times, but four years ago when I was sitting doing these interviews it was, 'do people need consoles any more?' and, 'isn't this just dead? Everybody's playing on their phone.' And now you're looking at the PS4 having sold over - I don't remember their last number - but over 20 million."

 

Game studios still must work hard to develop AAA games for consoles that are successful - and some wonder if game console units are actually profitable for Microsoft or Sony. In the end, manufacturers will continue pushing forward with consoles, as gamers are still interested in buying them.

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Netflix will keep its DVD, Blu-ray rental business alive... for now

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Online Video | Posted: 3 days, 11 hours ago

Netflix has transitioned subscribers away from renting DVDs and Blu-ray in favor of its streaming service, but that doesn't mean the rental business will suddenly disappear. There are still more than 5 million DVD subscribers, which is much lower than the 20 million subscribers in 2010, but that doesn't mean Netflix is just going to fold the business unit.

 

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In Netflix's East Bay distribution center that is located in Fremont, California, the automatic sorter processes more than 3,000 movies per hour - a significantly higher number than when human workers had to process each movie.

 

Netflix, however, has more than 65 million streaming subscribers, though the company said it is fighting to break even through 2016. The company is dumping money into content, expansion, and reinforcing its huge Internet pipeline.

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Anger the Internet by killing Cecil the Lion? Suffer the backlash!

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: 3 days, 11 hours ago

Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer isn't having a good day, as the Internet is flooding his business with angry phone calls, emails, and Yelp reviews.

 

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Palmer, an avid hunter, was hunting in Zimbabwe when he shot 13-year-old Cecil the Lion. The lion, which lived on protected national parkland, was lured out of its sanctuary - and was shot by the bow hunter. After being wounded, Palmer and his paid guides tracked the animal for about 40 hours before finally killing him.

 

The lion was extremely popular among tourists at the park, and had six lioness mates and more than a dozen cubs. Palmer paid more than $50,000 to go lion hunting while in Zimbabwe, and killed an animal that wore a GPS collar while being tracked by Oxford University researchers, according to The Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force.

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Square Enix CEO: Tomb Raider exclusivity 'wasn't an easy decision'

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 days, 12 hours ago

There was some surprise when Square Enix announced Rise of the Tomb Raider would be exclusive for the Microsoft Xbox platform for one year.

 

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"I hope fans know that it wasn't an easy decision. I think any sort of partnership at this level is a decision that took a long time for us to get to," said Phil Rogers, CEO of the Americas and Europe at Square Enix, in a statement to The Examiner. "The decision at a studio level, we took very, very seriously. We knew it would, in the short-term, disappoint fans."

 

Square Enix apparently made the decision after noting Microsoft's continued passion for the Tomb Raider series: "Having been working with us on previous games in a lesser sense, they've been supportive. [However], for Rise of the Tomb Raider, they've just brought this passion and belief that has really enabled us to blow people away. People should feel that about Microsoft. Their commitment to Tomb Raider is just amazing for us."

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Alaska Airlines testing biometrics technology at San Jose airport

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 3 days, 12 hours ago

Alaska Airlines has teamed up with the airport security firm CLEAR to test a biometrics platform that could one day replace traditional boarding passes. The biometrics system should make it even easier to check-in, and save passengers a bit of time before boarding a flight.

 

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A kiosk machine at the Mineta San Jose International Airport scans a traveler's eye, or checks fingerprints, before hopping on a plane. It's a groundbreaking effort that costs members $179 per year, and is currently being tested in 12 US airports.

 

"We have no specific timeline, but we look forward to working with Alaska Airlines to expand our relationship to other cities in their network," said Ken Cornick, president and CFO of CLEAR, in a statement published by the San Jose Mercury News. "Having direct access to a boarding pass and not needing to print it or download it into their phone is both a significant customer advantage and security advantage."

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Bethesda: 'We made a s**tload of Pip-Boys,' but it hasn't been enough

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 days, 12 hours ago

The Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition has been extremely popular, and if you weren't able to pre-order it, you're most likely out of luck.

 

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Bethesda has hit the factory limit on creating the custom Pip-Boy units, so no more are able to be made:

 

"We reached a point where we'd go back to the factories and they were like, 'guys, this is it, sorry. This is as long as we can run the lines and as many of them as we can make,'" said Pete Hines, VP of Marketing at Bethesda, in a statement to GameSpot.

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Semi-autonomous, autonomous vehicles causing NHTSA to check its rules

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 3 days, 13 hours ago

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is aware of growing development in self-driving vehicle technology, and wants to make sure future rollouts go smoothly.

 

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The NHTSA wants to be as prepared as possible, taking a look at state and federal regulation regarding autonomous vehicles. NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind understands his agency must be proactive, understanding future risks: "The first time a self-driving car hits somebody, and someone gets hurt or is fatally injured, we're going to get the phone call."

 

It will be years before a full self-driving car is available to drivers, but Rosekind admits "we have a lot of catch-up to do."

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