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New 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' trailer keeps improving

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: May 25, 2017 7:26 am

For Sony Pictures' 'Spider-Man' franchise it looks like the third time's the charm. The studio has today released a brand new trailer for the upcoming feature, which looks better and better with each new look.



Starring Tom Holland as a younger version of Peter Parker/ Spider-Man, Michael Keaton as the villainous Vulture alongside Marisa Tomei, Logan Marshall-Green, and Zendaya, 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' represents the third feature film reboot of the character in just 16 years, but the first under the Marvel films banner. While Sony Pictures retains full control over the property, President of Production for Marvel Studios Kevin Feige has jumped aboard to oversee the project and shepherd it into the wider Marvel Cinematic Universe.


'Spider-Man: Homecoming' will sling its way to 2D, 3D and IMAX cinemas worldwide from July 6.

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Intel next-gen Xeon: 59% faster, up to 6TB Optane RAM

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: May 25, 2017 2:32 am

Intel has been on the CPU offensive since AMD launched their new Ryzen platform, and now we're hearing about their next-gen Xeon Scalable Platform, otherwise known as Cascade Lake.




Cascade Lake was shown off during the SAP Sapphire conference, with Intel teasing that its next-gen platform will arrive in 2018. Cascade Lake-SP is the Skylake-SP refresh, with Intel tapping the 14nm+ node. Cascade Lake will support up to a mammoth 6TB of Optane DIMMs, which is a huge plus for Intel.


Intel has teased: "Intel persistent memory will allow users to improve system performance dramatically by putting more data closer to the processor on nonvolatile media, and do it in an affordable manner. This will truly be a game-changer when it comes to the way applications and systems are designed".


The next-gen Cascade Lake CPUs will be capable of being thrown into 4-socket configurations, supporting up to 3TB of Optane DIMMs, while the 8-socket systems will support up to 6TB of Optane goodness.

Facebook Live goes social with Live videos with friends

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: May 25, 2017 1:41 am

Facebook Live continues to evolve, with the social networking giant making some big changes to Live video that will make it much, much more social.




Facebook has announced Live Chat with Friends, and Live With features for Facebook Live videos. As TechCrunch points out, comment streams on popular Live videos are a gigantic mess, especially when there are hundreds and sometimes thousands of people typing comments at once, with Facebook saying there are ten times as many comments for Live videos than there are on normal videos.


There is a better way of dealing with this, so Facebook is getting you chat with friends while you're both watching Facebook Live videos. You can create a private chatroom where you can invite whoever you want, which is a great way of Facebook making Live video a much more personal experience. There's also a new feature that lets you go live with another person side-by-side, which is going to be great for interviews and collaborations.


Facebook has already pushed out Live With for all profiles and pages on iOS, while Live Chat with Friends is being tested in select countries, with a wider roll out later this year.

OnePlus 5 will feature Snapdragon 835, confirms CEO

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 25, 2017 12:23 am

It has been rumored for a while now that the upcoming OnePlus 5 would be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835, but now we finally have an official confirmation.




Although the phone hasn't been launched yet, the company's CEO, Pete Lau, has confirmed on the company's official blog that the OnePlus 5 will come with a Snapdragon 835.


We're proud to announce the OnePlus 5 will feature the Snapdragon™ 835 processor, which sets the foundation for smooth, powerful, and efficient performance. With graphically-demanding apps, for example, you'll notice how fast they load and how well they run.

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Divinity Original Sin 2 launches this September

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 24, 2017 11:37 pm

Larian Studios today announced that its new RPG sequel Divinity: Original Sin 2 will release on September 14, 2017.




Divinity: Original Sin 2 features a massive upgrade of features and content over 2014's original release, including a sprawling story arc set 1,000 years after the first game, tons of new tactical and strategic tweaks to give players different opportunities in battle, new mechanics like the spellcrafting system which lets players combine spells, and a wide variety of new skills and abilities. Divinity: Original Sin 2 even offers dueling: players can challenge others online in arena-based PvP matches.


"Divinity: Original Sin 2 features five playable races and a new tag system that lets players shape the background and motivations of their characters, from noble elven cannibals to swarthy dwarven outlaws. Each choice you make shapes the world, impacting how you complete quests, solve problems, and build relationships - go anywhere, take anything, and kill anyone, but be careful of the repercussions!" Larian said in an official press release.

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Unity valued at $2.8 billion

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 24, 2017 10:18 pm

Following its most recent $400 million investment, Unity Technologies is now valued at $2.8 billion.




Unity, whose video games toolset and engine powers countless games across all platforms, has boosted its value by 86% since last summer by securing more investment capital, The Wall Street Journal reports. This means the San Francisco-based games technology company is now valued at a total of $2.8 billion.


Like Crytek with its CryEngine, Unity's games-making tools, assets, and engine are much more lucrative and profitable thank the company's actual games. In fact, Unity affirms that its engine powers "one-third of the current 1,000 top-grossing free-to-play games" across mobile, consoles and PC. That means Unity powers about 333 out of 1,000 of today's most popular F2P games, including Pokemon GO.

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Top Memorial Day laptop deals with 7th Gen Kaby Lake

By: TweakTown Dealzon | More News: Deals | Posted: May 24, 2017 9:15 pm

If you've been holding off on buying a new laptop, waiting for a sale - this week may just be the right time to make the call. Two of the major laptop manufacturers are springing up Memorial Day sale pricing on their popular lineups. At Lenovo, you'll find their business-focused Thinkpad laptops on tap, including the latest generation of their flagship ThinkPad X1 Carbon. At HP, you'll find everything from their mainstream Envy machines to budget focused Pavilion, and the premium Omen laptops on sale.




For business and work laptops, the aforementioned ThinkPad X1 Carbon is at $1,175 - a new low price for the Spring 2017 released Kaby Lake powered ThinkPad X1. For this week, it's on sale for almost $300 off list price. Conversely at HP, the popular Envy x360 is on sale starting at $630 for the Core i5 model. Note that the high-end flagship Spectre X360 is only $100 off this week, so if you're looking for a deal on that particular model - we'll wait until the end of the week to see what HP brings as Memorial Day actually draws closer.


For gamers, our top pick in the budget-friendly category is the HP Pavilion 15t Power Laptop at only $650. This gets you a Quad Core i5 Kaby Lake, a fast GeForce GTX 1050, plus a 1080p Full HD IPS panel. That's as cheap as you can expect to play for a modern spec laptop that can handle all current games at respectable framerates. Coming in a close second is the Dell Inspiron 15 7567 Gaming Laptop, which comes with similar spec at similar price range.


If you prefer something a bit more premium, Lenovo's new Legion Y520 is also a good pick at $779, which comes with a Quad Core i5, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, 8GB of RAM all stuffed into the new slick and thin chassis of the Y520.


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New Dragon Age game could be big-budget, not RTS spinoff

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 24, 2017 8:20 pm

I originally predicted that BioWare's new Dragon Age game would be a spinoff like a Dragon Age Tactics spinoff or maybe even a card game like Gwent, but signs point to the new project being a fully-fledged triple-A sequel RPG instead.




I've been reporting on BioWare's new Dragon Age game for over a year now, and throughout that time my speculations and predictions have changed. Now with Eurogamer's recent interview with Sunless Sea writer Alexis Kennedy, who's helping BioWare write a portion of the new Dragon Age game, my predictions have changed again.


Kennedy affirms that the new Dragon Age game will have full voice-acting like traditional games in the series, as well as quests, and he'll actually be writing dialog and plot points for the quests in his "particular section of the game." Seeing as Dragon Age is typically separated in multiple acts with different regions as the stage for continued quests, this serves as possible evidence of a full Dragon Age game.


"One day will be breaking the story on the whiteboard wall for a proper scrawly arrows serial killer effect. [After that, it's] one day creating a skeleton of the quest with placeholder text in the editor; one day fleshing out dialogue; one day for contingency and admin," Kennedy told Eurogamer.


"I knew BioWare was constrained by being fully voice-acted. But I hadn't realized how much of a constraint it is. It's much easier to breeze through [writing] huge quantities of text when you don't have to worry about it being voiced. It's very difficult to put the player's name in dialogue - which is why you have the names Shepard and Ryder in Mass Effect, or the title of Inquisitor."

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LeEco's crash in the US leaves hundreds unemployed

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 24, 2017 7:23 pm

Chinese smartphone manufacturer LeEco has announced that they will cut over 300 jobs at its US business, which is around 70% of its local force.


The cuts are being made to increase the company's investments in its home market. Last year, Jia Yueting said that the expansion to the US market had been too quick and costly.




The company made a bold entry into America, but they failed to market itself appropriately, which resulted in this situation. Additionally, they failed to secure additional funds to continue growing the US operations at their current capacity which led to the layoffs.

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Tekken 7 PC requirements revealed

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 24, 2017 6:18 pm

Bandai Namco has revealed Tekken 7's PC spec requirements, and they're pretty interesting.



Tekken 7 marks the very first time the fighting franchise crosses over to PC, and Bandai Namco has put lots of effort into ensuring the game runs smoothly on the platform. While we're not sure if Tekken 7's frame rates will be uncapped, we do know the game will have native 4K textures and can at least run at 4K 60FPS on an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080. If you hadn't noticed, Bandai Namco has teamed up with NVIDIA for Tekken 7.


Tekken 7's PC requirements are a bit strange and indicate the Unreal Engine 4-powered fighter is quite RAM intensive. You'll need at least 6GB of RAM to run Tekken 7, but you can skate away with an Intel Core i3-4160 and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 or GTX 750Ti with 2GB of VRAM. Tekken 7 will be a DirectX 11 game and it takes a whopping 60GB of installation space. Recommended specs aren't too harsh either: Bandai Namco wants you to have 8GB of RAM, an Intel Core i5-4690, and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 equivalent.

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