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eSports team Fnatic raises $7 million in new funding

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 11, 2017 4:30 am

We hear about financing rounds in other businesses like start ups and new companies, but eSports is quickly turning into the next big thing in sports. Now professional eSports team Fnatic have raised $7 million in funding that will be put to good use across many teams, competing in many games, in multiple countries across the world.




Fnatic is so big that it even opened its first retail location last year, but needs the injection of funds to continue spreading staff and infrastructure throughout the world.


The $7 million in new funding comes from a few interesting companies and people, with Boston Celtics owner Jim Pallotta along with The Raptor Group - the private investment firm owned by AS Roma president, as well as the CEO and founder of Fractal Design, the Swedish case and cooling giant. MIT Media Lab director Joi Ito, and Hersh Interactive Group also added to the funding round.

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NVIDIA Tesla P100 with HBM2 in NVLink, and now PCIe

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Apr 11, 2017 3:09 am

NVIDIA was the first to market with a HBM2-based graphics card with its Tesla P100, but it was limited the NVIDIA's super-fast NVLink interface. The company has now just released the Tesla P100 for PCIe-based servers, rocking some serious power.




NVIDIA's new Tesla P100 for PCIe rocks 12GB or 16GB of HBM2 RAM at 549GB/sec and 732GB/sec, respectively. Both versions of the card feature 9.3TFLOPs of single-precision performance.




The big difference between the Tesla P100 in PCIe and NVLink form is that NVLink is capable of a whopping 160GB/sec of interconnect bandwidth, while PCIe is limited in comparison with 32GB/sec.

AMD acquires Nitero for their 60GHz Wi-FI for VR/AR tech

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 11, 2017 1:53 am

Nitero has been a company getting its name into headlines by teasing that it was working on phase-array beamforming millimeter wave 60GHz chip for VR headsets, with the fabless semiconductor company based in Austin, Texas - perfect for AMD with its base there.




AMD acquired Nitero without many details, but the deal includes Nitero's wireless virtual reality IP, and all of its employees, with Nitero co-founder and CEO, Pat Kelly, joining AMD as their new Corporate Vice President, Wireless IP. AMD's Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President, Mark Papermaster, said in a press release: "Unwieldly headset cables remain a significant barrier to drive widespread adoption of VR. Our newly acquired wireless VR technology is focused on solving this challenge, and is another example of AMD making long-term technology investments to develop high-performance computing and graphics technologies that can create more immersive computing experiences".


The future that AMD buys with the acquisition shows their commitment to the next generation of VR technology, as the high-end 60GHz wireless technology will allow massive amounts of bandwidth to be blasted between the base station and your next-gen wireless VR headset. It will allow high-quality VR at much higher resolutions than we have today, at much higher refresh rates than we have today, in room-scale VR environments without the base station needing to be in line of sight.

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Project CARS 2 has support for everything on PC/consoles

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 11, 2017 1:15 am

It looks like Slightly Mad Studios is putting everything they've got into Project CARS 2, with Creative Director Andy Tudor recently speaking with RedBull about the Project CARS 2 and its support for the PS4 Pro and upcoming Project Scorpio console.




Tudor said: "Yes, absolutely. We're all gadget freaks at our studio, so if there's any wheel, pedal, VR, second-screen apps, triple screen, 21:9 monitors, or consoles, yeah, PSVR, PS4 Pro, and also Microsoft Scorpio, we will always be looking to utilise them in some way. I can confirm that PS4 Pro and Xbox Scorpio will get some sort of improvements, but we can't really talk about the Scorpio stuff at the moment, because not very much is known. You'll have to wait until Microsoft themselves reveal more information on that".


Personally, I'm loving the scope of what SMS has with Project CARS 2 - as they're supporting so many different products and technologies, across multiple platforms. We have VR support for both the PC and PS4, upgraded visuals and rendering resolutions for PS4 Pro and Project Scorpio, 21:9 and triple-monitor setups on the PC, and "any wheel, pedal" you can find.


Project CARS 2 will launch later this year for the PC, PS4, PS4 Pro, Xbox One, Xbox One S, and Project Scorpio consoles.

G2A: we already do everything Gearbox demanded

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 11, 2017 12:19 am

G2A has responded to Gearbox's ultimatum by highlighting all the ways its marketplace already strives to meet the demands.




Earlier this week, Gearbox Software got into a tussle with G2A, the key reseller who it had signed an agreement with. Gearbox signed a deal to promote its newly publisher Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition on G2A's marketplace. Soon after learning about the deal, YouTube's Total Biscuit called attention to the deal by spreading the news on Twitter and boycotting all Gearbox games from his coverage. Gearbox reached out to TB and reportedly wrote up an ultimatum for G2A to follow or else the publisher would pull out of the deal.


As you could imagine, G2A didn't agree, as the company would have to overturn its business strategy within up to 90 days. But G2A now says the main reason it didn't agree was because the marketplace already protects its sellers in specific ways, and the company broke all of those protections down in a recent statement to Eurogamer.

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Project Scorpio: Forza 6 native 4K60FPS Ultra at 88% GPU

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 10, 2017 11:25 pm

We've already reported that Project Scorpio enables native 4K 60FPS in Forza 6 with 66% GPU usage with normal Xbox One "High" graphics preset, and also clarified that the game even hit native 4K 60FPS with settings akin to Ultra PC settings. Now the Forza devs at Turn 10 push it even farther by confirming Forza 6 exceeded its Ultra PC in 4K 60FPS on Scorpio.




As Digital Foundry's Richard Leadbetter reports, "the quality settings from Forza Motorsport 6 Apex on PC can be fully invoked on Scorpio. Turn 10 literally ramped up everything to ultra and it just worked, with the game retaining a 4K60 performance level."


Certainly 4K 60FPS with Ultra PC settings took quite a bit of GPU usage, right? Remember Project Scorpio uses a highly customized GPU based on AMD's Polaris architecture, with 6TFLOPs of power and a 1172MHz clock speed. Oddly enough, Scorpio's GPU wasn't even maxed out hitting that insane perf: Scorpio hit 4K 60FPS Ultra PC settings in Forza 6: Motorsport Apex with 88% GPU usage.


"The crazy story here is that we've gone over our PC ultra settings and for everything that's GPU-related, we've been able to max it - and that's what we're running at, 88 per cent," Turn 10's Chris Tector told Digital Foundry. "It's horrible but we can do it and we still have the power left over."

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'Thor: Ragnarok' unleashes first trailer

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Apr 10, 2017 11:13 pm

With Marvel's first film of the year almost upon us in 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2', the studio has turned their attention to promoting the upcoming third entry in the 'Thor' saga; 'Ragnarok', which has just released its first-look trailer.



Set directly after the events of 'Avengers: Age of Ultron', 'Ragnarok' finds Thor held captive on the planet Sakaar without his signature weapon and forced to fight a gladiatorial duel against Hulk in order to stop the destruction of Asgard. 'Ragnarok' stars Chris Hemsworth reprising his role as Thor for a fifth time, alongside Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Mark Ruffalo as Hulk, and Jeff Goldblum as the villainous Grandmaster.


'Thor: Ragnarok' hits 3D, 2D and IMAX screens worldwide from November 3, 2017.

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ISS expedition 50 crew members return to Earth

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Apr 10, 2017 10:48 pm

Expedition 50 crew members safely returned to Earth on Monday after 173 days in space.




The Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft, carrying Expedition 50 Commander Shane Kimbrough of NASA, and Flight Engineers Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, has landed in Kazakhstan at approximately 7:20 AM. The three touched down southeast of the remote town of Dzhezkazgan in Kazakhstan.


"It was a textbook touchdown," said NASA's spokesperson Rob Navias. "The Soyuz was pulled by its main parachute onto its side, but the crew was quickly extracted and are in good shape."

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Blizzard has numerous secret projects in the works

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 10, 2017 10:12 pm

Blizzard is working on a few new projects right now, and another key executive has shifted roles to work on one of these mysterious games.




StarCraft II's lead gameplay designer David Kim has left the series to work on a new undisclosed project at Blizzard. Kim announced his departure from StarCraft on the Blizzard forums. Kim's words indicate he's working on a new project outside of the RTS realm, possibly the new Diablo project. "I've reached a point in my career where I've decided to branch out to a different project, to explore, learn, and grow as a game designer. This other project will be right here at Blizzard, so I hope working on this next game will be as awesome as my experience working on SC2 and with the community."


Right now we know that Blizzard is making a "new unannounced Diablo game"--possibly Diablo 4--and started a hiring spree back in March for a game director, senior concept artist, senior character artist, and a lighting artist. All of those roles have been filled and the listings have since been taken down. We also know that Blizzard is making a "robust first-person engine for an unannounced project," and we could even see Overwatch 2 or even a more definitive version of the studio's scrapped Project Titan game.

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ZTE launches its first Android Wear smartwatch - Quartz

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Apr 10, 2017 9:26 pm

ZTE has launched their first Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch named Quartz.




The ZTE Quartz comes with a circular 1.4-inch AMOLED display along with Gorilla Glass 3. The smartwatch is powered by Snapdragon Wear 2100 and comes with 768MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage.


The watch features a 500 mAh battery, which is larger than the LG Watch Sport's 430 mAh cell. The company claims that the battery will give you up to 36 hours of battery life per charge.

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