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Riot considers G2A sponsorship ban, asks teams to follow suit

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 days, 11 hours ago

Due to breaking Riot Games' guidelines by selling League of Legends accounts and offering 'boosting services' to players looking at a higher rank, they have now been banned from sponsoring any World Championship participants. Due to this fact, Riot has been asking teams to remove logos instantly.




Complying with this request, large international gaming organisations including Cloud 9, CLG, H2k and paiN gaming have all removed their support for this ex-sponsor.


As announced and confirmed by The Daily Dot, Riot employee J. "Riot Sargonas" Eckert dealt the final blow. Eckert publicly stated that "This was NOT a decision we made lightly, and came after many weeks of back and fourth conversations with G2A to find a resolution, which we were not able to reach an agreement on. We do not at all enjoy affecting the income of the teams, but the LCS rules include guidelines specifically against this sort of thing. We did however keep teams in the loop during the process in an attempt to avoid any surprises."

DICE says there will be no microtransactions in Star Wars Battlefront

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 days, 12 hours ago

Straying away from all of the 'money hungry' memes and the direction of Bungie's new funding goals, a DICE senior developer on the Star Wars Battlefront project has pledged that there will be no microtransactions in his game.




In an interview with GameSpot, Niklas Fegraus stated that paying real money for Star Wars goodies is "not part of the core design," adding that the only way to earn credits is through gameplay alone.


Adding that this ingame currency is earned through performance, Fegraus expanded on some usefulness when you're rolling around in virtual coins; "The coolest things you can get is star cards to best suit your play style. If you really like to snipe, for example, you should totally go for the blaster cannon. Or if you're looking for something cool in terms of expressing yourself, then I would say if you gather a lot of credits, you can buy some expensive in-game items, such as being able to play as an alien race. You can be a Rodian while everyone else is human."

This tool allows you to use your taskbar on any multi-monitor setup

By: Chris Smith | More News: Software | Posted: 6 days, 13 hours ago

If you're a fan of multiple monitor setups and enjoy the productivity that it gives, you may sometimes run into taskbar related issues, seeiong as you're only able to utilise the taskbar on your primary monitor.



Released by Actual Tools for Microsoft Windows OS only, 'Actual Multiple Monitors' software allows you to put a fully functional taskbar on any other monitor, including a fully functional recycling bin, start button and system tray.


As a celebration for its 13th anniversary, Actual Tools is offering this window manager for 40% off - priced at $29.95 for a limited time. Although possibly quite useful, is it worth that amount of money? The answer to this question is up to you to decide.

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Be Quiet! launches its Silent Base 600 chassis with insulation

By: Chris Smith | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: 6 days, 14 hours ago

Labeled as "the market leader in PC power supplies in Germany for nine consecutive years," Be Quiet! has announced its next chapter in the Silent Base case series, the 600. Following the motto of "Form Follows Function" a recent press release pointed out that this model once again utilizes Pure Wings 2 fans, aiming for quiet operations across the board.




Coming complete with a 3-step fan controller, this case includes a 3-in-1 side panel air vent for air circulation adjustment, space for five extra fans or room for third party water cooling if need be. Insulation mats have also been installed on the front and side panels as seen with the previous Silent Base release.


Measuring in smaller than its predecessor, this 495 x 230 x 493mm (L x W x H) chassis suits video cards up to 413mm and CPU coolers up to 170mm in height. Set for availability immediately, expect the windowless model to set you back $109.90 and the windowed version $119.90.

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Cyberpunk 2077 is 'far bigger than anything' CD Projekt Red has made

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 days, 16 hours ago

Now that CD Projekt Red is done with The Witcher 3, the studio is pumping more resources into Cyberpunk 2077, its upcoming sci-fi RPG. The developer is now beginning to talk more about Cyberpunk 2077, teasing that it's going to be absolutely huge.




Visual Effects Artist Jose Teixeira talked with MCV recently, where he said: "Cyberpunk is far bigger than anything else that CD Projekt Red has done before. Far, far bigger. We're really stepping into the unknown in terms of complexity and size and problems we encounter". He continued, saying that the scope of The Witcher 3 has really helped the studio with the open world of Cyberpunk 2077.


Teixeira added: "The Witcher helped Cyberpunk quite a bit, because the game got so big and so complex that it really taught us. We really didn't know what was going to happen. If anything, working on The Witcher 3 was a really good and often brutal learning experience. Cyberpunk is going to benefit greatly from it. I can almost guarantee it. I have a lot of things that I want to change and do better the next time around, and I can guarantee that almost everyone in that studio has something that they go 'I did this this time, next time I can do it differently, I can do it better'".

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View-Master goes next-gen with a new VR-powered View-Master

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 6 days, 16 hours ago

Everyone remembers using a View-Master as a kid, but kids these days are going to be growing up with AR and VR headsets and will forget the wonder that we all did when we were young. Well, View-Master has just announced its new revamped View-Master 'headset'.




The new View-Master viewer will reach stores later this month, providing people with the ability of looking into the VR headset and checking things out in a 360-degree environment. The new kit includes a red viewer that features a wider slot for smartphones (including the iPhone 6 Plus and Nexus 6) and a preview reed that is priced at $30.


There are three VR experience packs to choose from, which both come in physical form or in an app, with each additional pack costing $15. The experiences have been carefully crafted for kids age seven and up, with Mattel bringing in both NASA and National Geographic for some space and wildlife experiences.

Some iPhone 6S handsets are running so hot they are shutting down

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 6 days, 17 hours ago

Now that Apple's latest iPhone is getting into the hands of consumers, there's reports that early iPhone 6S users are complaining about their iPhones turning off because they're running too hot. Some report that the Touch ID button feels incredibly hot.




Some iPhone 6S users took to Twitter, saying "My iPhone 6S shut off with 50% battery left and the home button became so hot I couldn't touch it..." while another iPhone 6S owner said: "My iPhone 6S turned off and won't come back on and the TouchID is HOT to the touch". While these problems aren't as bad as the #bendgate issues with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, these problems still affect users.

Roku 4 announced, has 4K support, remote finder and much more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 6 days, 18 hours ago

We knew it was coming, but now it's official: the Roku 4 is here. The new media layer has 4K video playback capabilities, but it also has some unique features; like a remote finder.




The new Roku 4 has a quad-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM (up from the 512MB on the Roku 3). This means the Roku 4 is more than capable of playing back 4K video streams at up to 60FPS. Inside, the Roku 4 features 802.11ac MIMO WI-Fi, optical audio out, Ethernet, HDMI, a microSD card slot, and a Wi-Fi Direct powered remote with voice search, a headphone jack and the awesome remote finder.


The remote finder works by pressing a button on top of the box, which will make a sound come out of the remote so you can find it. If you constantly lose your remote, or like me have little ones at home who are always moving them around, this will be a killer feature.


As for price, the new Roku 4 is up for pre-order right now for $129.99, up $30 from the $99 price point on the Roku 3. The new Roku 4 will begin shipping on October 21.

Tesla founder deletes his tweet that hinted towards 'Model Y' vehicle

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 6 days, 19 hours ago

With the company only just getting the Model X onto the road, Telsa Motors doesn't slow down. According to a now-deleted tweet from its founder Elon Musk, we can expect yet another electric vehicle to be announced in the near future.




In the tweet, Musk said: "there will be a Model 3 and a Model Y". In regards to the unique doors on the Model X, Musk added that "one of the two [electric vehicles] will". Musk quickly deleted the tweet, but it looks like we can expect another electric vehicle announcement, where one of them will have the futuristic, awesome-looking 'wing' doors that the Model X features.

Halo 5 will have a 'much more sociable' story thanks to 4-player co-op

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 days, 21 hours ago

One of the biggest, if not the biggest Xbox One games coming out this year will feature 4-player cooperative mode. 343 Industries, the developer behind Halo 5: Guardians, has said that the 4-player cooperative mode for the single-player side of the game can be controlled by other gamers, or by AI.




343 Industries says that it wanted to tell a "much more sociable" story, with the developer continuing: "We were winding down on Halo 4 and thinking about moving to a new console, and we had already planned some of the technological upgrades that we wanted to make to the engine. And early on we started talking about the types of stories that we wanted to tell and the experiences that we wanted to create, and we really wanted to focus on a much more sociable experience, especially in our campaign".


While cooperative play isn't new to Halo, the studio acknowledges that past Halo games didn't really do it well, in terms of gameplay and story. Executive Producer on the game, Josh Holmes, added: "I think co-op has always been a big part of Halo's campaign, but in the past it's sort of been treated as a completely separate experience, where you just have three other clones of the Master Chief running side by side. The narrative breaks down. One of the big creative goals that we had for Halo 5 was to bring that into focus and support it through the story".

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