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Woody Harrelson joins 'Han Solo' spin-off cast

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week ago

With the first 'Star Wars' spinoff 'Rogue One' a bona fide hit which is expected to soon cross the billion dollar mark worldwide, Lucasfilm have now turned their attention to the next stand-alone feature which will revolve around the legendary "stuck up, half-witted scruffy-looking nerf-herder" (not to mention all round cool guy) Han Solo. Today they've confirmed the casting of Woody Harrelson for the film, in a somewhat interesting choice.

 

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According to the official 'Star Wars' website, the Hollywood veteran has joined the cast in an unnamed role, but which is said to be a mentor character. Late in 2016, the studio confirmed that Alden Ehrenreich had been cast to star as Han Solo in the upcoming film, which will be directed by 'The Lego Movie' and '22 Jump Street' duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Ehrenreich last stole the screen in the Coen Brothers 2015 comedy 'Hail Caesar!'.

 

The as yet 'Young Han Solo film' film is expected to hit screens in December 2018.

Intel reacts to Ryzen: adds HT to Kaby Lake Pentium CPUs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 1 week ago

AMD launched an offensive late last year with the massive reveal of Ryzen, and had a more detailed tease at CES 2017 last week - but now, Intel has seemingly reacted by adding Hyper-Threading technology to some its new Kaby Lake-based range of Pentium processors.

 

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Not all of the new Pentium CPUs will receive HT, but TechPowerUp reports that the list includes the "Pentium G4620 (3.7GHz base frequency and integrated graphics HD 630, $93) and G4600 (3.6GHz base frequency, $82), both at 51 W TDP; G4560 (54W TDP at 3.5GHz and integrated HD 610 graphics, $64); and the Pentium G4600T (3GHz, HD 630, $75) and G4560T (2.9GHz, HD 610, $64) slot in as the low power Pentium offerings with a 35W TDP".

 

But now that some of the new Pentium processors feature Hyper-Threading support, how will Intel make consumers see a difference between the Core i3 models? The company Advanced Vector Instructions 2 (AVX2) extension set, which is mainly used for database processing and video editing - so Intel is hoping there is still a market for a slice of consumers who will buy a HT-enabled Pentium processor over the slightly cheaper Core i3.

 

The pricing is also a little cheaper, with the new Kaby Lake-based Core i3 processors having a $50+ premium over the new Pentium chips, but will the performance be much better? Well, the new Core i3-7100 and Pentium G4620 are only 200MHz apart and with AVX2 being the only difference, why would you pay more?

Nintendo Switch is perfect fit for VR and AR, says dev

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Thanks to its dual form factor and dynamic hardware scaling, the Nintendo Switch console and handheld hybrid is a perfect conceptual fit for VR and AR. In fact, one VR/AR dev goes so far to say the Switch is a "fit made in heaven."

 

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Stephen E. Dinehart IV, a confirmed Nintendo Switch game developer, has recently posted up an interesting read on Nintendo's history and how the Switch is the next major evolution of the company's brand. In this post, Dinehart, who may be or may not be developing an AR/VR game for the Switch, says that the console-handheld hybrid is a perfect fit for the emerging mixed-reality platform.

 

"It only seems natural with the launch of Nintendo's new platform The Switch, a modular HD game console, that VR would be on the product roadmap. Given the right specs, ones yet disclosed, there's no reason VR peripherals wouldn't show for the system and just maybe something more. As a Nintendo and VR/AR developer I can't say much, but I can say the fit is one made in heaven.

 

"In fact, Nintendo was the first into the 3D market, dare I say VR/AR, with their Nintendo 3DS - still the best selling video game console of all time.

 

"Nintendo has arguably always been ahead of the curve starting with the global game boom of the late 1980's. With R&D periods that span decades and the launch of a new powerful console, the Nintendo Switch, it's only natural that one of the first players in the home VR market would once again stake its claim.

 

"Now as part of the Nintendo team few moments in my life as an emerging tech developer have filled me with so much anticipation - this is one step in evolution you won't want to miss."

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Understanding Microsoft's lack of third-party exclusives

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Gamers are concerned about Microsoft and the Xbox brand as a whole. They're concerned that Project Scorpio might not have too many games that leverage its high-end hardware. Now that Scalebound has been cancelled, Xbox gamers are doubting Microsoft. But how did a single game's cancellation cause this?

 

 

In the video above, I explain what's happening with the Xbox division, and why Microsoft isn't necessarily courting too many third-party exclusives these days. The Xbox brand we knew has evolved; it's changed, and it's no longer its own facet of Microsoft. Instead, the Xbox brand now bleeds over into the company's unified approach--a unified family of hardware that's tethered to the same flexible, scale-able Windows 10 operating system.

 

The reality is that Microsoft is doing many different things, and has lots of moving parts. Conversely, Sony has made a bid to go all-in on the PlayStation brand. Microsoft doesn't have to, and isn't, taking this same approach. Microsoft is more interested in the long-term game: laying all these different seeds for its Universal Windows Platform that will unify all of its current and upcoming hardware. This is a non-traditional approach to gaming to say the least, and as a result, I think that gamers and the Xbox brand could suffer for it--at least when Microsoft's 4K "monster" Project Scorpio console is released in Holiday 2017.

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Plextor showcases new high-performance SSD fleet

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Storage | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

CES 2017 - Plextor's new high-end memory fleet consists of some interesting solutions that will be armed with 3D NAND flash memory to ensure reliability, fast speeds across all protocols, and improved capacities.

 

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Among Plextor's new SSDs, the M8Se Series is the most eye-catching. The M8Se SSD Series now has a blazing fast contender that taps the NVMe PCIe Gen 3x 4 M.2 protocol to deliver amazing transfers of up to 2.45GB/sec reads and 1GB/sec writes, with IOPS up to 210,000 read and 175,000 writes. The M8Se Series leverages Toshiba's 15nm Super High Performance TLC NAND flash memory to expand capacities up to 1TB, with a 1.5 million MTBF rating and an onboard Marvell 88ss1093 memory controller for optimum reliability. This series comes in both HHHL and M.2 form factors.

 

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Plextor also showcased a rather interesting external SSD called the EX1 Series. The EX1's shock-resistant case is incredibly lightweight and ultra-slim for optimum portability, and leverages high-end flash memory across USB Type-C to deliver 550MB/sec reads and 500MB/sec write speeds. The EX1 Series comes in 128GB, 256GB and 512GB capacities and has a wide array of uses from expanding PC memory, console memory, and even supports OTG capability with Android devices. The EX1 has a 5-year warranty and a MTBF rating of 1.5 million hours.

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Scion-32 hybrid melds desktop tower into a monitor

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

CES 2017 - CES is all about pushing the forefront of technology to new heights with interesting prototypes and amazing builds; first we saw Razer's Project Valerie, which packs three 4K G-Sync displays into a laptop. Now E-BLUE has created the Scion-32, the world's first hybrid-tower monitor.

 

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The Scion-32 Hybrid Tower essentially melds a Mini-ATX build with a QHD display, with a mini tower on its backside that houses the components. The Scion-32 is touted as a flexible and modular custom-built "revolutionary all-in-one masterpiece unifies the mainframe computer with HD monitor, unleashing limitless gaming experience."

 

E-BLUE's hybrid-tower supports Micro-ATX and Mini-ATX motherboards, but we're not sure if it's compatible will full-sized desktop video cards or not. E-BLUE affirms the Scion-32 rocks enough space and ports for "multiple devices and USB connection," and features two storage slots--one each for a HDD and SSD.

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Wii U emulator breaks 4K resolution barrier

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Wii U emulator Cemu can now play the console's games at 3840 x 2160 resolution, which is more than four times the system's native 720p resolution.

 

 

The latest version of Cemu 1.70 allows users to play Wii U games like Bayonetta 2, Xenoblade Chronicles, and Super Mario 3D World in pristine 4K, provided they download the required 4K texture packs. Thanks to its lackluster and outdated hardware, the Wii U is only capable of rendering games at a max 1080p resolution, however most of its games are simply rendered in native 720p and upscaled to 1080p.

 

Cemu can break that barrier thanks to the flexibility of Windows and the raw might of dedicated desktop-grade video cards. In fact, Cemu itself is quite intensive and requires dedicated GPUs and barely runs on integrated Intel graphics. Enabling 4K graphics on Wii U games was quite a complicated endeavor, and required the Cemu dev team to actually patch the game code itself.

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Nintendo Switch may launch with 15 games

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

If you've been paying attention to our news feed, then you'll see lots of Nintendo Switch news posted up in the past few days. Considering the official Switch presentation event kicks off tomorrow, you should probably expect to see more! But this time we have some official verified content rather than speculations, rumors and reports.

 

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In preparation for the Nintendo Switch's pre-order rush, retailers across the globe are setting up their digital and storefront inventories for the new wave of games, accessories, and the Switch console itself. So it's only natural that a few of these listings get uncovered ahead of schedule. North American Retailer Target is preparing alongside with other retailers, and we've found something interesting on their inventory list.

 

According to BrickSeek data, Target has added fifteen different Nintendo Switch games into its inventory. This indicates the system may launch with fifteen titles, matching Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima's affirmations that the console will launch with a "full software lineup."

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Intel's new CPUs flawed: full system control over USB

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

It looks like Intel could be in for a world of hurt, and a massive explanation for the reason behind some of its new processors being stupidly easy to hack into a PC - through a simple USB port.

 

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Positive Technologies, a security vendor, has discovered that some of Intel's new CPUs have a debugging interface that can be accessed through USB 3.0 ports. This provides the hacker - and at the point of using as USB flash drive, any person in the world that can hold a USB stick in their hands - full control over the PC. Worse yet, it is completely undetectable by current security tools.

 

The possibilities of this are virtually unlimited, as someone could plug a USB 3.0 stick in and upload malicious code, keyloggers, and virtually anything else they want. The same flaw allows someone to make the PC completely inoperable, where it is capable of rewriting the entire BIOS. Yeah, that's a pretty big deal.

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Nintendo Switch accessories leaked

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

HORI's complete Nintendo Switch accessory lineup has been leaked out into the wild, giving us a good idea of the Switch's hardware and confirms some of our recent reports.

 

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The leaked accessory fleet confirms that the Nintendo Switch won't have a gigabit Ethernet port, instead requiring a USB LAN adapter for wired play. Nintendo made up for this by including 2.4GHz and 5GHz 802.11ac MIMO Wi-Fi support within the Switch tablet itself. The Switch will also have at least one fighting game at some point, possibly Tekken 7 and/or Capcom's latest Marvel vs Capcom Infinite; both Namco Bandai and Capcom are confirmed third-party Nintendo Switch partners.

 

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We also have an awesome Switch JoyPad Pro controller that clearly shows a dedicated button for recording in-game footage, similar to the PS4's DualShock 4 controller.

 

HORI also has a Compact PlayStand that allows you to play on the Switch and charge it via USB Type-C while its JoyPad controllers are detached--this would've been impossible as the Switch's kickstand isn't tall enough to leave enough room for a Type-C cord and keep the device stable, unless, of course, you used a 90-degree USB Type-C cord.

 

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