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Uber has over 2 billion rides, with 1 billion in the last 6 months

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

Uber has hit a new milestone, with over 2 billion rides through its app - which is pretty crazy considering the ride-sharing giant had 1 billion rides just 6 months ago now.

 

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The company added $4.7 billion to its war chest a few weeks ago, reports Reuters, with the 2 billionth ride milestone reached on June 18. It took Uber around 6 years to hit the first 1 billion rides, but only 6 months to rack up another 1 billion rides.

 

Uber has been spending money on recruiting drivers and passengers, thanks to the huge $13 billion in funding it received from investors. Uber boss Travis Kalanick said that there were 147 simultaneous Uber rides at the exact same second in 16 countries on June 18, all tying for the 2 billionth trip. Uber is bleeding $1 billion per year in order to compete against its rivals, but the company operates in 450 cities across the world right now.

 

Right now, Uber is valued at $62.5 billion - after it received a $1.15 billion leveraged loan that allows the company to enjoy the low interest rate, while keeping its venture capital backers happy that it's not diluting their equity.

World of Warcraft's new patch has better graphics, and big changes

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

Blizzard has its new expansion for World of Warcraft due soon, which will see the introduction of new gameplay mechanics, and many changes to the MMO.

 

 

Legion will introduce a new transmogrification system that "unlocks the look of an item account-wide once it's bound to you", reports GameSpot. There's also a bunch of class-specific changes, with changes to specializations - where Blizzard adds that it will be making it easier to change between specs, as well as not needing to worry about swapping gear so much.

 

World of Warcraft's graphics will be receiving a new dab of paint, with the maximum draw distance "extended greatly for all world content". Not only that, but the new Legion patch for WoW will also include three higher settings past the Ultra preset in the game. Fog will look much better, with Blizzard using "modern techniques for rendering colors and other post-effects".

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided's latest screenshots look great

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

Square Enix have unveiled five new screenshots of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, which is only a few weeks away now. Check out the new screenshots, below.

 

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will have support for both NVIDIA and AMD technologies, with AMD's PureHair technology included, as well as NVIDIA's PhysX and APEX technologies. The game will support Asynchronous Compute for the DX12 side of things, so we should expect AMD to have a good advantage in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. The game will also feature a built-in benchmark, so expect us to roll Mankind Divided into our GPU benchmarks as soon as it's released.

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Fourth 'Star Trek' film greenlit to boldly continue franchise

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

With the eagerly anticipated 'Star Trek' Beyond opening worldwide this week smack-bang during the series 50th anniversary, attention has turned to if and when the series will return for another adventure. Paramount have indulged fans by announcing that the studio has already greenlit a fourth adventure and in a twist, a long dead character is set to return.

 

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Despite dying in the opening moments of the first J.J. Abrams rebooted 'Star Trek' film back in 2009, George Kirk (aka Captain James T. Kirk's father) will return for the next Trek adventure, played once again by Chris Hemsworth. According to Paramount's press release, Chris Pine's Captain Kirk "will cross paths with a man he never had a chance to meet, but whose legacy has haunted him since the day he was born: his father". While it's not exactly clear how that event will coalesce, but I'm sure J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay's script will be full of surprises.

CD Projekt RED boss: Rockstar & Blizzard among favorite developers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

CD Projekt RED has enjoyed massive success with The Witcher 3, with nearly 10 million copies sold, but what studios does CDPR look to with respect?

 

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During an interview with CD Projekt RED boss Marcin Iwinski, he said that the world's top three game developers are Blizzard, Rockstar and Bethesda. Iwinski said: "Yeah, I actually think I said the best. The goal for the last five years was to be among the best three roleplaying game developers and I think we got there, The Witcher 3 is the proof".

 

He continued: "For the top three, this is our perception, I'd definitely put there Blizzard, I'd definitely put there Rockstar and I think I would put them at number 1 and probably Bethesda as well. We want to get there, so one will have to go".

Metro 2035 could be in the works, 4A Games working on two new projects

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

It looks like a game adaptation of Dmitry Glukhovsky's newest Metro 2035 book may be underway.

 

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4A Games, the development team behind the excellent Metro: 2033 and Metro: Last Light games, are working on "two exciting new projects." Admittedly we know next to nothing about the new projects--they could be brand new IPs, or we could see 4A Games continuing their long tradition on focusing on Glukhovsky's landmark post-apocalyptic universe.

 

"The burning question that you are all going to be asking (and have been asking) is: What are you doing or working on? Well today I have the honour, nay the privilege to tell you: nothing at all about either of the 2 exciting projects that we have underway .... Sorry for the troll :D"

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Sony threatens more 'Ghostbusters' films

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

The much maligned 'Ghostbusters' reboot has gotten off to a reasonable start with a $44 million opening weekend, but still has a long way to go to reach profitability - especially now it's been barred from entering the Chinese market. But that hasn't stopped Sony Pictures from forging ahead with more crap-tacular films.

 

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Speaking to The Wrap, president of worldwide distribution at the studio Rory Bruer declared "The 'Ghostbusters' world is alive and well... I expect 'Ghostbusters' to become an important brand and franchise. While nothing has been officially announced yet, there's no doubt in my mind it will happen."

 

Expanding the 'Ghostbusters' franchise has always been the end goal for Sony Pictures, with previously announced plans to launch a number of films off the back of the reboot. But based on the quality of this film (review coming this weekend), I think that's quite premature.

Opera selling browser business to Chinese buyers for $600 million

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

Following a failed $1.2 billion takeover of Opera Software by a group of Chinese internet firms, the company has decided to instead attempt to sell off parts of its business to get around US government concerns over privacy.

 

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The new deal -- which is still pending approvals from authorities -- proposes $600 million for its browser business, performance and privacy apps division, technology licensing business, and its investment in Chinese joint venture nHorizon, which the group in question (Kunqi) has agreed to.

 

Opera will retain its advertising and marketing business, TV operations, and game-related apps.

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Microsoft's coercive plan to sell you the Xbox One S

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

Microsoft is acting upon yet another coercive and pushy strategy in order to sell its new 40% smaller Xbox One S. These weird tactics include most of Microsoft's usual suspects: conflicting statements, misinformation, a stuttered release schedule that ensures you buy the most expensive variant first, and going back on its promises.

 

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When the Xbox One S was revealed at E3 2016, Microsoft pushed the console's $299 starting price really hard. 4K UHD video playback, 4K gaming, 40% smaller, more power efficiency--you name it, the Xbox One S looked like a big improvement over the Xbox One, and it only cost $299! Fast-forward to the present and Microsoft is singing a different tune. By only releasing the 2TB Xbox One S models on August 2 before any others, and further promising the 2TB versions will have limited availability, Microsoft is really pushing gamers to buy its most expensive variant. And it'll work, too. That's the disappointing part. After all that press and bluster, they haven't even told us when the highly touted $299 model is releasing, promising that it'll release in August and they'll have "more to share later on."

 

What astounds me the most is the misinformation around the Xbox One S. It seems Microsoft is keeping some of the console's most attractive capabilities extremely vague and not telling us the whole picture, especially when it comes to 4K game upscaling and hardware upgrades. Xbox exec Mike Ybarra said that the mini Xbox would upscale 1080p games to 4K resolution for the benefit of UHDTV owners, but Major Nelson said absolutely nothing about 4K upscaling in the console's recent release date announcement. This tells me two things: either Ybarra was misinformed, or Microsoft is literally withholding key information so it can continue to sell vanilla Xbox One consoles. If everyone knew that the Xbox One S was a huge improvement over the Xbox One and supported 4K upscaling, why would you even buy a normal Xbox One console?

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Weekly 'Star Trek' series coming to Netflix, but prime time only in NA

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Online Video | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

The upcoming Star Trek TV series will be available for almost anyone anywhere to watch on Netflix. The online video streaming company has signed an exclusive agreement with CBS that will see the show broadcast weekly on its service to users in 188 countries, which is to say all of them except for the US and Canada. Each episode will release within 24 hours of the US premiere.

 

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If you live in North America, you'll have to watch the show the old-fashioned way (or through CBS All Access), at least until CBS eventually releases the show to all Netflix regions.

 

Star Trek, which is based on the original series, will begin production in Toronto as of September and will premiere in January; it is created and produced by Alex Kurtzman and Bryan Fuller, who combined have worked on Deep Space Nine, Voyager, the Star Trek Movie, and Into Darkness.

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