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It's time to enter our '13 Hours' Blu-ray giveaway

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Jul 10, 2016 11:32 pm

To celebrate this week's release of '13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi' on Blu-ray and DVD, we have ten Blu-ray copies to give away thanks to our friends at Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

 

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From director Michael Bay. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi is the gripping true story of six elite ex-military operators assigned to protect the CIA who fought back against overwhelming odds when terrorists attacked a U.S. diplomatic compound on September 11, 2012. When everything went wrong, six men had the courage to do what was right. Based on the nonfiction book "13 Hours" by New York Times bestselling author Mitchell Zuckoff and members of the annex security team.

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Bitcoin's new anti-inflation code means twice the work, same profits

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 10, 2016 12:28 pm

Bitcoin mining just got harder, with Reuters reporting that the digital currency system now has new anti-inflation code, which makes mining Bitcoins twice as long.

 

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Previously, the reward for Bitcoin mining would be 25 bitcoins ($16,000 or so) being mined every 10 minutes, but that now takes 12.5 minutes. The measure automatically starts every four years in an attempt to stop inflation that many miners are worried about, especially with quicker and quicker computers mining Bitcoins, outpacing desktop PCs.

 

Dedicated miners are going to be pissed, as they'll need to work twice as hard to get the same money from bitcoins, and then the hardcore/professional bitcoin miners might to rethink their entire business.

System Shock passes $900K funding goal, has 18 more days

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 10, 2016 10:21 am

Night Dive Studios has reached its $900,000 funding goal for System Shock, where as of July 9 they had reached $905,396. There are over 14,000 backers to System Shock, which was one of the best games on the PC in the 90s.

 

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At the time of writing this article, System Shock had hit $922,764 of its funding goal on Kickstarter. The Kickstarter page explains the game as "System Shock is a complete remake of the genre defining classic from 1994 built by a team of industry veterans. Remember Citadel".

 

Now that the game has its $900,000 funding goal, we can expect the following unlock on Kickstarter: Modern Inventory Management, Modern Controls, New Puzzles, Updated Faithful Levels, Game Difficulty Modes. If the game reaches $1.7 million in funding, Night Dive Studios will add: Enemy limb dismemberment, More puzzles, Ammo types/weapon settings, Vending machines, Basic components/research, RPG progression, Weapon upgrading, Hardcore mode (No respawning), Ironman mode (Only 1 savegame. If you die, the save is deleted).

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Samsung's new removable UFS storage, 5x faster than microSD cards

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Jul 10, 2016 8:27 am

Samsung has continued its portable storage dominance, announcing the world's first removable UFS memory card.

 

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The company has the new removable UFS memory cards in 32GB, 64GB, 128GB and 256GB with some pretty crazy speeds to boot. Samsung's new UFS cards have read speeds of up to 530MB/sec, which is 5x faster than even the fastest microSD cards. This means you can download a 5GB file from the UFS card in around 10 seconds, compared to UHS-1 microSD cards where it would take around 50 seconds.

 

Samsung has also boosted the write speeds on its new UFS cards, with up to 170MB/sec on tap, nearly double that of the fastest microSD cards like SanDisk's Extreme Pro, which writes at up to 100MB/sec. Samsung has crammed this type of speeds into the new UFS cards because of the high-resolution footage being captured by smartphones to action cameras, aerial drones and 360-degree cameras.

 

We should expect the next-gen Galaxy smartphones to feature this new UFS storage.

Evolve goes free-to-play, player base increases by 13,630%

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 10, 2016 6:51 am

If you didn't hear, Evolve went free-to-play a few days ago with developer Turtle Rock Studios releasing the free beta version of Evolve onto Steam. What happened next was huge.

 

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Evolve's player base blew up, expanding by a huge 13,630% - where prior to the free-to-play madness Evolve had 2703 players, but now it has blown up to 368,000 players. Turtle Rock Studios has promised that there will be additional support provided to Evolve, with new content and updates to Evolve on the way.

 

Turtle Rock Studios co-founders Chris Ashton and Phil Robb explained: "As part of our promise to recapture the magic and improve the Evolve experience across-the-board, we're going to ratchet up our communication with the community. We will be continually updating our social channels, our forums and our website to let you know how it's going. We have lived and breathed Evolve for over four years and we feel like we are just getting started. Since launch we realized Evolve has provided people some of their most exciting gaming moments and we want to make more of those for everyone... well, everyone who is OK with being periodically murdered (brutally) by terrifying alien monsters".

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PlayStation VR was delayed to wait for more games, increased demand

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jul 10, 2016 5:15 am

With the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive headsets already out with PC gamers enjoying them, Sony is behind the game after it delayed its PlayStation VR headset to October 13, 2016.

 

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Well, it might play in their favor as Sony delayed PSVR to allow developers to make more software and games before it released its VR headset. During an interview with GameReactor, Sony's Jim Ryan explained: "It's a completely correct observation. It's one of the reasons we're launching in October, rather than the initially stated window of the first half of calendar 2016. You know, rather than meet our promise previously made, for us just to wait those few extra months and ensure that the software is there is really important".

 

He continued: "We stated that we'll have fifteen games between the launch and Christmas. There's a whole range of genres, a whole range of big games, little games, digital games...The statements that were made at the E3 2016 conference, with these big franchises coming to PS VR (Star Wars, Batman, Final Fantasy XV, Resident Evil 7), these are heavyweight franchises and to have them coming to the PlayStation VR really quite quickly, I think it makes a big statement".

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Pokemon GO is a huge opportunity for small businesses right now

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 10, 2016 4:05 am

Pokemon GO has taken the world by storm, with people exploring the physical world around them - inside of their house, outside of their house, at the park, local businesses, and so much more.

 

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The game uses the real-world as the game map, with specific locations tagged as locations in the game that you need to visit. This might be your local KFC, gym, police station, or Target. Pokemon GO actively encourages you to explore the real-world while playing the game, as you can catch Pokemon anywhere. Many small businesses are finding that Pokemon GO players are coming into their store, and some are taking advantage of it.

 

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There are some small businesses that have caught on quick, embracing Pokemon GO, with UploadVR reporting that a Dairy Queen fast food restaurant saw an increase in customers after the release of Pokemon GO. They posted a sign outside of their door, saying: "Pokestop Inside! Come get your Pokeballs and previously rocked threads. Gotta catch 'em all in style". Other businesses aren't so friendly, saying: "Pokemon are for paying customers only".

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Xiaomi prepares to take on GoPro with its Xiaomi Yi 4K action camera

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cameras | Posted: Jul 10, 2016 3:22 am

GoPro might have the action camera market right now, but we all know how quickly things can change with a capable competitor with a product that's cheaper, and possibly just as capable.

 

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Chinese giant Xiaomi has announced that it's upcoming Yi 4K action camera will cost just $249.99 while its competitor in the GoPro HERO4 Black Edition costs $499.99 - double the asking price from Xiaomi and its Yi 4K action camera. Xiaomi provides an LCD screen on its Yi 4K action camera, something the HERO4 Black Edition lacks, but is included on the Silver Edition.

 

Xiaomi's new Yi 4K action camera has a 1300mAh battery that's good for 2 hours of 4K 30FPS recording, which is pretty damn good considering the HERO4 Black Edition isn't capable of recording more than an hour at the same 4K30 standard. Xiaomi is offering a bundle package with a selfie stick and Bluetooth remote, which will cost $30 more at $279 total.

Unreal Engine 4 is now used by over 2 million developers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 10, 2016 2:09 am

There are countless games powered by Unreal Engine 4, but just how many developers are using Epic Games' latest UE4 engine?

 

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According to the official Unreal Engine website, over 2 million developers are using Unreal Engine 4 - up from the 1.5 million developers that were using UE4 in March, announced at the Game Developers Conference. Last month, Unreal Engine 4 was being shown in force at E3, with over 80 games powered by UE4 being displayed at the show.

 

Microsoft and Sony held their E3 press conferences, with plenty of UE4-powered games like Gears of War 4, Batman: Arkham VR, TEKKEN 7, Sea of Thieves, Day's Gone, We Happy Few, Scalebound, EVE: Valkyrie, and many more. On the floor itself, Unreal Engine 4 was powering games like Absolver, ABZU, Injustice 2, LawBreakers, Ghostbusters, ARK: Primal Survival, Killing Floor 2 and Vampyr.

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Samsung unveils Galaxy S7 edge Olympic Games Edition smartphone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 9, 2016 9:30 am

Don't worry about the Zika virus everyone, Samsung has released its official Galaxy S7 edge Olympic Games Edition, which is surely to be a cash-in.

 

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Samsung is pricing the Galaxy S7 edge Olympic Games Edition at $970 or so, with Samsung to sell the new Olympic Games themed Galaxy S7 edge in Brazil, China, Germany, Korea and the United States. It will feature a customized UI, and a theme that will match the dark chassis, which looks pretty damn good I must say.

 

The new Samsung Galaxy S7 edge Olympic Games Edition comes in two variants; one with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 and the other with Samsung's own Exynos 8890 processor. Both smartphones feature a microSD card slot, with up to 200GB of storage mixing the on-board and microSD card storage together.

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