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Vulkan support goes live for Doom, AMD claims 27% performance boost

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 11, 2016 3:51 pm

Doom now supports the Vulkan API, meaning improved performance for you thanks in large part to more efficient CPU usage. While Doom already ran incredibly well on high-end hardware, this could mean 4K is now viable for you whereas before it was not. As well, those on low-end or midrange setups may now be able to run the game more smoothly.

 

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Doom's Vulkan support also benefits from AMD's work in supporting Async Compute (only AMD GPUs support this for now), "Shader Instrinsics", and "Frame Flip Optimizations", three techniques designed to make GPU usage more efficient.

 

AMD claims up to 27% better performance with Vulkan on an RX480 at 1920x1080, and 23% on an RX480 at 2560x1440, which appears to be in line with user reports. The API is by no means restricted to AMD cards only though; NVIDIA users should see about the same improvement.

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Dive into JavaScipt with this massive 12-part online training

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: Jul 11, 2016 3:30 pm

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Without question, JavaScript is one of the most popular programming languages out there, and knowing how to code with it makes you much more attractive on the job hunt. For a limited time, you can get the JavaScript Coding 2016 Bundle and master this in-demand language for only $59.

 

Absolutely stuffed with content, this huge, 12-part Java bundle will teach you the ins and out of Java regardless of your coding experience. Starting from the ground up, you'll learn the basics and move to more advanced concepts in Sammy.js, Agility.js, Ember.js, Node.js, jQuery, AJAX, Extjs, AngularJS, Knockout.js, and JSON, preparing you for an easy entrance into the tech world.

 

Only $59, the JavaScript Coding 2016 Bundle is available to TweakTown readers for over 90% off its $1,499 retail price.

Pokemon GO will continue to evolve with trading and new features

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 11, 2016 3:03 pm

Niantic confirms that Pokemon GO is far from unfinished: like the furry Pocket Monsters it meshes with our real-world, the smartphone app will continue to evolve.

 

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The free Pokemon GO smartphone game is a juggernaut. Not only has Pokemon GO topped the free iOS app charts, but it's about to eclipse Twitter as the most-used free app on the market. Nintendo and Niantic have hit a goldmine by making our everyday real lives into an AR "gotta catch em all" video game, leading Nintendo's market share to rise by 23% over the last few days. But can the game keep up the momentum and keep players actively engaged, or is Pokemon GO destined to be a curious case of "burning twice as bright for half as long" smartphone game experiments?

 

According to Niantic CEO John Hanke, Pokemon GO will get key features like Pokemon trading with friends and other content to keep the game fresh. "[Trading] is kind of a core element," Henke said. The CEO also says that players can expect updates to Pokestops and Pokemon Gyms, which exist now only "very most basic versions," and players will also be able to "customize their functions in other ways."

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No Man's Sky is only 6GB on disc

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 11, 2016 2:02 pm

Unlike most games today, the infinite universe of No Man's Sky won't break your HDD space. In fact the entire game will fit on a 16GB thumb drive.

 

 

Even with its monstrously huge procedurally generated galaxies, No Man's Sky will only be 6GB in its disc form. Sean Murray even says that most of the 6GB is audio. Yes, really. The game has some 18,446,744,073,709,551,616 planets and its total install size is still less than the day-one patches of AAA games. With a size like this Hello Games doesn't even have to use a Blu-ray disc; they could just use a dual-sided DVD.

 

No Man's Sky owes its small install size to its procedurally generated environments, which offers advantages like "smaller file sizes, larger amounts of content, and randomness for less predictable gameplay." Both the New Yorker and PBS (see video above) have excellent content explaining how Hello Games made No Man's Sky's universe, so be sure to check those out.

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Elon Musk working on 'Top Secret Tesla Masterplan', debuts this week

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jul 11, 2016 9:20 am

Tesla Motors and SpaceX boss Elon Musk has teased on Twitter over the weekend that he's working on 'Top Secret Tesla Masterplan, Part 2' which he's hoping "to publish later this week".

 

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What the hell is Tesla's master plan? Well, BGR reports that on August 2, 2006 Musk published the first part of Tesla's Masterplan. The first part of Tesla's Masterplan was titled "The Secret Tesla Motors Master Plan (just between you and me)" and outlined Musk's vision for electric vehicles, where he detailed the specific steps his company was planning in order to bring an electric car that was affordable, to the masses. If you look at Musk's detailed plan, he has pretty much completed his goals bit by bit:

 

So, in short, the master plan is:

 

  • Build sports car
  • Use that money to build an affordable car
  • Use that money to build an even more affordable car
  • While doing above, also provide zero emission electric power generation options
  • Don't tell anyone.

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Thieves use Pokemon GO to rob people, setting up Pokestop traps

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 11, 2016 7:42 am

Nintendo has seen a huge 23% rise in stock thanks to the massive success of Pokemon GO, while actual Pokemon GO players are getting robbed by thieves.

 

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Police in O'Fallon, Missouri have said that thieves have been using Pokemon GO to lure victims, as the game is a mobile augmented reality title that sees gamers exploring the real-world around them in search for Pokemon. The thieves have probably created a Pokestop, which is a location where you collect items in Pokemon GO, waited for the gamers to show up, and rob them.

 

This isn't the first Pokemon GO related incident to happen, either - with someone finding a dead body after walking past a river to find Pokemon. Nintendo has updated Pokemon GO with warnings to be mindful of the environment around you - but geez, this is kind of crazy, isn't it? Small businesses need to jump onto Pokemon GO, as soon as possible.

Nintendo stock increases 23% riding the insane success of Pokemon GO

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 11, 2016 6:33 am

Pokemon GO is really blowing up all over the world, with Nintendo stock enjoying a sharp rise of 23% in the last few days.

 

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Nintendo's stock hasn't performed this well since August 2015, and while it isn't as strong as it was back when the Japanese gaming giant launched the Wii, Nintendo stock is up 36.3% since Pokemon GO launched not even a week ago.

 

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The daily active users (DAU) playing Pokemon GO is incredible, and by incredible - we mean it's at the levels of the DAU of Twitter. Yeah, you know - the world's second largest social network. Pokemon GO is now rivaling Twitter for daily active users. These numbers are freakin' amazing.

LG to debut foldable smartphones in 2017 thanks to OLED technology

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 11, 2016 5:29 am

LG has been making some huge strides in its push for OLED technology dominance, with their 65-inch 4K OLED TV being one of the most beautiful TVs on the market. Well, the company is now going to use its OLED technology in foldable/rollable smartphones and tablets, starting in 2017.

 

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According to the Senior Principal Analyst for Emerging Display Technologies and OLED at IHS, Jerry Kang, foldable and rollable smartphones, tablets and wearables aren't that far away. Kang said that manufacturers like LG are going to be launching them with tablets that can fold into the size of a smartphone, but wearable devices will also be a focus point.

 

The displays on the foldable and rollable products will utilize OLED, thanks to OLED displays not needing to light up the back panel - making them thinner, and much more power efficient. It isn't easy to bring foldable screens to the market, as it represents a fundamental change in the way smartphones and tablets are created today. Batteries, circuits, touchscreen layers and more will be needing some change, allowing the flexible screen revolution to begin.

 

Flexible displays are set to become part of the future of mobile devices, with IHS projecting that by 2022 we should see 433 million flexible displays shipped, while 3.6 billion non-flexible displays will ship.

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.

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