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No Man's Sky creator hasn't Tweeted for a full month

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

No Man's Sky creator Sean Murray hasn't posted anything on Twitter in a full month now, reinforcing the idea that the dev is huddling down amidst the lies and misleading ad campaign.

 

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I've been watching Sean Murray's Twitter account for a bit now, and I'm not really surprised that he hasn't Tweeted anything for a month. No Man's Sky continues getting patched--a new patch rolled out for the game on PS4 today--yet Murray remains completely silent. This is probably one of the worst things he can do right now, and most gamers think he's just laying low to let all the chaos roll over until everyone forgets about No Man's Sky and moves on. Meanwhile the official Hello Games account hasn't Tweeted in weeks either, with its last update on August 27.

 

In order to salvage the wreckage that is No Man's Sky and Hello Games' public image, Murray needs to shed some light on what went wrong. Why did he lie about the game? Why was the game missing so many features? What happened? These are questions he needs to answer, and I think there's a huge reason why he can't: it'd breach the contract he signed with Sony. Even still, he needs to do something. He can't just pretend nothing happened. I know the devs are likely busting their ass with updates, but the majority of gamers see him swimming in the millions of hype-bucks he conned off of naive gamers. To illustrate Murray's silence, Redditor MasRemap made this infographic:

 

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Samsung reportedly rushed Note 7 launch to beat iPhone 7

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Samsung has had another incident with a Galaxy Note 7 catching fire in China, after it had said Note 7 units sold in China wouldn't be affected, as the batteries in the Chinese model were sourced from a different supplier - and now, we might have found the reason behind the Note 7s issues.

 

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According to a report from Bloomberg, managers at Samsung started hearing rumors on what the new iPhone would have - and that it wouldn't feature many new innovations. They also knew that the new iPhone wouldn't look any different, which gave Samsung an opportunity to strike - and it did, with a damn mighty fine smartphone in the Galaxy Note 7.

 

This goal pushed Samsung mobile boss D.J. Koh to launch what would become the Galaxy Note 7, dazzling consumers and capitalizing on the opportunity knowing Apple's new iPhone 7 was going to be more of the same. The Note 7 featured an iris scanner, a beautiful dual edge display, super-fast internals, USB Type-C connectivity, wireless charging and so much more... but it wasn't without error.

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New No Man's Sky PS4 patch makes game playable again

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Hello Games rolls out a new patch for No Man's Sky on PS4 that fixes a crucial HUD oversight, and now I can actually play the game again.

 

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I've been quite vocal about lambasting Hello Games for their horrible decisions with No Man's Sky updates, namely the previous patch that pretty much broke the game for me. You see, before now the game had a serious problem with its heads-up display: it would mix up places you've been with the places you need to go. At launch, No Man's Sky only showed you where you need to go and places you haven't discovered. Once you got to an area marked on your HUD, it would disappear after you discover it. Hello Games decided to patch the game and show you where you've been so you could return to those places. But the problem with this is there was no way to distinguish where you've been from where you haven't: the icons were literally the same either way, and it broke the game. I was constantly visiting places I've already been to, so I stopped playing.

 

Now Hello Games has rolled out a new 700MB+ No Man's Sky 1.09 update on PS4 that fixes this insanely ridiculous feature: now places you've been show up as greyed-out icons on the HUD. There's no map still, and no waypoint system, and the icons still stay on your screen no matter what, but at least now you can tell where you've already been so you're not wasting your time going in a big circle.

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Galaxy Note 7 issues cause 'internal review' of Samsung

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

If the $26 billion wiped from its shares and the US government led recall of the Galaxy Note 7 - and that's amongst the countless incidents around the world of Note 7 smartphones catching fire or exploding, the company is now carrying out an "internal review" following a Note 7 catching fire in China.

 

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A spokeswoman reached out to Reuters, saying: "We immediately referred this case to Samsung and they are conducting an internal review". Caixin, a Chinese online financial site reported that a user reported their Galaxy Note 7 they had purchased from JD.com had caught fire. This might not sound any different to the Note 7s blowing up or catching fire around the world, but there's a big difference.

 

Samsung had previously said on September 14 that any Note 7 smartphones purchased after September 1 were not at risk of battery-related issues if sold in China, as the Chinese versions of the Note 7 had batteries supplied from a different company. Samsung continues to melt into its own pool, T-1000 style.

Use Python and Unity to get your app up and running

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

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PES 2016 is a totally crap on PC, looks better on PS4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Another day... another crappy PC port, this time in the form of the latest version of Pro Evolution Soccer, or PES 2016. Konami is behind PES 2016, which uses the Fox Engine, the same engine that powered Metal Gear Solid 5 - and while it looked good in MGS, it doesn't here.

 

 

The PC version of the game is especially bad, with it at times looking worse than the console versions of the game - which don't look too good to start with.

 

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The PS4 and Xbox One versions of PES 2016 have a slew of weather and sweat effects, as well as better color and lighting effects.

 

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The models of the players don't look too bad on the PC, but you can notice the lack of sweating effects on the PC version. You might be thinking 'but it's just... sweat', but the PC is more than capable of rendering it, so why take it out, Konami?

 

If it couldn't get any worse, the gameplay is also not as good on the PC either, with Kotaku saying that "everything from animation to ball physics felt off, but it still feels more sluggish and less physical than it does on PS4". So, we're looking at a 'hybrid' version of the game being formed for the PC, with parts of PES 2016 from current-gen consoles, while the rest of the game comes from the Xbox 360 and PS3. Ugh.

1Tbps fiber optic tested, could become a reality soon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

As I type this, I'm connected to a 100/40Mbps fiber connection with the National Broadband Network (NBN) here in Australia. It's one of the fastest connections you can get, but 1Gbps seems like a distant goal for most people - and now we're already hearing about 1Tbps connections.

 

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Recently, Nokia Bell Labs with the help of Deutsche Telekom and the Technical University of Munich have teased 1Tbps connectivity in a field trial that involved "real conditions" like varying channel conditions and traffic levels. The difference here was a new modulation technique called Probabilistic Constellation Shaping.

 

Engadget reports that instead of using "all the networking's constellation points (the "alphabet of the transmission") equally, like typical fiber, it prefers those points with lower amplitudes -- the ones that are less susceptible to noise. That helps transmissions reach up to 30 percent further, since you can adapt the transmission rate to fit the channel. It's so effective that the team got close to the theoretical peak data speeds possible for the fiber connection".

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Niantic CEO isn't spilling the location of Ditto Pokémon

By: Emma Tucker | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Pokémon GO players will have to wait just a little bit longer to discover the famous 'Ditto'. Niantic CEO John Hanke, continues to remain strong in keeping the Pokémon's location a secret, as he was asked a question about it recently at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco days ago.

 

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Hanke's panel response regarding the character's whereabouts: "I can't tell you how to find Ditto, because that wouldn't be any fun when you did find him if you did." He then later did promise to audiences that they would be able to eventually find the Pokémon but, as to how long that may take, we don't know.

 

Ditto, known for transfiguration, takes on the appearance of other Pokémon, but is still not considered to be a rare or legendary character, hence the questions regarding it's location. Rumors tease that when it does appear, the Pokémon should be an easy one to obtain.

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Panasonic GH5 announced, shoots 4K 60FPS and 6K 30FPS

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cameras | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Panasonic has just unveiled its new monster GH5 camera, a worthy successor to the already incredible value for money GH4 camera that provided some of the best footage on the internet - just look at Dimitry's godlike skills at HWC.

 

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Onto the new Panasonic GH5, which features an 18-megapixel sensor and the ability of shooting 4K at 60FPS and a futureproof 6K at 30FPS. Not only that, but the new Micro Four Third lenses arrive in a wide 8-18mm, standard 12-60mm, tele 50-200mm, with all the of the lenses at f/2.8. We also have 8MP burst photos at 60FPS, and 10-bit 4:2:2 ready.

 

There's no pricing on the 6K-capable Panasonic GH5, but the camera is expected to drop in the first half of 2017.

Kojima's upcoming Death Stranding game teased for 2018

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Hideo Kojima is in the headlines for a couple of reasons, first he came out and said he has nothing to do with the new Metal Gear Survive game - and now he's teasing his mysterious new game: Death Stranding.

 

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Death Stranding would have to be one of the most unique games teased in the last decade, with Kojima being asked during the Tokyo Game Show if Death Stranding would be released before the 2020 Olympics being held in Tokyo. He said: "To go a little further, there is a movie called Akira, and it will be out before the year in which Akira is set".

 

Kojima added that the online side of Death Stranding would be a "different kind of online play than anything we've seen before", adding that there will be a female protagonist that will join The Walking Dead star Norman Reedus - but I need to know, will she be naked, like Reedus is in the small teases we've had of the game so far? Kojima added: "This game will show a different side of Norman Reedus than fans of The Walking Dead might expect".

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