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ASUS, XFX, GIGABYTE R9 380X images leaked, 4GB VRAM pictured

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago has leaked images of the forthcoming ASUS, XFX, and GIGABYTE versions of the R9 380X video card in preparing its reviews. The images, now pulled, show the R9 380X has 4GB GDDR5 memory, as previously rumored. As well, you can expect DVI-I, DVI-D, HDMI and DisplayPort for all display output configurations.




The ASUS card is known as the STRIX R9 380X and is said to come factory overclocked; the XFX card looks similar to the 380, and the GIGABYTE card will be part of the G1 Gaming series and employ dual-fan WindForce 2X cooling.

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Val Kilmer joins 'Top Gun' sequel cast

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

It's been coming for nearly two decades, but 'Top Gun' star Val Kilmer has revealed that the jets are about to take to the sky again in a sequel to the 1986 mega-hit.


I just got offered #topgun2 - not often you get to say "yes" without reading the script..."It's starring Gene...

Posted by Val Kilmer on Monday, November 16, 2015


Tom Cruise is expected to return as fighter pilot Maverick, with a script by Writer Justin Marks. The plot is expected to revolve around the increasing role of drones in aerial combat, following comments made by producer Jerry Bruckherimer. But before you engage the afterburners prematurely, production is still very much in the early stages so don't expect 'Top Gun 2' anytime before 2017.

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Fnatic takes over Func, launches Kickstarter campaign

By: Chris Smith | More News: Peripherals | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

You'll come to notice that now just links directly to Fnatic's main website in what seems to be a company buy out situation.




In addition, Fnatic has now launched it's 'Fnatic Gear' campaign on Kickstarter, promising users a small range of Fnatic-made and tested eSports peripherals.


With this large gaming team being in partnership with SteelSeries for quite some time, it seems that this relationship may have now come to an end. The new range of products on offer Fnatic include its FLICK gaming mouse, the RUSH G1 Cherry MX mechanical keyboard and the FOCUS F1 and BOOST G1 gaming mousepads.

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Warner Bros. developing 'Tomb Raider' film reboot

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

After remaining dormant since the release of the 2001 game adaptation 'Lara Croft: Tomb Raider' and its 2003 sequel 'The Cradle of Life', Warner Bros. and MGM are partnering on bringing the 'Tomb Raider' franchise back to the big screen, and have just signed a director.




According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio have signed Norwegian film director Roar Uthaug to the project, who's a hot property coming off the back of the disaster drama 'The Wave', with a script likely to be written by 'Transformers 5' writer Geneva Robertson-Dworet. Angelina Jolie starred as Lara Croft in the original, alongside a pre-James Bond Daniel Craig. Both films were reasonable successes, but fell far short of expectations. There's no word yet on casting for the reboot.


The latest game in the 'Tomb Raider' franchise; 'Rise of the Tomb Raider' has just been released for the Xbox One and Xbox 360 consoles, ahead of a release on PlayStation 4 and PC in coming months.

Chromebit launches, priced at $85

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Google and ASUS have been collaborating for quite some time on the Chromebit, which is essentially a computer on a USB stick that can be plugged into your TV or monitor. Now the day has come to launch the thing.




With the launch comes an updated price: $85 over the previously reported $100. The specs we already knew, but in case you haven't heard or forgot, you get a Rockchip ARM processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and a USB port. And of course, it runs ChromeOS.

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EA hires Ubisoft dev to make open-world Assassin's Creed-like game

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Not content with reigning over almost every facet of gaming, industry titan Electronic Arts has set its sights on conquering the open-world action genre that's currently dominated by Assassin's Creed.




In order to make its own Assassin's Creed-style game, EA will use the prowess of ex-Ubisoft dev Jade Raymond who played a critical role in the Assassin's Creed franchise. Raymond joined up with EA earlier this year to found the Montreal-based studio Motive.


"We've never really operated in the largest genre of gaming, and that's the action genre," EA's CFO Blake Jorgensen said during a presentation at the UBS Global Technology Conference. "That's the Assassin's Creed-style games; more open-world, more single-play versus multiplayer. It's not been an area that we've operated in. We recently hired Jade Raymond, who was behind the Assassin's Creed franchise for Ubisoft and she will be building an action genre for us through a studio we're building out in Montreal right now. So a lot of excitement around the action genre."

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TZFix boosts Tales of Zestiria maximum framerate to 60

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

JRPG fans rejoiced when they heard Tales of Zestiria was making its way to PC this year, the first game in the series to do so, but one of many similar titles in recent years.




It's a great port, too, except for the crippling 30 FPS cap. Fortunately, the community has come together to release TZFix, a tool that not only increases the maximum framerate to a much smoother 60 FPS, but fixes various issues, including stutter, Steam broadcasting, the aspect ratio in FMVs, the UI, and in the field, and the Field of View in the field as well. And then there are the feature additions of significantly increased character shadow detail, and a framerate counter with "instantaneous frametime" (not precisely sure what this means, but possibly a handy frametime graph for stutter detection and such).

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EA plans to make tons of new Star Wars: Battlefront games

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Star Wars: Battlefront has just been released, and EA is already teasing sequels. Big surprise, huh? We've known for a while that EA signed a 10-year licensing deal with Disney to make Star Wars games, and it looks like these titles will carry through the original trilogy and beyond.




"We struck a licensing deal with Disney a few years back that's almost ten years in length," EA exec Blake Jorgensen said during a company presentation. "The game that comes out tomorrow, Star Wars Battlefront, is a traditional first-person style shooter game. Our goal is to make future Battlefront games as well as other style games around the Star Wars franchise, both on mobile as well as console and PC. It's a huge opportunity for us."


"We get access to all of the historical content as well as all the new content developed. The beauty of the Star Wars franchise is it's almost unlimited in what you can do with it," the exec continued. "We know Disney has done a great job with other franchises and we believe they'll do the same with Star Wars over time in delivering new worlds, new characters, new vehicles, all the things that make great video games. Our goal is not to make video games directly about the movies, it's to use the IP in the movie to make great, exciting games."

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Survey states that IT professionals are overworked

By: Chris Smith | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

DEsigned to pinpoint staffing numbers and issues based around the IT sector, Spiceworks found out that IT professionals are working far too much.




Some of the interesting survey data pointed out that full-time employees are working 52 hours weekly on average, discovering that those working in finance, insurance and legal sectors work more than others, clocking 55.4 hours each week. While many employees are working more than the general 40 hour week, other sectors of concern involve education at 47.2, Government at 48.7 and healthcare at 50 hours per week.


Throwing further comparisons into the mix, 57% of IT staff in North America clock more than 40 hours per week, compared to a much lower number of 49% in EMEA.

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Windows 3.1 brings Paris airport to a halt

By: Chris Smith | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Did you know that Windows 3.1 is now 23 years old and still used as a major kingpin in some global infrastructures?




ZDNet reported that November the 7th was a particularly harsh day for Paris' Orly airport. A system running Windows 3.1 called 'DECOR', something that controls a link between air traffic control and the French weather bureau, crashed and suspended all operations.


There has been a promise to upgrade France's airport infrastructure by 2017 announced by the French transport minister, however, air traffic controller union executive Alexandre Fiacre thinks that it will take four or more years after this set date for things to be fully operational.

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