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Amazon to massively expand U.S. bricks and mortar stores

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

It's only been a few months since Amazon launched its first physical store in the United States, but according to retail sources, they're set to massively expand their presence in the coming months and years.

 

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The Wall Street Journal has reported that General Growth Properties, Inc. CEO Sandeep Mathrani, whose company owns 120 regional shopping malls in forty states, has told investors that Amazon's "goal is to open, as I understand, 300 to 400 bookstores."

 

The house that Bezos built has yet to comment on the reports, but the billionarie founder had previously promised that "we hope this is not our only [storefront]. But we'll see". Looks like we will indeed.

Yahoo's new 'aggressive strategic plan' slays 1700 jobs, 5 offices

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

Yahoo has just announced its new "aggressive strategic plan", where it has announced a slew of new products and a new way to tackle Google, Microsoft, and Apple. Wait, no they didn't - their strategic plan involves culling 15% of its workforce (1700 people) and closing down 5 offices around the world.

 

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The company will be closing its offices in Dubai, Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Madrid and Milan, with the layoffs leaving the company with 9000 staff by the end of the year. Yahoo's goal is to reduce operating costs by $400 million as we go into 2017. During its recent quarter, Yahoo pulled in $1.27 billion in revenue, but had a massive write-down of $4.5 billion. Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer said in a statement: "today, we're announcing a strategic plan that we strongly believe will enable us to accelerate Yahoo's transformation. This is a strong plan calling for bold shifts in products and in resources".

 

When Mayer took over at Yahoo, she said the company was full of legacy businesses and a declining revenue stream that had to be stopped. Its Mavens (mobile, video, native and social) side had a revenue source that had an "incredibly fast growth line of business". Mayer also noted that Yahoo needs to engage its users, and double down on its top businesses: Search, Mail and Tumblr.

Zenimax teases DX12 upgrade for Elder Scrolls Online

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

It looks like we can expect some DirectX 12 visual upgrades for Elder Scrolls Online, with developer Zenimax Online Studios teasing the upgrade in their ESO Live stream on Twitch. We can also expect the 7th core on the PS4 to be used, which should increase performance on the PS4 version of ESO, which currently runs at 1080p 30FPS, but with the additional CPU horsepower, it'll keep at 30FPS during intense parts of the game.

 

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During the Twitch stream, Zenimax said: "Yes, we are planning on a DX12 upgrade and expect that this will give us a number of graphics performance improvements. We cannot provide an ETA at this time, but it is something we're working towards". During the ESO Live show, Zenimax also talked about the fog and limited draw distance issues, saying that they're working on it - but it's at a lower priority than some of the other things they're working on.

 

They added: "In certain situations, the fog is intended to be heavy and thick to contribute to the mood and atmosphere of the region. Aldcroft in Glenumbra, for example, is a spooky and moody place - as are many areas of Tamriel. The fog distances do change based on weather and time of day, and yes, we are able to change them. But, we have set maximum fog distances in each environment to hide other immersion-breaking issues such as LOD (line of distance) transitions, and very low-detail terrain, the worst culprits being the mountains and large rock features in the geography. This is an old issue and something we have been slowly working on addressing".

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The Division looks freakin' awesome at 4K with custom SweetFX mods

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

With its graphics set to maximum, The Division is a pretty darn good looking game. But, at 4K with some custom SweetFX mods applied - it looks positively gorgeous. Check out some screenshots below.

 

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Next, we have some environments, which look even better. There are a bunch of screenshots, so check out the original thread on the Ubisoft forum right here.

 

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Uncensored 'Deadpool' cut coming to Blu-ray

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

If you've caught any of the red-band trailers for the eagerly awaited 'Deadpool' , you'd be well aware that the R-rated theatrical cut is going to push the boundaries of the MPAA rating system. And glory be - the Blu-ray version is apparently going to take it even further.

 

 

According to Latino-Review, 'Deadpool' director T.J. Miller has confirmed that the future release of the uncensored cut will be "even more raw" - although no confirmations yet on what form this will actually take.

 

But fans who can't wait to see the slightly less violent theatrical release can get their fill of the mouthy anti-hero when the film hits cinemas on February 11 in Australia and then the next day in the United States.

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AMD's new Zeppelin CPU spotted, features 32 CPU cores

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

AMD has been in the headlines quite a bit this year, and we're only a month into 2016. According to the latest information, AMD is working on a new EHP (or Exascale Heterogeneous Processor) that has been confirmed by an AMD engineer, who has also confirmed the name of the processor, too: Zeppelin.

 

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Zeppelin is a new Multi Chip Module, that features 32 Zen cores tied into AMD's impressive Coherent Fabric - which offers 100GB/sec of bandwidth - compared to PCIe that offers around 15GB/sec. The latency has also been reduced from 500ns to something much smaller, but the bigger question is whether Zeppelin refers to the Zen processor cluster or the MCM as a whole.

 

Digging into Zeppelin, we find the Vega 10-based MCM. Vega 10 will sport up to 4 GMIs (Global Memory Interconnects), which allow the CPU to talk to the GPU at 100GB/sec, courtesy of the Coherent Fabric. The MCM is also capable of communicating with the RAM at 100GB/sec too, which allows for a super-fast system with magnitudes more bandwidth than we have right now.

 

What we do know, is that the Zeppelin-based EHP variant will feature next-gen Vega 10 graphics, but we don't know how powerful it will be. We should expect AMD to push more details out on Zeppelin, Vega 10 and more as the months fly past.

Alphabet passes Apple as world's most valuable public company

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

Google's parent company Alphabet is now the world's most valuable publicly traded company, according to earnings reports released today.

 

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Revenue stands tall at $21.3 billion and earnings are at $8.67 per share -- both exceeding analyst predictions of $20.8 billion and earnings of $8.09 per share. Market cap comes in at $558 billion, surpassing Apple at $535 billion, a company which has struggled to grow in recent times following a long period of flourishing.

 

Alphabet attributes the wild success to its investments in mobile search as well as YouTube and "programmatic" advertising. Its 1 billion active Gmail users probably don't hurt, either.

Microsoft pushes Windows 10 to recommended update status

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

As it was foretold back in October, Windows 10 has been moved from Optional update status to Recommended. This means for anyone who has Automatic Updates and the "Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates" settings enabled, the upgrade process will begin automatically. If you want to change this, type 'Windows Update settings' in the start menu, click 'Advanced options', and change the aforementioned settings.

 

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Note that although some files will be downloaded regardless of what you do to make upgrading quicker, the upgrade will still not actually take place unless you give it permission to do so.

Dragon's Dogma mod fixes aspect ratio for multiple monitor setups

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

If you're playing the PC version of Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen with anything but 16:9 aspect ratio (mainly 16:10 and multi-monitor users), you'll notice a wonky aspect ratio correction, leading to unpleasant gameplay and interface navigation. Fortunately, the mod community has come to the rescue with the Agnostic Dragon mod, which corrects this issue and related others. This one comes especially recommended because it's from Kaldaien, who worked on the Tales of Zestiria 30 FPS fix.

 

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Agnostic Dragon is in the early stages (current version number is 0.2.0), but it should get the job done much better than the default method, and will likely be updated frequently in the months ahead. Hit the source to grab it. There you can and should also take a look at the current known issues.

Tales of Symphonia is locked at 30 FPS, 720p on PC

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

Tales of Zestiria was quite a solid PC port apart from the 30 FPS lock, but even that was rectified with a community-created fix eventually. Not so with follow-up Tales of Symphonia: user reports indicate the game is again locked at 30 FPS, but also the rendering resolution is fixed to 720p (it upscales if you select a higher resolution), there is missing text and typos, the interface often displays PS3 buttons even when using keyboard and mouse, the config and save menus can take 30 seconds to load on Windows 7 (this is being investigated), and it has DRM called VMProtect that creates a new .exe upon every boot. That last bit is concerning unto itself, but it also means you can't do things like force AA through your GPU settings.

 

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To top it all off, the developer's username was "Lazy Mofo" on Steam, before he changed it following complaints. He also has a VAC ban from about 10 years ago. Perhaps this was a false positive, but it must be noted.

 

The creator of the 30 FPS fix for Zestiria says he'll get around to fixing Symphonia as well, but it won't be for awhile.

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