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Project CARS 2: 60 'living' tracks, 4 seasons of weather

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 11, 2017 4:53 am

Project CARS 2 will be one of the biggest releases of the year, and another fact for that is that the team is including 60 'living' tracks that will feature 4 seasons of weather with full day/night transitions and I'm sure, beautiful weather effects.




Last week we wrote about Project CARS 2 having over 180 cars to select from, with developer Slightly Mad Studios teasing that Project CARS 2 will have the largest track roster for any console, with 60 tracks and 130 layouts. The official website for SMS states: "Whether it's running your classic Group C at period-specific Hockenheim, or one of the over-a-dozen modern GT3s at the Circuit de la Sarthe, gunning your IMSA GTO around the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca or taking your IndyCar through Turn 1 at the Indianapolis Speedway, sliding your Honda Civic Coupé GRC rallycross through the mud at Lydden Hill or simply taking one of the world's Holy Trinity of hypercars to the scanned Nordschleife for a dawn run through the mist, Project CARS 2 has your passion covered".


Better yet, Project CARS 2 will feature full day/night transitions, with 4 different seasons of weather: rain, wind, snow, ice, and mist. Project CARS 2 launches on PC, Xbox One, and PS4 on September 22.

Intel preparing Skylake-SP to compete against AMD EPYC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jul 11, 2017 4:27 am

AMD surprised the world with EPYC, but we all knew Intel would have a response, and that response will reportedly be in the form of the new Skylake-SP platform.




VideoCardz has the exclusive, without any comments and provided the slides on their own. The new Skylake-SP processors will arrive with up to 28C/56T, up to 38.5MB of last-level cache (LLC), and up to 48 PCIe 3.0 lanes. There will be support for 6-channel RAM with 2 x RDIMMS, LRDIMMs, or 3DS LRDIMMs at up to 2666MHz, while the TDP will float somewhere between 70W and 205W.




The new Intel C620 series chipset will have up to 14 SATA 3 ports, up to 14 x USB 3.0 ports and up to 10 x USB 3.0 ports. There will be some motherboards with up to 4 x 10GbE ports, if you need some serious networking performance, too.




Here are the core micro architecture enhancements between the previous-gen Broadwell architecture and Skylake.

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Amazon BookStore secret deals on Prime Day

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jul 11, 2017 1:30 am

Prime Day is July 11th and Amazon is planning to celebrate its annual Prime Day for its customers with secret in-store deals at their physical book store locations.




While Amazon doesn't have many book store locations, we found out that they will be having some secret unadvertised sales in store that won't be available on's own online Prime Day celebration.


These in-person deals include:

  • $100 off an Xbox One 1TB Forza Horizon 3 Edition
  • In-stock Nintendo Switch consoles (for those that haven't found any)
  • Heavy discounts on Phillips Hue Lights
  • Osmo Kids Toys
  • ChefSteps Joule Sous Vide

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Samsung 4K TVs can stream PC games

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 10, 2017 11:20 pm

Samsung smart 4K TV owners can now stream Steam games from their PC right to their TV.




Samsung has rolled out an app that will enable PC-to-TV game streaming similar to Valve's Steam Link peripheral. The app, which is currently in its beta stage and only available to owners of Samsung's smart 4K UHD TV lineup, enables 1080p 60FPS game streaming across a Wi-Fi or wired home network. Valve notes that every game on Steam can be streamed in this way (users tapping the might of their desktop PCs to power remote Steam gaming), but 5GHz networks are advisable for demanding games.


This latest move is a result of Valve's partnership with Samsung to conveniently bring PC gaming into the living room space without any extra costs--a partnership that was announced at Steam's Dev Days event in 2016. A global release of the app is currently planned for a Summer launch.

Rocket League scores big in second year

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 10, 2017 9:18 pm

Psyonix's mega-popular Rocket League has just celebrated its second birthday, and the developers celebrate with some impressive metrics.




Rocket League is a prime example of an indie that has the envy of major publishers. In just two years, an estimated 33 million gamers have bought copies on all major platforms including PS4, Xbox One and PC, and are responsible for 1.5 billion matches played. Even after an explosive first year with $110 million in earnings, Pysonix's speed sports racer shows no signs of slowing down.


According to developer metrics, Rocket League has a massive weekly, monthly, and daily average players of 1.6 million, 3.3 million, and 6.1 million respectively. That's right, an average of 6.1 million users play Rocket League on consoles and PC. PS4 users make up most of that number with 47% of active players, with Xbox One behind at 32% with PC seeing 27% of the total active playerbase--given the PS4's massive 60 million strong install base this shouldn't be surprising.

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Facebook to host PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds streams

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 10, 2017 7:31 pm

Massively popular PC game PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is getting an exclusive weekly showcase on Facebook.




Social media titan Facebook is making a stronger push into games-based streaming in an effort to pull more viewers away from Twitch and YouTube. The company today announced that it has signed an exclusive deal with PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds developer Bluehole to host a weekly live three-hour stream centered around the hit game. Key Bluehole developers will showcase exclusive in-game content on the weekly Facebook show, while discussing and highlight features for new viewers. The show will be hosted by both community members and top content creators as well as Bluehole devs.


"Facebook and the Bluehole team have a shared belief in the power of gaming communities, and PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS is a stunning example of a hit game guided directly by its fans," said Leo Olebe, Director of Global Games Partnerships at Facebook. "BATTLEGROUNDS is just as much fun to watch as it is to play, and we're excited to see some of the best PUBG creators bring exclusive content to Facebook to help fuel its growing community on the platform."

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Nintendo Switch OS kernel hacked

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 10, 2017 6:31 pm

Hackers have accessed the Nintendo Switch's OS kernel and will soon be able to jailbreak the system.




Nintendo's new Switch handheld-console hybrid has taken the world by storm with its transforming dual form factor: the Switch can play games both on-the-go as a handheld as well as at home as a console. The Switch has been a prime target for hackers for many of the same reasons--being able to load up ROMS of classic games and emulators and unlock hidden features of the device essentially makes the Switch into a veritable treasure trove of potential.


Now hackers are apparently one step closer to cracking the console and opening the doors to homebrew emulation on the device. Hacker and exploit-finder Derrekr6 claims that hackers now have access to the Switch's kernel. The Switch runs on a customized operating system based on the FreeBSD kernel, similar to the PS4, and shares elements of Android to boot. With access to the Switch's kernel, hackers can manipulate the console in key ways. The kernel acts as a middleman between applications and hardware, and manages communication between software and hardware.

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World's 1st phone to rock 8GB of RAM & Infinity Display

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 10, 2017 4:37 pm

There are many second and third-tier smartphone manufacturers, some of them pride themselves in manufacturing knock-offs while others find other things that set them apart. Ulefone have found another niche, with the Ulefone F2, they've successfully combined the look of a Samsung infinity edge display with the 8GB of RAM of the OnePlus 5 and put them into one phone.




Their claim is that the Ulefone F2 is the first phone in the world with 8GB and an Infinity Edge Display. While this claim is oddly specific, it's really hard to ignore the fact that the Ulefone 2 looks like a complete ripoff of the Galaxy S8+ or Note7.


The Ulefone F2 also features a rear dual camera setup that looks a lot like the Xiaomi Mi 6, once again adding a popular feature to their phone that might set them apart. After all, there really isn't a phone with an Infinity Edge Display, 8GB of RAM and a dual camera, at least not yet, unless the Samsung Galaxy Note8 manages to pull that off.

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Where's the Essential Phone? Misses launch date target

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 10, 2017 3:25 pm

Back in May, Andy Rubin, the co-founder of Android, and his company Essential Products unveiled their first smartphone. The Essential Phone stirred up a lot of dust because of its stunning design and flagship specs.




Right after the official announcement, the phone was available for pre-orders at the company's website at a price of $699 or $749 if you go for 360-degree camera attachment. At the same time, Andy Rubin stated that the company would not open the device for pre-orders if it would not be available for shipment within 30 days. This would put the deadline for the first shipments on June 30th.


However, we are almost halfway through July, and there are no updates on the phone. Customers who pre-ordered the smartphone didn't receive any explanation to why is the phone delayed.

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Biggest data breach in India affects 120 million users

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jul 10, 2017 2:34 pm

Jio, a mobile network operator in India, is currently experiencing what could be the biggest data breach in India.




Jio is one of the fastest growing carriers in India and the whole world and was made famous by their launch of a nationwide LTE network for a very low price. They launched their network in September of last year, and have over 120 million users in less than a year. However, it appears that their speedy launch may have come at a cost.


Jio's customer's data has been leaked revealing many sensitive details, including customer's names, last names, phone numbers, emails, SIM Activation Date and even their Aadhaar Number.

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