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Carmageddon: Reincarnation lands on Steam Early Access in Q1 2014

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 27, 2013 2:34 am

Stainless Games' Carmageddon: Incarnation is hitting Steam through Early Access in Q1 2014, according to the developers website. The Early Access launch will see players able to purchase the game through several price points.

 

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The standard package sees you receive everything the Kickstarter and PayPal backers who pledged $15 or more. But there is also a promotion to give away 99 free passes to the "Full Package" version of the game, which includes all updates and future downloadable content. A blog post on the official website reads:

 

Yes, Q1 2014 will see the launch of Carmageddon: Reincarnationon Steam. And Early Access means the World gets the game at the earliest opportunity, and we all get the benefit of feedback and community involvement as the game continues towards its ultimate destiny; To boldly go where no cow and granny mangling game has gone before!

Valve worked with NVIDIA on creating SteamOS

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Sep 27, 2013 1:29 am

SteamOS is something that is truly exciting for the world of PCs and gaming in general, but during an NVIDIA blog post today, the chipmaker admitted it had been working with Valve on SteamOS.

 

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According to the blog, NVIDIA engineers have been "embedded at Valve" to help them out with the development of its Linux-based SteamOS platform. NVIDIA's engineers are helping to improve OpenGL performance, and optimizing overall performance for NVIDIA's GeForce GPUs. NVIDIA is also helping Valve port the Source engine over to Linux, as well as reduce input lag in SteamOS.

 

This shouldn't come as a surprise for most, with AMD securing contracts in all three next-gen consoles, NVIDIA needed to have done something: and this something is quite extraordinary. This is a big move for PC development, especially with NVIDIA and Valve working together. I think I've died and gone to heaven.

Motorola looking to hire ex-BlackBerry engineers

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 27, 2013 12:06 am

Motorola has opened an engineering hub right down the road from BlackBerry's global headquarters in Kitchener-Waterloo, Canada. This is an obvious move to quickly acquire some of the amazing engineering talent that BlackBerry will be laying off in the coming weeks.

 

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While no specific mention of BlackBerry employees was made, Derek Philips, engineering director for Motorola Canada, said, "We're always looking for places where there's lots of opportunity for growth and it's not always easy to find places that have significant tech talent in a variety of areas, but especially mobile."

 

In my opinion, I feel that this is a good move for both Google/Motorola and those who worked at BlackBerry. The engineers will be able to find work in their field, and Motorola will be able to hire on some amazing talent who can help take their phones to the next level.

eBay acquires Braintree, a competitor to its PayPal service for $800M

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 26, 2013 10:38 pm

Today, eBay has announced that it will be acquiring the mobile payments platform Braintree for a staggering $800 million in cash. The deal will includes Braintree's payment app Venmo, and the company's CEO, Bill Ready, will report directly to PayPal president David Marcus.

 

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The rest of the Braintree staff will stay on in their current positions and business will continue as usual. For now, Braintree will operate as a separate company under eBay ownership. This acquisition is an interesting one, and at the moment, I am not sure if the buyout was to eliminate competition or acquire some IP that eBay did not want to license.

Benchmarks leak on Google's upcoming Nexus 5, appears to dominate all

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 26, 2013 9:32 pm

Google's Nexus smartphones have always been powerful and respectable devices in the Android world, and the upcoming Nexus 5 is shaping up to the biggest and baddest flagship for Google ever. Today, benchmark results have leaked that are giving us a clue as to just how powerful the new Nexus 5 will be.

 

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The benchmarks suggest that the Nexus 5 will be the top model in its class in terms of performance, graphics, and hardware specifications. One benchmark even suggests that graphics performance will be on-par with or better than Apple's new 64-bit iPhone 5S. Additionally, the Nexus 5 will feature a full HD screen, which is a much higher resolution than the iPhone 5S.

 

Other rumored specifications include a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 3GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel camera, and a 7-band LTE radio. It will run Android 4.4 KitKat and will be upgradeable to Android 5.0, if Google's past upgrade maps are any indication.

T-Mobile drops BlackBerry as the company cancels investor call

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 26, 2013 8:33 pm

With the downward spiral of BlackBerry continuing to quicken, T-Mobile has made the decision to stop stocking its handsets. This marks the first of what will be a growing list of carriers around the world to drop the failing company's products. T-Mobile says that it chose to drop the devices due to weak demand.

 

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This announcement came amidst more bad news from BlackBerry itself, which announced this morning that it would be canceling its scheduled earning call to investors on September 27. BlackBerry says that it will release its earnings report, but will not host a call to discuss matters with investors. This is undoubtedly due to the company announcing its intent to sell to Fairfax Financial earlier this week.

Google Talk messages are getting mixed up, sent to the wrong people

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Sep 26, 2013 7:32 pm

Google's deprecated messaging service, Talk, appears to be experiencing some major issues as of late. The service has been erroneously sending messages to the wrong recipient, and many times to Talk users who are not on your contact list. The cause of the issue is not very clear at the moment, but thankfully there is a fix that is easily deployable.

 

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Anyone using Google Talk can bypass these errors by simply downloading and installing Google Hangouts, the messaging service that has replaced Google Talk for several months now. When Google first began receiving reports about the error, it said that it immediately dispatched a team to investigate and as of this writing, things appear to be back to normal. I suggest installing Hangouts anyway. I have used the service for months and like it much better than the antiquated feeling Talk messenger.

We preview Dirt 3 spanned across three 4K monitors via the R9 290X

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 26, 2013 5:50 pm

AMD GPU14 - Dirt 3 is one of my favorite off-road racing games, and it still packs a punch in the graphics department. While the game itself is a little old to be showing off at a next-gen GPU launch event, demonstrating it running across three 4K resolution monitors from a pair of AMD Radeon R9 290X GPUs in Crossfire mode is pretty sweet.

 

 

Shawn Baker said that this demo really showed off how exciting 4K and next-generation graphics really are. He said that the game appeared crisper than ever, and the R9 290X GPUs really kept the frame rates high so things seemed seamless and smooth. We can not wait to get our hands on this technology and bring our readers comprehensive reviews and guides to multiple monitor 4K gaming.

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AMD GPU14 - TweakTown's Shawn Baker gets to preview Star Citzen

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 26, 2013 5:16 pm

AMD GPU14 - Star Citizen is one of those games that I hear everyone talking about, but I always forget to check out. Luckily, our Shawn Baker had the chance to stop by the Star Citizen booth at the AMD GPU14 Tech Event earlier this week and briefly preview the game's starship hanger.

 

 

Star Citizen was one of the first video games to be fully crowd-funded, raising more than $2 million during its Kickstarter campaign. The game's creator, Chris Roberts, is well known for developing the legendary Wing Commander, which was first released back in 1990. Roberts is documenting the entire development process, and is giving his Kickstarter backers access to each part of the game as it becomes available.

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AMD GPU14 - We preview the upcoming spell casting game Lichdom

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 26, 2013 4:47 pm

AMD GPU14 - Shortly after yesterday's keynote at the AMD GPU14 Tech Event, our own Shawn Baker had the chance to preview some cool games, of which Lichdom was the first. Lichdom is a magic spell crafting style game in which you are left to roam the realm that is filled with aggressive NPCs, ghosts, and monsters. Players can craft over a million different spells and then chain them together to create devastating and deadly combos.

 

 

Lichdom was being shown off at the event as it showcases all of AMD's new Radeon technology. The game utilizes effects such as TrueSound, Tress FX, and much more, and is developed by Xaviant, a company based out of Atlanta, Georgia. Lichdom is expected to release summer 2014, and being a major fan of games such as Skyrim, I will be first in line for my copy!

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