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AMD's next-gen Polaris GPUs to be used in Apple desktops and notebooks

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

AMD has been better positioning itself in the last year or so, but securing design wins with Apple and getting its upcoming Polaris architecture inside of Apple PCs and notebooks is a huge score.




It might not be the huge numbers AMD secured by getting its APUs inside of the Xbox One and PS4, but it's a big win if you look at it from a design standpoint. Apple don't just throw any GPU or CPU inside of their machines, so Apple must see something worthwhile in Polaris.


Polaris is built on the 14nm FinFET process with some major power efficiency numbers, which is something Apple is always pushing towards. We should expect to see Apple unveil Polaris-powered notebooks and desktops later this year.

Sony's new PS4 sports 4K upscaling, upgraded CPU, GPU and RAM

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

Sony's new PlayStation 4 console, also known as PS4K or PS4.5, is codenamed NEO, and will feature beefier internal components with upgraded CPU, GPU, and RAM. The new PS4 will support 4K image output and upscale 1080p games to 4K UHD.




According to Giant Bomb's Austin Walker, Sony's new PlayStation 4 won't be a dramatic upgrade over the current version, and certainly not the crazy native 4K UHD console we had hoped for. The new system, codenamed NEO, is built around the existing structure with 8 Jaguar CPU Cores at 2.1 GHz, and improved AMD GCN GPU with 36 Control Units clocked at 911MHz.


The NEO's GPU specs seem to match the specs of AMD's next-generation Polaris10 Ellesmere chip found in the upcoming Radeon R9 480, so we could see the new PS4 powered by Polaris after all. If so, we'd undoubtedly hit 1080p 60FPS in all games along with native PlayStation VR support.

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DJI unveils its new M600 hexacopter, with 6 separate 'smart' batteries

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

DJI has been making some seriously good professional drones over the years, with its impressive Phantom series, but has just unveiled its latest is the Matrice 600, a hexacopter that is capable of adjusting how it flies automatically, depending on what camera is attached.



The M600 costs $4599, and is the latest drone in DJI's huge professional lineup that is a successor to its current "Spreading Wings" series, which are higher-end craft that include retractable landing gear, and a foldable design. The new M600 features dust-proof propellers, as well as self-cooling motors.


DJI's new M600 launches with an improved, robust A3 flight controller that will change flight parameters depending on what it's carrying, and the amazing Lightbridge 2 camera link. Lightbridge 2 delivers higher frame rates over 1080p live-streamed video back to the pilot, at up to 3 miles away.

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Invest in our 'Silicon Valley: Season 2' Blu-ray giveaway

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

To celebrate this week's release of 'Silicon Valley: The Complete Second Season' on Blu-ray HD and DVD, we have ten Blu-ray copies to give away thanks to our friends at Roadshow Australia.




From the offbeat mind of Mike Judge (King of the Hill, Beavis and Butt-Head) comes a new season of the Emmy-winning comedy that takes viewers inside the lucrative world of Silicon Valley - and the socially awkward underdogs who try to navigate it. After taking the tech world by storm with their debut at TechCrunch Disrupt last season, Richard (Thomas Middleditch) and his Pied Piper team - Erlich (T.J. Miller), Jared (Zach Woods), Gilfoyle (Martin Starr) and Dinesh (Kumail Nanjiani) - look ahead to a bright and profitable future, one that's immediately soured by legal woes and petty revenge plans from Hooli overlord Gavin Belson (Matt Ross) and his competing platform, Nucleus. At Raviga, the empire created by Peter Gregory, big changes put the pressure on Monica (Amanda Crew), who's torn between her allegiance to Richard and her job working under a new head honcho, Laurie. Meanwhile, the presence of Richard's departed longtime pal Big Head (Josh Brener) looms large, as Gavin decides to use him to his fullest potential. Filled with even more industry cameos, this season of Silicon Valley promises to skewer the tech world with even greater veracity and hilarity, as its heroes continue to fumble their way towards unimaginable success.


To go into the running to win a prize, simply answer the following question in 50 words or less:

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What if the PS4K is just a regular PS4 that supports 4K Blu-rays?

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

Sony's PlayStation 4 technically already supports 4K video playback, so what if the new fancy PS4K or PS4.5 is just a default PS4 with a 4K Blu-ray player thrown in?




Back in 2013 before the PS4 released, Sony exec Shuhei Yoshida confirmed that the console would indeed support 4K video playback and pictures on launch. "The official answer is that the PS4 supports 4K output but for personal contents, like photos or videos. Not games. PS4 games do not work on 4K." This means the PS4 can already technically play 4K Blu-rays, but the console still has limitations.


The current PlayStation 4 model might support 4K video playback, but it doesn't have a 4K Blu-ray player installed. Plus, it only has HDMI 1.4, which limits 3840 × 2160 at just 24 FPS. The PlayStation 4 was released before Sony had established the UHD Blu-ray spec, so that's one of the reasons the console didn't ship with a 4K player installed.

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Full steam ahead for 'Jurassic World' sequel, studio confirms director

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

You didn't honestly think that after grossing nearly $1.7 billion at the worldwide box office, that Universal would let the 'Jurassic Park' franchise rest for another decade? Today the studio has announced who'll be slipping into the directing chair for the much anticipated 'Jurassic World' sequel - and you might not know who he is.




As rumored by Deadline Hollywood back in January, the outlet has now confirmed that 'The Impossible' and 'The Orphanage' director Juan Antonio Bayona will direct the follow up, which is expected to return stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard. Universal have already set a date for the film's release, which will hit worldwide in July 2018.


'Jurassic World' director Colin Trevorrow had to depart the sequel after signing on to direct the as-yet untitled 'Star Wars: Episode 9'.

Battlezone 98 Redux releases on Steam today, more Redux titles planned

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

Rebellion has wasted absolutely no time in getting their remastered version of Battlezone 98 released. It's out now on Steam with a 20% discount for all the early adopters. Thus far, with 5 reviews, the new version has outstanding reviews as it manages to retain the charm and appeal of the original FPS/RTS hybrid.



Rebellion announced in February that they were also working on more than just the original Atari Battlezone. They have the rights to the whole franchise and have been systematically upgrading the visuals and making the original PC game playable again.


For this version, they concentrated on leaving the basic mechanics intact and just giving it a much-needed overhaul so that it fits in with other games of the genre currently out. The art style and unique hybrid control mechanics are all there, with much better graphics. It's worth a look if you enjoyed the original and even if you're looking for something new. The unique way that it blended base-building and the action still hasn't quite been emulated even today.


Rebellion also hinted at future games with the redux branding, meaning that other games in their vast library of franchises might make future appearances in remastered guises.

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Netflix doesn't want to make exclusive VR content

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

Netflix isn't convinced that VR will see enough mainstream adoption to warrant the production of exclusive VR movies and TV. So don't expect to see Orange is the New Black or Trailer Park Boys in 360-degree video anytime soon.




Although Netflix released a VR app that allows users to watch shows and movies in virtual reality living rooms, the streaming titan currently has no exclusive VR projects in the pipeline.


"We're really focused on movies and TV shows and doing more of those, which you can watch in a virtual reality headset if you want to," Netflix CEO Reed Hastings told Mashable, "but we think most people will watch Netflix on a smartphone or a smart TV."

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SteamOS gains another great physics-based racing game, Vector 36

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

Another great indie game on Steam has just joined the growing catalog of those that are becoming available for Linux. Vector 36, a futuristic physics-based racing game, is now available on Linux and specifically on SteamOS, and they're encouraging everyone to give it a proper try.



Vector 36's developer responded to some of the feedback from their fans nad have finally added in this support. Of course, this is the first iteration on SteamOS and as such will be a bit less stable than desired. Bugs and glitches are inevitable, but they're an active developer and try to fix everything found while also continuing to perfect their game so they can officially launch it. If you have it, give it a whirl and see how it does, it should play just as fast as the Windows counterpart.


SteamOS is seeing a surprising amount of support even if it isn't quite as overt as we're used to. Thus far, Vector 36 joins some 1700 other games that are able to run on Linux that are available on the Steam storefront. Vector 36 is also an example of an indie developer, a very small studio, that's rising to the challenge and taking advantage of all the future technologies that they can. It might be slow going, but the results thus far have been steady and still quite fun. The game right now features leaderboards so you can properly compete and a slew of different ways to modify your own racing stallion. Flying across the wasteland that is Mars, with it's lower gravity, in a jet powered skiff is quite fun. The controls take some getting use to, but overall it's a joy to play.

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Dark Souls 3's first DLC release is a long ways away

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

Die-hard Souls fans will have to wait until autumn rolls around to play the first Dark Souls 3 DLC.




Although Bandai Namco is all too eager to sell Dark Souls 3 Season Passes at $24.99 a pop, gamers will have to wait as long as September before they can play the first Dark Souls 3 DLC. Since the second pack obviously comes after the first, we may not get the full Dark Souls 3 package until holiday 2016.


The publisher confirmed Dark Souls 3's DLC release schedule with Namco Bandai has yet to officially announce DLC details, but affirms that the two new packs will come with "new maps, bosses, enemies and additional weapon and armor sets."

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