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NVIDIA makes its VXGI Apollo 11 tech demo available for download

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

During the NVIDIA's Editors Day 2014 in Monterey Bay, California just a couple of months ago (man, I miss that place) the company showed off its new second-generation Maxwell architecture, and gave birth to the GeForce GTX 900 series. But one of the cooler things shown off during the event, was VXGI, or Voxel Global Illumination.


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NVIDIA used VXGI to recreate the infamous photo from the Lunar landing in 1969, attempting to debunk conspiracy theories on whether it happened - and whether the photos were fakes or not. Well, the company has now released that Apollo 11 demo, for anyone with a GeForce GTX 970 or GTX 980 to play around with it.


The Apollo 11 demo is powered with Unreal Engine 4, and takes some serious GPU horsepower to run it.

Just Cause 3 confirmed for Xbox One, PS4 and PC for 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

We knew it was coming, but Avalanche Studios has confirmed it: Just Cause 3 is coming. JC3 will be released next year, for current-generation consoles and PC.


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Xbox One and PS4 users will be over the moon, but Xbox 360 and PS3 users? Not so much. Just Cause 3 will throw gamers into the fictional Mediterranean islands, which are ruled by a dictator. We did hear about microtransactions for Just Cause 3, but the developer has ruled them out, as well as a free-to-play model.


The leaked screenshots? Don't worry about those, according to the co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Avalanche, Christofer Sundberg. He said: "Those leaked screenshots were taken from an ancient version of Just Cause 3. Like most games, this one went through an exploratory phase where we looked at different control schemes, different technologies, different business models. Those leaked screenshots show aspects of that process, and in no way reflect the game we are making today".

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Telltale confirms Game of Thrones game for Xbox One and PS4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Telltale Games is teasing more of its Game of Thrones series, confirming that it is coming to the Xbox One and PS4. We knew it was coming to the Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Mac and iOS - but now the current-gen consoles get some A Song of Ice and Fire love.


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Where does the Game of Thrones game take off? It starts at close to the end of season three of the HBO smash hit TV series, and will end right on the bar of the start of season five. The game world is created from the Game of Thrones series, instead of the books written by George RR Martin. The story will focus on House Forrester, where throughout the season, gamers will play five members of House Forrester, either direct family, or servants of the House.


Telltale teases: "Playing as five characters not only reflects the epic scope of Game of Thrones, but is also something that the player needs to be mindful of. This is because the actions of one character can ripple out to affect the rest of House Forrester. Multiply the actions of one character by five, and you're truly playing the Game of Thrones ... where you win, or you die".

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NZ Herald receives vial in the post, letter claims its the Ebola virus

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Police have confirmed that multiple suspicious packages have turned up on the doorstep of the New Zealand Herald office in Auckland, as well as the New Zealand Parliament.


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The first package arrived at the NZ Herald with a note that it contained the deadly Ebola virus, while another bottle turned up at Parliament House in Wellington. Both bottles included a letter attached, warning that the bottles had Ebola inside. Police said in a statement: "Wellington Police have secured a package delivered to the Parliament mailroom today with the assistance of the Army's Explosive Ordnance Disposal team". The authorities continued: "An initial examination of the package has shown it may be similar to a package received in Auckland this morning which referenced Ebola. It contained a document and a small plastic bottle with a small amount of liquid in it".


New Zealand Police talked with Mashable, saying: "A small amount of liquid in a plastic bottle sent to the Herald has been secured by Auckland City Police after it arrived in a suspicious package this morning, Herald management implemented the appropriate processes around suspicious packages and called police to attend the mail room at about 9.30am". The bottle, and its contents, are now secured and have been sent to The Institute of Environmental Science and Research, where they'll be swabbed for DNA and fingerprints.

GIGABYTE announces GeForce GTX 980 WaterForce Tri-SLI AIO cooler

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

We saw the beginnings of GIGABYTE's new watercooling system a few months ago, but here we are: the company has just announced its new GeForce GTX 980 WaterForce Tri-SLI cooler.


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The new system attaches onto three GeForce GTX 980 cards, cooling all three of them down with a very powerful, 3-way SLI closed-loop liquid cooling system. What we're seeing here is a combination of three of GIGABYTE's GeForce GTX 980 G1 Gaming cards (that's a lot of Gs), which are non-reference GPUs with improved PCBs and cooling designs, with the WaterForce cooling system on it.


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Each GTX 980 is overclocked to 1228MHz on the Core, and 1329MHz Boost, while the memory is at 7010MHz. There's a massive external casing that comes with it, which will be placed on top of your chassis, providing configuration controls. Each card is cooled by its own 120mm fadiator, with three of them found in the massive contraption that sits on your case. There are a total of six pipes that lead from the front of the chassis, to the cards, where they're cooled. GIGABYTE also provides individual fan speed adjustment, and coolant pressure controls, which can be tweaked from the front panel. The company also provides a 5.25-inch front panel display, where you can see all of your readings for coolant temperatures and fan speeds.

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Sceptre shows off redesigned Roku-ready 50-inch LED HDTV

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Television and monitor maker Sceptre announced the redesigned and Roku Ready 50-inch E505BV-FMQR LED HDTV, with a 1920x1080 FullHD resolution. The screen has an 8.5 ms response time, 16:9 aspect ratio, HDMI support, and more than 50,000 hours of LED backlight life. The TV also has 3 HDMI ports, 1 USB, 1 VGA, 1 AV composite, and 1 YPbPR component support.


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The new 50-inch Roku Ready LED HDTV is now available at Amazon, Best Buy, Costco, K-Mart, NewEgg, QVC, Sam's Club, Sears, Target, Tiger Direct, and Walmart.


"Our new HDTV features a completely redesigned look with even sleeker lines for the modern home," said Cathy Chou, Sceptre VP of operations, in a press statement. "Similar to other Sceptre HDTVs, we've combined superb technology and outstanding affordability into an attractive unit."

Lucasfilm announce new animated fantasy film, written by George Lucas

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

For years, George Lucas has been saying he has a bunch of independent features he has wanted to make, as soon as he was free of the 'Star Wars' shackles, but who would have thought one of the first would be a fantasy animated musical?


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According to industry bible Variety, Lucasfilm owner Disney, through it's Touchstone label will release 'Strange Magic' in January 2015, a animated fantasy musical directed by sound designer turned director Gary Rydstrom and featuring the voices of Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph, Sam Palladio and Alfred Molina, with a story penned by George Lucas.


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'Strange Magic' was already in production when Disney purchased Lucasfilm in 2012. Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic, have produced the CG animation.

Best Buy will offer cheaper iPads, iPhones and Macs for Black Friday

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Retailers are preparing for Black Friday and what should be a busy 2014 Christmas holiday shopping season, enticing shoppers with good deals. Best Buy has announced that there will be a $100 discount on Apple iPad Air 2 models with the following prices: 16GB for $399.99, 64GB for $499.99, and 128GB for $599.99.


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Pricing for the LTE models are as follows: 16GB will be $529.99, 64GB for $729.99, and $729.99 for 128GB. The iPad Mini 3 with Touch ID will be available with $75 discounts: 16GB for $324.99, 64GB for $424.99, and 128GB for $524.99.


iMac models will have a $200 discount, with the all-in-one 21.5-inch iMac with the Intel Core i5 CPU, 8GB RAM, and 500GB HDD will be priced at $899.99 - and the deal will extend from Nov. 27 to Nov. 29. The 27-inch non-retina iMac with 8GB RAM and 1TB HDD will be available for $1,649.99, a $150 discount over current pricing.

Pentagon wants aircraft-based drones for future recon, attack missions

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

The Pentagon has tasked the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) with finding new methods for drones to be able to launch from aircraft, including the B-1, B-52, C-130, and other large aircraft. Drones would be able to launch from aircraft, conduct their missions, and return to the aircraft so the host plane can fly away from potentially dangerous airspace.


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Here is what the DARPA request says: "The agency envisions a large aircraft that, with minimal modification, could launch and recover multiple small unmanned systems from a standoff distance."


"We want to find ways to make smaller aircraft more effective, and one promising idea is enabling existing large aircraft, with minimal modification, to become 'aircraft carriers in the sky,'" said Dan Patt, DARPA program manager. "We envision innovative launch and recovery concepts for new [unmanned aerial system] designs that would couple with recent advances in small payload design and collaborative technologies."

OWC offers 1TB SSD upgrade kit for MacBook Air models

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: Storage | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

OWC has built a reputation around offering a wide assortment of Apple-related products, perhaps most notably SSD upgrade kits. The latest upgrade bundle from OWC features a 1TB Aura or Aura Pro SSD (960GB user-addressable) for MacBook Air users with 2010, 2011, and 2012 models. The large capacity provides double the maximum storage offered by Apple.


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OWC includes several items in the kit. All of the tools necessary for dissembling and reassembling the laptop are included, along with an Envoy USB 3.0 external enclosure. After installing the new SSD the external enclosure allows users to clone over their previous install, or copy files back and forth. The external enclosure also affords users the ability to continue to use the old SSD from their MacBook.


The Aura Pro SSD features the tried-and-true SF-2200 controller, which still manages to deliver solid performance for most consumer workloads. The SandForce controllers also offer low power consumption, which extends battery life, and AES-256 encryption for the security conscious. The entire package is covered by a five-year warranty. The bundle price for a 1TB SSD is $579.00, for 480GB it is $329.00, 240GB for $189.00, and a 120GB kit weighs in at $119.00.

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