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NVIDIA and Twitch team up for an exclusive look at Dying Light

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

Techland will be launching Dying Light on January 27, but before its launch, you can get an exclusive preview thanks to NVIDIA and Twitch. The preview will be showon on Saturday, January 24, at 10:00AM PST.

 

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You can watch it here, where the developer will be showing off the Be The Zombie mode, and Dying Light's hopefully awesome cooperative mode. Techland will be teasing the "crazy, over-powered Zombie hunt and destroy humans" gameplay according to NVIDIA. On the cooperative side of things, this mode allows you to eradicate the Zombies with your friends, which will be pretty awesome to do.

Latest trailer for COD: Advanced Warfare details Exo Zombies

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

The latest trailer for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is out, showing off the latest DLC pack which features Exo Zombies. The first part of the new DLC is called Havoc, which sees some pretty great voice talent stepping up to the plate.

 

 

We have John Malkovich, Bill Paxton, Rose McGowan and Jon Bernthal in the latest DLC. The Havoc DLC will go live on January 27 for the Xbox One and Xbox 360, with the new DLC sporting four new multiplayer maps, the AE4 assault rifle, and Widowmaker custom variant. You can grab Havoc for $15 separately, but season pass owners will receive it for free.

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Microsoft intros its HoloLens wearable, but does it contest the Rift?

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

During its Windows 10 event yesterday, Microsoft went right out in another direction actually exciting the technology community by announcing HoloLens. HoloLens, if you haven't already read up on it, is a wireless holographic viewing unit, which takes an interesting turn on the world's of VR and AR devices.

 

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HoloLens features spatial sound, which means that you'll hear sounds behind you when wearing the headset, on top of the copious amounts of sensors that constantly pull information into the headset from the real-world around you. The headset features its own CPU and GPU, as well as a third processor, something Microsoft calls a holographic processing unit. Something HoloLens does right straight away is that it is wireless, compared to every Oculus Rift that we've seen so far.

 

Another tick for Microsoft is that the company has unveiled a release timeframe: with the launch of Windows 10, later this year. Microsoft will be pushing Windows Holographic, which will feature many different applications and pieces of software that will work in the HoloLens headset, such as Skype, Minecraft and hopefully, much more. NASA even had a Mars walking application to demo with Windows 10 and HoloLens, which is simply a tease of what is possible with Microsoft's wearable. The company is also rolling out a service called Holo Studios, which allows HoloLens users to create 3D objects, as well as move and manipulate projected images in space. These creates go a step or ten further, by allowing them to be printed, something that the DIY space is going to expand on, rapidly.

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Microsoft announces that DirectX 12 will be exclusive to Windows 10

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

We only just reported that DirectX 12 will be providing CPU-bound games with up to 50% more performance, but the new version of Microsoft's API will be completely exclusive to Windows 10.

 

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This is going to hurt some gamers, but with the offer of providing Windows 10 for free for Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 users, the sting won't be felt for too long. We shouldn't be too surprised, as previous versions of Windows have had exclusive rights to the latest version of DirectX. Windows Vista had DirectX 10 for example, but let's not even begin to talk about Vista.

 

The reason behind DirectX 12 being exclusive to Windows 10 is that Microsoft is making the desktop OS free to everyone who owns the last three versions of its OS. So anyone who wants to get in on more performance, or better quality graphics (DX12 games) then there is nothing bad here at all.

WhatsApp slides onto the desktop as a web application

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

WhatsApp users will be happy with the news that the Facebook-owned messaging giant has finally released a web-based client. The 700 million people that use the application might find this very, very handy.

 

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The web-based version of WhatsApp isn't a dedicated piece of software you download, but that's OK. To get it, you can visit the WhatsApp Web page using Google Chrome as your web browser, and scan the QR code with the WhatsApp application on your smartphone to log in. It's definitely different to require this procedure to log in, as the web client is still using your phone number for its SMS verification, exactly as the WhatsApp app does.

 

What this means is that the web-based client on your desktop will still keep your messages on your phone, so you'll need your smartphone connected to the Internet during your web session of WhatsApp. This sounds like a hassle, but let's face it, when isn't your smartphone connected to the Internet? Especially to the 700 million strong crowd of WhatsApp users?

Alien: Isolation has sold over 1 million copies, underwear not counted

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

SEGA and Creative Assembly have announced that Alien: Isolation is a success, selling over one million copies across the world. This might not keep up with the insane sales of the latest Call of Duty or Battlefield, but for a game like this, it's big news.

 

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Horror games generally don't sell anywhere near as well as established franchises, especially first-person shooters like Call of Duty. But, Alien: Isolation has been received very well both with critics, and gamers. Let's hope we see the two team up for another outing in the Alien universe, cranking up the scares once again. Maybe with the launch of the Oculus Rift?

DirectX 12 will deliver up to 50% more performance in CPU-bound games

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

During its Windows 10 event, Microsoft teased so much that we've had to cover it in multiple stories, but one of the more PC centric talks was about DirectX 12.

 

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DirectX 12 will ship with Windows 10 later this year, and will provide developers with more power and control over their games, which will provide them with the ability to give gamers more complex, and better performing games. Microsoft's Phil Spencer teased that DX12 will reduce the power consumption of DX11 by 50%, which will allow many more mid-range mobile devices to run "high-end" mobile games.

 

Spencer also announced that Unity has adopted DirectX 12, which is big news in itself. This will allow games like Fable Legends to use DX12 to work between Windows 10 and Xbox One owners, and even cross-platform play, which is super exciting.

AMD CEO confirms new Radeon R9 300 series GPUs for Q2 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

During AMD's Q4 earnings call, CEO Lisa Su teased that the company will have "very good" graphics products that will ship in Q2 2015. Su confirmed that AMD has multiple product launches to spread out over "the next couple of quarters", with those quarters being Q2 and Q3. Most of which will be released between April and June.

 

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Su did explain what is happening with the GPU side of the business, in that AMD had a large quantity of its Hawaii-based R9 290 series GPUs, most of which are rapidly declining. The company then increased its inventory in the anticipation of continued demand, but it fell off very quickly - mostly because the cryptocurrency market began to shrink rapidly. Thanks, Bitcoin miners. During Q4, Su said that company took the required actions to get the inventory levels back to normal, and moving into Q1 2015, AMD took even more drastic actions. I would dare say that NVIDIA's Maxwell-based GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 video cards had something to do with that.

 

Su continued: "Think on the computing and graphics business, we can improve our execution and there is a lot of focus, at least from my standpoint, to ensure that our 2015 product launches are quite strong. So that's important for us to really stabilize that business, and that will certainly be key to our second half performance. I think from where I see it going forward, we are very focused on correcting the channel and normalizing that business. I think we have some good products that are coming out for it. So I do see opportunities for a return to a more healthy channel business going forward".

David Duchovny set for 'X-Files' return

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Earlier this week, we reported on the campaign to return 'The X-Files' to the small screen, kicked off by none other than Scully herself - actress Gillian Anderson. Now the other half of the team, David Duchovny who played Fox Mulder has shown his hand, revealing he too is keen to see the show return.

 

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Speaking to USA Today, the actor revealed that he was "more than happy and excited to bring it back and do it again with Gillian and Chris", the man who created 'The X-Files' in 1993. Giving fans a little more certainty, Duchovny continued "I'm assuming that it will happen sooner rather than later now. We'll see what form, how many. Certainly I can't nor would I be interested in doing a full season. It will be in some kind of limited form. We're all old, we don't have the energy for a full season."

 

It now looks that everything is falling into line to make the first new 'X-Files' stories since 2008's 'I Want to Believe'.

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Solar power flexes some muscle - Global plane journey plans released

By: Chris Smith | More News: Health, Lifestyle & Travel | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

The Solar Impulse 2 is a solar-powered plane that is set to travel across the globe, using a healthy dose of vitamin D as its only power source. Last year the plans were revealed by the team behind this massive project, set to travel the whole distance without refueling.

 

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The route of travel has now been revealed, set for kick-off in March 2015. Starting in Abu Dhabi, this aircraft will transgress the globe, stopping first in Asia, followed by America, southern Europe and Northern Africa. These pit-stops are described as refueling breaks for the staff and crew on board, not actually for the plane itself.

 

Coming in at 4850 lbs and with a 236 ft wingspan, this aircraft is a beauty to witness. Powered by 17,000 solar panels which charge a 2072 lb lithium battery, this plane will soar through the sky at an average cruising speed of 88 mph.

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