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Apple reportedly acquires AI startup for $200 million

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 7, 2016 6:21 am

Apple has reportedly acquired an artificial intelligence startup for a swift $200 million, with Turi based in Seattle, and working on various AI technologies.

 

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Turi has some interesting technology its developing, with apps that use machine learning to model patterns, and they combine advanced machine learning which can be deployed in various scenarios that range from production to server data management.

 

The work that Turi uses on data analysis could have had Apple interested, and under Apple's wing, a great piece of AI could be used in various ways. If Apple were to combine the AI goodness from Turi into its Siri and iCloud, it might help iOS users through everyday tasks. The issue is now, Google is worlds ahead in terms of its software and services line-up, while Apple is now playing catch-up. Maybe it has acquired Turi so it can ask an AI how to beat their competitors?

Battlefield 1's new trailer details the new weapons

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 7, 2016 4:18 am

Battlefield 1 is shaping up so beautifully, and now EA DICE have released a new video of Battlefield 1 which details a bunch of the weapons in the game. EA expects to sell over 15 million copies of Battlefield 1, and this new trailer really cements that.

 

 

The developers at DICE have been waiting for nearly 10 years to work on a new Battlefield game in this setting, and since Battlefield 1 went into development, the developers have been testing and playing with real-life weapons to recreate in BF1 as best they can.

 

We have clubs, grenades, and the weapons that were at the time, at the peak of engineering. It's an interesting thing to remember, that these weapons were truly the best the world had to offer at the time of World War 1. Compared to now, and games of today, where we have guns with hundreds of rounds, super portable, space-based weapons, and more.

 

Battlefield 1 launches on Xbox One, PS4 and PC on October 21.

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Samsung releases 3 new Galaxy Note 7 promotional videos

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 7, 2016 2:28 am

Samsung unveiled its massive and impressively specced Galaxy Note 7 smartphone last week with the company detailing its 5.7-inch smartphone in 3 new promotional videos.

 

 

As the videos explain, the Galaxy Note 7 has a 5.7-inch QHD dual curved display, and the most intelligent S Pen ever. Better yet, Samsung has made the new Galaxy Note 7 and the new S Pen are both water resistant. The new iris scanner is a huge addition, which will secure your smartphone with your eyes and store and unlock your precious and private files, securing them with the iris scanner.

 

 

The new Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is compatible with the new Gear VR, which is Samsung's lightest and most ergonomic VR headset yet.

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NVIDIA's mobile GeForce GTX 1080, GTX 1070 detailed

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Aug 7, 2016 12:30 am

NIVDIA is on the eve of launching its mobile GeForce GTX 10 series graphics cards, with VideoCardz providing some new details on what the mobile versions of Pascal will deliver.

 

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According to the site, Clevo is already teasing its GeForce GTX 1080 and GeForce GTX 1070 powered gaming notebooks, which can be configured up to the desktop Core i7-6700K processor. Clevo's new P870DM3-G gaming laptop will arrive with a 17.3-inch display that can be optioned as a 1080p or 4K panel, both with NVIDIA G-Sync technology. There will be support for up to 64GB RAM, but we're all here to know how fast the mobile GeForce GTX 1080 and GeForce GTX 1070 is, right?

 

We know that the mobile GeForce GTX 1070 will feature more CUDA cores than its desktop counterpart, as they would be trying to reach the same performance in a notebook, as we have on a desktop. This would be an interesting move, as it means NVIDIA is not cutting down the GTX 1070, but beefing it up in CUDA cores. As for the VRAM, we're expecting the full 8GB of GDDR5 clocked at 8GHz, with a 256-bit memory bus and 256GB/sec memory bandwidth - not too damn bad for a gaming notebook, huh?

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No Man's Sky servers and save data to be wiped at launch

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 6, 2016 1:28 pm

The online servers for No Man's Sky will be wiped clean upon launch so that gamers can experience a fresh universe, and anyone with a leaked copy will have to start over from scratch.

 

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Many stores have broken street date, selling retail copies of No Man's Sky to gamers ahead of time. There's been tons of leaked video and content introduced over the past week--much of which we've covered--and even big game sites like Kotaku and Polygon got early copies and published their own gameplay streams. Players are already flying across the universe naming planets, creatures, discovering untold secrets, and generally causing havoc to Hello Games' attempts at secrecy.

 

As you could imagine, Hello Games isn't too happy about this. In order to make everything even for those gamers who are patiently waiting until release date, the studio will completely reset the game's servers. And leaked save game progress won't carry over to the final game. That means all the planet names, discoveries, aliens and creature names will be wiped clean, and the leaked owners' save game data isn't compatible with the day one update. So that means anyone with an early copy will have to start from scratch.

 

"Sending out early copies of the game prior to the patch would not be a fair depiction of the game as it's intended for consumers. For those users who have obtained early copies of No Man's Sky, their save progress will not carry over to the final game after the universe has been regenerated for launch," Sony declared in a statement to Polygon after the publication chose to publish an early stream of the game from their leaked copy.

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No Man's Sky delayed by three days on PC

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 6, 2016 11:49 am

No Man's Sky won't launch on PC until August 12, three days after its release on PS4, Hello Games' boss Sean Murray has officially confirmed.

 

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Since we already warned you guys about No Man's Sky's impending PC delay, this isn't exactly a surprise. Steam's listing for No Man's Sky now reads August 12 to reflect the new release date. Now Sean Murray has opened up about the situation on Twitter to reveal why the game was delayed a bit on PC, what's going on with the day one patch, leaked copies, and how he doesn't want anyone playing the pre-release version--even Kotaku and Polygon, who received an early copy from a store that broke street date.

 

There's been lots of confusion regarding No Man's Sky lately, but here's what you need to know (scroll down to see a big list of bugs/glitches that should be fixed in the final patched release):

 

  • PC version launches on August 12, not August 9
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  • Don't expect reviews before the release: PS4 Review copies are being sent out on August 8, just one day before the game launches, and review embargoes lift August 8 at 11PM EST. So reviewers effectively have 11 hours to review the game if they want to hit the embargo. You'll see lots of streams and "evolving" reviews rather than finalized reviews.
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  • Some stores have broken street date, with Kotaku and Polygon acquired copies and decided to stream video of the unpatched version ahead of the embargo. Sony has forced Polygon to take their stream down, but Kotaku's remains up.
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  • No Man's Sky servers will be reset when the game launches, effectively wiping all data from anyone with a leaked copy. This is to wipe the slate clean so the universe will be brand new for everyone
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  • Leaked footage won't represent final game--Hello Games is working on a day one patch to fix multiple bugs/glitches
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  • PC version was delayed to ensure day one patch will be ready on Steam and GOG.com, and to ensure a simultaneous global launch
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  • Day one patch is basically finished, but Hello Games are still working on ultrawide monitor support and other fixes
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  • Hello Games doesn't want anyone to stream/play the game in its unpatched state
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  • Leaked copy streams revealed tons of glitches and bugs, showing Hello Games what needs to be fixed ASAP

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Mozilla experimenting with Wayback Machine integration

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Aug 5, 2016 10:04 pm

Mozilla is experimenting with integrating the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine into its Firefox browser. What this means is anytime you hit a dead page, the browser will automatically detect it and offer up a link to an archived version. At least, in theory: the feature (dubbed "No More 404s") is in the early stages and doesn't always detect pages and sometimes there is no archived version available.

 

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If you want to try out No More 404s, install the Firefox Test Pilot add-on and find the new feature through that. Alternately, you can try out an add-on like Resurrect Pages.

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LG to release the world's first Android 7.0 smartphone on September 6

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 5, 2016 9:13 pm

The teases of LG's upcoming V20 smartphone have been good so far, but now the company has sent out invites to the media for its V20 smartphone launch event, which will take place in San Francisco on September 6.

 

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LG hasn't said much, apart from using the headline 'Play More', and that 'the second story begins, LG V20'. With the tag that the second story begins, LG looks to be continuing the push with its V10 smartphone, which was on video and storytelling - but this could change, we don't know yet. What we do know, is that the LG V20 will be the first Android 7.0 smartphone in the world.

 

Samsung has just unveiled its new Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, and Apple is rumored to be hitting September 12 with the announcement of its new iPhone - so it's an exciting time to be wanting to buy a new smartphone with all of these choices.

Intel announces safety recall of Basis fitness watches

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Aug 5, 2016 8:18 pm

Intel has announced a safety recall for its Basis-brand fitness watches, warning consumers that the wearable could blister or burn your arm and that customers should return them immediately. Intel said it was aware of "a small number of customers have reported discomfort, blistering or burns on their wrist under the watch body".

 

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The chipmaker is offering a full refund on the Basis fitness watches, with the recall being voluntarily for Intel, but it doesn't help Intel's image in the werable market after spending $100 million acquiring Basis in 2014. The Basis Peak is the first smartwatch the company built after it was acquired by Intel, and is capable of monitoring your heart rate, sweat output, and physical movements.

 

But, the Basis Peak overheats and could burn or blister the wearer's skin, which is why Intel has issued a safety recall. Intel noticed the issues last month, and recommended that Basis Peak owners stop using the product as a precautionary measure, reports Business Insider. Intel said on Wednesday that it was issuing a mandatory recall for all of the watches, and will be shutting down the Basis Peak online services by the end of 2016.

 

Intel said in a statement on Wednesday: "We had hoped to update the software on your watch to address the problem. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, we aren't able to develop such a solution without completely compromising the user experience. As a result, we are asking that you return your Basis Peak watch and authorized accessories for a full refund at your earliest convenience. This was a tough decision, but your safety is our top priority".

Nintendo NX will have Zelda, Mario and Pokemon games within 6 months

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Aug 5, 2016 7:21 pm

Nintendo has quite a lot of excitement leading into its NX console, but now there is a new report that says Nintendo's NX console will feature three marquee titles within the first 6 months of its releases, according to "sources close to Nintendo".

 

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Nintendo has already announced and teased The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but the report says that we could expect next-gen Mario and Pokemon games on the NX console shortly after launch. This fits neatly in with Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima's promise that the NX will launch with a "full software lineup," so this isn't exactly a surprise. We don't know what the new Mario game could be like, but MCV reports that the Pokemon NX game will come from the developer of the mainline handheld titles, Game Freak.

 

If Pokemon does land on the Nintendo NX, it will be the first Pokemon game released on a home system - as it is normally on Nintendo handhelds, and now smartphones with Pokemon GO. However the NX is believed to be a handheld-console hybrid rather than a traditional console, so this definitely fits with Pokemon's usual platform of choice.

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