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Xbox Scorpio power isn't just a story of teraflops

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Microsoft is running towards the warm arms of 4K with its upcoming Xbox Scorpio console, and even with its 6 TFLOPs of power, an 8-core CPU, and over 320GB/sec of memory bandwidth - Xbox boss Phil Spencer knows it's not just about raw horsepower.




During an interview with Stevivor, Spencer said that the 6 TFLOPs of processing power in the Scorpio is just one piece of the puzzle. He said: "Well, I try not to really talk using the term. It's like a car - you wouldn't describe how fast it goes using only one characteristic. But I guess it's like a teraflop is like horsepower - you'd probably have in your head what 100 horsepower could do, or 200".


Spencer continued: "But it's much more than that - there's other things that dictate how fast the car goes. A transmission. Its weight. It's the same with Scorpio; it's not just the number of teraflops that makes it powerful".

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Watch DOOM running on the MacBook Pro's Touch Bar

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

What better way to use the Touch Bar on your expensive new MacBook Pro than by running DOOM on it... eh?



iOS engineer Adam Bell managed to get the original DOOM working on the MacBook Pro's Touch Bar, and it's an incredible achievement. Sure, no one is seriously going to play it like this... but we live in a world where anything is possible, and seeing DOOM played like this is just awesome.

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Blizzard is working on a next-gen first-person shooter

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Blizzard has the first-person shooter game down beautifully with Overwatch, but they're not a developer who likes to sit on their hands between franchises.




Blizzard has taken to their official website in search of a "new experienced engine engineer to work on a robust first-person engine for an unannounced project." The Lead Software Engineer would work closely with the technical director and other engineering leads to "build a technically excellent engine across multiple platforms." Blizzard continues, saying that the candidate would need to "enjoy collaborating with art and technical art leads, understand the artistic vision of the game and identify the technology needed to achieve and extend that vision."


The position is for a leader that would "inspire and guide some of the most talented and passionate engineers in the industry as your team builds that technology together." It's interesting to note that Blizzard is looking for someone with experience in DirectX 12, OpenGL, Vulkan, or Metal - meaning that a veteran is being headhunted.

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Lucasfilm head talks 'Star Wars' future beyond Episode 9

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

If you want to see more 'Star Wars' films in the future, you better go and spend up big on movie tickets and merchandise for the upcoming spin-off 'Rogue One'. Personally, I don't think they've much to worry about.




Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Lucasfilm CEO Kathy Kennedy confirmed that the studio is waiting to see what happens before they solidify their plans beyond 2020. "We are planning to sit down in January, since we will have had The Force Awakens released, now Rogue One, and we've finished shooting Episode VIII. We have enough information where we can step back a little bit and say, What are we doing? What do we feel is exciting? And what are some of the things we want to explore?" But other than the spin-off films, will the main 'Star Wars' story continue beyond 'Episode 9'? Kennedy continues "That's a conversation going on right now... I have to honestly tell you, could we? Sure. But I don't know. We are looking at all of that."


'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' hits 2D, 3D and IMAX screens worldwide from December 16th.

NSA's massive NYC spy hub, a nuke-proof All Seeing Eye

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange hasn't been seen in over a month, and just like NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden - who knows what's really going on. We can't question anything anymore without being attacked by someone, so now that I've triggered half the world - TITANPOINTE.




Titanpointe is the name of the NSA's new Spy Hub in New York, Hidden in Plain Sight, reports The Intercept. Project X is what Titanpointe is known as, and is a 29-storey building in NYC that is "capable of withstanding an atomic blast". The building has no windows, three basement levels, and enough food and supplies to see 1500 people survive two weeks "in the event of a catastrophe".




But it's not like the US government, or whoever the hell funded this massive All Seeing Eye in the middle of New York City cares much about the survival of the people inside - the heavily fortified building is made this way to keep its powerful computers, cables, and switchboards safe. Titanpointe houses "one of the most important telecommunications hubs in the United States - the world's largest center for processing long-distance phone calls, operated by the New York Telephone Company, a subsidiary of AT&T". You know, the same AT&T that just acquired Warner Bros., CNN, and HBO for $80 billion.


The Intercept's report is a massively detailed one, if you want to check it out in full, prepare yourself for a very interesting and insightful read. The codename Titanpointe is featured "dozens of times in the NSA documents, often in classified reports about surveillance operations" reports The Intercept. They continued: "The agency uses code names to conceal information it deems especially sensitive - for instance, the names of companies it cooperates with or specific locations where electronic spying is carried out. Such details are usually considered "exceptionally controlled information," a category beyond top secret and thus outside the scope of most of the documents that Snowden was able to obtain".


If you're based in New York City and can get a selfie in front of the building, which is located at 33 Thomas Street, virtually next door to the FBI's New York field office, which is over at Federal Plaza, we'll give you one free internet hug.

'Highlander' reboot nabs 'John Wick' director

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

The cult classic 1986 action fantasy 'Highlander' has been on Hollywood's reboot radar for a number of years now, and it looks like this time it might actually happen.




According to Variety, 'John Wick' director Chad Stahelski has been tapped to helm the film which is set to wipe the slate clean from the previous five films and three TV spin-offs. No word yet on casting, but don't expect to see 86 year old Sean Connery reprise his role as Juan Sánchez Villa‑Lobos Ramírez.


Stahelski's next picture, 'John Wick: Chapter 2' is set to premiere next February, and could lead to a third picture.

New Assassin's Creed film art features more cast members

By: Emma Tucker | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

The highly anticipated Assassin's Creed movie just got a little bit better again. The latest movie poster unveiling, showcases more than just the main man himself.




With the launch of the second movie trailer last month, audiences were excluded from seeing some of the other characters... that's now changed!


This time the film poster positions Michael Fassbender in the middle, with Marion Cotillard, Ariane Labed, Michael K. Williams, Jeremy Irons, and Brendan Gleeson, situated around Fassbender giving us our first look as what is to be expected of character faces.


The 20th Century Fox Studios production, directed by Justin Kurzel, Assassin's Creed hits the big screen in US theaters on December 21, 2016 then releasing in UK cinemas on January 1, 2017.

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Overwatch's Symmetra gets redesign, two ultimates

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Overwatch hero Symmetra has been a lackluster hero for a long while, but it sounds like that's about to change. As game director Jeff Kaplan details in the video below, Symmetra is getting a near complete overhaul that should make her much more viable, and possibly even overpowered.



If you're not familiar with Symmetra, she's a support hero (though some might classify her as defense) who often takes the place of a tank or DPS, as two healers is usually vital. Her kit is centered around her ultimate, a teleporter that helps dead allies get back to the fight quickly. The problem, as Kaplan explains, is the teleporter is really only useful on first point defense and not in any other situation. As such, she's getting two ultimates which you can choose between whenever your meter is filled. The first is the same old teleporter (except with regenerating shields), and the second is a shield generator which, well...generates shields (powerful ones too).


Her old shields are being axed entirely (they weren't significant but buffing them would've been arguably OP, so no big loss), and she's getting a photon barrier ability. Barrier is described in very vague terms, but we do know it has a huge 50 meter radius and can be used defensively, offensively, or to protect your teleporter, generator, or turrets, and that it will reward creativity.

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Super Mario Run launches on Nintendo 3DS next month

By: Emma Tucker | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

It's confirmed! Super Mario Run will be available for the iPhone, iPod and iPad platforms next month as long as these devices run iOS 8 software an above.



Back in Septemeber, the game was announced by Shigeru Miyamoto, during Apple's press event, but no price or date was scheduled until now.


For those unaware of the objective, the side-scrolling-runner style game will see main character, Mario, run to the side as players touch the screen to make him jump over obstacles.

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Tesla running whole island on solar power

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Energy | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Just three months after acquiring SolarCity, Tesla is putting its recently added assets to work by running the entire island of Ta'u -- a volcanic island located in American Samoa -- on solar power. Its 5,328 panel microgrid boasts 1.4 megawatts and takes care of "nearly 100 percent" of all electricity for the region. The grid features 60 Tesla Powerpacks that store 6 megawatt-hours of energy, enabling it to power the island for three days with no sun. Given the typically very bright weather, that's more than sufficient.



Solar over diesel means saving 300 gallons of fuel pollution per day in addition to the costs associated with it as well as the cost of buying and shipping diesel. Lastly, it means more reliable energy (previously, power had to be rationed at times).

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