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Google Play Music introduces podcasts for US, Canada residents only

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Apps | Posted: Apr 19, 2016 1:00 pm

Podcasts come to Google Play Music at last today, but unfortunately, the service is only for US and Canada residents. One of the beautiful things about podcasting is anyone in the world can hear it (in theory, anyway), so this is quite the detriment for many would-be users. We've contacted Google for comment and will update this story should we hear back.




Included features: podcast suggestions, subscriptions, notifications; missing features comprise mark as read, playback speed, and RSS, among others. In other words, this is a pretty bare bones service. On the plus side, the design appears great.


To try out Google Play Music podcasts for yourself, update the app through the Play Store now.

New Umbrella Corps map set in Antarctica shown off by Capcom

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 19, 2016 12:18 pm

Umbrella Corps is reaching deep into the history of Resident Evil for a new map that Capcom is showing off. The Antarctic facility that you see below is a base that was originally featured in Resident Evil Code: Veronica from 2000. They're bringing it back and infesting it with zombies.




The original was apparently nearly destroyed in Code: Veronica and it remains in its heavily destroyed state in Umbrella Corps. That means that there are three desolate levels that bring a surprising amount of verticality into play. Those three floors are littered with all kinds of detritus that can be used tactically to help defend against yet another outbreak. In fact, I can imagine a sick game of hide and seek being played through the level Perhaps the most tactical map in the game, players can utilize cover points, interwoven ventilation ducts, and ladders to make for a very interesting and dynamic time.


The whole thing is rendered quite nicely and is a good reflection of the older map, even though it's been literally ages since we've last played through it. You can check out some more screenshots of it after the break.

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Blizzard announces World of Warcraft: Legion for August 30

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 19, 2016 10:06 am

Did you know that World of Warcraft is still a thing and that Blizzard are working on a new expansion pack for the game? Yeah, they are.



Blizzard has announced World of Warcraft: Legion for August 30, which will see the level cap raised to 110. Legion will also introduce a new continent, a new class (Demon Hunter), powerful new Artifact Weapons, and a brand new PvP Honor system. The key features include:


  • New Hero Class: Demon Hunter- Unleash the demon within as an all-new melee hero class gifted with preternatural mobility-and the ability to metamorphose into hellish new forms.
  • New Feature: Artifact Weapons- Smite the Legion with legendary weapons of lore. Earn Artifact power to unlock abilities and traits, and customize your weapon to suit your needs.
  • New Continent: The Broken Isles- Discover the fate of a lost night elf civilization, confront twisted fragments of the Emerald Nightmare, and hunt agents of the Legion in all-new zones.
  • New Feature: Order Hall- Whether you're paladin or warlock, unite fellow NPC members of your class's order to carry out missions at your command.
  • New PvP Honor System- Fight for fame, glory, and a range of new PvP-specific powers as you face the opposing faction in Arenas and Battlegrounds.
  • Boost to Level 100- Come fully prepared to battle the Legion with a level-100 character boost, and fight alongside your friends in this epic new chapter of World of Warcraft.

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LaCie's new 12big Thunderbolt 3 storage packs up to 96TB of storage

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Apr 19, 2016 7:45 am

LaCie has just unveiled an insane new storage option, which when they read this - can you guys send me one? The new 12big Thunderbolt 3 storage from LaCie is a professional-grade 12-bay storage solution that looks like a desktop PC, except it rocks up to 96TB.




The company says that its new storage tower rocks 50% higher capacity than any other desktop direct attached storage solution on the market, and is powered by 256MB cache, enterprise-class 7200RPM drives from Seagate that rock a five-year limited warranty. The warranty covers the drives, enclosure and spare parts - with the drives rated for 8,760 hours of operation (24/7/365).


The front of the LaCie 12big Thunderbolt 3 enclosure features drive status LEDs that show you the drive health and RAID build status. The drives themselves can be accessed from the front of the unit, with the company using aluminum to assist with heat dissipation, helped out with four temperature-regulated fans.

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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: Apr 19, 2016 6:16 am

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: Apr 19, 2016 3:11 am

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: Apr 19, 2016 2:28 am

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: Apr 18, 2016 11:40 pm

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: Apr 18, 2016 11:00 pm

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: Apr 18, 2016 10:46 pm

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'.