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Overwatch boss wants mouse/KB play banned on console

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 6, 2017 9:10 am

If it was up to Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan, mouse and keyboard players would be banned on consoles, Kaplan said: "We have contacted both first-party console manufacturers and expressed our concern about the use of mouse and keyboard and input conversion devices".

 

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Kaplan added: "We have lobbied and will continue to lobby for first-party console manufacturers to either disallow mouse and keyboard and input conversion devices or openly and easily support mouse and keyboard for all players. I encourage you to reach out to the hardware manufacturers and express your concerns (but please do so in a productive and respectful way)".

 

The reason for the comments came from a thread that had posters saying that most high-end Overwatch players on both the PS4 and Xbox One are using a mouse and keyboard, and not the traditional controller, with some gamers asking if Blizzard thinks this is cheating or not, as a mouse and keyboard has much higher accuracy and speed over the controller. Should professional Overwatch matches be allowed to use the mouse and keyboard on consoles?

NVIDIA launches Quadro GP100, features 16GB of HBM2

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Feb 6, 2017 8:30 am

NVIDIA has released its new GP100-based Quadro product, joining the Tesla P100 in the full-fat Pascal goodness for professional graphics. The new Quadro GP100 features 16GB of super-fast HBM2, and some huge performance numbers to match.

 

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We're looking at FP64 calculations of 5.3TFLOPs, while FP32 performance hits 10.6TFLOPs, and FP16 with 20.7TFLOPs. The GP100 itself features 16GB of HBM2, 4 x DP 1.4 and a single DVI-D. NVLink makes an appearance, with the flashy new interconnect powering two of NVIDIA's new Quadro GP100 graphics cards.

 

Throwing two Quadro GP100s together over NVLink offers 32GB of HBM2 pooled, for serious workstation power. NVIDIA will be pushing out their Quadro GP100 graphics cards to HP and Dell customers for workstation configurations next month.

Cooler Master kicks off its Case Mod World Series 2017

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cloud Computing | Posted: Feb 6, 2017 7:17 am

Cooler Master has kicked off its Case Mod World Series 2017 event, with $40,000 worth of cash and prizes up for case modders - perfect timing with Cooler Master's 25th anniversary this year.

 

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This is the 8th time the company has hosted its Case Mod World Series, which will take submissions of case mod designs from February 3 to May 3. There's a bonus category added this year, celebrating the 25th year that Cooler Master has been in operation. Raymen Wu, Marketing Director of Cooler Master explained: "We have created countless product innovations and design break-throughs which paved the way to the standard cases and cooling technology seen today. With this being the 25th year of our company, we wanted to pay tribute by inviting modders to participate in the biggest modding event in the community with a bonus category for $2500 in cash".

 

There will be regional workshops and local meet & greets in various countries throughout the world, bringing modders, enthusiasts and fans alike together under #MASTERBUILT, with t-shirts on offer. Modders can then share their designs and passion with the community, with World Series participants, PC enthusiasts and Cooler Master fans to meet one-on-one with Cooler Master, and others.

 

ASUS, NVIDIA, Hyper-X and Dremel are all co-sponsoring Cooler Master's Case Mod World Series 2017, with nearly $40,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs.

TimeSplitters Rewind announced, ready for 2018

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 6, 2017 6:10 am

There will be some of our older readers that will remember the good times they had in previous TimeSplitters games over many different platforms over the years, and we'll hopefully be able to do it again soon with TimeSplitters Rewind.

 

 

TimeSplitters Rewind is being made by Cinder Interactive arts, as the company has all of the original assets from TimeSplitters, and is using it all as its concept work to build new assets that are at the current levels of the gaming industry. The team is using CryEngine as the engine behind TimeSplitters Rewind, so we should expect it's a great looking, and hopefully well optimized game when it's released in 2018.

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'Stranger Things' Season 2 teaser drops from upside down

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Feb 6, 2017 5:10 am

The wait for the return of Netflix's smash hit 'Stranger Things' has just gotten a bit harder with today's release of a tease for the eagerly anticipated season two.

 

 

Set in 1984, the "bigger, darker" series return is set to deal with the hanging plots from the first season, as well as an epic new threat glimpsed in the teaser. Joining the expanded cast for the nine episode season are 'Lord of the Rings' star Sean Astin and Paul Reiser, as well as the majority of cast members from the first season. Filming is currently underway at locations in the United States.

 

'Stranger Things: Season Two' is scheduled to hit Netflix in October, just before Halloween.

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'Fear the Walking Dead' in our latest Blu-ray giveway!

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Feb 5, 2017 11:08 pm

To celebrate this week's release of 'Fear The Walking Dead: The Complete Second Season' on Blu-ray and DVD, we have 15 Blu-rays to give away thanks to our friends at Entertainment One Home Entertainment.

 

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Death Knows No Borders. Set in the same universe as The Walking Dead, Fear The Walking Dead follows a blended family during the early days of the undead apocalypse. After witnessing the burning of Los Angeles, Madison, Travis, Daniel and their grieving families head off the coast aboard a yacht, still unaware of the true breadth and depth of the devastation that surrounds them. But as the military bombs the greater Los Angeles area to cleanse it of the infected, the dead are driven towards the sea. As the group heads for ports unknown, they will discover that the water may be no safer than land.

 

To go into the running to win a prize, simply answer the following question in 50 words or less:

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Huawei P10 and P10 Plus prices leaked

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 5, 2017 9:05 pm

Huawei's P10 and P10 Plus should arrive this spring, and there is a possibility that the company will announce their newest phones at this year's MWC in Barcelona.

 

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The specs and images of the phone leaked earlier this year, but the newest leak reveals the pricing. According to the leak, which we can not confirm at this point, the P10 will come in three variants.

 

The first one will come with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage and will be priced at $508. The second version, with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, will cost around $595. The most powerful version of the P10, with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, should be priced at $682.

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Windows Cloud: Microsoft's all-cloud OS gets teased

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Feb 5, 2017 9:26 am

Microsoft is working on a new all-cloud operating system, something unearthed by Brad Sams on Thurrott, with the new OS referred to as Windows Cloud.

 

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Windows Cloud looks identical to Windows 10, except that it works completely differently - as it is capable of running UWP apps only. This means that non-UWP apps do not work at all, and an error message will display that says 'The app you're trying to run isn't designed for this version of Windows'.

 

Inside, the new all-cloud OS is going to be an interesting future for Microsoft - as it will be exclusive to UWP applications. Sams got Windows Cloud from a "third-party and not directly from Microsoft" - adding that it "is possible that this is a hacked together build but we won't know until we get our hands-on an official release".

Intel's new Lake Crest CPU has AI tech, 32GB of HBM2

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Feb 5, 2017 8:22 am

AMD is going to completely own the CPU game with its Ryzen processors, offering some nice technology features that even Intel doesn't have on their flagship processors - but Intel is preparing for a new deep neural network aimed CPU architecture, known as Lake Crest.

 

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Lake Crest have been made with DNN (Deep Neural Network) workloads in mind, so it will better compete against the GPU-based offerings from AMD and NVIDIA.

 

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Intel acquired deep learning startup Nervana for $350 million last year, so the catalyst of this partnership is the new Lake Crest architecture. Intel's VP Datacenter Group and GM for AI solutions, Naveen Rao explains: "We have developed the Nervana hardware especially with regard to deep learning workloads. In this area, two operations are often used: matrix multiplication and convolution".

 

The next generation Lake Crest CPU will operate as a Xeon co-processor, but is designed to increase AI workloads in a big way thanks to Intel's new "Flexpoint" architecture, which will be used inside the arithmetic nodes of the new Lake Crest CPU. Intel's new super-power can increase arithmetic operations on the Lake Crest CPU by up to 10x, as well as offering MCM (Multi Chip Module) design.

 

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Better yet, it will have 32GB of HBM2 available, with a huge 8Tbps of memory bandwidth across the entire CPU.

 

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Intel will be using "proprietary inter-chip links" which the company says are "up to 20x faster than PCIe".

 

Diane Bryant, Executive Vice President and GM of the Data Center Group at Intel explains: " We expect the Intel Nervana platform to produce breakthrough performance and dramatic reductions in the time to train complex neural networks. Before the end of the decade, Intel will deliver a 100-fold increase in performance that will turbocharge the pace of innovation in the emerging deep learning space".

LG's faulty 5K monitors needed additional shielding

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Feb 5, 2017 8:08 am

LG have some truly great monitors, but their latest flagship 5K display that they teamed with Apple on has been faulty for many owners since launch - but the new batch, is now fixed.

 

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The new UltraFine 5K monitor that works in tandom with Apple's latest MacBook Pro has been experiencing graphical issues, as well as other weird problems, and now the problem has been found. If the shiny new 5K display was placed too close to a router, the monitor would have issues that could end in your MacBook Pro going through a hard reboot. If the 5K display was disconnected and reconnected, the issue went away for the most part.

 

LG has since released a statement on the 5K monitor issues, where they said: "LG apologizes for this inconvenience and is committed to delivering the best quality products possible so all LG UltraFine 27-inch 5K displays manufactured after February 2017 will be fitted with enhanced shielding".

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