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Windows 10 upgrade notification goes fullscreen

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jul 5, 2016 3:25 pm

True to its word last week, Microsoft has altered the Windows 10 upgrade notification for Windows 7 and 8 users to be more clear and actually stop nagging you when you tell it to (at least it appears that way). However, as part of the alterations, the notification now goes fullscreen.




Your options upon seeing the message include upgrading, delaying the notification for another three days, setting the notification to go off three more times, or permanently dismissing the notification.


Microsoft notes the notification will not appear if any of these things are true:


  • You have a recent version of the "Get Windows 10" app installed.
  • You have selected the Do not notify me again option.
  • Your computer is detected to be incompatible with Windows 10.
  • You have previously uninstalled Windows 10 after you upgrade.
  • Your Windows 10 installation failed and rolled back.
  • You have hidden the "Get Windows 10" app notifications.
  • You have disabled the Windows 10 upgrade or you have disabled the offer screen through registry key settings.

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Verizon rumored to increase prices but offer more data

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 5, 2016 2:08 pm

America's biggest wireless carrier Verizon is about to make its plans more expensive but include more data, someone familiar with the matter claims.




Here are the changes expected, many of which are already in line with rival carriers:


  • "S" plan: $30/mo 1GB now $35/mo 2GB
  • "M" plan: $45/mo 3GB now $50/mo 4GB
  • "L" plan: $60/mo 6GB now $70/mo 8GB
  • "XL" plan: $80/mo 12GB now $90/mo 16GB
  • "XXL" plan: $100/mo 18GB now $110/mo 24GB

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AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB models have 8GB RAM, unlocked with BIOS update

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jul 5, 2016 5:18 am

There are new reports out that AMD's new Radeon RX 480 4GB cards can be upgraded to 8GB through a BIOS upgrade, meaning that AMD is shipping each and every RX 480 with 8GB of RAM, and then using a BIOS to downgrade/hide the additional 4GB of framebuffer.




Right now it's only confirmed on the early retail cards, so this might change in the coming weeks - so do not buy an RX 480 with 4GB of RAM absolutely, 100% hoping it has 8GB of RAM as this will change. Right now, WCCFTech purchased a retail Radeon RX 480 4GB model and flashed it with the vBIOS for the 8GB model, and 8GB of RAM appeared - a nice, free upgrade, eh?


Considering the 4GB model costs just $199 and the 8GB model costs $239, this is quite the savings - and makes the RX 480 an even better purchase at this price. As it stands, AMD is looking at losing $40 per RX 480 sold if it's using a vBIOS to downgrade the RAM to 4GB in order to meet the demand from consumers.

Strap on your Fitbit to raise cash for charity

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Health, Lifestyle & Travel | Posted: Jul 5, 2016 4:35 am

Fitness tracking company Fitbit have launched a great initiative for Australian customers, which will see a lump sum donation made to the Heart Foundation if its users hit a collective activity goal.




Starting in just five days time, the FitForGood promotion encourages users to take part in a collective 2 billion step goal between July 11 and July 25. Should that goal be met, Fitbit will make a $100,000 donation to the Heart Foundation to continue their work to educate the public about heart disease and encourage Australians to remain active. With physical inactivity a leading factor in nearly 10,000 deaths in Australia each year, the FitForGood challenge hopes to raise awareness around heart health and get Australians moving.


With registrations in the program now open , if you're in the land down under, strap on your Fitbit Charge HR or Fitbit Blaze and help meet the goal!

Escape '10 Cloverfield Lane' in our latest Blu-ray giveaway

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Jul 5, 2016 1:10 am

To celebrate this week's release of '10 Cloverfield Lane' on Blu-ray and DVD, we have fifteen Blu-ray copies to give away thanks to our friends at Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.




Soon after leaving her fiancé Michelle is involved in a car accident. She awakens to find herself sharing an underground bunker with Howard and Emmett. Has she been saved from an apocalyptical event as Howard & Emmett tell her or are there other motives for her being held against her will?


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

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Japan's first VR porn festival ends prematurely, overcrowding blamed

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jul 4, 2016 11:13 pm

I really love seeing these 'only in Japan' news articles, but the latest is a gold mine. Japan has hosted their first-ever VR porn festival, but it ended prematurely as there were too many people trying to enter the building.




At the VR porn festival, companies were showing off the latest and greatest adult entertainment content in VR, with the festival featuring some of the most unique "accessories" to ever be made. Some of these included a rubberized, moving hand that is attached to a machine, while another is a scary looking blow up doll that doesn't have arms, legs or even a head - well now, Japan.


Hatenblog reported on VR Talk, in a translated post that read: "The event didn't start until 2pm, so I went there in high spirits an hour before then, but the city was already overflowing with people. There were so many that it was almost impossible to keep the situation under control. While waiting for my friends, I couldn't help but think that if they couldn't control the mass of people, a riot or something similar could happen. The 20 lucky guys closest to the building were let in by the staff".

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All future Microsoft Studios games will reach the PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 4, 2016 10:31 pm

It looks like Microsoft is going to be looking after PC gamers in a big way with the announcement that every new game published by Microsoft Studios will be on the PC.




All of these new Microsoft Studios games will support Xbox Play Anywhere, which is used through the Window Store. This means the new Halo game will be released on the PC, which is beyond exciting. Microsoft claimed in its "Windows 10 Anniversary Update Available August 2", the company teases:


"With the Xbox Play Anywhere program, you can buy a game once and play on your Windows 10 PC and Xbox One with shared progress, shared game saves and shared achievements. Every new title published from Microsoft Studios will support Xbox Play Anywhere and will be easily accessible in the Windows Store".

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NVIDIA's next-gen Titan could be 50% faster than the GeForce GTX 1080

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jul 4, 2016 9:35 pm

NVIDIA has been on a roll lately with its new Pascal architecture, with the huge releases of the new GeForce GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 cards, while the rumors of an imminent launch of the mid-range GTX 1060 could be around the corner.




How does it get better? Well, news is now arriving on the next-gen Pascal-based Titan X successor. VR World is reporting that they've had hands-on time with the GP102-based GeForce GTX Titan card, with a few details on NVIDIA's new monster.


NVIDIA's next-gen Titan X successor will feature both 8+8 and 8+6-pin PCIe power connectors, with the PCIe power connectors being found at the front of the card, and not on top. The 8+8-pin power connectors will provide up to 375W TDP, while the 8+6-pin version will provide 300W. Performance-wise, it should be a monster with around 50% more horsepower over the already lightning quick GTX 1080.


The new Pascal-based Titan X successor will reportedly be 12 inches long, while the new Titan X successor will arrive in 12/16GB versions (as we've previously reported) rocking HBM2 memory. VR World's sources say that the new GPU is actually now bound by the CPU, with NVIDIA's engineers reportedly saying that even Intel's new Core i7-6950X isn't powerful enough to deliver the performance the new Titan cards need in enthusiast level scenarios.


We should expect NVIDIA to unveil its new Titan P at Gamescom, which takes place in Cologne, Germany between August 17-21, 2016.

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The iconic fly-by intro from Unreal has been redone in Unreal Engine 4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 4, 2016 8:35 am

For those old enough to remember the original Unreal, you'll have to rewind your memory all the way back to 1998 - and you might remember the original fly-by intro scene that some of you might have used to benchmark your video card back in the day. I know I did, I put hundreds of hours into watching that scene, and have the best memories of it.




Well, someone has recreated the fly-by scene from the original Unreal, in the much better looking Unreal Engine 4. It isn't quite the stunner that it was back in 1998, but it's something that floods my brain with memories of Unreal. Do you remember the original Unreal? And more specifically, do you remember the fly-by intro scene?

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