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No consoles can handle Quake Champions, says Bethesda

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 9, 2016 1:28 pm

It's about damn time that we have a PC only game that simply can't be done on consoles because for one, the Xbox One and PS4 are so severely underpowered, and two; the TVs we have right now can't handle anything above 60FPS.




During QuakeCon 2016 last week, Bethesda boss Pete Hines told GameSpot: "There is not a console that supports our vision for [Quake Champions]. You know, Quake Champions, maybe anybody else would've been like, 'No, you have to do it, and it's got to work on every platform.' We were like, 'No, it's a PC-only thing. It's this kind of game. It's got to have this kind of performance, and it's going to be on PC full stop.' We feel very comfortable in making those calls".


Hines continued: "I guess theoretically there's a chance [it could come to consoles]. Who knows what future consoles look like? But this is full stop a PC product: 120Hz, unlocked frame rate. That's the experience we want folks to have".

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Pokemon GO updated, another load of improvements arrive

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 9, 2016 10:31 am

Niantic has updated Pokemon GO for iOS and Android, bringing the version numbers to 1.3.0 and 0.33.0, respectively. The new update adds some new stuff, and improves a lot of what people have been complaining about for a while now.




Here's the full changelog:


  • Added a dialog to remind Trainers that they should not play while traveling above a certain speed. Trainers must confirm they are not driving in order to continue playing
  • Made improvements to the accuracy of a curveball throw
  • Fixed a bug that prevented "Nice," "Great," and "Excellent" Poké Ball throws from awarding the appropriate experience bonuses
  • Fixed achievements showing incorrect Medal icons
  • Enabled the ability for Trainers to change their nickname one time, so please choose your new nickname wisely
  • Resolved issues with the battery saver mode and re-enabled this feature
  • Added visuals of Team leaders - Candela, Blanche and Spark
  • We're currently testing a variation of the "Nearby Pokémon" feature with a subset of users. During this period you may see some variation in the nearby Pokémon UI.
  • Minor text fixes

Tesla owner has a heart attack, Autopilot saves his life

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Aug 9, 2016 8:49 am

Tesla's autonomous driving technology continues to improve, but as with all new things that are ahead of their time, the media dives into full panic mode when something goes wrong. But what about when something goes right?




Joshua Neally from Branson, Missouri was driving his Model X electric car when the Autopilot feature helped him get to a hospital without crashing his car, or worse. Slate reports: "Neally was about 5 miles out of Springfield, near a set of interchanges just beginning to clog with merging vehicles, when he felt something coil and stiffen in his abdomen. At first he thought it was a pulled muscle. But the pain forked upward from his stomach, he said, until it felt like "a steel pole through my chest." When it refused to subside, Neally remembers calling his wife and agreeing through gasps that he should probably go to the emergency room".


When Neally experienced the pain, he was quick to react by enabling the Model X's Autopilot technology, which helped him get through the heavy traffic. Tesla's autonomous driving technology only works on highways for now, so Neally needed to drive the shorter distance to the hospital, while Autopilot handled over 20 miles of highway driving.

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900 million Qualcomm-powered smartphones open to malware

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 9, 2016 3:24 am

Qualcomm is in some serious hot water right now, with Check Point revealing four vulnerabilities under the QuadRooter name that take advantage of issues with Qualcomm's drivers to install malware onto Qualcomm-based smartphones, in which there are 900 million right now.




The malware can hit the Qualcomm driver software such as graphics, memory and routing in order to get root level access that can hijack your smartphone. The attack doesn't even sound hard, with Engadget reporting that all an attacker needs to do is "load a seemingly innocuous, permissions-free app to deliver the payload".


There are over 900 million Android-based, Qualcomm-powered smartphones in the world, with Qualcomm powering the large majority of the 1.4 billion Android smartphones in the world right now. Most of the latest flagship smartphones use Qualcomm processors, like the LG G5, HTC 10, and some variants of the Samsung Galaxy S7.


If you want to make sure you're vulnerable to this software, Check Point has some software you can download and run on your smartphone. But, three of the four issues have been patched, with the fourth one set to be fixed soon.

Samsung to go all-in on curved displays with Galaxy S8

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 9, 2016 1:32 am

Samsung hasn't even unleashed its new Galaxy Note 7 smartphone yet and the rumor mill is already kicking off with reports of Samsung going all-in on curved displays with the next-gen Galaxy S8 smartphone.




Right now, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge have a big difference between them in that the S7 edge has a curved display whereas the Galaxy S7 has a normal flat display. Even the new Galaxy Note 7 has a beautiful dual curved display, with the Galaxy S8 rumored to be the first smartphone (after the phablet-sized Galaxy Note 7, that is) that Samsung releases with no flat version in sight.


The Korea Herald reports: "Samsung has considered that it would make the edge display as the identity of the Galaxy S smartphone lineup if the company can provide consumers differentiated user experience through software and user-friendly functions (for the curved screen)".

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Be 'The Boss' in our latest Blu-ray giveaway

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Aug 9, 2016 1:28 am

To celebrate this week's release of The Boss on Blu-ray and DVD, we have ten Blu-ray copies to give away thanks to our friends at Universal Sony Home Entertainment.




Watch your assets. Academy Award-nominated star Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids) headlines The Boss as a titan of industry who is sent to prison after she's caught for insider trading. When she emerges ready to rebrand herself as America's latest sweetheart, not everyone she screwed over is so quick to forgive and forget.


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

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Fox juggling 'X-Files' cast schedules for another season

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Aug 9, 2016 12:40 am

Continuing from the confirmation from head honcho Dana Walden that Fox was attempting to mount more 'X-Files' episodes earlier this year, it seems the studio is still trying to get the deals done.




According to SlashFilm, Fox Broadcasting Company Entertainment President David Madden has confirmed the studio is trying to align schedules to make it happen. "We would obviously love to do another season. There are significant talks going on with all three of the principals. Schedules are hard but we're working hard to get this done". Walden continued, touching on some of the mixed reviews for the limited season. "I would just add the show was off the air for a very long time and was introduced to a variety of new viewers through OTT platforms. There was still a lot of time to cover in these six episodes. They had the challenge of filling in the mythology and how they go to where they were at the start of the six. Going forward, there won't be the same obligation to reset the series. "

Scientists want to map world's oceans, Google helping

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Aug 8, 2016 11:34 pm

150 oceanographers are on board for a 14-year long project that will map the Earth's unknown ocean floor. The plan is to use sonar-equipped ships, unmanned submarines, and other vessels to create a Google Maps-style guide to the mountains, valleys, and volcanoes deep below sea level.




The project will be overseen by the General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (which has the backing of the UN), and will see Google helping.


A primary goal of the project is to help submarine captains avoid crashes; the USS San Francisco struck an underwater mountain 525 feet beneath the Pacific Ocean in 2005, killing one crew member and injuring 97 others.

AMD drivers released for RX 470, RX 460

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Aug 8, 2016 10:00 pm

Radeon drivers are out now for new RX 470 and RX 460 owners. Whether you have the card or not though, there are some other relevant bits in store.




Apart from the new card support, you get a CrossFire profile for Codemasters' F1 2016 (nearly two weeks ahead of launch), plus a variety of issue fixes (most notably for the subpar CrossFire performance in DOTA 2 and low framerate or stutter in Wolfenstein: The Old Blood on the RX 480).


For the full notes and download, hit the source. Alternately, just update through Radeon Settings.

Quake Champions could be free-to-play

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 8, 2016 8:41 pm

Much to the huge disappointment to its hardcore fanbase, Quake Champions could very well end up being a free-to-play arena shooter.



id Software turned quite a few heads when Quake Champions was announced at E3 2016. The multiplayer-only online arena shooter seemed to resurrect the long-lost art of blistering-paced visceral action, promising "no limitations" 120Hz action with unlocked frame rates. But all of that hype could be crushed by soul-sucking microtransactions.


PC Gamer recently asked id Software's Tim Willits about Quake Champions being retail or F2P, and here's what he said: "I can definitely say that is a really hard problem, and so for us we're trying to figure out exactly what people want more of, and how they perceive it. And I'm not even trying to be cagey! It's not like we know and just aren't trying to tell anybody, we don't know and we're still trying to figure this out."

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