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NVIDIA releases new GeForce 355.98 WHQL drivers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Sep 23, 2015 7:32 am

NVIDIA has just released a new set of GeForce drivers, which you can download through their website or through GeForce Experience if you already have it installed.




The new GeForce 355.98 WHQL drivers include support for the new GTX 980 notebook GPUs, and include updated features and support for GameWorks VR SDK. There are also a few Windows 10 issues fixed, as well as a slew of issues fixed for Windows Vista, 7, 8 and 8.1.

Valve isn't excited over DX12, but talks up the Vulkan API

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 23, 2015 6:37 am

Valve was at SIGGRAPH this year, with Dan Ginsburg having some interesting things to say about the various APIs at their fingertips including DirectX 12 and Vulkan.



In the video above (1:40:01 into the video), Ginsberg says that Valve has been working with Vulkan since its inception, and that there's no big reasons for developers to use a DX12 backend in their games. Ginsberg adds that Vulkan is far superior than DX12 in various areas. He said: "Unless you are aggressive enough to be shipping a DX12 game this year, I would argue that there is really not much reason to ever create a DX12 back end for your game".


He added: "And the reason for that is that Vulkan will cover you on Windows 10 on the same class of hardware and so much more from all these other platforms and IHVs that we've heard from. Metal is single platform, single vendor, and Vulkan... we are gonna have support for not only Windows 10 but Windows 7, Windows 8 and Linux".

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1TB PS4 drops in the US on November 6 with COD: Black Ops III theme

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Sep 23, 2015 4:29 am

Sony is preparing the 1TB PlayStation 4 for the United States and Canada, where it will be bundled with Call of Duty: Black Ops III. The US will have it priced at $450 while it will be CAD$550 in Canada.




Rewinding back to July, the 1TB PS4 launched in Europe without the Black Ops III artwork. But during E3, Sony and Activision announced a partnership for the PS4, calling Sony's console the "new home of Call of Duty". Now we know what being home to Call of Duty means, a special Black Ops III themed 1TB PS4.


Will you be buying the new 1TB PS4?

Apple's iMac with Retina 5K destroyed by an anti-tank cannon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Sep 23, 2015 2:25 am

What do you do when you drop a few thousand dollars on a high-end Apple iMac with Retina 5K display? You shoot it with an anti-tank cannon, right?



YouTuber 'FullMag' put an Apple iMac with Retina 5K display on the firing line of a T8 90mm AT (anti-tank) canon and blew it to smithereens. Better yet, there's some slow motion shots of it being blown to pieces, making it even better.

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Disney makes $65 million VR movie investment

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Sep 23, 2015 1:05 am

The Walt Disney Company, no longer a studio that just makes animated films but now owns 'Star Wars' Lucasfilm studio and Marvel has just made a huge investment in virtual reality technology that could lead to a fundamental shift in how we watch movies in the future. And with such financial clout and intellectual property behind them, this could be very exciting news indeed.




According to CNet, Disney has invested $65 million in VR startup Jaunt which is aiming to develop makes cameras that can shoot video in 360 degrees for a totally immersive experience. Coupled with additional $35 million from other media investors, Jaunt is well placed to "greatly increase production" in the emerging field.


'Avengers 5' or 'Star Wars' in VR? Just let that sink in for a bit.

Ridley Scott proposes grander 'Prometheus' plans

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Sep 23, 2015 12:08 am

Director Ridley Scott has been busy developing a sequel to his 2012 quasi-'Alien' prequel 'Prometheus', with plans to enter production following the release of his latest film 'The Martian'. But now the veteran filmmaker is looking past just one sequel and potentially even a few more.




Speaking to German film website Filmfutter, Scott confirmed that the plan is to build a bridge to the original 'Alien' film, but that transition may take some time."Yes, but it will not be the next. It will be in the next Prometheus or perhaps even in a later, before we are in a sense back in the 'Alien' franchise. The whole point is to explain the Alien franchise and how and why the creation of the aliens. I always saw the Alien as a type of biological warfare. For me, the original spaceship that I call the croissant, a warship that contains these biomechanoids creatures, which is all about destruction."


'Prometheus 2' is expected to hit cinemas in summer 2017, and a fifth 'Alien' film sometime after that.

Hitman delayed from December 2015 to March 2016 on all platforms

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 22, 2015 11:56 pm

In a move that doesn't seem so surprising, the Hitman reboot has been delayed from its original December 2015 release window to March 2016.




IO Interactive, the developer behind Hitman, has said that the delay applies to all versions of Hitman: the Xbox One, PS4 and PC versions. The launch plans have changed, with IO Interactive and publisher Square Enix to launch Hitman in stages, starting with the larger initial launch. After that, we'll see the rest of the locations in Hitman released over time.


The developer has teased that the tagline to Hitman is: "Enter a world of assassination", with that world being a constantly changing, evolving landscape. IO Interactive wrote on the official Hitman blog: "These few extra months will mean we can add more to the launch content of the game, more than we had originally planned, and then follow with a tighter frequency of updates, which ultimately will create a better game for everyone. And in the end, that's what we're all looking for".

Riot Games-banned organization Team Immunity appealing decision

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 22, 2015 11:53 pm

Recently we wrote about how Riot Games Oceania had ruled a lengthy two year ban on the Australian gaming organization 'Team Immunity' for failing to make payments to its players, citing a breach of the League of Legends Oceanic Pro League contract.



In reply, this gaming team has made a post on its public Twitter, claiming that it will be appealing the ban on the grounds that Riot Games Oceania has made a mistake.


While fans wait for Team Immunity's official release, disgruntled gamers have taken to this status in force, seeing Frenetic Array gaming manager Nick 'ChadMann' Russo claim there are further non-payments in the StarCraft II scene dating back to 2012 and Australian League of Legends Player Dean 'ScREAM1kz' Giles asking for peripheral prizes promised three years ago.

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Predator drones will soon be hidden with 'invisibility cloaks'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Sep 22, 2015 3:40 pm

Predator drones are already scary enough, but what if you couldn't see them at all? This is the next step for the US government, with UC San Deigo developing a new camouflage technology that they will submit to the Department of Defense later this month.




The new camouflage material is called "dielectric metasurface cloak", which continues the work from Duke University in 2006. The new material is a thin layer of Teflon studded with ceramic particles and capable of modulating wavelengths of energy along the electromagnetic scale (including both visible light and radar). The study's lead author, Li-Yi Hsu, said in a statement: "Previous cloaking studies needed many layers of materials to hide an object, the cloak ended up being much thicker than the size of the object being covered. In this study, we show that we can use a thin single-layer sheet for cloaking".


This new material isn't there yet, as its thickness is a determining factor into which wavelength it's capable of blocking as the material can only block a single wavelength at one time. Even with the right wavelength, "the system only works if the incoming signal hits it at a 45 degree angle (within 6 degrees or so)," reports Engadget.

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