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Chinese firm Tencent pulls in $1.2 billion profit in Q3 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 11, 2015 11:02 pm

Tencent has announced its Q3 2015 earnings, pulling in a 34% increase in profits to $1.2 billion, with revenues reaching $4.2 billion. The Chinese company has stakes in Riot Games, Epic Games, Glu, and more.




The company saw most of its growth from the smartphone gaming business, which had a 60% increase in revenue on a gross-to-gross basis. The company said: "We achieved or retained leadership in multiple genres, such as running, MOBA, shooting and board games, as we leveraged our experience operating in multiple categories in PC client games".


Tencent also noted it has a trifold strategy to dominate the mobile gaming business, with the first part of this seeing the Chinese giant generating content for its titles that already make money. The second part is "pioneering new smartphone game genres, such as shooting and MOBA games, by leveraging our experiences in developing new PC client game genres in China", while the third part of the plan is "building player communities for low-ARPU, high-DAU, smartphone game genres, such as playing card and board games, within and on top of our social networks".

German technology prototype lets you feel in virtual reality

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Nov 11, 2015 8:01 pm

Researchers from the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) lab at the Hasso Plattner Institute in Germany have developed technology that lets the user feel in virtual reality, rather than just see.



Impacto, as the tech is called, is currently in the prototype phase. It's integrated into a band you can wear on your arm, leg, or foot, and in combination with VR and custom software, simulates contact. This simulation is achieved via a haptic vibration engine and electrical muscle stimulation, which work together to create a close to real sense of pushing, pulling, hitting, bouncing a soccer ball, etc. -- so it's much more than what we see with vibrating controllers, for example.

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Cloud storage app Box comes to Windows 10

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Cloud Computing | Posted: Nov 11, 2015 6:55 pm

Microsoft's cloud storage app Box is now available on Windows 10. This version of the app supports all Windows 10 devices excepting phones, which will be supported soon.




All features from the Windows 8 version are included, and some Windows 10 specific features are added as well. Among them: real-time notification center updates, multitasking/resizing functionality, and Live Tiles support so you can pin files and favourites as you please.

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AMD responds to Bulldozer lawsuit, holds firm marketing was accurate

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 11, 2015 5:51 pm

Last week, Northern California citizen Tom Dickey filed a lawsuit against AMD, claiming the company inaccurately marketed its Bulldozer CPUs. His stance is AMD's design is such that the CPUs really only have four cores and are therefore not capable of performing eight instructions simultaneously, as one would expect from an 8-core CPU.




An AMD spokesperson responded to our request for comment on the matter, stating simply, "We believe our marketing accurately reflects the capabilities of the Bulldozer architecture which, when implemented in an 8-core AMD FX processor, is capable of running eight instructions concurrently."


No further developments in the lawsuit have surfaced since, but we'll keep you posted.

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JPR: NVIDIA and AMD both see strong GPU shipments this quarter

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 11, 2015 12:25 pm

Over the last few months, we've seen some huge releases in the realm of GPUs, with NVIDIA releasing their GeForce GTX 950 and GTX 980 Ti, while AMD has been busy with the first HBM-powered cards in the Radeon R9 Fury X, Fury and the super-small R9 Nano.




According to JPR, overall GPU shipments are up quarter-over-quarter - with AMD's overall GPU shipments up 15.8%, while NVIDIA enjoyed an uptick of 21.3%. The PC market as a whole increased by 7.5% quarter-over-quarter but decreased 9% year-over-year. NVIDIA's discrete GPU shipments were up 26.3% according to JPR, while AMD's discrete GPUs spiked by 33.3%.


As for notebooks, AMD's mobile GPU shipments increased by 17%, while NVIDIA enjoyed 14%, with JPR noting that NVIDIA "had an exceptionally strong quarter".

Ninjas in Pyjamas CEO fired amid claims players aren't being paid

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 11, 2015 10:37 am

Professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team Ninjas in Pyjamas has hit headlines with the Swedish pro gaming team firing its CEO, Per Lilliefelth, after claims that he hasn't been paying his players.




With NIP pulling in huge prize money and in-game sticker sales, Breitbart reported that players haven't been paid. NIP started off by denying the claims, saying that it was all "misinformation" and "incorrect conclusions", but followed through with a statement that said it was: "time to bring in new people with more suitable properties, skills and experience to lead Ninjas in Pyjamas in the future".


NIP added: "As CEO of a company Per is the individual ultimately responsible for the business, and since he is a pragmatic person he accept[ed] responsibility for the mistakes that have been made. It is time to bring in new people with more suitable properties, skills and experience to lead Ninjas in Pyjamas in the future. The business and industry has changed, it is time to take it to the next level".

NVIDIA launches its incredibly powerful, yet super-small Jetson TX1

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 11, 2015 8:33 am

NVIDIA is hoping to inspire the next step in artificial intelligence (AI) and autonomous robots and drones with the release of its Jetson TX1 device, which is the first embeddable computer designed from the ground up for deep neural networks - and probably the birth of Skynet.




The new Maxwell-powered Jetson TX1, in the right setup, can 'see' something, process the information, and learn from the experience. It's scary, but super exciting, which NVIDIA hopes to see a future of autonomous machines, vehicles, and more. As Android Central notes "The future will be filled with drones delivering packages, cars that drive themselves and robot butlers that help me match my shirt to my socks" and NVIDIA is positioning itself incredibly well with the Jetson TX1.

Valve celebrates Steam Machine release with huge gaming sale on Steam

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 11, 2015 6:29 am

Valve is celebrating the launch of Steam Machines with a huge PC gaming sale, with 45 games on sale. Each of the 45 games are compatible with SteamOS, which means you can buy a Steam Machine and play any of these games without a problem. As for the games, here's a list:




  • Alien: Isolation ($24.99)
  • Amnesia: The Dark Descent ($4.99)
  • ARK: Survival Evolved ($20.09)
  • Audiosurf 2 ($7.49)
  • Axiom Verge ($13.99)
  • BattleBlock Theater ($5.09)
  • The Banner Saga ($4.99)
  • Bastion ($3.74)
  • The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth ($8.99)
  • BioShock Infinite ($7.49)
  • Borderlands 2 ($4.99)
  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel ($19.99)
  • Braid ($7.49)
  • Broforce ($10.04)
  • Broken Age ($8.49)
  • Chivalry: Medieval Warfare ($4.99)
  • DiRT Showdown ($2.99)
  • Dungeon Defenders ($2.99)
  • Dust: An Elysian Tail ($2.99)
  • Dying Light ($29.99)
  • Fez ($1.99)
  • Galak-Z ($15.99)
  • Gang Beasts ($13.39)
  • Grim Fandango: Remastered ($5.09)
  • Half-Life 2 ($2.49)
  • The Long Dark ($11.99)
  • Metro Redux ($7.49)
  • Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor ($16.99)
  • Octodad: Dadliest Catch ($4.99)
  • Portal 2 ($4.99)
  • Roundabout ($3.74)
  • Serious Sam 3 ($9.99)
  • Shovel Knight ($10.04)
  • Soma ($25.49)
  • Spec Ops: The Line ($5.99)
  • The Stanley Parable ($3.74)
  • Super Meat Boy ($2.99)
  • Tabletop Simulator ($13.39)
  • The Talos Principle ($13.59)
  • To the Moon ($2.49)
  • Transistor ($4.99)
  • Tropico 5 ($9.99)
  • Victor Vran ($12.99)
  • The Witcher 2 ($3.99)
  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown ($7.49)

'Spectre' breaks record for world's biggest explosion

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Nov 11, 2015 6:03 am

With the eagerly awaited James Bond sequel 'Spectre' hitting screens across the world to solid, but not spectacular box office hauls, the film can be satisfied for breaking at least one record: The world's biggest explosion, a claim which has been verified by the Guinness Book of Records.



The on-set explosion filmed in Morocco earlier this year was propelled by 33kg of explosives, mixed with 8418 litres of fuel - which, according to Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief Craig Glenday is "spectacular and will live long in the memory as one of the outstanding moments in the Bond franchise."


The record will be enshrined in next year's Guinness Book of Records, in the event that it's not supplanted by another in the mean time. So Michael Bay - it's over to you.

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