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Apple Music update brings videos, family plan to Android

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Apps | Posted: Apr 29, 2016 7:21 pm

The features Apple Music has had for months are now finally on Android thanks to a new update.




First is video playback, allowing you to watch most music videos and soon, a Vice documentary called "The Score", a new Dr. Dre series named Vital Signs, and an Apple series about app developers.


Then there's family plans: if you're willing to drop $14.99 per month over the standard $9.99, you can share with up to five other people.

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Windows 10 upgrade nag screen interrupts weather lady

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Apr 29, 2016 6:01 pm

Microsoft has been notoriously aggressive with urging users of previous operating systems to upgrade to Windows 10. Between nag screens and upgrades on the sly, they've caused many a headache for those who simply want to stay with what they've got.




Now the issue is in the mainstream as KCCI Channel 8 -- based in Iowa, US -- was interrupted with the aformentioned nag screen during a weather broadcast, to the amusement of viewers and the weather reporter alike. See for yourself above.


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New Apple Music API means endless integration possibilities

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Software | Posted: Apr 29, 2016 5:16 pm

Apple has a new API for its Music service which offers a variety of exciting features for developers, allowing them to do all kinds of things they couldn't before.




Among them:


  • See if a user is currently an Apple Music member
  • See which country the user's account is based in
  • Queue up the next song or songs based on a song ID for playback
  • Inspect playlists already in My Music or create a new playlist with a title and description (see App Store Review Guidelines for limitations).

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Windows 10 now blocks Google searches from Cortana

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Software | Posted: Apr 29, 2016 4:05 pm

Some of you have been circumventing the default behaviour for Cortana searches in Windows 10, telling her to search the web with a browser other than Edge and/or an engine other than Bing. Microsoft is putting a stop to both as of today, in what it says is an effort to ensure the best possible experience.




"The result is a compromised experience that is less reliable and predictable," it explains in a blog post. "The continuity of these types of task completion scenarios is disrupted if Cortana can't depend on Bing as the search provider and Microsoft Edge as the browser. The only way we can confidently deliver this personalized, end-to-end search experience is through the integration of Cortana, Microsoft Edge and Bing - all designed to do more for you."


"Starting today, to ensure we can deliver the integrated search experience designed for Windows 10, Microsoft Edge will be the only browser that will launch when you search from the Cortana box."

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John Romero pauses Blackroom Kickstarter to finish gameplay demo

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 29, 2016 3:35 pm

The fundraising campaign for Blackroom, the new FPS from Doom and Quake's John Romero and Adrian Carmack, has been paused until a new gameplay demo is ready.



"The team is at work on a demo which demonstrates the kind of gameplay, look and innovative, cool features that make BLACKROOM truly unique - the things we've waited years to put into an FPS and which make us incredibly excited about this game," reads the Kickstarter update.


"There's a hitch here, a hitch that's making us do something that's right for the game, the team, and the community: we're pressing "PAUSE" on the fundraising campaign for BLACKROOM to complete this gameplay demo. Simply put, this will take more time than the Kickstarter has left, so we've decided to suspend the campaign and launch a new one when the gameplay demo is ready. We believe, however, it is the right choice. We know you do, too. Thanks to your feedback, we know we should have included it at launch."

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BioWare sets up a goose cam, starts naming the geese Dragon Age names

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 29, 2016 3:05 pm

A pair of geese have taken up a nesting spot on top of BioWare Edmonton's studio's roof and so they have naturally set up a camera to lifestream the the Canadian geese that are raising their family, so you can share in the cuteness.




And they want you to name the goslings. The adult geese have already been given Dragon Age inspired names, though they've now created a Goose Cam Name Bracket to help permanently name the growing goslings. The female is Ganders and the male is Arishonk.


In the background they have the soundtracks to their various games playing while you watch the family enjoy the prime real-estate they've found on top of the roof. This is what life is about, isn't it? The simple things, and blending those so easily with gaming. Because why not. Enjoy the actual cam live-stream embedded after the break.


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Nintendo NX represents a 'new way of thinking' about console hardware

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 29, 2016 2:34 pm

Nintendo CEO Tatsumi Kimishima affirms that the NX will be a brand new concept the likes of which gamers haven't seen before.




Despite announcing the Nintendo NX will launch globally on March 2017, the Japanese gaming giant still hasn't formally unveiled the new system. In the past, Nintenod has said the NX will be "unique and different", and company president Tatsumi Kimishima recently clarified a few things about the NX and Nintendo's reasoning for delaying to 2017.


"The NX isn't merely the successor to the handheld 3DS or stationary console Wii U. This will be hardware that's been made with a new way of thinking. I'd like to announce more particulars regarding its specs and how it works another time this year," Kimishima told Japanese games publication Nikkei. This matches Kimishima's claim that the NX "won't simply replace the 3DS and Wii U."

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Battlefield 5's world premiere set for May 6

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Apr 29, 2016 2:19 pm

UPDATE: EA has officially confirmed the Battlefield 5 world premiere event set for Friday, May 6 at 4PM EST.


Battlefield 5, which is reportedly set in the World War II era, will see its world premiere on Friday, May 6.




Multiple German sites like claim Battlefield 5 will be unveiled on Friday, May 6: "The future of Battlefield is coming up and you are invited to the world premiere. On May 6, we will reveal the next milestone in the Battlefield franchise. Come and meet our creative team at DICE. See the trailer before it's revealed online, get a peek at additional content that will not be released online and go behind the scenes aby attending a developer panel. After the presentation wraps, you're welcome to stay for cocktails and a group screening of the World Premiere on Twitch live from London."

reads the invite found on


This will likely be a closed reveal for the press, but says that EA will live stream the Battlefield 5 reveal on Twitch, and multiple publications will post up their NDA'd preview impressions. EA is also expected to launch a Battlefield 5 teaser today, according to industry insider Shinobi602.


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Most VFX companies don't use GPUs for the final rendering of scenes

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Apr 29, 2016 2:07 pm

Special effects for movies are becoming increasingly realistic when done correctly and when in the right hands.




An expose by Ars Technica about the history of VFX companies and how London has been the surprising center of that industry has also revealed some other surprising information. We consumers might think that it would be natural to use GPUs when rendering those graphics we see on screen, but it actually isn't true at all. In fact, it was discovered that GPUs, and primarily NVIDIA for the purposes of driver stability, are used on local workstations for lighting previews and not much else. Render farms, while they have GPUs in them, utilize CPU power because of the RAM available to them.


Some scenes these days require as much as 128GB of RAM per scene in order to be rendered, which isn't possible at all on any consumer or professional GPU. So in most cases, the 24GB Quadro M6000 and AMD's FirePro S9170 with 32GB of VRAM just isn't enough. Pascal and the GP100's 16GB if VRAM, no matter how fast HBM2 happens to be, just isn't large enough to contain the kinds of complex scenes that are being created by these companies. So for the time being, until shared memory is implemented, CPU's will rule the day, with some 24,000 cores being used in some cases. One of Pixar's software engineers, Jeremy Cowles, said that the industry tells NVIDIA, as they question them every year, that they need more memory to actually use them on a large scale.