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New mod brings co-op to Fallout: New Vegas

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 28, 2016 10:31 pm

Every Fallout player has thought the same thing at one time or another: what would co-op be like in Fallout 3, or New Vegas? Now thanks to the magic of mods, co-op multiplayer is possible in the Mojave Wasteland.



A modder by the name of nvm_corporal has helped create NV: Multiplayer, the first-ever co-op mod for Fallout: New Vegas that lets gamers team up with friends to explore and quest together. The way FV: Multiplayer works is that one player hosts an online session that others join, and the host's game--inventory, quests, etc--is constantly synchronized with everyone else's. The project is by no means finished or complete, but you can find more info at this Reddit thread, or this FAQ page.


"The way it works currently is that quests are clientside, they still take place in the world but one player in a location will synchronise entities/NPCs to other players around them. This means that if you entered an area where a quest NPC should be, and someone has previously killed them in the cell (whilst someone is currently in it with you), then you will fail the quest on entry."


Due to the extremely ambitious nature of the mod, the team had to push New Vegas' Gamebryo engine to its limits. NV:MP currently has 91,041 lines of C++ code, and despite all the work that's gone into the mod so far, it'll always be free.


Sadly NV:MP doesn't support dedicated servers, and likely won't when it's released, but the team is interested in realms and large servers to power the online multiplayer. PVP may be included, but the post didn't make any mention of player-vs-player action.


The devs plan on holding a huge beta test in two weeks, so if you're interested in helping test New Vegas: Multiplayer, be sure to sign up on the game's homepage.

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AMD working on Rise of the Tomb Raider driver optimizations

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jan 28, 2016 10:27 pm

PC port specialist Nixxes Software has posted a tech support guide to Rise of the Tomb Raider on the Steam forums, just a few hours ahead of the game's launch. In the process, they've made it known AMD will be releasing a 16.1.1 driver "shortly", which they (Nixxes) recommends installing for the game.




It's possible 16.1.1 will include optimizations specifically for the game as is usually the case for big launches; NVIDIA did just this yesterday.


Asked for comment, AMD said, "We're working towards a hotfix that will have improvements for TR, but it's a work in progress. We can't comment on the timing or the details, but we'll keep you posted!"

TSMC gearing up for 10nm FinFet this year and getting 5nm by 2020

By: Jeff Williams | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jan 28, 2016 10:01 pm

During TSMC's earning's call, they revealed that they're expecting to begin the process of switching over to 10nm production, ramping it up fully into 2017.




16nm and FinFet are relatively new processes with GPU manufacturers just now taking advantage of a more complete production process and higher yields. Now that those are mature processes they can concentrate on perfecting 10nm, which will likely be somewhat of a challenge, though the market should transition to the new process as demand for 20nm and even 16nm slowly drops as they ramp up. They plan on capturing a large part of the market share with their early introduction of the process.


They've already taped out working devices based on the node, but aren't quite ready for full production. They did invest heavily into research into 10nm back in 2014. We should see actual hardware using this process, likely mobile hardware first, in 2017. Intel is also slated to have their 10nm node ready in 2017.

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Circuit City is planning a retail comeback

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 28, 2016 9:33 pm

While Tiger Direct and Radio Shack have bit the dust, the once-reigning Circuit City has risen from its grave to peddle electronic wares to a new age of consumers.




According to tech industry site Twice, the first resurrected Circuit City will open its doors as early as June, with 50 to 100 stores planned for 2017. The new stores will feature "product zones" specifically tailored to millennials, stocked with popular tech like smartphones, tablets, laptops, 3D printers, wearables, and more. The new brick and mortar stores will have electronic web terminals connected to a "million-SKU online selection" of products.


The company will be helmed by Ronny Shmoel and Albert Liniado, who have an ambitious multi-faceted approach for business. The new Circuit City will fire on all cylinders with web storefronts, "express" kiosks placed in convenience stores, airports and pharmacies, mobile shops, franchised stores, and even a line of Circuit City-branded products.

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Rumors of a 4K iPad Air emerge, with up to 4GB RAM

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 28, 2016 9:05 pm

Apple always has a tight product release cycle, usually having a new or improved version of the last announced and released every year. And this March will mark the month that a new iPad Air (3) is expected to show up. And this time with some vastly improved specs than last year, though of course these are only unsubstantiated rumors.




The Retina displays already had enough pixel density to have incredibly sharp looking screens, but rumors from sources inside the supply-chain of Apple's devices seem to point towards an upgrade to a 9.7" screen with a 4K (or equivalent 3:2) resolution combined with up to 4GB RAM, presumably DDR4L as well.


Again according to some of those companies in the supply-chain, 3D Touch is coming to the iPad Air 3, which isn't surprising given how it's slowly invading the entire product lineup. But the current primary maker of panels for Apple is expecting an increase in demand due to more, and larger, 3D Touch equipped panels.

Google AI beats Go board game champion, marking AI breakthrough

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jan 28, 2016 8:03 pm

One of Google's DeepMind AI software programs AlphaGo has beaten the European champion of the board game Go. More than that, it beat him -- Fan Hui -- soundly: 5-0. The fear marks a major AI breakthrough pros predicted wouldn't happen for another decade.




"The technical idea that underlies it is the idea of reinforcement learning - getting computers to learn to improve their behaviour to achieve goals," said Prof Zoubin Ghahramani, of the University of Cambridge. "That could be used for decision-making problems - to help doctors make treatment plans, for example, in businesses or anywhere where you'd like to have computers assist humans in decision making."

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GoG now has their own version of Early Access, and it's better

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 28, 2016 7:01 pm

GOG is making their own foray into the not-quite-so-finished games market. Following in the successful, if slightly controversial, Early Access from Steam, they're launching their own more particular service called Games in Development.




GOG, though, is taking a bit different approach by taking the time to curate each game that they're letting into their Games in Development program. This is the opposite of Steam, which essentially lets any game that applies for the right, enter into Early Access.


To help encourage people to try these new games, they have a great refund policy to go along with their new program, letting you get a full refund within 14 days, no questions asked. Before the implementation of the more lenient Steam refund policy, it was nigh impossible to even refund an incomplete game, even if you sort-of enjoyed it. And for GoG, there is no limit on how long you've played the game before you can get a refund.

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HTC's new flagship phone to have 2560 x 1440p AMOLED display, 4GB RAM

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 28, 2016 6:31 pm

To revitalize its ailing handset business, HTC plans to release the "its most advanced smartphone ever," according to reports from renown hardware insider Evan Blass.




According to inside sources, HTC's new phone is code named "Perfume" and may release onto the retail market as the One M10. The Perfume prototype features a bevy of high-performance specifications across the board, including a 5.1-inch QHD AMOLED screen at 25560 x 1440p resolution, 4GB of onboard RAM, and is tipped to sport Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 820 SoC with Adreno 530 graphics.


HTC has also reportedly fastened a fingerprint scanner to the prototype, which is nestled in a Samsung Galaxy-esque home button format. As far as camera optics, Perfume features a new refresh of HTC's UltraPixel technology: the flagship is outfitted with a 12-UltraPixel resolution with laser-sighted autofocus.

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OnePlus X now available to everyone, no invite necessary

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 28, 2016 6:03 pm

OnePlus phones used to be sold on an invite only basis. You had to apply to be part of an exclusive club, something that curtailed the excitement that was possible surrounding their inexpensive yet powerful and exquisitely designed devices.




But now they're letting anyone get in on the fun with an invite free policy exclusively for the OnePlus X. It seems that OnePlus is able to meet the consumer demands a lot more quickly due to more mature supply-chain management and better manufacturing. This means we can all enjoy their exquisitely designed, inexpensive phones, a lot sooner than with previous models of theirs. Even the OnePlus 2 had to wait four months before being invite-free.


To help celebrate them setting the OnePlus X free, standard shipping for orders of $100 and above is free. The Power Bank that they sell on their site is a little more expensive, though, at $19.00. But overall the $249 price tag is very alluring for such a strangely marvelous phone.

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Robots already have our jobs, but Neil deGrasse Tyson says don't worry

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jan 28, 2016 5:32 pm

The future holds a lot of technological marvels, but what happens when perfect robots make humans redundant in the workforce? It's actually already happening, says Neil deGrasse Tyson, and as long as we're more "intellectually nimble" going forward, we don't have to worry about it.



"Yes, robots have already taken over our jobs. So what it means is...If all you think about is the jobs today, and you project forward, there might be a day when robots take over every job we have today," Dr. deGrasse Tyson said. "Is that the future that will come? No, because we have innovative people in society, and we invent new things all the time. These require new jobs to manage them, to invent them, to conceive them, to engineer them."


The World Economics Forum already predicts that 5 million existing jobs will be lost to robots by 2020. That's a pretty big economic disruption, and generally seen as a warning sign by most hard-working people. But deGrasse Tyson says that humanity will be okay, as long as we keep stimulating ourselves intellectually.

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