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Swatch has already manufactured 20,000 smartwatch units

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jul 18, 2015 4:25 pm

Swatch CEO Nick Hayek said his company will release the Swatch NFC smartwatch this summer, and there are already 20,000 units ready for launch. The connected watch isn't designed to be a smartphone on your wrist, but will be able to support wireless payments and other mobile functions.

 

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"We will launch it in the US, China and Switzerland," Hayek said in a statement to the Wall Street Journal. "We have 20,000 already in stock and we are very optimistic about the watch."

 

Hayek didn't disclose what impact the Apple Watch has had on the company, but Swatch's effort to join the smartwatch market should be a telling sign. I think it's a good move by Swatch - as the Apple Watch and other smartwatches won't take the high-end market - but will pressure the lower-end Swatch target market.

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Tesla's 'Ludicrous Speed Upgrade' for Model S costs $10,000 more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jul 18, 2015 12:35 pm

Tesla has just added a new upgrade to its flagship electric vehicle, the P85D Model S, if you've got another $10,000 to spend, that is. Tesla has dubbed the upgrade 'Ludicrous Speed Upgrade', improving the 0-60 time by 10%.

 

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The Ludicrous Speed Upgrade to the P85D Model S can run a quarter mile in just 10.9 seconds, with the electric vehicle maker promising that the upgrade can offer a run to 155 miles per hour, 20% faster than the standard P85D. Tesla Motors founder and real-life Tony Stark, Elon Musk, has said that the upcoming Model X would have the Ludicrous Speed as an option, but the lighter P85D would be a little faster, still.

 

The $10,000 upgrade for the P85D requires the upgraded 90kWh battery, which costs $3,000. But Musk has teased that the acceleration with the new Ludicrous Speed Upgrade is "faster than falling" - which is true, as you're receiving a huge 1.1G of force. Insanity.

GoPro likes the idea of live video footage from peloton, other sports

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Cameras | Posted: Jul 18, 2015 11:54 am

GoPro is enjoying a rather exciting 2015 Tour de France, and has provided some unique angles from cameras mounted on a handful of bikes each stage.

 

 

The company hopes to one day be able to live-stream footage from riders in the peloton, giving viewers a rare glimpse of race footage.

 

"I think already we have captured some amazing moments of the race, like the Orica-Greenedge piece," said Todd Ballard, director of lifestyle marketing at GoPro, in a statement to VeloNews. "No one has ever seen that before. Or the Tony Martin win from the perspective of all the other members on the team. For me, I got goosebumps watching it. I haven't ever seen stuff like that and not many other people have either."

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Turtle Beach launches EAR FORCE Stealth 420X Xbox One gaming headset

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Jul 18, 2015 11:36 am

Audio maker Turtle Beach has launched the EAR FORCE Stealth 420X headset for the Microsoft Xbox One game console. Turtle Beach announced the headset earlier this month, available for $149.95 MSRP.

 

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The EAR FORCE Stealth 420X headset is fully wireless, and is easily installable via USB connection, active mic monitoring, and 15 hours of rechargeable battery life.

 

"As the market leader, we continuously challenge ourselves to innovate and create new headsets with unique offerings for each segment of the gaming audience," said Juergen Stark, CEO of Turtle Beach. "Our third fully wireless Xbox One headset, the Stealth 420X, delivers the perfect mix of best-in-class features and functionality from its Elite 800X and Stealth 500X siblings for a more immersive and comfortable gaming experience at a great price."

Project CARS update for PC is out today, with a huge changelog

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 18, 2015 10:33 am

Project CARS has received yet another update, bringing the game to v2.50, delivering a bunch of improvements and fixes along the way. The developer has worked on the various game-stopping crashes, but there is a fair bit of fixing under the hood for Project CARS with this patch. The full changelog for v2.50:

 

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Game Crashes

  • We spent a lot of time working directly with a number of users who were struggling with game crashes, and resolved as many of these as we could. The various fixes in this patch should help a great deal in making the game more stable for those of you who were experiencing these instabilities.

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Top CS:GO player says eSports has a doping problem

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 18, 2015 9:20 am

Hearing of professional athletes taking performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) to get an edge on the competition isn't a shock anymore. However, you may be a bit more surprised to hear about PED use among eSports competitors.

 

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Kory Friesen (a.k.a SEMPHIS), a former Cloud9 team member and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive professional player, recently said the entire team used Adderall. Friesen made his comments after discussing in-game communication between Cloud9 teammates (via Mohan "Launders" Govindasamy):

 

"The ESL comms were kind of funny in my opinion. I don't even care. We were all on Adderall. I don't even give a f**k. It was pretty obvious if you listened to the comms. People can hate it or whatever."

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Nintendo releases touching memorial address for Satoru Iwata

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 18, 2015 8:27 am

The gaming world was turned upside down after it was announced Nintendo president Satoru Iwata, 55, died earlier this week. Nintendo senior managing director Genyo Takeda delivered the memorial address during Iwata's funeral, which was posted online by Polygon.

 

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In the eulogy, Takeda spoke of Iwata's personal and professional successes, and vowed to support Iwata's legacy.

 

"As we gather here today for a joint funeral with Nintendo Co., Ltd. and Mr. Iwata's family, I would like to share my heartfelt condolences. President Iwata, allow me to call you Iwata-san, just as I always used to.

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Microsoft opens up streaming Xbox One games to Windows 10-powered PCs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jul 18, 2015 8:20 am

Now that Microsoft is just over a week away from the launch of Windows 10, the company has just enabled game streaming from Xbox One owners to Windows 10-powered PCs and tablets. Not only that, but the company is also delivering improved features to the Xbox app on Windows 10 in the coming days.

 

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Anyone who owns an Xbox One and a Windows 10-powered PC or tablet can play all of their games from their console on their PC, all by going to your Xbox One and then 'Settings', then 'Preferences' and then 'Allow game streaming to other devices'. Once you've done this, it will install the latest version of the Xbox app on your PC or tablet.

 

Once you open the Xbox app on your Windows 10 device, go to Connect and then '+Add a device', and you'll then have to select your Xbox One console. Once you have a Xbox 360 or Xbox One controller hooked up to your PC, you'll be close to being connected to your Xbox One. From here, you'll need to go to 'Home' and then 'Recently Played' to select a Xbox One game, and then select 'Play from Console' to start your streaming session. Voila; you're not playing Xbox One games on your PC!

The Witcher 3 patch v1.07 arrives, weighing in at a huge 7GB

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 18, 2015 6:49 am

CD Projekt Red is pushing out an update for The Witcher 3, bringing the RPG up to v1.07. The new patch will fix a bunch of issues that have been plaguing the game for a while now, but it will also provide gamers with an alternative movement scheme for the protagonist, Geralt.

 

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The new patch has already floated out to the Xbox One and PS4 version of the game, with the other versions of The Witcher 3 to be updated any hour now. The new v1.07 patch for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a hefty 7GB, something that adds new stash locations for storing your loot, improvements to the in-game inventory system, and re-organization of books, as well as many other improvements.

Fallout 4 voice acting took 2 years, 13,000 lines of dialogue

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 18, 2015 4:56 am

Fallout 4 has kept voice actors Brian Delaney and Courtenay Taylor quite busy, with more than 13,000 lines of dialogue recorded over the past two years. There is a large amount of hype and gamer excitement regarding Fallout 4, and it's great to see Bethesda apparently taking things seriously.

 

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It's an interesting addition to Fallout 4, as it's going to be fully voiced, with gamers able to choose a male or female character. It has been a logistical process for Bethesda, but will offer unique playability for gamers. Here is what game director Todd Howard recently told the Telegraph:

 

"We were lucky to find two great voice actors. And it's interesting because she may read things or act things differently than he does. So scenes play out differently depending on whether you are playing the game as male or female."

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