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Intel CEO to play eSports match for Charity in San Jose

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 15, 2015 11:27 am

Brian Krzanich will be taking some time out of his busy schedule to play a little League of Legends "ARAM" game mode at the SAP Center in San Jose, happening as part of a charity side-event being held at the Intel Extreme Masters tournament.




Said to be kicking off in front of 7,500 live spectators, Michal Blicharz, VP of Pro Gaming at ESL, has labeled this as a brave move. He said in a recent press release that Krzanich will be going on stage and is "willing to showcase his skills to a very demanding audience of over a hundred thousand people," commenting on the fact that it will also be live streamed.


The money donated to charity will be based on completing in-game objectives and tasks, set to happen from 6 p.m PT on Saturday, November 21.

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This phone vibrator is the phone accessory you never knew you wanted

By: Chris Smith | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 15, 2015 9:32 am

"The most simple vibrator, you just need a phone," reads the bolded font on Izivibe's front page, showcasing a iPhone 6 wrapped in a pink skin, supporting a long and slender protrusion at the top.




Peaking our curiosity while wondering if this product will actually sell, the Izivibe claims to be a self-pleasuring device, utilizing your smartphones internal vibration function to full effect.


Featuring an Apple Watch and iPhone application for full connectivity and team-play, seven vibration modes and customization, this product is said to be launching soon at an undisclosed price.

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Largest LAN in the world bought out for $28 million

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 15, 2015 7:29 am

Modern Times Group has recently gathered an $84 million, 74 percent stake in the Electronic Sports League, but were apparently looking at further gaming domination, just announcing a 100 percent buyout of DreamHack for a cool $28 million.




Known as the largest LAN party in the world, DreamHack further runs eSports events in-house and around the world, recently focusing on world-class CS:GO tournaments. This announcement follows news that this Swedish buyer will be able to run the DreamHack name in other countries in the near future.


The current DreamHack admin team will still run day-to-day operations, with MTG there to offer advice and assistance.

Samsung to make Galaxy S7 Premium Edition with faster GPU, 4K display

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 15, 2015 5:36 am

The last thing we heard on Samsung's next-gen Galaxy S7 smartphones was that the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge would launch early next year, but now the rumors are pointing to a specific "Premium Edition" of the Galaxy S7 for South Korea.




The Galaxy S7 Premium Edition will reportedly rock a faster GPU, as well as a 4K display. The faster 14-core GPU would be a step up on the 12-core GPU that the 'normal' Galaxy S7 would feature. The Galaxy S7 Premium Edition could also be a very limited model, so much so that it would be limited to South Korea, the home of Samsung.


As for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge handsets, they will reportedly be split between the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 and Samsung's new Exynos 8 Octa 8890 which was unveiled this week.

Japan launching an unmanned mission to the moon in 2019

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Nov 15, 2015 3:26 am

Japan wants to show off the latest in its lander technology, so the Japanese government's space agency has announced plans for an unmanned mission to the moon for 2019.




Once it touches down on the moon, Japan will be the fourth country to have conducted an unmanned moon landing. Before them, China touched down in 2013, and before that we saw the US and Russia with missions to our moon. Japan's lunar lander will be developed with brand new technology that will allow it to land within 100m of its initial mark. Previous missions from competing countries have a much wider margin.


Japan will also use other technologies to improve the accuracy, with a facial recognition system that will observe the surface of the moon to help make its required adjustments. The development of the new lander will begin next year.

Razer 'doubling-down' on Android gaming in the living room

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 15, 2015 1:32 am

Razer has reiterated their commitment to Android, even after the Android TV-powered Forge being pulled from Google. During a recent chat with Engadget, the future of Android TV with Razer is clear.




According to a Razer representative, the company is "doubling-down on Android gaming in the living room and looking forward to producing the world's largest library of Android TV games". Razer thinks that the Forge TV could become a "spiritial successor" to the Ouya platform, which the company acquired earlier this year.


Razer said: "Following our acquisition of OUYA, we've been focused on integrating the content we inherited and building a spiritual successor to OUYA with the Forge TV. We're doubling-down on Android gaming in the living room and looking forward to producing the world's largest library of Android TV games, from AAA to indie. Concurrently, we are working to ramp-up production to address present demand and should have more news to share soon".

Google's cars receive no tickets after 1.2 million miles of driving

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Nov 15, 2015 12:02 am

Just how efficient are Google's prototype autonomous cars? Well, in over 1.2 million miles on the road, Google has yet to have received a ticket with one of its cars.




According to Google, the autonomous cars have driven 1.2 million miles, which is the equivalent to 90 years of driving experience for the average person. The new prototype cars are something Google classifies as "Neighborhood Electric Vehicles", with their speeds capped at 25mph. An officer had some questions about the car, which is a common occurrence with these strange looking vehicles.

System Shock remake is coming, with a tease of System Shock 3

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 14, 2015 6:29 pm

System Shock, and its even better sequel were two of my favorite games as a young gamer. But now there's news that there's a remake of System Shock coming out, thanks to Night Dive.




During an interview with Night Dive for Fast Company, PCWorld has reported that a "full-fledged remake" of System Shock is on the way. From the interview: "With most of its current catalog, Night Dive merely licenses the rights for a rerelease, and splits the sales revenue with the rights holder. Night Dive is becoming more interested in acquiring rights in their entirety, as this gives the company much more flexibility".


They continued: "One example: Night Dive is developing a full remake of the original System Shock, going well beyond the basic rerelease that launched a couple months ago. Night Dive has acquired the full rights to the franchise, and Kick says he's been working with Robert Waters, the game's original concept artist, to reimagine his designs from the early 1990s".

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PlayStation Experience 2015 will have 113 games to play, some secrets

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 14, 2015 4:33 pm

Sony will most likely take a bigger lead on Microsoft in December, thanks to its PlayStation Experience 2015 event in San Francisco between December 5-6.



The event will see Sony showing off both current and upcoming titles for their various platforms, including the PS4 and PlayStation VR. Personally, I think this could be the time that Sony takes a huge lead over Microsoft, and goes for the big push of its PlayStation VR headset, at a totally Sony-centric event. You can be sure we'll be reporting on it all as soon as it happens.

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Intel's new NUC mini-PCs rock Skylake processors

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Nov 14, 2015 2:28 pm

Intel is preparing its new wave of NUC units, which will be compatible with the company's new Skylake processors. The new Intel NUCs will be available with both Core i3 and Core i5 processors, with the Core i5 version rocking Iris 520 graphics.




Why is the Core i5 version of the new Skylake-powered NUCs so important? Up until now, Intel has reserved the Iris-powered NUCs to the higher-end Core i7 models, but now the Core i5 model will feature the better integrated graphics power. Both models will include SDXC slots, full-sized HDMI with 4K video and 7.1-channel audio support, two USB 3.0 ports on the front, two more USB 3.0 ports on the back, miniDisplayPort out, Ethernet, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.1.


We should expect a release date for the new Skylake-powered NUCs soon.

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