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Oculus Rift, Gear VR could be ripped off the market soon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Feb 26, 2017 5:55 am

The court battle between ZeniMax and Oculus saw Oculus handing over a swift $500 million when the jury found Oculus had violated a NDA, and illegally used code from ZeniMax.




Well, this could just be the start of a legal battle that is much bigger - as ZeniMax has asked the court to block Oculus from using the stolen code. If this happens, it could stop the sales of a massive chunk of games that use the technology. Oculus is of course appealing the case, saying that the prior ruling was "legally flawed and factually unwarranted".


If the judge grants the injunction, Oculus would be forced to write new code for their SDK - replacing the stolen code it is still using from ZeniMax. This would have large effects across the market, as it would hurt the Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR products, both of which use the ZeniMax source code.

Intel rocked to its Core over Ryzen, price drops begin

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Feb 26, 2017 4:53 am

AMD dropped its Ryzen processors onto the market a few days ago, hitting the #1 and #2 best-selling CPUs on Amazon within hours, breaking world records without breaking a sweat, and of course - hitting Intel where it hurts.




Intel has now reacted, as I thought they would - by reducing the prices of their Core range of processors across the board. Microcenter is already listing the processors with huge price reductions, with their flagship Core i7-6950X dropping by $300 ($1899 to $1599) while the Core i7-6900K drops by $200 from $1199 to $999, the Core i7-7700K has been slashed by $80 ($379 to $299). The full price cuts:


  • Intel Core i7-6950X ($1599 US) - $300 Price Cut
  • Intel Core i7-6900K ($999 US) - $200 Price Cut
  • Intel Core i7-6850K ($549 US) - $150 Price Cut
  • Intel Core i7-6800K ($359 US) - $140 Price Cut
  • Intel Core i7-5820K ($319 US) - $100 Price Cut
  • Intel Core i7-7700K ($299 US) - $80 Price Cut
  • Intel Core i7-6700K ($259 US) - $140 Price Cut
  • Intel Core i7-4790K ($279 US) - $90 Price Cut
  • Intel Core i7-7700 ($289 US) - $50 Price Cut
  • Intel Core i7-6700 (259 US) - $90 Price Cut
  • Intel Core i5-7600K ($199 US) - $70 Price Cut
  • Intel Core i5-6600K ($179 US) - $$90 Price Cut
  • Intel Core i5-4690K ($189 US) - $70 Price Cut
  • Intel Core i5-7500 ($189 US) - $30 Price Cut
  • Intel Core i5-6500 ($179 US) - $50 Price Cut
  • Intel Core i5-4590 ($159 US) - $60 Price Cut
  • Intel Core i3-7350K ($159 US) - $20 Price Cut
  • Intel Core i3-7100 ($114 US) - $15 Price Cut
  • Intel Core i3-6100 ($109 US) - $20 Price Cut
  • Intel G4400 ($49.99 US) - $20 Price Cut
  • Intel G3258 ($49.99 US) - $27 Price Cut


Now the question remains: how long until other retailers begin dropping the prices of their Intel CPUs - and will they get cheaper? Intel must be feeling the threat of Ryzen quicker than anticipated, for the company to be reacting this quickly - it only means great things for not just AMD, but the world.


Consumers are going to win from this fight, as Intel can only react with price drops after a decade of CPU monopoly. AMD have been down and out for a while, but they're rising once again.

Corsair's Lighting Node Pro: taking control of your LEDs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cameras | Posted: Feb 26, 2017 4:43 am

Corsair has just unveiled their new Lighting Node Pro kit, which includes 4 x RGB LED strips, and the Node Pro controller - giving you total control over the look of your gaming PC.




The control provides the ability of adjusting both the color and the animation of the lights, while the strips have adhesive and magnetic mounting hardware - thank you, Corsair! Corsair lets you control each strip individually, with the ability of adjusting the lighting setup, while the controller itself plugs into an internal USB 2.0 header.


Corsair makes it easier for you to throw in 6 of their RGB LED fans, but this isn't included - requiring a separate hub. The entire kit is run through Corsair LINK, and inside you'll find:


  • Node Pro controller
  • 4 x 16-inch (41cm) lightstrips (10 lights per strip)
  • 4 x extension cables for lightstrips
  • 2 x fan hub adapater cables
  • 1 x power cable

Project CARS 2 latest screenshots look amazing

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 25, 2017 11:20 pm

Project CARS was one of the best looking games of all time, but the sequel is shaping up beautifully so far, with the unofficial FB fan page for the game sharing 11 new screenshots of the game.




There will be over 170 cars, and 60+ tracks featured in Project CARS 2 as well as the fan requested Online Championships game mode, and additional racing disciplines - something that will include ice, dirt, snow, and mud racing.




Expect Project CARS 2 in the second half of this year... but until then, enjoy these new screenshots.

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BlackBerry announces KEYone, with Pixel's camera sensor

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 25, 2017 9:04 pm

MWC 2017 - The first official day of the Mobile World Congress starts on Monday, but companies always hold their events a day or two earlier.




BlackBerry is the first one who took the stage in Barcelona and announced their KEYone. Before the announcement, we heard a lot of rumors about the device under the codename BlackBerry Mercury.


The device, as expected, has a physical keyboard, which is a signature feature of BlackBerry phones.

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Genesis Alpha One is the 80s sci-fi game I always wanted

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 25, 2017 1:12 pm

I love it when video games leave a distinct impression and make you think. Team 17's new unique sci-fi game Genesis Alpha One looks like the 80s sci-fi game I've always wanted, and I'm genuinely intrigued.



Indie dev Radiation Blue's new game Genesis Alpha One has ignited my imagination. Aesthetically, it looks like it'd be at home in the Alien franchise, and I see shades of 80's style sci-fi from the greats like John Berkey, Kubrick and Ralph McQuarrie. There's a synthetic sterility to it all that really invokes this true feeling of cold, heartless androids or genetically-modified nonhuman clones. Its space without the celestial wonder: the dark, deadly and foreboding space, the space where no one can hear your scream. The space that's our future and our damnation all-in-one.


In this short trailer and the accompanying screenshots I get a very real sense that we'll essentially be playing a sci-fi novel. To extend that feeling Genesis Alpha One shifts gears quite a bit--like the genetically modified clones onboard the ship, the game is a cross-bred hybrid: one parts FPS, one parts base-building, one part survival and one part roguelike all wrapped into one. If this wasn't enough, the game will have randomly-generated galaxies and systems to explore, all teeming with hostile aliens.



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iPhone 7 explodes, smoke coming out caught on video

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 25, 2017 10:26 am

It looks like Apple doesn't want to let Samsung have all the flagship exploding fun, with an iPhone 7 Plus owner seeing their expensive smartphone explode, with smoke pouring out of the side of it.




The video has over 1.2 million views, with massive amounts of replies and retweets. Brianna Olivas, the owner of the iPhone 7 Plus, said that the troubles began the day before it exploded. She purchased the iPhone 7 Plus from Sprint, and it wouldn't turn on - so she went to an Apple Store, where staff ran diagnostics on the handset and said it was fine.


Olivas' iPhone 7 Plus was fine, until the next morning when it caught fire , with smoke billowing out of the side of it. She said on Twitter through a direct message to Mashable: "The next morning I was asleep with my phone charging next to my head, my boyfriend grabbed the phone and put it on the dresser".

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Mass Effect: Andromeda on PC is Origin exclusive

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 25, 2017 9:00 am

Mass Effect: Andromeda's PC port will deliver the ultimate experience in many ways: uncapped frame rates, proper 4K gaming, 21:9 ultrawide support on day one, better visuals and PC-wide optimizations through DICE's powerful Frostbite 3 engine. But there's one caveat: it's exclusive to EA's Origin client.




If you want to play BioWare's latest and greatest new Mass Effect game on PC then you have two options: buy the game physically in DVD form or pick it up on EA's Origin client. BioWare has confirmed that Mass Effect: Andromeda won't be sold on Steam. This is likely to secure the game with Origin client DRM.


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Nintendo sues company for real life Mario Kart racing

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 25, 2017 7:13 am

Nintendo is suing a Japanese go-kart company for hosting real-life Mario Kart racing events throughout the streets of Tokyo.




Marika is a company in Japan that hosts go-kart racing tournaments where attendees dress up as Mario Kart characters and zoom around the city of Tokyo. These races are quite popular, however Marika (an abbreviation for Mario Kart) didn't get Nintendo's permission, nor are they paying Nintendo for the rights to use their characters.


Once Nintendo got wind of this they instantly filed a lawsuit seeking "compensation for unfair competition and copyright infringement acts."

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Horizon Zero Dawn launch trailer, first patches detailed

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 25, 2017 4:18 am

PS4 exclusive Horizon Zero Dawn is nearly here, and it is riding quite the hype wave being called the best game on the new PS4 Pro so far - developer Guerrilla Games has released the launch trailer, and details on the upcoming v1.01 and v1.02 patches.



Guerrilla took to the official PlayStation Blog, where they wrote: "It is my pleasure to be able to share the launch trailer for Guerrilla's new title, Horizon Zero Dawn. This is easily our most ambitious project that we have taken on. When we began our journey over five years ago, we wanted to have the creative freedom to imagine something fresh. As soon as we saw the enthusiasm from the team for the concept, and our lead Aloy, we knew we were on the right path".


The developer continued: "The result of our voyage is Horizon Zero Dawn - a game set in a lush post-apocalyptic world, in which Machines are the dominant species and mankind is propelled back to the stone ages. It is a game of exploration, not just of the perilous new world but also of Aloy's identity. On behalf of the entire team at Guerrilla, I hope you'll enjoy accompanying Aloy on her journey as much as we have enjoyed creating it for you".

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