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Intel's new Xeon CPU will feature 28 CPU cores, 56 threads in total

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Sep 20, 2015 9:56 pm

Intel isn't far away from releasing its Skylake Purley-powered Xeon processors, with the new platform set to feature a huge 28 Skylake cores, and thanks to Hyper-Threading, a total of 56 threads of CPU power.




These new Xeon processors are not destined for the consumer desktop, as they will include multi-processor setups. The new Xeon E5 and Xeon E7 processor ranges will see the Xeon E5 range packing between two and four CPUs on a motherboard, while the Xeon E7 steps it up, considerably. The upcoming Xeon E7 range will pack an 8-socket design, allowing for an insane amount of CPU horsepower, especially when each CPU has 56 threads.


Intel will be unleashing its new Omnipath Architecture inside of the new Skylake-powered Xeon processors, something it calls Storm Lake (Generation 1). This new PCH will be codenamed Lewisburg, where it will include updated Ethernet controllers. The Skylake Purley update will also pave the way for Socket P, with a TDP that's configurable between 45W and 165W. The PCIe slots will have 48 lanes of bandwidth to play with, but this could change at any time.


The Skylake Purley update is said to be the biggest update Intel has done since Nehalem, and with a 56-threaded CPU that rocks a 6-channel DDR4 architecture, as well as the new AVX 512 instruction set and 100G Omni Path interconnect, we're in for one heck of a ride.

There's no point in playing Destiny without The Taken King

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 20, 2015 3:51 am

Bungie and Activision are sending a clear message with Destiny's new The Taken King expansion: if you don't want to buy it, then there's no reason to play. Rather than moving away from the controversial paid DLC models, Destiny has embraced them in a whole new way for Year 2, which offers a decidedly shocking look at the future of the franchise.




Destiny's The Taken King isn't just an expansion: it's a whole new game. Bungie has finally made Destiny into the game we always wanted. But even with all of these new additions and changes, Activison and Bungie are still up to the same old marketing tricks.


Just as I was starting to have faith in Bungie again, I'm reminded how exactly Destiny works. The game is built upon a ridiculous paygate scheme that literally forces gamers to purchase new expansions if they want to continue onward. With every passing DLC, little bits and chips of the core game are locked off: Xur selling expansion-only gear, daily heroic missions and weekly Nightfall strikes featuring DLC-only missions.

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A New Hope for original 'Star Wars' theatrical cuts release

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Sep 20, 2015 2:14 am

The rumours of a release of the original, non-special edition release of the 'Star Wars Trilogy' have been swirling ever since the purchase of Lucasfilm and all its properties by the Disney corporation back in 2012, even thought the new owners failed to release the product before 'The Force Awakens' launch in December. But according to Director John Landis, Disney will do what fans have been demanding for years.



Filmmaker John Landis, director of dozens of films and music videos such as 'Animal House', 'The Blues Brothers', 'An American Werewolf in London' and Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' has been a friend and colleague of 'Star Wars' creator George Lucas for decades and his words hold far more weight than an anonymous sources.




While this is far from official confirmation from Disney, I'm very hopeful that fans will recieve a surprise ahead of the 40th anniversary of the saga in 2017.

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Google's next-gen Chromecast should feature improved Wi-Fi, and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 19, 2015 1:57 am

Google's Chromecast is such a versatile device for $35, so the news of a refreshed, next-gen Chromecast coming should not be a surprise. 9to5Google is reporting that Google is set to unveil a new Chromecast soon, with some big improvements.




The new Chromecast would feature improved Wi-Fi, where we're hoping for 5GHz and 802.11ac support. Better yet, the new Chromecast would allow for content feeds on the home screen, which would be something very welcomed. We should see social media or image feeds on your TV, met with a new Fast Play feature that would speed up the process of getting content onto your TV.


Something completely new, however, is Chromecast Audio. Chromecast Audio seems like a Rocki-style device, which would let you plug your Chromecast into any speaker through an auxiliary cable, joined by a nifty multi-room feature that would let you blast audio throughout your house from your smartphone or tablet.

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Destiny's King's Fall raid has been completed

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 19, 2015 12:18 am

The King's Fall raid for Destiny's new The Taken King expansion went live today, leading to millions of gamers racing to the finish line and trying to solve the six-man raid's complex puzzles.




The King's Fall raid went live at 1PM, and after seven hours of flying blind, dying and hardcore patience, Bungie has confirmed that Oryx has been slain and revealed the six players who now hold the record as the raid's very first finishers. The gaming team called The Wobblers now hold the esteem, and streamed the entire seven-hour long session in one go.



Bungie will likely deliver a breakdown of the team's stats during the raid including deaths/kills and other metrics, so keep an eye out for that. Now that the King's Fall raid has been beaten and Oryx has been smote by the Light, there's no more secrets and gamers will start to push past the challenge themselves. Like every raid King's Fall will get its own Hard mode, and it'll be interesting to see how difficult it proves to be in the coming weeks.

AMD loses its high profile CPU architect Jim Keller

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 18, 2015 9:32 pm

It was only last week that AMD effectively spun off its GPU division into Radeon Technology Group, and now the chipmaker is in the headlines again as it has lost another high-profile employee in the form of its Chief Architect of Microprocessor Cores, Jim Keller. Keller is leaving AMD to pursue other opportunities.




Keller is known for his work with AMD in their early days of CPU dominance, as he was a key player in the creation of the original Athlon architecture, the K7. After that, he was the lead architect on the K8 architecture, and played a large role in developing the world's first native x86-64 bit architecture. Keller left AMD for Apple to help make its A4 and A5 processors, joining AMD once again in 2012 to lead the development of the Zen architecture.


An AMD spokesperson talked with HEXUS, where they said: "Jim was responsible for overseeing the teams defining the roadmaps for AMD's CPU cores, systems IP, and server and client SoCs". Obviously some people might be worried about AMD losing a key player of theirs, so the spokesperson added: "Jim helped establish a strong leadership team that is well positioned for success as we enter the completion phase of the "Zen" core and associated system IP and SoCs. Jim's departure is not expected to impact our public product or technology roadmaps, and we remain on track for "Zen" sampling in 2016 with first full year of revenue in 2017".

PlayStation VR 'will be priced as a new gaming platform'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Sep 18, 2015 7:48 pm

Now that we know the official name of Project Morpheus, we're finding out about what price point PlayStation VR will launch at. During TGS 2015, Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Andrew House said that PlayStation VR would "be priced as a new gaming platform", reports Bloomberg.




We don't have a concrete price yet, but I would say that a 'gaming platform' is around $400 if you look at the price of the PlayStation 4. When it comes to Sony's future, the Japanese giant has been shifting from TVs, and towards games, image sensors and movies. The company wants to fight harder against Microsoft and the Xbox One, with PlayStation VR being a very big part of that.


House added: "VR rewrites the rule book on how you can create games. You're seeing a large amount of interest and work happening among smaller teams, because it's possible to create something in VR that is very simple but still very magical". Better yet, we're hearing about how many games PlayStation VR will launch with. At TGS, Sony is showing off 10 playable titles for PlayStation VR, which I think is the amount of games, maybe a little more, that we'll see launch with the VR headset.

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Report: Konami gives up on AAA games, no more Metal Gear

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 18, 2015 5:57 pm

Reports indicate that Konami has finally thrown in the towel for AAA games development, and is no longer willing to gamble on franchises and game releases outside of the safety umbrella of the Pro Evolution Soccer sports line.




The reports come straight from two French game outlets, which was then verified by Eurogamer that Konami is indeed shutting down all plans for future AAA releases--except for PES games. The news was reinforced by the departure of Julien Merceron, Konami's worldwide technology director, and it looks like Konami will completely focus on mobile games from hereon out.


That effectively means that Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, which is simultaneously lauded as a masterpiece and seen as an unfinished game by the community, will be the last Meta Gear Solid game. Konami prepared for this move when it fired Hideo Kojima and dissolved his development team, a move that ushered significant backlash from its own audience. Gamers also watched in horror as reports of Konami "imprisoning and exploitating" its employees with unfair working conditions surfaced on the web.

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Final 'Steve Jobs' trailer trailer depicts the highs and lows of Apple

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Sep 17, 2015 10:58 pm

The upcoming 'Steve Jobs' has been both praised and pilloried by those who knew the man best, but with the film beginning its worldwide release next month, fans will get to weigh in themselves. Today, distributor Universal Studios has released the final trailer for the film which samples the three major timelines that the film hones in on.



Michael Fassbender portrays Steve Jobs in the film, which is already generating strong Oscar buzz. 'Steve Jobs' hits cinemas in United States on October 23rd, but has been delayed in Australia until January 2016.

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