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Oculus has 'something new' to unveil tomorrow

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Oct 6, 2016 2:31 am

Oculus kicks off its annual Oculus Connect developer conference tomorrow, but Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg has come out teasing that the VR company will have "something new" to show off.




Zuckerberg posted a picture of himself using the Oculus Rift and the still unreleased Oculus Touch controllers, where he said: "Getting ready to demo something new we've been building in virtual reality. Tune in tomorrow at 10am pacific time to hear about the future of VR at Oculus Connect".


I've personally heard that Oculus Connect 3 will be of interest to watch from industry sources of my own, so I'll be tuning into the event to see what Oculus has tucked up its sleeve.

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Mortal Kombat X's massive new 28GB patch for PC released

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 6, 2016 1:39 am

The PC version of Mortal Kombat X was a fatality when it launched earlier this year, with both Warner Bros and developer NetherRealm taking a step back from the PC version of the game, but still putting their full efforts into the console versions with updates and DLC.




Now the PC version of Mortal Kombat X has been patched, with WB and NetherRealm talking with gamers again in August with a new beta version of Mortal Kombat XL for the PC. The massive patch weighs in at 28GB, making it bigger than some AAA titles, but acts as a patch that brings Mortal Kombat XL into a much better position on the PC than ever before.


Mortal Kombat XL includes all of the content from the original game, but includes content from Kombat Pack 2, which has playable characters like the Xenomorph from Alien, Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre horror film franchise, Triborg and Bo'Rai Cho are also available.

The 'Gears of War' movie is back on at Universal Studios

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Oct 6, 2016 12:18 am

Like the mooted feature film adaptation of 'Halo', the big screen version of 'Gears of War' was for a time cancelled - but unlike Master Chief, you're actually going to see this one happen in your lifetime.




Speaking to Variety, The Coalition studio head Rod Fergusson said that "As a way to support the franchise the next logical step was to make the movie. We'd done comics and novels in the past but the opportunity to work with Universal to bring the movie to life was perfect." While Universal were responsible for the disappointing 'Doom' feature film starring Dwayne Johnson back in 2005, Ferguson is jazzed to be working with them on the 'Gears' feature. "That's one of the great things about working with Universal. We're finding that line where we can say it has enough lore and canon that it feels genuine to the game while at the same time going beyond that and asking 'OK what makes a great movie?"


While there's no release date for the film yet, fans might need to keep playing 'Gears of War 4' until at least 2018.

Oldies but goldies: Best pre-smartphone era phones

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 5, 2016 11:13 pm

Today's phone market is run by Samsung and Apple but before their time other phones were popular. Just a decade ago flip phones were everywhere, we had to use mechanical keyboards to write texts, and battery life was longer. For companies like HTC, Xiaomi and Huawei almost nobody heard of and Samsung phones weren't as nearly as popular as they are today.




Today we use our phones to pay the bills, read the news, listen to music, play games, etc. They have become much more than just a communication device. Still, some phones from the pre-smartphone era have earned the cult status.

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Extended 'Suicide Squad' cut coming to Blu-ray

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Oct 5, 2016 10:09 pm

While 'Suicide Squad' was mauled by critics (including us), it certainly exceeded the studio's financial expectations, pulling in a $740 million dollar haul off a $175 million dollar budget. Following in the footsteps of the better received extended cut of 'Batman v Superman', it's also about to get a little longer when it comes to home video.



The extended cut is set to add around 13 minutes of additional footage, bumping up the duration to 136 minutes. According to rumours, entire subplots where jettisoned for the final cut which hit cinemas in August, with some suggestions that actor Jared Leto who played Joker was none too impressed at his apparent shafting. While I don't think the extended cut will make it a better film, I'm moderately interested to see how this version looks.


The 'Suicide Squad: Extended Cut' hits Blu-ray in the U.S. on December 13 and December 7 in Australia.

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Radeon 16.10.1 driver optimized for Gears 4, Mafia III

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 5, 2016 10:00 pm

AMD has released its Radeon 16.10.1 driver, and with it comes optimizations for Gears of War 4 and Mafia III, launching October 11 and October 7, respectively.




Additionally, you get a CrossFire profile for Shadow Warrior 2 as played on DirectX 11, performance and graphics fixes for Deus Ex, The Crew, Battlefield 1, Overwatch, and Paragon, and a couple of Radeon Settings fixes.


As ever, download the driver via the source link below or open Radeon Settings and click 'New Update'.

Should self-driving cars 'sacrifice' passengers?

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Oct 5, 2016 9:33 pm

The era of self-driving cars is right around the corner. Google is testing their autonomous vehicles for a while now, and Tesla Motors cars can drive around on their own, of course, under the surveillance of a driver. Other players like Uber have already launched their own self-driving car sharing service and GM is working with Lyft to enable the same.




The self-driving cars should bring better safety to our streets and many believe this is something that will happen within our lifetime. Mate Rimac, founder and CEO of Rimac Automobili, said our children won't have to learn to drive, meaning he believes the self-driving cars will be standard within next few decades.


However, before that happens and the self-driving cars become common, the experts have to solve some problems that are self -imposed.

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Rocket League Bundle scores a 33% discount on PC

By: TweakTown Dealzon | More News: Deals | Posted: Oct 5, 2016 6:43 pm

Despite having no discount to speak of on Steam, Rocket League consistently ranks as a top 10 seller ever since its Summer 2015 debut. If you have yet to get in on the soccer-meets-demolition-derby game, a rare 33% price break has reared its head at Bundle Stars for Rocket League and most of its DLC packs.




The discount is part of their "Rocket League Bundle" which contains two options to buy or "tier's" as Bundle Stars likes to call it. Tier 1 is just the Rocket League game alone for $13.39, or 33% off the $19.99 you'll find elsewhere online right now. Tier 2 shares the same 33% discount but gets you the Rocket League game plus 8 DLC packs, which makes up all but a few minor DLCs available for the game.


  • Rocket League Bundle (Steam Key)
  • $13.39 - Rocket League Game Only (Normally $20)
  • $27.99 - Rocket League + 8 DLC (Normally $42)


The sale at Bundle Stars is set to run for one week only. The deals will be valid through Monday, October 10.

ReCore demo launches on Xbox One, PC

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 5, 2016 6:33 pm

Microsoft's action adventure third-person shooter ReCore brings to mind the likes of Jet Force Gemini, Sin & Punishment, Lost Planet, Red Faction: Guerilla, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. If any of those titles are your jam, you should probably try out the newly released trial for the game, available on Xbox One and the Windows Store.




The trial lets you give the first 30 minutes of the game a go. If you decide to buy it and keep going after that, you'll be able to continue where you left off.


Alongside the demo release comes a patch that improves load times, audio and visuals, and various gameplay elements.

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Verizon: broken copper line must be replaced by wireless

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 5, 2016 5:28 pm

A memo sent to Verizon employees in Pensnsylvania, USA late last month makes a new directive clear: barring extenuating circumstances, you must replace a customer's broken copper phone line with its VoiceLink wireless home phone service. Failure to do so "may result in disciplinary action up to and including dismissal", it reads.




The downsides of VoiceLink are that customers aren't able to add DSL internet afterward or use certain devices such as security alarms, pacemakers, and fax machines, among others (in the latter case, the company says this falls under extenuating circumstances, however).


Verizon claims it's pushing VoiceLink because it allows them to restore service quicker to customers.

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