Monolith's new Shadow of Mordor is pushing PCs a little harder in the graphics department, but the effects are good enough to require a 3.7GB download of the games Ultra HD texture pack. This texture packs increases the in-game graphics with higher resolution textures, recommended only for GPUs with 6GB of VRAM, like NVIDIA's GeForce GTX Titan.
But as it stands, there is an issue with the texture pack, as users are reporting that even with the Ultra preset for textures enabled, the game still runs on High quality. There aren't many GPUs on the market with 6GB of VRAM (or more) on them, apart from a select group of Radeon HD 7970s and R9 290Xs, and a couple of NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 780 and 780 Ti, apart from the company's higher-end GTX Titan series.
The game has a built-in benchmark which is easy for comparing your system against friends, and to see the averages, etc increase with an upgrade to your system. We will have benchmarks using Shadow or Mordor shortly, so check back over the weekend.
It has been ten years since Lost premiered, and with the controversial finale four years ago, the Executive Producer behind the show has said that the return of Lost is simply, in the words of Agent Smith, "inevitable".
Carton Cuse talked with Digital Spy, where he said: "Disney owns the franchise, it made them a lot of money, it's hard to imagine it will just sit there idly forever. Damon (Lindelof) and I told our story in that world and I assume someone will come along, hopefully having been inspired by our story, or our version of the story, and want to tell their own story".
"It's like the Narnia chronicles. There are seven books, they were all written by CS Lewis, but they all visit Narnia at different times and different configurations and different ways", he continued. Cuse added: "Someone is going to come up with a way to tell another Lost story. I think it's inevitable. I don't know what it is or how it would work, but I can't imagine something else won't be done with the franchise".
Now that Christopher Nolan is finished with the Dark Knight movies, and Zak Snyder taking Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice with Ben Affleck playing Batman/Bruce Wayne, who has Gone Girl out in theaters, its time for Interstellar.
Interstellar, if you haven't heard of it by now, is Nolan's new sci-fi spectacle that has our "time on Earth coming to an end", where we send explorers on a mission, including Matthew McConaughey from the recent True Detective, and Dark Knight's Catwoman, Anne Hathaway, that is the most important in human history. They traverse the stars, in Nolan's excellent work in 70mm IMAX, which should impress the fans of super-detail cinema, especially from Nolan.
Interstellar is out November 5, and in IMAX a few days early than cinemas.
Now that the new iPhones are here, the talk about the next iPhone has begun. Samsung is reportedly being tapped by Apple to make its A9 processor, the successor to the A8 found in the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
Samsung is expected to use its 14nm process, which the company should surely handle since it made 30% of all A8 processors, sharing manufacturing work with TSMC. Samsung is offering up Apple's next processor built on 14nm FinFet technology, which should provide 15% smaller space compared to the current 20nm, as well as providing 20% more power, and 35% more power efficiency.
We should hear more about the A9 processor soon, but who would be surprised with a new iPhone announcement in the next six months?
Dallas health officials now suspect upwards of 100 Texans may have had contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, the first patient diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. A report published today by NBC News give a breakdown of Duncan's activities in Liberia, his arrival back to the United States and the diagnosis delay which could yet cost more lives.
The man's extended family, some of which had contact with Duncan after he stayed in their home following the long haul flight are now in quarantine. United Airlines is now trying to contact 400 passengers who may have been on Duncan's flights.
USA Today is also reporting that Duncan lied to airport screening staff about his contact with an Ebola patient in order to leave the country, with Liberian authorities promising to prosecute him for his role in possibly spreading the deadly virus.
Most are expecting self-driving cars to be something real before the end of the decade, but 2020 is too far away for Tesla. During a recent interview with CNNMoney, Tesla Motors' boss and real-life Tony Stark, Elon Musk, has teased that an autonomous car from the company is only months away from retail.
Musk said: "Autonomous cars will definitely be a reality. A Tesla car next year will probably be 90 percent capable of autopilot. Like, so 90 percent of your miles can be on auto. For sure highway travel. How's that going to happen? With a combination of various sensors. You combine cameras with image recognition with radar and long-range ultrasonics, that'll do it. Other car companies will follow. But you guys are going to be the leader? Of course. I mean, Tesla's a Silicon Valley company. If we're not the leader, shame on us".
Tesla Motors has an announcement ready for October 9, inviting media and promising to unveil "the D and something else". A self-driving car is a total surprise at this point, and could be the catalyst Tesla requires to become the undisputed new big thing in vehicles not only in the US, but the world. Cheap to run, high-quality, safe, autonomous cars? Sure, they might be expensive at first, but with the new Gigafactory, we could be looking at cheaper, mid-range autonomous cars being the norm by 2020, instead of the first one rolling off the production line.
Since 2006, Disney's Pixar studio have released a new film annually - except this year, owing to the delay incurred during production of their latest film 'Inside Out'. Today, the studio have given their first look at a new production since 'Monsters University' over a year ago.
'Inside Out', directed by Pete Docter, delves inside the mind of a young girl as she processes emotions such as joy, anger, disgust, fear and sadness as she goes about her daily life. The voice cast includes Amy Poehler, Bill Hader and Pixar regular John Ratzenberger.
'Inside Out' hits cinemas worldwide in June 2015.
The United States military has slowed down efforts to dismantle some of its aging nuclear warheads, just in case they are needed for use against asteroids that threaten the Earth. Until an evaluation is conducted to determine "their use in planetary defense against earth-bound asteroids," according to officials.
Nuclear weapons could be used to strike asteroids to either knock them off course - or detonate asteroids to create smaller fragments - that would no longer pose a threat to the planet. Of course, such controversial research has garnered some criticism, including the idea that this is just an excuse for the U.S. military to keep a functional nuclear arsenal.
NASA previously outlined its interest in trying to capture an asteroid which could be used by researchers for further studies. The U.S. space agency will test capabilities by 2030 as part of the Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM), and it could also be used to help manned missions reach Mars.
It wasn't long ago that NVIDIA used its GAME24 event to officially unveil its new second-generation Maxwell-based GPUs, the GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970, but also celebrated PC gaming for 24 hours across the world.
NVIDIA had over 1.3 million gamers from over 120 countries jump into the live stream for the various streams NVIDIA had going, from a 24-hour modding competition, to the Maxwell launch itself, to a DotA 2 tournament, and more. 1.3 million gamers tuning in over 24 hours show that NVIDIA pulled something popular here, so it'll be interesting to see another event in the near future from the company.
Netflix has announced a new deal it has struck with Adam Sandler, the star of The Wedding Singer and Happy Gilmore, with his next four feature films as an exclusive. With Sandler's movies grossing over $3 billion at the global box office, this could be an interesting move.
Sandler's movies also rank as the most-viewed by Netflix members in the US, Brazil, the UK and more. Netflix's Chief Content Officer, Ted Sarandos said: "People love Adam's films on Netflix and often watch them again and again. His appeal spans across viewers of all ages -- everybody has a favorite movie, everyone has a favorite line -- not just in the US but all over the world".
Sandler had something a little different to say: "When these fine people came to me with an offer to make four movies for them, I immediately said yes for one reason and one reason only... Netflix rhymes with Wet Chicks. Let the streaming begin!!!!" The deal sees Sandler's Happy Madison Productions working with Netflix to develop the four movies that will see Adam Sandler starring and producing in, to premiere exclusively to member's in over close to 50 countries that Netflix operates in.
With Netflix's direction and influence, maybe we could see something different from Sandler, at least that's what I hope, especially with the last movies he's made.