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Watch Destiny's leaked Rise of Iron expansion footage right here

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 9, 2016 2:40 pm

UPDATE 2: Thanks to a leaked Xbox store listing we're able to confirm that Destiny's Rise of Iron will raise the Light level cap, The Taken King is required to play the DLC, and the expansion takes up 14GB of free space on Xbox One. Here's the official store description for the DLC, and check below for the leaked store listing:

 

"Destiny Rise of Iron is the next highly anticipated expansion to the Destiny universe. The wall which stood for centuries along the southern border of Old Russia has collapsed. Fallen mutants now scavenge the tombs of the Golden Age, and the plague they have unearthed in the wastes is more dangerous than even they understand. Join Lord Saladin. Journey into the Plaguelands. Learn the fate of the Iron Lords and stop the growing threat before it is too late."

 

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UPDATE: Activision has taken down the original leaked trailer, but we've found another mirror for the clip. Please excuse the loud dialog at the beginning!

 

The leaky E3 faucets keep on flowing, and now we've spotted the leaked trailer for Destiny's new Rise of Iron expansion.

 

 

Although Bungie plans to unveil Rise of Iron at 10AM PST / 1PM EST on their Twitch channel, there's not really any more secrets left for the expansion. We know it'll come out on September 20, and that it's going to skip last-gen consoles in favor of PS4 and Xbox One. Now the official Rise of Iron footage has been leaked on Reddit, showing off some of the new weapons, armors, activities and enemies featured in the expansion, including the strange Vex-Fallen hybrid warriors that felled the legendary Titan Iron Lords.

 

Close-eyed Destiny players will notice the game's infamous Gjallarhorn rocket launcher is returning in the expansion, and if you pre-order the expansion, you'll get access to the "Iron Gjallarhorn". Don't feel too special, though--Bungie is giving everyone the new heavy weapon as a quest reward in the expansion. Check below for a transcript of the trailer, screenshots, and more info on what Rise of Iron includes.

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Alphabet wants to beam internet directly to customers, testing now

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Networking | Posted: Jun 9, 2016 2:14 pm

Google parent company Alphabet is envisioning a not-so-distant future where internet doesn't require cable running through your city, but rather is beamed wirelessly into your home.

 

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Company chairman Eric Schmidt brought the idea up at the annual shareholder meeting, where he stated that thanks to better computer chips and accurate "targeting of wireless signals", the technology is not only viable, but it can match its own Google Fiber speed-wise. Schmidt said he's met with Alphabet CEO Larry Page and CFO Ruth Porat to discuss it.

 

The technology is said to be in testing now in Kansas City, where Google first launched Fiber. The plan is to demonstrate it there by next year.

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SanDisk's new Ultra Dual Drive USB Type-C drive capable of 150MB/sec

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Jun 9, 2016 7:32 am

Computex 2016 - SanDisk unveiled their new SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive USB Type-C flash drive during Computex 2016, with the new generation drive featuring a new retractable design, higher speeds, more capacity, and more.

 

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Vice President of SanDisk's Product Marketing, Dinesh Bahal explains: "With its reversible connector, impressive speeds, and multi-purpose potential, USB Type-C is a game-changer. More Type-C devices are entering the market and through our Type-C mobile drives, we can offer consumers a complete line of mobile storage solutions. The new SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive USB Type-C flash drive now provides more than twice the capacity and offers the flexibility to quickly and conveniently move photos, videos and files between devices, as well as the freedom to expand device capacity".

 

The new SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive USB Type-C flash drive comes in up to 128GB with a reversible USB Type-C connector and a standard USB Type-A connector that will allow you to connect it up to your PC, notebook, or even smartphone and tablet. We have USB 3.1 performance pushing up to 150MB/sec, which is more than enough speed to throw huge files onto the drive, at high speeds. The new drive arrives in capacities of 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB with pricing of $19.99, $29.99, $39.99 and $69.99, respectively.

Lian Li continues its desk domination, with automated standing desks

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jun 9, 2016 6:48 am

Computex 2016 - Lian Li was in force at Computex this year, unveiling two more "conventional" desks, in the form of the new DK-12 and DK-16. These new desks from Lian Li are automated standing desks, with a "similar console and customizable height presets to the DK-04".

 

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The desktop on the other hand, is a particle board with a waterproof, leather-like surface mounted on aluminum. The standing mechanism itself can lift, and handle up to 264 lbs (120kg). The big difference between the DK-12 and DK-16 is that the DK-12 is 140cm wide (55 inches) while the DK-16 is around 200cm wide (78.7 inches). Lian Li will have a planned accessory for mounting under the desk, with an adjustable arm that can hold any shape/size PC, so that when the desk moves up and down, so too will your PC.

Halo 5 rumored to be coming to the PC, possible announcement during E3

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 9, 2016 5:53 am

With the swirl of E3 2016 announcements and teases so far, one of the biggest ones is that Halo 5 is reportedly on its way to the PC, according to NeoGAF's industry insider 'Enter the Dragon Punch'.

 

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The rumor teases that 'Enter the Dragon Punch' says "I have it on good authority from multiple sources that Halo 5 will be coming to PC". Most would discredit someone called Enter the Dragon Punch, but this person has been on the mark with several other leaks in the past, including the recent Sunset Overdrive on the PC rumor. It would make sense for Microsoft to release Halo 5 onto the PC, as they own both Xbox and Windows, but will they actually come through and release it well?

 

We all saw how Quantum Break was released on the PC alongside the Xbox One version, so if Microsoft does end up releasing Halo 5 on the PC, they need to do it in a big way. Far better graphics, tuned controls for the PC, countless graphics options (think DOOM), and more.

Plextor's new PCIe-based SSD is capable of 2.5GB/sec reads!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Jun 9, 2016 4:18 am

Something we missed during our Computex 2016 coverage was the new Plextor M8Pe series SSD, which is the company's new PCIe-based SSD which arrives with the super-fast 32Gb/s PCIe interface.

 

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The new Plextor M8Pe series SSDs arrive in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and even 1TB sizes, all powered by the Marvel 88SS1093 series processor, baked onto Toshiba-made MLC NAND flash. The 128GB version of the drive reads at up to 1.6GB/sec while writes are slower at 500MB/sec with up to 120,000/130,000 IOPS R/W 4K random access. Moving up to the 256GB model, which is capable of up to 2GB/sec reads and 900MB/sec writes with 210,000/230,000 IOPS random access.

 

The larger 512GB model packs reads speeds of up to a whopping 2.3GB/sec while write speeds are 1.3GB/sec, with 260,000/250,000 IOPS random access, while the 1TB version has some insane numbers, with up to 2.5GB/sec reads and up to 1.4GB/sec writes with 280,000/240,000 IOPS random access.

Uh... so the Chewbacca Mom has made $400K, now charges for autographs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jun 9, 2016 2:16 am

I don't even know how to begin this news post, but the Chewbacca Mom has made a very swift $400,000 since her Facebook Live video went viral three weeks ago.

 

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In that time, Chewbacca Mom or Candace Payne, has made $400,000 from gifts received, and is now charging $20 per autograph. Payne will be at the Dallas Fan Expo on Sunday, with her booth directly beside Game of Thrones star Jack Gleeson, with Payne charging people $20 per autograph. Payne said that she'll be donating a portion of the profits to a Christian ministry initiative - Oak's Followship "All-In".

 

How. Why. How. I don't even.

FIFA 17 uses the Frostbite engine from DICE, new trailer released

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 9, 2016 1:45 am

FIFA 17 has been announced with the new game powered by the beautiful Frostbite engine, the engine created by EA DICE that has powered Battlefield 4, Star Wars Battlefront, Battlefield Hardline (let's forget about that), Need for Speed, and others.

 

 

EA has also detailed some of the different editions of FIFA 17, with a Standard Edition, Deluxe Edition and even a Super Deluxe Edition. FIFA 17 launches on September 29 on the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4 and PC - but first, here are the details on the three different versions of FIFA 17:

 

Standard Edition

  • Full game
  • Up to 5 FUT Draft Tokens (1 per week over 5 weeks - worth up to £10+)
  • 8-match FUT loan item of Hazard, Martial, Reus, or Rodriguez
  • Custom FUT kits created by designers or FIFA soundtrack artists

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'Warcraft' film soars in China, soft U.S. opening projected

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jun 9, 2016 12:34 am

While box office analysts are anticipating a soft opening for Duncan Jones' 'Warcraft' feature film off the back of some less than stellar reviews, it hasn't stopped the film's China opening generating mega-bucks.

 

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According to Forbes, the film has generated nearly $46 million on opening day at the Chinese box office - the second highest opening of all time in the country, representing a higher take than for recent blockbusters such as 'The Force Awakens' and 'Captain America: Civil War'. Expectations are that the film won't even crack the $100 million dollar mark in the U.S., so it's vitally important that the film make bank in overseas territories if it's to recover its estimated $160 million production budget - let alone turn a profit.

 

'Warcraft' opens in the U.S. tomorrow, and on June 16th in Australia.

Next-gen Xbox will be '40% smaller' than Xbox One, with 4K support

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 9, 2016 12:16 am

With E3 2016 literally right around the corner, the rumors of a next-gen Xbox console are being teased once again. According to sources of The Verge, the refreshed Xbox One console will be 40% smaller than the current model, and will reportedly include 4K support of some kind.

 

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Now, I think a refreshed Xbox One makes sense, but I don't think it'll be enough to fight off the purported PlayStation 4.5/4K, which is a faster console. If the refreshed PlayStation arrives and can handle 1080p 60FPS (or 4K 30FPS) gaming alongside PlayStation VR... Microsoft's Xbox One console, and this new, thinner Xbox console, would be finished. But, if the refreshed Xbox is a more capable device, sporting a next-gen Polaris-based design, then Sony could find itself with improved competition from Microsoft. If we consider the upcoming Radeon RX 480 is capable of some serious horsepower with its 150W TDP and $199 price, so maybe we'll see a lower-end Polaris that would power the next-gen Xbox.

 

Remember that Microsoft has its Windows side of business, and it could potentially partner with Oculus and include Rift support - which will be a huge contender against the PlayStation VR that is launching later this year.

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