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Microsoft's May update for the Xbox One provides voice messages

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: May 12, 2015 6:38 am

The new May 2015 update for the Xbox One is rolling out today, with Microsoft baking in new voice messaging and SmartGlass features into the update.

 

 

Voice Messaging is something new for the Xbox One, but has been something that Xbox 360 users could enjoy for the last 9.5 years. It has taken Microsoft close to a decade to provide a simple update to the Xbox One that its previous generation console has enjoyed, but the May update has finally delivered. Xbox One users can now record and send voice messages to both Xbox 360 and Xbox One owners.

 

Microsoft has also updated the SmartGlass app for Android, iOS and Windows Phone, something that allows people to use the SmartGlass app to turn their Xbox One on or off from the ease of their handset.

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Uber rumored to be valued at an insane $50 billion

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 12, 2015 5:36 am

It was only in February of 2011 that Uber raised $11 million and was valued at $60 million, in just nine months the company raised another $37.5 million for a $330 million valuation. But now, the ride sharing giant is said to be valued at a mind boggling $50 billion.

 

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VentureBeat has an impressive image that we've got above, showing just how far Uber has come in four short years. Since 2009, Uber has grown into over 300 cities across the planet, where the valuation of $50 billion has venture capitalists throwing their money at the ride sharing company. The reason? Uber can expand ever so easily from the taxi industry, into couriers, moving services, food delivery and so much more. This has investors creating an expanding bubble of hope for Uber.

 

Where to from here though? The company could file an IPO, or raise a few more billion dollars to keep them afloat. Whatever happens, the future is brighter than ever for Uber.

Apple reportedly testing nanowire material for the iPad Plus display

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 12, 2015 4:31 am

We've been reporting on the larger iPad Plus from Apple for a while now, but the latest rumor on the iPad Plus is that Apple has requested silver nanowire material samples from various display suppliers.

 

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Panels that use nanowire material are more flexible than the usual touch panels, which could allow Apple to provide similar Force Touch technology found on the Apple Watch, to their upcoming business-focused iPad Plus. Not only that, but it looks like Apple is thinking about providing a stylus on the new iPad Plus, which would pit the larger iPad against the likes of Samsung's various Galaxy tablets.

 

The iPad Plus is expected to feature sapphire glass over the entire display, NFC connectivity, a USB Type-C connector, an 11,000mAh battery and much more. We should expect Apple to reveal the iPad Plus later this year.

Dishonored: Definitive Edition rumored to be coming to Xbox One, PS4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 12, 2015 3:59 am

With a few Definitive Edition games made already, it looks like Dishonored is going to join the growing list of titles being 'remade' for the Xbox One and PS4 thanks to the additional horsepower in the now current-gen consoles.

 

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"According to an industry insider", Dishonored: Definitive Edition will be shown off before we get a look at Dishonored II, reports WCCFTech. We are still expecting Dishonored II to be unveiled at E3 2015 next month, or at least a trailer. We should expect more details and a deeper look at the sequel to Dishonored at Gamescom later in the year.

Reddit is down 'for emergency maintenance'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 12, 2015 3:33 am

Update #2: And it's back up! Your day can go on like usual, we can breathe normally again now that Reddit is back!

 

Update: According to @redditstatus on Twitter, there was some scheduled maintenance for four hours ago, with a tweet that said: "We'll be performing some database maintenance that will require the site to be in read only mode for May 11, 22:00 - 22:30 PDT". The next tweet which was from around 52 minutes ago read: "Investigating: We're investigating a database master that's gone unavailable". Then, just 38 minutes ago, @redditstatus tweeted: "Identified: Turns out it was good we were preparing to replace a database tonight -- it's the one that just fai...".

 

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Breaking: Reddit, otherwise known as "the front page of the Internet" is down. Visiting the website will result in a nice little blue page that says "Reddit is down for emergency maintenance".

 

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We don't know if this is something that was planned, but as a very daily Reddit user, I haven't read anything about it. It could've been attacked, which is why the 'emergency maintenance' is required. Sites like Reddit don't just run from a single server in an ISP, they have many thousands of servers with companies like Amazon so that this type of thing never happens.

 

We'll report back when we find out more.

Fallout 4 details leak as a 'broken NDA' appears to have taken place

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 12, 2015 2:35 am

After thinking Fallout 4 might not be shown off at E3 2015, it looks like it could actually happen. According to the LinkedIn profile of a 3D contract artist, who has listed "Fallout 4 cinematic trailer" on the Experience section of their profile.

 

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The person said they worked on the Fallout 4 cinematic trailer for four months, between December 2014 and March 2015 in LA. This person has also worked on the Far Cry 4 cinematic trailer, the Forza series, Elder Scrolls series, and even Underworld Awakening and The Avengers. Where it gets messy, is that Bethesda hasn't publicly confirmed the existence of Fallout 4.

 

Normally rumors are just that... rumors, but this is pretty solid. This LinkedIn profile points to someone who has worked on various large AAA titles like Far Cry 4, and much more. We'll find out soon with E3 2015 taking place between June 16-18, 2015.

Nintendo's next-gen console will be revealed next year, no region lock

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: May 12, 2015 1:33 am

It was expected of Nintendo to talk about its next generation console at E3 2015 next month, but the company has confirmed that it will not be talking about its "NX" console at the show.

 

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But, Nintendo President and CEO Satoru Iwata said that the Japanese company will be talking about its NX console sometime in 2016. The Nintendo boss teased that they are calling it a new concept, with the team not considering the NX console a replacement of the Wii U. At this point, there's no clue what Nintendo could be working on, but if it's anything like the Wii, we could expect a big change to the game console.

 

The new NX console will also reportedly not be held back by region locking, as the company has been listening to customer feedback and proposals from the market.

Picasso auction breaks art world record, sells for $179m USD

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: May 12, 2015 12:58 am

Auction House Christie's broke the world record for a piece of art overnight, selling a work by famed Spanish painter Pablo Picasso for a massive $179 million U.S dollars, according to the Wall Street Journal.

 

 

The 1955 Picasso, titled 'The Women of Algiers' was originally purchased in 1954 as part of a collection of 15 works for $212,000 USD, before being sold off separately. In 1997, the same painting sold for $31 million USD, meaning the anonymous seller just turned a very tidy profit.

 

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'The Women of Algiers' is one of the final Picasso's still in private hands.

Ex-Naughty Dog developer says 8GB RAM is enough for the Xbox One, PS4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: May 12, 2015 12:29 am

Both of the current generation consoles have 8GB of RAM, which "should be plenty for the remainder of this console generation" according to ex-Naughty Dog developer and founder of Filmic Worlds, John Hable.

 

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During a recent interview with GamingBolt, Hable said: "In general, I would not worry about the consoles becoming outdated. Remember, the PS3 and Xbox 360 have only 512MB of RAM, but the PC versions of the same games usually require 2GB or more. On consoles you have more control over memory allocations. The 8GB of RAM in both the Xbox One and PS4 should be plenty for the remainder of this console generation".

 

When Hable was still with Naughty Dog, he was in control of the HDR lighting technology found in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. Current generation games are now using much more complicated lighting technologies such as global illumination and physical-based rendering, so GamingBolt wanted to know where Hable thought lighting technology in games would be going next.

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Get 'Dumb and Dumber' in our Blu-ray giveaway

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: May 12, 2015 12:10 am

To celebrate this week's release of the sequel to one of the funniest comedies of all time; 'Dumb and Dumber To' on Blu-ray HD, DVD and Digital, we have copies of the Blu-ray to give away to ten lucky readers.

 

The average person uses 10% of their brain capacity. Imagine what he could do with 1%. Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels reprise their signature roles as Lloyd and Harry in the sequel to the smash hit that took the physical comedy and kicked it in the nuts: Dumb and Dumber To. The original film's directors, Peter and Bobby Farrelly, take Lloyd and Harry on a road trip to find a child Harry never knew he had and the responsibility neither should ever, ever be given. Along for the ride are co- stars Kathleen Turner, Laurie Holden, and Rob Riggle.

 

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To go into the running to take a Blu-ray home, simply answer the following question in 50 words or less:

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