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CurrentC mobile payment to be delayed as supporters flee?

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 13, 2015 8:57 pm

Remember all of that talk about the CurrentC mobile payment platform launching this summer? Well, it looks like Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) is facing continued volatility, and a widespread rollout may be pushed back while some retail members support Apple Pay.




MCX has the support of Target, Wal-Mart, Darden Restaurants and other retailers, and initial testing should begin later this month in Ohio, but it looks like the group continues to have problems. Partners including Best Buy and Rite Aid previously announced they would adopt Apple Pay.


"This is a long game. Certainly going faster is always better - that's not necessarily a debatable point," said Brian Mooney, CEO of MCX, in a statement to Re/code. "But we're going to do it right."

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Watching eSports on YouTube is popular, turning into big business

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 13, 2015 7:58 pm

Twitch may be the king of eSports live streams, but YouTube is proving to be a popular outlet to watch previously recorded gaming matches. The No. 1 video website has billions of hours of eSports and video game footage viewed by users every month, despite increasing popularity of livestreaming sites.




League of Legends, Counter-Strike, FIFA, and Call of Duty - four popular eSports titles - make up the top 10 list of all-time game videos viewed on YouTube. Some viewers prefer to watch events live, but there is plenty of previously-aired eSports footage available on YouTube and other video sharing websites.


"Twitch clearly has the lead in video game livestreaming and eSports, but if all game-related YouTubers start using YouTube to do livestreaming, they could be back in the game soon," said Peter Warman, CEO of the Newzoo global market research firm, in a statement to Fortune. "Often gamers can choose between Twitch or YouTube streams when it comes to eSports events."

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Twitter removes 140-character limit on direct messages, finally

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Aug 13, 2015 7:21 pm

Social networking service Twitter has finally removed the 140-character limit in direct messages, so users have the ability to share longer private messages. Direct messages now have a 10,000-character limit per message.




"It's the No. 1 request we get from folks," said Sachin Agarwal, DMs product manager at Twitter, in a statement to The Verge. "They want to be able to say what's on their mind and me themselves."


Twitter hopes the DM change will help the social networking site reach a broader audience, as the company tries to add to its 316 million active monthly users.

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Blizzard may 'consider Warcraft' RTS after StarCraft II story is done

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 13, 2015 7:13 pm

It's possible the Blizzard RTS team could take another look at Warcraft, but only after StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void is finalized. There hasn't been official confirmation by Blizzard, but it looks like the game studio hasn't fully closed the door to future Warcraft RTS action in the future.




"This isn't the end of StarCraft, but it's end of this story for these characters," said Tim Morten, producer of StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void, in a statement to IGN. "We don't have any specific plans, but I'll say that the universe has so much potential for more stories, clearly other stories could be told."


Blizzard has never been in a huge rush to release games, and moves at its own pace - in an effort to create a gaming experience that players will fully embrace.

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eSports is so big in Sweden that high schools add it to curriculum

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 13, 2015 11:04 am

With the rise of professional eSports, games like League of Legends and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive would not have taken off, at least not to the point where they are today. These games have tens of millions of very, very dedicated gamers with tournaments that have tens of millions of dollars being thrown at gamers.




This means it shouldn't come as a surprise to most that some Swedish high schools are now introducing eSports into their curriculum, just like some physical sports are. The eSports subjects will be handled just like physical education subjects, with rooms dedicated to practicing games like DOTA 2 and League of Legends, with guest lectures being given by professional gamers and personalities from within the eSports community.


Magnus Alehed, a principal at one of the high schools offering eSports as a subject said that the idea behind it was to get rid of the negative stigma behind video games and mainstream society. You know, how they think gamers all sit around with a controller in their hands blasting expletives at their TV. Alehed said: "We're looking to dispel the myth that this would be a bad thing and it is about respect for this group of students".

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Samsung shows off some next-gen storage products at FMS 2015

By: Jon Coulter | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 13, 2015 8:30 am

Yesterday Samsung announced new products featuring their third generation 256Gb 48-layer 3bit 3D V-NAND technology. Today the exhibit floor opened up and we got a chance to view Samsung's latest and greatest first-hand.




Most prominently displayed was the world's first 3-Bit SAS SSD, the PM1633a. Not only is this drive the world's first 3-Bit SAS Enterprise SSD, it is the world's highest capacity drive (HDDs included). The floating drive display is one of the coolest we've ever seen.




Next up are a few SATA-based products we are all familiar with, the 850 Pro and EVO SATA SSDs. There has been no announced refresh to the 850 Pro; it will remain powered by 32-layer MLC 3D V-NAND as far as we know. The world's best-selling consumer SSD, the 850EVO, will be getting a refresh and will be the first SSD available with Samsung's third generation 3bit 48-layer 3D V-NAND.

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Oculus founder says VR needs 'unlimited GPU horsepower'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Aug 13, 2015 7:38 am

Tom's Hardware sat down with Palmer Luckey, the founder of Oculus VR, at Gamescom last week, asking him some interesting questions. The first question off the bat from Tom's Hardware was "if there was one challenge in VR that you had to overcome that you really wish wasn't an issue, which would it be?"




Luckey replied with: "Probably unlimited GPU horsepower. It is one of the issues in VR that cannot be solved at this time. We can make our hardware as good as we want, our optics as sharp as we can, but at the end of the day we are reliant on how many flops the GPU can push, how high a framerate can it push? Right now, to get 90 frames per second [the minimum target framerate for Oculus VR] and very low latencies we need heaps of power, and we need to bump the quality of the graphics way down".


He continued: "If we had unlimited GPU horsepower in everybody's computer, that will make our lives very much easier. Of course, that's not something we can control, and it's a problem that will be solved in due time". The next question was just as interesting, asking Luckey that with the "limited power we have today" being good enough because we're in the wild west of VR technology.

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided's graphics will soon be watered down

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 13, 2015 6:19 am

It looks like Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will have watered down graphics, with the producer on the game, Oliver Proulx, talking with Eurogamer explaining that the final build of the game should look close to the suped up graphics we saw from E3 2015 earlier this year.



Proulx explained: "In terms of the graphical fidelity we're very mindful of what we wanted to show at E3 that we don't show something that's impossible to achieve later down the road, and it was really discussed with the team". He continued, talking about the smaller changes that the studio will make to Mankind Divided, with improvements and compromises, but the quality we see should be mostly the same.


"We're confident what we showed, what you'll see when the game comes out, is going to be very consistent in terms of graphical quality", he continued. "Obviously the game goes through iteration and the debugging phase, so you can pick up some differences there - some improvements, maybe some other compromises - but it's going to be pretty much what we've got".

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LG's upcoming NUCLUN 2 processors smashes Samsung's greatest chip

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Aug 13, 2015 5:09 am

Qualcomm isn't doing too well at the moment, and Samsung hasn't had a good time with its new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge sales, leaving the window open for LG to come through and dominate with its upcoming NUCLUN 2 processor.




LG's refreshed NUCLUN 2 processor is being baked onto the 16nm FinFET process and hitting mass production in 2016. But now we're got some very early performance numbers to share with you courtesy of Weibo, where it dominates the 8-core SoC from Samsung in the form of the Exynos 7420. The NUCLUN 2 scores 1796 in the single-core test versus the 1486 from the Exynos 7420. When it comes to the multi-core test, the NUCLUN 2 is capable of 5392 while Samsung's chip manages 4970.


LG's NUCLUN 2 chip has two quad-core CPUs inside of it, with one of them being a quad-core Cortex-A72 clocked at 2.1GHz while the other is a quad-core Cortex-A53 clocked at 1.5GHz.

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