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SEGA seriously considering Shenmue remasters

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 3, 2016 7:07 pm

After decades of waiting, Shenmue fans might get their wish after all: SEGA is seriously contemplating remastering the original RPGs.




Earlier this year, SEGA said it wanted to bring back classic Dreamcast games. The publisher was instantly inundated with requests for Shenmue I & II remastered ports, with practically the entire gaming sphere discussing how awesome it'd be to replay the beloved series again (this nostalgic spirit manifested itself in the wildly successful Shenmue III Kickstarter). Now SEGA says that Shenmue remasters have its full attention.


"There is definitely a desire [to resurrect classic games]," SEGA Europe boss Jurgen Post told MCV. "Even online, people are constantly talking about products they would like to see come back, and Shenmue 1 and 2 are probably in the top two places. We are looking into it. It is an old IP, it is a beloved IP - and not just by consumers, but also within Sega, we have people saying that if we could do Shenmue 1 and 2 all over again, we'd definitely go for it."

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Best Labor Day gaming laptop deals roundup

By: TweakTown Dealzon | More News: Deals | Posted: Sep 3, 2016 2:40 pm

If you're in the market for a new gaming or work laptop, we've got you covered this Labor Day weekend. We are thus far spotting some decent discounts from big-name manufacturers such as Lenovo, all the way to value-oriented offerings from ASUS and HP alike. Depending on your budget and needs, you'll find anything from giant 17-inch laptops with mid-range GPUs, to no-frills $200 laptops with entry-level processors.




While we personally aren't huge gaming laptop fans - because nothing beats being able to customize your desktop to your liking (or budget); one has to agree that the mobility offered up by a gaming laptop can be quite appealing. After all, it's not exactly easy to lug around a gaming rig through the college years, or to local LAN parties.


We've picked through hundreds of laptop deals in Lenovo, HP, Best Buy, and more. Everything in the list below is at or near their respective historic low price point. Most deals will take you straight to the retailer in question while select few may require coupon codes or further steps.


Lenovo Gaming Capable Laptop Deals



HP Gaming Capable Laptop Deals



Lenovo Business Laptop Deals



MacBook Air Deals



Work and Entry-Level Laptop Deals

Sony's wireless earpiece lands in November as Xperia Ear

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 3, 2016 3:30 am

Sony has teased its wireless earpiece before, but now the Japanese electronics giant has teased at IFA 2016 that it will be launching its new Xperia Ear wireless earpiece in November.




Sony's upcoming Xperia Ear is a wireless earpiece that the company will be launching in November "starting in select markets", with the company keeping the price of Xperia Ear under wraps, for now.


The company says that Xperia Ear will use something that Sony calls an "Agent", that will be your personal, in-ear assistant that is also a window into the super-connected world of Google Now. Sony claims that Xperia Ear should have all-day battery life, and that it is light enough that you can wear it for most of the day without it becoming uncomfortable.

Google reportedly working on 4K-capable Chromecast

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Sep 3, 2016 1:32 am

Google is reportedly working on a high-end successor to the Chromecast, with Android Central reporting that the search giant is working on an upgraded Chromecast capable of 4K video.




The new 4K-ready will reportedly be called Chromecast Plus or Chromecast Ultra, and will arrive with 4K capabilities. We should expect HDMI 2.0, and 4K videos on YouTube, as well as Chromecast support to playback Netflix content in 4K. We should expect Google to unveil the new Chromecast during their next-gen Pixel and Pixel XL smartphone unveiling.

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JBL announces Google Now integration in its speakers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Sep 2, 2016 11:42 pm

Google Now really does make your life better, so JBL's decision to include Google Now voice integration into their portable speakers, it sounds like a no-brainer.




JBL's current portable speakers in the Flip 3, Charge 3, Xtreme, and Pulse 2 are capable of being updated with Google Now support. All you'll need to do is download or update the JBL Connect app, grab the update, and press the play/pause button on your speaker to start using Google Now.


The update also includes Siri integration, so iPhone owners won't miss out on voice integration in JBL speakers.

Overwatch free-to-play next weekend for Xbox One, PS4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 2, 2016 10:39 pm

Blizzard has surprised Xbox One and PS4 gamers with an Overwatch free-to-play weekend announced for next weekend, September 9-12, with all 22 characters and maps being made available.




During the free weekend, you can earn Loot Boxes and level up various characters to your hearts content, maintaining your progress if you decide to buy Overwatch after the free play weekend. PS4 owners won't need PlayStation Plus subscription in order to play online, while Xbox One owners will need a subscription to Xbox Live Gold.


Why you should play it: Overwatch is Blizzard's very first FPS, after so many RPS and MMORPG work in the years of Diablo and Warcraft, and with its team-based gameplay, the game has an incredible sense of achievement and teamwork. Most of all, it's damn fun - until you lose in the last 0.1m, and scream your house down.

GDDR6 has over 14Gbps bandwidth, should arrive in 2018

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Sep 2, 2016 10:22 pm

GDDR5X debuted on NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1080 earlier this year, and then we saw 12GB of GDDR5X powering the super-powerful Pascal-based Titan X. Now we have GDDR6 being prepped for a debut sometime in 2018.




GDDR6 will increase the bandwidth to over 14Gbps, up from the already generous 10Gbps offered by GDDR5X, and up greatly from the now-current bandwidth of new GDDR5-based cards at 8Gbps - before then, it was 7Gbps for GDDR5. GDDR6 is also more power efficient, with it being around 20% more efficient over GDDR5.


I'd expect to see GDDR6 in the cards for AMD and NVIDIA for 2018, with NVIDIA set to use GDDR5X on its flagship graphics cards into 2017 alongside HBM2 on the upcoming Volta architecture. AMD has Vega planned for the first half of 2017, which will utilize HBM2 memory - but only if HBM2 supply isn't ridiculously expensive at the time, and is available in high volume.




GDDR6 will most likely be used in the refreshes of Volta and then I'd wager we'll see Navi using it - but AMD has teased "next-gen" memory on their GPU roadmap, but hasn't elaborated on what "next-gen" memory they'll be using.

Stranger Things kids spray silly string on Jimmy Fallon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Sep 2, 2016 9:25 pm

The kids from Stranger Things were on the latest episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where they played a game of Stranger Strings.



Stranger Strings isn't a real game, but a play on words game for the show, where Jimmy and Stranger Things' Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin and Finn Wolfhard reading unknown facts about each other, shooting silly string at the person they thought was the person they think each fact was about.


Towards the end, Finn Wolfhard burns Fallon with a joke - when Jimmy asks if Wolfhard could read, the quick-witted Wolfhard replies with "can you even host?" - mic, drop.

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The first ever movie trailer made by an AI is here

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Sep 2, 2016 8:08 pm

I really think the marketing behind Terminator: Genisys could've used this to better effect, but Kate Mara's upcoming movie, Morgan, has a new trailer released that was made by AI. Yes, you read that right - an artificial intelligence made the trailer you're about to watch.



Morgan is a story of a corporate risk management consultant who has to decide whether to end the 'life' of an AI being, with the studio apporoaching IBM to see if they could use Watson to make the scariest promotional video it could. IBM's team then allowed Watson to create a trailer to Morgan after watching the footage, using its computer-powered logic, algorithms and math to make the trailer.


The IBM research time had Watson analyze 100 classic horror movies, closely looking at each scene for consistencies and triggers that lead to the scarier parts of the movies. There was a visual analysis of what was happening on screen, and a separate audio analysis of what was being said, or the reaction sounds actors made.


Watson analyzed all of the films, which it used to craft the trailer to Morgan, with the AI using moments from the movie that the human editors hadn't used. The team will investigate how AI defines fear from the work Watson put into the trailer, going into the future.


As for Morgan, it's out today - September 2.

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Zen and Kaby Lake will only support Windows 10

By: Derek Strickland | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Sep 2, 2016 7:11 pm

Much to the dismay of Windows 7 users everywhere, Microsoft is keeping its word: Intel's new 7th-generation Kaby Lake and AMD's Zen processors will only work with Windows 10 PCs.




Back in January Microsoft wrote up a controversial edict that tried to shorten Skylake's lifecycle on legacy Windows OS and lock newer CPU hardware--including Kaby Lake and Zen--exclusively to Windows 10. After tons of pressure from the PC crowd, Redmond relented on Skylake...but what about Kaby Lake and Zen? Both processors are on the horizon, and PC enthusiasts need to know if their OS will be compatible.


Microsoft has now confirmed to PC World that its decision concerning Kaby Lake and Zen is final: Windows 10 only. "As new silicon generations are introduced, they will require the latest Windows platform at that time for support," a Microsoft spokeswoman told PC World, reiterating the initial proclamation. "This enables us to focus on deep integration between Windows and the silicon, while maintaining maximum reliability and compatibility with previous generations of platform and silicon."

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