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Cyberpunk 2077 might have flyable cars and vehicles

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 7, 2016 2:14 pm

Details on Cyberpunk 2077 are less than scarce, but a new job listing from CD Projekt RED hints that we'll be able to take control of our own aerial vehicles and fly around the game's futuristic open-world cyberpunk cities.

 

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CD Projekt RED is currently hiring a Vehicle Gameplay Programmer that will design Cyberpunk 2077's futuristic flying ships and cars. "The person in this position will cooperate with Gameplay & Level Designers teams to create the whole architecture of vehicle related code, and the physics of driving / flying in those vehicles," reads the listing.

 

Based on the way the listing is worded, it sounds like players will be able to actually pilot said vehicles in the game. The developers aren't any strangers to vehicles: Geralt can use a number of locomotion in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, including riding on horseback or slicing through the waters in a sailboat. But horseback and sailing are very different than three-dimensional aerial flight, and it'll be interesting to see how the devs pull this off.

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PlayStation VR comes with a demo disc with 8 games

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 7, 2016 11:06 am

Every PlayStation VR headset comes with a demo disc with a sampling of eight virtual reality "games".

 

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We already knew that Sony's PlayStation VR headset comes bundled with a demo disc, but up until now we weren't sure exactly what the disc contained. As it turns out the included demo disc is beefy in its selection, containing a free copy of the PlayStation Worlds "game" as well as snippets from upcoming PSVR games like DriveClub VR, Battlezone, and EVE: Valkyrie.

 

Remember that the full PlayStation VR games will be "passive, simple experiences", so don't expect very much from the demos as the actual full games won't be very big--certainly not anything like what we're used to. Resident Evil 7 is practically one of the only full PSVR games available. Oh, PSVR games will cost anywhere from $10 to $60, and that's on top of the minimum $399 price of the headset--not including the ~$300 PlayStation 4 console needed to power everything. Sony also plans to release more than 100 PSVR games through the headset's lifecycle.

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Love Splatoon? You could win Nintendo's new NX

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 7, 2016 10:14 am

Nintendo and ESL have teamed up to organize weekly Splatoon tournaments in Europe where players compete for a rather mysterious grand prize: Nintendo's new NX system.

 

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The tournaments are called Go4Splatoon, and will be held every week starting this Sunday for six months. Every month the top players will compete with one another in a ranking bracket, and ESL and Nintendo will monitor the results and post them online. At the end of the season the top players will compete for Nintendo's new NX system.

 

Before you get too excited, I've already combed the ESL website and Go4Splatoon page for any mention or tidbits about Nintendo's NX, and there's zero info. It's possible Nintendo could reveal the NX before the event kicks off on Sunday, but it's also possible the company could wait many months before it's officially unveiled--but Nintendo has promised to reveal the NX sometime this year. One small thing to note is that the NX itself is described as a "video games system" instead of a console, but that's just simple nomenclature. There's been tons of reports on the NX thus far, and the major consensus is that Nintendo's new system will be a powerful handheld with detachable that transforms into a "console," that it will use cartridges for games, and that it'll be powered by NVIDIA's new Tegra SoC.

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Snowden's new leak has the NSA with a secret UK spy base

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Privacy & Rights | Posted: Sep 7, 2016 10:04 am

Edward Snowden has leaked out some new information about the NSA having a spy base in the UK that has been intercepting satellite and other wireless communications around the world.

 

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The base is Snowden has revealed is the Menwith Hill Station (MHS) in North Yorkshire, a 545-acre base that fronts as the Royal Air Force facility that is capable of "rapid radio relay and conduct communications research". The base had seen protestors, journalists and even terrorists interested, and now Snowden's new leak details what is happening at the base.

 

In a report by The Intercept, the NSA has been intercepting international communications from the base in two ways: the first is FORNSAT. FORNSAT uses the huge golf ball-shaped domes with powerful antennae to intercept transmissions between foreign satellites. The second method is called OVERHEAD, which has US government satellites finding, and monitoring smartphone calls and Wi-Fi signals on the ground.

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T-Mobile unleashes 400Mbps speeds on LTE for Galaxy S7

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Sep 7, 2016 8:21 am

T-Mobile is preparing to unleash its next big thing: 400Mbps LTE speeds for specific smartphones, in one of 319 cities.

 

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First off, you'll need Samsung's new Galaxy S7 or S7 edge smartphone, and secondly there'll be an update towards the end of October that will provide up to 400Mbps over LTE. The new speed boost is thanks to 4x4 MIMO, which doubles the upload and download speeds by increasing data paths between the smartphone, and the cell tower.

 

T-Mobile teases that the service is already active in 319 cities, and that it will be pushed down onto Samsung's two flagship smartphones after a software update later this month.

Forza Motorsport 6: Apex now supports racing wheels

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 7, 2016 6:38 am

Racing fans will be excited with the news that Forza Motorsport 6: Apex is out of beta, and now available on the Windows 10 Store, with some new abilities to boot.

 

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Forza Motorsport 6: Apex now supports a bunch of racing wheels from Logitech and Thrustmaster, as well as H-pattern shifters including support for some of Logitech's racing wheels, except for the G29 which will have support soon. What about H-pattern shifters for other wheels? The team says that other shifters will be supported in a future patch. As for the supported wheels:

 

  • Logitech G27 Racing Wheel
  • Logitech G25 Racing Wheel
  • Logitech G29 Racing Wheel
  • Logitech MOMO Force Feedback Racing Wheel
  • Logitech G920 Xbox One Wheel
  • Thrustmaster T300RS
  • Thrustmaster T500 RS Gaming Wheel
  • Thrustmaster T150
  • Thrustmaster TX Xbox One Wheel
  • Thrustmaster TMX Xbox One Wheel
  • Thrustmaster RGT Force Feedback Racing Wheel

 

Microsoft has said that it will eventually have support for different brands of wheels, with support for some of Fanatec's wheels arriving next month in a Windows 10 and Apex patch.

PlayStation Meeting predictions: PS4 Neo & game reveals

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 7, 2016 5:20 am

Sony will show off the future of PlayStation gaming tomorrow at their PlayStation Meeting event in New York by unveiling the new upgraded, high-end PS4 Neo console, but what about the games? We lay out our predictions on which games will accompany Sony's massive new PS4 Neo announcement.

 

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Sony has officially confirmed that it will reveal a new PlayStation 4 console during tomorrow's big event, complete with pricing and a release date. But we expect two new PS4 consoles to be revealed: the new cheaper, thinner and cooler PS4 Slim refresh that rocks a shrunken 16nm APU and will replace current PS4 models, and the so-called "hardcore" PlayStation 4 Neo which rocks an upgraded GPU to support gaming in native 1080p 60FPS, upscaled 4K, and boosted VR performance. But what about the games?

 

We've heard rumors that Rockstar will reveal Grand Theft Auto 6 alongside the PlayStation Neo with native 1080p 60FPS and upscaled 4K support, and that the game will feature a single female protagonist voiced by actress Eva Mendes. We have sufficient evidence that GTA 6 is currently in the works, but there's also a rumor about another big Rockstar game, too. And what about Mass Effect: Andromeda and Sony's strong first-party exclusives like the new God of War and Horizon: Zero Dawn? Surely we'll see these games rendered in glorious 1080p 60FPS at the event. So without further adieu, here are my game reveal predictions for Sony's PlayStation Meeting event.

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Apple to announce its own branded audio products

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Sep 7, 2016 4:23 am

Apple is expected to have its new iPhone 7 smartphone with a single Lightning connector on it, with the 3.5mm audio jack being removed, and now it's beginning to make much more sense, thanks to the rumors from KGI Securities analyst Ming-chi Kuo.

 

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Kuo is reporting that the new iPhone 7 will not only see the headphone jack missing, but it'll include EarPods that will use the Lightning connector. But the goss gets better, with Apple reportedly working on its own wireless technology that will work on a higher-end set of headphones. Kuo said: "We believe Apple will position Beats in the midrange market once it launches Apple's own-brand Bluetooth headphones, in order to maximize profit with a dual-brand strategy".

 

The report from Kuo continues: "We also believe Apple will have its own-designed Bluetooth-like communication chip, given its higher requirements for power-saving, communication specs, and potential rapid growth of Bluetooth headphone shipments". The wireless headphones might be called AirPods, meaning that the EarPods could be the new Lightning-powered wireless earphones, while an actual pair of over-the-ear headphones could be unveiled by Apple.

 

This could be awesome: Apple unveiling its own premium brand of audio products will be huge, and it'll turn into a game changer for the company that's obsessed with design and quality. Sure, you and I might dislike iOS compared to the it-can-do-it-all Android, but audio products from Apple in the high-end market could be pretty awesome, and expensive.

LG announces its V20 smartphone, first with Android 7.0

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 7, 2016 4:04 am

LG has made its new V20 smartphone official, with their latest handset being a successor to the very interesting V10 from 2015. The original V10 rolled out with a dual-screen feature that had LG using a strip of the LCD at the top as notifications for quick glances, but the new V20 boasts its own new design, an improved camera, and audiophile-grade music playback.

 

 

The new V20 smartphone has a 5.7-inch QHD (2560x1440) IPS-based display, with a smaller second screen at the top - just like its predecessor, which is used for app shortcuts, notifications, and other uses like a personal signature.

 

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The second screen might not sound like something you'd use, but since it provides a separate space for your notifications, it actually would come in handy. LG adds that the second screen is now brighter, and has improved contrast over its predecessor.

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HTC Vive and Oculus Rift adoption slows down, rapidly

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Sep 7, 2016 3:20 am

VR headset sales are beginning to slow, with the latest Steam survey showing us that Rift sales increased just 0.01% in August, while the Vive remained completely flat.

 

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TechSpot points out something worth noting, that July and August were the first months that both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive weren't hit with stock problems, with consumers easily able to order them online, or even pick them up from a retailer. But according to these new numbers, not many were sold at all in the last couple of months.

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