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The creator of Popcorn Time has finally revealed himself

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 10, 2015 5:45 am

The identity of the creator of Popcorn Time, until now, has eluded the world. The creator of the BitTorrent movie sharing software has only been known as "Sebastian", and since his creation was illegal, his identity was something he kept to himself obviously.




That is, until now. The creator of Popcorn Time is an Argentinian designer, Federico Abad. Abad said that he wanted to create an easy and fast for users to watch any movie they wanted. Other options took too long, were too confusing or not easy enough for someone like his own mom to use. If Abad's mom liked the idea, then it was a good idea.


But, Adad noted that Popcorn Time cost people both professionally and personally, as he lost his girlfriend in the process. Also the fact that copyright holders were waiting with all of their legal power behind them would've been scary enough. A lawyer from Warner Bros. had worked out the team's identities, visiting their LinkedIn pages. Abad says that he thinks this was a scare tactic, to show that the studio knew what was going on. He did add that he doesn't regret creating Popcorn Time, but he now thinks it's not worth the possibility of legal action in the future.

Elite Dangerous flies onto the Xbox One on October 6

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 10, 2015 3:11 am

The release of Elite Dangerous on the Xbox One is not too far away, with Frontier Developments sayuing that it will arrive on October 6. The news came directly from the developer in a new Q&A with fans over the weekend from CEO David Braben.




Elite Dangerous launched on the PC last December while the space combat simulator has been in the Xbox Game Preview program for a couple of months now. Elite Dangerous is also set to arrive on the PlayStation 4, but Frontier Developments hasn't provided a date for that just yet. The first expansion for Elite Dangerous, Horizons, will be made available on the Xbox One, but no date has been provided for that, either.


Interestingly, Braben hinted that we will "probably" see account transfers between Xbox One and PC editions of Elite Dangerous, which would be pretty cool. Horizons will be launching on the PC later in the holidays for $59.99 and will introduce the ability of landing on any of the billions of in-game worlds, dogfighting over their surfaces, or driving on them with vehicles.

Passports confiscated, players ill and hotels unpaid at CS:GO event

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 10, 2015 1:04 am

Gaming Paradise has turned into 'Gaming Hell' for the teams and commentators in attendance, with people taking to Twitter and Reddit in order to explain their frustration about what is going on. The event has not only been accused of failing to pay for its equipment hire, but has avoided paying for the venue and hotel expenses while providing food unfit for human consumption.




Gaming Paradise kicked off as a sub-par tournament in the eyes of the players, offering 60Hz monitors, tournament computers without video cards, massive lag issues on the MLGtv live stream and a delay of up to 25 hours on most matches. If this wasn't bad enough, the computers weren't actually there to begin with - the tournament organizers ordered these new VGA-less PCs after the tournament was set to kick off.


With four total players in need of medical assistance, French eSports organization TITAN were having a particularly bad time.

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Unity 5.2 released, optimized for the Oculus Rift, supports Windows 10

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Sep 10, 2015 12:01 am

Unity Technologies has just announced the latest version of its engine, Unity 5.2, which include Windows Services. What Windows Services does is provide easy access to Unity Ads, Analytics Unity, Unity and Unity Build Cloud Multiplayer, without having to integrate them into a single SDK.




As for Unity 5.2, it has better game performance with Unity Analytics, which is a tool that developers can use to find out how to get their games running better. The new engine also has improved VR compatibility, with Unity 5.2 being optimized for the Oculus Rift, Gear VR and Sony's Project Morpheus headset.


Unity 5.2 also features Unity Build Cloud, which is a tool that "maximizes the flow of development by creating versions, automatically, on different media simultaneously", reports DSOgaming. Unity 5.2 also includes support for Windows 10, as well as the Windows Universal Platform (UWP) which works on all Windows devices, including the Xbox consoles, PC and phones.

Siri goes hands-free on Apple iPhone 6S and 6S Plus

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 9, 2015 8:23 pm

Earlier today Apple confirmed the rumors that the new iPhone models would get an always-on Siri mode.




Apple's new iPhone 6S and 6S Plus will enable instant unrestricted access to the helpful AI assistant at a moment's notice. Previously Siri's wealth of knowledge and quirky persona was only usable when charging an iPhone as the AI was an enormous drain on power.


Now Apple has completely changed how we intreact with Siri. Gone are the days of pressing the home button to search the web for a particular recipe or find a flight. On the new phones, Siri is based on voice recognition and instantly responds to her namesake catchphrase "hey Siri", affording some serious potential for a million different hands-free applications. It might seem like a small change but an always-on hands-free Siri experience will undoubtedly change how many people use their phones--and what they use them for.

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Apple iPhone 6S and 6S Plus launch September 25

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 9, 2015 7:37 pm

Apple's new flagship smartphone duo, the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, will release later this month with a host of new upgrades like shooting 4K video, new 3D Touch technology, beefier processing power and a new responsive Touch ID sensor.




Today Apple showcased the new iPhone 6S and 6S Plus variants and even went so far as jab competitors by saying the new models are the "most advanced smartphones in the world".


Both models can shoot and edit 4K video with 12MP iSight cameras as well as enable Live Photos, a new kind of active photography that animates shutter-speed photos into small gif-like animations. Sadly the models don't have 4K displays: the iPhone 6S has a 4.7" Retina HD display at 1334x750 resolution, whereas the iPhone 6S Plus packs a 5.5" inch 1920x1080 full HD resolution.

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Apple reveals iPhone 6S and 6S Plus with 3D Touch

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 9, 2015 6:43 pm

Apple's new iPhone 6S duo features a new evolution of multi-touch called 3D Touch technology.




Apple has changed the smartphone game with a new kind of display called 3D Touch. 3D Touch is made possible by pressure-sensitive haptic feedback, which responds to how hard you press on the phone. The harder you press the screen determines what actions are taken, and essentially the apps can pop-up and layer over one another.


Rather than working in and out and going back and forth between app screens, Apple's 3D Touch is all about going over and under. Pressing lightly on the screen lets you "peek" at content like email, and press hard to open the app itself. Users can also tether their favorite apps in an overlay for instant access, or get to the home screen by applying light pressure on the side of the screen. You can also zoom in and out with the single press of a finger.

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Apple's new 12.9-inch iPad Pro is $799, launches in November

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 9, 2015 6:01 pm

Apple's newly announced iPad Pro is touted to deliver "PC-grade performance" with "console-like graphics".




Today Apple unveiled their new performance-driven iPad tablet, the iPad Pro. The tablet is powered by the new 3rd generation A9X processor chip that's 1.8x faster than A8X CPU, and iOS 9 brings multi-tasking capabilities to the tablet. Many of the apps on the device are run in full 60 frames-per-second. No performance specs like processor speeds were revealed but the company maintains that the tablet seamlessly blends performance and entertainment.


The iPad Pro's 12.9-inch retina display is the biggest Apple has ever made--half of its width is as tall as the iPad Air's height--and is meant to be used with two hands. The display has a resolution of with a variable refresh rate with 5.6 million more pixels than the MacBook Pro display. For the iPad Pro's audio, Apple takes a hint from ASUS's new Predator tablet and adds a quad-speaker 4 speaker audio system, which balances if you flip up upright or the side.

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Lian Li reveals new compact PC-Q21 mini-ITX cases

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Sep 9, 2015 4:34 pm

Lian Li's new PC-Q21 chassis provides a formidable case in a compact form factor that's ideal for Mini-ITX PC builds.




Although the PC-Q21 Mini Tower Chassis has a small size and footprint, it can fit everything needed to run a performance mini-ITX build. The case sports 2x PCIe slots and has extra room to accommodate thicker GPUs while affording flexible placement and improved air flow. As far as storage solutions, the case can fit two 2.5'' or 3.5'' drives and the slot-load slim ODD bay doubles as an SSD tray. For even more cooling a 120mm fan can be attached to the floor of the chassis.


On the outside, Lian Li's Mini-ITX shell has a stylish and sleek metallic flair that comes in silver and black. The PC-Q21 Mini Tower Chassis will be available early this month for a price point of $74.99.

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This custom mini-ITX gaming PC is powered by the new R9 Nano

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Sep 9, 2015 2:31 pm

Renown custom PC maker DG Lee has created a custom mini-ITX build centered around AMD's new Radeon R9 Nano that hits an amazing 10TFlops of performance.




With AMD's Radeon R9 Nano small form-factor GPU releasing this week, the company has launched a promotional #MakeItNano campaign where enthusiasts compete by making their own custom chassis builds, with the winner snagging an R9 Nano. To inspire competitors and wow PC owners across the globe, AMD conscripted DG Lee to create a striking mini-ITX build to house AMD's mini powerhouse GPU. The results are nothing short of amazing.


The SFF PC is called the "Unprecedented High-Density Teraflops Machine", and packs a serious performance punch in a beautiful stylish design. The compact chassis measures 166mm x 244mm x 188mm size and houses a single 4GB R9 Nano GPU at 8.9 TFlops, which is combined with the monstrous 1.4 TFlops generated by Intel's 18-core Xeon E5-2699 V3 processor to hit a grand total of 10 TFlops in performance speeds. The team actually wanted to pack in two Radeon R9 Nanos and initially targeted a blistering 20 TFlops... but technical problems held them back and AMD only wanted to showcase a single-card build.

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