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Here's the new batch of Xbox One backward compatible games

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 21, 2016 3:31 pm

The Xbox One's straightforward backward compatibility is a huge win for Microsoft, and Redmond isn't about to give up on one of the only edges it has over Sony's PlayStation 4. Now Team Lime Green has shown off the new batch of Xbox 360 games that are playable on the Xbox One, including some nice yesteryear hits.

 

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Major Nelson announced the fresh releases in a new blog post, along with a bit of extra info. Like every wave of new backward compatible games, this new list is made up of retail games as well as digital Xbox LIVE Arcade titles. Truth be told, the new offering isn't that exciting, with The Witcher 2 and CS: GO being the most popular hits. Skullgirls has stirred up acclaim, and you can't go wrong with Soul Caliber (even if it's only the first game), but the rest just seem to be the result of Microsoft practicing the new feature.

 

Check below for a complete list of the new Xbox One backward compatible games:

 

  • Aegis Wing
  • Age of Booty
  • CS: GO
  • Jeremy McGrath's Offroad
  • Sam and Max Save the World
  • Skullgirls
  • Small Arms
  • Soul Caliber
  • Space Giraffe
  • The Witcher 2: Assassin's of Kings

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Researchers have made brain-scanning implants that dissolve completely

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jan 21, 2016 3:03 pm

Neurosurgeons and engineers at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have just created an exciting new medical device. An tiny sensor that can send life-saving information wirelessly, then dissolve completely, not requiring surgery to take out.

 

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Their device is made of a polylactic-co-glycolic acid and silicon mixture, making it very safe for humans. It's a huge breakthrough because cranial surgery can be dangerous and risky. Now this tiny little device, which is smaller than the tip of a pencil, can be implanted into key areas in your head to monitor intracranial pressure and temperature, and then just be completely absorbed by the body.

 

Since these new devices dissolve over time, they avoid a lot of the common complications that can occur. There's very little worry of infection, inflammation or any other kind of triggered immune response that can occur with implants of this kind. That means it can help more people more readily. A lot of lives could potentially be saved by using this device. There's a quoted 50,000 people that die of traumatic brain injuries that go undetected or aren't properly monitored.

Halo 5 Infinity's Armory update brings back the Halo 2 battle rifle

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 21, 2016 2:11 pm

Halo 5 is getting a lot of great post-launch servicing. 343 Industries has been very responsive with timely updates that have fixed performance and added in some value.

 

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The newest patch coming soon, called Infinity's Armory, is all about new weapons and armor making an appearance. You'll find three new sets of armor with one of them based on one of the legendary pieces worn by the Master Chief in Halo: Combat Evolved, the Mark V Alpha. And for those that don't want a classic set, they're introducing an Achilles and Atlas sets of armor, designed to intimidate your enemies. Well, they both have a very cool and distinct visual style.

 

And why would they include some classic armor if they didn't also want to bring back one of the more iconic weapons in the series as well. So the battle rifle from Halo 2, though it's more of a modern interpretation of it. It does differ significantly from the current one, however.

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SEGA to announce something new for fans of the classics today

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 21, 2016 1:19 pm

SEGA posted on their Facebook page that we should expect a new game from them today. And a game that supposedly should be fairly exciting for those that have enjoyed the classic SEGA flair that they're known for.

 

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Just recently there were rumanations in the community about a 25th Anniversary to Sonic the Hedgehog, and a new classically styled platformer to help celebrate. This might very well be exactly that, because we were promised, in not so many words, that we'd have something Sonic to play.

 

As you can see, just below the hype generating comment, the official Sonic the Hedgehog account actually asks if it's a continuation of Sonic '06, though that game is most definitely not representative of the classic style that we think, and hope, that SEGA is referring to. But that was likely a joke, and a funny one at that! What's actually in store? We can't wait to find out either.

HP releases education Chromebook at 20mm thick, 2.7 pounds for $199

By: Chris Smith | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jan 21, 2016 12:29 pm

Featuring a thickness of only 20mm and a lightweight 2.7-pound design, HP's new Chromebook 11 G4 EE gas been targeted at the education sector specifically.

 

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Bragging to have passed "HP's 70 cm drop test to help protect it from occasional bumps with lockers and drops from desks," this Chromebook will be priced at only $199 and is set for release later in January this year, as stated in a recent press release by the company.

 

Further vying to operate in a harsh schooling environment, this new product contains a spill-resistant keyboard, a 180-degree hinge in order to allow it to lay flat and can even be packaged with an IPS panel if requested. Other optional futures include 3G or 4G connectivity, likely included to assist students in remote areas complete small-school or home schooling projects.

Galaxy S7 specs teased, 5.1-inch QHD display, 4GB RAM, 8-core CPU

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 21, 2016 11:48 am

We all know Samsung is preparing their Galaxy S7, but we're beginning to see more concrete details on what will be inside of their upcoming flagship smartphone. First off, there should be three different variants; the normal Galaxy S7, then we'll have the S7 edge, and S7 edge+, according to notorious mobile leaker Evan Blass (@evleaks on Twitter).

 

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The Galaxy S7 should rock a 5.1-inch QHD (2560x1440) display, where inside we'll find an 8-core processor made by Samsung, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of NAND flash. On the rear, Samsung should use a 12-megapixel camera (down from the 16-megapixel shooter in the Galaxy S6 handsets), but we should see low light IQ improved. The international models of the Galaxy S7 will be powered by Samsung's in-house Exynos 8890 SoC, while US models will see Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 processor.

Mortal Kombat XL announced for Xbox One and PS4, includes all DLC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 21, 2016 10:35 am

Warner Bros has just announced Mortal Kombat XL, which isn't a sequel to Mortal Kombat X, but a new Special Edition of the game, including Mortal Komat X and all of its DLC.

 

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NetherRealm Studios, the developer behind the game, has said that it will be an exclusive to Xbox One and PS4, and won't be released on the PC. A fan asked if the XL edition of Mortal Kombat X, or the Kombat Pack 2 DLC for MK X would be released for PC, with NetherRealm Studios replying with "Mortal Kombat XL and Kombat Pack 2 will available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One only".

 

On top of that, NetherRealm Studios has new netcode for Mortal Kombat X, that won't be available for the PC. In the official FAQ for Mortal Kombat X Enhanced Online Beta, the developer is looking at MK X console players only. In the FAQ, they said: "We are looking for existing MKX console players who have logged at least ONE hour of Online Play. We will be reviewing all candidates who sign up to determine if they meet the requirements".

Education-focused version of Minecraft gets acquired by Microsoft

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 21, 2016 8:52 am

Microsoft is pushing into its education initiative, with the company announcing it has acquired MinecraftEdu, the education-focused version of Minecraft.

 

 

MinecraftEdu was specifically designed to be used in the classroom, created by Teacher Gaming, a startup co-founded by former computer teacher Joel Levin. His company licensed Minecraft from Mojang, which was acquired by Microsoft in 2014 for $2.5 billion. Microsoft hasn't provided any numbers on its acquisition for MinecraftEdu, but it's known to be popular in schools, with over 7000 classrooms in 40+ countries using it for teaching purposes.

 

Thanks to its latest acquisition, Microsoft is now investing in a new and expanded version of the popular game for the classroom, called Minecraft Education Edition. The Redmond-based software giant has plans to charge $5 per user, per year, but will be offering a free trial later this summer. Teacher Gaming on the other hand, charged a server license fee, and a one-time fee based on the maximum number of students using MinecraftEdu at once.

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Paramount pulls Terminator Genisys sequel from its schedule for 2017

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jan 21, 2016 7:21 am

After the disappointing Terminator Genisys (even after James Cameron gave it his approval), it should come as no surprise that Paramount Pictures has removed the sequel promised for May 19, 2017 from its release schedule.

 

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Paramount removed it without a reason, but considering it only made $89 million in the US (and around $440 million worldwide) - it's not a surprise. What will take Paramount's position for the May 19, 2017 window? Baywatch, the movie. Yes, it's happening. Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson will be starring in the Baywatch adaption, based on the TV series from the 90s that David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson were made household names from.

 

Seth Gordon is directing, the guy behind Horrible Bosses and Identity Thief, while Johnson will be joined by Zac Efron and Alexandra Daddario.

Oculus founder won't escape lawsuit over stealing confidential data

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 21, 2016 6:07 am

Last year we reported about Oculus founder Palmer Luckey being caught up in an alleged case of misusing confidential data from his previous employer, and passing it off as his own.

 

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A judge ruled that Luckey has to face the core claim, which accuses him of breaching his contract with his previous employer - Total Recall Technologies - by using its proprietary knowledge to build the first Oculus Rift prototype. Even though he's being pulled into court over this piece of the puzzle, Luckey has dodged some VR bullets with the judge throwing out several other claims, including fraud.

 

Luckey says that Total Recall Technologies is just trying to get some of the $2 billion that Facebook paid for the VR startup, but now Luckey to show that he used specific technology, and not just his general experience, to get the first Oculus Rift made.

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