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YouTube isn't playing nicely with Streamus, a music Chrome app

By: Chris Smith | More News: Apps | Posted: Jul 12, 2015 10:55 pm

Among the funny cat photos, former-CEO Ellen Pao hate and some interesting life tips, Reddit has become a way for those without a voice to speak up with concerns. In comes Reddit member BAM5, letting /r/Music know that Streamus, a Google Chrome web stream application, has been allegedly bullied by YouTube in the recent past due to a failed acquisition.




The story is quite long winded and consists of a summary section, numerous emails between the sole developer and a YouTube employee, alongside notes in various sections touching back on previous points. If you wish to read the whole email chain, you can check it out here.


The summary states that after failing to contact YouTube personally, the team got in touch with Sean Anderson (the developer) after an article on TechCrunch saw Streamus rise of 70,000 users. YouTube voiced its concerns that video playback on Streamus would not halt whenever the tab is minimized, advertisements weren't functioning correctly (turned out to be YouTube's issue) and there were also some video display issues ensuring that the video was not prominent enough when being played.

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Gears of War: Ultimate Edition looks 'mindblowing' in 4K

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 12, 2015 10:22 am

The Coalition, the studio behind Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, has said that the PC version of the game, is not a port. The developer has said that while it's super-enhanced, it's "authored at a much higher rate".



We have 4K textures in nearly everything, and for the PC they could just "turn off those clamps and unlock it fully, and the world just becomes super crisp". The studio were teasing the game at Comic-Con, where Gears of War: Ultimate Edition was shown off in 4K on a huge 70-inch TV.


Gears of War: Ultimate Edition is an exclusive Windows 10 release, where it will be making use of DirectX 12. This means we're going to have improved performance when 4K is turned on, but we're also going to see 90 minutes of new campaign content for the PC version of the game, remastered Dolby 7.1 Surround audio, and much more.

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FIFA 16 is DX11 only, also requires 64-bit version of Windows

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 12, 2015 8:19 am

FIFA 16 is right around the corner, with a September 22 release, so EA Sports have released the official PC requirements. FIFA 16 gamers on the PC will require a 64-bit version of Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 (and we're guessing Windows 10).




Additionally, you're going to need a DX11-powered video card, 4GB of RAM and 15GB of HDD space. The official PC minimum and recommended requirements are below:


Minimum Required Specifications:


  • OS: Windows 7/8/8.1 -64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i3-2100 @ 3.1GHz
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Hard Drive Space Required: 15.0 GB
  • Minimum Supported Video Cards: ATI Radeon HD 5770, NVIDIA GTX 650
  • DirectX: 11.0


Recommended Specifications:


  • OS: Windows 8/8.1/10 -64-bit
  • CPU: Intel i5-2550K @ 3.4Ghz
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Hard Drive Space Required: 15.0 GB
  • Supported Video Cards: ATI Radeon HD 6870, NVIDIA GTX 460
  • DirectX: 11.0

F1 2015 launches without SLI support, isn't as broken as Arkham Knight

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 12, 2015 6:28 am

The launch of F1 2015 hasn't been perfect, with some users reporting performance issues on the PC version of the game. There's no support for NVIDIA's multi-GPU SLI technology. We've seen the game running on PC at 1080p 60FPS, where it looked quite good.



Some users were quick enough to have the day-one patch rolled out to them, but Codemasters' Community Manager took to Reddit to write: "Hey everyone, just wanted to hop in and say we're aware of a lot of the issues users are facing at the moment and the team are working on getting a lot of these bugs squashed as fast as possible. As always we really do appreciate your feedback and patience with us while we get these sorted".


The day-one update for F1 2015 has fixed up a bunch of parts of the game:


  • Flashback and the Instant Replay Flashback causes game to crash to desktop
  • Instant Replay - The game is crashing when entering an instant replay in all game modes
  • Backing out from a lobby in which you were a Client and Hosting a new Lobby will result in you not having Host Options for your new Lobby
  • Fuel info resets every time you cross the start/finish line
  • Out of box settings appear to be too high on onboard Intel GPUs
  • Graphics options do not save in certain situations
  • When a player collides before or after resetting to track, they get disqualified.
  • Clipping on the nose camera on the Manor car
  • Game crashes after running benchmark
  • Tyre wear carries over from short qualifying to race between intermediate & option tyres
  • Hang occurs when host backs out of Custom Lobby just before countdown finishes and loading begins.
  • Multiplayer qualifying result inconsistent across players
  • Backing out of a Lobby on 0 seconds of the countdown timer can result in a Hang if the player then creates and leaves a Custom Session.
  • Host will perpetually load after quitting game via front end after getting terminal damage in multiple races in custom lobby.

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Batman: Arkham Knight mess has Warner Bros changing its review process

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 12, 2015 4:53 am

The PC port of Batman: Arkham Knight has been such a mess for Rocksteady Studios (who palmed the development of the PC port of Arkham Knight to Iron Galaxy Studios) and Warner Bros, that it forced Warner Bros to pull the game until it was fixed. Now, Warner Bros has said that they have since modified their internal review process for all future games after the problems with Batman: Arkham Knight.




Warner Bros' Community Admin 'Yorick' said: "Addressing the PC performance issues is still our top priority and at this time, we believe we have identified a number of fixes for the larger issues that were affecting PC players at launch. These fixes are currently being implemented into the game and once we have been able to do some initial testing, we'll have a better idea on the status of our progress. We'll provide an update on how things are developing next week".


Since the issues of the PC port of Arkham Knight caused so many hassles, Warner Bros has changed their entire internal review process, as Yorick explains: "We can also assure you that because of this latest launch, we are modifying the internal review process for all of our games. For those who are waiting for the updated version of the game on PC, please know that we are working on this every day. For the players who are continuing to play Batman: Arkham Knight on PC, fixes are continually being made to the game as we await the final updated version".

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'Force Awakens' behind the scenes reel excites

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jul 12, 2015 4:06 am

With just five months to go until the much anticipated launch of the next entry in the 'Star Wars' franchise, 'The Force Awakens', Disney and Lucasfilm have naturally not come to San Diego Comic Con empty handed, but launched an awesome behind the scenes compilation which shows just how authentic the film will be the original trilogy.



On hand at Comic Con were stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and even the normally media-shy Harrison Ford in one of his first public appearances since his March plane crash, in addition to new cast members Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Adam Driver and Director J.J. Abrams.


'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' opens worldwide in 2D, 3D and IMAX screens on December 18th, 2015.

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NVIDIA partners cut price on GTX 980 Ti, GTX 980 after Fury launch

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: TweakTown | Posted: Jul 12, 2015 3:20 am

Now that AMD has launched its new Radeon R9 Fury, something we were very impressed with in our review of the SAPPHIRE Tri-X R9 Fury, NVIDIA's add-in board (AIB) partners are very silently dropping their pricing on the GeForce GTX 980 Ti and GTX 980 cards.




When NVIDIA launched the GeForce GTX 980 Ti, it dropped the pricing of the GTX 980 from $549 to $499, but the price has been dropped to $479 after the Fury launched. The GTX 980 Ti has been dropped to $629, down $20 from its MSRP of $649. This brings AMD to the point where they have to look at the price of their Radeon R9 390X, which is priced at $429 or so on Amazon.


It's an interesting turn, and while it's only $20, every little bit helps.

Nintendo to launch next-gen console in July 2016, slower than the PS4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jul 12, 2015 1:22 am

It looks like the latest rumor has Nintendo releasing its next generation 'NX' console in July 2016, but here's the clincher: it will reportedly be slower than the PlayStation 4.




Nintendo's NX console will reportedly enter manufacturing in October, with DigiTimes reporting that Nintendo will begin pilot production on NX by October "at the latest". If this happens, we should see Nintendo do a huge reveal at E3 2016 in June next year. Once the production starts, other manufacturers will join in on the production process, which will definitely help.


But it's the hardware inside of the NX console that will have people talking, where rumors claim that the NX will only be as powerful as the PS4. Considering the new consoles aren't that powerful, this will be a huge disappointment. But, Nintendo could squeeze 1080p 60FPS out of its games if the hardware is juiced up, especially when compared to the Wii U.

New 'Batman v Superman' trailer swoops in

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jul 11, 2015 11:11 pm

Unveiled just hours ago at Warner Bros much anticipated 2015 San Diego ComicCon panel is an extended look at next years superhero bust-up 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice', and now you can enjoy it from the sweat free comfort of your own home, in full 1080p.



Not just a sequel to the 2013 Superman reboot 'Man of Steel', 'Batman v Superman' is also a trojan horse for DC Comics and Warner Bros to introduce the Justice League, in order to better compete with the likes of 'The Avengers' and the wider Marvel Cinematic Universe.


'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' will be released in 3D and 2D cinemas as well as IMAX screens on March 25th 2016 worldwide.

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Reddit Interim CEO Ellen Pao quits

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Jul 10, 2015 11:44 pm

Internet message board reddit are looking at putting the the self styled "front page of the internet" back on a path of stability, after the resignation of interim CEO Ellen Pao and installation of founder Steve Huffman back in the role.




The brief, but controversial tenure of Ellen Pao has seen allegations of censorship by the community, as well as a communication style which grated against voluntary moderators, which culminated in dozens of sub reddits closed in response to the firing of Director of Communications, the popular staffer Victoria, who co-ordinated the sites 'AMA' pages (Ask Me Anything, for those not in the know).


A petition to oust Pao saw over 200,000 signatures collected, but with the membership of the popular site imploding, her position ultimately became untenable.

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