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Microsoft unveils new Iron Man-themed Xbox One console

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 14 hours ago

Microsoft reveals a special edition Xbox One designed by Stark Industries.



I've long thought that most custom special edition consoles are pretty lackluster, but Microsoft has just unveiled an interesting Xbox One designed by none other than Tony Stark. Microsoft and Marvel teamed up to promote Captain America: Civil War, with the partnership culminating in this special Stark Industries-themed Xbox One. The console looks pretty interesting, especially with its mock arc reactor, but I'm worried about ventilation as the system's top is pretty much covered up.


This Xbox One is part of a giveaway, so don't expect to see them in stores. You can enter the win the console by retweeting this Tweet from Xbox France, or liking the Xbox France Facebook page. We'll also likely see a Captain America-themed console as well.

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Samsung teases an all-in-one 'Holodeck' experience for the future

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 1 day, 15 hours ago

Samsung was one of the first companies to see the future with VR, collaborating with Oculus from nearly the beginning, while building their own Gear VR headset in collaboration with the Rift maker.




At its own Samsung Developers Conference (SDC) the company has teased the future of its plans with its research into VR, and that it thinks a future Gear VR would be an all-in-one headset, without the need of a smartphone, that could reportedly offer a 'Holodeck' experience. Yes, a Holodeck experience - bring it on.


Injong Rhee, Samsung's Executive Vice President, Head of R&D, Software and Services - which is a mouthful of a job title, said it was his personal duty to reveal Samsung's future plans. Rhee teased that Samsung is researching untethered HMD technology, which is an 'all-in-one' device that has a built-in smartphone by the looks of things. Motion tracking and touch sensors are also a big part of Samsung's R&D, which comes as no surprise considering how much better the VR experience is with better, VR-ready controllers.

AMD positions itself in the mainstream market, wants to own VR

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 1 day, 17 hours ago

AMD is positioning itself for a huge battle with NVIDIA this year, in more ways than one. First we have their next-gen Polaris architecture, the new GPU division being spun into Radeon Technologies Group, and an all-in approach when it comes to VR.



The first step for now is the release of Polaris-based video cards, with the expected Radeon 400 series to be unveiled next month and even more so at Computex in the first week of June. We should expect new cards that will beat the Radeon R9 380 and R9 390X, and thanks to the 14nm FinFET process, lower power consumption but much faster cards performance per watt wise.


During an interview with Ars Technica, AMD's main man Roy Taylor said: "I don't think NVIDIA is going to do anything to increase the TAM, because according to everything we've seen around Pascal, it's a high-end part. I don't know what the price is gonna be, but let's say it's as low as £500/$600 and as high as £800/$1000. That price range is not going to expand the TAM for VR. We're going on the record right now to say Polaris will expand the TAM. Full stop".

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Robert Downey Jr. could be open to 'Iron Man 4' after all

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 day, 18 hours ago

Ever since the release of 'Iron Man 3' in 2013, Robert Downey Jr. has been pretty cold on the potential of headlining a fourth solo 'Iron Man' film, even telling publications last month that "I don't think that's in the cards". But it looks as though the stance might be moving.



Speaking to ABC News on the eve of the release of 'Captain America: Civil War' which sees him return as Iron Man for the sixth time, Robert Downer Jr. says "I feel like I could do one more", which is a big change from 2014's "There isn't one in the pipe. No, there's no plan for a fourth Iron Man".


Last week it was revealed that Downey Jr. has signed up to reprise his role in the upcoming 'Spider-Man: Homecoming", which hits cinemas worldwide next July.

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Sky Tower for the HTC Vive lets you watch YouTube videos in the sky

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 1 day, 18 hours ago

If there was a more unique way of watching YouTube, it would be up in the clouds and away from your monitor or smartphone, right? This is what Sky Tower is all about, a new 'relaxation VR experience' for the HTC Vive.




Sky Tower is set in a tower where the Vive player sits back and enjoys YouTube videos, where you can use your controller to navigate throughout your videos. Sky Tower is a seated VR experience, where it uses a tracked motion controller according to the developer.


There's no word right now on whether Sky Tower will float over to the Oculus Rift and the PlayStation VR, but we can be sure it'll happen in the near future.

Oliver Stone's 'Snowden' leaks a full trailer

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 day, 19 hours ago

From the assasination of 'JFK' to the corruption of 'Wall Street' and the Vietnam War in 'Platoon', director Oliver Stone is never one to shy away from controversy and the legendary director's latest project is sure to be no different - 'Snowden'.



Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as NSA leaker and fugitive Edward Snowden, the film is set to put the security agencies activities back in the spotlight on the eve of the upcoming U.S. election. The film is also set to star Shailene Woodley, Zachary Quinto and Scott Eastwood (son of Clint).


'Snowden' is set to release on September 16 in the United States.

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Uber, Google and more join to lobby government on self-driving cars

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 1 day, 20 hours ago

Some of the biggest automotive companies in the world have joined forces for the issues surrounding self-driving cars, with Ford, Google, Uber, Lyft, and Volvo joining together to form the Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets.




What's that? The Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets is a lobbying group that will fight with the federal government about autonomous driving. With the government not really having a handle on self-driving cars just yet, the coalition is being led by David Strickland. Strickland is the former administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).


Strickland will act as the group's counsel and spokesperson, so in a way, he'll be lobbying his former agency. His previous employer has been tasked by the Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to work out the rules for self-driving cars, by early this summer.


Strickland said in a statement: "Self-driving vehicle technology will make America's roadways safer and less congested. The best path for this innovation is to have one clear set of federal standards, and the Coalition will work with policymakers to find the right solutions that will facilitate the deployment of self-driving vehicles".

Nintendo actually might be stopping Wii U production in 2018

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 2 days, 1 hour ago

Nintendo had originally announced that they were going to release the NX console alongside the Wii U and that they didn't necessarily have any intention of replacing their older console.




That original statement might have been a slight bit premature, even if it might seem somewhat natural to discontinue the last-generation if the new one has both backwards compatibility and is about the same price as the outgoing console. The Wii U will live on for some time, though the president of Nintendo, Tatsumi Kimishima, said that they could cease manufacturing the Wii U by March 2018.


The old system still has some life left in it despite it being of the "older" variety. The third-party game selection might not be the best, but the first party games could still be enough to draw in new customers until then, likely at a reduced price point after the NX officially releases. They have even forecasted that they'll be shipping 800K Wii U's this year, even though they shipped 3.26 million last year. It's possible that number might actually be higher in reality, even.

Nioh, a PS4 Exclusive, lets you select better graphics, or framerate

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 days, 2 hours ago

Console games typically don't give you terribly many options when it comes to customizing your graphical experience. In fact, you really don't get any at all. A new PlayStation 4 exclusive action game coming out soon actually completely changes that with an option to select Action or Movie modes in the settings.




The setting was noticed just today by ZhugeEX, who went through the demo available on the PSN and noted that the setting increases the fidelity when set to Movie mode and decreases the graphical goodies in favor of a higher and more smooth framerate in the Action mode. Action mode looks slightly worse, yet seems to run quite a bit faster. A tradeoff, sure, but one that might be appreciated depending on what you re looking for.


It's precisely that choice that consoles have previously lacked completely. Console games probably shouldn't quite have the full gamut of settings available that their PC counterparts do, but being able to choose between two pre-defined modes that set resolution, among other things, to certain presets could help to increase the life of the PS4, even if it lives on beside the PS4.5 (Neo). The demo for Nioh is available on the PSN right now, though only until May 5th. The demo is an alpha build, so it isn't necessarily representative of what we might actually see when it's finished and this option might even be fleeting.

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Ikea solar panels will be in all stores by the end of the year

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Energy | Posted: 2 days, 7 hours ago

Yesterday it was reported Ikea had begun selling solar panels in its UK stores and online, with plans to offer them in all UK stores by the end of summer. With that, we had to wonder: would they later be available in all Ikea stores, and if so, when?




Well, we now have confirmation Ikea does indeed plan to expand the offering to all of its stores, and it won't take too long for it to do so.


"IKEA 'Solar Shops' will launch in three major stores across the UK, with a plan to sell solar panels in all stores by the end of [the year], following an initial UK pilot," a company spokesperson said to us. "The "Solar Shops" will launch on April 25 2016 in Glasgow, Birmingham, and Lakeside (Thurrock) and online followed by the Manchester and Southampton stores in May, then all other stores by the end of the 2016. This excludes order and collection points."

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