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You can now link your Windows 10 license with your Microsoft account

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: 3 days, 13 hours ago

If you're a Windows Insider, starting with yesterday's Build 14371 you can link your Windows 10 license with your Microsoft account (MSA). The feature is already activated if you use your MSA to login to Windows 10. If you don't, simply do so and you should be on your way.

 

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The change solves two issues: needing to keep your license key stored somewhere and being unable to activate Windows if you've lost your key. It also pushes the operating system even further into the digital realm for the better.

 

The bad news is licenses are still limited (how much exactly we don't know yet), but it's an understandable necessity given how easy it would be to share a license infinitely with your login details.

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AMD Radeon RX 470 could be priced at $149, faster than R9 380X

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 3 days, 17 hours ago

Riding on the news of the Radeon RX 480, we now have some pricing information from TechPowerUp, who are reporting that the Radeon RX 470 will be priced at $149 - $50 cheaper than the RX 480 at $199.

 

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The $149 version of the Radeon RX 470 will feature 4GB of RAM while the 8GB variant will cost $179, with the card featuring 2048 stream processors over 32 CUs, down from the 2304 stream processors on the RX 480. The Radeon RX 470 will have its 4GB or 8GB of RAM clocked at 7Gbps, with a reported 110W TDP, according to VideoCardz.

 

With AMD pricing the Radeon RX 480 4GB at $199, and this pricing on the Radeon RX 470, things could change in a big way for AMD. At just $149, there are going to be countless gamers that can afford a next-gen card that should be perfect for 1080p 60FPS gaming.

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HTC's former CEO has now left the company, is now retired

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 3 days, 19 hours ago

Peter Chou was the CEO of HTC until last year, when he was replaced with Cher Wang, after the negative early reviews of HTC's One M9 smartphone. Wang replaced Chou as CEO, with Chou moving into the lead role of the HTC Future Development Lab.

 

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According to the latest reports, Chou left his position at HTC in September, when he became the chairman of visual effects company co-founded with Avatar director James Cameron, Digital Domain. It's now owned by Hong Kong's Sun Innovation, with HTC confirming in a statement: "HTC can confirm that Peter Chou retired from the Company after assuming the chairmanship of Digital Domain in September 2015, although he was retained as an Advisor to enable HTC to leverage his extensive experience. We thank Peter for his long-term commitment to the business and wish him well in his retirement".

 

With the position and change of job titles after being dethroned at HTC, it looks like Chou could've been in firing limbo, bouncing around HTC. HTC could've ended it quickly, but he was provided with time to find a new position, and leave the company without a big fuss in the media.

Quake is now 20 years old, released all the way back in 1996

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 days, 22 hours ago

I still remember the first day that I played Quake, all the way back in 1996, I was just 13 at the time. Shortly after, I purchased a 3dfx Voodoo 1 video card, and grabbed GLQuake, which had better graphics and smoother performance.

 

 

id Software is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Quake, which was one of the first games you could play online, as well as rocking a soundtrack from Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor. There are a lot of gamers out there that don't realize that Team Fortress was born from Quake, as it was a very popular mod for Quake at the time, something I pumped countless hours into. QuakeWorld was also rather large, as it was a version of Quake that was optimized for slow internet connections.

 

At the time, Quake drove video card sales for 3dfx, NVIDIA and ATI - and without Quake, the first-person shooter revolution might have been very different. AMD and NVIDIA even now can be thankful to Quake and its sequels, as most of the PC master race would be filled with people who loved Quake.

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Nintendo says Zelda will be an 'immediate reason' to buy an NX console

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 days, 23 hours ago

Nintendo didn't tease its next-gen NX console at E3 2016, but it did tease gamers with a reveal of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and its official trailer.

 

 

People who have had hands-on time with Breath of the Wild have said that the game world is absolutely gigantic, and that the game mechanics and controls are top notch. Nintendo has huge hopes pinned on its next-gen Zelda game, which will hit both the current-gen Wii U and the next-gen NX console.

 

Nintendo believes that Zelda will be a system seller, especially for the new Nintendo NX console. Nintendo of America VP of Sales, Scott Moffitt, talked with The Financial Post about Nintendo NX and the new Legend of Zelda game recently. Moffitt said that Nintendo decided on focusing on Zelda at E3 this year, since that game deserved it. Moffitt said: "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a game that deserves this level of focus. You're right, it is our primary game we're showing this year, and it's just spectacular. For a game that immense and exciting we thought it deserved this sort of stage, and, frankly, this level of focus".

 

According to our sources, and others throughout the industry, NVIDIA will provide a Pascal-based Tegra processor for Nintendo NX. We should hear about this more in the near future hopefully.

 

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Mark Zuckerberg has tape over the webcam and microphone on his laptop

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: 3 days, 23 hours ago

Yesterday, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted an image celebrating 500 million users on Instagram, and if you look closely - Zuckerberg is a paranoid guy.

 

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He has tape not only on the webcam of his MacBook Pro, but the audio jacks and microphone are also taped up.

 

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FBI Director James Comey said back in April that he also has tape over his webcam, after he said someone "smarter than" he is say on TV they had tape over their webcam. The desk behind Zuckerberg in the photo is indeed his, with the same books, wooden Facebook sign and sunscreen on the desk.

Darth Vader confirmed for 'Rogue One' role

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 4 days ago

Following the release of 'Return of the Jedi' in 1983, 'Star Wars' fans waited for nearly 30 years until 'Revenge of the Sith' for nother glimpse at Darth Vader, only to find a whiny bitch who screams "Nooooooooo!". This year's spin-off 'Rogue One' will hopefully clear that little mess up.

 

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According to a spread in this week's Entertainment Weekly (via Collider) which teases more details on the much anticipated 'Star Wars' era spin-off, the Dark Lord of the Sith himself will make an appearance in 'Rogue One', although it's not entirely clear how big that will be. It's long been rumoured that voice artist James Earl Jones will reprise his role, just as he has done for the 'Star Wars Rebels' cartoon series, but this official confirmation is pretty exciting news.

 

'Rogue One' hits 2D, 3D and IMAX screens worldwide on December 16th.

YouTube happy with Red subscriptions so far

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Online Video | Posted: 4 days, 6 hours ago

YouTube launched its ad-free subscription service YouTube Red back in February. If you were wondering how it's doing, the company says it's still "early days" but that it's "happy" and "encouraged" by numbers so far. That said, it was never really about numbers, as VP of content partnerships Kelly Merryman explains.

 

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"YouTube Red just launched in the US and really for us it's all about consumer choice," she says. "Ads continue to be our core business and we are really thrilled about the business of reaching over a billion users a month and with momentum continuing behind that business, so there's no shift in where our business focuses. But we believe in consumer choice. One of the nice things about YouTube Red is we have created a subscription product that allows consumers to have an offline experience or ad-free experience, but we've also chosen that's another way we can invest in our creators to allow for our creators to actually bring a different cost structure to the platform."

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Samsung Creators program launches to accelerate 360 video storytelling

By: Jason Evangelho | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 4 days, 6 hours ago

Samsung is launching a new program to encourage storytellers, game developers, and filmmakers of all types to explore the medium of virtual reality and 360 video. Dubbed the "Samsung Creators" program, it's an initiative that will reward 10 winners in as many different categories with $10,000 cash and an invitation only "masterclass" with professionals in the VR filmmaking space.

 

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It sounds like a great opportunity to shine a light on aspiring content creators, and to bring VR that much closer to the mainstream spotlight. Wait, is 360 video actually VR though? We'll save that debate for another time...

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Watch Dogs 2 won't use towers to unlock new areas

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 days, 7 hours ago

E3 2016 - Ubisoft has an obsession with towers. The studio uses tall, sky-piercing towers as a means to unlock new portions of in-game maps--if you've played any (god forbid all) Far Cry or Assassin's Creed game, you're all-too-familiar with this mechanic. Luckily our tower-climbing days are over--in Watch Dogs 2, at least.

 

 

Watch Dogs 2 is Ubisoft's big-hitter for 2016, so it can't afford to make the same mistakes. The game has to not only look and feel new, it has to be new, and that means a fresh approach. So far the devs are done everything in their power to distance Watch Dogs 2 as far as possible from the original--other than the name, open-world setting, and the basic hacktvist premise, the two share almost nothing in common. Apart from all of its other massive improvements, Watch Dogs 2 won't be bound to the traditional stale "climb a tower and unlock areas" mechanic.

 

"There are no towers. You just explore the world. It's not a game where you open your map and everything's there," Watch Dogs creative Director Jonathan Morin told Eurogamer at E3. But if the entire world isn't unlocked all at once, and there's no towers, how does the map progression work? Ubisoft actually has a rather ingenious plan for this.

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