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Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 gets 12 maps when it launches

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 22 hours ago

When Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 finally hits the vegetation filled streets, we'll be able to battle it out across twelve different maps right from the start.



A new video from EA shows off all 12 of the multiplayer maps, which are all very unique, helping to keep you on your toes in each match. The different, and distinct visual styles are all pretty fantastic to look at, and the different layouts are sure to get you to try different tactics in each game.


You'll get to enjoy the mighty Great White North and even try to fend off the horde on two separate lunar levels. Garden Warfare 2 is coming out at the end of the month on the 23rd of February for PC, Xbox One and of course the PlayStation 4. The full list of maps is below.

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Qualcomm's new Snapdragon X16 modem capable of 1Gbps over LTE

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 2 days, 3 hours ago

Qualcomm doesn't want to rest with its continued dominance of the mobile world, unveiling its new Snapdragon X16 modem. What makes the new Snapdragon X16 modem newsworthy? Well, it can push up to 1Gbps over LTE... which is just insane.




The new Snapdragon X16 modem, together with the WTR5975 transceiver is capable of up to 1Gbps over Category 16 LTE. Right now, we have a ceiling of 300Mbps to 450Mbps, with the upcoming Snapdragon 820 the only one capable of hitting 600Mbps. The Snapdragon X16 from Qualcomm will also support upload speeds of 150Mbps, too.


Qualcomm said in its press release: "The Snapdragon X16 LTE modem is designed to reach Gigabit Class LTE speeds using the same amount of spectrum as Category 9 LTE devices. By using carrier aggregation and 4x4 MIMO, the Snapdragon X16 LTE modem can receive 10 unique streams of data using only three 20 MHz carriers. Its support for 256-QAM boosts the peak throughput of each stream from ~75 Mbps to ~100 Mbps, with additional gains possible with modem data compression".

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Hitman is part of AMD's Gaming Evolved program, includes DX12 features

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 days, 5 hours ago

We're beginning to hear more and more about the Hitman reboot, where we now know that AMD pushing out a press release that teases that Hitman is part of their Gaming Evolved program.




This means that AMD Radeon owners with Windows 10 installed will be able to enjoy luscious DX12 features, with the press release saying: "Hitman will leverage unique DX12 hardware found in only AMD Radeon GPUs-called asynchronous compute engines-to handle heavier workloads and better image quality without compromising performance. PC gamers may have heard of asynchronous compute already, and Hitman demonstrates the best implementation of this exciting technology yet. By unlocking performance in GPUs and processors that couldn't be touched in DirectX 11, gamers can get new performance out of the hardware they already own".


Hitman will also feature support for AMD's multi-monitor technology, Eyefinity, as well as support for Ultrawide monitors with 21:9 aspect ratio resolutions of 2560x1080 and 3440x1440.

Infinity Ward is working on the next Call of Duty, due late this year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 days, 7 hours ago

Infinity Ward took to Twitter to announce that "COD 2016" is now "official". The developer tweeted: "COD 2016. Now it's official. Can't wait to show you what we've been developing!" - i.e. a fresh mod for the last 51 games that originated with Call of Duty.





We should expect Activision and Infinity Ward to unveil the new Call of Duty at either GDC next month, or E3 in June.

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Kanye West begins showing off his new video game

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 days, 9 hours ago

While Kayne West is preparing the release of his forthcoming album, the husband of Kim Kardashian has released a trailer to his new video game... yeah, Yeezy has a new video game on its way.



West's new album is called The Life of Pablo, while his new clothing line is on the way, and then the video game. Yeezy has been busy, it seems. The game is called Only One, and it's about the passing of his late mother. Kanye explains: "I worked on a video game and I wanted to show y'all. The idea of the game is, my mom traveling through the gates of heaven".


Kanye is proud of his game, but he wasn't happy with how people received the trailer, as it was meant to commemorate his late mother. Kanye said: "That's not easy to do, man! Ya'll just be acting like that sh*t is regular". He added: "No, you don't understand. I go out and meet with everybody in San Fran, and they'll diss the f*** out of me. And I'll be like, 'I wanna make a game,' and they'll be like, 'F*** YOU.' That was hard to do, bro!".

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Today is the last day for free Google Drive storage offer

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Cloud Computing | Posted: 2 days, 10 hours ago

In the name of Safer Internet Day, Google earlier this week began giving out 2GB free storage with its Drive service for anyone who performed an account security checkup. If you missed the news or just forgot about it, there's still time to take advantage, but not much: today is the last day before the offer expires.




Head this way to begin the checkup, which should take about a minute at most. As previously reported, the offer stacks with other offers, so you could have as much as 19GB free storage when done.

Unity answers Unreal's VR Editor with its own VR-in-VR dev toolset

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 2 days, 11 hours ago

Not content with letting Unreal have all the fun, Unity has revealed its own toolset that enables devs to build games while in virtual reality. Now developers can literally tweak games while standing in their creations, which could open up the doors to amazing possibilities down the road.



Unity's VR-in-VR scene editing toolset is called SceneVR, and is a direct contender to Unreal's recently unveiled VR Editor. Using an Oculus Rift headset, Unity engineer Timoni West showcased a SceneVR preview at this year's Vision AR/VR Summit.


Using SceneVR, West was able to manipulate in-game objects in real-time. She started off with filling in a basic modern rooftop scene, all the while discussing basic features of the suite. West affirmed that the team is still working on optimizing SceneVR to make it more user-friendly, and that it'll be just as customizable in VR as Unity is to 3D.

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Netflix completes migration to Amazon Web Services at last

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Cloud Computing | Posted: 2 days, 11 hours ago

After seven years of effort, Netflix has finally completed the migration of its database and infrastructure to the cloud -- Amazon Web Services, specifically.




"Our journey to the cloud at Netflix began in August of 2008, when we experienced a major database corruption and for three days could not ship DVDs to our members," Netflix explains in a new blog post. "That is when we realized that we had to move away from vertically scaled single points of failure, like relational databases in our datacenter, towards highly reliable, horizontally scalable, distributed systems in the cloud."


The company says it chose AWS for its great scale and broad set of services and features.

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Ubisoft expects The Division to be a huge record-breaking new IP

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 days, 12 hours ago

Ubisoft is banking pretty big on The Division's success and even goes so far to say that it'll be one of the most popular new IPs in video game history.




According to earning projections, The Division will play a substantial role in the company's 2016 earnings. "The Division - whose recent closed beta exceeded all of our expectations - is set to be one of the largest launches of a new brand in the history of the video game industry," said Ubisoft CEO and co-founder Yves Guillemot.


Ubisoft's 2016 earnings forecast is focusing on "player engagement", a new strategy it says has paid off well with AC: Syndicate and Rainbow Six: Siege--and will hit a peak thanks to The Division and Far Cry Primal.

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The Dark Knight is the true star of final 'Batman V Superman' trailer

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 2 days, 12 hours ago

With the premiere of the eagerly anticipated 'Batman V Superman' just a few weeks away, Warner Bros have upped the ante on their promotional efforts, today dropping an explosive new trailer which glimpses the epic showdown between DC Comic's two biggest heroes - and suggesting that Batman has a chance against a god.



With action beats and choreography that look to blow away the disappointing action in Christoper Nolan's otherwise exemplary Dark Knight saga, Zack Snyder looks to be bringing his trademark brand of breakneck action pumped up to 11.


'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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