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New Mafia 3 screenshots showcase the Big Easy's vice-ridden streets

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 6, 2016 10:30 am

It's been quite some time since 2K Games has said anything about Mafia 3, but now we have a new batch of screenshots that highlight the Crescent City's seedy underbelly.

 

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The new Mafia 3 screenshots were taken from a pre-alpha build of the game, and were featured as part of a GDC 2016 presentation entitled "Adding Life to Your Level". The screens highlight a distinct visual style that matches the colorful flair of the Big Easy and shows us the kind of atmosphere that the devs at Hangar 13 are shooting for.

 

Mafia 3 takes place in 1960's Louisiana and follows the story of Lincoln Clay, a Vietnam vet who returns home and starts working for the city's underground crime organization. After his friends and family are slaughtered by the Italian mob, Lincoln's life turns upside down, and players spend their time building up an empire to take revenge on the mafia.

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Sony's PS4 to PC game streaming not compatible with Windows 7

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 6, 2016 9:44 am

The PS4's new Masamune v3.50 firmware update is now live, but Windows 7 owners won't be able to get in on the Remote Play action.

 

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In a recent post on the PlayStation Blog, Sony unveiled a host of details on the PS4's huge new update. Using v3.50, PlayStation gamers will be able to stream PS4 games to their PC in up to 720p 60FPS with Remote Play. This is a pretty momentous occasion that sees Sony directly responding to Microsoft's plans to unify Xbox and Windows 10 PC gaming.

 

Sadly, Windows 7 users will be left out. The Masamune update only supports Windows 8.1 and Windows 10, as well as OSX 10.10 and OSX 10.11 on Mac, so those of you who opted not to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 won't be able to take part in the game streaming.

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Spielberg's adaptation of Roald Dahl's 'The BFG' gets new trailer

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Apr 6, 2016 3:28 am

It's been a number of years since Steven Spielberg has produced a family friendly film, but with his upcoming adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl book 'The BFG', it looks like he's lost none of his touch. Today, Disney has released a fun new trailer for the live action/ CG hybrid.

 

 

Adapted for the screen by 'E.T.' screenwriter Melissa Mathison who sadly passed away late last year, 'The BFG' stars Rebecca Hall as the young Mary and features the voices of Mark Rylance, Bill Hader and Jemaine Clement. Frst published in 1982, the novel was one of the last written by Dahl, who passed away in 1990.

 

'The BFG' will hit theatres in 3D and 2D worldwide from July 2016.

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Paramount Pictures announce first 4K UltraHD Blu-ray titles

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Apr 5, 2016 11:52 pm

With Warner Bros, Twentieth Century Fox and Sony Pictures already launching their first wave of titles for the 4K UltraHD Blu-ray format, Paramount Pictures has now decided to dip their toes in the water and have announced their first two titles.

 

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To celebrate the 50th anniversary of 'Star Trek' and to help promote the upcoming 'Star Trek Beyond', Paramount have announced plans to release the first two films third film in the rebooted franchise 'Star Trek' and 'Into Darkness' in 4K. Both titles will feature upscaled 4K video with High Dynamic Range passes, newly remixed immersive Dolby Atmos soundtracks and a bonus disc of Blu-ray supplements. Both titles will be released in the United States on June 14th, ahead of 'Star Trek Beyond's theatrical release at the end of July.

 

Disney is now the sole holdout of the major studios who have not yet announced titles in the format, but are expected to firm up plans by the end of the year.

WhatsApp enables end-to-end encryption

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Privacy & Rights | Posted: Apr 5, 2016 10:04 pm

One month after publicly supporting Apple in its fight for encryption, chat app company WhatsApp now features end-to-end encryption in its client. In essence, whether you're calling someone, sending a file, messaging, hosting a group chat, or anything else, you can be rest assured it's completely private from hackers, WhatsApp, and anyone else you might be paranoid about.

 

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"We live in a world where more of our data is digitized than ever before," company CEO and founder Jan Koum says of the change. "Every day we see stories about sensitive records being improperly accessed or stolen. And if nothing is done, more of people's digital information and communication will be vulnerable to attack in the years to come. Fortunately, end-to-end encryption protects us from these vulnerabilities."

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AMD shipping 7th-gen Bristol Ridge APU's way ahead of schedule

By: Jeff Williams | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Apr 5, 2016 9:07 pm

Today isn't just about NVIDIA and their GTC event, AMD too has something new going on today as well. The 7th generation of the APU, based on the Excavator core and codenamed Bristol Ridge, are shipping far ahead of schedule. They're already shipping the new 28nm APU's in an updated HP Envy x360 2-in-1 laptop.

 

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We were able to take a look at some Geekbench scores that inadvertently showed up yesterday in their online database and those seem to be just in time to announce the launch of their new processors that'll take the place of Kaveri based systems, and be along side of Carrizo based systems that also have the same Excavator cores.

 

Full specifications haven't quite been given yet, but we do know that the various 28nm processors will come in two and four core configurations with either Radeon R5 or R7 class GPU's with 8-10 compute units attached and support for DDR4. They're saying that compared to Kaveri, we should see a 50% increase in general performance. Gaming performance itself should definitely experience a nice boost. These processors are a stopgap until we see the Zen-based Summit Ridge APU's and CPU's later on. We're expecting more detailed information to come during Computex 2016, with the full break-down of clock speeds and all the other innovations that come along with it.

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HP revives minimalist logo for premium laptops only

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Laptops | Posted: Apr 5, 2016 8:12 pm

Back in 2011, HP hired marketing company Moving Brands to redesign its logo and "brand identity." The result -- a minimalist logo featuring just four 'slashes' -- was scrapped...until now. HP will be using the once-dead logo for its premium laptops only going forward, starting with the just-launched Spectre 13.

 

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HP split into two companies in 2014: it would appear the PC and printer side (HP Inc.) is willing to take risks like this as a result, as opposed to the safer management side (Hewlett-Packard Enterprise) which last year decided on possibly one of the most boring logos of all-time.

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Gears of War 4 to have a filter for gore and explicit language

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 5, 2016 7:00 pm

We already knew that the Gears of War series is a very violent foray into the human (and alien) condition, and Gears of War 4 will be no exception. To that end, The Coalition is going to have a filter for excess gore and for explicit language, another mainstay of a successful deep look into humankind.

 

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Rod Fergusson, the head developer that's working on Gears of War 4, spoke to Game informer about how the darker theme that we'll see from the story will contribute to a much more explicit experience. That is, it'll be more real in how it presents language and when things perish. Even with game ratings systems that tend to give guidance on what to censor in order to reach certain levels, it was difficult for The Coalition to determine what exactly they wanted to cut out, or if they wanted to simply cut them out or censor them.

 

"Gore is important for obvious reasons and swearing too." Rod continued, "I think the tricky part for us is, and it's been one of the funny things about the mature language flag, is that there's no standard, so we've had to set the bar," he explained." In essence he didn't want to detract from the character development, of which even explicit language is actually quite important. In the end, they've found a good balance between what's acceptable and what'll detract from the game. It wouldn't do to have a completely cus laden game that contradicts what you're trying to teach your own children, should you happen to have children around that you don't want to hear such things.

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Apple stores switching to environmentally friendly bags

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 5, 2016 6:07 pm

Starting April 15, Apple retail outlets will be moving away from their well-liked plastic drawstring bags to new paper bags made out of 80 percent recycled materials, according to a note sent to retail employees. The note also instructs employees to give out the old bags until they're all gone and to ask customers if they want a bag or not, in order to potentially further cut down on waste.

 

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Apple VP of environment, policy, and social initiatives Lisa Jackson last month discussed environmental efforts at the company's press event, noting 93 percent of its operations around the globe are powered by renewable energy, and that its new robot 'Liam' can disassemble iPhones for recycling. As well, Jackson declared all of Apple's packaging would eventually be paper.

NVIDIA announces DGX-1, the world's first Deep Learning supercomputer

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Apr 5, 2016 5:42 pm

GTC 2016 - NVIDIA just unveiled its next-generation Pascal architecture at GTC 2016, showcasing its new Tesla P100 video card - with an insane amount of power. The Tesla P100 has 16GB of HBM2, with an insane amount of horsepower behind it.

 

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Well, NVIDIA also announced its new DGX-1 - the world's first Deep Learning supercomputer. DGX-1 packs 8x Tesla P100 video cards, each with 16GB of HBM2. DGX-1 has 7TB of SSDs, 2 x Intel Xeon processors, 170 TFlops of performance, Quad IP 100Gbps and dual 10GbE connectivity. It uses just 3200W of power (3.2kW) which might sound like a lot to you and I, but this is a supercomputer... not a traditional rackmount PC.

 

NVIDIA's new Pascal-based DGX-1 is priced at $129,000.

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