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DOTA 2 'The International' has a huge $18 million prize pool

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 4, 2015 11:06 am

Valve's 2015 championship DOTA 2 'The International' tournament has kicked off on the "main event" stage, starting things off with three matches between LGD Gaming and Team Empire.



There are a total of 16 teams competing in this year's The International with a prize pool of $18 million, with the 16th place receiving $54,000 while 1st place takes home a huge $6.5 million. We should see these figures continue to climb as the days tick by thanks to it being funded through the Compendium, something that offers players in-game content at $10, or $27 each.


25% of all Compendium sales go into the prize pool for The International, which could see the prize pool far exceed $18 million when it wraps up on Saturday, August 8.

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YouTube's web-based video player receives a slick new look

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Aug 4, 2015 9:27 am

Some of you may have already noticed, but Google has updated the look of YouTube on the web today, with the web-based video player receiving a slick new look.




YouTube now features a transparent control bar which disappears after a few seconds, with the timeline bar being thin until you run your mouse cursor over it, which makes it easier to manipulate. The Settings menu has also been tweaked, which now has a more mobile-like feel, while the "watch later" button now gone, kinda.


The "watch now" button is still there, but you have to go into full screen mode to find it, where it's now hiding in the top right hand corner of the video.

EA teases Mirror's Edge Catalyst trailer ahead of Gamescom

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 4, 2015 8:00 am

With Gamescom 2015 just days away, EA has started teasing Mirror's Edge Catalyst on the official Twitter page for the game. The company has released a 23-second teaser, which you can see below.



There's not much to see, but it's the tease of the full trailer that will be revealed on August 5 at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany.

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Basemark Web 3.0 announced, wants to benchmark all the browsers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Aug 4, 2015 7:15 am

Basemark, free from the shackles of Rightware, has just announced Basemark Web 3.0, a new product that will be the successor to the Browsermark product line. The new benchmark is even capable of testing out the new WebGL 2.0 API. Basemark Web 3.0 has three different suites:




  • Core Suite - Low-level JavaScript calculations (ECMAScript), designed to test the core of JavaScript
  • Graphics Suite - Graphically intense WebGL 1.0.2 and WebGL 2.0 content
  • Generic Suite - Tests built with popular JavaScript frameworks


The new Basemark Web 3.0 will work on "virtually all modern browsers, operating systems, and devices" and will arrive in four different versions. The free version will be "for everyone", the community version will be for open source projects, a professional version will be available for consumers who want more detail on browser performance, and a corporate version for corporate customers, with the ability to run on its own servers.

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FDA approves the first drug to be 3D printed, arrives in 2016

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Aug 4, 2015 6:37 am

3D printers can do weird, wacky and amazing things, but 3D-printed drugs? The US Food and Drug Administration has approved the first drug to be 3D-printed, Aprecia's epilepsy-fighting Spritam.




Spritam will use a porous, 3D-printed formula that will give an even stronger dose of up to 1000mg, while maintaining a smaller size making it easier to swallow. The 3D-printed drug won't be available until the first quarter of 2016, and you'll need a prescription to get your hands on the next-gen pills.


If Aprecia's first run is successful, we could see a new wave of drugs using 3D printers, easier for patients to swallow.

'Dungeons and Dragons' feature film reboot on the way

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Aug 4, 2015 6:33 am

Following the conclusion of a legal stoush over rights, Variety are reporting that Warner Bros. are moving forward with a new feature film based on the classic fantasy RPG 'Dungeons and Dragons' and a script has already been written by 'Conjuring 2' scribe David Leslie Johnson.




The Brand Director of 'Dungeons & Dragons', Nathan Stewart took to Twitter to get fans excited.



'Dungeons and Dragons' was previously bought to the screen in 2000, distributed by Warner Bros. subsidiary New Line Cinema. That version, which starred Jeremy Irons and Thora Birch was nothing short of a disaster, with a 10% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and failed to gross its low $45 million budget.


Early in development, 'Dungeons and Dragons' is not expected to hit screens until 2017 at the earliest.

HTC forces Fantastic Four push notification ads onto its smartphones

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 4, 2015 5:32 am

HTC is in hot water over its Sense Home application on some of its smartphones, with the Taiwanese giant using the push notifications to throw ads for the new Fantastic Four movie onto some users' devices.




A thread on Reddit has 'impersonaljesus' reporting that even though they were using a custom launcher, "this ad was pushed to my phone". You can disable notifications from the Sense Home app by going into the app settings and disabling the ability of push notifications, but you shouldn't need to be putting up with forced advertisement from HTC like this, no matter what setting is enabled or disabled.

Microsoft is excited over the challenge of PC to Xbox One streaming

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Aug 4, 2015 4:04 am

One of the big drawcards to living within Microsoft's ecosystem is the ability to stream games from your Xbox One to your PC, but it will be the PC to Xbox One streaming that could be more exciting.




Xbox boss Phil Spencer has talked about it in more detail now that the Xbox app for Windows 10 has launched, allowing gamers to stream content from their Xbox One consoles directly to their Windows 10 PCs, and tablets over their Wi-Fi networks. Microsoft is now reportedly working on PC to Xbox One streaming, but it's not something that the company is talking about. Spencer said the company would love to give fans the ability to do so, including mouse and keyboard support on the Xbox One.


During a chat with The Verge, Spencer said: "We understand if you're going to go PC to Xbox, we need to get keyboard and mouse working completely so you could play those games. In terms of where we want to go with our platform, those are absolutely in scope of things that we want to do". But Spencer did note that streaming from Xbox One to the PC is much easier, as the company knows just what hardware you have, instead of the other way around where there are countless combinations of hardware.

Metal Gear Solid V on PC gets new release date and spec sheet

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 4, 2015 2:30 am

Konami has moved up the PC release of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain to September 1, aligning both PC and console platforms for a simultaneous day one launch. There's only one catch--PC owners will have to wait until 2016 until they can access the game's Metal Gear Online multiplayer mode.




"We initially did not think it would be possible to get such an epic game out onto PC in time for launch alongside its console counterparts, but all involved have worked diligently to meet the demands of our consumers, Konami President Tomotada Tashiro said in an official statement. "Now PC users will be able to explore the vibrant and beautifully-realised locations and set-pieces that elevate The Phantom Pain beyond all other action titles. We feel confident that Steam users will be satisfied with the contents we will provide for the Steam version."


The Japanese publisher has also opened up MGSV pre-orders on Steam, and everyone who pre-buys on Steam will get a free copy of the game's short prequel adventure Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes.

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'Jurassic World' director hints at open-source dino future

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Aug 4, 2015 12:05 am

On the eve of 'Jurassic World's Japanese domestic release, but already the third highest grossing film of all time, Universal has unsurprisingly moved fast to lock in a sequel for 2018, but where will they take the franchise next?




'Jurassic World' director and screenwriter for 'Jurassic Park 5' (or 'Jurassic World 2' if you will) Colin Trevorrow spoke to Wired and shed some light on what we will, and won't see in the next film.


"[It will not be] just a bunch of dinosaurs chasing people on an island. That'll get old real fast. I feel like the idea that this isn't always going to be limited to theme parks, and there are applications for this science that reach far beyond entertainment. And when you look back at nuclear power and how that started, the first instinct was to weaponise it and later on we found it could be used for energy... What if this went open source? It's almost like InGen is Mac, but what if PC gets their hands on it? What if there are 15 different entities around the world who can make a dinosaur?"


The next installment hits screens on on June 22, 2018.

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