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AMD Ryzen overclocking tool spotted, called 'Master'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Feb 17, 2017 6:52 am

I can't contain my excitement for new technology, with our first official tease of Ryzen motherboards from GIGABYTE and ASUS - and now a tease of AMD's rumored Ryzen CPU overclocking software, something called Ryzen Master.


amd-ryzen-overclocking-tool-spotted-called-master_08 is reporting the news from a screenshot they grabbed from NAMEGT, but it's blurred out - but as they report "the software looks awfully similar to Radeno Settings". There are sliders that look like AMD will let you tweak your Ryzen CPU at a core level, overclocking individual CPU cores - which is a freakin' nice touch.


It looks like there are other settings for XFR (Extended Frequency Range) technology, which is something that will automatically adjust CPU frequency depending on the cooling technology you're using. I'm sure we'll find out more about Ryzen Master in the coming days, and the new couple of weeks ramping up to AMD's big launch of Ryzen.

Nintendo Switch 480p downscale hint at Gamecube VC games

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 17, 2017 5:40 am

Users can downscale the Nintendo Switch's native resolution down to 480p (standard definition) when its docked in TV Mode. Why would anyone need to adjust the system's resolution? Maybe it has something to do with Gamecube games, which run at 480p?




Some retailers apparently broke street date on the Nintendo Switch, and the lucky owners have uploaded some footage of the Switch to the net. When watching the footage I noticed something very, very interesting: in the Switch's settings you can adjust its TV Resolution and set it to 480p. While docked in TV Mode the Switch switches from the tablet's 720p up to full 1080p HD resolution while playing actual retail Switch games, so this 480p setting could be for Virtual Console platforms and games.


This could strongly hint that the Switch will have Gamecube VC games that run at 480p, and that gamers could set the system's internal resolution at 480p to ensure Gamecube games run in their native resolution HDTVs. I also bet the Switch has the option to change from 16:9 to 4:3 aspect ratio to match the native ratio of older games--but some Gamecube games actually support 16:9. This would effectively make older Gamecube and other Virtual Console games look better on high-definition televisions.



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'Star Trek' rollercoaster warps to German theme park

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Feb 17, 2017 5:13 am

Ever wanted to fly the U.S.S. Enterprise? Well, this rollercoaster thrill ride is going to be the closest you'll get.



Opening at Movie Park Germany, the 'Star Trek: Operation Enterprise' ride finds guests fleeing the Borg after the Enterprise is locked by a tractor beam, as it turns on a half pipe 40 metres in the air to escape. And after the ordeal is over, park guests can spend up big at the Federation Plaza themed area where you'll be able to buy all sorts of weird and wonderful 'Star Trek' merchandise, as well as see some props and other items in a museum area. The ride, which has spent two years in planning and construction, will open in the second quarter of 2017.

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AMD Ryzen motherboards teased from ASUS and GIGABYTE

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Feb 17, 2017 4:17 am

Can you believe we are so close to one of the most important launches from AMD in over half a decade with their next-gen Ryzen CPUs? As we get closer, we're learning more and more about them, and now we're getting some full frontal shots and details on the motherboards from ASUS and GIGABYTE.




Starting with GIGABYTE, we have their upcoming AORUS AX370-Gaming 5 board - which looks slick as hell with its black, silver and orange theme. Both boards are based on the X370 chipset, ready for any Ryzen CPU you throw at it - right up to the flagship Ryzen 7 1800X processor.





ASUS will have its Crosshair VI Hero motherboard, as well as the Prime X370-PRO, which doesn't look as flash as GIGABYTE's offering - but it does feature their Aura Sync technology for some LED goodness.



We should expect some very competitive pricing on the new boards, easily under $200 - a fact that will have lots of gamers and PC users diving onto the new Ryzen CPUs on motherboard savings from the expensive world of Intel.

ASUS reveals ROG STRIX Impact RGB gaming mouse

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Feb 17, 2017 3:16 am

ASUS today announced its new gaming mouse, the ROG STRIX Impact, which is optimized for rigorous gaming.




The STRIX ROG Impact mouse features a lightweight and ambidextrous design that's specifically designed for MOBAs. The optical sensor has up to 5000 DPI sensitivity and a tracking speed of 130 IPS, making it an effective solution for MOBAs that need quick response times.


The Impact also sports high-quality and durable Omron D2FC-F-K mouse switches to support up to 50 million clicks. An onboard DPI switch lets users easily and quick switch between different sensitivity settings in-game without needing to pull up extra software.

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Deep Down's new trademark means nothing, and here's why

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 17, 2017 1:36 am

Capcom has just filed a "new" trademark for Deep Down, its online-based fantasy game that was shown off in 2013 but still hasn't released. This news caused a stir in the community as gamers thought it could mean Deep Down may finally be ready sometime soon, but I have some bad news for everyone: this doesn't mean anything.




Deep Down's latest trademark filing is a simple re-filing to lock in the game's TM and reduce the cost of further extensions. That's all this trademark means. It doesn't indicate Capcom is any closer or farther to releasing Deep Down. In fact, the two filings are 100% identical--except one has no extensions and a new TEAS RF classification to reduce filing costs. Old filing is here, and the new filing is here.




The United States Patent and Trademark Office has granted Capcom five trademark extensions for Deep Down. As clearly indicated here, that's the maximum extension count before a company has to re-file. The extensions are valid for six-month intervals, and Capcom last filed August 9, 2016, which is exactly six months from this new trademark's filing of February 9, 2017.

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ZenFone 4 skips MWC17, but we could see ZenFone 3 Go

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 17, 2017 1:27 am

ASUS' ZenFone 3 Zoom and ZenFone AR were officially revealed at CES, and with the MWC around the corner, there are rumors that the company might unveil new devices in Barcelona.




The latest leak shows the new member of the ZenFone family - ZenFone 3 Go. The leaked image reveals that the device won't have a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor or a physical button on the front.


As for the specs, the leak suggests a 5-inch 720p display, Snapdragon 410 processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage. The main camera should come with a resolution of 13MP while the front camera comes with 5MP.

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Fox wants shorter theatrical to home release windows

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Feb 16, 2017 10:58 pm

The major Hollywood studios have been lobbying to reduce the 100 day release window between a theatrical and home video release for some time now, but now 20th Century Fox is placing renewed pressure on the charge following the immense changes to the media landscape in recent times.




Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Fox CEO Stacey Snider said that "It's not about smashing the window. Maybe it's about opening it up a little.. for a business to not be able to sell what it makes for periods of time is anachronistic." Despite that, she doesn't want to completely upend the "huge, global, big, beautiful cinematic" business model, saying "the last thing we want to do is commoditise it and make it feel like it's interchangeable with the home entertainment experience."


Fox has a number of big budget films on the way for 2017, including 'X-Men' spin-off 'Logan', 'Alien Covenant', and 'The War for the Planet of the Apes'.

Payday 3 now in development

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 16, 2017 10:51 pm

Starbreeze today announced that production and development of Payday 3 is now full swing, but the sequel is far from ready for release.




The Payday franchise is Starbreeze Studio's most important property. The studio is the sole owner for the IP and Payday remains the "cornerstone" of the company's business: Starbreeze earns 100% of all PC sales and revenue gleaned from the series, and the franchise has generated an impressive SEK 47.7 million ($5,384,414) of net revenue from October - December 2016. So it's only natural that Starbreeze would make a sequel and push the franchise forward.


"It is with great satisfaction that we also can announce that PAYDAY 3 production is officially initiated and at a full design stage," the studio announced its most recent financial earnings report. "I'd like to especially clarify, that this project will enjoy as much time as we deem needed. It will be done when it's done. This is our single most important brand today and the cornerstone of our business and we will treat it accordingly. Updates in the near future might be scares and far between. You simply don't rush PAYDAY 3."

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Huawei P10 images leaked ahead of the launch

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 16, 2017 9:43 pm

The Huawei P10 will be officially announced in little more than a week from now in Barcelona, but we already know what to expect.




Just yesterday Huawei unveiled that the device will come in three colors - gold, blue, and green.


The latest leaks show the actual photos of the device, leaked by the Federal Communications Commission. The images confirm what we already knew about the phone.

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