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NFL, partners envision future without pylons, markers via sensors

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Nov 4, 2015 8:08 pm

The NFL is an impressively progressive organization technology-wise, recently implementing the use of sensors in shoulder pads to deliver player data, tiny digital cameras, Surface tablets, and Internet feeds are now used for replays instead of the slower tape and radio technology, and virtual reality is being tested for player training and looked into for broadcasting.




Now the NFL -- specifically, its head of football technology John Cave -- is thinking about even more strides. That is, a future where ball sensors determine whether a player had possession prior to a fumble, or whether his foot was out of bounds -- calls like these are among the most contentious in the league. He sees this possibly happening within five to 10 years.

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GeForce 358.87 driver prepares you for Black Ops III

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Nov 4, 2015 7:04 pm

NVIDIA has released its 358.87 WHQL-certified drivers today.




The purpose of this release is almost entirely to optimize your system for Call of Duty: Black Ops III -- the only other known change is the inclusion of updated or new DirectX 11 SLI profiles for Act of Aggression, NBA 2K16, Starcraft II, Sword Coast Legends, and Triad Wars.


Grab the drivers through GeForce Experience, or download and install them manually via this link.

iPhone 7 Plus expected to feature 3GB RAM, new A10 CPU

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 4, 2015 6:01 pm

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has an excellent track record regarding Apple leaks, has stated he expects the iPhone 7 Plus will feature 3GB RAM, an upgrade over the 2GB the iPhone 6 Plus offers (the iPhone 7, meanwhile, will house 2GB RAM, the same as the iPhone 6s).




The CPU, meanwhile, is expected to run on a next-generation mobile processor architecture and be known as the A10.


History says the iPhone 7 Plus will launch September 2016.

Microsoft program lets you trade in your old Surface for Surface Pro 4

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 4, 2015 4:44 pm

Been eyeing the Surface Pro 4 but thinking you can do just fine with an old model? Microsoft is aiming to encourage you to upgrade in this situation with its new trade-in program that's said to get you anywhere from $100 to $700 on an old Surface model which you then must put toward the Surface Pro 4.




While other websites like Amazon will do similar, the advantage here is Microsoft doesn't ask questions about the condition of your device -- provided it's in decent shape, there should be no issue getting your credit. Plus, it offers a little more than some services (and a little less than others).


The MSRP of the Surface Pro 4 is $899, so you'll need to cough up at least $199.

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Xbox One Elite Controller availability 'limited through November'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Nov 4, 2015 11:36 am

The release of some of the biggest games for the Xbox One being released recently, with Halo 5 last week and Fallout 4 ready to drop. But where's that awesome $150 Xbox One Elite Wireless Controller? Well, it's sold out virtually everywhere.




Microsoft released the controller alongside Halo 5: Guardians on October 27, but quickly selling out, leaving Microsoft to say it was "thrilled at the amount of interest" and that it "[looked] forward to replenishing inventory in time for the holidays". It looks like the Xbox One Elite Controller won't be available until later this month, sometime around Black Friday, with a Microsoft rep adding that the controller is "sold out in many retailers around the world". The company added: "We expect more units to arrive at retailers each week but supply may be limited through November".

Blizzard teases a 15-second clip of the Warcraft movie

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Nov 4, 2015 9:36 am

Can you believe it's nearly here? Our first look at the Warcraft movie has arrived, courtesy of a small, but satisfying 15-second teaser trailer.



Warcraft is directed by Duncan Jones, who directed one of my favorite movies, Moon. Legendary Pictures, Blizzard Entertainment and Atlas Entertainment were also involved. Universal Studios will release Warcraft on June 10, 2016 - with the first full trailer to arrive later this week on November 6.


November 6, is also the first day of BlizzCon 2016, which isn't a coincidence.

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Uncharted trilogy soundtracks will arrive on vinyl early next year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Nov 4, 2015 7:29 am

If you're an Uncharted fan, and a lover of vinyl, you will be happy to hear that iam8bit and Sony are working on a three-LP box set of the soundtracks to the Uncharted trilogy.




The soundtracks from Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves and Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception will all be made available through the Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection vinyl soundtrack box, which will feature Greg Edmonson's soundtrack being remastered for, and pressed onto an 18-gram colored vinyl.


To top it off, the vinyl soundtrack set will have artwork from Australian art collective We Buy Your Kids, where you can also purchase the artwork as a poster. The set can be pre-ordered for $55, and should ship in the first quarter of 2016.

Amazon opens first physical book store

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Nov 4, 2015 6:03 am

It's been a long standing joke between my significant other and myself that it would be amazing if there was a real Amazon store which would immediately bankrupt my savings. Well it seems Mr Bezos has heard my calls, with the company launching its first bricks and mortar bookstore in Seattle this week.




According to the Financial Times, the premier Amazon bookstore doesn't have any ticket prices, instead reflecting the pricing from the online store. Jennifer Cast, VP of Amazon Books told the Seattle Times that "We hope this is not our only [storefront]. But we'll see."


The company has yet to confirm whether more physical stores are in the cards, but are surely taking on board the suggestions and feedback from customers - not to mention the sales figures and foot traffic.

Epic Games announces Paragon, a new PC shooter due in early 2016

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 4, 2015 5:30 am

Epic Games has just announced its new game 'Paragon', due to hit the PC sometime in 2016. Epic Games is known for creating the Unreal Engine, as well as huge first-person shooter hits like Unreal Tournament.



We don't know much about Paragon, other than it will feature a few heroes named Twinblast, Steel, Sparrow, Dekker and Grux. There is a video teaser on YouTube which we've embedded above, so let's hope that what we're seeing is in-game graphics as that would be a nice surprise. Epic is going to tease new heroes once a week through to December 3.


You can sign up to the Paragon beta too, by visiting the Paragon website.

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided limited to 30FPS on both the Xbox One, PS4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 4, 2015 3:27 am

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is set to be one of the biggest releases of 2016, but how will it run on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4? According to the Game Director on the title, Jean-François Dugas, it is locked at 30FPS on both consoles.




We don't need to worry about this on PC, as it should have an unlocked frame rate. Not only that, but Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will ship with both DX12 support, and a built-in benchmark that will see us testing all of our GPUs and monitors (and multi-monitors) comparing DX11 against DX12.

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