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IMAX rumored to be working on their own movies for IMAX screens

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Sep 14, 2015 4:24 am

If you've ever watched a movie in an IMAX screen that was filmed with an IMAX camera, you'll know that there's nothing better. But the company doesn't see many movies hitting its screens, and it wants to see that change - even if it has to do so itself.




The Wrap is reporting that IMAX is in the process of making their own movies, and even the possibilities of allowing alternate programming to be blasted onto IMAX screens in the future. The company is talking with various potential partners, TV producers, and filmmakers to see what they can do to get IMAX into the limelight.


Why now? Well, during August there were hardly any blockbuster Hollywood movies on IMAX screens. IMAX Entertainment Chief Executive Officer Greg Foster explained: "There were no blockbuster movies released in August, there were none last week and none this coming weekend. That's three or four weeks of beachfront property. We want to provide the very best premium entertainment 52 weeks a year, and if creating it ourselves is the best way to do it, we're going to be excited about taking that step".

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Cameras roll on 'Assasin's Creed' feature film

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Sep 14, 2015 4:19 am

After years of delays and production updates, the eagerly awaited feature film adaptation of Ubisoft's 'Assassin's Creed' franchise has finally entered production in Malta, according to the country's newspaper Malta Today. Production will then move to locales in London and Spain.




Starring Michael Fassbender as Callum Lynch and Marion Cotillard in an as-yet unnamed role, the feature film is directed by Australian Justin Kurzel who has credits such as 'Snowtown' to his name. Twentieth Century Fox is bankrolling the production which will be released worldwide on December 21st 2016, disturbingly close to the release of 'Star Wars: Rogue One'.

Ubisoft says it was technologically bound for the new Assassin's Creed

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 14, 2015 2:36 am

Ubisoft has said that they "had to wait for the technology to catch up" in order to build the world of Assassin's Creed: Syndicate, which is set in Victorian London and the Industrial Revolution. But with the Xbox One and PS4 technology not being that great, what exactly did the developer had to wait for? We've had this power for a decade now.



Assassin's Creed: Syndicate Creative Director, Marc-Alexis Côté, said that they didn't want to make Syndicate previously because the technology wasn't there to create their vision. He said: "We had to wait for the technology to catch up, it's like we really wanted to build what I call 'modern London', which is actually Victorian London and the Industrial Revolution. I feel like the technology was not there to build a pretty city. All the carriages, all the people, those taller buildings, the wider streets; they take a lot of computing power, and we're there now".


Assassin's Creed: Syndicate will be released on the Xbox One and PS4 on October 23, with the PC release of the game a couple of weeks later on November 19.

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California grants Honda approval to begin self-driving car tests

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Sep 14, 2015 12:55 am

The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has given Honda permission to begin testing its self-driving car on California roads - one of the front runners of US states willing to support self-driving car testing. Honda already has increased the use of advanced driver-assistance systems in newer Honda and Acura car models.




Google has released statistics that include more than 1.8 Million miles of self-driving car testing, while Volkswagen, Audi, Lexus, Nissan and Mercedes have similar approval from the state. Honda has testing facilities in Silicon Valley, in an effort to accelerate R&D with some of the best researchers in the country.


In addition to California, states such as Michigan, Nevada and Florida have been more willing to support autonomous testing at various levels.

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Take home 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' in our latest Blu-ray giveaway

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Sep 14, 2015 12:53 am

To celebrate this week's release of the 2015 blockbuster 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron' on home video, we have five Blu-ray prize packs to give away including a copy of the Blu-ray along with a notepad and keyring, thanks to our friends at Walt Disney Australia and New Zealand.




When Tony Stark tries to jump start a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for a global adventure.


To go into the running to take a Blu-ray home, simply answer the following question in 50 words or less:

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Windows 10 is being pushed to machines without their owners permission

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Sep 13, 2015 2:55 pm

According to a few users, the ~BT Windows 10 folder has been appearing on users' machines even without them agreeing to the upgrade from their Windows 7 or Windows 8 installations.




Microsoft has confirmed the news with The Inquirer, VentureBeat and PCWorld. PCGamer reports: "Users have been able to opt-in to the free Windows 10 upgrade if they're running Windows 7 or 8, but apparently even if they don't, the files are being downloaded anyway. It's happening on devices which have automatic updates allowed, which we'd generally recommend to catch the latest security and stability updates for Windows".


Microsoft sent a response, where they said: "For individuals who have chosen to receive automatic updates through Windows Update, we help upgradable devices get ready for Windows 10 by downloading the files they'll need if they decide to upgrade. When the upgrade is ready, the customer will be prompted to install Windows 10 on the device".

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OnePlus admits it 'messed up' the launch of the OnePlus 2 smartphone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 13, 2015 12:23 pm

Do you own a OnePlus 2 smartphone? Or maybe you want one, but can't get one? Don't worry, you're not alone. The co-founder of OnePlus, Carl Pei, has said that the launch of the OnePlus 2 hasn't been great, and that "meaningful quantities" will be fulfilled this week.




This is a month later than the company had said, with Pei taking to a forum post saying "we messed up" the launch of the OnePlus 2. He added: "We know that you are rooting for us, and want nothing more than to see us succeed. Therefore, it feels extra terrible to let you down this time around, again".


In a way, you have to admire Pei's frankness - instead of hiding behind promises like other companies do and not delivering. In this case, their second flagship smartphone hasn't launched as they wanted it to, so let's hope that they don't come in threes, hey?

Gear of War: Ultimate Edition will have unlocked frame rate, and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 13, 2015 10:12 am

The release of Gears of War: Ultimate Edition for the PC is getting closer, with it being one of the first DirectX 12 titles in development for the PC. The Coalition, the developer behind the game, has talked with Eurogamer recently with some interesting things to say.




Cam McRae, the Technical Director for the Windows 10 version of Gears of War: Ultimate Edition has said that the use of DX12 and Asynchronous Compute will help them provide a stellar PC release. McRae said: "We are still hard at work optimising the game. DirectX 12 allows us much better control over the CPU load with heavily reduced driver overhead. Some of the overhead has been moved to the game where we can have control over it. Our main effort is in parallelising the rendering system to take advantage of multiple CPU cores".


He continued: "Command list creation and D3D resource creation are the big focus here. We're also pulling in optimisations from UE4 where possible, such as pipeline state object caching. On the GPU side, we've converted SSAO to make use of async compute and are exploring the same for other features, like MSAA".

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Samsung Galaxy S7 to feature 5.7-inch display, due in February 2016

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 13, 2015 7:45 am

Riding on the marketing train of the new iPhones that Apple unveiled earlier this week in the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, we're beginning to hear more rumors on Samsung's latest Galaxy smartphone, the Galaxy S7.




Samsung's Galaxy S7 will reportedly feature a 5.7-inch display, and will be using Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 processor - seeing Samsung move away from using its own Exynos processor, something it did in the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge. The Galaxy S7 will also include an upgraded camera, with rumors pointing to it featuring an insane 27-megapixel camera or so. Comparing this to the 16-megapixel shooter on the current Galaxy handsets, and 12-megapixel shooter inside of the new iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus.


Qualcomm and reportedly been working closely with Samsung on the new Galaxy S7, so we could see Samsung's next flagship smartphone being quite the powerhouse, inside and out.

NASA will soon upload 4K content to its NASA TV channel on YouTube

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Sep 13, 2015 5:11 am

NASA is providing you with a reason to use your 4K TV for more than just upscaling content and the occasional series on Netflix that streams at 4K, with the US space agency to soon launch 4K content onto its NASA TV channel on YouTube.




NASA is teaming up with Harmonic, where the first 4K content won't just see the US space agency uploading the latest high-resolution video and images from the ISS and other NASA missions, but they've teased that they'll upload "historical missions" in 4K, too. Harmonic is talking with pay TV providers to broadcast the NASA TV channel through cable, satellite and optical networks.


In order to watch the 4K content on the NASA TV channel, you'll need an Internet connection with 13Mbps downstream.

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