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H1Z1 has sold over one million copies in two months

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 25, 2015 4:43 am

H1Z1 has captured headlines since its release, with Daybreak Game Company President, John Smedley, announcing that H1Z1 has sold over one million copies on Steam's Early Access program since it was released two months ago.




It wasn't long ago that Daybreak Game Company was known as Sony Online Entertainment, but it was sold off to an investment firm called Columbus Nova and began ejecting staff. The success of H1Z1 is great news not only for gamers, but for the studio. Development on H1Z1 is a continuous cycle, with the studio adding features and removing exploits. Smedley has said that the studio has banned thousands of gamers that have been taking advantage of exploits in H1Z1.

Samsung will have foldable smartphones next year, LG to follow in 2017

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 25, 2015 3:36 am

While Samsung has been experimenting with its Galaxy Edge and Galaxy S6 edge smartphones, the foldable smartphone era is nearly upon us.




Samsung's R&D section has been hard at work playing with foldable display technology, but it looks like we are getting closer to this entering the consumer space. An official for Samsung Display has said: "The industry believes that the commercialization of foldable smartphones will be possible in 2016". We should expect Samsung to unveil a foldable smartphone sometime in 2016.


LG is also planning to reach into the foldable smartphone market, and while it might be a year later than Samsung, 2017 isn't too far away now. LG still has its flagship G4 smartphone set to arrive in the coming months, and after the great sales of its G3 smartphone - 59.6 million units shipped - LG is positioning itself well.

The Witcher 3 will have dynamic beards that grow over time

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 25, 2015 2:32 am

CD Projekt Red has come out with quite the tease of The Witcher 3 today, where the studio has said that Geralt's beard will grow over time. Yes, The Witcher 3 will have dynamic beards, that grow over time.




Michael Platkow-Gilewski, CD Projekt Red's Communications Chief, said to Eurogamer that Geralt's beard will have various "states" that will be triggered over time. Players can choose an unchanging style if they want, which will arrive in the form of the free Beard and Hairstyle DLC. Yes, a beard and hairstyle DLC... what.


Platkow-Gilewski explains: "The beard grows as time passes and when Geralt moves between locations. The beard has several "states" and these states determine its length - the longest is really long but it's not Gandalf-long. When you download the free Beard and Hairstyle DLC the growth of the beard will stop because we decided that when players want a predefined look, it would be weird to require from them to reapply it time after time".


After multiple delays, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be made available on May 19 for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.

Microsoft will support up to 8K resolutions with Windows 10

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Mar 25, 2015 1:25 am

All the way back in September last year, before we knew that Microsoft was calling its next-gen OS Windows 10, we reported that we'd see support for up to 8K displays. Well, fast forward to 2015, and it's confirmed: Windows 10 will have support for 7680x4320, or 8K.




The confirmation came from a slide that was used during Microsoft's WinHEC trade show in Shenzhen, China, last week. While 8K is far away for most consumers, Japan is ahead of the curve with NHK testing 8K broadcasts already, and will be blasting 8K out for the 2020 Olympics, too, which will be held in Tokyo, Japan.


8K displays will most likely arrive thanks to the advances of VR headsets, which will require higher and higher pixels to be crammed into the HMD. But with Microsoft fully supporting 8K, we should see the 8K desktop become a reality sooner, rather than later.


We already have TV makers behind the SuperMHL connector which supports 8K, and then the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) has shown the Embedded DisplayPort (eDP) 1.4a standard, which will see 8K support in laptops, mobile devices, and PCs.

Most of AMD's Radeon Rx 300 series will reportedly be rebrands

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Mar 25, 2015 12:11 am

It looks like AMD's Radeon 300 series is beginning to take better form, where we're learning that the new cards will be filled with a bunch of rebrands, something that has been discovered hiding in the Catalyst 15.3 Beta drivers. Here's the run down of what is found in the Catalyst 15.3 Beta drivers:




  • AMD665F.1 = "AMD Radeon R9 360″
  • AMD6610.2 = "AMD Radeon(TM) R7 350X"
  • AMD6610.3 = "AMD Radeon(TM) R5 340X"
  • AMD6611.10 = "AMD Radeon R7 340″
  • AMD665F.1 = "AMD Radeon R9 360″
  • AMD6660.1 = "AMD Radeon(TM) R5 M330″
  • AMD6660.2 = "AMD Radeon(TM) R5 M330″
  • AMD6660.3 = "AMD Radeon(TM) R5 M330″
  • AMD6778.8 = "AMD Radeon R5 310″
  • AMD6811.1 = "AMD Radeon R9 370″

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'Star Wars' Tatooine set now a terror warzone

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 24, 2015 11:30 pm

The crisis that has engulfed the Middle East thanks to the rise of ISIS (or 'Daesh' as Coalition forces prefer to refer to it) continues to march through the African continent and now threatens the small Tunisian town which served as the backdrop of the original 'Star Wars' film shoot in 1976.




Dedicated fans of the franchise have made pilgrimages to the areas where George Lucas filmed scenes of the alien planet Tatooine (a play on the real town's name of Tataouine) in 'A New Hope' but now the tourism trade has all but come to a standstill following a gun attack on tourists at the National Bardo Museum in Tunis which killed 19 people.


Tunisia is now sadly caught up in the march of ISIS, with three young men recently arrested in an attempt to cross into Libya to join the terror cell.

Fox announces 'X-Files' return with Mulder and Scully

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 24, 2015 10:53 pm

Earlier this year, we reported that Twentieth Century Fox was close to securing a deal to bring back the classic TV show 'The X-Files', and today the network has made it official - The 'X-Files' are being reopened!




Series creator Chris Carter and stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson have come to an agreement with Twentieth Century Fox to return their talents to the show, with a 6 episode limited series to begin production in the middle of the year. A release date has not been set, but is likely to hit at the end of the year, or at the start of the 2016 sweeps period in late January.


The last time Mulder and Scully reprised their roles was in the 2008 theatrical sequel 'I Want to Believe' which disappointed many fans for eschewing the alien mythology plot thread of later seasons. There is currently no word yet on the projected storyline, however a comment from Chris Carter seems to imply that this series will be standalone episodes by saying "The good news is the world has only gotten that much stranger, a perfect time to tell these six stories". Either way, the truth is out there - and I'm looking to see some more of it.

ISIS hackers post US personnel information online, raising concerns

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Mar 24, 2015 9:11 pm

The Islamic State Hacking Division recently created waves when it posted personal information of military personnel online - and called for attacks on the soldiers and Marines.




The ISIS group posted names, photos and addresses of US military personnel, with the list reportedly collected using public databases and social media. The hacker group didn't breach any sensitive networks, according to military sources - leading officers to be careful of social media activities.


"I am sending this message as a reminder regarding vigilance while using social media," said Army Major. General Michael Garrett. "A couple months ago, we reached out to remind you of the reality that we are operating in a 'new norm' in which cyber threats are real and constant; any Centcom teammate or family member could be targeted. To that end, we all should maintain a heightened sense of vigilance whether dealing with work or home computer usage, specifically as it relates to social media."

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FTC creates a new office to analyze Internet of Things

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Mar 24, 2015 7:50 pm

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) wants to keep a close eye on the growing Internet of Things (IoT) boom, as more connected Things access the Internet.




The FTC will task the newly-created Office of Technology Research and Investigation with a high-level approach to analyzing IoT. It will focus on studying "privacy, data security, connected cars, smart homes, algorithmic transparency, emerging payment methods, big data, and the Internet of Things."


The IoT provides great potential for connectivity everywhere a person goes, but the FTC has concerns related to privacy and security.

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HP abandons Beats, chooses Bang & Olufsen for audio partnership

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Mar 24, 2015 6:45 pm

Hewlett-Packard has dropped Apple-owned Beats as an audio partner, and will now work with Bang & Olufsen on future products. The partnership will bring the Danish company's audio expertise to PCs, laptops, tablets and other electronics, starting this spring.




HP is the No. 2 global PC manufacturer, and hopes its deal with Bang & Olufsen helps usher in a new era for audio-centric functionality on devices. Beats may be a recognizable name, however, Bang & Olufsen provides high-quality audio products.


"HP and Bang & Olufsen will custom tune each notebook, desktop, tablet and accessory for precise sound," a press release from HP notes. "In all HP devices that carry the Bang & Olufsen or B&O PLAY brand, a dedicated audio island isolates the sensitive audio circuits from other signals on the motherboard. The headphone jack limits the amount of metal parts to reduce ground noise to help further perfect the audio experience on HP devices."

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