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Two mid-range BlackBerry Android phones will launch this year

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 8, 2016 6:06 pm

Canadian company BlackBerry will be launching two mid-range smartphones this year, CEO John Chen revealed in an interview.

 

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The news comes after the high-end Priv (pictured above) -- which featured a 5.4'' 1440x2560 AMOLED display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 hexa-core processor, 32GB storage, and 3GB RAM -- failed to meet sales expectations. Chen admits it was "too high-end a product" for enterprise customers, which is why it dropped the price another $50 earlier this week.

 

The new phones don't have an exact time frame for launch just yet, but we'll keep you posted.

US military's new warship drives itself, hunts for enemy submarines

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Apr 8, 2016 5:12 pm

The US military has christened an experimental warship that drives itself and hunts enemy submarines for months at a time. Named Sea Hunter and measuring 132 feet, it's said it will prove a major asset in Chinese and Russian counter-warfare (both countries have been making naval advancements to a degree that greatly concerns the US).

 

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The ship is powered by two diesel engines and can go as fast as 27 knots.

 

Once it is proven safe, US defense secretary Robert Work says he hopes Sea Hunter will continue testing with the US Navy's 7th Fleet based in Japan, and eventually operate on a variety of missions, perhaps even those involving counter-mine warfare.

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Model 3 'Biggest one-week launch of any product ever', says Tesla

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Apr 8, 2016 3:56 pm

Tesla Motors has received over 325,000 pre-orders for its upcoming Model 3 electric car since the reveal last week. The impressive figure represents $14 billion in "implied future sales", which Tesla claims makes it the "single biggest one-week launch of any product ever."

 

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The feat is all the more remarkable given Tesla has conducted no advertising or endorsements whatsoever, instead relying on word of mouth, and all the more important given what this means for the future of electric vehicles.

Official No Man's Sky soundtrack is an instrumental masterpiece

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 8, 2016 3:02 pm

65daysofstatic, a UK based instrumental band is going to be releasing their first original soundtrack, No Man's Sky: Music for an Infinite Universe on June 17th, coinciding with the release of one of the most anticipated sci-fi space simulators ever, No Man's Sky.

 

 

No Man's Sky is too big a production, and hyped way too much, to get just a normal soundtrack to be the backdrop for the vast, open, procedural generate masterpiece that it is. They've partnered with a UK instrumental band, 65daysofstatic, to produce a unique soundtrack that could only be good enough to grace your ears while exploring the space-lanes. Hello Games chose 65daysofstatic as their composers of choice after one of their singles, Debutante, was featured in the reveal trailer in 2013. Since then they've been hard at work composing the original music that'll be featured in-game.

 

The soundtrack is a bit unique when compared to other's of similar origin, in that it follows some of the similar practices of the procedural generated world that it'll be accentuating. They've compiled over two hours of music across 10 individual tracks, alongside a vast library of raw audio comprised of loops, sound textures and unique melody that currently being fed into the game's unique music engine, effectively creating a self-generating soundtrack that can mix itself into infinity.

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Tyan introduces 1U POWER8-based OpenPOWER server for HPC

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Super Computing | Posted: Apr 8, 2016 2:04 pm

Tyan announced at the OpenPOWER summit this past week that they're going to start supporting IBM's OpenPOWER initiative by offering 1U POWER8-based servers for the HPC and in-memory application markets. POWER processors might not be as prolific as Xeon, but Tyan is of the mind that variety is the spice of life, and that there's a market for these processors that could well be untapped.

 

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They're going to offer a total of three different configurations with their new GT75-BP012 server platform. This particular platform is a single-CPU design that allows for a massive amount of memory to be installed, though at slightly slower DDR3L speeds. They're positioning these to compete in niche markets that might not need such high processing requirements but need that extra capacity of RAM to be able to keep more things persistent so they run slightly faster as a result. It'll be difficult to compete with the price-performance ratio of the typical, and even lower-cost Xeon's, but with far more DRAM here, it could be useful in some markets.

 

The maximum configuration will have a single 10-core/80-thread POWER8 CPU running at 2.095GHz with 1024GB of DDR3L-1600MHz RAM, four 10GbE ports, four GbE ports and 1 PCIe expansion slot, that will actually support NVIDIA's forthcoming Pascal P100 GPU. These also have support for IBM's own Centaur memorry buffer chips that allow for even more in-memory buffer capacity at DDR3 speeds. The low-end will have an 8-core/64-thread POWER8 CPU running at 2.328GHz with the same 1TB of DDR3L RAM limit. a 750W PSU will be powering the servers.

 

There's no information on what these servers will cost though Tyan is expecting them to be available sometime by the end of the month.

PS4 Update 3.50 has way more new features than advertised

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 8, 2016 1:03 pm

The newest software update for the PlayStation 4, system software 3.50, seems to have some hidden, or unannounced functionality that Sony hasn't put into the official patch notes. The biggest change is support for external HDD's of up to 4TB, up from the previous limit.

 

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There are also a few more features that have been uncovered by PlayStation 4 users in the Reddit firmware 3.50 megathread. This update was already a significant one, if not one of the larger updates, adding the rudimentary ability to stream games from the PS4 to your PC or Mac, but underneath they've found that the ability to play music stored on USB drives, also letting you play your stored music while you game. Along a similar vein, you can now attach 4TB external HDD's, just in case you want to download your entire library of games.

 

There are some smaller tweaks that have made their way into the update, too. It's easier to search for livestreams of specific games through the Live From PlayStation app, and you can actually pin up to three games at the top of the apps search field too. Screenshot notifications can be turned off, you can set a part limit from 2-8 people and there's plenty of stability improvements across the entire OS, including the PlayStation store.

 

It's certainly likely that even more hidden, yet small, changes or features have been added or tweaked slightly. If not a significant feature, it didn't seem to make it into the official patch notes, but the Reddit crew is actively looking into what else might be hidden away.

Dark Souls 3 Twitter uses the Sad Affleck meme to promote the game

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 8, 2016 12:08 pm

Bandai Namco did something incredibly clever by using an already prevalent meme and using its popularity to promote their recently released Dark Souls 3 game. The official Dark Souls Twitter account used the viral Sad Affleck meme to advertise, and the result is actually quite entertaining.

 

 

Their marketing department and social media managers converged for what might be the perfect storm, something that itself went viral within mere minutes of posting. Sure, it's not to be outdone by the likes of their chicken wings eating contest and isn't quite the same as the great animated short video that they produced with the help of Eli Roth, but it's on the level of some of the most genius, and well timed, marketing stunts ever.

 

The original video is from an interview where Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck are asked about their thoughts in regards to the negative criticism of the movie, where Affleck seems to go to a dark place and his facial expressions mirror his thoughts. Cavill seems to keep his cool, however.

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Cheating in The Division? Two strikes then you're permanently banned

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 7, 2016 11:32 pm

Cheaters seem to be rampart in The Division, so during a livestream with the developers where they talked about some of the finer features of update 1.1, they revealed that they're going to introduce a strict two-strikes policy for cheaters on the PC version, which ultimately will end in a permanent ban from the game.

 

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The first time you dabble in the dark-arts of cheating you'll be greeted with a no-notice three day temporary ban from the game. If you can't login, that's your warning that the next time you're caught cheating that you'll receive a permanent ban from the game. They aren't playing around with cheaters, but are giving them the rightful chance to do the right thing and simply enjoy the game.

 

To help catch these cheaters, they've implemented a new reporting system that simply requires you to enter "/report [username]" to report any suspicious activity you might come across, which Ubisoft is very serious about investigating. They do note, however, that a good portion of suspected cheaters are likely a power-gap between high-level and better skilled players and not necessarily actual cheating. They're going to be very thorough in their investigations before handing out those bans.

 

The new system is coming to the Xbox One and PC only, which have much larger problems with cheating than the PS4. If you notice a player doing something that seems impossible, don't be a stranger to using the above command. From the sounds of it, permanent bans will be at the account level, meaning they'll simply block specific usernames on Uplay from playing The Division. The new anti-cheating measures will go live with the new update on April 12th.

Gears of War 4 reveal coming in three days, supposed to be huge

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 7, 2016 10:23 pm

Something big is about to be announced in regards to Gears of War 4, but we're not quite sure what it is. They promise it's like nothing we've ever seen before, so what could this surprise be?

 

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A user on NeoGAF has uncovered something in the website's source code that points to something called "The Nightmare Before", and two videos show a downed plane in the midst of a lightning storm. Those may be unconnected completely, or we may be getting a prologue of sorts to help prep us for current nightmare that we might find ourselves in. Adam Fletcher, the community director for The Coalition, did say that we should expect to see several "revelations" over the next months that'll help reveal what JD Fenix and his crew will be enduring.

 

The Gears of War 4 story follows the story of Marcus Fenix's son and his companions as they undergo a very stressful day, with the entire game unfolding over one 24 hour period. The story is said to follow a similar dark, bleak outlook that defined the originals and as a result will have language and gore that mirrors those early installments. For those that are a bit more sensitive to such things, a filter will be available for you to turn on.

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