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Valve announces it has 100 million accounts, Steam Discovery Update

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 23, 2014 6:33 am

Steam gamers will enjoy the new Steam Discovery Update that Valve is pushing out right now, which adds "functionality and features designed to optimize the Steam shopping experience as the number of new titles on Steam increases".

 

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Valve has softly announced that there are now over 100 million active Steam accounts, with an additional 1300 new titles being added to Steam in the last nine months alone. Valve, with the Steam Discovery Update, is offering a smarter Home page, which will be "offering recommendations based on past purchases, recent playtime, and recommendations by friends".

 

Valve has also improved Steam Search, with a new feature called Curators, which allows anyone to become a Curator, recommending games and allowing people to follow them, and their recommendation on titles. Alden Kroll of Valve said: "We have made great efforts to increase the number of titles we can publish on Steam, which means more choices for customers. This update introduces multiple features and functionality to help customers explore Steam's growing catalog and find the games they are most interested in playing".

Sony's Project Morpheus VR headset is '85% finished'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Sep 23, 2014 5:32 am

While Oculus VR is on its fourth headset before it even goes retail: DK1, Crystal Cove, DK2, Crescent Bay, Sony is still tinkering away with its Project Morpheus headset. Sony Worldwide Studios' President, Shuhei Yoshida, spoke with The Wall Street Journal recently, about the company's adventures in VR.

 

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Yoshida said that Sony "finished 85 percent of the work needed to make the product available" but didn't elaborate on when Project Morpheus would launch, or what type of price to expect. Yoshida did say that most of Project Morpheus' components are found in smartphones, which would help keep the price from floating up.

 

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From what we can expect, Sony's Project Morpheus headset offers a 1920x1080 display with a 90-degree field of view (FOV) and full 360 degrees of head tracking. Considering Oculus just announced, and showed off, Crescent Bay, with an improved display, less latency and full 360-degree head tracking, Sony has its work cut out for it, big time.

Apple breaks its own record, with 10 million new iPhones sold already

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 23, 2014 4:12 am

Apple has broken its own record with the new iPhones, with the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus becoming the fastest-selling iPhones yet. Apple announced the news today, confirming the opening weekend sales numbers at over 10 million.

 

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The 10 million iPhone sales include pre-orders, and the sales of the first three days of availability. Pre-orders hit around four million units, for both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, during the first 24 hours of availability. This time last year Apple had sold nine million iPhone 5S, and 5C units combined, so even with the bigger sizes, Apple sold only 10% more iPhones.

William Shatner could return as Kirk in Star Trek 3

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Sep 23, 2014 3:47 am

'Star Trek 3' is not quite a greenlight at Paramount studios, but there is movement at the station under director Roberto Orci now that JJ Abrams has jumped ship to that other sci-fi franchise.

 

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Now it seems that the as-yet unfinished script is circling for William Shatner to return to his iconic role that he last played in 1994's 'Star Trek: Generations'. Badass Digest is reporting from unnamed sources that Shatner, as well as Leonard Nimoy who has played Spock in the first two 'Trek' reboot features, will share screen time together for the first time since 1991.

 

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The as-yet untitled 'Star Trek 3' is expected to be released in summer 2016.

Apple's new Retina MacBook Air will be fanless, with a thinner design

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Sep 23, 2014 3:33 am

According to a new report from Jack March, the upcoming 12-inch Retina MacBook Air will offer a slew of improvements. It seems like it's close to being reworked in every department, from its display, processor, speakers, charging technology, and more.

 

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First off, the report states that the upcoming Retina MBA will offer a "noticeably thinner design", where it will be completely fanless. Fanless, you say? This is thanks to Apple adopting to Intel's new Core M processor, which offers performance improvements, as well as lowered thermals and power requirement. OEMs can bake these into their devices, offering up fanless tablets and laptops.

 

Next up, the source said that "the display bezels are noticeably thinner, quite similar to the current MacBook Pro Retina lineup" with next to no space between the keyboard and the edge of the upcoming 12-inch MBA. Additionally, the speaker has been moved above the keyboard, and is still "visible". The source continues with a juicy rumor, stating that Apple will get rid of the already impressive MagSafe connector, replacing it with a new charging technology that has never been used on any Mac to date. I'm hoping we see wireless charging, but I won't be holding my breath. Lastly, Apple will reportedly replace the standard USB ports on the new 2015 Retina MacBook Air with the new reversible USB Type C ports. The company should offer the new MBA in various color options, sometime in mid 2015.

Toxikk's first gameplay trailer is here, smack talks military shooters

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 23, 2014 2:56 am

Ah, the days of arena shooters have a special spot in my gaming history, with more hours pumped into games like Unreal and Quake than I have ever spent playing Call of Duty or Battlefield. Well, if you're never heard of Toxikk, maybe you need to check out the video below.

 

 

Reakktor Studios, who definitely loves the use of the letter 'k', has finally shown off a gameplay trailer of their upcoming game, Toxikk. Toxikk takes the hard path, offering no regenerating health, no loadouts, no free-to-play, no classes, and much more. There will be two separate types of maps on offer, with "Classic Maps" that will be smaller and not include vehicles, and then "Massive Maps" which will, you guessed it: feature vehicles.

 

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Toxikk is being funded with pre-orders, with packages that range between $5 and $90. Reakktor Studios plans on offering a closed beta through Steam Early Access before 2014 is wrapped up.

BIOSTAR launches the new Hi-Fi Z97Z7 motherboard

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Sep 23, 2014 12:50 am

BIOSTAR has announced that it has launched its new Hi-Fi Z97Z7 motherboard, which features "cutting-edge features and innovative durability enhancements". As you can probably tell, the new motherboard is based on Intel's new Z97 chipset, which provides the usual PCI-Express 3.0, PCIe M.2 support, and more. What makes this board stand out from the rest, though, is BIOSTAR's exclusive Super Hi-Fi Audio technology.

 

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The motherboard itself is an ATX board, with four DDR3 slots, HDMI out, SATA Express, and of course: the Super Hi-Fi Audio which provides power regulation upgrades like Hi-Fi Power and Hi-Fi AMP. The HDMI output offers HDCP, paving the way for full video and Hi-Fi 7.1-channel Blu-ray audio support, even through the standard DVI port.

 

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BIOSTAR has driven its durability and stability even higher, offering Super Durable Solid Caps, which the company explains "are the best quality solid state capacitors with ultra low ESR design, which doubles the lifespan. Another feature is 8-phase power design which gives unparalleled overclocking ability and the lowest temperature to reach maximum performance levels". The new BIOSTAR Hi-Fi Z97Z7 also features the new Super Durable Ferrite Choke, which provides higher current capacity, lower energy loss, and better power stability to the electric current across the board.

 

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BIOSTAR is pricing the new motherboard with an MSRP of $119.99.

Corsair announces Corsair Gaming, a new division for PC hardware

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Sep 23, 2014 12:38 am

Corsair, mostly known for its rock solid power supplies, RAM and coolers, has announced a new division of the company: Corsair Gaming. Corsair Gaming has one goal in mind: "the elevation of PC gaming and the development of high-performance PC peripherals".

 

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Andy Paul, President and CEO of Corsair explains it best: "For 20 years, Corsair has equipped gamers with high performance, precision hardware to build their dream PCs. Corsair Gaming now introduces new ways for PC gamers to optimize how they play. We've brought together our engineering expertise and our passion for gaming to build a line of products that delivers performance, customized for however you play". But what's the good of a new division, without a slew of new products?

 

Starting with the new Gaming RGB Keyboards, Corsair has three new button-mashing devices ready for disposal. The K95 RGB, K70 RGB and K65 RGB. The new RGB Gaming Keyboards all feature color-customizable designs, with 16.8 million color backlighting, are the "headliners of the Corsair Gaming brand". All three of the new keyboards feature German-made Cherry MX RGB mechanical keys, which is an exclusive-to-launch partnership with Cherry.

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VIA installs two new interactive digital signs into Taiwan bus stops

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Augmented Reality | Posted: Sep 23, 2014 12:23 am

VIA has installed two interactive digital signs for advertising use into two busy bus stops in Taipei, Taiwan. Toyota teamed up with VIA to advertise their latest Yaris vehicle, using an augmented reality advertisement, shown below.

 

 

The interactive signage works by using two video cameras streaming live footage of the intersection in front of it, onto the screens, and once someone walks past it within range of the built-in motion detector, the Yaris advertisement is played over the top of the live stream. The two ads are now live in Taiwan, with the first at the Dunhua-Nanjing bus stop in front of Asia World, and down the street at the Bade-Nanjing stop.

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GTA V will offer first-person mode on foot, and in vehicles on PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 22, 2014 11:52 pm

Rockstar Games had a support article on their website, which has since been ripped away, teasing some new features for the new version of Grand Theft Auto V coming to the Xbox One, PS4 and PC. One of these features was something never-before-seen, a first-person mode for both on foot and vehicles.

 

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The full list included: "a brand new first person mode for vehicles" something that "shows off the interior of the vehicle, including working speedometers, tachometers, dash lights and more". This is a big, big change, as GTA V has countless vehicles that the developer would need to re-work the internals of. Better yet, Rockstar teased that there would be "a brand new first person mode while on foot" which changes the game, completely. A first-person mode on foot would propel Grand Theft Auto V to completely new heights, especially with the precision offered on a mouse for the PC.

 

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The news was confirmed just today, with the RockstarGTAV account on Twitter teasing "First person #GTA V #PS4 #XBOXONE #PC". Other new features for the upcoming re-release include "a wealth of new easter eggs and random events for Story Mode", possible animals roaming Los Santos, player transfers from the Xbox 360 and PS3 releases of GTA V offering free new weapons and a free garage in GTA Online, and a "newly overhauled character selection screen".

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