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The studio behind The Order: 1886 hires Blizzard's ex-COO Paul Sams

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 10, 2015 2:01 am

With The Order: 1886 doing quite well as an exclusive to the PlayStation 4, developer Ready At Dawn, has some money to spend. The Irvine, California-based studio has just announced it has hired Blizzard's Chief Operating Officer, Paul Sams, as well as the expansion of its operations found in Austin, Texas.

 

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Ready At Dawn has also said that it's in the process of finding a partner that will inject funds into the studio so that it can continue to create projects "of the transmedia IPs that we create" adds the developer. The company wrote on its official website of the news, with Ready At Dawn's co-founder and CEO Ru Weerasuriya saying: "It is never easy finding someone to take over the reins of a company after this many years, but I cannot think of anyone better suited to guide the team as we look to the future. He is one of the most accomplished, respected and experienced leaders in our industry".

 

Sams enjoyed a very successful run over at Blizzard, where he "played a key role in guiding the company from less than 50 employees to over 4,000 and to grow company value well in excess of $5 billion", writes Ready At Dawn. Sams was responsible for many of Blizzard's biggest games and services, such as World of Warcraft, Diablo, Warcraft, StarCraft, Battle.net, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm and Overwatch. Sams himself added: "Ready at Dawn is one of the best pure game developers in the industry. After 12 years, they remain an independent developer true to their craft of creating gameplay in unique and immersive worlds filled with engaging characters and experiences".

Elon Musk says he's not 'really a fan of disruption'

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 9, 2015 8:30 pm

When it comes to Elon Musk and his role in Tesla and SpaceX, many would call him a disruption and innovator. However, Musk recently said he's "not really a fan" of tech disruption, and it seems he's more interested in trying to create real-world solutions for issues that matter.

 

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"If there's a need for something to be disrupted and it's important to the future of the world then sure, we can disrupt it," Musk said during the Edison Electric Institute's conference.

 

SpaceX is focused on space research to help transport supplies and ferry astronauts into space, while Tesla designs and sells electric vehicles. The company recently announced the Powerwall solar product to power homes and businesses.

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Robot revolution is happening, and some people don't seem to like it

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jun 9, 2015 6:30 pm

Robots are being developed and it's up to us to be prepared for them. There has been a recent call for new public policies and organizational models that will adhere to robotics, but that doesn't necessarily mean anything useful will get done.

 

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The idea that robots could one day overpower humans seems frightening, but there is a more pressing matter: robots taking jobs from human workers. It's possible robots could end up replacing half of all jobs, with some positions at greater risk than others.

 

"This is an unparalleled situation and one that I think could actually lead to all sorts of disruptions once the public starts to catch on that we are truly in the midst of technological unemployment," said Wendell Wallach, a scholar at the Yale University Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, in a statement published by Business Insider.

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AMD rumored to be bundling Star Wars: Battlefront with each Fury card

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 9, 2015 4:17 pm

With Star Wars: Battlefront shaping up to be one of the biggest releases of the year, it shouldn't come as too much of a surprise to hear the rumor that AMD will be bundling the game with its Fury branded video cards.

 

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AMD will reportedly be releasing the HBM-powered Radeon Fury X and Radeon Fury cards at E3 2015 next week, but what better way of selling their flagship cards than by bundling one of the biggest games coming out this year. As for the Radeon 300 series, which are rebrands of the Radeon 200 series, they will reportedly include a copy of the new Dirt game coming out later this year.

Oculus VR changes its logo, begins counting down to its June 11 event

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jun 9, 2015 4:01 pm

Update: It looks like the Oculus Rift CV1 has been leaked in full, with a detailed look at every angle of the VR headset. We seem to have nearly confirmed a touch-based gamepad, built-in headphones, a passthrough camera and the final design of the Rift CV1 itself.

 

Oculus VR has just very quietly updated its website, showing off a new logo for the company, something you can see below. The company is also now counting down to its 'Step into the Rift' event on June 11, where we should see the CV1 of the Rift unveiled.

 

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The Consumer Version 1 release of the Rift will be the first VR headset the company has released as a consumer-orientated product, with the release of the Developer Kit 1 (DK1) and DK2 being sold to developers, but open to the general public to buy, too. Oculus will be livestreaming the event, which is set to start on June 11.

Purported shots of the Oculus Rift CV1 see a controller teased

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jun 9, 2015 3:50 pm

Update: We are now looking at some very real-looking images on the NeoGAF forums, which show the Oculus Rift CV1 off in great detail. This includes the confirmation of the touch-based gamepad, and its SID tracker (Simple Input Device).

 

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According to a post on the /r/oculus subreddit, we're seeing some rendered images of the Oculus Rift CV1, the first consumer bound version of the Oculus Rift.

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AMD Radeon Fury X beats Titan X in leaked CompuBench OpenCL benchmark

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 9, 2015 3:37 pm

With the leaked benchmarks from quite a while ago most likely out of date now, and with our world exclusive reveal on the Fury X branding from AMD, we're seeing some leaked OpenGL performance numbers from CompuBench.

 

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The leak shows that the Fiji XT-based, HBM-powered Radeon Fury X beats NVIDIA's GM200-based, Maxwell-powered GeForce GTX Titan X from NVIDIA by a decent amount. But then, the R9 280X seems to not be that far behind the Titan X.

 

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The Fury X loses quite horribly to the Titan X in the 'face detection' test on CompuBench, while it beats the Titan X once again in the 'TV-L1 Optical Flow' test.

 

When it comes to potential gaming performance, the Fury X scores 102FPS on the Manhattan benchmark found in GFXBench, with the Titan X beating it easily with 137FPS. We're sure drivers will play a key part, as well as other benchmarks like 3DMark, Heaven and real-world gaming performance. We should see the Fury X and Radeon R9 390X unveiled next week at E3 2015.

CD Projekt Red has sold over 4 million copies of The Witcher 3 so far

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 9, 2015 3:17 pm

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt hasn't even been out for a month yet, with CD Projekt Red releasing the open world RPG on May 19, but the studio has already sold a whopping 4 million copies.

 

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CD Projekt Red took to their website to "thank the four million gamers worldwide" who purchased The Witcher 3, saying that the sales were achieved in "the first two weeks from launch". The studio continued: "Four million RPG fans spending their hard-earned money on our game is a sign that we did something right, and you can be sure that we'll harness all that positive energy and make the upcoming expansions worthy of the grand adventure that you're telling us Wild Hunt already is!"

 

The company added: "Until then, keep on enjoying Wild Hunt, do not forget to grab your weekly set of free DLCs, and stay tuned for constant updates and enhancement to the game we are continuously working on".

Save 26% on KeySmart 2.0, the smart alternative to the keyring

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: TweakTown | Posted: Jun 9, 2015 2:31 pm

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Smaller than a pack of gum, the KeySmart 2.0 and included expansion pack hold two times the keys in half the space, so you can store up to 10 keys without adding bulk to your pocket or bag. And since it's designed from aircraft aluminum and stainless steel hardware, it's simultaneously durable and lightweight-a win-win.

 

At $16.99 at TweakTown Deals, the KeySmart 2.0 is a steal. Get it before it's gone!

Internet piracy helped pave the way for Netflix, other video services

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jun 9, 2015 1:40 pm

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings says his company is prepared to expand to Spain, and that Internet piracy - while a concern - helped create the opportunity for Netflix.

 

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It may have taken longer than expected, but Netflix is expected to publicly launch in Spain before the end of 2015. The company will introduce a video catalog that mimics what happened in Germany and France, where it took time to evolve into the 'full fat' version that users in the United States can enjoy.

 

"Well, you can call it a problem, but the truth is that [piracy] has also created a public that is now used to viewing content on the Internet," Hastings reportedly said while speaking to El Mundo. "We offer a simpler and more immediate alternative to finding a torrent."

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