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Some experiencing flickering on Surface Book, workaround available

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Laptops | Posted: Oct 27, 2015 6:40 pm

Some users are seeing screen flickering with the newly launched Surface Book. If you're one of them, Microsoft News has a workaround for you. While there's no specific reason to think using it would cause issues, we have to disclaim that we take no responsibility for any issues caused by using it.




Now then, Microsoft's virtualization tech known as Hyper-V is said to be the cause of the issue. Until they fix it (and they've indicated they will), you can disable it by finding your way to Command Prompt and entering this text: "dism.exe /Online /Disable-Feature:Microsoft-Hyper-V" (no quotes). Alternately, go to Windows Features and disable it there.

No Man's Sky release date is June 2016 on PS4

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 27, 2015 6:28 pm

Hello Games' procedurally-generated space sim No Man's Sky is one of the most anticipated games in recent memory, and now studio founder Sean Murray finally has a release window planned for the game.



According to an announcement made at Sony's showcase at Paris Games Week, No Man's Sky will be available on June 2016 for the PlayStation 4. We still have no word on when the PC version of the game will release, and we might even see another timed-exclusivity deal for No Man's Sky on PS4. Hello Games' founder and boss Sean Murray also announced the news on the PlayStation Blog, and affirms that Sony and the studio will reveal a ton of new information in the coming months.


"Since E3 our release date has now become clear. The game, our ambition and some key developments have fallen into place. It's incredibly hard work, but development is going really well," Murray said, iterating that No Man's Sky is the studio's swan song, their ultimate pipe dream fantasy made into a reality. "This is a game that means everything to our team. I have wanted to play something like No Man's Sky since I was a kid, and many of you have told me you feel the same. For all of us, we get one shot to make this game and we can't mess it up. Our small team knows the world is watching, we've come from the bottom and we don't take it lightly."

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Apple TV Aerials screensaver now available on your Mac

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Oct 27, 2015 5:23 pm

Apple shot a series of aerial videos over New York, San Francisco, Hawaii, China, and London for its Apple TV screensaver, with astounding results. If you want that on your Mac, an open source project now lets you achieve that. Hit the source for the download and instructions.



Unfortunately, there is no day/night cycle support (so you only see day versions in the day, and night versions at night). Redditor InkognitoV says it doesn't seem to support it right now, but he "may fork the project and try to add this feature" if he can find the time.

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HTC puts Re Camera on sale for just $50

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Cameras | Posted: Oct 27, 2015 4:28 pm

HTC's periscope-like Re Camera launched a year ago at the price point of $200, which put it to head to head with the GoPro, a battle it lost handily.




Now, HTC has put the camera on sale for an impressive $50. As you might expect, this has caused it to sell out (in all colours). We've inquired with HTC as to whether or not stock will be replenished in short order.


The Re Camera features a 146-degree wide-angle lens, a 16-megapixel 1/2.3-inch sensor, and supports smartphone controls and 1080p, 30fps FHD video.


Update 10/28: HTC has confirmed with us stock will not be replenished for the sale.

Facebook mobile notifications expand to sports scores, events

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 27, 2015 3:21 pm

Notifications in the Facebook mobile app have been expanded to support friends' milestone (birthdays and such), sports scores and game start reminders based on the Pages you've liked, and events you've joined. These are customizable.



Disabled by default, you can also add support for local events and news, weather updates, local movies, and a list of places to eat. To do this, you must enable Location History.


The changes are rolling out gradually as of yesterday to iPhone and Android users in the US. Presumably, they'll hit the rest of the world in the coming weeks.

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Xbox One's backward compatibility launch date revealed

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 27, 2015 1:49 pm

Xbox One gamers have been looking forward to the console's new Xbox One Experience update for quite some time. Not only does the update bring much-needed UI changes, it introduces backward compatibility, opening up new doors for a host of yesteryear games. While we've been told in the past to expect the update in November, Microsoft has finally revealed that we can expect the update in little over three weeks.




During last night's Halo 5 livestream celebration, Xbox boss Phil Spencer unveiled that the substantial Xbox One update will hit on November 12, just two days after the anticipated launch of Fallout 4. The update is set to completely optimize the Xbox One in a slew of different ways, including offering backward compatibility across 100 different Xbox 360 games, letting users set their own specific customized button-mapping profiles via controller settings, and a cleaner, much more responsive Xbox One UI.



One of the biggest additions comes with Windows 10 integration, which will come wrapped up within the console's big update. In order to bring the new OS to the Xbox One, Microsoft developed a console-specific kernel called OneCore, which aims to boost productivity and further optimize the Xbox One's cross-platform unification into the Windows 10 ecosystem. OneCore will also plant the seeds for DirectX 12 integration onto the console, which could boost the console's ESRAM performance by 15%.

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LG's new V10 smartphone capable of 150MB/sec, thanks to SanDisk iNAND

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 27, 2015 12:00 pm

One of LG's most interesting phones would have to be the new V10 smartphone, with dual screens and so much more. But inside, it rocks some serious storage performance thanks to SanDisk's "best-in-class embedded storage solution for imaging", the iNAND 7232 embedded flash drive (EFD).



LG's V10 smartphone is the first handset to meet SanDisk's guidelines for 'Extreme Photo-Imaging Capabilities', or EPIC. SanDisk's EPIC guidelines were designed by SanDisk for its OEMs, so that it could differentiate handsets which are EPIC-capable, from other handsets. The impressive iNAND 7232 storage solution used in the V10 smartphone is optimized for high frame rate, 4K content.


Christopher Bergey, VP and GM of Mobile and Tablet Solutions at SanDisk explains: "LG has once again reaffirmed their leadership in smartphone imaging and video with the LG V10, and we are proud to recognize it as the first SanDisk 'EPIC' smartphone. The LG V10 smartphone is an exciting step forward for the SanDisk EPIC initiative. Leveraging SanDisk's deep understanding of flash storage, digital imaging and the mobile ecosystem, our EPIC marketing initiative is uniquely bringing together ecosystem hardware, software and storage to break new ground in smartphone imaging".

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Corsair unveils its new Katar gaming mouse, MM300 mouse pads

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Oct 27, 2015 9:01 am

Corsair has just unveiled its latest peripheral, the Katar gaming mouse. Corsair's latest product is a new competitive gaming mouse for huge eSports titles like CS:GO and League of Legends.




The new Corsair Katar has been created "with the help of top pro-gaming teams around the world" and even goes as far as including a "pro player mode" which lets you "get up to speed with preconfigured performance and tuning settings customized by the world's top players". The Katar has an 8000 DPI optical sensor, a 'zero lag interface' with the Katar polling at 1000Hz, and more. Corsair will be selling the new Katar gaming mouse with an MSRP of just $39.99.


The company also unveiled its new MM300 mouse pad, in three sizes: small, medium and extended. The new Corsair MM300 includes a "Textile-weave surface designed for pixel-precise targeting and low friction tracking" and "Surrounded stitched edges guard against surface peeling". The MSRP on the new Corsair MM300 mouse pads are as follows: Small for $14.99, Medium for $19.99, and Extended for $29.99.

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AMD also rumored to be using GDDR5X on its next-gen 14nm GPUs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Oct 27, 2015 7:35 am

When we heard whispers of NVIDIA using GDDR5X on its upcoming Pascal GPUs, it made sense. HBM2 is going to be sparse, and with AMD reportedly having 'priority access' to HBM2, the use of GDDR5X is going to come in handy, big time. Not only is NVIDIA said to be set to reveal GDDR5X-based video cards, but AMD will, too.




According to a new presentation, GDDR5X is going to provide twice the data rate per memory access. We're going to see it jump from the current 32B data per memory access, to 64B data per memory access. GDDR5 has hit a ceiling at around 7Gbps, but GDDR5X is going to have a much higher I/O rates of around 10-12Gbps.


It looks as though GDDR5X is going to be used well into 2018, while GDDR5 will most likely be kept for lower-end cards. I think we're going to see $50 - $300 cards with GDDR5, $300 - $500 cards (and possibly higher) with GDDR5X, and $500+ left for the higher-end HBM2 technology. The use of GDDR5X by AMD and NVIDIA is going to save much more money on R&D, because instead of moving over their entire next-gen GPU product lines, they can continue to use GDDR5X, which is not all that different to the current GDDR5 technology.

'Back to the Future' writer peers 30 years into the future

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Oct 27, 2015 5:53 am

To mark the occasion of 'Back to the Future Day', as well as the 30th Birthday celebration of the original 'Back to the Future' film, co-writer and Producer Bob Gale spoke to USA Today to ruminate on what came to pass from the 'Back to the Future Part II' vision, but also what where humanity will be in another 30 years - a time when he'll likely have passed away.




Many of Gale's predictions are common sense - envisaging a time when we'll own less stuff, and the ubiquity of the cloud, sharing economy and virtual reality have streamlined a society, which has been changed by the legalising of "most most recreational drugs" and an uncertain economy. But it's not all bad - he predicts we'll have hoverboard parks and that 2045 the Cubs will finally have won the World Series - and after having come much closer this year, perhaps that's not such an outlandish notion after all.

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