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Engineers create revolutionary mind-controlled prosthetic limbs

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 2 days, 17 hours ago

Engineers from the Applied Physics Lab at Johns Hopkins University have created the Modular Prosthetic Limbs, a robotic arm that can be controlled by the human brain.

 

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The lab-created prosthetic promises a lifelike form factor and appearance, with human-like strength and dexterity for the wearer. The M.P.L. has 26 joints and more than 100 sensors that are controlled using brain signals that are able to control the prosthetic - with the design continually pushing forward.

 

"We've designed a Maserati here, but what most people will want is a good Toyota," said Mike McLoughlin, chief engineer of research and exploratory development for the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, in a statement published by the New York Times. "The M.P.L. was intentionally designed to be as sophisticated as we could make it so that you could really push the state of the art, but ultimately for commercializing it, it needs to be a lower cost design."

Spotify adding to its streaming services, including video clips

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Online Video | Posted: 2 days, 17 hours ago

Spotify, the leading streaming music subscription service, is expanding by adding video clips and audio shows - allowing its users to listen to news, take in a podcast, or watch some video clips. The service will recommend video and audio shows for users, and will adapt so it can recommend future content.

 

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Content from ESPN, ABC, BBC, Adult Swim, Comedy Central, Maker Studios, TBS, TED, Vice News and NBCUniversal, and other broadcast partners will be made available.

 

"We're bringing you a deeper, richer, more immersive Spotify experience," said Daniel Ek, founder and CEO of Spotify. "We want Spotify to help soundtrack your life by offering an even wider world of entertainment with an awesome mix of the best music, podcasts and video delivered to you throughout the day. And we're just getting started."

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Razer shows off Firefly gaming mouse pad with Chroma lighting features

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 days, 18 hours ago

Gaming peripheral and hardware company Razer has introduced has launched the Firefly hard gaming mouse pad, which has customized color options due to the Chroma lighting feature. Lighting is supported along the left, right and bottom borders of the mouse pad, which can be synced to other Razer devices featuring Chroma.

 

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The Firefly has a non-slip rubber base, micro-textured finish, optimized surface coating for highly responsive tracking. It is available for pre-order with a $59.99 MSRP price, and will launch sometime in June.

 

"The Razer Firefly opens up a new category for the Chroma family," said Min-Liang Tan, co-founder and CEO of Razer. "We've designed the Razer Firefly with the best components for a gaming mouse mat, along with the new, fully-customizable Chroma lighting. No one said you can't win with style."

CD Projekt Red says 'we don't feel good about' Witcher 3 downgrades

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 days, 19 hours ago

We went through it last year with Ubisoft and Watch Dogs, but it appears that CD Projekt Red has pulled the same thing on PC gamers with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. During an interview with Eurogamer, the studio talks about how it had to water down the graphics on PC because of consoles, because without consoles "there is no Witcher 3".

 

 

Gamers have noticed stark differences between the footage that CD Projekt Red showed off back in 2013, and the footage from recently, against the actual in-game graphics now that the game is out. The studio is quite frank about it all in the interview with Eurogamer, with company boss Adam Badowski saying: "If you're looking at the development process, we do a certain build for a tradeshow and you pack it, it works, it looks amazing. And you are extremely far away from completing the game. Then you put it in the open-world, regardless of the platform, and it's like 'oh shit, it doesn't really work'. We've already showed it, now we have to make it work. And then we try to make it work on a huge scale. This is the nature of games development".

 

The bigger issue comes from the fact that CD Projekt Red didn't talk about it until just now, which is where the consoles get involved. Company co-founder Marcin Iwinski explains: "If the consoles are not involved there is no Witcher 3 as it is. We can lay it out that simply. We just cannot afford it, because consoles allow us to go higher in terms of the possible or achievable sales; have a higher budget for the game, and invest it all into developing this huge, gigantic world". He continued: "Developing only for the PC: yes, probably we could get more [in terms of graphics] as there would be nothing else - they would be so focused, like if we would develop only on Xbox One or PlayStation 4. But then we cannot afford such a game".

 

There's much more to read over at Eurogamer, but prepare for tears.

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iPhone 6S leaked photos tease dual rear-facing cameras

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 2 days, 21 hours ago

Apple is set to unveil its next generation iPhone later this year, with images of the purported iPhone 6S popping up... with dual rear-facing cameras. We've previously heard that the new iPhone would feature a "DSLR-like" rear-facing camera, but this is an interesting beast.

 

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The images turned up at 9to5Mac, so this isn't just any leak. We've heard rumors of dual rear-facing cameras on the new iPhone before, so that's not new. But, with no major redesign planned for the new iPhone 6S, Apple will need to do as much as it can inside of the phone, while adding an additional rear-facing camera isn't that much work for the company.

 

The bigger question remains: what will Apple do with the dual rear-facing cameras on the iPhone 6S? This is of course just a rumor for now, but what would Apple do with those cameras? What do you want to see happen?

OnePlus Two benchmarks tease 8-core processor, 3GB of RAM

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 2 days, 22 hours ago

It looks like we're being introduced to the successor of the OnePlus One, with the OnePlus Two showing up on Geekbench. The smartphone should rock an 8-core processor clocked at 1.55GHz, with 3GB of RAM.

 

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The model number of the OnePlus Two smartphone is OnePlus One A2001, where we should see OnePlus using Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 processor. The 3GB of RAM is no change over the OnePlus One, so it'll be interesting to see what else OnePlus will do to surprise us. The OnePlus Two will have a "military grade" fingerprint sensor that will beat what Apple has used on its latest iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

 

We are expecting OnePlus to unveil the OnePlus Two smartphone later this month.

AMD's Catalyst 15.5 drivers coming soon for Project Cars, Witcher 3

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 2 days, 23 hours ago

With the impending launch of the Radeon R9 390X, AMD has just announced that they plan on fixing the HairWorks performance in The Witcher 3 through their Catalyst Control Center. AMD has also said that they will soon be releasing their Catalyst 15.5 drivers that will increase performance in both The Witcher 3, and Project Cars.

 

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AMD has said that in order to improve HairWorks performance in The Witcher 3, you should reduce the tessellation level in Catalyst Control Center. This is found in the 3D Application Settings part of the CCC, where you should reduce it to 8x.

 

When it comes to new drivers, AMD has said: "AMD is committed to improving performance for the recently-released Project CARS and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. To that end, we are creating AMD Catalyst 15.5 Beta to optimize performance for these titles, and we will continue to work closely with their developers to improve quality and performance. We will release AMD Catalyst 15.5 Beta on our website as soon as it is available".

Project Cars developer defends AMD performance sabotage claims

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 days ago

Slightly Mad Studios has been, well, slightly mad over accusations of deliberate performance gimping when it comes to AMD Radeon cards. But where did all of this start?

 

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A very detailed post on Reddit is the source of all of this, with the user summing up his post with "The entire Project Cars engine itself is built around a version of PhysX that simply does not work on AMD cards". Slightly Mad Studios has said that this is wrong, claiming that the users accusations are "erroneous".

 

The studio said that it didn't favor NVIDIA or AMD when it came to performance in Project Cars, but it has said that it has a "good working relationship" with both chipmakers. PC Gamer spoke with Slightly Mad Studios, receiving a lengthy statement that started with: "For the past few days, erroneous information posted on Reddit and other websites has spread misinformation with regards to Project Cars' performance on systems using AMD GPUs".

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ESL produces infographic boasting incredible stream viewership

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 days, 1 hour ago

600,000 and 550,000 respectively for the CS:GO and League of Legends (LoL) grand finals is the peak concurrent stream viewership boasted by ESL in its latest graph showing.

 

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Not only is is surprising that CS:GO overtook LoL in numbers, but it's great to see the continued growth of eSports streaming as a whole. Additional information pointed out that Fnatic stole the show, churning more numbers in CS:GO matches that they played in, alongside Team Solo Mid smashing all other teams for viewership numbers in the League of Legends field.

 

Overall the numbers for LoL vs CS:GO cannot draw any conclusions alone only as the CS:GO event saw all of the worlds best whereas the LoL tournament had a mainly-western focus as pointed out in the analysis provided.

Nintendo hires Sales VP named 'Bowser'

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 3 days, 2 hours ago

For every hero, there has to be a nemesis. Superman VS Lex Luthor. Luke Skywalker VS Darth Vader. Batman VS The Joker. Super Mario VS Bowser. But they also say 'if you can't beat em, join em' - and that's exactly what Nintendo of America have done when they hired for the vacant position of Sales VP.

 

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Nintendo announced yesterday they've hired Doug Bowser in an appropriately tongue-in-cheek press release. "Nintendo of America has hired a new Vice President to lead the United States sales organization with a name that's well-known in the Mushroom Kingdom. Effective today, Doug Bowser (no relation to the King Koopa and Mario's longtime nemesis) will oversee a variety of sales-related functions".

 

Bowser has made the move from an eight year stint with Electronic Arts, where he held the position of VP of Global Business Planning.

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