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China is the first with a 3D printed house, was built-in 45 days

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 3 days ago

In the future, all of our houses might be 3D printed - especially if it takes just 45 days, like the world's first 3D printed house that was recently build in China.

 

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According to the reports, the entire house was 3D printed in one go, rather than being built with multiple pieces. Experts over at Huashang Tengda in China oversaw the project, which took 45 days to complete in Beijing's Tongzhou District.

 

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After 45 days, what we have is a large 400-square-meter home, with the two-story villa featuring walls that are up to 8.2 feet thick. Each flooor has a height of 10 feet, so you can be super tall and not have to worry about getting around the house. The 3D printing side of things was completed by the company, with specialists overlooking the project, but there wasn't much physical work to be done as it did most of it on its own.

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Battlefield 1 has Async Compute and DX12, expect 'DX12 fireworks'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 days, 2 hours ago

Earlier tonight we reported on Battlefield 1 rocking DX12 abilities, but with EA and DICE not confirming anything right now, it's hard to know what's going on.

 

 

Well, we've just had an industry insider tell us that EA is working closer than ever with AMD, and that we should expect "DX12 fireworks". Now if the words "DX12 fireworks" don't excite you, I don't know what else will.

 

The inclusion of both Asynchronous Compute and DX12 is going to make Battlefield 1 one of the best looking games of the year - and AMD is sitting pretty with its new Radeon RX 480 which is launching in less than 48 hours. AMD has committed to Async Compute since the beginning, and has been sitting at the DX12 table since day one too, so it'll be interesting to see how the performance fares on the $199 card when it launches.

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Volkswagen fraud settlement biggest in US history, hits $15 billion

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: 3 days, 4 hours ago

Volkswagen really screwed the pooch with its diesel emission fraud, with over 500,000 US regulators and diesel vehicle owners seeing a settlement of over $15 billion in cash, according to Reuters.

 

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If the settlement goes through, it'll be the largest ever automotive buyback in American history, and the most expensive scandal in the automotive industry. Last year, Volkswagen was caught in a scandal, where it had lied to regulators, installing secret software that allowed US cars to push out up to 40x more pollution. The settlement is expected to be finalized soon, with $10.03 billion in buyback offers to owners of around 475,000 polluting vehicles, and close to $5 billion to offset excess diesel emissions, and boost zero emission vehicles.

 

Reuters reports: "A separate settlement with nearly all U.S. state attorneys general over excess diesel emissions will be announced on Tuesday and is expected to be more than $500 million and will push the total to over $15 billion, a separate source briefed on the matter said. Spokeswomen for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Volkswagen declined to comment. Speaking on condition of anonymity, due to court-imposed gag rules, the original source said that owners of 2.0 liter diesel VW 2009-2015 cars will receive an average of $5,000 in compensation along with the estimated value of the vehicles as of September 2015, before the scandal erupted".

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Dell's new 70-inch touchscreen for schools unveiled, costs $5000

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: 3 days, 6 hours ago

Dell has just launched its new 70-inch touchscreens for schools and offices, with the C7017T designed to replace whiteboards in schools and boardrooms.

 

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Dell's new 70-inch touchscreen has a native resolution of 1920x1080, is capable of taking in 10-finger touch, as well as two pens for collaborative sessions in schools and boardrooms. It doesn't compare to Microsoft's impressive 84-inch Surface Hub, with Dell pricing it at $5000.

Battlefield 1 will have DX12 support, current alpha runs very smooth

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 days, 7 hours ago

Now that there's plenty of Battlefield 1 alpha gameplay footage, we're finding out little nuggets of information on EA DICE's latest first-person shooter. Now we know to expect DirectX 12 support, which is something that DICE is working on right now.

 

 

The option has been found in Battlefield 1's settings, where DX12 can be toggled on or off, meaning DX11 is enabled by default. DigitalFoundry recently played around with the PC version of Battlefield 1, cranking it up to 1440p with maxed out settings on NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 1080 with 100% resolution scaling, which works out to be around 5K or so - and it was running smooth - which is impressive.

 

DigitalFoundry reported that the resolution slider works differently, with the native resolution on the slider now set at 50%. They added: "So by bumping the game up to 100% on a 1440p display, we are effect[ive]ly rendering at 2880p, or 5K".

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How the PS4 Neo and Xbox Scorpio are frustrating and confusing gamers

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 days, 8 hours ago

Microsoft affirms that it doesn't want to confuse or frustrate gamers with its new Xbox trio gameplan, but it's already happened. Many gamers are asking themselves "why buy an Xbox One?" when they know Project Scorpio is coming next year, and that goes double now that most Xbox games will be playable on Windows 10 PCs.

 

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"We're trying to shift the culture and put the power of when to upgrade in the hands of gamers, as opposed to it being driven by technology or a corporate initiative," Shannon Loftis, head of publishing at Microsoft Game Studios, told Associated Press. "I hope that we don't frustrate gamers. We're responding to them. The feedback we've received is that they want more choices."

 

It's true that Microsoft has completely revolutionized the console gaming world by giving players more hardware choice than they've ever had before. By Holiday 2017, there will be three differently tiered Xbox consoles on the market: the entry-level Xbox One, the sleeker, smaller Xbox One S that supports 4K Blu ray playback and HDR, and the "monster" Project Scorpio, a native 4K gaming console that promises enthusiast-grade performance. But Microsoft's new vision may be betrayed by the behaviors instilled and taught to consumers over the decades of one-console cycles.

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Nintendo explains why its so secretive about the NX console

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 days, 9 hours ago

Apart from revealing a March 2017 release window, Nintendo has been quite silent about its new NX console. Now legendary Zelda and Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto reveals the reasoning behind this long-standing silence, and it all has to do with a "new idea."

 

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"In terms of NX, there's an idea that we're working on. That's why we can't share anything at this point, and I don't want to comment on the other companies. If it was just a matter of following advancements in technology, things would be coming out a lot quicker," Shigeru Miyamoto told the Associated Press.

 

Miyamoto's words echoes those of Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima, who said that the NX represents "a new way of thinking" about consoles. But what is this new idea and new way of thinking? Based on tons of past rumors, patents, and insider info, we've been able to take a lot of the mystery out of the NX, especially its unique features.

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Final 'Star Trek: Beyond' trailer peaks at the right time

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 3 days, 10 hours ago

After a summer of disappointing sequels and coming off the back of an initial teaser trailer that had many long-term 'Star Trek' fans switching off, the latest trailer for 'Beyond' has reignited interest in the upcoming sequel.

 

 

Starring Chris Pine as Captain Kirk, along with Zachary Quinto as Commander Spock, Simon Pegg as Scotty and Karl Urban as Bones, and Idris Elba as the big bad Krall, 'Beyond' is the third film in the J.J. Abrams multiverse (now called the 'Kelvin Timeline') and is directed by 'Fast and Furious' director Justin Lin.

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Microsoft's new tool fixes Start Menu issues in Windows 10

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: 3 days, 13 hours ago

If you've ever experienced issues with the Start menu in Windows 10 (won't open, tiles disappearing, etc.), Microsoft has a cure for what ails you. The newly released Start menu troubleshooter will automagically check for and repair any issues it finds.

 

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To download it, click here for the direct link or here for the indirect link if you're the cautious type. And if you're having trouble with the Store or your printer, official troubleshooters exist for that too and can be found with a simple search on the Microsoft support website.

Overwatch dethrones League of Legends in Korean PC bang rankings

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 days, 14 hours ago

For the first time in nearly four years, League of Legends is not number one in the Korean PC bang (LAN center) rankings, according to League analyst Monte Cristo. As of this week, it stands high above the competition at 27.86%, but is topped by Overwatch at 30.36%.

 

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The remaining games on the list are (roughly translated) Sudden Attack, Fifa Online 3, Dungeon Fighter, Starcraft, Lineage, Blade & Soul, Diablo 3, and Aion.

 

Overwatch has become a bonafide hit worldwide with 10 million total sales at last count, and excellent communication and patches from developer Blizzard has further encouraged its success. Meanwhile, League remains a juggernaut, but a significant portion of its player base has grown discontent with Riot's gameplay changes and lack of reception to feedback in recent times.

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