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Odessa factory unveils its new Darth Vader monument, includes Wi-Fi

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Oct 23, 2015 4:20 am

If you ever want to visit Odessa, Ukraine, you might want to check out their latest monument which was erected in the honor of... well, Darth Vadar. Yes, Darth Vadar from Star Wars.




Alexander Milov has previously designed a huge robot statue, which can be found in Yuzhne, outside of Odessa. Milov's awesome-looking statue isn't just good looking, it's practical - as it includes a router inside of Vader's head, delivering Wi-Fi to those around him. Milov created the status by repurposing the existing Lenin statue which was located just outside of the factory.


The status was already scheduled for demolition that stands in line with new Ukranian laws on de-Communization, which requires all landmarks and geographic names dedicated to Lenin and other Communist figures to be eliminated, or removed. Workers at the Odessa factory didn't want the statue to be demolished, and instead requested for it to be redesigned - and what a redesign, we might add.

AMD's Radeon 400 series 'Ellesmere' and 'Baffin' GPUs taped out

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Oct 23, 2015 3:09 am

It's getting closer to the end of the year, where we're learning more about what the New Year will bring in terms of new GPU technology. AMD has reportedly taped out two of its next-gen GPUs, with "Ellesmere" and "Baffin" both taping out - and both part of the upcoming Radeon 400 series of video cards.




AMD has also reportedly secured itself a major OEM design win, according to a "source with knowledge" close to rumor site WCCFTech. The Ellesmere and Baffin GPUs aren't high-end parts, but they will fill the shoes of the most important part of AMD's graphics portfolio, the performance, and mainstream markets.


These aren't the successors to the Fury range at all, but more the Radeon 300 series that was rebranded earlier this year from the Radeon 200 series. We should expect more news on AMD's new cards in the coming months.

Batman v Superman rumored to be the most expensive movie ever made

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Oct 23, 2015 1:35 am

With all of the hoopla surrounding Star Wars, there's another massive movie that is coming soon - Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The second movie in the new DCEU is coming out in March 2016, with a budget that is just as big as the two superheroes in the movie.




Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is rumored to have a budget of around $410 million, according to Latino Review, which would make it the most expensive movie in history. Considering the Superman reboot 'Man of Steel' cost $225 million, Warner Bros. must have some confidence that it's all going to pay off.


Securing Ben Affleck wouldn't have been cheap, and neither would a massive movie like this be when you consider all of the practical stunts, CG, and more. Then we have to consider the other superheroes joining Dawn of Justice - Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg - and baddies - Lex Luthor, and the rumored Doomsday - fans of the DC universe should begin to get very, very excited.

COD: Black Ops 3 drops down to 30FPS on last-gen consoles

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 22, 2015 11:42 pm

Just as we thought Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 couldn't get any worse on last-gen consoles, beleaguered developer Beenox has revealed that it's now targeting 30FPS on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 ports of the game.



When Activision announced that Black Ops 3's campaign would be totally cut out on last-gen flavors of the game, we know there was something seriously wrong. What happened? Isn't Treyarch one of the best developers, didn't they make a number of Call of Duty games on last-gen consoles, thus unlocking the potential of PS3 and Xbox 360? The problem was handing the game off to the inexperienced devs at Beenox--a move that is further impacting the game's release.


"I'd say that we tried to hit the 60 frames-per-second target, but it becomes harder when you're working on current gen platforms," Thomas Wilson, creative director at Beenox, told Develop Online in a recent interview. "We're basically looking more at something like 30fps. But still, the experience is very enjoyable, otherwise it's not Call of Duty."

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Rainbow Six: Siege will probably have microtransactions

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 22, 2015 11:10 pm

It looks like Ubisoft's latest Rainbow Six shooter will continue the awkward trend that the games industry is moving toward, specifically the FPS genre. Rainbow Six: Siege might have microtransactions despite being a full-priced AAA game--a move we expect to see in F2P shooters.



Rainbow Six Animation Director Scott Mitchell hinted at the the news in a recent interview with Angry Joe, letting slip that Ubisoft's tactical shooter will leverage microtransactions in the form of "Rainbow Credits". "So the in-game currency is called Renowned, but we also have Rainbow Credits that can go towards unlocking things," Mitchell said, then asked an off-screen Ubisoft PR rep if he could talk more about the credits. The rep responded with a curt "no".


Renowned is the game's unlockable progression system, and Mitchell describes it as "essentially an in-game currency that you can use to buy skins, operators and weapons". Angry Joe caught the slip and pounced on it, trying to glean more info, but none was offered. Then he went on to ask if at any point gamers would be able to spend real money to buy Renowned or items, and Mitchell responded with a telling "we'll actually be going into this later with the DLC plan and all that kind of stuff very very soon."

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Edge add-on support delayed to 2016

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Oct 22, 2015 10:15 pm

Microsoft's Edge browser has a lot going for it, but it is missing a component many consider key to the modern browser: add-ons (or extensions, plugins -- whatever you want to call them). It's been stated support for them would come in 2015, but that's now officially been delayed to next year.




Today Microsoft released this statement on the matter: "We're committed to providing customers with a personalized web experience, which is why bringing extensions to Microsoft Edge continues to be a high priority. We're actively working to develop a secure extension model to make the safest and most reliable browser for our customers, and look forward to sharing more in a future Windows 10 update in 2016."


Edge, like every other browser, hasn't seen much use compared to the ever-dominant Chrome. This delay, necessary though it may be, further hurts Edge's chance of becoming a significant force in the crowded browser market. On the bright side, Insiders will get to try out add-ons before they go public, though when exactly is not yet known.

Next major Windows 10 update hitting early November

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Oct 22, 2015 9:28 pm

Those preview builds we've been reporting on in recent weeks will roll out to the public in early November, Microsoft says.




Among the changes and additions:


  • darker title bars
  • smaller context menus for mouse usage
  • improved Media Creation Tool
  • Cortana improvements (including text from PC)
  • Edge improvements (Tab Preview and Favourites and Reading list items syncing, among others)
  • extra column of live tiles on the Start menu
  • native Skype calling and messaging


These were all intended to make it into the launch version of Windows 10, so when the update hits, you can rest easy knowing you have the version of of the operating system its designers wanted you to have.

AMD Embedded R-Series SOC processors first to support DDR4

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Oct 22, 2015 8:23 pm

AMD has a new Embedded single-chip system-on-chip (SOC) processor family on the scene with its new R-Series. It's aimed at the high-end market, and packs its latest 64-bit CPU core "Excavator", as well as a third-gen GCN GPU architecture. It's also the first of its kind to support dual-channel 64-bit DDR4 (with speeds as high as DDR4-2400; DDR3 is also supported with speeds up to 2133).




On the graphics and video front, the R-Series supports High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC)1 for full 4K decode and DirectX 12; the specifications note up to eight compute units and two rendering blocks and GPU clock speeds up to 800MHz resulting in 819 GFLOPS. The company claims 22 percent better performance over the 2nd Generation AMD Embedded R-Series APU2 and 58 percent better performance over the Intel Broadwell Core i7 in graphics-intensive benches.


As for efficiency, AMD boasts full HSA implementation and hUMA utilization for what they feel results in great CPU, GPU, and memory performance. Additionally, thermal design power is configurable, and power usage is said to be reduced 35 percent compared to the 2nd Generation AMD Embedded R-Series APU.

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BlackBerry Priv listed for $749, full specs and launch date leaked

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 22, 2015 7:27 pm

We've known that BlackBerry's new Android smartphone is a premium handset for quite some time--BB's CEO John Chen reminds us that PRIVacy brings a sense of PRIViledge--but up until now we haven't had any indication on the company's definition of premium when it comes to cost. Now recent reports indicate that the Priv could cost as much as $749 in the U.S.




Up until now the company has left us in the dark concerning the key details of the hybrid-OS Priv smartphone. but a member of the Crackberry Forums has found what looks to be specifications, launch date, and pricing for the BlackBerry phone.


BlackBerry's own website is the apparent source of the info, revealing that the Priv will supposedly launch on November 16, 2015 for a price of $749. Key specs include a curved 5.43" display with 2560 x 1440 resolution and 540 DPI, 3GB RAM, a Snapdragon 808 hexa-core 64-bit processor, an Adreno 418 GPU clocked at 600MHz, and 32GB onboard memory. Camera solutions include an 18MP Auto-Focus rear-facing camera that can record 4k video at 30 fps and 1080p HD at 60 fps, as well as a 2MP front-facing camera that can record 720P.



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Scalpers charging up to $10,000 for Star Wars: Force Awakens tickets

By: Derek Strickland | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Oct 22, 2015 7:12 pm

Just days ago millions of excited Star Wars fans crashed multiple movie theater websites with such voluminous bandwidth to secure their movie tickets, racking up record-breaking pre-order ticket sales, with AMC selling out 1,000 different showings across multiple theaters in just 12 hours.



With its ultra-wide screens and immersive 3D interaction, IMAX screenings are seen as the definitive way to see a gala affair like the triumphant return of Star Wars. As a result, IMAX screenings made up a huge portion of Force Awakens ticket sales, generating a staggering $6.5 million and "breaking every IMAX record" in the process.


But not everyone got their tickets. The massive demand has led to IMAX and regular screenings being sold out all over the country, with many many fans left out on the cold. Now the inevitable scalping has surfaced, with re-sellers commanding anywhere from $1,000 for tickets to a ridiculous sum of $10,000--a number that would make Emporer Palpatine grin in delight.

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