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Meet GIGABYTE's AIO water cooled NVIDIA GTX 980, the WaterForce

By: Chris Smith | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Oct 22, 2015 2:31 pm

If you're looking for a little extra cooling power or just want something that is different to the rest, GIGABYTE has announced its NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 WaterForce video card. Also known as 'GV-N980WAOC-4GD', this card sets out to provide users with adequate performance when running at 4K resolutions, with the press release further stating that this card will be much quieter than its air-based sibling.




The AIO cooling system covers everything including the GPU, VRAM and MOSFET while claiming to deliver 38.8% better cooling across the board when compared to the stock reference cooler.


Offering up GIGABYTE OC GURU II software for tinkering and an LED illuminated GIGABYTE logo for extra style points, also included in the overall package is a free gaming mouse pad - because why not?

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Unikrn's new 'competitive integrity cerification program' for eSports

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 22, 2015 12:33 pm

Unikrn has been an unstoppable force in the eSports community since it started, where it laid its foundation for eSports betting online for competitive games like League of Legends and CounterStrike: Global Offensive.




But the eSports startup has just announced a new "competitive integrity certification program" for eSports, which will see the program establishing the best practices to squash all of the issues around the integrity of eSports, from establishing player codes of conduct, all the way through to investigating alleged infractions.


Unikrn CEO Rahul Sood explains: "As eSports reaches a tipping point of mainstream acceptance, the legitimacy of match results is more paramount than ever. Advertisers, investors and fans depend on it, and that is why we're launching a collaborative system to ensure competitive integrity and anti-cheating across all major competitions. The key here is getting all key stakeholders to the table, engaging in proactive discussions to set industry standards".

Vivendi buys 6.6% of Ubisoft stock, Ubisoft boss says it's 'unwelcome'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 22, 2015 10:32 am

Vivendi has just secured itself a 6.6% chunk in Ubisoft, buying a huge $159 million stake in the French studio. Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot has said that "Vivendi and his [sic] chairman" had a reputation for "aggressively pursuing companies within the entertainment sector".




Guillemot said that Vivendi's investment was "unsolicited and unwelcome", where he said: "Our intention is and has always been to remain independent, a value which, for 30 years, has allowed us to innovate, take risks, create beloved franchises for players around the world, and which has helped the company grow into the leader it is today". Guillemot added: "We're going to fight to preserve our independence. We should not let this situation - nor any future actions by Vivendi or others - distract us from our goals. Our best defence is to stay focused on what we have always done best - deliver the most original and memorable gaming experiences".


In an email that were supplied with, Guillemot explained that a possible takeover of Ubisoft would be "managed by people who don't understand our expertise and what it takes to succeed in this industry".

Sony reduces the price of the PlayStation 4 globally

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Oct 22, 2015 8:33 am

After dropping the price in the US by $50, Sony has announced that it has dropped the price of its console across the world. The 500GB PlayStation 4 will be available for €349.99 in Benelux, France, Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Spain.




In the UK, the 500GB PS4 will cost £299.99 while Down Under it will drop to $479.95. In Germany, the new price stamp is €349.95 while it will sell for AED1399 in the United Arab Emirates. There are also various console bundles to choose from, with the Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection bundle, a limited edition Star Wars Battlefront bundle, the Call of Duty: Black Ops III limited edition bundle, The Last of Us Remastered bundle, a Military Appreciation bundle, a limited edition Destiny: The Taken King bundle and a Batman: Arkham Knight limited edition bundle.


The bundles are of course worth more, where in the US they vary from $349.99 to $449.98.

Plex adds 4K support to its redesigned desktop media player

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Oct 22, 2015 6:34 am

Plex has just renamed its desktop media player to Home Theater, adding 4K support. There's an improved user interface to boot, with the UI matching its various TV apps that will "leave all that original code behind".




The company hired the primary contributor from media playback engine 'mpv', as well as a full-time to help out with the redesigned app. Not only do we have a redesigned and faster UI, but there's support for a "true" 4K interface, multi-channel music tracks and better compatibility with H.265 video files, and more.


If you're a PlexPass subscriber, you can jump into this early, but if you're not - you'll be waiting a little while longer before you can get your hands on the 4K-capable Plex player.

AMD to update 'entire portfolio' of GPUs 'over the coming quarters'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Oct 22, 2015 4:31 am

AMD will be in a much better position this time next year, as we should have a full top-to-bottom next-gen GPU release, powered by its Arctic Islands GPUs. During AMD's latest chat with analysts, the company teased its hand for 2016.




AMD CEO Lisa Su was asked about their GPU business being "down quite a lot year over year" from Joe Moore of Morgan Stanley, to which Su responded with: "Yes, so Joe, I think one quarter is good progress. Now you will have to watch us over a number of quarters regain that graphics momentum. And when I think about it, relative to the Fury launch we did have some supply constraints in the third quarter. They were - they are largely solved in the fourth quarter, so I don't think there will be any supply constraints".


She continued: "I think it's also fair to say that the graphics portfolio is quite broad, and so you will see us updating the entire portfolio over the coming quarters". Su added: "We are also focused on delivering our next-generation GPUs in 2016 designed to improve performance per watt by 2X compared to our current offerings, based on design architectural enhancements, as well as advanced FinFET process technology". The biggest tease, is where Su said: "And in the third quarter, we also taped out multiple products in FinFET technologies across both of our foundry partners that are on track to enter production next year".

Domino's unveils a new pizza delivery car, with a built-in oven

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Oct 22, 2015 2:28 am

Domino's has just unveiled an impressive new pizza delivery car, where it has heavily modified a Chevy Spark into the pizza delivery car to end the war between pizza delivery cars - it has a damn built-in oven!




The new '100 DXP' is being rolled out across 25 cities around the United States in the next 90 days, including Boston, Dallas, New Orleans, San Diego and Seattle. The vehicle has an outward-facing oven in the back, so that your pizza delivery driver can arrive to your house with pizza that has literally just come out of the oven.


Better yet, the modified Chevy Spark can hold 80 pizzas for those late night gaming sessions - you know, when you need 80 pizzas. The car makes sense, and once these bad boys have 3D printers in the back and get injected with some self-driving technology, we could see pizza delivery step into the future.

Michael J. Fox receives the first pair of self-lacing shoes from Nike

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Fashion meets Tech | Posted: Oct 22, 2015 12:16 am

In case you haven't noticed, but today is October 21, 2015 - the day when Doc and Marty travel to the future in Back to the Future II. Today is also Back to the Future Day, with every website, social media page and more filled with Back to the Future content.



Today, Nike presented Michael J. Fox with the first pair of self-lacing shoes, something we saw in Back to the Future II. Fox took to Twitter to show off the self-lacing shoes, with an 8-second video that we have embedded above. If you look closely when Fox is putting the shoes on, the laces slowly flatten when his foot slides into them. The shoes also make an awesome sound, too.




Nike is planning to launch a limited edition self-lacing shoe next year, which will be made available through a strict auction process. All proceeds from the sale will be donated to Fox's Foundation for Parkinsons Research.

YouTube Music app coming soon

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Online Video | Posted: Oct 21, 2015 9:04 pm

YouTube is soon launching a new app it calls YouTube Music, the goal of which is to help you find new music and watch and listen to it with ease.




So sayeth YouTube: "Any song or artist you choose on YouTube Music will start you on a personal journey through one of the richest music catalogs; just sign in, tap a track you love, and see where your music takes you."


In its blog post, Google mentions "as a special bonus - YouTube Red works with Google Play Music, so subscribe to one and automatically get access to the other", which makes it seem as though they're reworking Google Play Music into a new service it dubs YouTube Music. We've contacted YouTube for comment and will update the story accordingly should we hear back.


Apart from Google Play Music, Google/YouTube have launched several music services in the past. Whether this will cement itself as the one service to rule them all remains to be seen.

YouTube Red subscription will be $9.99/mo, launching next week

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Online Video | Posted: Oct 21, 2015 8:00 pm

Last week we reported YouTube's subscription service would likely launch today. Turns out it'll be next week (October 28), but we were right about pricing, which is $9.99/mo.




The service is named YouTube Red, and is ad-free. Here's what you get with it:


  • video saving for offline viewing
  • background play option
  • availability on any amount of devices
  • support for YouTube Gaming app, YouTube Kids app, upcoming YouTube Music app
  • exclusive original shows and movies from YouTuber creators starting early 2016


Red will be available to US viewers only to start, but support for more countries will come "soon" (tm). A free trial will be on offer at launch. While you wait, you can check out the website here.

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