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Crytek staff claim they haven't been paid in 3 months

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 11, 2016 11:44 pm

Crytek have been through a few financial troubles over the years (that's what you get when you abandon PC gaming and want some of that console cash) and here we are again - Crytek developers are saying they haven't been paid in over 3 months. There were big issues in June 2014, which you can check out here.

 

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Sources from Let's Play Video Games have said that Crytek employees haven't been paid in the last 3 months, with the studio informing their staff the issues would be resolved with a bank loan in Germany, where Crytek HQ is. This was meant to be done over a month ago, and it hasn't happened yet.

 

The payment delays are affecting all staff, ranging from entry-level through to management. Another alleged Crytek employee has taken to Reddit, saying they work at the German-based studio and haven't been paid in 6 months. The user said: "I'm not sure where else to turn at this point. This has happened in the past a few times, but never for this long. Management never gives anyone a heads up, and it isn't clear to me if they are getting paid or even informed from the owners".

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Bryan Cranston reprises 'Breaking Bad' role for SNL skit

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Dec 11, 2016 11:25 pm

'Breaking Bad' star Bryan Cranston has reprised his role as drug baron Walter White in a hilarious new skit for Saturday Night Live, which sees him nominated to the Trump cabinet for a position he knows very well indeed.

 

 

Cranston plays opposite Kate McKinnon's version of Kellyanne Conway, the Republican campaign strategist who propelled Trump to the White House in last month's shock election. Saturday Night Live has lampooned Trump throughout the election campaign, and despite his win - it looks like they won't let up. And any chance to witness Walter White back in action is something I want to see!

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It's 'War' in new 'Planet of the Apes' teaser trailer

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Dec 11, 2016 11:05 pm

Before Charlton Heston and that terrible Tim Burton reboot, 2011's 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' took the franchise right back to where it all begun, as the human race began it's downfall. Its 2014 follow-up 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' chronicled the war with humanity's survivors. Now, the third entry is set to continue bridging the gap.

 

 

Andy Serkis dons a motion capture suit once again to play Caesar , the ape leader who spearheaded the rebellion against the humans, while Woody Harrelson plays a new character called the Colonel, a ruthless army veteran who commands the last vestiges of the human armies.

 

'War for the Planet of the Apes' is set to hit screens worldwide from July 2017.

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Final Fantasy XV: How to master attacks and combos

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 11, 2016 4:27 am

Tired of mashing buttons in Final Fantasy XV? Pull off some awesome attack, but not sure exactly how you did it? Luckily we have your back: in this helpful how-to guide, we break down the anatomy of Final Fantasy XV's combat and teach you everything you need to know to pull off epic combos in every single battle.

 

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With Final Fantasy XV, Square Enix broke the mold and introduced a dynamic action-based combat system. The game's combat now feels more like Devil May Cry than a traditional turn-based Final Fantasy game, complete with combos, timed strikes, effects, and directional blows. In many ways the game takes on the scope of a fighter like Tekken, with reaction time and consistent understaning of combos and weapons being incredibly important throughout.

 

The basics behind Final Fantasy XV's combat rely on six weapon types: swords, two-handed greatswords, two-handed polearms like lances and javelins, slick and quick daggers, range-based firearms, and the defensive-yet-offensive shields. Each of these weapon tiers have their own distinct advantages, attack types, combos, speeds, damage output and overall balances, with Square Enix honing each of these weapons to a razor-sharp edge. Below we break down the anatomy of each of these weapons and the combos and attacks that accompany each.

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Huawei Mate 9 goes on sale in the US on January 6th

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 10, 2016 11:27 pm

Huawei's latest flagship, the Huawei Mate 9, should go on sale in the US on January 6th, according to Evan Blass.

 

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The phone was unveiled in Berlin at the beginning of November, with no specific date of the launch in the States given, although it was speculated that it could happen by the end of the year. However, the date given by Evan Blass makes sense since Huawei will be present at CES, and they could use that event for their official launch in the US.

 

As for the phone, the Mate 9 features Huawei's newest chip the Kirin 960, comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, and is expandable to 256GB with a microSD card. The phone has a 5.9-inch full HD display, 4,000 mAh battery, fingerprint sensor and rear dual camera system - 20MP (monochrome) + 12MP (color) with an aperture of f/2.2. The front camera is 8MP with an aperture f/1.9.

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Faraday Future keeps teasing their upcoming electric car

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Dec 10, 2016 8:40 pm

Another day, another teaser from Faraday Future. This one reveals the most so far when it comes to the design, and as we previously reported, they aren't going for a conventional design.

 

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The image also shows that the LiDAR sensor is placed in the middle of the hood. From what we saw so far, they are aiming for a futuristic look of the car.

 

The previous image revealed that Faraday Future decided to ditch the side view mirrors and instead install cameras. This is something that Tesla did with their Model X when they first unveiled it, and BMW with i8. However, those cars didn't go into production with cameras instead of mirrors because transportation laws and regulations didn't allow for it. Since then, Japan has approved this feature on their roads and many other countries are reportedly looking to do the same.

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Qualcomm teases 48-core processor on 10nm process

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Dec 10, 2016 2:17 am

Qualcomm has announced that it has started commercial sampling of the world's first 48-core SoC on the 10nm node, with ARM-based Falkor 10nm CPU used in the upcoming chip family 'Centriq 2400'.

 

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Senior VP and GM of Qualcomm Datacenter Technologies, Inc. Anand Chandrasekher, explains: "The Qualcomm Centriq 2400 series processors will drive high performance, power efficient ARM-based servers from concept to reality. Qualcomm requires the leading edge of integrated circuit technology to deliver high performance at low power for the newest premium smartphones. We are first in 10nm IC technology for mobile, and leveraging our expertise in ARM processors and system on chip design, we are the first with our Qualcomm Centriq family of server processors to bring the leading edge to the datacenter".

 

We have no idea about the technical and performance side of the processor, so we don't know how to compare it against current x86 offerings - but Qualcomm has beaten Intel to the 48-core/10nm CPU game in 2017.

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Watch Shigeru Miyamoto play Mario's theme song on guitar

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 9, 2016 8:13 pm

Mario's creator and Nintendo legend Shigeru Miyamoto stops by The Tonight Show to play a tune we all know and love.

 

 

In this time of instant information, speculation, and constant flow of news, sometimes it's nice to take a little break and just have a little whimsical fun. Don't worry--we're not going to break away from our usual blast of Nintendo Switch news any time soon--but I thought I'd share something with you guys that really lightened up my day.

 

I caution to say that Mario's theme song is one of the most iconic jingles of all time. When it plays, everyone cracks a smile and is instantly transported back to those NES days of yore, the days where Mario's platforming exploits danced endlessly on our CRT TVs and Nintendo pretty much owned the gaming world. But what happens when it's played by Shigeru Miyamoto, the man responsible for Mario's creation, alongside one of the best instrumental ensembles of all time? Magic. Pure nostalgic magic.

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive update enhances audio

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 9, 2016 7:19 pm

A new update is out for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive that could change the game in a big way. Now when you're using headphones (which should be always), the utilizes head-related transfer function (HRTF) algorithms to enhance sound positioning. What this means -- in theory anyway -- is you can track sounds better (like the footsteps from that guy creeping up behind you). You can hear it for yourself in the video below (use headphones for best effect).

 

 

If you don't like the effect, you can disable it, of course.

 

Other changes include public joinable lobbies, and optimizations and gameplay changes to the Nuke map.

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BitFenix reveals new enthusiast Shogun PC case

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Dec 9, 2016 6:16 pm

BitFenix has just revealed its new flagship Shogun PC case that's optimized for enthusiast and high-performance builds with ample room for 13-inch EATX motherboards.

 

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BitFenix's new Shogun case features two tempered glass windows to show off your rig, and affords for tremendous cooling solutions, fitting a liquid cooling solution and a dynamic air-cooled setup in all of the following form factors: a 120mm / 140mm fan and radiator in the rear, a 240mm / 280mm dual-fan array with an accompanying radiator in the front, and a 360mm / 280mm tri-fan array and radiator at the top. The Shogun can also fit three GPUs up to 410mm in length, and features brackets to eliminate video card sag for higher-end cards while minimizing damage to motherboards.

 

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"BitFenix Shogun is optimized for high-end systems with extreme water cooling for VR or 4K gaming dedicated systems. It supports up to three graphic cards with included 'GPU Safe' Graphic card supports. They can be easily configured to support different GPUs. This removes any possible damage that could happen to the electronic components due to bending. Shogun supports GPUs up to 410mm long and PSUs of up to 250mm (Can customize to fit longer PSUs by moving the modular HDD cages)," reads the official press release.

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