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R.I.P. Prince (1958-2016)

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Apr 21, 2016 10:59 pm

The world has been shocked today by the passing of pop superstar Prince (real name Prince Rogers Nelson) who's passed away aged 57.




According to the BBC, the singer, songwriter, arranger and multi-instrumentalist was found by authorities at his Paisley Park estate. The singer had been battling 'flu-like symptoms' for well over a week.


The artist who released over 30 albums throughout his career is best known for hits such as Little Red Corvette, 1999, Raspberry Beret, When Doves Cry and Kiss, and even won an Oscar for his role in the 1984 feature film 'Puple Rain'.

Opera now features free, unlimited in-browser VPN

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Apr 21, 2016 10:06 pm

No more fussing with paid virtual private network (VPN) services to get your US Netflix or access blocked websites: Opera now builds one directly into its desktop browser.



The company says the new feature is a response to the demand for the service (24% of internet users have tried or are currently using a VPN), as well as a desire to offer something new for the web. No doubt much of that 24% will try out the new Opera and maybe even stick with it, if only as a secondary browser for the express purpose of accessing geographically restricted content.

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These GTA V screenshots are absolutely amazing

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 21, 2016 9:44 pm

A year later and Grand Theft Auto V is still absolutely mesmerizing on PC. Check out a new set of ultra-realistic high-res GTAV wallpapers that show just how magical Los Santos can be.




Berduu is a master at capturing the lightning in a bottle equivalent of video game screenshots. Now Berduu has spun his magic with GTA V, creating some of the most eye-boggling pictures I've ever seen--I've known for a while that Grand Theft Auto V on PC is beautiful, but these snaps just redefine my expectations. Rockstar should hire this guy to provide box art promo pictures or even huge GTA V posters.


All of the screenshots were taken using the Rockstar Editor and a combination of different mods like ReShade and SweetFX overhauls. Berduu promises that none of them have been Photoshopped, and every snap reflects actual in-game captures. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to fire up GTA V and grab some mods...

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Superbook transforms your Android into a laptop for $99

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Laptops | Posted: Apr 21, 2016 9:04 pm

New team Andromium Inc. is beginning early access for its $99 Superbook. Effectively a laptop powered by your Android smartphone, all you have to do is connect your phone -- 5.0 or later -- to the laptop and you're on your way.



The Superbook features an 11.6" LCD display with 1366x768 resolution and an 8+ hour battery, plus support for Android and Andromium OS apps.


Interested? Hit the source to sign up.

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Acer introduces new Predator 17X and G1 gaming laptop and desktop

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Apr 21, 2016 8:00 pm

Acer just announced their Predator G1 gaming desktop, which is much smaller than the slightly older siblings, making it portable enough to take along with you to those ancient LAN parties. The best news is that the redesigned case is only smaller, and doesn't sacrifice anything other than space. Their newest gaming laptop, the Predator 17X also made an appearance with updated internals, fast ones too.




If you feel like, you're able to configure this with up to an NVIDIA Titan X, a Skylake K series chip and 64GB of DDR4 RAM. Of course in the storage region you'll be able to have 512GB of solid state storage or even throw in a 4TB HDD for good measure. Essentially what Acer has done with the new, smaller, G1 is take the internals from the larger G6 and stuff them into a smaller case. The case is attractive, too, with customizable lighting and sleek lines that definitely speak the gamer language, but in a sophisticated way. The new G1 is also completely VR ready with it's powerful internals.


The Predator 17X gaming laptops is the follow-on replacement to last years 17-inch powerhouse and comes with the option for up to a 4K screen, a completely unlocked, and overclockable, Skylake i7-6820HK and up to 64GB of DDR4 with an NVIDIA 980 coming along of the ride. Storage options include 512GB NVMe enabled drives and room for 4TB of storage. It packs Thunderbolt 3, just in case you're thinking about external GPU solutions too. With the potential for so much heat in such a small area, Acer has developed a three-fan setup that sucks in copious amounts of air from the side and then rushes it to through the back. It's portable, sort of.

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Tesoro reveals new low-profile GRAM Spectrum mechanical keyboards

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Apr 21, 2016 6:50 pm

PC gaming peripheral maker Tesoro today announced two new low-profile GRAM Spectrum mechanical keyboards optimized for performance gaming.



Tesoro's new GRAM Spectrum mechanical keyboards sport the company's low-profile AGILE mechanical switches with a shorter 3.5 mm travel distance, and are available in red and blue AGILE switch flavors. The GRAM Spectrum also feature double-injection keycaps for optimum durability.


The GRAM Spectrum fluxes with over 16.8 million color combinations with fully customized RGB lighting, and every single key can be custom-programmed. With a 32bit ARM processor and 512KB onboard memory, users can save and execute macro settings on-the-fly. Tesoro's new mechanical keyboards offer an ultra-polling rate of 1000Hz, and Full N-Key/G-key rollover options.

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Project Nova is CCP Games' next great FPS game set in the EVE universe

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 21, 2016 6:08 pm

Dust 514, the first FPS by CCP Games, though only available for the PlayStation 3, had a very strong following. It wasn't the largest following, but the servers were full enough at most times that it was always possible to find someone to play with. Sure, the Unreal Engine 3 shooter wasn't the greatest looking, but it was connected to the greater EVE universe, which is exciting unto itself. Dust 514 is no more, and in its place is going to be another free-to-play FPS, but this time for the PC.




Project Nova is the next great FPS project, and will cut the mechanism that allowed interaction between EVE Online and Dust 514, instead existing in the same universe in name only. That isn't a bad thing, however, because that little-known mechanism, orbital bombardment, was never used anyway according to CCP Games. Project Nova will be built upon Unreal Engine 4, and will be a natural evolution of Dust 514, learning from its failings.


They want to make waves in the already full F2P FPS sphere, and they plan on doing that by allowing customization and the ability to actually have a full and good loadout right from the moment you start playing. You won't start with absolutely nothing, but there will still be plenty to look forward too with more playing time.There are currently eight different classes, but you'll have the ability to create your own by mixing and matching abilities, weapons and armor.

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EVE: Valkyrie is getting cross-platform play between PS4 and PC

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 21, 2016 5:03 pm

CCP Games is pretty excited about being able to offer EVE: Valkyrie as one of the first VR experiences for all platforms when they all eventually release (we're waiting on you, PSVR). And they're also letting all platforms (well, both) play together within the same servers via some very real cross-platform play. More details for the new Carrier Assault mode were also revealed recently, with a new trailer to show it all off.



Owen O'Brien, the producer of the game, dropped that nugget of information at a fan gathering that took place in Reykjavik, Iceland, saying that everyone will get to play together once it's finally finished and released. Specifically on the PC side they're making sure that owners of the HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift are able to play competitively against one another regardless of the headset platform they choose.


Carrier Assault is a forthcoming game mode that's being planned for the game that sees you and others slowly but surely attacking a capital ship, which is rather resistant to your attempts at destroying it. You'll get the chance to attack the physical structures of the ship and then the structures inside the ship. The game is still in early access on the Oculus Rift only at the moment, though the final release will be seen rather soon, we hope. The project has turned from a simple dogfighting representation of the EVE universe to something rather spectacular in design and scope.

Hitman goes to Sapienza for a small vacation, starting April 26th

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 21, 2016 4:07 pm

Wouldn't you too like to take a small vacation in beautiful Sapienza? It's a beautiful, sun-drenched (fictional) coastal town with gorgeous ocean views and a very relaxed vibe. It's just a trifle dangerous, with a bio-engineer working on a DNA-specific virus somewhere in the small town, but that shouldn't get you down, right?



The latest season of Hitman is set to begin on April 26th on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and the PC. You'll be initially tasked with taking down Silvio Caruso, who is a bioengineer working on a very deadly virus. You'll get a chance to stretch your creative muscles and approach it in any way you please, using any number of elements to complete your task. I do wonder if the virus getting released, and killing you, is at all something that can accidentally happen in the game.


If you've been waiting for more to do after completing all of the achievements in the Paris fashion show level, then you're definitely in luck. This should be slightly larger then that level with a bit more variety. Agent 47 won't be taking a proper vacation this time, though, and it'll be a working one.

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Communication in the game industry is almost the most vital thing ever

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 21, 2016 3:07 pm

Communication is a valuable commodity within the video game industry, something that's highly appreciated by the community itself. Being able to hear about the general status of the development of a game is certainly excited news and can help to alleviate pre-release fears if the various avenues are used correctly. We like to hear directly from the big, and little, publishers and developers as they explain the various challenges and fun things they're doing to make their game. Sometimes hearing why something was included, not included a feature or why a particular direction was chosen can help humanize an otherwise inaccessible industry.




How developers communicate with their fan base is as much a part of game development as anything. If you want to be successful, you'll need as wide an audience as possible, so communicating misinformation frequently or even outright lying can hurt a company's credibility to the point of affecting their bottom line.


Larger companies and franchises can weather such issues, though there is the potential for long-term effects not intended. Some companies do it better than others and have strict policies about either saying too much too early and certainly about releasing deceptive information. Peter Molyneux is almost famous for getting ahead of himself and the projects he's a part of. Features he's talked about sometimes never make it into the development pipeline, even.

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