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NVIDIA rumored to be working on the GeForce GTX 950 Ti

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jul 2, 2015 2:33 am

One of the best architectures that NVIDIA has ever released has been the Maxwell architecture, powering the GeForce GTX 960, GTX 970, GTX 980, GTX 980 Ti and Titan X, but now it looks like a new mid-range video card is on the way in the form of the GeForce GTX 950 Ti.

 

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The new GeForce GTX 950 Ti will reportedly sport the "GM206-250" GPU, with it being a cut-down version of the GTX 960 GPU, the GM206-300". The GeForce GTX 950 Ti should have a price tag of around $149 when it launches, as the GeForce GTX 960 is currently priced at $199, while the GTX 950 Ti is priced at $149.

 

We should expect NVIDIA to unveil the GeForce GTX 950 Ti in the near future.

Facebook is investing considerably into AI and VR technologies

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jul 2, 2015 1:09 am

Facebook may have over a billion daily active users, but where does the company see itself in 10 years time? During a Q&A on his profile yesterday, Mark Zuckerberg talked about what his company has in store for the future.

 

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Zuckerberg says that he thinks the ultimate communication technology will allow you to send thoughts to another person, where he elaborated: "You'll just be able to think of something and your friends will immediately be able to experience it too if you'd like". But since we're not quite there yet, Facebook is putting its effort into artificial intelligence (AI), as the company "think[s] more intelligent services will be much more useful".

 

Not only that, but Facebook sees VR as the future - after all, it did acquire Oculus VR last year - where it says VR is the "next major computing and communication platform". The social network didn't leave out its Internet.org project, with Zuckerberg adding that it's "the most basic tool people need to get the benefits of the internet," including jobs, education and communication".

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AMD partners up with Hollywood on all things VR

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jul 1, 2015 11:55 pm

AMD has just announced a new partnership with Creative Artists Agency (CAA) in Hollywood, where it will provide Hollywood creatives with Liquid VR. This will allow Hollywood directors a better channel to work with AMD to create immersive VR experiences.

 

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AMD's Corporate Vice President of Alliances, Roy Taylor, said that the most important part of VR isn't just about gaming. He said that the entertainment industry is investing "an order of magnitude more money and talent into VR than the game industry is". Taylor added: "Los Angeles has become the epicenter of virtual reality, not Silicon Valley. I meet a dozen new people every day in Hollywood that are interested in VR".

 

But with NVIDIA owning three quarters of the GPU market share, what can AMD do when it comes to VR? Taylor says that AMD has an advantage over its competitor, thanks to its "hardware asynchronous compute" technology, something we covered not too long ago.

Unity CEO: VR to create 'staggering orgasm of the new'

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jul 1, 2015 8:28 pm

Virtual reality seems to have hardware designers and software developers quite excited, even though there are plenty of skeptics. Joining the growing list of those excited about VR is Unity CEO John Riccitiello, and he recently shared thoughts about how his company is contributing.

 

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Unity currently boasts "the best system for creating content for VR," Riccitiello said during his E3 keynote. He expanded his thoughts during a recent interview with GamesIndustry:

 

"We have the highest market share [in VR] right now, so we're already there. It's interesting that a company like Valve, which makes its own engine, is showing demos for VR, and all but one is built with Unity."

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Fable Legends game director discusses DLCs with TweakTown

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 1, 2015 7:53 pm

Anytime I've written about Fable Legends in the past few months, it seems talk always turned to downloadable content (DLC) in free-to-play games. Lionhead Studios is going in a bit of a new direction with Fable Legends, and wanted to try to clear the air a bit regarding the controversial inclusion of DLCs in its upcoming free-to-play action role-playing game. We recently spoke with David Eckelberry, game director at Lionhead Studios, so here is what he had to say.

 

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The addition of DLCs brings a high level uncertainty among many gamers, and some of you have already questioned it regarding Fable Legends.

 

"That's a reasonable thing to be unsure of. I'm unsure about free-to-play in some games!" David Eckelberry told TweakTown. "I believe it's up to the game developer. Some games I love are free-to-play, and I don't think it's a coincidence that first and foremost they are good games, regardless of how they get to market. It's also not a coincidence that these games seem legitimately fair: they don't let a player buy his way to victories, and the things you can purchase seem pretty fairly priced."

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Microsoft boss says Xbox 'needs to do better' in European markets

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jul 1, 2015 6:15 pm

The Microsoft Xbox One is being handily outsold in Europe by the Sony PlayStation 4, with the PS4 holding 70-90 percent market share. Microsoft understands the importance in the European market, and the company is going to try to find ways to better compete against Sony.

 

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"We need to do better in Europe. When I look globally, mainland Europe is definitely an area we want to focus on," said Phil Spencer, Xbox boss, while speaking to Edge magazine. Microsoft hopes to win over some gamers during Gamescom, a gaming-focused trade show in August that will be held in Cologne, Germany.

 

Spencer said the Xbox One "does really well" in Latin America, and is fighting Sony in the North American market.

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Garmin shows Edge 520 GPS, including Strava Live functionality

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: GPS & Location | Posted: Jul 1, 2015 6:05 pm

GPS manufacturer Garmin today announced the Edge 520, a GPS cycling computer that supports a number of advanced features. The GPS includes functionality for time in zone, cycling-specific VO2 max and recovery, indoor trainer, cycling dynamics, time in zone, and Strava and Garmin Connect connectivity.

 

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The addition of Strava Live Segments is rather exciting, as it allows cyclists to upload segments from Strava to the Edge 520 - and will give them instant data, including King of the Mountain and Queen of the Mountain titles.

 

Edge 520 supports a 2.3-inch color display, 15 hours battery life, and ANT+ sensors.

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By: TweakTown Deals | More News: TweakTown | Posted: Jul 1, 2015 4:20 pm

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Star Wars Battlefront based on 'absolute core' from the movies

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 1, 2015 3:47 pm

DICE is feeling the pressure when it comes to trying to figure out what to include in the new Star Wars Battlefront video game - and it continues to be a major challenge, trying to sort out what makes the cut from the Star Wars universe.

 

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"I wouldn't say that we've designed it by committee. We have a very strong, very competent design lead," said Sigurlina Ingvarsdottir, senior producer of Star Wars Battlefront, in a statement to GameSpot. "But, basically, what we've taken is what to us is the core of Star Wars. Star Wars is so vast, there's so many things in Star Wars that are beloved by so many. And so they are hard choices."

 

It looks like DICE has decided to support planets such as Endor and Hoth, with characters ranging from Han Solo and Darth Vader - giving gaming fans characters and locations that they will be extremely familiar with.

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Sony raising $4 billion, will go all-in with camera sensors

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 1, 2015 10:28 am

Sony has already said that it wants to lead the smartphone camera sensor market, with the Japanese giant pulling out of most of its other markets, apart from camera sensors and the PlayStation brand.

 

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Now the company is looking to push out new shares, with the new shares to raise the equivalent to 10% of what Sony is worth. With Sony worth around $40 billion, the company will be raising $4 billion, all of which it's going to invest in camera sensors. Sony said in a statement: "In addition to securing funds for active and concentrated investment in businesses that are driving growth. Sony ... aims to secure its ability to make future further investment".

 

Chief Portfolio Manager Common Assset Management, Takatoshi Itoshima, said: "It's positive that it is investing in the sensor business which is seen promising. But short-term investors may question the strength of its balance sheet, or wonder whether the company could've slashed more of its businesses before raising money from the market".

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