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Iron Man joins 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' cast

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Apr 22, 2016 6:01 am

Following the agreement struck last year between Disney and Sony Pictures which sees Spider-Man join the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the first time in 'Captain America: Civil War', the studios have announced that a surprise star will repay the favor and join the cast of next year's 'Spider-Man: Homecoming'.




According to The Hollywood Reporter, Robert Downey Jr. is set to reprise his role as Iron Man for a seventh time in the upcoming Spider-Man reboot which stars Tom Holland as a younger Peter Parker. Marisa Tomei has also signed on to play Aunt May.


'Spider-Man: Homecoming' hits 2D, 3D and IMAX cinemas worldwide next July.

AMD teases existence of next-gen Xbox console, and new PlayStation

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Apr 22, 2016 5:53 am

AMD has just talked about its recent earnings with investors, where the chipmaker teased the existence of the next-gen Xbox, as well as the upcoming beefier PlayStation 'Neo' console from Sony - oh, and the next-gen Nintendo NX console. AMD is everywhere when it comes to custom chips powering next-gen consoles.




Lisa Su, the CEO of AMD, said during the earnings call that the semi-custom contract wins were in the gaming sector. Su continued, saying that "semi-custom business and gaming" will be the "larger driver" of Q2's revenue growth. She told reporters: "If you think about the semi-custom business in the past few years, the third quarter is always the peak. It will be the peak this year, as well, but we're starting some of the ramping in the second quarter as we build to the stronger third quarter".


Now, ramping up in Q2 for a stronger Q3 could mean that we see next-gen consoles revealed at E3 2016 (which takes place in late Q2) while the release of these consoles would happen in the holidays - closer to Q3. Su was asked who was purchasing the semi-custom designs, to which she said: "I don't believe we've gone through any detail about what those wins are. I'd prefer to let that come out as our customers are ready to launch".

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EA DICE delays Mirror's Edge Catalyst yet again, releases on June 7

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 22, 2016 4:46 am

Here we go again... EA DICE have just announced they've delayed Mirror's Edge Catalyst, again. This is the third delay, with the original launch of February 23 being pushed back to May 24, and now again to June 7.



Mirror's Edge Catalyst will now be released in the US on June 7 and throughout Europe two days later on June 9. The developer is about to kick off the closed beta for Mirror's Edge Catalyst, where the company will test out the game's new online-connected "social play" features. The new social play features include time trials and leaderboards, with EA DICE adding that it has developed "brand new online technology" in order to support them. Maybe it's so new, it explains why the game has been delayed.


Design Director on Mirror's Edge: Catalyst, Erik Odelhaul, explained on the game's website: "We also want to make sure we have the opportunity and time to address player feedback from the Closed Beta. We're confident that these extra two weeks will make sure the game is as amazing as possible for you the players".

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AMD's next-gen GPU spotted, powered by GCN 4.0 - but is it Vega 10?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Apr 22, 2016 3:34 am

It looks like AMD's next-gen Polaris flagship GPU has been spotted again, with the mysterious 'C99' receiving its RRA certification. This certification puts it on a path towards being consumer ready, which is exciting. These numbers might not look like much, but the nomenclature is used for test boards. All of the boards start with the letter C, with the number proceeding the letter C being the generation of video card. For example:




  • Hawaii XT had the C67101 code name
  • Tonga had the C76501 code name
  • Fiji XT had the C88001 code name


This means that Polaris-based boards, alongside other GCN 4.0-based, should have the C9XXXX nomenclature. The Baffin XT-based GPU that was on Zauba recently had the C98101 codename, which tells us it's a Polaris-based product. But now the C99305, C99304, C99303, and C99302 have been spotted getting their RRA certification, back on April 8.


The RRA certification is South Korea's National Radio Research Agency, with any silicon-based electronic needing this certification before it can be a consumer product. The certification doubles as a final stage of design of the GPU, as no more changes can be made after the RRA certification has been approved.


What makes this new entry interesting, is that there's also the C99398 board - which could be a higher-end Polaris 10 offering or even our first tease of Vega 10. Vega will be powered by HBM2, which is something that won't grace Polaris. We don't know much more than this, but as soon as more news is here, you can be sure we'll be all over it.

PlayStation Network accounts getting two-factor authentication

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 22, 2016 2:28 am

Sony's PlayStation Network is getting a much-needed security overhaul by adding in two-factor authentication for all PSN accounts.




PlayStation Network accounts are notoriously easy to hack, leading to ridiculous unauthorized charges on PSN accounts. In an attempt to thwart this, Sony plans to add two-step authentication to all PSN accounts in the future. "In order to further safeguard our users and their accounts, we are preparing to offer a 2-step verification feature," a Sony rep to Polygon.


Two-step authentication requires users to submit two separate pieces of data to access an account, effectively adding another security barrier. Soon users will have to enter more than just a password to log into the PlayStation Network. We don't know exactly when Sony will add in this extra security feature, with the rep saying that "more details will be shared at a later date."

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Nintendo's Miitomo app collects more data than Facebook

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 22, 2016 1:32 am

Nintendo's new Miitomo smartphone game is collecting more data than Facebook, making it an extremely valuable tool for the Japanese gaming giant.




In this day and age consumers find data collection quite worrisome, especially with big companies like Facebook soaking up so much valuable user info. But Nintendo's new Miitomo app has managed to trounce Facebook's data collection after being on the market for only three weeks. The trick is that Nintendo has made sharing personal information into a game, creating a colorful and fun environment where friends can learn more about each other.


Miitomo rewards players with in-game currency for answering basic questions about their personalities, favorite foods, songs, television shows and much more. In this way, Nintendo offers incentives to users to actively participate in sharing their personal data--much of which could steadily feed Nintendo possibly invaluable user info. The most surprising part, though, is that Miitomo just asks for the data using cute miniature Mii characters. I think it's all about the presentation and execution, and Nintendo adds a personality and a face to its agency of data-collection, rather than a boring survey.

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Cherry Speed switches said to be great for typists, gamers

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Apr 22, 2016 1:02 am

After seeing competition from Logitech and Das recently, Cherry is upping its game with new mechanical keyboard switches. Dubbed Cherry MX Speed Silver, the new tech is 40 percent faster than Red actuation point-wise and is aimed at those who do lots of typing as well as gamers.



Silvers are Corsair exclusive for six months, so if you want them as soon as possible, you'll have to pick up the K70 RGB Rapidfire ($169.99), K65 RGB Rapidfire ($139.99), or the K70 Rapidfire ($129.99).

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Tesla Model X owners locked out of cars due to glitch

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Apr 22, 2016 12:18 am

After recalling nearly all of its Model X vehicles over a rear seat safety issue recently, owners of the same vehicle are reporting glitches that could pose a serious safety threat. Among them: being locked out of the vehicle, doors failing to close, open, or sense objects to prevent hitting them, and light distortion caused by the curved windscreen, thus harming depth perception.




Tesla assures the recall and its current response to the situation is not an admission of mass failure, simply that it takes such issues seriously.


"While we have seen some issues with early Model X builds, the issues are not widespread, and we are working closely with each owner to respond quickly and proactively to address any problems," said a company spokesperon. "We will continue to do so until each customer is fully satisfied. This commitment is one of the reasons why 98% of our customers say they will buy another Tesla as their next car."

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Sony's PlayStation Neo won't have exclusive games, shares PS4 library

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Apr 21, 2016 11:51 pm

Rather than have its own exclusive games library, Sony's new PlayStation Neo (PS4.5/PS4K) will instead use regular PlayStation 4 games and upscale them to 4K.




Instead of moving on to the PlayStation 5, reports indicate that Sony will change the console cycle with a mid-cycle PS4 upgrade called the PlayStation Neo. The PS4 Neo won't be replacing existing PS4s, and will instead co-exist with the console and share a unified library of games that can be traded back and forth. The trick is that every PS4 game will have to support the PS4 Neo's new features, including 1080p to 4K upscaling functionality as well as increased frame-rate performance.


The way it'll work is that every PlayStation 4 game released after October 2016 will have two versions: a "Base Mode" for play on the regular PS4, and a "Neo Mode". Neo Mode allows developers to leverage the console's upgraded hardware to push 1080p 60FPS and upscale to 4K. All in-game content will be the same across PS4 Neo and PS4. All existing PS4 games will be compatible and playable on the PS4 Neo. Existing PS4's will only play games in Base Mode.

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Mcdonalds is born in 'The Founder' first trailer

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Apr 21, 2016 11:51 pm

There are very few spots on the world that remained untouched by the golden arches, but how did the company grow to be the fourth biggest employer across the world? That's the story behind 'The Founder', which has just released its first trailer.



Starring Michael Keaton as down-and-out businessman Ray Kroc who grew to eventually wrestle control of the company from two naive businessman brothers, before turning it into a multibillion-dollar global empire. Co-starring Nick Offerman, Linda Cardellini, Laura Dern, BJ Novak and John Carroll Lynch, the film is no doubt sure to raise the ire of McDonalds, as it so eagerly challenges the rose-tinted story of its creation.


'The Founder' hits cinemas in August.

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