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Spielberg predicts the demise of superhero movies

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Sep 7, 2015 5:32 am

There's few Hollywood directors alive today with the track-record and judgment that surpasses the legendary Steven Spielberg - so when he speaks, many listen. Now, he's signaled the end of popularity of the current Hollywood superhero trend.




Speaking to The Associated Press ahead of the release of his first feature film in three years; the cold war thriller 'Bridge of Spies', Spielberg puts it bluntly. "We were around when the Western died and there will be a time when the superhero movie goes the way of the Western. It doesn't mean there won't be another occasion where the Western comes back and the superhero movie someday returns. Of course, right now the superhero movie is alive and thriving. I'm only saying that these cycles have a finite time in popular culture. There will come a day when the mythological stories are supplanted by some other genre that possibly some young filmmaker is just thinking about discovering for all of us."


2016 sees a glut of some eight big-budget superhero films including 'Captain America: Civil War', 'Doctor Strange', 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice', 'Deadpool' and 'Gambit'.


Starring Tom Hanks in his fourth collaboration with Spielberg, "Bridge of Spies" opens in the United States on October 16th.

'Force Awakens' actor blasts 'ludicrous' secrecy

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Sep 7, 2015 5:12 am

Actor Anthony Daniels, the man who bought C-3PO to life in all six 'Star Wars' films has blasted the next entry in the franchise for its slavish occupation with secrecy. Speaking to The Guardian ahead of the release of the seventh 'Star Wars' film; the upcoming 'Force Awakens'.




"The secrecy has been beyond ludicrous.. For heaven's sake, it's a movie. When I got the script, it was typed in black on paper of the deepest red so you couldn't photocopy it. I got a hangover just reading it." Andrews continues, relaying a social media faux-pas which bristled representatives from new franchise owners Disney. "I said that I'd met so-and-so. An actor who plays a ... thing in the film. A character. Immediately I received a message from Disney: 'Remove the tweet! You're not allowed to say that!' Honestly. It's a kind of Kremlin attitude. Look, I know perfectly well not to tell you now what I'm giving you for a Christmas present because it would spoil the surprise. And these films are all about opening the box on Christmas Day."


'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' hits cinemas worldwide in 2D, 3D and IMAX screens starting from December 17th, 2015.

North Carolina ISP offers 10Gbps Internet service for $400 per month

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Sep 7, 2015 4:04 am

An ISP based out of North Carolina is offering residents an insane 10Gbps fiber service, to both businesses and residents. Fibrant, which has deployed fiber throughout Salisbury, NC, "was created five years ago after city officials were unable to persuade private ISPs to upgrade their infrastructure", reports Ars Technica.




Fibrant officials don't expect much demand from residents for the 10Gbps bi-directional fiber, as the huge speeds are targeting businesses in and around the city. The 10Gbps service is now "available to every premises in the city", including all homes. Residents can expect to pay around $400 for the 10Gbps connection, which isn't too bad at all.


Robert Van Geons, Head of the County's Economic Development Commission said: "We don't want to oversell customers and have you paying for a 10Gbps service when you're using 100Mbps", while Fibrant Director of Broadband and Infrastructure Kent Winrich adding: "To be honest with you, we're not anticipating residents taking 10Gbps service. The reason for 10 gig is economic development... This is really geared toward attracting businesses that need this type of bandwidth and have it anywhere they want in the city".

Toshiba unveils a super-thin 4K-capable convertible laptop at IFA

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Sep 7, 2015 2:00 am

We have seen some super exciting devices unveiled at IFA this year, with Toshiba rolling out a new 4K-capable laptop. Toshiba's new kit features a 12.5-inch display, with the Satellite Radius 12 featuring Intel's latest and greatest Skylake-powered Core processors.




Toshiba's new Satellite Radius 12 is just 0.6 inches (1.52cm) thick, and weighs just 2.9 pounds (1.31kg). This might not sounds like much, but when it packs a 4K-capable display, it should give you a smile. Toshiba has donned the new laptop with a brushed metal finish, with Engadget reporting that the feel of the laptop itself is a "prosumer-grade, professional-caliber device".


This machine is made for graphics work, where there's Technicolor-endorsed color-calibration to make sure your colors are near perfect. Inside, we have the aforementioned new Skylake-based Core processor, 8GB of RAM and at least 256GB of storage. If you don't want the 4K display, you can opt down for the 1080p display which should save some of those precious dollars off.


We also have Harman Kardon speakers, USB 3.1 and USB 3.0 ports, and it'll be made available with an infrared camera combination that will allow for facial recognition log-in.

Biggest 2015 box office failures revealed

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Sep 7, 2015 1:30 am

There were some great winners at the 2015 box office, with four films grossing over a billion dollars, including 'Jurassic World', 'Furious 7', 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'. But which films didn't make back enough bank? The Hollywood Reporter has tallied up the five biggest failures and they might surprise you.




Disney's 'Tomorrowland' is the number one failure, which looks like it will create a loss for the house of mouse to the tune of $120-$150 million, followed by 20th Century Fox's 'Fantastic Four' which didn't do so fantastically and which will cost the company between $80 and $100 million.


Sony's video game blowout 'Pixels' didn't entertain many, and will bathe in $75 million in losses, while the fun 'Man From U.N.C.L.E.' and 'Aloha' will generate $80 and $65 million in losses respectively.

This mod will unlock the 60FPS cap on Metal Gear Solid V's frame rate

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 7, 2015 12:01 am

Now that Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is out, some gamers are noticing that there's a 60FPS frame rate cap. While 60FPS is still a great achievement, especially in the age of 'next-gen' consoles, there are a plethora of 120Hz and 144Hz monitors that gamers want to see fully utilized.




Thanks to the users of the NeoGAF forums, with user 'Alo81', who has provided a guide on how to unlock the framerate on MGS V: The Phantom Pain. First you'll need this file, then to follow these instructions:


  • Navigate to your "SteamsteamappscommonMGS_TPPmaster" fodler
  • Extract this archive in there, so you should see two new subfolders: "Assets" and "QAR Tool"
  • Backup the file named chunk0.dat as it will be overriden
  • Open the "QAR Tool" folder in a new window (by the way, QAR Tool is from
  • Drag and Drop "chunk0.dat" over "MGSV_QAR_Tool.exe" to extract the contents from chunk0.dat.
  • Now you should have a new subfolder named "chunk0" as well as a new file "chunk0.inf"
  • Drag and drop the "Assets" folder from step 2 inside the new "chunk0" folder. It should ask you to merge folders and override one file, namely "plparts_mgs1.fpk". Hit "yes" to everything
  • Last step: Drag and drop "chunk0.inf" (INF, not .dat) over "MGSV_QAR_Tool.exe" to repack the contents. This will recreate a new chunk0.dat and should take around 1 minute]

Acer teases new 4K monitor with 75Hz refresh rate and NVIDIA's G-Sync

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Sep 6, 2015 9:57 pm

Acer didn't just unveil a new 35-inch 21:9 monitor with a 200Hz refresh rate, it also showed off a new 27-inch 4K monitor, too. Acer's new XB271HK will succeed the XB270HK, with the same 27-inch display size and 4K resolution, but bumps the specs up inside of the panel.




The new XB271HK is part of Acer's Predator XB1 lineup of monitors, featuring a ZeroFrame edge-to-edge design backed up by a 4K, IPS-based panel. It supports 100% of the sRGB color gamut for great color reproduction, but where the new XB271HK takes the cake from its predecessor is that it pumps out 4K at up to 75Hz with NVIDIA's G-Sync.


Acer's XB270HK had the same 4K resolution and G-Sync technology but was only capable of 60Hz, and while 75Hz doesn't sound like much, with G-Sync it's going to feel like quite the jump in refresh rate smoothness for gamers.


The new Predator XB1 series, including the XB271HK, will start from $799 and be available in the United States starting next month.

Acer's new 35-inch 21:9 monitor supports 'overclocking' to 200Hz

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Sep 6, 2015 11:12 am

Acer didn't let ASUS have all the new monitor fun at IFA 2015 this year, with Acer unveiling a slew of new screens that we reported on a few days ago. But here we're going to go into a bit more detail on the Predator Z35.




The new Predator Z35 is the first of Acer's new Predator Z Series of curved gaming monitors that is powered by NVIDIA's G-Sync technology. The Predator Z35 is a huge 35-inch 21:9 UltraWide monitor with a resolution of 2560x1080, so while it's disappointing that we don't have 3440x1440 here, it makes up for that with its refresh rate.


Acer has somehow provided 'overclocking' support of its new 21:9 monitor, where gamers can crank the refresh rate on the Predator Z35 all the way up to 200Hz. It sounds insane, and this is something we simply can't wait to try out for ourselves. The Acer Predator Z35 will cost $1199, and be available in the United States in December.

Samsung teases DDR4 RAM at 6.4GHz for 2020 with 51.2GB/sec bandwidth

By: Derek Strickland | More News: RAM | Posted: Sep 6, 2015 10:33 am

Samsung is already planning on the next memory grade beyond DDR4 and projects that it will be able to hit 32GB with base speeds of 6.4GHz by 2020.




With the mainstream adoption of DDR4 RAM fast approaching on the horizon, industry movers like Samsung are beginning to lay out the building blocks for the next memory standard. As technology continues to evolve at a blistering pace Samsung projects that the new SDRAM grade will manifest within the next five years and that prototypes will be unveiled as early as 2018.


At IDF 2015, Samsung laid out targeted performance values for the post-DDR4 solution. The findings project that next-gen DRAM should be able to hit speeds of up to 6.4Gb/s with a total memory bandwidth of up to 51.2GB/s. A sub-10nm form factor has been targeted for the memory IC.

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How do you stop the train in single player GTA V? You Don't

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 6, 2015 9:23 am

This lengthy but well produced YouTube video depicts one gamer's personal plight to achieve what no one has done before - stop the train from gallivanting through the hills in GTA V.



As you may have realized by the summary or through watching the video already, this brave pioneer is unsuccessful. No tank, aircraft, truck or bus is able to stop the train progressing onward, often resulting in the models bugging out as they try to clear the way, slipping and sliding through others - even popping out and soaring off a cliff.


Think you can do any better? We'd love to hear from you then - send us in a video and we'll post it if your method works.

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