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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti will arrive with 6GB of VRAM

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Apr 30, 2015 12:08 pm

We've known about the GeForce GTX 980 Ti for a while now, but VideoCardz.com is reporting that the upcoming Maxwell-powered card will definitely feature 6GB of VRAM, half that of the GeForce GTX Titan X.

 

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NVIDIA will be making the GeForce GTX 980 Ti very different from its bigger brother in the Titan X in one very big way: allowing AIBs to slap custom coolers on their GTX 980 Ti cards. This means we can expect everything from reference to watercooled and fan-cooled models, as well as heavily overclocked models, too.

 

VideoCardz.com has also confirmed that the GTX 980 Ti will feature the usual Maxwell display outputs: three DisplayPort, one HDMI and one DVI-I. The GTX 980 Ti will be powered by the GM200-310 GPU, but we don't know how that differs from the GM200-400 GPU, so we'll find out in the near future. NVIDIA will be using the GeForce GTX 980 Ti to battle the Fiji-based Radeon R9 390X from AMD, which should be launching in the next couple of weeks, rocking its own surprises.

Wolfenstein: The Old Blood requires 4GB of RAM, 38GB of HDD space

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 30, 2015 11:39 am

Bethesda has announced the PC requirements for Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, which won't require gamers to have a super high-end PC to play their latest first-person shooter. The minimum requirements are:

 

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So you'll need 4GB of RAM and 38GB HDD space minimum, with the recommended 8GB of RAM not being too high these days. Especially with its predecessor requiring 50GB of HDD space. The studio recommends 3GB of VRAM on either an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 or AMD Radeon R9 280, which is quite conservative.

 

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Bethesda is also reiterating that you won't require Wolfenstein: The New Order to play The Old Blood, as it is a standalone product. Wolfenstein: The Old Blood launches on May 5 across the world for Xbox One, PS4 and PC. The game has already started pre-loading on the Xbox One, with pre-loading to begin on May 1 for the PC, and May 3 for the PS4.

Batman: Arkham Knight DLC includes super villains, and much more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 30, 2015 10:39 am

Rocksteady Studios is pushing into the marketing campaign of Batman: Arkham Knight before its launch, with the announcement of the Season Pass for the game.

 

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Batman: Arkham Knight's Season Pass will include the DLCs that will roll out after the first six months of release, giving gamers story missions, super villains and more. The Season Pass itself will cost $39.99, but the Premium Edition of Batman: Arkham Knight can be purchased for a total of $99.

 

The super villains invading Gotham sounds like it could be fun, but there will be "legendary Batmobile skins, advanced challenge maps, alternative character skins, and new driveable race tracks".

Samsung's Galaxy Note 5 reportedly codenamed 'Project Noble'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 30, 2015 9:34 am

Samsung has had quite the launch with the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge now in consumers hands, but the Galaxy Note 5 isn't here yet and its leaky ship of rumors is beginning to spill.

 

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Project Noble is the codename of Samsung's phablet, which is rumored to feature a 4K display, up from the 1440p panel found in both the new Galaxy S6, S6 edge and the current Galaxy Note 4 handsets. But the exciting news here is that Samsung is cramming in a new processor into not just the Galaxy Note 5, but a new variant of the Galaxy S6, which comes as model number SM-G928.

 

Both of these smartphones will rock Samsung's custom processor, the Exynos M1, but with news that the Exynos M1 would find its way into the Galaxy S7, it would be surprising to see Samsung use it early. We would guess that Samsung would save that for the Galaxy S7, since the 8-core processor found in the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge is far more than enough right now.

Oculus Rift CV1 will feature integrated DAC, headphone port, and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Apr 30, 2015 8:38 am

We still don't know if the Oculus Rift will be launching this year, or if it does launch we could face low units, but when CV1 (Consumer Version 1) launches, we should expect something magical.

 

 

According to Sean Halloran, or @Comic_Seans on Twitter, a game and software developer at Myomo, in Cambridge, MA - the Oculus Rift CV1 will feature an integrated DAC and built-in headphone port. He noticed the details in the documentation of the Oculus Audio SDK, which has now all but confirmed the use of the integrated DAC and headphone port.

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CurrentC forces out CEO following Best Buy's support of Apple Pay

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 30, 2015 7:15 am

Dekkers Davidson, former CEO of the Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX), has been forced out following news that partner company Best Buy is supporting Apple Pay. MCX hasn't even released the CurrentC mobile payment flagship service, but things seem tense among senior leadership - and Brian Mooney has been selected as interim CEO.

 

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This is a frightening issue for CurrentC, as it appears to be losing control of the mobile payment system before a launch even happens.

 

"CurrentC appears to be clutching at straws," said Jordan McKee, senior mobile payments analyst at 451 Research, in a statement published by the San Francisco Chronicle. "There's a lot of internal conflict and turmoil on how CurrentC should look when it's deployed. It's a difficult time for them right now."

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Secret founder pulls plug on anonymous mobile communications app

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Apps | Posted: Apr 30, 2015 6:10 am

Social chat app Secret is closing, with operations winding down in the next few weeks. The app was used by more than 15 million people and allowed for open communication with a certain level of anonymity that is unavailable on other social networking sites.

 

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"After a lot of thought and consultation with our board, I've decided to shut down Secret," said David Byttow, co-founder of Secret, in a blog post. "This has been the hardest decision of my life and one that saddens me deeply. Unfortunately, Secret does not represent the vision I had when starting the company, so I believe it's the right decision for myself, our investors and our team."

 

Byttow says most of the team has moved on already, and he will help remaining staff find new opportunities elsewhere. The company helped raise $35 million after three successful rounds of venture capitalist funding, with Secret once valued close to $100 million.

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Stanford researchers create robot able to drag 2,000 times its weight

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Apr 30, 2015 5:50 am

Researchers from Stanford University will demonstrate a unique tiny robot that is able to drag an object up to 2,000 times heavier than itself. The "MicroTug" robots were inspired by the anatomical design of geckos and ants, which are able to carry large amounts of weight - and travel in unique manners.

 

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A separate robot is able to carry up to 100 times its body weight, using feet with tiny rubber spikes that can physically bend under pressure.

 

The actual design of the robots is simple, with a processor, motor, battery, wheels, adhesive layer and winch used to make up the powerful MicroTugs.

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President Obama appreciates Japan for anime, emoji's and manga

By: Chris Smith | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 30, 2015 5:25 am

What anime do you think President Obama might like the most? In a video posted by Mashable, the big-wig was seen conducting a speech thanking Japanese people for things that he appreciates.

 

 

Alongside mentioning anime, karate and manga was the commonly-used trend of emoji's was touched upon - nothing about the eggplant though.

 

This lighthearted speech was designed in order to help solidify the political relationship between Japan and America, however we're just here wondering if he likes Sailor Moon or Dragon Ball Z.

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