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Fallout 4 tutorial: How to shrink yourself or become a giant

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 17, 2016 7:25 pm

Fallout 4's console commands are tons of fun. In the past, we've shown you how to make your own epic wide-scale Fallout 4 battles like you see on Cosmic Contrian's YouTube channel, and now we've discovered another awesome tidbit: how to shrink or gigantify your character.



Fallout 4's "setscale" console command arms you with your very own shrinking ray. Now you can experience the glee in making anything--or anyone--the size of a toy. Want your very own collection of cute robots? Zap 'em down to scale! Tired of Preston Garvey bothering you every two seconds? Make him into a miniature and you won't even see him. Conversely, you can also blow things up to epic giant-sized proportions, including NPCs, enemies, and even yourself. That's right, you can shrink and even gigantify yourself.


The best part about using the "setscale" command on yourself is that your HUD scales with your size. This means you'll actually see through the eyes of a hulking city-smashing, Godzilla-sized monster, or run around like a shrunken casualty from Honey I Shrunk the Kids. This feature has so much potential--you can zap the entire town of Diamond City and make them ultra tiny, or play the game as a mini-mouse hero. You could even replicate Super Mario Bros. 3 style platforming action by making your own levels, especially with the new Wasteland Workshop traps.

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Intel reportedly preparing for thousands of fresh layoffs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 17, 2016 6:24 am

While Intel is shrinking down to 14nm right now, it is reportedly looking to shrink down its job numbers, with a new "significant round of job across across business units this spring", reports Oregon Live.




At the end of 2015, Intel had 107,000 employees worldwide, with its Oregon-based operations including 19,500 employees. The new cutbacks will reportedly reduce employment in some parts of Intel's business by double-digit percentages, which will result in thousands of job cuts by the end of 2016. We could expect the announcement soon after Intel reports its Q1 financial results on Thursday.


Last year, Intel sliced up 1,100 jobs - but these fresh job cuts will reportedly be even more severe. The company is still insanely profitable, with gross profit margins higher than 60%. Even this year, Intel's forecast sales growth is somewhere higher than 5%, but the job cuts are still reportedly on their way.

PlayStation VR will be showcased in retail stores starting in June

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Apr 17, 2016 4:32 am

VR is a hard sell to anyone who has never tried it - imagine being told what music sounds like, without ever listening to it. Yeah, I thought so. Well, Sony will begin pushing its PlayStation VR system into retail stores in June, so that consumers and gamers can begin trying it out.




GameStop has announced that they will be hosting demo stations for the HTC Vive at some of its stores, and now added to that news with PlayStation VR units hitting some of their stores in June. Sony Interactive Entertainment VP of Marketing, John Koller, told GameStop executives and investors that Sony plans to give consumers over 500,000 in-store demos across retailers between June and December.


We don't know how many GameStop locations will have PlayStation VR, but there should be a fair amount of places with PSVR in the coming months. GameStop CEO Paul Raines added: "We've played all the VR that's come through our office, and the setup time for PlayStation VR is significantly easier and the space required to demo is small, so I expect we'll have a lot of demos in stores, unlike the Oculus or HTC".

Canadian PM explains quantum computing to a reporter, like a boss

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Super Computing | Posted: Apr 17, 2016 2:35 am

From now on, don't mess with Canadian PM Justin Trudeau - he's a total boss in his knowledge about quantum computing - smacking down a "sassy reporter" who didn't expect Trudeau to know much about quantum computing.




Well, he's actually quite knowledgeable when it comes to quantum computing, answering the reporter's question of "I was going to ask you to explain quantum computing, but...". Trudeau was quick off the mark, replying with: "Very simple: normal computers work by...".


The crowd laughed, interrupting him briefly, but then he continued with a brief explanation of quantum computing - explaining more about the subject than the reporter thought he'd know on the subject.

DOOM has 'trademark id Tech texture streaming issue' on consoles

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 16, 2016 11:58 pm

The open beta of DOOM is finally here, with various publications running their tests, including GamingBolt. The site reports that the PS4 version of DOOM runs at a dynamic resolution of 1600x1080 to 1920x1080, while the Xbox One varies from the super-low 1350x1080 to 1920x1080.



The one good thing that the console versions of DOOM have going for it, is that they both run at 60FPS, with the PS4 version managing to "hold a stable 60FPS" most of the time. GamingBolt reports that it "definitely drops" below 60FPS, but "compared to the Xbox One, it's far more stable".


Both versions of DOOM on the consoles suffer from screen tearing, which happens when the id Tech engine runs out of resources required to hit the constant 60FPS mark. GamingBolt reports that "it isn't as bad as RAGE", but it can "definitely be noticed on the console versions".

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Verizon reportedly working on a next-gen set-top box with Intel tech

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 16, 2016 11:46 pm

It looks like Verizon is preparing a new set-top box based on Intel technology, something it acquired a few years ago.




Intel sold its Internet television project to Verizon a few years ago for a rumored $500 million, but nothing much came of it - so the new rumors from Variety are pointing to the new STB from Verizon to launch with their Fios markets by the end of 2016.


Variety reports that Verizon filed documents with the FCC earlier in the week, looking for approval on a new "video set-top box". The purported set-top box is codenamed Mallard, and is considered the crowl jewel in Verizon's upcoming service. It will reportedly offer a new UI that won't look like the current Fios TV service, with the company reportedly starting work on the project before it acquired Intel's TV technology.

DOOM will have an unlocked frame rate on PC

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 16, 2016 10:21 pm

With DOOM's open multplayer beta in full swing, id Software today announced that the upcoming shooter will have an unlocked frame rate on PC.




"Happy that we announced FPS unlock officially - code team been working hard on eradicating that for #PCMASTERRACE <3," id Software's Tiago Sousa wrote on Twitter, confirming that the studio's new OpenGL/Vulkan-powered id Tech 6 game engine will enable frame rate unlocking on all the games it powers, including DOOM.


id Software originally planned to hit 1080p 60FPS across all platforms, and based on this new announcement, it looks like the team was able to hit their goal. As far as a technical perspective, early DOOM benchmarks saw AMD's Radeon cards smash NVIDIA's GTX lineup in 1080p, 1440p and 4K.

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Nintendo's next-gen console rumored to use 14nm Polaris GPU from AMD

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Apr 16, 2016 9:31 am

We only recently reported that Nintendo's next-gen console would be faster than the PS4 by a 'noticeable amount', but what APU or GPU would be powering the NX console? An AMD chip, of course.




AMD is powering all of the consoles right now, with APUs inside of the PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Wii U. The next-gen Nintendo NX console being powered by an APU or GPU from AMD comes as no surprise, but it'll be interesting if it's powered by their next-gen 14nm Polaris architecture.


During the RTG event in Sonoma late last year, I actually asked AMD that question - whether their new GPU would power any next-gen consoles. AMD said they couldn't elaborate, but it makes sense. 14nm provides a cooler operating system, with an improved punch in performance, and less power draw - another notch on the belt of reduced heat, and noise.

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iPhone sales expected to experience their first-ever decline this year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 16, 2016 6:22 am

If there's one thing that Apple has done better than every other smartphone company, is that their iPhone sales have increased year-over-year... forever - until now, that is.




It's expected that 2016 will be the first year that iPhone sales will experience a decline, with Tom Cook even teasing this during Apple's earnings conference call earlier this year. Cook said: "We do think iPhone units will decline in the quarter. We don't think that they will decline to the levels you'll talk about. We aren't going to project beyond the upcoming quarter".


A new report from Nikkei suggests that the iPhone sales slump might hurt sales during the current June quarter, too. Nikkei reported: "Slow sales of the flagship iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, which debuted last autumn, have forced Apple to adjust inventories. It lowered production for the January-March quarter by about 30% from the year-earlier period. With sales still sluggish, the U.S. company has told parts suppliers in Japan and elsewhere that it will maintain the reduced output level in the current quarter".

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Intel unveils its new Apollo Lake platform, built on 14nm technology

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Apr 16, 2016 4:14 am

Intel has officially unveiled its new Apollo Lake platform, which is the next-generation family of Atom-based notebook SoCs. Apollo Lake uses a new x86 microarchitecture, as well as a new generation graphics core that will provide more performance.




The new Apollo Lake family is set to take on the affordable all-in-ones, mini PCs, hybrid devices, notebooks and even tablet PCs when it launches in the second half of this year. Apollo Lake is built on the new Atom-based x86 microarchitecture known as Goldmont, with a new graphics core that includes Intel's impressive 9th-generation architecture that is found in the current Skylake processors.


The new Apollo Lake family includes support for dual-channel DDR4, DD3L, and LPDDR3/4 memory which allows PC makers to make devices with all sorts of form factors, thanks to the impressive memory support. We also have support for the usual SATA drives, PCIe x4 drives and eMMC 5.0 - USB Type-C support is also included, as well as various wireless technologies.

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