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Rainbow Six: Siege will probably have microtransactions

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 22, 2015 11:10 pm

It looks like Ubisoft's latest Rainbow Six shooter will continue the awkward trend that the games industry is moving toward, specifically the FPS genre. Rainbow Six: Siege might have microtransactions despite being a full-priced AAA game--a move we expect to see in F2P shooters.



Rainbow Six Animation Director Scott Mitchell hinted at the the news in a recent interview with Angry Joe, letting slip that Ubisoft's tactical shooter will leverage microtransactions in the form of "Rainbow Credits". "So the in-game currency is called Renowned, but we also have Rainbow Credits that can go towards unlocking things," Mitchell said, then asked an off-screen Ubisoft PR rep if he could talk more about the credits. The rep responded with a curt "no".


Renowned is the game's unlockable progression system, and Mitchell describes it as "essentially an in-game currency that you can use to buy skins, operators and weapons". Angry Joe caught the slip and pounced on it, trying to glean more info, but none was offered. Then he went on to ask if at any point gamers would be able to spend real money to buy Renowned or items, and Mitchell responded with a telling "we'll actually be going into this later with the DLC plan and all that kind of stuff very very soon."

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Edge add-on support delayed to 2016

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Oct 22, 2015 10:15 pm

Microsoft's Edge browser has a lot going for it, but it is missing a component many consider key to the modern browser: add-ons (or extensions, plugins -- whatever you want to call them). It's been stated support for them would come in 2015, but that's now officially been delayed to next year.




Today Microsoft released this statement on the matter: "We're committed to providing customers with a personalized web experience, which is why bringing extensions to Microsoft Edge continues to be a high priority. We're actively working to develop a secure extension model to make the safest and most reliable browser for our customers, and look forward to sharing more in a future Windows 10 update in 2016."


Edge, like every other browser, hasn't seen much use compared to the ever-dominant Chrome. This delay, necessary though it may be, further hurts Edge's chance of becoming a significant force in the crowded browser market. On the bright side, Insiders will get to try out add-ons before they go public, though when exactly is not yet known.

Next major Windows 10 update hitting early November

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Oct 22, 2015 9:28 pm

Those preview builds we've been reporting on in recent weeks will roll out to the public in early November, Microsoft says.




Among the changes and additions:


  • darker title bars
  • smaller context menus for mouse usage
  • improved Media Creation Tool
  • Cortana improvements (including text from PC)
  • Edge improvements (Tab Preview and Favourites and Reading list items syncing, among others)
  • extra column of live tiles on the Start menu
  • native Skype calling and messaging


These were all intended to make it into the launch version of Windows 10, so when the update hits, you can rest easy knowing you have the version of of the operating system its designers wanted you to have.

AMD Embedded R-Series SOC processors first to support DDR4

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Oct 22, 2015 8:23 pm

AMD has a new Embedded single-chip system-on-chip (SOC) processor family on the scene with its new R-Series. It's aimed at the high-end market, and packs its latest 64-bit CPU core "Excavator", as well as a third-gen GCN GPU architecture. It's also the first of its kind to support dual-channel 64-bit DDR4 (with speeds as high as DDR4-2400; DDR3 is also supported with speeds up to 2133).




On the graphics and video front, the R-Series supports High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC)1 for full 4K decode and DirectX 12; the specifications note up to eight compute units and two rendering blocks and GPU clock speeds up to 800MHz resulting in 819 GFLOPS. The company claims 22 percent better performance over the 2nd Generation AMD Embedded R-Series APU2 and 58 percent better performance over the Intel Broadwell Core i7 in graphics-intensive benches.


As for efficiency, AMD boasts full HSA implementation and hUMA utilization for what they feel results in great CPU, GPU, and memory performance. Additionally, thermal design power is configurable, and power usage is said to be reduced 35 percent compared to the 2nd Generation AMD Embedded R-Series APU.

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BlackBerry Priv listed for $749, full specs and launch date leaked

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 22, 2015 7:27 pm

We've known that BlackBerry's new Android smartphone is a premium handset for quite some time--BB's CEO John Chen reminds us that PRIVacy brings a sense of PRIViledge--but up until now we haven't had any indication on the company's definition of premium when it comes to cost. Now recent reports indicate that the Priv could cost as much as $749 in the U.S.




Up until now the company has left us in the dark concerning the key details of the hybrid-OS Priv smartphone. but a member of the Crackberry Forums has found what looks to be specifications, launch date, and pricing for the BlackBerry phone.


BlackBerry's own website is the apparent source of the info, revealing that the Priv will supposedly launch on November 16, 2015 for a price of $749. Key specs include a curved 5.43" display with 2560 x 1440 resolution and 540 DPI, 3GB RAM, a Snapdragon 808 hexa-core 64-bit processor, an Adreno 418 GPU clocked at 600MHz, and 32GB onboard memory. Camera solutions include an 18MP Auto-Focus rear-facing camera that can record 4k video at 30 fps and 1080p HD at 60 fps, as well as a 2MP front-facing camera that can record 720P.



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Scalpers charging up to $10,000 for Star Wars: Force Awakens tickets

By: Derek Strickland | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Oct 22, 2015 7:12 pm

Just days ago millions of excited Star Wars fans crashed multiple movie theater websites with such voluminous bandwidth to secure their movie tickets, racking up record-breaking pre-order ticket sales, with AMC selling out 1,000 different showings across multiple theaters in just 12 hours.



With its ultra-wide screens and immersive 3D interaction, IMAX screenings are seen as the definitive way to see a gala affair like the triumphant return of Star Wars. As a result, IMAX screenings made up a huge portion of Force Awakens ticket sales, generating a staggering $6.5 million and "breaking every IMAX record" in the process.


But not everyone got their tickets. The massive demand has led to IMAX and regular screenings being sold out all over the country, with many many fans left out on the cold. Now the inevitable scalping has surfaced, with re-sellers commanding anywhere from $1,000 for tickets to a ridiculous sum of $10,000--a number that would make Emporer Palpatine grin in delight.

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Logitech posts best retail sales growth since 2010

By: Chris Smith | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 22, 2015 6:27 pm

As part of Logitech's second quarter Fiscal Year 2016 report they announced some stellar results, claiming to have acheived the best retail sales growth since 2010.




With Q2 sales being a total of $540 million, Logitech marked a two percent rise compared to last year, matched with a Q2 non-GAAP operating income of $42 million, showing a retail sales performance rise of 12 percent overall.


Logitech president and CEO Bracken P. Darrell is happy with these results, elaborating that his company saw a 9 percent rise in sales though the American market, 7 percent in EMEA and a massive 26 percent in Asia Pacific. In addition to this, Darrell pinpointed that Logitech saw "Gaming, Video Collaboration and Mobile Speakers" all growing by a massive 50 percent each.

Windows 10 Twitter app update brings video, threaded conversations

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Oct 22, 2015 5:30 pm

The Twitter app on Windows 10 gets better today courtesy of a new update that sports a few welcome feature additions and changes.




First is tweaks to conversations. These are said to be "easier to find and fun to join", thanks to a blue line in the home section that indicates conversations between people you know.


Next is video support -- no need to view videos outside of the app anymore. And finally, there is support for list creation and editing. These can even be pinned to the start menu. The app was pretty slick already, but these are nice touches to make the experience even more pleasant.

StarCraft scene smashed in 7 days: Arrests, retirements and closures

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 22, 2015 4:29 pm

In what has been described on Reddit as "a rough week for starcraft," the last seven days has seen the scene completely rocked by retirements, arrests, scandals and the extremely sad announcement of terminal cancer.




Starting with the arrests, news was posted just a few days ago about an official Police investigation which has now been thrown into public action, seeing PRIME head coach Park 'Gerrard' Wae-Sik and professional gamers Choi 'YoDa' Byeong-Heon and Choi 'BBoongBBoong' Jong-Hyuk arrested alongside nine other unidentified individuals. These arrests are allegedly due to major match-fixing scandals, seeing players lose games on purpose for financial gain - something that was also found out and acted against in the North American Counter-Strike scene, but not on this scale as there were no arrests made or charges placed. For more information on the StarCraft betting scandal, check a comprehensive thread here.


Sitting alongside the unexepcted arrests was the shocking and saddening announcement that YouTuber and eSports personality John 'TotalBiscuit' bain was not only closing his StarCraft II team, Axiom eSports, but has been diagnosed with terminal cancer.


In addition to this, we saw well-loved professional gamers Kevin 'qxc' Riley and Choi 'CranK' Jae Won retire from gaming, with StarCraft II immortal player, Park 'DongRaeGu' Soo Ho, leave team SBENU.

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Magic Leap aims to seamlessly blend real life with holograms

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Oct 22, 2015 3:35 pm

According to its founders, Magic Leap is more than hologram-laden augmented reality tech: it's an idea, a kind of ethos that's founded upon a natural symbiosis between our physical, tangible reality and the ether that projects images to change our lives. In a sense, Magic Leap wants to unify the digital and real-world as one.




"Magic Leap is an idea," reads the official Magic Leap website. "An idea that computing should be shaped and forged to work for us: our life, our physiology, our connected relationships."


Since the company has raised half a billion dollars in funding, receiving major injections from titans like Google, it's fair to say that people believe in Magic Leap. But how does it work exactly? Even the recent Magic Leap tech demo showcased at the WSJD conference doesn't answer all the questions. Magic Leap leverages "cinematic-reality technology" rather than AR.

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