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Could more 'Harry Potter' sequels be on the way?

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jul 14, 2016 1:30 am

Despite finishing its nine movie run with 'The Deathly Hallows Part II' in 2011, the future is looking quite bright for 'Harry Potter' fans, with the prequel spin-off series 'Fantastic Beasts' on its way, and a sequel play 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' about to hit London's west end. But might we ever see 'Harry Potter' back on the big screen? Well, it seems that Warner Brothers have lodged trademarks for that possible eventuality.




First discovered by Intellectual Property Solicitor Brian Conroy, Warner Bros studio have filed extensive trademark protection for 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' which covers everything from films, toys, games and other merchandise such as, strangely, 'meat tenderizers for household purposes'. I guess, there's a market for that.. right?


Creator J.K. Rowling has repeatedly stated that 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' will remain a play (but also making the script available in book form) , but I'd be extremely surprised if we don't see a feature film sequel in the future.

China bans 'Ghostbusters' reboot

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jul 14, 2016 1:10 am

Pre-release traction for Sony Pictures 'Ghostbusters' reboot hasn't been overwhelmingly positive and now the bad news keeps coming for the struggling studio.




According to SlashFilm, China's censorship board have denied the studio's application to release the film in the lucrative market due to the film's subject matter, with guidelines banning content that "promote cults or superstition". Sony apparently did attempt to curry favour by granting the film a title which translated as "Super Power Dare Die Team", but were apparently rebuffed. The Chinese market has grown to be incredibly important for big budget blockbusters, with releases such as 'Terminator Genisys' and 'Warcraft' outright tanking in the West, but grossing mega bucks in the East.


'Ghostbusters' opens in major international markets this week.

AMD Radeon RX 490 teased, higher-end card launching late this year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jul 14, 2016 12:49 am

There was one thing that I addressed in my review of AMD's Radeon RX 480, is that the company had enough wiggle room with Polaris to release a dual-GPU card, and stay under the 300W TDP. Well, it appears we might see this card before the end of the year.




According to the latest reports, SAPPHIRE's website has teased the Radeon RX 490, which should arrive as a dual Polaris 10-based graphics card. We know from AMD's revised naming system for the Radeon series that that the RX 490 will feature a 256-bit memory bus and will be aimed at 4K and VR gaming.


Polaris 10 is the most powerful GPU in AMD's arsenal before it moves to Vega, so it won't be a faster Polaris GPU with more stream processors - but two P10 GPUs makes perfect sense. SAPPHIRE's website states it has 8GB of GDDR5, but that's the way dual-GPUs work - each GPU has the same framebuffer, with 16GB of GDDR5 in total - but 8GB per GPU.

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NVIDIA culls GeForce GTX 1060 3GB, will arrive as GTX 1050 in December

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jul 13, 2016 10:55 pm

Exclusive: NVIDIA's upcoming GeForce GTX 1060 is coming very soon, ready to fight AMD's mid-range Radeon RX 480, but with the rumors there'll be two versions - in 3GB and 6GB framebuffers - we're here to clear that up.




We have had an industry insider tell us that NVIDIA has decided against releasing the 3GB variant of the GeForce GTX 1060, and instead it is all steam ahead with the standard 6GB variant. This makes sense, as releasing a mid-range card with 3GB of VRAM that's meant to be a competitor against AMD's Radeon RX 480 which comes in 4GB and 8GB flavors doesn't make much sense.


Our source added that NVIDIA will instead release the GeForce GTX 1050 in December with 3GB of RAM, which makes much more sense. We should see these plans materialize very quickly, as soon as NVIDIA confirms the existence of its GeForce GTX 1050, which shouldn't be too far away now.

Sony won't reveal PlayStation 4K at Gamescom, maybe at Tokyo Game Show

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 13, 2016 10:09 pm

Sony has just confirmed it won't be holding a press conference at the upcoming European Gamescom tradeshow in Cologne, Germany, nixing any possibility of an official unveiling of its new 4K-ready PlayStation 4 Neo console.




Neither Microsoft nor Sony will be holding press conferences at Gamescom, but both gaming giants will attend to demo various games via booth venues, with Sony bringing its PlayStation VR in tow. While Microsoft announced their own abstinence from the show, Sony's no-show was confirmed by French site Jeux Video Live . "There will be no PlayStation conference at GamesCom," a Sony France rep told the website.


Analysts believe that Sony's PlayStation 4K console will be formally announced at Japan's annual Tokyo Game Show from September 19 - 20. Macquarie Securities analyst Damian Thong says we should expect more PS4 Neo news and a brand new PS4 Slim model at TGS 2016. These projections fit into Sony's typical presence at TGS--last year the company launched a salvo of announcements during the Tokyo-based show, and Sony is a confirmed exhibitor at the event.

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Valve plans to shut down Steam-based CS:GO gambling sites

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 13, 2016 8:39 pm

Valve has officially responded to the CS:GO gambling and lottery-fixing controversy that's embroiled the PC gaming world.




I'm sure most of you have already heard about the CS:GO Lotto scandal, and how popular YouTuber's TmarTn and ProSyndicate have been caught promoting and encouraging gamers to throw money into the skin-gambling site while secretly owning it. The CS:GO skin trade is an incredibly lucrative industry, allowing everyday gamers to bet in-game weapon skins worth real money against other betters across the world. Now Valve has broken its long silence on the matter to deliver an official statement.


Valve begins by explaining how these lottery sites work, and explaining how they're not directly involved in the in-game economies. Valve goes on to note that the specific way that these sites use Steam's OpenID API to "run a gambling business isn't allowed by our API nor our user agreements." The Steam operators then promise to start shutting down these seedy gambling rings and "start sending notices to these sites requesting they cease operations through Steam" and also promise to "pursue the matter as necessary."

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Battlefield 1 open beta will launch after Gamescom

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 13, 2016 7:48 pm

A Battlefield German community manager has indicated via livestream that the Battlefield 1 open beta will be launching shortly after Gamescom, which takes place the weekend of August 17-21. The beta date has been of significant curiosity given the closed nature of the currently ongoing alpha, so fans are no doubt relieved to have a better idea of when it begins.




It's also said that those signed up to Battlefield Insider will be able to play three days earlier than everyone else, so make sure to get on that if you're dying to get your hands-on it.


Lastly, Rush mode was strongly believed to be in the game following a file dump from the alpha, but now it's confirmed.

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Civ VI will support DX12, Async Compute, explicit multi-adapter

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 13, 2016 7:05 pm

AMD and developer Firaxis are partnering again, this time to bring sweet graphics technology by way of DirectX 12 to Civilization VI. Not only will the game benefit from the low-level API and the added efficiency it brings, it will also enjoy asynchronous compute and explicit multi-adapter support.




Async compute is a DirectX 12 technique that allows parallel execution of compute and graphics tasks, drastically improving workload efficiency and thus, performance (as seen recently with Doom). The added boost should mean those late-turns shouldn't slow you down a bit. For now anyway, it's only really supported by Graphics Core Next (GCN) and Polaris GPUs; while NVIDIA says it is capable of supporting it, it's not fully enabled by its drivers yet, and user reports as is indicate overall inferior results.


Civ VI players can also look forward to explicit multi-adapter functionality, meaning if you run multiple GPUs, you benefit from official Microsoft support, which may result in more stable and powerful implementations. Explicit multi-adapter support also means you can use AMD and NVIDIA cards together.

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200,000 Canadians cancel TV while TV companies increase prices

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Online Video | Posted: Jul 13, 2016 5:30 pm

Television provider companies are under threat in Canada, where approximately 200,000 customers cut the cord in 2015, according to a new Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) report.




The companies' response to the shift as well has an increased cost of business has been to increase prices to offset the losses, which for now at least, appears to have worked, with revenues declining just 0.1 percent to $8.9 billion after the adjustments. The average TV bill increased from $65.25 in 2014 to $66.08 in 2015.


The CRTC states the cost of business increased by 1.3 percent to $7.2 billion over the one year period. Meanwhile, the industry employed 6.3 less people during that time, down to 27,244 people.

Working with Sony will allow Kojima to make his 'best work yet'

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 13, 2016 4:10 pm

Hideo Kojima says that his partnership with Sony will ultimately allow him to make Death Stranding his "best work yet."



Now that Hideo Kojima is working with Sony, the beloved Metal Gear Solid creator is enjoying a staggering amount of freedom he never experienced under Konami's restrictive reign. Thanks to Sony's hospitality, and Mark Cerny's openness with the secrets of the PlayStation 4 console, Kojima can now let his imagination roam free without being bogged down. The fruits of this union will culminate in Kojima's new unique and original PS4 game Death Stranding; in fact, Kojima said that he's "very confident this will be my best work," and Death Stranding could surpass his magnum opus MGS series.


"So far, when I've been making games, I've had to give up on something or at least compromise on something in order to get things done," Hideo Kojima said in a keynote speech at the Brighton Develop conference in the UK. "But this time, working with you [Mark Cerny and Sony] and you bringing the state of the art technologies, we will get around that. I'm very confident that we're working towards something completely new and that no-one has seen so far. This will be my best work so far, I'm very confident about that."

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