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Batman Arkham games getting console exclusive remasters

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 19, 2016 4:41 pm

Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City are being remastered for an all-inclusive package Warner Bros. calls Batman: Return to Arkham. Both games will utilize Unreal Engine 4 as opposed to Unreal Engine 3 they were originally built on and will feature improved models, environments, lighting, effects, and shaders.



The collection is being worked on by Virtuos, the team behind the recently released and well-done Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster as well as Fable Anniversary, so it's in good hands.


Return is exclusive to Xbox One and PlayStation 4, which isn't surprising given the engine upgrade offers no definitive graphical improvement over the PC versions of the game, judging from the trailer. The Arkham Knight fiasco probably doesn't help, either.

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Learn to build apps and websites with this Java dev bundle

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: May 19, 2016 3:00 pm



Developing apps and websites can be challenging work, but having the right training makes it easier. The Java Developer Course Bundle has over 60 hours of all-level courses related to creating apps and websites with Java programming. From internet GUI programming to data structures and algorithms, this bundle has a diverse curriculum focused on giving you a firm understanding of everything Java.


The complete bundle includes:

  • Beginner Java Essentials for Android Course
  • Dynamic Website Building with Java Course
  • Java Spring Framework Course
  • Java Data Structures & Algorithms Course
  • All-Level Java Swing Course


Whether you're looking to learn the essentials or polish up your understanding of database manipulation, the Java Developer Course Bundle has what you need. Valued at $290, TweakTown readers can pick up this bundle for $39.

Google Allo, Duo upgrade texting, video calling with unique features

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Apps | Posted: May 19, 2016 2:34 pm

Google has yet another messaging client in the works. Called Allo, it effectively replaces traditional SMS texting with a Facebook-like interface and features while still using phone numbers as the contact method. So, you can benefit from read message notifications, typing notifications, emojis, stickers, group chats, and improved picture display among other things.


In addition to that, there are some cool Google-specific features such as Ink (handwriting and drawing as seen in MSN Messenger many moons ago), Whisper Shout (increase text size for a given message to 'shout' at people -- great for arguments!), and smart reply (quick reply options that learn from your chat history).




And then there's Google assistant, which lets you do things like check sports scores, book dinner, play games, search Google, use Maps, share YouTube videos, look at photos from your Gallery, and so on, all without leaving Allo. Voice interaction is supported here, too.

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Microsoft to unveil new hardware at E3, is this the new Xbox?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: May 19, 2016 1:51 pm

Microsoft is reportedly preparing for new hardware to be unveiled during E3 2016 next month, as well as a "new standard controller that ships with the Xbox One", reports Thurrott.




The new standard controller will have a similar physical look to the current design, but it will arrive in a new color. Microsoft currently ships a black controller with the Xbox One, but will reportedly change it up with a mid-cycle refresh to help sagging sales. The big news here is that Microsoft is wanting to continue its work on interactions between the Xbox One and PC thanks to Windows 10, where the company wants to make Windows 10 on the desktop and Xbox One a "killer combination". The company is hoping to really squeeze the ecosystem to create completely unique experiences for games, that happen to be on other platforms.


But the even bigger news is that Microsoft has "something else up its sleeve", but it's a "much bigger deal" than the new controller reports Thurrott. I'm expecting for the company to pounce down hard at E3 2016 and announce a new Xbox with a VR headset, working directly with AMD and this is what AMD also has up its sleeve. The PS4K and PSVR are going to seriously chomp into Microsoft's sales, and the news of Nintendo leveraging a Pascal-based Tegra processor from NVIDIA for their Nintendo NX console is super exciting - but right now, what does Microsoft have to fight it? Nothing... and that's why a huge next-gen reveal at E3 2016 makes perfect sense.

G.Skill's new Trident Z DDR4 RAM hits frequencies of 4266MHz

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: RAM | Posted: May 19, 2016 1:22 pm

G.Skill have always been at the bleeding edge of RAM frequencies, with the company unveiling its new flagship Trident Z DDR4 memory kits. There are 9 kits in total, ranging between 16GB and 64GB capacities.




The new Trident Z line from G.Skill uses Samsung's ultra high-performance DDR4 8Gb ICs, ensuring some of the highest frequencies we've ever seen. G.Skill's flagship 16GB DDR4-4266MHz Trident Z kit is a blistering fast kit of RAM, requiring 1.35V for its 4266MHz speeds at 19-23-23-42 latencies.


Below this flagship Trident Z kit are the DDR4-3466MHz models with 14-14-14-34 latencies in 16GB (2x8GB) and 32GB (4x8GB or 2x16GB), as well as 64GB kits (4x16GB), with all of the kits requiring 1.35V of power. The lower-end DDR4-3200MHz Trident Z kits have latencies of 13-13-13-33, with 1.35V of power required.

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Take-Two CEO says eSports is more of a 'promotional tool'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 19, 2016 11:25 am

Did you know eSports is just a "promotional tool"... yeah, neither did I. According to Strauss Zelnick, the CEO of Take-Two, eSports isn't a profitable standalone business just yet, as he believes in physical goods continuing to be profitable into the future.




Zelnick isn't convinced about eSports just yet, saying: "eSports we find very interesting. It is, however, still more a promotional tool than anything else. And most people see eSports as an opportunity to increase consumer engagement in their titles, and depending on the title, to increase consumer spending within the title".


It's not like Take-Two hasn't been involved with eSports, as they held an NBA 2K tournament with 92,000 teams competing for a huge $250,000 prize. The final 16 teams will compete in a single-elimination tournament over the weekend, with the finals taking place during the NBA Finals next month. Zelnick talked about the tournament, adding: "It's just the beginning for us. It's very gratifying so far, but we have yet to see it as a stand-alone profitable business. We see it more as an adjunct to consumer engagement in our titles".

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Google says 'VR should be mobile, approachable, and for everyone'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: May 19, 2016 9:24 am

Google I/O is taking place right now, with the search giant untiling its plans for VR with the announcement of its Daydream VR platform.




Google's new Daydream VR platform includes smartphones, headsets, controllers and apps - and will run on Android-powered smartphones, with under 20ms of latency says Google's VP of VR, Clay Bavor. Bavor said: "VR should be mobile, approachable". In a statement, Google said: "Together with Android manufacturers, we're working on upcoming phones, and sharing designs with them for a VR viewer and controller that will be really immersive, comfortable and intuitive to use. Your favorite apps and games will be coming to Daydream too, including Google's-like YouTube, Street View, Play Movies, Google Photos and the Play Store. More to come this fall".


Developers have already started work on Daydream VR, with Resolution Games' CEO Tommy Palm saying: "With Daydream's potential reach and accessibility and the current mobile VR headsets on the market, mobile is on track to become the number one VR platform in regards to headsets in the marketplace and potential for mainstream adoption. We are very excited to have been invited to be a part of Google's new VR initiative. We feel we share the same vision for VR and are looking forward to working together to increase VR's spread into mainstream and setting additional standards for the future of VR".

New 'Star Trek' TV series teased in reveal video

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: May 19, 2016 9:11 am

Following news late last year that the CBS network had committed to relaunching 'Star Trek' on TV in 2017, comes today's logo reveal in a very early teaser video.



Produced by Trek luminaries Alex Kurtzman, and Nicholas Meyer, alongside TV legend Bryan Fuller, the new series being produced under the temporary working title 'Star Trek' is set to premier next January, with filming beginning in Toronto in the coming months. No cast announcements have yet been made, but are expected to be announced soon. Meanwhile, the third film in the rebooted 'Star Trek' feature film franchise; 'Beyond' is set to premier in July this year.


With celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the sci-fi franchise ongoing, 2016 is sure shaping up as an exciting one for Trekkers.

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Google's new custom chip was built for AI, also prepares for Skynet

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: May 19, 2016 7:21 am

Google has announced during its Google I/O event that it has built a custom chip exclusively for machine learning, with the new Tensor Processing Unit being an "order of magnitude" faster in AI than conventional processors at similar power requirements.




The new TPU is super-small as well, with Google making the TPU small enough that it will fit into the HDD bays of data center racks. TPU has been very quietly using these custom chips for over a year, with the TPUs improving map quality, to securing AlphaGo's victory over the human Go champion.


Google's new custom processor could be faster, and predict further ahead than previous designs, too.

NVIDIA Shield update includes YouTube 4K 60FPS, Netflix HDR support

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 19, 2016 5:05 am

NVIDIA's Shield TV device is set to receive its new v3.2 software soon, which will make it the first Android TV-based device to support High Dynamic Range (HDR) video. Android 7.0 will be capable of HDR, but NVIDIA wants to be first.




HDR will open the doors to VUDU and Netflix with HDR content, with HDR using different video feeds at different light levels combined to make the image vibrant with colors at all lighting levels. The catch? You'll need an HDR-capable TV, and there's not many of those, yet. Additionally, the v3.2 update to Shield will include support for 4K 60FPS playback on YouTube.


Not only that, but the new Shield update will allow NVIDIA's GameStream service to access HDR content as well, but with no date provided by NVIDIA, we don't know when to expect the exciting new update for Shield. Boo.

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