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RIP 'Discworld' author Sir Terry Pratchett

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 13, 2015 6:00 am

Sad news for the literary world today, with the death of renowned sci-fi writer Sir Terry Pratchett at the age of just 66. Known worldwide for the 'Discworld' series which sold over 80 million copies worldwide, Pratchett was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease eight years ago and succumbed to the illness yesterday.

 

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Introduced in 1983, the 'Discworld' franchise flowed through to 40 volumes, with the final entry 'The Shepherd's Crown' expected to be published this September, but also expanded into comic books and games. Over his career, Pratchett wrote more than 70 books and will be sadly missed.

Have you ever stuffed up your PC build this badly?

By: Chris Smith | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Mar 13, 2015 5:25 am

As seen on the Watercooled PC Facebook page, one users' comment to the following photo is that it "looks like the pins were at a football game doing the wave." All we know is that someone messed up - badly.

 

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We've seen plenty of incompetent PC builders throughout the years, however this one almost takes the cake. Not only have they put their thermal paste on the pins, they've obviously pushed either the wrong socket processor in or not lined it up properly, bending many pins involved. But maybe there's something we're missing here - more thermal paste might be the solution we've all been looking for.

 

Don't try this at home people, unless you've got a lot of money to throw around.

IDC: PC outlook for 2015 dips, but long-term potential is there

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 13, 2015 4:50 am

Worldwide PC shipments could fall by 4.9 percent in 2015, a higher slowdown than previous estimates of 3.3 percent, according to the IDC research group. The group predicts 293.1 million PCs will ship by the end of the year, as consumers rely on aging hardware and mobile products.

 

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Growth projections for 2016 and 2017 saw slight increases, while the release of Microsoft Windows 10 will hopefully generate additional buzz.

 

On the bright side for the PC industry, tablet growth has also slowed down - even with consumers spending more money on smartphones and mobile devices. However, consumers in the emerging market are expected to purchase smartphones instead of laptops and PCs - a trend that the PC industry must find a way to address.

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'Frozen 2' in production at Disney as company not keen to 'Let it go'

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 13, 2015 4:14 am

In news that won't surprise anyone, Disney have officially announced that work on the sequel to 'Frozen', the company's biggest animated film and fifth biggest film of all time, has now begun.

 

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In news that bought smiles to Disney shareholders during yesterday's update, it was confirmed that the sequel is being developed by the first film's directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, although isn't far enough along to announce a release date just yet.

 

The characters of 'Frozen' will return to theatres across the world in the next few weeks, in a 10 minute short film titled 'Frozen Fever', which will be attached to showings of Disney's live action 'Cinderella'.

Analysts: Samsung Galaxy S6 modem loses to Qualcomm by around 12%

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Mar 13, 2015 3:54 am

With tongues wagging over the announcement of the Galaxy S6, we haven't seen any real-world performance numbers - with the biggest question being the battery life of Samsung's super-powered handset.

 

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Analysts with Moor Insights & Strategy took to their blog over Mobile World Congress, which we're only getting around to now, with an article titled "Not All 4G LTE Modems Are Created Equal According To Tests With Qualcomm And Samsung". Where most are talking up the internal power and benchmarking abilities of the Galaxy S6, the hit on battery life thanks to Samsung baking in its own modem could be a bigger problem than previously thought. It looks like Qualcomm has the better modem chops, but Samsung has decided to use more of its own components than ever in its latest flagship.

 

The blog post covers this, where they said "Some companies, like Qualcomm and Samsung Electronics, have developed their own front end solutions in order to improve their modem solutions and make vast improvements in all aspects. They have accomplished these improvements in multiple ways, including increased throughput going from Category 4 150 Mbps download speeds to Category 6 300Mbps and Category 9 450 Mbps download speeds as well as reducing power consumption at the same time". While that might not sound like much, what they say next should have you opening your eyes a little wider.

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'Star Wars' stand-alone film gets official title, date and star

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 13, 2015 3:43 am

Last month we reported news that the first of the three stand-alone 'Star Wars' films was nearing production and now Lucasfilm has made it official by giving the film a title that sheds light on the story, as well as a release date.

 

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'Rogue One' will be helmed by 'Godzilla' director Gareth Edwards and will be released on December 16, 2016 - just one year from this year's 'The Force Awakens' and will star Felicity Jones in an as-yet unnamed role. Lucasfilm have been keen to point out that the story was cracked by John Knoll, who not only serves as CEO of visual effects studio Industrial Light & Magic with a long standing association with the franchise, but also served as one of the original key developers of Adobe PhotoShop.

 

The title gives a clue as to the potential storyline, with 'Rogue One' (or 'Rogue Leader') being the call sign given to the leader of the Rebel Alliance/New Republic/Galactic Alliance fighter group, Rogue Squadron and which harken back to the original trilogy of 'Star Wars' films.

Respawn confirms 'multiplatform' Titanfall sequel is in development

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 13, 2015 3:21 am

We heard the rumors of this not too long ago now, but Respawn Entertainment has now confirmed it is working on a "multiplatform" sequel to the mech-powered shooter. Repsawn CEO Vince Zampella himself confirmed the news with IGN.

 

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Zampella told IGN: "I guess EA announced a sequel, so I could play coy and pretend I don't know anything about it, or... yeah. So we're working on a sequel". While Titanfall 2 is under development, the studio is also "starting up a second team and doing some smaller stuff too", according to Zampella.

 

In regards to what to expect from the sequel to Titanfall, Respawn hasn't even given a nugget of information out, other than that they plan to "do something difference" in regards to charging for downloadable maps. Zampella added: "I think having the maps like that in packs, it does split the community and it makes it harder for matchmaking, it's messy".

GTA V on the PC running in 4K demolishes the PS3, PS4 versions

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 13, 2015 1:28 am

We all know that the superior version of Grand Theft Auto V is nearly here, but now we have a much closer look at the differences between the PS3, PS4 and PC versions of the game, with the PC version running at 4K. Marvel in the screenshot comparison below.

 

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This is one of the more obvious ones, where we can see so much more detail compared to the blurry mess that is the Xbox One and PS4 versions of GTA V.

 

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Again, there's so much more detail available on the PC version at 4K.

 

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And again, there's simply no question: the PC version is the champion here.

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Crytek is 'exploring VR right now' with the CryEngine

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Mar 13, 2015 12:00 am

VR is a super-hot thing right now, but Crytek hasn't made much noise on the wearable gaming world just yet. Until now. Crytek's Managing Director, Faruk Yerli, has now talked about Crytek entering the VR world.

 

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Yerli said: "We are exploring VR right now. We want to show the world true VR experience can only come from CryEngine, the best one. We see VR as an important device for enthusiasts, then going to mainstream probably. We want to elevate what we can do here... we hope to one day deliver a fully-fleshed VR experience".

 

Yerli talked about the challenges of delivering VR to a wide audience, with the obvious physical limitations "in terms of what gameplay actions you can do". When it comes to motion sickness, Yerli added that Crytek has "already found solutions" for it. Yerli added that CryEngine is capable of using AMD's new LiquidVR technology "directly out of the box" in order to usher in lower latency in multiple GPU systems.

Meet the new Google Chromebook Pixel - 2560x1700 and USB Type-C

By: Chris Smith | More News: Laptops | Posted: Mar 12, 2015 11:45 pm

Featuring a 2560x1700 resolution screen powered by Intel HD graphics, 12 hours of battery life, a claimed 15 minute charging window for 2 hours of battery time, the latest Intel 5th generation processor and 8GB of RAM, say hello to Google's new Pixel Chromebook.

 

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Being one of the first devices to see USB Type-C integration, this technology will not only be used to power the device, but also for data transfer and extended monitor support.

 

This 3.3lbs device comes with a 12.85" screen and the base model will feature an Intel i5 2.2GHz with 8GB of memory compared to the higher-positioned Intel i7 edition at 2.4GHz with a massive 16GB of RAM. As for storage you can expect either 32GB or 64GB, two USB Type-C ports and two USB 3.0 ports.

 

For more information you can check out their official landing page.

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