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Bethesda stopped Doom 4 because it felt like CoD 'with a Doom skin'

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 24, 2015 9:06 pm

Bethesda Softworks publicly unveiled Doom during E3, the studio's latest attempt at renewing the famed gaming franchise - and things are going so much better than when Bethesda tried to put together the failed Doom 4 project a few years ago.




"We weren't happy with the game that was being made," said Pete Hines, VP of PR and marketing at Bethesda, in a statement to Polygon. "We decided that it wasn't Doom enough and needed to be thrown out and started over. Some folks left and some faces changed at the studio. Out of that change - which was not easy for those guys to go through - some amazing things happened."


It seemed like nothing went right with the original Doom 4 project that was underway years ago, with demon and enemy AI all the way to "the visceralness of the combat," which was "more disconnected." Instead, gamers would have had to work through the game in the same fashion as Call of Duty and other war-style games - take cover and be extremely strategic in gameplay.

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You're invited to our 'Cinderella' Blu-ray giveaway, thanks to Disney

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Jun 24, 2015 9:00 pm

To celebrate this week's release of Disney's 2015 live action hit 'Cinderella' on Blu-ray HD, DVD and Digital, we have copies of the Blu-ray to give away to ten readers.


'Cinderella' follows the fortunes of young Ella (Lily James) whose merchant father remarries following the death of her mother. Eager to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and her daughters Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Drisella (Sophie McShera) into the family home. But, when Ella's father unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family. Finally relegated to nothing more than a servant girl covered in ashes, and spitefully renamed Cinderella, Ella could easily begin to lose hope. When she meets a dashing stranger in the woods and with the help of a kindly beggar woman (Helena Bonham-Carter), a pumpkin and a few mice, Cinderella's life is about to change forever.




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Check out the 'Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension' trailer

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jun 24, 2015 8:40 pm

Paramount Pictures has released the first images and movie trailer from the last movie in the Paranormal Activity series, Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension.



The first three movies generated box office success, but The Marked Ones grossed just $32 million. "This is it, the finale," said Jason Blum, producer of the Paranormal Activity movies, in a statement published by USA Today. "We're not going to grind this horror franchise into the ground."


Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension is scheduled for release on October 23, 2015.

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Report: Even more employees going mobile in the workplace

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 24, 2015 8:31 pm

The US mobile worker population in the United States will increase from 96.2 million in 2015 up to 105.4 million in 2020, according to the IDC research group. By 2020, mobile workers will make up 72.3 percent of the total US workforce, as smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices become even more important in the workplace.




The dropping price of smartphones and tablets, along with acceptance of bring your own device (BYOD) programs by workplaces are helping drive the rising number. In addition, employees can enjoy newer forms of mobile technologies: biometric readers, augmented reality, wearables, voice control, and near-field communications (NFC) are making it increased mobility possible.


"Mobility has become synonymous with productivity both inside and outside the workplace, and the mass adoption of mobile technology in the United States has cultivated an environment where workers expect to leverage mobile technology at work," said Bryan Bassett, research analyst of the Mobile Enterprise Device Solutions at IDC. "The expectation will be supplemented by new solutions specifically intended to manage the challenges associated with the growing needs of the mobile workforce."

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Giveaway Alert! Win the Android Phablet of Your Choice

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: TweakTown | Posted: Jun 24, 2015 6:07 pm



Sometimes we feel like Goldilocks when it comes to gadgets-phones feel too small, while tablets feel too big. An alternative that's just right? A hybrid between the two-the phablet. Specifically, the ones up for grabs in the Android phablet giveaway at TweakTown Deals.


Enter for a shot at choosing from five free Android phablets. For a powerful processor and no less impressive display, there's the Google Nexus 6-or, for a top-notch camera to boot, the LG G4. Meanwhile, a high-resolution screen, speed, and a stylus are just a few of the reasons to choose the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, while the new OnePlus Two and the flexible LG G Flex 2 win major style points. Entering is easy-just submit your email address at TweakTown Deals and then share the giveaway on Twitter for extra chances to win each time someone enters using your referral link.


Stop dreaming of that just-right phablet and enter to win it at TweakTown Deals.

AMD Radeon R9 Fury X works in 4-way CrossFire, and 8-way under Linux

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 24, 2015 2:02 pm

A few days ago we were in Sydney, Australia for the AMD unveiling event for the new Radeon 300 series and the new Radeon R9 Fury X. During a Q&A session with AMD's Chief Gaming Scientist, Richard Huddy, we asked if the Radeon R9 Fury X could be used in 4-way CrossFire configurations.



Huddy replied saying that you can indeed use the Radeon R9 Fury X in 4-way CrossFire setups, but that the team has already played with 8-way setups under Linux. But, I also asked if it was a problem with the massive radiator that is attached to each Fury X, and that a 4-way CrossFire configuration would be quite hectic, even inside the biggest chassis.


AMD didn't seem to clearly answer the question, but noted that Fury X in 4-way CrossFire has been done before. We have secured ourselves a second Fury X for some CrossFire lovin', so expect some Fury X CrossFire scores in the coming days.

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Enter our 'Jupiter Ascending' Blu-ray giveaway, thanks to Roadshow

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Jun 24, 2015 1:30 pm

To celebrate this week's release of the sci-fi/fantasy epic 'Jupiter Ascending' on Blu-ray HD, DVD and Digital, we have copies of the Blu-ray to give away to ten readers.


Jupiter Jones (Kunis) was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning other people's houses and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine (Tatum), a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along-her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos.


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MAINGEAR shows off new gaming rigs with AMD Radeon R9 Fury X GPUs

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jun 24, 2015 12:01 pm

PC maker MAINGEAR has announced new gaming PCs using AMD Radeon R9 Fury X video cards. AMD is working with partners to help gamers prepare for 4K gaming and virtual reality with the R9 Fury X.




The Fury R9 X GPU allows for 60 percent more bandwidth than GDDR5, utilizing High-Bandwidth Memory (HBM) technology. HBM stacks DRAM vertically and allows for greater results involving latency and throughput, providing a smooth gaming experience at higher settings. The GPU has been designed for DirectX 12 and Vulcan.


The new gaming rigs from MAINGEAR are available now.

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Report: Cardiac device wearers face risks from smartphones

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jun 24, 2015 10:40 am

People with cardiac devices installed should be vigilant about keeping a safe distance from smartphones, if they want to avoid temporary malfunctions or painful shocks, according to researchers.




The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and device manufacturers recommend a distance of at least 15 to 20 cm between pacemakers and smartphones. Of course, the study was conducted using mobile devices about 10 years ago, and there has been a mobile network change from GSM to LTE and UMTS - but there is still risk when dialing and connecting to a network, and not while talking on the phone.


People with pacemakers installed can still use a smartphone, but make sure it's not placed "directly over" the cardiac device, according to researchers.

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Report: GCHQ illegally spied on human rights groups

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jun 24, 2015 9:20 am

The GCHQ British intelligence agency didn't follow protocol when it intercepted data on two non-government organizations, according to the country's Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT). Retaining emails for longer than it is supposed to is a violation of GCHQ internal procedures - but the IPT says the data interception was legal.




"We welcome the IPT's confirmation that any interception by GCHQ in these cases was undertaken lawfully and proportionately, and that where breaches of policies occurred they were not sufficiently serious to warrant any compensation to be paid to the bodies involved," a government spokesman said, in a statement published by the BBC.


The GCHQ intercepted communications from the Legal Resources Centre and Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, with both groups saying their data was illegally examined and retained. However, the IPT didn't offer a statement regarding claims from Amnesty International and other NGOs.

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