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Project Scorpio renders games in native 4K

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 17, 2016 7:48 pm

Microsoft has finally confirmed it's "monster" Project Scorpio console will be the first console to render games in native 4K.




Microsoft's finally said what we've been waiting for: Project Scorpio will render games in native 3840 x 2160 4K resolution unlike Sony's new PlayStation 4 Pro, which uses Checkerboard Upscaling techniques to upscale base 1080p resolution to 4K. Up until now Microsoft has been careful to say Project Scorpio will hit "true 4K" instead of native 4K. In order to hit native 4K gaming, Project Scorpio will need some huge hardware upgrades, and Microsoft can't afford to piddle around with outdated Jaguar CPUs. The company has already confirmed Project Scorpio rocks a 6TFLOPs GPU and an 8-core CPU, and I've predicted that the console will leverage a high-end SoC combo built with AMD's new 14nm CPU+GPU tech, most likely an 8-core Zen CPU synergized with a powerful GPU that may sit between AMD's mid-grade Polaris and enthusiast-grade Vega architecture.


"Any games we're making that we're launching in the Scorpio time frame, we're making sure they can natively render at 4K," Microsoft Studios Publishing general manager Shannon Loftis told USA Today.

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New Dead Rising 4 trailer showscases character upgrades

By: Emma Tucker | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 17, 2016 5:28 pm

At E3 2016, Capcom and Microsoft revealed the latest 'Dead Rising 4' trailer, with the new title set to be released exclusively for Xbox One and Windows 10 this coming December. Dead Rising 4's new trailer is titled 'Return to the Mall', with main character Frank West back again killing zombies in the middle of a shopping mall.



The 1.5-minute action packed video starts off with West fighting his way through a large wave of zombies, in what seems to be set in a standard food court. Throughout the duration of the clip, it is obvious that hoard has overrun the mall, and it's deemed that the fate of the mall, and the world, is in the hands of the Frank... but this time, it's done with extra features.


The new upgraded armour and weapons are just some of the additional perks provided. West uses high-powered guns and explosives in order to break through the rampage of zombies, with the most exclusive upgrade being seen at the end of the trailer, with a wardrobe update. Frank's new armour is in the form of a mechanical suit, accompanied by heavy duty guns and bionic like abilities, too.

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How Machine Learning can boost your programming skills

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: Sep 17, 2016 3:30 pm



Machine Learning sounds like science fiction, but it's already present in our daily lives. From Siri's voice recognition to Tesla's self-driving cars, Machine Learning is behind many of today's innovations.


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5 reasons why the iPhone 8 could be a courageous release

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 17, 2016 3:17 pm

Apple didn't really push the boundaries with its new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus smartphones that were revealed earlier this month, so it's time to get excited about the new iPhone that will probably be mostly the same thing as we have now - but what if it's not?


When Apple announces the new iPhone in 2017, it will have been 10 years since the original iPhone that started it all - completely changing the smartphone industry and much of the tech industry. The new iPhone has plenty of rumors behind it already, so let's line them up and see what could work, and is exciting.




5.) iPhone 8 will have an edge-to-edge display


Apple has always been a company obsessed with design, so the new iPhone featuring an edge-to-edge display makes sense. It provides the iPhone with a larger screen, without having to make the phone much bigger. MacRumors also says that there could be changes to Touch ID, with Apple putting its fingerprint scanner and front-facing camera built into the display. Could the new iPhone not feature a home button?


4.) A11 processor on the 10nm process


Another exciting thing to see would be a successor or two between the current A10 Fusion chip, and the upcoming new iPhone that should feature an A11 processor on the exciting, and very small 10nm process. MacRumors adds that this would allow the new iPhone to "also include features like long-range wireless charging and biometric additions like iris or facial scanning".

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GTA 5 Redux mod looks incredible, will melt your PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 17, 2016 1:24 pm

Grand Theft Auto 5 was a great looking game by default, but the mods that are available make it look jaw-droppingly gorgeous - and now the beautiful GTA 5 Redux mod is here, blowing us all away. You can get the new GTA 5 Redux mod right here.



The mod requires 70GB of HDD space, and as for the PC, the developer notes "with optimal performance, and the ability to handle a 5-20 frames per second drop in comparison to the 'vanilla' game, the variance between 5 and 20, is due to the players choice of ReShade presets. All the different options come with a different style, as well as performance impact".


There is lots going on though, including:


  • Brand new, real life, company textures for billboards, commercial vehicles, trailers, bus stops, and taxi ads.
  • Roads! - (mostly) All road textures are being replaced, with 100% custom normal and specular map textures. Including road damages, cross walks, sidewalks, curbs, barriers, and more.
  • Brand new damage overlay texture.
  • New textures for all ground debris, including pop bottles/cans, newspapers, letter scraps etc.
  • Muzzle flash, tracers, debris and other destructive/weapon related textures.
  • Greatly increased particle count for all related effects.
  • All environmental particle effects are now active.
  • Ground debris blows with natural force.
  • Leaves fall from tree's, bushes, shrubs, and palms with much more consistency.
  • Paper and garbage blow from trash trucks at a higher rate and density.
  • Water splash effects manipulated for more realistic reactions.

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VR action game Raw Data has made $1 million so far

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Sep 17, 2016 11:31 am

Raw Data is one of the best VR games so far, with developer Survios making over $1 million in sales during the first day of its release, making Raw Data the first consumer VR game to reach $1 million sales in a month.




Survios has said that at least 20% of all HTC Vive owners have purchased the game, a number that includes myself and many of my HTC Vive owning friends, with Raw Data costing $40 on the Steam store. Raw Data became the first-ever VR game to reach the #1 spot on Steam, a massive achievement for Survios.


Nathan Burba, CEO of Survios, told Fast Company: "We saw a need in the market for a AAA title. It's more expensive than anything for the Vive, and more people wanted that... By putting more money in [and] having a higher price point, we're signaling to users that this is a AAA title". Burba is right in that people who can afford the $799 price for the HTC Vive, and a PC good enough to run it at high detail, will buy AAA games like Raw Data and expect next level gaming.

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AMD-based Lenovo systems donated to students in Jamaica

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 17, 2016 9:27 am

It's not everyday that companies like AMD and Lenovo donate a bunch of laptops, so when the news that they donated some AMD-based Lenovo ThinkPad E-series notebooks to The Jamaica Positive Foundation - but it was when I discovered it all happened thanks to a simple Facebook post.




Jamaica Prime Minister Andrew Holness posted on Facebook, where he donated a notebook to a student in his constituency. Lenovo GAM VP David Bennett followed Holness on Facebook, and together with his Jamaican heritage, noticed that the Lenovo laptop Holness was giving away in Jamaica was an AMD-powered one.


AMD and Lenovo were then in contact with the Jamaican PM, who agreed to talk with the companies and over a courtesy call, PM Holness gave his gratitude for the donation saying that there was a digital divide in the country, so the notebooks would make some rather large differences in students lives.

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Xiaomi has backdoors in its smartphones out of the box

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 17, 2016 7:57 am

Xiaomi is often referred to as the 'Apple of China' with its massive sales and growing following in the China, but now a report from Thijs Broenink has surfaced that has Xiaomi the AnalyticsCore.apk that arrives pre-installed on all Xiaomi smartphones, which allows the company to install code onto the smartphone without you noticing, with total access to every single bit and byte of your data.




It gets better, as this backdoor calls back to Xiaomi every 24 hours, sending the user's "IMEI, MAC address, Model, Nonce, Package name and signature". This data gets analyzed, and told which apps to install - as it can overwrite your signed, pre-installed apps with modified versions of them.


The report reads:


It seems like there indeed is no validation on what APK is getting installed. So it looks like Xiaomi can replace any (signed?) package they want silently on your device within 24 hours. And I'm not sure when this AppInstaller gets called, but I wonder if it's possible to place your own Analytics.apk inside the correct dir, and wait for it to get installed (edit: getExternalCacheDir() is inside the app's sandbox, so probably not). But this sounds like a vulnerability to me anyhow, since they have your IMEI and Device Model, they can install any apk for your device specifically.


If you own a Xiaomi device yourself, you might want to block all access to Xiaomi related domains, because by far this isn't the only request to a Xiaomi site. I use AdAway for this. It does require root access, but that should be no problem if you run the International ROM. I don't know if the official rom supports root access out of the box.

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BioShock remastered on the PC is a 'lazy PC port'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 17, 2016 5:34 am

Here's to another lazy PC port, with multiple Steam reviews saying BioShock: The Collection and its remaster of the original BioShock games being a "lazy" PC port with a myriad of problems.




One of the reviews said: "The game looks like [BioShock] in pretty much most regards, only a better lighting and a VERY slightly sharper texture pack was implemented. The game looks good with 1080p, when it wants to run well, it does so brilliantly. Problem is ... it has stutters, [and] apparently people have crashes (I only played 30 mins but those were fine) as well".


Other problems with BioShock: The Collection is that it won't launch, and some reviews aren't happy with the texturing options, and more. There were good comments about the new textures in the remastered BioShock games, with one of the reviews saying the improved textures were almost worth the purchase of The Collection.


Another one of the negative reviews went into some rather, uh interesting, points: "This is a crap taken directly in the franchise's face. A lack of care to detail and optimization that will make us fans of this masterful franchise question everything 2K had in their mind until this release".

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Samsung US boss apologies on video about Note 7 issues

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 17, 2016 4:24 am

If there's one thing you can say about Samsung over the Galaxy Note 7 battery problems, its global recall and then the intervention of the US government with an official recall, is that the company is handling it in a great way.



Samsung Electronics America President and COO, Tim Baxter, recently took to a video apologizing about the battery problems on the Note 7 smartphone. The video reiterates all of the issues, and that Note 7 owners should immediately stop using their smartphone, turn it off and return it.


Baxter notes that new Note 7 without the battery fault will be in stock "no later than September 21", which is next Wednesday.

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