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Mirror's Edge Catalyst closed beta kicks off on April 22

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 15, 2016 5:54 am

The closed beta phase for Mirror's Edge Catalyst will start on April 22, running for five days, and ending on April 26.



The news comes directly from Electronic Arts and DICE, who both released a new developer diary for Mirror's Edge Catalyst, which focuses on the Social Play side of the game. In Mirror's Edge Catalyst, gamers will be capable of creating their own Time Trials, with the challenging Dashes designed by DICE.


You can place Beat Location Emitters around the city of Glass so that your friends can try out their free running skills and beat your times.

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NVIDIA's new hot fix driver supports the new open beta of DOOM

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 15, 2016 4:13 am

NVIDIA has just released a new hot fix GeForce driver that adds official support for the new open beta of DOOM.




Unfortunately, there's no support for NVIDIA's SLI technology - and no support for multi-GPU setups, period. This is what makes me so mad, guys. The id Tech engine doesn't seem to like multi-GPU setups, because - well, reasons.


The new hot fix driver can be downloaded from here, with the changelog found below:


This is GeForce Hot Fix driver version 364.96 that addresses the following:


  • Support for DOOM Open Beta


Known issues:


  • GFE may show the following error if launched without a network connection: "GeForce Experience encountered an error and must close"

AMD's next-gen Polaris 10 and Polaris 11 will be unveiled at Computex

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Apr 15, 2016 2:27 am

With NVIDIA poised to unveil its next-gen Pascal-based GeForce cards next month, AMD can't miss out on all of the fun - with the company set to unveil its own next-gen Polaris-based video cards late next month, and early June - during Computex in Taiwan.




AMD will also reportedly be showing off their new Bristol Ridge-based APUs, which are set to hit notebooks with the latest Radeon M400 series video cards. Now, onto the Polaris news. It's pretty much fact that AMD's next-gen Polaris 10 (codenamed Ellesmere) will be unveiled, with a super-small TDP of around 100W, and will have no issues playing games at 2560x1440 at 60FPS.


The new Polaris 11 GPU is codenamed Baffin will consume even less power, with a TDP of under 50W. We heard yesterday that the Polaris 10 samples are hitting speeds of 800MHz, and right up to 1050MHz, with 2560 stream processors (but only 2304 SPs enabled on that particular sample).

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Google donates $20 million to help disabled people

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 15, 2016 12:34 am

Google's philanthropic offshoot has donated $20 million across 30 non-profit organizations to further develop technology that will help the disabled. Its generosity follows the results of its Google Impact Challenge: Disabilities, which launched last year with the aim of seeking great technological ideas from different organizations, all seeking to improve the lives of the disabled.



The grant winners -- The Center for Discovery and Perkins School for the Blind among them -- will develop technology that can convert regular wheelchairs into power wheelchairs for increased independence and freedom, assist the blind in finding their way around better with an app, more readily treat children with clubfoot (rotated feet), and help those with difficulty communicating verbally or with text do so better with a specialized keyboard, among other things.

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Japanese 'Godzilla' reboot reveals first trailer

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Apr 15, 2016 12:16 am

While the U.S. version of the franchise might have been righted by the 2014 reboot starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Bryan Cranston, compared to the 1998 Roland Emmerich smash-em-up, that hasn't stopped the original creators Toho Studios from moving forward with new Eastern version of the long-running franchise. Toho have today released new footage for their first Godzilla film in 11 years - 'Shin Godzilla'.



Directed by Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi, 'Shin Godzilla' stars Hiroki Hasegawa, Satomi Ishihara, and Yutaka Takenouchi, and will be released on July 29th in Japan. There's no word yet on an international release, but the film will no doubt be released before the sequel to the U.S. version in 2018, which will start production after Director Gareth Evans delivers 'Star Wars' spin-off 'Rogue One' this December.

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Facebook's new 360-degree camera shoots 8K video, costs $30,000

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cameras | Posted: Apr 14, 2016 11:40 pm

Facebook has announced its insane new Surround 360 camera, which is a 17-lens 3D VR rig that shoots 360-degree video.




The 17 lenses are all 4-megapixel lenses that can shoot up to the huge 8K resolution, of 7680x4320, with each individual layer acting as a built-in heat sink to keep things nice and cool. Surround 360 requires not much effort in terms of post-production, but the $30,000 price will keep most punters at bay.


Facebook has said that it'll post the hardware design and video stitching algorithms onto GitHub later in the summer.

Microsoft's mobile keyboard will feature one-handed mode on iPhone

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Apps | Posted: Apr 14, 2016 11:12 pm

Microsoft's Windows Phone keyboard aka Word Flow is launching imminently on iOS, and it turns out the iPhone version will come with a couple extra goodies: customizable backgrounds (choose whatever image you like from stock themes or your own collection), and a one-handed mode which allows you to input text by moving the keyboard to the side (see it in action in the video below).



If you like, you can sign up for the imminent Word Flow beta here.

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AMC may allow phone use in theaters

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 14, 2016 10:00 pm

Adam Aron, new CEO of movie theater giant AMC is pondering allowing texting and phone use during films in a bid to get more millennials into seats.



"There does seem to be a consensus that there are pockets of consumers who do not see as many movies as other segments of the population and that we can be doing more to attract those people. Millennials come to mind," he said to Variety. "We need to reshape our product in some concrete ways so that millennials go to movie theaters with the same degree of intensity as baby boomers went to movie theaters throughout their lives."


Asked if this would include allowing texting or phone use, he replied positively.

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Netflix has begun streaming HDR content

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Online Video | Posted: Apr 14, 2016 9:04 pm

Netflix has begun rolling out high dynamic range (HDR) content, meaning millions more shades of colour and added brightness levels for more realistic images in your favourite shows and movies.



To take advantage of it, you'll need an "Ultra HD Premium" TV (a few current Sony TVs fit the bill; some say OLED will be great for it), a premium-priced Netflix account (£8.99 or about $12.99), and a 25 megabits per second internet connection or better.


For now, just Marco Polo season one supports HDR, but more content will come, including Daredevil (thanks to a collaboration with LG).

How to fix mod conflicts with Fallout 4's Wasteland Workshop DLC

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 14, 2016 7:40 pm

Fallout 4's new Wasteland Workshop DLC doesn't play nicely with some of the game's must-have mods, but luckily there's an easy fix. We'll show you how to get everything back in tip-top shape so you can make epic arenas and paste neon signs all over your settlements.



When Fallout 4's $4.99 Wasteland Workshop DLC launched on Tuesday, it caused a lot of problems for PC players who loaded up their games with mods. The DLC causes severe incompatibility issues with mods built on the hugely popular Settlement Keywords framework. Amazingly useful mods like Homemaker, OCDecorator, NX Pro Farming and Snap n' Build override the Wasteland Workshop's added items, pretty much disabling the DLC.


So in order to get access to Wasteland Workshop content, users had to disable Settlement Keywords and all the mods associated with it, causing a pretty big blow to their saves. Now there's an easy fix--all you have to do is download this Wasteland Workshop Homemaker and Settlement Keywords Patch, install it with the Nexus Mod Manager, and you'll be in tip-top order.

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