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Join the 'Suicide Squad' in our Blu-ray giveaway

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Dec 5, 2016 11:21 pm

To celebrate this week's release of 'Suicide Squad' on Blu-ray and DVD, we have 10 Blu-rays to give away thanks to our friends at Roadshow Home Entertainment.




From director David Ayer comes "Suicide Squad," starring Oscar nominee Will Smith, Oscar winner Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman and Oscar nominee Viola Davis. It feels good to be bad... Assemble a team of the world's most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government's disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren't picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it's every man for himself?


To go into the running to win a prize, simply correctly answer the following question:

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Netflix will double original show content in 2017

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Online Video | Posted: Dec 5, 2016 11:17 pm

Netflix currently offers 30 original shows; in 2017, it will more than double its content to at least 1,000 hours according to chief content officer Ted Sarandos.




Next year marks the start of a different direction for the majority of the company's original content, too: over 20 of the upcoming shows will be unscripted, including global competition series Ultimate Beastmaster (produced by Sylvester Stallone). Scripted shows on the horizon include A Series Of Unfortunate Events (starring Neil Patrick Harris), Santa Clarita Diet (starring Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant), and Mind Hunter (a David Fincher series about the early days of FBI serial killer profiling).


Netflix will spend approximately $6 billion on content in 2017, an increase of $1 billion over this year. An estimated 50 percent of that will go toward original content.

Nashville moves to dismiss Comcast anti-Fiber lawsuit

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 5, 2016 10:25 pm

After approving Google Fiber in September, the city of Nashville, Tennessee saw resistance from AT&T and Comcast. Both sued the city over streamlined utility pole attachment rules which would see quicker and easier adoption of Fiber, a threat to both companies' own services.




Now, the city of Nashville has filed a motion to dismiss the Comcast suit (no word yet on the AT&T suit), saying its within its rights to regulate public rights of way and that its methodology does not introduce "substantial impairment" to utility pole operator NES or its contracts, and that even if it did, what it's doing serves a "significant and legitimate" purpose for its people.


As it stands, about 50 percent of the 88,000 poles Google needs to attach fiber to in the city require extra work, but only 33 of them have actually received the work. Rivals to Fiber have been accused for years now of exploiting this loophole to stall adoption, and it appears that's very much the case here.

Amazon Go: Grocery shopping with no cash, no lines

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 5, 2016 9:45 pm

Today, you can order basically anything online, including groceries. But you are still going to end up grocery shopping at one point or the other, and the huge lines can be really annoying. Amazon has an alternative and has introduced Amazon Go, a shopping experience where instead of traditional checkouts, lines and cashiers, you enter, get your stuff and exit. No lines, no cashiers.



Amazon said they call this 'Just Walk Out Shopping' experience. First, you will have to download their Amazon Go app and use it when you enter the store. You take the products you want and walk out.


The checkout-free shopping experience is made possible by the same types of technologies used in self-driving cars: computer vision, sensor fusion, and deep learning. The technology automatically detects when products are taken from or returned to the shelves and keeps track on your app. When you leave the store, Amazon will send you the receipt and charge your Amazon account.

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The Last of US 2 being co-written by Westworld writer

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 5, 2016 9:31 pm

Ellie's "harrowing, hate-filled journey" will be crafted by Neil Druckmann and a writer from HBO's smash hit Westworld show.



Naughty Dog officially announced The Last of Us Part 2 at Sony's PlayStation Experience 2016 event. According to Neil Druckmann, the game will star Ellie as the main protagonist and will be a polar opposite of the first chapter, with Ellie's story being much more twisted, bloody, and malicious this time around. "This is a story about hate, and [it'll be] an intense, harrowing, and emotional adventure," Druckmann confirmed.


The lead Naughty Dog writer also announced that he won't be the only writer on the project: Halley Gross, who helped mold and fashion HBO's new mega-hit Westworld show, will lend her talents to the game's storyline.

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PS4 Pro runs 'hot enough to cook an egg'

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 5, 2016 8:39 pm

Despite Sony's assurances that its new PlayStation 4 Pro runs cool, the fact that the new 4K-ready console uses AMD's new Polaris graphics architecture that's both energy and thermal efficient, and the fact that the PS4 Pro's SoC is built on a 16nm FinFET node process for even more efficiency, the console seems to be getting pretty hot. How hot? Hot enough to fry an egg?



I've been covering the PS4 Pro for a while now, but have decided against picking one up since my 2013 launch PS4 is running fine--even if Sony wants to pretend the console doesn't exist any more. In all of our reports, one of the most consistent bits of info is that the PS4 Pro is much more powerful and efficient than the PS4. We know it rocks a highly customized 4.2 TFLOP AMD Polaris-based GPU that sits below an RX 470 in power, and Sony even affirms the PS4 Pro runs super cool and only gets to 35C while gaming, but many gamers are saying that the system actually runs pretty hot--especially if you're playing in 4K.


"I wanna mention that this thing runs hot. Which is something crazy...we had it running several hours today and it was really hot," Cinemassacre's Ryan Schott said in a recent PS4 Pro evaluation video on AVGN's channel. "It was really hot," Cinemassacre's Mike Matei added, jokingly saying: "You could crack an egg on that thing."

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Resident Evil 7 FPS uncapped on PC, settings revealed

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 5, 2016 7:20 pm

With Resident Evil 7: Biohazard being the first game in the series to support native 4K resolution on PC and upscaled 4K on PS4 Pro, it looks like Capcom is taking the game pretty seriously, which could lead to a well-optimized PC port. Now a list of RE 7 purported PC graphics and performance settings have been unearthed, showing an uncapped FPS option as well as a bunch of different settings.




Resident Evil 7's PC settings, which were apparently found by Reddit user Zabaado, highlight many of the basic toggles, tweaks and bars you'd expect in a PC game.


Players can adjust refresh rates up to 144Hz with FreeSync and G-Sync enabled monitors, resolutions like native 4K and 2560 x 1440p, texture quality up to Very High, Anisotropic filtering up to 16X, mesh quality, AA including FXAA, TAA, FXAA+TAA and/or SMAA, depth of field toggle, shadow quality, bloom, reflections and more. Check below for the full list, and click here for Resident Evil 7's full PC spec requirements.

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The Last Guardian pre-order numbers have surprised Sony

By: Ma Yong Kang | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 5, 2016 6:18 pm

With The Last Guardian finally coming out of its almost ten years of development hell, the desire for this game surprises Sony in the form of the pre-order numbers.



According to an interview with Sony's product manager, Joe Palmer, by MCV, he said: "I can't comment with specific details, but I can say that pre-orders for The Last Guardian are exceeding expectations," he said. "We've seen a really positive response to the Collector's Edition in particular, which despite its higher price point proves there's a huge appetite for the game."


When MCV asked Mr Palmer about if the development team cared about the hype that have been building throughout the years, he answered the team didn't pay attention to it too much. Palmer explained: "We've tried to avoid fuelling the hype by playing on the fact that people have been waiting a long time for this"

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ESA gets $425 million extra to complete ExoMars mission

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Dec 5, 2016 5:24 pm

The European Space Agency (ESA) member nations have approved an additional $425 million dollars to complete the ExoMars mission, a two-part multi-year Martian astrobiology life searching project and joint mission of the European Space Agency (ESA) and Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos). ESA asked for the additional funds after their Schiaparelli lander crashed onto the surface of Mars in October.




The member nations held a two-day meeting in Switzerland where it has been announced that they will provide extra funds.


The European-Russian ExoMars project have sent an orbiter and a test lander to Mars, which were supposed to lay groundwork for the next part of the mission scheduled in 2020 when they planned to send a rover to Mars.


However, while the Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) successfully entered orbit around Mars, contact was lost with the Schiaparelli lander, and it has later been confirmed that it crashed.

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Pokémon GO launches surprise Xmas updates this month

By: Emma Tucker | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 5, 2016 4:20 pm

After the success of Niantic's Pokemon GO Halloween event, the company is bringing a Christmas feature to gamers this holiday season.




According to online sources, Niantic has plans to release surprise updates this December. It's been rumored that some updates will be featuring legendary Pokémon and new spawning areas. Furthermore no specific date has yet been scheduled for this Christmas update event. For now gamers will just have to wait and be surprised as planned.