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BioWare's new secret IP might be an action game, not RPG

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 18, 2016 12:33 pm

BioWare's new mysterious IP may be action-based instead of an RPG, fitting neatly into EA's new action-oriented focus.

 

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A new slide from EA's Investor's Day presentation may hint that BioWare's new unannounced IP is rooted in the action genre.

 

The slide examines the genres of today's current games, with EA affirming its commitment to the action genre. BioWare is listed under the action genre, which is curious considering Mass Effect: Andromeda is an RPG game. Now this all depends on how EA defines ME: Andromeda and whether or not they see it as an "action RPG" or just an "RPG". If it's the latter, then BioWare's brand new IP could be set in the action genre.

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EA wants to monetize spectating in competitive gaming

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 18, 2016 11:12 am

EA plans to fold in its own player-centric brand of competitive gaming into its business model, with features like "pay to spectate."

 

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Over the next three years, EA will build its own competitive gaming sector that will bolster the company's revenue streams. The publisher makes it clear that competitive gaming is not eSports; instead of building up individual teams, EA wants to "make all stars out of all our players". Naturally this is accompanied by a whole new stream of money-making schemes, including monetized spectating and a heavy emphasis on in-game micro-transactions.

 

That's right: EA really wants to make people pay to watch competitive matches. The publisher claims that spectating isn't just about entertainment, but also teaching players new skillsets, which is actually true--and the company sees lots of opportunities in monetizing this. The competitive gaming arm is set to flex in the next 18 months and be fully established by FY 2019. EA will start with three major foundation goals: organize under a dedicated leader (likely an EA-branded competitive gaming sector), build core game features and platform, and establish partnerships with the biggest brands, devs, and names in gaming.

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Universal announce first 4K UltraHD Blu-ray titles

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: May 18, 2016 9:12 am

Mirroring announcements made by 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros and Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios has become the latest studio to announce titles for the 4K UltraHD Blu-ray format with three titles coming in August.

 

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The Tom Cruise sci-fi actioner 'Oblivion', the Scarlett Johansson techno-thriller 'Lucy' and Mark Wahlberg's 'Lone Survivor' become the studios first 4K titles which hit the U.S. market on August 9. All titles include immersive audio and a standard Blu-ray disc with accompanying extra features. The support from the studio is exciting, with the studio boasting some of big blockbusters in its back catalogue, including the 'Back to the Future Trilogy', 'Jurassic Park', 'Fast and the Furious' and 'Despicable Me' movie franchises.

The Division's v1.2 patch detailed in a new trailer

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 18, 2016 8:36 am

Ubisoft has detailed the upcoming v1.2 patch for The Division, something that has its own 'Conflict' trailer which you can check out below.

 

 

The official v1.2 patch for The Division will have a new Incursion known as Clear Sky, which will have Division agents playing against Rikers. This will have gamers trying to take back a LMB-controlled anti-air site. The new Conflict Incursion isn't the only new thing in the v1.2 patch, as we'll also be introduced to high-value targets, modifications to the Dark Zone, gamers having the ability to hijack loot, new gear sets and more.

 

Ubisoft explains: "Another new feature coming in the Conflict update is high-value targets (HVT). The HVT officer inside your base of operations will provide you with a list of these targets, along with a description, their level, and the recommended gear score you need to engage them. You'll have a limited amount of time and only one chance to take down these targets. The Dark Zone will see some changes that are going to make extractions even more intense than they were before. Specifically, Agents will now have the option to hijack your loot. This means that a player can run to an extraction rope and cut it, causing all of the loot to fall to the ground".

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Amazon Alexa's competitor from Google is reportedly 'Google Home'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 18, 2016 6:22 am

Google I/O is right around the corner, with Android Police reporting that Google's answer to the Amazon Alex is something called Google Home.

 

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We don't know much about Google Home, but with their great natural language processing capabilities, we should expect something truly revolutionary. Amazon has already stomped down into the market with force, but Google has a far larger reach, especially if Google Home is a great device.

 

Google will reportedly announce Google Home at Google I/O, but won't launch the product until the fall.

The next-gen iPhone will reportedly have Intel inside

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 18, 2016 4:25 am

According to the latest rumors, Intel has secured itself a big contract with Apple for the next-gen iPhone. DigiTimes reports that Intel will be supplying Apple with half of the modem chips required for the next-gen iPhone launching in September.

 

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Intel will reportedly package the modems for the new iPhone, but have tapped TSMC and tester King Yuan Electronics (KYEC) to manufacture the chips. Right now, Qualcomm is the supplier of LTE modems chips for the iPhone, but Apple is wanting to shift having all of its eggs in one basket.

 

There's not much new with the next-gen iPhone, but a win is a win for Intel in the smartphone game. Now imagine if the iPhone was truly powered by a mobile processor from Intel... that would change, everything.

AMD making 'substantial progress' against NVIDIA with GPU market share

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 18, 2016 2:51 am

NVIDIA has been dominating discrete GPU market share for a while now, but AMD has made a comeback in the last few months with its Radeon R9 300 series and the HBM1-powered R9 Nano and R9 Fury cards. In Q4 2015, AMD's discrete GPU sales increased by 6.69%, thanks to the release of the R9 380X.

 

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On the other hand, NVIDIA's discrete GPU sales were down 7.56% after it released the GTX 950. This means that AMD could secure itself 7% of the discrete GPU market share in a single quarter, which is impressive. It won't be long until AMD fully unveils their next-gen Polaris 10 and Polaris 11-based video cards, but we'll have to wait until late this year according to the new rumors, or early 2017 for the HBM2-powered Vega GPU.

 

Right now, AMD has nothing to fight against the behemoth that is the GeForce GTX 1080, but it could shift focus to the mid-range market with its new Polaris 10-based cards priced at $299 or under.

GeForce GTX 1070 will rock 1920 CUDA cores, 1.6GHz Boost and just 150W

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 18, 2016 1:22 am

We've just wrapped our review on the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080, with it blowing everything else out of the water, but one of the things I can't wait for is the cheaper GTX 1070.

 

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NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1070 is going to be a video card that represents huge value for money, priced at $379. The specifications were hush-hush until now, but it looks like the GTX 1070 will feature 1920 cores, down from the 2560 cores found on the GTX 1080. The GP104-based GeForce GTX 1070 is expected to be faster than the current GM200-based GeForce GTX 980 Ti, and even the Titan X.

 

We can work out the rough GPU clock of the GTX 1070 if we look at the ~1600MHz Boost clock, comparing it to the 1733MHz Boost on the GTX 1080. The GTX 1080's default GPU clock speed is 1607MHz, so I'm expecting the GTX 1070 to fall somewhere in the 1400-1450MHz range. Coupled with 8GB of GDDR5 on a 256-bit memory bus, we're talking about 256GB/sec of memory bandwidth - which is a kick down from the 320GB/sec on the GTX 1080 with its 8GB of GDDR5X on the same 256-bit memory bus.

'Mr. Robot' Season 2 trailer teases what happens next

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: May 17, 2016 11:59 pm

When we last left F Society in the 'Mr. Robot' season finale, Evil Corp has been taken down, plunging the American economy into disaster. So what happens next? That's the premise of season 2.0, which has just posted a new teaser.

 

 

Following hacking anarchist 'Mr. Robot' and the hacktivists group F Society, the first season has been critically acclaimed and took home the 2015 Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series in the Drama category.

 

'Mr. Robot' Season 2.0 premieres on July 13th on the ABC Network.

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iOS 9.3.2 update lets you use Night Shift and Low Power Mode together

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: May 17, 2016 6:37 pm

Back in January, Apple released its exciting Night Shift mode, making your screen easier on the eyes at night time and helping you get sleepy when you should. Unfortunately, Night Shift could not be used in conjunction with Low Power Mode, a key feature for many users looking to make their battery last as long as possible.

 

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The 9.3.2 update released today for all iOS 9 users changes that, allowing you to use both Night Shift and Low Power Mode simultaneously, in addition to sporting minor performance improvements and a fix for audio issues observed when pairing Bluetooth accessories with the iPhone SE.

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