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Samsung announces AMD FreeSync support with two UHD monitors

By: Chris Smith | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jun 23, 2015 1:26 am

The U24E590D and U28E590D models are Samsung's first foray into pairing UHD with AMD FreeSync technology, pushing these products with HDMI 2.0 support, 60Hz refresh rates and UHD 3840x2160 resolution.




With the panels measuring 24" and 28" respectively, Samsung has bundled its Game Mode technology within, claiming to offer rapidly changing colors and brightness, enabling gamers to see clearly no mater how dull the lighting may be - possible similar to BenQ's Black Equalizer technology.


Set for release on the 26th of July, the 24" U24E590D will debut at $399.99 with the 28" U28E590D at $599.99.

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MSI has released its Premium GAMING SLI Bridge with 4K in mind

By: Chris Smith | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 23, 2015 12:36 am

With 4K gaming starting to gain traction, MSI has released its new premium LED-laden GAMING SLI Bridge, complete with support for 2-way SLI on NVIDIA GTX 900 series video cards.




This metal shrouded bridge brandishes the MSI GAMING logo and looks like it will suit most red and black color scheme case layouts, marketed as best for use with MSI's own GAMING series of NVIDIA GTX 900 video cards.


Unfortunately, there was no announcement in the press release of 3-way or 4-way SLI bridges just yet, hopefully we'll have an update for you soon on upcoming products and the pricing of this handy tool.

Crowd funded military drones, Ukranian citizens help the war effort

By: Chris Smith | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Jun 22, 2015 11:30 pm

In a recent video posted by Motherboard, it was outlined that due to lack of funding from Western nations and the Ukranian Government, the public has decided to help out personally by crowdfunding military drone construction and design.



This video outlines two main parties, focusing on 'The People's Project' and it's first built drone - the PD-1. Mainly crowdfunded, this drone was built by some keen Ukranian individuals without prior drone experience and is targeted at helping special forces troops and artillery teams alike in conducting operations.


Set out as a surveillance drone, there was some talk of adding weapons to others in the future.

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North Korea blacklists Instagram, denying access to residents

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Jun 22, 2015 10:47 pm

The small number of Instagram users in North Korea reportedly can no longer access the website, after the service has been blacklisted. The government blamed the site for sharing harmful content - and mobile users connected to Koryolink cannot upload, share or view images.




"Warning! You can't connect to this website because it's in blacklist site," reads an English prompt when a Koryolink subscriber tries to access the social networking site. Company officials reported they haven't been updated by new policy changes - and no official government statements have been released.


Users trying to access Instagram via traditional Internet connection also are blocked from accessing Instagram. North Korea heavily restricts Internet and mobile access inside of the country for its citizens, though foreign visitors can use mobile 3G connections.

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Apple bows to Taylor Swift, will pay artists during Apple Music trial

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 22, 2015 9:45 pm

Well, it didn't take long before Apple bowed to public pressure from Taylor Swift regarding Apple Music and its free three-month trial period. The company also heard complaints from additional artists, and it was a decision made to help win over musicians to support the music service launching at the end of June.




"Apple will make sure that artists are paid," said Eddy Cue, SVP at Apple, in a Tweet. "Apple Music will pay artists for streaming even during customers' free trial period. We hear you @taylorswift13 and indie artists. Love, Apple."


Swift, after announcing she would pull her music from Apple Music in defense of the indie artists, celebrated Apple's announcement:

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Bethesda: Fallout 4 on consoles: 1080p/30fps, no PC restrictions

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 22, 2015 9:34 pm

When Fallout 4 hits the market later this year, Microsoft Xbox One and Sony PlayStation 4 gamers can expect to play it at 1080p and 30 fps, according to Bethesda. There was initial confusion - and a bit of panic - when it sounded like PC gamers would also have to endure restrictions, but that has been clarified by Bethesda.




The game studio also noted that gameplay on the PC will not be limited:


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US Navy interested in artificial intelligence for warfighting, support

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jun 22, 2015 8:35 pm

It looks like the United States military wants to find ways to adopt forms of artificial intelligence and robotics. It won't just be for non-combat support operations, as the Navy wants to evaluate possible warfighting scenarios - and is reportedly looking for feedback from advisers.




The Navy is currently looking for realistic methods to deploy artificial intelligence and robotics into its operational support procedures. It seems highly likely future wars will heavily rely on robots and drones as a way to augment human military personnel.


A recent memo acknowledged the private sector is researching AI and robotics to see how private sector advancements can be used to further naval applications.

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Gaming world seems to like virtual reality, but we need the content

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jun 22, 2015 7:20 pm

There is no question that virtual reality headsets could drastically change the gaming world - but if the Oculus Rift, Project Morpheus, and other products want instant success, there must be appealing content to win us over.




"You're in a store and you're looking at a display, and here's all the head-mounted displays and then it costs $200 or $300," said Tony Christopher, CEO of Landmark Entertainment Group, in a statement published by NPR. "Why would you ever buy it when you don't know why you're buying it? You wouldn't."


I've tested the Oculus Rift DK1 and DK2 in a number of different games, and the potential is clearly there. Playing a game like Skyrim, and walking through the towns - or engaging a bandit with a melee character - is spectacular. I've played a few racing games and flight simulators using DK1, and there is just so much potential here.

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Activision discusses news that Call of Duty is now 'home' with Sony

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 22, 2015 6:25 pm

Microsoft wasn't shocked when Activision announced Sony would become the new 'home' of Call of Duty, giving PlayStation 4 gamers the chance to receive all content first.




Not surprisingly, Activision wants to make sure its games have a good playing experience, regardless if a gamer is using a PC, Microsoft Xbox One or PS4 - however, now is the time to partner with Sony, as the company has "a lot of momentum" with the PS4.


"Maybe Sony's the one that made an interesting switch? The thing behind it, it was the right partnership at the right time, for the right reasons, for all parties involved," said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision, in a statement to GamesBeat. "I'd rather not talk about the inside baseball stuff. Both platforms matter to us. We want to create great experiences on both platforms. We're going to do that. No matter where you play Call of Duty or Destiny or any of our games, we'll deliver the best possible experience on each platform as we always have. In the case of Call of Duty, everyone gets all the content as well."

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Treyarch actually made AI in Black Ops 3 too good, had to limit it

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 22, 2015 5:30 pm

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 will feature extremely developed artificial intelligence, so gamers will get to enjoy a more unique playing experience.




Ideally, AI is able to pose a challenge to gamers, and be a bit more dynamic - but the studio had to be careful not to make the AI too difficult to overcome:


"The enemies make a reasonable, intelligent choice at all times," said Jason Blundell, Black Ops 3 campaign director at Treyarch, in the latest issue of Edge magazine. "One soldier may have an SMG, but his mentality could be 'I want to keep my distance,' 'I want to protect this point' or 'I need to flank.' The problem was reining that system in so the AI agents weren't too good."

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