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Epic Games announces Unreal Engine 4 is free for schools, universities

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 5, 2014 5:40 am

Epic Games has just announced that educational organizations, such as schools and universities, can gain access to Unreal Engine 4 for faculty and students, right here, for free.


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General manager of Unreal Engine, Ray Davis, says: "Nothing is stopping students from honing the skills needed to enter the range of fields using Unreal Engine technology, from entertainment software and film to visualization, healthcare simulation and military training. Students who know Unreal Engine technology have a huge advantage when it comes to job placement."

Exclusive: A closer look at iPhone 6, and a tease of iPhone 6 Air

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 5, 2014 5:15 am

After a few leaked photos, it seems that LUXA2 is one of the first in the world to unveil the first legitimate shots of Apple's forthcoming iPhone 6. The shots come courtesy of a look of LUXA2's accessories for the iPhone 6, such as a new 'Elite Leather Stand Case' for the iPhone 6.


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The second shot is of the purported iPhone 6 Air, a surprise for us as that's what we might expect from Apple - two models, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Air. The second shot shows off the iPhone 6 Air High Clear.


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My gut tells me this isn't fake, as the e-mail is from a company I deal with quite a lot. It fully states 'LUXA2 Debuts Exciting New Accessories for iPhone 6," so not only are we getting confirmation of the iPhone 6 - which we know is coming - but the tease of the iPhone 6 Air is huge. Previously, we thought it was going to be called iPhone 6+ or iPhone 6 Plus, we you've just read it here first: iPhone 6 Air confirmed.

The lines begin to form for the iPhone 6, over a week out from release

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 5, 2014 4:31 am

The iPhone 6 launches in just five days time, but over a week out from its announcement (and not its release date) eager Apple fans are already lining up at Apple's flagship store in New York City.


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Apple is poised to unveil its iPhone 6 next week, with two devices to be unveiled - a 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone. The 4.7-inch iPhone should be available starting September 19, ten days after its announcement, while the 5.5-inch version might be launched at a later date. But with IFA 2014 kicking off, Apple has a mountain of competition to fight off, with the new Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge smartphones from Samsung. Sony has announced its new Xperia Z3 smartphone, and that's not counting the Galaxy S5, HTC One M8 and more that are already here, and purchased by millions of consumers around the world.


Rumor has it that we will also see Apple unveil its new iWatch at the event on September 9, as well as a full unveiling of its next mobile OS, iOS 8.

Sony Pictures hires director for 'Shadow of the Colossus' film

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Sep 5, 2014 4:19 am

Sony Pictures have been trying to get a feature film adaptation of the epic PlayStation 2 era game 'Shadow of the Colossus' off the ground for some years now (as well as 'Uncharted' for that matter) but it seems they're now getting a little more serious.


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Sony have hired Andrés Muschietti, who helmed last years horror-fantasy 'Mama' to direct the picture, from a script by Seth Lochhead, writer of 2011's 'Hanna', but haven't yet set a release date.


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The video game, created and designed by Fumito Ueda wasn't a massive hit upon initial release, but was widely praised for its epic scale, gorgeous design and engaging gameplay which pushed the limits of the console which was then approaching end of life. The game was re-released as a remastered PlayStation 3, along with Ueda's earlier title 'Ico' in 2011.

Project Cars will slide onto gamers' rigs on November 18

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 5, 2014 3:30 am

Project Cars is one of the best-looking games in development right now, with a confirmed release date for gamers across the world of November 18. Project Cars will be released on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.


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A huge crowd-sourcing campaign took place, with Slightly Mad Studios explaining Project Cars as "the most authentic, beautiful, intense and technically-advanced racing game on the planet." Nintendo Wii U owners will also receive the game, but it won't be happening until next year.

Cult classic 'Super Mario Bros' movie coming to Blu-ray in UK in Nov

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Sep 5, 2014 1:22 am

It might not be the best video game to feature film adaptation of all time (far from it), but that hasn't stopped independent UK film distributor Second Sight from announcing the release of 1993's 'Super Mario Bros.' feature film on Blu-ray in the UK.


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Coming on November 3rd, 'Super Mario Bros' comes remastered in full 1080p, with 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio, including a 60 minute documentary 'This Ain't no Video Game' which will for the first time shed light on the troubled production, including newly shot interviews with Co-directors Rocky Morton and Annabel Jankel, Producer Roland Joffe, Actors John Leguizamo and Richard Edson, Writer Parker Bennett, Production Designer David Snyder, Art Director Walter Martishius, FX Artists Paul Elliot, Vincent Guastini and Rob Burman, Visual FX Designer Chris Woods, Editor Mark Goldblatt and Creature Designer Patrick Tatopoulos. Bob Hoskins and producer Jake Eberts will contribute via archival footage.


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Other features included on the lavish Blu-ray set include a vintage 'making of' featurette, the original Electronic Press Kit and Theatrical Trailer, along with original storyboards and a stills gallery.


Unfortunately, due to rights issues, Second Sight has confirmed that the disc will be region coded B for the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. The Blu-ray is now available to pre-order from Amazon UK.

Dell announces its new 5K display with a resolution of 5120x2880

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Sep 5, 2014 12:05 am

Dell has just taken the wraps off of its new 5K monitor, with a resolution of 5120x2880 - yes, you read that right - higher than 4K. Dell will be selling its new UltraSharp 27 Ultra HD 5K Monitor for $2500 when it launches in the holidays.



All of these pixels will be firing onto a 27-inch screen, with 16W integrated Harmon Kardon speakers, and six USB ports, too. Dell's UP2715K monitor will use two DisplayPort 1.2 ports, with the company running the monitor from a single NVIDIA Quadro K5000 card at the event. There are 70% more pixels on Dell's new 5K display than a 4K panel, which is an insane amount of pixels. The video above from Maximum PC shows off the 5K panel.

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Almost 30,000 pro-ISIS Twitter accounts created following beheadings

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Sep 4, 2014 11:33 pm

Since the video of U.S. journalist James Foley being executed by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) surfaced on August 20, there have been more than 28,000 pro-ISIS Twitter accounts created. Twitter has purged user accounts that shows ISIS-related violent photography or videos, which led ISIS to embrace other alternatives, but there are still plenty of pro-ISIS statements on Twitter.


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Following 24 hours after the second U.S. journalist, Steven Sotloff, was murdered by ISIS, 10 percent of references to the video were positive. Both videos have shocked the west, intimidated ISIS rivals, and has called for increased military action against the group, operating in Iraq and Syria.


Embracing social media has been a great strategy for ISIS, as there have been more than 60,000 pro-ISIS accounts created since May. Using Twitter and other social networks gives ISIS direct access to journalists and potential recruits, including a growing number of American, British and western European residents picking up arms in the Middle East.

CheapAir allows customers to pay with Dogecoin, Litecoin

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 4, 2014 10:30 pm

Online travel agency CheapAir became the first in its industry to accept bitcoin, and now has opened up Dogecoin and Litecoin payment options. Since embracing bitcoin in November 2013, CheapAir has generated $1.5 million in cryptocurrency sales, which is why the company has decided to support Dogecoin and Litecoin.


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When consumers typically think of cryptocurrencies, bitcoin is the first that comes to mind - but Litecoin, Dogecoin, and scores of others are gaining a strong following from consumers and businesses. Customers purchasing via cryptocurrencies can still mix-and-match flights from multiple airlines, and is still supported by the CheapAir Price Drop Payback offering.


"We try to make travel as easy as possible for customers, and letting people pay the way they want to pay is a big part of that," said Jeff Klee, CheapAir CEO, in a statement. "Bitcoin, Litecoin and Dogecoin represent promising technologies that can make transacting online faster, easier, less expensive, and more secure. We admire cryptocurrency early adopters and we're thrilled to support them."

Buy a Microsoft Xbox One, get any game title for free during promo

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Sep 4, 2014 9:31 pm

Consumers interested in purchasing a new game console, take note: Microsoft is offering a promotion from September 7 to September 13 in which any game is available for free with an Xbox One console purchase. Best Buy, GameStop, Amazon, Wal-Mart, Toys 'R Us, and other major retailers are expected to support the promotion.


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Most free game promotions force gamers to choose from a pre-determined selection, but Microsoft hopes offering more freedom will help boost sales. However, the game must be available during the week-long promo - and doesn't apply to games scheduled for release later this year - and won't apply to refurbished consoles or used games.


Xbox One hardware sales drastically trail the Sony PlayStation 4 game console, but this could help Microsoft close the gap. Also worth noting, Bungie's release of Destiny takes place on September 9, so this could help entice consumers to purchase an Xbox One instead of a PS4.

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