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Man creates first 3D-printed portable railgun

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Printers & Scanners | Posted: Oct 19, 2015 4:24 pm

Reddit user NSA_Listbot has created the world's first 3D-printed portable railgun, so now you can finally pretend Quake is real life.




Listbot has his Masters in Aerospace Engineering with a specialization in Nanotechnology. He says the railgun, shown above, took him a year and a half to complete: six months for the electronics, six months to machine the rails, and six months for design, printing, and assembly. His design is based on other projects, but this is the first that's portable.

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Rock Band 4's DLC totals up to a whopping $3,926

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 19, 2015 1:37 pm

Although Harmonix's latest entry in the acclaimed Rock Band franchise has been met with much fanfare and applause, the game still pushes an incredibly massive library of individually-priced downloadable songs onto players.




Nowadays video games have been plagued with a huge assortment of tricks and tactics aimed at separating you from the cash in your wallet: microtransactions, season passes and DLC being the main breadwinners. One of the biggest moneymakers has been music games like Rock Band and Guitar Hero--and Rock Band 4 continues this trend in earnest.


Rock Band 4 has a total of 1973 DLC songs that are individually marketed at $1.99 a piece, and to buy all of them you'd rack up a tab of almost $4,000--or $3926 to be exact. That's a lot of money for any video game, let alone an interactive music simulator like Rock Band.

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Nintendo's NES console turns 30 today

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Oct 19, 2015 11:27 am

It was October 1985 when the original Nintendo Entertainment System came out, which feels like so long ago because it was - the NES turned 30 years old today.



Nintendo's first foray into the lounge room happened, with the big introduction and the start of Mario Bros., happened on October 18, 1985. Nintendo launched the NES with 17 games, with most of them not being very memorable, except for Super Mario Bros. of course. Do you remember playing on your NES? Did you get one on day one? Did the games need day one patches? Did the console itself require constant firmware upgrades? Yeah.

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Microsoft's awesome Surface Book with 1TB will cost a huge $3,199

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 19, 2015 9:33 am

If you've been like me, you're eyeing off Microsoft's impressive Surface Book, but how much will the 1TB model set you back? If you've got the coin for it, you'll be spending $3,199




The 512GB model will cost $2,699, so if you don't need the bigger 1TB of storage, the 512GB model might be the one for you. Both configurations include a Skylake processor, with the Core i7 including 16GB of RAM, too. Microsoft won't begin shipping Surface Books for another 7-8 weeks because of the high demand, so you'll be waiting for a little while yet.

Intel has 1,000 people working on LTE chips for the next-gen iPhone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 19, 2015 7:33 am

We should expect Apple to unveil a new iPhone next year, like it does every year, but the new iPhone will be very different due to one small change: its LTE modem.




According to VentureBeat, Intel is working on its new 7360 LTE modem so that Apple can use it in their new iPhone in 2016. The company has over 1,000 people working on the chip, as it will be big business for them to get it into Apple's flagship handset. Even if Apple does use Intel's new modem in the next iPhone, it still might dual source its LTE modems from its current partner Qualcomm and Intel.


During Intel's recent earnings call, CEO Brian Krzanich said that its 7360 modem will begin shipping later this year and that new products using the LTE modem will be available in 2016. Apple hasn't officially signed Intel as the supplier of the modem, but if Intel can continue to reach milestones with its LTE modem, Apple should want it in their new iPhone.

Samsung Galaxy S7 to include impressive processor, camera upgrades

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 19, 2015 5:39 am

We all know to expect some big upgrades on the Galaxy S7, but what should we expect exactly? According to the latest rumors, Samsung will include some big processor and camera upgrades, two key parts of the Galaxy S7.




Samsung's next flagship smartphone should feature its own Exynos 8890 processor, which is an impressive 8-core processor clocked at a huge 2.3GHz on the 14nm FinFET process. Apple paved the way with Force Touch on the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, but these new rumors would see Samsung introducing ClearForce technology onto its Galaxy S7, something that Qualcomm unveiled a few days ago now.


The new Galaxy S7 will also receive a camera upgrade, with Samsung using a 20-megapixel rear-facing camera using their own ISOCELL technology. On top of that, the Galaxy S7 should also feature ESS' Sabre 9018AQ2M headphone amplifier solution, which includes a 2-channel D/A audio converter. It also includes harmonic distortion support of up to -120dB, lowered power consumption, and more.

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Win Studio Ghibli's 'When Marnie Was There' on Blu-ray from Madman

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Oct 19, 2015 5:21 am

To celebrate this week's home video release of 'When Marnie Was There' from Japan's acclaimed Studio Ghibli, we're very excited to be able to giveaway five Blu-ray copies to our readers, thanks to our friends at Madman Entertainment.




Twelve-year-old Anna believes she sits outside the invisible magic circle to which most people belong, and shuts herself off from everyone around her. Concerned for her health, Anna's foster mother decides to send her to rural Hokkaido to stay in a sleepy town by the sea. As she dreams her days away amongst the marshes, Anna finds herself strangely drawn to the enigmatic house which sits upon the edge there. This is where she meets Marnie, an energetic young girl who seems to appear from nowhere. As she is drawn deeper into Marnie's world, she begins to learn about family, friendship and kindness.


To go into the running to take one Blu-ray copy home, simply answer the following question in 50 words or less:

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Fallout 4 on PC will not include the entire game on the disc

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 19, 2015 3:31 am

The release of Fallout 4 is right around the corner, where we've now learned that the PC version of the game will still require gamers to download a large chunk of the game, even if they buy the physical retail version.




Fallout 4 on the PC will ship on DVDs, but Bethesda boss Pete Hines took some questions over Twitter where he said: "there is no data on the disc". The next question was "so I install Fallout 4 with the disc" with Hines replying with: "Yes, though you will still have to download from Steam. The disc doesn't contain the entire game".


The PC version will ship on multiple DVDs while the console versions of the game will be released on much bigger Blu-rays. Someone asked why the PC version of the game was being restricted this way, to which Hines replied with a single word: "piracy".

AMD's next-gen GPU will have twice the performance per watt of Fury X

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Oct 19, 2015 1:28 am

We don't know much about AMD's next-generation GPU, apart from the fact that it'll feature HBM2 with over 1TB/sec of memory bandwidth, and some delicious speed upgrades over the more-than-capable Fury X.




The latest news comes from AMD's CEO, Lisa Su, where she teased: "We are also focused on delivering our next generation GPUs in 2016 which is going to improve performance per watt by two times compared to our current offerings, based on design and architectural enhancements as well as advanced FinFET products process technology".


Now, if that's not enough to get you excited, I don't know what is. If we're talking about a 100% jump, we can expect 4K 60FPS in every single game out right now without a problem. It'll also be the perfect GPU for VR headsets, as you'll be needing to pump 90FPS minimum to get the best experience on the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive headsets. NVIDIA isn't far behind the GPU game, with its next-gen Pascal card also using HBM2 and expected to pack an insane 17 billion transistors.


AMD's next card should be "Greenland" and it's said to pack around 18 billion transistors, up from the 8.9 billion found on the Fiji GPU. If the next-gen AMD card does have 18 billion transistors, we can expect somewhere in the vicinity of 8192 stream processors for the big GPU, and somewhere around the 6700 mark for the smaller chip. Remember folks, this is on the 16nm process so expect things to really jump up in performance. While we might not see a true 100% jump, somewhere between 50-80% over the Fury X is what I'm hedging my bets on.

AMD has 'largely solved' the supply constraints on Fury video cards

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Oct 18, 2015 11:11 pm

After months of supply constraints on the Fiji-based Radeon R9 Fury cards, AMD has reportedly sorted out these issues for the remaining three months of 2015.




During AMD's recent Q3 teleconference discussion, company CEO Lisa Su explained: "...relative to the Fury launch we did have some supply constraints in the third quarter. They were - they are largely solved in the fourth quarter, so I don't think there will be any supply constraints".


Some retailers had been enjoying the lull in Fury stock, increasing the price of the Fury X by $200-$250 above the $649 MSRP. This provided a huge 31-38% premium over the $649 price, with AMD Radeon fans having to pay the price if they wanted to stick with Team Red. But, according to AMD these stock issues are solved, so expect to see more Fury cards in the wild.

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