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Report: Sprint to roll out disruptive pricing next week to woo users

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 15, 2014 8:10 am

Sprint will reportedly cut prices with an announcement set for next week, as the No. 3 wireless carrier tries to catch up to Verizon Wireless and AT&T. Sprint Chairman Masayoshi Son recently tasked new CEO Marcelo Claure with pointing the company in the correct direction following a failed bid for T-Mobile.

 

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Claure replaced Dan Hesse last week, and is interested in dropping prices, boosting the company's wireless network, and trying to cut operational costs.

 

"In the short term, our success will come from our focus on becoming extremely cost efficient and competing aggressively in the marketplace," Claure recently said. "The management team has been working closely with the board to outline the future strategy of the company."

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RollerCoaster Tycoon World announced, nostalgic kick happens in 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 15, 2014 7:32 am

Atari Interactive has announced that RollerCoaster Tycoon is making a comeback next year, in the form of RollerCoaster Tycoon World. RollerCoaster Tycoon World is coming to the PC, and it should include all of the same mechanics that made the original game a massive hit with gamers.

 

 

Players will have the ability to share blueprints of their setups that they've created, where they can then visit other players' theme parks to check them out. Fred Chesnais, the CEO of Atari, said: "Many of the new features in RollerCoaster Tycoon World were not possible a few years ago, but we have taken advantage of technological improvements to offer a wildly fun gaming experience that stays true to the storied franchise. This is the game fans have been asking for".

 

Pipeworks is the company developing RollerCoaster Tycoon World, with previous games in their history being the World Series of Poker: Full House Pro and the Deadliest Warrior franchise. Expect RollerCoaster Tycoon World sometime early next year.

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Activision has the 'freedom to fail' with 3-year cycle on Call of Duty

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 15, 2014 6:27 am

During an interview with Joystiq at Gamescom, Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg said that the three-year cycle that the Call of Duty franchise finds itself in, is something its audience is used to. But even though we see a game released every year, we have three studios working on the franchise at all times.

 

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Hirshberg explained: "That extra year of development time, particularly with the new consoles and the more powerful hardware, has really paid off thus far to iterate, innovate and try new things. To find out which things didn't work and have the freedom to fail in the creative process, so what goes on the disc is the best ideas".

 

It's interesting to see that the company knows it has the ability to fail, with Hirshberg continuing: "The thing that the three-year development cycle allows is these games have gotten so ambitious, we're packing so many different modes of play onto the disc. The things that started off as flyers, like zombies or co-op became their own whole games". Hirshberg says that even though the franchise is annualized, the structure it has for Call of Duty sees that the quality of the series is sustainable. He finished off by saying "Activision has a narrative that doesn't match the reality, which is quite potent".

Nexus 6 pops up AnTuTu with a Snapdragon 805 chip, 2560x1440 display

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 15, 2014 5:37 am

The latest leak on the upcoming Nexus 6 is that it will feature Qualcomm's Snapdragon 805 processor, which will provide users with a quad-core CPU with a clock speed of 2.65GHz. Better yet, the Nexus 6 will reportedly feature 3GB of RAM and an Adreno 420 GPU.

 

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Which display will Google opt for? The Nexus 6 that was found on AnTuTu shows that it will feature a 5.2-inch QHD panel, with a 2560x1440 resolution. Another thing to note, is that we can see 'Android L' listed there, so we should expect Google to unveil the Nexus 6 alongside the release of Android 5.0, or Android L.

 

To go alongside the Snapdragon 805 processor, we have 3GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera backed up by a 2.1-megapixel camera for selfies. We should hopefully hear about an announcement event for the Nexus 6 in the coming weeks, something I'm sure will be close to the iPhone 6 event on September 9.

Nintendo has sold over 1 million copies of Mario Kart 8 in the US

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 15, 2014 4:28 am

It looks like Mario Kart 8 is selling quite well, with over one million copies sold in the US alone. This makes it the second title on the Wii U to sell over one million copies in the US, with the other game being New Super Mario Bros. Wii U.

 

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Nintendo has said: "Mario Kart 8 continues to drive momentum for the Wii U platform", also claiming that hardware sales have increased by "nearly" 60% in the first seven months of this year, versus the same seven-month period of 2013.

Sixense's STEM shows off incredible VR shooting gallery demo

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Aug 15, 2014 3:36 am

Sixense's STEM System is something we've been excited about since it was announced, but the company has just shown off its own Shooting Gallery, where it provides an excellent example of what STEM can do in the VR world with full-simulation weapon mechanics.

 

 

With a STEM in each hand, the right hand acts as if you're holding the gun, while the second can reload your gun with a new magazine. The video above shows off how incredibly well this works, with smooth animations and detailed parts where you can load bullets into the magazine, and then the full magazine into the gun in your right hand.

 

 

For Star Wars fans, there's also a Lightsaber Demo that Sixense posted, that shows off another use for the STEM. In this demo, the STEM System becomes a Lightsaber, and thanks to the one-to-one motion tracking system in VR and its low latency, the experience in the VR world blends into the real-world thanks to you holding something in your hand that feels like the handle of the Lightsaber.

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Flash Memory Summit 2014 - Newisys shows NDS-2600 with 60 2.5" in a 2U

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 15, 2014 2:57 am

Flash Memory Summit 2014 - Newisys displayed two data center storage systems at the show this year, both with a focus on density. The new NDS-2600 and NDS-4600 allow data centers to add large volumes of storage with as little rack space as possible.

 

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Here is a face you've seen on the pages of TweakTown a few times. It's Michael Schuette, formally of OCZ fame. Michael has taken his wealth of knowledge to Sanmina, owners of the Newisys brand.

 

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Michael is no stranger to the cutting edge. Here we see one side of the new Newisys NDS-2600, a 2U server that features 30 2.5" drive bays on each side of the system. As you can see in this image, the system is still on rails so it slides in and out of the server rack for service easily.

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Michael J Fox Foundation and Intel team for Parkinson's research

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Aug 15, 2014 2:29 am

Michael J Fox's charity, the Michael J Fox foundation, has partnered with Intel to examine how wearable technology can be of benefit to people with Parkinson's disease.

 

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Michael J Fox founded the charity after he was diagnosed with the disease. Its cause is not known and there is no cure, however, the symptoms, such as shaking and trouble with co-ordination, can be treated to a degree. The wearable tech will be used to unearth more data, for example, by recording the movements of patients and volunteers. An accompanying smartphone will upload this data to an Intel system, which will then dedicate data scientists to the project.

 

 

Ex Intel boss Andy Grove has acted as adviser to the foundation since he was also diagnosed with the disease. Chief executive of the foundation, Todd Sherer, said, according to the BBC: "This opportunity really will allow us the chance to uncover novel breakthroughs in Parkinson's disease by truly understanding how people are living with the disease today, how are they responding to treatments, what are their unmet needs."

Owner of Tinder buys Ask FM and vows to improve online safety

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 15, 2014 1:25 am

Following a spate of high profile bullying cases and suicides that were linked by pundits to the service, Ask.fm has been taken over by Ask.com and social dating app Tinder.

 

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IAC, which arranged the deal, said it plans on spending millions on improving the safety of the site, while Ask.fm's founders are due to leave. It will "revamp" its safety policies and procedures, according to an official safety agreement between the new owners and New York state attorney general Eric Schneiderman.

 

Ask.fm, the BBC reports, started in 2010 and has a hefty userbase of 180 million per month - but complaints surfaced after it was linked to the deaths of teenagers and online abuse. But IAC said it will focus on child safety, including by employing more moderators.

Sequel to 2014 Godzilla reboot gets a green light from Warner Bros

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Aug 15, 2014 12:32 am

Although it didn't set the box office alight in the manner that Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures had hoped, the green light has officially been given for a sequel by Warner, along with a very specific release date of June 8, 2018.

 

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Director Gareth Edwards hasn't been confirmed to return to direct the sequel, however the 2018 release date has presumably been set as to allow him to helm the as-yet untitled 'Star Wars' spin-off for Disney, which releases in 2016.

 

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With a budget of $160 million, the $500 million worldwide return was generally seen as a disappointment, especially off the back of a strong critical response (including our review here), along with a solid cast led by 'Breaking Bad' star Bryan Cranston.

 

1998's 'Godzilla' directed by Roland Emmerich was massacred by critics, but still reached a worldwide box office of $380 million, from a $130 million budget. Unlike the 2014 reboot, that film wasn't granted its planned sequel by Sony Pictures.

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