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Porsche Boxster GTS and Cayman GTS unveiled

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Mar 20, 2014 5:00 pm

Porsche has been making some of the most desirable sports cars in the world for decades. The company has its slick two seat Boxster and Cayman cars on the low-end, and the venerable and long running 911 with other models thrown in as well. Porsche has announced a new version of the Boxster and Cayman with more power and style.

 

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The new versions of the cars are the Cayman GTS and the Boxster GTS. Both of the cars get a bump in power compared to the standard versions of the car. Both cars get an extra 15hp bringing the output to 330hp for the Boxster and 340 for the Cayman. Each of the cars also gets a 7 lb-ft boost in torque.

 

Both GTS models get the Sport Chrono package standard and can be fitted with a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed PDK. When fitted with the PDK gearbox the Cayman GTS can reach 60 mph in 4.3 seconds with the Boxster GTS needing 4.4 seconds.

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Galactic Strongholds expansion comes to Star Wars: The Old Republic

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 20, 2014 4:25 pm

Gamers that have spent some time with Star Wars: The Old Republic MMO will be glad to hear that a new free to play expansion is coming soon. This expansion brings a new social feature for the game that allows players to design their own strongholds.

 

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The stronghold is really just an apartment or dwelling for the player to invite their friends to for hangouts and chats. You can choose your own custom decorations and place them where you want in the stronghold.

 

As you fix up your stronghold, you will earn Prestige Score points and the chance to compete against other players in the Stronghold Directory. The update also brings with it Guild Flagships that can't participate in battles, but can be meeting places. Strongholds can be acquired in the game by earning credits or with Cartel Coins in the Cartel market.

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Pyle Rocket Torch Bluetooth speaker is a flashlight and more

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Mar 20, 2014 3:52 pm

There are a number of Bluetooth speakers on the market today and most of them are very similar. Pyle Audio has unveiled a new one that is quite different from the other Bluetooth speakers on the market and is able to perform multiple functions. In fact, the rocket torch can perform five different functions.

 

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The device has a built-in flashlight, a Bluetooth speaker, can be used as a speakerphone, features an FM tuner, and has a memory card slot. The memory card slot lets the device play music without using the battery on your smartphone or tablet.

 

Pyle offers the rocket torch in five colors. If you have a device that lacks Bluetooth capability, an aux-in port lets you hook your device up via a 3.5mm input. You can take the Rocket Torch with you to places where it is likely to get wet. It is splash proof and water resistant. The Rocket Torch is available now in orange green, red, blue, and black for $44.99.

Teen launches comic book vending machine business

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Mar 20, 2014 3:20 pm

When I was 19 years old, about the only thing I thought hard about was landing a date with the hot blonde in my Anatomy class in college. I certainly wasn't thinking about starting a business. 19-year old Chris Romberger is thinking about a business and the teen has launched his own, and it's very cool.

 

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Romberger has Down Syndrome and autism. He worked with a job coach to figure out what he wanted to do with is life. His goals involved the comic books he loves. Since retail space is expensive to rent and maintain, the teen and his coach went with a vending machine.

 

Rather than filling the vending machine with snacks or gadgets, Romberger filled his with comic books. The machine has an assortment of single-issue comic books that you can buy. It appears that prices range from $2.00 to $4.00.

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Crytek offers CryEngine as an 'Engine-as-a-Service', is royalty free

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 20, 2014 10:42 am

GDC 2014 - Epic Games announced that it is now offering its Unreal Engine 4 on a subscription-based model, which will open the graphics engine up to many more developers, but now Crytek has entered the same market - announcing the "Engine-as-a-Service" (EaaS) program.

 

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This will allow developers to use CryEngine and its associated development tools for a flat monthly fee. This all kicks off in May, starting with the first tier of $9.90 per month, which gives developers access to the engine, without a royalty fee attached to sold games. There's not much more known on this at the moment, but Crytek will unveil more details on the service in the coming we eks.

AMD partners with Crytek, will see Mantle supported in CryEngine

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 20, 2014 9:59 am

GDC 2014 - It looks like AMD's Mantle API is gaining some traction, with the chipmaker announcing a new deal with Crytek, the developer behind CryEngine, and the popular Crysis games, Forbes reports.

 

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The news is coming directly from Matt Skynner, who is the Corporate VP and GM of AMD's Graphics Business Unit, who said the company has had productive couple of months. We've seen the chipmaker team up with Roberts Space Industries - the developer behind the upcoming Star Citizen, which is built on CryEngine, as well as the very popular Battlefield 4, which runs on Frostbite 3 from EA and DICE.

 

With over 35 studios working with CryEngine and over 50 games powered by the engine, this is quite the coup for AMD. This new announcement of a partnership between AMD and Crytek is an interesting one, as it seems AMD's API is picking up some steam. We still have to see how DirectX 12 fares, and then we have SteamOS and Steam Machines coming out later in the year.

Icon announces Ender's Game film adaptation on Blu-ray

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 20, 2014 9:05 am

Australian distributor Icon Home Entertainment have announced the forthcoming Blu-ray release of 2013's feature film adaptation of Orson Scott Card's novel Ender's Game, which hit cinemas worldwide late last year.

 

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Releasing on April 4, Ender's Game comes with a generous collection of extra features, including two audio commentaries featuring Director Gavin Hood and Producers Gigi Pritzker and Roberto Orci, a 50 minute making of documentary entitled "Ender's World", a collection of Deleted and Extended scenes along with multiple Easter eggs.

 

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Whilst the film was a box office disappointment that barely recovered production costs, the film fared much better with critics and currently enjoying an aggregate 61% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and praised by fans of the novel.

 

Closer to the film's release, in conjunction with our friends at Icon Home Entertainment TweakTown will give readers the opportunity to take the release home in an exclusive promotion, so stay tuned for that.

Sony's next update for the PS4 will improve video capture, sharing

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Mar 20, 2014 6:34 am

Sony will soon be pushing out a new update for the PlayStation 4 which will allow PS4 owners to save screenshots and videos to a USB drive, as well as supporting HDMI video capture by offering the option to disable HDCP.

 

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Future updates to Sony's next-gen console will improve Twitch streaming, too. The company has promised an HDCP off option since the PS4 launched in November last year, as the PS4 only outputs to HDMI, the presence of HDCP means that PS4 users could only capture video using the share button on the PS4 controller, uploading it to social media, or streaming it through Twitch.

 

The PS4 update will also add a new video editor, which will allow gamers to personalize their clips. From there, you can save clips and screenshots to a USB device, as well as the Share button on the PS4 controller. There will be other features rolled out with the new update according to Sony, one of which will be the ability to archive Twitch broadcasts at a resolution of 720p.

Snowdrop engine detailed in an amazing new video of The Division

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 20, 2014 5:34 am

GDC 2014 - Massive Entertainment, the developer behind The Division, has shown off a new trailer for the game's engine, Snowdrop, which you can check out below.

 

 

It looks absolutely beautiful, one of the first games that truly looks next-gen. The team talks about how versatile Snowdrop is, and how great it is to develop with. The video shows off some bits where you can see it is quite like connecting Lego together, in terms of ease. The last time we saw The Division we thought it looked great, but this video is a big step up on that.

 

Remember, the team has said that The Division won't just be a port on the PC, but it will "stand out" on PC. Hopefully Massive keep to its word, and we don't see the game being scaled down in terms of graphics and features when it gets closer to release.

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Titanfall 2 rumored to not be exclusive to Microsoft platforms

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 20, 2014 4:31 am

According to a GameSpot article and Polygon's sources, EA has just landed the deal for the sequel to Titanfall 2 from Respawn Entertainment. Polygon's sources have said that Titanfall 2 will this time around, not be exclusive to Microsoft platforms.

 

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Titanfall, which was only released a couple of weeks ago, was exclusive to Microsoft platforms: Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC. An EA representative told Polygon that it wouldn't talk about the rumor, saying: "We do not comment on rumor or speculation. Right now all our focus is on supporting all the fans worldwide enjoying Titanfall."

 

Rewinding back to October, Respawn co-founder Vince Zampella tweeted that his company would eventually make games for the PS4, implying that Titanfall's exclusivity to Microsoft platforms was limited to just the first Titanfall. Hopefully we see this materialize into Respawn making Titanfall 2 for the PS4.

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