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Epic Games UK announced, after the company acquired Pitbull Studio

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 6, 2014 9:37 am

Epic Games has just acquired UK-based studio Pitbull Studio, which will be known as Epic Games UK from now on. Pitbull Studio was founded in 2009, where it worked with Epic Games as a close partner on Unreal Engine.

 

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Pitbull HQ is found in Sunderland, UK, with the studio still maintaining smaller branches in both Leamington Spa, and Guildford. In Epic's press release, the company has said that James Golding, Epic Games' Lead Programmer, has moved from Epic Games' HQ in Cary, North Carolina, to Guildford. Golding will lead an expansion of that office.

 

Robert Troughton, Pitbull Studio's General Manager, has said: "Becoming Epic Games U.K. was the next logical step in our relationship with Epic. We're looking forward to expanding our amazing team here in the U.K.". Mike Gamble, Epic Games' European Territory Manager added: "Setting up a bespoke Epic presence here and fully utilizing the Pitbull team as part of that enables us to support Unreal Engine 4 developers across Europe on an entirely new level".

Using just Wi-Fi, these robots have x-ray vision superpowers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Aug 6, 2014 8:30 am

A University of California, Santa Barbara professor has created a robot that is capable of scoping out an environment or building, using just Wi-Fi signals. In order for this to work, there needs to be two robots, with one broadcasting wireless transmissions to another robot positioned on the opposite end, which measures them.

 

 

Walls and objects within a building or house usually reduce the signal strength of Wi-Fi, but the receiver can distinguish between empty and occupied spaces to create an accurate map of the area. This isn't the first time that robots have been able to brag about x-ray vision superpowers, with the Cougar20-H surveillance robot from a few years ago that used a bunch of sensors to get the work done.

 

Researchers believe that in the near future, this type of technology will be used for search and rescue missions, where people could be trapped under rubble after an earthquake or explosion. The technology could also be advantageous in archaeological digs, too.

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FMS 2014 - Chris Geiser from Samsung on 3-bit per cell V-NAND and more

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 6, 2014 8:03 am

Flash Memory Summit 2014 - Chris Geiser, Senor Product Manager at Samsung sat down with TweakTown today to talk about the next iteration of V-NAND technology, 3-bit per cell V-NAND. Also known as TLC NAND, 3-bit per cell is a method used to increase the density of NAND flash memory by allowing the flash cell to use 8 charge states. V-NAND, also commonly referred to as 3D NAND, orders cells vertically rather than horizontally. Samsung's new 32nm 32-layer V-NAND should reduce the cost of V-NAND significantly while also ushering in higher capacity sizes.

 

 

Before the FMS 2014 show floors even open we're hearing a lot about 2TB capacity sizes coming before the end of the year. 3-bit per cell V-NAND could potentially get us there.

 

Chris Geiser also spoke with us about future interface technology such as NVMe.

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Samsung could unveil its Galaxy Note 4 on September 3, trumps Apple

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 6, 2014 7:35 am

We only just reported that Apple would be unveiling the 4.7-inch version of its iPhone 6 on September 9, but Samsung is jumping in early with a rumored reveal date for its Galaxy Note 4: September 3, six days earlier than Apple's rumored unveiling on the next-gen iPhone.

 

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Samsung has reportedly sent out invites to the media, asking if they were "ready" and to "note the date". We should expect that it's for the Galaxy Note 4, which is going to be a monster of a smartphone according to the various leaks and rumors. Samsung Unpacked 2014 Episode 2 will take place in three cities across the world simultaneously: Berlin, Beijing and New York.

Lenovo teases more of its VIBE Z2 Pro, with a 6-inch 2560x1440 display

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 6, 2014 6:28 am

We knew it was coming, but today it is teasing more of its gorgeous VIBE Z2 Pro smartphone, something that features a pixel-crushing 6-inch 2560x1440 display. This display is something that Lenovo teases as an "ultra-rich 6-inch 2KHD display".

 

 

Better yet, all of this will arrive with a massive 4000mAh battery, something that should provide some serious battery life. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 comes with a 3200mAh battery, and the HTC One Max includes a 3300mAh battery. Lenovo has spent considerable time on the body, which is just 7.7mm thin and made from a metallic brushed-weave unibody design which looks beautiful. Android 4.4 KitKat makes an appearance, with VIBE UI 2.0 splashed on top.

 

Inside, we have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chip which provides a 2.5GHz processor, 3GB of RAM, a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera with dual LED flash and optical image stabilization. Dual SIM abilities are here, and 32GB of internal flash with no expandable storage unfortunately. Lenovo will make the VIBE Z2 Pro available in titanium, gold and black, starting in September. We don't know what price you'll be looking at, but we should hear more in the coming weeks.

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Diablo 3 has sold over 20 million copies since it launched in 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 6, 2014 5:33 am

Since Diablo 3 launched back in 2012, the game has sold over 20 million copies as of June 30, 2014. The news comes from Activision-Blizzard's second quarter earnings call, where the company released a press release announcing the milestone.

 

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The 20 million copies includes expansions and digital sales, as well as the usual brick-and-mortar retail sales. At the end of 2013, Diablo 3 had sold 15 million copies, which means Activision-Blizzard have sold five million copies since the beginning of the year, and are sitting on an average of five million copies sold every six months or so.

Wing Commander III is free on Origin right now

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 6, 2014 4:26 am

With all of the hoopla going around right now with Star Citizen, people forget that it all started with Wing Commander for Chris Roberts. Well, EA and Origin are giving away Wing Commander III on Origin right now, one of the big games form the 90s.

 

 

 

Wing Commander III being free is part of Origin's "On The House" deals, where it randomly gives away PC games. Today, that game is Wing Commander III. For those who never played it, it stars Mark Hamill of Star Wars fame, Biff from Back to the Future and even Malcolm McDowell. You can grab Wing Commander III for free on Origin from here.

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Apple rumored to launch its new iPhone on September 9

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 6, 2014 3:46 am

Re/code is reporting that Apple is scheduling a massive media event for September 9, where we should see the next-generation iPhone unveiled. September is usually the time Apple unveils its new iPhone, where we should see it unveiled on September 9, with availability starting on September 19.

 

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We should see Apple unveil the 4.7-inch version of the iPhone 6 at this event, with the 5.5-inch version reportedly to be announced either later this year, or early 2015. Re/code reports: "Apple has scheduled a big media event for Tuesday, Sept. 9 - a date to which Apple numerologists will strain to attribute significance. As with September events past, the focal point of this one is to be Apple's next-generation iPhones, which are expected to feature larger displays of 4.7 and 5.5 inches and run speedy new A8 processors. Apple declined comment".

 

Apple will hopefully bake in its next-gen A8 processor, with a thinner and lighter chassis on the new iPhone. An improved rear-facing camera should be on the cards, and hopefully a few new surprises.

Resident Evil remake to be released next year on consoles, PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 6, 2014 2:34 am

Capcom has officially announced that it will be re-releasing the original Resident Evil game next year, with Producers Tatsuya Kitabayashi and Yoshiaki Hirabyashi saying that they were trying their best to not mess anything up when rebuilding one of the survival horror games that started it all.

 

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Hirabyashi said: "We have been very careful to preserve the original atmosphere of the game, and are ensuring that no unnecessary changes will be made. The tempo and flow of the original game are an inherent part of its scary atmosphere so we have made the decision not to disrupt this tempo". Most of the changes to Resident Evil will be in the graphics department, and not in gameplay. Kitabayashi chimed in with: "When it comes to graphics, we didn't just want them to look better, we have taken the game apart, polished up all the different elements and carefully reassembled them in such a way that its original atmosphere shines through".

 

Resident Evil will be launched once again next year for the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4 and PC.

Dell is actively working on tech that can read your emotional state

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Aug 6, 2014 1:04 am

A top Dell Research and Development executive has claimed the company is working on technology to read people's moods, and a commercial application may be on the shelves by 2017.

 

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According to Jai Menon, Dell is actively developing software that can interpret brain activity and register when a user is in different emotional states. He expects this kind of technology to find potential applications at home and at work. "If I can sense the user is working hard on a task, an intuitive computer system might then reduce distractions, such as allowing incoming phone calls to go directly to voicemail and not letting the user be disturbed," he told the BBC. "Similarly, if they've been concentrating for a long time, maybe it could suggest a break."

 

The claims will certainly have privacy advocates on edge, as critics suggest some computer companies already know too much about users. But Menon insisted there will be positive uses for consumers, such as in the gaming sector. "If someone is playing a game and it sense they are bored, it could ratchet up the level of challenge automatically," he said.

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