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Suicide Squad's new international trailer is here

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Mar 28, 2016 10:09 am

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is making Warner Bros. an insane amount of money right now, opening to a huge $424 million weekend - with the studio releasing the new international trailer for Suicide Squad.

 

 

The new trailer has appeared overseas, and now online - showing off a few seconds of new footage. The new international trailer is also a little more fun and quicker than the previous trailers, losing the weirdly placed but super-cool "Bohemian Rhapsody" from Queen that was in the original trailers.

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Samsung's Smart Windshield concept looks freakin' incredible

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Mar 28, 2016 7:53 am

Samsung has just unveiled a new concept for its Smart Windshield, which has been teased on a motorcycle, with its awesome technological advancement for the windshield.

 

 

The new Samsung Smart Windshield could eventually find itself into normal cars and trucks, but the company says that it's a simple technology with the technology already existing, and put into production. The Smart Windshield uses a smartphone - such as the Galaxy S7 from Samsung, with an accompanying app that connects to the small projector on the windshield, throwing up specific information to the driver.

 

The concept project allows riders and drivers to navigate information, send automated responses over email/SMS, receive/decline phone calls and text messages, and more. Navigation feels like the best fit here, but I'm sure that eventually there will be information from the vehicle thrown to the Smart Windshield, such as gas mileage, maintenance information, and more.

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Batman v Superman makes $424 million in its opening weekend

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Mar 28, 2016 5:30 am

While Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is being ripped apart from critics, it is making more money than the negative reviews can whinge about it - pulling in over $170 million domestically in its first weekend. For the worldwide numbers, Batman v Superman is crushing it - raking in an insane $424 million so far ($254 million of that from international box office sales).

 

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Considering Warner Bros. had a huge $250 million budget, Batman v Superman will make that back within the next week, pushing against its insanely awful 29% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. With a $170 million opening weekend haul, it would make Batman v Superman place somewhere around #5 when it comes to opening weekend dominance domestically.

 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens debuted to the tune of $248 million late last year, and then Jurassic World stomped through earlier in 2015 with its huge $209 million opening. Batman v Superman is breaking other records as well, such as it being the biggest Thursday pre-show on an Easter weekend, too.

Watch Dogs 2 will feature DX12 abilities, tuned for AMD Radeon cards

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 28, 2016 3:26 am

During AMD's huge Capsaicin event during the Game Developers Conference, we not only found out about the dual-GPU video card in the form of the Radeon Pro Duo, but we also found out about Watch Dogs 2.

 

 

Watch Dogs 2 has been confirmed by Ubisoft, and it should be optimized for AMD hardware, as well as its DX12 support. The original Watch Dogs was plagued with issues surrounding its release, with a huge watering down of its graphics from its original showing at E3 2013.

 

The sequel to Watch Dogs could be something special, especially if Ubisoft has pumped more time into the game - like it did with The Division, which has been received quite well so far.

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PS4.5 would play Ultra HD Blu-ray, as well as 4K gaming and VR

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Mar 28, 2016 1:15 am

We've been hearing about the purported PlayStation 4.5 for a couple of weeks now, but more and more sources are jumping onto the story claiming they've heard what Sony's new console would be capable of.

 

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We've heard from our own sources, who have confirmed Sony is indeed working on the PS4.5 - but what will it be capable of? I think we'll see AMD provide their new Polaris architecture to Sony in the form of a next-gen APU capable of 4K gaming - but for the rumored $400 price, I really don't think we'll see 4K 60FPS gaming. We'll probably see 4K @ 30FPS, which is good and all - but it's not enough in my opinion.

 

The PS4.5 will be Sony's surprise Ultra HD Blu-ray player, which will increase physical 4K media playback consumers just like the PS3 did with Blu-ray all those years ago. I'm sure the PS4.5 will be a better console for the PlayStation VR when it's released in October, too. As for the release date, I think we'll see the PS4.5 released in October or November, right in time for the PlayStation VR launch as well as the holiday season.

Apple's next-gen iPhone rumored to feature iPhone 4-like design

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 27, 2016 10:37 am

Apple may have just revealed its new, but old iPhone SE - but now the latest rumors from credible Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo with KGI Securities has the company teasing the next-gen iPhone.

 

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Kuo teases that the iPhone to be revealed in 2017 will be completely new, with glass casing and a sure-to-be beautiful AMOLED display. Kuo believes that Apple will choose between glass, plastric and ceramic casing for its next-gen iPhone, but believes Apple will land on using glass - like it did with the iPhone 4 "as plastic doesn't offer thin and light form factor designs, and it would be not easy to precisely control the tolerance of ceramic".

 

The new iPhone will also reportedly feature a curved display, much like their competitor Samsung and their Galaxy S6 edge and Galaxy S7 edge smartphones. KGI says that Apple will build on the iPhone 4 design, with the 2017 iPhone featuring a glass front and back, with metal sides. Kuo adds that the new iPhone will feature a "completely new form factor design", with narrow bezels and a "more comfortable grip".

 

Not only that, but KGI teases that Apple could release a huge 5.8-inch iPhone 7 in 2017 with an AMOLED display. Considering the iPhone 6S Plus has a huge 5.5-inch display, the new form factor would have to be impressive for it to be smaller than the 5.5-inch iPhone. We should expect the larger 5.8-inch iPhone to replace, and completely take over the 5.5-inch iPhone if it arrives in 2017.

Galaxy S7 is 25% slower after gaming for only 15 minutes, overheating?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 27, 2016 8:47 am

It looks like Samsung might be in some hot water over its flagship Galaxy S7 smartphone, with some reports stating that after gaming for around 15 minutes, the Galaxy S7 loses 25% of its performance. Overheating could be the issue, which is something that NordicHardware looked into.

 

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Their report states that the SoC performance gets throttled and is forced to reduce its clock speed when the temperature of the chip rises, leaning to rumors that the Exynos 8890 and its 14nm FinFET LPP process might not be perfect. During some 3DMark SlingShot benchmarking, the Galaxy S7 runs at 38C, and over five rounds, the performance begins to fall right off of a cliff.

 

There are two different Galaxy S7 smartphones in the market, one with the Exynos 8890 processor and another with the Snapdragon 820. If you're purchasing the one with Samsung's own Exynos 8890, you might experience these performance-related problems. Samsung should hopefully come out and address this in the near future.

Visionary VR secures $6 million in Series A funding round

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Mar 27, 2016 4:37 am

We all know VR is the rage right now, but Visionary VR is the latest coming to make some bank from it, raising $6 million in Series A funding.

 

 

The funding round was led by DFJ Venture, with Visionary VR CEO Gil Baron saying in a statement: "Today, only expert-level developers can create VR stories, we're going to change that". DFJ Ventures' Bubba Murarka added: "Given Visionary VR's insights into how storytelling is going to be redefined by virtual reality in the future, this company is aligned with DFJ's long history of investing in disruptive technologies. Even after seeing hundreds of VR demos and even creating our own VR app at DFJ, experiencing Visionary VR's product left our team slack-jawed. It is that impressive".

 

Visionary VR has a storytelling in VR-focused goal, where it is creating software to help make the process easier for others who wish to do the same. The company has been keeping its secrets close to its chest, but recently the company teased the first piece of content created with its Visionary Focus technology: a David & Goliath short experience.

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The final box contents for the HTC Vive have been revealed

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Mar 27, 2016 2:51 am

On the eve of the Oculus Rift launching, with the first Rift being hand delivered by Oculus founder Palmer Luckey himself, the box contents of the HTC Vive have been revealed by Polygon.

 

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Inside of the $799 virtual reality headset, you'll receive the Vive headset itself, the super-awesome Lighthouse controllers, and so much more. Here's what you'll get in the box for the HTC Vive:

 

  • Base station (x2)
  • Sync cable
  • Base station power adapter (x2)
  • Mounting kit
  • Link box
  • Link box mounting pad
  • Link cable power adapter
  • HDMI cable
  • USB cable
  • Earbuds
  • Alternate face cushion (narrow)
  • Cleaning cloth
  • Documentation
  • Headset with 3-in-1 cable and audio cable
  • Controller (with lanyard) (x2)
  • Micro USB charger (x2)

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Asynchronous Compute provides 5-10% improvement for AMD on Hitman

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Mar 27, 2016 12:50 am

AMD has made a huge deal about their Radeon video cards featuring support for Asynchronous Compute, with one of the standout games with Async Compute support being the recently released Hitman from IO Interactive.

 

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During the Game Developers Conference earlier this month, Lead Render Programmer at IO Interactive Jonas Meyer held a discussion called Advanced Graphics Techniques Tutorial Day: Rendering 'Hitman' with DirectX 12. During the session, it was revealed that NVIDIA GeForce video cards had no benefits from Async Compute, with IO Interactive claiming to be working with NVIDIA to fix this.

 

But, even with their ACE (Asynchronous Compute Engine) on the GCN architecture, Radeon cards only see a 5-10% performance increase. Async Compute is used for SSAA (Screen Space Anti Aliasing), SSAO (Screen Space Ambient Occlusion) and the calculation of light tiles in Hitman. Ashes of the Singularity also makes use of Async Compute, too.

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