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What happens when Mario eats a bad mushroom?

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 31, 2016 3:57 pm

Ever wondered what happens when Mario eats a bad mushroom? No, not a rotten mushroom; the kind that make you see things. I mean Mario is always gobbling up mushrooms to grow bigger, and one of two of them are bound to be the wrong kind, right? Now we know, and the results are pretty horrifying.




This delirious fever dream hallucination-gone-wrong was created by YouTuber CosmoCourtney, who used a Super Mario 3D World hack to make a gangly monster out of everyone's favorite plumber.


I wonder if Miyamoto has seen this yet, and what he thinks about these kinds of hacks. One thing's for sure: every time a mushroom pops up in a Super Mario game, I'll be hesitant to pick it up lest Mario turns into this freakish terror.

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Surface Phone fake renders actually look awesome

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 31, 2016 9:21 am

A bunch of fake renders on Microsoft's upcoming Surface Phone have appeared online, with a striking design that I think could be popular - especially in a sea of lookalike smartphones that we've become way too accustomed to.




The renders of the Surface Phone tease a very sharp cornered style, with the rear-camera reportedly hitting 20-megapixels and branded by Carl Zeiss. I'm really digging this look, and I think Microsoft won't play it this left field unfortunately - we'll see something like Google did with Pixel, and make a smartphone that looks ridiculously identical to the iPhone.




But those straight edges on this Surface Phone are rocking my world right now, what about you?

Samsung has two new Windows 10 tablets for CES 2017

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Dec 31, 2016 7:18 am

It looks like Samsung is preparing two new Windows 10-based tablets for CES 2017 next week, with the Galaxy TabPro S successor - thanks to SamMobile reporting on a purported model number SM-W720 tablet.




Samsung's new Galaxy TabPro S successor is a high-end Windows 10 tablet rocking an Intel Core M processor, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of SSD storage. The company will include a 5200mAh battery with fast-charging port, USB Type-C, and more - all found inside of a 12-inch 2160x1440 Super AMOLED display and 5-megapixel cameras on the front and back.


The other tablet Samsung is expected to unveil is the purported SM-W620, which should be a smaller version - possibly an 8- or 10-inch variant, with possibly watered down specifications.

Facebook buys offline data on its users from 6 partners

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Dec 31, 2016 5:30 am

Facebook loves to get to know its users, so it purchases offline financial information on you from 6 of its data partners in the US: Acxiom, Epsilon, Experian, Oracle Data Cloud, TransUnion and WPP.




With this information, Facebook knows about users' household income, and much more. The social network buys the offline data, mixing it with the data it collects on your online activity. Facebook uses the blend of information to customize advertising for you on Facebook, with ProPublica "reports 29,000 categories are offered to advertisers, with 600 filled with third-party data", reports NextPowerUp.


Is there anything Facebook doesn't know about you? Considering its founder Mark Zuckerberg tapes up the webcam on his laptop, I wouldn't put it past them.

ASUS working on thinnest GeForce GTX 1080 gaming laptop

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Dec 31, 2016 3:32 am

Razer has been owning the gaming notebook market for a while now, but with competitors like MSI, GIGABYTE, and ASUS - that lead isn't guaranteed.




ASUS continued to refine their gaming notebooks, with reports suggesting a new premium gaming laptop is in the works - with it measuring in at just 16.65mm thick. There are Ultrabooks on the market that are thicker than that, so the rumor that ASUS is cramming in a GeForce GTX 1080 inside has us excited.


Not only that, but we should see Intel's new Core i7-7700HQ processor, up to 24GB of DDR4 RAM, and super-fast PCIe x4-based NVMe SSD. We should expect ASUS to unveil the GTX 1080-powered gaming notebook next week at CES 2017.

Microsoft planning Surface Pro 5 for Q1 2017

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 31, 2016 1:30 am

Microsoft is looking to edge out its competitors that are sure to dump out a bunch of devices during CES 2017 next week with a next-gen refresh of its Surface Pro family.




Surface Pro 5 will reportedly launch in Q1 2017, featuring a 4K display and magnetic charging stylus. Microsoft is reportedly tapping Pegatron Technology for manufacturing, according to DigiTimes, which added: "Microsoft also considered adding Quanta Computer as a manufacturer of the Surface Pro 5, but so far has not yet confirmed the plan".

ZOTAC unveils its GeForce GTX 1080 Mini graphics card

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Dec 31, 2016 12:17 am

ZOTAC has been keeping some secrets for an unveiling days before CES 2017, with the new GeForce GTX 1080 Mini graphics card - perfect for those blistering fast SFF gaming PCs you want to build.




It has a fully-enabled GP104 GPU with 8GB of GDDR5X at its full 10Gbps bandwidth, with 1620/1759MHz base and boost clocks, respectively. We have 3 x DP 1.4 connectors, 1 x HDMI 2.0b, and 1 x DVI output.




ZOTAC has made totally-new custom PCB with compatible GDDR5X RAM, but we don't know if ZOTAC went with NVIDIA's 5+1-phase VRM, or altered the VRM design. The GeForce GTX 1080 Mini rocks a single 8-pin PCIe power connector, and two SLI-HB bridges. It will consume up to 180W of power, with ZOTAC using a shortened PCB and custom cooler that rocks 2 x fans to keep everything nice and cool.

AMD's new Ryzen CPU could hit 5GHz, even when air-cooled

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Dec 30, 2016 11:26 pm

AMD's upcoming Ryzen CPU could be a great overclocker, something we were teased at during AMD's recent Tech Summit event in Sonoma, California - but now we're hearing that Ryzen might easily hit 5GHz... on air cooling.




The news is coming in a very cryptic way, with Hexus reporting that "the most stirring extra piece of information is mysteriously hidden inside a binary string printed nonchalantly above a feature image on page 10 of the magazine's printed article"... something you can see above.


Reddit user lolwut996633 noticed it, and when put into a binary to plain text converter, it reads:




This would lead us to believe that the Canard PC article was teasing Ryzen is capable of 5GHz on air, which is damn impressive - because what will we expect for water cooling, and gasp - LN2?!

What to expect from AMD and NVIDIA at CES 2017

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Dec 30, 2016 9:27 pm

I wasn't going to write this article, but then I thought it would make for some good discussion at the very least. AMD and NVIDIA have a very big year ahead of them, and in my opinion it'll be the biggest year ever for the GPU giants, but AMD has a distinct advantage overall.




2015 was a massive year for both companies with AMD kicking off the very end of 2014 with the unveiling of its Polaris architecture, and then NVIDIA hit multiple home runs in May with the announcement of its Pascal-based GeForce GTX 10 series. It wasn't long after that when AMD launched its Radeon RX 400 series with three cards: the Radeon RX 460, RX 470, and RX 480.


All three cards did quite well, with the RX 470 representing some excellent value for money for 1080p 60FPS gamers - and even some 1440p gamers. The Radeon RX 480 was the fastest Polaris-based graphics card in the line up, but it couldn't begin to touch NVIDIA's latest GeForce GTX 1070 and GTX 1080. All of this before the unveiling of the new Titan X, which blows away even the GTX 1080 when stressed in 4K gaming and triple-4K display scenarios.




We've already had a peak at the next-gen Vega GPU architecture from AMD in early December, with AMD showing off a pre-production Vega 10-based card with 8GB of new HBM2 technology running DOOM at 4K 60FPS+ on Ultra/Nightmare settings. AMD also showed Vega 10 off playing Star Wars Battlefront at 4K 60FPS+, too. Impressive stuff, but we're hoping it's early days yet with both hardware and software, and that AMD has some surprises in store for 2017.

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New Mass Effect: no FPS cap on PC, optimized for NVIDIA?

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 30, 2016 8:15 pm

Good news, PC gamers! BioWare's massive open-universe space exploration RPG Mass Effect: Andromeda will have an unlocked frame rate on PC, and the game itself may be optimized to leverage NVIDIA's latest GeForce GTX 10-series video cards, and possibly the upcoming GeForce GTX 1080 Ti.




In an era where PC game ports often ship broken and barely tap the full potential of high-end hardware, it appears BioWare is aiming for the stars with Mass Effect: Andromeda's PC support. We previously reported that the new Mass Effect would run at 30FPS+ on PC, but we didn't know if there was a cap. Now it's official: there is no cap for ME: Andromeda on PC, and the game will also support 21:9 UltraWide displays on day one.


According to Kotaku Australia, BioWare producer Mike Gamble also said that the devs were "targeting day one drivers out for Andromeda," but who will get the drivers: Team Red or Team Green? Gamble says the studio has been working alongside "some manufacturers" to ensure day-one driver support, but didn't say which GPU-maker would get the honors.

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