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AMD to soon unveil the Radeon R9 295X, the full Hawaii XTX GPU

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 25, 2014 10:05 am

It looks like AMD is preparing itself a new GPU, the Hawaii XTX. Right now we have the Hawaii PRO, which is the Radeon R9 290, and the Hawaii XT, which arrives to us in the form of the high-end Radeon R9 290X.

 

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The new Hawaii XTX will arrive in retail form as the Radeon R9 295X, and will feature the full 48 Compute Units - compared to the 40 on the R9 290 and 44 on the R9 290X. Better yet, there will be 3072 cores, this is an increase from the 2816 cores found on the already fast R9 290X. When it comes to TMUs, this will be increased from the 176 on the 290X to 192 on the 295X. The ROP count will stay at 64.

 

The question now sits with pricing - will AMD be competitive, because these specs will allow the company to compete directly with the GeForce GTX TITAN BLACK Edition, as well as the GTX 780 Ti. Because of the increased specs, we should expect the Radeon R9 295X to arrive with custom cooling from AMD's various partners in SAPPHIRE, MSI, and more.

Micron to introduce Hybrid Memory Cube in 2015, 15x faster than DDR3

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: RAM | Posted: Jun 25, 2014 9:31 am

Micron is planning for the near-future by preparing a 'Hybrid Memory Cube' that will provide 15 times more bandwidth compared to traditional DDR3 memory sticks that you get today. Even with the newer DDR4 implementation, like the one in Japan retail shelves, the HMC is still going to provide fives times more bandwidth.

 

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Along with the bandwidth boost, the new memory type will also draw 70 percent lesser energy. Micron plans to achieve this by stacking memory as stacked chips using a connection type called 'Through Silicon Via'. That said, the memory will be required to be soldered on the motherboard near the CPU.

 

HMC will also have other features that are not present in DIMM-type DDR implementations. These include debug, more error correction features and also have logic layers.

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BlackRock VR teases Horizon V, the 'world's first true 4K VR headset'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jun 25, 2014 9:13 am

With the Oculus Rift taking most of the VR glory right now, even before we have a consumer edition in our hands, it's hard to get noticed in the world if you're a VR headset. Well, that's not the case for BlackRock VR, which just announced the Horizon V - the "world's first true 4K virtual reality headset".

 

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The 4K Horizon V uses dual 7-inch 4K low-persistance OLED panels, which will take up 96% of your eye's FOV, which according to BlackRock will take "over the brain's neuro-optical system". The dual 4K displays will be pumping out over 8 million pixels of content to your eyes, with a massive 629PPI for crystal clear VR.

 

Better yet, the Horizon V will feature dual 4K front-mounted pass-thru cameras. These two cameras are activated by pressing the one-click "X-vision" button that is found on the top of the VR HMD, allowing you to see the world in front of you in 4K 3D. The Horizon V has a 17-point motion-tracking system, a proprietary system called V-motion. This will work well with the low-persistance screen, as there will be no ghosting, motion blur or motion sickness according to BlackRock.

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Machine Games 'would really love to do a sequel' to Wolfenstein

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 25, 2014 5:42 am

Wolfenstein: The New Order was a smash hit for Machine Games, and while the company hasn't announced a sequel to the first-person shooter, it is already plotting the sequel to the game.

 

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Machines Games' Creative Director, Jens Matthies talked with Giant Bomb earlier in the week, where he said: "We would love to do a sequel. We have a very, very clear idea of what we accomplished with this game, and what we want to accomplish with a sequel". Matthies explained that the studio will focus on the pre-production side of things if it ends up working on a Wolfenstein sequel.

 

He continued: "[B]ecause these projects are so long in terms of development -- this was three-and-a-half years for [The New Order] -- and given how long it takes to make a game these days, this kind of game, and whenever you design in terms of preproduction, what becomes the plan for all of those years, has to be a flawlessly polished diamond," he explained. "If it isn't, you end up paying for that further down the line. You have to react to it, change, and do stuff".

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Oculus VR scoops up the team that helped make the Xbox 360 controller

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 25, 2014 4:39 am

Carbon Design Group, the company that helped make the Xbox 360 controller (and its transforming d-pad) and the Kinect for Microsoft, has been acquired by Oculus VR. Better yet, Oculus VR has said that it has been working with Carbon "for nearly a year on multiple unannounced projects".

 

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Oculus VR said on its website: "We're thrilled to announce that we've agreed to acquire the Carbon Design team, one of the premier industrial design and product engineering teams in the country, with over 50 awards to their name. As part of the deal, the team will officially become a key component of the product engineering group at Oculus, operating from the Carbon studio in the Seattle area. They'll also be working closely with the Oculus R&D team based out of Redmond".

 

Carbon Design Group has been in business for over 20 years, and in that time has been a product design and development consultancy firm that has developed consumer, industrial and medical products for companies all across the world. Carbon hasn't just been working on video game consumer electronics, it has helped design computer mice, air purifiers, medical imaging equipment and much more.

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CD Projekt Red has experienced a serious leak of The Witcher 3

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 25, 2014 3:33 am

If you don't want to know about any leaks to The Witcher 3, you've been warned. From here on out, do not read this post. Eurogamer is reporting that someone has hacked the Google Drive account of a CD Projkect Red employee, which was then shared around on the Internet on sites like 4chan and Reddit.

 

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The hacker gained access to screenshots from the game, concept art, but most of all - design documents which go into detail about The Witcher 3's setting, story, and even its endings. CD Projekt Red talked with Eurogamer, with its Manager, Michal Platkow-Gilewski admitting that the leak took place, and "strong advised" people to not access the files if they don't want the game to be spoiled.

 

Platkow-Gilewski said that the leak doesn't affect the development of The Witcher 3, so we shouldn't expect any delays in its release - hopefully.

Steam Summer Sales see Call of Duty, Metro Complete Edition on sale

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 25, 2014 2:48 am

There are some big bargains to be had on the Steam Summer Sales today, with Call of Duty: Ghosts smashed down 50% - dropping from its original price of $59.99 to just $29.99.

 

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Fallout: New Vegas - Ultimate Edition is just $6.79, dropping 66% from its original $19.99 price. Metro: Last Light - Complete Edition also sees the same price and discount, dropping 66% from its $19.99 price to just $6.79. Splinter Cell: Blacklist is 75% off, down from $39.95 to just $9.98. There are some other games on sale too, including Torchlight II, Age of Wonders III and more.

 

The current Flash Sales which last for another 6 hours include Call of Juaraz: Gunslinger, Killing Floor, Star Wars Battlefront II, and Serious Sam - The Complete Pack.

Google updates Glass hardware, doubles the RAM to 2GB

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jun 25, 2014 2:03 am

Google only just announced it was launching its Glass Explorer program in the UK, but now we have news that the Mountain View-based search giant has refreshed the hardware in its Glass headset.

 

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Glass now features 2GB of RAM, double the RAM from its previous iteration. The company has been pushing out constant software enhancements that have been slowly increasing battery life, but the refreshed Glass headset also sports a slightly larger battery. Google says that with the blend of software enhancements and the increased battery, we should expect an additional 15% charge on Glass.

 

The extra RAM on the other hand, according to Glass' Product Manager, Steve Lee, "will allow for more Glassware [apps] to run in parallel and for each Glassware to start more quickly. You'll notice the device generally feels a bit faster and more reliable". The new software baked into Glass will pave the way for a voice-activated viewfinder that will help users frame photos better - something that has been needed since Glass was released.

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AT&T tells politicians DirecTV acquisition might not reduce prices

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 25, 2014 12:42 am

AT&T and DirecTV executives appeared to discuss the blockbuster acquisition, but lawmakers seem frustrated that AT&T couldn't say if the deal will lead to reduced prices for customers. House and Senate antitrust panels are currently discussing the AT&T-DirecTV merger - and whether or not it should be allowed.

 

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Although AT&T and DirecTV are involved in programs to help promote the communities they serve, not everyone is happy about what could happen. Public Knowledge senior staff lawyer John Bergmayer said the deal "fails the antitrust test" and "fails the public interest test," with consumers losing out.

 

"No sir, I can't," said AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson, when asked if the acquisition will lead AT&T to commit to lower prices for customers. "one would have to believe in the market and the market pressures, and that market pressures will compete margins away and cost savings will find their way into prices."

Around 80 percent of Flappy Bird clones installed with malware

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jun 24, 2014 11:10 pm

Mobile gamers interested in playing Flappy Bird should be extremely careful, because most versions of the game circulating shipped with some type of malware. A whopping four out of every five Flappy Bird clone apps come with malware, and that shouldn't be a surprise, with the game pulled while still in such high demand.

 

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The developer behind Flappy Bird, Dong Nguyen, removed his hugely popular game from app stores in February, concerned that it was causing addition. However, the game was so popular that it didn't take long before clones began hitting the Internet, and download rates of the knock-off versions picked up.

 

Some malware is responsible for texting premium services, while others intercept messages and phone calls, and others focus on targeting payment information.

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