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Apple rumored to rename OS X to 'MacOS' in the coming months

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Apr 15, 2016 3:28 pm

In an 'it's about damn time' move, Apple is rumored to be in the process of renaming OS X to MacOS, which might be announced during its WWDC event later this year.

 

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Apple talked about how it concluded product life spans for an Earth Day promotion, the company wrote: "years of use, which are based on first owners, are assumed to be four years for MacOS and tvOS devices and three years for iOS and watchOS devices" as determining factors, reports TNW.

 

TNW reports that it expects Apple to rename iOS to 'phoneOS' in the near future, with the 2017 iPhones - but I find that quite disturbing. Could Apple mature its smartphone OS and name it 'phoneOS'? Let us know in the comments, below.

Make Your Own Powerful, 3D-Printed Drone

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: Apr 15, 2016 3:00 pm

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What's cooler than a 3D-printed, camera-equipped drone? Being able to say you made it with your own two hands. Get the FlexBot DIY camera drone kit for $99 at TweakTown Deals.

 

This quadcopter kit comes with everything you need to build a drone, including spare parts. You can even sketch and print your own shells to personalize it. There's no soldering required, so it's perfect for beginners. Once you've built it, launch it in the air and use your smartphone to control it. The Wi-Fi camera will snap photos and take video of every move and trick.

 

Get the FlexBot DIY camera drone kit for $99 at TweakTown Deals.

Minecraft sells 10,000 copies a day

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 15, 2016 2:30 pm

The Minecraft phenomenon is just as strong today as it was back in 2011--arguably even more so--and continues its trend of titanic sales across the globe, raking in an astronomical 10,000 copies sold with every passing day.

 

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According to a new write-up in the New York Times, the mega-blockbuster block-based indie hit Minecraft sells 10,000 copies a day. No, really. Ten thousand copies a day. Since we know that Minecraft retails for about $27 on PC, a quick bit of math reveals that Microsoft pulls in $270,000 every day just from this single property.

 

"Today Minecraft costs $27 and sells 10,000 copies a day. (It's still popular across all age groups; according to Microsoft, the average player is between 28 and 29, and women make up nearly 40 percent of all players)," the NYT wrote in the report.

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If Gears of War 4 fails, the future of the series could be jeopardized

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 15, 2016 1:34 pm

Although Gears of War 4's release date was only just announced, the devs at The Coalition are already planning ahead with Gears of War 5. But there's a chance the franchise could be put on hold if the latest game tanks in sales.

 

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Like any of gaming's Big Three, Microsoft wants its first-party IPs to be safe bets. Nintendo has Mario, Sony has Uncharted, and Microsoft has Gears of War (as well as Forza and Halo). It's pretty much a given that Microsoft will always pump out new iterations of these first-party blockbusters, but what happens when the sales falter? If Gears of War 4 is a huge flop, there's a chance the series could fall into that dreaded state of games limbo.

 

"​One of the things that's nice about Microsoft's investment is that we know, unless this does horribly, we're probably going to do another one," Coalition dev Rod Fergusson told DigitalSpy. "That's made it easier to design moving forward. In the past, when we were doing Gears 1, Gears 2 and Gears 3, there was a lot of doubt, we didn't know whether there would be another one, so we just had to get everything in right now. Here, we're able to look at it, recognise a great idea that doesn't quite fit right now, but it'll fit in the next one. It's made it a lot easier."

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GameStop exec says next-gen console launches could be 'imminent'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Apr 15, 2016 1:06 pm

With E3 2016 right around the corner, it should come as no surprise that next-gen consoles could be a thing - a huge reveal of the next-gen Xbox and PlayStation - possibly, according to a GameSpot executive.

 

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GameSpot COO Tony Bartel talked at the GameStop Investor/Analyst Day briefing in Texas, where he said that the launch of at least some of these next-gen consoles "seem[s] imminent". Bartel didn't say which consoles, but with the constant flow of rumors on Nintendo's next-gen console, and the PlayStation 4.5 all but confirmed, it looks like we should be excited for the next couple of months.

 

Bartel said: "Although we have not modeled extensive growth for new innovation in this presentation, we are very pleased to see the introduction of technology like virtual reality and rumored new console launches, some of which seem imminent".

Dark Souls 3 breaks records as franchise's fastest-selling PC port

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 15, 2016 12:31 pm

The last chapter in From Software's epic Souls franchise is already a rousing success across the board, pulling in over half a million sales on Steam alone.

 

 

Dark Souls 3 has smashed sales records and is now the fastest-selling PC release in the history of the franchise. According to figures published by SteamSpy, as of April 13 Miyazaki's tortuous medieval epic has sold 528, 435 copies on Steam since its release. That's over half a million sales in just three days time. Doing some simple math and multiplying the game's cost with the copies sold, we see that Dark Souls 3 has earned a whopping $31.7 million dollars.

 

Despite reports of Dark Souls 3 being plagued by a game-breaking bug, the new RPG has also broken the record for the most concurrent Steam players after release, dethroning Dark Souls II. Since it's the last game in the triumphantly popular Souls series, tons of gamers want to get in on the action and experience From Software's send-off to the franchise.

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Deadpool 2 confirmed with 'the entire creative team' coming back

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Apr 15, 2016 11:29 am

20th Century Fox has just announced that Deadpool 2 is official, with studio co-chairman Stacey Snider also confirming that "the entire creative team" is back for the sequel.

 

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Screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, alongside director Tim Miller and star Ryan Reynolds are all back. We all knew a sequel would come, after the insane reception of Deadpool and the money that it made, but official confirmation is just music to my ears.

 

There's no current release date for Deadpool 2, but 20th Century Fox does has two slots ready for mystery projects from Marvel set for October 6, 2017 and January 12, 2018 - hopefully it's sooner, rather than later.

AMD's new FirePro W9100 now features 32GB of GDDR5, priced at $4999

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Apr 15, 2016 9:28 am

AMD has just made a nice bump to its FirePro W9100 offering, with a new 32GB model joining the 16GB model that already had a ton of VRAM.

 

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The AMD FirePro W9100 uses the same Hawaii GPU, featuring 2816 stream processors, 176 TMUs, and 64 ROPs. The FirePro W9100 with 16GB of VRAM features the same specs, with a 930MHz GPU clock, and its 32GB of GDDR5 VRAM clocked at 5GHz on a 512-bit memory bus.

 

It's baked onto the tried and true 28nm process, with 1/2 double precision, 6.2 billion transistors, and a 275W TDP. AMD offers FirePro W9100 owners a huge 3-year warranty, but so you should with its massive $4999 price tag.

Oculus 'don't condone' software hacks, promises changes

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Apr 15, 2016 7:16 am

Of course it wouldn't take long for Oculus to stomp down on the software hacks that allow Rift exclusives to work on the HTC Vive, with the company warning users that it's not happy with the move, and future updates will stop this from happening.

 

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Oculus spoke with GamesIndustry.biz, where they said: "This is a hack, and we don't condone it. Users should expect that hacked games won't work indefinitely, as regular software updates to games, apps, and our platform are likely to break hacked software".

 

Previously, Reddit user 'CrossVR' posted up some software that allowed Lucky's Tale (an Oculus Rift exclusive) as well as the Rift exclusive Oculus Dreamdeck, to both work on the HTC Vive. CrossVR explained: "It may work with plenty of other games, but that hasn't been tested by myself. It's still early days for this project, since it's only been in development for a few weeks. In the future more games will be supported, but I'm glad to see such swift progress already".

James Cameron changes 'Avatar' saga plans, 4 more on the way

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Apr 15, 2016 6:26 am

While it's been over seven years since the original 'Avatar' hit cinema screens, Director James Cameron has been adamant that the series would be expanded with three feature films which have been pushed back multiple times. Now he's offered another update on the project - which has now morphed into an additional four feature films!

 

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Speaking at 2016 CinemaCon, Cameron said "We have decided to embark on a truly massive cinematic process. We began to bump up against the limitations for our art form. I've been working the last couple of years with a team of four top screenwriters o design the world of 'Avatar' going forward: The characters, the creatures, the environment, the new cultures. So far, the art I'm seeing, is in pure imagination, really far beyond the first film. It's going to be a true epic saga."

 

Cameron and 20th Century Fox now plan to have 'Avatar 2' launch for Christmas 2018, with the other three sequels to come in 2020, 2022 and 2023.

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