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'Stranger Things' Season 2 teaser drops from upside down

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Feb 6, 2017 5:10 am

The wait for the return of Netflix's smash hit 'Stranger Things' has just gotten a bit harder with today's release of a tease for the eagerly anticipated season two.



Set in 1984, the "bigger, darker" series return is set to deal with the hanging plots from the first season, as well as an epic new threat glimpsed in the teaser. Joining the expanded cast for the nine episode season are 'Lord of the Rings' star Sean Astin and Paul Reiser, as well as the majority of cast members from the first season. Filming is currently underway at locations in the United States.


'Stranger Things: Season Two' is scheduled to hit Netflix in October, just before Halloween.

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'Fear the Walking Dead' in our latest Blu-ray giveway!

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Feb 5, 2017 11:08 pm

To celebrate this week's release of 'Fear The Walking Dead: The Complete Second Season' on Blu-ray and DVD, we have 15 Blu-rays to give away thanks to our friends at Entertainment One Home Entertainment.




Death Knows No Borders. Set in the same universe as The Walking Dead, Fear The Walking Dead follows a blended family during the early days of the undead apocalypse. After witnessing the burning of Los Angeles, Madison, Travis, Daniel and their grieving families head off the coast aboard a yacht, still unaware of the true breadth and depth of the devastation that surrounds them. But as the military bombs the greater Los Angeles area to cleanse it of the infected, the dead are driven towards the sea. As the group heads for ports unknown, they will discover that the water may be no safer than land.


To go into the running to win a prize, simply answer the following question in 50 words or less:

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Huawei P10 and P10 Plus prices leaked

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 5, 2017 9:05 pm

Huawei's P10 and P10 Plus should arrive this spring, and there is a possibility that the company will announce their newest phones at this year's MWC in Barcelona.




The specs and images of the phone leaked earlier this year, but the newest leak reveals the pricing. According to the leak, which we can not confirm at this point, the P10 will come in three variants.


The first one will come with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage and will be priced at $508. The second version, with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, will cost around $595. The most powerful version of the P10, with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, should be priced at $682.

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Windows Cloud: Microsoft's all-cloud OS gets teased

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Feb 5, 2017 9:26 am

Microsoft is working on a new all-cloud operating system, something unearthed by Brad Sams on Thurrott, with the new OS referred to as Windows Cloud.




Windows Cloud looks identical to Windows 10, except that it works completely differently - as it is capable of running UWP apps only. This means that non-UWP apps do not work at all, and an error message will display that says 'The app you're trying to run isn't designed for this version of Windows'.


Inside, the new all-cloud OS is going to be an interesting future for Microsoft - as it will be exclusive to UWP applications. Sams got Windows Cloud from a "third-party and not directly from Microsoft" - adding that it "is possible that this is a hacked together build but we won't know until we get our hands-on an official release".

Intel's new Lake Crest CPU has AI tech, 32GB of HBM2

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Feb 5, 2017 8:22 am

AMD is going to completely own the CPU game with its Ryzen processors, offering some nice technology features that even Intel doesn't have on their flagship processors - but Intel is preparing for a new deep neural network aimed CPU architecture, known as Lake Crest.




Lake Crest have been made with DNN (Deep Neural Network) workloads in mind, so it will better compete against the GPU-based offerings from AMD and NVIDIA.




Intel acquired deep learning startup Nervana for $350 million last year, so the catalyst of this partnership is the new Lake Crest architecture. Intel's VP Datacenter Group and GM for AI solutions, Naveen Rao explains: "We have developed the Nervana hardware especially with regard to deep learning workloads. In this area, two operations are often used: matrix multiplication and convolution".


The next generation Lake Crest CPU will operate as a Xeon co-processor, but is designed to increase AI workloads in a big way thanks to Intel's new "Flexpoint" architecture, which will be used inside the arithmetic nodes of the new Lake Crest CPU. Intel's new super-power can increase arithmetic operations on the Lake Crest CPU by up to 10x, as well as offering MCM (Multi Chip Module) design.




Better yet, it will have 32GB of HBM2 available, with a huge 8Tbps of memory bandwidth across the entire CPU.




Intel will be using "proprietary inter-chip links" which the company says are "up to 20x faster than PCIe".


Diane Bryant, Executive Vice President and GM of the Data Center Group at Intel explains: " We expect the Intel Nervana platform to produce breakthrough performance and dramatic reductions in the time to train complex neural networks. Before the end of the decade, Intel will deliver a 100-fold increase in performance that will turbocharge the pace of innovation in the emerging deep learning space".

LG's faulty 5K monitors needed additional shielding

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Feb 5, 2017 8:08 am

LG have some truly great monitors, but their latest flagship 5K display that they teamed with Apple on has been faulty for many owners since launch - but the new batch, is now fixed.




The new UltraFine 5K monitor that works in tandom with Apple's latest MacBook Pro has been experiencing graphical issues, as well as other weird problems, and now the problem has been found. If the shiny new 5K display was placed too close to a router, the monitor would have issues that could end in your MacBook Pro going through a hard reboot. If the 5K display was disconnected and reconnected, the issue went away for the most part.


LG has since released a statement on the 5K monitor issues, where they said: "LG apologizes for this inconvenience and is committed to delivering the best quality products possible so all LG UltraFine 27-inch 5K displays manufactured after February 2017 will be fitted with enhanced shielding".

ASRock's upcoming high-end Ryzen motherboard teased

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Feb 5, 2017 1:33 am

AMD is preparing the launch of its next-gen Ryzen CPU family, which will reportedly be led by the R7 1800X processor offering 8C/16T of CPU performance at 4GHz. ASRock will be an important motherboard partner for AMD, and now we have a tease of some of their higher-end X370 motherboards.




During a sponsored event in Croatia for DOTA 2, ASRock showed off their new Ryzen-capable motherboards. The boards are still production boards, but we get a better look at the first ASRock enthusiast-aimed X370 motherboards, ready for AMD's new Ryzen processors.



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'Transformers: The Last Knight' Super Bowl spot explodes

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Feb 5, 2017 12:27 am

Such is Paramount's confidence in the upcoming fifth entry in the 'Transformers' franchise that they've shelled out roughly $5 million to ensure it gets seen by a huge captive audience. But if you're not planning on watching the big game, you can see it here!



With Mark Wahlberg, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson and Peter Cullen reprising their roles alongside series newcomers fresh from their success in HBO's 'Westworld'; Anthony Hopkins and Santiago Cabrera, 'The Last Knight' picks up directly from its predecessor, with Cade Yeager on the run and Optimus Prime having fled Earth to find out the origins of the Autobots.


'Transformers: The Last Knight' is set to hit 2D, 3D and IMAX theatres from June 23, 2017.

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Intel CPU with AMD Radeon graphics coming this year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Feb 4, 2017 12:52 pm

The first reports of Intel using AMD's own Radeon graphics technology inside of one of their processors, we haven't been able to stop to think about the possibilities of Intel using AMD's GPU tech, and if they did - when would it happen.




Now it looks like Intel will be making a processors sometime this year with Radeon GPU technology, based on Intel's current Kaby Lake architecture. The news is coming from HardOCP boss Kyle Bennett, who has said Intel's new processor would be a multi-chip module (MCM) with a Radeon GPU die that is separate to the CPU die, and won't be on-die like Intel's current GPU tech.


Intel's upcoming Radeon-powered Kaby Lake CPU would be a mid-range part, so we could expect something in the 1080p 60FPS region for maybe $249? What do you think about pricing?

Capcom: 'no plans' for 21:9 support in Resident Evil 7

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 4, 2017 7:12 am

Resident Evil 7 is a great looking game, but the lack of 21:9 aspect ratio support for UltraWide monitor games is disappointing - but will the game ever support UltraWide resolutions? It seems not, according to Capcom - the developer of the game said: "There are currently no plans to support wide aspect ratio monitors".




Capcom also talked about the reasoning behind the 90-degree FOV lock, as there is an artistic and technical reason behind it, with Capcom explaining: "FOV capped at 90 degrees is a game design decision". They continued: "The dev team explored potentially going wider after seeing feedback from the demo, but going wider introduces issues where certain objects, textures, etc. are then not fully rendered out for performance considerations. It will also have performance implications since going wider will introduce more objects into the scenery. Having too much peripheral vision for this type of game can also lessen the tension and atmosphere intended for the game".


From the way I'm taking this news, we won't have 21:9 aspect ratio support because of the artistic feel - which I think would be fine, but the performance reasons aren't strong enough for me. 3440x1440 is easier on your graphics card to render than 4K (3840x2160) - and even if it were 'too much', they could just warn people they would need a better graphics card.