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Fallout 4 editions with Pip-Boy is selling out at retailers

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 21, 2015 8:33 pm

The Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition that includes a real Pip-Boy has proven to be a complete hit among gamers. It looks like Bethesda is having a difficult time keeping the Pip-Boy Edition on store shelves, and it remains unknown which stores - and in what locations - will be restocked.

 

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"The Pip-Boy is important part of Fallout, and we love it so much that we made a real one," said Todd Howard, game director at Bethesda Softworks, in a statement published by Forbes. "Yes, you can put your phone in it, and yes, we made an app for it so it works with the game, and yes it's a second screen experience. Usually I find second-screen experiences to be stupid gimmicks, but as far as stupid gimmicks goes, this is the best f---ing one I've ever seen."

 

Bethesda also said it will ask its sales team and stores to address those folks purchasing multiple copies and reselling them on Ebay. Some Fallout fans are frustrated already, but Bethesda is doing its best to sort out logistical issues in a timely manner.

Fable Legends director discusses decision to support DLCs

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 21, 2015 8:22 pm

Lionhead Studios and Microsoft Studios are preparing for the launch of Fable Legends, built on the Unreal Engine 4, which will be a free-to-play game. Gamers won't be initially required to pay to play, but can purchase downloadable content (DLC) if they want additional content to play.

 

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"We launch the game later this year with a certain amount of content but then we're going to continue to release new content every single month, new quests, new stories to play," said David Eckelberry, director of Fable Legends, in a statement to Newsbeat. "Some of that you can purchase, some you can unlock in the game and some you just get for free."

 

Even though so-called freemium games appear to have some popularity, gamers have shown frustration when they must pay to essentially complete the gaming experience. However, it's a thought that is not lost on Eckelberry and said game developers have to "be responsible" and it "would be wrong" to build half a game and then charge gamers.

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NASA has a humanoid robot deployed on the International Space Station

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jun 21, 2015 5:00 pm

NASA and General Motors are testing its humanoid robot, dubbed the Robonaut, aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

 

 

The Robonaut was designed so it can complete simple and repetitive tasks that allow astronauts to take care of other action items. Specifically, NASA hopes the Robonaut is able to reduce the number of dangerous tasks that the ISS must complete.

 

Researchers are curious about how the Robonaut can survive in a minimal gravity environment. If it does well, future editions could be used on missions outside the ISS.

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Minimalism to the extreme - Jonsbo-Cooltek's new RM1 case is sleek

By: Chris Smith | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jun 21, 2015 12:33 pm

We've seen a trend of minimalistic cases popping up in recent times and Jonsbo-Cooltek's new RM1 chassis is another brilliant addition to the myriad of products on offer.

 

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This mini tower supports ATX systems and dual video cards, with added space for a 5.25-inch drive if needed. Finished off with a brushed aluminum exterior, this chassis is set for release early next week in black and silver and will set users back $91 from stores.

 

With the ability to support four hard drives in total alongside 290mm long video cards and CPU coolers up to 95mm in height, Cooltek's new product will launch in Europe under the title 'Jonsbo - powered by Cooltek'.

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IMAX threatens Ars Technica for saying VR is like 'IMAX in your house'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 21, 2015 11:42 am

Earlier in the month Ars Technica took a tour of the Valve headquarters in Bellevue, Washington where they got to play around with one of the hottest VR headsets out there, the Vive.

 

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Ars Technica's Sam Machkovech used an interesting headline for the article: "SteamVR: The room-scale VR world that feels like 'IMAX in your house'". Just the word 'IMAX' had IMAX Corporation contact Ars Technica, requesting that they retract the article because of Ars Technica's use of the word "IMAX" without their permission. IMAX Corporation's Deputy General Counsel, G. Mary Ruby wrote in a letter to Ars: "Any unauthorized use of our trademark is expressly forbidden".

 

Why? The article wasn't about IMAX, it was a reference to IMAX because the experience of the room-sized VR had Alex Schwartz, a game designer that Machkovech interviewed, said "It's like saying, 'I have an IMAX theater in my house'". He added: "It's so much better than we can get away with a cumbersome setup". IMAX didn't like that, with Ruby saying in the e-mail: "We believe that your incorrect reference to IMAX when describing this product is misleading to readers as we do not believe that it is possible for a virtual reality system to replicate the experience of an IMAX theater, which is provided by cutting edge projection and sound technology on screens up to 35.72 metres. We request that all future articles regarding this "room-scale" virtual reality system make no reference to our registered trademark".

 

IMAX has since apologized, after Ars Technica declined to retract their article. IMAX Chief Marketing Officer Eileen Campbell said in a letter to Ars: "Hi Joe, This is an IMAX-sized mea culpa to you, your team at Ars Technica, and your readers. We are very passionate about our brand and sometimes we can be overzealous in trying to protect it. Unfortunately in this situation we acted too quickly without truly understanding the reference to our brand. Again - we apologize for how this was handled and we will try to be better at taking compliments moving forward!"

 

What do you think about this whole kerfuffle?

Samsung shows off the thinnest and lightest 4TB external HDD available

By: Chris Smith | More News: Storage | Posted: Jun 21, 2015 11:22 am

Looking for extreme storage capacity whilst on the move? Samsung has recently announced its new 4TB drive in a press release, boasting a tiny 0.78 inch thickness and weighing in at only 8.3 ounces whilst brandishing a 4TB drive located within.

 

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Claimed as "only a 1/10 of an inch thicker than our 2TB drive," this 4TB model has been exclaimed as the world's thinnest and lightest available on this planet by Samsung's Dave Klenske.

 

Set for release in June through "authorized distributors," expect to see this USB 3.0 product in M3 and P3 Portable editions.

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NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 980 Ti bested by Radeon R9 Fury X at 4K says AMD

By: Chris Smith | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 21, 2015 10:57 am

According to a recent release by AMD and as seen on TechPowerUp, the new Radeon R9 Fury X will outperform NVIDIA's GTX 980 Ti when running at a full 4K resolution.

 

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Set for launch next week, the Radeon R9 Fury X reported the biggest performance gap over it's green competitor when playing Sleeping Dogs, seeing an FPS increase of around 10.

 

It's great to see another battle against these two graphical giants, but with every test ranking under 70 FPS - is it a whole lot to get excited over?

Intel Skylake Processors set for debut at Gamescom 2015

By: Chris Smith | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jun 21, 2015 10:44 am

Taking place in Cologne, Germany on the 5th to 9th of August, Gamescom 2015 is said to be the host of a live global premiere of Intel's new 6th Generation desktop processors - the Skylake series.

 

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We've already seen plenty of Intel Z170 Express chipset motherboards shown off at Computex recently in Taipei, Taiwan and now it's time for the heart of any desktop PC to shine alongside DDR3 or the recently-released DDR4 technology.

 

With further releases set for August/September, Intel will be soon showing off it's full range of champion products ranging from high-end overclocking to consumer desktop performance.

US military seeking ways to defend against small, portable drones

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jun 21, 2015 8:24 am

The US military wants to create solutions to identify and engage enemy drones, as new technologies allow warfare to evolve and change at a significant rate. Future wars will likely rely on drones and robots, with a lot of attention dedicated towards small drones.

 

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The US Navy is currently working with the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, while the Naval Air Station Patuxent River has a research agreement with the University of Maryland. Johns Hopkins is helping create a drone defense system, and the University of Maryland wants to more accurately identify drones.

 

"These things are in everybody's hands," said Conrad Grant, a researcher at the Johns Hopkins physics laboratory. Consumers can purchase small drones for a few hundred dollars, leading the way to anyone being able to carry out suspicious activities against the police or military.

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E3 attendance this year was the best in over 10 years

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Jun 21, 2015 4:31 am

E3 2015 - Attendance at E3 this year saw over 50,000 attendees, which is a first since 2006. Attendance numbers slumped in 2007 and 2008, right down to less than 6,000 - but don't worry, things started swinging up in 2009 right up to over 40,000.

 

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The Entertainment Software Association, the people behind E3, has already announced that E3 2016 will take place between June 14 and 16 in 2016, as well as saying that this year's E3 was a record-breaker. Twitch was the official livestreaming partner of E3 this year, with over 500,000 peak concurrent viewers.

 

274 exhibitors were at E3 this year, up from just 187 in 2015, too.

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