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Overwatch dethrones League of Legends in Korean PC bang rankings

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 27, 2016 7:06 pm

For the first time in nearly four years, League of Legends is not number one in the Korean PC bang (LAN center) rankings, according to League analyst Monte Cristo. As of this week, it stands high above the competition at 27.86%, but is topped by Overwatch at 30.36%.

 

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The remaining games on the list are (roughly translated) Sudden Attack, Fifa Online 3, Dungeon Fighter, Starcraft, Lineage, Blade & Soul, Diablo 3, and Aion.

 

Overwatch has become a bonafide hit worldwide with 10 million total sales at last count, and excellent communication and patches from developer Blizzard has further encouraged its success. Meanwhile, League remains a juggernaut, but a significant portion of its player base has grown discontent with Riot's gameplay changes and lack of reception to feedback in recent times.

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System Shock Remastered renamed System Shock, is now a reboot

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 27, 2016 5:26 pm

Prior to launching its Kickstarter for System Shock Remastered this week, developer Night Dive Studios has changed the name of the game to simply System Shock, while proclaiming the new take on the classic game is a reboot.

 

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"We felt that the amount of passion and resources that we are putting into this game elevated it beyond the expectations that someone would have for a remaster," says CEO Stephen Kick. "This is a full-fledged reboot of a classic game into something new."

 

The Kickstarter launches tomorrow (Tuesday) at 12PM PT, at which time a demo will be made available to everyone through Steam, GOG, and Humble.

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Woman wins $10,000 in forced Windows 10 upgrade case

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 27, 2016 4:31 pm

While Windows 10 is a fine operating system, it's drawn a lot of ire from those not yet ready to upgrade to it (and even some from those who have) in light of Microsoft's aggressive tactics. Late last week, there was a win for the people when California resident Teri Goldstein sued Microsoft when her failed Windows 10 upgrade reportedly rendered her system unusable and customer service couldn't help her. Goldstein won the case and was granted $10,000 for lost time and the cost of a new system.

 

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While $10,000 is chump change to Microsoft, the win provides a precedent for potential future cases.

 

The software giant appealed the initial judgment but later dropped it, which it claims was to avoid the expense of further litigation (no doubt increased exposure was a concern as well).

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By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: Jun 27, 2016 3:30 pm

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Across 10 different courses, you'll receive over 63 hours of training in big data, sentiment analysis, object-oriented programming and much more. You'll experiment with decision trees and get exposed to a number of different coding languages too as you work on several data-driven projects with R and Python.

 

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AMD's next-gen AM4 socket pictured on the ASUS ROG Crosshair VI Impact

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jun 27, 2016 8:07 am

Update: It appears this post from WCCFTech has to be taken with a rather large grain of salt, as @null1ng on Twitter tweeted us, directing us to these images - showing that the photos used in the article aren't right. Ugh.

 

AMD's next-gen AM4 socket is still on its way, with a new look at a high-end AM4 motherboard from ASUS and their ROG brand. The ROG Crosshair VI Impact motherboard supports the AM4 socket, bringing support for the upcoming Summit Ridge and Bristol Ridge processors, which will be released later this year.

 

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ASUS is set to add all of the features that AMD's next-gen processors will offer, with the Bristol Ridge-based range of APUs to hit the next few months, and the new Summit Ridge-based FX processors in Q4 2016 - both of which will be powered by AMD's new Zen architecture. What will the ASUS ROG Crosshair VI Impact motherboard bring to the table? Not only will the AM4 socket appear, but we will be able to use existing AM3+ coolers on the board, as well an external VRM PCB that connects to the motherboard.

 

The external VRM PCB includes an 8-phase Impact Power III design that sports top of the line components like the IR3553 PowIR Stage MOSFETs, MicroFine alloy chokes, 10K Japanese-made black metallic capacitors and other components that will ensure the best power delivery for stable operation and overclocking headroom. ASUS should also use the Impact Control III I/O panel that will offer easy-to-reach access to the start, reset, clear CMOS, and USB BIOS flashback switches.

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Tesla inks $9 billion deal to build a new factory in China

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jun 27, 2016 5:54 am

Tesla Motors is eyeing off China as its new production hub, with the company signing a non-binding agreement with Jinqiao Group, which is a Chinese government-owned company.

 

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Jinqiao Group will be constructing the production plant for Tesla, where it will be built-in Shanghai. Tesla has reportedly signed a $9 billion on the deal after company CEO Elon Musk teasing six months ago that Tesla would choose China as a production facility site by the middle of 2016.

 

According to Bloomberg's report, both companies will invest $4.5 billion into the production plant, making it a much larger investment than Walt Disney Co.'s Shanghai-based theme park, which cost them $5.5 billion. How will Tesla benefit with a production plant in China? The electric car maker is paying 25% import tax it pays for each and every electric vehicle is ships to the country.

Battlefield 1: experimenting with weapons in closed alpha test

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 27, 2016 4:50 am

EA is currently holding a closed multiplayer alpha test for Battlefield 1, and gamers are already testing out specific interactions and experimenting with all of the weapons, vehicles, and explosive WW1 mayhem.

 

 

Ever wonder who whens when two players bayonet charge one another in Battlefield 1? What's the deal with mustard gas? Can you kill players with medic syringes? How close do you have to be to a grenade for it to kill you? YouTuber jackfrags goes mythbusting in the closed Battlefield 1 alpha test to answer a bunch of these questions and generally play around with the game, seeing what works and what doesn't.

 

Check below for a quick bullet list of everything we've learned from the footage, including the full list of grenade types, gasmask/gas interactions, bayonet charges, and much, much more. Also remember that the game is still in its alpha state, so a lot could change from now until release. The info below is based on the current unfinished alpha build.

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Blade Runner meets Fallout 4 in this amazing settlement creation

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 27, 2016 3:44 am

There's Fallout 4 settlements, and then there's this absolutely incredible cityscape that brings to mind Blade Runner's sci-fi neon flair.

 

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As someone who's spent a good chunk of time building in Fallout 4's settlement editor, I always love looking at the amazing things that other survivors have built. Quite often it's a fascinating experience, especially when the would-be architects employ the use of dozens of mods to fabricate whole post-apocalyptic cities that utterly smash Bethesda's vanilla flair. Fallout 4 user grod4L's amazing Sanctuary City is one of these creations.

 

Amazing post-apocalyptic architect grod4L didn't use the GECK to build his brilliantly-lit Blade Runner-esque Sanctuary City; he only used existing Fallout 4 PC mods and the in-game editor. The best part is that grod4L plans to release the huge Blade Runner-style city as a save file on Nexus Mods, but only when all of Fallout 4's DLC are available. This will happen probably in September.

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Resident Evil 7 isn't a reboot, you play a powerless, ordinary person

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 27, 2016 2:20 am

Resident Evil 7 was one of the larger reveals at E3 2016, with Capcom taking in influences from current horror games, and even the surprising P.T. and other similar games.

 

 

But during an interview with Capcom Unity, Producer Masachika Kawata and director Kōshi Nakanishi talked about some of the changes that Resident Evil 7 will offer. Starting off, Resident Evil 7 is not a reboot, with Nakanishi explaining: "It's not a reboot and we're not throwing away the series' canonical storyline. It's the new numbered title in the series and it's a sequel to the existing mainline series titles. After I say that and you try the demo, you may say "Really?", because it looks nothing like any of that, but trust me. We need to have a bit of mystery in survival horror, so we're trying to make you wonder when you play it how could this possibly be connected? That's part of the appeal".

 

The first-person perspective is going to be interesting, with Kawata continuing: "Both myself and the director, Mr. Nakanishi, felt if we want people to experience horror and experience it in the most direct, visceral way possible, then literally putting yourself in the position of seeing what the character sees is the best way to do that and so it was our motivation for the first-person camera change". Nakanishi chimed in with the big change with Resident Evil 7's first-person perspective, adding: "Of course it's a big change, so first we got a prototype working and we put first-person in place and we wanted to see if we could make Resident Evil work in first person. As soon as we had it up and running we were really confident that this was the way to move forward. We were really happy with the way that Resident Evil feels in first person".

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KFC's new meal box charges your smartphone with its built-in battery

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 27, 2016 12:02 am

If there was a way to make your KFC meal more unique, KFC stores in Delhi and Mumbai have achieved that - with these two stores offering KFC's new "Watt a Box". What is the Watt a Box?

 

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KFC's new Watt a Box is a meal box that features a built-in battery, microUSB and Lightning cables, so that you can charge your smartphone while you enjoy some of the Colonel's infamous chicken. It's a marketing gimmick of course, but inside it rocks a decently sized 6100mAh battery, which isn't too bad at all. As BGR reports: "The power bank claims to have a 6,100mAh battery but the claims fell short during our brief test. We put an iPhone 5s to charge, which gained 17 percent battery after charging for half-an-hour".

 

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BGR continued: "But the downside was that the power bank was drained during this process. We recharged the power bank to 100 percent and tried to charge a Redmi Note 3. But the power bank ran out of juice again with the phone gaining just 7 percent of charge... KFC is not the only one to toy with such marketing campaigns. Pizza Hut came up with a limited edition box in Hong Kong that converted into a projector for smartphones. McDonald's had launched a special edition of its Happy Meal boxes in Sweden that could be converted into cardboard VR headsets. Coca Cola too had a similar cardboard VR headset one could make from its 12-pack cartons".

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