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Rise of the Tomb Raider will be exclusive to Xbox for an entire year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 days, 4 hours ago

With the release of Crystal Dynamics' second game in the rebooted Tomb Raider series due out in November for the Xbox One and Xbox 360, it looks like Microsoft might have a huge one-year timed exclusive for Rise of the Tomb Raider.

 

 

The news is coming from YouTuber 'The Know' who has said that Rise of the Tomb Raider won't hit the PlayStation 4 until November of next year, but Square Enix will drop the price of the PS4 version of Rise of the Tomb Raider to $40 to entice games. As for the PC version, there's no concrete release date, but we could be waiting as long as PS4 gamers for the PC version of Rise of the Tomb Raider.

 

 

And if you haven't seen it, we've included some Rise of the Tomb Raider gameplay, dubbed 'Siberian Wilderness', showing Lara Croft in the super-cold environments, playing through the game and showing the improved crafting system.

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iPhone 6S will reportedly feature Force Touch technology

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 3 days, 6 hours ago

We know that Apple is preparing the new iPhone 6S, with previous rumors pegging it to include a bunch of new features and upgrades over the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

 

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One of those new technologies will be Force Touch, something Apple unveiled not too long ago with its new MacBook. Force Touch is a nifty technology that sees the surface of the device feature a pressure-sensitive mini electrode that acts, and feels like, the feel of a button when pressed down.

 

Apple will reportedly be offering the new 'S' upgrade of the next-gen iPhone in the same 4.7- and 5.5-inch size that the current iPhone is offered in. But how will Apple deploy its Force Touch technology? We are expecting Apple to use the same style and look of the current iPhone, with numerous changes under the hood, as well as Force Touch. Apple is expected to roll out the new iPhone 6S later this year.

Thanks to Unreal Engine 4, Mario has never looked better

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 days, 7 hours ago

If I had a dollar for every hour I've pumped into Mario games over the years, I'd be a rich man. But in the last few years, I haven't really played many Nintendo games apart from Mario Kart 8.

 

 

But if they looked as good as the ones we have above thanks to YouTuber 'aryoksini' who has teased Mario in the world of Unreal Engine 4, then I'd be spending many hours in front of my PC. The video shows off Mario running around and leaping about the place with the various environmental assets that are found within the Unreal Engine 4 license.

 

Not only that, but all of the animations are created from scratch, and are pre-scripted.

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Deus Ex devs wants to avoid causing drama, tries to avoid religion

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 days, 8 hours ago

It's no secret that Deus Ex games don't shy away from sometimes touchy subjects, and while Deus Ex: Mankind Divided has its own curious plot points, don't expect Eidos Montreal to directly touch on religion.

 

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"One thing that we never touch on from the front is religion," said Jean-Francois Dugas, game director at Eidos Montreal, in the latest issue of GamesMaster. "The subject we're tackling, it goes into religion from the aspect of do we choose to play God or not? But we try to keep it as agnostic as we can because the field is too sensitive. We also don't want to be offensive in any way, or tackle something we don't really understand ourselves. Instead we distill transhumanism, and what it does for human beings regardless of your beliefs."

 

Eidos Montreal showed off the game during E3 2015, and featured a game preview and a second portion demonstrating its actual gameplay. The studio wants to focus on allowing players to mix in a bit of stealth and head-to-head action, providing gamers the chance to play through the game how they feel most comfortable.

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Police officer fired after Confederate flag boxers selfie found on FB

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Social Networking | Posted: 3 days, 14 hours ago

An officer from the North Charleston Police Department has been fired after he foolishly posted a picture in which he was wearing nothing but Confederate flag boxer shorts. Not surprisingly, the post by former Sgt. Shannon Dildine - which was online for a few days - quickly spread on the Internet, and found its way to his commanding officers.

 

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"Your posting in this manner led you to being publicly identified as a North Charleston Police officer and associated both you and the Department with an image that symbolizes hate and oppression to a significant portion of the citizens we are sworn to serve," said Police Chief Eddie Driggers, in a termination letter to Sgt. Dildine.

 

Following a violent gun incident in which nine black worshippers were killed in a South Carolina church by a self-proclaimed white supremacist, the Confederate flag has become a topic of national debate. Even for those arguing the officer has the right to free speech, he clearly lacked a bit of common sense by posting the picture.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 will feature Zombies Mode

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 days, 20 hours ago

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 gamers will get to enjoy Zombie Mode, which Treyarch Studios is expected to show off during Comic-Con in San Diego next month. Zombies gameplay director Jason Blundell will unveil the "mind-bending tale of the undead" for the latest CoD: Black Ops video game.

 

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There aren't too many details about what gamers can expect, so we'll have to wait and see what happens during Comic-Con in a couple of weeks.

 

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is scheduled for launch on November 6, and will be available for the PC, Sony PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, Microsoft Xbox 360, and Xbox One.

Don't fly your drone near the wildfire, because they get in the way

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 days, 22 hours ago

A massive wildfire in the San Bernardino Mountains faced setbacks because of three incidents involving drones being flown by members of the public. Once the drones entered the airspace in which firefighting aircraft were operating, there was an immediate halt to operations.

 

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"Losing the ability to utilize these aircraft has a serious impact on the success of the firefighters on the ground," according to the incident team responsible for fighting the wildfire, in a statement published by NBC News. The airtankers are required to fly at low altitudes, and drone operators could face civil penalties or criminal prosecution depending on the outcome.

 

Here is what the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said in a statement regarding the incidents: "A collision with a hobby drone could easily result in major damage to firefighting aircraft, injuries to the pilot and crew on board as well as firefighters below, and worse, a midair collision."

Samsung Pay could take off compared to other mobile payment efforts

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 4 days, 2 hours ago

Samsung Pay hasn't launched yet, but there is a significant possibility the mobile payment platform could have a major advantage by using technology developed from LoopPay.

 

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LoopPay, which Samsung acquired, uses Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST) technology that will allow any Samsung smartphone to make a payment on current credit card readers. In addition, you can simply use a digital barcode - which can be scanned at checkout - as a method to make a payment.

 

Even if most of you haven't experimented with mobile payments just yet, the industry as a whole is expected to reach $37 billion this year. Of course, that number is half what Business Insider expected - and it won't magically become easier to convince users to try a non-traditional payment.

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Samsung develops battery capable of double the capacity we have now

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 4 days, 3 hours ago

Samsung Electronics' research arm has just created something that will truly trump Apple in a few years time, where the South Korean giant has just developed a new technology that will pave the way for all-day battery life on smartphones and tablets.

 

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The new technology will see Samsung create a silicon cathode material for coating high crystal graphene on a silicon surface to usher in an energy density that is nearly two times more than existing lithium batteries. Current lithium batteries were developed and commercialized by Sony in the 90s, and have slowly been getting better and better, but the material itself has its limitations.

 

Most of the development of high-capacity battery materials has been done in the US, but there is a major technological problem that shortens the life of a lithium battery from constant charging and discharging. The R&D center of Samsung Electronics has succeeded where no one else has, developing a high-density and very durable cathode material by coating the strong and conductive graphene on the surface of the silicon, in order to create a type of protective shell around the silicon.

 

Samsung has been working on improving battery capacity to make itself stand out from the competition, and this technology could be its ticket. Licensing out the technology will surely make them virtually have the ability of printing money, especially considering how many hundreds of millions of devices are sold each year.

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Google engineer says humans will be hybrids by 2030 thanks to nanotech

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 4 days, 4 hours ago

We're only 15 years away from the year 2030, where we're expected to see human brains assisted by nanobot implants that will turn us into "hybrids", according to one of the world's leading thinkers.

 

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The Director of Engineering at Google, Ray Kurzweil, has said that in the 2030s, we will see implants connecting humans to the cloud. We would then be able to pull information from the cloud, from our own brains, all while information will be allowed from your brain to the cloud, letting you back your brain up to the cloud. You know, in case of a bad hangover one night, you could just restore your brain to the night before. #backsupforlife

 

Kurzweil has said that as the cloud accessing our brain improves (and before Skynet takes over), our thinking and cognitive abilities would expand quicker than we can imagine. At first, it would be a "hybrid of biological and non-biological thinking", but as we shift into the 2040s, most of our thinking will be done off-brain, and would thus be non-biological. Think, "OK Google, can I afford to buy pizza tonight" or "OK Google, what is 5.2 million divided by 2.39".

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