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Avalance Studios makes the Mad Max game's car a reality

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 days, 17 hours ago

Ever wanted to drive your favorite gaming car in real life? Forget Burnout Paradise and Need for Speed, Avalanche Studios went out and created the 'Magnum Opus' from its upcoming Max Mad game, thanks to the help of West Coast Customs.

 

 

Set for release on September 1 across PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, Mad Max will be centered around a new vehicle called the 'Magnum Opus', setting out to provide players with a trusty vehicle to last a literal life-time.

 

This short documentary covers some backstory on the title itself, the creation of the vehicle and also an annual wasteland gathering which takes in the Mojave Desert - looking like Borderlands meets Mad Max, but in real life.

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CM Storm launches the Pitch Pro in-ear headset with aluminum body

By: Chris Smith | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: 4 days, 18 hours ago

For those looking at a set of earphones that will last just a bit longer, CM Storm has announced and released its Pitch Pro series of earphones - sporting 10mm neodymium drivers and an aluminum headset body.

 

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Further featuring a myriad of accessories including three different sizes rubber ear grommets in total, a snap-lock carry pouch, a splitter cable (turns one 3-ring 3.5mm into two 2-ring 3.5mm plugs) and even an airplane adapter, CM Storm's $40 (34,9 Euro) release price certainly doesn't skimp on optional extras.

 

Targeted towards all users looking to game and listen to music on the go, check out our own pre-release review of the Pitch Pro here.

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GOG Galaxy now lets gamers roll back, or completely skip game updates

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 days, 19 hours ago

GOG Galaxy has just unveiled a very awesome new feature, letting gamers rollback patches and updates to their games. This is a useful addition to GOG Galaxy, as some patches or updates can break games or remove features that gamers loved before the update came along.

 

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The company is quite know with gamers as DRM-free with anti-Steam features, but with this new feature they are ahead of the curve. GOG Galaxy's Technology Vice President, Piotr Karwowski said: "We know that patches can occasionally break a game or affect your mods". GOG Galaxy also now provides you with an option to opt-out of automatic updates, with the ability of buying games directly from its store without the platform. This is a nice change from the likes of Steam or Origin.

 

But the problem that we have here, is that GOG Galaxy doesn't offer the latest games, with one of the most bleeding edge games being The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. So while GOG Galaxy might now feature some of the best features for patch and update rollbacks, now the company just needs to get games into its library, quicker.

Uber kicks off bus-like 'Smart Routes' in San Francisco

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 4 days, 20 hours ago

Uber is now testing out bus-like "Smart Routes" throughout San Francisco, with the ridesharing giant offering discounts on rides if passengers don't mind being picked and dropped off along popular roads.

 

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The new feature is for UberPool users, with Smart Routes showing up on Uber's app as green lines. UberPool users who want to use these new Smart Routes will have to walk to meet an UberPool driver that is driving along those specific routes, and will be offered $1 or more off of the cost of the journey.

 

Uber adds that these new Smart Routes are part of the company's "ongoing efforts to increase the efficiency of driver-partners' time spent on the road while helping riders save time and money". As for the drivers, they will be operating along these Smart Routes acting like a more personal, but smaller bus service. UberPool kicked off last year offering Uber customers the change of splitting costs by driving with strangers, but these discounts might it a very viable alternative to public transport.

NVIDIA and Intel dominate #pcmasterrace 2015 survey

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 4 days, 21 hours ago

The /r/pcmasterrace subreddit is an interesting place, where over 12,000 gamers responded to the PCMR survey in July and August with some interesting results.

 

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First, 67.7% of respondents said they use an NVIDIA GeForce video card, while 28.9% use an AMD Radeon video card of some sort, leaving 3.4% saying they use the integrated GPU on their Intel CPU. Speaking of CPUs, 80% of PCMR use an Intel CPU while 20% use an AMD chip. Full HD is the resolution of choice with PCMR respondents, with 66% using 1080p. Just 6% of PCMR uses 1440p, while 1.9% use a 4K monitor.

 

Multi-monitor setups are gaining traction with 43.2% using two monitors, 9.8% using a triple-monitor setup but 45.4% are still using a single monitor. Interestingly, 15.8% of PCMR uses a 144Hz monitor of some sort, which is the second largest outside of the huge 69.3% that use a 60Hz panel. 51.3% have 8GB of RAM in their system, while 33.7% reported using 16GB - as for DDR3, it's used by 87.8%, while just 9% are using DDR4.

LG reportedly preparing next-gen handset rocking its NUCLUN 2 chip

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 4 days, 22 hours ago

With the release of the Galaxy Note 5, Samsung has one of the most powerful smartphones on the market. LG doesn't want Samsung to steal all of the thunder, so the South Korean giant is reportedly preparing a new smartphone to combat Samsung.

 

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LG is reportedly looking to power this new smartphone with its impressive NUCLUN 2 processor which is said to blow the Exynos 7420 that Samsung makes and puts into the Galaxy Note 5 away. Qualcomm is preparing its Snapdragon 820 processor, which is rumored to be finding a new home inside of the upcoming Galaxy S7, but LG could pounce first with a NUCLUN 2-powered smartphone sometime in Q4 2015 according to the latest rumors.

 

LG's impressive NUCLUN 2 processor is built on the 16nm FinFET process, where it has a decent jump in performance over the Exynos 7420 from Samsung. Based on benchmarks from the NUCLUN 2 on AnTuTu, the NUCLUN 2 is capable of 5392 on the multi-core test, versus the 4970 that the Exynos 7420 is capable of.

AMD Radeon R9 Nano caught on camera, rocks full Fiji GPU and HBM

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 4 days, 23 hours ago

It looks like we're just weeks away from the official release of AMD's Radeon R9 Nano, with DGLee from IYD.kr posting up some of the best shots of the Radeon R9 Nano yet.

 

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Thanks to the tear down on the card, we get a better look at the small PCB that the Radeon R9 Nano features, with its single 8-pin PCIe power connector powering the card. We have a full Fiji GPU inside, the same chip that powers the R9 Fury and R9 Fury X. The entire card measures in at just 15cm, sitting just over the PCIe connector itself.

 

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As for the price, we are expecting it to fall under $499. AMD's Radeon R9 Nano has a TDP of 175W, and should offer performance similar to that of the Radeon R9 290X (so around 5-10% less than the rebadged R9 390X and less than the R9 Fury and R9 Fury X, obviously. But for its size, this is one of the more exciting cards in AMD's Fiji-powered line up.

Google announces gaming-focused service YouTube Gaming

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: 5 days, 1 hour ago

We knew it was coming, but Google has just officially announced YouTube Gaming, a new gaming-focused service that is launching tomorrow. YouTube Gaming will arrive as its own web service, as well as including Android and iOS apps.

 

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YouTube Gaming will be Google's portal for gaming video content, with the service automatically collecting all gaming-related videos. This will include livestreams on individual pages for more than 25,000 different games. More so, it will provide gamers with personalized recommendations based on the pages and channels that they follow.

 

Google is also making it much easier for people to livestream their games to YouTube, offering up a new page (which is currently sitting in beta form), providing a better way to start streaming your games from a personal URL. Frank Petterson, Engineering Manager for YouTube Gaming said: "Together, we all make gaming better. Our peers make us better gamers, and games are made better by the communities that surround them".

ESL proud to announce CS: GO tournament was most watched event

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 days, 7 hours ago

The Electronic Sports League (ESL) has a lot to be happy about, after its recent Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO) tournament was the largest - and most watched - CS: GO event ever hosted.

 

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More than 11,000 people packed into the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany each day, while 27 million unique viewers watched almost 34 million hours of the live stream. During its peak viewing time, more than 1.3 million people watched the festivities via Twitch.

 

Team Fnatic beat team EnVyUS in the final, capturing a large portion of the $250,000 total prize pool from ESL One Cologne. Capturing three major CS: GO titles, Fnatic showed why they are currently the most dominating CS: GO team in the world.

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Symantec wants to boost IoT security, protecting more than 1B Things

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 5 days, 7 hours ago

Cybersecurity firm Symantec has stepped up and announced it is keeping more than one billion Internet of Things (IoT) devices secure, providing enhanced security for connected TVs, vehicles, critical infrastructure, smart meters, and more.

 

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The Symantec Unified Security Strategy utilizes its Embedded Critical Systems Protection for device security, IoT roots of trust and device certificates, and code signing certificates and secure app services. It's an important goal as there are expected to be more than 25 billion 'Things' by 2020, with that number increasingly growing.

 

Even though more manufacturers are interested in IoT, trying to keep these newly-connected Things secure will be difficult. Cybersecurity experts have shown concern related to lax security practices that could open up new avenues of cybercrime by hackers.

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