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Nintendo wants Zelda Wii U to be the best Zelda game ever

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 days, 3 hours ago

Details on the new Zelda Wii U game have been sparse, but Nintendo is banking quite a bit on the new adventure. As a result the Japanese gaming titan is taking their time with development to make sure it lives up to fans' high expectations.

 

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"We confirmed that a Zelda game, a new Zelda experience is in development for the Wii U and we have our team hard at work on that," Nintendo exec Scott Moffitt told iDigitalTimes in an E3 2015 interview. "We want that to be the best Zelda experience. Fans have been waiting for and deserve a game when it's ready, when it's fully featured and when it can live up to what we would like to deliver."

 

Originally slated for a release this year on the flagging Wii U console, Nintendo delayed Zelda Wii U for TBA 2016 leaving the possibility open for a cross-platform launch on Nintendo's mysterious new NX platform.

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id Software must prove itself with new Doom game

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 days, 4 hours ago

Doom is one of the most iconic video game series, with three games released since the first one launched in 1993 - but id Software is aware of the changing times. Gamers, many of whom have a rather shot attention-span, have focused on a number of other game titles.

 

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"id hasn't made a game in the current pantheon of first-person shooters," said Pete Hines, VP of Marketing at Bethesda, in a statement to GameSpot. "It's not a part of that conversation. You can go to any sixteen-year-old at Quakecon and ask them what their favorite shooter is and they're going to say Call of Duty and Battlefield and Halo, but not Doom, because why would they?"

 

The studio previously discussed how it scrapped the "Doom 4" game title, saying it felt too much like Call of Duty - and not enough like Doom. It's reassuring to hear developers were willing to go back to the drawing board when it came to Doom, and I'm very much looking forward to it.

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Islamic State restricting Internet access in its self-declared capital

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: 2 days, 4 hours ago

The Islamic State is heavily restricting Internet access in its so-called capital of Raqqa, Syria, according to recent reports.

 

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The group recently began circulating leaflets that demand Internet cafes to remove all Wi-Fi boosters, private wireless adapters, and other hardware that helps provide Internet connectivity.

 

"You won't find computers in 95 percent of them," said Abu Ibrahim al-Raqqawi, c-founder of the Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently organization, in a statement to The Daily Beast. "It's more like a small shop where not even two or three people can sit down. You go there, bring your own cell or laptop. You tell them, 'I want an account with you.' The Internet café owner will give you a password and account username."

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Hitman alpha brings the Titan X to its knees, can't do 60FPS at 1080p

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 days, 5 hours ago

The closed alpha of Hitman is a huge resource hog, where even NVIDIA's GeForce GTX Titan X can't run the game at a stable 60FPS at 1080p on 'Ultra' settings. Now we are noting here many times: this is just an alpha, and not indicative of the final version of the game.

 

 

But, with the alpha build of Hitman already chewing up a serious video card like the Titan X and not even being able to spit out 60FPS at 1080p, is worrying. YouTuber 'polaric90' has posted a video using a Titan X, with an average frame rate of around 40FPS. With the performance on one of the best cards on the market not even hitting 60FPS at only 1080p, what will happen at 1440p? 4K?

 

The biggest thing to worry about here is the console versions of the game, which are much slower than a Titan X. It looks like the developer has quite a bit of work to do on optimization between now and December 8, when Hitman reaches the Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

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iiNet and TPG ISP merger approved by shareholders

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: 2 days, 6 hours ago

Australian ISP giant TPG are today one step closer to succeeding in their controversial bid to takeover Australian ISP iiNet, after iiNet shareholders voted overwhelmingly to accept a revised $1.56B AUD offer.

 

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According to the Australian Financial Review, 93% of shareholders voted in favour of the offer which would create the second biggest ISP in Austarlian, just behind Telstra Bigpond.

 

The next step in the bid is approval from Australian industry regulator ACCC, which the Financial Review specualate will be granted on August 20th.

SanDisk will have 6TB and 8TB SSDs next year using 15nm NAND flash

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: 2 days, 6 hours ago

SSDs continue to get much bigger in capacity, while smaller in physical size thanks to new standards like M.2 and PCIe, but SanDisk is now teasing that we'll have 6TB and 8TB SSDs as soon as next year.

 

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SanDisk will be using Toshiba's 15nm process for their upcoming 6TB and 8TB SSDs, but they will be using MLC, instead of the newer 3D V-NAND. Sanjay Mehrotra, CEO and President of SanDisk has said: "We are developing our next-generation 15nm NAND flash-based 12Gb/s SAS SSD with higher capacity and performance. We expect to introduce that solution to market in 2016 with revenue contribution starting in late 2016".

CurrentC, an Apple Pay rival, is scheduled to launch next month

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 2 days, 7 hours ago

It may have taken more than three years, but it looks like the Merchant Customer Exchange's CurrentC mobile payment platform could launch next month.

 

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CurrentC received funding from Walmart, Best Buy, Target and other retailers - and has undergone limited testing throughout 2015. CurrentC was expected sometime in "mid-2015," and the first-generation will require customers to scan a barcode at checkout to help pay for items.

 

The service is "making good progress" towards launching an app for consumers, according to Scott Rankin, COO of MCX, in a statement to Bloomberg. "We expect there to be more than one successful player in mobile payments, and we expect to be one of them."

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Daimler wants to begin testing self-driving trucks in Germany

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 2 days, 7 hours ago

It looks like Daimler wants to begin testing its self-driving trucks on German roads in 2016, if all goes according to plan, according to German media sources.

 

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Daimler first showed off its self-driving truck in Germany last year, and road tests were expected to be announced within a couple of years. Full production is likely 2-3 years away, as the German company expects increased pressure from automakers and tech companies.

 

"We are positive that we will get approval for tests on German motorways within the next [few] weeks," said Wolfgang Bernhard, a Daimler executive board member, in a statement published in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung newspaper.

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id Software aiming for 1080p 60FPS on Doom

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 days, 7 hours ago

With this generation of consoles and their 'increased horsepower' over the previous generation consoles, we're not seeing that many AAA titles run at 1080p 60FPS. This will hopefully not be the case when it comes to Doom, with id Software saying that it's aiming for 1080p 60FPS.

 

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During a talk with GameSpot, Marty Stratton, the Executive Producer of Doom said: "When you're developing, you make thousands of decisions that have an impact on performance or visual fidelity. We've always been at the forefront of saying we want our games to run as fast as possible at the highest resolution possible. So for us, that goal is 1080p and 60 FPS. Along with that goal, the mantra of our technology team is that we want to be the best-looking game out there at 60 FPS and 1080p. So you draw that line in the sand".

 

Stratton said that for the best Doom experience, 1080p 60FPS is where it's at, he elaborated: "For us it isn't just a lofty technical goal. We really do think it's important to the feel of the game, it's important to the way our combat feels and our movement feels. It's got to be fast, it's got to be fluid, and it's all based on that. It really is a gameplay goal first and foremost. You do make decisions here or there. Ultimately I don't think you can ever expect most consumers to really nitpick".

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Tom Cruise open to 'Top Gun 2' - on one condition

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 2 days, 8 hours ago

On the publicity hustings for the latest entry in the 'Mission Impossible' franchise 'Rogue Nation', star Tom Cruise has been quizzed on whether we'll see Maverick in the skies again and unsurprisingly he's keen to sign up - but on one condition.

 

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Speaking to ExtraTV, Cruise threw down the gauntlet to filmmakers to do it all real, or he's out. "I'd like to fly those jets again, but we got to do all the jets practical, no CGI on the jets... I'm saying right now no CGI on the jets" but then confirmed that if they could somehow do it for real, he'd be in "If we can figure all that out, and the Department of Defense will allow us to do it, that would be fun".

 

The original Top Gun in 1986 was a huge boon for the United States Navy, with the number of male recruits spiking by 500% in it's wake.

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