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Crytek will pay unpaid wages by January 13

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 27, 2016 6:29 pm

We've been reporting about Crytek more than ever before, with mostly bad things - but then a great spark of excitement from a nearly secured $500 million investment from the Turkish government - and now, we have confirmation on Crytek developers' unpaid wages.




According to an industry insider friend of ours, TweakTown can exclusively reveal that Crytek will pay 100% of their unpaid staff to all unpaid staff by January 13, 2017. This is just over two weeks from now, which I'm sure will coincide with Crytek's recent $500 million deal with the Turkish government. Not only that, but Crytek reportedly holds no debt - which means it should effectively be very steady with this new load of cash coming in, for what will hopefully be a very long time.

Google Pixel freezes for minutes at a time, even for me

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 27, 2016 8:35 am

Google might be spending tens of millions of dollars on advertising for its new Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, but people are experiencing issues all over the place - including me. Even after AUD$1249 outright, to say I'm mad at the situation of my Pixel malfunctioning like this being disappointing, would be an understatement.




In the last week my Pixel has been really quite bad, matching up with reports online that Pixel owners have been having their phone freeze, and you can't do anything with it - and it takes up to 60 seconds before the phone starts working, very randomly. The only way to get out of it is to hard reset Pixel by pressing the power and volume down buttons at the same time, and holding them down for 10 seconds.


Not only that, but I've been noticing glitches with the camera and the fingerprint sensor not recognizing my fingerprint. A few weeks ago I was sitting in the cinema watching Arrival and at the end of the movie, I went to unlock my Pixel with my fingerprint - which was rejected, and so was my 4-digit security code. I couldn't get into my Pixel at all, and had to hard reset and wipe the entire smartphone and start again.

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Apple's spaceship campus detailed in 4K drone footage

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 27, 2016 4:29 am

Apple will be opening up its new spaceship campus is nearing completion, with a beautiful 4K video shot with his drone, providing a Christmas/New Year update for us all. Check it out.



The footage looks great, showing that Apple is using 100% renewable energy for the campus, with the entire ring around Apple's new HQ plastered with solar panels. Matthew Roberts, the person behind the 4K drone footage said that there's around 65% of the total solar panels installed so far.


Apple has designed the campus where it will feature 3000 specially designed, and engineered curved glass panels that will measure in at around one mile in circumference. Steve Jobs said during a Cupertino City Council meeting a few years ago: "There's not a single straight piece of glass in this building. We've used our experience in building retail buildings all over the world. We know how to make the biggest pieces of glass for architectural use. And, we want to make the glass specifically for this building here. We can make it curve all the way around the building... It's pretty cool".

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Oculus engineer arrested soliciting sex from 15-year-old

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 27, 2016 3:11 am

Oculus is in the headlines for all the wrong reasons today, with Oculus' Head of Computer Vision Dov Katz being arrested in a sting involving a police officer who was posting as a 15-year-old girl.




TechCrunch reports that Katz meeting with what he thought was a 15-year-old girl at Embassy Suites in Tukwila, Washington - aftrer he had text messaged the 15-year-old girl agreeing to pay $300 with her for sex without a condom. The police officer pretended to be a 19-year-old who, closer to the time of meeting Katz, said she was being honest and act ually a 15-year-old. The Oculus engineer responded saying "sure", adding: "do you have another pic?".





Some sickening stuff right there, with Katz ending being arrested without incident, with $600 found in the room along with his smartphone. The police officer in question said he arrested Katz for 'Commercial sexual abuse of a minor', but Katz said he was a hero, and instead was "there to rescue her and call the police".


Katz is being arraigned until January 5, with bail set at $125,000.

Crytek to receive $500m investment from Turkish gov

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 27, 2016 1:47 am

Crytek have had a turbulent year, but with the news that Turkish government will be investing a massive $500 million into the German developer, something Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım announced on December 24, without naming Crytek.




PM Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım did say that three brothers living in Germany, "who own a leading company in the gaming sector, were planning to invest in Turkey during his speech at the "Turkey's 500 Large Service Exporters" ceremony", according to reports.


The three brothers in question are Cevat, Avni, and Faruk Yerli - who founded Crytek in 1999. The company spread into Istanbul, Budapest, Kiev, Seoul, Shanghai, and Sofia, but closed 5 of them just days ago. Crytek recently said the closures were so that it could refocus on its core strengths, developing innovating games and the technology that drives them.


Just recently, Cloud Imperium Games - the developer of Star Citizen, announced their shift away from CryEngine to Amazon's Lumberyard technology - which is based on CryEngine.

Intel's Core family retired in 2019, next-gen x86 coming

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Dec 27, 2016 12:09 am

The holidays can be an interesting time, with Intel rumored to be retiring its Core family of processors in 2019 with the release of Tiger Lake, which will be succeeded with a more efficient, faster approach to the x86 architecture.


intels-core-family-retired-2019-next-gen-x86-coming_01 is reporting that Intel's next CPU family will be similar to what AMD has done with its Zen architecture, blending in power consumption/performance /price - and in order to save physical space (smaller die), and improve the power consumption/performance ratio, Intel will reportedly get rid of old SIMD and legacy hardware.


This means that we might not have 100% backwards compatibility, but these CPUs won't be here until 2020 - a long time from now. Intel will be able to make a lean, efficient x86 architecture that will compete with AMD's nearly-here Zen architecture. What I'm taking away from this is that AMD will be ahead of the game for a few years until Intel can get their act together with a new architecture to begin competing against the star-studded launch of Zen.

Huawei Mate 9 now comes in a new color

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 26, 2016 10:35 pm

The Huawei Mate 9, unveiled in November, already comes in multiple colors, but the Chinese giant has now added another one - obsidian black.




Other than the new color, the specs of the phone remain the same - Kirin 960 chip, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The phone has a 5.9-inch full HD display, 4,000 mAh battery, fingerprint sensor and rear-dual camera system - 20MP (monochrome) + 12MP (color) with an aperture of f/2.2. The front camera is 8MP with an aperture of f/1.9.


The phone is also available in gray, silver, gold, brown and white color at a price of $776.

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Resident Evil 7 runs at 1080p 60FPS on Xbox One, PS4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 26, 2016 7:58 am

Resident Evil 7 is not even a month away now, with its producer, Masachika Kawata teasing that both the Xbox One and PS4 versions of the game will run at 1080p and 60FPS.




Not only that, but Resident Evil 7 includes HDR support for the Xbox One S, PS4 and PS4 Pro consoles. During his interview with Gaming Bolt, Kawata talked about the new PS4 Pro and upcoming Xbox Scorpio consoles, where he said: "When it comes to new hardware, I think that the biggest takeaway is just making sure that it's not just one party that is excited about this product".


He added: "It really has to be a mutual interest on both the manufacturer side, publisher side, [and] consumer side. And only when everyone is on board and everyone's excited for the product does it allow the opportunity to expand the game industry and the user base. Because otherwise it's just a lot of extra effort on our side".

Shadow of Mordor now runs dynamic 4K res on PS4 Pro

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 26, 2016 5:24 am

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor has been updated on the PS4 Pro, which now runs along at up to 4K - at least most of the time, and when it doesn't it gets knocked down to 1080p.



The developer has included "Favor Quality" which clocks the PS4 Pro into 1080p mode on Shadow of Mordor, of "Favor Resolution" at 4K. Choosing the 1080p version will lock Shadow of Mordor on the PS4 Pro at 1080p with enhanced graphical quality, while selecting 4K will dynamically scale the game up to 4K.


Don't own a 4K TV? That's fine, Shadow of Mordor will run at 1080p with super sampling enabled for a better looking experience.


Digital Foundry have dived into the game on the PS4 Pro, saying that the game runs at 4K for most of the experience, even when you go outside.

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'Alien Covenant' releases first bloody trailer

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Dec 26, 2016 2:22 am

Merry Christmas, Alien fans! Ridley Scott's much anticipated follow-up to 2012's 'Prometheus' has just released its first red-band trailer. But be warned - it's not for the faint of heart.



According to Scott, 'Alien: Covenant' is set to strengthen the connective tissue between the 'Prometheus' and 'Alien' movies - with the classic Xenomorph alien set to scare a new generation of film goers, and featuring the return of the malevolent android David (Michael Fassbender).


'Alien: Covenant' will hit 3D and 2D cinemas on May 19 2017.

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