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Overwatch is now home to over 15 million players

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 5, 2016 5:32 pm

Overwatch continues to expand at a great rate, with Activision Blizzard announcing ahead of its quarterly earnings call that Overwatch is home to over 15 million players.




The game launched in May with around 7 million gamers getting into Overwatch, which means we have a 100% increase since the game launched. Overwatch players have pumped over 500 million hours into the game, which is up from the 119 million hours or so back in early-June.


Activision Blizzard posted a 255% increase in revenue year-over-year, with some of this success courtesy of Overwatch. The company will continue to release new content for the game, with the new Summer Events update already here, and it's quite fun. The soccer mode is beyond addictive, damn it.

Two more feature updates planned for Windows 10

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Aug 5, 2016 4:44 pm

The new feature-heavy Anniversary Update for Windows 10 finally went live this week, and Microsoft says there's more where that came from. However, you'll have to wait.




"Based on feedback from organizations moving to Windows 10, [the Anniversary Update] will be our last feature update for 2016, with two additional feature updates expected in 2017," writes Microsoft's Nathan Mercer in a blog post.


The rumor is the first update, codenamed "Redstone 2" will release before spring, and may do so alongside updates to the Surface Pro and Surface Book.

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Kickstart a lucrative tech job with only 5 hours of training

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: Aug 5, 2016 3:30 pm



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Boost your job prospects with 4 leading tech certifications

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: Aug 5, 2016 3:30 pm



The odds of landing a raise or promotion in the tech field are vastly higher if you're carrying a few certifications under your belt. With the Microsoft MCSA Windows 8 with Microsoft Cloud Computing Certification course, you'll be prepared to ace four leading certification exams in Windows 8 and cloud computing, and it's on sale for only $49.


This two-course bundle is packed with Microsoft-approved course materials designed to teach you the ins and outs of Windows 8 and cloud computing. Using Windows 8, you'll learn how construct and manage a complex network environment, and you'll discover how to configure Windows 8 for optimum performance and reliability.


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No Man's Sky review copies go out same day embargo lifts

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 5, 2016 2:12 pm

Thanks to delayed review copies and an awkward embargo, No Man's Sky review scores likely won't be ready until days after the game launches. We'll have plenty of livestreams though.




Review embargoes for No Man's Sky don't lift until August 8 at 11PM EST, just an hour before its release on PSN and Steam, and publications won't be receiving their review copies until Monday, August 8.


So don't expect anyone to have their review ready by the time the embargo lifts, and it might be as long as two to four days after No Man's Sky launches before we get an official review. Before you get too disappointed, I'm sure we'll see an incredible volume of livestreams to showcase the game in action.

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$50 billion earned by iOS developers so far

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 5, 2016 1:32 pm

Apple has announced that App Store developers have earned $50 billion so far, with company CEO Tim Cook revealing the news on Twitter.




Cook added that July was a record-breaking month for the App Store, with the highest-ever monthly billings and money paid to iOS developers. Apple takes a nice cut of those profits, so the iPhone giant is laughing all the way to the bank. Apple reported a quarterly revenue of $42.4 billion, with a net income for the quarter of $7.8 billion.


Apple CFO Luca Maestri said: "Our Services business grew 19 percent year-over-year and App Store revenue was the highest ever, as our installed base continued to grow and transacting customers hit an all-time record".

StarCraft might get remastered in full HD

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 5, 2016 12:11 pm

Blizzard will reveal a remastered HD port of StarCraft this September, with details following at Blizzzcon in November, according to reports from Korean news site iNews24.




"Today, multiple sources with knowledge of Blizzard internal plans said that Blizzard will reveal StarCraft HD to the public this September. The StarCraft HD remastered version will retain the original gameplay and is said to have improved graphics resolution and user interface (UI)," says the Korean publication.


This isn't the first time we've heard about HD remasters of classic Blizzard games. An old Blizzard job listing strongly indicated that WarCraft III, StarCraft and Diablo II would be getting HD remasters: "Compelling stories. Intense multiplayer. Endless replayability. Qualities that made StarCraft, Warcraft III, and Diablo II the titans of their day. We're restoring them to glory, and we need your engineering talents, your passion, and your ability to get tough jobs done," reads the now defunct listing.

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GOG has 16-bit SNES classics The Lion King and Aladdin

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 5, 2016 11:19 am

I still remember pumping so many games into The Lion King and Aladdin on my SNES in the 90s, and now you can play these 16-bit classics again thanks to GOG.



GOG is offering The Jungle Book as well, with the 16-bit SNES classics costing $8.99 individually at launch, with the regular price of $9.99. If you want to grab all of them in a bundle, you can spend a little more at just $19.98 total, with all of the GOG versions of these games being DRM-free.


The Lion King, Aladdin and The Jungle Book will look better than they did back on your old CRT TV back in the 90s, but it's a great look into the early platformers that defined a generation.

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HTC Vive's room scale tracking tech goes open source

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Aug 5, 2016 7:24 am

Good guy Valve has just announced SteamVR's room scale 3D tracking technology is now open source, with development kits including two HTC Vive base stations; a "full complement of EVM circuit boards to enable rapid prototyping of your own tracked object" and 40 sensors for tracked objects that can be anything from a VR golf club, an indoor drone, and so much more.




On Valve's FAQ page, the company says there's no catch when it comes to charging licensing fees, but you do need to get yourself to a $3000 in-person training session in Seattle as part of the process. The company hopes that with classes beginning in September, that new groups of industrial designers, and mechanical and electrical engineers attend the training session, instead of individuals.

Quake Champions first gameplay trailer is here

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 5, 2016 5:04 am

id Software made a big comeback with the reboot of DOOM, and now Quake Champions is on the way, a new PC-exclusive arena-based first-person shooter due out in 2017.



The company has released the first gameplay trailer to Quake Champions, which is above, and it has plenty of rocking jumping goodness. The gameplay trailer was unveiled by id Software Studio Director Tim Willits during QuakeCon 2016.


Quake Champions has infused the old-school Quake games, while keeping load outs away from Quake Champions. Willits explained: "No loadouts, no limit to the amount of guns you can carry. Time the weapon pickups, or kill your opponents. That's how you get weapons in a Quake game".

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