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Intel unleashes its new 44-threaded Xeon CPU, supports 385GB of DDR4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Apr 1, 2016 1:28 am

Intel has just unleashed its new Broadwell-EP family of processors, starting with the huge Xeon E5-2600 V4 which features a huge 22 CPU cores. Thanks to Hyper-Threading technology, we have a total of 44 threads of CPU power, which is simply insane for the prosumer market - especially those who work in video editing.




The new Intel Xeon E5-2600 V4 hasn't been completely detailed by the company, but the enthusiast part will be the Xeon E5-2699 V4 which packs a base clock speed of 2.2GHz, 55MB of cache, and a pretty tame 145W TDP. What will this 44-threaded processor set you back? A hefty $4115, which works out to $187 per CPU core. If we consider the 8-core/16-threaded Core i7-5960X costs $1059 (which works out to $132 per CPU core) then the new Xeon E5-2699 V4 isn't too badly priced at all.


The new Broadwell-EP powered Xeon processors can take DDR4-2400, with up to 12 DIMMS per CPU socket. If you're using registered DIMMs, you can cram in up to 385GB of RAM per CPU, using 32GB DIMMs of DDR4. To put it simply: I want one, well - probably two.

Oculus slips with Rift shipments, with consumers absolutely furious

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Apr 1, 2016 12:59 am

Oculus opened up the preorders on the Rift headset on January 6 at 8AM PST, promising that any preorders up until 8:10AM that morning were to be included in the March shipment batch. Well, plenty of people on the Oculus subreddit, including myself, ordered before 8:10AM that morning and haven't received any shipping notification. I think 'WannabeTesla' puts it best, by saying: "Any communication at all. They've been silent for a week. That is absurdly unacceptable".




Furthermore, no communication from Oculus has been received, period. Countless people on /r/Oculus haven't heard anything - with 'kami77' saying:


  • Orders up until 8:10 (possibly beyond) were quoted a March shipment.
  • So far they have barely started getting into the 8:01 shipments. Their current pace over the last 2 days isn't very encouraging.
  • Oculus is completely silent, zero communication.
  • Generic support responses because support has no information to give.
  • I ordered at 8:07, was quoted March, and I haven't even gotten the 1-3 week email


'kami77' continues, saying: "I wouldn't say "f***ing furious" but I would say "f*** frustrated." I was so excited for this week, and Oculus just took a big shit on that. The launch was a disappointment. I thought this week would be filled with a million unboxing videos and everyone talking about their awesome experiences. Instead we get this. The store opens when almost no one has a Rift, developers must be wondering why no one is buying their games, and now everyone is just angry or frustrated. All I want is communication from Oculus. If that makes me an entitled brat, then I am an entitled brat...".

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Endless Legend getting a new shivery content expansion soon

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 1, 2016 12:04 am

Endless Legend, a 4X strategy game developed by Amplitude Studios, is getting yet another content expansion coming up on April 7th.



The new faction, the Allayi, are a small civilization that seem to be bound to the changing seasons, with their allegiances shifting between the friendly faction you can easily trade with to the enraged thieves that seem to be a thorn in your side. They can also shift those allegiances at will, too.


Amplitude Studios is expanding the spirituality inherent in such a high fantasy setting, letting you spend pearls, a new resource found around the map during the winter months, at the new building they've added, the Altar of Auriga, in exchange for blessings which amount to defensive and offensive advantages in the form of city improvements or some pearl item sets. Part of those advantages is the ability to control winter in a way that brings whole new experience to the game. If you wanted, you can freeze lakes, or the sea, so you can walk your armies right over them, taking a more direct route to destroy your enemies.

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Take a walk through the Vampire Count campaign in Total War: Warhammer

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 31, 2016 11:03 pm

The latest walkthrough from the folks at Creative Assembly take us on a tour of what the Vampire Count's campaign looks like inside Total War: Warhammer.



In the video, they explore some of the unique gameplay mechanics that the undead get to enjoy compared to their more colorful, living opponents. In particular, they show off how to raise the piles of dead bodies and reanimate them for your own nefarious purposes. It's an ability that can really turn the tide of your overall campaign, though you can only raise your dead army after the fact. A massive undead army to enact revenge sounds rather tantalizing.


They also introduce us to one of the hero characters, the Master Necromancer known as Heinrich Kemmler. He's has a massive roster of magic with which to pull from, being the one that can raise the dead, though after battles are waged. As with all hero units, he's capable of leveling up and learning gaining more abilities to become an invaluable member of your military campaign.

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Reddit, Amazon among new Edge extension partners

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Mar 31, 2016 9:03 pm

Earlier this month, Microsoft's Edge browser finally added support for extensions, although only three were available at the time: Translate, Mouse Gestures, and the Reddit Enhancement Suite.




Today the list expands as seven more partners have been added: Pinterest, Adblock, Adblock Plus, LastPass, Amazon Assistant, Evernote Corp., and Page Analyzer, which should do well to help Edge compete against the ever-dominant Chrome browser.


Note that not all of the new partners have their extensions available quite yet, and you'll need the preview version of Edge to try extensions for the next little bit.

Nintendo launches Mii app

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Apps | Posted: Mar 31, 2016 8:15 pm

Nintendo has launched an app for Android and iOS in the US and Europe that lets you interact with your Mii and your friends' Miis. Miitomo, as it's called, features Mii creation, customization, photography, and social media sharing.




Also included: a minigame called Miitomo Drop where you 'drop' your Mii and depending on which platform it lands, you win a given prize (sometimes clothing). Drop costs coins which can be obtained through in-app purchases.


Miitomo can be downloaded here for iOS users and here for Android users.

Time to practice, Hitman Episode 2 release date has been confirmed

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 31, 2016 7:03 pm

The second installment for the episodic Hitman is almost here. We'll be able to travel to beautiful Sapienza to complete our next official mission on April 26th. From the look of the short video on Twitter and the promo photo below, there might be some delightful ways to get to your target.




In this new mission, you'll have to infiltrate the fictional Italian town of Sapienza, which should prove to be a dense yet vast and open location with plenty of obstacles and opportunities to play in the sandbox environment. Within the coastal town, there are many different locations to explore, such as a medieval church a sprawling mansion and even a busy borough complete with dark alleyways and busy storefronts.


This location was originally going to be released at the launch of Hitman, but the decision was made to change the release schedule to be an episodic one just before it was released. This allows both us to fully explore and challenge ourselves in the new, larger locations and gives the developers more time to perfect each mission based on player feedback from each previous mission. So long as each release isn't too terribly far apart, it could prove very fruitful. After Sapienza, we'll be heading to Morocco sometime in May.

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Nest underperformed with $340m in revenue last year, sources say

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 31, 2016 5:57 pm

Smart home company Nest hasn't been doing well. Last year, it brought in about $340 million in revenue, according to three sources familiar with the matter. It's no small figure, but it's still below expectations, keeping in mind Google purchased the company for $3.2 billion in 2014, and that its initial budget was said to be $500 million annually.




This puts Nest in a difficult position, as its allocated budget is said to expire at the end of 2016. Whatever happens, it will be known before long whether now-parent company Alphabet chooses to soldier on or part ways.


As for why the company has struggled, some might say the high price tag is difficult to justify (Nest's thermostat is $250, and most home want more than one).

Throwback Thursday: Nexus the Jupiter Incident edition

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 31, 2016 5:04 pm

Perhaps one of the most underrated yet most remarkable genres that I've ever had the pleasure of playing is that of the intensely story-based RTS ship combat simulator. The epic story arc that follows the harrowing events that could very well shape the future of humankind.. Nexus: The Jupiter Incident is probably more entertaining than you might believe, even after 11 years.




The journey begins with a great tutorial that tries its very hardest to help you with an exorbitant learning curve. You're working for one of many corporations that have taken over control of space beyond the Moon. The first mission is quite simple, helping you along where necessary and willing you to pause it with the spacebar often to read the helpful messages and issue the appropriate commands. After you inadvertently run into a mine that didn't properly get disarmed, you'll then be thrown softly into some incredibly gorgeous combat scenes.


The action isn't fast by any stretch of the word. It's positively slow and deliberate. In fact it sometimes even feels a bit cumbersome with your big cruiser lobbying for position in the most aggravatingly slow way. But once in position and your fighters have been launched to ward off any enemy fighters, then you can commence the broadside. And it's all about control You've got options to take out these ships that are threatening you. Want to disable weapons first and then board them for


Nexus: The Jupiter Incident is intense, very intense. If you pay attention to the story you'll be greeted by a deep and invigorating plot with better than average voice acting and a tremendous amount of great action-packed battles. The story isn't half bad, either. You're Marcus Cromwell, the offspring of the first person born in space, Richard Cromwell who signed a treaty to end a conflict on Earth when he was 10 years old. So you have quite a lot to live up to. Your father was lost when he entered a wormhole with a colony ship hoping to colonize whatever lie on the other side. You're headed to Jupiter to transport some commercial goods and end up battle along the way, the beginnings of what might just be a nexus of sorts, perhaps even a incident surrounding the planet Jupiter.

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