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Tesla beefs up chip expertise with another new hiring

By: Lana Jelic | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Sep 1, 2016 9:21 am

Earlier this year Tesla showed their intent to beef up their chip expertise with the hiring of former AMD and Apple CPU designer Jim Keller. That move indicated that Tesla might be considering building their own chips for their cars which previously seemed far-fetched since they had stuck with NVIDIA and Mobileye for so long.




Then, following a high-profile accident which resulted in a death of a customer Tesla dropped Mobileye as a chip supplier which seemed sudden but may have made more sense since they were acquiring chip experts like Jim Keller.


Now, Tesla appears to be expanding their hiring to GPU engineers with the hiring of Anand Mandapati who was most recently employed by Apple according to his LinkedIn.

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$10 Arkham Knight, $11 Rocket League in Intel game sale

By: TweakTown Dealzon | More News: Deals | Posted: Sep 1, 2016 8:46 am

Popular digital retailer GMG has themed up with Intel to run a "Game with Intel Core i7" PC game sale. The marketing spin seems to be a stretch at best - because honestly you don't need an Intel CPU to play any of these games, let alone a Core i7 - but the deals are still great.




Choice pick in the sale includes Batman: Arkham Knight for only $10 (login to see full discount). While the PC port didn't exactly meet expectations, the current version of the game may be worth the $10 admission fee for fans of the Batman Arkham series. Another good deal in the sale batch would be Rocket League being priced at only $11.29, and finally another new low price in Street Fighter V which is only $28.79.


GMG/Intel PC Game Sale


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The sale will run through September 05 at 12pm Eastern. As you can see above, the games are an assortment of Uplay and Steam keys. The Tom Clancy's The Division deal has been slightly cheaper before at about $32 (versus the current $38) - so if you prefer waiting on the sideline for a deeper saving, that may not be such a bad idea (we're expecting the game to reach 50% off eventually as holiday season nears).


For those that missed out on the $6 Bundle Stars deal for Shadow of Mordor Game of the Year Edition, this is an okay second chance to pick up the game for cheap. But given it has reached the $6 threshold before, waiting for this to drop may also not be such a bad idea.

Wireless VR headset patent for iPhone awarded to Apple

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Sep 1, 2016 3:38 am

With the world not that interested in the advancement in the hardware and physical side of the new iPhone, after rumors and reports that it won't be all that different from the current iPhone 6S, there isn't much to drive the hype of the new iPhone to a new level... until now.



Today, Apple was awarded with a patent for what will eventually be a wireless VR headset for the iPhone, with a patent for a "Head-Mounted Display Apparatus For Retaining A Portable Electronic Device With Display". You can read up on Apple's patent on the United States Patent and Trademark Office website.


The patent itself has Apple teasing a potential head-mounted display that has the ability to "couple" itself with an iPhone, where you'll see images and video displayed using the screen on the iPhone. The headset will include built-in headphones, a Lighting connector that will connect the devices, an eyeglasses-like form factor, and custom lenses.


As UploadVR reports: "Apple's outlined invention here has several similarities to the Samsung Gear VR that are immediately recognizable. Both of these devices differentiate themselves from other mobile HMDs such as Google Cardboard, or a variety of overseas knock-offs, through the physical connectors that allow the phone and device to be linked directly. According to the language in the specifications section of the patent, this coupling ability is the primary IP that Apple is interested in protecting with this patent".


I originally saw this article on my personal Facebook feed, on Robert Scoble's Facebook post, who said we could see the VR headset revealed alongside the new iPhone, on September 7. This is just days away, and while Robert says he doesn't think Apple will do it, they could, he teases - and I agree. Apple could surprise us all, and unveil something truly magical and revolutionary, and blow us all away.

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Valve: 'no special exemptions' for No Man's Sky refunds

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 1, 2016 1:52 am

No Man's Sky has been an utter mess since its launch, and things aren't getting better - even with the various patches that Hello Games have been putting out, they can't put the fires out surrounding the game fast enough.




We previously reported that Valve were allowing refunds on No Man's Sky for gamers that had pumped over 40 hours into it, even though Steam refunds are only applicable for games that have had less than 2 hours of play time, and refunded within 14 days of purchase.


Well, Valve has released a new statement, saying that there will be "no special exemptions available" for No Man's Sky refunds. It seems that Valve has received so many refund requests,m that it has had to put a notice on the Steam page for No Man's Sky, explaining that there are no special exemptions for Hello Games' failure of a game.

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Creators talk 'Stranger Things' second season

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Aug 31, 2016 11:53 pm

While not a surprise, the confirmation of a second season for Netflix's breakout success 'Stranger Things' has given fans something to look forward to next year. But what form will it take? The Duffer Brothers have spoken to Entertainment Weekl to elaborate on where the series will go next.




While creators initially thought about jumping into the future, the second series will follow up a year after the events of the first. "I think we talked like a larger time jump where the kids are older now and it's a different decade. That's something we batted around from the very beginning. But for us, there's still more story here, there's still things that are unresolved.... There's going to be a lot of new and interesting dynamics that we didn't see in season one".


Unsurprisingly, the upcoming season is set to expand on the upside down - the alternate dimension which is still shrouded is much mystery. "We definitely want to explore a little bit more. There's a lot we don't know about the Upside Down at the end of season one... We obviously have this gate to another dimension, which is still very much open in the town of Hawkins. And a lot of questions there in terms of, if the Monster is dead, was it a singular monster? What else could be out there? We really don't go in there much until they go in to find Will at the end. So we've opened up this doorway, and to us it's exciting to talk about, like, what else is behind there? There's a lot more mystery there to be solved."


Expanding on the eight episode run of the first season, the nine episode second season is set to premier in 2017 on the Netflix platform.

Save big on training for tech's hottest coding languages

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: Aug 31, 2016 11:30 pm

Everyone knows coding is one of tech's most in-demand skills, but figuring out how to get started can prove tricky for newcomers. Fortunately, we've done the work for you and created a list of tech's most popular coding languages and the courses you need to master them. And, as an added bonus, all these courses are on sale for a limited time.


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Learn Python Django From Scratch




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For data-driven websites like Instagram and Pinterest, having a framework that's designed to handle browser inactivity is essential. This course will walk you through web building with Django, plus you'll learn how to combine Django with Python to test and debug sites. Teaching you two programming tools in one, this course is a steal for only $19.


Advanced JavaScript





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Looking to take your JavaScript knowledge further? This course will kick things up a notch as you dive into object-orientation and event handling. Plus, this course is designed to help you ace any technical interview as it walks you through the questions employers are sure to ask about your expertise. Get this course on sale for only $18.

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Euro Truck Simulator 2 with all DLC on sale for $15

By: TweakTown Dealzon | More News: Deals | Posted: Aug 31, 2016 9:29 pm

All the fun of driving a truck around Europe without any of the language barriers, pushy bosses, or damaged cargo that wasn't your fault. If a relaxing drive game is up your alley, Euro Truck Simulator 2 has never been a better value.




Today, Bundle Stars reduced the price on their Euro Truck Simulator 2 Deluxe bundle to only $14.99. Right now Steam is charging $22.99 for Euro Truck Simulator 2 alone ($8 more), but that's not really where the value comes in. If you bought all the games and DLCs in this deluxe bundle separately for full price, you'd pay $120! Thus the $15 price tag looks much better than at first glance.



In total, the Euro Truck Simulator 2 Deluxe Bundle includes five games and 22 DLC packs. As mentioned, the $15 price is $105 cheaper than buying each separately on Steam right now (88% less). Besides Euro Truck Simulator 2, you also get the original Euro Truck Simulator, Candia Truck Driving Simulator, Euro Truck Simulator 2 - Scandinavia, and Euro Truck Simulator 2 - Going East! DLC. Most of the other DLCs are paint jobs and accessories that are nice to have, but not as necessary.


As you can see above, Bundle Stars also has a 70% discount on the Euro Truck Simulator 2 game all by itself. In this case, the price has been reduced from $22.99 to $6.89. It represents one of the lowest prices to date only beat once during the Steam Summer sale for $5. As with most items, buying the bulk Deluxe set will cost a bit more, but you'll get a higher 88% discount.

NVIDIA's Fallout 4 mod adds advanced lighting, shadows

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 31, 2016 7:40 pm

NVIDIA's Lightspeed Studios is about to release an official mod for Fallout 4.



Named 'Vault 1080', it adds advanced lighting and shadows to the game, as well as an hour of added gameplay that takes place in -- you guessed it - a vault. The visual effects, as you can see in the video above, add a genuinely appreciable moodiness to scenes, but as always, it's a matter of preference.

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Stranger Things renewed for second season

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Aug 31, 2016 6:16 pm

Surprising few, Netflix has renewed 80s throwback series Stranger Things for a second season; its first season debuted last month and has been the talk of the web.



The horror show's sophomore season will feature nine episodes as opposed to the previous eight, and will again be written by the Duffer brothers and executive produced by Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen. The new episode titles can be seen in the video above.

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Nintendo NX dimensions and design possibly leaked

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 31, 2016 4:08 pm

An anonymous developer potentially leaks new Nintendo NX details, this time allegedly revealing the dimensions and overall look of the handheld's devkit.




On the heels of the NX share button reports, an anonymous developer has told Let's Play Video Games some fresh info regarding the NX's devkits, more specifically the overall size of the handheld and its detachable controllers as well as a rough schematic of how it looks. Note that this design isn't exactly surprising as it can be seen in Nintendo's initial patents.


"As others already said, it's a hybrid console with detachable controllers that have a split D-Pad, A, B, X, Y, and a camera / share button. However, something I believe none of them have mentioned is the size of the current dev kit.

It's slightly thicker than the Nintendo 3DS XL when folded, so 25 mm, with a width of around 281 mm and a height of 92 mm with the controllers attached. Separated, the controllers have the same depth and height, and they both have a width of 38 mm, making the console itself have a width of 205 mm," the source told LPVG's Laura Dale.

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