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Uber spends $500 million to make pickups and drop-offs more efficient

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 1, 2016 10:32 am

Uber is continuing its path towards world domination of the ride sharing world, with the Financial Times reporting that Uber is investing a huge $500 million into its global mapping project.




What is Uber's global mapping project exactly? It will provide a huge amount of ridesharing-specific geographic details, so we should see a worldwide mapping initiative that will take countless cars on every street in the world. The deal includes high-res mapping data from DigitalGlobe, that could be expensive for Uber to use in the long run.

Here's an hour of leaked No Man's Sky gameplay footage

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 1, 2016 10:00 am

Spoiler Warning: If you want to keep No Man's Sky a surprise, steer clear from this post! A fresh batch of No Man's Sky gameplay has leaked, this time with over an hour of consistent in-game footage.



YouTuber Kengi01 has acquired an early copy of No Man's Sky and published a huge hour plus video of his first experiences of Hello Games' huge space sim. Gamers have thoroughly picked apart Kengi's gameplay and compared it with the notorious leaks from daymeeuhn, the gamer who spent $1,250 on his copy of the game.


We've also reported extensively on daymeeuhn's experiences with the game, especially his claim that No Man's Sky players can reach the center of the universe in less than two days time. This is certainly a far cry from Sean Murray's insistence that reaching the center takes players "hundreds of hours of grinding".

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Surface Book 2 will reportedly be unveiled in the first half of 2017

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 1, 2016 8:30 am

Microsoft surprised with its Surface Book, but its predecessor should be much better, and rumored to be unveiled in Q2 2017 rocking some serious hardware upgrades.




What could we expect from the Surface Book 2? Inside, we should see Intel's next-gen Kaby Lake processor, with lower power consumption than ever before, we should expect a thinner Surface Book 2 that is still a powerhouse in its size. Rumor has it NVIDIA will have its GeForce GTX 10 series GPU inside, so we could see a GTX 1050 or GTX 1060 inside of the Surface Book 2, which would make it quite the popular product.


The original Surface Book rocked a 3000 x 2000 resolution display, so we should expect Microsoft to knock that higher to the 4K resolution of 3840 x 2160, or so. The later Q2 2017 release window is quite the time between releases, but if Microsoft is playing its cards right and wants the Kaby Lake processor and GTX 10 series card, it might be worth the wait.

Game of Thrones will end on 2018, but HBO hasn't denied a spinoff

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Aug 1, 2016 6:18 am

While Stranger Things fans are freaking out of Netflix downtime, HBO fans are going to explode in tears with the news that Game of Thrones will be ending in 2018.




During the Television Critics Association press tour, HBO boss Casey Bloys said that the 8th season of Game of Thrones will be the last. During a chat with Entertainment Weekly, Blows said that the Game of Thrones showrunners had planned for 8 seasons, and was happy to reach the end without continuing it past the agreed upon 8 seasons.


There will be two shortened seasons released in 2017 and 2018, with 13 episodes in total - but we don't know how many episodes will make it into season 8. Bloys said that HBO isn't against a spinoff of Game of Thrones, teasing: "It's something I'm not opposed to, but of course it has to make sense creatively". I think with the success of Better Call Saul after Breaking Bad ended, HBO could continue its run with a Game of Thrones spinoff - what do you think?

Stranger Things fans go into 11/10 freak out when Netflix went down

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Aug 1, 2016 4:31 am

Stranger Things is one of the best TV shows of the last couple of years, with the Netflix exclusive set in the 80s with a constant reminder of Steven Spielberg movies - and it has some rabid fans already with my wife and myself, as well as my of my friends across the world in love with it.




Well, Netflix had an outage recently and it interrupted people during their binge on Stranger Things - with them taking their rage out to an 11/10 on Twitter. Netflix ANZ (Australian and New Zealand) social media team was on point, tweeting out to @amy_stevenson5 who said she was "having mom jeans withdrawals" that here is "a little something to keep you going. Be Strong. Be strong like Barb" - with Barb being an integral part of Stranger Things' storyline.



Some fans were completely broken, and it's understandable - Stranger Things is fantastic.

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Google's new Nexus smartphones reportedly called Nexus M1, Nexus S1

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 1, 2016 2:32 am

Google is hopefully only weeks away from unveiling its next-gen Nexus smartphones, which go by the codenames of Sailfish and Marlin - hence the Nexus M1 and Nexus S1 names. New information on the new Nexus smartphones is here, where rumors indicate we'll see metal and plastic bodies.




Both of the new Nexus smartphones will be made by HTC, with the higher-end model being the Nexus M1. Google's upcoming Nexus M1 smartphone will reportedly feature Qualcomm's Snapdragon 821 processor which is the successor to the Snapdragon 820, the same processor found inside of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge smartphones, among others - it'll be joined by 4GB of RAM.


The new Nexus M1 will reportedly feature a 5.5-inch display with an aluminum case that looks similar to LG's current G10 smartphone. The Nexus logo on the back is emblazoned on the rear, found just under the fingerprint scanner and camera. The Nexus M1 will also reportedly sport a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera, and backed up by an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. Google should be offering a 128GB storage option, too.

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Make a 'Killing Joke' in our 'Batman' Blu-ray giveaway!

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Aug 1, 2016 1:16 am

To celebrate this week's release of Batman: The Killing Joke on Blu-ray and DVD, we have ten Blu-ray copies to give away thanks to our friends at Roadshow Home Entertainment.




What does it take for a person to snap? How much despair for a mind to fracture? These are the twisted questions that The Joker has set out to answer, to show Gotham that even an ordinary man like Commissioner Gordon is only one bad day away from sheer insanity. Based on the acclaimed DC Comics graphic novel, witness a journey into the dark psyche of the Clown Prince of Crime. Follow his humble beginnings as a struggling comic to his fateful encounter with the Dark Knight that changed everything.

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The new Titan X is up to 200% faster than the GeForce GTX Titan X

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Aug 1, 2016 12:25 am

While NVIDIA hasn't sent us the new Pascal-based Titan X, there are some reviewers who have received their GP102-powered graphics card and are throwing it into synthetic testing to see how fast it really is.




The synthetic benchmark side of Titan X that was used was CuDNN, offering a huge 200% increase over the previous GeForce GTX Titan X (note, the new Titan X is just that 'Titan X' with the GeForce GTX branding dropped from the name). The new Titan X is using a new implementation of CuDNN, so the speedup is from both the software, and the improved hardware on Titan X.


Specifications wise, the new Titan X has 16% more CUDA cores and 42% higher GPU clocks - so in raw horsepower, we have a decent amount of hardware improvements. According to the benchmarks, we can expect the new Titan X to be 74% to 91% faster in Alexnet, 76% to 200% on OverFear, 74% to 84% on Inception and 91% to 98% in VGG.


All I want to know, is what type of improvement can the $1200 graphics card do for me in high-res, and multi-monitor gaming?

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Pope Francis doesn't want you sitting on your ass playing video games

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 31, 2016 10:40 pm

During a gathering of people in a Polish meadow, Pope Francis challenged hundreds of thousands of young people should not be a "couch potato" who plays video games and uses an electronic device like a PC, tablet or console - and instead, "social activism and politics to create a more just world", reports Mashable.




The 79-year-old pope who has obviously never enjoyed a few games of Battlefield, CS:GO, Pokemon GO or League of Legends said: "Dear young people, we didn't come into this world to 'vegetate,' to take it easy, to make our lives a comfortable sofa to fall asleep on. No, we came for another reason: To leave a mark" to a crowd that Polish media said was over 1 million people.


Pope Francis came out bashing the escapism and consumerism that technology isolates people, with Francis saying Jesus is the "Lord of risk ... not the Lord of comfort, security and ease. Following Jesus demands a good dose of courage, a readiness to trade in the sofa for a pair of walking shoes and to set out on new and uncharted paths". Francis doesn't want you to play games, he wants you to sit on blankets and make their mark in the world by becoming engaged "politicians, thinkers, social activists" and to not help the world economy that is "inspired by solidarity".

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The latest details on the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 31, 2016 10:27 pm

Samsung is expected to unveil its larger Galaxy Note 7 smartphone on August 2, but what can we expect? Here's the skinny on Samsung's upcoming large smartphone, which will rock a 5.7-inch QHD display, an 8-core processor and 4GB of RAM.




The 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display has a native resolution of 2560x1440, and will arrive with two processors - depending on the market you buy it in. In the US, there'll be the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, while in European markets the Galaxy Note 7 will be powered by Samsung's own 8-core Exynos 8890 processor.


Samsung really killed it with the rear-facing camera on the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge smartphones, with the Galaxy Note 7 said to feature a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera, but it's the front-facing camera that has our eyes widen with excitement. There will reportedly be two front-facing cameras on the Galaxy Note 7, with one of them being an iris scanner. The 4K-capable rear-facing camera will feature Dual Pixel technology with an aperture of f/1.7.


The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will feature a microSD slot for expandable storage, a 3500mAh battery and it'll be 7.8mm thick. Network connectivity will include Cat. 9 LTE, and the latest Bluetooth technology. The pricing isn't set in stone yet, but we should expect somewhere near the $949 price. Samsung should unveil it on August 2, with a release into the world on August 19.