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Elon Musk wants to link your brain to a machine

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Mar 28, 2017 4:26 am

Elon Musk is making some big moves towards getting your mind inside of a machine, with The Wall Street Journal reporting that Musk has launched a new company called Neuralink, which is pushing the boundaries on something Musk teases as "neural lace technology".




Back in February, Musk said that humans can communicate at around 10 bits per second when typing on smartphones, but computers can talk to each other at trillions of bits per second. In order for the human race to begin trying to keep up with advanced machines will be a high-speed link, something Musk calls neural laces, between computers and our brains. Oh, is that all, Elon?


WSJ's sources say that Musk has taken a key role in Neuralink, and might even be in a leadership position. Neuralink co-founder Max Hodak confirmed the company is in operation, and Musk is involved, but it's early days for Neuralink.

Nintendo US boss: Switch reaction has been 'remarkable'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Mar 28, 2017 3:18 am

Nintendo is expecting to sell 110 million Switch consoles over its lifetime, with 20 million of those expected in the first 12 months - and now Nintendo of America President and COO, Reggie Fils-Aime, has appeared on Fox News to talk up the Switch.




Nintendo has already sold 1.5 million units, with myself and Derek being two of those 1.5 million, but Nintendo is breaking records in the US with the Switch - even up against sales champions like the Wii, and DS/3DS. Fils-Aime said: "The reaction to Nintendo Switch has been remarkable. Every day we're setting new records from a US perspective, meaning, you know, today I can look back and see how I compare to the launch of the Wii or the Nintendo DS or the Nintendo 3DS, and I'm setting sales records every day with the Nintendo Switch".


He continued: "The reaction has been fantastic. Consumers want it, I've been with industry peers, they're excited with what we're doing and hoping to drive the industry. I've seen the games, like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, right now the fourth highest-rated game in the history of videogames. We've turned the industry on its ear and to do that, to be part of a company that has a reputation for doing it on a regular basis, has been tremendous".

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PS4 Pro Media Player update includes 4K support

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 28, 2017 2:06 am

Sony is preparing a new update for the PS4 Pro that will allow the Media Player to playback 4K content, with some other tweaks being thrown into the update for the PS4 Pro.




You can playback content from a USB stick or home server, like a PC or NAS, but 4K content will be allowed through PSVR as well. USB storage will need to be formatted, as the extended PS4 storage can only be used for saved games/apps - and can't be used to store or save videos. Sony adds: "For those of you that own a PlayStation VR system in addition to PS4 Pro, Media Player will also update to support playback of 4K VR video content".


Sony continues: "PS VR's display resolution is 1920 x RGB x 1080, therefore 4K VR videos will be displayed in a higher image quality compared to HD VR videos. Capture stunning 360 degree 4K footage, and then immerse yourself in that footage in VR at home - just as if you're right back in the scene you shot".

Colorful's amazing iGame GTX 1080 Ti looks MEAN, FAST

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Mar 28, 2017 1:18 am

Colorful has teased its new GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics card, with its new high-end iGame series teased with a new cooler design called "Shark Bioinics", which features 3 x 92mm fans.




The card itself glows with red light thanks to the various LEDs around the cooling shroud, and if you remember - Colorful is stepping outside of the realm of 'normal graphics cards' and slapping a damn LED on top of the iGame GTX 1080 Ti graphics card.




Colorful's exciting LCD on the iGame GTX 1080 Ti will feature current GPU clock speeds, GPU usage, GPU temperature, and the status of the fans.

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Nintendo expects Switch to sell 110 million units

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Mar 28, 2017 12:40 am

While I've pumped in excess of 50 hours into my Switch playing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, it comes as no surprise to me that Nintendo expects big sales from their new Switch console.




According to Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima, who says he expects total Switch sales to reach 110 million units, with 20 million units expected to ship in the first year. Taiwan-based supply chain makers have a "conservative estimate" of at least 10 million Switch consoles shipping.


DigiTimes reports: "Nintendo released the Switch in March 2017 and the game console enjoyed over one million units of sales in the first week after the release. Nintendo president Kimishima Tatsumi also recently said that he expects Switch's overall sales to reach 110 million units".

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Bungie makes Destiny 2 official with an artwork tease

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 27, 2017 11:21 pm

Bungie has just officially announced Destiny 2, through a picture pushed out onto the official Twitter account of Destiny - with key artwork from the game lining up with what we saw teased last week. Our own Gaming God, Derek, went into some detail on why he hoped the leaked Destiny 2 poster was fake - check it out.




Destiny 2 won't let you bring your Destiny characters over, so it's a full fledged sequel to the original. Activision Blizzard has also teased that there will be a PC release of Destiny 2, unlike its predecessor which was a console exclusive. There's also mention of a PS4 beta that might come soon - and as for Destiny 2 itself, it should be released later this year.

HTC Vive partners with WB for Ready Player One

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Mar 27, 2017 11:03 pm

Warner Bros. Pictures has just signed an "strategic partnership" with HTC Vive, that will see HTC being the "exclusive VR partner for all content, online and offline activities" for the upcoming release of 'Ready Player One' from legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg.




Ready Player One has been one of, if not the most anticipated movie to be shifted into the VR realm - and is teased as a "sci-fi action thriller that unfolds largely within the virtual reality space", making for perfect VR content. HTC will provide "multiple pieces of VR content tied to the world of Ready Player One" in VR, with the VR content available through HTC's software portal, Viveport.


There will be location-based entertainment for Ready Player One, as well as high-end PC-based VR and mobile versions. Blair Rich, President of Worldwide Marketing for Warner Bros. Pictures explains: "The virtual reality world within Ready Player One is extremely advanced, sophisticated and engaging, and with Vive, we chose the best system to represent the future of VR. Vive is the perfect partner to bring that to life and also has the broadest reach to global markets for the use of VR in home, mobile and offline channels. We're delighted that HTC Vive will be partnering with Ready Player One and very excited to work with them leading up the movie's release in Spring 2018".


Rikard Steiber, President of Viveport said: "Ready Player One is one of the most anticipated movies in the world, and has tremendous potential to engage and entertain the worldwide market, showcasing the transformative nature of VR, and what it can and will be. Vive is delivering on the promise of VR and continues to be the most advanced and immersive VR experience available to consumers, and we're thrilled to be partnering with Warner Bros. to bring these experiences to consumers, on all platforms, around the globe".


Warner Bros. Pictures, Amblin Partners, and Village Roadshow Pictures will be releasing Ready Player One on March 30, 2018.

Android co-founder teases his upcoming smartphone

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 27, 2017 7:26 pm

Andy Rubin, co-founder of Android, has teased a photo of a smartphone on which he is working at his new company Essential Products.




Rubin worked at Google until 2013, and he was in charge of the OS. His latest business adventure is the recently founded company which should unveil their first smartphone somewhere around the middle of the year.


The photo which Rubin posted to Twitter reveals that the smartphone rocks an almost bezel-less design, something similar to the Xiaomi Mi MIX. Rubin wrote that he is eager to see the smartphone in more people's hands.

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Elon Musk teases Model Y for 'S3XY' lineup

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Mar 27, 2017 6:11 pm

While we are still waiting for the release of the Model 3, Elon Musk has teased the next electric car from Tesla - Model Y.




Tesla's CEO didn't reveal anything about the car other that it will come in few years, but what's interesting here is the name of the car.


Tesla first introduced the Model S, followed by Model X, and the latest Model 3, which was, according to Musk, was supposed to be named Model E.

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Samsung confirms that the Note7 isn't quite dead yet

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 27, 2017 5:04 pm

A couple of days after Samsung announced that they will issue a new update to end the charging of all the Note7s still in operation around the world, the company has announced more information about the future of the faulty devices.




It was previously rumored that the Korean giant might return the refurbished Galaxy Note7 devices to the market, and now the company has issued a statement that clarifies that the Galaxy Note7 isn't quite dead yet.


The company noted that the Galaxy Note7 "devices shall be considered to be used as refurbished phones or rental phones where applicable." This means that the company plans the fix the devices, clearly by putting new batteries, and offering them in selected markets as refurbished devices.

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