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Half-Life VR might be in the works for HTC Vive

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Oct 10, 2016 3:39 pm

A bit of mysterious code might indicate Valve is working on a Half-Life VR game for its Vive headset.



A few bits of code for "HLVR" were recently found in a new DOTA 2 update, and this could be Valve's way in communicating with its community without making any sort of official announcements. "HLVR" code has been found many times in the Destinations Steam VR app, and its believed the HLVR code is linked to Valve's experimental in-house VR prototype made of Half-Life assets that was used to test out the Source Engine's limits in VR.


According to the DOTA 2 update source code, the HLVR code is specifically "used to force the HLVR player to speak", hinting that the Half-Life VR game (if it's indeed real) will have some sort of dynamic interactivity with players. It's interesting to see any mention of this source code in DOTA 2 especially since it has nothing really to do with DOTA at all.

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By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: Oct 10, 2016 3:30 pm



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Stunning video shows capabilities of the Pixel XL camera

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 10, 2016 1:31 pm

Google spent a lot of time talking about the amazing camera on their new Pixel phone, calling it the "best smartphone camera ever made."




The camera of the Pixel and Pixel XL features a 12.3MP sensor with f/2.0, and during the presentation, they showed some amazing photos and videos adding that the speed of the camera and incredible video stabilization technology are very important.


One lucky user supposedly got to test the Pixel XL camera, and he posted an amazing 4K video which shows the possibilities of Google's new phone. He shot the video in two days and according to him, "Pixel XL blows the door of the iPhone 7 Plus when it comes to 4K video", which is quite an accomplishment. He added that the image stabilization needs some work, but overall, the result is amazing, which you can check out in the video below.

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Now we've seen it all - a Tesla hearse

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Oct 10, 2016 12:28 pm

A Dutch company RemetzCar, specializes in stretching luxury cars into limousines, did a little something different with Tesla's Model S. They turned it into a hearse. True, a hearse isn't the first thing that comes to mind when you mention Tesla, but here it is!




To make this happen, RemetzCar cut the Model S in half and extended it enough to fit a coffin. A higher roof has been added, as well as huge windows. On their website, the company explained how the "zero-emission sedan proves it is the ideal vehicle for transport during the farewell ceremony."

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Unauthorised man enters a house using the Pokemon Go app

By: Emma Tucker | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 10, 2016 11:32 am

Pokemon Go is making gaming headlines once again, though this time, it's not for the latest update or new creature find. A man has recently walked into a civilian's house in search for Pokemon without acknowledging that he had entered.




The news comes direct from BBC under the Freedom of Information Act, that when the Norfolk-based man was questioned about the incident, he told police it was because he was playing Pokemon GO. This currently makes 1 out of 19 Pokemon incidents recorded by Norfolk police in July and August as of this year. This report is one amongst various assaults, driving offences, noise nuisance, and thefts that have also been logged involving the app.


Whilst the popularity of Pokemon Go is at an all-time high, will reports such as this made to the BBC stop gamers from continuing on with the app if safety is at stake? Furthermore, there has been no news from the app developer, Niantic, in regards to this offence reported.

Chrome 55 uses up to 50% less RAM, arrives in December

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Oct 10, 2016 9:21 am

Google is promising some radical improvements in RAM usage of its upcoming Chrome 55 browser, that will feature an improved JavaScript engine that is more efficient on RAM consumption.




With countless JavaScript-based websites, the RAM usage being lowered is only a great thing for people like me who have 20-25 tabs open in Chrome at once. Google has said that according to their research using Chrome 55 with websites like The New York Times, Reddit and YouTube using 50% less RAM on average than Chrome 53.


Google won't be releasing Chrome 55 until December 6, but there will be pre-release code released earlier if you want to try it between now and then.

Ookla launches app for Windows 10

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Oct 10, 2016 7:38 am

We are all familiar with the legendary website, and the super-useful apps on iOS and Android for checking your internet connectivity - and now you can enjoy speed testing your PC on Windows 10 with the new app.




Ookla's new internet speed testing app is a good-looking, and very functional app that will test your internet connection with a great UI. All you have to do is click 'Go' and you're away, but if you want a more specific test, you can opt for the manual network selector - so you can choose your ISP, or at least the closest one to you.


Download the new Ookla app for Windows 10 from the Windows Store.

Galaxy S8 teased for Feb 26, 2017 launch at MWC 17

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 10, 2016 5:42 am

Samsung is dealing with putting out various fires around the world with its exploding Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, but the marketing train is stamping tickets early for the Galaxy S8 hype train.




We're now looking at the alleged teaser image of the purported Galaxy S8, with leaker @Ricciolo posting the alleged teaser image of the S8. We can see the 26/02/17 date, which will take place during the Galaxy Unpacked event during Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona early next year.


There's nothing more to go on, but we are told that the Galaxy S8 will rock an iris scanner - something the more professional Note 7 featured.

Samsung rumored to have stopped Galaxy Note 7 production

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 10, 2016 4:38 am

Samsung has reportedly pulled an unprecedented move, halting the production of its explosive Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, according to rumors from sources within The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg. The rumors state Samsung has suspected production of the Galaxy Note 7.




Just recently, an owner had his Note 7 turn into a puff of smoke and heat and accidentally breathed in the smoke, where he later coughed "black stuff" up - his Note 7 was a replacement phone from Samsung that was meant to not have these battery-related issues - and he's not the only one. Another replacement Note 7 caught fire on a Southwest flight in the US, and burnt through the carpet and melted into the floor.


Now we have rumors that Samsung has halted production of the Note 7, so this is big... really big. If the rumors are true, Samsung could expect some serious fallout from this in more ways than one. First, the company is sure to be hit pretty hard with Samsung shares surely dropping harsly if the rumor is comfired by the company. Secondly, the trust in Samsung is now broken for some people - hurting their reputation in consumers' eyes as well as profits and revenue from lost future phone sales.


Not only that, but we will have people doubting their next-gen handsets like the Galaxy S8 - and then we have to question what the hell Samsung will say when the marketing for the Note 8 starts. WIll one of the key marketing points be "it won't blow up this time, we promise?" because that's going to become a thing.


The next big thing.

Mafia III updated, framerate cap has been removed

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 10, 2016 3:51 am

Hangar 13 has shaken off its hangover from the Mafia III release, and in their blurred vision and stomach cramps, realized the wrong of their ways in slapping Mafia III with a framerate cap.




The latest patch for Mafia III on the PC removes the unnecessary framerate cap, so that PC gamers can choose to unlock the framerate for those high refresh rate displays and smoother gameplay - come on Hangar 13... 30FPS lock, really? The patch includes 30FPS, 60FPS and unlimited options, and improvements to the keyboard remapping.


There will be additional improvements made to the PC version of the game, with the developer adding: "We aren't done with fixes and updates and will continue to listen to our community for ways to improve your experience in New Bordeaux".

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