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eSports is so big in Sweden that high schools add it to curriculum

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 13, 2015 11:04 am

With the rise of professional eSports, games like League of Legends and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive would not have taken off, at least not to the point where they are today. These games have tens of millions of very, very dedicated gamers with tournaments that have tens of millions of dollars being thrown at gamers.




This means it shouldn't come as a surprise to most that some Swedish high schools are now introducing eSports into their curriculum, just like some physical sports are. The eSports subjects will be handled just like physical education subjects, with rooms dedicated to practicing games like DOTA 2 and League of Legends, with guest lectures being given by professional gamers and personalities from within the eSports community.


Magnus Alehed, a principal at one of the high schools offering eSports as a subject said that the idea behind it was to get rid of the negative stigma behind video games and mainstream society. You know, how they think gamers all sit around with a controller in their hands blasting expletives at their TV. Alehed said: "We're looking to dispel the myth that this would be a bad thing and it is about respect for this group of students".

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Samsung shows off some next-gen storage products at FMS 2015

By: Jon Coulter | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 13, 2015 8:30 am

Yesterday Samsung announced new products featuring their third generation 256Gb 48-layer 3bit 3D V-NAND technology. Today the exhibit floor opened up and we got a chance to view Samsung's latest and greatest first-hand.




Most prominently displayed was the world's first 3-Bit SAS SSD, the PM1633a. Not only is this drive the world's first 3-Bit SAS Enterprise SSD, it is the world's highest capacity drive (HDDs included). The floating drive display is one of the coolest we've ever seen.




Next up are a few SATA-based products we are all familiar with, the 850 Pro and EVO SATA SSDs. There has been no announced refresh to the 850 Pro; it will remain powered by 32-layer MLC 3D V-NAND as far as we know. The world's best-selling consumer SSD, the 850EVO, will be getting a refresh and will be the first SSD available with Samsung's third generation 3bit 48-layer 3D V-NAND.

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Oculus founder says VR needs 'unlimited GPU horsepower'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Aug 13, 2015 7:38 am

Tom's Hardware sat down with Palmer Luckey, the founder of Oculus VR, at Gamescom last week, asking him some interesting questions. The first question off the bat from Tom's Hardware was "if there was one challenge in VR that you had to overcome that you really wish wasn't an issue, which would it be?"




Luckey replied with: "Probably unlimited GPU horsepower. It is one of the issues in VR that cannot be solved at this time. We can make our hardware as good as we want, our optics as sharp as we can, but at the end of the day we are reliant on how many flops the GPU can push, how high a framerate can it push? Right now, to get 90 frames per second [the minimum target framerate for Oculus VR] and very low latencies we need heaps of power, and we need to bump the quality of the graphics way down".


He continued: "If we had unlimited GPU horsepower in everybody's computer, that will make our lives very much easier. Of course, that's not something we can control, and it's a problem that will be solved in due time". The next question was just as interesting, asking Luckey that with the "limited power we have today" being good enough because we're in the wild west of VR technology.

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided's graphics will soon be watered down

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 13, 2015 6:19 am

It looks like Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will have watered down graphics, with the producer on the game, Oliver Proulx, talking with Eurogamer explaining that the final build of the game should look close to the suped up graphics we saw from E3 2015 earlier this year.



Proulx explained: "In terms of the graphical fidelity we're very mindful of what we wanted to show at E3 that we don't show something that's impossible to achieve later down the road, and it was really discussed with the team". He continued, talking about the smaller changes that the studio will make to Mankind Divided, with improvements and compromises, but the quality we see should be mostly the same.


"We're confident what we showed, what you'll see when the game comes out, is going to be very consistent in terms of graphical quality", he continued. "Obviously the game goes through iteration and the debugging phase, so you can pick up some differences there - some improvements, maybe some other compromises - but it's going to be pretty much what we've got".

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LG's upcoming NUCLUN 2 processors smashes Samsung's greatest chip

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Aug 13, 2015 5:09 am

Qualcomm isn't doing too well at the moment, and Samsung hasn't had a good time with its new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge sales, leaving the window open for LG to come through and dominate with its upcoming NUCLUN 2 processor.




LG's refreshed NUCLUN 2 processor is being baked onto the 16nm FinFET process and hitting mass production in 2016. But now we're got some very early performance numbers to share with you courtesy of Weibo, where it dominates the 8-core SoC from Samsung in the form of the Exynos 7420. The NUCLUN 2 scores 1796 in the single-core test versus the 1486 from the Exynos 7420. When it comes to the multi-core test, the NUCLUN 2 is capable of 5392 while Samsung's chip manages 4970.


LG's NUCLUN 2 chip has two quad-core CPUs inside of it, with one of them being a quad-core Cortex-A72 clocked at 2.1GHz while the other is a quad-core Cortex-A53 clocked at 1.5GHz.

Microsoft's 84-inch Surface Hub 4K TVs shipping on January 1, 2016

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Fashion meets Tech | Posted: Aug 13, 2015 3:35 am

If you've had $20,000 burning a hole in your pocket, be prepared for January 1, 2016 because Microsoft will begin shipping the 84-inch version of its Surface Hub on the first day of next year.




During the Windows 10 event earlier this year, Microsoft unveiled the Surface Hub, surprising most. The TV-sized tablet is designed to be an advanced, collaborative teleconference system for the enterprise. There are two different versions: the 55-inch HD screen with an Intel HD GPU for $7000, or the massive 84-inch 4K version packing an NVIDIA Quadro K2200 GPU for $20,000.


Microsoft didn't expect the Surface Hub to be so popular, as it has missed its September 1 ship date due to the pre-orders far exceeding its manufacturing expectations. Will you be buying a Surface Hub? If you could have one, which would you choose?

Qualcomm's upcoming Snapdragon 820 chip teases 40% faster graphics

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Aug 13, 2015 2:36 am

Qualcomm has been down in the dumps lately, but it looks like the Snapdragon 820 could be something exciting for the company. The upcoming chip is promising a new GPU from Qualcomm, as well as a new image signal processing (ISP) unit.




The Snapdragon 820 should pack an Adreno 5xx GPU which will offer up to 40% more performance while using 40% less power compared to the previous Adreno 430 GPU. The new 500 series GPU will also have support for 4K video at 60FPS through HDMI 2.0, meaning you can stream 4K 60FPS video to your compatible TV or monitor.


The new Spectra ISP is capable of supporting up to three cameras simultaneously and mixed with its best-in-class image quality, we can expect big things for cameras. The new ISP will see images with more natural skin tones, and a wider range of colors at up to 25-megapixels at 30FPS with no shutter lag.

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Tarantino's 'Hateful Eight' teaser rides in from the cold

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Aug 13, 2015 1:29 am

Despite only have having eight films under his belt (seven if you merge both 'Kill Bill' films), a new Tarantino feature film is something of a major cultural event and if the premier look at his first film in three years; 'The Hateful Eight' is anything to go by, then it's going to be a good one indeed.



Starring Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell and Jennifer Jason Leigh, the film is based off an original script written by Tarantino revolving around eight rugged westerners who seek refuge on a mountain pass during an aggressive blizzard.


'The Hateful Eight' will be released in a limited U.S. engagement on Christmas Day 2015, before a full worldwide release in January 2016.

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Final Fantasy XV will see a simultaneous global launch to gamers

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 12, 2015 11:47 pm

It looks like Final Fantasy XV will be the first game in the series to receive a simultaneous game launch across the world. It's one of the many changes gamers can expect to see after game director Hajime Tabata took over the position from Kingdom Hearts III director Tetsuya Nomura.




"This may be something that we are a little bit embarrassed to talk about, but really, this is the first time that we've done a packaged, standalone Final Fantasy game with a simultaneous global launch, so we didn't have the setup to deal with that, really," said Tabata, in a statement made to GameSpot at Gamescom.


"The first thing we had to do was rearrange our internal structure to create something that could do that. That was the first important work on the project." When Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII was released in Japan in November 21, 2013, it was a three-month windows before the title was available worldwide.

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McDonald's is now rolling out its mobile app across the country

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Apps | Posted: Aug 12, 2015 10:15 pm

McDonald's is now rolling out a mobile app to some customers in the United States, which features a loyalty program for the restaurant's drinks, special deals, and more. A customer can earn a free drink after five McCafe drink purchases, if they use the app.




The company will rollout the app nationwide by October, if everything goes according to plan with limited testing, according to McDonald's. Ideally, the mobile app could pave the way for increased use of different ordering and payment opportunities while inside McDonald's restaurants.


McDonald's CEO Steve Easterbrook admitted the company is "a little behind some others" when it comes to mobile app rollouts.

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