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Watches are being banned at schools to stop cheating in exams

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Feb 9, 2015 5:26 am

Something that most of us had taken for granted when in school, was wearing a watch, these days with wearable computing, you have to think twice. Just like some schools are now.

 

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BuzzFeed News is reporting that many universities are issuing blanket bans on all watches during exams, just in case some of them are wearing wearables to cheat during exams. London's City University has said that it "wouldn't be practical" to have people checking every students watch to see if it was an analog, or smartwatch.

Intel CFO says Apple needs its processors to stay ahead of competition

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Feb 9, 2015 4:29 am

Apple and Intel have been partnered together for a while, ever since Steve Jobs announced that Mac systems would use Intel processors back in 2005.

 

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At the time it was quite the shock, as Intel was the biggest chipmaker that made processors for PCs that ran Windows, and Microsoft were Apple's biggest enemy at the time. The tides have changed however, as Google was simply a search engine at the time, but they are now Apple's biggest competitor by far. Well, during an interview with Business Insider last week, Intel CFO Stacy Smith talked about how Intel is so far ahead of the competition, that when it comes to PC processors that Apple uses, the company has no choice but to use its CPUs.

 

Smith said: "Apple is a great partner of ours. Like Intel they like bringing really cool stuff to the market... As long as we're bringing great technology to the marketplace, we're enabling them to do great Apple products". Smith continued: "Our leadership over the rest of the industry is extending. We're not delayed relative to the industry. We're actually ahead of the industry". Smith also added: "For a customer like Apple you'd have to take a big step off performance to step off our architecture. That is what in essence enables us to win across different customers".

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Corning teases 'Project Phire' which could end up as Gorilla Glass 5

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 9, 2015 3:29 am

Gorilla Glass protects hundreds of millions of smartphones across the world, but it looks like its successor is being teased under the codename of "Project Phire". Corning could turn Project Phire into Gorilla Glass 5, but we won't know much until the company fully unveils Gorilla Glass 5.

 

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Until then, Corning made the project public at the Investors Conference in New York under the codename Project Phire. The name comes from the scratch resistance qualities of sapphire, with the company making a point of the fact that sapphire isn't so great when its dropped, which is a big problem for smartphone users. Project Phire will be the next-gen display protection, which should be splashed onto devices in the near future.

 

James Clappin from Corning said: "We told you last year that sapphire was great for scratch performance but didn't fare well when dropped. So, we created a product that offers the same superior damage resistance and drop performance of Gorilla Glass 4 with scratch resistance that approaches sapphire".

Visceral Games: 5 million players have played Battlefield Hardline

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 9, 2015 2:33 am

The open beta for Battlefield Hardline continues, with Visceral Games' General Manager, Steve Papoutsis, taking to Twitter to announce that 5 million players have taken place in the beta.

 

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Papoutsis said: "Wow, we've passed 5 MILLION players in the #BFHardline beta! So proud of your team. Glad you're having fun and keep that feedback coming". Destiny set the bar last year, with 5 million players taking place in the open beta for Destiny, but Destiny wasn't released on PC. This goes to show that the PC community is huge, and a strong force for even a game like Battlefield Hardline which hasn't been getting the best feedback.

 

Battlefield Hardline will be released on March 17 for the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4 and PC. The beta itself closes today, unfortunately.

Stardock CEO: DirectX 12 will allow CG-like graphics on PC before 2020

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 9, 2015 1:26 am

We can expect DirectX 12 games to look radically different in just a few years time, with PC gamers being able to expect that future titles will look as good as the CG in the latest movies. The news is coming from an interview with Stardock CEO Brad Wardell with Inner Circle Podcast, teasing the future of PC gaming and DirectX 12.

 

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Wardell said that if game developers get down and dirty with DirectX 12, games with thousands of on-screen characters, or any large number of objects on screen are usually bound by the CPU when it comes to lighting. Ubisoft has even admitted this for its mess that was Assassin's Creed: Unity. The first generation of DX12 games will see a 10-20% boost, as they are written for DirectX 11 and running DirectX 12. But when there are new graphics engines that are built from the ground up for DX12, the real benefits are going to be very, very clear according to Wardell.

 

The Stardock CEO claimed that future games would look like The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King by the end of the current console generation. He cites the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One as resource heavy consoles, as they feature 8-core processors with 8GB of RAM and 64-bit operating systems and games that can access any and all of those resources easily. As time goes by, developers will squeeze much more out of the consoles.

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The CSGO ban saga continues, multiple players handed lifetime holidays

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 8, 2015 11:53 pm

ESEA just joined forces with Valve, standing against match-fixing in the strongest way possible - banning multiple CS:GO players from France and Poland for life, matching their previous actions as seen in retaliation to match-fixing and betting scandals conducted by American and Canadian CS:GO professionals.

 

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The ban-list includes the former ESC gaming CS:GO squad and four ex-members from Epsilon, handing indefinite bans to all players involved just one week before the Poles were set to attend a live qualifier for ESL One Katowice.

 

The full list of banned players includes:

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Xiaomi's growth continues to pressure other smartphone vendors

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 8, 2015 11:09 pm

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has taken the Chinese smartphone market by storm, quickly punting Samsung out the door - and putting global pressure on Apple, Samsung, and others. The company sold 61 million devices worldwide in 2014, tripling its overall sales figure year-over-year - and provides a high quality phone at an affordable price.

 

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"The trend over the last couple of years has been for local vendors, plus Samsung, to dominate the market and make it hard for others," said Chris Jones, principal mobile analyst of the Canalys research firm, in a statement to the Los Angeles Times. "They've been driving down the prices of smartphones and driving up the screen sizes and quality."

 

Xiaomi remains focused on its home market of China, in addition to India and several other select markets, and isn't focused on trying to expand into the United States just yet. The Chinese company wants to build a stronghold in China, India, Brazil, and select other regions before trying to migrate into the United States and select western markets.

Netflix is working on a live action 'Legend of Zelda' series

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 8, 2015 1:48 pm

In something that is coming out of nowhere, Netflix has announced that it is in the early stages of developing a live action series based on Nintendo's infamous The Legend of Zelda.

 

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Netflix is reportedly working closely with Nintendo on the project, as the Japanese gaming giant is very protective of its properties, allowing only a few adaptations of its games into movies or TV shows over the years - but let's forget about Super Mario Bros., ok? The series will fall in line with the game, where an ordinary boy named Link has to save Princess Zelda and her fantasy world Hyrule.

 

The series will be made into an episodic adventure show, something that will include the usual swords and sorcery, but it will be very "light-hearted and kid-friendly" according to Dark Horizons.

Naughty Dog: Uncharted 4 at 60FPS on the PS4 is 'really f**king hard'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 8, 2015 6:46 am

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End will be an exclusive to the PlayStation 4, with developer Naughty Dog aiming for 1080p and 60FPS. But throughout the development of Uncharted 4, Naughty Dog has realized that it most likely won't be able to reach a solid 60FPS throughout the entire game.

 

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Neil Druckmann is the Game Director in charge of Uncharted 4, where he said that reaching 60FPS is not an easy task and that Naughty Dog is continuing to opimize the game (water it down) but he hasn't said whether 60FPS is the aim for the company. When asked how hard it was to reach 60FPS in Uncharted 4 during an interview with Game Informer, Druckmann said that it's "Really f**king hard".

 

He continued: "That's true for any game. It was really hard on The Last of Us Remastered, and that's a game we had finished and we knew exactly what the end result needs to look like. And here [with Uncharted 4] we're trying to push the boundaries of what this game can look like; and do realistic, real-time cutscenes; and trying to do 60fps is really hard". When he was asked directly if Naughty Dog was aiming for 60FPS, he said that Uncharted 4 is still a work-in-progress, and that nothing is solid right now.

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AMD expected to launch Radeon R9 395X2 end of 2015 for around $1499

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Feb 8, 2015 5:09 am

Exciting news to fill your weekend, with the beans spilling out of AMD's upcoming next-gen GPUs. WCCFTech is reporting on a slew of new cards, with the top-tier, dual-GPU "Bermuda" card what we want to know the most about.

 

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The Bermuda GPU will be AMD's dual GPU offering within the Radeon 300 series, which looks like the successor to AMD's Vesavius, or the Radeon R9 295X2. The new Radeon R9 395X2 is expected to be released toward the end of this year, with a price tag of around $1499. The all-in-one watercooler is expected to be cooling down the innards of the 395X2, just like it did with the R9 295X2.

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