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Take-Two kills GTA V's Red Dead Redemption mod

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 23, 2017 11:21 pm

The ambitious modding project to put Red Dead Redemption's in-game world into GTA V has been shut down by Take-Two Interactive.

 

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Rockstar Games' parent company Take-Two Interactive has forced the developers behind the anticipated "Red Dead Redemption V" mod to cancel the project. The mod itself aimed to offer a Red Dead Redemption experience on PC by bringing Red Dead Redemption's full in-game map into GTA V as a "story mode modification." The modders were extracting game assets--textures, models etc--from the Xbox 360 version of RDR using the .White (dot white) toolkit and importing them into a PC port of GTA V.

 

Sadly all of this work was for naught: Take-Two Interactive has reportedly issued a cease and desist letter to the team. "I know this is hard pill to swallow, but as you may have noticed we did get contacted , and we sadly have to say we are stopping this project," the project's leader Mr LeisureWear confirmed on the GTA forums. "So thanks guys, we were all so happy to see this, but it isn't going to happen, sorry."

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Cassini's image shows tiny Earth between Saturn's rings

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Apr 23, 2017 10:30 pm

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has sent yet another stunning image from space.

 

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The photo was taken when Cassini was 870 million miles (1.4 billion kilometers) away from Earth, and it shows our planet between the rings of Saturn.

 

Although far and too small to be visible in the image, the part of Earth facing Cassini at the time was the southern Atlantic Ocean. Even Earth's Moon is visible in a zoomed-in version of the image.

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Samsung making next-gen 4K mobile displays with 800PPI

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 23, 2017 6:53 am

The display on Samsung's new Galaxy S8 is already mind blowing, but the South Korean giant doesn't want to sit on its hands - with rumors flying that the company will begin production of its 7th generation AMOLED panels in Q2.

 

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PhoneArena reports: "Samsung Display has continued research to diversify its OLED portfolio to include foldable OLED, chip-on-plastic OLED and 800ppi high-resolution OLED". Now this is pretty big news, as the rest of the OLED makers are still working on their 6th gen panels, while Samsung leads into its 7th gen. The big golden nugget of news is that Samsung is working on "chip-on-plastic OLED" displays, and "800ppi high-resolution OLED".

 

Now, where would Samsung use an 800PPI high-res OLED display? For me, the purported Galaxy Note 8 smartphone would make sense - as the Galaxy S9 won't see the light of day until 2018. 4K displays in smartphones aren't really a thing right now, except for Sony's current 'Premium' line of smartphones - so if I had to place any bets, I'd say Samsung's upcoming Note 8 will rock a massive, and oh-my-gosh beautiful 4K-capable 800PPI display.

HIS roars, launches their Radeon RX 500 series cards

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Apr 23, 2017 5:23 am

AMD has launched their new Radeon RX 500 series graphics cards, led by the Radeon RX 580 and RX 570, and now it's time for HIS to unleash their new RX 500 series cards.

 

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HIS leads their new cards with the Radeon RX 580 XTR IceQX2 Roaring Turbo, which is virtually identical to its RX 480-based predecessor - except that the refreshed RX 580 requires even more power. HIS has used a 6+8-pin PCIe power setup, thanks to the Polaris 20 XTR GPU sucking up so much power - something we went over in our review of the SAPPHIRE RX 580 Nitro+ and its high power consumption.

 

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HIS has 4 different Radeon RX 580 graphics cards:

 

  • HIS RX 580 8GB XTR IceQX2 Roaring Turbo (1256/1430MHz)
  • HIS RX 580 8GB IceQX2 Turbo (1256/1405MHz)
  • HIS RX 580 8GB IceQX2 OC (1256/1366MHz)
  • HIS RX 580 4GB IceQX2 OC (1256/1366MHz)
  • HIS RX 570 4GB IceQX2 OC (1168/1264MHz)

 

Out of the 4 different RX 580 models, one of them has 4GB of RAM - and its clocked at 7GHz, compared to 8GHz on the RX 580 8GB models. The one and only RX 570 model has 4GB of GDDR5, also clocked at 7GHz.

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Intel launching 12C/24T chips with X299 on May 30

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Apr 23, 2017 4:18 am

We've already written about Intel's next-gen CPUs launching two months early, but now we have a date: May 30. Intel will reportedly announce its next-gen CPUs and new X299 chipset during their conference at Computex 2017 in Taipei.

 

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The latest news is coming from Bench.life, which is reporting that Intel's Senior VP Navin Shenoy will make the announcement during his keynote speech on May 30, while general availability of the new CPUs will start on June 26. Now, what new CPUs can we expect from Intel, especially now since AMD kicked them pretty hard in the pants with their new Ryzen CPUs.

 

Intel is reportedly preparing new 4, 6, 8, 10, and even new 12-core CPUs - so expect Hyper-Threading on most of them, making them 4C/8T, 6C/12T, 8C/16T, 10C/20T, and a monstrous 12C/24T. We should expect Basin Falls X-Series to include new Kaby Lake-X and Skylake-X processors. Kaby Lake-X will be the family of quad-core processors, while Skylake-X will handle the higher-end SKUs.

GTA V is teaching autonomous cars how to drive

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Apr 22, 2017 10:52 pm

Researchers and engineers are using Rockstar Games' huge open-world Grand Theft Auto V game to help autonomous cars drive better.

 

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Anyone who's played GTA V knows the world is bristling with AI drivers who react and interact with the environment, and there's tons of randomized events that mimic real-world happenstance. Key researchers are using GTA V-derived code to power simulations and test scenarios to test the software that runs autonomous vehicles--in a sense the vehicles are "playing" the games, learning from interactions within the world itself, and more importantly the mistakes they make. This generates tons of data for the vehicle's "brains" to learn from, and gives engineers valuable information in the process.

 

The vehicle's machine-learning algorithms are put through their paces via simulations, which act as the other half of testing outside of the cars testing their skills on actual roads. With its myriad of cars, people, and dynamic physics-filled sandbox GTA V is the perfect virtual testing ground for driverless cars to learn from. Researchers at Intel Labs and Darmstadt started using GTA V for autonomous vehicle testing last year, and now other teams have picked up on it.

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Twitch plans to rope YouTubers with new tip system

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 22, 2017 8:17 pm

Twitch is giving streamers even more ways to make money and key YouTube Gaming streamers and content creators could be pulled over to the platform.

 

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Since the recent controversy that caused major advertisers to break ties with YouTube, content creators are weighing their options. Amazon's Twitch platform took advantage of the situation by announcing its new revenue sharing system, which allows viewers to tip streamers via "Cheers" that use "bit" emotes. These "bits" are a virtual currency that represent actual cash values that viewers buy; prices range from 100 bits for $1.40 to 10,000 bits for $126, and even a whopping 25,000 bits for $308. Streamers, however, only earn a cent per bit.

 

Twitch promises that more streamers will get access to its new tipping system next week. Apart from tips, Twitch also allows streamers to sell games on their streams and gives 5% kickback for any games purchased this way. These initiatives make the platform more and more attractive for key content creators and Amazon no-doubt hopes that big-name YouTubers will jump ship and cross over to the service.

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Report: Crytek Shanghai studio closes due to unpaid rent

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 22, 2017 6:11 pm

Crytek's Shanghai studio has reportedly closed down because the company couldn't pay its rent.

 

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According to Niko Partners games industry analyst Daniel Ahmad, Crytek Shanghai suffered a humiliating closure and was kicked out of its offices by the building's owner. What's even worse is that all of the company's remaining employees still remain unpaid despite promises of payment for their loyalty. Ahmad notes that employees hadn't been paid since September 2016.

 

An anonymous Crytek Shanghai employee corroborates Ahmad's claims with an older Reddit post. "After never been paid again in 7 months, today finally the landlord kicked us out as he must have not been paid either," the purported employee wrote on Reddit. "Thank you Crytek for destroying our lives."

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Samsung to spin up 2nd gen 10nm fab

By: Lana Jelic | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Apr 22, 2017 3:16 pm

As the first devices with Samsung's 10nm process start to hit the market, like the Galaxy S8, the company is already starting to spin up the next generation of their 10nm process in Korea.

 

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Samsung has announced that they have already qualified their 10nm LPP manufacturing process which is expected to offer double digit improvements to performance or power.

 

Samsung started production for the current LPE process in October with devices hitting the market this week. That puts us at around a six month lead time between the beginning of production and an actual availability date. However, much of the equipment and processes should be the same as 10nm LPE, the current lead manufacturing process at Samsung which could mean a shorter time to market.

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Call of Duty WWII release date and campaign leaked

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 22, 2017 1:28 pm

Only yesterday Activision officially confirmed Sledgehammer Games' new Call of Duty is set in World War II, and today we have a fresh batch of leaked campaign and multiplayer info.

 

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According to the leaks, Call of Duty WWII's campaign should be told through the perspective of the Allies, and touts a "gritty, intense journey through the battlegrounds of war" with higher-end "bold, lifelike visuals found in cinematic blockbusters." We also get a tease of the game's co-op mode, which will be a "high-octane" standalone experience with its own storyline. The info also says Call of Duty WWII will release November 3, 2017.

 

"Call of Duty returns to its roost with Call of Duty: WWII--a breathtaking experience that redefines World War II for a new gaming generation. Land in Normandy on D-Day and battle across Europe through iconic locations in history's most monumental war. Experience classic Call of Duty combat, the bonds of camaraderie, and the unforgiving nature of war against a global power throwing the world into tyranny."

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