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South Korea is getting an online version of Titanfall

By: Ma Yong Kang | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 days, 15 hours ago

We could potentially see another Titanfall game outside of Titanfall 2. It's a game born out of a collaboration between south korean game platform giant Nexon, EA and Respawn entertainment. But first, kudos to Brian Ashcraft and its tipster Sang for spotting the news first over at Kotaku.




Titanfall Online will be an free online title release by Nexon. It will be only available in South Korea with no plans for international release yet. Tipster Sang said there will be a test play on December 15 to December 21 for South Korea players.


Upon discovering the official website of Titanfall Online (I had to use Google Chrome translate feature to get understandable info), here's what I found:

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Artificial intelligence creates a (bad) Christmas song

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 5 days, 16 hours ago

"The Christmas tree is filled with flowers. I swear it's Christmas Eve", might not sound like a typical Christmas carol, it certainly won't make it to the top of the charts, but this is how an AI-generated song sounds.


The song, if we can call it that, was created with a program named "neural karaoke." Scientists uploaded a Christmasy image to the program and let it do its magic. The program then analyzed the photo and came up with words and a melody. The result is...unique.


Neural Story Singing Christmas from Hang Chu on Vimeo.

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MacBook Pro GPU issues caused by software, not AMD

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: 5 days, 23 hours ago

It looks like the GPU-related issues on Apple's freshly-released MacBook Pro laptops was not because of the AMD Radeon graphics inside - something I said a few weeks ago, as all signs are pointing towards crappy third-party software ruining consumers' expensive new purchase.




AppleInsider reports from sources familiar with the matter that "overaggressive or otherwise sloppy code distributed in third-party software is to blame. That said, a small number of users report seeing similar problems with Apple's own Photos app". I don't see the words "AMD" or "Radeon" anywhere there, but I do see the words "third-party" and "Apple's own Photos app", though.


In my article titled 'Apple can't launch high-end MacBook Pros without issues', I said: "There were issues with the new 15-inch MBP that sports AMD's new Radeon Pro 400 series graphics, with people taking to the MacRumor forums to complain about their problems. But there are a lot of people with 13-inch MacBook Pros that are experiencing issues, and there is no AMD hardware inside of those models - that's all an all-Intel MacBook Pro, with the same issues the model with the Radeon Pro 400 series graphics has".

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HP's new supercomputer is 8000x faster than your PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Super Computing | Posted: 6 days ago

HP has unveiled its new supercomputer, simply called The Machine, something first announced back in 2014. HP is aiming to smash all previous technology in existence with The Machine, as their new supercomputer doesn't need to rely on traditional processors - instead, it will utilize memory for its brute speed.



HP Enterprise explains that The Machine is up to 8000x faster than traditional machines (you'd freakin' hope so), but it's still years away from being released. HP will be aiming at high-end servers for companies like Google and Facebook, with the architecture itself powered by memory-driven computing, we should see this type of memory-driven PC trickle down to the PC one day, I hope.


The Machine uses photonics to transmit data using light, and thanks to its massive, and super-fast memory pool - The Machine can really crank through those datasets. When the data needs to be transferred between processors, things slow down - but HP has thought ahead of time using memory to super-speed the supercomputer.

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AMD's Zen-capable X370 boards preview on December 13

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 6 days, 2 hours ago

AMD will be hosting its New Horizon event on December 13, where we will be introduced to the new Ryzen CPUs, and their new enthusiast SKU motherboards in the form of the AM4-based X370 chipset.




There will be multiple board partners at the event, all showing off their new Ryzen-capable X370 motherboards rocking the new AM4 socket. AMD previous teased the New Horizon event, where they said: "Join AMD at New Horizon on 12/13 at 3pm CST for an exclusive advance preview of our new "Zen" CPU ahead of its 2017 Q1 release. New Horizon is AMD's fan-focused event, designed to engage our most dedicated customers".


AMD continued: "As well as a hands-on preview of the power of "Zen", attendees will be able to talk to the AMD minds behind the chip itself and grab expert gaming advice from eSports & Evil Geniuses legend PPD. The event is hosted by industry veteran Geoff Keighley, who'll introduce special guests throughout the day".

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AMD's next-gen Vega 10 leaks - are they the real deal?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 6 days, 3 hours ago

We have been sifting through many rumors and leaks on AMD's next graphics cards, something that needs to be cleared up. The latest rumor of the Vega 10 has me wondering if we're being thrown off track, and whether that's a good, or a bad thing.




Our friends over at VideoCardz have posted up what they are reporting as a new Device ID (687F:C1) alongside a benchmark of Ashes of the Singularity (which I hate using to judge performance, but that's just me). VideoCardz reports: "Judging from how AOTS benchmark recognizes dual-GPU graphics cards, the new card is most likely equipped with one processor. This device ID was not shown anywhere yet, so it's definitely something unreleased".


They added: "Whether that's a mobile prototype being tested in desktop platform, or full-fledged Vega 10 device, we don't know. If the rumors are true, this could be much awaited Radeon RX 490".

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Don't press new 'Guardians of the Galaxy' trailer button

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 6 days, 7 hours ago

The 'Guardians of the Galaxy' are back (and with Baby Groot in tow) and if you press the button, the universe will end. But check it out anyway!



Reuniting stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista and the voices of Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper, the sequel finds the guardians travelling throughout the galaxy in order to help Peter Quill discover more about his true parentage.


'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' is scheduled to be released on May 5 2017, in 3D, 2D and IMAX cinemas worldwide.

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The Last of Us 2 is Ellie's harrowing story of hate

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 days, 7 hours ago

Naughty Dog reveals new story details about The Last of Us Part II, discussing how the sequel will be a polar opposite from the first PlayStation exclusive.



The Last of Us Part II is a direct counter to the original game--the first game was about love and bonding, the sequel is about dark malice. The long-awaited sequel will star a 19 year-old Ellie who's driven by malicious burning hate. While the game will follow Joel and Ellie, players will see through the eyes of Ellie as she turns the world red with blood in her hate-filled quest for revenge. Ellie has changed a lot since we saw her last: she's grizzled, tough, deadly. The trailer opens up with her singing an eerie tune among the bloody corpses of her foes, and as Joel walks in with a familiar "Hey Kiddo," her eyes are smoldering orbs of raw rage.


"This is a story about hate, and [it'll be] an intense, harrowing, and emotional adventure," Naughty Dog's Neil Druckmann said at a PlayStation Experience 2016 panel. The trailer makes this point very clear, as Ellie flat out promises to go to the ends of the post-apocalyptic Earth for her revenge: "I'm gonna find...and I'm gonna of them," she says.

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Zotac's $1999 VR Go backpack: GTX 1070, Intel i7 6700T

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 6 days, 8 hours ago

Zotac's new $1,999 VR Go backpack brings self-contained, untethered and desktop-free virtual reality gaming to the market.




The Zotac VR Go backpack has higher-end hardware that enables "full desktop VR" including an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 video card, a 2.8GHz Intel i7 6700T CPU (can be overclocked to 3.6GHz), 16GB of DDR4 RAM at 2133MHz (supports up to 64GB RAM), and a single 240 GB M.2 SATA SSD with a clear 2.5-inch drive bay for storage. The wearable PC backpack weighs about 11lbs, and has a unified cooling solution made up of both passive and active fan cooling, with the GeForce GTX 1070's 16nm Pascal-based architecture sporting optimum heat and power efficiency under load.


One of the major selling points of the Zotac's VR-ready PC-in-a-backpack is its hot swapping batteries. The backpack can run for two hours on a charge, and comes with two 6600mAh Li-ion batteries that can be hot-swapped back and forth and charged independently of one another.

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Death Stranding analysis: breaking down the bizarre

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 days, 9 hours ago

Kojima Productions has dropped its second Death Stranding trailer, giving us a ton more questions than answers. The footage is a monument to the weird, a shrine to the bizarre, but it also has quite a few clues and possible symbolic references, especially if you've been following our coverage of the game. So without further adieu, let's jump right in those inky depths, shall we?




Note: Kotaku recently wrote an article saying that "something wild happens when you watch the Death Stranding trailers side-by-side," directly correlating the disappearance of the baby in the first trailer to the appearance of the baby in the second trailer.


They say that the transition is instantaneous, but it's not: there's a 30 second+ disparity between the moments in these trailers. I'm not saying the theory is wrong, but the whole thing about the child being instantly transported is.


Here's the proof.

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