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ASRock X670E Taichi Motherboard Review

ASRock X670E Taichi Motherboard Review

Our second AMD AM5 motherboard review focuses on the ASRock X670E Taichi, a flagship board at a mid-range price. Is there a better board for the money?

BioShock creator Ken Levine announces Judas, a stylish new shooter

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Dec 8, 2022 7:44 PM CST

After years of waiting, Ken Levine finally reveals his next game. It's called Judas, and it looks like a spiritual successor to the best-selling FPS franchise.

Years ago, Ken Levine closed down Irrational Games and carried over a lean team of developers to form Ghost Story Games. It's been a long, long time since we've heard from Levine and his team, but tonight at The Game Awards the team revealed their next project.

Ghost Story Games isn't make BioShock 4. The team's new game is called Judas, and it looks like an innovative and stylish blend of Borderlands and BioShock, complete with awesome powers and a very retro-style aesthetic.

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PlayStation 5 exclusive Returnal coming to PC in early 2023

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Dec 8, 2022 6:49 PM CST

Sony has officially confirmed that Returnal is coming to PC soon.

Ultra-tough bullet-hell action game Returnal is coming to PC in early 2023, Sony has announced at The Game Awards. The news comes months after the game showed up on SteamDB under the codename Tower of Sispyhus, and it was not exactly a surprise.

Returnal will be the next major PS5 game to cross over to PC following a 2021 release, meaning PlayStation exclusives can now jump onto PC after just one year of exclusivity. This falls in line with Sony's previous cadence, however it's worth noting that Returnal was not exactly a commercial success and was panned by critics for lack of a save feature.

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FTC sues to block $68.7 billion Microsoft Activision merger

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Dec 8, 2022 1:16 PM CST

The FTC has officially sued to block Microsoft's $68.7 billion buyout of Activision-Blizzard.

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BREAKING: The Federal Trade Commission has formally issued intent to block the Microsoft-Activision merger.

"Agency alleges that maker of Xbox would gain control of top video game franchises, enabling it to harm competition in high-performance gaming consoles and subscription services by denying or degrading rivals' access to its popular content," the FTC stated.

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Valve's Gabe Newell improves Microsoft's chances in closing Activision merger

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Dec 8, 2022 1:02 PM CST

Valve's Gabe Newell has significantly helped improve Microsoft's chances in closing the Activision merger.

Image Credit: <a href="https://www.YouTube.com/watch?v=BVjPUExAqaY&ab_channel=Newshub" target="_blank"><strong>The Project NZ</strong></a>

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Microsoft is pulling out all the stops to get the Activision merger approved. Just two days ago Microsoft announced a significant 10-year deal that guarantees Call of Duty on both Nintendo and Steam, both of which are competing platforms to the Xbox brand. The tech giant is aggressively trying to debunk Sony's claims of industry foreclosure due to Call of Duty exclusivity.

Interestingly enough, Valve disregarded Microsoft's offer. Not because Valve doesn't agree with the deal, but because the PC publisher simply doesn't need the guarantee. Valve Corp. President Gabe Newell trusts Microsoft enough already and doesn't need a binding contract. Newell believes that Microsoft will keep its word, which is something that will significantly help Microsoft's chances in closing the deal.

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Failed Avengers live service game may shut down in 2023

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Dec 8, 2022 11:26 AM CST

The failed Marvel's Avengers live game may be shut down in 2023, sources have told Exputer.

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Crystal Dynamics could stop supporting Marvel's Avengers as early as next year and possibly shut down the game servers. Announced in 2017 and then released in 2020, the Avengers live game has been problematic for developer Crystal Dynamics and publisher Square Enix, who reportedly lost $200 million on its multi-game partnership with Marvel.

Game site Exputer chronicles the trials that Crystal Dynamics faced while making Avengers, noting the live game was based on the studio's proprietary Foundation engine, which was never really meant for big online games. The studio has since switched to Epic's highly-optimized and flexible Unreal Engine 5 so that developers have a more even-keeled engine environment. Crystal Dynamics' debut UE5 project will be a new Tomb Raider game, the studio has confirmed.

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Uncharted reboot planned for PlayStation 5 generation, reports say

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Dec 8, 2022 10:44 AM CST

The Uncharted series could make a come back on PlayStation 5 with new titles, sources have told The Leak.

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Following the success of a the major motion picture adaptation starring Tom Holland, Sony is reportedly planning to reboot the Uncharted series with new game releases. Two sources tell gaming website The Leak that the Uncharted franchise is getting rebooted but Naughty Dog won't be developing the project.

It's possible Uncharted will be rebooted and/or adapted by way of PlayStation's new live service game focus with a heavier emphasis on multiplayer action, or that the new Uncharted titles could have some form of online co-op play mixed with singleplayer action adventure questing.

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Amazon is paying customers $2 a month to monitor their phone traffic

Jak Connor | Business, Financial & Legal | Dec 8, 2022 8:34 AM CST

Amazon has announced a new program that will pay customers $2 per month to monitor their phone traffic.

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The invite-only program is called Ad Verification and is designed to help the company gather data on when and where customers viewed advertisements on their phones. The program tracks users' ads, informing the company when a user saw an ad, where they saw it, what type of ad, and more. Notably, this tracking includes Amazon's own ads as well as third-party ads.

According to Amazon, the data collected through the program will be used to improve its products and services, as well as provide a more personalized advertising experience for all its customers. Amazon customers not invited to the program can join a waitlist and can potentially enter at a later date, according to an Amazon spokesperson that spoke to Insider.

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Adobe announces artists can sell AI-generated artwork on Adobe Stock

Jak Connor | Artificial Intelligence | Dec 8, 2022 8:04 AM CST

Adobe is excited to announce that it is now accepting submissions of AI-generated art from artists around the world for sale on its platform, according to an exclusive report from Axios.

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The use of artificial intelligence in art and design has been growing rapidly in recent years, and Adobe is at the forefront of this movement. According to Adobe, AI-generated art has the potential to revolutionize the way that art is created and consumed. It offers a unique opportunity for artists to explore new creative possibilities and to produce one-of-a-kind pieces of art that are created using cutting-edge technology.

Artists interested in submitting their AI-generated art for sale on Adobe Stock can do so through the company's website. Its team will review each submission and provide feedback on the quality and originality of the artwork. Once a submission is accepted, the artist will be able to set their own pricing and will earn a royalty on each sale of their art.

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NASA captures record-breaking video of helicopter flying on the surface of Mars

Jak Connor | Science, Space, Health & Robotics | Dec 8, 2022 8:02 AM CST

NASA's Ingenuity helicopter, which is currently deployed on the surface of Mars, has set a new maximum altitude record of 46 feet.

The Ingenuity helicopter was deployed to Mars as part of NASA's Mars 2020 mission, which seeks to explore the Red Planet and search for signs of past microbial life. The helicopter was designed to be a technology demonstration, with the goal of demonstrating the feasibility of powered flight on Mars, which has long since been achieved time and time again.

On May 22, 2021, the Ingenuity helicopter took off from the Martian surface and flew to a height of 16 feet, before hovering for 30 seconds. This marked the first time that a powered, controlled flight had been achieved on another planet, and now the helicopter is breaking its own records.

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Two women sue Apple for AirTag being used to stalk their locations

Jak Connor | Business, Financial & Legal | Dec 8, 2022 7:32 AM CST

Apple's AirTag, a small device that allows users to track and locate their personal items, has recently come under fire for privacy concerns.

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AirTag utilizes Apple's Find My network to track the location of an item, allowing users to see its location on a map in the Find My app. However, some have raised concerns that this technology could be used to track individuals without their consent.

One of the primary concerns with AirTag is that it could be used by stalkers to track their victims. AirTag is small and easily concealable, making it difficult for someone to know if they are being tracked. In addition, AirTag does not require any explicit consent or notification when it is attached to an item, meaning that someone could attach an AirTag to another person's belongings without their knowledge.

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