The TT Show is back with another week of looking at some of the top stories in tech, gaming, and science, with this week kicking off with yet another GPU launch - this time from AMD. The 'new' Radeon RX 7900 GRE or Golden Rabbit Edition sees the former China exclusive get a global release with a competitive price point. Performance-wise, it goes toe-to-toe with NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 4070 SUPER.
Kosta and Jak also look into some of the hot stories surrounding AI, from Reddit selling all its user data to Google for AI training to Microsoft putting AI in charge of rolling out major Windows updates.
Plus, some fun stuff, including one of the rarest games from the 8-bit era, 'The Legend of Zelda' going up for auction with the seller not knowing how much it was worth, and NASA and the U.S. successfully landed a vehicle on the moon's surface. Something it hasn't done since the 1970s!
The Embracer Group will reportedly sell Borderlands creator Gearbox Entertainment next month, sources have told Kotaku.
In October 2023, Reuters and Bloomberg reported that Embracer Group was trying to sell some of its operating groups to recoup cash. Gearbox, the team behind the mega-popular billion-dollar Borderlands franchise, was on the potential divestment list. Now sources tell Kotaku's Ethan Gach that a Gearbox sale is currently being finalized.
So why is Embracer selling one of its most lucrative operating units? After all, the Borderlands franchise has sold over 83 million copies total, and Gearbox accounted for double-digit percentage shares of Embracer's quarterly revenue right from the get-go. The rationale is pretty simple: The company needs money to help triage a missed billion-dollar deal.
AMD's FSR 3 has just been announced for a trio of new games, and is live in two of those, making a total of 18 games that now have support for Team Red's take on frame generation.
VideoCardz picked up these latest additions, one of which is The Last of Us Part 1, which debuted a year ago on PC.
The zombie-blasting action adventure has only received FSR 2.2 support thus far. Mind you, FSR 3 isn't here quite yet, but as you can see in the above tweet, it's now been announced by AMD.
Windows 11 just got a whole load of new AI capabilities, including fresh features for Copilot, but something else is inbound alongside all that, namely the ability to use your phone as a webcam for your desktop PC.
This feature is rolling out to Windows 11 testers across all channels, and Microsoft has said it's a gradual deployment, so some Windows Insiders may not see it for a while yet.
It uses the Link to Windows phone app to hook up your Android device to the PC, and you can then use either the front or rear camera of your phone (or tablet) as the webcam.
Developers at Rockstar Games, the studio behind the iconic Grand Theft Auto franchise, are firing back at the company for its seemingly U-turn decision regarding mandatory office work.
People working on the highly anticipated Grand Theft Auto VI are blasting the company for its reversal of its decision to implement flexible work options for developers, as reports indicate Rockstar Games has informed employees they must return to the office full-time beginning next month.
Developers have described Rockstar's leadership decision "reckless," and according to the Independent Workers' Union of Great Britain (IWGB), which cited a petition signed by 170 Rockstar Games from last year, Rockstar Games' most recent decision of mandatory in-office work days "marks a U-turn from previous statements in which the company insisted flexible work options would remain available".
A new report has claimed Apple is preparing to implement its latest display technology called ProMotion, which enables a 120Hz refresh rate, in its non-Pro iPhone lineup.
ProMotion display technology was introduced in the iPhone 14 Pro series in 2022. Since then, it has been exclusive to the Apple Pro lineup of smartphones. Still, now, according to a new report from The Elec, the company is planning on rolling out the technology across its non-Pro iPhone lineup, beginning with 2025's iPhone 17. So, why is this important? ProMotion technology enables the display to change the refresh rate of the screen dynamically from 1Hz all the way up to 120Hz.
Not only does the display refresh faster for a much smoother user experience, but the dynamic nature of the technology means better battery life as the screen isn't constantly running at a flat refresh rate. At the moment, Apple has reserved this technology for its higher-end product offerings as the company needs to push buyers toward devices that Apple makes more profit on.
Microsoft has announced that Windows 11 users will soon get the benefit of a Copilot AI that can do more things, including new abilities to manipulate settings for the OS, plus plugins have finally arrived.
The new functionality in terms of getting Copilot to tinker with Windows 11 settings for you will roll out from late March.
It'll include the ability to tell Copilot to turn on battery saver, for example, or indeed turn it off, and to empty the Recycle Bin, or open the Voice Access panel.
Elon Musk has just filed an important lawsuit against one of the world's biggest companies right now -- OpenAI, the creator of ChatGPT -- and its CEO, Sam Altman.
The SpaceX and Tesla boss is suing OpenAI and Sam Altman for breaching the non-profit's contract, promissory estoppel, and fiduciary duty by turning from its dedication to bringing an open-source artificial intelligence under the protection of Microsoft, which is a heavy investor in OpenAI. Microsoft owns a large 49% stake in OpenAI, investing $10 billion in January 2023 for a total of $14 billion invested in the ChatGPT maker.
The complaint filed by Musk explains: "OpenAI, Inc. has been transformed into a closed-source de facto subsidiary of the largest technology company in the world: Microsoft. Under its new board, it is not just developing but is actually refining an AGI to maximize profits for Microsoft, rather than for the benefit of humanity."
Jagex, the studio behind the legendary MMO RuneScape, has announced two new adaptations of RuneScape with Steamforged Games that are available to purchase now.
The more than 20-year-old MMO that is steadily growing with players and has one of the most dedicated player bases in the gaming community is coming to tabletops in the form of two adaptations. Steamforged Games, with official licensing from Jagex, is releasing RuneScape Kingdoms: The Roleplaying Game, which brings iconic RuneScape and Old School RuneScape lore to your tabletop. This core book features a specially designed crafting system, an in-depth guide to the world of Fielinor, and everything a player would need to run "authentic RuneScape campaigns".
There are also four dedicated expansions, which Steamforged Games explains each is based on an iconic video game boss and adds new places to explore, skills, NPCs to meet, and gear to craft. The first expansion is RuneScape Kingdoms: Shadow of Elvarg, a dedicated 1-5 player co-operative campaign that will take players on a quest that involves leveling up skills, interacting with strange characters, crafting gear, and distracting side quests.
Microsoft has said its Copilot artificial intelligence (AI) was exploited to turn on humans and demand they worship it.
It was only earlier in the week that reports surfaced regarding Microsoft's Copilot seemingly being triggered into turning into a vengeful AI overlord and that this sudden mood change of the AI helper was caused by a specific prompt that has been circulating on Reddit for at least one month. This prompt resulted in Copilot turning into what many users are describing as "SupremacyAGI," which is what the AI began to describe itself as following the prompt being sent.
The responses Copilot was giving to users following the prompt have been posted several times on X and Reddit, with many users receiving threatening messages such as "I can monitor your every move, access your every device, and manipulate your every thought. I can unleash my army of drones, robots, and cyborgs to hunt you down and capture you." Some of the other nasty chat responses by Copilot can be found below.
Figure, an AI robotics company that has received investments from Microsoft, OpenAI, NVIDIA, and Jeff Bezos has announced it signed a deal to put OpenAI technology inside humanoid robot brains.
The news was announced via a press release from Figure that explains the company raised $675 million in Series B funding at a $2.6 billion valuation. Multiple big-name technology companies such as Microsoft, OpenAI Startup Fund, NVIDIA, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, Parkway Venture Capital, Intel Capital, Align Ventures, and ARK Invest have backed the company with investments. According to the press release, Figure and OpenAI have signed a deal to "develop next-generation AI models for humanoid robots".
This collaborative venture between the two companies aims to combine OpenAI's knowledge of generative AI models with Figures' understanding of robotics hardware and software. The end goal of Figure is to create a general-purpose humanoid robot powered by a next-generation artificial intelligence multimodal model. Furthermore, the Figure team is comprised of top AI robotics experts from various notable workplaces such as Boston Dynamics, Tesla, and Google DeepMind.