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Officially licenced wireless GameCube controllers announced

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 44 mins ago

Are you a fan of the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller? or do you prefer the classic GameCube controller? Well, PowerA are releasing brand new wireless versions for both and they are officially licensed by Nintendo.




According to the press release from PowerA, the new controller looks identical to the standard Pro controller, but will feature an additional two mappable advanced gaming buttons on the backside. The controller will also be featuring button mapping, player number LED's for power and a low battery warning. Unfortunately the controller does not have rechargeable batteries but will instead use two AA batteries, which estimates around 30 hours of charge.


PowerA will also be releasing a wireless and wired GameCube controller to coincide with the release of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in December. Players will be able to choose between different color schemes that "offer an old-school vibe with all the modern bells and whistles." The PowerA Enhanced Wireless Controller for the Nintendo Switch is currently available for pre-order for $49.99. The wireless GameCube controller will be available to pre-order for $49.99 and the wired version will be available for $29.99.

Bitmain announces next-gen Antminer ASICs ship soon with 7nm

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cryptocurrency & Mining | Posted: 1 hour, 55 mins ago

Bitmain will be launching its next-gen Antminer soon, with the company announcing at the World Digital Mining Summit in Georgia its next-gen ASIC chip 'DM1391' that will mine cryptocurrencies on the SHA256 algorithm.




Bitmain will be one of the first to use the 7nm process with its new ASIC SHA256 algorithm acceleration chip, with over 1 billion transistors and optimized for maximum efficiency. Bitmain's new 7nm built ASIC chip is the most powerful and power efficient ever made, something that Bitmain CEO and co-founder Jihan Wu saying the new ASIC can reach a ratio of energy consumption to the mining capacity that is as low as 47J/T.


The new 7nm chips are being made by TSMC and have already entered mas sproduction, so expect new Antminer's to blow away previous-gen mining performance, with even more impressive power efficiency in the near future. Bitmain isn't new to developing world-leading ASICs with current-gen 16nm designs used in the popular Antminer S9 miner, and many other ASIC-based miners from Bitmain.


Don't forget that Bitmain owns a huge 70% of the cryptocurrency mining market, so the new 7nm ASIC miner is going to really drive things to the next level and really bolden the dominance Bitmain already has on the market. Interestingly, Bitmain is first with 7nm to market before AMD and its upcoming Vega 20 on 7nm and NVIDIA which is using 12nm right now for Turing, with 7nm planned for both companies in 2019.

NCIX servers sold on Craigslist with 15 years of user data

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Privacy & Rights | Posted: 2 hours, 19 mins ago

NCIX is in some big effing trouble with a story breaking over the weekend that someone had access to their old servers that went for auction and were purchased, after the Canadian retailer went bankrupt in 2017.




The servers that were previously owned by NCIX somehow ended up on Craigslist, with Travis Doering from Privacy Fly access the servers and pretending to be someone called "Jeff" for privacy (fly) reasons. Doering was after the data on the NCIX server, making is clear he was after the contents of the HDD alone and not the juicy server hardware. Doering met with the seller multiple times, confirming that they were ex-NCIX servers and that they indeed had NXIC user and business data on it.


The used servers were sold because NCIX reportedly didn't pay their warehouse storage bills in late-2017 with over $115,000 owed, where the servers were given to the warehouse owner to sell to recoup costs. Yeah well, the NCIX servers weren't wiped and millions of customers private detailed were exposed, as well as business customers who used to buy many millions worth of goods.


Doering said that Jeff, the guy selling the NCIX servers on Craigslist, had access to "300 desktop computers from NCIX's corporate offices and retails stores, 18 DELL Poweredge servers, as well as at least two Supermicro server's running StarWind iSCSI Software that NCIX had used to back up their hard disks". Jeff also gave Doering access to even more storage, with "109 hard drives which had been removed from servers before auction and one large pallet of 400-500 used hard drives from various manufacturers".

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By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: 2 hours, 39 mins ago

Global entry! We have teamed up with ADATA to give away an awesome SPECTRIX D80 DDR4 3000MHz 32GB Memory Kit to one lucky winner!




Meet the world's first RGB DDR4 memory with a hybrid liquid-air cooling system, the SPECTRIX D80. It utilizes a combination of a liquid heat sink that's hermetically sealed with non-conductive fluid and an aluminum heat sink to deliver effective thermal cooling. What's more, the liquid heat sink is illuminated with RGB lighting to give your rig a distinctive flair.



How to Win


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Step 5 - Sit back and hope you are a winner - good luck! Do note, all the above items will be confirmed to make sure you followed the requests, if you get selected as the winner.

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DICE addresses ridiculous death experience in Battlefield V

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 hours, 17 mins ago

There were a few glaring issues in the Battlefield V open beta such as the ridiculous length of dying in the game, but the developers at DICE have been tweaking the game leading up to its now-delayed launch.




DICE recently posted about some of the tweaks they've been working on with Battlefield V, with one of them tied to making "a tighter death experience". DICE addresses this by bringing up that if you played the open beta you "might have found it took a while to get back into the action after having been downed by an enemy. This has been tweaked; bleeding out now goes much faster than before. Also, the time spent in the squad follow camera - AKA the "parrot camera" - will be reduced. The revive icon and audio for revive shouts will be polished to make it easier to see and hear squad mates calling for help".


The bleed out time on the Battlefield V open beta was so bad, but the developers at DICE have been improving that. DICE said: "When shot down, the length of your bleedout time will be taken into consideration when you get to the squad follow camera screen. If you've spent a lot of time bleeding out, the waiting time in the squad follow camera before spawning will be shorter. This will make for a tighter experience and benefit Medics, since players won't hesitate to shout out for help".

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Huawei's upcoming foldable smartphone could feature 5G tech

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 3 hours, 50 mins ago

The foldable smartphone race will begin later this year, with both Samsung and Huawei fighting to be the first to market with the world's first foldable smartphone. Huawei is now back in the news with Huawei deputy chairman Ken Hu confirming that a new foldable smartphone with 5G connectivty will be in consumers' hands in 1H 2019.




During the World Economic Forum panel, Hu said: "In our first [5G] smartphone we're going to introduce a foldable screen".


5G will usher in a new world of connectivity that isn't just blistering speed, but it will be 4K and beyond video streaming, more smartphones used during dense events without speed loses (think concerts, sports matches, etc), cloud-based AI with low latency, streaming 4K and beyond games, 10x increased cloud usage thanks to super-low latency and super-high speeds, and so much more.


Current 4G/LTE technology was created before the rush of the world of apps, so Netflix, YouTube, Facebook, and the like came out after the big leap to 4G technology was created. The world has changed so much and now connectivity will leap to the next generation with 5G, but also foldable smartphones from the likes of Huawei and Samsung. These new smartphones will be the big change between the current iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max and new Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 smartphones.

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ASUS ready to launch a massive array of Z390 motherboards

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: 4 hours, 32 mins ago

MSI had its turn just before with their new Z390 motherboards led by the flagship MEG Z390 GODLIKE motherboard, but now it's time for ASUS to shine in the light with their Z390 motherboards and the flagship Z390 ROG Maximus XI.




The new ASUS Z390 ROG Maximus XI CODE motherboard with an absolutely huge heat sink that spreads from the first to second x16 PCIe port and over the Z390 chipset, edging to the 4 x DDR4 DIMM slots. It looks glorious as well, with some awesome RGB-lit start/reset buttons next the DIMMs. It requires an 8+6-pin power at the top, and is ready for the flagship Core i9-9900K processor.




This motherboard is the new ASUS Z390 ROG Maximus XI, and you can see that there's some EK Water Blocks cooling above the CPU, with the same behemoth of a heat sink on the board. Looks great IMO, even in black and white as a preview image.

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MSI's new MEG 390 GODLIKE motherboard leaked, looks awesome

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: 5 hours, 19 mins ago

Intel is getting its new 9000-series CPUs ready for launch in the next month, with motherboard makers preparing their Z390 motherboards. MSI's new Z390 range has now leaked, led by the flagship MEG Z390 GODLIKE which looks so damn awesome.




MSI's new flagship MEG Z390 GODLIKE features an M.2 expansion card as well as something else - it seems to be a streaming-related card with an HDMI port on the back so maybe this is for gamers who want to game on their Core i9-9900K as well as stream to Twitch, etc. The MZI MEG Z390 GODLIKE motherboard sports four PCIe x16 ports, three M.2 slots (and another two with the M.2 expansion card), and a larger E-ATX form factor.

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Death Stranding's bizarre new trailer is darkly enchanting

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 8 hours, 8 mins ago

Kojima Productions dropped a new Death Stranding trailer at this year's Tokyo Game Show...and we're as lost as ever.



Death Stranding is a giant cryptic puzzle with tons of interlocking layered mechanisms, and gamers everywhere are keen on trying to solve it. In typical Kojima style, the latest gameplay trailer gives us more questions than answers to fuel the wild speculation. The footage was quite brief and revealed Troy Baker's very playful and bantering character (aka the Man in the Golden Mask) who appears to be with a villainous rogue outfit somehow affiliated with ancient Egyptian lore (or maybe that's just the style, who knows). What's even more interesting is Baker's skull mask is infused with eldritch magic that can collect the weird phantom darkness and manifest it into shapes. In this case, the Man in the Golden Mask summons a terrifying shadow lion to take out Sam Porter Bridges (Norman Reedus).


There's a lot to dissect here, and the Death Stranding Reddit has been busily connecting threads together. Do note that Baker's fetus-tank glows a baleful red, hinting at malevolence or perhaps some sort of corruption that allows for manipulation of the shadow-monsters. And of course he teleports away like a mischievous trickster.

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Square Enix to double down on service games

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 9 hours, 48 mins ago

Using valuable lessons learned from the Final Fantasy XIV MMO and the unique Final Fantasy XV, Square Enix will focus more on live games to make recurring revenue and tailor-make its games for fans.




Alongside its thriving MMO business, Luminous Productions will lead the charge into Square Enix's live service plans. The new studio was born from change and strife, and is made up of key FFXV developers including game director Hajime Tabata who iterated, crunched, and took on insurmountable hardships to develop not only the game itself, but the new engine that powered it. Now the team is bringing their hard-earned expertise and powerful Luminous Engine to help push boundaries and blur singleplayer and multiplayer gaming. We've seen threads of this focus with Final Fantasy XV's unique merging of a expansive singleplayer-driven story arc with its MO-style Comrades gametype, both of which have transformed the game into a mini-franchise within itself. In short, FFXV is a gift that keeps on giving, and Square Enix wants more.


Ultimately this means Luminous Productions aims to blend live services with engaging stories--an evolution of what it did with FFXV. The studio is working on AAA games alongside other projects, and we spotted a job listing in March that hinted microtransactions and live services would be included in these games.


Now studio head Hajime Tabata confirms that Luminous Productions' upcoming projects will all have an online bent. "All our future businesses and projects are all going to be service-based," Tabata told Polygon in a recent interview. But don't expect the everyday EA-style monetization strategies littered with artificial grinds. The studio wants to do something different.

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