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Tesla Model 3 update: drag racing to benchmark acceleration upgrades

By: Anthony Garreffa | Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 16 hours, 43 mins ago

Tesla pushed out a new over-the-air update to its entire electric vehicle line up, offering some big upgrades across the board in different ways. But there was one, for the Model 3 and its acceleration upgrade, that saw a drag race showing a clear winner.

Model S owners will get a little bit more range from the new update to their EV, with the Tesla Model S range increasing from 373 miles to 380 miles. SpaceX and Tesla Motors CEO and founder Elon Musk said during Tesla's recent earnings call: "And there are some software improvements that we think will make that even better".

Musk added: "I forgot to mention, we're also expecting there's going to be an over-the-air improvement that will improve the power of the Model S, X, and 3. It should be in the order of 5 percent power improvement due to improved firmware". Not too bad for an update to your vehicle, right?

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AMD FidelityFX tech now available in Shadow of the Tomb Raider

By: Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Posted: 17 hours, 25 mins ago

A new patch has just enabled AMD FidelityFX technology for Shadow of the Tomb Raider, with the new Patch 18 update offering the option of FidelityFX to Radeon graphics card owners.

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FidelityFX enabled in Shadow of the Tomb Raider offers the option of enabling upsampling and/or sharpening, so while it might sound like simple Radeon Image Sharpening (RIS) on the outside -- reducing the resolution to boost FPS, it's more detailed than that.

AMD offers through FidelityFX the ability to developers to build specific features into their game engines, enabling developers to specify which part of the rendered game receives Contrast Adaptive Sharpening, or CAS. This means developers can fine tune their game with FidelityFX to have sharpening to the game but not the HUD, whereas RIS would just sharpen the entire image including the HUD.

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Doom creator John Romero: Modern FPS games need less guns

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 19 hours, 48 mins ago

Doom creator John Romero has one simple bit of advice for FPS developers: Quality over quantity.

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FPS games today typically have two trajectories: The long-winded live service approach, which inundates players with tons of varieties and ways to upgrade guns, and singleplayer experiences, which are more straightforward and streamlined. But either way modern FPS games suffer from a needless complication: Too many guns.

At least that's how John Romero feels about shooters these days. Shooters need to create a kind of intimate bond between the player and their guns--after all, your rifle is your only friend out there in the bloody wilderness. It's hard to get attached to weapons when there's so many to choose from. "I would rather have fewer things with more meaning, than a million things you don't identify with. I would rather spend more time with a gun and make sure the gun's design is really deep - that there's a lot of cool stuff you learn about it," John Romero said in a recent interview with The Guardian.

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Sonic gets major facelift in new redesigned movie trailer

By: Derek Strickland | TV, Movies & Home Theatre | Posted: 21 hours, 25 mins ago

Sonic is looking more like himself in a new film trailer from Paramount.

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A new Sonic trailer reveals the blue blur's brand new look, and it's pretty good. Gone is the freakish, anthropomorphized body shape and the absolutely terrifying face. Paramount Pictures has made good on its promise and dramatically redesigned the ultra-fast hedgehog with a more cartoonish look.

Replacing all of Sonic's scenes with the new design took its toll, though, and the team has been working tremendously hard to ensure the film hits its delayed February 2020 release date. Fans everywhere approve of Sonic's new look and are praising the production studio for its efforts. There's even authentic Sonic music and sound effects straight from SEGA's beloved retro classics.

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Antec reveals slick new Performance P120 Crystal mid-tower case

By: Anthony Garreffa | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: 1 day, 3 hours ago

Antec has just unveiled its latest P120 Crystal chassis, a new member of their Performance family of cases that continues the minimalist design of the Performance Series, but takes things -- in Antec's words "to the next level". Check out their video on the P120 Crystal:

The one thing that has me here is that Antec is saying goodbye to thumbscrews, with the P120 Crystal using an interesting slide button design on the tempered glass side panel. You can quickly get inside of your new Antec P120 Crystal PC this way, without having to undo a couple of thumbscrews.

Another nice tweak is that the PSU is installed through the rear of the P120 Crystal, while there's plenty of room for upgrades and different ways you can have your PC on display. Antec's new P120 Crystal comes with 7 x horizontal expansion slots, and 3 x vertical expansion slots.

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Unique T-shirts will be made for every Rick and Morty Season 4 episode

By: Jak Connor | TV, Movies & Home Theatre | Posted: 1 day, 4 hours ago

The fourth season for Rick and Morty has just kicked off and what better way to celebrate its release than with some awesome mechanise?

The premier for Rick and Morty season 4 has finally kicked off and as a celebration for the long-awaited season Adult Swim have partnered with Spencer's for a new T-shirt line. According to the above announcement by Spencer's on the Twitter account, the clothing company will be bringing out a new T-shirt representative of every episode in season 4.

The first T-shirt can be seen above and it shows off Holographic Rick, and while I won't be spoiling what scene this is from in the episode, I can say that its a great idea for a T-shirt. Spencer's is currently running a 'buy one, get 50% off' deal on Rick and Morty mechanise. Spencer's will be picking iconic moments from each of the episodes, and placing them on T-shirts as they run until December 15th.

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Scoob! the Scooby-Doo origin movie teaser that takes the gang to space

By: Jak Connor | TV, Movies & Home Theatre | Posted: 1 day, 5 hours ago

Warner Bros has dropped a new teaser trailer for their upcoming animated Scooby-Doo movie called Scoob! The trailer shows off that the iconic duo is bound for a space adventure.

From the trailer, we can see that the movie takes place all the way back when Shaggy and Scooby were just a kid and a puppy. It also touches on how Shaggy and Scooby first met, and of course, the catalyst for their everlasting friendship was one of their iconic sandwiches. During their first meeting, we also find out how Scooby gets his name and how the rest of Mystery Incorporated gets brought into the picture.

So who will be voicing each of the Mystery gang? Frank Welker will be voicing Scooby-Doo, Shaggy will be voiced by Will Forte, Fred will be voiced by Zac Efron, Daphne by Amanda Seyfried, and Velma by Gina Rodriguez. Alongside those voice actors, stars such as Mark Wahlberg, Ken Jeong, and Tracy Morgan will also be present in the film. Scoob! is expected to hit theatres on May 15th, 2020.

Why is Google collating tens of millions of patient health records?

By: Jak Connor | Health Technology | Posted: 1 day, 6 hours ago

A new report out of the Wall Street Journal has suggested that Google has access to and is collating millions of patients' sensitive health information.

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The WSJ reports that Ascension, a company with the second-largest health system in the United States, is currently in partnership with Google. This partnership involves Ascension sharing lab results with Google regarding patients' hospitalization records, health histories, names, dates of birth, and more.

According to a person close to the partnership, the project has been called "Project Nightingale" and that reportedly 150 Google employees have access to tens of millions of health records. But why? Google is said to be using the data to feed into new AI-driven software that will be able to make accurate suggestions for patients. It's said that Google wants to eventually be able to develop a searchable cloud-based tool that will be able to examine patient data at large.

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Microsoft AI can diagnose cervical cancer and save many lives in India

By: Jak Connor | Artificial Intelligence | Posted: 1 day, 7 hours ago

A team of researchers have managed to train an artificial intelligence to spot cervical cancer in patients. Saving doctors an uncountable amount of time.

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Microsoft and SRL Diagnotics have developed an AI tool that can assist doctors in detecting cervical cancer in patients. This was done by letting the AI process "thousands" of annotated cervical smear images as examples. Once this was completed the AI was able to detect abnormalities within the images, this speeds up the diagnosing process for doctors who have an abdundant of patients that need testing.

At the moment the AI isn't live in the field as of yet, but it is ready for an "internal preview" at SRL. TechCrunch noted that in India roughly 67,000 women die due to cervical cancer each year. This number exceeds the amount of doctors that can process pap smears. So just imagine the time impact this AI would have on doctors, and how much they will be able to help more people that they just couldn't before, ultimately saving more lives in the long run.

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PlayStation 5 cartridge renders give me next-gen nostalgia

By: Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 8 hours ago

It was only a few days ago that we were teased with some renders of what could be PlayStation 5 cartridges, with 1TB/2TB/3TB of super-fast SSD storage on offer. Now the fine and talented folks at LetsGoDigital have some gorgeous new 3D renders.

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It would surely make things interesting, but Derek pointed out that this tech would most likely be part of Sony's own line of electronic children toys. But, if we step into an alternate reality for a second and take these at face value -- Sony will have super-fast PCIe 4.0-based SSDs in cartridge form (for whatever reason) for the next-gen PlayStation 5 console.

If we go with that, Sony would have 3 different sizes on offer with 1TB, 2TB, and 3TB -- all a huge upgrade over the stock 1TB storage in the PS4 Pro and even more so with the 500GB in the original PS4.

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