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Toyota wants flying car ready for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Sep 14, 2017 11:11 pm

The Japanese Cartivator project aims to have a big spectacle ready for the 2020 Olympic Games: a real flying car.

 

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Many old sci-fi films predicted the 21st Century would give rise to amazing inventions, including a Jetson's-like flying car. While our day-to-day transit is mostly earthbound, the Cartivator project aims to make those sci-fi dreams a reality. The project, which is backed by Toyota, sees a number of key Japanese engineers working on the Skydrive, a prototype flying concept car that's been in development since 2012.

 

According to reports from Nikkei Asian Review, the engineers hope to have the Skydrive flying car ready for the 2020 Olympics, which will be held in Tokyo, Japan. To accelerate the project the team is developing a two new bases of operation in Tokyo and Toyota City, and Fujitsu will also lend efforts to the project. If the engineers are successful, the 2020 Olympic Games will be a true milestone in human history.

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Xbox One X's Intelligent Delivery shrinks game sizes

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 14, 2017 9:21 pm

Microsoft is rolling out a new feature called Intelligent Delivery across the family of Xbox One consoles in an effort to keep game installs and downloads as low as possible.

 

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Xbox games are huge, and Microsoft's own games typically reach--or break--the 100GB barrier. One of my biggest worries about the Xbox One X was games becoming too big; these titles are already huge, but with 4K HDR assets added in, your included 1TB hard drive would be filled in no time. So how will Microsoft combat this? With the new Intelligent Delivery system. According to Digital Foundry, who acquired developer notes for the new ID system, Intelligent Delivery will give developers the power to carve up key portions of their games into "chunks". This allows developers to, say, have users install only a single audio language pack, and even allows multi-disc support for the Xbox One family of systems.

 

But that's not it: Intelligent Delivery automatically detects your console type and the resources you need to download. For Xbox One S or Xbox One users, ID will avoid the native 4K textures that Xbox One X can utilize, thereby reducing the file sizes. Since all three Xbox One consoles vary in power and efficacy, Intelligent Delivery is a tool that dictates and manages games, resources and assets across the family of machines on the consumer side, effectively allowing users to download "shrunken" games. On the developer side, however, ID can do some interesting things that may very well revolutionize console gaming--if, of course, devs and publishers opt to use it.

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Skyrim on Switch won't have mods, is Special Edition

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 14, 2017 7:17 pm

Bethesda has officially confirmed that Skyrim's anticipated Switch port is indeed the remastered flavor, but we won't be getting mods at launch--and possibly never.

 

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Bethesda Softworks is going all-in on the Nintendo Switch: the company is bringing three of its biggest games to the platform, including the perennial Skyrim as well as two ultra-violent and very-mature shooters: 2016's excellent Doom reboot and MachineGames' new Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. Up until now gamers weren't sure if the Skyrim port was indeed Special Edition, but Bethesda themselves explicitly referred to Switch flavor as "Special Edition" in a new update.

 

However, don't expect Skyrim mods to show up on the Switch. Both Xbox One--and to a lesser extent--PlayStation 4 consoles support mods, but Bethesda PR exec Pete Hines says that Skyrim Switch mods are "not planned at this time." This makes a lot of sense: platforms like the Switch and PS4 don't support mods very well and gamers will rely on Bethesda's hotly contested Creation Club for extra content. The Creation Club sells bite-sized add-ons for both Skyrim and Fallout 4that can be purchased with real money. According to Mr. Hines, Creation Club content is "more like mini DLC than mods."

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Corsair reveals 16GB DDR4 4600MHz kits

By: Derek Strickland | More News: RAM | Posted: Sep 14, 2017 5:29 pm

Corsair today revealed its new high-performance Vengeance DDR4-4600 RAM kits, keeping up with competitor frequencies for enthusiast users.

 

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Corsair's new Vengeance LPX DDR4 RAM kits come with 2x8GB modules clocked at 4600MHz frequencies, and was co-developed with ASRock for use with the company's X299 OC Formula motherboard. The modules feature full support for Intel's XMP 2.0 platform and its high-end Core X-Series processors.

 

These high-performance RAM kits feature CL19-26-26-46 timings at 1.5V and are optimized for enthusiasts and overclockers alike. The kits will be quite pricey: MSRP for the 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4-4600 kits sits at a hefty $549 and will be available on September 21, whereas the 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4-4500 kits sit at $479 and are available now. Corsair's Vengeance LPX RAM also features a lifetime limited warranty.

Divinity: Original Sin 2 set for PC release tomorrow

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 14, 2017 2:23 pm

Larian Studios are set to release their highly anticipated sequel to 2014's Divinity: Original Sin, with tomorrow (September 14) seeing the PC release of Divinity: Original Sin 2. Those unfamiliar with the series, D:OS 2 is a turn-based ARPG, that features six origin characters each with their own unique story, a main-character development system featuring over 200 skills and spells to master and a map full of adventure and secrets for you to discover.

 

 

D:OS2 has been in Early Access on Steam since September 2016, with frequent content updates along the journey to keep backers happy. Today Larian Studios released a feature trailer that previews what you can expect on your 100+ hour journey.

 

If you haven't played any of the Divinity series, do yourself a favor and get lost in the magical Divinity world of Rivellon. I've already told my significant other not to expect to see me this weekend. You can too, by checking out the D:OS2 Steam page.

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Get Star Wars Battlefront season pass for free, NOW!

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 14, 2017 12:38 pm

Beyond Star Wars Battlefront's shallow gameplay, lies a terrific game with incredible visuals, and the ability to play as Darth Vader. Star Wars Battlefront 2 is set to release November 17 and EA have treated us gamers with an early gift, a free season pass for Battlefront.

 

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All you need is to own the base game, head over to either the Xbox Store, PlayStation Store or Origin depending on your platform and add the season pass. The Star Wars Battlefront Season Pass includes four DLC packs- Outer Rim, Bespin, Death Star and Rogue One. Totaling 4 new modes, 8 heroes and 16 new maps, not bad for free.

 

This free promotion is for a limited time only and available now, so quickly download your season pass before it's too late.

ZOTAC release ZBOX MAGNUS EK and ER Gaming Mini PCs

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Sep 14, 2017 10:21 am

ZOTAC are well known for their impressive Mini PCs and have continued to push innovation, this time with the all-new MAGNUS EK and ER range Mini Gaming PCs. That's correct, the first Mini PCs ever to be built with desktop sized graphics cards. These VR ready Mini PCs are available with a ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1060 or 1070.

 

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The EK Mini PC features a 7th Gen Intel Core quad-core processor and includes the revolutionary Intel Optane memory that enables SSD like performance while the MAGNUS ER series is the first Mini PC to feature an AMD Ryzen processor. Both options feature support for 32GB DDR4-2400MHz memory, 2.5" and M.2 SSD support and smart thermal design to allow for amazing cooling properties.

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Colorful's new mining motherboard has 8 x PCIe x16 slots

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Sep 14, 2017 10:06 am

We all know about the cryptocurrency mining phenomenon that has lasted longer than fidget spinners and Pokemon GO combined, but now Colorful is entering the game with the most unique motherboard... well... EVER.

 

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Colorful has just announced a non-standard form factor motherboard that uses Intel's LGA 1151 socket, with the new C.B250A-BTC PLUS V20 motherboard (you won't forget that easily, don't worry) rocking a huge 8 x PCIe x16 slots. The board is a massive 485mm in length and even 195mm wide... meaning even huge HPTX cases won't house it.

 

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The new motherboard is built for mining-specific racks, with 8 x PCIe x16 slots and 2-slot spacing between them for 8 high-end graphics cards to mine 24/7.

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ARCTIC launch BioniX fans and Freezer 33 eSports Edition

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Sep 14, 2017 9:02 am

ARCTIC have added the new gaming specific BioniX case fans along with the powerful Freezer 33 eSports Edition CPU cooler to their product range. Tailor made for gamers, these products are aesthetically pleasing while maintaining high performance thanks for the extremely silent 3-phase motor.

 

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The BioniX fans are available in two variants, the F120 and F140 based on their multiple fan sizes. Available in 4 color variations, the Patented PWM Sharing Technology regulates variable fan speed from 200 to 1800 RPM to allow for silent gaming with performance on demand.

 

"The newly developed, whisper-quiet 3-phase motor guarantees long gaming sessions without annoying noise. Due to the low coil temperature, the service life of the BioniX case fans is four times longer and we extend the warranty to 10 years", says Magnus Huber, CEO of ARCTIC.

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Google teases Pixel 2 smartphone event for October 4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 14, 2017 5:13 am

Apple might have revealed their new iPhone 8 and iPhone X smartphones, but they're so 'meh' that it doesn't really matter - the real reason to be excited is for Google's upcoming Pixel 2 smartphones, which the company is now teasing in Boston.

 

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Google's huge billboard teases "Ask more of your phone" with October 4, but nothing about Pixel 2 or Pixel XL 2, just yet anyway. We should expect the next-gen Pixel smartphones to roll out with Android 8.0 Oreo, which will not only be great, but it'll make you hungry for some biscuits, too.

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