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Huawei's next-gen SoC has a neural processing unit

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 4, 2017 2:45 am

Huawei has just unveiled its next-gen system-on-a-chip at IFA Berlin, with the new Kirin 970 announcement teasing that the Chinese telco giant has a built-in nerual processing unit. Not bad.




The next-gen Kirin 970 is a 10nm design that sports 5.5 billion transistors, rocking an 8-core CPU and 12-core GPU combo. Huawei says that its new heterogeneous computing architecture, when compared against the Cortex-A73 (quad-core) has up to 25x more performance, and a huge 50x more efficiency. Kirin 970 is capable of processing 2000 images per second, something Huawei says is faster than all of its competitors.




CEO of Huawei's consumer business group, Richard Yu, said the new Kirin 970 is a first in a wave of new advances that will deliver AI features to our smartphones, and push them past the competition. Huawei is positioning its new Kirin 970 as an open platform for mobile AI, with the company letting developers use the neural processing capabilities of its new SoC to see where they can drive the user experience.


Huawei hasn't provided any details on the first Kirin 970-powered smartphones, so we have no ETA on a device powered by the AI-capable chipset, or price.

PUBG is close to 1 million concurrent players on Steam

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 4, 2017 1:18 am

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds continues to push teh boundaries of everyone's expectations, including mine, where we're now at the point of PUBG hitting close to 1 million concurrent gamers on Steam.




To put things into perspective, Dota 2 is one of the most played games on Steam and it hit a peak of 815,229 today... while the most-played FPS in CS:GO reached 593,235. Relative newcomer to the scene PUBG, hit a peak of 970,954 today... just 29,000 shy of reaching 1 million concurrent players.


It should only be a few more days until Battlegrounds reaches the peaks of 1 million gamers playing the game at once, meaning there will be a lot of chicken dinners being won.

PUBG beats League of Legends on Twitch

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 3, 2017 11:38 pm

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds continues its titanic growth in the video games industry by ending League of Legends' viewing streak on Twitch.




Gaming juggernaut League of Legends was the top-viewed game on Twitch from October 2016 to July 2017--that was, of course, until early access sensation PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds broke its 34-month streak and dominated Twitch live-streaming viewership for the month of August.


"For the 1st time since we started monitoring Twitch data in 2014, League didn't rank #1 across a full month, dethroned as it was by PUBG," Twitch viewership monitoring company Gameloco reports.


This news is particularly interesting given that PUBG has secured an exclusive deal to host live streams on Facebook, the social media titan that enjoys 2 billion monthly active users. This shows that PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' Twitch viewership is just as active, and it'd be interesting to see how many users tune into the the weekly Facebook show.

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Ubisoft founders buy 2 million shares to counter Vivendi

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 3, 2017 9:25 pm

Experts believe European titan Vivendi will make a major move to take over Ubisoft sometime this year, and the French games-maker's co-founders are buying more stake in the company to prevent a hostile takeover.




Ubisoft's founding Guillemot family has today acquired another 1.75% of the company's share capital by purchasing 2 million shares at an undisclosed price; at the current worth of 56.25 Euros per share, the Guillemots likely spent about 112.5 million Euros on the acquisition. As of June 27 the Guillemot family owned 13.6% of Ubisoft's share capital, and following today's share acquisition that number rises 15.35%, with the family owning 20.02% of the company's voting rights. As of June, Vivendi owns 27% of Ubisoft's share capital and 24.5% of its voting rights.


"Ubisoft has been informed that Guillemot Brothers SE and a bank have entered today into an agreement related to the purchase by Guillemot Brothers SE of a maximum number of 2,000,016 shares of Ubisoft representing c. 1.75% of the share capital of Ubisoft," reads a press release sent out by Ubisoft.

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Bethesda responds to Creation Club auto-download issues

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 3, 2017 7:32 pm

Bethesda's new Creation Club storefront has been widely criticized and protested by gamers everywhere, and Bethesda says it's listening to all feedback--especially the game auto-downloading Creation Club content before users even buy it.




Besides the rather disappointing content offering and the pricing model of Creation Club's premium currency, one of the most hotly contested mechanics of the storefront is how it automatically downloads Creation Club content onto a user's hard-drive via game updates. Creation Club content is added to a user's hard drive regardless if they purchase the content or not, and upon purchase the content is simply unlocked for use. Gamers are worried that the Creation Club will eventually eat up tons of storage space--specially on consoles where HDD space is at a premium.


While Bethesda Game Studios as a whole has yet to deliver an official statement on Creation Club's many controversial features, a Community Content Manager "Cartogriffi" says that the company is currently working on a solution to avoid auto-downloads. This strongly indicates that the feature was intentional and is working as intended.


"Hi everyone, we're working on solutions that would not require Creation Club archives be part of the game's patch. We are certainly listening to everything people are saying, and appreciate the constructive feedback, both positive and negative.This note has also been added to the pinned FAQ," the community manager said in a recent post.

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Tomb Raider 2 in Unreal Engine 4?

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 3, 2017 11:35 am

If you're like me, you have fond memories of playing through Tomb Raider 2 on PC or the original PlayStation. Unfortunately, the graphics haven't aged too well over the last 20 years. True, you could get your Lara Croft fix from the latest Tomb Raider games, but that doesn't quite satisfy the urge to relive some of Lara's previous adventures.



Never fear, Nicobass and a small team of contributors have been busy over the 18 months working on Tomb Raider The Dagger of Xian, a Tomb Raider 2 fan remake. This is great news for all retro gamers (myself included), especially considering Tomb Raider The Dagger of Xian will be utilizing Unreal Engine 4, and it looks stunning.


Nicobass have recently released a playable demo of about an hour worth of content, featuring the first cave from The Great Wall level that allows us to preview the epic adventure to come. You can download the playable demo here.

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Windows 10 Falls Creator Update set for October release

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Sep 3, 2017 10:43 am

Microsoft have announced a release for their 4th major update for Windows 10 since its inception back in July 2015, the Fall Creators Update. This release should see Microsoft begin to release their major Windows 10 updates on a bi-annual occurrence post the Fall Creators Update. Recently announced at IFA by Terry Myerson, Executive Vice President of the Windows and Devices Group at Microsoft, Terry revealed that not all features mentioned at Microsoft's previous Microsoft's developer conference, Build, would make it, with Timeline the biggest feature not make it this update.




Fluent Design, an interesting feature that will make the cut into the Fall Creators Update, is perhaps the biggest change and one that has already been making its subtle way into our operating systems. Aimed at making Windows more modern and sophisticated by adding effects with lighting and transparency, this is a welcomed feature and makes Windows a bit more appealing for the user.




Getting a bit of TLC, is Windows Ink. With 2-in-1 laptops providing a lot of functionality and creativity for the user, Windows Ink will enhance this experience. Windows Ink will now allow users the ability to drawing straight into PDF documents, a welcomed addition. If you're like me you'll love Windows Ink best feature, Find my Pen. This feature will display the last time your pen was connected, refreshing your memory to hopefully remember where you left your pen.

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Razer's new FPS targeted mouse, the Razer Basilisk

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Sep 3, 2017 9:36 am

Razer's latest mouse features state-of-the-art technology that will help gamers take their FPS gaming to the next level, introducing the new Razer Basilisk. Equipped with the same 16,000 DPI optical sensor that's used in the Razer DeathAdder Elite and Razer Lancehead Tournament Edition and complimented with mechanical mouse switches, the Razer Basilisk delivers precision accuracy that is demanded by hardcore FPS gamers.




"The customizability of the Razer Basilisk sets it apart from other FPS mice, and is something that we're incredibly proud of," says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO. "This is a mouse designed for tweaking that last ounce of performance out of each gamer's specific FPS playstyle. For games like CS:GO, PUBG, Quake, and the likes, there's nothing better."


With a unique clutch featured on the side of the mouse, the removable clutch comes in two sizes to cater for different hand sizes with the default action acting as a precision aim. The precision aim macro gives the user the ability to temporarily reduce the DPI sensitivity on-the-fly to help deliver that epic headshot.




Aided by Razer Synapse 3 software, this allows for complete customization including. button remapping, surface calibration and Razer Chroma lighting effects. Speaking of RGB lighting effects, the Basilisk is on the passive side with only the scroll-wheel and razer emblem illuminated. Further customization is achieved with the ability to adjust the resistance of the scroll wheel can be adjusted via a dial on its underside to suit.


Available in September 2017 from, the Razer Basilisk will set you back $69.99USD.



AMD kicks Intel's ass: AMD overtakes Intel CPU sales!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Sep 3, 2017 6:41 am

AMD is continuing to succeed in their CPU department (it'll be years before the GPU department can hit this success) with the latest e-tailer in Germany ( seeing AMD Ryzen and Ryzen Threadripper sales overtake Intel. is considered the "Newegg of Germany" to give you some perspective.




AMD's new megatasking-capable Ryzen Threadripper CPUs have been selling incredibly well, with enthusiasts and content creators snapping the 16C/32T processors for their great $999 price. Rewinding back to March 2017, AMD had only 27.6% of the desktop CPU market... but the company reached a huge 49% in July, nearly doubling its dominance in the CPU market, and now has over 56% of the CPU market in August. Amazing numbers from AMD, and very well deserved.




The best-selling Ryzen CPU seems to be the Ryzen 5 1600, a 6C/12T processor that is actually a massive bang for buck champion at only $220. The Ryzen 7 1700, Ryzen 5 1600X, and Ryzen 7 1700X are all second, third, and fourth, respectively.


The majority of Intel's sales are coming from their Core i7-7700K processor, but with AMD seemingly taking out the rest of the best-selling CPU positions, does it matter? Intel have continued to react to AMD for the entire year, after what seemed like blindness to AMD being a big competitor earlier this year. The pain will continue, as Intel confuses more gamers and consumers with new CPU architecture releases, new chipsets with VRM problems, and gimped chipsets like X299.

Zelda: Breath of the Wild looks AMAZING in 4K 60FPS

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 3, 2017 6:30 am

Zelda: Breath of the Wild was one of the best games of the year for the Nintendo Switch, but it would only be a far improved experience when played at 4K... and a 60FPS. Amazing stuff.



YouTuber 'Bradley' has shared footage of the CEMU-based Zelda: Breath of the Wild running at 4K 60FPS with an unreleased beta of Xalpheno's 60FPS patch. With this patch, even outdoor areas can be enjoyed how most games should be played at a minimum: 60FPS.


Let us know what you think of Zelda: Breath of the Wild running at 4K 60FPS in the comments below.

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