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Wolfenstein II goes old school, with a new demo released

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 24, 2017 3:48 am

It seems like it's the best time for demos of some big games considering its Thanksgiving and all, with a demo of Project CARS 2 released and now Bethesda with a demo of Wolfenstein II.




Bethesda's demo of Wolfenstein II lets you play through the first level of the game, which should be enough to whet your appetite for the full thing. If you end up buying the game, the progression from the demo will be transferred over to the full game.


Wolfenstein II: The New Colussus was released on October 27 for the PC, Xbox One, and PS4 - with all versions receiving the new Wolfenstein II demo.

Tesla's battery grid in South Australia finished early

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Nov 24, 2017 3:04 am

Tesla agreed to build a massive 100-megawatt Powerback battery backup system in South Australia, after the state experienced a state-wide blackout last year due to storms and a lackluster power grid. Trust me, I'm actually from South Australia.




Elon Musk promised that he could easily get a lithium ion-based battery backup system installed in SA within 100 days, with a cost of only $50 million (which is nothing for SA, as we have the most expensive electricity prices in the world). This system would power around 30,000 homes in the case of a power outage, with the battery facility being powered by the local Hornsdale Wind Farm.


South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill said at the time: "An enormous amount of work has gone in to delivering this project in such a short time. The world's largest lithium ion battery will be an important part of our energy mix".

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Project CARS 2 demo now available on PC, Xbox One, and PS4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 24, 2017 2:35 am

If you haven't purchased Project CARS 2 already and wanted to try it out, Bandai Namco along with developer Slightly Mad Studios have released a new demo of the game for the PC, Xbox One, and PS4. The companies tease:




The Official Project CARS 2 Demo was designed and created to allow players to get a taste of the racing action on offer in the full game. Experience why Project CARS 2 is one of the highest rated multi-platform racing games of the year. Jump into a Ferrari 488 GT3, Lamborghini Huracán LP610-4, and Formula Renault 3.5 and race at the laser-scanned Red Bull Ring.


Furthermore, the demo showcases the Xbox One X and PlayStation®4 Pro enhancements that will be rolled out in an imminent update, as well as the extensive virtual reality support in the PC version of Project CARS 2.

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Ethereum reaches record high of $414, mining is now easier

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cryptocurrency & Mining | Posted: Nov 24, 2017 1:39 am

Ethereum has had an explosive year that has culminated in the cryptocurrency reaching a record new high of $424, increasing in price by over 12% in just 24 hours.




ETH is continuing its upward trend as the second largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, and has bounced back since its record high $414 price in mid-June. Back in June is when we saw Ethereum mining explode, resulting in me setting up and continuously upgrading a 60-graphics-card strong Ethereum mine. I have culled the mine a bit, and I'm down to 40-something cards.




Ethereum is currently processing more transactions per day than all of the other cryptocurrencies combined, with Ethereum mining difficulty on pause for the next year. It actually dropped significantly on October 16, relieving pressure from miners that would've other wise given up. BCH (Bitcoin Cash) is also able to be mined on consumer GPUs, as it doesn't need ASIC-specific hardware like its big brother Bitcoin (BTC).

PowerColor Radeon RX Vega 64 Red Devil: real custom Vega

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Nov 23, 2017 10:59 pm

PowerColor's new Radeon RX Vega 64 Red Devil is the first true custom Radeon RX Vega 64 to hit the market, as it's properly factory overclocked unlike ASUS' offering with the ROG Strix RX Vega 64, or SAPPHIRE's upcoming NITRO-branded card. has posted an unboxing video of the new PowerColor Radeon RX Vega 64 Red Devil graphics card, showing off the beautiful and super-beefy graphics card. It rocks three BIOSes, with 'silent mode', 'good OC capability' and then the 'boost clock to push the limit of Red Devil'... I like the sound of the last one.




PowerColor still only requires the 8+8-pin PCIe power connectors, a surprise as some figured it would include 3 x 8-pin PCIe power connectors for a fully cuistom Radeon RX Vega 64 graphics card.

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Mozilla announces VR/AR development program

By: Jak Connor | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Nov 23, 2017 11:36 am

Mozilla have just unveiled that it has acquired a brand new development team to continue on with their existing work into VR/AR technologies. The new team will focus mainly on toolsets, integration of devices and VR/AR web development.




The new team was formed in the last few weeks and their announcement has indicated that the organization will predominately focus on bringing VR/AR technologies to the web as well as concentrate on allowing for VR/AR to eventually be a cross-platform experience. "on the full continuum of specifications, browser implementations, and services required to create open VR and AR web experiences."


Greg Fodor, Mozilla's social mixed reality engineer has said "Unlike traditional online communication tools like text, voice, and video, the promise of Mixed Reality is that you can be present with other people, much like real life, and engage with them in a more interactive way, you can make eye contact, nod your head, high five, dance, and even play catch with anyone around the world, regardless of where you are!"

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iPhone 2018 model will feature massive LTE speeds

By: Jak Connor | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 23, 2017 10:34 am

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has said that that iPhones that will be released in 2018 that will feature upgraded liquid crystal polymer (LCP) antenna modules which would contribute to an overall improvement in LTE transmission speeds.




Kuo continues by saying that the iPhone models will be using two LCP LTE antenna modules which would make them very similar to the iPhone X, but instead will feature support improvements for 4x4 MIMO standards.


Kuo spoke of this in a recent note that was sent out to Apple investors: "Antenna design upgrade a key factor in anticipated boost to LTE transmission speed in new 2H18F iPhone models. As a LTE antenna FPCB material, LCP is superior to PI in properties related to high-frequency, thermal performance and moisture resistance. We predict 2H18 new iPhones will be equipped with two LCP LTE antenna modules same as iPhone X or more, but with higher specs to support 4x4 MIMO standards."

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Apple buys VR/AR startup VRvana for $30 million

By: Jak Connor | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Nov 23, 2017 9:25 am

Apple has scooped up a virtual/augmented reality startup from Montreal, Canada named Vrvana. The deal was worth $30 million according to a report from TechCrunch.




Vrvana were the designers behind the Totem VR headset, which never actually made it into the hands of consumers, but for the few people that had the luxury of getting an early hands-on most gave excellent reviews for the product.


Vrvana's "extended reality" takes from both the augmented reality and virtual reality technology while at the very same time is unique in how it can project "fully opaque, true-color animations" onto the world around us. Having this technology allows for a "seamless blend" between that of the VR world and the AR world.

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AC: Origins patch fixes UltraWide, multi-GPU issues

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 23, 2017 5:16 am

Ubisoft has released a new update for Assassin's Creed Origins on the PC, with v1.05 including some fixes for problems with 4K resolution and multi-GPU setups.




The new AC: Origins v1.05 patch addresses "several Ultra HD monitor, multi-monitor mode, and multi GPU mode issues". There's also fixed hardware performance metrics for AMD Radeon R9 200 series cards, too. Here's the graphics/audio fixes in the new v1.05 patch for Assassin's Creed Origins.


  • Improved Sandstorm ending visual
  • Fixed some level of detail issues in the world and for some NPCs
  • Fixed an issue that could prevent the call mount whistle from playing
  • Fixed an issue that could cause music tracks to overlap
  • [PC] Temporarily deactivated spatial sound support to resolve issues with some USB headsets
  • [PC] Fixed the functionality of the Field Of View option during the Benchmark session

Radeon Vega 8 Mobile: 8 Vega GPU cores, 256MB DDR4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Nov 23, 2017 4:32 am

AMD will be launching its new Ryzen Mobile products in early-2018 at CES, but we also have more exciting news: Radeon Vega Mobile. Radeon Vega Mobile is currently shipping inside of HP's new Envy x360 2-in-1 laptop, and now we know some details about Radeon Vega Mobile.




HP's new Envy x360 features Radeon Vega 8 Mobile graphics and in a surprising move; 256MB DDR4. The system has 8GB of DDR4 in total, and it seems 256MB is dedicated to Radeon Vega 8 Mobile. Radeon Vega 8 Mobile has 8 Vega NCUs, with the Vega 8 GPU clocks at 300MHz base (and should boost up to 1.1GHz)), and the 256MB of DDR4 at 400MHz with 12GB/sec of memory bandwidth.




Inside, HP makes use of AMD's own Ryzen 5 2500U with 'Radeon Vega Mobile Gfx' and ships with Radeon Software 17.7 onboard, not the new 17.11 drivers. HP is stingy with a 1TB mechanical HDD, and no SSD - even for the $799.98 price at Best Buy right now.


It's interesting to see absolutely no HBM2 being used, meaning Vega can and indeed does work without it. Now let's see a discrete graphics card with 8GB of GDDR5.