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Blizzard ban World of Warcraft cheaters

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 days, 14 hours ago

Following Epic Games stance on cheaters, Blizzard have been busy themselves with regards to punishing cheaters, specifically targeting World of Warcraft players who use third-party software to cheat.




No figure of how many accounts were suspended, but repeat offenders were dealt with bans up to 18 months while first time offenders were given 6 months. Blizzard have developed a method to detect cheaters using WoW bot software Honorbuddy as the 'ban section' of their forums have been FLOODED with posts. Honorbuddy released a statement via their forums confirming that their 'bot/tool' had been detected.

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Qualcomm the first to test 5G, debuts 5G reference phone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 6 days, 16 hours ago

Qualcomm is at the absolute bleeding edge of connectivity technology, with the world's first tests of 5G connections on a mobile device now completed.




The company tested the 5G internet connection on their own X50 5G modem, using the 28GHz millimeter wave frequency band. Qualcomm adds that they reached over 1Gbps with the test, but 5G is capable of much higher speeds of 5Gbps once the 5G deployments are complete.


Qualcomm also unveiled the world's first 5G smartphone reference design, which the company will use to test 5G modems, radios, and networks with smartphone makers over the next 1-2 years, as we get closer to companies releasing 5G-capable smartphones. 5G smartphones are expected in the first half of 2019, while Qualcomm's new 5G reference smartphone rocks an edge-to-edge display, and is just 9mm thick.

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Marvel unleashes the official trailer to Black Panther

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: 6 days, 17 hours ago

What a time to be a comic book movie fan, with just weeks left before the release of Justice League... and now the full trailer to Marvel's upcoming Black Panther, who was last featured in Captain America: Civil War.



Black Panther covers the story of T'Challa who is the new leader of the nation of Wakanda, something that happened in Civil War. Black Panther will pick up where Civil War left off, with T'Challa being threatened by Erik Killmonger (played by Michael B. Jordan), who wants to overthrow T'Challa.


Black Panther will be released on February 16, 2018 - and will be the last MCU movie to be released before Avengers: Infinity War.

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Overwatch now has over 35 million players

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 days, 19 hours ago

Overwatch has hit yet another milestone, with Blizzard announcing there are now over 35 million players since the game launched back in May 2016.




We don't know which platforms have the most users, but I'd dare say the PC version of Overwatch has the lion's share of gamers. Blizzard hit 20 million players in Overwatch back in November 2016, and then 30 million in April this year. PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds continues to pummel other games into the ground, so it'll be interesting to see how Overwatch's numbers get affected as PUBG continues to grow.


Blizzard hasn't revealed any other details about the 35 million Overwatch players, so we don't know if the free weekends count (they probably do). No matter what, 35 million gamers is a big milestone for Overwatch.

Battlegrounds' update adds vaulting, climbing to testers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 days, 19 hours ago

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is racing towards v1.0, but Bluehole has a lot of work to do before we get there. The developer has talked about some updates that gamers have wanted since PUBG launched earlier this year: vaulting, and climbing.




Bluehole has said that climbing and vaulting have a massive impact on gameplay, which means they need to be tested "for at least a month" before they go live. The developer adds: "The content and features that will be in test servers need to be tested for at least 2 to 4 weeks. It will be very difficult for us to provide a stable service if we rush updates to live servers after short bursts of testing. As we would like to go through rigorous testing to prepare for official launch, we will not be updating new content to live servers and run test servers for a longer period of time instead".


PUBG will receive climbing and vaulting in "late October or early November", but personally... I think Bluehole need to work on hitting 100% optimization on Unreal Engine 4 for the game.

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DOOM will be out on Nintendo Switch on November 10

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 days, 20 hours ago

Nintendo has just announced that DOOM will be coming to their Nintendo Switch console on November 10, which will include all of the updates and post-launch content.



The physical copy of DOOM will include just the single-player campaign, with the multiplayer side of things needing to be downloaded due to its size. The digital version of DOOM for the Nintendo Switch will include the entire package, as there's no limitations with digital downloads.


In the video above, id Software's Creative Director Hugo Martin, and Executive Producer Marty Stratton talk about what gamers will expect in DOOM on the Nintendo Switch. They also talk about working with developer Panic Button to make sure that DOOM on the Nintendo Switch was "fast, brutal, and true to the experience gamers have loved on other platforms".

AMD Ryzen APU spotted with Radeon Vega M graphics

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 6 days, 21 hours ago

AMD launched their new Radeon RX Vega series of graphics cards last month, but it looks like we will see a mobile variant sooner, rather than later.




HP looks to be the first with Radeon Vega M mobile graphics, powered by AMD's upcoming Ryzen 5 2500U 'Raven Ridge' APU. HP's upcoming Envy X360 15-BQ101NA will be the first Zen APU-powered laptop, with a Ryzen 5 2500U @ 2GHz, with up to 3.6GHz Turbo frequency.


Inside, HP's new Envy X360 will feature 8GB of DDR4-2400 RAM, 256GB NVMe SSD, 1080p Full HD touch-enabled display, and Vega Mobile. AMD could provide Vega 8 or Vega 10, with 45W of power consumption for the entire laptop.


Vega inside of a laptop is going to be very interesting, for more than one reason. First, power consumption locked to 45W for the entire laptop means that the APU doesn't have much to work with, and then the Vega M variant will be interesting to know - Vega 8 or Vega 10, but how powerful will it be? I'm sure it's there to handle 1080p video and that's about it... but I don't see anything about HBM2.


Are we to expect Vega SKUs without HBM2? Is Vega built for a RAM standard other than HBM2? Is this something new because of the current yield issues with HBM2, something I exclusively revealed earlier this year. Interesting times ahead...

Apple CEO: quality AR impossible with today's technology

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 6 days, 23 hours ago

Based on patents, analyst projections, reports, and the inclusion of ARKit on the latest iPhone handsets, Apple is indeed interested in the Augmented Reality (AR) market, but Apple CEO Tim Cook recently delivered a bold affirmation that the technology to spin the illusion of high-end AR just isn't here yet. Until that technology hurdle is solved, Apple will likely be out of the AR race, and Mr. Cook affirms the company wants to be the best--not the first.




"There are rumors about companies working on those - we obviously don't talk about what we're working on," Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a recent interview with the Independent. "But today I can tell you the technology itself doesn't exist to do that in a quality way. The display technology required, as well as putting enough stuff around your face - there's huge challenges with that. The field of view, the quality of the display itself, it's not there yet."


Microsoft has pledged itself as a pioneer of the AR and VR ecosystem and development space with its Windows 10 Mixed Reality platform, which isn't the first such platform, but is one with a wide net. The platform has courted key OEMs like Dell, HP, Lenovo, Acer, ASUS and even Samsung--all of which who have made or are working on Windows 10 MR headsets with VR functionality and planned AR interactions in the future. But Apple isn't interested with being first, says Mr. Cook--they want to be the best, and deliver a quality experience.

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GoG slashes epic RPG prices for Witcher's 10th birthday

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week ago, the purveyor of classic PC games of yore, is discounting a range of beloved RPGs to celebrate the 10th anniversary of CD Projekt RED's magnum opus Witcher trilogy.




Seeing as it's Geralt & Friends' 10th anniversary, the Witcher series headlines the sale with up to 85% off. The discount sees The Witcher 3 Game of the Year edition on sale for just $19.99, and The Witcher 2 and the original Witcher game down to a pittance of $2.99 and $1.50, respectively (seriously if you don't have those yet, give them a whirl).


If you already own The Witcher games, and are looking for some classic Bethesda goodies, GoG has Fallout and Fallout 2 at 50% off, alongside Fallout: New Vegas and Fallout 3 at 40% off, alongside Morrowind and Oblivion at 40% of as well.The sale of The Witcher games lasts until October 25, whereas the sale prices on the weekly titles lasts until October 23.

Cyberpunk 2077 progressing according to plan, says CDPR

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week ago

Cyberpunk 2077, the most ambitious game CD Projekt RED has ever taken on, is on track...but that track is very, very long and winding.



It's been a long time since Polish game developer CD Projekt RED has discussed their massive new project Cyberpunk 2077. The teaser trailer dropped in January 2013, and over four years later, we don't have a lot of solid info. Outside of brief snippets from earnings calls and financial reports, the publisher has been quite vague on the topic...however we've collected a nice little treasure trove of updates in our back catalog of content.


Based on rumors that employee morale is low, and worries that Cyberpunk 2077 might actually be cancelled because it simply got too big to handle, CDPR released a statement clearing things up. Cyberpunk 2077 has not been cancelled, and while work is quite slow, co-founder Marcin Iwinski and studio head Adam Badowski affirm the game is "progressing as planned, but we are taking our time." In regards to the lapse of updates, the duo say "silence is the cost of making a great game." You can find a snippet from their joint statement below.

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