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Gamer used PlayStation Network to sell cocaine

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 3 days, 21 hours ago

According to documents acquired by Vice, a PlayStation gamer was using Sony's online PS Network to set up big drug deals.

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A brave gamer was apparently using his favorite past-time to sell substantial amounts of cocaine. The documents reveal the suspect, Curtis Alexander, had used the PlayStation Network's in-game voice chat and messaging system to orchestrate hefty drug deals. A source reveals Alexander allegedly sold up to kilograms of cocaine at a time, and used PSN to communicate with buyers.

The informant told the FBI, who then sent a warrant to Sony that demanded tons of info on Alexander including any recorded messages sent or received on the PlayStation Network, and his gaming habits. We still don't know what game Alexander used to contact buyers on, but it's probably a big online game with tons of players--maybe Call of Duty or Destiny.

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Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 765/765G: making 5G mainstream

By: Anthony Garreffa | CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 3 days, 21 hours ago

Qualcomm has a lot to share at its annual Snapdragon Summit, between their new Snapdragon 765 and Snapdragon 765G processors was the flagship Snapdragon 865.

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But it is the Snapdragon 765 series that will push 5G into the mainstream, as it'll offer 5G connectivity in cheaper devices thus propelling next-gen connectivity into a much larger consumer base. Flagship device sales aren't anywhere near the mainstream market, something Qualcomm will continue to nail with Snapdragon 765.

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The new Snapdragon 765 is powered by the Snapdragon X52 Modem-RF system, offering up multi-gigabit speeds of up to 3.7Gbps down over mmWave and sub-6. Impressive stuff for a mainstream chipset for future mainstream smartphones in 2020 and beyond.

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Verizon: 'we're the first with 5G on the beach' at Snapdragon Summit

By: Anthony Garreffa | Connectivity & Communications | Posted: 3 days, 22 hours ago

Qualcomm's annual Snapdragon Summit started today, with the whirlwind announcement of its next-gen Snapdragon 865 mobile platform -- a cemented future in 5G expecting 2.8 billion 5G devices in 2025, and then Verizon took the stage.

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Verizon has been a close partner of Qualcomm for many years now, and has been investing into its infrastructure to have it ready for the new world of 5G in 2019, 2020, and beyond. Verizon has been working with partners like the band Chainsmokers on some augmented reality experiences at concerts powered by 5G.

The 5G-powered AR experience was enabled thanks to the multi-gigabit speeds, something that you couldn't do on a sometimes unreliable Wi-Fi connection or much slower 4G connection. Verizon has also been working with Sony on using 5G technology inside of high-end cameras at sports matches to pull high-end video to the post-production office faster.

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Xiaomi announces Mi 10: one of the first powered by Snapdragon 865

By: Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 3 days, 22 hours ago

Qualcomm announced its next-gen Snapdragon 865 today at its annual Snapdragon Summit, and after Verizon and Motorola took the stage, XIaomi hit the stage with some big news of its own.

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XIaomi took the time out of its Snapdragon Summit announcement to tell the world it has sold 427 million Qualcomm-powered smartphones. Hitting nearly half a billion devices is a huge milestone, with Xiaomi surely smiling ear-to-ear announcing the milestone in Maui, Hawaii.

The company also took the opportunity to announce its new Mi 10 smartphone, which is one of the first to be powered by Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 865 mobile platform. There's no details on Xiaomi's new Mi 10 just yet, but as they drop we'll report it. For now, just a tease.

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Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 865 becomes the new everything champion

By: Anthony Garreffa | CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 3 days, 22 hours ago

Qualcomm has made its next-gen Snapdragon 865 chip official at its annual Snapdragon Summit, and while they won't deep dive into what makes it tick until tomorrow... we know that it is the most kick ass SoC ever made.

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The new Snapdragon 865 takes things to the next level over the already impressive Snapdragon 855, with the new SoC taking out the #1 positions in virtually every category not just against its predecessor, but every Qualcomm competitor, too.

CPU, GPU, RF, modem, AI, and the camera -- Qualcomm dominates with its new Snapdragon 865. The new Snapdragon 865 supports up to 200-megapixel camera sensors, so we should expect some insane smartphones next year with 200MP cameras that will blow us away, again.

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Qualcomm expects 2.8 billion 5G connections by 2025

By: Anthony Garreffa | CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 3 days, 23 hours ago

Qualcomm has kicked off its annual Snapdragon Summit here in Maui, Hawaii -- with another year starting off with the future of mobile: 5G.

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Qualcomm President and CEO Cristiano Amon took the stage and went right into the arms of 5G, starting off the opening keynote at the Snapdragon Summit that the company has seen a stellar year for 5G in 2019. Unlike some of the reception of 5G, the company is seeing 5G roll out at a much faster pace than 4G all those years ago.

5G saw "tremendous momentum across all regions" for Qualcomm, with over 40 operators turning on 5G hardware, over 40 OEMs were announced, and over 325 operators in 109 countries are investing into 5G technology.

But it is the future that Qualcomm is very excited for, with Qualcomm seeing in 2020 that commercialization will "rapidly" expand across the world, where in 2025 the company expects to see over 2.8 billion devices in the wild with 5G connectivity.

Riot to pay $10 million in gender discrimination lawsuit settlement

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 4 days, 4 hours ago

Riot Games has settled their gender discrimination lawsuit for $10 million, the LA Times reports.

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Riot Games has a big problem with how it treats women. A huge 2018 expose from Kotaku revealed the billion-dollar League of Legends maker is endemic with sexism, harassment, and sophomoric behavior which fostered a hostile work environment for its female workers. Riot has since pledged to change its ways, but it's worth mentioning leadership hasn't shifted much. The news was followed by a huge gender discrimination lawsuit filed against the developer months after the reveal.

Now little over a year after the expose, Riot Games is settling the lawsuit. The company has agreed to pay $10 million divided up to all current and past women employed by Riot since 2014. The studio has employed 1,000 women since that time, but full-time employees will receive a bigger chunk than outside contractors.

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Violent video game content on YouTube will have fewer age-restrictions

By: Jak Connor | Social Networking | Posted: 4 days, 7 hours ago

YouTube has made some large changes to their policies regarding gaming content and violence being on their platform.

YouTube has taken to their official Twitter account to announce that from today "scripted or simulated violence in video games will be treated the same as violence in other scripted content like movies & TV". This means that less gaming content that has scripted violence will be age-restricted by YouTube, opening up gaming content to way more potential viewers.

YouTube says, "We know there's a difference between real-world violence and scripted or simulated violence - such as what you see in movies, TV shows, or video games - so we want to make sure we're enforcing our violent or graphic content policies consistently". While this might sound really good for video game content creators, YouTube's policy still states that if the video contains an overwhelming amount of violence, or if violence is the focus of the video, then it will still become age-restricted. If you are interested in reading more about the policy changes, check out this link here.

Cyberpunk 2077's dialogues are 'wider scale' compared to The Witcher 3

By: Jak Connor | Gaming | Posted: 4 days, 8 hours ago

CD Projekt Red isn't holding back at all for Cyberpunk 2077, and one of the aspects the developer is honing in on is the NPC's that are present throughout the world.

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If you are a fan of CD Projekt Red games, you might have played the critically acclaimed title, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. In that game, players could experience extensive dialogues with NPCs (non-playable characters). CD Projekt Red is planning on going above and beyond The Witcher 3 with Cyberpunk 2077, and according to Story Director, Marcin Blacha, the game's dialogue takes up "two thick books" worth of writing.

Blacha also talks about how Cyberpunk 2077's game dialogue compares to The Witcher 3, and he says that Cyberpunk 2077 has much wider scale stories than The Witcher 3. This is because the problems that are being discussed by NPC's aren't small human squabbles, but instead, they are bigger problems that are more relevant to the entire world. Having this level of dialogue in a game will create a high level of atmospheric immersion for players, and I think that's what CD Projekt Red is aiming for.

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Interstellar visitor photographed, revealing a 100,000 mile-long tail

By: Jak Connor | Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 4 days, 9 hours ago

A comet called 2I/Borisov entered our solar system from a distant realm, and as it makes its way through our neighborhood astronomers have snapped some good photos of it.

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A team of astronomers from Yale University located in Connecticut managed to capture some photos of Comet 2I/Borisov on Sunday, November 24. These photos were taken with the Keck Observatory in Hawaii and revealed to onlookers that the comet's tail measured in at about 100,000 miles long. To put this distance into perspective, that same distance is more than 40% the distance to the moon.

With a tail being that long, you'd imagine the size of the comet to be substantially large -- alas it isn't. Astronomers estimate 2I/Borisov's nucleus (center) to be just 1 mile in diameter. On December 8th, 2I/Borisov will make its closest pass to our Sun, then three weeks after that it will safely glide past Earth. Yale astronomy professor Greg Laughlin said, "Astronomers are taking advantage of Borisov's visit, using telescopes such as Keck to obtain information about the building blocks of planets in systems other than our own".

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