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NASA offers SpaceX $5 million to ensure employees don't smoke pot

By: Shannon Robb | Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 3 days, 17 hours ago

Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, caused quite the fervor among viewers as he smoked from a joint on an episode of Joe Rogan's popular podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience.

If you would like to see the full 2hr podcast video, it can be found here. It gives a very interesting look at Elon Musk, the man behind Tesla and SpaceX.

Now with that understanding of the events prior. NASA took this as a warning sign and wanted to step in since SpaceX is a contractor for NASA projects such as the construction of space capsules. While California is one of many states that have passed laws allowing for recreational use of marijuana, the drug is still a controlled substance and illegal on the federal level.

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Techpowerup releases NVCleanstall, clean up your GPU driver install

By: Shannon Robb | Video Cards | Posted: 3 days, 18 hours ago

In today's world of data gathering and collection, there has been one word that strikes fear into tech enthusiasts everywhere, telemetry.

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NVIDIA drivers typically have a custom install option where you can disable components you do not want to be installed. However, there are several parts in the back end that you have no opportunity to uninstall, such as the previously mentioned telemetry. Telemetry is part of the driver, which collects usage data and sends it back to the mothership (NVIDIA) so that they can use it for analysis of issues or other purposes.

Before anyone gets up in arms, the telemetry is allowed to be installed as its part of the EULA. Yes, the same EULA that none of us read on any product ever, and even if you did read it, you likely would not understand it. But I digress, telemetry was a necessary evil for NVIDIA drivers with no way to mitigate them... Until now.

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New Sonic the Hedgehog movie images surface, can they fix this mess?

By: Shannon Robb | HT & Movies | Posted: 3 days, 18 hours ago

The Sonic the Hedgehog movie has been previewed by Paramount pictures in April of 2019, and it was not received with much fanfare. Many long-time video games and Sonic fans lamented to the origin of the cartoonish character. Which took a garish turn trying to recreate the live-action film style that so many of our childhoods have had to endure thanks to modern CGI. To catch up, the less initiated, let's roll the trailer.

As you can see, the Sonic character is a bit too real for what Sonic is. Everything about Sonic's anatomy and overall appearance feels wrong for what he has been through the life of his character and associated game's character art.

Fans have even remade the trailer with what seems to be a broadly acceptable appearance for the ring obsessed blue spiny mammal. I, for one, think the fan-made version feels more faithful to the original and also looks better, whereas the first trailer feels like a painfully bad MOCAP/CGI blunder.

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Pixel 4 does not retain unlimited photo upload at original quality

By: Shannon Robb | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 3 days, 19 hours ago

Google has a history, well quite a long one with its Pixel phones at this point. They are always known for having outstanding photo capabilities as one of its strongest points. Google is also known for enabling its smartphones to have unlimited photo backup at original quality. This is offered via Google Photos, which stores to Google Drive (transitioning to Google One).

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For Pixel users who value this feature, it seems to have gone to the wayside on this go around, and likely for the foreseeable future if it holds with the Pixel 4. This is not the first time that a Pixel smartphone has been omitted from the unlimited uploads feature, the Pixel 3a did not have the feature either. But, the Pixel 3a was also half the price of the flagship models.

The fact that Google Drive, Google's cloud storage solution has relaunched as Google One just a little while ago. This could be a sign of the future for Google's monetization strategy. Google offers three months of Google One (100GB) storage with a Pixel 4 purchase, and this is likely the endgame for Google nudging Pixel users into the Google One subscription model. This will ensure more ROI overall and more revenue for something that used to be free.

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Stadia's games lineup isn't data cap friendly

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 3 days, 19 hours ago

Stadia has a lot of big AAA blockbusters and live service games, which are great for dedicated consoles and PCs, but not for online-only streaming.

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Bandwidth is one of the biggest concerns about Google's new Stadia game-streaming platform, whether it be latency or in-game lag or data usage. Stadia beams games wirelessly from Google servers to Chromecast Ultras, laptops, desktops, and even Pixel 3 phones, using local internet connections as a conduit for play. But that data adds up real fast, and a study shows Stadia will quickly smash monthly data caps. This issue is exacerbated by Stadia's games lineup, which consists of some of the biggest time-sinks in the entire industry.

How much data Stadia eats up depends on how long you play. But how long you play in turn depends on what you play. Right now Stadia isn't matched up with games that respect your time or your data--and some, like Destiny 2 and Borderlands 3--are big investments on both regards. Stadia's launch lineup includes some of the most gigantic grindy games on the market today.

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League of Legends console, mobile version announced, isn't a port

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 3 days, 22 hours ago

The reports were right: League of Legends is making the jump to mobile as well as consoles in 2020.

Today Riot Games announced League of Legends: Wild Rift, a separate version of their massively popular MOBA that's designed specifically for Android, iOS, and consoles.

Wild Rift is free-to-play, and mirrors the PC version with 5v5 competitive play with twin-stick controls, all set in a new Rift map. The game will be streamlined and more accessible for players with shorter 15-20 minute matches and more intuitive controls, but Riot says it's "not a port of the PC game." Wild Rift was built from scratch and optimized for consoles and on-the-go smartphones and tablets. Riot says it'll feature over 40 familiar champions as well as "dozens more over time," and five champions were shown off during the reveal:

  • Annie
  • Fizz
  • Nami
  • Nasus
  • Twisted Fate

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Riot Games announces competitive first-person shooter 'Project A'

By: Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Posted: 3 days, 23 hours ago

League of Legends developer Riot Games has just announced it is working on a new competitive first-person shooter codenamed 'Project A', and is begin worked on by a new team within Riot.

It has nothing to do with League of Legends and marks the first time Riot Games has made something outside of the League of Legends universe. There's virtually nothing known about Project A right now, other than executive producer Anna Donlon teasing during the livestream: "We've put anti-cheat at the forefront of our development, and we will do whatever it takes to preserve the integrity of your matches".

What we do know about Project A is that it is a character-based tactical shooter that seems to blend the worlds of Overwatch and CS:GO together, with Riot teasing that Project A is based on an near-future Earth. Riot explained: "The game is set on a beautiful near-future Earth and has a lethal cast of characters, each with unique abilities that create tactical opportunities for their gunplay to shine".

Terry Bogard is 'almost ready to brawl' in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

By: Jak Connor | Gaming | Posted: 4 days ago

The release of the newest fighter to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is almost upon us, and to tease fans just that much more Nintendo Versus has said that he is "almost ready" to join the battle.

Above we have the tweet from the Nintendo Versus official Twitter page and from the tweet we can see some footage of Terry Bogard in battle using a selection of different abilities. The flame move where Terry throws flame onto the floor could possibly be his Down-B, and the next move we see where he charges Marth could be his Side-B. This is pure speculation at this point and definitely not confirmed, but after a long history playing Smash Bros. these moves seem representative of the controller inputs.

The tweet also says that Terry will be arriving in November, which is just half a month away. 'When' in November is another question, but if I was to estimate a release date for the character I would say at the start of November since the last fighter to join the roster (Banjo-Kazooie) was released on the 5th of September. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is currently available on the Nintendo Switch. If you are yet to get the Fighters Pass for Smash Ultimate, head on over to Nintendo website here to purchase it.

Rumor: Nintendo Direct Nov 13, Crash Bandicoot for Smash Bros Ultimate

By: Jak Connor | Gaming | Posted: 4 days, 1 hour ago

A new rumor has hit the internet regarding when Nintendo are planning on having their next Nintendo Direct.

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Firstly, this rumor is merely a 4Chan post by someone who is going by 'Anonymous'. Before I get into this rumor, I just want to say that NONE of the following information has been confirmed by Nintendo at all. Moving on, the rumor says that Nintendo will host their next Nintendo Direct on November 13th and that this Direct will focus on Pokemon Sword & Shield, Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

For the purpose of this article, I will be primarily focusing and breaking down the rumored Super Smash Bros. Ultimate news. According to the rumor, the Direct will begin with a beach and a TNT crate, then Crash Bandicoot will appear and be announced as the final fighter in the first Fighters Pass. The rumor then continues to suggest that Terry Bogard will then be on display for a short period of time, and then he will be made available that same day for download.

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CBS order eSports comedy pilot set in the world of eSports teams

By: Jak Connor | HT & Movies | Posted: 4 days, 1 hour ago

Imagine a new comedy set in the world of eSports, well, that is just what is going to happen as CBS given out a put pilot order for a series, according to Variety.

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Variety says that the currently untitled single-camera series will follow the story of the recently retired pro basketball star who attempts to try and reconnect with his son by purchasing an eSports team franchise. Kapital Entertainment's Aaron Kaplan and Dana Honor will executive produce the show alongside Dan Kopelman who will also be the writer.

Dan Kopelman is known for his other CBS comedy series "Me, Myself, and I", and his other accomplishments include "Malcolm in the Middle," "Big Wolf on Campus," "Galavant," and "Rules of Engagement." So if the coming eSports series is anything like the previously mentioned titles, gamers could have an amazingly funny series to enjoy.