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Google eyeing off massive new complex in San Jose

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 4 hours, 20 mins ago

Google might dominate the internet, our smartphones, and everything in between but it seems that the company is looking at shuffling things over and opening up a new facility in San Jose, CA.

 

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The San Jose City Council has agreed to negotiate the sale of 16 parcels of land owned by the city, with San Jose's mayor and vice mayor strongly supporting Google, but the residents of San Jose... not so much. Google's purported new facility would be separate to its campus in Mountain View, and would see the Diridon Station area of San Jose turn into a gigantic transit hub - including a Google village and up to 20,000 jobs.

 

If Google recices the go-ahead, the search giant would build somewhere between 6-8 million square feet of office space, and up to 3000 units of housing. There would also be a high-speed rail line and BART trains, as there's the Amtrak and Caltrain hub in San Jose. Google has teamed with partners securing land for months, with two property investor groups throwing $130 million onto real estate in the surrounding areas.

World of Tanks running on Xbox One X at 4K

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Fashion meets Tech | Posted: 5 hours, 39 mins ago

Wargaming has shared some new screenshots of World of Tanks running at 4K on the upcoming Xbox One X console, with more information on the game to arrive at Gamescom 2017 later this year.

 

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World of Tanks runs at 1800p on the PS4 Pro with checkerboard rendering, improved AA, higher-res textures, and HDR support - all at 30FPS. We don't know of World of Tanks will be running at 4K 30FPS or 4K 60FPS on Xbox One X, but with the PS4 Pro running it at 1800p (3200x1800) at 30FPS, I'd be confident to say Xbox One X will run World of Tanks at 4K 60FPS.

 

Microsoft will be launching its Xbox One X console on November 7 for $499.

Uber CEO resigns after months of controversy

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 6 hours, 34 mins ago

Uber is stumbling out of control, with CEO Travis Kalanick stepping down from the company. The New York Times is reporting that a group of major Uber investors demanded Kalanick's resignation on Tuesday.

 

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Kalanich eventually bowed to the demands after "hours of discussions", and will continue to stay on Uber's board and still has his hands-on a majority of voting shares. Kalanick said in a statement to the NYT: "I love Uber more than anything in the world and at this difficult moment in my personal life I have accepted the investors' request to step aside so that Uber can go back to building rather than be distracted with another fight".

 

The Uber board said: "Travis has always put Uber first. This is a bold decision and a sign of his devotion and love for Uber. By stepping away, he's taking the time to heal from his personal tragedy while giving the company room to fully embrace this new chapter in Uber's history. We look forward to continuing to serve with him on the board".

LA Noire might get remastered with first-person, VR mode

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 7 hours, 16 mins ago

There are some gamers who never played LA Noire, and I'm one of them, but I admired the game from a technological standpoint. LA Noire is a neo-noir action-adventure game that was originally released in 2011, and developed by Australian gaming studio Team Bondi, and published by Rockstar Games.

 

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After the release of LA Noire, developer Team Bondi shutdown - and even though the game was a big seller, the studio had many things going on behind the scenes that caused them to crumble. Now we're seeing Rockstar Twitter tipset Yan2295 saying that Rockstar Games is working on a remastered version of the game not just for the PS4 and Xbox One, but for the Nintendo Switch.

 

And not just a single remastered verison, but the improved version of LA Noire would reportedly include a first-person and VR mode. The one-two punch of first-person and VR modes would be huge, and so would the release of LA Noire on the Nintendo Switch. We should hope to hear something more concrete in the coming months.

Lenovo teases notebook with flexible display

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: 8 hours, 35 mins ago

Earlier this week in New York City, the Lenovo Transform event took place with the company unveiling a pretyt awesome concept notebook that features a flexible display and a unique hingeless design.

 

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Lenovo Senior Vice President of Commercial Business, Christian Teismann, talked about previous-gen Lenovo notebooks... and went right into the concept model. You can roll it up for tablet-like portability, speak into it, write on it, and everything in between. Lenovo's iconic red pointing stick is there, but the ability to roll or bend your notebook screen has a million and one applications. It's great to see a company like Lenovo at least experimenting, in an otherwise stale market.

Intel's next-gen Coffee Lake: 6C/12T @ 4.2GHz or more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 9 hours, 44 mins ago

Intel just launched its new Core i9 range of processors, but Coffee Lake news continues to roll out, as Coffee Lake is a refresh/optimized slice of Kaby Lake that supports more than 4 CPU cores.

 

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A new engineering sample has turned up on the SiSoft Sandra benchmark database, showing that Intel will have 6C/12T CPUs at 3.5GHz, and over 4.2GHz with Turbo enabled. We should expect 256KB of L2 cache per core, and 9MB of shared L3 cache. There's also a variant of Coffee Lake that will include a larger 12MB of L3 cache, too.

 

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We should expect the Coffee Lake-S series to come in 4C/8T with GT2 graphics, as well as 6C/12T with GT2 graphics. There will be Coffee Lake-S and Coffee Lake-H series processors, but we might see Intel change the socket from LGA 1151 to something else with Coffee Lake, but let's hope they don't - alright?

SEGA resurrects retro IPs for huge mobile F2P initiative

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 12 hours, 58 mins ago

SEGA today revealed its new ambitious plan to further monetize its mobile games focus in the West.

 

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SEGA's new SEGA Forever initiative is a tactical move on the publisher's part, and could end up sparking other major games-makers to follow in its footsteps. The program is SEGA making good on its promise to revitalize and resurrect key IP on PC, consoles and most importantly, smartphones, and follows the company's massive success in the free-to-play mobile gaming sector. But what is SEGA Forever, exactly? It's simply SEGA bringing back its old-school retro games to smartphones as free-to-play titles on Android and iOS, complete with lucrative in-app purchases.

 

Essentially SEGA is doing what Nintendo should've done long ago, and is a genuinely well-strategized free-to-play "Virtual Console" service that offers key SEGA classics for free on mobile devices. SEGA Forever is a collection of games that will soon grow to include titles from Master System, Genesis/Megadrive, Dreamcast, and more. New games will release every month for free--there's no subscription plan--all of the content is free-to-play, and SEGA gets revenue from ads. Users can also buy the game for $1.99 to get an ad-free experience.

 

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NBC to broadcast Rocket League eSports on TV

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 14 hours, 19 mins ago

Rocket League developer Psyonix has partnered with NBC Sports Group to broadcast televised eSports tournaments centered around the popular multiplayer game.

 

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As eSports flourishes, more and more major entertainment broadcasters are getting involved. eSports content is typically consumed via spectators on the internet, but NBC wants to do their part to bring the growing games phenomenon to the television world. Per the recent agreement, NBC Sports will televise Rocket League tournaments starting with the first-ever $100,000 2v2 international Rocket League tournament. The Grand Finals phase of the tournament will be shown on NBC Sports on August 26-27. NBC has kept their eye on the eSports world for quite some time, and wants to grow well past Rocket League to help bolster its network viewership.

 

"We looked at lots of different games in lots of different genres," Rob Simmelkjaer, senior vice president of NBC Sports Ventures, told Mashable. "We ultimately landed on Rocket League for a number of reasons. Number one, it's growing at a nice clip. We see its audiences are growing. It's got great buzz out there; the [Rocket League Championship Series] did pretty well this summer."

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Metroid Prime 4 and new Pokemon RPG to release in 2018

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 15 hours, 27 mins ago

Nintendo of America affirms that the hugely anticipated Metroid Prime 4 and new upcoming mainline Pokemon RPG will release in 2018 on the Nintendo Switch.

 

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Nintendo has spared no time or expense creating a massive IP selection to power its new Switch handheld-console hybrid, releasing key first-party titles like ARMS, Splatoon 2, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8: Deluxe, and Super Mario Odyssey in 2017 alone. During its E3 2017 livestream, Nintendo announced two heavy-hitting powerhouses, Metroid Prime 4 and a new Pokemon RPG, both of which are Switch exclusives. But until now we had no clue when those big-name games would actually release.

 

In a recent interview with VentureBeat, Nintendo of America's corporate communications director Charlie Scibetta confirmed both games would release next year. "If you want to be able to play games and not have a dry spell between any of the big launches, we think Nintendo Switch is a good place to be. We have a nice drumbeat of first and third party. You'll never have to wait long," he said.

 

"Just as you get through a game and you're starting to put your head up, put the periscope out to see what else is out there, hopefully we'll have something right there for you. We've announced a nice lineup through this year, and next year we have some big games coming with Metroid 4. 2018 will be around Metroid, Kirby, Yoshi, new Pokemon game has been announced. We feel good about the lineup for this year and beyond."

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Samsung Galaxy C7 to feature dual rear camera setup?

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 16 hours, 9 mins ago

Samsung's upcoming Galaxy C10 should be company's first smartphone with a dual camera setup, but it certainly won't be the only one.

 

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The Galaxy Note8 is also expected to feature a dual camera, and now a new report claims that the Galaxy C7 should also come with dual rear camera setup.

 

The Galaxy C7 should be a mid-range phone powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 and come with 5.7-inch AMOLED display.

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