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Dota 2 announces new interface, engine and custom games

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 13, 2015 1:29 am

In a short blog released recently, the Dota 2 team announced its Reborn Beta - boasting a new interface, new engine and added custom games.




"Everything in the dashboard has been completely redesigned utilizing a new UI framework, and the engine that powers the game has been fully replaced" reads the blog, with fans being given the opportunity to test out what Valve has made and provide extensive user feedback.


The blog also makes sure to point out that it;s the dashboard that is being focused on, as the HUD has remained the same. This beta is set for release "some time after The International" and it's likely that we'll see a sneak peak of whats on offer during the tournament.

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AMD Radeon R9 Fury X confirmed, rocks 4GB HBM and 4096-bit memory bus

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 13, 2015 1:08 am

We had a world exclusive when we outed the name of AMD's new Radeon R9 Fury X, which has been 'confirmed' with the official marketing material for AMD's Fiji-based product. We are to expect this to be AMD's best GPU yet, aimed at the ultra enthusiasts and those who want to run 4K and beyond.




The new Fiji GPU will measure in at around 560mm2 making it the biggest GPU that the company has ever produced, where inside we'll have 64 Compute Units each featuring 64 stream processors. This brings us to a total of 4096 stream cores, 128 raster operation units, and 256 texture mapping units.




But it's going to be the High Bandwidth Memory that sits next to the GPU die that is going to make the Radeon R9 Fury X special. The GPU and HBM have allotted space on an interposer die which measures at around 1000mm2, and while this chip is far larger than any other previous GPU released, HBM saves countless space on the PCB that would normally have GDDR5 chips sprawled throughout.




The 4GB of HBM is spread out over an insane 4096-bit memory bus at 500MHz with 512GB/sec of bandwidth, and with an overclocked R9 290X hitting 422GB/sec, this is quite the upgrade. But, how much faster will it be compared to the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti on its 384-bit memory bus with 336GB/sec of memory bandwidth? Time will tell. Not only that, but we have the core clock sitting at 1050MHz for the reference design, providing 8.6 TFLOPS of FP32 compute performance.


Display connectivity finally moves into the DisplayPort era with three DisplayPort outputs, and a single HDMI 2.0 port. We should hopefully see AMD unveil the Radeon R9 Fury X next week during E3 2015, with samples hitting shortly after.

Union: Personal data of every federal employee compromised by hackers

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jun 12, 2015 8:45 pm

A union representing federal employees claims that cybercriminals were able to successfully steal Social Security numbers and other personal data of every federal employee. Following news that the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) was hacked, suspected by "the Chinese," it's turned out to be a bigger issue than the Obama Administration publicly stated.




Hackers were able to compromise the Central Personnel Data File, which holds records for current federal employees, retired personnel, and as many as one million former federal employee records. The data files reportedly have up to 780 data points about a federal worker - an alarming amount of personal information that wasn't properly secured.


"We believe that Social Security numbers were not encrypted, a cybersecurity failure that is absolutely indefensible and outrageous," said J. David Cox, president of the American Federal of Government Employees, in an open letter to the OPM. The group has described the OPM breach as "an abysmal failure on the part of the agency to guard data that has been entrusted to it by the federal workforce."

Nintendo racks up 52 million 3DS sales worldwide

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 12, 2015 7:30 pm

The Nintendo 3DS has surpassed 15 million units sold in the United States, boosted by a strong library of game titles, Nintendo said. The Japanese gaming company launched the 3DS to US consumers in March 2011, and had to refresh efforts immediately due to disappointing early sales.




However, the addition of Super Mario, Mario Kart, Smash Bros., and Pokemon has helped boost sales. To date, the 3DS has sold more than 52 million units worldwide, as Nintendo continues to cater to a niche gamer group.


"While crossing 15 million units is certainly a significant milestone, we are equally excited about the new momentum we've created in 2015 thanks to new hardware and an unrivaled library of software," said Scott Moffitt, marketing executive at Nintendo, in a statement published by GameSpot. "With more great games on the way and a hardware system for every type of gamer, 2015 is shaping up to be one of the stronger years yet for Nintendo 3DS in the United States."

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Report: Apple Watch and wearables just aren't impressing consumers

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jun 12, 2015 6:20 pm

There are plenty of smartwatches and other wearables hitting the market, but most consumers just don't seem interested enough to buy them, according to a report from eMarketer. Industry forecasts look good, and consumer awareness of wearables is increasing, but trying to convince us to actually purchase a wearable remains difficult.




"Even though the Apple Watch has had early sales success, consumer survey data suggests manufacturers, specifically their marketing teams, have significant work to do in convincing the average person that a smartwatch is as worthy of their time and money as tablets proved to be," said Cathy Boyle, analyst at eMarketer, in the report.


Boyle also admitted that it's difficult trying to gauge the current wearables market, as more products hit the market - and what is categorized as a wearable also tends to change. Even with consumer doubt at the moment, it looks like the future still looks good for manufacturers creating wearables. In February, the Gartner research group said there was 38 percent year-over-year growth - and that trend will likely continue in the future.

ASUS to buyout HTC? It's a possibility, but chances 'are not big'

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 12, 2015 5:15 pm

ASUS has reportedly shown interest in purchasing smartphone maker HTC, as the company's difficulties are only mounting even more.




The Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer has slashed its sale forecast up to 35 percent, with its stock value dropping almost 20 percent combined over two days earlier in the week. If a company wants to swoop in and snag HTC, it would seem like now might be the right time to consider takeover attempts.


"Our chairman has chatted about the topic internally," said David Chang, Chief Financial Officer at Asustek, in a statement to Reuters. "Still, the chances of an actual takeover are not big as Asustek is a company that has depended on organic growth."

Ross Ulbricht appealing life sentence, but does he stand a chance?

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 12, 2015 3:30 pm

Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht received a life sentence without the possibility of parole, and his attorneys are appealing the court's ruling. Specifically, he received two life sentences, along with three lesser sentences that would be served concurrently.




Silk Road operated from 2011 until 2013, where thousands of drug dealers, drug users, and others exchanged illegal narcotics. Not surprisingly, Joshue Dratel, one of Ulbricht's attorneys, said the sentence handed down was "unreasonable, unjust and unfair" - and they will work to have the sentence reduced.


"I wanted to empower people to make choices in their lives for themselves and have privacy and anonymity," Ulbricht said while trying to defend his actions in creating Silk Road. "I'm not a self-centered sociopathic person who wanted to express inner badness."

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Ride manufacturer wants to create virtual reality aquariums

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jun 12, 2015 2:30 pm

The Landmark Entertainment Group has helped create fun, cool rides at amusement parks and casinos - and wants to use virtual reality to make things even better. The company will embrace VR headsets that can change how guests at a zoo or aquarium to give them a more interactive experience.




The Landmark Interactive Virtual Experience (L.I.V.E.) Centre will contain up to four hours of different content to aquarium guests. There is interest from 10 different cities in China, and L.I.V.E. Centres could expand globally if visitors embrace the new experience.


"Take a theater, an immersive cinema, a museum, an art gallery and a zoo and we're going to combine that with what we call experience or entertainment retail to create the shopping mall of the future," Christopher said in a statement published by the Washington Post.

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Report: BlackBerry considering a move to put Android on its devices

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 12, 2015 1:40 pm

Smartphone maker BlackBerry is reportedly interested in using Google Android on its upcoming smartphone, according to multiple sources speaking to Reuters. The company doesn't even control one percent of the current smartphone market, with constant rumors that it would just abandon phone development.




BlackBerry is fighting for its survival in the smartphone market, with users choosing Android and Apple iOS - and would be a complete reversal of BlackBerry's desire to use its own mobile OS. If BlackBerry can focus on device management and software, instead of the mobile OS, it will be able to free up resources for future development.


"We don't comment on rumors and speculation, but we remain committed to the BlackBerry 10 operating system, which provides security and productivity benefits that are unmatched," a BlackBerry spokesperson told Reuters.

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