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Project CARS 2 latest screenshots look INCREDIBLE

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 19, 2017 7:06 am

The latest screenshots from Project CARS 2 are here, and boy do they look amazing. Bandai Namco has released a bunch of new shots of the environments and cars that'll be found in Project CARS 2, as well as a new behind the scenes video on the game.



Bandai Namco's first episode explains that Project CARS 2 developer Slightly Mad Studios is working with McLaren Automotive's engineering team led by Chris Goodwin, adding their expertise in high performance engineering into the development of the McLaren 720S supercar that will be featured in Project CARS 2.




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AMD Crimson 17.5.2 drivers improve Prey performance

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 19, 2017 5:48 am

AMD has released their new Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.5.2 drivers, something that includes some performance optimizations for Prey - with up to 4.5% additional performance on the Radeon RX 580 versus the previous 17.5.1 drivers.




The new drivers also fix the random hanging or application crash with NieR: Automata, and the long map and loading times for Forza Horizon 3. AMD also poliished up the sleep/hibernation modes on the Radeon RX 550 series too.


You can grab the Radeon Software Crimson ReLive 17.5.2 drivers right here.

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See Tom Cruise run from the 'Mummy' in final trailer

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: May 19, 2017 5:10 am

After laying dormant for nine years since the release of the ill-received 'The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor', Universal Studios has opened up the sarcophagus of the franchise for a new mega budget reboot starring Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella, which has just released its final trailer ahead of next month's theatrical release.



The new 'Mummy' reboot is being built from the ground up to launch a cinematic universe of the studio's classic horror icons, including The Invisible Man, The Wolf Man, Van Helsing and Dracula. As the kick-starter for a new multiverse, there's quite a bit of expectation on its shoulders for first time director Alex Kurtzman, but it sure looks like it's off to a good start. Even if it's a complete disaster, it will still be better than the last 'Mummy' film.


'The Mummy' is set to scare cinemagoers in 2D, 3D and IMAX cinemas worldwide from June 9, 2017.

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Qualcomm and Microsoft taking over the world at Computex

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 19, 2017 3:57 am

If there was something that I'm excited for at Computex 2017 beyond my addiction to GPU technology with AMD showcasing their Radeon RX Vega graphics card at the show, it would be the curious party invitation from Qualcomm.




The invitation I received is to a joint Qualcomm + Microsoft shindig, where they're asking the press to "join us under the stars at Computex 2017". The rest of the invite reads: "munch, mingle, and raise a glass to celebrate the growing ecosystem that will bring an out-of-this-world mobile PC experience to the masses".


Interesting. Very, very interesting.


It would seem that Qualcomm and Microsoft could reveal the next big thing in mobile PC technology, with a Snapdragon-powered full Windows 10 system, all in the palm of your hand.

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Google's next-gen Tensor processor: 45 TFLOPs of power

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: May 19, 2017 3:20 am

Google has just unveiled its second-generation tensor processor, something that packs 45 TFLOPs of performance per chip, with four of them placed onto a tensor processor unit (TPU) module for a total of 180 TFLOPs.




The massively powerful systems are built for machine learning and artificial intelligence, and Google is pushing it into the cloud with their TPU-based computational powerhouse systems to be made available to Google Cloud Compute later this year. Google's first-gen Tensor processors were already 15-30x more powerful, and a huge 30-80x more power efficient than CPUs and GPUs for these types of workloads.


These new TPUs are "optimized for both workloads, allowing the same chips to be used for both training and making inferences. Each card has its own high-speed interconnects, and 64 of the cards can be linked into what Google calls a pod, with 11.5 petaflops total; one petaflops is 1015 floating point operations per second", reports Ars Technica.

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Raja Koduri talked about Radeon RX Vega in Reddit AMA

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 19, 2017 1:33 am

AMD hosted a Reddit AMA earlier today, with Senior Vice President and Chief Architect of RTG Raja Koduri talking to the Radeon fanbase about all things Radeon Vega Frontier Edition, as well as some new details on the consumer Radeon RX Vega graphics cards. We also now know that AMD will detail Radeon RX Vega at its Computex 2017 press conference on May 31, and we will be sitting front and center for it.




First off, the most important part is that Raja will not be shaving his beard until Radeon RX Vega launches, which is music to my ears - Raja's looks like a boss with his beard.


For his introduction, Raja said:


I want to start things off today but saying thank you to everyone for all of your excitement, energy and enthusiasm for all things AMD, and in particular, for Vega. Earlier this week we were thrilled to launch Radeon Vega Frontier Edition. We think it will have a big impact on machine intelligence and content creators. I also know some of you are disappointed that we didn't launch RX Vega as well. I wanted to hold this AMA and have an open discussion with you about our Vega launches. And while we're not launching RX Vega today - so I won't be talking about pricing or launch date - there are lots of rumors and innuendo I want to put to bed, and there are plenty of questions I can answer.

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AMD will show off Radeon RX Vega on May 31 at Computex

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: TweakTown | Posted: May 19, 2017 12:16 am

We are so close, so very close - 12 more days until we get the skinny on Radeon RX Vega. AMD confirmed the news through Raja Koduri's Reddit AMA on Radeon Vega Frontier Edition, that AMD will be showcasing Radeon RX Vega at Computex on May 31.




During the AMA, Koduri said: "We'll be showing Radeon RX Vega off at Computex, but it won't be on store shelves that week. We know how eager you are to get your hands-on Radeon RX Vega, and we're working extremely hard to bring you a graphics card that you'll be incredibly proud to own. Developing products with billions of transistors and forward-thinking architecture is extremely difficult - but extremely rewarding - work. [...] We're working as hard as we can to bring you Radeon RX Vega".


Koduri added: "On HBM2, we're effectively putting a technology that's been limited to super expensive, out-of-reach GPUs into a consumer product. Right now only insanely priced graphics cards from our competitors that aren't within reach of any gamer or consumer make use of it. We want to bring all of that goodness to you. And that's not easy! It's not like you can run down to the corner store to get HBM2. The good news is that unlike HBM1, HBM2 is offered from multiple memory vendors - including Samsung and Hynix - and production is ramping to meet the level of demand that we believe Radeon Vega products will see in the market".

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'The Dark Crystal' lives again as Netflix prequel series

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: May 18, 2017 11:58 pm

The long mooted follow-up to Jim Henson's 1982 fantasy feature 'The Dark Crystal' is finally set to happen - as a Netflix exclusive, with the platform revealing the first behind the scenes footage.



In a surprise announcement, Netflix has announced that production on the 10 episode series 'The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance' is currently underway, which is said to take place many years before the film. The original concept designer Brian Froud is back on board, as is the Jim Henson company - so expect lots of live action puppets. 'Now You See Me' and 'Incredible Hulk' director Louis Leterrier will produce and helm the series.


It's currently too soon to officially announce when 'The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance' will hit Netflix, but a 2019 release seems more than likely.

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LG launches Stylo 3 Plus with huge screen and a stylus

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 18, 2017 11:36 pm

LG has launched a new smartphone in the US - the Stylo 3 Plus.


The device is powered by a Snapdragon 435 and comes with 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of internal storage, expandable to 2TB with a microSD card.




The Stylo 3 Plus has a 5.7-inch Full HD display and, as the name suggests, comes with a stylus.

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LG V30 expected to get Daydream support

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 18, 2017 10:21 pm

LG's V30 has been rumored ever since they launched the V20 last year, more speculation started to come out once the G6 came out, especially regarding which processor it would run. Because the LG G6 runs a Snapdragon 821, the expectation is that the more premium V30 will run a newer and more powerful Snapdragon 835 processor.




However, in addition to the Snapdragon 835 processor, it appears that the V30 will also be capable of supporting or meeting the requirements to support Google's Daydream VR platform. This is a big deal because LG doesn't currently have a Daydream supported device.


One of the big reasons for this is that OLED displays are needed in order to meet Google's display performance requirements for Daydream.

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