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Toshiba reports $8.7 billion loss for 2016

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 10, 2017 11:32 pm

Toshiba has reported a substantial $8.75 billion loss of income in the fiscal year ending March 2017, the company today announced.




Embroiled chip-maker Toshiba Corp has today revealed its fiscal year 2016 earnings following approval from auditors, illustrating how far the company's earnings have slid due to the Westinghouse closure. The earnings had previously been delayed three separate times. The timely filings have saved the company from being de-listed from the Tokyo Stock Exchange.


The earnings filings show that Toshiba has suffered an $8.75 billion dollar net loss during the twelve-month period ending March 31, 2017. The Japanese electronics company pins the losses on the sizable debt incurred by its Westinghouse Electric nuclear power plant, which filed for bankruptcy in March. Overall the dissolved Westinghouse division incurred a total loss of 1.394 trillion yen, or $12.76 billion, during the fiscal year due to the discontinued operation of the branch.


Alongside the sizable net loss the Japanese conglomerate reported net sales of 4.87 trillion yen, or $44.58 billion, down 6% year-over-year. Toshiba's lucrative chip segment accounted for 35% of total net sales for the year, pulling in 1.7 trillion yen, or $15.56 billion, up 8% year-over-year from fiscal 2015.

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A video of the iPhone 8 leaks: Is this the final design?

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 10, 2017 10:23 pm

Just yesterday we got the first clear image of the iPhone 8 and now a short video of the alleged device has appeared. While we can't confirm its authenticity at this point, the phone does look similar to the device we have seen in previous leaks.




Although only five seconds long, the video shows the key components of the upcoming device. There's a vertically positioned rear dual camera setup and an iris scanner on the front.


The fingerprint sensor situation still isn't clear. The video doesn't reveal what will happen with this feature, but it is possible that it is embedded into the power button on the side of the phone. There's also a possibility that the company will ditch the Touch ID and go with just facial recognition.

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Overwatch is finally getting deathmatch

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 10, 2017 9:40 pm

Overwatch is getting two new deathmatch modes, but they won't be coming to Competitive or or Quick Play.



Blizzard today announced that two new deathmatch modes will soon come to Overwatch: free-for-all and team deathmatch. The new modes are currently available to sample on the Overwatch Public Test Realm (PTR) for interested PC gamers, and the modes will roll out to all platforms including PS4 and Xbox One at a later date.


However, Overwatch will retain its core focus as a team-based shooter, and the new deathmatch modes are exclusively available in the new Arcade mode and Custom Games, and won't be available in the principal Competitive or Quick Play session types.

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Lawbreakers player count drops shortly after launch

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 10, 2017 8:44 pm

Boss Key's new class-based shooter Lawbreakers launched to a diminished playerbase on Steam, and has failed to gain momentum in the crucial days after launch.




Any developer will tell you that the first few days of a game's launch are absolutely critical defining moments. Not only are developers constantly scouting data--playerbases, engaged users, DAUs, MAUs, you name it--but sites like Githyp are aggregating key insights to gauge a game's success. Sadly, it appears that Lawbreakers may end up crashing to the ground, much as the site predicted.


Since its launch on August 8, Lawbreakers has yet to break Steam's top 100 most-played games list. The game's playerbase at launch saw just 3,019 peak players, down 34% from the second open beta test and a massive 60% from the first open beta test conducted on June 30. A day after Lawbreaker's release on Steam the game had 2,739 peak players, and continues losing players every day since.



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Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 prototype shows a stunning design

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 10, 2017 7:58 pm

Back in October, Xiaomi announced their most ambitious phone so far - the Mi MIX. The device comes with an incredible 91.3% screen-to-body ratio, which the company says is the world's 1st. Less than four months after the launch, the company's CEO Lei Jun confirmed that they are working on the Mi MIX successor.




The company is reportedly aiming for a 93% screen-to-body ratio this time, and it has been confirmed that Xiaomi is again developing the phone with the help of French designer Philippe Starck, who worked on the design of the original Mi MIX.


A new leak has now appeared showing a prototype of the device, and it looks stunning. The entire front of the phone is almost all-screen. There's only a small bezel on the bottom of the phone, and even this bezel is trimmed compared to the last year's Mi MIX.

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CoD WWII rewards you for watching users open loot boxes

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 10, 2017 5:25 pm

Call of Duty: WWII is taking an interesting approach to engaging players and pushing them towards buying monetized supply drops.




Activision's new World War II-themed Call of Duty game features a new online social space called Headquarters that will actively reward players for spectating other users who open supply drop crates. According to Game Informer's latest issue, players who watch others open loot boxes in the Headquarters social hub will boost spectator's overall "social score", which raises a player's chance to find better loot from supply drops.


By rewarding players who watch their friends open up the game's cosmetic-only loot packs, Activision hopes that spectators will then purchase monetized loot boxes in an attempt to recreate similar drops. Activision knows that users who are engaged are much more likely to spend money on microtransactions, and Call of Duty: WWII's social hub is a bona-fide built-in engagement service that will continue to engage players with new content and social events.

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Intel's new Ruler SSD design, designed for server racks

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 10, 2017 2:46 pm

Intel is going back to school with its new Ruler design SSDs, something that not only look great - but they're stacking some serious storage, all while running cooler and reducing power consumption.




The new drives from Intel are much slimmer than previous high-end designs, made for server racks, with Intel saying they'll allow data center operators to increase the amount of storage they have, easily. Intel hasn't detailed the new Ruler SSDs just yet, but the company did say that single 1U server racks powered with Intel Ruler SSDs will breach the 1PB mark.


Comparing this to traditional 3.5-inch 10TB HDDs which would need to be packed into a much larger 4U rack, ramping up power requirements and cooling costs.

PS4 Pro v5.0 update: 1080p 60FPS streaming to Twitch

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Aug 10, 2017 3:52 am

It looks like PS4 Pro will be receiving its new v5.0 update soon, something that will allow gamers to broadcast their gaming sessions onto Twitch at 1080p 60FPS.




Not just that, but families will now have the option of multiple adult accounts, with parental controls on a per-account basis. You can also follow anyone's account, not just developers or personalities. If you want to see your system notifications, you won't have to go back to the home screen once the v5.0 update is here, you'll just need to visit the Quick Menu.


Sony hasn't detailed when the v5.0 update for PS4 is coming, but it should be available in the coming weeks.

Intel preparing 4C/8T notebook CPU, consumes just 15W

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Aug 10, 2017 2:46 am

Intel is beginning to finally fight back against Ryzen where it counts, with a tease of their upcoming Coffee Lake-based Core i7-8550U processor.




The purported Core i7-8550U processor is a 4C/8T processor that was spotted inside of Acer's Nitro AN515-31 notebook, also packing 20GB of DDR4, and a NVIDIA GeForce GTX graphics card. This is the first time Intel's next-gen Coffee Lake CPUs have been spotted in the wild, apart from a rumor - as this one is inside of an upcoming notebook.




We should expect this notebook to cost around $750 when it launches, with no current ETA.

Senua's Sacrifice wipes save data if you die too much

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 10, 2017 12:16 am

UPDATE: It appears the permadeath save wipe doesn't actually happen, and Ninja Theory has bluffed gamers.


Ninja Theory adds unique bold and gutsy finality to its new game, adding weight to everything you do.



If you die too much while playing Ninja Theory's new macabre, atmospheric and visually creative new title Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice, then the game will wipe your saved data. The adventure is about eight to nine hours long and features a number of challenges that often put you in harms way, and the permadeath system is quite controversial in the gaming sphere.


SPOILER WARNING: If you haven't played the game, and want to keep details of the permadeath system a surprise, then look away now.

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