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October 29, 2014
Comments (0) | Posted at 08:34PM PST by ClayMeow
The World Wide Web Consortium Publishes Final Specification for HTML5

It's been a long time coming, but HTML5 has finally received its World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Recommendation. A W3C Recommendation essentially marks the final version of a standard, though later revisions can still be made. A Specification begins with a Working Draft, which in HTML5's case, was published way back in January 2008. HTML5 has had a rather bumpy road over the years, but has become increasingly supported across platforms and browsers. Now that the spec has finally been settled, it'll be interesting to see what further developments may arise.

Source: W3C via GamesIndustry.biz

Comments (0) | Posted at 07:58PM PST by ClayMeow

Google held its first Project Ara Developers Conference in April, bringing mobile developers together to get a first look at the Ara Module Developers Kit (MDK). Today, Google announced its second conference, which will actually contain two identical full-day events in two different locations and time zones. "The first event will be on January 14, 2015, with a central site in Mountain View and satellite locations at Google offices in New York City, Buenos Aires, and London. We will then repeat the same agenda for our developer friends in Asia a week later, on January 21, 2015. This second event will be in Singapore, with satellite locations at Google offices in Bangalore, Tokyo, Taipei, and Shanghai."

While the primary focus of this second conference will be the next major release of the Ara MDK (version 0.20), Google will also demo the latest Ara prototype and developer hardware, along with the company's plan for a market pilot in 2015. The deadline to apply for either event is November 26, 2014. Anyone can apply, but as the conference is targeted at developers, each application will undergo a review process. The registration fee, if you are selected, is USD$25-$200.

Source: Google ATAP

Comments (0) | Posted at 07:13PM PST by ClayMeow
Battlefield Hardline Breaking Out March 17, 2015

Electronic Arts has announced that its upcoming first-person shooter Battlefield Hardline will be arriving March 17, 2015 for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. While I'm sure a lot of people will just jump into the cops-vs-robber multiplayer action, Hardline does actually have a single-player component. "Miami is embroiled in a drug war and officer Nick Mendoza has just made detective. Alongside his partner, veteran detective Khai Minh Dao, he follows the drug supply chain from the streets to the source. In a series of increasingly off-the-books cases the two detectives come to realize that power and corruption can affect both sides of the law."

Source: The Battlefield Blog

Comments (0) | Posted at 06:55PM PST by ClayMeow

Unsurprisingly, Ubisoft has once again incorporated several NVIDIA GameWorks technologies into one of its titles. Today, Ubisoft released a new video that highlights the NVIDIA GameWorks features incorporated into the PC version of Assassin's Creed Unity. NVIDIA GeForce GTX users will have access to NVIDIA HBAO+, NVIDIA Percentage-Closer Soft Shadows, NVIDIA GeometryWorks Advanced Tessellation, and NVIDIA TXAA. Of course there's also 4K support, which NVIDIA users can take advantage of even without a 4K display thanks to Dynamic Super Resolution.

Assassin's Creed Unity will release on November 11 in North America and November 13 in EMEA territories for Windows PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. A Season Pass is also available with eight hours of additional content, including Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China, a unique 2.5D reimagining of the franchise.

Source: NVIDIA

Comments (0) | Posted at 05:17PM PST by gebraset

Although it was revealed back in June of this year that support for 60 FPS videos was coming to YouTube in the months following the announcement, the Google video service has remained faithful to its 24 FPS video support; that is until now. YouTube has begun to roll out support for 60 FPS videos across its entire service, and the results of its efforts are phenomenal. Due to the increased frame rate support, videos looks smooth and more fluid, especially for video game titles. In order to watch a 60 FPS video on YouTube, however, users must utilize Google Chrome and must watch the video at an HD resolution, such as 720p or 1080p.

Source: Kotaku

Comments (0) | Posted at 04:57PM PST by gebraset

Sprint has just announced that starting today, its Spark network is available in 17 new markets across the United States. According to Sprint, Sprint Spark is an enhanced 4G LTE service that is built specifically for data and is designed to deliver peak wireless speeds of 50 to 60Mbps capable devices. Sprint customers within the following cities will now be able to experience this unique combination of network technologies and spectrum capacity:

  • Sacramento, CA
  • Denver, CO
  • Bay City, MI
  • Flint, MI
  • Midland, MI
  • Saginaw, MI
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
  • Henderson, NC
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Columbus, OH
  • Mount Vernon, OH
  • New Philadelphia, OH
  • Tiffin, OH
  • Youngstown, OH
  • Ogden, UT
  • Seattle, WA
  • Sheboygan, WI

This latest Sprint Spark rollout provides assurance that Sprint will fulfill its plans to reach 100 million Americans with Sprint Spark 2.5GHz coverage by the end of this year.

Source: Android Police and Sprint

Comments (0) | Posted at 02:07PM PST by Guest_Jim_*

Wires carrying electrical currents surround us in buildings and offices, just as we can clutch electronic devices in our hands. All of these wires, no matter their size, resist the currents the carry, which results in energy being lost as heat, but that may change in the future. Superconductivity is a special state some materials can enter that allows currents to flow without resistance, and now researchers at Brown University have found a kind of superconductivity first described fifty years ago.

The kind of superconductivity that has been studied for decades relies on Cooper pairs, which are pairs of electrons, with one having an up spin and the other a down spin. Unlike single electrons, these pairs are able to flow through a superconductor with little interference. When exposed to a strong magnetic field though, the pairs can be ripped apart, but in theory, some superconductors will instead take on a new kind of superconductivity. To study this, the researchers had to use an organic superconductor that is comprised of ultra-thin sheets stacked atop each other and, counterintuitively, raise its temperature. Normally higher temperatures destroy quantum effects, like superconductivity, but here it actually grew the window needed to observe Andreev bound states. These states are groups of like-spin electrons, forced together by a magnetic field that can flow through non-superconducting regions, without resistance

Obviously this discovery will impact the future of superconductivity, but it may also affect studies into astrophysics and spintronics. The latter is a potential replacement for electronics that could promise faster and more efficient computers.

Source: Brown University

Comments (0) | Posted at 11:12AM PST by gebraset

Google has officially released Google Fit, an Android application that is capable of capturing walking, running, and cycling data. The application is similar to Moves, which was acquired by Facebook earlier this year, in the sense that it is able to deliver the captured data into useful charts and diagrams which can be easily sorted by days and weeks. Goals are supported within Google Fit, and the application can even provide recommendations based on overall performance.

Third-party applications are able to connect to Google Fit and it supports Android Wear as well. While the application can collect fitness data itself thanks to the myriad of different sensors found within modern smartphones, Google Fit is meant to be a central hub for fitness information from all types of devices. Confirmed partners as of now include HTC, LG, Motorola, Nike, Noom, Polar, RunKeeper, Runtastic, and Withings.

Google Fit is available for immediate download from Google Play.

Source: The Next Web

Comments (0) | Posted at 10:25AM PST by Guest_Jim_*

Though it has been awhile, I can remember a number of times in school when a teacher could not quite align a projector's image on a wall. Imagine trying to accomplish the same task on a curved or uneven surface, instead of a flat wall or screen. While there are means of doing just that, they are flawed. Researchers at Fraunhofer IOF, however, have a new solution that not only makes it possible, but at very high speed.

Traditionally the aperture of the projector has to be closed down, to create a sharp image on a curved or uneven surface, but this reduces the brightness of the image. The Fraunhofer solution still uses a small aperture size of 0.8 mm, but employs an array of microprojectors that can overlay their images, brightening the projection. Over one hundred of these microprojectors are in each 1 cm x 1 cm element of the larger projector. Each microprojector itself consists of a micro-slide projector and projection lenses, with a single LED. Beyond allowing for projection onto non-flat surfaces, this design also makes it easier to adapt to the geometry of the surface, as the slide array can be altered, instead of the entire optical system.

Further this projection system can project about 1,000,000 images a second, which is roughly ten thousand times faster than conventional projectors. This would be useful for projecting images from high-speed cameras.

Source: Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF

Comments (0) | Posted at 10:06AM PST by bp9801

The middle of the week has arrived, with plenty of reviews in tow for you to check out. We have a look at the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 G1 Gaming video card, which features an impressive factory overclock and a custom cooler to keep it all running long into the night. On the AMD side of things, there's the HIS Liquid-cooled R9 290X Hybrid IceQ, which makes use of a self-contained liquid cooler to keep the card cool. If it's your CPU that needs cooling, then perhaps the NZXT Kraken X41 Liquid CPU Cooler is the one for you. For some audio performance, there is a review on both the SteelSeries Siberia V3 headset and ROCCAT Kave XTD Stereo gaming headset. Lastly we have a look at the Pivos XIOS XS Entertainment Center, which runs a custom XBMC skin for all your media needs.

Video Cards
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 G1 Gaming @ ThinkComputers
HIS Liquid-Cooler R9 290X Hybrid IceQ @ TechSpot

CPU Cooling
NZXT Kraken X41 Liquid CPU Cooler @ ThinkComputers

SteelSeries Siberia V3 @ LanOC Reviews
ROCCAT Kave XTD Stereo Gaming Headset @ Benchmark Reviews

Pivos XIOS XS Entertainment Center @ Madshrimps

Comments (0) | Posted at 07:01AM PST by Guest_Jim_*

Lasers are pretty cool pieces of technology as they are able to produce coherent beams of photons. This had made them almost ubiquitous in many devices used every day. Thanks to researchers at Princeton University, they may also be getting a dramatic bump in power soon.

Lasers work by exciting electrons in a material, because when the electrons fall, they will emit a photon of a specific frequency. Not all of the lasing material is used in this process, which is something some researchers have been investigating. At first the research just found where the lasing first occurs, so that energy could be focused there to initiate photon emission sooner. The Princeton researchers looked past this first step though and found that some of the later patterns or modes of emission can be more efficient than the first. The reason for this is that the different modes will compete with each other for energy, but by directing the energy to the mode of interest, all of the energy can be used by it.

According to the researchers' model, by focusing on the more efficient, higher order modes, output efficiency could improve 100 to 10,000 fold. That would translate to high power lasers, typically requiring the power of a wall outlet, being run off of batteries.

Source: Princeton University

Comments (0) | Posted at 05:12AM PST by gebraset
Razer Introduces the Leviathan Sound Bar and Subwoofer

Razer, a cutting-edge company known for designing and manufacturing high-performance gaming hardware, software, and systems, has introduced a new sound bar and subwoofer combo that goes by the name Leviathan. The new audio product by Razer features 5.1 channel surround sound and an array of Dolby technologies, including Dolby Virtual Speaker, Dolby Digital, and Dolby Pro Logic II, all of which allow it to provide an immersive experience in any environment. The Leviathan features analog, optical, and Bluetooth v4.0 aptX connectivity options, and also comes with three preset equalizer modes that are tuned for gaming, music, and movies. Sound comes from two 2.5-inch full range drivers and two 0.74-inch tweeter drivers found within the sound bar, as well as one 5.25-inch full range driver found within the subwoofer.

The Razer Leviathan is available to preorder now for $199, with worldwide availability expected sometime next month.

Source: TechHive

Comments (0) | Posted at 04:49AM PST by gebraset
Thermaltake Releases TR2 Bronze Series PSU

Thermaltake, a leader in computer chassis, thermal solutions, and power supply units, has just released the TR2 Bronze series power supply unit that it announced at the beginning of this month. The latest power supply unit series from Thermaltake features high-quality components, 80 PLUS Bronze certification, a Japanese main capacitor, and a powerful +12V rail. The TR2 Bronze series PSU also features a large 120mm cooling fan with intelligent RPM control as well as elongated cables, which allow system builders to properly route cables to improve the appearance and thermal efficiency of their build.

The TR2 Bronze series PSU comes in 450W, 500W, and 600W configurations, which feature an MSRP of $49.99, $59.99, and $69.99, respectively. While marketed at users who desire an excellent balance between cost and performance, the TR2 Bronze series PSU from Thermaltake can accommodate builds of all types.

Source: Press Release

October 28, 2014
Comments (1) | Posted at 08:42PM PST by ClayMeow
Plague Inc. Sees Increased Sales Amid Real World Ebola Fears

As the world goes crazy over the Ebola epidemic, one game developer is reaping the rewards. Ndemic Creations has apparently seen a 50% uptick in downloads for Plague Inc. over the past two weeks. From October 10-16, the game was downloaded approximately 430,000 times on iPhone and Android with approximately 4 million total players during that week. It also soared to the top of the charts in the UK and US.

Released in 2012, Plague Inc. sees players infecting a Patient Zero before attempting to kill off all of humanity. Interestingly – and some may say disturbingly – many players are actually naming their in-game disease Ebola, which can result in messages such as "Ebola has successfully eliminated all life on Earth."

An enhanced and expanded version, entitled Plague Inc: Evolved, is currently available on Steam Early Access and will eventually make its way to Xbox One.

Source: Daily Mail Online via GamesIndustry.biz

Comments (1) | Posted at 08:00PM PST by ClayMeow
Lords of the Fallen Now Available

CI Games' third-person action-RPG Lords of the Fallen has officially launched and the early reviews have been very positive. Lords of the Fallen owes a lot of inspiration to the Souls franchise, including its high difficulty, but it differentiates itself enough to stand on its own. Of course, no game release is complete without a Launch Trailer:

Lords of the Fallen is available for Windows PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

Source: YouTube

Comments (0) | Posted at 07:41PM PST by ClayMeow
Assassin's Creed Unity Gets a New Interactive Trailer

Last week, Ubisoft unveiled an experiential website for Far Cry 4 – though apparently it's not available in the US. Well the good news is that Ubisoft's "revolutionary new interactive trailer" for Assassin's Creed Unity is available in the US. Over several months, the Assassin's Creed community created and voted for over 200,000 assassins, with the top 1,400 hidden away in this new trailer. "At any moment in the trailer, the community can pause and zoom in on any Assassin, allowing them to spot their creations in action. A gigapan will also be released that features every single Assassin in the one image." The trailer also features fifteen secrets to be discovered, offering exclusive footage and content.

Assassin's Creed Unity will release on November 11 in North America and November 13 in EMEA territories for Windows PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. A Season Pass is also available with eight hours of additional content, including Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China, a unique 2.5D reimagining of the franchise.

Source: Press Release

Comments (0) | Posted at 07:09PM PST by ClayMeow
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Season Pass Detailed

Activision has released a new trailer for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare that provides a sneak peek at the game's Season Pass. The Season Pass will contain four epic DLC packs (Havoc, Ascendance, Supremacy, and Reckoning), early access to bonus DLC weapons, and a new multiplayer map immediately at launch called Atlas Gorge. Atlas Gorge is a re-envisioning of the fan favorite Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare map, Pipeline.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is launching on November 4 for Windows PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.

Source: Press Release and Official Site

Comments (0) | Posted at 06:46PM PST by ClayMeow
Dying Light Ditches Last-Gen; Coming to PC, PS4 & XBO Only

Developers of multi-platform games have had to make sacrifices trying to hold tight to eight-year-old technology. Thankfully, Techland has announced that it's ditching the last-gen consoles for its upcoming first-person, open-world survival horror game Dying Light. While you can probably assume the reasons behind the decision, Techland released an open letter to fans explaining the change:

Dear Gamers,
As you probably know, we’re wrapping up the development of Dying Light, our biggest and most ambitious project to date. We spent the last three years making sure that all the features of our game add up to create a truly next-gen experience.

Much of this “next-gen feel” is tightly connected to the technological side of Dying Light. For instance, up to 200 000 objects can be displayed in the game at once. Add to this our use of realistic, physics-based lighting technology and you really start to push the next-gen systems to the limits. Features like these along with our core gameplay pillars – such as the player-empowering Natural Movement, threefold character development system, and vast open world – are all an inherent part of how Dying Light plays. However, combining all of these into one fluid experience is only possible on technologically advanced platforms.

Therefore, after thorough internal testing, we have come to the conclusion that we have no choice but to leave past-gen systems behind and release Dying Light exclusively on the next-gen consoles and PC. Put simply, older consoles just couldn’t run the game and stay true to the core vision of Dying Light at the same time.

To ensure you enjoy Dying Light as much as we would like you to, we chose to release it without any compromises on the three strongest systems available. Thanks to this, you’ll get the full and best experience regardless of the platform you play on.

We hope you understand the hard choice we’ve had to make. With the launch just around the corner, we can’t wait to show you Dying Light in the state it was meant to be. We’re looking forward to your reactions and impressions as we release the game in January 2015.

Dying Light will launch January 27 in the Americas, January 28 in Australia and New Zealand, and January 30 in Europe and Asia; priced $49.99 for PC and $59.99 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Pre-ordering allows you to "Be The Zombie".

Source: Press Release

Comments (0) | Posted at 05:09PM PST by gebraset
Cooler Master Releases Octane Mouse and Keyboard Combo

Cooler Master, a leading creator, innovator, and manufacturer of desktop components and accessories, has officially released a new keyboard and mouse combo known as Octane. The latest product from Cooler Master similar to the Devastator combo, but incorporates more robust features, multiple lighting colors, and profiles, allowing it to stand out amongst the competition. The Octane supports seven different color options with pulsating and full backlighting modes, and the colors of the keyboard and mouse can even be changed independently of each other.

The keyboard itself features 19-key anti-ghosting technology, adjustable repeat rates, dedicated media control keys, a dedicated backlight switching key, and a Windows key that can be toggled on and off during gaming sessions. The mouse comes with an AVAGO 3050 optical sensor, features four DPI levels ranging from 500 DPI to 3500 DPI, and is capable of handling up to 10 million clicks in its lifetime.

The Octane mouse and keyboard combo from Cooler Master features an MSRP of $59.99 and will be available to purchase in the coming days as vendors across the United States receive the product.

Source: Press Release

Comments (0) | Posted at 09:59AM PST by Guest_Jim_*

Some discoveries bring out a lot of skeptics and demand more and more evidence before being accepted. One example of this would be if the microbe Geobacter produces nanowires capable of transmitting electrons like a metallic wire. Researchers at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where the original discovery of the nanowires was made, have now provided the most significant evidence of these biological nanowires.

Microbial nanowires are very small filaments of protein some bacteria grow in order to connect with each other, sharing energy and information. Typically proteins carry electrons by having them make discrete jumps, unlike in metals where electrons are delocalized from the molecules, and can freely move. The electrons in Geobacter's filaments are delocalized though and now the Massachusetts researchers have shown this by capturing the movement of electrons with electrostatic force microscopy. This technique allows for the flow of electric charges to be imaged, and showed them travelling just as was predicted.

Beyond verifying the past research, this study could open up some interesting applications, such as using the microbes to convert waste materials into methane gas. They could also be used as environmental sensors and even biological computers, with the filaments matching the conductivity of carbon nanotubes.

Source: University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Comments (0) | Posted at 08:55AM PST by gebraset
Thermaltake Releases Core V41 Chassis

Thermaltake, a leader in computer chassis, thermal solutions, and power supply units, has officially released a new mid-tower chassis, the Core V41. This latest addition follows the release of other Core series cases by Thermaltake, which include the Core V1, V31, V51, and V71. The Core V41 includes many of the same features found in the other Core series cases, such as curved a metal mesh appearance, outstanding cooling performance, compatibility for various air and liquid cooling systems, and tool-free and modular drive bays. The Core V41 supports the latest ATX, Micro ATX, and Mini-ITX motherboards as well as all high-end GPU cards, and also includes a side window that allows owners to display their system’s component. Tt LCS Certification is also applied to the Thermaltake Core V41, which means that it has been verified by the company to be compatible with extreme liquid cooling configurations.

Source: Press Release

Comments (0) | Posted at 06:41AM PST by Guest_Jim_*

Anyone with a smartphone has likely experienced its battery dying at an inopportune moment. Of course many things will drain the battery, but one in particular is the power amplifier, which is necessary for transmitting radio signals. Researchers at MIT formed a startup company, Eta Devices, to produce a chip to regulate the voltage of the amplifier, drastically reducing the power used.

To make sure the radio is always ready to send a signal, the power amplifier tends to be at maximum voltage all of the time. Naturally that cuts into battery life and, because half of that power may be lost as heat, it influences phones in a number of other ways too. The Eta Devices chip however, acts like a gearbox to step down the voltage, when full power is not needed. Base stations could also benefit from this new chip, raising efficiency to 70%, from an optimistic 45%. That could save a large carrier $100 million each year.

As Eta Devices is already working with manufacturers, we may see its technology deployed by the end of next year in base stations and smartphones. While some manufacturers are working on similar systems to increase efficiency, the Eta Devices technology is unique in its ability to work with the high frequencies of new communication standards, like LTE Advanced and 802.11ac.

Source: MIT

Comments (0) | Posted at 05:47AM PST by bp9801

A new day has arrived, and with it come a few reviews for you to check out. We have a look at the Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV case, a minimalistic design that certainly doesn't skimp on the features or functionality. We also have a review on the SilverStone Fortress FT05 case, which is another minimalistic case with plenty of features and refinements. Wrapping things up for today is the ECS LIVA Mini PC, a small, portable, and affordable option for those who do not need a large computer.

Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV @ ThinkComputers
SilverStone Fortress FT05 @ Benchmark Reviews

ECS LIVA Windows Based Mini PC @ PC Perspective

Comments (0) | Posted at 05:19AM PST by gebraset

Amazon has revealed that it has officially acquired Rooftop Media, an online comedy service comprised of 10 employees that specializes in producing comedy content for the Web. The acquisition of the comedy service will help Amazon in its goal to create revenue from other streams outside of ecommerce.  Amazon wishes to compete directly with Netflix and other online digital media services, and by taking over Rooftop Media which has partners that include Apple, Pandora, Rdio, Spotify, and Yahoo, the online retail giant has a better chance of doing so. While financial details regarding the acquisition were not announced by either company, it has been revealed that content by Rooftop Media will be integrated into Audible, an audiobooks service owned by Amazon.

Source: Reuters

Comments (0) | Posted at 05:02AM PST by gebraset

Bing has revealed that in all English markets, it now supports the use of emoji characters within search inquires. This means that users of Bing can now use emoji, which are small pictures that are used to express emotions or ideas, in their searches to find relevant information. Users can also search Bing with an emoji to figure out exactly what the small picture means if they are unsure, and can combine emoji with text for even more powerful searches. According to Nick Roberts, the Senior Program Manager for Bing Relevance and Intent, return results from Bing are based on the semantic meaning of the emoji, and the support for emoji itself was added due to its use by billions across the world.

Source: Bing Blog

Comments (0) | Posted at 04:47AM PST by gebraset
Dell Introduces the Alienware Graphics Amplifier

In order to better serve Alienware laptop owners who tend to be at a desk during gaming sessions, Dell has announced the Alienware Graphics Amplifier. This device itself supports nearly any desktop GPU up to 375 watts, features four powered USB ports, and connects to a compatible Alienware laptop through a proprietary PCI-Express-based cable. By connecting the Alienware Graphics Amplifier to a compatible Alienware laptop, gamers can utilize the power of various GPUs currently on the market, which allows for improved performance. Unfortunately, the new Alienware 13 is the only laptop that supports the PCI-Express-based cable that the Alienware Graphics Amplifier uses, but according to a Dell spokesperson, future models will feature the same connection.

The latest Alienware accessory is available to preorder immediately for $299 and is expected to ship sometime next month.

Source: Engadget

October 27, 2014
Comments (0) | Posted at 07:19PM PST by ClayMeow

Sega's tactical RPG Valkyria Chronicles is shedding its PlayStation 3 exclusivity. While a release date and details are still forthcoming, Sega has confirmed via Twitter that the game is indeed coming to PC:


Valkyria Chronicles released on PlayStation 3 in 2008 to fairly high critical acclaim. The game is set in Europa during the early years of World War II and combines RPG elements with turn-based tactical battles and the ability to directly control unit attacks in third-person.

Source: Twitter via IGN

Comments (0) | Posted at 06:58PM PST by ClayMeow
Primal Carnage: Extinction Coming to PC This November and PS4 Early 2015

Circle 5 Studios and Pub Games have announced that Primal Carnage: Extinction will be launching for PC via Steam next month, with a PlayStation 4 version arriving early next year. Extinction is a class-based online multiplayer shooter pitting humans against dinosaurs. The game features twelve diverse maps with two gamemodes at launch: Team Deathmatch and Get to the Chopper. There are nine unique dinosaur classes to choose from and five unique human classes, with Steam Economy Support that will allow players to collect, trade, and sell a variety of cosmetic items through the Steam Marketplace. In addition, the studios have a six-month development plan to provide post-launch content, which will include: new weapons adding variety to gameplay; new skins for both human classes and dinosaurs; new cosmetics and customization options for players; new environments for play; and new gamemodes pitting humans vs dinosaurs.

Primal Carnage: Extinction will arrive on PC via Steam next month, with a Beta beginning on November 10. All players who purchase the game on Steam by the end of November will receive beta access along with a "Volcano" Spinosaurus skin. The game is scheduled to arrive Q1 2015 for PlayStation 4, but no exact date has been stated.

Source: Press Release and Official Site

Comments (0) | Posted at 06:18PM PST by ClayMeow
Join the Customization Nation in Ubisoft's The Crew

Roughly two weeks ago, Ubisoft released a "Customization Trailer" for its upcoming MMO-CarPG The Crew, but it didn't really show that much. Now the publisher has released a new video entitled "Customization Nation", which delves into the game's car customization a bit further.

The Crew is set to arrive on December 2 for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Xbox 360.

Source: Press Release and UbiBlog

Comments (0) | Posted at 04:29PM PST by Guest_Jim_*

The computer industry is rapidly approaching the limits of current technology as it races to make smaller and faster components. One of these limits has to do with how dense you can make the features on a chip. There is a potential way to push back this limit using polymers, and two techniques recently developed at NIST should help that happen.

Block copolymers are a type of materials that are actually two or more polymers, connected together. These materials have some interesting properties, such as the ability to self-organize into specific patterns. Testing this ability is challenging though, as the equipment and processes is both time consuming and expensive. This is still true with what the NIST researchers have developed, but this new work still has value. Specifically the researchers have produced two studies that describe how to use soft X-rays to measure the average shape of a block copolymer structure and how to use transmission electron microscope tomography to image defects within a film. Combined you can find problems in the patterns you are trying to work with.

While these processes do not offer a way to detect defects on the factory floor, they can be used for refining computer models, which can be tested rapidly and cheaply by the industry. Using block copolymer patterns, it should be possible to reach smaller feature sizes in computer chips than current technology, but only if the patterns they layout can be trusted. Those models are what will one day identify if the pattern will have flaws or not.

Source: NIST

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