Kingsman: The Secret Service Sequel Release Date Revealed

Shaken, not stirred, the classic line from a classic spy. James Bond has gripped the nation for generations, from the golden gun to Spectre, the world of spies and villains have taken our memories and dreams. Recently though, it is the underdog that has often taken the spotlight, from the tales of Alex Rider the boy spy to the younger James bond, we’ve seen it all.

Last year we got to see what would happen if you took someone from an everyday background and made them a spy, or to be more precise a Kingsman. Soon though we could see the next tale in this saga on our screen, but sadly not as soon as some may desire.

Grossing in over $400 million, Kingsman was a surprise hit for 20th Century fox. Based on the graphic novel by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons, Kingsman: The Secret Service was popular with all kinds due to its unique characters and tales, often mocking the films that it drew its inspiration from.

An initial release date for the sequel is set for June 16th, 2017.

How many times have you dreamed of being a spy? Are you fan of Kingsman and would you see its sequel Kingsman 2?

Scoutee Measures Pitch Speed Using Your Smartphone

Slovenia-based Scoutee, not sure I can remember the last innovation which came courtesy of a team from Slovenia, has launched a $50,000 Kickstarter campaign for a smart radar that can measure the speed of a baseball pitch while also having the ability to transfer the data to a smartphone via Bluetooth. This tool would enable baseball coaches and also players the ability to track their games and training sessions.

Instead of relying on a speed gun to measure the quickness of a particular pitch, Scoutee radar utilizes Doppler technology and also claims to support accuracy within ±1 mph. The accompanied App for iOS and Android platforms allows coaches to make quick notes regarding each tracked pitch. A secondary feature is the ability to record data which relates to the speed of said pitch, this graphic is then overlaid onto video within a smartphone as a kind of augmented reality.

Scoutee radar is about the size of a soap bar and can be held by hand as well as hung on a fence or put on a tripod. Its rechargeable battery lasts up to six hours of continuous measurement within a 130 feet (some 40 meters) range. As of writing the Kickstarter funding page stands at $10,783 and has 33 days to go.

This is noteworthy for aficionados of Baseball and it certainly has the potential to track data which could then be analysed for a wide range of performance purposes. Scoutee is also offering the first 100 backers a reduction in price of $129 (£82.96) for the device which is down from £299 (£192.29) The Release date is expected to be around April 2016 and shipping will be available anywhere in the world.

Thank you kickstarter for providing us with this information.

 

 

NVIDIA GTX 980Ti @ Computex 2015

Computex 2015 – Our first port of call is to a NVIDIA breakfast conference. Here we were greeted by Jen-Hsun Huang who presented the first piece of Computex hardware; the GeForce GTX 980Ti. Check out our review here!

The GTX 980Ti was made for VR with upcoming demos on display in an upcoming event later in the week. This is the first GPU in the world to use multi-resolution shading which vastly improves the VR performance by up to 30% by using different sized pixels.

We will keep you updated with the rest of the events at Computex.

Iiyama Expands Its Display Offering with the New 24″ ProLite X2481HS and XB2481HS

Iiyama has added two new products to its 24″ display lineup, the ProLite X2481HS and XB2481HS, featuring a slim bezel design, FullHD resolution, LED backlights and the enhanced VA panel technology.

The company states that due to their VA LCD panel technology which is able to provide vivid and bright colours, along with high contrast and superior viewing angles, the display solutions are perfect for anyone working in the Photography, Graphic or Web design industry. Also, their multi-monitor configuration makes it a perfect solution for people working to manipulate multiple applications at the same time.

The ProLite XB2481HS features an ergonomic stand which rotates, tilts and its height can be adjusted by 13cm. Another feature consists of its ability to pivot between landscape and portrait mode. Both solutions are stated to come with integrated speakers and a wide range of connectivity options as shown below.

Iiyama says that the new generation ProLite XB2481HS and X2481HS are now available across Europe and are standard offered with 3 years ‘on-site’ Advance Exchange Warranty.

Source: Iiyama

AMD Catalyst 14.11.1 Beta Drivers Now Available

The latest AMD Catalyst beta drivers are finally here. The updated software suite brings a small wave of features that update your system for two of the biggest game releases of the season; Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Assassin’s Creed Unity.

Neither the new Call of Duty or Assassin’s Creed come with support for less than 4GB of system memory, or Windows XP. In fact, this update itself on supports those with 64-bit Windows 8.1 (update 1), Windows 7 and Windows Vista based systems. This is generally the majority of users these days, but there has certainly been a bigger shift recently at pushing out support for older systems.

Performance Improvements

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare performance optimizations
  • Assassin’s Creed Unity performance optimizations

Known Issues

  • Occasional stuttering in Assassin’s Creed Unity in CrossFire mode under specific game settings
  • Small chance of intermittent screen tearing or corruption in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare on high settings 4K resolution in AMD CrossFire mode
  • Quad CrossFire AMD Radeon R9 295X2 may sometimes black screen when loading a game in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
  • AMD Radeon R9 280X/280 may experience a crash when playing Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and a video at the same time. If you experience this issue a work around is turning off the video while playing the game.
  • CrossFire users may experience intermittent flickering in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare menus. As a work around if this issue is seen restarting the game may cause the issue to disappear.

Important Notes

AMD is currently working with Activision to resolve the following issues in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare:

  • Users in AMD CrossFire mode sometimes experience texture corruption
  • Negative scaling sometimes being observed at specific resolutions with AMD CrossFire

If you want the best performance currently available from either of these games and you’re running AMD hardware. Then you’ll certainly want to update your drivers.

Thank you TechPowerUp for providing us with this information.

Discrete GPU Market Has A Strong Future Says Nvidia

It doesn’t take rocket scientist to know that graphics solution have been getting increasing more powerful each year and it doesn’t matter if your gaming on a high-end laptop, or a custom-built desktop, chances your system has a discrete GPU of some sort that will be powering the visual side of what you’re doing.

PC Sales may have taken a dip over the last few years, something that has been of big concern to many manufacturers and retailers, but that hasn’t slowed progress one bit as companies like Nvidia look to spark some new life into the industry and to a certain extent it has been working. With big hitters such as Crysis 3, Metro Last Night and countless other AAA titles that are pushing well beyond anything before them in terms of graphics and performance, the PC has become a rich gaming experience once again and it’s starting to get the attention of gamers around the world.

“Meanwhile, PC is really one of the most important gaming platforms today; it is one of the most important gaming platforms because it is open. If you were developing free to play games, the PC is really a terrific platform to them, there are many markets outside the United States, where the game console are just not as popular. For example China, South Korea,  many of the regions outside of the United States, particularly Asia, which happens to be the fastest growing markets for us, the PC is really the preferred gaming platform and we are seeing a lot of growth there,” said Mr. Csongor, VP of Nvidia.

“There are a lot of productivity [applications where] the keyboard is important and large storage is important and a mouse is important and large display is important. So for a lot of us the PC continues to be very important and those are not being disrupted really,” he continued, when speaking about the developments and advancements of mobile platforms, there is still after all a big need for desktop hardware, something that often seems forgotten when people say “the desktop is dead”, because that simply isn’t true.

AMD and Nvidia are both set to release their next-gen graphics solutions and lets not forget the next-gen consoles from Sony and Microsoft that will help push PC graphics even further given that developers most often develop for the lowest common denominator, meaning current gen consoles are holding PC graphics back on multi-platform titles.

With GPU’s now being used in applications around the world for gaming, multimedia, scientific applications and even in servers its no wonder Nvidia have seen growth in sales over the last 4-5 years, even while the market for computers has slowly decreased.

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