Pyre – Bastion’s Developers Announce Their Next Game

Today, Supergiant Games who are responsible for Bastion and Transistor, announced their newest game, Pyre, as well as a trailer that gives a glimpse into the game’s style and gameplay. This is the third game to be developed by the studio and has been described by the developers as a “party-based RPG”.

Pyre’s story is centered around a small group of exiles, which the player must lead through a series of trials that will allow them to be free to return to their home. Supergiant Games expect to be releasing Pyre some time in 2017 and details regarding the game are thin on the ground, with nothing but the announcement trailer and a statement by the developers to go on.

“Pyre once again showcases our team’s commitment to rich atmospheric presentation and storytelling, along with a distinctive gameplay blend that combines expressive decision-making on the world map with fast, action-packed confrontations against rival groups of exiles whose own freedom is at stake. We want to create a large cast of characters you can grow close to as you travel together across a strange and wondrous land.

“The Story So Far: At the beginning of the game, your luck has almost run out when several masked wanderers find you and revive you from the brink. With your help, they seek to learn the truth about the Rites, a secretive competition through which the worthiest exiles can return home, absolved of their transgressions. As you journey across the Downside in the wanderers’ custom blackwagon, you’ll meet a variety of characters of all shapes and sizes, and learn what’s in store for each of them should they prevail in the Rites. Your actions will determine who returns to glory, and who remains in exile to the end of their days.”

Considering the track record of Supergiant Games, Pyre should be a game to look forward to next year, with a beautiful and striking artstyle and hopefully a little bit of the magic that made Bastion and Transistor as popular as they are. The game is planned to have its grand reveal at PAX East later this week, where more details of the game and its gameplay may emerge, with a playable demo expected to be at the event.

FBI Doesn’t Want To Tell How It Tracked People Across The Tor Network

The FBI are known for their digital prowess, although they may require some help when it comes to breaking into an iPhone. One of their most recent successes was the tracking of people using the Tor network, but after a judge ruled that the defendants representatives needed to know how he was identified the FBI has declined to say how they tracked people across the Tor network.

The ruling was provided by the Judge overlooking the case and was provided so that the defendants experts could check that the method used to identify the client was both within the FBI’s authority and also properly identified the client amongst the thousands of users of the Tor network.

The Tor network is a system (also known as the Onion Router) which people can use to hide their true identity by encrypting their traffic and bouncing it around the world in a series of steps. The network is also known for hiding a selection of “secret” websites that can only be accessed from within the network.

The FBI claim that they have already provided enough details for the defence to figure out if they went beyond their authority. FBI Agent Daniel Alfin, states in the court papers filed by the DOJ in the case, as saying “knowing how someone unlocked the front door provides no information about what that person did after entering the house”. While a valid argument, one would also argue that if someone breaks into your house, stealing something from your house and gaining access were both things you need to be made aware, not just one of the two.

T-Mobile Could Launch Data Only Plans This Month

T-Mobile is known for their data options, with their video on demand service, named Binge, offering people the chance to watch as much Netflix and video streaming sites as they could wish for (if the service has agreed to partner up on as one of Binge supporters). This was until it was revealed that the service was, in fact, throttling other video sites that weren’t on the Binge service. Now it would seem that they want to give you just the data in a new data only plans.

TmoNews managed to obtain a document that seems to reveal the option for Simple Choice Data Only plans, offering people the choice of mobile options without having to pay for the minutes , instead opting to use VoIP (voice over IP) systems like Skype.

The listed release date for the data only bundles is the 30th March, offering the service to GSM devices only (although as a standard this should cover most phones). In addition to the data you receive all of the bundles will also include unlimited texting, giving you the ability to lose the minutes that are rarely used for even more YouTube and Facebook time.

With more and more people using systems like Skype to communicate instead of traditional phone networks, could we see data only plans become an option across the board for mobile providers?

You Could Pay For Things With Your Facebook Messenger App Soon

Facebook let you send money to friends through the Facebook Messenger app at the moment, but you could end up being able to spend money in the messenger app as well with some news that the messenger could soon have in-store purchases.

The new feature would be included in a variety of updates and new features that could soon be making their way to the Messenger app. As a result details are scarce, but from what we can gather Facebook’s app would let you pay for goods in person, meaning it would offer the same mobile payments that Android, Apple and Samsung currently offer.

Alongside the payment feature, there is a reference to “secret conversations”, ending unfortunately at just a reference. Initial speculation states this could be a way to hide conversations within the app or even a higher form of encryption that rival apps like WhatsApp offer. The latter would make sense given the current global focus on information security and privacy.

With code further referencing syncing calendars and selective streaming of news feed statuses  to groups of friends, the ability to organise and control who sees what could see the app become a go-to for organising your day-to-day life. With no official word yet we have to take these with a pinch of salt, but the payment sending ability was hinted at in a similar fashion months before Facebook officially announced it.

Would you store your payment details on Facebook? How about organising your everyday life with Facebook’s calendars?

SEGA Teasing Classic IP Revival

SEGA, it’s no secret that they’re working on a new game, being one of the world’s long-standing studios, they’re hardly going to be doing anything else right now! However, what their upcoming game is remains to be seen, but they’re already teasing that it may be something pretty special.

SEGA has a huge catalogue of games behind them, spanning many gaming generations right back to the Sega Master System console that went head to head with the original NES. So the prospect of them bringing back an old IP in their new game is certainly an interesting one, but it doesn’t give us much of a clue as to what it could be. We’ve already had a few HD remakes over the year, as well as a fair few Sonic games, and a bunch of spin-offs here, there and everywhere. However, with this year being Sonic’s 25th year on this Earth, he does seem a likely candidate once again.

Sega posted on Twitter and Facebook “If you’re a fan of the classics, you’ll definitely want to tune in tomorrow for our new game announcement.” although their posts have now been removed, but not before getting enough people’s attention.

Rumours are suggesting an announcement today from Sega regarding the new game, so we shouldn’t have long to wait, but what game are you hoping to see Sega produce again? Would you like to see that game done with an HD makeover, a simple re-release, complete remake or even just a sequel? Personally, I’d like to see them bring back something like Streets of Rage, as we haven’t had a lot of games like that in recent years, at least not outside of the Indie gaming scene.

Come on SEGA, make this a good one and not another kart game, please!

ZOTAC Updates ZBox Line-Up @ CES 2016

CES 2016: ZOTAC’s Zbox range offers impressive performance in such a portable form factor. This makes it the perfect choice to use in a living room setup and connect the system to a 4K television. Clearly, complex tasks at such a high-resolution requires a powerful system but this needs to be achieved without compromising on the signature size. One of the latest additions incorporates Intel’s latest Skylake architecture and two DDR3L DIMMS supporting a maximum of 16GB. Additionally, the system utilizes Intel HD Graphics 520 and contains a 2.5″ SATA bay for large storage options. There’s also support for the latest USB 3.1 Type-C, Bluetooth 4.0, and 802.11ac WiFi.

ZOTAC also unveiled an early version of a passive cooled Skylake system which contains a hefty aluminium heatsink to provide effective heat dissipation. The system will also house an Intel Core i3-6300U and looks very promising. Please note, this is just a prototype, and could be officially unveiled during Computex.

Here we can see the ZOTAC PC stick which implements 802.11ac WiFi, 2GB DDR3L, 32GB eMMC, Micro SD slot, and Intel Atom processor. This should make it a great choice for media streaming or rudimentary tasks which don’t require a great deal of processing power.

Finally, Zotac unveiled a number of new Zbox units designed for gaming applications featuring AMD graphics solutions.. The EA740 incorporates an R9 M365X chip with MXM module. This means it’s remarkably simple to upgrade the graphics hardware at a later date. Other key specifications include an Intel Core i3-6100T, 2GB DDR3L slots, USB 3.0 Type-C, 3 DisplayPorts. In addition to this, Zotac is also producing on a Zbox with 6 DisplayPort connectors. Overall, there is a great amount of small tweaks to the Zbox range and I’m interesting to see how the product line develops in the near future.

Amazon Passwords Could Have Been Leaked

It’s that time of the year again, when everyone goes crazy and starts buying ready for all the events and gift giving that is come over the next few months (some even preparing so much as to get some ordered for next year). Black Friday, one of the busiest shopping days of the year is upon us and with it a lot of people are looking and watching online stores waiting for that juicy one time deal they could quickly scope up before it all goes. To no surprise, Amazon is one of these online stores, so what does it mean when people started receiving emails asking them to change their passwords? That’s right another potential breach.

As reported by ZDNet, a selection of their readers received emails asking them to reset their password (the email was also sent via Amazons message centre, confirming that it came from a legitimate source). The reason given was that your password could have been stored on your device or transmitted in a way that exposed it to third parties.

Amazon continued to state they had corrected the issue, but that temporary passwords were being issued as a sign of caution.

Given recent hacks and breaches, it’s not surprising that Amazon is airing on the side of caution when it comes to people’s accounts, especially around this time of year.

Hack Reveals Recordings of 70 Million Calls From Prison Phones

With companies that provide phone services to prisons being scrutinised for the prices they demand and the leaks and hacks that have recently revealed the lack of security at some major companies, including the likes of TalkTalk, it was only a matter of time before the two stories became connected in some way. Some recently obtained records, which led to a surprising realisation of just how unsafe we are in this digital world.

Over 70 million records of phone calls were placed in SecureDrop, an online service designed to allow users to share files anonymously, and reveals that Securus, a company that is considered one of the leading providers of phone services inside US prisons and jails, has not only recorded all the phone calls but has stored them in a way that someone was able to download them (and in this case, also share them). The 70 million calls cover 37 states and as far as the records start in December 2011 and end only in Spring 2014.

While usual to record calls, the more worrying fact regarding this exposure was that at least 14,000 of those records were between inmates and attorneys. Designed originally to help protect people by blanket observing any communications between inmates and the outside, there are obvious flaws in the system given that all conversations between inmates and attorneys are protected by law and are designed to be confidential, as such they are not allowed to be recorded, and any breach of this attorney-client confidentiality is a breach of their constitutional rights.

Overwatch Pricing Model Announced

The information from Blizzcon just keeps flowing. Hot on the heels of new Overwatch heroes being revealed, an interview with the director of Overwatch, Jeff Kaplan brought Blizzard’s future plans for the game and the Overwatch pricing model to light.

The full notes of the Q&A session conducted by members of the Overwatch subreddit can be found here, and cover a number of topics regarding the game. And while many people’s hopes that Blizzard would use the free-to-play model for Overwatch were dashed as Blizzard opened pre-orders for the game yesterday, the topics of new heroes, potential DLC and microtransactions have been subject to mass speculation.

Firstly is the now-obvious bar to entry for Overwatch, the initial price. The base game itself starts at £29.99 for the standard edition, £39.99 for the Origin edition, featuring exclusive skins and unlocks in other Blizzard games and the currently unpriced Collector’s Edition. This physical release features a statue of hero “Soldier 76”, an artbook, soundtrack and the digital bonuses from the Origin edition. Unfortunately for those yet to get into the beta, pre-ordering Overwatch at any level will not grant you access to the beta.

For those willing to purchase the game, all of the current heroes will be available out of the gate at launch, with no intentions of including a ‘hero store’ using either real or in-game currency. It is also currently uncertain as to whether new heroes will be added at all, let alone whether they will have a price attached, instead wishing to wait for community feedback on the state of the game. All this just leaves one real concern in my mind: cosmetics. The Overwatch team are supposedly working on a third version of a progression system that may tie into the cosmetics, hopefully hinting at them being available through play. That just leaves skins up to debate, as all of the currently known skins are paid for, albeit through pre-ordering the game or purchasing the Origin Edition.

I think for many of us now, desire to get into the beta has grown, as it’s no longer just about playing the game early, but a chance to see whether the game is worth Blizzard’s asking price. Are you pleased that Blizzard seem to be avoiding the now-common freemium or pay-to-win models, or are you put off at having an upfront cost when other similar games such as Team Fortress 2 are now free?

Overwatch Reveals Three New Characters

Overwatch has been a keenly anticipated game that was recently released in closed beta for PC. With a wide variety of characters available at the moment and more being announced all the time, it’s not hard to see how the multiplayer arena game could soon see you staring at your screen for hours.

First up in the new characters is titled Mei and seems in part inspired by Mr Freeze. With a fluffy coat and large framed glasses, Mei’s unique attribute is that she is (surprise surprise) an ice type attacker, with her primary allowing you to slow and eventually freeze enemies before piercing them with her secondary attack. With the ability to summon ice walls to protect her allies and grant them access to hard to reach places, while her ultimate, Blizzard, will not only freeze but decimate an area of enemies; given her three seconds of invincibility, she can become a quite deadly defender.

Next up is D.vva, a meka pilot with fusion cannons that can be continuously fired at the cost of a slower movement speed. If that wasn’t bad enough her boosters grant her limited flight that can be used to fly around and bring destruction to anyone she sees fit. Built as a tank with a protecting wall against incoming projectiles her ultimate is a last resort, granting her access to the self-destruct matrix on her mech, after leaving it and repositioning just in time to call down her next suit.

Finally we have Genji, the cyber ninja. Left for dead by his brother Hanzo, overwatch brought the ninja into the fold after patching up with cybernetics. With the ability to throw shurikens in a steady line or a sprayed out collection, coupled with his ability to double jump and scale walls, you could soon see a white ninja sweeping down on your team with devastating effects. The high mobility continues with his dash which also inflicts bleeding damage, making his approach all that more terrifying while his reflect ability will protect his approach. While his ultimate will enchant his sword, bringing out both mystic power and cyber technology to a deadly cumulation.

Morrison To Face Lawsuit Following Data Posted Online

This week has been a bad one for companies when it comes to personal information, what with TalkTalk now in the sights to take thousands of pounds (maybe even millions) of lawsuits after someone accessed their systems. This time, it refers to something that happened a little longer ago with almost 100,00 staff details being posted online.

The cause of the lawsuit refers back to 2013 when the staff details first appeared on various file-sharing websites. The cause of the post? One of the company auditors, Andrew Skelton, was responsible for posting the information online.

Skelton has since received an eight-year jail sentence for posting the details online, but the damage was done. With the details in the open the staff are now arguing that Morrisons should have done, and could have done, more to protect their data from being taken out and posted online.

Nick McAleenan is a data privacy lawyer representing the staff, who stated that his clients believe that the data led to the risk of identity theft and potential loss, all of which could have been prevented if the company had done more.

With the size of the claim unannounced, and Morrisons denying it is responsible it looks like yet another company could be facing financial trouble following from their customer data being exposed online.

Mythbusters Cancelled After 14 Seasons

Mythbusters have graced our TV’s for years and have shown thousands of experiments. The hosts, Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, have spent hours on screen taking tales and myths to the workshop, hoping to prove or disprove a myth by finding the facts (or lack of) within the tales, but sadly that is all to end next year with the final season starting in January.

Discovery has confirmed that the popular fact-checking show has been cancelled and will stop after the 14th season next year. Stating “248 episodes, 2950 experiments and 900 explosions”, you won’t be left shy on experiments to watch before it leaves our screens.

The hosts were not surprised by this news, and in fact state they had been preparing for this news. Savage stated, “It was my greatest fear that Mythbusters would just stop and we wouldn’t be able to do proper final episodes”, even going on to say he has mixed feelings about the end of Mythbusters, something that he and Hyneman have hosted since the very beginning.

Not to shy away from the last season Hyneman stated that the 14th season will be anything but dull and how they are proud to consider it a ‘strong point’, he explained this by saying “We’ve tried to go as deeply as possible into the things we’re doing, and gave them the respect and care they deserve”.

With so many explosions and experiments under their belt, the show will be missed. Are you a fan of Mythbusters and if so, what was your favourite experiment?

Squadron 42 Reveals Voice Actors And Footage

Star Citizen is not only one of the most crowd funded games in history but is easily one of the most anticipated, with the ability to go from piloting a ship and ordering your friends to pilot the ships turrets to boarding and fighting your way through someone else’s ship as a group, eventually taking it over. Piloting, trading and boarding, Star Citizen looks to be an all-encompassing space game. While we await this game we shouldn’t forget the single player campaign, titled Squadron 42, and I doubt after the recent revelations regarding it, we will be able to forget it again.

Set for a release in 2016, Squadron 42 will see its players take the role of a UEE Navy combat pilot, letting you fight both in space and on land as you build everything from your character to the relationships you have with others characters aboard a large Capital Ship.

To bring life to the story, Star Citizen has hired none other than Gary Oldman, Mark Hamil, Gillian Anderso and Andy Serkis among some of many to bring life to the universe. If you were wondering just how awesome that would make the game, find Gary Oldman’s character, Admiral Bishop, explaining the world you are about to fly into.

Thank you DSOGaming for the information.

Image courtesy of Roberts Space Industries.

Second Generation of Chromecast Rumoured For Announcement Next Month

Google have announced several big products in the past, ranging from the high-end Google Glass to the low-end, as well as innovations such as the modular smartphone Ara. One of their more successful pieces of technology has been the Chromecast, and it is set for a new generation with rumours spreading stating that the next version could be announced as soon as next month.

Chromecast is a small dongle and from the looks of it, you would expect not much, but the small device packed a big punch and was in many was a forerunner to the generation of home media streaming. The original Chromecast supported features such as streaming Twitch and a whole host of apps, including Comedy Central and Nickelodeon. By turning any TV is a wireless streaming device for pictures, movies and online content the Chromecast quickly became popular.

The next generation looks to improve on this according to files found by 9to5Google. The documents indicate that not only will the next version contain improved Wifi and a slew of new features, of which “Fast Play” seems to be designed for streamlining connecting your devices in a quick and simple fashion.

The new Chromecast seems to also support something titled Chromecast Audio, a system where you can connect Chromecast to your speakers by auxiliary cord. With multi-room support and “high-quality” sound, the new Chromecast could see you streaming your party music all over your house.

With more and more features being added and upgrades like this, the Chromecast could quickly become my go to device for streaming any media content. What about you, do you stream media content in your home? Would you be looking at a Chromecast or do you avoid media streaming?

Thank you The Verge for the information. 

Image courtesy of Youtube user Marques Brownlee.

iPhone 6 To Start At $199 But Do You Want That Price?

Everyone likes a little upgrade to their every technology, and it can be argued that the most everyday technology we all use is the phone you have in your pocket that you’ve probably checked at least once since you started reading this article. With the reveal of the iPhone 6 at their big event people are already cheering for the new unit, but should we be careful with which new phones we buy?

With prices starting at $199 for the iPhone 6 and $299 for the iPhone 6S they are not the most expensive starting phone on the market, but these two little prices come with a cost. The built in memory of the phone is only 16GB.

I know this may sound bad, but I recently upgraded my phone and I have found that not having enough memory (be it on the actual phone or a big enough memory card ready) has meant that everything from your pictures to your music must be controlled before you get the warnings about “low memory”. With $100 adding to each level of memory, making it $299 and $399 for the iPhone 6 128GB and 256GB phones, it’s clear that some users may want to save that little extra before finally replacing your current phone.

How much memory do you have on your phone? Are you looking to upgrade your phone and if so does the amount of memory you have matter to you?

Image courtesy of Apple.

Smash Bros Update Shows New Characters Ahead Of Official Release

Nintendo has a variety of games which are unique to its consoles and handheld game devices. None more iconic than Pokemon and Super Smash Bros. The first being a game about a young man adventuring and collecting a series of creatures while stopping evil organisations from abusing those creatures for personal gain. The latter being Nintendo sticking every character they deem worthy into an arena in the hopes of creating entertainment. Since I have played Super Smash since it was first released, I can say one thing. They succeeded.

With the last major update, Mewtwo was released to owners of the Wii U and 3DS version of the game while others could purchase Mewtwo (with a discount for owning one of the two game variants). This was the first add-on for the game series and recent data mining efforts seem to point two more classic characters joining the fray.

Roy, as seen in the video below, is a sword fighter from Nintendo’s Fire Emblem game series. Roy has appeared before in the game series, making his first appearance alongside his fellow swordsman Marth in Super Smash Bros Melee for the Gamecube.

The second character is not one of Nintendo’s making, instead Ryu from the Street Fighter series will be making an appearance with his famous Hadouken move being revealed (thanks to a copy cat Kirby voice clip). He can once again be seen in the video below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nmo6rFJDFsA&feature=youtu.be

The only real question now is, how much will these fighters cost you?

Thank you Reddit for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of The Daily Crate and Lucas-Zero

ZOTAC Reveal GTX 980Ti Launch Products

With the launch of NVIDIA’s GTX 980Ti graphics card just around the corner, manufacturers are starting to show off what they will be offering to consumers. This time around, it is the turn of ZOTAC.

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 980 Ti (ZT-90501-10P)

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 980 Ti (ZT-90501-10P) Specifications:

  • 2816 CUDA cores
  • 6GB GDDR5 memory
  • 384-bit memory bus
  • Base Clock: 1000 MHz
  • Boost Clock: 1076 MHz
  • Memory clock: 7010 MHz

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 980 Ti AMP! (ZT-90503-10P)

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 980 Ti AMP! (ZT-90503-10P) Specifications:

  • 2816 CUDA cores
  • 6GB GDDR5 memory
  • 384-bit memory bus
  • Base Clock: 1051 MHz
  • Boost Clock: 1140 MHz
  • Memory clock: 7010 MHz

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 980 Ti AMP! Extreme (ZT-90505-10P)

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 980 Ti AMP! Extreme (ZT-90505-10P) Specifications:

  • 2816 CUDA cores
  • 6GB GDDR5 memory
  • 384-bit memory bus
  • Base Clock: 1253 MHz
  • Boost Clock: 1355 MHz
  • Memory clock: 7210 MHz
  • Custom PCB, 2x-8pin PEG

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 980 Ti Arctic Storm

  ZOTAC GeForce GTX 980 Ti Arctic Storm Specifications:

  • 2816 CUDA cores
  • 6GB GDDR5 memory
  • 384-bit memory bus
  • Base Clock: 1051 MHz
  • Boost Clock: 1140 MHz
  • Memory clock: 7010 MHz

There as some very nice looking designs, mainly following the AMP! branding and style of previous ZOTAC graphics cards. The most interesting is the Arctic Storm with its hybrid air and water cooling solution. More images and specifications will be launched throughout Computex, we will keep you updated.

Thank you to VideoCardz for providing us with this information.

Advent Sci-Fi Game Teased by 2K.

2K, the people behind Bioshock, have tweeted an obscure reveal of what looks to be a new game. Of course at this point it could be anything, but the safe money is on it being a game.

So what is this Advent? From the look of the images that have been released and the quite informative in-world website, it looks to be a futuristic city. One that you wouldn’t be shocked to see Rick Deckard running amok in.

On the website there is a pamphlet that details the Advent gene therapy that apparently has saved millions, boasting a world without illness or pain. So what else could it be other than a George Orwell inspired, too good to be true, futuristic dystopia.

The website, tweet and pamphlet all leave a lot to the imagination, but there are theories out there that this could be the new X-COM game. Or more probable, the universe that follows on from Rapture and Columbia in the Bioshock series. This could all be wrong, as internet theories usually are, and be a new IP for 2K. What look to be a screen shot of the in game world don’t look to me as sequels to either of the aforementioned games, it looks more like a Sim City style game. All this is conjecture, it’s only one little glimpse of an otherwise mysterious thing. I’m sure the internet will be rife with more theories about what this new game is, but the only true way is to wait and see what 2K has in store for us.

Tesla Model 3 Release Date Revealed

Elon Musk, owner of the outstanding Tesla EV company has finally announced the expected release date of the highly anticipated Model 3. During the quarterly financial conference call for Tesla, Musk finally disclosed the release date of the wallet-friendly Model 3.

According to Musk, Tesla will reveal the car sometime in March 2016. Now Tesla has to deliver here, the current Model S and the upcoming Model X are simply stunning. Exterior design is one thing, but with the Model 3 expected to be around 20% smaller than the Model S; interior designers needs to keep an eye on space..

As for the actual launch date, Musk has stated 2017 with a key emphasis on late 2017. Now Tesla has a little track record of releasing its cars a tad late, so hopefully we will see the Model 3 in early 2018 at the latest.

For you who are a bit confused with all of these ‘Models’, here’s a quick breakdown; the Model S is Tesla’s current flagship car, the Model X is a crossover vehicle and the Model 3 is Tesla’s ‘Ace’, an EV for everyone with a price of just $35,000. That might seem steep, but this is $35,000 for a proven all EV, I would have a serious consideration for one as my next car.

If the Model 3 does hold a price around $35,000, would you consider one as a future car? Do you think Tesla have waited too long to release a more budget-friendly version? Let us know in the comments.

Thank you to BGR for providing us with this information.

HP Back to School Specials Feature AMD R9 380 GPU

Switching education level from one school to another, or even just switching the grade can require you to upgrade the hardware you use for it and each year manufacturers and resellers launch their back to school promotions for just this situation. Usually, you get either an extra good price or extra good bundle if you can verify your that you’re currently taking some form of education.

HP did so too, but that isn’t really the big news here. The interesting part is that they outed the AMD Radeon R9 380 graphics card as an option for their new premium Tower PCs, the HP Envy Tower series.

“Powerful and stylish, the HP ENVY Tower is designed for content creators who need high-performance processors and strong graphics capabilities for editing videos and photos. For performance, customers have the choice of up to NVIDIA GTX 980 or AMD Radeon R9 380 discrete graphics “

Sadly the actual product page doesn’t load so we don’t know any more details about this GPU, whether it is from the actual new 300 series or if it’s just a rebrand. There are theories of rebrands of the R9 285, 280, and 280x, but if any of them are true, then most likely the 285 one. Anything else would be suicide for AMD at this point considering the advances and features added between the generations.

When we look at the released information and the R9 380 being mentioned as equal option to the Nvidia GTX 980, we can guess that if it’s a rebrand, then it’ll be an optimized version in order to keep up with the GTX 980.

Thank you TechPowerUp for providing us with this information

AMD to Reveal 300 Series Graphics Cards at E3

Here at eTeknix, we strive to bring you the latest information as soon as we get it. Our sources have revealed to us a possible reveal date for AMD’s newest line-up of graphics cards; the 300 series.

The release date is rumoured to be around the E3 Expo in June. Now this isn’t the first time AMD have revealed a new series of hardware at E3; back in 2013 AMD revealed the FX-9590 CPU, the first consumer CPU available with a stock core clock of 5GHz. Along with this, some of AMD APU’s were also revealed. Now it’s been a while since we’ve seen anything new from AMD, we have seen refreshes and new interim releases like the R9 285 and R9 290x 8GB graphics cards, but these are based on older technologies. It’s the same story with the CPU and APU side of things, the most recent release being the Kaveri based A8-7650k. Anyone remember this $4k(USD) monster back at the 2013 Expo?

With all consumers and press sights being focused on the 300 series graphics cards, it would be amazing if AMD casually pulled out a new range of FX CPU’s and APU’s. Especially so if they’re all released at the world’s biggest gaming Expo.

Prices on the current range of AMD products do seem to have been slashed lately, take the R9 295×2 for example. Six months ago, that was still up around the £900 mark, where now it can be bought for close to £500. Does this all point to AMD pushing out all the excess stock to retailers to clear it before the launch of the 300 series?

What are you expecting to see from AMD? Are you waiting for the reveal of the 300 series specifications before you commit to a new graphics card? Are you attending E3? If not, don’t fret, we’ll keep you all updated with the news.

Musk: New Tesla Product Line to Be Unveiled on April 30th

Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla took to Twitter today to say that the car company will be unveiling its new product line. The new product line will not be a car and will unveil the new line at its Hawthorne Design Studio on Thursday April 30th, at 8pm.

That is all that was offered as a teaser, and it has many wondering if this means that it will be showing the new stationary battery pack that is designed to power an entire home. Last month Musk said that Tesla was nearing the launch of that product so this is very likely what it will end up being. Though as The Verge stated “But this is Tesla and Elon Musk we’re talking about, so the chance of a different, unforeseen surprise is always there”, something that is very true.

Source: The Verge

Transforms 5 Movie Announced Even Though 4 Isn’t In Cinemas Yet

The new Transformers: Age of Extinction movie is yet to be released in cinemas, but that hasn’t stopped Paramount from making the extremely early announcement their Transformers 5 will be hitting cinemas in 2016. This is a very strange move indeed, but I’m sure fans of the series will be happy regardless to hear that the movie franchise is far from over.

We knew they were planning on making more movies in the Transformers series anyway, especially since they’re trying to re-boot the franchise now that Shia LaBeouf has been replaced with Mark Wahlberg after his epic plagiarism scandal that practically destroyed his entire career.

All I care about is that there are more potentially awesome movies on the way that are packed full of gargantuan robots knocking the crap out of each other, with all the mindless special effects and subwoofer destroying loud noises that my neighbours no doubt adore me sharing with them.

Transformers: Age of Extenction will be launched in US cinemas on June 27th after its premier screening in Hong Kong later this week, then we can expect the new, as yet untitled, Transformers 5 movie to follow in around two years time, too early to get excited?

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NZXT Reveal Their Stunning P240 Chassis

NZXT has just blown the lid of the latest entry to their already epic and successful Phantom series, the Phantom 240. The new chassis looks sleeker than ever with its sweeping and curvaceous design, softening some of the more aggressive looks of the previous models in the Phantom chassis series.

After four years on the market the Phantom chassis series has gone from strength to strength, catering to a range of budgets and chassis sizes, but despite its premium looks and feature set, the new model could be their greatest entry to the range so far thanks to its incredibly affordable price tag.

At just $69.99 the Phantom 240 looks and sounds too good to be true, but with a strong track record behind them, we don’t doubt that this case will be anything less that superb.

Added to the value for money, the Phantom 240 will also feature two of NZXT’s recently redesigned 120mm FN V2 fans, but overall you will find the chassis supports five fans in total; 2 x 120mm in the front, 2 x 120mm in the back and 2 x 120mm or 140mm in the top. This is in addition to a removable hard drive cage, USB 3.0 support and a huge side panel window.

No details on the exact release date just yet other than “coming soon”, with a teaser that there will be more colours available in the near future.

We look forward to taking a closer look at the Phantom 240 as soon as it becomes available.

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Nvidia Announces GTX 780 Ti 12GB Graphics Card

AMD have had a great show this last few weeks, but Nvidia wasn’t about to take AMDs new card launches without a fight! So enter to the gaming battlefield, the newly announced GTX 780 Ti.

The GTX 780 Ti is based on the GK110 GPU core and has been widely speculated to be a 770 Ti, but no, Nvidia have gone one better and done the 780 Ti and it’s a beast! Packed with all the latest features to excite your inner gamer, we have Nvidia G-Sync, Nvidia GameWork, Nvidia ShadowPlay and GameStream.

Nvidia say their new card is built for 4K and 4K surround and while we don’t have raw hardware details at this time, it is expected to pack 2880 Cuda cores, 384-bit memory interface and up to 12GB of GDDR5 memory. It looks pretty much the same as a Titan or stock 780, even featuring the same 6+8 pin power connectors.

We expect the card to cost around $700 and Nvidia say the card could be out as soon as next month! As always, we will bring you more details on this new GPU as soon as we have them.

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Microsoft To Reveal Multiple Exclusives At Todays Event

Today is a big day for Microsoft, as they prepare to present to the world their next-gen Xbox console and everything that goes with it. Microsoft are teasing the world with little bits of information, no doubt to prepare us for the show and to make sure we tune into the live stream.

The big claim that Microsoft is making is that the company has a lot of exclusive titles and surprises to announce, which is in many ways stating the obvious, but given that very few developers have actually spoken out about their next-gen Xbox games developments there are still a lot of unknowns in terms of some of the biggest franchises in the Xbox world, or of course things related to new IP’s that could launch with the new console.

Microsoft isn’t about to give it all away of course and they’ve said we’ll have to wait for E3 to get a full scope of their plans and their games, but todays live stream should serves as a good start, similar to that of what Sony did early in the year.

It’s already expected that we will see something big from EA and Call of Duty: Ghosts, but the most hotly tipped are titles like Forza, Fable, Gears of War and many other Microsoft exclusives, the ones we really want to see, who knows, perhaps we’ll even hear a little more about a new Halo?