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  • Intel, AMD reveal new CPU wares ahead of CES 2018

    It's time for the biggest tech expo of the year in the form of CES, and Intel and AMD have already shown new processors for desktops, laptops and more. Intel shed more light on its eighth generation Core chips with AMD Radeon Vega graphics, marking a notable partnership between the CPU rivals. Intel, AMD's collaboration The new chips will feature a quad-core CPU (all packing eight threads) and Radeon Vega RX graphics, as well as 4GB of HBM2 (high bandwidth memory). And all of this will come in a size that makes the range suitable for two-in-one designs and other lightweight devices, Intel claims. "With...

  • VRChat: could this viral creation be VR’s killer app?

    VR enjoyed a resurgence in the last few years, as technology caught up and allowed for some truly immersive experiences. But as the hype dies down, it could be argued that killer apps are still thin on the ground. Enter VRChat. The application, available on Steam, allows community members to chat with each other, complete with avatars, full body tracking, hand tracking, emojis, emotes and more. There are also a few minigames to play, such as Capture the Flag and "battle discs". But VRChat's greatest strength has to be its open nature, encouraging users to create their own minigames, scenarios, worlds,...

  • Nvidia announces BFGD: swanky monitors with integrated Shield

    CES 2018 has kicked off this week in Las Vegas, and it was Nvidia that held a pre-show conference to announce its wares. And the headline consumer announcement was its BFGD (big format gaming displays) range of monitors. Created in partnership with Asus, Acer and HP, the BFGD monitors combine "a high-end 65-inch, 4K 120Hz HDR display with Nvidia G-Sync technology together with Nvidia Shield", read an excerpt of the announcement on its website. Between the large screen size, G-Sync tech, 4K support and HDR capabilities, it seems like the BFGD range isn't skimping on specs then. But it's the Nvidia Shield integration that also makes...

  • 4 2016 video games that actually became great in 2017

    We now live in a time where a video game release doesn't mean the developer can stop caring. Instead, the rise of digital downloads and persistent connectivity (for many) means that post-launch fixes and updates are the norm right now. In fact, we can think of a few games released in 2016 that became good or even great with a constant stream of updates... No Man's Sky I practically made this list for No Man's Sky (review), having seen a series of substantial updates in 2016 and 2017 to finally become a great game in its own right. It's a stark contrast to...

  • LG reveals more robots ahead of CES 2018

    We saw LG introduce a variety of robots at CES last year, including several commercially focused gadgets, such as a robotic lawnmower, airport cleaning robot and an airport guide robot. Now, the company has revealed three more commercial robots, in the form of the Serving Robot, Porter Robot and Shopping Cart Robot. It adds that the trio are part of LG's new CLOi brand -- yes, it's pronounced KLOH-ee. The Serving Robot is meant to "deliver meals and drinks to guests and customers at hotels and airport lounges quickly and efficiently", LG notes on its website. What about the Porter Robot? It's...

  • Nokia 6 2018 is now official in China

    The first Nokia-branded smartphone under HMD Global was the Nokia 6, having made its debut a year ago in China. Now, the Nokia 6 2018 model has been revealed in China, packing a few notable upgrades. Spotted on the Chinese version of HMD's website, the 2018 version of the Nokia 6 packs a Snapdragon 630 chipset, 4GB of RAM, 32 or 64GB of expandable storage, a 5.5-inch full HD LCD screen, USB Type-C and Android 7.1 (an upgrade to Oreo will come afterwards). The Nokia 6 2018 also packs a 16MP f/2.0 (1 micron pixels) main camera and an 8MP f/2.0 selfie...

  • Processor exploits: what are affected companies saying?

    The recent disclosure of exploits in several processors, chiefly Intel's x86 chips, has resulted in a firestorm of controversy as companies scramble to fix the issue or deflect blame. The exploits, discovered by Google researchers, involve the processor speculation feature in many chips, with Intel relying on this most aggressively. However, other companies are also affected by the news, so what are they saying? Apple The Cupertino company is also affected of course, using Intel chips in its Mac computers and the ARM instruction set in its iOS devices. "All Mac systems and iOS devices are affected, but there are no known exploits impacting customers...

  • Exynos 9810: specs emerge for Galaxy S9 chip

    The Exynos 9810 was quietly revealed last month, being the latest flagship processor for Samsung's smartphones. Details were light on the ground at the time, but Samsung has since published a full list of specs on its website. In terms of CPU power, you're looking at four third-generation custom cores (presumably keeping the Mongoose name) clocked at 2.9Ghz, as well four new A55 cores (1.9Ghz) for lightweight tasks. As for graphics, Samsung has opted for ARM's Mali G72 GPU, being the same hardware seen in Huawei's Kirin 970 chip. However, as has become tradition, Samsung is using more cores (18, in...

  • Intel speaks after critical processor exploit found

    The tech world has been inundated with reports after it emerged that there was a major security flaw with Intel's range of processors. The flaw, which could be used to gain access to sensitive data on computers, affects Windows, Mac and Linux platforms. This has resulted in platform-holders scrambling to issue patches. Now, Intel has spoken out on the issue, claiming that it isn't specific to Intel and that AMD and others are affected as well. "Recent reports that these exploits are caused by a 'bug' or a 'flaw' and are unique to Intel products are incorrect. Based on the analysis to...

  • This one-man indie game is a gorgeous tribute to Ace Combat

    The Ace Combat series is probably the most recognisable air combat franchise around, having started out on the PS1 before soaring even higher on the PS2, PSP, DS, PS3 and Xbox 360. Ace Combat 7 is pulling lead on a 2018 release on Xbox One, PC and PS4, but what if you're looking for something to scratch that itch before then? Well, we stumbled across Project Wingman, a rather polished air combat title in the works for PC. Being developed in Unreal Engine 4 by Abi Rahmani, Project Wingman plays like an unofficial Ace Combat game. That means nigh-on identical arcade handling (i.e. not quite as unrealistic...