Amazon will use any old excuse to flog us some tat for less than RRP.Today's excuse is that it's a bank holiday, which if you ask us is a pretty reasonable excuse.We're not at work, so we have nothing better to do that laze idly on the sofa in our underpants, exercising our index finger by scrolling through shopping websites mindlessly on our phone's browser, occasionally clicking "add to basket".Amazon has its fingers crossed that it can be that shopping website you mindlessly browse, and it's hoping you'll also part with some of your hard-earned bank holiday pay by putting on a few deals.Our favourite deal, suitable for you gaming types out there, is one that Amazon likes to pull out fairly regularly, but it's a good buy nonetheless: six months of Xbox Live Gold plus 1,000 coins for Apex Legends for £14.99.Which is the standard price of three months Gold, so it means you're getting the membership half price.
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CD Projekt Red is “proceeding at full speed” with the development of Cyberpunk 2077, but the highly anticipated game will not yet be ready for the public at E3 2019.“The development of our next flagship game — Cyberpunk 2077 — is proceeding at full speed, with over 400 people currently involved in the project,” said CD Projekt Red’s CFO Piotr Nielubowicz in the company’s latest quarterly report.He added that E3 2019 is the “most important” one in the developer’s history.More information about Cyberpunk 2077 is expected to be revealed at E3 2019, as CD Projekt Red will have a dedicated E3 Coliseum panel.However, this does not mean that attendees will be able to try the game out.The developer’s global community lead, Marcin Momot, confirmed on Twitter that in the gameplay presentations planned for the annual event, it will be the developers themselves playing the game.
Your Fortnite addiction might just be an official illness.The World Health Organization on Saturday adopted the latest update to its International Classification of Diseases (ICD), which adds "gaming disorder" to its list of modern diseases.The organization last June added gaming addiction under its section of potentially harmful technology-related behaviors, including too much use of "the internet, computers, smartphones" and more.Despite opposition from trade groups, which reportedly pointed to contradictory research on the subject and touted some of the virtues of video games, the latest ICD was officially approved at the 72nd World Health Assembly."Gaming disorder" lives under the "disorders due to addictive behavior" section of the ICD.It's described as "a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behavior, which may be online or offline, manifested by impaired control over gaming, increasing priority given to gaming to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other life interests and daily activities and continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences."
During the presentation, AMD unveiled news about its chips and graphics processors that will increase pressure on competitors Intel and Nvidia, both in terms of pricing and performance.All new third-generation Ryzen CPUs, the first with 7-nanometer desktop chips, will go on sale on July 7.The showstopper of Su’s keynote was the announcement of AMD’s 12-core, 24-thread Ryzen 9 3900x chip, the flagship of its third-generation Ryzen family.It will retail starting at $499, half the price of Intel’s competing Core i9 9920X chipset, which is priced at $1,189 and up.The 3900x has 4.6 Ghz boost speed and 70 MB of total cache and uses 105 watts of thermal design power (versus the i9 9920x’s 165 watts), making it more efficient.AMD says that in a Blender demo against Intel i9-9920x, the 3900x finished about 18 percent more quickly.
Even though Computex 2019 in Taipei does not kick off until tomorrow, May 28, AMD has a pre-show keynote.Su talked about the company’s Epyc Rome processors, Navi graphics cards, and Ryzen processors.We want them to be more responsive.But this was an AMD keynote, and the focus was exactly where it should be: the hardware.Su gave the first public competitive demonstration of a second-generation AMD EPYC server platform.AMD’s 7-nanometer Navi-based Radeon GPUs will debut first on PCs.
It’ll be a while before you’ll see the first phones that use chips based on this design, but typically we see the first actual chips before the end of the year.Given recent trends, it’s no surprise that the new Cortex-A77 doesn’t only focus on overall performance improvements, though the company’s promise of 20% IPC performance improvement over the last generation is nothing to sneer at.Thanks to a combination of hardware and software optimizations, the Cortex-A77 now promises significantly better machine learning performance, too.Why focus on that when the company also offers a machine learning processor?Arm argues that most smartphones today don’t use a dedicated neural processor.Indeed, the company argues that 85 percent of smartphones today run machine learning workloads with only a CPU or a CPU+GPU combo.
Arm introduced new versions of its designs for heavy-duty central processing units (CPUs), graphics chips, and machine learning chips.The company made the announcement at the Computex tech trade show in Taiwan.The Cambridge, England-based company announced the Arm Cortex-A77 CPU, the Arm Mali-G77 graphics processing unit (GPU), and the Arm Machine Learning processor.Those new chips will help Arm get ready for the 5G wireless networking era.“We’ve followed 5G for a number of years and we are excited to see it is happening this year in the smartphone space,” said Ian Smythe, vice president of marketing for the client line of business at Arm, in a press briefing.The chips are aimed at scaling from the edge of the network to the cloud, and they are getting ready for the convergence of the 5G, Internet of Things, and AI.
It was 2003, and he had just started a small audio company called ZVOX after years of working at Cambridge Soundworks in Boston.Building the first successful product in a now-expansive product category is a massive achievement, and much of the success is owed to the fact that ZVOX’s model was designed to replicate higher-end systems with dedicated speakers.The original ZVOX soundbar had a center speaker explicitly designed for vocal dialogue, mirroring discrete home theater speaker setups, meaning that the voices on screen rise above other sound effects from a particular show or film when reproduced on the ZVOX soundbar.After some slow sales in the beginning (understandable given how new the product category was) those with hearing issues – mostly elderly buyers — caught wind of this little speaker that made their favorite TV shows easier to understand.“Early on, we realized that what we were selling as a home theater system, people were purchasing as a dialogue clarification system,” says Hannaher.This means the hearing impaired can turn up the dialogue without turning up the background noise, revolutionizing the way people with hearing loss can experience TV and film programming.
Dauntless, a free-to-play monster hunting game, surpassed 5 million players within the first week since its launch, despite being plagued with long queue times due to player demand.Dauntless was released on May 21 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and on the PC as an Epic Games Store exclusive, with the impressive milestone a far cry from the interest that the game drew when it was previously launched as a beta version for just the PC.The demand for access to the free-to-play challenger to Monster Hunter: World was so massive that developer Phoenix Labs initially had trouble in trying to keep up.Matchmaking problems and server issues slowed down Dauntless in its opening days, with some players reportedly having to wait three hours just to get into the game.There were also reports of purchases not showing up in players’ accounts, which was a major problem for a free-to-play game that relies on microtransactions, while some players reported a bug that caused it to crash.“Realistically the problems that you’re citing are kind of true of any live game and it’s not for lack of planning,” Phoenix Labs’ head of publishing Nick Clifford told Kotaku in an interview.
Riccardo Zacconi, the creator of the Candy Crush franchise, is stepping down as CEO of King Digital Entertainment, according to a regulatory filing Friday from parent company Activision Blizzard.Zacconi, who has led the game developer for more than 16 years, will resign his executive post effective July 1 but will stay on as King's chairman to provide "guidance to the management" at both King and Activision Blizzard.Activision Blizzard was already one of the largest gaming publishers in the business when it acquired King Digital in 2016 for $5.9 billion.Candy Crush is reportedly one of the most profitable smartphone apps of all time.King Digital, founded in 2003, didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.Pixel 3A, the cheap phone Google's needed: No water resistance and no wireless charging, but Google packs the Pixel 3A with the features that matter.
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This time, we’re looking at the Alienware 15, which is currently available on Dell’s website with a steep discount.How does $1,500 off the usual asking price sound?I know that a laptop retailing for slightly more than $2,000 isn’t cheap – not by any stretch of the imagination.Perhaps it’s better to say that it’s really good value, especially when you consider it previously retailed for over $3,500.Anyway, let’s get into tech specifics.Hexa-core Intel Core i9-8950HK CPU
We used to think that as video games matured, as a medium, they would become more like Hollywood, becoming more focused on character development, plot reversals, and tight, suspense-driven narratives, rather than action set pieces alternating with cinematic cut scenes.It’s not just that its ballet of bullets — especially the one with the dogs — are so like video games, in both structure and form, that they seem to have been practically been torn from a controller; you can practically see health bars and Stun markets hovering over the heads of the characters.It’s also that the series’s primary costars, after Keanu — with apologies to Halle Berry and Ian McShane — is not any other individual character, but the world of John Wick, the Continental, and the High Table.Worldbuilding has long been a first-class citizen in video and tabletop role-playing games; now it has graduated to movies as well.Consider the Fast and Furious movies, or Game of Thrones.Each has a core group who are clearly the “player characters,” as well as disposable villains and extras who are “NPCs.” Each starts with the characters at a relatively low level of skill/power, and over the course of the series grow to worldshaking might.
With big discounts on XPS and Alienware gaming laptops, now is a great time to pick up a new computer for less than the retail price.Dell is offering more than just discounts on laptops computers, however, they also have some great savings on 4K TVs and wireless headphones as well.While it may not be nearly as expansive as the Walmart Memorial Day sale, this Dell sale offers great discounts you won’t find anywhere else.With price cuts up to $510, you won’t want to miss this massive Memorial Day sales event.Though we haven’t actually reviewed this model, we have taken a look at the Dell G3 and gave it a decent score.In addition to that, the Nvidia GeForce GTX Ti video card allows for improved loading performance for the more graphic-intensive games out there.
However, some owners are experiencing tracking problems and other USB related issues such as blackouts.While some preprocessing seems to be done on the headset, the Rift S still pushes USB 3.0 to the limits.USB 3.0 is a widely used standard, but not all USB 3.0 controllers properly support it.This means that some motherboards may have issues.If you’re having tracking issues such as the headset or controllers freezing in place, or you’re experiencing periodic “blackouts”, try one of these five potential solutions.Turn off USB power management
Insider Picks writes about products and services to help you navigate when shopping online.Insider Inc. receives a commission from our affiliate partners when you buy through our links, but our reporting and recommendations are always independent and objective.The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are slated to be released soon, and most rumors point to a fall launch date.If Google follows the same timeline it has in the past, the new high-end Pixel phones will arrive sometime in early October 2019.Here's when we expect the new Pixel to launch and when we think it will arrive in stores.If you're not on the iPhone bandwagon and aren't impressed by the Samsung lineup, fret not — there may be a better option for you yet.
Imagine the value you’d extract from an e-bike used as a daily commuter during the week, and then handed off on the weekend to a teen for her away soccer matches, or an aging grandparent longing for a ride through the park.Compact design is cool, not embarrassingChoice of manual or automated controlsFirst, a question: have you ever tried a pedal-assisted e-bike?It’s a gee-whiz moment you’ll never forget because you’ve just looked into the future.Pedal-assisted e-bikes greatly extend the radius of what is normally considered bikeable, allowing riders to arrive at work sweat-free while also promoting a healthier planet and person.
Scientists have uncovered clues to the source of Earth’s bountiful water.New research shows that water carried in comets may originate from the same source as water in the Earth’s oceans, suggesting that water could have been carried to our planet by comets millions of years ago.Comets are small, icy bodies which melt and vaporize when they pass the Sun.This vaporization is what produces their famous tails.NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) observed a comet called Comet Wirtanen during its close approach to Earth in December 2018, and noted that it contained water similar to that found in our oceans.The scientists looked at the ratio of water to heavy water (water with an extra neutron inside one of the hydrogen atoms) in both sources and found the comet’s water had the same ratio as ocean water.