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Half Life: Alyx to launch on Steam on 23 March Half Life: Alyx to launch on Steam on 23 March
- March 26, 2020

We already knew Half-Life: Alyx was due to release in March. Releasing on 23 March 2020 , for all PC-compatible VR headsets , owners of the Valve index will reportedly get the game for free as well. Unavailable . Oculus's standalone Quest headset, which you can hook up to a PC with its $80 Link cable ? You hear me Valve? The ongoing Half-Life: Alyx promotion that allows Steam users access to the entire lineup for free until Alyx launches is still available. (more...)
Apple TV 2020 release date, price, features and spec rumours Apple TV 2020 release date, price, features and spec rumours
- March 26, 2020

As for this year's tvOS, 14 may also introduce new features of "Child Mode" and " Screen Time Management". New Apple TV hardware coming? Since most media content is streamed and doesn't require a ton of storage, this increase would mostly be a nod to Apple Arcade users, where games are stored locally and can easily get into the multi-gigabyte sizes. (more...)
World's biggest mobile tech show cancelled due to coronavirus fears World's biggest mobile tech show cancelled due to coronavirus fears
- March 26, 2020

A spokesperson for Facebook said , "Out of an abundance of caution, Facebook employees won't be attending this year's Mobile World Congress due to the evolving public health risks related to coronavirus ". The convention, originally scheduled for February 24 to 27, was shelved "with due regard to the safe and healthy environment in Barcelona and the host country", said John Hoffman , CEO of organizer GSMA , in a Wednesday press release , adding that "the global concern regarding the ... (more...)
CONTROL and Mechwarrior 5 will officially support DLSS 2.0, comparison screenshots released CONTROL and Mechwarrior 5 will officially support DLSS 2.0, comparison screenshots released
- March 26, 2020

Powered by RTX Tensor Cores, DLSS 2.0 is a new and improved deep learning neural network that boosts frame rates while generating attractive, sharp images for games. Needless to say, DLSS is now a hit or miss feature and game developers remain quite reluctant towards implementing this feature since it has daunting requirements involving the creation of separate neural network models for each game at all supported resolutions. (more...)
Half-Life: Alyx scores - our roundup of the critics Half-Life: Alyx scores - our roundup of the critics
- March 25, 2020

It's unclear if this is a setup for a Half-Life 2: Episode 3, a proper Half-Life 3 , or - if it's another VR-only game - something along the lines of " Half-Life: Gordon" in the same way we just got Alyx . As you can see, Valve is also encouraging social distancing in this tough period for all of us. "I will say there is a lot of affection for the universe". (more...)
2020 iPad Pro gets benchmarked 2020 iPad Pro gets benchmarked
- March 25, 2020

The lidar scanner can measure the distance of objects up to five metres away, working both indoors and outside, designed for enhanced augmented reality. The update also adds support for the new Magic Keyboard accessory with built-in trackpod support. It's not all productivity tools and file configuration changes. (more...)
Mobile Launches $15/Month 5G Wireless Plan, But There's A Major Catch Mobile Launches $15/Month 5G Wireless Plan, But There's A Major Catch
- March 25, 2020

As a result, the FCC-backed temporary authority will help T-Mobile to better serve customers who are making adjustments to their daily lives by practicing social distancing, thereby controlling the rapid spread of COVID-19. To put that plan in context, Verizon's 5GB plan for a single line of data costs $55 a month after a $5 discount for autopay. The paltry 2GB data cap is giving us a bit of pause, as the increased data speeds of 5G could make hitting that threshold way too easy. (more...)
WhatsApp Introduces A New Search Feature To Address Fake News WhatsApp Introduces A New Search Feature To Address Fake News
- March 25, 2020

Facebook-owned WhatsApp is said to be testing an important feature to allow its users to instantly verify facts before forwarding messages. WhatsApp confirmed the development of the new tool, but without providing clarity on release. (more...)
One UI 2.1 brings new camera features to Galaxy S10+ One UI 2.1 brings new camera features to Galaxy S10+
- March 25, 2020

Samsung did not specify when these updates will come to the Galaxy S10 series or Galaxy Note 10 series but, this does come as good news for users of these phones. When you've captured that flawless image, Custom Filter lets you create your own filter with colours and styles you like from a favourite photo serving as inspiration. (more...)
'Next-generation' VR headset spotted as 'Half
- March 25, 2020

However, 2019's original Reverb model retailed for $599, indicating that the G2 could compete with headsets from Facebook's Oculus VR division. The report coincides with Valve's release of Half-Life: Alyx , the year's most anticipated VR sport. (more...)
Samsung Galaxy A31 smartphone unveiled Samsung Galaxy A31 smartphone unveiled
- March 25, 2020

We've seen quad cameras go truly mainstream in 2020, and the Galaxy A31 is all-in on this trend. On the front, Galaxy A31 has a 6.4-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED display with a 2400 x 1080p resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, and a waterdrop notch at the top. (more...)
Half-Life: Alyx Will Eventually Be Playable Without VR, Thanks To Mods Half-Life: Alyx Will Eventually Be Playable Without VR, Thanks To Mods
- March 25, 2020

Half-Life: Alyx hit a peak concurrent player count of 42,858 - absolutely smashing the record of Boneworks, with a peak of 8717 when it launches in late 2019. "Number of concurrent Twitch viewers (300k) is 7x the amount of concurrent players, showing that many are watching the game as they likely do not have the hardware to experience it themselves". (more...)
Apple Books Offering Free Books and Audiobooks for Limited Time in US Apple Books Offering Free Books and Audiobooks for Limited Time in US
- March 25, 2020

Apple Books , the e-book reading and store application for iOS devices, is now offering users in the United States some free books and audiobooks, MacRumors reports. Anyone with an iPhone or iPad can download the titles completely free of charge and numerous novels on offer are the first in a series, meaning it could prove an excellent way to trial that first book you weren't sure you wanted to buy to find out if you liked it. (more...)
Daniel Craig confirms James Bond life is over Daniel Craig confirms James Bond life is over
- March 25, 2020

Craig began his run as the overtly polished MI6 agent beginning with Casino Royale (2006) and following it with films Quantum of Solace (2008), Skyfall (2012), and Spectre (2015). The film shows Bond retired from active duty in Jamaica, until the Central Intelligence Agency call him up to see if he can help with a case. "The film will be released in the United Kingdom on November 12, 2020 with worldwide release dates to follow, including the USA launch on November 25, 2020". (more...)
McConnell defends crafting $1 trillion stimulus plan without Democrats McConnell defends crafting $1 trillion stimulus plan without Democrats
- March 25, 2020

Those remarks however came before the vote, and the Senate's Republican leader, Mitch McConnell , vented his fury afterwards at Democrats for their "absolutely mindless obstruction" while Americans are waiting for Congress to act. At the White House, Trump welcomed the stimulus plan, believing it is needed to stabilise the economy. Trump acknowledged the outbreak was hurting his family's business of hotels and country clubs but said he did not know whether his business would be ... (more...)
Nokia Mobile (HMD Global) announces it won't be attending MWC 2020 Nokia Mobile (HMD Global) announces it won't be attending MWC 2020
- March 25, 2020

The GSMA has banned attendees from China's Hubei Province, where the coronavirus outbreak began, and required others to prove that they had been outside the country for at least two weeks prior to the event. Of the 100,000 that usually attend the conference, an average of 6,000 come from China. However, this appeared to backfire, galvanising companies who had been monitoring the situation to confirm they would pull out. (more...)
"Enough is enough:" Trudeau fires last warning at social distance rebels
- March 25, 2020

However, he noted that the duration of this crisis will be determined by "the choices we make right now". While speaking at a daily news conference, Trudeau said "enough is enough" as people were still disregarding his advice. SARM president Ray Orb says the 5 billion dollars in additional Farm Credit Canada lending capacity is welcome but more is needed. The federal government is also stepping up their advertising, including enlisting celebrities to push the stay at home message. (more...)
Wyoming businesses can start applying for federal disaster loans Wyoming businesses can start applying for federal disaster loans
- March 24, 2020

The 2.7 million small businesses in Texas employ almost half the state's workforce, said Justin Crossie, SBA South Central regional administrator. U.S. Charles County and southwestern IL. The grants will be provided to businesses in more than 30 countries. Applicants must demonstrate that their company's jobs are threatened by the health crisis, and they must explain how the loan will assist with their continued operations. (more...)
Minecraft is getting free educational content in response to school closures Minecraft is getting free educational content in response to school closures
- March 24, 2020

Gaming platforms have seen a surge in activity in recent weeks, as governments across the world advise citizens to stay at home and avoid socialising. We're learning lots of new phrases like social distancing, contact tracing, and stop snacking just because you're bored. "We understand the important role gaming is playing right now to connect people and provide joy in these isolating and stressful times, and our teams are working diligently to ensure we can be there for our players", Spencer ... (more...)
IBM turns supercomputing power to fighting coronavirus IBM turns supercomputing power to fighting coronavirus
- March 24, 2020

This comes as an initiative from the White House, which started a partnership between the various parties and launched the COVID-19 HPC Consortium . The project assembles 16 supercomputing systems - accounting for 330 petaflops of processing power, 775,000 CPU cores and 34,000 GPUs - which will be used to drastically reduce the time it takes to model chemical compounds. (more...)

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