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Farming Simulator 20 begins harvesting the Nintendo Switch in Q4 2019

By: Jak Connor | Gaming | Posted: 31 mins ago

Aspiring farmers from around the globe will be pleased to know that the release date for the next Farming Simulator game has been revealed.



The official Farming Simulator Twitter account dropped the release date on fans when they were posted the question of whether Farming Simulator 20 would be arriving on iOS and Android. According to the response, "Farming Simulator 20 will be released on iOS, Android and Nintendo Switch."


In response to another question posed by the same person who asked the above question, the Farming Simulator Twitter account revealed the window they are aiming for to release the game. Vikrant rana asked "Can you announce the launch date of it today?", the Farming Simulator account replied with "We aim to launch FS20 in Q4 this year."

Google's next 'Nest Mini' speaker is a 'substantial' upgrade all round

By: Jak Connor | Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: 1 hour, 26 mins ago

News has surfaced online regarding Google's next Home Mini receiving a decent upgrade all round when it is re-branded as the Nest Mini.




According to 9to6Google's sources, Google will be releasing a sequel to their Home Mini product, but instead of it being a Home Mini 2 it will have its name changed to Nest Mini. Not only is there a change of name but Google will also be upgrading basically all of its features as well. According to the sources, the Nest Mini will arrive with a built-in wall mount, upgraded sound, louder and better bass, increase in max volume and a headphone jack.


While these are just rumors for the time being, if they are true Google could be waiting to reveal this product alongside their upcoming announcement of the Google Pixel 4. The announcement of both the Nest Mini and the Pixel 4 is believed to be scheduled for Google's annual hardware event this October called Made by Google 2019.

Age of Empires IV news slipped, fans advised to watch XO19 for info

By: Jak Connor | Gaming | Posted: 2 hours, 23 mins ago

Age of Empires fans have been waiting to hear about Age of Empires IV for quite some time now, and their opportunity to hear about might just be right around the corner.



During an interview with MAX, Aaron Greenberg an Xbox Games Marketing member Microsoft, was asked about giving some hope to Age of Empires fans regarding the existance of Age of Empires IV. According to Greenberg, Microsoft are teeing up their biggest reveals for XO19 that is slated to be held in November. Age of Empires IV was subtly confirmed to be one of the titles.


Greenberg says "listen, our next big date will be XO19, I would suggest that people watch that, its November 14th, the day that Age launches. I cannot confirm or deny anything *winks at camera*." This is an extremely cheeky way of hyping up the reveal of Age of Empires IV, and if I was to put my money on a reveal I would say it will be somewhere during the XO19 Xbox presentation. Here is a Twitch snippet of Greenberg saying the above quote on video, click here.

Eminem's publisher to sue Spotify for BILLIONS of unpaid music streams

By: Jak Connor | Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 3 hours, 29 mins ago

Eminem's music publisher, Eight Mile Style has officially filled a lawsuit against music streaming giant Spotify, accusing the platform of "blatant copyright infringement".




According to The Hollywood Reporter, this lawsuit comes under the Music Modernization Act which was signed into law last year. According to MMA, Spotify has to file a "notice of intention" and pay the righholders of the music they are streaming on their platform. This is where it gets dicey, Eight Mile Style has claimed that "Spotify did not have any license to reproduce or distribute the Eight Mile Compositions, either direct, affiliate, or compulsory, but acted deceptively by pretending to have compulsory and/or other licenses."


One of the songs that was claimed to be illegally streamed was Eminem's biggest song ever, 'Lose Yourself', Eight Mile says this is "the most egregious example of Spotify's willful infringement. Spotify, and [the Harry Fox Agency], its agent ... certainly knew (and had the easy means to know) that Eight Mile is the copyright owner of 'Lose Yourself.'" Continuing on, Eight Mile says that 'Lose Yourself' isn't the only song Spotify has illegally streamed, and that in total these songs have been "streamed on Spotify billions of times".

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Mortal Kombat 11 DLC pack: Terminator T-800, Joker + 4 more fighters

By: Jak Connor | Gaming | Posted: 4 hours, 28 mins ago

NetherRealm Studios has revealed the official roster for the Kombat Pack for Mortal Kombat 11. Get your popcorn and controllers ready because this is HUGE!



Above we have the trailer for the full roster reveal, starting off we see Shang Tsung followed by the already announced Nightwolf. Then things get shaken up a bit after that, as we see Arnold Schwarzenegger as Terminator T-800 from the upcoming newly announced movie, Terminator: Dark Fate.


The video continues and we hear a hysterical laugh, of course this the Joker. Even though these characters were previously rumored it's still great to see them officially confirmed for fans to enjoy. Other DLC fighters that were included in this reveal were: Sindel and Spawn. When will players be able to get their hands-on these iconic characters? Shang Tsung and Nightwolf are already live, Terminator will arrive in October, Sindel this November, and Joker and finally Spawn will come in early 2020. Mortal Kombat 11 is currently available on the Xbox One, PS4, PC and Nintendo Switch.

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New Nintendo Switch model +70% battery life, performance & pink screen

By: Jak Connor | Gaming | Posted: 5 hours, 30 mins ago

Nintendo recently debuted an updated model of the Nintendo Switch and while it was advertised that the updated console only came with improved battery life, some other improvements have been found.



According to the Digital Foundry, the improved Nintendo Switch (model no. HAC-001(-01) has a battery improvement of around 60 - 70 percent, when compared the previous model. While that might of been the only reason users would consider purchasing this new model, there is also other improvements. Digital Foundry discovered that the new Switch actually has performance improvements as well, they tested games such as Fast RMX, Mortal Kombat 11, Zelda: Breath of the Wild and found that it runs games at 2 - 3 frames faster.


When talking about heat, the new model doesn't run any cooler than the previous model. This new model comes with an upgraded Tegra X1 processor, but not an upgraded screen. Digital Foundry claims to have imported this new model Switch from Hong Kong, and found that the screen had a pinkish "color temperature" to it when the previous model that had a warm blueish tint to it. It seems that Nintendo is suffering from screen lottery, due to the company using multiple manufacturers to build their screens. This is quite rough for Nintendo.

ISS Astronauts pave paradise and put up a parking spot for spacecrafts

By: Jak Connor | Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 6 hours, 31 mins ago

Two NASA astronauts have taken a leap outside the International Space Station and begun a walk to install a brand new loading bay for future visiting space crafts.




The walk lasted for 6 hours and 32 minutes and astronauts Nick Hague and Andrew Morgan worked together to install the International Docking Adapter-3 (IDA-3) to the space facing side of the station. This successful installation will serve as a literal parking spot for future NASA, SpaceX and Boeing spacecrafts.


This marked the first time Morgan has ventured out into the infinite abyss via a spacewalk, and according to Mike Barratt, spacecraft communicator in Mission Control, "Welcome to the club, you did a brilliant job." The ISS crew aboard is currently doing experiments and stem cell differentiation in a zero gravity environment. With this hopeful new found knowledge, NASA, SpaceX and Boeing believe this information will be able to assist the human-race level push to land on Mars.

3 Earth-sized planets found, only 12 light-years away & possible water

By: Jak Connor | Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 7 hours, 30 mins ago

Astronomers have located three Earth-sized planets which are orbiting a neighboring star that is about 12 light-years away.




The scientists estimate that all three of the discovered planets are to be at least 1.4 to 1.8 times the mass of Earth, and that they orbit their star every three to 13 days. To give a digestable example of how short this is, in our solar system, Mercury has the shortest orbit of our Sun at just 88 days. The most interesting part of this three planet discovery is the planet that has been titled as 'planet d', scientists are most interested in this planet because it falls within the star's habitable zone with the possible chance of water existing on the surface.


Ignasi Ribas, a co-author on the new paper and a researcher at the Institute of Space Sciences in Barcelona, Spain said "We are now one step closer [to] getting a census of rocky planets in the solar neighborhood". It is extremely difficult to determine if 'planet d' harbors the requirements for life to exist, as scientists need to account for the past of the star its orbiting. It could be possible that the star has ejected large amount of radiation at 'planet d', essentially ruining any possible chance of the planet having a habitable atmosphere.

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24-minute multiplayer gameplay from COD: Modern Warfare on the PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Posted: 8 hours, 50 mins ago

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare isn't far away, so to keep us hyped N-Gamz has released a new 24-minute gameplay video from the PC version of the game. Check it out below:



It is labelled as ray tracing, but it is not using RTX at all. The video of COD: Modern Warfare was run on an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 graphics card, and I'll give you a warning -- this person is not very good at playing the game, at all. I think I just grinded away a layer of my teeth cringing at this. Still, a good 24-minute look at the game nonetheless.


Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will support RTX-based ray tracing features (which NVIDIA detailed more of at Gamescom 2019 this week), which looks absolutely awesome -- highlighting the power of the GeForce RTX line of graphics cards. The game will also feature uncapped framerates, an FOV slider, advanced controls, HDR, and so much more.

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YouTube AI algorithm wrongly detects robot fighting for animal cruelty

By: Anthony Garreffa | Artificial Intelligence | Posted: 9 hours, 16 mins ago

It looks like YouTube algorithms are going on the fritz, with its automated system flagging and taking down a bunch of videos of robots fighting and mistaking it for animal cruelty.




Some of the videos, of which included BattleBots contestants, were taken down with a message that read: "Content that displays the deliberate infliction of animal suffering or the forcing of animals to fight is not allowed on YouTube".


It's funny... a robot (AI) thinking that two robots (like itself) fighting is animal cruelty. Does this mean YouTube's AI is growing empathy, and doesn't like to see one of its own being battled to the death? Maybe.


Engadget talked with a YouTube spokesperson who explained: "With the massive volume of videos on our site, sometimes we make the wrong call. When it's brought to our attention that a video has been removed mistakenly, we act quickly to reinstate it. We also offer uploaders the ability to appeal removals and we will re-review the content".

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