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Razer CEO threatened and abused staff, wanted to be 'Asian Steve Jobs'

By: Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Posted: 32 mins ago

Well, it seems Razer is some trouble right now -- with Kotaku receiving a bunch of emails from Razer staff, which see Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan threatening and abusing his staff.

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Tan was mad that his company had reached the milestone of being one of the "Most Innovative Companies" in Fast Company's 2014 top list, seeing the Razer CEO rage at his staff. In an email as "part of an exchange obtained by Kotaku", Tan said to one of his marketing staff: "Are you guys fucking off?"

In a huge email reply from Greg Agius, Razer's director of marketing, Agius had a plan to get Tan "in front of Fast Company" so he could be pushed into the limelight as the "Asian Steve Jobs". But it gets worse... Agius was doing his job and told Tan an in-person media tour would've given the Razer CEO a much better chance of making Fast Company's list of Most Innovative Companies.

Tan replied to the email, saying: "Wait, You're telling me because I didn't go for the tour you can't do your fucking job?" Kotaku reports that according to 3 former Razer employees, Agius was fired hours after that email.

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Amazon's 16-inch Apple MacBook Pro's are cheaper now than Black Friday

By: Jak Connor | Deals | Posted: 3 hours, 12 mins ago

While Black Friday and Cyber Monday are over, Amazon is still slashing prices on select products, and some of those products are Apple's line of new MacBook Pro's.

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Amazon was and still is the place to go if you want to pick up a brand new MacBook Pro for the lowest possible price. The reason why Amazon is so good in this regard is because right now, the 16-inch MacBook Pro is actually more discounted than it was on Black Friday/Cyber Monday.

Amazon has brought the price of the Apple MacBook Pro (16-Inch, 16GB RAM, 512GB Storage) with an Intel Core i7 CPU to just $2,249 from $2,399, saving buyers $150 or 6%. The Apple MacBook Pro (16-Inch, 16GB RAM, 1TB Storage) with an Intel Core i9 CPU is cheaper again -- currently priced at $2,588.93 from $2,799, saving buyers $210.07 or 8%. I'd imagine these deals aren't going to last for long since they are best deals on MacBook Pro's going around.

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This Nintendo Switch port actually looks better than the PS4 version

By: Jak Connor | Gaming | Posted: 11 hours ago

About two weeks ago, Feral Interactive announced that it would be releasing the port of Creative Assembly's Alien: Isolation on the Nintendo Switch. Now that the title has released, could this be the best Nintendo Switch port yet?

Digital Foundry has put the Alien: Isolation port for the Nintendo Switch under the microscope, and what they have found is truly impressive. Usually, porting companies like Panic Button do a great job at porting over heavy games such as DOOM to the Switch, but with these ports are obvious downgrades in visuals and performance.

Alien: Isolation is an outlier in this regard, as Digital Foundry has found many parts of it that are better than the original releases on the Xbox One and PS4. Digital Foundry says, "in reality the Switch version looks substantially cleaner in motion, and this is due to a reliance on a more modern accumulation temporal anti-aliasing solution. This approach massively reduces in-surface aliasing and edge shimmering to the point where it looks flat out better than the original console releases."

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NASA's closest Sun probe flyby gave scientists 'mind-blowing' results

By: Jak Connor | Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 11 hours, 45 mins ago

NASA has got the results back from their Parker Solar Probe flyby, and they have shined a new light on how space weather works.

Surprisingly, the results contradicted some expectations that scientists had regarding how solar winds behave. According to the results, there are flips in the Sun's magnetic field direction called "switchbacks", which can sometimes even point the winds back at the Sun. At the moment, the cause of these "switchbacks" is still unknown to scientists, but through the understanding of them, we could learn a deeper understanding of how stars are born.

Scientists were again shocked at the discovery of solar winds traveling at speeds that are "nearly ten times larger than predicted by the standard models", said Justin Kasper, principal investigator at the University of Michigan. Scientists also discovered that the Sun's radiation vaporizes dust particles at about 3.5 million miles around itself. The Parker Probe is at the moment suffering in terribly hot conditions, but scientists say the information that it is providing them is revolutionary.

This $40 off A.I. device translates 12 unique languages in real-time

By: Jak Connor | Artificial Intelligence | Posted: 12 hours, 27 mins ago

If you have traveled to different countries and encountered a strong language barrier, then you would understand how much of a hassle it can be trying to work out simple things like directions.

Luckily, that problem can now be solved with the ONE Mini. The ONE Mini was created from a $100,000 Kickstarter campaign that birthed what is now fully called the ONE Mini Pocket Multilingual Assistant. This pocket-sized device allows users to translate languages in real-time and is a fantastic purchase for any avid traveler.

The device has the ability to translate 12 different foreign languages and also comes with a multitude of features. The device comes with artificial intelligence that captures the audio that has been spoken, and then produces extremely accurate text or audio in the requested language. Most likely, the best feature of the ONE Mini is that upon purchasing, users will gain access to a 24/7 live interpreter service that can assist in more complex conversations.

Red Dead Redemption 2 data mine points towards Mexican map locations

By: Jak Connor | Gaming | Posted: 12 hours, 59 mins ago

While Red Dead Redemption 2's map is already massive, what if it could get bigger and maybe even traverse into the Mexican region?

Well, that could actually happen as Red Dead Redemption 2 players have data mined the game and found some quite peculiar game files that point directly to that. Posted this past Tuesday on the GTAforums, VideoTechUK decided to data-mine the PS4 version (1.0.0) to see if he could find some unused locations. To his surprise, he managed to find a slew of Mexican map models that are disabled by Rockstar, but left in the game.

Not only were models of Mexican locations found in the game files, but another user, WildBrick142, was able to find "references to map region outlines in the minimap scaleform, unfortunately, the actual outline graphics for them were deleted". Now the juicy question should be asked -- did Rockstar initially plan to use these Mexican locations and then decided to scrap them? If so, why leave the models inside the game files to take up more HDD space? Another theory could be -- Rockstar is planning on expanding Red Dead Redemption 2 at some stage with a brand new region.

Ford & McDonald's team-up, coffee bean husks turned into car parts

By: Jak Connor | Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 13 hours, 34 mins ago

Ford and McDonald's are pairing up for a planet sustaining project. McDonald's will be giving their coffee bean husks to the car manufacturer so they can be recycled into parts.

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Ford and McDonald's have teamed up to make use of the excessive coffee bean chaff that McDonald's generates. Instead of the husks being thrown into the bin and becoming landfill, Ford will be taking the coffee chaff from McDonald's and heating it to high temperatures while mixing in other ingredients such as plastic to create durable products. These products will then help the company make car parts that are 20% lighter and more "greener".

Ford discovered that recycled coffee chaff is "significantly better" heat properties than the current material that is used in Ford's vehicles. Ford has also said that when the recycled coffee is in large development, they will be able to enjoy 25% energy saving on the entire process. At the moment, McDonald's alone produces 62 million pounds of coffee chaff each year, which seems like plenty of resources for other car companies to jump on the greener alternative.

One of the best NES RPGs is coming to Switch Online

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 16 hours, 35 mins ago

Nintendo answers your holiday pleas with some new retro Switch Online games...including Crystalis on NES.

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The only reason anyone buys the $20 a year Switch Online service is to play old-school NES and SNES games. Nintendo knows it, and that's why we're getting six new games on the service--that's six total, not six for each platform.

The lineup is a nice eclectic mix that has something for everyone, especially if you love classic RPGs like Crystalis (which just so happens to be one of the best games on the platform).

The new games will be added on December 12, and they include:

Super NES

  • Star Fox 2
  • Super Punch-Out!!
  • Kirby Super Star
  • Breath of Fire II

NES

  • Journey to Silius
  • Crystalis

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Hyundai makes $52 billion invesment into flying cars, electric cars

By: Anthony Garreffa | Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 17 hours, 40 mins ago

Hyundai Motor just announced it is making a truly gigantic investment into the future of transportation, with a $52 billion investment into flying cars, self-driving cars, and electric cars.

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The investment is a push to see Hyundai Motor, which owns both Hyundai and Kia, to become a "frontrunner in the future mobility industry". The company said it wants to evolve from being just an "automaker" to a "smart mobility solution provider" by 2025.

Hyundai Motor will use the $52 billion investment into flying cars, which will fly into our lives in the form of something Hyundai calls personal air vehicles, robotics, and last-mile mobility. But there will be significant resources pumped into the R&D of electric vehicles to compete against other automakers, and especially industry-leaders and trendsetters in Tesla Motors.

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PlayStation 5 pre-order notification hype begins, PS5 ready for 2020

By: Anthony Garreffa | Gaming Consoles | Posted: 18 hours, 42 mins ago

It seems that just before Christmas kicks off and this decade ends, hype for the PlayStation 5 has kicked off again with some online retailers offering up sign-ups to the pre-orders on the next-gen PS5 console.

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Now while this won't be an actual pre-order, it acts as the retailer more or so saying "so the PlayStation 5 pre-orders will begin soon, get your name down now so you can pre-order it when we're ready". It's another tidbit of news, and it seems this generation the hype is being driven 100x more than the previous-gen consoles.

As for the stores offering sign-ups to the pre-orders, we have Best Buy in the US, GAME in the UK, Dustinhome in Norway and then Game Mania and Ned Game both in the Netherlands.

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