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Resident Evil 8 rumors: Wolf-like monsters, zombies, and first-person

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 25 mins ago

An admittedly farfetched-sounding rumor says Resident Evil 8 will have zombies, wolf-like monstrosities, and keep the same first-person view from the previous game.

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Anonymous unverified sources tell Biohazard Cast via email some interesting (yet outlandish) rumors about Resident Evil 8. The email, which could've been sent by anyone with any kind of info, claims the game will be a slight departure from the series with a focus on being "clever" (a pretty vague description).

The main tidbits say RE8 will star Ethan Winters from Resident Evil 7, hinting at a direct sequel timeline, and be set in an alpine climate with snow and ice. Wolf monsters haunt the nearby forests, the email claims, possibly even werewolves, and zombies return to chew on our brains. Eventually gamers find themselves in a medieval castle which takes on the role of the house in RE7 or the mansion in RE1, and there's a incorporeal female entity constantly haunting and chasing us.

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Leaked PlayStation 5 prototype was faked by Blender VFX expert

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 3 hours, 10 mins ago

The recent PS5 devkit console revision leak was just a fake, and not even a real one--it was all digital.

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That new PlayStation 5 hardware leak was too good to be true. In fact, it was too good to be real. The console itself was rendered by a VFX specialist using Blender and injected into the footage. It wasn't actually physically there, there was no special 3D printed case or hardware mock-up. Just a digital render complete with a PS4-style lightstrip with blinking orange, blue, and white light transitions.

The creator, Oby 1, did a short making of video that confirmed the fake-out. We get to see a step-by-step process on how the bootup screen and the digital console render were made.

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China trade tariffs won't directly raise PS5, Xbox Series X prices

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 4 hours, 22 mins ago

The United States and China have signed a new trade pact to dampen 2019's international tariffs while also eliminating the extra 25% tax on video game electronics.

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A now-cancelled tariff could've substantially raised the price of next-gen consoles like the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, both of which may already be expensive enthusiast products priced at $499 each. The new regulations peel back original plans for extra import taxes on vital gaming components.

The previous regulations, which called for a hefty 25% ad valorum tax tacked onto select goods like video game hardware components imported from China, would've disrupted the critical supply chains of major console-makers like Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo. The Big Three banded together and warned the U.S. government that the tariffs could force costs to rise and affect the economy (higher prices could mean lower sales). Sony in particular delivered two warnings.

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Tesla hits 102 billion market value, now second most valuable carmaker

By: Jak Connor | Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 9 hours ago

Tesla has earned itself a new achievement, as Elon Musk's company has managed to overtake Volkswagen and become the world's second most valuable car manufacturer.

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Tesla's market evaluation has risen over $102.66 billion, which exceeds the German car manufacturer Volkswagen at $89.68 billion. Other big companies such as General Motors are currently sitting at fourth with $49.88 billion, Honda at fifth with $49.71 billion, and Daimler at sixth with $48.29 million.

So who's first? Toyota has pulled ahead and is in the lead by far, with a market value of $230.95 billion. It seems that Tesla has a lot of leg work to do to take first place, which means that the company is going to be aiming to sell a lot more cars. In 2019 Tesla only sold 367,000 cars, compared to Volkswagen's 11 million. 2020 and beyond will be a different story, as the company will be pushing the electric vehicle standard further than ever before.

NASA selects its first commercial module for private ISS space travel

By: Jak Connor | Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 9 hours, 25 mins ago

NASA has announced via a new press release that Axiom Space out of Houston will be the first company to provide NASA with a commercial destination module for the International Space Station (ISS).

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NASA is fast approaching its goal to commercialize the ISS and enable private astronauts to visit the floating laboratory in low-Earth orbit. The press release reveals that NASA has selected Axiom Space as the first company to provide NASA with a module that will attach to the ISS's Node 2 forward port. This is an important milestone for both NASA and the coming low-Earth orbit economy.

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, said "Axiom's work to develop a commercial destination in space is a critical step for NASA to meet its long-term needs for astronaut training, scientific research, and technology demonstrations in low-Earth orbit. We are transforming the way NASA works with industry to benefit the global economy and advance space exploration. It is a similar partnership that this year will return the capability of American astronauts to launch to the space station on American rockets from American soil."

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Law enforcement now has to pay Google for data scrapes on people

By: Jak Connor | Internet & Websites | Posted: 9 hours, 58 mins ago

Google has announced that it will no longer be working for free for the government. Yep, that's right; Google will be charging law enforcement for any assistance they provide in recovering data.

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In a new report from The New York Times, Google has released a "Notice of Reimbursement" which states that beginning on January 13th, 2020 or soon thereafter, "Google will require pursuant to statutory authority that government agencies serving legal process on Google reimburse Google for costs reasonably necessary and directly incurred in complying with the legal process according to the following reimbursement schedule:"

To make that sound less confusing, basically what Google is saying is that it will no longer be helping law enforcement pull up data on people as it costs them money to do so. If law enforcement wishes to use Google's data, they will have to pay, and the cost depends on what the type of legal process is. Google has provided a "reimbursement schedule" that lays out what law enforcement will be required to reimburse Google if they decide to use its services.

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SpaceX will launch 60 Starlink satellites on Wednesday, January 29th

By: Jak Connor | Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 10 hours, 35 mins ago

SpaceX is in full preparation to launch 60 more Starlink satellites into Earth's atmosphere. Unfortunately, due to weather conditions, the launch has been delayed.

SpaceX took to their official Twitter account on January 27 to announced that the weather for today's launch is "50% favorable". The space exploration company was planning on live streaming the whole event, but unfortunately, due to "strong upper-level winds" SpaceX is "standing down today" and will re-schedule the launch to Wednesday, January 29, at 9:06 a.m., 14:06 UTC. Tune into the live stream here.

Back in November, 2019 SpaceX launched 60 Starlink satellites in its effort to establish a global internet connection. Elon Musk, SpaceX CEO and founder expects to have established at least an early version of a global internet connect by late 2020. Musk and SpaceX eventually want to have 42,000 Starlink satellites in Earth's orbit.

Gaming industry carbon emissions is equal to 85 million refrigerators

By: Jak Connor | Gaming | Posted: 11 hours, 5 mins ago

Since Microsoft's new pledge to become carbon negative by 2030, a study has surfaced online regarding how much the gaming industry as a whole impacts the environment carbon wise.

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Scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory back in 2019 conducted a study that found that in the United States, the annual carbon emissions from the gaming industry were equal to that of 85 million running refrigerators. Another metric that is equal to that of the gaming industry's carbon footprint is 5 million cars.

Evan Mills, the study's lead author and a research affiliate at the University of California, Berkeley said, "Over time, as the technology marches forward, [gaming systems] become more energy-intensive." Grist.org also explains that even if gaming related devices become more energy-efficient, the devices' overall power consumption can still be increased as video games become more technically demanding. If you are interested in reading more about this, check out this link here.

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ISS astronauts fix $2 billion dark matter detection instrument

By: Jak Connor | Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 11 hours, 51 mins ago

The International Space Station is a floating mechanical laboratory, and with almost everything mechanical, sometimes things fall apart. It's just the way things are.

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Since things sometimes fall apart, they need to be fixed by humans so they can then be used again. This is exactly what happened on the ISS, as astronauts Andrew Morgan and Luca Parmitano were given the job of going on a spacewalk to fix the coolant pumps on the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer. The cosmic ray detection instrument was out of commission due to the cooling system failing, but since this past Saturday's spacewalk, the instrument might just be ready for use.

After the initial spacewalk, both astronauts decided to double-check the coolant system to make sure their work was 100%. To their surprise, there was actually a leak found in the cooling system, and after discovering this, the leak was repaired. The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer is valued at around $2 billion dollars and is designed to shine some light on what dark matter actually is and how it works. NASA believes that since the repairs have been successful that the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer should work until the end of the ISS's lifespan.

Sony trademarks PlayStation 5 in Switzerland, gearing up for February

By: Anthony Garreffa | Gaming Consoles | Posted: 12 hours, 15 mins ago

We know that Sony will be unveiling its next-gen PlayStation 5 in February, but one of those important steps is trademarking the PlayStation 5 -- something that the Japanese giant just applied for in Switzerland.

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Our friends at LetsGoDigital have picked up the story, noticing that Sony has applied for the 'PS5' trademark on January 27, 2020 with the IGE IPI (Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property). Sony submitted the application under Class 9, which includes game computers (obviously).

Sony has been step-by-step revealing the PlayStation 5 and has been far ahead of the curve with gamers compared to Microsoft, with far more buzz generated (for free) for the PlayStation 5 versus Microsoft's next-gen Xbox Series X console. The new patent application for the PS5 is yet another step towards Sony's full detailing and unveiling of the PlayStation 5 during the PlayStation Meeting in February, which is just weeks away.