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Lian Li Lancool II Mid-Tower Chassis Review

Lian Li Lancool II Mid-Tower Chassis Review

Lian Li launches its newest computer case today, the Lancool II Mid-Tower Chassis, and here's our look at it.

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If Payday 3 can't get published, Starbreeze may have to sell Payday IP

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 27 mins ago

Amid financial woes, Starbreeze is surviving off of lifelines right now. Things could get much worse if its big new Payday game somehow fails.

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Starbreeze Studios, the company behind the huge Payday franchise, is awash with debt. The company has been forced to shut down various business ventures like StarVR to eliminate spending, all while significantly halting games development. But how bad off is Starbreeze really? According to new documents filed in a Stockholm court, Starbreeze owes a total of $40.8 million, but the good news is its assets are worth nearly four times that amount, or $164.9 million. The bad news? Most of that worth comes from the Payday franchise.

The company's new five-year debt payback plan hinges on one thing: Payday 3. Starbreeze is betting big on the sequel. The plan sees Starbreeze securing a big publishing contract to fund Payday 3's development for a release by 2023, giving the company roughly a year to absorb cash from sales after launch before it has to pay back its debts.

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Diablo IV's missing classes may be Paladin and Amazon

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 2 hours, 13 mins ago

Diablo IV's missing classes are a mystery, but an older, incredibly accurate leak may have spilled the beans on what's to come.

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Four months ago a Reddit user leaked out tons of Diablo IV info, detailing classes, skills and abilities, a new darker medieval tone akin to Diablo II, and a huge open-ended world. Most of everything in the leak turned out to be 100% true. What if all if it is true and Blizzard just hasn't confirmed everything yet?

Some unconfirmed details include Diablo IV's character classes. Blizzard only announced three classes were returning--the Sorceress, the Druid, and the Barbarian--but they also confirmed the game should ship with 5 classes total. Who are the missing heroes? The Paladin and Amazon, according to the leak. There's even more characters coming post-launch as paid expansions too.

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Prey 2 could be developed by original developers

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 3 hours, 21 mins ago

Human Head Studios, the devs behind the original Prey game, today closed their doors. But Bethesda hired them to form a brand new studio.

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Today Bethesda Softworks grew tremendously with a surge of fresh talent. Although the actual Human Head Studios is no more, every single one of its developers was offered a job by Bethesda (an amazing move by the publisher). Bethesda didn't buy Human Head Studios, but they did acquire the full dev team and opened up a brand new studio: Roundhouse Studios.

At the Roundhouse headquarters in Madison, Wisconsin, the team is already working on several unannounced projects for Bethesda. One of those games could be a sequel to 2017's excellent Prey reboot. The irony isn't lost here: Human Head was originally supposed to make Prey 2, but stopped development in 2011. For years the sequel went through development hell until being rebooted by Arkane in 2017.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's Fighter Pass made Nintendo heaps of money

By: Jak Connor | Gaming | Posted: 9 hours, 53 mins ago

Remember when Nintendo refused to implement DLC's into their games? Well, now that the company has jumped on the bandwagon with the rest of the gaming industry, I can guarantee that they don't regret it.

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Even though Nintendo initially didn't want to bring DLC's to their games, they gritted their deal and did it anyway, even at some fans' disapproval. To win over those fans that weren't happy with the decision, Nintendo has made the DLC's worthwhile for buyers, and a prime example of this is Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's Fighters Pass.

During the Q&A summary regarding Nintendo's financials, Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa explains that the company is growing in buyers of "download-only software" and that this was a huge contributor to the companies financial success. The Q&A specifically points out that the "Fighters Pass for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has made a huge contribution". Since the Fighters Pass was such a huge success for Nintendo, it can be assumed that this is the reason they green-lit more characters to come to Smash Ultimate.

Twitch launch 'Twitch Studio' app, live-streaming just got way easier

By: Jak Connor | Online Video | Posted: 10 hours, 50 mins ago

Twitch has released a new introduction application for new streamers and ones that have just started - introducing Twitch Studio, a streamer's best-friend.

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Twitch Studio is currently available for download and takes new streamers through an extremely easy to follow introduction process into streaming. It begins with a guided setup where the app detects microphones, webcams, monitor and streaming resolution, streaming display, templates, and bit rates.

The app also gives users the ability to customize their streaming template while also integrating alerts, programmable keys, activity feeds, and chats. It should be noted that the app is only available to download if your operating system is Windows 7 or above. Here is a link to the Twitch website for further information.

Sonic Mania's lead animator is who we thank for Sonic's Movie redesign

By: Jak Connor | TV, Movies & Home Theatre | Posted: 11 hours, 54 mins ago

Remember back in May when the first trailer for the Sonic The Hedgehog Movie dropped and basically the entire internet threw-up at once? Well, now the entire internet is praising the redesign efforts, but who do we have to thank?

After the backlash of the original Sonic The Hedgehog Movie trailer, Paramount decided to go ahead and suspend the release of the movie and take Sonic back to the labs for a redesign. Over the course of months of hard-work model reconfiguration, Sonic was redesigned back to his normal self, which you can see in the trailer here.

But who was the main influence behind the redesign? Tyon Hesse, the lead animator on the Sonic Mania video game and the director behind Sonic Mania Adventures, took to Twitter to announce that he was the lead role in the redesign for the movie. Yes, that's right, a video game designer saved the Sonic The Hedgehog Movie from flopping hugely in the box office. I think I can say on behalf of the internet, thank you, Mr. Hesse, you and your team, truly turned it around.

Facebook is fixing that really weird bug that auto-opened users camera

By: Jak Connor | Apps | Posted: 12 hours, 53 mins ago

Just earlier this month, Facebook issued out a new update for the iOS app, and while updates are usually welcomed, this one harbored a strange bug that opened users camera without them knowing.

CNET reported that while users on the iOS app were watching videos or looking at photos their camera became activated behind the app. Some users even reported via Twitter that while watching a video and then rotating to landscape mode that the Facebook/Instagram Story UI could be seen for a split second. When flipping back to portrait, the Story camera/UI opened entirely, as seen above.

Facebook acknowledged the issue, saying that this bug was introduced to the iOS app when they fixed another bug that was incorrectly launching the app in landscape mode. Facebook's Guy Rosen gave a statement regarding this bug, saying "We recently discovered that version 244 of the Facebook iOS app would incorrectly launch in landscape mode. In fixing that issue last week in v246 (launched on November 8th) we inadvertently introduced a bug that caused the app to partially navigate to the camera screen adjacent to News Feed when users tapped on photos."

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate version 6.1.0 balance update imminent

By: Jak Connor | Gaming | Posted: 13 hours, 55 mins ago

Nintendo has already got the next update for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in the pipeline; version 6.1.0 update is imminent.

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Nintendo just released version 6.0.0 for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and if you happened to miss what that update included here's a quick overview. The update came with changes for Donkey Kong, Kirby, King K. Rool, Jigglypuff, Robin, Incineroar, and Hero. It also added online changes and the new DLC fighter Terry Bogard from the Fatal Fury series.

Now Nintendo is about to release a follow-up update, moving the version to 6.1.0. The news comes from SSBUBot, who says that the patch will be available to download within the next few days. SSBUBot also warns players that they will not be able to view previously saved replays after this new version is downloaded. To overcome this problem, players must covert their epic replays into video format and save it to their Nintendo Switch. Details for what the update specifically includes have not been released, but as soon as they are, I will follow up with another article.

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This star moving at hyperdrive-speeds was spat out from our black hole

By: Jak Connor | Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 14 hours, 55 mins ago

Astronomers have confirmed that a star was ejected out the supermassive black hole that is located at the heart of our Milky Way galaxy.

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A team of researchers of Carnegie Mellon University's McWilliams Center for Cosmology spotted the star, which is titled S5-HVS1 in a constellation called Grus. When spotted by the team, it was traveling at insane speeds, 10x the speed of most other stars in our galaxy. According to the team, S5-HVS1 was moving at a ridiculous 3.7 million mph after it was ejected out the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way, Sagittarius A*.

The team of researchers was led by Sergey Koposov, who said, "This is super exciting, as we have long suspected that black holes can eject stars with very high velocities. However, we never had an unambiguous association of such a fast star with the galactic center." Douglas Boubert, a researcher at the University of Oxford and a co-author of the study, said: "The velocity of the discovered star is so high that it will inevitably leave the galaxy and never return".

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New breakthrough in solar cell material is thanks to a 'sandwich'

By: Jak Connor | Energy | Posted: 15 hours, 32 mins ago

A brand new type of material has been made for next-generation solar cells, and this material removes the major roadblock that was stopping the advancement of the technology.

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At the moment, current solar cells only capture 15% to 18% of the solar energy on average, but in 2009 solar cells started incorporating the mineral perovskite. Since then, researchers have been concentrating on this mineral as it was much more efficient, increasing the capture rate to 28%. Unfortunately, just like every good thing out there, it comes with some form of downside. Solar cells that are made with perovskite are not stable as they contain water-soluble lead, which is a general health hazard.

Thankfully humans have a natural proclivity to overcome problems presented to them, and that's just what a team of researchers at Purdue University have done. Scientists and engineers led by Letian Dou, assistant professor of chemical engineering at Purdue University, have developed a sandwich-like material that uses organic and inorganic materials to form a new hybrid structure, removing the necessity of using lead and improving overall stability.

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