AMD Ryzen 7 nm round-up — Ryzen 3000, X570, and Navi reportedly targeted for July 7, 12-core and 16-core CPUs expected – Notebookcheck.net

AMD Ryzen 7 nm round-up — Ryzen 3000, X570, and Navi reportedly targeted for July 7, 12-core and 16-core CPUs expected – Notebookcheck.net

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Final Fantasy XV DLC ‘Episode Ardyn’ first details, screenshots – Gematsu

Final Fantasy XV DLC ‘Episode Ardyn’ first details, screenshots – Gematsu

Due out on March 26.

Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ardyn Prologue

Square Enix has released first information and screenshots of Final Fantasy XV expansion “Episode Ardyn,” which was recently dated for release on March 26.

Get the details below.

■ Story

35 years before the events of Final Fantasy XV. Verstael Besithia, a researcher belonging to the Empire of Niflheim, releases Ardyn Lucis Caelum from 2,000 years of imprisonment. Led to the Imperial research facility, Ardyn discovers a certain truth and decides to take revenge upon the Kingdom of Lucis.

Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ardyn Prologue

Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ardyn Prologue

Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ardyn Prologue

Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ardyn Prologue

■ Infiltrate the Crown City Insomnia

Ardyn infiltrates Insomnia to destroy the peaceful Crown City, which is surrounded by a magic barrier. And what does Ardyn see beyond his revenge…?

Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ardyn Prologue

Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ardyn Prologue

Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ardyn Prologue

Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ardyn Prologue

■ Characters

Characters from main story of Final Fantasy XV will appear in “Episode Ardyn” several decades younger. New characters such as Ardyn’s beloved Aera Mils Fleuret and his younger brother Somnus Lucis Caelum will also appear.

Verstael Besithia

A scientist belonging to the Niflheim Imperial Army, and the leading magitek researcher. He took notice of the Lucis outlaw dubbed “Adagium” and released Ardyn from his imprisonment on Angelgard.

Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ardyn Prologue

Aera Mils Fleuret

The first Oracle, chosen as the bridge between humankind and the divine. She and Ardyn were deeply in love with each other.

Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ardyn Prologue

Regis Lucis Caelum

Noctis Lucis Caelum’s father and the 113th King of Lucis. He puts his heart and soul into protecting the Kingdom of Lucis from the Niflheim Empire’s frequent invasions.

Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ardyn Prologue

Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ardyn Prologue

Somnus Lucis Caelum

Ardyn’s younger brother and the Founder King of Lucis. Dubbed the “Mystic” based on his feats in battle. He imprisoned his older brother Ardyn, who had become a daemon, and ascended to the throne.

Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ardyn Prologue

Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ardyn Prologue

■ Various New Systems

New systems have been implemented that are unique to Ardyn, who possesses the power of daemons.

Shadow Move to Points on the Map

By using the power of daemons, Ardyn can freely move about at high speeds to points on the map with the “Shadow Move” ability.

Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ardyn Prologue

Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ardyn Prologue

Daemonification

Ardyn has the special power to transform enemies into daemons and render them powerless. By successfully landing a finishing attack (landing five consecutive hits), you will then be able to use the one-hit kill special attack “Daemonification” (official English name pending).

You can also activate Daemonification by successfully landing a sequence of attacks following a back-attack. Utilize Ardyn’s Shadow Move to attack the enemy from behind.

Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ardyn Prologue

Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ardyn Prologue

Final Fantasy XV is available now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

View the screenshots at the gallery.

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Apple to release 16-inch MacBook Pro, 6K monitor and iPhone with bilateral charging in 2019, says report – CNET

Apple to release 16-inch MacBook Pro, 6K monitor and iPhone with bilateral charging in 2019, says report – CNET
Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch Touch bar

Sarah Tew

According to an investor note by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is planning to release a new MacBook Pro design in 2019. 

The note, acquired by MacRumours, states that Apple will release a new 16-inch MacBook Pro, new iPads and a 31-inch 6K monitor. There’ll also be new iPhones with bilateral charging, which means you’ll be able to use your iPhone’s battery to charge other devices.

This means 2019 could be a busy year for Apple if the note is to be believed, suggesting that the company is hoping to rebound after a difficult 2018. Over the recent holiday period, iPhone sales were down as much as 11 percent against expectations.

The note also suggests the 13-inch MacBook Pro will come with 32 GB of RAM, which is a major upgrade from the 16GB of RAM that currently ships with the 13-inch model. The fourth generation of the MacBook Pro, complete with Touch Bar and USB-C, was released in 2016 and has received incremental updates since

Kuo’s note hints that a new Mac Pro might come with “easy to upgrade components”. Its rumoured 6K monitor will apparently ship with Mini LED-esque backlight design. 

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

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2020 GMC Acadia Refresh Revealed With New Turbo 2.0L Engine – Motor1.com

2020 GMC Acadia Refresh Revealed With New Turbo 2.0L Engine – Motor1.com

GMC sure knows how to fire up Mondays by launching the 2020 Acadia. Aside from its refreshed look, the midsize crossover comes with a variety of changes on the inside, along with a new turbocharged engine option and a fresh  AT4 variant to extend the range even further.

Up front, the 2020 Acadia gets a redesigned grille to be crowned by a range-standard LED lighting and the GMC signature C-shaped head- and tail-lights. The AT4 features a more aggressive exterior styling that’s highlighted by black chrome finish and sporty dark interior with contrasting accents.

The Acadia Denali trim remains in the lineup with an easily distinguishable chromed exterior and light interior with an open-pore wood accent on the dashboard.

One of the major highlights of the refreshed 2020 Acadia is the availability of an all-new dual-scroll turbocharged 2.0-liter engine. It will sit side-by-side with the 2.5L inline-four and the 3.6L V6 engines that have been carried over from its predecessor. 

The new turbo four-pot mill is rated at a GMC-estimated 230 horsepower (172 kW) and 258 lb-ft of torque (350 Nm). It promises maximum power with its high valve lift, and greater fuel efficiency with its low valve lift. It also utilizes an Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) that disables two cylinders in light load conditions to optimize efficiency. This new engine is standard in SLT and Denali level trims.

In addition to the new engine, a fresh nine-speed transmission will now come standard on all variants of the 2020 Acadia. It will be controlled via GMC’s Electronic Precision Shift – a system that replaces the stick with push buttons and pull triggers.

Additional technologies inside the 2020 Acadia include a 15-watt wireless charging, a high definition rear vision digital camera (standard on SLT, AT4 or Denali and available on SLE), eBoost brake system that’s standard with the new 2.0L Turbo engine, and suspension refinements that enhance ride and handling.

The 2020 GMC Acadia will hit showrooms this fall and will be produced at GM’s Spring Hill, Tennessee assembly plant.

Source: GMC

 

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