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UK retailer offers HTC Vive headset on monthly payments

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 20 mins ago

If there's one thing that will boost your sales on an expensive product, it's monthly payments that make it more affordable for those who don't want to spend a large sum of money at once. UK retailer Game is offering the HTC Vive on monthly payments, requiring a 10% deposit and two years of some pretty affordable payments.

 

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Once the 10% deposit of £75.90 ($100 USD or $131 AUD) is paid, there are 24 monthly payments of £32.79 ($43 USD or $57 AUD) - with a 14.9% fixed interest rate per annum. Not a bad deal, but it gets better when you consider Game is letting you trade in old games and consoles to pay off the HTC Vive faster. Monthly payments would make HTC Vive sales increase considerably, especially for those who have the money to spend on a fast enough PC to play it - now you can just pay a small amount per month and enjoy the best VR experience available, for now at least.

PS4 Slim supports 5GHz 802.11ac Wi-Fi

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 32 mins ago

Sony's new PlayStation 4 "Slim" model is confirmed to support the new 5G 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard.

 

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Although Sony's new cheaper, lighweight PS4 "Slim" model will support both 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless frequencies across 802.11ac/n/g thanks to its new Wi-Fi networking card. Users will be able to switch between 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies at any time, provided they have the requisite networking technology.

 

Verified PS4 "Slim" owner Shortman82 took a picture of the new PS4's manual, which states: "The frequencies used by the wireless networking feature of this product are the 2.4GHz / 5GHz ranges. The 2.4GHz range of radio waves is shared by various devices. This product has been designed to minimize the effect of other devices using the same range. Only use 5GHz band wireless equipment indoors."

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Rovio developing 'Angry Birds Movie' sequel

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 59 mins ago

Far from the cynical cash grab I was fearing, this year's 'Angry Birds Movie' turned out to be a pretty damn good animated adventure which had appeal for all age groups. And while it grossed far less than other recent animated smash hits such as 'Minions', 'Frozen' and 'Zootopia', it's respectable $350 million worldwide take from a $75 million production budget has ensured that the Birds will fly again.

 

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According to HitFix, Rovio CEO Kati Levoranta said "we have started planning the sequel to The Angry Birds Movie" which basically just confirms something we already knew - that Rovio love money. But based on the amount of time it took to get the first film up and running, it could be a number of years before another film hits cinemas and who knows what apps will be the range - or if anyone's still playing 'Angry Birds' at all.

KFC denies leak of 11 secret herbs and spices recipe

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 hour, 36 mins ago

KFC's blend of 11 herbs and spices have tantalised junk food junkies across the world for decades and served as the company's most valuable intellectual property, so it's no wonder that many have tried to crack the recipe. Many have gotten close, but not quite there. So when The Chicago Tribune posted a recipe given to them by Joe Ledington, the nephew of Kentucky Fried Chicken founder Colonel Harland Sanders which was located in a 70 year old scrapbook and which convincingly passed the taste test, the internet exploded. KFC at home? What a time to live. But KFC have tried to shoot the whole thing down.

 

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According to a KFC statement posted by The Telegraph, KFC have denied the recipe is the real deal saying "many people have made these claims over the years and no one has been accurate - this one isn't either". The company holds that the original 1940 recipe handwritten by Sanders is locked up in a safe encased in two feet of concrete and monitored by extensive video and motion detection surveillance systems.

 

Of course, there's no reason that the newly discovered recipe simply be a duplicate? You can't keep your secrets forever, not in this day and age.

Raw Data update has a huge list of new features, enemies

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 2 hours, 12 mins ago

Survios has been busy working away on what is arguably the first 'AAA' game in VR, with Raw Data really stirring up a huge following for HTC Vive owners, myself included.

 

 

Raw Data launched last month and debuted at #1 on the Steam Top Seller list on the day it launched, and that's in Early Access, after a popular run behind the scenes in testing. Survios has a huge update for Raw Data that is now rolling out, adding a slew of new enemies, features, and a brand new mission.

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HTC 'still having internal discussions' on next-gen Vive

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 4 hours, 16 mins ago

HTC has had a great run of success with the Vive, with it being a superior VR experience thanks to its room scale VR and two controllers bundled for $799. HTC is now teasing its next-gen Vive headset, which doesn't yet have an official name - but Vive 2.0 sounds awesome.

 

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Earlier this year the company split its VR division into its own subsidiary: Vive Corporation, with Raymond Pao in the position of Vice President for Future Technologies, as well as HTC itself. Pao traverses the globe finding new inspiration for next-gen technology, including the next Vive headset, with his latest trip seeing him spend some time in San Francisco with the team from Upload VR, and talking up a tiny storm on the Vive 2.0 headset.

 

Pao said: "We are still having internal discussions as to what the next generation will be. And we don't feel that we are limited by time or any one particular new feature", and when pressed about the possibility of wireless VR with the new Vive, he said: "Internally we have a couple ideas but its not solid yet and its not at the stage where we are confident that we have a plan".

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CON MAN game has arrived on Apple & Android devices

By: Emma Tucker | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 hours, 18 mins ago

CON MAN fans, the wait is over with the new game released by Monkey Strength Productions, available now for Apple and Android devices. Download it from the App Store or Google Play and begin the life of a comic book convention manager.

 

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The game features Alan Tudyk, Nathan Fillion and the cast of the Con Man web series in assisting you to create the largest, most diverse convention ever: Shock-A-Con! The game utilizes all management-like tasks cons require to operate, from unclogging toilets to emptying trash cans, the app has the realistic qualities of a standard convention. Not forgetting the infamous crowd control as well.

 

Self-titled, the simulated game is based upon the hit show CON MAN, where characters from season 1 will assist you in everything from placing VIP booths, to attracting cosplayers and even hiring staff when needed. Everything a real comic book convention would need in order to run smoothly. You are the creator, you have the ability to build it your way!

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Ubisoft culls four PC games due to lack of popularity

By: Emma Tucker | More News: Gaming | Posted: 8 hours, 20 mins ago

It's official - Ubisoft has announced that they will be eliminating the servers for four PC free-to-play games by the end of 2016. The first three games will be removed by October with the fourth scheduled for December. Ubisoft's website confirms the news, along with the names and dates of the games coming to an end.

 

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So far The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot will be ending on the 25 of October whilst Might & Magic Duel of Champions and Tom Clancy's Endwar Online are set to finish October 31 with the fourth game, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Phantoms will be shuttered on December 1. In addition to this, the closures will also effect the game's websites, forums, and social media channels as they too will be eliminated in the process. Ubisoft will also be discontinuing any updates/upgrades prior to these end dates.

 

The fate was decided by the French gaming development company due to the lack of interest, with the added issue of declining numbers on forums and channels amongst gamers. This then posses the idea, after this cull who else is on the list for termination due to popularity decrease? All we know thus far is that these four titles are the only ones that have been announced for the chopping block, that we know of.

Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice hits the Nintendo 3DS on Sept 27

By: Emma Tucker | More News: Gaming | Posted: 10 hours, 14 mins ago

The wait is nearly over with SEGA unveiling the next chapter in the Sonic Boom universe; Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS. The new game is set to be released for single and multiplayer on September 27, with Sonic and his friends out to save the world. The infamous Dr. Eggman has discovered the supercharged element ragnium on the mythical Island of Ragna Rock, and whilst mining it has created a new project that's causing problems in this unexpected turn of events, Sonic and his friends might have to save Dr. Eggman from his own creation.

 

 

Choose your favourite character and race through this brilliant new adventure as Sonic, Tails, Amy, Knuckles or Sticks to stop the dreaded Dr. Eggman and an all new creation making their debut, D-Fekt. The game lets you wilde the power of fire and ice to burn through obstacles, puzzles, and freeze enemies in their tracks. Embrace classic character abilities such as Sonic's speed, Tails' flight, Knuckles' strength, Sticks' Boomerang and Amy's hammer to explore, fight and race through an undiscovered land like never seen before.

 

Compete with your friends in 2-player bot racing and unlock 6 new tracks as you collect artifacts along your way throughout this new world. Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice boss battles are so big they take up both screens, not forgetting to play mini-games filled with puzzles and time trials including an updated Sea Fox.

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Lenovo's new Thinkpad X1 Yoga has a 1440p OLED display

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: 12 hours, 14 mins ago

Lenovo has launched its new Thinkpad X1 Yoga laptop, which features a beautiful OLED touchscreen, with the OLED screen "truly a thing of wonder", Engadget writes.

 

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The new Thinkpad X1 Yoga features a 14-inch OLED touchscreen with a native resolution of 2560x1440, with Lenovo using premium materials on the new OLED-based laptop. It weighs just 2.8 pounds and is 0.67 inches thin, keeping it line with other Ultrabooks in its class. Lenovo still includes 3 x USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, and miniDisplayPort connectivity, back up by a microSD card slot and even a fingerprint scanner.

 

The OLED display can be rotated a full 360 degrees into tablet mode, with the physical keyboard recessed behind the display. This is what has made previous Yoga devices from Lenovo so popular, as they are very individual - and can be used virtually anywhere.

 

Engadget has had some hands-on time with Lenovo's new Thinkpad X1 Yoga and have said that "X1 Yoga's OLED display doesn't waste any time impressing you. The red border around Lenovo's logo has an almost electric feel upon boot-up, and that carries over to everything in Windows. OLED displays are known for their bold colors and deep black levels, and this one doesn't disappoint. Watching videos and perusing photos is a revelatory experience. OLED adds an enormous amount of depth to images that makes them seem almost three-dimensional".

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