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Computer games in the mainstream, CS:GO at X Games Aspen aired by ESPN

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 17 mins ago

Often it's a pretty heated debate on the internet - "is competitive gaming a real sport?". Well, in more MLG news - they're bringing Valve's popular FPS title Counter-Strike: Global Offensive to the public scene and the television via the X Games and ESPN. This comes to light after we've recently reported on MLG working behind the scenes to run the biggest Dota2 league in history.


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Set for kickoff on the 23rd of January 2015, X Games Aspen will be looking for another sell-out audience - seeing eSports now added to the foray of hardcore high-adrenaline sports on offer. This partnership will see team up with the ESPN and ABC to bring this event to the wider audience.


Sundance DiGiovanni, Co-founder and CEO of MLG, commented that "2014 was a breakout year for eSports with the first ever MLG tournament at X Games Austin, millions watching competition on, and more than 71 million people competing in or watching eSports events around the globe," further adding "Our X Games debut was such a success we knew we had to continue the tradition. The MLG X Games Aspen Invitational will further elevate eSports placing our top competitors amongst the best winter athletes in the world and continues to solidify as the leading destination for premium eSports pro gaming."

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Samsung tease their new SE790C curved monitor

By: Chris Smith | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: 1 hour, 18 mins ago

"All curves are not created equal. Samsung's SE790C offers an industry-leading and award-winning curvature for a truly immersive, comfortable and differentiating viewing experience," claims Samsung's Senior Vice President of the Visual Display Business, Seoggi Kim.


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The tech-giant has just pushed a press release, claiming a soon-to-be launch of their brand-new 3000R (curvature radius of 3,000mm) monitor, the SE70C. Said to closely match the natural curve of the human eye, this monitor is claimed by the manufacturer to create a distortion-free viewing experience with less eye strain for all.


Incorporating a 21:9 aspect ratio and an ULTRA-WQHD resolution of 3440 x 1440 pixels, the SE790C has a wide viewing angle of 178 degrees, a contrast ratio of 3000:1 and 300 CD/m2 typical brightness. There are some handy features included out of the box including Picture-in-Picture and Picture-by-Picture capabilities, alongside two 7-watt stereo speakers located within the build.

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The world's largest DOTA2 league has been announced

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 hours, 21 mins ago

Featuring a minimum prize pool of $475,000 alongside an offered $90,000 worth of player travel support, joinDOTA have teamed up with Major League Gaming (MLG) to build the world's largest Dota 2 league.


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Coming off the back of an extremely successful 'International' held by the game developer Valve in 2014, seeing over $10m in prize money being given out to the competing teams alongside free travel and hotel arrangements, joinDOTA and MLG are trying to step up the game - offering a long-standing tournament for many teams to compete in.


Claimed to take "competitive Dota 2 to the next level," their recently issued press release states that this World Championship event follows on from the renewal of the joinDOTA league. Teams who competed in the last 'jDL Division 1' competition will be given the chance to qualify for a spot in the season finals, alongside multiple big-name entities being selected to attend.

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Samsung to can their 'ChatOn' service in 2015

By: Chris Smith | More News: Apps | Posted: 4 hours, 10 mins ago

Have you ever used ChatOn to chat to your friends? We haven't either. Samsung's unpopular messenger service has been marked for closure on the first day of February, 2015.


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Unfortunately this messenger app didn't really gain traction in the wider market, which is currently heavily saturated. If you're wanting to chat to a friend there is a seemingly endless list of ways to contact them in this day and age through your mobile. Off the top of my head I can immediately rattle off: Steam, Skype, Facebook Messenger, Xfire, WhatsApp, Line - amongst many others.

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Valve updates the Steam Controller, adds a directional pad

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: 4 hours, 41 mins ago

Valve is constantly tinkering with its still unreleased Steam Controller, but the latest design shown off sports a directional pad. This is joined by traditional face buttons, and an analog thumbstick.


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The new image, something that was found by Game Informer in the latest Steam Client beta, shows off a d-pad on the new Steam Controller. The directional pad replaces the left-side haptic touchpad, but unfortunately this isn't the final design so we don't know if we'll receive a d-pad on the Steam Controller when it's released next year. Boo.

Nokia Lumia 520 smartphone listed for a crazy price of $19.99

By: Chris Smith | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 5 hours, 18 mins ago

Some say the number is 100 off the best internet-joke ever, the Nokia 520 has been listed for a tiny price of $29 from the Microsoft Store as spotted earlier this month, but it gets even better than that - Amazon are now offering it up for a tiny price of $19.99.


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Originally released for the pocket-money price of $39.99 in the last summer, this Nokia phone wasn't expected to budge much in price but now it's 50% off. Running a 1GHz dual-core processor coupled with 512MB of RAM isn't anything amazing - but for a spare phone can you really complain with a $19.99 price tag and no lock-in contract?


Comparing this entry-level Microsoft offering to Android sees it come up quite short, alongside it having only 8GB of internal storage (MicroSD expandable however), it has a 800x480 resolution screen, a 5MP rear facing camera and a 1430 mAh battery. However these specifications should be suspected given it's under half the price of most second hand phones you can find on the market.

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Mike Myers teases North Korea on SNL playing Dr Evil

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 5 hours, 45 mins ago

The Obama administration may want to retaliate against North Korea, without showing any proof of it yet, but Mike Myers has reprised his role as the infamous Dr Evil, to take a laugh or three at North Korea.



Myers reprised his role as Dr Evil on Saturday Night Live, to talk about what true evil is all about. Dr Evil talks about North Korea's attack on Sony, as two bald men fighting over a comb... who cares, is the point. He also takes a bit of a hit at the Guardians of Peace, the hackers behind the story, and even makes fun of himself in the bomb Love Guru. Check it out above.

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'Battle of the Five Armies' Extended Cut will be 30 mins longer

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 6 hours, 25 mins ago

The 'Lord of the Rings' Trilogy set the precedent, which was picked up with the 'Hobbit' features 'An Unexpected Journey' and 'The Desolation of Smaug', so it's no surprise that 'The Battle of the Five Armies' will also feature a longer home video extended cut version.


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Speaking to press on the campaign trail for the final entry in the series, Director Peter Jackson confirmed that it's coming later in 2015 and will feature an additional 30 minutes of footage. Included in the additional footage will be "some additional Beorn stuff"; Beorn being a "skin-changer", capable of assuming the appearance of an imposing bear who made a cameo in 'The Desolation of Smaug'.


At 144 minutes, 'The Battle of the Five Armies' is the shortest of all 'The Hobbit' feature. As customary, the initial Blu-ray and DVD release is expected to release in March 2015, with the Extended Cut to follow sometime in the fourth quarter.

Walmart is offering the PlayStation 4 for just $329 right now

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 6 hours, 44 mins ago

Sony may be going through some trouble over its hacking scandal, but Walmart is here to the rescue offering the PlayStation 4 for just $329 - a decent $70 off the usual retail price.


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Walmart is offering the PS4 for $329 as an in-store pickup only deal, but you can still order it online, it just means you have to find a store where it's in stock, and then run down and pick it up. While it's cheap by itself, Amazon is offering a PS4 bundle that includes The Last of Us Remastered and the PlayStation Camera, for $439.

The first tease of Android 6.0 'M' starts, should arrive late 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: 7 hours, 47 mins ago

We're starting to hear the first few rumbles on Android 6.0, or Android M. Before we see the next-gen version of Google's mobile OS, we'll see Android 5.1, which is something the Android team is already working on.


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When should we expect Android 6.0? According to the latest rumors, Android M should arrive in October-November 2015, which is normally when Google releases the next iteration of Android. This means we'll hear about it in June at Google's annual Google I/O event, but now we have to guess what the 'M' stands for. Milky Way? Milky Bar? Marshmallow? I'm going with Marshmallow.

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