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Palm, claw or fingertip grip? Which one are you?

By: Chris Smith | More News: Peripherals | Posted: 14 mins ago

You're probably pretty confused by the title, but that's ok. There's three main ways of holding a computer mouse, these being palm, claw and fingertip grip.

 

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In this very useful graphic released by the ASUS Republic of Gamers, you can help identify exactly what type of grip style suits you best.

 

Why does it matter? Many different mice are made for certain grip styles and hand sizes. If you're looking at a fingertip or claw grip, something like the smaller-sized SteelSeries Kinzu would suit you better than Logitech's good old faithful MX518 which is more suitable for a palm grip.

 

No grip is right or wrong, they simply suit different purposes and playing styles. You'll often find that players utilizing fingertip grips can be Counter Strike 'entry fraggers', alongside being wrist players (rotating only at the wrist) and use higher sensitivity. Whereas a palm player like myself will use a larger mouse like the Tt eSPORTS Saphira, a lower sensitivity and the whole arm or a combination of arm and wrist to move the crosshair around.

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Netflix is finally set for launch in Australia and New Zealand

By: Chris Smith | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 hour, 24 mins ago

We told you it was coming some time, but we weren't wasn't exactly sure when. Now Netflix has seemingly brought their Australia & New Zealand Facebook page to life, telling fans to "Please Stand By..." for the 24th of March, 2015.

 

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There's still no saying exactly what content will be supplied as different media entities in Australia have exclusive rights to certain shows such as the extremely popular series 'Game of Thrones'. Netflix has however announced that they will be opening this local service with House of Cards and Bloodline being made available for consumers, alongside providing the popular series' Marco Polo and Daredevil.

 

As for pricing - still nothing. Netflix claims that "Information regarding additional content, technology and pricing will be available in the lead up to launch."

 

If you're an iiNet customer - rejoice! All those with this ISP will see unmetered Netflix data usage for all shows.

 

Stay tuned for more information as it develops.

EA announces Battlefield Hardline Premium for $50

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 10 hours, 16 mins ago

EA has officially announced Battlefield Hardline Premium, which is virtually identical to the other Premium services for the previous titles in the Battlefield franchise.

 

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Battlefield Hardline Premium will cost $50, offering gamers four new "super features" which include: masks, gun bench, competitive play and legendary status. Not only that, but you'll get two weeks early access to the four story-themed DLC packs, as well as monthly rewards and access to "exclusive in-game events and items".

 

Here's a detailed list of what Battlefield Hardline Premium has on offer:

 

Four super features:

  • Masks - New player masks with unique gameplay benefits tied to the theme of each mask.
  • Gun Bench - Provides players with the ability to visually customize their weapons and track their kills per weapon.
  • Competitive Play - Support for competitive play through Battlefield Hardline Premium-access only tournaments and ladders.
  • Legendary Status - Provides replayability of the entire progression system.

 

Four digital expansion packs featuring new multiplayer maps, modes, vehicles, in-game content and a story themed throughout all four:

  • Battlefield Hardline: Criminal Activity - Players have to make a name for themselves in fast-paced, highly-destructible new maps littered with small-time crime jobs. Available summer 2015.
  • Battlefield Hardline: Robbery - Take down the opposition head on and progress through key locations with major cinematic action. Available summer 2015.
  • Battlefield Hardline: Getaway - This is frantic, high-speed chases that immerse players deeper in the heist. Available fall 2015.
  • Battlefield Hardline: Betrayal - There is a rat in every operation and players will have to find out who to trust. Available winter early 2016.

 

  • Two weeks early access to all expansion packs
  • 12 Gold Battlepacks
  • New personalization options including gun camos, ammo skins, and more Battlefield Hardline Premium exclusive in-game items
  • Access to double-XP, in-game missions, and more Battlefield Hardline Premium exclusive events
  • Priority position in server queues

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Qualcomm teases Snapdragon 820 processor for late 2015, early 2016

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 10 hours, 38 mins ago

MWC 2015 - Qualcomm had some interesting things to talk about during Mobile World Congress this year, apart from having its chips in various new flagship handsets like the HTC One M9 and Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge.

 

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Qualcomm confirmed the existence of its new 'Kryo' processor, a 64-bit chip that would be manufactured on the FinFET process, and sampled sometime in the next 6-12 months. The new Snapdragon 820 processor will be the first SoC to use Qualcomm's new "cognitive computing platform", something known as 'Zeroth', writes Patrick Moorhead for Forbes.

 

Moorhead expects to see Snapdragon 820 samples in the next 6-9 months, with a Snapdragon 820-powered smartphone to be unveiled in "December 2015, worse case October 2016". It could happen even sooner, with Snapdragon 820-powered devices shown off at MWC in March 2016.

LG details its Watch Urbane smartwatch in its latest video

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 10 hours, 50 mins ago

MWC 2015 - LG detailed its new Watch Urbane and Watch Urbane LTE smartwatches at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, but the new Watch Urbane isn't so different from the current Watch R from LG.

 

 

The LG Watch Urbane has some external changes against the Watch R, with a thinner unibody case. Both of the smartwatches are powered by Android Wear, with a heart rate monitor on the back of the watch. On the front, we have a 1.3-inch P-OLED display with a 320x320 resolution, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor at 1.2GHz and a 410mAh battery. LG is promising around 30 hours of battery for normal use.

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Hands-on with HTC's latest One M9 smartphone at MWC 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 11 hours, 30 mins ago

MWC 2015 - Our man on the ground at Mobile World Congress, Johannes Knapp, scored some hands-on time with the Galaxy S6 from Samsung earlier today, but now we have some time with the gorgeous HTC One M9 smartphone.

 

 

If you haven't read up on the One M9 yet, HTC has provided it with a 5-inch 1080p display, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 processor (an 8-core CPU), 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage expandable through microSD, a 20-megapixel rear-facing camera which is backed up by the UltraPixel front-facing snapper.

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BlackBerry expanding software products for Apple iOS, Google Android

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 12 hours, 13 mins ago

BlackBerry is transitioning focus from smartphone hardware more towards software, building business partnerships with Apple and Google. The struggling manufacturer wants to develop business applications able to run on iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. It's not a surprise BlackBerry wants to create enterprise products for other platforms, after its hardware efforts slid over the past few years.

 

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"I have a lot of software assets that are really good," said BlackBerry CEO John Chen, when speaking with Bloomberg. "We're going to build a business on putting it on other peoples' devices. As our market share in hardware is shrinking, I think there's a much bigger opportunity to make our software and package it correctly to be available on cross platforms."

 

Since becoming CEO in November 2013, Chen has looked for strategies to expand BlackBerry's product offerings. The company's smartphone market share has dropped below 1 percent, as Apple, Samsung, and other manufacturers fight for control.

Qualcomm teams up with Cyanogen for new 'Reference Design' products

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 12 hours, 39 mins ago

MWC 2015 - Something interesting has been announced at MWC 2015, with Qualcomm and Cyanogen announcing a new partnership that will see Qualcomm baking Cyanogen OS onto its upcoming Reference Design products that will be announced next month.

 

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The new Reference Design program will see Qualcomm providing smaller companies with smartphone templates, allowing them to release their own brand. Cyanogen OS being an open source version of Android allows Qualcomm to replace its own builds, which normally didn't have that great of a feature set.

 

Cyanogen hopes that the new look for its company "captures our commitment to openness". We will report on the new Reference Design products from Qualcomm with Cyanogen OS as it happens.

Sony announces its Xperia Z4 Tablet, featuring a 10.1-inch 2K display

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 13 hours, 9 mins ago

MWC 2015 - We knew it was coming, but Sony has made the Xperia Z4 Tablet official at MWC 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. The new Xperia Z4 Tablet is one of the most powerful slates on the market, and some.

 

 

We have a 10.1-inch 2K display (2560x1600) giving us a pixel density of 299PPI, but inside we find the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor (an 8-core 64-bit CPU) at 2GHz. There's 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage which is expandable through microSD right up to 128GB. Sony will be offering the new Xperia Z4 Tablet as a Wi-Fi only tablet, as well as an LTE-capable model.

 

On the back we have an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, backed up by a 5.1-megapixel selfie shooter with a wide-angle lens. Sony has crammed a 6000mAh battery inside of the Xperia Z4 Tablet which the company says is good for around 17 hours of video playback. Out of the box we will have Google's latest Android 5.0 Lollipop.

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We go hands-on with the new Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphone at MWC 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 13 hours, 18 mins ago

MWC 2015 - Samsung announced the Galaxy S6 smartphone yesterday at Mobile World Congress 2015, but our man on the ground Johannes Knapp has gotten some hands-on time with the new super-fast smartphone, with that video below.

 

 

As you can see, even with TouchWiz on top, Android 5.0 Lollipop on the Galaxy S6 is super slick and doesn't slow down. This would also be thanks to its incredibly quick 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor and 3GB of LPDDR4 RAM. We also have that 5.1-inch QHD 2560x1440 display, a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera with OIS backed up by a 5-megapixel camera for selfies, a 2550mAh battery, and comes in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB with no expandable storage unfortunately.

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