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GTA V and Grand Theft Auto Online boost TakeTwo earnings

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 8, 2017 5:54 pm

Rockstar parent company Take-Two Interactive today revealed strong third-quarter 2017 financials bolstered by repeated success of Grand Theft Auto V and its monetized engagement-driven online GTA Online component.

 

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The earnings call made one thing clear: like EA, Take-Two has a potent formula regarding engagement and recurring consumer spending. This money-making strategy has manifested strongest with GTA Online, which continues to pull in quite a bit of earnings for Take-Two and Rockstar.

 

Sales and earnings were up in the three-month quarter, and recurrent consumer spending grew to a record high of 55%, signalling that tons of GTA Online, NBA 2K and mobile players continue to spend their money on in-game microtransactions, DLC content, and other in-game based purchases. In the nine-month period across Q1-Q3 FY2017, Take-Two earned $1.4 billion, and below we've transcribed the most important tidbits of the earnings call for your perusal:

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Samsung Galaxy S8 looks amazing in the latest leak

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 8, 2017 2:33 pm

Samsung will release the Galaxy S8 on March 29th, and a lot is already known about the upcoming flagship.

 

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The latest leak shows a render from OnLeaks and GearIndia. Samsung will keep its glass-aluminum design for both devices. The Galaxy S8 will come with a 5.7-inch display while the S8 Edge will have a bigger 6.2-inch screen.

 

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The fingerprint sensor is moving to the back of the phone and is now next to the camera. Both devices are rumored to have an iris scanner at the front, a security feature that the Note7 had.

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Apple's BeatsX wireless earphones soon available

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Feb 8, 2017 1:29 pm

Apple's BeatsX wireless neckband-style earphones will finally become available on February 10th.

 

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Apple promises up to eight hours of battery life, while a 5-minute charge gives you 2 hours of playback. RemoteTalk allows you to take calls with a built-in mic, play music, adjust volume and activate Siri.

 

The BeatsX will first be available in black and white colors while the gray and blue versions are coming soon.

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YouTube pushes out mobile live streaming to some users

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Feb 8, 2017 11:32 am

I have been live streaming from my smartphone to Facebook Live for over a year now, and finally - finally, Google is catching up with YouTube and mobile live streaming.

 

 

YouTube originally pushed into the mobile live streaming game in mid-2016, but it was limited to a very small handful of people. Now, YouTubers with over 10,000 subscribers can get into mobile live streaming, with the rest of the world needing to wait until later this year.

 

If you have over 10K subs, you can use the mobile live streaming feature to set a custom title, enable/disable the live chat, and choose whether to send a notification to all of your subscribers. YouTube allows mobile live streamers to blast their video in portrait or landscape, with messages appearing on the screen in fast-moving bubbles.

 

Better yet, there are some "new revenue opportunities with the introduction of SuperChat", reports TechSpot, which will "allow users to highlight their messages for a fee". These messages will be highlighted with bright colors, and will be pinned to the top of the chat window for up to 5 hours.

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SanDisk Skyhawk: WD's first enterprise NVMe SSD

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Feb 8, 2017 9:04 am

Western Digital has announced the first enterprise NVMe-based SSD under their SanDisk brand, with the new SanDisk Shykawk SSDs being 2.5-inch U.2-based SSDs for the datacenter.

 

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WD's own HGST division has its own NVMe SSDs, and their own WD branded Black M.2 NVMe SSD, while the new Skyhawk drive is powered by SanDisk's proprietary Fusion-IO architecture. The new SanDisk Skyhawk SSDs in two models: Skyhawk, and Skyhawk Ultra.

 

Skyhawk comes in 1.92TB and 3.84TB sizes with up to 1500MB/read and 1170MB/sec writes, with 99K IOPS on mixed random read/whites, while the Skyhawk Ultra arrives in 1.6TB and 3.2TB varieties, with up to 1700MB/sec reads and 1200MB/sec writes, while the IOPS soar to 150K.

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Overwatch will soon have CTF mode, and a server browser

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Fashion meets Tech | Posted: Feb 8, 2017 8:09 am

Normally a game launches with or without a server browser, and if it launches without a server browser - usually the developer will say it's either coming soon, or not at all.

 

 

Blizzard have decided with 'not at all' with Overwatch, but it seems the developer has been cooking a server browser for Overwatch in the background. Blizzard teased the server browser at Blizzcon, but now it's even closer - with the server browser letting you create and search for custom games in a public list, divided by region.

 

Overwatch will soon receive a new patch that will include the server browser, but the new patch will also let you gain XP in custom games, just as you do in Quick Play, Arcade, and Competitive modes.

 

Not only that, but there will be a new Capture the Flag mode in Overwatch, after it was a success in Overwatch's current seasonal event, Year of the Rooster. CTF will be available as a custom game mode in the new patch, after it goes through usual testing in the Public Test Realm (PTR).

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BenQ teases flagship 4K projector, costs $8000

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Feb 8, 2017 6:38 am

4K is all the rage right now, with BenQ stepping up to the home theater plate with its new flagship HT8050 home theater projector.

 

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BenQ's new HTG8050 projector offers 4K video, and THX HD Display certification, which is something IMAX theaters have - so BenQ is aiming for quality here, folks. BenQ uses 14 elements that the company says improves sharpness, color, and brightness.

 

How much will BenQ's new 4K-capable HT8050 home projector cost? $7999. It'll arrive on February 24, perfect for Valentine's Day - and remember, use the excuse "but we can Netflix and Chill TOGETHER streaming 4K Netflix" to your significant other.

Sony's new camera sensor shoots 1080p video at 1000FPS

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cameras | Posted: Feb 8, 2017 5:29 am

One of the most successful parts of Sony is its mobile camera division market, with the company having their sensors in many flagship smartphones - but their new one? Yeah, it's going to be even better.

 

 

Sony has been teasing a new sensor that will be capable of capturing 1000FPS at 1080p, which allows you to slow the video down 64x. In the current smartphone camera sensors, there is no mechanical shutter, which is why we have that horizontal scrolling effect when panning quickly, or with fast-moving objects.

 

A new layer of DRAM has been added to Sony's new camera sensors, directly into the camera sensor - something that will let the sensor process and buffer frames at a much quicker rate, resulting in a higher frame rates. This will reduce the horizontal scrolling effect, resulting in smoother video.

 

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We should expect Sony's new camera sensor to be inside of Apple's new iPhone X smartphone - well, at least I expect it to be, and upcoming flagship smartphones from Samsung next year, or maybe the Galaxy Note 8 later this year.

The 'Pirates of the Caribbean' are back in new trailer

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Feb 8, 2017 4:56 am

It's been a while between drinks, but the fifth entry in Disney's 'Pirates of the Caribbean' franchise will soon be with us, and it's returning another classic character for good measure. The studio has just released an extended look at their $5 million dollar Super Bowl TV spot for your viewing pleasure.

 

 

Directed by franchise newcomers Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg (Kon-Tiki) from a script by Jeff Nathanson and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, 'Dead Men Tell No Tales' is set to return Johnny Depp as the iconic pirate, as well as Orlando Bloom and Geoffrey Rush. Javier Bardem joins the series for the first time as the film's big bad; Captain Salazar.

 

'Dead Men Tell No Tales' is set to berth at theatres in 2D, 3D and IMAX across the world on May 26th 2017.

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Core i7-7700K overclocked to 7.2GHz with liquid helium

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Feb 8, 2017 4:32 am

Intel's current Core i7-7700K processor is a beast on its own, but at 7.2GHz? That's another story, something that German overclocker 'der8auer' has hit, using liquid helium.

 

 

The overclocking milestone for the 7700K was reached at the ASUS Absolute Zero event, and overclocking event that saw Der8auer pushing the CPU to 7.2GHz using liquid helium cooling. Liquid helium is impressive, as it sits at an insanely cold -296C (around 70C lower than liquid nitrogen).

 

Liquid helium cooling is more expensive than LN2, but it does go 70C lower than LN2. Are we looking at the next level of overclockers using liquid helium, which costs around $4300 for 33oz of the super-cool stuff.

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