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New 'Cars 3' trailer revs into view

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

With a combined gross of over a billion dollars as well as continued merchandise strength, there's no doubt that Disney/Pixar's 'Cars' franchise is one that's worth returning to - and that's just what they're planning on doing. In this newly released theatrical trailer, the CG wizards reveal just where the franchise is going next.

 

 

'Cars 3' returns the iconic red speeder Lightning McQueen, who's finding himself struggling to compete against a new generation of faster, more agressive race cars. Voice artists Owen Wilson, Larry the Cable Guy, Bonnie Hunt and Cheech Marin will all lend their voices to the next installment.

 

'Cars 3' is set to hit cinemas in 2D and 3D worldwide from June 2017.

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J.J. Abrams promises no more remakes, reboots

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Director J.J. Abrams has announced that he's turning his back on sequels and reboots and will instead focus on producing original content from now. Of the five films that he's helmed during his career, just one has been an original screenplay, while two have been sequels and the other two reboots.

 

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Dark Horizons reports that Abrams told media assembled for the Golden Globes red carpet that he felt "incredibly lucky to have gotten involved in things that I loved when I was a kid... But I don't feel any desire to do that again. I feel like I've done enough of that that I'm more excited about working on things that are original ideas that perhaps one day someone else will have to reboot. I do think that if you're telling a story that is not moving anything forward, not introducing anything that's relevant, that's not creating a new mythology or an extension of it, then a complete remake of something feels like a mistake."

 

Still, he's already announced that he'll serve as producer on the upcoming sixth 'Mission Impossible' for Paramount.

Apple reportedly working with Carl Zeiss on AR glasses

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

CES 2017 - We know that Apple has some ambitious plans for 2017 and beyond, but after the rather disappointing last two years (Watch is pretty much nowhere to be seen, and the iPhone hasn't had any true innovation for years now) - I don't know what to think.

 

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But, UploadVR boss and super nerd Robert Scoble talked with Carl Zeiss AG during CES, where he said that Apple has forced Zeiss to stay quiet on a pair of augmented reality glasses that they're working together on. Scoble said: "Exclusive news: Apple and Zeiss working together on augmented reality optics".

 

Scoble continued: "A Zeiss employee confirmed the rumors that Apple and Carl Zeiss AG are working on a light pair of augmented reality/mixed reality glasses that may be announced this year. (I thought it was next year but now that I saw this I believe it will happen this year)".

 

Apple's 10th anniversary of the iPhone is this year, and their glorious new, courageous HQ is near completion, too. Maybe Apple is preparing for the Next Big Thing with a pair of augmented/mixed reality glasses.

Final Fantasy VII: Remake might not release in 2017

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Square Enix's hotly anticipated Final Fantasy VII: Remake may not release in 2017 as we anticipated: Tetsuya Nomura, the director of the game, now says that the game is still a ways off.

 

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In this week's issue of Famitsu, Square Enix's Tetsuya Nomura affirms that both Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy VII: Remake have quite a ways to go before they're finished, and has apologized for the inconvenience. We originally predicted that the first chapter of FF7: Remake's new multi-volume strategy would launch in 2017, but Nomura's words has us thinking otherwise.

 

Square Enix has confirmed that the remaster would release in a three-chapter trilogy with 90 hours of content, and the game will feature a vastly different combat system by scrapping the old ATB system and going for a fully-fledged action-based combat akin to Final Fantasy 15.

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Corsair demos new RGB flavored Vengeance DDR4 RAM

By: Derek Strickland | More News: RAM | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

CES 2017 - Corsair made good on its flavorful teases and showcased its new scintillating RAM at this year's Consumer Electronics Show.

 

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Hardware-makers today are quite interested in adding colorful flair to every gaming product; we have all the traditional peripherals like gaming mice, keyboards and fans outfitted with fluxing RGB color, but the trend has passed onto PSUs, motherboards, mousepads, and now RAM.

 

Corsair is the latest to add fluxing prismatic glow to its high-performance Vengeance DDR4 RAM modules which sport "virtually unlimited lighting configurations" across a huge 16.7 million-color RGB palette. The demoed Vengeance RGB Series DDR4 modules clocked in at a 2133MHz frequency, but it's possible that the series could feature the same capacities and frequencies of the Vengeance LED line; 8GB and 16GB modules with 2133MHz, 2666MHz, 3000MHz, 3200MHz and 3466MHz frequencies in single, dual-, and quad-channel kits.

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Mushkin showcases first M.2 PCIe Helix Series SSDs

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Storage | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

CES 2017 - Mushkin's 2017 storage lineup is pretty beefy, featuring a myriad of SSDs and flash memory to suit the needs of all consumers, from enterprise-grade PCIe M.2 solutions to SATA III drives with 3D flash memory.

 

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Mushkin's new storage fleet includes its first-ever M.2 PCIe 3 SSD lineup, the Helix Series. The Helix SSDs feature up to 2TB of 3D MLC flash memory that leverages the M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 protocol to hit blazing fast 2.5GB/sec read speeds and 1.1GB/sec write speeds. The Helix line features a reliable 1 million MTBF rating, and is built on a Silicon Motions SM2260 SSD processor.

 

The fleet also includes some familiar hardware that's been upgraded with high-end 3D NAND stacked flash memory for expanded capacities and performance. Mushkin's REACTOR and TRIACTOR SSDs now have stacked 3D MLC and 3D TLC flash memory, respectively, and have been rebranded as the REACTOR ARMOR3D and TRIACTOR 3D. Both of these SSDs use the SATA III 6Gbs protocol to deliver 565MB/sec reads and 525MB/sec writes, with the TRIACTOR hitting 520MB/sec writes.

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Final Fantasy 15 shipment & digital sales top 6 million

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Despite having a rather troublesome development cycle that spanned almost ten years, Final Fantasy 15 has proven to be a landmark success for Square Enix, and has successfully revitalized the franchise with its impressive visuals and action-packed gameplay. In fact, Square Enix today announced that FF15's shipment and digital sales have topped 6 million.

 

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Now that the latest Final Fantasy hit an impressive sales milestone by becoming the fastest-selling game in the franchise, the title has pushed through yet another achievement by tacking on another million shipments and sales across the globe.

 

Although the game is absolutely massive in scope and content, Square Enix opened up a new level of replayability by adding NewGame+ to let gamers run through the storyline again. A new update also brought a batch of free content, and Square Enix will roll out even more updates to expand and tighten the gameplay experiences.

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ASUS reveals the price of the ZenFone 3 Zoom

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

ASUS' ZenFone 3 Zoom was officially revealed at CES last week, but the price of the phone wasn't mentioned at ASUS' press conference.

 

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However, the company has now announced some more details in Taiwan. The phone, which will be available next month, will be priced at CNY 3,699 in China (for the top model with 128GB of internal storage). That translates to around $535, but have in mind that the phone might come with a slightly higher price in the US.

 

Obviously, the 32GB and 64GB models of the phone will be cheaper, but we don't know the exact price yet.

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Huawei P10 and P10 Plus arrive in March or April

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Huawei's next flagship phones, the Huawei P10 and P10 Plus, will launch in March or April this year, said the company's chairman and CEO of the consumer division Yu Chengdong, according to The Android Soul.

 

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The Huawei P9 and P9 Plus were released in April last year, so the timing makes sense.

 

There have also been numerous leaks about Huawei's upcoming flagship and it is expected that the device will be powered by Huawei's Kirin 960 processor, currently in the Mate 9, and it will come with a 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The more powerful model should come with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage.

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Nokia's new AI assistant is named Viki

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

There were times when we all thought that Nokia is gone for good, but lately, we are hearing more and more about the once top phone manufacturer in the world.

 

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However, it seems that Nokia is aiming to be competitive in the market once again. HMD Global recently announced their first Nokia-branded Android smartphone, and now the company Nokia Solutions and Networks (not to be confused with HMD Global) filed for an EU trademark for a virtual assistant.

 

Google has Now, Apple's Siri is widely known, Microsoft made Cortana, and it looks like Nokia will have Viki.

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