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Mass Effect: Andromeda quests inspired by Witcher 3

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

One of my principal worries about Mass Effect: Andromeda is quantity over quality. I look at BioWare's track record with Dragon Age: Inquisition, whose grindy scope really turned me off eventually, and I see this carrying forward with the new Mass Effect. But BioWare says that the quests have been carefully tailored to be more meaningful--not unlike CD Projekt RED's magnum opus RPG.

 

 

"We are approaching the completionist aspect very differently [in Mass Effect: Andromeda], because we've done and learned a lot from Inquisition," BioWare's Patrice Condominas told PC Gamer in a recent interview.

 

In fact, BioWare has been inspired by games like The Witcher 3 in terms of impact, depth, and overall resonating experiences. As a result the new Mass Effect should have more meat on its bones than grindy fetch quests and the like. "We've also observed what other games have been doing, like The Witcher. it was very important for us that the quantity of scope doesn't downgrade the quality of whatever your are doing there."

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The world's first 10-core smartphone is nearly here

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

Qualcomm might hold the record for the most powerful, tech-filled processor in the world with its upcoming Snapdragon 835 - but it only has 8 processing cores.

 

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Not that it matters, but it's a great technological achievement to have more CPU cores in a system-on-chip (SoC), with Chinese smartphone maker Vernee teasing during CES 2017 last month tht they would have the first MediaTek Helio X30-powered smartphone that would be released in February.

 

Well, it's February now - and we're learning more information on the new smartphone. The Helio X30 itself is a 10-core smartphone, made on the 10nm process, featuring IMG 7XTP-Mt4 GPU which is powerful on its own. We should expect MediaTek's new Helio X30 to be just as good as the best chips from Qualcomm, Samsung, and Huawei.

 

The upcoming Apollo 2 smartphone from Vernee will come in two versions:

 

6GB LPDDR4 RAM + 64GB storage

8GB LPDDR4 RAM + 128GB storage.

 

Apollo 2 will rock a QHD display, and is shaping up to be a thin smartphone, too.

HMD is bringing back the Nokia N-series

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

The Nokia 6 proved to be a huge hit in China with devices selling out in record times.

 

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But HMD has even bigger plans for Nokia's comeback. According to the new leak, the company plans to bring back the Nokia N-series. This is the same series that spawned the N95, N900, and N8 all of which were wildly successful devices globally and set the standard for smartphones today.

 

Read also: Gone in 60 seconds: Nokia 6 sells out in 2nd flash sale

 

A trademark for "NSERIES" appeared in China's Patent Office, filed by the Finnish company.

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Samsung working on a project to bring the Note 8

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

After the Note7 fiasco, there was speculation of what will happen with the Note line and whether Samsung will discontinue it which would be a shame since the Note7 was a wonderful phone (apart from the exploding batteries).

 

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Earlier this year, DJ Koh, Samsung's Mobile Chief, confirmed that the Note isn't dead and we will be seeing the Galaxy Note 8 later this year.

 

There's no doubt that the Note 8 is coming, and now a new rumor says that Samsung is working on the project under a code name Baikal. FYI, Baikal is a lake in Russia, considered to be the largest freshwater lake by volume in the world, the world's deepest lake, and one of the clearest and world's oldest lakes.

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The Nokia 150 is now available in the UK

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

After China, and the debut in Europe in the Netherlands, the Nokia 150 is now available in the UK as well.

 

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The device is being sold by Carphone Warehouse at a price of £35 (around $49) SIM-free.

 

Carphone Warehouse MD Jeremy Fennell said in a statement:

 

The much loved Nokia brand has always been a part of our unbeatable handset range, and we're looking forward to working with Nokia to reignite the brand.

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Nioh fourth boss guide: how to kill Nue

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

Nioh's boss fights get progressively more difficult and then you come across Nue, a brutal chimera that summons devastating lightning from the heavens and creates tons of Yokai Realm pools to wreck your day (and your ki). But he's far from invincible, and he can actually be beaten quite efficiently with a simple method. We'll teach you that method here today.

 

 

Defeating bosses often requires abstract thought and the ability to use your surroundings to your advantage. In pure Ninja Gaiden style, Nue's boss fight really forces you to use your environment to take out your quarry. This particular battle really opened my eyes on how to approach enemies in Nioh, and taught me a newfound respect for the game: it's not just about perfect timing, strikes, caution and general mastery of fluid combat, but a total big picture focus--using strategy when you can, where you can.

 

Nue killed me about 8 times before I tried this method, and I was able to kill the mythical beast in my second try. The method is rather simple and revolves around one concept: creating a protective cage for yourself in the level's porches and striking slow, steady, and consistently.

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Hitman dev may be working on new IP for Nintendo Switch

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

Hitman developer IO Interactive is apparently working on a fresh new IP that will be based in Unreal Engine, not its new next-gen Glacier 2 Engine that was used to make the latest Hitman game. This interesting move may mean IOI's new IP will be on Nintendo's fresh Switch console-handheld hybrid.

 

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According to a recent job listing posted by IO Interactive, the devs are working on a new IP outside of any current series or franchises. "The team is currently working on a new unannounced IP and is responsible for prototyping different mechanics for the Hitman team. We are looking for a programmer to help the team drive the project forward," reads the listing, which has now been altered and scrubbed clean of any mention of the IP. "You will work closely with a small team of designers to prototype gameplay mechanics in Unreal Engine"

 

The position is for a "Gameplay Programmer for Incubation/R&D," which is exactly what it sounds like: a programmer who works on early (incubated) design concepts for new Hitman content updates and the new IP. So where does the Nintendo Switch tie in here? Epic Games Japan manager Takayuki Kawasaki says that the Nintendo Switch will get lots of Unreal Engine 4 games, and Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto has already confirmed the company's devs have "mastered" Unreal Engine.

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Netflix is resurrecting Castlevania's Dracula in 2017

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

I love Castlevania. These old-school sidescrollers taught me the meaning of true skill before the Souls series dropped. I've beaten all the Castlevanias I own including Castlevania I-III, Dracula X, Super Castlevania IV, and Symphony of the Night. So when I heard Netflix is going to make a violent, gritty and dark anime miniseries based in the series, I was on the brink of forgiving Konami for it's transgressions. Yes, that's how excited I am for this project.

 

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The new Castlevania mini-series won't have any annoying real-life nonsense: it's a fully-fledged anime. I've long thought this is the only real way to capture the macabre mystique of the franchise. The project is an "R-rated as f*ck" ultraviolent anime adaptation of Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse, and Netflix confirmed the first episode will launch this year. The first season will be a mini-series with four 30 minute episodes. Netflix says the series will follow "the last surviving member of the disgraced Belmont clan, trying to save Eastern Europe from extinction at the hand of Vlad Dracula Tepe himself." A second season will come in 2018.

 

The series is being put together by Adi Shankar, who is best known for films like Dredd and The Grey. Shankar affirms Castlevania on Netflix will be "America's first animated series for adults" and is extremely confident it'll be a massive hit: "I personally guarantee it will end the streak and be the Western world's first video game adaptation."

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Husband cheats on wife, sues Uber for $48 million

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

A bit of a light hearted story - well, at least in a way - as a man is suing Uber for causing his divorce. Yeah, you read that right.

 

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The French businessman is suing the ridesharing giant for a huge $48 million, after a notification bug with the Uber app let his wife spy on his whereabouts. The man used his wife's smartphone to order Ubers, and then signed out of the app - but, the notifications continued rolling in, after he thought he had signed out.

 

His wife would've have learned about the affairs from the Uber notifications, with all of his orders, drive names, license plate, and arrival times. His real-time location wouldn't have been tracked, but if he said he'd be working late at the office or catching up with friends for a drink, his wife would know he's lying from his Uber notifications.

 

An Uber spokesperson told French news site Le Figaro: "Uber doesn't comment publicly on individual cases, and especially on cases that involve a divorcing couple".

iPhone X won't have a Home button, according to patent

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

We're getting to see more of Apple's hopefully revolutionary iPhone X, through a new patent application by Apple that uses a new material that's described as "deformable touch-sensitive quantum tunneling material", reports Patently Apple.

 

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The new material could see Apple not using a physical Home button on the iPhone X, and it would allow the company to finally make a waterproof iPhone, something smartphone owners have been wanting for years.

 

Apple could also release a new 'Smart iPhone Case' which would feature touch-sensitive material, with the second layer "comprising a second touch-sensitive material disposed below the first layer. An electrical resistance of the first and second layers changes differently in response to application of a force to the first layer", reports Patently Apple.

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