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HTC to unveil its new One M9 smartphone at MWC 2015 in March

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

HTC has pretty much just confirmed its upcoming codenamed Hima smartphone, or the One M9, for Mobile World Congress 2015 which kicks off on March 2, but HTC will be hosting its own event on March 1 to debut the new smartphone.


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There's no concrete information on it, or whether HTC will be actually unveiling the new One M9, but the tease is that "utopia in progress" should be enough. The picture on the invitation itself is filled with stars, with a single burst of light that highlights the company's invite.


What will the One M9 materialize into? We should see it featuring a high-end Sony-built rear-camera, Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, a QHD display, Android 5.0 Lollipop with Sense 7.0 UI and much more.

Jimmy Kimmel wants you to give up your password, asks the world on TV

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week ago

Jimmy Kimmel has taken to the streets of New York City to ask US citizens for their passwords, quite blatantly. What better way for the NSA to secure those passwords, than to mind control Kimmey and get him to ask for them? I jest.



It was all for a sketch obviously, where he asked the general public for their passwords, with most of the public not realizing what they had done until the last minute. I'm sure most of them would be rushing home to change their passwords straight away.

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The Long Dark secures over 250,000 Early Access sales so far

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week ago

Hinterland Studios' new game, The Long Dark, has sold over 250,000 copies on Steam's Early Access service since it launched on September 22. Although sales are up, the life expectancy of gamers within the Northern woods survival title are quite low.


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Just 24% of gamers have made it through the game world for over five days, with just 1.4% players having the smarts to last the harsh environments for 50 days. A dedicated story mode is in the works, but an update being pushed out for The Long Dark is coming soon which will add fresh places to explore (and probably die in), and more threats within the gaming world.


You can buy The Long Dark right now on Steam for the PC and Mac for just $19.99.

Take home the 'Fury' on Blu-ray, thanks to Universal Sony Pictures

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: 1 week ago

Thanks to our friends at Universal Sony Pictures Entertainment Australia, we have copies of this weeks Blu-ray release of 'Fury' up for grabs for 10 lucky readers!


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War never ends quietly. April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and outgunned, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.


To go into the running to take home a copy of the Blu-ray, simply answer the following question:

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CryEngine powered Jak 2 level remake looks pretty damn good

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week ago

The beauty of PC gaming is the modding community, with YouTube user Floordan showing off his work on a project named "Jak 2 Renegade: Reborn" that he built-in CryEngine.



The level that is shown in the video above is from the pumping station, which looks pretty damn incredible. Naughty Dog, the studio behind The Last of Us and Uncharted, considered making a new Jak & Dexter title a few years ago, but scrapped that idea to work on The Last of Us. But seeing this next-gen look at a window into the world of what a new Jak & Dexter game looks like, could be enough to get some suits talking. What do you think?

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10-year veterans of World of Warcraft receive statue from Blizzard

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week ago

According to posts on both MMO Champion and the forums, serious veteran World of Warcraft gamers are receiving a "tenth anniversary physical gift" from Blizzard.


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Just who is receiving this physical gift? In order "to be eligible for this gift, a player must have created a World of Warcraft account within 60 days of the game's release in America or Europe" which falls between November 23, 2004 and February 11, 2005 according to the post on MMO Champion.


Over on the forums 'Smitti' posted a picture of the physical gift, which is a small scale version of the orc statue that was erected on Blizzard's campus.

32-year-old Taiwanese man dies after gaming for 3 days straight

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: 1 week ago

Doctors have said that a 32-year-old man has died after playing 72 hours of non-stop games at an Internet cafe in Taiwan, without taking a break from his long gaming session.


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The man known as Hsieh was found slumped motionless in his chair, reports the Taipei Times. He died last week, but the press only caught wind of the story on Friday. Gamers that surrounded Hsieh in the Internet cafe thought he was just sleeping after his massive gaming binge, but one of the Internet cafe's employees noticed that he wasn't breathing. Once Hsieh reached the hospital, he was pronounced dead.


The cafe attendant told reporters: "Hsieh was a regular customer here and always played for consecutive days. When tired, he would sleep face-down on the table or doze off slumped in his chair. That is why we were not aware of his condition in the beginning". Hunei Police Precinct Chief Wend Chung-neng said: "We advise people to get up and move around after every two hours of computer gaming. More patrols will be conducted to remind residents about the dangers of prolonged sitting and game-playing".

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Redesigned PlayStation 4 could use Samsung's new 8Gb GDDR5 chips

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 1 week ago

We've heard rumors of a redesigned, or slim PlayStation 4 to be announced in the future, but Samsung looks like it has just unveiled what will turn out to be one of the new components of the refreshed PS4 console: high-density 8Gb GDDR5 memory chips.


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Samsung's latest GDDR5 VRAM chips are built on the company's 20nm technology, and are the first 8Gb density modules to hit mass production. Not only could these chips find their way into Sony's PS4 console, but it will also be a great next step for gaming laptops, as they can start baking mass amounts of VRAM into them.


Joo Sun Choi, the Executive Vice President of Memory Sales at Samsung electronics arm said: "We expect that our 8Gb GDDR5 will provide original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) with the best graphics memory solution available for game consoles as well as general use notebook PCs". In the company's press release, Samsung said: "Combining only eight of the new 8Gb chips will achieve the same density as the 8 gigabytes (GB) needed in the latest game consoles". So we can see from these two quotes, game consoles seem to be a big part of the announcement of the 8Gb GDDR5 VRAM chips, which is an interesting turn.

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'X-Files' star Gillian Anderson campaigning for show's return

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

The long-running franchise 'The X-Files' might have closed it's doors with the second feature film 'I Want to Believe' in 2008, but speculation is mounting that the show might might be returning to the small screen to feature original stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson - the latter sparking a campaign in support.


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During an interview with to promote her upcoming Netflix series 'The Fall', Anderson said she would be "fu**king overjoyed" if the show was returned, and urged fans to tweet at Fox using the hashtag 'X-Files 2015'.


In a separate development, Fox chairman and CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman have confirmed they have held talks with 'X-Files' creator Chris Carter, with Newman going so far as to say:

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Microsoft offers their Lumia 635 in conjunction with Sprint for $168

By: Chris Smith | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week ago

Set as the first Lumia product to be part of Sprints offerings, Microsoft are putting up their Lumia 635 smartphone for free on a new two-year contract, or $168 if no contract is something you're interested in. This 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400-powered entry-level phone has been on offer through Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile since December the 23rd, seeing it finally hit the big-name brand Sprint.


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Announced back in April 2014, this phone also contains 512MB of RAM, 8GB of storage, a 4.5-inch display running at 865x480 resolution and 4G LTE capability - obviously providing nothing too crash-hot and ground breaking, however for $168 it's an extremely good entry-level device, spare phone for travel or emergency backup device.


Its saving grace is said to be the LTE support, often not seen for phones in this pay-grade - however I think it's a suitable candidate for your child's first device or any of the other applications as mentioned above.

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