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HP printers new firmware rejects non-HP cartridges

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Printers & Scanners | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

Not long after Samsung sold its printer business to HP, its new owner has HP printer owners up in arms over printers no longer accepting non-HP branded ink cartridges.




HP has said that in its latest firmware update, they had made changes to HP printers so that they only worked with HP-chipped cartridges, completely cutting down third-party ink manufacturers out of the picture. Dutch printer ink company 123inkt said it had over 1,000 complaints filed within 24 hours.


The company suspects that wasn't aware of a new firmware update, with the last one being in March, suggesting that the change in HP's ink cartridge compatibility was switched on just recently, after being pre-programmed in the firmware from March. 123inkt said: "The purpose of this update is to protect HP's innovations and intellectual property".


123inkt has also said that this isn't the end of third-party ink cartridges for HP printers, as they have developed new chips for its own cartridges which work with HP printers and their new firmware. These new cartridges are in production now, with 123inkt adding: "Printer manufacturers regularly execute firmware-updates, claiming that they improve the operation of the printer or solve security issues. The (un)intended result usually is that the operation of lower price private label cartridges is disturbed and error messages are triggered".

Google's new Pixel smartphones looks like the iPhone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

Seriously, I'm loving all of these leaks on Pixel in the last 24 hours, and now this is the best yet - our first look at a somewhat real version of the Pixel, and its bigger sibling, the Pixel XL. We only just reported that Google will unveil the new Pixel smartphones on October 4, too.




As you can see from the front of the Pixel and Pixel XL, that they have a very iPhone-like style, down to the circular home button. The Pixel XL on the left looks to rock the 5.5-inch panel we've been hearing about, while the smaller Pixel will use a 5-inch panel.




On the back, we have the circular fingerprint reader - making a pattern with the circular home button. We can also see the flush rear-facing camera and LED flash, with some branding by the looks of things in the middle of the Pixel handsets, under the fingerprint sensor.


Google is hosting an event on October 4, which is where we will see the Pixel and Pixel XL unveiled, with a rumored $649 price on the Pixel, we could be emptying our wallets a little more for Google this year round.

iPhone 7 loses cellular service in a newly found bug

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

Can you believe how many problems we're seeing with the Galaxy Note 7 and now the iPhone 7? Samsung is having Note 7s exploding all over the world, while Apple has users enjoying hissing sounds and now - 'no service' bugs when disabling Airplane Mode.



Apple is aware of the issue, which sees cellular service completely disabled after turning off Airplane Mode. The company has talked with service providers, authorizing them to restart their iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus smartphones. If there's still no service, Apple advises its customers to remove, and then re-insert the SIM card.


MacRumors reader Yasser El-Haggan showed the above video of turning Airplane Mode off on his iPhone 7 alongside an iPhone 6S, with the iPhone 7 not having service while the iPhone 6S enjoys two bars of LTE. He explained: "All of a sudden today my iPhone 7 Jet Black model started not getting internet service -- can't make outbound calls or receive calls -- even though it showed 4 bars. I then put it in Airplane Mode, and back off, then it showed no service. It got pretty warm in the top right hand corner".

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Enter the World of 'Warcraft' for our Blu-ray giveaway!

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

To celebrate this week's release of 'Warcraft: The Beginning' on Blu-ray and DVD, we have ten 3D/ 2D Blu-ray combo packs to give away thanks to our friends at Universal Sony Home Entertainment.




Two worlds. One destiny. The peaceful realm of Azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilization faces a fearsome race of invaders: Orc warriors fleeing their dying home to colonize another. As a portal opens to connect the two worlds, one army faces destruction and the other faces extinction. From opposing sides, two heroes are set on a collision course that will decide the fate of their family, their people and their home. So begins a spectacular saga of power and sacrifice in which war has many faces, and everyone fights for something.


To go into the running to win a prize, simply correctly answer the following question:

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Google to unveil new Android 7.0 smartphone on October 4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

Google has confirmed it is hosting an October 4 event in San Francisco, where it should unveil its new smartphones - called Pixel and Pixel XL, moving away from the much-loved Nexus brand.



Google has even set up a new website called, where you can sign up for the upcoming smartphones "made by Google" in the form of Pixel and Pixel XL. HTC is manufacturing the smartphones, but Google is designing everything from the ground up since they're "made by Google".

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GoPro's new Hero5 Black shoots 4K video, integrated LCD

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cameras | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

GoPro has announced the latest member in their action camera family, with the introduction of the new Hero5 Black.



The new Hero5 Black is the most powerful and easy-to-use GoPro ever, according to the company, with the Hero5 Black capable of shooting 4K at 30FPS and 12MP still images. Both of which can be shot in either RAW or WDR (wide dynamic range), as well as capture distortion-free wide-angle photos with a new linear-view setting.



GoPro also adds that the audio recording on the Hero5 Black is improved, courtesy of a new triple microphone array. There's now an integrated 2-inch LCD touchscreen on the back with improved controls, voice control, and support for seven languages. We also have a built-in GPS for geotagging, electronic image stabilization, and it's waterproof to around 33 feet (10m) without the need of a separate waterproof case.

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Google's upcoming 5-inch Pixel has rumored $649 price

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

Google isn't far away from unveiling its new smartphones, that up until recently we thought were going to be called Nexus, just like their predecessors. Instead, rumor has it the new Android 7.0-powered smartphones will be called Pixel, and Pixel XL - and now, we might have found pricing on the smaller 5-inch Pixel smartphone.




According to the rumors, Pixel will start at a rather high $649 for a 32GB variant, while the larger 5.5-inch display on the Pixel XL will cost more. There will also be an accidental damage plan available, providing another year of cover for $99 on Pixel, and $119 for the Pixel XL handset.


Google is expected to unveil the new Pixel smartphones on October 4, which isn't too far away now. Let's just hope they don't have battery exploding or hissing issues like the new Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and iPhone 7, respectively.

Battlefield 1 PC specs revealed, requires Intel i5 6600K

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

EA has just revealed Battlefield 1's minimum and recommended PC specs, but they're not too demanding.




In order to run Battlefield 1 and minimum spec on PC, you can get away with using some outdated hardware like an AMD Radeon HD 7850 or a GeForce GTX 660, but you'll need at least a newer Skylake-series Intel i5 6600K CPU and 8GB of RAM. Recommended specs still aren't too demanding with DICE advising you to have at least a GeForce GTX 1060 or an AMD RX 480, 16GB of RAM, and an Intel i7 4790 or equivalent CPU.


Minimum Specs


OS: 64-bit Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10

Processor (AMD): AMD FX-6350

Processor (Intel): Core i5-6600K

Memory: 8 GB RAM

Graphics card (AMD): Radeon HD 7850 2 GB

Graphics card (NVIDIA): GeForce GTX 660 2 GB

DirectX: 11.0 Compatible video card or equivalent

Online Connection Requirements: 512 KBPS or faster Internet connection

Hard-drive space: 50 GB


Recommended Specs


OS: 64-bit Windows 10 or later

Processor (AMD): AMD FX-8350 Wraith

Processor (Intel): Intel Core i7-4790 or equivalent

Memory: 16 GB RAM

Graphics card (AMD): Radeon RX 480 4 GB

Graphics card (NVIDIA): GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB

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Purchase Nintendo's 3DS 'Yo-kai Watch' Menu theme now

By: Emma Tucker | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

My Nintendo customers are now able to purchase 'Yo-kai Watch' 3DS Home Menu theme for their gaming platforms via the eShop. The exclusive provides original music and character 'Jibanyan' to appear in the background on both gaming screens.




The Home Menu theme has been released to coincide with the launch of Yo-kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits and Yo-kai Watch 2: Fleshy Souls, for Nintendo 3DS. The schedule thus far; North America on September 30, Australia/New Zealand on October 15, and Europe in Q2 2017.


The exclusive Yo-kai theme is apart of the rewards program and will cost customers 100 Platinum Points to purchase through the Nintendo eShop online.

Yakuza 6 is 'seamless' on PS4, has no loading screens

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

Yakuza games aren't nearly as big as Grand Theft Auto-style open worlds, but it's still impressive when bigger games don't have any loading screens--especially on non-PC platforms.



SEGA has confirmed that Yakuza 6--which still hasn't been confirmed for localization in the West--will have absolutely zero loading screens when it launches on PS4 in Japan. SEGA describes Yakuza 6 as "completely seamless," but you still shouldn't expect the game to be a massively-scoped open-world endeavor.


"We've worked hard to make this game completely seamless. You can engage in the central adventure, get into battles, watch drama scenes, and go back to the adventure, all without any loading screens. Go into any building or any room or any floor without loading," Yakuza creator Toshihiro Nagoshi told IGN.


"Loading is problematic for lots of reasons, including its effect on the realism of the story - let's say you have a 60-second countdown to reach a location and stop an explosion, but when loading screens come in, how do we account for those seconds? How do we keep the pressure on? So we really pushed to make it seamless this time. That's where a lot of the budget went, and it's also the reason we did not make a version for PS3. The effect is that the player has the freedom to solve problems as they like, and the sub-quests themselves are presented in a seamless way."

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