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Overkill to unveil a The Walking Dead shooter at E3 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

It looks like we can expect something big over E3 2015 when it comes to The Walking Dead, with Overkill set to unveil its shooter based on AMC's mega smash hit TV series.




Overkill is part of Starbreeze Studio, which the two developers have worked together on the Payday series of games. The Walking Dead creator, Robert Kirkman, has teased that the upcoming game based on The Walking Dead from Overkill will be like Payday, but in a much bigger world. Kirkman told Polygon back in March: "I can say that it will be Payday-esque because [Starbreeze and Overkill] are currently doing Payday".


Kirkman continued: "But I'm told it will be in a bigger world than Payday currently encompasses. They are going to be learning a lot of stuff from Payday that they will be incorporating into The Walking Dead game".

TCL partners with Roku for its new premium 1080p TCL Roku TVs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

TCL has just announced seven new TCL Roku TVs that will be made available later this month, with three 3800 Design Series models, and four top of the line 3850 Decorator Series models. The new TVs are all 1080p capable, with the 4K versions "still under development" with "more details coming this year".




The TCL Roku TV 3800 Series comes in three different sizes, 32-, 40-, and 50-inch. All three models feature 1080p, with an "advanced 120Hz refresh rate" on the 40- and 50-inch models. The 3800 series "offers a modern design with a quad pedestal stand". As for the 3850 Series, we have four sizes: 32-, 40-, 50-, and 55-inch. All four models in the 3850 Series feature a "metallic gunmetal finish and an all-aluminum quad pedestal stand".




These new TVs feature a personalized home screen that gives you access to a plethora of entertainment sources, including your gaming consoles, cable and satellite boxes and the usual streaming content such as Sling TV, WatchESPN and Netflix. Speaking of Netflix, the streaming giant has donned the new TCL Roku TVs as "Netflix Recommended TVs", as they offer "easy access to Internet TV services, faster performance, and new features that enable a next-generation smart TV experience".


TCL will be releasing the seven new TCL Roku TV models to retailers this May, both in-store and online.

Google poised to unveil Android 6.0 M at Google I/O on May 28-29

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Google is all but confirmed to unveil the new version of Android at Google I/O 2015 that takes place between May 28-29 this year, with Android 6.0 'M' expected to replace Android 5.0 Lollipop.




We don't know what the 'M' stands for just yet, but it could be Marshmallow, Maltesers, or countless other delicious treats that start with an 'm'. We are expecting more Material Design, something that took center stage in Android 5.0, and should continue in Android M. With a session at Google I/O called "Bringing Material Design to Life on Android", it's not hard to put two and two together there.


WCCFTech is also reporting that there should be more concentration on privacy control, something that is again continuing from their efforts on Android L. Bloomberg has reported that "The new settings would give users the option to pick and choose what an app can access". Improved integration of the voice controls should also be something Android M does better than previous iterations of Google's mobile OS, too.

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House of Representatives approves NSA reform of bulk data collection

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Privacy & Rights | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

The House of Representatives has just passed the USA Freedom Act on Wednesday, something that passed through with votes of 338-88, something that will see the NSA's all-seeing eye of bulk data collection clamped down.




The bill now moves over to the Senate, where it must be approved or a compromise found, by June 1. This is when the provision of the Patriot Act that allows for the NSA to collect Americans' metadata expires. The Senate is expected to vote by May 22, while The White House supports USA Freedom Act, while Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is against it, and wants to expand Section 215 of the Patriot Act.


This move would allow the NSA to continue collecting bulk data, while companies like Google, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft and Twitter along with other big tech companies campaigning in support of the USA Freedom Act as part of the Reform Government Surveillance coalition since late last year.

Samsung's 'Project Orbis' smartwatch will feature rotating metal bezel

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

All eyes are currently on the Apple Watch, but it looks like Samsung could have an answer to the Digital Crown with its upcoming smartwatch dubbed 'Project Orbis'.




Samsung's new smartwatch will reportedly feature a 1.18-inch circular display with a resolution of 360x360 (305PPI), a 2G data connection and Samsung's own Tizen OS. Project Orbis will also include various sensors like GPS, accelerometer, gyroscope, heartbeat sensor, pressure sensor and a magnetic sensor.


Project Orbis will have something that stands out however, with a metal bezel that can be turned to navigate throughout its operating system. The rotatable bezel can be used to not just navigate the UI, but adjust the volume, zoom in and out of photos, and much more. Samsung is expected to call Project Orbis the Gear A, which should be unveiled with the Galaxy Note 5 at IFA 2015 in September.

AMD reportedly launching HBM-powered Radeon R9 390X on June 24

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Can you believe that we're just over a month from the unveiling of AMD's next-generation GPU architecture? We have already had our industry sources tell us that AMD will be launching its Radeon R9 390X at E3 2015, but according to WCCFTech, AMD will be launching its next-gen video card on June 24.




There seems to be quite a lot of conflicting information, but right now we know that AMD will not be launching the Radeon R9 390X at Computex, as we thought back in early March. Instead, our sources have said Fiji XT will be launched at E3 2015 during the first PC conference, but AMD does need to have its own event for a launch this important.


AMD's Radeon R9 390X is shaping up to be something special as it'll be the first video card to feature High Bandwidth Memory, or HBM. This next generation memory is packaged alongside the GPU die on a single piece of interposer, rather than on the circuit board surrounding the video card as we've had up until this point. This is going to usher in a different video card than we're used to, where AMD can make their flagship R9 390X much shorter than usual thanks to saved PCB space.

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Microsoft announces six different versions of Windows 10

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Microsoft will be making multiple versions of Windows 10, with no less than six versions being made available. Most people will be buying the Home or Pro versions of Microsoft's next, and possibly last version of Windows, though.




There will be six versions released, with Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Mobile, Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise, Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Enterprise, and Windows 10 Education. As you can see, most people will opt for Home or Professional. We have a detailed rundown of the Windows 10 SKUs thanks to Microsoft insider Mary Jo Foley, and her report on ZDNet.


Windows 10 Home: The consumer-focused desktop edition. This will include the core Windows 10 features, such as the Edge browser, Continuum tablet-mode for touch-capable devices; Cortana integration; free Photos, Maps, Mail, Calendar; Music and Video apps; and Windows Hello face-recognition/iris/fingerprint log-in for devices that support those technologies. On devices with screen sizes of 10.1 inches or less, users also will get Universal Office apps for free, once they are available.

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DC Comics 'Supergirl' TV show trailer goes live

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

Last year, DC Comics and Warner Bros unveiled an ambitious slate of feature films based on the companies most famous characters, but DC are also pushing forward to push some of the lesser known properties into the limelight, including a project based on 'Supergirl'. Now, CBS and DC have released the first look at the series, in a lengthy trailer.



Played by 'Glee' actress Melissa Benoist in the latest incarnation of the character created by Otto Binder and Al Plastino in 1959, 'Supergirl' was designed as a female counterpart to 'Superman'. Despite undergoing numerous revisions over the years, her most famous is her depiction as Superman's cousin - sharing many of the same powers, but the same affliction to the radioactive pieces of their former homeworld, Kryptonite.


'Supergirl' premiers on the CBS network in November.

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Angry Birds flings into virtual reality on the Samsung Gear VR

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

If Angry Birds wasn't already everywhere, Rovio Entertainment has announced that Angry Birds VR will be flinging onto Samsung's Gear VR headset in the very near future.




The company demoed Angry Birds VR on the Gear VR at the Rock in Rio festival over the weekend, which saw Rovio's normal side perspective title viewed from behind, and with only a single screenshot unveiled so far, it's hard to judge how it will play, let alone feel in virtual reality. VIP pass holders at Rock in Rio in Las Vegas got to try it, but we need to now get our hands on it.

AT&T trying to fight cord cutting by adding Hulu before end of 2015

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Online Video | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

AT&T will provide subscribers with Hulu on its websites and mobile apps starting before the end of 2015, in an effort to fight off Verizon - and hopefully convince customers not to cut the cord. There are more than six million subscribers to the AT&T U-verse TV service, and bringing the Hulu app to TV is a good sign for subscribers.




"We know that our customers want to be able to access video on multiple devices," said Andrew Goodman, associate VP of content acquisition at AT&T, in a press statement. "So we're excited to be able to expand our relationship with Hulu and make its innovative and vast video selections available to AT&T customers on multiple screens."


AT&T and Hulu already had a distribution plan for free streaming content, but this new agreement is focused on the premium subscription content. Hulu is trying to create new business partnerships to keep up with Netflix, the No. 1 online TV and movie service, and hopes new agreements can help close the gap.

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