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We Hands-on with the new Razer Blade gaming laptop

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jun 12, 2013 8:56 pm

E3 2013 - While walking around the Los Angeles convention center Trace Hagan was invited to take a hands-on look at the new Razer Blade gaming laptop. While handling the uber-thin yet powerful laptop Trace notice that the bottom got quite hot as did the space above the keyboard.

 

 

The actual keyboard itself appeared to stay cool and Trace noted how nice the large touchpad was. We're hoping to get a review sample so that we can sit down and spend some quality time putting the Razer Blade through its paces.

 

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Lebron James holds conversation with virtual self to introduce NBA 2K14 at E3

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 12, 2013 8:45 pm

E3 2013 - EA Sports have been hyping up there IGNITE engine for sports games all week at E3. The company is so convinced that the engine has revolutionized sports gaming that they have brought several major professional athletes in to endorse EA's games based on their particular sport.

 

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NBA superstar and self-proclaimed King of the court Lebron James appeared in a video in which he held conversation with his virtual self from NBA 2K14. The game features a new physics-based drilling technique that unbinds the hand from the ball. 2K Sports says that this new feature makes the game more realistic as well as the most advanced basketball game ever.

 

 

EA says that the footage in the video above is in game footage that is not been pre-rendered. The video goes on the show Lebron doing some massive dunks.

Mega Man to join Super Smash Brothers, says Nintendo

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 12, 2013 8:19 pm

E3 2013 - Nintendo's recently revealed that gaming icon Mega Man would be joining the cast of the Super Smash Bros. franchise which will arrive on Wii U and 3DS in 2014. Mega Man will retain his classic "Blue Bomber" costume complete with Mega Buster, and his many Robot Master abilities. Mega Man's trusty sidekick / pet dog/ robot dog Rush will also be featured in the series.

 

 

Mega Man was not the only new character revealed during the show. The Villager from Animal Crossing will also be making way to Super Smash Bros. for those are wondering classic characters such as Samus Aran, Fox McCloud, Donkey Kong, Pikachu, Pit, Bowser and Princess Peach, will also be featured.

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Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD on the Wii U, hands-on play video

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 12, 2013 8:06 pm

E3 2013 - During our visit to Nintendo's booth at the E3 Expo in Los Angeles California, we took a moment to stop by the Legend of Zelda Wind Waker HD Wii U demo, and were quite impressed to say the least. The Wii U version was running alongside the original version as to show off the advancement made in graphics between the two systems.

 

 

The game will be played like all the other Legend of Zelda titles, where players run around an open world, carry out quests and interact with the townsfolk and environment. The game has a very traditional look and feel to it, which should appease Zelda fans all over the world. The Legend of Zelda Wind Waker will be available this coming October for the Wii U.

 

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We get a glimpse at the new Xbox 360 design, looks like the RROD may be gone

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 12, 2013 7:51 pm

E3 2013 - The original Xbox 360 design was attempt at making a stylish, sleek gaming console that would fit into the decor of any living room. In reality what happened was Microsoft designed a massive heat trap that eventually wound up killing many of the consoles after just a few months of use.

 

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On Monday Microsoft announced that the Xbox 360 would be receiving its third redesign in an effort to more closely align the 360 with the aesthetics of the new Xbox One. We finally got a good look at the new 360 design thanks to our friends over at Gizmodo. The exterior refresh is a drastic step away from the Xbox 360 we have seen in the past, with a two-tone color scheme similar to the Xbox One.

 

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The new Xbox 360 also appears to have ditched the power ring for a more modern machined metal design alongside adequate cooling vents placed in the side of the case. The vents appear to be placed directly over the CPU heatsink and additional vents have been placed on the top of the box. If you pick up one of these redesigned Xbox 360's post some pics on our Facebook wall!

Mario Kart 8 on Wii U seen at E3 2013

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 12, 2013 7:29 pm

E3 2013 - Trace Hagan stopped by Nintendo's Wii U booth at E3 to check out the upcoming Mario Kart 8, which is set to debut sometime in 2014. Fans of the series now have the option of using Wii U's motion-based controls or the conventional versions to participate in the better than ever on-track chaos. Motorcycles have returned to the mix of vehicles, as well the ability to get above ground with hovering karts and an anti-gravity feature that occasionally flips tracks upside down.

 

 

The whole game has been refined, but still retains its familiar feel gameplay is fast weapons are hilarious and the courses seem to get easier the more you have time to learn them. It appears that the entire range of characters have returned including Luigi, Peach, Donkey Kong, Bowser, Yoshi and Mario.

 

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Microsoft continues Xbox downward spiral, says customers without internet can stick with Xbox 360

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 12, 2013 7:20 pm

As someone with a business degree, I know that the main objective of a business is to get your latest and greatest product into the hands of the consumer. Apparently no one at Microsoft bothered to go to business school, or at least no one bothered to listen to anything that was taught.

 

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In an interview with GameTrailers, Microsoft's Don Mattrick addressed consumer concerns about the Xbox One and those who have little or no access to broadband internet. When asked what gamers with no internet should do, Mattrick said: "Fortunately we have a product for people who aren't able to get some form of connectivity; it's called Xbox 360," he continued "If you have zero access to the Internet, that is an offline device."

 

He went on to attempt to empathize with US service men and women by saying:

 

"Seriously, when I read the blogs and thought about who's really the most impacted there was a person who said, 'Hey I'm on a nuclear sub.' And I don't even know what it means to be on a nuclear sub but I've got to imagine it's not easy to get an internet connection. But hey, I can empathize; if I was on a sub I'd be disappointed."

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Samsung makes the Galaxy S4 Zoom official, releases 16-megapixel, 10x optical zoom beast

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cameras | Posted: Jun 12, 2013 6:46 pm

This morning Samsung released the long anticipated Galaxy S4 Zoom, a true crossover between a smartphone and point and shoot camera. The phone features a 10x optical zoom lens that sits over a 16-megapixel CMOS Sensor and even packs a real Xenon flash for best in class low light performance.

 

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This newest edition to the Galaxy S4 line features a Super AMOLED 4.3-inch qHD display with a resolution of 960x540, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, and runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The device supports LTE and has the usual compliments of Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Samsung apps, but the S4 Zoom is twice as thick as the original Galaxy S4 and weighs in at a whopping 208 grams.

 

On the camera side the S4 Zoom features an aperture range of f/3.1 to f/6.3 and has a maximum ISO of 3200 which should help in low light situations. Other than that, and the zoom being 10x shorter, the Galaxy S4 Zoom is photographically on par with last year's model.

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Facebook jumps on the #hashtag #bandwagon, now those annoying tags become something useful

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Jun 12, 2013 6:45 pm

For about a year now Facebook users have been adding useless hash tags to the end of their post. I am sure I speak for many when I say this was probably the most annoying trend to ever hit the social network. Unfortunately we're about to see an onslaught of hashtags as Facebook has just enabled them to function similar to the way Twitter utilizes them.

 

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Facebook says that starting today hashtags will be clickable on the social networking service that will function similarly to other services like Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr and Pinterest. When clicking on a hashtag, you will see a feed pop-up of what other people are saying about that event, or topic.

 

Facebook says that now you can:

 

  • Search for a specific hashtag from your search bar. For example, #NBAFinals.
  • Click on hashtags that originate on other services, such as Instagram.
  • Compose posts directly from the hashtag feed and search results.

 

Facebook says that as always you believe control the audience for your post, including those with hashtags and that privacy settings can be adjusted in the normal fashion. They went on to say that hashtags are just the first step to help people more easily discover what others are saying about a specific topic and participate in public conversations. The company will continue to roll out more features in the coming weeks including training hashtags as well as deeper insights.

RumorTT: Samsung to debut Galaxy Camera 2 at June 20th press event

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cameras | Posted: Jun 12, 2013 6:15 pm

At first we thought we would see Samsung launch the Galaxy S4 Mini at its upcoming London press event, but that ship has sailed. We also thought that we might see a new Galaxy Tablet lineup or the Active and Zoom being released, and while they were, Samsung did not wait for the London "Premiere" event to announce them.

 

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With the event drawing closer every day, analyst are scrambling to figure out what might be unveiled and right now anyone's guess is good as another. This morning VR Zone is reporting that the next candidate in line has to be the new Mirrorless Galaxy Camera 2. This actually makes sense as rumors of the camera's existence have been floating around for months.

 

Not much is known about the Galaxy Camera 2, but we do know that a 20.9-megapixel sensor, along with a quad-core Exynos processor and 1GB of RAM are the most likely possibilities for the new camera. The device will also feature 8GB of internal storage with an SD card slot for those who feel 8GB is just not enough. Finally the GCam 2 will run Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and will boast a 4.8-inch 720p screen.

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