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92% of gamers leave money on the table by not playing games they own

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

Two in five gamers have upwards of "$200 unclaimed" by holding on to unused games, according to a study commissioned by GameStop. The survey found 92 percent of those surveyed reported having at least one video game disc "her or she no longer plays."

 

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"One-third of those surveyed (33 percent) said they have between five and nine unused games lying around the house, while 38 percent said they have as many as 10 to 20 unused games," the report reads.

 

Retailers such as GameStop want players to turn in their games for in-store credit or cash, though 28 percent just haven't bothered to get around to it - while 27 percent only bother trading in game titles when they are low on cash.

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Xbox One backward compatibility to support original Xbox?

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

Microsoft is quite happy with the addition of Xbox One backward compatibility able to support Xbox 360 games, but the company may not just stop there. When asked by someone on Twitter about backward compatibility so Xbox One gamers could play original Xbox titles, here is what Xbox chief Phil Spencer said:

 

 

Current Xbox One Preview Program members are able to test out Xbox 360 games, with a public rollout expected in November. Looking ahead, all Xbox 360 games with Gold titles will automatically be playable on the Xbox One.

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Fallout Shelter racks up 1 billion sessions in one month

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

Fallout Shelter was recently made available for Google Android, after massive support for Apple iOS, and Bethesda recently let us know just how popular the free mobile game is.

 

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So far, more than 85.3 million vaults have been created, with 29 million hours played over 1 billion sessions . Keep in mind, however, these are just the iOS figures, so the gameplay statistics will only keep rising higher in the future.

 

Bethesda hasn't released download rates for Android or iOS, and advertising revenue hasn't been disclosed, though a third-party estimates the figure north of $5 million in just two weeks.

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You can help MegaBots prepare for giant robot scrap against Japan

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

Japanese company Suidobashi Heavy Industry accepted a giant robot battle challenge from MegaBots, and now the team wants a bit of your help. The US robot will need some significant upgrades to make it suitable for hand-to-hand robot combat, which is a condition the Japanese company requested.

 

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The US team created a Kickstarter campaign, raising more than $200,000 of an expected $500,000 goal - supported by 2,900 backers with 29 days remaining. The Mk. II needs heavy duty armor plating, additional firepower, updated hydraulics, and better motor to reach a higher maximum speed.

 

In addition to public support, the company has received backing from NASA, which is sharing some of its technology with a specific purpose:

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LIVALL shows off world's first smart and safe bike helmet

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

LIVALL recently unveiled its LIVALL Bling Helmet, a custom designed smart cycling helmet that features Hi-Fi Bluetooth speakers, built-in LED lights, and other features designed to set itself apart from normal bike helmets.

 

 

Using the helmet's Hi-Fi Bluetooth speakers and microphone, it's possible to safely answer and end phone calls. LIVALL Bling also features a walkie-talkie function so wearers are able to communicate with riders around themselves.

 

LIVALL Bling also includes a built-in gravity sensor to detect falls, nano cadence sensor, battery power bank, remote control, Hi-Fi Bluetooth speaker, and mobile app.

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Sony takes us on a journey of Metal Gear Solid on PlayStation platform

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

Gearing up for the upcoming launch of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, PlayStation Japan has launched a 2-minute "A history of METAL GEAR and PlayStation" video:

 

 

Since Metal Gear Solid was made available for the original PlayStation, there has been a Metal Gear Solid game available for each PlayStation home and mobile platform.

 

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is scheduled for launch on September 1, and will be available for the Sony PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Microsoft Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC. Metal Gear Online will not launch until October 6 for console gamers and next January for PC gamers.

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Garmin launches VIRB X and VIRB XE action cameras in Australia

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Cameras | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

GPS manufacturer Garmin has launched the VIRB X and VIRB XE next-generation action cameras, available to consumers in Australia.

 

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The VIRB XE is able to record HD video at 1440p/30fps or 1080p/60fps with super slow motion, image stabilization and various zoom levels. Meanwhile, the VIRB X records HD video at 1080p/30fps and 720p/60fps with slow motion and zoom.

 

Both cameras are waterproof up to 50 meters without an external case, and has the ability to capture crisp underwater shots. Both units support Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, ANT+, G-Metrix, GPS, accelerometer and gyroscope.

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Thecus launches N7770-10G and N8880U-10G NAS units for businesses

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Storage | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

Thecus Technology has launched the 7-bay N7770-10G and 8-bay N8880U-10G NAS units, aimed at helping businesses increase their storage abilities.

 

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The 10G NAS features Intel Core i3 (3.3 GHz), 8GB DDR3 ECC RAM, and a 10G PCIe card - offering SATA drives with NAS stacking. Each unit has 6 USB 2.0 ports, and USB 2 x 3.0 ports, 1 HDMI port, with support for 3.5" and 2.5" SATA HDDs or SSDs.

 

Both the N7770-10G and N888U-10G run the Thecus OS5 software, a Web-based OS making advanced data management easier. More than 700 apps focused on data backup, content management, multimedia, and other critical business features are available in the Thecus App Center.

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Firefighters, safety officials still upset about private drone pilots

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Drones | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

The number of drones interfering with air crews and firefighters continues to frustrate officials, and trying to stop the chaos is proving difficult. Some pilots are just regular people getting a unique angle of the action, while others are interested in selling footage to news stations.

 

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"The most immediate and critical issue we face is the serious threat that these drones pose with the irresponsible use of them," said Ken Pimlott, chief of the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, in a recent legislative committee meeting. "It is placing our air crews, our pilots, in immediate danger."

 

Recently, firefighters were forced to temporarily halt operations in Cajon Pass due to five drones flying in the general vicinity. In addition, there were other problems when a drone flew within 25 feet of a helicopter, causing a rightful panic among the aircraft's pilot.

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