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WhatsApp for Windows is wrapper-based

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Apps | Posted: May 11, 2016 5:34 pm

Last week it was reported WhatsApp might be on its way to Windows. Turns out that's true, as a new Windows download on the official site proves.

 

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Now for the bad news. The app isn't exactly an app, but a wrapper, meaning it simply mirrors the mobile version of WhatsApp -- which is required to use the Windows version -- rather than being a native UWP app as you'd hope. It's possible WhatsApp is working on a UWP version and this is merely to tide users over; it's also possible it's done this way for security reasons.

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EA confirms Battlefield 1 will have 'micro-monetizations'

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 11, 2016 4:31 pm

Battlefield 1 will have micro-transaction-style purchases, says EA CEO Andrew Wilson.

 

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DICE's new WW1-based shooter Battlefield 1 will allow players to buy "micro-monetization options" consisting of "valuable, small-scale" increments. "In Battlefield 1 you will see both macro-monetization--like maps and large-scale content--as well as micro-monetization opportunities," EA CEO Andrew Wilson said in the company's FY17 earnings call. "These will be smaller increments of gameplay. Over time what you'll see from us is elements of gameplay that allow gamers to engage and expand their experience much the way people do with FIFA Ultimate Team today."

 

Wilson didn't reveal what exactly these "micro-monetization" options are, but affirms that the company isn't going to embrace a pay-to-win style scheme. "We never want to be in a place where there's a belief that we are providing a pay-to-win mechanic inside one of our games. When we think about extra monetization inside an experience, we really think about it in two vectors: one, are we able to provide value to the gamer in terms of extended or enhancing their experience; and two, are we able to do that in a world where we give them choice."

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Samsung microSD card is 256GB, comes with 10 year warranty

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Storage | Posted: May 11, 2016 4:09 pm

Samsung is launching a record-setting 256GB microSD card. Named the EVO Plus, it offers 95MB/s read speeds and 90MB/s write speeds, which the company says means it's up to the task of 4K, virtual reality, and gaming content.

 

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The price tag is steep, naturally: $249.99. However, you get a little insurance with your purchase, courtesy of a limited 10-year warranty available in more than 50 countries, including the USA and Europe.

 

The EVO Plus 256GB launches in June.

Civilization VI officially announced, coming in October

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 11, 2016 3:24 pm

Civilization VI has been announced by 2K Games, with a release this October.

 

 

2K Games has revealed Sid Meier's Civilization VI, the latest in the landmark grand strategy series. Civ VI's Steam page is now up, revealing the game's October 21, 2016 release date and key details. Check below for more info: "Civilization VI offers new ways to interact with your world, expand your empire across the map, advance your culture, and compete against history's greatest leaders."

 

"Civilization VI offers new ways to engage with your world: cities now physically expand across the map, active research in technology and culture unlocks new potential, and competing leaders will pursue their own agendas based on their historical traits as you race for one of five ways to achieve victory in the game."

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Build an Internet of Things App With This $99 Bundle

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: May 11, 2016 3:00 pm

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If you think the Raspberry Pi microcomputer is great, you'll love the Wio Link--the tiny board makes Internet of Things development as easy as dragging and dropping. Get yours--along with three courses--for $99 at TweakTown Deals.

 

Make network-connected devices, vehicles, buildings, and more with this bundle. Your Wio Link development board doesn't require that you have any programming skills to get started--there's no soldering, no hardware programming, and no jumper wires. You'll also get three programming courses that open up even more possibilities for your Wio Link and make for a good foundation if you're thinking of coding as a career. Jump into the easy-to-follow video courses to learn JavaScript, Python, and Node.

 

Don't miss your chance to get the Wio Link and three programming courses for 75% off. The Wio Link & Online Learning Bundle is $99 at TweakTown Deals.

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New Witcher 3 Blood and Wine video shows off vampires, giants and more

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 11, 2016 2:33 pm

Now that CD Projekt RED finally announced Geralt's final adventure will launch on May 31, a new bit of gameplay has launched to showcase the expansion's huge new content offering.

 

 

The new Witcher 3: Blood and Wine gameplay video highlights some of the new monsters Geralt will hunt down in Toussaint, including a terrifying banshee-screeching vampire-harpy, a hulking giant that causes seismic quakes with its stomps, and a near-invincible stone golem.

 

The footage also shows off the new enchanting and vibrant realm of Toussaint, a new region that has higher fidelity and graphics than the base game. About "90% of the assets featured in Toussaint" are brand new, and the region features over 30 hours of exploration, 90 new quests, and a massive laundry list of improvements and optimizations that weren't in The Witcher 3. As it's Geralt's last adventure, CDPR promises the Blood and Wine DLC will be "better than the main game", with a storyline full of twists and turns and a "charismatic, unique enemy" for players to face.

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EA confirms new IP for 2017, could it be BioWare's new secret game?

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 11, 2016 1:37 pm

EA confirms a new unannounced IP for 2017, which lines neatly up with BioWare's new mystery IP project.

 

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BioWare's new IP could launch next year, according to EA's Chief Financial Officer Blake Jorgensen. "We do have a new IP coming next year, we haven't yet announced it, but it's something that you'll see probably coming up soon," Jorgensen said in EA's FY2016 earnings call.

 

We've known that BioWare has been working on a mysterious new IP for quite some time, even as the devs prep Mass Effect: Andromeda for its early 2017 release.

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Visceral's new Star Wars action game coming in 2018

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 11, 2016 12:31 pm

The new Star Wars action game from Dead Space developer Visceral Games will release in 2018.

 

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In its recent earnings call, EA revealed a roadmap release schedule for upcoming games, including Titanfall 2 and the array of new Star Wars games from studios like Visceral Games, DICE, and Respawn. "We'll most likely have one Star Wars title a year for the next three to four years," said EA's CFO Blake Jorgensen.

 

According to the call, Visceral Games' new Star Wars action game will launch in 2018. The game will be powered by the Frostbite 3 engine, and feature its own a spin-off story not directly tied to the films. Ex-Uncharted creative director/writer Amy Hennig will serve as creative director for the new game, and will co-write the story with another Uncharted alum, Todd Stashwick.

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Western Digital's $19 billion acquisition of SanDisk nearly complete

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 11, 2016 11:27 am

Late last year, Western Digital announced its huge $19 billion acquisition of SanDisk, with the company receiving its final regulatory approval today. Once it's complete, WD will become even bigger in the storage industry.

 

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WD acquiring SanDisk will allow the company to have a strong position in the continuously growing NAND storage market, in a time where the demand for mechanical HDDs is falling. SanDisk is the third-largest producer of NAND flash in the world, behind industry giants like Toshiba and Samsung.

 

SanDisk's President and CEO, Sanjay Mehrotra, said: "We are pleased that the final regulatory approval has been received and we can now proceed with the planned combination with Western Digital. We thank our stakeholders for their support of this transaction and look forward to contributing to the success of Western Digital as it transforms into the leading storage solutions company".

EA is working on a Star Wars Battlefront sequel, will be out in 2017

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 11, 2016 9:28 am

With EA preparing both Battlefield 1 and Titanfall 2 for later this year, the publisher has teased a sequel to Star Wars Battlefront, its luke warm first-person shooter from last year. The publisher has announced the sequel for its 2017 fiscal year.

 

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This means we can expect the Star Wars Battlefront sequel sometime in the second half of the year, and with over 14 million copies sold, there's no surprise when it comes to the sequel being in development. EA's Chief Financial Officer Blake Jorgensen said during the call: "We'll most likely have one Star Wars title a year for the next three to four years".

 

EA will continue its Star Wars games with an untitled Star Wars game in development over at Visceral Games - the developer behind Battlefield Hardline, for 2018. We don't know much about this game, but it could be a third-person game, and with Visceral's experience in Dead Space, that's exciting news.

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