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ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra features huge 6.8-inch display

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

If you thought the huge 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus or 5.7-inch display on the Galaxy Note 7 - which exploded in a 6-year-old boy's hand in NYC yesterday, then prepare yourself for the massive 6.8-inch screen on the ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra smartphone.




The 6.8-inch display rocks a native 1080p resolution with an IPS panel, with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor, 3GB and 4GB offerings, and a microSD card slot that will allow you to install a 256GB microSD card. ASUS will be offering the new ZenFone 3 Ultra in three colors: Rose Pink, Glacier Silver, and Titanium Gray - while the pricing will start from $479.

Overwatch's new 'high-bandwidth' update rolls out for PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Blizzard has updated the PC version of Overwatch, with the new 'high bandwidth' update rolling out to PC gamers, offering higher quality online play for gamers that don't have great internet connections.



In the video above, Overwatch's Lead Engineer Tom Ford along with Senior Engineer Philip Orwig explain the changes, and what Overwatch players will experience. PC gamers can expect smoother Overwatch games online, with fewer netcode-related issues. The PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game don't have the new high bandwidth update, with Orwig explaining: "We're still investigating how to roll this out to on console".


Ford explained that the Overwatch high bandwidth update reduces something called the interpolation delay, which Polygon explains as "the server predicting where one player is going and how fast and then rendering that on other players' clients, ensuring a smooth experience for everyone". If you've got a good internet connection, the new netcode shortens that delay by over half.


If you don't have a great internet connection, you'll be moved into a new lower-bandwidth group automatically, where you'll be matched with other Overwatch gamers that don't have higher-end internet connections. Ford added: "The net result is you will be shot around corners less, you'll be able to predict escape moves better and the server will hear about it sooner".

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The Last of Us Remastered runs at native 4K on PS4 Pro

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Sep 12, 2016 7:05 am

The Last of Us was one of the best-received games on Sony's console, with the news of The Last of Us Remastered running at 4K 30FPS on the new PlayStation 4 Pro to keep fans happy. Remember that Sony made the PS4 Pro so that gamers wouldn't be incentivized to jump over to the PC. Ugh.




The news broke during the recent PlayStation Meeting where Sony unveiled the new PS4 Pro, with Digital Foundry's Richard Leadbetter saying that The Last of Us Remastered "clearly wasn't running at native 4K on the demo they were showing. They could do the HDR toggles on/off, they could turn off and turn on 1080p and yeah, you could see the difference there. But it was actually talking to the developer that things really became interesting".


He continued: "The PS4 version has that 30Hz mode which has higher-resolution shadow maps but otherwise it's just a locked 30fps. Now that mode on the PS4 Pro, well you keep the enhanced shadow map detail but you also get native 4K. So we have actually got a confirmed case of full native 4K game that will be available for PS4 Pro at launch, which will be The Last of Us Remastered".

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Fitbit extends market position in wearables sector

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Sep 12, 2016 6:29 am

While the fitness wearable sector has gotten even more competitive in the last 12 months, market leader Fitbit has actually managed to extend it's lead over high powered rivals such as Apple and Garmin in new data published by the International Data Corporation (IDC) in their updated Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker.




Extending it's lead to over a quarter of the entire fitness wearable market, Fitbit managed to extend it's lead slightly with a slew of new models introduced in the last few months such as Blaze and Alta, and bolstered by strong sales of the now end-of-life Charge HR. In somewhat of a surprise, Apple's market share dropped by almost 70%, mostly due to slowing sales for the first Apple Watch (although its successor is now officially on the way) .


Despite smart watches increasingly muscling in on the competitive sector, with Fitbit's Charge 2 and Flex 2 models about to hit stores across the world, it seems the future is bright for the company who focuses on one thing - and doing it very well. We'll have a review of the Charge 2 in the coming weeks.

Our 'Now You See Me 2' Blu-ray giveaway is no trick

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Sep 12, 2016 5:41 am

To celebrate this week's release of 'Now You See Me 2' on Blu-ray and DVD, we have ten Blu-ray copies to give away thanks to our friends at Entertainment One Home Entertainment.




You haven't seen anything yet! The Four Horsemen (Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Lizzy Caplan) return for a second mind-bending adventure, elevating the limits of stage illusion to new heights and taking them around the globe. One year after outwitting the FBI and winning the public's adulation with their Robin Hood-style magic spectacles, the illusionists resurface for a comeback performance in hopes of exposing the unethical practices of a tech magnate. The man behind their vanishing act is none other than Walter Mabry (Daniel Radcliffe), a tech prodigy who threatens the Horsemen into pulling off their most impossible heist yet. Their only hope is to perform one last unprecedented stunt to clear their names and reveal the mastermind behind it all.


To go into the running to win a prize, simply answer the following question in 50 words or less:

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'Jurassic World' becomes a trilogy of films

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Sep 12, 2016 5:16 am

Last year's mega-success 'Jurassic World' not only rejuvenated the sleeping 'Jurassic Park' franchise, it also rocketed up the charts to become the third highest grossing film of all time. And now there's another two films on the way!



During an interview with Latino Review, JA Bayona said that "the whole 'Jurassic World' is a trilogy that Colin Trevorrow has envisioned. We're writing the second chapter, and it's very interesting where he's leading the story... ee are still six months ahead of shooting, and so far, so good. It's very exciting right now".


'Jurassic World' 2 is set to hit screens on on June 22, 2018 worldwide, but no date has yet been set for the third film - although 2020 is looking pretty good right about now.

HTC's new Nexus/Pixel smartphone teased in new renders

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 12, 2016 5:04 am

Google's upcoming new smartphone series is nearly here, with the company reportedly moving away from naming the new handsets 'Nexus', and instead they'll instead be named Pixel, and Pixel XL.




HTC is manufacturing the new smartphones with the smaller Pixel smartphone turning up in new 360-degree renders, with 'Sailfish' looking to rock a USB Type-C port instead of a typical micro USB port. There's also some dual stereo speakers which can be seen to the left, and right of the new USB Type-C port.




It looks like we can expect a 5.2- or 5.3-inch 1080p display, while inside HTC seems to be using Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820/821 processor, with 4GB of RAM. We should expect 32GB of storage, a 12MP rear-facing camera backed up with an 8MP front-facing camera, and joined by a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor.


We should see Google launch the new Pixel smartphone with Android 7.0, with the new Sailfish handset make from metal and glass, which will not only look great, but it'll feel great, too.

AMD's high-end X370 chipset teased, arrives in Feb 2017

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Sep 12, 2016 3:20 am

AMD will be launching its next-gen Zen architecture in February 2017, alongside a new high-end X370 series chipset. The news is coming from Benchlife, teasing the Bristol Ridge series of APUs based on the Excavator CPU architecture, and GCN 3.0-based graphics architecture.




The upcoming AM4 socket will be split into three different chipsets, with the high-end X370 leading the way, and behind it we have the B350 and A320 chipsets. The Zen FX-based CPUs will be part of the upcoming Summit Ridge family of processors, including PCIe 3.0 support, dual channel DDR4 memory controllers, lots of L3 cache, updated storage features including USB 3.1 and NVMe, and more. We can also expect to see CPUs arrive with between 4/8 cores with 8/16 threads, and consuming between 65-95W of power.


Motherboard makers are already reportedly building their inventories of X370-based motherboards, with companies preparing to unveil some of their AM4 motherboards in October. AMD will most likely show off their Zen CPUs and new X370 chipset during CES 2017 in January.

Galaxy Note 7 explodes, burns 6-year-old boy

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 12, 2016 1:29 am

Another Galaxy Note 7 smartphone has exploded from its battery-related problems, with a 6-year-old boy using Samsung's latest handset while it burst into flames while he was watching videos.




The New York City boy's grandmother, Linda Lewis, told the New York Post that the fire was serious enough that it set off fire alarms in her house. Lewis took her grandson to the Downstate Medical Center where he received treatment to the resulting burns on his body. Lewis told the Post: "he doesn't want to see or go near any phones. He's been crying to his mother".


Lewis said that the family has been in contact with Samsung, but didn't comment further. Samsung recently announced a global recall, advising all Galaxy Note 7 owners to turn off, and return their smartphones - with new stock arriving in a few weeks.

Dell's new 30-inch monitor features 16:10 aspect ratio

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Sep 12, 2016 12:04 am

Dell has just released a new 30-inch display, which has a 16:10 aspect ratio that is aimed towards professionals and content creators.




The new UltraSharp UP3017 has a 30-inch IPS-based panel with 1.07 billion colors, covering 99% of the Adobe RGB, sRGB, and DCI-P3 color spaces. Video editors will have a sparkle in their eye seeing the sRGB and DCI-P3 support, with the DCI-P3 color space very important in digital movie projection throughout the US movie industry, on more and more Apple devices, and will eventually be rolled out into TVs and home cinemas.


Specs wise, we have the older 2560x1600 resolution (up from the usual 16:9 displays with 2560x1440), a 60Hz refresh rate, 1000:1 static contrast, 350 nits of typical brightness, W-LED backlighting, and 178-degree viewing angles. The UP3017 also rocks a 4-port USB 3.0 hub, with 1 x DP 1.2, 1 x mDP 1.2, 1 x DP 1.2 (out) with MST, and 2 x HDMI 1.4 ports for display connectivity.


Dell's new UltraSharp UP3017 is available right now from Dell for $1249.99.

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