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Plans for final Assassin's Creed game have been laid says Ubisoft

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 5, 2013 9:27 pm

According to an interview with website Eurogamer, Ubisoft has planned the end of the popular Assassin's Creed franchise. Ashraf Ismail, game director for Assassin's Creed: Black Flag, told the interviewer that "an overarching narrative for the game" is in existence, but not much more info was given.




"We have multiple development teams, then we have the brand team that sits on top and is filled with writers and designers concerned with the series' overall arc," Ismail explained. "So there is an overall arc and each iteration has its place inside this."


Lubrizol says that since the game is a yearly title, there is still room left to fit more inside this arc but there is a definitive end to the franchise. Ubisoft's CEO Yves Guillemot said that being an annual franchise allows the team to tease future plot points and inject NPCs and players who might be seen in future installments of the series.

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More Windows 8 tablet price cuts, this time from Acer

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 5, 2013 9:03 pm

Today, Acer lowered the price on its Iconia W3-810 Windows 8 based 8.1-inch tablet. Previously at $379, the tablet will now only cost you $299--that's a price cut of $80. This reduction in price comes shortly after Microsoft cut prices on its Surface Pro devices by $100 over the weekend.




The Iconia W3-810 was the first sub-10 inch tablet to run a full version of Windows 8 and it included a full-version of Microsoft Office on the standard install. Many industry analysts say that the 20 percent price reduction is a move designed so Acer can clear if inventory for an upcoming model refresh which will be thinner, lighter, and more user-friendly.

Sony unveils new EverQuest MMO, new world will be destructable

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 5, 2013 8:33 pm

Today, Sony announced a new MMO installment to the EverQuest franchise. The company says that the game will not follow in the footsteps of traditional leveling systems often found in MMOs but will instead feature approximately 40 classes at launch with players having the chance to mix and match abilities as they play through the game.




The new game will also feature a fully destructible voxel-based world in which all changes the players make on the world will remain permanent. The game will also be able to react to the decisions that players make and will proactively present players with quests that match a player's gaming style. The game will launch free to play sometime later this year, but no official launch date has been set.


"Today, many MMOs fail because players consume content faster than developers can create it. With EverQuest Next, we're creating a living world that players are part of and empowering them to produce new content alongside the development team," said SOE president John Smedley. "What does the future hold for EverQuest Next and Sony Online Entertainment? It's in the players' hands, and we like it that way."

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LG unveils three new UltraWide 21:9 IPS LED monitors

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Aug 5, 2013 8:03 pm

Today, LG Electronics announced three new additions to its IPS 21:9 UltraWide line of PC monitors. LG says that "the new monitors enable users to work on multiple files simultaneously as well as maximize their movie and gaming experience." The three new models--29EA73, 29EB73 and 29MA73--all feature LG's 29-inch IPS 21:9 display but differ in feature sets.




The 29MS73 model features a built-in TV tuner as well as the new Extra View picture and teacher feature that gives users the ability to access TV schedules, smartphone games, and other content in the extra window while watching TV at the same time. The 29EB73 model features an ergonomic adjustable stand that makes it easy to reposition the monitor to a comfortable height to reduce neck strain, stress, and to create a more productive work environment. It appears that the 29EA73 is a normal PC monitor with not many extra features.


All of the new UltraWide monitors feature a new enhanced four-screen split feature which automatically divides this display into four segments to allow quick and easy multitasking from the desktop. The segments are repositionable with just a few mouse clicks and there is a built-in Dual Link-up feature that allows users to simultaneously access and view information stored from to external devices such as smartphones or other PCs.

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MSI unveils 17" GS70, world's thinnest and lightest gaming notebook

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Laptops | Posted: Aug 5, 2013 7:03 pm

Today, MSI unveiled the world's thinnest and lightest 17-inch portable gaming laptop. The GS70 is designed to accommodate the power needs of the most demanding gamer, while still maintaining extreme portability that is needed to take the next battle on the road. MSI says that the GS70 features a "lethal arsenal of cutting-edge components" that high-level gamers require to give them that extra edge over the competition.




The GS70 features Intel's latest 4th generation Core i7 4700HQ Haswell processor, 16GB of RAM, and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M 2GB graphics processor. Storage is available in two configurations that includes a dual 128GB mSATA SSD setup in RAID 0 with a 1TB HDD for mass data storage. The second configuration includes a single 128GB SSD with a 750GB HDD for file storage. Measuring in at just 0.85 inches thick, the GS70 only weighs 5.7lbs thanks to its all aluminum chassis.


Additionally, the laptop features a 17.3-inch full HD display, Killer E2200 Gaming NIC, a built-in headphone amplifier, four USB 3.0 ports, a 720p HD webcam, and a full color backlit gaming keyboard with anti-ghost keys from keyboard giant SteelSeries. MSI says that the dual-SSD version will retail for $1999.99, while the single-SSD version will cost consumers $1799.99

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Meet the OFF Pocket, a cell phone pouch that blocks all signals

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 5, 2013 6:06 pm

In the wake of multiple scandals involving the US government's mass surveillance of its citizens, a new project has popped up on Kickstarter with the goal of allowing you to keep your smartphone on your person without the threat of it becoming a personal tracking device.




Dubbed the OFF Pocket, this wallet for your cell phone is able to block all cellular, Wi-Fi, GPS, NFC, and Bluetooth signals from being sent or received by the device. The company behind the OFF Pocket says that it has the ability to block over 100dB for the frequency range between 800MHz and 2.4GHz. They say that this is a better solution than just turning off your phone because that does not always ensure wireless signals are not being sent or transmitted.


The company is hoping to raise $35,000 in crowdfunding to get a second-generation model to market. In their first few days, they raised just over a third of their goal and have about 22 days left before the campaign ends. Currently, a pledge of $85 will get you a unit which is expected to begin shipping late next month. Head over to Source #1 to find out more!

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Samsung will most likely launch Galaxy Note III on September 4

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 5, 2013 4:04 pm

Today, Samsung announced their next launch event which will be held in Berlin, Germany on September 4. Thanks to an invitation sent out to the media this morning, we learned that "the next Galaxy" will be launched at what the company is calling "Samsung Unpacked"...big surprise there!




It is widely expected that we will see the Samsung Galaxy Note III live during the event. Last year, the Galaxy Note II was launched at the IFA conference which begins on September 6. With this unveiling taking place just two days before, we're almost positive Samsung will use the event to show off the new Note III.


Lending further credits to the speculation that we will see the Galaxy Note III, analysts are pointing out that the invitation the journalist received this morning appears to be hand-drawn / written with something similar to a Wacom stylus which is one of the major features of the Galaxy Note series. The device is said to feature a 6.3-inch screen and either a Samsung Exynos 5 octa-core processor or a QUALCOMM Snapdragon 800 chip.

First tri-SIM smartphones will be offered by LG and GooPhone

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 5, 2013 3:06 pm

With high-speed mobile networks becoming the primary form of telecommunication, there is a growing need for mobile devices to access different networks around the world. Dual-SIM smartphones have filled this niche for sometime now, but being able to access two separate networks is just not enough for some.




Today, reports have surfaced that show off the world's first tri-SIM smartphones running MediaTek chips. The phones come from LG and GooPhone and can manage three separate phone lines at once without a noticeable drop in battery life thanks to MediaTek's Triple-SIM chip. The GooPhone X1+ features a 5-inch FWVGA display and a dual-core MT6572 processor, which puts it in the high side of low-end.


LG's just released L4 II boasts a rather small 3.8-inch 320 x 480 pixel HVGA display and an unnamed 1GHz processor. 4GB of storage is present along side 512MB of RAM. These specs put the LG L4 II into solid low-end territory, but with either phone being capable of utilizing three different networks simultaneously, we are sure that there are many who will look over the poor hardware specs for the tri-SIM capabilities.

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ADATA busts a move with their new 3100MHz DDR3 memory

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: RAM | Posted: Aug 5, 2013 10:29 am

Just when we were thinking 3000MHz DDR3 RAM was quick, ADATA had to add another 100MHz to the table. ADATA's new XPG V2 DDR 3100 memory under the XMP Profile 1 runs at 3100MHz with CAS latencies of 12-14-14-36 at 1.65V.




Not too bad at all, eh? This will give users 24,800MB/sec in bandwidth, too. The kit comes in 8GB (2 x 4GB sticks) and features Thermal Conductive Technology (TCT) thermal technology for heat dispersal. With its huge bandwidth, it could be the right choice for video and image editing professionals who need some seriously high RAM bandwidth.

GTA V to run at the retina-busting resolution of... 720p

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 5, 2013 9:40 am

One of the most anticipated games of all time is nearly here, but Grand Theft Auto V is only hitting current generation consoles meaning we're going to see the games vast open world clamped down by the ageing hardware in the PS3 and Xbox 360.




Gadget Mill have found out, through GTA V's official website, that the game won't be running at 1080p. They're claiming that the website didn't include any in-game screenshots above 720p. To me, the screenshots look fantastic, which means we're seeing it rendered on a PC, or super amounts of AA at 720p.


Rockstar's previous titles, such as Red Dead Redemption, Max Payne 3 and GTA IV, all ran at 720p. Current generation consoles are really holding games back, and GTA V is one of them. Let's hope that Rockstar unleash the open-world game onto next-gen consoles.