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Samsung shares drop $26 billion after Note 7 problems

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 13, 2016 8:47 am

Samsung is really hurting right now with Galaxy Note 7 smartphones exploding all over the place, with a 6-year-old boy in New York City being burnt after the Note 7 he was watching a video on blew up in his hands.




Well, Samsung is also hurting with its shares, bleeding an out of this world $26 billion over the weekend - roughly 6.9% since Friday, reports BGR. Samsung is also set to lose another $1 billion or so with the global recall on the Note 7, and even the FAA and other agencies are telling Note 7 owners to turn their smartphones off before they get on the plane, or even put it with their checked-in luggage.


What now? Samsung will continue to slide until people forget about these issues, but $26 billion over the weekend is a mind-boggling amount of money - no matter how big the company is.

TOXIKK free edition released, teases the full game

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 13, 2016 7:53 am

If you're like me, you're a fan of old school first-person arena shooters like Quake 3, Unreal, and more - well, if you hadn't heard of Reakktor Studios' TOXIKK, you're in for a treat.



The studio has released a free edition of TOXIKK, which includes a bunch of the full core game experience, minus all of the maps, vehicles, campaign mode, and more. The core experience is still there, allowing you to play on the official TOXIKK servers with bots, or real-life foes, as well as all of the weapons and mutators.


You can grab TOXIKK's free edition right here.

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MSI's new VR One is a backpack PC for VR gaming

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Sep 13, 2016 6:48 am

MSI has been teasing its VR backpack for a while now, showing off the awesome concept at Computex in June. The company has now revealed the final product, known as the VR One.




MSI's interesting VR One is a backpack gaming PC that weighs just under 8 pounds (3.6 kg) with batteries installed, and is powered by an overclocked CPU and NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 10 series graphics card. MSI adds that the VR One features an HDMI port, mini DisplayPort, Thunderbolt 3/USB Type-C and 4 x USB 3.0 ports.


There are 2 x 90mm fans and 9 heat pipes that will keep the backpack cool, with just 41dB of noise. VR One also includes dual hot-swappable batteries that will provide just over an hour of intense VR gaming. MSI hasn't provided too much more information on VR One, so we don't know what price we're looking at for the gaming backpack PC, but it's reportedly already in mass production, with units available next month.

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Grab your 'Ratchet & Clank' for our Blu-ray giveaway!

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Sep 13, 2016 6:13 am

To celebrate this week's release of 'Ratchet & Clank' on Blu-ray and DVD, we have ten Blu-ray copies to give away thanks to our friends at Roadshow Home Entertainment.




Kick some asteroid! Ratchet and Clank tells the story of two unlikely heroes as they struggle to stop a vile alien named Chairman Drek from destroying every planet in the Solana Galaxy. Ratchet is the last of his kind - a foolhardy "lombax" who has grown up alone on a backwater planet with no family of his own. Clank is a pint-sized robot with more brains than brawn. When the two stumble upon a dangerous weapon capable of destroying entire planets, they must join forces with a team of colorful heroes called The Galactic Rangers in order to save the galaxy. Along the way they'll learn about heroism, friendship, and the importance of discovering one's own identity.


To go into the running to win a prize, simply correctly answer the following question:

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Microsoft rumored to end Lumia lineup later this year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 13, 2016 6:11 am

According to the latest rumors, Microsoft is ready to shelve the Lumia brand, something that will happen before the New Year. The rumors are coming from a purported Microsoft employee who talked with WinBeta.




Earlier this year, the last Lumia went on sale in the form of the Lumia 650, with Microsoft also offering large discounts on Lumia smartphones over the last few weeks - so these rumors are now making much more sense. Lumia smartphones will reportedly not be made available after December, and are not even on the Microsoft US site.


Windows 10 Mobile has just 0.6% of the global mobile OS market share, compared to Android and iOS which command 99.1%.

Apple reboots car project, working on self-driving tech

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Sep 13, 2016 4:21 am

Apple has reportedly made swift changes to its Project Titan car project, with sources of The New York Times stating "dozens" of layoffs have taken place.




The New York Times isn't the only outlet with information, with a Bloomberg report stating that under new leadership with Bob Mansfield, Apple's focus on the automotive industry has changed from its own car, to just autonomous driving technology. The NYT reports that the layoffs were internally pushed as being part of a reboot of the project, while Apple works out what it wants to do.


Apple has been ripping employees away from the likes of Tesla and EV battery makers, so these new plans might leave some of those staff who left their jobs out in the lurch.

HP acquires Samsung's printer business for $1.05 billion

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 13, 2016 2:51 am

Samsung has just exited the printer business, selling its printer division to HP for $1.05 billion, where HP says the purchase is intended to "disrupt and reinvent" the $55 billion printing industry, something that "hasn't innovated in decades".




HP said in a statement: "Copiers are outdated, complicated machines with dozens of replaceable parts requiring inefficient service and maintenance agreements". Samsung will spin its printing business into a separate company that will be sold to HP, with 6000 employees included. Samsung will continue selling printers branded as Samsung on its home turf in South Korea, but it will source them from HP.

Samsung shoots down Note 7 'remote deactivation' rumors

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 13, 2016 1:35 am

Samsung has had multiple events around the world where its new Galaxy Note 7 has caught fire or exploding, with the recent one seeing a 6-year-old boy in NYC being burnt after the Note 7 he was watching videos on exploded.




The company has been rumored to have discussed the possibility of remotely disabling Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, with one Note 7 owner on Reddit being told that every "recalled" Galaxy Note 7 would be remotely deactivated by Samsung after September 30. Samsung has said that this won't happen, with Android Central reaching out to the company, where they were told "this is not something the company has stated, and that all official guidance will be published on its website".


Personally, I think Samsung should remotely deactivate Note 7's around the world after September 30, leaving a message on the handset to return it to the place of purchase. It keeps everyone safe, without having to worry about people not returning the phone and possibly having their Note 7 explode at a random point in time in the future.

Join the battle for our 'Ninja Turtles' Blu-ray giveaway

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Sep 13, 2016 12:48 am

To celebrate this week's release of 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows' on Blu-ray and DVD, we have ten Blu-ray copies to give away thanks to our friends at Universal Sony Home Entertainment.




Raise some shell! Michelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo, and Raphael return to the screen to battle bigger, badder villains, alongside April O'Neil (Megan Fox), Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett), and a newcomer: the hockey-masked vigilante Casey Jones (Stephen Amell). After supervillain Shredder escapes custody, he joins forces with mad scientist Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry) and two dimwitted henchmen, Bebop (Gary Anthony Williams) and Rocksteady (Stephen 'Sheamus' Farrelly), to unleash a diabolical plan to take over the world. As the Turtles prepare to take on Shredder and his new crew, they find themselves facing an even greater evil with similar intentions: the notorious Krang.


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PS4 mods will exist thanks to Farming Simulator 2017

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 12, 2016 9:41 pm

Farming Simulator 2017 will support mods on Xbox One and PS4 when it launches in October.




When Bethesda announced that Sony wouldn't let them bring Fallout 4 and Skyrim: Special Edition mods to PS4, Sony earned a lot of ire from console owners. Everyone thought that PS4 just wouldn't have mod support in any game, and Microsoft wasted no time to mock Sony's decision.


But Farming Simulator 2017 proves that mods are possible on PS4: the devs issued a Tweet confirming the game will support mods on both console platforms when it releases on October 25.


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