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EA teases Skate 4

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 30, 2017 8:15 pm

UPDATE: EA has confirmed it's not currently developing Skate 4. Sorry folks!


Original story as follows.


After six years of waiting, Skate fans might be getting a new game in the series.



EA senior community manager Daniel Lingen recently stirred up the pot by teasing Skate 4. Now when I say tease, I just mean that Lingen posted a simple hashtag on Twitter, but that was enough. There were no screenshots, no ARG's, no cryptic signals or even snippets of footage. Just #Skate4.


The publisher is poised to release their third quarter FY2017 earnings on the morrow, so we could see key EA execs talk about specific upcoming games in the pipeline. I hope to hear about Skate 4, the publisher's multitude of new Star Wars games, and maybe even a quick mention of BioWare's new Dragon Age game.

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iPhone is no longer top-selling smartphone in China

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 30, 2017 7:17 pm

A new report from Counterpoint Research shows that Apple's iPhone is no longer the top-selling smartphone in China. The iPhone held this position for the past five years, but it looks like it's time for a new star.




And in China, that star is Oppo's R9. The report says that a total of 17 million units of the R9 were sold in the country last year, which is around 4% of the market share. Apple managed to sell 12 million units, meaning they captured around 2% of the market.


Apple became top-selling smartphone in China in 2012, and it held that position for five years. The American company is clearly becoming more vulnerable in China with many Chinese phone manufacturers like Huawei, Oppo, and Xiaomi gaining more fans.

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The 'Father of Pac-Man' Masaya Nakamura dies at 91

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 30, 2017 6:18 pm

Namco confirmed today that Masaya Nakamura, the so-called Father of Pac-Man and founder of one of Japan's and the gaming industry's most important companies, has died at age 91.



Masaya Nakamura's Namco was a transformative force in the massive arcade boom during the 80s during that golden age when gaming was starting to take shape. He was a major player in the games industry, and enjoyed massive success with immortal Pac-Man, which is forever known as the world's most popular arcade game. We can only imagine what gaming would be like had Mr. Nakamura not taking the initiative to start his business in 1955. If you grew up in the 80's, you no-doubt owe quite a bit of your childhood to Mr. Nakamura. He will be sorely missed.


Did you know? NAMCO is a shortened abridged version of the company's original name: Nakamura Amusement machine Manufacturing COmpany.

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Kyocera introduces a washable smartphone

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 30, 2017 5:33 pm

Kyocera Corporation has announced a new Rafre smartphone for Japanese service provider, KDDI Corporation. The device is a successor to the original DIGNO Rafre, launched in December 2015 as the world's first washable smartphone. Yes, hand-soap-washable smartphone.




The second generation of the washable smartphone will also be resistant to foaming body soap in addition to the hand soap. Meaning you can wash your smartphone while showering. Handy, isn't it?


You can also use your phone while wearing gloves or with wet hands.

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Fallout 4 high-res texture pack requires a...RX 490?

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 30, 2017 4:12 pm

Bethesda will roll out a high resolution texture pack for Fallout 4 on PC, but the publisher affirms only higher-end rigs with beefy video cards and processors will be able to handle the update. In fact, Bethesda lists a GPU that doesn't even exist yet: AMD's Radeon RX 490.




Fallout 4 is getting spruced up on consoles with a new PS4 Pro patch enabling native 1440p and on PC, but the latter will enjoy the biggest and most enhanced upgrade. Everyday PC gamers apparently won't benefit as the high-res texture pack as Bethesda wants you to have an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 or an AMD RX 490 with 8GB of VRAM and an Intel Core i7-5820K or better to use the update.


While these are listed as recommended specs, the publisher says: "make sure you have an additional 58 GB of available and that your system meets/exceeds the recommended specs below."


Recommended PC Specs


  • Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit OS required)
  • Intel Core i7-5820K or better
  • GTX 1080 8GB/AMD Radeon RX 490 8GB
  • 8GB+ Ram


Note: To utilize the High-Resolution Texture Pack, make sure you have an additional 58 GB of available and that your system meets/exceeds the recommended specs below.

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Deus Ex franchise is now in limbo

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 30, 2017 3:34 pm

Deus Ex developer Eidos Montreal has apparently put Adam Jensen's dystopic future on hold so it can work on new high-profile projects with Marvel.




Square Enix recently signed a multi-year deal with Marvel for a batch of games based on key characters and series in the Marvel comic-book universe, and the publisher has enlisted its key development studios to create these games. This partnership is not unlike Disney giving EA exclusive access to make Star Wars games, and EA responded in kind by enlisting Respawn, Visceral, DICE, EA Motive and more to the cause. The first game in the Square Enix-Marvel alliance will be an all-original new Avengers game.


While Eidos Montreal won't be helming development of the new Avengers game--it will instead co-develop alongside Tomb Raider dev Crystal Dynamics--the Deus Ex devs are hard at work on the new Tomb Raider game, which is entitled Shadow of the Tomb Raider . After Tomb Raider is wrapped up, Eidos Montreal will focus on a Guardians of the Galaxy game, Eurogamer reports.

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Upcoming BlackBerry Mercury could have Pixel's camera

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 30, 2017 2:32 pm

TCL, the company that is now producing BlackBerry-branded devices, has shown their upcoming phone at CES - the Mercury, but they didn't unveil any specs of the device.




The full unveiling will happen on February 25th at MWC in Barcelona, where we should hear more about the phone.


The newest rumors suggest that the device will feature the Sony IMX378 sensor on the rear, which is the same one use by Google for Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. This would mean that BlackBerry's phone could have a 12MP camera and support 4K recording.

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Alcatel to unveil 5 phones at MWC 2017, one modular?

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 30, 2017 1:23 pm

Sony might not be the only company to announce five new smartphones at this year's MWC in Barcelona. New reports suggest that Alcatel will unveil the same number of phones at MWC 2017.




There isn't much info about the phones at this point, but according to the leaks, one of the smartphones will be modular. This is an unexpected move considering that LG, who introduced the modular G5 at last year's MWC, supposedly ditched the idea with the G6.


It isn't clear yet just how modular the phone is supposed to be aka what exactly users will be able to replace, but the initial reports suggest it would be the back of the phone like the Lenovo Moto Z. A Hungarian website published images of the back of the phone with a cover on it that has an array of LEDs. Apparently, the LED lights will glow in different colors to your music.

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Son Goku leads Japan's 2020 Olympic mascot collective

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jan 30, 2017 5:15 am

Japan isn't short of legendary anime characters and now the country has rounded up some legends to act as mascots for the 2020 Olympic Games, led by the lead character from Dragonball Z.



Naruto, One Piece' Luffy, Shin Chan, Pretty Cure, Sailor Moon, and Astroboy will join Dragonball Z's Son Goku as the official ambassadors for the next Olympic Games which will begin on July 24, 2020. Destined to be incredibly popular, the Japan Olympics committee has wasted no time and has made available a range of merchandise featuring the characters!


Still we can't help but note the absence of Mario and Pikachu, the former of which made an appearance at the 2016 Olympic Games closing ceremony.

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Nintendo's official Switch SD cards are expensive

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 30, 2017 4:37 am

UPDATE: HORI's official Nintendo Switch SD cards aren't actually that expensive. According to HORI"s Japanese website, the 32GB Micro SDHC card will be sold for 3840 Yen, which is about $30. This is in line with the cost of most of the cards that deliver 80MB/sec read and 15MB/sec write speeds with Class 10 and UHS I speed ratings.


Apologies for the mix-up folks! Original story is as follows.


Nintendo will apparently release official Micro SDHC cards for the Nintendo Switch, but they'll be overpriced compared to other cards on the market.



Japanese accessory maker HORI will release the official Nintendo Switch micro SDHC cards in 16GB and 32GB capacities, and in all actuality these cards aren't bad spec-wise--they're just overpriced. According to the Amazon Japan listing the 32GB micro SDHC card features 80MB/sec read speeds and 15MB/sec write speeds.


While these specifications aren't amazing by any measure, they certainly aren't bad. But the price is: the 32GB model is priced at 5890 Yen, which equates to about $52 USD. That's a pretty steep price for this kind of memory, especially when you can buy a 32GB Samsung EVO Plus micro SDHC card for $20 that rocks 80MB/sec reads and 20MB/sec write speeds. That's more than half the price and more performance.

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