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Oukitel to launch a smartphone with a 10,000 mAh battery

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 9, 2017 5:25 pm

Back in 2015, Oukitel launched the K10000, a smartphone that stood out because of its enormous 10,000 mAh battery, which could fully charge three iPhone 6s Plus units and still have 10% battery life left. Now the company is preparing to launch its successor.




The rumored K10000 Pro is expected to have the same insane 10,000 mAh batter, but it should come with spec improvements.


The screen size is expected to stay the same, 5.5-inch, but with a higher resolution, 1080p. The K10000 Pro should be powered by MediaTek's octa-core 1.5Ghz processor, and according to the rumors, it will come with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage.

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OnePlus discontinues the 128GB OnePlus 3T?

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 9, 2017 4:32 pm

The OnePlus 3T is the company's current flagship released in November last year. The phone comes in two versions - with 64GB or 128GB of internal storage.


However, there are some reports that the company has decided to discontinue the 128GB version of the device. A quick look at the company's website shows that the device is indeed unavailable at the moment.




It could be that the company wants to focus on the upcoming OnePlus 5, which they recently confirmed and announced its launch in the summer.


Read also: OnePlus 5 confirmed, arrives this summer

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New Assassin's Creed: next-gen engine, leaked screenshot

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 9, 2017 3:18 pm

The rumor mill is buzzing around Ubisoft's new ancient Egypt-based Assassin's Creed game, and now a purported leaked screenshot of the massive new game has surfaced.




Two days ago we reported that Assassin's Creed: Origins, Ubisoft's reported new game in the landmark series formally known as Assassin's Creed: Empire, might take place in Hellenistic Egypt. Rumor has it that the game will be a massive open-world endeavor with staggering freedom that allows players to sail across the Mediterranean from Egypt to Greece--complete with naval battles, cyclopean cities and world wonders, and much more. Now a possible source on Reddit has released what could be a screenshot from Assassin's Creed: Origins.


The purported source goes on to say that the bulk of Black Flag's dev team at Ubisoft Montreal worked on AC: Origins, and that the game is built within the company's new high-end next-gen Anvil Engine to allow a new dimension of seamless travel and exploration, not unlike Zelda: Breath of the Wild's living, breathing world. The source corroborates the original 4Chan leaks, which said AC: Origins is built from scratch without any recycled assets.

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Fitbit sales drop, Apple is the new king of wearables

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 9, 2017 2:28 pm

Apple has jumped to the lead in the wearables market, while former leader Fitbit has fallen to third place.




According to the data obtained by Strategy Analytics, global wearables shipments rose to 22 million units during Q1 2017, which is up 21% compared to the first quarter of 2016.


Steven Waltzer, Industry Analyst at Strategy Analytics, said:


Global wearables shipments reached 22.0 million units in Q1 2017, rising 21 percent annually from 18.2 million in Q1 2016. Stronger demand for new smartwatch models in North America, Western Europe, and Asia drove the uptick.

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Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 660 and 630

By: Lana Jelic | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: May 9, 2017 1:20 pm

Qualcomm has announced their newest mid-range SoCs, the Snapdragon 660 and 630, which will be succeeding the Snapdragon 653 and the Snapdragon 626.




The Snapdragon 660 is built on 14nm technology and has a 8x Kryo 260 CPU cores clocked at 2.2GHz. The Kryo 260 CPU has up to 20% higher performance than the prior generation.


The GPU is an Adreno 512, which is said to be 30% faster than the Adreno 510 in the 653. The Snapdragon 660 supports Quick Charge 4, a technology that the company announced last year. The Quick Charge 4 gives you 5 hours of talk time in just 5 minutes of charging.


The Snapdragon 660 also has the latest Snapdragon X12 LTE modem paired with the new SDR660 RF transceiver, which supports peak downlink data rates of 600Mbps to the 600-tier lineup of SOCs for the first time. The Snapdragon 660 supports 2x2 MU-MIMO 802.11ac Wi-Fi for twice as much data throughput and up to 60% lower download power consumption as the Snapdragon 652.

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Man survives bullet, his Elder Scrolls games saved him

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 9, 2017 10:43 am

I thought going into this story that the Elder Scrolls Anthology saved this gamers life because of a skill he learned within the game, but it physically saved 'verolok' from a stray bullet fired into his house - while he was gaming away playing Prey.




He heard the sound of shattered glass which made him lose attention to the game and see a cloud of drywall float into the room, and when he inspected around his room, he noticed a bullet hole in his wall.




The bullet flew into his physical copy of The Elder Scrolls Anthology, stopping next to the expansions for Morrowind.






Bethesda has reached out to velorok, and I'm sure he has something cool on the way from the developer. It follows another story of Good Guy game developer Blizzard, who splashed out on a gamer who found the source code for the original StarCraft.

Quake Champions large scale tech test: May 12-21

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 9, 2017 5:47 am

id Software will be hosting a Large Scale Tech Test for Quake Champions starting May 12, running through to May 21 - and this time, it'll be open to everyone.




During the Tech Test, the Quake Champions servers will be online 24/7, unlike previous weekends. There will also be a new game mode used during the test, something id Software calls Sacrifice, which is a 4v4 team-based competitive mode that will see team mates working together to win.


Starting on May 12, id Software will drop the NDA that stopped people from talking about, streaming, or capturing footage of Quake Champions - so expect a flood of Quake Champions content in the next few days. All you need to do is sign up on the Quake Champions website, and you can take a shot at the game during the Large Scale Tech Test.

MSI teases its next-gen X299 motherboard

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: May 9, 2017 4:23 am

MSI has started teasing its next-gen motherboard based on Intel's upcoming X299 platform, and man does it look slick AF. MSI's upcoming X299 motherboard has a bunch of beautiful RGB LEDs running under the hood, with three M.2 slots on the motherboard and plenty of x16 ports for 4-way SLI/CF systems.




It will be using the upcoming LGA 2066 socket, and MSI's own Audio Boost VI technology - and MSI will reportedly be using a 6-pin PCIe power connector above the first PCIe x16 slot, something that you'll need when running multi-GPU configurations. MSI will be making this X299 board their showcase motherboard for high-end/enthusiast systems, and I can't wait to build a new PC around it. Oh yeah.


Intel will reportedly be launching 12C/24T processors based on the upcoming Kaby Lake X architecture, a knee jerk reaction to the multi-threaded war that AMD is waging with Intel and its Ryzen processors. These new high-end CPUs are being dropped two months early, with Intel seemingly scared out of their pants over Ryzen.

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The old 'Blade Runner' magic is back in new 2049 trailer

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: May 9, 2017 3:52 am

Following on from last year's announcement trailer, Sony Pictures and Warner Bros. have released a new trailer for the eagerly awaited 'Blade Runner 2049' which is set to return audiences to the universe for the first time since 1982.



'Blade Runner 2049' sees Harrison Ford return as replicant hunter Rick Deckard, alongside Ryan Gosling and Robin Wright. While Ridley Scott won't behind the lens this time around, with 'Sicario', and 'Arrival' director Denis Villeneuve stepping in, he will serve as a producer. Those worried by the potential to screw-up one of the best films of the 20th century shouldn't be overly alarmed - the script written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green has been described by Ford as "the best thing he's ever read".


'Blade Runner 2049' will hit 2D, 3D and IMAX screens worldwide on October 6 2017.

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AMD Ryzen 5: best CPU launch in 7 years, says new survey

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: May 9, 2017 3:44 am

We all know that AMD's mid-range Ryzen 5 family of processors have been one of the best bang for buck CPUs released in quite a while, but according to a new survey that 3DCenter ran - AMD's Ryzen 5 processors are the best CPU product launch since they first started doing these surveys... all the way back in 2010.




The survey saw 83.9% of people having a "positive" view on Ryzen 5, while 9.4% were "indifferent" and just 6.7% thought negatively of Ryzen 5. Personally, I think Ryzen 5 is one of the best launches in years, mainly from a cores/thread value per dollar perspective. Intel will offer 4C/4T or 4C/8T for the same cost as AMD's new Ryzen 5 chips which provide 6C/12T for the same cost.