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Pokémon GO surpassed a billion catches during Halloween

By: Emma Tucker | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 17, 2016 11:26 pm

The Pokémon GO Halloween event saw many players immersed into their smartphones. Between all the sweet bonus candy and ghost/ghoul type of Pokémon, it was no surprise over a billion Mon where caught.

 

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1.3 billion to be specific, was the final count of the nine Halloween themed Pokemon to be caught during the five-day event. Niantic did unveil to online sources that the Mon "Gastly" was the most popular catch of the event, followed behind by Cubone and then Drowzee.

 

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The 5 day Halloween spectacular could certainly be considered a success, especially surpassing a billion catches in such a short time.

EA develops games for PC first, scales back for consoles

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 17, 2016 10:11 pm

With so many developers delivering broken PC ports and optimizing console titles instead, some EA games like Battlefield 1 run quite smoothly across the board. EA says that it develops its games to favor the highest-possible hardware out there, which just so happens to be enthusiast-grade PCs.

 

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"We build all of our games to the highest possible spec, which is typically a high-powered PC," Electronic Arts' CFO Blake Jorgensen said at the UBS Global Technology Conference. "As the consoles come in, [which] may not be the highest spec, we may actually dummy down the console product to meet the spec of the console. In a world where the console looks more and more like a PC, that's good for us."

 

Jorgensen also says that this is one of the main reasons why EA now builds its games with DICE's newest Frobstbite 3 engine--instead of optimizing "25" different engines, EA devs now only have to scale a single engine.

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Xbox One sales dominate PS4 sales in the last 4 months

By: Emma Tucker | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 17, 2016 9:25 pm

The Microsoft Xbox One has once again for the fourth month in a row, outsold the Sony PlayStation 4. Originally when the two consoles became available for public purchase three years ago, the Xbox One fell behind as the PS4 triumphed in sales.

 

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Though July 2016 saw that triumph turn around and favor Microsoft. The Xbox One was slashed in price, for the up and coming Xbox One S console. With that price drop, the Xbox One was able to overturn sales and outsell the PS4 right through to November 2016.

 

No doubt the two powerhouse companies are well-known rivals on console sales, with the release of the Xbox One S and PS4 Pro, it's uncertain to say who whether or not Microsoft will remain on top with their console sales?

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PlayStation Vue comes to Apple TV

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Online Video | Posted: Nov 17, 2016 8:23 pm

Sony's video service PlayStation Vue is now available to Apple TV owners, assuming they have a 4th generation device.

 

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Vue offers Apple TV owners live sports from ESPN and NFL Network as well as quality shows from AMC, FX, HBO, and Showtime, so you're getting a big boost. Naturally, the Siri remote and touch navigation are supported.

 

If you're new to Vue, sign up through the site and link your account to Apple TV. Otherwise, skip the site and link your account to get started.

Nintendo drop new 3DS XL colours for customers in Europe

By: Emma Tucker | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 17, 2016 7:24 pm

Nintendo have recently announced three more colour adaptations for the new 3DS XL console.

 

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With the Nintendo platform now available in Europe, pink, white, orange and black systems have been unveiled to sources online. Subject to colour availability will depend on what region gamers are located in.

 

Customers wishing to purchase the Nintendo 3DS XL can visit the Amazon UK Store, or GAME website.

Sony announce new camo coloured DualShock 4 controller

By: Emma Tucker | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 17, 2016 5:26 pm

Sony today announced via Twitter, the latest edition to their controller collection. A green camo style DualShock 4 controller will now be avaliable this coming December.

 

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As most PlayStation 4 gamers would have realized, this is not the first camo colored DualShock 4 to launch. It's just an addition to the already established line. The Tweet from Sony dropped just before the PlayStation 4 Pro console goes on sale, marketing strategy maybe?

 

Regardless, the controller will be a nice extra to any gamer's collection and will be available at most retail stores and the official PlayStation Store website. A store on Ebay is listing the controller for sale.

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Siegecraft Commander available on consoles in Jan 2017

By: Emma Tucker | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 17, 2016 3:27 pm

Blowfish Studios have announced that they will be launching their action strategy game "Siegecraft Commander" early next year. The game will be compatible for Microsoft Xbox One, Sony PlayStation 4 and PC, with added support for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.

 

 

It will also contain cross-platform multiplayer between:

 

  • PS 4 and PC
  • Xbox One to PC

 

Throughout the game, players will build fortresses/ kingdoms, lead their army into battle and eliminate their opponents during the process. The game will offer PvP and story modes for both experiences.

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Qualcomm announces vulnerability bounty program

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Nov 17, 2016 12:30 pm

Qualcomm announced they are launching a vulnerability rewards program (also known as a bounty) designed to expand their collaboration with invited white hat hackers. The company firmly believes that these type of hackers will help to improve the security of their Snapdragon family and LTE modems by finding the vulnerabilities and then reporting them to Qualcomm to fix.

 

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The program is the first of its kind to be announced by a major silicon vendor. The program will be administered in collaboration with vulnerability coordination platform HackerOne. This also takes Qualcomm another step towards becoming one of the most secure silicon vendors in the industry.

 

Qualcomm says that they will offer up to $15,000 per vulnerability. By comparison, Google has numerous vulnerability bounties that range from $500 to $20,000. Apple, on the other hand offers up to $200,000 per vulnerability discovered on its devices.

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Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 is the first 10nm SoC

By: Lana Jelic | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Nov 17, 2016 12:30 pm

Much of the internet has rumored about what the next chip from Qualcomm might be, many people guessed it would be the Snapdragon 830, they were wrong.

 

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The new chip from Qualcomm is a processor designed with 10nm in mind. This is the first 10nm SoC in the world, from any manufacturer, which means that Qualcomm's chips are using the leading process from their manufacturing partner. Until today, we did not know who that partner might be, but now we do.

 

Qualcomm has announced that they are partnering with Samsung to build their new Snapdragon 835 processor using Samsung's 10nm manufacturing process. This means that Samsung is the first in the world to hit 10nm and that they have a lead on others.

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Qualcomm introduces faster Quick Charge 4

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 17, 2016 12:30 pm

According to recent research done in both the US and China, fast charging is one of the top features that drive customers to buy their next phone, Qualcomm said at this year's Tech Summit in New York.

 

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One of the biggest customer complaints when it comes to smartphones has been battery life and slow charging. They aren't wrong. Today's smartphones feature many apps, we are almost always online, and almost every users will mention battery life as one of their main problems. And if you don't have a phone with fast charging, you are more or less forced to carry around bulky and heavy battery packs.

 

During their presentation, Qualcomm showed us some interesting data: 61% of the users say that fast charging influences their decision to buy their next smartphone, and 26% of the users are troubled by their smartphone taking too long to charge. Also, 42% smartphone users say their phone's battery doesn't last long enough.

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