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FCC filing confirms 3600mAh battery for Galaxy S7 Edge

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 21 hours, 57 mins ago

A few days after learning Samsung's Galaxy S7 Edge (concept picture below) would feature a 3,500mAh battery comes an FCC filing confirming the original rumor was close but not quite on. Rather than 3,500mAh, the Edge will feature a 3,600mAh battery, according to a screenshot included in the filing.

 

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Unfortunately, the Galaxy S7 doesn't feature such a screenshot, so we can't confirm the previous 3,000 mAh battery rumor.

 

If you are looking forward to the S7 or S7 Edge, be sure to mark your calendar for February 21, when Samsung will reveal both phones officially.

Voice dictation coming to Apple TV

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: 23 hours ago

Voice dictation is on its way to Apple TV. Currently, Siri is supported by the device, but you are not able to utilize dictation for searching (including the App Store) or entering user account information, but that will change when Apple releases its tvOS 9.2 beta 3.

 

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The update will also add support for Bluetooth keyboards, iCloud Photo Libraries, and Live Photos, as well as the ability to group apps into folders on the home screen.

 

9.2 should launch this spring; a hard date may come next month.

New Fallout 4 1.3 update improves draw distance on PS4, Xbox One

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 23 hours, 27 mins ago

Bethesda has just rolled out Fallout 4's newest update on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, which significantly boosts in-game performance and squashes pesky bugs.

 

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Since consoles don't have access to mods (yet), Fallout 4 gamers are pretty much at Bethsoft's mercy for any kind of alterations or fixes. While the new v 1.3 update doesn't add any new content perse, it does inject a host of significant visual and stability overhauls to the game. Now Fallout 4's draw distances and object fading have been dramatically increased on both systems, making the Commonwealth look much better.

 

Sure the PS4/XO flavors won't get the new HBAO+ ambient occlusion setting on PC, but it's still great to see that Bethsoft is still making huge visual tweaks for consoles. As for actual mod support, the studio says an announcement will be made "soon". Let's hope that the news comes sooner rather than later, and console players aren't stuck waiting until Bethesda's E3 2016 showcase.

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Surprise! Final Fantasy IX available on iOS and Android right now

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: 23 hours, 58 mins ago

Final Fantasy IX is finally out on iOS and Android after being teased back at the end of December. We were unsure whether it would be a staggered Japanese then western release, but it looks like it's now available worldwide.

 

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This is one game that has been long in the making, much anticipated and actually wanted. From what can be gathered, it's not just any old port, but the controls have been sufficiently optimized to allow for some good mobile gaming, and the graphics are all nicely upgraded to be high resolution. Some cheats are also available if you need them, like turning off random encounters or even a fast-forward button.

 

RPG's with savestates make for great on-the-go games because you can theoretically easily pick up where you left off. If you can put it down. And if you can't, I don't think anyone would blame you.

Telstra apologises for service outage, offers free data for one day

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: 1 day ago

For around five hours yesterday, Australia's biggest mobile network was thrown into disarray courtesy of an "embarrassing human error" courtesy of a technician who "reconnected the customers to [a] malfunctioning node rather than rather than transferring them to the nine other redundant nodes". While the problem is now fixed, the company has announced plans to offer an apology to customers, whether they were affected by the outage or not.

 

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The company last night announced a plan to offer customers free data for one day, this Sunday the 14th February. The post states that "customers don't need to do anything to receive the free data, it will happen automatically for all of our mobile customers.", whilst also offering a layman's description of what caused the outage in the first place.

 

Despite the inconvenience, I guess Telstra's customers will be feeling the love this Valentine's Day. In turn, I'm sure they'll be loading up some torrents in appreciation.

Get acquainted to a dangerous world in Far Cry Primal's newest trailer

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day ago

A new Far Cry Primal trailer takes you on a quick exploration of all the possible dangers that you'll cross paths with in the developing world. And it looks like you'll have some horrible odds against you as you try to save humankind.

 

 

Primal isn't just an inconsequential label to describe the time-period. When they appended that to the title they meant it in every way. Everything in the world is against you and even the flora presents a deadly challenge. But with time and patience, you might be able to be the victor against all odds.

 

The trailer has a great husky voice-over that guides you through some of the various challenges you'll encounter, from different tribes to the wildlife itself. From all appearances, Ubisoft hasn't held anything back in designing this game to be mostly true to the period it's set in.

Console gamers can scale The Division's visuals to boost frame rates

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 1 hour ago

Ubisoft is opening up new doors to help ensure fluid performance for The Division on consoles. According to a Ubisoft dev, the game will let players adjust particular in-game settings to enable more responsive controls and FPS.

 

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In a recent preview Q&A session, a Ubisoft dev revealed that PS4 and Xbox One users will be able to scale back certain graphical and visual settings in order to boost frame rates. "You can disable certain lighting aspects to improve frame rates in the console versions. I don't know of another game that does that. So if you want to choose frame rate over visuals, you can if you want."

 

The developers boast that The Division will fully utilize every bit of horsepower that the PS4, Xbox One and PC platforms have to offer. That being said, it's interesting to see that the publisher allows users to compromise on a graphics vs. performance trade-off. While the team has gone lengths to make consoles more PC-like in terms of settings, the PC flavor will reign supreme in terms of custom options and power.

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Mad Catz CEO & Chairman resign after poor quarterly results

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Peripherals | Posted: 1 day, 2 hours ago

Mad Catz is in trouble. That is, they likely didn't quite meet the financial expectations for this fiscal quarter, so as a result, the CEO, Darren Richardson and the company chairman, Thomas Brown, have decided to step down from their positions.

 

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The peripheral company has had declining profits for some time though they were waiting on the wider release and potential success of Rock Band 4 before making any large internal changes. Rock Band 4, however, wasn't quite the huge success they had hoped for despite being number 10 in the UK in October. This necessitated the change in leadership.

 

Karen McGinnis, the former CFO of Mad Catz, is entering the role of president and CEO while Tyson Marshall, a former attorney for the company, has been placed in the vice president of business affairs role. John Nyholt, another veteran of the company, is now the chairman. All of these changes come just days before they're expected to report their fiscal results for the first quarter of 2016.

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Metal Gear Online getting a new expansion 'Cloaked in Silence'

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 2 hours ago

Metal Gear Online is getting its first DLC campaign sometime in March of 2016. The DLC pack will include three brand new maps and the ability to actually play as Quiet. All for the low low price of $3.99.

 

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The new DLC is called Cloaked in Silence and also has an Appeak Action feature, which is something that triggers unique action poses for your characters. You can have up to five different poses preset to use. All of those poses can be individually purchased in the store as Appeal Packs.

 

A new Sabatoge mission type is being added, where you'll have to destroy an enemy missile before the round is up. There'll be terminals that you have to hack in order to make the would-be projectile ready for destruction first, though. Quiet will be a particularly good addition for this, with her ability to move about stealthily, able to sneak up on your enemies silently from behind.

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World of Tanks update 9.14 is gonna be big, plenty of bang to it

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 3 hours ago

World of Tanks is getting a pretty hefty update soon. Wargaming.net showed off the progress their making and what they're working on with version 9.14.

 

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Like always they're hard at work meticulously recreating new tanks to bring into the fight. For this version they plan on introducing us to the mighty M41 from Germany (showed above) as well as some new Russian, French and British tanks. They slowly add in new tanks and replace others it keep things interesting and to add some flair. The level of detail is astonishing as well.

 

But this isn't just about adding new vehicles. They're improving the movement physics and improving sound-effects to make it sound and feel a bit more like you're actually driving a huge hulking piece of metal around. Module research will be simplified for the starting stages, to help make it easier for beginners to get into the game. And of course there's more.

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