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Samsung Galaxy Note8 codenamed 'Great'

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 7, 2017 7:52 pm

After the Note7 fiasco, there was speculation of what will happen with to the Note line and whether Samsung will discontinue it, which would be a shame since the Note7 was a wonderful phone (apart from the exploding batteries).




Earlier this year, DJ Koh, Samsung's Mobile Chief, confirmed that the Note isn't dead and we will be seeing the Galaxy Note8 later this year.


The newest rumor says that the Galaxy Note8 will be codenamed "Great." Given the name, and the debacle with the Note7, we are pretty sure that Samsung will try to make up for their users by creating a marvelous device.

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Ghost Recon: Wildlands release week PC deals at 20% off

By: TweakTown Dealzon | More News: Deals | Posted: Mar 7, 2017 7:06 pm

Are you a PC gamer looking to pick up this week's big tactical co-op release Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands? If so, did you know there are discounts on its release week? Indeed two PC gaming retailers are competing hard for you cash with discounts up to 20% off.




The first retailer is the popular UK-based Green Man Gaming. There you'll find all editions at a cool 18% off slashing Standard to $49 all the way up to the Gold Edition dropping to $82. GMG is an authorized PC gaming retailer for Ubisoft and is one of the largest digital retailer on the web.


Arguably a better choice is the Sweden-based GamersGate. GG has a slightly better 20% discount and is also an authorized by Ubisoft PC gaming retailer. Either retailer will help you avoid gray market and still get 20% off with a price drop to $48 for the Standard Edition, $56 for Deluxe, or $80 for Gold.


Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands PC Deals








Both deals have been available since early February, and we expect them to continue being offered through release week. Now that the game is released, all keys are sent immediately after purchase. The $40 list price Season Pass is also now added to store catalogs and carries with it the same percent off at both retailers (GMG is $32.79 while GamersGate is $31.99).


Gold and Deluxe Editions


If you were going to throw $60 at this game and see now that Deluxe is actually cheaper than that (as cheap as $56), you might be tempted to upgrade to that or the Gold Edition. Everyone is different, and there is no right answer on which edition you buy. Basically, Deluxe gets you more customization options and a unique gun, one-time use XP boost, and motorbike. Gold gets you all of that plus more unique weapons, a permanent XP booster, and the game's Season Pass.




We should note that besides the permanent XP boost and coin pack, the Gold Edition content will not be playable on day 1. You'll have to wait for most of it till later in the year. Buying Gold at a discount is more of a long-term investment with the savings up front here, rather than buying the $40 Season Pass at a later date.

Horizon Zero Dawn on PS4 Pro: 30FPS at 1080p

By: Ma Yong Kang | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 7, 2017 6:39 pm

Horizon Zero Dawn patch 1.02 delivers the much-awaited performance mode for the PS4 Pro. Yet, this mode favors on delivering a smooth 30FPS gameplay rather than a much responsive 60 FPS experience.




According to Eurogamer ,which did a fantastic job in their initial frame-rate analysis, the performance mode actually forces the game to run at a locked 30 FPS in 1080p. Players who choose this option over the resolution mode will certainly miss out on the excellent SSAA coverage and all the eye candy that 4K provide. Even in Eurogamer's honest opinion, this performance mode is not much of a game changer because "Guerrilla's performance at 4K is already so good with only very minor drops (if any) in most areas."

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Ghost Recon Wildlands beta shatters Ubisoft expectations

By: Ma Yong Kang | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 7, 2017 5:45 pm

Ubisoft has released some shocking statistics after Ghost Recon: Wildlands open beta. Prepare to be blown away by the numbers!




First off, Ubisoft is calling this beta "THE BIGGEST BETA EVER AT UBISOFT". Well, they got the player count to back that up. 6,83 million players played the open beta. This is a new record for the studio since the last one was held by For Honor with a little less than 6 million players.



Of course, the player count is nothing to brag home about if players only logged on for a few minutes. Guess what? The total playtime comes in at 34.295.124 hours which is more than 3915 years... Jesus Christ! And, it doesn't stop there either.

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PlayStation trolls the Switch on day 1, hilarity ensues

By: Ma Yong Kang | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 7, 2017 4:42 pm

It's no surprise that people got pumped for the Nintendo Switch release on March 3rd. They will pay whatever amount of money in order to get the latest and greatest from Nintendo. Yet, some of them (like myself) are not too fond of shelling out the extra cash for games since none are included or the optional Pro controller ($69.99) or even an extra set of Joy-Con ($79.99). Derek, our gaming editor, found it out the hard way when he had to spend almost 50% of the console price, at his local Walmart, to get a Pro controller along with a copy of Breath of The Wild. Sony, on the other hand, decided to laugh at this practice by slashing its PS4 Slim price by a third on the Nintendo Switch launch day.




Sony Italia posted this post over at Twitter today . Thanks to the Italian translations provided by Jordan Coetsee over at Gameranx , we will be able to read this amusing tweet.


The text in the red square translates to: "Tomorrow is a special day for the world of gaming," followed by the words in apparent PS4 colors and logo, "PS4 is yours at only €199,99." The text in the tweet supports the image by saying: "Even tomorrow, make the right choice. PlayStation 4 always knows how to surprise you."

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Meet the world's 1st phone covered with interactive LED

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 7, 2017 3:31 pm

MWC 2017 - One of the phones that attracted the most attention at this year's MWC was the Alcatel A5 LED, the world's first interactive LED-covered smartphone.




The LED-covered back of the phone can be programmed to light up your notifications with a different light show for incoming calls, messages, alarms, and social media alerts. You can create unique LED cover pattern and themes, or chose a program with a light show that moves accordingly to the music you are playing.


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A pleasant surprise at MWC 2017: Noa H10le

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 7, 2017 2:32 pm

MWC 2017 - One of the most unexpected devices at this year's MWC was a lesser-know smartphone that attracted attention with good specs for a decent price - the Noa H10le ("le" stands for limited edition).




The phone comes with a 5.5-inch AMOLED 1080x1920 display. It is powered by MediaTek's deca-core Helio X27 processor and comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.


The H10le packs a dual camera (13MP+13MP), plus a 13MP selfie cam. There's also a fingerprint sensor on board, along with dual SIM card slot, and USB Type-C. The device rocks a 4,000 mAh battery.

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Toshiba's 2016: fastest growing storage device vendor

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 7, 2017 2:00 pm

Toshiba has had a great year in the storage world throughout 2016, with the company becoming the fastest growing vendor in the world with $25 billion in HDD sales, and $17 billion in SSD sales.




In two IDC reports, they state: "Toshiba's broad HDD and SSD portfolio enabled them to participate in nearly all market segments for storage devices, a key factor that helped to underpin Toshiba's strong year-over-year revenue growth in CY2016. With successful launches of new HDD and SSD products over the next few quarters to address demand from cloud service providers and the traditional IT market, Toshiba should be well positioned to sustain further HDD and SSD revenue growth in 2017".


Toshiba's hard work in the HDD market saw 9% increase in unit market share in Q4 2016, with Toshiba now taking a large 24% stake in the market - a 60% increase over Q2 2015, where they had just 15%. Interestingly, Toshiba was the only HDD maker that saw total revenue increase in 2016, and increase in revenue share in every product segment: mobile, desktop, performance-optimized enterprise, and capacity-optimized enterprise for the year.

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Twitch will be selling games through streamers soon

By: Ma Yong Kang | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 7, 2017 1:29 pm

Twitch is planning to sell games via streamers this spring.



The games bought on Twitch will be downloaded to an upcoming Twitch launcher or to an existing platform such as Uplay. There are several developers who are already on board with this project such as Raw Fury, Ubisoft, Digital Extreme, Telltale and many more.


Developers will be able to earn a 70% cut from the game sales on Twitch - which is the same as Steam. On the other hand, streamers will be earning 5% when sales happened on their channel.eo]

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Super Bomberman R to run at 30 FPS in full resolution

By: Ma Yong Kang | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 7, 2017 12:29 pm

The newest entry in the Super Bomberman series might not run at its rumored 60 fps on the Nintendo Switch.



According to Just Pause, Konami has confirmed that Super Bomberman R will run at 30FPS and full resolution in each of the Nintendo Switch modes - that means 1080P in TV mode and 720P in handheld mode.


Personally, I don't think it's a major issue as long as Konami delivers a solid 30 FPS experience without frame rates dips and some fun-looking explosions. Bomberman was always known for its smooth gameplay even in its self-induced chaotic mayhem. We can only hope this game will be on par with the standard that its predecessors set.

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