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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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85K+ gamers using PlayStation VR to play Resident Evil 7

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jan 30, 2017 3:12 am

Capcom has impressed the world with Resident Evil 7, with over 2.5 million copies sold so far - it's impressive that there are 85,574 gamers that are scaring themselves silly in PlayStation VR.




The developer has a timed exclusive VR period on PSVR, with 897K gamers on Capcom's opt-in tracking platform pointing to 85K users playing Resident Evil 7 in VR. This means that 1 in nearly 10 gamers are using PSVR to play RE7, as it's a PSVR exclusive for the first 12 months.


The game is already creepy enough, but in VR? It's something I need to try now, rather than later.

Interested in our 'Person of Interest' Blu-ray giveaway?

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Jan 30, 2017 12:00 am

To celebrate this week's release of 'Person of Interest: The Fifth and Final Season' on Blu-ray and DVD, we have 10 Blu-rays to give away thanks to our friends at Roadshow Home Entertainment.




For years, the Person of Interest team of tech genius Harold Finch, ex-agent John Reese, NYPD Detective Lionel Fusco, cyber-hacker Root and missing-in-action operative Sameen Shaw have been protected by The Machine, but as worlds collided and a rival AI known as Samaritan finally cornered The Machine inside the nation's power grid, it was the POI team's turn to protect Finch's creation.


In season five, the cold war is over. The world around us might look the same, but something has drastically changed. Samaritan's lethal "correction" has initiated its control. Finch's Machine is essentially dead. Shaw is still missing. And the team is once again hiding in plain sight. But with Samaritan's invisible grip tightening everywhere, will Finch be able to rebuild and resurrect The Machine? And if he does, will it be the same Machine when it comes back online?


To go into the running to win a prize, simply correctly answer the following question:

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Samsung Galaxy S8 rocks 5.8-inch 1440x2960 display

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 29, 2017 6:27 pm

The new leaks of the Samsung Galaxy S8 saw us seeing a possible move by Samsung to use a weird 18:5:9 aspect ratio - a big shift, and now we know the resolution: 1440x2960.




Samsung will use its latest Super AMOLED technology, with a 5.8-inch display that should have curves at the sides of it on the S8 edge model. There's also a rumored 6.2-inch variant, that would see it being even bigger than Samsung's super-popular, but recent tragic Note 7.


Both smartphones will be powered by Qualcomm's next-gen Snapdragon 835 processor, built on the 10nm process. Inside, we should expect 4GB of REAM, 64GB of on-board storage which is expandable, a refined 12-megapixel camera, USB Type-C, and a virtual AI assistant.


Expect an announcement during Samsung Unpacked in NYC on March 29, with the Galaxy S8 and S8 edge expected to hit on April 21.

LG's new TVs: thinner than your finger, start at $8000

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 29, 2017 8:31 am

LG has the OLED TV market in its hands, but on its fingertips it has the future of TV markets with its upcoming W series TVs - that are thinner than your finger.




LG's upcoming W series TV support every single HDR standard on the market - HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG, and Advanced HDR by Technicolor, all powered by LG's own WebOS 3.5 software. But now we have pricing on the upcoming TVs, with the 65-inch W7 TV costing $7996.


But there's also a 77-inch W7 OLED TV, which would be absolutely beautiful to own, but it costs a whopping $19,996. There are also the C and E series TVs, but the flagship W series is the one everyone is talking about right now.

Seagate plans gigantic 16TB HDD for 2018

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 28, 2017 7:33 am

It feels like only yesterday that Seagate revealed its massive 10TB HDD, but now the company is teasing something for 2018: a new 16TB HDD.




Yes, 16 terabytes of storage on a single drive - even with Seagate having their own 60TB SSD, a 16TB HDD is equally as mad. Seagate's upcoming 16TB HDD would be the single largest magnetic HDD ever, with the company teasing its 16TB HDD would still fit into the 3.5-inch form factor.


Seagate's current 10TB HDD is $534.99, so we should expect the 16TB model to be at that price range, or higher.

Your smartphone could soon detect cancer, thanks to AI

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jan 28, 2017 6:20 am

If there was something that could change the world, it would be a cancer-detecting app on your smartphone - all powered with AI. We know that artificial intelligence is something that will be a part of our future, but now a group of researchers from Stanford are coming out with some exciting things.




The researchers published their findings in the latest issue of Nature this week, training a neural network with 129,450 photos that displayed to the system over 2000 different types of skin conditions. Mixing one of Google's own image recognition algorithms, the researchers trained the neural network to identify both malignant, and benign skin lesions.


The team also worked with 21 human dermatologists, showing the experts the same, common and deadly forms of skin cancer, and asked what treatment they would recommend. Comparing their answer to the AI, the humans performed at the same level. Sebastian Thrun from Stanford's AI Lab wrote in a blog: "We realized it was feasible, not just to do something well, but as well as a human dermatologist. That's when our thinking changed".

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HTC Vive receives Vive Video feature, plays all media

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jan 28, 2017 4:19 am

HTC has joined both Oculus and PlayStation VR with its new Vive Video app, a piece of software that plays back all sorts of media, including 2D, 3D, 180-degree, and 360-degree content.




There are even options to provide different VR back drops and environments, such as a massive theater, or home theater - and everything in between. There's still the Vive Home Cinema app, as well as other third-party players, but Vive Video seems like the more complete package.


You can grab Vive Video from the Viveport app store, which includes a teaser for the Invasion! 360-degree video.