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Microsoft rumored to end Lumia lineup later this year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 13, 2016 6:11 am

According to the latest rumors, Microsoft is ready to shelve the Lumia brand, something that will happen before the New Year. The rumors are coming from a purported Microsoft employee who talked with WinBeta.

 

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Earlier this year, the last Lumia went on sale in the form of the Lumia 650, with Microsoft also offering large discounts on Lumia smartphones over the last few weeks - so these rumors are now making much more sense. Lumia smartphones will reportedly not be made available after December, and are not even on the Microsoft US site.

 

Windows 10 Mobile has just 0.6% of the global mobile OS market share, compared to Android and iOS which command 99.1%.

Apple reboots car project, working on self-driving tech

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Sep 13, 2016 4:21 am

Apple has reportedly made swift changes to its Project Titan car project, with sources of The New York Times stating "dozens" of layoffs have taken place.

 

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The New York Times isn't the only outlet with information, with a Bloomberg report stating that under new leadership with Bob Mansfield, Apple's focus on the automotive industry has changed from its own car, to just autonomous driving technology. The NYT reports that the layoffs were internally pushed as being part of a reboot of the project, while Apple works out what it wants to do.

 

Apple has been ripping employees away from the likes of Tesla and EV battery makers, so these new plans might leave some of those staff who left their jobs out in the lurch.

HP acquires Samsung's printer business for $1.05 billion

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 13, 2016 2:51 am

Samsung has just exited the printer business, selling its printer division to HP for $1.05 billion, where HP says the purchase is intended to "disrupt and reinvent" the $55 billion printing industry, something that "hasn't innovated in decades".

 

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HP said in a statement: "Copiers are outdated, complicated machines with dozens of replaceable parts requiring inefficient service and maintenance agreements". Samsung will spin its printing business into a separate company that will be sold to HP, with 6000 employees included. Samsung will continue selling printers branded as Samsung on its home turf in South Korea, but it will source them from HP.

Samsung shoots down Note 7 'remote deactivation' rumors

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 13, 2016 1:35 am

Samsung has had multiple events around the world where its new Galaxy Note 7 has caught fire or exploding, with the recent one seeing a 6-year-old boy in NYC being burnt after the Note 7 he was watching videos on exploded.

 

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The company has been rumored to have discussed the possibility of remotely disabling Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, with one Note 7 owner on Reddit being told that every "recalled" Galaxy Note 7 would be remotely deactivated by Samsung after September 30. Samsung has said that this won't happen, with Android Central reaching out to the company, where they were told "this is not something the company has stated, and that all official guidance will be published on its website".

 

Personally, I think Samsung should remotely deactivate Note 7's around the world after September 30, leaving a message on the handset to return it to the place of purchase. It keeps everyone safe, without having to worry about people not returning the phone and possibly having their Note 7 explode at a random point in time in the future.

Join the battle for our 'Ninja Turtles' Blu-ray giveaway

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Sep 13, 2016 12:48 am

To celebrate this week's release of 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows' on Blu-ray and DVD, we have ten Blu-ray copies to give away thanks to our friends at Universal Sony Home Entertainment.

 

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Raise some shell! Michelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo, and Raphael return to the screen to battle bigger, badder villains, alongside April O'Neil (Megan Fox), Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett), and a newcomer: the hockey-masked vigilante Casey Jones (Stephen Amell). After supervillain Shredder escapes custody, he joins forces with mad scientist Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry) and two dimwitted henchmen, Bebop (Gary Anthony Williams) and Rocksteady (Stephen 'Sheamus' Farrelly), to unleash a diabolical plan to take over the world. As the Turtles prepare to take on Shredder and his new crew, they find themselves facing an even greater evil with similar intentions: the notorious Krang.

 

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

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PS4 mods will exist thanks to Farming Simulator 2017

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 12, 2016 9:41 pm

Farming Simulator 2017 will support mods on Xbox One and PS4 when it launches in October.

 

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When Bethesda announced that Sony wouldn't let them bring Fallout 4 and Skyrim: Special Edition mods to PS4, Sony earned a lot of ire from console owners. Everyone thought that PS4 just wouldn't have mod support in any game, and Microsoft wasted no time to mock Sony's decision.

 

But Farming Simulator 2017 proves that mods are possible on PS4: the devs issued a Tweet confirming the game will support mods on both console platforms when it releases on October 25.

 

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Sony was already planning PS4 Pro when the PS4 shipped

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 12, 2016 8:44 pm

Even as the PS4 shipped in 2013 with outdated hardware that couldn't even hit native 1080p 60FPS in games, Sony was already planning out the next hardware jump for the PlayStation brand.

 

 

Sony's Mark Cerny admits that the Japanese console-maker was already planning out the new higher-end 4K-ready $399 PS4 Pro when the original console shipped three years ago. "We actually started thinking about the new console pretty much as soon as PlayStation 4 shipped. It was clear that during this generation 4K TV penetration would become pretty significant at that point, and we wanted to see if we could get something out there in the market to support it," PS4 architect Mark Cerny said in an official PlayStation interview.

 

By this line of thought, Sony pretty much realizes that the PS4 was obsolete at launch, and was already planning out what would become the PS4 Pro. Now it's worth mentioning that Sony likely couldn't have made the PS4 Pro back then as AMD's Polaris GPU technology wasn't finalized, so they released the low-tier version of their ideas as the PS4. Now that Polaris exists, they finally get to make the PS4 console that should've released back when--aka the PS4 Pro.

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Every PS4 will support HDR after tomorrow

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 12, 2016 7:51 pm

40 million plus PS4 owners will soon be able to play games in High Dynamic Resolution.

 

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Starting with tomorrow's new Shingen PS4 4.00 firmware update all PS4's will have HDR support enabled. This HDR patch will be applied to both the older 2013 launch models and the newer PS4 Slim models, which launch on September 15 and have since replaced the original models as the default retail console.

 

"We believe the potential for HDR is incredible, and that it will transform gaming and entertainment in a manner that we haven't seen since the transition from standard to high-definition video. Which is why every PlayStation 4 back to the very first consoles sold in 2013 will be HDR capable via a firmware upgrade," Sony Interactive Entertainment President Andrew House said during the PlayStation Meeting event.

 

Enabling HDR on existing PS4s isn't just goodwill for consumers: this move is a tactical business decision that has some very real benefits for Sony. Now 40 million gamers will potentially be able to see the difference that HDR offers for 1080p PS4 games, pretty much fulfilling that old "seeing is believing" proverb. Once those gamers see what HDR has to offer, Sony is betting that they'll be more likely to buy the new $399 PS4 Pro console that not only enables HDR but also higher 4K resolution upscaling to match.

 

Even still, I think HDR is still limited right now, so I don't see a lot of consumers really benefiting from this. It would be interesting to see how the brilliant color gamut of HDR-enable TV's adds a new dimension to the PS4 gaming experience, however.

 

Sony's new PS4 4.00 firmware update adds in a host of new features as well, including folder support, a new What's New section, slicker menus and navigation, and more. Shingen will be released tomorrow on PS4.

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The Last Guardian gets delayed again

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 12, 2016 6:54 pm

No one's really surprised at this point: The Last Guardian has been delayed (again).

 

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The Last Guardian has been delayed until December 6, 2016 on PS4. Sony's Shuhei Yoshida announced the delay on the PlayStation Blog, saying the usual delay spiel: The Last Guardian needs a lot more polish and more time to squash the bugs. Of course the studio should take all the time it needs to make the game as great as it should be--but I have a feeling that all the staggering hype will completely crush the experience. Even still, Team Ico is doing everything it can to ensure that we don't get another No Man's Sky-level disappointment.

 

Everyone already expected the delay since the game needed to go gold last month or so to hit its original late October release date, and when that didn't happen, we came the logical conclusion of a delay. Check below for the full quotes from Sony's Shuhei Yoshida:

 

The Last Guardian development team is fast approaching major milestones in production and has made the tough decision to delay the release of The Last Guardian a few weeks.

 

"The Last Guardian will launch on December 6, 2016.

 

"Fumito Ueda, gen DESIGN and JAPAN Studio have a wonderful vision for The Last Guardian's touching, emotional journey of friendship and trust, and we want to deliver the most polished experience possible for our fans who have supported us for so long. A delay is a difficult decision, particularly with this game, but we have encountered more bugs than anticipated while in the final stages of development. To ensure that The Last Guardian delivers on the experience that the game's creators have envisioned, we need to take the extra time to work on those issues.

 

"Our development continues to push itself to the fullest and we look forward to revealing new content toward launch.

 

"We appreciate your continued support."

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Mafia III system requirements include 290X, 1060

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 12, 2016 5:37 pm

Crime game Mafia III is about a month away from launch, and so its system requirements have gone public in order to help you determine whether you can run it or not. By the looks of it, the game scales pretty well from mid-range to high-end setups, so unless you've put off upgrading for many years, you should be alright.

 

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MINIMUM SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS:

 

  • OPERATING SYSTEM: Windows 7 64-bit
  • INTEL CPU: I5-2500K
  • AMD CPU: AMD FX-8120
  • RAM: 6GB
  • AMD GPU: Radeon HD7870
  • NVIDIA GPU: GeForce GTX 660
  • VIDEO MEMORY: 2GB
  • HD: 50GB (free space)

 

RECOMMENDED SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS:

 

  • OPERATING SYSTEM: Windows 7 64-bit
  • INTEL CPU: I7-3770
  • AMD CPU: AMD FX 8350 4.0GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB AMD
  • AMD GPU: Radeon R9 290X
  • NVIDIA GPU: GeForce GTX 780 or GeForce GTX 1060
  • VIDEO MEMORY: 4GB
  • HD: 50GB (free space)

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