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Tesla inks $9 billion deal to build a new factory in China

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jun 27, 2016 5:54 am

Tesla Motors is eyeing off China as its new production hub, with the company signing a non-binding agreement with Jinqiao Group, which is a Chinese government-owned company.




Jinqiao Group will be constructing the production plant for Tesla, where it will be built-in Shanghai. Tesla has reportedly signed a $9 billion on the deal after company CEO Elon Musk teasing six months ago that Tesla would choose China as a production facility site by the middle of 2016.


According to Bloomberg's report, both companies will invest $4.5 billion into the production plant, making it a much larger investment than Walt Disney Co.'s Shanghai-based theme park, which cost them $5.5 billion. How will Tesla benefit with a production plant in China? The electric car maker is paying 25% import tax it pays for each and every electric vehicle is ships to the country.

Battlefield 1: experimenting with weapons in closed alpha test

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 27, 2016 4:50 am

EA is currently holding a closed multiplayer alpha test for Battlefield 1, and gamers are already testing out specific interactions and experimenting with all of the weapons, vehicles, and explosive WW1 mayhem.



Ever wonder who whens when two players bayonet charge one another in Battlefield 1? What's the deal with mustard gas? Can you kill players with medic syringes? How close do you have to be to a grenade for it to kill you? YouTuber jackfrags goes mythbusting in the closed Battlefield 1 alpha test to answer a bunch of these questions and generally play around with the game, seeing what works and what doesn't.


Check below for a quick bullet list of everything we've learned from the footage, including the full list of grenade types, gasmask/gas interactions, bayonet charges, and much, much more. Also remember that the game is still in its alpha state, so a lot could change from now until release. The info below is based on the current unfinished alpha build.

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Blade Runner meets Fallout 4 in this amazing settlement creation

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 27, 2016 3:44 am

There's Fallout 4 settlements, and then there's this absolutely incredible cityscape that brings to mind Blade Runner's sci-fi neon flair.




As someone who's spent a good chunk of time building in Fallout 4's settlement editor, I always love looking at the amazing things that other survivors have built. Quite often it's a fascinating experience, especially when the would-be architects employ the use of dozens of mods to fabricate whole post-apocalyptic cities that utterly smash Bethesda's vanilla flair. Fallout 4 user grod4L's amazing Sanctuary City is one of these creations.


Amazing post-apocalyptic architect grod4L didn't use the GECK to build his brilliantly-lit Blade Runner-esque Sanctuary City; he only used existing Fallout 4 PC mods and the in-game editor. The best part is that grod4L plans to release the huge Blade Runner-style city as a save file on Nexus Mods, but only when all of Fallout 4's DLC are available. This will happen probably in September.

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Resident Evil 7 isn't a reboot, you play a powerless, ordinary person

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 27, 2016 2:20 am

Resident Evil 7 was one of the larger reveals at E3 2016, with Capcom taking in influences from current horror games, and even the surprising P.T. and other similar games.



But during an interview with Capcom Unity, Producer Masachika Kawata and director Kōshi Nakanishi talked about some of the changes that Resident Evil 7 will offer. Starting off, Resident Evil 7 is not a reboot, with Nakanishi explaining: "It's not a reboot and we're not throwing away the series' canonical storyline. It's the new numbered title in the series and it's a sequel to the existing mainline series titles. After I say that and you try the demo, you may say "Really?", because it looks nothing like any of that, but trust me. We need to have a bit of mystery in survival horror, so we're trying to make you wonder when you play it how could this possibly be connected? That's part of the appeal".


The first-person perspective is going to be interesting, with Kawata continuing: "Both myself and the director, Mr. Nakanishi, felt if we want people to experience horror and experience it in the most direct, visceral way possible, then literally putting yourself in the position of seeing what the character sees is the best way to do that and so it was our motivation for the first-person camera change". Nakanishi chimed in with the big change with Resident Evil 7's first-person perspective, adding: "Of course it's a big change, so first we got a prototype working and we put first-person in place and we wanted to see if we could make Resident Evil work in first person. As soon as we had it up and running we were really confident that this was the way to move forward. We were really happy with the way that Resident Evil feels in first person".

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KFC's new meal box charges your smartphone with its built-in battery

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 27, 2016 12:02 am

If there was a way to make your KFC meal more unique, KFC stores in Delhi and Mumbai have achieved that - with these two stores offering KFC's new "Watt a Box". What is the Watt a Box?




KFC's new Watt a Box is a meal box that features a built-in battery, microUSB and Lightning cables, so that you can charge your smartphone while you enjoy some of the Colonel's infamous chicken. It's a marketing gimmick of course, but inside it rocks a decently sized 6100mAh battery, which isn't too bad at all. As BGR reports: "The power bank claims to have a 6,100mAh battery but the claims fell short during our brief test. We put an iPhone 5s to charge, which gained 17 percent battery after charging for half-an-hour".




BGR continued: "But the downside was that the power bank was drained during this process. We recharged the power bank to 100 percent and tried to charge a Redmi Note 3. But the power bank ran out of juice again with the phone gaining just 7 percent of charge... KFC is not the only one to toy with such marketing campaigns. Pizza Hut came up with a limited edition box in Hong Kong that converted into a projector for smartphones. McDonald's had launched a special edition of its Happy Meal boxes in Sweden that could be converted into cardboard VR headsets. Coca Cola too had a similar cardboard VR headset one could make from its 12-pack cartons".

Join the 'Gods of Egypt' in our latest Blu-ray giveaway!

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Jun 26, 2016 11:43 pm

To celebrate this week's release of 'Gods of Egypt' on Blu-ray 3D , Blu-ray and DVD, we have ten 3D Blu-ray copies to give away thanks to our friends at eOne Home Entertainment.




In this spectacular action-adventure inspired by the classic mythology of Egypt, the survival of mankind hangs in the balance as an unexpected mortal hero Bek (Brenton Thwaites) undertakes a thrilling journey to save the world and rescue his true love. In order to succeed, he must enlist the help of the powerful god Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) in an unlikely alliance against Set (Gerard Butler), the merciless god of darkness, who has usurped Egypt's throne, plunging the once peaceful and prosperous empire into chaos and conflict. As their breathtaking battle against Set and his henchmen takes them into the afterlife and across the heavens, both god and mortal must pass tests of courage and sacrifice if they hope to prevail in the epic final confrontation.


To go into the running to win a prize, simply answer the following question in 50 words or less:

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Four-part Mass Effect book series links original trilogy to Andromeda

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 26, 2016 1:14 am

Titan Books is publishing a four-part Mass Effect novel series that sheds light on the mysterious events between Commander Shepard's original adventures and the new Mass Effect: Andromeda.




BioWare has made it clear that Mass Effect: Andromeda isn't directly connected to the original trilogy, despite being set in the same universe. The sequel is a brand new game set after the original trilogy, complete with its own new cast of characters, a new protagonist named Ryder, and a completely overhauled tone. But that doesn't mean there's not a ton of events to explore in between the two games--and as tradition dictates, this story will be told in book form. Renowned sci-fi writer N. K. Jemisin will pen the four-part Mass Effect: Andromeda novels, with the first one, ME: Andromeda - Initiative, releasing this August.


"Titan will publish four unmissable Mass Effect novels, sure to appeal to the game's huge number of fans. The novels will act as prequel and sequels to the events in the games and will become part of the overarching Mass Effect saga. They will focus on key characters and answer the many questions fans have been asking," reads the announcement from Titan Books.

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Sonic the Hedgehog's new 2017 game to have 'huge emphasis on quality'

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 25, 2016 11:09 pm

During Sonic's official 25 year anniversary celebration, Sonic Team head Takashi Iizuka announced a new Sonic the Hedgehog game is coming in 2017.



Over the last few years, Sonic has fallen from grace with a batch of truly awkward and terrible games--releases like Sonic Boom alienated the fanbase and pushed gamers away from the once-might franchise. Now Sega promises to turn everything around and put a "huge emphasis on quality" on new Sonic games, starting with Sonic Boom: Fire and Ice and the new 2017 Sonic game.


"Sega is really - as of this last year - putting a huge emphasis on quality. One of the things about Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice is that we held the title for a year, which is not something Sega has traditionally done, but this focus on quality is really about trying to take Sonic back to where it used to be," said Sega Chief brand officer Ivo Gerscovich.

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If you own an HTC Vive, you have to play Pool Nation VR

By: Jason Evangelho | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jun 24, 2016 8:46 pm

Last night I shot a few rounds of pool with Falcon Northwest president Kelt Reeves. We talked some shop, wore silly hats, chucked wooden chairs across the bar, heckled the other patrons, and tried to jump the cue ball over beer bottles. We weren't physically in the same space, mind you, but rather inside virtual reality playing Pool Nation VR on the HTC Vive. But it sure as hell felt lifelike, and was in fact one of the most immersive VR experiences I've had to date...and I've had at least 50 of them.



Pool Nation VR is simple, as most Vive games currently are. Grab a cue stick, select some rules, play solo, or invite a friend to your billiards table. The developers have done a fantastic job creating an atmospheric setting, from believable lighting to a jukebox blasting blues, to a slew of props like giant dominos, haphazardly placed beer bottles, and of course books with titles like "Kitten Juggling."

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Nintendo NX might use both cartridges and discs

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 24, 2016 8:15 pm

A new trademark for Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild adds even more credence that the Nintendo NX's games are on cartridges instead of discs.




Some time ago we reported that the Nintendo NX might use game cartridges instead of discs, almost akin to a 3DS handheld. This info was gleaned from a patent, but patents don't always reflect final products. Thanks to the clever sleuthing of NeoGAF user Aetheerios, Nintendo might have inadvertently confirmed the patent information.


A new trademark for Zelda Breath of the Wild, which is releasing simultaneously on the NX and the Wii U, clearly lists "video game cartridges" as a game distribution medium. Now this is actually pretty interesting, given how Nintendo's classified its games thus far. For reference, Nintendo only marks its 3DS games as cartridges games, whereas Wii U-only games are only listed as disc-based. Since Zelda Breath of the Wild is launching on both the NX and Wii U, it lists both cartridges and discs: disc for Wii U, leaving cartridges for the NX.

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