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Nintendo is done making Wii U consoles

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 31, 2017 8:30 pm

Nintendo's beleaguered Wii U console has finally been put to rest: the Japanese console-maker has confirmed that Wii U production has ceased in the Land of the Rising Sun.




Now that Nintendo's hot new Switch hybrid handheld-console is on the way, the company is keen on erasing the Wii U from its current hardware lineup. Nintendo has confirmed that it won't be making any more Wii U consoles and once the current stock is sold the system will become another curious part of gaming history.


In many ways, the Wii U was absolutely essential for Nintendo's success. The console taught Nintendo a valuable lesson about the importance of third-party developer relations as well as clearly and concisely advertising their hardware.


Fast forward today with the Nintendo Switch and we see the company has made tremendous strides on both fronts: the Switch has a massive array of third-party developers who will bring their games to the system, and the Switch website has a ton of information about the console to ensure consumers aren't confused.

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ZTE teases Blade A610 Plus, a 5,000 mAh battery phone

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 31, 2017 7:32 pm

ZTE has released a video teaser for their upcoming smartphone. The video doesn't reveal the name of the device, but according to the rumors, it should be the ZTE Blade A610 Plus.



The video also doesn't reveal the specs of the phone, but it does give an idea about the design. However, there are already leaks about the ZTE's upcoming device, so we know what to expect.

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China plans to send spacecrafts to Mars and Jupiter

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jan 31, 2017 6:19 pm

While the Chinese are still banned from the Space Station, that hasn't stopped the country from developing a strong space exploration program. Last year, China had the highest number of launches in space so far, and now they are developing new plans for further space exploration, including sending spacecraft to Mars and Jupiter.




Their plan is to send its first probe to Mars by 2020, said Wu Yanhua, Vice Director of the China National Space Administration. The second probe should bring back samples that will help them get a better understanding of the environment on the Red Planet.


China also plans to launch a large modular space station in 2023, and if the International Space Station finishes its work in 2024, as planned, China will be the only country with a permanent station in space.

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Sephiroth's first appearance in Final Fantasy VII Remake

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 31, 2017 5:25 pm

Square Enix celebrates Final Fantasy VII's 20th anniversary by giving fans their first glimpse at the dreaded one-winged angel Sephiroth.




Although Final Fantasy VII: Remake might not release in 2017 to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the world's most universally acclaimed RPG, Square Enix did drop some new key art to keep us hyped up, and it absolutely achieved its targeted effect.


Taking a gander at Sephiroth in the key art, we notice that his appearance has been altered from the original Final Fantasy VII and the subsequent Advent Children film. His outfit has been changed a bit, and the metallic pauldrons seem a bit different, but his menacing and calculating gaze is ever-present.

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Razer acquires a smartphone manufacturer Nexbit

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 31, 2017 4:27 pm

Razer (yes, the Razer) has acquired a smartphone manufacturer, Nexbit. Nexbit was a startup company that gathered around $1.3 million via Kickstarter campaign for, what is marked as, the cloud-first smartphone. Their idea was to make a phone that would allow usage of apps and content that transcended between phone's onboard storage and a complimentary cloud service.




The Kickstarter campaign was a success. Twelve hours after it was launched, the phone reached its funding goal of $500,000 instead of reaching it within a month and completed its $1 million goal within two weeks.


This resulted in a smartphone named the Nextbit Robin, a phone with 32GB of internal storage. However, the phone utilizes the cloud storage of 100 GB offered by the manufacturer which is integrated within the phone's software as additional storage. The phone went on sale in May last year.


Fast forward to today, Razer "has acquired the majority of the assets of Nextbit Systems Inc. and has brought onboard the management and employees of the company".

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Specs of the upcoming Moto G5 leaked

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 31, 2017 3:29 pm

Lenovo and Motorola are expected to announce the Moto G5 very soon, possibly in March. Of course, before every launch come leaks and this is what we should expect from the Moto G5, according to the Brazilian website Tecnoblog.




The Moto G5 should come with a Snapdragon 430 processor, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage expandable with a microSD card. The main camera should have 13MP, while the selfie cam will have 5MP. The 5-inch display phone will also have a 2,800 mAh battery and will run Android 7.0 Nougat.


As for the Moto G5 Plus, the device will be bigger and more powerful. It should have a 5.5-inch display and a Snapdragon 625 processor. The device will have 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory. The camera should be the same as the Moto G5, but the battery will have a bigger capacity - 3,080 mAh. It will also run Nougat and the expected price is around $387.

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BioWare's new IP might be revealed today

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 31, 2017 2:04 pm

BioWare is teasing something "interesting" for today, and it could be the reveal of its new IP.




Jonathan Warner, game director of BioWare's fresh new IP, teased the following on Twitter: "Today is going to be an interesting day ;) #BioWare." This tease almost certainly coincides with today's EA Q3 2017 earnings call, so we could see the new IP unveiled today.


What do we actually know about the mystery IP? We know it could be Dragon Age related, but don't expect a full-on Dragon Age 4--instead expect a MOBA, card game, or even a RTS "Dragon Age Tactics" game which was actually teased by BioWare's Mark Darrah. We also know that the IP will have "extensive only components," further hinting at a MOBA or RTS.

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Samsung will launch $140 wireless earbuds with the S8?

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Jan 31, 2017 1:33 pm

The rumors about the Samsung Galaxy S8 have been floating around for a while now with the biggest one being that the Korean giant might remove the headphone jack. However, it is very unlikely that those rumors were true. The latest photos show a headphone jack, and it seems that the company decided to stick with it.




We previously reported that Samsung might also launch a new and improved wireless headset with their next flagship, better than their current earbuds.


The latest reports confirm this rumor. According to SamMobile, the company will launch the new Samsung Level In ANC wireless headphones with Active Noise Cancelling feature alongside the Galaxy S8.

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Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age release date revealed

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 31, 2017 12:13 pm

At the official Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary event in Tokyo, Square Enix has revealed a bevy of news from the beloved landmark franchise, including a release date for the Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age remaster.




Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age will release on July 11, 2017 on PS4 in North America and Europe, and two days later in Japan.


This chapter is actually a full HD remastered port of the original Final Fantasy XII that was released on PS2, and features the exclusive Zodiac job system that was only released in the East. The Zodiac system has twelve unique job classes to use in battle, each with their own strengths and styles.

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AMD's new Ryzen CPUs might not arrive in 6-core version

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jan 31, 2017 6:46 am

The world is excited for AMD's next-gen Ryzen processors, but now there are fresh rumors that the company will only be launching 4- and 8-core versions, without a 6-core version released.




Zolkorn and PCGamesHardware have reported that AMD won't launch a 6-core Ryzen CPU, as the company will launch an 8-core model, and a 4-core model - with, and without ThreadRipper (which should be the name for AMD's HyperThreading competitor).


The new rumors tease that we could expect many different models, with 4/8-core options, SMT functionality, TDP adjustments, and more. We should expect more details on Ryzen CPUs next month.

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