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Batman Arkham VR's story is only 1 hour long

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 3, 2016 11:26 am

Rocksteady confirms that their upcoming Batman VR game for Sony's PlayStation VR headset will only take about 2.5 hours to beat completely, with the main story lasting only an hour long.




"The core narrative is about 60 minutes in duration, however additional content is unlocked that provides about another 90 minutes of gameplay on top of that. So there are plenty of reasons to play through the game multiple times in order to see everything that we have put into it," Rocksteady Studios Brand Marketing Producer Dax Ginn told Press Start. Arkham VR is priced at a cool $20, and requires the $399 PlayStation VR, a PlayStation 4 console, and a $60 PlayStation Camera in order to play.


I already knew what to expect from most PlayStation VR games, especially since Sony has confirmed that most PSVR games will be "simple passive experiences". But if you're excited about the PlayStation VR, you need to understand that most of these games will not be full experiences (with the exception of Resident Evil VII), and there's a good reason for that.

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This iOS feature could cost you a lot: Turn it off now

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Oct 3, 2016 11:25 am

The Wi-Fi Assist feature on iOS was introduced last year in iOS 9, and Apple is sticking with it. This feature is designed to prevent the use of a poor Wi-Fi connection but it could cause you a headache and a larger phone bill, especially for those who don't have unlimited data traffic.




Both iOS 9 and iOS 10 have this feature enabled by default and it is set to automatically switch to the mobile internet when your Wi-Fi is weak.

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5Gbps Ethernet on the way, will use your old cables

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Oct 3, 2016 9:21 am

Over the last couple of weeks I've been complaining that my 1Gbps network connection to my NAS was too slow, as I was only transferring to and from my Thecus and QNAP NAS at 100MB/sec - well, 5Gbps networking is on the way, promising 500MB/sec.




The new 5Gbps Ethernet standard has been finalized, with IEEE 802.3bz ready for the job - soon, at least. We've been sitting at a wall for a while now on gigabit ethernet, because 10GbE requires much more expensive cables in the form of fiber optic, or more expensive Cat6a or Cat7 cabling. It's not backwards compatible with previous standards, as well as routers, switches, and network cards for 10GbE networking being much more expensive than the normal GbE products.


This is where the new 2.5GBASE-T and 5GBASE-T standards step up, both "specifically created to use 10GbE signaling, but at a rate that would be compatible with existing runs of Cat5e and Cat6 cable out to 100 meters. The 2.5Gbps standard can run on Cat5e out to 100 meters, while the 5Gbps standard requires Cat6 cable to run 100 meters. Both should be far easier - and cheaper - to bring to market than current 10GbE technologies", reports ExtremeTech.


Now we need to see AMD and Intel bringing out chipsets in the near future with 2.5/5GBASE-T compatibility, so that our SSDs that push 500MB/sec can now do it over our networks. Oh boy.

Pixel smartphone detailed in new leak from UK retailer

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 3, 2016 7:22 am

Google can't plug the hole that is leaking out all of the details on its upcoming Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, with UK retailer Carphone Warhouse listing two new smartphones on their website - the Pixel, and Pixel XL.





The website notes that Android 7.1 will include Assistant AI Allo, Google Photos (with unlimited storage for full-sized pics), their new Duo videochat application, and more.





We will see the new Pixel smartphones rocking rapid charging through its USB-C port, but then there's a mention of a microSD card slot - which doesn't sound right.

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Core i7-7700K teases Kaby Lake architecture improvements

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Oct 3, 2016 5:38 am

Update: It seems that the benchmarks results of the Core i7-7700K might have been overexaggerated, with WCCFTech noticing that the clock speeds seem to be "completely wrong". The performance gains of the new Kaby Lake-based Core i7-7700K are much harder to put down on paper - or, er - your LCD screen - because we don't know the exact clocks. Expect more news on the 7700K as it breaks.


Intel is very close to the release of its Kaby Lake architecture, arriving in the form of the Core i7-7700K, but first we have some leaked benchmarks that tease the improvements of Intel's new 14nm+ architecture.




The upcoming Core i7-7700K performance is shaping up well, with leaked Geekbench 4 results showing that Intel has managed to pull off some great single-threaded performance improvements over Skylake, but the multi-threaded performance isn't left out in the cold. Intel's upcoming Core i7-7700K arrives with a base clock of 4.2GHz, while boost clocks will have it driving up to around 4.5GHz. Intel has slapped a 95W TDP on the Core i7-7700K, and it still uses the LGA 1151 socket.


Performance wise, the new Kaby Lake-based Core i7-7700K had a single-core score of 6131 on Geekbench 4, while the multi-threaded score was 20,243 - this is a 42% increase over the current Skylake-based Core i7-6700K, which scores just 4300 points or so in the single-core test. The multi-core result is just as interesting, with a 20% increase in performance over the 6700K and its 16,756 score.

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Modern Warfare Remastered requires Infinite Warfare disc

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 3, 2016 4:24 am

EA would have to love the news from Activision that Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare will include Modern Warfare Remastered, except that the Modern Warfare remaster requires the Infinite Warfare disc to be inserted in order to work.




The official Call of Duty website has listed in fine print: "Modern Warfare Remastered is a full game download (game disc must be inserted to play Modern Warfare Remastered)". Modern Warfare Remastered is a digital download that is only provided with the Infinite Warfare special editions, and not the base Infinite Warfare game which costs $59.99 - it's not sold online, and it looks like Activision won't be doing that for the forseeable future.

First 'Pirates of the Caribbean' 5 teaser trailer hits

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Oct 3, 2016 3:31 am

Ahead of the release of the fifth sequel to the long running 'Pirates of the Caribbean' franchise 'Dead Men Tell No Tales', Disney have today released the first teaser trailer to get the hype train out of the station.



Directed by franchise newcomers Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg (Kon-Tiki) from a script by Jeff Nathanson and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, 'Dead Men Tell No Tales' is set to return Johnny Depp as the iconic pirate for a fifth time, as well as Javier Bardem as the evil Captain Salazar.


'Dead Men Tell No Tales' is set to berth at theatres in 2D, 3D and IMAX across the world on May 26th 2017.

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Gears of War 4 physical copy requires 11GB day one patch

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 3, 2016 12:29 am

If you were hoping to pick up a copy of Gears of War 4 and start playing it right away, think again: the physical copies will require an 11GB day one patch.




However, the digital copies won't require the 11GB update as the updated version of the game will be the one you play right away, instead of the finished physical retail copies - with developer The Coalition obviously doing some last minute tinkering to Gears of War 4 before release, which explains the 11GB day one patch.


Gears of War 4 will require 73GB of HDD space on the PC, while the Xbox One version of the game needs 54GB of HDD space.

Cartoon Network brings 'Adventure Time' to an end

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Oct 2, 2016 10:36 pm

Following nine years and 142 episodes, the Cartoon Network has revealed that the cult animated hit 'Adventure Time' will come to an end after the next two seasons are aird.




According to Variety, the series will end in 2018 with creator Pendleton Ward stating that "Adventure Time' was a passion project for the people on the crew who poured their heart into the art and stories. We tried to put into every episode something genuine and telling from our lives, and make a show that was personal to us, and that had jokes too! I'm really happy that it connected with an audience for so long. It's a special thing, I think."


Cartoon Network's announcement mirrors that of 'The Regular Show' which is set to wind up early next year.

Niantic release Pokémon GO app for 11 new countries

By: Emma Tucker | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 2, 2016 4:50 pm

Pokémon GO has been making headlines again, this time it has been announced that the app will now be avaliable in 11 new countries and regions around the world. Direct from the source 'Nintendo Insider', which stated that Pokemon GO developer Niantic would continue to expand their growth of the app via the addition of new locations.




Countries and regions now with access to the Pokémon GO includes: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macau, Macedonia, Mongolia, Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. Users from these areas will now be able to put on their trainer's cap and join in with the rest of the world by exploring their towns and cities capturing Pokémon. The app like in all other areas will be available on Google Play and iTunes.


Alongside the unveiling of the 11 new locations, Niantic then went on to explain about the recent development with Apple and the unity of Pokémon and the Apple Watch. This news was announced at the Apple Special Event this September, as the two companies are looking to combine both products. The expansion of Pokémon GO and recent talks about the Watch headlines does challenge the idea that the company is expanding in more ways than one.

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