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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.

ZeniMax could secure $4 billion from Oculus in court

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 31, 2017 5:21 am

Oculus has been stuck in real life court for the last few weeks, defending itself against claims that it stolen precious code from ZeniMax, in a lawsuit that could now be worth a hefty $4 billion.




Polygon has reported that the closing arguments have been made, and the case is now in the jury's hands. It will now be decided if Oculus CTO John Carmack stole IP from ZeniMax and had it with him when he joined Oculus in 2013, and in the closing arguments - ZeniMax doubled the damages it was seeking - from $2 billion, to a total of $4 billion.


ZeniMax are the owners of id Software - the creators of DOOM, Quake, and more - the developer John Carmack worked for until he jumped ship for Oculus. It's being argued that Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey didn't have the technical expertise to built the Rift, without needing Carmack's help.

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Qualcomm shows off 900Mbps LTE connection in Sydney

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Jan 31, 2017 3:45 am

Qualcomm invited tech media and analysts from around the globe to Sydney, Australia - which for me, was finally a tech event that didn't involve a 60-hour return trip - where they showed off the latest advancements with Gigabit LTE technology.



The event was held at Telstra's Experience Center in Sydney, involving partnerships between Qualcomm, Telstra (Australia's leading telco), Netgear, and Ericsson. The companies have been working together in separate, and combined relationships over the last 15+ years, but this latest partnership over Gigabit LTE is a giant leap for the entire mobile industry, and the world.


Qualcomm sat everyone down and showed off Netgear's new Nighthawk M1 router, exclusive to Telstra for 8 months - the world's first 4GX Gigabit LTE mobile router. Netgear's new Nighthawk M1 features up to 1Gbps LTE connectivity, is the perfect travel router as it supports Wi-Fi/Ethernet offloading - with the capability of taking up to 20 x Wi-Fi devices.

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DDR4 RAM prices expected to rise this year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: RAM | Posted: Jan 31, 2017 2:28 am

I still remember the days of DRAM price increases nearly a decade ago, where you would buy it like gold or silver because you could ride the waves of DRAM price fluctuation - and here we are again, but it's 2017.




DigiTimes is reporting that DDR4 modules will increase in price, according to Pei-Ing Lee, the president of Nanya Technology - a major DRAM maker. Lee said that DRAM prices will continue to increase through Q2 2017, and could stabilize - but not drop, in the second half of 2017.


Why would RAM prices increase? Major DRAM manufacturers are having troubles keeping up with demand, with Nanya upgrading its production lines to handle 20nm, with early production expected next month. In the last 6 months alone, DDR4 prices have nearly doubled. A normal 32GB kit would've cost $90 around 6 months ago, but it's now $170 or so.

It's touchdown for our 'Ballers' Blu-ray giveaway!

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Jan 31, 2017 12:13 am

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




Spencer Strasmore (Dwayne Johnson) and his boys are back to "ball out" in a brand-new season of this HBO comedy series that digs into the extravagant, high-stakes world of football in Miami, FL. In Season 2, things are more competitive and complicated than ever. Retired football star turned financial manager Spencer is forced to face demons from his past as he goes head-to-head with the biggest shark in the business, Andre Allen (Andy Garcia). Meanwhile, Spencer's closest friends and clients struggle to find their footing in a world where it's "go big" or go home.


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

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Peter Capaldi to leave 'Doctor Who' role

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jan 30, 2017 11:51 pm

Peter Capaldi, who plays the title role on BBC's 'Doctor Who' has revealed this will be his last.



The veteran actor who's played the role since 2013 will complete the role when the upcoming 10th season and 2017 Christmas special finishes airing this year. Capaldi followed actors Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, and Matt Smith who've played the character since the series was rebooted for TV screens in 2005.


The next season is scheduled to premiere on UK screens in April, and later in the year in the US.

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Oppo Find 9 will rock Snapdragon 835 and elegant design?

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 30, 2017 11:32 pm

Oppo, a Chinese phone manufacturer, is rumored to announce their new device sometime in the first half of this year.




The device, named the Oppo Find 9, is supposed to come in two variants. The first one will be powered by Qualcomm's 10nm SoC Snapdragon 835 and come with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The second one will have the Snapdragon 653 processor and is rumored to come with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.


The latest leak confirms these specs and reveals more. It says that the device will have a 5.5-inch display, a 21MP main camera, 16MP selfie cam, and a large 4,100 mAh battery. The base version of the phone is rumored to cost around $580.

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Fallout 4 PS4 Pro patch will add native 1440p resolution

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 30, 2017 10:41 pm

Fallout 4 is finally getting its long overdue PlayStation 4 Pro Forward Compatibility patch that will upgrade resolution to native 1440p and boost atmospheric effects.




Bethesda today announced the features of Fallout 4's upcoming PS4 Pro patch, which will upgrade the game's base resolution to 2560 x 1440, however no details were given on a 1080p 60FPS mode. We expect the 1440p mode will be capped at 30FPS like the base game.


Fallout 4's PS4 Pro patch will also improve draw distances for environments such as trees, grass, basic objects and NPCs. Gamers will also get improved godray effects for realistic and immersive lighting effects.

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