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Epic Games announces Paragon, a new PC shooter due in early 2016

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 4, 2015 5:30 am

Epic Games has just announced its new game 'Paragon', due to hit the PC sometime in 2016. Epic Games is known for creating the Unreal Engine, as well as huge first-person shooter hits like Unreal Tournament.



We don't know much about Paragon, other than it will feature a few heroes named Twinblast, Steel, Sparrow, Dekker and Grux. There is a video teaser on YouTube which we've embedded above, so let's hope that what we're seeing is in-game graphics as that would be a nice surprise. Epic is going to tease new heroes once a week through to December 3.


You can sign up to the Paragon beta too, by visiting the Paragon website.

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided limited to 30FPS on both the Xbox One, PS4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 4, 2015 3:27 am

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is set to be one of the biggest releases of 2016, but how will it run on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4? According to the Game Director on the title, Jean-François Dugas, it is locked at 30FPS on both consoles.




We don't need to worry about this on PC, as it should have an unlocked frame rate. Not only that, but Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will ship with both DX12 support, and a built-in benchmark that will see us testing all of our GPUs and monitors (and multi-monitors) comparing DX11 against DX12.

Toy Lightsabers banned from 'Force Awakens' screenings

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Nov 4, 2015 3:19 am

If you enjoy your cosplay and were hoping to dress up as your favourite 'Star Wars' character during screenings of 'The Force Awakens', you might want to check which cinema you're going to first, as the biggest theater chain in the United States; Cinemark, bans patrons from bringing toy lightsabres or blaster weapons to showings of the eagerly awaited sequel.




According to The Hollywood Reporter, the chain has advised patrons that while "Star Wars costumes are welcome". But "no face coverings, face paint or simulated weapons (including lightsabers/blasters) will be allowed in the building". So no Darth Maul makeup, no Darth Vader mask, no Han Solo blaster and certainly no Luke Skywalker Lightsabers.


Not banned however is Slave Leia bikinis, or Princess Leia buns.

Acer's new Predator monitor features 1440p IPS panel, 144Hz G-Sync

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Nov 4, 2015 1:44 am

Acer is really kicking some serious ass in the gaming display market, where it will continue to do so with the new Predator XB1 series coming later this month. The last Acer monitor we reviewed was the 34-inch FreeSync-capable CR341CK which we fell in love with.




There will be two models, but both of them are 27-inch displays - one features a 2560x1440 resolution while the other is a 4K display. The 2560x1440 model has a refresh rate of 144Hz while the 4K model sits at 60Hz - both monitors feature NVIDIA's G-Sync technology. Both displays also include HDMI and DisplayPort connectivity, as well as four USB 3.0 ports.


The Predator XB271HU is the 2560x1440 model, priced at $799 while the Predator XB271HK rocks its 4K resolution and a $100 premium at $899. Both monitors will be available later this month.

'Twin Peaks' revival delayed

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Nov 4, 2015 1:24 am

The revival of the cult classic series 'Twin Peaks' for the Showtime Network has had a difficult birth, following a dispute which saw creator David Lynch walk away from the project before returning shortly thereafter, the death of a key actress and casting delays. Now, the network has announced the new episodes won't launch in 2016 as previously promised.




According to Deadline Hollywood, Showtime have delayed the 18 episode 'Twin Peaks' revival until 2017 - a year behind the original schedule. Kyle MacLachlan returns as FBI Agent Dale Cooper in the new episodes, alongside Balthazar Getty and Amanda Seyfried.

'Force Awakens' tie-in book delayed to thwart spoilers

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Nov 3, 2015 11:50 pm

With the release of the eagerly awaited 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' just six weeks away, expectations are reaching fever pitch. Considering that the full story or script has yet to leak, Disney have stepped in to make sure that fans aren't spoiled by the time they sit in a darkened theatre.




According to the Wall Street Journal, the studio has decided to delay the release of the official 'Force Awakens' novel a number of weeks past the lucrative Christmas season to January 5 next year. An E-Book version will now be available on December 18th, when the film launches in the United States.

Two Charging Cable Duos That Are Virtually Indestructible (Seriously)

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: TweakTown | Posted: Nov 3, 2015 11:40 pm



The only people who have never ended up with a frayed, torn mess of a charging cable weeks after buying it are the same people who have never accidentally killed a plant weeks after getting it. For the rest of us, there's Titan. They've come up with charging cables that won't fall apart no matter, of course, we've put 'em on sale at TweakTown Deals.


For iOS device users, there's the Titan Cable & Titan Loop Lightning bundle for $44.95. You'll get the original 3.25-foot cable along with its miniature 9-inch version, which folds in half and easily hooks to a belt loop or keychain for on-the-go charging. And unlike the flimsy cables you're used to, both are wrapped twice in industrial-grade, flexible steel-and both come back with a Limited Lifetime Warranty. Don't need both? Get the original cable for $27.95 and the Loop for $23.95.




Android and Microsoft users, we didn't forget about you. Get the Titan M Cable and Titan M Loop Micro-USB bundle for $29.95. Like the iOS bundle, you'll get both a 3.25-foot cable and a travel-friendly 9-inch micro USB version, both wrapped twice in industrial grade steel and both back with the same Limited Lifetime Warranty. Get the Titan M cable on its own for $19.95, and the Loop for $15.95.


Never having to buy another charging cable? Priceless.

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Gmail Smart Reply predicts what you want to say for quick responses

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Nov 3, 2015 9:29 pm

Google is rolling out Smart Reply for Gmail later this week, a new feature that predicts what you want to respond with, allowing for quick responses. The idea, of course, is to make e-mail easier to handle when on the go, particularly on busy trips and such.




Google says The more you use Smart Reply, the smarter it becomes, so long-term use will pay off.


Smart Reply can be found on Google Play and the App Store in English when it launches.

Windows 7 PC's will be phased out starting October 2016

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Nov 3, 2015 8:06 pm

In a just year's time, Windows 10 will completely phase out its beloved predecessor Windows 7 on all new PC's. Now we know exactly how Microsoft will get its wish of one billion Windows 10 users--simply not giving new PC buyers a choice.




The Redmond-based tech giant today revealed the revised lifecycle for existing Windows operating systems, confirming that as of October 31, 2016 all new retail PC's will only ship with Windows 10. Microsoft has mandated that OEM's like Dell and HP will no longer be able to ship laptops, all-in-ones, desktops or hybrid systems with Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 preinstalled after the cut-off date.


This timeline is notably more aggressive and accelerated than Microsoft's usual lifecycle amendments. Microsoft typically announces these changes a full two years after a new OS rolls out, but given the company's assertive evangelical stance on Windows 10 it's no surprise things are speeding up.

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Small form ZOTAC NEN Steam Machine features i5-6400T, GTX 960, 1TB HDD

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Nov 3, 2015 7:28 pm

ZOTAC has been making Mini PCs since 2008, and now they're trying their hand at Steam Machines with NEN, a small form system that lets you play Steam games with ease.




NEN features a GeForce GTX 960 with a 192-bit memory bus and 3GB GDDR5 VRAM, an Intel Core i5-6400T (quad-core, 2.2 GHz, up to 2.8 GHz), 8GB RAM (up to 16GB) and a 1TB HDD (with an option for a SSD). As well, ZOTAC claims "whisper quiet levels at maximum cooling performance", courtesy of its dual radial coolers.


Pricing and availability are not yet announced.

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