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Andy Rubin's Essential teases its upcoming flagship

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 26, 2017 10:32 pm

Back in March, Andy Rubin, co-founder of Android, teased a photo of a smartphone that he is working on at his new company, Essential Products.




No details were revealed with the teaser, but the image seemed to be showing an almost bezel-less design, similar to the Xiaomi Mi MIX.


Today, the company has tweeted for the first time, and they announced "something big" for May 30th. Of course, we think that this means the company could launch its first smartphone on May 30th.

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HTC unveils Link VR headset for the U11

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: May 26, 2017 9:29 pm

HTC is one of the pioneers when it comes to VR. The company's HTC Vive still offers the best VR experience, and recently, the company announced that they would be shipping their own Google Daydream standalone headset later this year in partnership with Google.




While we wait for the standalone headset, HTC has launched the Link VR headset for the U11. The headset might remind you of the Gear VR, but the difference is that with the Link VR your smartphone doesn't go inside the headset. Instead, it is connected to it via USB-C cable.


The headset has its own displays - 3.6-inch big (110° fields of view), with 1,080 x 1,200px resolution and capable of 90Hz refresh rate.

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SEGA is racing to victory

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 26, 2017 8:27 pm

Having felt he's fulfilled his role, SEGA Europe Chief Operating Officer Jurgen Post is leaving the company on a high note, and shares insights on SEGA's business model and what the company has done to become profitable again, and what it needs to do to stay that way.




SEGA is back. The Japanese games-maker recently reported a massive 421% boost in year-over-year profits, raking in a respectable $242.9 million. SEGA's games segment is not only lucrative again, but represents over half of the company's total sales for its last fiscal year: the Entertainment Contents sector pulled in $1.81 billion (205.7 billion yen) in sales, or a whopping 56% of SEGA's total $3.23 billion (366.9 billion yen) in sales. Like its classic blue blur mascot, SEGA is accumulating lots of golden rings and running fast towards the goal.


But it wasn't always this way--SEGA fell on hard times after decades of bad business decisions caught up with it. How did SEGA transform from fading nostalgia into a rock-solid powerhouse? Through lots of time, effort, and planning. Ex SEGA Europe Chief Operating Officer Jurgen Post shares key insight on where SEGA is now, and what it has to do in order to flourish further.

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Vertu launches a $360,000 priced feature phone

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 26, 2017 7:27 pm

Vertu, a British manufacturer, and retailer of luxury mobile phones has launched another insanely expensive device - Signature Cobra.




This feature phone comes with 2-inch QVGA display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and a 1,200 mAh battery.


But the specs aren't what's going to sell this phone.

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Far Cry 5's world evolves based on your decisions

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 26, 2017 6:26 pm

Ubisoft today announced Far Cry 5 in a new reveal trailer, showcasing key features including an impressive dynamic open-ended environment that evolves based on your decisions.




Far Cry 5's Hope County, Montana might be ruled by crazy gun-toting religious hillbilly psychopaths, but the rural landscape feels like the real star of the show. The in-game world is filled to the brim with environs straight out of Montana; golden wheat-filled prairies, forests with rivers and streams snaking through, and snowtopped mountains that saw the sky. But outside of its beauty, Ubisoft Montreal promises Far Cry 5's setting actually has a life of its own--a life that will react and change as you make key decisions.


Ubisoft says Far Cry 5 is a "world that evolves", describing Hope County as a "dynamic open world that adapts and reacts to the choices you make." Players will rise up and build a resistance to overthrow the menacing Joseph Seed and his fanatical, maniacal doomsday cult, and every resistance fighter you recruit will push the story forward in meaningful ways. The developers also affirm that bad decisions will spawn new unique experiences: "your choices affect the world as new gameplay opportunities rise for the chaos."

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OnePlus Confirms: OnePlus 3T is being discontinued

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 26, 2017 5:26 pm

A couple of weeks ago we reported that OnePlus might be discontinuing the 128GB version of the OnePlus 3T device. The company's official websites in numerous countries listed the phone as 'discontinued,' but they quickly changed it to 'out of stock.'




Fast forward to today - the company has announced that it is discontinuing the OnePlus 3T in an official blog post. OnePlus says this is "the last call to buy the OnePlus 3T before stock runs out".


The company says that there are only a few devices left in their warehouse and if you want to get the OnePlus 3T, now's the time.

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Final Fantasy VII Remake coming in 'next 2 to 3 years'

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 26, 2017 4:27 pm

Fans will be waiting quite a while for Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy VII: Remake.




In our recent report, we outlined Square Enix's fiscal year projections and what that means for its content slate, iterating that anticipated games like Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy VII: Remake may not release until 2019 at the earliest. Now Gematsu noticed an interesting tidbit in Square Enix's financials that says FF7R and KH3 actually may not release until 2020.




"This slide shows our release lineup for FY2017 as well as for FY2018 and beyond. We plan to launch each of these upcoming titles in the next three years or so," Square Enix CEO Yosuke Matsuda said in the company's financial report in regards to the above slide. A 2020 release for Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy VII: Remake would put both titles in Square Enix's 2021 fiscal year timeline.

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Far Cry 5 release date announced with new trailer

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 26, 2017 3:22 pm

Ubisoft today dropped Far Cry 5's announcement trailer, and revealed a release date to boot, giving us a good look at the upcoming shooter.



Contrary to our predictions, Far Cry 5 will launch late in Ubisoft's fiscal year pipeline on February 27, 2018. The fifth chapter in the franchise sees Far Cry coming to America for the first time ever, and takes place in Hope County, Montana, a fictional rural community ruled by chaotic religious fanatics led by the game's principal antagonist, Joseph Seed.


Far Cry 5's reveal trailer certainly feels a lot like Grand Theft Auto V mixed with a splash of Just Cause. The trailer itself was made with real in-engine footage, hinting the game will have a new level of dynamism not seen before in previous Far Cry games. What's quite interesting is that players actually get to make their own hero from scratch--you can customize your avatar as you see fit, and aren't locked to one preset type.

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iPhone 9 to come in two OLED models - 5.28 and 6.46-inch

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 26, 2017 1:19 pm

While we are still waiting for the launch of Apple's flagships for this year, and still don't actually know whether or not the company will call their new phone the iPhone 7S or iPhone 8, a new report has emerged regarding the iPhone 9. Yes, the iPhone 9, which should be Apple's 2018 flagship.




According to the report, the iPhone 9 will come in two sizes, presumably the iPhone 9 and iPhone 9 Plus, but the screen sizes will be bigger than what we are used to.


The report claims that the smaller iPhone will have a 5.28-inch display, while the larger will feature a huge 6.46-inch one.

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Aerocool unveils first gaming chair with edge lighting

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: May 26, 2017 11:33 am

Computex 2017 - Aerocool is the first to market with a gaming chair that lights up, unveiling their new Project 7 gaming chair with cable lighting that emits a beautiful sky blue that gels perfectly with the Project 7 colors.




You'll be able to adjust the lighting through an independent controller that's placed on the side of the Project 7 gaming chair, with a light cable that Aerocool has built into the edge roll stitching.


Aerocool has crafted its new Project 7 gaming chair with a black and blue design that features moulded foam pads in the seat and backrest, while providing 4D adjustable armrests.

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