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Mass Effect: Andromeda 10-hour demo coming to EA Access

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 23, 2017 8:15 pm

EA Access and Origin Access members will get try out a 10-hour demo of Mass Effect: Andromeda five days before the game comes out, the publisher has announced.

 

 

The 10-hour Mass Effect: Andromeda Play First Trial will be available on March 16 for all regions, a full five days before the action RPG's multi-platform launch on March 21, 2017. Remember that EA Access is console exclusive for Xbox One systems and isn't available to PlayStation 4, so PS owners will be left out of the trial.

 

BioWare has confirmed that all your progress from the trial will carry over to the main game, too.

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Samsung's Note line isn't dead: Note 8 is coming

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 23, 2017 7:12 pm

At IFA Berlin in 2011, Samsung announced the original Galaxy Note, the first smartphone from the Note line. Since then, Samsung has introduced at least one Note device a year with the latest being the Note7.

 

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After the Note7 fiasco, there were speculations of what will happen with the Note line and whether Samsung will discontinue it which would be a shame since the Note7 was a wonderful phone (apart from the exploding batteries).

 

Now, we finally know for sure that the Note isn't dead and we will be seeing the Galaxy Note 8 later this year. The news was confirmed by DJ Koh, Samsung's Mobile Chief, who said in an interview that the company would keep working on the Note-series smartphones.

 

"I will bring back a better, safer and very innovative Note 8," Koh said.

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Tekken 7 launches June 2, 2017, has season pass

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 23, 2017 5:56 pm

Bandai Namco today revealed that Tekken 7 will blast into battle on June 2, 2017 on Xbox One, PS4, and Steam...but the publisher also revealed some worrying details too.

 

 

Tekken 7 will have characters locked behind paid DLC in a season pass format. I can't say I'm surprised given the nature of Bandai Namco's current business model, but I do think this has absolutely no place in Tekken; Tekken has always been about earning the extra characters with time, not money. And if that wasn't enough, the publisher is also locking a character, Eliza, behind a pre-order paygate.

 

As a hardcore Tekken fan, I don't agree with these changes. I don't like them. And I'm wondering how Harada feels about it. This move has to bee quite awkward, and it might be the right one in terms of money and investment on Bandai Namco's part, but it just feels so wrong in terms of a fan perspective.

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Samsung confirms they won't unveil the S8 at MWC 2017

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 23, 2017 4:32 pm

Samsung has confirmed that they will not unveil their highly-anticipated flagship, the Samsung Galaxy S8, at this year's MWC in Barcelona.

 

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This will be the first time in four years that Samsung won't launch their latest flagship at MWC.

 

DJ Koh, the head of Samsung's mobile business, confirmed this to Reuters although he didn't give any specific reasons for why they are postponing the launch of the Galaxy S8.

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White Xiaomi Mi MIX will be available very soon

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 23, 2017 3:25 pm

At this year's CES, Xiaomi announced that the beautiful Mi MIX would soon come in white color as well.

 

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While the dates for its release haven't been confirmed yet, Xiaomi's marketing director Zang Zhiyuan has revealed that the launch will happen very soon. The rumors say that we could see the white Mi MIX in February.

 

The price of the white Mi MIX should be the same as the one of the black version (around $516, but can vary between $500 and $600, depending on where you are looking at) and it is expected it will come with the same specs.

 

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Samsung confirms faulty batteries caused Note7 fiasco

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 23, 2017 2:31 pm

Samsung has finally revealed the results of the investigation regarding the Note7 debacle.

 

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As speculated, and confirmed a week ago by a source close to the investigation, Samsung blames the faulty batteries from two suppliers for the Note7 fiasco.

 

The investigation ruled out the problems with hardware and software and concluded that the only cause of the incidents were manufacturing and design defects in the Note7 batteries.

 

Although Samsung didn't name the two battery suppliers, they were earlier identified as Samsung SDI Co Ltd and China's Amperex Technology Ltd. SDI said in a statement that they would invest around $128 million to improve product safety to continue supplying Samsung with batteries.

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Hugo Barra is leaving Xiaomi next month

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 23, 2017 1:19 pm

Hugo Barra, the face of Xiaomi, has announced that he is leaving the company after three and a half years.

 

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Barra said in a social media post that he will return to Silicon Valley, where he was formerly Google's Vice President of Android Product Management until he joined Xiaomi, to "embark on a new adventure."

 

 

In a long post, Barra explained how he misses his life, friends, and family in Silicon Valley, and that lead him to this decision.

 

As I thought about this late last year, I concluded that Xiaomi is in a very good place on its global expansion path, and if there was ever going to be a good time for me to come back home, that time is now - when I can confidently say our global business is no longer just an in-house startup. We turned India from a dream into Xiaomi's largest international market with $1 billion in annual revenues, faster than any company in India's history. We expanded into Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, and more recently 20 other markets including Russia, Mexico, and Poland. We teamed up with Google to launch our first official product in the US, and with our successful debut at CES 2017 - where we won 3 prestigious awards - the world now sees that Xiaomi is a global player changing the tech industry through our simple promise of bringing innovation to everyone.

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'Terminator' to wrap with creator James Cameron's return

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jan 23, 2017 4:03 am

The disappointing 2015 sequel 'Terminator Genisys' was met with an equally disappointing box office returns, which is why Paramount scrapped initial plans to close out the long running franchise with a new film trilogy. But now the director who started it all is taking back the reigns to finish it properly.

 

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Deadline reports that 'Teminator' and 'Terminator 2: Judgment Day' director James Cameron, who originally created the franchise is looking to produce a new film "is in early talks with 'Deadpool' director and VFX wiz Tim Miller to direct a reboot and conclusion of one of cinema's great science fiction tales." Cameron regains the rights to the saga in 2019, but it looks as if current rights holder David Ellison, CEO of Skydance Media is cooperating with the effort.

 

Meanwhile, 26 years after its original release, 'Terminator' fans can look to the theatrical return of 'Terminator 2: Judgment Day' in 3D which is set to hit cinemas later this year.

PC gaming hardware market hits $30 billion

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 23, 2017 2:42 am

The PC gaming hardware market's total earnings for 2016 broke through the $30 billion barrier for the first time, analyst firm Jon Peddie Research has announced, showing that PC gaming is alive and well.

 

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According to JPR's findings, the PC gaming hardware market's $30 billion earnings are mostly due to enthusiast gamers--but mid-range and entry-level gaming solutions are a huge part of the spend as well. JPR reports that the global PC gaming's $3 billion 2016 earnings are broken up into three categories: the high-end enthusiast market, which comprises 43% of the overall spend at 13,045 million ; the mid-range market which comprises 35% of the total numbers at 10,617 million; and the entry-level market that makes up 22% of the spend at $6,684 million. The Asia-Pacific market "leads the world in both growth and market size," and

 

JPR predicts that the PC gaming hardware market will continue to grow at a 6% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) through 2019.

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Nintendo Switch battery life analysis

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 23, 2017 1:17 am

Considering the main selling point of the Nintendo Switch is taking your "console-quality gaming" on the go, battery life is extremely important. While Nintendo has delivered basic battery life ratios, no in-depth specifics were really given. In an attempt to get more perspective on the Nintendo Switch's battery and usage life, we analyze information gleaned from FCC filings and Nintendo's own website.

 

 

Based on our analysis findings, we've concluded the Nintendo Switch doesn't support USB Type-C quick charging capabilities for dramatically faster recharges, although the actual USB Type-C protocol supports USB Power Delivery 2.0, which can transmit up to 100W of power over a Type-C cable. We've also concluded that the Switch will charge faster when directly hooked to the AC adapter versus cradled on the dock.

 

Nintendo's Japanese site revealed that the Switch has a non-removable 3.7V/cell 4310mAh battery. This capacity isn't bad, but it's not necessarily great; a dedicated gaming system with a 10-point capacitive touch 6.2-inch 720p display would benefit from a ~5000mAh+ battery for optimum battery life.

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