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First footage of Nintendo Switch's touchscreen in action

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 24, 2017 6:32 pm

Although the Nintendo Switch tablet handheld comes with two JoyCon controllers on its side, it's 6.2-inch 1280 x 720 display is actually a fully-fledged touchscreen with 10 points of capacitive touch, and it even has built-in haptic feedback technology. So why is Nintendo being so quiet about it?



Nintendo hasn't really talked about the Switch console's touchscreen panel very much. YouTuber GamingWithMe captured footage of the Nintendo Switch's touchscreen in action at the official console reveal in New York. The touchscreen functionality was demonstrated by a Skylanders: Imaginators representative, who showed that the touchscreen could be used to sort through items within the game.


So does this mean the Switch won't need JoyCons or Pro controllers to play games? Will the Switch support Nintendo's mobile games like Super Mario Run? The answer to that first question is likely no: although the touchscreen will see functionality with some games, it'll likely be used for specific things like inventory management (think how the DualShock 4's touchpad is used) and nothing major. But the second question? I think that's a resounding yes. Nintendo isn't selling the Switch as a bona-fide mobile device; it's a portable handheld, not a mobile. But they could easily merge the best of both worlds with the Switch.

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Faraday Future receives only 60 deposits for the FF 91

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jan 24, 2017 5:23 pm

At this year's CES, Faraday Future unveiled their highly anticipated electric vehicle - the FF 91. The FF 91 is their first production vehicle, and the company plans for it to compete directly with Tesla.




Shortly after the launch, the company bragged that they collected 64,124 reservations in less than 36 hours. However, Faraday Future didn't state how many of those reservations came with a deposit.


According to Business Insider, not many. Sources close to the company revealed that only 60 people actually paid the $5,000 deposit for their reservation.

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Huawei P10 to have the highest pricing in the series

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 24, 2017 4:33 pm

Huawei's P10 should arrive this spring, and there is a possibility that the company will announce their newest phone at this year's MWC in Barcelona.




There have been numerous leaks about the phone, so I will repeat once again what is expected: Huawei's Kirin 960 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, curved screen, and dual camera carrying the Leica brand.


The newest leak doesn't concern the specs of the phone, rather its pricing. According to the leaker Ricciolo, who was right on many occasions in the past, the Huawei P10 will be the most expensive device in this series. Although no numbers were mentioned, this means that the P10 will cost more than $640 which is the price of the base P9 model with 32GB of storage.

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Honor 8 successor comes with 6GB of RAM and 128GB ROM

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 24, 2017 2:19 pm

Huawei's Honor brand has become a popular brand in China and the US. Their current model, the Honor 8, is a decent device that could soon get a successor.




A new Honor device has been discovered on the TENAA website, the Chinese regulatory commission. According to the specs of the device, this could be the Honor 8 successor.


The device that goes by model number DUK-TL30 has an octa-core processor, although there is no mention if it's Kirin 960. The DUK-TL30 also has 6GB or RAM and 128GB of internal storage expandable with a microSD card.

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Nokia hints at Snapdragon 835 powered smartphone

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 24, 2017 1:22 pm

Earlier this month, HMD unveiled their first Nokia-branded Android smartphone, and the device proved to be an instant hit. In the first flash sale for the Nokia 6, the device sold out in just one minute.




And while many are thrilled that the Nokia is back on the market, there are a couple of problems. First, the Nokia 6 is available only in China, and second - the device isn't competitive with the top tier phones since it features Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor.


However, this is just the first Nokia-branded Android smartphone from HMD Global, and we can expect more to come.


With MWC in a bit more than a month, there are many speculations that we could see a Nokia flagship featuring the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. While the rumors aren't confirmed yet, this would be a logical step for the company if they want to see the Nokia-branded smartphones competitive in the market.

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Resident Evil 7's Windows 10 PC port is a big mess

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 24, 2017 12:56 pm

UPDATE: Capcom has officially fixed the issues on Windows 10 PCs and has delivered the following statement:


"Our team was made aware of an issue with Resident Evil 7 biohazard on the Windows Store, and quickly resolved it. Thank you for your patience, and you can always check Resident Evil 7 forum on for the most up-to-date information, workarounds, and fixes."


Original story is as follows, but note it's not 100% accurate and was written before the fix was available.


Microsoft has once again botched the release of a big triple-A game on Windows 10 UWP: the platform's latest victim is Capcom's new Resident Evil game, which so happens to be the very first third-party Play Anywhere game.




Resident Evil 7 looked quite attractive on Windows 10. If you purchase a digital copy on the Windows Store, you get a free copy of the game for Xbox One too thanks to the Play Anywhere initiative. Everyone likes free games, right? But there's always a hook in that bait, and this time the hook is the festering disease that is the UWP PC gaming platform. I'm being a bit dramatic to keep in line with the Biohazard tone, but Windows 10 UWP absolutely needs more work.


Resident Evil 7 is apparently giant mess on Windows 10 for one very simple reason--it won't work. The game won't actually run on the platform. Instead of firing up as it should, it simply crashes to an error screen. The game's official Windows Store is filling up with one-star reviews (there's 32 now and counting), and a recent Reddit post has gamers sharing their misery.

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Project Scorpio in playable state, games 'play great'

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 24, 2017 11:21 am

Early builds of Microsoft's "monster" native 4K-ready Project Scorpio console have been fired up, and Xbox division head Phil Spencer got first crack on the system.




Now that AMD's Ryzen CPU and high-end Vega GPU architectures are starting to mature, especially the Raven Ridge APUs that combined both potent technologies in a single scaled chip, Microsoft's Project Scorpio console is starting to take shape. In fact, the team just tested out one of the very first Project Scorpio builds, and Xbox's Phil Spencer took the "beast" for a ride and played some Xbox games on the high-end system for the first time. How was it?


"Great day, Scorpio update w/ team. Played my first games on early Scorpio unit. Games played great, console looked right, proud of the team," Spencer Tweeted a bit ago.

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400 million PS4 games, 54.4 million PS4 consoles sold

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jan 24, 2017 9:37 am

Sony has been doing extremely well with the PS4 so far, with a great software to console attach rate that has beaten the PS2 at the same point in their sales milestone.




So far, Sony has sold 53.4 million PlayStation 4 consoles - a number provided by Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai. During the current Taipei Game Show opening ceremony, Asian general manager of Sony Japan, Hiroyuki Oda, said that have been over 400 million PS4 games sold so far. The number has been confirmed by a Sony Interactive Entertainment Australia spokesperson, who said cumulative sell-through figures for PS4 software has reached 409.1 million.


At these numbers, the attach rate is around 7.51 games for every PS4 sold. This number, according to analyst Daniel Ahmed, is higher than both the PS2 and Nintendo's super-popular Wii consoles - the two all-time best-selling consoles. PS2 sales were at 50 million when the console reached 308 million games sold, while Nintendo reached a 7.1 attach rate at the same milestone.

ASUS, GIGABYTE, MSI products rise in price across China

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: TweakTown | Posted: Jan 24, 2017 8:29 am

ASUS, GIGABYTE, and MSI will be increasing retail pricing for its motherboards and graphics cards in China starting next month, right after the 2017 Lunar New Year holidays, according to sources of DigiTimes.




They reported: "The sources expect the motherboard players to raise their product prices by around 5%. Since demand for motherboards has not been strong for the past few years, maintaining sales with the price increases will be a major task for the players".


The same sources said that Intel's new Kaby Lake-capable 200 series motherboards and NVIDIA's latest GeForce GTX 10 series graphics cards will be increased in price in China. DigiTimes continued: "Currently, NVIDIA's GTX 1080 and 1070 GPUs are in shortage due to issues at an upstream foundry partner. Although NVIDIA tried to shift its orders to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), TSMC's fully loaded capacity is expected to prolong the shortages. As a result, NVIDIA has been adjusting its GPU supply to graphics card vendors recently and this has caused graphics card prices to rise".


China will have a very weakened market throughout the year in response to the increased price of new components, on top of analysts already expecting a 10% on-year drop in 2017 shipments.

Samsung has most of Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 835 chips

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 24, 2017 7:42 am

Samsung is reportedly securing most of Qualcomm's upcoming Snapdragon 835 processors for its upcoming Galaxy S8 smartphone, according to sources of Forbes.




Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 835 processor has some industry leading features and technology, including 1Gbps speeds over LTE - and so much more. Samsung has worked closely with Qualcomm over the years, but the use of the Snapdragon 810 and its overheating issues had Samsung shift to using its own Exynos processors in some of its Galaxy handsets. The Galaxy S8 is shaping up beautifully in leaked videos of the handset, with what's sure to be the best smartphone display yet.



Samsung is working even closer with Qualcomm in regards to using their next-gen Snapdragon 835 processor in its upcoming Galaxy S8 smartphone, which is sure to be one of the best selling smartphones of 2017. According to Forbes' sources "Samsung has first dibs" on Snapdragon 835 processors for its new phone.


We should expect Samsung to reveal its new Galaxy S8 on April 14, and available the next day on April 15.

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