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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.

 

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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.

 

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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 Xbox.com 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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

LG's new speakers have Google Home, Multiroom support

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Jan 24, 2017 7:12 am

LG is moving forward with its entertainment products, with a tease of its new MusicFlow wireless speakers that will have built-in Google Home and Google Multiroom support - not only that, but they will also have "Chromecast built-in" - perfect.

 

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Better yet, LG will make their older line up improved with an over-the-air update, baking in the Google goodness through the OTA update to previous-gen MusicFlow speakers. LG added it has worked closely with Google for the Multiroom configuration, so they added Home support at the same time.

 

LG wrote in a forum post: "We have prepared Google Multiroom functionality. During preparing for that, we also discuss with Google team about Link with Google Home device function. And, we decide to update two major functionalities, 'Google Multiroom' and 'Link with Google Home device' at the same time".

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Resident Evil 7 is a solid return, very positive reviews

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 24, 2017 6:30 am

Resident Evil 7 was meant to be a fresh change for the franchise, and it seems Capcom weren't lying - with the initial wave of reviews for Resident Evil 7 being overwhelmingly positive.

 

 

For the first time in the Resident Evil series, the game is 100% in the first-person perspective - with many gamers wanting to see Capcom keep the first-person style starting with Resident Evil 7. First-person horror games are quite big right now, but with a massive franchise like Resident Evil entering it - in a sea of some very good indie devs and smaller studios with first-person horror games, this is a great thing to see.

 

Better yet, Resident Evil 7 works on PlayStation VR - an exclusive to the PS4 for now, before it heads on over to the VR headsets on the PC. Our friends over at UploadVR reviewed the game, with David Jagneaux saying:

 

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LG's new G6 smartphone looks freakin' beautiful

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 24, 2017 5:53 am

We've had a little tease of LG's upcoming G6 smartphone, but now The Verge is here with a full reveal ahead of LG's official announcement on February 26 during Mobile World Congress 2017.

 

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LG's new G6 smartphone will rock a large 5.7-inch display with a 2:1 aspect ratio, with the company wanting as little bezel as possible. The G6 rocks a screen-to-bezel ratio of 90%, which will make the G6's screen take up most of the front - and so it should.

 

The company has however moved away from its modular design in the G5, with the new G6 built entirely from glass and metal. LG will be including a 3.5mm headphone jack on the G6, which will make people happy - but there'll be waterproof goodness included, but unfortunately - the battery is not replaceable. Boo.

 

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We have a dual-camera system on the back of the G6, with a center-mounted fingerprint sensor rumored for the back as well. The full unveil will take place during MWC 2017, and we will be on the ground.

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