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Gionee launches A1 in India

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 24, 2017 11:23 pm

Gionee has launched a new smartphone in India - A1.

 

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The A1 comes with a 5.5-inch 1080p display and is powered by MediaTek MT6755 chipset. The device has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, expandable with a microSD card.

 

The main camera has 13MP, while the selfie shooter rocks 16MP. Other features include a fingerprint sensor and a 4,010 mAh battery.

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Samsung to disable charging on remaining Galaxy Note7s

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 24, 2017 10:17 pm

As of October last year, the Galaxy Note7 is officially dead. Due to faulty batteries, Samsung stopped the sale of this smartphone and welcomed all of their users to return the devices.

 

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However, just recently I saw a user bragging on Twitter that his Note7 is still alive and running. Samsung said that around 97% of the devices had been returned, meaning that there are still 3% of the Note7 units running in the wild.

 

The Korean company limited the charging on some Galaxy Note7 devices to 60%, but now they have decided to put an end to all the remaining Note7 units around the world. Samsung will issue a new update to end the charging of all the Note7s around the world, making them useless.

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New Tekken 7 trailer shows off devastating combos

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 24, 2017 9:14 pm

Legendary Iron Fist alums and some fresh new faces deliver explosive combos in Bandai Namco Japan's new chaotic Tekken 7 trailer.

 

 

As a die-hard Tekken fan, I get excited every time news or footage drops for Tekken 7--simply because it reminds me that the game is finally releasing in three months! In June we'll all be able to kick some serious ass with our favorite fighters, and the latest Tekken 7 trailer shows off some of the movesets we'll have in our arsenal of annihilation.

 

The character trailer doesn't highlight the full Tekken 7 roster--and rightly so since there's 41 confirmed fighters so far--but we do get to see some of my personal favorites like Bryan Fury, Hwoarang, and Katarina (her moves are insane!).

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Xiaomi Mi 6 and Mi 6 Plus pricing leaks

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 24, 2017 8:24 pm

Xiaomi Mi 6 has been rumored for a while now, and it seems that the company will unveil the device in the second week of April.

 

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Of course, before the official launch come the leaks. We already know that the company should unveil two devices - the Mi 6 and a more powerful Mi 6 Plus.

 

The latest leaks reveal the variants and pricing of the phones. According to the report, both phones will have three versions, with a different combination of RAM and internal storage.

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Elgato reveals new Stream Deck streaming hub

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 24, 2017 7:17 pm

Elgato has just revealed its new "Project Evolve" device, which has been announced as the unique Stream Deck.

 

 

Elgato's latest Stream Deck is pretty much everything I predicted it would be. The device features 15 customizable buttons that can do a number of different things, including switching programs, inputs, and triggering visual and aural memes to pop up on your content. The Stream Deck is hailed as a revolutionary device that brings "tactile control to content creators" by essentially acting as a dedicated control board for scene switching, streaming, and much more.

 

"We revolutionized gameplay sharing with Game Capture HD and now we're taking live content creation to the next level with Stream Deck," said Julian Fest, General Manager Elgato Gaming. "It provides streamers with a level of control that used to be exclusive to mainstream entertainment broadcasters."

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Battle.net client is now called 'Blizzard'

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 24, 2017 12:46 pm

Blizzard Entertainment's Battle.net client is simply called "Blizzard," signalling the end of a long-running era.

 

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Twenty years ago Blizzard launched Battle.net as an online service for the original Diablo on PC. Now Blizzard is apparently making its move to retire the name for good, scrubbing all mention of the iconic brand from its host client. Back in September 2016 the company announced Battle.net would change to "Blizzard tech," and completely betray two decades of familiarity in the process.

 

Since I haven't fired up Battle.net in quite some time, I have before and after proof of the name change that I've included below. You can clearly see that Battle.net has been changed to the regular Blizzard logo in the upper left hand side of the client.

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Mass Effect: Andromeda faces prove it needed more time

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 24, 2017 11:07 am

Mass Effect: Andromeda has a real problem with its facial animations. Yes, you can still play the game and get somewhat used to it, but they absolutely break the immersion for people like me, leading to gamers pretty much not getting invested or caring about NPCs. And, of course, the faces have led the game to become a laughing stock on the internet. So what went wrong? An ex-Mass Effect animator might have some answers.

 

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Before Jonathan Cooper signed up to work at Naughty Dog, he helped BioWare animate Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2. Cooper is also known for helping bring a number of triple-A games to life, including the impressive Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, so it's fair to say he knows exactly what he's talking about.

 

Cooper recently gave some key insight on what might've gone wrong with Mass Effect: Andromeda's bizarre faces, highlighting just how complicated it is to animated a RPG with extensive dialog sequences. In fact, it's a mammoth undertaking with a million moving parts (quite literally). Cooper guesses that Mass Effect: Andromeda essentially lowered its facial animation quality to meet the game's deadline, and hints it should've been delayed to extend the dev cycle. "Andromeda seems to have lowered the quality of its base algorithm, resulting in the "my face is tired" meme featuring nothing but lip-sync. This, presumably, was because they planned to hit every line by hand. But a 5-year dev cycle shows they underestimated their task."

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Netflix has 25 new original TV/movies ready for April

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Mar 24, 2017 9:08 am

Netflix is ramping up for a big month, with 25 new original TV shows next month alone - including the first two installments of the huge return of Dave Chappelle, a deal that will see Chappelle earning $60 million.

 

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As for the new shows, this is what to expect, and their debut dates - the asterix means they're feature-length films:

 

  1. Chewing Gum, season 2 (April 4th)
  2. Louis C.K. 2017 (April 4th)
  3. El Faro De Las Orcas (April 7th)*
  4. Dawn of the Croods, season 3 (April 7th)
  5. The Get Down: Part 2 (April 7th)
  6. Win It All (April 7th)
  7. Chelsea, season 2 (April 14th)
  8. Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return (April 14th)
  9. Sandy Wexler (April 14th)*
  10. Slam (April 15th)*
  11. Lucas Brothers: On Drugs (April 18th)
  12. Bill Nye Saves the World, season 1 (April 21st)
  13. Girlboss, season 1 (April 21st)
  14. Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On, season 1 (April 21st)
  15. The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show, season 4 (April 21st)
  16. Sand Castle (April 21st)*
  17. Tales by Light, season 2 (April 21st)
  18. Tramps (April 21st)*
  19. The 101-Year-Old Man Who Skipped Out on the Bill and Disappeared (April 25th)*
  20. Vir Das: Abroad Understanding (April 25th)
  21. Las Chicas del Cable, season 1 (April 27th)
  22. Casting JonBenet (April 28th)
  23. Dear White People, season 1 (April 28th)
  24. Rodney King (April 28th)*
  25. Small Crimes (April 28th)*

Facebook Messenger now features mentions and reactions

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Mar 24, 2017 7:38 am

Facebook has made quite a few tweaks to Messenger, with reactions and @-mentions added - you can now react to individual messages, or even tag a specific friend in a group chat.

 

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When you're using Messenger, reacting to a message is as easy as pressing and holding a message to see Facebook's love/laugh/cry emojis to show up. A small counter will add up the reactions, showing you who exactly is spamming that emoji button - it even has its own notification on your lock screen, a nice touch by Facebook.

 

Moving onto the mentions feature, where you just need to use the @ symbol, and then Messenger will show a drop down menu of all of the people in the chat - you can then tag their name, and they'll receive an individual notification.

 

These new features should be rolling out to Messenger users now, and over the next few days.

Futuremark deploys Vulkan API test in 3DMark

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Mar 24, 2017 5:42 am

The big stress for new GPU architectures and the latest and greatest graphics cards, like NVIDIA's fresh GeForce GTX 1080 Ti and AMD's upcoming Radeon RX Vega - are the new APIs in Vulkan and DirectX 12. Futuremark has just announced that there is a new API Overhead test that replaces Mantle with Vulkan - with the API Overhead feature test running DX11, DX12, and Vulkan.

 

 

Futuremark explains in its press release: "The 3DMark API Overhead feature test measures API performance by making a steadily increasing number of draw calls. The result of the test is the number of draw calls per second achieved by each API before the frame rate drops below 30 FPS. The purpose of the test is to compare the relative performance of different APIs on a single system. The API Overhead feature test is not a general-purpose GPU benchmark, and it should not be used to compare graphics cards from different vendors. For more details, please read the 3DMark Technical Guide".

 

The new API Overheard test is available for 3DMark Advanced and Professional Edition, with the standalone versions of 3DMark requiring a manual update. The Steam versions will update automatically, just like my test beds all have - but the new API Overhead test is not available for the 3DMark Basic Edition, or the Steam demo.

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