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Core i7-7700K teases Kaby Lake architecture improvements

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Oct 3, 2016 5:38 am

Update: It seems that the benchmarks results of the Core i7-7700K might have been overexaggerated, with WCCFTech noticing that the clock speeds seem to be "completely wrong". The performance gains of the new Kaby Lake-based Core i7-7700K are much harder to put down on paper - or, er - your LCD screen - because we don't know the exact clocks. Expect more news on the 7700K as it breaks.


Intel is very close to the release of its Kaby Lake architecture, arriving in the form of the Core i7-7700K, but first we have some leaked benchmarks that tease the improvements of Intel's new 14nm+ architecture.




The upcoming Core i7-7700K performance is shaping up well, with leaked Geekbench 4 results showing that Intel has managed to pull off some great single-threaded performance improvements over Skylake, but the multi-threaded performance isn't left out in the cold. Intel's upcoming Core i7-7700K arrives with a base clock of 4.2GHz, while boost clocks will have it driving up to around 4.5GHz. Intel has slapped a 95W TDP on the Core i7-7700K, and it still uses the LGA 1151 socket.


Performance wise, the new Kaby Lake-based Core i7-7700K had a single-core score of 6131 on Geekbench 4, while the multi-threaded score was 20,243 - this is a 42% increase over the current Skylake-based Core i7-6700K, which scores just 4300 points or so in the single-core test. The multi-core result is just as interesting, with a 20% increase in performance over the 6700K and its 16,756 score.

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Modern Warfare Remastered requires Infinite Warfare disc

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 3, 2016 4:24 am

EA would have to love the news from Activision that Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare will include Modern Warfare Remastered, except that the Modern Warfare remaster requires the Infinite Warfare disc to be inserted in order to work.




The official Call of Duty website has listed in fine print: "Modern Warfare Remastered is a full game download (game disc must be inserted to play Modern Warfare Remastered)". Modern Warfare Remastered is a digital download that is only provided with the Infinite Warfare special editions, and not the base Infinite Warfare game which costs $59.99 - it's not sold online, and it looks like Activision won't be doing that for the forseeable future.

First 'Pirates of the Caribbean' 5 teaser trailer hits

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Oct 3, 2016 3:31 am

Ahead of the release of the fifth sequel to the long running 'Pirates of the Caribbean' franchise 'Dead Men Tell No Tales', Disney have today released the first teaser trailer to get the hype train out of the station.



Directed by franchise newcomers Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg (Kon-Tiki) from a script by Jeff Nathanson and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, 'Dead Men Tell No Tales' is set to return Johnny Depp as the iconic pirate for a fifth time, as well as Javier Bardem as the evil Captain Salazar.


'Dead Men Tell No Tales' is set to berth at theatres in 2D, 3D and IMAX across the world on May 26th 2017.

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Gears of War 4 physical copy requires 11GB day one patch

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 3, 2016 12:29 am

If you were hoping to pick up a copy of Gears of War 4 and start playing it right away, think again: the physical copies will require an 11GB day one patch.




However, the digital copies won't require the 11GB update as the updated version of the game will be the one you play right away, instead of the finished physical retail copies - with developer The Coalition obviously doing some last minute tinkering to Gears of War 4 before release, which explains the 11GB day one patch.


Gears of War 4 will require 73GB of HDD space on the PC, while the Xbox One version of the game needs 54GB of HDD space.

Cartoon Network brings 'Adventure Time' to an end

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Oct 2, 2016 10:36 pm

Following nine years and 142 episodes, the Cartoon Network has revealed that the cult animated hit 'Adventure Time' will come to an end after the next two seasons are aird.




According to Variety, the series will end in 2018 with creator Pendleton Ward stating that "Adventure Time' was a passion project for the people on the crew who poured their heart into the art and stories. We tried to put into every episode something genuine and telling from our lives, and make a show that was personal to us, and that had jokes too! I'm really happy that it connected with an audience for so long. It's a special thing, I think."


Cartoon Network's announcement mirrors that of 'The Regular Show' which is set to wind up early next year.

Niantic release Pokémon GO app for 11 new countries

By: Emma Tucker | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 2, 2016 4:50 pm

Pokémon GO has been making headlines again, this time it has been announced that the app will now be avaliable in 11 new countries and regions around the world. Direct from the source 'Nintendo Insider', which stated that Pokemon GO developer Niantic would continue to expand their growth of the app via the addition of new locations.




Countries and regions now with access to the Pokémon GO includes: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macau, Macedonia, Mongolia, Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. Users from these areas will now be able to put on their trainer's cap and join in with the rest of the world by exploring their towns and cities capturing Pokémon. The app like in all other areas will be available on Google Play and iTunes.


Alongside the unveiling of the 11 new locations, Niantic then went on to explain about the recent development with Apple and the unity of Pokémon and the Apple Watch. This news was announced at the Apple Special Event this September, as the two companies are looking to combine both products. The expansion of Pokémon GO and recent talks about the Watch headlines does challenge the idea that the company is expanding in more ways than one.

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Another 3 classics join Xbox One backwards compatibility

By: Emma Tucker | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 2, 2016 1:33 pm

Microsoft is at it again! The Backwards Compatibility Program has recruited three more classic titles that will now be playable on Xbox One. Lost Odyssey, Toy Story 3 and Guwange have been recently tweeted out to the public via Larry Hryb's (@majornelson) Twitter page, posting pictures of the selected games that now are available to play on the latest-gen platforms.




Mistwalker, developers of Lost Odyssey, sees the game set in a magic-industrial revolution, with immortal characters suffering the repercussions of amnesia from a meteor that wiped out the majority of forces.


The verticle scrolling shooter game from Cave, Guwange features the Muromachi period in Japan. The single or multi-player title allows gamers to play against force wilding elements and enemy bosses whilst trying to score as many points as possible.




Finally Disney's hit movie Toy Story 3, where gamers can join Woody and Buzz Lightyear on exciting adventures, will be available to Xbox One owner's who have already pre-purchased the digital copy through Microsoft. core as many points as possible.

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Misfits win $100K in the first big Overwatch tournament

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 2, 2016 8:45 am

Overwatch continues to expand its reach as an eSports champion, with the inaugural Overwatch Open Grand Final taking place last night, and the European eSports team 'Misfits' took out the $100,000 top prize.




Misfits had it rough, with two fill-in players hitting their ranks just three weeks before the grand final against EnVyUs, which had been undefeated since Gamescom in August - but Misfits took them out 3-1. Both teams won a round each before Misfits pushed EnVyUs against the wall in the third round, and then secured their $100,000 payday on the fourth round.


The tournament had $300,000 of prize money up for grabs and was hosted at the Turner Studios' ELeague arena in Atlanta, with 12 teams competing for the $300K prize pool.

Battlefield 1's new video teases 'Storm of Steel' battle

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 2, 2016 4:32 am

As we get closer and closer to the EA/Origin Access Play First Trial of Battlefield 1 on October 13, and its full release on October 21, we're getting hit with more and more footage and details on the game. Today, we have a new 12-minute gameplay video from the single-player missions of Battlefield 1.



The 12-minute video is from the mission in BF1's single-player campaign called Storm of Steel, with a bunch of close quarter combat, and some tank-driving goodness. Storm of Steel is one of the missions included in EA/Origin Access Play First Trial for October 13, but Battlefield 1 does things differently when it comes to the single-player side of the game.


You can choose different characters, which are all spread out across five different "War Stories". EA has said why it used multiple protagonists, explaining: "We felt that to have one character hopping through those different settings wouldn't be as immersive or totally respectful to the setting".

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Google's new phone looks like an iPhone/Nexus mashup

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 2, 2016 2:17 am

Google is only days away from unveiling its new Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, powered by the newly-released Android 7.0 operating system, which debuted on LG's new V20 smartphone. But today, we have the best look at the Pixel and Pixel XL yet, resembling a lovechild of the iPhone and Nexus smartphones.




Rozetked has made some of the most realistic renders of the Pixel and Pixel XL yet, with both of the smartphones looking pretty damn sharp. We should expect four colors on offer: black, silver, gray, and gold. But the varying colors are joined by some design tweaks on the rear - and I have to say, they're looking damn good.




We have rumors that Google will be pricing the 5-inch Pixel smartphone at $649, which is expensive considering previous generation Nexus smartphones were always a cheaper alternative. Google is hosting its media event on October 4.