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Carl Pei hints that OnePlus 5 might keep headphone jack

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

There have been numerous reports recently questioning the presence of a 3.5mm headphone jack on the upcoming OnePlus 5. Early rumors, based on leaked prototype images, claimed that the company decided to ditch the headphone jack.

 

Carl Pei, one of the company's co-founders, commented this on Twitter. When he asked his followers what should he tweet about today, one follower replied: "About where the headphone jack went." Pei responded with a cryptic message "Why did the headphone jack cross the road?".

 

 

Although this isn't an exact confirmation that the company will leave the headphone jack, it could be that they simply decided to put it in a different location.

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Borderlands 3 teased for 2018 release

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 23, 2017 1:12 pm

Red Dead Redemption 2 and Borderlands 3 may both release in 2018, significantly driving up Take-Two's earnings.

 

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After announcing last year's earnings, Take-Two Interactive delivered a forecast for the next fiscal year and possibly teased the release of Borderlands 3. The company expects a massive net sales revenue spike of $2.5 billion for Fiscal Year 2019 (April 2018 - March 2019) thanks to Rockstar's Red Dead Redemption 2, which was just delayed to Spring 2018, and a "highly anticipated new title from one of 2K's biggest franchises." We're betting that the mystery 2K franchise is Borderlands 3.

 

Take-Two Interactive confirmed that its current year roadmap (Fiscal Year 2018) will be quite sparse thanks to the delay of Red Dead Redemption 2, which was originally slated to release in Fall 2017. The company plans to fall back on its massively lucrative digital monetization strategies via Grand Theft Auto Online and NBA 2K while key developers work on the big triple-A hits for fiscal 2019.

 

"Looking ahead to fiscal 2019, we expect to deliver both record Net Sales and record net cash provided by operating activities, in excess of $2.5 billion and $700 million, respectively, led by the launches of Rockstar Games' Red Dead Redemption 2 and a highly anticipated new title from one of 2K's biggest franchises," Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick said in the company's recent fiscal earnings call.

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Red Dead Redemption 2 to release after April 2018

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 23, 2017 12:43 pm

Rockstar Games recently confirmed that Red Dead Redemption 2 will be delayed to Spring 2018, and now the studio's parent company Take-Two Interactive iterates the sequel will be part of its Fiscal Year 2019 roadmap.

 

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Red Dead Redemption 2 will no longer be part of the company's current Fiscal Year 2018 roadmap, and has instead been delayed into FY2019, Take-Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick today confirmed. This means the highly anticipated western sequel will not launch before the company's 2018 fiscal year ends on March 31, 2018, and will instead release from April 1, 2018 onward. We originally predicted the game would release in February or March 2018 to round out Take-Two's Q4 earnings, but the company has confirmed this isn't the case--much to shareholder's and investor's frustrations.

 

"As announced yesterday, Rockstar Games has decided to move the release of Red Dead Redemption 2 to Spring 2018. As Rockstar stated, Red Dead Redemption 2 will be their first game created from the ground up for the latest generation of console hardware, and some extra time is necessary to ensure that they deliver the best experience possible. Such decisions are not made lightly, and are driven by our team's unwavering commitment to unparalleled quality," Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick said in the company's fiscal earnings call.

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Samsung has 3.5-inch 120Hz OLED: next-gen VR panels

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: May 23, 2017 7:10 am

Samsung has been teasing its new 1.96-inch 4K LCD, but its next-gen 3.5-inch OLED sounds much more appealing because it's closer than the super-small 1.96-inch LCDs.

 

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The new 3.5-inch display comes in at 858 PPI, and has been "optimized for VR devices, 120Hz for wearable and tablet OLED products are displayed for smooth picture quality". Samsung is making the new 120Hz display with an OLED panel and HDR support, with Samsung also touting low power consumption on the 3.5-inch OLED.

 

The wording here could indicate that these new panels are not 120Hz for VR, as Samsung says: "3.5-inch size, 858ppi optimized for VR devices, 120Hz for wearable and tablet OLED products are displayed for smooth picture quality". It is a translation, so we could expect VR at a different refresh rate - but I really doubt that. The next jump for VR from 90Hz will be 120Hz, at least.

Samsung teases prototype 1.96-inch 4K LCD for VR HMDs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: May 23, 2017 5:53 am

The current-gen VR headsets are plagued with the screen door effect (SDE), with it being one of the last technological barriers for VR headsets before they really leap forward in quality, with Samsung teasing what could end up as the future of LCDs for VR headsets.

 

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Samsung recently showed off a prototype 1.96-inch LCD with a native 4K resolution, and with the super-small 1.96-inch size it has an astounding 2250 pixels per inch, compared to 500 PPI average on a high-end smartphone display. We've been hearing about 4K per eye VR headsets for a while now, so this could be what Samsung has been working on in order to provide them to the likes of Oculus, HTC, Sony or even itself - with a next-gen standalone Samung Gear VR headset.

Exploding Beats headphones aren't Apple's fault

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: May 23, 2017 4:45 am

The world went a little crazy when Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 smartphone was exploding last year over faulty batteries, and now its main competitor is experiencing similar exploding products.

 

 

Beats, which is owned by Apple, has been in the news with an Australian woman waking up on a flight between Adelaide, South Australia and Hong Kong by the sound of an explosion, and a burning sensation on her face. Adelaide Now reports: "The woman, whose face, hands and hair were burned, had sought to be reimbursed to replace her headphones and several items of ruined clothing".

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Samsung: Galaxy S8 is 2-for-1 in the US only right now

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 23, 2017 3:36 am

If you've been waiting on pulling the trigger on Samsung's aweosme new Galaxy S8 smartphone, well... your time has come. If you're based in the US, you will be able to activate two Galaxy S8 smartphones through T-Mobile, with one of them ending up free.

 

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How does it work? Samsung will send a $750 refund to you for the second smartphone after you've paid for it, which will take 7-10 business days. You'll need to opt in on the website, and that's all. Samsung is also giving away its Entertainment Kit, which includes a Clear View stand, 64GB microSD card, and a 6-month Netflix subscription.

 

The total for the two Galaxy S8 smartphones comes to $1608.76, so with Samsung providing $750 back after you've registered one of them with T-Mobile, that means the total price for both Galaxy S8 handsets drops to $858.76, or just $429.38 after tax. This is an amazing deal from Samsung, absolutely amazing.

NVIDIA's purported Volta-based TITAN Xv spotted

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 23, 2017 2:34 am

NVIDIA unveiled its next-gen Volta-based Tesla V100 at GTC 2017 a couple of weeks ago, but now we could be looking at their new Volta-based TITAN Xv graphics card.

 

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There was an image posted to Facebook from a NVIDIA intern, but there's nothing else known about the card. We don't know if it's real or not, with the image posted over at Overclock3D.net forums. If it's a real card, take note of the lack of SLI connector and instead, the purported TITAN Xv has NVLink connectors.

 

I don't think this is the TITAN Xv, but at the end of the day it could be... and NVIDIA could be preparing TITAN Xv to combat AMD's upcoming Radeon RX Vega. What do you think?

Joss Wheddon taking over 'Justice League' directing duty

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: May 23, 2017 2:12 am

While principal photography on Zack Snyder's 'Justice League' has been completed, the director, alongside his producer wife Deborah have announced they are stepping down from the production after the death of their daughter, Autumn. Warner Bros have announced that 'The Avengers' director Joss Whedon will step in to complete the film which will hit cinemas at the end of the year.

 

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According to the Hollywood Reporter, Whedon will complete post-production and limited reshoots on the film although studio president Toby Emmerich is adamant that the film won't deviate too far from the tone set by Snyder, saying "We're not introducing any new characters. It's the same characters in some new scenes. He's handing the baton to Joss, but the course has really been set by Zack". Tragically, the Synder's lost their 20 year old daughter to suicide in March.

 

Featuring Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), the Flash (Ezra Miller), Superman (Henry Cavill), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and Aquaman (Jason Momoa), 'Justice League' is set to be the DC comics version of 'The Avengers', which the studio is hoping will bring in the huge revenue that eluded last summer's 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice'. 'Justice League' is set to still hit it's previously announced release on 3D, 2D and IMAX cinema worldwide from November 2017.

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Red Dead Redemption 2 delay causes stock dive

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 22, 2017 11:28 pm

Rockstar Games today announced Red Dead Redemption 2 would be delayed to Spring 2018, and investors and shareholders aren't too happy about the delay.

 

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The stock value of Take-Two Interactive, Rockstar's parent company, recently dived by 8.75% in after-hours trading following the announcement of Red Dead Redemption 2's delay. The parent company recently reassured investors that Red Dead Redemption 2 would release Fall 2017, and now shareholders are understandably frustrated. Just three days ago Take-Two stock surged to a near-record high.

 

Take-Two promised that Red Dead Redemption 2 will release during its Fiscal Year 2018 timeline, and it's still technically possible that the game will meet these promises, as the sequel has been delayed to Spring 2018. Rockstar Games is pressured to ensure the game launches before the company's fiscal year ends in March.

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