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iPhone 7 Plus expected to feature 3GB RAM, new A10 CPU

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 4, 2015 6:01 pm

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has an excellent track record regarding Apple leaks, has stated he expects the iPhone 7 Plus will feature 3GB RAM, an upgrade over the 2GB the iPhone 6 Plus offers (the iPhone 7, meanwhile, will house 2GB RAM, the same as the iPhone 6s).




The CPU, meanwhile, is expected to run on a next-generation mobile processor architecture and be known as the A10.


History says the iPhone 7 Plus will launch September 2016.

Microsoft program lets you trade in your old Surface for Surface Pro 4

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 4, 2015 4:44 pm

Been eyeing the Surface Pro 4 but thinking you can do just fine with an old model? Microsoft is aiming to encourage you to upgrade in this situation with its new trade-in program that's said to get you anywhere from $100 to $700 on an old Surface model which you then must put toward the Surface Pro 4.




While other websites like Amazon will do similar, the advantage here is Microsoft doesn't ask questions about the condition of your device -- provided it's in decent shape, there should be no issue getting your credit. Plus, it offers a little more than some services (and a little less than others).


The MSRP of the Surface Pro 4 is $899, so you'll need to cough up at least $199.

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Xbox One Elite Controller availability 'limited through November'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Nov 4, 2015 11:36 am

The release of some of the biggest games for the Xbox One being released recently, with Halo 5 last week and Fallout 4 ready to drop. But where's that awesome $150 Xbox One Elite Wireless Controller? Well, it's sold out virtually everywhere.




Microsoft released the controller alongside Halo 5: Guardians on October 27, but quickly selling out, leaving Microsoft to say it was "thrilled at the amount of interest" and that it "[looked] forward to replenishing inventory in time for the holidays". It looks like the Xbox One Elite Controller won't be available until later this month, sometime around Black Friday, with a Microsoft rep adding that the controller is "sold out in many retailers around the world". The company added: "We expect more units to arrive at retailers each week but supply may be limited through November".

Blizzard teases a 15-second clip of the Warcraft movie

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Nov 4, 2015 9:36 am

Can you believe it's nearly here? Our first look at the Warcraft movie has arrived, courtesy of a small, but satisfying 15-second teaser trailer.



Warcraft is directed by Duncan Jones, who directed one of my favorite movies, Moon. Legendary Pictures, Blizzard Entertainment and Atlas Entertainment were also involved. Universal Studios will release Warcraft on June 10, 2016 - with the first full trailer to arrive later this week on November 6.


November 6, is also the first day of BlizzCon 2016, which isn't a coincidence.

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Uncharted trilogy soundtracks will arrive on vinyl early next year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Nov 4, 2015 7:29 am

If you're an Uncharted fan, and a lover of vinyl, you will be happy to hear that iam8bit and Sony are working on a three-LP box set of the soundtracks to the Uncharted trilogy.




The soundtracks from Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves and Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception will all be made available through the Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection vinyl soundtrack box, which will feature Greg Edmonson's soundtrack being remastered for, and pressed onto an 18-gram colored vinyl.


To top it off, the vinyl soundtrack set will have artwork from Australian art collective We Buy Your Kids, where you can also purchase the artwork as a poster. The set can be pre-ordered for $55, and should ship in the first quarter of 2016.

Amazon opens first physical book store

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Nov 4, 2015 6:03 am

It's been a long standing joke between my significant other and myself that it would be amazing if there was a real Amazon store which would immediately bankrupt my savings. Well it seems Mr Bezos has heard my calls, with the company launching its first bricks and mortar bookstore in Seattle this week.




According to the Financial Times, the premier Amazon bookstore doesn't have any ticket prices, instead reflecting the pricing from the online store. Jennifer Cast, VP of Amazon Books told the Seattle Times that "We hope this is not our only [storefront]. But we'll see."


The company has yet to confirm whether more physical stores are in the cards, but are surely taking on board the suggestions and feedback from customers - not to mention the sales figures and foot traffic.

Epic Games announces Paragon, a new PC shooter due in early 2016

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 4, 2015 5:30 am

Epic Games has just announced its new game 'Paragon', due to hit the PC sometime in 2016. Epic Games is known for creating the Unreal Engine, as well as huge first-person shooter hits like Unreal Tournament.



We don't know much about Paragon, other than it will feature a few heroes named Twinblast, Steel, Sparrow, Dekker and Grux. There is a video teaser on YouTube which we've embedded above, so let's hope that what we're seeing is in-game graphics as that would be a nice surprise. Epic is going to tease new heroes once a week through to December 3.


You can sign up to the Paragon beta too, by visiting the Paragon website.

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided limited to 30FPS on both the Xbox One, PS4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 4, 2015 3:27 am

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is set to be one of the biggest releases of 2016, but how will it run on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4? According to the Game Director on the title, Jean-François Dugas, it is locked at 30FPS on both consoles.




We don't need to worry about this on PC, as it should have an unlocked frame rate. Not only that, but Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will ship with both DX12 support, and a built-in benchmark that will see us testing all of our GPUs and monitors (and multi-monitors) comparing DX11 against DX12.

Toy Lightsabers banned from 'Force Awakens' screenings

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Nov 4, 2015 3:19 am

If you enjoy your cosplay and were hoping to dress up as your favourite 'Star Wars' character during screenings of 'The Force Awakens', you might want to check which cinema you're going to first, as the biggest theater chain in the United States; Cinemark, bans patrons from bringing toy lightsabres or blaster weapons to showings of the eagerly awaited sequel.




According to The Hollywood Reporter, the chain has advised patrons that while "Star Wars costumes are welcome". But "no face coverings, face paint or simulated weapons (including lightsabers/blasters) will be allowed in the building". So no Darth Maul makeup, no Darth Vader mask, no Han Solo blaster and certainly no Luke Skywalker Lightsabers.


Not banned however is Slave Leia bikinis, or Princess Leia buns.

Acer's new Predator monitor features 1440p IPS panel, 144Hz G-Sync

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Nov 4, 2015 1:44 am

Acer is really kicking some serious ass in the gaming display market, where it will continue to do so with the new Predator XB1 series coming later this month. The last Acer monitor we reviewed was the 34-inch FreeSync-capable CR341CK which we fell in love with.




There will be two models, but both of them are 27-inch displays - one features a 2560x1440 resolution while the other is a 4K display. The 2560x1440 model has a refresh rate of 144Hz while the 4K model sits at 60Hz - both monitors feature NVIDIA's G-Sync technology. Both displays also include HDMI and DisplayPort connectivity, as well as four USB 3.0 ports.


The Predator XB271HU is the 2560x1440 model, priced at $799 while the Predator XB271HK rocks its 4K resolution and a $100 premium at $899. Both monitors will be available later this month.

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