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Google Pixel 2 devices to feature Snapdragon 835

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 25, 2017 5:17 pm

Google's Pixel smartphone was one of the best phones of last year, and the company has confirmed that its successor will come this year.

 

The original Pixel device was launched in October last year, so we won't see the Pixel 2 anytime soon. However, rumors are already floating around with the latest one being that the device will be powered by a Snapdragon 835.

 

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Snapdragon 835 is Qualcomm's latest SoC, so although it makes sense for Google to use it in their newest device, have in mind that the phone won't be unveiled for another few months. This suggests that Google will launch the Pixel 2 before Qualcomm releases their new yet to be announced platform.

 

This might happen because of the reported delays with the Snapdragon 835. The original Pixel and Pixel XL were equipped with a Snapdragon 821, a faster chip than the Snapdragon 820 which appeared in the devices released earlier that year.

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Fisker to unveil their new electric car in August

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Apr 25, 2017 3:26 pm

Henrik Fisker wants to forget all about its past failures and start a new page. He launched a new company, Fisker Inc. last year, previously known as Fisker Automotive.

 

Fisker Automotive is related to what some call the biggest failure in the history of electric cars. In 2011 they announced the Fisker Karma, a $108,000 electric car, that turned out to have a pretty bad karma... The car was recalled multiple times due to many issues and the entire fiasco ended with the company filing for bankruptcy.

 

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Given the history, Fisker's decision to come back to the electric car market is brave. Last year, Fisker announced that they are working on a new electric car - EMotion.

 

Now, the company has announced that the car is almost ready and that they will unveil it on August 17th.

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New Friday the 13th game slashes PC, consoles this May

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 25, 2017 3:15 pm

Illfonic's horror-infused slasher-fest game rendition of Friday the 13th will release on May 26, 2017 on all platforms.

 

 

Fans have been patiently waiting for official confirmation of Friday the 13th: The Game's launch date, and the devs at Illfonic delivered the news in a gore-tastic trailer that really captures the terror of the original films. Friday the 13th is primarily a multiplayer game with mechanics like Evolve: one player takes the role of Jason and uses his immortal-like hellion powers to hunt down camp counselors at the infamous Camp Crystal Lake. The other players have to work together by collecting weapons, setting traps, and coming up with creative strategies within the camp's sandbox environment.

 

Sadly, the game's singleplayer mode won't be available at launch. Illfonic has confirmed the campaign mode will be an add-on released later during the summer. Friday the 13th will be digital-only at launch, and will cost $40 on PS4, Xbox One and PC. Anyone who pre-ordered a physical version will get a digital key redemption, and the devs promise to deliver updates on the disc-based versions sometime soon.

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Nintendo Switch owners can share game updates locally

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 25, 2017 12:20 pm

Nintendo Switch owners will soon be able to share game updates locally without having to connect to the internet.

 

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I noticed something interesting while checking out the games management section on the Nintendo Switch's home screen: console owners will soon be able to "exchange update data with local users." This feature isn't yet available, and Nintendo promises it will be available in a future firmware update.

 

How will this work exactly? Let's say one of your friends has the latest update for Zelda: Breath of the Wild on their Nintendo Switch, but you haven't downloaded it yet. Your friend can simply share their update patch with your Switch via wireless connectivity and update your game on-the-go.

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AMD tease 8K video workload on Vega-based Radeon Pro SSG

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Apr 25, 2017 5:36 am

AMD is still preparing its next-gen Radeon RX Vega graphics card, but before its big launch next month - fingers crossed - the company teased its Vega GPU was used inside of the ridiculously awesome Radeon Pro SSG graphics card, video editing 4K and 8K content at the NAB show in Las Vegas.

 

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AMD used its Radeon Pro SSG with 8K video processing in Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2017, while also using the next-gen card in 4K post-processing with Radeon ProRender, something that's used for rendering high-end graphics. PC World reports that the NAB show is "targeted at the TV and film industry, in which 8K is a growing trend. AMD has been wooing the industry to adopt its GPUs".

 

8K might seem like it's years away, but with RTG boss and ice cream expert Raja Koduri saying that VR needs 16K per eye @ 240Hz for "true immersion", 8K doesn't seem that foreign anymore.

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AMD launches dual-GPU Radeon Pro Duo with 32GB of GDDR5

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Apr 25, 2017 4:16 am

AMD has just launched its latest Radeon Pro Duo, a new dual-GPU graphics card based on the Polaris architecture. The new Radeon Pro Duo and its dual Polaris GPUs offer up to 11.45 TFLOPs of single-precision compute performance, 4608 stream processors, 32GB of GDDR5 RAM (16GB per GPU) and a TDP of 250W.

 

 

If you remember back to Capsaicin 2016, AMD launched the original Radeon Pro Duo, but the 2017 refresh is a much better design, and $500 cheaper. The original Radeon Pro Duo launched for $1499, while the new Radeon Pro Duo is priced at $999. The original Radeon Pro Duo was also much more power hungry with its 350W TDP, while the refreshed one slaps 100W off, dropping to 250W.

 

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This isn't a gaming card by any means, just like its predecessor, with the new Radeon Pro Duo joining the ranks of the other Radeon Pro graphics cards, like the insane Radeon Pro WX 7100 graphics card. AMD's newly launched Radeon Pro Duo and its dual-GPUs are ready for intense professional/creation systems, where they can handle 8K content over a single DP1.4 cable (albeit, at just 30Hz). You can connect two DP1.4 cables for glorious, hair flying back in the wind 60FPS at 8K.

Dawn of War III PC Steam deals are up to 25% off

By: TweakTown Dealzon | More News: Deals | Posted: Apr 25, 2017 3:30 am

The Open Beta for Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III is over but the discounts are just getting started. Several PC gaming retail sites are discounting the Thursday, April 27 release offering discounts as high as 25% off.

 

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The best deals online are from GMG, DLGamer, Bundle Stars, and GamesPlanet. Not all discounts are equal.

 

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GMG has the highest percentage discount. The $15 off offer is great for straight up savings, but GMG does not mention the Masters of War Skin Pack pre-order bonus, so it is unlikely you will get it.

 

Bundle Stars and DLGamer are authorized retailers and thus you get pre-load and the pre-ordre bonus. Both retailers are confirmed to already be sending out Steam keys for pre-load, and you get the same bonuses as if buying directly from Steam.

 

If you're in the UK a good option is GamesPlanet. There you'll find the game listed for £37.49 which slightly beats paying the £39.99 MSRP. That said, GamesPlanet sells worldwide, and if you were buying in the US that converts to about $47.95 (currency conversion fee may apply). GamesPlanet is also shipping keys out for pre-load and giving you the Masters of War Skin DLC pack.

 

While critics are not labeling the new Warhammer as the greatest RTS since Starcraft (or insert your classic favorite RTS here), but the early bird reviews are decent and positive. On Metacritic the compilation score is an 82/100 from the critics. If you're a Dawn of War fan, the deals above are a decent pick-up in terms of a release-week deal.

Colorful announces iGame GTX 1080 Ti Vulcan X OC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Apr 25, 2017 2:48 am

Colorful has just announced its huge triple-slot, triple-fan iGame GTX 1080 Ti Vulcan X OC graphics card, with the triple-fan cooler dubbed SWORIZER.

 

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It's an absolute beast, with its SWORIZER cooler, LED status monitor, full cover backplate, 16+2-phase power design and of course: overclocking on the GPU.

 

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Colorful has GPU clocks of 1620/1733MHz, but as usual GPU Boost 3.0 will throw it closer to 2GHz+, while the 11GB of GDDR5X stays at its stock 11Gbps frequency.

 

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If someone didn't warn me, and you took the logos off and marketing designs down - you'd think this was an ASUS ROG Strix graphics card...

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What Zelda: Breath of the Wild would look like on NES

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 25, 2017 1:23 am

Zelda: Breath of the Wild's early development started out as a top-down 2D adventure game just like Nintendo's old-school NES classics. Now one fan has answered the age old question: what if that prototype was actually playable?

 

 

Zelda BOTW is absolutely one of the best games ever made, but lots of Zelda fans wonder what the open-world adventure would be like condensed into a classic 8-bit adventure. To answer that question, game dev WinterDrake is making Zelda: Breath of the NES, a fan-made game that combines Breath of the Wild with the original Legend of Zelda on NES.

 

Breath of the NES features a dynamic day-to-night cycle as well as a physics system, and has a slew of new items for Link's disposal. You can try the demo out right now on the itch.io page.

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Blizzard paves the way for Diablo II Remastered

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 25, 2017 12:32 am

I have strong confidence that Blizzard won't mess up Diablo II: Remastered, and my worries have been allayed.

 

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When I first heard Blizzard plans to remaster classic games like Diablo II and StarCraft, I was very concerned. As a long-time D2 player, Blizzard's recent moves with Diablo III completely alienated me from the franchise. Gone were the best features that made Diablo II such a great game: chat screens, trading, 8-player co-op, and game room lobbies, all of which were facilitated via the original Battle.net framework. Of course, Diablo III uses the new revamped "Bnet 2.0" which gimps a lot of the features found in the classic service. I thought for sure Blizzard would completely change core Diablo II features if it ever remastered the game, simply because that's what it did with Diablo III.

 

But Blizzard has proven they understand how to remaster their old games without ruining them. StarCraft: Remastered uses the same Battle.net client as its original, and has cross-play with the classic PC RTS. The only thing Blizzard really changed was the graphics; everything else was left intact: lobbies, chat system, game rooms, it's all there. This gives me strong hope that Blizzard could do the same thing to Diablo II and revitalize one of the most compelling and enjoyable PC gaming experiences of my time.

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