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Huawei quietly launches P10 Lite

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 17, 2017 11:46 pm

After the P10 and P10 Plus, Huawei has unveiled a more affordable P-series member - P10 Lite.

 

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The phone comes with 5.2-inch display and is powered by Kirin 658 chipset. The P10 Lite has 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, expandable with a microSD card.

 

The device features a 12MP main camera and 8MP selfie shooter. Other features include 3,000 mAh battery and rear-mounted fingerprint sensor.

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HP's 'Power Laptop' deal is $650, fully gaming capable

By: TweakTown Dealzon | More News: Deals | Posted: Mar 17, 2017 11:15 pm

The philosphy behind HP's new Power laptops appears to be the same thinking behind "power naps" and "power walks" - you don't need to invest too much into it, and you're going to make it count. That is to say, HP looks to be positiong these as fully gaming-capable but affordable laptops. They are certainly far away from other typical gaming laptops with discrete graphics at a very enticing price poitn of only $650.

 

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The 2017 released 15.6-inch HP Pavilion 15t Power Laptop sports some of the latest specs, like a quad-core 7th generation Kaby Lake processor and GTX 10 series graphics card (the GTX 1050 to be precise). That makes it capable of playing most modern video games and with the current $200 off price tag - a historic low price by $30 - it's a good option for those needing a portable PC gaming rig on the cheap.

 

 

A budget gaming laptop with no coupon codes or other hoops to jump through, we think both the 15-inch 15t Power Laptop along with the 17t Power Laptop are excellent budget gaming laptop picks at this point in 2017. Also noteworthy this week is HP's premium Spectre 13t ultra-thin laptop, on sale at $1,049. While decisively NOT a gaming laptop, its a premium machine rarely on sale - so we're tossing it above just as a reference deal.

 

No expiration dates are noted on these laptop deals, but from how HP has run their weekly promotion, we're suspecting the deal will last until later this Saturday, March 18.

'Aquaman' delayed, steals former 'Avatar 2' release date

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 17, 2017 11:04 pm

Following confirmation from director James Cameron that his oft-promised and oft-delayed 'Avatar' sequel will be delayed again, Warner Bros have moved in on the now abandoned Christmas 2018 release date to slot in 'Aquaman'.

 

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Originally announced for an October 18, 2018 release date, the takeover of the former 'Avatar 2' launch date equates to a two month delay for the project. Helmed by 'Furious 7' director James Wan, 'Aquaman' will serve as the first solo-film for the DC Comics character who was first glimpsed in 'Batman v Superman' and will also feature in 'Justice League' in November this year, with Jason Momoa to reprise the character once again.

Writer insists new 'Matrix' project isn't a reboot

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 17, 2017 10:46 pm

Hollywood Scriptwriter Zak Penn has taken to Twitter confirming this week's Hollywood Reporter article which pegged him as the writer behind a new 'Matrix' project, but has denied that it's a reboot.

 

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In a tweet issued last night Penn attempts to set the record straight and implies that the upcoming project will be either a prequel, or a sequel to the 1999 hit film. In a second tweet, Penn states and that if Neo was to appear, then his first choice would be Keanu Reeves.

 

 

 

Penn however stopped short of mentioning the Wachowskis, giving further credende to the rumour that they've been cut out of talks. By all accounts, it's still early days for whatever Warner Bros is attempting to do with the 'Matrix' franchise, but it's heartening to know that they're not planning on a full reboot.

Galaxy S8 arrives in April, leaked poster confirms

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 17, 2017 10:34 pm

Samsung will officially launch the Galaxy S8 and S8+ in just two weeks, and we have already seen numerous leaks about the specs and the design of the upcoming flagships.

 

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Evan Blass recently revealed that the S8 duo will be released in the US on April 28th, a week later than expected.

 

The newest leak, Samsung's poster, confirms that the phones will hit global markets in April.

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PS4 sales made up 51% of 2016's global console market

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 17, 2017 9:15 pm

Sony's long-standing console reign shows no signs of slowing down: the PlayStation 4 continues to dominate over Xbox in terms of sales and total console market value, growth, and momentum.

 

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According to analyst firm IHS Markit, the global console market earned a total of $34.7 billion in 2016. Sony's PlayStation 4 raked in a staggering $17.8 billion of that total global value, representing more than half of the total global console market's earnings. Microsoft's Xbox One pulled in $9.1 billion, or a 26% share. IHS notes that the PS4 was responsible for "almost double the sales value of hardware, content and services compared to its closest competitor Microsoft's Xbox One."

 

Naturally Sony's PS4 install base skyrocketed to 53 million in 2016, and Microsoft's Xbox One secured about 52% of that total at 27.6 million total owners.

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HTC sells phone factory to invest in VR businesses

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 17, 2017 8:23 pm

HTC has announced that the company has sold its phone manufacturing facility in Shanghai to boost their investment into their Vive virtual reality business.

 

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A Chinese company, Xingbao Information Technology bought the factory for $91.17 million.

 

HTC said the sale of the Shanghai plant will not affect its mobile division. This also removes the liability of owning the factory and the depreciation of its value. HTC does still occasionally manufacture devices for other companies like the Google Pixel, but most of HTC's contract manufacturing days are over.

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PS3 life cycle to end this month

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 17, 2017 7:18 pm

After more than ten years, Sony's PlayStation 3 console will stop being manufactured starting this month.

 

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Microsoft celebrated the Xbox 360's 10th birthday by officially killing its life cycle, but it appears that Sony will at least have the grace to retire its PlayStation 3 months after the system's 10th anniversary.

 

Word of the discontinuation spread from Japanese website Esuteru, who spotted the info on Sony's official PS3 Japanese website. "Scheduled completion coming soon," reads the PS3 listing on Sony's Japanese site. Other users have been talking about it on Twitter, too.

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Nintendo orders 16 million Switch production contract

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 17, 2017 3:12 pm

Nintendo has put in a supply order for 16 million Switch consoles to be manufactured and shipped throughout 2017 and beyond.

 

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Like most new Nintendo systems, its new handheld-console Switch hybrid is in extreme demand with supply pretty much nonexistent. In order to keep up with the demand, Nintendo has doubled its Switch production for this year and next, according to reports from Wall Street Journal's Takashi Mochizuki.

 

As soon as Nintendo's next fiscal year (FY 2018) begins on April 1, 2017, the manufacturing of 16 million new Switch consoles will begin. This massive influx of units will be shipped across the company's full FY2018 timeline that's held from April 1, 2017 through March 31, 2018.

 

"In the fiscal year starting April 2017, assemblers under contract with Nintendo are now planning to manufacture 16 million or more Switches, up from an initial plan for eight million, said people briefed on the plans. Even after accounting for inventory, that suggests Nintendo believes it can sell significantly more than 10 million units during the 12-month period, they said, beating expectations of many analysts," Mochizuki reports.

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Is this Elgato's new Evolve capture/streaming device?

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 17, 2017 11:10 am

Elgato, the company behind some of the best and most trusted games capture and streaming tech on the market, is currently working on a mysterious project called "Project Evolve." This could be it.

 

 

Since Elgato is making Project Evolve, it's likely a unique new capture/streaming device aimed at making content creator's lives easier. The company has been teasing Evolve since March 9, and recently let a bunch of Twitch streamers go hands-on with Evolve at PAX 2017.

 

So what is Evolve exactly? If these pictures are accurate, it looks like a tablet-shaped device with 15 pushable, customizable buttons. I'm guessing that it's a kind of all-in-one hub device that merges capture and streaming with a single output cord that can switch between multiple modes, inputs, capture presets, etc by pressing the buttons. For example, you might be able to press a Mario button to start streaming Nintendo content from your Switch or Wii U with a specific preset to match the hardware, avoiding the need to switch up settings.

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