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BioWare teases Mass Effect: Andromeda surprises for N7 day

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 3, 2015 9:18 am

November 7 is a special time of the year for Mass Effect fans across the globe as it signifies the heroic Commander Shepard's N7 callsign. To commemorate this day BioWare usually shows off something new or delivers teasers and does something special, and this year is no different.



In a recent update, the devs at BioWare have teased that gamers can expect "surprises" on N7 day, but at the same time they carefully said there won't be "any major announcements" for Mass Effect: Andromeda. Still though we'll likely see some Andromeda content whether it's a tiny glimpse of footage or maybe a few screenshot hints.


"While we won't have any major announcements for Mass Effect: Andromeda this N7 Day, keep an eye out on Saturday for some surprises that we're sure you'll enjoy."

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Plex media streaming app reaches Apple TV, is free for now

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Nov 3, 2015 8:33 am

If you're an Apple TV user, you might want to take a look at using a new media streaming app, thanks to Plex releasing its app onto Apple TV recently.




You'll need one of the Plex media players, and the latest version of the Plex app to try it out, but the company has made it free - so it doesn't require any in-app purchases or the PlexPass subscription. Plex adds that it's using TVML for the app, versus using a full native version, which is how they were able to get it up and working in just five weeks.

PlayStation 4 bundle discounted to $299 in upcoming sale

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 3, 2015 7:22 am

The holidays are just around the corner, and that means huge Black Friday savings. If you're in the market to pick up Sony's PlayStation 4 console you'll be able to grab a console and a free game for just $299.




Some retailers like Sam's Club are actually starting holiday sales as early as next week, offering up great savings across the board. Sam's has a great deal on a PS4 bundle with a free game for just $299, shaving off a clean $50 off the console's recent permanent price drop.


The deal was spotted on the Cheap Ass Gamer forums by an actual Sam's Club employee. The poster also notes that the free game is likely the one included with the PS4 bundles, meaning you probably won't be able to pick a free game off the shelf. Sony offers a number of console bundles including Batman Arkham Knight, The Last of Us: Remastered, Destiny: The Taken King, and the Uncharted: Nathan Drake Collection bundle.

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Twitch announces new datacenter in Sydney, Australia

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 3, 2015 6:32 am

During PAX Australia 2015, we met with the Director of PR of Twitch for a great chat, where we were told that Twitch has a new datacenter based in Sydney, Australia.




The new datacenter is launching later this month, following the installation of an ingest server earlier this year. The streaming giant has been pushing more support into Australia, which should please Twitch users in the country massively. Twitch is also working very closely with local ISPs and the local community to improve their support in both Australia and New Zealand.

Strap a futuristic Pip Boy to your wrist with the Rufus Cuff

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Nov 3, 2015 5:04 am

Everyone who's ever played Fallout has always wanted their very own Pip-Boy, as evidenced by the Fallout 4 Pip-Boy special editions selling out in mere minutes. Now you can make that desire a reality with the Rufus Cuff, a stylized and futuristic-looking device that essentially straps a smartphone to your wrist.



Marketed as "more than just a smartwatch", the Rufus Cuff offers functionalities befit of a fully-fledged Pip-Boy-like "wrist communicator". It sports a 3.2-inch touchscreen and can run Google Play apps, send and receive voice and video calls, play music, and has a full suite of fitness hardware like an accelerometer and gyroscope. Essentially the wearable is a union between smartwatches and smartphones.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 rumored to feature same camera sensor as Xperia Z5

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 3, 2015 4:32 am

Samsung's Galaxy S7 is shaping up to be an exciting release from the company, but the camera is always a big focus of any new smartphone release. Samsung is rumored to use one of Sony's impressive camera sensors, the same rear-facing snapper that is found in Sony's current Xperia Z5 family of handsets.



Rumor has Samsung pegged to use Sony's Exmor IMX300 sensor, which is a 23-megapixel sensor that will snap some very impressive photos and videos. Samsung is expected to tone it down to a 20-megapixel rear-facing camera, which will still be incredibly good. Sony's Exmor IMX300 sensor is capable of autofocusing in just 0.03 seconds while it has a 5x zoom that will snap great images from a distance.


The Exmor IMX300 sensor also rocks a 24mm wide angle lens that can take in more detail within a photo, so if the Galaxy S7 does include Sony's camera sensor, we can expect it to be one of the best smartphone cameras on the market.

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Activision buys Candy Crush devs for $5.9 billion

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 3, 2015 4:00 am

It looks like Activision is ramping up its titanic control over the games industry by setting its sights on the mobile market. Reports indicate that the console gaming juggernaut has bought out the infamous Candy Crush developers King for no less than $5.9 billion.




This merger further solidifies Activision's stance as a leading games publisher, now flexing their long arm over the realm of mobile games. The union could mean some different things for the gaming sector, as we might see a more unified approach to cross-platform integration--think in-app purchases via freemium smartphone mini-games and the like.


"The combined revenues and profits solidify our position as the largest, most profitable standalone company in interactive entertainment," Activision CEO Bobby Kotick said in a press release. "With a combined global network of more than half a billion monthly active users, our potential to reach audiences around the world on the device of their choosing enables us to deliver great games to even bigger audiences than ever before."

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Regenerate a 'Doctor Who' Season 9 Blu-ray in our latest giveaway

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Nov 3, 2015 3:56 am

To celebrate this week's release of the 'Doctor Who Season 9: Part 1' boxset on Blu-ray and DVD, we have ten Blu-ray prize packs to give away, thanks to our friends at Roadshow Entertainment.


Peter Capaldi returns as the Doctor alongside Jenna Coleman and guests including Maisie Williams. Now that the Doctor and Clara have established a dynamic as a partnership of equals, they#re relishing the fun and thrills that all of space and time has to offer. Tangling with ghosts, Vikings and the ultimate evil of the Daleks, they embark on their biggest adventures yet. Missy is back to plague the Doctor once more, the Zygons inspire fear as they shape-shift into human clones, and a new arrival moves in cosmic ways. This is time travel on a cinematic scale.




To go into the running to win a prize, simply correctly answer the following question:

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Japanese scientists develop near unbreakable glass, as tough as steel

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Nov 3, 2015 3:29 am

Scientists at the University of Tokyo's Institute of Industrial Science have created a new type of glass that is insanely strong, where it is almost as hard as steel.




Assistant Professor at the University of Tokyo, Atsunobu Masuno, said: "We will establish a way to mass-produce the new material shortly. We are looking to commercialize the technique within five years". This breakthrough is significant, as it could, and most likely will lead to the development of much tougher windows, and so much more.


How does the new glass work? The Asahi Shimbun reports: "Oxide glass mainly consists of silicon dioxide, with its strength boosted by mixing in alumina, an oxide of aluminum. But it had been difficult for scientists to form glass containing a large amount of alumina because the oxide causes crystallization when the glass comes into contact with its container".


The scientists went around this problem by using a containerless processing technique. The scientists used gas to push the chemical components into the air, where they were then able to synthesize it to form the glass. From there, the glass was colorless, transparent, super touch, with 50% of it being composed of alumina. The modulus of the new glass, the indicator of rigidity, was twice as high compared to typical oxide glass and nearly the same level as steel and iron.

Halo 5 doesn't include split screen, features very short campaign

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 3, 2015 2:20 am

Last night I watched Angry Joe's great review on Halo 5: Guardians, where he talked about some of the large issues on the Xbox One exclusive. Angry Joe said that there is no split screen gameplay, which is something that is a huge miss compared to the previous titles in the franchise. Before you watch the video, there's a NSFW warning for language.



Angry Joe called over 'Other Joe' where they were "immediately met with the first sign that this isn't the Halo I would fall back in love with" when he found out there was no split screen goodness on the Xbox One. Joe had to buy an entire second Xbox One and a second copy of Halo 5 just so he could play with Other Joe.


The reason for the removal of split screen in Halo 5? According to Xbox boss Phil Spencer, "the teams make decisions based on the bar that they want to hit for complexity of what they're going to run on a single box". Spencer added: "we see the robustness of what Xbox Live is today and where people are playing across Xbox Live--you at your house, me at our house. We know that's the vast majority of the co-op play. With Halo 5, the team really wanted to focus on making that experience great, both visually on the screen that you're looking at, and all the systems in place".

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