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HTC rumored to spin its Vive headset into a new company

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jan 19, 2016 2:07 am

With the HTC Vive receiving praise amongst the press and consumers who have tried it out, the Vive Pre that was unveiled at CES 2016 with the front-facing camera and revamped Lighthouse controllers is incredible. So it should come as no surprise to hear rumors that HTC would secure its Vive headset, spinning off its VR division.



This would allow HTC to operate its mobile and VR businesses separately so that the VR side of HTC isn't affected if HTC's mobile sales continue to dwindle. The latest on HTC is that the company would start off by owning the VR business outright, with rumors that the Taiwanese giant is seeing if its employees are happy to work for the new business. In the wake of this news, HTC shares gained 5.3% to $2.28, with 9.57 million shares being traded.

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LG showcases northern lights in its latest OLED TV advertisement

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 19, 2016 12:28 am

I've had a couple of months attached to my 65-inch 4K OLED TV from LG, and I just cannot look at another TV without noticing how much ass OLED kicks in comparison. Well, LG has a new advertisement for OLED, showcasing the northern lights in Iceland.



One night back in 2006, the people of Reykjavik, Iceland turned off their lights. Once they were off, darkness took over the city, and something amazing happened - you could see the beautiful colors of the northern lights. The depth of the darkness was the key to the colors looking so vivid, and it's a perfect way to advertise OLED technology. LG is quite smart in using this example, as it really is like that when you look at an OLED TV.


Just wait until the HDR-enabled 4K OLED TVs begin rolling out later this year, as we were left with our jaws on the floor in LG's suite at CES 2016 earlier this month.

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Mario Kart 64 racing into Wii U Virtual Console on Thursday

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 18, 2016 11:03 pm

Another classic Nintendo game is making its way over to the Virtual Console on the Wii U, further expanding a fantastic library of retro gaming experiences. Mario Kart 64 will be available on January 21st, which is just this Thursday.



And of course there're always caveats. In this case it's that Mario Kart 64 will only be available in Europe for the time being. But for those that have access to the European Virtual Console, you can pick up the classic kart adventure for only £8.99.


There's no word on whether there'll be a wider western release into North America quite yet, but that's still available through the original Wii's Virtual Console, which can actually be accessed through the Wii U regardless. This particualr version will support up to four separate players to help relive some of the best memories in Mario Kart history.

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Xbox One February system update details coming next week, supposedly

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 18, 2016 10:00 pm

The February system update is coming to us eventually, and while we wish we had some specific news as to what new features and other new business is going to be included in the Xbox One system update for next month, but instead we Mike Ybarra telling us to pay attention next week.



So now Microsoft hast teased us with the preface that they'll tease us properly next week with something, though probably small and insignificant. But at least we know that something is coming. So stay tuned for more information.


If you've been invited into the inner circle of the Preview Program, you might already be enjoying something new as part of being intimately involved with testing and ensuring the experience is smooth and fantastic for the rest of us. And this update might not actually have anything significant in it, certainly not the addition of a background music mechanism that doesn't rely on the Snap feature.

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Mobile game based on Iron Maiden mythology coming this summer

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 18, 2016 9:05 pm

Metal and RPGs go together like wine and cheese, so it makes sense a mobile RPG "steeped in Iron Maiden mythology" is now in development. Named Legacy of the Beast, it will launch on both iOS and Android.




Vancouver-based studio Roadhouse Interactive and 50cc games are the folks developing the game; Roadhouse developed action RPG Warhammer 40,000: Carnage, which has great reviews on the Play Store. Iron Maiden's founding member and bassist Steve Harris will oversee the project, so you'll get the official touch.

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Google Maps now predicts where you're going with web search history

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Apps | Posted: Jan 18, 2016 8:03 pm

Google Maps has been updated to version 9.19. With it comes a new "Driving Mode" that predicts your destinations based on where you've been before and your web search history and provides traffic updates, gas prices, and ETAs as you go. To enable it, sign out of Maps, sign back in, then check the box for it on the Navigation Settings screen (if it's not checked already). You can also make sure it's disabled if you're concerned about privacy.




Note a separate shortcut is available for Driving Mode on the Android widgets screen. You can also access it through the sidebar menu (look for "Start driving") after clicking the standard Maps shortcut.


Other features in 9.19: various interface tweaks (including the return of the mute toggle) and location history timeline settings (pertaining to data collection, among other things).

Corsair unveils its fastest 128GB, 64GB and 32GB DDR4 RAM kits

By: Derek Strickland | More News: RAM | Posted: Jan 18, 2016 7:33 pm

Corsair has just unveiled a new trio of high-performance, blazing-fast DDR4 RAM module kits aimed at a range of platforms including enterprise workstations and enthusiast gaming rigs.




The reigning champion in Corsair's new Vengeance LPX DDR4 RAM trio is the new 128GB (8x16GB) kit, which pushes a blistering pace with frequencies at or above 3,000MHz. This particular kit is aimed at pushing Intel's X99 quad-channel platform to its limits, and is primarily made for demanding enterprise sector computing. The 128GB DDR4 RAM kits have CL16-18-18-36 timings, sport full XMP 2.0 support, and only draw 1.35V.


Next up we have the Vengeance LPX 64GB (3x16GB) DDR4 kit, which hits 3,333MHz frequency speeds, and sports CL16-18-18-36 timings with a low 1.35V power consumption. Last but certainly not least, is the Vengeance LPX 32GB (4x8GB) DDR4 kit that clocks in at a 3,6000MHz frequency speed. The Vengeance LPX 32GB DDR4 kit has a CL16-19-19-39 timing and runs at 1.35V like its more powerful sibling kits. Both of these flavors are optimized for Intel's Z170 dual-channel platform, and are the fastest 64GB and 32GB RAM kits that Corsair has ever made.

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Win a cave vacation package as part of a Far Cry Primal contest

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 18, 2016 7:26 pm

Some marketing and promotional stunts for video games are just over-the-top and insane. And this is no different. Ubisoft is going to give a way a prehistoric cave exploration package in Ouzous, France, to one lucky winner of their Twitter fueled contest. Entering is easy, winning isn't.



One lucky winner will have a chance to stay in a lavish hotel nearby while you explore the caves during the day, and perhaps even at night to highlight the challenges that humans during the prehistoric era had to go through in order to survive. The idea, I would think, is to check out how we lived so long ago while enjoying actual living in some of the finest accomodations around.


To win, you have to reside in France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Belgium or The Netherlands and send a tweet to @FarCryGame with #caveBnB with some kind of message, gif or meme explaining your own motivation for entering the competition.

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MSI rolling out fix for Skylake freeze bug

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jan 18, 2016 7:01 pm

Last week we reported on a discovered bug with Intel Skylake CPUs causing freezing in specific usage scenarios. If you're running Skylake in combination with an MSI motherboard, you'll be pleased to know MSI has released a fix for its Z170A XPower Gaming Titanium and Z170A Gaming M7 boards and will be releasing it for the rest of its Skylake lineup later on.




The company has confirmed the bug and says it will very rarely affect typical users. But, as they say, it's better to be safe than sorry.


You can grab the update here. Note it is a beta BIOS update, so if everything has been running smoothly for you, we recommend waiting for a non-beta update, given how delicate the BIOS can be.

Microsoft might announce Lumia 650 in February, could be last 'Lumia'

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 18, 2016 6:03 pm

The Lumia 650 is now even more official, with an actual release date of February 1st. This follows an FCC filing that happened recently and a statement by Microsoft's chief of marketing, Chris Capossela.




We've heard a lot about the handset recently, with an actual prototype photo leaking to the public by Evan Blass showing off the indistinct black slab. And of course the specs were leaked because of that FCC filing.


But now the low-end Lumia is being released, taking the throne from the successful 640 that was surprisingly popular hit. What does the budget 650 do to improve its older brother? A slightly more premium feel and build to it, the use of the Snapdragon 210 (or perhaps even the 212) and likely a better camera. And unfortunately, or perhaps fortunately, the Lumia branding is going to be retired, or so the claim goes. Microsoft may be in search of new branding to go along with a new era in their mobile OS.

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