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Alien: Isolation Season Pass provides Survivor Mode DLC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 18, 2014 3:24 am

Alien: Isolation is closer to release, ready to strike you and make you wet your pants with fear, so what better time to talk about its Season Pass? Alien: Isolation has something called Survivor Mode, which pits you against the xenomorph in the game and simply needs you to beat the clock, surviving the alien with limited resources.

 

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There will be a Season Pass made available for Alien: Isolation when it launches on October 7, which will include all five of the Survivor Mode map packs. The first launches on October 28, with each pack including three maps. The first map pack will feature its "own set objective and challenges, a new playable character and a variety of enemy types between you and your escape" according to SEGA.

 

All of the Survivor Mode maps will be released before March 2014, but there's no information on the individual pricing of the DLC, but the pass does provide a 25% discount, or so, versus buying them individually.

Ghostbusters franchise reboot looks beyond just one movie

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Sep 18, 2014 12:31 am

Despite the fact that the last 'Ghostbusters' film was released over 25 years ago, the franchise has continued to grow and reach a more mythical status, with fans gobbling up licensed goods including action figures, a video game, comic books, TV shows and even gaming machines.

 

With Sony Pictures this month releasing a 30th anniversary Blu-ray edition, which includes for the first time a release of 'Ghostbusters 2' for the first time in high definition, attention once again moves to the long-mooted second sequel, or franchise reboot. So, what exactly is the hold up?

 

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In an interview with the Belfast Telegraph, franchise co-creator and star Dan Aykroyd reveals that the plans for the series extend far beyond just one more movie - likening the series to the Marvel and Star Wars universes.

 

"My whole thinking on Ghostbusters now is it's beyond just a sequel, a prequel, another movie, another TV show. I'm thinking now, what does the whole brand mean to Sony? What's Pixar and Star Wars mean to Disney? What does Marvel mean to Fox?Everybody, all of us on the team there now, the executives, the creatives, myself, [Director] Ivan [Reitman], we're thinking more in terms of what do we build this thing into in the next ten years? Just not another movie or another TV show, but what's the totality of it? What's the whole mythology from the beginning of their lives to the end of their lives?"

 

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Whilst long term fans might be frustrated by delays, its seems Sony have some very grand vision for the franchise, with a real desire to get the franchise alive again. For now, the 30th Anniversary 'Ghostbusters' Blu-ray boxset is available in the United States and in Australia from October 23rd.

Apple releases major iOS 8 software update ahead of iPhone 6 shipments

By: TweakTown Staff | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 17, 2014 5:23 pm

Apple has just pulled the trigger and launched iOS 8 to the world. Apple is calling it 'the biggest release since the launch of the App Store', in their own words.

 

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iOS 8 will come installed by default on the newly announced iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones that are due to start shipping to consumers around the world soon. Apple this week also announced that it sold four million iPhone 6 devices in just 24 hours during the start of its pre-order phase.

 

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As you can see from the screenshot above, one of our editor's iPhone 5 devices in Taiwan was eligible for the iOS update just minutes before this post was published. Head over to the update section on your iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and iPad Mini now to see if your update is ready. It weighs in at almost 1GB, and may take longer than usual to download, due to the demand on Apple servers right now.

Continue reading 'Apple releases major iOS 8 software update ahead of iPhone 6 shipments' (full post)

Veronica Mars stars in the latest ad for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 17, 2014 9:36 am

Samsung has yet another TV commercial for its Galaxy Tab S, calling in Kristen Bell and her husband, Dax Shephard. The couple star as themselves in the 90-second ad, featuring Samsung's Galaxy Tab S tablet.

 

 

In the ad, Samsung pits the Galaxy Tab S as the type of device that you simply can't get away from, no matter your responsibility. Samsung wrote on YouTube: "Introducing the world's most entertaining device, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S - you'll never want to put it down". Samsung's latest slate features the company's high-res AMOLED display, with a resolution of 2560x1600.

Continue reading 'Veronica Mars stars in the latest ad for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S' (full post)

1.2 billion smartphones expected to ship this year in total

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 17, 2014 8:32 am

According to the latest report from mobile research specialist Juniper Research, global smartphone shipments are expected to swell this year to 1.2 billion units. This number is up 19% over the 985 million smartphones shipped in 2013.

 

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This 19% growth is thanks to the increase in shipments in the emerging markets, where smartphones shipments are driven by low-cost economy ($75-$150) and ultra-economy (sub-$75) smartphones. Developed markets have been seeing a sign of slowing growth for a while now, as everyone has a smartphone, with some having no reason to upgrade.

 

Juniper Research does note that both Samsung and Apple have a massive 45% chunk of the global smartphone shipment pie, which is a mammoth number. The research specialist has said that the average price of a smartphone will slowly decline by 2019 to around $274, which will be thanks to increased advances in technology, as well as new competition.

Ultra-limited PS4-themed Air Jordans feature an HDMI port

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Fashion meets Tech | Posted: Sep 17, 2014 7:37 am

If you're a big fan of Air Jordans, and a fan of Sony's PlayStation, you're going to have a great time checking out these new PS4-themed Air Jordans. Yes, they're a real thing, better yet - they have an HDMI port on the back of them.

 

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The name of these new kicks? JRDN X PS4. Why the HDMI port? Well, according to Jonny Barry, the creative mind behind these new kicks from FreakerSNEAKS, the HDMI port has "no real function, apart from looking cool" and that "they actually come with a custom Jordan HDMI cable that when attached, can act as a type of carry cord for walking around sneaker conventions or something".

 

The JRDN X PS4 shoes will sell for a huge $950, but in an ultra-limited supply of just, 10. But don't worry, for that $950 you'll get an HDMI cable and custom box.

Sony prepares for massive $2B financial year loss

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Sep 17, 2014 7:03 am

For far too many years, Sony has been bleeding cash, facing increased competition and selling off key assets and even business, such as the VAIO computing arm in a desperate effort to stay afloat. Now, things are getting a lot worse.

 

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According to the Wall Street Journal, the struggling Japanese giant is set to announce a $2.15B loss for the last financial year, four and a half times the previously forecast loss, in results that are set to be published shortly.

 

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Whilst specifics are forthcoming, it is expected that the former jewel in the companies crown; television, will continue to cause heavy losses, whilst the mobile division which encompasses tablets, phones and peripherals is also expected to post significant write downs.

Microsoft unveils an Xbox controller made specifically for Windows

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Sep 17, 2014 6:31 am

For what has felt like forever, gamers have wanted the Xbox controller made available for Windows, and now that day has come. Microsoft has unveiled an Xbox controller made specifically for Windows, as well as a few other peripherals, with a new mouse and keyboard that will work on virtually any tablet on the market, including an iPad.

 

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The new Xbox controller for Windows is different to the one console gamers know and love, with a USB cable tethering it to your PC. The new Xbox controller, while made for Windows, still works on the Xbox. The new controller sports infrared LEDs that can be picked up by the Kinect, working with other Xbox hardware such as the Charge Kit and Chat Headset.

 

Microsoft has made its new Xbox controller for Windows compatible with Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, requires a single USB port, and is priced at $59.95. Microsoft will make the new Xbox controller available to all in November.

Guerrilla Games' next game teased through leaked concept art: Horizon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 17, 2014 5:33 am

Guerrilla Games has been working on the Killzone franchise for quite a number of years now, but some original IP could be on its way from the PlayStation developer. Over on the NeoGAF forums, there's leaked concept art for a new game called 'Horizon'.

 

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Horizon looks like a very interesting mix of games, like a prehistoric science-fiction blend. We can see there are robotic dinosaurs, which is giving me flashbacks to the last Transformers movie, as well as some crossbow and gun action. There's not much known about it just now, but as news breaks on this game, we'll have it. It'll be interesting to see if this hits other platforms, or whether Sony will have Guerrilla Games making it a PS4 exclusive or not.

MSI's GeForce GTX 970 GAMING with TwinFrozr V spotted, looks hot

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Sep 17, 2014 4:59 am

It looks like we are just days away from meeting the new GeForce GTX 900 series from NVIDIA, with a very detailed look at MSI's offering of the GTX 970 GAMING card, which features the company's TwinFrozr V cooler.

 

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MSI's GTX 970 GAMING features TwinFrozr V, which includes two 100mm propeller-blade fans, with a beautiful black-and-red design. The GeForce GTX 970 itself features 1664 CUDA cores, with MSI's factory-overclocked 1140MHz and Boost clock of 1279MHz. 4GB of RAM is on the card with a 256-bit memory bus, with a TDP of just 148W. MSI requires one 8-pin and one 6-pin, which is up from the two 6-pin PCIe power connector requirements of the reference GeForce GTX 970.

 

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One of the weird things that MSI has done to its GTX 970 GAMING card, is remove some of the DisplayPort outputs that the reference GTX 970 sports. The reference GTX 970 and GTX 980 GPUs include three DisplayPort outputs, but the MSI GTX 970 GAMING has just one DisplayPort, one HDMI and two DVI ports.

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