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Star Citizen alpha is free until October 30

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 14 hours ago

Star Citizen is still light years away from its official release, but Roberts Space Industries has provided a free-to-play peek at the game, which runs through to October 30.




If you want to jump in, use the promotional code FALL2016 - which will let you download the Star Citizen alpha. Once you've got it, you'll be able to fly around in the F7C-M Super Hornet spacefighter, not too bad at all.


There have been other free fly events for Star Citizen in the past, but the new one has arrived just as Star Citizen gets closer to $130 million in crowdfunding.

Nintendo 'hasn't shown everything' on Switch just yet

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 1 day, 16 hours ago

Nintendo impressed the world with the unveiling of its new NVIDIA Tegra-powered Switch console, which blurs the lines between gaming consoles and tablets.




Well, Nintendo hasn't revealed all of the secrets of Switch just yet, with the company talking to The Wall Street Journal recently, teasing: "We haven't shown everything".


WSJ's source said that Nintendo won't reveal any more details about the Switch until 2017, including full specifications, launch games, or pricing.


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Watch Dogs 2 trailer welcomes you to San Francisco

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 17 hours ago

Ubisoft is preparing for the big launch of Watch Dogs 2 next month, with the company unleashing a new trailer for the game, showcasing the fictional version of San Francisco.



The new trailer for Watch Dogs 2 shows how you can get around the city, with the trailer called 'Welcome to San Francisco'. Watch Dogs 2 has you playing as protagonist Marcus Holloway, with the sequel looking like a more 'finished' version of Watch Dogs, which was a real mess when it launched a few years ago now.


You'll need a GeForce GTDX 660 or Radeon HD 7870 or better to play Watch Dogs 2, as well as at least 50GB of HDD space, and 6GB of RAM.


Watch Dogs 2 launches on November 15 for the PS4, Xbox One and on November 29 for the PC.

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Rule the streets on this official 'Mario Kart' bike

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 day, 18 hours ago

Let's be honest - at some point in time, you've totally wished you could blue shell that annoying car in front of you. Well thanks to this real life Mario Kart bike, you can!




According to Vooks, an officially licensed Mario Kart branded bike is about to hit the Japanese market, replete with branding throughout and it even includes training wheels and a basket to store all your weapons! Now if I only had a kid, this would make the best Christmas present ever. Even if it was a teenager.


If you're not going to Japan any time soon, you can purchase it online here for around $220USD.

NASA solved the secret of ESA's missing Mars lander

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 1 day, 23 hours ago

The ESA lost contact with its Schiaparelli lander shortly before it was supposed to land on Mars on October 19th, and now the mystery of what happened to it has been resolved. Like we previously noted, there was a chance that the lander ditched its parachute too early and crashed onto the surface of Red Planet.




NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has identified new markings on the surface of the Red Planet that are believed to be related to Europe's Schiaparelli test lander. The new image shows a bright spot that may be Schiaparelli's parachute, and a larger dark spot interpreted as resulting from the impact of the lander itself following a much longer free fall than planned after thrusters switched off prematurely.


The location of the bright spot is within the planned landing area and the dark spot may be where the lander reached the surface and exposed darker ground.

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He changed his name to Seven iPhone for a free iPhone 7

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 2 days, 1 hour ago

Whenever a new iPhone launches, we get to read about crazy stuff people are willing to do in order to get their hands onto Apple's newest flagship. I'm not talking about standing in lines for weeks, although that is also pretty hardcore. For example, last year there was a case of a Chinese guy who tried to sell his kidney so he could buy the new iPhone.




This year we have something less dangerous but equally stupid. A Ukranian webshop Allo decided to give away five iPhone 7 devices to people who officially and legally change their name into - Sim iPhone (sim means seven in Ukranian), Sim being the name and iPhone last name.


The iPhone 7 in Ukraine costs around four average monthly wages, so yes, it is highly valued in that country. The average monthly wage in Ukraine is around $200, and the price of the iPhone 7 is around $800.

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New photos and a shocking price of Huawei Mate 9 emerged

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 2 days, 1 hour ago

Huawei will announce their new flagship phone, the Mate 9, on November 3rd and a lot of information has already leaked, including the price, specifications, and photos. You can read more about it here.




We also found out the Mate 9 will come in two models - standard and curved. Evan Blass reports that the curved model will come to the market named the Mate 9 Pro.


The Mate 9 Pro, with a 5.9-inch display, will feature Huawei's newest chip - the Kirin 960. Users will presumably be able to choose between 4 and 6 GB of RAM, and 64 to 256 GB of flash storage.

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Elon Musk describes his vision for colonization of Mars

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 2 days, 2 hours ago

Elon Musk held an AMA or "Ask Me Anything" session on Reddit, where he answered questions strictly related to SpaceX, and not his other companies. The session came almost a month after his presentation at the International Astronautical Conference in Guadalajara, Mexico on September 27th, where he gave details about SpaceX's plans for the colonization of Mars.




Many users wanted to know about the rockets that SpaceX will use to get first people to Mars and Interplanetary Transport System. Musk pointed out that the ITS is designed for a maximum acceleration of 20 Gs, but the spaceship would be limited to around 5 G's nominal, but able to take peak loads 2 to 3 times higher without breaking up.


Musk also believes that the Falcon 9 rockets will be used indefinitely.


Actually, I think the F9 boosters could be used almost indefinitely, so long as there is scheduled maintenance and careful inspections. Falcon 9 Block 5 - the final version in the series - is the one that has the most performance and is designed for easy reuse, so it just makes sense to focus on that long term and retire the earlier versions. Block 5 starts production in about 3 months and initial flight is in 6 to 8 months, so there isn't much point in ground testing Block 3 or 4 much beyond a few reflights.

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Nintendo Switch is single-screen only, says Nintendo

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 days, 4 hours ago

Nintendo's brand new Switch system won't support the kind of second-screen gaming experiences found on the Wii U.




Nintendo has affirmed that the Switch's tablet-like "console" is the main unit that powers the gaming experiences, and the dock just relays video signals and charges the system, likely without any extra internal chips. However we have specific reports that the Switch will have boosted performance when its docked versus handheld-based gaming.


"Nintendo Switch is dedicated to deliver a single-screen experience, on whatever screen you might choose," Nintendo told Polygon.

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Nintendo Switch gets a much-needed splash of color

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 days, 5 hours ago

A talented artist splashes some much-needed color on Nintendo's brand new Switch handheld console hybrid.




The Nintendo Switch has a rather boring shadow-and-charcoal color scheme. The Japanese console-maker typically introduces new flavorful designs of its handhelds and consoles a few months after launch, and Reddit user Dead_Giveaway has created some custom colorful Switches to show us what they may look like.

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