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Huawei unveils its new high-end Honor 8 smartphone

By: Anthony Garreffa, Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 26, 2016 4:18 am

IFA 2016 - Huawei, the third biggest mobile phone manufacturer, launched a new phone today in Stockholm, Sweden. Honor 8 is the top of the line Honor series phone, tho we can't say it's a flagship cause that title still belongs to Huawei P9.

 

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However, with the dual camera system, the Honor 8 is quite similar to P9. Our source from Huawei tells us they wanted to make a cheaper phone with all of the P9 characteristics and one difference - they fixed all the problems the P9 has. This is where Honor 8 comes in. At first glance, the Honor 8 looks and feels like a premium phone. Its glass back gives it a fancier look and you get to choose between four colors - white, black, gold and dark blue.

 

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The Honor 8 has a 5.2-inch full HD display and two 12-megapixel rear-facing cameras, but you won't see the Leica logo which is the case with the P9. Inside, we have Huawei's own Kirin 950 octo-core processor, 4GB of RAM and a 3,000 mAh battery. For comparison, the P9 has the same battery capacity, 3GB of RAM and a faster Kirin 955 processor.

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HTC Vive preferred by more VR developers than the Rift

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Aug 26, 2016 3:37 am

VR developers prefer the HTC Vive over the Oculus Rift, according to an industry report from UBM Games Network, where 49% of VR developers are making content for the Vive, compared to 43% working on the Oculus Rift.

 

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The report details that the next wave of games being developed for VR have 35% of developers building for the Vive, while just 23% are working on games for the Rift. The report doesn't state why more developers are making VR content for the Vive, but it could do with the Vive being a room-scale experience, versus the Rift being a seated-only VR experience (before the Touch controllers arrive).

'Suicide Squad' creator blasts film critics

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Aug 26, 2016 3:10 am

Despite disappointing critics across the world, 'Suicide Squad' has been an unmitigated box office success, passing a $500 million haul mark in just 13 days, and well on the way to $600 million. And at the end of the day - that's all that matters.

 

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Speaking out against the bad press, Suicide Squad comic creator John Ostrander said "First of all, I want to say I am not disparaging any of the critics. I do have problems - whether it's the Squad or not - when a critic comes in with an agenda already. They are not looking at the movie for what it is. I have read several of the reviews that were just fine, even not that keen on it. As long as they were looking at it honestly, that's fine. When somebody comes in with an attitude, "I'm sick of superhero movies," "I am not going to give them a break," "it has to be a masterpiece to get a good word out of me," I don't think that's right or fair. There were plenty of fans who did not like it, and well that's fine and they are right to their opinion even if they are wrong. I know the box office isn't an arbiter of what's good or bad, but you have to take a look at how much money Squad has made so far. I think it has done really well."

 

Warner has two major DC Comics films set for release in 2017, including 'Wonder Woman' and 'Justice League'.

Three new Xbox One S deals for release week

By: TweakTown Dealzon | More News: Deals | Posted: Aug 25, 2016 9:52 pm

Gift cards and games are the best bonuses you'll find on the net for the new Xbox One S. This week Microsoft released the cheaper 1TB and 500GB models for $350 and $300 respectively. While discounts haven't surfaced yet, a few sellers have some nice extra incentives for gamers on the prowl.

 

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The new 1TB Madden NFL 17 deal released this week and is getting the majority of the attention. First there is NewEgg's eBay store, who bumped the bundle price up from $350 to $370 but is offering extra bonuses of Doom 2016 and the Witcher 3 - that's $68 in bonus games at their best prices online. The second Madden bundle to appear on eBay Deals is the 1TB Madden NFL 17 Bundle with a bonus $50 eBay Gift Card. The Gift Card offer gets you the new Madden bundle for the same price as anywhere else online but with $50 in your pocket for extra games or accessories.

 

Also available is the cheaper 500GB Xbox One S Halo Collections bundle. Here NewEgg is raising the price $29 from $300 to $329, but to compensate is tossing in Assassin's Creed: Syndicate, Fallout 4, and Metal Gears Solid V: The Phantom Pain. That's $72 in bonus games if you bought each separately at their best prices online.

New Battlefield series interface launches on PS4

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 25, 2016 7:34 pm

The new Battlefield series interface first reported in back in June is available publicly now.

 

 

Featuring compatibility across all recent Battlefield games (Battlefield 4, Battlefield Hardline, and Battlefield 1) as well as map recommendations, community video suggestions, trailers, squad join functionality, and more, all on top of a slick new aesthetic, it's sure to please.

 

Unfortunately for PC players, it's console only for now. The official announcement makes no mention of PC, so you'll likely have to wait until beta -- August 31 or a little earlier if you're a Battlefield Insider -- to give it a go.

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WhatsApp to share user data with Facebook

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Privacy & Rights | Posted: Aug 25, 2016 6:04 pm

WhatsApp gets cozier with parent company Facebook today as it updates its privacy policy as part of a long-term plan. At some point in the months ahead, the company will begin sharing its user data with the social media giant for monetization and feature purposes. If you'd like to (mostly) opt out, follow these instructions.

 

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Feature-wise, agreeing to the new terms will mean notifications from other services you use, like your bank when a fraudulent transaction comes up, or your airline when a flight is delayed. It also means better friend suggestions and more relevant advertising.

Domino's Pizza begins testing drone delivery

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Drones | Posted: Aug 25, 2016 4:36 pm

Domino's Pizza is about to begin testing drone delivery, starting in New Zealand, where aviation laws passed this month allow for such a service. Parterning with drone company Flirtey, the plan is to launch the service to the public later this year, marking the first commercial drone delivery service worldwide.

 

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"With the increased number of deliveries we make each year, we were faced with the challenge of ensuring our delivery times continue to decrease and that we strive to offer our customers new and progressive ways of ordering from us," says Domino's Group chief executive and managing director, Don Meij. "Research into different delivery methods led us to Flirtey. Their success within the airborne delivery space has been impressive and it's something we have wanted to offer our customers."

 

Meanwhile, New Zealand Transport Minister Simon Bridges says he's in full support of the service.

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The best way to rock out to premium audio anywhere

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: Aug 25, 2016 3:30 pm

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When it comes to headphones, you usually have to pay extra for both power and durability. Fortunately, the A-Audio Legacy Over-Ear Headphones get you both without breaking the bank. Packing high-quality sound in a tough steel exterior, these headphones refuse to compromise, and for a limited time, you can get them on sale for only $79.

 

Featuring patented 3-Stage Technology, the Legacy lets users optimize their listening experience. With a simple adjustment, you can switch between passive audio, bass enhanced, and active noise cancellation modes for whatever your listening needs are. Plus, these headphones are made with closed circumaural ear cups and memory foam, providing comfort and noise cancellation in one feature.

 

The A-Audio Legacy Over-Ear Headphones normally retail for $299, but TweakTown readers can save big and take over 70% off, making the final price only $79. Plus, these bad boys ship free to the U.S.!

'Quite a few' of THQ Nordic's new games are from THQ IPs

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 25, 2016 3:05 pm

A good portion of THQ Nordic's unannounced games will be based on renowned THQ IPs--anyone want Darksiders 3 or a new Titan Quest?

 

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Ever since Nordic Games bought up key properties from THQ and became THQ Nordic, games across the globe were elated to know some of their favorite THQ series--like Titan Quest, Darksiders and Destroy All Humans--would live on despite the publisher's untimely demise. Now company CEO Lars Wingefors teases that "quite a few" of THQ Nordic's upcoming games are based on classic THQ IPs.

 

"Since we acquired the THQ brand, we have come to realize just how big that name actually is," Wingefors said in a recent interview with MCV. "Our business is so centered around IP we purchased from THQ that I just feel we are a mixture of THQ and Nordic Games. I can't comment on each IP, but I can say that quite a few of the unannounced games are from the THQ portfolio. I am really excited about having those announced in [the future]. There will be more news soon."

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PS4 Slim: 1.84 TFLOPs, HDD swapping, no 4K or HDR

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 25, 2016 2:10 pm

On September 7, Sony is expected to unveil a new thinner and cheaper PS4 Slim model alongside the 4K-ready upgraded PS4 Neo. Now we have our first look at the new so-called "PS4 Slim" model.

 

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Since Sony's new PlayStation 4 Slim model and its accompanying DualShock 4 model have been confirmed as real, we can now start treating the leaked info from console owners as facts. Twitter user Shortman84 has a leaked PlayStation 4 Slim console and the new DualShock 4 controller (model CUH-ZCT2), and has revealed key information about the system and what to expect from the new PS4 hardware revision.

 

The owner reveals that the PS4 Slim features everything we'd expect in a new revision: it's thinner, runs cooler and quieter, and has a few features shaved off to lower the price despite retaining the basic functionality of current PS4 models. The new DualShock 4 controller has some nice surprises too, including more efficient battery life and a new mode that boosts response times. Check below for a full list of the info we've gleaned so far.

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