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Satoru Iwata put lots of effort into the Nintendo Switch

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 15, 2017 11:48 am

Nintendo's late president Satoru Iwata was one of the major transformative forces in the company's history, and he his legacy is full of impressive hardware innovations. The Nintendo Switch, the company's new unique console-handheld hybrid, is no exception, and Iwata invested lots of personal and professional effort into manifesting the particulars of the system.




When I watched the Nintendo Switch reveal event I could swear Iwata was watching too. I could see Iwata's touch in all of the Switch's features and experiences: the infinite possibilities of fun with 1-2 Switch, the unique transforming tablet and JoyCons combo, the ability to take the Switch anywhere and play it with anyone at any time. These were things that Iwata went through great lengths to plan out before his untimely death in 2015.


"I mentioned that Mr. Iwata, Mr. Takeda and myself provided feedback and made decisions, but ultimately Mr. Iwata was the head of development, so he put a lot of thought and time into Switch," Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto said in a recent TIME interview. "I think that the idea of Nintendo Switch being a device you can take out and anywhere, and the idea of it being a system that really allows networking and communicating with people, I think that's something Mr. Iwata put a lot of emphasis on."

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Amazon will deliver packages with drones, and parachutes

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 15, 2017 8:06 am

Amazon already has me excited about the future of deliveries with drones, and even freakin' warehouses floating in the sky - but now the company has filed a patent for drone deliveries, with package parachutes.




CNN reports that the US Patent and Trademark office provided Amazon with a patent that sees the everything giant delivering packages with drones and parachutes. The patent shows Amazon would use drones to delivery packages "at altitude" and "monitor and adjust package trajectory during descent". CNN reports that Amazon's drones could "radio a message to an off-course package, instructing it to deploy a parachute, compressed air canister or landing flap".


At the moment drones still need human supervision, but in a future of 'automate all the things', Amazon could be a leader in drone/automated delivery very, very quickly.

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DICE's huge 'Winter Update' for Battlefield 1 is here

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 15, 2017 6:06 am

DICE has been working on a gigantic new patch for Battlefield 1, something the developer has been calling the Winter Update.




The new Winter Update for Battlefield 1 has a slew of new features, tweaks, improvements, and more - weighing in at a modest 1.54GB on the PC, and is now live on all some platforms. The new update will introduce Ribbons, which provide players with a 500XP boost, while Elite Codices give players more experience.


There's also increased Max Class Ranks, server changes, and so much more. The patch notes are extremely long and detailed, showing that DICE has been nailing away at BF1 getting it polished.

Watch Dogs 2's v1.11 patch is a massive 14GB on PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 15, 2017 4:14 am

Ubisoft is preparing a massive update for Watch Dogs 2, with v1.11 being pushed out onto the PC, PS4 and Xbox One - all in preparation for the upcoming Human Conditions DLC.




The new update also provides new features and content, as well as the usual tweaks and improvements. Watch Dogs 2's new update is 14GB on the PC, while the PS4 update is 10.67GB. Ubisoft says that the update is massive "Because the Bay Area is very large, this patch is pretty hefty"... mmhmm.


The Human Conditions expansion will launch on March 31.

Rocket League now runs at 60FPS on PS4, and PS4 Pro

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 15, 2017 3:32 am

Rocket League is hitting the big league on the PS4 and PS4 Pro, with the latest update for the game pushing 60FPS on both the PS4, and PS4 Pro.




Better yet, the new Rocket League update will enable 4K support for the PS4 Pro - and even split-screen Rocket League will be enjoyed at 60FPS. There's also the new Hot Wheels DLC on the way, and something else called the "Player's Choice" crate that features community selected items for your car.


Rocket League continues to evolve, with more promised for 2017 and beyond.

AMD Ryzen 7 1800X priced at $499, beats Intel @ $1000+

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Feb 15, 2017 2:25 am

AMD is launching a completely new offensive against Intel in just two weeks time, with a 'confirmed' launch of February 28 for Ryzen - and the cementing of that insanely cheap pricing that we've been hearing about for months.




AMD will reportedly launch Ryzen with an onslaught of SKUs, with the flagship Ryzen 7 1800X and its 8C/16T goodness at up to 4GHz+ with XFR at just $499. This CPU will have the multi-threaded performance of Intel's Core i7-6900K, which costs $1000+ and the gaming performance of a high-end Core i5/i7 CPU.


Belgian online retailer has listed pricing for the Ryzen 7 1800X, 1700X and 1700 - priced at $499, $389, and $319 respectively. The 1700X will feature 8C/16T at up to 3.8GHz for $389, while the Ryzen 7 1700 offers the same 8C/16T with a 65W TDP (95W on the 1800X and 1700X) while the clocks are reduced to 3.7GHz through Turbo, priced at $319.

Qualcomm teases future of Wi-Fi with new 802.11ax chips

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Feb 15, 2017 12:25 am

Qualcomm is on quite the technological roll, with a big show of Gigabit LTE in Sydney, Australia barely over a week ago - and now, the company has unveiled new Wi-Fi chips that will usher in the future of Wi-Fi technology.




Qualcomm's new IPQ8074 is a fresh system-on-chip (SoC) for routers and access points, while the new QCA6290 is for receivers - you know, your Wi-Fi device. This is the first end-to-end commercial Wi-Fi portfolio that supports the new 802.11ax standard, which is very, very exciting.


802.11ax is the next leap in Wi-Fi technology, after 802.11b debuted in 1999 - after that we saw 802.11g, 802.11n, and then what we have now - 802.11ac. 802.11ax is backwards compatible with all of your other Wi-FI devices and routers, but what's the main benefit of 802.11ax?


Well, 802.11ax provides increased real-world speeds, where it's up to 4x faster than 802.11ac - at least on paper. Furthermore, an 802.11ax router is capable of helping previous-gen Wi-Fi devices hit higher speeds as the new standard is capable of managing traffic diversity, and the overwhelming number of Wi-Fi networks that might be interfering with your new 802.11ax network.

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Konami's profits spike by 229%

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 14, 2017 10:21 pm

Konami latest financial report shows strong growth despite its ailing, unpopular image, with total profits doubling compared to last year's earnings.




In the past three quarters, Konami has boosted its total profits by 229.8% raking in 20.7 billion yen, or about $182.6 million USD. These nine-month earnings were accrued by consistent pachinko and pachislot revenue as well as game sales, and Konami recently merged its slot machine and arcade game sectors to form the Amusement Business, which is not unlike SEGA's classification.


As far as specifics, Konami's total six-month operating profit was 29.6 billion yen ($260.6 million USD), up 169.8% year over year. Total revenue boasted 163.9 billion yen ($1.44 billion) which represented yet another substantial 91.5% spike in year-over-year increase.

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New 'Ghost in the Shell' trailer is an astounding vision

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Feb 14, 2017 10:09 pm

The live action remake of the classic anime 'Ghost in the Shell' is shaping up quite nicely, as seen in the latest theatrical trailer released by Dreamworks and Paramount today.



Based on the 1989 manga which was in turn adapted into the 1995 anime film, the 2017 'Ghost In The Shell' stars Scarlett Johansson as The Major and Pilou Asbæk as Batou in the feature film remake which is helmed by 'Snow White and the Huntsman' director Rupert Sanders.


'Ghost In The Shell' is set to hit cinemas in 2D and 3D worldwide from March 30 2017.

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SEGA made $1 billion on pachinko in the last nine months

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 14, 2017 8:34 pm

Pachinko and pachislot recreational arcade games are a booming and extremely lucrative business in Japan. Just how popular is this past-time? So popular that SEGA, one of the premiere Japanese game developers, earned over $1 billion in pachinko earnings in nine months.




SEGA recently reported strong third quarter financial earnings, especially in the pachislot and pachinko department. According to the IR documents SEGA pulled in an impressive 119.7 billion yen--$1.05 billion USD--from pachinko and pachislot sales from March to December 2016. In fact, pachinko net sales were higher than digital and physical game sales combined, and made up half of SEGA's total nine-month earnings of 285 billion yen, or about $2.51 billion USD.


Recreational amusement sector net sales were up 23.7% year-over-year, and operating income in pachislot and pachinko segment spiked an amazing 71.7% compared to the same period in the last fiscal year. Operating income from pachinko and pachislot machines jumped by 72% to 5.8 billion yen ($227.5 million). Total operating income saw a tremendous 189% boost to 35 billion yen ($308.6 million) during this nine-month period, driven by consistent pachinko revenue and strong game sales.

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