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iPhone 7 owners drill hole to find hidden headphone jack

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 27, 2016 3:13 am

Apple removing the 3.5mm audio jack on the iPhone 7 has been a journey of lots of ups and downs, but one of the best parts of this (I have a dark sense of humor) is that there's a viral video showing someone drilling a hole to expose the hidden 3.5mm headphone jack on the iPhone 7.



TechRax's clip has over 10 million views, with some of the comments on the video not realizing it's a troll and tried the "secret hack", drilling a hole in their iPhone 7 to find the hidden 3.5mm port. Most of the comments are also trolls, but there looks to be a few people who might have tried the hack.

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Google's 4K-ready Chromecast Ultra teased at just $69

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Sep 27, 2016 2:11 am

Google is mere days away from unveiling its new Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, as well as their new Andromeda operating system which is said to be an infusion of Chrome OS and Android, and could be the next big thing which will be ready in 2017.




The upcoming hardware-focused media event should see a bunch of new devices unveiled by Google, with notorious leaker Evan Blass teasing the Chromecast Ultra. Google's purported Chromecast Ultra is a 4K-ready device, which will have the same form factor as the current Chromecast, but it not features a "G" insignia, with the Chromecast logo removed.


The new 4K-ready Chromecast rocks a physical button, which could be used as a reset button, or an on/off switch. Google will reportedly be shipping the new 4K-powered Chromecast Ultra in October, for just $69.

Microsoft rumored to launch Surface Phone in 2017

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 26, 2016 11:37 pm

With a newly focused Microsoft aiming for services and devices and beyond successful brands in Windows and Xbox, the Surface range has been quickly making a name for itself against Apple in many ways.




Microsoft tried its hand at the mobile market with Nokia, but it didn't work and it was a massive acquisition that saw Nokia virtually dissolve into irrelevance when compared with how Samsung and Apple have completely dominated and made monopolies of the mobile market, something Nokia was once the ruler of.


With rumors of Surface Phone, the company could be working on its own smartphone to compete against Samsung and Apple, teaming up with Qualcomm on the processor side of things. More information has surfaced on Microsoft's purported smartphone, with a post on Baidu teasing it runs Windows 10 Mobile Redstone 2, packs the Snapdragon 830 processor, a 5.7-inch 2K display, and a 20MP camera.


The information was posted in May, so many of these specs could have easily changed, and might do so again before its launch in 2017. Microsoft could do well in the smartphone market as it is beginning to get stale on the iPhone side, while Samsung deals with the massive issues stemming from its battery issues on the Galaxy Note 7, losing nearly $40 billion in stock in just a few days.

Conjur up a free Blu-ray in our 'Conjuring 2' giveaway!

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Sep 26, 2016 11:17 pm

To celebrate this week's release of 'The Conjuring 2' on Blu-ray and DVD, we have 10 Blu-rays to give away thanks to our friends at Roadshow Home Entertainment.




The Conjuring 2 brings to the screen another real case from the files of renowned demonologists played by Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson, who, in one of their most terrifying paranormal investigations, travel to north London to help a single mother raising four children alone in a house plagued by malicious spirits.


To go into the running to win a prize, simply correctly answer the following question:

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Philadelphia 76ers acquire eSports teams Dignitas, Apex

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 26, 2016 8:28 pm

The pro basketball organization known as the Philadelphia 76ers has acquired and merged eSports teams Dignitas and Apex, and will manage the new entity as Team Dignitas on a day-to-day basis going forward. The organization says it will provide to the team sponsorship, sales, branding, digital marketing, merchandising, player recruitment, and publicity services, as well as development and wellness practices.




The acquisition makes the 76ers the first North American pro sports team to acquire an eSports team, although it isn't the only association between the two worlds: to name one example, pro/former pro athletes Shaquille O'Neal, Alex Rodriquez (aka A-Rod), and Jimmy Rollins have a stake in Team NRG.


Dignitas and Apex are known for League of Legends, Counter Strike: GO, Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm, and Smite.

Horizon: Zero Dawn's story will be 'hugely enjoyable'

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 26, 2016 7:13 pm

Guerrilla Games is really excited about its massive new game Horizon: Zero Dawn, saying that the game's story will blow you away even if you really don't like stories.




After seeing a bunch of trailers for Horizon: Zero Dawn, I have to say the game looks absolutely gorgeous. But it's more than just beautiful; it pulls you in, and makes you actually think about this crazy world full of titanic metal dinosaurs, primal magic, and impressive-looking shooter mechanics. It has this distinct mystique about it, and it's clear that Guerrilla Games cares a ton about this project. To match these striking visuals, Horizon: Zero Dawn will apparently have a "really fresh concept," with Fallout: New Vegas writer John Gonzalez helping pen the narrative.


"When I've seen some people saying 'Ah, I don't care about the story, it's not going to matte,' [but] I think it is going to matter. I think there's going to be huge amounts of enjoyment to be had for this game even for people who don't care about the story," Lead Writer John Gonzalez told Game Informer. "People who are story junkies, for people who love collecting audio logs, text logs, people who want to have a grand narrative to their game, I think that they're really going to be surprised and delighted by what we've prepared for them."

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Microsoft axes original Forza Horizon from store

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 26, 2016 6:14 pm

For some really bizarre reason, Microsoft will stop selling one if its major Xbox 360 exclusives on its storefront...and the company hasn't explained why. How soon until other Xbox 360 games get phased out, too?




While raving about Forza Horizon 3's accolades and positive review scores, Turn 10 delivered a curious buzzkill: the original Forza Horizon game has reached its "End of Life" status, and is being retired from the Xbox marketplace next month. If you already own the game, or buy the game before October 20, you won't be affected. But pretty much everyone already owns the game since it was given away for free on Xbox LIVE Games With Gold a bit ago.


"While we're reveling in the euphoria of launching a brand-new Forza game, I do have an important update regarding the original Forza Horizon. On October 20, the original Forza Horizon for Xbox 360 will reach "End of Life" status. That means that the game and its associated DLC will no longer be available for purchase. Players who own Forza Horizon before that date will still be able to download and play the game and its associated content as normal. After that date, however, Forza Horizon and its associated DLC will no longer be for sale."

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Batman VR is finalised but Rocksteady wants to move on

By: Emma Tucker | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 26, 2016 5:13 pm

The caped crusader is back again, although this time, it may be a bitter sweet finale. Recent news has broken out across gaming sites, announcing completion of Batman: Arkham VR for Sony PlayStation. The development company of previous Batman: Arkham titles, developer RockSteady has reached out and discussed their future, now that the VR game is set to hit stores next month.




After the release of Batman: Arkham Knight, Rocksteady will be finalising the Batman series with their latest virtual reality project now submitted, Batman: Arkham VR. Producer Dax Gin reached out and spoke to Eurogamer, making the following statement: "We submitted Batman VR to Sony, last week which was an awesome experience".


He then continued after being asked about the company's next move: "To be honest I don't really know, we're in a very enviable position where we have some time and space to decide what we're doing next we can sit back and think what our dream game would be, and we have Warner Bros.' support to do that". The information released by the producer was more than enough to enable the idea that Batman could be no more as he continued to hint that the office was mourning the sad split between them and the Dark Knight, revealing: "I think there's a little bit of sadness on the team, it feels like breaking up?"

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Pasadena, California to tax streaming services

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Online Video | Posted: Sep 26, 2016 5:00 pm

Pasadena, California is the latest town to impose a streaming tax on its residents. Starting January 1, the 9.4 percent tax will be applied to services like Netflix, HBO Go, and Hulu.




Five other California cities have already implemented such a tax, and 45 others are on the radar.


There is opposition to the tax, of course, not just on a personal level, but legal as well: the state's leading taxpayer association Howard Jarvis questions the legality of the levy.

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New scoop on latest Destiny DLC 'Days of Iron' amour

By: Emma Tucker | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 26, 2016 4:20 pm

Game developer Bungie has recently made news headlines with their latest expansion pack Destiny: The Rise of Iron, launching only days ago for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Online sources are already revealing to the public ways in which players can attain the one-of-a-kind 'Days of Iron Armor'. The exclusive gives users the ability to customization weapons and load-out gear via the increase of a player's rank.




In order to acquire the different pieces of armor and weapons, gamers will have to earn them as rewards that will then be recorded into their own Destiny profile book. This is done by completing challenges and tasks that provide achievements that are then tracked and recorded, increasing profile rank as they progress throughout the game. Tasks such as opening Iron Armor boxes hidden around different places will help assist in the increase of rank as another piece becomes available for use.


Once completed, the piece of armor shifts into the inventory where the customization can then take place. Acquiring the gear is simple as each set piece is tied to a particular rank in the record book.

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