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PewDiePie's latest jokes cost him a big YouTube contract

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 14, 2017 4:14 pm

PewDiePie--YouTube's biggest celebrity and top-earner--is known for being rather outspoken and playing jokes that ride the razor's edge of controversy. But now his latest antics have gone too far and Maker Studios has let the massive star go.




The video that cost Felix "PewDiePie" Kjellberg his job could be seen as anti-Semitic: at least that's how Disney-owned YouTube brand Maker Studios saw it. In an effort to "show how crazy the world is," Kjellberg paid an Indian man $5 on Fiverr to hold up a sign that says "Death to All Jews." It was meant to be a joke, and Kjellberg didn't think they'd do it--but they did, and Kjellberg uploaded the video. As a response his YouTube contract was terminated.


After five years, Maker Studios has terminated their partnership with PewDiePie. "Although Felix has created a following by being provocative and irreverent, he clearly went too far in this case and the resulting videos are inappropriate," a Maker Studios rep said. "Maker Studios has made the decision to end our affiliation with him going forward."

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Nokia 3310 is coming back! Yes, seriously.

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 14, 2017 4:10 pm

Probably the most iconic phone in the history of cell phones is coming back. The Nokia 3310! Yes, you read that right. The indestructible phone with a long-lasting battery is making its return.




According to the leak by Evan Blass, HMD Global will launch a modern version of the Nokia 3310 phone on MWC 2017. Not much is know about the phone, but to be honest - who cares?! It's Nokia 3310, and at a price of 59 euros (around $63), I know I'm for sure getting one.


The company will target the European market with this phone, but it will hopefully find its way to other markets as well.


HMD Global is clearly serious about Nokia's big comeback. Along with the Nokia 3310, HMD Global is expected to launch the Nokia 5 and Nokia 3.

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Zelda: Breath of the Wild has $20 season pass

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 14, 2017 2:21 pm

Nintendo today announced a very non-Nintendo move: Zelda: Breath of the Wild will have paid expansion DLC content.




Rather than update Zelda: Breath of the Wild with free content updates, the new game will be the first main Zelda game to get additional paid DLC content. Breath of the Wild will have two DLC expansions on Wii U and Switch, and Nintendo is offering a $20 season pass to unlock both expansions. The packs can also be purchased separately on the eShop, and pre-orders will begin when the game ships on March 3, 2017.


In an additional very non-Nintendo move, the season pass will have pre-order incentives in the form of special exclusive in-game items: three treasure chests that give you a special Nintendo Switch logo shirt for Link to wear, and "two useful items."


Summer 2017 DLC


  • Cave of Trials challenge
  • New hard mode
  • New in-game map feature


Holiday 2017


  • New challenges
  • New dungeon
  • New original story

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Huawei CEO confirms Watch 2 launch at MWC 2017

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Feb 14, 2017 1:22 pm

Huawei will host hold a press conference at MWC in Barcelona, and we are expecting to see the P10 and P10 Plus.




Richard Yu, Huawei CEO, confirmed today that we would also see a new Huawei smartwatch with Android Wear 2.0.


Yu posted an image on Weibo that shows a male looking at his smartwatch with a tag line "Made for free spirits" which might indicate a sportier watch design. The photo doesn't reveal any specs, but we have already seen some leaks previous month.

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Horizon: Zero Dawn looks great, even if it's a PS4 game

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 14, 2017 9:26 am

As we get closer to the launch of Horizon: Zero Dawn, more screenshots are leaking - and it's shaping up beautifully.




Guerrilla Games has been working on the action RPG for a few years now, but there have been copies of Horizon: Zero Dawn that were sold before its official release - and thus, we have screenshots to ogle over.



Apple's new iPhone should have wireless charging

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 14, 2017 7:20 am

We've reported just recently that Apple's upcoming iPhone 8 and iPhone X smartphones will have wireless charging, but now it seems like this is a reality - as Apple has just become a member of the Wireless Power Consortium.




WPC is committed to the open development of the Qi wireless charging standard, with Apple joining over 200 companies that belong to the consortium: including Samsung, HTC, Qualcomm, Dell, Nokia, Huawei, and many more.


Qi is the leading wireless charging standard, used by over 200 companies in hundreds of different devices. Apple joining the wireless charging ranks is only a good thing, after years of having 'the best smartphone ever made' it never had something as awesome as wireless charging... until now.

FINALLY: New iPhone will have much better battery life

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 14, 2017 5:55 am

There are a heap of rumors surrounding Apple's new iPhone 8 - which is meant to be joined by the higher-end, ground breaking iPhone X - but for now, we'll stick to the iPhone 8 discussion.




According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will be using a more expensive stacked logic board for the new iPhone 8 - which is also known as a "substrate-like PCB mainboard". The benefits? It'll see the iPhone 8 with an OLED display that will have a similar size to the 4.7-inch iPhone, but with battery life more akin to the larger 5.5-inch iPhone.


Kuo expects the 4.7-inch iPhone 8 to have a 2700Mah L-shaped two-cell battery pack, adding: "As battery material tech isn't likely to see major breakthroughs in the next 3-5 years, mainboard area can only be reduced via stacked SLP, which makes space for larger battery and extended usage time. Thanks to stacked SLP, we expect the OLED iPhone to have similar dimensions to a 4.7" TFT-LCD iPhone, and have comparable battery capacity (equipped with around 2,700 mAh L-shaped 2-cell battery pack) to a 5.5" TFT-LCD iPhone. The battery life of the OLED iPhone could be better than that of the 5.5" TFT-LCD model as OLED panels are more energy-efficient than their TFT-LCD counterparts".


Kuo teased that the OLED-based 4.7-inch iPhone 8 should have better battery life numbers than the bigger 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus, as OLED panels are more power efficient. Consindering the iPhone 7 has a 1960mAh battery and the bigger iPhone 7 Plus has a 2900mAh battery - these improvements are actually quite significant.

'Iron Man' comes to 4K Blu-ray... but only in Germany

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Feb 14, 2017 5:47 am

Just shy of its first birthday, the 4K Ultra HD format continues to go from strength to strength, with a solid collection of new and catalogue titles consstently delivering the goods. While Disney continue to be the sole holdout amongst the big Hollywood studios, that hasn't stopped a smaller German distributor from doing their own thing with one of their biggest titles.




Concorde has announced the upcoming availability of 'Iron Man', 'Iron Man 2' and 'Iron Man 3' as standalone titles and in a trilogy steelbook boxset on the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray format. Each film is set to be remastered at 4K resolution, with HDR and lossless DTS HD Master Audio tracks, and will also include a 1080p Blu-ray copy.


Disney have not announced any plans to release these, or any other titles for other markets, but we're hopeful they'll make their plans known sometime this year.

Apple orders 160m OLED displays from Samsung for iPhone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 14, 2017 4:26 am

Apple's next generation iPhone X is expected to blow minds when it comes out, but now The Next Web is reporting that the new iPhone 8 (and I'm sure, iPhone X) will feature OLED displays - with Apple ordering a huge 160 million OLED displays... from its direct competitor.




Samsung has been tapped to supply OLED displays to Apple for its next-gen iPhone, according to South Korean outlet The Investor, which reports that Apple reached an agreement with Samsung's display division for 160 million OLED panels.


Apple had no chance but to go to Samsung, as the South Korean giant - and the maker of the upcoming Galaxy S8 smartphone, is producing around 95% of the total worldwide supply of OLED panels. LG has been ramping up, but won't come close to Samsung's mammoth numbers for quite a while.

Intel's new 48-core Xeon: 200MHz faster, costs $8898

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Feb 14, 2017 2:38 am

AMD will own the 16-threaded consumer CPU market within the next 6-12 months, but Intel is still fighting the good fight in the Xeon area with the introduction of the new Broadwell-EX XCC (Extreme Core Count) die that features 24C/48T of CPU processing power.




Intel's new Xeon E7-8894 v4 features 24 CPU cores with 48 threads in total thanks to Hyper-Threading, as well as a huge 60MB of L3 cache, 165W TDP, and default clocks of 2.4GHz and Turbo clocks of 3.4GHz. But it's the massive price that will have you worried: $8898... yeah, that's right - nearly $10K.


But don't worry, if you want to shave off 200Mhz there's the Xeon E7-8890 v4 which has identical specs - except its default frequency is just 2.2GHz (down from 2.4GHz) and Intel sells that for $7147. This represents a 24% increase in price, for a 9% increase in stock frequency - worth it? Yeah, nah.