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Samsung US boss apologies on video about Note 7 issues

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 17, 2016 4:24 am

If there's one thing you can say about Samsung over the Galaxy Note 7 battery problems, its global recall and then the intervention of the US government with an official recall, is that the company is handling it in a great way.



Samsung Electronics America President and COO, Tim Baxter, recently took to a video apologizing about the battery problems on the Note 7 smartphone. The video reiterates all of the issues, and that Note 7 owners should immediately stop using their smartphone, turn it off and return it.


Baxter notes that new Note 7 without the battery fault will be in stock "no later than September 21", which is next Wednesday.

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Religion in US worth more than Google, Apple combined

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 17, 2016 2:39 am

We all know religion is big business, but did you know that the mostly tax-free religion industry in the US is an absolute profit monster? According to the latest numbers, there are around $1.2 trillion (yes, that's trillion with a 't') in religious "healthcare facilities, schools, daycare and charities; media; businesses with faith backgrounds; the kosher and halal food markets; social and philanthropic programmes; and staff and overheads for congregations".




The report comes from The Socio-economic Contribution of Religion to American Society: An Empirical Analysis, co-authored by Georgetown's Brian J Grim and Newseum's Melissa E Grim, and published in the Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion. The authors say that the $1.2 trillion estimate is "conservative", noting that religion as a whole has been declining in the US, and that spending on religious "social programs" has tripled since 2001, to a huge $9 trillion.


The report notes: "Grim and his co-author Melissa Grim of the Newseum Institute in Washington came up with three estimates of the worth of US religion. The lowest, at $378bn, took into account only the revenues of faith-based organisations. The middle estimate, $1.2tn, included an estimate of the market value of goods and services provided by religious organisations and the contributions of businesses with religious roots".


"The top estimate was based on the household incomes of religiously affiliated Americans, and placed the value of faith to US society at $4.8tn annually", the report added, continuing: "The analysis did not take account of the value of financial or physical assets held by religious groups. Neither did it account for "the negative impacts that occur in some religious communities, including... such things as the abuse of children by some clergy, cases of fraud, and the possibility of being recruitment sites for violent extremism".

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Witcher 3 won't support PS4 Pro 4K enhancements

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 16, 2016 9:35 pm

CD Projekt RED is completely devoted to Cyberpunk 2077 and doesn't have the time to upgrade Witcher 3 for the PS4 Pro.




Sony and a smattering of third-party devs have embraced the PS4 Pro, and are busily upgrading their games to support upscaled 4K HDR, higher frame rates in 1080p, boosted environmental lighting effects, and super-sampling techniques. But PS4 Pro owners won't get to play one of the best games of era in 4K: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.


Curious Redditor govind1262 actually emailed CDPR to see if Geralt's last adventure would get upgraded on the PS4 Pro, and the devs actually responded, saying that Cyberpunk 2077 and Gwent have their full attention right now: "I'm afraid that we have no plans to release the PS4 Pro edition for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Our teams are currently working very hard on our upcoming projects such as GWENT: The Witcher Card Game and Cyberpunk 2077. We want to be entirely focused on the development of these projects."

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Sony: Most of PS4 Pro's games will be upscaled 4K

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 16, 2016 5:10 pm

Sony has confirmed what tech enthusiasts already knew: most of the games played on Sony's new PS4 Pro will be upscaled to 4K resolution, not native 3840 x 2160p 4K.



Sony is marketing its new high-end PS4 Pro towards "hardcore" gamers, offering a "premium" 4K HDR gaming experience. The truth is, however, that the PS4 Pro's highly customized Polaris GPU--while a massive improvement over the original PS4--isn't capable of hitting true 4K resolution in every game. Developers use "streamlined rendering techniques" like Checkerboard Rendering to multiply native 1080p textures at the PS4's original High preset four-fold to simulate 4K resolution on the PS4 Pro. Sony President Andrew House has now admitted that the majority of games upgraded with the PS4 Pro--including both old and new PS4 games--aren't rendered in native 4K, so you're not going to get a full 4K experience with every title.


"I would say the majority will be upscaled - at least based on the game portfolio I have seen to date," Sony Interactive Entertainment President Andrew House told Digital Spy in a recent interview. But wait, isn't Sony promising 4K gaming? Isn't it misleading not to disclose most PS4 Pro games will be upscaled 4k, not native? House doesn't think so.

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Smart strap lets you take calls through your fingertip

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Sep 16, 2016 4:04 pm

If you want to add more spy/cyberpunk-esque gadgets to your life, Sgnl has you covered. A "smart strap", it replaces the current strap on your watch and allows you to answer calls by placing your fingertip on your ear and speaking through the microphone on the strap. It's also said to allow for outbound calls. To put it another way, it's a much cooler take on the "traditional" Bluetooth headset.



Sgnl -- created by Samsung spin-off Innomdle Lab -- is discrete in that audio is directed into your ear directly through bodily vibrations, and noise canceling capabilities means you'll be able to hear whoever's on the other end clearly.


It's not hard to imagine a smartwatch company will design a product with this functionality built in before long, especially if Sgnl takes off (and it may very well, with $834,308 raised on Kickstarter in about a week, far above its $50,000 ask). If you don't want to wait, $99 will get you the tech before long.

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Land 11 tech certifications with this course collection

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: Sep 16, 2016 3:30 pm



In the realm of networking equipment, no name is as respected as Cisco, and the company's networking certifications are heavy hitters in the tech world. So, if you're looking to snag a lucrative network administration gig, getting a few of these certifications under your belt with the Cisco Associate Certification Training Bundle is a great start. Get it on sale for just $79.


This training bundle will help you prepare to ace 11 networking certification exams. You'll dive into every facet of the Cisco Career Certification program from installation to network security, and you'll emerge with Associate-level training. You'll learn how design networks for enterprises big and small and support in-house and mobile networks.


The Cisco Associate Certification Training Bundle can prepare you for a bright future in networking environments, and it's on sale for only $79, over 90% off its $7,853 retail price.

Sony blames Hello Games for No Man's Sky PR failure

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 16, 2016 2:27 pm

No Man's Sky will go down in history as one of the biggest blunders in recent gaming, but who's to blame for all the misleading advertisements, trailers, and footage? Not Sony, of course: it's all Hello Games' fault.



Despite signing a deal with Hello Games to publish No Man's Sky, promoting a massive advertisement campaign built on misdirection and misleading content, and putting out an actual TV commercial for the game, and promoting almost a dozen misleading trailers for the game, Sony pretty much shrugs off all accountability for No Man's Sky's massive PR failure.


"It wasn't a great PR strategy, because he didn't have a PR person helping him, and in the end he is an indie developer," Sony Worldwide President Shuhei Yoshida told Eurogamer in a recent interview. "But he says their plan is to continue to develop No Man's Sky features and such, and I'm looking forward to continuing to play the game." Wait...let me get this straight. Sony talked about No Man's Sky nonstop for months and months before it came out, directly contributing and celebrating the misleading content. Hello Games did have a PR rep: it was Sony. Sony used its massive network of 40-million strong PS4 owners to endorse and push pre-orders, going lengths to remind everyone that No Man's Sky was a PS4 exclusive.

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BioShock Collection streaming problems begin

By: Emma Tucker | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 16, 2016 12:23 pm

BioShock streaming is not avaliable! Yes, that's right - 2K has posted on their support boards confirming this to be the case, but has not explained to gamers as to why the content is unavailable.




For those wanting to stream from their console, no date or time frame has yet been given to users as to when it will be back online. With this weeks release of BioShock: The Collection for PS4 and Xbox One, which have all three Bioshock games and content included, the unavailability of streaming may create frustration for gamers wanting to stream, as neither console supports the ability to do so.


2K support did release this for customers: "Unfortunately, streaming BioShock: The Collection isn't an option right now. We will update this article should this situation change".

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Rainbow Six Siege Starter Edition is just $15 on Uplay

By: Emma Tucker | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 16, 2016 10:23 am

The Rainbow Six Siege Starter Edition is back! After being released for a limited time in June this year, the latest in the Tom Clancy's franchise has returned, with explosive features not available in the Standard Edition. The offer will be valid from September 15 to October 11.




Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege Starter Edition is available through Ubisoft's Uplay store. The title will be sold for PC and comes with the multiplayer perk , allowing users to team up against rival teams.


The new release does differ from the Standard Edition of the game, in which players will be given 4 original Operators, already unlocked for play. The exclusive also enables players to have full game access and content, including weapons, maps, game modes, characters and more.

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Logitech acquires Saitek, with a tease of VR peripherals

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Sep 16, 2016 8:14 am

Logitech has announced that it has acquired Saitek for $13 million, taking the company away from competing peripheral maker MadCatz.




Logitech G gaming brand boss Ujesh Desai said that the acquisition of Saitek allows the company to build peripherals that Saitek are known for, including joysticks and customized wheels for racing games and sims. But it was the tease of VR peripherals that is the bigger news in a way here.


Desai said that Logitech G could jump into the VR market with input devices, and with Saitek concentrating more on game-specific peripherals like Star Citizen with themed controllers, Logitech G now owns Saitek and could do this in a much bigger way in the VR market. Saitek will also enjoy the success Logitech has built over the years, solidifying itself with more support and money to continue development on even better products under Logitech G.