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Apple's new MacBook Pro has crappy battery life

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Dec 6, 2016 10:28 am

Apple's new MacBook Pros hit the headlines with their cool new Touch Bar, but then there were claims that there was visual corruption over the AMD Radeon graphics cards - something that was debunked as 'fake news' if I can use that in a news story I will - it turned out to be third-party software, and not AMD hardware causing the visual artifacts.




Now there are MBP owners taking to Reddit to talk about the poor battery life on their new, expensive laptops. One of the posts reads: "The battery on mine (MBP 15″, 2.9, 1 TB, 460) seemed poor when I first got it, but after a week or so it seemed to get better. I assume it's because I was syncing Dropbox and installing all of my software. Now, I'm easily getting 8+ hours out of it when doing the "loungey" stuff like Messages, Safari, Mail, Calendar, and working on the odd spreadsheet in Excel".


Another post said: "I've had the 13′ w/ TB model for a little over a week and a half now. And I'm not liking the battery life at all so far. So initially using chrome w/ the rest of my apps I was getting about 4-5 hrs. So I switched to safari and noticed a slight bump, 5-6hrs. Which is not what was advertised. I used Safari, Mail, NetBeans/xcode and spotify. While in sleep mode, with all apps off, I lose about 6% every 8hrs which is also very bad...".


And finally, there's this one: "Damn. I opened laptop when I just got home and had 75%. Has been less then 2 hours and got down to 5%. Chrome was open, and was editing photos in lightroom. Not a fan of the battery life".


As I said in an article a few weeks ago: Apple can't launch a high-end MacBook Pro anymore, and that's quite sad.

Ben Affleck's solo Batman movie will arrive in 2018

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Dec 6, 2016 8:12 am

Ben Affleck was the bomb in Phantoms, uh - Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, with his portrayal as Batman being one of the best received - even after the job Christian Bale did in The Dark Knight Trilogy.




It wasn't long ago that we reported on Aquaman being penciled in for an October 2018 release, but now Den of Geek are reporting that the solo Batman movie will be released in summer 2018. Warner Bros. has previously teased that two DC movies would be released in 2018 - the first, on July 27 - the second, on October 5.


Warner Bros. has confirmed Aquaman for October 2018, so it looks like Batman could be the summer tentpole movie for DC and Warner Bros. in 2018.

Battlefield 1's new update includes SLI fixes, and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 6, 2016 6:24 am

Battlefield 1 has been getting patched since its released, but DICE are now teasing the upcoming patch for BF1 that will fix various issues SLI owners are having with the game.




DIJCE producer Ali Hassoon took to Twitter to say that there are "some fixes coming with next patch, but there are other that need new drivers from the manufacturers", when asked about fixes for NVIDIA GeForce SLI owners. The new update will also have various other fixes, with someone asking about a fix for "quitting after games finish", and another glitch where "you can't shoot after getting revived". Hassoon tweeted: "we are aware, fixes incoming".


Another BF1 gamer asked about hindrances in the game, with Hassoon replying: "we are looking into lowering pre-round break limit as an option for admins". Another user asked "any change of admins having access to a full, scrollable chat log", to which Hassoon replied: "good idea, will look into it".

Nintendo Switch accessories begin to get detailed

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Dec 6, 2016 5:09 am

Nintendo unveiled its next-gen Switch console and handheld hybrid back in October, but there are still mysteries surrounding the NVIDIA-powered gaming console. We didn't know which accessories Nintendo would be selling, but according to a listing with Australian game retailer EB Games, we do now.




EB Games has listed three unofficial Nintendo Switch accessories by a company called @play, which include a "Starter Pack", "Starter Pack Plus", and a charging cable. We've already reported that the Nintendo Switch will use a USB Type-C port for charging, and this listing confirms that finding.


As we reported that the Nintendo Switch only has 3 hours of battery life, quick-charging with USB Type-C would be a huge benefit for gamers. The only problem is, however, USB Type-C can potentially fry devices if the cords are improperly made.

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'Transformers 5' gets first trailer, explosions ensue

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Dec 6, 2016 3:56 am

While the last film in the Transformers franchise 'The Age of Extinction' might have bored cinemagoers across the world, it seems that the $1.1 billion box office haul has ensured that they'll keep pumping them out. Cue 'Transformers: The Last Knight'.



With Mark Wahlberg, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson and Peter Cullen reprising their roles alongside series newcomers fresh from their success in HBO's 'Westworld'; Anthony Hopkins and Santiago Cabrera, 'The Last Knight' picks up directly from its predecessor, with Cade Yeager on the run and Optimus Prime having fled Earth to meet his makers. Once again directed by Michael 'I thought I was out, but they pull me back in' Bay, the film should feature an unhealthy amount of explosions.


'Transformers: The Last Knight' is set to hit 2D, 3D and IMAX theatres from June 23, 2017.

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PS4 Pro dev kit auctioned with 800GB of encrypted data

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Dec 6, 2016 3:50 am

Someone has secured themselves a rare console gem, grabbing an early PS4 Neo prototype dev kit console - which is now released commercially as Sony's PlayStation 4 Pro, from United Front, which recently shut its doors in October.




United Front held an auction over the weekend, selling server hardware, office equipment, lamps, TV sets - and yeah, a PS4 Pro development kit. Reddit user kaneda2004 secured the PS4 Neo dev kit, but he found that it had 800GB of data on the HDD, but it was encrypted behind an expired DevKit license.


The 800GB of data can't be accessed, as the files are encrypted after the license expires (as they need to be renewed every 90 days, for reasons just like this). The PS4 Neo dev kit owner has reached out to members of Assembler Games, who will grab the console and try to extract the files from the HDD to see what was hidden.

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'Streets of Rage', 'Altered Beast' films on the way

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Dec 6, 2016 3:25 am

They were the games that defined a generation, and now it looks as if Sega's 90's classic like 'Streets of Rage', 'Shinobi' and 'Altered Beast' are about to be exploited for movies and TV shows.




According to Variety, Sega spin-off company Stories International has partnered with the production company behind movies and TV shows such as 'Fear the Walking Dead' and 'American Ultra' to produce game adaptations which could also include 'Golden Axe', 'Virtua Fighter' and 'Crazy Taxi', and is ."in the process of partnering with major studios, producers, and filmmakers to co-develop adaptations of these properties as English-language feature films and television series for worldwide release." Sega's biggest franchise 'Sonic The Hedgehog' is already being developed into a hybrid live-action/CG feature film over at Sony Pictures.


That's cool and all, but could we also have a new 'Streets of Rage' game, with music by Yuzo Koshiro?

Hollywood to rent movies, 2 weeks after they hit cinemas

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Dec 6, 2016 2:32 am

Hollywood makes billions of dollars a year with just a handful of movies, but what would happen if massive releases were thrown onto the market two weeks after they debut at cinemas?




According to sources of Bloomberg, Hollywood studios are working on new plans that would see rentals of their new movies released two weeks after they hit cinemas. Bloomberg's sources said the rentals would be quite expensive, priced somewhere between $25 and $50 - but if you saw a new movie with a few friends or family members, it would exceed that price easily.


Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara said during an investor conference this week that he has plans for a new home movie plan, and that he and his studio are ready for premium rentals. Tsujihara said: "We're working with them to try and create a new window. But regardless of whether it happens or not - whether we are able to reach that agreement with them, we have to offer consumers more choices earlier".

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Join the 'Suicide Squad' in our Blu-ray giveaway

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Dec 5, 2016 11:21 pm

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




From director David Ayer comes "Suicide Squad," starring Oscar nominee Will Smith, Oscar winner Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman and Oscar nominee Viola Davis. It feels good to be bad... Assemble a team of the world's most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government's disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren't picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it's every man for himself?


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

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Netflix will double original show content in 2017

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Online Video | Posted: Dec 5, 2016 11:17 pm

Netflix currently offers 30 original shows; in 2017, it will more than double its content to at least 1,000 hours according to chief content officer Ted Sarandos.




Next year marks the start of a different direction for the majority of the company's original content, too: over 20 of the upcoming shows will be unscripted, including global competition series Ultimate Beastmaster (produced by Sylvester Stallone). Scripted shows on the horizon include A Series Of Unfortunate Events (starring Neil Patrick Harris), Santa Clarita Diet (starring Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant), and Mind Hunter (a David Fincher series about the early days of FBI serial killer profiling).


Netflix will spend approximately $6 billion on content in 2017, an increase of $1 billion over this year. An estimated 50 percent of that will go toward original content.

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