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Sony unveils the Xperia Z5 Premium, the world's first 4K smartphone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 3, 2015 7:43 am

Sony has unveiled three new smartphones at IFA 2015, with the Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact not standing out too much, but the new Xperia Z5 Premium is the world's first 4K smartphone.




Starting with the Xperia Z5, which features Sony's new 1/2.3 Exmor RS sensor crammed into a huge 23-megapixel camera with an F2.0 G Lens. This is Sony's "first completely re-imagined smartphone camera module since Xperia Z1" and has been "designed with Sony's interchangeable lens camera Alpha technology for clear, vivid imagery every time".


The new Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact are both powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, which is an 8-core GPU with 4G LTE speeds and the latest in Wi-Fi technology. Both handsets pack Sony's incredible battery stamina and power-saving technologies, as well as Quick Charge 2.0 which will have your Xperia Z5 charged up in no time.


But as we said, it's the Xperia Z5 Premium that takes the cake. What we have here is a beautiful 5.5-inch 4K TRILUMINOS Display for mobile, with the Xperia Z5 Premium upscaling your content to 4K making everything you playback on Sony's premium smartphone look beautiful. The Xperia Z5 Premium packs 32GB of internal storage, but you can cram in a huge 200GB microSD card which is where it really takes a leap ahead of the current smartphones on the market - I'm looking at you, Samsung.

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Hideo Kojima: The players are everything, I get my energy from them

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 3, 2015 5:27 am

To celebrate the launch of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Konami has released an official debriefing that shows Hideo Kojima is truly one of the most heartfelt developers in the industry.



Hideo Kojima cares about his audience and really connects with the people who play his games. During the MGSV debriefing, the grandmaster of tactical stealth espionage personally visited the home of Sean Gillespie, a fan who had recently tragically died of cancer. Before his death in February, Sean's love and enthusiasm for Metal Gear Solid directly touched and inspired Kojima and his dev team.


"I'm visiting Sean's home after he passed because my energy comes from the players," Hideo Kojima said in the video, his voice seeming to hitch with emotion. "When I announced a release date for MGSV I swore to follow through, and not to disappoint them. The players are everything. Without them, nothing I do would matter."

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ASUS unveils a Windows 10-powered PC-on-a-stick with the new VivoStick

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 3, 2015 4:24 am

ASUS has just unveiled its new VivoStick, which is a PC-on-a-stick powered by Windows 10. The new VivoStick sports an Intel Cherry Trail-based processor inside, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of local storage packed into an eMCP (multi-chip package).




The new ASUS VivoStick includes 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, 1 x USB 3.0 port, 1 x USB 2.0 port, and an HDMI port. ASUS has also included a headphone jack, and there's even an integrated speaker. Windows 10 will come pre-installed, which is a nice touch. Even Intel's Compute Stick packed Windows 8.1, but the VivoStick is going to be quite the winner with Windows 10 installed.


ASUS has placed an MSRP of $129 on the VivoStick, with no word on availability just yet.

You can now download Epic's awesome 'Showdown' VR experience

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Sep 3, 2015 3:06 am

This time last year we were at the NVIDIA Editor's Day where we got the chance to test out Epic Games' at the time 'Car Flip' VR experience. This ended up being 'Showdown', one of the best VR experiences at the time.



Well, now Epic has released the Unreal Engine 4-powered Showdown experience, which you can download directly from the Epic Games Launcher. The cinematic, bull-time action "experience" is compatible with the Oculus Rift, Sony's Project Morpheus and HTC Vive. If you have an Oculus Rift DK1 or DK2 headset, you need to download this right now and check it out.

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PS4 v3.0 firmware includes YouTube Gaming support, more cloud storage

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Sep 3, 2015 1:34 am

Google introduced YouTube Gaming last week, a new Twitch-like streaming service that Sony is putting into the new firmware update for the PlayStation 4.




The v3.0 firmware for the PS4 will not only include YouTube Gaming support but it will increase the cloud storage that PS4 owners have from the crappy 1GB they have now, to a more decent 10GB. The v3.0 PS4 firmware will also include the ability to livestream your PS4 gaming to YouTube Gaming, much like the built-in Twitch streaming that the PS4 is already capable of.


The new firmware will allow the usual screenshot sharing, but you can now blast video clips to Twitter too - albeit, they're limited to 10-second videos. Boo. There's also a new feature arriving, where you can ask your friends if you can watch them play with a new "Request to Watch" feature that is coming soon.

Your daily WTF: Shower With Your Dad Simulator 2015 is a real game

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 2, 2015 11:55 pm

I don't even know where to begin with this, but there is a new game that has hit Steam called 'Shower With Your Dad Simulator 2015' and it is exactly, and I mean exactly, what it sounds like.



It's one of the weirdest games you could ever play, and is explained as "fast paced shower-simulation where you shower with your 8-bit dad". You can grab it from the Steam store for just $0.99, so you won't be spending much to shower with your dad, in a simulator of course.

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Acer announces new Predator Gaming Series monitors with NVIDIA G-SYNC

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Sep 2, 2015 10:41 pm

Acer has announced two new additions to the Predator gaming monitor series, introducing a flat-panel and curved monitor.




The Predator Z35 is a 35-inch curved panel that provides 21:9 UltraWide Full HD (2560x1080), utilizing NVIDIA ULMB (Ultra Low Motion Blur), and a 200Hz refresh rate. Acer also threw in its TrueHarmony technology and DTS Sound 9Wx2 speakers.




The Predator XB1 Series includes two different 27-inch models that feature a 4K UHD (3840x2160) or WQHD (2560x1440) IPS panels able to provide 100% of the sRGB color gamut. The 28-model (XB281HK) has a 1ms gray to gray response time, and the 27-inch models feature a 144Hz refresh rate.

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Acer shows off Chromebook R 11, a convertible Chromebook

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Laptops | Posted: Sep 2, 2015 9:31 pm

Acer has announced the Acer Chromebook R 11, the company's first convertible Chromebook laptop unit.




The Chromebook R 11 features an 11.6-inch (1366x768) display, HD webcam, powered by Intel Celeron processors. The device features a dual-torque hinge design able to support the following modes: laptop, pad, display and tent. It is just 19.2mm thin and weighs less than three pounds, so it'll be easy to transport out and about.


The Acer Chromebook R 11 will launch in North America next month with a $299 MSRP. Global rollout will begin in November.

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Vantage Robotics shows off Snap, a safe drone with a 4K camera

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Drones | Posted: Sep 2, 2015 7:32 pm

Vantage Robotics has launched the Snap drone, a flying camera designed to be safe and easy-to-use for enthusiasts of all levels.



Snap features a 4K gimbal-stabilized camera, 20-minutes flight time, a 30 mph top speed, and what Vantage Robotics promises as faster acceleration than a Ferrari. The drone weighs just 1.1 pounds and is easily transportable, as it can be folded up.


The drone is easy to fly with auto-tracking modes, canned shooting modes, and tilt-based flight control from a smartphone.

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Star Wars: Battlefront won't have server browsers on PC

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 2, 2015 6:40 pm

Today Battlefront fans got a big shock when EA revealed that the new Star Wars shooter won't have server browsers, and instead will be based entirely on a new matchmaking system.




"Star Wars Battlefront will not offer a server browser, but will utilize a new skill-based matchmaking system," EA's community manager Sledgehammer70 said in a Reddit post. Essentially it looks as if even PC gamers won't be able to create and join custom maps and gametypes on a server, instead being stuck in a matchmaking playlist.


EA says that gamers will still be able to join and create party lobbies with their friends, but the studio still hasn't revealed any concrete details on their new system. Reddit users accuse EA of "console-izing" PC gaming with this move. Servers offer a customized space for PC gamers, letting users filter game modes and maps so they can tailor their own specific experiences.

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