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LG G6 comes to the US in April, before Galaxy S8

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 7, 2017 3:31 pm

LG is set to unveil their latest flagship in Barcelona on February 26th. We've seen numerous leaks about the G6, so we are not expecting many surprises.




The device will come with a dual camera and a fingerprint sensor in the back. The G6 will have USB Type-C port like the G5 did. Other rumors also suggest that the G6 will have a 5.7-inch display and it will probably be water resistant, unlike the G5.


Unfortunately, the G6 won't feature Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 but instead, will have Snapdragon 821.


The latest leak, coming from Evan Blass, reveals that the G6 will hit retail in South Korea on March 9th, while the US will have to wait for the phone till April 7th.

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You can ride the Hyperloop in virtual reality

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Feb 7, 2017 2:22 pm

The Hyperloop system could become a reality in at least one country by 2020. The first test of this system was carried out in May in Nevada when the capsule reached a speed of 1,200 kilometers per hour.


If you are curious what it feels like to ride the Hyperloop, now you can - in virtual reality.



SpaceX published a video on their YouTube channel showing a demonstration pod and tube being tested on a short track.

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ASUS to unveil ZenFone 4 at MWC 2017?

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 7, 2017 1:34 pm

ASUS unveiled their two newest phones, the ZenFone AR and ZenFone 3 Zoom, just last month at CES, but it looks like the company could unveil another smartphone at MWC 2017.




The ZenFone 4 photos have already leaked, and although it was previously rumored for May, the latest reports say that ASUS could take the stage at MWC and unveil the device.


The smartphone is rumored to feature the Snapdragon 820, 6GB of RAM, and 64GB of internal storage, but it will probably come in other variants as well. The ZenFone 4 is expected to have a large 5.7-inch Quad HD display.

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Vizio sold TV viewing habits without permission

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 7, 2017 9:33 am

Vizio has been tracking, selling your TV viewing habits - in something that we've found out from a settlement with the FTC and the New Jersey Attorney General, costing Vizio a swift $2.2 million.




The $2.2 million settlement will settle the state and federal charges placed against Vizio, as the company were busted installing software on 11 million smart TVs to track viewing histories, all without consumer knowledge. Vizio is being order ed to delete any user data that was scooped up before March 1, 2016.


Vizio was busted working with a third-party company to build its smart TVs that were capable of capturing "second-by-second" viewing information about what's being displayed on the screen. This information captured includes what was on your cable, internet, set-top boxes, DVD players, over-the-air broadcasts, and other streaming devices.


FTC senior attorney Lesley Fair says that Vizio have been tracking users on their smart TVs since 2014, with Fair adding that Vizio were selling the viewing data to advertisers. This data included IP addresses that could be matched to the owner, and household.


Furthermore, third parties could use the information to secure personal data such as sex, age, income, marital status, household size, education, and home ownership. But don't worry, Vizio didn't allow the companies it was working with to identify users by name, but it did allow those third parties to track user habits across devices", reports Engadget.

Zelda: Breath of the Wild goes gold, ready for Switch

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Fashion meets Tech | Posted: Feb 7, 2017 8:06 am

Nintendo is gearing up for the massive launch of its next-gen Switch console on March 3, and now its system seller Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is ready, as the game has just gone gold.




The development team celebrated Breath of the Wild going gold, with an image by Monolith Soft developer Yasuyuki Honne posting an image to Twitter.


Monolith helped out by providing some thoughts on how the open world nature of Breath of the Wild should feel, as they had previously worked on Xenoblade Chronicles X.


Nintendo will launch its next-gen Switch console alongside The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and I'm sure the sales are going to be in the healthy many millions mark.

DRM giant forgets to secure server, log files leaked

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 7, 2017 6:48 am

Denuvo has been in the headlines lately with the DRM-maker being a part of some of the biggest games of the last 12 months, and now the company is faking something very different - with a massive chunk of private web-form messages being leaked.




The first messages appeared on 4chan, with the messages including contact between game developers and Denuvo. The 11MB file has messages from Denuvo's public contact form, with messages from all the way back to April 25, 2014 - furthermore, it seems like their web database content is totally unsecured, with root directors for "fileadmin" and "logs" opened at the time of writing.


There are also messages from game developers like 343 Industries asking Denuvo about applying their DRM tech to Halo Wars games on the PC, Harmonix Games asked about an in-person meeting during GDC this year, and Capcom asked for a few things, too. Other developers including Ninja Theory and TaleWords also saw their private messages with Denuvo opened to the world.

Amazon teases drone delivery as 'Prime Air' in the US

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Feb 7, 2017 5:49 am

Amazon is making big moves to take over the skies with drone deliveries, teasing its purported Prime Air delivery service during the Super Bowl this year.



The company ran what would've been a very expensive ad spot, showing a couple sitting on the couch - with the man licking the Doritos' dust from his fingers, with the woman then gives a sarcastic reply to Amazon Echo. She says: "Alexa, reorder Doritos from Prime Air", with Echo replying with: "Ok, look for delivery soon" and then a drone comes into focus... beautiful, convenient - and the future of me being even lazier.


Amazon makes note that the Prime Air drone delivery isn't a real thing... yet, but expect that drone deliveries - and what should end up as Prime Air, will be the future of Amazon's delivery dominance in the future.

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Fallout 4's High Res Textures won't download? Try this!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 7, 2017 5:21 am

Bethesda have released their new High Resolution Texture Pack for Fallout 4, which weighs in at a damn hefty 54.7GB - but there are some people, myself included, who can't download it.




Fallout 4's own DLC tab doesn't appear for me, but those with mods installed have no issues. If you're having a problem finding, or being able to download the 54GB high-res texture package, here's a trick that should help you.




Right click 'Fallout 4' in your game library, and click 'View Downloadable Content'.




You should see the High Resolution Texture Pack in the menu, with the checkbox - untick it, close the DLC tab. Reopen the DLC tab, and tick it again - and you should begin downloading the Fallout 4 High Resolution Texture Pack.

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Minecraft used to pitch Gigafactory facility to Tesla

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 7, 2017 5:00 am

Minecraft has been used in a way that I didn't expect, with Lithuania using the game to pitch Tesla on their new Gigafactory facility.



The Northern European country wants to be the home of Gigafactory 2 facility, with the video above showing a cinematic time lapse of the facility's construction, while the country provides some details on why Lithuania is a great destination.


Tesla loved it, tweeting the video out a couple of days ago.

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GDDR6 will launch this year, 16Gbps bandwidth on offer

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Feb 7, 2017 4:36 am

AMD will be launching the first consumer graphics card with HBM2 in a few months with its next-gen Vega GPU architecture, but later this year Micron will be launching its new GDDR6 technology.




GDDR6 will eventually replace GDDR5, but not the faster GDDR5X, by 2020 according to some reports. GDDR6 is capable of 16Gbps bandwidth, up from the 10Gbps on GDDR5X, and up significantly from the 7-8Gbps from GDDR5.


Micron is bringing up the release of GDDR6 because people are upgrading their graphics cards every 3 years, rather than 5 years or so.