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Apple delays AirPods, says they 'aren't ready'

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Oct 27, 2016 2:33 pm

Apple's AirPods, wireless ear buds that are somewhat of a replacement for the lack of headphone jack on the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, were supposed to go on sale late October, which is this week. However, that's not happening.




The company says they aren't ready for the customers and won't go on sale just yet.


A spokesperson confirmed this to iMore.


The early response to AirPods has been incredible. We don't believe in shipping a product before it's ready, and we need a little more time before AirPods are ready for our customers.

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Windows 10 Creators Update is all about AR and VR

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Oct 27, 2016 12:36 pm

At the event in New York, Microsoft has announced they are partnering with top PC makers, such as HP, Lenovo, Dell, ASUS, and Acer, to build VR headsets. They also revealed the Surface studio, an ultra-thin transforming all-in-one aimed at transforming your desk into a fully-fledged workstation studio.




The company is pushing virtual and augmented reality pretty hard, and they will show that in their next Windows 10 update named Creators Update. Due out in spring next year, the Windows 10 Creators Update will be focused on bringing the VR and AR experience to millions of users around the world.


At the event, the representatives of the company stated they want 3D available to everyone. The Creators Update will be largely built around Microsoft Paint, which will become Paint 3D, and from what we saw, it's pretty impressive.

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Verizon acquires Vessel, will shut it down on October 31

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 27, 2016 6:17 am

Verizon has announced it is acquiring subscription video service Vessel, but it's the swift closure of Vessel that is surprising.




Vessel worked with YouTube giants and other video creators in its first few months on the block, offering early access to their videos for $2.99 per month. The company raised over $130 million from investors, too. Jason Kilar was Hulu's former CEO before he founded Vessel with Richard Tom, who was Vessel's CTO - Tom will stay with Verizon/Vessel, but Kilar won't be around after the transition of the acquisition later this year.


In a blog post, the Vessel founders said: "At the heart of this transaction is the Vessel technology, product and team that we have built. These three things will be married with Verizon's ambitions in online video. Though the team and the actual tech + product will live on at Verizon in ways that will become apparent in the months and years ahead, sadly we will be sunsetting the Vessel service at the end of this month (October 31)".


What will Verizon do with Vessel? The company has plans to throw some of Vessel's social features into existing Verizon products, and it will be looking into subscription business models for its video content.

Nintendo investors hate new Switch console hybrid

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 27, 2016 5:39 am

Nintendo's investors don't like the company's new Switch console, with many seeing the company's stubborn push to carve out its own space in the console world a risky gambit.




When the Nintendo Switch was unveiled a week ago, Nintendo's investors were less than excited about yet another home gaming console. As a result, Nintendo's shares actually dropped 6.5% after the Switch reveal; conversely, Nintendo's shares skyrockted 4.6% after Nintendo's pre-reveal Switch teaser Tweet, adding "more than $1 billion" to the company's market share. To date, the Japanese games giant has had its shares slip almost 10% since the Switch reveal, which certainly shows how optimistic stakeholders are about the system.


As if the Nintendo Switch's concept wasn't enough of a disappointment, Nintendo has now posted less-than-stellar financials for the last six-month period, ending on September 30, 2016. While the numbers aren't nearly as disastrous as they could've been, the earnings clearly show investors that Nintendo is heading in the wrong direction; the company earned an impressive 12 billion yen ($114.8 million) profit from side ventures, most of which came from the once astronomically-popular Pokemon Go mobile game. Although Nintendo didn't directly develop Pokemon Go, it owns 32% of The Pokemon Company, who co-developed the game alongside Niantic.

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Nintendo teases Jan 12 event for 'major' Switch details

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Oct 27, 2016 4:31 am

We've been bombarded with teases of Nintendo's next-gen Switch console, but we don't know much about the launch, its games that are in development, or the pricing on the codename NX console that is powered by an NVIDIA Tegra processor.




Nintendo has now announced it will be livestreaming an event for Switch on January 12, 2017 - with Nintendo saying in its press release: "This will be an event for invited media, financial analysts, and trade partners in Tokyo that will be globally livestreamed on Jan. 12, U.S. time. The presentation will include the launch date and pricing for Nintendo Switch, as well as a look at the lineup of games currently in development".


Nintendo will be providing an exact start time "in the coming weeks" for the event, but it will be hosting Switch "sampling events" for media, partners, and consumers in the US and Europe at later dates. Nintendo added: "There will be opportunities for the public to participate in other hands-on events around the same time, details of which will be announced later".

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Dolby Atmos update coming for Xbox One S

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Oct 27, 2016 3:43 am

The surprise inclusion of 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray playback on the Xbox One S which effectively made it the cheapest 4K player on the market was lauded by gamers and video geeks alike, but when the console came to market it quickly became clear that it wasn't quite as proficient as a stand-alone player. The lack of support for bitstream audio means that the console doesn't quite meet the full spec, making immersive audio standards such as Dolby Atmos and DTS:X not possible. But in the case of the former at least, Microsoft is promising an upcoming fix.




According to Engadget, the company has committed to providing owners with a free update to enable bitstream audio from the HDMI port "sometime in the future". Of course, to get the full benefit you're also going to need a reciever that supports Dolby Atmos, as well as at least another two height speakers, but the company's promise will be welcomed by audio fanatics.

LinusTechTips makes $3,000 custom watercooled PS4

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 27, 2016 3:31 am

As a PS4 owner, I can attest to the console's heat, and how it can get pretty toasty while playing a game for an hour or so. But what happens when you slap a watercooler onto the APU?



Linus Tech Tips aimed to find out, and succeeded by making a highly-customized watercooled PS4. And just because they can, they threw in a $2,000 3.84 TB Samsung PM863 SSD to tally up the console's total worth to an insane $3,000, making it "possibly the most expensive PlayStation 4 ever." Yes, really.


The insanely expensive, ultra-cool PS4 actually has an entirely separate chassis to hold the radiator, pump and reservoir, making an external water cooling box. So how what kind of temps does a watercooled PS4 hit? While under load, the PS4 tends to hit about 72C, which can actually rise depending on how clean your system is. Linus notes that the watercooled PS4 hits about 52C under load, with a "16 degree improvement in temps while staying near silent."

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'Toy Story 4' delayed by another year

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Oct 27, 2016 3:13 am

Disney/Pixar's announcement that a fourth 'Toy Story' film would be released in 2017 was met with equal measures of curiosity and trepidation after the pitch-perfect 'Toy Story 3' seemed to round out the franchise perfectly. Last year's delay to 2018 suggested that perhaps development on the film wasn't going to plan and today the studio has announced yet another delay for the film.




According to Variety, Disney/Pixar has switched the dates for the upcoming 'Incredibles 2', which was due for release in 2019, for 'Toy Story 4' which was due in 2018. The sequel to the 2004 Brad Bird superhero comedy will now go head-to-head with 'Transformers 6' and 'Jurassic World 2' during the 2018 summer blockbuster series.


'Toy Story 4' will now hit cinemas worldwide on June 21, 2019.

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Nintendo to hold in-store Switch demos before release

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 27, 2016 2:40 am

UPDATE: Nintendo has announced that it will reveal Switch pricing, specs, and more during a special presentation on January 12, 2017.


Nintendo has also confirmed that the Switch will have special hands-on preview events for the public and media across the United States and Europe:


"Kimishima also announced that Nintendo Switch sampling events for invited media, partners, and consumers will take place in the U.S. and Europe after the presentation at later dates. There will be opportunities for the public to participate in other hands-on events around the same time, details of which will be announced later," reads the press release announcement.


Original story is as follows.


Nintendo may allow consumers to try out its new Switch console-handheld hybrid before it launches in March 2017.




Nintendo will apparently set up in-store hands-on demos of its new Switch console sometime in the future. According to Wall Street Journal's Takashi Mochizuki, who attended Nintendo's latest investor relations meeting in Japan, Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima suggested that consumers and gamers would be given ample time to get acquainted with the new hardware before its made available on store shelves.


Nintendo also announced that it expects to sell at least 2 million Switch consoles by the end of FY16, which coincides with the Switch's launch in March 2017.


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Nintendo expect 2 million Switch console sales at launch

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 27, 2016 2:04 am

Nintendo projects to sell at least 2 million Switch consoles on the system's launch in March 2017.




Nintendo today held its latest investor relations meeting, laying out financial forecasts for the last quarter of FY 2016, which ends in March 2017 and coincides with the launch of its new Switch handheld-console hybrid. According to Wall Street Journal's Takashi Mochizuki, Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima noted at the IR meeting that the company expects to sell 2 million Switch consoles by the end of FY2017.


The company has already confirmed it won't reveal Switch pricing info until 2017, meaning it will only have three months to accrue pre-orders and launch sales totaling up to 2 million units.


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