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'Game of Thrones' to live beyond 7 seasons

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jul 31, 2015 4:26 am

The immense success of 'Game of Thrones' has seen the HBO series expand beyond the scope of George R.R. Martin's book series and with filming having begun on its sixth season, fans have speculated on just how long the series will run for. Now, HBO has publicly weighed in and given fans the promise of that little bit more.

 

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Speaking to Entertainment Weekly at the at the Television Critics Association's press, HBO programming president Michael Lombardo has confirmed that the series will have at least eight seasons and perhaps more. "Seven seasons and out has never been the conversation. The question is: How much beyond seven are we going to do? Obviously we're shooting six now, hopefully discussing seven. David and Dan feel like there's two more years after six. I would always love for them to change their minds, but that's what we're looking at right now."

 

'Game of Thrones' Season Six is expected to premiere in April 2016.

Sony teases a new smartphone for that will take 'split-second photos'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 31, 2015 3:31 am

We were only just learning that Sony could release its Xperia Z5 in March 2016, but it looks like we have something very awesome to look forward to next week.

 

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Sony has taken to the official Xperia Twitter page to tease: "Focus closely now, a new way to capture split-second photos is coming. 03.08.15 #Xperia". Now, I would guess that we're going to see Sony unveil a new smartphone that packs the insanely powerful Exmor RS IMX230 sensor that we heard about, and salivated over, late last year.

Ubisoft announces Zombi for Xbox One, PS4 and PC for August 18

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 31, 2015 2:35 am

Rumors of its development were reported on a few weeks ago, but now Ubisoft has officially announced Zombi for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. The reveal trailer is embedded below.

 

 

Hélène Henry, a Producer on Zombi, explains: "We knew from the beginning that maintaining the tension and feel of the original was one of the main challenges, as the way ZombiU was presented on Wii U cannot be reproduced. We maintain a minimal HUD as much as possible," Henry says. "It disappears when not required, giving the game a very lonely feeling. If you have surround sound, the awesome sound mix from the original still stands and greatly helps immersion. As much as possible, we've tried to keep those key elements".

 

The Xbox One, PS4 and PC do get a treat when it comes to the field of view (FOV), which has been increased on Zombi. Henry added: "Also, there has been a slight increase in the field of view and players can increase and decrease it a little if they want to, but not so much that it takes away that claustrophobic feeling. Some work was also undertaken on the control mapping and response to improve the look and feel of the first-person movement". To finish off, Henry said: "We kept the central idea that you're always vulnerable," Henry says. "Rummaging in the backpack still doesn't pause the game. We've added a dedicated button to access the backpack, which lets players see their full inventory and assign shortcut keys".

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Teenagers on social networking sites too much could cause problems

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Jul 31, 2015 2:01 am

Teenagers on social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more than two hours per day are more likely to report higher psychological distress, poor mental health, or suicidal thoughts, according Ottawa Public Health.

 

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Considering the study took a look at all social networking websites, it's a rather frightening revelation - especially with more younger folks logging social media time using their smartphones. They are never really far away from Facebook or Twitter.

 

Researchers analyzed data from students in seventh grade up to grade 12, with 25 percent reporting at least two hours of daily social networking time. They took a closer look at correlations between the amount of time logged on social media to self-reports of mental health and psychological well-being.

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Subway, Paypal team up so you can pay for your sandwich using app

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 31, 2015 1:30 am

Subway has launched a new mobile app and order.subway.com, which allows customers a streamlined way to order their lunch - and the company has teamed up with PayPal, giving guests a convenient way to pay.

 

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Visitors can already use Apple Pay and Android Pay while at the checkout, as Subway seems dedicated to fully embracing multiple forms of mobile payment. Subway launched the mobile payment last year, and has spent time teaching employees how to properly accept mobile payments.

 

Ideally, guests will be able to create their sandwiches using the app - or online service - pay before visiting the restaurant, and just pick up the food and then leave.

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Rocket League racks up 5 million downloads in only 22 days

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 31, 2015 12:30 am

Are you playing Rocket League? If not, apparently you're missing out on a rather fun gaming experience that 5 million people are enjoying. It's an impressive sales figure considering the game was only released on July 7.

 

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Since the primary game mode in Rocket League is online multiplayer, you get to essentially engage in an online soccer match - except you use cars instead of players.

 

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Sony plans to open polls for new PS Plus games

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 30, 2015 11:52 pm

It's no secret that the free PS4 games offered with Sony's PS Plus haven't been so exciting, mostly made up of smaller indies with a few choice gems here and there like Rocket League, Dust and FEZ. But now Sony wants to give the power to the players and let them decide what free games they'll get each month.

 

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The new feature is called Vote to Play, and was originally spotted in the What's New section of UK-based PlayStation 4's. Now Vote to Play isn't an open poll where you can suggest and vote on great AAA PS4 games; Sony will pick three games and users will be able to chose one of those games.

 

According to the promo, Sony will kick off the new feature with three indies (not surprising) including Ubisoft's popular Grow Home, Zombie Vikings, and Armello. If the selection is handled just right Sony could possibly overshadow Microsoft's own Games With Gold service, and it'll be interesting to see what games are offered in the future.

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Facebook expects big things from next step: virtual reality

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jul 30, 2015 11:20 pm

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg believes it's only a matter of time before members of the No. 1 social networking site fully embrace "immersive 3D content."

 

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When asked about possible mainstream applications that could help boost virtual reality, including Facebook-owned Oculus VR, he offered this statement:

 

"The reason we're excited in this space is the continued progression of people getting richer and richer ways to share what's on their mind," said Zuckerberg, in a statement."Ten years ago it was text. Now it's mostly visual and photos, then primarily video and we're seeing huge growth there, but that is not the end of the line. Immersive 3D content is the obvious next thing after video."

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Microsoft says PC to Xbox One game streaming is 'challenging'

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 30, 2015 11:13 pm

Microsoft has endured a few different technical challenges when it comes to streaming PC games from Windows 10 to the Xbox One, Xbox chief Phil Spencer confirmed.

 

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Prior to the launch of Windows 10, many gamers were excited about the ability to stream their Xbox One games to PCs - but streaming PC games to the Xbox One also created some attention. However, trying to work out the bugs has been a challenge, as Microsoft needs to ensure the games are encoded and streamed properly.

 

Streaming from the game console to the PC is a simpler process "because we know exactly what you have," Spencer noted. "It's actually a little more challenging doing the encoding on the PC side to the Xbox, but [the] challenge is good."

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Microsoft trying to find ways to boost Xbox One, game sales in China

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jul 30, 2015 10:50 pm

Microsoft and Sony have struggled in the short amount of time they promoted the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in China, but hope things begin to turn around. The country is beginning to change, and recently scrapped a ban on game consoles - so there is greater hope of future sales.

 

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"The reason we are here today is not only to bring Xbox One to China but to open up the world to games made in China," said Phil Spencer, Xbox chief, speaking during Chinajoy. "We believe it is incredibly important to open up the opportunity to all developers in China."

 

Chinese gamers will get the chance to play the Halo: The Master Chief Collection in August - the first Halo game officially launched for the Xbox platform in China - and has great potential to win over gamers.

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