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The 'Pirates of the Caribbean' are back in new trailer

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Feb 8, 2017 4:56 am

It's been a while between drinks, but the fifth entry in Disney's 'Pirates of the Caribbean' franchise will soon be with us, and it's returning another classic character for good measure. The studio has just released an extended look at their $5 million dollar Super Bowl TV spot for your viewing pleasure.



Directed by franchise newcomers Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg (Kon-Tiki) from a script by Jeff Nathanson and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, 'Dead Men Tell No Tales' is set to return Johnny Depp as the iconic pirate, as well as Orlando Bloom and Geoffrey Rush. Javier Bardem joins the series for the first time as the film's big bad; Captain Salazar.


'Dead Men Tell No Tales' is set to berth at theatres in 2D, 3D and IMAX across the world on May 26th 2017.

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Core i7-7700K overclocked to 7.2GHz with liquid helium

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Feb 8, 2017 4:32 am

Intel's current Core i7-7700K processor is a beast on its own, but at 7.2GHz? That's another story, something that German overclocker 'der8auer' has hit, using liquid helium.



The overclocking milestone for the 7700K was reached at the ASUS Absolute Zero event, and overclocking event that saw Der8auer pushing the CPU to 7.2GHz using liquid helium cooling. Liquid helium is impressive, as it sits at an insanely cold -296C (around 70C lower than liquid nitrogen).


Liquid helium cooling is more expensive than LN2, but it does go 70C lower than LN2. Are we looking at the next level of overclockers using liquid helium, which costs around $4300 for 33oz of the super-cool stuff.

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Corsair's first fully-built 'Corsair One' PC coming soon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Feb 8, 2017 3:14 am

Corsair is getting into the PC building business with its upcoming 'Corsair One' gaming PC which looks ridiculously awesome.




The new Corsair One PC has been designed with the best parts on the market, and an eye for perfection, with the company making the Corsair One from the ground up to "power anything and everything you love to do".


We should expect Corsair to unleash its new One PC very soon, and now I want one on my desk to join my 2560x1440 165Hz and 3440x1440 100Hz gaming displays. Gushing here, Corsair.

Intel preparing new Kaby Lake CPUs to battle AMD Ryzen

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Feb 8, 2017 1:29 am

AMD is preparing an onslaught of 17 processors in its Ryzen family, and while I personally think Intel will be dropping prices on their CPUs as they're - for the first time in years - preparing for big competition in the consumer CPU game.




Intel is reportedly preparing two new Kaby Lake CPUs in the form of the Core i7-7740K and Core i5-7640K, which will both rock higher clock speeds, but also a higher TDP. The Core i7-7740K will 'replace' the Core i7-7700K (because it's been so long since it was released) and will feature the same 4C/8T goodness from the Kaby Lake architecture, on the 14nm+ process node.


The purported Core i7-7740K will have a 4.3GHz base clock speed, while boosting up to 4.5GHz - it'll also have 8MB of L3 cache, and a 112W TDP.

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The white Xiaomi Mi MIX sold out in under a minute

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 7, 2017 11:26 pm

At this year's CES, Xiaomi announced that the beautiful Mi MIX would soon come in a white color as well.




The day has arrived, and in the first flash sale the white Mi MIX sold out in under a minute. The device, with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, was selling for around $510. The 6GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage version is, for now, available only in black color.


The device comes with a 6.4-inch screen, 2040x1080 resolution, and an incredible 91.3 percent screen-to-body ratio, which the company says is the world's 1st.

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Forza dev working on open-world game, may be new Xbox IP

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 7, 2017 10:30 pm

UK-based Playground Games is best known for its high-profile Forza Horizon racing series, but the team has opened up a separate games studio to work on an entirely different project.




Playground founder Ralph Fulton confirmed that the new game wouldn't have anything to do with racing. In fact, it'll be an open-world type of game set in an entirely different genre than the studio is used to, and the project might even be the new Xbox IP that Microsoft exec Phil Spencer recently teased. Microsoft's Xbox brand has worked closely with Playground for the Forza Horizon series, and this could be a unique opportunity to create something fresh.


"We feel like we've become pretty good at racing games over the years. We can always get better, we can always strive to get better but we'd love to prove ourselves in a different genre. That's another goal of Project 2, to allow us to do that. It's a great opportunity for us to test ourselves in a different genre," Fulton told


While the second studio is working on this unique open-world game, Playground's principle team will continue belting out Forza Horizon games.


"Our business with Forza over the last six, seven years has been great for us. It remains the cornerstone of our business - we're not running away from racing, we still feel passionate about making new racing games and delivering new experiences for our players."

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ZTE to announce Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Feb 7, 2017 9:28 pm

LG and Google are set to introduce the first two smartwatches running Android Wear 2.0 on February 8th - LG Watch Sport and Watch Style.




However, they won't remain the only smartwatches with Android Wear 2.0 for very long. According to the leaks, ZTE is supposed to unveil their first watch to run Android Wear - Quartz.


The image of the ZTE Quartz along with some specs have already leaked, and we are looking at 3G connectivity meaning you will be able to take calls even if your smartwatch isn't paired with a phone.

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3DS supported alongside Switch 'for the time being'

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 7, 2017 8:45 pm

Since Nintendo's new Switch hybrid system is an all-in-one combination of the 3DS' handheld mobility with a Wii U's centralized console-and-tablet hardware, 3DS owners have been worried that their beloved handheld's days are numbered. While Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima says the systems will continue to live on, he also delivers some clues that this competing hardware relationship will come to an end at some point--possibly sooner than we think.




"We believe the 3DS can coexist with Nintendo Switch for the time being," Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima said during the company's recent Corporate Management Policy Briefing. Just let that sink in a bit...especially that last part, that whole "for the time being" part. It's true that Nintendo will keep making 3DS exclusives throughout the year, but how long will this last? How long until Nintendo decides the 3DS is actively competing against its hot new Switch--the system that represents the total culmination of everything the company has done up until this point, the focal point of hardware, software, and a new non-draconian business model.


Nintendo has also merged its handheld and console teams into one cohesive unit, which strongly hints that the 3DS could be retired in favor of the Switch. "Regarding our software development environment, we have taken the software development teams for home console systems and for handheld systems, which used to be two different departments, and integrated them into one, and this has been very beneficial as they are now developing software as a team in the same environment," Nintendo exec Shigeru MIyamoto said in the briefing.

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Devs can 'easily' port PC games to the Nintendo Switch

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 7, 2017 7:31 pm

Nintendo has made a strong effort to ensure its new Switch handheld-console hybrid supports modern games engines and APIs like Unreal Engine, Unity and Vulkan, giving developers tons of powerful and flexible options. Nintendo exec Shigeru Miyamoto affirms that porting cross-platform games onto the Switch can be done 'easily,' and adapting a PC game to the Switch would only take a year.




"Third-party developers who are making software for PC can now easily adapt that software to work on our platform. In the current development environment, Iʼd say that it would take less than a year for them to port a PC game to Nintendo Switch," Miyamoto said during Nintendo's Corporate Management Policy Briefing.


Miyamoto goes on to proudly state that the company's devs have "mastered" the flexible toolsets like Unreal Engine, and that Japanese devs are now on par to Western games developers: "This ease of software development has also been felt by Nintendoʼs internal developers. Also, even though game software developers in the U.S. and E.U. are often said to have superior skills to their Japanese counterparts when it comes to software development techniques, Nintendo's software developers have mastered state-of-the-art technologies such as Unreal engine, and their skills can now be compared with those of Western developers. Our developers are more excited than ever to create software."

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Square Enix predicts $2.2 billion yearly earnings spike

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 7, 2017 6:03 pm

Square Enix recently published its third quarter earnings report, and things are looking good for the Final Fantasy publisher. Total nine-month net sales are up by 24% year-over-year thanks to strong game sales, but the most interesting tidbit is the rather massive earnings spike the publisher expects to see at the end of the fiscal year. In fact, corporate expects net sales to rocket in just three months time, pushing its net sales to just over $2.2 billion.




In a nine-month period from April to December 2016, Square Enix generated a total of 190 billion yen in net sales, or about $1.68 billion USD. Three of Square Enix's four yearly quarters have passed, leaving the last three-month quarter (Q4 2017) which ends on March 2017. The publisher's forecast for the entire net sales of Fiscal Year 2017 is 250 to 270 billion yen, which is at least approximately 60 billion yen over their current nine-month earnings. The timing is key here: Square Enix will have a three month period from Jan. 1 to Mar. 31 to generate that 60 billion yen, or about $533.4 million dollars.


What could be responsible for this massive spike? Square Enix obviously has tons of confidence in their current and future lineup, so I decided to take a gander at Square Enix's confirmed 2017 software lineup calendar for games that release during the Q4 timeline. I found six games: KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, RIDE 2, I Am Setsuna (Nintendo Switch), NieR: Automata (PS4), Kingdom Hearts 1.5 & 2.5 HD ReMIX (PS4), and the newly released Mobius Final Fantasy. Two of these (NieR and Kingdom Hearts) are heavy-hitters. Other releases like Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood, Dragon Quest Heroes II, and Final Fantasy XII Zodiac Age will release past the cut-off point. So might we be able to expect a surprise release?

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