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Sony hires new director for the 'Uncharted' feature film

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Oct 25, 2016 11:25 pm

It's been coming for a long, long time, but it seems that Sony Pictures is serious about bringing Nathan Drake to the big screen, and has hired a new director to finally make it happen.




According to Deadline Hollywood, Sony has now hired director Shawn Levy, who's previously helmed the Ben Stiller 'Night at the Museum' franchise and the Hugh Jackman robot beat-em-up 'Real Steel' to direct the long gestating video game adaptation. Despite his new duties, Levy will also return to produce and direct episodes from the upcoming second season of the Netflix series 'Stranger Things' later this year.


Sony Pictures haven't yet committed to a new release date for the film, but I wouldn't expect to see it until late 2018 at the earliest.

'Indiana Jones 5' loses co-creator George Lucas

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Oct 25, 2016 10:59 pm

The last go around for 'Indiana Jones' in 2008's 'Kingdom of the Crystal Skull' wasn't warmly embraced by long-term fans, and so news that Disney, the new franchise owners are keen to get another entry off the ground was met with interest, but more than a little trepidation. But now it seems that half of the creating team will be absent and that's gotten a pretty mixed reaction.




According to David Koepp, the Hollywood screenwriter who's currently writing the as-yet untitled 'Indiana Jones 5', confirms that George Lucas hasn't been part of the story process, saying "I've had no contact with him." Lucas has been co-credited with writing the story for all four previous films, and created the character with Steven Spielberg. Koepp went on to give a not-so-serious update on the development thus far "I'm deeply immersed as we speak. All I can say is that there's lots of aliens and Indy dies at the end. Lots of hiding in lead-lined refrigerators, aliens, and he dies. Should go over very well."


Disney have previously announced that Harrison Ford will return in the fifth entry, which will hit cinemas on July 19, 2019. Stay healthy, kids.

Unlock Android N's full potential with this top course

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: Oct 25, 2016 10:50 pm



From VR support to improved graphics, Android Nougat brings a load of new features to the table. If you want to build apps using the latest in Android technology, then the Complete Android N Developer Course is for you. Taught by the famed Rob Percival, this course will get your next app idea off the ground, and it's on sale for just $19.


Packed with over 30 hours of training, this course will walk you through building clones of your favorite apps on Android Nougat. You'll cover a wide range of app-building technologies like Parse Server, Firebase, and Admob, and you'll even explore marketing techniques to get your app the most exposure.


Normally $200, the Complete Android N Developer Course can be yours for only $19.

Xiaomi's VR headset looks good and costs only $29

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Oct 25, 2016 10:19 pm

Xiaomi has unveiled their second VR device today in Beijing, and it looks much better than their Mi VR Play, revealed this summer.




The new device, simply named Mi VR, is stunningly beautiful and at first glance, and its design reminds me of PlayStation VR. The Mi VR will work with Xiaomi's latest phones, including the Mi 5 and Mi Note 2.


Xiaomi says the new virtual reality headset comes with a motion sensor that will keep latency low at 16ms, and a 9-axis inertial motion controller.

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Xiaomi Mi MIX rocks its edge-to-edge display

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 25, 2016 9:40 pm

Xiaomi has been quite busy this Tuesday. After announcing the Mi Note 2, they unveiled the Mi MIX, their most ambitious phone so far.




The first thing you'll notice on this phone is the design. The Mi MIX 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.


The Android phone features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset clocked at 2.35GHz, 4 or 6 GB or RAM and 128 or 256 GB of storage. The Mi MIX comes with a fingerprint reader, 13 MP main camera and 5 MP selfie camera. It also rocks a massive 4400 mAh battery with Quick Charge support.

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Xiaomi Mi Note 2 is basically a Note7 but cheaper

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 25, 2016 8:47 pm

Xiaomi has launched the Mi Note 2 today at an event in Beijing, China. As the fourth biggest phone manufacturer in the world, China is an important market for Xiaomi, although they've been struggling to maintain their growth there lately.




At first glance, Mi Note 2 looks really good with curved edges, but it's hard not to notice a similarity with Samsung's Note7. The Mi Note 2 is curved on both front and back, comes with a 5.7-inch display, 22.56 MP main camera with a f/2.0 lens and 8 MP front camera.


Xiaomi Mi Note 2 features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor with a max clock speed of 2.35GHz, 4 or 6 GB of RAM and 64 or 128 GB of storage. It's also worth noting that there's a version with global support for 37 different 4G LTE bands, meaning it will work in pretty much any country.

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Nintendo Switch gameplay graphics are subject to change

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 25, 2016 8:12 pm

The Nintendo Switch preview trailer is just a concept demonstration, and isn't meant to be taken as complete 100% accurate truth. The Switch console could drop resolution and/or FPS when detached from the docking station instead of delivering identical console-level gaming on the go.



Nintendo has affirmed that the gameplay footage shown in the trailer may not reflect the Switch's final experiences, meaning the handheld might actually have lower graphics while on-the-go and even during console play. In fact, at the very end of the preview trailer Nintendo warns that "gameplay footage not final; graphics and features subject to change." How did everyone miss that?


Nintendo further drilled the point home in an interview with Eurogamer, saying: "This video is all about explaining how the Nintendo Switch works," Nintendo told Eurogamer. "You shouldn't assume what you saw on the video represents actual game footage and further specifics on first-party games will be provided later."

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Final Fantasy 15 could get co-op mode in the future

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 25, 2016 7:04 pm

Final Fantasy 15 could get some sort of co-op multiplayer functionality...but only if enough people made enough noise to get Square Enix's attention.




Given Final Fantasy 15 has a four-person party made up of Noctis and his three best bros--Gladiolus, Ignis and Prompto--many gamers are curious why there isn't some sort of co-op feature within the game. Sure most Final Fantasy games are primarily one-play experiences, but FF15 has challenged the series' status quo in many ways, including its action-based combat. Now Final Fantasy 15 game director Hajime Tabata says there's hope for co-op, but gamers will have to make quite a clamor to get it, especially since it'll be "very tough" to implement.


"[Final Fantasy XV] was developed as a single-player experience. If people really want something like that we can definitely consider. It's very tough to convert a single-player game that was designed as such to a multiplayer game. Even though the possibilities aren't 0% it's complicated, let's not discard it for the future," Tabata said in an interview with Hobby Consoles.

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Nintendo Switch comes to life - as a stuffed dog

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 25, 2016 6:25 pm

Last week we got a lot of new info about Nintendo Switch, you can read all about it here.




With its unique look, Switch reminded someone of a dog, and we got an illustration of it. Now, the Switch dog came to life.


Twitter user TheAnnaTheRed made a stuffed Nintendo Switch. And it's adorable.

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Xbox Live Gold subscribers get 4 new games next month

By: Emma Tucker | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 25, 2016 5:33 pm

Microsoft Xbox Live Gold subscribers will see the addition of four new games this coming November. The company recently announced the titles that will become available, free to users for the Xbox One and Xbox 360.



Xbox One games:


  • Super Dungeon Brothers: Nov 1-30
  • Murdered: Soul Suspect: Nov 15-Dec 15


Xbox 360 games:


  • Monkey Island Special Edition: Nov 1-15
  • Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon Nov 16-30

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