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Google reportedly working on two next-gen smartwatches

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jul 13, 2016 4:21 am

Google is reportedly working on two new smartwatches that will be branded as Google, which is a big difference to the Mountain View-based search giant relying on third-party manufacturers to make Android Wear-based smartwatches.




Android Police is reporting that the above image is a "recreated image" of the primary source material, as they want to keep their source anonymous. The site also adds that the smartwatches are still under development, and may differ to what we see above. As they stand, I think they look slick.


The larger smartwatch is based on the 43.5mm "Angelfish", which will reportedly feature a heart rate monitor, GPS, and LTE connectivity so it doesn't rely on your smartphone. It has three buttons, compared to third-party Android Wear smartwatches that usually have one. We should see Google Assistant integration with contextual alerts, thanks to the additional buttons.

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Pokemon GO's success has Hollywood trying to make a Pokemon movie

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 13, 2016 2:32 am

We all know Pokemon GO has absolutely exploded into the world, in a way that I've never seen before - it is the first game that I've seen that has people of all ages going out into the world, and playing a game.




Deadline is reporting that Pokemon GO's runaway success has "all Hollywood has renewed the chase for a deal to turn Pokémon into a feature film". Rumbles of a live-action Pokemon movie have been around for a while, but now things have been amplified after Pokemon GO became oxygen to gamers, with Deadline saying Legendary pictures "is moving toward a deal".


The report adds that there is a "scenario" where Max Landis, who directed Chronicle, could write the Pokemon movie, while Legendary made the film. The report adds that "everything went silent" a few months ago, but now that Pokemon GO has exploded in popularity, "it's come back around".


Do you want to see a Pokemon movie become a reality? Let's just hope it doesn't end up like the Super Mario Bros. movie.

ZOTAC's super-small GeForce GTX 1060 Mini leaked

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jul 13, 2016 1:10 am

ZOTAC is a company that never ceases to impress me, as I've just reviewed their GeForce GTX 1080 AMP! Extreme, which is the fastest GTX 1080 yet. But something more impressive has just appeared; ZOTAC's unannounced GeForce GTX 1060 Mini.




ZOTAC will be utilizing the smaller PCB of the GeForce GTX 1060 to their advantage, with the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1060 Mini set to arrive in 3GB and 6GB variants, with both cards arriving with reference GPU clocks of 1506/1708MHz for base/boost, respectively.




The company will be using their own custom PCB for the GeForce GTX 1060 Mini, with a slick-looking, but not over-the-top cooler on board. We should expect the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1060 Mini to be officially revealed in the coming weeks, and I hope ZOTAC has a sample on its way to me.

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Fox scraps current 'X-Men' TV show plan, goes in another direction

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jul 13, 2016 12:17 am

Last year we reported that the Fox network was planning an 'X-Men' TV show and while a show is still being developed, it looks like the network has gone back to the drawing board with the project.




According to Dark Horizons, Fox has dumped plans for proposed spin-off series 'Hellfire', and will instead develop a project focussing on two parents who discover their children are mutants. FOX president David Madden said "Developing a Marvel property has been a top priority for the network-and we are so pleased with how Matt Nix has led us into this thrilling universe. There's comic book adventure, emotional and complicated relationships, and a rich, existing mythology from which to draw. With the brilliant production crew behind this project, it has all the makings of a big, fun and exciting new series."


This summer's 'X-Men Apocalypse' was a financial disappointment for Twentieth Century Fox, grossing just $535 million worldwide on a $178 million budget, which pales in comparison to the $781 million 'Deadpool' haul.

AMD says Vega is a 'high-end architecture for high-end gamers'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jul 12, 2016 11:52 pm

AMD has been pushing Polaris for the last 6 months or so, leading up to the launch of the Polaris 10-based Radeon RX 480, but that doesn't mean the company is shying away from its next architecture; Vega.




AMD's next-gen Vega architecture is due in 2017, and during the Radeon RX series launch in Australia, the company showed off the same GPU roadmap we've seen at previous events - but also said something interesting. AMD said that the next-gen Vega architecture is a "high-end architecture for high-end gamers".


Remember that Vega will be using HBM2 technology, so we should expect a rather large leap over the Polaris architecture when it comes to specs, speeds, and technology. Vega will continue its rampage into the 14nm FinFET process, while the architecture to succeed Vega, 'Navi', is due in 2018. We don't know much about Navi just yet, but AMD teases that it will feature 'next-gen memory' - which is something I really need to know about. What is 'next-gen memory' when HBM2 is already incredible with 1TB/sec+ bandwidth?

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB variant could be priced at $149-$199

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jul 12, 2016 11:06 pm

NVIDIA announced its GeForce GTX 1060 not long ago, but with prices ranging between $249 and $299 - it won't directly compete against AMD's Radeon RX 480 which is priced at $199 to $239 and beyond, depending on whether you want the reference 4GB/8GB model ($199/$239, respectively) or a partner card with a custom PCB and improved cooling.




Well, NVIDIA could hit a lower price point with the 3GB variant of its GeForce GTX 1060, as the company has only unveiled the 6GB version thus far. NVIDIA is reported to hit a $149 price on the partner cards, while the GTX 1060 3GB Founders Edition could be priced at $199.


This means NVIDIA would be competing against the Radeon RX 470, which is priced at $149, and is a cut down variant of the Polaris 10 with 4GB of GDDR5. But what will NVIDIA cull from the 3GB variant of the GeForce GTX 1060 to get the price down? The GTX 1060 6GB features GPU clocks of 1506/1708 for base/boost, respectively - while it has a 192-bit memory bus for its 6GB of GDDR5 RAM.

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One hero limit, balance patch coming to Overwatch

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 12, 2016 7:20 pm

There's been a debate raging the past few weeks about whether or not Blizzard should implement a one hero limit for Overwatch. As it stands, there's no such limit, which sometimes leads to silly compositions that are tough to beat in some situations like double Winston, double Lucio, and double Tracer.




After much vocalization (particularly from the eSports scene), the developer is going ahead and implementing the limit, which it says is because stacking has decreased overall fun. As you'd probably hope, this is only for Competitive Mode; Quick Play remains the 'let's do silly things / try out heroes we're not good with' mode. A side effect of the limit is you'll likely notice more compositions that double up on effects but with different heroes as opposed to using the same heroes: for example, area control from Pharah and Junkrat, double turret action from Bastion and Torbjorn, and so on.


Also on the way is a balance patch which features buffs to a few heroes and a nerf to one.

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The Z mouse offers unprecedented control, funded on Kickstarter

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jul 12, 2016 6:03 pm

Makers of the GT mouse Swiftpoint are aiming to do it all with their next device. The Z mouse offers a level of control over your actions and movements we've never seen before, whether it's tilting the mouse to lean, pivoting it to change direction, taking advantage of the pressure sensitive clicks for added action precision, lifting it to bring a chopper off the ground, or all kinds of other things.




Between the different buttons, how you click them, and the aid of tilting and pivoting, the Z allows you to take advantage of 50 clickable button actions, which could prove very handy for RPGs, MMOs, and MOBAs.


"Deep clicking" is useful for strong versus light attacks in games, but also for office productivity: a shallow click will select a word, a medium click will select a paragraph, and a deep click will select an entire page. Similarly, you can use the tilt functionality to scan through pages freely.

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Overwatch's sniper healer Ana revealed

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 12, 2016 5:35 pm

Last week, a sniper rifle that appeared to have healing functionality was teased for Overwatch and today it's revealed as well as the hero that wields it. As some suspected, that hero is Ana Amari, mother to Pharah and a one-eyed sniper who has come out of retirement.



Ana's rifle allows her to deal perpetual damage to enemies (when zoomed out). When zoomed in, she acts like a traditional sniper. As well, the weapon can be set to restore health to allies. Other equipment includes a "sleep dart" that renders a foe unconscious until damage is dealt to them, a biotic grenade that deals damage to enemies and prevents them from healing while also healing any allies in the area of effect, and a nano boost (appears to be her Ultimate), which will inject a foe with a shot of adrenaline, allowing them to move faster, deal more damage, and take less damage from enemies.


With all of this high-value utility, it's not hard to imagine Ana as a Competitive Mode and tournament mainstay, but of course, time will tell. Whatever happens, it seems clear either Widowmaker will need a buff or Ana will need a nerf in order for both to be viable.

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Twitter increases GIF size limit to 15MB

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Jul 12, 2016 4:12 pm

Twitter, in its perpetual quest to loosen up its restrictions, has increased its GIF size limit to 15MB from 5MB for web users; mobile users will still enjoy the 5MB limit, and photo uploads are still limited to 5MB on the web.




Also, if you haven't noticed, Twitter now supports GIF searching à la Facebook Messenger.


In recent times, the service has stopped including images, videos, and usernames in its 140 character limit, abandoned the character limit altogether for direct messages, and increased its video length limit from 30 seconds to 140 seconds.