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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.

 

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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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Final Fantasy 15 PC port won't come any time soon

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 25, 2016 5:06 pm

Square Enix has already affirmed that Final Fantasy 15 won't come to PC until the console versions launch, but how long after? A year or so? Maybe more? According to game director Hajime Tabata, PC gamers might be waiting for quite some time.

 

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Tabata affirms that a PC port of Final Fantasy 15 would be a massive undertaking, and would actually require mostly new development. The team would have to totally focus on FF15 on PC and nothing else, to the point where their whole dedication would be on the PC version.

 

"About the PC we're focusing all our efforts into the console versions of the game. So we're not looking into it right now to be honest. Making a PC version of the game would mean we'd have to readjust a lot of stuff and concentrate solely on developing it, even though the development team has shown interest in getting a PC version out at some point," Tabata said in a recent interview with Hobby Consoles.

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Nintendo Switch to launch only as complete bundle

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 25, 2016 4:04 pm

Nintendo's new Switch hybrid console will only have a tablet and dock bundle at launch, and gamers won't be able to buy a handheld-only SKU.

 

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A Nintendo source told Let's Play Video Games' Laura Kate Dale that the Nintendo Switch would launch in March 2017 as a complete package containing the base tablet and the docking station. While the Nintendo Switch console (the tablet) can work independently of the dock, Nintendo doesn't want consumers thinking that they can hook the tablet directly up to the TV by itself.

 

Nintendo has confirmed that the Switch is a single-screen only experience, unlike the Wii U, which uses both the GamePad display and an HDTV for dual-screen gaming. This means the Nintendo Switch can only be used for TV gaming if its docked.

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The world's tiniest smartphone has 1.54-inch display

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 25, 2016 3:26 pm

First, we had brick-like phones that were big and heavy. Then, the phone manufacturers tried to make them as small as possible and today we get to choose between many standard screen sizes. However, you wouldn't think someone would make a smartphone with a 1.54-inch display, would you? Well, that happened.

 

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VPhone company made what is probably the world's tiniest smartphone. The Vphone S8 has 2.5D curved glass screen with 1.54-inch display and one button, used as a power button.

 

The phone has a speaker, microphone and... even a headphone jack! The Vphone S8 comes with a built-in FM radio, a heart rate sensor, a light sensor, and a pedometer. The company stated that the Vphone S8 can be paired via Bluetooth with your other smartphone so you can answer the calls coming to that phone. Basically, the Vphone S8 is a smartwatch that's not a watch? Something like that... You can put a sim card in the phone, but if you want to use it as a "smartwatch that's not a smartwatch", it does support iOS and Android phones.

 

Now about the specs...the Vphone S8 has a 64MB of RAM (yes, that's MB), 128MB of storage and a 380 mAh battery. It's tiny, what did you expect?

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Is Surface Studio Microsoft's new all-in-one desktop?

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Oct 25, 2016 2:52 pm

Microsoft is set to reveal its new all-in-one Surface desktop PC tomorrow, and now there's evidence it could be called "Surface Studio."

 

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Microsoft is holding a major Windows 10 press event tomorrow, and the major consensus from the tech press believes Microsoft will unveil a unique Surface-branded "iMac-killer" desktop PC at the event. Official details are slim, but its believed the Surface all-in-one is powered by Windows 10 and can be used as a detachable tablet or docked as a desktop PC. ZDNet says the Surface is codenamed "Cardinal," and can "turn your desk into a studio."

 

Speaking of a "studio," that might actually be the name of the device: Surface Studio, to be more exact. Trademark attorney Brian Conroy dug up some compelling evidence of a Slovenian trademark filing which also listed the Surface Laptop, Surface Dial, and Paint 3D--the latter of which could be for 3D artists, with the Dial being similar to Wacom's Express Remote, as per Microsoft's agreement with Wacom to release "dual protocol pens."

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Samsung offers upgrade program for Note7 owners

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 25, 2016 2:27 pm

In the latest attempt to retain their customers after the Note7 fiasco, Samsung unveiled they will be offering a special upgrade program. South Korean customers who have decided to replace the Note7 for a Galaxy S7 or S7 edge, will be able to upgrade the replacements to either a Galaxy S8 smartphone or a Note 8, Samsung said in a statement, confirming that the Note series isn't dead.

 

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Users in this upgrade program will need to pay only half the price of the Galaxy S7 device, before exchanging it for an S8 or Note 8. The Galaxy S8 is scheduled to be released in February, while the Note 8 is expected for August or September next year.

 

The upgrade program in South Korea will be carried out by the end of November. As for other countries, Samsung hasn't explained how or if they plan to implement this program.

Skyrim: Special Edition already has 73 console mods

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 25, 2016 1:31 pm

Modders are busily porting over Skyrim: Special Edition mods to consoles and PC, with over 100 mods and counting already available.

 

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Bethesda has released the Skyrim: Special Edition Creation Kit to beta testers, and modders are porting over their content to the new Bethesda.net Skyrim remaster mod interface in preparation for the game's release. Right now there are a total of 123 Skyrim: Special Edition mods available for all platforms, with 64 mods on Xbox One alone. One of the best Skyrim survival mods of all time, Frostfall, has also been uploaded to Xbox One, along with the excellent Open Cities. Both will be available when the game releases.

 

PS4 owners are getting shafted in the mods department, and there's only 9 mods available right now. This is likely due to the fact that PS4 mods are limited to just 1GB in size, whereas the Xbox One supports up to 5GB-sized mods. Skyrim mods on PS4 are also limited to using default assets and aren't compatible with new custom-created assets; this means PS4 owners won't get new weapons, armors, building textures, etc.

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GIVEAWAY: MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GAMING X 4G / 2G

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Oct 25, 2016 1:02 pm

Global entry! We have teamed up with MSI to give away one GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GAMING X 4G and one GeForce GTX 1050 GAMING X 2G graphics card.

 

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Google buys VR eye-tracking startup company

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Oct 25, 2016 12:47 pm

Google has purchased Eyefluence, a startup company that specializes in eye-tracking technology,

 

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Google plans to fold Eyefluence's unique eye-tracking VR optics software tech into its new mobile-powered Daydream View VR headset. The software uses "vision-driven, intuitive eye-interaction" to discern quite a bit of information from users, chiefly whether or not HMD wearers are interested in what they're seeing or not. We're not 100% sure how Google will leverage Eyefluence to build a new optics solution for Daydream VR, but we could see some interesting convergences happen, including eye-controlled interfaces

 

"At Eyefluence, we are engineering the ability to transform intent into action through your eyes. Leveraging eye biomechanics and the eye-brain connection with the first-ever eye-interaction technology solution for HMD devices, we are expanding human potential and creating new possibilities in VR, AR, and MR worlds," reads the company's website.

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