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Linux is coming to tablets, and you can pre-order the first one now

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 28, 2016 8:04 pm

The first Linux tablets are coming soon with Ubuntu driving the show under the hood with quad-core MediaTek processors. The devices, from BQ are available in a full HD and HD (720P) screens with the ability to run full-fledged (ARM compatible) Linux applications and turn into a traditional PC when hooked up to an external monitor and keyboard/mouse.




The BQ Aquaris M10 comes in two flavors, the 1280x800 10" model with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable storage and a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT8163A processor. The Full HD version will actually have a 10" 1920x1200 resolution screen with the same storage and RAM but a 1.5GHz quad-core processor. Both will have an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front camera and a microSD slot that can hold up to 64GB of additional storage.


The HD version is $289 while the FullHD version is $335. This is part of Canonicals bid to bring Linux into every facet of our lives, letting you enjoy it in nearly any format, akin to Microsoft's strategy with Windows 10. It's supposed to provide a seemless experience, even if it's not particularly quick with the specs these two 10" tablets have.


It's interesting and while the open-source operating system doesn't quite have the number of mobile-focused apps as Android or even Windows does, Canonical is adamant about pushing their OS into an already enriched market. The lack of apps has been enough to forestall the development of some OS's already.

Redbox entering the streaming game again, sources say

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Online Video | Posted: Mar 28, 2016 7:06 pm

Movie rental service Redbox tried its hand at movie streaming in partnership with Verizon back in 2013, but killed the project about 18 months later. Now sources say it's trying again with Redbox Digital, a closed beta for which may launch soon.




Responding for comment, a Redbox spokesperson said, "Redbox continually looks for ways to enhance our customer experience. For tens of millions of consumers, Redbox is their source for new release rentals without a subscription. As such, we regularly conduct tests of potential new offerings, that may or may not be brought to market, as part of our ongoing commitment to provide additional value."


This time around the service will be on-demand, as with iTunes and similar services, as opposed to the Netflix subscription model seen with its Redbox Instant venture. TV shows as well as movies can be rented for streaming or purchased for indefinite storage.

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Overwatch will be balanced separately on PC and console

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 28, 2016 6:11 pm

Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan has made it known that console and PC players alike have nothing to worry about when it comes to one platform affecting the other in terms of balancing.



"We plan on balancing the game separately for consoles than we do for PC," he stated an an interview with YouTuber Th3Jez. "We don't want to do anything that would harm consoles because of PC tuning, and we don't want to do anything that would harm PCs because of console tuning."


Doesn't get much more definitive than that.

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New Star Citizen trailer shows off massive Internet spaceship

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 28, 2016 5:07 pm

Star Citizen is an utterly massive game that lets you literally take on any role you could ever dream of. Well almost. But in this most recent trailer they're showing off one of their largest ship creations that isn't military or offensive at all; the MISC Starfarer.



If you've ever dreamt of being a cargo-hauler in the future, specifically ferrying fuel to and from different places, refining and selling it for the highest price possible, then this is the ship you'll need. It is a massive cargo ship that's finally ready to look at and play in inside your hanger in the latest Star Citizen 2.3 update. They've finished modeling the inside and outside of the ship which actually looks quite stunning. It's part of greater economy of the 'verse, which is actually startlingly important despite also being handled by NPC's. It could theoretically be possible to have a shipping empire akin to something you've read about in literature or experienced in real life.


Star Citizen has broken several records for crowdfunding while also coming under scrutiny for how they spend that money. Critics are concerned that the game will never materialize despite the surprisingly open communication about development successes and issues that they encounter.

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Turok will be hunting dinosaurs on the Xbox One later this year

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 28, 2016 4:01 pm

Turok the Dinosaur Hunter has already been remastered for the PC this year, with upgraded graphics that follow the same visual style of the original and compatibility for modern systems. Night Dive Studios is now planning on bringing the first and second game to the Xbox One sometime later this year.




The 90's dinosaur-hunting game has had a surprisingly positive response from fans who have praised it for being a proper remaster that hasn't diluted the original game at all. The graphics might not be running on top of Unreal Engine 4, Unity 5 or even CryEngine V, but the HD remaster does let you feel the original without being frustratingly outdated. It'll be interesting to see just how the porting process works out. There's not word on precisely when Turok: Dinosaur Hunter or Turok 2: Seeds of Evil will make their return yet.


Night Dive Studio is also currently working on two other rather interesting projects remastering, and almost completely remaking, the original System Shock as well as working on the future of the series with System Shock 3.

PlayStation 4.5 rumored to be revealed before October

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 28, 2016 3:29 pm

Yet another major publication adds its voice to the PlayStation 4.5 choir, further substantiating the rumors that Sony is preparing a powerhouse VR-ready PS4 that could push into 4K gaming.




According to new reports from The Wall Street Journal, Sony's new upgraded PlayStation 4.5 console will be announced before the console-powered PlayStation VR headset. That means we could expect the PS4.5 before October of this year, ahead of the $399 PSVR's official timed launch. WSJ further claims that the PS4.5 will be sold alongside the existing PS4 model, and that it'll be VR-ready right out of the box.


The publication goes on to say that the PlayStation 4.5 will be "backwards and forwards compatible", hinting that Sony will make two different iterations of upcoming games--a PS4.5 version and a regular PS4 flavor. Key developers are rumored to be already working on porting games to the PS4.5, The WSJ cites "people familiar with the matter" as their sources, echoing statements we've heard from Kotaku.

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We're close to seeing what Elder Scrolls Legends is all about

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 28, 2016 3:07 pm

Bethesda's Pete Hines shared on Twitter that they're coming close to being able to actually reveal more information about their own collectible card game, The Elder Scrolls Legends. But not quite yet.




The information comes to light in response to an individual who threatened to spend his money elsewhere if new information wasn't released soon. Pete Hines didn't quite give the suspected gaming terrorist the information he was looking for, though we do now know, at least, that they're closer to revealing the details and specifics than ever.


The game was announced at Bethesda's first E3 press briefing that occurred in 2015. The debut trailer was cinematic though didn't actually show any real gameplay. Despite that, the different races in The Elder Scrolls universe; the Khajit, Orcs, Elves, Nords and the Ghouls, will somehow be a part of the game, though we're unsure how they'll be integrated.

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Star Ocean 5 gets more 1080P screenshots, bad guy info

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 28, 2016 2:00 pm

Star Ocean 5 is starting to look very good given the hardware that it's running off of. Square Enix is targeting, and it will be running at, 1080P on the PS4 when development is finished. They've been able to optimize the experience to run at that resolution because it's only natural that it do so. There's no deception here, though final framerate hasn't quite been announced yet.




In these photos we get to glimpse at all three of the villains of Kronos, a technologically advanced world in Sector K of the known galaxy, which happens to be very hostile to the Galactic Federation that you'll be a part of. The screenshots show off the level of detail that Square Enix and triAce are shooting for though the ship is admittedly less than stellar.


Those three villains are known as General Arma, one of the more ruthless commander's of Kronos' military forces, Aron who is a subordinate of Arma and captain of an airship and Torus, a director of a planetary research facility that performs experimentation on humanoid subjects.

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Why OmniBus could be the best game coming out this year, maybe

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 28, 2016 1:05 pm

What would you do if you had the chance to play around in a bus in a fully destructible world that had funky physics and obstacles that bounce you around like a cat on a trampoline?



Yeah, that's Omnibus, and it's a strangely built homage to all the wonderful things the mighty bus has done for us humans, letting us take up the mantle of the magnificent charabanc that's been the archetype of good in times of bad. But really, it takes some crazy physics modeling and lets you barrel through a number of levels with PS One level graphics (made with the Unity 5 engine) completing challenges, or just trying to destroy anything that rises up above the level of the road.


You get the chance to choose which type of bus you want and simply enter either the story mode, which is filled with an actual honest to goodness real story, though you'd be excused if you didn't quite get the whimsical humor that they're trying to portray. But there's real character development going on, and it's great. More than that, it's actually entertaining!

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Suicide Squad's new international trailer is here

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Mar 28, 2016 10:09 am

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is making Warner Bros. an insane amount of money right now, opening to a huge $424 million weekend - with the studio releasing the new international trailer for Suicide Squad.



The new trailer has appeared overseas, and now online - showing off a few seconds of new footage. The new international trailer is also a little more fun and quicker than the previous trailers, losing the weirdly placed but super-cool "Bohemian Rhapsody" from Queen that was in the original trailers.

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