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Enter the World of 'Warcraft' for our Blu-ray giveaway!

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Sep 20, 2016 4:08 am

To celebrate this week's release of 'Warcraft: The Beginning' on Blu-ray and DVD, we have ten 3D/ 2D Blu-ray combo packs to give away thanks to our friends at Universal Sony Home Entertainment.




Two worlds. One destiny. The peaceful realm of Azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilization faces a fearsome race of invaders: Orc warriors fleeing their dying home to colonize another. As a portal opens to connect the two worlds, one army faces destruction and the other faces extinction. From opposing sides, two heroes are set on a collision course that will decide the fate of their family, their people and their home. So begins a spectacular saga of power and sacrifice in which war has many faces, and everyone fights for something.


To go into the running to win a prize, simply correctly answer the following question:

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Google to unveil new Android 7.0 smartphone on October 4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 20, 2016 2:54 am

Google has confirmed it is hosting an October 4 event in San Francisco, where it should unveil its new smartphones - called Pixel and Pixel XL, moving away from the much-loved Nexus brand.



Google has even set up a new website called, where you can sign up for the upcoming smartphones "made by Google" in the form of Pixel and Pixel XL. HTC is manufacturing the smartphones, but Google is designing everything from the ground up since they're "made by Google".

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GoPro's new Hero5 Black shoots 4K video, integrated LCD

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cameras | Posted: Sep 20, 2016 1:52 am

GoPro has announced the latest member in their action camera family, with the introduction of the new Hero5 Black.



The new Hero5 Black is the most powerful and easy-to-use GoPro ever, according to the company, with the Hero5 Black capable of shooting 4K at 30FPS and 12MP still images. Both of which can be shot in either RAW or WDR (wide dynamic range), as well as capture distortion-free wide-angle photos with a new linear-view setting.



GoPro also adds that the audio recording on the Hero5 Black is improved, courtesy of a new triple microphone array. There's now an integrated 2-inch LCD touchscreen on the back with improved controls, voice control, and support for seven languages. We also have a built-in GPS for geotagging, electronic image stabilization, and it's waterproof to around 33 feet (10m) without the need of a separate waterproof case.

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Google's upcoming 5-inch Pixel has rumored $649 price

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 20, 2016 1:32 am

Google isn't far away from unveiling its new smartphones, that up until recently we thought were going to be called Nexus, just like their predecessors. Instead, rumor has it the new Android 7.0-powered smartphones will be called Pixel, and Pixel XL - and now, we might have found pricing on the smaller 5-inch Pixel smartphone.




According to the rumors, Pixel will start at a rather high $649 for a 32GB variant, while the larger 5.5-inch display on the Pixel XL will cost more. There will also be an accidental damage plan available, providing another year of cover for $99 on Pixel, and $119 for the Pixel XL handset.


Google is expected to unveil the new Pixel smartphones on October 4, which isn't too far away now. Let's just hope they don't have battery exploding or hissing issues like the new Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and iPhone 7, respectively.

Battlefield 1 PC specs revealed, requires Intel i5 6600K

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 19, 2016 11:44 pm

EA has just revealed Battlefield 1's minimum and recommended PC specs, but they're not too demanding.




In order to run Battlefield 1 and minimum spec on PC, you can get away with using some outdated hardware like an AMD Radeon HD 7850 or a GeForce GTX 660, but you'll need at least a newer Skylake-series Intel i5 6600K CPU and 8GB of RAM. Recommended specs still aren't too demanding with DICE advising you to have at least a GeForce GTX 1060 or an AMD RX 480, 16GB of RAM, and an Intel i7 4790 or equivalent CPU.


Minimum Specs


OS: 64-bit Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10

Processor (AMD): AMD FX-6350

Processor (Intel): Core i5-6600K

Memory: 8 GB RAM

Graphics card (AMD): Radeon HD 7850 2 GB

Graphics card (NVIDIA): GeForce GTX 660 2 GB

DirectX: 11.0 Compatible video card or equivalent

Online Connection Requirements: 512 KBPS or faster Internet connection

Hard-drive space: 50 GB


Recommended Specs


OS: 64-bit Windows 10 or later

Processor (AMD): AMD FX-8350 Wraith

Processor (Intel): Intel Core i7-4790 or equivalent

Memory: 16 GB RAM

Graphics card (AMD): Radeon RX 480 4 GB

Graphics card (NVIDIA): GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB

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Purchase Nintendo's 3DS 'Yo-kai Watch' Menu theme now

By: Emma Tucker | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 19, 2016 11:36 pm

My Nintendo customers are now able to purchase 'Yo-kai Watch' 3DS Home Menu theme for their gaming platforms via the eShop. The exclusive provides original music and character 'Jibanyan' to appear in the background on both gaming screens.




The Home Menu theme has been released to coincide with the launch of Yo-kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits and Yo-kai Watch 2: Fleshy Souls, for Nintendo 3DS. The schedule thus far; North America on September 30, Australia/New Zealand on October 15, and Europe in Q2 2017.


The exclusive Yo-kai theme is apart of the rewards program and will cost customers 100 Platinum Points to purchase through the Nintendo eShop online.

Yakuza 6 is 'seamless' on PS4, has no loading screens

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 19, 2016 11:05 pm

Yakuza games aren't nearly as big as Grand Theft Auto-style open worlds, but it's still impressive when bigger games don't have any loading screens--especially on non-PC platforms.



SEGA has confirmed that Yakuza 6--which still hasn't been confirmed for localization in the West--will have absolutely zero loading screens when it launches on PS4 in Japan. SEGA describes Yakuza 6 as "completely seamless," but you still shouldn't expect the game to be a massively-scoped open-world endeavor.


"We've worked hard to make this game completely seamless. You can engage in the central adventure, get into battles, watch drama scenes, and go back to the adventure, all without any loading screens. Go into any building or any room or any floor without loading," Yakuza creator Toshihiro Nagoshi told IGN.


"Loading is problematic for lots of reasons, including its effect on the realism of the story - let's say you have a 60-second countdown to reach a location and stop an explosion, but when loading screens come in, how do we account for those seconds? How do we keep the pressure on? So we really pushed to make it seamless this time. That's where a lot of the budget went, and it's also the reason we did not make a version for PS3. The effect is that the player has the freedom to solve problems as they like, and the sub-quests themselves are presented in a seamless way."

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220 Skype jobs at risk as Microsoft consolidates offices

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 19, 2016 10:19 pm

Microsoft's multiple Skype offices in London are to be no more as the company consolidates them into one while merging engineering roles. In turn, the moves put 220 jobs at risk.




"Microsoft is consolidating offices across London, moving employees to Microsoft's new office at Paddington," the company's statement reads. "As part of this effort, Microsoft reviewed some London-based roles and made the decision to unify some engineering positions, potentially putting a number of globally focused Skype and Yammer roles at risk."


"We are deeply committed to doing everything we can to help those affected through this process. Microsoft will be entering into a consultation process and [it will] offer opportunities where possible."

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New Tekken 7 trailer shows 60FPS Iron Fist mayhem

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 19, 2016 9:08 pm

Tekken 7 has entered the 60FPS realm, and its newest trailer gives us a glimpse of that gloriously smooth chaos we can expect in 2017.



As a die-hard Tekken fan, I'm extremely excited about Tekken 7 for two reasons: one, we'll get to wreak total havoc with our favorite characters in 60 frames-per-second for the first time ever, and two, it's the first fully-fledged Tekken game we've had in almost 10 years (Tekken 6 came out in 2007). Tekken fans have been starved for a continuation for a while now, and Tekken Tag Tournament 2 was genuinely awesome, but the game didn't propel the series forward.


Tekken 7 will also see the epic battle against father and son as Heihachi faces off against Kazuya one last time. The game also features a bunch of new characters, with a good portion of our old favorite fighters jumping back into the fray. Check below for a full list of the characters that've been confirmed so far, but series alum Katsuhiro Harada confirms that more characters will be added via updates, but we likely won't have to pay DLC fees to unlock new fighters: "Again, I can't say which characters, but we'll keep steadily adding pre-existing characters, so look forward to that as well."

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Gears of War 4 has split-screen co-op on PC

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 19, 2016 8:48 pm

Not too many PC games have split-screen co-op, with even fewer console games even supporting it. Interestingly enough, Gears of War 4 will have local co-op for its campaign with the devs describing the addition as a "labor of love."



"From a development standpoint, it is quite difficult to support. We have to deal with multiple inputs, we have to deal with focus, we have to deal with UI placement. Developers have got to put some effort into it to do it right, it's not just something you can tack on." Gears of War 4 Technical director Mike Rayner told PC Gamer.


Gears of War 4 will also support cross-play on Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs for online campaign co-op and co-operative Horde mode, player vs AI gametypes, and private matches. Gears of War 4 even supports LAN multiplayer and co-op on Xbox One and PC, too.

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