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It's touchdown for our 'Ballers' Blu-ray giveaway!

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Jan 31, 2017 12:13 am

To celebrate this week's release of 'Ballers: The Complete Second Season' on Blu-ray and DVD, we have 10 Blu-rays to give away thanks to our friends at Roadshow Home Entertainment.




Spencer Strasmore (Dwayne Johnson) and his boys are back to "ball out" in a brand-new season of this HBO comedy series that digs into the extravagant, high-stakes world of football in Miami, FL. In Season 2, things are more competitive and complicated than ever. Retired football star turned financial manager Spencer is forced to face demons from his past as he goes head-to-head with the biggest shark in the business, Andre Allen (Andy Garcia). Meanwhile, Spencer's closest friends and clients struggle to find their footing in a world where it's "go big" or go home.


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

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Peter Capaldi to leave 'Doctor Who' role

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jan 30, 2017 11:51 pm

Peter Capaldi, who plays the title role on BBC's 'Doctor Who' has revealed this will be his last.



The veteran actor who's played the role since 2013 will complete the role when the upcoming 10th season and 2017 Christmas special finishes airing this year. Capaldi followed actors Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, and Matt Smith who've played the character since the series was rebooted for TV screens in 2005.


The next season is scheduled to premiere on UK screens in April, and later in the year in the US.

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Oppo Find 9 will rock Snapdragon 835 and elegant design?

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 30, 2017 11:32 pm

Oppo, a Chinese phone manufacturer, is rumored to announce their new device sometime in the first half of this year.




The device, named the Oppo Find 9, is supposed to come in two variants. The first one will be powered by Qualcomm's 10nm SoC Snapdragon 835 and come with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The second one will have the Snapdragon 653 processor and is rumored to come with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.


The latest leak confirms these specs and reveals more. It says that the device will have a 5.5-inch display, a 21MP main camera, 16MP selfie cam, and a large 4,100 mAh battery. The base version of the phone is rumored to cost around $580.

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Fallout 4 PS4 Pro patch will add native 1440p resolution

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 30, 2017 10:41 pm

Fallout 4 is finally getting its long overdue PlayStation 4 Pro Forward Compatibility patch that will upgrade resolution to native 1440p and boost atmospheric effects.




Bethesda today announced the features of Fallout 4's upcoming PS4 Pro patch, which will upgrade the game's base resolution to 2560 x 1440, however no details were given on a 1080p 60FPS mode. We expect the 1440p mode will be capped at 30FPS like the base game.


Fallout 4's PS4 Pro patch will also improve draw distances for environments such as trees, grass, basic objects and NPCs. Gamers will also get improved godray effects for realistic and immersive lighting effects.

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Nintendo Switch appeals to Japanese smartphone gamers

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 30, 2017 9:39 pm

Although smartphone gaming reigns supreme in Japan, the portability of Nintendo's new handheld-console Switch hybrid has attracted young Japanese mobile gamers, and may even disrupt the market.




Nintendo designed its new Switch system around one specific point: playing games anywhere with anyone. The Nintendo Switch merges the best of gaming's three top sectors and injects a social dynamic to the mix: mobile gaming, as the Switch tablet has a 10-point capacitive touchscreen that could facilitate traditional experiences with the added benefit of transforming into a mini arcade console via Tabletop Mode; handheld gaming, as the Switch has dedicated attachable controllers to facilitate real handheld gaming; and console gaming, as the Switch can be docked in a cradle to boost performance for living-room based play on full 1080p HDTVs. All of these modes have a social element to them, and this has appealed to a key demographic--the very thing Nintendo was hoping for.


According to a survey published on Japanese games site Sirabee, approximately 10.7% of Japanese gamers are interested in the Switch. The site surveyed 1,400 Japanese people of all ages, so the 10.7% means about 149 of the people are actually committed to buying the Switch. Things get more interesting when we look at the actual figures, especially when analyzing key gaming tastes.


Taking a look at the actual data (as translated by Dualshockers), we see that the Switch appeals most to younger people in the 20 - 30 year old demographic. This is no surprise considering the Switch itself was designed by a younger generation of Nintendo engineers.

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EA teases Skate 4

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 30, 2017 8:15 pm

UPDATE: EA has confirmed it's not currently developing Skate 4. Sorry folks!


Original story as follows.


After six years of waiting, Skate fans might be getting a new game in the series.



EA senior community manager Daniel Lingen recently stirred up the pot by teasing Skate 4. Now when I say tease, I just mean that Lingen posted a simple hashtag on Twitter, but that was enough. There were no screenshots, no ARG's, no cryptic signals or even snippets of footage. Just #Skate4.


The publisher is poised to release their third quarter FY2017 earnings on the morrow, so we could see key EA execs talk about specific upcoming games in the pipeline. I hope to hear about Skate 4, the publisher's multitude of new Star Wars games, and maybe even a quick mention of BioWare's new Dragon Age game.

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iPhone is no longer top-selling smartphone in China

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 30, 2017 7:17 pm

A new report from Counterpoint Research shows that Apple's iPhone is no longer the top-selling smartphone in China. The iPhone held this position for the past five years, but it looks like it's time for a new star.




And in China, that star is Oppo's R9. The report says that a total of 17 million units of the R9 were sold in the country last year, which is around 4% of the market share. Apple managed to sell 12 million units, meaning they captured around 2% of the market.


Apple became top-selling smartphone in China in 2012, and it held that position for five years. The American company is clearly becoming more vulnerable in China with many Chinese phone manufacturers like Huawei, Oppo, and Xiaomi gaining more fans.

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The 'Father of Pac-Man' Masaya Nakamura dies at 91

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 30, 2017 6:18 pm

Namco confirmed today that Masaya Nakamura, the so-called Father of Pac-Man and founder of one of Japan's and the gaming industry's most important companies, has died at age 91.



Masaya Nakamura's Namco was a transformative force in the massive arcade boom during the 80s during that golden age when gaming was starting to take shape. He was a major player in the games industry, and enjoyed massive success with immortal Pac-Man, which is forever known as the world's most popular arcade game. We can only imagine what gaming would be like had Mr. Nakamura not taking the initiative to start his business in 1955. If you grew up in the 80's, you no-doubt owe quite a bit of your childhood to Mr. Nakamura. He will be sorely missed.


Did you know? NAMCO is a shortened abridged version of the company's original name: Nakamura Amusement machine Manufacturing COmpany.

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Kyocera introduces a washable smartphone

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 30, 2017 5:33 pm

Kyocera Corporation has announced a new Rafre smartphone for Japanese service provider, KDDI Corporation. The device is a successor to the original DIGNO Rafre, launched in December 2015 as the world's first washable smartphone. Yes, hand-soap-washable smartphone.




The second generation of the washable smartphone will also be resistant to foaming body soap in addition to the hand soap. Meaning you can wash your smartphone while showering. Handy, isn't it?


You can also use your phone while wearing gloves or with wet hands.

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Fallout 4 high-res texture pack requires a...RX 490?

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 30, 2017 4:12 pm

Bethesda will roll out a high resolution texture pack for Fallout 4 on PC, but the publisher affirms only higher-end rigs with beefy video cards and processors will be able to handle the update. In fact, Bethesda lists a GPU that doesn't even exist yet: AMD's Radeon RX 490.




Fallout 4 is getting spruced up on consoles with a new PS4 Pro patch enabling native 1440p and on PC, but the latter will enjoy the biggest and most enhanced upgrade. Everyday PC gamers apparently won't benefit as the high-res texture pack as Bethesda wants you to have an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 or an AMD RX 490 with 8GB of VRAM and an Intel Core i7-5820K or better to use the update.


While these are listed as recommended specs, the publisher says: "make sure you have an additional 58 GB of available and that your system meets/exceeds the recommended specs below."


Recommended PC Specs


  • Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit OS required)
  • Intel Core i7-5820K or better
  • GTX 1080 8GB/AMD Radeon RX 490 8GB
  • 8GB+ Ram


Note: To utilize the High-Resolution Texture Pack, make sure you have an additional 58 GB of available and that your system meets/exceeds the recommended specs below.

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