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LG announces 5 new phones - K(2017) series and Stylus 3

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 22, 2016 2:29 pm

LG has announced a range of new smartphones just before CES. The company unveiled their 2017 K series - the K3, K4, K8, and K10, as well as the Stylus 3.

 

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The K10 (2017) comes with a 5.3-inch HD display, 13MP camera, and 5MP selfie cam. It is powered by MediaTek's MT6750 processor and it had 2GB of RAM and 32GB internal memory. The K10 has a fingerprint sensor and comes with 2,800 mAh battery.

 

The K8 (2017) has a smaller 5-inch HD display, but the same camera as K10. It runs on a Snapdragon 425 processor and comes with 1.5GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory. The device doesn't have a fingerprint sensor and comes with a 2,500 mAh battery.

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Nintendo Switch hits High 1080p Unreal Engine 4 preset

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 22, 2016 1:38 pm

Yesterday we reported on the Nintendo Switch's uncovered Unreal Engine 4 display profiles, asserting that the console-and-handheld hybrid would use medium 1080p settings. But it appears we might've been wrong: the Switch could use high 1080p settings within Unreal Engine 4, effectively going toe-to-toe with the PS4 and Xbox One's base in-engine GFX settings.

 

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Based on the Unreal Engine 4 Scalability Reference Guide given to us by one of our readers, we can see that our original scale that assumed 1=low, 2=medium and 3=high settings was off the mark. Instead, Unreal Engine's scale goes like this: 0=low, 1=medium, 2=high and 3=Epic (ultra). This effectively means that the Nintendo Switch's UE4 display profiles score in the high and medium settings category, respective to the docked console and handheld form factors. This means the console could hit High GFX perf in 1080p in Unreal Engine 4 while docked, potentially matching the reference PS4 and Xbox One's High 1080p settings in UE4, and Medium GFX settings at 720p while taken on-the-go.

 

Nintendo Switch Unreal Engine 4 Display Profiles:

 

Reference: 0=low, 1=medium, 2=high, 3=Epic (ultra)

 

[Switch DeviceProfile]

+CVars=sg.ViewDistanceQuality=2

+CVars=sg.AntiAliasingQuality=2

+CVars=sg.ShadowQuality=2

+CVars=sg.PostProcessQuality=2

+CVars=sg.TextureQuality=2

+CVars=sg.EffectsQuality=2

+CVars=r.ScreenPercentage=100

 

[SwitchConsole DeviceProfile]

DeviceType=Switch

BaseProfileName=Switch

 

[SwitchHandheld DeviceProfile]

DeviceType=Switch

BaseProfileName=Switch

+CVars=sg.ViewDistanceQuality=1

+CVars=sg.AntiAliasingQuality=1

+CVars=sg.ShadowQuality=1

+CVars=sg.PostProcessQuality=1

+CVars=sg.TextureQuality=1

+CVars=sg.EffectsQuality=1

+CVars=r.ScreenPercentage=66

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Pokémon Sun and Moon TCG expansion will land early 2017

By: Emma Tucker | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 22, 2016 12:12 pm

Hit-game Pokémon Sun and Moon has been scheduled for an expansion to release early next year. The trading card game will be acquiring loads of new features.

 

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The new Sun and Moon update will introduce over 40 new Pokémon into the game, whilst Legendary Pokémon will have the ability to launch super attacks. Though these will only be a once per game offer. The expansion will also include three new 60 card theme decks, with instructions as how to play the game correctly.

 

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The Pokémon TCG: Sun & Moon expansion will launch in Europe and North America, February 3, 2017. Available for Nintendo 3DS from online stores.

Analyst: Twitter is 'toast', stock isn't even worth $10

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Dec 22, 2016 11:14 am

Twitter is circling the drain right now, with Global Equities Research's Managing Director Trip Chowdhry saying that Twitter is "toast" and "not even a $10 stock". Harsh words, but with the departure of another top level executive this week, he could be right.

 

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Josh McFarland, VP of Product at Twitter said he was leaving the company on the same day that Twitter's Chief Technology Officer Adam Messinger tweeting that he is leaving the social networking company to "take some time off". They added onto the pile with Adam Bain, Chief Operating Officer of Twitter, who was replaced by Chief Financial Officer Anthony Noto, for now.

 

Chowdhry continued: "Many investors were foolishly building (an) investment thesis based on complete stupidity". Twitter shares closed at $17.92 on Tuesday, so if Chowdhry is right and Twitter stock drops to $10, it would be a 44% drop from where it sits today. Chowdhry added that Twitter data quality is "horrible", and that many pollsters used Twitter data to predict Hillary Clinton's win - but with Donald Trump winning, it shows that Twitter's data isn't very valuable at all.

 

"If data quality is bad, ad targeting is bad, and if ad targeting is bad, advertisers are not happy, and hence monetization will remain challenging for Twitter", added Chowdhry.

Apple rumored to buy a Hollywood studio in 2017

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 22, 2016 8:14 am

Apple is making strategic movies to get into the TV and movie industries, with Mega founder Kim Dotcom - yeah, Kim Dotcom, predicting that Apple will purchase a massive Hollywood studio in 2017.

 

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Dotcom tweeted: "Watch Apple buy a Hollywood Studio in 2017. #InsiderIntel". It would make sense, considering how massive some of these TV shows are getting these days on Netflix, HBO, etc. Apple has had interest in the film industry for a while, with the company having a "strong but secretive" presence at the Sundance Film Festival.

 

Apple reportedly met with "triple A-list" talent to talk about making a lineup of original TV shows, and even more of a tease - Apple is working with Hollywood studios to bring movies to iTunes, "even while they're still in theaters" reports 9to5Mac.

Battlefield 1's holiday event detailed, December 21-29

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 22, 2016 6:05 am

EA DICE will be celebrating the holidays in a big way for Battlefield 1, throwing over a new custom game mode called Blind Delivery - which is a unique look at the War Pigeons mode. This will see the mini map disabled, with handguns and explosives only.

 

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It's not just the new Blind Delivery game mode, but there will be more content flowing through until December 29 - including the Holiday Truce dog tag, vehicle skins, and login bonuses. Here's what to expect:

 

December 21: The new Custom Game "Blind Delivery" goes live. Tackle this unique take on the War Pigeons mode where the minimap is turned off and only handguns and explosives are allowed.

 

December 22: The "Holiday Truce" Dog Tag will be awarded to all players starting December 22 (one per account.) All you need to do is login to Battlefield 1 after this date and this iconic Dog Tag will be yours.

 

December 22: Vehicle Skins are introduced to Battlefield 1. In the new Battlepacks revision you might get hold of two Heavy Tank skins: the Distinguished "SchnucK" or the Legendary "Desert Gold."

 

December 23 - December 29: All players that login to Battlefield 1 during this period will receive a free Battlepack (one per account.)

 

December 23 - December 29: All Battlefield 1 Premium Pass owners that login between December 23 and December 29 will receive two Superior Battlepacks.

Marvel, Netflix Twitter accounts hacked by OurMine team

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Dec 22, 2016 5:28 am

Change your passwords guys - Marvel and Netflix are the latest high profile targets for hacking group OurMine, which had many of their Twitter accounts hacked today.

 

 

Hacking Group OurMine, whose previous targets include Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Mark Zuckerberg successfully exploited multiple Marvel accounts including those associated with feature films hits such as 'Guardians of the Galaxy', 'Doctor Strange', 'The Avengers', 'Captain America' and 'Ant-Man', leaving behind their trademark message. Netflix also found themselves under the gun, with the streaming platform struggling to regain control of their account over the span of a few hours. All accounts have now been cleaned of the unwanted tweets, but Netflix did leave behind a little acknowledgment memento.

 

 

Twitter has now suspended the @Ourmine_team Twitter account.

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GIVEAWAY: Enermax Revolution DUO 700W 80 PLUS GOLD PSU

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Dec 22, 2016 5:07 am

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Analyst: Nintendo Switch to be sold out until September

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Dec 22, 2016 4:34 am

Nintendo is slowly building the hype for its next-gen Switch console, but according to a 'What To Expect In The Games Business' article on GamesIndustry.biz with analysts and people involved in the gaming industry - Nintendo is going to have a massive year in 2017.

 

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Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Patcher talked about Nintendo and their Switch sales in 2017, where he said: "The Switch is sold out through September. The console looks fun, the price appears to be right, and I expect demand to be high. If there is a lot of third-party support (games, not merely labels), I think demand remains high".

 

I would have to agree, Nintendo is going to be selling Switch consoles like hotcakes. As Patcher points out, if there are a lot of third-party games and support from game publishers, Nintendo's new Switch console could be a huge deal in 2017.

Xbox Scorpio to be priced at $399, could slip into 2018

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Dec 22, 2016 3:06 am

We don't know much about Microsoft's next-gen Xbox Scorpio console, apart from the fact that it'll be a 4K gaming console that handles VR and has 6 TFLOPs of performance - but what about price?

 

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I've been expecting Microsoft to nail $699 since it'll be a premium console, but Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter has said that Xbox Scorpio "is priced at $399", where he adds: "This might not be low enough, particularly if PS4 Pro drops before holiday 2017, but Microsoft has to price competitively or fall farther behind".

 

I think we'll see Xbox Scorpio coming out at $599 or so, and ushered in as a premium console with "Made for 4K" games as Dan Pearson of GamesIndustry.biz puts it. I want to see 1080p 60FPS as the minimum option, while 4K 30FPS (ugh) will be offered because the 4K buzzword marketing hype machine will demand it.

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