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PlayStation Meeting predictions: PS4 Neo & game reveals

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 7, 2016 5:20 am

Sony will show off the future of PlayStation gaming tomorrow at their PlayStation Meeting event in New York by unveiling the new upgraded, high-end PS4 Neo console, but what about the games? We lay out our predictions on which games will accompany Sony's massive new PS4 Neo announcement.




Sony has officially confirmed that it will reveal a new PlayStation 4 console during tomorrow's big event, complete with pricing and a release date. But we expect two new PS4 consoles to be revealed: the new cheaper, thinner and cooler PS4 Slim refresh that rocks a shrunken 16nm APU and will replace current PS4 models, and the so-called "hardcore" PlayStation 4 Neo which rocks an upgraded GPU to support gaming in native 1080p 60FPS, upscaled 4K, and boosted VR performance. But what about the games?


We've heard rumors that Rockstar will reveal Grand Theft Auto 6 alongside the PlayStation Neo with native 1080p 60FPS and upscaled 4K support, and that the game will feature a single female protagonist voiced by actress Eva Mendes. We have sufficient evidence that GTA 6 is currently in the works, but there's also a rumor about another big Rockstar game, too. And what about Mass Effect: Andromeda and Sony's strong first-party exclusives like the new God of War and Horizon: Zero Dawn? Surely we'll see these games rendered in glorious 1080p 60FPS at the event. So without further adieu, here are my game reveal predictions for Sony's PlayStation Meeting event.

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Apple to announce its own branded audio products

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Sep 7, 2016 4:23 am

Apple is expected to have its new iPhone 7 smartphone with a single Lightning connector on it, with the 3.5mm audio jack being removed, and now it's beginning to make much more sense, thanks to the rumors from KGI Securities analyst Ming-chi Kuo.




Kuo is reporting that the new iPhone 7 will not only see the headphone jack missing, but it'll include EarPods that will use the Lightning connector. But the goss gets better, with Apple reportedly working on its own wireless technology that will work on a higher-end set of headphones. Kuo said: "We believe Apple will position Beats in the midrange market once it launches Apple's own-brand Bluetooth headphones, in order to maximize profit with a dual-brand strategy".


The report from Kuo continues: "We also believe Apple will have its own-designed Bluetooth-like communication chip, given its higher requirements for power-saving, communication specs, and potential rapid growth of Bluetooth headphone shipments". The wireless headphones might be called AirPods, meaning that the EarPods could be the new Lightning-powered wireless earphones, while an actual pair of over-the-ear headphones could be unveiled by Apple.


This could be awesome: Apple unveiling its own premium brand of audio products will be huge, and it'll turn into a game changer for the company that's obsessed with design and quality. Sure, you and I might dislike iOS compared to the it-can-do-it-all Android, but audio products from Apple in the high-end market could be pretty awesome, and expensive.

LG announces its V20 smartphone, first with Android 7.0

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 7, 2016 4:04 am

LG has made its new V20 smartphone official, with their latest handset being a successor to the very interesting V10 from 2015. The original V10 rolled out with a dual-screen feature that had LG using a strip of the LCD at the top as notifications for quick glances, but the new V20 boasts its own new design, an improved camera, and audiophile-grade music playback.



The new V20 smartphone has a 5.7-inch QHD (2560x1440) IPS-based display, with a smaller second screen at the top - just like its predecessor, which is used for app shortcuts, notifications, and other uses like a personal signature.




The second screen might not sound like something you'd use, but since it provides a separate space for your notifications, it actually would come in handy. LG adds that the second screen is now brighter, and has improved contrast over its predecessor.

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HTC Vive and Oculus Rift adoption slows down, rapidly

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Sep 7, 2016 3:20 am

VR headset sales are beginning to slow, with the latest Steam survey showing us that Rift sales increased just 0.01% in August, while the Vive remained completely flat.




TechSpot points out something worth noting, that July and August were the first months that both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive weren't hit with stock problems, with consumers easily able to order them online, or even pick them up from a retailer. But according to these new numbers, not many were sold at all in the last couple of months.

Mel Gibson slams 'Batman v Superman', wasteful budgets

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Sep 7, 2016 1:53 am

Actor turned director Mel Gibson has never shied away from controversy, and while on the campaign trail for his new film 'Hacksaw Ridge' he's taken aim at excessive Hollywood budgets and one superhero film in particular.




Speaking from this year's Venice Film Festival, Gibson eloquently described this year's 'Batman v Superman' a "piece of shit", the director went on to confirm he's "not interested in the stuff. Do you know what the difference between real superheroes and comic-book superheroes is? Real superheroes didn't wear spandex. So I don't know. Spandex must cost a lot."


Continuing with the financial theme, Gibson continued with a bit of truth speak about ballooning Hollywood budgets saying "I look at them and scratch my head. I'm really baffled by it. I think there's a lot of waste, but maybe if I did one of those things with the green screens I'd find out different. It seems to me that you could do it for less. You're spending outrageous amounts of money, $180 million or more, I don't know how you make it back after the tax man gets you, and after you give half to the exhibitors."

Turing's new phone has 3 x CPUs, 18GB RAM, 60MP camera

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 7, 2016 12:29 am

Well, I don't even know how to start writing this news, but Turing Robotic Industries has just announced the highest-end smartphone the world has ever seen with the upcoming Turing Monolith Chaconne.




The upcoming monster smartphone rocks 3 x Qualcomm Snapdragon 830 processors for a total of 24 CPU cores, a huge 18GB of RAM, a 6.4-inch 4K display, 768GB of internal storage with two microSD cards that expand that to 1.2TB, and a massive 60-megapixel rear-facing camera backed up by a 20-megapixel front-facing snapper.


  • Display: 6.4-inch 4K (3840x2160)
  • Processor: 3 x Qualcomm Snapdragon 830
  • RAM: 18GB
  • Storage: 768GB base (up to 1.2TB)
  • Cameras: 60MP rear & 20MP front
  • Battery: 120Wh hydrogen fuel cell battery
  • Software: Swordfish OS (deep learning AI)


Turing has included a special slide-out keyboard, augmented reality with parallel tracking and mapping, and something it calls A.L.A.N. which will have more details soon. The Turing Monolith Chaconne won't be released until 2018, and I'm scared to know what pricing we're looking at when it does arrive.

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Batman: Return to Arkham drops on October 18

By: Emma Tucker | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 7, 2016 12:11 am

The Bat is back! Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment announced that the Dark Knight will be returning to gaming screens in Batman: Return to Arkham. The remastered edition of the first two Batman games by Rocksteady in Batman: Arkham Asylum (2009) and Batman: Arkham City (2011) will be made available on the PS4 and Xbox One on October 18th.



The trailer compares the PS3 versions of Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City to the PS4 version, with the colors much more vibrant, surfaces have greater depth, and the shading is better defined. The overall content is sharper and the quality is greater than seen on other platform games.


The remastered version will be an excellent addition to the Batman trilogy. With problems previously seen in the recall of Batman: Arkham Knight for PC, the launch of Batman: Return to Arkham had to be picture perfect without any performance issues during gameplay. So far the reviews and mood set by gamers/critics seems to be that the new edition is passing the quality test with flying colors.

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John McAfee sues Intel over the right to use his name

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 6, 2016 6:32 pm

John McAfee is in the headlines again, this time, the founder of McAfee is suing chipmaker Intel, claiming that they don't have the right to use his name, throwing trademark issues into the mix.




McAfee recently joined MGT Capital Investments, an online gaming company, as its CEO and chairman, and had planned to rename the company to John McAfee Global Technologies Inc., but Intel owns McAfee's "trademarks, tradenames, and associated goodwill" and warned that McAfee would be infringing on those properties.


MGT and McAfee argued in a complaint to the New York District Court that "at no point in the Agreement did McAfee assign the rights to his personal name [...] or agree to restrict his right to do business using his own name", and that the agreement with Intel "did not contain any non-compete provisions of any kind".

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Netflix renews Narcos for two more seasons

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Online Video | Posted: Sep 6, 2016 5:33 pm

Just after releasing season two of docudrama series Narcos (which focuses on the life of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar), Netflix has renewed the program for two more seasons.



The season three teaser below indicates (spoiler alert) it will be about life after Escobar's reign.


It was speculated Narcos might last as little as two seasons, but this news as well as comments from showrunner Jose Padilha -- "We'll stop when the drug trade stops" -- show a broader plan is in place.

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Galaxy Note 7 recall could cost Samsung up to $1 billion

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 6, 2016 4:35 pm

Earlier this week, Samsung issued a global recall of its new Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, and since it announced the news before the weekend, the stock market hasn't had time to reflect. Well, those hours are ticking past, and we're now walking right into the warm arms of Monday morning.




Bloomberg is reporting that Samsung has shipped around 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 smartphones since its launch on August 19, and if every single one of them is replaced, it will cost Samsung around $1 billion.


If you are like me, and have purchased (and love) your Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, you can opt into returning it to your place of purchase. Obviously you don't need to do this, but Samsung has said that each and every Galaxy Note 7 is affected by the fault, so if you want to play it safe, get your Note 7 swapped over as soon as you can.

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