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Samsung rumored announce global recall of Galaxy Note 7

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 2, 2016 2:15 am

Samsung could issue a global recall of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone after reports surface that less than 0.1% of Galaxy Note 7 smartphones are affected with the possibility of a battery-related issue.




An official representative of Samsung has reportedly talked with Yonhap on the issue, with the Samsung rep saying it was the battery inside of that small 0.1% of Galaxy Note 7 shipments that were affected. Android Police points out that with "several millions sold, even this small a percentage can be a hazardous risk and one Samsung is not ready to gamble with. Since the Note7 doesn't have a removable battery, the official says that the company is about to issue a recall of all its new Galaxy Note7 devices sold at home and abroad".


Android Police says that the global recall announcement on the Galaxy Note 7 should happen within a week, with Samsung reportedly ironing out issues with US telcos like Verizon.


What happens next: Samsung will surely see a dip in Galaxy Note 7 sales with the smartphones pulled off shelves and removed from purchasing online, but I'm sure companies will still want to sell them, as profit has to be made. Apple is days away from launching the new iPhone, with the iPhone 7 Plus and its marketing hype sure to jump on negative Samsung stories in the media.

Qualcomm surprises at IFA with new VR platform

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Sep 2, 2016 2:03 am

IFA - At IFA 2016 Qualcomm made two major announcements around their wearables efforts.




The first announcement was a partnership with Fossil where the company will be powering two of Fossil's latest smartwatches. The two watches, the Q Marshall and Q Wander are both updated versions of Fossil's original smartwatch design with more refined technology. That technology includes an upgrade to Qualcomm's Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor which has increased power efficiency and reduced size.

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Acer's new Predator monitor: 1080p at up to 240Hz

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Sep 2, 2016 2:00 am

Acer unveiled a slew of new products at IFA 2016, with an expansion of their Predator range of gaming monitors, including a new 24.5-inch model that has a huge 240Hz refresh rate.




The new Predator XB251HQT is a 24.5-inch TN-based monitor with a native 1080p resolution and a maximum refresh rate of 240Hz. Until now, we've only had 165Hz as our ceiling right now on the ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q, which had a higher 2560x1440 panel.


Acer has been a long time G-Sync supporter, with the Predator XB251HQT featuring NVIDIA's G-Sync technology, which scales all the way up to the crazy heights of 240Hz. Acer is using something it calls ZeroFrame, with the ultra-thin bezel being perfect for multi-monitor setups. Imagine the GPU horsepower you're going to need to render 5760x1080 at 240FPS!

Microsoft Solitaire Collection on its way to mobile

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 2, 2016 1:34 am

Microsoft upped their game when they released Solitaire Collection on Windows 8 and 10, complete with a new interface and features. The experience will make its way to iOS and Android as well: the collection will launch this autumn on Apple and Google's platforms, in both cases with Xbox LIVE integration as well as cross-platform play so you can earn coins and achievements anywhere.




It'll get even better in autumn too when Microsoft launches "Events", which will see the introduction of awards, leaderboards, and more.


Microsoft Solitaire Collection recently hit 100 million unique players with over 55 million games played per day.

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Lenovo's new Yoga 910 features Intel's new Kaby Lake CPU

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Sep 1, 2016 11:40 pm

Lenovo has unveiled their new Yoga 910 laptop which features Intel's next-gen Kaby Lake CPU, packing all of that power into its beautiful body that is just 14.3mm thick.




The new Yoga 910 features Lenovo's signature watchband hinge that lets the 13.9-inch display rotate 360 degrees, turning the Ultrabook into a 13.9-inch tablet. You can configure the 13.9-inch display with a native 4K resolution, but if you want to keep the costs down, and the battery life high, you can opt for the 1080p display.


We have around 15.5 hours of battery life with the 1080p display, versus just 10.5 hours on the 4K model. You can configure Lenovo's new Yoga 910 with up to 16GB of RAM, 1TB of PCIe-based SSD storage, a fingerprint reader, 2 x USB Type-C ports (1 x USB 3.0, and 1 x USB 2.0 with charging support).


Lenovo will have its Yoga 910 available sometime in October, starting at $1299.

Here's a recap of today's 3DS focused Nintendo Direct

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 1, 2016 10:56 pm

Much to the frustration of the collective gaming world, Nintendo still hasn't announced their new NX console/handheld hybrid, instead taking time to show some new 3DS games. Here's the gist of what today's new 3DS-centric Nintendo Direct was all about.



Rather than pull a fast one and surprise everyone with a NX reveal, Nintendo showed off some new games coming to its 3DS handheld via a Nintendo Direct newsblast.


3DS game announcements include Mario Maker, a new 3DS Pikmin game, Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword releasing on Wii U, Yoshi's Wooly World coming to 3DS, some Pokemon Sun and Moon tidbits, new Amiibos including special 30th anniversary Zelda figures (8-bit Zelda!) and seven new Amiibos to be used with Mario Party Star Rush, a new Nindies Summer Jam promo starting with 3DS indie Axiom Verge, and a ton of trailers on 2017 games like Dragon Quest VIII and Square Enix's interesting looking new RPG Ever Oasis.

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Acer refreshes its Predator gaming monitors

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Sep 1, 2016 10:38 pm

Acer unveiled two new Predator gaming displays at IFA 2016, with the Predator Z271T and Predator XB271HUT both being gaming displays with 144Hz refresh rates and NVIDIA G-Sync technology.




Starting with the Predator Z271T, we have a curved 27-inch, VA-based panel with a native resolution of 1920x1080. The Z271T has a 144Hz refresh rate and 4ms response time, with 8-bit color depth, 3000:1 contrast ratio, and 2 x 7W built-in speakers. We have DisplayPort and HDMI connectivity, too.




Acer's new Predator XXB271HUT kicks things up a notch, with a 27-inch flat TN-based panel and a native resolution of 2560x1440. We have a 1ms response time and 144Hz refresh rate, with 8-bit color depth and 1000:1 contrast ratio. Acer also includes 2 x 2W built-in speakers, you know - just in case.

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Netflix spares children 150 hours of ads annually

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Online Video | Posted: Sep 1, 2016 9:04 pm

New research reveals the average child in recent years is spared 150 hours of commercials by virtue of using streaming services like Netflix. As Exstreamist's investigation illustrates, children now watch approximately 1.8 hours of streaming content per day; extrapolated over a year, that represents 650 hours, and in turn, 150 hours of commercials.




The potential results of this shift are intriguing to ponder: perhaps we'll see less kids stamping their feet in the grocery store, demanding that toy or treat. And perhaps as adults, said children will less materialistic. Either way, it's hard to imagine parents aren't happier (and richer) for it.

Xiaomi's new smartwatch crammed with features, only $120

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Sep 1, 2016 8:41 pm

Xiaomi isn't known as well as Samsung, Apple, LG or other mobile giants, but the Chinese manufacturing giant has just unveiled something that might catch the eye of people wanting to buy a new smartwatch.




Huami is a brand you would not have heard of, but it is a sub-brand of Xiaomi that has just unveiled a new Android-powered smartwatch, the Huami Amazfit. Amazfit is priced at just $120, which will have instant attraction because of its low price, but it rocks a 1.34-inch display with a 300x300 resolution and a 1.2GHz processor inside. We'll also see 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal memory, with a 200mAh battery inside.




The new Amazfit smartwatch will have around 5 days of battery life, which is not too bad at all, considering competing smartwatches need daily charging. If you want to keep the GPS enabled, the battery life will dive to 35 hours, which is still not too bad - especially considering its $120 price point.

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Metal Gear Solid V: The Definitive Experience announced

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 1, 2016 7:26 pm

Konami has officially unveiled Metal Gear Solid V: The Definitive Experience, which includes both Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, and all of their associated DLC content. Not only that, but Metal Gear Online and its expansion, Cloaked in Silence are included, but the legendary Chapter 3 isn't, unfortunately.




Metal Gear Solid V: The Definitive Experience will include a bunch of content, and will launch on the PC, PS4 and Xbox One on October 11 for $49.99. There will also be a Steam version of the game, but there's no word on pricing or a release date just yet.

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