Technology content trusted in North America and globally since 1999
7,436 Reviews & Articles | 54,585 News Posts

TweakTown News Posts - Page 85

Stock Nintendo Switch JoyConGrip won't recharge JoyCons

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 16, 2017 5:28 pm

The Nintendo Switch's included JoyCon Grip accessory recharge your JoyCon controllers--you'll have to shell out another $30 for that extra bit of convenience. This poses some problems for console-owners, and will lead to interrupted play in TV Mode--and here's why.



Nintendo's new Switch console has two different kinds of JoyCon Grip accessories: the stock JoyCon Grip that comes in the box with the Switch that doesn't recharge your JoyPads, and the JoyCon Charging Grip, a $30 peripheral that recharges the JoyCon Grips as you play. Eurogamer reports that the basic JoyCon Grip that comes with the Switch won't have an internal battery nor a USB Type-C port to recharge your JoyCons, and we've corroborated that information via the official Nintendo Switch Fact Sheet that I've included below.




The included base JoyCon Grip only combines the JoyCons into a single controller to facilitate TV Mode play--it does not recharge the individual controllers. Now the stock JoyCon Grip does indicate battery power life, but it has no internal battery to allow recharging.

Continue reading 'Stock Nintendo Switch JoyConGrip won't recharge JoyCons' (full post)

Samsung Galaxy S8 will have a headphone jack after all?

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 16, 2017 4:36 pm

Samsung will reportedly launch their flagship in April, but there are already many rumors and leaks suggesting what should we expect from the Galaxy S8.




The newest leak shows a beautiful edge-to-edge display and no physical buttons on the device which could mean that Samsung has removed the physical home button and flanking touch buttons, pushing the fingerprint sensor into the display itself.


There were also rumors that Samsung plans to remove the headphone jack. However, the newest rumors from Sammobile and Android Police suggest that Samsung might stick with the headphone jack after all. That decision shouldn't surprise anyone since the users reacted pretty strongly when Apple removed the headphone jack from the iPhone 7 and this feature is one of the advantages of the Korean company.

Continue reading 'Samsung Galaxy S8 will have a headphone jack after all?' (full post)

HTC to launch only 6-7 devices this year

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 16, 2017 3:27 pm

HTC unveiled their latest smartphones last week, the U Play and U Ultra, but there is more to come.




While we are still waiting for the worthy successor of the HTC 10, which may or may not be named the HTC 11, the President of the Smartphone and Connected Devices Business Chialin Chang said in an interview that the company is aiming to launch half as many smartphones this year than they did last year.


Chang explained that the company wants to focus on quality instead of quantity and that their main focus is "smartphones' core features."

Continue reading 'HTC to launch only 6-7 devices this year' (full post)

Electric Concept One beats Bugatti Veyron

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jan 16, 2017 2:25 pm

Croatian Rimac Automobili has already shown their supremacy against Ferrari's LaFerrari, but now they have decided to show what the electric Concept One can do against a Bugatti Veyron, which is still considered the world's fastest production car.




The race took place in Croatia, near the Rimac factory and although the Veyron has 1200 HP and can go up to 431 km/h (268 mph), the Concept One won.


The weather conditions weren't exactly perfect since it was -5 C, so the Bugatti had a hard time to launch properly, and the Concept One was at 20% battery State of Charge, so it didn't have full power available.

Continue reading 'Electric Concept One beats Bugatti Veyron' (full post)

Samsung unveils the Galaxy C7 Pro

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 16, 2017 1:35 pm

Samsung has announced the Galaxy C7 Pro on their website. The phone, which will initially only be available in China, comes with a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display and runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.




The device is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor and comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage expandable with a microSD card.


Both cameras of the Galaxy C7 Pro are 16MP with f/1.9 apertures. Other features include a fingerprint sensor and 3,300 mAh battery.

Continue reading 'Samsung unveils the Galaxy C7 Pro' (full post)

Lucasfilm denies CG Princess Leia plan for 'Star Wars 9'

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jan 16, 2017 3:50 am

After the tragic death of 'Star Wars' star Carrie Fisher last month, Lucasfilm CEO Kathy Kennedy and Episode 9 director Colin Trevorrow met for high level talks to discuss the plans for the upcoming film. While leaks suggested that the company was making initial contact with Fisher's estate to potentially return the actress to the screen, following the precedent set by 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story', which resurrected Peter Cushing (and a 19 year old Carrie Fisher) with CG magic, but the studio has confirmed that no such plans current exist.




In a statement, Lucasfilm said that "We want to assure our fans that Lucasfilm has no plans to digitally recreate Carrie Fisher's performance as Princess or General Leia Organa." The studio stopped short of providing any further details. Prior to her death, Fisher had completed principal photography for Episode 8, but had not filmed scenes for the 2019 finale.


The as-yet untitled Episode 8 hits theatres in December 2017.

Take home 'Pete's Dragon' in our latest Blu-ray giveaway

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Jan 16, 2017 12:09 am

To celebrate this week's release of 'Pete's Dragon' on Blu-ray and DVD, we have 10 Blu-rays to give away thanks to our friends at Disney Home Entertainment.




Some secrets are too big to keep.


For years, old wood carver Mr. Meacham (Robert Redford) has delighted local children with his tales of the fierce dragon that resides deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. To his daughter, Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard), who works as a forest ranger, these stories are little more than tall tales...until she meets Pete (Oakes Fegley). Pete is a mysterious 10-year-old with no family and no home who claims to live in the woods with a giant, green dragon named Elliot. And from Pete's descriptions, Elliot seems remarkably similar to the dragon from Mr. Meacham's stories. With the help of Natalie (Oona Laurence), an 11-year-old girl whose father Jack (Wes Bentley) owns the local timber mill, Grace sets out to determine where Pete came from, where he belongs, and the truth about this dragon.


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

Continue reading 'Take home 'Pete's Dragon' in our latest Blu-ray giveaway' (full post)

Putting Nintendo Switch launch games into perspective

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 15, 2017 11:32 pm

Nintendo's brand new Switch handheld-console hybrid will launch on March 3 with only 11 games, and half of them are Japanese. Is this enough games? Why aren't there more? We put this launch line up into perspective, and talk about why people are upset--but more importantly, we discuss what the Switch actually is and why it's launching with these specific games.



Like the PS4 and Xbox One before them, the Nintendo Switch's launch games are rather...sparse. But the Switch has major advantages those consoles didn't have--unique, innovative hardware, and games that fully leverage said hardware. But gamers are upset, and rightly so: a huge portion of the rumored games just didn't make an appearance at Nintendo's reveal event...but was that Nintendo's fault, or our own for believing the console would launch with Smash 4, Mother 3 VC, Gamecube Virtual Console support, and a new Monster Hunter game?


Still, though, I can see the points of certain arguments. Although the Switch is region free and can play Japanese games, the lineup is still rather lackluster. With the exception of a few games including Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Disgaea 5: Complete, Dragon Quest Heroes 1-2, and 1-2 Switch, there isn't a lot for me here. And I think a lot of people feel that same way. But the Switch is something new; Nintendo is asking us to trust them. For all we know, 1-2 Switch or Snipper Clips: Cut it Out Together might be the most fun game ever made. That's the thing: we have to try this games out to really understand what makes them special, and in a way, Nintendo is facing the same kind of barriers that VR faced over the last few years in that "seeing is believing."

Continue reading 'Putting Nintendo Switch launch games into perspective' (full post)

'Stranger Things' director talks bigger, darker season 2

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jan 15, 2017 11:22 pm

The eagerly awaited second season of the acclaimed series 'Stranger Things' is coming up fast, and producer Shawn Levy has given a few hints as to where the show will go next.




Speaking to Vanity Fair, Levy, who will also directed a number of the season two episodes has promised that "Season two is bigger and potentially darker in its stakes. The threat, which in Season one was to Will Byers, has grown. That's all I'm going to say! But, I will say Season two has a bigger cast and is definitely loyal to the kind of magical storytelling that we established in the first season. It's character-based and still about our core group of characters."


Joining the 'bigger cast' for the nine episode season are 'Lord of the Rings' star Sean Astin and Paul Reiser, as well as the majority of cast members from the first season. Filming is currently underway for an expected release in the third quarter of this year.

Samsung's new Galaxy S8 looks amazing in leaked videos

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 15, 2017 10:26 pm

Samsung is months away from launching its new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 edge smartphones, and we're finally seeing some leaks that seem to indicate that the South Korean electronics giant is really pushing towards the edges of the ultimate flagship smartphone.



The new Galaxy S8 looks to feature a beautiful edge-to-edge display that is sure to be the best display ever on a smartphone when Samsung releases its new handsets, with renders of the phone showing we have next to no bezel, and no physical buttons. Yes, that means that Samsung has possibly removed the physical home button and flanking touch buttons, pushing the fingerprint sensor into the display itself.



In the new video for the latest display from Samsung, we're looking at 100% color gamut coverage, and compared to a traditional non-AMOLED display - the results are striking. OLED technology also allows for a much thinner display, thanks to layers of LCD technology that aren't required courtesy of the OLED tech.

Continue reading 'Samsung's new Galaxy S8 looks amazing in leaked videos' (full post)