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Experts: Apple Watch marketing push needs to be long-term effort

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Mar 12, 2015 8:36 pm

The Apple Watch is expected to give a major boost to the smartwatch and wearables industry, even though there are plenty of critics. However, Apple should think long-term with the Apple Watch, and future wearables offerings, and not worry about critics.

 

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Consumers interested in the Apple Watch understand that it won't be a cheap device, starting at $349 and surpassing $10,000 for luxury models - with the Silicon Valley company trying to cater to affluent consumers. Financial analysts are excited because Apple will yield strong profit margins from the higher-priced models, and there is plenty of long-term market growth potential.

 

"It's all part of a long game that Tim Cook is playing very smartly," said John Sculley, former Apple CEO, in a statement to CNBC. "He is starting to build out new ways to separate Apple away from Samsung, Google and Android, and all the others out there."

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Star Citizen will be over 100GB in size, with patches of around 20GB

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 12, 2015 11:35 am

We knew Star Citizen was going to be huge in scope, but it looks like it's going to be a mammoth download, too. The Director of Game Operations, Jeremy Masker, has taken to the game's official forums in a question about Star Citizen's footprint on gamers' HDDs.

 

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Masker said: "As I have already said, I would not count on this. The game compression and asset removal is unlikely to yield such high gains that we will be able to reduce our client size to 30-40gb. The size and number of assets that are left to deliver means that our client size is much more likely to be 100gb".

 

He continued, talking about the future patches on top of the initial installation, where they will be over 20GB in size. Masker said: "Also, yes we are optimizing game patching for speed and to only deliver diffs, but this is unlikely to reduce actual patch size. Again, each patch has 100s of assets, each of these assets are at times 200mb, this leads to 2-6gb patches, and if we end up doing a file type re-factor and have to re-download 30-40% of the assets on the hard-drive, then the patch will be 14-20gb".

Kickstarter cable claims to double charging speeds from USB ports

By: Chris Smith | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 12, 2015 6:48 am

Meenova's smart & secure fast-charge USB cable and adapter has launched on Kickstarter with success, seeing over $12,000 raised with 22 days remaining out of their $10,000 goal set.

 

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Your general computer USB port will charge at 0.5A, meaning devices will be slow to fill and often larger products like iPad's will either refuse to charge or never raise a percent in battery level. According to Andy & Rich, one useful example is the fact that their device will effectively enhance your charging speed from a general Macbook to iPhone from 0.46A to 1.1A without any drivers, software or optional extra's plugged in. The device can also be used for wall-USB chargers, seeing iPad's which previously refuse to charge accept the power being given.

 

The cable also blocks data transfer when wanted, meaning that this tangle-free braided cable will see your data stay safe and device continue virus free.

 

If you're interested in providing support, an $11 investment will secure you one cable for your own use.

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Google opens up a dedicated Google Store for all things Google

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 12, 2015 5:31 am

Up until now, you've had to purchase Android-powered devices through Google Play, but the Mountain View-based giant has just opened up a new store for all things Google, known as the Google Store.

 

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The Google Store sells everything Google, including smartphones, tablets, Chromebooks, Chromecast, Android Wear devices and accessories, and even Nest products. The new store UI is beautifully clean and easy to use, with the company adding that the store is the result that they've added countless products to their family over the last few years, and wanted to provide an easier way of purchasing them.

 

The launch of the Google Store is good timing, as the company has just launched its new Chromebook Pixel 2 laptop, which is now on sale for $999.

Destruction abounds in new 'San Andreas' trailer

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 12, 2015 5:14 am

Every summer has to have at least one high profile destruction porn movie and whilst we can safely assume there'll be plenty during 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron', it's the latest trailer for 'San Andreas' which really delivers the goods.

 

 

Set in the aftermath of a gigantic Californian earthquake, the film features Dwayne Johnson as a rescue chopper pilot who'll outrun floods, quakes, building collapses and seemingly an impressive CG tidal wave that's headed right for the coast and also features Australian songbird Kylie Minogue in a role that will hopefully be less embarrassing than in 1994's 'Street Fighter'. With a budget of $100 million, the film is directed by Brad Peyton and hits theaters in Australia on May 28 and in the U.S. one day later.

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The launch trailer for Battlefield: Hardline has been released

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 12, 2015 4:22 am

EA has revealed the official launch gameplay trailer for Battlefield: Hardline, ahead of its launch next week on March 20. You can check out the launch trailer below.

 

 

It does look like fun, but after a few delays and not-so-great things said about the beta, will you be buying it? There is some great gameplay to be had with its control point mode 'Hotwire', but we'll have to wait and see on that.

 

Battlefield: Hardline launches on March 20 through Origin for the PC, and on the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3 and PS4 through your usual retailers.

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Tim Burton's 'Dumbo' live-action remake takes flight

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 12, 2015 3:42 am

Many years ago, Tim Burton was a director who brought his twisted intellect and keen visual eye to bring to life original creations such as 'Beetlejuice', 'Edward Scissorhands' and 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' before it all turned sour sometime around the end of the 1990's. Now, the once great director has been relegated to directing CG-filled Disney live-action remakes, first with 'Alice In Wonderland' and now a re-imagining that literally no-one but Disney asked for - 'Dumbo'.

 

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According to the Hollywood Reporter, Burton has lined up to direct the feature after he completes 'Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children' starring Eva Green which is now in production. The script has been written by 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon' screenwriter Ehren Kruger, which honestly doesn't instill a whole lot of confidence. The worst thing though? I guess that wait for 'Beetlejuice 2' has become a bit longer.

HERE maps reaches iOS and offers offline map navigation

By: Chris Smith | More News: Apps | Posted: Mar 12, 2015 3:03 am

First being released solely to Windows OS, we've seen HERE maps now expand to the Android and iOS platforms.

 

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As according to the HERE team, the old version of this app was based on HTML 5 and an unworthy product for general use, however, it has now been updated and completely redesigned.

 

Nokia Press Services has told us that HERE has already seen 4 million downloads of its Android version alongside being provided to users for free - making it a serious competitor for Apple's and Google's standard maps offerings.

 

There are over 150 countries available for their offline maps service, alongside public transport support for 950 cities in 50 countries and traffic information updates for those in France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States and more.

Project Cars delayed yet again, from April to May

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 12, 2015 2:07 am

Slightly Mad Studios has delayed Project Cars yet again, with its April release date being pushed into mid-May. You might remember the game was delayed from late last year to March. Then from March to April. Now, from April to mid-May.

 

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The latest delay in a long list of pushbacks has been explained by Slightly Mad Studios in a press release, where the studio said: "Despite our long heritage and pedigree in making critically-acclaimed racing games, Project Cars is by far the grandest and most intricately detailed of them all. Despite therefore the game being 99.9% complete, the remaining 0.1% attending to small issues and bugs has been tricky to anticipate. We're absolutely dedicated to delivering a ground-breaking experience and by targeting mid-May fans can be assured that's what they'll receive".

 

The studio will be providing Project Cars plays with some free content because of the delay, osmething they will announce in the near future. Slightly Mad Studios' boss, Ian Bell, said: "This gift, that we're sure is going to excite fans, will be available from day one and revealed shortly. Keep an eye on our website for more info".

DreamHack announces their CS:GO open will offer $280,000 in cash

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 12, 2015 1:08 am

Famous for being the largest bring your own PC (BYOPC) LAN party in the world, DreamHack has also shown their might in the eSports realm over the past few years - hosting numerous large scale tournaments for games like Starcraft II and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

 

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Fortunately for FPS-lovers "DreamHack decided to make CS:GO its main title for 2015" as mentioned by HLTV.org thus this massive organization has just announced that they will pony up a total of $280,000 across all Open events held this year.

 

There's still the possibility that DreamHack's Winter event will hold host to a $250,000 tournament as a stand-alone, however a base of $280,000 is certainly a great starting point with this figure being split up between seven $40,000 events in total.

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