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The latest details on the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 31, 2016 10:27 pm

Samsung is expected to unveil its larger Galaxy Note 7 smartphone on August 2, but what can we expect? Here's the skinny on Samsung's upcoming large smartphone, which will rock a 5.7-inch QHD display, an 8-core processor and 4GB of RAM.

 

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The 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display has a native resolution of 2560x1440, and will arrive with two processors - depending on the market you buy it in. In the US, there'll be the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, while in European markets the Galaxy Note 7 will be powered by Samsung's own 8-core Exynos 8890 processor.

 

Samsung really killed it with the rear-facing camera on the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge smartphones, with the Galaxy Note 7 said to feature a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera, but it's the front-facing camera that has our eyes widen with excitement. There will reportedly be two front-facing cameras on the Galaxy Note 7, with one of them being an iris scanner. The 4K-capable rear-facing camera will feature Dual Pixel technology with an aperture of f/1.7.

 

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will feature a microSD slot for expandable storage, a 3500mAh battery and it'll be 7.8mm thick. Network connectivity will include Cat. 9 LTE, and the latest Bluetooth technology. The pricing isn't set in stone yet, but we should expect somewhere near the $949 price. Samsung should unveil it on August 2, with a release into the world on August 19.

Nexus 6P price dropped by $100 for a limited time in the US

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 31, 2016 11:58 am

Newegg is running a special on the Nexus 6P smartphone, offering $100 discount on the various sizes, with the deal running until midnight tonight, July 31. The deal will be for a limited time, only available in the US, and drops $100 from the price of the 32GB/64GB and 128GB models.

 

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With the discount applied, the Nexus 6P with 32GB drops from $499 to $399, a 20% discount. The 64GB version drops 18% from its $549 price to $449, while the 128GB model drops from its price of $649 to $549, a 15% discount. Newegg may be a Canadian company, but these prices are for US consumers only. The only color Newegg has available for all three Nexus smartphones is gold, so you'd better be a fan.

 

To make the deal even sweeter, Newegg is offering an additional $25 gift card, a selfie stick and a clear case - an additional $50 in value. If you want to take $100 off on the Nexus 6P, Google itself is running a larger selection of models in different colors - with free shipping on some Nexus models still on offer.

Valve threatens another 20 sites over CS:GO skin gambling

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 31, 2016 10:33 am

Valve is still in the process of pulling the CS:GO skin gambling websites into line, threatening another 20 websites with legal action if they don't end their "skin gambling" operations.

 

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Around two weeks ago, Valve finally starting taking CS:GO skin betting and gambling sites seriously, with some rather large sites closing immediately - without being issued a formal notice by Valve's lawyers. On July 20, Valve's general counsel threatened some 23 websites with legal action if they didn't close operations within 10 days.

 

The deadline for the first wave of sites that were sent cease-and-desist notes by Valve expires on Wednesday, with some of them still in operation. We should see them close soon, or feel the wrath of Lord GabeN.

Pokemon GO's new update has some huge fixes and improvements

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 31, 2016 8:39 am

If there's one thing Pokemon GO players have wanted since its release and rise to super stardom is for a more stable, better equipped Pokemon GO experience with more features and improved gameplay.

 

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Well, the new Pokemon GO update has been greatly improved, with an impressive list of fixes and improvements. If your game hasn't already updated, be sure to hit the iTunes store or Play Store to grab the latest version of Pokemon GO.

 

  • Trainer avatars can now be re-customized from the profile screen
  • Adjusted some Pokémon battle move damage values
  • Refined certain Gym animations
  • Improved memory issues
  • Removed footprints of nearby Pokémon
  • Adjusted battle damage calculation
  • Various bug fixes during wild Pokémon encounter
  • Updated Pokémon details UI
  • Updated achievement medals art
  • Fixed issues with displaying certain map features
  • Minor text fixes

DriveClub VR is reportedly launching alongside PlayStation VR headset

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jul 31, 2016 7:33 am

Sony will be launching its PlayStation VR headset in October, and one of the launch titles looks to be DriveClub VR - with the original development team from the now-closed Evolution Studios have worked on PSVR game.

 

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The news is coming from the Japanese PlayStation blog, and DriveClub director Paul Rustchynsky. The announcement has been removed, but the cached version of the page says DriveClub VR will launch on October 13, the launch date of PlayStation VR. Rustchynsky has said on NeoGAF that the original DriveClub team was bought into Codemasters, who picked up Evolution Studios, and then Rustchynsky said the original team was bought into the fold.

 

He said: "The same development team who made DRIVECLUB, also made DRIVECLUB VR". We should hopefully hear news on DriveClub VR in the coming weeks leading up to the launch of PlayStation VR.

Samsung Gear VR is used by over 1 million users per month

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 31, 2016 4:25 am

Samsung has been pushing the marketing for its Gear VR headset much more in the last 6-12 months, and selling them alongside - and even bundled sometimes for free, Samsung has been getting Gear VR headsets into more houses than ever.

 

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There are now over 1 million monthly active users on the Gear VR, according to Mark Zuckerberg during Facebook's recent earnings call. During the earnings call, Zuckerberg said: "1 million people a month are now using Oculus on mobile phones through our Gear VR partnership with Samsung".

 

The exact sales numbers on the Gear VR isn't clear, but Samsung did say back in June that it had sold 300,000 units in Europe alone. If we take into consideration the push in Europe and the massive push in the US and many other markets giving the Gear VR for free with Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge smartphones, which have been so successful for Samsung that they reported profits that have hit a two-year high.

Metal Gear Solid games have sold over 49 million copies worldwide

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 31, 2016 2:32 am

The Metal Gear Solid franchise is one of the most iconic game series, with creator Hideo Kojima becoming a household name thanks to the series - but according to Konami's financial report, the MGS franchise has sold over 49 million copies to date.

 

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In Konami's recent financial report, we now know that the Metal Gear Solid franchise has sold 49.2 million copies as of March 31, 2016. During the first quarter of this year, Konami reported $481 million in revenue - a 3.5% decline year-over-year. Konami's profits were $89 million, a decent 40% increase in the same amount of time.

 

Digital sales have become the cornerstone of most publishers, with $246 million in revenue for the quarter - up 5.6% year-over-year. Profits made from digital sales generated $85 million in profits for Konami over Q1 2016, up 34% year-over-year.

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Avengers: Infinity War will be one movie, instead of a two-parter

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jul 31, 2016 12:26 am

Disney has made some changes to its release schedule, something I like to think is in retaliation to the teases of Justice League - even while Zack Snyder might not have the same grip on Justice League as Patty Jenkins does with Wonder Woman, which looks phenomenal, by the way.

 

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The changes to Disney's revised schedule sees Avengers: Infinity War as a single movie, instead of the planned two-part series that would've been Infinity War - Part 1, and Infinity War - Part 2. The Wrap reports that there's now a new movie known as "Untitled Avengers", but now it makes the new Marvel movies much more interesting to think about.

 

The Russo Brothers are behind Avengers: Infinity War, the same directors who handled Captain America: Civil War - but the now scrapped second Infinity War movie will be rolled into something else. Avengers: Infinity War is scheduled for May 4, 2018 while the new Untitled Avengers movie will be released on May 3, 2019.

Samsung's Q2 2016 profits are the largest in over two years

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 30, 2016 10:32 pm

While Apple iPhone sales aren't as strong as people think, Apple revenues were stable during a tumulus time for the company where Jon Rettinger of TechnoBuffalo says Apple is boring, and stopped innovating years ago.

 

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Well, Samsung has posted its Q2 2016 earnings report - and while we're late to the party on the news, I've been on planes and airports for over 36 hours and I'm currently enjoying the effects of jetlag, and so much international travel. Continuing to Samsung's Q2 2016 financial results, the company posted a 18% increase in revenue, with $45.2 billion in revenue over the three-month period, while profits were up 5% to $7.22 billion.

 

Samsung's success with the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 have been noticed, after the last two smartphones failed to gain this type of traction. The company is now actually competing and beating Apple in many areas, bringing back missed features they took away from the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge like the microSD card slot. The company has added that its Q3 2016 results should be impressive, teasing that "the release of a new large-screen flagship smartphone will help to maintain solid sales of high-end smartphones led by the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge".

New details emerge on Samsung Galaxy Note 7, new Gear VR headset

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 30, 2016 8:29 pm

Samsung's new Galaxy Note 7 is nearly here, where it will rock a 5.7-inch QHD Super AMOLED display, 4GB of RAM, some impressive cameras, and more.

 

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The Galaxy Note 7 should rock a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera with an f/1.7 aperture that will also include OIS (optical image stabilization - making your videos appear smoother, and not so shakey cam) and 4K video support. The Galaxy Note 7 should also include a rather large 3500mAh battery, 64GB of onboard storage which is expandable through an included microSD card slot (thanks, Samsung - now don't take it away again), and a USB Type-C port.

 

We're expecting the appearance of an iris scanner, while Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Note 7 will measure in at 153.5mm x 73.9mm x 7.9mm, with a weight of 168 grams, reports 9to5Google.

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