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Dell launches its first HDR10-capable 4K display

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Apr 21, 2017 5:15 am

Dell has just launched their new high-end UltraSharp UP2718Q, the first HDR10-capable display from the company, backed up by its native 4K resolution and the UHD Alliance Premium Certification.




The new UltraSharp UP2718Q has 76.9% of the Rec 2020 color gamut, with Dell calibrating each display before it leaves the factory, and an adjustable lookup-table, so that you can tune it perfectly. On the HDR side of things, Dell is stating up to 1000 nits on its new UP2718Q, which is assisted by the full-array backlighting.


Dell is pricing its HDR10-capable UltraSharp UP2718Q at $1999.99, and a delivery of May.

Nintendo Switch emulators don't exist, FTC warns

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 21, 2017 3:34 am

It should be fairly obvious to most gamers that Nintendo's new Switch handheld-console hybrid hasn't been cracked yet, thus there's no emulators to simulate its games and hardware. But that hasn't stopped a fair bit of consumers being suckered by so-called "Switch emulators" that're actually malware-ridden scams.




The problem has caught the Federal Trade Commission's attention, and the FTC has even put out an official warning telling consumers that Nintendo Switch emulators don't exist. "If you can't get your hands-on a Nintendo Switch gaming system, you may think an emulator is the next best thing. Think again," reads the warning. "Online ads for emulators, sometimes with Nintendo branding, say they can run Switch's games on your desktop. But there is no legit Nintendo Switch emulator. It's a scam."


Remember that Nintendo products are aimed at everyday consumers rather than just gamers, so you have parents scrambling out to buy Switch consoles. These scammers are preying on the Switch's low supply situation and impressionable consumers, promising the full Switch experience and games for free on PC and laptops. Of course it's a scam, and I'm glad the FTC is putting out this kind of PSA to warn consumers across the country.

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Halo 3 remaster not coming to PC, 343i confirms

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 21, 2017 2:28 am

A week ago we spotted a quick Halo 3 image on AMD's Ryzen event in Korea, hinting Halo 3: Anniversary could drop on PC sometime soon. But 343 Industries steps in to clarify that Halo 3 PC isn't happening.




343 Industries Community Manager Ske7ch squashed the rumor on Reddit, saying the studio has debunked Halo 3 Anniversary remaster multiple times--it wasn't true then, and it's not true now.


"I've been here just about 6 months now and haven't ever heard of one single mention of Halo 3 coming to Steam nor Halo 3 anniversary being made. In fact, it's been completely debunked multiple times over. Sorry to say but there's no plans nor any work underway to make this happen (though personally I can't deny it would be sweet)."

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GALAX GeForce GTX 1080 Ti HOF: 3 x 8-pin PCIe connectors

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Apr 21, 2017 1:29 am

The mountain of custom GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards continues to grow, with GALAX unveiling their GeForce GTX 1080 Ti HOF - joining their expanding Hall of Fame family of graphics cards.




GALAX provides a fully custom PCB and massive power delivery system with 16+3-phase VRM, but the power requirements are huge: 8+8+8-pin... yes, triple 8-pin PCIe power connectors. Insanity. GALAX will be eyeing down ZOTAC's new GeForce GTX 1080 Ti AMP! Extreme Edition graphics card, which is the best GTX 1080 Ti out so far.




GALAX has opted for a 2.5-slot design with a triple-fan cooler, with its signature white colored PCB and white colored fans.




The PCB on the GALAX GTX 1080 Ti HOF looks amazing, with the 16+3-phase power delivery, while the VRMs are cooled by low profile aluminum heat sinks.

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The 'X-Files' to re-open as Fox orders 10 new episodes

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Apr 21, 2017 12:14 am

While last year's six episode event series revival of 'The X-Files' didn't necessarily satisfy the expectations of all fans, there's no doubt it was a very great thing to see Mulder and Scully back together again. And now fans will get to go around again in an expanded 10 episode event series, which is set to go into production mid in a matter of months.


According to Variety, the Fox Network has ordered a further 10 episodes to follow on from last year's event series conclusion 'My Struggle Part II' cliffhanger. Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny have both signed on to reprise their iconic roles, who've been lauded as "brilliant" by the President of Fox Broadcasting David Madden, who "can't wait to see what fresh mysteries Mulder and Scully uncover in this next chapter of 'The X-Files."



While no firm date has been supplied for the new series, the network have given a 2017-18 television season date for the premiere.

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ISS Expedition 51 members arrive at the Space Station

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Apr 21, 2017 12:00 am

After a little over a week with just four crew members on board the Space Station, the Expedition 51 is now complete. After a six-hour flight, NASA astronaut Jack Fischer and cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin of the Russian space agency Roscosmos arrived at the International Space Station.




The two launched aboard the Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Before docking to the Station, they orbited Earth 4 times.


The arrival of Fischer and Yurchikhin increased the Station's crew complement to five. The two join Expedition 51 Commander Peggy Whitson of NASA and Flight Engineers Oleg Novitskiy of Roscosmos and Thomas Pesquet of ESA (European Space Agency).

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HTC U gets an official launch date

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 20, 2017 11:02 pm

HTC has announced that their next flagship will be unveiled on May 16th.



The company also published a short teaser on their Twitter profile with a tagline "Squeeze for the Brilliant U." This clearly indicates that the device will feature Edge Sense technology.


Edge Sense feature will allow you to control a number of customizable actions with gestures that you perform on the U's metal frame (instead of the screen). You will be able to perform actions such as turning the volume up or down by swiping along the left of right sides of the device.

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Sony XDev teases secret PS4 game projects

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 20, 2017 10:08 pm

Expect Sony to counter Microsoft's Project Scorpio E3 2017 bomb dropping with a flurry of new and current PS4 projects, especially from devs like Quantic Dream, Housemarque, and Media Molecule.




Sony's XDev Europe branch recently showcased its upcoming PS4 games to Sony exec Shuhei Yoshida, teasing some surprises to its Twitter followers.


Remember that XDev coordinates with key indie studios to help build PS4 exclusives, working with devs like the aforementioned Quantic Dream (Beyond Two Souls, Detroit: Become Human), Hosemarque (Resogun), and Media Molecule (Little Big Planet), and other popular studios like Supermassive Games, Sumo Digital, Magenta Software, Climax Studios and Novarama.

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Bose headphones app sends all your info back to Bose

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Privacy & Rights | Posted: Apr 20, 2017 8:27 am

Bose are one of the biggest high-end audio companies in the world, a brand that has trust associated with it - but, were we foolish to think so? According to a new lawsuit filed by Kyle Zak in Chicago, Bose's current $350 wireless headphones are spying on you.




The headphones in question require an app to "get the most" out of them, but the app monitors everything you listen to - including the names of the podcasts, the music, videos, and more. It then sends all of that information back to Bose, according to Zak's claim and lawsuit. According to Christopher Dore, Zak's lawyer: "People should be uncomfortable with it. People put headphones on their head because they think it's private, but they can be giving out information they don't want to share".


According to Reuters: "Zak is seeking millions of dollars of damages for buyers of headphones and speakers, including QuietComfort 35, QuietControl 30, SoundLink Around-Ear Wireless Headphones II, SoundLink Color II, SoundSport Wireless and SoundSport Pulse Wireless". Not just that, but Zak also "wants a halt to the data collection, which he said violates the federal Wiretap Act and Illinois laws against eavesdropping and consumer fraud", Reuters reports.

BIOSTAR reveals world first mini-ITX for AMD Ryzen CPUs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Apr 20, 2017 7:04 am

We've all been waiting for mini-ITX motherboards ready for AMD's new Ryzen CPUs, and here we are: BIOSTAR has finally announced the world's first mini-ITX motherboards for AMD's new AM4 platform.




BIOSTAR has announced the BIOSTAR RACING X370GTN and RACING B350GTN mini-ITX motherboards, both falling into the RACING Series family, with both of the AM4-capable boards featuring BIOSTAR's second-gen RACING features like 5050 LED Fun Zones with dual 5050 LED headers for DIY customization, and their exclusive VIVID LED DJ with full RGB LED control.




BIOSTAR's new mITX motherboards are perfect for your monster-fast Ryzen gaming PC, especially if you throw in a Ryzen 5 1600X (6C/12T) or the Ryzen 7 1800X (8C/16T). Better yet, the new motherboards are pretty cheap, at $129 for the higher-end RACING X370GTN, while it's just $109 for the upcoming RACING B350GTN.