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Google Pixel 2 teased in 'Kinda Blue', starts at $649

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 20, 2017 6:52 am

Apple made quite the splash with its recent iPhone X announcement, but with the phone starting at $999, most people will be turning towards other flagship smartphones if they aren't diehard Apple fans.




This is where something like Google's upcoming Pixel refresh comes into play, with the new Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 to be unveiled at a media event on October 4. We're now hearing about official colors and pricing of the larger Pixel XL 2 smartphone, which will really turn some iHeads.


Google will reportedly launch Pixel XL 2 in three colors: Kinda Blue, Just Black, and Clearly White. They'll be offered in 64GB and 128GB variants, priced at $649 and $749, respectively. This isn't too damn bad at all.

Google Pixelbook: Surface competitor starts at $1199

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Sep 20, 2017 5:31 am

Google has a media event on October 4 where we should see the next-gen Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 smartphones, but it seems like we might be getting a peak at their upcoming Chromebook Pixel successor, something teased now as Google Pixelbook.




Pixelbook is an official name, with Google seemingly adopting the Pixel branding in a big way, with a few different variants of Pixelbook to be made available. This is what we should expect:


  • Pixelbook 128GB: $1199
  • Pixelbook 256GB: $1399
  • Pixelbook 512GB: $1749


Google's previous-gen Pixel laptops were just that... laptops, they didn't fold into a tablet like Pixelbook does. This allows Pixelbook to compete directly against Microsoft and their increasingly popular Surface and Surface Book line of products. Pulling Google into the same line as Microsoft, the new Pixelbook laptop has an optional Pixelbook Pen which is $99.


The Pixelbook Pen is pressure sensitive, with tilt support and supposedly no lag. If Google can pull this off, the $1199 and $1399 models of Pixelbook are going to be incredibly popular. The price will pull all-Google users in, which there are hundreds of millions of, and yet another release in their Pixel range of products.

Biostar's upcoming RACING Z370 GT7 motherboard teased

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Sep 20, 2017 4:35 am

Intel's upcoming Coffee Lake-S architecture is nearly here, something that will be led by the flagship Core i7-8700K processor. But now we have Biostar's upcoming RACING Z370 GT7 motherboard spotted, and it looks GOOD.




Biostar says that the upcoming RACING Z370 GT7 motherboard will support DDR4 RAM up to 3866MHz, with reinforced PCIe slots, more M.2 slots, Realtek ALC1220 audio chipset, and the Intel I219V gigabit ethernet controller.




I'm loving the black and yellow style on the motherboard, with M.2 cooling teased at the bottom. The RGBs above the I/O panel look great too, but I think this board is going to look great when used in a specific black/blue build... giving me some ideas. Watch this space.

Core i9-7980XE benched: super-fast, but costs $1999

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Sep 20, 2017 3:56 am

Intel's most expensive consumer processor in a very long time is nearly here, with the Core i9-7980XE boasting its 18C/36 of CPU power, beating AMD's current Ryzen Threadripper 1950X flagship CPU with 16C/32T.




There are now early benchmarks on the new Intel Core i9-7980XE processor, with 'Coolenjoy' releasing their data on the ASUS APEX motherboard, with the 18C/36T clocked at 4.2GHz on all CPU cores... impressive stuff. Intel has its new Turbo Boost Max 3.0 letting the Core i9-7980XE boost all CPU cores up to 4.4GHz.


Still, just look at these benchmarks... Intel's new Core i9-7980XE is a megatasking BEAST. Priced at $1999, you'll need to sell a kidney or two, but I'm sure it's worth it.

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Custom Radeon RX Vega cards not coming until November

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Sep 20, 2017 3:15 am

It looks like we won't be seeing any custom Radeon RX Vega graphics cards until at least the end of October, and probably more into November.




According to who reached out to AIB partners making custom Radeon graphics cards, and said that no manufacturers are ready apart from one unnamed manufacturer who said that they're waiting for Vega GPUs to arrive.


If AIB partners are still waiting for Vega GPUs, then the custom Radeon RX Vega graphics cards are still many months away, with a November launch making sense. Remember that I posted a world exclusive scoop on there only being less than 16,000 x Radeon RX Vega graphics cards in the months post-launch... and here we are.


We have no official sales numbers on Radeon RX Vega from AMD just yet, only that it has been a great launch (like AMD would come out and say a launch has been bad, no company would).

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Oclean One: the world's smartest electric toothbrush

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Sep 20, 2017 1:06 am

Brushing your teeth every morning hasn't changed much, and while the introduction of electric toothbrushes made it more convenient... we live in a 'smart' world now, right?!



This is where Oclean One steps into the foray, with the team hitting Indiegogo trying to secure $20,000 - but quickly reaching $103,647 from 999 backers at the time of writing. What is Oclean One? It's the fastest electric toothbrush in the world, with a 60-day battery life, ultra-fast charging, "best-in-class bristles", a bunch of presets, and even a freakin' AI-enabled application, and a speaker.



The best part about the Oclean One is the personalization that you get, with the Oclean app recommending brushing plans that are based on your age, gender, eating habits, and more. There are 12 preset brushing plans that will help you reach your pearly white goals, such as whitening your teeth, strengthening your sensitive teeth, and protecting your gums.

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Monster Hunter World launches January 2018

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 19, 2017 8:13 pm

Capcom's new MMO-style Monster Hunter game gets an official release date, and it's sooner than we expected!



Monster Hunter World will see a simultaneous global release on January 26, 2017 on PS4 and Xbox One, Capcom today confirmed at this year's Tokyo Game Show. A PC version will release sometime later in the year. The game, which brings players from all across the world together with online-based co-op play, sees gamers entering an engaging and dynamic world replete with seamless map roaming, drop-in and drop-out multiplayer, and tons of monsters that're bound to a realistic food chain. In a recent article I admitted Monster Hunter World looks truly alive, and I can't wait to return to a proper console-based MonHun experience.


Launching this ambitious online game in January means the title will fall within Capcom's fiscal year 2018 timeline, which ends on March 31, 2018. This will ensure the publisher ends its fiscal year with massive earnings from the landmark RPG--not only is the game a mainline entry in the massively popular Monster Hunter franchise, but it's an online game which offers tremendous potential for monetization.


The developer plans to sell a combined 10.3 million units of Monster Hunter World and Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite, and forecasts that both games will make up 44.78% of games sold throughout the fiscal year period. You can read more about Capcom's financial performance here.

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Left Alive is Square Enix's shot at survival mech action

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 19, 2017 5:16 pm

Square Enix today announced a brand new IP called Left Alive, a new "dark and gritty" survival shooter set in a war-torn world with mechs.




The new shooter was revealed at the Tokyo Game Show 2017 event in Japan, but official details are sparse. The publisher notes that Left Alive is a "survival action shooter," and mech suits are shown in the official teaser. Key Japanese developers including the game director for the beloved Armored Core series have joined the Left Alive team to give it a distinct style and flair.


Square Enix has recruited talented alums like Toshifumi Nabeshima (who directed the Armored Core series), and Takayuki Yanase (mech designer, Ghost in the Shell: Arise, Mobile Suit Gundam 00, Xenoblade Chronicles X) to flesh out the world and the survival mechanics. Last but certainly not least, Yoji Shinkawa splashes life into the game with the instantly recognizable style from Metal Gear artwork.

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Rocket League Autumn Update available September 28

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 19, 2017 1:11 pm

Rocket League's Autumn Update is shaping up to be a huge update with seasonal arenas, time-limited events, new battle-cars and items, transparent goalposts and the start of competitive play for Season 6.




Set for a Septmber 28 release, the Autumn Update features some PC-exclusive updates aimed at esports with LAN support and Tournaments mode being added. Tournaments mode will be a beta build before being released to consoles next year.


Tournaments mode will allow for custom tournaments to be created by users, with the major concept driven to expand Rocket League's already growing esports scene. On the topic of esports, new this update also features Director mode, a cinematic presentation that again enhances Rocket League's appeal towards esport viewing.

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Synology introduces new XS, Value and Series NAS

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: Storage | Posted: Sep 19, 2017 12:34 pm

Synology have officially launched their new product lineup with five models featured across the XS-series, Plus-series and the Value-series.




First up is the XS-series, the powerful DS3018xs is Synology's first 6-bay tower NAS. This NAS is powered by Intel's Pentium D1508 dual-core 2.2GHz (Turbo Boost up to 2.6GHz) with AES-NI encryption engine, offering up to 32GB RAM. The DS3018xs also allows for up to 30 drives with two Synology DX1215 and features four Gigabit LAN ports. The DS3018xs is able to deliver stunning performance at over 2,230 MB/s sequential reading and 265,000 sequential read IOPS while offering optional 10GbE and a M.2 SATA SSD support.

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