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Fortnite: 4K 30FPS on both Xbox One X and PS4 Pro

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 4, 2017 11:54 pm

Fortnite isn't too far away now, with Epic Games revealing what resolution and frame rate it will be running at on both the Xbox One X coming in November, and the PS4 Pro - oh, and PC.



Epic Games changed things up with Fortnite, which blends the elements of sanbox, construction and survival into a game where you have to team with othe players to prepare your fortress during the day, for the monsters that will attack at night.


In an interview with GamingBolt, Fortnite Producer Zak Phelps talked about the graphics performance across the platforms, saying that the PC version will look the best if you have the hardware to enable all of the settings and ensure a smooth frame rate. He added: "Resolution and frame rate is all dependent on your PC and what you can run. PS4 Pro, Xbox X, it's going to look really good in 4K. We're going to allow the resolutions that we can support and frame rate at 30 frames per second. We've turned on several key PC pieces on Epic settings. We're able to run the game on Xbox One X, and PS4 Pro".

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HTC is working on another smartphone with Edge Sense

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 4, 2017 10:09 pm

Back in January, HTC announced that they would announce only six to seven new devices this year because they want to focus on quality instead of quantity. They already unveiled the U Ultra and U Play, followed by their this year's flagship, the HTC U11.




It seems that the company might launch another smartphone soon. According to a report, HTC is working on a device codenamed Ocean Life.


The mid-range device should be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 660 and feature a 5.2-inch 1080p display.

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Note8 to have two storage size options and insane price

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 4, 2017 8:13 pm

Earlier this week, Samsung relaunched the Galaxy Note7 under a new name, the Galaxy Note Fan Edition, and we aren't far from the launch of the new member of the Note family - the Note8.




The phone is rumored to be powered by Qualcomm's yet to be announced Snapdragon 836 and come with dual rear camera setup. We've also heard rumors that the phone might come with 8GB of RAM, which is double from 4GB of RAM what the Galaxy S8 has.


Now, a new leak claims that the Note8 will have two storage options - 64GB and 128GB. Last year's Note7 came in only one option, with 64GB of internal storage.

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iPhone 8 to feature facial recognition only, no Touch ID

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 4, 2017 5:56 pm

It seems that the fingerprint sensor could become a part of history, at least when it comes to Apple's iPhones.


According to a new report, Apple might not even try to embed the fingerprint scanner under the display. Instead, they might ditch it altogether.




The report states that Apple's next iPhone could have a feature that lets you unlock your device using your face instead of a fingerprint.


Bloomberg reports that this feature uses a 3D sensor which can scan user's face and unlock the iPhone within few hundred milliseconds, when if the device is lying flat on the table.

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Top six 4th of July gaming desktop deals (Roundup)

By: TweakTown Dealzon | More News: Deals | Posted: Jul 4, 2017 5:10 pm

Whether Bitcoin is a thing to stay or not, the recent rise in mining crypto currency has driven the price of PC video cards sky high this Summer. While once you could find GTX 1060's for $200 and GTX 1070's for $300, you now see sold out, back ordered or inflated prices. GTX 1060 sell for $300 - $500 and a GTX 1070 anywhere from $460 - $800. It's to the point that building is less profitable that pre-built machines, especially now that the 4th of July sales have kicked in.




Lenovo, HP, and even GameStop have discounts worthy of this 4th of July with discounts often cheaper than what you could build for. Some you might even be able to strip the parts off and sell individually on eBay for a profit (prices are that crazy in some areas). Below we've round up the best Gaming desktop deals in each sale.


At Lenovo this year the best machine is undoubtedly the Y710 Cube. This is a gaming rig Lenovo is trying to rid themselves of since it's equipped with last years Intel 6th gen Core i processors. The $899 Y710 Cube with a Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM, and GTX 1060 is probably your best price-per-hardware-spec on the market today.


Lenovo Gaming Desktops


HP Gaming Desktops


GameStop Gaming Desktops


It's a similar story at HP. There you'll find Hewlett Packard trying to rid themselves of the old HP Omen 870 desktop with last year's 6th generation Intel processors. The result are new low prices on two configurations, the most notable the GTX 1060 for $799.99. That is one of the (if not the) cheapest gaming desktop with a GTX 1060 and an Intel processor on the market right now.


Going even cheaper with a GTX 1060 is GameStop and their sales on CyberPowerPC Game Master series desktops. Recent price drops at GameStop have driven their Ryzen 7 1700X machine with the coveted GTX 1070 down to $1,350, while it normally sells for $1,500. Much cheaper is the Ryzen 5 1400 / GTX 1060 config with a drop to $750 - one of the cheapest GTX 1060 PCs available.

ASUS launches ZenFone 4 Max with 5,000 mAh battery

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 4, 2017 2:27 pm

ASUS has announced a new member of the ZenFone family - the ZenFone 4 Max.




The phone comes in two versions - powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 430 and Snapdragon 425. The device has up to 4GB of RAM and 16/32/64GB of internal storage.


The ZenFone 4 Max features a 5.5-inch 1080p screen and runs on Android 7.0 with ZenUI.

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GIGABYTE announces Ryzen-capable mini-ITX motherboard

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jul 4, 2017 8:29 am

GIGABYTE has announced their new mini-ITX motherboard ready for AMD Ryzen processors, with their new AB350N-Gaming Wi-Fi motherboard that is ready for AMD's "performance-class" B350 chipset.




This means we have most of the functionality of the flagship X370 chipset, but is cut down slightly. The table above explains it easily.




Moving onto the board itself, the GIGABYTE AB350N-Gaming Wi-Fi looks great with its black and silver style, with 2 x DIMM slots and a single x16 PCIe slot. There's some overclocking headroom on the board with GIGABYTE deploying an advanced all-digital six-phase VRM with an International Rectifier controller, IR PowIRstage ICs and solid state capacitors. LN2 cooling even works on the AB350N-Gaming Wi-Fi, with GIGABYTE including 4-pin hybrid fan headers that are specific to LN2 cooling... so expect mITX boards to play with the big boys in LN2 records.

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Nokia 6: the cheaper Nexus/Pixel for just $229

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 4, 2017 7:09 am

If you're feeling a bit nostalgic and don't have much to spend on a new smartphone, HMD Global has announced they're launching the Nokia 6 smartphone in the US in the next few days.




The new Nokia 6 will be available in two colors, and exclusive to Amazon for the time being, with two more colors and an extended range of places to buy the Nokia 6 in the coming weeks. The US version of the Nokia 6 is a lesser-specced handset than what is available in China, with less RAM and NAND flash storage. But I'm also sure you've been wondering who the hell HMD Global is, and why they're selling Nokia smartphones in the US.


HMD and FIH Mobile (which happens to be a subsidiary of Foxconn) have worked together on designing the Nokia 6 smartphone, along with Nokia itself providing some tips. For now, all Nokia smartphones run a stock version of Android 7.1 with all of the upgrades, and no bloat on top.




Inside, the US version of the Nokia 6 will roll with an 8-core CPU in the form of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430, alongside 3GB RAM (4GB in the US/global versions), 32GB of on-board storage expandable through microSD , and a 5.5-inch 1080p display backed by 2.5D Gorilla Glass. There's 4G on the Nokia 6, capable of delivering 150/75Mbps depending on your carrier. Audio wise we have a 3.5mm jack and Dolby Atmos support, while there's a 16-megapixel with f/2.0 aperture on the back with a dual LED flash, backed by an 8-megapixel snapper on the front.

ASUS launch 10GbE PCIe adapter, costs just $99

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Networking | Posted: Jul 4, 2017 6:21 am

ASUS has surprised with the release of the first consumer-grade 10GbE card at a very reasonable price of just $99, and thanks to its PCIe 3.0 x4 connection, it will fit into most modern PCs.




ASUS taps the Aquantia silicon for its XG-C100C adapter, which supports 10/5/2.5/1Gbps networking standards as well as 100Mbps (why, oh why) through normal RJ45 and Cat5e/Cat6 cabling. ASUS uses the Aquantia AQtion AQC107 controller that supports five networking standards (100M, 1G, 2.5G, 5G, and 10G) through PCIe 3.0 x4, and has LEDs for network activity and connection speeds so you're not in the dark over your 10GbE speeds.


The new 10GbE network adapter is capable of pushing 1GB/sec over your network, if it's feeding into another 10GbE machine or a 10GbE-capable NAS or switch. ASUS has its new XG-C100C available at US retailers for $99, which is a freakin' steal. Aquantia sells its own AQC107-based cards for $130, so it's actually cheaper to buy the ASUS XG-C100C, which is powered by the identical chip.

Samsung's secret VR headset: 1440p @ 90Hz or 4K @ 75Hz

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jul 4, 2017 5:43 am

We know that Samsung is working on its own standalone VR headset, but now VR eye-tracking company Visual Camp, has teased Samsung's secret new standalone VR headset prototype called Exynos VR III.




Samsung's purported Exynos VR III headset is powered by a 10nm SoC with Mali G71 graphics, and can power dual "WQHD+" displays (2560x1440 or so) at 90Hz, or a single 4K panel at 75Hz. Samsung's secret new VR headset sports gaze tracking, as well as hand tracking and facial expression recognition. With enough sensors, Samsung could have inside-out motion tracking which is the bleeding edge for new mobile VR headsets.




What exactly does the gaze tracking do, you ask? Well, Samsung's new headset - and I'm sure Qualcomm and others are working on similar tech, is actually foveated rendering. This means that with gaze tracking, the headset will push rendering power to where your eyes are focused. You can see in the image above, the gaze point is to the upper right - so why should the headset render everything to the left and under it in 100% quality... that's not how your eyes work, so rendering power saved is a huge win.

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