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The first Black Panther teaser trailer is out

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jun 10, 2017 3:52 pm

The first teaser trailer for Marvel's Black Panther is finally here, and fans are getting really excited.




The almost two-minute footage shows us Chadwick Boseman in the role of T'Challa/Black Panther. This isn't the first time we see him in this role since we already got a glimpse of it in Captain America: Civil War.


The teaser trailer also features Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger, a Wakandan exile who seeks to overthrow T'Challa. Lupita Nyong'o appears as Nakia, T'Challa's love interest and a member of the Dora Milaje, the all-female special forces of Wakanda who serve as T'Challa's bodyguards.

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Battlefront II may have card-based microtransactions

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 10, 2017 2:53 pm

E3 2017 - Here at TweakTown, I've outlined a case for why I think Battlefront II will have microtransactions, and you can read that here. But until now I've had to make guesses based on industry trends. Earlier today some pre-alpha footage for Battlefront 2's gameplay was accidentally leaked, giving gamers worldwide a pre-E3 look at the multiplayer action.




Based on what I've seen, I believe that EA will monetize Battlefront II with a card-based digital economy and allow users to buy card packs with premium currency that contain random rewards. This monetization system would be tiered, as in Platinum packs with X chance of a Rare, or Gold packs with X chance for an Uncommon-grade card, etc. Based on what I've seen, the cards may be used for two different things: passives cards that buff hero abilities, such as Rey's Insight skill that lets her see through walls, or Darth Maul's Choke Hold maneuver, and the other cards may give basic artillery units new abilities in addition to their weapon type. So cards may do two different things for heroes and basic classes--for heroes, cards buff their set abilities; for units, cards will apparently unlock new abilities.


Users can swap out cards at any time, giving players complete customization over heroes and their units. This strongly indicates a monetized economy will be tapped, giving players access to new cards to customize their characters. The footage indicates that these cards are color-coded to denote different rarity types. For example, Boba Fett's ability-buffing cards are simply all white, whereas Rey's are blue and purple, indicating higher card rarity.

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Samsung's new 49-inch 32:9 UltraWide rocks FreeSync 2

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jun 10, 2017 4:21 am

Samsung has officially launched its bigger than life 49-inch gaming display, rocking a beautiful 32:9 aspect ratio making the 21:9 aspect ratio on traditional UltraWides not so ultra, and not so wide.




The new 32:9 aspect ratio rocks an alright-for-now native 3840x1080 resolution (the same vertical pixels as a 1080p display, but the horizontal resolution of 4K). The Samsung C49HG60 rocks a curved 1800R panel, HDR support, Samsung's Quantum Dot tech, and AMD's fresh FreeSync 2 technology with a huge 144Hz refresh rate and 1ms response.


Samsung's new 49-inch 32:9 display is available for pre-order on Amazon for $1500, and will be available on June 30. If it's too big, or too expensive for you - Samsung has two other FreeSync 2-powered gaming monitors. There's the 27-inch (C27HG70) for $600 and available today, and the 31.5-inch (C32HG70) which sells for $700 and will be available on June 26. Both variants also feature the 144Hz refresh rate, but 2560x1440 resolution and 16:9 aspect ratio.

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OnePlus 5 will rock 8GB of RAM

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 10, 2017 12:28 am

OnePlus will reveal its highly-anticipated flagship on June 20th, and the company has already revealed some info about the phone. We learned that they are working with DxO on the phone's camera and that the phone will be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835.




The company also published the first official OnePlus 5 photo and a video in which they are comparing the microphone performance of the OnePlus 3 and the upcoming flagship.


There are still some pieces of the puzzle missing, but as the launch date approaches, more specs are leaking.

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Huawei Honor 9 specs leak ahead of the launch

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 9, 2017 11:34 pm

Huawei is all set to announce the Honor 9 on July 12th, and a promotional poster has already confirmed the rumors that the device would come with a dual rear camera setup.




Now, a new promo has leaked on the Chinese social media site Weibo, which reveals the missing parts of the puzzle.


As mentioned, the main attraction is the dual camera, 12MP + 20MP, similar to both recently announced nova 2 and P10. The front shooter will reportedly be 8MP.

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Nintendo needs a live streaming service for Switch games

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 9, 2017 10:27 pm

Nintendo needs to set up its own Twitch-like live-streaming service for its new Switch console-handheld hybrid.




Millions and millions of gamers watch others play games online on live-streaming services like Twitch.TV and YouTube Gaming. Games-makers are finding innovative new ways to monetize live streaming, such as Microsoft with its new Mixer service, which rewards viewers for watching ads and allows spectators to pay money to subscribe to streamers' channels. With a competent plan, games-makers like Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo can create a lucrative cycle of engagement and monetization that not only promotes brands and products, but ensures long-term tails for software sales and community play.


Nintendo's new Switch handheld console is a walking engagement machine in its own right; owners can play games at any time, with anyone, making it a portable interactive promotional advertisement. But Nintendo needs to tap the live-streaming market with their own framework similar to Microsoft's new Mixer service to help facilitate its recent push towards eSports gaming. Nintendo is releasing two major competitive games onto the Switch this Summer, ARMS and Splatoon 2, both of which have strong potential for eSports, and it'd be a huge missed opportunity if these titles were hosted on a third-party live-streaming service.

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ASUS to launch ZenFone 4 series in July

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 9, 2017 9:24 pm

Although it was expected that ASUS would launch three new ZenFone series smartphones at Computex, that didn't happen. Instead, the company launched new ZenPad tablets, among other products.




According to a source, the company had to postpone the launch because of "design overhaul and efficiency upgrades." The same source claims that the company is almost ready for the big launch which should happen at the end of July.


It is expected that the company will unveil three new devices - the ZenFone 4 Max, ZenFone 4, and ZenFone 4S.

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Galaxy Note8 to feature Qualcomm's Snapdragon 836?

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 9, 2017 8:26 pm

Samsung is supposed to launch the Galaxy Note8 in September, and there are many rumors about the device already floating around.


While it was expected that the Note8 would be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835, the same processor that powers the Galaxy S8 and S8+, a new report claims otherwise.




According to the leak, the Galaxy Note8 could be powered by Qualcomm's yet to be announced SoC, the Snapdragon 836. This is the first time we are hearing about the Snapdragon 836, but it isn't impossible that Qualcomm will announce it.

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Dragonball Z is getting a Tekken Tag style fighting game

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 9, 2017 7:19 pm

Dragon Ball Fighters is a new 2.5D fighting game coming early 2018 from Arc System Works, Bandai Namco today announced.




Long ago I remember buying an original PlayStation with a converter chip so I could play imported Japanese Dragonball Z games. Back then Dragonball GT blew my mind, and ever since I've always loved traditional 2.5D fighting games. After a slew of 3D style games, Bandai Namco is keen on taking Dragonball Z back to 2.5D and possibly blending in mechanics of one of my other favorite fighters: Tekken Tag Tournament.


Dragon Ball Fighters allows players to form up three-fighter teams and battle players in 3v3 matches. However, it's unclear if players can actually tag fighters in and out of battle, and it may simply be a Team Battle style mode from Tekken games. Bandai Namco confirmed the game will feature the series' famous "ultra high speed battles and flashy moves," adding in a nice splash of immersion. We'll probably also see offline and online play with a season pass that expands the roster.

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OPPO unveils R11 Plus: Dual camera and 4,000 mAh battery

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 9, 2017 6:33 pm

A couple of days after OPPO revealed the R11, the company has launched its big brother - the OPPO R11 Plus.


The R11 Plus comes with a 6-inch AMOLED display, while the OPPO R11 has a smaller, 5.5-inch one.




The device is powered by the same processor as the R11, the Snapdragon 660, but it comes with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, expandable up to 128GB with a microSD card.

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