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Exploding Beats headphones aren't Apple's fault

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: May 23, 2017 4:45 am

The world went a little crazy when Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 smartphone was exploding last year over faulty batteries, and now its main competitor is experiencing similar exploding products.



Beats, which is owned by Apple, has been in the news with an Australian woman waking up on a flight between Adelaide, South Australia and Hong Kong by the sound of an explosion, and a burning sensation on her face. Adelaide Now reports: "The woman, whose face, hands and hair were burned, had sought to be reimbursed to replace her headphones and several items of ruined clothing".

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Samsung: Galaxy S8 is 2-for-1 in the US only right now

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 23, 2017 3:36 am

If you've been waiting on pulling the trigger on Samsung's aweosme new Galaxy S8 smartphone, well... your time has come. If you're based in the US, you will be able to activate two Galaxy S8 smartphones through T-Mobile, with one of them ending up free.




How does it work? Samsung will send a $750 refund to you for the second smartphone after you've paid for it, which will take 7-10 business days. You'll need to opt in on the website, and that's all. Samsung is also giving away its Entertainment Kit, which includes a Clear View stand, 64GB microSD card, and a 6-month Netflix subscription.


The total for the two Galaxy S8 smartphones comes to $1608.76, so with Samsung providing $750 back after you've registered one of them with T-Mobile, that means the total price for both Galaxy S8 handsets drops to $858.76, or just $429.38 after tax. This is an amazing deal from Samsung, absolutely amazing.

NVIDIA's purported Volta-based TITAN Xv spotted

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 23, 2017 2:34 am

NVIDIA unveiled its next-gen Volta-based Tesla V100 at GTC 2017 a couple of weeks ago, but now we could be looking at their new Volta-based TITAN Xv graphics card.




There was an image posted to Facebook from a NVIDIA intern, but there's nothing else known about the card. We don't know if it's real or not, with the image posted over at forums. If it's a real card, take note of the lack of SLI connector and instead, the purported TITAN Xv has NVLink connectors.


I don't think this is the TITAN Xv, but at the end of the day it could be... and NVIDIA could be preparing TITAN Xv to combat AMD's upcoming Radeon RX Vega. What do you think?

Joss Wheddon taking over 'Justice League' directing duty

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: May 23, 2017 2:12 am

While principal photography on Zack Snyder's 'Justice League' has been completed, the director, alongside his producer wife Deborah have announced they are stepping down from the production after the death of their daughter, Autumn. Warner Bros have announced that 'The Avengers' director Joss Whedon will step in to complete the film which will hit cinemas at the end of the year.




According to the Hollywood Reporter, Whedon will complete post-production and limited reshoots on the film although studio president Toby Emmerich is adamant that the film won't deviate too far from the tone set by Snyder, saying "We're not introducing any new characters. It's the same characters in some new scenes. He's handing the baton to Joss, but the course has really been set by Zack". Tragically, the Synder's lost their 20 year old daughter to suicide in March.


Featuring Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), the Flash (Ezra Miller), Superman (Henry Cavill), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and Aquaman (Jason Momoa), 'Justice League' is set to be the DC comics version of 'The Avengers', which the studio is hoping will bring in the huge revenue that eluded last summer's 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice'. 'Justice League' is set to still hit it's previously announced release on 3D, 2D and IMAX cinema worldwide from November 2017.

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Red Dead Redemption 2 delay causes stock dive

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 22, 2017 11:28 pm

Rockstar Games today announced Red Dead Redemption 2 would be delayed to Spring 2018, and investors and shareholders aren't too happy about the delay.




The stock value of Take-Two Interactive, Rockstar's parent company, recently dived by 8.75% in after-hours trading following the announcement of Red Dead Redemption 2's delay. The parent company recently reassured investors that Red Dead Redemption 2 would release Fall 2017, and now shareholders are understandably frustrated. Just three days ago Take-Two stock surged to a near-record high.


Take-Two promised that Red Dead Redemption 2 will release during its Fiscal Year 2018 timeline, and it's still technically possible that the game will meet these promises, as the sequel has been delayed to Spring 2018. Rockstar Games is pressured to ensure the game launches before the company's fiscal year ends in March.

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Destiny 2 on PC: no dedicated servers

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 22, 2017 10:35 pm

For the first time ever, Destiny is coming to PC with its new sequel. Although Bungie is doing their best to ensure the game properly taps the raw power of the PC platform, Destiny 2 is missing something quite big: dedicated servers.




Bungie has officially confirmed that Destiny 2 won't use dedicated servers on PC, despite the fact that it'll have online 4v4 multiplayer PVP modes on the platform. When asked if Destiny 2 features P2P servers or dedicated servers, Bungie's Luke Smith said "It is a complicated typology. We do not have dedicated servers for Destiny 2 on PC," Smith said in a recent interview with PC Gamer.


The studio has already confirmed that Destiny 2's PC version will be exclusive to Blizzard's client, but Bungie will maintain the game's online shared-worlds shooter's servers. Blizzard's will just be used for "login and social services."

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Red Dead Redemption 2 delayed to Spring 2018

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 22, 2017 8:59 pm

Rockstar today confirmed that Red Dead Redemption 2 has been delayed to Spring 2018 on PS4 and Xbox One.




Rockstar Games says that they need the extra time to ensure Red Dead Redemption 2 delivers the best possible experience. "This outlaw epic set across the vast and unforgiving American heartland will be the first Rockstar game created from the ground up for the latest generation of console hardware, and some extra time is necessary to ensure that we can deliver the best experience possible for our fans," the studio said.


"We are very sorry for any disappointment this delay causes, but we are firm believers in delivering a game only when it is ready. We are really excited to bring you more details about the game this summer."

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FF14: Stormblood's job level-up potions cost $25

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 22, 2017 8:36 pm

Final Fantasy XIV director and producer Naoki Yoshida today confirmed the prices for the new job-class boosting items that will be rolled out in the game's new Stormblood expansion.




Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood will feature specific convenience items that let users skip key parts of the game as well as single-boost potions that instantly raise a single job to max level. These conveniences items are labled as "Tales of Adventure" and will be sold on the game's Mog Station storefront, which allows players to buy in-game cosmetics for real money. These new job potions represent the first step in selling items that have a clear affect on the game.


The game's new job-level boost items, called Tales of Adventure, will cost $25, will be released on Jun 16, and can only be used to increase a single job to level 60. Yoshi-P confirms that there will be different Tales of Adventure for each job, so you'll have to buy them individually at $25 a pop to level up all your jobs to max level (if you wanted to skip the game, of course). But that doesn't matter because players will only be able to buy one Tales of Adventure job-boost per account until Patch 4.1 rolls out.

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LG announces rugged smartphone - X Venture

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 22, 2017 7:33 pm

LG has announced its second X-line smartphone - the X Venture. The rugged phone has an IP68 water and dust protection, and 14 MIL-STD 810G certification for extreme temperatures, shock, and water as well as multiple immersions up to 1.5 meters deep.




The phone is powered by a Snapdragon 435 and comes with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, expandable with a microSD card.


The X Venture comes with a 5.2-inch display and runs Android 7.0 Nougat. The phone features a 16MP rear camera and a 5MP front shooter.

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Destiny 2 replaces major subclasses and abilities

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 22, 2017 7:11 pm

Destiny 2's new subclasses don't actually add anything extra to the game, they replace some of the most interesting abilities and classes that the original had to offer.




As a Destiny player, I'm excited about Destiny 2. But I have one very, very big problem with the sequel: Defender Titans are now dead, being replaced with the new Sentinel class. Now I've only ever played as a Titan in Destiny, and as soon as I saw the Defender subclass tree, I knew I wanted to be a support character based on replenishing shields and protecting my fireteam. This was all facilitated by one of the most enjoyable abilities in any shooter: the Ward of Dawn "bubble shield." That won't be in Destiny 2, and neither will the Warlock's potent resurrection spell from the Sunsinger tree.


I had a strong feeling that Destiny 2 would replace classes, and make no mistake, these new subclasses simply wipe out their respective elemental forerunners: Titan's void-based Defender is now replaced with the shield-bearing Sentinel subclass; Hunter's arc-based Bladedancer is now replaced with the spear-bearing Arcstriker subclass; and Warlock's beholden solar-based Sungsinger is now replaced with the fire-sword bearing Dawnblade. Apart from wiping out some of Destiny's favorite classes, the sequel dramatically changes the skill tree to make things much more consolidated.

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