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More details about Note8 Emperor Edition 8/256GB emerge

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 9, 2017 7:28 pm

Samsung is all set to announce the Galaxy Note8 on August 23rd, but, according to the reports, the company has also prepared a special edition of the device - Emperor Edition.




The Galaxy Note8 Emperor Edition should come with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage, expandable up to 512GB with a microSD card. A new leak from a well-known leaker confirms the existence of this device, and it also reveals some more info.


According to the leak, the Emperor Edition will be available in Korea, which is in line with previous reports. It was also earlier rumored that China might also get this version of the device. Unfortunately, at this point, we don't know if the Emperor Edition will ever be available globally.

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No Man's Sky celebrates birthday with big portal update

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 9, 2017 6:32 pm

Hello Games continues adding content to No Man's Sky a full year after the game's hotly controversial release in an effort to heal gaping wounds and expand upon the sci-fi adventure.




A year ago No Man's Sky was launched on PlayStation 4 and PC as a fully-priced AAA game, kicking off a massive wave of frustration. We've chronicled how No Man's Sky underdelivered in our official review. Instead of a final release, the game was simply the foundation for things to come. Now those things are here.


No Man's Sky is getting its third major overhaul update this week. The free expansion is called Atlas Rises, and adds a bevy of new content to the game including portals that allow players to fast-travel across the galaxy, and more story-based content. Hello Games head Sean Murray confirmed Atlas Rises' content with a mass email blast to No Man's Sky players, saying:


"It's been a year since No Man's Sky first released, and it's been an exciting, intense and emotional year for us at Hello Games. We have been quiet, but we have been listening intently.


"We've spent that year working hard on free updates for this game our team cares so much about.


"Update 1.3 will release this week and will be available for free to all No man's Sky players. We're calling it Atlas Rises. It focuses on improving the central story of No Man's Sky and adds the ability to quick travel between locations using portals."

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ASUS ZenFone 4 and 4 Pro prices leak: Up to $650

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 9, 2017 5:29 pm

ASUS is expected to announce multiple devices this month, including the ZenFone 4 Pro flagship.




The company recently published a teaser revealing that the phone will come with a dual camera. According to previous leaks, the ZenFone 4 Pro should come with a QHD 1440p display and Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 processor, which powers this year's flagships such as the Galaxy S8 and HTC U11.


But don't expect it to come cheap. According to the latest report, the ZenFone 4 Pro will be priced at $650, for 6GB/64GB configuration.

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Blizzard dominates PC gaming in July

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 9, 2017 4:30 pm

Blizzard's slate of games is becoming more and more enviable as the company rolls out new content that's attracting millions of players across North America and Europe.




Blizzard games like Hearthstone, World of Warcraft, and Overwatch are among the top 20 most-played PC games in July in North America and Europe, analyst firm Newzoo reports. According to the findings, Blizzard games took five spots in the top 20 list, and three spots in the top 10 list. Blizzard's massively lucrative and popular card game Hearthstone topped the publisher's other games at #3, with the still-popular World of Warcraft coming in at #6 and the hugely engaging shooter Overwatch ranked at #7. Diablo III jumped onto the list at #12 to dethrone Rainbow Six: Siege thanks to the new Necromancer DLC and free content updates. Blizzard's Heroes of the Storm MOBA was farther on the list at #20.




These findings clearly align with Blizzard's current yearly plan to roll out more digital content updates to its slate of games instead of releasing a brand new title. The company says it will not release a new game in 2017 and will instead provide more value to current titles like Overwatch, World of Warcraft, Diablo III and Hearthstone, which in turn spins the engagement-to-monetization flywheel formula and leads to more earnings.


In fact, Blizzard games dominated Activision's earnings for the fiscal Q2'17 period. Games like Hearthstone and Overwatch remain one of Blizzard's most popular and lucrative properties, and helped the company pull in $556 million in net revenues in the three-month period.

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Samsung to introduce new color options with the Note8

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 9, 2017 3:21 pm

We are just two weeks away from the official Note8 launch, and we already have a pretty good image of the highly-anticipated phone.




A new leak has appeared now showing the alleged Galaxy Note8 color options, and it appears that Samsung is ready to introduce some new color choices. According to the leak, accompanied by a photo, the Note8 will be available in Midnight Black, Arctic Silver, Orchid Gray/Violet, Coral Blue, Dark Blue, Deep Sea Blue, Pink, and Gold.


The S Pen should come in a matching color.

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Gearbox teases new card-based shooter hybrid Project 1v1

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 9, 2017 2:29 pm

Having failed to capture the FPS market with its now free-to-play shooter Battleborn, Gearbox Software is ready to try again...this time making a game that combines two key lucrative industry trends into one.




Borderlands developer Gearbox Software today announced a new experimental game codenamed Project 1v1, a "competitive first-person shooter" which aims to combine "the action of a fast-paced 1v1 first-person combat with the metagame strategy of a collectible card game." Essentially what Gearbox wants to do is hit two birds with one stone by tapping the massively lucrative CCG world of Hearthstone as well as the popular, engaging eSports scope of shooters like Overwatch and CS:GO.


Key industry trends tell us that Project 1v1 will feature microtransaction card packs, and that it will need to be available on all platforms, from PC to consoles and mobile devices in order to make strong revenues. Combining these money-making strategies into a single game is quite complex, and after Gearbox dropped the ball with Battleborn, I'm not sure they're ready to take on such a burden.

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First clear images of the iPhone 8 surface

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 9, 2017 1:25 pm

The iPhone 8 launch should be just around the corner, and as we are getting closer to the day that Apple should launch three new devices, we are getting a better image of what to expect.




So far, we have heard numerous rumors about Apple's premium device, the iPhone 8, but this is the first clear photo of the actual phone that we have. The leaked image shows both front and the back of the phone confirming vertically aligned dual camera setup on the back of the phone.


What's also visible is that there's no fingerprint sensor on the front or the back of the device. Unfortunately, there's no clear image of the phone's sides so we can't know if the fingerprint scanner is embedded into the power button on the side or if Apple has decided to ditch the fingerprint sensor altogether and feature only facial recognition.

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Valve chases Hearthstone with new DOTA card game

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 9, 2017 12:33 pm

Valve aims to rake even more revenues with a new digital DOTA-themed collectible card game.



DOTA 2 remains one of Valve's key breadwinners, and is one of the most lucrative MOBAs on the market today. With strong engagement via eSports tournaments like the ongoing The Invitational DOTA 2 Championships event that engages millions of fans worldwide, and massively lucrative revenues from its in-game DOTA 2 Store that sells in-game cosmetics for real money, Valve has created a titanic franchise that looms over the industry. Now Valve is taking that one step further by creating an online card game based around the franchise in an effort to chase the massive earnings that Blizzard rakes in from Hearthstone.


The new DOTA-themed card is called Artifact, and is slated to release sometime in 2018. That's pretty much all we know about the game, but industry trends give us major clues about Artifact. Digital CCGs work best when they transcend all platforms, typically mobiles, so Artifact should be released on consoles, PCs, as well as tablets and mobile phones. The key here is to reach as many people as possible and engage them with compelling content while making them aware of the core game on Steam. And, of course, Artifact should be monetized by letting players buy randomized card packs with real-world money.


Digital accounts for 61% of the collectible card gaming audience, analyst firm SuperData reports. The firm says that digital CCGs pull in 40.6 million monthly active users (MAUs) versus 25.4 million MAUs from physical card games like the Final Fantasy CCG, Pokemon, or Magic: The Gathering.

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2024 Summer Olympics could feature eSports tournament

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 9, 2017 7:21 am

It looks like all eyes should be on the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris, as the co-president of the Paris Olympics bid committee said to the Associated Press that there are discussions on whether there should be an eSports tournament.




Tony Estanguet, co-president of France's bid committee told the AP that the gaming community need to be heart. He said: "We have to look at it because we can't say, 'It's not us. It's not about Olympics. The youth, yes they are interested in eSport and this kind of thing. Let's look at it. Let's meet them. Let's try if we can find some bridges".


He continued: "I don't want to say 'no' from the beginning. I think it's interesting to interact with the IOC, with them, the eSports family, to better understand what the process is and why it is such a success".


Starting in 2019, a list of events for the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris will form, while the official list of sports will be announced after the 2020 Games in Tokyo, Japan. Paris has yet to be named as the official host of the 2024 Games, but we should get confirmation next month.

Disney pulls out of Netflix, plans its own service

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 9, 2017 5:39 am

Disney has announced it will be ending its distribution deal with Netflix, with plans to launch their own streaming service sometime in 2019. This is a tectonic shift for the company, as they own Marvel, Pixar, Lucasfilm, and everything in between.




Netflix secured the Disney deal back in 2012 before the streaming giant was the size it is today, but Disney is making a move for the future as it turns into a streaming content provider. This means that Netflix will be losing Disney content, something that will include Marvel content - think Avengers, and MCU movies. It also means Pixar movies (Toy Story, Finding Dory), and even the entire Star Wars universe.


Disney plans to cut Netflix off with their 2019 movies, but have said that Netflix will be able to keep Disney movies through to the end of that year. This means that Netflix will have their hands-on the next two Star Wars movie, but will miss out on the final movie in the end. A spokesperson for Netflix has said: "We continue to do business with the Walt Disney Company on many fronts, including our ongoing deal with Marvel TV".


Disney CEO Bob Iger said in a statement: "This acquisition and the launch of our direct-to-consumer services mark an entirely new growth strategy for the company, one that takes advantage of the incredible opportunity that changing technology provides us to leverage the strength of our great brands".

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