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Quake Champions isn't quite finished yet, and up until now, it has been available in a closed beta. If you just can't wait to play until it's all done, you can take a look as it will be available to play through Steam's early access on the August 22. It looks like a nice update to the franchise and it's about time we had some real good arena FPS games once again. I'm looking forward to playing some this fall/winter.

   Technically the game is free to play, but if you want to play via Early Access (and to have all the champions) you'll have to pay. Assuming you didn't already have access to the closed beta, that is. If so, you can keep playing, but will only be able to do so via the Bethesda.net launcher. Yes, it's a little confusing. The game's free to play version will launch "at a later date."Source: Engadget

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General Mayhem / YotaPhone 3 Price and Features Leak
« on: August 20, 2017, 10:20:06 pm »
The YotaPhone was the first dual-screen device that actually worked. The rear screen has always been  e-Ink and the second version was much more polished, had better specs and was a huge improvement over the original. The 3rd version is coming and it will feature either 64GB or 128GB of storage on a device that uses e-Ink on the rear (and gives you days upon days of battery life) and a solid full-color display on the front. For the price, this may be my backup device.

   Okay, now that we have established this, let’s get to the pricing information. The 64GB Black color variant of the YotaPhone 3 will apparently be priced at CNY 2,398 (approximately USD 360) while the White color 64GB variant will set you back by CNY 2,498 (approximately USD 375).Source: TheAndroidSoul

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General Hardware / The Surface Pro 4 is Cheaper
« on: August 20, 2017, 10:16:21 pm »
The Surface Pro 4 with a Core i5 processor and 4GB of RAM has taken a major price drop in the USA. The version with the 128GB of storage option has dropped in price by $360.  That's a 36% drop to a mere $639. If you are looking for a basic laptop/ultrabook/tablet, at that price you can't find a better product on the market. If only they were on sale in Canada...

   As part of Newegg's flash sale, the firm is now offering the Surface Pro 4 for 36 percent off of its retail price, bringing the price down considerably to $639. This is a brand-new unit, that comes with a Core i5 processor, 4GB RAM, and 128GB of storage space. If you require more storage space, you can always utilize the Pro 4's microSD card slot.Source: Neowin

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General Hardware / Intel Shows Off 9th-gen Ice-Lake Core Processors
« on: August 15, 2017, 08:54:24 pm »
Intel has had to do a fair bit of scrambling since AMD announced and subsequently launched their "Threadripper" CPUs. AMD is doing very well and the pressure that Intel is under to answer the call is pretty interesting. Right off the bat, Intel bumped up voltages and speed on their current CPUs to make them sound better, but they didn't do anything else. The Ice-Lake CPUs will be manufactured at 10nm+ (10nm or larger - a very grey/broad statement) and offer better performance and efficiency - something that AMD is rocking right now.

   The company has been trying its hand at a die shrink to 10nm for a while now and despite numerous delays, it will be interesting to see what Intel will come up with, especially as AMD is quickly catching up in the performance department with the recent releases of its Ryzen and Threadripper series.Source: Neowin

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General Mayhem / Smart Lock Vendor Bricks Own Product with Bad Firmware
« on: August 15, 2017, 08:46:58 pm »
If you were on the fence about a Smart Lock but had a few reservations, this might just be the thing to help persuade you in the opposite direction. Recently, a company updated the firmware for their products and while it appeared to work, it actually bricked more than a few of their products and users were consequently locked out of their homes. Not good stuff. The company owned the mistake, contacted affecteed people and remedied the situation quite quickly, but keep in mind that if you buy a non-brand smart lock, you are perhaps risking more than you think.

   So really, the problem isn't totally solved unless users actually ship their lock back to Lockstate for repairs. Granted, the company will pay for shipping and a year's worth of a premium subscription service, but this is probably the worst-case scenario for smart locks, especially considering Airbnb recommends the 6i.Source: TheVerge

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General Hardware / Razer Atheris is Ultimate Notebook / Gaming Mouse
« on: August 15, 2017, 08:43:08 pm »
According to the marketing people over at Razer, the new Atheris is the ultimate mouse for both productivity and performance. It is designed for notebook users as it is wireless and has incredible battery life. You can expect 350 hours of use on a single set of batteries. Also, it is quick enough for gaming and is almost lag-free. If you want one mouse to do it all, this can work on the road and it sits comfortably at your workstation or your gaming rig.

    

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General Mayhem / MoviePass Lets You Go to a Movie a Day for $10 / Month
« on: August 15, 2017, 08:34:16 pm »
The Co-Founder of Netflix also started a service called MoviePass. Originally, this service was $30 a month and it allowed you to get one movie pass a day to see the latest movies in theaters. While that was a great deal if you lived close to a supported theatre, things just got a whole lot sweeter. They've dropped the price to a mere $9.95 a month and this will get you the same number of passes - one per day - every day - all month long. Check it out and this may be one subscription service that is worth your money.

   Lowe, an early Netflix Inc. executive who now runs a startup called MoviePass, plans to drop the price of the company’s movie ticket subscriptions on Tuesday to $9.95. The fee will let customers get in to one showing every day at any theater in the U.S. that accepts debit cards. MoviePass will pay theaters the full price of each ticket used by subscribers, excluding 3D or Imax screens.Source: Bloomberg

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General Mayhem / ZTE Latest Big-Screen Phone Packs Dual-Cameras for $129
« on: August 14, 2017, 09:44:20 pm »
ZTE has made a few premium devices and a whole host of other entry-level devices - and most of them have been really good. Their latest device is an entry-level device with some great features - including dual-cameras. The ZTE Blade ZMax has a huge battery as well. It packs in a whopping 4,080mAh battery that feeds a pretty solid device. It won't blow you away in terms of performance or image quality, but it offers amazing performance and features for the dollar is a great value.

   What stands out about this year's model is that it has dual cameras -- an unusual feature at this price. A slew of $200 phones unveiled at CES all featured the same iPhone 7 Plus–like setup, but the Blade ZMax is the first to offer it for less than $150. With the pair of sensors on the back, you can take pictures with artificially blurred backgrounds to highlight your subject. The Blade ZMax's 16-megapixel RGB sensor captures color information, while its 2-megapixel monochrome counterpart takes care of details.Source: Engadget

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General Mayhem / ZTE Latest Big-Screen Phone Packs Dual-Cameras for $129
« on: August 14, 2017, 09:44:18 pm »
ZTE has made a few premium devices and a whole host of other entry-level devices - and most of them have been really good. Their latest device is an entry-level device with some great features - including dual-cameras. The ZTE Blade ZMax has a huge battery as well. It packs in a whopping 4,080mAh battery that feeds a pretty solid device. It won't blow you away in terms of performance or image quality, but it offers amazing performance and features for the dollar is a great value.

   What stands out about this year's model is that it has dual cameras -- an unusual feature at this price. A slew of $200 phones unveiled at CES all featured the same iPhone 7 Plus–like setup, but the Blade ZMax is the first to offer it for less than $150. With the pair of sensors on the back, you can take pictures with artificially blurred backgrounds to highlight your subject. The Blade ZMax's 16-megapixel RGB sensor captures color information, while its 2-megapixel monochrome counterpart takes care of details.Source: Engadget

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LAN & General Gaming / Call of Duty: WWII Multiplayer Trailer
« on: August 14, 2017, 09:35:09 pm »
One of the best Call of Duty titles was their "World at War" game that was set in WWII and with the last few CoD titles all taking place in the future with crazy weapons, player skins, crappy physics and more, it is a nice change to see them go back to WWII. As much as I want to like this preview, there are a lot of things wrong with it from a physics standpoint as well and they've dumbed it down for console gamers. Either way, if you like the WWII genre, you'll probably really enjoy this.

    

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Google has come a long way with the "Google Now" text-to-speech function. They now support an astounding 119 languages including the latest - Armenian, Bengali, Lao, Sinhala, Sudanese, Nepali, Urdu, Tamil and more. They have been collecting speech samples from native language speakers for a long time and have put this all together with a little extra magic to make it seamless for users around the globe. I'm really only concerned with one, but am glad that Google is making great strides to cover the globe.

   Google collected speech samples from native speakers saying common phrases for the update. “This process trained our machine learning models to understand the sounds and words of the new languages and to improve their accuracy when exposed to more examples over time,” the company said in a blog post. The dictation can be used for voice search and across Google’s suite of products including the translate app.Source: TheVerge

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General Mayhem / Bitcoin Tops Over $4K and Climbing
« on: August 14, 2017, 09:16:59 pm »
If you were excited last week when Bitcoin topped over $3,000, you probably wish you bought some as you could have make better than 25% on your investment in less than a week. This week the cyptocurrency has already reached $4,135 and is still climbing. There is no sign of things slowing down, but as Jason stated last week on WeeklyTechUpdate, there could come a day when people realize that this virtual currency actually has no value. That day, everything you've got could be worth exactly $0.00. You can even use it for personal hygiene as it's all virtual. Still, this week, it looks very good.

   Two weeks ago Bitcoin went through a hard fork, and came out essentially unscathed. Sure, a bitcoin-clone called Bitcoin Cash was created, but it’s gotten a lot less attention than most people expected. A few days later Bitcoin locked in SegWit, a code modification that fixes malleability issues and frees up space in blocks, allowing for more transactions to be stored in each one.Source: TechCrunch

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Notes from the Shows / Weekly Tech Update #404 - The KFC Phone is Real
« on: August 09, 2017, 10:52:29 pm »
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While some people are abandoning compatibility, Microsoft seems to keep adding more titles to their list. The list is still relatively small, but it's nice to know that if you bought (or still plan on buying) games for the Xbox 360, you won't have to buy them again for the Xbox One. The new games added this time around are Batman: Arkham Origins, Deadliest Warrior, Dsiney Bolt and Fighting Vipers. That's right B-list titles at best, but still they are compatible. You get what you pay for I guess.

   But if you're looking for new games on the cheap, don't forget about this month's Games with Gold. You've got until the end of the month to claim Slime Rancher (Xbox One); and until the 15th to grab Bayonetta (Xbox 360). You can also claim Runbow (Xbox One) until the 15th, which was part of last month's offers.Source: Neowin

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LAN & General Gaming / LawBreakers Game Play Teaser
« on: August 08, 2017, 09:35:39 pm »
If you love motion-sickness and fast paced gaming, check out LawBreakers. Seriously. Wow.

    

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