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New Switch refresh has 9 hours battery life, same specs

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 23 mins ago

Today Nintendo's Japanese site revealed a new Switch model that improves battery life by almost 40% over the current version, but the specs are the same.




On the heels of announcing a new $199 handheld-only Switch Lite, the regular Switch is getting a mid-cycle refresh that likely uses the same chip. But don't expect the fabled Switch Pro with beefier performance. This new model is not an iterative upgrade like the PS4 Pro with extra horsepower. It's basically like a PS4 Slim with small tweaks to improve thermals and quality of life. Nintendo only really upgraded the internal battery to make the console last up to 9 hours in Handheld Mode (which is pretty impressive). According to past Wall Street Journal reports, Nintendo also might've tacked on an OLED screen for good measure.


Nintendo is vague with exact technical details (they always are), but we expect the new Switch HAC-001(-01) model uses a shrunken 16nm Tegra X1 chip for boosted efficiency across the board. This means the new model should not only be more power efficient, but could be quieter and cooler when docked to avoid the annoying console heat warping.

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Gamestop to transform stores into retro arcades

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 hours, 17 mins ago

In a bid to save its ailing retail business, Gamestop wants to make its stores more friendly for actual gaming sessions.




Gamestop needs a win right now. The company recently suffered a huge $500 million loss driven by low game and hardware sales. To halt the coffin nails, Gamestop announced that it's signed a partnership with turnaround experts R/GA to dramatically rebrand its stores into actual hangouts for gamers. This includes retro arcade-style setups where you can try out games before you buy and even competitive tournaments--possibly even LAN matches.


Essentially Gamestop wants to turn into an early 2000's gaming cafe that also sells games.

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Interactive website plays 50yr Apollo 11 launch in real-time

By: Jak Connor | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 7 hours, 41 mins ago

Americans are currently celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 space launch, and what better way to experience it all over again then with an interactive website that shows you the entire thing.




In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch that occurred on Wed Jul 16th, 1969 a website has been developed and dedicated to re-living the whole experience. Users can go to this website here which has been sourced entirely of historical material.


Heading over to the website we can see that it can filtered by 'mission milestones', as well as the transcript has been provided and updates in real-time as the launch progresses. There is also images on the right-hand side of the site, each of the images are from the official launch taken by NASA and the astronauts themselves.

2mm tiny-bots to regenerate your health from the inside out

By: Jak Connor | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 8 hours, 41 mins ago

Perhaps the future of human health benefits will come in the form of tiny robots that assist your health problems from the inside your body.



The above video has been released onto the official Georgia Tech YouTube Channel and showcases what is has been called a "bristle-bot". The bot is only 2mm (about 0.08in) in length, weighs 5mg and can move at about 8mm per second. Not only are the bots, small fast and diversable, but they are made out of lead ziconate titante and have the ability to turn voltage into vibration for movement.


Georgia Tech has developed these bots but at the moment they wouldn't be much benefit to health insitutes as they can only move in one director and can't carry a payload. The end goal of these bots is eventually equipping them with the ability to jump and swim. Once these goals are completed and implemented, we could see these bots being adopted to combat health problems and fix people from inside their bodies out.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC 'Hero' to drop this Summer

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 9 hours, 41 mins ago

Nintendo has released a brand new 'Fan-Favorites & Newest Releases' game compilation trailer that showcases what is to be expected to launch on Nintendo Switch this Summer.



The above video has been released onto the official Nintendo YouTube Channel and details what is in the pipeline to be launch on the Switch this Summer. While there is many great titles in the video, one in particular is the in the spotlight, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's next DLC fighter.


Dragon Quest's 'Hero' was announced to be the next DLC fighter to be invited to join Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. While fans wait for an official announcement this above trailer has subtly suggested that 'Hero' will be arriving this Summer, as the video title boldly states "Summer" in the headline.

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Mars' past climate proves it had enough time to develop life

By: Jak Connor | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 10 hours, 41 mins ago

Humans are continuously attempting to map the stars and gain a better understanding of the planets we have in our solar system. One of those planets that are in our understanding slow cooker is our very own red planet, Mars.




Scientists are hell-bent on attempting to figure out if Mars was home to its very own version of life and now a recent discovery coming out MSL Curiosity regarding a specific Mars landmark and how it could of potentially been the spot life developed. MSL Curiosity is Mars Space Laboratory, a space probe mission with a goal of discovering more about Mars and if life was ever at home on the planet.


Christopher House is a Professor of Geosciences at Penn State University, he is involved within NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission and in a press release from Penn State University he talked about the discoveries made in Mars' Gale Crater. "Gale Crater appears to have been a lake environment. The water would have persisted for a million years or more." The team managed to locate a mudstone in the crater and also find that "the whole system, including the groundwater that ran through it, lasted much longer, perhaps even a billion or more years."

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Flamethrower drones are real and you can get yours for $1499

By: Jak Connor | More News: Drones | Posted: 11 hours, 11 mins ago

Since drones have become a layman's new toy there has been many creations and attachments made for them, but this truly does take 1st place for awesome - introducing the Wasp Flamethrower Drone.



Above we have a video released onto the Throwflame YouTube Channel and it showcases the brand new flamethrower attachment called the Throwflame TF-19 Wasp. This attachment is designed to fit a commericial-grad heavy lift drone and is equipped with a one-gallon fuel tanker that is capable of launching flame up to 25 feet.


The tanker supplies 100 seconds of flame throwing awesomeness and comes in at the cost of $1499. That isn't the full cost though, since the TF-19 is an attachment you will need a drone to fly it. According to Throwflame, who talked to the The Verge, the drone in the video is a DJI S1000 with an A2 flight controller, 6S 16,000mAh LiPo battery and a TBS Tango R/C remote. All of that prices out to about an additional $2,600.

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NVIDIA recommends RTX 2080 for ray tracing in Control

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 12 hours, 38 mins ago

Control isn't far away with its release on August 27, and now we're hearing more about the RTX side of Remedy Entertainment's latest and greatest game.



NVIDIA GeForce RTX graphics card owners will be able to enjoy real-time ray tracing in Control, which in my hands-on time with it during E3 2019 blowing me away when RTX is turned on. According to the listing for Control on the Epic Games Store you'll need an RTX 2060 at a minimum to play with ray tracing, while Remedy recommends an RTX 2080 if you want RTX on.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus is for new beefy gaming phones

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 13 hours, 13 mins ago

Qualcomm has just announced its new Snapdragon 855 Plus, a mid-year refresh of its now previous flagship Snapdragon 855. The new Snapdragon 855 Plus is virtually identical to its predecessor, except the new chip is overclocked, and is further optimized for gaming, VR, AI, and 5G.




The company has overclocked the Adreno 640 GPU by 15% which will see the next-gen gaming phones from the likes of ASUS and Razer, rolling out with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus and faster-than-ever mobile gaming performance. Qualcomm is promising its new Snapdragon 8 55 Plus will deliver "best-in-class cellular performance, superior coverage and all-day battery life in premium 5G devices".


There is no on-board 5G modem on the Snapdragon 855 Plus, so there is the SoC with a 4G LTE chip and the separate 5G chip for now until we get to the Snapdragon 865 which should be announced later this year. We should expect to see Qualcomm's new flagship Snapdragon 855 Plus inside of the next-gen Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL as well as Samsung's new Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+ smartphones due out in the coming months.

ASUS ROG Phone II sports next-gen Snapdragon 855 Plus chip

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 14 hours, 7 mins ago

Qualcomm announced its new Snapdragon 855 Plus chip which is focused on next-gen gaming devices, with ASUS the first company out of the gate announcing its new Snapdragon 855 Plus-powered ROG Phone II handset.




ASUS hasn't shared any details on its new ROG Phone II gaming smartphone ot her than it being powered by the new Snapdragon 855 Plus from Qualcomm. If we look at the first-gen ROG Phone it was made with keeping it cool in mind with its heat dissipation through a copper heat sink and cooling fan, the first smartphone in the world with a cooling fan.


The original ASUS ROG Phone used speed-binned Snapdragon 845 that was optimized for heavy gaming workloads, so when mixed with the improved cooling and fan it was a great gaming smartphone. The center of the gaming smartphone world are high refresh rate displays of which the original ROG Phone II had a 90Hz panel, you need more GPU juice to hit 90FPS in games on a smartphone.

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