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iPhone SE 2 Could Arrive Next Month, but without a Headphone Jack

A report from Japanese blog Macotakara claims that the iPhone SE 2 will be released in May, but it won’t feature a headphone jack, despite having the same design and dimensions as its predecessor. The handset is expected to come with an A10 processor and 2GB of RAM.

Apple dropped the headphone jack on iPhones starting with the iPhone 7, but (for now) still sells the original iPhone SE and similarly spec’d iPhone 6s which both have headphone jacks. Perhaps Apple will tout improved water resistance as part of this change if accurate.

Posted by Megalith April 22, 2018 9:35 AM (CDT)

Hilton Panama’s Alienware Room for Game-Crazy Travelers

Dell has partnered with The Hilton in Panama to create a special den for PC gamers vacationing or doing business in the Central American country: room 2425 has been outfitted with a plethora of Alienware-branded products, including a PC, laptop, and lighting system. There is even a 65-inch 4K OLED TV, Oculus Rift, and gaming simulator chair with NASA technologies.

Apart from all the gaming goodness, the room, in fact, has two king beds along with other luxurious amenities to make the stay as comfortable as possible. The bathroom and shower sections also have visible influences of the Alienware theme all around. If you are already a big fan, Hilton Panama is opening the Alienware Room April 19 onward for $349 per night.

Posted by Megalith April 21, 2018 1:30 PM (CDT)

CoD Black Ops 4 and Battlefield 2018 May Have Battle-Royale Modes

Multiple sources have been reporting on rumors for the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, and Battlefield 2018. Fortunately DSOGaming was kind enough to consolidate them to let us know that CoD:Bo4 and BF2018 may feature battle-royale modes because of course they will, with Battlefield's battle-royale likely not available at launch and added after release via a free update. In addition we are reporting that DSOGaming is reporting that Polygon reported that the new CoD may not feature any single-player whatsoever, with Treyarch focusing on the games multiplayer and zombie modes, further increasing the likelihood that I will not be buying it.

It appears that 2018 is the year of battle-royale (which is something we’ve expected after the incredible success of both Fortnite and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds). And according to the latest rumours, both Call of Duty Black Ops 4 and Battlefield 2018 (codenamed Battlefield V) may feature such a mode.

Posted by rgmekanic April 19, 2018 5:35 PM (CDT)

Epic Games is Raking in the Simoleons With Fortnite Mobile

Fortnite has only been out on mobile (iOS) since the first of April and it has already raked in $25 million. The only app in Apple's store that has done better is Netflix. Estimates are that Fortnite could earn over $500 million this year alone once it is ported to Android. This game is a money making machine and Epic needs to reinvest it into their other PC franchises and bring us some updated Unreal Tournament action or a Gears of War MMO.

Epic Games has yet to divulge when Fortnite will launch on Google Play, but, should that happen by summer—and if the title is able to maintain its current hysteria-level popularity among gamers for a few more months—our estimates indicate the game could be poised to gross more than $500 million by the end of 2018 across both platforms combined.

Posted by Montu April 19, 2018 12:25 PM (CDT)

Intel Jumps Into the Smart Glasses Game and Then Exits Quickly

Just a few months ago Intel decided to put their New Devices Group on the development of smart glasses called Vaunt. All seemed right in the world since no one else has really come out with anything worth a darn in the smart glasses market and Intel with their huge bank account might be able to get it right this time. However, in an amazing turn around Intel has dropped the Vaunt smart glasses project like a hot potato. It was nice to meet you Vaunt. RIP.

A few months after their flashy online debut, the Vaunt smart glasses are dead, the chipmaker has confirmed. Some things, it seems, are just too beautiful to live - or receive sufficient investment from their parent company.

Posted by Montu April 19, 2018 9:40 AM (CDT)

Serious Sam: Planet Badass Teaser Trailer Available Now

I have just the game for you if you've been looking for another fix for your video game splatter fetish. Yes, Serious Sam is back and he's not taking any prisoners once again. This game should have lots of gibbation for you hard core video game freaks. Keep an eye on the steam page for availability and check out the teaser below. Thanks again, cagey.
Posted by Montu April 19, 2018 8:35 AM (CDT)

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1180 Rumor Mill

The rumor mill is turning over at WCCF about the upcoming NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1180 complete with GPP! The card, based on NVIDIA's new Turing architecture at 12nm is expected for release this year, and as you see carries GTX 11XX branding. Specs are said to be as follows.

According to the latest leaks, rumors and information provided to wccftech the GeForce GTX 1180 is powered by a 104 class GPU, codenamed GT104. The GPU measures around ~400mm, features 3584 CUDA cores, a 256-bit GDDR6 memory interface and 8 to 16 gigabytes of 16Gbps GDDR6 memory. The graphics card is expected to have a core clock of around ~1.6GHz and a boost clock of around ~1.8GHz. The TDP of this graphics card is unconfirmed to date, but is expected to be somewhere between 170-200W.

The FP32 performance is expected to come in at around 13 TFLOPS. This would theoretically give us a new GeForce card that would be a bit faster in gaming than the TITAN Xp and GTX 1080 Ti. The way to think about it would likely be a TITAN Xp gaming performance at significantly better power consumption. If you have to have a new video card today, may we suggest the TITAN V for the rich and famous? Thanks @cageymaru. Discussion
Posted by Kyle April 18, 2018 8:27 AM (CDT)

Nintendo Switch Emulator Already Running Games

Earlier this month a Nintendo Switch emulator called RyujiNX surfaced, and today according to a report on DSOGaming, it is already running some games. Right now the emulator can only run two titles, Binding Of Isaac and Cave Story+, and both have unplayable performance currently, however it is still impressive that they could get games up and running on a Nintendo Switch emulator so quickly.

RyujiNX is a Nintendo Switch Emulator programmed in C#, aiming to offer good performance, a friendly interface, and consistent builds. And while last week the emulator could only boot some games, this week we have some videos showing it running and going in-game in two titles.

Posted by rgmekanic April 16, 2018 3:11 PM (CDT)

Intel Rumored to Release i7-8086K to Celebrate 40 Years of the x86 CPU

CPU-Z screencaps out of China suggest that Intel is preparing a new i7 processor to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the original x86 chip, the 8086. Assuming this isn’t a clever fake, the i7-8086K could be a 4.6GHz Coffee Lake part that manages 5GHz with Turbo Boost.

Considering the 8086’s position as the Adam and Eve of all our gaming CPUs, it certainly deserves some recognition. With 29,000 transistors and a maximum clock speed of 5 to 10MHz, it was a serious processor. In fact, WikiChip’s David Schor has been pleading with Intel to pitch the exact SKU mentioned in the Baidu posts since January.

Posted by Megalith April 15, 2018 2:50 PM (CDT)

A New BioShock Game Is Reportedly in the Works

According to Mafia 3 developer Hangar 13, a new BioShock title is in the works at a top-secret studio at 2K Games. The game is codenamed "Parkside" and will be developed under a smaller team.

It'll be very interesting to see where BioShock goes next. The report doesn't indicate who's leading the game's development, but Ken Levine, the creative director on BioShock and BioShock Infinite, won't be involved: He pulled the plug on Irrational Games in 2014, and is now heading up a new, smaller studio called Ghost Story Games.

Posted by Megalith April 14, 2018 9:50 AM (CDT)

"High Definition Vinyl" Coming as Early As Next Year

In a follow up to a 2016 European patent that described a new way of manufacturing vinyl records that would allow them higher audio fidelity, louder volume, and longer playing times. Pitchfork is reporting that Austrian based startup Rebeat Innovation has received $4.8 million in funding for the initiative, founder and CEO Gunter Loibl told Pitchfork.
Vinyl is a pretty niche market, however $4.8 million isn't a ton of money when talking about startups now days. It will be interesting to see if this tech takes off.

The HD vinyl process involves converting audio digitally to a 3D topographic map. Lasers are then used to inscribe the map onto the "stamper," the part that stamps the grooves into the vinyl. According to Loibl, these methods allow for records to be made more precisely and with less loss of audio information. The results, he said, are vinyl LPs that can have up to 30 percent more playing time, 30 percent more amplitude, and overall more faithful sound reproduction.

Posted by rgmekanic April 12, 2018 4:33 PM (CDT)

Together VR Game Might Ruin Your Life

Together VR is available on Steam and this game might just ruin your life with its "remarkable" physics. You can check out the video of game play below and see how things move around. Don't watch this at work if VR jiggles aren't allowed. Thanks, cageymaru.
Posted by Montu April 12, 2018 10:25 AM (CDT)