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Survey: Apple Watch still has a lot to do to win over consumers

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jun 16, 2015 2:45 am

The Apple Watch has given the smartwatch sector and wearables industry a boost, but there is still plenty of work left to be done, according to a survey from UserTesting. In its survey, 38 percent of users said they would recommend it, while 35 percent were passive and 27 percent had negative experiences.

 

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Watch owners seemed most frustrated by third-party apps that have proven to be rather clunky - and despite the Apple Watch showing great potential - there are significant performance problems that must be addressed.

 

"These survey results are not overwhelming," said Michael Mace, VP of mobile at UserTesting, in a statement published by Forbes. "If Apple wants people to get excited and recommend heavily, it needs to get additional hooks. Third-party apps will be the best way."

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HTC denies any interest in being acquired by ASUS, or anyone else

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 16, 2015 2:35 am

If ASUS wants to purchase HTC, then it's going to have to dig in for a fight - because HTC doesn't have any interest in being acquired.

 

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Here is what HTC said in a public statement: "We strongly deny the news. We didn't contact ASUS and will not consider the acquisition. As an international brand, HTC will continue to design world-class innovative smart devices through its pursuit of brilliance brand promise."

 

As Samsung, Google, Huawei, Lenovo and other manufacturers find success in releasing Android-based smartphones, HTC - which once enjoyed comfort in the evolving smartphone market - has struggled in recent quarters. To make matters worse, the Apple iPhone is seeing strong demand in China, a market that HTC once was able to fall back on.

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Microsoft's teases new modular, customizable Xbox One Elite Controller

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jun 16, 2015 1:18 am

E3 2015 - Microsoft has just announced the new Elite Controller for the Xbox One, a new modular, remapable, customizable controller that Microsoft has slapped a $150 price on. At the end of the day, it's a normal Xbox One controller, but with some serious tweaks.

 

 

The Elite Controller features a 3.5mm jack in place of the proprietary input, with beautiful curves, tweaks and more. Xbox boss Phil Spencer has said that the new Elite Controller is "an elite controller for the elite gamer". Gamers can tweak and customize the controller as they want, sporting a hairless trigger that locks, providing gamers with more precise control in shooters on the Xbox One. Not only that, but there's a textured rolling pad in place of the D-pad, and bumpers.

 

But, if you didn't like the fact that the textured rolling pad replaced the D-pad, you can remove it and install the D-pad thanks to the customizability of the Elite Controller. The stainless steel paddle buttons are completely removable, with gamers having full control of the thumbstick sensitivity, where they can tweak the minimum and maximum levels of the top triggers to their liking.

 

The Elite Controller for the Xbox One will launch in October for both the Xbox One and Windows 10.

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The Division to be released on March 8, 2016

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 16, 2015 12:59 am

E3 2015 - Ubisoft has had quite the day at E3 today, teasing many of its large franchises, but one of which feels bigger than the others, and that's The Division.

 

 

The studio showed off the E3 2015 trailer for The Division which we've embedded above, but they also talked about the DLC pass that will be coming soon. There will also be two premium versions of The Division, with the Gold Edition including an "exclusive" National Guard Gear Set and the Season Pass, while the Collector's Edition will include everything from the Gold Edition, as well as "an array of exclusive memorabilia including the Agent Watch Replica".

 

Ubisoft also said that every pre-order of The Division will include guaranteed access to the beta of The Division, which will kick off on the Xbox One in December. The full release date has also been announced: March 8, 2016.

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EA shows off Star Wars: Battlefront gameplay during E3

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 15, 2015 11:43 pm

E3 2015 - Electronic Arts is preparing to launch Star Wars: Battlefront later this year, and hopes it will become an instant best seller. Based on the Frostbite game engine, EA wants to blend a great gaming experience using the same engine that DICE uses for Battlefield. EA COO Peter Moore said the game has been in development for about two-and-a-half years, and the following trailer was made from PlayStation 4 gameplay:

 

 

Even though this is technically Battlefront 3, EA chose not to use the name since it's promoting the game as a franchise reboot. Gamers will be able to play as Boba Fett, Darth Vader, main characters of the Galactic Empire, or the Rebellion.

 

If all goes according to plan, EA wants to sell at least 10 million copies of Star Wars: Battlefront.

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EA SPORTS NHL 16 video game will be available starting on Sept. 15

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 15, 2015 9:45 pm

E3 2015 - Electronic Arts will release EA SPORTS NHL 16 on September 15 in North America, with a European launch taking place on September 17.

 

 

Hockey fans can expect additional levels of depth in single player and team modes, with better gameplay balance and innovation. EA SPORTS is including 6v6 Online Team Play, Online Couch CO-Op, or EA SPORTS Hockey League for online play. Oh, and you'll even be able to enjoy playoff beards in the new game - as EA wanted to be sure to include one of the "oldest and most iconic traditions in hockey," according to the game studio.

 

If you pre-order NHL 16 now, you'll receive $15 credit towards the Hockey Ultimate Team content.

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EA announces Unravel, an intriguing physics-based puzzle game

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 15, 2015 9:35 pm

E3 2015 - Electronic Arts and Coldwood announced the development of Unravel, a puzzle game that takes place in Northern Scandinavia. Yarny, a new character that is just a single thread of yarn, must complete physics-based puzzles - and it's not just about the puzzles, but trying to work through the environment should prove to be a rather unique and enjoyable experience.

 

 

"The tale of Unravel is about love, and the bonds between people," said Martin Sahlin, creative director at Coldwood. "And the yarn is a representation of that. Yarny's red thread is the tie that connects everything in the game, from the gameplay mechanics to the story, and the people in it."

 

Unravel will be available for the PC, Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Xbox One.

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EA: Need For Speed will be open world, launches on Nov. 3

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 15, 2015 9:11 pm

E3 2015 - During its E3 press conference, Electronic Arts unveiled new details about the upcoming open world Need For Speed video game.

 

 

The new title is being promoted as a project that combines different aspects of previous titles, "from the customization of Need For Speed Underground, to the world of Need For Speed Carbon," according to Marcus Nilsson, executive producer at Ghost Games.

 

The title will also feature five new event types for gamers: Speed, Style, Build, Crew, and Outlaw. "We're bringing in Five Ways to Play to ensure that your gameplay experience is all your own and helps propel your progression every second, every minute," Nilsson said.

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Microsoft shows off Minecraft for the HoloLens wearable

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 15, 2015 8:58 pm

E3 2015 - During its press conference at E3, Microsoft announced that a new version of Minecraft, designed for the HoloLens wearable holographic platform, will be available to gamers. The launch date and price of HoloLens remains unknown, but it looks like Microsoft is doing a great job building hype for the upcoming headset.

 

 

Gamers will be able to interact in the Minecraft world with a new glimpse of the environment as they build, detonate TNT, and play with other gamers. As an added bonus, those of you wearing HoloLens will still be able to communicate and interact with gamers using a standard controller.

 

As with any virtual reality or augmented reality platform, the need for killer apps and software could help make or break the platform - and it looks like Microsoft wants gaming to be a major part of HoloLens.

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Microsoft teams up with Valve VR for Windows 10 gaming efforts

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 15, 2015 7:58 pm

E3 2015 - Microsoft is "working closely with Valve" to make sure the Valve Vive virtual reality headset is optimized with Windows 10, according to Xbox development head Kudo Tsunoda.

 

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Running a PC with support for a VR headset demands powerful PC hardware, but Microsoft wants anyone with a capable PC to have an enjoyable experience while exploring VR.

 

Microsoft has greatly stepped up its interest in virtual reality, after previously announcing the Oculus Rift consumer version will include an Xbox One controller. Furthermore, connecting the Rift into a PC and getting it up and running should be an easy experience, Microsoft said.

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