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Out this week is Sniper Elite 3 will launch with a 10GB day-one patch on Xbox One, it has been confirmed. The sizeable day one patch will be used to make a variety of improvements and reduce the install size from 21GB to 19GB, Rebellion has told Eurogamer.

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It will also be used to sync data between retail discs and future multiplayer DLC.

“The main part of the update is to sync data between the game’s retail discs and the Xbox Live digital download edition of the game,” a Rebellion spokesperson explained.

“In the several weeks between sending the code off to manufacture and release, rather than sit around or take a break, we’ve continued to work on the game, making improvements and optimisations.

“We’ve also begun work on multiplayer DLC and a small part of this update is to introduce a compatibility pack.

“This is standard for any game that adds DLC – it’s just to make sure everyone can have the same multiplayer experience whether they own DLC or not.”

“It’s part of this ongoing optimisation process that’s enabled Sniper Elite 3 to perform well at a native 1080p on both Xbox One and PS4,” the spokesperson continued.

“We appreciate everyone’s patience and we firmly believe Sniper Elite 3 will be worth the wait!”

Sniper Elite 3 will make its European debut on 27th June for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3 and PC. It will launch in North America on 1st July.

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If your computer doesn’t have an HDMI port, you may want to take a look at the USB 3.0 to HDMI External Video Card Multi Monitor Adapter from StarTech – here is our review.

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The USB32HDE USB 3.0 to HDMI Adapter turns an available USB 3.0 port into an HDMI output, with high resolution 1920×1080 (1080p) video support – a convenient external video solution that makes it easy to add multi-monitor capability to a USB 3.0-enabled desktop or laptop computer (optimal performance from USB 3.0, backward compatible with USB 2.0).

Leveraging the high-bandwidth (5 Gbps) SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface, the adapter functions as an external graphics card to deliver smooth, high-definition content to your HDMI or DVI-capable display (HDMI to DVI Adapter included). The adapter can be used to mirror your primary desktop, showing the same image on each display, or to extend your desktop to double your workspace and increase your productivity.

Who are StarTech?

From their website:

Founded in 1985 by Paul Seed and Ken Kalopsis, StarTech.com is an ISO 9001 Registered manufacturer of hard-to-find connectivity parts. Since its inception, our company has been dedicated to making IT professionals jobs easier by helping them identify, find and get the connectivity parts they need to enable their solutions.

Features

  • SuperSpeed USB 3.0 (5 Gbps) Interface and backward compatible with USB 2.0
  • Supports resolutions up to 1920×1200
  • Includes HDMI to DVI-D Adapter
  • USB-powered – No external power adapter required
  • Choose between Mirrored, Extended or Primary display configurations
  • Driver software supports display rotation
  • Supports the Windows Aero interface
  • Supports 2-channel (Stereo) audio
  • Supports the use of multiple USB32HDE adapters on a single system (up to 5)

What’s in the Box?

The box contains:

  • the adaptor
  • a DVI/HDMI connector
  • manual
  • driver CD

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A Closer Look

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Final Thoughts

The USB 3.0 to HDMI External Video Card Multi Monitor Adapter is fairly small so it doesn’t take up much room – which is great if you don’t have a lot of room around the TV or monitor you want to connect to. It always makes it portable, so you can slip it into your bag if you want to connect your laptop to a TV in a hotel room, for example (just don’t forget to take an HDMI cable with you).

You can easily mirror the display from the laptop, or if you want, extend the display from the laptop to the TV.

The adaptor works on Windows and Mac, and even Linux, so pretty much all your bases are covered.  drivers……..

To use the adaptor you just connect it up to the computer or laptop, install the drivers and that’s it – very quick and simple.

I connected a laptop up to a TV with HDMI (via USB 3.0) and was very pleased with the results – there was no lag, and everything seemed very smooth. I played a 1080p movie through the laptop and again I was very happy with the results – there was no obvious quality difference and there was no lag. I tried it on a USB 2.0 port and it was noticeably slower, but then it is a USB 3.0 device! One thing to note though – don’t expect to play graphic intensive games through it, it just isn’t that type of device unfortunately.

So if you are looking for a small, portable, easy to use device to connect your laptop to a monitor, TV, or projector then you should take a good look at this one!

The USB 3.0 to HDMI External Video Card Multi Monitor Adapter retails for £59.00.

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You can learn more from the StarTech website.

HTC will unveil the successor to its HTC One smartphone on 25th March its was announced today.

The company will launch the HTC M8 handset with simultaneous press conferences in London and New York.

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The news broke via HTC own Twitter account, posting an image bearing the release date along with the caption, “The best is about to get better”. With rumoured specs of the phone is expected to feature a 5-inch 1080p display, 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage.

With a larger 2900mAh battery and Android 4.4 KitKat and HTC’s Sense 6 user interface come pre-installed.

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At the VGX last weekend Techland showed off its game called Dying Light it is a open world Zombie title.

This demo shown takes place during the day, it shows some breaking combat on both melee and weapons. It’s not just Zombie’s you’ll be up against as there will also be human enemies.

Dying Light will be released on Xbox 360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4 and PC in 2014.

Here is a three minute montage of future games that are coming to Xbox One.

This three minute video showcases the upcoming games that will soon be released for the new console. The video highlights  games like Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare, Watch Dogs and The Division.

It also shows the forthcoming exclusives such as a new Halo instalment, Kinect Sports Rivals, Quantum Break and Sunset Overdrive.

What do you think of the new games coming out for the Xbox One, please comment below.

Nokia announces the UK availability of the Nokia Lumia 1520, its first smartphone with a 6 inch high definition display. First time a windows phone device has a 1080p display on it, with a QUALCOMM Snapdragon 800 processor and more.

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The main features of the Nokia Lumia 1520 include:

  • Stunning 1080p HD screen – seamlessly combining both work and play
  • 20MP camera – capture amazing images, edit with Refocus and document your files using Nokia Storyteller
  • Additional 3rd live tiles column – access even more of your favourite apps from the homescreen
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor – faster downloads of your files and games
  • 7GB of SkyDrive – free and secure cloud storage to access media files anywhere
  • Micro SD support – allows for an additional 64GB of storage

Nokia   Lumia 1520
Operating   system Windows   Phone 8 with the latest updates
HERE   location and mapping services HERE   location and mapping services: Free global HERE Maps and HERE Drive+;Free   HERE Transit available in the Store
Display 6” full   HD 1080p LCD. Great outdoor visibility with, ClearBlack technology, High   Brightness Mode, Sunlight readability, Super sensitive touch for glove and   nail usage protected with Gorilla glass 2
Battery 3400 mAh   with integrated wireless charging (Qi compatible)
Processor 2.2GHz   Quad Core Snapdragon 800
Main   camera PureView   20 MP Auto Focus  ZEISS optics with Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS),   2x lossless zoom, dual LED flash, 1080p @ 30 fps video with optical image   stabilisation
Front   facing camera 1.2   Skype HD 720p video
Audio Rich   Recording with four microphones, Wideband Voice and multi-microphone noise   reduction with four microphones, Dolby(R) Headphone, Graphic equalizer, Audio   levelling, FM radio
Memory 2GB RAM,   32 GB internal user memory; 7 GB SkyDrive cloud storage, micro SD card   support up to 64GB

The Nokia Lumia 1520 will be available to purchase on contract from approximately £38 per month from O2 retail, Vodafone on-line, Carphone Warehouse, Phones4u and independent retailers via Micro-P from Friday 6th December 2013.

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Ubisoft has released a patch for Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag on PlayStation 4 which increases its native resolution to 1080p from the 900p native resolution.

Once you installed the game will be running at full-HD 1080p natively, The publisher said it shipped the game running at 900p to ensure a 30 frames-per-second refresh rate at launch.

“Finishing the game at 900p gave the development team the extra room in terms of the GPU and CPU usage to ensure the framerate never dips below 30 frames per second,” explained Ubisoft.

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The patch also adds “a brand-new anti-aliasing technique”, which helps reduce the appearance of jagged edges on-screen. The new anti-aliasing will be active in both PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game.

Still no information on the update for the Xbox One version of Assassin’s Creed IV : Black Flag

The much rumoured Nokia Lumia 1520 is now official the Lumia 1520 is a 6-inch Windows Phone. It is the first Windows Phone device to use a proper 1080p Full HD screen and features a new look Windows Phone OS that has a third column of ‘live tiles’, taking full advantage of the super size display.

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Specifications

  • Display

    • Display size: 6 ”
    • Display technology: ClearBlack, IPS LCD
    • Display resolution: Full HD (1920 x 1080)
    • Touch screen technology: Super sensitive touch
  • Photography

    • Main camera sensor: 20 MP, PureView
    • Flash type: Dual LED flash
  • Power management

    • Maximum talk time (2G): 27.4 h
    • Maximum talk time (3G): 25.1 h
    • Maximum music playback time: 124 h
  • Processor

  • Processor name: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
  • Processor type: Quad-core 2.2 GHz

 

Other apps announced at the Nokia event was that an imminent release of Instagram and Vine. The phone will come in 32GB form with microSD expandable storage.

 

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HTC announced the HTC One max, a super-sized smartphone that brings the award-winning design, functionality and performance of the HTC One to fans of larger handsets. A new Fingerprint Scan feature takes convenience to a new level while acclaimed features including HTC BlinkFeed, HTC Zoe and HTC BoomSound, combined with the new HTC Sense 5.5, which are all enhanced to continue to deliver the best overall smartphone experience, now on a larger screen.

“The addition of the HTC One max means that we now have an HTC One phone for everyone. The family has been built on quality and game-changing innovations and the HTC One max is certainly no exception,” said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation. “The upgrade to HTC Sense 5.5 will provide our most amazing mobile experience yet, with the HTC One max delivering the size and power required to do everything you want, and more, without compromise.”

Big and powerful

The HTC One max’s 5.9″ full HD1080p display is perfect for enjoying photos, videos and movies on the go. Smooth and efficient performance comes courtesy of a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor featuring a quad-core 1.7 GHz CPU enabling jaw-dropping performance, ultra vivid videos and booming sound. Whether you’re watching videos in stunning HD, playing games or checking out what’s hot online, the HTC One max sounds amazing, looks sharp and keeps working when you need it.

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The 16GB or 32GB onboard memory can be expanded thanks to a microSD card slot, with a massive 50GB of additional free Google Drive online storage being offered exclusively to HTC One max owners

The large 3300mAh embedded battery means that this level of performance will last and last. Even the most intensive users will find the HTC One max is up to the challenge thanks to the optional HTC Power Flip Case, a stylish 1150mAh battery expansion for your HTC One max which offers both protection and extra juice when you need it most.

Maximum convenience at your fingertips

The average person checks their phone multiple times a day, so the HTC One max welcomes a new era of convenience and advanced functionality thanks to a built-in Fingerprint Scan feature. Located on the back of the device, the fingerprint scanner allows users to lock or unlock the screen and quickly launch up to three favourite applications by assigning an individual finger to each.

More content than ever before

The HTC One max’s Sense 5.5 upgrade comes with a more social, personalised HTC BlinkFeed that can be further refined by customisable topic categories and new integration with premium content providers including Instagram and Google+. Up to 120 articles can also be downloaded for offline viewing, making BlinkFeed even better for snacking on information wherever and whenever you are.

Ultimate imaging

Featuring HTC’s UltraPixel camera technology, HTC Zoe mode, that brings your photos to life, and a 2.1MP front-facing camera, the HTC One max will capture stunning photos and full HD 1080p videos whether you’re the photographer, the subject or both. Dual Capture means you can now snap memorable moments and your reaction to them in one extraordinary photo or video by simultaneously shooting with the front and rear cameras.

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Improved imaging is also introduced through Video Highlights, which combines your photos and videos to create a mini movie complete with the soundtrack and visual theme of your choice. And with the HTC One max, your Video Highlights can now be any length you want.

Design at its Best

Available in Glacial Silver, the HTC One max shares the same premium design credentials as the rest of the HTC One family, providing an all round exceptional experience.

Global Availability

The HTC One max will begin rolling out across the globe from mid – end October. See specific regions for details.

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HTC One max Specifications

SIZE: 164.5 x 82.5 x 10.29mm

WEIGHT: 217g

DISPLAY: 5.9″ Full HD 1080p

CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, 1.7GHz quad- core CPUs

SENSORS: Gyro sensor, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Fingerprint scanner

PLATFORM: Android 4.3 with HTC Sense 5.5, HTC BlinkFeed

MEMORY: Total storage: 16GB/32GB, RAM: 2GB, Expansion card slot: Supports microSD memory card for up to 64GB additional storage (card not included)

CONNECTIVITY: 3.5 mm stereo audio jack, NFC, Bluetooth® 4.0 with aptX enabled, Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 a/ac/b/g/n, DLNA® for wirelessly streaming media from HTC Connect, Support consumer infrared remote control, micro-USB 2.0 (5-pin) port with mobile high-definition video link (MHL) for USB or HDMI

NETWORK:

2G/ 2.5G – GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

3G – UMTS/ HSPA: EMEA: 900/1900/2100 MHz with HSPA+ up to 42 Mbps; Asia: 850/900/1900/2100 MHz with HSPA+ up to 42 Mbps; Sprint: 1900/2100 MHz with HSPA+ up to 14.4 Mbps; Verizon: 850/900/1900/2100 MHz with HSPA+ up to 14.4 Mbps

3G – CDMA: Sprint & Verizon: 800/1900 MHz

4G – LTE: EMEA: 800/900/1800/2600 MHz; Asia: 900/1800/2100/2600 MHz; Sprint: 1900 MHz; Verizon: 700 MHz;

SOUND: HTC BoomSound, Sense Voice

REAR CAMERA: HTC UltraPixel Camera, BSI sensor, Pixel size 2.0 µm, Sensor size 1/3′, Dedicated HTC ImageChip 2, f/2.0 aperture and 28 mm lens, Smart Flash with five levels of flash automatically, 1080p Full HD video recording with HDR video,

FRONT CAMERA: 2.1 MP, 88° wide angle lens, Front Camera: 1080p Full HD video recording.

CAMERA APP: HTC Zoe with Sequence Shot, Always Smile and Object Removal. Gallery with Video Highlights and HTC Share. Continuous shooting and VideoPic. Slow motion video recording with variable speed playback.

MULTIMEDIA: Audio playback supported formats: aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, wma (Windows Media Audio 9). Recording formats: .amr

Video playback supported formats: .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv (Windows Media Video 9), .avi (MP4 ASP and MP3). Recording: .mp4

BATTERY: Embedded rechargeable Li-polymer battery, Capacity: 3300 mAh. Talk time: Up to 25 hours for WCDMA. Up to 28 hours for CDMA. Standby time: Up to 585 hours for WCDMA, Up to 393 hours for CDMA

GPS: GPS/AGPS, Digital Compass

After the announcement from last week of an event for the 22nd October from Nokia, Today Nokia Tweeted that the event will be in Abu Dhabi what will Nokia show off this time. Rumour that it will be the Nokia Lumia 1520, the first 1080p Windows Phone to enter into 6-inch domain. This device is believed to have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC and a 20-megapixel PureView camera. With Windows Phone 8.1 (Project Blue) will also see an update to support the new 1080p resolution

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Today Microsoft got a big surprise for all of us, It has recorded a video of the first unboxing of the Xbox One coming out in November. It this unboxing is the Day One Edition of the console, only last week the console got a spec update from 800mhz GPU to 853mhz GPU. With only 20 Xbox One consoles with the new spec bump in the world so far, also it shows off that the console coming with a headset how after originally saying it wouldn’t have one.

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  •  In the video, shows of the Xbox One Day One edition which includes a special Day One package, specially branded DAY ONE 2013 controller with chrome D-pad, and a Day One digital achievement.
  • The Xbox One console, Kinect sensor even the HDMI cable and the power supply all have a “liquid black” finish.
  • The console has a 500GB hard drive, slot load Blu-ray drive, IR blaster port, HDMI input and output connectors, a S/PDIF interface, new Kinect sensor port, three USB 3.0 Super Speed ports, Wired and Wireless network support and a Kensington Security Slot.
  • The new Kinect has improved gesture and voice control, 1080p color HD camera for video with Skype and a greater field of view. On-board sensors improve fidelity of the depth-sensing and low-light visibility, along with a four microphone array and IR blasting capability.
  • The controller offers over 40 design improvements, including a redesigned D-pad for accuracy, redesigned thumb sticks for better grip and control, new menu and view buttons, redesigned triggers and bumpers for accuracy and comfort, as well as exclusive impulse triggers for haptic feedback.
  • The new integrated battery compartment on the Xbox One controller blends seamlessly into the back, offering better comfort. You can play wirelessly with standard AA or rechargeable AA batteries, or via the standard micro USB port for wired gameplay. The micro USB cable will charge the batteries if you are using the Xbox One Play & Charge Kit
  • The Xbox One Chat Headset speaker and microphone have been upgraded to take advantage of the much improved audio quality. You can control mute and volume without taking your hands off the controller.
  • HDMI cable (1080P, 3D and 4K, according to the HDMI 1.4 spec) , a power supply and a Quick Start Guide are included

Source news.xbox.com

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Xbox One will support both 3D and ultra high-resolution 4K, Microsoft has revealed. Larry Hryb, the director of programming for Xbox Live, confirmed the feature of the next-generation console during a Yahoo chat session.

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“The video and interface portions [will work with next-gen TVs], absolutely,” Microsoft’s Yusuf Mehdi told Forbes. “Games developed for 1080p will run at 1080p, obviously.”

He added that Xbox One will support 4K for Blu-ray from launch, with the possibility of games and other content being developed at the emerging resolution in the future.

“There’s no hardware restriction there at all,” he said. 4K, also known as Ultra HD, is already available on some high-end television sets.

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