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Batman: Arkham Night for PC pulled, critical issues cited

Batman: Arkham Night for PC pulled, critical issues cited

Games being delayed because of last minute showstoppers are nothing new. In fact, they have almost become expected. But games being suspended almost immediately after launch is definitely not a common occurrence. So when the PC version of a high profile, highly anticipated title like Batman: Arkham Knight gets pulled from shelves just days after its launch, you can bet that something is terribly wrong. And that is exactly what Warner Bros. Interactive is admitting to on Steam when it announced on Steam that it is halting PC sales until issues are ironed out.

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Pokemon Jukebox Android app: gotta hear ’em all

Pokemon Jukebox Android app: gotta hear ’em all

These days, almost anyone and everyone is getting on the online music biz, and somewhat surprisingly, Nintendo is one of those. No, it doesn't have a new Taylor Swift-friendly streaming service. But it does have a Pokemon Jukebox app on Android. Say what? Yes, Nintendo just released a music app dedicated to one of the world's most popular digital critters. You can now listen to the background music and themes of your favorite childhood (or adult) days to your heart's content. But be warned, it's going to cost you.

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Samsung NX1 firmware 1.3 tackles video recording quality

Samsung NX1 firmware 1.3 tackles video recording quality

It's been a while since we've last heard about the Samsung NX1 and its 4K video capability. And although it has practically been superseded by the NX500 early this year, Samsung hasn't lost love for its first 4K digital camera just yet. It has just announced a new firmware 1.3 upgrade available for owners. While the new software upgrades the camera's capabilities across both stills and video, a lot of the emphasis has been made on improving the quality of the camera's Full HD video recording.

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Deus Ex Aria controls smartwatches with finger flicks

Deus Ex Aria controls smartwatches with finger flicks

No, it's not the name of a new game or even an accessory for a Square Enix game, but it does veer close to the topic of seemingly hi-tech devices. As a device, Aria is actually quite simple, either a Bluetooth clip or a watch strap. But in action, it gets pretty complicated. Almost like magic, it allows you to control your smartwatch just using finger gestures, freeing your other hand's fingers for other tasks. And since smartwatches these days connect to and control almost anything and everything, your fingers can control those as well.

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Let the Type-C race begin: OnePlus 2 to blaze a trail

Let the Type-C race begin: OnePlus 2 to blaze a trail

It almost seemed ironic that Apple, who has been waving around its proprietary Lightning connector for years, would be the first to advocate for the new USB Type-C standard. Then again, maybe because of its similarities with Lightning that Apple was quick to jump on it. Regardless, the tech industry now seems to be following suit, with some smartphone makers rumored to put it on their next flagship. Well, one is a rumor no longer. OnePlus has confirmed that, yes, the OnePlus 2 will use USB Type-C.

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Epson Moverio BT-2000 keeps the smart eyewear dream alive

Epson Moverio BT-2000 keeps the smart eyewear dream alive

Let's face it. Consumers are probably not going to wear anything resembling Google Glass any time soon. But while consumer smart glasses might have gone out of fashion, or was never really in fashion, these smart eyewear are able to find a home in other use cases, like sports and industrial settings. Epson's Moverio line answers the call of the latter. Its latest, the BT-2000, adds more than just a zero to last year's model. It augments the smart headset with an array of new features that truly make the glasses smarter.

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NSA, GCHQ attacked popular anti-virus software, says leak

NSA, GCHQ attacked popular anti-virus software, says leak

Here's another one for the spy books. To the surprise of perhaps no one, the NSA, along with their British counterparts, the GCHQ, have been revealed to have targeted, hacked, and compromised the very companies whose jobs it was to protect users from hacking and attacks, like, say, from criminals. This is the latest round of scandals coming from the ever-flowing Snowden leaks. Perhaps most worrying is the fact that this so called Project CAMBERDADA targeted not government or corporate security software, but the ones that most of us use on our PCs.

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Square Enix chair steps down to focus on cloud gaming

Square Enix chair steps down to focus on cloud gaming

Management, even the top brass, change a lot, but sometimes, the news that surround it are equally or even more interesting than the change itself. Take for example Yoichi Wada, former CEO of Square Enix, who is now also its former Chairman of the board. That news itself might have little bearing, unless you are deep into the company's story. But the news that Wada is stepping down to pool all his energy and time into the newly-formed Shinra cloud gaming startup makes it definitely worth noting.

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Shenmue 3 actually needs $10M to truly have an open world

Shenmue 3 actually needs $10M to truly have an open world

One of the factors that made Shenmue such a hit back in 1999, aside from its story, of course, was it was one of the very few to advocate and open world gameplay, something that we may be taking for granted these days. So imagine the surprise, and probably some disappointment, when creator Yu Suzuki, answering questions in a Reddit AMA thread, revealed that the dream of a truly open Shenmue world can only be realized if the campaign's fund reaches the $10 million mark.

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Samsung brings out its first FreeSync-enabled UHD monitors

Samsung brings out its first FreeSync-enabled UHD monitors

It was a promise half a year in the making. Samsung has finally launched its first line of Ultra HD monitors that aim to cater to gamers more than any of its screen lineup. While the 24-inch U24E590D and the 28-inch U28E590D do not flaunt curves like Samsung is wont to do, they do have one advantage over regular monitors, curved or not. Aside from an Ultra HD resolution, these two displays are the first of Samsung's monitors to carry within them AMD's FreeSync technology.

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