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Apple Announces Details, Pricing For iPad Air 2 And iPad Mini 3

Apple has confirmed the specs, pricing, and release dates for its latest tablet hardware revisions. Both the iPad Air and the iPad Mini are getting new versions that will be shipping before the end of next week.

The iPad Air 2 includes a new A8X chip (an upgraded version of the chip found in the iPhone 6 and 6+). The tablet is 40 percent faster and offers 2.5x GPU performance than the iPad Air.

The new version of the iSight camera offers 8 megapixels and 1080p HD recording. The front-facing FaceTime camera also offers HD recording.

The iPad Air 2 is 6.1mm thick, making it 18 percent thinner than the iPad Air. It also includes new anti-reflective coating that reduces reflectivity by 56 percent (and might help with beach eBook reading). 

Both the iPad Air 2 and the iPad Mini 3 include Touch ID technology that will unlock the tablet using your fingerprint. You can pre-order both starting tomorrow, October 17.

The iPad Air 2 WiFi version is priced at $ 499, $ 599, and $ 699 for 16 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB respectively. For cellular, add $ 130. 

The iPad Mini 3 will cost $ 399, $ 499, and $ 599 for 16 GB, 64 GB, and and 128 GB. Cellular versions cost $ 130 more at each price point/memory configuration.

Apple also announced a new version of the iMac with a retina display. The screen resolution is 5120 x 2880, greater than 4K displays (4096 x 2160). The 27-inch iMac with the Retina 5K display is priced at $ 2,499 and begins shipping today.

Finally, Apple's new desktop operating system, OS X Yosemite is out today for free. Not to be left out, iPhone users can look forward to iOS 8.1 on Monday, October 20.

 

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I’ve been an Apple user for quite a while (and I’m typing this on a 27-inch iMac I’ve been happy with for a number of years). To say that I’ve got tech lust for the new 27-inch 5K iMac is an understatement. I can’t wait to see one in person.

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Dragon Ball Xenoverse Heading To PC, TGS Trailer Details Story

We recently learned Xenoverse's mysterious character is a player-customized avatar. Now we know why they're fighting alongside Goku and pals.

In the game's TGS trailer, we learn that the Dragon Ball Z timeline is askew. Things are out of whack, and to help restore balance, Shenron (the dragon summoned by collecting the Dragon Balls) has brought the fellow you see on the right above. A character that can be customized to the player's liking.

The trailer also reveals that the game is planned for release on PC via steam, alongside Xbox One and PlayStation 4, and Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

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Harmonix Details Downloadable Tracks For Dance Central Spotlight

You may have been Happy you could Talk Dirty to the Royals in the Love Shack back when Harmonix announced the release date for Dance Central Spotlight, but now it's bringing even more songs to its latest dance game. Today, Harmonix announced some new songs and pricing information for Dance Central Spotlight's downloadable songs, available at launch.

For $ 1.99 each, players can download the songs listed below, along with other tracks yet to be announced. For a full track listing thus far, check out Harmonix's website.

  • A-Ha – “Take On Me”
  • Bastille – “Pompeii”
  • Calvin Harris – “Summer”
  • Calvin Harris ft. Ellie Goulding – “I Need Your Love”
  • Demi Lovato – “Heart Attack”
  • DJ Snake & Lil’ Jon – “Turn Down For What”
  • Enrique Iglesias ft. Sean Paul, Descemer Bueno, Gente De Zona – “Bailando”
  • Erasure – “A Little Respect”
  • Ini Kamoze – “Here Comes The Hotstepper”
  • John Legend – “All Of Me (Tiësto's Birthday Treatment Remix [Radio Edit])”
  • Lady Gaga – “Applause”
  • Maroon 5 – “Maps”
  • Maroon 5 – “One More Night”
  • Ne-Yo – “Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself)”
  • Nico & Vinz – “Am I Wrong”
  • Of Monsters And Men – “Little Talks”
  • Paramore – “Ain’t It Fun”
  • Selena Gomez – “Come & Get It”
  • TLC – “Creep”
  • will.i.am ft. Britney Spears – “Scream & Shout”

Dance Central Spotlight launches September 2 for Xbox One as a downloadable title. For more, see the game in action in this trailer.

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More Details From The Latest Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Trailer

A new trailer and a handful of screens were posted for Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire this morning, but there weer a few quick details you might have missed, as well as a few details worth expanding upon.

A few Pokémon were quickly confirmed to be appearing in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, as they were quickly shown in the middle of combat. We saw Grovyle and Swampert in the midst of battle, but they are evolved forms of the starters from the original Ruby and Sapphire, so they're appearances are far from being a surprise.

More interesting were the appearances of Shiftry…

…Torkoal…

… and Geodude and Makuhita. It's also worth noting that horde battles are no longer limited to the wild. Now, up to five trainers can attack you at once.

All of these Pokémon appeared in Pokémon X & Y, so this is not the first time we've seen them in 3D, but it's nice to be able to add them to the list of definitely appearing Pokémon.

Some of the more interesting details from the trailer were small things that flew by. In the contest, Pikachu – dressed a luchador – is wrestling a giant stuffed animal. It's a little weird.

There's also this symbol shown briefly in the background. I's probably just the icon for the new Pokémon Contest Spectacular.

In the press release announcing the Pokémon Contest Spectacular delivering the trailer, it says Pokémon will be rated in one of five categories: Coolness, Beauty, Cuteness, Cleverness, and Toughness. Because of this, showing off a powerful attack won't always be the automatic choice.

The Cosplay Pikachu – who has been shown before – is awarded to players after participating in the Pokémon Contest Spectacular for the first time. He's different than the standard Pikachu you catch in the wild. Its assorted costumes offer more than just aesthetic changes. It also changes what types of attacks Pikcachu can perform.

Pikachu Rock Star can perform Meteor Mash; Pikachu Pop Star can perform Draining Kiss; Pikachu, Ph.D., can learn Electric Terrain; Pikachu Belle can use Icicle Crash; And finally Pikachu Libre can use Flying Press.

To take another look at the latest trailer head here, or just check out the video below.

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Study Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor’s pre-order, special edition details

One does not simply walk into a retailer, purchase Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor and leave with all of the content available at the game’s launch. Sorry early adventurers, this isn’t like the general pre-order bonuses announced in April. This time,…
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Tekken 7 story, art details from Comic-Con, Lars confirmed

The Mishima clan has got some issues to resolve, and based on details shared by producer Katsuhiro Harada through a translator at Comic-Con, it seems like Tekken 7 will help the family finally get it all out in the open. As reported by Polygon,…
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Microsoft Details August Xbox One Update

The Xbox One is on track for another monthly update. This time out, some frequently requested features will be added to the ever-evolving platform.

Your friends list will get a larger presence on the home menu, with activity, trending titles (so you know if you really should pick up that multiplayer game), and achievement leaderboards. Friends listings will now show the last time they were online. The activity feed will also get an overhaul, with the inclusion of text updates, “like” and comment features, game clip sharing, and more.

Controllers will now have a low battery notification (replacing the shifting ring of light from the Xbox 360 controller). This will pop up on screen when you need to recharge or swap batteries.

Those that use their Xbox One for video will likely be pleased to know that notifications can now be turned off during viewing. And, if you’ve been waiting for 3D video playback, you’re in luck. 

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If you’re in the preview program, updates should be rolling out shortly. Everyone else can look forward to these features in August.

[Source: Major Nelson]

 

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I love that Microsoft is both open about its communication with regard to updates and continues to stick to the monthly schedule. Each of the updates has improved the Xbox One experience, and it’s great to not have to wait for major fall and spring distributions anymore.

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Smash Bros. Director Masahiro Sakurai Details Newcomer Robin’s Fighting Style

Robin, of Fire Emblem fame, attacks with a destructible sword a magical tome that changes powers.

Robin, alongside Lucina (who was also recently detailed), was revealed on Monday morning. Sakurai wrote on the Miiverse about Robin and his/her sword, "The Levin sword can be activated by using smash attacks – you can even activate these moves in midair! However, just like in the original game, the Levin sword can be used only a limited number of times before it breaks, at which point it takes some time to regenerate. When the Levin sword is unavailable, Robin fights using the bronze sword."

Sakurai also spoke specifically about Robin's tome writing, "The way Robin launches Arcfire is kind of crazy – he or she calls down a bolt of flame from above, then launches a pillar of fire! By the way, Robin’s tome changes with each special attack." You can see Robin throwing some fire with the tome at Captain Falcon in the image below.

For more on Super Smash Bros., check out some Pac-Man's referential taunts, new details about Lady Palutena, Mario's impressive new duds, the newest Pokémon fighters, a new Pac-Man stage, some more details about the inclusion of the Miis, reveals of Luigi's final smash, a Lumiose City stagea new Animal Crossing stageDiddy Kong, the Mother Brain assist trophythe Waluigi assist trophy,LucarioZelda, the Skull KidMarthSonic, a redesigned Ray Gun, and the 3DS Mii Plaza.

You can also check out our time with the game at E3 with the Wii Fit Trainer and Greninja.

[Source: Super Smash Bros., Miiverse]

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New Screens And Details Emerge For Mega Sableye In Pokémon Alpha Sapphire And Omega Ruby

The official Pokémon website has been updated with some new images and some new details about Sableye and its Mega Evolution.

Sableye has been appearing in the Pokémon games since the original Ruby and Sapphire, but during E3, it was revealed it will be able to Mega Evolve in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.

Here's Mega Sableye's description on the Pokémon site:

Sableye has concentrated all of the energy from its Mega Evolution into the red jewel on its chest, which increases in size and detaches from its body. This enlarged jewel boasts incredible hardness, and it is said that no attack can even make a scratch on it!

When Sableye Mega Evolves, its Defense and Sp. Attack stats both get big boosts. Its Speed stat does decrease slightly, perhaps because of the weight of its huge jewel. Thanks to its Magic Bounce Ability, any moves that affect only stats or status conditions will be bounced back at its attacker.

For more on Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire head here and here for a few predictions about the upcoming remakes. You can check out some more Mega Sableye images in the screen gallery below.

[Source: Pokémon, via Siliconera]

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Telltale Promises Game Of Thrones Details After E3

Telltale's Game of Thrones game is a mysterious project, and it will continue to remain so through E3.

Telltale's director of PR, Job J. Stauffer, tweeted about the game in an effort to temper expectations for next week.

Telltale's E3 presence and focus leading into summer will be on Tales from the Borderlands. Telltale's Game of Thrones game was revealed during VGX last year, and we haven't learned too much since – other than the fact that George R.R. Martin's personal assistant may be involved with development.

[Source: @jobjstauffer]

 

Our Take
We've got plenty to play from Telltale at the moment (Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us), and Game of Thrones on TV (for another few episodes) so I don't mind waiting a little while for more details.

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