An Apple carrier partner just confirmed the iPhone 6


Just about everyone who cares at all about smartphones knows that Apple’s next-generation iPhone 6 is just weeks away from being announced during a huge press conference on September 9th. Even still, Apple generally likes to be the first company to announce its new devices and make them official before its carrier partners and distributors start sharing their plans for new iPhones.

At least one wireless carrier didn’t get that memo, however, as China Telecom has apparently just confirmed the iPhone 6 publicly and shared a few details about the device.

Apple’s various carrier and retail partners tend to walk on eggshells in an effort to keep Apple happy, but one carrier seemingly decided it was tired of waiting. Sina Mobile News this week reported that China Telecom has confirmed the upcoming launch of Apple’s iPhone 6 in a post on the popular Chinese social network Weibo.

In the post, the carrier not only confirmed the upcoming launch of the iPhone 6, but also some key details about the device. According to the post, Apple’s next-generation iPhone will include a wide array of radios compatible with many wireless networks including TDD-LTE, FDD-LTE, WCDMA, CDMA2000, GSM, and CDMA1X.

China Telecom noted that the version of the iPhone 6 it will sell will be unlocked so that it will work on multiple carrier networks in China.

Here comes the iPhone 6: Apple event officially set for September 9thMonths of leaks and rumors may have desensitized us to iPhone 6 mentions, but a post like this from one of Apple’s carrier partners is a huge deal considering no Apple partners are authorized to discuss unannounced Apple wares publicly.


Apple’s next-generation iPhone 6 is expected to feature a completely overhauled design and a larger 4.7-inch display, and it will likely be released on September 19th.

Foxconn factory leaks exact dimensions of iPhone 6


Foxconn factory employees have leaked the complete dimensions of the iPhone 6, according to iGen.fr, which posted photos of what appears to be Foxconn’s internal software listing the full dimensions for both the 5.5-inch and 4.7-inch iPhone 6.

The two new phones, code named N56 and N61, are expected to be announced next month, and if the leaked specs are right, not only will the 5.5-inch iPhone have more screen than your iPhone 5s, it will also be 60% heavier.

Based on the photos, the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 will measure 158mm long, 78 mm wide, 7.1 mm thick and weigh 184.6 grams (the iPhone 5s weighs 112 grams). There’s also information on a first prototype that had similar dimensions but weighed only 168.5 grams.

Measurements for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 are supposedly 138 mm long, 66 mm wide, and 6.9 mm thick. A weight isn’t listed for the device. Both devices feature a protruding camera lens like the one currently found on the iPod Touch.

The 5.5-inch iPhone 6’s extra will come with the benefit of extra battery power, claims iGen.fr whose source says Apple plans to use a 2915 mAh capacity battery and a LiquidMetal Apple logo on the back. The site also claims Apple wanted to add a 2.5mm headphone jack to the iPhone 6, but decided to abort the plan due to fears of customer backlash.

Bandai Namco is making a new Marvel licensed video game


Looks like mobile games company Kabam's forthcoming Marvel Contest of Champions won't be the only fighting game this year to feature characters and licenses from the superhero comics giant.


Bandai Namco Games has recently announced in Japan a new action-slash-fighting game for the 3DS entitled Disk Wars Avengers: Ultimate Heroes, slated to be released later this year in November.

Judging from the game's simple mechanics and its target audience (kids), this is likely a quick cash-in on the popularity of the Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers anime that's currently airing in Japan, rather than a bona fide fighting game and one of the titles that Katsuhiro Harada and the Tekken Project development team are concurrently working on.

So, if Marvel Disk Wars Avengers: Ultimate Heroes is not even a serious fighting game, why is this news?

After Capcom's licensing agreement contract to make fighting games based on Marvel's properties and characters expired, the comics giant have asked Capcom to remove a number of titles from the XBL and PSN digital games store, leading many of us to think that perhaps Disney and Marvel would like to keep the fighting game rights to their franchises exclusive in some manner.

There were also indications that Marvel would like its video game properties to be connected in a manner similar to what they have been doing with their superhero movies.


Thus, when Marvel Contest of Champions was announced at the San Diego Comic-Con, that inadvertently led many of us to believe that the mobile title may be the only fighting game featuring Marvel character licenses for the foreseeable future.

But now that Bandai Namco Games is also making an action/fighting game based on Marvel licenses, it could mean that Disney and Marvel are in fact open to negotiations for licensed video game projects that do not fall within their plans to connect their game universes. After all, Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers is about a group of kids who collect disks that let them summon legendary Marvel superhoes.


Could the existence of Disk Wars Avengers: Ultimate Heroes signal a small glimmer of hope for future installments in the Marvel vs. Capcom series?

Only time will tell.

Xbox One Now Supports Pre-Loading


The Xbox One now supports pre-loading for digital games, and Microsoft has delivered the feature ahead of schedule. At Gamescom, Microsoft announced that pre-purchasing and pre-loading would begin on Xbox One with FIFA 15 (September 26) and Forza Horizon 2 (September 30). But in fact, the feature is available today with Madden NFL 15. If you pre-purchase the game today through Xbox One you can pre-load the game so you can start playing exactly at midnight on August 26.

Though Madden NFL 15 doesn't officially launch until next week, EA Access subscribers can play it today--albeit only for 6 hours. In addition, if you're an Access member, you'll save 10 percent on the full Madden NFL 15 game, meaning you can pick it up for around $54 instead of $60.

Sony introduced pre-loading support for PlayStation 4 back in June.

Concerning other new digital features for the Xbox One, Microsoft says it has not abandoned its ambitions to bring back family sharing, but digital game and DLC gifting is less likely to happen.

At launch, Madden NFL 15 will be available for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4. If you're looking to upgrade to an Xbox One, Microsoft and EA Sports have teamed up for a special Madden NFL 15 bundle that includes a system and a copy of the game for $399.

Microsoft: New Gears of War Shaping Up Well - What Do You Want to See?

Frustratingly blurry concept art for the new Gears of War game

The new Gears of War game currently in development at Microsoft's Black Tusk Studios in Vancouver is shaping up well, according to Xbox executive Aaron Greenberg. He visited the studio recently, and reports on Twitter that he left feeling "very impressed" with what he saw.

He adds that the Gears of War franchise is "in good hands with a very talented team." Microsoft acquired the Gears of War franchise from Epic Games earlier this year, and put Black Tusk Studios to work on the game, which will presumably be released for at least the Xbox One.

Though Cliff Bleszinski--an instrumental designer on the original trilogy--is not working on the new game (he has his own thing now), Microsoft hashired veteran Gears of War producer Rod Fergusson to lead development for it.

It is still early days for the new Gears of War game (it's in the concept/prototype phase), and no assets for the title have been released yet beyond some purposefully blurry concept art. Fergusson says, however, that the new game will retain the essence of the Gears of War series while also pushing the franchise forward. He also says that Microsoft's acquisition of the series allows Black Tusk to "expand its breadth and do a lot more stuff with it."

New Warframe PS4 Update Out Today: UI, Pets, and Player Ships

Warframe Update 14: The Mad Cephalon arrives today on PS4, and with it comes our most ambitious changes to date.

A complete overhaul to the player UI, the arrival of Kubrow companions, their Infested Breeding Grounds event, and the brand new player ship Liset round off our focus on the new-player experience. There’s a lot of ground to cover, so let’s get started!

Vor’s Prize

While we can break down a lot of this update into smaller parts, at the center of it all is Vor’s Prize, Warframe‘s first quest in the newly introduced quest system. They completely overhauled our tutorial to give players a better understanding of how to use Warframe powers, acquire some starter mods, and learn the basics of the game all while taking part in a pretty exciting showdown between you and the dangerous Captain Vor.

They built the tutorial as a sort of prologue to the full game, and anyone with an existing account will get a chance to start the prologue once they log into Warframe for the first time after downloading the update. If you choose to play through it, you’ll be treated like a new player, temporarily needing to unlock features like the Marketplace, Arsenal, Mods and the Foundry before you’ll have access to them again.

None of your progress on the Star Chart, obtained mods, Warframes, or mid-construction items will be interrupted so if you want to enjoy the lore in the prologue you can do so without fear! Otherwise, there’s no way to experience Vor’s Prize without playing the prologue at this time.

The Liset

On top of all the juicy lore, a large portion of Vor’s Prize is dedicated to helping the player rebuild their ship, the Liset. Each part of the ship you recover will give you access to various features like the ‘Mod station’ or ‘Foundry’, and we’ve fit in a lot of fine details that really help bring the technology and atmosphere of Warframe to life.

Guiding you through the process of rebuilding the ship’s functions is Ordis, the Liset’s somewhat unstable A.I . Cephalon. Too much time alone in space has left Ordis feeling a little unbalanced, but he’s always happy to provide helpful advice and useful information. Just don’t mention Kubrow. He’s a little sensitive about his clean floor.

UI Overhaul

With the Liset bringing so many changes to the way players interact with elements of Warframe, we needed to give our UI a major update. Now players can choose to interact with our menus directly through each of the Liset’s terminals, or alternatively pull up the quick access to move from menu to menu.

Although each menu looks great, we’re definitely most proud of our updated Solar Chart which is much easier to navigate and clearly track progression. Alerts, quests, special events, nightmare modes, and Solar Rails will all be clearly marked to make browsing the system easier.
Breeding Grounds

In our last update, hints of a dangerous new Infested threat was on the rise, but the full depths of Alad V’s madness unfolds in Update 14′s Breeding Grounds, a special event that introduces our latest game type: Hive Infestation.

Instead of taking a tileset we’re familiar with and tweaking it to fit the new game type, we decided the claustrophobic horror theme of the Infested deserved its own special showcase. Hive Infestation takes place on a unique Corpus tileset: A transport ship twisted and warped with mutating infestation. It’s our most creative and probably grossest tileset yet, so be sure to check it out to get your unique in-game rewards from the event!
Mirage

With command over the domain of light and illusion, Mirage is a Warframe that offers players a lot of versatility in how you can approach her abilities. Her summoned clones stick close to the player, attract enemy attention and even do a portion of the damage from your equipped weapon. Her Eclipse ability grants benefits on whether or not she’s standing in light or shadow, granting increased damage or evasion depending on which. She can set traps in unused lockers and crates to be set off when the enemy gets too close.

Or you can just throw a deadly exploding disco ball at your enemies, which pretty much sums up how much fun she is to play. Throw in a Vauban or Nova and you’ve got yourself a deadly dance party in the making!
Kubrow

Although not as flashy as a new spaceship or exploding disco ball of death, the Kubrow represent a pretty huge landmark for the team and we’re really excited to finally let these puppies loose. Obtaining a Kubrow is the first immediate quest after Vor’s Prize, and unlike the Sentinel, raising a Kubrow will take some time as it matures from a fresh-faced pup into a stronger, more agile predator. It’s a little more demanding, but in return you do get a loyal stalwart companion.

There are currently four different genetic traits for Kubrows that players can choose from, each with their own personalities and benefits. Other customization features like mods, colors and patterns help make Kubrow feel like a distinct companion more than just a pet. Although Ordis is less than thrilled to have one on board, more difficult missions may be much easier with a specialist Kubrow ready to help.
Hysteria 2.0 and New Weapons

Valkyr fans can finally rejoice, as Hysteria now not only has been updated to function properly with our Melee 2.0 system, but has also been coupled with unique animations and combos. It’s not the only change we’ve made to the game, but to be honest having her Ultimate finally get the flashy overhaul it deserves is something to celebrate.

Joining her revamped claws are some new weapons available for research: The sword and board Silva and Aegis, the infestation spitting Mutalist Quanta, the Tenno claw weapon Venka, the uncorrupted Corpus Quanta, and Mirage’s Akzani pistols. All of the unique melee weapons will also have their own stances, with more to come down the line.

Madden NFL 15 Becomes First Xbox One Digital Pre-Order Title

At Gamescom last week, Microsoft announced that pre-ordering and pre-loading of digital titles would begin soon. It seems that things are getting underway a bit faster than expected.
Forza Horizon 2 and FIFA 15 were announced as part of the new program. A different EA title is actually the first to be offered through it, though.
Madden NFL 15, which will be released on August 26, is now available for pre-purchase and pre-loading. If you’re not sure if you want to buy it, the EA Access trial will be going live today.
If you’re a member of the Xbox One exclusive program, you get six hours of game time before the game’s release.

Blizzard: Microsoft demanded 1080p for Diablo 3 on Xbox One

Microsoft spurred a last-minute resolution bump for Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition prior to its recent launch for the Xbox One, Blizzard production director John Hight told Eurogamer at Gamescom.

"We did find it challenging early on to get it to 1080p," Hight said. "That's why we made the decision to drop to 900. That's what we demoed and were showing around E3 time. And Microsoft was just like, 'This is unacceptable. You need to figure out a way to get a better resolution.' So we worked with them directly, they gave us a code update to let us get to full 1080p."

Blizzard announced during E3 that the Xbox One version of Diablo 3 would be presented in 900p, placing it at a disadvantage compared to the 1080p PlayStation 4 edition. A day-one patch pushed the Xbox One version's resolution to 1080p at launch, though Eurogamer notes that the update introduces slight framerate drops in busy gameplay areas that weren't present at 900p.