Tuesday, February 20, 2018

AMD to Send Out Processors for Ryzen APU Support

9:49 AM

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AMD is doing its part in bringing full support on the AM4 platform for the new Ryzen APUs should you find yours not working. The two new APUs, namely the Ryzen 3 2200G and the Ryzen 5 2400G may not be supported by your AM4 motherboards. With that said, AMD plans to go around this by sending you a free ‘boot kit’ on loan so you can flash your motherboard’s BIOS to make way for the new APUs.

To request for this kind of assistance, you’ll need to head to AMD’s warranty claims page here and fill in the necessary details. Just state that “Boot kit Required” in the description field, and then you play the waiting game from there.

Should you own an AM4 motherboard and find that it will not boot or at least allow you to update the BIOS to support the new APUs, AMD will let you request that boot kit from their website. The processor you’ll get is a dual-core A6-9500. Just to note, these things aren’t for keeps. AMD will want you to return it. However, they will only want the processor and they can let you have the heatsink.

Now, we're not sure if this is region restricted, but we do know AMD will be making announcements regarding this, and we'll keep you posted as it happens.

Source | AMD

Monday, February 19, 2018

Motorola Extends its Reaches in VisMin; Shares 2018 Plans

10:57 PM

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Since its launch in 2016, Motorola Philippines has gone full throttle in making the Motorola experience more accessible to Filipinos nationwide. To support this vision, Motorola is further strengthening its presence in Visayas and Mindanao with new retail kiosks in Cebu and Davao.

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Strategically located in the Cyberzone area of SM City Cebu and in Gaisano Mall Davao, the newly opened Motorola experience kiosks bring the Motorola innovative technology closer to consumers. The new retail stores also kick-start Motorola’s expansion plans for 2018 aimed at showcasing its smartphone offerings catering to the different Filipino markets and the trademark lineup of modular accessories better known as the Moto Mods.  

“We want to continually address the smartphone needs of Filipino consumers. Our expansion initiatives for 2018 focus on reaching more Filipinos, especially in the Visayas and Mindanao areas. Apart from our 10 Motorola experience stores, we are keen on amplifying our efforts to make the Motorola experience available to everyone as we become more visible in the market,” shared Vincent dela Cruz, Marketing Manager of Lenovo Mobile Business Group Philippines. 

Motorola will be opening six more stores in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao within the first quarter of 2018. The target locations are Alabang in Metro Manila, Luzon; Iloilo in Visayas; General Santos City, South Cotabato City, Cagayan De Oro City and Zamboanga City in Mindanao. The opening dates of the stores will be announced soon.

Motorola experience stores are located in the Cyberzone areas of SM North EDSA, SM Megamall, SM Mall of Asia, SM Batangas, Glorietta, SM Sta. Rosa, SM Dasmarinas, SM Calamba, SM Cebu and Gaisano Davao. All Motorola concept stores carry the Motorola smartphone lineup: the flagship line of the Moto Z, Moto Z Play, Moto Z2 Play and the Moto Mods; its premium midrange offerings, which include the Moto M and the latest additions to the Moto G family, the Moto g5S and Moto g5S Plus, and the entry-level lineup of the Moto C, Moto C Plus and Moto E4 Plus.


Broly and Bardock Announced as DLC Characters for Dragon Ball FighterZ!

9:02 PM
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Bandai Namco has announced its first wave of DLC, and it's probably two of the most deserving characters in the Dragon Ball franchise: Broly and Bardock!

Recent scans found in V-Jump shows screens of the two in action, as well as some sort of flavorful stats on how powerful they are. Also included in the scans are indications of bonuses for owners of Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 (Sequel to the recently popular iteration of Dragon Ball Z's 3D Arena fighter with already a ton of Original Characters and Stories).

The first wave of Downloadable Content will contain the two powerful Saiyans. You'll also get Supreme Kai of Time stamps and lobby characters if you own Xenoverse 2. Likewise, Xenoverse 2 owners will get Android 21 costumes and accessories if you own the DB FighterZ game.

Bardock is the father of Raditz and Goku, as he appears in the 90's Dragon Ball Z movie – Bardock: The Father of Goku. Meanwhile, Broly appears in 2 movies and is dubbed the Legendary Super Saiyan that boasts great strength and power. Uncontrolled, Broly can sweep the floor with the Z fighters with ease.

I believe that of all the movie characters, these two take the top spots as deserving DLC Characters. Broly in the most particular, given his appearances in most Dragon Ball fighting games, with his most recent (Along with Bardock) in the 3DS exclusive fighter, Extreme Butoden.

These two “Gokus” are available via the FighterZ pass, but for people who did not avail the Season Pass, we've yet to see how much they will cost. Broly and Bardock are 2 out of 8 promised DLC Characters for Dragon Ball FighterZ. I for one can't wait to get their hands on them and see how Bandai Namco/Arc System will work out making different fighting moves for the two of them.

Via | Siliconera

Pokemon Shuffle Gets Automated Update Schedules; Could this Signify the End?

8:57 PM
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After three years, it looks like The Pokemon Company and Genius Sonority are showing signs of the end for the hit Pokemon “Candy Crush” puzzler.

The Pokemon Company announces its final update to Pokemon Shuffle. Access to older stages and recurring events on a timed schedule to previous events up until an indefinite time will still be available. The update contains 6 months' worth of updates including the last batch of main game stages, and UX stages (These are the main stages but with Pokemon containing larger HP.)

One of the most recent Legendary Pokemon from Sun and Moon, Marshadow, is slated to appear as a stage somewhere in July.

For those who may not have been aware, Pokemon Shuffle is a fairly recent release in mobile platforms (Early 2016), but the game has released for free in the Nintendo 3DS Platform a year prior on February 2015. It's a Match-3 Puzzle game where matching 3 or more Pokemon on various types of board layouts allow you to weaken your enemy so you can capture it and win. One of the novelty features of the game is it allows you to collect Pokemon and use them as your matchable pieces, and have their own weaknesses, strengths and abilities (allowing you to strategically win the harder stages than just getting pure luck on what drops next)

Both the 3DS and Mobile versions have been given this final update. We don't know when The Pokemon Company will truly say goodbye to the beloved mobile pastime, but when a door closes, a window opens, as TPCi has been known to continually to push the mobile experience even before Nintendo has recognized this, offering free-to-play games like Rumble Blast and Pokedex 3D in the past.

Pokemon Shuffle has had its good run, so let's hope Pokeland will live to prove that the brand can still flourish as games outside of the Nintendo Console titles. Or maybe a spiritual successor to Shuffle won't be so bad.

New Steam Game Soon to Spark a Treasure Hunt; One Bona-Fide Bitcoin At Stake!

8:52 PM
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Puzzle games have been around the indie scene for quite sometime now. There's a lot of them if you'd look. One puzzle game look to stand above the rest in quite a unique way.

MonteCrypto, an upcoming Steam first-person puzzle adventure game, is promising something much more than engaging and enjoyable gameplay. It promises a reward which is all the rage in the digital world: Bitcoin.

You read that right.

The “winner” of this upcoming game will win ONE BITCOIN. That doesn't really sound much the way I phrased it, after all, one is just one, but if you'll look a little more deeply into what a bitcoin is (I suggest bitcoin.org), this is something noteworthy. To summarize it for you though, Bitcoin is digital currency that allows you to buy anything off the Net that accepts it. Right now, One Bitcoin amounts to 9,000 to 10,000 US Dollars!

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To win this fabulous prize that the Developer: Gem Rose Accent (Whose members request to be anonymous until the Bitcoin is awarded) has promised, one must travel thru a maze filled with 24 different puzzles or “enigmas” as they call it. This game is interestingly a multiplayer game in a sense, as the Steam description mentions. You can work alone or with others, helping to solve these mysteries, or detract others by leaving false clues leaving other group of hunters in the dust. The first person to solve every mystery will win the sole Bitcoin the game has in store for them.

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To me, the game doesn't seem very enticing as a game, but in a marketing perspective, is rather stunning. The last stunt that we recall of such nature is when Peter Molyenux launched a mobile app called Curiousity – What's inside the Cube. That game allowed people to tap into a cube simultaneosly and the person who taps away at the last cube wins the game. A legitimate winner was named and the prize? A “god” role in his next game Godus.

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MonteCrypto is set to release Ferbruary 20 for just 2 USD. How long will it be before someone cracks all the codes? How much of the PC Community is willing to get sucked in? We at Hexmojo can't wait to see how much buzz this race will get.

The developers were nice enough to answer some further questions on this game and you can find it here: https://montecrypto-game.github.io/faq.html

Via | IGN

Kingston Year of the Dog USB Drive Review

8:47 PM

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Okay, let’s get this straight. There’s probably no way you’re going to use this on a daily basis. Because you know, we really wouldn’t. Kingston’s Year of the Dog USB Drive is the latest in the collection from the company’s line up of celebrating the Chinese New Year, and it does look adorbs. In fact, so adorbs that you’ll probably allot a shelf for it and never use it ever. But just in case you’re interested how it fares, we’ve looked into it.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Dimensions20mm x 37mm x 12mm
CompliantUSB 3.1
Capacity32GB
OS CompatibilityWindows 10, 8.1, 8, 7(SP1), Mac OS (v.10.7.x+), Linux (v.2.6+), Chrome OS
Part NumberDTCNY18/32GB
Warranty / Support5-year warranty with free technical support
MSRPPhp1499

PACKAGING

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The Kingston Year of the Dog USB Drive comes in a very cute packaging – a red canister that symbolizes the Chinese New Year tradition. It’s all fired up to fit the occasion, and you’re going to love putting this one on your shelf.  Once you open the can, you’ll be met with the cutesy doggo USB flash drive that’s just so adorable.

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That’s about it, really. No lanyard straps or anything of the sort if you want to carry it around.

DESIGN

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Design is the main highlight of the Kingston Year of the Dog USB Drive. Just because. There’s the face of a cute dog at the top of its metal body, and further top of it is a small through-hole to anchor on the device itself.
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It’s compact and cute. ‘nuff said.

PERFORMANCE

TEST SYSTEM SETUP
MotherboardGIGABYTE AB350M-DH3
CPUAMD RYZEN 5 1600 3.2GHz
GPUZOTAC GTX 1060 6GB AMP
RAM16GB DDR4 2400MHz
StoragePlextor M9e 512GB M.2 SSD+ Seagate BarraCuda 4TB + 2TB Western Digital Green HDD
PSUCorsair VS450
CaseSilverstone RL06
OSWindows 10 Pro N
DisplayBenQ GW2270H

Since we’re on the subject of reviews, we’ll give you the lowdown on how it performs. Basically, the Kingston Year of the Dog USB Drive is a USB 3.1 device. We’re expecting speeds of around 140 megs here, so let’s get it on with our tests.


Crystal Disk Mark
We begin with one of the storage benchmark standards with Crystal Disk Mark to measure both of its read and write rates through a series of tests
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CONCLUSION

Let's get real honest here. You're not going to buy the Kingston Year of the Dog USB Drive for its performance or capacity. No. What it is, rather, is a commemorative storage device to celebrate the Chinese New Year, and it does so with all the festivities that come with it. 

If you're looking to get a gift for your loved ones or corporate partners, this would make a great choice. 

Thursday, February 15, 2018

What about the Switch? Capcom President Talks Monster Hunter on Platforms

6:04 PM
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Capcom is having a dream run with the Monster Hunter franchise. They've managed to ship 6 million units across all regions for a game that's almost heavily departed from the previous titles, mainly in content and the quality of life improvements (Or Casualization as others may call it)

Monster Hunter World is currently on the PS4 and XBOX ONE, with the PC Version “in the works”. This doesn't leave much for the growing and loyal minority of Switch players who think they should get a piece of the pie too.

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That's why in a recent Toyo Keizai interview with Capcom President Haruhiro Tsujimoto, they have been well noted of the fan demand. “We're aware of that.” and adding the notion that Monster Hunter XX has been ported over to the Switch to satisfy the fanbase for now. “However, taking into account various conditions, bringing Monster Hunter: World now for release is difficult. The reason is that the Switch has different functions from other stationary consoles as well as different players.”

“Each game console as its own characteristic, and it’s necessary that we, as game makers, adapt to that when making [a game],” In this particular case, Monster Hunter World. I can understand though. If you've seen or played the game, MH World is not just graphically demanding, but the user interface demands a ton of screen space large enough for the players to use. That can work for Switch's docked mode, but on-the-go, MH World doesn't lend itself to friendliness. Or controls.

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“From now on, we’re looking at how we can support the Switch with our games, and that also includes Monster Hunter.” Tsujimoto-san anecdoted.

Will we see a new Monster Hunter on the Switch apart from the port of XX? (Ironically, Switch fans want a port too) The interview answers imply that it's something they're looking into, yet I'm not so positive we'll be made known of that this year.

Mad props to Kotaku and Nintendoeverything for the scoop. Happy Hunting!

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