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2015 Toyota Mirai Review: End Of Electric Car Era?

Come next year, a new green vehicle will be released and it is the Toyota Mirai. Unlike most green vehicles today, the Mirai is going to be the world’s first fully commercialized hydrogen-powered car instead of running on electricity.

Toyota revealed that the Mirai will be more powerful and efficient than most green vehicles in the market right now. Also, the hydrogen fuel cells offer a lower running cost and more durability when compared to EV vehicles.

While it all sounds exciting, the Mirai is still criticized for being poorly designed. True enough; the hatch looks super ugly and weird in every way. Performance-wise, the Mirai actually feels underpowered. To be precise, the Mirai drives a lot like the Prius.

Nevertheless, the Toyota Mirai is still a game changer in the green industry. Toyota kept boasting that the Mirai is a magnitude better than every EV vehicles. Even so, the carmaker failed to share on any performance figures yet.

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iPhone 6 Plus: How To Increase Font Size

The iPhone 6 Plus is the latest and most popular smartphone ever released by Apple yet. Despite coming out with a huge screen, it is unfortunate that most users can find some words difficult tor read due to the small font size.

Well, there is a way to get around this with sticking your eye up close on the screen. All iPhone 6 Plus users have to do is go to Settings> General> Accessibility> Larger Text. There they will be greeted with a slider. Simply drag the slider upwards to make the text larger on the iPhone 6 Plus.

On the other hand, users can skip the font size slider and jump straight to maximizing the text size for the device. All they have to do is simply toggle the Larger Accessibility Sizes option to on.

The larger text size won’t just be available for the iPhone fonts. In fact, even the browser too display words that are larger than before Clearly, the settings is generalized for use across all apps on the iPhone 6 Plus. No longer will user have to trouble themselves in understanding a package.

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Fallout 4 May Be A Visual Betrayal

There is no doubting the fact that when Fallout 4 arrives, it will be debuting on the new generation of gaming consoles, the Xbox One and PS4. Despite that fact, many rumours are pointing out that Fallout 4 won’t be optimizing the latest gaming hardwares.

In other words, Fallout 4 is going to be graphically impaired for a AAA title on the Xbox One and PS4. The rumours are based on Fallout 3’s specification, which runs on the game engine that was used by the much older title, The Elder Scrolls Oblivion.

Of course, the game developer did some tweaking to improve on the graphics for Fallout 3. If the same pattern is to follow, Fallout 4 is going to run on the same engine that was used by Skyrim. While the latter boasts great graphics, the rumours suggest that it won’t be mind-blowing when running on the Xbox One and PS4.

Then again, it is best for readers to take the above with a pinch of salt as it is based on rumours. The wait for Fallout 4 has passed the 6 years mark which hints that there is a possibility that a new game engine has already been developed specially for Fallout 4.

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GTA 5 For PC: Minimum Specs Required May Be Hard To Swallow

Next week carries a lot of importance for PC gamers that are waiting for GTA 5. This is due to the fact that Rockstar will be announcing the game’s minimum specifications then and many are actually worried that their rig is not good enough to enjoy the ultimate GTA 5 experience.

Many GTA fans on the PC are already discussing on GTA 5’s specs requirement and are hoping to be able to bring out the best visual settings for the game. One gamer known as UnderMyRules shared that he has hence upgraded his PC to feature 8GB of RAM to be ready for GTA 5.

Some tech experts suggested that the specs are actually not important. Instead, gamers should hope that Rockstar ports GTA 5 to the PC with the game being tailored for the platform. Otherwise, the best specs will still be worthless if GTA 5 is not built to optimize the PC hardwares.

Rockstar confirmed that the PC spec sheet requirement will be shared next week. The game developer also posted a gentle reminder on their website that the PC version GTA 5 will be rolled out in January 27.

2015 BMW M3 & M4 Fake Engine Noise Debated

Come next year, BMW will be launching the next generation M3 and M4 sports car. While that may be happening in less than a year’s time, car junkies are already discontent with both vehicles upon learning that the engine noise are fake.

This was suggested by BMW when the German carmaker revealed that the interior cabin will be quiet. When in sports mode, drivers can enjoy the powerful engine noise through toggling a switch. However, the engine noise inside the cabin is digitally amplified, thus making it not genuine.

Some might say that this will take the thrill away from the M-Series. However, BMW couldn’t help it since the cabin is superbly insulated from noise. On the other hand, both the M3 and M4 are already very loud on the outside.

BMW also shared that drivers can get around relying on the engine noise software by pulling down the windows. That way, the engine noise can enter from the outside and offer drivers that authentic thrill that they all have been wishing for.

Verizon Christmas Phone Deals: Xperia Z3, Droid Turbo, Note 4, Moto X…

It is already a very merry Christmas if you are on the Verizon network. The Big Red carrier had just commenced its Christmas promotions and it is definitely something you cannot ignore.

In detail, Verizon is slashing 50% off all flagship Android devices that are retailing at a normal price of $199 and above. Also, consumers have to pick up the device with a 2-year price plan to be eligible for the discount.

With 50% off the base price of $199, this means that flagship devices can be purchased from just $99. Among the smartphones that are included in the promo period are the Sony Xperia Z3v, Motorola Droid Turbo, Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the second-generation Moto X.

Of course, the $99 price tag is only for the Z3v. The Galaxy Note 4, on the other hand, retails at $149 after discount. The Moto X shares the same discounted price with the Note 4.

Aside from that, consumers can also opt for the free phone deals which involves the LG G3, LG G Vista, LG Lucid 3, LG Enact, Motorola Droid Maxx, Motorola Droid Mini, HTC One Remix and HTC Desire 612. Of course, the free device will also require consumers to sign on a 2-year contract.

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Fallout 4 Fall 2016 Release Date: How Solid Is This Intel?

Bethesda might have yet to announce anything official on Fallout 4 but that it does not mean that the highly anticipated title won’t be coming for a release anytime soon. As a matter of fact, fans agree that Fallout 4 will be debuting any time before winter 2016.

To prove this point, fans have referred to Fallout’s release pattern. It has been about 6 years since Fallout 3 gets released and it is about time Bethesda starts working on Fallout 4. The mega gaming franchise clearly needs an update to remain fresh in the industry.

Besides, Bethesda has already confirmed that they bought the Fallout series to not launch just one title. Fallout has proved itself to be a profitable franchise and it Bethesda can earn a lot of green bags with Fallout 4. There is no possible way to see the game developer not wanting to produce Fallout 4.

Then there is the next-gen gaming factor. Both the Xbox One and PS4 were released late last year and it started a new era in gaming. With major AAA franchise all pushing for a sequel to be brought on the next-gen consoles, Bethesda will surely do the same with Fallout 4.

The issue here is that Bethesda hates pre-announcing games prior to its release. It is a respectable policy but the flaws to it are that fans get left in the dark. Judging from the rumours and leaks however, it seems that Fallout 4 is might just be available in 2016.

Possibly, the game will get its teaser trailer revealed next year before getting release in the year after. This looks likely to happen. After all, a total of 8 years to get to Fallout 4 from Fallout 3 seems suffice.

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Should You Upgrade To iPhone 6 Or Await 6S?

The Apple iPhone 6 is literally and figuratively the biggest smartphone to arrive this year. It is December already and the iPhone 6 fever is still going on. On the other hand, rumours are already circulating with much to say about the future iPhone 6S.

The word is that the iPhone 6S, or iPhone 7, will still come with a larger twin that is known as the iPhone 6S Plus or iPhone 7 Plus. Either way, both next-gen smartphones are expected to come with the usual improvements that include better battery life, thinner bezels, sharper screen, QHD display and mane more.

Of course, it is still wise not to expect every rumour to come true. The iPhone 6S display is the controversial segment here as rumours cannot agree on whether the device is to get Full HD resolution, QHD resolution or 3D viewing screen. All three specs are not impossible for the iPhone 6S but neither of them looks certain to come on the smartphone.

Then there is the talk on the iPhone 6S cameras. It has been a long while since Apple introduced the 8MP rear camera and perhaps, it is about time the company upgrades to something bigger. Some rumours are hinting that Apple is going to break their philosophy to introduce a 21MP rear shooter that can compete against the Android family.

Cameras aside, the iPhone 6S is also going to be durable as it is built with Sapphire Glass. The leaks have already confirmed the orders made by Apple for Sapphire Glass and it is bound to be part of the iPhone 6S.

To conclude the smartphone, the iPhone 6S will be finished with Apple’s latest tech innovations like the TouchID and heart rate monitor. Also, it will be hoping to come with a brand new feature like wireless charging.

While the above sounds exciting, it is still best to take it with a pinch of salt. After all, Apple has yet to announce anything on their next iPhones and the information shared above is based on unproven leaks, rumours and speculations.

Christmas Gift Ideas: Best Tablets On The Market

Christmas is right around the corner and if you have yet to get a gift for loved ones, we highly recommend getting a tablet. After all the large slate can be a great entertainment companion for most consumers and they are very easy to carry around, not like laptops. Today, we are going to share 4 of the best tablets around. They are as follow:

1. Apple iPad Mini 3
There is no doubt that the iPad Mini 2 is one of the best tablets around. Now, things are slightly better since the iPad Mini 3 comes with TouchID functionality.

2. Google Nexus 9
This latest tablet is not like other Android tablets. The Nexus 9 comes with a 4:3 screen ratio to optimize the web browsing experience. Also, the screen ration offers better system-hardware integration. Unfortunately, the Nexus 9 is not best for viewing videos.

3. Samsung Galaxy Tab S
This tablet might not boast the best specs around but when it comes to battery life, there is simply no competing the Galaxy Tab S. This also explains why the Tab S is the bestselling tablet this year.

4. Apple iPad Air 2
What is there not to like about the iPad Air 2? It is Apple’s best tablet so far, thus putting it ahead of the iPad Mini 3. The iPad Air 2 simply has better hardwares and specs than the iPad Mini 3.

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Christmas Gift Ideas: iPad Terrible For The Elderly

Christmas is right around the corner and for those last minute shoppers looking for a device to treat the senior folks, it is best to stay away from the Apple iPad. This was the advice given out by every ex-Apple employee.

The used-to-be staffs of Apple shared that the iPad is viewed like a therapist for the elderly citizens. With years of experiences in handling the senior folks on the sales frontline, the ex-employees confirm that most of their senior customers like the iPad because of the convenience offered by SIRI.

Things get more harmful for the elder folks starts talking to the iPad non-stop. In one incident, an old lady was revealed to be standing the Apple Store for hours, talking to the iPad. The problem is that the old lady’s voice lacks clarity, thus, making life difficult for Siri.

This can cause more harm than good. With hours being spent on a fruitless conversation with the iPad, the elders are at risk of forgetting about their medication and even their meals. There was also that one point of time where the old folks got physical with each other to secure their purchase for an iPad.

In another occasion, elderly customers are also reported to go all emotional as they share their sad life stories with the iPad. The folks clearly have no idea on the actual purpose of the iPad and viewed it as a mechanical therapy session.

With that being said, it is best to avoid the Apple iPad as a gift for the senior citizens. Like how the tablet is a fragile piece of tablet, the elderly too is like a glass waiting to get shattered.

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Top 5 iPhone Games This Week

Over at the Apple App Store, there are tons of gaming apps for the iPhone users to indulge on. The list of games continuously grows thanks to the weekly App Store updates. Of course, not all of them are great and this is why we are going to name 5 of the best games added to the App Store this week. They are as follow.

1. Paper, Please
Retailing at $7.99, the puzzle video game focuses on the life of an immigration officer and decide on who can pass into the borders. The game is produced by the same company that created Lucas Pope and FTL.

2. Tales from the Borderlands
This app can be purchased for just $4.99 and it will bring the episodic comedy adventure into the iPhone. There is only one word to describe Tales from the Borderlands and it is awesome. It is basically the same game that is available across all platforms ported over to mobile.

3. Tomb Raider 2
The app cost $1.99 and it brings the best puzzle adventure franchise to the iPhone. Like the first title, Tomb Raider 2 is full of content at a super low price.

4. Kingdom Rush Origins
Retailing at $2.99 Kingdom Rush Origins offers the ultimate tower defence experience. While there might be plenty of tower defence title available in the App Store, Kingdom Rush Origins offers an extra unique experience.

5. Galaxy Trucker Pocket
Board games are normally boring but not Galaxy Trucker Pocket. For a single fee of $2.99, players can indulge in a space puzzle adventure that brings out the tactician in you.

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Minecraft PS3 Update: Where Art Thou?

Things have been relatively quiet over at the world of Minecraft on the PS3. The players are growing tired of repeating the same contents and are desperate for 4J Studio to roll out an update. Well, their cries are heard and soon, an update will be coming on Minecraft for the PS3.

This upcoming update will not only add in content but also, bring in some fixes to the various bugs and glitches in the game. In detail, the 1.08 update will be adding in horses. This mild creature can act as a transport for players to travel quickly. Furthermore, horses can wear body armours, thus making them capable to step into battle with the players.

The other major content coming to Minecraft PS3 is the mob. 4J Studio has confirmed that the Wither boss, passive bats and hostile witches will all be added in the 1.08 update.

Aside from that, 4J Studio is also introducing fireworks in Minecraft PS3. This particular feature was just added to the Xbox 360 last week and now, it is on its way to the PS3. The fireworks can be developed by gunpowder and it will be perfect for players to celebrate the arrival of 2015 in the open-world sandbox game.

On the downside of things, 4J Studio has yet to share on when the 1.08 will be arriving. The game developer did mention that the update will be rolled out in parts. The first part is going to add in fireworks and is due to arrive by next week. As for the other parts, they will be pushed out within the following year.

Chrysler Recall Now Includes Dodge Models Too

Chrysler went public earlier today to announce on a mass recall for the 2005 Dodge RAM pickup truck. This is due to a suspect fault with the rear axle ad drive shaft. The recall was a big surprise for Dodge RAM owners as the model affected are considered an old vehicle.

In total, 288,000 units are affected and it is important for the owners to get the vehicle inspected as soon as possible. This is due to the risk that comes with the faults. Chrysler revealed that the rear-axle pinion nut might come loose and cause a seizure that can lead the RAM to spin out of control.

An investigation by NHTSA revealed that there are already 3 crashes and 1 injury caused by the malfunctioning axle. Some RAM drivers are already aware of the problem when they revealed the wheels tend to lock whenever they are driving a 50mph.

With that being said, RAM owners should act fast to get the issue fixed. Chrysler has also promised that there won’t be any charges incurred if the parts need replacing.

Upcoming Phones 2015: iPhone 6S, HTC One M9, Galaxy S6…

The curtains are fast closing for 2014 as 2015 prepares to take the show in a fortnight from now. There is a lot of excitement coming in 2015 for smartphone lovers as they can’t wait to see what is coming with the Samsung Galaxy S6, Apple iPhone 6S and HTC One M9.

All three devices are tipped to make their debut before June next year and they are obviously going to be better than the best smartphones of this year. Of course, none of the aforementioned devices are confirmed by their respective manufacturer yet but judging from the annual release pattern, the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy S6, iPhone 6S and HTC One M9 are likely.

Then again, it is the Galaxy S6 that is most certain to arrive first next year. There are already plenty of buzz for the upcoming smartphone with some speculating it to come with a metal chassis while other rumours claim that the S6 will feature curved edge display.

Nevertheless, most rumours seems to agree that the S6 will be powered by the newly-developed, 64-bit Exynos 7420 8-core processor with 3GB of RAM and Mali-T760 graphics powering a 5.5” QHD. display.

The M9, on the other hand, will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor with 3GB of RAM. The focus on the M9 is its cameras which are touted to be revolutionary. The previous M8 came out with the best cameras but it could have been better if the pixel count is large. Well, the correction is with the M9 as the device is said to debut with a 16MP rear and a 4MP front camera. The One M9 will also come with a 5.2” display that runs on QHD resolution.

Finally is the iPhone 6S. Rumours claim that the device will be a mild improvement from the existing iPhone 6. Also, the ‘S’ for the iPhones will start on a new release pattern that is dated before June. Details on this are still scarce but there is a chance it could be true.

Kia K900 vs BMW 7-Series: You’ll Be Surprised

The BMW 7 Series has always been recognized as one of the world’s leading luxury sedan and only few is capable of competing with it. The latest BMW 740Ld XDrive is simply sublime with its offering, even though it runs on a 3L Diesel engine and the AWD system.

On the other side of the world, there is Kia and the all-new K900. Despite the latter being classified as a luxury sedan, it runs on the RWD system and is way cheaper than the 7-Series. Even so, the K900 managed to wow the world as it offers a relatively quiet and ultimately comfortable driving experience.

The difference between the K900 and the 740Ld is with the motors. The South Korean car is powered by a large V8 petrol mill, which can be a pain in terms of petrol dollars. The 740Ld, on the other hand, is built to be fuel economical.

In detail, the 740Ld is truly fascinating as it returns fuel consumption ratings of 30mpg on average. Even when being powered by diesel, the engine performs quietly and efficiently, like most petrol engines.

Obviously, there is no way the V8-powered K900 can compete with the 740Ld economical ratings. Then again, the K900 is almost half the cost of the 740Ld. In other words, consumers will have to choose between cheap getaway, which is the K900, or cheap running cost, which is the BMW 740Ld.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma Teased But Is Anyone Listening?

Earlier today, Toyota went public to release an image of the next-generation Tacoma and it gave the car junkies a rough idea on what the pickup truck will be like ahead of it’s unveiling at the next Detroit auto show.

In detail, the picture shows the rear left taillights with dirt splashing all around it. The message is simple. Toyota simply wanted to share that the next-gen Tacoma will be an off-road madness. Upon digging deeper, we also discovered more lines and bigger Tacoma printing at the rear lower tailgate.

With that being said, we can be pretty certain that the Toyota is going to come out with a bolder design. Unfortunately, nothing else was revealed on the Tacoma. Fans of the pickup truck will have to wait until Detroit Auto Show to get more details at the compact pickup truck.

Nevertheless, Toyota USA’s senior VP of automotive operations, Robert Carter, was thrilled to share the image online. The lad went on to describe the Tacoma as something that is rugged, tough and youthful.

When questioned on the business aspects of the Tacoma, Robert evades the question by calling it unimportant. Robert revealed that Toyota don’t actually prioritize the sales figure of the Tacoma. The lad then continued by saying that it is more important for the company to bring the Tacoma to life.

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NBA 2K15 Free Locker Codes Released With Bug Fix

NBA 2K15 has received an update across all platforms and it fixes the many issues in the game that includes bugs and glitches. Furthermore, the update ensured a smoother gameplay experience and also some graphical improvements.

In detail, the Face Scan mechanism has been updated to be more precise, player characters model are more life-liked, new jerseys added for Atlanta Hawks and passes now work more fluidly.

The ultimate basketball treat does not end here. 2K also went public last night to launch the NBA 2K15 mobile application that can be utilized to manage the player’s career. In conjunction to that, the game developer released new Locker Codes for the NBA 2K15 players.

Players can simply head down to the Locker Codes option in the game and key in ‘PINKARISTOTLE’ or ‘2KCYBERMONDAY’. The former will unlock Shaquille O’Neal while the latter reward players with 10,000 VC Points.

It is unsure on why 2K is in such great giveaway mood right now but it is best for players to anticipate the rewards fast. 2K concluded by promising more fixes and rewards coming around the Christmas period.

Half Life 3 Appears In European Store With Interesting Details

The buzz on Half Life 3 has been revived after a Swedish online retailer listed the game on their website with a release date of 2015. The website, named 499 Kr, updated Half Life 3’s advert yesterday but failed to go into specifics with its release date.

Then again, this is considered as a common occurring by the Half Life fans. The community simply suggest that it could either be a mistake by the retailer or a joke. The Half Life fans have been waiting literally a decade for Half Life 3 and there is still no news of it anywhere.

Throughout the wait, the fans have experienced so much mental torture and abuse from gamers all around the world. As such, they are not gutted by the advert from 499 Kr.

On the other hand, the advert could also be a placeholder. There could be a slim chance that the Swedish company knows something that no else does. Maybe, 499 Kr has a spy within Valve, thus, being able to tell that Half Life 3 is to arrive in 2015.

The bottom line is that nobody but Valve knows on the status of 2015. Half Life 3 is such a popular subject in the gaming industry that the advert on 499 Kr could also be a hoax to pull traffic into the website.

Fallout 4 vs Elder Scrolls 6: Which Will Release First?

Whenever we speak of Bethesda, two great franchises come to our mind. The first is the Fallout series and the second is the Elder Scrolls series. Both franchises are so great that only few can rival their status as the best RPG series around.

This brings us to the question, which will Bethesda produce first? It has been so long since Fallout 3 got released and the fans are certainly a loud bunch as they demand for the game developer to start working on Fallout 4.

Meanwhile, Elder Scrolls Skyrim is still selling well today even after being released for almost 4 years now. The huge world of Skyrim simply has so much to offer that it attracted a lot of new players to experience the ultimate, medieval and dragon fighting experience. Then again, the Elder Scrolls has quiet a quite fan base and most of them agreed that they expect a new title coming in 2017.

This totally contradicts to what Fallout fans want. The Fallout folks are running low on patience and they are desperate for Bethesda to launch Fallout 4. Even when on gaming forums, there is always that Bethesda sect which never stop begging the game developer to develop Fallout 4.

Despite that fact, it is worth noting that the decision is with Bethesda, not the fans. The expectation is that Bethesda will surely produce Elder Scrolls 6 ahead of Fallout 4. After all, Bethesda has already sold more than 20 million copies of Skyrim and about 5 million copies of Fallout 3. Obviously, the company will want to side with the more profitable franchise.

Then again, even Elder Scrolls fans couldn’t agree more that Fallout 4 deserves to come first. The fans wouldn’t mind if Elder Scrolls comes at a later date since they still have a lot to do in Skyrim. Plus, with the aid of gaming forums and social media, Fallout 4 will surely be getting tons of new players.

Swiftkey For Android Release Some Ugly New Skins

Anyone who likes to use Swiftkey as their keyboard will be happy to hear that new skin have been released. On the downside they are kind of ugly, but then beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

While there are some people who will think that the skins are nothing but gaudy looking others will welcome them. They could even be compared to what was on Windows 95 when that first arrived and people thought at the time it was cool looking.

So if you are the type of person who wants to have the 90s look on your keyboard on your phone go ahead and check out the new skins for Swiftkey.