King of Fighters 14 Gameplay Trailer Lands Big Combos, Has Goofy Announcer

SNK Playmore has released a new trailer for its PlayStation 4 fighting game, The King of Fighters XIV, offering an extended look at the gameplay. This video also reveals the return of blue-haired Ikari Warrior Leona, and steel ball wielder Chang Koehan.

As announced previously, although the new KOF is still presented from a side-on perspective, the game is being built with 3D assets. Traditionally, the series has used detailed, 2D animated sprites, with a few exceptions over the years.

KOF 14 was announced during the PlayStation press conference at Tokyo Game Show: “This brand new KOF numbered series title features high-quality 3D visuals, however staying true to the gameplay roots of the series,” SNK Playmore said at the time.

As of yet, the game has only been announced for PS4, it is unclear whether the title will be exclusive to Sony’s console. The last game in the series, King of Fighters 13, was released on Xbox 360 and PC.

The game is scheduled to ship across Japan in January. No further details have been announced.

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Author: Tamoor Hussain

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Apple will launch a new 4-inch iPhone early next year, says analyst

Apple could release a new 4-inch iPhone next year that “resembles an upgraded iPhone 5S,” according to a report by respected KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. The device is targeted to be released in the first half of 2016, says Kuo, and will be powered by the A9 chip seen in the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus. However, unlike these larger models, the 4-inch handset will reportedly not offer the pressure sensitive 3D Touch feature, in order to differentiate the lineup.

“As there is still demand for a 4-inch iPhone, we believe Apple will upgrade this product line,” writes Kuo in an investors’ note reported by Mac Rumors. “Because the iPhone 5S is more popular than the iPhone 5C, we think Apple is likely to launch an upgraded iPhone 5S. We…

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Author: James Vincent

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China has been burning way more coal than previously reported

China has been burning substantially more coal than previously believed, according to new government figures released this week. As The New York Times reports, the revised data show that China has been burning 17 percent more coal per year than previously reported, which early estimates equate to nearly 1 billion tons of additional carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere. The revisions, based on new 2013 census data, show that China’s coal consumption has been underestimated since 2000.

China is already the world’s largest emitter of carbon dioxide from coal, and the government has pledged to reduce its dependence ahead of a UN climate change conference in Paris this year, where world leaders hope to reach a global agreement on…

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Author: Amar Toor

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Emoji Keyboards put ghosts and smiling poop at your fingertips

As humanity evolves, we find more efficient ways to communicate. Grunting led to talking, which led to writing, which led to letters. We put those letters down with giant feather quills, then with printing presses, then with small plastic keys, and sent them out into the world first as bound books, as telegrams, and as emails. But it’s only now, in space year 2015, that we’ve truly understood our ultimate form of communication — emoji.

But although emoji — crying faces, smiling poops, and levitating businessmen — clearly represent the superior method of transmitting human thoughts, feelings, and opinions, the way we access them is flawed. Searching through ever-expanding collections of miniature pictures to find the perfect eggplant,…

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Author: Rich McCormick

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Virgin Galactic is planning to show off its next spaceship in February 2016

Virgin Galactic is already working on the new version of its SpaceShipTwo space place, Richard Branson tells Mashable, and will be ready to show the world its progress early next year. The Virgin boss expects that the new craft — the first shown off by the company since a tragic accident claimed the lives of one of its pilots in 2014 — will be unveiled in February 2016, with test flights to begin soon after. “The last 12 months everyone’s worked incredibly hard,” Branson said in an interview. “We’re very much back on track now.”

The news comes a year and three days after a Virgin Galactic pilot Michael Alsbury was killed during a test flight of the company’s SpaceShipTwo craft. Another pilot, Peter Siebold, was seriously injured in the…

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Author: Rich McCormick

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Street Fighter V Characters Urien and Alex Found in Beta Data

Capcom recently concluded a beta testing period for its upcoming fighting game Street Fighter V across the PlayStation 4 and PC. Players who opted in the PC version have managed to datamine a host of new information, including hints at unannounced characters who may make an appearance in the game. As reported by EventHubs, some audio clips have surfaced online which feature the announcer saying the character names Balrog, Juri, Ibuki, Alex, Urien, Guile, and Fan.

According to EventHubs, players previously found text files which referenced the characters Alex and Urien. There is also speculation that “Fan” is a reference to the final new character who will be revealed “by the end of the year.” The character will join previously announced newcomers Laura, Necalli and Rashid.

Just last week Street Fighter V producer Yoshinori Ono teased at least six new downloadable content characters who will be in the game. The characters will be unlockable via gameplay or microtransactions. Capcom has confirmed that all Street Fighter V gameplay DLC will be free for players who are willing to play enough.

Which characters would you like to see confirmed for Street Fighter V? Let us know in the comments below!

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Author: Zorine Te

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The Weeknd is getting a limited-edition version of fashion's favorite vape

Fancy smoking startup Pax Labs is releasing a limited-edition version of its popular Pax 2 vaporizer, one designed in collaboration with debauched pop prince The Weeknd (aka Abel Tesfaye). The Madness Tour Limited Edition Pax is a little more expensive than its garden-variety counterpart, which was already expensive to begin with — it’ll cost you $325 USD, a step up from the Pax 2’s $280.

The extra $45 will get you a black shell with an engraved XO logo (that’s The Weeknd’s visual calling card), “signature artist branding,” custom light programming, and “hidden features.” It also plays his recent hit “The Hills” when you turn it on. They’ll be available alongside regular merchandise at each of The Weeknd’s upcoming tour dates, but you…

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Author: Jamieson Cox

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Facebook is building artificial intelligence to finally beat humans at Go

Facebook is now tackling a problem that has evaded computer scientists for decades: how to build software that can beat humans at Go, the 2,500-year-old strategy board game, according to a report today from Wired. Because of Go’s structure — you place black or white stones at the intersection of lines on a 19-by-19 grid — the game has more possible permutations than chess, despite its simple ruleset. The number of possible arrangements makes it difficult to design systems that can look far enough into the future to adequately assess a good play in the way humans can.

“We’re pretty sure the best [human] players end up looking at visual patterns, looking at the visuals of the board to help them understand what are good and bad…

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Author: Nick Statt

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