Book six of George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy series “A Song of Ice and Fire” is perhaps one of the most anticipated books ever. With the previous book being released back in 2012, fans have been waiting far too long for this books release. With the wait comes the added pressure that the HBO series may surpass the show. This penultimate installment in the most popular fantasy series out right now is going to be a huge deal. Be the first to know when winter has come.
There is always plenty of hype for any new Apple product, and this certainly holds true for the upcoming iPhone 7. The last few iPhone models presented only minor changes, so Apple is overdue for a big update, breaking away from the 6 and 6s cycle. With lofty rumors of not only the iPhone 7 being a slimmer phone with a “nearly waterproof” design, there is also reason to believe Apple may be ditching headphone jacks and power jacks altogether in favor of Bluetooth headphones and wireless charging. While more storage and RAM at are all but certain, there is no telling yet how many of these other rumored features the iPhone 7 will have in its official debut.
Nintendo is releasing a new console, and they’re keeping quiet about it. Project codename “NX” has countless rumors surrounding it, and this is making the gaming community very curious and excited. While little is known for sure fact, developers have said that this new console will stray away from the Wii and the Wii U. Rumors about the NX include a new Smash Bros launch title, a new cross between TV and handheld device that can be taken on the go, new social, mobile-type sharing features—Nintendo is being tight-lipped about any specifics so far. At least they know how to keep us curious, and a release is all-but guaranteed while the date is still uncertain.
The Doors of Stone is the third and final book in Patrick Rothfuss’ fantasy series Kingkiller Chronicles. It is hugely anticipated, considering fans have been waiting since 2011 for its release. The hype is on par with The Winds Of Winter, and now that the Kingkiller Chronicles has been picked up for a TV series and a movie, the anticipation grows. Rothfuss has said very, very little about the book’s release, despite fans constantly asking about it, but when it is announced, there will be a frenzy.
Very little is known regarding the Amazon Kindle Voyage 2, but we do know that the folks at Amazon are taking their time with it. Last year there were rumors circulating that the Voyage 2 would be released in November 2015, and that clearly didn’t happen. If they are taking their time with this e-reader, it will be worth the wait, or so hope e-reader fans. If you are in the market for an e-reader, you may want to wait for this one to be released as it’s expected to be a significant improvement upon it predecessor which already boasted a flush, pixel-dense screen many called the best e-reader they’ve ever seen.
GoPro is expected to release its new model very soon: the HERO5. This new model is rumored to be smaller, lighter, and better than its predecessor in almost every way. It is rumored to have much better underwater capabilities, and the ability to capture videos in 3D and 8K. If you are considering getting a GoPro camera, it may be worth it to hold off until this new little guy is released.
The original Final Fantasy VII was released in 1997, and even today it is still considered one of the best video games of all time. This year, nearly 20 years later, Square Enix announced that they were working on a remake of the original game. Following the same storyline, the remake will be in the animation style of Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, a film based on the original game. It is expected to be exclusively on PS4 at first, but may be featured on other consoles later. Trailers are out, and fans are being hit right in the nostalgia. The hype for this game is very real.
The Half-Life series is a classic. The last installment of the series was Half-Life 2: Episode Two, released in 2007. Still only a rumor at this point, Half-Life 3 is one of the most sought-after video game sequels right now. There have been slight hints that this game is being produced, yet no proof. Valve has repeatedly declined to comment on this. However, it has not been stated that Half-Life 3 is not coming out. If and when it is released, it will likely break the internet.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 blew us all away with its S6 Edge design, and the S7 is expected to emulate that seem feel, while boasting improved components such as pressure sensitive screen similar to the iPhone 3D Touch feature. Samsung is trying to stay current with its competitors. Imagine the S6’s awesome curved design, but with a better chip, more storage, and a better battery. Basically the S6 but better. Expected to have 2K resolution, the S7 may be a little bigger than the S6, but certainly not by much.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is the upcoming final chapter in the adventures of Nathan Drake. Developed by Naughty Dog, the Uncharted series is a PlayStation exclusive title, so if you don’t have a PlayStation 4, you’d better get one; this is a series you don’t want to miss out on. If you are already aware of how great these games are, rest assured that the last installment will not disappoint. Developers have pushed back its release in order to make sure they are giving the series a proper send-off.
The Oculus Rift is very much a big deal for gamers and non-gamers alike. It will offer the first fully immersive virtual reality system available to the public. Its main focus being gaming, Oculus already has several big game developers working on games for the Rift. With the release of this product, a whole new aspect of gaming is open for exploration. Other forms of virtual reality will be introduced with the Oculus Rift, including cinema and even virtual social platforms.
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