Sony's PlayStation 4 console has been on the market for months now, outselling its main competitor: Microsoft's Xbox One. But, we've never known the official clock speed of the AMD-made eight-core Jaguar APU inside of the PS4.
Sony has now confirmed the clock speed of the PS4's eight-core processor, clocking in at 1.6GHz. Sony UK's Google+ page has teased that the PS4 is around 43 times the performance of the PS2, which really puts things into perspective. The formula used to reach this conclusion isn't rocket science, but it is basically 1600 x 8, and then divided by the PS2's CPU in MHz - 299.
Considering we have eight-core CPUs in smartphones now, and 2.5GHz+ quad-core chips in most of the high-end handsets, the PS4 doesn't seem so fast anymore. Especially when you consider the #pcmasterrace.
Portal is a big fan favorite for gamers, but the news of a Portal board game should set gamers wallets itching to come out of their pockets. Valve is working with Cryptozoic on the board game that should hit shelves before the year is up.
The game is still in development, so right now it doesn't have a final name - for now, it is being called "Portal: Uncooperative Cake Acquisition Game." The Portal-based board game will pit two to four players against each other as Aperture test subjects, where they'll be dumped into various testing environments trying to kill their opponents' pawns, or their own.
Players can team up and take on another, more powerful player on the board. We will have more information on the Portal board game as it arrives.
Seagate expects that tablet storage will change this year, with a normal hard disk drive instead of NAND flash being the storage found inside some tablets that will arrive on shelves later this year.
Mr. O'Malley said at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecom conference this week: "There will be devices other than [Chromebooks with hard disk drives] that you will see - tablets - that have [hard] drives in. We really do believe there is an opportunity." The CFO of Seagate also chimed in, saying "We could penetrate with our 5mm [HDDs] into some of these tablets over the course of the year, and even leveraging the seven millimeter hybrid [hard drives] through that space as well."
HTC is expected to unveil the successor to its One smartphone on March 25, but between now and then, we can take a look at a new leaked photo of its upcoming new accessory - a beautiful, yet strange new cover.
@evleaks is behind the picture, posting on its Twitter page a press image of the new One smartphone with its new cover installed. The new case looks like a new Lite Briight, but sees information littered across the back of it along hundreds of dots. It looks like it could be a real eye-catching cover, something that will definitely have the One successor stand out from the rest.
Now all we need is Robert Downey Jr. rocking this smartphone and cover in a new ad. If the cover is customizable, where you could have your own words, logo or basic picture on the back, this could really be something worth talking about.
All the way back in November last year, we reported on AMD building a dual Hawaii XT GPU - the same core used on its flagship Radeon R9 290X... but this new video card would feature two of those Hawaii XT cores.
The dual Radeon R9 290X became a little more real this week, with a tease of the ARES III GPU by ASUS. ASUS' ARES line of GPUs is its dual-GPU video cards, some of the most respected and most-wanted GPUs on the market. Talking specs, the dual Radeon R9 290X card would feature three 8-pin PCI-E power connectors, with a massive 500W TDP.
We should see 8GB of RAM total, 4GB per GPU. Personally, I think the 4GB limitation is going to be the letdown on a dual Radeon R9 290X card, as SAPPHIRE has teased a beautiful Radeon R9 290X VAPOR-X which features 8GB of RAM, on a single GPU.
Samsung must know that thousands, if not millions of parents own Galaxy-branded smartphones, so with its upcoming Galaxy S5 flagship device, it is baking in a new 'Kids Mode' function. Kids Mode will allow parents to let their kids use their flashy new Galaxy S5, but it will be locked down to certain functions, including access to Samsung's pre-loaded apps.
These pre-loaded apps include a basic drawing app, a voice recording app, special camera and gallery apps, and finally, a karaoke app. There will also be a Kids Store built into the Galaxy S5, which will provide parents with access to more apps for their kids. Parents will be able to add more apps to the Galaxy S5 in Kids Mode, which should keep kids across the world busy for hours on end when needed.
Kids Mode seems to be aimed at kids under 10 years old, with the "approach is fun and very cartoony," according to Pocket-lint, who took a closer look at the new function. The Kids Store is apparently the same, which has vibrant colors bursting everywhere, and includes app categories such as Special, Learning, Play, Store and others.
Apple has reportedly ordered some 90 million iPhone 6 smartphones from Foxconn Electronics, with those 90 million handsets orders for just 2014 alone. It looks like Apple is quite confident its next smartphone will be a smash hit, ordering that massive quantity of devices.
Taiwan-based Commercial Times newspaper has said that its sources of Citigroup Global Markets analysts have said that Foxconn is expected to receive the massive orders from Apple for the new iPhones this year. The market observers believe that iPhone shipments should increase 23% in 2014, compared to the 13% growth seen last year.
90 million iPhoness sounds like a lot, but considering Apple sold around 85 million iPhones in the second half of last year, this shouldn't be that hard of a task for the company.
Beats Music is catching up on its competitors Rdio and Spotify by making its API public. Up until this point, the company only gave its API out to a few select partners so that they could create integrations with compatible devices.
Now that developers have access to the API, they have access to Beats' catalog of over 20 million tracks, as well as metadata, artist and album art, personal recommendations, and the company's own curated content. The curated content is what Beats believes will make its service stand out against the streaming music crowd.
Opening up its API has Beats in a more competitive nature, as it will allow developers to get elbows deep in its code, making the service available on more platforms.
During his speech at the SXSW technology conference in Austin, Texas, Google chairman Eric Schmidt had some damning words to say about the Chinese, and the NSA. SChmidt said that government attacks from China, and the US, forced Google to boost its security protocols.
Schmidt said that governments around the world have come to the realization that trying to block Internet access to its citizens are futile, and that they have moved onto other methods of control. He said: "You don't turn off the Internet: you infiltrate it. The new model for a dictator is to infiltrate and try to manipulate it. You're seeing this in China, and in many other countries."
The Google chairman was pressed about the role of technology in uprisings, such as the one in the Ukraine right now, where he said that the spread of mobile devices has allowed people to organize much more easily, but although "revolutions are going to be easier to start," they'll also be "harder to finish."
WikiLeaks' founder, Julian Assange, gave a talk at SXSW Interactive, where he said that President Obama isn't serious about NSA reform. Assange said he is siding with the NSA, and not with the American people.
Assange said that we can see that Obama isn't serious about the NSA scandals, as he has failed to fire or prosecute anyone at the NSA. The WikiLeaks founder also said that Obama couldn't enable any change, even if he actually wanted to. Assange said that if President Obama tried to dismantle the NSA or CIA, that he would be impeached, and that the agencies would destroy him as they "have dirt on him".
Assange had some dark words about the NSA, adding that the NSA "has dirt on all of us", suggesting that the American government has been collecting information on US citizens to black mail them when the time is right.