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Third 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' trailer released by Marvel

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Nov 13, 2014 5:36 am

It seems like we waited many many months with baited breathe for our first look at 'The Avengers' sequel; 'The Age of Ultron', now Disney and Marvel have just released the third variant of the theatrical teaser trailer, which seems to have been sponsored by Samsung.



The second trailer, released as a treat for fans during the second season broadcast of 'Agents of SHIELD' after the initial trailer leaked early.


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You'll be able to see some more 'Age of Ultron' when the theatrical trailer launches early next year. The film will be released on April 23rd 2015 in Australia and New Zealand and on the 1st of May in the USA.

Apple iPad Pro rumors continue, manufacturing problems persist

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 13, 2014 5:25 am

Something we keep hearing about is a bigger iPad, shifting from the 9.7-inch screen found on the full-sized iPad, to a 12.9-inch "iPad Pro". The latest report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is that Apple won't put it into mass production until Q2 2015.


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Kuo says that Apple will use an oxide panel in the iPad Pro to hit a "high resolution, quick response, and high color saturation" and that it requires more time to make this happen for component yield and assembly. We don't know much else about the iPad Pro, apart from it having a bigger screen size - floating somewhere between 12.2 and 12.9 inches.


It should offer an A8X chip, Lighting connector, and hopefully something that differentiates it from the iPad and iPad Air.

NVIDIA slays Samsung in mobile benchmark showdown during patent battle

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 13, 2014 4:35 am

Most people don't know it, but Samsung and NVIDIA are currently battling it out in the mobile space and in the legal space - with NVIDIA filing a class-action lawsuit against some of the biggest players in the market. Why? Because it says it kinda invented the mobile GPU. Samsung has hit back recently, but NVIDIA was prepared for it.


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Samsung claimed that NVIDIA is falsely advertising its Tegra K1, and that it's not the fastest system-on-chip (SoC) on the block. NVIDIA was more than happy to provide benchmarks that show just how right they are, showing its Tegra K1-powered Shield Tablet, versus Samsung's Exynos 5433 in the above shot.


NVIDIA filed the lawsuit against Samsung and Qualcomm a couple of months ago now, claiming the two companies used GPU technology that NVIDIA had created, without providing sufficient compensation. NVIDIA filed its claim with the International Trade Commission and Delaware District Court, but it has taken Samsung these last couple of months to come up with a counter argument. Samsung is now slamming NVIDIA with six alleged patent infringements, as well as hitting another company, Velocity Micro, with eight alleged patent infringements.

Samsung Gear VR headset priced at $200 available early next month

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Nov 13, 2014 3:32 am

Samsung is finally detailing its Oculus-powered Gear VR headset, which will be available next month in two different models. First, the Gear VR "Innovator Edition" will be priced at $250 and will include a Bluetooth controller, while the Gear VR on its own will be priced at $200.


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Both of the Gear VR headsets require Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 smartphone, which is around $750 on its own. For owners of the Note 4 already, the Gear VR should be a great accessory, priced at 'only' $200.

Microsoft has sold close to 10 million Xbox One consoles

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 13, 2014 2:31 am

Microsoft has seen a spike in Xbox One sales, pushing it close to the 10 million mark, with the company saying sales have "more than tripled" in the US over the last week alone.


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The 10 million milestone reflects the number of consoles Microsoft has sold to retailers, not consumers - but over the holiday season, I'm sure retailers won't have too many problems getting rid of the Xbox One consoles. The tripling in sales, represents a week-to-week comparison. The Redmond-based everything giant says that the boost in Xbox One sales is thanks to a bunch of new games.


We've seen Assassin's Creed: Unity, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Sunset Overdrive, as well as the Halo: Master Chief Collection, all launch in the last couple of weeks.

Leaked details on NVIDIA's GeForce GTX Titan II, with 12GB of RAM

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Nov 13, 2014 1:27 am

Today is the day for next-gen GPU news, where we just reported about AMD's Radeon R9 390X to feature an insane 4096-bit memory bus. Now, we're hearing about NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX Titan II, a beast of a GPU that would feature 12GB of VRAM.


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This new beast would be baked on the GM200 silicon, on the 28nm process, feature 3072 CUDA cores, a 384-bit memory bus, and the aforementioned 12GB of VRAM. When it comes to clock speeds, we should see a Core clock of 1100MHz, while the Boost clock sits at 1390MHz and the memory at 6GHz. With the GTX 980 having 2048 CUDA cores, the GTX Titan II based on the current rumors has over 1000 additional CUDA cores.


We should see a David vs Goliath battle early next year for GPU supremacy between AMD and NVIDIA, it's just too bad that today's games run like absolute crap, even on great hardware.

AMD Radeon R9 390X rumored to have truly next-gen 4096-bit memory bus

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Nov 13, 2014 1:16 am

Here we are again, another post about the AMD Radeon R9 390X, but this time we have some even more exciting news. There's more details leaking out on the codename Fiji XT board, thanks to a listing in the SiSoft Sandra benchmark database.


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If the details are true, and right now we're classing them as rumors, we could expect the Radeon R9 390X to feature a whopping 4096 stream processors, with 64 compute units and 256 texture units - but the best bit, we've saved until last: a massive, game-changing 4096-bit memory bus. This insane jump in memory bus specs will have been a result of the HBM technology we reported on a little while ago now, with a 1024-bit input/output interface.


We should see the first R9 390X cards with 4GB of RAM, but 8GB of VRAM will be seen on these GPUs very quickly. If we do see four, first-generation HBM DRAM chips with a 4096-bit memory bus operating at around 1.25GHz, we can expect a huge memory bandwidth of 640GB/sec. Considering the still-fresh, and kick-ass NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 has a 256-bit memory bus with 224GB/sec of bandwidth, AMD would be killing it at high-res. 4K and beyond would see AMD leaping ahead, which is something they need right now.


With 4096 stream processors and an insanely wide memory bus, it would be the highest bandwidth ever used on a single GPU. If these specs are correct, it means that AMD should have the fastest video card on the market, by a nice amount - even more so when it comes to high-res, and multi-monitor gaming.

'Uncharted' movie gets another Sony Pictures commissioned script

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Nov 13, 2014 12:01 am

Sony Pictures might have already dated the release of the live-action adaptation of Naughty Dog's PlayStation franchise 'Uncharted', but they forgot one thing - a script.


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It looks like the studio is seeking to fast track that though, with Sony Pictures commissioning screenwriter Mark Boal to satisfy the studio, director Seth Gordon and the franchises legion of fans. Boal won an Oscar for his work on 2010's 'The Hurt Locker'.


In disappointing news, Chris Pratt whose role in 'Guardians of the Galaxy' has propelled him to leading man status, and who will be next seen in 'Jurassic World' has taken a pass on the role of Nathan Drake. Perhaps Sony are hoping to woo him back with this latest revision.


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'Uncharted' will (with any luck) hit cinemas on schedule in June 2016.

Spotify pays billions in royalties, and artists can make millions

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 12, 2014 9:17 pm

Popular music artist Taylor Swift decided to pull her music from streaming service Spotify earlier this month, and now Spotify is firing back. In addition to paying more than $2 billion in music royalties for the right to stream music, Spotify says Swift - and other top artists - "are on track to exceed $6 million a year," with that number expected to double next year.


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"Lots of problems that have plagued the industry since its inception continue to exist," said Spotify CEO Daniel Ek. "As I said, we've already paid more than $2 billion in royalties to the music industry and if that money is not flowing to the creative community in a timely and transparent way, that's a big problem."


When Swift announced she was pulling her music from Spotify, it seemed like a rather curious choice. Ek also said that 80 percent of subscribers started as free users, and a music track that is played more than 500,000 times pays between $3,000 to $4,000 in royalties.

YouTube launches Music Key monthly music subscription service

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Nov 12, 2014 9:00 pm

No. 1 video website YouTube has announced its Music Key music subscription service, giving subscribers the chance to listen to music from thousands of independent record labels. Music Key will be available on Google Android-powered smartphones and PCs, and will allow YouTube visitors to listen to music with no ads.


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Smartphone owners will be able to stream music in the background while they use other apps. The service will be by invitation only for the first six months, which will also be free during limited testing - a lifetime pricing of $7.99 will be offered for the early testers, and regular service will be available for $9.99 per month. In addition, YouTube Music Key subscribers will be given free access to Google Play Music All Access.


An Apple version of the service is currently waiting for approval by Apple in its App store.

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