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Samsung reportedly interested in launching Apple Pay mobile competitor

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 5 days, 12 hours ago

Samsung is ready to throw down with Apple in another market, planning to utilize its own mobile payment system to compete against Apple Pay. The company will reportedly work with LoopPay, and a working prototype of a mobile service has already been created, according to reports.


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LoopPay wirelessly transmits information to a store's point-of-sale (POS) checkout terminal, and the customers won't need to swipe a debit or credit card. The company also has a fob so select devices can be tapped at the checkout terminal.


Apple Pay - which is expected to accelerate the mobile payment system - is only available on Apple iPhones, which leaves a significant amount of smartphone owners out of the loop. However, there is concern that another major competitor will only fragment the budding market further, and cause consumers to be more hesitant.

Analogix has shipped over one billion DisplayPort-powered devices

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 5 days, 12 hours ago

Analogix Semiconductor has announced that it has shipped over one billion DisplayPort devices, a number that includes various tablets, smartphones, and notebooks that allow them to connect with the latest in TV, projector and monitor technologies.


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If you don't know about Analogix, they're a semiconductor firm most famous for SlimPort, an impressive technology found in various few smartphones and tablets on the market. Analogix's Chairman and CEO, Kewei Yang, said that the industry's growing acceptance of DisplayPort technology has helped the company grow considerably. He continued "The adoption of DisplayPort for both internal and external screen connectivity has been exceeding our expectations. Demand for SlimPort-enabled smartphones, tablets and notebooks is also fueling the company's sustained sales."


The company isn't stopping there either, with new SlimPort Transmittors coming soon, with the release of DP Alternate Mode over USB Type-C specification being published by VESA. Andre Bouwer, the Vice President of Marketing for Analogix said "Customers are using SlimPort transmitters to support the DP Alternate Mode over Type-C. In fact, DP1.3 over a USB Type-C connector is the only generally available consumer standard capable of transferring 8K content." So there you have it, the company is already teasing 8K content being made possible over DP1.3 over USB Type-C, impressive.

US officials say there is no credible threat to target US theaters

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 5 days, 14 hours ago

The "Guardians of Peace" hacker group threatened attacks against movie theaters that will show "The Interview," but the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) hasn't found any credible threats. Police in Los Angeles and New York City said they are taking extra precautions due to the GOP statement.


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"We are still analyzing the credibility of these statements, but at this time there is no credible intelligence to indicate an active plot against movie theaters within the United States," according to a DHS official.


If nothing else, the hacker group is causing further financial damage to Sony - as some movie theaters already promised to pull the movie.

Rockstar teases Grand Theft Auto V's online heists mode for early 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 days, 14 hours ago

Rockstar is finally teasing Grand Theft Auto V's online heists mode, something it will update for gamers in early 2015. The online heists mode adds four-player missions to the multiplayer side of GTA V, where gamers can plan, prep and pull off a big heist.



The developer has delayed the online heists mode multiple times now, promising that it would be released with the re-release of GTA V on the PS4 and Xbox One last month, but missed that too. Producer and Lead Mission Designer on GTA V, Imran Sarwar, explained that Rockstar delays its content when it's "not at the level we expect of ourselves."


The new mode will launch with "five unique strands" that will feature over 20 missions, and around 20 hours of gameplay. Sarwar added that the heists mode has taken so long to get out because they were much harder to build than the team originally thought. The idea behind the new mode was to create "multi-tiered missions in which players would work cooperatively with their individual strengths - ensuring that each player was important" reports Polygon.

Continue reading 'Rockstar teases Grand Theft Auto V's online heists mode for early 2015' (full post)

Yet another patch for Halo: Master Chief Collection, promises lots

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 days, 15 hours ago

343 Industries has released another patch for Halo: The Master Chief Collection, which promises to fix various issues found within the first-person shooter extravaganza.


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The update will improve the "reliability" of matchmaking, while ensuring the split-screen, local multiplayer friends are always-on the same team when playing Halo 2. Microsoft has chimed in, saying that TMCC's new update should also improve the stability across the game's menus, campaign playlists, matchmaking and custom games.


If Halo is going to be around for another 30 years, they might want to get their games a little more stable, instead of taking weeks upon weeks of updates to even get them up to release worthy.

Mad Catz teases new tractor controls for Farming Simulator

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: 5 days, 16 hours ago

Mad Catz has announced is is creating a custom Saitek-branded farm control for the most dedicated players of Giants Software's Farming Simulator. Yes, there's a farming simulator, and there are controls coming out for it.


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Mad Catz's Saitek team are working on a wheel that is tilted upwards, with a high degree of rotation, with the handy little knob at the bottom - just like the real-life farming machines have. Saitek is also reportedly working on a custom side panel with a front loader control stick, and other buttons and switches that is sure to make the Farming Simulator experience that much more real.


The new controls for Farming Simulator are due out sometime in the pre-holiday 2015 season, and will work with Farming Simulator 2014, 2015 and all future releases.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan II vs AMD Radeon R9 390X in leaked benchmarks

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 5 days, 16 hours ago

According to the latest rumors, the upcoming NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan II has been benchmarked against the Radeon R9 380X and R9 390X. These are just rumors right now, as all three of these cards have not been announced yet. Even the name Titan II could change to Titan II, or Titan Extreme. AMD on the other hand could change their cards to 399X, or 400X or anything out of the norm from what to expect.


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The details on the cards from the poster on Chiphell state that the Fiji XT and Bermuda XT (380X and 390X respectively), will be manufactured on Globalfoundries' 20nm process. The Titan II on the other hand will arrive as the GM200, which will supposedly come in two flavors: a cut down version with 21 MM units and a total of 2688 CUDA cores. A "full fat" version will arrive at a later date with an increased amount of SMMs and CUDA cores.


When it comes to performance, the GM200-powered GPU from NVIDIA will be 34% faster than the GeForce GTX 980. On the AMD side of things, the R9 390X will be a huge 65% faster than the R9 290X, which will feature liquid cooling that was rumored all those months ago. Performance wise, the next-gen GPUs are packing a massive punch.

Continue reading 'NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan II vs AMD Radeon R9 390X in leaked benchmarks' (full post)

Amazon Echo teardown reveals the speakers impressive internals

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: 5 days, 17 hours ago

Amazon's Echo speaker is still super fresh, but iFixit seem to get their hands-on these devices first, with a beautiful teardown revealing the internals of this smart speaker.


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Inside of the 10-inch tall Echo, we have three circuit boards and a bunch of processing chips which are found between two speakers and a bass reflex subwoofer. Texas Instruments silicon chips are found inside for controlling most things from the ring of LED lights, stereo playback and digital signal processing. SanDisk make an appearance with 4GB of flash storage, Samsung provides 256MB of RAM, while Qualcomm finds its way inside of the Echo speaker with a Wi-Fi and Bluetooth module.


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Some eagle eyed readers might note that we haven't talked about a processor yet, because Echo has its processing done in the cloud. This is an impressive feat, and shows that the future of the cloud is very bright. Amazon's Echo, which is still an "invitation only" device right now, is getting some decent reviews from users so far.

'Clifford: The Big Red Dog' author Norman Bridwell has passed away

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 5 days, 17 hours ago

The author, illustrator and creator of the 'Clifford: The Big Red Dog' series, Norman Bridwell, has passed away aged 86. Long term publishing company Scholastic paid tribute to Bridwell earlier today.


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Created in 1963, the 'Clifford: The Big Red Dog' series has delighted generations of young children, recently celebrating it's 50th anniversary. The book quickly established the then new publishing company Scholastic, and serves as the brand mascot.



In August, Universal Pictures announced that it had secured the rights to create a 'Clifford' movie, to be released in 2016.

Massive 6.7GB patch for Assassin's Creed: Unity promises massive fixes

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 days, 18 hours ago

Ubisoft only delayed the patch yesterday, but the company has announced that the forthcoming patch for the still broken Assassin's Creed: Unity weighs in at a huge 6.7GB.


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The massive patch is currently being pushed out to Xbox One and PS4 users, while the PC version of the patch is coming soon. Ubisoft has explained the patch on the website for Assassin's Creed as "Part of the team's effort to enhance frame rate for players involves replacing and updating portions of the Paris city map where we are seeing issues. This explains the large size of this title update (6.7 GB). However, since a large portion of the patch replaces existing files the net increase to the game's overall size will be less than 6.7 GB."


So the developer is trying to say that they've replaced large chunks of the map where there are various performance issues, which to me, would mean the game is broken? It's not a patch that fixes various problems, but replacing physical parts of the map to help performance? What the hell happened, Ubisoft? The patch notes are quite large, but you can check them out here.

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