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Alienware offering $200 trade-in for your old console

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Oct 26, 2013 1:29 am

Alienware wants your old consoles, and is willing to pay money for them if you buy a new Alienware-branded PC. The Dell-owned PC outfit is offering a new trade-in program for game consoles, including most of the current-generation consoles.

 

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If you own a Nintendo Wii, 250GB Xbox 360 Slim, 60GB PS3 "fat," 120GB PS3 Slim or 500GB PS3 "super slim" then Alienware will offer you $200 in cash when you purchase a new Alienware PC. In order to get your wad of cash, the console needs to be in working order with power adapters. Once you've purchased your Alienware PC, you'll print out a pre-paid shipping label, and send your console in.

 

You'll have to wait around 40 days or so to receive the money, which is better than nothing.

Call of Duty: Ghosts on the PS4 will run natively at 1080p

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 26, 2013 12:12 am

Call of Duty: Ghosts will see a proper, large increase in the graphics department versus its predecessors, but from what we've heard this will be happening at 720p on the Xbox One from Microsoft.

 

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News is breaking now that COD: Ghosts will run at 1080p on the PS4, which is an interesting turn of events. The news was confirmed by VP of Publisher & Developer Relations at Sony Computer Entertainment America, Adam Boyes, when he spoke at the Brazil Game Show. Boyes confirmed that Call of Duty: Ghosts is "native 1080p on the PS4."

 

So those in-game dogs are going to be looking mighty, mighty fine. Remember that COD: Ghosts requires a 64-bit OS and 6GB of RAM on the PC, so we should expect some high-fidelity graphics from the COD series, which will be a nice change.

LeakedTT: Moga's new Ace Power MFi iOS game controller spotted

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Oct 25, 2013 8:11 pm

Earlier this morning everyone's favorite pre-release source, @evleaks, posted a photo on his Twitter account that clued us into what Moga's upcoming gaming pad for iPhone will looks like. Moga was one of the companies mentioned during WWDC when it talked about iOS gaming.

 

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Not much is known about the controller other than the fact that it appears to be two separate pieces but a connecting cord could be hiding behind the iPhone in the photo. We do know that the Moga MFi will sport an 1800mAh battery that will charge and power the iPhone during play. This is the first of two form factors Apple mentioned for the MFi controllers, the second will be a separate controller that connects via bluetooth and functions without the phone being docked to the controller.

Tesla teams up with Google to bring Chrome OS inside its cars

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Oct 25, 2013 6:02 pm

Yesterday I reported that Kia and Hyundai were going to be releasing 2014 model vehicles that run a version of Android as their in-car computer systems, and that Tesla was in talks with Google to do the same. As it turns out, Tesla is working with Google to bring its software to its vehicles, but Tesla wants Chrome instead of Android.

 

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At a recent conference in Germany, Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk said that he wants the Model S to be open to 3rd party apps by the end of 2014. Musk went on to say that the Model S will run a version of Google's Chrome OS instead of Android. While it is still unclear as to why the electric car maker chose Chrome over Android, this is almost certainly part of Google's recent push to bring Chrome more into the mainstream spotlight.

LeakedTT: LG G Flex benchmark confirms high-end hardware specs

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 25, 2013 4:54 pm

When rumors of both LG and Samsung's curved screen phones hit the internet, everyone focused on the screens and not many seemed to be worried much at all about the hardware packed into both devices. This morning a new leak has surfaced that is giving us clues as to what hardware LG's curved screen G Flex is made out of.

 

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A recently leaked benchmark screenshot shows that the LG G Flex is running a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Processor, 2GB of RAM and an Adreno 330 GPU. 32GB of storage space is present, and the curved screen is said to be of 720p quality. Not much of this matters to most of the world though as the G Flex is only scheduled to be released in Korea, but that could change if LG see a large enough demand for the device.

Head back to Rapture in the new Bioshock Infinite DLC on Nov. 12th

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 25, 2013 3:49 pm

Bioshock fans who are having withdrawals from their favorite underwater utopian society will be happy to hear that a return to Rapture is coming on November 12th in the form of a new DLC for Bioshock Infinite. The new Burial at Sea Episode 1 takes gamers back in time to the night before Raptures fall.

 

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Booker and Elizabeth explore Rapture where new weapons are introduced, but gameplay heavily relies on the players stealth capabilities and how well one can manage resources. Burial at Sea is just part one of a two part series, with the second installment taking the title of "A love letter to fans." Not much is known about it yet, but we expect it to launch sometime in the spring of 2014.

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LG's mobile division lost money, even while its phones are hot

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 25, 2013 12:37 pm

Even though LG is finally seeing some success with its smartphones, the South Korean company actually bled some money this quarter selling its handsets. LG posted its Q3 earnings, with a -2.6% operating margin.

 

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The company shipped over 12 million handsets, which provided it with a nice $2.75 billion in mobile sales and an even better 24% year-over-year in mobile sales. LG says it is still losing money in its mobile division due to "increased competition and higher marketing investments." Looking into the future, LG says it "plans to focus on increasing sales of new premium products such as the LG G2 smartphone during the peak holiday season as well as maximizing 3G and mid-tier mass devices such as the L II Series and F Series."

Instagram teases what its upcoming ads will look like

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Oct 25, 2013 11:35 am

Advertisements on Instagram are coming, you can't stop them, so the Facebook-owned company has come out and teased what the ads will look like in users' feeds. The show below, gives you a taste.

 

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Instagram didn't go into much detail, but it has assured users that the ads would be 'natural' and 'creative' where they will fit seamlessly with others photos and videos. The shot you see above features a very distinctive 'Sponsored' label where the time stamp would usually be found. This sample ad will roll out to US Instagram users' feeds "in the coming week" to prepare people for the eventuality of ads in Instagram.

Self-driving cars can help reduce injuries by up to 90%

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Oct 25, 2013 10:30 am

Self-driving cars are coming no matter what, but just what can they offer to the world? Well, how does a drop of vehicle-related injuries by 90% sound? Or helping the US economy save $450 billion annually? That should be something that turns heads, yes?

 

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The numbers come from independent research by the Eno Center for Transportation, who also says that 40% of fatal crashes in the US involved either alcohol, drugs, fatigue or distraction. These factors would all but disappear if you took the driver out of the equation, and had a self-driving car at your disposal.

 

In order to get to those numbers we explained above - 90% reduction in accidents, and saving the US economy nearly half a trillion dollars per year - we need the adoption of self-driving cars to constantly expand. The take up is going to happen, as we have Google, Mercedes, Nissan and Toyota all building their own self-driving vehicles. I for one, cannot wait for our self-driving overlords.

Samsung's Q3 operating profits of $9.6 billion is a new record

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 25, 2013 9:31 am

While other companies seem to be struggling to post massive profits and keep their share prices high - I'm talking about Apple, folks - its biggest competitor has just posted another record high in operating profits.

 

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Samsung has just posted its earnings for the Q3 period, with profits of $9.6 billion setting a new record high for the South Korean giant. The increased profits are thanks to its cheaper Galaxy smartphones, as well as profits from its memory side of things - such as Flash storage and RAM. Samsung has seen increased demand for its chips in the upcoming next-gen consoles, smartphones, servers, PCs and much more.

 

The company is seeing less profits on its TVs as prices continue to drop, but sales of its 60-inch and higher TVs are said to be growing.

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