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NVIDIA announces CES 2014 event, starts minutes after the AMD event

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Jan 4, 2014 3:16 pm

CES 2014 - Tomorrow at 8PM local time in Las Vegas, AMD will be hosting some of the world's tech media at the Cosmopolitan hotel, where the chipmaker will discuss its new Kaveri APU.

 

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NVIDIA has chosen to announce an event at the same hotel, at around the same time, to talk about its Tegra line of SoCs. We could also see something about Logan unveiled, or the new Tegra 5 SoC. NVIDIA isn't expected to launch anything at CES 2014, but we could see a serious tease at the event. We'll have more as it happens.

New Web Poll - Did EA kill the BF franchise with terrible BF4 issues?

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 3, 2014 5:20 pm

It's new web poll time here at TweakTown!

 

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In the past weeks and days, much has been discussed about EA's shocking handling of Battlefield 4 and its issues. DICE employees even discussed on Reddit that BF4 was launched with certain aspects of the game being untested, presumably to rush the game out quicker to compete with the latest COD game.

 

So, what are your thoughts on the future of the Battlefield franchise? Cast your vote and let us know.

 

Head on over to the web poll here or look on the right side of our website to cast your vote! Also feel free to voice your opinion in the comments below.

TweakTown Web Poll Results - Worst tech flop of 2012 - 2013?

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: TweakTown | Posted: Jan 3, 2014 5:12 pm

Our latest poll had over 21,000 people who answered, "Worst tech flop of 2012 - 2013?"

 

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I'll start by saying this was one of our most popular polls in probably forever. At the end of the day though, the responses were split for worst tech flop between Apple Maps and Windows 8, with 25% of the votes each.

 

Next in line for the fail award was the Xbox One. This poll has been running for many weeks and the One did get off to a "strong" start, but since it seems some readers have somewhat embraced Microsoft's latest console.

 

For the actual numbers, go here. In our latest poll, we want to know... "Did EA kill the Battlefield franchise with the terrible BF4 issues?" Let us know! Go here to vote!

Polaroid to introduce a 4K TV for under $1000 at CES 2014

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 3, 2014 12:31 pm

This definitely sprung up on me, but Polaroid is set to unveil a new 4K/Ultra HD TV at CES 2014 in just a few days time. Polaroid won't be making the TV of course, that will be done by Empire Electronics.

 

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The new 4K TV will be priced at under $1000, and come in at a hefty 50 inches. The new 50-inch 4K TV from Polaroid will feature three HDMI inputs, with the company claiming it will feature "the highest quality picture resolution at the best price." It looks very similar to the Seiki Digital 4K panel, which isn't a bad thing at all, as it has a similar price.

Microsoft upgrades the processor on the Surface Pro 2

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 3, 2014 11:31 am

When Microsoft launched the Surface Pro 2, its Windows 8.1-based slate featured a quad-core processor clocked in at 1.6GHz. The software giant has beefed up the CPU a little bit, pushing it up to 1.9GHz.

 

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The Turbo clocks have been increased as a result, increasing from 2.6GHz to 2.9GHz. Microsoft didn't stop there either, where it also cranked the built-in Intel HD Graphics 4400 chip from 1.0GHz to 1.1GHz. Microsoft was able to do this all while keeping its 15W TDP in check, which is nice to see. There are also some new CPU features that should be mentioned, too: vPro, VT-d, TSX-NI, Trusted Execution Technology and a few other enterprise-related goodies.

Samsung announces its Galaxy Camera 2

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cameras | Posted: Jan 3, 2014 10:31 am

CES 2014 hasn't even begun and we're already being introduced to a slew of new devices, a few of which have been announced by Samsung. The South Korean giant has just outed two new cameras, the refreshed Galaxy NX20, and the new Galaxy Camera 2.

 

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The Galaxy Camera 2 has some impressive specifications, with an improved 1.6GHz Exynos 4 Quad SoC, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, a 2000mAh battery, 8GB of internal flash which is upgradeable by microSD to 64GB and Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n. As for the more important part, we have a 16.3-megapixel 1/2.33-inch BSI CMOS, a 121.2mm HD Super Clear Touch LCD Screen and 21x zoom.

 

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Moving onto the Galaxy NX30, where we find an interchangeable lens, making it the first interchangeable lens camera that runs a mobile OS - which isn't Android by the way, it's Tizen - Samsung did say quite a while back that it wanted its OS on a variety of devices, not just smartphones. Samsung has stepped it up, offering a copy of Adobe Lightroom 5.

Alicia Keys out as BlackBerry's Global Creative Director

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 3, 2014 10:05 am

During BlackBerry's event in 2013 announcing BlackBerry 10, the company surprised everyone by appointing singer, Alicia Keys, as the new Global Creative Director. While this position was mostly for publicity, it represented the length that BlackBerry was willing to go to save itself from financial ruin.

 

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Now less than a year later, and with new management steering the ship, Alicia Keys has been relieved of her duty. While no official reason has been mentioned for her departure from her honorary position, it could be due to the fact that Keys never really gave up her iPhone or iPad for BlackBerry devices. Just weeks after the BB10 announcement, Keys tweeted from the iPhone she reportedly gave up for the new at the time BlackBerry Z10.

Double XP event for Battlefield 4 to happen over the weekend

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 3, 2014 8:24 am

It looks like DICE is going to be unleashing some XP points this weekend to Battlefield 4 gamers, with the studio announcing a new double XP event to take place January 3-5.

 

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Premium subscribers will earn double XP starting 8am EST on Friday, January 3. The double XP goodness will flow for 58 hours, ending at 6pm EST on Sunday, January 5. I think this is great timing, as I'm going to my first LAN in years this weekend, and will be able to double up on my XP. Thanks, DICE!

Polaroid unveils its new range of Q Series tablets

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 3, 2014 7:23 am

Days before CES 2014 kicks off in Las Vegas, Polaroid has taken its time to announce its Q Series of slates. There will be three models, coming in at 7, 8 and 10 inches.

 

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The new Polaroid Q7, Q8 and Q10 tablets will all be Wi-Fi-only, and will come with Android 4.4 KitKat installed - whic his a nice touch. Inside, we'll find a quad-core processor, Bluetooth, HDMI out, dual cameras, and front-facing speakers for listening to your media. Polaroid has put some great pricing on these new Q Series slates, starting at just $129, and going up to just $179.

DayZ racks up 400,000 in first-week sales alone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 3, 2014 6:29 am

Just 12 hours after DayZ was released, it had over 88,000 copies sold, and within 24 hours it had a total of 172,500 copies. But one week down the track and we're looking at over 400,000 copies.

 

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This is quite the achievement, considering it's still an Early Access build. DayZ has already seen a peak concurrent user base of over 40,000 players, which is another milestone in itself. Since it's release last month, there have been three major updates to the game, with many, many more to come.

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