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Analyst says to not expect the iWatch until late 2014

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: May 23, 2013 10:32 am

If you were expecting Apple to unveil a watch-like device, something along the lines of an iWatch, then you might have to wait until late 2014 according to a KGI Securities analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo. Kuo says that Apple "may not have adequate resources" to develop a version of iOS for the wearable device, which might be the reason behind iOS 7.

 

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Kuo thinks that Apple will cram a 1.5- to 2-inch screen, as well as biometric security thanks to their acquisition of AuthenTec for $356 million. This delay until late 2014 could really hurt Apple's chances of their wearable device being successful, especially if other companies beat them to the punch.

AMD confirms they helped Microsoft design the 'semi-custom single-chip' APU that powers the Xbox One

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: May 23, 2013 9:30 am

We've been hearing so much about the Xbox One this week, but now we have confirmation from AMD that they are the ones that helped Microsoft design the "semi-custom single-chip" APU that powers the next-gen Xbox One.

 

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The Xbox One features an APU that includes an 8-core processor, GPU and 8GB of RAM on the single-chip. The GPU on the Xbox One is still shrouded in mystery, and is definitely a strange move by Microsoft considering how open Sony are about the specifications on the PlayStation 4.

Microsoft's deal with the NFL will cost $400 million over five years

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 23, 2013 9:27 am

During the Xbox One reveal we learned that Microsoft is working tightly with the NFL, but according to an Associated Press source the deal is worth $400 million over five years. Fans of NFL will see Microsoft branding on-field during live games starting this upcoming season.

 

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The deal goes deeper, with coaches and other team officials will be provided Microsoft Surface tablets. There's also the possibility of further technological innovations coming from Microsoft throughout the longevity of the deal.

99.9% of new mobile malware finds a new home on Android phones

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: May 23, 2013 8:29 am

Here's a scary number: 99.9% of new mobile malware detected in Q1 2013 was designed to attack Android-based phones according to a new report released on Kaspersky Labs. Most of these arrive in the form of trojan viruses.

 

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This also includes SMS trojans, which steal money by sending unauthorized texts to premium rate numbers, which are the most common with 63% of total infections. Kaspersky noticed a huge surge in mobile malware for the first quarter of 2013, with the three-month period seeing around half of the total number of malware that the entire of 2012 saw. kas

PS4's DualShock 4 controller makes an appearance at the FCC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: May 23, 2013 7:31 am

Sony's redesigned DualShock 4 controller has arrived at the FCC, showing where the FCC label is going to be placed. The details on the DualShock 4 shows that that PS4 controller is a Bluetooth 2.1 EDR device, with the model number of CUH-ZCT1U.

 

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You can also see the PS Eye-compatible light bar on the DualShock 4, too. What I wish this FCC details were on is the PS4 itself, but that shouldn't be too long away. E3 is right around the corner, and we'll be covering it like crazy.

SimCity update 4.0 includes new areas, new features

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 23, 2013 6:33 am

SimCity's 4.0 update launches tomorrow and will include re-enabled features, new areas and additional fixes. After the update, global market prices now "dynamically" change, with region filters and leaderboards will be back.

 

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The 4.0 update will also include some graphical, messaging and weather updates. The two new areas are Edgewater Bay which is a region with seven city sites in a single cluster, and the second new area is the SimCity Launch Park which is an area designed for fans that will be available exclusively for "early adopters".

Are Sony preparing to sell the film rights to Spider-Man and Resident Evil to help their financial position?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 23, 2013 5:29 am

Sony are in a bad position right now, but now there are rumors floating around that the Japanese company are thinking about selling the films rights to Spider-Man and Resident Evil. The news comes from The Register who says:

 

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Chief exec Kazuo Hirai told reporters from the Financial Times, Reuters and others that the company's board was discussing the plan to sell a portion of its entertainment biz, suggested last week by the firm's largest investor, Loeb's Third Point hedge fund. [Activist investor Daniel] Loeb said he wants the ailing Japanese firm to spin off 15 to 20 per cent of its film and music division in a public offering to raise money for its electronics and turn the entertainment business into a separately listed firm. The fund manager's suggestions carry new weight after revealing that he had increased Third Point's stake in Sony to $1.1bn.

 

It does get a little hot after, with Sony Pictures' boss, Amy Pascal, talking to Ain't It Cool News saying that none of this is actually true:

 

Amy said that she would 'Never ever ever' let go of SPIDER-MAN. She feels the property is directly tied to her legacy and time at SONY. Not just that, she is really thrilled by the work on the new film.

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Infinity Ward confirms Call of Duty: Ghosts for the PlayStation 4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 23, 2013 4:27 am

During the Xbox One reveal, Infinity Ward were proud to show off their next-generation Call of Duty: Ghosts. The developer has come out today confirming that COD: Ghosts will be hitting the PS4, even though we already knew it would be reaching "next-generation platforms" when they announced it, the full confirmation is now here.

 

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The announcement was made on Twitter, where Infinity Ward confirmed that both the PS3 and PS4 would see the next-gen FPS. According to Activision, Call of Duty: Ghosts "delivers a riveting all-new gameplay experience built on an entirely new story, setting and cast of characters, all powered by a new, next generation Call of Duty engine that redefines the series for the next generation".

 

I don't know about you, but I saw nothing that impressed me. I think Battlefield 4 looks far superior, and you know you're in a bad place when Infinity Ward have to brag about the detail on dogs and the ability to jump over obstacles, because you know, we don't have that already with Battlefield 3.

Activision used lighting system tricks with the Call of Duty: Ghosts trailer, did they lie to us?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 23, 2013 3:13 am

I was very underwhelmed with the Xbox One event, and even more so with Call of Duty: Ghosts. I expected it to launch up to the same playing field of Battlefield 4 (or even at least BF3) when it comes to graphics, but I was very disappointed.

 

 

I didn't watch the trailer again because I wasn't interested, but I've done some reading since and found that someone noticed there was a very big mistake when it came to Ghosts' lighting system. As you can see from the below image, the sun is to the right, and there are sun shafts to the left, indicating that the sun is beaming down from the left. Well, this is a huge problem as it shows that Infinity Ward have been creating Ghosts from the ground up, ready for next-gen consoles, with a fake trailer.

 

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If Infinity Ward were trying to impress their fans, I understand, but one would think the company is big enough they don't need to use graphical tricks to impress. Why not just make their graphics engine great, instead of trying to fake it.

Samsung Galaxy S4 passes 10 million units shipped

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 23, 2013 2:47 am

Less than a month after the Galaxy S4 went on sale, Samsung are proud to announce their latest Android-based flagship smartphone has passed 10 million global channel sales. This figure sets a new record for Samsung's lineup of smartphones, too.

 

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The Galaxy S III took 50 days to reach 10 million sales, and the S II took five months. Samsung have said that they are selling four Galaxy S4's each and every second - astounding! Samsung aren't stopping there either, as the South Korean electronics giant is planning new colors for the S4 in the summer, which will include "Blue Arctic," "Purple Mirage," "Red Aurora," and "Brown Autumn".

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