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Sony stock sees a surge after the Xbox One was unveiled

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 22, 2013 2:35 am

Just under twelve hours ago now, Microsoft unveiled their next-generation console, the Xbox One. Funnily enough, at the same time, Sony saw their stock prices lift by a decent margin, from $20.94 to $22.55 when Microsoft started the Xbox One event.

 

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Microsoft's stock price didn't shift all that much during or after the event, simply moving from $34.99 to $35.02. It seems as though I wasn't the only one that wasn't blown away by the Microsoft Xbox One, so could this be the start of something interesting for Sony?

RumorTT: Samsung working on fingerprint scanning technology?

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 22, 2013 2:02 am

According to SamMobile who got their hands on a leaked firmware for the Galaxy S3, Samsung is working on some sort of fingerprint scanning technology. SamMobile draws this conclusion because of some specific image files found inside the firmware. While it does suggest that some sort of fingerprint technology may be on its way, it doesn't say exactly what it will be used for or how.

 

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Another strange thing about this rumor is that the files reportedly come from a Galaxy S3 firmware. Unless Samsung did some modification to a Galaxy S3, it's highly unlikely that they'd be including this into a firmware destined for a device that doesn't feature a fingerprint reader. Rumors have also circulated that Apple will be including a fingerprint reader on its next iPhone.

 

It's time for a bit of speculation: what do you think the images above indicate? What is Samsung working on? Let us know in the comments!

RumorTT: Flickr, Vimeo to see similar iOS integration as Twitter and Facebook

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: May 22, 2013 1:33 am

A new report claims that Flickr and Vimeo could see similar deep iOS integration. The report, published by 9to5mac, says that Apple is looking to increase the number of third-party social networks that are integrated within the operating system itself. This report comes ahead of this year's WWDC where it is widely expected that Apple will unveil iOS 7.

 

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The report cites a person familiar with the software, though the final version of iOS 7 could still be radically different than what this person has seen. The integration would be extremely similar to the integration enjoyed by Facebook or Twitter. A single log on would allow you to share numerous things around the OS seamlessly.

 

As with all rumors, take this with a grain of salt. However, if it does come to pass, you'll be able to read about it here.

RumorTT: Next iPad to be 33% lighter, thinner due to new touchscreen technology

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 21, 2013 11:02 pm

Another day, another Apple rumor. This latest rumor says that the upcoming iPad will be around 33 percent lighter and also thinner thanks to new touchscreen technology. The latest rumor comes courtesy of Digitimes who cites upstream supply chain insiders. Trial production is said to start in July.

 

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The iPad is said to be losing the weight by switching to a new GF Ditto (GF2) design. The current iPad makes use of a G/G touch structure that requires two panes of glass. The new DF2 technology only requires one layer of glass, which reduces the weight and thickness of the display assembly.

 

This will reportedly slim the iPad by around two-tenths of a millimeter, a rather small amount. The bezel is also reportedly slimmer than previous models. As with all rumors, take this with a grain of salt.

Xbox One's new Kinect raises privacy concerns over always-on listening

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 21, 2013 10:27 pm

The new Xbox One is quite the machine, especially its new Kinect sensor. The Kinect sensor, which is now included and a required part of the Xbox, will respond to voice commands, even when off. It was pretty cool when the Xbox One turned on simply by saying "Xbox on."

 

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But then reality set in. This means that the Xbox is always listening to you, even when off. It has the ability to understand and process what you're saying when the device is off. And this is where the privacy concerns set it. Now, let's be clear: We aren't saying Microsoft is recording everything that the Xbox One hears, but it isn't out of the realm of possibility.

 

We highly doubt that Microsoft would ever use the Kinect to spy on consumers. We're more worried about a possible virus or malicious actor gaining access to the Kinect sensors that will be on every Xbox One. After all, the new Xbox uses a PC architecture and runs a Windows kernel so it's not beyond the realm of possibility that this could happen.

 

We'll have to wait until some more information is made available by Microsoft, but this does give me reason to hold off on purchasing a new Xbox One.

Call of Duty: Ghosts reveal trailer posted up online, pre-order now available

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 21, 2013 10:03 pm

If you followed our Live Coverage of the Xbox One reveal, you'll know that I was quite excited by Call of Duty: Ghosts, specifically the inclusion of dogs. During the Xbox event, Activision/Infinity Ward showed of the world premiere trailer for Call of Duty: Ghosts. That trailer has now been published to YouTube:

 

 

Pre-orders were also put up with the trailer at Call of Duty's website. As expected, the game will set you back right around $60, which is the going rate for an Xbox 360 game. Pre-orders for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 version are not currently available.

 

Watch the trailer above and let us know what you think of the game!

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Xbox One will not feature support for Xbox 360 games, will play original Xbox games through emulation

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 21, 2013 9:33 pm

Bad news for those who have a large Xbox 360 game library: the new Xbox One will not feature backwards compatibility for Xbox 360 games. According to Xbox Live VP Marc Whitten, there will be zero backwards compatibility, mostly due to the fact that the architectures are completely different.

 

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No, there's not. The system is based on a different core architecture, so back-compat doesn't really work from that perspective.

 

Not only will Xbox 360 discs not work, any Xbox Live Arcade game built for the Xbox 360 will need to be rebuilt to support the new platform. However, the Xbox One will support many titles from the original Xbox through emulation. Furthermore, Microsoft has no plans of discontinuing the Xbox 360 meaning you'll be able to buy a new one should yours break for the foreseeable future.

NVIDIA announces Microsoft Xbox One will support PhysX

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 21, 2013 8:51 pm

Today's news will mostly be about the Xbox One since it is the major announcement of the day...probably of the week. NVIDIA has sent out a press release saying that PhysX will be supported by the new Xbox One. NVIDIA has said that they will provide the PhysX SDK for Xbox developers so they can take advantage of the features offered by PhysX.

 

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Mike Skolones, product manager for the PhysX SDK at NVIDIA:

We are excited to extend our PhysX and APEX technologies to Microsoft's Xbox One console. We look forward to the Xbox developer community taking advantage of PhysX and APEX along with Xbox One's processing power, programmability and next-generation features to design cutting-edge games that deliver an unparalleled and ultra-realistic experience.

 

PhysX is a technology developed by NVIDIA to allow game environments to be more realistic. It offers developers the ability to add higher quality and quantity destructible objects, make smoke and other particle-based fluids, and create life-like clothing to create more realism in a game.

EA announces Battlefield 4 for newly unveiled Xbox One, PlayStation 4

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 21, 2013 8:11 pm

Today has been a big day for gaming news! First we got to take a look at the new Microsoft Xbox One and now Electronic Arts has confirmed Battlefield 4 will be coming to both the PlayStation 4 and newly announced Xbox One. This wasn't a completely unexpected announcement and we expect to see more of Battlefield 4 at Microsoft's E3 event June 10.

 

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DICE, a studio of Electronic Arts Inc.,today announced that the highly-anticipated action blockbuster Battlefield 4 will be available this holiday for early-adopters of the next-generation hardware systems: Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and the PlayStation 4. Powered by the advanced Frostbite 3 engine, Battlefield 4 delivers a genre-defining all-out war experience brought to life with unmatched visual and audio fidelity, superior character animations and dynamic destruction that ensures no two matches are alike. Battlefield 4 will be available October 29 for the Xbox 360 game and entertainment system from Microsoft, the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system and PC. Battlefield 4 will also be available for the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4.

 

EA notes that players who pre-order Battlefield 4 will be treated to the Battlefield 4 China Rising premium digital expansion pack for free. China Rising DLC brings with it four multiplayer maps with new vehicles and hgih-tech military equipment. If you're a true die-hard, EA is offering hte Battlefield 4 Digital Deluxe

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Samsung's Galaxy Mega phablet to hit shelves in July for $460

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 21, 2013 7:33 pm

Samsung is looking to take the phablet market to the next level when its Galaxy Mega hits shelves in the UK this July. While one would think that the Mega would house at least the same level of hardware as the Galaxy S4, the Mega will actually feature less than impressive internals.

 

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The massive 6.3-inch screen is only capable of displaying at 720p while the front and back cameras are only 8MP and 1.9MP, respectively. Not all is lost though, the Mega will feature Android 4.2.2 and a 3,200mAh battery.

 

The Mega is expected to launch the second week of July and will retail for a reported £469.99.

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