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Microsoft rumored to launch Xbox One without Kinect next year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Mar 11, 2014 10:31 am

As it stands right now in the next-gen console wars, Sony is beating Microsoft. One of the reasons, according to some, is that Microsoft's Xbox One is more expensive - priced at $100 more than the PS4 - because of its included, and mandatory Kinect 2 sensor.

 

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Wedbush Morgan analyst, Michael Pacther, has said: "Sure they are going to unbundle [Kinect 2 from the Xbox One]. Not in 2014. They will not change the SKU that dramatically in the first full year. It is a 2015 event." Doing this would allow Microsoft to better compete with the cheaper, and better-selling PlayStation 4, too.

 

Pacther continues: "I think they'll actually pick the [Xbox One] core model and put a 2TB hard drive in it, and then the dumbed down one will have a 500GB hard drive and no Kinect for $400. That's the easiest way to do the price cut." He finished with: "The problem is that if they cut the price to $400 by spring 2015, Sony goes $349 for ours! Sony right now is in a position to stay ahead of them, and this is what happened with the PS2. PS2 kept taking share by cutting price."

Fire at a PCB plant could delay Samsung Galaxy S5's release date

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 11, 2014 9:24 am

A major fire at a manufacturing plant that makes PCB for Samsung could either delay its launch of Galaxy S5 flagship smartphone or have the units available in limited quantity.

 

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The PCB factory in Anseon, South Korea could be facing as high as 1 Billion in equipments, and it was last reported that up to 287 firefighters are working to control the fire. The fire was noticed on Sunday at around 7 in the morning. Firefighters immediately responded, but it took over 6 hours to keep the fire under control. There was no report that given any information about any injuries or casualties during this accident, or how did the fire take place.

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Microsoft prepares the Power Cover for its Surface 2 slates

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 11, 2014 9:23 am

When Microsoft unveiled its refreshed Surface 2 and Surface 2 Pro tablets late last year, the Power Cover was missing from its launch. Well, the Redmond-based giant is now preparing the launch of the Power Cover for March 19.

 

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The new Power Cover keyboard is a Type Cover variant, priced at $200, but didn't get launched with the new Surface slates last year. Microsoft is promising a huge 70% extra battery life with the Power Cover for its Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2 and RT-based Surface 2 tablets. It might seem expensive, but it does have dual abilities: being a physical keyboard, and extra battery life.

Nexus 8 tablet rumored to run Intel's 64-bit quad-core Atom processor

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 11, 2014 8:30 am

The current reports floating around the Internet is that Google will retire its 7-inch Google in favor of a slightly bigger 8-inch tablet, that would arrive as the Nexus 8.

 

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But, what is more interesting, is that AndroidPit speculates we could see Google partnering up with Intel for this new Nexus slate. During MWC 2014, Intel announced its new 64-bit capable Atom "Moorefield" processor, that the company said would be baked into smartphones and tablets "expected to be available in the second half of the year."

 

As for the graphics side of things, the Nexus 5 could feature the PowerVR G6430 GPU, which is some 20x faster than the Series 5 models, and up to 5x more efficient. Google is expected to unveil Android 4.5 alongside the new Nexus 8 slate, which should be another interesting part of the new tablet's release and announcement.

ASUS smartwatch to use voice commands and customized gesture controls

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Mar 11, 2014 7:01 am

New information regarding a new smartwatch from ASUS has surfaced. The company is working on providing a smartwatch where the user can customize hand gestures and voice commands. ASUS CEO Jonney Shih said during an event at the National Taiwan University,"There would be more natural user interfaces such as voice or movement controls, although more breakthroughs are needed in these areas."

 

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Mr. Shih also mentioned that the new smartphone will be launched with 'attractive pricing'.

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Comcast gets sneaky, will soon stream House of Cards

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Mar 11, 2014 6:27 am

Netflix dumped around $100 million on its award-winning House of Cards series, but it looks like Comcast subscribers will soon have access to the Kevin Spacey-starring political drama.

 

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Comcast will reportedly be offering House of Cards through its Xfinity Store, because Netflix didn't cover the rights of allowing competitors of streaming its series. Media Rights Capital is the studio who paid the other part of the costs associated with House of Cards, and is handling distribution through Sony.

 

House of Cards is currently available on DVD, but is not available through any other streaming services. With the deal struck with Sony, Comcast will also receive a bunch of other movies and TV shows to offer its subscribers through Xfinity, which include Breaking Bad and American Hustle. Orange is the New Black will also be on offer for Xfinity subscribers on May 13.

Machinima receives $18 million investment from Warner Bros

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Mar 11, 2014 5:35 am

Gaming-focused YouTube network, Machinima, just received an injection of $18 million from Warner Bros. Entertainment in another round of funding. Warner Bros. wasn't alone in funding, with participation from Machinima's existing investors jumping in, too.

 

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These companies include MK Capital, Redpoint Ventures and Google Capital. Chairman and CEO of Machinima, Allen DeBevoise said: "We are thrilled to be partnering with Warner Bros., the leading producer of exactly the type of content that resonates with our global audience of video gamers and millennial males. There are myriad opportunities to connect Warner Bros.' content to our audience across YouTube and our highly successful apps, and similarly to maximize the value of our content by utilizing Warner Bros.' expertise in global distribution beyond YouTube."

 

The new funding from Warner Bros. extends its relationship with Machinima, with the two companies working on the live-action web series Mortal Kombat: Legacy together.

Upcoming Zotac ZBox to use Iris Pro and Richland integrated graphics

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Mar 11, 2014 5:16 am

Zotac is well known for its video cards and its series of Zbox mini PCs for a very long time. The company worked with both AMD and Intel based mini PCs in the past, providing very small systems and barebones for its buyers. The company recently introduced some of its upcoming Zbox mini-PC systems during the CeBIT trade show. The Zotac Zbox 'E' series will be using Haswell and Iris Pro integrated graphics and the smaller Zbox unit AQ02 series will be using AMD Richland APU.

 

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Zotac's senior direct Carsten Berger said that Zbox E series can deliver a good gaming experience and maintain balance between size, performance, heat dissipation and energy consumption. Intel's Haswell architecture and Irs Pro 5200 enabled them to do just that within the Zbox form factor. Zotac is confident that the E-Series can deliver smooth medium quality gaming experience and the perfect option for those LAN party gamers who want a compact PC gaming system.

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Sony announces DriveClub is going "back to the drawing board"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 11, 2014 4:27 am

As a game that was meant to be a launch title for the PlayStation 4, Evolution Studios' racing game has just been delayed. PlayStation Software Product Development boss, Scott Rhode, told IGN that DriveClub has "gone back to the drawing board."

 

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DriveClub was meant to be a launch title for the PS4, but was delayed at the start of the year, and removed as a PS4 launch title when Sony launched its console in Japan. Rhode told IGN that Sony is "willing to kinda eat that [cost]" when it comes to pushing back a big title like DriveClub. Rhode continued: "What I will say is that it all comes back to that fundamental principle, and that's that we want to build great games."

 

He added: "And we really don't want to release a game before it's ready. And sometimes, this happens in the normal course of business, where we think we're on track to deliver what we think is going to be a great game, and when we get closer, we realize that we'd be doing everyone a disservice if we shipped it before it was ready."

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NVIDIA releases 335.23 'Titanfall optimized' WHQL drivers

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Mar 11, 2014 4:18 am

NVIDIA GeForce's new WHQL drivers tweaked to provide the best possible gaming experience for upcoming FPS game by Respawn Entertainment: Titanfall. The company emphasized in its press released that the newer WHQL drivers are 'an essential upgrade for pilots entering the fray.'

 

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The newer GeForce drivers also provides enhanced GPU offset options for GeForce GTX 750 Ti and GTX 750 'Maxwell' video cards. Previously these card's GPU offset was limited to +130MHz, but the newer drivers allow more ability to overclock these cards.

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