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RumorTT: No new Radeon GPUs from AMD for most of 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Feb 11, 2013 4:38 am

During an interview with Japanese site 4Gamer.net, AMD's Product Manager for Desktop Graphics Products, Devon Nekechuk, revealed some startling information: that AMD won't be launching any new GPUs this year.

 

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AMD will instead concentrate on their already great Radeon HD 7000 series, by adjusting the price and performance increases through driver releases. A slide released to 4Gamers.net shows that AMD's Radeon HD 7900 series (high-end), HD 7800 series (performance), and HD 7700 series (mainstream), will carry on the company's mantle "throughout 2013."

 

It looks like we're seeing a slowing down of GPU releases, which I'm guessing is because there's hardly any games that push GPUs anymore. It's also incredibly expensive in terms of R&D for GPU makers to continue pushing new GPUs out every 6-12 months, but I think the real reason is that a $200-$300 GPU will play most games at 1080p@60 now.

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Apple to open new R&D center in Israel later this year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 11, 2013 2:35 am

Apple has been scooping up a bunch of Israel-based former Texas Instruments employees, and will now give them a new place to go to work in the country, their new R&D center in Ra'anana, Israel.

 

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The news comes from Israeli business publication "Globes". In December of 2011, we saw Apple purchase Israel-based flash memory firm Anobit for between $400-$500 million, their second largest acquisition after NeXT. Intel were also laying out dollar bills on the ground to try and lure in some ex-Texas Instruments employees, but it looks like Apple were the winners here.

 

The Cupertino-based electronics giant were able to grab around 100-150 employees to staff their new development center. Apple will reportedly open up the new R&D center in the city in "the second half of 2013".

The Pirate Bay documentary, TPB AFK, is now available to watch for free

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Feb 11, 2013 1:37 am

Premiering at the Berlin International Film Festival a few days ago, the documentary on The Pirate Bay called "TPB AFK" is now available online for free after four years in the making.

 

 

The documentary covers the site's three founders battling through their legal case with the entertainment industry in Swedish courts, right up until their final appeal is rejected which saw them ordered to pay $6.6 million in damages and serve jail time. You can acquire the movie through The Pirate Bay and YouTube, or you can contribute to the film makers through a pay-what-you-want donation that will see you receive any extra materials released in the future, or pre-order the DVD for $23.

 

Gottfrid Svartholm (aka Anakata) has been arrested and is serving time in prison, with the two other founders, Peter Sunde and Frederik Neij still wanted.

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RumorTT: Apple playing with wearable iOS devices

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Feb 11, 2013 12:35 am

Wearable computing is the next logical step for smart devices, and it looks like Apple is also playing around with wearable iOS-based devices according to reports from The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.

 

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The New York Times is reporting that Apple have been "experimenting" with wrist-wearable devices that would feature curved glass screens, and of course, iOS. Of course we might not even see this outside of Apple's super-secret experimental labs, but with the way we're seeing things pushed into the wearable computing market, I think we should be safe to see we'll see an 'iWatch' sooner rather than later.

Google's Eric Schmidt is planning to sell 3.2M shares or 42% of his stake

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 9, 2013 1:09 am

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt is planning on trading in some 3.2 million of his shares in the company. That equates to roughly 42 percent of his stake in the company which currently stands at about 7.6 million shares of Class A and Class B common stock. Currently, he has about 8.2 percent of the voting power.

 

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At the current stock price, this transaction will net him around $2.5 billion. He intends to sell the stock over a period of one year and will use the cash to diversify his investment portfolio. Google said in today's filing, "Eric can diversify his investment portfolio and can spread stock trades out over a period of one year to reduce market impact."

 

For comparison, Google founder Sergey Brin holds about 8.5 percent of the voting power and co-founder Larry Page, the current CEO of Google, holds about 8.7 percent. We'll keep an eye on Google's stock to see how this affects the price.

OUYA promising fast game approval, reviews starting up by end of February

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 9, 2013 12:29 am

The CEO of OUYA, Julie Uhrman, has promised that game approvals will be a simple and quick process. It'll be similar to the approval process that mobile apps go through when submitted to the Apple App Store and others. It'll get a quick check for infringement, malware, or other violations and will be approved if none are found.

 

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It's similar to mobile: they'll submit their games, and we'll review for intellectual property infringement, and malware, and excessive pornography. But ultimately it's a quick review and you're in the storefront in one capacity or another.

 

Developers are already to be able to upload games to the store even though the review process hasn't been finalized. She expects reviews to begin by the end of this month as the ability to review games is still being built. They'll need to get this finished up quickly as the first consoles are scheduled to launch in March and they won't do much good without games to play.

Firefighters sworn in on iPad Bible app after no one brought a Bible to the ceremony

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Feb 9, 2013 12:02 am

In what can only be described as a culture increasingly turning towards technology, eight firefighters in Atlantic City were sworn into their new positions using an iPad's Bible app. That's right, instead of using a physical Bible, these eight firefighters put their hand on an iPad and took their oath.

 

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The strange event transpired after everyone realized that no one had brought a Bible to the ceremony. Luckily, someone had an iPad and the bright idea to pull up a Bible app on it to use as a stand-in. Could we see something similar happen at the next presidential inauguration? I doubt it, though this goes to show that times are changing.

Apple hires James Lee, AMOLED TV expert from LG, fuels rumors that Apple working on TV

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 8, 2013 11:29 pm

Apple has reportedly hired James (Jueng-Gil) Lee, a former senior researcher on LG Display's R&D team. Prior to that, he worked as a researcher at Cambridge Display Technology and as R&D head for LCD technology at Samsung. Clearly, he's got quite a bit of experience in the television industry.

 

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Unfortunately for Apple, they don't make a TV. But, this hire is sure to add fuel to the rumors of an Apple TV that has been predicted by analysts for at least a year now. Of course, these are just minor details. We'll sure he'll find a good home at Apple, though what he'll be working on isn't known. A good bet would be Apple's displays.

EA offering up a second beta test for SimCity

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 8, 2013 11:02 pm

If you missed out on the first beta test EA and Maxis offered up for SimCity, you're no longer out of luck. After taking into consideration the bugs and feedback they received, they have announced that they are hosting a second closed beta to test the servers. The second beta will run from Saturday February 16 6AM PST to Sunday February 17 6AM PST.

 

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Users can submit an application on the SimCity website in hopes of being chosen for the beta. Registration for the second beta closes as of February 11 at 6AM PST. Along with the announcement of the second beta, EA has released a second trailer for the game, possibly in hopes of encouraging more users to sign up to try it out.

 

 

Hopefully all of the bugs will be worked out of the server before the launch in March. If not, we could have a repeat of the Diablo III fiasco that prevented some people from playing.

Microsoft expanding Surface RT availability February 14

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 8, 2013 10:27 pm

Microsoft is expanding the availability of the Surface RT tablet on February 14 with the release of the tablet in more European countries. The following countries will be able to procure the Surface RT February 14: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

 

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It's important to remember that the Surface RT is ARM based and runs Windows RT as opposed to the full Windows 8. The Surface Pro is launching tomorrow, though it will not be available in the above countries starting tomorrow. It will likely come at a later time, much like the Surface RT has.

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