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Toshiba tosses its hat into the small tablet arena with the Excite 7

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 20, 2013 5:53 pm

It has been a while since we have seen a fresh tablet offering from Toshiba, but the wait is finally over. Today Toshiba announced a new 7-inch Android-based addition to its Excite line of tablets. The all new Excite 7 joins the ranks of the 10-inch Excite Pure, Pro, and Write tablets, and fills the small tablet void the line has been plagued with.

 

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The new Excite 7 is a little disappointing however, with a display resolution of just 1024x600 and just 1GB of RAM. The tablet does feature Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean though, and up to 12-hours of battery life. Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, and SRS-powered audio are present as well. The device's cameras leave much to be desired with the rear packing in a lackluster 3-megapixel sensor and the front being of the sub-half megapixel class. 8GB of onboard memory is present and it can be augmented via a microSD port. The Excite 7 is available now at retailers for $170.

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The age of 4K is upon us as Qualcomm unveils new Snapdragon processor

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 20, 2013 4:47 pm

Qualcomm is without a doubt the biggest and most well known name in mobile processing, and today the company unveiled a new processor that is even faster than its flagship Snapdragon 800 SoC. The all new Snapdragon 805 is not a minor upgrade as its name would suggest, but is rather a powerhouse that packs a new GPU and Ultra High-Definition capabilities.

 

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The new Snapdragon 805 features "system level" support for video resolutions all the way up to 4K, and with its new Adreno 420 GPU, mobile gaming, and video performance will never be the same again. With this being the first flagship chip from Qualcomm that natively supports 4K resolutions, you can bet that we will be seeing it in everything from the Samsung Galaxy 5, Nexus 6, LG G3, and a vast range of other devices. Qualcomm says that the Snapdragon 805 is 40-percent faster in processing and GPU power than the Snapdragon 800, so expect to see the mobile world shaken up yet again in 2014.

LSI announces Nytro XP products for the datacenter

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Nov 20, 2013 4:36 pm

LSI has gained significant traction with their Nytro line of products, becoming one of the world's largest suppliers of PCIe flash cards in a very short time. In fact, they are already shipping into 6 of the top 10 Hyperscale companies. This success has given LSI a deep understanding of the market and the needs of their customers.

 

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One of the fastest growing segments of the flash market are the value-oriented mainstream users. These users aren't in need of solutions with extreme performance specifications or ultimate endurance; they require a solution friendly to the bottom line.

 

Hyperscale deployments require the most value per dollar, low power usage, scalability and the ability to extract value from their data as quickly as possible. The Nytro XP 6209 and 6210 are designed to meet the needs of the mainstream user. These cards both feature proven LSI SandForce controllers in tandem with the LSI 2308 Falcon SAS I/O controller.

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Over 10,000 PS4s sold on eBay over the launch weekend

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 20, 2013 1:37 pm

We've been covering the PS4 as much as can here at TweakTown, but it looks like some keen shoppers have been slapping down their plastic over at eBay for the next-gen console, with over 10,000 consoles sold over the launch weekend alone.

 

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Retailers (who sell over eBay as well as in-store) and some everyday people (who bought the PS4 and re-sold it on eBay) accounted for over 10,000 PS4s to be sold over the weekend just gone. eBay has said that "more than two PS4s [were] sold on eBay every minute." That is an insane number of PS4s over a 48-hour period!

Yahoo plans to encrypt all data by the end of Q1 2014

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Privacy & Rights | Posted: Nov 20, 2013 12:41 pm

Google is a step ahead of Yahoo here, where it has upgraded all of its SSL certificates to 2048-bit, but now Yahoo is pushing ahead with some hopefully NSA-proof encryption to its information.

 

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Yahoo CEO, Marissa Mayer, has reiterated the fact that Yahoo has never handed over information from its datacenters to the NSA, or any other government agency for that matter. The CEO said there is nothing more important than users' data and privacy, and that the company is extending the SSL encryption with a 2048-bit key for Yahoo Mail, and all Yahoo products.

 

The 2048-bit goodness should encrypt all Yahoo datacenter information by the end of Q1 2014, so around 4 months from now. From here, it will offer users an option to encrypt all of their data in and out of Yahoo by the end of March next year. The company will also work close with their international Mail partners to make sure that co-branded accounts are also 2048-bit protected.

Star Citizen reaches for the stars, has raised close to $30 million

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 20, 2013 11:31 am

If there's one game that should be on all PC gamers' calendars, it needs to be Star Citizen. The crowdfunded game from the gaming god himself, Chris Roberts, has reached an incredible $28 million in funding.

 

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Thanks to hitting the $28 million goal, a new ship has been unveiled, the Mustang personal spacecraft. With the introduction of the Mustang, there'll now be two starter ships for Star Citizen's to get into the game with, joining the Aurora spacecraft. Now that the $28 million stretch goal has been met, the developer is doing something different with the next goal.

 

Cloud Imperium Games' latest blog post on the Roberts Space Industries website says that they are always asked where the extra funding from stretch goals goes... well, every dollar goes toward hiring new talent to build Star Citizen, as well as giving the team better development tools, and expanding the talent outside of the studio itself. The new stretch goal is now $31 million, where gamers can decide which ship will be introduced when it hits the new goal.

NVIDIA unleashes new GeForce 331.82 WHQL drivers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Nov 20, 2013 10:33 am

There are some huge games out right now, with Battlefield 4, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, and Need for Speed: Rivals, just to name a few. Well, NVIDIA has your back, with some new GeForce drivers in the form of the 331.82 WHQL set.

 

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The new drivers also have support for ShadowPlay and GameStream for SHIELD owners, which is a nice touch. Optimizations are included for the biggest, latest games, including BF4, COD: Ghosts, and Batman: Arkham Origins. You can get the new NVIDIA drivers right here.

Assassin's Creed IV update for the PS4 is here, brings 1080p support

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 20, 2013 9:48 am

We reported about it not long ago, but it looks like the new version 1.03 patch for Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag is on its way, and it will bring 1080p support to the PlayStation 4.

 

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Associate Producer, Sylvain Trottier took to a blog, saying: "The most important part of this title update is not necessarily 1080p native resolution. It's the fact that even when we were done with the project, even when we were finished with the certification and everything else, even when most of the engineers had started to work on other projects - like we always do at Ubisoft -some of my engineers continued to work on Black Flag and they even developed a brand-new anti-aliasing technique."

 

This new AA technique will be featured on the Xbox One version of the game, which will launch on Friday.

PS4 HDD gets tested against SSD and hybrid SSD, interesting results

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 20, 2013 7:32 am

Tested has some interesting results for the world, where it has tested the PS4s internal HDD against a Samsung-built SSD, and a hybrid 1TB drive. Check out the video below.

 

 

As you can see, the SSD isn't that much faster than the hybrid drive - which is much cheaper, and much bigger - but the stock drive is slow as hell. Something I noticed is that loading games on the PS4 seems to take forever, but I'm comparing this to my all-SSD PC. Maybe it's the PS4 OS that needs some work.

 

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So, as you can see, it looks like a hybrid HDD is the way to go.

Assassin's Creed designer: Watch Dogs is 'the path for the future'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 20, 2013 6:36 am

Assassin's Creed has turned from a small IP, into something that really drove sales for current generation consoles, but now an Assassin's Creed IV designer has come out and talked up Watch Dogs.

 

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AC IV designer, Jean-Sebastien Decant has said that Watch Dogs could be what defines the next-generation consoles, with the open-world game helping to define the new consoles, like Assassin's Creed did for the Xbox 360 and PS3. During an interview with Games Reactor, Decant said: "Watch Dogs is kind of showing us the path for the future. I think we're going toward a gaming place where the open world will be shared with other players. More and more. Socially speaking, but also maybe multiplayer stuff. And we will have to consider the open world much more like a platform that we could sustain for years."

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