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LOLWOT: PlayStation 4 is going to cost $1850 in Brazil

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 17, 2013 4:44 pm

aIf you thought you had it bad paying under $500 for the PlayStation 4, then you better think of yourself as lucky as Brazil is going to be one of the most expensive countries in the world to purchase the PlayStation 4.

 

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Brazil has some crazy high video game import taxes, where the PS4 will cost $1850. Yes, nearly two thousand dollars! It launches in Brazil on November 29, but if you wanted to save yourself some money, you could purchase the Xbox One which is only going to cost $1016, or so. The Brazil branch of Sony has said that the high cost of the PS4 in Brazil is made up of around 60-70% in import fees and taxes, which represents a hefty $1292 in taxes alone, sheesh.

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NVIDIA technology supercharges Batman: Arkham Origins

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 17, 2013 4:17 pm

NVIDIA Editors' Day 2013 - Warner Bros. took the stage at the NVIDIA Editors' Day in Montreal, Canada, where we got a sneak peek into the unreleased Batman: Arkham Origins. Arkham Origins is the next tale in the Batman gaming saga, where it provides gamers with a look at the early, more raw Batman.

 

 

NVIDIA technology powers Batman: Arkham Origins, and for someone like me who didn't think the in-game tech from NVIDIA would make a difference, believe me when I say it does, it really does. The video above shows you just how impressive the snow effects in the game are, where it will be thicker in some parts, such as a roof, and thinner in other parts. As Batman walks through it, it will leave footprints and as he fights in the game, it will dynamically shift the snow around.

 

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It was a truly impressive demo to check out, and it is now firmly placed at a must-have for me when it launches.

NVIDIA announces FLEX, unified GPU PhysX and boy is it impressive

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Oct 17, 2013 3:53 pm

NVIDIA Editors' Day 2013 - We are live at NVIDIA's Editors' Day here in Montreal, Canada, where we just experienced what NVIDIA called a 'warm up' to some truly exciting things. One of the warm up unveilings was FLEX, its new unified GPU PhysX technology.

 

 

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FLEX is something that needs to be seen to be believed, with some impressive physic calculations being done in real-time with water and cloths. We have a video of FLEX above, which you really need to check out. The demo was nothing short of amazing, with physics seemingly jumping to an entire new level thanks to the engineers and brains at NVIDIA.

Facebook launches new app for Windows 8.1

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Oct 17, 2013 3:27 pm

This morning Facebook launched its all new app for Windows 8.1 in conjunction with Microsoft's release of the operating system for digital download. The App appears to be very similar to its Windows 8 predecessor with the typical status, photo and check in tabs. The standard chat interface is present as well.

 

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Facebook has included the friend request, inbox and notification icons with touch friendly buttons, and the app now supports Share Charm. Search functionality is also built in, and the app features several Snap Views, but reports suggest some are disabled. At the moment, it appears that the app is not backwards compatible with Windows 8, and users who try to install it from the Windows Store are prompted with a message that says they must upgrade to 8.1 to install the app.

Microsoft officially releases Windows 8.1 for download

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Oct 17, 2013 3:27 pm

Windows 8 was released to the public almost 1 year from today, and this morning Microsoft released its first major update to its flagship operating system. Today the company released Windows 8.1 globally for digital download, with retail boxed copies going on sale tomorrow.

 

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Many new changes, updates, and features come with the 8.1 refresh, but none are more exciting than the new Windows 8 Start Button. Yes its true, Microsoft has seen the error of its ways and has returned the start button back to its rightful place... sort of. The new start button will not bring up the familiar start menu that Windows fans loved for so many years, but will instead bring up the start screen.

 

Have you upgraded to Windows 8.1 yet? Personally I am still clicking away on Windows 7 and see myself doing so for the foreseeable future. Having tried Windows 8, I just feel that Windows 7 is a much more robust OS for the gamer, developer, and general PC enthusiast like myself. Maybe I will give 8.1 a try, who knows, I may just like it...

Acer debuts 8-inch Iconia W4 tablet, Windows 8.1 and Intel inside

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 17, 2013 2:44 pm

Acer has just unveiled a new tablet that features Windows 8.1. The all new 8-inch Iconia W4 features an extremely sharp 1280x800-pixel IPS display that is built with Zero Air Gap technology, which lends the panel enhanced clarity and brightness. Acer has also forgone the typical Qualcomm or NVIDIA chips we see in so many tablets, and has opted for an Intel Atom processor instead.

 

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Acer says that they designed the Iconia W4 fit comfortably in ones hand while still featuring enough display real estate to keep everyone happy. Acer is targeting the active and professional user markets, and says that the new Iconia W4 represents a Windows-based tablet that is not only easy to carry, but can handle the multitasking needed for someone with a busy schedule.

 

The 8-inch 1280x800 resolution IPS display is viewable up up to 170 degrees, and features a 16:10 ratio for wonderful widescreen video experiences. The Iconia W4 houses a 2-megapixel front facing camera while a 5-megapixel rear shooter handles 720p video at up to 60 frames per second, or 1080p at 30 frames per second. Acer says that this camera provides exceptional image quality and an easy to use interface.

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Apple's iPhone sensor issues stem from switch in component suppliers

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 17, 2013 4:26 am

You might remember a few weeks ago when we covered a story from Gizmodo that suggested that Apple's new iPhone 5S had major issues with its positioning sensors being pretty far off. Today Gizmodo released a report that explains why the sensor data is so far off from proper calibration.

 

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It appears that Apple has switched manufacturers of its motion sensors from the 5 to the 5S and a difference in how the sensors measure bias is causing existing apps to be off by several degrees. The previous iPhone models use sensors from STMicroelectronics and the new iPhone 5S features sensors from Bosch. Simply put, the sensors are calibrated different, resulting in a need for different coding.

 

Since Apple did not account for this change during the hardware calibration phase, devs must now account for it in the coding of their apps. Apps would need to be individually calibrated by the user which requires each app to be updated with new code. While this is a pain in the rear, it appears to be the only known fix at the moment.

AMD will demo its Radeon R9 290X video card tomorrow in Montreal

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Oct 17, 2013 3:07 am

Tomorrow while NVIDIA host many of the biggest names in tech media at an event in Montreal, Canada, AMD will be hosting a smaller event a at the Hilton Bonaventure hotel just down the road. The event will be based around the company's new Radeon R9 290X GPU and is open to the public.

 

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AMD says that there is an open door policy for gamers to come in and check out the new GPU and play some games. The Event takes place between 3PM and 8PM. The game of choice will be Bioshock Infinite which will be displayed on 4K monitors. Sources say that AMD will also have systems set up beside the R9 GPU that will be running NVIDIA's GTX 780 as a comparison.

Netflix for Android gets updated, now faster with smoother navigation

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Oct 17, 2013 2:09 am

Today Netflix rolled out version 3.0 of its app for Android. This update features a completely redesigned user interface that is refined, faster and easier to navigate. Overall, the layout is very similar to what we are use to seeing, but the entire skin is sharper, and more crisp.

 

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Netflix redesigned the backend of the app from the ground up and as a result, things are more responsive. When you touch the screen, your touch is instantly recognized, and the screen scrolls like you would expect. Netflix has also improved compatibility with Chromecast and the service feels much more snappy now when casting to your Chromecast. Netflix is slowly rolling the new app out over the next few days so if you have not gotten the update yet, be patient and it will arrive soon.

ReportTT: Apple cuts orders for new iPhone 5C units by 20-percent

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 17, 2013 1:09 am

A new Report from Reuters is cluing us in on how well Apple's iPhone 5C is doing. According to the article, demands for the iPhone 5C has not been as high as Apple had expected. It appears that Apple fans like the 5S much more than they do the 5C, which has led to Apple cutting production by 20-percent on the plastic bodied 5C.

 

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While Apple may not have expected this, many industry analyst saw it coming the moment Apple released the pricing on the device. Investors and consumers widely expected the 5C to retail in the $199 range off contract, with a contract version in the $50-99 range for a 32GB model. This aggressive pricing was needed in order to take hold in the emerging markets, but apple failed to see that, and the result appears to be a plastic phone that may very well be a total flop.

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