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iPhone 5S plagued by BSoD, who would've thought?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 12, 2013 8:47 am

Windows users will remember their fair share of BSoD's (Blue Screen of Death) over the years, but those days are mostly behind us thanks to Windows 7, and up. But, it looks like some iPhone 5S users are experiencing their own BSoD screens.

 

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The BSoD isn't what it used to be in the early Windows NT days, where it usually resulted in the installation of a bad driver, but it looks like those who are installing the free iWork apps, then trying to multi-task, a BSoD appears briefly before it restarts. Some iPhone 5S users are also reporting that they're experiencing random reboots, too.

 

Apple's latest iOS 7.0.2 doesn't address the BSoD or random reboot errors, but it does appear to fix up the security holes found in the lockscreen, thankfully.

Valve demos prototype Steam Controller in recently released video

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 11, 2013 9:00 pm

Today Valve released a new video that shows off some of their developers running through games like Portal Counter Strike: GO and Civilization 5. The devs show off how the track pads act much like how a mouse works and it appears to work well with most games.

 

 

In the video you can see an picture in picture setup that showcases the controller as the game is being played. Personally, I don't know how I feel about the controller yet. I am hoping that Valve will have it on display at CES for the media to try out.

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Apple joins Google in quest for BlackBerry engineers

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 11, 2013 6:43 pm

Following in Google's footsteps, Apple is looking to gain from BlackBerry's ongoing demise. Unlike Google who opened up an engineering hub just down the road from BlackBerry, Apple is looking to poach employees from the failing company via LinkedIn.

 

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Just days after BlackBerry announced that it would be laying off more than 4500 employees, Apple began sending out invitations via LinkedIn to a recruitment event that was being held just 15-minutes down the road from BlackBerry headquarters. Normally poaching employees is frowned upon, but with BlackBerry now resuming talks of being split up and sold off, I am sure that these engineers see these acts from Google and Apple as a blessing.

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Nintendo Wii U sees 685% sales increase thanks to Zelda: Wind Waker

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Oct 11, 2013 5:40 pm

Sales of Nintendo's Wii U saw a drastic boost after The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker was released. A new report from Nintendo Life says that the company saw an increase in hardware sales of more than 685% in the UK alone. This proves Nintendo's longtime stance that games sell hardware and not vice versa.

 

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UK head of marketing for Nintendo, James Honeywell said: "We have long believed that software sells hardware and it's great to see that reaffirmed this week with an uplift of Wii U hardware sales to coincide with the launch of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD."

Nexus 5 gets Bluetooth 4.0 certified ahead of next weeks launch

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 11, 2013 4:32 pm

Google's Nexus 5 has cleared what could be the final hurdle before its launch next week. Techradar is reporting that the next-gen flagship from Google has passed Bluetooth 4.0 certification. Many industry analyst are expect the Nexus 5 to launch next week on October 15th at its Launchpad Developer event.

 

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The Nexus 5 is said to feature a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 8000 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 5-inch full HD display. An 8-megapixel rear camera. The phone will be manufactured by LG and it is expected to run Android 4.4 KitKat and will upgrade to Android 5.0 sometime next year.

RumorTT: Apple's iWatch to feature home automation tech, and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Oct 11, 2013 11:10 am

Samsung is already here with its Galaxy Gear smartwatch, and preparations for its successor, with Apple still waiting in the wings with its own iWatch. But, we have a new research note from Brian White, an analyst for Cantor Fitzgerald, who says:

 

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As an Apple supplier, our contact offered insight into the "iWatch" and described this potential new device as much more than an extension of your iPhone but as a multi-purpose gateway in allowing consumers to control their home (i.e., heating/cooling, lights, audio, video, etc.).

 

Now, if this happens, it would be quite a different product to what most expect it to be. This would allow iWatch users, with the compatible technology and appliances in their houses, to control lighting and temperature, all from their iWatch. There are two rumored iWatch products to arrive, with a 1.3- and 1.6-inch model, both with 320x320 AMOLED screens.

RumorTT: Apple halving the daily production of iPhone 5C units

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 11, 2013 9:35 am

Apple thought its 'cheaper' iPhone 5C would sell well, but there are now reports that the company is cutting daily production of the iPhone 5C in half. This would cut daily production from 300,000 units to just 150,000 units.

 

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If you want an iPhone 5C, shipping times on it are sitting at around 24 hours, with the iPhone 5S shipping times pushed out to weeks in some countries. Then there's the "grey market" in China to consider, with the iPhone 5C originally priced at $700 when it launched, but is now selling at around $500 in some areas.

 

When the iPhone 5C was revealed, I didn't think the price was good enough to warrant it being a 'cheaper' iPhone. If we see a next-gen Nexus 5 at $299-$399, it's going to completely cannabalize the iPhone 5C sales in some countries, if not most. If Apple had priced the iPhone 5C at $349, it would've been a totally, totally different story.

AMD unveils Gaming Evolved Control Center, makes PC gaming 'easier'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Oct 11, 2013 8:35 am

NVIDIA has its own GeForce Experience software suite, which tweaks your PC and in-game settings to provide you with a 'better' gaming experience, and now the Red Team has announced its own software: Gaming Evolved Control Center, which is still in beta.

 

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AMD teamed up with Rapr to maek the suite, which offers tools for chat, taking screenshots, and tweaking in-game settings for better performance. Gaming Evolved is heavily spun with Rapr's community data, which determines the best configuration for your PC and games. Rapt's rewards system is mixed in, offering beta access to certain games and free DLC for using the service, which is a nice bonus.

 

Through AMD's new software, you can stream directly to Twitch, with the added ability of simultaneously watching someone else's broadcast while you're blasting around in another game. AMD says that its new software is designed to "make PC gaming as simple to use as consoles" but I disagree. PC gaming is not meant to be "simple," as it takes away the major difference between consoles and PCs.

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YouTube offline viewing mode could be something quite big for Google

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Oct 11, 2013 7:33 am

YouTube has provided some more details on how its upcoming offline viewing mode will work: if you add a video to your device to view later, and then disconnect that device from the Internet, you'll be able to watch that video for up to 48 hours without Internet connectivity.

 

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Once those 48 hours are up, you'll need to reconnect to the Internet if you want to watch the videos again, it will refresh that you're connected, and the videos will still be playable, for another 48 hours. The offline videos and playlists will be stored on your device, under an "on device" section of the YouTube sidebar. You can add more content to your device directly from the watch page, or from wherever you are viewing a video from.

 

Google will push out an update of YouTube for mobile in the coming weeks, where this new feature will be front and center.

Google Maps for Android updated with even more features

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Oct 11, 2013 5:34 am

Google has pushed out an update to Maps for Android, which now provides quicker access to flight, hotel and restaurant reservations that are linked to your Google account.

 

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These details will show up in your search history on mobile, but are limited to just the United States right now, and in English. Some UI tweaks have been brushed into the update, which shoot you into navigation and traffic overviews quicker. The new update to Google Maps for the web also sees some improvements, with multiple stops when planning driving routes, and search results for upcoming events nearby.

 

These additions will be showing their heads in the Android version in the coming weeks.

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