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Microsoft's IllumiRoom tech looks like it won't reach consumers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 3, 2013 8:36 am

Microsoft is in the news today for at least half of the right reasons, where the Redmond-based software giant just acquired Nokia's Devices and Services Division. This news on the other hand, is all about its IllumiRoom technology.



It looks like the proof-of-concept technology won't be making it to the consumer market, as it has been deemed too expensive. The let down happened during Gamescom 2013, where Xbox One director of product planning Albert Penello said that he wouldn't expect gamers to see IllumiRoom. He said that it was awesome if you're in the lab and have Microsoft money to have it all setup, but this would cost thousands of dollars for the average consumer to set it up.




While it wouldn't sell in the millions, there would still be some high-end gamers that would kill for this technology. Kinect isn't really the expensive part either, it's mostly the investment that needs to be put into the projector setup. Boo.

Acer unveils the Liquid S2 smartphone, capable of shooting 4K video

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 3, 2013 7:36 am

Acer has just seemingly come out of nowhere with the Liquid S2 smartphone, announcing it as IFA 2013 kicks off. The Acer Liquid S2 is a special smartphone, as it's the first in the world capable of shooting 4K video.




Not only that, but we have some impressive specifications inside, and outside of the Liquid S2, too. First off, we have Qualcomm's very capable Snapdragon 800 SoC, 2GB of RAM, a 6-inch 1920x1080 display which provides a very tidy 368 pixels per inch, 16GB of on-board flash storage, and Android 4.2.2. Jelly Bean.


Acer has said that the Liquid S2 will be made available next month, but haven't teased us with pricing just yet. It looks like Acer has just trumped most of the other companies with a surprising, and refreshing smartphone that also looks great, too. I can't wait to get my hands on one, but it'll force me to purchase myself a 4K display - boo.

Minecraft has sold over 12 million copies on the PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 3, 2013 6:30 am

Minecraft is huge, and now it's even bigger, where the game has become one of the best-selling PC games of all time. Minecraft has sold over 12 million copies on the PC, which is a gigantic milestone.




In the past 24 hours alone, over 14,000 people have purchased the game. With over 12 million copies sold on the PC, it has surpassed some of the best-selling PC games of all time, such as Half-Life (!), Battlefield 2 and StarCraft. At the rate it's going, it's going to slam right into Half-Life 2 and Diablo II in the near future.


The only games after a smash-hit like Half-Life 2 or Diablo are the Sims games, with The Sims and The Sims 2 becoming Minecraft's next target. Minecraft is most likely going to end up as the best-selling PC game, of all time.

LOLTT: Xbox One won't support external storage at launch

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Sep 3, 2013 4:31 am

Seriously Microsoft, what are you trying to do? Are you trying to sell the PlayStation 4, or are you trying to sell your own console? Because this latest news isn't helping you.




Microsoft spokesperson Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb has said that the Xbox One, at launch, will not support external storage. He was responding to a PAX Prime attendees question, where he explained that Microsoft plans to allow Xbox One users to use external HDDs if they need more space, but this feature will not be working at launch.


He said: "The Xbox One will ship with the 500 GB hard drive, all of them have that. The future plan is for definitely to support external storage much like we do on the Xbox 360. My understanding is that feature will not be there at launch, because the team is working on some other things, but it definitely is on the list. I don't know when it will come in though."


I have no idea what Microsoft is thinking here... they are a software company, with traits of Windows 8 in the Xbox One. Windows 8 is a full blown desktop OS that supports countless styles of HDDs, RAID arrays, SSDs, and more. Why won't the Xbox One be capable of using external storage on day one is beyond me. Microsoft's next-gen console doesn't seem so next-gen now, does it?

Breaking News: Microsoft buys Nokia's Devices and Services division

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 3, 2013 3:42 am

In an unexpected turn of events, Microsoft has announced its intentions to purchase Nokia's Devices and Services divisions for a reported $5 billion dollars. Additionally, the Redmond computing pioneer will also license all related patents from the Finnish telecom giant for an additional $2.2 billion.




The transaction is expected to be under review until 2014 and is expected to finalize sometime during the first quarter. Nokia Executives expected to transfer to Microsoft in the deal include Stephen Elop, Jo Harlow, Juha Putkiranta, Timo Toikkanen, and Chris Weber. Stay tuned to TweakTown for full coverage of the acquisition as news begins flowing in.

8GB Nexus 4 sells out on the Google Play Store, won't be coming back

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 3, 2013 3:37 am

Google announced the $100 price cut to the Nexus 4 last week, while I sat at home thinking it would sell quickly, but not this quickly. The company has announced that the 8GB version of the Nexus 4 is now sold out on the Google Play Store, and won't be restocked.




The 16GB version is still available for the great price of $249, while the 8GB version is still listed in other countries' Play Store's, for now, so if you want to pick it up, do it now. Those of you based in the US missed out on the superstar $199 smartphone, but for just $50 more you can still pick up the 16GB version. Even to this day, with the lack of LTE connectivity, I think it's one of the best smartphones on the market.


The $199 and $249 pricing for the 8GB and 16GB devices respectively just makes that deal cheaper. Apple, you'd better be pricing your new iPhone 5C at $199-$249, or you're going to be in for a big surprise. Even the iPhone 5S better be priced competitively if Google can dump out its flagship handset for under $250.

Gearbox Software working on two new IPs for next-gen platforms

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 3, 2013 2:33 am

Gearbox Software has quite the following now, with the smash-hit Borderlands franchise, but where are they going into the future? Well, in front of a crowd of PAX Prime 2013 attendees, Gearbox Software president Randy Pitchford announced his company is working on two new original games for next-generation platforms.




There is no information behind that one sentence, but if you want to get into the betas of these upcoming titles, you can do so through a promotion for its upcoming Gearbox Community Day event. This is the developer's annual community event that will be streamed online through Twitch, with viewers who purchase the "digital bonus pack" will secure themselves a place in the future closed beta test.


The digital bonus pack also includes a high-definition stream of Gearbox Community Day 2013, Shift codes for Borderlands 2 and a free copy of Homeworld HD. Gearbox Community Day happens on September 14, with more information available at Gearbox's official site.

Acer's new 24-inch all-in-one PC also runs Android

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Sep 2, 2013 11:23 am

I think we're going to see more of these devices in the future, but Acer has taken some time out before IFA kicks off in Berlin to announce its new DA241HL.




The Acer DA241HL features an ageing NVIDIA Tegra 3 SoC which powers the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean side of things, with the all-in-one PC crammed into a 24-inch 1080p display. The all-in-one PC can also use an MHL connection to send content to an external display. It will launch mid next month starting at 429 euros.

RumorTT: Samsung expanding its Galaxy Note devices to 12.2 inches

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 2, 2013 8:29 am

It looks like Samsung is about to unleash an even bigger Galaxy Note tablet, with MovePlayer showing off a picture of a black tablet with a few changes from the usual Galaxy Note slates we're used to.




As you can see from the above shot, the Galaxy Note 12.2 would primarily be used for landscape use, with a physical home button at the bottom of the slate. There's also a menu and back button, which is a common feature on the Galaxy S range of smartphones. We should expect Samsung to cram in a high-res 2560x1600-pixel panel into the tablet, as well as its high-end Exynos 5 Octa processor.


We could even expect the Galaxy Note 12.2 to be unveiled at the upcoming IFA event in Berlin later this week, joined by the Galaxy Note III smartphone and the Galaxy Gear smartwatch.

Apple cuts vacation time down for AppleCare employees

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 2, 2013 7:34 am

Apple is hosting an event on September 10, where we should be introduced to the iPhone 5S. Now there's news popping up that the company is restricting vacation time of AppleCare employees between September 15-28.




This falls right in line with the rumored launch date of the iPhone 5S and 5C smartphones, hitting consumers on September 20. iOS 7 is expected to drop in the same week. The above photo is an internal document leaked to AppleInsider which reportedly shows the amount of time off available to AppleCare employees during September, which drops heavily once September 15 hits.


This is just more confirmation that Apple will unleash the iPhone 5S and 5C smartphones on September 10 with a September 20 release.

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