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Samsung to 'lower its dependence' on smartphones, will move elsewhere

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 11, 2013 10:36 am

Something that shouldn't be stated, but has been, is that Samsung is looking to "lower its dependence" on its smartphone business. The news is coming from Korea's ETNews, who says that Samsung wants to not rely on its smartphones business as a revenue generator.

 

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Instead, it will look at other areas to beef up its massive profits, instead of just smartphones. ETNews' sources say that Samsung's "focus will be placed on smartphone derivatives in the short term, such as peripherals and accessories" while it works on wearable devices, like its Galaxy Gear smartwatch.

The PS4's share button has been pressed over 10.9 million times

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Dec 11, 2013 9:37 am

Just how popular is the share button on the PS4's new controller? Very. Sony has said that there have been over 10.9 million presses on the button across the world, during its PS4 livestreaming services today.

 

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Twitch and Ustream have hosted close to 800,000 gameplay streams combined, and have seen over 7.1 million spectator sessions on the PS4 since it launched. The Japanese electronics giant has also said that around 10% of all Twitch-broadcasted content has come from PS4 systems since it launched in the US on November 15.

 

This pushes a number of 20 million minutes of live broadcasting from the PS4 along, which is just insane.

Galaxy S4 catches fire, Nokia offers the guy a free Lumia smartphone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 11, 2013 8:34 am

It wasn't long ago that a Galaxy S4 smartphone owner had his smartphone catch fire, where he took a video of it for proof, which you can watch below. Well, he contacted Samsung, who offered to swap the phone, but Samsung wanted him to remove the video, and agree to its terms, first.

 

 

Richard, the owner of the Galaxy S4, declined, where he put the terms and conditions Samsung sent him, on video, which is below.

 

 

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Well, the story gets better, as Nokia came to the rescue, offering Richard a free Lumia smartphone, saying: "Let me send you a Nokia Lumia so you can experience how customer service should *really* work". Pow, right in the kisser, Samsung.

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ASUS PadFone Mini gets the hands-on treatment in Taiwan

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 11, 2013 7:58 am

Our friends at Mobile Geeks were at a special event in Taiwan hosted by ASUS, where the Taiwanese giant showed off its PadFone Mini smartphone, which is a smaller version of its 10-inch PadFone Infinity.

 

 

The ASUS PadFone Mini has a 4.3-inch Super IPS display with a 960x540 resolution, the 1.4GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 SoC, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal flash storage which is expandable to 64GB through microSD, a 1500mAh battery, and weighs just 105g. Of course, there's a dock it can slide into, which sports a 7-inch 1280x800 display, adds another 2200mAh battery, and itself weighs 310g.

 

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ASUS will be pricing the PadFone Mini at around $400, which is Nexus 5 territory. But, this price is for the smartphone, and the dock - which is a surprisingly good price from ASUS.

John Carmack: previous-gen consoles are 'far from tapped out'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Dec 11, 2013 7:39 am

During an interview with Wired, John Carmack talked with the struggles of requiring hardware upgrades to continue gaming. Carmack looked back on the days of making Doom a 386-only game, something that paid off, as he said the experience with a 286-based machine at the time would've been sub par.

 

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Carmack also talked about the last generation of consoles, the Xbox 360 and PS3, with their hardware not yet fully utilized. But now, programmers and developers are having to move onto next-gen hardware. Carmack said: "Even to this day, I struggle a little bit with that; there's so much you can still do on the previous console generation."

 

He continued: "The 360 and PS3 are far from tapped out in terms of what a developer could do with them, but the whole world's gonna move over towards next-gen and high-end PCs and all these other things. Part of me still frets a little bit about that, where just as you fully understand a previous generation, you have to put it away to kind of surf forward on the tidal wave of technology that's always moving. That's something that we've struggled with in every generation. And now I at least know enough to recognize that some of my internal feelings or fondness for technology that I understand or have done various things with usually has to be put aside. Because data has shown over the decades that that's usually not as important as you think it is."

Major Xbox One update is being pushed to consoles across the world

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Dec 11, 2013 6:35 am

Microsoft's Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb has revealed that an update is being pushed out to the Xbox One today, which should fix a fair amount of issues for the next-gen console. The full list is below:

 

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  • Addresses SmartGlass issues for some users when coming in and out of connected standby
  • Addresses multiplayer issues for some users when re-joining games
  • Addresses issues with inconsistent notifications for some users
  • Addresses dashboard performance for some users
  • Offers improvements for Xbox One's TV, system update, and content update services for scaling over time
  • Updated wireless networking driver to improve connectivity issues for some users

Autodesk is working with Oculus Rift, Autodesk and VR? Interesting

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Dec 11, 2013 5:04 am

One of the more interesting companies working with Oculus VR's Rift headset, is Autodesk. The developer has held its Autodesk University in Vegas, where it showed off some impressive Rift projects to the crowd.

 

 

Autodesk noticed one thing about Rift: it "generates buzz, draws crowds around your booth, with people waiting in line just for the chance to look at your product or service. If your business does trade shows, Arch Virtual can definitely help build a Rift app for your next show." Better yet, when you actually want to show someone your product within Rift, it gets even better.

 

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Autodesk teases: "We could even place the viewer on an animated path that shrinks them down to travel directly inside a massive version of your product. The opportunity to tell a story and show off the best features your product or service has to offer is a tremendous, unprecedented opportunity." This is a big selling point of the Rift, is that it creates the world for you - something you simply cannot do on a computer screen, or a TV.

Microsoft to possibly bring back the Start menu in 'Threshold' update

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Dec 11, 2013 4:33 am

We heard about the Threshold update not long ago, something that might include more than we expect from Microsoft. Now we have Microsoft expert, Paul Thurrott, chiming in, where he believes we might see a return of the Start menu to Windows.

 

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The Start menu would return to an optional desktop-only version of Windows, something that would be included in desktop versions of the OS. Touch-based versions of the OS will completely rid themselves of the desktop component, and will not feature the Start menu, and will only use the Start screen as its one, and only UI.

 

I think this makes much more sense, and is something I've talked about in various articles. Splitting the OS up into two: one with a Start menu/destined for desktop, one for touch-based devices/notebooks. I'm sure you could still get your hands on the desktop-based OS with the Start menu, and install it onto your notebook/Ultrabook, which is something I will be doing in the near future.

Google announces the launch of its new Open Gallery initiative

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Dec 11, 2013 4:00 am

It's widely known that Google would like to see the entire world digitized and uploaded to the web, and its newest initiative brings us one step closer to that reality. Today Google launched its Open Gallery service that enables museums and art galleries to easily upload photos and build online exhibits for the world to see.

 

 

The new Open Gallery Initiative is part of Google's Cultural Institute, and allows museums and galleries to enhance their existing website, or create a new one for free. Open Gallery will help parties develop extremely high-resolutions images of their exhibits so that visitors can zoom in on paintings and see each individual brush stroke the artist left behind. Entry into the program is on a Google-selected basis at the moment, and interested parties can visit the source link below to sign up to be considered.

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Corsair rolls out its Airflow memory coolers for Vengeance Pro RAM

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Dec 11, 2013 3:14 am

Corsair has released its Airflow memory coolers, which attach to the top of its Vengeance Pro line of RAM. There are multiple colors to choose from, so your RAM will look stylish in more ways than one.

 

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Corsair have used a 60mm PWM-controlled fan on the Airflow cooler, which can spin right up to 3500RPM if needed, pushing a nice 14.5CFM. So if you're overclocking your Vengeance Pro RAM, and you're finding it too hot, then the Airflow will be the best accessory for you. Not only that, but it'll look awesome sitting in your PC, too.

 

The three colors mentioned, are silver, red and blue. I'm sure there'll be more colors in the future, but for now this is it.

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