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Tesla Motors could build an F-150 like pickup truck within 5 years

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Nov 14, 2013 12:35 pm

Even with the issues that some of its Model S electric vehicles are going through, Tesla Motors are pushing through with some new ideas. CEO Elon Musk has said that the company is planning to make a pickup truck.

 

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Tesla Motors' pickup truck would be similar to that of Ford's F-Series pickup truck, with the F-150 pickup truck being the best-selling vehicle of any kind in the US, so you can see Tesla's motivation. The news comes from Musk's discussion during Business Insider's IGNITION event in New York yesterday. He talked about the pickup truck in a post-interview Q&A, after he was asked if his company would make a fleet truck for companies like FedEx and UPS.

 

He replied, saying that Tesla is currently in the planning stages of the truck, not in the commercial stages, because the market opportunity for commercial trucks is smaller. Musk said that the Tesla pickup truck would be designed with the F-150 as inspiration, because it is just so popular.

AMD's Mantle API will work with at least 15 Frostbite-powered games

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 14, 2013 11:33 am

The AMD APU13 conference is continuing on, with some new details about AMD's Mantle API. DICE's front man for the Frostbite engine, Johan Andersson, took the stage at the APU13 conference to talk about Mantle, and how it is going to be used extensively in Frostbite.

 

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Andersson said that there would be a Mantle-powered version of Battlefield 4 released soon, something I'm excited to start testing on, and that there will be a bunch more games released under the Frostbite engine, that would be powered by Mantle. The biggest benefit to take away here is that Mantle has a lot less of an overhead to it, when compared to DirectX.

 

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Jorjen Katsman, from Nixxes, the developer who is working on porting Thief to the PC, said that DirectX 11 has an overhead of around 40%, while Mantle has an overhead of just 8%. Katsman said that it's "not unrealistic that you'd get 20% additional GPU performance" with a Mantle-powered GPU.

 

There are currently 15 games in development that will support Mantle, which will include Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, the Mirror's Edge prequel, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Star Citizen, Thief, and more. These are some of the biggest games coming soon, so it's an exciting time to be an AMD fan.

Analyst: Apple's iWatch to arrive in two different sizes

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Nov 14, 2013 10:34 am

It looks like Apple's iWatch could arrive in two separate sizes, at 1.3 and 1.7 inches. The former will be aimed at women, with the latter being aimed at men. The news is coming from NPD DisplaySearch analyst, David Hsieh.

 

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The Korea Herald reports: "Apple's wearable iWatch is expected to come with a 1.7-inch OLED display for men's watches and a 1.3-inch OLED screen for women, David Hsieh, DisplaySearch's Vice President of the Greater China Market, said at a conference today in Taiwan, citing Apple sources. It is yet to be confirmed whether the displays will be flexible but sources said it was a possibility, since Apple will want to upstage Samsung's Galaxy Gear."

 

Will you be waiting in line for the iWatch? I think Apple needs to really pull a rabbit out of its hat with its wearable computing, as it will be competing with Google Glass next year.

LG to launch its curved G Flex smartphone in the US shortly

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 14, 2013 9:30 am

If you were waiting on LG's curved, and beautiful-looking G Flex smartphone in the US, it looks like you won't have to wait long. @evleaks is at it yet again, with a single tweet giving the US some hope.

 

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@evleaks has said that the G Flex smartphone is confirmed to hit the US, and it will launch on at least three US carriers: AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile. Other than that, we have no other details, so pricing or the exact ETA on the G Flex is not currently known. We'll be sure to let you know more when the news hits.

RumorTT: Facebook tried to acquire Snapchat for $3 billion

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 14, 2013 8:36 am

Facebook has reportedly offered Snapchat a nice $3 billion to acquire the picture-sharing startup, but Snapchat refused the deal. The reason for the decline is that Snapchat is currently enjoying multiple companies bidding for them, which is a great reason, isn't it?

 

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Considering Facebook paid - at the time a huge $1 billion for Instagram, this isn't chump change by any measure. But, Snapchat is also huge, as it is one of the most popular messaging apps over mobile devices right now. The social network reportedly put another bid in previously, at $1 billion, so an increase to $3 billion shows just how powerful the messaging application is.

 

There are around 350 million messages sent per day through Snapchat, just to give you an idea of how big it is.

Intel's new 9-series chipset reportedly won't feature SATA Express

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Nov 14, 2013 6:30 am

Intel have something exciting for 2014, and that's the new Z97 platform, which is going to be the new high-end, Haswell-E platform. Well, the Z97 chipset will reportedly not feature the new SATA Express standard, which is a disappointment.

 

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SATA Express is part of the new Serial ATA 3.2 standard, which will feature new connectors that are backwards compatible, as well as some nifty PCIe-based SATA Express devices. SATA Express is expected to provide a choice of AHCI or NVM Express host interfaces, which should pump more speed through its already fast pipes.

Facebook Messenger revamped, is now available

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Nov 14, 2013 5:33 am

I admit it: I used to be a huge Facebook Messenger user, but I've converted over to Hangouts for most of my chat now. I still use Messenger for chatting with people I can't chat with on Hangouts, but Messenger has just received a new update, and it looks swish.

 

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It was previously only made available for a limited number of users, but now it has rolled out to the public, with an all-new design and fresh new features. We have a nice white and light blue design, as well as improved performance, and new chat features. The new chat features include the ability to message people with just their phone number, which is a nice touch.

 

You can grab the latest version of Facebook Messenger from the Google Play Store, if your device hasn't auto-updated already.

Obduction, from the makers of Myst, passes its Kickstarter goal

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 14, 2013 4:30 am

If you remember Myst, then you'll know who Cyan is, and you'll be excited for their upcoming game Obduction. The developer hit up Kickstarter for some crowdfunding for Obduction, to the tune of $1.1 million.

 

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They reached it, and now it will go into production for an October 2015 release on Mac and Windows. I'm incredibly excited about the game, and I'm hoping that it reaches its stretch goal of $1.3 million, as that will include Oculus Rift support - something that would be absolutely mind blowing. It is something I've talked about (wanting a Myst-like game on the Rift) and something that I can't wait to play.

 

I've just made a pledge, and I can't wait to hopefully see this game hit $1.3 million in the next couple of days for that Oculus Rift support!

Zepp 3D sports motion sensor will be available on Nov 19 for $150

By: Idene Saatchi | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Nov 14, 2013 4:06 am

Zepp's 3D motion sensor helps you get better at golf, baseball, or tennis. The Zepp sensor will probably be pretty useful for people that take their training seriously. The device can attach to a racket, bat or a glove and will collect data from the swings you take and show you on your smartphone through Bluetooth.

 

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Zepp can tell you stuff like the speed and power, angles, hip rotation from your swings, and even your shot type for tennis. Zepp's 3D motion sensors are now available from zepp for $150 or from Apple and Verizon on the 19th. The device comes with the sensor, app, and the mount.

Motorola's Moto X will receive the update to Android 4.4 very soon

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 14, 2013 3:30 am

Today Motorola's CEO, Dennis Woodside, announced that the company's flagship Moto X smartphone will receive the update to Android 4.4 KitKat in just a few weeks. This comes just hours after the company launched its budget friendly Moto G smartphone that will have to wait until January to receive KitKat.

 

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The update will bring forth a host of new and exciting features to the Moto X including new ways to incorporate all of your messaging apps into one, and new features for your contact list. Unfortunately, Moto X phones purchased through carriers will take longer to update as the carriers will each have to individually approve the update which means weeks of testing.

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