Consumers are extending the lives of their tablets - and many others are turning their attention to phablets - which negatively hit tablet sales in 2014, according to the Gartner research firm. Global tablet sales will reach 229 million units in 2014, an 11 percent surge year-over-year, but manufacturers will need to create appealing offers to win over potential customers.
Phablets, 2-in-1 convertible laptops and other devices have become cheaper, and have become more appealing to consumers. Gartner believes there will be 155 million fewer tablet replacements through 2018, along with 90 million fewer new tablet purchases in the consumer market.
"The market is clearly favoring those vendors offering value in lower-priced smartphones," said Roberta Cozza, Gartner research director, in a press statement. "This trend has become more apparent, especially in the second quarter of 2014 when most of the top Chinese smartphone vendors grew volume and market share. As smartphones reach lower prices, Gartner expects nine out of 10 phones to be smartphones by 2018."
Sony has shown off some new updates that are set to enter the PlayStation 4, with the PS4 interface itself being updated in a 2.0 system update. Part of the new update includes the ability of a USB Media Player, something that should be welcomed with warm arms.
Gamers can't transfer music to the PS4, but they'll be able to play MP3, MP4, M4A and 3GP files from a USB stick inserted into the PlayStation 4, as background music while they game. Sony is also amplifying the social interaction on the PS4, which will now suggest "players you may know", recommending PS4 users that your friends frequently game with. On top of that, if purchasing themes isn't something you're into, the new PS4 2.0 update will allow you to customize the background color of the PS4 interface.
The new update will also provide a feature to add a game to your library, instead of forcing you through the steps of cancelling that unwanted download. Continuously expanding gaming libraries will be easier to manage with the PS4 2.0 update, with improved filters to organize your game collection. The PS4's live broadcasting tool is also being reworked, providing gamers with more control for following broadcasts, searching for specific games, as well as archiving sessions.
Floating around in space can't be all that fun, and after being up there for days, weeks, or months on end, you'd get pretty bored, right? Well, NASA is looking at solutions to this boredom, where it is looking at creating a VR holodeck, using the Oculus Rift.
Scientists over at the University of Dartmouth's Digital Arts Leadership and Innovation lab (DALI) have been working on this type of software and technology since 2001, where they recently received a grant of $1.6 million from NASA to fund their work. They are now on a mission to create virtual environments and digital therapists to de-stress astronauts in deep space, as well as help manage inter-personal conflicts, if they were to arise.
Dartmouth research professor Lorie Loeb said in a press release that the team was working on multi-sensory experiences, something that included smells and sounds that would "trick the brain and make people feel as if they are in a variety of beautiful and calm settings, such as with their family at home or strolling on the beach". Not only that, but the team is working on digital therapists that would "assess and manage psychosocial problems to prevent them from becoming serious enough to jeopardize a mission".
Well, now that Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is out, we're finding out about all the weird and wonderful weapons that the first-person shooter has to offer. One of these, is the Boganella.
For those not in tune with Australian slang, 'bogan' would be along the lines of what Americans would call a 'redneck', with the Boganella a talking shotgun, with a bogan personality. 2K Australia were the developers behind the new Borderlands, so there are countless Australian references in the game, with this being one of the bigger ones.
The Boganella is a shotgun that talks every time you fire it, dropping F bombs and much more. If you switch the Boganella out for another weapon, it'll even swear at you, saying "later, ya c***". Yes, this is real. A talking shotgun, that sounds like a bogan, is now in a game. Where do we go from here, folks?
According to the company's quarterly report, Intel has enjoyed a massive revenue boost, with it being the first time Intel was able to ship so many processors in a quarter. As the chipmaking giant shipped over 100 million processors in the last three months, the company generated a revenue of $14.6 billion during this time.
Intel is very confident that the fourth quarter will generate consistency, with analysts predicting a $14.7 billion in revenue. As a result, the company generated $3.3 billion in net profits. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said, "We are pleased by the progress the company is making, ". He continued, "We achieved our best-ever revenue and strong profits in the third quarter. There is more to do, but our results give us confidence that we're successfully executing to our strategy of extending our products across a broad range of exciting new markets."
The PC Client group generated a revenue of $9.2 billion, which is a 6% growth compared to Q3 2013 and a 9% boost year-over-year. Other business groups such as Data Center Group generated a total revenue of $3.7 billion during the previous quarter, which amounts to 16% growth year-over-year. But other groups such as Internet of Things group generated about $500 million in revenue which reflects a 2% down slide compared to the same three-month period of 2013. The Mobile and Communications groups generated a revenue of $1 million, but according to the company, it's consistent with its expectations. Meanwhile, the software and services group generated $558 million.
Ubisoft is nowhere to be found when it comes to the new iPad Air 2 from Apple, especially with crazy, insane numbers like 120FPS. But, the full specs on the new iPad Air 2 show that there are some big upgrades in Apple's thinner iPad Air, especially when you consider there was nothing but a Touch ID addition to the 'new' iPad mini 3.
We have an iPad Air 2 that is 18% thinner than the iPad Air, at just 6.1mm, Apple's new A8X processor backed up by the M8 co-processor, 120FPS video recording abilities with its 8-megapixel iSight camera, Touch ID, and more. We have it at 9.4 inches high (or 240mm), and 6.6 inches wide (or 169.5mm), up to 10 hours of battery life, and AirPlay Mirroring (photos, audio and video out) to Apple TV (second-generation or later).
Apple's new iPad Air 2 will be available for pre-order on Apple's website starting tomorrow, October 17, starting at $499 for the 16GB model, $599 for the 64GB model, and $699 for the 128GB model.
Google has signed an agreement to start laying down fiber optic cable connection from Florida to Brazil, with the agreement made with Brazil's telecom company Algar Telecom, along with African company Angola Cables.
The cable will be covering 6,560 miles and will have six fiber pairs which should provide a network bandwidth up to 1Tbps. The undertaking of this project is said to cost about $60 million. TE Connectivity SubCom is the one who received this contract for construction and said to complete its work by late 2016. Google Latin America head Cristian Ramos said, "As more people get access to the Internet, more capacity to the infrastructure that keeps the Internet running is needed, so that everyone can have a fast, safe and useful online experience."
It is being speculated that the reason for Google to choose Brazil is to bring more Internet connectivity that can greatly benefit from high-speed connections. Many countries in South America are deemed as emerging markets according to analyst from J. Gold Associate Jack Gold. On the other side, as expected not many companies are happy with Google's entry as an Internet service provider. The CEO of Allied Fiber Hunter Newby said that companies will want to control costs, provisioning, quality and repair. He also said, "Those that have control can impose their will."
Apple unveiled its new iPad mini 3 earlier today, but one of the things missed that most don't seem to be reporting on, is that it doesn't have much in the way of changes from its predecessor, the iPad mini 2.
Sure, it has Touch ID, but other than that, the only other difference is a $100 increase in price. It has the same A7 and M7 chips inside of it, just like the iPad mini 2, the same display size and resolution, the same camera, and is even the same weight and dimensions as last year's model. This means that Apple didn't touch anything on the inside, or outside of the new iPad mini 3, apart from providing fingerprint security - something it is charging $100 more for.
For a company that is always about thinner, lighter, better, this is a very odd step for them. Why even bother with the iPad mini 3? Why not wait until the resolution could've been increased, or slap in the A8 processor inside? What do you think about this? $100 more and Touch ID? Good enough? A misstep by Apple?
Reports pointed out that AMD is strengthening its partnership with Asustek Computer, one of the tier 1 manufacturer of many components. In this case, AMD is apparently pairing itself with Asustek to boost the sales of its AMD-based products.
In exchange, Asustek gets an exclusive price cut of AMD products. According to sources, AMD's desktop processor currently holds 30% of the desktop processor market. While by theory it looks favourable for AMD, the amount of success from this partnership is something that only time will prove. It is also pointed out that AMD will be using the word 'Zen' to name its next-generation desktop APU that will be coming out in 2016. Of course, the popularity of these hardware components can only stand out if the performance justifies the price against its competition. AMD doesn't have any new architecture for their FX series lineup at the moment, but have been concentrating on APUs.
Of course, that would also mean that it might create issues with other motherboard manufacturers. It's not clear the amount of 'special discount' or what special services that Asustek gets from AMD, or how this would benefit AMD once their upcoming APU is released. That will simply create a friction between AMD and motherboard manufacturers, while other manufacturers may even start to reduce AMD-based projects, which defeats the purpose of having a special alignment with a single tier-1 motherboard manufacturer.
It looks like the new Nexus 9 tablet could be quite the beast, with the HTC-made tablet creating some serious numbers in Geekbench. These benchmarks are showing single-core results of 1903, which is what a 2012 Mac Pro is capable of.
Considering the Nexus 9 is just $399, this is quite the show for the NVIDIA-powered slate. Talking about NVIDIA, the company provided HTC and Google with its impressive Tegra K1 processor, clocked at 2.3GHz, with its Kepler DX1 GPU. Pre-orders open up later on today for the Nexus 9, and at $399, it should be a hot new device for people to snap up.