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Google's Nexus 5's packaging spotted in leaked warehouse photograph

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 29, 2013 5:35 pm

Leaks concerning next-gen smartphones are becoming about as common as the devices themselves, and it appears that there is no way to slow them down or stop them altogether. Today we are getting yet another look at what the new Nexus 5 from Google may look like when it hits retail shelves later this month.

 

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Unfortunately this leak does not involve the physical Nexus 5 Smartphone directly, but more indirectly in the form of its packaging. A photo has surfaced showing what appears to be the official box for Google's upcoming Nexus 5. As you can see, the box is fairly boring, but it does appear to confirm the shape and form factor that we have seen leaked so many times in recent weeks. While originally expected to Launch on November 1st, it is now widely expected that Google will debut the Nexus 5, Nexus 10 and Android 4.4 on November 5th. As always, stay tuned to TweakTown for full coverage of the event when it takes place!

DICE officially launches Battlefield 4 on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 29, 2013 4:28 pm

It has been almost exactly two years since Battlefield 3 was released to the world, and today, EA and Dice have officially launched the next-generation of Battlefield. Battlefield 4 is built upon the revolutionary Frostbite 3 engine, and features an immersive single player mode, and a multiplayer mode that can only be described as "EPIC."

 

 

Since its announcement earlier this year, Battlefield 4 has managed to win more than 40 industry awards, and has received nothing but rave reviews in the past 24 hours. With revolutionary features such as "Levolution" where players are able to destroy key locations that change the layout of the entire map, Battlefield 4 is truly a look into the future of first-person shooters. An excerpt from the official press release can be found below.

 

"Battlefield 4 features an engaging single-player campaign and epic multiplayer online action. In the single-player, Battlefield 4 puts players in the boots of U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Daniel Recker, member of the Tombstone squad. The world is on the brink of chaos, China is the tinderbox and the player is the inadvertent spark that could ignite a global conflict. Navigating the turmoil around them as they fight to save the final hope for peace between U.S., Russia and China, players will engage in combat on foot and by operating land, sea and air units."

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Nokia's sales on the rise in North America, 8.8M Lumias sold in Q3

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 29, 2013 3:25 pm

When Microsoft announced that it would be acquiring the Finnish smartphone manufacturer Nokia, many analyst asked why Redmond would buy a company that some saw as a slowly dying giant. Today Nokia released their third quarter financial results, and it appears that the landscape has changed for Nokia and Microsoft.

 

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During the last quarter Nokia managed to sell 14.7 million phones, of which 8.8 million were Lumia devices running Microsoft's Windows Phone operating system. During the second quarter of 2013, Nokia only managed to push out 11.7 million phones total which means that 3 million more phones went out the door in Q3. Virtually all of the company's sales growth came from North America, which means that Microsoft stands to do well in 2014 with its new smartphone division if they can keep the momentum up.Additionally, operating profits were at $162 million on a total revenue of $7.8 billion.

3D printer 'prints' a 2,500 square foot house in just 20 hours

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: | Posted: Oct 29, 2013 11:31 am

Human beings, you're an amazing thing - reaching new heights with a new advancement in 3D printing. 3D printers will soon be printing massive 2,500 square feet houses in less than 24 hours.

 

 

Behrokh Khoshnevis, a professor of Industrial & Systems Engineering at the University of Southern California (USC) has demonstrated automated construction, where 3D printers are used to build an entire house in under 20 hours. Automated construction is a beautiful thing, with the 3D printer itself being large enough to construct walls by depositing concrete-based material layer-upon-layer to build a wall.

 

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This is just super impressive, and I'm looking forward to this tech being rolled out across the developing nations.

Samsung extends Galaxy Gear support to more devices

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Oct 29, 2013 10:32 am

When Samsung launched the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, it only supported a very small handful of smartphones, but now the South Korean giant has expanded its reach, supporting more devices.

 

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Samsung has extended support for its Galaxy Gear to the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II. The electronics giant says that the Premium Suite software update, which will include Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, will begin its rollout in the coming weeks. The Galaxy S4 mini and Galaxy Mega will also support the Galaxy Gear in the coming months.

New Google Glass units out, free swap for current Glass Explorers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Oct 29, 2013 9:29 am

Google Glass Explorers have been enjoying their wearable device for a few months now, but we all knew there'd be another unit ready before it hits consumers and that unit is now here.

 

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The Mountain View-based giant has announced a new version of Glass is coming, which will support a new line of sunglasses, feature compatibility with prescription eyewear, and also feature a mono earbud. The current Glass Explorer Edition is based on a 45nm OMAP4430 clocked at up to 1GHz and 1GB of R AM. We don't know if Google has baked in some upgraded hardware into the new Glass units, but I would say so.

 

We should hope that the new SoC is better on battery life, allowing for full-day use which is something that isn't quite there for current Glass units. Current Explorers will receive a one-time swap with the new hardware which will begin next month.

EA ditches Tiger Woods, will release a next-gen PGA title instead

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 29, 2013 8:29 am

It looks like EA Sports' relationship with Tiger Woods is over, after a mammoth 15 years. Vice President and General Manager of Golf, Daryl Holt, took to the EA blog to explain that the divorce between EA and Woods was a mutual decision, where he wished Woods continued success.

 

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Now that Woods is out of the EA golfing picture, it doesn't meant the company isn't working on a next-gen PGA game, something that it has just teased. The work-in-progress screenshots look nothing short of jaw dropping. The one above looks mind-blowing, but look at a comparison between current generation in-game graphics and the next-gen in-game work-in-progress image below.

 

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Motorola unveils Project Ara, wants to see modular smartphones

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 29, 2013 7:34 am

Dammit. About a year ago I began writing an editorial saying that the future of smartphones isn't bigger and better - it'll be a world where you'll build your own. Now Motorola has somehow sucked this idea out of my head, used its billions of dollars backed behind it thanks to Google and unveiled something called Project Ara.

 

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Project Ara is an open-source initiative for modular smartphones, with the glorious goal to "do for hardware what the Android platform has done for software." This would mean that Google wants to create an entire ecosystem which supports third-party hardware development for individual phone components.

 

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This would result in a consumer being able to upgrade specific components, such as the display, processor and more by shopping at different vendors. Project Ara's design starts with the "endo" or the smartphones Terminator-type endoskeleton, which is its most basic, and pure structure. From there, modules "can be anything" according to Motorola, who gave examples ranging from a new keyboard, down to a new battery or pulse oximeter, for example.

 

Developers will soon hear from Motorola about Project Ara, with developers expected to receive developer kits in the coming months. Interested developers can sign up to be an "Ara Scout" here.

Is AMD making a comeback? Q3 numbers beat expectations, profits made

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 29, 2013 6:33 am

If there's a company capable of making a tremendous return, stomping its foot down firmly into the ground to claim victory, it's AMD. The chipmaker has finally returned to profitability after numerous years of bad results.

 

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AMD posted a Q3 revenue of $1.46 billion, representing a 15% year-over-year increase, and a net income of $48 million - or 4c per share. Moving onto the non-GAAP basis, AMD posted a net income of $31 million, with this figure including $22 million in restructuring charges. If AMD didn't have to take that restructuring charge, it would've enjoyed earnings of 6c per share.

 

The 'experts' over on Wall Street expected the company to report Q3 earnings of 2c per share on revenue of $1.41 billion. AMD CEO, Rory Read, said that the company's turnaround is part of its strategic transformation it talked about years ago: "We achieved 26 percent sequential revenue growth driven by our semi-custom business and remain committed to generating approximately 50 percent of revenue from high-growth markets over the next two years. Developing industry-leading technology remains at our core, and we are in the middle of a multi-year journey to redefine AMD as a leader across a more diverse set of growth markets."

 

At the time of writing, AMD's shares were down 0.6% to $3.32 a piece.

Netflix secures all seasons of Dexter just in time for Halloween

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Oct 29, 2013 5:31 am

Dexter is a wrap, pun intended, and now all eight seasons of the Michael C. Hall starring show will soon be made available through Netflix. The first four seasons of Dexter will arrive on Halloween, with the following four seasons arriving before the new year is here.

 

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Holidays are when people start streaming like crazy, so it looked like a good time for Netflix to start offering up the better seasons of Dexter. You can kind of forget about the later seasons, especially the last one.

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