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The first test footage of Avatar 2 was shown off at SIGGRAPH 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jul 25, 2013 11:26 am

For years, most have been wondering when we'd start properly hearing about James Cameron's sequel to Avatar. Well, James' partner, Jon Landau, took the stage of SIGGRAPH, showing the public their first test footage for the upcoming movie.

 

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The test footage unveiled a "noticeable improvement" in their virtual camera techniques, with a much higher quality output in a scene that involved a human and a Na'vi walking around on the surface of Pandora. The presentation happened at the Autodesk Users Group event during SIGGRAPH, with Landau stressing that this test footage was from several months ago, and it isn't at the point that they'd like to be.

 

There's much more to read about the test footage at SIGGRAPH at The Hollywood Reporter. I'm hoping for a huge leap in special effects, considering the entire movie pretty much happens inside of a 'virtual world'.

NVIDIA show off Project Logan at SIGGRAPH 2013, providing near GeForce Titan GPU performance on mobile

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jul 25, 2013 10:42 am

NVIDIA have had something quite impressive to show off at SIGGRAPH this year, Project Logan. Project Logan is an upcoming Kepler-based mobile SoC, which should really provide mobile devices with a serious punch in performance.

 

 

Kepler is great for NVIDIA, as it scales from the best super computers, right down to mobile devices. NVIDIA have been able to scale the GEFORCE TITAN's 250W performance, down to Project Logan, where it only uses between 2-3W. Of course, we don't have TITAN performance in the size of a mobile, but with the right compromises, we're getting there.

 

 

We have Full HD video support, with NVIDIA saying: "game developers can develop awesome graphics for desktop and more easily bring those capabilities to mobile." NVIDIA used their reference tablet design to show off the power inside Logan, with the demos including full HDR lighting, FXAA, bloom, tone mapping, auto exposure, same environment, moving light, deep tissue scattering. With the videos above for your viewing pleasure.

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AOC's E1659FWU is a 16-inch USB 3.0-powered portable monitor

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jul 25, 2013 10:08 am

We checked out DisplayLink's technology at Computex Taipei 2013, and fell in love with it so much we awarded it with our Best of Computex 2013 for Technology.

 

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Well, the company have teamed up with AOC and made the AOC E1659FWU, which is a portable 16-inch monitor that is completely powered over USB 3.0. The AOC E1659FWU includes its own monitor carry case for total ease of use, which allows it to fit into most notebook bags. It is compatible with both PC and Mac, and has a 15.6-inch viewing window with a resolution of 1366x768 at 60Hz.

 

The peak power consumption of AOC's new E1659FWU is just 7W. AOC even throw in the carry case for free, which is great considering it is available for pre-order right now through Amazon for just $139.

Guess who EA's top retail partner is... too late, it's Apple

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 25, 2013 9:31 am

This week, Electronic Arts reported their first-quarter earnings, stating that digital sales have now passed the numbers of physical store sales. This is a huge turn for EA, but considering they now have 50 million+ gamers on Origin, not so much.

 

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Who are EA's top retail partner? We kinda spoiled it in the title, but it's Apple. Most would point their fingers at companies like Walmart, Amazon, GameSpot, but it's Apple. EA's COO, Peter Moore, explains: "Our quarter was notable for its strong digital sales. To that end, Apple was EA's biggest retail partner as measured by sales. That is a first."

 

Out of $495 million in total revenue that EA pulled in over the three-month period, $378 million of that was thanks to digital sales. $90 million or so of that came from smart devices, such as smartphones and tablets. $90 million isn't going to break records, but considering EA are the third-largest gaming company in the world, and we all know how big Apple is, this is quite interesting.

Facebook enjoy their Q2 2013, pulling in $333 million in profit from $1.8 billion in revenue

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 25, 2013 8:49 am

Facebook have just reported their Q2 2013 earnings, which saw the social networking pulling down a nice $1.8 billion in revenue, and enjoying $333 million in profits from the three-month period.

 

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Investors are enjoying this news, with stock in the social network rising 17% in after-hours trading. Facebook's filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission tells us that they're seeing daily active users of "699 million on average for June 2013, an increase of 27 percent year-over-year." When talking mobile numbers, their daily active users are sitting at "469 million on average for June 2013."

 

Facebook managed to beat analysts' expectations, leading most to believe that the social network might be making more money than previously thought. Michael Pachter, a Wedbush Securities analyst told the Wall Street Journal: "The revenue beat is huge. They are clearly doing a great job with local ad sales."

Here's a list of the US Congressmen who voted for, and against the amendment to stop the NSA spying on the world

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jul 25, 2013 5:27 am

Ah, US politics - it's all a House of Cards. Well, the NSA nearly had their funding cut earlier today, but there were more 'for' votes than 'against' votes with Congress today.

 

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Representative Justin Amash presented an amendment to the Defense Appropriations bill, which would have seen the NSA lose their ability to use tax payers money to spy on everyone. TechCrunch embedded a Scribd document, where you can see all of the members' votes. It's interesting, to see just who is with the Americans, and who is not.

 

We're not trying to start anything here, but any Congressmen who votes for the spying of the American people doesn't sound too patriotic now, do they? Check out the list here.

NVIDIA unveils the Quadro K6000, or what they're calling 'the fastest and most capable GPU ever built'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jul 25, 2013 4:30 am

You can always count on NVIDIA to release something that gets your wallet craving an emptying, and today is no different with the announcement of their new professional-grade GPU, the Quadro K6000.

 

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NVIDIA are calling their new Kepler-based, professional GPU "the fastest and most capable GPU ever built." It has replaced the Quadro 6000, and features an insane 12GB of DDR5 RAM, 2880 streaming multiprocessor cores, ultra-low latency video I/O and the ability to pump graphics out to four simultaneous monitors at 4K resolutions. Yeah, nice, isn't it?

 

Just how fast is NVIDIA's Quadro K6000? Well, Nissan have said they can nearly load almost-complete vehicle models using NVIDIA's new GPU. Impressive. It's actually not too badly priced either, comign in at $2250.

The man in charge of BlackBerry's PlayBook resigns

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 25, 2013 3:32 am

David J. Smith, BlackBerry's Vice President in charge of their PlayBook tablet, has resigned. Smith had been working for the company for 8 years, taking over the PlayBook project after it was released back in 2011.

 

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We all know how BlackBerry's PlayBook has played out in the market, with the company pushing it as the "first professional tablet" but with a bunch of delays, it never took off. It missed huge features such as e-mail and more, something RIM (the name of the company at the time) made a very bad bet on. The company saw a near $500 million writedown on the tablet, which didn't help.

Google unleashes Android 4.3, hits Nexus 4, Nexus 10, the first-gen Nexus 7 and Galaxy Nexus, today

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jul 25, 2013 2:32 am

Finally. The day has arrived: Google have unleashed Android 4.3 to the world, keeping the "Jelly Bean" codename intact. What exactly does Android 4.3 bring to the tablet versus Android 4.2?

 

 

Well, we have a bunch of multi-user settings, which includes the ability to restrict profiles for younger people. This is a great feature to keep your content, or the ability to access adult content, from children. You can restrict app content at the user level, with a user enjoying the ability of restricting a number of puzzles within a game to a specific profile.

 

 

On top of this, you can prevent kids from going crazy and racking up huge bills with the in-app purchases. This is a must-have for all parents, in my opinion. Apple, where are you?

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FTC and Google come to terms in Motorola Mobility case

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 25, 2013 1:29 am

Today, Google and the FTC have finally settled a case in which the giant was accused of attempting to ward off competition with its acquisition of Motorola Mobility. The FTC says that following a public comment period, it has approved a modified final order that requires Google to abide by its commitments to license its standard-essential patents on fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory terms.

 

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These Essential Patents are the ones that are based around the technology needed to create smartphones, tablets, laptops, and gaming consoles. These were the areas in which it says Google was attempting to block licensing of its patents on. The commission's vote was 2-1-1, with commissioner Maureen K. Ohlhausen voting no and Commissioner Joshua D. Wright recused.

 

From the FTC Release:

 

After considering the 25 public comments that were submitted, the FTC made technical modifications to several provisions in the Order, including those pertaining to the arbitration process established to resolve disputes over FRAND terms. In a letter sent to the commenters, the agency also provided further explanation for the basis and the rationale behind several other provisions in the Google-MMI Order.

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