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Microsoft's Xbox One gets it's dashboard demoed in new video

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Oct 29, 2013 1:09 am

With the Xbox One launching in just a few short weeks, Microsoft is looking to generate as much hype around the next-gen console as possible. Today a new video surfaced online that takes us on a brief, but detailed walkthrough of the console's dashboard. Unfortunately Microsoft has chose to post it on the official Xbox One Website, fortunately, IGN seems to have a copy on their YouTube channel.

 

 

The video is only 1:23 long, but it does a very good job at showing us how fast one can navigate through the various screens, menus and features using a combination of voice commands and input from the controller. Microsoft will launch the Xbox One on November 22nd and is expected to hit record sales despite a very rough reception after its announcement earlier this year.

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Logitech launches new iPad Air keyboard cases for $99

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Oct 29, 2013 12:09 am

Today Logitech announced not one, but four new keyboard-covers for Apple's new iPad Air that both protect and allow for quick typing. Up first is the flagship Fabricskin Keyboard Folio which is designed to double as a stand for the iPad Air which holds the device at two different viewing angles. The housing is waterproof and features a bluetooth fabric keyboard. This top model will retail for $149.

 

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Up next is the Ultrathin Keyboard Folio that boast all of the same features except the water resistance and comes in four colors for the lower price of $99. Also retailing at $99 is the Ultrathin Keyboard Aluminum which protects the iPad Air's front side while serving as a stand. Its internal battery is said to have about 3-months of life on a single charge. Finally we come to the Folio Protective Case, that is just that, a 2-sided protective case that does not feature a keyboard. This budget friendly case retails for $49.

Apple announces Q4 earnings, manages $7.5 billion in profit

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 28, 2013 11:16 pm

This afternoon, Apple made its earnings report for quarter 4 2013 public and while things look good for Apple, gross margins are down year over year. During its earnings call to investors, Apple said that it managed to earn $7.5 billion in profit on $37.5 billion in revenue.

 

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Year over year, revenue is up about $1.5 billion, but the company saw its margin slip from 40-percent to 37-percent. The Cupertino based company also announced that i managed to sell 33.8 million iPhones during the quarter, which was undoubtedly bolstered thanks to the iPhone 5S and 5C being released last month. iPad sales remained stagnant with about 14 million being sold in Q4. Apple said that it's Mac devices managed $5.62 billion in revenue with 4.6 million devices being sold.

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New leak shows Nexus 10 specs are everything we expected them to be

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 28, 2013 10:12 pm

Google is having one heck of a time keeping its upcoming Nexus products from leaking via its own Google Play website, and today new leak has surfaced that is cluing us in on what the Nexus 10 is made of. Phone Arena received a screenshot of the devices specifications before Google managed to take the leak down earlier today.

 

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As expected the refreshed Nexus 10 features all of the top-of-the-line hardware we have been expecting which includes a 2560x1600-pixel display with a pixel density of 300ppi. Gorilla Glass 3 is present to keep the Nexus 10 scratch free while also preventing shattering in the event of a minor drop. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Processor, Adreno 330 GPU and 3GB of RAM are also present as is 32GB of internal storage and Android 4.4 KitKat.

 

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An 8-megapixel rear camera is onboard to handle imaging, while a 2-megapixel front-facing camera handles selfies and video chatting. MIMO-enabled Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and a massive 9,500mAh battery round out the impressive specifications. It is widely believed that the new Nexus 5 will launch on November 1st and if so, we could see the Nexus 10 launched on the same day along with Android 4.4 KitKat.

Rockstar announces new content for GTA Online in free Beach Bum pack

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 28, 2013 9:10 pm

While it may have had some hiccups on launch, Grand Theft Auto Online can be considered nothing but a smashing success at this point, and today Rockstar has announced the first DLC pack for the game. The all new Beach Bum pack will be released early November and will be available for download at the unbeatable price of Free!

 

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The Beach Bum pack will add new weapons as well as beach-themed vehicles that will be available for use in both GTA Online as well as GTA V. The update will feature several new jobs including Survivals, parachutes, deathmatches, races, and much more. New Tattoos, hairstyles, and clothing will also be included as well. Additionally users will be able to create custom deathmatches and races with the included Content Creator which is free to download as well.

NVIDIA releases updated GeForce 331.65 WHQL graphics drivers

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Oct 28, 2013 8:10 pm

With the pending release of Battlefield 4, Call of Duty: Ghosts, and todays announcement of NVIDIA GameStream and ShadowPlay, the company has released the supporting GeForce 331.65 WHQL drivers for NVIDIA GPUs. The new drivers are said to provide the best possible gaming experience in Battlefield 4 and Call of Duty: Ghosts possible.

 

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The update also packs in the GeForce Experience 1.7 update that ushers in support for NVIDIA GameStream which allows streaming to NVIDIA's Shield handheld console, as well as GeForce ShadowPlay, an in-game video recording feature that records 20-minutes of continuous gameplay and hardware encodes in real-time to H.264. The GeForce 331.65 WHQL supports GeForce 8, 9, 100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 600 and 700 Series cards. Users wishing to download the update can visit the source link below.

Google's Nexus 5 leaks again, new renderings show all new white trim

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 28, 2013 7:07 pm

With just days until Google officially launches the Nexus 5, the company's flagship smartphone has leaked again thanks to our favorite leakster, @evleaks. Todays new leak reveals the phone with an all new white colored back plate, which I have to admit looks pretty darn good!

 

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The leak appears to be legit as the rendering appears to match almost perfectly to the official image we saw leaked on Google Play earlier this month. If Google launches the white version on November 1st as rumored, then this means that Google is breaking its recent trend of releasing alternatively colored devices several months after launch. While I still regard the HTC One as the best Android smartphone ever made, I feel that the Nexus 5 will in fact be a game changer and will become the new golden standard to which other manufacturers need to abide by.

MultiTouch unveils a new prototype 84-inch 4K interactive display

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Oct 28, 2013 6:05 pm

MultiTouch has just unveiled one of the largest portable touch-screen displays in existence. MultiTouch showed of off the new 4K resolution, 84-inch multitouch display prototype earlier this year at its company's developer conference in Helsinki Finland and now we are getting more information on the mammoth display.

 

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The 84-inch display features all the benefits of the company's MultiTaction Cell technology which includes ultra-fast response times, simultaneous pen and touch support and the ability to precisely track multiple points of contact simultaneously from hands and fingers. The display is supported by the company's Cornerstone 2 SDK which allows developers to build stunning interactive applications, and greatly simplifies 4K Resolution scaling from single displays to walls featuring several displays up to 50-megapixels in resolution.

 

"Our 84-inch MultiTaction Cell prototype represents a giant leap not just in screen size but in resolution too," explains Hannu Anttila, VP of Business Development at MultiTouch. "Customers who take advantage of the pre-ordering programme will not only be among the first to benefit from this ground-breaking technology, but will also be able to purchase the complete package at a discount of more than 20%."

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NVIDIA updates GeForce Experience to version 1.7, includes ShadowPlay

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 28, 2013 4:53 pm

NVIDIA has just updated its "GeForce Experience" software to version 1.7 and with the update, has launched the all new ShadowPlay gameplay recording module. ShadowPlay enables gamers to easily record video of their most exciting moments and quickly share them with the world.

 

 

ShadowPlay is a hardware-based encoder that reduces the impact that recording has on in-game performance and limits the frame rate reduction drastically over other recording methods by encoding to H.264. This reduces the exorbitantly large multi-gigabyte file sizes we are use to seeing, which equates to more space for additional videos, as well as a less taxing experience on the computers storage medium.

 

ShadowPlay is compatible with GeForce GTX 650 or higher cards, has two different modes, Shadow Mode and Manual Mode. Shadow mode constantly records gameplay for up to 20 minutes in Windows 8 (10 minutes in Windows 7) at full 1080p resolution. This feature allows you to press a pre-defined hot-key when something epic happens and the footage will be saved to your hard drive. Manual mode is what many of us are use to, and will record 20 minutes of continuous footage to the hard drive.

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NVIDIA unveils pricing on GeForce GTX 780Ti edition GPU

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Oct 28, 2013 3:31 pm

Just over one week ago, Anthony Garreffa was at an event hosted by NVIDIA in Montreal Canada where he got the first look at NVIDIA's newest GPU, the GeForce GTX 780Ti. At the time, we did not know much about the new GPU other than it was based on the Kepler architecture, and that it would launch in the coming weeks.

 

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Today NVIDIA announced that the new GeForce GTX 780Ti will release to the public on November 7th at an MSRP of just $699. This new GPU's aggressive pricing has caused the company's other mid to high-end GPUs to drop in pricing with the GTX 780 slipping to $499 and the GTX 770 set to lower to just $329 on October 29th. NVIDIA says that it has added the GTX 780Ti to its top-tier holiday bundle as well which includes a free copy of Batman: Arkham Origins, Splinter Cell: Blacklist and Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, plus $100 off a SHIELD purchase.

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