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AMD's upcoming Radeon R7 260X leaks in new photographs

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Sep 23, 2013 2:35 pm

Earlier this morning we saw AMD's Radeon R9 290X leak in a series of photos and benchmark test, but that was not the only upcoming GPU to surface in leaked images. AMD's Radeon R7 260X has also appeared in some newly leaked photographs that show off a uniquely designed ducted cooling solution.




The R7 260X is an upper mid-range graphics card that is said to be based off of the "Bonaire" silicon that is featured in the company's Radeon HD 7790 high-in the GPU, but as TechPowerUp reports, it is more likely that the card is based on the "Curacao" architecture given the PCB and component layout on in the photo below. AMD is hosting a press event in Hawaii this Wednesday the 25th and is widely expected to launch its Hawaii-based GPUs. Our own Shawn Baker will be on hand covering the event so stay tuned.



Galaxy S4 catches fire in mans pocket, explodes shortly after

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 23, 2013 11:27 am

Manolo Rodriguez isn't happy with his Galaxy S4 after he heard it sizzling in his chest pocket, before it exploded. He said: "I tried to reach for the phone and pull it out, but it was too hot. So I retracted my hand, closed the zipper and then unzipped the center one so I could get my jacket off."




Rodriguez was in a Goodwill store at the time, where he threw it to the floor. The Galaxy S4 ended up burning right through his jacket, getting so hot that it singed the floor and Rodriguez's fingertips. He added: "If I had been talking on the phone or something, it could have exploded in my face. It could have been worse."


Rodriguez has hired an attorney, where he hopes to see Samsung recall the 20 million+ Galaxy S4's in the wild. While he wants, Rodriguez purchased himself an HTC One.

Apple underestimated Asian demand for the gold iPhone 5S

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 23, 2013 10:33 am

It looks like you could be waiting a while to get your mits on the gold-colored iPhone 5S, as Apple has reportedly underestimated the demand for the Asian desire for all objects and products that are gold.




Business Insider reports that from the 5th Avenue Apple Store, most of the crowd were of Asian heritage looking for that precious gold iPhone 5S. The Wall Street Journal reports that only the black iPhone 5S was available in China when it launched. 25-year-old Lian Jiyu, said he wanted the iPhone 5S instead of the iPhone 5C because the 5S is the first iPhone to be offered in gold, he said: "I don't care what's inside the device. Chinese people like gold."


The gold iPhone 5S sold out across Asia within 24 hours, and won't even be available in the US until October because of a massive backlog in web orders.

Crytek wants to use real-world street map data for game environments

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 23, 2013 9:29 am

Crytek has challenged software makers, pushing them to create a program that would use open source street map data in order to render in-game world environments, which would save countless man hours creating the worlds we all play games in.




The concept is now in use at the IC tomorrow's digital innovation games content, which offers up to £25,000 to five businesses to create an innovative applications that meets certain objectives, provided by big companies including Google, Sony, Intel and Crytek. Crytek's Technical Director of R&D, Jake Turner, said: "Why do we have to use people to make a city when there's consistent open source street data out there which is very detailed, it's got buildings, lights, it's got streets - material data. Why can't we just press a button and instantly see that?"

BlackBerry pumps the brakes on BBM rollout for Android and iOS

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Sep 23, 2013 8:35 am

On top of BlackBerry having serious issues, and diving out of the consumer market and letting 4,500 people go, its BBM rollout for Android and iOS has now been put on hold. The Canadian phone maker has said that leaked versions people were using were having "issues" and that they are hard at work to getting it released.




Prior to launching BBM for Android, an unreleased version of the BBM for Android app was posted online. The interest and enthusiasm we have seen already - more than 1.1 million active users in the first 8 hours without even launching the official Android app - is incredible. Consequently, this unreleased version caused issues, which we have attempted to address throughout the day.


Our teams continue to work around the clock to bring BBM to Android and iPhone, but only when it's ready and we know it will live up to your expectations of BBM. We are pausing the global roll-out of BBM for Android and iPhone. Customers who have already downloaded BBM for iPhone will be able to continue to use BBM. The unreleased Android app will be disabled, and customers who downloaded it should visit to register for updates on official BBM for Android availability.


As soon as we are able, we will begin a staggered country roll-out of BBM for Android and continue the roll-out of BBM for iPhone. Please follow @BBM on Twitter for the latest updates and go to to sign-up for updates about BBM for Android and iPhone. These issues have not impacted BBM service for BlackBerry.

More Android 4.4 KitKat teases, redesigned messaging, dialer apps

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Sep 23, 2013 7:34 am

We saw a tease yesterday of the new status bar with gray icons in Android 4.4 KitKat, but now we have another look from 9to5Google, which gives us a closer look at the redesigned stock apps on Android 4.4.




You can see from the images above that we have the Messaging app, and the Dialer app, which both look quite nice in their updated form. Controls for the Messaging app have been shifted to the top right of the app, and the Dialer app gets a much more streamlined look, with a nice blue color scheme. We should expect Android 4.4 KitKat to arrive mid next month on the rumored Nexus 5 handset.

AMD Radeon R9-290X GPU leaked shots, bare GPU poses for the camera

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Sep 23, 2013 5:52 am

AMD is expected to unleash it's "Hawaii" GPUs this week, with the newly named Radeon R9-290X leading the pack. There's now a new leak, with some naked shots underneath the heatsink and fan, in all its naked glory.




As you can see, the full PCB features the usual 8+6-pin PCIe power connectivity, which should provide a GPU that comes under the 300W TDP. We can see the numerous GDDR5 chips spread around the GPU socket, but eagle-eyed readers should note there are 16 GDDR5 chips... which means we could expect 4GB and 8GB versions of the new GPUs. This is going to be great for Eyefinity and 4K display setups.




This could all lead down the rabbit hole of a 512-bit memory bus, which would give the new Hawaii GPUs some incredible memory bandwidth. There are some benchmark scores, which I wouldn't put too much faith into right now, but if that's something you want to check out, by all means be our guest!

iPhone 5S' TouchID fingerprint scanner hacked, not so safe anymore

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 23, 2013 4:46 am

Apple only started selling its freshly baked iPhone 5S with its TouchID fingerprint scanner built-in, and the biometrics hacking team of the Chaos Computer Club (CCC) has already hacked the biometric security of Apple's TouchID.



The CCC used everyday means of hacking the ToucHID, where they grabbed a fingerprint of the phone user, photographed from a glass surface, which was "easy enough to create a fake finger that could unlock an iPhone 5S secured with TouchID."




A hacker who goes by the name "Starbug" performed the experiments that ended up being successful, said: "In reality, Apple's sensor has just a higher resolution compared to the sensors so far. So we only needed to ramp up the resolution of our fake. As we have said now for more than years, fingerprints should not be used to secure anything. You leave them everywhere, and it is far too easy to make fake fingers out of lifted prints."

The HDMI port on the Xbox One supports the PlayStation 4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Sep 23, 2013 4:32 am

During the Tokyo Game Show, Microsoft's Albert Penello confirmed to Gamespot that the Xbox One's HDMI input port would work with any device, including its main competitor: the PlayStation 4.




A post over on NeoGAF sees Penello explain by saying it "won't be a great experience," where he said that HDMI latency will affect interactive content. We should expect more details in the coming weeks, but the HDMI input will provide more lag if you use the PS4. I don't see why you would do that, as most TVs and amplifiers have multiple HDMI ports.


Microsoft most likely provided an HDMI input port for the use of cable/satellite TV boxes, so you can plug it directly into the Xbox One.

Microsoft: Phones are just PCs that can make voice calls

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 23, 2013 3:37 am

In the Nokia Conversations blog, Microsoft's Vice President of the Operating Systems Group, Terry Myerson, said that when talking about emerging markets, the cellphone can be considered a PC.




Myerson said in the blog: "In many cases, these customers are new to Microsoft, and their first personal computer will be a phone." He said that "these customers" are Nokia feature-phone owners, who will be pushed into the corporate arms of Microsoft when the agreement for Microsoft to buy Nokia's Devices and Services decision is finalized. Until then, Microsoft has taken over the Nokia Conversations blog.


The feature-phone market for Nokia is massive, with the blog claiming there are over 1.3 billion people using Nokia phones in the world. This means that while the smartphone and high-end market not understand Microsoft's moves lately, it doesn't matter when they have 1.3 billion customers ready to market new phones to.


Myerson added: "With Nokia's Mobile Phones starting at $20, more people will be introduced to Microsoft services earlier in their lives than ever before. In some geographies, Windows Phones are not available. Again, Nokia's Mobile Phones will introduce more people to Microsoft services in more places than ever before."