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Alienware: next-gen consoles are just PC's with a controller

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 28, 2013 8:25 am

Alienware are still here, making some seriously high-end gaming PC's and notebooks, and their General Manager, Frank Azon, has some harsh words for Microsoft and Sony's next-gen consoles.

 

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He said that the Xbox One and PS4 are just becoming more and more like the PC, stating that the PC is the ultimate gaming platform, and that Microsoft and Sony are just borrowing concepts from the PC and putting them into a flashy-looking box that sits in your living room.

 

Azon isn't just talking fluff either, as we know that the next-gen consoles are powered by x86 architectures, which is what the PC is built upon. On top of that we have AMD building them, which are a PC company. We have digital downloads, streaming TV and movies, which have been staples of the PC industry for years now.

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Foxconn demo a new smartwatch that connects to an iPhone, while peering over at Apple

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jun 28, 2013 7:20 am

The next couple of years are going to be filled with many different wearable technology devices being released, but most thought that Apple would be the first to the market with the most popular smartwatch - it seems we were wrong, as Foxconn have beaten Apple to the finish line, kinda.

 

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Foxconn showed off their new smartwatch during a recent shareholders meeting, with the smartwatch capable of connecting to an iPhone wirelessly and displaying incoming call information as well as Facebook posts. The Foxconn-built smartwatch also had the ability of monitoring the wearer's heartbeat, respiration and other vital statistics.

 

If the device reports that your heartbeat is beating too fast, it can offer you steps on how to get it down. This news is important as Foxconn are one of Apple's closest partners, and if they've got a smartwatch out now, which seems pretty capable, what are Apple going to be saying behind closed doors right now?

RumorTT: Google working on a next-gen Nexus Q

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 28, 2013 6:30 am

The first-generation Nexus Q from Google didn't make the splash that Google were expecting when it first was announced, but things could be very different this time around as Google are in a much better position with their mobile OS, Android.

 

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Rumor has it the next-gen Nexus Q would be more competitively priced - with the original priced at $299 - could we expect something like $149 or $199 for the next-gen Nexus Q? We should also expect the Google-branded device to come with a new version of Android, which will see Android continue its journey to be an OS for many difference devices, not just smartphones and tablets.

 

We'll have more news on this as it happens.

TrackMania 2 Valley has its engines revving for a July 4 launch

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 28, 2013 5:30 am

Ubisoft and subsidiary developer Nadeo have announced that TrackMania 2 Valley will be launching on July 4. TrackMania 2 Stadium launched just last week, which was a recreation of TrackMania Nations.

 

 

So we're going back-to-back with some TrackMania goodness here, and I'm sure that fans aren't complaining about that. TrackMania 2 Valley will be set in the great outdoors, featuring a 65-track solo campaign, as well as track creation and object import tools for those that want to create some insane courses.

 

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TrackMania 2 Valley will be available from both Steam and ManiaPlanet for WIndows PC.

Blacklight: Retribution on the PS4 is a free-to-play, highly customizable first-person shooter

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 28, 2013 4:26 am

Blacklight: Retribution is headed to the PlayStation 4 as a free-to-play title, but it is doing things a little differently to how most mainstream titles are handled: it's giving the user all of the choice.

 

 

You can see in the video above, which is part of Sony's "Conversations with Creators" series, which has the developers explaining parts of the game. We get to find out about the weapon and character customization options, as well as the studio's goals with the port. The game was once a PC-exclusive, but has made a nice transition to Sony's next-gen console.

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Microsoft expects high-res Windows 8 tablets in the near future

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 28, 2013 3:30 am

Microsoft haven't moved into the high-res tablet arena just yet, not in the 7-inch category anyway, but it looks like this could all change in the near future.

 

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During their Build developer conference, there were rumors that we could see another Surface get announced, but this didn't happen. But, there was a tease at some new resolutions on new Windows 8-based devices that caught The Verge's eye. At 10.6-inch there was a tease of 2560x1440 which is much higher than the Surface Pro's 10.6-inch display running 1920x1080.

 

Better yet, Microsoft's developer tools listed a 7-inch display running 1920x1200 and a 7.5-inch panel running 1440x1080 - an interesting resolution. Microsoft are expecting OEM's to ship devices with high resolutions in a 7.5-inch form factor in the near future, and that has me excited.

Terminator reboot coming in 2015, would be the first movie of a new trilogy

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jun 28, 2013 2:27 am

Paramount Pictures, Skydance Productions and Annapurna Pictures have just announced that they are rebooting the Terminator franchise, with 'Terminator' launching on June 26, 2015.

 

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We thought it would be another movie in the Terminator world we know and love, rumored to be 'Terminator 5', but this is going to be a rebooted movie and the first in a stand-alone trilogy. At first, I thought this would be a mess, but I'm actually excited at the possibilities of this. A rebooted trilogy would give the movies a much better chance of succeeding.

 

Arnold Schwarzenegger is getting too old to play the Terminator, with a rebooted trilogy being a better way of getting a younger actor in and changing the story up a bit. It has worked well with Man of Steel, which told a different origin story and a very different way of having the movie play out (through flashbacks) so a new Terminator reboot could be a good thing.

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Google looks to speed up Chrome, adds new QUIC network protocol to latest build

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Jun 28, 2013 2:03 am

Google recently unveiled its new experimental protocol called Quick UDP Internet Connections (QUIC). The search giant also added the new network protocol into the latest build of Chrome Canary so that testing could be conducted in the real-world. The protocol has already undergone internal testing, but the outside world is vastly different.

 

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Google says that the new protocol is secure, with the security being similar to TLS. It is also designed to be faster than the currently used TCP protocol.

 

This new protocol should eventually make it into the public release of Chrome, though servers will also have to implement the protocol for it to be effective. We're sure Google will be one of the first adopters of the protocol since they are the developers of the protocol.

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T-Mobile invites press to New York press event on July 10, claims "our boldest moves yet"

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 28, 2013 1:32 am

T-Mobile has sent out invitations to a New York press event taking place on July 10. T-Mobile hasn't given any sort of indication of what they will be unveiling, however, the invitation does state that this is "Our boldest moves yet" which seems to indicate they will be doing more than one thing at the press event.

 

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We'll be sure to let you know what T-Mobile unveils, announces, or otherwise makes known at the July 10 event. Doors open at 2pm EST, so you can expect news to start coming shortly after that.

 

This event could possibly relate to its Uncarrier plans, with rumors of a phase two taking place July 14. It could also be to announce the Xperia Z, currently rumored to be coming on July 17.

Judge denies Apple's request to include GALAXY S4 in patent lawsuit

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 28, 2013 1:04 am

Apple's motion to add the new Samsung GALAXY S4 to an ongoing patent lawsuit was rejected by a judge. The courts seem to be getting tired of the continual battles between Apple and others. The judge, US Magistrate Judge Paul S Grewal, noted that an additional product would be a "tax on the court's resources."

 

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Each time these parties appear in the courtroom, they consume considerable amounts of the court's time and energy, which takes time way from other parties who also require and are entitled to the court's attention.

 

Apple has said that the judge's rejecting of the GALAXY S4 would require the company to file another lawsuit. It doesn't appear that Apple plans to quit its ongoing legal assault of Samsung anytime soon. Apple has so far been successful in the United States, though legal battles around the world have been mixed.

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