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Battlefield 4's latest trailer will have you clicking 'buy now!'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 17, 2013 6:26 am

Battlefield 4 is only weeks away, with the Open Beta hitting our screens on October 1 for those who have pre-purchased the game, or purchased Medal of Honor: Warfighter Limited Edition. The latest trailer for DICE's upcoming first-person shooter is below.



As you can see, the trailer showcases the many different features of Battlefield 4, such as Commander Mode, Levolution, scale of maps and much, much more. There's some awesome vehicle customization if that's your cup of tea, and some great teases of Battlelog, which moves into the mobile world - working on your smartphones and tablets.




Battlefield 4 is locked and loaded for an October 29 release for the PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and will launch on the Xbox One on November 19, and the PlayStation 4 on November 12.

ASUS' M70 is the world's first desktop PC with integrated NFC tech

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Sep 17, 2013 6:24 am

ASUS unveiled its M70 PC over the weekend, which has become the world's first desktop PC with NFC. ASUS also included Qi wireless technology in the M70 PC, which will charge your Qi compatible smartphone or tablet by just resting it on top of the M70 itself.




The company is offering a choice of Core i3, i5 and i7 processors, all Haswell of course. Up for grabs in the GPU department is a maximum of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650. ASUS' SonicMaster audio technology and its Universal Storage Module (USM) hot-swap drive bay are also on offer. Both pricing and availability are not yet available for the ASUS M70.

RumorTT: Apple to announce new iPads, Macs on October 15

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 17, 2013 5:36 am

It looks like Apple is set to hopefully impress us this time, with rumors circling of a special press event on October 15 that will see refreshed iPads and Macs unveiled.




We should expect another iPad and hopefully, Retina iPad mini unveiled. The fifth-generation iPad should stay mostly the same, something we should be used to from Apple now, and sport a redesigned look matching its iPad mini. The iPad mini on the other hand, should also not be changed that much, apart from a much-needed injection of pixels onto its screen.


The Mac refresh should be much more interesting, where we should finally see Intel's Haswell range of processors baked into Apple's notebooks. We should also see the new machines running Apple's latest and greatest desktop OS, OS X Mavericks.

Meet South Park's Stan, Cartman, Kyle and Kenny in Sydney tomorrow!

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Sep 17, 2013 5:22 am

To celebrate this week's DVD release of the 16th season of the long running Comedy Central comedy South Park, Paramount Home Media Distribution have flown down stars Stan, Cartman, Kyle and Kenny (well at least a few guys dressed up as them) and will parade them around Sydney's Pitt Street mall between 12pm and 2pm on Wednesday the 18th September.






Fans are encouraged to swoop down and have their photos taken with the iconic characters and tweet using the hash tag #SouthParkSydney. One lucky fan will also take home their own copy of South Park: Season 16 on DVD.

Google Drive updated with UI changes, and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Sep 17, 2013 4:31 am

Google continues its workout by updating its Drive app, which includes a UI change and a bunch of new features. First up, we have Google moving from the "holo dark" theme to "holo light", which will bring Drive to the same look as Gmail.




Next up we have a new bottom action bar which provides Drive users with the ability to upload, create and scan, and more. The "create" option lets you see a familiar menu where you can make new folders, documents and spreadsheets. The new bottom action bar replaces the old + button in the top action bar, and it also hides when you scroll down your documents list, freeing up precious pixels.


There's some new features to bed found in the spreadsheet editor, which lets you merge and lock cells, as well as new options to improve your scans. There are the usual bug fixes and small improvements here and there. You can grab Google Drive here, if your device hasn't already updated.

RumorTT: Valve to announce Steam Box next week

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Sep 17, 2013 3:29 am

Gabe Newell has gamers across the world, including myself and now probably you, excited to a degree we haven't felt in quite a while. While speaking at LinuxCon, the gaming God himself said "Next week we're going to be rolling out more information about how we get there and what are the hardware opportunities we see for bringing Linux into the living room."




Yes, this would mean Steam Box. We know that Valve has been working on Steam for Linux for quite sometime, but meshing both the living room and Linux together can only mean one thing: Steam Box. This is going to be quite the step for Valve, and I'm hoping that with this announcement, we hear about Half-Life 3, which would really be raining on the next-gen consoles' parade.


I wrote a piece a while back, asking if the rumored Steam Box could "change gaming as we know it" and I still think it can. What are your thoughts on the upcoming 'console' from Valve? Could we see Half-Life 3 debut at the same time the Steam Box is unleashed? Imagine that.

LeakedTT: Another look at the upcoming Nexus 5 smartphone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 17, 2013 2:31 am

We were greeted with quite the tease a few weeks back of the Nexus 5, at the time when Android 4.4 KitKat was announced. But between now and then the teases have slowed down, that is, until now.



The latest news on the Nexus 5 smartphone is a quick video of the device, which seems to be running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, and not what most expected: Android 4.4 KitKat. We should still expect to see a 5-inch (or bigger) Full HD display, mixed with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC and Android 4.4 KitKat. I'm guessing that the Nexus 5 in this video is running an older OS because it's an older prototype of the N5, maybe?

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Nokia launches the Nokia 108, a $29 basic camera phone

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 17, 2013 2:02 am

Earlier today, Nokia announced the launch of a new, very budget friendly camera phone that comes equipped with everything you need for talking, texting, and taking photos. The new Nokia 108 comes equipped with a small LCD, a number pad, and a VGA camera for just $29.




Taking cues from its Lumia line of smartphones, Nokia has given the 108 colorful cases to match your personal style. Additional features include an FM radio, MP3 player, microSD slot for storing up to 32GB of music or photos, and a built in LED flashlight. And for those who are feeling nostalgic, the old school Snake game we all grew up loving is present as well.


A dual SIM and single SIM version of the 108 is expected to ship during the fourth quarter of this year and will be initially available in black, red, and white, with cyan and yellow following shortly thereafter. No information was released on which carriers might feature the phone in their lineups, but we can expect at least a few of them to offer the phone as a free option to those who do not want an expensive smartphone.

Google acquires mobile startup Bump for $30 million

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 17, 2013 1:27 am

Today, the tech startup Bump announced that it has been acquired by Google in what industry analysts say is a deal worth between $30 million and $60 million. Bump was the first app that allowed users to "bump" their iPhones together to automagically transfer files from one phone to the other.




The original app has been downloaded over 100 million times. In the years, the company has expanded to feature a group photo sharing app called Flock. While the price tag of $30 million seems to be a home run for the company, it had already raised about $20 million from backers including Sequoia Capital, making the deal not so sweet.


"Bump and Flock will continue to work as they always have for now," Bump CEO David Lieb wrote in a blog post today. With the company now being owned by Google, it leaves many industry insiders to believe that we will see deep integration of Bump's IP into Android 5.0


"The Bump team has demonstrated a strong ability to quickly build and develop products that users love, and we think they'll be a great fit at Google," said a Google representative. Google declined to comment further on where it will integrate the Bump team at Google.

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Nokia's upcoming Sirius tablet is quite serious if new leak is true

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 17, 2013 1:02 am

Today we learned just a little bit more about Nokia's upcoming RM-114 tablet. It appears that the device will be renamed to the Sirius and will feature a quad-core QUALCOMM Snapdragon 800 processor with graphics being augmented by an Adreno 330 GPU.




Recently leaked benchmark results point to the name change and lead us to believe that the tablet will in fact run a version of Windows 8. Additionally, rumors are surfacing that suggest the tablet will sport a 10.1-inch 1920x1080 resolution screen with technology allowing it to be viewed under bright sunlight. 2GB of RAM is said to be present alongside 32GB of internal storage, which can be augmented by a microSD card.


Rumors also suggest that the tablet will optionally feature a QWERTY keyboard-equipped cover with an embedded battery that will increase the tablet's uptime from 10 hours to 15+ hours. Industry experts are widely expecting to see the Nokia Sirius released on September 26 during the Lumia 1520 phablet launch event.

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