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HTC looking at changing its global PR, wants to swing things around

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 17, 2013 8:31 am

HTC continues to hit road bumps, but the Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer is hoping to swing things around, as it looks into its global public relation efforts.

 

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The news is coming from a report by the Advertising Age, who says that HTC is looking into some of the world's largest PR firms, including Waggener Edstrom, and more. The company is looking to better position itself in the market in the mindset of its customers. This should be big news, considering the company saw its head of global public relations retire.

 

Once its head of global PR retired, HTC's chief marketing officer filled his shoes, which is where we saw the Robert Downey Jr.-starring ads begin to roll out. It should be interesting to see where this leads the company, and whether it will help stem the losses it has posted lately.

Microsoft releases a 3D printing app for Windows 8.1

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Nov 17, 2013 7:33 am

Seemingly out of nowhere, Microsoft has released a 3D printing application for Windows 8.1 called 3D Builder. There's some steep requirements, though, where you'll need both Windows 8.1, and a Windows 8.1-capable 3D printer.

 

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But, once you're through those hoops, it's a cool app, thanks to Windows 8.1 being designed to support 3D printing, and now with the help of 3D Builder, it should get some more adoption for the OS. MakerBot will support Windows 8.1 shortly, which should help shuffle things along. The application itself will help you design, which is the hardest part of the 3D printing process.

 

Since Microsoft are pretty much on the ground level with 3D printing, versus say Google and Apple, could we see some early dominance, which will turn into future control of 3D printing? It would be nice to see ground level support for 3D printing from a giant like Microsoft, wouldn't it? As much as people dislike the company, it could do great things for the world of 3D printing.

Candy Crush has a user base of over 500 million, next step: IPO?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 17, 2013 6:30 am

Just how many people play Candy Crush? Over 500 million... yes, half a billion people are playing Candy Crush, a mind-blowing number. Then we have an upcoming IPO that will reportedly hit soon from developer King.

 

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With those 500 million users, how many games of Candy Crush have been played? A massive 150 billion individual games to date - just mammoth numbers. King sees over 1 billion gameplays daily, which is gigantic for a game that has been out for a year - and because of this - King is celebrating Candy Crush's first birthday.

 

Rewind back to February, and King was seeing 9 billion gameplays per month across all of its titles, including games like Bubble Witch Saga and Pet Rescue. So putting things into perspective, King has moved from 9 billion gameplays per month across all its titles, to 1 billion gameplays daily of Candy Crush alone.

RumorTT: Google offered $4 billion to Snapchat, which was turned down

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 17, 2013 5:34 am

It was only a few days ago that we reported that Snapchat refused a $3 billion acquisition offer from Facebook, but now unnamed sources of Valleywag have said that Google offered the company $4 billion, which it also turned down.

 

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The same sources say that Snapchat is going to wait until next year to raise funds, because it wants to increase the number of photos its users share each day to more than the number of photos shared through Facebook each day. If this does happen, the valuation will be exponentially more, which will make the current $3 and $4 billion offers feel like nothing. If it were me, I'd be happy with $4 billion...

iPad loses tablet market share, Android makes leaps and bounds

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 17, 2013 4:36 am

It seems we're writing more of these articles lately, where Apple's pure dominance is beginning to fade, and Android is making more and more sales and winning the hearts of customers around the world.

 

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According to the IDC's numbers from October, Apple didn't see much year-over-year growth for its iPad, and in the overall worldwide tablet market share, a huge loss for the company. Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty estimates that Android tablet sales are generating more revenue than iPads from the IDC's numbers, too.

 

Huberty said: "For the first time, Android devices accounted for a greater share of the market in revenue terms than iOS. Android revenue share reached 46.2% in 3Q13, for the first time exceeding iPad share of 45.6%. Android's unit share grew to 66.7% from 58.5% a year ago, largely driven by Samsung and Lenovo, while iPad share declined to 29.7% from 40.2%."

 

Could we see Apple win some of that much-needed market share back soon? We could, with the Retina-based iPad mini and iPad Air out in the wild.

Battlefield 4's latest patch should fix network and crashing problems

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 17, 2013 3:30 am

I noticed this a few hours ago when I went to have a quick 5-minute game of Battlefield 4, that there is a large 1GB+ patch available. This patch will reportedly address many of the concerns gamers have, with crashes and server failures, and more.

 

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There's some patch notes here you can skim over, but we should see a big fix in overall stability of BF4 for one. Secondly, network syncing problems should hopefully be fixed, which should have gamers smiling once again. DICE is aware of the issues, and is continuing to work around the clock to address them. DICE has also fixed some holes up on the server side of things, which should give more overall stability to BF4 multiplayer.

Ubisoft announces 1080p update for Assassin's Creed Black Flag on PS4

By: Idene Saatchi | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 16, 2013 4:17 am

The People at Ubisoft shipped out Assassin's Creed Black flag at 900p to make sure the GPU and CPU ran the game at a consistent 30 frames per second. They will be sending an update to make the game native 1080p. The update will also include an anti-aliasing which will improve jagged edges in the graphics. Anti-aliasing will be available on both the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One. Ubisoft says the update will be available shortly after launch.

 

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Community manager Gary Steinman: "Finishing the game at 900p gave the development team the extra room in terms of the GPU and CPU usage to ensure the frame rate never dips below 30 frames per second. The team then used the time between the ship date and the release to focus on a title update that could deliver native 1080p resolution on the PS4."

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Some PlayStation 4s are having HDMI issues. Sony sending replacements

By: Idene Saatchi | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 16, 2013 2:32 am

There were some reports of users having problems with the PlayStation Network crashing and now some are experiencing HDMI issues with their PlayStation 4. They're getting a message saying "failed output signal." People from Kotaku, Forbes, and IGN are having these problems too. Although this is huge disappointment to some users, Sony says they will replace all the faulty consoles.

 

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Sonys statement about the HDMI issue: "This is within our expectations for a new product introduction, and the vast majority of PS4 feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. We are closely monitoring for additional reports, but we think these are isolated incidents and are on track for a great launch. As part of our normal customer service policy, we've asked those with affected PS4 systems to send them back to us so we can fully test them. We are immediately sending these people replacement PS4 systems."

Acer launches a new budget Chromebook for $200; the Acer C720-2848

By: Idene Saatchi | More News: Laptops | Posted: Nov 16, 2013 12:27 am

Acer launches their new version of their Acer C720 budget Chromebook called the Acer C720-2848. The C720-2848 has an 11.6 inch 1366x768 display, duel speakers, and a built-in webcam. It has a HDMI port, a USB 3.0 port, one USB 2.0 port, and has an 8.5 hour battery life.

 

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The Acer C720-2848 contains a 16GB SSD, 2GB of RAM, and 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi. The device will also come with 100GB of Google Drive storage for two years, Google Play Music all access, 12 free Gogo inflight passes which are redeemable for up to two years, and a one year warranty. The Acer C720-2848 is 0.76 inches thick and weighs in at 2.76 pounds. It is available for purchase now from Best Buy or amazon for $199.99.

DDR4 memory could make an appearance as early as next month

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: RAM | Posted: Nov 15, 2013 11:22 pm

If Crucial Memory's promotional page is anything to go by, we could expect DDR4 RAM to be released next month. But, this will require new motherboards, and even if you did that, is there a benefit?

 

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Yes, and it's quite the improvement, and a bigger improvement than we had moving from DDR to DDR2, and even DDR2 to DDR3. DDR4 memory will use 20% less power, deliver speeds of up to 100% faster, and is 100% denser than its predecessor. Most DDR3 is around 1066MHz, but DDR4 kicks things off from 2133MHz, which is a huge increase.

 

Another benefit is going to be the amount of RAM per stick, with DDR3 seeing 1Gb when it was introduced, and while we have more per stick now, DDR4 will have a sweet 4Gb density. This means we should see much higher GB kits of DDR4, where we should hopefully see kits being at a minimum of 8GB, although I'd like to see 16GB. We should finally see a world of 16GB per module, which will be great for 64GB kits when Haswell-E arrives.

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