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The next-gen Xbox gets unveiled in a few days time, here's a few things we should expect

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 20, 2013 1:43 pm

The day is nearly here, where we see the next-generation Xbox unveiled by Microsoft. We still don't know what to refer to it as: Xbox, Xbox 720, Xbox Infinity or Durango. Up until this point, no one knows what it is going to be called, and we don't have pesky insiders to tell us.

 

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From what I've seen of Microsoft's strategy over the past twelve or so months, I'd like to see them flatly call it "Xbox" with no numbers near it. Then, two years from now, they could update it and release another next-gen console, making this Xbox the "2013 Xbox", just how the iPad naming goes. I expect it to pump out nothing less than 1920x1080 (1080p) at 60 FPS (frames per second). We should see Microsoft steer more toward an 'entertainment unit' rather than a pure gaming console, too.

 

What else should we see? Let's discuss that:

 

5.) Controller - The controller on a console is the center of your gaming experience, if it is shaped weirdly, is too heavy, or is too slow, the entire gaming experience can be ruined. We should expect an evolution, not a revolution, of the Xbox 360 controller. Something I expect is Kinect 2.0, or some form of augmented reality. I hope Microsoft actually push this and don't wimp out and just unveil a controller and throw the second option (Kinect 2.0/augmented reality) as a tack-on later in the year, or as a mid-life upgrade like Kinect was. Until this day there is still no killer app for Kinect.

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Arduino releases Wi-Fi-enabled board, no longer will hackers have to rely on clones or shields

By: Trace Hagan | More News: | Posted: May 20, 2013 12:47 pm

At this weekend's Maker Faire, Arduino released the new Arduino Yún. This new board features on-board Wi-Fi meaning you'll no longer have to rely on expensive shields or clones to have Wi-Fi in future prototyping boards. This is great news as Wi-Fi shields were often as expensive, or more so, than the Arduino itself.

 

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Interestingly enough, the new Arduion Yún utilizes both Linux and Arduino. Wi-Fi is handled by a small Linux-powered chip that takes care of sending and receiving HTTP. The Arduino side of things acts as normal. One of the major benefits from this is the ability to reprogram the Arduino via Wi-Fi, no USB required.

 

The board will set you back an estimated $69 and should start shipping at the end of June.

ReportTT: Benchmarks show the Galaxy S4 Mini will use Snapdragon S4, feature 6MP camera

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 20, 2013 11:02 am

According to benchmark results for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, the device will make use of a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus processor and feature a 6-megapixel camera. The Snapdragon S4 used is a dual-core part clocked at 1.7GHz and it features an Adreno 305 GPU. These are a bit under-powered compared to its larger brother.

 

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The S4 Mini should be running Android 4.2.2 with Samsung's TouchWiz placed on top. Pictures will reportedly come via a 6-megapixel camera, though this exact specification hasn't been detailed. Techtastic is drawing this conclusion based upon pictures on Picasa that are reportedly taken with the S4 Mini.

LeakedTT: Barnes & Noble to release update for Simple Touch eReaders, brings web browser and e-mail to the tablet

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 20, 2013 9:04 am

A leaked memo shows that Barnes and Noble is planning to update their Simple Touch eReaders with an Internet browser and e-mail access. The update is said to be coming as of June 1 and is in response to consumer feedback over the recent update that brought Google Play to the Android line of Nook tablets.

 

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Basic Internet access and e-mail access should boost sales as it provides more value to a rather focused device. It will still be more limited in what it is able to do, but it could be the perfect device for the less tech savvy (read: older users) among us.

Updating to new Hangouts removes Google Voice calling ability from Gmail

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 20, 2013 7:03 am

At this year's Google I/O, Google introduced a unified chat platform under the Hangouts branding. For most, this is a great thing, however, for some, it's terrible. As discovered by danib62 on Twitter, switching to the new Hangouts removes the ability to use Google Voice from Gmail.

 

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If you'll recall from last summer, I wrote about traveling with technology. While abroad, I made extensive use of this Gmail Voice calling feature to make free calls home. Removing it seems like either a gross oversight by Google or a directed attempt to shy away from the Voice product.

 

Luckily for those who use Google Voice in Gmail, Google is allowing users to revert to the old Google Talk. This doesn't mean that Google won't eventually force all users over to the new Hangouts, but it does help those who accidentally upgraded without realizing it takes away the Google Voice ability.

ReportTT: Yahoo's Board approves Tumblr acquisition for $1.1 billion

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 20, 2013 4:45 am

Yahoo's Board of Directors has reportedly approved a $1.1 billion acquisition of the blogging site Tumblr. News broke on Friday that Yahoo was considering picking up the blogging site that has slowly been gaining popularity among Internet users.

 

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The deal is expected to be announced tomorrow at the press conference that Yahoo hastily scheduled on Friday. Tumblr CEO David Karp will reportedly remain with Yahoo for a minimum of four years and he is said to be retaining a lot of control over the blogging service, much like Instagram's CEO did when acquired by Facebook.

 

If Yahoo does announce this deal tomorrow, we'll let you know.

Intel Core i7 4770K reaches eBay

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: May 19, 2013 6:32 am

If you can't wait a couple of more weeks for Intel to launch their fourth-generation Core platform, aka Haswell, then you might want to bust out your plastic and check out this eBay link to an Intel Core i7 4770K.

 

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The seller lists that it is boxed and new, and is definitely no the Core i7 3770K or the 3930K, but the 'new generation' Core processor. The buy it now price is just $600, and I do say 'just' because at this price you'd be one of the first in the world with the 4770K in your hands. The seller is 'away' and won't be able to ship the processor itself until May 23, just in case you were wondering.

HTC One demand is high, HTC are doubling production to meet 'strong demand'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 19, 2013 5:38 am

HTC may have a victory when it comes to their One handset, which saw lost sales due to manufacturing issues, but those issues are now ironed out. The new issues are that the company can't keep up with demand for the One.

 

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Focus Taiwan are reporting that HTC North Asia president, Jack Tong, has said that production capacity for the HTC One will double this month and increase more in June. Tong said on Friday at a press conference: "Our capacity is expected to rise significantly starting from mid-May. We are optimistic about our high-end sales during April and June".

Google remove 8.8 million lines of code from their Blink engine

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 19, 2013 4:32 am

Google have been tinkering with their Blink engine, and have removed a crazy 8.8 million lines of code. Blink is a rendering browser engine, with the team behind Blink removing those 8.8 million lines of code in just over a month.

 

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Alex Komoroske, a product manager on Chrome's Open Web Platform, spoke to a group of Google I/O attendees that removing so much code had more than one improvement - not only did it improve the engine itself, but it had a huge effect on the engineers, too. The engineers are more productive and the team is now exploring new rendering techniques and code contribution requests from Abode, Intel, and Microsoft.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 specs arrive, launches on May 23

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 19, 2013 3:28 am

Details of the next-gen GeForce GPU from NVIDIA are here, as well as a release date: May 23. Fudzilla were privvy to some leaked slides, which points to the GTX 780 featuring 2304 CUDA cores and an 863MHz base GPU clock. The GeForce GTX 780 will feature NVIDIA's GPU Boost 2.0 that will ramp the GPU clock speed up to 900MHz.

 

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We should expect the GTX 780 to come with 3GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 6000MHz coupled with a 384-bit memory bus. Power wise, the GTX 780 is going to require both 6- and 8-pin PCI-Express power connections and has TDP of 250W. Connectivity options include two dual-link DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort outputs.

 

The GeForce GTX 780 reference card will use the same cooler that is featured on the GTX Titan, and should keep noise levels down to around 40-45 dBA. This means the reference GTX 780 will be much quieter than the GTX 680. We should expect the GeForce GTX 780 to be around 25% to 50% faster than the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition, except for Tomb Raider, where the AMD will excel against most GeForce GPU's.

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