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Microsoft's Surface tablets will have support for Xbox 360 controllers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Oct 22, 2012 2:28 am

According to a report from Digital Trends is giving future Surface owners some gaming news today, where they're reported that the upcoming tablet from Microsoft will support wired Xbox 360 controllers.




The report comes from a recent AmA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit, where Surface general manager Panos Panay was asked "Does the Surface support Kinect and/or 360 usb controller inputs?", he replied with:


We used the 360 usb controllers to play with Surface all the time and they work great. We have not tried Kinect yet.


While the Surface will support Xbox 360 controllers, it is only of the wired variety. The USB Xbox 360 controller will work on Surface, just like they work on Windows PCs.

13-inch Retina MacBook Pro could sport dual Thunderbolt ports, 2560x1600 resolution

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Oct 22, 2012 1:29 am

Apple's refreshed 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro is nearly here, but there are details that elude us at the moment. What ports will it have on offer? What will be the screen resolution on its "Retina" 13-inch display?




The image you see above is the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro, with the image below the reported 13-inch MacBook Pro sans speakers next to its keyboard. It should have more in common with its 15-inch bigger brother, such as dual Thunderbolt ports, and a HDMI out, too.




We should expect the screen resolution to hit 2560x1600 which is normally reserved for 30-inch displays, and should look gorgeous on the new 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro. We should hear more on the new 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro in a little over 24 hours on Apple's October 23rd event, where we should also see the unveiling of the mid-sized tablet competitor, iPad mini.

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iPad mini price could start at around $329

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 21, 2012 6:46 am

We've been hearing nearly every rumble of the coming iPad mini, but one point has eluded most until now, price. We know it'll most likely replace the iPad 2 in the market, that it'll want to compete with the Nexus 7 from ASUS and Google, and that it won't be as fast, or sport a high-end screen like the third-gen iPad.




Well, now 9to5Mac are reporting that Apple's starting price for the new iPad mini should float around the $329 price, somewhere in between the fifth-generation iPod touch priced at $299, and the Wi-Fi-only 16GB iPad 2 at $399.


The two higher capacity iPad mini's should be priced at around $100 extra per step, so 32GB for $429 and 64GB for $529. The base price for the new iPad mini could be higher, but 9to5Mac reckons it will hit $329. I do agree, as Apple have an uphill battle with their iPad mini. The Nexus 7 is doing wonders for Google and ASUS, with customers completely smitten with their Jelly Bean-powered 7-inch wonder tablet.

LG's Nexus 4 gets prodded once more, this time its of the inside of the phone itself

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 21, 2012 5:31 am

We've been hearing more and more about LG's upcoming Nexus 4 smartphone, with a few pictures and spec leaks but now we're looking at a picture of the Nexus 4 with its back cover off.




There's not much to see here, but we can see a big spot blank thanks to its included 2100mAh battery which is unfortunately not user-replaceable. There are only a few screws between that battery being snug in the Nexus 4, and being replaced - so things could change very quickly.


The other bits of the Nexus 4 seem pretty standard, a plastic frame is used, gold contacts for the antennae, cutouts for the rear speaker, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash. Underneath that we're talking about Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core 1.5GHz SoC, and the other goodies, RAM, internal storage, and more.


It's only a few more days until the October 29 event, so stay tuned!

Mass Effect 4 won't involve Shepard, "the trilogy is over"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 21, 2012 4:47 am

BioWare Montreal producer, Fabrice Condominas, sat down for a chat with VG247 where he discussed that the studio feels Commander Shepard has had his time to shine in Mass Effect, and that it's now time for another character to take the lead in Mass Effect 4. He says:




There is one thing we are absolutely sure of - there will be no more Shepard, and the trilogy is over.


In a response to a question of what features the fourth outing in the Mass Effect world would include, Condominas replied with:


So first, we don't want to make 'Shepard 2′, or Mass Effect 4 with like, 'oh there's no more Shepard but you're a soldier in the universe'. So this will be a very, very different context for sure, and nothing has been decided on the rest.


This is really our starting point. Now the Mass Effect universe is vast, and very, very rich. So at this point in time, we don't even know what kind of time frame we're going to be in. All we're doing is more gathering ideas from the teams, gathering feedback to see several things.

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Rockstar wants your help with Grand Theft Auto V multiplayer

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 20, 2012 5:54 am

Rockstar wants your help with their upcoming sure-to-sell-millions, Grand Theft Auto V. GTA V is set to use the new Crews which popped its head up with Max Payne 3. Crews are groups of Rockstar Social Club members who form persistent teams and compete online together.




Rockstar doesn't consider Crews a finished product, and they want your help with it. Rockstar have said:


Whether it's suggestions for competitive in-game Crew features in Multiplayer, new ways to manage and recruit, ideas for enhancing Social Club Crew pages and leaderboards, things you did and didn't like about Crews in Max Payne 3, or any thoughts at all related to Crews really that you'd like to share - we're all ears. We'd especially love to hear from current Crew members and leaders so that we can continue making our unique approach to persistent team based Multiplayer as fun as it can be in GTAV.

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Apple's new Oregon-based data center begins construction

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 20, 2012 4:34 am

It looks like Apple's new data center has begun construction, with the Cupertino-based company's new data center in Prineville, Oregon beginning construction. Apple purchased a 160-acre lot for $5.6 million back in February and threw up a 10,000-square-foot data center temporarily.




Now they're starting work on their fourth major data center, with the first phase of the new data center costing $68 million. Prineville also houses Facebook's huge data centers, with companies flocking to the town because of their low energy, real estates costs and lower tax rates.


I'd love to walk through these data centers - who's with me? Group buy time?

4K tech gets named, will be known as Ultra High-Definition, or Ultra HD for short

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Oct 20, 2012 3:42 am

For a while we've been hearing more and more about 4K technology, but it was known as just that '4K'. Well, the Consumer Electronics Associations decision has bought forth an official rebranding of 4K to "Ultra High-Definition".




Sony has said it "lauds the CEA's efforts", but will continue using "4K" for its current products and will brand their future 4K-based devices as "4K Ultra High-Definition (4K UHD)". Sony are set to use their own branding in order to "ensure clarity for consumers and delineate between today's and tomorrow's technology". Sony's full statement:


Just a quick note to let you know that as a leader at the forefront of new display technology such as HD, 3D and beyond, Sony lauds the CEA's efforts to come up with a common language to describe the next generation high-definition technology. However, to ensure clarity for consumers and delineate between today's and tomorrow's technology, Sony will continue to use the 4K moniker for its products and will market its future products as 4K ultra high-definition (4K UHD).

Sony reducing HQ staff by 20 percent and closing a factory in Japan

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 19, 2012 10:24 pm

The economy does not seem to be doing as well as everyone would like to portray as doing. Companies' earnings reports yesterday came in at less-than-expected results and many companies are instituting layoffs or continuing their plans in full force. Yesterday, we saw the announcement that AMD was axing part of its force, and now Sony is continuing with its plans to reduce its workforce by 10,000.




Sony had previously announced plans to layoff 10,000 employees by the end of this coming March. We now have more details on how they will achieve this end result. Sony announced that it will be cutting roughly 20 percent of its headquarters staff in addition to closing a factory that is located in Japan.


Previously, Sony had cut 1,800 jobs from its books by selling a chemical company to a state-run bank in Japan. The cuts at headquarters and the Gifu plant will amount to another 2,000 people. Reuters is also reporting that Sony plans to cut a further 2,000 employees in Europe, with roughly half of those cuts coming from the ending of its partnership with Ericsson.

Microsoft records video using Surface RT tablet while said device is dropped from 30"

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 19, 2012 9:32 pm

Microsoft has beaten everybody else to the punch and conducted a drop-test with its new Surface RT tablet. They recorded video using the device and dropped it from a height of roughly 30-inches. The device records the entire fall, and even manages to survive the drop and continue recording as it is picked up.



Since the recording was done with the internal camera, there's no view of the damage sustained by the screen or chassis, but I'd venture to guess that it was pretty minor, considering it was dropped only from 30-inches. Furthermore, nobody in the video reacts particularly horribly about sustained damage, so it's probably a good bet it survived.


Microsoft needs to do stunts like this to drum up support for Windows 8 and the Surface tablets as they launch a week from today. After yesterday's dismal financial results, a lot is riding on these new products that are coming down the pipeline. Only time will tell if they will end up being successful.

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