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Ubisoft CEO says pre-orders for Xbox One not as high as PlayStation 4

By: Idene Saatchi | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 13, 2013 11:47 pm

The next generation of consoles are just right around the corner. Ubisoft's CEO, Yves Guillemot comments that the PlayStation 4 is doing better in pre-orders than the Xbox One. Guillemot is not worried though, and says the Xbox One is improving in pre-orders. Guillemot was asked if he was worried about a lack in demand for The Xbox One's pre-orders.

 

Guillemot comments: "What we see is that there is a good pre-order list on that machine. Even if the PS4 is in front in terms of pre-orders, we see lots of improvement in the pre-orders that are coming on Xbox One. So no, we are not worried at all. We think it will be a big seller as well."

 

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Guillemot is also not worried about the short term transition the consoles bring. Guillemot says, "The PS4 and Xbox One will be released in a few days' time and will be a new driving force for the industry,"

 

Guillemot continues: "We are confident in our capacity to rise to the short-term challenges posed by the transition phase, thanks to the very high quality of our games, which, combined with the upcoming arrival of the next-generation consoles and the traditional ramp-up of sales during the Christmas season will trigger positive momentum towards the end of the year."

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Team unveils the all new Dark L3 line of solid state drives

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Nov 13, 2013 11:00 pm

Today Team Group announced the launch of a new line of high-performance solid state drives. The all new Dark L3 SSDs are based on a 2.5-inch form factor and are designed to provide the extreme performance that today's PC enthusiast demands. The new Dark L3 drives are available in three capacities, including 60GB, 120GB, and 240GB.

 

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The new Dark L3 drives are said to feature read speeds of up to 550MB/s and 450MB/s write speeds based on the company's own testing using ATTO Disk Benchmark. Team says that the new Dark L3 SSDs measure in at 7mm thick, and can handle 35,000 random operations per second. Pricing for the drives starts at just $65 and increases to $200 for the 240GB drive.

The new iPad mini with Retina gets taken apart by iFixit

By: Idene Saatchi | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 13, 2013 9:55 pm

The people at iFixit have already taken the new Retina iPad mini apart. The new iPad mini with Retina now has a large duel cell 6471 mAh 24.3 Whr battery as opposed to the old iPad mini which contained a 4490 mAh 16.3 Whr battery, which is a nice upgrade. It also contains the same A7 processor as the iPhone 5s and not the more powerful one that is in the iPad Air.

 

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iFixit says the device contains a lot of adhesive and rate it a two out of ten from a repairing point of view. Although they have made the battery larger Apple says the device is still in the 10 hour use range. This is more than likely because of the new 2048 x 1536 Retina screen.

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The Jawbone Up24 wireless fitness tracker is now available for $150

By: Idene Saatchi | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Nov 13, 2013 9:10 pm

Jawbone releases the new Up24 and it looks promising. The Up24 is Jawbone's first sleep and fitness tracker that works wirelessly, as opposed to the older models of the UP. Jawbone didn't add wireless Bluetooth capabilities in the previous models because they said it would make the product's hardware chunkier and reduce battery life. The new Up24 however uses a Bluetooth Low Energy radio that doesn't affect the battery really, and gives the device seven days of use. The Up24 is still water-resistant and approximately the same size as the previous model.

 

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Along with the Up24, Jawbone has also released the 3.0 version of their iOS app. It'll now contain some features only usable by the Up24 but is still mostly compatible by the current UP model. You can now wirelessly use the app to activate a vibrating smart alarm, instead of having to plug it in to your smartphone. If you forget to put it into sleep mode it will also now estimate how much sleep you got using its new sleep recovery tool. The device also includes an activity log that will show you your sleep, food, and fitness.

 

The Jawbone Up24 is now on sale for $150

New Steam update now lets you download games while playing games

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 13, 2013 8:24 pm

Its no secret that I am one of the biggest fans of Valves Steam platform in the world, and to back that claim up, I have almost 200 games in my Steam Library. One of my biggest gripes about Steam has always been that it will not allow users to download games while they are playing other games, but today Valve has changed that.

 

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Earlier today, Valve began releasing an update to Steam that now enables background downloading. This means that Steam customers can now download and install games while they play other games. This feature can be turned off and back on at any time by the user too, which will be good for games that require high-bandwidth for online play.

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Best Buy and all other Chromebook 11 retailers abruptly halt sales

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Laptops | Posted: Nov 13, 2013 7:13 pm

HP and Google's new Chromebook 11 was promised to be this holiday seasons biggest notebook seller, but things are not looking to good for the $279 Chrome OS laptop. Today The Verge received a tip from a Best Buy insider who says that Best Buy corporate offices have sent urgent memos to store managers to stop selling the Chromebook 11.

 

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"Stores should stop selling the HP Chromebook 11 effective immediately," reads an internal memo to Best Buy managers. "Partner with Sales Support to pull the product off the sales floor to a secure location in the warehouse." Since the memo went out, Best Buy has removed the Chromebook 11 from its website. Amazon, HP, and Google have also all listed the device as being out of stock on their websites as well.

 

At the moment it is unclear as to why sales and shipments of the devices have been suspended, and other than speculation about lower than expected stock levels, no other explanation has been poised by analyst. Amazon does list the item as being unavailable because "customers have told us there may be something wrong with our inventory of the item, the way we are shipping it, or the way it's described here." I have reached out to Google, HP, and Best Buy for comments and will report back when they reply.

iPad mini Retina already shipping out and arriving as early as Nov 15

By: Idene Saatchi | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 13, 2013 6:33 pm

Many people have received delivery estimates and are reporting their Retina iPad minis will be arriving as early as Nov. 15th in the UK and in the US as early as the 18th from UPS, according to 9to5Mac readers. Although Apple is stating Nov 21st for most of their Retina iPad minis. Shipping dates from Apple are 1-3 days or 5-10 business days in launch countries.

 

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iPad mini availability might be tight during the holidays. The iPad air might be easier to get your hands on as opposed to the iPad mini with Retina which is at an estimated 2.2 million units.

Toshiba unveils the FlashAir II wireless SD card to North America

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Nov 13, 2013 5:43 pm

Today, Toshiba announced the launch of its next-generation wireless SD storage media. The new FlashAir II series of wireless SD cards are designed to allow users to share images, videos, files wireless. Available in capacities up to 32GB, the cards feature a class 10 rating to ensure that they are HD Video compatible.

 

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The cards feature a built-in Wi-Fi adapter that allows the card to function as its own access point which allows any Wi-Fi connected device to access the data stored on the SD card. Additionally, a built-in "Internet pass-through" feature allows the images to be uploaded to popular cloud and image sharing services in real-time as they are taken. The Card is also capable of being accessed by up to seven devices at once. The company's free FlashAir mobile app enables sharing with Android and iOS devices as well. MSRP is set to $79.99 for the 16GB model and $99.99 for the 32GB model.

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The Moto G has arrived from Motorola, mid-range Android for $179

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 13, 2013 4:16 pm

We have been seeing leaks, and teasers surfacing around Motorola's Moto G smartphone for well over a month now, and today the wait is finally over. This morning, Motorola launched the all new Moto G, an Android-based smartphone that is designed with high med-range hardware at a budget friendly price.

 

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The Moto G features a 4.5-inch display with a resolution of 1280x720 which equates to a pixel density of 329 pixels per inch. A quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor is on-board and clocked at 1.2GHz, while 1GB of RAM is present to keep apps running nice and fast. Photography is handled by a 5-megapixel rear camera, and 1.3-megapixel front shooter that is more than adequate for every selfie you could ever take.

 

The entire phone is coated inside and out with a water-resistant coating, and the screen is protected by Gorilla Glass 3 which makes this one of the best protected budget friendly phones available. Android 4.4 KitKat is not present unfortunately, but users will only have to live with Android 4.3 for a few months as Motorola says the Moto G will get Android 4.4 KitKat in January. The 8GB version will cost you $179 while the 16GB model will lighten your wallet by $199. Both models run pure Android and are SIM unlocked so you can use it on any carrier.

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Retina-based iPad mini features A7 processor, 5x more performance

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 13, 2013 12:29 pm

The original iPad mini featured Apple's A5 processor, but the new Retina-powered iPad mini features the benchmark-crushing A7 processor, which is a 64-bit-capable SoC.

 

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Some Geekbench 3 benchmarks have shown that the new Retina iPad mini is running at 1.3GHz, just like the iPhone 5S. The iPad Air, on the other hand, is clocking in at 1.4GHz, which gives it a slightly better score. The Retina-based iPad mini scores 1390 in Geekbench with the single-core test, and 2512 on the multi-core test. These results are similar to those of the iPhone 5S, which scores 1399/2523, and lower than the iPad Air, which pushed 1466/2856.

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