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Netflix and YouTube beat out BitTorrent for US download traffic

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Nov 12, 2013 12:36 pm

If you thought BitTorrent and Usenet would be the kings of peak-hour download traffic in the US, well, you'd be wrong. A new study from broadband company Sandvine, estimates that YouTube and Netflix are the kings of the US download traffic hill, by a long shot.

 

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As you can see from the chart above, Netflix takes a huge 31.62% of the downstream traffic while YouTube scoops up 18.69%, so combined, they enjoy over half the US downstream traffic. If you look to the left, upstream traffic is completely dominated by BitTorrent with a huge 36.35%, and in second place is the usual HTTP traffic, with just 6.03%.

PS4, Wii U can be played through the Xbox One's HDMI input port

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 12, 2013 11:34 am

The Xbox One has an interesting feature that other consoles seem to not cater to, where it has a HDMI input port. This HDMI port can take most HDMI-based devices, including the PlayStation 4 and Wii U consoles.

 

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This means that you can actually use your Xbox One as an amplifier, or HDMI receiver of sorts, and plug your other console into the Xbox One to play it, saving those precious HDMI ports on your TV. Jeff Henshaw, Group Program Manger of Xbox, said: "[i]f it puts out HDMI, it'll work just great," and that any lag would be imperceptible to the human eye.

Smartphone sales expected to boom to 5.6 billion units in 2019

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 12, 2013 10:36 am

If I was to look around my desks where I'm typing this news, I have a Nexus 5, LG G2, and both Nexus 7 tablets - last years model, and this years - I'm a tech addict like most of you out there. But just how many smartphones are out in the wild right now? Around 1.9 billion, which is expected to blow out to a huge 5.6 billion devices in 2019.

 

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5.6 billion smartphones is a mammoth number, with the estimation coming from communications technology company, Ericsson. According to Ericsson's latest quarterly report, 55% of all handsets sold worldwide were smartphones, even though smartphones represent just 25-30% of all active mobile phone subscriptions.

 

But, over the next 6 years, we should see smartphone adoption hitting 60% of all mobile phone subscriptions. This means that of the 9.3 billion phones in use by 2019, 5.6 billion (or over half) of them will be smartphones. The biggest reason for this is going to be the emerging markets like China and India, and I personally think another big push is going to be Android 4.4 KitKat, which has much lower minimum requirements - which will push smartphone technology into cheaper smartphones, and help drive sales in emerging markets, in droves.

Over 3 million PS4s expected to be sold before the end of the year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 12, 2013 9:23 am

It feels like every few articles I write are about the PS4, but we are on the eve of next-gen consoles dropping, so why not? The Japanese electronics giant is expecting to sell at least 3 million PS4 consoles before the end of the year.

 

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During a recent interview with Bloomberg, President and CEO of Sony's US Computer Entertainment Division, Jack Tretton, said that Sony is currently running a marathon, and not a race, in terms of next-gen console sales. Tretten is confident that the company won't have supply issues during the holiday season like it did with the PS3 launch back in 2006, which should be a good thing for consumers this time around.

New Chrome beta lets you close those pesky audio tabs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Nov 12, 2013 8:29 am

Sometimes Google Chrome will be playing audio through a tab, and if you're like me, you have 20+ tabs open at once. When this happens, it can be so hard to find it, but the latest Chrome beta stops that.

 

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The latest beta of Chrome now shows a small speaker icon next to its name, which indicates that there is audio playing in the tab. This is a brilliant little addition, that helps a lot. But, the Mountain View-based giant aren't the first to do something like this, but a little addition like this does go a long way.

There's one PS4 title that supports mouse and keyboard gameplay

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 12, 2013 6:38 am

The PlayStation 4 is pushing all controller-based gameplay, as you'd expect from a console, but there will be one mouse and keyboard driven title. War Thunder is currently on the PC, with over 5 million gamers in the open beta.

 

 

The PS4 version of War Thunder will let you play like you do on the PC, as it supports mouse and keyboard gameplay. Oh, and flight sticks. Better yet, War Thunder will also pit PS4 gamers against PC gamers, which is something we should see more of. War Thunder will also support the PlayStation Eye camera, which will feature head-tracking, letting you change the viewpoint in the game by just turning your face.

 

War Thunder is coming, soon, with the game launching across Europe on the 29th of this month.

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SteelSeries' latest H Wireless Headset cuts the cord

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Nov 12, 2013 6:21 am

SteelSeries has just unveiled its latest H Wireless Headset, which is a new multi-platform wireless headset. The H Wireless Headset provides "robust sound, lag-free wireless and versatile functionality bring superior audio to a wide range of platforms, including PC, Mac, mobile devices, consoles, home entertainment, streaming devices and more." The new SteelSeries wireless headset boats some impressive Dolby technologies, including:

 

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  • Dolby Digital reproduces multichannel audio for a cinematic audio experience
  • Dolby Headphone recreates the sensation of up to 7.1-channel multi-speaker surround sound in headphones
  • Dolby Pro Logic IIx optimizes the surround sound experience for the most realistic multi-directional sound

 

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What about gaming? Well, SteelSeries has your back with two innovative gaming features. The first, is ChatMix, which lets the user tune the right balance between game and chat audio, which comes in handy, as you can increase another gamers voice, but keep your game volume tuned to your specific liking.

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GravityLight, the portable light that is powered by gravity

By: Idene Saatchi | More News: Health Technology | Posted: Nov 12, 2013 5:58 am

A gravity powered LED light has been introduced by the designers of GravityLight. This light produces its own energy by, you guessed it, gravity. A string on one side of the light is pulled, lifting a bag attached to the other side. After letting go, the bag gradually falls back down to the starting point. This turns gears inside that produce enough energy to power the LED for up to 30 minutes. The weight of the bag determines how long the light will last. Brighter light settings can be selected but also shorten the amount of time it lasts.

 

This easy to use, portable light that uses no costly batteries or fuel also allows light in areas without electricity. It can replace dangerous kerosene lamps in those areas.

 

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After raising a sufficient $400,000, which is $345,000 more than their original $55,000 goal, the designers are testing the new product and are expecting it to be available to the market soon after.

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AMD prepares TressFX 2.0, will feature animated grass and fur

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Nov 12, 2013 5:32 am

For those of you who have played Tomb Raider with TressFX enabled, well, TressFX 2.0 is coming. TressFX 2.0 will introduce animated grass and fur, along with the hair simulation that TressFX bought to the table.

 

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TressFX made its debut in the Tomb Raider reset, something that we benchmark across our GPU articles. TressFX allowed developers to render and simulate thousands of individual strands of hair, which made Lara look more lifelike. This is all coming from the AMD Developer Summit which will show off the new capabilities of TressFX 2.0.

Sony to 'monitor and record' you through PSN voice/text chat on PS4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 12, 2013 4:38 am

The minutes are counting down until the next-gen consoles launch from Microsoft and Sony, with the latter updating its PlayStation 4 Software Usage Terms today, stating that it may monitor and record PSN activity, including content of voice and text communications.

 

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Sony has said that is cannot monitor "all PSN activity" and that it makes "no commitment to do so." But, Sony's statement does say: "However, we reserve the right in our sole discretion to monitor and record any or all of your PSN activity and to remove any of your UGM at our sole discretion, without further notice to you." It goes on to state:

 

Your use of PSN and our community features may be recorded and collected by us or sent to us by other users as described in 13.1. Any information collected in this way, for example, your UGM, the content of your voice and text communications, video of your gameplay, the time and location of your activities, and your name, your PSN Online ID and IP address, may be used by us or our affiliated companies to enforce these Terms and the SEN Terms of Service, to comply with the law, to protect our rights and those of our licensors and users, and to protect the personal safety of our employees and users. This information may be passed to the police or other appropriate authorities. By accepting these Software Usage Terms, you expressly consent to this.

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