Tech content trusted by users in North America and around the world
7,399 Reviews & Articles | 54,246 News Posts

TweakTown News Posts - Page 2122

Google's ad revenue demolishes newspaper, magazine industries

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 13, 2013 10:28 am

Google is a gigantic company, a company that pretty much just prints its own money from advertising. Well, according to Business Insider's Henry Blodget, Google's yearly ad revenue has soared - and has overtaken both the magazine and newspaper industries.

 

google_s_ad_revenue_demolishes_newspaper_magazine_industries_06

 

If you look at the graph above, you can see that Google wasn't making that much money from ads in 2004... but each year sees a massive increase in profits made, and each year that Google makes more and more profits, the magazine and newspaper industries take an even bigger hit. Sure, back in 2004, the US newspaper industry was doing great business, but that has been knocked down, considerably.

 

If Google can keep at this pace, it will demolish the newspaper and magazine industries' profits in just a few years time.

RumorTT: Intel's TV service could still happen

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Nov 13, 2013 9:32 am

It's on, it's off, it's on, it's off: this has been the way Intel has played its TV service game, until now. Bloomberg is reporting that Liberty Global, the European cable operator that owns Virgin Media, is talking with Intel in regards to its Web-based TV service.

 

rumortt_intel_s_tv_service_could_still_happen_05

 

Bloomberg's sources were quite coy, so we don't have much information on the talks between the two companies. The sources did say that the deal could easily disappear, all before any agreements are sealed. This means that Intel could still deliver its TV service, but nothing is in concrete just yet unfortunately.

BlackBerry to launch Z30 smartphone on November 14 through Verizon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 13, 2013 8:21 am

If you're on Verizon and wanted to jump on the BlackBerry Z30 smartphone, you only have a few days to wait. Verizon has announced that it will start selling the Z30 online as of Thursday.

 

blackberry_to_launch_z30_smartphone_on_november_14_through_verizon_04

 

The wireless carrier will be selling it for $199.99 on a two-year contract. The BlackBerry Z30 features a 5-inch Super AMOLED display, a 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of built-in flash, microSDXC support, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, and the new BlackBerry 10.1 OS.

RumorTT: Apple to build future A-series processors in New York

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Nov 13, 2013 7:35 am

With Google building its Moto X smartphone in the US, it makes for good headlines, but what about Apple? We know that some of the Mac range are beginning to be manufactured on US soil, but this news is even better.

 

rumortt_apple_to_build_future_a_series_processors_in_new_york_03

 

As it stands, Samsung is responsible for most of the A-series production, including the fancy new A7 processor that is found in the iPhone 5S, iPad Air and second generation iPad mini - which launched just yesterday. Now we have news that future A-series processors would be built-in GlobalFoundaries' Fab 8 facility, which is located in Malta, New York.

 

This deal wouldn't see Samsung pushed to the side, but it would see near total reliance on the South Korean giant (and major competitor to Apple) dropped a few notches. Apple could use both companies for the iPhone 6 production, which would increase the amount of units available at launch - giving them the ability to sell more, and reach more markets at launch - as well as slowly taking its reliance away from Samsung.

Deutsche Telekom teams up with RSA to build hack-resistant Internet

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Nov 13, 2013 6:35 am

In this NSA and GCHQ controlled world that mimics 1984, Internet Service Providers are now having to step in and try and stop the spy agencies of the world from prying into your private lives.

 

deutsche_telekom_teams_up_with_rsa_to_build_hack_resistant_internet_0

 

News is coming from Deutsche Telekom, who has teamed up with security firm RSA, to work on building an Internet connection that can detect attacks early on, which will be known as "clean pipe" Internet connections, which push data through hack-resistant lines. The German ISP isn't giving us all the details just yet, but these connections will be tailor-made for small- and medium-sized businesses who are willing to pay a fixed monthly fee.

 

We should have more details on the "clean pipe" Internet connections early next year when it begins to roll out.

Blizzard says it won't build in gamepad support for Diablo 3 on PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 13, 2013 5:35 am

For those who play Diablo 3 on PC, which is most Diablo 3 players, the mouse and keyboard combination is something that shouldn't be messed with - right? Well, Blizzard has considered building in gamepad support, to bring it in line with the consoles, but this won't be happening.

 

blizzard_says_it_won_t_build_in_gameplay_support_for_diablo_3_on_pc_02

 

Senior Level Designer, Matthew Berger, has said: "The rhythm on PC is tactactactactactac - you're clicking the mouse, you're telling your character where to go. On console, the rhythm is very different. It flows more, because you're constantly repositioning your character with the thumbstick; you're really never stationary on console, whereas on PC you're a lot more stationary ... When you're playing on the PC, you're not really looking at your character as much, you're kind of focusing on the cursor. Whereas on console it's the exact opposite, you're drawn in."

 

Berger continued: "[I]f I let you use the controller on the PC, then I have to let you use the user interface that goes with it, and if I give you the roll and I haven't throttled the number of enemies attacking you because the mouse-and-keyboard players can handle all those enemies, but with a controller you have too many guys ... The games have really been structured to take advantage of their environment and their ecosystem, so in the same way it would not be a good fit to put a mouse and keyboard on the console."

Amazon's largest product release ever, is the next-gen consoles

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 13, 2013 4:31 am

We are hours away from the next-gen consoles launching, and an interesting statistic has hit my inbox from Amazon. An Amazon spokesperson has said that if you were to combine the pre-order sales of the PS4 and Xbox One consoles, "it would make up the largest product release in Amazon history for all categories worldwide".

 

amazon_s_largest_product_release_ever_is_the_next_gen_consoles_09

 

This is a seriously strong statement, and goes to show the kind of money that is rolling around with these next-gen consoles launching right now. Amazon is one of the biggest retailers shipping and selling the PS4 and Xbox One, but those numbers above are just gigantic. The company with the biggest smile on their face? AMD. AMD have APUs in the PS4 and Xbox One, and they must be laughing all the way to the bank, or at least to the Kaveri APU.

No dedicated Facebook app for the PlayStation 4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Nov 13, 2013 4:29 am

The PlayStation 4 has some awesome sharing abilities, where PS4 gamers can share screenshots and videos directly to Facebook. Unfortunately, this won't be done through a dedicated Facebook app on the PS4.

 

no_dedicated_facebook_app_for_the_playstation_4_01

 

Facebook engineer, Colin Creitz, when talking with Polygon, explained why Facebook will rely on built-in browsers: "One of the things that came out of our experience with the previous generation of consoles is that we found that maintaining the native apps was a relatively high maintenance burden, and didn't really lead to a high fidelity experience."

 

Gamers can establish their real identity using their Facebook login, with Crietz explaining: "One way you can establish your real identity is by using your Facebook login," Crietz said. "It'll bring in your Facebook profile picture and you have the opportunity to manage whether people are looking at your PSN avatar or your Facebook profile picture, [which is displayed] on a per-other user basis."

Microsoft merges gaming and TV with new Xbox One Snap feature

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 13, 2013 4:15 am

One of the Xbox One's most unique features is app snapping, a feature allows users to do two things at once such as checking up on your friends via the activity feed while playing a game. Users activate the snap feature by using the command "Xbox Snap" which is picked up by the microphone in the new Kinect sensor.

 

 

The new snapping feature will even let gamers watch tv while gaming. For instance, a user may be playing Madden 25 on the Xbox One and could say "Xbox Snap to TV ESPN" and could watch Sports Center or this weeks NFL game while playing Madden at the same time. Other snap features include Skype, and internet searching. Users can use this feature to search for hints or game walkthrough in the event they get stuck in the game they are playing.

Continue reading 'Microsoft merges gaming and TV with new Xbox One Snap feature' (full post)

Microsoft promotes teamwork, gets rid of its employee-ranking system

By: Idene Saatchi | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 13, 2013 4:00 am

For years Microsoft has used a employee ranking system. Which former employees at Microsoft say the ranking system was competitive. CEO Steve Ballmer is trying to make Microsoft a more team like environment ahead of his retirement.This new system is going to be a big change for employees at Microsoft.

 

microsoft_promotes_teamwork_gets_rid_of_its_employee_ranking_system_12

 

Microsoft HR chief Lisa Brummel mentions in the memo-"This is a fundamentally new approach to performance and development designed to promote new levels of teamwork and agility for breakthrough business impact"

Continue reading 'Microsoft promotes teamwork, gets rid of its employee-ranking system' (full post)

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Latest News Posts

View More News Posts

Forum Activity

View More Forum Posts

Press Releases

View More Press Releases
loading