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Microsoft replaces 'Metro' with new 'Mod' trademark for Windows 8

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 5, 2014 10:11 am

We've already seen Microsoft change its "Metro" name for "Windows 8-style UI" with all those problems when Windows 8 launched, but now we're seeing a new name, "Mod", which would be the new, new name for the UI.

 

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The news is coming from ZDNet, with Mary Jo Foley reporting that Microsoft applied to trademark the word "Mod", which Foley thinks the software giant will use to refer the new modern design in future iterations of Windows. The company has also filed for more words with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, with the following words: "Windows Mod", "Office Mod", and "Microsoft Office Mod".

FarmVille creator, Zynga, now supports Bitcoins

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 5, 2014 9:23 am

The all-digital game creator Zynga has announced that it is launching an experiment, where it will accept Bitcoins for in-game purchases on some of its games.

 

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Zynga is working with Bitpay that will allow gamers to use the digital currency in FarmVille 2, CastleVille, ChefVille, CoasterVille, Hidden Chronicles, Hidden Shadows, and CityVille. Does this change your mind about Zynga, that it is now accepting Bitcoin? It won't do much for most, but it's a step in the right direction for Zynga.

Apple rumored to launch 12-inch iPad destined for enterprise

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 5, 2014 8:14 am

The iPad is currently stuck at the 9.7-inch ceiling, but this could all change with a new iPad rumored to be on the horizon. The new iPad Pro, a name it could go by, is being reported by Evercore analyst Patrick Wang.

 

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Wang's report states that supply chain sources are backing up the claim of an enterprise iPad. Wang's sources state the Cupertino-based giant is looking to launch a 12-inch iPad in the fall of 2014, targeting the enterprise market with a new "hybrid" device that would bring the tablet and notebook worlds together.

 

Wang talked about the bill-of-materials (BOM) of this new iPad, estimating that the cost of the A6 processor inside the new high-end iPad costs just 4% of the total materials, while the MacBook Air's processor, which is made by Intel, costs 22% of the total. The iPad obviously has much higher costs involving its touchscreen, taking 30% of the BOM, while the MBA's display uses just 11% of the total BOM.

 

The analyst believes that this enterprise iPad would feature the A8 processor, as well as more storage - with a 128GB model on offer. He says: "Arriving in fall '14, Apple goes Enterprise with an 12" iPad. Powered by the A8 chip (perhaps 4C), this expands ARM's reach and, once again, transforms the traditional notebook market as we know it. Expect a 2-1 hybrid - think iPad + MBA - similar to how most iPads are used in the workplace and in the same spirit of MSFT's Surface."

Intel's upcoming Knights Landing CPU will feature 72 cores

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jan 5, 2014 7:45 am

Intel's upcoming 14nm Xeon Phi, or Knights Landing CPU, will reportedly feature an insane amount of technology compared to what we see now in the Xeon range. The new Knights Landing CPU will see Intel increase the performance, throughput, and total TFLOP count with the next generation MIC (Many Integrated Core) card.

 

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Intel's Knights Landing will be based on the company's Silvermont CPU architecture, which we see in the Bay Trail mobile products. Knights Landing on the otherhand, will support 512-bit AVX operations, and a new mesh interconnect architecture which will see 72 cores to ship on each PCB.

 

The new CPU with 72 cores on-board will also see 16GB of on-package eDRAM, and six DDR4 memory controllers which will be capable of seeing over 384GB of DDR4 memory. Then we have the rumor that Intel could abandon PCI-Express 3.0 because of its latency issues, and shift over to QPI which will ship with the Skylake-EX chipset.

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RumorTT: Samsung to unveil next-gen Galaxy Gear at CES 2014

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jan 5, 2014 7:04 am

CES 2014 - If Samsung Mobile UK's Twitter is anything to go by, we should expect the South Korean giant to unveil the next-gen Galaxy Gear smartwatch any day soon. The tweet gives no exact details, but it does tease the new Galaxy Gear.

 

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With CES 2014 right around the corner, it would be a perfect time to unveil a new smartwatch. We could even see an unveiling, with a full launch across the world with the upcoming Galaxy S5 smartphone.

Analyst lowers his expectations for Samsung Q4 2013 profits

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 5, 2014 5:29 am

There are countless Galaxy smartphones and tablets in the wild now, but according to Barrons, Jefferies & Co. analyst, Hyunwoo Doh, it looks like Samsung's Q4 2013 profit estimate might not be as strong as previously thought.

 

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The analyst lowered his estimates for Samsung's Q4 2013 "to reflect higher bonus payouts, adjustments to the company's manufacturing of display panels, and the decline of the U.S. dollar against the Korean Won." Doh has faith in the South Korean giants mobile division, which is doing very good business.

 

He added: "[T]he [IT & Mobile Communications] division should see a decrease in earnings, due to slower high-end smartphone sales and inventory destocking. As such, its share price momentum should weaken until an earnings recovery is seen."

SteelSeries working with Tobii on eye-tracking hardware

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jan 5, 2014 5:01 am

It looks like another "future of gaming" is about to be unveiled, with SteelSeries teaming up with Tobii on some impressive eye-tracking technology, which also makes the AI enemies in a game harder.

 

 

With the technology tracking your eye, Tobii describes it as "passive gaze triggers" that would let you pick up an in-game item, or begin talking to a character in the game. These actions normally require a button press. Tobii has the hardware up for pre-order, with EyeX Engine dev kit available for $95.

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Corning announces new 3D Gorilla Glass, protects your curved display

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 5, 2014 4:06 am

CES 2014 - Days before CES 2014, Corning has announced its new Gorilla Glass tech, something it calls 3D-shaped Gorilla Glass. This new tech from Corning will protect the new curved devices hitting the market, like Samsung's Galaxy Round and LG's G Flex smartphones.

 

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The new 3D Gorilla Glass uses a new manufacturing process that is capable of making glass in unique shapes, without the scratch-resistant properties becoming weaker, or getting thicker. Corning is now capable of making everything in-house, including making glass for flat and curved displays. Right now, Corning's Gorilla Glass is protecting millions of smartphones already out, and many more slated to arrive in the coming months and years.

Metal Gear Solid 5 is going to be absolutely massive

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 5, 2014 3:54 am

If we are to believe the Siliconera translation of a tweet by Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima, Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain's map is going to be ridiculously large.

 

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So large, that it will be "hundreds of times larger" than Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, the prologue to The Phantom Pain. Ground Zeroes' map will not feature real-time changes, such as a day and night cycle, with Kojima stating that each mission will offer different experiences. The translation reads: "GZ is both a prologue to the MGS5 story and, at the same time, a tutorial for a new MGS, which transitions to sneaking simulator."

Titanfall on PC will not support mods at launch, studio confirms

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 5, 2014 2:35 am

Respawn Entertainment co-founder Vince Zampella has confirmed that Titanfall on the PC will not feature any mod support or map editor when it launches, but he did state that the company "will have to evaluate after launch".

 

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This will come as disappointing, but not surprising news to most - with Titanfall hitting the Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC - skipping the PS4 - on March 11, 2014. The developer will be making a PS4 version of Titanfall, but not right away.

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