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SAPPHIRE announces Battlefield 4 bundles with AMD R Series GPUs

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Nov 14, 2013 3:49 pm

Sapphire Technology has just announced that it will bundle vouchers for the hit first person shooter, Battlefield 4, with several of its AMD Radeon R-Series video cards. Originally only Sapphires flagship, the R9 290X was bundled with the voucher, but now products from Sapphires Dual X line will include the voucher as well.

 

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Participating cards include the R9 290X, R9 290, R9 280X Dual-X, R9 280 Dual-X, R9 270x Dual-X, and R9 270 Dual-X. Sapphires Dual-X technology features an exclusive dual heat extraction technology that utilizes a highly efficient cooler and graduated heat pipes along with dual aerofoil section fans. This combination delivers great performance with an exceptionally low-noise experience.

 

Sapphire says that the Battlefield 4 vouchers will be available in the above listed cars beginning now, and will be available at existing retailers that sell Sapphire products. With Battlefield 4 retailing for $60 alone, this is an excellent deal for anyone looking to upgrade their PC and pick up this seasons best shooter.

Apple is under investigation in Italy for $1.3 billion in tax fraud

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 14, 2013 1:32 pm

Apple is in trouble with Italian authorities, to the tune of $1.3 billion of alleged tax fraud. The Italian government believes that the iPhone maker has tucked away, hidden from the Italian tax authority and investigators in the country.

 

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Reuters is the one with the report, where they said: "The maker of the iPhone is the latest prominent corporation to become the target of a tax probe in Italy amid a global crackdown on tax cheating by multinationals. In Italy, where tax authorities have become more aggressive in their dealings with global companies, fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana were handed in June a 20-month suspended prison sentence and a heavy fine for hiding hundreds of millions of euros in unpaid taxes. Both deny any wrongdoing."

Tesla Motors could build an F-150 like pickup truck within 5 years

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Nov 14, 2013 12:35 pm

Even with the issues that some of its Model S electric vehicles are going through, Tesla Motors are pushing through with some new ideas. CEO Elon Musk has said that the company is planning to make a pickup truck.

 

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Tesla Motors' pickup truck would be similar to that of Ford's F-Series pickup truck, with the F-150 pickup truck being the best-selling vehicle of any kind in the US, so you can see Tesla's motivation. The news comes from Musk's discussion during Business Insider's IGNITION event in New York yesterday. He talked about the pickup truck in a post-interview Q&A, after he was asked if his company would make a fleet truck for companies like FedEx and UPS.

 

He replied, saying that Tesla is currently in the planning stages of the truck, not in the commercial stages, because the market opportunity for commercial trucks is smaller. Musk said that the Tesla pickup truck would be designed with the F-150 as inspiration, because it is just so popular.

AMD's Mantle API will work with at least 15 Frostbite-powered games

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 14, 2013 11:33 am

The AMD APU13 conference is continuing on, with some new details about AMD's Mantle API. DICE's front man for the Frostbite engine, Johan Andersson, took the stage at the APU13 conference to talk about Mantle, and how it is going to be used extensively in Frostbite.

 

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Andersson said that there would be a Mantle-powered version of Battlefield 4 released soon, something I'm excited to start testing on, and that there will be a bunch more games released under the Frostbite engine, that would be powered by Mantle. The biggest benefit to take away here is that Mantle has a lot less of an overhead to it, when compared to DirectX.

 

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Jorjen Katsman, from Nixxes, the developer who is working on porting Thief to the PC, said that DirectX 11 has an overhead of around 40%, while Mantle has an overhead of just 8%. Katsman said that it's "not unrealistic that you'd get 20% additional GPU performance" with a Mantle-powered GPU.

 

There are currently 15 games in development that will support Mantle, which will include Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, the Mirror's Edge prequel, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Star Citizen, Thief, and more. These are some of the biggest games coming soon, so it's an exciting time to be an AMD fan.

Analyst: Apple's iWatch to arrive in two different sizes

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Nov 14, 2013 10:34 am

It looks like Apple's iWatch could arrive in two separate sizes, at 1.3 and 1.7 inches. The former will be aimed at women, with the latter being aimed at men. The news is coming from NPD DisplaySearch analyst, David Hsieh.

 

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The Korea Herald reports: "Apple's wearable iWatch is expected to come with a 1.7-inch OLED display for men's watches and a 1.3-inch OLED screen for women, David Hsieh, DisplaySearch's Vice President of the Greater China Market, said at a conference today in Taiwan, citing Apple sources. It is yet to be confirmed whether the displays will be flexible but sources said it was a possibility, since Apple will want to upstage Samsung's Galaxy Gear."

 

Will you be waiting in line for the iWatch? I think Apple needs to really pull a rabbit out of its hat with its wearable computing, as it will be competing with Google Glass next year.

LG to launch its curved G Flex smartphone in the US shortly

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 14, 2013 9:30 am

If you were waiting on LG's curved, and beautiful-looking G Flex smartphone in the US, it looks like you won't have to wait long. @evleaks is at it yet again, with a single tweet giving the US some hope.

 

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@evleaks has said that the G Flex smartphone is confirmed to hit the US, and it will launch on at least three US carriers: AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile. Other than that, we have no other details, so pricing or the exact ETA on the G Flex is not currently known. We'll be sure to let you know more when the news hits.

RumorTT: Facebook tried to acquire Snapchat for $3 billion

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 14, 2013 8:36 am

Facebook has reportedly offered Snapchat a nice $3 billion to acquire the picture-sharing startup, but Snapchat refused the deal. The reason for the decline is that Snapchat is currently enjoying multiple companies bidding for them, which is a great reason, isn't it?

 

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Considering Facebook paid - at the time a huge $1 billion for Instagram, this isn't chump change by any measure. But, Snapchat is also huge, as it is one of the most popular messaging apps over mobile devices right now. The social network reportedly put another bid in previously, at $1 billion, so an increase to $3 billion shows just how powerful the messaging application is.

 

There are around 350 million messages sent per day through Snapchat, just to give you an idea of how big it is.

Intel's new 9-series chipset reportedly won't feature SATA Express

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Nov 14, 2013 6:30 am

Intel have something exciting for 2014, and that's the new Z97 platform, which is going to be the new high-end, Haswell-E platform. Well, the Z97 chipset will reportedly not feature the new SATA Express standard, which is a disappointment.

 

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SATA Express is part of the new Serial ATA 3.2 standard, which will feature new connectors that are backwards compatible, as well as some nifty PCIe-based SATA Express devices. SATA Express is expected to provide a choice of AHCI or NVM Express host interfaces, which should pump more speed through its already fast pipes.

Facebook Messenger revamped, is now available

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Nov 14, 2013 5:33 am

I admit it: I used to be a huge Facebook Messenger user, but I've converted over to Hangouts for most of my chat now. I still use Messenger for chatting with people I can't chat with on Hangouts, but Messenger has just received a new update, and it looks swish.

 

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It was previously only made available for a limited number of users, but now it has rolled out to the public, with an all-new design and fresh new features. We have a nice white and light blue design, as well as improved performance, and new chat features. The new chat features include the ability to message people with just their phone number, which is a nice touch.

 

You can grab the latest version of Facebook Messenger from the Google Play Store, if your device hasn't auto-updated already.

Obduction, from the makers of Myst, passes its Kickstarter goal

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 14, 2013 4:30 am

If you remember Myst, then you'll know who Cyan is, and you'll be excited for their upcoming game Obduction. The developer hit up Kickstarter for some crowdfunding for Obduction, to the tune of $1.1 million.

 

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They reached it, and now it will go into production for an October 2015 release on Mac and Windows. I'm incredibly excited about the game, and I'm hoping that it reaches its stretch goal of $1.3 million, as that will include Oculus Rift support - something that would be absolutely mind blowing. It is something I've talked about (wanting a Myst-like game on the Rift) and something that I can't wait to play.

 

I've just made a pledge, and I can't wait to hopefully see this game hit $1.3 million in the next couple of days for that Oculus Rift support!

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