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Nintendo is losing money on each and every Wii U it sells

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Aug 9, 2013 2:40 pm

Nintendo's Wii U isn't selling well for starters, but how could it get worse for the Japanese company? Well, GameIndustry is reporting that Nintendo is selling their Wii U at a loss, still, nine month after it has launched.




The Japanese company stated in 2012 that they would initially take a loss for a few months on Wii U sales, but as manufacturing efficiencies and lower component prices would close that gap in cost for Nintendo. But, the company still haven't turned a profit from Wii U sales, and it looks like it will only get worse as time goes on because Sony and Microsoft are both just a couple of months away from launching their next-gen consoles.

Samsung's ATIV Book 9 Plus comes out on August 20

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Aug 9, 2013 2:34 pm

Samsung are preparing its ATIV Book 9 Plus notebook, which features a stunning 13.3-inch 3200x1800 SuperBright+ touch-capable display. There's 350 nits of brightness and 10-point touch input, with the 3200x1800 resolution providing 275 PPI.




Inside the ATIV Book 9 Plus, we have an Intel i5-4200U dual-core Haswell processor at 1.6GHz, 4GB of DDR3 1600MHz RAM, a 128GB SSD, 3-in-1 card reader, webcam, integrated microphone and speakers, Ethernet, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and WiDi. We also have two USB 3.0 ports, a micro HDMI port, mini VGA and a 1.8mm headphone/microphone combo jack.




Software wise, we have Windows 8 x64 of course. The Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus crams all of this into a notebook that measures in at just 13.6mm thick, and weighs just 1.39kg or 3.06 pounds. The South Korean company claim that its ATIV Book 9 Plus can run for up to 11 hours from a single charge. Just how much will all of this set you back? $1399, which isn't too bad considering you receive the 3200x1800 display.

NVIDIA confirms next-gen Surface, says they're going to "bring it"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 9, 2013 2:24 pm

NVIDIA have let slip (or have they) by confirming they're working with Microsoft on a next-gen Surface slate. After a three-month stint of beating analysts' estimates, but failing to do anything special on the mobile front, NVIDIA's chief executive, Jen-Hsun Huang spoke with CNET, confirming that they still have a great future ahead of them.





He told CNET: "Now we're going to bring it with the second-generation Surface. We're working really hard on it, and we hope that it's going to be a big success." Microsoft have of course denied the rumors, but so did NVIDIA spokesman Ken Brown, too. Huang didn't confirm whether he was referring to the Surface RT tablet, or the higher-end Surface Pro tablet, I think he meant the latter.


Brown did state that NVIDIA's hardware didn't make it into the current Surface Pro, adding "so make what you will of that." With Microsoft pushed to record a $900 million write-down on the Surface RT, they'll want to not repeat that mistake again and it looks like NVIDIA is now a part of this course correction.

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Lavabit, the e-mail service Edward Snowden used, shuts down

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Aug 9, 2013 4:03 am

Until just recently, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden used the e-mail services of Lavabit. But now Lavabit has shut its doors, with the owner of Lavabit, Ladar Levison, leaving a very cryptic and scary message stating he walked away from his business as he has "become complicit in crimes against the American public."




It gets a little scarier, with the Lavabit owner saying that until real reform happens, he "would _strongly_ recommend against anyone trusting their private data to a company with physical ties to the United States." This includes most e-mail services, like GMail, Hotmail, and more.


The full message reads:

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LeakedTT: HTC One appears in blue trim in leaked image

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 9, 2013 2:31 am

@evleaks is at it again. This time he is not leaking an unreleased device but rather an image of HTC\'s One smartphone in blue form. The new blue model will more than likely be a carrier specific model and it appears that Verizon may be the carrier on which it lands.




Nothing appears to have changed with the blue model and it appears to feature all of the black components from the black version of the phone with just an anodized blue aluminum unibody. As someone who will be purchasing an HTC One next week, I really wish this version would somehow magically pop up on Sprint\'s website.

Six days before its launch, Payday 2 makes a profit

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 9, 2013 2:27 am

Payday 2 isn't even out yet, but it has already made back the money that publisher 505 Games provided Starbreeze Studios for development. The news comes directly from Starbreeze Studios' CEO, Bo Andersson-Klint.




Payday 2 launches on August 13, with the remaining profits being split down the middle between 505 Games and Starbreeze Studios. In a statement to investors, Andersson-Klint said:


Today Starbreeze has once again demonstrated that our strategy of focusing on our own properties is correct. Not only have we managed to deliver a desirable product in Payday 2 but also executed a promotion that few companies of our size can. We now look forward to the royalty income that can secure the company's development of its own IP in the future. That Payday 2 generates revenue for the company six days before the release is of course very unusual for games of this size and strengthens the long-term nature of our strategy.

BenQ releases W1500 Full HD wireless projector with 3D capabilities

By: Charles Gantt | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Aug 9, 2013 1:32 am

Today, BenQ announced the release of another device in its 3-D projector lineup. Dubbed the W1500, this 1080p projector is capable of producing 3-D video up to 84 inches in size from as little as just 6 feet away. The company says that the W1500 is the first wireless projector to have a built-in 5GHz Wireless Home Digital Interface.




The projector is able to wirelessly play video from compatible set-top boxes from up to 65 feet away. It is compatible with Apple TV and mobile devices and features two HDMI inputs. A composite video is also present. The projector is capable of projecting images as small as 40 inches all the way up to 300 inches in size. The company says that it has a lamp life of 6000 hours and two built-in 10W speakers.

Plextor poised to show off M6 SSD Prototype at Flash Memory Summit

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 9, 2013 12:30 am

Today, Plextor announced that it will be giving a sneak preview of their upcoming M6 SSD at the Flash Memory Summit and Exhibition that will be held next week on the days of August 13 through 15. Plextor says that the M6 will feature the next generation of the company\'s proprietary TrueSpeed technology that works alongside a Marvell 88SS9187 controller. This equates to enhanced performance and reliability.




The company says that the new drive also features the latest generation 19nm Toggle NAND flash manufactured by Toshiba. Topping things off, Plextor says that the M6 measures 5mm thick, making for an ultra-slim installation. Additionally, the company says it will display its complete lineup of storage solutions including the M5 Pro Extreme and M5S series alongside the M5M mSATA drives and the M.2 form-factor drive.


If you are attending the Flash Memory Summit and Expo, you will be able to find TweakTown at booth #900. We will be recording video interviews. E-mail Paul Acorn to schedule an interview. As always, stay tuned to TweakTown for full coverage of the event!

Sony says PS4 will not require Playstation Plus to record video

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Aug 8, 2013 11:31 pm

It seems like every time Microsoft releases unpopular information about its upcoming Xbox One console, Sony answers back with the opposite information about their next-gen console. Shortly after word dropped that the Xbox One would not allow recording or streaming of gameplay without an Xbox Live Gold subscription, Shuhei Yoshida, president of Sony World Wide Studios confirmed that the PS4 would be able to record and stream videos without a PlayStation Plus account.




The response came on Twitter after a fan asked Yoshida if the PS4 would require a subscription to the company\'s premium feature service for the PlayStation. Yoshida responded with a \"No.\" If that\'s not enough for some, Yoshida confirmed this to two other Twitter users. With little tidbits like this happening every week, it is really easy to imagine that Sony has an internal document with a list of positive things that no one is supposed to mention until Microsoft says the opposite about the Xbox.

Bloomberg buys into the Ubuntu Edge in the form of a $80,000 pledge

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 8, 2013 10:45 pm

Bloomberg must really like Canonical\'s Ubuntu Edge as yesterday they pledged 80,000 to the company\'s crowd funding campaign on Indiegogo. At this point, Canonical has only managed to raise about one quarter of its $32 million goal and with just over 12 days left, things are not looking very good for the Ubuntu Edge smartphone.




So what does Bloomberg get for their $80,000 donation? 115 Ubuntu Edge smartphones are included in the deal alongside several best practice workshops, 30 days of online support that allow the company\'s chief information officers and IT managers to integrate the devices into their system, and--of course--free shipping. If the funding campaign is successful, Canonical hopes to have the phones shipped around March of next year.

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