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Qualcomm: 8-core processors for smartphones are 'dumb'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Aug 4, 2013 4:32 pm

We are finally seeing 8-core processors in our smartphones, but do we really need all of this power? According to chipmaker Qualcomm, we don't. More specifically, Qualcomm's Senior Vice President, Anand Chandrasekher has come out and said 8-core processors for smartphones are just "dumb."




Chandrasekher likened adding more cores to taking eight lawnmower engines, putting them together and calling it an eight cylinder Ferrari engine. Chandrasekher added that Qualcomm are focusing on providing consumers with a good experience, which starts with a good modem, long battery life and an affordable price point.


The Qualcomm executive said that adding more cores into the mix is like throwing spaghetti at a wall and seeing what sticks. Your move, Samsung.

Samsung Galaxy Folder brings back the flip phone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 4, 2013 3:27 pm

It looks like we could be going back to the future with Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Folder smartphone, which is an Android-based clamshell smartphone. Contributors to's forums claim they know some insider information, posting a bunch of pictures of the upcoming flip phone.




It looks like it features a gold-like side trim, with a camera key that replaces the W2013's dual-SIM button. I don't know how popular a flip phone would be in this market, but for the emerging markets, with a slim price, it could be a great device to add to Samsung's never-ending line of Galaxy-branded smartphones.

John Carmark 'couldn't' talk about Doom 4 during QuakeCon 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 4, 2013 2:28 pm

People have been waiting for Doom 4 for what seems like forever, and many expected news of the upcoming first-person shooter to be unveil at QuakeCon 2013. But, during id Software's Technical Director, John Carmack's keynote speech for QuakeCon 2013, only a tiny piece was revealed.




There were only a few seconds dedicated to Doom 4 talk during his three-hour long speech, where a fan asked if Carmark could provide any update on Doom 4's development, to which Carmark replied: "I can't. I actually asked about whether I could say anything related to the development, and the answer was, no, I couldn't."


Doom 4 was coming, until they had to scrap the entire project and start again. We heard about this a while ago, with Pete Hines, VP of PR and Marketing for Bethesda Softworks said during a statement to Kotaku: "An earlier version of Doom 4 did not exhibit the quality and excitement that id and Bethesda intend to deliver and that Doom fans worldwide expect. As a result, id refocused its efforts on a new version of Doom 4 that promises to meet the very high expectations everyone has for this game and this franchise."

7-second teaser of 'squad' gameplay for Call of Duty: Ghosts is here

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 4, 2013 1:24 pm

It's not long until the new Call of Duty: Ghosts arrives, but to tease you for now, Infinity Ward's Executive Producer, Mark Rubin, tweeted a seven-second teaser of an in-game menu for "squad" gameplay in Call of Duty: Ghosts.



The clip is short enough that you don't see much at all, apart from the menus "online play" and "options". You can also spot "Squads" at the top of the screen if you're quick enough. We should expect the reveal for Call of Duty: Ghosts' multiplayer on August 14, with the show being livestreamed on the game's website and Xbox Live at 1:30 ET.

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Justin Bieber becomes Anonymous' latest victim

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Aug 4, 2013 12:27 pm

After working for three years with TweakTown, I never thought I'd be typing the words "Justin Bieber" into a news post, but here I am. The teen pop sensation has a new enemy in Anonymous after he wore the iconic Guy Fawkes, or "anonymous" mask. Anonymous has struck back, creating a Facebook event with the tag #OPButtHurtForBieber. The creator of the page says:




Greetings citizens of the world we are Anonymous!

It has come to are attention that Justin Bieber has made mockery of anonymous

we now unite and make it known to justin that anonymous are not to be taken lightly

faze one

flood his Twitter and Facebook

We Are Anonymous

We Do Not Forgive

We Do Not Forget

Expect US!


I don't think anything will happen, but Bieber's Facebook or Twitter pages could be hacked in the coming days. Or maybe 1000 Anonymous people will spit on Bieber from a rooftop, maybe.

OUYA apologizes to backers with $13.37 credit to use on Discover

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Aug 4, 2013 11:29 am

I received an e-mail late last night from OUYA, I was hoping it was a shipping confirmation on my two custom controllers - which it wasn't - but it's not all bad news. Original backers are set to receive $13.37 credit for the OUYA Discover store.




Why the handouts? It's because OUYA are sorry about some original backers, like myself, not receiving their consoles on time. Some users received their consoles after they hit retail shelves, controllers have been delayed, and more. OUYA says: "If you feel you've had any kind of less-than-OUYA experience with us (a polite way of saying at any time you felt pissed at us for whatever the reason: late shipment, missing controllers, a delayed response to a CS ticket you opened), we'd like to give you a store credit of $13.37 to use toward any purchase(s) on DISCOVER."




Not too bad at all, but I think OUYA still have a way to go yet. Hopefully this fixes the issue of 73% of OUYA owners not purchasing a game yet, too. Our review will be online this week, so be sure to check back! Until then, you can check out our unboxing of the OUYA console.

RumorTT: Budget version of the Moto X is coming

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 4, 2013 10:31 am

The Moto X was launched last week, and there's already news of a cheaper Moto X coming. Maybe this new smartphone could better compete with the budget "iPhone 5C."




During an interview with CNET, Motorola Mobility CEO, Dennis Woodside, said that the Moto X is just the first device in a line of products coming out, with a cheaper model on its way. He said: "The experience of devices you can get for less than $US200 is subpar right now. We want everyone to have access to affordable smartphones. ...Moto X is the brand that we are most focused on. And there is more to come. You will see additional products within months."


I'm hoping for a $199 device, which would be nice. At $199, you'd have lineups all across the world for the budget Moto X.

YouTube now live streams to anyone with 100 or more subscribers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Aug 4, 2013 9:27 am

And it's about time: Google have just allowed YouTube to live stream to anyone with 100 or more subscribers. This is a great step, as it puts the smaller creators on nearly the same playing field as the big boys on YouTube.




YouTube previously reduced the number of subscribers required to 1,000 just three months ago, and have now reduced it to just 100. YouTube says that this feature is rolling out gradually, so don't feel bad if you don't see an "Enable" button for YouTube Live any time soon. Smaller creators are also getting some more benefits, with the ability to add custom thumbnail images to video, link out to online stores or other sites in their videos' annotations, and place viewers inside video playlists.

Crytek sites are down, Maximum... Hack?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Aug 4, 2013 8:27 am

Crytek's official website is down right now, with the German developer stating they were hit with "suspicious activity" which means hackers have most likely infiltrated the site. A bunch of Crytek's websites are down right now, including:






But, some of their sites are ok, such as:




We should expect the sites to be back up shortly, with an explanation from Crytek.

BioShock Infinite arrives on the Mac later this month

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 3, 2013 3:53 am

BioShock Infinite has been quite popular on the PC, selling over four million copies since launch but now Irrational Game's hot-selling title is jumping over to the Mac.




Apple users will be able to purchase BioShock Infinite for the Mac on August 29 through Steam, the Mac App Store, and Aspyr's GameAgent storefront. GameAgent members will receive a 20% off pre-order coupon code on the game's page. If you pre-order through Aspyr, you'll receive the Columbia's Finest DLC Pack, which includes 500 Silver Eagles, five lock picks, six unique gear items and a couple of weapon upgrades for the shotgun, and sniper rifle.


The Mac system requirements aren't too bad:


  • Operating System: 10.8.4 (Mountain Lion)
  • CPU Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo (Dual-Core)
  • CPU Speed: 2.2GHz
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Hard Disk Space: 30 GB
  • Video Card (ATI): Radeon HD 3870
  • Video Card (NVIDIA): GeForce 640M
  • Video Memory (VRam): 512 MB
  • Peripherals: Macintosh mouse and keyboard

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