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Return to a galaxy far, far away on Christmas 2015

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Nov 7, 2013 10:35 pm

LucasFilm and its new owners at Disney have confirmed recent speculation that Star Wars Episode VII (still feels weird writing that) will forego the traditional May launch, to be released theatrically on December 18th 2015.

 

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Despite talk of delays and screenwriter Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3) being removed from the project, Disney CEO Bob Iger has been adamant that the film would not miss its 2015 release date as announced last year, following LucasFilm being acquired from Star Wars creator George Lucas for the princely sum of $7 billion dollars in cash and Disney stock.

 

Precious little is known about the plot other than it will be a direct sequel to 1983's Return of the Jedi, with a return to original stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford.

 

The as-yet untitled Episode VII is directed by Star Trek reboot director JJ Abrams and produced by Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk., with music by original composer John Williams.

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LeakedTT: HTC One's successor gets spotted in leaked photos

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 7, 2013 9:22 pm

The HTC One is arguably the highest quality Android-based smartphone ever made, and it looks like its maker is wasting no time in developing its successor. Known by the codename, M8, the phone has just seen its alloy unibody chassis leaked by the Taiwanese site ePrice.

 

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The images are a little blurry, and the lighting is atrocious, but judging from the rounded corners, this does appear to be a legitimate chassis for something other than current generation models. Interestingly enough, the chassis does appear to be machined to fit in a fingerprint sensor above the rear camera. Other rumors are suggesting that HTC will increase the screen size from 5.0 to 5.2 inches as well as bumping the resolution up to 2K. I am sure that we will see many more leaks, and rumors on specs as the Mobile World Congress conference approaches in Q1 2014.

World of Mass Development confirms Project CARS coming to SteamOS

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 7, 2013 7:41 pm

SteamOS continues to sign on new developers to port their games to its SteamOS that will launch in 2014, and the latest to join the team is World of Mass Development. WMD is the developers of the highly anticipated, crowd funded racing game, Project CARS. This means that Project CARS will be available on Windows, SteamOS, PS4, Xbox One, and the Wii U.

 

 

It seems that there is no stopping Valve from making the push into the living room, and the number of developers rushing to jump aboard SteamOS confirms this. If only Valve can land big names like Activision, Rockstar, Warner Brothers, and Bethesda, PC gaming will once again reign supreme in in 2014. What games would you like to see ported to SteamOS or Linux in general? Let us know in the comments.

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Corsair unveils new CS series modular PC power supplies

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Nov 7, 2013 6:12 pm

This morning Corsair announced the launch of its latest line of high-efficiency PC power supplies. The all new CS Series of modular power supplies features 4 models from 450W all the way up to 750W, and are 80 PLUS Gold certified, but are priced with the budget conscious consumer in mind.

 

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Corsair says that the new CS Series of PSUs are designed to deliver stable, continuous power while minimizing energy waste, which equates to a lower energy bill and smaller carbon footprint. For the low noise enthusiast, Corsair has installed a 120mm sleeve bearing fan that runs at very low RPM during normal load and will only increase speed if a heavy load is detected.

 

"The CS Series Modular PSUs deliver 80 Plus Gold efficiency and Corsair quality at Bronze level prices," said Aaron Neal, Corsair's global product manager of PSUs. "They are perfect for users that want reliable, energy efficient power for their PCs at a price that won't break their budget."

 

The CS Series features a semi-modular cable design that sees the core motherboard power cables permanently attached to the PSU, while all supporting cables can be attached on an as-needed basis. This feature alongside the incorporated flat cable design will ensure that customers choosing the CS series will have the best cable management experience possible. Corsair's CS Series PSUs are on sale now, and retail starting at $89.999 for the 450W model, $99.99 for the 550w, $109.99 for the 650W and will rise to $119.99 for the 750W model.

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Twitter launches its IPO, price soars to over $45 in seconds

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 7, 2013 4:30 pm

This morning Twitter launched its long awaited and highly anticipated Initial Public Offering (IPO) on the New York Stock Exchange. Carrying the stock symbol, TWTR, the company went public at the opening bell which was rang by Sir Patrick Stewart himself. Twitter set its opening price to $26 per share, but that did not last very long.

 

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Just seconds after opening, Twitter saw the opening transaction trade with 11 million of its offered 70 million shares sell for over $45 each. This effectively valued Twitter to be worth approximately $25.4 billion, which makes the total IPO to be roughly 1/10th of what the company is valued at. When the day is over and all 70 million shares are gone, Twitter will have raised more than $1.82 billion. While that number is far lower than the $16 billion Facebook raised, I suspect that Twitter will have far less fallout from its IPO than Facebook did.

 

At the time of this writing, Twitter is trading at $45.30 per share which is up almost 74-percent since the opening bell. How high the stock will rise is anyone's guess. I will update this post with a follow-up when the markets close today at 4pm, so bookmark this page and check back around 5pm for the latest update on how Twitter's IPO went.

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Google to host two-day hackathon based around Glass

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Nov 7, 2013 12:51 pm

Google will be hosting a hackathon in San Francisco later this month, with the event being the 'next phase of the Glass Developer Platform.' There's a limited number of applicants, but it should be a good chance for developers to get their hands, or eyes on with the Glass unit itself.

 

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Developers can get knee-deep in some Glass SDK, which will be like striking gold for developers. Once the Glass SDK arrives, developers will be able to build applications that both work offline, and have direct access to Glass hardware. We should be able to see much more in the coming weeks, with the Glass hackathon taking place in San Francisco on October 19.

Diablo 3 has sold over 14 million copies since it launched

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 7, 2013 11:31 am

It seems like just yesterday, but Diablo 3 launched back in 2012, and has since sold over 14 million copies. Blizzard CEO, Mike Morhaime, announced the news during an Activision Blizzard Q3 financial call.

 

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Morhaime said: "We're pleased with the response to the game's launch on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Lifetime sell through of the game across all platforms has reached over 14 million copies, and reviews have been very positive about how the game plays on consoles." These 14 million copies aren't just on PC, either, it is spread out across all platforms: PC, Mac, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Diablo 3's expansion, Reaper of Souls will hit the PC, Mac and PS4 in 2014.

Microsoft insider: ditch the Xbox and Bing

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 7, 2013 10:34 am

A research note was posted by Normura analyst, Rick Sherlund, who The New York Times described as Goldman Sachs' "point person' for its work with Microsoft, and someone who is a longtime friend of Bill Gates.

 

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Sherland wants Microsoft to dive out of its unprofitable search, and gaming businesses, he explained: "We estimate Microsoft has lost $17 billion with Bing over the past 10 years. It may be concerning to watch Google give away its Android operating system... but this is a superior business model... it is not important that Microsoft receive $5 or $10 billion for Bing ... but rather that it eliminate about 20 cents per share in annual losses."

 

What do you think? Losing billions upon billions of dollars just isn't good, and in the long run, I truly don't see Bing ever competing with Google. It's the same with Apple trying to compete with Google's search, even if they pumped $20 billion into it, I don't see Google being taken over.

Samsung to intro foldable displays by 2016, flexible is so yesterday

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Nov 7, 2013 9:32 am

Samsung really is at the bleeding edge of technology right now, with its own curved smartphone, but what about 2014 and beyond? Well, according to Samsung's Analyst Day held in Korea, the company has teased the future of its technology.

 

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You can see from the image above, that display technology is currently at the curved part, next year and into 2015 we'll see bended displays, but then - bam, technology barriers broken - and voila: foldable displays! This would be quite the boon to the technology market, especially tablets and Ultrabooks. Mobile devices will also see an injections of pixels from the 1920x1080 that we have now on most of its high-end Galaxy devices, to 3840x2160 - yes, 4K by 2015 on mobile devices.

Rochester Optical announces prescription and fashion lenses for Glass

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Nov 7, 2013 8:21 am

Google Glass is nearly here, with Rochester Optical announcing that it has hired Tim Moore, who will bring custom prescriptions, fashion and sport lenses that will work with Google's wearable device in early 2014.

 

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If you're looking for some prescription-friendly Google Glass support, this is what Rochester Optical will be delivering. Google will only be providing a simple pair of sunglasses, or clear protective lenses (non-prescription). It's good to see third-party support this early in the game (pre-launch!) and I'm incredible excited about getting some Glass on my head in the near future.

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