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Microsoft to unveil Surface 2 at media event in NYC on September 23

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 10, 2013 7:32 am

One device that could help Microsoft dig itself out of its hole is a refreshed Surface tablet, which the company has just announced an event in New York City for on September 23.

 

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Microsoft sent out press invitations to a special Surface event on the day, where we should expect the Redmond-based company to unveil the Surface 2 and Surface 2 Pro slates. We should expect them to look and act like the current Surface, but underneath we should expect a kick in the performance department.

 

The Surface 2 Pro should be the standout star here, with an Intel Haswell-based processor and 8GB of RAM. We should expect better battery life numbers thanks to the fourth-generation Core processor, and I'm hoping to see a 2560x1440 (or so) panel in the Surface Pro as well as a bigger screen. The Surface 2 on the other hand should run Windows RT 8.1 and feature NVIDIA's Tegra 4 SoC and a 1080p display.

We should expect Haswell-powered Chromebooks at IDF 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Sep 10, 2013 6:29 am

The Intel Developer Forum kicks off later today, where we should expect some Haswell-powered Chromebooks unveiled. Intel's general manager of software and devices, Doug Fisher, will reportedly unveil the new Chromebooks during his keynote.

 

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PCWorld also notes that there should be a Google exec that will join him to discuss the optimization of Android and Chrome for Intel processors. We should expect new OEMs to make the Haswell-powered Chromebooks, as well as the usual Google, HP, Lenovo, Acer and Samsung. Chromebooks could become a big item in the future considering they start at $199.

 

I'm hoping we see a new high-end Chromebook unveiled, that will include a powerful Haswell processor and the gorgeous high-resolution display. Right now, the 12.85-inch 2560x1700-pixel display on the Chromebook Pixel is hard to beat, but let's hope Google unveil something bigger and better. I wouldn't mind a Chromebook that could run Windows too, that would scream 'shut up and take my money.'

PlayStation 4 launches in Japan on February 22 with 19 launch games

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Sep 10, 2013 5:34 am

The PlayStation 4 launches on November 15 for the US and on November 29 for Europe, but in its home country of Japan it won't be launching until February 22. Pre-orders will open up for Japan on October 5.

 

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Sony will make the console available for ¥39,980 ($401) with a special "Limited Pack" run of consoles which will include the PS4, controller, download voucher for Knack and one-year warranty for the same price as the stock PS4. All Japan PS4s will include a free copy of Knack, and a $442 package will be made available which will include the PS4 Eye Camera.

 

There will be 19 launch titles for the PS4 in Japan, which include:

 

  • Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag
  • Killzone Shadow Fall
  • Doki Doki Universe
  • Driveclub
  • Knack
  • Need for Speed: Rivals
  • Battlefield 4
  • FIFA 14
  • Hohokum
  • Resogun
  • Infamous Second Son
  • Wolfenstein: The New Order
  • The Evil Within
  • Thief
  • Dying Light
  • Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • Watch Dogs
  • Kingdom Hearts 3
  • The Crew
  • The Order: 1886
  • Final Fantasy 15
  • Phantom Breaker
  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain

Battlefield 4 PC system requirements aren't harsh at all

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 10, 2013 4:31 am

The next-gen consoles are nearly here, with most people thinking that the minimum requirements on PC games were going to go through the roof: think again. DICE and EA have just released the system requirements for Battlefield 4, which aren't too bad at all:

 

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Minimum:

 

  • OS: Windows Vista SP2 32-bit (with KB971512 Platform Update)
  • Processor: AMD Athlon X2 2.8 GHz or Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz
  • Memory: 4 GB
  • Graphics Card: AMD Radeon HD 3870 or NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT
  • Graphics Memory: 512 MB
  • Hard Drive: 30 GB

 

Recommended:

 

  • OS: Windows 8 64-bit
  • Processor: AMD six-core CPU or Intel quad-core CPU
  • Memory: 8 GB
  • Graphics Card: AMD Radeon HD 7870 or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660
  • Graphics Memory: 3 GB
  • Hard Drive: 30 GB

 

Tackling the minimum requirements, which requires a very weak CPU in today's terms, and a relatively basic GPU. The recommended specs aren't that much higher, but it would look much better with a faster, more capable GPU. The weird thing here is that EA and DICE are actually recommending Windows 8 as a recommended requirement - what the?

What to expect from Apple's big iPhone event today

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 10, 2013 4:30 am

The new iPhone should be unveiled today, with Apple unleashing the iPhone 5S to the world, but what should we expect? Between the iPhone 5 being released and today, we've seen some truly amazing smartphones released, with pretty much all of them being based from Google's mobile OS, Android.

 

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What can Apple do to get customers back? They can't just unleash the iPhone 5S with the same 4-inch screen and not-even-HD 1136x640 display, can they? Well, I think they can. We should expect Apple to not shift from the 4-inch 1136x640 display from the iPhone 5... which is a disappointment. What will we see? I think we'll see an evolution of the iPhone, not a revolution, which is something we should be used to from the 'S' release of an iPhone, and from Apple as a company.

 

We should see the iPhone 5S feature the A7 processor, which should provide some more performance and hopefully improved battery life, which is something most people complain about on the iPhone 5. The fingerprint sensor is something I don't think we'll see - but is something we've heard quite a bit on lately. iOS 7 will most likely be the second biggest change to the iPhone 5S from the iPhone 5, but is that worth your money? Probably not.

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SK Hynix fire not as bad as first thought, one plant re-opened

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 10, 2013 4:07 am

If you didn't tune in to our first Podcast, you might want to check that out here, where we had Jim Handy from Objective Analysis on the show talking with us about the SK Hynix factory fires.

 

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SK Hynix provided an update today, where it has said that the fab that was damaged by the fire is still being evaluated, but the second fab has been re-opened. The company said in a statement: "Our plan is to resume normal operations with full production capacity in the shortest time by ramping up operations in stages as soon as the damaged facilities are replaced."

 

Handy says that this seems to contradict earlier reports from the company, where it said it would see operations resumed quickly so that production volume wouldn't be impacted in the long-term. SK Hynix has said that it has inventory in Korea, where they said: "We will continue to make every effort to minimize the impact on supply with our inventories of finished products and completely processed wafers as well as production support from our headquarters."

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Germany looks for NSA spy equipment at US consulate

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Privacy & Rights | Posted: Sep 10, 2013 3:28 am

Germany has really been pushing against the United States after the NSA revelations from whistleblower and NSA analyst Edward Snowden. The country has pissed the Americans off by sending a helicopter to look for listening posts at the US consulate in Frankfurt, Germany.

 

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The helicopter flew over the consulate twice, hovering just 60m above the building itself, where German staff took high resolution photos of potential surveillance equipment on the roof. They didn't find any listening posts on its August 28 flight, but Spiegel magazine definitely had something to say: "The message to the American friends was meant to be: 'Stop. Germany strikes back!"

 

Personally, I don't know what the German's were thinking - it's the NSA, they wouldn't just have an iPhone on top of the US consulate listening in on conversations. They'd have terminals within the consulate hacked, or microphones underneath or behind items within the consulate itself.

HTC continues to slide, August revenues don't impress

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 10, 2013 2:32 am

HTC has been on the downward spiral for quite sometime now, but its latest revenue report for August is quiet disappointing. Even with the HTC One smartphone being a success, the company only made $443.3 million, which is 16% lower than July's numbers.

 

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Even worse, it's the worst they've seen in six months with HTCSource.com reporting that August's numbers are 45% lower than it was at the same time last year. The problem now is bringing the numbers up going into September, which would require a 60% increase in sales which simply isn't going to happen. Do you think HTC will make it until 2014? I see the company being acquired by a bigger player such as Google, rolling it into its Motorola business.

Carl Icahn retreats from Dell takeover battle, says he is done

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 10, 2013 1:46 am

Carl Icahn has called it quits and given up his fight to take control of Dell Computers. Icahn announced his intent to cease his fight to take over control of Dell in a newsletter he sent out to shareholders earlier today. This leaves the door wide open for Dell CEO Michael Dell to finally take the company private after 14 long months of Icahn's blockade.

 

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Michael Dell, along with private equity firm Silver Lake, will come together to purchase all outstanding shares of the company for $25 billion in an effort to take it private. Dell has agreed to pay $13.75 per share, issuing a one-time dividend to shareholders in exchange for a modification to the way votes are tallied. This new method will ensure that only votes that are actually submitted will count towards the final tally, thus giving Dell and Silver Lake control of the company.

LeakedTT: Xbox One Dashboard footage spotted in the wild

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Sep 10, 2013 1:15 am

Earlier today, leaked footage of the upcoming Xbox One's Dashboard surfaced. This is a first look that we've had of the console's finalized UI since it was announced months ago. In the video below, you'll see a very Windows 8-esque interface with Live Tiles everywhere. This makes sense since the system runs a modified version of Windows 8.

 

 

While we've seen all of this before, seeing it on an actual console away from the confines of a scripted Microsoft event shows us how well it truly operates. Everything appears to flow smoothly and I have to be honest, the user interface looks much nicer than I ever expected. Additionally, the video shows off a very brief demo of RYSE: Son of Rome. Microsoft will launch the Xbox One on November 22, and it will retail for $499.

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