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PS4 lineup gets injected with a bunch of third-party, indie games

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 7, 2013 4:34 am

The PlayStation 4 launch is nearly here, with Sony adding some more games to the launch lineup at the last minute. We have some indie titles as well as some third-party games, so PS4 owners will have the option to choose from 23 games at launch, including:

 

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  • Angry Birds Star Wars, Activision
  • Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, Ubisoft
  • Battlefield 4, Electronic Arts
  • Blacklight Retribution, Zombie Studios
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts, Activison
  • Contrast, Compulsion Games
  • DC Universe Online, Sony Online Entertainment
  • FIFA 14, EA Sports
  • Flower, Sony Computer Entertainment WorldWide Studios
  • Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
  • Just Dance 2014, Ubisoft
  • Killzone: Shadow Fall, Sony Computer Entertainment WorldWide Studios
  • Knack, Sony Computer Entertainment WorldWide Studios
  • Lego Marvel Super Heroes, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
  • Madden NFL 25, EA Sports
  • NBA 2K14, 2K Sports
  • Need For Speed: Rivals, Electronic Arts
  • Resogun, Sony Computer Entertainment WorldWide Studios
  • Skylanders SWAP Force, Activision
  • Sound Shapes, Sony Computer Entertainment WorldWide Studios
  • Super Motherload, XGen Studios
  • Trine 2: The Complete Story, Frozenbyte
  • Warframe, Digital Extremes

Ex BlackBerry CEO, Heins, says he is company's biggest fan in letter

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 7, 2013 4:16 am

Earlier this week, BlackBerry announced that its CEO, Thorsten Heins, would be stepping down as the company takes itself off the market and looks to rebuild with a $1 billion investment. While Heins departure might be just what the company needs, it is always sad to see the head of a company leave something he poured his life into.

 

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In a letter pinned to employees this week, Heins has expressed is gratitude to "BlackBerry team members," and said that he feels John Chen will make an excellent choice for interim CEO. He went on to conclude the letter by stating that he is "BlackBerry's biggest fan, and would continue cheering on the company from the sidelines. The memo also states that BlackBerry will be hosting a town hall later this week to address employee concerns, and answer any questions they may have.

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BF4 was released [too] early by EA to compete with COD: Ghosts

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 7, 2013 4:02 am

What is EA thinking? It has been trying to shake off The Consumerist's "Worst Company in America" award, but now a report on Reddit has shown that EA forced itself to unleash Battlefield 4 too early, so that it could have the jump on Call of Duty: Ghosts.

 

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Well, it looks like there are all sorts of issues with Battlefield 4 - myself, no issues here - but according to a QA tester at DICE, EA pumped BF4 through quality control and testing in order to beat COD: Ghosts to the market. This means that the various teams at DICE simply didn't have the time to properly test all of the features of BF4, its guns, weapons, and more. There are massive bugs such as the one that mutes everyone on the server if any player chooses a silencer on a particular weapon.

 

You can read the entire thing above, which is quite shocking, and disappointing. It means that we'll have to wait months for the game to be more stable, which after the whole BF3 debacle, I was hoping we'd skip this time around.

Twitter IPO hits $26 per share, market cap of around $18 billion

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 7, 2013 3:33 am

It looks like Twitter's IPO is doing well, with the social network's shares being worth $26 per share when it goes on sale. At the $26 price point, and sales of around 70 million shares of common stock, it will see Twitter net $1.82 billion.

 

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This pushes Twitter into the ballpark of a valuation of $14.16 billion based on 545 million non-diluted shares, or a maximum of around $18.1 billion based on 705 million fully diluted shares. So, how do we divvy up these billions of dollars? Well, Twitter co-founder, Evan Williams, takes in a 10.4% stake that would be worth $1.48 billion - without options. Jack Dorsey's stake is worth $609 million, and investor Peter Fenton's shares are worth a nice $820 million.

 

Twitter CEO, Dick Costolo's shares are worth a cool $199 million. But, with 16% of the shares, Rizvi Traverse has a nice $2.21 billion worth. Lastly, we have Union Square Ventures also sitting nicely with a $723.8 billion stake in the social network.

Seagate begins shipping worlds thinnest Samsung 2TB hard drive

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Nov 7, 2013 2:46 am

Today Seagate announced that its Samsung HDD division has began shipping the all new Spinpoint M9T, a 2.5-inch HDD that measures in at just 9.5mm thick. This makes its the worlds thinnest 2TB HDD. The drive is targeted at OEMs of ultra-thin devices such as UltraBooks, Ultra-thin notebooks, and other portable devices needing large amounts of storage space.

 

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"The M9T combines the highest areal density shipping in a single storage device with an innovative design that fits into mainstream notebook applications. While other 2TB are solutions on the market are 15 mm thick, the vast majority of mobile devices are designed to use a 9.5 mm drive; with the M9T, those devices can now have 2TB of storage, enabling a richer computing experience," said Dave Frankovich, senior product line manager, Samsung HDD.

 

The Samsung Spinpoint M9T features a SATA 6Gb/s interface and Microactuation that provides for fast, consistent performance. NoiseGuard and SilentSeek technologies have been utilized to ensure a quiet experience while maintaining ultra-fast performance. The Spinpoint M9T is available now, but no pricing information was provided at the time of this writing.

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Call of Duty: Ghosts breaks $1 billion in sales in 24-hours...sort of

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 7, 2013 1:16 am

This morning Activision, the publisher of Call of Duty: Ghosts, announced that the game had managed to break the record set by Grand Theft Auto V, and managed to accumulate more than $1 billion in sales in the first 24 hours. This fulfills a promise made by Activision shortly after RockStar announced that they broke $1 billion in sales in just 3 days.

 

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Unfortunately, Activision may be a little off in their estimates as the numbers they reported account for what is known as "Sell-In," which is how much retailers have paid the company for orders of the game. This means that retailers worldwide have purchased over $1 billion in copies and keys of the game, but $1 billion in actual retail sales might not have taken place yet.

 

For example, a retailer may purchase 3000 copies of the game for each of its stores, but might only sell 2000 of those copies per store. That leaves each store with 1000 unsold copies which it would return to Activision. This means that actual sales numbers differ from what Activision has reported today. So technically, they have not yet broken Rockstars GTA V sales record yet.

Xbox One includes free music streaming via ad supported Xbox Music

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 6, 2013 11:46 pm

Microsoft is looking to take on Spotify and Pandora in terms of free music streaming with its Xbox Music service on the Xbox One. The company confirmed in a tweet, that Xbox One owners will not have to subscribe to Xbox Music to stream music to the console, but that they would experience the occasional advertisement as a result.

 

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This aligns Xbox Music on the Xbox One with the services Windows and Web versions which also allow free streaming through the use of advertisements. Unfortunately, Microsoft made no mention on if the Xbox 360 would be getting this same feature, or if it were exclusive to the Xbox One. With music streaming becoming more popular than illegal downloading these days, Microsoft is making a good move here and should compete well with other free streaming services like Spotify and Pandora.

Lenovo's buyout of BlackBerry was blocked by Canadian Government

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 6, 2013 10:16 pm

Lenovo could be the new owner of BlackBerry right not if it were not for the Canadian government stepping in and nixing the acquisition on grounds of national security. A new report is stating that Lenovo was serious about its bid for BlackBerry, and would have went through with the deal if not for the Canadian government saying no.

 

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The Canadian government says that it could not let a Chinese company buy out a telecom company that has deep ties with the Canadian Government as it could pose a major national security risk. "We have been pretty consistent that the message is Canada is open to foreign investment and investment from China in particular, but not at the cost of compromising national security," said a Canadian Government official. Sources say that Lenovo had been looking at BlackBerry back as early as January, and apparently was in acquisition talks since that time as well.

Registration opens for Storage Visions 2014, $100 off for early birds

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Nov 6, 2013 8:58 pm

Registration is now open for the 2014 Storage Visions conference taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada on January 5th-6th, just two days before CES 2014. Storage Visions is the premier conference to meet and hear from the top innovators in the data storage industry, and allows attendees to network with the companies who will create the next generation of hardware and software storage solutions.

 

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Storage Visions is a 2-day information packed experience including numerous keynotes, sessions, as well as exhibits showcasing the latest technology in the storage exosphere. Attendees who sign up early by using the source link below will receive $100 off of their registration for a limited time. TweakTown will be out in full force at Storage Visions recording interviews from all of the major players in the industry, and I will be personally covering all of the new and exciting products in the exhibit booths. Stay tuned for TweakTown for full coverage of the event and all things storage related!

The Oscilloscope Watch is the geeky smartwatch every maker needs

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Nov 6, 2013 7:36 pm

It's not often that find a watch that I would consider wearing on my wrist every day, but the Oscilloscope Watch project on Kickstarter is something I would wear every day! The Oscilloscope Watch has all the features of a modern watch combined with all the features of the popular Xprotolab (Oscilloscope, Waveform Generator, Logic Analyzer, Protocol Sniffer, Frequency Counter).

 

 

The Oscilloscope Watch is powered by an 8-bit XMEGA microcontroller that is programmed in C or Assembly and can be hacked by anyone with basic embedded electronics programming knowledge. The device is said to have a battery life of 12 hours when in Oscilloscope mode, but could last more than 30 days when in watch mode.

 

The current prototype features a high-contrast OLED screen, but depending on battery life in the production model, this could change to a 1.28-inch e-paper display that features a very high refresh rate. The projects founder, Gabriel Anzziani has set the funding goal to $60,000 and with 11 days left, he needs to raise another $9,000 to meet that goal. I feel that this is an awesome project and a pledge of just $99 will land you an Oscilloscope Watch, so what are you waiting for?

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