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Apple's keynote speech at WWDC is penciled in for June 10

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: May 24, 2013 3:31 am

Open your calendar, and find June 10, put a huge cross in it because Apple are planning their keynote speech at their Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) for June 10. The keynote will take place at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

 

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Apple haven't announced that they are going to stream the event live or not, but we should expect that, as they did so last October when they introduced the iPad mini and new iMacs to the world. We should expect iOS 7 to be shown off, as well as the next iteration of OS X. WWDC runs between 10-14 June, with tickets selling out in just two minutes this year.

PS4 lays the graphical smackdown on the Xbox One, has 50% more GPU power

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 24, 2013 2:24 am

We've looked at the specifications between the next-gen consoles, the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but it looks like the PS4 might come out as the graphical champion. The PS4 features 50% more graphical horsepower than Microsoft's Xbox One, which is a huge advantage for Sony.

 

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Both consoles share the same AMD architecture, built on AMD's HD 7000 GCN architecture. Microsoft however, have opted for a different configuration of the GPU that includes just 12 Compute Units that provides 768 shader processors (SPs) or ALUs. Sony have powered ahead, cramming 18 Compute Units that provide a total of 1152 shader processors giving them a huge 50% lead in graphical performance.

 

When it comes to compute performance the PS4 is around 33% faster than the Xbox One with the PS4 capable of 1.84 TFLOPS compared to 1.23 TFLOPS on the Xbox One. Normally this would see the PS4 with better looking games, or games that aren't as efficient, but developers are working with the same AMD architecture between the consoles, so that won't be the case here. What I think we'll see is Microsoft have more tuning behind the scenes in terms of the operating system, so it might multi-task better, but the PS4 will have more grunt.

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US Department of Homeland Security warns that 3-D-printed guns are "impossible" to contain

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: May 24, 2013 12:47 am

It's probably pretty obvious to most that the cat has been let out of the bag in terms of 3-D-printed guns. Once Distributed Defense posted the CAD files for the gun, there was no way they would ever be eradicated from the Internet. The file has reportedly been downloaded in excess of 100,000 times.

 

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In an interesting turn of events, Kim Dotcom and others have blacklisted the files and removed them from their services. But, it would be nearly impossible to remove them from the various torrent sites that they have been uploaded to. The bulletin by the Joint Regional Intelligence Center obtained by Fox News notes, "Even if the practice is prohibited by new legislation, online distribution of these digital files will be as difficult to control as any other illegally traded music, movie or software files."

 

Significant advances in three-dimensional (3D) printing capabilities, availability of free digital 3D printer files for firearms components, and difficulty regulating file sharing may present public safety risks from unqualified gun seekers who obtain or manufacture 3D printed guns. Limiting access may be impossible.

BlackBerry, Nokia, Apple to suffer at hands of 'good enough' Android surge

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 24, 2013 12:13 am

Nomura Equity Research's Stuart Jeffrey believes that Apple, Nokia, and BlackBerry will suffer at the hands of Android devices that are good enough. Jeffrey believes these lower cost devices will provide attractive options for emerging markets, making it tougher for the aforementioned companies to enter.

 

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The drivers of our higher growth estimates are ones to which Apple appears to have no exposure, at least not currently. These drivers include: We see APAC driving 70-79% of growth; Apple's 1Q13 APAC share was 13%; "Good enough" Android phones priced at $100 and below are driving most of the growth; Apple has no exposure to this segment; 5" screen sizes are driving the higher-priced market segments, a segment where Apple has no exposure; Local application development in APAC is focused on Android, giving Android a big competitive advantage over Apple.

 

Jeffrey maintains a Neutral rating on Apple, with a price target of $420. He has, however, lowered his estimates for Nokia to $25.22 billion in revenue and a 1-cent-per-share net loss. BlackBerry's estimates have also been cut to $13.31 billion in revenue and 31 cents per share.

Windows 8 causes Microsoft's customer satisfaction rating to drop to Vista levels

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 23, 2013 11:29 pm

Microsoft's customer satisfaction rating has plummeted to levels it hasn't seen since Windows Vista was the current operating system. Most attribute this fall of satisfaction to Microsoft's new Windows 8 operating system, which has been received by consumers with much discontent.

 

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Windows 8.1 should hopefully help customer satisfaction recover as its rumored the much-loved Start button will be making a return along with an option to boot straight to the desktop mode. Microsoft's ACSI report has consumer satisfaction at 74 out of 100. Shortly after Vista launched, it was just 73 out of 100. In 2011, Microsoft's ACSI was at 78 out of 100 and it quickly dropped to 75 after Windows 8 launched.

 

David VanAmburg, director of ACSI:

It seems clear that the release of Windows 8 did not give Microsoft a significant bump, as the release of Windows 7 did, nor did it dramatically lower customer satisfaction in a rather short time frame, as the release of Vista did.

 

One of the issues with PC software appears to be that there is less of it out there now. While productivity software remains in demand -- Office, TurboTax, Acrobat -- with so many households that own PCs relying more and more on their tablets, smartphones and gaming systems for entertainment and recreation, the range of PC software may be shrinking, not a welcome sign for diehards [who are] still very loyal to the traditional PC.

Rockstar announces Grand Theft Auto V bundles, Collector's edition will cost $150

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 23, 2013 10:57 pm

We've learned more about Grand Theft Auto V's upcoming special editions that will be available for pre-order. Rockstar is offering up two special editions: the Special edition and the Collector's edition. Both come with special features, though the Collector's edition is more expensive and features more perks.

 

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The Special edition costs just $79.99 and comes with loads of special content. Gamers who opt for the Special edition will be provided with a SteelBook case, a blueprint map of Los Santos and Blaine County, a regeneration boost for each character's in-game special ability bar, extra challenges for the stunt plane, bonus outfits and tattoos, special deals at the in-game shops, and additional weapons.

 

The Collector's edition comes with even more. It includes everything the Special edition does and adds a unique outer box, a real life "security deposit bag", a New Era hat with the Los Santos logo, classic GTA characters for GTA Online, and a special garage with custom vehicles. It will set you back $149.99, or just under double that of the Special edition.

 

The game will be released September 17 and pre-orders are now available for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Microsoft has their numbers off in latest tablet ads

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 23, 2013 10:31 pm

An eagle-eyed ad watcher caught that Microsoft might have done their math wrong, or just completely lied, in their latest round of Windows 8 tablet ads. In the ads, Microsoft tries to portray that an ASUS VivoTab Smart has a larger screen than the iPad 4. While the diagonal measurement of the ASUS is indeed larger, the actual area of the screen is smaller.

 

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Microsoft claims that the ASUS features a 36 percent larger screen. However, the iPad's screen is actually about 3.55 percent larger due to its dimensions. The ipad measures 7.76 by 5.82 inches and the ASUS measures 8.8 by 4.95 inches. Because of the different ratio, the iPad is actually bigger.

Microsoft announces new Kinect for Windows sensor and SDK

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 23, 2013 10:11 pm

Microsoft has announced that there will be a new Kinect sensor for Windows and an accompanying SDK released next year. The new Kinect sensor will be similar to the one recently announced for the Xbox One, which means we should see a 1080p camera, better skeletal tracking, and a new active IR.

 

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Microsoft says that the new Kinect sensor will power "some exciting new Windows PC experiences." We can expect more information regarding the new Kinect for Windows at BUILD 2013, which takes place towards the end of June. Windows 8.1 will also be making an appearance at the BUILD conference in June.

LeakedTT: Official images of the Huawei Ascend P6 appear online, will likely launch June 18

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 23, 2013 9:29 pm

Thanks to Evleaks, official images of the Hauwei Ascend P6 have been leaked onto the Internet. The device continues to appear extremely thin and is quite good looking. An official release date still hasn't been divulged, but there isn't much left for Huawei to do other than officially announce the device.

 

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We suspect June 18 to be the date it is officially launched because Huawei Device Chairman Richard Yu psoted that the device should be revealed at Huawei's June 18 event in London. Of course, the post was quickly deleted, seemingly adding credibility to the post. If the phone does debut on June 18, you'll be able to read about it on TweakTown.

Verizon and AT&T getting Samsung Galaxy S4 Developer Editions

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 23, 2013 9:03 pm

Samsung can't seem to turn out variants of the popular Galaxy S4 fast enough. Now, the latest is that Verizon and AT&T will be getting Developer Editions of the venerable Galaxy S4. Oddly enough the variants are going to carriers that have been the worst in the past in terms of locking devices down.

 

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The Galaxy S4 Developer Edition will be available in Black Mist with 16GB of internal storage. I find it odd that internal storage on a developer device would be so slim. We doubt that the Developer Edition will be available with a subsidy, so you can expect to pay full price for the device. Users of AT&T will also soon get access to Samsung's new Google Edition Galaxy S4 that was announced at Google I/O.

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