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LeakedTT: PR image for Sprint's upcoming HTC's Tiara Windows Phone 8 surfaces

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 13, 2013 12:05 am

HTC's Tiara, a smartphone running Windows Phone 8, has popped up in the rumor mill from time to time and now we're seeing the first leaked images surface. Apparently Sprint did not keep a firm enough hold on his PR photos of the device and one of them made its way onto the Internet.

 

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The HTC Tiara is the third Windows Phone 8 handset series from the Taiwanese smartphone maker and falls somewhere between the lower-end HTC 8S and the high-end HTC 8X. It features a 4.3-inch WVGA Super LCD2 display but only comes with a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4.

 

It does however feature 1GB of RAM, and 8 GB of internal storage. The rear camera appears to be an 8 megapixel shooter while a 1.6 megapixel sensor handles the upfront imaging duties. The HTC Tiara is rumored to launch in less than a month on Sprint for less than $100 on a two-year contract.

Yahoo to reset inactive accounts next months, hopes to free up user names for reuse

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jun 12, 2013 11:56 pm

This coming July yahoo will give its users the chance to switch out to a shorter more convenient user id. The company will begin resetting each and every Yahoo ID that is been dormant for a period of more than 12 months. This will effectively free up millions of usernames that can be registered with new users.

 

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Yahoo's senior vice president Jay Rossiter says that this is the company's "next big push" and that "we want to give our loyal users and new folks the opportunity to sign up for the Yahoo ID they've always wanted."

 

Starting in mid July existing and new users will have the opportunity to reserve their ideal username, unfortunately it will take up to a month to learn if the name you have chosen has became available. To prevent your dormant Yahoo ID from being reassigned all you need to do is sign in to the service he for July 15 and the ID will be yours to keep forever.

Ryse: Son of Rome eyes-on at Microsoft's E3 2013 booth

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 12, 2013 11:47 pm

E3 2013 - While at the Microsoft booth at E3 we stopped in for a few moments to check out one of the launch titles for the Xbox One. Ryse: Son of Rome casts players as Marius Titus, a soldier in the Roman army who must embark on a brutal journey to defend the Empire's honor and seek revenge for the murder of his family.

 

 

Utilizing the power of Crytek's CryENGINE, the game promises to further enhance Crytek's reputation for creating groundbreaking interactive experiences, and will also work in conjunction with Kinect for Xbox One to offer new possibilities for immersive gameplay.

 

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World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition in-game footage

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 12, 2013 11:37 pm

E3 2013 - During Monday's Microsoft press conference the company announced that World of Tanks would be coming to Xbox 360. During his trip around E3 today TweakTown reporter Trace Hagan stop by the World of Tanks moves to check out some in game footage of the game being played on an Xbox 360.

 

 

As you can tell from the video while it looks good the graphics are not quite up to par with that of its PC counterpart, but that is expected from a 10-year-old console. Gameplay however, appear to be fluid and just as much fun as the PC version. WoT for the Xbox 360 is in open beta as we speak and should release to the retail market soon.

 

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TweakTown goes hands-on with Razer's Edge Pro gaming tablet

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 12, 2013 10:19 pm

E3 2013 - Today, during our visit to Razer, we got to go hands-on with the Razer Edge Pro gaming tablet. TweakTown reporter Trace Hagan demoed the tablet by playing Grid 2. He noted that the game seemed to have a low frame rate and things did not seem very fluid at all.

 

 

The tablet seemed light at first, but Trace was quick to note that he felt it was too heavy for extended gaming sessions where it must stay elevated at all times. He did try to exit out of the game to sample the devices tablet functions, but it appeared that Razer Edge Pro was locked into the game.

 

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NVIDIA Tegra 4i appears on mysterious unbranded smartphone

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 12, 2013 9:16 pm

Taking a quick break from E3 coverage I noticed a story that popped up yesterday about NVIDIA's Tegra 4i processor showing up in a mysterious Lee unbranded phone. Mysterious device first appeared on AnandTech who got a hands-on preview of the device when they stop by NVIDIA to play with Project Shield.

 

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While the phone appears to be mysterious and carries a generic "Brand" carrier name the device is actually a reference design manufactured to show off NVIDIA's Tegra 4i processor which is an ARM Cortex-A9 chip built on the 28nm process. The phone does appear to be running Android, but no mention on which version will ship with the device.

 

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The phone features a 4.8-inch 720p display, a 13-megapixel camera as well as LTE / HSPA+ radio that will cover multiple regions. NVIDIA told AnandTech that the device will come to market sometime during the first quarter of 2014 at a pricing point of $300-$400. They also mentioned that it will be available in eight, 16, or 32 GB flavors and that more Tegra 4i handsets are in the works with model starting as low as $200 commitment free.

We Hands-on with the new Razer Blade gaming laptop

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jun 12, 2013 8:56 pm

E3 2013 - While walking around the Los Angeles convention center Trace Hagan was invited to take a hands-on look at the new Razer Blade gaming laptop. While handling the uber-thin yet powerful laptop Trace notice that the bottom got quite hot as did the space above the keyboard.

 

 

The actual keyboard itself appeared to stay cool and Trace noted how nice the large touchpad was. We're hoping to get a review sample so that we can sit down and spend some quality time putting the Razer Blade through its paces.

 

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Lebron James holds conversation with virtual self to introduce NBA 2K14 at E3

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 12, 2013 8:45 pm

E3 2013 - EA Sports have been hyping up there IGNITE engine for sports games all week at E3. The company is so convinced that the engine has revolutionized sports gaming that they have brought several major professional athletes in to endorse EA's games based on their particular sport.

 

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NBA superstar and self-proclaimed King of the court Lebron James appeared in a video in which he held conversation with his virtual self from NBA 2K14. The game features a new physics-based drilling technique that unbinds the hand from the ball. 2K Sports says that this new feature makes the game more realistic as well as the most advanced basketball game ever.

 

 

EA says that the footage in the video above is in game footage that is not been pre-rendered. The video goes on the show Lebron doing some massive dunks.

Mega Man to join Super Smash Brothers, says Nintendo

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 12, 2013 8:19 pm

E3 2013 - Nintendo's recently revealed that gaming icon Mega Man would be joining the cast of the Super Smash Bros. franchise which will arrive on Wii U and 3DS in 2014. Mega Man will retain his classic "Blue Bomber" costume complete with Mega Buster, and his many Robot Master abilities. Mega Man's trusty sidekick / pet dog/ robot dog Rush will also be featured in the series.

 

 

Mega Man was not the only new character revealed during the show. The Villager from Animal Crossing will also be making way to Super Smash Bros. for those are wondering classic characters such as Samus Aran, Fox McCloud, Donkey Kong, Pikachu, Pit, Bowser and Princess Peach, will also be featured.

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Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD on the Wii U, hands-on play video

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 12, 2013 8:06 pm

E3 2013 - During our visit to Nintendo's booth at the E3 Expo in Los Angeles California, we took a moment to stop by the Legend of Zelda Wind Waker HD Wii U demo, and were quite impressed to say the least. The Wii U version was running alongside the original version as to show off the advancement made in graphics between the two systems.

 

 

The game will be played like all the other Legend of Zelda titles, where players run around an open world, carry out quests and interact with the townsfolk and environment. The game has a very traditional look and feel to it, which should appease Zelda fans all over the world. The Legend of Zelda Wind Waker will be available this coming October for the Wii U.

 

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