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Facebook Home hasn't been received too well, with 44% of Google Play users giving it 1 star

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Apr 14, 2013 5:31 am

I'm yet to try Facebook Home out on my Nexus 4, but it seems I might be getting excited over nothing if the Google Play reviews are anything to go by. Just 24 hours after the launch of Facebook's latest Home app, 44% of users who reviewed the app on Google Play have given it just 1 star.

 

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19.4% of users gave Home a 5-star rating, which gives us an average of a 2.4-star rating on Google Play. What did people not like about Facebook Home, well, we have a snapshot of a few of the reviews - and there are plenty more to take a look at.

 

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Project Unity sees 15 consoles crammed into one huge box

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 14, 2013 4:32 am

Project Unity is an interesting beast, a single, unified gaming console made by hardware hacker (among other things) 'Bacteria'. Project Unity crams in a bunch of the best consoles from the past couple of decades into a single gaming box.

 

 

Project Unity includes Sega Master System, Neo Geo MVS, GameCube, Dreamcast, Saturn, Intellivision, Colecovision, Atari 7800, Turbografx 16, PS1/PS2, Mega Drive, NES, Super NES, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo 64 and Amstrad GX4000 games. The console was made out of authentic hardware and doesn't use any emulators of combo units. It does all of this from a single power supply, video output and custom-built controller - no matter the system selected at the time.

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Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon's latest trailer will have you click that pre-order button

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 14, 2013 3:28 am

If you haven't seen or heard about Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon yet, then the trailer (below) will make you want to buy it, right now. The game is set in the "near future" of 2007, and has the main character voiced by 80s action star (The Terminator, Aliens) Michael Biehn.

 

 

There's a bunch of cyborgs, toxic wastes, neon lights and a huge VHS feel to the trailer - which all adds to its awesome feel. It looks like Ubisoft are having a bunch of fun with this game, and by the looks of it, it could've been its own game and dropped the Far Cry 3 name completely. Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon launches next month!

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Tablet sales to reach $64 billion this year, a hefty 28% increase from last year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 14, 2013 2:30 am

According to market intelligence firm ABI Research, tablet sales are set to create $64 billion worth of sales this year - up 28% year-over-year. Over the course of 2013, there are set to be approximately 150 million tablets sold, up 38% year-over-year.

 

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Since 2010, Apple has been the tablet champion - where last year's shipments saw 60% of tablets purchased by customers come with iOS while Google's Android OS sat at 37%. The remaining 3% of the market was divided up to Windows (in its many flavors), BlackBerry Tablet OS and unidentified OS implementations.

 

It should be an interesting year, to see if Apple can hold onto that 60% of the tablet market, or whether they'll see those numbers erode away as people move toward Android-based slates.

RumorTT: AMD working on a 5GHz CPU based on their Vishera architecture

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Apr 14, 2013 1:17 am

AMD are definitely doing their best to jump back into the market, as they're really struggling right now. They've won contracts to have various products in all three next-gen consoles, and their Never Settle promotion for Radeon GPUs is doing very well.

 

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In the CPU market however, things aren't so well, as Intel are just dominating too much. Haswell is about to launch, Intel's fourth-generation Core processor, and AMD have, well, nothing - or do they? There are now rumors going around that AMD are to release a super-FX CPU based on the Vishera architecture that makes the FX-8350 come to life, which runs at 4.2GHz.

 

This new CPU, codenamed 'Centurion', will be released in very limited quantities and would ramp the clock speed up to 5GHz - all on air. There's no details on what voltage or supporting hardware needed to run at this speed - but if the rumors are true, we're looking at around $795 for this limited edition FX CPU.

 

I think this CPU would have to run rings around Intel's Haswell CPU - especially at $795, which would most likely buy you a Core i7 4770K, a good motherboard and 16GB of RAM in just a few months time.

Bing returns 5x as many sites with malware as Google, searchers beware!

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Apr 13, 2013 5:01 pm

A study conducted by AV-Test, an independent German testing lab, found that Bing returned over five times as many links to malicious sites than Google did. The study, conducted over 18 months, found out that malware sites are still appearing as top search results, even with all of the work Google does to keep them from appearing.

 

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The entire study examined around 40 million different websites that were returned from seven different search engines. Google did quite well in the study, returning just 272 malicious results in 10 million. Bleko did even better, though not by percetnage. Bleko returned just 203 out of three million results.

 

Bing, on the other hand, returned a massive 1,285 malicious results out of 10 million. Yandex was one of the worst offenders, returning 3,330 malicious results out of 13 million pages.

 

Unfortunately, the creators of malicious websites are using search engine optimization tricks, causing malicious websites to sometimes be the top returned result. Just remember to be safe when searching the web.

US House of Representatives can now listen to Spotify after previous ban prevented use

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 13, 2013 3:43 pm

The House of Representatives now have access to the music streaming service Spotify. Previously, Spotify had seen itself banned in the House due to an IT rule that prevents peer-to-peer technology when operating on the House's secure network.

 

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To help protect House data, our IT policy generally prohibits the use of peer-to-peer (P2P) technologies while operating within the secure network. While Spotify is currently not authorized, the CAO has and will continue to work with outside vendors to enable the popular services that improve member communication capabilities.

 

Hopefully some Spotify music will calm the nerves and reduce the fighting between members of the House. May I recommend Why can't we be friends by War?

Ouya provides a shipping schedule for their consoles

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 13, 2013 6:26 am

I received an e-mail today, along with the thousands of other early backers of the Ouya console, detailing the shipping schedule of their consoles. All backers are still set to receive their consoles by May 25, where 25% of which will receive them before the end of April.

 

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Ouya have said that they've changed a partner this week, so they "could shave days off the total shipping timeline". They've hired more people to expand the Ouya team, in both their production house and distribution facility, in which they're already "seeing the benefits of this".

Samsung Galaxy S4 teardown contest between HTC One sees the Galaxy S4 come out on top

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 13, 2013 5:31 am

Samsung's Galaxy S4 isn't even out yet and there's already one lucky SOB who has received one, and like you'd do with one of the hottest phones of the year (I'm grinding my teeth typing that), you tear it apart.

 

 

TechnoBuffalo posted the teardown video, which sees the Galaxy S4 surprisingly easy to take apart. The S4's screen might cost users a bit to replace, if they ever needed to, but other than that the S4 is "almost infinitely" easier to repair than the HTC One. You can also read the teardown write up here.

 

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Seiki offering a 50-inch 4K TV for $1299, it wants to be your next display

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Apr 13, 2013 4:36 am

If you thought the $10,000+ for an Ultra HD TV was too much, Seiki are coming to the result. TigerDirect have this Seiki 50-inch 4K-capable TV for sale, for just $1299. Yes, $1299.

 

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The Seiki 50-inch Class 4K2K LED HDTV has the eye-busting 3840x2160 resolution we all dream of running, backed up by the buttery smooth 120Hz refresh rate and 6.5ms response time. This should mean it will provide some ultra high-res, ultra pretty, and ultra smooth gaming. Desktop use on this thing would be a beast, I just wish I could have it shipped to Australia.

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