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Need for Speed Rivals is coming to Xbox One and PlayStation 4

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 23, 2013 8:29 pm

Now that both next-gen gaming consoles have been announced, EA has been issuing a flurry of press releases detailing games that we can expect on the consoles. Today's announcement sees Need for Speed Rivals coming to both the newly announced Xbox One and the PlayStation 4.

 

 

Need for Speed Rivals will make use of the Frostbite 3 game engine, allowing the game to use stunning graphics and continue to blur the line between virtual and real. The game is being developed by EA's newest studio, Ghost Games, and is being built with help from Criterion Games.

 

Need for Speed Rivals is bringing with it several new features, most interesting of which is AllDrive. The developers explain:

At the heart of Need for Speed Rivals is AllDrive, an innovative new online feature that allows gamers to seamlessly transition from playing alone to playing with friends, eliminating the line between single player and multiplayer. Players will have to keep one eye on their rearview mirror as friends will be able to enter and exit races on-the-fly, creating a world where no two events will ever be the same.

 

Gamers who pre-order Need for Speed Rivals will receive the NfS Rivals Ultimate Cop Pack for no additional cost. It brings an exclusive Nissan GT-R Black Edition cop car and various other exclusive items. To learn more, head over to Need for Speed's website.

HP launches Envy Rove 20, a mobile all-in-one PC with built-in battery power

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: May 23, 2013 8:02 pm

We've seen several great new products out of HP today. First the Envy TouchSmart 14 with a 3,200x1,800 pixel display, now the Envy Rove 20. HP's engineers appear to be working overtime to produce feature-rich products. The Envy Rove 20 is a "mobile all-in-one PC" and is significant as it is HP's first mobile all-in-one.

 

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Ron Coughlin, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer PCs and Consumer Solutions:

Customers are looking for mobility and flexibility in their computing devices to give families new ways to bring generations together. HP is evolving to meet our customers' needs by designing next-generation form factors, like the Rove mobile All-in-One PC, which will enable people to connect, share and create in ways they never imagined.

 

The system can be utilized like a tablet around the house, running on its built-in battery, or as a desktop all-in-one, making it highly versatile. The 20-inch display is of the IPS variety, meaning users can expect excellent color reproduction and viewing angles. I am a bit disappointed that the resolution is just 1,600x900. The Envy Rove 20 will be powered by Intel's upcoming Haswell line of processors.

HP prepping Envy TouchSmart 14 laptop with 3,200x1,800 display

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Laptops | Posted: May 23, 2013 7:38 pm

I'm just a little bit giddy about this latest announcement from HP. The company as of late is producing more and more products with features that actually matter to consumers in attempts to return to their previous glory. HP has announced a new Envy TouchSmart 14 laptop with a 3,200x1,800 pixel display.

 

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That resolution is packed into a 14-inch screen. The Retina MacBook Pro, for comparison, features a resolution of 2,880x1,800 in a 15-inch display. This means the new HP should pack more pixels into a smaller screen, providing an even higher pixel density. Wow. The Envy TouchSmart 14 notebook will be available sometime in June after Intel launches Haswell.

 

We aren't sure just how much the machine will set you back, but the version with a 1366x768 display cost just $699. I would venture to guess that the display will be a $150-200 upgrade. We'll have more when this notebook launches, hopefully with a review shortly after.

G.Skill to host official OC World Record event at Computex 2013

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Tweaking & Overclocking | Posted: May 23, 2013 6:30 pm

G.Skill will team up with Intel, ASUS, EVGA, GIGABYTE and MSI to host the G.Skill Official OC World Record Stage event at Computex Taipei 2013 early next month. The event will be held at the Nangang exhibition center at booth IO118.

 

 

G.Skill along with a team of overclockers from around the world will take the latest G.Skill extreme performance DDR3 memory to levels never seen before and promises to "break numerous world records" in the process. The finest overclockers from Australia, Japan, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan and the United States will be present to help G.Skill claim the "world's fastest memory manufacturer" title once again.

 

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For those who aren't in Taipei for the biggest overclocking event this year, G.SKILL will be featuring a live stream video for worldwide audiences via G.SKILL website and Hwbot.org during Computex week. Hwbot.org will also be setting up a specific G.SKILL page for the professional overclockers to update their live benchmark results during event. (Source #2)

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Hands-on video with the Nokia Lumia 925 smartphone from Germany

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 23, 2013 5:50 pm

Johannes Knapp just attended a Nokia press conference for us over in Germany where he got some solid hands-on time with the new Nokia Lumia 925 Windows Phone 8 smartphone.

 

 

He compared the 925 in size to the older Lumia 920 and noted that he is much more impressed with the 925 for its sized and appearance, as well as feel in hand with its brushed aluminum feel.

 

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One of the main features of the Lumia 925 is its 8.7MP PureView camera (Carl Zeiss powered) which includes some rather impressive software to create pretty remarkable photos. The one photo feature Johannes focused on was action mode. It takes a series of photos and stitches them together to create some pretty awesome results.

 

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Hit play on the video above for a nice detailed look at the new Nokia Lumia 925.

Amazon says that its Appstore is now available worldwide in nearly 200 countries

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: May 23, 2013 5:35 pm

Today Amazon.com announced that its Appstore is now available in nearly 200 countries worldwide, and features apps for Macs, PC's and Android based devices such as Amazon's Kindle Fire. Alongside this announcement, Amazon said that the Kindle Fire will release to over 170 new countries in June.

 

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"We are thrilled to be expanding the reach of our global app distribution to nearly 200 countries. We think our customers will love the app selection we have to offer and also find features such as Free App of the Day and personalized recommendations very helpful as they discover and explore new apps and games," said Mike George, Vice President of Apps and Games at Amazon. "By further expanding the distribution of apps to millions of customers around the world, we are continuing to make it easy for customers to enjoy their Amazon apps on Kindle Fire and any Android device."

 

To celebrate this expansion, the Amazon Appstore is bringing back one of its most popular Free Apps of the Day, "Fruit Ninja," along with "Cut the Rope: Experiments." These will be available, for free, on May 23 and May 24. For those not in the know, the "Free App of the Day," is a program in which Amazon offers a paid app for free every day.

Things to change at Intel amidst new CEO's reorganization strategy

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 23, 2013 4:40 pm

Intel's new CEO Brian Krzanich is shaking things up at the chip manufacturing giant. Under his recent reorganization, all of the company's product groups now fall under his direct supervision. Corporate Strategy and Global Manufacturing will now be headed up by company president Renee James. Intel's software division will be controlled by Doug Fisher, and its smartphone division will be headed up by Hermann Eul.

 

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In an internal email to Intel employees, Krzanich said:

 

"As your CEO, I am committed to making quick, informed decisions. I am committed to being bolder, moving faster and accepting that this means changes will be made knowing that we will listen, learn and then make adjustments in order to keep pace with a rapidly changing industry. Our business faces significant challenges, and we simply must continue to execute while finalizing our future strategy"

EA Vice President says PS4 and Xbox One are a generation ahead of the current fastest gaming PC on the market

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 23, 2013 4:01 pm

The entire world is talking about the upcoming PlayStation 4 and Xbox One at the moment, and rightfully so. It has been many years since we have had a console hardware refresh. Unfortunately some of those involved with the new console seem to have slipped into some sort of false reality.

 

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In a comment on LinkedIn, Electronic Art's Vice President and CTO Rajat Teneja said that Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are "a generation ahead of the highest end PC on the market." He went on to say "The compute capabilities of these platforms and the data transfer speeds we can now bank on, essentially removes any notion of rationing of systems resources for our game engines. Our benchmarks on just the video and audio performance are 8-10 times superior to the current gen. gaming pc systems."

 

I am going to speculate that Mr. Teneja was speaking about the semi-custom AMD APU that is running in both systems, and that part of his rationing is based on both chips having Unified Memory Access.

 

Call me biased if you want, but if he seriously thinks that graphics performance is better on an APU based system compared a PC running an 8-core CPU, 32GB of RAM and NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN, then it may be time for EA to seek out a new Chief Technology Officer.

Google takes design cues from Windows 8 in new Trend Visualizer, shows what searches are trending in real-time

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 23, 2013 3:19 pm

Everyone always complains about the amount of data that Google collects from our searches and for the most part, there is nothing to be concerned with. While Google does use that data for targeted ad placement, they also use it to improve their products and create exciting new things.

 

 

This morning Google released one of those new exciting things, and they are calling it the "Trend Visualizer". The new web app is a full screen real-time wall of the most popular searches entered by people all over the US.

 

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The actual effect is pretty trippy and while it may not be of use to everyone, it would be really cool to toss up on a large screen display in an office or workroom.

NVIDIA launches GeForce GTX 780 video card, claims decent performance gains over GTX 680

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 23, 2013 2:55 pm

This morning NVIDIA launched its next flagship GPU, the GeForce GTX 780. The 780 keeps all the styling cues of the massively popular GTX TITAN and features several hardware improvements that make it one of the fastest single GPU video cards ever. Go ahead and review our very own TweakTown review right here.

 

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NVIDIA says that the GK110-powered GeForce GTX 780 has 50% more memory and 50% more CUDA cores than the GeForce GTX 680, and is on average 35% faster than its predecessor. NVIDIA also launched a new real-time gaming recorder called GeForce ShadowPlay, an application that lets gamers record their gameplay in 1080p at 30 FPS.

 

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"With more memory bandwidth, more VRAM, more CUDA Cores, and more all-round speed, the GTX 780 is the high-end GPU of choice for the next-generation of games, arriving on shop shelves this Holiday. Paired with a recent Quad Core CPU, GTX 780 owners will exceed the level of fidelity and performance seen on upcoming consoles, guaranteeing superior experiences in the coming wave of multi-platform next-gen titles, beginning with Battlefield 4, Call of Duty: Ghosts, and Watch_Dogs."

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