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RumorTT: Google offered $4 billion to Snapchat, which was turned down

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 17, 2013 5:34 am

It was only a few days ago that we reported that Snapchat refused a $3 billion acquisition offer from Facebook, but now unnamed sources of Valleywag have said that Google offered the company $4 billion, which it also turned down.

 

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The same sources say that Snapchat is going to wait until next year to raise funds, because it wants to increase the number of photos its users share each day to more than the number of photos shared through Facebook each day. If this does happen, the valuation will be exponentially more, which will make the current $3 and $4 billion offers feel like nothing. If it were me, I'd be happy with $4 billion...

iPad loses tablet market share, Android makes leaps and bounds

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 17, 2013 4:36 am

It seems we're writing more of these articles lately, where Apple's pure dominance is beginning to fade, and Android is making more and more sales and winning the hearts of customers around the world.

 

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According to the IDC's numbers from October, Apple didn't see much year-over-year growth for its iPad, and in the overall worldwide tablet market share, a huge loss for the company. Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty estimates that Android tablet sales are generating more revenue than iPads from the IDC's numbers, too.

 

Huberty said: "For the first time, Android devices accounted for a greater share of the market in revenue terms than iOS. Android revenue share reached 46.2% in 3Q13, for the first time exceeding iPad share of 45.6%. Android's unit share grew to 66.7% from 58.5% a year ago, largely driven by Samsung and Lenovo, while iPad share declined to 29.7% from 40.2%."

 

Could we see Apple win some of that much-needed market share back soon? We could, with the Retina-based iPad mini and iPad Air out in the wild.

Battlefield 4's latest patch should fix network and crashing problems

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 17, 2013 3:30 am

I noticed this a few hours ago when I went to have a quick 5-minute game of Battlefield 4, that there is a large 1GB+ patch available. This patch will reportedly address many of the concerns gamers have, with crashes and server failures, and more.

 

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There's some patch notes here you can skim over, but we should see a big fix in overall stability of BF4 for one. Secondly, network syncing problems should hopefully be fixed, which should have gamers smiling once again. DICE is aware of the issues, and is continuing to work around the clock to address them. DICE has also fixed some holes up on the server side of things, which should give more overall stability to BF4 multiplayer.

Ubisoft announces 1080p update for Assassin's Creed Black Flag on PS4

By: Idene Saatchi | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 16, 2013 4:17 am

The People at Ubisoft shipped out Assassin's Creed Black flag at 900p to make sure the GPU and CPU ran the game at a consistent 30 frames per second. They will be sending an update to make the game native 1080p. The update will also include an anti-aliasing which will improve jagged edges in the graphics. Anti-aliasing will be available on both the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One. Ubisoft says the update will be available shortly after launch.

 

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Community manager Gary Steinman: "Finishing the game at 900p gave the development team the extra room in terms of the GPU and CPU usage to ensure the frame rate never dips below 30 frames per second. The team then used the time between the ship date and the release to focus on a title update that could deliver native 1080p resolution on the PS4."

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Some PlayStation 4s are having HDMI issues. Sony sending replacements

By: Idene Saatchi | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 16, 2013 2:32 am

There were some reports of users having problems with the PlayStation Network crashing and now some are experiencing HDMI issues with their PlayStation 4. They're getting a message saying "failed output signal." People from Kotaku, Forbes, and IGN are having these problems too. Although this is huge disappointment to some users, Sony says they will replace all the faulty consoles.

 

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Sonys statement about the HDMI issue: "This is within our expectations for a new product introduction, and the vast majority of PS4 feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. We are closely monitoring for additional reports, but we think these are isolated incidents and are on track for a great launch. As part of our normal customer service policy, we've asked those with affected PS4 systems to send them back to us so we can fully test them. We are immediately sending these people replacement PS4 systems."

Acer launches a new budget Chromebook for $200; the Acer C720-2848

By: Idene Saatchi | More News: Laptops | Posted: Nov 16, 2013 12:27 am

Acer launches their new version of their Acer C720 budget Chromebook called the Acer C720-2848. The C720-2848 has an 11.6 inch 1366x768 display, duel speakers, and a built-in webcam. It has a HDMI port, a USB 3.0 port, one USB 2.0 port, and has an 8.5 hour battery life.

 

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The Acer C720-2848 contains a 16GB SSD, 2GB of RAM, and 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi. The device will also come with 100GB of Google Drive storage for two years, Google Play Music all access, 12 free Gogo inflight passes which are redeemable for up to two years, and a one year warranty. The Acer C720-2848 is 0.76 inches thick and weighs in at 2.76 pounds. It is available for purchase now from Best Buy or amazon for $199.99.

DDR4 memory could make an appearance as early as next month

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: RAM | Posted: Nov 15, 2013 11:22 pm

If Crucial Memory's promotional page is anything to go by, we could expect DDR4 RAM to be released next month. But, this will require new motherboards, and even if you did that, is there a benefit?

 

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Yes, and it's quite the improvement, and a bigger improvement than we had moving from DDR to DDR2, and even DDR2 to DDR3. DDR4 memory will use 20% less power, deliver speeds of up to 100% faster, and is 100% denser than its predecessor. Most DDR3 is around 1066MHz, but DDR4 kicks things off from 2133MHz, which is a huge increase.

 

Another benefit is going to be the amount of RAM per stick, with DDR3 seeing 1Gb when it was introduced, and while we have more per stick now, DDR4 will have a sweet 4Gb density. This means we should see much higher GB kits of DDR4, where we should hopefully see kits being at a minimum of 8GB, although I'd like to see 16GB. We should finally see a world of 16GB per module, which will be great for 64GB kits when Haswell-E arrives.

Apple is making a huge cut back in the iPhone 5c production

By: Idene Saatchi | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 15, 2013 10:19 pm

According to a Chinese report Apple is cutting back even further on their production of the iPhone 5c. Assembly partner ProTek (Pegatron) has cut production to 80,000 units a day from 320,000 units in October, and Foxcon is currently producing 8,000-9,000.

 

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This is probably due to the high demand of the iPhone 5s. A data graph from Fiksu shows the iPhone 5s is 6.4% of all iPhone usage and the 5c is coming in at 2.1%. The iPhone 5c supply is readily available as for the iPhone 5s is showing 1-2 week shipping time from Apple's site.

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PlayStation Network crashing due to mass PlayStation 4 logons

By: Idene Saatchi | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 15, 2013 8:14 pm

The PlayStation 4 was launched today and thousands of people in the US and Canada are having problems logging into the PlayStation Network with error codes such as NW-31453-6 or NP-3500-8 and a message saying "The network connection has been lost." This is due to the mass of activity from people trying to logon their consoles. Seeing that today is still launch day in the US the problem might just be getting worse with the amount of people that that still want to pick up or purchase their consoles today.

 

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Sony said that a fix is on the way and are asking users to be patient, but the message from their site has been removed for some reason. Users that are currently trying to download the launch day patch can also go on PlayStation's website and put the download on to a flash drive and upload it to your PlayStation 4.

 

Sony's message: "The PlayStation Network is experiencing extremely high volume, some users may experience some difficulty connecting. We ask for your patience."

The FCC has released its new Speed Test app for Android

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Nov 15, 2013 7:09 pm

With mobile broadband growing faster than traditional landline broadband, it is important to keep a watchful eye on the companies who sell the service to its customers. Today the FCC released an app for Android that will do just that. The all new Speed Test app from the FCC is designed to inform consumers of the actual broadband speeds their mobile data plan is providing them.

 

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After installation the app will run in the background on the consumers mobile device and will periodically run a Speed Test scan in the background. The results will then be uploaded to a database that the FCC will use to compare with carrier claims. The FCC says that the app will not consume more than 100MB of data each month, so users wiil data restrictions need not worry.

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