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Expect AMD to release 'Carizo' in 2015, the successor to their Kaveri APU

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jul 22, 2013 7:58 am

AMD are continuing on with their APUs, having named a successor to their not-even-released 'Kaveri' APU expected in 2015. Kaveri is their Steamroller-based x86 CPU with a GCN-based GPU and HUMA memory architecture, and won't see the light of day until the second half of 2014.




But, AMD have named its successor already, which will be known as Carizo. Carizo will arrive in 2015, and will feature even more improvements on the unreleased Kaveri APU. Carizo will probably feature AMD's upcoming Excavator CPU core and hopefully an even better rack of GCN GPU cores. We should expect the memory architecture to receive an injection of speed improvements, too.

Over 1.5 million Android devices are activated each day, Google Play Store passes 50 billion downloads, too

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jul 22, 2013 7:30 am

Late last week, Google CEO Larry Page revealed that over 1.5 million Android devices are activated each and every day. This is up from last September's numbers of around 1.3 million each day.




Google are inching closer to having one billion Android-based devices on the market, with Page stating that it is "pretty amazing given the first Android phone launched less than five years ago." Moving onto the Google Play Store, the Google CEO revealed that over 50 billion apps have been downloaded from the Google Play Store.


This number should astound people, myself included, because last September this number was just 25 billion. This represents a 100% increase in under a year, which is an amazing number no matter which way you look at it. Google Chrome received a mention, too, with the web browser from Google now enjoying 750 million users, one of those being me.

Could the Xbox One-exclusive 'Dead Rising 3' be the best game in the series yet?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 22, 2013 6:30 am

During an interview with the developers behind Dead Rising 3, we have found out a few more details on the game itself. The video is called "Zombie Apocalypse Evolved", and has three of Dead Rising's creators talking about the game's new features and creatures. Check it out, below.



Dead Rising 3's Producer, Mike Jones, has teased us all by stating that Dead Rising 3 is bigger than both predecessors combined "multiple times over", which means the game is going to be absolutely gigantic. There's new zombies, which will arrive in the form of cops, prisoners and football players, who will all be smarter and more dangerous than previous Dead Rising zombies.




Jones teases "every zombie is a snowflake". Dead Rising 3 is an Xbox One exclusive, and will make great use of the next-gen Kinect sensor, which will make audio in the game a huge factor. Executive Producer and Creative Lead, Josh Bridge, explained that DR3 gamers can distract zombies by yelling at them through the Kinect sensor.

Homeworld and Homeworld 2 are being remade in HD thanks to Gearbox Software

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 22, 2013 5:28 am

I have fond memories of the first Homeworld game, with its incredible graphics and space setting, but now the first two Homeworld games are being remade in HD, thanks to Gearbox Software.





Gearbox will be releasing the HD-capable Homeworld and Homeworld 2 on Steam, which is a nice bonus to the digital gaming world we now live in. There's no word on Homeworld: Cataclysm, but we could see this receive a HD makeover, too. What are your thoughts on the original two Homeworld games arriving in HD? With Gearbox behind it, does it give you faith, or are you scared of what they might do to it?

Google updates Chrome OS with new 'immersive' mode

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jul 22, 2013 4:35 am

Google has updated Chrome OS in the beta channel with a couple of new features. The new build is version 29.0.1537.32, and also arrives with a number of bug fixes, security updates, and additional feature enhancements.




The biggest feature of this is the new "immersive" mode, which sees a fullscreen browsing session open up, hiding the navigation bars. Google have also updated Kernel 3.8 for both the Chromebook Pixel, and Samsung 550. Chrome OS owners can now pin apps to the shelf by using drag-and-drop from the Launcher.


The update also includes a Consumer Kiosk Mode, which lets users build a Chrome OS-based kiosk. Google didn't finish there, though, as there's now a two-finger method to navigate browsing history as well as the ability to sync default wallpaper selections across devices. The app launcher search feature has also been improved, and overall, the system dynamically learns what users search for, and can now search for apps within the web store if now matching apps are installed. There's also a tweaked interface that shows apps in a better way.

Sony Xperia Z Ultra will launch for $799 in Hong Kong next week

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 22, 2013 3:31 am

Sony's Xperia Z Ultra smartphone will launch at the end of this month in Hong Kong for $799, which includes 3G connectivity. There's also a 4G version which will be available for $824, just $25 on top of the 3G version.




What makes the Xperia Z Ultra special is that it is the world's largest smartphone, coming in at 6.4 inches. This beats Samsung's also-huge Galaxy Mega 6.3, but the price tag might turn people away. While it hasn't been formally priced for the US market, we should expect the same pricing. Sony are marketing the Xperia Z Ultra as the 'world's thinnest' Full HD smartphone too, as it measures in at just 0.27 inches (6.5mm).


Sony have crammed in the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC, which is a quad-core processor clocked in at 2.2GHz, while including the Adreno 330. There's 16GB of on-board flash storage backed up by microSD storage that can provide another 64GB. There's an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera that features a mobile Exmor RS sensor.


You can read more on Sony's 6.4-inch 'phablet' right here.

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Over 750 million smartphone owners could be at risk because of a huge SIM security flaw

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 22, 2013 2:36 am

The encryption used in some SIM cards could allow hackers to take control of your smartphone remotely, according to a security researcher, and a report from The New York Times.




The flaw in question is found in SIM cards using DES (Data Encryption Standard) for encryption, which is an older standard that is slowly being phased out by most manufacturers, but the point is that it is still baked into hundreds of millions of SIMs across the world. The founder of German firm, Security Research Labs, Karsten Nohl, found that sending a fake carrier message to a phone prompted an automated response from 25% of DES-based SIMs, which revealed the cards' 56-bit security key.


If a hacker has that key, they can send a virus to the SIM with a text message. This virus allows a hacker to impersonate the phone's owner, where they can access text messages, and even make carrier payments. Nohl says that the entire procedure takes "about two minutes" and only requires a regular PC.

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Jack The Giant Slayer sprouts to life in our Blu-ray competition

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Jul 22, 2013 2:02 am

Thanks to Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, we have five copies of Jack The Giant Slayer on Blu-ray to give away.




The young Jack (Nicholas Hoult) is made an offer by a local monk; that in return for his horse, the beans he possesses can be on-sold for a large sum. To Jack's surprise the beans germinate, causing an immense beanstalk to sprout into the sky and into another world way above the clouds.


Director Bryan Singer's take on the classic Jack and the Beanstalk tale in Jack the Giant Slayer aims to breathe new life into the story, utilising the latest advances in visual effects and 3D technology.

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NVIDIA confirms July 31 shipping date for Shield, 'mechanical issue' has been resolved

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jul 22, 2013 1:21 am

NVIDIA delayed Shield, their portable Android-powered gaming console last month, but have now confirmed a July 31 shipping date. Until now, we didn't really know why the 5-inch gaming device was delayed.



The company have now said that a "mechanical issue that relates to a third party component" is the reason behind the delay, but NVIDIA haven't said anything past that to explain that the issues had been resolved. NVIDIA's original release date for Shield was June 27, so we're not talking about that much of a delay.




But, in order to fan away consumers' issues with the delay, the pricing was dropped from $349 to $299 - something that definitely can't be complained about.

Set phasers to 'win' for a chance to snag Star Trek: The Next Generation Season Four on Blu-ray

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Jul 22, 2013 1:07 am

Thanks to Paramount Home Entertainment, we have ten copies of Star Trek - The Next Generation: Season Four on Blu-ray to give away, valued at $62.95 each.




Starting with Captain Picard's terrifying battle to escape from the inhuman Borg and culminating with the Klingon Empire on the brink of civil war in the series' historic 100th episode, you can now experience Season 4 and so much more on breathtaking Blu-ray™. This set features dazzling 1080p high definition picture with visual effects painstakingly re-created from original film elements, digitally remastered 7.1 sound (original broadcast audio also provided), and a wealth of newly produced, behind-the-scenes special features and never-before-released deleted scenes.




To go in with a chance to take home a copy of Star Trek - The Next Generation: Season Four on Blu-ray, simply answer the following question:


Name the location of the Picard family vineyard, as revealed in the Season Four episode 'Family'


Send your answers to before the competition closes on Thursday the 25th of July. The competition is open to the world, with TweakTown covering shipping.

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