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ReportTT: Yahoo's Board approves Tumblr acquisition for $1.1 billion

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 20, 2013 4:45 am

Yahoo's Board of Directors has reportedly approved a $1.1 billion acquisition of the blogging site Tumblr. News broke on Friday that Yahoo was considering picking up the blogging site that has slowly been gaining popularity among Internet users.

 

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The deal is expected to be announced tomorrow at the press conference that Yahoo hastily scheduled on Friday. Tumblr CEO David Karp will reportedly remain with Yahoo for a minimum of four years and he is said to be retaining a lot of control over the blogging service, much like Instagram's CEO did when acquired by Facebook.

 

If Yahoo does announce this deal tomorrow, we'll let you know.

Intel Core i7 4770K reaches eBay

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: May 19, 2013 6:32 am

If you can't wait a couple of more weeks for Intel to launch their fourth-generation Core platform, aka Haswell, then you might want to bust out your plastic and check out this eBay link to an Intel Core i7 4770K.

 

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The seller lists that it is boxed and new, and is definitely no the Core i7 3770K or the 3930K, but the 'new generation' Core processor. The buy it now price is just $600, and I do say 'just' because at this price you'd be one of the first in the world with the 4770K in your hands. The seller is 'away' and won't be able to ship the processor itself until May 23, just in case you were wondering.

HTC One demand is high, HTC are doubling production to meet 'strong demand'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 19, 2013 5:38 am

HTC may have a victory when it comes to their One handset, which saw lost sales due to manufacturing issues, but those issues are now ironed out. The new issues are that the company can't keep up with demand for the One.

 

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Focus Taiwan are reporting that HTC North Asia president, Jack Tong, has said that production capacity for the HTC One will double this month and increase more in June. Tong said on Friday at a press conference: "Our capacity is expected to rise significantly starting from mid-May. We are optimistic about our high-end sales during April and June".

Google remove 8.8 million lines of code from their Blink engine

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 19, 2013 4:32 am

Google have been tinkering with their Blink engine, and have removed a crazy 8.8 million lines of code. Blink is a rendering browser engine, with the team behind Blink removing those 8.8 million lines of code in just over a month.

 

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Alex Komoroske, a product manager on Chrome's Open Web Platform, spoke to a group of Google I/O attendees that removing so much code had more than one improvement - not only did it improve the engine itself, but it had a huge effect on the engineers, too. The engineers are more productive and the team is now exploring new rendering techniques and code contribution requests from Abode, Intel, and Microsoft.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 specs arrive, launches on May 23

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 19, 2013 3:28 am

Details of the next-gen GeForce GPU from NVIDIA are here, as well as a release date: May 23. Fudzilla were privvy to some leaked slides, which points to the GTX 780 featuring 2304 CUDA cores and an 863MHz base GPU clock. The GeForce GTX 780 will feature NVIDIA's GPU Boost 2.0 that will ramp the GPU clock speed up to 900MHz.

 

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We should expect the GTX 780 to come with 3GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 6000MHz coupled with a 384-bit memory bus. Power wise, the GTX 780 is going to require both 6- and 8-pin PCI-Express power connections and has TDP of 250W. Connectivity options include two dual-link DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort outputs.

 

The GeForce GTX 780 reference card will use the same cooler that is featured on the GTX Titan, and should keep noise levels down to around 40-45 dBA. This means the reference GTX 780 will be much quieter than the GTX 680. We should expect the GeForce GTX 780 to be around 25% to 50% faster than the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition, except for Tomb Raider, where the AMD will excel against most GeForce GPU's.

Are Google preparing another media player?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: May 19, 2013 2:30 am

Google I/O has come and gone for another year and we didn't hear a peep out of the Mountain View-based search giant about the Nexus Q, their media player that was shown off last year and has disappeared since.

 

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But, according to some new FCC documents, Google could be working on another media player. The FCC documents refer to it as the "H840 Device" which functions "as a media player" and was given the model number H2G2-42, a Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy reference. Like with all unreleased products, Google requested to have the diagrams and photos of the device remain confidential.

 

The device was tested in the FCC labs, hooked up to a 24-inch Dell monitor. The "H840 Device" featured Wi-Fi a/b/g/n and a USB port. We know it isn't a smart device, such as a smartphone or tablet, as it comes with a separate power supply unit.

Nintendo to let consumers play unreleased Wii U games at 100 Best Buys during E3

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 18, 2013 2:05 am

Nintendo has decided to take a different approach to this year's E3. Instead of doing something massive at E3 for the journalists, Nintendo will be allowing consumers to play various unreleased Wii U games at 100 Best Buys around the United States. We think this is a rather interesting approach that could work out for the company.

 

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Instead of relying on journalists, Nintendo is going directly to the customers to let them check out whats coming next. Word of mouth often works the best, so if Nintendo can convince people that the upcoming games are great, it could really work well for Nintendo.

 

If your local Best Buy is one with Nintendo's offering, you'll be able to get a first-hand experience of what TweakTown will be doing at E3: waiting in lines to try out the latest games. Details for the event are still slim, so we can't tell you which Best Buy ocations are participating, what games will be shown off, or when exactly it will be taking place.

 

We'll be sure to update you with more as soon as it becomes available.

LeakedTT: Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 image and specifications leak out

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 18, 2013 1:31 am

An alleged image of Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 has leaked out alongside its alleged specifications. The image, first posted up by SamMobile, is of fairly low quality, as you can see for yourself below. While we can't get much information from it, we can glean some from the specs that were posted with it.

 

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According to SamMobile, the 8-inch tablet will feature an 8-inch display with a resolution of 1280x800. Powering the device will be a dual-core 1.5GHz processor and 1.5GB of RAM. The amount of RAM seems slightly suspicious as normally it would be either 1GB or 2GB, not 1.5GB. It reportedly features 16GB of internal storage, a 5MP rear camera, a 1.3MP front camera, Android 4.2.2, and a 4,450 mAh battery.

Google hides numerous Easter eggs in latest Google+ Hangouts

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 18, 2013 1:04 am

Google is well-known for hiding Easter eggs within its products and the new Hangouts is no different. There are at least six Easter eggs present in Hangouts that have been detailed by a Google+ user. You'll need to be using the desktop version of Hangouts on Google+ or the Chrome Extension.

 

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Head on over to Google+ Hangouts and try these Easter eggs out. Some people have reported a few issues with the web interface for Hangouts, but these same reports say the Chrome app works flawlessly.

Xbox 360 sales on top for 28 consecutive months

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 18, 2013 12:42 am

Microsoft's Xbox 360 continues to be the number one selling console...for 28 consecutive months! According to data from The NPD Group, as reported by Microsoft, April marked the 28th consecutive month that the Xbox 360 topped the console sales chart selling around 130,000 units in April.

 

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130,000 sales accounts for 42 percent of current-generation console sales. A total of $208 million was spent on Xbox and Xbox-related items (software and accessories) in just the month of April. It will be interesting to see if the Xbox 360 remains on top until the next-gen PlayStation and Xbox are released later this year.

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