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Apple's MacBook line isn't doing so well this year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Oct 8, 2013 10:34 am

Apple is losing its war in multiple fronts at the moment, all while money is filling its coffers. It looks like MacBook shipments will decrease this year, even with the company increasing its orders to the upstream supply chain for new MacBook models.

 

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The news comes from DigiTimes' sources in the upstream supply chain who also said that their shipments for the new MacBook devices have been increasing since June, with volumes in Q3 increasing by 10-20%. This growth is expected to continue going into this month. But, Apple is seeing issues with its shipment numbers in relation to a suspension of component shipments for a three-month period in the first half of the year, which will hurt overall MacBook shipments across 2013.

 

Last year, Apple shipped 13.03 million MacBooks, but only 5.3 million units were shipped in the first half of this year. This means that Apple needs to ship over 7.73 million units in the last six months of this year to just be equal to 2012's performance. I think this comes down to Apple not giving the world anything exciting in its Mac line, if it pushed touchscreen models into the mix, we might see a turn around.

RumorTT: Samsung working on waterproof, dust-resistant Galaxy S5

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 8, 2013 9:29 am

We know that Samsung is working on the Galaxy S5, which should be built from better materials, but what about it being waterproof and dust-resistant? Yeah, that would be quite a nice thing to have.

 

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Well, according to Korean-based Electronic Times, who has reported that Samsung is looking into bringing back its Active brand for both the Galaxy S5 and the Galaxy Note 3. The public reaction to waterproof phones, such as the Xperia Z and Xperia Z Ultra from Sony, has pushed Samsung into thinking about a new line of phones that are better protected from the environment.

 

We don't know if this will actually happen, but I think Samsung will go down this path. Any ammunition it can use against the iPhone, such as having the ability to brag that its devices are waterproof and dust-resistant, would be great.

The Long Dark is a fresh, but scary breath of indie gaming

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 8, 2013 8:40 am

The Long Dark should be on your radar, and if it's not, pencil it in right now. The Long Dark is a first-person post-disaster survival simulation (oh yeah) which is set in the Northern wilderness, and is all about realistic survival.

 

 

Until now, we've just been drip fed some screenshots and details of the game, but now the official first prototype gameplay footage has been released, which you can check out above. As you can see, the game will feature some incredibly in-depth detail, such as the current temperature of the environment you're in, your calories, and what you need in the game: whether it be food, water, or rest.

 

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The developers behind it are from all stretches of game studios, with ex Volition, Bioware, Relic and Riot developers on board to help develop The Long Dark. The Kickstarter goal for The Long Dark is $200,000 CAD, but with 8 days to go it's only sitting at $127,254. Hopefully it bursts through its required funds, as this looks like a truly new type of game.

Fox News gives journalists massive 55-inch slates to work on

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Oct 8, 2013 8:36 am

It looks like Fox News is wanting to create headlines by giving its journalists some truly gigantic 55-inch tablets to work on. You can see them in the image below, with journalists working on the life-sized slates.

 

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I don't know how productive I could be on one of those, and by the looks of things they're running 1080p and not 4K resolutions. It would be great to work on, but I think most people would benefit from the extra screen real estate of 4K versus a massive touchscreen. Remember, not all apps, software and websites work properly on touch screens, or are built for them.

 

But, it's good to see Fox News going in a new direction here.

RumorTT: iPhone 6 to go bigger, feature a 4.8-inch display

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 8, 2013 7:37 am

The next iPhone won't be released until 2014, but we knew that the rumors would begin sooner rather than later. The bigger change we can expect from the upcoming next-gen iPhone would be a larger screen, moving into the 4.8-inch space.

 

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Peter Misek from Jefferies & Co. said yesterday in his research note that the iPhone 6 would feature a 4.8-inch display, the biggest iPhone yet. According to their estimates, roughly 50% of smartphones shipped now have larger than 4-inch screens, with the iPhone 6 wanting to hit those customers wanting a bigger screen.

 

It makes sense, because people are getting sick of the same old small screened iPhones and want something bigger. Unfortunately Apple don't offer anything bigger, so their only options would be to change brands, to something like Apple's biggest competitor: Samsung. Samsung have countless phones ranging from smaller 3-inch (or so) devices to massive 6.3-inch devices.

The first, official Angry Birds theme park opens up in China

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 8, 2013 6:34 am

An Angry Birds theme park has just opened up in China, which has been in planning stages since 2011. It did initially see a soft launch back in September 2012, and then again with an official celebratory "opening" day on October 1, which is China's National Day.

 

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What makes this special is that this is the first official, licensed Angry Birds theme park. There was an unlicensed facility that opened up in Changsha in China's Hunan province, but this one is the real deal. The Angry Birds theme park features 10,000 square meters of fun, including dozens of attractions that are focused around the world of Angry Birds.

 

Visitors can check out the Angry Birds Castle, listen to music in the music stadium or jump around in a fully dedicated parkour activity park! Official Angry Birds merchanise will be on-hand, as well as official Angry Birds games on various gaming stations set up throughout the park.

Google adds a bunch of HBO movies, TV shows and more to Google Play

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Oct 8, 2013 5:35 am

Google Play has been updated, giving it an injection of HBO content. This includes individual episodes of some of the hottest shows on TV right now, or you can purchase entire seasons of shows.

 

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The HBO shows include nearly all of my favorite shows: Game of Thrones, True Blood, Boardwalk Empire, The Newsroom, Veep, Girls and The Wire. Prices range from $2.99 per episodes to $34.99 for an entire season of your favorite, or new soon to be new favorite show. Some episodes can be picked up for $1.99 a piece, or just $14.99 per season.

 

Google Play will continue to add more HBO content going into the future, but for now this is a great addition.

Silicon Motion introduces SM3267, a high-performance USB3.0 controler

By: Charles Gantt | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Oct 8, 2013 5:00 am

Silicon Motion has just announced the launch of a new cost-effective USB 3.0 controller for use in flash drives. The new SM3267 integrates an embedded crystal-based oscillator, power ICs as well as the control silicon all into a tiny package that lowers overall system cost. This new SM3267 also enables industry-leading data transfer rates with speeds up to 160MB/s read, a 50-percent improvement over most other single-channel controllers on the market today.

 

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"We are very excited to introduce SM3267, our first crystal-less USB 3.0 solution with integrated power ICs," said Wallace Kou, President and CEO of Silicon Motion. "SM3267 offers superior performance with competitive cost when compared to other USB 3.0 controllers in the market, and we believe our solution will help accelerate the market in transitioning from legacy USB 2.0 flash drives to the latest generation USB 3.0 drives. This is another example of Silicon Motion leading the market in bringing new, advanced technology to the mainstream market. We are pleased to announce that SM3267 has received design-ins from most of our current USB controller customers, including many top-tier OEMs, and we expect SM3267-based USB 3.0 flash drives will be commercially available starting in the fourth quarter of 2013."

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Rockstar is looking into lost GTA Online data, want to get it fixed

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 8, 2013 4:34 am

We know that gamers are experiencing all sorts of issues with GTA Online, with Rockstar Games scrambling to fix yet another online game that is in shambles. The developer is trying to find the source of an issue that is seeing users' loss of characters, apartments, in-game cash, rank and more.

 

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Rockstar wants to find the issue,and hopefully recover players' lost data. One of the problems is Rockstar Cloud Services, which the developer suggests gamers don't play GTA Online when Cloud Services are inaccessible. When Cloud Services are down, players can continue playing GTA Online, but with a temporary character, without the ability to save their progress.

 

Another issue Rockstar has noticed is that the "Retry" button is causing problems, where when a gamer is prompted to retry to enter a GTA Online match when the Cloud is down, some players will see all of their data wiped. Yikes. Rockstar has said that reverting back to GTA V's single-player campaign, and then back into GTA Online does the trick, but this hasn't worked for everyone.

Samsung weighs in on Best Buy stake purchase, says it won't happen

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 8, 2013 3:37 am

Last week we reported a rumor about Samsung purchasing a stake in US retail giant Best Buy, but it turns out this is not true. We've heard back from a Samsung spokesperson, who has said:

 

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Reports that Samsung is considering to acquire a stake in Best Buy are not true. There have been no talks whatsoever regarding stock acquisition of either company.

 

So there you have it folks, it looks like Samsung won't be swiping its black AMEX to buy some Best Buy stock after all.

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