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RumorTT: Battlefield 4 to be 'available fall 2013'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 26, 2013 6:30 am

If Chinese site Gamersky is to be believed, Battlefield 4 could be coming earlier than previously thought. They've posted up what they're claiming to be an EB Games poster advertising the Battlefield 4 release date of 'available fall 2013.'

 

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The poster lists the release date, and that those who pre-order will receive "a pair of real Battlefield 4 dog tags while supplies last". We've seen some leaks so far, showing off some ground-based, naval and airborne combat, as well as some talk about the graphics engine behind it, Frostbite 2, getting much better scaling. EA are hosting an unveiling of Battlefield 4 at GDC tomorrow, followed by the official BF4 trailer on Wednesday.

NVIDIA release GeForce 314.22 WHQL drivers, BioShock: Infinite and Tomb Raider improvements included

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 26, 2013 5:33 am

NVIDIA have come to the rescue of GeForce GPU owners, with their WHQL-certified GeForce 314.22 drivers. When compared to the previous set of WHQL-certified drivers, GeForce 314.07, NVIDIA are claiming that when using a GeForce GTX 680 you'll see improvements of 41% and 71% for BioShock: Infinite and Tomb Raider, respectively.

 

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NVIDIA aren't leaving other GeForce owners without performance improvements, stating that gains "will be seen on other GPUs", but they'll be at "varying degrees." Other games that will see performance improvements are Sniper Elite V2 and Sleeping Dogs with 22% and 12%, respectively. SLI-based configurations get some love too, with StarCraft II, Sniper Elite V2 and Sleeping Dogs all receiving performance improvements of 10%, 22% and 22%, respectively.

 

You can grab the new GeForce 314.22 WHQL drivers here.

Yahoo buys news-summarizing app Summly for $30 million

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 26, 2013 4:35 am

Yahoo are on a continued mission to revamp their digital news and media business, with their latest acquisition of Summly, a startup that specializes in summarizing web content into a format made easier to consume media on a mobile device.

 

 

AllThingsD reports that the transaction saw Yahoo shifting $30 million to acquire the startup, 90% of it in cash with the remaining 10% in stock. The news gets better; with the iPhone app first designed by London-based Nick D'Aloisio, who was just fifteen years old when he created Summly.

 

What exactly does Summly do? Well, it allows you to choose your news sources from a bunch of pre-packages categories, or from your favorite websites. From there, it will let you enter keywords for topics that might be of interest too. Summly will also show you the latest stories that it has summarized in up to 400 characters, presented with a beautifully clean interface.

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Nexus 7 appears in the Google Play Store in India

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 26, 2013 3:32 am

If you're in India and were waiting for the Nexus 7, you're in luck - it has just popped up on the Google Play Store with a shipping date of April 5. There has been no official announcement, apart from a few people talking about it on Twitter when they discovered it on the Play Store.

 

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You can buy it for Rs. 15,999 (roughly $295) and have it shipped "by April 5, 2013." It might seem like this has been a long time coming, but the Nexus 7 is still one of the best tablets on the market. Google are wanting to push into the Indian market, which has been growing exponentially over the last year or so.

Samsung unveil their Series 9 Premium Ultrabook, give it a 1080p display

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Mar 26, 2013 2:32 am

Samsung have just injected some more pixels into their latest Ultrabook, the Series 9 Premium Ultrabook. The 13.3-inch Series 9 notebook included a 1600x900-pixel display, but the new and improved NP900X3E-A03US sports a 1920x1080 display.

 

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It doesn't come close to the Google Chromebook Pixel or Apple MacBook Pro Retina displays, but it does provide a generous 40% more pixels than their previous generation Ultrabook. The improved Series 9 Premium Ultrabook includes the usual LED-backlit display which uses Samsung's SuperBright technology, which the South Korean company touts a 50% brighter display than a standard laptop monitor.

 

Cranking along inside the NP900X3E-A03US, we have Intel's Core i7-3517U processor, 4GB of RAM (why not 8GB?), a 256GB SSD, and Windows 8 Pro. Weighing in at 2.56 pounds and is just 0.51 inches at its thinnest point. What will all of this set you back? $1899.99. Not too bad, but the price is definitely getting up there.

Petr Mitrichev first repeat winner of Facebook Hacker Cup

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Mar 26, 2013 1:31 am

Facebook's Hacker Cup is a contest in which programmers from around the world are given tasks that they must program solutions to. The third annual Hacker Cup championship took place over the weekend at Facebook's Menlo Park headquarters. This year's winner is the same as 2011's: Petr Mitrichev.

 

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Mitrichev represents the first repeat winner of Facebook's Hacker Cup, though it's only been held for three years. Petr Mitrichev hails from Russia, though other countries were also represented at the finals. Contenders came from Australia, Belarus, China, France, Germany, Poland, Japan, Russia, Switzerland, and Ukraine.

 

Mitrichev was awarded first place and $10,000. Second and third place were given to Jakub Pachocki and Marcin Smulewicz, who both hail from Poland. Now the question remains: why wasn't the United States represented in this competition?

Google updates Maps with 100 more ski resorts across US and Canada

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Mar 26, 2013 1:02 am

Just like Google's update last month, Google has added an additional 100 ski resort maps to Google Maps. These trail maps can help ski and snowboard enthusiasts prepare for a trip to the mountain and scout the terrain and ways down the mountain before heading off to some distant ski resort.

 

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The trails are represented by green, blue, and black lines, with the color corresponding to the difficulty ratings traditionally used by ski resorts. Lifts are represented by dotted red lines.

 

This latest update includes Mt. Hood Meadows, Timberline Lodge, and Hunter Mountain. All 100 of the newly added resort maps are for mountains in the United States and Canada. Europe has been largely left out of these updates, aside from when ski resort maps were first introduced. Google Maps has maps for about 225 different resorts around the world.

Google adds support for Gifs as Google+ profile pictures

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Mar 26, 2013 12:37 am

Google is taking a page out of Facebook's book and is pushing images as a main part of Google+. As part of this initiative, Google has added support for Gifs to be used as Google+ profile pictures. Interestingly enough, Twitter dropped support for Gifs last September. It'll be interesting to see if they reverse their decision.

 

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Animated Gifs will be supported on both the desktop and mobile versions of Google+. As Matt Steiner, the person who first posted that Gifs are now supported, said, "[it is] like newspapers in Harry Potter." We imagine some creative people will make use of this to do some funny and interesting things, much like people did with Facebook cover photos when they were first introduced.

T-Mobile confirmed to be talking iPhone at tomorrow's Uncarrier event

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 26, 2013 12:07 am

It's about time that T-Mobile got a legitimate iPhone. Currently, T-Mobile only has AT&T iPhones that have been unlocked. CNET has confirmed that T-Mobile will be talking iPhone at tomorrow's Uncarrier event. Tomorrow's Uncarrier event will be used to talk up the changes that T-Mobile are undergoing as they move towards a more European model.

 

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T-Mobile is ditching the whole two-year contract model. Along with that, T-Mobile is doing away with phone subsidies, though they are replacing subsidies with a similar option of paying a down-payment and then a monthly payment until the device is paid in full.

 

We expect T-Mobile to launch its 4G LTE network tomorrow with the iPhone 5 being the showcase device for the new network. We'll bring more T-Mobile news tomorrow as the Uncarrier event unfolds.

Apple offers free next-day shipping on all iPhones in the US

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 25, 2013 11:32 pm

If you're thinking about getting an iPhone for Easter, now is probably the time. Apple is offering up free next-day shipping on all iPhone models in the United States. It's not clear whether this is a promotion for the upcoming holiday or something else, but it does appear to be a limited time only thing.

 

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Apple is likely doing this for the Easter holiday as Apple is known to run promotions around holidays. It could also be a response to Samsung's Galaxy S4 or other competitors' devices that are scheduled to start shipping soon (read: HTC One). Customers will be limited to purchasing just two iPhones with next-day shipping.

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