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Sony smiles as it at takes HTC's customers away

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 1, 2013 8:33 am

Sony has been experiencing a recipe of disaster over the last few years, seeing its TV business all but bow to Samsung, its various movie flops, camera sales drop and its PC business not doing so well.

 

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But... it's smartphone business has seen a 39% increase in sales, thanks to consumers who would usually buy high-end HTC handsets scooping up Xperia handsets instead. Sony is seeing some great sales in its Xperia Z1, which is the only smartphone in Sony's arsenal that can even begin to compete with the mammoth sales of Samsung's Galaxy range of devices.

 

The next thing Sony has to do is break out into the lucrative US market, which is mainly dominated by Apple and Samsung right now. But, with BlackBerry all but done, HTC continuing to lose its grip, it might be high time that Sony makes its move.

Sony is confident in the PS4, expects 5 million PS4's sold by March

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 1, 2013 7:32 am

The PlayStation 4 is nearly here, with the next-gen, can't-play-CDs-or-MP3s-console expected to sell over 5 million units by March 2014. The estimations are coming from the PS4's parents: Sony.

 

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Sony expect to sell over 5 million units before its current fiscal year is a wrap, but it should be able to meet those estimations with the demand it is seeing for the PS4. Comparing this to the 2.9 million PS3's that Sony sold in the same period when it launched, this would be a mammoth 72% increase in sales.

Android dominates Q3 smartphone market share numbers, enjoys 81%

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 1, 2013 6:31 am

That that Q3 has come and gone, we can look back at smartphone market share and see just how well the current players are doing. Android takes a huge 81.3% of the pie, leaving Apple just 13.4% and the rest of the players a skimp 5.3% to split between themselves.

 

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Comparing this with the same quarter of 2012, Android saw 75% and Apple enjoyed 15.6%. This means that Android has climbed 6.1% while Apple has lost 2.2%, something that should have people wondering what is going on. The numbers are courtesy of Strategy Analytics. Google should continue to claw at that smartphone market share with phones like the Galaxy S4, Note 3 and just-announced Nexus 5.

Ouya will ship a new, redesigned controller in 2014

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 1, 2013 5:33 am

The original Ouya console didn't really aspire to much, mine is sitting on my shelving since I finished my review, completely untouched since. But, the company is pushing forward, announcing that a new, redesigned controller will ship in 2014.

 

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The refreshed controller will hopefully fix most of the problems found in the origin, offering textured thumbsticks, more responsive triggers, and face buttons that don't get stuck in the controllers' faceplate. The problem with the new 'Ouya 2.0' is that it will be hard to differentiate between the current model and the model with the new controllers because the packaging will not reflect this change.

 

Ouya founder Julie Uhrman spoke with Polygon where she said: "The feel of the controller today is actually probably a lot better than in June. Our goal is to build a great controller. We wanted to build something that was ergonomic, that had great weight, that had a great feel, that offered developers a different way to develop games by including a touch pad in the design."

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Ubisoft retires its Uplay Passport for all future titles

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Nov 1, 2013 4:29 am

If you didn't know the frustration of Ubisoft's Uplay Passport, maybe you never will since the company has canned it. It was a one-time-use code that gave gamers access to online features, but from here on out, it will not be featured in any titles.

 

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The first title from Ubisoft to not feature Uplay Passport will be the upcoming sure fire hit, Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag. Ubisoft has said: "The Uplay Passport program was initiated as a means of giving customers full access and support for online multiplayer and features, along with exclusive content, bonuses and rewards. However, games today are blurring the line between offline and online, between what is 'single player' and what is 'multiplayer.' Based on that and on the feedback we received from you, we recognized that Passport is no longer the best approach for ensuring that all our customers have the best possible experience with all facets of our games."

 

Ubisoft has confirmed that Uplay resulted in Black Flag gamers being restricted the single-player portion of the game's fleet management system, which isn't good.

Google's refreshed Hangouts app to come preinstalled on the Nexus 5

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Nov 1, 2013 3:32 am

If you didn't already know, Google just unveiled its new superstar smartphone, the Nexus 5. Alongside it, it unleashed Android 4.4 KitKat, which seems like a much bigger upgrade than we're used to, which is great.

 

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One of the killer features of KitKat is that Hangouts has been updated and features proper SMS and MMS integration - which is great! Google says you'll even be able to import existing conversations into Hangouts, another nice touch.

 

Animated GIFs make an appearance, as well as the Auto Awesome animated photos feature which is found in Google+. These new features will hit the refreshed Hangouts app which will come preinstalled on Nexus 5 devices, and be made available through the Play Store in the coming weeks.

TweakTown DOTD: Memtest86 ISO

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Nov 1, 2013 2:36 am

Our Download of the Day is Memtest86 which is available in ISO form. The best way to test memory is not within the OS, but out of it. This is where a bootable USB stick with Memtest86 on-board comes in handy, if you want to give your RAM a stability test, try it out here.

 

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Our Downloads section will continue to expand as time goes on, but for now there are a bunch of drivers and software we have for your downloading pleasure, go and check it out!

HTC One will get Android 4.4 within 90 days, Play Edition within 15

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 1, 2013 12:00 am

After this mornings Android 4.4 announcement many were left wondering which of the top Android phones would be getting the update. Google said that its Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 devices would be receiving the update but its Galaxy Nexus would not. It appears that the HTC One will be the first non Nexus device to receive the update, beating Samsung's Galaxy S4 to the punch.

 

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HTC has confirmed to Engadget that its HTC One will receive the update within the next 90 days and that the Google Play edition of the device will get its update within the next 15 days. Developer and Unlocked versions of the One will get their updates within the next 30 days. It is unclear if or when other HTC Devices will see Android KitKat pushed to them. Samsung, Sony, and LG have not yet released any update into either, though I fully expect to see update information from them in the next few days.

16GB version of the Nexus 5 is already sold out in the US

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 31, 2013 11:45 pm

Well, well - Google has sold out of its 16GB Nexus 5 smartphones in the US, leaving just the 32GB variant on the Play Store's virtual shelves. It's only been a couple of hours since it launched, so this should come as a surprise for few.

 

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The original Nexus 4 when it launched last year sold out in minutes, so we're just seeing history repeat itself. The new Nexus 5 features some impressive specifications with an even more impressive price point: just $349. The specs inside the Nexus 5 are the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC, a quad-core part clocked in at 2.3GHz, 2GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel OIS rear-facing camera with LED flash, 4G LTE support (!), NFC, Bluetooth and of course, Android 4.4 KitKat.

ReportTT: Panasonic to stop manufacturing Plasma TVs

By: Charles Gantt | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Oct 31, 2013 10:55 pm

A recent report from Reuters suggest that Panasonic has decided to end its production of plasma-based TVs for ever. The cancellation comes after Panasonic President, Kazuhiro Tsuga, decided to begin weeding out the weak performers in its operation and focus on the higher-margin products.

 

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The company is trying to plug a $15 billion hole it has had to suffer over the last two years from its TV division, and with new technologies like OLED growing cheaper and more popular by the day, this only makes sense. This is bad news for videophiles around the world though, as Panasonic is one of the last manufacturers of Plasma Displays, leaving LG and Samsung to carry the technology forward.

 

Plasma display technology might be old, but video enthusiast worldwide prefer it because it produces very deep and rich blacks, and provides a superior contrast ratio. Unfortunately the tradeoff is that the panels are expensive to produce, consume lots of energy, and generate massive amounts of heat. They are also much heavier than their LCD counterparts and as such, have fallen out of favor with the mainstream consumer.

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