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PS4 to launch in surrounding Asian countries before Japan

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Sep 19, 2013 3:29 am

Sony will be launching its PlayStation 4 console in South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan in December. Why is this news? Because Sony is a Japanese company and won't be launching its latest and greatest product in its home country until February 22, 2014.

 

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The news comes from Tokyo Game Show which is happening right now. There are no specific prices or launch dates for the launches in the Asian countries, but the PS4 reaches the United States on November 15, and drops in Europe two weeks later on November 29.

Star Citizen continues to pull in millions, new stretch goal revealed

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 19, 2013 2:29 am

Star Citizen feels like that 'little game that could' continuing to rake in more and more money as time goes on. Roberts Space Industries' space title has added a new stretch goal if it reaches $21 million.

 

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If Star Citizen reaches $21 million, something I think it will easily do, the developer will add a new mechanic, a salvage mechanic. Roberts Space Industries says that this new mechanic is pretty much a career for a gamer to take on. A salvage career will feature its own story elements and "universe-shaping endgames."

 

Salvage mechanics will float through the galaxy using the flight and first-person shooter features in search of the darkest and most valuable secrets in the great, dark beyond.

Offline video playback coming soon to YouTube's mobile app

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Sep 19, 2013 2:02 am

Earlier this week, YouTube announced that it plans to introduce a new feature in November that will add offline viewing to any videos that users add to their watch later list on their mobile device. Once downloaded to your device, the videos will be viewable for 48 hours, after which they will have to be re-downloaded.

 

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YouTube did not specifically state how the service will work or if the feature would be exclusive to Android, or if it will be featured on the iOS version of the app as well. Either way, I feel that this is an excellent idea and I cannot wait to start downloading movies to watch while on long trips with spotty Internet service.

GIGABYTE unveils the lightest gaming laptop in the world

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Laptops | Posted: Sep 19, 2013 1:32 am

Today, GIGABYTE launched what it is calling the lightest gaming laptop in the world. The new 14-inch P34G Ultrablade is extremely thin at just 21mm thick and weighs an unbelievably light 1.6kg. GIGABYTE has designed the new notebook around an ultra-smooth sandblasted aluminum matte finish that lends an air of elegance and sophistication.

 

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The new P34G Ultrablade features a quad-core Intel Core i7 processor and a powerful NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760M graphics card. Everything is remarkably cool and stable thanks to GIGABYTE's unique Supra-Cool cooling system that is comprised of a combination of dual heat pipes and dual fans that are efficient at removing heat from both the CPU and GPU.

 

GIGABYTE says that the P34G supports up to a 256GB mSATA SSD in addition to a large 1TB HDD for unprecedented fast storage without sacrificing capacity. A full 1080p display panel is featured, which provides excellent viewing even at angles of 170 degrees. Finally, the P34G Ultrablade features an automatic light sensing backlit keyboard that illuminates the keys when powered on in a dimly lit room.

Microsoft is focused on adding original video content to Xbox One

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Sep 19, 2013 12:31 am

In a recent interview, Microsoft vice president Phil Spencer revealed that the company is incubating "literally hundreds of ideas" for original content shows that would be featured on the Xbox One. This builds on an announcement from the company earlier this year in which they said they would be offering interactive video content for the upcoming console.

 

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Of course, the live-action Halo television series will be the first of these original content TV shows brought to the Xbox One. During the interview, Spencer said that we can expect a new announcement regarding the original TV shows sometime in the near future. Microsoft hired former CBS executive Nancy Tellem to head up the new TV shows, so at least Microsoft is trying to do things the right way.

HTC One MAX gets compared to Galaxy Note II & III in leaked photo

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 18, 2013 11:36 pm

HTC's upcoming phablet, the One Max, has leaked yet again in a new photo first spotted on Chinese social networking site Weibo. The photo shows the One Max sitting beside Samsung's Galaxy Note II and Galaxy Note III smartphones.

 

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The photo is interesting as it shows the HTC One Max actually being slightly larger than both devices as well as a little thicker. Unsurprisingly, the HTC One Max beats the competition by having the sleekest and most elegant looking case of the three devices. Measuring in with a screen size of 5.9 inches, the HTC One Max is a beast of a smartphone and actually justifies the "phablet" moniker it has received.

 

The HTC One Max features a quad-core processor clocked in at 1.7GHz and its graphics are powered by an Adreno 320 GPU. 2GB of RAM is present and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean will be the OS of choice. Not much else is known about the device, but we are hearing rumors that it will ship with its own "S-pen" style stylus.

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Innodisk launches Power Secure, a new power failure protection system

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Sep 18, 2013 10:27 pm

Earlier today, Innodisk announced a new patented technology that is aimed at protecting SSD data integrity in the event of sudden power outages. Dubbed Power Secure, the new technology is hardware and firmware-based and uses a low-power detector on the SSD to trigger a safe power-down recovery algorithm to help prevent data loss and ensure data integrity.

 

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The new controller will complete the current operation by using residual power that is stored in capacitors on the SSD. The power monitor will continue monitoring external power conditions and will prevent further access to flash memory while the voltage levels are abnormally. When power is restored, the firmware will scan the SSD for errors and restore the drive to a readable state. Data that otherwise would of been lost in an SSD not equipped with Innodisk's Power Secure technology is then recovered.

GTA V cashes in on $800 million in 24 hours, breaks world record

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 18, 2013 9:29 pm

Just 24 hours after its launch, Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto V has officially became the fastest selling game in history. Today, Take-Two Interactive, the owners of Rockstar Games, announced that the game had earned more than $800 million in its first day of sales, making it the fastest selling game in the franchise's history, not to mention the world.

 

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GTA V is set to break the $1 billion mark within the first 48 hours if sales continue at current levels. Reaching $1 billion is something that took 15 days for the previous record holder, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, which only managed $500 million in its first 24 hours of sale. To put this accomplishment into perspective, the most expensive movie ever made, James Cameron's Avatar, took 16 days to earn $1 billion. Considering that GTA V is the most expensive game ever made, it's only right that it also becomes the fastest selling game of all time.

RumorTT: BlackBerry messenger for Android could arrive Friday

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Sep 18, 2013 8:47 pm

We have been hearing reports for months now that BlackBerry Messenger will be arriving on Android and iOS before the end of the summer, and we're not far away from those reports coming true. Today, a new report from the blog TeknoUp claims that BlackBerry will release BlackBerry Messenger on Android this coming Friday, September 20.

 

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The leak appears to be credible as the blog has posted an entire schedule for the BBM rollout to both Android and iOS. BBM for Android is set to launch this Friday at 7 AM EST, the same time that the accompanying website, BBM.com, goes live. Then on the following Saturday, September 21, BBM for iOS 6 and iOS 7 will roll out again at 7AM EST. The leak also says that the app will be free and feature most of BBM's features we saw showcased earlier this year during the BlackBerry 10 launch event.

The end is near as BlackBerry prepares to lay off 40% of workforce

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 18, 2013 7:45 pm

A new report out today from the Wall Street Journal suggest that BlackBerry is in the midst of planning a massive layoffs the could see up to 40% of its workforce lose their jobs. This new report comes just hours after the company launched its new five-inch smartphone, the Z30.

 

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The layoffs would reportedly come before the year's end , and would most likely finalized during the middle of the holiday season. The Wall Street Journal says that thousands of employees will likely lose their jobs in the cut, and that the layoffs will span across the entire company. BlackBerry seemingly confirmed the rumor when it told the Wall Street Journal, "Organizational moves will continue to occur to ensure we have the right people in the right roles to drive new opportunities in mobile computing."

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