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RumorTT: HTC working on a HTC One "Google Edition" smartphone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 24, 2013 7:32 am

We've heard about Samsung's Galaxy S4 "Google Edition", but could a similar move by HTC help the company's nosedive into the ground? Russell Holly at Geek, according to his sources, has said that HTC are working on a HTC One sans their Sense UI.

 

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Holly says that the release of this device is "imminent", so we could expect it very soon. I've asked for a stock ROM on Android devices in my numerous Android smartphone reviews, so it looks like my dreams could be coming true.

RumorTT: Nokia to launch a 41-megapixel Lumia smartphone in July

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 24, 2013 6:31 am

Nokia are reportedly set to launch a new 41-megapixel Lumia smartphone, codenamed EOS, in July. MobileGeeks' report says that the EOS would launch in the second week of July, with the latest rumors pointing to the Lumia EOS being similar to the Lumia 920.

 

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This means we should expect a polycarbonate case and a 4.5-inch 720p display, but the big change here will be the 41-megapixel camera with a Carl Zeiss lens and Nokia's new "Pro Camera" application. Nokia will probably gain some customers by just stating it has a 41-megapixel camera, but most of us won't be buying it for the camera's 'abilities'.

Bungie's new game, Destiny, receives a new trailer directed by Iron Man director Jon Favreau

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 24, 2013 5:38 am

Bungie's new game is getting closer to being in our hands, so what better way to tease everyone before it is shown off at E3 next month? You debut a new live-action trailer directed by the man behind Iron Man 1 and 2, Jon Favreau.

 

 

The Destiny trailer also features Revolution and Breaking Bad star Giancarlo Esposito. The trailer, above, shows off a huge CGI space marine who has a gigantic gatling gun. No gameplay footage is shown off, but we should see that at E3.

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Microsoft says Xbox One backwards compatibility would be 'really backwards' - what are Microsoft smoking?!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 24, 2013 4:36 am

We've already had an idiotic statement by EA saying that the PS4 and Xbox One are generation ahead of the fastest gaming PC's, but now we have Microsoft saying that backwards compatibility on consoles is... backwards.

 

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Microsoft Interactive Entertainment president, Don Mattrick, talked to the Wall Street Journal stating that there are no plans for any form of backwards compatibility on the Xbox One, where he says "if you're backwards compatible, you're really backwards". Mattrick has said that only 5% of customers play titles on a new system, and because of this, the thought of backwards compatibility was thrown away.

 

I don't see why Microsoft build up a multi-billion-dollar industry around the Xbox 360 (without thinking of the Xbox) and then throw all of those consumers to the side for the next-gen console. If they wanted to look like the good guy here, and they really need to right now with the various holes in their ship (Windows 8, Surface, PC sales), then they would've included full backwards compatibility for their entire Xbox 360 library.

Apple's keynote speech at WWDC is penciled in for June 10

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: May 24, 2013 3:31 am

Open your calendar, and find June 10, put a huge cross in it because Apple are planning their keynote speech at their Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) for June 10. The keynote will take place at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

 

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Apple haven't announced that they are going to stream the event live or not, but we should expect that, as they did so last October when they introduced the iPad mini and new iMacs to the world. We should expect iOS 7 to be shown off, as well as the next iteration of OS X. WWDC runs between 10-14 June, with tickets selling out in just two minutes this year.

PS4 lays the graphical smackdown on the Xbox One, has 50% more GPU power

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 24, 2013 2:24 am

We've looked at the specifications between the next-gen consoles, the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but it looks like the PS4 might come out as the graphical champion. The PS4 features 50% more graphical horsepower than Microsoft's Xbox One, which is a huge advantage for Sony.

 

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Both consoles share the same AMD architecture, built on AMD's HD 7000 GCN architecture. Microsoft however, have opted for a different configuration of the GPU that includes just 12 Compute Units that provides 768 shader processors (SPs) or ALUs. Sony have powered ahead, cramming 18 Compute Units that provide a total of 1152 shader processors giving them a huge 50% lead in graphical performance.

 

When it comes to compute performance the PS4 is around 33% faster than the Xbox One with the PS4 capable of 1.84 TFLOPS compared to 1.23 TFLOPS on the Xbox One. Normally this would see the PS4 with better looking games, or games that aren't as efficient, but developers are working with the same AMD architecture between the consoles, so that won't be the case here. What I think we'll see is Microsoft have more tuning behind the scenes in terms of the operating system, so it might multi-task better, but the PS4 will have more grunt.

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US Department of Homeland Security warns that 3-D-printed guns are "impossible" to contain

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: May 24, 2013 12:47 am

It's probably pretty obvious to most that the cat has been let out of the bag in terms of 3-D-printed guns. Once Distributed Defense posted the CAD files for the gun, there was no way they would ever be eradicated from the Internet. The file has reportedly been downloaded in excess of 100,000 times.

 

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In an interesting turn of events, Kim Dotcom and others have blacklisted the files and removed them from their services. But, it would be nearly impossible to remove them from the various torrent sites that they have been uploaded to. The bulletin by the Joint Regional Intelligence Center obtained by Fox News notes, "Even if the practice is prohibited by new legislation, online distribution of these digital files will be as difficult to control as any other illegally traded music, movie or software files."

 

Significant advances in three-dimensional (3D) printing capabilities, availability of free digital 3D printer files for firearms components, and difficulty regulating file sharing may present public safety risks from unqualified gun seekers who obtain or manufacture 3D printed guns. Limiting access may be impossible.

BlackBerry, Nokia, Apple to suffer at hands of 'good enough' Android surge

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 24, 2013 12:13 am

Nomura Equity Research's Stuart Jeffrey believes that Apple, Nokia, and BlackBerry will suffer at the hands of Android devices that are good enough. Jeffrey believes these lower cost devices will provide attractive options for emerging markets, making it tougher for the aforementioned companies to enter.

 

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The drivers of our higher growth estimates are ones to which Apple appears to have no exposure, at least not currently. These drivers include: We see APAC driving 70-79% of growth; Apple's 1Q13 APAC share was 13%; "Good enough" Android phones priced at $100 and below are driving most of the growth; Apple has no exposure to this segment; 5" screen sizes are driving the higher-priced market segments, a segment where Apple has no exposure; Local application development in APAC is focused on Android, giving Android a big competitive advantage over Apple.

 

Jeffrey maintains a Neutral rating on Apple, with a price target of $420. He has, however, lowered his estimates for Nokia to $25.22 billion in revenue and a 1-cent-per-share net loss. BlackBerry's estimates have also been cut to $13.31 billion in revenue and 31 cents per share.

Windows 8 causes Microsoft's customer satisfaction rating to drop to Vista levels

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 23, 2013 11:29 pm

Microsoft's customer satisfaction rating has plummeted to levels it hasn't seen since Windows Vista was the current operating system. Most attribute this fall of satisfaction to Microsoft's new Windows 8 operating system, which has been received by consumers with much discontent.

 

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Windows 8.1 should hopefully help customer satisfaction recover as its rumored the much-loved Start button will be making a return along with an option to boot straight to the desktop mode. Microsoft's ACSI report has consumer satisfaction at 74 out of 100. Shortly after Vista launched, it was just 73 out of 100. In 2011, Microsoft's ACSI was at 78 out of 100 and it quickly dropped to 75 after Windows 8 launched.

 

David VanAmburg, director of ACSI:

It seems clear that the release of Windows 8 did not give Microsoft a significant bump, as the release of Windows 7 did, nor did it dramatically lower customer satisfaction in a rather short time frame, as the release of Vista did.

 

One of the issues with PC software appears to be that there is less of it out there now. While productivity software remains in demand -- Office, TurboTax, Acrobat -- with so many households that own PCs relying more and more on their tablets, smartphones and gaming systems for entertainment and recreation, the range of PC software may be shrinking, not a welcome sign for diehards [who are] still very loyal to the traditional PC.

Rockstar announces Grand Theft Auto V bundles, Collector's edition will cost $150

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 23, 2013 10:57 pm

We've learned more about Grand Theft Auto V's upcoming special editions that will be available for pre-order. Rockstar is offering up two special editions: the Special edition and the Collector's edition. Both come with special features, though the Collector's edition is more expensive and features more perks.

 

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The Special edition costs just $79.99 and comes with loads of special content. Gamers who opt for the Special edition will be provided with a SteelBook case, a blueprint map of Los Santos and Blaine County, a regeneration boost for each character's in-game special ability bar, extra challenges for the stunt plane, bonus outfits and tattoos, special deals at the in-game shops, and additional weapons.

 

The Collector's edition comes with even more. It includes everything the Special edition does and adds a unique outer box, a real life "security deposit bag", a New Era hat with the Los Santos logo, classic GTA characters for GTA Online, and a special garage with custom vehicles. It will set you back $149.99, or just under double that of the Special edition.

 

The game will be released September 17 and pre-orders are now available for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

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