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Sony stops pre-orders of the PlayStation 4 in certain regions

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Aug 15, 2013 9:27 am

UK-based Toys R Us and Amazon stores have been told by Sony to stop taking pre-orders of the PlayStation 4 in case they run out of consoles on launch day. In the coming weeks, some retailers are expecting Microsoft to make a similar move.

 

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There has been one good thing coming out of this, in that Toys R Us accidentally posting an availability date of the PS4 of December 13 and for the Xbox One, November 29. Are you in the UK? Have you tried to pre-order a PS4 in the last couple of days to no avail? Let us know in the comments!

Microsoft scoops up ex-Valve employee to help its PC division

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 15, 2013 8:31 am

Microsoft might be trying to improve its PC division with the hiring of an ex-Valve employee. Jason Holtman is now an employee of the Redmond-based giant, leaving his post at Valve in February.

 

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Holtman spoke with GamesIndustry about his move to Microsoft, where he said: "Yes, I have joined Microsoft where I will be focusing on making Windows a great platform for gaming and interactive entertainment. I think there is a lot of opportunity for Microsoft to deliver the games and entertainment customers want and to work with developers to make that happen, so I'm excited to be here."

 

Holtman is working within the PC Gaming and Entertainment Strategy division of Microsoft, which should hopefully see Microsoft starting to take the PC gaming industry seriously once again.

Call of Duty: Ghosts Prestige Edition offers a 1080p action camera

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 15, 2013 7:27 am

If you're going to pick up Call of Duty: Ghosts when it drops, you might want to look at getting the Call of Duty: Ghosts Prestige Edition, which drops on November 5.

 

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Included with the Prestige Edition is a 1080p, water-resistant "tactical camera", with a 4GB memory card. The Prestige Edition is priced at $199, and while that might sound like a lot, a 1080p, water-resistant tactical camera is a nice accessory for that price. You also get the game itself, a carrying case, a Season Pass for downloads and a paracord strap.

 

If this came with a real-life puppy, our own Trace Hagan would've purchased every copy in the United States by now.

Google Chrome chews up 43% of the global web browser market

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Aug 15, 2013 6:28 am

Just how powerful is Google's grip on the global web browser market share? Very powerful. The Mountain View-based giant claim 43% of the global market with Chrome.

 

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In the US, just 36% of Internet users use Chrome, which is one of the world's lowest rates. Internet Explorer is still dominant - I don't know how or why - in the US, with 30%. In South America, Google is king with 63% of the market.

 

Asia seems to favor Chrome, where Google see 49% of the market in its hands. Worldwide, Google take 43%, Internet Explorer takes 25% and Firefox scoops up 20%.

Microsoft cuts Xbox One launch markets from 21 to just 13

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Aug 15, 2013 5:23 am

The Xbox One was meant to arrive in 21 markets when it launches later this year, but the Redmond-based OS giant has now said in order to meet the huge demand for the Xbox One, it'll need to cut the amount of countries the console launches in from 21, to 13.

 

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The eight remaining markets will see the Xbox One launch in 2014, with the following countries missing out, for now: Belgium, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden and Switzerland. The 13 countries to receive the Xbox One this year are: Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Spain, the United Kingdom, the United States and New Zealand.

 

All Microsoft has said about the launch date for the eight countries in 2014, is that it will launch "as soon as possible next year." Those who have pre-ordered the Xbox One in the countries where it won't be launching this year will have Microsoft giving consumers a free game, not bad I guess.

Xbox 360 season passes will jump over to the Xbox One

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Aug 15, 2013 4:29 am

Microsoft has come out and confirmed something its calling the Season Pass Guarantee. Microsoft's Season Pass Guarantee offers consumers the ability to have their season passes purchased on the Xbox 360 carry over to the Xbox One, as long as you own the same game for both consoles.

 

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Microsoft has partnered up with Activision, Electronic Arts and Ubisoft, who will offer exclusive content for season pass holders on both systems for games like Call of Duty: Ghosts and Battlefield 4. Microsoft seem to be doing quite a lot in the run up to the Xbox One launch, but is it enough to make you buy one?

Android dominates, accounts for 79% of smartphone shipments in Q2

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Aug 15, 2013 3:21 am

Apple is most likely crying into its upcoming iPhone 5S at this news, but Google's mobile OS, Android, is just dominating. Gartner has confirmed a recent report from the IDC that Android-based devices accounted for 79% of all smartphone shipments in Q2 2013.

 

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This represents a record share for Android, that just continues to grow each and every day. Gartner found that vendors across the world shipped 178 million Android-based smartphones, with 40% of those being Samsung devices. Apple's market share on the other hand, shrank year-over-year from 19% in Q2 2012 to just 14% this year.

 

I've said it before, but I think Apple has jumped the iShark and these numbers prove it. Even Microsoft's mobile OS, Windows Phone, is increasing its market share, jumping from 2.6% in Q2 2012 to 3.3% in Q2 2013 shipping over 7.4 million devices.

Hyetis unveils new smartwatch with 41MP camera, retails for $1,200

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Aug 15, 2013 2:39 am

Swiss watchmaker Hyetis has unveiled a new smartwatch with a built-in camera that is said to rival Nokia's Lumia 1020 smartphone in imaging resolution. The Hyetis Crossbow is a titanium encased, sapphire crystal watch that features everything you would expect from a Swiss watchmaker, and so much more. The front crystal features a digitized touchscreen, while a 41-megapixel camera is placed at high noon.

 

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The watch has the ability to connect to Android, iOS and even Windows Phone 8 devices and includes Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC connectivity. A built-in GPS allows for the device to track its location, ambient temperature, altitude and depth while biometric sensors collect data about the wearer. The company is releasing the Crossbow in limited quantities with a retail price of $1200.

RumorTT: Nexus 5 to be based off the LG G2, feature Android 5.0

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 15, 2013 2:16 am

Something that will put a snake in Apple's boot would be for Google to launch its Nexus 5 smartphone, and price it like the Nexus 4. Well, it looks like Google may just do that according to some news from MyDrivers.

 

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The Chinese publication reports that the Nexus 5 will arrive at the same price as its predecessor, at just $299. In order to get the price down that low, Google will have to make some compromises. First, we should expect the internals to include Qualcomm's Snapdragon 600 SoC, 2GB of RAM, and a 10-megapixel rear-facing camera.

 

We should expect a 5-inch (or so) 1920x1080-pixel display, and Android 5.0 "Key Lime Pie." When compared to the LG G2, it won't be as powerful, as LG's G2 features a 5.2-inch Full HD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC, and a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with optical image stabilization.

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Google unveils new behind the scenes site dedicated to Street View

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Aug 15, 2013 2:13 am

Google has really been stepping up their game when it comes to what they capture using their Street View cameras. With recent treks to the top of mount Fuji, the tallest building in the world, and even the Eiffel tower, the company has taking thousands of photos that were never used or were shots of behind-the-scenes activities.

 

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Instead of letting these images go to waste, Google has put together a behind-the-scenes site that offers a plethora of extra information about the shoots which include photos, videos, audio tours and actual accounts of how the imagery was gathered by those who put in the footwork.

 

"Our first two multimedia adventures enable you to experience the Canadian Arctic in Iqaluit, Canada, and the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, UAE," Street View program manager Deanna Yick says in a post introducing the new material. "We also invite you to enjoy photos and videos from our past journeys to the Grand Canyon, the base camp of Mount Everest, the Amazon Basin, the Great Barrier Reef and the NASA Kennedy Space Center - minus the extreme temperatures and long plane rides!"

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