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T-Mobile drops BlackBerry as the company cancels investor call

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 26, 2013 8:33 pm

With the downward spiral of BlackBerry continuing to quicken, T-Mobile has made the decision to stop stocking its handsets. This marks the first of what will be a growing list of carriers around the world to drop the failing company's products. T-Mobile says that it chose to drop the devices due to weak demand.

 

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This announcement came amidst more bad news from BlackBerry itself, which announced this morning that it would be canceling its scheduled earning call to investors on September 27. BlackBerry says that it will release its earnings report, but will not host a call to discuss matters with investors. This is undoubtedly due to the company announcing its intent to sell to Fairfax Financial earlier this week.

Google Talk messages are getting mixed up, sent to the wrong people

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Sep 26, 2013 7:32 pm

Google's deprecated messaging service, Talk, appears to be experiencing some major issues as of late. The service has been erroneously sending messages to the wrong recipient, and many times to Talk users who are not on your contact list. The cause of the issue is not very clear at the moment, but thankfully there is a fix that is easily deployable.

 

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Anyone using Google Talk can bypass these errors by simply downloading and installing Google Hangouts, the messaging service that has replaced Google Talk for several months now. When Google first began receiving reports about the error, it said that it immediately dispatched a team to investigate and as of this writing, things appear to be back to normal. I suggest installing Hangouts anyway. I have used the service for months and like it much better than the antiquated feeling Talk messenger.

We preview Dirt 3 spanned across three 4K monitors via the R9 290X

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 26, 2013 5:50 pm

AMD GPU14 - Dirt 3 is one of my favorite off-road racing games, and it still packs a punch in the graphics department. While the game itself is a little old to be showing off at a next-gen GPU launch event, demonstrating it running across three 4K resolution monitors from a pair of AMD Radeon R9 290X GPUs in Crossfire mode is pretty sweet.

 

 

Shawn Baker said that this demo really showed off how exciting 4K and next-generation graphics really are. He said that the game appeared crisper than ever, and the R9 290X GPUs really kept the frame rates high so things seemed seamless and smooth. We can not wait to get our hands on this technology and bring our readers comprehensive reviews and guides to multiple monitor 4K gaming.

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AMD GPU14 - TweakTown's Shawn Baker gets to preview Star Citzen

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 26, 2013 5:16 pm

AMD GPU14 - Star Citizen is one of those games that I hear everyone talking about, but I always forget to check out. Luckily, our Shawn Baker had the chance to stop by the Star Citizen booth at the AMD GPU14 Tech Event earlier this week and briefly preview the game's starship hanger.

 

 

Star Citizen was one of the first video games to be fully crowd-funded, raising more than $2 million during its Kickstarter campaign. The game's creator, Chris Roberts, is well known for developing the legendary Wing Commander, which was first released back in 1990. Roberts is documenting the entire development process, and is giving his Kickstarter backers access to each part of the game as it becomes available.

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AMD GPU14 - We preview the upcoming spell casting game Lichdom

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 26, 2013 4:47 pm

AMD GPU14 - Shortly after yesterday's keynote at the AMD GPU14 Tech Event, our own Shawn Baker had the chance to preview some cool games, of which Lichdom was the first. Lichdom is a magic spell crafting style game in which you are left to roam the realm that is filled with aggressive NPCs, ghosts, and monsters. Players can craft over a million different spells and then chain them together to create devastating and deadly combos.

 

 

Lichdom was being shown off at the event as it showcases all of AMD's new Radeon technology. The game utilizes effects such as TrueSound, Tress FX, and much more, and is developed by Xaviant, a company based out of Atlanta, Georgia. Lichdom is expected to release summer 2014, and being a major fan of games such as Skyrim, I will be first in line for my copy!

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BitFenix launches the Phenom, another remarkably beautiful PC case

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Sep 26, 2013 3:35 pm

BitFenix has just introduced the world to yet another breathtakingly beautiful PC case. Dubbed the Phenom, this chassis is the epitome of what minimalistic, clean, and uncluttered styling should be. Launched in two size standards, mini-ITX and micro-ATX, the Phenom is highly configurable and quite roomy for its small size.

 

 

The mini-ITX Phenom features enough room to house up to five 3.5-inch HDDs in its removable FlexCage. For those looking for extreme storage, the Phenom is capable of accommodating an additional 3.5-inch HDD on the side panel for a total of six 3.5-inch HDDs. For those who like speed, the 3.5-inch drives can be replaced by eleven 2.5-inch SSDs. If high-end graphics are your foray, then the FlexCage can be removed to accommodate graphics cards up to 330mm in length.

 

For those like myself who prefer the silence that watercooling brings, the mini-ITX Phenom is capable of supporting a 240mm radiator on the top panel and the FlexCage can be removed to provide room for a reservoir and pump. Alternatively, an all-in-one solution can be utilized to retain the use of the FlexCage. BitFenix says that the mini-ITX has provisions for up to five fans if watercooling is not your thing, and tower-style CPU coolers up to 175mm in height can be accommodated.

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iFixit gives the new iMacs the teardown treatment, finds soldered CPU

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Sep 26, 2013 11:29 am

The new Apple iMacs were released just days ago, but iFixit has already ripped it apart for its usual teardown treatment. Both the 21.5- and 27-inch models feature the new 802.11ac wireless standard.

 

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The 27-inch model features PCIe-based flash storage, which was first introduced into the MBA in June. The 21.5-inch model has a couple of changes from its bigger brother, where we have a new empty PCIe SSD, so that consumers can upgrade the based model iMac to the awesome Fusion Drive combination HDD/SSD drive that Apple released last year.

 

The CPU on the 21.5-inch model is soldered onto the logic board, which means there will be no upgrades on the smaller model. iFixit didn't seem too impressed with the 21.5-inch model, giving it a 2 out of 10 score for repairability for the soldered processor. The 27-inch model received a 5 out of 10 score.

Humble Mobile Bundle 2 is now available, 6 games available

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 26, 2013 10:38 am

The Humble Bundle is back with the Humble Mobile Bundle 2, which offers up 6 games for mobile devices. As usual, you can choose just how much you donate to charity, and which games you receive. All of the titles are DRM-free, with some of them including soundtracks in the price which is quite the scoop. The following games are included in the Humble Mobile Bundle 2:

 

 

  • Star Command (new to Android)
  • Time Surfer (new to Android)
  • Punch Quest
  • Bloons TD 5
  • Ravensword: Shadowlands
  • Carmageddon

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Google intros same-day local delivery in San Francisco

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 26, 2013 9:31 am

Google has pushed out same-day delivery to the general public in the Bay Area peninsula, which spans from San Francisco to San Jose. The service is called Google Shopping Express.

 

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Shopping can browser inventory through a web-based shopping portal, or through a new mobile app that will soon be made available to iOS and Android devices. Google will be working with participating retailers like smaller local retailers and grocers, as well as bigger retailers such as Target, Walgreens and REI.

 

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The Mountain View-based giant is offering a promotion for free unlimited delivery for six months, with standard pricing set at $5 per store, per order.

RumorTT: Surface mini to be announced very soon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 26, 2013 8:28 am

We've been introduced to the new Surface slates from Microsoft, but the company is missing out on the money with smaller slates, like the Nexus 7 slates and the smaller Galaxy range from Samsung, and the iPad mini.

 

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But according to IHS iSuppli analyst Rhoda Alexander who spoke with CNET who says an upcoming Windows RT-based slate would arrive with a 7.5-inch display and a 4:3 aspect ratio and a 1400x1050-pixel resolution. We should expect 3G/4G LTE connectivity, which would be a first for the Redmond-based giant.

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