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Sony opens registration for PlayStation Suite SDK beta, allows developers to build apps for Android and Vita

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Nov 11, 2011 9:20 am

Sony's PlayStation Suite SDK was shown off at the Tokyo Game Show in September, but Sony have just opened up the SDK application process for a closed beta test. This allows Windows XP and Windows 7 users in the US, UK and Japan to submit their credentials for early access.

 

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For those who get approval from Sony will have the ability to develop apps for use on the PS Vista when it drops in February, 2012, along with the PS Suite - that "hardware-neutral" framework that will allow access from non-PlayStation branded products, including the Xperia Play, Tablet S and Tablet P, with the potential for third-party devices to come too.

 

The PlayStation Suite SDK uses the C# programming language, and doesn't require developers to have access to actual Sony hardware. You can apply to be a Sony developer by clicking the following link.

iOS 5 hidden features, panoramic camera, autocorrect bar

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 11, 2011 8:17 am

Have you wanted panoramic picture mode for your iPhone? How about the Android-like autocorrect bar for the on-screen keyboard? Well, you're in luck. Developers have recently discovered a few hidden features in iOS 5, with both items having the ability to be enabled without jailbreaking your iPad or iPhone.

 

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Why they're hidden, is a mystery in itself. But iOS hacker, Sonny Dickson, is responsible for finding the "Android-like" autocorrect bar Thursday morning. The autocorrect bar is so close to the Android autocorrect bar, that it may explain why Apple left it out of iOS 5's initial release.

 

Enabling the autocorrect bar requires a simple .plist file edit, but since Apple does not allow an easy way to access the file system, it requires a few steps which I've listed below. The second feature unearthed was the enabling of the panorama mode for the iOS camera app. Apps exist that do this now, but this is the first time it's had the ability to do so within the native camera app.

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Foxconn to be run by Robots in the future?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 11, 2011 7:09 am

Foxconn have gone through their share of troubles over the years, with 17 employees having committed suicide over the past five years. Foxconn have recently announced they are building a $223 million "robot kingdom" in the Central Taiwan Science Park in the Taiwanese City of Taichung.

 

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The research and development center and manufacturing hub is part of chairman Terry Gou's ambitious plan to build one million robots. Yes, build. One. Million. Robots. Last I heard Foxconn weren't called Skynet, so this is a pretty huge development. According to a September report by the International Federation of Robotics (FDR), the world is on track to reach 1.3 million operating industrial robots by 2014.

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ARM brags their next-gen chip brings PS3 level performance, challenges rivals to an ARM wrestle

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Nov 11, 2011 6:19 am

ARM have just announced its next-generation mobile GPU, the Mali-T658. ARM have said that this design is set to offer ten times the performance of their current Mali-400 MP which is found in smartphones such as the amazing Samsung Galaxy S II handset.

 

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T658 is ARM's second GPU using an architecture it calls Midgard. Midgard is designed to support both 3D workloads using modern APIs, with support for both OpenGL ES and Microsoft's Direct3D 11, and computation workloads using OpenCL, Microsoft DirectCompute, and Google RenderScript. Compute tasks get some love, with Midgard supporting full IEEE 754 floating point.

 

The first Midgard design, the T604, was announced last year, and was licensed by companies such as Samsung and LG. The new T658 is quite the powerhouse, with each core having four arithmetic pipelines, and one each of load/store for texture, doubling the number of arithmetic pipelines found in the T604. Up to eight cores can be integrated into a single GPU, again representing a doubling in performance relative to T604, which allows up to four cores to be ganged together.

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NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 cores, packs a great green punch

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Nov 11, 2011 5:10 am

NVIDIA are set to unleash their latest graphics card, the GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 cores on the 29th of November. It has been talked about for a little while now, but the official specifications are now available for us to drool over, so let's get into it.

 

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The original GeForce GTX 560 Ti launched back in January of this year and featured the GF114 silicon, 384 CUDA cores, a 256-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface, 1GB of memory, high clock speed and some great overclocking potential. This caused AMD to go red with anger, as NVIDIA liked to say that their GTX 560 Ti "pwned" the Radeon HD 6870. AMD came back swinging with the HD 6950 and was able to lay some smack down on the 560 Ti.

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Digital Game revenues to hit $24 billion in 2011

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 11, 2011 4:12 am

British research firm Ovum has forecasted that digital game revenues worldwide are sit to break $24 billion for 2011, an increase of 16-percent from 2010. Ovum predict that overall revenues will continue to climb, reaching $53 billion in 2016 as more casual, social and mobile games flood the market, as well as the increasing popularity of the free-to-play (F2P) business model.

 

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Telecommunications companies are going to have to play catch-up with bandwidth demands set to skyrocket with the increasing use of constant connections and data streaming with services such as OnLive. Games will only get bigger as time goes on, which is another factor.

 

Ovum has noted certain trends that contribute to their forecast such as the "casualization" of hardcore games. Their example uses Kinect, which they feel helped make games such as Forza 4 more accessible to casual games and helped Xbox Live revenues grow 19-percent from last year. Ovum also credits casual games for fueling the growth of mobile games, and they expect mobile gaming revenues to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 26-percent between 2011 and 2016.

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NVIDIA earnings are good, strong graphics and mobile business contribute well

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 11, 2011 3:18 am

NVIDIA reported their quarterly earnings on Thursday which were ahead of what analysts were expecting. NVIDIA earned $178.3 million, or 29 cents per share, on revenue of $1.07 billion for the three months ending October 30.

 

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NVIDIA were expected to post earnings of around 26 cents per share, with revenues of $1.06 billion, according to First Call. For the current quarter, green-team NVIDIA said it sees its revenue staying roughly flat from the current quarter, give or take a percentage or two. Gross margins are expected to be steady or up half a percent.

 

CEO and can-of-whoop-ass-tattoo-armed Jen-Hsun Huang said in a statement:

 

NVIDIA's strategy is coming into its own, as the world becomes increasingly visual and mobile. Our GPU business accelerated in the third quarter, driven by strong demand from gamers and the professional market. And our mobile business benefited from new devices coming onto the market.

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iOS 5.0.1 is out, Apple's saviour for battery life is here?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 11, 2011 1:16 am

Apple have just released iOS 5.0.1 build number 9A405, which is a minor update to its mobile operating system that is meant to fix the iPhone 4S battery problems. iOS 5.0.1 arrives a day after it found its way to certain high-end users for testing, and just a week past the developer-only version.

 

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Battery problems aren't the only thing iOS 5.0.1 will fix, it also enables multitasking gestures on the original iPad (go to Settings, General, Multitasking Gestures), fixes the Smart Cover security flaw, resolves bugs with Documents in the Cloud and improves voice recognition for Australian users using dictation.

 

If you want it now, connect to iTunes and hit the "Check for Updates" button, or download an over-the-air update directly on your device. Note that the OTA update might not be available for everyone right away.

Valve confirms Steam hack, credit card and personal details may have been stolen

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Nov 11, 2011 1:07 am

A few days ago I reported about the Steam forums being down for "maintenance", but today Valve have confirmed that a recent Steam hack is the result of this. The recent Steam hack may have compromised users' credit card details and other personal information according to a message sent to Steam users from Valve God, Gabe Newell.

 

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Valve is certain hackers gained access to a database that contained encrypted information, but don't know if they took it or will be able to crack its encryption. The database that was hacked contained information such as user names, hashed and salted passwords, game purchases, e-mail addresses, billing addresses and encrypted credit card information.

 

Gabe says that Valve don't have evidence that the encrypted credit card numbers or personal info were taken by the intruders, and the company is "still investigating." He adds that there is also no evidence of credit card misuse, but implores Steam users to "watch your credit card activity and statements closely."

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Exceleram readies up a 32GB quad channel memory kit for X79

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: RAM | Posted: Nov 10, 2011 5:52 pm

With Sandy Bridge-E just around the corner now, memory companies are beginning to gear up with supporting quad-channel memory kits for Intel's next gen top tier LGA-2011 platform, with Corsair being first out the gate to expose such a kit when they announced their upcoming Dominator Series quad-channel 32GB kit early last month.

 

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Now german memory maker Exceleram has come forward announcing their plans to release a 32GB quad-channel kit to market in the near future for the aforementioned platform. Falling into their Grand DDR3-Series line, the kit comprises 4x8GB modules and sports red heat spreaders.

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