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Sony to release PlayStation iOS and Android app soon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Oct 27, 2013 11:34 am

The PS4 is nearly here, with Sony finally confirming that its PlayStation App will be released for both iOS and Android devices in the United States on November 13, with Europeans receiving it on November 22.

 

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The PlayStation App will have some cool functionality, such as the ability to act as a secondary screen on some PS4 games. It will also let gamers access their PSN profiles, check on friends and their trophies, send messages to people who are also running the app, or people on the PS4, PS3 and PS Vita.

 

Gamers can make purchases directly from the App, with the PS4 remotely downloading the game. You can also use your smartphone or tablet to turn off the PS4, or as a keyboard for typing. I think it's great that Sony has put so much effort into this application, and I look forward to testing it when the PS4 is released. What about you? Let us know in the comments.

US Army invests into 4D printing, wants to make self-altering camo

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: | Posted: Oct 27, 2013 10:30 am

The US Army Resarch Office has coughed up $855,000 to researchers at three different universities: Harvard's School of Engineering & Applied Science, The University of Illinois, and The University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering with the goal of pushing next-gen 4D printing.

 

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Yes, that's 4D. What does the US Army expect from this? Well, it would like to see them used for military advancements such as "an automobile coating that changes its structure to adapt to a humid environment or a salt-covered road, better protecting the car from corrosion. Or consider a soldier's uniform that could alter its own camouflage or more effectively protect against poisonous gas or shrapnel upon contact."

 

Now that would be some seriously slick technology, wouldn't it? It looks like the end goal would be to recreate the T-1000 from Terminator 2, with one of the principal researchers, Anna C. Balaz, stating in the press release: "Rather than construct a static material or one that simply changes its shape, we're proposing the development of adaptive, biomimetic composites that reprogram their shape, properties or functionality on demand, based upon external stimuli."

One last look at the Nexus 5 before it launches in a few days time

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 27, 2013 9:33 am

These days, there's nothing a company can do to truly hide an upcoming product, with @evleaks back again with a new look at the upcoming Nexus 5 smartphone from Google, built by LG.

 

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There's nothing to really talk about here, expect this is one of the cleanest shots of the Android 4.4 KitKat-powered phone yet. We should expect Google to unleash this onto the market on Halloween, which isn't far away now, folks!

RumorTT: Android 4.4 KitKat to make the big push into TVs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Oct 26, 2013 8:36 am

Google is prepping to unleash Android 4.4 KitKat hopefully in the coming weeks, with the refreshed Nexus 5 smartphone and Nexus 10 slate. But, we don't really know what to expect, and whether there'll be a killer feature on Google's latest mobile OS.

 

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Well, rumor has it that Android 4.4 is going to begin the big push into the TV market, where Google hope to dominate like it does in the smart devices market. Android 4.4 KitKat is expected to include a refreshed TV interface that is a new work of art compared to the current Google TV user interface. We've already heard that Google is rumored to rename Google TV to "Android TV" and this report now makes that rumor make more sense.

Wearable computing shipments to pass 64 million by 2017

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Oct 26, 2013 7:02 am

We've already got the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch and the Omate TrueSmart, which both look delicious, but the wearable computing market is set to soar over the next 4-5 years or so according to Berg Insight.

 

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The projections regarding the wearable computing space is exciting, where the firm estimates that we should expect an 8-fold increase in shipments from 2012's 8.3 million units, to over 64 million units in 2017. Berg Insight analyst Johan Svanberg says that the wearable devices market will explode thanks to "a perfect storm of innovation within low power wireless connectivity, sensor technology, big data, cloud services, voice user interfaces and mobile computing power is coming together."

 

Now, I'm no analyst but I think we'll see the market explode thanks to a few good products, just like the iPhone helped surge smartphones and the iPad did the same for tablets. I think once Google Glass hits, the wearable computing space will be a super hot market. I can't see smartwatches taking off that much, unless we use our smartphones less and less, which I don't see happening. Wearable devices like Glass on the other hand, oh yes.

Qualcomm exec who insulted 64-bit A7 processor was fired (updated)

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 26, 2013 5:36 am

Update: We've had an e-mail from a Qualcomm representative who says that Anand is still with the company, serving as Senior Vice President where he is "exploring certain enterprise-related initiatives."

 

When Apple launched its iPhone 5S last month with the A7 processor rocking inside, most people rolled their eyes thinking "why?" Well, one of those people was Qualcomm representative Anand Chandrasekher, who called the A7 processor a "gimmick."

 

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Chandrasekher is no longer with Qualcomm, with the company stating in a statement to CNET: "Anand Chandrasekher, is moving to a new role leading our exploration of certain enterprise related initiatives...Anand will continue to report to Steve Mollenkopf, COO and President of Qualcomm. This will be effective immediately."

 

Well, it looks like Qualcomm wasn't happy with his statement, so much so that it got rid of him. I guess when the future of mobile processors is 64-bit, and you go and insult it, you get laughed at and kicked out of the company. It wasn't long ago that we reported that Chandrasekher said 8-core processors for smartphones are dumb, if you didn't remember.

RumorTT: Nexus 5 to launch in the US on Halloween

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 26, 2013 4:44 am

Google is expected to launch its new flagship smartphone, the Nexus 5, in the US late next week, right on time for Halloween. The Android 4.4-powered smartphone will launch on October 31, following a Canadian launch a week later.

 

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MobileSyrup is behind the rumor, with a source telling them to expect it for Halloween. The Nexus 5 should be the next big thing in Google-powered smartphones, featuring a 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, 2GB or RAM, a 4.95-inch 1080p display, 4G LTE support, NFC and Wi-Fi 802.11ac support.

 

Flipping it on its rear we should have an 8-megapixel camera of some sort, as well as a 2300mAh battery. The pricing is where Google will kill it, with a price tag of just $349, Apple and Samsung have no way of matching it.

Day-one patch for PS4 is 300MB, enables a bunch of online features

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Oct 26, 2013 2:30 am

You've just unwrapped your shiny new next-gen PlayStation 4, plugged it all in and want to get some online gaming a bash - well, you'll have to wait because there's a 300MB day-one patch you'll need to complete before you do anything.

 

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This 300MB patch will enable a bunch of multiplayer/online functionality such as Remote Play, sharing, broadcasting and more. Sony of the PS4 features won't be available at launch, such as the suspend/resume mode that allows the PS4 to enter low-power mode, and then lets you pick up where you left off. The day-one patch will enable to following goodies:

 

Remote Play

Users will be able to access PS4 titles displayed on their living room TVs and play them on a PS Vita system over Wi-Fi networks by using PS4 Link. SCE anticipates that most PS4 titles will be playable on the PS Vita system through Remote Play.

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Alienware offering $200 trade-in for your old console

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Oct 26, 2013 1:29 am

Alienware wants your old consoles, and is willing to pay money for them if you buy a new Alienware-branded PC. The Dell-owned PC outfit is offering a new trade-in program for game consoles, including most of the current-generation consoles.

 

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If you own a Nintendo Wii, 250GB Xbox 360 Slim, 60GB PS3 "fat," 120GB PS3 Slim or 500GB PS3 "super slim" then Alienware will offer you $200 in cash when you purchase a new Alienware PC. In order to get your wad of cash, the console needs to be in working order with power adapters. Once you've purchased your Alienware PC, you'll print out a pre-paid shipping label, and send your console in.

 

You'll have to wait around 40 days or so to receive the money, which is better than nothing.

Call of Duty: Ghosts on the PS4 will run natively at 1080p

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 26, 2013 12:12 am

Call of Duty: Ghosts will see a proper, large increase in the graphics department versus its predecessors, but from what we've heard this will be happening at 720p on the Xbox One from Microsoft.

 

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News is breaking now that COD: Ghosts will run at 1080p on the PS4, which is an interesting turn of events. The news was confirmed by VP of Publisher & Developer Relations at Sony Computer Entertainment America, Adam Boyes, when he spoke at the Brazil Game Show. Boyes confirmed that Call of Duty: Ghosts is "native 1080p on the PS4."

 

So those in-game dogs are going to be looking mighty, mighty fine. Remember that COD: Ghosts requires a 64-bit OS and 6GB of RAM on the PC, so we should expect some high-fidelity graphics from the COD series, which will be a nice change.

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