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LGBT gaming conference "GaymerX" is set to take place on August 3 and 4

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Jul 22, 2013 10:05 pm

Formerly known as Gaymercon, this year's GaymerX gaming conference will be taking place during the third and fourth of August in San Francisco. For those who have never heard of the event, it is a gaming conference that focuses in on the gamers within the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. The official site describes GaymerX as a "weekend of fun and socializing," suggesting that "until now, there has never been a safe space for LGBT geeks and their friends to come together, discuss LGBT theory in games as a community, and party as one."

 

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This year's conference was funded by a Kickstarter Campaign that raised over $90,000. The event promoter says that the conference will feature booths, panels, and demos provided by large game publishing houses such as EA games. Microsoft will also be in attendance showing off its upcoming Xbox One console. LGBT rights groups such as GLAAD and The Trevor Project will be out in full force as well.

 

At the time of publishing, over 2000 tickets have been sold and the event organizers say that more will be sold at the door. Tickets are priced between $45 and $60 and there are red carpet VIP tickets available for the small price tag of $135 per person. We here at TweakTown would like to give a shout out to all our Gayming friends in the LGBT community, and wish you a fun and exciting GaymerX!

HTC is reorganizing its US operations in an attempt to curb the recent downtrend in sales

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 22, 2013 9:04 pm

On Friday, HTC released its earnings report for the second quarter of 2013 and things did not look well for the company. The numbers show that profit took a nosedive during the second quarter and fell approximately 83 percent, while revenue declined 22 percent. These are usually numbers that indicate a company is heading for a hard and unfortunate brick wall. Fortunately, HTC recognizes this and has decided to reorganize its entire US operations.

 

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This morning, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that they have obtained an internal memo that unveils how the reorganization will go. President of Global Sales, Jason Mackenzie, will now head up all of US operations and former U.S. Boss Mike Woodward will now lead a new specialized unit dubbed "Emerging Devices" that will focus on innovating new HTC products and global distribution strategies.

 

"I want to thank these two outstanding leaders for their contributions to the success of the HTC One so far," Mr. Chou wrote about Mr. Mackenzie and Mr. Woodward. "But as you know and would expect, we also need to do more. With the success of the One, we have many new opportunities both to expand current sales as well as to enter new distribution channels with new business models."

Samsung will launch its own developers conference this October called Samsung DevCon

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Jul 22, 2013 8:04 pm

Like all of the other key players in the tech industry, Samsung has decided to begin holding an annual developers conference in the US. This morning, Samsung announced that it would be holding its own DevCon in San Francisco this October. The company has just launched a teaser site that allows interested parties to sign up to be notified when registration officially opens.

 

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Samsung is billing the conference as a cross-platform, cross-product event in which the company will cover topics such as Android, TouchWiz UI, and Tizen, the up and coming alternative mobile phone OS developed by Samsung. Samsung says that DevCon will be an opportunity to engage with industry leaders and learn about new Samsung Tools and SDKs. DevCon will be held on October 27-29. If you are interested in attending Samsung DevCon 2013, you can head over to the signup page at Source #2.

RumorTT: Apple's new Mac Pro will likely ship to customers and retail stores in October

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jul 22, 2013 7:06 pm

After speaking with a source that is said to be close to Apple, KitGuru said that they have learned that Apple's new Mac Pro would most likely ship to consumers and arrive for retail sales sometime during the month of October. They also stated that the Mac Pro would return to the UK around the same time after the line was removed from sale in 27 countries back in March of this year.

 

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The delay in release is said to be due to a shortage on E5 processors as well as their mating motherboards. Additionally, analysts are speculating that Apple is waiting on its new operating system Mavericks to be released as it currently is limited to 96 GB of memory. With the new Mac Pro offering up to 128GB of RAM, this makes perfect sense. Apple could also be holding off on releasing the new Mac Pro due to ongoing Thunderbolt 2 development which is said to wrap up sometime during Q3 of 2013.

 

To further bait the rumor mill, Apple is said to be working on a 4K HDTV screen that will be geared specifically for professionals in the video editing field who would most likely also be purchasing the new Mac Pro's. Whether all of this is true or not is still a bit of a mystery and the only way to truly answer all of the questions is to wait around until October and see what Apple launches.

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Nokia teases that "Something Big" is coming tomorrow via their Conversations by Nokia page

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 22, 2013 6:08 pm

This morning on the Conversations by Nokia page, the company teased that "Something BIG is landing" tomorrow. The post was accompanied by a tangerine colored image with the Nokia logo in the center and was finished up by telling patrons to tune in tomorrow at 9am UK time for a big announcement.

 

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Nokia Said:

 

We can't tell you what it is yet. But we can tell you when. Tune in tomorrow at 9am UK time.

See you then!

 

So what is this big mystery? My best guess is that Nokia will most likely in a release a new tablet or announce yet another Lumia Phone. But honestly, both of those are just wild guesses and anything could happen. So keep checking back here at TweakTown for more info as it becomes available.

LeakedTT: Updated Google Nexus 7 will hit Best Buy shelves next Tuesday for $229

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 22, 2013 5:02 pm

At the moment, we're fairly positive that we will see Google's next-generation Nexus 7 tablet unveiled on Wednesday at a breakfast press event being held by the company. Fortunately for us, Google is not doing a very good job of keeping its refreshed Nexus under wraps. Today, a leaked image depicting the new Nexus 7 has appeared online as well as a full PR rendering of the 7-inch tablet.

 

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The image says that Google's Nexus 7 II will be available on Tuesday but does not give a specific date, although it is pretty safe to say that they are talking about Tuesday, July 30. It does give us a little more insight into the device and confirms that it will have a 1920x1200 resolution and will run consumers $230 for the 16 GB version.

 

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Making his second appearance this morning on TweakTown, mobile device leakster @evleaks has managed to get his hands on the official press rendering of the new Nexus 7 that shows us a number of changes that the made to the tablet. The device features speakers located at the bottom and top while the Nexus logo has been rotated into landscape orientation. The headphone jack has also been relocated, while the rear facing 5-megapixel camera remains in the top left-hand corner. Google is expected to reveal the full details of the new Nexus 7 along with other major announcements on Wednesday, July 24, so stay tuned to TweakTown for full coverage of the event.

Missed Comic-Con this year? No worries, because Tested.com has 800+ cosplay images to share

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 22, 2013 4:11 pm

I have been to CES, Dragoncon, The Southeast Linux Festival, the WPPI Expo, and many other conventions over the years, but the one that has managed to evade me is the San Diego Comic-Con. SDCC is the mecca for geeks of all flavors--especially comic book fans--but over the years, it has become the premier showcase for cosplay fans to gather and live their dream of being their favorite superhero.

 

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I won't pretend and say that I want to go for the comic books; my entire motive to attend is to see all of the fantastic makers who have spent hundreds and thousands of hours designing and building their costumes from scratch. One of my biggest guilty pleasures is browsing the hundreds of galleries that pop up from Comic-Con every year. Fortunately for me and you, this year Tested's Norm Chan has posted a full gallery of over 800 cosplay photos that he took during SDCC.

 

The gallery contains some of the best cosplay I have ever seen and I am so pumped up that I am making it my goal to attend SDCC next year come hell or high water. Head over to link #2 and check out the full gallery and if you spot someone you know, send an email to Norm letting him know the person's name and include the image number as he is trying to name everyone pictured in the gallery. The images above are provided courtesy of Tested.com

Porn to be filtered by default in the UK says David Cameron

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jul 22, 2013 3:03 pm

During a press event later today, UK Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to announce that all UK broadband accounts will have adult content filtered by default before the end of the year. These restrictions can only be removed by the account-holder calling up their ISP and specifically requesting that porn be allowed on their account. Additionally, public Wi-Fi providers will now be forced to advertise if they utilize the porn filter or if they have removed it.

 

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Cameron has also made it known that he wishes to outlaw what he calls "extreme pornography," of which the details are vague but we do know that it includes child pornography, and other extreme acts that are considered illegal in the UK. He will be requesting that the Child Exploitation and Online Protection center compile a "blacklist" of terms that might be used to search for such "extreme pornography." This was would then be used to block searches containing the terms. Additionally, ISPs have no choice in participating in the blacklist-filtering as Cameron says that they will be forced into action.

Yet more Motorola Moto X images leak ahead of next week's launch

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 22, 2013 2:04 pm

Next Thursday, August 1, Motorola and Google will release their long anticipated next-generation smartphone dubbed the Moto X. This is a phone that we've been talking about since January, and if recently leaked benchmarks are any indication, the phone may just prove to be a huge disappointment. Fortunately, Motorola did take the time to focus in on designing an Android-based smartphone that can only be described as beautiful.

 

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Over the weekend, our favorite leakster @evleaks posted two sets of official PR images that show off what appears to be a very refined and very Nexus-like Moto X. A black render was first posted with a follow up of a white version that is said to be the official PR image. The front of the phone appears quite sleek with a very thin side bezel while the microphone appears to be offset to the left by centimeter or so.

 

Moving on to the rear we can very prominently see that the rear case material appears to be kevlar just like Google's Nexus 4. The camera is perched above what appears to be a Cree-based LED flash. To the right of the camera we can see a series of holes and what we suspect to be the grill which covers up a speaker. Also notable is that the phone appears to feature a microphone hole on the back and the audio jack appears to be placed dead center of the top of the phone. This leads me to believe that the USB charging port is placed opposite directly in the center of the bottom of the phone. I could be wrong, but I guess we'll find out in just over a week.

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Apple acquire yet another company in the hope of repairing the mess that is Maps

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 22, 2013 12:24 pm

Apple have been having issues with their Maps application ever since iOS 6 arrived, and they've been doing as much as they can to sort these issues out. Their latest step is acquiring online transit navigation service, HotStop.com.

 

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According to people familiar with the matter, Apple want to "scale back their relationship with Google". This is of course known, as Apple dropped Google as their navigation source in iOS 6, one of their bigger mistakes of the last couple of years. A nice fact is that Google Maps is the most popular free app on Apple's App Store, so that's saying something.

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