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Amazon's largest product release ever, is the next-gen consoles

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 13, 2013 4:31 am

We are hours away from the next-gen consoles launching, and an interesting statistic has hit my inbox from Amazon. An Amazon spokesperson has said that if you were to combine the pre-order sales of the PS4 and Xbox One consoles, "it would make up the largest product release in Amazon history for all categories worldwide".

 

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This is a seriously strong statement, and goes to show the kind of money that is rolling around with these next-gen consoles launching right now. Amazon is one of the biggest retailers shipping and selling the PS4 and Xbox One, but those numbers above are just gigantic. The company with the biggest smile on their face? AMD. AMD have APUs in the PS4 and Xbox One, and they must be laughing all the way to the bank, or at least to the Kaveri APU.

No dedicated Facebook app for the PlayStation 4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Nov 13, 2013 4:29 am

The PlayStation 4 has some awesome sharing abilities, where PS4 gamers can share screenshots and videos directly to Facebook. Unfortunately, this won't be done through a dedicated Facebook app on the PS4.

 

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Facebook engineer, Colin Creitz, when talking with Polygon, explained why Facebook will rely on built-in browsers: "One of the things that came out of our experience with the previous generation of consoles is that we found that maintaining the native apps was a relatively high maintenance burden, and didn't really lead to a high fidelity experience."

 

Gamers can establish their real identity using their Facebook login, with Crietz explaining: "One way you can establish your real identity is by using your Facebook login," Crietz said. "It'll bring in your Facebook profile picture and you have the opportunity to manage whether people are looking at your PSN avatar or your Facebook profile picture, [which is displayed] on a per-other user basis."

Microsoft merges gaming and TV with new Xbox One Snap feature

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 13, 2013 4:15 am

One of the Xbox One's most unique features is app snapping, a feature allows users to do two things at once such as checking up on your friends via the activity feed while playing a game. Users activate the snap feature by using the command "Xbox Snap" which is picked up by the microphone in the new Kinect sensor.

 

 

The new snapping feature will even let gamers watch tv while gaming. For instance, a user may be playing Madden 25 on the Xbox One and could say "Xbox Snap to TV ESPN" and could watch Sports Center or this weeks NFL game while playing Madden at the same time. Other snap features include Skype, and internet searching. Users can use this feature to search for hints or game walkthrough in the event they get stuck in the game they are playing.

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Microsoft promotes teamwork, gets rid of its employee-ranking system

By: Idene Saatchi | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 13, 2013 4:00 am

For years Microsoft has used a employee ranking system. Which former employees at Microsoft say the ranking system was competitive. CEO Steve Ballmer is trying to make Microsoft a more team like environment ahead of his retirement.This new system is going to be a big change for employees at Microsoft.

 

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Microsoft HR chief Lisa Brummel mentions in the memo-"This is a fundamentally new approach to performance and development designed to promote new levels of teamwork and agility for breakthrough business impact"

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The Humble Bundle opens up a new store to offer deals on single games

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 13, 2013 2:45 am

The Humble Bundle may be the most popular game bundling service ever, and rightfully so. Where else can you go to buy 5-6 game bundles each month that contain 6+ games each for less than the price of lunch? Building off their ever-growing momentum, the team behind Humble Bungle have just launched a new Humble Store on the website.

 

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The new Humble Store is designed to offer deep discounts on AAA titles while still maintaining their support of charities around the world. Like its weekly sales, and Bundles, the games offered as well as discounts only last for a limited time, and 10-percent of all proceeds go to charity. At the moment Guild Wars 2, FarCry BloodDragon, Alan Wake and more are available at up to 40-percent off, so what are you waiting for! Head over to the source link below and score some awesome games!

Oculus Rift inventor says PS4 and Xbox One are "too limited"

By: Idene Saatchi | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Nov 13, 2013 1:35 am

Looks like the Oculus Rift won't be coming to consoles anytime soon. Palmer Luckey, inventor of Oculus Rift says the next-gen consoles won't be able to keep up. He mentions the Oculus Rift needs 60 frames per second in 3D and that he sees games are being pushed out at 720p at 60 frames a second.

 

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Palmer Luckey told TechRadar: "Consoles are too limited for what we want to do. We're trying to make the best virtual reality device in the world and we want to continue to innovate and upgrade every year - continue making progress internally - and whenever we make big jumps we want to push that to the public".

 

He continued: "The problem with consoles in general is that once they come out they're locked to a certain spec for a long, long time. Look at the PCs that existed eight years ago. There have been so many huge advances since then. Now look at the VR hardware of today. I think the jump we're going to see in the next four or five years is going to be massive".

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AMD's Kaveri APU will feature 512 graphics cores, will run BF4

By: Charles Gantt | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Nov 13, 2013 1:13 am

Today AMD confirmed that its upcoming Kaveri APU will support both Mantel and TrueAudio, which ties it in nicely with AMD's Radeon R9 290/290X and R7 260X GPUs. The company says that Kaveri will push an impressive 862 GFLOPs of processing power with its internal 512 GPU cores being clocked to 800MHz.

 

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During its APU13 event today, AMD demoed Kaveri by pitting it against an Intel i7-4770K which was paired up with a GeForce GT 630 GPU. The Kaveri-based system managed to pull out a consistent frame rate of 28-40 frames per second while running through the Battlefield 4 single player campaign set to 1920x1080 with medium settings. The Intel-based system did not fair near as well with frame rates in the 12-14fps rage.

 

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While some may feel that it is unfair to test with a low-end GPU, I disagree. I feel that AMD's target market is those who do not want to spend $1500-4000 on a high-end gaming machine, and are happy with mediocre performance with just an APU. There is a huge market out there that consist of casual gamers who would not buy a $500-900 GPU and will be more inclined to spend $200-$300 on an APU that can run Battlefield 4, CoD: Ghost, or even League of Legends on medium settings.

PlayStation 4 will have MP3 and CD playback after launch says Sony

By: Idene Saatchi | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 13, 2013 12:24 am

Sony mentioned a just a couple weeks in their FAQ that the PlayStation 4 will not play MP3 or CDs, which was a huge disappointment from fans. Most people where thinking it was a way to push out their Music Unlimited service. Sony says that was never their intention. So they have decided they will push out a update after the PlayStation 4 launches.

 

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Sony's Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida comments on an episode of Giant Bomb's Interview Dumptruck: "The biggest surprise for us all internally at Sony was there are so many people who passionately reacted to our announcement that there's no MP3 support or CD support on day one," he says. "It's not like we actively decided 'let's not do this feature so people will have to subscribe to Music Unlimited."

 

Yoshida continues: "The focus has been more on the game features. Some of the features we wanted but we couldn't get in on day one. We didn't really think about MP3 or CD. We thought 'we're going to do that eventually.'... It caught us off-guard. People don't really talk about these features, right? Some people get really mad and [say] 'I'll cancel my pre-order!' So as we speak, people in Japan - the system guys - are discussing when we can put these features in."

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Comet ISON is now bright enough to view with binoculars

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Nov 12, 2013 11:45 pm

Comet ISON may not be putting on the dazzling display we were promised repeatedly over the last year, but the chunk of space ice has made itself visible to the general public as of late. Anyone with binoculars of at least 10x50 power is now able to view ISON as it brightens to a magnitude of 8.

 

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ISON will continue to brighten as it approaches the Sun and comes within 730,000 miles of the solar surface. As it begins to make its way around the sun and back out into the far reaches of our solar system, ISON will become naked eye visible for a brief period in December, and will best be viewed just after sunset, and just before sunrise. Those wishing to see ISON now, can find the icey traveler with binoculars at the "nose" of the constellation of Leo.

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Skullcandy releases Air Raid bluetooth speaker

By: Idene Saatchi | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Nov 12, 2013 11:15 pm

Headphone and earbud maker, Skullcandy has just released a new bluetooth wireless speaker called the Air Raid. The people from Skullcandy claim that it is louder than the competition. They are also saying it is "it is built like a tank and loud as hell." The Air Raid can hold a charge of 14 hours has two 50mm drivers. The Air Raid is a nice portable size and perfect for occasions like parties, camping, tailgating etc. You won't have to worry about breaking it either, they claim it is life proof and is water resistant. Air Raid will be available for $150.

 

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