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Google Earth gets updated, now includes Street View and a new interface

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: May 9, 2013 4:43 am

Google Earth has been updated, reaching version 7.1.1 and with it, brings some serious changes. First off, we have Street View, letting you zoom right down to, well, street level.




Google have also added some improved search functionality, have made directions allowing you to see a 3D view of transit, walking, bike and driving directions. The user interface has also seen a big improvement, now including a slide-out panel from the left.

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EA hates on the Wii U, says next-gen games won't arrive on the Nintendo Wii U due to performance issues with the Frostbite engine

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 9, 2013 3:38 am

EA and DICE have both worked hard on the Frostbite 3 engine, which will be the engine of choice to power many of their next-generation games. But, it looks like EA won't be putting any Frostbite 3-powered games on Nintendo's Wii U console.




Technical Director of the Frostbite project at EA DICE, Johan Andersson, has said that they've tested Frostbite 2 on the Wii U and found the results to be "not too promising", going as far as they "chose not to go down [the] path" of porting over the next-gen engine. EA have around 15 games under development on the Frostbite 3 engine, which means Wii U owners are going to miss out on some seriously huge games.


Games such as Battlefield 4, the next-gen Mass Effect, Star Wars and many, many more. Not only are Wii U owners going to miss out, but this means Nintendo's sales are going to continue to dwindle, even more so when Microsoft and Sony unleash their consoles into gamers' hands.

Core i7 3770K overclocked to an insane 7.2GHz using a GIGABYTE Z77X-UP7 motherboard

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: May 9, 2013 2:33 am

If you thought your mild overclock was good, or the previous overclocking world record, prepare yourself. Mad222 and John222 from HKEPC have found the golden Core i7 3770K, which has been used to reach a new world record overclock.




The two overclockers used their Core i7 3770K with 1.908 volts pulsating through it to reach a maximum clock speed of 7,208.19MHz - or 7.2GHz! This was achieved using a BCLK of 114.42 on a GIGABYTE Z77X-UP7 motherboard. This overclock is even more special, considering the two overclockers kept Hyper-Threading enabled, which means we have the four physical cores and four logical cores all cranking at 7.2GHz.

Bad Piggies on iOS gets updated, now has the ability to record and share in-game tricks

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: May 9, 2013 1:05 am

Rovio's Bad Piggies for iOS has been updated with new levels and features. For those who don't remember Bad Piggies, it's the spin off of Angry Birds which puts the pigs front and center. The player is tasked with building crazy contraptions to help the pigs reach the birds' eggs.




This latest update brings with it 15 new levels. Additionally, Bad Piggies is now capable of recording your game play so that you can show off your best in-game tricks. A new suction cup gadget has been introduced along with a new spring-loaded boxing glove.


Finally, an all-new sandbox mode has been introduced. Rovio has yet to introduce their new Accounts feature that saves your progress to the cloud. We're sure that the feature isn't too far away from being introduced. The latest version of Bad Piggies is available in the App Store.

Always-on DRM was never an option for the PlayStation 4 according to Sony

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 9, 2013 12:07 am

According to Shuhei Yoshida, Sony's Worldwide Studios president, Sony never even considered putting always-on DRM in the upcoming PlayStation 4. "Did we consider it? No, we didn't consider it," Yoshida said.




His reasoning makes sense, but unfortunately doesn't preclude Sony from adding always-on DRM on a future console. "The main reason being that many countries don't have robust Internet connections. It makes sense for people to have Internet connections to play online games, but for offline games there are many countries that we saw [that] do not really have robust Internet."


While this is good news, some are still worried that the upcoming Xbox will feature always-on DRM. However, a leaked memo suggests otherwise. Microsoft would have issues if Sony's PlayStation didn't feature always-on DRM and theirs did. It seems as though these companies have learned their lessons from others that always-on DRM is not a good choice.

iOS 7 shows up in website logs, suggests Apple is testing out the new mobile OS ahead of WWDC

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: May 8, 2013 11:36 pm

Apple's iOS 7 beta has started to show up in website logs, suggesting that Apple is testing out the new operating system ahead of its rumored WWDC debut. This isn't the first time that operating systems have shown up in website logs ahead of their launch.




Onswipe, for instance, has seen massive spikes in iOS 7 traffic to the sites they manage. The majority of the iOS 7 traffic is coming from San Francisco and Cupertino, 18.75 percent and 17.9 percent respectively. 75 percent of the iOS 7 traffic is coming from iPhones and 25 percent is coming from iPads.


Apple is widely expected to announce iOS 7 at the WWDC. It's not clear what changes will be included, though there has been talk that it will feature a flat visual design. If iOS 7 makes an appearance at WWDC, you'll be sure to hear about it here.

World of Warcraft sees its subscriber numbers fall 1.3 million in past three months

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 8, 2013 11:05 pm

Things aren't looking so great for Activision Blizzard. The company revealed today that World of Warcraft saw its subscriber base decline by 1.3 million over the past three months. For the period from January to March, the World of Warcraft subscriber count dropped from 9.6 million to 8.3 million.




CEO Bobby Kotick:

Though the majority of our subscriber decline occurred mainly in the East, where we have more subscribers and lower revenue per subscriber, we saw declines in the West as well. We believe in the long-term value of this franchise and will continue to commit substantial resources to World of Warcraft.


Activision Blizzard reported net revenues of $1.32 billion and earnings-per-share of $0.40. These beat their guidance of $1.16 billion and EPS of $0.29.

More pictures of the Huawei P6-U06 show up online

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 8, 2013 10:29 pm

We reported leaked pictures of the Huawei P6-U06 yesterday and since then, more pictures have been posted to the web. The latest pictures show off a sleek device clad in brushed aluminium. The device continues to be as thin as the specs suggest, coming in at a mere 6.18mm.




The device is said to have a 1.5GHz quad-core processor paired with 2GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. We expect it to feature Emotion UI 1.6 on top of Android, though the specific Android version is unknown. A Huawei launch event has been scheduled for June 18 in London and it's quite likely the P6-U06 will be shown off in all of its glory.

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Nokia continues to tease Lumia 928, pits its camera against the competition

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 8, 2013 10:01 pm

Nokia is extremely proud of its PureView cameras. So much so that they've teased the new Lumia 928 based solely upon its low-light camera performance. In a recently released video, embedded below, Nokia pits the Lumia 928's camera against the Galaxy S 3 and Apple iPhone 5 trying to highlight that it has the best low-light performance.



We tend to agree that the Lumia's camera performs the best. The video has better color, less blur, and sharper images. Part of this is due to the Lumia's optical stabilization. It remains to be seen just what separates the new Lumia's camera from the 8MP one on the Lumia 920.


What are your thoughts on the new Lumia's low-light video performance?

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Apple looking to get hands on Android source code records in latest Samsung battle

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 8, 2013 9:28 pm

Apple is attempting to put its hands on Android source code records held by Google. The company asked U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul S. Grewal to force Google to turn over documents in relation to Android. Apple asserts that Google is improperly withholding information about search terms used to turn up documents requested by Apple.




According to Mark Lyon, a lawyer for Apple, "It's a question of transparency. We have concerns that they're not doing a full search." Matthew Warren, a Google lawyer also representing Samsung, argues that Apple is not entitled to the search terms as it may lead to "future discovery that we don't think they're entitled to" and give Apple "ideas about how to proceed that they wouldn't have had."


This is just the latest battle between Samsung and Apple. The lawsuit, 12-cv-630, involves newer smartphones produced by both companies, including the iPhone 5 and Galaxy S 3. We're sure there will be plenty more arguing between the companies before we get any meaningful resolution.