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Google could roll their paid subscription channels on YouTube any day now

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 7, 2013 8:23 am

Google are reportedly close to rolling out their paid subscription service for a bunch of channels within YouTube. The Financial Times' report with people familiar with the plans have said that this will apply to around 50 existing channels, with subscriptions costing as little as $1.99 for each channel.




Google will be able to do some great things by adding paid subscription content to YouTube, which will include TV shows and movies. YouTube is the biggest source on the Internet for video, so why not go full steam ahead on this? YouTube have reportedly spent around $200 million on advances to dozens of start-up channels.

Grand Theft Auto V teased on PC again, listed on German gaming retailers website

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 7, 2013 7:31 am

Grand Theft Auto V has been announced for consoles, but PC gamers have been left to the side with this game, or have they? We've heard the rumors before, but now there's a German retail that is listing the PC version of GTA V.




This could be a simple error, but both Amazon Germany and have listed the PC version of GTA V, with the latter actually displaying the Games for Windows box art for GTA V. has also listed the Special Edition of GTA V, but has been removed, someone on NeoGaf pulled the details, which should see the GTA V: Special Edition include:

  • SteelBook with exclusive artwork
  • World map
  • Stunt planes challenges
  • Online store concessions
  • Bonus outfits
  • Bonus tattoos
  • Special abilities booster
  • Exclusive weapons

3DMark gets updated, fixes multi-GPU issues and adds Ice Storm Extreme to Windows Mobile devices

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: May 7, 2013 6:30 am

Futuremark have updated their benchmarking software, 3DMark, to version 1.1.0 which includes a bunch of fixes. The biggest fix is to multi-GPU setups, which had issues with three- and four-way GPU's.




Previously, 3DMark wasn't returning the right scores to those multi-GPU setups, but Futuremark has said that while they thought it was a minor issue, it "turned out to be far more complicated and we are truly sorry that it has taken so long to fix". The updated benchmark also includes Ice Storm Extreme, which is a more intense version of Ice Storm which is designed for mobile devices.


This test now allows you to compare Ice Storm and Ice Storm Extreme scores between Android and Windows devices.

Microsoft have sold over 100 million Windows 8 licenses

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: May 7, 2013 5:18 am

Consumers might not be bragging about Windows 8, but Microsoft now has something bragworthy about their touch-friendly OS: it has passed 100 million licenses sold, and has no signs of stopping, for now.




These sales figures are pretty much identical to that of its predecessor, Windows 7, which reached 100 million sales on April 27, 2010. While the traditional PC industry is on a downward slope, Microsoft are still somehow moving significant amounts of Windows 8 licenses.

HTC sees second month of growth thanks to the HTC One

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 7, 2013 4:42 am

HTC's sales in February weren't too flash, dropping 44% year-over-year when compared to 2012, but things are starting to actually look up for the Taiwanese company.




The HTC One is the savior here, but there is still going to be a battle against the Galaxy S4, but sales of the HTC One have been good in March. Moving into April, HTC sales grew again, by a decent 26% giving the company sales of around $642 million. Two months of continuous growth isn't much, but if HTC can use this current state of growth to continue pushing, they could dig themselves out of this hole.


HTC have an internal target of around $2.3 billion, so we have a long way to go yet.

Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time will launch in July

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 7, 2013 3:32 am

I remember loading up Plants vs. Zombies on my first-gen iPad and dumping countless hours into it, never seeing a sequel for years to come. Well, those years have passed, and now PopCap have announced that Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time will launch in July.



PopCap hasn't announced which platforms Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time will launch on, but I'm expecting it to hit all major platforms simultaneously - Windows, OS X, iOS, Android and more. There's not much information available on PvZ 2 just yet, but at least we know when to prepare ourselves for the sequel.

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 coming soon, with DirectX 12?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 7, 2013 2:25 am

CPU-Z validations is great for a few things, first and foremost for validating your extreme overclock, but sometimes there are some leaks through the cracks and we find out some juicy goss on the upcoming next-gen GPU.




As you can see above, there's a tease of NVIDIA's upcoming GeForce GTX 780 GPU, and while that should be enough to satisfy those GPU urges you feel, there's something else that is intriguing. Under the 'GPU Type' is 'DirectX Version', which states '12.0', or DirectX 12. Currently even Windows 8 is still in DirectX 11, and we have no news of a next-gen DirectX right now.


This is where we tumble down the rabbit hole, let's fantasize that this is real - DirectX 12 is coming. Why are AMD saying DirectX 12 isn't coming, considering they're working with all three big consoles makers - Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony - with Radeon GPU's in their consoles. AMD are working on the next-gen Xbox, which could feature DirectX 12, and Microsoft and AMD don't want to talk about it.

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Aereo attempts to stop second CBS lawsuit by filing complaint

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 7, 2013 2:03 am

We've followed the Aereo legal battles for several weeks now, mainly because we feel it's an interesting new service that can bridge the gap between Hulu and Netflix and TV. CBS alleges that Aereo is infringing on their copyright by illegally rebroadcasting their signal. Courts in New York have ruled that this isn't the case.




Ahead of Aereo's launch in Boston, the company has filed a complaint against CBS to keep it from filing lawsuit in the new market. CBS has vowed to file another lawsuit in Boston, saying "we will sue, and stealing our signal will be found to be illegal in Boston, just as it will be everywhere else." Unfortunately for CBS, this hasn't been the case.


Aereo's spokeswoman Virginia Lam:

In response to the CBS companies' repeated threats to sue Aereo in every market that it enters, Aereo today filed a declaratory judgment action in New York naming CBS, its Boston affiliates, and its wholly owned and operated companies located in Aereo's initial expansion markets. The fact that CBS did not prevail in their efforts to enjoin Aereo in their existing federal lawsuit does not entitle them to a do-over in another jurisdiction. We are hopeful that any such efforts to commence duplicative lawsuits to try to seek a different outcome will be rejected by the courts.

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Microsoft announces over 250m SkyDrive users, 50m added since Windows 8

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 7, 2013 1:35 am

Microsoft has announced that over 250 million people are using its cloud storage service, SkyDrive. SkyDrive has received heavy integration into the latest Office, so it's no wonder that usage numbers are up. But just how quickly are they increasing? Microsoft says that 50 million new users have joined since Windows 8 launched in October.




It's been a very busy year for SkyDrive and we'd like to thank all of you for helping us improve the service through your feedback, tweets, Facebook posts, and comments. The service continues to grow: since October 2012 when Windows 8 launched, 50 million more people have started using SkyDrive, helping us reach an important milestone - over 250 million people are now using SkyDrive as the new place to save their files.


Microsoft released the above infographic detailing a brief history of SkyDrive. If you haven't already signed up, Microsoft is still offering 7GB of free storage, which is more than competitors Google Drive and Dropbox.

LeakedTT: Pictures of a reported BlackBerry R10 leak out

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 7, 2013 12:34 am

BlackBerry is doing its best to bring the company back from the brink of irrelevance. Pictures of a reported R10 device have leaked out alongside supposed specs. The device could make its debut as early as the annual BlackBerry Live conference and might be just the thing consumers have been waiting for.




The R10 features a QWERTY keyboard, something BlackBerry users are known to love. The R10 is also said to be a more budget-minded smartphone, which is likely what BlackBerry needs right now. It features a 3.1-inch screen pumping a 720p resolution, 5MP camera, 8GB of internal storage, and 2GB of RAM.

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