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RumorTT: Grand Theft Auto V to hit PC hard drives on November 22

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 30, 2013 5:16 pm

Since the first hints of GTA V hit the wires, the tech media world has been buzzing with rumors that the game may never launch on the PC platform. Unfortunately as time progressed, that rumor began to look more and more like reality. The PC gaming community even launched a petition based around bringing GTA V to PC, which gathered more than 500,000 signatures.




Fortunately, it appears that all of our worries and pleas to Rockstar may have been answered. The website posted a report over the weekend that suggests the fastest selling game in history will infact be making a deput on the PC. The launch date is said to coincide with the Xbox One launch date of November 22, and apparently the information came straight from the source itself: Rockstar Games.


If you take a step back and look at some recent rumors and leaks, it seems like a November launch is really going to happen. This is good news for PC gamers everywhere as the PC will be able to showcase the most expensive game ever made in a whole new light. GTA V will look amazing on the PC, and is said to feature 2K graphics and will run on DirectX 11.

John McAfee has a solution to our NSA spying problems, will cost $100

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Privacy & Rights | Posted: Sep 30, 2013 3:31 pm

John McAfee, modern day eccentric millionaire and founder of McAfee Antivirus, announced over the weekend that he has devised a plan to block the illegal--and legal--spying from the NSA once and for all. McAfee outlined his plan on Saturday while speaking at an event in San Jose, California.




The big plan involves a device created by McAfee which he calls "D-Central." The gadget is essentially a wireless networking hub that allows smartphones, tablets, laptops, and any other Wi-Fi connected device to access what is basically a darkweb-like network that blocks mainstream intrusion from the government. The D-Central device would retail for $100 or less and McAfee says that he has been planning the device for several years now.


D-Central will provide not only a private (darkweb) connection, but will provide a public one as well and can be used to share files, chat, and research without ever unveiling your identity. McAfee said that the device has a range of about three blocks, and at the moment D-Central "is round in shape" and features "no screens". A working prototype is said to be just six months away and McAfee is actively searching for partners to help with development. Anyone looking for more information can hit up the source below to check out the official D-Central website.

Crytek's Ryse still runs at 1600x900, CEO calls it Full HD experience

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 30, 2013 9:39 am

We reported not long ago that Ryse was going to be running at 1600x900 and then upscaled to 1920x1080, which looks to now be fully confirmed by German developer, Crytek.




What is weirder, is that the studio seems fine with it, and so does CEO and President of Crytek, Cevat Yerli. Yerli has confirmed that Ryse renders at 1600x900, and upscales to 1080p. He specifically said on his Twitter account: "#Ryse there is not one single downgrade compared to E3, promised! Only UPGRADES in the final push towards finalling phase! Its FULL HD XP!"


It does get worse, as Yerli then tweets "#Ryse runs at 1600x900 for best perf&res, we apply our upscaler for AA, framebuffer native 1080p. SAME as E3 XboxOne! No change, No compromise!" Well, I'd consider a full 320 pixels wide and 180 pixels high missing, a huge compromise. Yerli believes this is "native 1080p" which scares me... as it is far from running at native res if there's upscalers involved.

RumorTT: Apple needs Samsung for nearly half its A8 manufacturing

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 30, 2013 8:42 am

Samsung is still being relied on for the production of Apple's A7 processor, which is found in the iPhone 5S, but now it looks like the South Korean giant is still required by Apple, but this time for its next-gen A8 chip.




The Korea Economic Daily claims that Samsung will manufacturer between 30-40% of Apple's A8 chips, with TSMC will manufacturer the rest of the A8 chips. Apple did want TSMC to be the only manufacturer, but obviously this won't be happening. There has been challenges associated with the building of 20nm chips, which led Apple to knock on Samsung's door yet again.

Google to acquire a bunch of ex-BlackBerry engineers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 30, 2013 7:36 am

BlackBerry is quite quickly circling the sink, ready to be sucked into it, but before then it looks like Google is acquiring a bunch of ex-BlackBerry engineers.




Reuters reports that Google's Motorola Mobility division is setting up a new hub in Waterloo, Ontario - BlackBerry's hometown. The company is looking to take in people who have backgrounds in engineering and computer science. Even with BlackBerry starting to fade, Waterloo is a massive hub of talent thanks to the University of Waterloo's top-notch computer science program.


The Engineering Director at Motorola Canada, Derek Phillips, has told Reuters that Motorola is looking to "get just as many people who are interested to come out and hire as many people as we can."

Microsoft's Surface 2 ad is one of its most impressive yet

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 30, 2013 5:42 am

Microsoft's ads of late have been too tacky, trying to constantly compete itself against the iPad with a device that simply isn't worthy, but not anymore. Microsoft is looking to be back into the swing of things with a Surface 2 ad, which you can watch below.



The ad shows you that the Surface 2 slates aren't just a tablet, but they're a super-portable laptop replacement, instead of just an iPad rival. This is what Microsoft need to do, and it has done it well. The Surface 2 isn't just a tablet, but really is almost a new form of computing, like Intel's NUC or Ultrabook platforms.

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RumorTT: HTC to drop its One Max smartphone on October 17

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 30, 2013 4:35 am

We've been expecting the HTC One Max for a while now, but it looks like the Taiwanese manufacturer is set to unleash its 5.9-inch phablet onto the market on October 17.




The latest report comes from an ePrice user, who reveals it'll be released mid next month. The same user states that the price will be around 23,900 NTD, or around $809. We should expect the HTC One Max to feature the large 5.9-inch display, towing a resolution of 1920x1080 behind it, a 1.7GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, a 5-megapixel rear facing camera, 16GB of on-board flash storage and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.

Retina iPad mini would feature TouchID, spotted in elusive gold color

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 30, 2013 3:35 am

One of the biggest shortfalls of the iPad mini is its sub-HD resolution, of just 1024x768, but this is all set to change with the Retina iPad mini. The higher resolution iPad mini is expected to be unveiled next month, but now we have some leaked photos to take a look at.




The photos come from Chinese site ZOL, which is owned by CBS Interactive, which show off the Retina-based iPad mini in that elusive gold color. We know Apple is seeing huge sales in its gold iPhone 5S, with an iPhone 5S in gold color being sold on eBay for as much as $10,000. The shots of the second-generation iPad mini tease the TouchID fingerprint scanner, but these photos could also be fake, too.




We should expect to see the Retina iPad mini unveiled alongside a totally refreshed iPad, where I hope to see an insane resolution and hopefully some better OS-wide pixel adjustment for the extra on-screen real estate. But, I know I'm stretching there and wishing for too much.

Vanished, an experimental horror game that uses only audio

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 30, 2013 2:36 am

Horror games seem to be experimented with more than other genres, which is exciting, but Pixel Heart Studios' 'Vanished' seems like quite the idea. Vanished is an audio-only game, featuring no graphics, no images, and no walls - your imagination is where the scares take place.




The world of Vanished is "without light, with no memories of how you got there and no clues on why everything has disappeared." Vanished is free until October 1 for iOS devices, with the game using the iPhone's internal compass and accelerometer to recreate the player's movement.


Players hold their iPhone in the direction they want to 'travel' within the game, touching the screen to walk. If you're in danger in the game, you shake the iPhone to attack. All exploration within Vanished is done within audio cues, as players move, the world "rotates" and provides different kinds of sounds.

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XFX's Radeon R9 280X Double Dissipation GPU is a hot mess

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Sep 29, 2013 3:36 am

We're not far away from the retail launch of AMD's next-gen Radeon GPUs, but ahead of that we have a look at XFX's Radeon R9 280X Double Dissipation GPU which looks unbelievably hot.




XFX has donned the new GPU in a completely new cooling design, which just looks beautiful. The color scheme is black and red with silver trims, with dual 100mm fans and copper heat pipes and an aluminum heatsink underneath keeping everything nice and cool, and quiet. Underneath the exotic-looking cooling setup, we have the Tahiti XTL GPU.






The Tahiti XTL GPU features 2048 Graphics CoreNext stream processors, 128 TMUs, 32 ROPs, and a 384-bit memory bus that supports up to 3GB of RAM. We should expect the pricing on this GPU to sit somewhere between $299 and $329.