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VESA preparing micro-DisplayPort, supports 4K and beyond

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Oct 24, 2013 8:00 am

We already have Thunderbolt, Thunderbolt 2, DisplayPort and miniDisplayPort but now the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) has just announced that it is working on defining a micro-DisplayPort standard.

 

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The upcoming micro-DP will be aimed at smartphones, tablets, ultra-thin notebooks and other systems that require a super-slim connector to drive external displays. The upcoming micro-DisplayPort connector will be much smaller than the current mini-DisplayPort connector, which is already small. Better yet, micro-DisplayPort will be capable of driving 4K displays, and beyond.

 

VESA will be pushing for backwards compatibility with micro-DisplayPort, which will help as there are more and more DisplayPort-capable devices entering the market. We should expect the group to find a new standard by Q2 2014.

PlayStation 4 will be a personal experience, real names are OK

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Oct 24, 2013 7:36 am

The PlayStation 4 launches within the next month, with Sony now confirming that you can use an alias on your console, or your real name, it's all up to you.

 

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It's a social decision by the looks of things, pushing the PSN toward a more social experience if you're using your real name. Using your real name on the PlayStation Network is a bold move, but something that I think Sony has the right idea about. No more hiding behind an alias, although my game handle is just my first name followed by some numbers.

Samsung: over 40 million Galaxy S4's have been sold since it launched

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 24, 2013 7:08 am

It looks like Samsung's Galaxy S4 has been super popular for the South Korean giant, with Samsung CEO JK Shin announcing that the flagship Android-powered smartphone from Samsung has sold over 40 million units.

 

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Considering the Galaxy S4 launched just five months ago, this is a mammoth effort. At the two-month mark, there had been over 20 million Galaxy S4's sold, but now we're talking about double that. Considering the Galaxy S III sold 30 million units in its launch last year, this is a great jump. We should expect Samsung to break through the 50 million unit milestone before 2013 is wrapped up.

Apple's free OS X Mavericks jumps to 7% adoption in 24 hours

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Oct 24, 2013 6:25 am

Apple's OS X Mavericks was unleashed to the world yesterday, for free by the way, and it has already seen a 7% adoption rate according to a live tracker hosted by analytics company GoSquared.

 

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GoSquared CEO, James Gill, spoke with MacRumors where he said that his company provides analytics for over 40,000 websites, which allows the firm to monitor billions of page views per month. This gives GoSquared the ability to report a snapshot of activity at anytime, giving us the peek into the early success Mavericks is seeing.

Samsung acquires 7.4% stake in Corning, secures 10-year deal

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 24, 2013 5:33 am

The makers of Gorilla Glass have just signed an agreement with Samsung to see the South Korean electronics giant secure a 7.4% stake in the company. Corning and Samsung have been involved in each others worlds for the past 40 or so years through equity investments, product development and commercialization initiatives.

 

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The agreement will see Corning securing Samsung's 43% stake in their Samsung Corning Precision Materials joint venture for $1.9 billion, as well as minority investors for around $300 million. Samsung will slap down a $400 million investment in Corning, which would see them acquire 7.4% of the company at today's share prices.

 

We should expect the deal to close early next year, and will see the two sign a 10-year LCD display glass supply agreement that will add a hefty $2 billion to Corning's annual sales.

GTA V PC installer turns out to be malware, infects thousands

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 24, 2013 4:36 am

Now, I want Grand Theft Auto V on PC as bad as the next guy, but I'm not going to install something from a torrent file and wonder why my PC has been infected by some nasty virus.

 

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The infected game was 18GB in size, and with it, acts like a black hole sucking a bunch of your PC's content to someone who has just hacked you. An 18GB file would some nasty spyware, but people are fooled quite easily it seems. Do you know anyone who downloaded the 18GB GTA V malware? If so, let us know in the comments!

Oculus Rift support baked into Euro Truck Simulator 2 in beta form

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Oct 24, 2013 3:30 am

If you're a fan of Euro Truck Simulator and wanted to feel what it would be like to step into the physical truck, well, Oculus Rift support is now in beta form and available on Steam.

 

 

Support for Oculus Rift within Euro Truck Simulator 2 is only available in the Windows version of the simulator for now, with players being advised that they should feature a fast GPU and CPU when running the game with the VR headset. Rift integration would be an immersive experience, as you could turn your head to look for oncoming traffic, or your side mirrors or GPS. It kinda makes me want to download it.

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Sony has some exclusive content for Watch Dogs, Assassin's Creed IV

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 24, 2013 2:40 am

Watch Dogs may have been delayed, but Assassin's Creed IV is close to being released, and now Sony has come out to announce that both of the Ubisoft-developed games will see exclusive downloadable content, for 6 months.

 

 

This 6-month time limit is in the video advertisement above, with the ad touting "60 minutes of exclusive gameplay" only in the PS4 version of Assassin's Creed IV. This exclusivity only lasts for six months, with a similar offer for Watch Dogs being pushed, too.

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Apple's Mac Pro to begin shipping this December starting at $2,999

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Oct 24, 2013 2:31 am

Apple's highly anticipated Mac Pro was expected to begin shipping this month, but it now appears that the Cupertino-based company's flagship will now ship to consumers in December. First shown off earlier this year at WWDC 2013, the Mac Pro somewhat resembles an under-desk trashcan, but as we all know, looks are deceiving.

 

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The entry-level model houses an Intel Xenon E5 quad-core processor that is clocked to 3.7GHz, and packs in 12GB of ECC RAM. A pair of AMD FirePro D300 GPUs and a 256GB SSD round things out. Those needing more power can upgrade to a 12-core processor, 64GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD. Dual AMD FirePro D700 GPUs are available with 6GB of RAM each as well. Standard on all models is support for upto three 4K displays, or six monitors utilizing Thunderbolt connectivity. Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and dual Gigabit ethernet is onboard as well to handle connectivity. Pricing starts at just $2,999.

Samsung updates Galaxy Gear to be compatible with more Galaxy phones

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Oct 24, 2013 1:30 am

When Samsung launched the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, everyone was surprised that it was only compatible with the Galaxy Note 3 that launched the same day. Everyone expected it to be fully compatible with the company's flagship smartphone the Galaxy S4. Today Samsung announced that it is released an update to the Galaxy Gear that brings in the next wave of Galaxy Devices.

 

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According to Samsung, the Galaxy S4 and its variants along with the Galaxy Mega 5.8 and Galaxy Mega 6.4 will now be compatible with the Galaxy Gear once Samsung pushes out an Android 4.3 to those devices. Samsung said that the 4.3 update will begin rolling out to US devices at the end of this month and will take a few days to fully populate to all devices.

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