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Apple's next-gen iPad to look like the iPad mini

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 30, 2013 11:37 pm

One thing that the iPad mini has going for it is its sleeker, more refined look. So it would make sense that Apple would use the design and style from the iPad mini on its upcoming fifth-generation iPad.

 

 

SW-Box has what it believes to be a shell of the upcoming fifth-gen iPad, which looks very similar to the iPad mini. You can see it in the video above, which compares the fourth-generation (the current model) next to the upcoming fifth-generation iPad, and on the right, the iPad mini. We have a thinner bezel around the screen, which has its benefits and downsides, as well as the slate-grey shade which is similar to the iPhone 5 colors.

 

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Internally, we don't know what to expect, but I'm guessing we'll see the A7 chip make an appearance, as well as the TouchID fingerprint scanner which has been teased on the upcoming refreshed iPad mini 2 slate.

Android KitKat leaks show the Nexus 5 featuring wireless charging

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 30, 2013 11:15 pm

A newly leaked log file from Android 4.4 KitKat is suggesting that Google's upcoming Nexus 5 smartphone could include an exciting new feature. If the leaked code (around 1,330,000 lines total) is correct, the new Nexus 5 will indeed feature a full HD resolution of 1920x1080-pixels.

 

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More interesting, however, is a little snippet of code that alludes to the the Nexus 5 sporting a fancy new wireless charging feature that could see the removal of a USB port all together. While I feel that the removal of the port would be a bad idea, I really hope that this kicks off a new era of wireless charging and that all of the next-gen phones will remove the tether and break into the realm of cord free charging!

Sony's Xperia Z1 "f" appears in newly leaked photo, 4.3 inches, 20mp

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 30, 2013 9:37 pm

Earlier today, an image surfaced online of what appears to be a smaller, yet powerful version of Sony's flagship, the Xperia Z1. The pictured Xperia Z1 f is said to be a much smaller version of the Xperia Z1 that still packs all of the features that make the Z1 such an attractive phone.

 

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The device is said to feature a 4.3-inch display, but will retain the quad-core 2.2GHZ Snapdragon 800 processor seen in its bigger brother. Additionally, the report suggests that the Z1f will keep the 20.1-megapixel imaging sensor that made the Z1 an overnight success. Some industry insiders are even suggesting that the Z1f will be released in several colors, including: pink, yellow, blue, white, and black. No hints have been made on when the Z1f might launch, but I would expect sometime around November.

Twitch lands $20 million in series C funding thanks to Thrive Capital

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 30, 2013 8:33 pm

Twitch.tv, everyone's favorite social video game footage sharing site, has just announced that its series C round of funding has been a massive success. The company managed to raise $20 million thanks to efforts led by Thrive Capital, Take-Two Interactive, and WestSummit Capital.

 

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At the moment, Twitch sees more than 45 million monthly visitors, and with the upcoming release of next-gen consoles, we expect to see that number rise significantly. While no mention has been made with how the company will use the funds, we would imagine that some of it will go towards beefing up its servers, as well as improving on its services offered to gamers who live stream their gameplay to the site.

A Reuters' poll suggests the PS4 will outsell the Xbox One this fall

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Sep 30, 2013 6:43 pm

If a newly released poll is any indication of current market trends, Sony's PlayStation 4 is more desired as a holiday gift than its rival, Microsoft's Xbox One. Reuters recently commissioned Ipsos to conduct a poll on which next-generation console consumers would purchase during the holiday season.

 

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The poll consisted of almost 1300 people, of which 26 percent said that they would be purchasing a PS4 in preparation for the holidays this year. Only 15 percent said that they would be purchasing an Xbox One. When Reuters broke the poll down to age demographics, a whopping 41 percent of those under 40 years of age said they would buy a PS4, while only 27 percent indicated that they would be picking up an Xbox One. No info was given on how many people indicated that they would buy both consoles.

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 Change.org petition based around bringing GTA V to PC, which gathered more than 500,000 signatures.

 

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Fortunately, it appears that all of our worries and pleas to Rockstar may have been answered. The website gta5tv.com 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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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."

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