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Head back to Rapture in the new Bioshock Infinite DLC on Nov. 12th

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 25, 2013 3:49 pm

Bioshock fans who are having withdrawals from their favorite underwater utopian society will be happy to hear that a return to Rapture is coming on November 12th in the form of a new DLC for Bioshock Infinite. The new Burial at Sea Episode 1 takes gamers back in time to the night before Raptures fall.

 

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Booker and Elizabeth explore Rapture where new weapons are introduced, but gameplay heavily relies on the players stealth capabilities and how well one can manage resources. Burial at Sea is just part one of a two part series, with the second installment taking the title of "A love letter to fans." Not much is known about it yet, but we expect it to launch sometime in the spring of 2014.

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LG's mobile division lost money, even while its phones are hot

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 25, 2013 12:37 pm

Even though LG is finally seeing some success with its smartphones, the South Korean company actually bled some money this quarter selling its handsets. LG posted its Q3 earnings, with a -2.6% operating margin.

 

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The company shipped over 12 million handsets, which provided it with a nice $2.75 billion in mobile sales and an even better 24% year-over-year in mobile sales. LG says it is still losing money in its mobile division due to "increased competition and higher marketing investments." Looking into the future, LG says it "plans to focus on increasing sales of new premium products such as the LG G2 smartphone during the peak holiday season as well as maximizing 3G and mid-tier mass devices such as the L II Series and F Series."

Instagram teases what its upcoming ads will look like

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Oct 25, 2013 11:35 am

Advertisements on Instagram are coming, you can't stop them, so the Facebook-owned company has come out and teased what the ads will look like in users' feeds. The show below, gives you a taste.

 

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Instagram didn't go into much detail, but it has assured users that the ads would be 'natural' and 'creative' where they will fit seamlessly with others photos and videos. The shot you see above features a very distinctive 'Sponsored' label where the time stamp would usually be found. This sample ad will roll out to US Instagram users' feeds "in the coming week" to prepare people for the eventuality of ads in Instagram.

Self-driving cars can help reduce injuries by up to 90%

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Oct 25, 2013 10:30 am

Self-driving cars are coming no matter what, but just what can they offer to the world? Well, how does a drop of vehicle-related injuries by 90% sound? Or helping the US economy save $450 billion annually? That should be something that turns heads, yes?

 

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The numbers come from independent research by the Eno Center for Transportation, who also says that 40% of fatal crashes in the US involved either alcohol, drugs, fatigue or distraction. These factors would all but disappear if you took the driver out of the equation, and had a self-driving car at your disposal.

 

In order to get to those numbers we explained above - 90% reduction in accidents, and saving the US economy nearly half a trillion dollars per year - we need the adoption of self-driving cars to constantly expand. The take up is going to happen, as we have Google, Mercedes, Nissan and Toyota all building their own self-driving vehicles. I for one, cannot wait for our self-driving overlords.

Samsung's Q3 operating profits of $9.6 billion is a new record

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 25, 2013 9:31 am

While other companies seem to be struggling to post massive profits and keep their share prices high - I'm talking about Apple, folks - its biggest competitor has just posted another record high in operating profits.

 

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Samsung has just posted its earnings for the Q3 period, with profits of $9.6 billion setting a new record high for the South Korean giant. The increased profits are thanks to its cheaper Galaxy smartphones, as well as profits from its memory side of things - such as Flash storage and RAM. Samsung has seen increased demand for its chips in the upcoming next-gen consoles, smartphones, servers, PCs and much more.

 

The company is seeing less profits on its TVs as prices continue to drop, but sales of its 60-inch and higher TVs are said to be growing.

Microsoft posts $5.2 billion profit, says Surface sales are growing

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 25, 2013 8:33 am

Microsoft has been somewhat struggling with its Surface tablets, but that hasn't stopped the company from posting an impressive Q1 earnings report. From $18.5 billion in revenue, the Redmond-based giant took a nice $5.2 billion in net profits home.

 

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The company pegs most of this success in the growth of its corporate-focused Commercial group. Unfortunately, the Devices and Consumer division isn't doing so well, with Windows revenue from PC makers down a sharp 7%, but search ad revenue climbed an impressive 47%. The Surface line of slates from Microsoft saw revenue increases quarter-over-quarter to $400 million.

 

With Windows 8.1 launching just recently, Microsoft has netted $113 million in pre-order revenue, which could see a surge in PC sales in the coming quarter. We're also set to see the Surface 2, Surface 2 Pro and Xbox One sales make a huge increase in revenue for the company in the coming months.

Call of Duty: Ghosts requires 64-bit OS and 6GB of RAM

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 25, 2013 7:35 am

The final system requirements for the upcoming Call of Duty: Ghosts has been released, with the first-person shooter having some steep requirements. First off, you'll need a 64-bit OS, secondly, a huge 6GB of RAM.

 

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Sure, 6GB of RAM isn't that much these days, with lots of systems coming with 8GB minimum, but this is going to cut a serious chunk of consumers away from even being able to play COD: Ghosts. The CPU requirements aren't too bad with either an Intel Core 2 Duo E8200 or AMD Phenom X3 8750. GPU's also get a sigh of relief, with the minimum requirement only being an NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 or AMD Radeon HD 5870 or better.

 

With these minimum requirements, I'm hoping to see a good jump in graphics from COD: Ghosts.

The Sims 4 is on its way, will arrive next Autumn with offline play!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 25, 2013 6:30 am

After the debacle that was The Sims 3, most thought we wouldn't see The Sims 4 for years, if at all. Well, it's coming, and it's coming soon. Next August, you can expect The Sims 4 with one big change: offline play.

 

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We don't know much else about the upcoming game, but The Sims 4 including offline mode is something that I like to see. Even though there has been a bunch of expansions for The Sims 3, I'd like to see how The Sims 4 changes things up enough to warrant a big sequel within such a quick period of time.

BatteryBot hits Kickstarter with a personalized portable battery

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 25, 2013 5:37 am

MimoPower has hit Kickstarter with an interesting new portable charger for mobile devices, the BatteryBot. What makes the BatteryBot stand out from the crowd is the ability to choose a custom-designed portable rechargeable battery!

 

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The battery itself will be a 5200mAh part, but could be bigger if they reach their stretch goals through Kickstarter. You can choose your favorite design, of which there are 10 to choose from, with more designs coming as the primary Kickstarer goal is hit. The first BatteryBot's will reach backers' doors in June 2014, with some interesting pledge gifts.

 

What will be good to see is more characters, with something like Iron Man, Spider-Man and my favorite, Superman. If I find a Man of Steel battery, you can bet your bottom dollar I'll be jumping on it first. You can read more about it here, and pledge for one of the BatteryBot's.

Japan Display Inc. also unveils 4K-capable 12.1-inch panel

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Oct 25, 2013 4:04 am

Japan Display Inc. impressed us earlier tonight by unveiling a 5.4-inch panel that is capable of delivering a resolution of 2560x1440, but the display manufacturer has taken it to another level.

 

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Marvel at the 12.1-inch display that has a 4K2K resolution, which is absolutely stunning. We're looking at tablets within a 12.1-inch space pushing a huge 3840x2160 resolution, which is just insane. This all results in a device that will feature a 365PPI, which is great. Better yet, it's also going to be thin, measuring just 2.0mm at the top, 6.8mm at the bottom and 2.0mm at its sides.

 

The same Low-Temperature Poly Silicon (LTPS) manufacturing technology is at play here, which will see lowered power consumption. Japan Display Inc. will be showing off its 12.1-inch 4K-capable display at the Full Panel Display (FPD) International 2013 in Japan later this week.

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