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Motorola's Moto X will receive the update to Android 4.4 very soon

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 14, 2013 3:30 am

Today Motorola's CEO, Dennis Woodside, announced that the company's flagship Moto X smartphone will receive the update to Android 4.4 KitKat in just a few weeks. This comes just hours after the company launched its budget friendly Moto G smartphone that will have to wait until January to receive KitKat.

 

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The update will bring forth a host of new and exciting features to the Moto X including new ways to incorporate all of your messaging apps into one, and new features for your contact list. Unfortunately, Moto X phones purchased through carriers will take longer to update as the carriers will each have to individually approve the update which means weeks of testing.

Xbox One launch celebration will be aired on Spike TV and Xbox Live

By: Idene Saatchi | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 14, 2013 3:00 am

Microsoft has announced they will be having a worldwide launch celebration starting 11 pm ET/8 pm PT which will be streamed on Spike TV and will also be available to watch on your Xbox or on Xbox.com. They will be hosting a huge fan party in Times Square, New York and Los Angeles.

 

 

Yusuf Mehdi, Corporate Vice President of Marketing and Strategy: "Today we invite millions of Xbox fans around the world to join us for the launch of Xbox One, beginning on Nov. 21 as we count down the final hours to the launch of Xbox One... Xbox One will be the biggest launch in the history of Xbox and we can't wait to celebrate with our fans."

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TweakTown DOTD: AMD Catalyst 13.11 Beta 9.2 drivers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Nov 14, 2013 2:52 am

Our Download of the Day today is more of a reminder, which is for the AMD Catalyst 13.11 Beta 9.2 drivers. These new drivers are obviously in beta, so download them at your own risk.

 

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The new drivers have support for the latest Radeon R-series of GPUs, including the super-fast R9 290X GPU. The new drivers also support Microsoft's latest desktop OS, Windows 8.1, as well as Windows 8, Windows 7, and Linux.

Nokia releases its new Refocus App for download on Lumia phones

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Nov 14, 2013 2:00 am

Nokia's Refocus app may be one of the most highly anticipated apps of the year, and since its unveiling, every Lumia owner out there has been chomping at the bits to get their hands on it. Today their wait was ended when Nokia launched the app at the Finnish conference known as Slush.

 

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The App allows users to tweak their previously taken images by adjusting focus points, as well as selectively removing or replacing colors. Additionally the app lets users friends play with their photos as well. "It gives more context of the story you want to tell," said Samuli Hänninen, vice president of software program management for Nokia's Smart Devices business. "It makes the images come alive, and you can combine it with different colors and make it as artistic as you want." Users who own a Lumia PureView device can download the app at the source link below.

Sony explains why it's difficult to keep the PlayStation Network free

By: Idene Saatchi | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 14, 2013 1:20 am

Sony's PlayStation network has always been a free service to all PlayStation users. Sony's head of global marketing and vice president of Sony Network Entertainment, Eric Lempel explains to GamesIndustry.biz why they had to make the change and that it would be too difficult to keep the PlayStation Network free. Although the PlayStation Network's app services will still be free, Lempel says the PlayStation 4 will still have an edge over Xbox One due to Xbox Live's requirement to use many of its services. Lempel also explains that you get a good value and that it is worth paying for.

 

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Eric Lempel mentioning it's difficult to keep PSN free: "There's a ton of value in the network. We've built up the network over the years and made a significant investment... and it's quite honestly hard to keep everything free"

 

Lempel continues: "The network's gotten so much better and it's completely redesigned on PS4. And the investment in Plus gives the user a ton of value, so putting multiplayer in there will continue to help us build the network up for our users. It's a massive infrastructure to run this thing, and now with some of these social features there's a lot going on."

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Sony releases the PlayStation 4, and we have your review roundup!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 14, 2013 12:47 am

Sony has finally unleashed its next-generation console, the PlayStation 4, to at least some parts of the world. The first few reviews are still a work-in-progress, as the PS4 will continue to grow as a device over the years to come.

 

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Something I've noticed, but I'm not surprised to see, is that most reviews of the PS4 aren't completely glowing. There doesn't seem to be a killer game, that is an absolutely must-have title. I really expected there to have been a truly, next-generation console defining title - something like the Halo of the Xbox era. Oh well. Here is a list of the PS4 reviews:

 

Joystiq

Kotaku

Polygon

The Verge

Eurogamer

AMD announces all new Never Settle Forever holiday game bundle

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Nov 14, 2013 12:29 am

AMD announced a new update to its Never Settle program today that includes AAA titles like Battlefield 4, Hitman Absolution, Sleeping Dogs and more. Kicking things off is the AMD Radeon R9 series of GPUs, anyone who purchases an R9 270X, R9 280X, R9 290 or R9 290X will be eligible to receive a free copy of Battlefield 4 at participating retailers.

 

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AMD has also extended its Never Settle Forever bundle to now include the Radeon R7 260X, and will give it the Silver Rewards tier of the bundle which includes Hitman Absolution, Sleeping Dogs, Sniper Elite V2, Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon DiRT 3 and Thief. Customers can pick any two of these games for free upon purchase at participating retailers.

Fox announce one year delay to Independence Day sequel

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Nov 13, 2013 11:58 pm

We reported back in June that the once mooted two Independence Day sequels, once referred to as ID Forever Parts 1 and 2, but announced as Independence Day 2 was being released to theaters in July 2015.

 

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Well fast forward just a few months later and the situation is a little different. Perhaps to move it away from a blockbuster year including Star Wars Episode VII, The Avengers 2, and Jurassic Park 4, but more likely to give the production, including the writing/directing team of Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin more time to set the project up, Twentieth Century Fox have delayed the project by a whole year - now blasting screens on July 1 2016.

 

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Whilst there is still no confirmation on whether original star Will Smith will return in his role as fighter pilot Captain Steven Hiller, but the word is that two scripts have been written - one with and without the role. Talk about hedging your bets!

 

Despite this set back, Roland Emmerich, now on the PR trail following the home video release of White House Down is adamant that Independence Day 2 is not only happening, but will be his next project.

Ubisoft CEO says pre-orders for Xbox One not as high as PlayStation 4

By: Idene Saatchi | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 13, 2013 11:47 pm

The next generation of consoles are just right around the corner. Ubisoft's CEO, Yves Guillemot comments that the PlayStation 4 is doing better in pre-orders than the Xbox One. Guillemot is not worried though, and says the Xbox One is improving in pre-orders. Guillemot was asked if he was worried about a lack in demand for The Xbox One's pre-orders.

 

Guillemot comments: "What we see is that there is a good pre-order list on that machine. Even if the PS4 is in front in terms of pre-orders, we see lots of improvement in the pre-orders that are coming on Xbox One. So no, we are not worried at all. We think it will be a big seller as well."

 

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Guillemot is also not worried about the short term transition the consoles bring. Guillemot says, "The PS4 and Xbox One will be released in a few days' time and will be a new driving force for the industry,"

 

Guillemot continues: "We are confident in our capacity to rise to the short-term challenges posed by the transition phase, thanks to the very high quality of our games, which, combined with the upcoming arrival of the next-generation consoles and the traditional ramp-up of sales during the Christmas season will trigger positive momentum towards the end of the year."

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Team unveils the all new Dark L3 line of solid state drives

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Nov 13, 2013 11:00 pm

Today Team Group announced the launch of a new line of high-performance solid state drives. The all new Dark L3 SSDs are based on a 2.5-inch form factor and are designed to provide the extreme performance that today's PC enthusiast demands. The new Dark L3 drives are available in three capacities, including 60GB, 120GB, and 240GB.

 

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The new Dark L3 drives are said to feature read speeds of up to 550MB/s and 450MB/s write speeds based on the company's own testing using ATTO Disk Benchmark. Team says that the new Dark L3 SSDs measure in at 7mm thick, and can handle 35,000 random operations per second. Pricing for the drives starts at just $65 and increases to $200 for the 240GB drive.

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