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Apple still needs Samsung to manufacture the A7 in the iPhone 5S

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 22, 2013 3:35 am

Rocking an iPhone 5S and think you're 'sticking it to Samsung' when you use it? Think again. The South Korean giant, and main competitor to Apple, is the company who is making the A7 processor inside each and every iPhone 5S.




Chipworks says that it found design and manufacturing processes on the A7 chip that match up with Samsung-built chips such as the Samsung Exynos Application processor that is baked into the Galaxy S4 smartphone. Samsung will also reportedly supply Apple with components for its upcoming second generation iPad mini tablet.


So while they may be competitors, they still require each other to make money. Apple wouldn't have as many iPhone 5S units if it weren't for Samsung, and Samsung wouldn't be racking in billions manufacturing hardware for Apple.

Twitter IPO could raise $1 billion, might happen quite soon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 22, 2013 2:29 am

We should expect Twitter to go public in the next couple of months, but according to a report on Reuters, the social networking site might push its IPO before Thanksgiving.




One source has told Reuters that Twitter could raise over $1 billion in its IPO, and while it may sound like a lot, it is less than 1% of Facebook's record-breaking IPO which smashed through $105 billion. We don't know what Twitter will do when it goes public, but we should expect the biggest Twitter apps to go under the knife and come out looking just a little different. Let's just hope this doesn't happen to Twitter, like it did Facebook.

NVIDIA unleashes its GeForce 327.23 WHQL drivers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Sep 22, 2013 2:03 am

NVIDIA has finally unleashed its GeForce 327.23 WHQL drivers, breaking out of the previous 326.80 beta drivers from last month. The new drivers include the usual performance increases, but there's more in store with these new drivers from NVIDIA.




We have performance increases of up to 19% in a few games since the previous R319 drivers, new SLI profiles, official Windows 8.1 support, TXAA support for OpenGL, and full support for tiled 4K 60Hz displays such as ASUS' beautiful PQ321Q. You can grab NVIDIA's GeForce 327.23 WHQL driver right here.

BlackBerry could be saved... by its co-founder and former co-CEO

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 22, 2013 1:29 am

BlackBerry is drowning, and has been for a while, but diving out of the consumer market because of a $1 billion loss on a single smartphone is a big move. What can help the Canadian phone maker now?




Well, co-founder of BlackBerry, Mike Lazaridis, who stepped down from his co-CEO role in 2012, has reportedly approached more than one private equity firm about putting in a bid for BlackBerry. This all comes from a report on The New York Times, who says that talks are simply preliminary right now. Lazaridis might not make an offer, but it would definitely put a big spin on the situation.


Big industry players like Huawei and Lenovo have reportedly been linked to business talks, but nothing is confirmed right now. We'll have more as it happens.

Hack the fingerprint scanner on the iPhone 5S for $15,000 cash reward

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 22, 2013 12:34 am

There are already security holes within iOS 7, that allow someone to quite easily access your photos, e-mails, and much more. But now one man has made it his mission to hack the iPhone 5S Touch ID.




The fingerprint scanner built into the iPhone 5S by the NSA Apple is now the target of hacking, with the start of this. Nick DePetrillo is raising money through cash and Bitcoins, with $16,000 raised already. Alcohol and other random prizes have been handed over from over 60 different pledges.


All of the donations will be given to the first who can "successfully [lift] a print off the iPhone 5s screen, [reproduce] it and [unlock] the phone in < 5 tries." Video confirmation will be necessary, with every step of the process needing to be recorded for legitimacy.

Valve's Steam Box teased in a new website, what can we expect?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Sep 21, 2013 11:43 pm

I really think that Valve can seriously take on the next-gen consoles from both Sony and Microsoft, where it could even come out on top with some of the best gaming experiences we've ever had.




Now the Washington-based game developer has teased its new Steam Box console on a new website, with a teaser image above. There's a countdown ticker that is counting down to 1PM EDT on September 23. We don't know what will be announced, but Valve says it will unveil something exciting - we should expect the Steam Box, in perfect timing, before the PS4 and Xbox One are released.

Oppo set to become Cyanogen's first hardware partner with the N1

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 21, 2013 11:41 am

We reported earlier in the week about the Cyanogen Inc announcement, with a new smartphone coming with the help of Oppo. Oppo will be manufacturing Cyanogen Inc's smartphone, which will be the Oppo N1 smartphone.





We don't know what to expect, apart from the video tease above that gets us ready for "OPPO + CyanogenMod = ?" which is the Oppo N1 smartphone. The original teases show off a gorgeous smartphone, which Oppo says has "a beautiful large screen." We should expect some seriously slick things from the N1, as it is going to be unveiled at Oppo's Beijing event on September 23.

Qualcomm joins the Wireless Power Consortium, but why?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 21, 2013 10:31 am

A collective of companies who support the Qi wireless charging standard joined forces to become the Wireless Power Consortium, but industry heavyweight Qualcomm stayed out of it until now.




Qualcomm has become a member of the Wireless Power Consortium, which includes over 170 companies who are behind the standard. Considering Qualcomm is a founding member of the WPC's competing wireless charging standard, Alliance for Wireless Power - or A4WP - which has just 60 members. Qualcomm is knee-deep in A4WP, so it's an interesting move to say the least.


Could Qualcomm be wanting to bring the two groups together? Qi seems the bigger of the two, with companies like HTC, Samsung, LG, Nokia, Sony and now Qualcomm all on board. We should see what Qualcomm were up to joining the WPC in the next couple of months.

Gaikai will stream PS3 games to the PS4 in 2014

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 21, 2013 9:33 am

We've been wondering what Sony would do after it purchased premium cloud-based service Gaikai, but now we know: Sony will stream PS3 games to the PlayStation 4 starting next year. This will go around the issue that the PS4 is an x86-based device, compared to the custom chips inside of the PS3.




We shouldn't expect full compatibility and the entire PS3 library, but the Japanese company has said that Gaikai would compliment its next-gen console nicely, affording for interactive functions like Remote Play and more. The news comes directly from Sony Worldwide Studios president, Shuhei Yoshida, when he spoke at the Tokyo Game Show earlier this week in Japan.


Yoshida stated that Gaikai will begin offering the streaming of certain PS3 games to the PS4 starting next year in the US. Yoshida also confirmed that Sony plans to continuously build up the PS3 library for the PS4, where it'll first build a core library, constantly adding titles to it.

Android 4.4 KitKat teases new status bar with gray icons

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Sep 21, 2013 8:34 am

Apple may have launched its iOS 7 platform, but it is receiving mixed responses if my Facebook news feed has anything to do with it. Well, on the other side of the field we have Google with its Android 4.4 KitKat OS which is set to hit Android devices in the near future.




The latest tease, in the shot above, shows off a new status bar with gray icons versus the current blue. I dig it, as it is more visible on the screen than blue is. We are to expect Android 4.4 KitKat to have a refreshed UI, which is something I'm quite excited to see. What to expect? We don't know just yet, but I expect we'll see much more in the coming weeks, where I hope we'll see the Nexus 5 unveiled with Android 4.4 KitKat on board.