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Microsoft unveils Windows Phone GDR3 update brings in 1080p support

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 14, 2013 4:39 pm

Microsoft has finally released the GDR3 update for Windows Phone 8, something we have been reporting about for several months now. The update brings forth official support for 1080p displays, with those in the 5-inch and 6-inch classes being highlighted. The update also allows for the system to support faster processors such as the Snapdragon 800 from Qualcomm.




Other new features include the sharing of an internet connection via Bluetooth, custom ringtones, the ability to shut down apps from the recent apps screen, and an option to lock the screen orientation. The addition of larger screens means that there will be more room for Live Tiles says Microsoft. A customizable driving mode is also present which will allow for better integration into cars with a smartphone compatible control system.

HTC One MAX arrives with a 5.9-inch screen, Android 4.3 and Sense 5.5

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 14, 2013 3:23 pm

After weeks of build-up, leaks, and speculation, HTC this morning announced the launch of the HTC One MAX. The One Max is the Phablet version of the HTC One, and does not sacrifice power for a larger screen unlike many of the phablets on the market today. HTC has also kept to their word, and retained the aluminum unibody chassis its flagship One is so famous for.




The new HTC One MAX features a 5.9-inch full 1920x1080-pixel display which is quite impressive as many phablets on the market today do not even boast a true 720p resolution. HTC also managed to retain the quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor which is featured in the smaller HTC One. 2GB of RAM is on hand to keep everything nice and smooth while onboard storage in 16GB and 32GB configurations is present. Unlike its little brother, a microSD port is featured and can support cards up to 32GB. This gives the One MAX a total storage capacity of 64GB.


"The addition of the HTC One max means that we now have an HTC One phone for everyone. The family has been built on quality and game-changing innovations and the HTC One max is certainly no exception," said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation. "The upgrade to HTC Sense 5.5 will provide our most amazing mobile experience yet, with the HTC One max delivering the size and power required to do everything you want, and more, without compromise."

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LG to launch its G Flex smartphone next month, 6 inches of flex

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 14, 2013 8:22 am

We've already heard about the G Flex, something that LG was supposed to announce next month, which looks to be on track. Engadget has landed a bunch of press renders of the upcoming flexible smartphone from LG.






Engadget's sources have said that the G Flex will be launching next month, but pricing, availability and specifications will be announced closer to the G Flex's actual announcement. LG does its flex a little different to Samsung, where it flexes from top to bottom versus Samsung's Galaxy Round which flexes from left to right.

Latest 'Only in Battlefield' video captures the best moments of BF4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 14, 2013 7:01 am

Battlefield 4 is only a few weeks away, and to whet out appetites that much more, DICE has released another video for the first-person shooter named 'Only in Battlefield.'



The video shows off some incredible footage, as usual, with some gamers chiming in with what their favorite OMG moment was in the game. I feel like it's a bit scripted, with actors, but these feats that are pulled off in the game are truly only in Battlefield, which is something that makes the game unique.


Battlefield 4 is released on October 29 in most countries, and hits next-gen consoles a few weeks later when they launch.

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iPhone 5C case becomes useful, developer makes Connect 4 game with it

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 14, 2013 5:34 am

It looks like the odd case for the iPhone 5C has a use thanks to an Australian iOS developer who has used the case to make a Connect 4 game. Yes, a Connect 4 game for the case you use on your iPhone 5C.



Stuart Hall first saw the case for the new iPhone 5C and thought "why?" but then he saw it in person and thought again "oh that looks nice, but why?" He teamed up with another Australian developer, Dave McKinney, where they worked together to use the iPhone 5Cs case as a makeshift Connect 4 board.




You can purchase the game on the iTunes App Store. How's them Apples?

Angry Birds take over lounge room screens with its Blu-ray release

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Oct 14, 2013 4:34 am

Following the announcement earlier this year that Sony Pictures has picked up the rights for the debut Angry Birds feature film, comes the announcement of the Australian Blu-ray release of the first volume of Angry Birds Toons, previously accessible through the Angry Birds app, or on pay TV.




Whilst Sony Pictures Australia have not detailed the discs specifications, look for the set to feature the first 26 episodes with 1080p vision, along with behind the scenes featurettes, an art gallery and a special Christmas themed episode. Look for the first volume to hit Blu-ray shelves on December 5th.




Rovio's franchise continues to go from strength to strength and has truly taken the world by storm, including much publicized tie-ins with established franchises, including Star Wars and tons of merchandising taking over stores.

RumorTT: Apple to launch 'budget' iMac model next year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Oct 14, 2013 4:34 am

If there's one thing that Apple's iMacs aren't, it's cheap. This is all set to change according to an analyst with KGI Securities. Ming-Chi Kuo says that Apple will be more aggressive with its iMac pricing in 2014, where it will introduce a new "budget" model.




Kuo believes that the lower pricing stamped onto the iMacs will increase shipments of the all-in-one PC by around 10-20% year-over-year. Right now, the cheapest iMac starts at $1299, which isn't cheap when compared to a decent all-in-one PC. Kuo says that fewer-than-expected iMacs were shipped worldwide after the redesigned models arrived late last year.


The analyst believes that Apple priced it too high, which has forced Apple's hand to prepare a budget iMac that will help shipment numbers in non-US markets.

Watch Dogs character models look much better on next-gen platforms

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 14, 2013 3:11 am

We haven't seen many comparisons between current and next generation platforms with some of the newer games coming out, but there's a comparison of Watch Dogs on the current generation consoles, put up against the next-gen platforms.




As you can see from the shots above and below, there are some big differences between the two versions. The shot above showed off a much more detailed image with increased clarity, shadow and lighting detail and more. You can really see the change in graphics between the two shots. If you look at the jacket Aiden is wearing, you can clearly see the big difference in detail.




The shot above, is also a good example, but I think most of the detail is blurred from our vision thanks to the darker scene. One part that really sticks out to be is the jumper Aiden is wearing underneath his jacket, with the detail at the top of it nice and clear. You can distinctly tell there's some bumps between the top, thanks to the improved level of detail, lighting and shadows.

Major Internet organizations moving away from US government control

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Oct 13, 2013 11:32 am

The day has come: every single major Internet organization has pledged to free themselves of the influence of the US government's control at a summit in Uruguay.




The parties involved include the directors of ICANN, the Internet Engineering Task Force, the Internet Architecture Board, the World Wide Web Consortium, the Internet Society and all five of the regional Internet address registries have promised to cut ties with the US government. During a statement, the group asked for "accelerating the globalization of ICANN and IANA functions, towards an environment in which all stakeholders, including all governments, participate on an equal footing."


Right now, the US department of commerce has oversight in the operations of ICANN, but not for long. During a separate part of the statement, the group "expressed strong concern over the undermining of the trust and confidence of Internet users globally due to recent revelations of pervasive monitoring and surveillance."

Oculus VR founder hits Top 10 list of Innovators on Popular Mechanics

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Oct 13, 2013 10:31 am

I truly think Oculus Rift is going to be the future of gaming, with Rift being the first viable, consumer-priced virtual reality device we've seen, ever. The creator of Rift, Palmer Luckey, has made it to position 7 in Popular Mechanics' "10 Innovators Who Changed the World in 2013" list.




This is quite the stage for Luckey to stand on, especially as he's just 21 years old and standing on the throne of the virtual reality segment right now. Remember that the great John Carmack has stepped into the role of Oculus VR's Chief Technology Officer, and this is all happening before the Rift is even sold as a consumer product.