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Microsoft cuts Surface Pro price to just $799 for the 64GB model

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 5, 2013 4:25 am

We know that Microsoft had a huge $900 million write down on their Surface RT slate, but how have the sales been going on the higher-end Surface Pro? Well, over the weekend Microsoft took $100 off both the 64GB and 128GB models.

 

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This means the price has been reduced to $799 and $899 for the 64GB and 128GB models, respectively. The discounted price on the Surface Pro will only last until August 29, where I'm sure Microsoft are hoping sale numbers will spike, upwards. A Microsoft spokesperson told Engadget: "We've been seeing great worldwide success with Surface RT pricing and keyboard-cover promotions over the past several months and our proud to offer Surface Pro at more affordable prices starting today."

 

The spokesperson continued: "People who buy Surface love Surface, and we're eager for more people to their hands on Surface and share their excitement." It's not a huge price cut, but it's something that will drag consumers' attention to it, that's for sure.

RumorTT: Next-gen Forza is being developed by Playground Games

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 5, 2013 3:33 am

According to the LinkedIn profile of an artist working at Playground Games, they are working on a "next-gen Forza project." The artist, Yibo Liu, said he was "working as the only technical artist in the vehicle art team for an undisclosed next-gen Forza project."

 

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Liu, who is a Technical Artist at Playground Games, has now changed the entry to reference an "undisclosed Xbox One project." Forza Motorsport 5 was one of the games Microsoft had in their Xbox One reveal showcase in May, and with the spinoff, Forza Horizon, developed at Playground Games, maybe we should expect it from them.

 

Microsoft have come out and told Polygon that they don't "comment on job postings or any speculation."

Google Glass could triple its battery life with this new product

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Aug 5, 2013 2:29 am

One thing that stays common between early adopters of Google Glass is its not-so-great battery life, but designer and inventor, Kevin Alan Tussy, has an idea that could triple the battery life of Google's wearable device.

 

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His idea is called PWRGlass, which is an external battery pack that would be sold as an optional accessory to Glass. PWRGlass isn't anywhere near ready, with the only form it exists in right now is in a computer, as a 3D render. But, as it stands, it features a 2000mAh lithium-ion battery that is built into the sunglass band-like design.

 

There would be a microUSB connector on PWRGlass, that would allow a user to recharge both the PWRGlass, and Google Glass, at the same time. The designer is also working on a second device that would give Glass an injection of storage from its on-board 12GB.

Jelly Bean finally becomes the dominant version of Android

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Aug 4, 2013 6:28 pm

I've been using Android 4.x Jelly Bean since day one, and I'm in love with it. But, it has seen a slow adoption rate, but thanks great selling smartphones like the Galaxy S4, HTC One and Xperia Z, Jelly Bean has finally become the dominant version of Android.

 

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The numbers speak for themselves, with the digits posted on the Android Developers website. As it stands right now, Android 4.1 and 4.1 are found on 40.5% of all Android devices, up from 38% of devices last month. This news means that Android 2.3 "Gingerbread" users are upgrading, with Android 2.3 numbers down to 33%, just 1% lower than June's numbers of 34%.

College students are still buying PCs, not tablets, for now

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 4, 2013 5:24 pm

We all know the PC market is changing, and it isn't selling as many units as it used to, but then there are hundreds of millions of smartphones and tablets sold each year. Where one market shrinks and slowly dies, another emerges, making billions of dollars.

 

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Well, one section of the market where PC still reigns king, is in college campuses. Market research firm Deloitte found that 82% of college students own computers and 80% of them own smartphones, but just 18% of them own a tablet. Deloitte's Brent Schoenbaum told MarketWatch: "The combination of smartphones and laptops makes the tablet redundant for students."

Qualcomm: 8-core processors for smartphones are 'dumb'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Aug 4, 2013 4:32 pm

We are finally seeing 8-core processors in our smartphones, but do we really need all of this power? According to chipmaker Qualcomm, we don't. More specifically, Qualcomm's Senior Vice President, Anand Chandrasekher has come out and said 8-core processors for smartphones are just "dumb."

 

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Chandrasekher likened adding more cores to taking eight lawnmower engines, putting them together and calling it an eight cylinder Ferrari engine. Chandrasekher added that Qualcomm are focusing on providing consumers with a good experience, which starts with a good modem, long battery life and an affordable price point.

 

The Qualcomm executive said that adding more cores into the mix is like throwing spaghetti at a wall and seeing what sticks. Your move, Samsung.

Samsung Galaxy Folder brings back the flip phone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 4, 2013 3:27 pm

It looks like we could be going back to the future with Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Folder smartphone, which is an Android-based clamshell smartphone. Contributors to Clien.net's forums claim they know some insider information, posting a bunch of pictures of the upcoming flip phone.

 

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It looks like it features a gold-like side trim, with a camera key that replaces the W2013's dual-SIM button. I don't know how popular a flip phone would be in this market, but for the emerging markets, with a slim price, it could be a great device to add to Samsung's never-ending line of Galaxy-branded smartphones.

John Carmark 'couldn't' talk about Doom 4 during QuakeCon 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 4, 2013 2:28 pm

People have been waiting for Doom 4 for what seems like forever, and many expected news of the upcoming first-person shooter to be unveil at QuakeCon 2013. But, during id Software's Technical Director, John Carmack's keynote speech for QuakeCon 2013, only a tiny piece was revealed.

 

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There were only a few seconds dedicated to Doom 4 talk during his three-hour long speech, where a fan asked if Carmark could provide any update on Doom 4's development, to which Carmark replied: "I can't. I actually asked about whether I could say anything related to the development, and the answer was, no, I couldn't."

 

Doom 4 was coming, until they had to scrap the entire project and start again. We heard about this a while ago, with Pete Hines, VP of PR and Marketing for Bethesda Softworks said during a statement to Kotaku: "An earlier version of Doom 4 did not exhibit the quality and excitement that id and Bethesda intend to deliver and that Doom fans worldwide expect. As a result, id refocused its efforts on a new version of Doom 4 that promises to meet the very high expectations everyone has for this game and this franchise."

7-second teaser of 'squad' gameplay for Call of Duty: Ghosts is here

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 4, 2013 1:24 pm

It's not long until the new Call of Duty: Ghosts arrives, but to tease you for now, Infinity Ward's Executive Producer, Mark Rubin, tweeted a seven-second teaser of an in-game menu for "squad" gameplay in Call of Duty: Ghosts.

 

 

The clip is short enough that you don't see much at all, apart from the menus "online play" and "options". You can also spot "Squads" at the top of the screen if you're quick enough. We should expect the reveal for Call of Duty: Ghosts' multiplayer on August 14, with the show being livestreamed on the game's website and Xbox Live at 1:30 ET.

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Justin Bieber becomes Anonymous' latest victim

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Aug 4, 2013 12:27 pm

After working for three years with TweakTown, I never thought I'd be typing the words "Justin Bieber" into a news post, but here I am. The teen pop sensation has a new enemy in Anonymous after he wore the iconic Guy Fawkes, or "anonymous" mask. Anonymous has struck back, creating a Facebook event with the tag #OPButtHurtForBieber. The creator of the page says:

 

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Greetings citizens of the world we are Anonymous!

It has come to are attention that Justin Bieber has made mockery of anonymous

we now unite and make it known to justin that anonymous are not to be taken lightly

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2382665/Justin-Biebers-Guy-Fawkes-mask-New-York-Lil-Twist-named-battery-report.html

faze one

flood his Twitter and Facebook

We Are Anonymous

We Do Not Forgive

We Do Not Forget

Expect US!

 

I don't think anything will happen, but Bieber's Facebook or Twitter pages could be hacked in the coming days. Or maybe 1000 Anonymous people will spit on Bieber from a rooftop, maybe.

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