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Google updates Android Drive app, supports streaming video, pinch-to-zoom on Android 3.0+

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Feb 21, 2013 8:14 am

Google has pushed out an update for their Drive application on Android. The new app features a range of improvements and feature additions and is now available in the Google Play Store for download. The main improvement made with this version of the app is increased performance throughout.

 

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In addition to better performance, Google has added the ability to stream video directly in the app on Android version 3.0 and above. While this means that only 43.9 percent of the community is supported, users will hopefully be upgrading their version of Android soon.

 

Users of the app will now be able to pinch-to-zoom when using the presentation viewer. This is a welcome addition for devices that have small screens.

Sony says PlayStation 4 will not block used games

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 21, 2013 7:03 am

Sony has confirmed to Eurogamer that used games will not be blocked on the PlayStation 4, allaying fears that the next-gen console would look to stuff out the used game market. "They purchase physical form, they want to use it everywhere, right? So that's my expectation," Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida said.

 

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Yoshida faltered a bit when directly asked if Sony was going to block used games from being resold. After consulting his Japanese PR adviser, he responded back, "used games can play on PS4. How is that?"

 

This is good news for everyone who had seen and heard the rumors that the next-gen consoles from Microsoft and Sony were going to block used games. Microsoft could still take that route, though this would likely hurt sales.

Proper specs on the PlayStation 4 emerge, 8-core AMD "Jaguar" CPU resides inside the PS4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 21, 2013 6:01 am

We saw the launch of Sony's PlayStation 4, but details on the actual hardware inside didn't exactly arrive on paper. Now Sony's PR is o ut and we have some concrete specs on the next-gen console from Sony.

 

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The PlayStation 4 will feature an AMD-built, 8-core 64-bit x86-based "Jaguar" CPU, with a Radeon GPU including 18 "compute units" which are capable of pumping out 1.84 FLOPS in graphics performance and more. Backing that up, we definitely have a Blu-ray drive, and 8GB of insanely fast GDDR5 RAM which pumps up to 176GB/sec of bandwidth.

 

Connectivity wise, we have 802.11n Wi-Fi, USB 3.0, Bluetooth 2.1, HDMI, optical out and Sony have even sprung for analog AV out. How's dem Apple's?

NVIDIA working on new headquarters in Santa Clara, located right across the street from old one

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 21, 2013 5:19 am

NVIDIA has announced that they are working on building a new headquarters right across the street from their current Santa Clara headquarters. The new building's design is being worked on a team at Gensler and is being led by Hao Ko. NVIDIA says the arhitect shares their "values and drive to perfection."

 

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The current renders of the new building are quite awesome and could rival Apple's new headquarters. As you can see in the picture above, NVIDIA's new headquarters will be shaped like two triangles with a connection in the middle.

 

The design harmonizes smart functionality and a shape that connects with and inspires our employees - a triangle, the fundamental building block of computer graphics. Efficient in every way, the design is thoughtful in its use of space, energy, and environment, and, of course, cost.

 

Let us know what you think of the planned headquarters. I think it looks pretty nifty. You can read NVIDIA's announcement blog post on their website.

Sony demos lots of games alongside PlayStation 4 announcement

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 21, 2013 1:04 am

Sony is currently onstage demoing numerous games that will launch on the PlayStation 4. Here's an incomplete list of games that we can expect to play on the next-gen PlayStation 4.

 

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  • KillZone: Shadowfall
  • DriveClub
  • inFamous Second Son
  • The Witness
  • Final Fantasy
  • Watch Dogs
  • Diablo III
  • Destiny

 

More information and pictures of the games can be found over in our very own live coverage of the PlayStation 4 event that is currently going on. We'll have more on these games after the event concludes.

 

Sony has also demonstrated several new game engines that will be put to use on the PlayStation 4. Square Enix demonstrated their Luminous game engine, Capcom demonstrated their new "Panta Rhei" game engine, and Quantic Dream teased us with an animation of an old man's face.

Which PlayStation 4 rumors ended up being true? Let's take a look...

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 21, 2013 12:46 am

With the official PlayStation 4 announcement about halfway over, we'd thought we'd bring to you a list of rumors that ended up being true. Without further ado, let's take a look at the rumors that panned out.

 

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  1. PlayStation 4 to be powered by 8-core AMD CPU
  2. Leaked pictures of prototype PlayStation 4 controller
  3. New controller to have touch panel
  4. PlayStation to use x86 architecture
  5. PlayStation 4 to use Gaikai streaming technology

 

In the end it looks like most of the rumors that we posted ended up being accurate. Of course, this was just a quick look over some of the past posts.

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Sony PlayStation 4 announced, features x86 CPU and 8GB of RAM

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 20, 2013 11:42 pm

Sony have announced the PlayStation 4 today - where we've discovered it does indeed feature an x86 CPU. We're looking at an 8-core CPU, a powerful GPU, and 8GB of RAM. But, Sony aren't pushing raw specs, but instead, the 'experience' of the gamer.

 

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The PS4's Lead System Architect, Mark Cerny, talked about the evolution of the PS4, which began development five years ago now, and was designed to connect to many services at once - which is where we are in the world right now. Hopefully we get some breakdown on specs later, which you can expect us to report to you. Keep checking back!

Did you want to watch the HTC event yesterday but didn't get an invite? HTC has posted video of the event online

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 20, 2013 11:16 pm

If you happened to not be in attendance of the HTC press conference yesterday because you fell ill or, more likely, didn't get an invitation, HTC has you covered. The company has released video of the event online today so that you can take a look inside and see just what you missed out on.

 

 

HTC has also chopped together a 4 minute 30 second version of highlights that includes video from the London and New York gatherings. Like most press events, the speakers hype the product with lots of unnecessary adjectives and phrases. Take a look and let us know what you thought of the event.

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Apple's stock price takes a hit after reports detailing a Foxconn hiring freeze surface

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 20, 2013 11:02 pm

Apple's stock continues to take a hit as reports of a hiring freeze at Apple's largest supplier surface. There have been two opposing theories offered up and it seems like investors are accepting one over the other and are using it as a reason to pound Apple's stock price.

 

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Apple's stock has decreased in value by $11.14, or 2.42 percent, in today's trading. The Financial Times offers up that the hiring freeze is a result of lower demand for Apple products. According to an external recruiter, "Foxconn's demand for workers this year was as low as that in 2009."

 

Bloomberg offers up a different reason for the hiring freeze. According to the spokesperson they spoke to, "Foxconn halted recruitment until the end of March after more employees returned from the Chinese New Year break than a year earlier."

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