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The next-gen Xbox event happens this afternoon! Our live blog will start at 1pm ET

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 21, 2013 10:28 am

We're nearly here - and yet, my excitement is continuing to build - the next-generation Xbox from Microsoft is to be unveiled mere hours from now. The entire news staff of TweakTown will be all over the Xbox event, covering it with a live blog and news posts.

 

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The event kicks off at 1pm ET, so be sure to check back this afternoon for your next-gen Xbox details. What are you hoping to see? Here are some of our thoughts on the next-generation console from Microsoft, but I'd like to be totally surprised, and to see Microsoft go up and above the PS4 announcement with some incredible games and details on the console. Hopefully we get to actually see the console, not like the PS4 event.

SanDisk does it again, advances their industry-leading second-generation 19nm manufacturing tech

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: May 21, 2013 9:28 am

SanDisk have announced today that they have begun customer sampling of flash memory products based on their 1Ynm process technology, which is the company's second-generation 19nm manufacturing technology.

 

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This achievement is quite incredible, as it takes their memory cell size from 19nm by 26nm to just 19nm by 19.5nm. Even though we're talking uber small here, it is a 25% reduction of the memory cell area, allowing SanDisk to continue "leading the industry in building smaller, more powerful flash memory products".

 

The benefits of SanDisk's advancements in their manufacturing technology will pave the way for higher capacity SSD's, with lower manufacturing costs. Consumers and businesses will all benefit from this, which we should begin to see the benefits of going into the future. You can read more about SanDisk's industry-leading technology here.

Samsung's Galaxy S4 is the world's best smartphone... according to Consumer Reports

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 21, 2013 8:27 am

It wasn't long ago that Samsung reported they were set to sell their 10 millionth Galaxy S4, but it seems Consumer Reports is jumping on the 'Galaxy S4 is awesome' bandwagon, by stating that the Android-powered smartphone from Samsung is the world's best smartphone.

 

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Consumer Reports found that "the S4 delivered top-notch performance in the most critical areas of our tests, including the camera". They also thought the Galaxy S4's display was impressive, stating that it "is sensitive enough to use with gloves on - handy during cold weather". Consumer Reports also praised the S4's multi-tasking abilities, saying that watching videos whilst checking e-mail on the S4 was impressively quick.

RumorTT: Samsung could shift to Intel processors for the Galaxy Tab 3

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 21, 2013 7:31 am

Samsung are reportedly working on a new Galaxy Tab tablet, which could actually be more interesting than previously thought. We've heard previously that the Galaxy Tab 3 would feature a 10.1-inch 1280x800-pixel display, rocking a 1.5GHz dual-core processor inside.

 

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We also expected 1GB of RAM, a 3-megapixel camera, a 7,000mAh battery and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean for software. But, now there's reports that peg the Galaxy Tab 3 to feature an Intel processor, with results spotted on the GLBenchmark that hint that the upcoming 10.1-inch slate from Samsung would feature a 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Atom Z2560 processor backed up by a PowerVR SGX 544 MP3 GPU.

 

Up until now, Samsung have used ARM-based processors in their smart devices, so this would be a gigantic change if Intel were to tap some of that sweet Intel silicon for their upcoming products.

Microsoft's in-house TV project is The Music Room, a user-driven show

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: May 21, 2013 6:26 am

Microsoft are merely hours away from unveiling their next-generation Xbox, where the company is going to unveil a two-part show for Xbox Live subscribers that will have the XBL subscribers given a chance to choose how the show ends.

 

 

The Music Room is what we'll see, which will allow for user feedback, or polling, to help the guide the show's finale. Laura Jackson will host the show, with Carl Barat who was formerly with the Libertines will be a guest. Performers will be featured, with Swim Deep and Everything Everything. The show starts on May 29, as Microsoft's first in-house production for the Xbox.

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The Last of Us will feature PS4's 'play while download' feature on the PS3

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 21, 2013 5:38 am

Naughty Dog are nearly ready to unveil The Last of Us to the world, a game that launches simultaneously on Blu-ray and as a download through PSN on June 14. If you choose the download method, then you can only play the game once it has downloaded 50%.

 

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The PlayStation 4 will have this feature, where it will allow you to play the games as you're downloading them. PS3 gamers will get a tease of this PS4 feature with The Last of Us, but the PS4's method will be far superior thanks to its dedicated hardware that is used for background downloading and processing.

Apple escaped $44 billion in taxes according to Senate investigators

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 21, 2013 4:31 am

Apple are in the news once more, with Senate investigators accusing the iPhone maker of piecing together a complicated system to hide billions of dollars in international profits from both US and foreign tax collectors.

 

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What puts Apple in hot water is a report that has been released ahead of Apple CEO Tim Cook's inaugural Capitol Hill appearance on Tuesday, which alleges that Apple took advantage of numerous US tax loopholes and avoided taxes of up to $44 billion in offshore, taxable income between 2009 and 2012 - something that Apple rejects completely. The Senate investigation also charges, for the first time, that Apple's established foreign entities don't have tax-resident status there, or anywhere else.

 

Apple conducts most of their international business in the European country in order to use the lower tax rates, according to the congressional report. The Senate have said that Apple's tax conduct isn't exactly legal, but they aren't looking at the situation with compassion, pressing against Apple for their tax avoiding tactics.

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Jolla unveils their first Sailfish OS-based smartphone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 21, 2013 3:29 am

Some ex-Nokia staffers have created a company called Jolla, who have just unveiled their first smartphone designed to run an OS called Sailfish. Sailfish is a Meego-inspired OS, with Jolla believing that their self-titled mobile phone will be one of the hot new mid- to high-end smartphones.

 

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Jolla will feature a 4.5-inch Estrada display, a dual-core processor which we don't know of yet, 16GB of internal flash storage, microSD for expandable storage, and an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera. On the front we have a front-facing camera of course, and 4G LTE support in some countries. Jolla will feature no buttons on the front whatsoever, and will arrive with a two-tone removable back shell that the company calls The Other Half.

 

The Jolla is available for pre-order, with pre-order customers to receive a voucher worth 100 euros that will be taken off of the totla price of the phone once it ships. Jolla will go on sale in Q4 for around $513 (399 euros) and will drop in Europe before jumping over to other countries.

AMD acquires NVIDIA's Technical Marketing Manager

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 21, 2013 2:14 am

AMD continue their roll, acquiring Sean Pelletier from NVIDIA, who leaves his post as NVIDIA's Senior Technical Marketing Manager. Pelletier will join AMD in a position similar to the one he left NVIDIA for, where he will initially focus on GPU's.

 

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With AMD acquiring lots of talent over the last year or so, they truly are going to be a company to be reckoned with in a couple of years time. The staff acquisitions won't be apparent to consumers right away, but we should see the fruits of their labor over the coming year or so. The future is looking bright for AMD!

EA's FIFA 14 will make a showing at tomorrow's Xbox event

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 21, 2013 1:50 am

EA has teased that FIFA 14 will be making a showing at tomorrow's Xbox unveiling. TweakTown will be live-blogging tomorrow's Xbox unveiling and will have coverage of the upcoming FIFA 14 game. For those who don't know, FIFA is the world organization for soccer--or as most of the world calls it, football--and FIFA 14 will be EA Sports' latest addition to their soccer game franchise.

 

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Make sure to tune into our Live Blog that will be starting at 10a.m. PST tomorrow!

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