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AUO show off next-gen mobile display tech at Touch Taiwan show

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Aug 29, 2013 10:01 am

Our friends over at MobileGeek have sent us a tip, and what a tip it is - they're live at Touch Taiwan, checking out the upcoming display technology that we'll see baked into our mobile devices in the coming years.



There's a lot to cover in the video, above, 4.3-inch flexible AMOLED, 960x540 resolution and just 0.2mm thick. AUO is just teasing us here, though, as this is just a technology demo. AUO also showed off a 4.7-inch 720p HD display that is ultra-thin, with the one on the left a display that we would find in a tablet on the market today.


How thin are we talking though? The one on the left, which is a conventional display is just 1.19mm thick, but AUO's tease is a tiny 0.34mm thick - just a third of the thickness of a conventional panel. Then we have AUO pushing out a 512 PPI display running 4.3-inch ultra high-density LTPS display running 1920x1080 pixels. 0.6mm thick at the border, which is beautiful.

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Google Hangouts getting upgraded to HD quality, finally

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Aug 29, 2013 9:28 am

Finally! Google is switching Google+ Hangouts to HD video, which should result in a large increase in quality. The news comes from Google's Senior VP, Engineering for Google, Vic Gundotra, reports GigaOM.




Google is switching from H.264 to VP8, which should result in better quality video, with Google's VP of Engineering, Chee Chew, stating "it will be cleaner, better video." One of the main benefits of VP8 within Hangouts in HD is it is capable of doing more, at better quality, with less horsepower. H.264 would not be capable of handling HD streams from 10 users, as it would require too much processing power.

Borderlands 2 GOTY Edition arrives in October, priced at $60

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 29, 2013 8:24 am

If you're a Borderlands 2 fan, and let's face it, most of us are, then you'll be pleased to hear that Gearbox Software is releasing a Game of the Year package deal for the first-person shooter RPG.




It will be priced at $60 and arrives in October, with every single bit and byte of Borderlands 2 included, including the Borderlands 2 Season Pass and the Premiere Club. The full list, is below:


  • Borderlands 2 Main Game;
  • Captain Scarlett and her Pirate's Booty;
  • Mr. Torgue's Campaign of Carnage;
  • Sir Hammerlock's Big Game Hunt;
  • Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep;
  • Creature Slaughter Dome;
  • Premiere Club Content:Gaige, the Mechromancer Character Class; Gearbox Gun Pack; Golden Key; Vault Hunter's Relic;
  • Krieg, the Psycho Character Class;
  • Collector's Edition Heads and Skins;
  • Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack 1.


However, there are two more DLC packs coming this fall, the Headhunter Pack and Digistruct Peak Challenge, which are both not part of the GOTY Edition. This is disappointing, you'd think Gearbox would go the whole hog and give you everything. The Borderlands 2 GOTY Edition drops on October 8 in the US for the PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 and on October 11 in other regions.

Saints Row IV sells over one million copies in its first week

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 29, 2013 7:35 am

Saints Row IV has been out for just one week, and it has already sold over one million copies. Its publisher, Deep Silver, announced the news, taking some time within the announcement to also unveil its working on new DLC for the game.




The Presidential Pack, which includes face masks of US presidents Washington, Lincoln, Obama and George W. Bush, was exclusive to GameStop pre-orders, but can now be purchased for $2.99 on all platforms. The Grass Roots Pack, which is described as a "culturally-sensitive pack inspired by America's more remote citizenry" includes the Plunger Launcher weapon, two new outfits, and a "fancy truck, complete with a pink flamingo." This is available now on the PS3 and Steam for $2.99, and will reach the Xbox 360 sometime today.


Klemens Kundratitz, CEO of Volition and Deep Silver's parent company Koch Media said: "We are incredibly happy of the reception for Saints Row 4 as a critical and now a commercial success. The development team at Volition is second-to-none as a driving creative force in the entertainment industry and we are very proud to have them as part of the Deep Silver family."

Microsoft teases, says to expect 'surprise' Xbox One reveals at PAX

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 29, 2013 6:20 am

To tell you the truth, right now, I don't know whether I want to pick up a next-gen console on launch day. The launch titles I want, such as Watch Dogs, are hitting PC, but could Microsoft swing things around this weekend at PAX in Seattle, Washington this week?




The news comes from Microsoft's Major Nelson, who said that there will be 60 Xbox One and Xbox 360 demo pods at PAX, with these games including Forza 5, Ryse, Project Spark, Killer Instinct, Battlefield 4, Kinect Sports Rivals, Fable Anniversary, Dead Rising 3 "and of course there will be other surprises at the booth, including games that I'm not at liberty to divulge... yet."


What could we expect? We could see Epic Games' unannounced next-gen new IP for one. We could be completely surprised by something totally different, such as a new title from Microsoft Studios, but other than that, we'll have to wait a few days to find out. Our own Trace Hagan will be driving down to the event, covering it for us here at TweakTown.

Nintendo America president on Xbox One, PS4 launch titles: 'meh'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Aug 29, 2013 6:00 am

All bets are off with Nintendo of America's president, Reggie Fils-Aime, defending his company's console, the Wii U, against its upcoming next-gen competitors in the Xbox One and PS4.




During an interview with IGN, Fils-Aime said: "It's all about the games. The competitive systems have announced their launch lineups. I'm allowed to say 'Meh.' "I look at our lineup of titles and I feel good about our lineup. We've got Zelda. We've got Mario. We've got Donkey Kong. In addition to great titles like Pikmin 3 and Wonderful 101, I feel very good about our lineup, and I feel very good about the value proposition we're putting out there for the consumer."


Really? "Meh?" Is that all Fils-Aime has to say before Sony and Microsoft unleash their respective consoles? Let's have a discussion six months from now, Fils-Aime, and I'm sure you'll be eating those words you just spewed from your mouth. Now, I'll unleash this post to you, the readers, and see what you've all got to say about Nintendo of America's president saying "meh" in regards to the Xbox One and PS4 launch title lineups.

Samsung sees a slow down in 10.1-inch tablet sales, cuts orders

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 29, 2013 5:38 am

It looks like Samsung isn't having a good time with larger tablets, with the South Korean giant reporting cutting down component orders for its 10.1-inch tablets because so far, sales have been "far below expectations."




The news comes from unnamed sources within Samsung's supply chain who spoke with DigiTimes recently, with the report stating that the South Korean giant is seeing slow full-size tablet sales, which is due to the strong competition in the smaller tablet space, such as the Nexus 7. Samsung told an estimated 17 million tablets during the first half of this year.


According to DigiTimes' sources, 70% of these tablets were 7-inch devices. The report also notes that Samsung's recently price cuts on its 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab 2, Galaxy Tab 3 and Galaxy Note 10.1 haven't helped shift more units, which has resulted in a cut to component sales.

Nintendo unveils the 2DS, compatible with both 3DS and DS games

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Aug 29, 2013 4:36 am

This kinda come out of nowhere, but Nintendo has announced its latest handheld device, the 2DS. Nintendo's 2DS provides most of the 3DS' features, all without the three-dimensional whizz bang.




Nintendo is even making its new 2DS backwards compatible with its 3DS and DS games, with the camera still supporting 3D photo-taking, but you obviously can't look at those 3D photos on the 2DS. Nintendo is aiming the 2DS at the younger gaming crowd, with a decent price of $130. We should expect the Nintendo 2DS on October 12, which makes it the perfect Christmas lay-by for those parents out there.

LeakedTT: iPad 5 front panel gets caught on camera

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 29, 2013 3:52 am

We should expect Apple to unveil the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C at its event on September 10, but before that we have some high-quality photos of the next generation iPad's front panel.






The photos in question come from Sonny Dickson, who is known for leaking images of components in upcoming Apple devices. The photos we have today are from the rear panel of Apple's iPad 5, which takes on a redesign that makes it look similar to the iPad mini.

Samsung's Galaxy Note III stands proud next to a Note II

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 29, 2013 3:45 am

We aren't far off from having the Samsung Galaxy Note III unveiled to the world, which should happen at Samsung's press conference slated in for September 4, where we should also meet the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, too.




Now we have a photo of the Galaxy Note III's display assembly (on the right), which was posted by Japanese blog 'Ringer Blue' who shows the Note III's display sitting next to the smaller Note II. As you can see from the photo, above, the Note III is slightly larger, but it looks like it's getting rid of the ugly plastic surrounding the screen.


We should expect the Galaxy Note III to feature a 5.7-inch display, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 SoC (a 2.3GHz quad-core part), or depending on the region, Samsung's Exynos 5 Octa chipset. Filling out the specs, we should find a 13-megapixel camera, 3GB of RAM, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, a huge battery and the S Pen. I'm looking forward to the Note III, I just hope that Samsung unveil a "Google Edition" of it on the day.