Microsoft announced that the Twitch live game streaming feature won't be available at launch. It will be delayed until "the first part of 2014." Sony's PlayStation 4 has had Twitch since launch. The people at Microsoft are saying they are working on it so it can meet expectations of the community. Although there will be a delay for the Xbox One version, it will however support instant switching and you will be able to use Twitch with the Xbox One's Snap feature.
Xbox Wire Blog: "We know the ability to instantly broadcast gameplay is something the gaming community is excited about, and we are too. We are working to ensure the initial Twitch on Xbox One broadcasting experience meets the expectations of the Twitch community, so while this feature won't be available right away, we'll let you know as soon as it is ready. Our goal is to deliver it during the first part of 2014."
It's turning into a good night in the Secret Bunker away from the Secret Bunker. After some surprisingly early pics and even a few benchmarks, we now have the first picture of a SF3700 in M.2 form factor.
M.2 is the official name for this form factor and 2280 can run both SATA and PCIe specs depending how the host interface is configured. LSI tells us SF3700 is optimized for low power consumption, up to 1800 MB/s and 150K IOPS performance. Officially the time frame is broad, 2014 but will these exciting new models come in the first or second half is what we want to know for sure.
LSI Analyst Day is wrapping up but media is barred from attending since we have all of the secrets. While the regular cast and crew are entertaining the Wall Street crowd we made a line straight to the goodies room in our plain cloths.
Security thought we were with the display setup crews...cameras and all.
With our belly's full and our cameras twitching for some action we got to work, albeit twelve hours ahead of the predefined schedule.
This is just an early taste of what we'll officially show tomorrow at the 2013 AIS conference hosted by LSI.
It was one thing to hear LSI tell us over the phone that SF3700 is capable of delivering 1800 MB/s sequential performance but seeing it in person is totally different. This result was from a PCIe 2.0 4 lane product that we'll first see on enterprise products but consumer models will follow soon. LSI has a winner on its hands and we're glad to see the shift to PCIe based storage with a native controller.
The 4.3 update for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 LTE is finally here. The update is available for download right now on the LTE version of the Note 2 with the GT-N7105 model number. The Galaxy Note 2 has been running Android 4.1.2 since its launch. They have skipped Android 4.2.2 and went directly to 4.3. So far the update seems to be working pretty smoothly, unlike the Galaxy SIII update that got pulled back. This update is a big change; it completely changes the user interface to the one found on the Galaxy S4 and the Note 3.
Samsung hasn't announced the official update's details but the people at Sammobile have listed the differences and improvements they have found.
Today, Cooler Master announced the launch of an all new All-In-One water cooling unit series to their lineup. The new Nepton Series features a the 140XL and 280L models that each feature a new pump design that increases performance as well as liquid flow rate for improved cooling efficiency and capacity.
The new Nepton 140XL features a large radiator sixed perfectly to fit Cooler Master's Jetflow 140mm Fans and comes sealed from the factory with specially formulated liquid coolant inside to ensure a leak-proof experience. Likewise, the Nepton 280L features dual Jetflow 140mm fans, and is also sealed from the factory with the same coolant. Cooler Master has included a unique thumbscrew mounting design that will allow for a quick and easy installation, to get you back to gaming as fast as possible.
Today Microsoft began rolling out its new Xbox One compatible SmartGlass app for Windows Phones. While most of the existing SmartGlass App features are present, there are just as many new Xbox One exclusive features in the new app. Xbox One users can now control which apps they snap to the Xbox One screen directly from their Windows Phone.
Additionally, new features such as the Xbox Live activity feed, a new menu section, and even a home section that lets you quickly access pins is available. A new setting in the app will also allow users to prevent their phone from locking while the app is open, thus preventing the phones screen from going dark while gaming and using your phone as an accessory. Microsoft did not elaborate as to why they chose to release a separate Xbox One version of the app, but I suspect it is due to API incompatibilities.
Just today Microsoft announced they have opened their Microsoft Store on eBay in the US. The eBay Microsoft Store will offer Microsoft accessories as well as first-party Microsoft products. This will assumingly increase sales of new products. Unlike Apple, Microsoft only has 81 retail stores. eBay has 142 million active users globally and this partnership just might just give Microsoft their boost in sales.
Microsoft guarantees their new eBay store can offer "the same safe online shopping experience, return policy and free shipping from the Microsoft Store on eBay that they've come to expect on microsoftstore.com." The launch of the new Microsoft eBay store will be just in time for the holidays.
The fun starts at LSI's annual AIS event in less than 24 hours but TweakTown spied and captured the first image of a SF3700 reference design at SC13 today. SF3700, as shown here in it's PCIe form, can achieve 1800 MB/s sequential read and is guaranteed to bring a smile.
The SF3700, designed in the Bay Area, is the first bi-protocol SSD controller. SF3700 is SATA III and PCIe in the same controller, just a few manufacturing changes away at the end component level.
Even in a time of financial crisis BlackBerry is continuing to release smartphone after smartphone in an effort to somehow convince the public that it is still a major player in the industry. Today we learned that the company plans on releasing the Premium Porsche Design P'9982 despite is astronomically high price tag.
For what basically amounts to a re-skinned BlackBerry Z10, the Porsche P'9982 features Italian leather, and stainless steel in its "ultra-modern" design. Internally it features the same 1.5GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, and 4.2-inch 720p display that the normal Z10 comes with. The only thing outside of a new sleek exterior is a certificate of authentication and a "2AA" lapel pin that signifies you as a member of the Porsche Design Club.
BlackBerry Z10 Porsche Design P'9982 will set you back by more than $2400, and will still run the stock version of BlackBerry 10. At that price, you could buy A Google Nexus 5, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, and still have money left over for a very high-end Google Chromebook. Call me crazy, but a company who is continuing on a downward slope should be introducing products that change the market, and gain them massive amounts of market share, not releasing something that is more expensive than any phone Apple has ever offered. BlackBerry says that the new Porsche Design P'9982 will arrive on November 21st, and then we will see if the demand for the device outpaces the much cheaper Z10.