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Microsoft on Windows 10 November update delays: 'It does take time'

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Nov 13, 2015 8:35 pm

The Windows 10 November update rolled out yesterday, but not for everyone. Adding to the confusion, some sites reported the reason for the delay might be upgrading to Windows 10 within the past month, to which many users responded this wasn't the case for them, yet they still weren't seeing the update.




We reached out to Microsoft for comment, and a spokesperson informed us it will simply take time.

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Firefox now available for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Nov 13, 2015 8:33 pm

Firefox is available to Apple users everywhere as of this week. You can grab it now via the App Store anywhere in the world.



If you're new to the browser or are just wondering what will be familiar to you, expect syncing (history, tabs, passwords, bookmarks), Private Browsing, visual tab management, and of course, search suggestions. Mozilla says it's going full on with iOS development, so more features will come soon.


Head here to download Firefox for iOS.

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HyperX Savage, Predator DDR4 series' get high-capacity additions

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: RAM | Posted: Nov 13, 2015 7:31 pm

HyperX is adding some high capacity DDR4 kits to its Savage and Predator lineups, both aimed at high-end users.




HyperX Savage (pictured above) now comes in a 2666MHz 128GB (16GB DIMMs x8) configuration, slotting in at the high-end of the Savage spectrum. It doesn't have the highest frequency in the family (a little shy of the 3000MHz offered by other kits), but it has twice the capacity of the previous top contender. This kit is said to be optimized for Intel systems (i5/i7 processors and 100 series/X99 chipsets) and comes with memory profiles accessible without having to use the BIOS.

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Samsung unveils its new 8-core mobile CPU, the Exynos 8 Octa 8890

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Nov 13, 2015 6:23 pm

Samsung has just announced its latest mobile processor, the Exynos 8 Octa 8890. The name confusion aside, Samsung's latest mobile chip is built on the company's 14nm FinFET process technology.




The Exynos 8 Octa 8890 is also the first chip that Samsung has used its custom-designed CPU cores based on a 64-bit architecture, with the Exynos 8 Octa 8890 rocking 4 big custom cores, along with 4 small ARM Cortex-A53 cores. Samsung says the new Exynos 8 Octa 8890 offers a 30% improvement in performance compared to the previous Exynos 7 Octa, while it will also be 10% more power efficient.


Samsung's latest mobile processor also integrates a state-of-the-art LTE modem that is capable of an insane 600Mbps download, and 150Mbps upload on Cat 12, and Cat 13, respectively. The new Exynos 8 Octa 8890 also has support for 4K (the full 4096x2160) and WQUXGA (3840x2400), so expect some ridiculous smartphone, tablet and VR resolutions powered by Samsung's latest Exynos processor in the very near future.

f.lux iOS download canned by Apple

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Apps | Posted: Nov 13, 2015 5:33 pm

Screen dimming software f.lux is longer available for iOS, following a move by Apple. As the developer understood it, direct install courtesy of the Xcode 7 toolset was okay by Apple, but after they made it available as such, Apple indicated otherwise.




"f.lux cannot ship an iOS App using the Documented APIs, because the APIs we use are not there," the developer writes. "In the last 5 years, we have had numerous conversations with Apple about our product and what would be required to make it work with iOS. We respect Apple's products enormously, and we urge Apple to allow work like ours to continue through Documented APIs."

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By: TweakTown Deals | More News: TweakTown | Posted: Nov 13, 2015 4:40 pm



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ASUS confirms it will release a HoloLens-like AR headset in 2016

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Nov 13, 2015 4:26 pm

We heard that ASUS were working on an AR headset, but now the Taiwanese giant has confirmed these plans. ASUS CEO Jonny Shih said: "It should be next year when we come out with a product. We think AR will be very important for people's lives".




The new AR headset from ASUS should be very similar to Microsoft's work with HoloLens, but at a much cheaper price. HoloLens will be hovering around the $3000 price point, pushing it out of the realm of normal consumers. If ASUS can nail it at $500-$1000, it'll attract a much wider audience.


We don't know what ASUS could do with its own AR headset, I just love the fact that ASUS will throw themselves (and plenty of money, R&D time, and man hours) into a completely new market. We should expect to see something at CES 2016 in January, if not I'm sure ASUS will take the stage at Computex 2016 in June with its new AR headset.

Facebook's new 360-degree videos arrive on latest Facebook for iOS app

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Nov 13, 2015 2:35 pm

While Android users have been enjoying 360-degree videos on Facebook, iPhone users haven't been so happy - until now. The latest Facebook for iOS app now includes support for 360-degree videos on the largest social network in the world.




Starting today, the likes of ABC News, BuzzFeed, FrontLine, Nickelodeon and many more will be adding 360-degree video clips onto Facebook. Facebook has had to throw in some new features into the app to support 360-degree content creators, where the social network has launched a "microsite" designed to offer tips, tricks and more on how to create the 360-degree content.


There's also now an optional video upload setting for those Pages, with Page owners now having the ability to do some post-production additions to their 360-degree videos all within the app. Facebook has also teased that as of today, it will be testing 360-degree commercials from companies like AT&T, Corona, Nescafe, Ritz, Samsung and Walt Disney World.

EVE developer raises $30 million to boost 'leadership position' in VR

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Nov 13, 2015 12:31 pm

CCP Games has already been at the forefront of VR technology since the Oculus Rift hit Kickstarter all those years ago, but the company which recently divested itself of White Wolf Publishing, has secured a huge $30 million round of funding for all things VR.




The funding was led by global venture capital firm New Enterprise Associates, with the help of private equity firm Novator Partners LLP. The funding deal includes General Partner of NEA, Harry Weller, to join the Board of Directors at CCP Games, as well as Andrew Schoen from NEA, who will join as Deputy Director.


Hilmar Veigar Pétursson, CEO of CCP, said: "We believe VR will revolutionize not just videogames, but the wider technology and media industry as a whole. We were there at the beginning, and this investment will give us strength to maintain our leading development efforts". Weller added: "We've been admirers of CCP for quite some time. Their legacy with EVE Online and early investments in VR have put them in a leadership position, and we want to partner with them to further build on the great platform they have already established".


With EVE: Valkyrie in development, and a scheduled launch time frame of the first half of 2016 for both the PC with support for the Oculus Rift, and the PlayStation 4 with support for PlayStation VR, it's exciting times for CCP. Gunjack, another game from CCP which is being developed by CCP Games' Shanghai-based studio, will reach Samsung's Gear VR headset later this month.

Mobile gaming is big business, worth $25 billion by the end of 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 13, 2015 10:35 am

We know that mobile gaming is huge, but did you know it was worth up to $25 billion? According to the latest report from EEDAR 'Deconstructing Mobile & Tablet Gaming 2015', the global market for mobile gaming will be worth $25 billion or so by the end of 2015.




The United States, Japan and China are where most of the money is made with $5.41 billion, $5.16 billion and $5.01 billion, respectively. South Korea is behind considerably, but still worth a large chunk of $1.37 billion. The Asia Pacific countries collectively make up most of the world's mobile gaming business, with 50% of the world's mobile gamers making 56% of the global revenues coming from the Asia Pacific region.


When you take a closer look at the numbers, the US is where there are more female mobile gamers, with 55% of mobile gamers being women. In Japan, China and South Korea, 55-60% of mobile gamers are male. When you break down the amount of money gamers are spending on mobile gaming, mobile gamers in the US spend around $3.30 per month each on games. But in China, it drops to $1.32 and up considerably for South Korea with $5.91. Looking at the Japanese mobile gamers, where they have an overall average spending of $9.39.

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