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Google exploring bringing Fiber to Oklahoma City, Jacksonville, Tampa

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Oct 29, 2015 5:33 pm

Google has begun the process of bringing Fiber to three more US cities: Oklahoma City, OK, Jacksonville, FL, and Tampa, FL. Whether it will actually happen is another story (there is a lot of evaluation on the viability of construction to be done first), but they did have plenty of nice things to say about each location.




"These growing tech-hubs have a strong entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to small business growth," writes Jill Szuchmacher, Director of Google Fiber Expansion. "Their list of accolades is long-from Jacksonville's title as a top 10 city for tech jobs, to Tampa Bay's #2 spot on the list of best cities for young entrepreneurs, to Oklahoma City's recognition as the #1 city to launch a business. One of our goals is to make sure speed isn't an accidental ceiling for how people and businesses use the Web, and these cities are the perfect places to show what's possible with gigabit Internet."


The tally of cities equipped with or exploring Fiber right now is 15.

Get 2 Powerful, High-Capacity Flash Drives for $24.99

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: TweakTown | Posted: Oct 29, 2015 3:22 pm



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Amazon offering 1TB Xbox One with 4 games for $400 until October 31

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Oct 29, 2015 2:06 pm

If you've been waiting for a great deal on an Xbox One, Amazon is currently offering the Microsoft 2015 Holiday bundle, where you get the 1TB Xbox One and four games for $400.




On top of the 1TB Xbox One console, the four games in question are Gears of War: Ultimate Edition and Rare Replay. In the bundle, you'll receive a download code for Ori and the Blind Forest, as well as another free game of your choice - except for Halo 5: Guardians or Assassin's Creed: Syndicate.


Amazon Prime members get an additional $5 discount, knocking the price down to $395. If you want to get the Kinect bundle, you can do that too. The 500GB Xbox One bundle includes the Kinect, with digital copies of Dance Central Spotlight, Kinect Sports Rivals, and Zoo Tycoon.


This deal runs up until 11:59pm PT on Saturday, October 31.

Sony has no plans to add PS3 backward compatibility on the PS4

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 29, 2015 1:01 pm

In an effort to better serve its player base and use gamers' ideas to pave the future, Sony is always asking its users what kinds of features and functionality they'd like to see added on the PS4. The ability to play physical PlayStation 3 games on the PlayStation 4 is on the top of that list, but that feature probably isn't ever going to see the light of day.




When asked if PS3 games would ever be playable on the PS4 Sony exec Shuhei Yoshida responded with a simple "no". This is a common response from Sony on the subject of backward compatibility, but in the past Yoshida said that the feature would be quite challenging...but not necessarily impossible.


"PS3 is such a unique architecture, and some games made use of SPUs very well," Yoshida said all the way back in June when Microsoft revealed the Xbox One's backward compatibility feature. "It's going to be super challenging to do so. I never say never, but we have no plans."

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AMD Radeon R9 380X to feature 256-bit memory bus, arrives next month

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Oct 29, 2015 12:24 pm

AMD is expected to drop its mid-range Radeon R9 380X next month, based on the Antigua XT GPU, it should rock 4GB of GDDR5 spread out across a 256-bit memory bus.




Gamers have been expecting the release of the R9 380X for a while now, ever since the R9 285 was released last year. The Radeon R9 380X should feature 2048 stream processors, 128 TMUs, and 32 ROPS alongside the 4GB of GDDR5 on a 256-bit memory bus. Earlier rumors had the R9 380X pegged to include a 384-bit bus, but it looks like 256-bit is where we'll sit.


AMD is gracing the R9 380X with its GCN 1.2 architecture, providing it with the same iteration of architecture that the Fiji GPU includes - the chip that powers the HBM-powered Fury range of cards, as well as the R9 Nano. As for power consumption, we should expect the Radeon R9 380X to use between 200-220W, with aftermarket designs of the card to sport better coolers, lower temperatures and possibly higher power consumption - depending on the card, of course.

iPhone 7 rumored to feature OLED display, no Home button, and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 29, 2015 10:24 am

If Apple just posted record quarterly profits riding off of yet another year of similar, yet new iPhones, what's going to happen when the company radically changes its most profitable device?




According to the latest rumors, Apple is poised to use an OLED display on the iPhone 7, something that its competitors have been doing for a little while now over at Samsung. The display on the iPhone hasn't had a radical revamp in a while, but the use of an OLED panel and the rumor continuing of the removal of the Home button, we could be in for quite the surprise with the iPhone 7.


If the Home button is removed, we have to question what Apple would do with its Touch ID fingerprint sensor. If there is indeed a large OLED panel and no Home button, maybe the screen itself will house the Touch ID sensor - or we could possibly see Apple place a thinner Touch ID sensor on the side of the iPhone 7, or on the back.

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Samsung returns to operating profit, after 7 quarters of decline

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 29, 2015 8:17 am

Apple only just reported its best quarter ever, with its main rival Samsung posting its Q3 2015 results. The company didn't do as well as Apple, but it did good enough in the quarter to return to an operating profit, after seven straight quarters of decline.




Samsung posted $6.42 billion in operating profit for Q3, up from the $3.6 billion from the same time last year. The company saw its net profit and sales jumping year-over-year, with its net profiting rising from $3.7 billion in Q3 2014 to $4.8 billion in Q3 2015. As for sales, Samsung saw them lift from $41.7 billion this time last year, to $45.6 billion over the last three months.


The company attributes the revenue increase to its semiconductor and display panel businesses while its operating profits increasing $440 million thanks to a weaker exchange rate between South Korea and other important currencies. Samsung reported a "significant" increase in sales of the Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy A and Galaxy J smartphones. The price reduction on its Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6+ smartphones decreased profits in year-on-year profits.

Analysts expect eSports market to be worth $2 billion by 2018

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 29, 2015 5:58 am

The eSports market is really lighting up thanks to awesome startups like Unikrn, but big business is getting involved too with the likes of Activision securing the former CEO of ESPN, and the co-founder of MLG to head its eSports venture.




But according to SuperData, the eSports market should be worth $1.9 billion by 2018 - for now, it sits at $748 million. Not too bad for professional gamers, eh? This is being driven by bigger and bigger sponsorship and advertising, which equates for a nice $579 million of that total from this year.


Brand advertising accounts for 77% of the market, which SuperData notes could reach $1 billion by 2016. SuperData's Director of Research and Consumer Insights, Stephanie Llamas, said: "eSports are becoming more mainstream and that has attracted traditional media channels like TBS and ESPN. So far, fans have had to seek out platforms to watch tournaments and players, but now people can stumble upon eSports while flipping through channels. Even old-fashioned brands are taking notice and there is a growing interest in advertising to the coveted millennial male demographic on a medium they know well".

Captain America: Civil War trailer attached to The Force Awakens

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Oct 29, 2015 4:00 am

It's the best time to be a movie fan, with the impending release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in December, then in March 2016 we have the huge release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but now we're beginning to learn more about the third entry in the Captain America franchise, Civil War.




The first trailer to Captain America: Civil War will reportedly play in front of The Force Awakens, according to the latest rumors. Considering Disney owns both Marvel and LucasFilm, it makes perfect sense to play the trailer to their next big movie in front of arguably, the biggest movie of 2015. It will also move likely fight against the next trailer to Batman v Superman, which is expected to drop very soon.


With Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice rumored to be the most expensive movie ever made, Marvel and DC are going to be at each others necks for the next couple of years, starting with Civil War and Dawn of Justice.

Nintendo reveals first smartphone game, new cross-platform service

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 29, 2015 2:40 am

Nintendo today unveiled a new step towards its plans for the future, announcing its first smartphone game, a unified new cross-platform account service, and the replacement loyalty program for Club Nintendo.




The Japanese console-maker will make its debut into the freemium mobile market with Miitomo, a free-to-play smartphone game that sports microtransactions. The Wall Street Journal notes that Miitomo sounds more like a "communications app" built around Nintendo's Mii avatars, which will let users interact with one another via Miiverse-style digital characters. Interestingly enough Miitomo seems to give the Miis their own personalities and lives, animating them in specific ways and letting them interact with other players, but it will all be built around actual player data. Sadly Miitomo has already been delayed until March 2016 so Nintendo can build up awareness on the game, and is the first of five smartphone games Nintendo will launch leading up to March 2017.


The new Nintendo Account service spans across all platforms, including console, mobile and PC. Using the new service users will be able to upload saved data and content onto the cloud and share it across different platforms. We've known for a while that Nintendo was going to make a service to unify all platforms, and this will carry over to the new NX console.

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