The PS4 launched in the United States today, but it looks like it is already having issues with some customers. Not only that, but some media are having issues, with Kotaku's PS4 review stating that the first retail unit it received from Sony "didn't work", and Kotaku even said that editors also used "one pre-release PS4 and three retail PS4s with no problems".
Customers who had received the borked PS4s reported that the next-gen console didn't boot, with Reddit user 'arogon' winning a PS4 through Taco Bell, receiving a DOA PS4. Another user, 'yearsoflove' claimed to also receive a dead on arrival PS4, but a replacement was currently being shipped from Sony. But all is not lost, because Sony has your back.
President of Worldwide Studios, Shuhei Yoshida, tweeted earlier today: "Be assured we are investigating reported PS4 issues. The number is very small compared to shipped, we believe they are isolated incidents".
Global gaming PC manufacturer CyberPower Inc. is now working with EVGA and are now offering mini-ITX based gaming rigs that come in a compact liquid-cooled chassis. The Hadron Hydro is designed for users that want power and space for their gaming hardware along with liquid-cooling for your GPU and CPU in a compact package. The chassis of the Hadron Hydro is 6.6" wide x 13.7" high and 12.1" deep and only 1.7" taller than the Hadron Air.
It features the same minimalist look on the front panel of the Hadron Air. The Hadron Hydro is powered by a 500 watt gold rated power supply, the Hydro can accommodate many Mini-ITX form factor motherboards including Intel's B85 to Z87 express chipsets, 4th generation IntelCore Haswell processors, and even full size GeForce GTX Titan video cards.
The water cooling kit features a 240mm radiator, high performance CPU block, stainless steel fittings, tubing, and coolant. You can choose from nine different top of the line Intel processors. Hadron Hydro has two 3.0 USB ports, support for slim slot optical drives, HD audio in/out, and two 2.5/3.5in drive bays.
When it comes to video cards designed for supercomputing, it does not get much better than AMDs new FirePro 10000 video card. The GPU features 12GB of RAM, and is optimized for use in big-data high-performance computing environments. Featuring full support for PCI Express 3.0 and the OpenCL compute programming language, this card is made for some serious number crunching.
"Our compute application customers asked for a solution that offers increased memory to support larger data sets as they create new products and services," said David Cummings, senior director and general manager, Professional Graphics, AMD. "In response, we're announcing the AMD FirePro S10000 12 GB Edition video card to meet that additional memory demand with support for OpenCL and high-end compute and graphics technologies.""
"AMD is proving again to be a key player in providing outstanding 3D graphics and GPGPU compute solutions based on the OpenCL Khronos Group standard for the industry with the announcement of the new AMD FirePro S10000 12 GB video card," said Nicolas Duny, VP R&D Technologies, Dassault Systèmes. "AMD is an industry innovator by responding to our customers' needs with cutting edge technology. The AMD FirePro S10000 12 GB card will be a welcome addition to the market and to our customers."
If you have ever wanted to visit the streets of Venice and be escorted through its historic waterways vis gondolier, then you do not have to wait any longer. Today Google rolled out a very extensive and thorough look at the city of love via its Street View service.
The tour through Venice not only hits the tourist highlights, but little visited areas of the city as well. Google utilized its Trekker backpack and Trike Street View imaging devices to capture the beautiful city in 360 degrees of glory. Head over to the source link below to visit places like Piazza San Marco and St. Marks' Cathedral, the Synagogue of the first Jewish Ghetto and even the Devil's Bridge in Torcello island.
"The narrow roads and bridges of Venice show off the need for the Trekker to bring imagery of more breathtaking places online for the world to see," a Google spokesperson said in an Interview. "Other pedestrian-only places we could take the Trekker include hiking in the natural forests and climbing the steps of ancient temples and castles."
Coin is made by a company that is based in San Francisco. It looks like a credit card but can store up to eight different cards that can either be debit, credit, gift or even membership cards. Coin uses an app and a card reader adapter for your smartphone to input all your cards into one. It uses a magnetic strip on the back much like a regular card but with a press of a button it can cycle through your cards and change the strip. Coin detects if you get certain distance away from it and will tell your smartphone with an alert sound if you accidentally leave it behind. It does this using Bluetooth Low Energy, which is the same thing used in most smartwatches and fitness tracking devices. The device does not have a changeable or rechargeable battery, but the battery in the Coin lasts two years and at that point you replace the unit.
Coin isn't available yet, but you can get your hands on one next summer. The company has started a campaign through their site and is looking to raise $50,000. At launch it'll be available for $100 but early backers can get them for $50.
Now when users utilize Google Voice Commands, their Android phone may talk back to them. In a recent Google Now update, the company has added conversational voice commands that react to user commands and queries much like Apple's Siri does. Users can give their device a verbal command such as "Send a text message," and the phone will ask who to send the message to.
The service is quite handy, but it is not completely hands free yet, as it will not read search phrases back to you like Siri does, This update greatly improves the voice command functionality on Android, and after trying it out for myself, I have to say that I like it. For now the update only affects Android phones, but it is safe to assume that Google will roll it out with search features on the iPhone eventually.
Bluetooth 4.0 is just more than an a better way to connect wirelessly, it is also a energy saving revision of the popular wireless communication protocol. Bluetooth 4.0 is designed to consume less energy when at idle as well as while in use, and this is an important feature for today's power-hungry smartphones.
A few of Nokia's Lumia Smartphones feature Bluetooth 4.0, including the Lumia 520, 620, 625, and 720. Bluetooth 4.0 came to those devices in the recent Amber Update package. Unfortunately other Lumia devices running Windows Phone 8, did not receive the Bluetooth 4.0 update and Nokia is now planning to fix that.
A new "Black" update is on its way to Windows Phone 8 Lumia devices and as soon as it arrives, Nokia says that all WP8 Lumia phones will be updated to support Bluetooth 4.0. It is unknown as to when the "Black" update will arrive, but if the company is releasing information on it already, we can not help be believe that it will be arriving soon.
Verizon announced today that it has lowered the price of any Motorola Moto X phone that is customized using the companys Moto Maker tool. The new lowered price of a customized Moto X will be just $49 which is a 50-percent price drop over its normal $99 retail price at Verizon.
The Moto Maker customization tool has only been at Verizon for just a few days now, and with the recent release of the new budget friendly Moto G from Motorola, Verizon is looking to attract more customers to the more powerful Moto X. There is no discount code to enter, nor no coupon code line to click on. Verizon customers can simply head to the Moto Maker app on Verizon's website, customize their Moto X and then check out at a price of $49. The promotion only last until November 18th so do not hesitate or you will miss it.
Yesterday I reported on breaking news that Google and HP ordered the immediate suspension and shipping of all Chromebook 11 models in the US. The news was first broke by The Verge who received a tip from an insider at Best Buy, which ordered all of its stores to cease all Chromebook 11 sales and shipments immediately.
Today we are learning just what caused the Chromebook 11 sales to stop so abruptly. Yesterday Google and HP made a joint decision to pull the $279 Chromebook from retail shelves after it began receiving reports of the devices charging brick overheating. Google and HP have launched an investigation into the issue and are working with the Consumer Product Safety Commission to identify the best way to correct the faulty chargers. Google and HP will issue a statement and contact customers when a solution is found.
Sapphire Technology has just announced that it will bundle vouchers for the hit first person shooter, Battlefield 4, with several of its AMD Radeon R-Series video cards. Originally only Sapphires flagship, the R9 290X was bundled with the voucher, but now products from Sapphires Dual X line will include the voucher as well.
Participating cards include the R9 290X, R9 290, R9 280X Dual-X, R9 280 Dual-X, R9 270x Dual-X, and R9 270 Dual-X. Sapphires Dual-X technology features an exclusive dual heat extraction technology that utilizes a highly efficient cooler and graduated heat pipes along with dual aerofoil section fans. This combination delivers great performance with an exceptionally low-noise experience.
Sapphire says that the Battlefield 4 vouchers will be available in the above listed cars beginning now, and will be available at existing retailers that sell Sapphire products. With Battlefield 4 retailing for $60 alone, this is an excellent deal for anyone looking to upgrade their PC and pick up this seasons best shooter.