AMD announced a new update to its Never Settle program today that includes AAA titles like Battlefield 4, Hitman Absolution, Sleeping Dogs and more. Kicking things off is the AMD Radeon R9 series of GPUs, anyone who purchases an R9 270X, R9 280X, R9 290 or R9 290X will be eligible to receive a free copy of Battlefield 4 at participating retailers.
AMD has also extended its Never Settle Forever bundle to now include the Radeon R7 260X, and will give it the Silver Rewards tier of the bundle which includes Hitman Absolution, Sleeping Dogs, Sniper Elite V2, Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon DiRT 3 and Thief. Customers can pick any two of these games for free upon purchase at participating retailers.
We reported back in June that the once mooted two Independence Day sequels, once referred to as ID Forever Parts 1 and 2, but announced as Independence Day 2 was being released to theaters in July 2015.
Well fast forward just a few months later and the situation is a little different. Perhaps to move it away from a blockbuster year including Star Wars Episode VII, The Avengers 2, and Jurassic Park 4, but more likely to give the production, including the writing/directing team of Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin more time to set the project up, Twentieth Century Fox have delayed the project by a whole year - now blasting screens on July 1 2016.
Whilst there is still no confirmation on whether original star Will Smith will return in his role as fighter pilot Captain Steven Hiller, but the word is that two scripts have been written - one with and without the role. Talk about hedging your bets!
Despite this set back, Roland Emmerich, now on the PR trail following the home video release of White House Down is adamant that Independence Day 2 is not only happening, but will be his next project.
The next generation of consoles are just right around the corner. Ubisoft's CEO, Yves Guillemot comments that the PlayStation 4 is doing better in pre-orders than the Xbox One. Guillemot is not worried though, and says the Xbox One is improving in pre-orders. Guillemot was asked if he was worried about a lack in demand for The Xbox One's pre-orders.
Guillemot comments: "What we see is that there is a good pre-order list on that machine. Even if the PS4 is in front in terms of pre-orders, we see lots of improvement in the pre-orders that are coming on Xbox One. So no, we are not worried at all. We think it will be a big seller as well."
Guillemot is also not worried about the short term transition the consoles bring. Guillemot says, "The PS4 and Xbox One will be released in a few days' time and will be a new driving force for the industry,"
Guillemot continues: "We are confident in our capacity to rise to the short-term challenges posed by the transition phase, thanks to the very high quality of our games, which, combined with the upcoming arrival of the next-generation consoles and the traditional ramp-up of sales during the Christmas season will trigger positive momentum towards the end of the year."
Today Team Group announced the launch of a new line of high-performance solid state drives. The all new Dark L3 SSDs are based on a 2.5-inch form factor and are designed to provide the extreme performance that today's PC enthusiast demands. The new Dark L3 drives are available in three capacities, including 60GB, 120GB, and 240GB.
The new Dark L3 drives are said to feature read speeds of up to 550MB/s and 450MB/s write speeds based on the company's own testing using ATTO Disk Benchmark. Team says that the new Dark L3 SSDs measure in at 7mm thick, and can handle 35,000 random operations per second. Pricing for the drives starts at just $65 and increases to $200 for the 240GB drive.
Were back with our seventh weekly podcast, and things have never been better! This week Anthony and I sit down to discuss OCZ and Twitter's week in the stock market, as well as some highs and lows with Battlefield 4. We also touch base on reports of Tesla Motor's Model S Sedans catching fire after on-road collisions.
This is one of the last few beta edition podcast we will be conducting, so please leave a comment and let us know what we could do better, what you would like to see changed, and what you think we are doing well. As a special treat, we give you information at some point during the podcast on how you can win a Blu-ray copy of Monsters University as well!
The people at iFixit have already taken the new Retina iPad mini apart. The new iPad mini with Retina now has a large duel cell 6471 mAh 24.3 Whr battery as opposed to the old iPad mini which contained a 4490 mAh 16.3 Whr battery, which is a nice upgrade. It also contains the same A7 processor as the iPhone 5s and not the more powerful one that is in the iPad Air.
iFixit says the device contains a lot of adhesive and rate it a two out of ten from a repairing point of view. Although they have made the battery larger Apple says the device is still in the 10 hour use range. This is more than likely because of the new 2048 x 1536 Retina screen.
Jawbone releases the new Up24 and it looks promising. The Up24 is Jawbone's first sleep and fitness tracker that works wirelessly, as opposed to the older models of the UP. Jawbone didn't add wireless Bluetooth capabilities in the previous models because they said it would make the product's hardware chunkier and reduce battery life. The new Up24 however uses a Bluetooth Low Energy radio that doesn't affect the battery really, and gives the device seven days of use. The Up24 is still water-resistant and approximately the same size as the previous model.
Along with the Up24, Jawbone has also released the 3.0 version of their iOS app. It'll now contain some features only usable by the Up24 but is still mostly compatible by the current UP model. You can now wirelessly use the app to activate a vibrating smart alarm, instead of having to plug it in to your smartphone. If you forget to put it into sleep mode it will also now estimate how much sleep you got using its new sleep recovery tool. The device also includes an activity log that will show you your sleep, food, and fitness.
The Jawbone Up24 is now on sale for $150
Its no secret that I am one of the biggest fans of Valves Steam platform in the world, and to back that claim up, I have almost 200 games in my Steam Library. One of my biggest gripes about Steam has always been that it will not allow users to download games while they are playing other games, but today Valve has changed that.
Earlier today, Valve began releasing an update to Steam that now enables background downloading. This means that Steam customers can now download and install games while they play other games. This feature can be turned off and back on at any time by the user too, which will be good for games that require high-bandwidth for online play.
HP and Google's new Chromebook 11 was promised to be this holiday seasons biggest notebook seller, but things are not looking to good for the $279 Chrome OS laptop. Today The Verge received a tip from a Best Buy insider who says that Best Buy corporate offices have sent urgent memos to store managers to stop selling the Chromebook 11.
"Stores should stop selling the HP Chromebook 11 effective immediately," reads an internal memo to Best Buy managers. "Partner with Sales Support to pull the product off the sales floor to a secure location in the warehouse." Since the memo went out, Best Buy has removed the Chromebook 11 from its website. Amazon, HP, and Google have also all listed the device as being out of stock on their websites as well.
At the moment it is unclear as to why sales and shipments of the devices have been suspended, and other than speculation about lower than expected stock levels, no other explanation has been poised by analyst. Amazon does list the item as being unavailable because "customers have told us there may be something wrong with our inventory of the item, the way we are shipping it, or the way it's described here." I have reached out to Google, HP, and Best Buy for comments and will report back when they reply.
Many people have received delivery estimates and are reporting their Retina iPad minis will be arriving as early as Nov. 15th in the UK and in the US as early as the 18th from UPS, according to 9to5Mac readers. Although Apple is stating Nov 21st for most of their Retina iPad minis. Shipping dates from Apple are 1-3 days or 5-10 business days in launch countries.
iPad mini availability might be tight during the holidays. The iPad air might be easier to get your hands on as opposed to the iPad mini with Retina which is at an estimated 2.2 million units.