It looks like AMD is hitting a new stride if this new tablet is anything to go by, which was unveiled recently as it won a CES 2014 Innovation award for its included Mullins-based APU. The new AMD-powered slate goes by the name of "Project Discovery."
AMD's Project Discovery is a Windows 8-based tablet, which seems destined for gaming, and could compete with many of the powerful tablets and touch-based devices on the market, like Razer's Edge. An AMD spokesperson has confirmed the system, and said it will be shown off in more detail at CES in January 2014: "AMD's goals are to show the world what we can do in the tablet space around our next generation APU, Mullins."
Would AMD be hurting its OEM partners with its new Project Discovery device? It doesn't look like it, with the AMD spokesperson stating: "AMD does not plan to enter the market with a branded tablet and peripherals at this time." The pictures show off Project Discovery in a docking station, with AMD's DockPort technology, and DisplayPort 1.2, which should allow the AMD-powered slate to run on most displays.
We know that the Retina iPad mini was delayed, but we don't really know why, but maybe now we do: screen burn-in issues. Instapaper founder, Marco Arment, and some of his followers on Twitter may have just found out why.
Arment used a test for the problem, based on something he created for the MacBook Pro, which involves switching from a black and white checkerboard image, to a grey one. In the second image, some people are reporting faint, but very noticeable traces of the checkerboard. If you're experiencing these issues, let us know, and firstly - get your iPad mini replaced, stat!
HTC continues to hit road bumps, but the Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer is hoping to swing things around, as it looks into its global public relation efforts.
The news is coming from a report by the Advertising Age, who says that HTC is looking into some of the world's largest PR firms, including Waggener Edstrom, and more. The company is looking to better position itself in the market in the mindset of its customers. This should be big news, considering the company saw its head of global public relations retire.
Once its head of global PR retired, HTC's chief marketing officer filled his shoes, which is where we saw the Robert Downey Jr.-starring ads begin to roll out. It should be interesting to see where this leads the company, and whether it will help stem the losses it has posted lately.
Seemingly out of nowhere, Microsoft has released a 3D printing application for Windows 8.1 called 3D Builder. There's some steep requirements, though, where you'll need both Windows 8.1, and a Windows 8.1-capable 3D printer.
But, once you're through those hoops, it's a cool app, thanks to Windows 8.1 being designed to support 3D printing, and now with the help of 3D Builder, it should get some more adoption for the OS. MakerBot will support Windows 8.1 shortly, which should help shuffle things along. The application itself will help you design, which is the hardest part of the 3D printing process.
Since Microsoft are pretty much on the ground level with 3D printing, versus say Google and Apple, could we see some early dominance, which will turn into future control of 3D printing? It would be nice to see ground level support for 3D printing from a giant like Microsoft, wouldn't it? As much as people dislike the company, it could do great things for the world of 3D printing.
Just how many people play Candy Crush? Over 500 million... yes, half a billion people are playing Candy Crush, a mind-blowing number. Then we have an upcoming IPO that will reportedly hit soon from developer King.
With those 500 million users, how many games of Candy Crush have been played? A massive 150 billion individual games to date - just mammoth numbers. King sees over 1 billion gameplays daily, which is gigantic for a game that has been out for a year - and because of this - King is celebrating Candy Crush's first birthday.
Rewind back to February, and King was seeing 9 billion gameplays per month across all of its titles, including games like Bubble Witch Saga and Pet Rescue. So putting things into perspective, King has moved from 9 billion gameplays per month across all its titles, to 1 billion gameplays daily of Candy Crush alone.
It was only a few days ago that we reported that Snapchat refused a $3 billion acquisition offer from Facebook, but now unnamed sources of Valleywag have said that Google offered the company $4 billion, which it also turned down.
The same sources say that Snapchat is going to wait until next year to raise funds, because it wants to increase the number of photos its users share each day to more than the number of photos shared through Facebook each day. If this does happen, the valuation will be exponentially more, which will make the current $3 and $4 billion offers feel like nothing. If it were me, I'd be happy with $4 billion...
It seems we're writing more of these articles lately, where Apple's pure dominance is beginning to fade, and Android is making more and more sales and winning the hearts of customers around the world.
According to the IDC's numbers from October, Apple didn't see much year-over-year growth for its iPad, and in the overall worldwide tablet market share, a huge loss for the company. Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty estimates that Android tablet sales are generating more revenue than iPads from the IDC's numbers, too.
Huberty said: "For the first time, Android devices accounted for a greater share of the market in revenue terms than iOS. Android revenue share reached 46.2% in 3Q13, for the first time exceeding iPad share of 45.6%. Android's unit share grew to 66.7% from 58.5% a year ago, largely driven by Samsung and Lenovo, while iPad share declined to 29.7% from 40.2%."
Could we see Apple win some of that much-needed market share back soon? We could, with the Retina-based iPad mini and iPad Air out in the wild.
I noticed this a few hours ago when I went to have a quick 5-minute game of Battlefield 4, that there is a large 1GB+ patch available. This patch will reportedly address many of the concerns gamers have, with crashes and server failures, and more.
There's some patch notes here you can skim over, but we should see a big fix in overall stability of BF4 for one. Secondly, network syncing problems should hopefully be fixed, which should have gamers smiling once again. DICE is aware of the issues, and is continuing to work around the clock to address them. DICE has also fixed some holes up on the server side of things, which should give more overall stability to BF4 multiplayer.
The People at Ubisoft shipped out Assassin's Creed Black flag at 900p to make sure the GPU and CPU ran the game at a consistent 30 frames per second. They will be sending an update to make the game native 1080p. The update will also include an anti-aliasing which will improve jagged edges in the graphics. Anti-aliasing will be available on both the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One. Ubisoft says the update will be available shortly after launch.
Community manager Gary Steinman: "Finishing the game at 900p gave the development team the extra room in terms of the GPU and CPU usage to ensure the frame rate never dips below 30 frames per second. The team then used the time between the ship date and the release to focus on a title update that could deliver native 1080p resolution on the PS4."
There were some reports of users having problems with the PlayStation Network crashing and now some are experiencing HDMI issues with their PlayStation 4. They're getting a message saying "failed output signal." People from Kotaku, Forbes, and IGN are having these problems too. Although this is huge disappointment to some users, Sony says they will replace all the faulty consoles.
Sonys statement about the HDMI issue: "This is within our expectations for a new product introduction, and the vast majority of PS4 feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. We are closely monitoring for additional reports, but we think these are isolated incidents and are on track for a great launch. As part of our normal customer service policy, we've asked those with affected PS4 systems to send them back to us so we can fully test them. We are immediately sending these people replacement PS4 systems."