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HTC should soon unveil the NVIDIA Tegra K1-powered Nexus 9 tablet

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 22, 2014 11:33 pm

We've already heard it was coming, but now The Wall Street Journal is reporting from its sources that Google and HTC will soon unveil the Nexus 9, which is the first time the companies have worked together since the original Nexus One.

 

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WSJ is reporting that HTC engineers have been flying to and from Google and their base in Taiwan as the companies work together on the upcoming slate. The Nexus 9 should arrive with NVIDIA's very impressive Tegra K1 processor, which should give the performance side of things a massive boost. I'm hoping that we see Android L unveiled with the tablet, with the announcement to be very soon.

Sony says PlayStation TV to launch in October for US customers

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Sep 22, 2014 10:00 pm

The Sony PlayStation TV set-top box will launch in the United States on October 14 with a $99.99 price tag. Dubbed the PS Vita TV internationally, users can also pay $140 for a bundle that includes a DualShock 3 controller, 8GB memory card, and a copy of The Lego Movie Videogame with their purchase.

 

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Expect the PS TV lineup to "continue to expand" moving forward, with Minecraft and other popular game titles being added into the catalog. A special Wal-Mart exclusive PS TV bundle will cost $140 and include a DualShock 3 controller, 8GB memory card, along with a copy of Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time.

 

Both Sony and Microsoft are not only fighting for game console supremacy, but want to try to dominate living room entertainment. For the time being, Sony's PlayStation 4 game console has dominated the Xbox One, but there could be a fierce fight for complementary products like the PS TV.

Some iOS 8 users complaining of slower Wi-Fi, battery issues

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 22, 2014 8:21 pm

As servers are slammed by Apple users upgrading to iOS 8, some users are complaining of slow download speeds, sluggish Wi-Fi, performance problems, and issues with the native keyboard. It seems Apple 5S owners are struggling the most, as they cannot send text messages, pictures or videos, along with movie playback and buffering problems.

 

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It's not a surprise to hear Apple is having some problems, but this isn't the first time the company launched a major OS update to its customers. Problems using iMessage, which has been designed to make it easier to send photos, audio and video to contacts, has led to users sending accidental selfies to friends.

 

Even though Google Android smartphone owners shrugged off the announcement of the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 and iOS 8 - Apple fans have been eager to upgrade their devices and purchase new phones.

Gartner: Android-based smartwatches could drop to $30 in 2015

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Sep 22, 2014 6:46 pm

The rush of companies into the smartwatch market will provide consumers with a wide selection of product choices, with affordable entry-level devices to pricier products with enhanced features. By 2016 smartwatches will make up around 40 percent of wristworn consumer products, according to the Gartner research group.

 

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The push by Chinese OEMs using Google Android on smartwatches could drop prices as low as $30 in 2015, however, many U.S. and western Europe consumers will want to snap up products from Samsung, Apple, and other vendors. Despite much criticism during recent Apple's recent press conference, the three introduced Apple Watch models will help set a higher bar in the smartwatch market.

 

"We are currently seeing two opposing trends in the market with regards to form factor evolution," said Annette Zimmerman, Gartner research director, in a press statement. "On the one hand there are vendors offering smart wrist-wearables in a familiar watch-like form factor. On the other hand in the past six to nine months, we have seen vendors launching products that resemble the early fitness wristbands, but come with displays that add significant functionality, including message and call alerts."

Destiny loots $325 million in five days from hungry gamers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 22, 2014 8:15 am

Activision may have opened up its bank accounts to the tune of $500 million for Destiny, but how has the first week paid off? The company has sold over $325 million worth of copies of the console exclusive game, with these figures coming from Chart-Track.

 

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Activision chief executive, Eric Hirshberg has said: "Destiny fans played more than 100 million hours of the game in the first week. That's on par with the engagement levels of our most popular Call of Duty games, which obviously is an industry leader". Activision has shipped over $500 million worth to retailers and vendors across the world, so we should expect some even bigger numbers in the coming months.

 

Bungie and Activision signed a ten-year deal for Destiny, so we can only expect this to be the start of a very big new IP. Although Destiny has received mixed reception so far, there's no denying that it is a massive new launch right now. Have you played it? What do you think?

Kickstarter's updates its rules for failed projects

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 22, 2014 6:33 am

After a massive Kickstarter game was officially cancelled on Thursday, the company has updated its terms to better protect people from being stung by cancelled projects. The project in question was science fiction author Neal Stephenson, with his $526,000 in funding up in the air after cancelling his project late last week.

 

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Section 4 of Kickstarter's new terms states that it will help project creators set themselves up better for success, and to not upset their backers. If the creators behind a Kickstarter project can't deliver their goods, the company explains how it will try and make good when creators don't fulfil their goals, or backer rewards.

 

If this does happen, creators are expected to explain themselves as to what is happening, and where all the money has gone. If the project was cancelled, Kickstarter expects creators to issue refunds to anyone who asks for them. Kickstarter reiterates that when refunds are offered, backers can "explain how those funds will be used to complete the project in some alternate form", but I don't see many people having faith in a creator if their project fails, but the option is there. Estimated completion dates, to Kickstarter, are just that: estimations. They are not deadlines, with Kickstarter having no power to issue refunds. But, backers can pull their pledge out anytime during the funding process.

Windows 9 will support of up to 8K displays, with better DPI scaling

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Sep 22, 2014 5:44 am

One of the big issues with Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, is high resolution support, and DPI scaling. Well, it looks like Microsoft is listening to feedback, with Windows 9 reportedly supporting up to 8K displays, and improved DPI scaling.

 

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PCportal has gotten its hands-on a build of Windows 9, with the image above showing off the new sizes for the Windows Explorer icon in Windows 9, with the image below showing the scaling for classic apps that can use the higher DPI. Higher resolution monitors are becoming the norm now, with 4K getting cheaper with every display released, and 5K even being teased.

 

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Oculus VR makes it easier for content delivery with Oculus Platform

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Sep 22, 2014 5:41 am

Oculus Connect is all but wrapped up now, with Oculus announcing that it is making it easier to access VR software. Before today, Oculus Share was where developers and early adopters would go to access VR content, with Oculus Share now becoming Oculus Platform.

 

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Oculus Platform is your one-stop shop for VR content, which offers up everything from 'Home', 'Cinema' and '360'. Home would be your usual place for software, Cinema is where you would watch your movies, and 360 would be left for your 360-degree content, such as panoramic shots from your smartphone. Oculus thinks that Platform will be easier for the startup to offer great games and apps to the future two billion VR users.

 

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Platform will also allow developers to publish content, and once the Rift is off the ground and into the land of consumer reality, developers can make money from their content. This will work the same way that iOS and Android developers make money, but we don't know what split the profits will be, as I'm guessing Facebook would also be involved in this department.

NVIDIA releases its new GTX 980 compatible 344.11 and 344.16 drivers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Sep 22, 2014 4:20 am

NVIDIA has just unleashed two new sets of drivers, with the new GeForce 344.11 and 344.16 drivers. The GeForce 344.11 drivers are full WHQL, while the 344.16 drivers are offered up as a beta set.

 

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Both sets of drivers are Game Ready for some of the hottest games coming out next month: Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, The Evil Within, F1 2014 and something I'm looking forward to greatly, Alien: Isolation. The duo of drivers also include support for the just-announced, Maxwell-based GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 GPUs.

 

The drivers include support for NVIDIA's new Dynamic Super Resolution technology, or DSR. The new drivers also include a bunch of other improvements, as usual, and can be downloaded right here.

'Supergirl' reboot to hit TV screens in 2015

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Sep 22, 2014 3:51 am

Warner Bros and DC Comics strengthen their relationship their relationship every day (or exploit their characters ever move, depending which way you look at it). Today, brings confirmation that CBS has greenlit a Supergirl television show under producer Greg Berlanti, who is overseeing DC properties 'Arrow' and 'The Flash' for the CW network.

 

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Last portrayed by Helen Slater in the 1984 theatrical stinker, the character created by Oto Binder and Al Plastino was introduced into DC lore in 1959 and revolves around Superman's cousin, Kara Zor-El.

 

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No word yet on casting, but as production gears up for a 2015 premiere, you'll be sure to hear more on that soon.

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