Samsung has just released two new ads highlighting its new Galaxy Note 3 smartphone, and Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 tablet. The first ad, below, features basketball star LeBron James using the Galaxy Note 3 smartphone. A voiceover mocks the iPhone's screen size and quality, as well as its lack of stylus.
The second ad, which is centered around the new Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1. The ad makes fun of the iPad Air 'Pencil' TV spot, where the Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 is actually thinner than both the pencil, and the already pencil-thin iPad Air. Multitasking is another thing Samsung makes a big point of in the new TV spot, something that the iPad still isn't truly capable of.
The Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 is just 7.3mm thick, while the iPad Air measures in at 7.5mm thick. The screen quality, as Samsung points out, is much better on the Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1, with a 2560x1600 resolution, compared to 2048x1536 on the iPad Air.
Final Fantasy gamers rejoice! According to series producer Yoshinori Kitase, it looks like future Final Fantasy games will make their way to the PC. Kitase talked with Eurogamer, saying that while the series has a long history on consoles, this could change moving into the future.
Kitase said: "Let's not forget, when we developed the Final Fantasy 13 series, all three titles, at the early stages of development we were working on PC. Then we had to port it to the consoles. As far as the technology is concerned, it would have been possible for us to make a PC version, but we decided against it for two reasons: we looked at the market situation and we didn't think it would be a good idea, and also it would have involved lots of complex issues like security. So we decided not to do it this time around".
It's interesting to note that Kitase said it "would have been possible for us to make a PC version" but there were reasons behind it. He continued: "But we see potential in it and there are lots of regions and countries where PC is very strong. So in terms of our hope of being able to deliver our games to every single country in the world and to as many gamers as possible, yes, we would definitely be interested in pursuing that route in the future".
According to leading market tracker, Jon Peddie Research (JPR), GPU shipments increased in Q4 2013. During this three-month period, AMD lost market share against its rivals in Intel and NVIDIA.
JPR reports that the PC market increased 1.8% quarter-to-quarter in Q4 2013, but declined 8.5% year-over-year. 66% of PCs shipped for the year used integrated graphics, with just 34% of PCs featuring discrete GPUs. Shipments of GPUs rose 1.5% from the previous quarter, but down 2.4% from the same time of 2012.
If we look at the numbers, AMD's overall units shipped dropped 10.4%, with Intel's total shipments increased 5.1% from the third quarter, with NVIDIA's grab increasing by 3.4% compared to Q3 2013. With year-over-year numbers, AMD's market share slipped 5.4%, Intel increased by 5.4%, and NVIDIA also saw an increase, of 0.9%.
We reported yesterday that the Samsung Galaxy S5 specs had arrived in leaked form, all but confirming its 2K display. But, what if Samsung were to release multiple Galaxy S5 models, with the 'premium' model arriving with the 2560x1440, or 2K, panel?
Samsung is expected to announce the Galaxy S5 next week, but not as we would originally have thought. We could expect multiple models to be announced, one that would be more along the lines of the Galaxy S4 possibly, with the second model being the 'premium' handset, sporting the 2K display. OLED-Display.net is reporting from an unnamed Korean industry insider that Samsung is planning a standard, and premium version of the Galaxy S5.
The standard version would feature a 1920x1080 display, while the premium model will feature the higher-res display, pumping 2560x1440 pixels onto the screen. Samsung has reportedly experienced issues manufacturing the 2K display, which means it will launch "a few months later". But I'm sure that the 560ppi display will be worth it.
We've heard a bit about Sony's venture into virtual reality, but nothing has entered actual reality just yet. Another tease is here, with an industry insider hinting that Sony would show off a VR headset for the PS4 at E3 2014 in June.
Ahsan Rasheed, or thuway on Twitter, posted on the social network: "Ugh I just got a bit of info I was sworn to secrecy on :-/. VR is going to be amazing. You will say KANDO". He continued: "Very interesting solutions, multiple prototypes, but the end product is Hnnnnng. Say hello to Gran Turismo 7", suggesting that Sony is indeed working on its own VR headset.
If you were excited with that news, prepare your VR underwear for the next bit: Rasheed also mentioned PS4 VR in one last final tweet, where he listed upcoming Sony projects:
Things to look forward to-
- 1. Drive Club updated footage
- 2. PS4 VR + SSM New IP
- 3. UC 4
- 4. Guerilla new IP
- 5. UC4
- 6. The Last Guardian
This is where things get inteersting, as Guerilla with a new IP working on VR would be quite the title, and so would The Last Guardian. SSM most likely refers to Sony Santa Monica, which is the development studio who made God of War and others.
Steve Perlman, has something that could truly solve some of the problems we have with mobile data congestion, dead zones and more, with his new 'pCell' device.
Current cellular networks use a tower to transmit a radio signal, forming a large cell that provides wireless signal to all mobile devices within that area. This umbrella of signal will feed out whatever you need in terms of data or calls. Cell tower capacity is then shared through mobile devices, taking turns to avoid interfering with each other, and once more people enter the area, speeds can drop.
Companies simply can't just add more antennas in order to prepare for the increased demand, as their signals would be disrupted if they're placed too close together. This is where Artemis Networks' pCell technology comes into play, as it enhances the signal itself, with multiple waves combining to form stronger waves.
When Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls haunts your gaming life when it arrives on March 25, it will include two new major social features: clans and communities.
Blizzard Entertainment confirmed the new social features today, which will help form friendships between Diablo 3 players. Clans are limited to 120 members, and are invite-only organizations. You can't just join clans at a whim, as you can only be in one clan at a time. The feature is aimed at uniting players who have similar interests, schedules (which can be important), or goals.
Communities, however, are more casual: they can be public or private, and membership is "nearly unlimited," says Blizzard. You can be part of multiple communities, which will be interesting. The new clans and communities part of the game will go live in patch 2.0.1, an update that will be pushed out before Reaper of Souls arrives in March 25.
We've had a couple of teases of Fallout 4 lately, one where the trademark was filed and we thought it was close to being announced, and another teasing that 'nuclear winter is coming soon'. Both of those, seem to be weird, detailed dreams to the news we're about to break to you.
Bethesda's game director, Todd Howard, has come out and publicly said: "We don't [have a timeframe for our next game announcement], but I think it's gonna be a while". We've gotten fairly used to all the questions and curiosity over the years. Everyone wants information. Right now, we're just trying to figure out which of our ideas are going to stick and finding an appropriate time to talk about it.
It's not all bad news, as it seems that the PC is important to the developer, where Howard was enthusiastic about the best platform in the world. He said: "PC is resurgent. Skyrim did better than we've ever done on PC by a large, large number. And that's where the mods are. That feeds the game for a long time. And it's exciting that the new consoles are very PC-like. That opens up avenues for us going forward to do things that we've wanted to do in the past. There are kind of random ideas we're working on right now, and it's like, 'Wow, I think there's potential here to do some really cool stuff".
We knew it was coming, but it is now official: LG has announced the G2 mini smartphone. LG's new G2 mini is the company's first ever "compact" smartphone, and will be unveiled in detail, at Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona, Spain, next week.
The G2 mini features a 4.7-inch qHD IPS panel with a resolution of 960x540, comes in two SoC variants: with a 1.2GHz Qualcomm quad-core processor, or the 1.7GHz clocked NVIDIA quad-core Tegra 4i SoC. 8GB of on-board flash storage expandable through an SD card is available, 1GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera (or 13-megapixel camera, depending on the market), and a front-facing 1.3-megapixel snapper.
A removable 2440mAh battery will be featured on the G2 mini, while Android 4.4 KitKat will serve as the OS. The new G2 mini will be LTE-capable, and will feature Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, and will come in four colors (depending on the region): Titan Black, Lunar White, Red and Gold.
It's almost that time again, and this year Google is making it a little tougher to get into its I/O conference. Today Google announced that it will hold its I/O Developer Conference on June 25th and 26th, and that the conference will be held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Google did not really give any information on what will be shown off at the conference, but they did elaborate on how to get tickets for this year's event.
Google I/O has become so popular that its 2013 event sold completely out in about 45-minutes, so to make it fair for everyone, Google says that those wishing to attend need to submit their interest with the company and it will then randomly draw names to the lucky group that gets to attend. For those unable to attend, Google will live stream all of the keynotes and sessions on Google+ like it did last year.