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PlayStation 4 sales slowed in August, still beat the Xbox One

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Sep 9, 2014 8:30 pm

The Microsoft Xbox One and Nintendo Wii U game platforms saw sales bumps in August, but still couldn't compete against the Sony PlayStation 4 in the United States, analysts recently noted. The Xbox One saw a 14 percent month-over-month boost to account for 150,000 units sold, while the Wii U saw tremendous growth of 11 percent year-over-year up to 65,000. Although the PS4 had a 14 percent month-over-month drop, the console still racked up 175,000 units sold in the same timeframe.


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"We expect PS4's [August] sales to again exceed those of the Xbox One," said Michael Pachter, Wedbush Morgan analyst. "[PS4 still outside Xbox One] despite the June introduction of a $400 Xbox One without Kinect and the August release of a $400 Madden NFL 15 bundle that includes a download code [for Madden], essentially bundling the game for free."


Although the Wii U and Xbox One both saw boosted sales figures in August, it must be troubling that neither platform can still compete on the sales chart against the PS4. Since the PS4 and Xbox One were released in November 2013, it has been domination by Sony's console - and despite a price cut and more console/game bundles, this will continue to be a slugfest.

PayPal's Braintree opens up bitcoin payments, shaking things up more

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 9, 2014 7:45 pm

Ebay announced that Braintree, a former competitor of PayPal and current subsidiary, will begin accepting bitcoins sometime in the next few months. There won't be direct bitcoin integration via PayPal or the Ebay marketplace, as Ebay reportedly was able to answer regulatory questions and other issues that had to be addressed.


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"We're announcing PayPal's first foray into bitcoin," said Bill Ready, EBay Braintree unit chief, during a recent conference. "Over the coming months we'll allow our merchants to accept bitcoin. On the consumer side it will be a sleek experience."


Braintree customers include Uber and Airbnb, and will be able to accept bitcoins if they choose to opt in. It's a curious move that could lead to bitcoin integration within PayPal and eBay in the future, depending how things with Braintree go.

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U.S. Army reportedly preparing cyber branch to help counter threats

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Sep 9, 2014 6:40 pm

The U.S. Army has steadily improved its Army Cyber Command abilities, and needs to double the amount of cyber-related positions in the next two years. Each cyber team is about the same size of a traditional platoon, with combat missions slightly larger. The teams consist of enlisted soldiers, NCOs, warrant officers, officers and Army civilian employees.


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"These soldiers are so unique, and they're so skilled and they're so few," said Command Sgt. Major. Rodney Harris, Army Cyber Command, recently noted. "The chief of staff of the Army has asked us to focus hard on what we're doing for talent management..."


It's difficult to accurately determine what foreign militaries are doing to staff their cyber-related positions - but with select countries using their military to help launch cyberattacks - this is a major initiative for the U.S. military. As weapon systems are increasingly connected to systems that open up the possibility of cyberattacks, the military's cyber teams will be responsible for ensuring they aren't accessed by foreign enemies.

Apple teases 'one more thing', announces the Watch

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Sep 9, 2014 6:10 pm

For over a year, rumors have circulated about Apple's iWatch, but now we know the official deal: it's the Watch. No 'i', just Watch. Tim Cook has just unveiled it, with Watch featuring a square display with curved edges, and much more. Watch requires the iPhone, as it will not work with any other device.


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Cook said: "An entirely new product. We believe this product will redefine what people expect from its category. I am so excited and I am so proud to share it with you this morning." Watch will be available in silver, gold and an 18-karat gold edition. Different straps will be offered for Watch, too.


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When Cook announced Watch, he said that "Apple Watch is the most personal device we've ever created". But Watch isn't just a watch, it is "also a comprehensive health and fitness device".

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Apple Pay, an 'entirely new payment process' powered by NFC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 9, 2014 6:04 pm

Something that was expected from Apple today was an NFC-powered payment system, with the company unveiling Pay. Pay is an "entirely new payment process" that leverages NFC technology, which stores payment information in the iPhone itself.


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Pay uses Passbook, and mixes in with TouchID for something that should be a little safer than most other payment methods - except when someone steals your iPhone and chops your thumb off.


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Apple's new Pay system allows you to take a photo of your credit card, and then adding it into the iPhone. I don't know how safe I'd feel snapping a photo of my credit card with the iCloud leak of late...

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Apple formally introduces iOS 8 on the new iPhone 6

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 9, 2014 5:49 pm

What's a new iPhone without a new operating system? That's right, iOS 8 has been formally unveiled with the new iPhones, with a bunch of new features.


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Starting with the new messaging app, which allows you to send small voice notes - similar to Facebook Messenger. There's also a new health app, and improved notifications. Extensibility also allows applications to talk to each other in real ways. We will have more on iOS 8 soon.


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iOS 8 will be made to work with plenty of Apple devices, including the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5/5C/5S, most of the iPads, and the recent iPod.

Apple bakes 'great new cameras' into the new iPhones

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 9, 2014 5:44 pm

The iPhone has always featured an above-average camera, with the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus featuring "great new cameras". Both of the new iPhones feature an 8-megapixel rear-facing iSight camera, with True Tone flash, 1.5 micron pixels, and f/2.2 aperture.


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Apple has also baked in something it calls "focus pixels" into the new iPhone 6 with its 'next-generation iSight sensor'. The new iPhone has faster 'phase detection' autofocus, which means that the iSight camera is twice as fast as the iPhone 5S when it comes to focusing on your photo.


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Panorama shots receive an injection of technology, with panorama shots now capable of being a massive 43 megapixels.

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iPhone 6 features Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Wi-Fi calling and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 9, 2014 5:34 pm

With the new iPhone being unveiled, we're finding out the detailed technical side of things - with one of the big improvements being on the networking side of the iPhone 6. Apple has provided LTE 150Mbps, and Wi-Fi 802.11ac, which should keep fast users very happy.


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The iPhone 6 now supports up to 20 LTE bands (which is more than any other smartphone) and LTE roaming. The iPhone 6 also does "carrier aggregation" which ensures the maximum speed on your bigger iPhone. The new iPhone also supports VoLTE, or Voice over LTE. Wi-Fi calling is also a thing with the iPhone 6, but it is limited to just two providers: T-Mobile in the US, and EE in the UK.

Apple's new iPhone 6 powered by the 64-bit capable A8 processor

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 9, 2014 5:26 pm

The new iPhone was just announced, with two models being unveiled in Cupertino today: the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Both of Apple's new smartphones are using the company's new A8 processor, which is a 64-bit capable chip.


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Apple's new A8 processor is built on the 20nm process, has 2 billion transistors and it 13% smaller than the previous generation A7 processor. The A8 is 20% faster in CPU tasks, and 50% faster in graphics tasks compared to its predecessor. Paul Schiller also talked about sustained performance, something that I'm sure we're going to see talked about in the coming weeks. This sees the new iPhone running at full power, without pumping out more heat.


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The new A8 processor also has Apple working with some of the biggest developers in the world, allowing game developers to get "closer to the metal" - a term where developers use less software between the game itself, and the processor, equating to more performance.

Apple unveils its new iPhone: iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 9, 2014 5:15 pm

Apple has just revealed its next generation iPhone, announcing two models: the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Both of the new iPhones feature a 'Retina HD' display' and much stronger build quality, with an anodized aluminum backing. The iPhone 6 has a 4.7-inch display, with the iPhone 6 Plus cranking it up to 5.5 inches.


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The iPhone 6 and its 4.7-inch display features a resolution of 1334x750, while the iPhone 6 Plus features a 5.5-inch 1920x1080 display. Compared to the 4-inch screen on the iPhone 5S, the iPhone 6 has 38% more pixels, while the iPhone 6 Plus has 185% more pixels.


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The iPhone 6 is 6.8mm thin while the iPhone 6 Plus is just 7.1mm thin, and when compared to the iPhone 5S, they're both much thinner - with the iPhone 5S being 7.6mm.

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