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Apple quietly retires iPod classic

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 13, 2014 12:08 am

Amidst the hub bub of this week's Apple Event which saw the company, as expected, officially launch both the iPhone 6 and its larger brethren along with the long rumoured Apple Watch, the device that started it all - the original iPod, now dubbed 'iPod' classic' was being quietly being shuffled off stage before being put out of its misery.

 

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Officially discontinued as of September 9th, the sixth generation 160GB iPod will no longer be manufactured and once inventory has cleared, will no longer be available for sale. The news will hardly come as a shock to Apple fans - the writing has been on the wall for some time, with Apple CEO Tim Cook confirming that the iPod product line was "a declining business". Apple have removed the device from online listings.

 

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The iPhone 6 line goes on sale worldwide next Friday.

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U.S. military seeking technologies able to dodge missiles

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Apps | Posted: Sep 12, 2014 8:17 pm

The Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency (DARPA) is developing a Ground X-Vehicle Technology (GXVT-T) craft that is able to automatically adjust to avoid incoming rockets. However, with the safety effectiveness of armor going down - and the cost of vehicle armor increasing - a futuristic system to assist drivers avoid rocket-propelled grenades and other weapons could be greatly beneficial.

 

 

Military researchers have increasingly improved armor on battlefield vehicles, but have lagged behind new weapons and bombs designed to penetrate armor. The GXV-T program should help disrupt current mechanized warfare by providing new technologies to keep soldiers safe.

 

GXV-T's goal is not to just improve or replace one particular vehicle - it's about breaking the 'more armor' paradigm and revolutionizing projection for all armored fighting vehicles," said Kevin Massey, DARPA program manager. Inspired by how X-plane programs have improved airfraft capabilities over the past 60 years, we plan to pursue groundbreaking fundamental research and development to help make future armored fighting vehicles significantly more mobile, effective, save and affordable."

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Oculus VR CEO donates $31 million to a University for a VR lab

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 12, 2014 6:18 pm

Oculus VR is pushing for the future of VR to be awesome, so what better way than donating millions of dollars to a University to build a new VR lab? That's exactly what Brendan Iribe, CEO of Oculus VR has done, donating $31 million to the University of Maryland.

 

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The money will be used to build a new computer science building that will feature a VR lab. Iribe had the idea of donating the funds after the acquisition made by Facebook in March of this year for $2 billion, after he met with Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg, where he walked around the University and noticed that not much had changed around the place.

 

Iribe met Michael Antonov at the time, who is now the Chief Software Architect of Oculus VR, who will be donating $4 million the university to help with the construction of the building, and establish a scholarship. Iribe spoke with Business Insider, where he said: "It will have a big focus on robotics and computer vision, computer graphics, and human computer interaction. In the past, computers have been used regularly as a tool, so you don't need to bring in psychologists or the biotech side of things to understand how the computer affects the brain in order to make a great operating system. But in VR, you actually do".

Rockstar reveals launch dates for GTA V, PC version delayed to 2015

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 12, 2014 5:37 pm

Rockstar Games made an announcement that GTA V for current-generation gaming consoles PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will start shipping on November 18th. There will be a PC version as reported earlier, however the PC version's launch is delayed to January 27, 2015. Rockstar games also revealed a new trailer for GTA V, which is an actual gameplay recorded from the Sony PlayStation 4 console.

 

 

Rockstar did reveal some in-game improvements and features. One of them is that those who pre-order the console or PC version of GTA V will receive $1,000,000 in-game cash as a bonus to spend at Grand Theft Auto 5 and GTA Online. The game studio also confirmed that its in-game radio stations will now play more than 100 new songs and DJ tunes.

 

The rest of the features are as follows:

 

  • New weapons, vehicles and activities
  • Additional wildlife
  • Denser traffic
  • New foliage system
  • Enhanced damage and weather effects

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SanDisk launches SD memory card with 512GB storage capacity

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Storage | Posted: Sep 12, 2014 5:17 pm

Flash memory company SanDisk recently introduced its Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I storage card, a storage device that can hold up to 512GB of data, and now is the highest-capacity SD card currently available. The card is designed for professional photographers and videographers working in 4K ultra-high definition work.

 

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The card supports write speeds up to 90 MB/s, along with transfer speeds up to 95 MB/s for faster post-production transfers. The card is about the size of a postage stamp and will be available for around $800.

 

4K Ultra HD is an example of a technology that is pushing us to develop new storage solutions capable of handling massive file sizes," said Dinesh Bahal, SanDisk VP of product marketing, in a statent. The 512GB SanDisk Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I card is a tremendous advancement that enables professionals to reliably store more content on a single card than ever before."

AMD rumored to launch the next-gen Radeon R9 390X to fight GTX 980

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Sep 12, 2014 4:35 pm

By now you should know that NVIDIA is ready to launch its GeForce GTX 980, but AMD wants to take some of that thunder away with the rumors that the company is set to release its Radeon R9 390X GPU.

 

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The news is coming from VideoCardz, who is reporting that Asetek, the company who made the watercooler for the dual-GPU Radeon R9 295X2, is working on the cooler for the upcoming R9 390X. The new cooler will keep the VRM and memory under its fans, with AMD wanting to keep its reference design cards to sound much quieter than previous GPUs.

 

No specifications are known on the R9 390X, but the name "Fiji" is being thrown around for this upcoming family of GPUs.

iPhone 6 benchmarks spotted, barely faster than iPhone 5S

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 12, 2014 4:01 pm

When Apple announced the iPhone 6, we had confirmation that Apple's next generation iPhone would be powered by the company's A8 processor. We heard it was a 20nm design, one of the first on the market at this process, and that we should expect a decent bump in performance over the iPhone 5S' A7 processor.

 

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At the time we didn't know what clock speed the A8 would be clocked at, but we knew it be another dual-core processor, the same amount of cores found in the A7. Apple's A7 chip runs at 1.3GHz, so most expected the A8 to be clocked much higher - maybe 1.5-1.6GHz - to provide the jump in performance, but now we know: the A8 processor in the iPhone 6 runs at 1.4GHz, just 100MHz more than the A7 chip in the iPhone 5S.

 

The news is coming from Rightware's benchmark database, with Basemark X being run on a slew of devices. Apple's A7-powered iPhone 5S scores 20253.80 while the A8-powered iPhone 6 scores 21204.26 - barely any difference. We will have more benchmarks on Apple's latest smartphone when ours arrives next week, so keep your eyes peeled on TweakTown.

Report: 6 billion smartphones in use across the world by 2020

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 12, 2014 3:40 am

There will be 9 billion mobile users connected across the world, two-thirds of that tally will account for smartphone handsets. Lower-cost units with better hardware are giving consumers to the chance to have access to more stable calling ability. The phone towers are able to withstand a growing number of first-time phone owners conducting online banking, shopping, and other daily activities.

 

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"In the hands of consumers, these devices are improving living standards and changing lives, especially in developing markets, while contributing to growing economies by stimulating entrepreneurship," said Hyunmi Yang, GSMA Chief Strategy Officer. "As the industry evolves, smartphones are becoming lifestyle hubs that are creating opportunities for mobile industry players in vertical markets such as financial services, healthcare, home automation and transport."

 

Apple's recent iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus announcement underwhelmed many tech followers, but should still rack up a high number of sales. However, Google Android should end up winning out in emerging markets that are embracing newer smartphones.

Assassins Creed film casts Robert Downey Jr as Leonardo da Vinci

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Sep 12, 2014 1:35 am

Ubisoft Motion Pictures have been working diligently behind the scenes for a number of years to get their maiden production - a big budget feature adaptation of the 'Assassins Creed' video game off the ground. However, today they might have just enacted a huge casting coup, by signing none other than 'Iron Man' himself - Mr Robert Downey Jr' in the role of the the famed Italian renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci.

 

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The casting looks to also sheds some light on the films plot, which might take some cues from 'Assassins Creed 2', which prominently featured da Vinci's designs and contraptions.

 

Actor Michael Fassbender has long been attached to the title role of Ezio Auditore da Firenze, but has repeatedly stated that script problems have been the source of delays. With the latest news of casting, hopefully the wheels will move just that little bit faster.

 

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'Assassins Creed' currently has no release date, but will be distributed worldwide by Twentieth Century Fox.

LG unveil first 4K OLED displays in U.S

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Sep 11, 2014 11:48 pm

With the home entertainment industry's attempts to prolong the lifespan of plasma and then LCD by the introduction of 3D technology falling flat on its face and the move to force 4K as the next best thing being resisted, in part due to little content and high prices has seen some manufacturers redouble their efforts into OLED technology. Now, LG has bought both technologies into one device for the first time.

 

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LG will ship two models to the US next month, coming in 65 inch and 77 inch varieties, for $10,000 and $25,000 respectively (although will be expected to be discounted significantly) both utilising the faddish 'curved' design.

 

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OLED technology, which has been in deployment for some years in smaller devices, such as mobile phone displays and in the initial PlayStation Vita model, has been heralded for its spectacular image quality and brightness, superb black levels and lowered power consumption but has proven difficult to manufacture at large sizes at a large scale and also battling poor half-life ratings.

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