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Tablets suffer first year-over-year shipment drop, analysts say

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 3, 2015 5:37 pm

This is the first time that the tablet market has seen a year-over-year shipment decline, with -3.2 percent growth - shipping 76.1 million units during Q4 2014, according to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Tablet tracker. Despite the shipment drop during Q4, there was still 4.4 percent overall shipment growth throughout the entire year.

 

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Apple continued its domination of the tablet market, shipping 21.4 million units and controlling 28.1 percent of the tablet market. Samsung was No. 2, (14.5 percent), Lenovo (4.8 percent), ASUS (4.0 percent), and Amazon (2.3 percent) rounded out the top five tablet hardware manufacturers.

 

Meanwhile, iOS controls 27 percent of the mobile tablet OS market, with Android now making up 66 percent control.

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Dying Light racks up more than 1.2 million gamers in one week

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 3, 2015 5:28 pm

Since being released last week, more than 1.2 million gamers have tried out Dying Light, according to the game's official Twitter feed.

 

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The game was released on January 27 and tallied gamers until February 2.

 

The gaming total includes PC, Microsoft Xbox One and Sony PlayStation 4 gamers - though physical copies of the game have been delayed, and should boost sales figures in Europe, Asia, Australia and the Middle East by the end of February.

Razer introduces refreshed Blade gaming laptop with new CPU, GPU

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Laptops | Posted: Feb 3, 2015 4:56 pm

Gaming company Razer has updated its Blade gaming laptop, now including the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M and Intel Core i7-4720HQ CPU.

 

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The QHD+ Model starts with the following specifications: Intel Core i7-4720HQ Quad Core CPU, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 16GB RAM, Microsoft Windows 8.1, 128 to 512GB SSD options, and a 14" IGZO QHD+ (3200x1800) screen. Prices start at $2,199.

 

Meanwhile, the Full HD Model has the following specifications: Intel Core i7-4720HQ Quad Core CPU, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 256GB SSD, 8GB RAM, and 14" IPS Full HD (1920x1080) screen. Prices start at $1,999.

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The Nexus 5 has returned to the Google Play Store

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 3, 2015 2:07 pm

Google has surprised the world, with the return of the Nexus 5 smartphone to the Google Play Store. You can grab the Nexus 5 smartphone from the Play Store for $349.99 for the 16GB version.

 

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The 32GB flavor of the Nexus 5 will cost another $50, for a total of $399.99. If you were waiting for the Nexus 5, grab it now. We don't know how much longer the Nexus 5 will be on the Google Play Store, but now is your time.

Uber could soon have some competition on the roads, from Google

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Feb 3, 2015 11:27 am

While Uber continues to dominate the industry, it is still facing a very uphill battle with its various lawsuits, bans, privacy issues, bad PR and reports of even sabotaging competitors. This hasn't stopped Google from reportedly developing a competitor to Uber.

 

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Bloomberg is reporting that Google's Chief Legal Officer David Drummond has teased that the Mountain View-based search giant could be working on its own Uber alternative. Uber executives have reportedly seen screenshots of a new ride-sharing application that Google is working on, something that is currently in use by select Google employees.

 

What better way to compete with Uber than with its own self-driving autonomous cars, that you could book through your smartphone? This could be the future, but there will be various legal problems Google (and other companies) will need to sort out. But for now, Google could unveil an Uber-like service, eventually replacing it with a fleet of autonomous vehicles.

Android 5.0 Lollipop is on just 1.6% of devices since its launch

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Feb 3, 2015 9:47 am

When Google launched Android 5.0 Lollipop last year, most thought that it would be jumping onto millions of devices, but it hasn't been the case unfortunately. Just 1.6% of polled Android users are using the deliciously named OS as of February 2.

 

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The numbers are coming from Android Developers, which pulls data collected from a 7-day period that ended on February 2. Android 4.1-4.3 Jelly Bean is still the force to be reckoned with, securing 44.5% of Android devices. Android 4.4 KitKat comes in second with a total of 39.7%. There's not much of a push for Lollipop right now, but there are new devices that are coming soon, which should help bolster these Android 5.0 adoption rates.

Demand for AMD GPUs is reportedly weak, Radeon R9 380X launch imminent

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Feb 3, 2015 8:42 am

We know that AMD is currently preparing the launch of the Radeon R9 300 series, but between now and then what to add-in board (AIB) partners do? Do they continue ordering Radeon R9 290X, R9 290 and other 200 series GPUs from AMD? Well, that's where we are today.

 

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DigiTimes is reporting from a source close tro them that some of AMD's AIB partners are reducing orders for current-gen Radeon GPUs as there is growing anticipation for the next-gen from AMD, as well as citing reduced demand for Radeon R9 200 series cards. DigiTimes has said: "Since AMD is already planning to unveil its next-generation GPUs in the second half, the sources believe the GPU vendor will have a chance to regain some of its lost market share in the second half of 2015".

 

The bigger tease is that AMD would reportedly launch its Radeon R9 380X as early as late this month, or early March according to VideoCardz. We might not see that happen, but with less Radeon R9 200 series cards on shelves around the world, AMD could surprise NVIDIA and the world by capitalizing on the GeForce GTX 970 VRAM issues.

GeForce and Radeon GPUs could soon combine VRAM thanks to DX12, Mantle

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Feb 3, 2015 7:29 am

Sure, your flashy new GeForce GTX 980 has 4GB of VRAM, and so does the one next to it in SLI. But while you have a total of 8GB of VRAM between two cards, only one set of VRAM is being used, it's not being combined. That is, for now. Things could change according to a recent tweet from AMD's Robert Hallock.

 

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Hallock teased that with the upcoming APIs in Mantle and DirectX 12, two GPUs in SLI or Crossfire could possibly act as 'one big' GPU. Hallock said: "Mantle is the first graphics API to transcend this behavior and allow that much-needed explicit control. For example, you could do split-frame rendering with each GPU ad its respective framebuffer handling 1/2 of the screen. In this way, the GPUs have extremely minimal information, allowing both GPUs to effectively behave as a single large/faster GPU with a correspondingly large pool of memory".

 

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"Ultimately the point is that gamers believe that two 4GB cards can't possibly give you the 8GB of useful memory", he continued. He added: "That may have been true for the last 25 years of PC gaming, but thats not true with Mantle and its not true with the low overhead APIs that follow in Mantle's footsteps". This isn't confirmation that memory stacking is going to happen, but it's a much better direction to be heading in, that's for sure. Especially with 4K and beyond gaming, VRAM is more important than ever and wasting 4-8GB of VRAM on SLI/Crossfire setups is just silly.

Samsung teases 'What's Next' for Samsung Unpacked event on March 1

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 3, 2015 6:30 am

Mobile World Congress 2015 is just around the corner, so it's about time that Samsung began teasing its Unpacked event. Samsung will be hosting Samsung Unpacked 2015 on March 1, in Barcelona, Spain.

 

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We should expect Samsung to unveil its new Galaxy S6 smartphone, as well as other devices during the show, which leads directly into Mobile World Congress 2015. Samsung Unpacked 2015 starts at 18:30 local time, which is 12pm New York or 9am on the west coast. Be sure to tune in, but if not we will be getting all of the news up as it happens.

Rockstar confirms GTA 6 is coming, says 'we've got some ideas'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 3, 2015 5:55 am

We haven't even received GTA V on the PC yet, which was delayed from January to March, but now we're hearing the first rumbles of GTA VI. Yes, that's Grand Theft Auto 6.

 

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During a talk with Develop, Rockstar Games' President, Leslie Benzies said: "We've got about 45 years worth of ideas we want to do. We don't know what GTA 6 will be, but we've got some ideas". Benzies continued, somehow thinking that teasing the world of one of the biggest franchises of all world would be fine, adding: "It comes from the idea first. Where is it going to be set is the first question. Then that defines the missions; you're doing different things in LA than in New York or Miami. The map and story get worked up together, and the story is a basic flow of how it works out so you can layer the missions in".

 

Now we have the pleasure of imagining where Rockstar could take GTA VI if it wasn't held back in shackles by the previous generation consoles. What could GTA IV turn out to be like if it were built from the ground up on the Xbox One, PS4, and the PC? What if Rockstar made it with the PC as the lead platform, with VR in mind and then just baked down to the consoles? I'm obviously making too much sense with that last bit, so I'll leave it at that.

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