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Analysts: Samsung Galaxy S6 modem loses to Qualcomm by around 12%

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Mar 13, 2015 3:54 am

With tongues wagging over the announcement of the Galaxy S6, we haven't seen any real-world performance numbers - with the biggest question being the battery life of Samsung's super-powered handset.




Analysts with Moor Insights & Strategy took to their blog over Mobile World Congress, which we're only getting around to now, with an article titled "Not All 4G LTE Modems Are Created Equal According To Tests With Qualcomm And Samsung". Where most are talking up the internal power and benchmarking abilities of the Galaxy S6, the hit on battery life thanks to Samsung baking in its own modem could be a bigger problem than previously thought. It looks like Qualcomm has the better modem chops, but Samsung has decided to use more of its own components than ever in its latest flagship.


The blog post covers this, where they said "Some companies, like Qualcomm and Samsung Electronics, have developed their own front end solutions in order to improve their modem solutions and make vast improvements in all aspects. They have accomplished these improvements in multiple ways, including increased throughput going from Category 4 150 Mbps download speeds to Category 6 300Mbps and Category 9 450 Mbps download speeds as well as reducing power consumption at the same time". While that might not sound like much, what they say next should have you opening your eyes a little wider.

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'Star Wars' stand-alone film gets official title, date and star

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 13, 2015 3:43 am

Last month we reported news that the first of the three stand-alone 'Star Wars' films was nearing production and now Lucasfilm has made it official by giving the film a title that sheds light on the story, as well as a release date.




'Rogue One' will be helmed by 'Godzilla' director Gareth Edwards and will be released on December 16, 2016 - just one year from this year's 'The Force Awakens' and will star Felicity Jones in an as-yet unnamed role. Lucasfilm have been keen to point out that the story was cracked by John Knoll, who not only serves as CEO of visual effects studio Industrial Light & Magic with a long standing association with the franchise, but also served as one of the original key developers of Adobe PhotoShop.


The title gives a clue as to the potential storyline, with 'Rogue One' (or 'Rogue Leader') being the call sign given to the leader of the Rebel Alliance/New Republic/Galactic Alliance fighter group, Rogue Squadron and which harken back to the original trilogy of 'Star Wars' films.

Respawn confirms 'multiplatform' Titanfall sequel is in development

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 13, 2015 3:21 am

We heard the rumors of this not too long ago now, but Respawn Entertainment has now confirmed it is working on a "multiplatform" sequel to the mech-powered shooter. Repsawn CEO Vince Zampella himself confirmed the news with IGN.




Zampella told IGN: "I guess EA announced a sequel, so I could play coy and pretend I don't know anything about it, or... yeah. So we're working on a sequel". While Titanfall 2 is under development, the studio is also "starting up a second team and doing some smaller stuff too", according to Zampella.


In regards to what to expect from the sequel to Titanfall, Respawn hasn't even given a nugget of information out, other than that they plan to "do something difference" in regards to charging for downloadable maps. Zampella added: "I think having the maps like that in packs, it does split the community and it makes it harder for matchmaking, it's messy".

GTA V on the PC running in 4K demolishes the PS3, PS4 versions

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 13, 2015 1:28 am

We all know that the superior version of Grand Theft Auto V is nearly here, but now we have a much closer look at the differences between the PS3, PS4 and PC versions of the game, with the PC version running at 4K. Marvel in the screenshot comparison below.




This is one of the more obvious ones, where we can see so much more detail compared to the blurry mess that is the Xbox One and PS4 versions of GTA V.




Again, there's so much more detail available on the PC version at 4K.




And again, there's simply no question: the PC version is the champion here.

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Crytek is 'exploring VR right now' with the CryEngine

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Mar 13, 2015 12:00 am

VR is a super-hot thing right now, but Crytek hasn't made much noise on the wearable gaming world just yet. Until now. Crytek's Managing Director, Faruk Yerli, has now talked about Crytek entering the VR world.




Yerli said: "We are exploring VR right now. We want to show the world true VR experience can only come from CryEngine, the best one. We see VR as an important device for enthusiasts, then going to mainstream probably. We want to elevate what we can do here... we hope to one day deliver a fully-fleshed VR experience".


Yerli talked about the challenges of delivering VR to a wide audience, with the obvious physical limitations "in terms of what gameplay actions you can do". When it comes to motion sickness, Yerli added that Crytek has "already found solutions" for it. Yerli added that CryEngine is capable of using AMD's new LiquidVR technology "directly out of the box" in order to usher in lower latency in multiple GPU systems.

Meet the new Google Chromebook Pixel - 2560x1700 and USB Type-C

By: Chris Smith | More News: Laptops | Posted: Mar 12, 2015 11:45 pm

Featuring a 2560x1700 resolution screen powered by Intel HD graphics, 12 hours of battery life, a claimed 15 minute charging window for 2 hours of battery time, the latest Intel 5th generation processor and 8GB of RAM, say hello to Google's new Pixel Chromebook.




Being one of the first devices to see USB Type-C integration, this technology will not only be used to power the device, but also for data transfer and extended monitor support.


This 3.3lbs device comes with a 12.85" screen and the base model will feature an Intel i5 2.2GHz with 8GB of memory compared to the higher-positioned Intel i7 edition at 2.4GHz with a massive 16GB of RAM. As for storage you can expect either 32GB or 64GB, two USB Type-C ports and two USB 3.0 ports.


For more information you can check out their official landing page.

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Second biggest Aussie ISP iiNet to be bought by TPG, $1.4 billion

By: Chris Smith | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Mar 12, 2015 10:34 pm

In the latest of unexpected news, TPG Telecom has today announced that they will be purchasing 100 percent of iiNet, "Australia's second largest DSL Internet Service Provider" - as quoted by the company themselves.




The $1.4 billion AU buyout means iiNet's shares will be acquired for $8.60 AU each, seeing $1.80 AU per share paid more than they are listed right now. As according to Gizmodo, $8.60 AU is also higher than iiNet's shares have ever been seen - their peak being $8.36 AU last December.


iiNet's Chairman Michael Smith is happy with this move, stating "The board views this as a significant reward for shareholders who have shown their faith in iiNet. The price of $1.4 billion is a very tangible measure of the value that the extraordinary people of iiNet have created through their innovation, brilliant service and capacity to add value."

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FBI: Get ready for more damaging cyberattacks in the future

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 12, 2015 10:04 pm

Cyberattacks by hackers and foreign states isn't necessarily new, but 2014 helped bring consumer attention to the matter in the United States following several major data breaches. The United States should be aware that an "extremely damaging" cyberattack against the public and private sectors seems likely, warn cybersecurity experts.




"It's undeniable that the number of breaches is going up, and despite our best efforts, we are constantly surprised by new and important ways to affect these important [computer] networks," said Leo Taddeo, FBI Special Agent for Cyber Special Operations, in a statement to Bloomberg. "I think that we would be well-served to prepare for - I won't say a catastrophic attack, but an attack that has an impact that may shake some confidence levels."


Of note, business leaders should pay attention to possible "destructive malware" aimed at compromising corporate networks. Trying to clamp down on outside attacks has proven difficult, with sophisticated malware and better techniques used to infect targets.

Politics blurring cybersecurity breakthroughs from security companies

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 12, 2015 9:09 pm

The cybersecurity industry is an estimated $71 billion market that is growing at a rapid pace, with hackers targeting users - and increasingly sophisticated cyberespionage campaigns aimed at national governments.




Kaspersky Lab, a cybersecurity firm based in Russia, reportedly hesitated on at least two separate occasions before linking the Russian government to cybercriminal activities. Meanwhile, FireEye and CrowdStrike, two US security firms, have blamed China and Russia for organized cyber campaigns - but haven't accused the US for its cyberespionage efforts.


"Some companies think we should be stopping all hackers. Others think we should stop only the other guy's hackers - they think we can win the war," said Dan Kaminsky, chief scientist of the White Ops cybersecurity firm, in a statement published by Reuters.

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Experts: Apple Watch marketing push needs to be long-term effort

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Mar 12, 2015 8:36 pm

The Apple Watch is expected to give a major boost to the smartwatch and wearables industry, even though there are plenty of critics. However, Apple should think long-term with the Apple Watch, and future wearables offerings, and not worry about critics.




Consumers interested in the Apple Watch understand that it won't be a cheap device, starting at $349 and surpassing $10,000 for luxury models - with the Silicon Valley company trying to cater to affluent consumers. Financial analysts are excited because Apple will yield strong profit margins from the higher-priced models, and there is plenty of long-term market growth potential.


"It's all part of a long game that Tim Cook is playing very smartly," said John Sculley, former Apple CEO, in a statement to CNBC. "He is starting to build out new ways to separate Apple away from Samsung, Google and Android, and all the others out there."

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