Microsoft stores are offering $100 of in-store credit if you trade in your old console, which includes the PS3, Xbox 360 S or Xbox 360 E. Only select Microsoft retail stores will be providing the trade-in credit, unfortunately.
The deal runs from January 23 to March 2, with all consoles traded in needing to power up, be fully functional, include all of the original accessories and chargers, and cannot be damaged. There is a catch of course, with the details stating in order to "receive maximum trade in value, you must purchase an Xbox One at the same time".
The US District Court in California dismissed the class-action lawsuit that was filed against Rockstar Games and Take-Two, reports Game Politics.
The class-action lawsuit had its plaintiffs arguing that Rockstar and Take-Two failed to deliver the full, promised Grand Theft Auto V experience into GTA Online. The lawsuit claimed that the state of GTA V at launch was "unlawful," "unfair" and "fraudulent" of Rockstar and Take-Two. Judge Virginia A. Phillips disagreed, pointing out the fact that there's no indication of the online side of GTA V stating it would be available "immediately".
Considering GTA V has sold over $1 billion worth of digital mayhem, it's a quick swift decision to have the class-action lawsuit dismissed.
Amazon has revealed its Q4 2013 earnings, with a huge $25.59 billion in sales, which is up 20% compared to the same three-month period in 2012. The US retail giant posted just $510 million of that $25.59 billion in sales as operating income, which is up 26% year-over-year. As for its net income for the quarter, it saw $239 million.
The company is also reporting a record-setting holiday season for its Amazon Prime shipping service, which the company says it now has "tens of millions of members".
Motorola is free from Google now, sliding into the warm embrace that is Lenovo, but for its last quarter under the search giant, Motorola reported $1.24 billion in revenues, ending in a operating loss of $384 million.
Comparing its results to last year, revenues are down $270 million, and it lost $232 million more this year, compared to 2012. When Motorola came over to Google, it had over 20,000 employees - today, that number is just 3,894.
Google has released both its Q4 2013 and full year 2013 financial results, with the Mountain View-based search giant seeing increases in both revenue, and income.
For Q4 2013, Google saw revenues of $16.86 billion, up 17% year-over-year. Operating income for the three-month period was $3.92 billion, or 23% of its total revenues. Net income reached $3.38 billion, up from $2.89 billion from the same time last year. Google owned-site revenue was up 22% year-over-year to $10.55 billion, representing 67% of Google's total revenues.
Paid clicks were up around 31% for the quarter, with an 11% year-over-year decrease on cost-per-click. Motorola Mobility, which Google just sold to Lenovo for $2.91 billion, saw a $384 million operating loss for Q4 2013.
We were mostly alone when we posted a few stories from Edward Snowden's world-first interview with German TV outlet NDR, but that video was removed from YouTube a couple of hours ago.
Attempting to access the video results in the following message: "This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by ARD". That's ok though, because some sites have a full transcript of it. It doesn't take away from the fact that the video was removed, and then more so, it was cut down from the reported 6 hours, to just 30 minutes long. You can read the transcript of Snowden's startling video interview, here.
We just posted up Podcast #10, which covered all things tech, but Podcast #11 is all about games. We now have two Podcasts, one for tech, and one separately for games.
We cover a bunch of topics in this Podcast, including DICE and its apologies to gamers through Battlefield 4, Microsoft acquiring the rights to the Gears of War franchise, the tease of Far Cry 4, and how The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is pushing next-gen consoles to their limits... already.
Our first Podcast for 2014, where we're now officially splitting them into two. Instead of having one giant Podcast, we're going to have a Tech Podcast, and Game Podcast.
This will be easier to digest, as we have a legion of game fans, as well as tech fans. Plenty happens in both worlds during the week, so starting with tech, we have lots to talk about. Qualcomm teasing 8K smartphones, Lenovo purchasing Motorola Mobility from Google for $2.91 billion, and much more. Tune in above to check it out!
As usual, we'd love your input. Feel free to comment on YouTube, on this post, or e-mail me directly with suggestions: anthonygarreffa AT TweakTown DOT com.
Facebook is making lots of news today following its fourth quarter financial statement that was released yesterday. During his call to investors, Mark Zuckerberg, said that the social network will be taking its popular Graph Search feature to the mobile realm "pretty soon."
Graph search is one of my favorite features added to Facebook in 2013, and in fact, I use it several times a day to locate information on friends, industry leaders, and even trends in the technology world. Graph Search has been open to the public for just over a year now, and its move to mobile has been slow, and rightfully slow. Zuckerberg said that indexing more than a trillion connections and status updates is quite complex and takes time to get right.
"Pretty soon, I think, you should expect us to roll out the mobile version of this,"(speaking about Graph Search on mobile) said Zuckerberg. "I think that that's going to be an important step, because most of the usage of Facebook overall is on mobile, so we expect that that's where engagement will really start to come from on Graph Search over time."
Ever since its GPU2013 event in Hawaii, AMD enthusiast have been chomping at the bits waiting to get their hands on the Mantle drivers for Battlefield 4, and today the patch finally came through. The update is here, and AMD has released the 14.1 Beta drivers for its GPUs for 64-bit versions of Windows 7 and 8.
At the moment, Mantle support for Battlefield 4 is only available on the R9 290X, R9 290, R7 260X and the latest AMD Kaveri APU's. Support for other cards and APUs will come as AMD works the bugs out of the system. Along with today's release, DICE has released the first performance numbers from Battlefield 4 running on Mantle. The first test was ran on a AMD A10-7850K APU with the game set to 720p at medium settings. Mantle gave the game a 14-percent boost in frame rates from 39fps to 43fps on the Singapore Beach map.
Up next DICE tested Battlefield 4 running an AMD FX-8350 CPU paired with a Radeon HD7970 at 1080p with settings set to ultra and MSAA set to 1x. While playing at these settings on Siege of Shanghai, Mantle increased performance by 25.1-percent taking the frame rate up from 53fps to 67fps. Finally, DICE tested the game on a Intel Core i7-3970x Extreme CPU paired with two R9 290X video cards, and the game set to 1080p ultra settings and MSAA set to 4x this time. Mantle increased performance again this time in the single player level, South China Sea, with frame rates being increased by a whopping 58-percent, going from 78fps to 116fps.