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This morning, a Google employee just might have leaked info on a possible Android 4.3 launch as soon as tomorrow. Jean-Baptiste Queru posted on his Twitter page that "The future will be better tomorrow" and and a commentator asked if this will be "around 4.30 time" to which he replied "4:30pm is always a great time."
Android 4.3's launch is imminent, that much we know. What is unknown is what day, what time, and how Google will choose to launch it. The 4.3 update will not be a very visual-based update but it will fix several bugs as well as add a few features that most users will never notice. It is, however, a step closer to Android 5.0 which is widely rumored to be a complete OS refresh and will implement many new game-changing features.
Hey folks! We're excited to announce that our very first TweakTown live blog will be starting shortly. We have been hard at working creating a live blog system and section to dynamically display new text and images to you as it happens. We really like the design and the fact that you don't need to refresh the page for updates, they come straight to you as we post them.
Our first live blog is of none other than Google's I/O 2013 keynote. Get ready for all the action brought to you live over at this page. It's due to start soon, get ready for it now.
As this is our first live blog, there may be a few teething issues here and there. If you notice anything wrong, we encourage you to reach out and contact us!
Someone has seemingly gotten their hands on the elusive AMD Radeon HD 7990 dual-GPU video card that AMD is readying for launch. Codenamed "Malta," this GPU features two of AMD's 7970 GPU cores on a single board paired with 6GB of vRAM. The card was first unveiled at the Game Developers Conference alongside Battlefield 4.
We're pretty sure that the auction will end up getting pulled from Ebay, but that shouldn't stop you from bidding on the item. We know that the 7990 does exist, so this card shouldn't be a fake. The card takes two 8-pin PCIe power connectors for a total of 375W TDP.
There are still four days left on the auction, but we doubt it will still be up by the end of the day. If it does end up selling, we'll be sure to report on the final selling price. It's currently at $510, at the time of writing, with 17 bids having been placed. Shipping will set you back an additional $50, but it is one-day shipping.
WikiLeaks' latest release is their biggest yet, puts US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in the firing line
WikiLeaks have chosen today to release their largest ever unleashing of formerly confidential information, known as the "Kissinger Cables". These cables include over 1.7 million diplomatic records spanning 1973-1976, where 205,901 are connected to controversial US Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger.
The release has an eye-busting 700 million words, and contains something WikiLeaks describes as "significant revelations about US involvements with fascist dictatorships, particularly in Latin America, under Franco's Spain (including about the Spanish royal family) and in Greece under the regime of the Colonels."
These files should be an interesting read for those involved in the various industries, so hopefully we see some juicy content from them in the coming hours, days and weeks.
@Evleaks, everyone's favorite source for pre-release mobile phone information has just released an image of what is said to be Facebook's upcoming smart phone.
As you can see in the image above, the HTC manufactured "First" is a very generic looking smartphone that somewhat resembles an iPhone. The "HTC first" screen looks very much the result of some quick Photoshop work, but coming from @evleaks, we are inclined to trust them.
Lending further credence is that the phone closely matches the description given by 9to5Google last week. Either way, we will know something in a few days at Facebook's big Android focused event. Stay tuned to TweakTown for full coverage of the event!
This morning KitGuru is announcing that Microsoft has let details leak on Battlefield 4's release date. The leak occurred when details were accidentally posted to the official Xbox blog. This leak comes hot on the heals of the 17 minute live action teaser video EA released last week.
The details were removed almost instantly but a few fast thinking readers managed to grab a few screen captures before Microsoft noticed the mistake. The blog said that the game will release on October 29th 2013. Judging as to how fast these details were removed from the blog, we feel that it is safe to assume that the release date is official.
"Only in Battlefield can players go through a building instead of around it, eject from a jet and take out the enemy mid-free fall, or flip a tank. DICE, a studio of Electronic Arts, announced that Battlefield 4 will arrive on Xbox 360 on October 29, 2013."
EA and DICE have officially taken the wraps off of Battlefield 4, where it has been completely and utterly announced to the world. EA have confirmed it is indeed launching in Fall 2013, and will be powered by Frostbite 3, not Frostbite 2 as previously thought.
Today, we have a 17-minute gameplay demo unleashed upon us, which I'm about to check out once I click the submit button on this news. Patrick Soderlund, Executive Vice President, EA Games Label has said:
We are so humbled and proud to debut Battlefield 4 on a global stage with simultaneous events in San Francisco and Stockholm. To be this early in development, and to already be so polished is a huge achievement for the DICE team and reflection of their passion and commitment to driving the franchise forward. Today's demo was just the beginning -- we have so much more in store. It is thrilling to witness peoples' reaction when seeing the game for the first time. It really makes you realize that we are at the beginning of a whole new era for gaming. As artists and craftspeople, we are focused on creating a dynamic, open design that brings people together with amazing, surprising unscripted moments that they'll talk about for days. That's the beauty of Battlefield.
Things are heating up in South Korea once again, with South Korean authorities investigating a major attack on multiple fronts. Three TV broadcasters and two major banks were attacked, with the South Korean army raising their alert levels thinking that North Korea are behind the attacks.
Servers at television networks YTN, MBC and KBS were taken down, as well as two major banks; Shinhan Bank and NongHyup Bank. Some of the computers that were infiltrated had files deleted, according to the authorities. A police official has said: "We sent down teams to all affected sites. We are now assessing the situation. This incident is pretty massive and will take a few days to collect evidence."
The banks are back up and running, but the TV stations have said they don't know when they'll be fully operational again, with some workers at the stations not able to boot their systems back up. South Korean military hasn't been affected, but they've raised their state of readiness in response. Police and government have both declined to speculate on North Korea's involvement, but the North have threatened the South more than once now, stating they would attack both South Korea and their major ally, the United States after they were slapped with United Nations sanctions for their nuclear test back in February.
At tonight's Galaxy S IV launch, Samsung showed off some cool new features that really take the smartphone game to the next level. The new "S Features" are being called: S Translator, S Voice Drive, and S Health.
The S Translator is an app that automatically translates information that is typed or copy/pasted into it, and helps you translate up to nine languages at launch, including Chinese, English U.S., English British, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean and Portuguese. S Voice is Samsung's version of a hands free car app that lets you make and receive calls and text without ever taking your hands or eyes off the road.
S Health is a new app that is part of Samsung's push into the health department. It allows users to sync up their Galaxy S IV with smart sensors that can report back on blood glucose levels, heart rate, weight, and can even access the S IV's built in Pedometer to help you track your exercise.
Hotmail, Outlook.com outage enters hour 12 - Microsoft still working to fully bring services back online
This morning TechCrunch is reporting that Microsoft's Outlook.com and Hotmail email services have been down since 4:00PM EDT yesterday. That puts the services past 12 hours or so since they were last accessible.
SkyDrive and Calendar were also affected, but it appears that those services have been restored. Early speculation tied the outage to the Hotmail to Outlook.com migration, but an official statement from Microsoft denied that the migration had anything to do with the outage.
As of this posting I am unable to reach outlook.com and attempts to login to an old Hotmail account also failed. TechCrunch is reporting that the outage is not a total systems blackout though with some users still being able to reach the service.