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Microsoft wants your PS3, will give you $100 for it

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jan 31, 2014 7:25 am

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".

GTA Online class-action lawsuit has been dismissed

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 31, 2014 6:33 am

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 posts massive sales for Q4 2013, but sees tiny profits

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 31, 2014 5:25 am

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 reports $384 million operating loss for Q4 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 31, 2014 4:33 am

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 announces its Q4 2013 earnings, $16.86 billion in revenue

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 31, 2014 3:29 am

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.

Edward Snowden video interview removed from YouTube

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jan 31, 2014 3:24 am

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.



Facebook's Graph Search is coming to mobile earlier than expected

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Jan 30, 2014 9:17 pm

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."

DICE unveils AMD Mantle performance numbers for Battlefield 4

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 30, 2014 7:55 pm

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.

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ROCCAT launches its new Kave XTD 5.1 Digital Gaming Headset

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Jan 30, 2014 6:31 pm

Today ROCCAT announced the launch of its latest gaming headset, the Kave XTD 5.1. The Kave XTD is a true 5.1 digital gaming headset and is built on the foundation of the original Kave headset, with an entirely new ground-up design. The Kave XTD 5.1 features a fully-equipped desktop remote that incorporates a full 5.1 digital sound card as well as several other exciting features.




The Kave XTD 5.1 features ROCCAT Smart Link technology that lets users pair their smartphone with their headset and can make and receive calls during a gaming session by pressing a button on the remote control. The phones audio is piped into the headset, and allows gamers to take their call while in-game without the need to remove their headset. The Kave XTD's software mutes any incoming or outgoing audio from the game or chat software during calls, so no one hears your conversation but you.


The Kave XTD features 3 drivers per ear cup that have been aligned at a 12 degree angle to provide clean, crisp, and immersive sound. The remote control also features the ability to connect a true 5.1 audio speaker system to your PC from the 5.1 sound card built into the remote, and users can switch from headset mode to speaker mode with the push of a button. Finally, the Kave XTD 5.1 features a sensitive boom mic that is positioned perfectly for accurate communication with your fellow players.

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ReportTT: Microsoft could name new CEO as early as next week

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 30, 2014 5:21 pm

Its only been about half a year since Microsoft's, Steve Ballmer, announced his retirement, and today it appears that the search for a new CEO may be coming to a close. In the beginning names such as Stephen Elop from Nokia, Alan Mulally from Ford and even Marissa Mayer from Yahoo were on the short list, but if a new report from VentureBeat is correct, none of those candidates made the final cut.




VentureBeat is reporting that just 160 days after Ballmer announced his exit plan, that Microsoft could announce his successor as early as next week. The report goes on to state that it appears that Microsoft is keeping the position in the family and that its current executive VP of cloud and enterprise business, Satya Nadella, has been chosen for the top seat. Nadella has been with Microsoft for the past 20 years and has served many roles at the company, making him familiar with the company's inner workings, goals and ambitions. The report says that Stephen Elop and Tony Bates are both still in the running as well, but it appears that the odds are in Nadella's favor this time.