Technology content trusted in North America and globally since 1999
7,704 Reviews & Articles | 57,137 News Posts

TweakTown News Posts - Page 2322

AMD teases 45% increase in performance for Battlefield 4 using Mantle

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 13, 2014 12:55 am

AMD's Mantle is coming, and when it comes, it should really shake up the performance for Radeon users in Battlefield 4. AMD have said it'll drive 45% more performance in Battlefield 4 when compared to DirectX 11.

 

 

AMD said at CES 2014: "It's up to 45% faster than the original version on this same hardware." The big thing we have to take away from this is, if AMD can deliver a 45% performance improvement from Mantle, what is NVIDIA going to do? You can rest assured, as soon as the Mantle update is released, I'll be re-running my SAPPHIRE Radeon R9 290X Tri-X GPUs in CrossFire at 4K, and my triple 1440p setup (4320x2560 and 7680x1440).

Continue reading 'AMD teases 45% increase in performance for Battlefield 4 using Mantle' (full post)

Latest numbers for Android show KitKat and Jelly Bean growth

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jan 13, 2014 12:28 am

Now that December is over, the latest numbers are available for Google's mobile OS, Android. We've seen Android 4.4 KitKat increase its grip on the market, jumping just 0.3% for the month.

 

latest_numbers_for_android_show_kitkat_and_jelly_bean_growth_02

 

Jelly Bean increased by a decent margin, increasing from November's numbers of 54.5%, to December's 59.1%. Gingerbread continues to slide, losing around 3% since the last time we saw these numbers. As for Ice Cream Sandwich, we're seeing 16.9% still, but this will continue to erode as people upgrade, and new devices are pushed onto the market.

 

Over 75% of Android devices are now running Android 4.x, which is great for developers with apps that require Android 4.x and above.

Intel rumored to bring Broadwell CPUs to the market earlier

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jan 12, 2014 11:24 pm

The last we heard on Intel's Broadwell CPUs is that they would feature 18 cores, but the release date on them was Q4 2014, now we're hearing dates of Q3 2014.

 

intel_rumored_to_bring_broadwell_cpus_to_the_market_earlier_01

 

The new Broadwell CPUs will usher in a refined 14nm process, and three-gate transistors, the first CPUs to be made on the new tech. The new Broadwell architecture will be close to the company's on-the-market Haswell processors, but will see reduced power consumption, as well as increased performance. We should also see more advanced integrated graphics on Broadwell-based CPUs, too.

 

We should expect Intel's Broadwell CPUs to be released in Q3 2014, but the big problem here is that Intel will be competing with its Haswell-E CPU. Unleashing two new CPUs, that will overlap each other in some markets, might be hard for Intel. We should see some more concrete information, specs and prices toward Computex in June.

AT&T to launch Beats Music family plan service on January 21

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 12, 2014 11:05 pm

Wireless carrier AT&T has partnered with Beats Music to offer a subscription song streaming and download service for $14.99 per month on five accounts and 10 devices. Current AT&T Family customers will receive a 90-day free trial to the service, with individual users receiving a free 30-day trial. Subscribers can stream music in addition to downloading tracks for playback later when no phone or Internet connection is available.

 

at_t_to_launch_beats_music_family_plan_service_on_january_21_01

 

"Our collaboration with Beats Music is solving two major industry challenges," said David Christopher, AT&T Mobility Chief Marketing Officer, in a statement. "Beats Music is focused on delivering a different music service with personalized curation from real industry experts and AT&T focused on breaking the affordability barrier that currently exists for families in subscription and download music."

 

The Beats Music service for AT&T will publicly launch on Tuesday, January 21. Users will be able to download both a Web app and mobile app on Google Android, Apple iOS, and Windows-powered mobile devices.

Volvo bringing car owners into connected world, via Wi-Fi hotspot

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Jan 12, 2014 10:20 pm

Auto manufacturer Volvo used the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to show off its Sensus Connect connected-car platform, which recently added the Xtime ServiceTelematics technology into its offering. The Sensus Connect system provides a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot for drivers, along with the ability to locate and pay for parking - and automated alerts if there is car trouble, with drivers able to easily schedule a tune-up.

 

volvo_bringing_car_owners_into_connected_world_via_wi_fi_hotspot_01

 

"Technology should make your life easier, especially in the car," said David Holecek, Volvo connectivity brand manager, in a statement. "This fundamental consumer insight underpinned the development of Sensus Connect. It's not about offering a thousand apps. It's about giving you precisely what you need, before you even knew you needed it."

 

Connected cars were extremely popular during CES this year, and will continue to be shown at auto shows throughout the year. Following CES, auto makers immediately shifted focus to the Silicon Valley Auto Show - and will again shift gears and prepare for the start of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan.

More than 9.7 million Sony PlayStation 4 video games sold

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jan 12, 2014 7:34 pm

There were more than 9.7 million Sony PlayStation 4 video games sold to support the impressive 4.2 million consoles sold before the end of December 2013. Sony officials "couldn't be more thrilled" with the early success of the PS4, and it will be a great battle to see the PS4 compete with Microsoft's Xbox One game console.

 

more_than_9_7_million_sony_playstation_4_video_games_sold_01

 

The global demand for the PS4 is outpacing the Xbox 360, as Microsoft finds success in the U.S. market, while overseas shoppers tend to jump onboard with Sony. Both Microsoft and Sony will battle to control the next-generation gaming market, though it looks like Sony has the initial international upper hand.

 

Video games were on full display during the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), where Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo showed off their latest product innovations. Sony's PlayStation Now streaming game service, which is scheduled for launch this summer, will be a cloud-based game streaming service for PS4 gamers.

Boutique brand Neiman Marcus also hit with customer data breach

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jan 12, 2014 6:24 pm

Luxury retailer Neiman Marcus recently confirmed a data breach in which an unknown number of in-store shoppers potentially affected from data theft. Prior to Christmas 2013, Neiman Marcus received a report from its credit card processor informing the company of unauthorized payment activity.

 

boutique_brand_neiman_marcus_also_hit_with_customer_data_breach_01

 

Neiman Marcus also didn't disclose what type of personal information is at risk, and didn't' confirm if retailers such as Bergdorf Goodman, and other Neiman Marcus-owned brands that may have suffered a breach.

 

"The security of our customers' information is always a priority and we sincerely regret any inconvenience," Neiman Marcus officials said in a Twitter statement. "We are taking steps, where possible, to notify customers whose cards we know were used fraudulently after purchasing at our stores."

 

The Neiman Marcus breach is the second major retailer hit by a significant data breach, after Target confirmed a breach left 70 million customers at risk. Shoppers are increasingly familiar with online shopping threats, but criminals also look to exploit retail stores in an organized effort to steal personal information.

Gartner: PC market shrank 10 percent, but growth possible in 2014

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jan 12, 2014 5:26 pm

Global PC shipments continued to slide during the fourth quarter of 2013, according to research group Gartner, as the industry continues to look for stability. Overall, the market shrank 10 percent, as expected, though still shipped 315.9 million units in the 12-month period.

 

gartner_pc_market_shrank_10_percent_but_growth_possible_in_2014_01

 

Lenovo remained the No. 1 global PC manufacturer, shipping 18.1 percent of all PC shipments in the last quarter. Ironically, China remains a tough battleground for Lenovo, though showed strong growth results in all other regions.

 

"Although PC shipments continued to decline in the worldwide market in the fourth quarter, we increasingly believe markets, such as the U.S., have bottomed out as the adjustment to the installed base slows," said Mikako Kitagawa, Gartner Principal Analyst, in a statement.

 

PC OEMs continue to dabble with lower-cost products, while also introducing dual-boot systems with Microsoft Windows-Google Android - or Windows-Linux machines - and shows manufacturers trying to diversify.

IZON pushing forward with 3DTV technology, expected later this year

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: 3D | Posted: Jan 12, 2014 4:08 pm

Television manufacturer IZON quietly showed off its own 3D high-definition TV capability during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), preparing consumers for glasses-free 3DTVs. The company unveiled 32-inch, 47-inch, and 55-inch 3DTVs that won't require glasses, which will be available to consumers sometime in the first half of 2014.

 

izon_pushing_forward_with_3dtv_technology_expected_later_this_year_01

 

"IZON 3D TVs without glasses received an unprecedented response to its product line," said Joseph DiFrancesco, CEO of 3D Future Vision, which develops IZON TVs, in a press statement. "We experienced nothing but praise for the unparalleled picture quality of our products and look forward to executing our plans for a global roll-out during the coming year and beyond."

 

IZON used its HyperMix3D rendering technology to enjoy the hardware benefits of multi-core GPUs, and made sure to include a full 3D experience with minimal eyestrain.

 

HDTVs and 3D technology offered a big showing during CES, with a wide range of budget TVs to higher-end expensive models - and consumers have a wide variety of companies and products to choose from.

Naughty America will soon shoot porn in 4K

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jan 12, 2014 4:27 am

It looks like Naughty America will soon spend considerable amounts of money to upgrade its equipment so that it can shoot porn in glorious 4K. The company's chief executive, Andreas Hronopoulos, told the Wall Street Journal that the money it is spending is enough to end the company if Ultra HD doesn't take off like most expect it to.

 

naughty_america_will_soon_shoot_porn_in_4k_01

 

Hronopoulos said: "The closer we can come to making it feel like you're there, the more successful we are. Our customers want to get as close to reality as they can get, without reality getting in the way." We shouldn't be surprised to see the porn industry embracing 4K, as the porn industry is what drives a lot of the sales of these new formats.

loading