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ASUS PadFone is coming to a large US carrier in 2014

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 12, 2013 9:29 am

After ASUS' PadFone has been enjoying other markets, the Android-powered smartphone will jump the pond and arrive in the US in the second quarter of next year according to Engadget.

 

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ASUS reportedly has a big carrier on its side, but didn't provide the details on which company it is working with. ASUS CEO, Jerry Shen, stated that only the higher-end version of the PadFone Infinity would arrive in the US, and that it would sport an improved keyboard dock, something that is missing from the PadFone 2.

CliffyB wants to make a first-person arena shooter for PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 12, 2013 8:37 am

Fresh from his position at Epic Games, Cliff "CliffyB" Bleszinski, is wanting to make a new game: a first-person arena shooter for the PC. He told the world the news through a podcast known as Pointless, the podcast from former Attack of the Show host, Kevin Pereira.

 

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CliffyB told Pereira: "I have a slide deck, I have a pitch, I have concept art, I know pretty much what I want to do. It will be a PC experience that will hearken back to a certain type of game that we cut our teeth on, if you know what I'm saying." CliffyB explained the game as something that isn't like the first-person shooters we see today, adding: "a lot of these kids playing Call of Duty, I don't think they know what a proper arena shooter is."

 

What does the ex-Epic Games boss need to make it happen? He explains: "It would require a studio. But as much as I'm impressed with No Man's Sky, you know, that's four people. I don't want to work with the old guard, per se. I'll talk to them, have meetings. But the last thing I need is some mid-level marketing guy telling me that 'well, traditionally, this doesn't sell well, so we're concerned,' and all that. Because they're all rearward-looking, and it just drives me fucking batshit."

Digital Storm teases its upcoming high-end Steam Machine

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Dec 12, 2013 5:38 am

We've just received word that Digital Storm will be unveiling its first Steam Machine at CES 2014 in Las Vegas. Digital Storm is going to be releasing its Steam Machine as a high-end system, as the first liquid-cooled Steam Machine.

 

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It will be a small form factor PC, with a full-sized liquid cooling system, where you can opt the PSU right up to 700W for some serious performance. Both Steam OS and Windows will be on-board, which means you can play virtually any PC game on the market from this new machine. The new Digital Storm Steam Machine will start at $1469, and can be configured with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan.

DICE releases new patch for Battlefield 4, fixes major issues

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 12, 2013 4:19 am

It's no secret that EA pushed out Battlefield 4 early so that it could beat Call of Duty: Ghosts to the punch, and the result was an amazing next-gen shooter that is still quite fun despite its flaws. Unfortunately for some, the game has been a little more less than fun and more of a pain in the neck as crashing, lagging, and player syncing on servers have plagued the game.

 

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Today DICE announced that it has released a new patch for the game that fixes some of these issues, as well as a wealth of others. One of the biggest issues that this patch is said to fix is the ability to shoot a player while he is standing behind cover if that player changes his stance.

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Sony unveils a dual USB port flash drive designed for mobile devices

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Dec 12, 2013 2:56 am

Today Sony unveiled a new 2-in-1 USB Flash Drive that features both micro and normal USB 2.0 connectors. The new flash drive is designed to help consumers easily backup, share, and store files between their computer and mobile devices such as Android tablets and smartphones.

 

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The compact yet stylish flash drive is available in capacities of 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB, and are compatible with Android devices running Android 4.0.3 up to 4.3 that offer USB OTG (On The Go) functionality. Sony has also released a free file manager to help users transfer files from their device to the flash drive. The devices will retail between $19.99 and $62.99.

 

"Consumers want to let a friend see the photo they just took or share a video easily with as few steps as possible," said Viviano Cantu, director of consumer media marketing, Sony Electronics. "These new drives combine convenience, peace of mind and performance and are perfect for mobile multi-tasking."

Promise Technology begins shipping Pegasus 2 Thunderbolt 2 systems

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Dec 12, 2013 1:42 am

Today Promise Technology began shipping its Pegasus 2 Thunderbolt 2 Storage Solutions to the US market. Promise says that the Pegasus 2 is not only the first, but the only data storage system to utilize Intel's Thunderbolt 2 technology for systems such as the all new Mac Pro.

 

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"Pegasus2 is truly one-of-a-kind, as there has never before been a storage solution that offered such an incredible combination of performance, mobility, and simplicity," said James Lee, CEO, PROMISE Technology. "We are thrilled that Pegasus2 is the first storage solution available with Thunderbolt 2 -- this further illustrates PROMISE's position as a leader in Thunderbolt technology."

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Edward Snowden was Time's second runner up for person of the year

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Dec 12, 2013 12:19 am

Before Edward Snowden blew his whistle, the average American had no idea that the NSA was watching every move we make in our daily lives. Like him or not, we have him to thank for cluing us in on the illegal actions taken by big brother to "ensure our safety."

 

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Time Magazine has just released its Person of the Year announcement and surprisingly Edward Snowden was runner up for the top spot which was claimed by Pope Francis. While some Americans despise Snowden, there are many who champion him as a hero for leaking the information he did. Time's decision on why it chose Pope Francis is still unclear as it has in the past named whistle-blowers as persons of the year. Who do you think deserved the top spot? Pope Francis? Edward Snowden? Or someone else entirely? Let us know in the comments.

Valve to launch SteamOS this Friday, December 13th

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 11, 2013 10:23 pm

This coming Friday is going to be a big day for 300 lucky Steam users as Valve is set to ship its first Steam Machine prototypes to those who qualified. The combo package will include a Steam Machine prototype chassis that is fully upgrade-able, a Steam Controller, and SteamOS.

 

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While only 300 Steam users qualified for this awesome beta program, the rest of us get something out of the deal as well. Valve announced today that alongside the Steam Machine prototype launch, it will be releasing SteamOS to the public. SteamOS is a Linux-based operating system designed to bring Steam gaming into the living room.

 

Unfortunately, Valve says that unless you are a seasoned Linux veteran, the new OS will not be easy to install off the bat, and that most users should wait until the official launch in 2014 before attempting to install. Valve says that it will fully unveil SteamOS and Steam Machines at CES, and TweakTown will be there for full coverage of the event.

Google adds the Sony Z Ultra to its Google Play Edition lineup

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 11, 2013 8:36 pm

Today Google announced that Sony will be joining Samsung, LG, and HTC in it's lineup of Google Play Edition smartphones featuring pure Android. The Sony Ultra Z is now featured in the Google Play store and runs Android 4.4 KitKat. It takes its new seat beside LG's G Pad 8.3 which also joined Google Play today.

 

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The Sony Ultra Z phablet features a 6.4-inch 1080p display, quad-core 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, and 2GB of RAM. The Ultra Z is water-proof and dust resistant, while featuring 16GB of on board storage. An 8-megapixel rear camera handles imaging duties and a high-capacity battery provides all-day functionality. The Sony Ultra Z Google Play Edition retails for $649 on the Google Play Store.

Dell launches new Chromebook 11 for less than $300

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Laptops | Posted: Dec 11, 2013 6:40 pm

Today Dell announced the launch of its first adventure down the Google Chromebook road. The all new Dell Chromebook 11 is a sub $300 notebook that is targeted at students and schools, and is just the first of many Chromebooks the company plans on releasing.

 

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The Dell Chromebook 11 features an 11.6-inch screen, an Intel Celeron 2955U processor, and 2GB of RAM with an option for four GB being available. The Display features an effective resolution of 1366x768, while a lithium battery provides 10 hours of use on a single charge. The new Dell Chromebook 11 will go on sale in Q1 2014 and will retail under $300.

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