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New study says games have no negative impact in kids

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 19, 2013 6:36 am

Are video games causing the youth of today, and tomorrow, with behavioral or emotional problems in the future? Well, according to a huge new study of 11,000 kids, no, no it does not.

 

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The University of Glasgow used surveys from mothers in a massive millennial survey to track behavior over time. The goal of this study was to see if there was any connection between screen time, and behavioral or emotional troubles in the future. The authors dived into the study wanting to use both TV and video games, arguing the point that there is a connection with attention disorders, anger and other problems that might be connected to both.

 

The researchers wanted to know if "games may have more powerful effects due to active user engagement, identification with characters and repeated rehearsal and reinforcement." Then, we have some key findings, where "exposure to video games had no effect on behavior, attention or emotional issues." The study also found that "neither television nor video games lead to attentional or emotional problems."

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A man has been shot dead over a PS4 sale gone bad

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 19, 2013 5:37 am

Two men have been shot, one fatally, over a PlayStation 4 sale that went bad. The event happened in Orlando, Florida, with police confirming Emmanuel Johnson, had agreed to meet a man outside Orlando police HQ at 4:30pm to buy his PS4.

 

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Well, the location was changed at the last minute, and Johnson ended up dying from his gunshot wound. It's a sad story, especially over something that is worth $399, and a life has been lost. It is the first PS4 robbery, and unfortunately, it most likely will not be the last.

Galaxy S3 update 4.3 gets pulled due to problems; Samsung comments

By: Idene Saatchi | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 19, 2013 5:03 am

Last week Android 4.3 Jelly Bean was pushed out to the Galaxy S3 but Samsung has pulled the update due to all the problems it was causing. Users were reporting Wi-Fi issues, massive battery drains, random freezes, freezing for incoming calls, as well as Bluetooth problems. Sammobile spoke to the people at Samsung and were given a statement telling them they were working on the problem. Samsung has not announced when the update will be available again, but are making certain it will be as early as possible.

 

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Statement to Sammobile from Samsung Mobile UK: "As we are currently investigating the reported issues with Galaxy S3 4.3 Jelly Bean update, the upgrading service has been temporarily suspended. We are committed to providing customers with the best possible mobile experience, and will ensure to resume the upgrading service at the earliest possibility."

Ubisoft expects big things from next-gen consoles

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 19, 2013 4:34 am

Sony has already sold 1 million PS4s, and is hoping to sell a total of 5 million units before March 2014, but Ubisoft is expecting even bigger things from the next-gen consoles.

 

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Senior VP of Marketing and Sales for Ubisoft, Tony Key, recently said that Ubisoft's "feeling is the installed base of these machines will be much faster to take hold than previous generations" when discussing the PS4 and Xbox One during an interview with Games Industry International. When referring to the number of current generation consoles sold over the same period of time, Key said: "In the first couple of years, we expect double the installed based of previous generations. The reason why is: The last cycle was longer, so there's a lot of pent up demand."

 

Remember, Ubisoft has a few tricks up its sleeve, one of them being Watch Dogs, which was delayed into spring 2014, where he said: "Watch Dogs is designed to be a long-term brand for Ubisoft. We won't launch it until we know it's equaling the vision it can achieve."

Apple eases up on trade-ins for water damaged iPhones

By: Idene Saatchi | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 19, 2013 4:05 am

Apple's trade-in program would always reject iPhones that had their liquid contact indicator tripped. According to Apple retail employees this will no longer be the case. This week Apple will take in iPhones that have their liquid damage indicator tripped, but not iPhones with serious water damage. They will check for evidence of corrosion or liquid build-up.

 

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This could allow Apple to push the sales of more iPhones. The Reuse and Recycle program will allow you to get credit to spend at Apple stores or their website. This will be applied to the US market and the UK starting this week.

Steam Dev Days to have AMD, NVIDIA, Oculus and Intel on board

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Nov 19, 2013 3:36 am

If there's one show to kick off 2014 in the world of technology and gaming, it would be Valve's Steam Developer Days, which happens in Seattle, Washington on January 15-16, 2014.

 

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Valve has confirmed that Intel, AMD, NVIDIA, Oculus and Unity will all be there to talk during the two-day conference for developers and publishers working with Steam, and/or the upcoming Steam Machines. Better yet, attendees will have the chance to share industry expertise, take part in a roundtable discussion, and play with, and provide feedback on Steam OS, prototype Steam Machines and Stream Controllers.

 

The event is open, and is on a first-come, first-served basis, which sets you back just $95.

12 months free service for students at Sprint and Best Buy

By: Idene Saatchi | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Nov 19, 2013 2:20 am

Sprint and Best Buy are teaming up to help out college student by giving them 12 months of free service with the purchase of a new smartphone. The promotion is called the My Way student promotion and offers unlimited calling and texting with 1GB of data. The 1GB can be upgraded to unlimited for just $10 a month.

 

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The student must purchase a smartphone at full retail price and pay for the activation fee of $36.They must include proof that they are attending college or high school, and the promotion is even for kids in middle school. Students can also get an additional 12 months to share if they refer a friend and go on the same account. Sprint mentions this promotion can save you $70 a month. This promotion will be going until the end of this year.

Bitcoins fuel new assassination market that targets US officials

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 19, 2013 1:50 am

Bitcoin has a long history of being on the wrong side of the law, and was even at the center of the largest online illegal drug market place in history. Today, as US officials took to the Senate to testify on the virtual currency's validity and legitimacy, new information has been released that tie Bitcoins to a new "Crowdfunded Assassination Market."

 

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The site cleverly named "Assassination Market" is offering bounties for the assassination of President Obama, Federal Reserve Chair, Ben Bernake, and many more government officials all over the world, with some bids going as high as 124 bitcoins. At current market value, that equates to over $70,000. Unfortunately this type of marketplace has been tried in the past. Back in the 1990's a group called cypherpunks poised a similar model that never got off the ground. It is still unclear who started the site, but I am willing to bet that law enforcement agencies worldwide are keeping a close eye on this new market.

iPad mini Retina display of color gamut and accuracy is not the best

By: Idene Saatchi | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 19, 2013 1:10 am

Although the screen still looks great, the color gamut in the iPad mini with Retina colors are not up to par with other tablets in its league, for example the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HDX. The color gamut on the iPad mini Retina is essentially the same as the original one-year old iPad mini. Some users are disappointed with this.

 

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AnandTech were very impressed with the iPad mini with Retina but were disappointed in its color gamut: "Although display resolution is no longer a concern on the mini, color gamut hasn't changed between the old and new minis. The iPad mini with Retina Display has the same color gamut as the standard iPad mini, which is narrower than the iPad Air and less than the sRGB coverage we normally look for. The biggest issue here is that there are other smaller tablets in this price range that do offer sRGB coverage" (e.g. Nexus 7, Kindle Fire HDX 8.9)

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Despite troubles, BlackBerry will release two handsets in 2014

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 19, 2013 12:50 am

After what can only be described as a disastrous year for BlackBerry, it appears that the original smartphone maker will not be going down without a fight. A new report is suggesting that the Canadian company will be releasing two new BlackBerry 10-based smartphones in 2014 despite the company's financial woes.

 

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BlackBerry is said to be working on a new device for both its Z and Q lines of smartphones. The Z50 is said to be a 5.2-inch 1080p device that is powered by a quad-core processor. Like its predecessors, the QWERTY keyboard-based Q30 will be much less powerful and feature a much smaller touch-screen. Unfortunately, both devices are said to launch sometime in Q3 of 2014 and by that time, the Android-dominated smartphone landscape will be littered with 2k devices running 6 and 8-core processors and 4-8GB of RAM.

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