Bitcoin price stumbles down nearly 30% over the weekend

Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Dec 8, 2013 11:11 PM CST

Just 10 days ago we reported that Bitcoins reached over $1000 in value each, which at the time was a meteoroic 4000% increase, year-over-year. Now? The digital currency has dropped to around $800 each, from their peak at $1200 just days ago.

Few thought that Bitcoins would reach parity with gold, some thought there was no end in sight, but you can't dispute the fact that the digital currency has stumbled, with no exact science or past on how it will react. Will it go down to $100 each? Will we see another country completely embrace it and see it skyrocket past $2000?

With China's central bank refusing to consider Bitcoins as legal tender, the drop in price quickly happened. But, the Chinese government didn't put an all-out ban on the digital currency, with all citizens still able to use Bitcoins legally. The central bank's refusal to use them is what hurts the most, as it could spread quickly throughout the world.

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Thief reboot will look better on the PC, winks at next-gen consoles

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Dec 8, 2013 9:31 PM CST

The upcoming Thief Reboot from Eidos Montreal will be a little special on the PC, even with the next-gen consoles having a air guitar competition over in the corner.

Eidos Montreal's Art Technical Director, Jean-Normand Bucci, said: "The new consoles are very strong, very powerful. They allow for much more than what a console gamer is used to. The gap between PC and next gen has massively reduced for sure. The new consoles and high-end PC offer better frame rate, higher resolution, and many new features along with DX11 support", when talking with DSOGaming.

When Bucci talked about the PC version of Thief, he said: "The PC version will support all the graphical features of the next-gen consoles with numerous improvements, including even better anti-aliasing, higher resolution shadows, and support for multi-monitor. Thief on PC will also be amongst the first batch of games that support AMD's new Mantle API for high performance graphics."

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Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition headed to next-gen consoles

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Dec 8, 2013 4:37 AM CST

During VGX, Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition was confirmed for both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. We heard rumors of this, but it has now been confirmed. The new version of the game will be "re-built specifically" for Microsoft and Sony's next-gen consoles.

The Definitive Edition of the game will feature all of the DLC from Tomb Raider, a digital art book, six outfits for Lara, and a digital comic. What I don't get, is why it needs to be "re-built specifically" for the next-gen consoles, if it was released on PC - which is a platform that completely outstrips every console on the market.

Unless, the developer is going to crank the graphics up even more - but I don't see that happening. Hopefully I'm surprised, though. What do you think? What do you expect from the Definitive Edition of Tomb Raider on the Xbox One and PS4? Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition hits the next-gen consoles on 1/28 in the US, and 30/1 in Europe.

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Samsung teases 'Just for you' video, is this the Galaxy S5?

Samsung Taiwan has just released a 22-second video, titled 'Just for you'. In the video, the South Korean giant teases a few things: 'Just fit' with a smartphone (the Galaxy S5 I'm guessing) and the Galaxy Gear smartwatch.

We also see 'Just simple' with a thin, nice-looking smartphone, 'Just elegant' which teases the beauty of the new device, 'Just fast' with LTE capabilities, and finishes with 'Just for you' and that it is 'coming soon'. There's nothing to go on here, apart from that 22-second tease. I think we're seeing the first marketing tease for the upcoming Galaxy S5, but this could be something else entirely, too.

One thing to note, is that the Galaxy Gear is showing a date of December 9 - should we expect a bigger tease, or better yet, an announcement in just a days time?

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Play.com owner says Wii U will outsell the Xbox One, PS4 over XMAS

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Dec 7, 2013 9:08 PM CST

We just reported that Deus Ex: Universe would not be getting released on the Nintendo Wii U, but that won't matter if the owner of Play.com is right with his prediction: that the Wii U will outsell the Xbox One and PS4 this Christmas.

Play.com owner, Rakuten, has said that the Wii U, backed up with the iPad, will sell more units than the next-gen consoles from Microsoft and Sony, even after both of the next-gen consoles have sold over 1 million units each. Rakuten told MCV that it saw a 75% increase in Wii U sales in October, and expects that upwards trend to continue as we move closer to Christmas.

The retailer is citing a Twitter analysis, which reveals that the Wii U and iPad are "the most talked about presents for children this Christmas". Play.com added: "The marketplace's social media analysis surprisingly showed that the brand new PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles are trailing in second and third place respectively behind the Wii U and iPad. This is despite the fact that both new consoles sold out on Rakuten's Play.com during Black Friday, which have since been restocked. It appears that those on the hunt for the latest consoles are gamers rather than consumers buying for their loved ones."

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New Terminator TV series is coming, will compliment the movie reboot

Anthony Garreffa | TV, Movies & Home Theatre | Dec 6, 2013 10:31 PM CST

If you didn't already know, you should expect a new Terminator trilogy, as the franchise is being completely rebooted. Now there's news popping up that Skydance Productions and Annapurna Pictures are developing a new TV series that will compliment the reboot.

The new Terminator TV series is being written in conjunction with the first film in the new trilogy, which should hit screens in June 2015. The new series will reportedly follow a critical moment from the original Terminator, but it will be pushed down a completely different narrative path. I don't know whether to be excited or not, but I did like Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

Sure, it was slow at times, and had its problems, but that last episode was absolutely awesome. I'm looking forward to the new movie, especially with Arnold Schwarzenegger signed on.

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RumorTT: DICE won't be developing the next Battlefield game

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Dec 6, 2013 7:02 PM CST

This is quite the rumor, but according to Wedbush Morgan analyst, Michael Pachter, DICE won't be developing the next Battlefield title. This is interesting, especially because it's EA.

Pachter said in a note to the press: "We spoke with management on Thursday afternoon, and although they have not yet announced a version of Battlefield for FY15, they confirmed that our understanding is spot on and that if a version of Battlefield were to be released in FY15, it would be developed by a studio other than DICE."

This would make sense, if EA wanted to pump out annual Battlefield games, like Activision does with Call of Duty. It would make more sense, because EA has killed off the Medal of Honor franchise, and doesn't have two military shooters to go back-to-back every alternate year. But, would it water down the Battlefield franchise, or would it help it flourish?

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Google's half-billion-dollar Moto X marketing hasn't helped

Google spent around $500 million marketing its Moto X smartphone, but it looks like this hasn't done much to help the Moto X penetrate into the US smartphone market, according to comScore's new numbers.

comScore's numbers show that Motorola's US smartphone market jumped ever so slightly between July and October, from 6.9% to 7%. In that time, Motorola launched multiple devices, but didn't gain any much market share at all in the US. Motorola is battling all sides of the Android war right now, and with Google behind it using LG and ASUS to build its Nexus devices, it's really just shooting itself in the foot with its multi-billion-dollar acquisition, and now $500 million marketing bill for the Moto X.

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Samsung launches a vessel that is 12x the size of the Titanic

Anthony Garreffa | Current Affairs | Dec 6, 2013 3:27 AM CST

You probably thought I was smoking something exotic when I wrote that title, but no - this isn't bait - Samsung has just launched the Prelude, the world's largest floating vessel. Samsung, a company known for its Galaxy devices and various electronic devices, will use its Prelude for offshore gas extraction.

The Prelude is truly massive in scale, where it is 12x the size of the already-gigantic Titanic, nearly as big as the Taipei 101 - which is a massive building in its own right. The Prelude is 488m long, and is the first platform on Earth that can liquefy natural gas on-board, and then pipe it directly into liquefied natural gas (LNG) ships for delivery into neighboring countries. It will be stationed just north of Australia, where it will be parked for 25 years.

Liquefying natural gas isn't easy, but the Prelude can do this - and shrinks it up 600x, which requires an incredible amount of energy to get the gas to -260F, which makes it nice and compact for easy transportation. Samsung has reportedly spend $12 billion to create the Prelude, and was built for Shell, by Samsung Heavy Industries, a Samsung affiliate. Samsung Heavy Industries has an annual revenue of around $13 billion, so this is quite the investment.

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Some Apple users denied entry into App Store due to Fatal Error

Charles Gantt | Software & Apps | Dec 5, 2013 7:25 PM CST

No mobile platform or software package is without its bugs, and Apple's devices are no exception. Recently reports have began to come in that show that some Apple users can not access iTunes or the App Store on the iPhones, iPods or iPads. When attempting to log-in the users are met with an error that reads: "FATAL::Unable to process your request. Please try again."

Additionally, Apple users trying to access the services from their Mac devices have been met with the same error, and it appears that the issue reaches to the iBookstore as well. Apple has not acknowledged the error on any of its Status pages, and no official statement has been made. The issue does appear to be fairly widespread, and I am guessing that an authentication server somewhere may be broken.

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