Microsoft's Xbox One gets it's dashboard demoed in new video

Charles Gantt | Gaming | Oct 28, 2013 8:09 PM CDT

With the Xbox One launching in just a few short weeks, Microsoft is looking to generate as much hype around the next-gen console as possible. Today a new video surfaced online that takes us on a brief, but detailed walkthrough of the console's dashboard. Unfortunately Microsoft has chose to post it on the official Xbox One Website, fortunately, IGN seems to have a copy on their YouTube channel.

The video is only 1:23 long, but it does a very good job at showing us how fast one can navigate through the various screens, menus and features using a combination of voice commands and input from the controller. Microsoft will launch the Xbox One on November 22nd and is expected to hit record sales despite a very rough reception after its announcement earlier this year.

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New leak shows Nexus 10 specs are everything we expected them to be

Charles Gantt | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Oct 28, 2013 5:12 PM CDT

Google is having one heck of a time keeping its upcoming Nexus products from leaking via its own Google Play website, and today new leak has surfaced that is cluing us in on what the Nexus 10 is made of. Phone Arena received a screenshot of the devices specifications before Google managed to take the leak down earlier today.

As expected the refreshed Nexus 10 features all of the top-of-the-line hardware we have been expecting which includes a 2560x1600-pixel display with a pixel density of 300ppi. Gorilla Glass 3 is present to keep the Nexus 10 scratch free while also preventing shattering in the event of a minor drop. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Processor, Adreno 330 GPU and 3GB of RAM are also present as is 32GB of internal storage and Android 4.4 KitKat.

An 8-megapixel rear camera is onboard to handle imaging, while a 2-megapixel front-facing camera handles selfies and video chatting. MIMO-enabled Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and a massive 9,500mAh battery round out the impressive specifications. It is widely believed that the new Nexus 5 will launch on November 1st and if so, we could see the Nexus 10 launched on the same day along with Android 4.4 KitKat.

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Rockstar announces new content for GTA Online in free Beach Bum pack

Charles Gantt | Gaming | Oct 28, 2013 4:10 PM CDT

While it may have had some hiccups on launch, Grand Theft Auto Online can be considered nothing but a smashing success at this point, and today Rockstar has announced the first DLC pack for the game. The all new Beach Bum pack will be released early November and will be available for download at the unbeatable price of Free!

The Beach Bum pack will add new weapons as well as beach-themed vehicles that will be available for use in both GTA Online as well as GTA V. The update will feature several new jobs including Survivals, parachutes, deathmatches, races, and much more. New Tattoos, hairstyles, and clothing will also be included as well. Additionally users will be able to create custom deathmatches and races with the included Content Creator which is free to download as well.

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MultiTouch unveils a new prototype 84-inch 4K interactive display

Charles Gantt | Displays & Projectors | Oct 28, 2013 1:05 PM CDT

MultiTouch has just unveiled one of the largest portable touch-screen displays in existence. MultiTouch showed of off the new 4K resolution, 84-inch multitouch display prototype earlier this year at its company's developer conference in Helsinki Finland and now we are getting more information on the mammoth display.

The 84-inch display features all the benefits of the company's MultiTaction Cell technology which includes ultra-fast response times, simultaneous pen and touch support and the ability to precisely track multiple points of contact simultaneously from hands and fingers. The display is supported by the company's Cornerstone 2 SDK which allows developers to build stunning interactive applications, and greatly simplifies 4K Resolution scaling from single displays to walls featuring several displays up to 50-megapixels in resolution.

"Our 84" MultiTaction Cell prototype represents a giant leap not just in screen size but in resolution too," explains Hannu Anttila, VP of Business Development at MultiTouch. "Customers who take advantage of the pre-ordering programme will not only be among the first to benefit from this ground-breaking technology, but will also be able to purchase the complete package at a discount of more than 20%."

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NVIDIA updates GeForce Experience to version 1.7, includes ShadowPlay

Charles Gantt | Gaming | Oct 28, 2013 11:53 AM CDT

NVIDIA has just updated its "GeForce Experience" software to version 1.7 and with the update, has launched the all new ShadowPlay gameplay recording module. ShadowPlay enables gamers to easily record video of their most exciting moments and quickly share them with the world.

ShadowPlay is a hardware-based encoder that reduces the impact that recording has on in-game performance and limits the frame rate reduction drastically over other recording methods by encoding to H.264. This reduces the exorbitantly large multi-gigabyte file sizes we are use to seeing, which equates to more space for additional videos, as well as a less taxing experience on the computers storage medium.

ShadowPlay is compatible with GeForce GTX 650 or higher cards, has two different modes, Shadow Mode and Manual Mode. Shadow mode constantly records gameplay for up to 20 minutes in Windows 8 (10 minutes in Windows 7) at full 1080p resolution. This feature allows you to press a pre-defined hot-key when something epic happens and the footage will be saved to your hard drive. Manual mode is what many of us are use to, and will record 20 minutes of continuous footage to the hard drive.

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NVIDIA unveils pricing on GeForce GTX 780Ti edition GPU

Charles Gantt | Video Cards & GPUs | Oct 28, 2013 10:31 AM CDT

Just over one week ago, Anthony Garreffa was at an event hosted by NVIDIA in Montreal Canada where he got the first look at NVIDIA's newest GPU, the GeForce GTX 780Ti. At the time, we did not know much about the new GPU other than it was based on the Kepler architecture, and that it would launch in the coming weeks.

Today NVIDIA announced that the new GeForce GTX 780Ti will release to the public on November 7th at an MSRP of just $699. This new GPU's aggressive pricing has caused the company's other mid to high-end GPUs to drop in pricing with the GTX 780 slipping to $499 and the GTX 770 set to lower to just $329 on October 29th. NVIDIA says that it has added the GTX 780Ti to its top-tier holiday bundle as well which includes a free copy of Batman: Arkham Origins, Splinter Cell: Blacklist and Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, plus $100 off a SHIELD purchase.

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NVIDIA updates Shield to Android 4.3 with new Console Mode

Charles Gantt | Gaming | Oct 28, 2013 9:46 AM CDT

This morning, NVIDIA announced that it has launched a massive update for its Shield handheld gaming console. The update brings forth GeForce. NVIDIA says that the update allows Shield owners to take control of thousands of Android games that were only designed originally for touch-screen devices and remap their controls to be compatible with the Shields physical controls.

The other new and exciting feature is what NVIDIA is calling "Console Mode," which allows users to transform their portable shield into "full living room gaming and entertainment experience" for the big-screen TV. This new mode allows gamers to pair up a Bluetooth equipped gaming controller to the shield, and play the games on the big screen. NVIDIA says that its GameStream mode is compatible with Console Mode and will allow users to stream their PC Games directly to their TV.

Other Android 4.3 feature updates include restricted profiles, expandable notifications, and code and bug fixes that make everything operate much smoother and fluid than before. Additionally, Shield owners can now select game and app files which they want to move to the SD card. Before only .APK files could be moved, but now .OOB files can make their way over as well which will free up a lot of room on the Shield's internal storage.

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SanDisk and Kaminario use the SAS Optimus to break SPC-1 world record

Paul Alcorn | Storage | Oct 28, 2013 5:45 AM CDT

SanDisk recently purchased SMART Storage Systems. With a busy year of acquisitions in the flash market, this certainly ranked among the best. The acquisition caught many by surprise, but in retrospect, we should have seen it coming. The core competencies of both companies mesh nicely. Both companies bring an ingredient for success to the table that the other was missing.

SanDisk brings the fab and a long, illustrious 25-year history in the NAND market, while SMART brings the award-winning Guardian Technology and the forthcoming UltraDIMM technology.

Guardian Technology brings endurance-enhancing technology to SanDisk, but SanDisk already holds 4,900 NAND patents in their coffers. The acquisition of SMART surely had to bring more than just endurance-enhancing technology to make them a suitable acquisition target for the industry heavyweight.

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LG's G Flex gets officially unveiled, features self-healing rear

Finally! One of the worst kept secrets lately from LG is its G Flex smartphone, which has just officially been unveiled and boy does it look nice. We have a 6-inch curved OLED display that is unfortunately hampered by its sub-standard 1280x720 resolution.

For the rest of the G Flex, it's quite impressive: Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 SoC makes an appearance with a 2.26GHz clock speed, 2GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, 32GB of internal flash storage, Bluetooth 4.0, and of course: Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with LG's own software sprinkled over the top.

One of the stand-out specs of the G Flex is that the rear of the curved smartphone features a "self-healing coating" which LG says it designed to automatically fill small scratches in the finish.

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Is Google building a new floating data center in San Francisco bay?

Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Oct 28, 2013 2:35 AM CDT

One of the more interesting things to come from the weekend of news is that Google is building itself a gigantic floating data center, which is being constructed in the San Francisco bay.

It's a four-story tall building, which sits on some shipping containers. CNET donned its detective hat and took a look, snapping the picture above. Why would the search giant be building a data center on the water? Well, what do data centers require the most? Cooling. It needs to keep all of those servers cool, where the body of water around it being the perfect spot.

But, saltwater is a different ballgame, so Google would require a desalination or filtering plant to use the water appropriately - which I'm sure it has planned.

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