NEWS

April 15th, 2013, 7:42 AM

Blackberry: Reports of High Z10 Return Rate ‘Absolutely False’

Blackberry is denying accusations by analysts that the return rate of its Z10 handset is higher than average and in some cases is higher than sales. Late last week analyst firms ITG and Detwiler Fenton wrote in notes to their clients that the sales of the new handset were “weak” and “anemic”. Detwiler Fenton analyst [...]

April 14th, 2013, 8:46 AM

The PC Might be the Latest Victim of the Good Enough Revolution

The PC market is dying, tell me something I don’t know. Late last week IDC came out with a report stating that PC sales had suffered their steepest decline in history last quarter, a drop of approximately 14%. This comes hot on the heels of a report by Gartner, which projected a decline of 7.6% [...]

April 11th, 2013, 10:11 AM

AMD Expands Never Settle Bundle; Free Game for Existing Customers

AMD has announced the addition of Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon into their current Never Settle gaming bundle and is offering it to current Radeon graphics card owners.  With its numerous included games pushing up the sales of AMD’s HD 7000-series graphics cards, the Never Settle program has arguably been a wild success.  Since it [...]

April 10th, 2013, 2:49 AM

Intel Announces 4K Video Optimized Thunderbolt 2.0

Intel announced this week that its next-generation Thunderbolt protocol will be twice as fast as its predecessor and available by the end of this year. Current gen-thunderbolt, which first appeared in Macs in 2011 and began rolling out on the PC last year, has a theoretical throughput of 10 Gbps while Intel promises that Thunderbolt [...]

April 10th, 2013, 12:15 AM

Xbox 720 Rumour Roundup: May 21 Announcement, x86 Chip, No Backwards Compatibility

A flurry of rumours came out this week regarding Microsoft’s next-generation game console, the Xbox 720. The company is expected to announce the console – which is expected to be in the $500 range – at a press event on May 21. According to some rumours, the console will be available at a reduced price [...]

April 9th, 2013, 2:16 AM

WhatsApp Denies Takeover Claims

WhatsApp is denying claims that it is in takeover discussions with Google. DigitalTrends reported Friday that Google and Whatsapp were locked in negotiations, with WhatsApp playing hardball and asking for a price that was close to $1-billion. WhatApp’s chief of business development denied the claims today when speaking with AllThingsDigital. In December, the company was [...]

April 9th, 2013, 1:37 AM

Haswell Ships, With a Bug

Intel’s fourth-generation Haswell chip reportedly on its way to OEMs for a launch this quarter, even though it contains a bug that will impact the performance of USB 3.0 devices. CNET first reported that Haswell is on its way to manufacturers. An official announcement is expected an Intel’s Developer Forum in Beijing later this week. [...]

April 6th, 2013, 8:44 PM

AMD’s Roy Taylor Started the Obituary of DirectX, but Microsoft Says Not So Fast

Since the beginning of modern gaming, Microsoft’s DirectX API has guided the development of new graphics technology. Sure, there have been alternatives such as OpenGL but Microsoft’s clout in the PC – and for the last decade console – gaming business meant that it has worked closely with the likes of NVIDIA and AMD to [...]

April 6th, 2013, 1:43 AM

AMD Bundling Sim City with A8 and A10 APUs

It looks like AMD is bringing a “Never Settle” style promotion to its APU lineup. From April 8 until Q3 2013, AMD will be bundling EA’s Sim City with select A8 and A10 series desktop APUs. The eligible models are the the A10-5800K, A10-5700, A8-5600K, and A8-5500. Of course it won’t be an actual copy [...]

April 3rd, 2013, 9:06 AM

Google to Launch New, Slim Nexus 7

Google will release a refreshed version of the Nexus 7 tablet with a slimmer form factor on the one-year anniversary of the original tablet’s launch, according to sources that spoke with Reuters. According to these sources, the refreshed Nexus 7 will have a higher resolution display and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon SoC instead of NVIDIA’s Tegra 3. [...]