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It is no secret that Sledgehammer Games is working on the upcoming next-gen first-person shooter Call of Duty title that is expected to come out later this year. The developer has confirmed the game that has been in development for over three years as next-gen-first Call of Duty title, meaning the game is being developed primarily for next-gen platforms.

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Here is What Sledgehammer Games’ Upcoming Next-Gen-First Call of Duty Game Looks Like

No matter how many times Call of Duty games are flaked for their weak visual appearances and less innovative gameplay, Activision’s shooter franchise still stands atop most popular first-person shooter video game series. Activision’s Call of Duty: Ghosts took a considerable amount of mauling from the video game press, yet still it was one of the most sold games for months after its release, topping North America and Europe’s charts. Although, to preserve the brand’s status and leave less room for errors, this year’s Call of Duty is being developed by Sledgehammer Games.

To spin the wheel of excitement, Sledgehammer offered a quick sneak peek at the new entry in the Call of Duty franchise. The developer teased a first look at its upcoming first-person shooter video game during its panel at Game Developers Conference 2014 that was held last month. The panel was titled ‘Quest for Quality: Maximizing the Relationship between Creative and Production’. GDC Vault, the video recording host of the conference’s talks saved the teaser image of Call of Duty 2014 for those who were not able to take part in the panel.

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You might recall from our last report (that Xbox One actually runs Windows 8) that we have in our possession the complete slide deck of Microsoft’s Build 2014 Tech Presentation. We went through it and decided the post some very important information that Media Outlets failed to report. One such faucet is the existence of Xbox One ERA States and the details on just how exactly Xbox One uses it for Process Lifetime Management.

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Xbox One uses ERA States for efficient Resource Optimization and Seamless Gaming

Before I go into ERA States, let me just go over what a “Seamless Gameplay Experience” is and why 1080p @60 is just one part of it. Frank Savage in his presentation talked about the changing trends of the current generation (of people ), and how we are moving towards multitasking integrated into our very lives. Since the resources of a console are limited, efficient use of the same becomes of critical importance since you are going to be doing multiple things at once. Say you are playing a game, you pause and switch to listen to music or watch a movie, then resume back into the game. Just how exactly will the Xbox One cope with that without slowing down one thing or another? The answer lies in Process Lifetime Management and more importantly Xbox One’s ERA States. Now to be sure, ERA States is a buzzword for resource optimization, and interestingly Frank Savage failed to mention what exactly ‘ERA’ is an abbreviation for. Although I can take a guess: ‘Efficient Resource Allocation”

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Sony surely knows how to improve on things. The Japanese manufacturer built a fine PlayStation 3 video game console to compete in the race of seventh generation of gaming and then kept on improving the console by releasing several updates as well as exclusive video game titles that made the console look more pretty. Then when it was time, Sony unveiled its latest much more improved and advanced PlayStation 4 console.

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Sony Aiming to Maximize PS4, PS3 and PS Vita Performance by Taking Advantage of Unique Platforms’ Architecture

While PS4 is already performing well out of the box, Sony Computer Entertainment’s primary focus is on squeezing out as much juice from PlayStation video game platforms as possible. The manufacturer’s main card in the game is PS4 but still, it is also finding more ways and options to improve the potential capabilities of its other two major video game consoles i.e. PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita.

Sony has posted a new job ad on PlayStation US Blog according to which, the company requires a Staff Developer Support Software Engineer. The post is for a guy who can help first and third-party developers by providing optimized solutions and lead the projects that are based on innovative techniques, ideas and algorithms that boost the performance of PlayStation platforms by bringing in use platforms’ advanced architectures.

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A year after the launch of the first model of the NVIDIA Shield, new details have surfaced about it successor, the Shield 2. A release by the benchmark site, Antutu, provides some details about a new test unit, such as it’s OS being the Android 4.4.2. The present Nvidia Shield is based on the Tegra 4 chip and featured KitKat at the time of it’s release. It has several features such as being able to stream games directly from a PC running on a GeForce and also stream games directly on HDTV.

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The Nvidia Shield 2 to possibly feature the Tegra K1. To include 4 GB RAM as well.

The new device is referred to as an Nvidia Test Model (SHIELD). It is presumably going to feature the Tegra K1, providing it with massive firepower. The Tegra K1 quad core processor is capable of achieving speeds of up to 2524 MHz or 2.5 GHz. The processor is also capable of scoring around 45, 000 points on the Antutu benchmark. Furthermore, the usage of the K1 could also remove memory constraints associated with the present Tegra 4, primarily the inability of a single process to access more than 4 GB of memory. With the K1, this support will be no problem, with the processor’s capability to support up to 8 GB of RAM. ‘SHIELD’ also features NVIDIA’s Kepler graphics processing units with 192 CUDA cores. The use of Kepler also makes it energy efficient in terms of power consumption related to graphics processing.

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Apple has just released the very latest iOS 7.1.1 (build number: 11D201) for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices. The incremental update carries minor bug fixes, security updates, and performance enhancements.

iOS 7.1.1 IPSW download links

iOS 7.1.1 changelog:

 Here is the complete iOS 7.1.1 changelog as shared by the release notes:

  • Further improvements to Touch ID fingerprint recognition 
  • Fixes a bug that could impact keyboard responsiveness 
  • Fixes an issue when using Bluetooth keyboards with VoiceOver enabled 

Note: As always, jailbreakers should avoid upgrading to the latest iOS 7.1.1 until we can get some updates if it patches loopholes up or not.

How to update to iOS 7.1.1:

If you aren’t worried about jailbreaking, you can update your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch to iOS 7.1.1 OTA or
using the links and steps shared below.update to iOS 7.1.1 IPSW

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Gigabyte has unveiled their upcoming Z97 motherboards which will include their top tier Gaming G1 and OC Force products aimed towards gamers and overclocking enthusiasts in the respective order. The Gaming line from Gigabyte is a new addition to their motherboard lineups which will be focused towards gamers while oc series would be built for overclocking in mind.Gigabyte GA-Z97X-SOC Force Z97 Motherboards

Gigabyte  Z97 Motherboards – OC and Gamer Boards Pictured

The Gigabyte Z97 motherboards exposed belong to two separate lineups, the OC series motherboards are built for enthusiasts and overclocks who want the best performance from the product. Built with high quality and an Ultra Durable design, the motherboard features several overclocking goodies which will be detailed in the article moving onwards. The G1 lineup as you may remember is part of Gigabyte’s own gaming tier products and has been renamed to simply Gaming which includes the flagship G1 Black Edition motherboard.

  • Gigabyte GA-Z97X-G1 Gaming Wi-Fi Black Edition
  • Gigabyte GA-Z97X-SOC Force
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Four days ago we provided you with details regarding the release of AMD’s Never Settle Forever Bundle for this year. AMD’s Never Settle Forever bundles have been around for quite a while and sticking true to its word, the company has announced this year’s bundle.

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Almost all of the Radeon 200 Series covered by the refresh. Cards still separated into three tiers -Gold, Silver and Bronze.

The Gold Reward Tier of the bundle is reserved for the high-end products/cards. This includes all the Hawaii and Tahiti GPUs namely the R9 295X2, R9 290X, R9 290 and R9 280. The Silver Tier includes the R9 270 and R7 260 while the Bronze category covers the R7 250 and R7 240 cards. On the games front, AMD has added several new titles this year. In addition to this, the company has also decided to promote indie titles this year, with a slight change in the reward system. As expected, the games are bundled in a 2 for 1 offer, with 2 Indies being offered for one standard game. The Gold and Silver tiers offer a selection of 17 titles, while the Bronze tier offers 10 titles.

Coming towards the full budget games, the only 2014 games to be featured in the bundle are Thief and Murdered: Soul Suspect. They are available only in the Gold and Silver tiers. Other titles include releases primarily from Square Enix and Sega, featuring items such as Payday 2. This greater emphasis on classics and older titles is, according to AMD, a response to customer demands. This leaves this year’s bundle comparatively weaker as compared to last year’s. Some titles that we previously informed you about:

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Galaxy S5 deal for $99:

Samsung Galaxy S5 is the latest flagship Android smartphones launched this year by the Korean mobile giant. We are sure there would be a number of you eyeing to buy this current Android beauty but are thinking about budget, price, and other such issues.Galaxy S5 deal s samsung galaxy s5 hidden features

Relevant Galaxy S5 deal: Samsung Galaxy S5 Deals being Offered by Carriers and Retailers

Here is a chance for you to get the very latest Samsung Galaxy S5 for just $99 for some limited time. While we are

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According to sources, a new upgrade for the Intel Thuderbolt connectors is underway. The upgrade is rumored to double the bandwidth of the existing product and is aimed at 4K displays. Currently, the Thunderbolt, codenamed “Falcon Ridge” is able to reach 20Gb/s, utilizies the PCIe 2.0 and supports TB and Diplay Port 1.2 nodes.

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Thunderbolt upgrade, codenamed ‘Alpine Ridge’ to get significant bandwidth, bus and display support upgrades.

Details have surfaced, including the slide above which show the specifications of the rumored update. The updated thunderbolt will have an increased bandwidth of 40 Gb/s per single cable. This will be double the bandwidth which the current versions support. Bus support will also be upgraded, to PCIe third generation from the PCIe 2.0 which is currently in use. The support of 40Gb/s by the new interface will be done by using a variety of nodes including the Display Port 1.2, USB 3.0 and the HDMI 2.0. If these specifications hold up then ‘Alpine Ridge’ will allow greater control over Ultra HD video streams during production. There are two expected SKUs : Alpine Ridge 4C with a Dual Port Connector and Alpine Ridge LP with a Single Connector. The newer models are also expected to reduce power consumption by 50%.

Intel Haswell Refresh
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We have been telling you about this in our previous leaks for quite some time now, but the official confirmation (by VR Zone) comes no less the sweeter. All our previous Haswell Refresh and Intel 9 Series Chipset leaks have been more or less confirmed, and not only that, but the dates for the Intel Haswell, 9 Series Chipset and Devil’s Canyon has been confirmed.Intel Haswell Refresh Devil's Canyon

Intel Haswell Refresh and 9 Series Chipset launching on May 11th – Devils Canyon and Pentium K Following 2nd June 2014

I guess I don’t really have a lot of information for this particular post apart from the fact that I can now completely confirm the launch dates of all the upcoming Intel SKUs. Basically the Intel 9 Series Chipset Z97 and H97 will be launching along with the Haswell Refresh lineup. The Devils Canyon ‘K’ Unlocked Haswell Refresh will be following along with their Pentium ‘K’ counterparts on the second day of June 2014. Several Z97 motherboard lineups have so far been leaked which include MSI’s Z97 Gaming, ASUS Z97 ROG, ASUS Z97 TUF, ASUS Z97 Legacy and Gigabyte’s Gaming lineup. The Intel Haswell Refresh processors launching on 11th May are listed below:

AMD Gaming Evolved
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Like almost all other gadgets, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One video game consoles are also made up of several crucial and effective shards of hardware. Three most important parts in the latest consoles are RAM, GPU and CPU and last two of these are developed by a chip development company known as AMD and manufactured by some foundries associated with the company.

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AMD’s New Associate Manufacturer will Craft PS4 and Xbox One’s APUs’ Chips This year – Company is Pleased With Console Sales

AMD develops and provides Sony and Microsoft with system chips that power the manufacturers’ latest video game consoles. These chips are designed by AMD and are manufactured at a certain foundry connected to the company. According to a new report, the foundry where chips for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are manufactured is being switched.

AMD spoke about the new foundry at its quarterly earnings conference call which was meant to disclose the company’s profits and losses for the first fiscal quarter of 2014. The chip maker talked about how the latest consoles gave a boost to its earnings and gave some noteworthy information about the chips that give dominance to both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles.

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A few months back, many news outlets reported that Xbox One runs 3 Operating Systems. They further went on to claim that the one was a stripped down version of Windows 8, one was the Xbox One OS and the last was a switching layer between the two. Well they were wrong. Xbox One does indeed run three operating systems but the correct ones are: a full fledged windows 8, a stripped down windows 8 and a Host OS (RTOS). The implications for this are immediate and stunning and we will go upon each in this article.Xbox One runs Windows 8

Xbox One Games and Apps Actually run on Windows 8

We recently received the slides from Frank Savage’s presentation at Build 2014 along with the audio of the same. And we noticed something that many news outlets failed to report. The fact that Xbox One runs Windows 8. Not only that, but we realized that so many of the news outlets had gotten the initial leak completely wrong. Because if you run a game or an app on the Xbox One, it will either run in the full Windows 8 or  the stripped down version of Windows 8. Either way it runs on Windows 8. Let me start by explaining the three operating systems present in Xbox One.

The first tier ‘Host OS’ and the ‘to-the-metal- operating system present in Xbox One dubbed the ‘Host OS’ is an RTOS (Real Time Operating System) has complete control over the entire Xbox One hardware and resources. In Frank Savage’s words “… owns where everything and how everything works…. owns CPU…GPU”. This is your basic Xbox One Operating System. However the thing is , this particular OS only handles tasking and the security layer. It does not run any game or application. It does however host (in a non – hyper-v form) the ‘OS’ and the ‘Exclusive OS’, which is Windows 8 and the stripped down Windows 8.

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With the ASUS ROG and TUF Z97 motherboards detailed, what remains is their Legacy lineup which include their long running Deluxe series and Workstation series boards. The ASUS Z97 Workstation while not aimed specifically for consumers is the most feature rich product of the series followed by the Z97 Deluxe.ASUS Z97 Motherboards

ASUS Z97 Motherboards – Legacy Lineup Pictured and Detailed

So the third and last lineup we will detail is ASUS’s Z97 TUF Legacy motherboard lineup which are aimed towards enthusiasts, overclockers and budget users. Built with top of the line components and feature packed, the line-up is aimed towards all performance users and gamers including enthusiasts. The new motherboards from ASUS include some interesting features this round such as  Intel Ethernet, LAN Guard, DIGI+ Power Control, Turbo App, Turbo LAN, Crystal Sound 2, HomeCloud (802.11ac B/G/N) and an interesting new design scheme for next-gen Intel platform. The ASUS Z97 motherboards ‘Legacy’ lineup includes the following products which will be detailed below:

  • ASUS Z97-WS
  • ASUS Z97-Deluxe
  • ASUS Z97I-Pro
  • ASUS Z97-Pro
  • ASUS Z97-A
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While you must have enjoyed feasting your eyes on ASUS ROG Z97 motherboards, you’ll also enjoy the sight of their TUF series which has been updated with new products. In addition to the Sabertooth MARK 1, we’re also going to show you the MARK 2 and Gryphon motherboards in all their glory.ASUS Z97 TUF Motherboards

ASUS Z97 Motherboards – TUF Lineup Pictured and Detailed

The second lineup we will detail is ASUS’s Z97 TUF “The Ultimate Force” motherboard lineup which are aimed towards enthusiasts, overclockers. Built with top of the line Military Grade Components, the Z97 TUF series will include longer and stable performance and take overclocking to the next step. The new motherboards from ASUS include some interesting features this round such as  Intel Ethernet, LAN Guard, TUF Components, DIGI+ Power Control and the latest TUF Frontier thermal shield and barrier for additional cooling and stability to the board layout. The ASUS Z97 motherboards ‘TUF’ lineup includes the following products which will be detailed below:

  • ASUS Sabertooth Z97 MARK 1
  • ASUS Sabertooth Z97 MARK 2
  • ASUS Gryphon Z97
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Yesterday, we showed you few of the upcoming Z97 motherboards from ASUS which include their ROG, TUF and Legacy tier products. Today, we have managed to find pictures of the entire motherboard lineup from the same event along with more detailed information.ASUS Z97 Motherboards Complete

ASUS Z97 Motherboards – ROG Lineup Pictured and Detailed

The first lineup we will detail is ASUS’s Z97 ROG motherboard lineup which includes ASUS’s Republic of Gamers branded products which are aimed towards enthusiasts, overclockers and gamers. The new motherboards from ASUS include some intresting features this round such as  Intel Ethernet, LAN Guard, GameFirst III, Supreme FX, Sonic Radar II, KeyBot, TrueVolt USB and Gamer’s Guardian which will come in handy for easier connectivity and accessibility. The ASUS Z97 motherboards ‘ROG’ lineup includes the following products which will be detailed below:

  • ASUS ROG Maximus VII Hero
  • ASUS ROG Maximus VII Gene
  • ASUS ROG Maximus VII Ranger


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