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Gadgets

iPhone 6c concept:

Following the rather sad launch year of iPhone’s cheaper sibling, it isn’t surprising to see that all the leaks, rumors, analysis, and speculations this year have been focusing on the launch of iPhone 6, with no mention of iPhone 6c whatsoever. But then, why to focus on it when you know how it’d be? Based on the very recent iPhone 6 leaks, iPhone 6c concept has popped up which looks quite scrumptious.

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iPhone 6 Cases

Recommended read: iPhone 6 Case Leaked Image Shows Re-Positioned Power and Volume Buttons

This iPhone 6c concept – images shared below – has been designed by a digital visualizer, Ferry Passchier, who has generated an iPhone 6c mockup on the basis of iPhone 6 leaks. Plasticky, iPhone 5c tones given to iPhone 6

4.7 inch iPhone 6
Gadgets Software

How would apps look like on 4.7 inch iPhone 6:

Apple launching the larger 4.7 inch iPhone 6 is almost confirmed now sans some official confirmation, which won’t come until the launch day. So why not see how the apps would look like when optimized for running on the 4.7 inch iPhone 6 with larger screen panel. 4.7 inch iPhone 6

According to reports, Apple may retain the same pixel density with its larger 4.7 inch iPhone 6 display too as with the current 4-inch panel of 5s. The display panel is supposed to be Retina and rather than making the display

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Games Hardware

Videocardz has released some pretty interesting information regarding AMD’s upcoming Never Settle Forever Bundle (2014). The information not only mentions the exact games but the cards supported. However it seems that many modern games are not included, although it does contain its fair share of AAA titles from Square Enix and Eidos.

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AMD’s Buyer’s Choice Game Offers

AMD Never Settle Forever 2014 Bundle – 3 Tiers scaled along the AMD Radeon GPU Lineup

Anyone familiar with AMD’s past Never Settle promotion bundles would recognize the three tiered reward mechanism of the promotion offer. Basically if you buy the low end, i.e. an R7 250 or an  R7 240 you will get only one game. If you buy the middle end, i.e. the R9 260, R9 270 or the R9 270X you will get 2 games. And if you buy the high end of AMD Radeon GPUs, namely the R9 280, R9 280X, R9 290, R9 290X and R9 295X2 you will get 3 games along with your brand new GPU. Here is the complete list of games that will be given to you courtesy of the AMD team and restrictions/Indie Packages that apply (if any).

PlayStation 4 Xbox One
Games

Console wars have been around ever since the gaming industry started making substantial progress and the number of competitors started growing. Gamers have always preferred to chose one side over another and stand for it and especially now, when the PS4 vs Xbox One console war between the latest consoles is in full swing, it has become important to choose a side.

PlayStation 4 vs Xbox One

Titanfall Developer Says PS4 vs Xbox One 1080p Debate Matters Little – Some Games will Always Look Better on One Console

No generation of gaming can be considered complete with out each contributing platform holder taking a flak from critics. Now when the gaming industry has stepped into a new era of video games, console wars have become more of a daily dose. At a brighter side, PS4 vs Xbox One debate also results in making respective manufacturers speed up their work in improving their consoles.

Both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles are having their fair share of criticism but on the charts, Microsoft’s latest video game console is considered to be led by Sony’s PlayStation 4. The main topic of most ongoing arguments nowadays is ‘resolution-gate’. The fact that PlayStation 4 is optimizing next-gen games according to developers’ commands and Xbox One is causing adversities is widening PS4 vs Xbox One debate.

It is not as serious as I state but still, users of both the consoles pay almost equal sum for their video game entertainment yet PlayStation 4 players enjoy almost all the next-gen games in native 1080p resolution running at 60fps while Xbox One users mostly get upscaled version of most next-gen games, some even locked at 30fps. Even Microsoft’s biggest exclusive title known as Titanfall does not run at native 1080p resolution on Xbox One.

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Games

To keep the latest consoles fresh and error free, Sony and Microsoft frequently release firmware and system updates for their respective PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles. Microsoft has already released the latest update for its next-gen video game console while Sony’s new PlayStation 4 firmware 1.7 update is still in works.

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SCE Japan Posts PlayStation 4 Firmware 1.7 Update Release Date, Later Removes it – New UI Screenshots Show New Upcoming Features

While Sony Computer Entertainment America has not stated anything concerning the release date for PlayStation 4 firmware 1.7 update, Japanese arm of the firm mentioned in a post that the update would be available on April 30, however, the release date was later removed from the post. Found and translated by DualShockers, a post over at the Japanese PlayStation Community stated:

“At the booth there will be corners for you to experience the new features that allows to broadcast to the popular Nico Nico service from PS4, that will be implemented in the update coming on Wednesday, April 30th.”

On the other hand, new details and screenshots showing the PlayStation 4 firmware 1.7 update have also been revealed by Sony Computer Entertainment Japan and Asia in a press release that was sent this morning. The new screenshots provided in the press release show the new firmware 1.7 update running on a PlayStation 4 console.

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Hardware

MSI has revealed the pictures of their next generation XPOWER AC and MPOWER MAX AC motherboards which will feature built-in water cooling solutions. The pictures teased by MSI on their Facebook page showcase a new and improved design scheme for the flagship 9-Series chipset based XPOWER and MPOWER motherboards which will be aimed directly towards overclocking enthusiasts while the gaming lineup will be focused towards gamers.MSI XPOWER AC

MSI’s Next Generation XPOWER AC and MPOWER MAX AC Motherboards Pictured

Now, we have talked a lot regarding the MSI 9-Series motherboard lineups over the past few weeks since they have been releasing teasers on their Facebook page and even displayed some prototypes of their Next Gen chipset motherboards during CeBIT 2014. Well those were just prototypes and we couldn’t really make up as to exactly what features do these new boards support. From the few teaser images, we did make up that the new boards will come with interesting design and new features V-Check Points 2, OC Engine, Military Class IV components, Delid Die Guard (XPOWER AC), M.2 interface, Audio Boost 2 and last but not least, new design schemes.

So let’s get on with the OC 9-Series Motherboard lineup from MSI which includes a total of 6 motherboards listed below:

  • MSI XPOWER AC
  • MSI MPOWER MAX AC
  • MSI MPOWER
PlayStation Vita Titanfall
Games

Respawn Entertainment’s most critically acclaimed first-person shooter, always online multiplayer next-gen video game known as Titanfall has proved to be worthy of all the anticipation that was built upon it. Already out on Microsoft’s gaming platforms including Microsoft Windows, Xbox One and Xbox 360, Titanfall is growing to be one of the largest multiplayer Xbox One game.

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Sony offered PlayStation Vita to Respawn Entertainment for Titanfall – The Game was Prototyped Using Ratchet and Clank Engine

Respawn Entertainment signed an exclusivity agreement with Microsoft to keep Titanfall limited to only Microsoft Windows and Xbox consoles. However, new details reveal that after examining Microsoft’s Xbox One and becoming familiar with its hardware capabilities, the American video game development studio communicated with Sony to discuss specification of the manufacturer’s next-gen video game console.

This happened before Respawn Entertainment decided to sign Titanfall’s exclusivity agreement with Microsoft. According to the details, Sony refused to share talks regarding the specifications and hardware capabilities of its next-gen console and instead, pushed the developer for PlayStation Vita version of Titanfall but the results did not turn out well and Titanfall for PlayStation Vita never came into existence.

The new details were revealed in journalist Geoff Keighley’s newly released feature known as The Final Hours of Titanfall. The feature has been released in form of an app for iPad, Windows Surface and PC/Mac (via Origin). The Final Hours of Titanfall explains what was Repawn Entertainment legal situation during the development of Titanfall in detail. Thanks to Gamespot for picking up the important points.

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Hardware

At the Red Hat Summit today, AMD’s server group made the first public demonstration of its second generation AMD Opteron X-Series APU codenamed ‘Berlin’. The APU runs on a Linux environment, based on the Fedora Project. The project was founded in 2003 as a result of a merger between Red Hat Linux and Fedora Linux projects and is a community driven Linux distribution. It aims to provide a familiar enterprise class operating environment to developers. It is an important development for developers looking to migrate to x86 APU servers but unwilling to introduce new tools and software platforms into IT environments, according to AMD.

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Demo showcases the world’s first HSA (Heterogeneous System Architecture ) featured server APU.

This demo of Berlin is the first showcase in the world of Heterogeneous System Architecture, the Opteron X-Series. HSA aims towards blending scalar processing on the CPU, parallel processing on the GPU and optimized performance on the DSP. Through this, it intends to expose the capabilities of mainstream programmable computing elements. The demo also highlighted a variety of new advancements including Project ‘Sumatra’ which allows Java applications to take advantage of GPUs present inside the APUs. This combination of Linux and Java based on ‘Berlin’ creates a variety of possibilities. It creates a more optimized server platform for multimedia based workloads according to AMD. It will also help drive new levels of workload efficiency on data in data centers according to the company.

iPhone 6 case
Gadgets

iPhone 6 leaks seems to have heated up from last couple of days giving us some insight into the batteries that would juice up the 8th gen iPhone and some leaks coming right from Hong Kong Electronics Fair along with others. Just now, a French tech site has published photos showing another iPhone 6 case design. iPhone 6 case

iPhone 6 case leaked images:

These latest iPhone 6 case leaked images feature rounded edges fitting to the rumors that have been coming so far on how the iPhone 6 would look like. The leaked case images show different volume keys: instead of the

psn
Games

PlayStation Network is one of the two dedicated online multiplayer gaming and digital media content delivery services for the top two video game consoles. Brought into being by Sony, PlayStation Network is exclusive to Sony’s PlayStation gaming platforms. PlayStation Network provides all the latest games related content to PlayStation users and offers them multiplayer gameplay with other players around the world through a premium service known as PlayStation Plus.

PlayStation Network PSN

Sony Rumored to be Working on PlayStation Network Nick Change Option – Sony Vegas Devs Improving Upcoming PlayStation 4 Update

Since the debut of latest video games consoles, both Microsoft’s Xbox Live and Sony’s PlayStation Network have come across significant increase in user traffic and numbers of registered members. Developers now put a wide amount of money and work into the development of multiplayer gameplay of next-gen games. This multiplayer can only be enjoyed through becoming a member of either of the aforementioned services.

PlayStation Network currently offers a single nickname/gamerID each player. Once registered, players do not get an option to change their nickname. PlayStation Network members have long demanded an option which enable users to replace their current nicknames with new available ones’.

It seems like fans’ voice has finally been heard by Sony. A tweet from a reliable industry insider known as Tidux hints that Sony is apparently working on an option that allows users to change their PlayStation Network nicknames. While Tidux mentioned that upcoming 1.7 PlayStation 4 update will not include this feature, there are chances of it coming to the console afterwords.

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Hardware

You thought the Geforce 700 Series was over, didn’t you ?  Well think again. I am also willing to bet that when asked of an upcoming 700 Series GPU you wold have answered: GTX 790, well, Nvidia has other plans (Does not mean that the 790 isn’t coming). We have just received confirmation that Nvidia is adding not one but three GPUs to their Geforce 700 Series. Namely and in ascending order these are the GT 705, GT 710 and GT 720.

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An Nvidia GTX 650

Nvidia Geforce GT 705, GT 710 and GT 720 to Debut as OEM Only Cards – To have Fermi and Kepler Cores

So basically what we have here is Nvidia rolling out some low end (and when I say low end, I mean really low end) and almost certainly OEM only products to the Geforce 700 series. Although the GT 720 might get to see the light of retail, the GT 705 and GT 710 will probably only ever appear in pre-made OEM pcs charging people extra because of a ‘dedicated gpu’ and before this results in a flame war the same thing happens with low-end Radeon. Pardon my presumptuousness but some marketing tactics are borderline illegal. Putting aside my rant, here is the spec sheet of the upcoming arrivals to the Nvidia lineup, which will probably be launched completely stealthily:

WCCFTech  GPU Core Core Clock Memory Clock (Effective) Memory Memory Bus CUDA Cores  TMUs  ROPs Transistors TDP
Geforce GT 705  GF119-300-A1 810 Mhz  1796 Mhz 1 GB DDR3  64 Bit   48  8  4 292 Million 29W
Geforce GT 710  GK208-301-A1 823 Mhz  1800 Mhz 512MB DDR3  64 Bit   192  16  8 Unknown Unknown
Geforce GT 720  GK208-301-A1 902 Mhz  1800 Mhz 1 GB DDR3  64 Bit   384  16  8 Unknown Unknown
GAME
Games

GAME is among leading UK based online video game retailers, it also has a large chain of local stores which cater to the customers’ need for gaming products such as consoles and game discs. Recently, GAME announced that it is shutting down its Xbox-only GAME Boxpark video game products store that is located in London’s trendy Shoreditch area.

GAME Boxpark

Microsoft Exclusive Xbox-Only GAME Boxpark London Store to be Shut Down by the Video Game Retailer

Opened to public in June 2013, GAME Boxpark was structured to showcase Microsoft exclusive video game products such Xbox One and Xbox 360. The store was particularly planned to promote Xbox One and target the customers that would buy Microsoft’s latest console at its launch.

Explaining why the store is being shut down, GAME said that it was rented only on a “short-term contract.” The retailer has already shipped some of the store content to its other shops. The retailer also mentioned that GAME Boxpark was overall a success.GAME stores director Dave Howard spoke to MCVUK saying:

Intel Haswell Refresh
Hardware

The retail prices of Intel’s upcoming Haswell Refresh processors have been revealed by Computerbase which show variants ranging from the top $303 US Core i7-4790 to the entry tier Celeron G1840T which will cost $42 US. Intel’s Haswell Refresh processors will launch on 10th of May and would be available for both Mobile and Desktop consumer platforms.Intel Haswell Refresh

Intel Haswell Refresh Desktop and Mobile Processors Prices Confirmed

Intel initially launched their fourth generation Haswell processors in June 2013 at Computex. The processors featured the latest 22nm core 3D Tri-gate transistors technology which improved the IPC and efficiency by a decent amount of Ivy Bridge. The upcoming Haswell Refresh processors are no different then these featuring bumped up clock speeds and more SKU design schemes such as low TDP and low power variants available at similar price points. A total of 26 desktop processors have started shipping to retailers across the globe and  would be available for sale in the upcoming days prior to their official launch planned for next month.

The Core i7-4790 will be the flagship processor of the Haswell Refresh lineup and the first 22nm consumer CPU to obtain clock frequency of 4 GHz. It will feature 4 cores and 8 threads. The Core i7-4790 will also be available in ‘S’ and ‘T’ variants which will retail at the same price of $303 US but will feature lower clock speeds since they are aimed towards low TDP and low power platforms. Other models include Core i7-4785T, Core i5-4690, Core i5-4590, Core i5-4460, Core i3-4360, Core i3-4350, Core i3-4150 and several Pentium and Celeron variants all of which would be available in “T” and “S” variants.

Sucker Punch
Games

A couple of weeks ago we published an article showing how the American video game developer Sucker Punch Productions managed to create a highly impressive PlayStation 4 exclusive video game title known as inFamous: Second Son. Here are some more details on how PlayStation 4′s hardware is utilized for creating awesome games such as inFamous: Second Son itself.

Infamous Second Son

Sucker Punch Production Finding Ways To Utilize Full PS4 RAM – CPU is Already at Maximum Utilization but Improvements are Possible

Out on shelves last month, inFamous Second Son is the one PlayStation 4 open world action-adventure game that truly gives a next-gen feel to the players. This is undoubtedly because of the constant hard work and struggle of Sucker Punch Productions.

Since the release of inFamous Second Son, Sucker Punch Productions has, at various events, demonstrated how the game works and utilizes PlayStation 4′s every bit of available hardware potential. The developer explained in detail at Game Developers Conference 2014 about how inFamous Second Son tickled PlayStation 4′s limited amount of RAM, CPU and GPU to become the top PlayStation 4 game.

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Hardware

It seems to be a good week for overclocking this week. Overclocking enthusiasts seem to be in the mood with new records being set every day. This time, their target has been the AMD Radeon R9 290X. Slovenian enthusiast Moonman has set new records for the card in HWBOT Unique Heaven with a score of 5504.9 points on the DX11 extreme profile. This translates into the global rank of 1 out of 1000 for single core GPUs and a rank of 1 out of 82 for the R9 290X.

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Record achieved on the R9 290X by using liquid nitrogen to cool the ‘guinea’ on the core. Temperature lowered to -140 Celsius.

The card was overclocked by Moonman to achieve frequencies of 1540/7400 MHz. This was made possible by employing liquid nitrogen and  to cool the GPU and also by modifying the power subsystem on the video card. The use of liquid nitrogen allowed to achieve a load temperature of -140 degree Celsius and ambient temperature of of 22 degree Celsius. The thermal compound used was the Gelid GC-Extreme to boost overall thermal conductivity. The processor used by Moonman was the Core i5-4670 K. This was also overclocked to 5723 MHz. This was made possible by using the cascade system of phase transition. An interesting point here is the memory used by the enthusiast. The memory employed was single chanel 4096 MB DDR3 (SDRAM) with a clock speed of 1/305 MHz and it was on this single channel RAM that the overclocked frequencies were achieved. Moonman himself explained that in order to boot the system and increase overall stability single channel memory had to be used.



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