AfterDawn: Tech news

Latest news

AfterDawn: News

New DisplayPort 1.3 standard pushes bandwidth to 32.4 Gbits/sec

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 15 Sep 2014 22:43

New DisplayPort 1.3 standard pushes bandwidth to 32.4 Gbits/sec The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) has announced the new A/V standard DisplayPort 1.3.

Currently, the standard is DisplayPort 1.2a, but the new update will increase the maximum link bandwidth to 32.4 Gbps, "with each of four lanes running at a link rate of 8.1 Gbps/lane--a 50% increase from the previous version of the DisplayPort standard. Allowing for transport overhead, DisplayPort's 32.4 Gbps combined link rate delivers 25.92 Gbps of uncompressed video data."

With higher bandwidth, 5K monitors should be able to use a single DP 1.3 cable, without any compression, a very impressive feat given the 5120 x 2880 resolution necessary.

In addition, a single connection can now use two 4K monitors using DisplayPort's Multi-Stream feature.

For connectivity, DP 1.3 keeps its VGA, DVI and HDMI. DisplayPort 1.3 support and adds HDCP 2.2 and HDMI 2.0 with CEC, support for 4K video with copy protection and new support for a "4:2:0 pixel structure, a video format commonly used on consumer digital television interfaces, which enables support for future 8K x 4K displays."

"While becoming a mainstream video standard, DisplayPort continues to be at the cutting edge of A/V transport," said VESA Board of Directors Chair Alan Kobayashi, Fellow & Executive R&D Management for DisplayPort Group at MegaChips Technology America. "These new enhancements to DisplayPort will facilitate both higher resolution displays, as well as easier integration of DisplayPort into multi-protocol data transports, which will satisfy consumer's desire for simplicity and ease-of-use."

Read more...


AfterDawn: News

Apple hits another record: Over 4 million iPhone 6, 6 Plus pre-ordered in first 24 hours

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 15 Sep 2014 22:11

Apple hits another record: Over 4 million iPhone 6, 6 Plus pre-ordered in first 24 hours Apple has proudly boasted of a new record for their iPhone sales, with 4 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus pre-ordered in the first 24 hours of availability.

As always, Apple does not have enough supply to keep up and most iPhone 6 Plus orders are shipping in mid-October (or later) now directly from Apple. Carriers and Apple Stores will have some additional supply on the 19th, adds Apple.

"iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are better in every way, and we are thrilled customers love them as much as we do," said Tim Cook, Apple's CEO. "Pre-orders for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus set a new record for Apple, and we can't wait to get our best iPhones yet into the hands of customers starting this Friday."

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are the largest iPhones yet, featuring 4.7 and 5.5-inch screens, respectively. The phones are available in 10 countries this Friday followed by another 20 next week.

Read more on the devices here at AfterDawn.




AfterDawn: News

Microsoft acquires Minecraft creator Mojang for $2.5 billion, Notch will not stay on

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 15 Sep 2014 21:44

Microsoft acquires Minecraft creator Mojang for $2.5 billion, Notch will not stay on Microsoft has confirmed it is acquiring Minecraft creator Mojang AB for $2.5 billion, a huge bet that the popular game will remain popular into the future, and that the company can build other hits, as well.

Mojang founder Markus 'Notch' Persson, who is notably anti-corporation and thus a popular figure among gamers, will not remain with the company after the sale, effectively "selling out" for nine figures and going back to his roots. Notch says he can't wait to going back to being "a nerdy computer programmer who likes to have opinions on Twitter."

While the company rejected previous offers outright, it became clear over the summer that the founders were finally ready to sell. With all three founders leaving, that leaves just 37 other employees. Microsoft did not reveal plans for the company's current office nor employees.

Minecraft has sold over 50 million copies since launch in 2009, across platforms that include the PC, PlayStation, Xbox and phones. The game is also wildly profitable, with Mojang bringing in over $100 million in profit last year from game and merchandise sales. The company had nearly $300 million in revenue last year. Mojang has also recently signed licensing deals with Scholastic for tutorial books, LEGO for toys and even Warner Bros. for a feature film.

Read more...


AfterDawn: News

Apple spent over $100 million when they gave away U2's 'Songs of Innocence' to 500 million iTunes account holders

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 15 Sep 2014 0:08

Apple spent over $100 million when they gave away U2's 'Songs of Innocence' to 500 million iTunes account holders Earlier this week, when Apple announced its new iPhone 6, 6 Plus, Apple Watch and iOS 8, it made a less splashy but also significant announcement: It would be giving away U2's new 'Songs of Innocence" album, for free, to all iTunes users.

Over 500 million people have iTunes accounts, and U2 lead singer Bono joked around that Apple "would have to pay for it. Because we're not going in for the free music around here."

Apple is spending over $100 million to market the album, and paid U2 an undisclosed lump sum for the album itself, making it one of the biggest album launches of all-time. The company is integrating U2 into its new iPhone TV spots, billboards and more, thus helping themselves, as well.

The giant has over $160 billion in cash on hand (more than most countries), so the figure is a drop in the bucket but it certainly shows the power an A-list musician has and how little power the record industry has nowadays in a world where people will always prefer to consume their music for free.

Read more...


AfterDawn: News

Meizu confirms new MX4 with Ubuntu Touch for this year

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 14 Sep 2014 23:11

Meizu confirms new MX4 with Ubuntu Touch for this year Canonical will launch its first commercial Ubuntu Touch-based phone in conjunction with partner Meizu later this year.

The Meizu MX4 will feature the Linux operating system, and should be released in December.

Meizu, Bq and Canonical announced the first Ubuntu Touch partnership back in February, but only gave a "Fall 2014" time frame for the first phone release. Canonical devs have been working on the RTM version of the software, but it still needs stability and performance tweaks before it can go live.

"Under the request of some fans that have contacted Canonical, they assured us that from December will be available on Ubuntu Touch Meizu MX4 with MediaTek SoC MT 6595 . Still no details regarding the variant "pro" of the device, which should be announced in the coming weeks , but we feel pretty confident in saying that the OS will be developed for it, with the timing probably a little more dilated," read the Google translation of Meizu's Italian blog.

The Meizu MX4 runs on an octa-core MediaTek MT6595 processor, has a 5.4-inch display, runs on Android 4.4.4 and has a 20.7MP camera, making it a high spec juggernaut that should easily run Ubuntu.




AfterDawn: News

Samsung's Gear Blink could be ready to rival Google Glass by March

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 14 Sep 2014 22:09

Samsung's Gear Blink could be ready to rival Google Glass by March According to multiple sources, Samsung is preparing their 'Gear Blink' Google Glass rival for launch in March of next year.

If accurate, the launch would coincide with the expected launch of the Galaxy S6 flagship phone.

Among the features of the Gear Blink are an augmented reality app that will turn your hands (or possibly other surfaces) into virtual keyboards. Although it is a bit difficult to decipher, it appears that the patents show one-handed and two-handed variations of the virtual keyboard, with letters specified to different parts of your fingers.

The Blink itself seems to look like a sportier version of the Google Glass, but otherwise looks very familiar. It charges via standard microUSB.

Just like their new Gear S smartwatch, Samsung is expected to run the Blink on a variant of the Tizen OS.

Read more...


AfterDawn: News

The Loop denies report that Apple tried to buy Square

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 13 Sep 2014 1:00

The Loop denies report that Apple tried to buy Square Earlier today, TechCrunch reported on Square's recent $100 million raise, at a $6 billion valuation that firmly places the mobile payment service as one of the hottest tech startups in the world.

Interestingly, the report also claimed that Apple had talked with Square over a possible acquisition, but that Square was the one to walk away. Read the report:

"Separately, TechCrunch has heard from multiple sources that Square and Apple were recently in acquisition talks, but that Square walked away. Apple wanted the company to come aboard, according to one source, but the discussed price was a sticking point: The tipster held that Apple wanted to buy Square for less than half of the $6 billion valuation it eventually would raise at (around $3 billion). Square, valued at the time at a firm 66 percent delta to that price point, declined to accept.

Apple also showed Square a software register, restaurant and spa booking services and a payment system for iPhones said the same source. This did not sit well with Square execs, who felt like the products would compete with their own offerings."


Longtime Apple insider Jim Dalrymple was quick to refute that report, however, simply saying "nope" to the fact that the talks even happened. We tend to agree with the latter, as there is no way Apple could justify paying $3 billion or more for a hardware based solution when they were working on a digital solution for mobile payments.

Read more...


AfterDawn: News

GTA 5 release dates for PC, PS4, Xbox One revealed

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 13 Sep 2014 0:19

GTA 5 release dates for PC, PS4, Xbox One revealed Rockstar has revealed the release dates for Grand Theft Auto V for PC, the PS4 and the Xbox One.

Current-gen gamers will be happy to know the game will be available on November 18th, while PC gamers will have to wait a few more months until January 27th, 2015.

In addition to the slightly improved graphics and higher resolution, the games also have increased draw distances, and denser traffic and foliage as well as new vehicles, weapons and extended activities. Pre-orderers will also get $1 million in-game cash.

Since the music is a big part of the game, as well, Rockstar has added 100 new songs and DJ mixes to the radio.

If you own the game for Xbox 360 and PS3, you can migrate your character to the current-gen systems and keep on playing.

Read more...


AfterDawn: News

Consumer Oculus Rift VR headset could begin roll out by summer of next year

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 12 Sep 2014 22:39

Consumer Oculus Rift VR headset could begin roll out by summer of next year According to multiple source, Oculus VR could begin rolling out their Oculus Rift VR headset for consumers starting next summer.

Supposedly, a beta model will be released in limited quantities as early as April.

Currently, there have been tens of thousands of Dev Kits released including those sent to backers of the crowdfunded company.

How expensive can we expect the consumer model to be? Co-founders Palmer Luckey and Nate Micthell say they would prefer to keep the prices the same as the Dev Kits, which are $300-$400. "We want to stay in that $200-$400 price range," said Micthell. "That could slide in either direction depending on scale, pre-orders, the components we end up using, business negotiations..." Luckey added.

Oculus' final consumer tech is said to be so great that gamers are eagerly awaiting its release. Oculus even has some "secret" tech that supposedly was so mind blowing that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made a bid for the company immediately after having tested it. The company ended up buying Oculus VR for $2 billion.

Read more...


AfterDawn: News

Video: Windows 9 Start Menu in action

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 12 Sep 2014 22:10

Video: Windows 9 Start Menu in action German tech site WinFuture has posted a few videos showing off the features of the upcoming Start Menu for Windows 9.

Microsoft also showed a demo earlier this year, mixing Live Tiles, Modern apps and legacy apps.

Account options are pinned to the top, while shutdown/restart have their own button. The Start Menu itself has two sections, one for legacy apps and then a second section on the right for modern apps with Live Tiles. It will work in general like the Windows 7 start menu, allowing for pinned apps, favorites, recently used and a full list of your installed apps.

Tablet users can continue to use their regular Start Screen, but keyboard/mouse users can choose to default right to the desktop.

Check the videos here:


Windows 9: Startmenü geht auch ganz ohne Live Tiles






AfterDawn: News

Historic Atari games found in landfill to be sold on eBay or donated to museums

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 12 Sep 2014 21:26

Historic Atari games found in landfill to be sold on eBay or donated to museums A few months ago, following decades of myth, construction workers and a documentary crew were able to find over 1200 Atari 2600 games including the infamously bad E.T. in a landfill in New Mexico.

The games had been dumped in 1983 when the video game industry crashed, and the story had never been confirmed until they were unearthed.

What will they do with the game now that the documentary has been completed? "The primary goal is that they go into museums and the story be told," said dig site manager Joe Lewandowski. "The second is that they go into the city inventory for whatever we decide to do with them. The balance is what we will sell."

That being said, about 800 of the cartridges will be sold, and the first lot is headed to eBay in the coming weeks. Some of the titles are expected to get a couple of hundred each, but the story itself is much more important than the actual games. There was also a lot less games found then had been rumored. Most of the rumors of the last three decades had assumed there were over 500,000 games buried, but the final figure was a fraction of that.

It is unclear which museums will have interest in the collection.

Read more...


AfterDawn: News

New Nintendo 3DS XL looks like an NES controller

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 11 Sep 2014 22:30

New Nintendo 3DS XL looks like an NES controller Nintendo has unveiled a new model of the 3DS XL that should excite some retro gamers.

The new device is themed after the original NES, with the device looking like a controller and the box designed like the console. Nintendo says the handheld will be available on October 10th for $200, but if you want it you will have to get it through Gamestop, who has the exclusive.

In the past, Nintendo also offered the Gameboy SP and the Gameboy Micro with an NES design so it's not a completely original idea.

If you don't care for the NES but still want an updated 3DS XL, Nintendo is also offering a red Super Smash Bros starting next week, and a blue Persona Q available in November, both for $199.99. Shockingly, Nintendo is not including the games with the themed DS consoles.

Read more...


AfterDawn: News

Microsoft trying to say goodbye to Windows Phone and Nokia brands

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 10 Sep 2014 20:43

Microsoft trying to say goodbye to Windows Phone and Nokia brands Microsoft will drop the Nokia and Windows Phone brands after the holiday season, sticking instead with Lumia and Windows for their products.

The evidence comes via an alleged internal document, although Microsoft had not yet confirmed the move.

In the document, Microsoft says "As part of our phased transition, we will drop the manufacturer name [Nokia] from product references during the Holiday campaign. Windows will take the place of Windows Phone, with Lumia for phone models."

The move to get rid of the Nokia name makes perfect sense given that Nokia is still an active company and Microsoft only acquired their handset business. Getting rid of Windows Phone as a brand also makes sense since the company is looking to complete its Windows ecosystem. Windows Phone and Windows RT are the odd men out.

Most new Lumia commercials and spots don't even show Windows Phone anywhere now, so the move is not unexpected.

Read more...


AfterDawn: News

The Xbox One October system update adds great features including MKV support

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 10 Sep 2014 13:25

The Xbox One October system update adds great features including MKV support Microsoft has released the changelog for the upcoming October system update, which adds a ton of new features and highly anticipated updates.

Those who are part of the invite-only preview program are already seeing some of the features via an early rollout.

The full changelog:

Read more...


AfterDawn: News

Amazon Android app update brings Prime Instant Video to your smartphones

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 10 Sep 2014 12:43

Amazon Android app update brings Prime Instant Video to your smartphones Amazon has updated their Android phone app this week, adding Prime Instant Video streaming services for users in the U.S., UK and Germany.

In addition to being able to shop as usual from the app, Prime subscribers can also watch tens of thousands of TV episodes and movies.

Unfortunately, Amazon has made it a bit of a process to actually start watching the shows and films. Once you update your Amazon app, you will be re-directed to an in-app download of the Amazon Instant Video player app, which needs to be downloaded from the Amazon Appstore, not the Googly Play Store. To be able to download from the Amazon App Store you will have to change your phone settings to be able to install apps from "unknown sources."

Not the easiest process, but it only has to be done once. If you don't feel comfortable downloading from "unknown sources" (even a giant like Amazon) you will not be able to stream the video on your phone.

Amazon has recently made some big deals for their streaming service, including adding older HBO shows and adding a number of original shows. Prime costs $99 per year and gives you free two-day shipping on most items, free Prime Instant Video, free Kindle books and free Amazon Prime Music.

Read more...



   Older entries  

Latest user comments

News archive