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Sony Reveals PlayStation 4 One Week Before Release

PS4A week before it was scheduled for release, Sony already revealed its latest model of PlayStation 4 and it was very proud to announced that it is bound for launching the following week without even showing anyone the hardware, for the shot of surprise. It took us months to wait for E3 in Los Angeles to see the new black box and even hardware architect Mark Cerny was kept in the dark just to prolong the suspense but right now, it wasn’t that hard for anyone to see the sharp, angular new look of PS4. But the most interesting part of it was when the innards of the gadget was finally revealed.

Sony engineering director Yasuhiro Ootori both unboxes and tears down the new console, exposing its metallic internals for everyone to see. There’s a satisfyingly chunky heatsink and a predictably small fan, squeezed in alongside an integrated power supply and the usual circuit boards and components. You’ll also find some external details that may have slipped your attention so far, such as the tiny power and eject buttons nestled in the fissure that dissects the matte and glossy parts of the PS4.

Everybody is now counting the days before the one week target will finally arrive. With only a week to go until the PS4’s US release, this will likely be the best view the world gets of the new console before being able to stump up the $399 and take one home. Everybody is looking forward to it.

Apple Launches New Product ‘iPad Air’

iPad AirThe mobile product drought that Apple Inc. has experienced for the last month has finally ended when the consumer electronics giant launched its new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c handsets, especially even if  pent-up demand is an understatement.

Apple’s early opening for their weekend sales records was crushed by new iPhone models and even if the company do not share the exact split between different models in a product line, it is likely safe to assume that the iPhone 5s is actually the fastest selling smartphone in the history of the category. But right now, Apple has came up with a new idea when it launched what it called its ‘iPad Air’.

The all new full-size iPad is thinner and lighter than any of its predecessors by a substantial margin. In fact according to Apple, the iPad Air 28% lighter than the fourth-generation iPad model — and at 7.5 millimeters thick, it’s also 20% thinner. Despite the slate’s smaller footprint, it still packs in the same 9.7-inch Retina display as well as a bigger battery that lasts an estimated 10 hours per charge.

Apple Inc says that the new A7 processor in the iPad Air provides up to 2 times better CPU performance and up to 2 times better graphics performance than the A6X-powered fourth-generation iPad model. It’s the same 64-bit chipset that powers Apple’s iPhone 5s, and we have seen just how powerful it is compared to the competition. Does it deliver in the iPad Air as well? You’ll have to wait for our full review to find out.

Google Smartwatch to be Launched Soon

Adina Porter on True BloodSoon, after a few months, Google will finally launch its most famous smartwatch, following Samsung’s critically panned Galaxy Gear. Google has finally came up with an idea of launching something that is next in line with an answer to the nonexistent “iWatch” of Apple.

On Tuesday, a report came out stating that Google Inc. is planning to launch a smartwatch within the next few months and it is going to be better. It says there that Google’s intelligent assistant Google Now will play a key role on the device, but adds a few details.

“The smartwatch will be able to communicate with other devices such as a smartphone, and draw information such as travel schedules from a user’s email through Google Now,” a source tells in a statement. WSJ also says that Google has been working hard to provide decent battery life on its smartwatch, though the bar has not been set particularly high since Samsung’s Gear only lasts for about one day on a charge. We will let you know as soon as this newest gadget will finally come out in the market.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Might be Plastic: Bad News for Samsung Fans

Samsung Galaxy Note3After a thorough review of the new Galaxy Note 3 phablet of Samsung, we loved what we found out since the device marks the start of Samsung’s war on feature spam. We even called it our favorite Samsung phone ever and we wanted to grab more Samsung phones since we find them very promising in terms of features.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 seems quite very perfect because of its monstrous size compared to their rivals Apple and HTC  which use metals and other premium materials on its smartphones. Aside from the size advantage, Samsung also continues to opt for plastics and, in the case of the Note 3, pleather.

Rumors are coming out saying that the company decides to move away from flimsy-feeling plastics on next year’s flagship Galaxy S5 model, but some of its users do not like the idea of it. A report also suggest that this will not be the case and that Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S5 handset will not feature a metal case as had been previously rumored. Instead, the site says Samsung will continue to use plastics for the device’s housing. Specifically, Samsung will supposedly carry the leather-look plastic from the Galaxy Note 3′s case over to the new Galaxy S5.

The report goes on to say that Samsung is indeed working on a new metal phone, but it will belong to a new premium smartphone line referred for the time being as to as “Galaxy F.” This is not the first time we’ve heard rumors of a new premium Galaxy F lineup that will feature metal casings. If you were to be asked, what do you prefer?

Nintendo Shuts Down Wii Console Production for Good

WiiAfter almost seven years of production and with nearly 100 million units sold in just a matter of seven years, Nintendo has finally decided to shut down its Wii console production. Recently this week, Nintendo Japan made an announcement in a form of a short statement presenting the system’s product page that read simply “production over.” The statement signified a specifically subdued closure for a console that had such a dramatic impact on the gaming world. Many users of the unit are wondering if they could ever counter or take their decision back.

The Wii console production was officially introduced to the public last 2006 but before its formal debut, Nintendo used the codename “Revolution.” No one had any idea how descriptive that term would prove to be. While core gamers may mock it today as being too focused on a mainstream audience, the Wii was something we see all too rarely from console makers: an innovative risk.

The loss of Wii will also mean that there would be no Kinect or PlayStation Move as well. Game publishers will also be chasing the core gaming market without the Wii and will even throw nothing but cheap shovelware at the mainstream audience. There’s no telling where Nintendo would be today without Wii.

Facebook Cancelled Restrictions on Teen Users Sharing with Public

Facebook teensFacebook Inc, one of the largest social networking site on the internet, has  lifted the restrictions placed on teen Facebook users, most especially ages 18 and below, that previously limited who could see their online postings from photos to musings on the world-social network.

The world’s no. 1 social network said that these teenage kids would now be able to manually alter the setting and share information with the public. Until now, a teenager’s postings on Facebook were only viewable to their friends, and to the friends of their friends. But just last Wednesday, Facebook said that the default setting would go out to a narrower group of people when teens do share information on the 1.15billion Facebook users all over the world.

“Teens are among the savviest people using of social media, and whether it comes to civic engagement, activism, or their thoughts on a new movie, they want to be heard,” Facebook said in an announcement of the changes.

“While only a small fraction of teens using Facebook might choose to post publicly, this update now gives them the choice to share more broadly, just like on other social media services,” the company said. This is definitely good news to out teenage Facebook friends as they can post anytime, anywhere and whenever they wanted to.

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