Samsung was caught red-handed more than once last year as reviewers repeatedly discovered evidence that the company’s phones and tablets were artificially boosting benchmark scores. Although Samsung was the primary culprit, other popular brands were found to be using similar CPU optimization to skirt around legitimate results, but based on the latest tests, the biggest name in Android seems to have cleaned up its act once and for all. More →
PlayStation fever went international as the PS4 launched to huge sales in Japan last month, but after an impressive performance in its first week, the next seven days were worryingly deflated. 4gamer shares the latest report from Media Create, which shows PS4 unit sales have dropped to 65,685 from the high-water mark of 322,083 last week. According to PlayStation LifeStyle, those figures represent the second lowest week 2 sales of any recent console launch, including the Vita, the 3DS and the Wii U. Supply constraints are likely a factor, and the PS4 also reached Japan outside of the holiday season, but whatever the reason, Japan’s gamers aren’t adopting Sony’s new system nearly as fast as other recent consoles. The PS4 remains at the top of the console sales chart for now — we’ll check in soon to see if the 3DS and Vita can catch back up. More →
The stories we hear about Steve Jobs, much like the stories we hear about any public figure, often paint him in broad strokes — as a tough businessman, a nonconformist, a short-fused inidividual — but one Quora thread that has been floating around for years asks the denizens of the Internet to recount the smaller moments with the (in)famous Apple co-founder. More →
With all the conveniences that they offer, we sometimes forget that smartphones lack several key features that we all used to enjoy back when answering machines and wired phones sat on our counters. Now that callers are redirected to our voicemail services, we have to wait until the message has been completed to see what our parents want to know about our day or who the heck is calling you from that area code you don’t recognize. It’s a minor quibble, but an inconvenience nonetheless. A patent awarded to Apple this week might change that. More →
The Windows Phone 8.1 leaks continue to roll out as the Microsoft Build Developer Conference inches closer. Just a day after the reveal of Cortana’s appearance, Unleash the Phones has come forward with footage of the Windows Phone digital assistant in action. The video begins with the initial set up, in which you will be asked to allow Cortana to access your information and sign in to your Microsoft account. Once you’re logged in, Cortana will quickly “absorb the entire internet” before asking you what you would like to be called. More →
Batman’s revival has been a multimedia affair. It started on the silver screen, but the grim world of the Dark Knight quickly bled over into gaming with Batman: Arkham Asylum in 2009. The series gained traction as positive word spread, and subsequently exploded into the mainstream with Arkham City in 2011, an improvement over the original in every way and a contender for game of the year. After passing off development to Warner Bros. Games for last year’s Arkham Origins, Rocksteady Studios is back in driver’s seat for Arkham Knight, the final game in the series and the first for next-gen consoles. More →
iPhone and iPad owners looking forward to the next major update for iOS 7 might not have to wait much longer. John Gruber over at Daring Fireball believes that Apple’s streaming app for the upcoming iTunes Festival will require iOS 7.1, which means that in order for iOS device owners to watch the festival live next Tuesday, Apple will have to release the update within the next few days. We heard last month that iOS 7.1 would ship in March, so the evidence definitely lines up. The only question is whether or not the new app will support the current version of iOS 7. If not, then expect Apple to begin pushing the update a few days before the iTunes Festival begins.
It’s a generation behind, but it’s finally arrived. Sony announced on the PlayStation Blog that the HBO Go app will be available to PlayStation 3 owners starting on Tuesday. In January, HBO announced that the app would finally be coming to the PS3, nearly two years after it hit the Xbox 360. The team is currently working to bring HBO Go to the new consoles, although there is no release date for the app on either the PS4 or Xbox One yet. More →
The launch of live game streaming on the Xbox One is still a week away, but Larry ‘Major Nelson’ Hryb took to Twitch last night to show off why the feature has been mysterious absent for the past few months. Reddit user rotj used Twitch Analyzer on the Xbox One stream last night and discovered that the quality of the stream is noticeably better than that of the PlayStation 4. More →
South Park: The Stick of Truth is, among other things, the best episode of South Park I’ve seen in years. Matt Stone and Trey Parker went as hands-on with this project as they have with anything outside of the actual cartoon, and it shows. It’s belligerent, horrific, hysterical and it feels fresh. But woven between the hysteria, there’s a game that you’re going to have to play. So is that game any good? More →
Although the Galaxy Tab 4 did not make its debut at Mobile World Congress, the next-generation tablet seems to have been confirmed by Samsung unintentionally in a recent advertisement. Planete Galaxy came across an ad (seen above) which lists all 20 devices that will be compatible with the upcoming Gear Fit, and at the end of the list is the unannounced Galaxy Tab 4. The tablet listing highlights three different sized models: 10.1-inch, 8-inch and 7-inch (the same lineup as the current Galaxy Tab 3). The Galaxy Tab 4 is rumored to feature a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, 64GB of total storage and Android 4.4 KitKat. Be on the lookout for an official reveal in the near future.
Microsoft is preparing for another major shakeup as CEO Satya Nadella announced over the weekend that two top executives will be leaving the company this year. According to the internal letter sent to Microsoft employees, Tony Bates, the leader of the Business Development and Evangelism team and former CEO of Skype, will be departing, along with Tami Reller, leader of the Marketing Group. Business Insider shared the letter on their website, and you can read it in full below. More →
The release of Titanfall is just over a week away, but much of the game was shrouded in mystery until Reddit user FallenFusion unveiled several screenshots and previously unknown details this week. According to the leak, Titanfall will feature 15 maps at launch, at least 5 modes, 9 campaign matches and the ability to “regenerate” (similar to prestige in Call of Duty) once you’ve reached the highest attainable rank in multiplayer. A detailed list from the thread can be seen below. More →