Microsoft Will Have DirectX 12 Announced Later This March

directx-12-gdcThe Game Developers Conference is going to soon be underway in San Francisco, this March 20th. In response to that, Microsoft thinks it’s high-time that DirectX 12 be announced, bringing it with it the capability of expressing moving content — and games, of course — in more detail. Of course, Microsoft hasn’t acknowledged the exact specifics of the update, instead leaving us to wonder till 10AM PST on that particular day.

What is known however is the inclusion of AMD, NVIDIA, Intel and Qualcomm logos, meaning that the aforementioned companies will take part in the DirectX announcement.

Via: DirectX 

Siri Might Just Get Smarter And Recommend Third-Party Apps


Besides working with Apple’s purported iWatch — a rumored gadget that would take on the appearance of a smart watch, but in typical Apple style, be capable of more than just its base function — an update to Siri might also introduce a new form of mobile search.

By incorporating recommended third-party apps to the user’s voice prompts, Siri could potentially be a lot more useful than just telling you about the weather, appointments, or booking movie tickets.

Via: The InformationTC

PlayStation 4 Reaches Yet Another Milestone: 6 Million Units Sold, Worldwide


Sony is nothing but transparent when it comes to PlayStation 4 sales nowadays.  On Tuesday, the company announced that their next-generation games console reached six million units sold, worldwide, a number that was only made possible after the Japanese launch supported North American and European sales figures — 370,000 units in fact. Now available in 57 markets, the PS4 also receives excellent game sales: 13.7 million copies sold in retail stores worldwide and digital downloads “as of March 2nd”.

Meanwhile, the Xbox One sold about 3 million units last year when it launched, which was stated in January; no more up-to-date numbers have been released.

Press release from Sony, after the break.

Samsung Outs The Faux-Leather Chromebook 2, Looks For More Success At $320

new-chromebook-2The Samsung Chromebook has been wildly popular for very-low budget system buyers in the past few months, and Samsung has seen that it’s worth it to redesign the Chromebook. First off, toting a faux-leather design much like the Note 3, Samsung’s Chromebook 2 features  11.6-inch and 13.3-inch frames.

For the larger model, a 3.09-pound body with a 1920 x 1080 screen, 4GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and Samsung’s latest Exynos 5 Octa processor. The smaller 11.6-inch model has a 1366 x 768 screen, slower processor, and eight hours of battery with the same storage, RAM, port selection, but with a weight of just 2.43 pounds.

Prices are as follows: $400 for the 13.3-inch model and $320 for the 11.6-inch version.

Via: Samsung

LG’s G Flex Takes The IF Product Design 2014 Gold Award

LG G FlexDespite the fact that it hasn’t reached critical success (yet, if at all) the LG G Flex that I reviewed not too long ago, has received the IF Product Design Gold Award. Awards notwithstanding, the product category of curved devices is something that needs popular consumer appeal, and with only one real smartphone of the kind in the United States (Samsung’s Galaxy Round isn’t coming to the U.S.), it doesn’t make much of a difference.

Coupled with the fact that creating a curved display takes some positive characteristics away from LG’s G Flex (like a full 1080 instead of a 720p HD display), then no one will really be impressed by a curved smartphone category — yet.

Apple’s CarPlay Is The First Official Car Infotainment System From The Company

iOS-Car-PlayAccording to Cupertino, “Designed from the ground up to provide drivers with an incredible experience using their iPhone in the car.” Designed around the existing iOS 7 experience, Apple’s CarPlay will debut at the Geneva Motor Show this week, coming first to Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo. To follow-up in the coming months, car makers including Nissan, Peugeot, Jaguar, Land Rover, BMW, and General Motors will join the CarPlay alliance, with support for Lightning port devices (iPhone 5, 5S, and 5C).

The physical implementation of Apple CarPlay will be a dedicated voice control button to the steering wheel of cars with the technology, with the knobs and dials within the car, as well as touch and voice interfaces to control the whole system. Supported apps at launch include Spotify, Beats Radio, iHeartRadio, and Stitcher, along with Apple’s Maps, Phone, Messaging, and Music apps.

Via: Apple CarPlay, Press release

Ellen Breaks Twitter Record: Most Retweets Ever, For An Epic Selfie

now-thats-a-selfieWith nearly a dozen stars, Ellen DeGeneres broke the Twitter record for the most retweets ever, previously held by U.S. president Barack Obama. The number? 2 million and counting, pulled off in about half an hour. The phone used for the shot? A Galaxy Note 3, provided by Samsung, who were all over the Oscars last night with their wares.

But honestly, it’s a pretty cool photo. Nicely done.

Via: Ellen DeGeneres (Twitter)