News on the release of Grand Theft Auto 5 has been on the down low recently, however new details on the date of release of the game have emerged.  As reported by Product-Reviews via email from Microsoft, the game is expected to be released in Spring, on a weekend at the end of March.  The precise date is estimated to be on the 24th March, which falls on a Sunday.  There is some doubt however related to the date.  Nintendo are known to release their most popular games on a Sunday, however GTA 5 is not coming out on the Wii U at the moment, and so it is unlikely that Rockstar will choose to launch the Xbox 360 and PS3 game on a Sunday.  Over gaming sites also appear to be uncertain about the date, but most are also proposing the 24th as the most likely date.  GTA 4 ...

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The Verge has been leaked some more information about Nokia’s recently rumoured upcoming Windows RT tablet. The 10.1 inch tablet will have USB and HDMI-out, and also cellular connectivity, with 10 hours battery life which can  be fast-charged to 50% in a short period. The real innovation however will come from the accompanying cover, which the Verge notes will snap in place and will double battery life, provide a keyboard and also a kickstand for the tablet. The cover will also provide two USB ports. While the cover sounds rather fantastical, it is of note that the Asus Vivotab RT (pictured above) provides a “cover” with very similar functionality, and which effectively turns the Vivotab into a laptop. Given that Nokia cover also includes a battery and keyboard it is difficult to see how it could have a much different design. AT&T will be the first to carry the tablet, ...

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The Verge, who had earlier leaked some details about the next update to Windows 8 called "Blue” has now added some further information. In a meandering article which suggests Microsoft drop the Windows brand Tom Warren notes: "Windows Blue" (is)  an upgrade designed to improve compatibility with 7-inch and 8-inch devices The news suggests Microsoft is not planning to leave the small tablet market, dominated by cheap Android tablets, uncontested, and may finally bring lower prices for Windows 8 tablets. Would our readers pick up a small tablet, or do you think it compromises productivity too much? Let us know below. ...

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GamerAnx.com reports that a well-known gaming figure, Hector Martin or otherwise known as "Marcan," may have spilled the beans on at least one aspect of the next Xbox’s processor specs, noting the device “only” ran at 1.6 Ghz, half of the 3.2 Ghz of the current generation Xbox 360. The information was delivered in the context of disappointment in the 1.2 Ghz clock speed of the new Wii U, with Martin countering: If you want more evidence that MHz isn’t everything, a little birdie points out that Durango (Xbox 720) is specc’ed to have a 1.6GHz CPU. Food for thought. (And don’t bother asking me who that little birdie is.) Of course clock speed was more of an obsession with the last decade, and by 2012 we have now learned that clock speed is far from the be all and end all of performance. A larger number of dedicated cores ...

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CNET reports that according to an industry source “familiar with” Intel’s plans, the chipmaker will be tweaking their Ivy Bridge processor to achieve even lower power ratings. The chip currently uses around 17 watts, compared to the 2 watts of ARM chipsets, and the 10 watt Haswell chipsets is set to only arrive in 2014. In 2013 however CNET predicts Intel will be working at reducing the power consumption  of current design Ivy Bridge processors to make them more suitable for tablets. Of course Intel does have its Atom range, which competes better with ARM chips, but with low power consumption also comes lower performance, which often turn away buyers hoping to do real work with their x86 hybrid tablets. Unfortunately it is unlikely the chips will be ready for the Microsoft Surface Pro, which is expected to be released with current generation Ivy Bridge processors at the end of ...

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Citing the usual “people familiar with the company’s plans”, Bloomberg has confirmed Microsoft is planning to release a follow-up to the popular Xbox 360 console by Black Friday next year. They did not expand on the features of the new console, but earlier leaks suggests the device will have a newer version of the Kinect sensor and the ability to play Blu-ray disks. Apparently Microsoft is still deciding between whether to announce the console at E3 or in a separate event. Bloomberg did not comment on rumours of the so-called Xbox Mini, which would be more streaming media and less games orientated. Read more at Bloomberg here. Via the Verge.com ...

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The Verge has more details about the long-rumoured Windows 8 successor code-named Blue. Citing several sources familiar with the matter, they said Microsoft is set to push out cheap or free yearly updates for the desktop OS to keep it competitive with other faster-moving operating systems. Apparently Microsoft intends to force upgrades by encouraging new apps to be Blue-enabled or not be accepted into the Windows 8 Store. The OS will likely continue being called Windows 8, and will presumably round out all the rough edges of Windows 8, such as the split in settings between the desktop and Metro side. Are our readers looking forward to this model? Let us know below. ...

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The Sunday Telegraph, via Business Insider, reports that Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer is in talks with Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg about a search tie up. Apparently Yahoo has been looking to extricate themselves from their 10 year deal with Microsoft, launched in 2009, and Facebook has been looking to get into the search game, with Mark Zuckerberg famously noting  they are in a “pretty uniquely positioned to answer the questions people have”. The Yahoo partnership has been central in keeping Bing, which has only 16% market share on its own, relevant against the Google behemoth, which has 66% share. Together with Yahoo, which is powered by Bing, Microsoft has access to around 30% of the search market in US. Loosing access to this stream of data would be extremely detrimental to the quality of Bing’s search results. Of course it is likely that Microsoft’s deal with Yahoo is air ...

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CVG reports that XBox World Magazine may be about to leak all the details of the next Xbox console in their next issue. In their £4.99 issue they claim the Xbox code named Durango dev kit boast a CPU with "four hardware cores, each divided into four logical cores" and an impressive 8GB of RAM; will feature 4 player, finger-tracking Kinect, Directional Sound, Blu-ray support, TV input and output (like Google TV), an ‘innovative controller’ and at a later stage of the console’s life – Augmented Reality glasses. Editor in chief Dan Dawkins told CVG: "Xbox World has been at the cutting edge of Durango coverage for over 12 months. Unless something really dramatic changes, everything we reveal in our penultimate issue will be revealed long before E3 in June." To read the full 8-page feature, buy the latest issue of Xbox World online or on Apple Newsstand here (UK) ...

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MSNerd, long time Microsoft leaker,has passed on a little tip about the next version of Windows on ARM. Currently Windows on ARM runs on NVidia, Qualcomm and TI processors, which leaves OEMs like Samsung unable to use processors from their own supply chain. According to MSNerd, in the next update to Windows Nokia and Samsung will be able to use processors from their favourite providers – in Nokia’s case ST-Ericsson’s Novathor processor, and in Samsung’s case its own Exynos processor and SOC. Blue is said to be an interim update to Windows, much like a service pack, and may be the start of a regular, more phone-like pattern of yearly updates to Windows which add features, as we have come to expect from Windows Phone and the iOS. So far we do not know much else about the update, but one can hope the update removes the reliance of the ...

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TNW reports that unnamed European sources are claiming Microsoft is working on a deal to buy Rdio, the cross-platform music streaming service based in San Francisco. The streaming service, which has clients for Windows, MacOS,  iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone and which is available in US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Brazil, Australia, Spain, Portugal, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway and New Zealand, was founded by Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom, who also happen to have started Skype, acquired by Microsoft for $8.5 billion in 2011. The service is ad-supported, which would be a good fit for recent rumours of an Xbox branded ad-supported streaming music service. Rdio CEO Drew Larner said here “is nothing to talk about” and that he will not “comment on rumors”. Read more at TNW here. ...

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A recent discovery by Hellshock reveals the Italian Microsoft website contains a link to Surface within the ‘Products’ section, which poses the question- will Microsoft’s Surface cover the world? In addition to this, Surface is now listed in European Countries such as France, Italy and  the United Kingdom.  Microsoft is thought to be working with local retailers  to provide the Surface to European customers.  Earlier leaks have suggested that the Microsoft Surface will be available in Australia day and date with US availability on the 26th October.  This could mean that European customers may not have long to wait for Surface to turn up in their local stores.  Are our readers excited?  Let us know below.  Via: wpcentral.com and msicc.net ...

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If may caused flashbacks to 2008, but it seems Microsoft is once again considering buying Yahoo. Reuters report that “sources close to the situation” say on this occasion Microsoft may not go it alone, but attempt a purchase in partnership with another company, as has been their pattern recently. According to Reuters other bidders include Providence Equity Partners, Hellman & Friedman and Silver Lake Partners, as well as Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba and Russian technology investment firm DST Global. The deal has internal opposition in Microsoft, where some are unsure the deal is worth pursuing, according to “a high-ranking Microsoft executive”. Yahoo’s share price has rallied on the rumour, being up more that 7% versus the open this morning, giving the company a market cap of nearly $20 billion. The company hit a low of $14 billion as recently as the beginning of August 2011, and has since then fired ...

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There have been recent rumours that Yahoo is looking to sell itself, and an internal Yahoo memo to all staff does not do much to dispel the rumour. Jerry Yang sent a memo to all staff extolling the value of the company, including owning “nine of the #1 properties in the U.S.”, being “a leader in display advertising” and having “an iconic brand”. He then spoke of a strategic review to enhance the “value of Yahoo! for all of its stakeholders”. The review will be led by investment bank and adviser to Yahoo Allen & Company, and he observed that they were “fielding inquiries from multiple parties that have already expressed interest in a number of potential options”. While Jerry remains cagey in the memo and talks about Yahoo as a company which “endures”, a Yahoo insider has recently claimed “Yahoo is open to selling itself to the right bidder” ...

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Microsoft has said their Developer Preview of Windows 8 was the first they would be providing updates to.  Now a rumour, started by Win8China, is going round that Microsoft is planning to release a public beta of the OS as early as September 30th. While this seems incredibly early, we of course do not really know how far advanced Microsoft’s internal builds are, and with more than a million downloads of the Windows 8 DP already one could say Microsoft may as well make this an official beta also. Via WinBeta.com Thanks Hotmail Alias for the tip. ...

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Yahoo’s Carol Bartz and Steve Ballmer in happier times There is talks of AOL and Yahoo looking for a merger, but now Microsoft is also rumoured to be sniffing around the ailing Yahoo. "Definitely, people are talking about it," a MSN source told Business Insider. While we usually think in terms of Bing and Yahoo, which makes the deal less attractive as Microsoft has a 10 year search deal with the company, it is Microsoft’s MSN destination which could benefit the most from an outright purchase. The source told Business Insider Microsoft was not interested in AOL, noting "Yahoo is a lot more interesting. If it comes into play, then at least their U.S. media business is a pretty interesting asset. It’s complicated because of those Asian assets." "The portal space is challenged. Facebook is just absorbing more and more minutes – usage. That’s having an effect on portals. The ...

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