Weekend tech reading: Grand Theft Auto V hands-on, eBay & the FBI, Galaxy S4 ad trashes Apple
Grand Theft Auto V: It's all in the Details Above everything else, Grand Theft Auto V is a game about scope. It’s more than just the sheer physical size of the environment. Sure, the land mass in GTA V is three-and-a-half times the size of Red Dead Redemption alone. In fact, it’s bigger than Red Dead Redemption, GTA IV and GTA: San Andreas combined. But there’s more to GTA V than square miles. IGN
How eBay Worked With The FBI To Put Its Top Affiliate Marketers In Prison eBay paid Hogan a staggering $28 million in affiliate marketing sales commissions over the years, according to court papers. Affiliate marketers place ads or links for eBay on their own networks, or on other people's sites, and they collect a cut of any sale the online auction company generates from them. eBay has about 26,000 of them, or more, at any one time, feeding traffic to its auctions. Business Insider
In Malaysia, online election battles take a nasty turn Ahead of Malaysia's elections on Sunday, independent online media say they are being targeted in Internet attacks which filter content and throttle access to websites, threatening to deprive voters of their main source of independent reporting. Reuters
New Galaxy S4 ad trashes Apple: iPhone is so old Having gotten over its tame international launch of the S4, Samsung's American arm resumes its denigration of Apple, suggesting only old folks own an iPhone. Cnet
Debian 7.0 "Wheezy" released This new version of Debian includes various interesting features such as multiarch support, several specific tools to deploy private clouds, an improved installer, and a complete set of multimedia codecs and front-ends which remove the need for third-party repositories. Debian.org
Run silent, run deep: The life of Brian Krzanich at Intel It took him 30 years, but Brian Krzanich - the understated, analytical engineer who started his career at an Intel chip factory in New Mexico - quietly worked his way up to the top. Now, the man who once prided himself on halving production times will have to act swiftly to move the company into new areas of growth. Yahoo
Hands-on with Acer’s Aspire R7, the strangest convertible PC we’ve ever seen Two things make it interesting: first, its 15.6-inch, 1080p touchscreen is mounted on a stand called an "Ezel" (pronounced "easel") that allows you to tilt the screen, flip it over to show something to a person in front of you, or fold it down over the keyboard and trackpad. Second, it swaps the traditional positions of the keyboard and trackpad, putting the trackpad nearer to the monitor and moving the keyboard nearer to the user. Ars Technica
This Is The World's First Entirely 3D-Printed Gun Eight months ago, Cody Wilson set out to create the world’s first entirely 3D-printable handgun. Now he has. Early next week, Wilson, a 25-year-old University of Texas law student and founder of the non-profit group Defense Distributed, plans to release the 3D-printable CAD files for a gun he calls “the Liberator.” Forbes
Will these guys make Google Glass uncool? The Segway. The Bluetooth headset. The pocket protector. What do these three technologies have in common? They all pretty much work as promised. They all seem like good ideas on paper. And they're all too dorky to live. CNN
Epic Citadel released for web browsers The port comes thanks to a collaboration between Epic and Firefox firm Mozilla. While it should run on most HTML5 browsers, Firefox 23 (Nightly) is recommended for optimal running. CVG
5 Reasons tablets could become extinct by 2020 Like a lot of other people, when BlackBerry CEO Thorstein Heins’ publicly stated that tablets would cease to exist in 5 years’ time, I found myself baffled. What an outrageous thing to say. How could the CEO of a mobile device manufacturer believe such a thought? Tabtimes
The Samsung Galaxy S4 is a continuation of its previous design, but it's a sleeker and more current version of it. The S4 features a 1.9 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, 2GB of RAM, and a 5-inch Super AMOLED Plus display. The S4 also packs 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, IR LED Remote Control, MHL 2.0, NFC, and Bluetooth 4.0 (LE).
The Microsoft Surface Pro offers the flexibility of a Windows 8-based tablet as well as an ultrabook-like computer. The Surface Pro is powered by a Core i5 with Intel HD Graphics 4000, 4GB of RAM, USB 3.0, and a miniDisplayPort. It also comes with a pressure-sensitive stylus with palm-rejection technology that magnetically clips to the charging port, and a Full HD (1920 x 1080) display instead of the 1366 x 768 variety on the ARM-based model.
Downloads and Drivers
From the Forums
Subscribe to TechSpot
Get free exclusive content, learn about new features and breaking tech news.