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Microsoft throws another 2100 employees out the window

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 13 hours, 31 mins ago

Microsoft has announced today that it is cutting 14% of its total workforce, or 2100 jobs. From those 2100 employees who are now out of jobs, 747 of them are from the Washington state, with the remaining jobs lost from Microsoft's other locations across the world.

 

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It was only a few months ago that the Redmond-based giant cut a total of 18,000 jobs, with 12,500 of those jobs being cut from the recently-acquired handset and services division from Nokia. At the time, CEO Nadella said that he wanted to get Microsoft in better shape, with the reductions required in order to properly integrate Nokia's services and devices teams into the company. The cuts were to both professional, and factory workers.

 

We should see Microsoft feeling pre-tax chargers of $1.1 billion to $1.6 billion over the next year, with $750 million to $800 million for severance and related benefit costs, and then $350 to $800 million for asset-related charges.

Android L will feature out-of-the-box encryption

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: 14 hours, 27 mins ago

Right as iOS 8 is hitting iPhones and iPads across the world, Google is teasing that the next version of Android will feature out-of-the-box encryption, when they talked with The Washington Post recently.

 

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We don't know how the encryption will work exactly, whether it will be offered as full-disk encryption, but Google did say that nobody can access the encrypted device unless they know its four-digit pin. Google spokeswoman, Niki Christoff, told The Washington Post that the keys and passcodes are not stored online, or anywhere on your Android-powered device.

 

Better yet, once Android L starts hitting devices, you won't need to find where to enable it - it'll just be enabled. Google have reportedly been working on this encryption goodness for months now, something we should hopefully see soon when Android L launches, which I'm sure we'll see with a brand new Nexus smartphone in the near future.

Google Maps breaks into 20 additional countries

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: 15 hours, 17 mins ago

Google Maps is an incredible part of Google's ecosystem for Android, with the company bringing its Maps and Navigation app to 20 new countries. Google Maps will include free driving, walking, and bike directions to millions of people in the following countries:

 

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  • Angola
  • Bahamas
  • Bolivia
  • Botswana
  • Fiji
  • Guyana
  • Honduras
  • Jamaica
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Mali
  • Malta
  • Mauritius
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Nepal
  • Sri Lanka
  • Tanzania
  • Tobago
  • Trinidad

 

If you're in one of these countries, go and grab Google Maps now!

Amazon shells out $4.5 million to purchase .buy domain, beats Google

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 16 hours, 19 mins ago

As soon as new top level domains (TDLs) are created, the massive Internet giants jump on them instantly, throwing millions of dollars in order to own them. This has just happened with a bidding war between Amazon and Google, fighting for the rights of new TDLs, including .buy, .tech, and .VIP.

 

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Google bet on all three of the new TDLs, but Amazon beat them for .buy, throwing up $4.5 million. Dot Tech paid $6.7 million for the .tech domain, with .VIP going to Minds + Machines for $3 million. Google walked away with nothing, but the company is showing interest in as many as 100 TDLs, so their time will come.

 

ICANN auctions off the domains, with the organization responsible for coordinating and maintaining the domain names. ICANN is set to throw up a slew of new domains before the end of the year.

One of the first iPhone 6 owners in the world drops phone on live TV

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 16 hours, 34 mins ago

Imagine: you've just waited in line for however many hours, gotten your hands-on one of the first next generation iPhone 6 handsets in the world, and an Australian TV breakfast crew comes up to you and wants to interview you, why not, you say.

 

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Well, Jack Cooksey may have been one of the first people in the world with the new iPhone, but when he pulled it out of his box clumsily in front of the camera, it fell to the ground. Luckily, it didn't smash or shatter the screen (at least from what we can see in the video). Cooksey explained: "I dropped it in a panic to get it open. Luckily it's covered in plastic, so it's fine".

Toshiba to reduce its consumer PC focus, moves to business clients

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 17 hours, 24 mins ago

The consumer PC business is something that Toshiba doesn't have much faith in anymore, with the company announcing that it will be reducing its global PC business workforce by around 900 staff, or more than 20% of its non-manufacturing workforce. The move, will reduce fixed costs by over $184 million.

 

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Toshiba hasn't said which consumer markets it will remove itself from, but it did say that it will be shifting away from unprofitable markets, to optimize sales based in low profit countries and regions. The Japanese company said that the PC market is expected to see a continuing trend to modest growth rates, so they are now measuring this, and are taking the required steps in making sure it continues a consistent profit.

NVIDIA is powering Far Cry 4 with HBAO+, God Rays, Fur and much more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 18 hours, 55 mins ago

NVIDIA Editor's Day 2014 - Ubisoft is a very close partner of NVIDIA, with the hardware giant helping the software giant in most of its games, including the soon-to-be-released Far Cry 4. In Monterey Bay last week, we were greeted with an early peek at the GeForce GTX 980, as well as a slew of games, one of which was Far Cry 4.

 

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We found out that Far Cry 4 will be utilizing a bunch of NVIDIA technologies, with an injection of features that will ensure that the PC version of Far Cry 4 will stand far and away from the console versions, current-generation consoles included. We have HBAO+, PCSS, TXAA, God Rays, Fur, and Enhanced 4K Support, as well as NVIDIA's just-announced MFAA, DSR and much more.

 

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Starting with HBAO+ or horizon-based ambient occlusion, a technology that improves on ambient occlusion, which provides a much more realistic shadow around objects that occlude rays of light.

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Scotland says 'no', rejects independence bid

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: 19 hours, 1 min ago

For the last few weeks, the United Kingdom has been hotly debating whether Scotland will vote to cede from the United Kingdom, with the world watching and huge ramifications for the worldwide economy. Today, as votes continue to be counted, it's become clear that the expected knife edge results have come down in favour of the status quo - Scotland has rejected the proposal.

 

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Many of the UK's celebrities have weighed in on the debate, with Scotland's most famous son; Sean Connery leading the charge for the 'yes' camp, alongside Alan Cumming, whilst Helena Bonham Carter, Steve Coogan, Simon Cowell, Dame Judi Dench, Michael Douglas, Richard Dawkins, David Gilmour, Stephen Hawking, Mick Jagger, Eddie Izzard, Paul McCartney, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Susan Boyle, Sting,Gerard Butler, JK Rowling and even Captain Picard himself - Patrick Stewart firmly in the 'no' camp.

 

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The once in a generation campaign for an independent Scotland, led by former BBC Scotland head Blair Jenkins has been years in the making.

NVIDIA shows off Fable Legends running in DirectX 12

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 19 hours, 10 mins ago

NVIDIA Editor's Day 2014 - Another impressive demo shown off at NVIDIA Editor's Day 2014 was DirectX 12, with Microsoft taking the stage to show off Fable Legends running in DX12. We thought we'd take a video of that so you can see it for yourself, with that video embedded below.

 

 

To be brutally honest, I wasn't super surprised with Fable Legends, even in DirectX 12. DirectX 12 on its own, as a technology and API, is super impressive, with lowered CPU overhead and much more. Fable Legends in DX12 looked good, but not mind-blowing. What do you think of Fable Legends in DirectX 12?

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The Matrix meets FEAR in Epic Games' VR demo 'Car Flip'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 19 hours, 25 mins ago

NVIDIA Editor's Day 2014 - There were two stations to play with the Oculus Rift and Maxwell-powered GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 GPUs at NVIDIA's Editor's Day 2014, with the first being the EVE: Valkyrie station, and the second Epic Games' "Car Flip" VR demo. It's hard to explain, so watch the video below.

 

 

As you can see, it's an on-rails VR demo that plays out in slow motion, with a blend of 'The Matrix' meets 'F.E.A.R.'. It was one of the more impressive demos I've witnessed, and while there's nothing you can do during the game with it being on-rails, the experience is like nothing else. Watching bullets fly past you makes you feel like you're in The Matrix, and watching the explosions take place in front of you while the car flips over you, is simply awesome, there's no other word to explain it.

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