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Microsoft says Xbox One games will cost the same $60 that Xbox 360 games do

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 17, 2013 11:02 pm

Microsoft has confirmed that games for the upcoming Xbox One will continue to cost the usual $60 that everyone has become accustomed to. This is the same price that Sony plans to offer games at. Of course, this price is only confirmed for first-party games developed by Microsoft Studios.

 

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I can confirm that Microsoft Studios games on Xbox One will be $59.99 (MSRP)

 

Sony America CEO Jack Tretton: "We're going to welcome free-to-play models, games from $.99 up to those $60 games."

 

It would be hard for third-party companies to price their games higher, though it certainly is possible. Microsoft is in need of some good press with many seeing the Windows giant as having lost the console wars. Microsoft will continue needing good press in the lead up to the Xbox One launch later this year.

Top500 list of supercomputers updated, Intel powers the new leader

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jun 17, 2013 10:29 pm

Intel seems to be quite proud of the fact they now power the top supercomputer in the world. Today, the Top500 list of supercomputers was updated and a new first-place system was crowned. The Milky Way 2 is a supercomputer located in China and powered by Intel. It booted out a former US-based system powered by AMD.

 

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Milky Way 2 is capable of 54.9 PFlops, or 54.9 quadrillion floating point operations per second. This is more than twice the performance that the former leader was capable of. Even more interesting, this is the first Intel-powered system to take the crown since 1997, or a span of more than 15 years.

 

Milky Way 2 is powered by 32,000 Intel Xeon processors and 48,000 Intel Xeon Phi processors. It has over 3 million processing cores across its nodes. You can read more about the system at Intel's blog post, linked at Source #1 below.

Netflix scores deal with DreamWorks to produce 300+ hours of original content

By: Trace Hagan | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jun 17, 2013 10:05 pm

Netflix, the streaming heavyweight, has scored a massive deal with DreamWorks to bring no less than 300 hours of original content to its customers. This content could end up being new series featuring some of DreamWorks' most cherished characters. Details for the deal are a bit scarce at the moment, but Wall Street doesn't seem to care.

 

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Original content could prove extremely costly. In the face of this fact, Netflix shares have risen around 8 percent today on the news of the deal. This deal should boost Netflix even further ahead of its competition. Its competitors can either start spending money on original content or focus on getting older content for cheap.

Sprint flips the switch for LTE in 22 more markets

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Jun 17, 2013 9:27 pm

Being a Sprint user who got to enjoy LTE while in Los Angeles for E3, I can't wait for the company to flip the switch on LTE in my home town. The additional 22 markets Sprint just enabled include: Napa, CA; Palatka, Sebring, Tampa, and Miami, FL; Dalton, GA; Warsaw, ID; New Orleans and Baton Rouge, LA; St. Joseph, Benton Harbor, Lansing, and East Lansing, MI; St. Cloud, MN; Raleigh, Dunn, and Henderson, NC; Clarksville and Kingsport, TN; Corsica, TX; Longview and Centralia, WA; and Fond du Lac, WI.

 

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This brings Sprint's total 4G LTE market count up to 110, bringing the telecom company closer to its goal of covering 200 million people by the end of 2013. In comparison, AT&T has 263 LTE markets and Verizon has 497. Sprint also announced that they will be bringing LTE to: Grand Rapids, Allegan, Ann Arbor, Battle Creek, Flint, and Mount Pleasant, MI; Corpus Christi, Eagle Pass, and Laredo, TX; Oak Harbor and Aberdeen, WA; and Marshfield, Wisconsin Rapids, Watertown and Fort Atkinson, WI.

Google creating industry-wide database to help crack down on child pornography

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jun 17, 2013 9:04 pm

Good Guy Google is taking a step to end easy access to child pornography on the web as political pressure increases. Google has announced that its engineers are working on an industry-wide database to store information about images that have been flagged as child pornography. This database would include metadata about the image and a hashed signature of the image, allowing the file to be easily identified by others and removed.

 

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The hashing idea allows duplicate images to be easily identified across multiple websites without a human having to identify the image as child pornography. There could be a few issues with the system, however, as one could easily manipulate a pixel or two to change the signature of the image. Google has probably thought of this and maybe even come up with a solution, but we don't know for sure.

 

Google has also announced a $2 million fund for independent software developers who work on solutions to end the circulation of child pornography.

HTC confirms Android 4.2 coming to HTC One despite rumors to the contrary

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 17, 2013 8:32 pm

HTC has once again confirmed that the HTC One will be getting Android 4.2. This latest confirmation comes amidst rumors that HTC would not be updating the One to the latest Android build. One mobile operator tweeted a response to a user's question, saying that the latest firmware had been pulled without an updated schedule being provided.

 

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Engadget reached out to HTC, who confirmed that Android 4.2 is still planned for the HTC One. HTC noted that users may have to wait a bit longer than previously expected for the upgrade, but no official roll-out date was provided by the company. We'll let you know when HTC launches Android 4.2 for the HTC One.

Google to expand Chromebook availability

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jun 17, 2013 8:03 pm

Google is looking to get Chromebooks into the hands of more consumers. As part of this push, Google is expanding the availability of Chromebooks by partnering with more retail outlets. This means Chromebooks will be available in 3 times more retailers, bringing the total up to over 6,600 stores with Chromebooks.

 

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In the United States, Walmart and Staples will be joining the Chromebook retail chain. Walmart will begin selling the Acer Chromebook with a 16GB SSD for just $199 in around 2,800 stores nationwide. Staples will be selling Chromebooks from HP, Acer, and Samsung nationwide across all of its 1,500+ stores.

 

Around the globe, Google is continuing to increase availability with new partners and retail locations so you can try before you buy. It looks as though Chromebooks are here to stay for the foreseeable future.

Microsoft to drop linked accounts in Outlook.com, will be replaced with user aliases

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jun 17, 2013 7:02 pm

Microsoft users have long enjoyed the privilege of linked accounts in both Hotmail and Outlook.com services, but that is all about to change. Microsoft says that sometime in the next few months it will be removing the linked account feature from Outlook.com and will be replacing things with user aliases.

 

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Microsoft ultimately blames poor security for the changes noting that users usually keep their main account up to date with password changes, but rarely modify linked account passwords. The new user aliases will essentially be new email addresses that are managed under a single user account. Additionally you will be able to forward all email from secondary accounts to the main account and have the ability to reply from any of the secondary accounts from within the main account.

 

We've found that quite often, people who use linked accounts keep their primary account's security info (including password and proofs) up to date, but don't lavish as much care on their secondary accounts. It's easier for a malicious party to compromise one of those secondary accounts, which gives them full access to your primary account. Note that if we detect suspicious activity in your account, we automatically unlink accounts to try to help prevent this abuse, but we think we need to go further.

Digg's Google Reader replacement to move into Beta and possible launch days before Google pulls the plug

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jun 17, 2013 6:29 pm

In just a few weeks Google will shut down its Reader service for good, despite the massive outcry to keep it alive. Website Digg has been working on a replacement since the announcement was made that reader was going away. This morning it appears that the Digg Reader may just be ready to roll out a few days before the closure, giving everyone ample time to transition over.

 

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Digg's reader uses the same API as Google Reader, so it should be very similar in function to what we are used to. Unlike Google Reader, the service most likely will not stay free, though. Digg says that "free internet services do not stick around very long" and that they "would like their users to become their customers." Pricing plans and other relevant information has not been released yet.

 

For now the service will be free and will enter public beta starting June 26th with "Friends and Family Beta" beginning this Wednesday with limited access.

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Samsung to release new Galaxy S4 variant, this time with 100% more LTE Advanced

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 17, 2013 5:53 pm

Samsung's Galaxy S4 is redefining diversity in the mobile phone market. The company has already released several iterations of its flagship phone including what is basically a point and shoot camera glued onto the back. This morning we are catching word of yet another variant that will propel the S4 into another level of speed.

 

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Samsung's co-CEO JK Shin confirmed this morning that the company is working on a modified version of the Galaxy S4 that will support 4G LTE Advanced. This next generation radio will boost the S4's speeds significantly, up to as much as 3Gbps down and 1.5Gbs up in theory. Real-world speeds will be somewhere in the 300Mbs down and 150mbs up due to software constraints.

 

"We'll be the first with the commercial launch of the advanced 4G version of the smartphone," Shin told Reuters, adding that he expects the device to be a crucial part of its product portfolio. "The new LTE-Advanced (4G) phone will be another addition to our high-end segment offerings that ensure healthy profit margins."

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