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Navizon releases new tech that can track you by your smartphone's wireless

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Apr 20, 2012 8:34 pm

Yet another assault on users' privacy has occurred today. Navizon I.T.S. (Indoor Triangulation System) is a system similar to what Google is using for indoor navigation at large venues. It, however, locates you for the owners of the establishment, rather than you locating yourself for directions.

 

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Aimed at retail stores, shopping malls, museums, office buildings, and similar spots, the technology can be used for a couple of different purposes. One way is to use it as a security and surveillance system, as it could track approved Wi-Fi devices in a secure area or locate wireless devices on a campus.

 

Another way that it can be used is to study traffic patterns in certain areas or just generally see how many smartphone users there are at a given trade show. These ways are a bit less intrusive than using it for security, but it still raises concerns. Think about all of the pressure Apple and Google have gotten over WiFi geolocation.

 

Luckily, the system can't identify who you are. Rather, it can only get the signature of your device. It could, however, keep track of that signature and use it to track you every time you come back and then start to look for patterns. This is just one more way that smartphone users can be tracked, and many of these ways are without our knowledge.

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RumorTT: Samsung readying iCloud competitor for May 3

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 20, 2012 7:33 pm

Let's face it, Samsung doesn't like Apple. Apple is in Samsung's sights and it will do anything possible to beat Apple out of its market share. On May 3, in London, a press event is being held to release Samsung's new Galaxy S III phone. The launch is shrouded with Apple-like security and secrecy, so what I'm about to tell you is a rumor.

 

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At the launch, in addition to the Galaxy S III, Samsung could be launching a new cloud service to compete with Apple's iCloud. Dubbed S-Cloud, it would be Samsung's competing service. They will be almost the same in what they do (sync data to the cloud and across devices), but it is rumored that S-Cloud won't come with the content-uploading limitations found in Apple's offering.

 

Samsung is continuing in the Apple-like security and secrecy and has not said anything about S-Cloud or if it will launch at the May 3 event. However, there have been several reports that have surfaced recently claiming that Samsung is working towards this goal. Originally it was thought that it could launch in August.

 

It's further rumored that Samsung could have partnered with Microsoft to ensure a smooth global launch of the new service. I wonder if S-Cloud will come to old devices like mine. I guess it's true what they say, if you can't beat them, join them.

Diablo III beta opens to the public today, but only for the weekend

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 20, 2012 6:02 pm

Remember how Blizzard accidentally posted that Diablo III demo up on Battle.net? Well, it's because they were working on putting it up for today. In order to stress test the Diablo III servers in advance of the May 15 launch, Blizzard has opened up the Diablo III demo from now until 12:01 PM PDT (3:01 PM EDT) today until 10 AM PDT (1 PM EDT) Monday.

 

 

You can start downloading the client ahead of the start time by going here and logging in with your Battle.net account. The file is 44MB, so with decent internet, it shouldn't take long at all to download. Everyone except players in Korea can try this open beta. Korean players will get the demo sometime next week, along with Hong Kong and Taiwan.

 

The demo, according to Blizzard, will let you "log in, team up with friends, and play each of the five heroic classes to level 13 as you fight to save the world from the impending demonic invasion." If you're having trouble waiting until Noon PST, feel free to watch the latest trailer, posted above, to pass the time.

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Crysis 3 trailer is out on YouTube--take a look!

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 20, 2012 5:14 pm

For all of you Crysis fans out there like me, we have a treat today. The official Crysis 3 trailer has been put on YouTube for your viewing pleasure. The graphics look incredible, as the series is known for, and the game play doesn't look half bad either. The video is only 19 seconds long, so it won't take but a minute of your time to watch.

 

 

At the end of the video is a teaser, I'll assume, for another video that will come out of April 24 with actual game play footage rather than just these teaser trailer. I'm liking what I see so far, but I'm afraid my computer will need an upgrade to play it. How about you? Can your computer run Crysis 3?

'Anonymous' hackers to create a new social music platform

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Apr 20, 2012 4:12 pm

Ah, yes. Anonymous, the group that does these hackings in order to benefit the greater good. Social activism, justice. Well, a small group of coders from the larger hacktivist organization are coming together to program a new social music service that will collect music from around the web and allow it to be organized into playlists and share...anonymously.

 

 

That's right, a small group of coders from Anonymous are planning on creating a social music service, called Anontune, which will pull together music from various sources such as YouTube and SoundCloud and aggregate them so that they can be put into playlists and shared anonymously. Anonymous will not be hosting any of the music.

 

The whole project hinges on running a java applet which will provide the anonymity as well as the functions of the project. With running an applet from a group such as Anonymous comes some risk, so you do so at your own risk (read: I am not encouraging this behavior, nor do I or TweakTown necessarily approve of this behavior).

 

According to reports, the service is only 20% complete, so it still has awhile before its debut. The creators hope that the new service will change the way people engage with music. Think of it as an anonymous version of Spotify. The video above is the announcement from Anonymous. I love Anonymous for their entertainment value.

Win a trip to Computex Taipei 2012 as a Guest TweakTown Blogger!

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Apr 20, 2012 3:03 pm

UPDATE - winner announcement!

UPDATE - entries are now closed!

 

Join the TweakTown media crew as a special Guest Blogger at Computex Taipei 2012 (June 3 - June 10, 2012)!

 

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Win an all-expenses paid trip (flight, hotel and daily expenses) to the biggest computer trade show in Asia and one of the biggest and most exciting of the year in the world.

 

See the latest and greatest in new tech before all of your friends and write about it on TweakTown as a Guest Blogger. You will visit tech companies in the Computex halls and nearby hotels with the TweakTown crew as we check out their new products. You will get a chance to play with those products and even attend Computex media parties and our very own TweakTown party with us. You will get the chance to write about our sponsors new products and we'll publish your posts on the TweakTown front page under your name as a guest blogger.

 

The winner will be flown to Taiwan in June and experience Taipei and Computex. The winner may even take home some tech goodies from our sponsors including Sapphire, Corsair and LSI and maybe even some other

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Nvidia's 7 billion transistor Kepler GPU - the GTX 690?

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Apr 20, 2012 2:48 pm

A new posting by Nvidia for one of its sessions at the upcoming GTC has some very interesting pieces of information in it. Mainly the fact that they are promoting "div[ing] into the features of the compute architecture for 'Kepler' - NVIDIA's new 7-billion transistor GPU." Yeah, 7 BILLION, which is just under double the GK104 chip that powers the GTX680.

 

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Oh please let this be reality! As long as that isn't a typo, and yields are good, then it's very possible that this could power the rumored GTX690 instead of two GK104 chips. And, with the date of the conference, it's highly likely that we could see this chip next month. What price will it debut at? I'll put a bet at $1000.

 

 

S0642 - Inside Kepler

 

Stephen Jones (NVIDIA) , Lars Nyland (NVIDIA)

 

In this talk, individuals from the GPU architecture and CUDA software groups will dive into the features of the compute architecture for "Kepler" - NVIDIA's new 7-billion transistor GPU. From the reorganized processing cores with new instructions and processing capabilities, to an improved memory system with faster atomic processing and low-overhead ECC, we will explore how the Kepler GPU achieves world leading performance and efficiency, and how it enables wholly new types of parallel problems to be solved.

 

Topic Areas: Parallel Programming Languages & Compilers

Level: Beginner

 

Day: Wednesday, 05/16

Time: 2:00 pm - 3:20 pm

Location: Hall 1

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Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) now hitting unlocked Galaxy S II in America

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 20, 2012 1:49 pm

The update that has arrived today for the Samsung Galaxy SII phone in the United States had already been out in South Korea for sometime. Now today, we finally get an update to Ice Cream Sandwich, well, Galaxy SII phone owners do. I'm still on one of those Galaxy SI phones and I haven't seen an update past 2.3.4.

 

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One of our friends over at Engadget was super excited when he woke up and found the screen seen above on his Galaxy SII. The update is for unlocked Galaxy SII phones only, meaning your phone needs to be an unlocked, non-carrier specific phone. But, you might as well check your settings for an update even if you don't have one of those.

Intel's private goals for Ultrabooks: 20-30 million sold in 2012

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Laptops | Posted: Apr 20, 2012 4:34 am

It seems that Intel's private goals for their heavily-invested-in Ultrabooks have leaked out, where they hope to have between 20 and 30 million units sold before the end of 2012. The supposed internal roadmap details were passed onto DigiTimes, and those numbers are said to either double or triple in 2013.

 

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By 2013, the supply chain would be truly ready for mainstream adoption, with reinforced plastic available to emulate to rigidity of metal without the higher cost. The next wave of Ultrabooks are nearly upon us as it is, with Ivy Bridge-based Ultrabooks nearly ready. Touchscreen-based Ultrabooks will arrive with Windows 8, which is when sales should begin their very large vertical climb in numbers.

 

Early sluggish adoption of Ultrabooks has been blamed on Windows PC builders not being used to developing with the higher-end components that Apple are used to. These include aluminum, solid-state drives, and low-voltage Core i5 and i7 chips. This should change as time goes on, and the higher adoption rates of not only Ultrabooks, but the components within them.

 

Windows 8-based Ultrabooks can't come soon enough!

Facebook could see an IPO on May 17th, will open up at over $100 billion

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 20, 2012 3:37 am

Facebook and IPO, we've heard these two words so many times over the last year or more, and we're inching closer to that magical day. Facebook's recent acquisition of Instagram is sure to go a decent way to help them expand their value, and we could see them eyeing IPO on May 17. This is pends on whether the SEC agrees that all of the paperwork is in order.

 

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Earlier reports have pegged Facebook of hitting NASDAQ during the third week of May, with another source over at CNBC saying that Facebook could go public either on the 17th or 24th of May. Facebook is valued at around $100 billion, right now. Other reports are pointing toward the company wanting to raise $10 billion at a $100 billion valuation.

 

The only problem with this, is something that I would've said anyway, but TechCrunch points it out: a lot can happen in four weeks. TC cites that the European economy could crash, another oil crisis, etc - and whilst it may be tongue-in-cheek, anything can happen. We'll see how we go between now and then, but it looks like Facebook are going public, and it's not too far away now, folks.

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