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G.Skill breaks six world records during live OC event at Computex 2013

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Tweaking & Overclocking | Posted: Jun 17, 2013 4:48 pm

G.Skill became the big winner during the 2013 Computex show held in Taipei Taiwan with a massive six world records being shattered during a live overclocking event held by the company. Each rig that broke the record was using G.Skill extreme performance DDR3 memory modules and was overclocked by the best professional overclockers in the world.

 

 

In all six world records were broken including: Memory Frequency, PI Fast, Super Pi 32M, 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme, 3DMark Fire Strike and 3DMark 05. Other participating hardware was provided by ASUS, Intel, GIGABYTE and EVGA.

 

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RumorTT: Instagram to get Vine-like video capabilities on June 20

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Jun 17, 2013 4:11 pm

A lot of speculation has been circling in the rumor mill about Facebook's mysterious press event being held later this week onJune 20th. Today TechCrunch may have just cracked the code that will let the genie out of the bottle. Apparently an unknown source has confirmed that Facebook will be launching video capabilities for it's popular Instagram service.

 

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Facebook adding videos to Instgram makes a lot of sense as its biggest competitor, Vine, is based around sharing short video clips. Analyst expect a similar model to Vine in which Instagram videos would be between 5 and 10 seconds each to make sharing quick, simple, and as low bandwidth hungry as possible.

 

Of course the added video feature would attract even more users which would further bolster Facebook's plans to monetize the service with ads. Being able to inject a 5 second video before a users video is played would bring in more cash than a simple banner ad placed over a photo. While details on the press event later this week are still unknown, we will be sure to bring you all the latest news as it is released.

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LeakedTT: Possible hardware specs surface for NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 17, 2013 3:04 pm

The mid-range NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 just may be the most anticipated GPU of the summer as the "60" series cards are usually powerful enough to run all of the year's new games with very respectable settings while remaining budget friendly. As such, gamers all over the world have been diligently awaiting the release of the card. This morning, we are learning what kind of punch the GTX 760 will pack.

 

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According to a leaked screenshot from GPU-Z, the new GTX 760 will be a true successor rather than a rebadged GPU from the previous generation. The 760 will feature a GK104 GPU with only three of its graphics clusters enabled, while leaving the memory and raster operations untouched. This gives the GTX 760 1,154 CUDA cores, 96 TMUs, 32 ROPs, and a 256-bit GDDR5 RAM bank clocked to a massive 7 GHz. Core clock is set at 1072 MHz with a GPU Boost of 1111 MHz available.

Apple releases statement on customer privacy in wake of PRISM

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jun 17, 2013 2:11 pm

This morning, Apple has released its first official statement on customer privacy in the wake of the PRISM scandal in Washington. Apple was one of the companies named as a willing participant in the NSA's spying program and was one of the first to deny its participation entirely. The statement released by Apple this morning clarifies how and when the Cupertino giant hands over customer information to the US Government.

 

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To get started, Apple released some vague figures on the number of data requests received from US law officials during a 17-month period that ended on May 31, 2013. The company says that during that time frame it received between 4000 and 5000 request for customer data, most of which involved investigating robberies and "other crimes", aiding in the search for missing children or alzheimer's patients, or suicide prevention measures.

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Oxford English Dictionary recognizes Tweet as an actual word

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 17, 2013 10:32 am

We all know what "tweet" means, and for the uninitiated, it's when posting a "tweet" from Twitter, the second largest social network in the world. Well, now, it is considered an actual words thanks to the Oxford English Dictionary.

 

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OED chief editor, John Simpson, announced the word being official as both a noun and a verb, in his June update. Tweet has been a word previously, for birds obviously, but now the definition has been expanded to include Twitter, the explanation: "To make a posting on the social networking service Twitter. Also: to use Twitter regularly or habitually."

PS4 demolishes Xbox One in an Amazon customer poll

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 17, 2013 9:30 am

I think the line in the sand has been drawn with next-gen consoles, but just how far back as Microsoft been pushed? Well, according to a poll run by Amazon on their Facebook page, Microsoft are really losing this war, by a long shot.

 

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They asked readers which next-gen console they prefer, the PS4 or the Xbox One and the results are absolutely huge. The PS4 has 31,689 votes and the Xbox One has just 1,754 votes - yes that is not a mistake. Of course, this doesn't mean that the PS4 is going to be 20x more popular, or make 20x the sales - but this is an interesting statistic. This doesn't mean the Xbox One is finished, but it'll be interesting to see where things sit in a couple of years from now.

 

All I know is that I would've bought an Xbox One on launch if there was a killer app, but nothing I've seen makes me want one. The built-in Kinect sensor being always-on kind of turns me off, and isn't something I want sitting in my house. I like that Sony at least gives you the option, which is definitely the right move.

ASUS' 7-inch slate should rock Snapdragon 600 SoC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 17, 2013 7:30 am

ASUS' kinda mysterious K009 tablet slipped by the FCC for a drink or two recently, and was rocking the Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, but now the 7-inch tablet has received Bluetooth SIG certification and it looks like there's a Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor inside.

 

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We don't know why this upgrade in processor has happened, but it's only a good thing. We could also be tricked here, so don't expect this to be concrete information right now. From the tiny photo above, we should expect something that looks similar to the also ASUS-made Nexus 7 slate.

Paramount set August release for Star Trek Enterprise: Season 2 on Blu-ray, set phasers to buy!

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jun 17, 2013 6:45 am

Paramount, no doubt keen to capitalise on the swirl of interest surrounding the evergreen Star Trek property this year, have set the release date of Star Trek Enterprise: Season Two for August 21, marking the first time the second series has been released in high definition.

 

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The 26 episodes that make up season two have been cleaned up from the original HD masters and is joined by a lossless 5.1 DTS HD audio mix. However, in a fashion that we've now become accustomed to, CBS has allowed disc producers Roger Lay and Robert Meyer Burnett to return with some new extra features including a full length cast and crew reunion feature, the three part "Destination Unknown" retrospective documentary, deleted scenes, audio commentaries and outtakes, as well as features created for the original DVD release.

 

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Earlier this month, we took a look at Paramount's Blu-ray release for the first season and we were quite happy with the set overall. You can read our review here. The trailer for Star Trek Enterprise: Season Two Blu-ray release can be viewed below:

 

Motorola X phone should feature a 720p display

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 17, 2013 6:28 am

We're not far from the unveiling of Motorola's secretive X phone, which looks like it could be a mid-range handset. We should expect a 1.7GHz dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of built-in flash storage.

 

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The disappointing bit of this is the 720p display, which would place the X phone overall, at under most of the high-end handsets, or even the awesomely-priced Nexus 4. The details are arriving from @evleaks, who add that the rear-facing camera should be of a 10-megapixel variety backed up by a 2-megapixel front-facer.

 

Of course, this could all just be rumors, but @evleaks are usually on the money with most of their posts. We should expect some more concrete news on Moto X in the coming months.

Acer won't be building Windows Phone 8 devices this year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 17, 2013 5:31 am

It looks like Acer is staying away from Windows Phone 8 for now, with the electronics manufacturer stating that they will not be releasing any Windows Phone 8-based devices this year. This comes from executives from within the company when speaking with Pocket-Lint.

 

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Acer vice president for the EMEA region that that the company don't see Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 OS as a safe bet. They want to wait and see how the mobile OS goes before they push investment into it and produce a handset for Windows Phone 8. The Acer exec said "We want to be there. But as someone who is growing up in the industry, we have to take bets and right now we know that [Android] works. For us, taking {a bet on Windows Phone] is not the right decision this year."

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