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Patriot unveils two FUEL Active portable batteries for the outdoors

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 22, 2014 3:29 am

Patriot has just unveiled its new FUEL Active line of portable batteries, destined for the outdoors. Patriot's new line of FUEL Active chargers come in two styles.

 

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Starting with the FUEL Active 6000, which features a 6000mAh battery, a dedicated 2.5A port, and integrated micro USB cable that provides 1A of current. The Patriot FUEL Active 6000 is also protected from the harsh environments of this world, with it arriving in a sturdy plastic housing, with integrated dust caps that cover the included connectors.

 

Moving onto the FUEL Active 2000, which is built-in a high impact element-resistant housing, and a bright LED flashlight that will help you out when you're camping, or out in the dark. The FUEL Active 2000 comes in a choice of four colors, too.

 

Patriot are selling the new FUEL Active line of portable batteries, with an MSRP of $19.99 and $69.99 for the FUEL Active 2000, and FUEL Active 6000, respectively.

NVIDIA rumored to launch GeForce GTX TITAN Black Edition, GTX 790

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jan 22, 2014 2:16 am

The New Year is here, but where are my New GPUs from NVIDIA? Well, it looks like they - yes, they, plural - could be very close. VideoCardz.com is reporting that we should expect two new high-end GPUs from NVIDIA: the GeForce GTX TITAN Black Edition, and the dual-GPU GeForce GTX 790.

 

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Starting with the GeForce GTX TITAN Black Edition, which should be the same GPU found on the GTX 780 Ti, but it would feature higher double precision computing, in other words: more CUDA cores. We should see this GPU arrive with 6GB of VRAM on board, twice as much as the GTX 780 Ti features, something that is quite important to NVIDIA these days with 4K here.

 

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We should expect the GTX TITAN Black Edition to feature 2880 CUDA cores, 240 TMUs, and 48 ROPS. The price on the GPU will be around $999, and we should hear more information on it shortly.

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LogMeIn ends free accounts, now charging $20 per PC per year

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Jan 22, 2014 1:40 am

Bad news for anyone reading this who has taken advantage of LogMeIn's free remote access service over the last few years as today the company announced that free accounts are no longer being offered. For users who bought LogMeIn Ignition for iOS or Android, the company will offer discounts and a "gentle" transition to the subscription service.

 

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Users have about a week to decide if they will buy into the new $20 per PC per year subscription model, or if they will jump ship and move to a competitor. LogMeIn Centeral, Cubby, and Join.Me are unaffected at this time, but there is no word on whether or not that will change in the future.

Toshiba completes acquisition of OCZ, launches new subsidiary

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 22, 2014 12:33 am

Today, Toshiba announced that it has completed the acquisition of OCZ Technology's SSD assets and has closed the deal worth $35 million. This is the final chapter in the long-running saga that was OCZ Technology, and the culmination of months of speculation, rumors, and sharp downfalls of one of the pioneers of consumer SSD storage.

 

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"The acquisition of OCZ further expands our solid state storage capabilities and represents Toshiba's commitment to this high-growth area," said Mr. Seiichi Mori, Vice President of Toshiba's Semiconductor and Storage Company and Corporate Vice President of Toshiba. "Our goal is to offer a leading edge portfolio of solid state solutions to address the storage challenges faced by both client and enterprise customers, and the acquisition of OCZ is an ideal addition to our team in realizing this strategy."

 

In the deal, Toshiba purchased OCZ Technology's enterprise and client SSD business which already has a massive customer base. Toshiba has kept the OCZ name alive but has founded a new subsidiary named OCZ Storage Solutions and will operate independently of Toshiba while continuing to provide high-performance enterprise and client level solid state storage devices. OCZ Storage Solutions will continue to maintain its established world-wide sales channels and its company headquarters will remain in San Jose California.

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Verizon picking up Intel TV for less than $200 million

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 21, 2014 11:27 pm

New details have emerged on a deal that could see Verizon take ownership of Intel's Internet TV project. Today, two sources have opened up and said that Verizon has agreed to pay less than $200 million for the Internet-TV startup which include about 350 employees moving employment status from Intel to Verizon.

 

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"We will have the opportunity to enhance, expand, accelerate and integrate our delivery of video products and services to better serve audiences on a wide array of devices," Verizon Chief Executive Officer Lowell McAdam said in the statement.

 

This deal could spell out big bucks for the nations largest mobile device and internet carrier, as it has been trying to dominate the streaming entertainment arena for quite some time now. While official news of the sale will remain silent until quarterly earning reports are released, today's news should have some effect on Intel and Verizon's market prices tomorrow morning.

Hard drive reliably outed in new study of more than 25,000 units

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 21, 2014 10:02 pm

Late last year, BlackBlaze, a online backup hosting provider published a comprehensive study on hard drive failure rates based on the 25,000 units it has in service. While no manufacturer names were published, the study stated that failure rates were highest in the first 18 months of service or as well as after the first three years.

 

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Today the company released the second part of its report and has officially gone on record and listed out which brands are associated with the study. Unfortunately, Seagate appears to be the worst with an annual failure rate of about 14-percent on its 1.5TB model while its 3TB and 4TB models are likely to see 10-percent and 4-percent fail within the first 12 months.

 

Western Digital's 1TB and 3TB models fare better in the survey with annual failure rates between two and three percent respectively. Surprisingly Hitachi branded hard drives are the most reliable with the 2TB, 3TB and 4TB models all experiencing less than a 2-percent annual failure rate. The study even goes as far as to note that Seagate's Barracuda LP 2TB and Western Digital's Green 3TB both begin accumulating errors as soon as they are spun up for the first time.

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Xbox One Kinect doesn't work on PCs, according to Microsoft

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jan 21, 2014 9:21 pm

Microsoft has confirmed PC users will need a special version of the Kinect, as the Xbox One edition won't ship with a USB adapter so it can be connected to a PC. Instead, Microsoft made sure to include a proprietary connector unable to connect into a PC, and there are no immediate plans to release an adapter.

 

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"The Kinect for Xbox One Sensor will not have an adapter that allows it to plug into a computer," a Microsoft spokesperson told tech journalists. "... the new generation Kinect for Windows sensor will connect to computers using a standard USB3 port. The new generation Kinect for Windows sensor will be a fully tested, licensed, and supported Kinect experience on Windows."

 

The original Xbox 360 Kinect shipped with an adapter so the system could plug into a regular USB port or use power from a power outlet - and hackers were able to turn the adapter into a tool to test out the Kinect's power - as it was a cheaper 3D camera than other alternatives.

 

It's an interesting move from Microsoft, as the company wants Windows-based developers to use the Kinect for next-generation, third party programs.

Alienware confirms its Steam Machines are not upgradeable

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jan 21, 2014 7:48 pm

When Valve first announced that it was working with OEM partners to develop a full range of Linux-based gaming devices called Steam Machines, great emphasis was placed on the fact that the devices were to be PC based and fully upgradeable. Unfortunately today we are seeing the first major OEM break away from this philosophy and built their Steam Machine devices similar to current console construction.

 

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Alienware has long been known for its high-end gaming PCs and while overpriced in some opinions, the company's wares have always been fully upgradeable. Today, Frank Azor, Alienware's general manager said in an interview that "There will be no customization options, you can't really update it." This means that Alienware's Steam Machines are most likely being built with AMD APUs or custom GPU solutions that are hard mounted to the motherboard, much like how Microsoft and Sony are doing with the next-gen consoles. Personally I feel that this will ultimately hurt Alienware in the longrun, as the main appeal to a Steam Machine is its upgradeability.

Beats Music finally launches to US consumers, only on iOS though

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Jan 21, 2014 6:11 pm

For over a year now we have been hearing rumors and seeing leaks surface around a secret music streaming service being built by Beats Audio. The service was given the code name Daisy, and at one point, it appears that it would never make it to launch, but this morning Beats Music launched on the Apple App Store.

 

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Beats Music offers mobile music streaming of more than 20 million tracks for just $10 per month, and its MadLib-style music suggestion feature is actually pretty innovative. Users can create playlist, share them on social media, and rate their suggested songs to improve what music is selected next time. The launch of Beats Music signifies the end of MOG, the long running streaming service owned by Beats parent company. Subscribers will see their billing arrangements terminated on March 15th and annual subscribers will receive a prorated refund.

3D print your baby while still in the womb

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: 3D | Posted: Jan 21, 2014 5:30 pm

Expectant mothers can shell out between $200 to $600 for a 3D print model of their unborn child, thanks to the 3D Babies company. Using 3D and 4D ultrasounds and computer images leads to a 3D image in three different sizes: 2" Mini 3D Baby, 4" Halfsize 3D Baby, or the 8" Life size 3D Baby. The baby doll renderings can be made in two different positions, which allow parents to make a decision to disclose gender prior to birth.

 

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"Our ultimate goal is to bring a smile to the faces of parents, grandparents, and other family members as they recall the day that they met their little one," the company's website reads. "This product will become a treasured family heirloom."

 

There is huge potential for 3D imaging, but an artist rendering of a fetus in the womb might creep some expectant parents out. 3D Babies is well short of its $15,000 crowdfunding goal, but decided to move ahead with production.

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