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Swedish Pirate Party threatened by lawsuit from copyright lobbyist for hosting The Pirate Bay

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 20, 2013 3:10 pm

The battle over copyright law never seems to end; in fact, it just seems to grow larger every day. Today we are hearing word that the Swedish copyright lobby group, Rights Alliance, is threatening to sue the Swedish political group, the "Pirate Party".

 

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Rights Alliance has issues a notice, giving the Pirate Party a week to comply with their demands of ceasing all hosting of the website The Pirate Bay, or face legal action. The group is citing a ruling from a case last year in which the Supreme Court said that host can be held liable for website's content hosted on their servers.

 

The Pirate Party of course has no plans on complying, saying "The Pirate Party's activity is legal and lawful activities should not be subjected to threats of this type. It is not illegal to provide the Pirate Bay with Internet access." Some note that since the Pirate Party is a legitimate political party, any legal action taken to shut down TPB hosting can be seen as political censorship.

CyanogenMod adds HDR camera functionality for most devices running CM10.1

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Feb 20, 2013 10:34 am

Good news for those of you who run, or were thinking of running CyanogenMod, the team have just added HDR (High Dynamic Range) camera functionality for most devices running the CM10.1 build.

 

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The new camera function has been enabled on most devices, which will capture and process images similar to how Google's Nexus 4 handles it, with it's stock Android ROM. The camera takes three images per second - one under exposed, one neutral exposed and the final one over exposed - after which it processes them together and makes the image quality 'pop' a little more than usual.

 

The new HDR functionality is now ready for anyone who uses the default CyanogenMod camera app. As with most custom ROMs, the new function will work with most devices, but not all. The CyanogenMod team recommends that you use some form of image stabilizer, such as a tripod. You can read more, and grab it right here.

GPU shipments down for Q4 2012 according to JPR

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 20, 2013 9:36 am

It looks like GPU shipments for Q4 2012 didn't do so well according to Jon Peddie Research's latest numbers - where they dropped 8.2% sequentially and 11.5% year-over-year. The drop in GPU shipments is being blamed on the popularity of tablets, as well as the continuing and damaging recession.

 

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This has caused JPR to revise their compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for PC graphics from 2012 to 2016 to 3.2%, with the total shipments of GPUs in 2016 hovering at around 549 million units. Intel's shipments dropped just 2.9%, but AMD dropped by a much larger 13.6% and NVIDIA were worse, dropping by 16.7%. Market share wise, we saw Intel hold onto 63.4%, which was a gain of 3.4%, but this was at the expense of AMD and NVIDIA which dropped 1.2% and 1.73% respectively - down to 19.7% and 16.9%.

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3D-printing pen passes its Kickstarter goal in just hours

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Printers & Scanners | Posted: Feb 20, 2013 8:41 am

I can't state it enough times, but it looks like 3D printers are really the next big thing with the 3Doodler. The 3Doodler is a pen-style device that the creators are dubbing a "world's first", as well as "the most affordable way to 3D print."

 

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The 3Doodler is quite magical, as it allows the user to draw designs into existence by simply moving it through the air - incredible. The 3Doodler uses ABS plastic that is heated, and then instantly cooled. The developers, WobbleWorks, took to Kickstarter yesterday, breaking their $30,000 funding goal in just a few hours. The first orders of the 3Doodler should arrive later in the year, hopefully September, and we should be looking at just 5,000 of the Kickstarter-backed orders being shipped at first.

 

From their $30,000 goal they've passed it with flying colors - where at the time of writing, they had $344,096 pledged - over ten times their goal. If you want to buy one, you can order one now for $75 and you should receive it in October.

SwiftKey 4 launches, brings along Flow for the ride, personal style detection also tags along

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Feb 20, 2013 8:17 am

Just after SwiftKey Flow reached beta, SwiftKey 4 has launched and now includes Flow by default. So not only do we get the awesome predictive text engine from the future, but Flow Through Space, which lets users guide their fingers across the keyboard, making up the key as they go along.

 

 

The latest version of SwiftKey also adds some new features, expanding their contextual word prediction up to 60 languages, offers simpler corrections and also watches for personal typing habits to adjust all of this on the fly - incredible for such a small app, isn't it? This means that SwiftKey 4 will learn if you're a tapper, or if you're a texting pro and adjust itself to suit.

 

Best of all, the update is free for those who already own the smartphone or tablet versions of SwiftKey, and if not - it's currently 50% off at just $2 - down from $4.

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Before it has even been purchased by most consumers, Sony's Xperia Z has been rooted

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 20, 2013 7:36 am

You might not have even heard about Sony's Xperia Z, or you haven't had the time to grab one, or it's not available in your country yet - whatever the situation, the latest and greatest handset from Sony has already been rooted.

 

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The XDA Developers forum is at it again, with the device being rooted already - how was it done? Modifying the code of a Nexus 4 root, while leveraging Teamviewer to remotely test it on a real-world device. Others have come in saying that the trick used isn't just a one-time occurrence, but should be repeatable. The hack, like most, is risky and currently lacks a recovery tool.

 

You can read more on it, and even try it right here.

Poll Results - What are you most likely to buy? (new CES 2013 products)

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Feb 20, 2013 6:28 am

Our latest poll had over 4,300 people who answered, "What are you most likely to buy? (new CES 2013 products)".

 

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We saw rather mixed results with the most votes by a small margin going to the option of a new 4k UHD television. In second place, again by a small margin, was Valve's upcoming Steam Box.

 

In a split third place, we saw a new desktop computer and new upcoming smartphone, were also popular options.

 

For the actual numbers, go here. In our latest poll, we ask you... "Which excites you most? (Xbox 720 or PS4)" Let us know! Go here to vote!

LG Display seeking resolution "through an amicable negotiation" with South Korean rival, Samsung

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 20, 2013 5:35 am

It looks like South Korean electronic giants LG and Samsung are solving their disputes out of court, after a patent battle between the companies started last year with Samsung filing a lawsuit claiming that LG had stolen technology secrets from within their OLED production.

 

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LG fired back, threatening their own injunctions, but it looks like everything has calmed down and a few expensive drinks have been shared between the companies. Samsung Display have come out saying that they've dropped their injunction request, and LG have responded with the same respect - after dropping the request for an injunction seeking to ban the sale of Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1 in South Korea, LG have said they're now seeking resolution "through an amicable negotiation".

 

I'm glad we have companies solving things nicely, and not pushing it all through a court - all in the public eye.

Crytek at it again, say that it is "impossible" for next-gen consoles to compete with PCs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 20, 2013 4:27 am

The flip-flopping developers of Crysis are at it again, with Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli under an NDA from both Microsoft and Sony, where he can't reveal the details of next-gen consoles from the respective companies.

 

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Yerli has still come out and spilled at least a couple of beans on the next-gen gaming powerhouses, saying that the hardware gap between PCs and next-gen consoles makes it "impossible" for the next-gen consoles to match, or beat current-gen PCs. Yerli says:

 

It's impossible to package $2,000-$3,000 worth of hardware into a mainstream-let's say $500-console. I'm not saying they are $500 consoles. They may launch a console at $2,000, but the consumer pricing is usually much lower than that. So, given consumer pricing, and given the cost of production of a gamer PC and the amount of wattage and power it needs, which is like a fridge, it's impossible.

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LSI announces their new AXM5500 family of products, partnered up with ARM-based hardware

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Networking | Posted: Feb 20, 2013 4:11 am

LSI have come out today announcing their latest AXM5500 family of products, which feature the first high-end ARM-based multicore for mobile networking equipment. This new family of products from LSI will help mobile companies and service providers get out of the mess they're in right now with the ever-increasing mobile market.

 

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The growing trends in the mobile market right now are expanding quickly with the 4G LTE adoption, and as this grows, LSI's help is going to get noticed more and more. Better network intelligence will bump heads with big data, and this needs to have a product to help it - enter the AXM5500 family.

 

It might not seem like we need it, but streaming video, music, games, social networks and the countless other things we do over mobile networks is always increasing - but network bandwidth and server hardware needs to continuously be upgraded in order to not be congested.

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