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New Kingston USB drive automatically encrypts data content

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Nov 21, 2013 10:47 pm

With everyone from out employers to the government spying on every aspect of our daily lives, data encryption has become more important than ever before. Kingston Technology knows this and has released an all new USB 3.0 thumb drive that automatically encrypts your data as it is being loaded.

 

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The new DataTraveler Vault Privacy 3.0 from Kingston offers hardware encryption as well as a built-in anti-virus engine for added security. The drive also has features that allows administrators to set security policies that lock the drive into read-only mode which prevents any malware, spyware, or other nefarious data from being loaded onto the drive. Kingston is offering the DataTraveler Vault Privacy 3.0 in capacities ranging from 4GB all the way up to 64GB with pricing starting at $40 for the 4GB stick, and hitting the $355 mark for the 64GB model.

HTC One Max for Verizon is available today for $299 with contract

By: Idene Saatchi | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 21, 2013 10:37 pm

The HTC One Max is available today from Verizon Wireless. The HTC One Max is priced at $299.99 with a two year contract or $25 a month on Verizon's EDGE plan. Verizon bundles in a ISIS-ready SIM card so you can use contactless paying.

 

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The HTC One Max comes equipped with a huge 5.9 inch 1080p display and a fingerprint scanner that can store up to three people's fingerprints. The device comes with Android 4.3 with HTC Sense 5.5 equipped. Some other specs for the HTC One Max are a quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor with 2GB of RAM, a 4MP "UltraPixel" rear camera, a 2.1MP front camera, a 3,300mAh battery, NFC, and Bluetooth 4.0. As for storage there is a 16GB and a 32GB model, and they both feature a microSD slot which allows expansion of up to 64GB. Sprint already has the HTC One Max and has it priced at $250 in-store or $150 online.

Acer's founder returns to its helm after President and CEO resign

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 21, 2013 9:37 pm

Over the past few months Acer has been in a bit of a downward slide and in recent weeks we have seen both the company CEO and Chairman of the Board, J.T. Wang, and its President, Jim Wong resign their positions. This is the direct result of the $20 million operational loss and 20-percent slump in sales the company reported for Q3 2013.

 

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Now it appears that the company's founder will be returning to its helm after more than eight years of retirement. Stan Shih retired from Acer in 2004 just as it was beginning to grow into a netbook monster with its line of eeePC line. Shih will take on the role of chairman and acting corporate president based on a press released issued by Acer today.

 

"Due to the situation that now faces Acer and my personal social responsibilities, I must stand up and take the rein without salary," Shih said in a statement. "I will honor and complete all the public affairs and event engagements that I have committed to, but I will also fully support Acer's ICT device business and carry out the company transformation. In addition, George Huang who is one of my co-founding partners of Acer will join with me and the management team to lead our company at this time."

Google updates Translate for Android, now supports more languages

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Nov 21, 2013 8:25 pm

Today Google released an update for its Translate app for Android that brings forth a newly redesigned user interface as well as a few new features I am sure we all will appreciate. The new UI is much cleaner and more modern looking, and brings everything more inline with the current theme of other Google apps.

 

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The app now also features support for Hebrew, Greek, Javanese, and Esperanto. Users can switch languages by simply tilting their device, and loading new screens by tapping the microphone. The app can also use your built-in camera to decipher text in Malay, and Ukrainian, as well as a wealth of other languages. Google has also fixed a few bugs and tweaked the app for better performance and after a quick test on my HTC One, I can say that the app does feel much faster now.

Microsoft improves SkyDrive cloud service on iOS with new update

By: Idene Saatchi | More News: Apps | Posted: Nov 21, 2013 7:53 pm

Today Microsoft has released a major update for SkyDrive on the iOS app users have the ability to automatically upload their camera photos into the SkyDrive cloud storage. Microsoft says they are "looking at" doing the same for Android users.

 

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When you snap a photo using the iPhone's default camera app SkyDrive will back it up into the cloud service. The automatic cloud uploading is not on by default, when you update the app you will be able to go into the app and enable this feature. The automatic cloud backup isn't only for photos either it works with your videos as well. Your photos and videos will be backed up over Wi-Fi unless you enable it to do so over your mobile data.

 

SkyDrive gives you an option to automatically re-size your photos so they don't use up all your cloud storage. The interface has also been updated to better fit iOS 7 with a cleaner look and larger thumbnails. The update for SkyDrive on iOS is available now and can be downloaded through Apple's App Store.

SK Hynix begins full-scale mass production of 16nm 64Gb MLC NAND

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Nov 21, 2013 7:09 pm

This week SK Hynix announced that it has began full-scale production of its new 16nm scale 64Gb MLC NAND Flash Modules. This is the company's second version of 16nm NAND Flash with the first version going into fabrication earlier this year in June. SK Hynix says that this revision is more cost competitive due to its smaller chip size.

 

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This is very good news as well as this means that SK Hynix has recovered from a nearly industry devastating fire at one of its fabrication facilities located in China earlier this year. While it is still unclear exactly how much fabrication equipment was damaged in the fire, the ramp up to full-scale production of these new chips should help lower the NAND Flash price per GB some.

 

SK Hynix says that it has also developed a new 128Gb MLC Chip that is based on the 16nm specification and endurance design of its 64Gb MLC. The new 128Gb chips will go into full production in the first half of 2014 which should further lower the price per GB of NAND Flash. This will equate to lower SSD pricing, which is a winning scenario for consumers.

iFixit shows us what the Xbox One looks like on the inside

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 21, 2013 6:02 pm

With the Xbox One officially launching in New Zealand today, it was only a matter of time before the guys and gals over at iFixit got their hands on the next-gen console. The team from iFixit were on hand at the official Xbox launch party in New Zealand and managed to obtain an official Day One special edition console to tear down.

 

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Unfortunately Microsoft chose not to hide any screws under the rubber feet and the team had to look elsewhere on how to begin the disassembly process. The Xbox One is disassembled by first removing the plastic grill much in the way one has to disassemble the Xbox 360. Once the Grill is removed, only a few plastic clips remain to hold things together.

 

Inside the Xbox One, the PCB and other internals are shielded inside a metal cover which is easily removed by extracting a few screws. Once the cover is removed the Blu-ray drive, cooling fan, and cooler are all prominently visible. The hard drive is also unveiled at this point and it appears to be a Samsung Spinpoint M8 ST500LM012 500 GB 5400 RPM with 8MB Cache SATA II 3.0Gb/s hard drive. With a form factor of 2.5-inches, this could easily be replaced with a large capacity SSD. You would void your warranty, so keep that in mind if you decide to tear down your Xbox One.

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HBO launches its HBO Go app on Google's Chromecast streaming dongle

By: Charles Gantt | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Nov 21, 2013 4:39 pm

Google's Chromecast is one of those cheap-enough tech devices that everyone should own, and the device is slowly getting better as the months roll by. Today Google announced that HBO has launched its HBO Go app on the Chromecast, which means that anyone with an open HDMI port and an internet connection can catch up on Game of Thrones.

 

 

"Google's Chromecast is one of the newest, more exciting devices in the marketplace today, so we are very happy to bring this capability to our subscribers," said Otto Berkes, CTO of HBO. "From the beginning, our goal has been to bring HBO GO to the devices where viewers want to watch it and Chromecast definitely falls into that category."

 

The app is able to stream HBO Go content from Android, iOS and even the HBO Go web app. For anyone who does not have a SmartTV, spending the $35 on a Chromecast is a much cheaper option than upgrading the entire TV. With HBO Go now on the device, keeping a Chromecast in your travel kit a better idea than ever before.

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Chinese scientists use water to create metal, can print it, too

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Nov 21, 2013 12:28 pm

Yeah, science, b****. You all know the show, but science really is a magical thing, isn't it? Well, three Chinese scientists have found a new way to create metal, from liquid at room temperatures.

 

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This metal can then be printed onto pretty much anything, as would ordinary ink. It will stick to surfaces such as rubber, paper, t-shirts, or even a leaf. Yes, a leaf, from an actual tree. The biggest thing to take away from this, according to the MIT Technology Review,e is that the alloy of gallium and indium that the scientists discovered.

 

It's printable at room temperature, compared to other circuit inks that require massive temperatures, upwards of 400C/752F. This is an issue when you want to print onto something that much catch fire, or perish, such as paper. The three scientists explain: "Different from the former direct writing technology where large surface tension and poor adhesion between the liquid metal and the substrate often impede the flexible printing process, the liquid metal here no longer needs to be pre-oxidized to guarantee its applicability on target substrates."

 

The best bit? It's cheap. MIT says that the technology involved in this innovation is "cheap and simple," which should hopefully mean we see it commercialized, quick.

The PlayStation 4 costs $381 to build, retails for just $18 more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 21, 2013 11:33 am

According to IHS iSuppli, the components and assembly costs associated with Sony's PlayStation 4 console, sums up at around $381. This it thanks to two expensive parts of the PS4, the first being the AMD-designed APU, which costs $100.

 

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The second part, is the 8GB of GDDR5 RAM in the PS4, which costs around $88. These two parts make up approximately $188 of the $381, which is over half the cost of the next-gen console. The 500GB HDD costs around $37, the Blu-ray drive comes in at $28, and the controller is just $18. Of course, this is just pure costs, without any of what sells it: marketing.

 

We also have to take into consideration the R&D for the console, advertising, shipping costs, and a whole lot more. At least this time, Sony isn't losing hundreds of dollars per console, like it did with the PS3.

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