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HTC was "good enough" at MWC 2014, teases March 25 announcement

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 25, 2014 6:14 pm

MWC 2014 - HTC didn't do much to impress at Mobile World Congress 2014, but maybe for good reason: the company has teased that it has an event coming on March 25. We should expect the Taiwanese smartphone maker to reveal its successor to the HTC One.




Peter Chou, company CEO, teased MWC 2014 attendees by reminding them that there's an upcoming event toward the end of March. During MWC 2014, we saw HTC unveil the Desire 816 and Desire 610. The Desire 816 featuring a 5.5-inch display while the 610 featured a 4.7-inch screen. The March 25 event should hopefully see the HTC Two unveiled, or possibly the HTC One Two... now wouldn't that be quite the name?

Hisense 6.8-inch Maxe X1 phablet launches next month globally

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 25, 2014 6:12 pm

Chinese smartphone and electronics maker Hisense is known for making things like smartphones, tablets, and TVs among other things. The company is at MWC 2014 and has unveiled an interesting smartphone with a massive screen.




The 6.8-inch screen definitely puts the Maxe X1 smartphone into the phablet realm. In fact, the screen is so large that Hisense ships it with an NFC enabled Bluetooth mini phone that weighs 20 grams. That mini phone can be used to answer and end calls.


It can also be used to send and receive SMS messages and can be used as a swiped bus or subway pass. The phone has full HD resolution on the big screen. It runs a Snapdragon 800 processor at 2.3 GHz. The OS is Android 4.4 KitKat with a custom UI over the top.

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AMD releases Catalyst 14.2 Beta V1.3 Drivers for Windows

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Feb 25, 2014 5:45 pm

Coinciding with today's launch of the highly anticipated game, THIEF, AMD has released version 14.2 of its Catalyst video drivers. THIEF is an exclusive partner of the AMD Gaming Evolved program and was built with AMD graphics in mind. AMD says that when using AMD Graphics, THIEF players have 4K support, Eyefinity support, and Crossfire support right out of the box. Thief will run on DirectX 11 in the beginning, but AMD says that Mantle support is coming later next month.




So what exactly does the 14.2 Catalyst update bring to the table? The new beta drivers fix hangs and stuttering when using Mantle in Battlefield 4, and users are encouraged to try out the mGPU setting. Multi GPU frame pacing in Battlefield 4 is now enabled for non-XDMA setups with resolutions greater than 1600p. The update also brings back the features 14.1 killed in Minecraft. Finally cossfire profiles have been updated and performance improvements for single GPU configurations for THIEF. Head over to the source link below to download your copy of the drivers today.

Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint reader can be used for PayPal purchases

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 25, 2014 5:34 pm

Samsung and PayPal have announced that they have teamed up to allow users of the Samsung Galaxy S5 announced this week to make more use of that fingerprint scanner the smartphone offers. PayPal will allow the S5 user to use the fingerprint scanner to login and shop at any merchant that takes PayPal.




That includes online and in-stores that accept PayPal. The use of the fingerprint scanner means that the user won't need to memorize a password or login info for multiple websites. PayPal says that is provides a secure wallet in the sky and no personal details are stored on the device.


The S5 has FIDO Ready software that can communicate securely between the fingerprint sensor on the device and the PayPal service in the cloud. The only information shared between the device and PayPal is a unique encrypted key that verifies the user's identity. The fingerprint authentication service will launch on the Galaxy S5 in April and will be offered in 26 markets.

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Barracuda Networks says NG Firewall now available on Windows Azure

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Networking | Posted: Feb 25, 2014 5:13 pm

Enterprise hardware company Barracuda Networks announced the Barracuda NG Firewall is available using the Microsoft Windows Azure cloud platform. Microsoft is increasingly partnering with hardware and software companies looking to support Azure, as many major enterprises and companies use the popular cloud service.




"Customers are increasingly looking to move their applications to the cloud, and Windows Azure provides a robust cloud infrastructure platform for them to do so," said Yossi Dahan, Solidsoft Principle Consultant, in a press statement. "The Barracuda Web Application Firewall and Barracuda NG Firewall solutions provide complementary application security and secure remote access capabilities that augment Windows Azure."


The Barracuda NG Firewall provides remote sessions that are secure - and includes streamlined management capabilities.

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Resound LiNX is a made for iPhone hearing aid controlled with an app

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Health Technology | Posted: Feb 25, 2014 5:07 pm

There are alls sorts of gadgets and accessories that go along with the iPhone and iPad. You can find an accessory for just about anything you might need. If you are one of the many who have hearing loss, you can even get a made for iPhone hearing aid now.




That hearing aid is the ReSound LiNX and it is now available to purchase. It is also offered as the Beltone First with the same exact features. The LiNX uses an app that runs on the iPhone or iPad and allows the user direct control lover the hearing aid and its settings.


Users can control the treble and bass settings as well as the volume from that app. One of the coolest features is that the app supports geotagging. With geotagging, you can choose settings that are specific to certain locations and they will change automatically when you get to that location.

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Seagate launches next generation of surveillance hard drives

By: Kalen Kimm | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Feb 25, 2014 4:08 pm

Seagate Technology plc announced today the launch of its seventh generation hard drive specifically geared for the surveillance market. The Seagate Surveillance HDD's are optimized to address the specific application characteristics unique to always-on, write intensive surveillance environments. The new 3.5" drives are available in capacities up to 4TB and are capable of supporting 400+ hours of high definition recordings.




New features include the addition of rotational vibration sensors to improve the drives resiliency in multi-drive arrays. They have also added a time-to-read system that allows custom power settings resulting in better integration with motion sensing cameras. By spinning down during times of activity and then quickly spinning up when motion is detected, the drives last longer and save power.


The launch is receiving positive reaction from leaders in the CCTV space including NUUO, QNAP, and March Networks. According to Jeff Range, vice president of global operations at March Networks, "The Surveillance HDD, with its high capacity drive and robust features, will provide our customers with the critical reliability we have come to expect from Seagate as well as the expanded storage and ability to save data for even longer periods."

BlackBerry announces Z3 and Q20 smartphones at MWC 2014

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 25, 2014 3:58 pm

BlackBerry has announced a couple new smartphones that will be landing later this year. The company hasn't offered up all the details on either of the devices. The new BlackBerry smartphones are the Z3 and the Q20.




The Q20 smartphone promises the physical QWERTY keyboard that fans of the BlackBerry line known and love. The smartphone will run BlackBerry 10 for the OS and has the largest touchscreen ever used on a physical keyboard device from BlackBerry. The screen measures 3.5-inches.


The Q20 has physical end, send, and back buttons as well. The Q20 will launch in the second half of 2014 and more detail will be offered then. The other smartphone is the Z3, which is pictured here. The Z3 offers an all-touch device with a 5-inch screen.

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Hands on with the ASUS Fonepad ME175CG at MWC 2014

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 25, 2014 3:30 pm

MWC 2014 - Quickly following our hands on of the new Fonepad 7 LTE edition, Johannes took a few minutes to check out ASUS' other Fonepad being shown off at the 2014 Mobile World Congress. The Fonepad ME175CG is a 7-inch tablet featuring a 1280x800 resolution screen. An Intel Atom Z2520 dual-core processor is on hand to manage the computational duties and 1GB of RAM to keep everything running smooth.



Android 4.3 is loaded from the factory, but there is no LTE featured. 3G radios are installed alongside Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0. Storage is set at 8GB but is easily extended via the built-in microSD port. Like all ASUS Fonepad's the ME175CG is capable of making phone calls as well as functioning as a normal 7-inch tablet. A 5-megapixel rear camera handles imaging duties while a 1.2-megapixel front shooter is on hand for selfies and video conferencing.

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WhatsApp was valued at just $1.5 billion in final round of funding

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 25, 2014 3:23 pm

When Facebook pushed its offer of $16 billion onto the table to acquire WhatsApp, the company's founders would've had their hearts drop - in utter surprise because its last funding round had them pegged at a value of around $1.5 billion.




In WhatsApp final round of funding, which took place in July last year, it secured $52 million from a valuation of around $1.5 billion. WhatsApp grew exponentially between July 2013 and just a few days ago when it was acquired by Facebook for $16 billion in stocks and cash. The sole investor in WhatsApp, Sequoia, owned around 20% of the company, which is now worth a cool $3 billion.


At $3 billion, Sequoia has seen an amazing 50x return in its investment in WhatsApp... something that nobody could complain about, that's for sure.