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Mega sees more invalid DMCA take-down notices, this time Warner Bros. is the culprit

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cloud Computing | Posted: Feb 11, 2013 1:55 pm

The hits keep coming for Kim Dotcom's brain child, Mega. Fortunately most of them never make contact with the file locker giant. Warner Bros. was caught red-handed sending phony DMCA take-down request to Google over files said to be hosted on Mega.

 

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There are two problems with the notices, though. First, Google does not index links to files hosted on Mega, and second, the URL's that were listed, were invalid in the first place. The request listed over 900 links to illegal digital copies of its movie Gangster, Squad, with 16 of them pointing to Mega.

 

Warner Bros. uses an automated tool that searches indexes looking for pirated titles; the problem is that the software has switched around some of the URL information. Since its launch, Mega has seen more than its fair share of false DMCA claims, which it has for the most part dodged without consequence.

BMW to soon have an Apple-like Genius program, rolls out in the US next year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 11, 2013 12:34 pm

Apple's Genius Bar's are a staple of Apple's retail dominance, and now German car-maker BMW is stepping up to the plate with a new "BMW Genius Everywhere" program.

 

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BMW have been training their employees to assist customers with questions about their cars and features, even getting iPad's into employees' hands to help them. The German car-maker hope to have these BMW Genius Everywhere setups in the US by "early 2014".

 

BMW will first launch the program across Europe, where it will jump across the pond to the United States just before their new i3 electric car drives into dealerships in early 2014. BMW will hire associates based on their knowledge versus offering them commission on sales. BMW's Geniuses will be there to help customers, instead of pushing them into new sales.

NASA's Curiosity rover drills into Mars' surface, is feeling a bit thirsty

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Feb 11, 2013 11:32 am

NASA's Curiosity rover, when not checking in on Foursquare, is discovering new things all the time - this time, it is digging into Mars' surface looking for water.

 

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Curiosity whipped its drill out and started chewing into the bedrock of Mars, digging a 0.63- by 2.5-inch hole. We won't find out the results to its discovery for a few days yet as the rover will analyze its findings, hoping to find water. The picture above shows the first ever hole drilled into the red planet, and while it may seem like it was easy, it really wasn't. Louise Jandura, Chief Engineer of the rover's sample system says:

 

Building a tool to interact forcefully with unpredictable rocks on Mars required an ambitious development and testing program. To get to the point of making this hole in a rock on Mars we made eight drills and bored more than 1,200 holes in 20 types of rock on Earth.

Australian government going after Apple & Microsoft over the "Australia Tax" that forces up pricing down under

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 11, 2013 10:39 am

As an Australian myself, it hurts so much to see products so over priced here versus other places in the world. The government here hates it, as they lose out because consumers purchase the goods overseas, bypassing the GST (goods & services tax) that they would normally make.

 

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The Australian government are now stepping in, with the government's IT Pricing Inquiry into something that is known as the "Australia Tax", which is now going after the big boys in Microsoft and Apple. The committee has issued three summonses to appear before the inquiry today to three repeat offenders: Microsoft, Apple and Adobe.

 

These three companies will appear before the House Committee on March 22 at 9:30am to answer concerns raised by Choice and the ACMA in regards to the "Australia Tax" on goods sold across the country. Federal Member of Chifley, Ed Husic, said:

 

This is an important move - but one we shouldn't have to take. These firms should have cooperated and been prepared to be more open and transparent about their pricing approaches. In what's probably the first time anywhere in the world, these IT firms are now being called by the Australian Parliament to explain why they price their products so much higher in Australia compared to the US. Adobe, Apple and Microsoft are just a few firms that have continually defied the public's call for answers and refused to appear before the IT Pricing Inquiry.

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YouTube banned in Egypt over anti-Islamic documentary

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 11, 2013 9:40 am

YouTube has been slapped with a month long ban in Egypt following the anti-Islamic documentary they hosted that saw deadly riots spring up in north Africa and the Middle East in September last year.

 

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Judge Hassouna Tawfiq ordered the Egyptian government to block access to YouTube for a 30-day period, with human rights activists calling it a backwards step for internet freedom. The ban had not been enacted by Sunday afternoon, with a Google spokesperson saying that they haven't been served with a takedown order just yet.

The Tamagotchi is back, will soon arrive as iOS and Android apps

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Feb 11, 2013 8:35 am

I was never a big fan of the Tamagotchi, but my brother and sister were both obsessed with them at the time. The digital pet was one of the first huge successes in its form, all based around a key chain.

 

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Well, the Tamagotchi is back with the company behind the digital pet, Bandai, re-releasing it in app form on iOS and Android. The new app-based version will include much more than just the digital pet itself, with mini games, retro mode and more. Retro mode will be good, as it will let people return to the graphics and features of the original one from all the way back in 1996.

 

Bandai have said in a statement:

 

The original Tamagotchi was first released 16 years ago and took the world by storm. Everyone had a Tamagotchi and loved taking care of their digital pets. The new Tamagotchi app will feature the same gameplay you know and love with a number of exciting new features.

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Tim Cook didn't want to sue Samsung, enjoyed their relationship as a component supplier

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 11, 2013 7:39 am

The Apple versus Samsung news has been dying down a little lately, but it doesn't mean it's gone - we now have Reuters reporting that Apple CEO Tim Cook never wanted it to be this way.

 

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Cook was initially opposed to a fight with Samsung, as the South Korean electronics giant had a great relationship with Apple as a component supplier. But it was the late Steve Jobs whose "thermonuclear war" with Android that never stopped, like a terminator against Google.

 

The current Apple CEO has since continued with the lawsuits, but his preference is to settle decently whenever possible. Cook said late last year "I've always hated litigation, and I continue to hate it."

RumorTT: iPhone 5S, and bigger 5-inch iPhone 6 to launch this year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 11, 2013 6:38 am

We should expect to find our news here at TweakTown to be filled with more iOS-based gadgets as news of the new iPhone's begins to circulate. A Chinese media site has claimed that Apple will release both an iPhone 5S and iPhone 6 this year, with the latter being a 5-inch device. Brightwire translates the news:

 

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- A source told Chinese mobile phone information site Laoyaoba.com that he has seen the iPhone 5S and iPhone 6 at Apple's suppliers. Both models may be released in 2013, according to the website's microblog on Thursday evening.

- The source noted that the iPhone 5S resembles the iPhone 5, and the five-inch iPhone 6 is lighter and thinner.

 

We've been hearing more and more reports of a "larger" iPhone, but just how much bigger should we expect? 3.5 inches is, in my opinion, too small these days compared to most Android-based smartphones being at least 4 inches now (averaging at over 4.5 inches). A 5-inch iPhone 6 would be interesting, but iOS needs to see some fundamental changes, too.

 

Apple shouldn't expect to just release yet another bigger iPhone and expect it to sell, as we're seeing their market share slowly evaporating, and their stock quickly disintegrating.

Google Now used in Grammys commercial for the Nexus 4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Feb 11, 2013 5:42 am

I love Google Now, telling the world in my review of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, but the rest of the world should love it, too - and Google are now taking steps for this, airing an ad during the Grammys for Google Now.

 

 

The ad, titled 'Live in the Now', doesn't do too much, but it does show off what it needs to. It shows different people using it for different services, such as checking weather, public transportation information and a translation of English to French. I use Google Now on the daily, for stocks information and weather, and whenever I have a hotel booking, Google Now will inform me of that, too.

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RumorTT: No new Radeon GPUs from AMD for most of 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Feb 11, 2013 4:38 am

During an interview with Japanese site 4Gamer.net, AMD's Product Manager for Desktop Graphics Products, Devon Nekechuk, revealed some startling information: that AMD won't be launching any new GPUs this year.

 

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AMD will instead concentrate on their already great Radeon HD 7000 series, by adjusting the price and performance increases through driver releases. A slide released to 4Gamers.net shows that AMD's Radeon HD 7900 series (high-end), HD 7800 series (performance), and HD 7700 series (mainstream), will carry on the company's mantle "throughout 2013."

 

It looks like we're seeing a slowing down of GPU releases, which I'm guessing is because there's hardly any games that push GPUs anymore. It's also incredibly expensive in terms of R&D for GPU makers to continue pushing new GPUs out every 6-12 months, but I think the real reason is that a $200-$300 GPU will play most games at 1080p@60 now.

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