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Yahoo has just released an update for its Flickr for iOS app

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Oct 9, 2013 11:29 pm

As part of Marissa Mayer's company-wide overhaul at Yahoo, many services offered by the company have been getting a refreshed look over the past few months. Today Flickr for iOS jumped into the hotseat and became the newest Yahoo property to get a facelift.

 

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The image sharing and storage app now has the ability to automatically upload images taken with an iPhone to the users Flickr account. This feature can be set to auto upload when on Wi-Fi only for those who have limited data plans. The update also brings forth a new auto straightening feature that is sure to please the masses.

Steven Chu and Guy Kawasaki to present keynote at SMSF 2013

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Oct 9, 2013 10:28 pm

Today Samsung announced that Dr. Steven Chu, the former US Secretary of Energy, CGO of Cisco Wim Elfrink and author Guy Kawasaki will each head up keynote addresses at the 2013 Samsung Memory Solutions Forum. The event will be held on October 22nd, at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California.

 

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  • Dr. Chu will speak on "Energy Use in Information Technologies," highlighting the impact that technology can have on the environment. He'll discuss the potential consequences of excessive power use, including a possible slowdown in the growth in IT capabilities. Dr. Chu is a distinguished scientist and co-winner of the 1997 Nobel Prize for Physics. As United States Secretary of Energy, he was charged with helping implement President Obama's ongoing agenda to invest in clean energy and address the global climate crisis.

 

  • Wim Elfrink in a presentation entitled "The Internet of Everything - The Next Disruption" will explore the metamorphosis of the Internet and how it will bring together people, processes, data and things to make networked connections more relevant and valuable. . Elfrink will discuss how turning information into actions will create new opportunities, richer experiences and, unprecedented economic opportunity for businesses, individuals and countries.

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Mellanox to host Analyst Day on October 25th in New York City

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Oct 9, 2013 9:06 pm

Today Mellanox announced that it would be hosting its Annual Analyst Day on Friday, October 25th, 2013 in New York City. The event will last from 8:30AM until 2:00PM with members of Mellanox's executive team providing pverviews of the company's vision, stragety, business initiatives and more.

 

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For the public and those unable to attend, Mellanox will steam the event live at the source link below. Mellanox urges everyone who wishes to view the live stream to visit the link at least 15-minutes early so they can download the player and audio software. If you miss the live stream, a recording will be available to view within 24 hours of the event being finished.

Lenovo looks to acquire troubled smartphone manufacturer HTC

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 9, 2013 7:18 pm

With HTC reporting record losses,and Lenovo looking to beef up its smartphone offerings its only natural that acquisition talks begin taking place. Today, a Taiwan website is reporting that Lenovo has approached HTC in an attempt to begin talks involving acquiring the company's handset business.

 

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The meeting is said to have taken place in late August and that a buy-out was considered. While this move may seem beneficial to many industry analyst, I feel that a turnaround is pending for the once king of Android smartphones. With devices like the HTC One being named as the best smartphone ever made by many of the biggest names in tech media, the company just needs to keep the momentum going by releasing new and exciting products.

Slashdot launches redesigned website in beta form, we check it out

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Oct 9, 2013 6:00 pm

Recently Slashdot announced the websites third redesign in its thirteen year lifespan, and TweakTown was invited over to take a look at the new diggs. This morning I was given a personal walkthrough with Slashdot's Senior Editor, Tim Lord, who emphasized that Slashdot's goal with the redesign is to help better deliver content to its readers across all devices.

 

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The first thing that really caught my eye is the website's new modern theme. The old sites rounded corners and "Web 2.0" gradients are no more, and the new layout is very appealing to the eye. Lord told me that they really focused hard on simplifying the overall layout, and wanted to make things easy to navigate. The removal of the sites old left-hand navigation bar has greatly cleaned up the overall appearance as well.

 

Lord said that while Slashdot has always been more heavily weighted towards text, the new layout allows Slashdot to display a single eye catching image atop some of the frontpage post. While some users prefer an image along with their teaser, so do not, and Slashdot has kept those users in mind. A new widget has been placed at the top of the news feed that allows users to switch between three viewing modes. The Standard View will appear as default and will display a single image along with the content teaser. Additionally users can select Headline and Classic views that will set the site to display just the post headlines or the classic view which displays the full post.

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Grand Theft Auto V smashes six world records according to Guinness

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 9, 2013 4:14 pm

We all knew that Grand Theft Auto was destined to be huge, just how huge was anyones guess. Today Guinness World Records announced that GTA V has managed to break not one, but six world records in less than one month since its launch. This brings the total number of world records held by the franchise to seven.

 

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Rockstar has reported that Grand Theft Auto V sold more than 11.21 million copies in just the first 24 hours alone and then broke $1 billion in sales in just 3 days, making it the fastest selling video game of all time.

 

Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief, Craig Glenday, said: "GTA totally deserves to be recognized as an icon of modern British culture, and we're thrilled to be able to feature the game in the record books. Gaming is no longer a niche hobby, as GTA 5 has proved, and how exciting that it's taken on the might of Hollywood and won! I'm also doubly proud as a Dundonian to welcome this home-grown series back into the Guinness World Records book."

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Transcend launches new DDR3-1866 RAM to support high-power servers

By: Charles Gantt | More News: RAM | Posted: Oct 9, 2013 3:07 pm

Today Transcend unveiled a new line of memory modules aimed at the high-end enterprise server market. The new DDR3-1866 modules come in 4GB capacities and are featured in both Registered DIMM and Unbuffered ECC DIMM profiles. Transcend says the new DRAM modules are ideal for servers running Intel's Xeon E5-2600 v2 processors for optimal performance.

 

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The company says that each module is constructed with the highest quality DDR3-1866 DRAM chips and have a latency of 13-13-13 with an operating voltage of 1.5V. The modules are said to fully comply with JEDEC (Joint Electron Device Engineering Council) standards, which ensure the best performance, compatibility, and stability. Each of the new 4GB DDR3-1866 modules are backed by a lifetime warranty. SKUs are listed below.

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RumorTT: Lenovo secretly meeting with HTC over an acquisition talks

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 9, 2013 12:30 pm

We've been all over the problems that HTC has been having lately, but it looks like it could be saved with a rumored acquisition from a much bigger giant: Lenovo. Lenovo has been here, done that, with acquisitions, when it acquired the ThinkPad brand from IBM.

 

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The reports state that Lenovo would acquire HTC's brand, pushing out devices under the HTC name still. Korean publication, eToday, has reported the news, saying that executives from both camps have been meeting since late August. This would make sense, as to why HTC doesn't seem so worried to continuously slide lower and lower in terms of profits.

 

Lenovo is quite strong in China with its smartphones, so an acquisition of an already great smartphone maker would definitely make sense. Especially in those super hot emerging markets where there are billions upon billions of dollars to be made.

Fujitsu unveils the Lifebook U904, features 14-inch 3800x1800 screen

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Oct 9, 2013 11:40 am

Fujitsu has just unveiled its latest notebook, the Lifebook U904, which features a 14-inch IGZO panel and a super-high resolution of 3200x1800. There are two models, one with a glossy panel and touch input, and the second is an anti-glare panel without touch capabilities.

 

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The Lifebook U904 is powered by Intel's Haswell range of processors with Intel HD Graphics 4400 powering the graphics side of things. We have it weighing in at 3.06 lbs and a thickness of 0.61 inches. Fujitsu claims that its Lifebook U904 is the "world's thinnest 14-inch ultrabook." There's a choice of an SSHD or SSD for storage, USB 3.0 and HDMI connectivity are featured, as well as optional LTE wireless which is a nice touch.

 

You can grab the Lifebook U904 from Fujitsu's online store starting from $1,999 which comes with a glossy touchscreen and 320GB SSHD. Windows 8.1 is featured, so you shouldn't expect to receive the Lifebook U904 until after October 17.

Skype updated, receives a refreshed tablet UI

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Oct 9, 2013 10:34 am

An update should have, or will soon roll out to Skype users, which features a much-needed refresh to its user interface when used on tablets. We saw a tablet-optimized layout in Skype earlier in the year, but this is done in a much better way.

 

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It is made on top of the improved Skype 4.0, which concentrates focuses on conversations and people in a way better interface that is designed for larger screens - such as tablets. Version 4.4 of the app brings all of the upgrades that version 4.0 had, including the performance improvements, with all 4.4 users will see improved video quality.

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