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Don't expect Microsoft CEO news until 2014

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 19, 2013 9:17 am

Microsoft is currently narrowing down its short list of potential CEOs to take over after a tumultuous tenure of current CEO Steve Ballmer. There are only a handful of potential candidates that have the skillset and experience to lead the Redmond, Washington-based company, which has more than 100,000 employees worldwide.

 

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Ford CEO Alan Mulally was rumored to be a potential replacement, but Ford confirmed its CEO will lead the company through 2014. Meanwhile, Qualcomm COO Steve Mollenkopf was also a potential candidate, but Qualcomm announced Mollenkopf will be promoted to CEO as on March 4, 2014. Microsoft is reportedly looking for a replacement both internally and externally, and it's difficult to try and predict who will step in and lead one of the most powerful computer companies in the world.

 

In late August, Microsoft announced Ballmer would step down as acting CEO, which immediately put the rumor mill into overdrive. Over its 38-year history, Microsoft has only had two CEOs, founder Bill Gates and Ballmer, and the next CEO will have a very interesting task ahead - Microsoft is still a software giant, but has had trouble trying to break into the mobile market, and is adjusting to a cloud-based market.

Club 3D rolls out its '14Series line of video cards

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Dec 19, 2013 8:50 am

The first video cards from the Club 3D '14Series will be the Radeon R9 270 and 270X, and should be an affordable product for PC users and gamers looking for a full-HD 1080p gaming experience.

 

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The '13Series was introduced by Club 3D earlier in the year as an extension to its PokerSeries gaming cards - but the launch of R7 and R9 chipsets left Club 3D scrambling to upgrade. The '13Series was designed for system integrators and PC users looking for an added boost with a second GPU in their workstations - and the '14Series promises even better performance:

 

Club 3D Radeon R9 270 specs:

 

  • 1280 stream processors
  • Up to 955MHz clock speed
  • 2048MB GDDR5 memory @ 5600MHz
  • TDP of 150 watts
  • Fitted with quiet high-performance CoolStream cooler
  • Will benefit from AMD Mantle technology

 

Club 3D Radeon R9 270X specs:

 

  • 1280 stream processors
  • Up to 1080MHz clock speed
  • 2048MB GDDR5 memory @ 5600MHz
  • TDP of 175 watts
  • Fitted with Coolstream cooler
  • Eyefinity 4 capable

Star Citizen's dogfighting mode has been delayed

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 19, 2013 7:35 am

Chris Roberts, the brainchild behind Star Citizen, has announced that the dogfighting module has been delayed. He he said that his studio is now doing some "serious work" on CryEngine's multiplayer system, because of the number of people participating in the beta.

 

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Roberts writes: "A lobby system, spinning up servers to handle each session, all things that we are building the new Star Citizen backend to handle. Unfortunately the server backend technology will not be ready for prime time for a couple more months. But this is really what I would like to run the dogfighting on, as it will link into your hangar, friend's lists, chat and so on."

 

Now, my problem is this: if it has been delayed for months, would the team have not known about this? Surely they would know that there were enough issues that it would require months and months more work to even get it to that stage of release. Then the extended issue with me is: if they can't release one dogfighting module, the scope of the game is truly massive, do we expect a delay from its 2015 release now?

Surface Pro 2 update yanked by Microsoft over multiple problems

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 19, 2013 6:38 am

Microsoft did post an update for its Surface Pro 2, but the software giant has pulled the update after report of problems with installations and batteries. Some users were seeing reduced capacity, as well as incomplete charges.

 

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The company is planning for a re-release, but this won't come until "after the holidays", but for those who have already updated, there's no word from Microsoft on whether it's easy enough to just roll back to a previous state. Of course, you can completely reset your Surface Pro 2, but who would want to do that? For those who did the update, it looks like you'll be waiting for a few weeks with a buggy device, unfortunately.

Bohemia rakes in $5.1 million in launch day DayZ sales

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 19, 2013 5:38 am

aIn the first 12 hours of DayZ's release, over 88,000 copies were sold, but 24 hours after its release? A nice 172,500 copies have been sold, with a total of $5.17 million in sales. Bohemia Interactive's CEO, Maruk Spanel, announced the news through his personal blog.

 

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If you haven't jumped in at the ground level for DayZ, you can grab it from Steam as an Early Access title for $29.99. But there is a warning: this is still an alpha version of the game, far from a finished product, with the developer earning it is still a work-in-progress, with Spanel noting on his blog: "Bugs discovered: many. Work ahead: hard."

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ROCKI passes $200,000 in funding, Spotify, Deezer support announced

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Dec 19, 2013 4:38 am

One of the more exciting devices to slide through Kickstarter, is the ROCKI. We wrote about it a little while ago now, but the Kickstarter is slowly coming to an end, with something exciting announced in the last few hours of its crowdfunding.

 

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ROCKI will see Spotify and Deezer support, with a new $210,000 stretch goal of: "Spotify or Deezer - Which first?" announced. ROCKI required $50,000 in funding, but quickly flew past that, and is now soaring above $204,000 at the time of writing. With around 30 hours to go, you need to jump in and throw money at your monitor for the ROCKI if you're a music lover. Free your music with ROCKI, and now Spotify and Deezer support? Yes, thanks!

Spotify begins rolling out fresh look for Android, Mac and Windows

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Dec 19, 2013 3:00 am

This morning Spotify began quietly rolling out updates to its Android, Windows and Mac apps that brings forth a whole new look for the popular music streaming service. The login pages have a new look, and the overall theme is now much darker than before.

 

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The update also adds image galleries, track play counts, and other small improvements such as larger fonts. Unfortunately, a full changelog has not been published and Spotify is keeping oddly quiet on the matter. When contacted by website, TheNextWeb, a Spotify representative said that the company had no comment on the updates or changes.

Delta says no cellular or internet based in-flight calls for 2014

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Dec 19, 2013 1:28 am

Even though the FCC is considering giving clearance for in-flight cellular usage, and possibibally allowing the use of electronics during takeoff and landing, Delta seems to be sticking to their guns about the matter. Delta's CEO, Richard Anderson, sent out a memo to 80,000 delta employees this morning stating that the company would not allow in-flight cellular or internet-based calling.

 

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"Delta will not allow cellular calls or internet-based voice communications onboard Delta or Delta Connection flights," the memo read. The memo did say that it would allow the use of texting, email and other "silent" features if the FCC says they are ok. "If the FCC lifts its ban on cellular use in flight, Delta will move quickly to enable customers to use text, email and other silent data transmission services gate to gate."

Apple's new Mac Pro's arrive on sale tomorrow starting at $2999

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Dec 19, 2013 12:00 am

Apple is set to release its long awaited next-generation Mac Pro tomorrow, after passing previous release deadlines twice for the new models. The new Mac Pro's have been highly anticipated for quite some time now, and the company's current Mac Pro model is beginning to age.

 

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The new Mac Pro's feature a round cylinder design that is clearly a nod to the company's new "space ship" campus it is building in Cupertino, California. The device will ship with Intel Xeon E5 processors, up to 64GB of RAM and dual AMD Fire Pro video cards. 1TB of storage is provided thanks to a PCIe SSD, and optional HDD-based storage is available. You can own a new Mac Pro as early as tomorrow, for $2,999, just remember not to mistake it for a trash can.

Kindle for Android gets updated to add Collections

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Dec 18, 2013 10:30 pm

For those of us with expansive Kindle libraries, Collections have made life very easy when looking for books of a specific type, but unfortunately until now, Collections were not possible on Android Tablets. Today Amazon updated the Kindle for Android App, and has now included the ability to add books to collections.

 

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Kindle for Android now lets users chose how they would like to organize their books, and can also filter them by Author, Title, or Genre. Additionally, accessibility support for Android's Talk Back feature has been added, as has Explore by Touch. Users can now also offer a star rating for the books they like or dislike.

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