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Sony and Panasonic announces 'Archival Disc' with 300GB storage space

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Storage | Posted: Mar 10, 2014 9:17 pm

Sony and Panasonic have made a joint announcement about its new optical disc standard made specifically for long term storage, called as 'Archival Disc'. One of the features of this drive is that has the ability to storage large amount of data per disc.




A single archival disc can store up to 300GB of sata, but also mentioned that its future implementations should allow 500GB to up to 1TB storage per disc. These drives will also be dust and water resistant with durability that can withstand changes in heat and humidity.


This disc standard is made for professional use who need larger storage solutions than the currently available discs.

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This is Neal Young's music player, looks like failed iPod prototype

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Mar 10, 2014 9:14 pm

With celebrities like Dr. Dre making bank on streaming music ventures and audio hardware its no secret why Neal Young wants to get in on the action. Today Young unveiled his company's first music player, the Pono. The music player looks similar to the iPods of the 2000's until you step back and look at it from another angle, where you realize that it is actually triangular in form.




The player is designed to work exclusively with Young's high-end, high-quality streaming service PonoMusic, and features 128GB of internal flash storage that allows users to store up to 500 high bit-rate albums. The device appears quite simple to use with just 3 buttons, and a simple low-resolution LCD screen. Accompanying the high bit-rate audio is high-quality internal amplifier circuitry designed to deliver the cleanest audio possible.

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Afinia launches its new H480 desktop 3D printer

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Maker & DIY | Posted: Mar 10, 2014 7:53 pm

This morning Afinia announced the launch of its next-generation 3D Printer that features several innovative new features included automatic bed leveling and nozzle height detection. The new Afinia H480 is the successor to the popular H479 which was the company's firs desktop 3D printer and quickly grew in popularity with makers everywhere.




The new Afinia H480 features a printing envelope of 5-inches cubed, a build envelope of 5-inches cubed, and features a heated build platform. The entire printer has a footprint of just 9.6-inches by 10.2-inches by 13.7 inches, allowing it to fit on any desktop surface. The inclusion of Automatic Leveling takes the H480 a step above the competition as it removes one of the tedious setup task that can consume valuable time. Automatic leveling works via a detachable Platform Calibration Probe which measures the build platform at nine different locations to ensure a perfectly level printing surface.

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SXSW fans warned by Austin PD against using Uber

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 10, 2014 6:40 pm

SXSW is in full swing in Austin, Texas and music fans from around the world are at the show and needing a way to get around. That means that cabs and public transport in Austin are very busy. Austin PD recently tweeted a warning to visitors at SXSW telling them to only use approved transport providers.




The core of the post is that most Uber services aren't approved and therefore SXSW attendees shouldn't use Uber even though there may be some drivers signed up in the Austin area. The Austin PD was later specifically asked if Uber rides were permitted, and responded, "No, they are not."


Uber has been on hand at SXSW the last few years and has skirted rules in Austin that prevent its service from operating normally. One way it has skirted the rules is by offering free rides. Austin PD says that any for hire service driver must have an operators permit, commercial insurance, and a chauffer's permit.

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Shutterstock CEO isn't worried about free Getty Images

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 10, 2014 6:06 pm

If you surf the web and read news on just about any topic, you are apt to run across little disclaimers saying that an image came from Getty Images or Shutterstock. Images from both these places cost money to license and use for commercial activities.




Not too long ago, Getty Images announced that it was allowing non-commercial use of some of its images at no charge. The catch to the free use of these images was that you can't use them for commercial purposes and Getty gets to serve ads over the top of the images.


The announcement from Getty sent stocks tumbling a bit for Shutterstock. Shutterstock CEO Jon Oringer has come out and said that the free Getty Images aren't a concern for him. He says that his firm gets 99.9% of its business from the commercial sector and that it will keep working that sector.

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Make homemade wine with The Miracle Machine

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Maker & DIY | Posted: Mar 10, 2014 5:35 pm

There are gadgets out there for just about any need you can think of. If you are a fan of wine, a new gadget has surfaced that claims to let you make water into wine in your home. The gadget uses technology to speed the wine making process.




The Miracle Machine has a bunch of sensors inside a carafe along with heaters, pumps, and transducers that can make wine quickly. The gadget also promises to be economical. The people behind The Miracle Machine say that you can make a bottle of wine each week in the machine for about $10 per month.


The Miracle Machine itself isn't exactly cheap at $499, but if you want to make your own wine that might not be such a bad price. The ultrasonic sensor in the device is able to speed the flavor development of the wine according to the designers.

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Bob's Burgers heads to new time slot - Tina and Linda head to Reddit

By: Alyssa Coulter | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 10, 2014 5:26 pm

Thanks to FOX's reboot of the 1980 PBS series "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage" (now streamlined to "Cosmos"), fans of "Bob's Burgers" will have to adjust to a tuning-in to a new timeslot. The hilarious antics of the Belchers will now be featured in the less-than-glamorous Sunday at 7/6c timeslot on Fox in March, April, and May.



Aside from making their unfortunate timeslot shift known through the catchy sing-along commercial on FOX, two cast members from "Bob's Burgers" also took to to remind fans to tune-in tonight at the new time. Dan Mintz and John Roberts, the voices behind Tina and Linda Belcher, started a stream on to remind fans of the shift, and stayed on for a few hours to chat. The stream attracted a few thousand viewers within the first few hours, and not without good reason.


Mintz and Roberts were nothing short of hilarious in their banter with fans, with Roberts claiming to voice once fan's wife from underneath their bed, and Mintz offering to record the voicemail message of another fan. At some point in the conversation, the show's creator Loren Bouchard even joined in on the conversation, answering fans questions about character inspiration and touting a possible in-show "Archer" parody in response to the "Bob's Burgers" parody featured on "Archer". Although the conversation has run relatively dry, the post is still available to read here.

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Braven BRV-X ultra-rugged wireless outdoor speaker debuts

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Mar 10, 2014 5:14 pm

Like many things today, not all outdoor speakers are created equal. You can take any wireless speaker outside, but whether or not it will survive dust, tumbles, or water depends on how rugged the device is. Braven has unveiled a new portable speaker that is called the BRV-X.




This ultra-rugged speaker can be used inside and out and has the ability to be paired wirelessly with a second unit for stereo sound. The speaker is rugged enough to survive, rain, drops, and other trials that it will see in the outdoors.


Sound comes from custom HD drivers and an omni-directional bass radiator. Braven fits the speaker with an indoor or outdoor switch to change the music to suit the environment. The BRV-X is IPX5 water-resistant and has a USB port for charging devices like smartphones and more.

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The Ultimate Comic Book Sale, Marvel Unlimited offering up to 90% off

By: Alyssa Coulter | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 10, 2014 5:06 pm

Low on cash but craving a comic book fix? Marvel has your back. From now until March 15th, Marvel Unlimited is offering a month of their popular digital subscription service for just 99 cents -that's nearly 90% off!




So what do you get for 99 cents? By subscribing to Marvel Unlimited for just 99 cents, users will get access Marvel's digital platform, where they will have access to a massive digital comic library of 15,000 comics. In addition to streaming digital comics, users can also download up to twelve comics at a time for offline viewing. To sweeten the deal, Marvel Unlimited subscribers also receive access to members-only deals on Marvel merchandise and new-release Marvel comics.


Marvel's "Ultimate Sale" on Marvel Unlimited subscriptions is in celebration of SXSW 2014, but it is also a way of bringing traffic to their improved platform. When Marvel Unlimited initially launched, the platform featured an abundance of comics, but the continuity of big name players like Thor and Iron Man were relatively sparse; the reading experience was also less than fluid, with some pages seemingly taking a lifetime to properly load.


Marvel believes they have fully addressed these issues in the newest version of their digital platform. Kristen Vincent, Marvel's Vice President of Digital products claims they heard user complaints loud and clear, and they have created a "smoother reading experience," and have filled in the continuity gaps; Vincent claims Marvel Unlimited now has "every issue of IRON MAN and THOR," and is "very close to having full runs of CAPTAIN AMERICA and AVENGERS as well."

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General Mills and DC Comics bring the magic back to the cereal box

By: Alyssa Coulter | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 10, 2014 4:48 pm

If you like to entertain yourself at the breakfast table by reading the Wheaties' box, then your mornings have just gotten infinitely more entertaining. Last Tuesday, DC Comics announced they will once again be partnering with General Mills Cereal to provide special issue comic books within the boxes of select General Mills Big G cereals. If you miss the feeling of popping open the cereal box and digging out the prize, General Mills has you covered.




Back by popular demand! In 2011 the two companies featured a similar partnership in which General Mills cereals contained four special issue Justice League comic books, each of which featured the first part of a storyline that continued online through the General Mills website. This first partnership moved 12 million comic books -three million of each of the four issues.

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