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ReportTT: Foxconn halting iPhone 5C production at Zhengzhou plant

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 18, 2013 8:23 pm

Reports of Apple's dwindling iPhone 5C sales have been coming in for weeks now, and it appears that many of the rumors about Apple scaling back production on the device are true. A new report from Digitimes is claiming that Foxconn's Zhengzhou plant is halting all production lines building the colorful iPhone 5C.

 

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The plant is said to be able to produce upwards of 9,000 iPhone 5C units per day, which means that halting its production lines further scales the devices daily production from a current 80,000 phones per day to just over 70,000. This puts 5C production drastically down from its high of 320,000 phones per day around launch. The device's poor sales numbers can be directly equated to its retail price of $549 off-contract, which is just $150 cheaper than the company's flagship, the iPhone 5S.

Sony answers to PlayStation 4 blinking blue light problem

By: Idene Saatchi | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 18, 2013 8:20 pm

Sony released the PlayStation 4 last Friday on the 15th. Users are reporting a few issues with the console such as the HDMI problems and some consoles are arriving bricked or have a blinking blue light. Sony has a support thread up on their forums to help users that have got this problem.

 

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Sony has not pointed out what is causing the issue, their posts on the Sony forums are listed as "no video/audio output" "console powering off after blinking blue light" and "blue indicator light blinking" The Issue might be caused by TVs not being compatible or not being up to date on their firmware, according to Sony. Currently 40% of Amazon reviews are a one star for the PlayStation 4. Sony says they will be replacing all the affected consoles.

Verizon release date for Nokia Lumia 929 could be November 21

By: Idene Saatchi | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 18, 2013 7:50 pm

A Verizon insider reports the release date for the Nokia Lumia 929 could be November 21. The Lumia 929 will come with the latest version of windows phone and will be available in black or white. The device's specifications are 2GB of RAM, 32GB internal storage, a 20 Megapixel duel LED flash camera, and a Qualcomm 2.2GHZ quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor.

 

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The Lumia 929 will come with a 1920 x 1080 5 inch HD screen with 441 ppi. Unfortunately the memory is not expandable; it does not come with a micro SD slot. It will also include Bluetooth 4.0 LE and NFC. It is rumored the device will be $199 with a two year contract.

Bitcoin soars past $600, US agencies think twice about its validity

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 18, 2013 7:14 pm

In the past 9 days or so Bitcoin prices have soared to levels no one expected to see after the shutdown of Silk Road. The surge is most likely the result of senate hearings that begin today in which several US agencies will testify to the legitimacy of Bitcoin, and the impact it is having on the global economy.

 

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Today the value of a single Bitcoin soard past $650 and while it has since declined a little, the fact still stands that the digital currency was sitting at a value of just $85 a few months ago. The increase in value can also be attributed to the fact that Ben Bernake, Chairman of the Federal Reserve said that his agency has no intentions of attempting to regulate Bitcoin anytime soon.

 

"The FBI's approach to virtual currencies is guided by a recognition that online payment systems, both centralized and decentralized, offer legitimate financial services," said Peter Kadzik, principal deputy assistant attorney general, in a letter ahead of the Senate hearing. "Like any financial service, virtual currency system[s] of either type can be exploited by malicious actors, but centralized and decentralized online payment systems can vary significantly in the types and degrees of illicit financial risk they pose."

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Seagate introduces the Business Storage Windows Server 4-bay NAS

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Nov 18, 2013 6:04 pm

This morning, Segate Technology announced the launch of the companies latest storage product for business. The new Business Storage Windows Server 4-bay NAS is designed for offices, workgroups, and other entities up to 50 employees. This new NAS will allow employees a centralized location to store files as well as offering a secure storage medium for PC backups.

 

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The new Windows Server 4-bay NAS from Seagate allows businesses with existing Microsoft Windows IT infrastructure to seamlessly upgrade office storage capacity while easily integrating users from an existing directory. The device is powered by a dual-core Intel Atom processor that is clocked in at 2.13GHz. The device utilizes Seagate's NAS HDD drives to ensure a reliable and high-performance experience.

 

"Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 introduces groundbreaking new storage functionality for organizations of all sizes, and the Seagate Business Storage Windows Server 4-bay NAS takes advantage of these advances to serve the growing demand from small- and medium-sized businesses," said Brian Hillger, director, product marketing, Microsoft. "We are happy to have collaborated with Seagate in developing a NAS solution that integrates into existing server infrastructures."

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NASA set to launch the MAVEN mission to Mars today, watch it live

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Nov 18, 2013 4:49 pm

We know quite a bit about the surface of Mars, and have visited the red planet's surface several times now. One thing we do not know very much about though is the composition of the clouds and the very thin Atmosphere that surrounds Mars. Today NASA will launch a new probe aimed at the 4th planet that will study these things and lend us further insight into what Mars once was, and what it is today.

 

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Today at 1:30pm Eastern, NASA will "Light the candle" otherwise known as an Atlas 5 rocket, and set MAVEN on its way to the Martian atmosphere. The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution or "MAVEN" probe will be put into a highly elliptical orbit around Mars and the probe will actually dip deep into the atmosphere to collect and study gasses that are present in clouds and the atmosphere in general. The purpose is to understand how Mars' atmosphere reacts with the Sun and what might have caused it to mostly disappear over the last several hundred million years.

 

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MAVEN will orbit the planet and when its mission is done, the orbiter will be crashed into the surface of the planet. While this may seem like a waste, after several thousand dips deep into the atmosphere of Mars, MAVEN will have become quite weathered and its instruments, surface, solar panels, and other hardware will be near failure. Crashing the probe into the surface is the safest way to decommission the probe at the end of its life. For those who wish to watch the launch take place today at 1:30PM Eastern, NASA is streaming the launch live on NASA TV.

Show Plextor your love via a Fan Photo and win a NCIX Gaming PC!

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Nov 18, 2013 3:26 pm

This week we have teamed up with Plextor who are giving away two amazing Plextor SSD-powered NCIX gaming PCs worth over $1300.

 

Secondary prizes also include eight Plextor M5 Pro Xtreme 128GB SSDs!

 

All you need to do is like the Plextor Facebook page at the link below and follow the other simple steps.

 

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Go! Go! Go!

 

 

HOW TO ENTER:

 

Step 1 - Like Plextor's Facebook Fan Page! - http://a.pgtb.me/LhJjf

 

Step 2 - Register at the link above to win

 

Step 3 - Post a Fan Picture on the Plextor Facebook page

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LSI SandForce SF3700 Announced: SATA III and PCIe Native to 1800 MB/s

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Nov 18, 2013 1:44 pm

Paul and I are packing and in two days we'll show more than just pictures of the new LSI SandForce SF3700. The new controller series is nine channels and supports both SATA III and PCI Express. On the latter, the SF3700 can read up to 1800 MB/s if your PCIe 2.0 bus is up to the task. Using four lanes, 1800 is a good starting point but we're more interested in overclocking our enthusiast motherboards to get more and we hear the new controller can handle a bit of a bump to get past the 1800 MB/s hump. Who's ready for SSD overclocking? Can I get a NGFF water block with my order?

 

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The new SF3700 controller's design is for both consumer and enterprise products much like SF-1000 and SF-2000. Early on, we expect to see enterprise products demoed first but in the end, consumer drives may hit the market first due to the long validation period for enterprise products.

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Apple acquires the company behind the original Kinect system

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 18, 2013 11:30 am

An interesting move by Apple, which has reportedly acquired PrimeSense, the motion sensing technology company that was behind the first Kinect sensor. PrimeSense helped Microsoft design the original Kinect, and has reportedly been scooped up by Apple for a nice $345 million over the weekend.

 

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PrimeSense told TheNextWeb, that it refers to the report as a "recycled rumor," adding that it "does not comment on what any of our partners, customers or potential customers are doing." Apple is reportedly after the motion sensing tech for its Apple TV, but I think we might see it gel between its TV set, and maybe a new form of touchscreen tech. Apple might not push touchscreens onto its MacBook line of products, but a motion sensing tech? Possibly.

Sony sells 1 million PS4s in the first 24 hours on sale

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 18, 2013 9:32 am

One million times $399 is a cool $400 million or so, which is the amount of money Sony made in the first 24 hours of the PlayStation 4 being on sale. The 1 million PS4 units are only counted from the US and Canada launches, so this number should skyrocket in the coming weeks.

 

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Sony estimates that as the PS4 launches in more territories, that number should reach around 3 million before the New Year is here. By March 2014, the Japanese electronics giant wants to hit 5 million, which I don't see being a problem at all. President of Sony's game division, Jack Tretton, has said: "This is a marathon, not a sprint, but getting out to a nice start is a good thing. That hurdle has been cleared. We're very, very confident we're in great shape."

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