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Microsoft is still committed to Bing, won't give it up anytime soon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Sep 4, 2013 6:38 am

Google dominates so many services it's not funny, but Microsoft isn't going down without a fight when it comes to search engine wars. The Redmond-based software giant is very much committed to Bing, and it seems like that is a relationship that will keep on keeping on.




Since 2005, Bing has cost Microsoft's Online Services Division a hefty $11 billion, but the company are still continuing to maintain it, and pump money into the search engine. AllThingsD's Kara Swisher says that all of Microsoft's board members, including recently appointed activist shareholder firm ValueAct, think that Bing is a key part of Microsoft's future in online revenues.


I guess we'll see going into the future, but Microsoft's recently acquisition of Nokia's Devices and Services division might just have a helping hand in the future of Bing, or vica versa.

Sony QX100, QX10 lens camera attachments shown off in leaked video

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cameras | Posted: Sep 4, 2013 5:35 am

A full-length video tease of Sony's upcoming "lens camera" attachments has floated to the surface of the Internet today: Sony's upcoming QX100 and QX10 attachable lenses.



The lens cameras are expected to be unveiled this week, but the video, above, is actually quite impressive. I think the biggest thing to take away from the video is the fact that these lenses are detachable, and can be used while they're not attached to your Sony smartphone. They are also capable of simple one-touch pairing over NFC, and once paired, can act independently of your smartphone, snapping photos away with ease.

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RumorTT: Sony to unveil VR headset at TGS 2013, works with DriveClub

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Sep 4, 2013 4:35 am

It looks like Oculus VR could have some competition in the VR space, with Sony rumored to unveil a virtual reality headset at the Tokyo Game Show later this month that would work with the PlayStation 4.




CVG and Eurogamer are both reporting the news, and according to reports Sony had plans to reveal the headset at GamesCom, but decided to hold off at the last minute. The reports also state that the Japanese electronics giant is torn between offering its VR headset as an optical add-on, or as a key part of the PS4 that will set it apart from its main competitor: the Xbox One.


CVG and Eurogamer's sources have said that at least one developer, Evolution Studios, is working on providing support for the VR headset with its DriveClub game. DriveClub is Sony's latest first-party racing sim, and a PS4 launch title. Evolution Studios is reportedly incorporating support for the VR headset that would simulate the vehicle's cockpit.

Xbox One CPU receives 150MHz boost in CPU clock speed

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Sep 4, 2013 3:36 am

The Xbox One isn't too far away, but according to Yusuf Mehdi, corporate vice president of marketing and strategy for Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Business, the Xbox One is in full production.




Before going into full production, the next-gen console received a boost in its CPU clock speed - increasing 150MHz from 1.6GHz to 1.75GHz. Mehdi announced the news at the Citi Global Technology Conference, giving a quick update on the Xbox One's progress and manufacturing. He also added: "We're on track for launch in November," you'd kind of hope so, considering it's September already.


He also said: "We'll announce a launch date shortly. We recently just went into full production, so we're now producing en masse Xbox One consoles. We've had real good progress on the system. In fact, we just updated the CPU performance to 1.75 GHz on top of the graphics performance improvement, so the system is really going to shine [and] the games look pretty incredible."


This is the second tweak Microsoft has done to the Xbox One, where we saw an increase in the Xbox One's GPU clock speed in August from 800MHz to 853MHz.

Did Google show us the Nexus 5 during its Android 4.4 announcement?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 4, 2013 2:44 am

Something I want quite bad is the Nexus 5, but with the announcement and massive tease of Android 4.4, it might be a little ways off yet. Well, it looks like the refreshed smartphone from Google might have been teased during the KitKat announcement, as you can see below.




The guy on the left has a swish-looking smartphone, with it looking bigger than the Nexus 4 - I'm estimating ~5 inches. We can see the Nexus logo is horizontal, like the refreshed Nexus 7 tablet. The camera is much bigger, which could be a much-needed 13-megapixel (or so, again, estimating here) rear-facing camera.


For comparison, the woman on the right is holding the Nexus 4, Google's current flagship smartphone. I'm hoping we have an announcement soon, but now the question is will Google unleash the Nexus 5 with Android 4.4 KitKat, or Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie?

Kim Dotcom says he will launch a new political party in New Zealand

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Sep 4, 2013 2:33 am

It's been a while since I wrote a piece about Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom and I'd started to wonder if everyone had forgotten about him. It appears that Dotcom has been hard at work planning out a new political party that he plans on launching next year in New Zealand.




Dotcom says that the new party will focus on improving the country's IT infrastructure, Internet access, and download allowances. The party is set to launch on January 20, 2014, which is the two-year anniversary of the US government's raid on Dotcom's New Zealand mansion.


Dotcom mentioned in an interview that he is aware that he is unable to run for the office of Prime Minister as he is not a citizen of New Zealand, but he did say that he was in the early stages of meeting with potential candidates for prime minister and other political positions.

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LeakedTT: NVIDIA's rumored Tegra Tab surfaces in new photos

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 4, 2013 2:14 am

NVIDIA's Tegra Tab appears to be much more than just a rumor as newly surfaced photos appeared today which all but confirm the existence of the Tegra 4i-powered slate. The images are not your normal leaks from an employee or company insider, but are much more official.




The images are said to have been taken at the Taiwan National Communications Commission back in late August when the device was sent in for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth radio testing. The images are branded with the NVIDIA name and official model number, P1640. Interestingly enough, the tablet is said to be void of any cellular radios, which makes this a hotspot only device.

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Spotify launches Connect service, will stream to home speaker systems

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Sep 4, 2013 2:03 am

Today, Spotify announced that it has began working with "a number of" hardware manufacturers to bring music streaming to household audio systems similar to how AirPlay and other music streaming systems work. The new service is called Spotify Connect and will enable customers to stream playlists to speakers and home theater systems throughout their entire house.




This is quite similar to how Google Chromecast manages to stream audio from Chrome-based devices to TVs around the home. As expected, the system will allow users to pause a track on a smartphone and then resume the track at the same time marker on any sound-producing, Connect-compatible device in the home.


While no supporting products have been named, and no pricing or availability information given, we do know that devices from Argon, Bang & Olufsen, Denon, Marantz, Philips, Pioneer, Revo, Teufel, and Yamaha will be compatible with the Spotify Connect and identified by the logo being highly visible on compatible products.

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SpaceTT: Hubble Telescope captures beautiful "Cosmic Caterpillar"

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Sep 4, 2013 1:45 am

Recently, NASA released images captured by the Hubble Space Telescope that show off what scientists are describing as a "Cosmic Caterpillar" that stretches across the universe for nearly 6,000,000,000,000 miles. The so-called Caterpillar is actually a massive cloud of space dust and gas that is collapsing in on itself to form a new star.




Unfortunately for the could-be new star, there are roughly 65 very large and extremely hot stars lurking nearby that can be seen on the right side of the image. These started producing what is said to be a powerful stellar wind, which is doing its best to disperse the cloud of gas and dust and form the long tail-like structure seen in the image. Additionally, 500 less bright stars are in the vicinity, which are adding to the destructive forces at large.


At the moment, it is unclear if the "caterpillar cloud"--or IRAS 20324+4057--will be able to fight back by gathering enough mass to counteract the erosion. However, it could eventually one day collect enough material to collapse into a very bright and quite large star, but everyone reading this will have long been dead and forgotten about before that event happens.

Lenovo CEO to give $3.25 million of personal bonus away to employees

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 4, 2013 1:31 am

Today, a new report from Bloomberg suggests that Lenovo CEO, Yang Yuanqing, plans on giving away $3.25 million of his bonus to 10,000 of the company's lowest paid workers. Workers in 20 countries will get the payments, including a facility in Mooresville, North Carolina, where Lenovo's US headquarters is located.




The deal works out to about $325 per employee, which may not sound like much to the US crowd, but $325 is just about the equivalent of one month's pay for the company's workers in China where 85 percent of the company's employees are located. Yang says that he is giving away a significant portion of his annual bonus so that all employees understand the impact they have on making Lenovo the largest PC manufacturer in the world.


10,000 workers only work out to about a third of Lenovo's total employees, but Yang has decided to give the payouts to those who earn the least amount, are paid by the hour, or not eligible for commission or other bonuses that would increase their normal rate of pay. The $3.25 million will not affect Mr. Yang, though, as last year he earned 14.6 million and owns roughly 7 percent of the company's stock.