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DotA 2 is now available to all, finally drops its sign-up requirement

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 18, 2013 6:35 am

I lost count of how many times I was invited to play DotA 2 through Steam, but those days are now behind us: the game is available for all! It is Steam's most active game, which is just crazy.

 

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Valve took to the DotA 2 blog, where it said it had been working on DotA 2's infrastructure throughout the beta, and past its official launch back in July. The developer has since been increasing DotA 2's player base, with server upgrades and a "huge number of enhancements", and now it is time for the game to expand, rapidly.

 

Valve has said that there are over 6.5 million unique monthly users that play DotA 2, but it doesn't compare to the 32 million monthly players that competing game, League of Legends, features.

Apple's Cupertino HQ... recreated in Minecraft, a two-year creation

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 18, 2013 5:36 am

1 Infinite Loop, Cupertino, California. We all know what is there, but for those who don't: it's Apple's HQ. Well, Minecraft player Michael Steeber, spent two years recreating Apple's HQ, in Minecraft.

 

 

As you can see from the video, above, there is some incredible detail placed in this creation. Steeber has gone to great lengths to get it as accurate as possible, but two years creating it? That is some serious dedication!

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DayZ alpha hits Steam, over 88,000 downloads in 12 hours

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 18, 2013 4:33 am

DayZ hit Steam in the last 24 hours, racking up over 88,000 downloads in its first 12 hours on Valve's digital distribution platform. If you haven't heard of DayZ, its from Bohemia Interactive, the developer behind ArmA.

 

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Bohemia Interactive's CEO, Maruk Spanel, took to Twitter: "88,000 survivors have joined Dayz alpha in the first 12 hours. Thank you." Considering DayZ originally launched as a mod for the developers ArmA 2, this is quite the surprise. DayZ does have a pretty good following, though, and with the standalone alpha being priced at $29.99 on Steam Early Access, zombie shooter fans should get on at the ground level.

Drobo launches the new DroboApp platform to help with 3rd party apps

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Dec 18, 2013 3:30 am

Drobo has just launched the all new DroboApp platform that delivers new functionality to the Drobo 5N network storage array and provides an easy method for third-party app integration. The platform includes 15 initial apps that offer up a wide range of functionality including media servers, remote file access, cloud backup, and even BitTorrent clients.

 

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"The Drobo 5N was designed to deliver the best file sharing experience available," said Jim Sherhart, Vice President of Product Marketing, Drobo. "Extending the functionality with fully supported applications including Plex, Barracuda Copy and ElephantDrive demonstrates our commitment to enhancing value for our existing customers."

 

"Plex is excited about a fully integrated NAS plus Media Server solution for users to easily store, organize and stream their media," said Shawn Eldridge, Vice President of Strategic Alliances. "Given the exponential growth in personal media being generated today, the combination of Drobo and Plex is the perfect way for users to easily organize and play their media on any screen."

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Edward Snowden writes an open letter to the Brazilian people

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Dec 18, 2013 3:07 am

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is still living and working in Russia, though has penned an open letter to the people of Brazil, while politicians ask Snowden for help following reports of NSA spying on Brazilian lawmakers.

 

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In his open letter: "If Brazil hears only one thing from me, let It be this: when all of us band together against injustices and in defense of privacy and basic human rights, we can defend ourselves from even the most powerful systems."

 

Snowden said he would like to help the Brazilian people get their rights back, but cannot as long as he is wanted by the United States. In return for helping Brazil lawmakers, Snowden has requested asylum and safe passage to the country. No formal legal documents have been submitted to the Brazilian government to begin proceedings.

 

Although the NSA is considering granting Snowden amnesty if he agrees to stop discussing his activities, the former IT manager seems content to remain in Russia. Realistically, Snowden's ability to help other countries is limited unless he is eventually granted permanent political asylum - and is able to travel to the host country - without being intercepted by US officials.

Microsoft's Surface 2, Surface Pro 2 tablets are 'extremely popular'

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 18, 2013 2:35 am

The Microsoft Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 tablet models are selling out and have been difficult to find this Christmas shopping season. The devices are selling out at the official Microsoft Store and Walmart.com, while a quick look at Amazon.com shows a small supply of the surprisingly popular tablets.

 

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It's plausible Microsoft released smaller shipments to retailers - or the devices are truly becoming popular - but we won't know until early 2014, when analysts are able to estimate sales numbers. Microsoft and the retailers aren't confirming shipment figures, so analyst groups will be left to estimate how the Microsoft tablets did against rival tablets.

 

Microsoft has found it difficult to compete with the extremely popular Apple iPad and Android-based tablets, but the Windows 8-powered devices are best suited to make a major impact in the enterprise. Meanwhile, analysts believe the Surface 2 tablets will continue to fight for market share in 2014, as Microsoft continues a massive marketing and advertising campaign.

Roku 3 owners can now download the official YouTube app

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Apps | Posted: Dec 18, 2013 2:02 am

Google has rolled out a new YouTube app for the Roku 3 set-top streaming player, providing Roku owners easy access to the world's largest video sharing site. The new channel is available starting immediately.

 

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The new YouTube app includes HD video streaming, "Send to TV" feature from wireless phones, and easy access to all subscribed channels that can be shown on the TV. The new Roku 3 YouTube app is available for users in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and Ireland, with additional rollouts expected in the future.

 

Even with HDTVs, Blu-ray players, and other living room electronics using streaming services, lack of YouTube access for Roku 3 owners has been a major complaint. The Roku 3 is the premier model from the set-top maker, providing access to a large amount of TV episodes, movies, sports, and other content all in HD - with integrated support for Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus and VUDU - and includes a headphones jack so content can be enjoyed quietly.

 

With Apple iPhone, iPad and Google Android support, viewers can use their mobile electronics as a Roku 3 remote.

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LG G Flex making its way out of Asia and into the UK in Feb 2014

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 18, 2013 2:00 am

Today LG Announced that its first curved-screen smartphone, the LG G Flex will be launching in the UK sometime in February of 2014. The G Flex has already been released in Korea, Hong Kong, and Singapore, and this trip to the UK will mark the phones first entry into a non Asian market.

 

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The phone will be available at the UK carrier EE, and while pricing is unknown at the moment, we can expect to see it retail above $500. After its UK debut, the G Flex will hit India followed by other UK markets, but unfortunately a US debut seems unlikely. Why the Korean electronic giant has chosen to keep the G Flex out of the US is still unknown, but I suspect that we will see a curved-screen smartphone from LG launch in the US sometime in 2014.

Coby Electronics 32-inch HDTVs recalled after fire risk

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 18, 2013 1:09 am

Coby Electronics 32-inch flat screen HDTVs with the model number "TFTV3229" are being recalled due to potential fire risk, according to media reports.

 

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The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) confirmed there have been at least six reports of TVs overheating, emitting smoke, or igniting in small fires. No reported injuries related to the faulty TVs.The TVs were sold starting in August 2011 until November 2013 at Best Buy, Fry's Electronics, H.H. Gregg, Toys 'R' Us, ABC Warehouse, P.C. Richard and Son, Sears/Kmart, and Nebraska Furniture Mart.

 

Coby was a Chinese-based high-definition TV manufacturer that is known for selling low-cost, entry-level HDTVs that are drastically cheaper than rival models from Samsung, Sony, LG, Sharp, and other competing companies. Unfortunately, Coby USA is no longer in operation, so the retailers are handling the recall.

 

Visit the CPSC website to see if your Coby TV is currently being recalled.

LG announces the Chromebase, the world's first all-in-one Google PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Dec 18, 2013 12:42 am

LG will unveil its all-in-one, Google Chrome OS-powered Chromebase, at CES 2014 next month. The LG Chromebase features Google's Chrome OS, a 21.5-inch Full HD IPS-based screen, and much more.

 

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We have an Intel Celeron CPU inside, 2GB of RAM, a 16GB iSSD for storage, HDMI-in, three USB 2.0 ports, one USB 3.0 port, LAN, and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing webcam. There's some built-in speakers, coming in at a whopping 5W. It looks like the Chromebase will be enough for most casual users, but it won't be forming any performance world records.

 

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We'll be hands-on with this Chromebase at CES 2014 in just a few weeks time.

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