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Dual-dock iPad prototype sells for $10,200 on eBay

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 31, 2012 7:18 am

Got a spare $10,000? Too late. The rare prototype iPad that featured two 30-pin dock connectors has sold for an astonishing $10,200, $200 above the original asking price.

 

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The unit sported dock connects on the bottom and left side of the iPad, and was a fully functional unit except for a faulty digitizer, which renders the touchscreen inoperative. The prototype did still include Apple's "Switchboard" testing software included.

 

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Seven bidders were at the hammer for the device, with 23 bids issued for the device. The unidentified buyer placed the winning bit with just two minutes to spare. What makes the device so rare is that it's just so scarce, as well as no one outside of Apple owns a dual dock-capable iPad.

 

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The $10,200 prototype iPad lacks any trademark and regulatory markings that are found on a retail iPad, but it does sport a prototype ID number as well as part numbers and copyrights from prior to the official iPad launch. Both dock ports are reportedly fully functional.

Amazon's Instant Video streaming hits Xbox Live

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: May 31, 2012 6:24 am

Amazon and Microsoft have made the Amazon Instant Video streaming media application available to Gold-level Xbox Live subscribers. Right now, over 17,000 streaming videos are available right now, for free, on the Xbox 360.

 

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The service on the Xbox 360 now gives Xbox users access to Amazon's 120,000-strong library of purchasable videos to watch on the console. Watch lists are manageable from either a web interface, or locally on the Xbox 360 itself.

 

Xbox Kinect technology is also compatible, which can be used to search and play videos, as well as the traditional controller interface. Purchases made from Amazon are instantly loaded onto a watch list for easy selection from the 360.

 

Amazon joins an ever-growing list of companies on the Xbox 360, such as Epix, CinemaNow, Crackle, Dailymotion, ESPN, Verizon FIOS, Netflix, Hulu Plus, HBO, MLB, and more.

Tim Cook talks of Apple's relationship with Facebook, says "Stay tuned"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 31, 2012 5:28 am

Could those words be any more mysterious? Apple CEO Time Cook when questioned about the lack of Facebook integration on iOS, said "Stay tuned". Considering that Facebook have nearly 1 billion users, and Apple's handshake with Twitter and its integration with iOS, we have to wonder, 'why not Facebook?'

 

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Cook adds "Facebook is a great company, and the relationship is solid. I saw Sheryl (Sandberg) earlier outside. We have great respect for each other."

 

When Swisher reffered to Jobs calling Facebook "onerous", Cook responded with:

 

They have their way of doing things, but people say that about us as well. Just because they have a point of view doesn't mean we can't work with each other.

 

Jobs had previously referred to Facebook term's when negotiating the Ping integration as "onerous", which means "involving a burdensome amount of effort and difficulty". Post-IPO Facebook could be different, knowing that Apple have a considerable amount of power in the industry compared to a few years ago.

 

Facebook and Apple are pretty much the two powerhouse companies right now, with social networking in one corner, and mobile devices in the other. The only competitors to them would be Google and Microsoft. Considering Microsoft has a stake in Facebook, it'll be interesting to see the integration Apple would receive in the future. After all, Windows 8 is nearly here and I'm looking forward to seeing the level of integration the OS offers when it comes to Facebook

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Facebook shares dip below $29 per share as authorities begin their investigation into the IPO

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 31, 2012 4:37 am

Facebook share's are continuing to tank, where they've started to dip below $29 per share, where at the time of writing, they're sitting at $28.19 per share. Considering they started at $38 per share, this is quite the fall from grace for the social networking company.

 

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This drop has pushed their once $100 billion-plus valuation, down to a market cap of just $61.66 billion. This is a disaster considering the confidence in the stock pre-IPO, just over a week ago now. Traders can also now "short" Facebook shares, betting that the price will continue to fall. Sam Hamadeh, founder of analyst PrivCo, said that most of the options were "bearish" meaning that traders were betting on price falls. He also said that popular contracts were putting Facebook's share price in the mid-$20's for June and July, with PrivCo estimating Facebook shares were worth $25 ahead of the IPO.

 

I think we should see shares stabilize at around the mid-$20's mark, as PrivCo states. I think the initial offering was a quick cash-grab for those "in the know", but I'm no financial expert. It really seems that way from everything that is happening with the Facebook IPO.

Leaked shot of MSI's GEFORCE GTX 660, should arrive in time for Computex

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 31, 2012 4:09 am

We know that NVIDIA are set to unleash the GK104-powered GEFORCE GTX 660, which should arrive during Computex in Taipei next week. Until then, we have to look at a photoshopped picture of the card itself.

 

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VR-Zone reports that they've checked with their sources, and the product is indeed, legit. The top left of the card has a photoshopped 6-pin PCI-e power connector highlighting that it only draws up to 150W and no more, which is a great sign for power-conscious gamers.

 

If the GTX 660 pulls just 150W of power, NVIDIA have done a great thing with Kepler. Gone are the days that Fermi splashed out on your wallet sucking down all that juice on your rig, less than 150W of power on a mid-range card like this is great.

 

We should have more news, in-person, at Computex next week.

BBC has a LOL moment, uses the Halo UNSC logo instead of the real one

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: May 31, 2012 3:24 am

BBC aired a report last week, in reference to the UN's Security Council, and the screens behind presenter Sophie Raworth showed a large graphic. This graphic was the UNSC icon, but had nothing to do with the Security Council, because it was the badge of the United Nations Space Command, the military agency featured in Halo.

 

 

You can see, a quick Google image search would be mistaken for Halo's UNSC. UNSC can mean United Nations Security Council, or alternatively in the Halo world, the United Nations Space Command. Viewers spotted the error quickly, and the icon was replaced in later editions of the bulletin.

 

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A spokesperson said:

 

BBC News makes every effort to ensure the accuracy of all images broadcast. However, very occasionally mistakes do happen. Unfortunately an incorrect logo was used during a segment on last week's News at Once bulletin and we apologise to viewers for the mistake.

 

Master Chief would be proud.

Google's $199 tablet is here, dubbed Nexus 7, sports Tegra 3, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and is HD ready

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 31, 2012 2:28 am

Google Nexus 7, get to know it, because it's going to be something quite big over the coming months. Nexus 7 is a 7-inch tablet with a 'HD Ready' 1280x800-pixel screen, NVIDIA's 4-PLUS-1 Tegra 3 SoC which clocked in at 1.3GHz and is manufactured by ASUS.

 

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It features a five-point multi-touch hardware-accelerated screen, which takes advantage of Tegra's fifth 'companion' core and Synamptics IP. Pixel density on the Nexus 7 is a little higher than 215 pixels per inch.

 

Being a Google device, it sports the very latest version of their mobile OS, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. It has been previously reported that Android 5.0 would be Jelly Bean, but it seems Google is outfitting their $199 tablet with the latest deliciously-named OS. Android 4.1 is the next step from Google, with Android 4.2 being the step after.

 

It also includes OpenGL ES, the latest version released by the Khronos Group, but performance is not up to the usual Tegra 3-powered devices, with Rightware's Taiji OpenGL ES 2.0 test having a frame rate of just 18fps.

 

But for this price, who can complain? We hope to see more news on this in the coming days, and weeks.

Windows 8 Release Preview leaked early, Microsoft may also increase OEM pricing of the OS

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: May 31, 2012 1:29 am

Windows 8 Release Preview is out a little early, and whilst it's just a Chinese version, it's been said that users have been able to install an English language pack through Windows Update. The leaked ISO has been confirmed and tested by a few websites such as PCBeta (Chinese) and WinUnleaked (English) and is available right now various torrent sites. Personally, I'll be waiting for the official version of the OS, which is expected sometime next week, right in the middle of Computex.

 

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Build 8400 does include some goodies, such as improved multi-monitor support, a new boot screen, as well as updated wallpapers and cursors. The final version of Windows 8 is expected to not include the translucent Aero Glass, but is present in the current build of Windows 8, including build 8400.

 

Build 8400 improves upon Metro, where we see News, Travel and Sports apps have been added. Also, DigiTimes is reporting that sources have told them Microsoft may increase the price of OEM versions of Windows 8, which could make it harder on system builders to keep their prices sharp, especially on the Ultrabooks.

 

Pricing should be unveiled in the coming months, or even at Microsoft's keynote at Computex on June 6. We will be there in force, and will update you with the news as it happens.

Intel inks deal with Devicescape to gain access to its virtual network

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: May 30, 2012 10:36 pm

Intel has inked a deal with Devicescape which could see the inclusion of Devicescape's virtual network into Intel-powered Ultrabooks and tablets. While Intel doesn't actually build these devices, they provide the silicon and software to manufacturers who design and assemble them and then sell them to the general public.

 

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Devicescape has crowdsourced an entire network of open access points around the globe. However, not every access point gets added to Devicescape's network. First, the access point has to pass Devicescpe's standards for speed, reliability and availability. Only then will it be added. Of the 100 million or so access points seen, only 8 million have made the cut.

 

"Smart Connect will work on lid open and lid closed scenarios," Devicescape CEO David Fraser said via email. "So, you'll be automatically connected no-matter the state of your PC." The connection is completely automatic and works even with the lid closed. Imagine walking into a store and sitting down to find all of your email and RSS feeds synced. The future looks great.

 

No word on whether or not Intel or its partners would charge for the service, but it is highly unlikely that they would for a couple of reasons. First, the access points are free to Intel and would be accessible by the users without the service. Second, INtel is facing competition from ARM so this would be a way to differentiate their somewhat similar products.

MegaUpload saga: MegaUpload asks US court to dismiss piracy charges

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 30, 2012 9:32 pm

Attorneys representing the now defunct upload site MegaUpload have filed a motion with the court to dismiss criminal piracy charges due to the fact the US had no jurisdiction. "Megaupload does not have an office in the United States, nor has it had one previously," MegaUpload's lawyers wrote in their motion to dismiss. "Service of a criminal summons on Megaupload is therefore impossible."

 

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The filing came today and is just the latest in a long drawn out court battle between MegaUpload and the United States. The sad part is that millions of legitimate users have been affected and their files, some the only copy, have been put into jeopardy at the hands of the US government. The issue at hand is that MegaUpload has never had a US-based agent or office:

 

Wholly foreign corporations, therefore, may not be prosecuted for alleged violations of federal criminal law unless they waive service In short, a corporation such as Megaupload cannot be brought within the jurisdiction of this Court for criminal proceedings absent its consent.

 

The company's lawyers have once again asked for funds to be released to allow for a proper defense. DotCom and three other managers are in New Zealand where they continue to fight extradition. "We told the court that the United States lacked probable cause to take down the entire site," said Ira Rothken, the attorney leading MegaUpload's worldwide defense.

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