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The Beauty Inside, a joint-venture social film from Intel and Toshiba

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Aug 23, 2012 3:33 am

Intel and Toshiba have been hard at work on a social film project called 'The Beauty Inside'. It features some Hollywood talent, with Topher Grace narrating, Sundance award-winning Director, Drake Doremus, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead starring.

 

 

The first episode is above, for your viewing pleasure, and after watching it, I'm quite intrigued. The main character wakes up as a new person, every single day. Imagine that. You wake up and could be a thin, 20-something year old male, and in the morning, you're an overweight, 50-year-old woman. The changes in clothes, in body weight, aches, hair color, female/male body parts, would make your head spin.

 

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The social film's first episode feels like an introduction to the world, and the advertising from Intel and Toshiba is subtle. It's there, but it's not forced into your face, which is nice. I expected it to jump out at me more, and was pleasantly surprised, as you really only see the advertisement when the characters use a notebook. Another great thing about The Beauty Inside, is this is just the first episode, there's more to come, and if you want to get a chance to audition for a leading role in an upcoming episode, you might want to click here.

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Logitech's Washable Keyboard K310 can be hand-washed

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Aug 23, 2012 2:33 am

We've all spilt liquids on our keyboards before, accidents do happen, you just have to not cry over spilt milk (or expensive scotch). But never fear, Logitech is here, with their latest Washable Keyboard K310. Logitech's latest keyboard can be hand-washed, and is capable of being submerged in up to 11 inches of water.

 

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Logitech have used some drainage holes at the back of the K310 that allow for easy drying while key characters are laser-printed and UV coated in order to keep them from fading. Logitech have also featured the K310 with the ability of sustaining five million keystrokes, meaning that not only is the keyboard washable, it can also take years of typing, gaming, or more.

 

Sophie Le Guen, senior director of mice and keyboards at Logitech has said:

 

We've all experienced that moment of distraction - followed by panic, when a cup of coffee or a soda spills all over your keyboard. Because life and its messes will happen, regardless of how careful you are, Logitech designed the Logitech Washable Keyboard K310 to look and function like new, even over time.

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Google unveils new JavaScript browser benchmark, 'Octane'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Aug 23, 2012 1:30 am

Google, in their grasp for browser domination, have unveiled Octane, a JavaScript benchmark suite. Octane is a browser benchmark that measures performance when running the "complex and demanding web applications that users interact with daily".

 

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Google have noted that the previous JavaScript-based benchmarks run artificial tests that were "created on an ad-hoc basis to stress a specific JavaScript feature". Where Google have steered Octane is different, as it extends the former V8 Benchmark Suite with 5 brand new benchmarks created from "full, unaltered, well-known web applications and libraries". Google have given a run down on the new tests:

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Spotify to launch in Canada shortly, possibly looking at Asia and South America next

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Aug 23, 2012 1:05 am

According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, music streaming service, Spotify, looks to be launching in Canada shortly, with a hint of an expansion into "countries in Asia and South America", too. The news comes from Spotify's annual accounts that were published this week.

 

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A Spotify spokesperson talked to The Wall Street Journal, bu refused to discuss the Canadian launch plans, saying that Spotify "plans to launch in new countries". Spotify's tentacles only recently reached Australia and New Zealand back in May, and the latest news from the company was the unlimited free radio on Android for users based in the US.

 

Spotify now sports over 15 million active users, with 4 million being paid subscribers, myself included. Once Spotify begins launching in other countries, these numbers should only increase.

Download of the Day: AIDA64 v2.60

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Aug 22, 2012 11:28 am

A surprise Download of the Day post, as AIDA64 has reached version 2.60.

 

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New features & improvements

  • VIA VX11 platform, Nano X2 and QuadCore CPU support
  • Optimized 64-bit benchmarks for AMD A-Series "Trinity" APU
  • Microsoft Windows 8 RTM and Windows Server 2012 RTM support
  • OpenGL 4.3, APP SDK 2.7, CUDA 5.0 support
  • GPU details for nVIDIA GeForce GTX 650, 660 Series

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Samsung to invest $4 billion on its Austin chip plant, the main beneficiary of this could be Apple

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 22, 2012 9:31 am

Samsung have announced that they are set to invest around $4 billion overhauling its chip manufacturing plant in Austin, Texas. The South Korean company has plans to renovate the plant's current production line in order to boost system chip production.

 

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The $4 billion investment follows news of a new chip plant back home for Samsung, where they'll spend $1.98 billion in South Korea building a new plant. But, the news brings a surprise, as the Texas-based plant is where most of the A-series chips that are baked into Apple's iPhone's and iPad's are produced. This means that the expansion of the plant might benefit Apple, too.

 

The expansion of the Texas plant should also provide more jobs, but how many would be created is unclear at the moment.

RumorTT: iPad mini production ramp up has started, 4 million units to land in September

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 22, 2012 8:29 am

DigiTimes is reporting that the supply volume of Apple's rumored 7.85-inch 'iPad mini' is estimated to reach four million units per month, starting next month. This is in preparation of demand on the smaller iPad for the year-end holidays, and as usual, it's all "according to sources from the upstream supply chain".

 

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Rumors have been strong that the Cupertino-based company would launch the smaller, 7.85-inch iPad in October, sporting a thinner screen frame which will "allow the device to feature a bigger display area than other competing products," reports DigiTimes, and "will also feature a resolution similar to that of iPad 2."

 

DigiTimes' sources have said that the supply chain has already started supplying a small volume of the smaller iPad back in June, where they reached a monthly volume of a few hundred thousand. Apple would most likely peg a $299 price on the 'iPad mini', and their strength in the market, with their name, they should be able to compete without a fight, even against Google and ASUS' $199 Nexus 7 tablet, and anything Amazon throws at them.

It looks like T-Mobile might be offering up unlimited nationwide 4G data

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 22, 2012 7:28 am

It looks like T-Mobile is not messing around anymore, with reports of a leaked document from T-Mobile showing that the telco coon soon be offering unlimited data plans starting early next month. T-Mobile currently offer "unlimited" data plans, but they're throttled in various ways.

 

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This new "Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data" plan is completely unthrottled, uncalled and sports truly unlimited data for just $30, or $20, depending on whether you put it on a Classic, or Value Plan, respectively. Considering the "Unlimited Plus - 2GB" plan costs $10 less, and only comes with 2GB, it is truly a great offer. The 2GB offer gets it plans shaped to 60 kbps download, and 150 kbps upload once the 2GB cap is hit.

 

If you mix and match an unlocked Galaxy Nexus from Google's Play store, with one of these unlimited plans, you could be in for the data ride of your life. Now I just have to move my family over to the US where I can enjoy these super-amazing plans.

International version of Samsung's Galaxy S III to get Jelly Bean update next week

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 22, 2012 6:29 am

Android Central have quite the exclusive today, where they've revealed that the international Samsung Galaxy S III (GT-i9300) will receive its Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update next week, after Samsung's Mobile Unpacked event which is being held in Berlin, Germany.

 

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Android Central report the news from "sources familiar with Samsung's plans" that the firmware for the S III is in the "final stages of testing". We should expect the JB update to arrive within days of the Mobile Unpacked event, which starts next Wednesday, August 29. We should also expect Samsung to unveil their Galaxy Note II at the event, which means it should be quite the explosive event once things get underway.

 

After Mobile Unpacked, Android Central report that the update should roll out to several countries, including the UK. There's currently no information on whether the LTE-capable Snapdragon S4-powered Galaxy S III will receive Jelly Bean updates, but we should expect Samsung to give the same JB love to their US-based customers, too. More information as it happens.

Bitcoin-funded debit/credit cards are on their way, expect them in 6-8 weeks

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 22, 2012 5:26 am

Bitcoin lovers are going to find this news heartwarming, where during an IRC chat with BitInstant co-founder, Charlie Shrem, it has been revealed that his company are 6-8 weeks away from launching a Bitcoin-funded international debit/credit card that will be issued by two yet unnamed major banks. One of them will be international, with the other domestic.

 

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The Bitcoin-funded card will act like any normal debit or credit card account, and should be accepted wherever MasterCard is accepted, which is virtually anywhere. The first 1,000 Bitcoin debit/credit cards will be issued for free, but after the first 1,000, the cards will set you back around $10 per card.

 

Shrem also revealed that each card will sport a QR code on the front that can be scanned to complete transactions that are under $1,000 and a printed address on the rear featuring the user's Bitcoin Address. Future Bitcoin-funded card owners should expect to pay a 1% fee to fund the card, and a $1.50 ATM withdrawal fee. What are your thoughts on the Bitcoin-funded future of debit and credit cards?

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