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Optimus Vu goes through a name change for Verizon, comes out known as LG Intuition

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 23, 2012 11:29 am

Verizon wants LG's 5-inch phablet on their network, but it seems that before this will happen, the Optimus Vu is going to go through a name change. Droid-Life is reporting from their sources, that the Optimus Vu will be known as the LG Intuition when it arrives on Verizon.




It should be made known, and available in the coming weeks, where you should be able to grab one of the 5-inch smartphones for $199 on a two-year contract, or if you want to grab one outright, it'll set you back $549.


The Intuition will be the first phablet released by Verizon, as they passed on Samsung's 5.3-inch Galaxy Note device. What do you think? Are you going to grab one of LG's Intuition's from Verizon?

Flash Memory Summit 2012: Toshiba demos new HybridDrive, races it against an SSD

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 23, 2012 11:03 am

I've never really been a believer in hybrid hard drives as they've never been competitive to SSDs when it comes to speed. Today at the Flash Memory Summit 2012, Toshiba had a demo showing just how wrong I could be. They had three identical laptops set up, one with a 19nm NAND SSD, one with a 5,400RPM drive, and one with an undisclosed hybrid drive.




The demo was booting from a completely powered down state into Windows and then starting a movie playing. Some of the results were shocking, to say the least. The traditional 5,400 RPM hard disk of course came in last as you would expect. However, the hybrid drive and the SSD were locked in a dead heat to the finish.


While the SSD finished before the hybrid drive, it couldn't have taken the hybrid drive more than 2 seconds longer. This result is quite a bit different from what I have seen in the past with regards to hybrid drives. When pressed, Toshiba wouldn't say when we would see this hybrid drive on the market or really give us any info. The best I could get from them is that it is a demo showing what is possible. All of a sudden hybrid drives are looking a whole lot more attractive.

Flash Memory Summit 2012: Western Digital is hiring SSD engineers

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 23, 2012 10:28 am

I got a chance to run around the Flash Memory Summit 2012 today and managed to find this gem among the rest of the rather non-interesting happenings. Western Digital has decided that they don't want to be left behind the times and are now looking to hire a team of solid-state drive engineers to build them a product.




I went in for a chat and managed to snag the person in charge of staffing the new solid-state department. We chatted for a little while about why they are out hiring engineers when they had already acquired a company. The response actually makes really good sense.


The reasoning behind Western Digital hiring a new team of engineers is rather simple in design, but not always the way things are done as it can be tough on the bottom line. The basic reasoning behind it is so that the engineers can make their own mistakes rather than cleaning up the ones made by another team.


This will allow them to build a solid-state drive from the ground up, rather than patching and upgrading the ones that other engineers have already built. This move could allow Western Digital to blow us away when they release their first SSD.

Unity3D graphics engine gets announcement for Windows Phone 8, and Windows 8

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 23, 2012 10:25 am

Just announced at the Unite conference that is currently being held over in Amsterdam, Unity Technologies have officially announced that they will be supporting both Windows 8, and Windows Phone 8. What does this mean?




This means that developers are not going to have to do much work in order to port high-quality, graphics-intensive games to Windows Phone 8 from the iPhone. The news was confirmed by, where it was also revealed by Unity Technologies' CEO, David Helgason, that 53% of mobile game developers already use the Unity3D engine. Helgason said:


Our mission at Unity has always been to provide solutions for developers to effortlessly bring their work to as many different platforms as possible. The Unity community has been asking for access to Windows Phones and have been eagerly anticipating the release of Windows 8. We're happy to announce that we will support both.

FBI set pirated Android app sites in their crosshairs, begin shutting some down

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 23, 2012 9:26 am

The Department of Justice now have their sites set on some fresh targets: pirated Android apps. The DoJ, along with Dutch and French law enforcement, the FBI have seized three popular Android app sharing sites, Appbucket, Snappzmarket and Applanet. They've issued a press release, stating that they're cracking down on the piracy of copyrighted works:




"Cracking down on piracy of copyrighted works - including popular apps - is a top priority of the Criminal Division," said Assistant Attorney General Breuer. "Software apps have become an increasingly essential part of our nation's economy and creative culture, and the Criminal Division is committed to working with our law enforcement partners to protect the creators of these apps and other forms of intellectual property from those who seek to steal it."


"Criminal copyright laws apply to apps for cell phones and tablets, just as they do to other software, music and writings. These laws protect and encourage the hard work and ingenuity of software developers entering this growing and important part of our economy. We will continue to seize and shut down websites that market pirated apps, and to pursue those responsible for criminal charges if appropriate," said U.S. Attorney Yates.

Apple start seeding OS X 10.8.2 builds to developers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Aug 23, 2012 8:23 am

Apple are still seeding out OS X 10.8.1 to developers, where they'll hopefully address some of the bigger issues with the initial release of Apple's latest OS, Mountain Lion. But, it looks as though some users have received notifications telling them that Apple are preparing to seed builds of OS X 10.8.2 for testing.




Join us for 10.8.2!


You are invited to participate in the next Mountain Lion Software Update seed project, 10.8.2. Apple will provide you with the pre-release software. Once builds are available, we ask that you install and test each build to help us make sure that this is a high quality release!


Apple seem to be moving pretty quick from OS X 10.8.1 to OS X 10.8.2, meaning that they're looking to clamp down on issues found not only in the original OS X Mountain Lion release, but 10.8.1. The issues in the OS X 10.8.1 are probably not that big to begin with, but it's good to see Apple moving quickly with updates.


Have you moved over to OS X Mountain Lion? I personally haven't bothered, there's no stand-out features that make me want to take the dive to the new OS. If I owned an iPhone, and synced it a lot, then maybe. But I don't even sync my iPad, so I haven't wanted to upgrade.

LG reportedly begin the mass production of in-cell displays for Apple's new iPhone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 23, 2012 7:34 am

According to a report by Reuters, LG Display have officially kicked off the start of mass-production on the new displays that are said to get baked into the new iPhone. Apple's media event to unveil the new smartphone is only three weeks away, which is beginning to make sense that the Cupertino-based company will definitely announce a new iPhone within the month.




Han Sang-beom, chief executive of LG Display, has said "we just began mass production and we don't expect any disruption in supplies". The new display is said to feature in-cell technology to embed touch sensors directly into the display, which should make the new iPhone a little slimmer than the current iPhone 4S model.

Continue reading 'LG reportedly begin the mass production of in-cell displays for Apple's new iPhone' (full post)

Kim Dotcom's US extradition halted, US now has to produce all evidence to the court

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 23, 2012 6:31 am

It looks like Megaupload founder, Kim Dotcom, won't be extradited to the United States anytime soon, with the New Zealand high court ruling that the US must now hand over all evidence in its case against Dotcom before any extradition can happen.




New Zealand Justice Helen Winkelmann ruled without a review of the evidence against him, Dotcom would be "significantly constrained" defending himself, while giving the US Department of Justice a large advantage prosecuting him. Ira Rothken, Megaupload's lawyer, told Wired:


Our expectation is that that the United States through the Crown lawyers will appeal the judgment and further delay the extradition hearing.


Dotcom's legal team also haven't received any payment since he was arrested, and up until now, the Megaupload founder has amassed $2 million in legal fees. Dotcom's lawyers are asking for that amount to be released, with a further $2 million to cover legal fees in the future. Dotcom has also asked the court to release an $8 million government bond so that he can borrow against it, as well as asking permission to sell his luxury cars.

NVIDIA launches their GeForce GTX 660 for OEMs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Aug 23, 2012 5:30 am

NVIDIA have reportedly released their GeForce GTX 660 GPU to the OEM market, and just like its bigger brother, the GeForce GTX 660 Ti, it sports the same GK104 core. But, it features just 6 SMX units enabled for a grand total of 1152 CUDA cores, as well as 96 texture units.




This is down from the Ti's 1344 CUDA cores, and 112 texture units. Frequencies have also received a bit of a snip, clocking in at 823MHz core, with an 888MHz boost clock, and 5,800MHz memory. The GTX 660 should arrive on OEM doorsteps with 1.5GB and 3GB GDDR5 configurations, a 192-bit memory bus, which should offer a maximum bandwidth of 134GB/s. This isn't bad considering the 660 Ti sports 144GB/s memory bandwidth.


The GTX 660 OEM should provide around 75% of the performance that its bigger brother does, but with lower performance brings a lower TDP, of just 130W. This allows NVIDIA to give the GTX 660 a single 6-pin PCIe connector. It will still include the usual four-display output configuration, featuring two dual-link DVI-I connectors, HDMI 1.4a, and a DisplayPort 1.2 socket.

Facebook intros new look for Facebook Messages

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Aug 23, 2012 4:24 am

Facebook have just introduced a new look for Facebook Messages today, where it now sports a side-by-side layout that lets you click through your most recent message on the left, and to the right, shows the whole conversation.




The social networking site have also baked in a new feature where you can now search for a sender's name or keyword from the main messages view. Facebook have also, for "easier navigation", added keyboard commands.


A full list of shortcuts is available, where on a PC you just have to type Alt Q, or on a Mac, Control Q.

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