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Sony unveils a dual USB port flash drive designed for mobile devices

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Dec 12, 2013 2:56 am

Today Sony unveiled a new 2-in-1 USB Flash Drive that features both micro and normal USB 2.0 connectors. The new flash drive is designed to help consumers easily backup, share, and store files between their computer and mobile devices such as Android tablets and smartphones.

 

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The compact yet stylish flash drive is available in capacities of 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB, and are compatible with Android devices running Android 4.0.3 up to 4.3 that offer USB OTG (On The Go) functionality. Sony has also released a free file manager to help users transfer files from their device to the flash drive. The devices will retail between $19.99 and $62.99.

 

"Consumers want to let a friend see the photo they just took or share a video easily with as few steps as possible," said Viviano Cantu, director of consumer media marketing, Sony Electronics. "These new drives combine convenience, peace of mind and performance and are perfect for mobile multi-tasking."

Promise Technology begins shipping Pegasus 2 Thunderbolt 2 systems

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Dec 12, 2013 1:42 am

Today Promise Technology began shipping its Pegasus 2 Thunderbolt 2 Storage Solutions to the US market. Promise says that the Pegasus 2 is not only the first, but the only data storage system to utilize Intel's Thunderbolt 2 technology for systems such as the all new Mac Pro.

 

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"Pegasus2 is truly one-of-a-kind, as there has never before been a storage solution that offered such an incredible combination of performance, mobility, and simplicity," said James Lee, CEO, PROMISE Technology. "We are thrilled that Pegasus2 is the first storage solution available with Thunderbolt 2 -- this further illustrates PROMISE's position as a leader in Thunderbolt technology."

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Edward Snowden was Time's second runner up for person of the year

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Dec 12, 2013 12:19 am

Before Edward Snowden blew his whistle, the average American had no idea that the NSA was watching every move we make in our daily lives. Like him or not, we have him to thank for cluing us in on the illegal actions taken by big brother to "ensure our safety."

 

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Time Magazine has just released its Person of the Year announcement and surprisingly Edward Snowden was runner up for the top spot which was claimed by Pope Francis. While some Americans despise Snowden, there are many who champion him as a hero for leaking the information he did. Time's decision on why it chose Pope Francis is still unclear as it has in the past named whistle-blowers as persons of the year. Who do you think deserved the top spot? Pope Francis? Edward Snowden? Or someone else entirely? Let us know in the comments.

Valve to launch SteamOS this Friday, December 13th

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 11, 2013 10:23 pm

This coming Friday is going to be a big day for 300 lucky Steam users as Valve is set to ship its first Steam Machine prototypes to those who qualified. The combo package will include a Steam Machine prototype chassis that is fully upgrade-able, a Steam Controller, and SteamOS.

 

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While only 300 Steam users qualified for this awesome beta program, the rest of us get something out of the deal as well. Valve announced today that alongside the Steam Machine prototype launch, it will be releasing SteamOS to the public. SteamOS is a Linux-based operating system designed to bring Steam gaming into the living room.

 

Unfortunately, Valve says that unless you are a seasoned Linux veteran, the new OS will not be easy to install off the bat, and that most users should wait until the official launch in 2014 before attempting to install. Valve says that it will fully unveil SteamOS and Steam Machines at CES, and TweakTown will be there for full coverage of the event.

Google adds the Sony Z Ultra to its Google Play Edition lineup

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 11, 2013 8:36 pm

Today Google announced that Sony will be joining Samsung, LG, and HTC in it's lineup of Google Play Edition smartphones featuring pure Android. The Sony Ultra Z is now featured in the Google Play store and runs Android 4.4 KitKat. It takes its new seat beside LG's G Pad 8.3 which also joined Google Play today.

 

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The Sony Ultra Z phablet features a 6.4-inch 1080p display, quad-core 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, and 2GB of RAM. The Ultra Z is water-proof and dust resistant, while featuring 16GB of on board storage. An 8-megapixel rear camera handles imaging duties and a high-capacity battery provides all-day functionality. The Sony Ultra Z Google Play Edition retails for $649 on the Google Play Store.

Dell launches new Chromebook 11 for less than $300

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Laptops | Posted: Dec 11, 2013 6:40 pm

Today Dell announced the launch of its first adventure down the Google Chromebook road. The all new Dell Chromebook 11 is a sub $300 notebook that is targeted at students and schools, and is just the first of many Chromebooks the company plans on releasing.

 

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The Dell Chromebook 11 features an 11.6-inch screen, an Intel Celeron 2955U processor, and 2GB of RAM with an option for four GB being available. The Display features an effective resolution of 1366x768, while a lithium battery provides 10 hours of use on a single charge. The new Dell Chromebook 11 will go on sale in Q1 2014 and will retail under $300.

Bethesda announces launch dates for Elder Scrolls Online

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 11, 2013 4:55 pm

This morning, Elder Scrolls Online game director, Matt Firor, released an official announcement detailing when we can expect to see ESO launch to the public. Firor said that we Elder Scrolls Online will launch on PC and Mac on April 4th, 2014 with a version for Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 arriving in June of 2014.

 

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"We long ago promised that as soon as a version of the game is ready, we will launch it," Said Firor. "So we're happy to announce that the game will launch worldwide for PC and Mac players on Friday, April 4, 2014, while PlayStation 4 and Xbox One fans will see the game arriving on consoles in June 2014." Firor's full statement can be found at the link below.

 

As a long time Elder Scrolls fan, and a participant in every beta event held for Elder Scrolls Online, I am quite excited to see the game launch. Bethesda has done a fantastic job with ESO and it really does take the series to the next level! As a part of the official launch date celebration the company released a new trailer for the game titled War in Cyrodiil, and I can attest to the game looking as good as the trailer depicts.

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Microsoft sold over 2 million Xbox One consoles in just 18 days

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Dec 11, 2013 3:10 pm

Sony appeared to take the lead in the console wars when it announced that it had sold two million PlayStation 4 units, but Microsoft is firing back this morning with its own 2 million announcement. Microsoft says that in the 18 days since its launch, the Xbox One has sold over 111,111 units per day, bringing its total to over two million units sold as well.

 

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In fact, Microsoft's Yusuf Mehdi, says that the Xbox One is selling so well that demand is outpacing supply, and that the console is out of stock at most retailers. For those keeping score, it took Sony 16 days and more than 32 countries to sell two million units, while Microsoft managed to do the same in 18 days and only 13 markets. Overall both companies are winning, and it appears that the demand for next-gen consoles will continue at a steady pace for several more months.

GOG.com is now offering a worldwide money back guarantee on its games

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 11, 2013 12:38 pm

GOG.com is filled with games that defined my childhood, and even part of my adulthood, and is now offering a new Worldwide Money Back Guarantee. So, for whatever reason a game doesn't work on your PC, you'll get a full refund.

 

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GOG.com admits that a game not working is a rare occurrence, but at least if it happens, you know you're covered. All you'll need to do is fill in a ticket and allow GOG's "top men" to research any potential fixes for the game. If GOG's goons can't find a fix, you'll receive a full refund, as long as its within 30 days of your purchase.

 

It doesn't stop there, with the site also offering "accidental" purchase returns - in the case that you already own the game, and purchased it again. You have 14 days to return your game if this happens to you, but you won't be able to try before you buy - if you play it, the game is yours.

Minecraft creator, Notch, was offered a job at Valve, but said no

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 11, 2013 11:37 am

Minecraft: The Unlikely Tale of Markus 'Notch' Persson and the Game that Changed Everything, is a book - yes, a book - which has revealed that the creator of Minecraft, Markus 'Notch' Persson, turned down a job at Valve.

 

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Notch was invited to Valve at around the same time that Minecraft was entering its beta, and was just beginning to blossom. Notch was shown through the Valve offices, and met with Gabe Newell himself, before he was taken to a meeting room for a chat with Valve's HR team. He told the HR team a bit about himself, and his plans for Minecraft, and then realized he was in the middle of a job interview.

 

Moments later, he was made an offer. He declined, stating he wasn't interested in the position. Notch said that it was one of the hardest decisions of his life turning down Valve, but said that he felt like Minecraft was his chance to show his own version of Valve, rather than working for them. Now that over 33 million copies of his game have been sold, he should be quite proud of his move.

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