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Windows 8 now takes 3.84% OS market share, still isn't doing well at all

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: May 1, 2013 10:35 am

With the first quarter of 2013 out of the way, it's time to reflect on those Windows 8 numbers, isn't it? Net Applications' latest data shows that April was a good month for Windows 8, but for Windows as a whole, not so much.

 

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Worldwide OS market share for April 2013 showed that Windows 8 gained 0.53% from 3.31% to 3.84%, whereas Windows 7 dropped 0.01% from 44.73% to 44.72%. Windows 8 isn't growing much at all, gaining just 0.66% OS market share since December, four months ago now. Windows Blue, or Windows 8.1, is going to meet the same fate, unfortunately.

Nevada sees its first legal online poker site go online

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 1, 2013 9:26 am

Nevada gamblers get ready, as your state has become the fifth state in the US to allow legal online poker for money. Station Casinos' UltimatePoker.com was legalized for online poker in February, and currently operates under a 30-day license.

 

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This is coming from A. G. Burnett, chairman of the Nevada Gaming Control Board, while UltimatePoker.com works out "the kinks" before their official license is granted to them. Burnett adds "we have others right behind them". Players can compete in nightly games with a prize pool of $1,000 and two $10,000 Sunday games, which is operated by Station Casinos' subsidiary, Ultimate Gaming.

 

Chris Krafcik, North American research director online gaming analysts Gambling Compliance, said in an e-mail to Reuters:

 

Other states will be watching Nevada closely to see whether it can effectively implement technology solutions that allow gambling businesses licensed there to identify the age, identity and location of their customers.

Samsung's new 20nm LPDDR3 RAM will give us PC-like performance in mobile devices

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: RAM | Posted: May 1, 2013 8:34 am

Samsung's new mobile memory could speed mobile devices up exponentially, giving mobile devices PC-like performance for multimedia-intensive features. The new 20nm class low-power DDR3 mobile RAM features 4GB of memory and is capable of speeds of up to 2,133 Mbps per pin.

 

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Samsung have stated that at those speeds, you could transfer three full HD videos in one second in a mobile device. Young-Hyun Jun, executive vice president, mobile sales & marketing for Samsung has said:

 

By providing the most efficient next-generation mobile memory with a very large data capacity, we are now enabling OEMs to introduce even more innovative designs in the marketplace. Our 20nm-class four gigabit mobile DRAM provides another example of our ability to deliver well-differentiated, high-performance, high-density memory to customers in a timely manner.

Numerous power supplies won't be compatible with Haswell's C6/C7 low-power states

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: May 1, 2013 8:31 am

Intel's fourth-generation Core processors are nearly here, otherwise known as Haswell. These processors feature C6/C7 low-power states, and are able to shift gears into a much more power efficient form of sleep.

 

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Well, it looks like most power supplies aren't compatible with this new method, as they aren't able to deliver less than 0.05 amps across the 12V2 rail. The news comes from VR-Zone and has been backed up by The Tech Report, with some words from Corsair's Robert Pearce. Older power supplies, or cheaper models, won't get anywhere near the required low-power that the Haswell processors require, meaning that some systems will experience stability problems, or worse.

 

The problem worsens, as most power supply makers don't state their PSUs 12V2 rail specifications, making it hard for users to find out whether their PSU is capable of the low-power state or not. Corsair's Robert Pearce has said that he expects most motherboard vendors to disable C6/C7 by default in the BIOS as there are too many PSUs on the market that don't support the C6/C7 low-power state. Pearce said that Corsair is working on making sure that all of their PSU units are C6/C7 compliant.

iPad mini makes up more than 64% of all iPads shipped in the last three months

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 1, 2013 7:33 am

It looks like Apple's 7.9-inch iPad mini tablet is doing well, according to unnamed sources of DigiTimes. Their sources have said that Apple have shipped 12.5 million iPad mini's in the last quarter, which accounts for around 64% of all iPads shipped.

 

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DigiTimes compares this to the Google Nexus 7 tablet, which has a round 4.5 million units shipped since it launched last summer. Apple are reportedly working on a new iPad mini, one that would feature a Retina display, and a cheaper version that would better compete against the cheaper Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire HD.

Google I/O 2013 schedule has been released

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: May 1, 2013 6:37 am

Google I/O is just weeks away, and now the Mountain View-based everythings giant have posted their session schedule for the conference. Google I/O takes place over three days, and will cover multiple Google products and services.

 

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The sessions include Android, Chrome & Apps, Google+, Google Cloud Platform, Google Maps and YouTube. I'm sure we'll see some products unveiled, where I'm hoping for a new Nexus smartphone, and the teased Nexus 11 tablet. Here's hoping to a better look at Google Glass, and hopefully the next iteration (and hopefully next-gen) Android.

 

There's been talk that the next piece of Android to arrive won't be Android 5.0 "Key Lime Pie" but another iteration of Jelly Bean, which will arrive as Android 4.3.

Samsung tennis celebrity uses Twitter to support the Galaxy S4, tweets from an iPhone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 1, 2013 5:32 am

Samsung are a sponsor of the Mutua Madrid Open tennis tournament that starts this weekend with Spanish tennis superstar David Ferrer tweeting to his 350,000+ followers of his pleasure of using the new Samsung Galaxy S4, except he sent it from his iPhone.

 

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Ferrer tweeted the above tweet, which when translated to English says that he is very happy with his #GalaxyS4 and that he was "configuring S Health on my new #GalaxyS4 to help with training @SamsungMobile". Ferrer was obviously not aware that his tweet would say "via Twitter for iPhone" and I'm sure Samsung won't be happy with this negative publicity now.

 

I'm sure he was probably taking a run using the new S Health app with his good friend Alicia Keys.

Over 20,000 people apply for a one-way trip to Mars on the Mars One project

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: May 1, 2013 4:33 am

It was just a week ago that applications opened up for Mars One, a manned one-way mission to Mars. Mars One is on the search for two men and two women from different nationalities on a one-way mission to the red planet in 2023.

 

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After just a week, there have been over 20,000 applications with 600 applications coming in from China alone. Requirements for candidates are as follows: If you show resilience, adaptability, and curiosity, you might qualify. Scientific and astronaut's skills, however, are not required. In the last twelve months, 10,000 people from 100 different countries have expressed interest in the one-way ticket to Mars, with many applications coughing up the application fee submitting and sharing their one-minute videos which you can watch on the Mars One website.

Yahoo now offers double the maternity leave for new mothers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 1, 2013 3:31 am

Two months ago, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer banned employees' abilities to work from home, while she built a nursery in her office for her child. Well, she has pulled a 180-degree turn and not offered double the maternity leave for new parents.

 

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Yahoo are doubling the amount of paid maternity leave new mothers can take, from 8 to 16 weeks leave. New fathers will even receive eight weeks of paid leave. Yahoo said in a statement:

 

Over the last several months, we've introduced new benefits like free food to make Yahoos' days easier, new smartphones to encourage innovation, and updated computers to speed productivity. Recently, we rolled out some new and improved benefits to support the happiness and well-being of Yahoos and their families.

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BlackBerry CEO says that tablets will be dead in five years time

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 1, 2013 2:35 am

Yesterday we reported that BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins expected to sell tens of millions of BlackBerry Q10 units, but now there's some more juice to this story. The BlackBerry CEO has said that in five years "I don't think there'll be a reason to have a tablet anymore".

 

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Another point from Heins' talk with Bloomberg, is that he said: "In five years, I see BlackBerry [being] the absolute leader in mobile computing - that's what we're aiming for. I want to gain as much market share as I can, but not by being a copycat".

 

I kind of agree with Heins, but not to the extent that they'll be dead. I think we'll see a move toward wearable computing, with something like Google Glass exploding in the consumer space. I barely use a tablet now, and rely solely on my smartphone, but as soon as Glass drops, I'll shift to that immediately.

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