The latest happenings from around the web - November 12th, 2010
- ASUS Crosshair IV Extreme @ tbreak
- ECS A890GXM-A2 Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets
- Call of Duty: Black Ops Benchmarks - GeForce GTX 460 vs Radeon HD 6870 @ Legit Reviews
- ASUS GTX580 SLI Exclusive @ Overclock3D
- Gigabyte GTX 460 1GB Super Overclock @ Pureoverclock
- AMD desktop graphics roadmap analysis @ eTeknix
- 6970 guaranteed to beat GTX580, according to sources @ Kitguru
- AMD HD6970 update and performance indicators @ Kitguru
Qantas has unveiled their next-gen check-in service which involves micro chipped smartcards replacing boarding passes and RFID to track your bags.
The first airports to take advantage of this will be Sydney and Perth - with the latter having live trials since July. Melbourne, Adelaide and Canberra will be enabled throughout the first half of 2012.
Was the Nexus S news not enough for Samsung news today? Nope.
Samsung is set to launch a flagship phone running the new Android Gingerbread OS early next year - February to be exact, which might be officially unveiled at MWC.
It has been a while since a hacking project has gotten people excited - with more and more companies clamping down on their hardware, the hacking "scene" has not been twiddling their thumbs.
Enter, hacked Microsoft Kinect.
When you've become an internet giant, having just one facility in the works just won't do anymore. While they still haven't finished building their first data center currently under construction in Oregon, Facebook has announced today they will be building a $450 million data center in Rutherford, North Carolina as well.
That's right, Facebook will be on both coasts. The North Carolina project is expected to take about 18 months to finish once it is started and will employ 35-45 workers. Facebook has even planned for expansion, with the release also noting that "additional construction phases may be possible in the future, depending on business needs." North Carolina is quickly becoming a tech haven for the U.S., with Apple's 1 billion dollar facility almost finished there as well as Google and IBM's data centers already at work.
A staff engineer at Google was being wined and dined by Facebook, Google in turn offering him an amazing $3.5 million in restricted stock by Google (which means Google is offering $3.5 million worth of stock at todays pricing, which could very well be worth much more than that in the future).
What did he do?
As smartphones become more and more prevalent, so do the hackers that try to get into them to swipe your personal info. As many as a million phones in China are reportedly under attack by one of these viruses; which the Shanghai Times has dubbed a "zombie virus."
Just like many desktop viruses, this zombie infects the phone by disguising itself as an antivirus and wreaking havoc once the unsuspecting phone user downloads the app. Not only does this make the phone privy to the hacker getting a hold of personal info, but it also cuts loose a ton of spam for money making links and more of the usual junk that could add up to at least $300,000 a day in text message charges to users.
Ping has not quite taken off like Apple had initially hoped, but they have made a move that will hopefully turn it around. A cross platform integration with Twitter was unveiled today that will allow Ping users to directly share their activities on their Twitter accounts.
Ping posts, likes, and reviews are now shareable on Twitter as well as song previews and purchase links. Ping is also taking advantage of Twitter's recently launched new version to embed photos and videos directly to tweets as well as song previews. These features are now on by default, but auto-sharing can be shut off in the options for those that don't want to use it.
It's no secret that Steam is the alpha dog in the pack when it comes to the digital download gaming scene. But success breeds contempt in the business world, and there are several outlets that are openly blaming Steam for their woes and taking steps to retaliate.
According to an unnamed director of a "fledgling Steam rival," Steam is "killing the PC market and it is no wonder digital retailers are failing" as well as "locking down the market." You can take your pick of the competitors like Direct2Drive and Impulse for the possible people taking shots, but even retailers are considering action. Two major retailers are considering not stocking games that feature and/or require Steam integration due to customers being taken to a rival and losing them.
Been itching to give the new Windows Phone 7 a try but haven't been able to justify laying down the loot for it? Amazon's got a weekend deal for you. Now through November 15th, Amazon is selling every phone in the AT&T stable that they carry for only a penny with a new two year contract.
Even the new WP7 phones like the HTC Surround and the LG Quantum are included, so this is the time to give it a whirl if you're in an area where AT&T's service is best. BlackBerry and Android fans can jump on new phones too, but Apple fans are left in the dark as Amazon doesn't carry the iPhone.