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Borderlands 2 lands in the PS4's Instant Game Collection tomorrow

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 10, 2013 3:39 am

Borderlands 2 will be arriving on Sony's PlayStation Network Instant Game Collection tomorrow. Users who download the game can pick one of four new vault hunters, and can enjoy the game entirely for free.

 

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From the official PlayStation Blog:

 

Borderlands 2 excels in co-op mode, so team up with up some friends to explore the land. There are plenty of things to mow down for experience points and nothing feels better than a rare loot drop, plus you can customize your character to dish out more damage or provide support for you & your friends.

 

You can take advantage of all these PS Plus benefits after PlayStation Store updates tomorrow.

PennyArcade Report closes its doors for good

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Dec 10, 2013 2:10 am

Penny Arcade's latest offshoot, Penny Arcade Report, has closed its doors for good after only two years in business. Penny Arcade's Tycho Brahe said that he felt his company had forked off into too many branches, and the closure of Penny Arcade Report would allow it to focus on its Comics, PAX, and Childs Play.

 

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"I don't think I want to 'grow my business' anymore; I sort of want to do the opposite. And I'm tired, sick to death, of saying 'Maybe Someday' when it comes to the things we really want to make," wrote Brahe. "So, we're not going to do that anymore. The next year is going to be a pretty big one, one of the biggest yet; it's the year the previous fifteen have been leading up to in the literal."

 

"I'm not really interested in crying over spilled milk; sometimes these things work out, and sometimes they don't," he wrote. "I've had a wonderful two years at Penny Arcade, and the few times I worked directly out of the office I enjoyed the commitment and joy that everyone found in their work."

Apple's iPhone 5S and 5C launching on Straight Talk and Net10

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 10, 2013 12:40 am

Today, Tracfone announced that it will be launching Apple's iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C on its Straight Talk and Net 10 carrier services this Friday, December 13th. The phones will be available exclusively through Walmart and will be featured on the carriers $45 and $60 prepaid plans.

 

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Handset pricing is set at $649 for the 16 GB iPhone 5s and $549 for the iPhone 5c, with the iPhone 4s also available for $449. Qualifying customers can finance the hardware purchase interest-free through a Walmart Credit Card if purchased in-store by December 31.

Nokia launches new Bluetooth headset to match its Lumia line

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 9, 2013 11:12 pm

Today Nokia unveiled a new Bluetooth headset line that has been color coded to match the company's Lumia line of Windows-based smartphones. Roughly the size of an iPod Shuffle, the new BH-121 is features a built-in 3.5mm headphones jack so you can use your preferred pair of headphones if you chose.

 

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The new headset module features NFC pairing when used with Nokia Lumia phones, and for models that do not utilize NFC technology, paring can be done manually through the usual Bluetooth pairing methods. The BH-121 will arrive in January of 2014 and will retail at a pricing point of $53.50 from Nokia, and its retailers.

The NSA went as far as the World of Warcraft to spy on you

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Privacy & Rights | Posted: Dec 9, 2013 9:41 pm

New documents have surfaced from Edward Snowden that shows just how far the NSA is willing to go to spy on everyone. The US spy agency along with Brittans GCHQ had agents inside both the World of Warcraft and Secondlife to keep an eye on "targets" who may be using the MMOs to communicate.

 

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The documents state that the NSA thought that the "Unregulated" online gaming worlds would "almost certainly be used as a venue for terrorist laundering and will, with certainty, be used for terrorist propaganda and recruitment." The documents did not state if any arrest were made, or if any terror plots were unveiled as a result of the infiltration.

 

One takedown did result from the spying, but instead of a terrorist organization, a ring of credit card thieves were arrested and their website was shutdown. The spying grew to so many agents that the NSA had to create a "deconflict group" to make sure they were not spying on each other.

Samsung adds RAPID mode to its existing 840 Pro SSDs

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Dec 9, 2013 7:40 pm

During this mornings 840 EVO mSATA announcement the company also mentioned that owners of existing 840 Pro SSD's are getting an exciting new feature that was previously only available on the 840 EVO line of SSDs. Samsung says that it has applied the Samsung Magician 4.3 and the RAPID mode on its previous 840 PRO SSD line-up.

 

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"RAPID (Real-time Accelerated Processing of I/O Data) mode is a performance level of approximately twice that of a typical SATA SSD and ten times of an average HDD. Samsung also applied Samsung Magician 4.3 and the RAPID mode on its previous 840 PRO SSD line-up," Samsung said in its official blog post about the new 840 EVO mSATA SSDs.

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Square updates it's hardware, new card reader is 45-percent thinner

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 9, 2013 6:23 pm

Today Square released an all new card reader that is 45-percent thinner, and is said to be much more reliable than the original. The new card reader has been designed with custom-built components this time around instead of employing the use of off-the-shelf parts used in the original.

 

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The redesign using custom parts results in a much more reliable, and compact unit, and allows Square to have more control over the hardware and quality control. The old card reader featured technology that was designed back in the 1980s, and was comprised of more than 30 parts and wires. With the new design, square has removed almost all of these components and replaced them with a single chip that handles most of the functionality.

 

Users can expect a more consistent 1-swipe experience, but Square does not expect the new card reader to significantly impact their business. Square says that anyone signing up for an account after today will receive the new reader, and the company will fully phase out the old reader by the first quarter of 2014.

Pandora for iOS gets updated with new alarm clock functionality

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Dec 9, 2013 4:31 pm

Today Pandora added new functionality to its app for iOS in the form of a new alarm feature. The new Alarm Clock will let users wake up to their favorite Pandora station, and are no longer limited to their iPhones stock alarm sounds. When the alarm triggers, the Pandora app will begin playing from a user-selected station and album art will scroll in the background.

 

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Users can snooze the alarm to 5,10,15 or 20 minutes by simply tapping the screen. Additionally, the alarm can be quickly turned off by tapping the song title or artist name. This alarm works perfectly with Pandora's other recently added feature that turns off the music feed after a preset length of time, allowing the user to fall asleep to their favorite station.

Samsung unveils industry's first 1TB mSATA SSD

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Dec 9, 2013 3:03 pm

Today Samsung announced the launch of the worlds first mSATA SSD featuring a capacity of 1TB. The all new 840 EVO mSATA 1TB SSD boast a performance of 98,000 random reads and 90,000 random write IOPS with a sequential read speed of 540MB/S and write speeds of 520MB/s.

 

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"With the new mSATA SSD line-up offering up to 1TB of memory and an optimized software tool, we expect that consumers can enjoy high storage volume and performance on ultra-slim notebooks besides desktop PCs," said Unsoo Kim, senior vice president, memory brand product marketing, Samsung Electronics. "We will continue to bring leading-edge SSD products and software solutions with improved quality and reliability, while working on offering higher consumer satisfaction and strengthening competitiveness of our branded memory business."

 

Samsung's new 840 EVO mSATA SSD line features the company's advanced 128Gb NAND flash memory that is based on 10nm fabrication processes. This extreme density allows Samsung to pack in 16 layers of 128Gb chips for a total capacity of 1TB. Samsung says that the new 1TB mSATA SSD is just 3.85mm thick and weighs only 8.5 grams.

Bitcoin price stumbles down nearly 30% over the weekend

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 9, 2013 5:11 am

Just 10 days ago we reported that Bitcoins reached over $1000 in value each, which at the time was a meteoroic 4000% increase, year-over-year. Now? The digital currency has dropped to around $800 each, from their peak at $1200 just days ago.

 

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Few thought that Bitcoins would reach parity with gold, some thought there was no end in sight, but you can't dispute the fact that the digital currency has stumbled, with no exact science or past on how it will react. Will it go down to $100 each? Will we see another country completely embrace it and see it skyrocket past $2000?

 

With China's central bank refusing to consider Bitcoins as legal tender, the drop in price quickly happened. But, the Chinese government didn't put an all-out ban on the digital currency, with all citizens still able to use Bitcoins legally. The central bank's refusal to use them is what hurts the most, as it could spread quickly throughout the world.

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