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Industry sources say Ivy Bridge will launch Monday, April 23

By: Trace Hagan | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Apr 13, 2012 10:27 pm

It looks like we could be in for a treat. Industry sources are saying that Intel will launch the die shrink of Sandy Bridge, dubbed Ivy Bridge, this coming Monday, April 23, 2012. Previously, it had been rumored that Intel was launching the new Ivy Bridge April 29, so it will be coming just under a week early.

 

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This has to be one of the worst launches in recent Intel history. Leaked chips and performance "previews" have been running rampant. Even we have managed to get a hold of one of these chips and put it through its paces. Rumors have been running around that a new, thinner MacBook Pro will be launching with the new Ivy Bridge chips.

 

The launch will be similar to other Intel launches where the high performance quad-core parts come out first. Then they will be followed by the more power-efficient processors destined for the MacBook Air and Ultrabooks. Intel has said some of these power-efficient chips may launch a few weeks later than originally planned.

A massive 38% of kids on Facebook are under 13 according to a study

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Apr 13, 2012 9:36 pm

I thought it was ridiculous when I saw an 8 year old with a cell phone last week, but apparently it's worse than I thought. A new study suggests that he was using Facebook on his phone as well, even though Facebook requires users to be 13 years of age or older. With all of the money and the technical prowess that Facebook has, shouldn't they be able to find an under-aged user?

 

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Apparently not, or at least according to a new study released by Minor Monitor. I would like to point out the self interest that the company might have in a study like this. The study says that 38% of the kids on Facebook are under 13, with an incredible 4% being under SIX. I'll remind you we're talking about physical age--if it were mental age, I'm sure the number would be much higher.

 

It's incredible to think that parents either allow their kids on Facebook or don't know that they're on there. Three-quarters of parents surveyed in this study admitted to worrying about their children's safety on Facebook, but it doesn't appear to have caused them to prevent their children from using Facebook.

 

The most feared issue of Facebook is, obviously, Sexual Predators. It wins by a large margin against "Sharing too much info." 17% of parents, according to the survey, do not do any type of monitoring of the kid's activities on the site. 51% log-in using a username and password, which I believe is technically against Facebook's Terms of Service. See the full post for an info-graphic.

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Wall Street mildly disapproves of Google, stock trading down 4%

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 13, 2012 8:34 pm

I'm not sure what it was Larry Page said that Wall Street didn't approve of, but it could be either that the revenue was below expectations or the announcement of the stock split to create a new class of non-voting stock. The business will effectively run the same after the stock split so it's hard to see investors getting excited about the stock change.

 

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I have a feeling the stock is down due to the revenue being slightly less than expected. That said, profit was higher than expected, so that would seem to me to cancel out any effect of lower revenue. It's probably more due to the continuing trend of decreasing cost-per-click. It has continued to decline and has fallen by 12 percent year-over-year.

 

Google's stock is trading down by 4 percent, and that's a fact. Some of the above is speculation, but I have a feeling it's pretty close to accurate. It will be interesting to see how the stock split affects prices. I imagine the non-voting will be quite a bit less than the voting stock. I may even be able to afford to invest in Google.

Intel cuts desktop Ivy Bridge pricing before it is even launched

By: Trace Hagan | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Apr 13, 2012 7:33 pm

If you are planning on buying a new CPU from Intel's upcoming line of Ivy Bridge processors, you will be happy to hear the news that's come out today. Intel has dropped channel pricing on the chips by an average of $7-8. Channel pricing isn't directly related to retail pricing, but usually if the channel price falls, the retail price falls as well.

 

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There is no promise that the retail price will drop by as much as the channel price has, but it certainly should drop some. Whatever you do, don't go pre-ordering these chips because they are charging quite the premium right now. The top CPU, the i7-3770K, sees a $19 decrease from the expected price of $332.

 

The price drops are less as you move down the list, but savings are savings, are they not? I've never really seen a company drop prices before a launch quite like this, especially when they have a pretty big dominance in the market. Hopefully Intel will finally make up its mind regarding Ivy Bridge and just get the launch over.

My1login targets Lastpass with easier, more secure password service, raises $1M

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Apr 13, 2012 6:32 pm

Last year LastPass was the target of an alleged hacking attempt which forced them to ask users to change their passwords. Additionally, LastPass relies on browser plug-ins whereas this new service does not. With the upcoming release of Internet Explorer 10 and Windows 8 Metro, it will no longer support browser plug-ins which is a major issue.

 

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This new service is set to be more secure than LastPass and work without any browser plug-ins or software installs. It will be more secure since your passwords are encrypted with a secure password phrase which isn't stored by the service. This means that they will be unable to see any of your passwords, not that they want to anyway.

 

my1login can sign users into any site with one click. Apps for iOS and Android are in the works. The new service has gained $1 million in funding which launched at the beginning of last month. They hope to go viral by allowing people who refer people to the service to get the pro version of the service. I'm not sure what the pro version offers.

Apple defends itself against Feds and Amazon claims

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 13, 2012 5:35 pm

Just two days after the Department of Justice filed antitrust charges against Apple and major book publishers, Apple has responded to the claims. Contrary to the three book publishers who signed settlements immediately, Apple seems to want to fight this to the end. The other two publishers are also fighting the claims.

 

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Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr:

 

The DOJ's accusation of collusion against Apple is simply not true. The launch of the iBookstore in 2010 fostered innovation and competition, breaking Amazon's monopolistic grip on the publishing industry. Since then customers have benefited from eBooks that are more interactive and engaging. Just as we've allowed developers to set prices on the App Store, publishers set prices on the iBookstore.

 

The response is similar to those of Penguin Group and MacMillan. The pricing of books and apps in Apple's store is set differently from music. The prices for books and apps are set by the publishers whereas the music is set by Apple. It will be interesting to see how this plays out. More as it comes.

Instagram user count now up to 40 million, 10 million new users in 10 days

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Apr 13, 2012 4:32 pm

Instagram, ever heard of it? Yeah, neither have I. But apparently it's this really cool photo-taking and sharing app that is taking iOS and Android users by storm. Just 10 days ago they were at 30 million users. Then its Android version launched and all bets were off. They gained roughly 1,000,000 new users a day since the launch.

 

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Shortly after the launch, Facebook announced its acquisition of Instagram for $1 billion. This gained the app wide publicity from our news posts all the way up to it being covered on The Daily Show. Instagram has just over 40,000,000 users, or roughly 5% of Facebook's active users. It took Facebook four years to reach 100 million and it looks like Instagram is on track to beat this.

 

The nice thing about all of the timing of this is that it shows that Android users can't be ignored by app developers. Most of the new users probably came from the news of the acquisition and Android users going onto Google Play and downloading it like it had always been there. But, I'm sure plenty of users were waiting with baited breathe for the launch.

Weekly Giveaway: Tt eSPORTS Gaming Package including keyboard, mouse, headset and pad

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Apr 13, 2012 4:05 pm

This week we have teamed up with Tt eSPORTS who are giving away some wicked gaming products. Prizes include a MEKA G-UNIT White Edition keyboard, a SAPHIRA White Ra gaming mouse, a SHOCK One 5.1 surround headset and a White Ra mouse pad (white version).

 

For this giveaway there will be one lucky winner who have the chance to take home is great gaming package thanks to Tt eSPORTS!

 

Head on over to our forum contest thread for the full details on how to enter!

 

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Activision Blizzard is the latest casualty in the patent wars, being sued for virtual world infringement

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 13, 2012 3:32 pm

Worlds Inc. has begun a lawsuit against World of Warcraft creator Activision Blizzard. The firm asserts that games like World of Warcraft and Call of Duty infringe on its patent regarding a "system and method for enabling users to interact in a virtual space." The patent seems extremely broad, but they did manage to use it to get a settlement out of NCSoft for City of Heroes in 2010.

 

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"Technologies created by Worlds have helped the businesses of virtual worlds gaming and the sale of virtual goods to grow into a multi-billion dollar industry," said Worlds CEO Thom Kidrin. "While we are pleased to see that the gaming industry and its rapidly growing customer base have enthusiastically embraced our patented technologies, we deserve fair compensation for their use."

 

It will be interesting to see how this plays out in court. If this patent is truly infringed upon by World of Warcraft and Call of Duty, I think many other games would also be considered infringing. That said, I haven't read the patent in full detail. It's scary that a patent can be this broad. It stifles innovation.

Nook Simple Touch gets built-in LEDs for night time reading

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 13, 2012 1:59 pm

The E Ink screen used by both the Kindle and the Nook gets pretty close to paper. But that also means that you need some sort of light to read it in the dark. Rumors have been flying left and right about a new Kindle design that solves this, but Barnes and Noble has stolen the thunder and beat Amazon to the punch with an updated version of its Nook.

 

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The "Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight," as its called, uses a "patent pending" technology that has LEDs placed around its bezel coupled with an anti-glare surface that helps with uniform lighting. The lighting does affect the battery life negatively, but this shouldn't come as a surprise. With the LEDs on, it cuts the rated life by half down to one month for 30 minutes a day.

 

The battery life remains unchanged if the LEDs are off. This reduced battery life shouldn't be of much concern to many people. It's still a heck of a lot longer than any iPad or smartphone! The new version is available for pre-orders for $139. The original remains priced at $99. The new version is also about a half an ounce lighter.

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