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Microsoft and NBC set to end their MSNBC joint venture

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 13, 2012 5:27 am

Back in 1996, Microsoft invested a hefty $220 million for a 50-percent stake in MSNBC, which launched in the same year. Microsoft sold most of their control in 2005, which left NBC with an 82-percent stake in the network, with an option of claiming the remaining 18-percent after two years.

 

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NBC Universal has announced plans to buy back Microsoft's remaining control of the MSNBC.com site, which will put an end to the partnership between the companies. NBC Universal will rebrand the web site, dropping Microsoft's "MS", which will create NBCNews.com, unnamed sources told the Beast.

 

NBC Universal is expected to announce the deal "within days", but an NBC representative told the news site that no deal has been struck yet. The report does note that the site's employees have been told. We should hear more of the deal early next week.

NVIDIA shut down the NVIDIA forums, suspect they've been hacked

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jul 13, 2012 5:19 am

NVIDIA have just announced they've "suspended operations" of the NVIDIA Forums, for what seems like a breach of their systems. They've run a preliminary investigation, where they've identified that unauthorized third-parties gained access to some user information including usernames, e-mail addresses, hashed passwords, and public-facing "About Me" profile information.

 

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NVIDIA state that they didn't store any passwords in clear text, and that their "About Me" optional profiles could include a user's title, age, birthdate, gender, location, interests, e-mail, and website URL, all of which was publicly accessible. NVIDIA also add that they're continuing their investigation, and hope to restore the Forums soon. They're also implementing additional security measures in order to minimize the impact of future attacks.

 

All passwords will be reset when the Forums go live again, and at that time NVIDIA will send out an e-mail with a temporary password, as well as instructions on how to change the password. NVIDIA (as well TweakTown) recommend that if you have any identical passwords on any other site, that you change them as soon as possible.

AMD receives $12.6 million supercomputing grant from U.S. government

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Super Computing | Posted: Jul 13, 2012 4:36 am

AMD has been granted a $12.6 million grant under the FastForward program, where they'll use the funds to research next-generation supercomputing technology. FastForward is part of a joint effort between the National Nuclear Security Administration and the Department of Energy designed to advance research of exascale computers.

 

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Exascale computers are going to open a can of whoop ass against the current supercomputers like Blue Waters, currently installed at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign that max out at around a thousand trillion operations per second, otherwise known as a petaflop. Exascale is set to process data up to a thousand times faster than current-generation petascale supercomputers. We're talking about some serious power here.

 

AMD will split the $12.6 million into $9.6 million to fund processor research and will use the remaining $3 million for memory advancements. This can only be good news, as AMD have been struggling for quite a while now. AMD have also previously worked with the U.S. government on supercomputer projects, with Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Jaguar supercomputer being AMD-powered. Upgrades for that system known as Titan, are already under way. AMD have provided nearly 20,000 Opteron processors, worth close to $300,000.

Steam's Summer Sales begin, get some great deals between now and July 22

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 13, 2012 4:12 am

Valve has finally launched their Steam Summer Sale, where deals change each and every day. Today you can grab games like Terraria cheap, with 75-percent off, down from $9.99 to $2.49. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is down from $99.99 to $49.99, a respectable 50-percent off.

 

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Portal 2 has 75-percent slashed off, bringing it down to $4.99 from its original $19.99 price. There are also some Pack Deals, with the id collection, Pop Cap collection, and the Star Wars collection all 50-percent off, and all $49.99 from their original $99.99 pricing.

 

Rockstar's collection has 48-percent off, down to $79.99, THQ collection is down a whopping 81-percent from $394.81 to just $74.99, and there's plenty, plenty more. Get in on the Steam Summer Sale!

Fortnite, the first Unreal Engine 4-powered game, PC-exclusive at launch

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 13, 2012 3:13 am

Epic Games have finally started releasing some information on their first Unreal Engine 4-powered game, which is being developed primarily for PC, with the potential to hit other platforms in the future. It may be released in time to hit next-generation consoles if the engine is good enough.

 

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The game is called Fortnite, and is described as a combination of Minecraft, The Walking Dead, and Team Fortress 2. Sounds exciting, huh? Fortnite is set in a post-apocalyptic world with cartoony graphics, with the gameplay focusing on scavenging for survival. In Fortnite, you'll be searching for building materials, weapons and other useful items during the day, which you'll use to fend monsters off such as trolls that spawn at night.

 

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Currently the day-night cycle is around one-hour, but this may change. Surviving throughout the game will be the player fortifying your holdup with the in-game construction mechanics that are said to be more complex with Minecraft's. Materials include axes, stones, and sledgehammers. These items can see you building many different things, with Epic striving for variety, but they've also said you won't require an engineering degree to build items in Fortnite.

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New next-gen iPhone body pics leaked, shows off its glass front

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 13, 2012 2:21 am

KitGuru didn't have to go to a bar and find this one for the scoop, but they've got their seductive powers switched on and some world exclusive photos of the next-generation iPhone. KitGuru say that this iPhone is a pre-release test sample, so it should be a little different when it hits.

 

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The new iPhone doesn't look too different to the previous iPhone 4 and 4S, but it does sport a larger screen. One will wonder if this is an influence of Samsung, as they are big fans of the larger screen, while Apple have been stuck on the 3.5-inch screen for every single variant of the iPhone.

 

There's a plethora of pictures, if you'd like to check them all out, and here's one of the new dock connector. It's much smaller than the current iPhone dock connector, which means you'll need to replace all of your cables over time, I've got a feeling Apple will use this on all future iOS-based devices.

 

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NPD's June figures show Microsoft still has the crown, Nintendo 3DS sales hit 5 million in the U.S.

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 13, 2012 1:02 am

NPD Group's June figures are out, with Microsoft and Nintendo both faring well, and having something to brag about to the competition. Nintendo should be happy that their 3DS has reached five million total sales in the U.S..

 

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Nintendo sold 155,000 3DS units in the month of June alone, but Microsoft have their own achievement (unlocked?) to talk of. Microsoft shipped 257,000 Xbox 360 units in June, and they've also had the lead against all U.S. consoles for the last 18 months.

 

Nintendo sold 90,000 Wii units in June, and that Wii U will be here shortly and should give Nintendo a very big injection of sale numbers. Sadly, there aren't any Sony numbers to talk about, which is unfortunate.

Nexus 7 looks to have a magnetic "smart cover" sensor

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 12, 2012 10:23 am

The Nexus 7 is shaping up to be a pretty cool device for $199, and one feature that doesn't seem to have been talked about, or mentioned by either Google or ASUS, is a magnetic smart cover sensor. Considering its a pretty nice feature, one would think that either company would've mentioned it by now.

 

All you have to do is place a magnet near the front of back of the Nexus 7 along the bottom left-hand side while in portrait mode with the display home, and you can see the results for yourself, or in the video below:

 

 

Google do sell covers for its Nexus 7, but it's not known if they support the "smart cover" feature. Could Google or ASUS not have mentioned it, so they didn't get caught in Apple's lawsuit-frenzy? This could be tapping against their patents, but Apple's focuses more on its ability to latch onto the device itself, rather than turning its display on and off. We shall see.

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Toshiba's new AL13SE range of HDDs, up to 900GB at 10,500RPM

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Jul 12, 2012 9:24 am

If you thought those current 600GB HDDs at 10,000RPM were good, Toshiba have just bettered them. Toshiba's new AL13SE range of HDDs come in sizes of 300GB, 450GB, 600GB and 900GB. All of them run at an insane 10,500RPM.

 

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The new drives promise a 32-percent increase in sustained transfer rates when compared to previous-generation drives. They also send and receive data through a 6Gbps SAS 2.0 connection. Toshiba have kept pricing under wraps at this point in time.

Samsung denies responsibility for Galaxy S III screen burn-in troubles

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 12, 2012 8:29 am

Imagine your brand new, shiny, fast Samsung Galaxy S III experiencing screen burn-in. Yes, it has happened to others, and Samsung seem to be unwilling to take responsibility for warranty replacements for the Galaxy S III smartphone and its (sometimes) premature screen burn-in.

 

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Samsung opted to use the popular AMOLED screen in the S III, and it is often susceptible to burn-in, or permanent discoloration of particular areas of the screen itself. What causes burn-in? It can be from the combination of inconsistency in the materials used to make the screen (in this case, AMOLED), and the same image being shown on the screen for a long period of time.

 

Considering icons, widgets, and more stay on the screen more-or-less permanently, unless you move them, this can be a problem. In the past week or so, Korean bloggers and community members have been debating Samsung's recent denial of problems with the new AMOLED screens. In the product manual for the S III, Samsung warns their users by stating "Do not operating your device with a paused screen for a long time".

 

Samsung also states, "We are not responsible for any problem arising from the said cause". So the question would then turn to, are Samsung responsible, if they're stating that the S III could have burn-in problems in the manual itself? Personally, I never let my smartphone screen stay on for extended periods of time, I see no point.

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