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Bloomberg buys into the Ubuntu Edge in the form of a $80,000 pledge

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 8, 2013 10:45 pm

Bloomberg must really like Canonical\'s Ubuntu Edge as yesterday they pledged 80,000 to the company\'s crowd funding campaign on Indiegogo. At this point, Canonical has only managed to raise about one quarter of its $32 million goal and with just over 12 days left, things are not looking very good for the Ubuntu Edge smartphone.

 

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So what does Bloomberg get for their $80,000 donation? 115 Ubuntu Edge smartphones are included in the deal alongside several best practice workshops, 30 days of online support that allow the company\'s chief information officers and IT managers to integrate the devices into their system, and--of course--free shipping. If the funding campaign is successful, Canonical hopes to have the phones shipped around March of next year.

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Xbox One key features will require Live Gold subscription to work

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Aug 8, 2013 9:27 pm

If you think that the Xbox One is going to be chocked full of awesomesauce, you're most certainly right, that is unless you do not have a subscription to Xbox Live Gold. Microsoft has confirmed that features like SmartMatch, Skype, the built in TV Guide, and the game recording DVR will all be locked down if you're not an Xbox Live Gold member.

 

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This news comes hot on the heels of an earlier announcement that confirmed the next-gen console will only record game-play video in 720p and not at the full 1080p resolution all of its games will be played at. It seems like the hits never stop coming for the Xbox One, but that does not stop people flocking to stores en masse to pre-order theirs. In other news, Microsoft released an unboxing video of the retail version of the Xbox One one earlier today and you can watch it here.

Texas judge says Bitcoins are currency and governed by US law

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 8, 2013 8:18 pm

Recently, the US Securities and Exchange Commission charged Trenton T. Shavers with running an illegal Ponzi scheme using the digital currency Bitcoins. In the alleged scam, Shavers promised investors that they would receive a 1 percent interest rate per day on their investment. Shavers denied the allegations and claim that regulators had no jurisdiction over the case because he was using Bitcoins and the SEC can only govern transactions that involve real money.

 

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The presiding judge said that the case could move forward as the investments meet the definition of contract, and as such, are securities. Basically what this means is that the $4.5 million in Bitcoins Shavers collected as investments is considered true currency by US law.

Microsoft releases unboxing video of Xbox One in final trim

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Aug 8, 2013 7:05 pm

Today, Microsoft released an unboxing video of its upcoming next-gen gaming console, the Xbox One. While we have seen many images of the new console, most of them are from the unveiling ceremony or E3, and today is the first time we\'re getting a look at what the final design will be.

 

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The unboxing features what is being called the Xbox One Day One edition. It will feature a Kinect, Day One branded controller, and the Xbox One console itself. Additionally, the company will include what appears to be a wired mono driver headset that will also come with standard editions of the console.

 

So what\'s changed since we last saw the Xbox One? The final design features a separate power supply brick, an included HDMI cable, and what the company is calling a \"Liquid Black\" finish. The controller now features a built-in battery compartment that is able to accommodate alkaline or rechargeable AA batteries. Charging can be completed via a built-in microUSB port, which will shut down the wireless radio when plugged in and allow you to continue playing your game through the wired connection.

 

The console features built-in Wi-Fi and supports 802.11 b/g/n on both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies. Microsoft says that the Xbox One will hit store shelves sometime in November and will retail for an MSRP of $499.

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Nokia officially parts ways with Siemens

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 8, 2013 5:24 pm

Yesterday, Nokia announced that they have officially completed their acquisition of the Siemens stake in the Nokia Siemens Network, a move that was first announced back on July 1. The company says that the Siemens name is being phased out from the Nokia Siemens Network and the new name branding shall now be known as Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN).

 

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Nokia says that the Nokia Solutions and Networks is now wholly owned by Nokia; Rajeev Suri continues as CEO and Jesper Ovesen continues as Executive Chairman of the NSN Board of Directors. The NSN Board of Directors has been adjusted to the new ownership structure and the Siemens-appointed directors have resigned their positions.

Vodafone UK set to launch 4G network on August 29

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 8, 2013 4:26 pm

Vodafone UK announced today that it will be rolling out its all-new 4G network beginning on August 29. Pricing plans will begin at 26 British pounds a month with a 2 GB data cap. This plan will include a SIM card only and users must have an existing 4G capable phone such as the Nokia 925, Galaxy S4, or BlackBerry Z10.

 

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London will be the first city to see the network live, with 12 more locations being turned on before the end of the year. These include Birmingham, Bradford, Coventry, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, and Sheffield.

 

Existing customers who own an LTE capable handset will be allowed to upgrade their plan for just an extra five pounds a month, and as an incentive to switch, Vodafone will be throwing in unlimited data for the first three months along with Spotify Premium or Premier Football content bundles.

Nikon launches 18-140mm lens designed for APS-C DSLRs

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cameras | Posted: Aug 8, 2013 3:39 pm

This week, Nikon introduced a new wide-angle zoom lens for its DSLRs that feature APS-C sensors--the DX Series. The focal length is between 18mm and 140mm and the company says that it has been designed to be a versatile all-around shooter.

 

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The new 18-140mm lens features Nikon vibration reduction technology, with Nikon promising that photographers are now able to shoot in low light with a shutter speed up to four stops slower and still keep images blur free. The new lens features 17 elements in 12 groups with one extra-low dispersion element and a single aspherical lens element that delivers excellent resolution and contrast while reducing aberration and color dissection.

 

The AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR retails at an MSRP of $890 and will begin to hit store shelves at the end of this month.

Lego releases source code for Mindstorms EV3

By: Charles Gantt | More News: | Posted: Aug 7, 2013 10:05 pm

Today, the source code for the new Lego Mindstorms microcontroller brick was released. This little controller box features an ARM9-based microcontroller that runs a flavor of Linux. The EV3 Mindstorms line features Lego compatible motors, touch sensors, color printers, IR sensors, as well as IR remotes.

 

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The source code has been uploaded to GitHub and those interested can head over to Source #2 to clone the repository for themselves. The linked Source #1 will contain all the information you need to get started hacking your own projects using Lego's Mindstorm EV3 controller.

AOL releases Q2 earnings report, post higher revenue than expected

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 7, 2013 9:31 pm

Today, AOL released its earnings report for the second quarter of 2013. The company says that its revenue grew to $541 million, which is up more than 2 percent during the same period last year. This equates to a diluted earnings per share of $0.35.

 

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Net income per quarter was $28.5 million, which was actually significantly lower than the same period in 2012, but AOL was quick to note that this is because it sold $1.1 billion worth of patents to Microsoft in Q2 2012. However, Q2 2013's net income is up $3 million over quarter one 2013.

 

"AOL takes a major step forward today with another quarter of growth and our agreement to acquire the Adap.tv video marketplace platform that will make AOL a clear global leader in the most important growth segment in our industry - online video," AOL Chairman and CEO Tim Armstrong said in the report. "AOL continued to get leaner during Q2 while growing consumer traffic, growing all advertising revenue lines, and improving our subscription trends."

 

The company says that ad revenue grew by 7 percent, totaling $361 million with a 5 percent growth in the domestic market and 19 percent internationally. Third-party network revenue grew by 9 percent, while search advertising revenue managed to grow 8 percent. The company did admit that its ISP subscription rates were down 5 percent.

Casio unveils EX-ZR800 compact camera with 5-axis image stabilization

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cameras | Posted: Aug 7, 2013 8:57 pm

Casio announced today the launch of a new compact digital camera to its lineup. The new EX-ZR800 is an Exilim engine based model that features five-axis image stabilization, continuous shooting, and an ISO sensitivity of 25,600. The camera is also capable of composing high dynamic range (HDR) shots within the built-in software. Additionally, the camera features a 16-megapixel sensor and 18x zoom.

 

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Video capabilities include 1080p at 30 frames per second, which is encoded in h.264, and a zoom range of 25mm to 450mm ensures that you will always get the perfectly framed shot. Casio says that the EX-ZR800 will launch in Japan on August 3 in red, white, or black and will retail for about $410. It is still unclear when the device will land in Europe or the US, but we do know that it is coming.

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