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New Zealand court rules FBI must release evidence against Kim Dotcom

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 16, 2012 11:29 pm

The United States government just can't seem to catch a break when it comes to the MegaUpload/Kim Dotcom lawsuit. First, the warrant used to raid his house has been overturned by New Zealand. Then, his extradition hearing was pushed all the way back to March, 2013. Now, a New Zealand court has ruled that the FBI must release all evidence against him for his extradition hearing.




This strikes a major blow to the United States as the FBI has been doing their best to keep their evidence secret. The New Zealand court has made a logical argument in which they state that "severely restrict[ing] the ability of [one party] to file relevant evidence would not easily be characterised as 'fair.'"


The New Zealand court asserts that there is no reason that the evidence cannot be presented in New Zealand and subsequently presented in the United States. Furthermore, the court cites the Bill of Rights Act and it's requirements for a fair hearing. Some interesting sections of the ruling follow:

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Ebay to prohibit the sale of spells, hexes, magic services

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Aug 16, 2012 10:29 pm

Ebay has issued its category changes and updates for fall and if you like buying hexes on other people from the auction giant, you're going to have to head somewhere else. On the chopping block are Tarot readings, potions, and spells. Not only are the categories going away, but they will join hexing, curses, conjuring, blessings, psychic readings, and "magic services" on the prohibited list.




Ebay claims that these changes are due to the fact that "transactions in these categories often result in issues between the buyer and seller that are difficult to resolve." It's pretty hard to decide whether or not a magic spell or hex has worked and it's unlikely that a seller is offering any sort of guarantee.


So, if you have magic spells, potions, hexes, curses, readings, or other magic services to sell, you best get on it before Ebay institutes these changes.

Graphics shipments up 2.5% from last quarter, 5.5% over last year

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 16, 2012 9:30 pm

Jon Peddie Research, a company dedicated to research and consulting regarding graphics and multimedia has announced its estimated graphics chip shipments and market share for Q2 2012. The numbers look promising across the board as total chip shipments are up 2.7 percent. The majority of companies increased shipments while a few decreased.




Looking at the numbers, Intel had a great quarter. Their market share went up 2.9 percent, likely due to Ivy Bridge shipments. They shipped 7.8 percent more units this quarter than last. It would appear that all of this positive for Intel was at the cost of AMD. AMD's market share declined by 2.5% and they saw decreased shipments of 7.5 percent.


NVIDIA, still riding the success of Kepler saw improved numbers as well. They shipped 0.4 percent more units this quarter than last, however, their market share is down 0.4 percent. The late introduction of (and still lack of product) in the lower end has likely been a contributing factor to this as these are the products which sell in high numbers.

Android malware level has tripled in Q2 2012

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Aug 16, 2012 8:31 pm

Malware is bad. It's created by people who want to cause you trouble or steal your information. It's a fact of life that Windows will always be a target of malware, but how about Android? It seems as more hackers and scammers are now targeting the mobile operating system with varying degrees of success.




In the second quarter of 2012, Kaspersky Labs found that the number of malware out there targeting Android has tripled. Likely this is the result of an increased number of Android phones giving malicious programmers a wider base to attack. This is the same reason so many different malwares are written for Windows.


During the three months that make up the second quarter, the number of new malware increased to nearly 15,000. 49 percent of the malware were multi-functional Trojans designed to steal data such as contact names, phone numbers, and e-mails. 25 percent were SMS Trojans which send texts to premium numbers to gain money for the programmer.


Trojan Spy malware only constituted 2 percent of the newly found malware and this is a good thing for users as Trojan Spy malware is the most dangerous to users. It is able to transfer information to the programmer which gives access to bank accounts and other sensitive accounts.

Judge Koh not happy with Apple, asks lawyers if they're 'smoking crack'

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 16, 2012 7:33 pm

It's seems as though Judge Lacy Koh is getting more and more frustrated with the Apple v Samsung patent battle every day and most of that frustration appears to be towards Apple. Today, Apple turned in a 75-page brief detailing 22 potential witnesses they might call after Samsung finishes and it pushed Judge Koh over the edge and she let Apple have it.




After the jury left the courtroom, Judge Koh turned to Apple and asked why they would submit such a lengthy document "when, unless you're smoking crack, you know these witnesses aren't going to be called!" William Lee, a lawyer for Apple, stepped forward and said "First, your honor, I'm not smoking crack. I can promise you that."


They then agreed to shorten the document as another of Apple's lawyers claimed they didn't mean to burden the court. As the discourse went on, Koh became even more frustrated with the parties and started charging them time. "I'm billing time because you all are being unreasonable," she said. She wants this trial done on schedule and doesn't want to put up with any more lawyer tactics.

Facebook's first 'lockup' ended today, is only trading down 5%

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 16, 2012 6:28 pm

It would appear that Facebook is finally getting some good news. The first of their 'lockups' ended today and they are only trading down by 5 percent. When a company goes public, insiders who received stock can't sell it until their lockup expires. If the stock doesn't crash on a lockout day, it usually means the people who have knowledge believe the company will continue to do well.




Conversely, if the stock crashes, then if often signals to investors to get out. Luckily for Facebook, the stock has only dipped a little as a result of some shares going on the market, but it hasn't crashed like it could have. Other companies, such as Groupon, had to sell more shares to stave off a massive crash.


Facebook is currently trading at $20.19, which is less than 5 percent. Facebook still has to endure 4 more lockups before they are in the clear. These would be 249 million shares on October 15, 1.32 billion on November 14, 49 million on December 14, and 47 million on May 13. The day that appears like it could be a problem is November 14.

Fujitsu releases military-grade Android 4.0 tablet, only costs $549

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 16, 2012 4:31 pm

When I hear military-grade, I immediately hear "expensive," however, that's not the case with Fujitsu's new military-grade tablet. At $549, it's $50 less than a storage-comparable Apple iPad 3--and the device even weighs less than it does. It manages all of this while being tested to meet or exceed military durability standard MIL-STD-810G.




So just what do you get with the Fujitsu M532? Well, it features a quad-core Tegra 3 processor and 1 GB of RAM stuffed behind a 10.1-inch IPS display running at WXGA (1280 x 800) resolution. Camera-wise, it features an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and a two-megapixel front-facing camera.


It weighs in at just 1.23 pounds which, as I said, is less than the iPad 3's 1.44 pounds. Furthermore, the battery is said to last for 8.4 hours of video playback, which should get you through at least 3 movies and will get you most of the way to Europe from the United States. You also get a one-year license for device tracking through Absolute Computrace.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti launch review round-up

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Roundups | Posted: Aug 16, 2012 3:24 pm

We proudly brought you a review of the GTX 660 Ti around two weeks ago. Well, the NDA has finally been lifted and just about every other site known to man has released their review of the new card. We, too, have released another NVIDIA GTX 660 Ti review to go along with today's launch, this one of the MSI GTX 660 Ti 2GB Power Edition.




The cards perform as you would expect them too. At $300, the performance-per-dollar is pretty good. Without further ado, here's an incomplete list of NVIDIA GTX 660 Ti launch reviews.


GTX 660 Ti -

GTX 660 Ti - techPowerUp!

GTX 660 Ti -

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MPEG releases draft for a new video codec, H.265, would halve video bandwidth

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Aug 16, 2012 10:25 am

The Motion Pictures Expert Group (MPEG) has released a new draft which should see the release of a new video codec, H.265. The proposed High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) looks to save on space by up to 50% of the current MPEG-4 H.264 standard, with its aim of reducing the amount of bandwidth used by online video applications, making room for more.




A group of 450 people met in Stockholm during July in order to approve the new codec, which if adopted, would see double the amount of TV channels broadcast, all in the same amount of spectrum. Per Fröjdh, chairman of the Swedish MPEG delegation and manager for Visual Technology at Ericsson Research has said it will "have an enormous impact on the industry", and rightly so. He also notes that it is currently predicted that video could account for "90 percent of all network traffic" by 2015.


Fröjdh also believes that the new HEVC format could see a launch in the commercial product space as soon as next year. Apple would hopefully be an early adopter in H.265, as they were in H.264. Nokia and Microsoft also recommend H.264 as an alternative to plugins for video in the HTML5 specification. We should hear more about H.265 over the coming months.

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Microsoft has banned the name 'Metro' from its own Windows Store

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Aug 16, 2012 9:25 am

Developers who submit a Windows 8 app to the Windows Store using the word 'Metro' will "fail certification". This is a move from Microsoft that will see the Metro name die a horrible, horrible death. A recent change to the "Naming your app" instructions appears despite the heavy use by Microsoft of the term elsewhere.




This means that developers are now having to rebrand their apps in order to pass the new, stricter, non-Metro requirements. One big example is Windows-based Twitter client, MetroTwit, which already has a great following, and it now risks losing users when they go through a now required name change.


This is a big change, and its getting so close to the launch of Windows 8 I fear the Microsoft may be poisoning the Windows 8 name by this huge tectonic shift in renaming Metro, and the domino effect its having on developers, and their apps. Time will tell, I guess.

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