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Scientists experiment with moving data in 3D through magnetic spin

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Feb 4, 2013 9:36 am

Until now, shifting around data in 3D has been but a pipe dream, but the University of Cambridge have broken outside of that dream and began experimenting with a chip that is capable of much, much more.




The team at Cambridge have put a layer of ruthenium atoms between cobalt and platinum, where the researchers have found they can move data bo th up and down, in an otherwise silicon-based design through spintronics. This method uses the magnetic field manipulation to send information across the ruthenium to its destination.


This layering is perfect enough to create a "staircase" that has the data take one step at a time, incredible stuff! Unfortunately there's no ETA on whether this would take the step (pun intended) to real-world circuitry, but with all steps - it will eventually happen.

Google pushing digital publishing in France, pay $82 million in support

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 4, 2013 8:38 am

Google have just paid $82 million in support for "digital publishing initiatives" with French newspapers and other publishers. This new investment is part of a deal between the Mountain View-based company and the French government that will end a dispute over who Google should pay for "snippets" of articles that show up on Google searches.




Google and the French government have now signed the deal after months of negotiations with the French government calling the deal a "happy conclusion" that would "facilitate the transition of the press to the digital world".


Now that the agreement has been struck, Google will open up a new fund and work with French publishers in order to help them increase their online revenues, "using our advertising technology", said Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt. Schmidt continued, saying "a healthy news industry is important for Google and our partners, and it is essential to a free society".

Iron Man 3 gets an extended Super Bowl trailer

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Feb 4, 2013 7:39 am

As an Australian, one of my favorite bits of the Super Bowl is the movie spots for the up and coming blockbusters. While I really wanted a Man of Steel clip, Iron Man 3 will do.



And what a clip it is! The 20-second or so clip shows off an incredible new scene (spoilers if you keep reading) of Iron Man diving out of a plane and having to save 13 people from falling to the ground. Goosebumps!

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Apple opens up to developers during the Super Bowl

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Feb 4, 2013 6:36 am

Everyone thought Apple was going to have a Super Bowl ad, especially after Samsung had their cool ad which we talked about a couple of days ago, but nope - no ad from Apple.



What they did do during the Super Bowl was very quietly unveil their new product during the Star Trek: Into Darkness ad spot. At the end of the Star Trek Super Bowl spot, Paramount very quickly flashed a promotion for their iOS-based app, showing off a new link that takes people directly to it.




Apple already uses something similar with their iTunes links, but this new trick is designed so people can quickly type it into a mobile device, or remember something simple like This means that whatever comes after can be at the developers' wishes, where developers can choose this when submitting an app, or use their company name to promote more than one of their apps.

BLU Products show off their Quattro line of smartphones powered by Tegra 3 and comes in 4.5- and 5.7-inch models

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 4, 2013 5:31 am

BLU Products' latest smartphone creations have been announced, with their Quattro line of smartphones all based on NVIDIA's Tegra 3 SoC and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.




The first of which is the entry-level Quattro 4.5, featuring a 4.5-inch qHD display, 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, 4GB of internal memory expandable by up to 32GB with an external memory card, and 1GB of RAM. The Quattro 4.5 will be available in the coming days at $249.99 unlocked through various websites in the US.


Next up we have the Quattro 4.5 HD which sports an Advanced Super View 4.5-inch HD 326ppi display which is protected by Corning's Gorilla Glass. We find an 8-megapixel rear-facing snapper on the Quattro 4.5 HD which also features an f/2.4 large aperture lens, 16GB of internal storage and 1GB of RAM. The Quattro 4.5 HD will be available in the first week of this month at $349.99.

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Surface Pro begins dropping into retail stores, asks you to come and check it out

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 4, 2013 3:20 am

If you're like me and can't wait to check out Microsoft's Surface Pro in person, well that wait might be over depending on where you live. Some shoppers in the US and Canada can now check out the Windows 8-powered slate at selected retailers.




In the US, you might want to check out Best Buy and Staples as well as Microsoft Stores. If you do get some hands-on time with Microsoft's iPad competitor, be sure to let us know what you think in the comments!

Dell's buyout deal is nearly done, would see Michael Dell himself contribute his stake in Dell

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 3, 2013 9:35 am

It looks like we're getting close to the end of the Dell buyout procedure, where we have Reuters now reporting that at least four huge banks are involved. These banks include Barclays, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse and RBC Capital.




Included in the swirl of rumors, is that Michael Dell would even contribute his stake in Dell, pushing nearly 16% towards gaining the majority ownership and Microsoft having his back by offering $3 billion as an investment. With Dell selling millions upon millions of Windows-based PCs, it would make sense for Microsoft to keep the lifeline phone line open for Dell.


Once this all materializes, we're going to have to see Dell go through an extremely quick re-imaging process. They'll need to completely swing themselves around and start kicking ass and taking names once again.

RumorTT: Google's X-Phone to feature 128GB model, new camera and 4.8-inch 1080p display

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 3, 2013 8:36 am

Here we go, folks! Rumors are now floating around that the highly rumored X-Phone will feature a 4.8-inch 1920x1080 display. We should expect the X-Phone to feature Sony's Exmor camera sensor, too.




Better yet, we can expect it to rock the latest Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie OS, which should have some nifty features and improved battery life. We should also expect there to be a 128GB model, and Motorola's Kevlar design that is build to be water-resistant. Google's I/O conference is nearly here, in May 15-17, where we should see this next big step from Google announced.

Police Quest creator to start up a Kickstarter project

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 3, 2013 7:33 am

I'm sure there are some of you out there, like me, who remember the class adventure series from Sierra, Police Quest. Well, the creator of Police Quest, Jim Walls, was interviewed by Chris Pope, the Executive Producer of Guys from Andromedia LLC where he had something interesting to announce.




Walls announced that he is to soon join some of his ex-Sierra buddies, where they'll begin a new Kickstarter project where they hope to raise enough funds to start a new Police Quest-like game. We won't see a proper Police Quest game as Activision own the rights to it, but something like Police Quest would still be great.


Walls is asking for help, and would like people who are interested in helping to contact him through his website, but still has full intentions of starting a new Kickstarter-funded project sometime this year.

Foursquare for Business arrives on the Google Play Store

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Feb 3, 2013 6:36 am

Foursquare on their path to location check-in domination, have unleashed Foursquare for Business onto the Google Play Store. What makes this special is that businesses can now edit their locations from their smartphones, instead of using the Foursquare website.




Using the app, business owners can post photo updates, share updates through social networking sites Facebook and Twitter, view their consumers' latest check-ins, learn more about their customers and drive new business through specials run on Foursquare. The application is very specific, and suited only for businesses on Foursquare, so if you're a business owner - you should get on this, right now.

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