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Curiosity panoramas depict area around where rover is working, are things of beauty

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: May 6, 2013 8:32 pm

I know I'm not the only one on the TweakTown staff that loves space. I also believe many of our readers happen to be space fans following Curiosity's journey on Mars. We now have three stunning panoramic images stitched together from over 60 raw images taken by the rover. These panoramas allow a wider field of view so you can get a better sense of where Curiosity is working.

 

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Ken Kremer, creator of the panoramas:

I chose these scenes because they vividly tell the story of what NASA seeks to accomplish with Curiosity in the search for signs of life on Mars as well as tell the science story of the entire mission at a glance - one panorama is worth a thousand words, so to speak.

 

The images are stunning and really give a good idea of what the red planet's horizon looks like. In two of the three panoramas, Mount Sharp rises majestically in the background. This was done on purpose, according to Kremer, because it's "a dramatic backdrop as well as being the rover's ultimate destination."

 

Maybe these pictures will help encourage people to sign up to live in the Mars Colony.

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EA's The Sims 4 is coming to Mac and PC in 2014

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 6, 2013 8:03 pm

The Sims is a pretty popular game and EA has just announced that it will be getting another installment. The Sims 4 will be released sometime in 2014 on both Windows and Mac computers. Details regarding the new game are rather scarce, though now that it has been announced, we should start to hear more.

 

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We do know that EA is planning to go back to the series' "roots." There is also word that The Sims 4 will feature an extensive offline single-player experience, likely due to some of the backlash from the recently released SimCity. If you'll recall, SimCity launched with always-on DRM and suffered many launch issues.

 

EA and Maxis teased that the Sims' eyes would play a big roll in The Sims 4. They released the above image along with an FAQ entry that says, "They say that the eyes are the window into the soul. Let's just say that these eyes are a window into the future of The Sims 4."

Intel debuts Silvermont microarchitecture, features higher performance, lower power draw

By: Trace Hagan | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: May 6, 2013 7:31 pm

Intel has announced the new Silvermont microarchitecture that, as you would expect, brings with it increased performance and decreased power draw. The new architecture will rely on Intel's 22nm Tri-Gate SoC process to realize these performance gains and power draw reductions.

 

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Silvermont is aimed at a wide variety of applications that need low-power CPU's. This means we should see Silvermont showing up in smartphones, tablets, and even datacenters once it is released. Silvermont offers up to three times the performance of current generation Atom processors while consuming five times less power.

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Adobe to move entire Creative Suite to subscription based service, will ditch retail sales and further CS Suite updates

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Software | Posted: May 6, 2013 6:30 pm

Adobe has announced that it will be moving its Creative Suite of products from a retail business model, and into a cloud based subscription model that will let users subscribe to the service for a monthly fee and will completely do away with retail packaging, downloads and apparently Creative Suite altogether.

 

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Adobe has decided to rebrand the new subscription service as the Adobe Creative Cloud and will still feature all of the same programs professionals have grown to love. This will also end the yearly release cycle for program updates, and subscribers will simply get the updates as they come out.

 

If you want my personal opinion on this, I feel that Adobe is making a major mistake here and the push to the cloud is being fueled by one thing and one thing only, piracy. With a cloud based service, Adobe can keep a more firm hold on its programs and prevent pirates from downloading and installing the program illegally.

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Microsoft says next-gen Xbox Always-On DRM will not affect Blu-Ray playback or single player gaming

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 6, 2013 6:04 pm

There has been more controversy and drama created over Microsoft's next-gen Xbox console featuring Always-On DRM. We have even seen one employee resign after he went on a ranting tirade on Twitter about the subject. Such a touchy topic has led to a lot of bad publicity for the Redmond, Washington based giant, and today we are finally hearing some official words on the topic from Microsoft.

 

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In an internal Microsoft e-mail sent to all full-time employees working on the next-gen Xbox, the company has seemingly began shooting down the idea of always-on DRM for certain aspects of the system.

 

"Durango is designed to deliver the future of entertainment while engineered to be tolerant of today's Internet. There are a number of scenarios that our users expect to work without an Internet connection, and those should 'just work' regardless of their current connection status. Those include, but are not limited to: playing a Blu-ray disc, watching live TV, and yes playing a single player game."

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Buffalo begins shipping high capacity DriveStation DDR USB 3.0 hard drive

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: May 6, 2013 5:32 pm

Earlier this morning Buffalo announced the release of its DriveStation DDR, a new step forward in the external USB hard drive market. The DriveStation DDR is a USB 3.0 external drive that features a massive 1GB of DDR3 RAM cache for faster transfer speeds.

 

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Buffalo says that the DriveStation DDR is capable of transfer speeds up to 408MB/s, which is 2.3x faster than the average USB 3.0 transfer speed. The DriveStation was first unveiled at CES 2013 and was shown off in a sleek black finish. The drive includes Buffalo's Backup Utility, EcoManager, SecureLock for drive encryption, and RAMDISK which creates a RAM disk on Windows based PC's.

 

Hajime Nakai, chief executive officer at Buffalo Technology, said:

 

"Buffalo has developed the perfect solution for consumers that demand fast storage performance, but don't want to sacrifice drive capacity. We designed and built the DriveStation DDR to deliver the performance of an SSD coupled with up to three terabytes of storage, giving consumers the best of both technologies at an affordable price."

 

The DriveStation DDR comes with a limited three year warranty and is available now at select retail partners, for an estimated street price of $139.99 for the 2TB version and $179.99 for the 3TB version.

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LG trades places with Huawei as world's number three smartphone maker

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 6, 2013 4:40 pm

The number three spot for the world's largest smartphone manufacturer was up until Q4 2012 held by Chinese phone manufacturer Huawei.

 

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However, this morning, we are learning that a LG has overthrown Huawei and taken the number three spot.

 

In Q1 2012, LG shipped 10.3 million smartphones (4.9%), which trumped Huawei by over 300,000 units. Samsung currently holds the top spot (69.4%), with Apple falling in at about half the market share (33.1%) of the Korean Galaxy S4 giant.

 

The key to LG's growing success is that it sells many different phones in many different markets, unlike Huawei who is only available in limited markets at this time.

LinkedIn turns 10 years old, proves that it can hang with the big boys

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Social Networking | Posted: May 6, 2013 3:57 pm

Over the weekend, LinkedIn marked its 10th year of slowly pushing forward in a sea of social networking websites. The company itself was founded in 2002 by entrepreneurs Allen Blue, Konstantin Guericke, Eric Ly and Jean-Luc Vaillant, but the official website did not launch until May 5th 2003.

 

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While some are quick to point out how small LinkedIn is compared to Facebook, Google+ or even what MySpace once was, LinkedIn is quite successful at what it does. Facebook and Google+ have the fun, photo sharing and interest sharing aspects of social networking covered, but what they lack is a place for professionals to market themselves. This is where LinkedIn really shines.

 

LinkedIn serves up employment history, online resume, and skill set postings of over 225 million members worldwide, with 77 million of those members being from the US. From an economic standpoint, the company employees more than 3,700 people worldwide and saw a total revenue of more than $300 million in 2012.

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Acer president says there is no value in Windows RT and has no plans of building an RT device

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 6, 2013 3:23 pm

It's no secret that Acer's head of Chinese business, Linxian Lang, is not a fan of Windows RT. He even voiced his opinion on Microsoft building its own RT hardware, stating that the company would "eat hard rice." It appears that those sentiments run deep within Acer with the company's president now speaking out about RT.

 

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While speaking at a company event last Friday, Acer president Jim Wong said that while the company has an extensive RT release plan, it had decided to take another look at things when Surface RT was released. "The plan for an RT tablet is ongoing," Wong said. "To be honest, there's no value doing the current version of RT."

 

So while we still might see an RT tablet from Acer, it most certainly will not be in this quarter, or maybe even the next. My guess is that Acer will announce or release an RT tablet sometime in Q4 just in time for the holiday shopping frenzy.

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ASUS delivers Q1 financial report, tablet sales look good, PC components down

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 6, 2013 2:59 pm

This morning we are getting a look into how ASUS performed during the first three months of 2013. The short story is that the company saw a revenue of $3.5 billion which stemmed from strong Tablet sales. ASUS was able to parlay that $3.5 billion in revenue into a solid $202 million in pure profit.

 

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The company did see a significant drop in PC Component and Notebook sales over the same time period in 2012 and 2011, the company says that those drops were offset by tablet sales. Asus sold a whopping 3 million tablets during the first quarter of 2013.

 

Continuing with the good news, Asus has managed to gain a stronger foothold in the US and has increased its market share from 17 percent in 2012 to an impressive 23 percent already this year. This makes up the seventh straight quarter that ASUS has managed to grow revenue, as well as market share, but analyst are predicting that the company's performance will flatten out during the 2013 Q2 timeframe.

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