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Vine has first service outage after being open for just 5 days

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jan 29, 2013 9:04 pm

Twitter-like video sharing site Vine has experienced its first service outage after only being around for 5 days. Twitter launched Vine last Thursday to share short, 6-second looping videos. Vine, as an extension of Twitter, believes the limit on content forces users to have creativity.

 

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Earlier today, Vine experience its first service outage, with most services being disabled and the app alerting users about the service interruption. Vine tweeted about the outage, saying the following: "Vine is experiencing a temporary service interruption. Thanks for your patience."

 

Vine has had several growing pains during these first five days. Porn instantly became a problem on the service, with one video even being promoted to an Editor's Pick. This resulted in Apple pulling it from the featured section of the App Store. Vine is now doing a better job censoring search terms.

 

The service has since returned for some users, though Vine/Twitter has yet to confirm that the service is back to being fully functional. If you're still having trouble with the service, let us know in the comments.

Nexus 4 back in stock, pick it up while it's available

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 29, 2013 8:28 pm

Google has Nexus 4's back in stock, at least for a limited time. The estimated ship time is 1-2 weeks, but Google is at least giving you the option of buying the device again. Previously, the web pages for the Nexus 4 8GB and Nexus 4 16GB had shown the device as "SOLD OUT" and didn't provide any way of ordering.

 

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LG has committed to producing more devices as quickly as they can, though they have blamed Google for underestimating the number of devices that would be demanded. For $300, it's near impossible to find a better device that is unlocked and without a contract. If you're not completely sold on the Nexus 4, you might want to wait for MWC in February.

 

MWC should bring lots of new devices, some of which may be even better than the Nexus 4. You could also try and wait it out for the rumored Nexus 5, though that probably won't show up until Google I/O, if it even shows up at all. You can get the 8GB Nexus 4 here and the 16GB Nexus 4 here.

Apple launches iPad with 128GB of storage, comes in two versions

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 29, 2013 8:01 pm

Well, shortly after rumors popped up that Apple was planning on releasing an iPad with 128GB of storage, the company has gone ahead and announced two new iPads, both which feature 128GB of storage. The two versions are exactly what you would expect: one with Wi-Fi and one with Wi-Fi and LTE support.

 

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Pricing was also announced, with the 128GB Wi-Fi model ringing up at $799. If you want LTE support, be prepared to lay out $929. The two models will be available in both black and white, like the rest of the iPad line. Hardware also remains the same at the dual-core A6X processor and 2GB of RAM.

 

The new devices will be for sale starting Tuesday, February 5, 2013.

XBMC 12.0 "Frodo" released, Raspberry Pi and Android support now officially included

By: Charles Gantt | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jan 29, 2013 7:29 pm

Today the XBMC Foundation has released version 12 of the widely popular open-source home media center software. XBMC 12.0, codenamed "Frodo", brings forth several new features and improvements including Live TV and PVR support which brings Live TV, radio and TV guide features into the program.

 

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The update also includes a completely new audio engine that supports most of the HD audio standards including DTS-MA and Dolby True-HD. Fans of Apple's AirPlay can jump for joy as well because Frodo includes improved support for Apple's wireless standard, in addition to AirPlay streaming for Windows users as well.

 

The biggest news however is the official support for the $35 Raspberry Pi. With the Model B now supporting 1080p HD video, the Raspberry Pi makes for the perfect entry-level media streamer when combined with XBMC. Version 12.0 also comes with "initial Android support" which unlike the XBMC remote app includes the full range of XBMC services on your Android device.

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Samsung unveils budget-friendly 4G LTE equipped Galaxy Express smartphone

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 29, 2013 6:21 pm

It's no secret that Samsung is the top predator in the Android food chain at the moment, and the South Korean company has set its sights on the low-cost smartphone market with its new Galaxy Express 4G LTE capable smartphone.

 

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The value-driven handset bears a striking resemblance to Samsung's flagship Galaxy S III, and rightfully so. Using existing tooling is the perfect way to save money on the manufacturing process. The Express comes to the table featuring an unknown 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage.

 

A 4.5 inch WVGA Super AMOLED Plus display, 5MP rear camera and 1.3MP front camera round out the hardware features. The Express features quad-band 4G LTE support in the 800, 900, 1800 and 2600 spectrum ranges, and ships with Android 4.1 Jellybean, skinned with Samsung's TouchWiz Nature UX. I have been unable to find any pricing information so the jury is still out on this "budget" smartphone.

Microsoft is pushing cloud subscriptions with today's Office 2013 launch

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cloud Computing | Posted: Jan 29, 2013 5:24 pm

Microsoft has finally launched its long anticipated Office 2013 product. Today the OS and productivity app giant officially launched its Office 2013 and Office 365 products to the consumer market.

 

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In its ever present, yet slow march towards having everything in the "cloud", Microsoft has built a new subscription model around the latest Office products. Starting today consumers will be able to purchase a subscription to Office 2013 through its new Office 365 service.

 

For $99 a year, subscribers will get access for up to five office installs on Mac or PC's which includes access to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access. As an incentive Microsoft is also bundling 20GB of additional SkyDrive space and 60 minutes of Skype calling per month with each subscription. A monthly plan of $9.99 is also available.

 

Non-subscription packages of Office Home and Student and Office Professional are also available for $139.99 and $399.99 respectively. Finally, Microsoft has ditched using physical media to get Office onto consumers PC and is relying on users downloading the software from the cloud. Even "retail box" versions will only include download instructions.

Nikon launches new AF-S Nikkor 800mm super lens, start saving $18k for April release

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cameras | Posted: Jan 29, 2013 4:26 pm

Nikon may have outdone themselves this time, the new AF-S Nikkor 800mm f/5.6 E FL ED VR was just released and it can only be described as "massive." The new lens measures in at 6.3 x 18.2 inches and weighs a whopping 10 lbs.

 

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This is not just any old run of the mill Nikkor lens, though. The 800mm packs several new technologies and is the first in the Nikkor line to receive features like electromagnetic diaphragm control and fluorite lens elements. It also features existing technology such as nano crystal coating and vibration reduction.

 

The new lens features a total of 20 elements that are organized into 13 groups, with two of them being fluorite and two composing of ED glass. The lens comes with an included AF-S 1.25x teleconverter, effectively extending its focal length to 1000mm on FX format cameras or 1500mm on DX format cameras. The Nikkor 800mm f5.6 carries a whopping MSRP of $17,899.95 and will hit shelves in April.

First detailed map of North Korea released by Google, still needs work

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jan 29, 2013 3:32 pm

Google, citing help from its community of citizen cartographers, has launched a highly detailed map of North Korea in its Google Maps service. The company pieced the map together using "very limited map data," and admits that it is far from perfect.

 

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Most of the data was generated by users who added it using Google's Map Maker, a web app that lets users add to a map using their unique local knowledge. All of this user generated data had to have come from visitors to the country as its citizens are denied access to the internet. In a blog post, Jayanth Mysore, Senior Product Manager at Google Map Maker wrote:

 

"We know this map is not perfect - one of the exciting things about maps is that the world is a constantly changing place. We encourage people from around the world to continue helping us improve the quality of these maps for everyone with Google Map Maker,"

 

The map will be of little use to almost everyone inside of North Korea's borders as only very high ranking officials have access to the World Wide Web. During a recent trip to North Korea, Google's CEO Eric Schmidt urged its leaders to open the internet as well as cell phone technology to its citizens. No information was released on Pyongyang's reply.

Crytek accepting applications for upcoming Warface beta, a new free-to-play FPS

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 29, 2013 2:49 pm

Warface, a new free-to-play FPS from Crytek, the makers of Crysis 3, is set to enter closed beta very soon and as a result, the company is now taking applications for gamers wanting to join the closed beta. Signing up is as simple as entering an email and your desired gamer tag.

 

 

Normally I do not get very excited over a free to play FPS game as they usually lack in quality, features and realism, but Warface just might be the exception. Warface was developed on the CryEngine, the same one used on Crysis 3, and was given a budget in the $10-$30 million range.

 

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Crytek will make its investment back by offering paid content and personally I am hoping that content is in the form of extra maps, camo and other non-critical gear. Being able to buy a more powerful weapon just takes the fun out of things. The game will offer combative and co-op modes. You can apply to join the closed beta by clicking the Source #2 link below. Who knows, maybe I will see you in-game!

HGST introduces 1.2TB Ultrastar C10K1200 10,000 RPM Enterprise HDD

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Jan 29, 2013 2:06 pm

HGST, formerly Hitachi and now a Western Digital company, announced today the new C10K1200 10K RPM enterprise HDD. This HDD sets itself apart from the crowd by becoming the highest capacity 10K HDD in a 2.5" form factor to spin at 10,000 RPM.

 

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Featuring 1.2TB of capacity, this new HDD is designed for the increasing demands for more storage capacity in the datacenter. This capacity extension to the product line utilizes a SAS 6GB/s interface and 64MB of cache buffer for optimized read/write response time. The 10K rotational speed also provides the power for these drives inclusion in high performance computing environments.

 

The increase in capacity ushers in higher density servers, blades and network storage arrays. By packing more data in less space, users will save in floorspace, cooling and power. These factors are ongoing costs that can add up to cost much more than the device over the course of its lifetime, so any increase in density is always welcome.

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