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Creative introduces new Sound Blaster Tactic3D Fury gaming headset

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Aug 22, 2013 11:54 pm

Today, Creative Technology announced the launch of its newest Sound Blaster gaming headsets set dubbed the Tactic3D Fury. Creative says that the Tactic3D Fury is compatible with both PC and Mac thanks to the dual-mode USB adapter. A 3.5mm headphone jack is also present, which allows the end-user to connect the headset to a mobile phone, allowing them to receive calls during intense gaming sessions.




"Riding on the positive momentum of our Sound Blaster Tactic3D range of gaming headsets, we designed the Sound Blaster Tactic3D Fury with a sleeker, even more comfortable ear cup design than the headsets that inspired it. With this great-looking, comfortable design and our completely customizable suite of sound and voice technologies, we're unleashing the Fury as the best combination of gaming performance and value for the mass market," said Long Chye Low, general manager of audio at Creative.


Included with the headset is Creative's Sound Blaster Tactic3D Control Panel software that enables gamers to customize settings and tailor the sound output to their specific taste . This provides an immersive and accurate 3-D acoustic environment that is unlike any other. The Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Fury gaming headset is expected to arrive on store shelves sometime in October 2013 and will retail at a price point of $59.99.

SanDisk completes acquisition of SMART Storage Systems

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 22, 2013 11:14 pm

Today SanDisk announced that it has completed its acquisition of SMART Storage Systems, a key player in the enterprise solid state drive market. In a press release SanDisk says that SMART Storage Systems will be combined with SanDisk's Enterprise Storage Solutions.




The combined unit will be headed up by John Scaramuzzo, who has been the president of SMART Storage Systems and has worked in the industry for more than 25 years at companies such as Seagate, Maxtor, Quantum and Digital Equipment Corporation. Scaramuzzo will take on the role of senior vice president and will report directly to Sanjay Mehrotra, President and CEO of SanDisk.


"I am delighted to welcome the employees of SMART Storage Systems to SanDisk and to build upon our momentum in the enterprise storage market," said Mehrotra. "This acquisition enables SanDisk to address a large market opportunity in enterprise SATA products, and complements our strong enterprise SAS product portfolio. With this combination, SanDisk will have enterprise SSDs qualified with six of the top seven storage OEMs worldwide."

TRENDnet begins shipping 16-port Gigabit Web Smart PoE+ Switch

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Networking | Posted: Aug 22, 2013 10:29 pm

Today, TRENDnet announced that it has began shipping its new TPE-1620WS 16-Port Gigabit Web Smart PoE+ Switch. The company says that this all metal, rack-mountable, managed PoE switch features 16 Gigabit PoE+ ports and two shared SFP slots.




Security protocols including ACL, SSL, MAC/port filtering, 802.1X, TACACS+, and RADIUS support layered security controls. The TPE-1620WS is IPv6 ready, with full IPv6 support. Embedded traffic management technology includes: 802.3ad link aggregation, Asymmetric VLAN, 802.1Q VLAN, Voice VLAN, GVRP, 802.1p Class of Service (CoS), and QoS queue scheduling. Traffic comparison charts, error group charts, and a convenient cable diagnostic test aides in rapid troubleshooting. RMON, SNMP, SNMP Trap, and Port Mirroring support administrator monitoring solutions.


Each of the 16 ports automatically support PoE+ (30 Watts) and PoE (15 Watts) power-connected devices. Featuring the company's GREENnet technology, the TPE-1620WS is capable of powering down the ports when they're not in use, which offers up to a 70 percent increase in power savings. TRENDnet says that the TPE-1620WS is available online and from participating retail partners at an MSRP of $529.99.

NASDAQ goes offline for three hours due to 'technological problem'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 22, 2013 9:52 pm

I've just woken up this morning (it's 7am here in my part of Australia) to the news of a three-hour shutdown of NASDAQ. Yes, a three-hour shutdown to trading in NASDAQ securities, which is massive news.




NASDAQ pegged the issue on an 'unexplained technological problem' and resumed trading at 3:25pm EDT, after a 3-hour, 11-minute shutdown of trading in US companies' stocks. The shutdown is the largest in recent history. Sal Arnuk, co-head of equity trading at Themis Trading in Chatnam, New Jersey said: "Any brokerage firm gets paid by executing orders. So yes, we are frustrated, and this hurts us, it hurts the market and it hurts public confidence."


The exchange blamed the issue with distributing stock price quotes for the shutdown, with a source close to the matter describing the problem as a "data feed issue" reports Reuters. Ok, now let's talk serious for a little bit, because a "technical issue", in my opinion, doesn't just happen to NASDAQ.

Continue reading 'NASDAQ goes offline for three hours due to 'technological problem'' (full post)

Yahoo bests Google in monthly traffic for the first time in two years

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Aug 22, 2013 9:04 pm

A new report out from comScore says that last month for the first time in more than two years, Yahoo managed to best Google in terms of overall monthly traffic. Yahoo was able to coax in 196.6 million unique monthly visitors during the month of July, while Google only managed to attract 192.3 million unique visitors.




Interestingly enough, these numbers did not include traffic from Yahoo's newly acquired social network Tumblr, which sees more than 38 million unique visitors every month. If these numbers were included, it would put Yahoo far ahead of Google in overall web traffic. However, the report did not include mobile traffic either, and with Google's Android being the dominant mobile OS, we're sure that Google would have topped Yahoo if the mobile numbers were included.

Canon prepares Powershot N for launch, now features Facebook Connect

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cameras | Posted: Aug 22, 2013 7:29 pm

Next month, Canon will release its PowerShot N compact camera that was first spotted at CES earlier this year. Since then, one major change has been made to device in the form of a button that allows quick and easy photo sharing on the giant social network we all know and love called Facebook. And while that is a pretty awesome feature, let's not overlook the camera's overall small form-factor design.




Coming in at not much wider than its lens assembly, the Canon PowerShot N features a 12.1-megapixel CMOS sensor that is backed up by Canon's proprietary DIGIC 5 imaging processor. The compact camera is able to record 1080p video at 30 frames per second and features a 2.8-inch tiltable touchscreen that will assist you in composing that perfect shot.


The camera features a creative shot mode that will generate five artistic photos from each shot that is taken. Another 58 scenes under the smart auto mode allows users to customize their digital captures. The camera will be only available from Canon Direct and will retail at a price point of $300.

Logitech announces new white special edition K400 Touch Keyboard

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Aug 22, 2013 6:33 pm

Today, Logitech announced that it has released a special edition of its popular Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard K400. The special edition boasts all of the same features that already make the original Logitech K400 so great, except now it is available in what the company is calling a "stylish, fresh white, to fit your clean and modern living space."




For those of you not familiar with the K400, it is a wireless QWERTY keyboard from Logitech that includes a notebook-style touchpad and mouse buttons. The keyboard features all the standard media keys as well as a few extras that enhance your computing experience.


The company says that this keyboard has been optimized for the living-room environment and its new white façade allows it to fit in with any modern home theater environment. The Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard K400 White edition is expected to be available in the US and Europe beginning next month and will retail at a pricing point of $39.99. Head over to Source #1 to check it out!

AVAST fights back against phone and data theft with Mobile Premium

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Aug 22, 2013 5:39 pm

Earlier today, avast! Software announced the release of its new premium mobile security platform called avast! Mobile Premium. The company says that this premier version of its award-winning mobile security app for Android smartphones and tablets offers customers new superior anti-theft and backup technologies. The company claims that the new software will help owners recover lost or stolen phones by using a new technology called "Geofencing."




Geofencing creates a virtual perimeter around the device and sounds a loud alarm if someone attempts to take the device beyond a user set distance. This new anti-theft feature, when combined with avast's mobile backup, ensures that in the event that a phone is stolen, both the hardware and data are easily recoverable. The backup technology allows you to backup important documents such as photos, contacts, and even financial information.


"More than half the people in the US own a smartphone and consumers are growing more concerned by the day about the security of the information on their mobile devices," said Vincent Steckler, Chief Executive Officer at AVAST. "avast! Mobile Premium easily fills the rapidly growing need for on-the-go security and protection." Check out the full release at Source #1 below. You can pick up the avast! Mobile Premium app from the Google Play Store at Source #2.

PayPal could soon introduce face verification for mobile payments

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Aug 22, 2013 4:30 pm

In a not-so-surprising move, PayPal is reportedly testing out a new face verification system for mobile payment transactions. PayPal's app currently features a tab called "Local," which allows users to find nearby stores and restaurants that accept mobile PayPal payments.




When a customer checks into a PayPal-capable store, their name and photo appear on the store's PayPal app. The customer can then use the app to pay for items, with the cashier completing the transaction by clicking on the customers profile picture. Head of retail services at PayPal, Rob Harper, has said: "We're pleased to help local businesses of all sizes offer a new more personal experience, while never having to turn away customers who don't have enough cash on them to pay."

Apple seeds OS X Mavericks Developer Preview 6 to developers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Aug 22, 2013 3:35 pm

Apple is inching closer to the official release of OS X Mavericks, seeding out OS X Mavericks Developer Preview 6 to developers over the last 24 or so hours.




In Apple's release of Developer Preview 5, the Cupertino-based giant introduced both the Mac iMacs app and a new beta version of iPhoto. OS X Mavericks, which is expected to be released in the fall, will include multiple new features such as a tabbed Finder, full-screen dual-monitor capabilities, Safari improvements and a new Maps app.


Developers can grab the update through the Software Update tool in the Mac App Store.