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96% play mobile games in the house; 53% in bed

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 22, 2012 8:28 pm

To me, the best part of mobile games is being able to play them on the run. But according to a new study, many people play mobile games when they are at home. The study surveyed around 15000 US consumers and found some pretty incredible numbers. 96 percent of respondents said they played mobile games at home at least once a day. The most common place to play them at home is in bed, where 53 percent of those at home play. 52 percent play for over an hour and a whopping 32 percent play for more than 3 hours a day.

 

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But mobile games aren't just played at home. The study revealed some other locations that have similarly high uses. 83 percent said they played mobile games while waiting for an appointment and 72 percent while commuting. 64 percent said they play while at work or with friends and 46 percent in class. Social games were most popular, with over 62 percent of people preferring them to other types. What this study reveals is that games that have a more in-depth time requirement can be developed, because many people play at least an hour a day at a stationary location.

Windows 8 will feature multiple versions just like Windows 7

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Mar 22, 2012 7:33 pm

According to people who are usually in know regarding things like this, Windows 8 will feature multiple SKUs. You can think of SKUs as versions; each SKU will feature a different version of the code that is Windows 8. Similarly to how we currently have Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, and Ultimate, we can expect to have all of the above in Windows 8.

 

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Of course there will be a SKU for ARM as well. Windows 8 is pretty lightweight, so there really isn't a reason to feature more versions than just a Consumer and Professional version. It's clear that Microsoft doesn't particularly care about consumer confusion. Windows 8 is pretty revolutionary, but it would appear that Microsoft hasn't left some things in the past.

The FaceBook poke comes to real life

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Mar 22, 2012 6:40 pm

I've never quite understood why FaceBook has a poke option, nor why it seems to have such a high appeal with FaceBook users. I imagine that it is meant to bring some sort of "real" contact back into something that is purely digital with no physical contact. Thanks to two inventors, however, there can now be real physical contact that is initiated by a lowly FaceBook poke.

 

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Jasper van Loenen and Bartholomäus Traubeck have invented a machine that translates a digital FaceBook poke into an actual poke, albeit by a machine. Simply strap it to your body in a location of your choosing, and the machine will jab you every time you get poked on FaceBook, almost like it were a voodoo doll.

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France's Sarkozy announced they would punish habitual visitors of extremist websites

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 22, 2012 5:31 pm

France's President, Mr. Sarkozy, said in a statement, "From now on, any person who habitually consults websites that advocate terrorism or that call for hate and violence will be punished. France will not tolerate ideological indoctrination on its soil." If politicians aren't blaming games for violent behavior, they turn to the internet. It's common political rhetoric, but does this announcement even make any sense?

 

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What caused this? Mohamed Merah, a 23-year-old, killed seven French people - three soldiers, three Jewish children and a rabbi. He claimed Al Qaeda inspired him to do so. Luckily, there is a good distance to travel from this statement issued in the heat of the moment to it being implemented in a law. Sticking to this particular case, is there any evidence that Merah visited any of these "extremist websites?"

 

Besides, as most people know, these videos can be found pretty much anywhere, including sites like YouTube. Also, how would this law be implemented? This is starting to sound like an assault on France's internet freedom. Besides, how do you tell apart a PhD student from a radical? The simple answer: you can't. Let's just hope today's announcement is just more political rhetoric in an election year.

GlobalFoundries 32nm yield improves, AMD on for 28nm

By: Trace Hagan | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Mar 22, 2012 4:23 pm

Everyone knows how GlobalFoundries' 32nm yields started out; its no secret that they were quite poor. AMD even went so far as to go onto record regarding the issue, blaming the poor yields for their lackluster financial performance. The occasional rumor was even heard that AMD may part ways with them at 28nm.

 

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But, the firm is claiming that its 32nm process ramped up quicker than its 45nm process, allowing more than double the amount of wafers to be made during the first five months of production. GlobalFoundries CEO Ajit Manocha acknowledges the initial poor yields, but explains that some operational and organizational changes were made. He hints that these changes will carry over to 28nm.

 

"In just one quarter, we were able to see more than a doubling of yields on 32nm, allowing us to exit 2011 having exceeded our 32nm product shipment requirement," he says. "We are committed to moving ahead on 28nm with GLOBALFOUNDRIES." AMD appears to be happy with GlobalFoundries and they seem to be planning on using them for their 28nm production. Only time will tell if the changes have really helped with 28nm.

Cameras that can see around corners-not just Sci-Fi anymore

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Cameras | Posted: Mar 22, 2012 3:11 pm

The geeks over at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have been fiddling around again. When this happens, cool stuff usually results. This time, they have provided us with a camera that can see around corners. Somehow the new camera is able to make sense of the reflections of scattered light.

 

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The incredible specs of the camera allow it to take a picture every 2 picoseconds. One picosecond is equal to one-trillionth of a regular second. This allows the camera to track the distance traveled by a photon with extreme precision. Once they have collected this data, they use a complex algorithm to begin figuring out what's around the corner.

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Is too much technology a bad thing?

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 22, 2012 2:01 pm

We live in a modern age where technology seems to be taking over everything we do, from e-mails taking over for letters, to Turbo Tax taking over handwritten taxes. But, where do we draw the line? Can all of this technology be bad? Well, in one man's case, it is. A bug in the Norwegian's tax web portal has allowed anyone who went there to see his, his wife's, and his employer's information.

 

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Users hoping to get an early start on their taxes went to the site, which resulted in a crash. When the servers were brought back up, everybody was inexplicably logged in as Kennith, the man in question. It seems that his login details were stored in the server's cache when the system went down, and after it was brought back up, logged everyone in as him.

 

The bug lasted only 15 minutes because they brought the servers back down, however, during that time period, anyone was able to log on and see his very private tax information. This isn't the first time the service has had issues. In response to the recent issues, the managing company has admitted that there were bugs when the system first launched and that they lacked the expertise to properly manage it.

Thursday Morning Roundup for March 22, 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Roundups | Posted: Mar 22, 2012 11:26 am

The latest happenings in the technology world, March 22nd, 2012.

 

GPUs:

 

Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card tested with Catalyst 12.2 - TweakTown

Sapphire Radeon HD 7750 1GB Ultimate Video Card - TweakTown

Sapphire HD7850 Overclock Edition - KitGuru

XFX R7850 Black Edition OC - LanOC

 

Motherboards, CPUs & RAM:

 

ASRock Z77 Extreme6 Motherboard - Hardware Secrets

Preview: Biostar TZ77XE4 T Overclocker - ocaholic

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Mobile App of the Day: Baconit for Windows Phone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 22, 2012 10:35 am

Our Mobile App of the Day is Baconit for Windows Phone.

 

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Baconit is a modern metro Reddit app for Windows Phone. Baconit fully supports Mango, and provides a beautiful, clean, fast, and easy interface to reddit.

 

"We're pretty sure that Baconit is the best Reddit.com app on the Windows Phone Marketplace today." - WP Central

 

Features Include:

 

* Beautiful, fast, animated interface

* Pinning of subreddits and stories with nightly updating

* Beautiful live tiles with full images from subreddits

* Full screen endless image viwer mode show images for all subreddits

* Instant loading of any subreddit / reddit url / or search

* Message inbox with automatic updates

* Unread message / karma live tile

* Endless subreddit scrolling

* Ability to post / edit / and delete stories and comments

* Real-time formatting preview in post submit

* Manage local and account subreddits

* Submit links / images to reddit

* Hide and save stories

* Reddit profile support

* Windows Phone share picker support

* Great light theme support

* Fast app switching / multitasking

* And much, much more...

 

Reddit is the web's best source for news, events, politics, technology, gamming, humor, and much more. With Baconit, the user is able to easily and quickly browse all of the information on reddit with a quick, clean, and beautiful metro inspired interface.

 

Join our subreddit here: http://www.reddit.com/r/baconitWP

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Deal of the Day: ASUS 13.3-inch U36SD Ultraportable laptop - $599 with FREE Shipping!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Mar 22, 2012 9:22 am

Today's Deal of the Day is Microsoft - 13.3-Inch Asus U36SD Ultraportable Laptop with 2nd Gen Intel Core i5, 4GB Memory, 640GB HD, 1GB NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M, Webcam, Wireless-N, and 2 Year Warranty for $599 with FREE Shipping!

 

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The Microsoft Store has a great price on the 13.3" ultraportable Asus U36SD laptop at $599 with FREE shipping after $400 instant discount. This laptop is just 19mm thick (0.74") and weighs in at just 3.66 lbs. It features a 2nd gen 2.3Ghz Intel Core i5-2410M processor (with Turbo Boost 2.0 to 2.9Ghz), 4GB DDR3 SDRAM, 640GB hard drive, 1GB NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M video, Intel Wireless Display WiDi, 802.11b/g/n wireless, 5-in-1 media card reader, 0.3MP webcam, HDMI out, 10/100/1000 networking, Windows 7 Home Premium x64, and a 2 year warranty. Ends 4/8/12 or while supplies last.

 

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