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Western Digital unveils SmartWare Pro, automates your backups to Dropbox and external storage

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Apr 17, 2013 11:31 am

Western Digital has today made backups of your precious data even easier by unveiling their WD SmartWare Pro app. The backup app automatically backs up file changes to a local drive when it happens, and it can schedule backups to the drive and a Dropbox account.




You can be even more cautious, and backup the Dropbox account to the external HDD. The nifty backup app isn't limited to WD-branded drives, so any external storage will do. You'll spend $30 on a three-computer SmartWare Pro license, which isn't too bad for your data backup needs.

Apple employees looking to jump ship, many are sending resumes out to startups

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 17, 2013 10:32 am

According to a couple of venture capitalists, Apple's reputation is beginning to change and their employees aren't willing to stick around. One investor said: "More generally there is a growing level of dissatisfaction among Apple executives and employees, and a greater willingness to explore leaving".




Another VC told Business Insider that his firm has seen a big uptick in resumes coming in from current Apple employees. Business Insider's source spoke with some of these job-seekers, where they said that the startups are paying more, and that "Apple culture has started to change with the new leadership on top".


A month ago, top Apple reporter and analyst John Gruber of Daring Fireball said that retention has become "the single biggest problem that Apple faces, and almost nobody is talking about it". He added:


I think if there's going to be a problem coming up with big new things I think it's more likely a draining of really bright engineering and design talent at the rank and file level.

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Microsoft comes to an agreement with Hon Hai over Microsoft's patents for Android and Chrome devices

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 17, 2013 9:33 am

Microsoft holds patents that are hurting other companies making products based on Android and Chrome, but now Foxconn's parent company, Hon Hai, has licensed Microsoft's patents for Google's operating systems.




Hon Hai makes many Apple products, and between their many subsidiaries, they are responsible for the manufacturing of 40% of consumer electronic devices in the world. The deal they struck with Microsoft will see them enjoy the licenses of patents for phones, tablets and TVs and will see Microsoft receive royalty payments.

Intel's next-gen 9-series chipset will support Serial ATA Express natively

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Apr 17, 2013 9:31 am

We haven't even had our hands grace the next-gen CPU that is Haswell yet, but Intel are already talking about their chipset destined for 2014 - Intel's 9-series chipsets.




These chipsets will support Serial ATA Express, which is based on the PCI Express protocol and will pave the way for some seriously high-bandwidth storage devices. Intel's 9-series chipsets will include core-logic sets such as Z97 and H97, and will support SATA Express by default. There will also be an all-new Intel device protection technology with boot guard built into the chipset, enhancing the security against low-level malware attacks on the upcoming next-gen platform.






What can we expect from SATA Express on Intel's 9-series motherboards? Well, we should see a cost-effective means to deliver interface speeds between 8Gb/s and 16Gb/s compared to the 6Gb/s maximum that the SATA III specification allows now. The specification will define new device and motherboard connects that will support both the current SATA devices, and the new SATA Express devices.

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Intel continue to feel pain, quarterly profits drop 25% for Q1 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 17, 2013 8:31 am

We know the PC industry is in a state of pain, but it looks like the largest chipmaker is hurting, too. Intel have just posted their latest earnings report, revealing that their quarterly profits for Q1 2013 are down 25% year-over-year.




For Q1 2013, Intel made $2.045 billion in profits, down from $2.738 billion last year. Intel CEO, Paul Otellini, said in a statement:


Amidst market softness, Intel performed well in the first quarter and I'm excited about what lies ahead for the company. We shipped our next-generation PC microprocessors, introduced a new family of products for micro-servers, and will ship our new tablet and smartphone microprocessors this quarter.

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Facebook could soon roll out video-based ad service, could charge advertisers $1 million per day

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Apr 17, 2013 7:32 am

Facebook may have over one billion users, but how could they make more money from these users? The social network is reportedly set to roll out their own video-based advertising service, reports Ad Age.




A video ad on Facebook won't be cheap, where it might cost one million dollars for a 15-second spot. Quite an astronomical amount, but considering the amount of people you'd reach, it could just be worth it. Facebook are currently experimenting with four advertising slots, which could see the social network make around four million dollars in revenue, per day.


Facebook will do it well though, where they won't make you see the same video ads more than once per day, while simultaneously limiting the total delivery of ads to three per user, per day. How would these ads display to you? They could pop up as the 15-second ads, playing automatically and taking up a portion of your screen.

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Beijing-based firm open position for a 'chief porn identification officer', offering $32k a year for the position

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 17, 2013 6:31 am

A Beijing-based third-party Internet security company called Anquan, are looking for a "chief porn identification officer", a position they posted on their Weibo account.




The company was started in 2010, with the goal to "combat bad information on the internet" and promote greater control of porn on the web. Anquan have big partners in Baidu and Tencent, as well as government agencies that regulate the Internet in China. Here's a translated version of the job post:


Job Location: Beijing

Salary: 200,000 RMB/year [$32,348.40 annually]

Job Responsibilities: Quickly and accurately identifying pornographic and obscene websites.


Job Description:

  • 1. Research and study pornographic videos and images, formulate criteria for determining obscenity.
  • 2. Deploy courseware on the standards of obscenity determination, and study materials such as educational videos on pornography.
  • 3. Manage and rate pornographic resources (including BT seeds, images, and online videos).

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Nintendo Wii U sales continue to not impress

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 17, 2013 5:27 am

Nintendo aren't having much luck with the Wii U console, with sales not impressing so far, and here we are with yet another disappointing month of sales for Nintendo's 'next-gen' console.




Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter, has said that there is little hope of sales of the Wii U picking up anytime soon. The analyst also adds that "only 55,000 Wii U consoles were sold domestically in March," which is down from February's sales of 66,000 units, and January's sales of 57,000 units.


Pachter also doesn't think the Japanese company can do anything to help sales, where he adds "fortunes appear unlikely to improve for several months, even if Nintendo decides to drop [the] price, as there are an insufficient number of core titles that are generating interest in the console".

Facebook Home gives Canada and the UK some love

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Apr 17, 2013 4:21 am

Facebook Home has expanded outside of the US finally, jumping over to the UK and Canada for starters. Even if you're based in the UK or Canada, you'll still need a specific phone for Facebook Home to work.




These phones are the Samsung Galaxy Note II, Galaxy S III, HTC One X+, One X or One. Facebook Home does come pre-installed on one phone at the momnet, the HTC First, which is still a US-exclusive on AT&T. EE and Orange have confirmed they'll support HTC's First smartphone in the UK, but there's no word right now on any Canadian telcos carrying the 'Facebook phone'.


So if you're after Facebook Home for your smartphone, and have a compatible device, check out the Google Play Store on your device.

Chrome for Business adds some new features, includes legacy browser support and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Apr 17, 2013 3:23 am

Google have just updated their Chrome for Business browser, where the Mountain View-based company have added legacy browser support and cloud-based management for Google Apps.




If you are someone who uses older apps at work, you'll now be automatically switched to an alternate browser when needed. On the cloud side of things, the cloud-based management allows employees to log in to their Google Apps for Business or Education accounts from any device.