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Google-commissioned survey shows that US P2P users buy 30 % more music, another study showing P2P users not bad

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 21, 2013 10:31 pm

As much as the RIAA and MPAA would like to convince lawmakers and citizens that pirates and people who illegally download movies and music are harming the industry, study after study suggest quite the opposite. Take, for example, a study commissioned by Google, which shows that US P2P users buy 30 percent more music.




Google commissioned Columbia University's American Assembly research center to survey Americans on file sharing and copyright enforcement. In the survey, data suggests that Americans are generally against the use of bandwidth throttling and disconnection as punishment for illegal downloading.


The most important piece of information to come from the study is the finding that US P2P users tend to buy 30 percent more music than their non-sharing brethren. More studies are needed, however, but this study can join the pile of others that show file-sharing doesn't harm sales.

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Temple Run 2 sees massive success, amasses 20 million downloads on iOS in just four days

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Jan 21, 2013 10:04 pm

Temple Run 2, the follow-up app to the massively popular Temple Run, was released recently. In the four days since its launch, the app, only available on iOS currently, amassed 20 million downloads. Not only has it rocketed to the top of the Free Apps list, it has also shot up to number 2 on the Top Grossing list.




Temple Run 2 serves as another example that the free-to-play game model does work, though it doesn't transfer to every game. Comparing the download numbers, Angry Birds Space managed to get 10 million downloads in three days, though it was available on multiple platforms. Google Maps managed to get 10 million downloads in 48 hours.


Temple Run 2 managed to pull in six million of those downloads on day one alone. Temple Run 2 is set to come to Android this week, so it will be just a few days until we see if Android users will be downloading the game in the same quantities. It will also be interesting to see if Android users spend the same, or more, on in-app purchases.

Facebook's Poke continues to fall from the list of top free apps

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Jan 21, 2013 9:33 pm

Facebook's Snapchat competitor Poke is continuing to be hammered in the iOS list of top free apps. Facebook released the app December 21 and it made it to number one just the next day. Within a week, it had dropped out of the top 25, while Snapchat actually went up in the listing.




Now a month has passed, so it's time to take another look at how the Poke app is doing. The answer? Not well. The app has dropped down to number 706 on the list of top apps, according to data from App Annie. Snapchat, meanwhile, is still in the top 20 and is currently at number 14, which is quite a bit better than Poke.


Either people are upset with Facebook for trying to push Snapchat out of the market, or Snapchat has done something right, while Poke has something users don't like. If you've tried both apps, which do you prefer more: Poke or Snapchat? Let us know in the comments!

Nokia nods to the maker community, releases free case designs that can be 3D printed at home

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 21, 2013 9:03 pm

3D printing is the way of the future and Nokia clearly wants to be on board. In a nod to the whole maker community, Nokia has released some plain schematics for cases that can be printed at home. They probably aren't very cost effective right now, but it will allow users to more easily design custom cases and print them at home.




The schematics would allow anyone with a 3D printer to make a case for the Nokia Lumia 820. According to Nokia, "[we] have become the first major phone company to begin embracing the 3D printing community and its incredible potential, and continue to be the leading phone company in this exciting field."


This is just the beginning of the 3D printing revolution. Imagine being able to craft a case that was modeled to your hard. The future is here and the future is awesome.

Intel Ivy Bridge goes budget, gets pushed into Pentium and Celeron models

By: Trace Hagan | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jan 21, 2013 8:29 pm

Intel has pushed the 22nm microarchitecture Ivy Bridge down into the budget line of processors. Launching seven new CPUs, Intel has finally transitioned the Celeron line from the older Sandy Bridge architecture to the latest and greatest. However, this transition comes just a few months before the release of Intel's next architecture, Haswell.




With the change, performance of these lines are improved. All of the new chips feature two cores and two threads, save for the new Core i3-3210, which features 4 threads via HyperThreading. Prices for the new chips start at $42 and run all the way up to $117 for the Core i3 model.


All of the processors are supported by existing LGA 1155 motherboards. If you're in need of a new budget CPU, Intel now has you covered with the latest architecture, though it won't remain the latest for much longer.

RumorTT: Apple gearing up to launch 4.8-inch iPhone in 2013

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 21, 2013 7:37 pm

The Apple rumor mill seemingly never runs out of fresh rumors to serve up to the public. This time we are hearing reports of not one or two new iPhone's this year, but we could see as many as three new iPhone devices launch in 2013.




The China Times is citing sources from within Apple's supply chain, saying that a next-generation iPhone will be seen this year along with a 4.8-inch screen version called the iPhone Math. They also stated that a model with a 12mp camera is set to launch sometime in Q4.


These rumors should be taken with a grain of salt, as the first of the year, post CES, always brings out a ton of rumors from all points of the tech world. Either way, are you looking forward to a new iPhone model? Does a 4.8-inch iPhone excite you? Let us know in the comments below.

RumorTT: Intel's upcoming Core Haswell to launch in June, just ahead of Computex

By: Charles Gantt | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jan 21, 2013 6:49 pm

Intel's fourth generation processors, Core Haswell, missed an expected CES launch, but word on the street is that we will see Haswell at Computex Taipei later this year.




As it turns out the official launch of the processor line has been set for June with a press conference taking place just a few days ahead of Computex Taipei 2013, the largest tech trade show in Asia. The press conference will announce the processors downstream partners and maybe layout the new processor line.


The Haswell architecture is designed specially to optimize the power savings and performance benefits from the move to FinFET transistors on the improved 22nm process node. Intel is optimistic about the new chips, estimating them to make up 14-16 percent of its CPU shipments by the end of Q3 2013.

Famous code sharing website GitHub is now blocked in China

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jan 21, 2013 5:57 pm

GitHub, the popular code sharing repository, has been caught up in the Great Firewall of China. The news was first reported by Hacker News at around 1:40 a.m. Monday morning.




As of today, Chinese developers, as well as anyone else in the country, are unable to access the project and code sharing site. GitHub, a San Francisco based company, allows developers to share code and creates an easy way to fork existing projects without losing previous code.


GitHub joins the ranks of giants such as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Google+ that cannot be accessed in China. We do not know how many total sites are blocked, but Wikipedia claims that over 2600 sites are blocked in the People's Republic of China.

Dotcom's Mega launch crippled by overwhelming popularity

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jan 21, 2013 5:05 pm

If you happened to be living under a rock over the weekend, you might have missed the small news story about Kim Dotcom's launch of the new file sharing service Mega. For the rest of the world, you did not miss it - you were just unable to use it.




Mega, the replacement of Megaupload, has been long anticipated, and has been expected to be a major success from the beginning. On Saturday the service went live worldwide, and users were able to sign up for an account, which included 50GB of free cloud storage to get you started. That is about all that most were able to do as the service has for the most part, been extremely slow and plagued with outages.


All of this is of course due to is wide, err... mega popularity. Everyone is flocking at once to check out the new encrypted file sharing service, and that is killing the servers. Dotcom has announced that over one million accounts were created in the first 24 hours alone. We expect that things will cool down in the next week or so as the initial rush begins to settle down.

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University student kicked out of school after exposing security flaw

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jan 21, 2013 4:03 pm

Ahmed Al-Khabaz, a 20 year old computer science student at Montreal's Dawson College, recently identified a major security flaw in the universities computer system. Instead of being thanked, or given a pat on the back, the student was expelled from the school.




Al-Khabaz was working on a mobile app that would gain students easier access to their college account, when he discovered what he described as "sloppy coding". The coding flaw allowed easy access to anyone wishing to find student's personal information stored in the system.


When brought to the attention of university officials, Al-Khabaz was promised that he would work with Skytech, the creators of the software in which the flaw was found, to resolve the issue. That call never came however. Two days later, Al-Khabaz ran another security check to see if the flaw had been fixed. It hadn't. A few minutes later he got a call from Edouard Teza, the president of Skytech. It was then that Al-Khabaz was accused of a cyber-attack and threatened with legal action.

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