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Samsung is working on a Facebook-like social network codenamed 'Samsung Facebook'

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Jun 13, 2012 8:31 pm

Samsung is trying to get into the social networking game, if an article by The Korea Times is to be believed. The article, which cites a Samsung official, claims that Samsung will enter the social networking market early next year with a Facebook-like service which Samsung hopes will be able to compete with Facebook.

 

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The new service is designed to be available on a wide variety of internet-connected devices such as TVs and cameras, as well as computers and tablets. Family Story, Samsung's current social network, provides a nice framework for Samsung's developers to build upon. The current Family Story has a focus on photo sharing and schedule reminders.

 

According to the official:

 

By the end of the year, we will have a polished and finished version of Family Story that will be offered first to Samsung device users for free. The new service will become available in the first quarter of next year at the earliest.

 

The eventual goal is to expand our social media service across different devices from different companies across different mobile platforms. That includes cameras, televisions and blue-ray players.

 

We are confident that the service will be popular globally. That means we need to guard against the possibilities of a data bottleneck. That's why we want a server-based computing structure and disperse with a network of servers across different countries.

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Skype by the numbers: sessions average 13 minutes, 54% of users are female

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Software | Posted: Jun 13, 2012 7:32 pm

Earlier this morning, Microsoft announced that they are rolling out a new advertising product to Skype for Windows. The new ad product is designed to monetize the free users of Skype, but will need to hit the right people. As such, Microsoft needs to know a little bit more about its users so that the ads can hit the right people.

 

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This is why the stats released by Microsoft today make sense. They aren't just showing off, but instead they are releasing relevant information that can be used for advertising purposes. The ads that Microsoft are adding are silent, non-expanding ads and will only be shown to users who don't have subscriptions or Skype Credits and are using Skype for Windows.

 

Now, onto the statistics:

 

Unique Users: 41,016,000

Time Spent: 0h 13m

 

Gender

 

46.3% are Male

53.7% are Female

 

Age

 

16.5% are 18-24

37.6% are 18-34

65.8% are 18-49

21.1% are 25-34

58.5% are 25-54

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Chrome slider reflection in iPod app on iOS 6 actually changes as phone is tilted

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jun 13, 2012 6:32 pm

You want proof that Apple is still a little bit OCD even post-Jobs? Pull out your iPhone with iOS 6 and take a look at the chrome slider reflection. Now, tilt your phone side-to-side. Yup, the reflection actually changes as the phone is tilted. Proof positive that Apple still has some OCD, detail-oriented people on its payroll.

 

 

This is just insane that Apple would actually dedicate the resources to do something this tiny. It serves no purpose other than to look good and replicate what would really happen. It's extremely impressive, but at the same time completely pointless. iOS 6 has many other more major features, so this isn't the whole reason for the update.

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ICANN releases list of applicants for TLDs and which TLDs were applied for

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jun 13, 2012 5:25 pm

The internet is about to get even more confusing for old people. ICANN has been working on offering generic top-level-domains for about six years now, and today sees another step in that direction. Top-level-domains (TLD) are the endings on domains such as ".com" or ".org" and generic TLDs will come in the form of brands, ".samsung," or topics, ".lol."

 

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"It's a historic day for the Internet," said ICANN CEO Rod Beckstrom. "The internet is about to change forever." Notice that he doesn't specify that it is changing for the better as no one truly knows the full impact that these domains will have. It has the possibility to create widespread confusion, or easy ways to find topic-specific sites.

 

Brands had to pay a whopping $185,000 just to apply for a TLD; some brands applied for multiple. Applicants also had to prove their ability to pay to run a registry by putting up additional money. The application period has ended and ICANN has finally released a listing of applicants and the TLDs that they applied for.

 

Google was the heaviest hitter and applied for .Google, .android, .chrome, .cloud, .lol, .vip, and .wow. Amazon wasn't left out of the party and applied for .amazon, .book, .fire., .music, and .free. A few interesting TLDs were applied for such as .sex and .porn, as well as .sucks. ICANN has reiterated that they have the ability to take back a domain if the owner is abusing it.

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Deal of the Day: 1.5TB Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex USB 2.0 External HDD for $79.99 w/FREE Shipping!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Jun 13, 2012 4:38 pm

Our Deal of the Day is 1.5TB Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex USB 2.0 External HDD for $79.99 w/FREE Shipping!

 

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Staples has the 1.5TB Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex external USB 2.0 hard drive with 2 year warranty for $79.99 with FREE shipping until 6/16/12. Lights at the bottom front of the device show the remaining available capacity. They make relatively inexpensive accessories for this drive to turn it into USB 3.0 or FireWire 800 too.

 

1.5TB SEAGATE STAC1500100 FREEAGENT GOFLEX EXTERNAL USB 2.0 HARD DRIVE DEAL

 

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AMD launches its first professional FirePro card based on the 28nm Graphics Core Next

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 13, 2012 4:29 pm

AMD has just announced the immediate availability of the FirePro W600. The FirePro W600 is the first professional-level graphics card to released by AMD that leverages the 28nm manufacturing process along with the Graphics Core Next GPU architecture. This card is designed to be used for large, dynamic screens that are easily updated with new content.

 

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"Whether we are checking flight times at the airport or watching the latest ads on massive screens in city squares, digital signage has quickly become an important and ubiquitous part of our lives," said Matt Skynner, corporate vice president and general manager of AMD Graphics. "To enable these displays, the digital signage industry demands technology that can be regularly refreshed with new, feature-rich content. With the launch of the AMD FirePro¬ô W600 professional graphics card, AMD is helping advance the digital display wall industry by providing suppliers and developers with impressive display density, performance and exceptional value."

 

There are many new screens being built that are leveraging the latest in HD LED, LCD and plasma technologies. These screens, in turn, are being installed together to create giant video walls. The AMD W600 was designed to power these huge, multi-monitor displays which are often used for advertising and video conferencing.

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AMD licenses ARM technology, comes as no surprise

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 13, 2012 3:22 pm

It's been expected by many analysts and fanboys alike that AMD would eventually either produce their own ARM-type chip or license one of ARM's creations. Today, AMD has finally done one of those options by licensing the ARM Cortex-A5. The Cortex-A5 will find its way into AMD's APU line of CPUs.

 

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It's not actually the processing functions of the Cortex-A5 that AMD is after, however. This is the unexpected part. Instead, AMD is looking to use the security features that ARM has been working on for some time. Dubbed TrustZone, ARM has produced hardware and software which make data transfers and transactions more secure.

 

The Cortex-A5 was chosen as it is the smallest of ARM's chips and will take up only a marginal amount of space on one of AMD's APUs. If produced on the 28nm process, it is expected the A5 will add about 10-15mm2 of die size. The A5 will take care of all of the security functions for securing online transactions.

 

"With AMD's support for, and inclusion in, the expanding TrustZone ecosystem, consumers and businesses can rest assured their data and content are secured by an industry-standard security solution that spans a multitude of devices and operating systems," said Wolfe. "This example of AMD's ambidextrous strategy, which leverages our history of x86 and graphics innovation while also embracing other technologies and intellectual property, will help drive a more secure computing experience for our consumer and businesses customers."

ADATA launches a colorful line of USB flash drives

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Storage | Posted: Jun 13, 2012 1:49 pm

ADATA often produces high quality products at bargain pricing. Today's announcement is no different. ADATA has launched a new line of USB flash drives which range in capacity from 4GB to 32GB and won't break the bank. USB drives have been coming down in price for a while now, but I often still don't see drives for sale for what the MSRP of the 32GB one is.

 

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The min selling feature for these drives is there color. They are available in navy blue, milk white, cotton candy pink, and caramel brown. These colors help to keep the drive fashionable. The flash drives are perfect for someone looking for a fashionable, high capacity USB thumb drive to take with them.

 

The drive is available in the US and Canada through selective retail channels. The MSRP for the various devices is as follows:

 

  • 4GB: $5.99
  • 8GB: $7.99
  • 16GB: $13.99
  • 32GB: $21.99

Spotify for Android update has arrived, new interface included

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Jun 13, 2012 10:23 am

Popular music streaming service Spotify have updated their Android app which sports a new interface, new features, and Last.fm users can now add their account details to the app which allows songs to be scrobbled and added to their playlist history.

 

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The updated app includes upgraded sound options, high-resolution artist imagery, and a new slide-out navigation system. The new user interface is swish, allowing you to simply slide across between options. Friend playlists and profiles, queues and album art are all here, as well as a new "related artist" view - something missing from the previous versions of the Spotify for Android app.

 

Folder playlist management and other social parts of the app are included, with sound quality settings extended to 320kbps. Android 4.0-based users can now control Spotify playback through a home screen widget (great!!), but for most of the high-end features, and offline mode, the $10 per month premium subscription is required - it's highly recommended, personally!

Apple finally sees the end of Ping, it gets cut in the next version of iTunes

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Jun 13, 2012 9:26 am

I personally never saw the point of Ping myself, but Apple tried to push the social network for music, and failed. Miserably. Instead of continuing to support the sinking ship that is Ping, Apple have decided to ditch Ping and use their strong partnerships found in social networking giants Twitter and Facebook to make Apple's various software and service offerings in the social scene that customers actually care about.

 

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Even though Ping is available in iTunes 10.6.3 and the iOS 6 beta (where it doesn't work), it will disappear in the next major release of iTunes which is due this fall. After that, Apple will use Twitter and Facebook for their social networking needs.

 

Did you even use Ping? Ping never really even made my radar...

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