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Windows 8.1 passes Windows Vista in OS market share

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Feb 3, 2014 8:29 am

Net Applications' data for January 2014 shows that both Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 didn't make much progress for the first month of the year. Both operating systems gained 0.09% combined, with Windows 8 even falling 0.26%, but Windows 8.1 grew by 0.35%.

 

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Windows 7 dropped 0.03% from 47.52% to 47.49%. Windows Vista is slowly dropping, 0.31% for the month down from 3.61% to 3.30%. Windows XP on the other hand, regained some market share, increasing 0.25% for the month. Net Applications data comes thanks to 160 million unique visitors' data being captured, by over 40,000 websites for its clients.

AMD releases Mantle with the Catalyst 14.1 Beta drivers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Feb 3, 2014 6:27 am

AMD has just unleashed its new Catalyst 14.1 Beta drivers, which include the first proper look at Mantle in the public space. There is a download that you'll need for Battlefield 4 to enable Mantle, too.

 

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Another Mantle-capable game is Star Swarm, which is available on Steam, and includes some bigger performance improvements when using a CPU-limited system. AMD is claiming a gigantic 319% performance improvement when running Star Swarm on its Extreme setting at 1080p, using their A10-7700K processor.

 

This is the very first release of Mantle, so we should only expect things to get better from here on out. You can grab the new drivers here.

Lenovo intros two new education-focused Thinkpad Chromebooks

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Feb 3, 2014 4:35 am

Lenovo has just announced two new Chromebooks which are aimed at the education market, starting with the 11e. The Thinkpad 11e also arrives in a model with Windows 8.1 included, but its built for durability. It can take drops, something most laptops cannot.

 

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The normal 11e features an 11.6-inch HD LED display, while the 11e Yoga features an IPS touchscreen panel. 8 hours of battery life should be the norm, with pricing starting from $349 with ChromeOS. The Yoga 11e and Thinkpad 11e models with Windows 8.1 will start from $449.

Microsoft rumored to be working on a cheaper Xbox One

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Feb 3, 2014 3:25 am

Multiple rumors and reports are suggesting that we should expect another Xbox One from Microsoft, but a more affordable version. We might see a slimmer, smaller Xbox One, or a console that arrives without the Kinect sensor to save on costs.

 

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There's no exact word on what Microsoft will do to lower the price, as the APU inside of it is still powered by AMD, and prices haven't shifted on those yet as the console is still in its first few months on the market. Microsoft did state that the Kinect sensor is part of the Xbox One experience, so it's also hard to see the company yanking that out of the package, too.

CBS airs Wi-Fi password for Super Bowl Security Center

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Feb 3, 2014 2:06 am

Your Wi-Fi password is like your pin number on your ATM card, you just don't display it everywhere, or give it out to anyone - unless you're CBS, and you accidentally air the Wi-Fi SSID and password to the Super Bowl Security Center.

 

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CBS ran a story on the Super Bowl security, where in the screen grab above, you can clearly see the SSID and password. People have most likely tried this, but it would've been changed very quickly afterwards.

Canada spied on air travelers, privacy invasion is global battle

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Privacy & Rights | Posted: Feb 3, 2014 1:36 am

The Communications Security Establishment Canada, the NSA-like department north of the border, launched a trial program to monitor unsuspecting travelers using Wi-Fi in Canadian airports. The collected metadata provided Canadian authorities with a glimpse of user Internet browsing habits, friendships, political affiliation, and other private information.

 

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The leaked document indicated the "federal intelligence agency was then able to track the travelers for a week or more as they - and their wireless devices - showed up in other Wi-Fi 'hot spots' in cities" throughout Canada and in some U.S. airports. More alarming, the Canadian authorities could track travelers within its own borders at hotels, coffee shops, restaurants, train stations, and other public locations while they remained in the country.

 

The disclosure came from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, after he accused mainly the NSA for wide-scale spying of U.S. citizens, foreign residents, and political leaders of other governments. Most of Snowden's spying revelations focused on the actions of the NSA, but Canada, England, and other nations also have used newer technologies to conduct surveillance.

AcademicTorrents makes it easier for students, researchers share info

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Feb 3, 2014 12:03 am

The recently launched Academic Torrents service is a torrent site focused on sharing academic papers, research material and data sets, according to the University of Massachusetts. Academic Torrents was started to help researchers to more easily share and find information, and was founded by students from the Department of Computer Science from UMass, Boston.

 

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Academic Torrents already has more than 1.67TB of research data available to those interested. Researchers no longer have to worry about trying to upload, host, and share content on their own servers, and uses peer-to-peer to share files.

 

Torrents tend to be in the headlines for copyright infringement and piracy, but it's possible to find academic material, open source drivers and software, and legal torrents to download.

Super Bowl XLVIII online stream available for free from FOX Sports

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Online Video | Posted: Feb 2, 2014 10:57 pm

For viewers looking to watch the Super Bowl and don't have access to a TV, or stuck at work and want to sneak a glimpse of the game, U.S. viewers can watch the game on the FOX Sports website. Super Bowl XLVIII, which will be contested by the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks, starts just a few minutes from now at the Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

 

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The game is available online for free at the FOX website.

 

Providing an online stream is a great decision by FOX Sports, as the broadcaster will still be able to cash in on viewers - the stream requires bandwidth and infrastructure - but with 30-second TV spots that cost near $4 million, everyone seemingly wins here.

Time Warner Cable loses subscribers, rivals lick their chops

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Feb 2, 2014 9:36 pm

Cable provider Time Warner Cable suffered through another turbulent year, losing 831,000 paid subscribers in 2013. The No. 2 broadcaster in the United States lost 119,000 during Q1, 191,000 in Q2, 306,000 in Q3, and 215,000 subscribers in Q4 - but still has 11.5 million video subscribers in the United States, though that number is expected to decline further.

 

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Several companies have shown interest in trying to acquire Time Warner Cable, with Charter Communications expected to raise its bid for the struggling cable provider. As Time Warner Cable continues to lose subscribers, both Charter and Comcast are likely to show great interest in picking up the company.

 

Although there are disputing reports of cord cutting, in which subscribers go to Netflix and other online-based services, cable and satellite providers are clearly struggling. Premium subscription channels such as HBO and Starz are increasingly opening up content through connected TVs, tablets and smartphones, which will continue to increase.

FOX Sports to use Sony ultra-HD cameras for 4K broadcast

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Feb 2, 2014 8:11 pm

Just a few hours away from the Super Bowl between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks, TV viewers will have the ability to watch the game in standard definition, high-definition, and ultra-HD (4K). FOX Sports will use six Sony 4K cameras to broadcast the game in UHD, utilizing five F55 and one F65 cameras, which will be used for the FOX "Super Zoom" technology.

 

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The cameras will be position down each sideline and in both end zones, along with one located above the field, providing overall field video.

 

"It's all about the clarity of the replay and giving viewers the best possible look at a play, and that's what we can do with these cameras," said Jerry Steinberg, FOX Sports SVP of Technical Operations, in a statement. "Since we're starting with such a high-resolution image, we can zoom in multiple times on a shot and still get a completely clear picture with zero pixel degradation. You see everything in extreme detail, in fact with an extra amount of detail you wouldn't see in a traditional replay."

 

Traditional HD became popular among TV viewers largely because of the NFL and other professional sports events - and UHD should also likely follow the same path to success.

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