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HTC Desire 301 budget smartphone gets official

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 6, 2014 4:22 pm

HTC has rolled out a new budget smartphone that aims at offering maximum value to the user. The smartphone is called the HTC Desire 310 and it will land in Taiwan next month. The smartphone promises seamless multitasking, video creation, and smooth web surfing for the entry-level users.

 

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The phone has a 1.3GHz quad-core processor that promises enough power for smooth mobile gaming and other needs. The phone runs Android for the OS and has HTC BlinkFeed for the home screen. The phone supports an offline reading mode that lets the user save up to 120 articles when they are on Wi-Fi networks to read when networks aren't available.

 

The Desire 310 has a 4.5-inch screen with an unspecified resolution. Don't expect high resolution since this is a budget smartphone. The 301 also has a 5MP rear camera for shooting images and video. HTC is staying mum on pricing right now and there is no word on availability outside Taiwan.

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IBM workers in China strike over Lenovo server deal

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 6, 2014 3:50 pm

Back in January, we mentioned that IBM had sold its low-end x86 server business to Lenovo. As part of the deal, Lenovo would get a facility in China where the servers were made and the staff working at that facility. It seems that the workers at the IBM International System Technology Company factory in Shenzhen aren't happy about the deal.

 

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About 1000 workers at that factory have been on strike and the factory has stopped manufacturing for at least four days. One of the striking workers says that the strike will continue. The worker noted that so far the company had ignored the demands of the workers.

 

As you can guess, the strike has to do with money. The workers want better pay to move to Lenovo or they want better severance packages if they choose to leave the company. An IBM spokesperson says that the deals offered to these workers are on par with what they have now.

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TSMC is reportedly working on Apple's A8 processor for the iPhone 6

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 6, 2014 3:33 pm

According to a new report from Taiwan's Commercial Times, Apple's new A8 processor is currently under production with its new chip partner Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC).

 

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The report claims that TSMC began producing Apple's new A8 processor last month, which should power the upcoming iPhone 6. The report also stated that, according to supply chain sources, TSMC won most of the manufacturing orders for logic and power management integrated chips for the upcoming flagship smartphone from Apple.

 

We should expect the A8 processor to be built on a new 20nm process, come in a quad-core design with 64-bit capabilities and 'quad-core' graphics. Up until now, Samsung has been the exclusive manufacturing partner of Apple for A-series chip production, so it will be interesting to see how Apple fares with iPhone stock numbers with the iPhone 6 and its A8 chip being produced by TSMC.

GoDaddy suspends Mexican protest site after US embassy's intervention

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Mar 6, 2014 3:17 pm

A Mexican website that was a source for information containing, news, discussion and point of view from many protestors about the new President of Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto at a wake of a controversy in December 1st 2012. The website 1dmx.org grew over the time.

 

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When the protests' first anniversary was near, the website included information about organized campaign against a bill that was going to criminalize protest in Mexico and even made preparations to document the entire protests. However, but December 2nd 2013, the website was taken offline by its host 'GoDaddy' without any notice.

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Walk around in Seinfeld's apartment in VR thanks to Oculus Rift

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Mar 6, 2014 2:25 pm

If you've ever wanted to live out a Seinfeld fantasy, and you own an Oculus Rift headset, now is your chance. Jerry's Place VR is a download for the Oculus Rift, which pits you right in the middle of Jerry Seinfeld's apartment from the hit TV show.

 

 

Fans can walk around the apartment's main room, bathroom, and Jerry's bedroom using Oculus VR's Rift headset, or even just a normal PC. Greg Miller, wrote on the project's website: "Television is virtual reality in some ways. I thought it would be a novel virtual reality experience to take a place that exists in Hollywood magic and make it for the Oculus Rift as if it were real".

 

Miller worked on Jerry's Place VR for around a month, using 3D modelling software to create a near-perfect, but virtual replica. He started the project off as a way to get used to using Unity, which is a game engine that a chunk of Oculus Rift-compatible titles are built on.

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Russia Today anchor quits live on air over invasion of Ukraine

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Mar 6, 2014 1:31 pm

Russia Today America anchor, Liz Wahl, resigned on air during her broadcast on Wednesday, stating that she could no longer work at the Kremlin-funded network after Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

 

Wahl said that she feels "many ethical and moral challenges," especially since her grandparents fled to the US during the Soviet era, "ironically to escape the Soviet Union". She continued: "Personally I cannot be part of a network funded by the Russian government which whitewashes the actions of Putin. I'm proud to be an American and believe in disseminating the truth, and that is why after this newscast I'm resigning".

 

 

RT America flew to defensive maneuvers, calling Wahl's on-air resignation a "self-promotional stunt". In a statement to BuzzFeed, RT America said:

 

Ms. Wahl's resignation comes on the heels of her colleague Abby Martin's recent comments in which she voiced her disagreement with certain policies of the Russian government and asserted her editorial independence. The difference is, Ms. Martin spoke in the context of her own talk show, to the viewers who have been tuning in for years to hear her opinions on current events, the opinions that most media did not care about until two days ago. For years Ms. Martin has been speaking out against U.S. military intervention only to be ignored by the mainstream news outlets - but with that one comment, branded as an act of defiance, she became an overnight sensation. It is a tempting example to follow.

 

When a journalist disagrees with the editorial position of his or her organization, the usual course of action is to address those grievances with the editor, and, if they cannot be resolved, to quit like a professional. But when someone makes a big public show of a personal decision, it is nothing more than a self-promotional stunt.

 

We wish Liz the best of luck on her chosen path.

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Bitcoin exchange chief found dead in Singapore, suspected suicide

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Mar 6, 2014 12:27 pm

Autumn Radtke, a Bitcoin exchange boss, was found dead in her apartment in Singapore on February 28. Radtke had previously worked with Silicon Valley tech giants, including Apple, on developing digital payment systems before taking up a position with First Meta.

 

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Douglas Adams, the non-executive chairman of First Meta, released a statement on behalf of the company, where he said: "The First Meta team is shocked and saddened by the tragic loss of our friend and CEO Autumn Radtke. Our deepest condolences go out to her family, friends and loved ones. Autumn was an inspiration to all of us and she will be sorely missed".

 

Radtke posted an essay two weeks before her death, titled "The Physcological Price of Entrepreneurship" where she stated in the piece that "everything has it's price".

Dell charging 16.25 UK pounds to install free web browser 'Firefox'

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Mar 6, 2014 12:10 pm

Before confirming the order, a buyer found out that Dell was charging an amount to install a free and open source web browser 'Firefox'. It was found that the PC builder has an option to install Mozilla Firefox on behalf of the buyer for a new PC if the buyer agrees to pay £16.25. Dell even put this as an option to select in its 'additional software' pre-purchase custom options selection list.

 

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The Mozilla Foundation has started investigating once they've received this report. The company behind Firefox said that they are consulting with legal teams, though the process is in a very early stage.

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Twitch adds option for mobile games livestreaming and screen capture

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Apps | Posted: Mar 6, 2014 11:39 am

Twitch made an announcement recently that they've released its mobile software development kit which will allow developers to add livestreaming and screen capture functionality in its mobile games. This will allow mobile gamers to livestream their mobile game online via Twitch and even capture screenshots.

 

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"Our vision is to provide the Twitch community with the ability not only to view, but to broadcast live video game content wherever they are, whether they're on the go or in the living room," VP for marketing Matthew DiPietro said. "We've achieved that with our PC and console integrations, so the trifecta will soon be complete with our deep and concerted foray into mobile broadcasting."

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Samsung's wearable headset would blast a keyboard onto your hand

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Mar 6, 2014 11:32 am

One thing I don't like with my Google Glass is that I can't type using it without pulling my smartphone, but it looks like Samsung is working on a way around this for its own wearable device.

 

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According to Galaxy Club, which has unearthed a new patent filing from Samsung, the company has been experimenting with the idea of using its wearable device to blast out an augmented reality keyboard onto users' hands in order to type out messages. You can see from the image above that the patent sees the device blasting out the QWERTY keyboard onto users' hands, leaving thumbs free to type on the augmented reality keyboard.

 

While this looks good on paper - or, on screen - I personally don't think this would be practical in any form. It might be nice for other functions of Samsung's Glass-like device, but for typing? Keep on keeping on, Samsung.

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