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Apple's financial results for Q1 2013 are in, just how well did they do?

By: Trace Hagan | More News: BREAKING STORY | Posted: Jan 23, 2013 9:39 pm

Apple's press release has just hit the webs. Results of $54.5 billion for the quarter makes it a record. Another record, Apple posted a net profit of $13.1 billion. Along with that, Apple announced that 47.8 million iPhones were sold, 22.9 million iPads were sold, 4.1 million Macs sold, and 12.7 iPods sold.

 

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Twitter CEO's tweet could indicate Twitter's own hosted video service

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jan 23, 2013 9:33 pm

Twitter acquired a little known video hosting service that never managed to launch. Known as Vine, the service hosts video clips that loop. From their site: "The best way to see and share life in motion. Create beautiful looping videos in a fun way, then share with your friends and family."

 

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The site also says that the service is coming soon. Evidence from the tweet shows that the service is already functioning, so could Twitter be planning to integrate the service as their own video hosting service? As of late, Twitter has been restricting access to third-party services so that they could better manage advertising revenue and other features.

 

It looks as though Vine may be turned into a hosting service for videos embedded in Tweets. It's not clear, if this does happen, whether or not Twitter will restrict users from using other services to embed videos in tweets. Keep your eye on Twitter as they should be doing some interesting stuff in the upcoming months.

RumorTT: PlayStation 4 to feature AMD GPU, x64 CPU, touch controller

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 23, 2013 9:15 pm

Looking forward to the PlayStation 4? After seeing this set of rumored specifications, I'm thinking about jumping on the bandwagon. Of course, these are rumored specifications, with the source being fairly confident in them, though nothing is solid until the company decides to confirm these.

 

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The system memory is said to be 8GB coupled with an AMD 8-core Bulldozer CPU. Video RAM is pegged at 2.2GB and the GPU is said to be an AMD R10XX. The system will feature 4 USB3.0 ports and 2 Ethernet ports. Sony is, of course, including a Blu-ray drive again. HDD space is said to be 160GB, which seems a bit small, considering the price of storage these days.

 

These specs are said to be the latest for the development kit. A production model will likely have a larger HDD and only one Ethernet port. The controller is said to feature a touchpad surface on the back of the controller, which can accept two-point multi-touch and also be pressed down as an additional button.

 

Things could change before Sony launches the final device, but the current working specifications seem top-notch. What are your thoughts on them?

Take part in the Crysis 3 open multiplayer beta starting January 29

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 23, 2013 8:29 pm

Want to get a sneak peak at the upcoming Crysis 3 game? Well, Crytek and EA are giving everyone just that opportunity by offering an open beta of the multiplayer version of Crysis 3. Starting January 29, PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 users will be able to participate in the beta.

 

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The beta is designed to give you just a taste of the full Crysis 3 multiplayer experience, and help the development team collect your valuable feedback.

 

In the Crysis 3 Beta, you'll be able to suit up, team up with your friends, level up to rank 10, and customize your Nanosuit with different weapons, attachments and suit modules.

 

It will feature two beta multiplayer modes: Hunter and Crash Site. The Hunter game mode is best described by the Crysis team: "This multiplayer game mode is all about the survival of the fittest. There are two teams, initially comprised of two permanently cloaked "Hunters", and up to fourteen CELL troopers awaiting extraction. Each trooper slain respawns on the Hunter team to prey on their former allies, building to a frenetic climax. If any of the troopers survive the round, the hunters lose. Whichever way you play, Hunter Mode delivers a heart-pounding test of strategy and survival."

 

The Crash Site mode is the ultimate King of the Hill type game experience. It's just like it sounds: an Alien ship drops a pod at a random spot on the map. Members of each team attempt to gather around the pod in order to capture it and accumulate points.

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Courts rule ban of Indiana sex offenders on social networks unconstitutional

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Jan 23, 2013 7:14 pm

In Indiana, it has been illegal for some time now for sex offenders to join popular social networks such as Facebook. Today the Associated Press is reporting that the 7th US Circuit of Appeals court has ruled that the law banning sex offenders from social networks is unconstitutional.

 

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In the ruling, the judge writes that the law "broadly prohibits substantial protected speech rather than targeting the evil of improper communication to minors." The ACLU was behind the case and has fought for such bans to be removed before.

 

Federal judges have in the past barred such laws in other states, and this case sets further precedence for ongoing battles in several states where sex offenders are battling the right to sign up on social networking sites, chat rooms and instant messaging clients.

US government declares June 1st and 2nd "National day of Civic Hacking", invites hackers to help improve the country

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jan 23, 2013 5:49 pm

June 1st and 2nd have officially been named National Day of Civic Hacking. NDCH is a national event in which citizens of all schools of hacking are invited to collaborate with developer and entrepreneurs from all corners of the nation to create, build, and invent new solutions using pubically released code, data and technology to better their community.

 

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The National Day of Civic Hacking will give American's a chance to get back to their roots, roll up our sleeves, and create solutions to problems in their communities. The event will utilize the expertise, knowledge and DIY spirit of those outside of federal, state and local governments.

 

The source listed below includes a list of participating cities, and even if you are not near one of those, there most likely will be many web based events where you can participate. My local metropolis of Augusta, GA will be one of the host cities and I am sure my local Maker Space, The Clubhouse, will be hosting something as well. So check with your local Hacker Spaces, Maker Spaces, and Tech Clubs to see if they too will be hosting an event.

Nintendo working on new Zelda, Mario Kart and Mario games for Wii U

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 23, 2013 5:44 pm

Satoru Iwata, President of Nintendo, announced that the company is developing some of its biggest franchises into new games for the Wii U. Unfortunately however, the information mostly stopped there.

 

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We will see a new 3D installment to the Super Mario series, along with a similar edition of Mario Kart, but Nintendo has only confirmed their existence, no images have been released. We are expecting more details and maybe playable demos at E3 later this year.

 

We have also heard that there is not one, but two new additions to the Zelda series being developed as we speak. Reports are that one will be an enhanced port of the GameCube classic Wind Walker, while the other is a brand new entry that is said to take the series "back to the basics." Ending the string of new game reports, is a new game staring Yoshi, but details on it are almost nonexistent.

Windows Phone 7.8 SDK released into the wild - brings emulator images, but no new API's

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 23, 2013 4:58 pm

Today Microsoft announced the release of its Windows Phone 7.8 SDK, which is good news for developers who want to test their apps with the revised OS. The primary purpose of this release is to let developers test their live tiles with Windows Phone 7.8.

 

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The updated SDK includes two images, one that simulates devices running 512MB of RAM and another that simulates 256MB of RAM. The SDK includes no new API's over the Windows Phone 7.5 SDK, which is no surprise.

 

This further enforces the idea that Windows Phone 7.8 will mostly be a cosmetic update and not much new functionality will be seen. On a more exciting note, legacy support is still alive as Microsoft says that the new SDK won't alter existing Windows Phone 7.1 emulator images.

Kim Dotcom's Mega joins the ranks of the top 150 websites in the world after five days

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jan 23, 2013 3:59 pm

Mega, the recently launched brainchild of the infamous Kim Dotcom, has already climbed to the ranks of the top 150 sites on the internet. In just five days, the file sharing website has eclipsed rivals RapidShare and Dropbox according to Alexa rankings, a service which ranks websites by size from users who install its browser toolbar.

 

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In a tweet that simply read "141", Dotcom announced the sites entry into the 150 club. The numbers are based on website ranking service Alexa, where Mega is still in the 7,000 range if you go by the three month stats, but if you track the site on a seven day basis, Mega has beat out its major rivals in terms of website traffic.

 

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The joy in the Mega camp is not everlasting though as allegations arise that the site's encryption service is not as secure as they would like us to think. The issues arise with Javascript and a "poorly" created random entropy for the encryption keys. In true fashion, Dotcom addressed the issue by tweeting that a contest with cash prize will be held soon, and saying "Let's see what you got". It's unclear if Mega's massive website traffic will continue after news agencies around the world move onto other topics.

Siri was destined for Verizon-powered Android devices before Apple buyout

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Jan 23, 2013 3:16 pm

Siri was once the name of a small startup company who developed the voice assistant app now known as Siri. Back in 2009, the now popular iOS application was destined to live out its life on Android... that was until Apple stepped in and bought the company.

 

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The startup had a contract in place with Verizon to pre-install Siri onto every Android phone it carried, and the carrier had even shot a series of commercials hyping the new voice assistant. Steve Jobs had taken notice of the little startup and decided that iOS could not live without exclusive rights to Siri, so he sat down with the startups co-founder Dag Kittlaus and made plans to purchase the company.

 

Siri as we know it was a very different thing at the time of Apple's acquisition, with the app being based on 2001: A Space Odyssey's HAL computer. The voice was "otherworldly" and full of "dry wit." Apple did what it does best, and refined the software to become the most used virtual assistant today.

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