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AMD's stock falls 13% after Goldman Sachs rates the stock a 'sell'

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 16, 2013 11:02 pm

AMD's stock has fallen by over 13 percent today after Goldman Sachs' analyst James Covello downgraded their stock rating to "sell." Part of the reason for the downgrade is the faltering PC market in which sales are showing no signs of recovering.

 

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AMD has had a few big wins lately. AMD was chosen to be the component provider for both Microsoft's and Sony's new next-generation gaming consoles. However, Covello doesn't believe that's enough to justify AMD's recent high of $4.40 per share.

 

AMD's stock has fallen 12.56 percent, down $0.55 to end at $3.83. After-hours trading hasn't been nice to the chip maker, either, with its stock falling an additional $0.01.

Facebook joins the Glass app crowd, releases one of its own

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: May 16, 2013 10:03 pm

Facebook has also jumped on the Glass app bus by releasing its own Facebook for Glass app. The app is currently limited in functionality compared to what is capable on the other mobile apps or the desktop version, but it's seen as an initial offering by the company, a stepping stone towards a future version.

 

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Pictures can easily be shared on one's Timeline, with the caption being added simply by speaking the information aloud. Right now, however, users can't tag people in the picture, at least not from Glass. To tag, you'll need to grab your smartphone or notebook and use one of the better offerings.

 

"We look forward to exploring Facebook experiences across new types of mobile devices. This is only a first step," Facebook's Erick Tseng said in a blog post.

 

It makes sense that all of these apps are debuting today. After all, today is the second day of Google I/O and Glass is one of Google's big pushes this year.

Twitter produces Google Glass app, time to start tweeting all those pictures you've taken hands-free

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: May 16, 2013 9:30 pm

Google Glass is starting to get a larger app selection. Twitter has launched its official Twitter app for Google Glass making it easier than ever to tweet those super-cool hands-free pictures that you so like to take. All jokes aside, the Twitter app will also let you tweet normal text as well as pictures.

 

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In fact, you should be able to do most of the functions that you are used to: tweet pictures and text, reply to, retweet, or favorite tweets, and receive notifications. Twitter will automatically add "Just shared a photo #throughglass" to the tweet. If you happen to already have a pair of Glass, head to Google.com/myglass to turn Twitter on.

LeakedTT: These pieces are reportedly of the upcoming iPhone, seem to show it will be available in different colors

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 16, 2013 9:02 pm

Finally, we seem to be getting some decent leaks for the upcoming iPhone. BGR has obtained pictures of various different internal components which seem to show the iPhone 5S--or iPhone 6--will be getting a rather major internal over haul. Also included among the pictures, two images of the SIM card holders.

 

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Seen above, the SIM card holders are both thinner than the current-generation iPhone and different colored. This seems to indicate that rumors of the next iPhone being available in multiple colors is true. The next iPhone will also be receiving an updated vibrator motor, flexible Wi-Fi ribbon cable, and speakerphone mount.

 

We still expect the next iPhone to launch sometime this fall, likely in September. To see more pictures, check out our gallery below.

Opera settles lawsuit with former employee over allegations of trade secret theft

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 16, 2013 8:29 pm

Opera has already settled a lawsuit against former employee Trond Werner Hansen. Hansen was accused of taking trade secrets and proprietary information from Opera and giving them to Mozilla after he left the company. While Hansen says that the lawsuit has been settled, he can't specify the details.

 

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But I'm very happy it's over and look forward to being able to focus on my music and other projects again.

 

Opera also confirmed that a settlement was reached, but would not speak specifics:

 

I can confirm that the case against Trond Werner Hansen has been dropped by Opera by reaching an agreement which has been satisfactory to both parties.

 

We previously reported about this lawsuit when it was first filed. At the time, Opera alleged that Hansen provided information to Mozilla that he wasn't entitled to give. Hansen, meanwhile, contended that he didn't break any laws or contractual obligations.

Lenovo Yoga 11S shows up for pre-order on Best Buy and Lenovo's websites

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Laptops | Posted: May 16, 2013 8:05 pm

This is the year of the convertible notebooks. Originally seen at CES 2013 earlier this year, the Yoga 11S is an 11-inch convertible Ultrabook. The system can be used in four different positions, hence the name Yoga. You've probably seen the ad for its big brother at least once; I've seen it probably hundreds of times.

 

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Lenovo is offering quite a bit of freedom in terms of customization, with Core i3, i5, and i7 processors to choose from, either a 128GB or 256GB SSD, and 1366x768 or 1600x900 resolution screens. At its most basic configuration, the Yoga 11S will set you back around $800.

 

The device will start shipping in "more than four weeks" time making me believe it will likely utilize Intel's upcoming Haswell CPU's. You will, however, be able to check one out in person at Best Buy come June 23. It's available for pre-order at Best Buy and Lenovo.

Google and NASA team up to launch new Quantum supercomputer lab

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: May 16, 2013 6:30 pm

This morning, Google announced that it has teamed up with NASA and the Universities Space Research Association to launch a new quantum supercomputer lab. Google sees quantum computing as offering a lot of potential in the areas of speech recognition and web searching, while NASA will most likely use the machine to crunch astrophysical equations.

 

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The team will be purchasing a D-Wave Two Quantum Computer with plans to house it in NASA research center in California. The D-Wave Two has a 512-qubit (that's quantum bit) processor and will offer more-than-zippy speeds at up to 11,000x faster than a standard Intel chip. "We believe quantum computing may help solve some of the most challenging computer science problems particularly in machine learning," said a post on Google's research blog.

Lulzbot launches TAZ 3D printer, touted as largest build volume in hobby market 3D printers

By: Charles Gantt | More News: | Posted: May 16, 2013 5:31 pm

This week, Lulzbot launched its latest 3D printer, the TAZ 3D. The truly 100 percent open source design is capable of printing objects with a volume up to 11.7" x 10.8" x 9.8" and can print in ABS, PLA, Nylon, Laywood, and poly-carbonate plastics.

 

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The TAZ takes up a footprint of 26.8" x 20.5" x 20.3" and runs off of normal mains power. A simple USB connection to a PC or Mac is all that is needed to control the printer which uses open source control software. Unlike other 3D printers, the TAZ comes pre-calibrated which saves hours of time in setup and tweaking.

 

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Capable of resolutions of 75-300 microns, the TAZ can print at speeds up to 200mm per second while the Budasch nozzle hot end provides reliable and consistent performance. In the interest of full disclosure, I own Lulzbot's first 3D printer, the AO-100, and could not be happier with it. We have reached out to Lulzbot and hopefully we can provide you with a hands on review in the coming months. The TAZ is on sale now and retails for $2,195

LeakedTT: Internal Microsoft video takes cheap shots at Google

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 16, 2013 4:35 pm

This morning a video has surface which is said to be of Microsoft origin and was never meant for the public's eyes. The video takes aim at Microsoft and points out that Google earns its revenue by targeting you with personalized ads.

 

 

Set to the tune of Beethoven's 5th Symphony, the video features Google's Chrome logo as a sort of bouncing ball and it highlights how the evil Google is cashing in on you by targeting ads at you through all of your devices. It fails to point out that TV services, magazines, newspapers, and pretty much everything else in the world is doing exactly the same thing.

 

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Ads have always been targeted, and always will be. It would be foolish and a waste of money to place an ad that none of its viewers would be interested in. Let's not forget either that Microsoft buys ad space on Google's services, and that it too has been the focus of seemingly shady business moves in the past.

ECS unveils Intel 8-Series motherboards in three flavors of goodness

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Motherboards | Posted: May 16, 2013 3:29 pm

This morning ECS officially announced its upcoming line of Intel 8-Series motherboards designed around the new 4th generation Intel Core processors. The new motherboard line will come in three flavors: Pro, Deluxe and Essentials.

 

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The Pro series will be optimized for power computing, while the Deluxe line will be geared towards home and office use. The Essentials series will be better suited towards the home theatre or media center crowd who needs the power, but not necessarily the larger footprint of more feature rich boards.

 

 

All boards will feature ECS's new Durathon durability technology, which features triple density PCBs, solid capacitors and extreme testing. Additional features include ECS's exclusive Hyper Alloy Choke technology, Sound Blaster Cinema technology, 4-way video output (DVI, HDMI, Display Port and D-Sub VGA), EZ quick charger, Motherboard Intelligent BIOS III, 4K video output, ECS EZ Bios and ECS ADS (Anti-Dust Shield).

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