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Mark Zuckerberg now worth $19 billion, now the 20th richest American

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 16, 2013 7:15 pm

Mark Zuckerberg has once again reclaimed the number 20 spot on Forbes 400 Richest Americans list. He previously held the spot back in 2011 but fell to number 36 in 2012 after Facebook's IPO flopped. Zuckerberg is the founder and CEO of Facebook, the world's largest social network.

 

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Last year, Zuckerberg's net worth was reported at $9.4 billion, but in the last year this figure has more than doubled with a newly reported net worth of $19 billion, which landed the number 20 spot on the Forbes list. This new wealth comes after Facebook stock has risen from an all time low of $17.55 in 2012 to an all time high of more than $45 per share last week.

 

Zuckerberg is among good company with Bill Gates taking the top spot at $72 billion, Jeff Bezos who is ranked number 12 with $27.1 million, and he pushes out Steve Ballmer who is now rated number 21 with a net worth of $18 billion. Other notables on the list include: Google's Larry page at $24.9 billion and his colleague Sergey Brin who is worth a mere $24.4 billion.

Sprint to take on AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile with new One Up program

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 16, 2013 6:16 pm

Today, Sprint announced that it would be following in the footsteps of its competition by launching its new "One Up" program that will allow its customers to upgrade their phone on a yearly basis with little upfront cost. The new program works much in the same way that T-Mobile's "Jump," AT&T's "Next," and Verizon's "Edge" initiatives work.

 

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Sprint's new One Up program allows customers to pick up a phone with no money down and pay for the device over 24 monthly installments. An average smartphone costing around $650 will cost customers about $27 a month and the remaining balance paid in full on the 24th month. Sprint will allow existing customers still on contract to participate in the service, but they must trade in their existing phones unless they have a two-year upgrade available on their account.

 

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The new One Up program is very similar to T-Mobile's Jump plan in that it allows customers a discount on their service plan if they opt for the monthly hardware payment. AT&T and Verizon were criticized for their versions as they require customers to pay full price for their handset but did not offer any discounts on service. With the new iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S, I think this Sprint waited until just the right time to launch this new program. With thousands of customers wanting to upgrade to the latest iPhone, the new One Up program should see lots of use in the coming weeks.

LeakedTT: 45W AMD Richland APUs revealed in leaked pre-order listing

By: Charles Gantt | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Sep 16, 2013 5:10 pm

Today we got a glimpse of AMD's new 45W TDP Richland APUs thanks to a Connecticut retailer accidentally listing SKUs, specifications, and prices for two of the upcoming low-power devices. The listing detailed the new A8-6500T and A10-6700T APUs, which are both FM2 socket APUs that are clocked at 3.1GHz and 3.5GHz, respectively.

 

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Both the A8-6500T and the A10-7600T feature a 4MB cache and a TDP of just 45 Watts. Pricing for the new chips appears to be set at $108.59 for the retail boxed version of the A8-6500T, while a systems builder tray would run customers $114.58 per APU. The A10-6700T is a bit more expensive with the tray version running $166.97, while the retail version would run $155.91. With all of the information released last week on Ivy Bridge-E from Intel, does AMD still stand a chance, or will AMD return to the throne once again with these new APUs? Let us know in the comments.

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HighPoint announces the launch of a new 4-Port Storage HBA

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Sep 16, 2013 4:21 pm

Today, HighPoint launched the RocketU 1144E, a new 4-port HBA that it says is the most versatile storage HBA in the industry today. The new RocketU 1144E features USB 3.0 and 6Gb/s eSATA connectivity and uncompromised per-port architecture. HighPoint says that the new device is designed for PC and Mac platforms and is the perfect solution for external eSATA and USB 3.0 storage.

 

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HighPoint says that the RocketU 1144E benefits from the company's per-port architecture, which gives it an exclusive advantage over other HBAs on the market. With this technology, each port remains fully independant and is powered by a dedicated 5Gb/s USB 3.0 or 6Gb/s SATA controller. Additionally, the inclusion of a PCIe 2.0 x4 host interface ensures that customers experience nothing but the highest level of performance from this new 4-port HBA.

 

HighPoint says that the new RocketU 1144E is capable of supporting all of the industry standard USB and SATA storage devices and is compatible with Windows Server 2012, Windows 8, Windows 7, and Mac OSX 10.8.3 or later. Linux support is also available and drivers can be downloaded from the company's website.

Art Director says no one will find all the Easter eggs in GTA V

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 16, 2013 3:12 pm

During an interview with TechRadar, the Art Director for GTA V, Aaron Garbut, said that Grand Theft Auto V is so packed with Easter eggs and references that he feels that it is impossible for anyone to find them all. He was asked about the fabled Yeti rumored in the first visit to San Andreas and he said that "players would be wowed" by the stuff they find in GTA V.

 

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"There's stuff that's so obscure that most people will never see it," said Garbut. "I love the connection that social media has given us to the people that play our games... We can see what they like and what is interesting them as it happens, and this really has helped push more of these things into the game. I think everything in IV has been found, I'm not sure if the same thing will happen for 5."

 

For our readers who see these quotes as a challenge, you are in luck as GTA V goes on sale tomorrow! I, for one, will be picking up my copy and starting my hunt for Easter eggs. Have you pre-ordered GTA V or are planning on purchasing it tomorrow? What place will you visit first? Let us know in the comments.

Here we go again: GTA V could be heading to the PC and PS4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 15, 2013 11:56 am

Rockstar Games' $265 million sure fire hit Grand Theft Auto V, has been getting a thrashing across pirate sites in the last couple of days, but one of the biggest benefits of this is that hackers and modders have their hands deep inside of GTA V's source code.

 

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What did they find? Evidence of GTA V to reach PC and the PlayStation 4. The evidence was buried in an XML file that has been posted on PasteBin for the world to eyeball, but we could be looking at a fake here, so don't get your hopes up just yet. We can see in the above XML file references to "Orbis" which is the codename of the PS4 dev kit OS as well as the PC. If Rockstar play their cards right, they could release the game to PC alongside the next-gen console releases, which would keep everybody happy.

Twitter #music has some new superpowers, includes Spotify and Rdio

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Sep 15, 2013 11:34 am

Twitter has increased the feature set of its #music service, adding two music streaming companies to the mix: Spotify and Rdio. These two music streaming services will now offer the ability to view playlists generated by Twitter #music.

 

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Popular songs and songs with the #NowPlaying hashtag will be featured, with users being able to view all 15 of the playlists on the #music page, as well as the apps. This is just another step in the ever-evolving world of Twitter, which is looking to go public in the very near future, and another great step to see more users continue to use Spotify and Rdio.

Sony competes with the Chromecast with its Bravia Smart Stick

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 15, 2013 10:33 am

We've already seen Google launch its Chromecast device, but now it looks like Sony wants to rub shoulders in the Google TV space with its new NSZ-HU1 Google TV device. This is known in the retail world as the Sony BRAVIA Smart Stick.

 

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The BRAVIA Smart Stick is an MHL dongle that runs both Google TV and Sony's BRAVIA apps. It has a remote with a QWERTY keyboard and voice search support. The picture-in-picture feature lets you see a browser in one window, and the TV in another. The BRAVIA Smart Stick can run Android apps from the Google Play Store, but we should know more details when it is released properly. Hopefully this means we see Sony shipping non-Smart TVs, and then throw in the BRAVIA Smart Stick as an optional, but cool accessory.

Developers say that the PS4 is 50% faster than the Xbox One

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Sep 15, 2013 9:32 am

Well, well, shots fired from a certain developer according to an interview with game developers that Edge spoke to, who said that the PlayStation 4 runs most non-optimized games 50% faster than the Xbox One. Edge's sources have said that memory reads are around 40-50% faster on the PS4, and the built-in Arithmetic Logic Unit (ALU) is also around 50% faster.

 

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What will this result in for gamers? A PS4 rendering a high-quality scene at around 30FPS at 1920x1080, while the Xbox One will struggle with just 20FPS... but at just 1600x900. Edge said that one developer event went as far as saying that the Xbox One's ESRAM is a "pain." Does this news coincide with the latest reports that Microsoft has been increasing the CPU and GPU clocks speeds of the Xbox One in the weeks leading up to mass production? It would sure as hell make sense now, wouldn't it?

 

One developer that Edge spoke to said: "The clock speed update is not significant. It does not change things that much. Of course, something is better than nothing." Before you jump to conclusions, remember that the PS4 won't be better at everything, as this is just for "non-optimized games." The Xbox One does have some parts of its internals that are superior to the PS4, such as complicated rendering techniques like raytracing and procedural generation.

Samsung investing $500 million into new testing facility in China

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 15, 2013 8:31 am

It looks like Samsung is putting down $500 million to build a new testing facility in Xi'an, an industrial city in Northwest China. The new facility will see packaging and testing done under its roof, and is the South Korean giants latest investment in a string of investments for its future in the last couple of months.

 

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The new facility will be built in the same city that Samsung built a $7 billion chip plant in last year, on top of the $1.7 billion it spent in 2012 on improving its operations in the manufacturing hub Kunshan. All of these steps that Samsung has made are all part of a $41.4 billion capital expansion that Samsung started last year. The electronics giant has seen gigantic success in the mobile devices segment, and is now packed with cash.

 

The company is using its flow of cash to invest in its future, which we're constantly seeing. In its Chinese supply chain network, Samsung has over 250 manufacturers, which is definitely saying something. The new factory will begin construction in January next year, and should be finished by the end of 2014.

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