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US House of Representatives pass anti-patent troll bill

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 5, 2013 8:50 pm

As I first reported yesterday, the US House of Representatives has been hearing arguments on a new bill that could put an end to many of the frivolous patent lawsuits filled each year by so-called patent trolls. As expected, the bill has passed in the House with support from both sides of the isle.

 

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Known as the Innovation Act 325-91, the bill will now make its way to the senate where it is expected to pass with a bipartisan majority as well. Once it is finished in congress, the bill will make its way to President Obama's desk and he also is expected to sign it into law. If this does happen, we could see an end to the era of east Texas shell corporations that exist only to file and buy low-quality, low-detail patents that are so vague that they can be claimed as part of many technologies.

 

This is the first step into patent reform, and hopefully the next step will be a complete overhaul of the United States Patent and Trade office. With companies now patenting seeds, human, animal and plant genes, and even specific code, we need to work hard to prevent these sort of things from happening. If not, then I am afraid that we may see an immense slowdown in technological and scientific innovation and breakthroughs for decades to come.

Microsoft stock falls after news that Mulally will not be next CEO

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 5, 2013 6:44 pm

The saga over who will become Microsoft's next CEO has taken yet another step forward today after a board member at Ford told press that Alan Mulally will not be leaving the car maker for Redmond, Washington. Since this news began to spread earlier this week, Microsoft's stock has fallen about 3.5-percent, equating in a $12 billion fall in market cap for the company.

 

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The news came from Ford board member, Edsel Ford II who stated that "Alan is staying through the end of 2014," a time frame far past Steve Ballmer's departing date. This is good news for Nokia's Stephen Elop, who is also in the running to take the CEO seat. Today's news does not surprise me at all though, as I have expected Elop to be the "Chosen One" since Microsoft announced its acquisition plans for Nokia. Other reports suggest that Microsoft's head of Cloud Services Satya Nadella could head up the company, but I see that as a far stretch at this point.

MSI unveils the worlds first 3K gaming laptop and workstation

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Laptops | Posted: Dec 5, 2013 5:02 pm

This morning MSI announced the launch of a new mobile lineup that includes the industry's first 3K gaming notebook and an Adobe certified 3K workstation. Just in time for Christmas, the all new GT60 20D-261US features a ultra-HD display resolution of 2880x1620 which provides bright, sharp and crisp graphics for an unmatched experience.

 

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The GT60 gaming notebook features an Intel Core i7-4700MQ processor, 16GB of DDR3L RAM, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M GPU, and a Killer NIC. A 720p webcam is on hand while Dynaudio speakers and a subwoofer handle the audio. The 2880x1620 3K display is of the 15.6-inch class, but does not feature touch sensitivity. Three USB 3.0 ports and two USB 2.0 ports, and a 128GB SSD / 1TB HHD combo rounds things out.

 

The GT60 Workstation has been optimized to run Adobe Creative Suite 6, Autodesk software, and Solidworks, and the 3K display allows professionals to work in stunning ultra high-resolution for the highest quality work possible from a mobile workstation. The GT60 2OKWS-278US features the same CPU, RAM, and storage. The difference in the powerful NVIDIA Quado K3100M workstation GPU that MSI has fit inside.

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NVIDIA's Shield can now push 1080p 60FPS to your TV with GameStream

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 5, 2013 11:35 am

This was something we saw at the NVIDIA Editors' Day 2013 in Montreal, Canada, but now it is available with 1080p @ 60FPS through your own, personal Shield device, thanks to a new update NVIDIA is currently pushing out.

 

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NVIDIA has announced the new December Software Update, which improves the 720p 60FPS Console Mode function, provides new games it works with, and the crown jewel: 1080p 60FPS PC Gaming Console Mode. Officially supported games include the biggest hits right now: Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, Batman: Arkham Origins, Battlefield 4, BioShock Infinite, Borderlands 2, Crysis 3, and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

 

NVIDIA has said that it will continue to add games to its list of titles that pump out to your TV at 1080p at 60FPS, with more details available at the Shield website.

Samsung patent points to a smartphone with a transparent display

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 5, 2013 10:37 am

Patent Bolt has discovered quite the idea that Samsung has, where the South Korean giant has a patent on something that describes touch controls which are on the back of the smartphone, with transparent displays.

 

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There are multiple uses for this type of technology, with one of them being the ability to open an application, or control a video without getting your hand in front of the screen. You could also move objects that are on the bottom layer of the multi-layered screen, as well as security uses, for increasing your password with dual-sided passwords.

Samsung to reportedly build fingerprint scanner into a new smartphone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 5, 2013 9:27 am

Apple were the first to the market with a fingerprint scanner on a smartphone, with the iPhone 5S and its Touch ID technology. But now it looks like Samsung is going to follow through with its own security technology based on a fingerprint scanner.

 

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Reuters is reporting that a company that specializes in fingerprint recognition technology, Sweden's Fingerprint Cards, is expecting "seven or eight of the world's biggest smartphone makers" to jump into the fingerprint recognition market. Fingerprint Cards' CEO, Johan Carlstrom, has said that Samsung will be launching a fingerprint scanner-capable smartphone in 2014, and that his company is hoping to become a supplier.

 

We did hear that Samsung stated it wasn't working on a 'Touch ID' type of technology for its devices, but we all knew it was an eventuality.

NSA spies on virtually every cellphone users' location, everyday

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Privacy & Rights | Posted: Dec 5, 2013 7:36 am

This shouldn't come as a surprise to you, especially if you read TweakTown, as we try to cover the Edward Snowden leaks as they break. Well, the latest news is being reported by The Washington Post, and its a doozy.

 

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The NSA is reportedly taking in users' cellphone data, on a global level, not just within the United States. This equates to around 5 billion records everyday, but don't worry, the NSA says it doesn't have the proper tools to check every single record. Because, you know - we should believe them, right? Well, one of the programs is named Co-Traveler, which allows the US spy agency to determine "behaviorally relevant relationships" based on data from signals intelligence activity designators located around the world. One of which, is named "Stormbrew".

 

Co-Traveler can locate targets purely from cellphone users moving in a group, even if they're unknown threats. Multiple meetups, with the geolocational data, is enough for the NSA's "Co-Traveler" system to notice a pattern.

Netflix to bring House of Cards back on Valentine's Day 2014

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Dec 5, 2013 6:37 am

The first season of House of Cards was great, and a massive success for Netflix, but now we have a confirmation of when to expect the second season of the hit show: February 14, 2014.

 

 

Netflix knows when to release shows, and holidays are a huge hit because people are at home, and what better way to celebrate Valentine's Day, than sitting down with your loved one, watching House of Cards, right? There's even a teaser, which I'm two minds about watching... I might just bite the bullet and tease myself.

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EA halts BF4 DLC roll out, wants to get the game working first

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 5, 2013 5:30 am

I've had issues with Battlefield 4, don't get me wrong, but when it works, it's an amazing game. Well, there are issues plaguing most platforms - next-gen consoles included - and EA wants to get it all fixed before it continues working on its DLC for BF4.

 

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EA has put its foot down, with future expansions not being worked on until the problems with Battlefield 4 are a thing of the past. It's good to see EA kicking ass this early into the game, but these problems wouldn't be here if they didn't rush the game to release. EA said in its statement:

 

First, we want to thank the fans out there that are playing and supporting us with Battlefield 4. We know we still have a ways to go with fixing the game - it is absolutely our #1 priority. The team at DICE is working non-stop to update the game. Since Battlefield 4 China Rising expansion pack was already in the final stages of development by the time issues began with Battlefield 4, we decided to fulfill our promise to deliver it this week, but we're not moving onto future projects or expansions until we sort out all the issues with Battlefield 4. We know many of our players are frustrated, and we feel your pain. We will not stop until this is right.

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Nexus devices to soon receive Android 4.4.1 KitKat update

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Dec 5, 2013 4:37 am

It looks like Google is preparing to update its Nexus range of devices with an even newer version of its deliciously-named KitKat OS. The new update would crank it up to version 4.4.1.

 

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We don't know what to expect from this small update, but I would put bets on just small bug fixes. The news is coming from 9to5Google's analytics, which show a few devices running Android 4.4.1 originating from Google's Santa Clara, California HQ.

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