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Square launches Square Cash, a service to send money via email

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Oct 17, 2013 12:11 am

Today Square officially launched its cash by email service known as Square Cash. The new payment system functions much like Google's Wallet service in that you can transfer money to friends, sellers, or even strangers simply by sending an email. Square has been beta testing this with a few users now for several months and it has been met with rave reviews.

 

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The service works by composing an email to the person you want to send money to. The sender must CC cash@square.com and only place the amount of money they wish to send in the body. If the sender has a credit card on file with square and the email address matches up, then the transfer will go through. The recipient must also have a debit card or bank account on file for the transaction to complete. The company has also released native apps for Android, and iOS that facilitate the process on mobile as well.

Oregon Scientific debuts new MEEP! X2, and Android tablet for kids

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 16, 2013 11:09 pm

With tablets growing in popularity, it only makes sense that we begin to see more feature rich versions for children begin popping up. Today Oregon Scientific launched a completely redesigned version of its MEEP! Android-based tablet for kids. The MEEP! X2 is a Wi-Fi enabled tablet that is both liquid resistant and shockproof.

 

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Oregon Scientific says that the MEEP! X2 features front and rear cameras, bluetooth connectivity, and runs an dual-core ARM Cortex 1.2GHz processor. 1GB of RAM is present and a microSD slot is included for added storage. The tablet runs Android 4.2 and has been designed with the ruggedness in mind that is needed to survive multiple trips to the playground and being tossed around in both the car and playroom.

 

Oregon Scientific has built in parental controls into the operating system as well as online which allows parents to have complete control over what content their kids see and what they can access. Going the extra mile, the company has also built its own app store which features over 800 kid-friendly apps that can be downloaded to the MEEP! X2. The device is available at Toys-R-Us stores now and retails for $149.99.

BenQ launches a new 27-inch full HD monitor

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Oct 16, 2013 10:09 pm

Lovers of large monitors will be happy to hear that today, BenQ unveiled a new 27-inch monitor that features full HD resolution and a decent contrast ratio. The all new EW2740L is the latest addition to the EW40 series of monitors offered by the company and features a native resolution of 1920x1080-pixels.

 

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BeenQ says that the monitor uses a VA Panel display that allows for flawless streaming that provides for flawless streaming from any MHL-compatible device. The display also has a flicker-free backlighting system that provides relief from eye strain. The monitor features a contrast ratio of 3000:1 and a 4ms GTG response time. Input connections include D-Sub, and dual HDMI with the display being backed by a three-year warranty. The new EW2740L retails for about $400 and is available now.

Battlefield 4 will have a 12GB footprint on Xbox 360

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 16, 2013 9:10 pm

Xbox 360 users with slow internet connections may want to schedule their first Battlefield 4 round a bit later than they had previously thought. Today EA released a blog post that suggested that players will need to download an extra 12GB of content to their hard drive in order to get the best gameplay experience possible.

 

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Those who do not care about quality, can simply stick to the 2GB install to play file, but EA says that for the optimum experience, users will need to install an additional 6.6GB file for multiplayer, and another 5.8GB file for singleplayer. This will ensure that customers have the highest resolution textures, maps, and file system updates. This will most likely apply to PS3 players too, but PC gamers, need not worry as you will install all the high-resolution files from the beginning anyway.

Apple receives approval to build its "spaceship" campus in Cupertino

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Oct 16, 2013 8:14 pm

After over 2 years since Steve Jobs first pitched the new radically designed campus to the Cupertino City Council, Apple has finally been given the greenlight on its new home. Reports are coming out today that state that the City Council voted unanimously to approve the project.

 

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"Steve transformed Apple into one of the most innovative companies in the world and we understand the responsibilities that come from carrying his legacy forward with this project," said Dan Whisenhunt, Apple's head of real estate and facilities. "We've designed it with the same care and attention to detail as we do with all Apple products."

 

The new campus has often been referred to as a "spaceship" in the media, and once completed it will house more than 12,000 Apple employees. The campus is said to cost upwards of $5 billion and will be one of the "greenest" corporate headquarters on the planet. No mention was made on when construction would begin, or when it will be finished.

What is 3D NAND? Jim Handy launches new series to educate us

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Oct 16, 2013 7:05 pm

Many of you will remember when Samsung launched its V-NAND 3D NAND product back in August. Samsung has said that 3D NAND is the future of storage and it fundamentally changes the way NAND flash is manufactured. As with any cutting edge technology, wrapping our head around how this new NAND flash works is a little tough.

 

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Fortunately, our friend Jim Handy of Objective Analysis has taken it upon himself to educate the world on what 3D NAND is, why it is needed, and how it is made. Handy has started a new series on his personal blog, The Memory Guy, that will span over 9 weeks and will educate us on everything 3D NAND. Handy has posted an overview of the series and we highly encourage you to head over to his blog and check it out!

Samsung unveils high-efficiency Green Memory Solutions at MSF 2013

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Oct 16, 2013 5:30 pm

Early this morning, Samsung announced its fifth generation of green memory solutions that greatly reduce energy consumption and save customers money. The unveiling came at the company's Memory Solutions Forum that is being held today in Seoul Korea and were presented under the theme of a "New Memory Paradigm."

 

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"With the introduction of these innovative memory solutions that maximize IT investment efficiency, we have set the stage for sharply strengthening the value of advanced memory," Executive VP of Sales, Young-Hyun Jun, said in his keynote. "We will continue to benefit society with the introduction of green IT technology in cooperation with our global partners to lead the global IT industry in creating greater shared value for customers."

 

 

Samsung says that the new memory solutions are optimized for the next-generation of data centers which feature cloud computing that is based around big data. Samsung offered three new green solutions to the market including DDR4, PCIe SSDs and a combo of the two technologies. These solutions have been designed to achieve dramatic improvements in performance and energy savings over existing IT technology.

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Intel delays Broadwell production to 2014, cites defect density issue

By: Charles Gantt | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Oct 16, 2013 4:31 pm

During IDF back in September, Intel announced its new 14nm Broadwell processor and said that we should see it begin to ship to OEMs sometime around the end of 2013. Unfortunately, that will not be the case. During the company's quarterly earnings call, Intel said that Broadwell has been delayed until the first quarter of 2014.

 

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The delay is due to a recent issue with defect density in the silicon wafers that were being produced. Intel says that this issue has been fixed and yield levels are back up to an acceptable number. Some analyst speculated that the delay was actually due to an excess of Ivy Bridge inventory to which CEO Brian Krzanich replied "absolutely not." From the beginning, Broadwell has been expected to go retail in 2014, and a setback of three months is not that big of a deal.

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Feedly updated, includes new 'discover' section, Galaxy Gear support

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Oct 16, 2013 1:24 pm

One of my most used services would be Feedly, which has been updated today with a bunch of additions. First, we have the usual speed improvements, a new 'discover' section, and support for Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch.

 

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Feedly for Android has seemingly been ripped apart and put together again, with a nice spring clean. Feedly says that its Android application has close to 300% faster start times, and a more fluid scrolling experience. Some visual changes have made the cut, with fonts being re-tooled for easier readability. One of the problems that people had with Feedly - where it auto-refreshed when switching back to the app - has been fixed.

 

The updated RSS reader has also received a new "discover" feature, which sees the day's most popular stories featured. New Facebook SDK integration and support for Samsung's Galaxy Gear has been implemented, too. You can grab the latest version of Feedly for Android from the Google Play Store.

Kickstarer to go live Down Under and in NZ next month

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Oct 16, 2013 12:33 pm

Kickstarter has been absolutely massive for some companies, with products like Oculus Rift and OUYA being born from the crowdfunding website. Now Kickstarter will make the jump to Australia and New Zealand starting November 13.

 

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The crowdfunding site has requested that interested parties begin their projects now in preparation for the launch, with Kickstarter holding a "school" in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney. Those who are interested should sign up now, as it should be capped out in no time. You can check out the Kickstarter site for more details.

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