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Bitcoins can now be used to buy Ouya consoles

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 6, 2013 5:37 am

If you want to support independent games, and didn't want to use that pesky fiat-based, central bank currency - well, this is music to your anti-mainstream ears!

 

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Bitcoins can now be used to purchase Ouya consoles, which is great because it means you don't need to use a credit card. Unfortunately, if you want to purchase games on the Ouya console, you'll still need your credit card - which I don't get. If you're going to support Bitcoin, do it all the way, or not at all. Ouya does state that PayPal support is coming soon.

China Mobile denies iPhone deal with Apple, no deal reached, yet

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 6, 2013 4:32 am

Yesterday we reported that Apple had inked a deal with China Mobile for the iPhone, but now China Mobile itself has denied the report. This is strange, especially given that it was The Wall Street Journal's sources who were talking about the deal.

 

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China Mobile spokeswoman, Rainie Lei said: "Talks between China Mobile and Apple on cooperation are still going on and we currently do not have anything to announce." I'm sure we'll hear something in the coming days, but for now there is no deal reached between the two giants.

HP adds Leap Motion to more of its devices in time for the holidays

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Dec 6, 2013 4:25 am

Leap Motion is a very cool technology, but it has yet to take off like many industry insiders had predicted it would. I feel that this is due to a few factors including the fact that it is hard to just pick up and use. One needs to learn how to use gestures to control their PC.

 

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Today HP announced that it will be expanding Leap Motion integration into 11 of its All-in-One and Desktop PC lines. This list includes HP's Envy Recline, Phoenix and TouchSmart series, and its Pavilion TouchSmart line will come packed with the Leap Motion keyboard. HP has pre-installed the Leap Motion software on all devices bundled with the technology, and includes a few free app demos.

LeakedTT: Acer's Iconia W4 with Intel Bay Trail inside spotted

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 6, 2013 3:32 am

Acer has stated that it plans on extending its line of Windows-based tablets and today we got an early glimpse of things to come when a page popped up on Acer's website that detailed a new Iconia tablet from the company. The Iconia W4 8-inch tablet appeared briefly and was spotted by VR-Zone before Acer took the page down.

 

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The tablet is said to feature a 1280x800 IPS display, while an Intel Atom Z3740 Bay Trail processor handles computing duties. The processor is a quad-core unit clocked at 1.33GHz. 2GB of RAM is on hand and the model listed featured 32GB of RAM. 802.11 b,g,n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 handle wireless connectivity on the new tablet. The MSRP that was listed on the leaked page was set at $329.99 which pits it directly against the non-retina iPad Mini.

Some lucky shoppers can pick up a Dell Venue 8 Pro on Monday for $99

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 6, 2013 2:29 am

While Black Friday and Cyber Monday have past, Microsoft is continuing its deals by releasing a new set of sales every day for 12 days. Kicking things off on Monday by offering up Dell's Venue 8 Pro for just $99. This lands you a 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet for a fraction of what it normally retails for.

 

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Unfortunately, Microsoft is only letting 20 sell for $99 at each of its 51 Microsoft stores nation wide. That means that only 1020 of the tables are up for grabs at the $99 price. After the first 20 are sold, the price raises to $199 for the next 10, and then $299 for the rest of the day. So if you want to get your hands on one at a $200 discount, you might want to get in line now.

Some Apple users denied entry into App Store due to Fatal Error

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Dec 6, 2013 1:25 am

No mobile platform or software package is without its bugs, and Apple's devices are no exception. Recently reports have began to come in that show that some Apple users can not access iTunes or the App Store on the iPhones, iPods or iPads. When attempting to log-in the users are met with an error that reads: "FATAL::Unable to process your request. Please try again."

 

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Additionally, Apple users trying to access the services from their Mac devices have been met with the same error, and it appears that the issue reaches to the iBookstore as well. Apple has not acknowledged the error on any of its Status pages, and no official statement has been made. The issue does appear to be fairly widespread, and I am guessing that an authentication server somewhere may be broken.

Android 4.4.1 update arrives, brings forth camera improvements

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 6, 2013 12:15 am

Today Google began rolling out the first major update to Android 4.4 (AKA KitKat). The new update is said to bring dramatic improvements to the Nexus 5's Camera by improving focusing, fixing issues with pinch zooming, and more.

 

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Google says that the update "improves the camera with faster focusing, especially in low light, faster white balancing, for truer colors, the ability to pinch-zoom the viewfinder in HDR+ mode and less shutter lag." The roll-out will take place over the next few days, but those who do not wish to wait can head over to Motorola's official download in ZIP form that can be found below.

Never have a crooked horizon in your photos again with OhSoh ELi

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cameras | Posted: Dec 5, 2013 10:41 pm

If there is one thing that bothers me with almost every amateur photo taken of a landscape, product, or person, its the lack of a level horizon in the background. It is not that hard to level a shot when shooting off a tripod, but when you attached the camera to the three legged device, a lot of adjustments must be made to ensure a perfectly level photograph.

 

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While it is quite easy to fix these crooked images in image editing programs, you lose some of the image due to cropping. Additionally, when shooting large panoramic sets, having a level imaging plane makes a lot of difference in the end result. A new Kickstarter campaign is looking to change the way we level our cameras for imaging everything. Called the OhSoh ELi -Electronic Leveling Intelligence Camera Support, this new device attaches to your camera and tripod and automatically levels every shot.

 

The OhSoh ELi uses sensors to automatically level your camera on both the X and Y axis and ensures that the horizon is always straight, even if your tripod is perched on an extreme angle. "ELi was designed to speed up workflow allowing you to concentrate on your photography. When you set your tripod down you only need to roughly place it and let ELi take over - with the press of a button you will be setup," reads the Kickstarter page.

 

With decent tripods costing hundreds of dollars and high-grade ball-head mounts costing even more, the OhSoh Eli saves users both time and money, and it appears that just $230 NZD or about $190 USD will land you one of the auto leveling devices. Note that shipping outside of New Zealand will cost extra. This is one of the first big-ticket Kickstarter campaigns that we have seen launched in New Zealand since Kickstarter made its way down under a few months back. Head over to the source link below to read more on how the device works and how you can back the project.

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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.

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