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Apple TV to get software update on September 18th alongside iOS7

By: Charles Gantt | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Sep 11, 2013 8:55 pm

On September 18th, Apple will be releasing a major software update for its Apple TV set-top box alongside its rollout of iOS 7. While not much is known about the update we do know that it will allow content purchased from the iTunes Store to be played on an Apple TV that does not own the content. At the moment users have to load the content onto a mobile device for playback on an Apple TV via airplay loosely similar to how Google's Chromecast works.




While many Apple TV aficionados were let down yesterday when the Cupertino-based company did not release a new set-top box, this update, when combined with the addition of new apps for VeVo, The Weather Channel, The Disney Channel, and The Smithsonian Channel, Apple TV fans should be happy at least for a few more months. Personally I love my Android-based Pivos XIOS DS media center which does everything Apple TV does, but some much more as well. Toss the $45 Chromecast into the mix, and I see no need for an Apple TV.

GoPro releases Studio 2.0, makes editing video easier than ever

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cameras | Posted: Sep 11, 2013 7:56 pm

GoPro recently released its second generation of video editing software for its Hero line of wearable action cameras. GoPro says that there Studio 2.0 software is designed to make it easier than ever to create professional-quality videos from the content captured on your Hero 1, Hero 2 or Hero 3 camera.




The new software features templates that include music, edit points, slow-motion effects an additional features that allow users to create high quality edits of their action footage. Additional features include the ability to trim, edit and mix video clips, add titles, music, audio track, and can even adjust the level of fisheye you wish present in your video.



Additionally users can adjust playback in fast or slow motion, and the software allows users to export still frames from the video in full resolution. The software allows users to create videos from time-lapse photo sequences as well as edit immersive 3-D videos ever created on the company's 3D Hero system. The software supports GoPro, Canon and Nikon constant frame rate H.264 mp4 and .mov formats.

Acer unveils first Chromebook sporting an Intel Haswell processor

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Laptops | Posted: Sep 11, 2013 7:01 pm

IDF 2013 - Today Acer announced that it will be previewing its first Chromebook that features an Intel processor based on the Haswell microarchitecture platform at the 2013 Intel Developer Forum. Acer says that this third-generation Chromebook is the result from close collaboration between Acer, Intel and Google, and combines the best technology with exciting new innovation to usher in a new era for the Chromebook market.




"The value proposition of the Acer Chromebook line resonates with consumers, education and a growing number of businesses, as more work is done by teams that collaborate, create and connect using a wide and varied range of apps for learning, research, fun and work," said Arif Maskatia, chief technology officer, Acer America. "The new Acer Chromebook will inspire greater innovation for developers and in turn, for our customers in numerous markets."


"The latest Chromebooks with Intel processors based on the Haswell micro-architecture enable sleek new designs with amazing battery life and improved performance," said Navin Shenoy, Vice President, PC Client Group, General Manager, Mobile Client Platform Division, Intel.


With Chromebook's getting more powerful while remaining energy efficient with every new generation, they are becoming very attractive to users who need a light, portable solution for an on-the-go lifestyle. Personally I am considering picking up one myself to use at conferences, and as a photography companion on photo shoots.

Steam to begin allowing friends and family to share games

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 11, 2013 6:27 pm

Steam has just announced a new service that will allow close friends and family members to share their libraries of games with each other. The service will not however be available to everyone in the beginning. Next week the company will launch Steam Family Sharing and limited beta form while they iron out the bugs.




Steam Family Sharing is designed to allow close friends and family members the ability to play each others games while the earning their own Steam achievements and storing their own saves in the Steam Cloud. This new feature is enabled by authorizing a shared computer to your steam library, and Steam says that up to 10 devices may be shared per account at any given time.


Unfortunately not all steam games will be able to be shared such as some third-party games that require a separate key to play. Additionally subscription-based games will not be able to be shared either. Shared games can only be played by one user at a time, meaning you and your friend cannot use the same shared game to go head-to-head against each other.

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BlackBerry's downward spiral continues, lays of dozens of sales staff

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 11, 2013 5:14 pm

On Monday BlackBerry was forced to lay off several dozen members of its US sales team as the company continues its downward spiral amidst massive financial woes. The news came in from the Wall Street Journal which cited information from sources close to the company.




BlackBerry has been on a continued downward slope for several years now, and things took a drastic turn for the worse when the company's new mobile OS, BlackBerry 10, failed to meet industry expectations. The company's flagship smartphones the Z10 and Q10 also failed to compete with their Android, iOS and Windows Phone competitors, which is led to the company putting itself up for sale.


A spokesperson for BlackBerry told the Wall Street Journal that they "Can confirm a small number of employees were laid off" on Monday, but declined to give any further details. It's my opinion that BlackBerry will be sold off to either Samsung or Apple, and will see its hardware division tossed to the side with one of the two companies porting BlackBerry's enterprise software over to their platform in an effort to gain enterprise market dominance.

Apple's stock drops amidst investors concerns over costly iPhone 5C

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 11, 2013 3:54 pm

Following yesterday's launch of Apple's next-generation iPhones, the company saw its stock drop more than 5-percent this morning shortly after the markets opened. The drop saw Apple's stock dipped below $466 per share, and was the direct result of UBS, JP Morgan, Credit Suisse and Bank of America all downgrading their ratings on the company's stock.




Of course a drop in investor confidence was also a major factor as many feel that the so-called "cheaper" iPhone 5C was just not cheap enough. Investors were hoping for a low-end model that would be able to compete with cheaper Android phones in emerging markets such as China. Unfortunately the news that the iPhone 5C would cost Chinese customers more than $700 (roughly two times the monthly salary of those who work in the factories that make the iPhone) was just to astronomically high for most consumers in the country.


"The lower-priced iPhone 5c may not be priced low enough, in our view, which could limit incremental penetration of the midrange smartphone segment," writes Mark Moskowitz, an analyst at JP Morgan. At the time of this writing Apple's stock had dipped to almost a 7-percent drop since closing yesterday.

G.Skill widens its RipjawsZ lineup with 15 new DDR3 quad-channel kits

By: Charles Gantt | More News: RAM | Posted: Sep 11, 2013 2:44 pm

This morning extreme performance memory manufacturer G.Skill announced the addition of 15 new DDR3 quad-channel memory kits to its award-winning RipjawsZ lineup of high-performance memory modules. The new kits are designed and optimized for Intel's new Core i7 LGA-2011 and X79 platform otherwise known as Ivy Bridge E.




G,.Skill has significantly raised the clock speeds of the new Ivey E friendly RipjawsZ quad-channel DDR3 kits to unprecedented levels. The company says that the new 16GB (4x4GB) kit will run at 2933MHz while the 64GB (8x8GB) kit speeds along at 2666MHz. In the image below you can see the 2666MHz 64GB kit validated using an Intel i7-4960X CPU on an ASUS X79-Deluxe motherboard.




Additionally G.Skill has taken advantage of the new Ivey Bridge E processors and has lab tested DDR3 memory speeds up to 3000MHz that proved to be stable on air cooling. The image below shows the company's 3000MHz 16GB proof of concept using an Intel i7-4960X and an ASUS Rampage IV Extreme motherboard.



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Console gamer creates petition to not see GTA V on the PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 11, 2013 12:31 pm

Grand Theft Auto V is pretty much ready to be inserted into gamers' consoles, but PC gamers are having to twiddle their thumbs while the biggest and baddest GTA game yet will most likely never see the light of day on the PC.




One console gamer has taken to to start a formal petition for Rockstar Games to never release GTA V on the PC. Trevor Phillips is behind the petition, starting that GTA V shouldn't be released on PC "so PC gamers can learn their lesson and stop stealing games." Yes, that's his actual reason. The petition has just 80 signatures compared to the 339,723 people who want to see GTA V on the PC.


I truly expected Rockstar Games to not release it on PC because they have a huge console following, but considering the developer started off on the PC, especially with Lemmings and the original GTA games, you'd think they'd release their biggest title on the PC. After all, Max Payne started off on the PC, and they released Max Payne 3 on both consoles and PC and it did quite well.

Google opens the doors to its Moto X factory on Google Street View

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Sep 11, 2013 11:30 am

Google did something great for the United States when they decided to make the Moto X smartphone on US soil, but now anyone in the world can visit the factory that Google's latest smartphone is made in.




The Mountain View-based everything giant opened the doors to its Moto X factory in Fort Worth, Texas, unveiling a bunch of 360-degree panoramic images of the Flextronics factory that pumps out over 100,000 Moto X smartphones each and every week. Sensitive information is of course blurred out, but you can still check out the factory which looks quite cool.

PayPal Beacon, a new USB dongle for hands-free payments

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 11, 2013 10:31 am

PayPal has just announced Beacon, a USB dongle that paves the way for a new generation of hands-free payments. The tiny USB dongle works with Point-of-Sale systems such as Booker, Erply, Leaf, Leapset, Micros, NCR, PayPal Here, Revel, ShopKeep, TouchBistro and Vend. All you need to do is plug into a power source and your brick-and-mortar store is ready for hands-free payments.



PayPal's Beacon uses Bluetooth LE to detect when a shopper enters the store and if they have the PayPal app installed on their device. The company ssays that Beacon won't be able to track customers' locations as they shop, but it will display an image of the shopper on the PoS system. When the customer is ready for the purchase, a verbal confirmation is all that is required to complete the transaction.




I don't like the security on Beacon, as it requires just your voice for authorization but the company has said that it is using multiple levels of trust in the application. This gives the customer the control of which retail stores can acknowledge their presence in the store, and which stores are capable of using automatic payments. PayPal also gives the option of providing the consumer with a pending payment notification, where they have to confirm it on-screen before it is authorized.

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