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Intel's "black box" TV service will be called OnCue

By: Charles Gantt | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jul 15, 2013 8:33 pm

We've been reporting on a rumored TV service from Intel for a couple months now, and today we finally found out what the service will be named. GigaOM has reported this morning that Intel's TV streaming service will be called OnCue, with the report being based on trademark filings around the globe and the hiring of an ad agency to prepare the official launch of the brand.

 

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GigaOM also said that Intel plans to launch the TV service before the end of the year and that Intel plans to compete with traditional cable TV and satellite services by offering a live TV feed as well as a catch-up service that will allow users to watch missed shows a la carte. The service will also reportedly feature an on-demand service that will allow users to watch the latest new releases without having to rent them from services such as Netflix, Amazon, or RedBox. There's no word yet on what channels will be featured upon launch, but we're sure the offering will be substantial.

Angry Birds Star Wars II did not arrive today, set to launch on September 19 instead

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 15, 2013 7:31 pm

On Friday, I wrote an article that speculated that Angry Birds Star Wars II would launch today based on an image released by the developer Rovio. Unfortunately, I speculated wrong on the release date, but did hit the nail on the head about a sequel to Angry Birds Star Wars. This morning, Rovio released a short video teasing of the upcoming game.

 

 

As seen in the video above and link provided below, Angry Birds Star Wars II will launch in about two months on September 19. Additionally, we learned that Hasbro will be launching new "Telepods" which are physical controllers for the game. These are seen in the video and the company says they will be available wherever toys are sold.

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RumorTT: Apple enters "aggressive" hiring phase for iWatch project, 2014 launch looks likely

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jul 15, 2013 6:31 pm

It appears that the rumors of an Apple iWatch arriving this year are holding less credence than we originally assumed. Recent reports suggest that Apple is still in the hiring phase for design engineers as well as electrical engineers to take on the project. Apparently the delays and additional hires are because there are some pretty tough engineering problems that need to be solved before the project can move forward.

 

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In a recent report from the Financial Times, we have learned that Apple has been in an "aggressive hiring phase" for the last few weeks and that this is an indication that Apple has stepped up the development on the iWatch platform. Sources close to the matter also state that Apple has been experiencing some "hard engineering problems that they've not been able to solve" leading the bosses to believe that its in-house engineers are just not up to the task of designing wearable technology.

 

All of this leads up to the fact that we most likely will not see a smartwatch from the Cupertino-based company anytime this year. While 2014 is still an option, these recent developments lead me to believe that it will be 2015 or 2016 before Apple creates a design that they deem acceptable to launch to the public. With so many companies readying launches for this year such as Samsung and Sony, and with the Pebble already on the market, I think that Apple may be a little late to the party this time.

Koolance unleashes EXC-800, a portable recirculating liquid chiller for PC liquid cooling enthusiasts

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jul 15, 2013 5:28 pm

Koolance is at it again with another product launch this morning. The new EXC-800 Portable Recirculating Liquid Chiller is a water cooling enthusiast's dream featuring a rated 800W, or 2730 BTUs, an hour of cooling capacity. The chiller features Koolance's popular PMP-500 pump providing 42.9 gallons-per-minute of reliable flow of chilled liquid.

 

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The chiller is able to adhere to one of four configurable temperature methods which includes an option to set the temperature to ambient to avoid condensation, or through the use of an external K-type thermocouple to chill the water to a desired temperature. The EXC-800 is capable of reporting the internal coolant flow rate, pump RPM, and condenser fan RPM which is displayed on a two-line organic LED display. The $1400 chiller is available at Koolance's website. (Source #1)

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20nm NAND SSD shortage affects OCZ, misses first quarter predictions

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Jul 15, 2013 4:57 pm

The current NAND shortage, first reported by Chris Ramseyer, continues to punish SSD manufacturers who are reliant upon other companies for their supply of NAND flash. OCZ announced their preliminary first quarter revenue at $50-$55 million compared to the markets estimation of $81 million. This is significantly off-target, and resulted in OCZ shares falling 8.4% in the premarket.

 

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The NAND shortage is just another in a long list of OCZ's woes, but the timing could not be worse for OCZ. OCZ has not released financial results for a full three quarters due to accounting inaccuracies from the previous CEO's team and is in the midst of a restructuring to save the company. The tight NAND market has left OCZ with an estimated $23 million in shippable backlog in Q1. Unfortunately, the NAND flash shortage is expected to continue for the foreseeable future.

 

The loss of revenue from the NAND shortage has also hurt OCZ's cash reserves, which fell to $6-$7 million dollars. This has left OCZ strapped for cash and searching for a new source of capital. The previous loans taken by OCZ during the restructuring carried high interest rates, and with the NAND shortage continuing we expect more of the same from whomever loans OCZ the cash to keep in operation.

Microsoft slashes all US Surface RT prices by $150

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 15, 2013 4:27 pm

As rumored last week, Microsoft has slashed the prices of its Surface RT tablet line in an effort to reduce stock of a device that has not met Microsoft sales expectations. This price drop comes amidst rumors of a refresh to both the Surface RT and Surface Pro tablets which could see both devices getting a bump in processing power, battery life, and other features and design cue changes.

 

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The $150 price drop means that you can now pick up a 32GB surface RT for $349 or the 64GB version for just $449. If you are of the type who fancies a touch cover version, add $100 to the price of each tablet for a $449 and $549 price tag respectively. Additionally, Microsoft is now offering the 32GB Surface RT to schools for just $199 or with the Touch keyboard addition for just $249 and the Type keyboard cover costing the school $289 each.

Koolance offers up three new radiators designed for a true push-pull setup

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jul 15, 2013 3:27 pm

In the custom liquid cooled PC world, it is generally recognized as a bad idea to sandwich a radiator between two rows of fans. With most radiator designs, this actually creates a restriction of airflow as most radiator cooling fins are too tightly spaced for the fans to create a proper push-pull effect. Koolance recognized this problem and has designed three new radiators for its XC-Series that actually love being sandwiched between fans.

 

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The new XC-Series Radiators come in three versions, the HX-120XC, HX-240XC, and HX-360XC, and feature a 2.1-inch thick copper core. They have a fin density of 30 fins-per-inch and are built around what is known as a Dual Pass design. This allows the use of high RPM fans in a push-pull configuration that actually increases airflow for added cooling ability.

 

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The HX-120XC is a single radiator designed to fit a 120mm fan on each side, while the HX-240XC can fit two 120mm fans. Likewise, the HX-360XC can accommodate three 120mm fans on each side. MSRP is $49, $67, and $85 respectively.

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Samsung announces ATIV Book 9 US launch date

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jul 15, 2013 2:38 pm

Today, Samsung announced the US launch date of its highly anticipated ATIV Book 9 Lite. The ATIV Book 9 Lite is built around the same strikingly beautiful design features as the ATIV Book 9 but is designed for customers on a budget. The ATIV Book 9 Lite comes in a stylish white marble finish or black ash trim for a sleek and modern look.

 

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"With the ATIV Book 9 Lite, we created a device that fits the needs of a larger consumer base, while preserving the remarkable design and overall experience delivered by the Book 9 lineage," said Mike Abary, senior vice president of consumer IT product marketing at Samsung Electronics America. "To further streamline the computing experience and offer convenience to users, we built an integrated solution, SideSync, to bring together the mobile and PC ecosystems."

 

The ATIV Book 9 Lite features a touchscreen LCD that is able to receive input from up to 10 points at once as well as a quad-core processor and a 128 GB SSD. The device weighs in at just 3.5 pounds and measures in at under an inch thick. The ATIV Book 9 Lite is available for pre-order now through major online retailers at a pricing point of $799.99. In-store purchasing will begin on July 28.

Hack a Day is for sale and its writers have launched an Indiegogo campaign to help them buy it

By: Charles Gantt | More News: | Posted: Jul 15, 2013 2:11 pm

Hack a Day is everyone's favorite DIY / Maker / Hacker news source. It has served up a daily dose of hacks for many years now and until recently, everything seemed stable for the vastly popular website. Last week, the site's editor, Caleb Craft, announced that he would be leaving and moving on to other things. Amidst this news, he also unveiled that the site was up for sale by owner Jason Calacanis and that the owner was hoping for a big media pick up from the likes of Make.com or someone else big.

 

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This morning, the writers of Hack a Day announced that they launched an Indiegogo campaign (Source #1) to purchase the site so they can mold it into something even greater and not have the restrictive hands of a major publishing company looking over their shoulders all the time. The site is valued at $540,000 and without some crowdfunding goodness, the HaD we all know and love could be gone forever. The writers have laid out some cool plans for the future of Hack a Day; you can see the whole post at Source #2 below.

 

I have been a fan of Hack a Day for many years now and have even had my projects featured on the site about seven times now. I consider Caleb a good friend of mine. I actually even considered applying for the Editor in Chief position that opened up when Caleb left but I love TweakTown too much to ever leave. If you have some spare change, even $1, I urge you to donate something to the Hack a Day Indiegogo Campaign as this is one resource the Internet does not need to lose or see change for the worse.

RumorTT: HTC One Max will feature a 6-inch 1080p display and much more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 15, 2013 12:25 pm

We haven't been hearing much about the next smartphone from HTC, but our good friends over at Mobile Geeks have had their ear to the ground in Taiwan and are reporting on two new smartphones from HTC. The first, is the HTC One Mini, and the second, is the HTC One Max.

 

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The HTC One Mini doesn't sound too bad at all, and feels like a slightly cut down Nexus 4 with its specs: a 4.3-inch 720p LCD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 SoC (1.4GHz dual-core processor), 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal flash memory. But, the HTC One Max looks like it's going to be quite the smartphone to envy.

 

We're looking at a 6-inch 1080p Super LCD Display, Qualcomm's super-quick and feature-packed Snapdragon 800 SoC (2.3GHz quad-core processor), 2GB of RAM, 32/64GB of internal flash storage and a 3,200mAh battery. This thing could compete with the Galaxy Note III when it arrives later in the year. The HTC One Max is expected to launch in September.

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