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Xbox One includes free music streaming via ad supported Xbox Music

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 6, 2013 11:46 pm

Microsoft is looking to take on Spotify and Pandora in terms of free music streaming with its Xbox Music service on the Xbox One. The company confirmed in a tweet, that Xbox One owners will not have to subscribe to Xbox Music to stream music to the console, but that they would experience the occasional advertisement as a result.




This aligns Xbox Music on the Xbox One with the services Windows and Web versions which also allow free streaming through the use of advertisements. Unfortunately, Microsoft made no mention on if the Xbox 360 would be getting this same feature, or if it were exclusive to the Xbox One. With music streaming becoming more popular than illegal downloading these days, Microsoft is making a good move here and should compete well with other free streaming services like Spotify and Pandora.

Lenovo's buyout of BlackBerry was blocked by Canadian Government

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 6, 2013 10:16 pm

Lenovo could be the new owner of BlackBerry right not if it were not for the Canadian government stepping in and nixing the acquisition on grounds of national security. A new report is stating that Lenovo was serious about its bid for BlackBerry, and would have went through with the deal if not for the Canadian government saying no.




The Canadian government says that it could not let a Chinese company buy out a telecom company that has deep ties with the Canadian Government as it could pose a major national security risk. "We have been pretty consistent that the message is Canada is open to foreign investment and investment from China in particular, but not at the cost of compromising national security," said a Canadian Government official. Sources say that Lenovo had been looking at BlackBerry back as early as January, and apparently was in acquisition talks since that time as well.

Registration opens for Storage Visions 2014, $100 off for early birds

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Nov 6, 2013 8:58 pm

Registration is now open for the 2014 Storage Visions conference taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada on January 5th-6th, just two days before CES 2014. Storage Visions is the premier conference to meet and hear from the top innovators in the data storage industry, and allows attendees to network with the companies who will create the next generation of hardware and software storage solutions.




Storage Visions is a 2-day information packed experience including numerous keynotes, sessions, as well as exhibits showcasing the latest technology in the storage exosphere. Attendees who sign up early by using the source link below will receive $100 off of their registration for a limited time. TweakTown will be out in full force at Storage Visions recording interviews from all of the major players in the industry, and I will be personally covering all of the new and exciting products in the exhibit booths. Stay tuned for TweakTown for full coverage of the event and all things storage related!

The Oscilloscope Watch is the geeky smartwatch every maker needs

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Nov 6, 2013 7:36 pm

It's not often that find a watch that I would consider wearing on my wrist every day, but the Oscilloscope Watch project on Kickstarter is something I would wear every day! The Oscilloscope Watch has all the features of a modern watch combined with all the features of the popular Xprotolab (Oscilloscope, Waveform Generator, Logic Analyzer, Protocol Sniffer, Frequency Counter).



The Oscilloscope Watch is powered by an 8-bit XMEGA microcontroller that is programmed in C or Assembly and can be hacked by anyone with basic embedded electronics programming knowledge. The device is said to have a battery life of 12 hours when in Oscilloscope mode, but could last more than 30 days when in watch mode.


The current prototype features a high-contrast OLED screen, but depending on battery life in the production model, this could change to a 1.28-inch e-paper display that features a very high refresh rate. The projects founder, Gabriel Anzziani has set the funding goal to $60,000 and with 11 days left, he needs to raise another $9,000 to meet that goal. I feel that this is an awesome project and a pledge of just $99 will land you an Oscilloscope Watch, so what are you waiting for?

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The SD Association announces new UHS Speed Class 3 for SD cards

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Nov 6, 2013 5:54 pm

This morning the SD Association announced the all new Ultra High Speed (UHS) Speed Class 3 (U3) alongside a new designation symbol to identify products capable of recording 4K2K videos. This new speed class and symbol will be featured exclusively on SDXC UHS-I and UHS-II memory cards and devices and SDHC UHS-I and UHS-II memory cards and devices.




"The world's favorite SD memory card continues to evolve and meet shifting industry needs," said Brian Kumagai, president of the SD Association. "Our new UHS Speed Class 3 standard will give consumers and businesses more flexibility and capability as the market shifts to 4K2K video formats. Both SDXC and SDHC memory card standards already offer the massive storage needed to support 4K2k video with enough room to store photos, music, documents and other data on a single portable card."


The new UHS U3 compatible SD cards will feature a lightening fast 30Mb/second sustained minimum write speed which is critical when shooting ultra high resolution 4K2K video. This new speed standard will also facilitate faster write times in high-megapixel DSLR cameras as well as high-bitrate audio recording devices. New devices offering the UHS Speed Class 3 will be backwards compatible and will work with existing SD memory cards.

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Tt eSPORTS kicks off November with a Level 10 M Headset giveaway

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Nov 6, 2013 4:17 pm

Thermaltake's Tt eSPORTS brand is one of the largest supporters of the gaming community, and their commitment to their fans is second to none. Because of this commitment, the company has just announced that it is hosting a giveaway contest for five Level 10 M Headsets. Entering is quite simple, and just requires a few moments of your time.




To enter, all you need to do is visit the company's Facebook page, and click on the link in the post about the Level 10 M Headset giveaway. Once signed up you will have the chance to earn up to 5 more entries by liking the company's social networking pages. Additional entries can be earned by referring friends via a URL that is unique to your email address.

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Lavabit creator uses Kickstarter to launch dark mail service

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Nov 6, 2013 12:15 pm

If you haven't heard about Lavabit, well, it was the e-mail service that Edward Snowden used until it was pretty much forced to close its electronic doors. The creator of the service, Ladar Levison, has now launched a Kickstarter campaign, where he's trying to raise funds for a dark mail encrypted e-mail service.




The dark mail service requires $196,608 in order to take the Lavabit source code and bake it into a free, and open-source project with the new dark mail protocol. Dark mail is looking to deliver a next-generation form of e-mail with end-to-end encryption, free from the prying eyes of our governments and their spy agencies.


The campaign will also be delivering the first dark mail clients to Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and iOS.

Microsoft gives free training, guaranteed jobs to soldiers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 6, 2013 10:35 am

Microsoft has announced it is now offering a free, 16-week IT training course for soldiers transitioning out of the military life, to a civilian life, with a guaranteed job at the end of it.




The Microsoft Software & Systems Academy will be based on the Microsoft IT Academy, which will offer the training required to plunge into the world of being a developer, applications engineer or IT project manager. At the end of the course, the company will hire participants as software testers by either Microsoft or Launch Consulting, which is the tech firm administering the program.


Microsoft Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Brad Smith, said in a statement: "American servicemembers possess the drive, self-discipline and problem-solving skills that are essential for the technology industry. The Microsoft Software & Systems Academy is a bridge between one great career-serving in the U.S. military-and another, creating technologies that improve lives."

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iPad Air uses IGZO tech for thinner, more power efficient displays

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 6, 2013 9:24 am

Apple's new iPad Air uses some impressive display technology from IGZO, which has resulted in a reduction of weight of over 25%. Most of ths is thanks to lowered power consumption, which allows the iPad Air to feature a thinner battery, too.




IHS iSuppli has released its cost analysis, which points out that Apple's iPad Air uses just 36 LEDs to light the display, which is down from as many as 84 LEDs in previous models of the iPad. The iOS giant has also reduced the thickness of the display assembly, so with all of this display-related changes, we can see that the company has been capable of improving the size and weight of the new iPad Air.


But, does this lead to a better-looking display? Not exactly. Ray Soneria from DisplayMate Technologies has said that while the IGZO-based technology in the iPad Air has allowed for a thinner, more battery-friendly tablet, it doesn't look as good as something like the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 display, which is based on LTPS (low temperature polysilicon technology). LTPS offers even better performance, and lower power requirements than the IGZO display.

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Q4 tablet shipments expected to disappoint

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 6, 2013 8:34 am

The holiday season is nearly upon us, and even though we have the iPad Air, Nexus 7, and numerous other great tablets, DigiTimes' research arm is expecting Q4 tablet shipments to grow 18.1% sequentially to 42.15 million shipments this year.




But, year-over-year, we're looking at a drop of 2.5%, according to DigiTimes' report. The high-end, high-margin smartphone market continues to slow down, but the tablet market is doing a mirror image of the smartphone market unfortunately. This is pushing electronics manufacturers to new areas, such as wearable computing, to continue their growth.


We should see 2014 become the start of wearable computing, with devices like Google Glass really taking off in the consumer space.