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Acer are working on wearable computing, preparing it for 2014

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jun 16, 2013 8:28 am

Google aren't the only ones working on wearable computing, with Acer's smartphone boss, ST Liew, saying that the company will release their first wearable device sometime in 2014 during an interview with Pocket-Lint.

 

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Liew also noted that wearable technology has huge potential for companies, which right now should be obvious to most. The Acer exec says that the industry hasn't exploded yet, but when it does it would be a multi-billion dollar market. I agree, and I think wearable technology is going to be the new smart device market. Smartphones will slowly fade away as they can't really get thinner or faster, or introduce anything that will make you go "wow, I want that", yet wearable computing (watches, eyewear like Glass from Google) are going to be the next big thing.

Apple are adding an amazing 500,000 new iTunes accounts each day

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 16, 2013 7:27 am

Apple are still adding piles of new users to iTunes, but just how many are they adding on a daily basis? According to Horace Dediu of Asymco, the Cupertino-based giant are adding around 500,000 new iTunes accounts each and every day.

 

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If they keep this pace, they'll have added another 100 million iTunes accounts before the end of the year. There may be more users on iTunes, but revenue per account has actually dropped over the last couple of years. Dediu noted that each of the 575 million accounts generates half as much revenue, or $3.20 per month compared to Apple's 100 million iTunes accounts did in 2009.

BlackBerry 10.2 will be capable of running Android Jelly Bean apps

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jun 16, 2013 6:24 am

BlackBerry has the great position of being able to brag that their mobile OS runs Android apps, but BB10 only runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread apps (and earlier revisions of the OS) which isn't all that great.

 

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BlackBerry have announced that BlackBerry 10.2 will add support for Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, which will see BlackBerry owners with the ability of running a bunch of the latest Android apps. There's a beta release of the BlackBerry Runtime for Android Apps and Plug-in for Android Development Tools that was made available for developers, but the actual updated OS isn't expected until later in the year.

Google's Wi-Fi balloons could be Down Under next year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Jun 16, 2013 5:30 am

We reported about Project Loon yesterday, part of Google's Project X's plan to provide Internet access through floating balloons in the sky. The first trials are happening right now in New Zealand, but these balloons could be floating above Australian skies by as early as next year.

 

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Google have discovered that the best place to test this is in favorable weather conditions, which his 40th parallel south. This covers New Zealand, and Tasmania - which is south of Australia. Google are reporting going to have this technology floating above Australian skies in the second half of 2014.

Steven Spielberg spotted playing Battlefield 4 at E3 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 16, 2013 4:28 am

The game at the top of my most-wanted first-person shooter list is Battlefield 4, and the various gameplay trailers have me absolutely salivating. Well, it looks like us mere mortals aren't the only ones wanting to get in some time with DICE's latest FPS.

 

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Steven Spielberg, director of some of the biggest movies released and director/producer of his FPS Medal of Honor, was caught playing Battlefield 4 at E3 2013. The director was rocking along BF4, but only a picture was snapped. I'd love to see if he has some FPS chops and have a game with him one day - Spielberg, hit me up on e-mail, brah!

Intel's Haswell-E to kick some serious ass, features 8 cores, DDR4 support, X99 PCH and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jun 16, 2013 3:49 am

Intel have just launched their Haswell processors, or fourth-generation Core processor, but they will never stop. The 2014 platform known as Haswell-E will launch as an 8-core processor, oh baby, yeah.

 

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Intel's Haswell-E platform will launch in 2014 and will be their enthusiast platform, we're going to get into some specs now so you'd better put a book on your lap or something. Haswell-E is set to debut in the second half of next year and will be Intel's first 8-core desktop CPU, so expect some serious CPU performance. We should see an offer of between 6- and 8-core CPUs with up to an amazing 20MB of L3 cache.

 

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But, wait, there's more! 8 physical CPU cores means we're still greeted with Hyper-Threading, meaning 16 logical cores. Maximum TDP for Haswell-E should sit at around 130-140W with the processor itself sitting on the 22nm second-generation Hi-k process. Performance-wise, with the additional two physical CPU cores and the usual improvements in the architecture, we should expect a 33-50% performance increase over the 2014 platform.

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Kim Dotcom shares the Megaupload raid video, NSA will be watching you

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 15, 2013 11:28 am

Ah, Kim Dotcom. Thanks for the laugh this morning with your latest tweet, which reads "NSA WARNING: Do NOT retweet this #Megaupload raid video. We know where you live." Check it out below:

 

 

You can see that Dotcom, and everyone on his land, had no chance but to surrender to the police. We all know this story, but Dotcom is using this time where the NSA is under the Internet's microscope to spread his story. I still can't believe this happened, but at least Dotcom is a free man. I'm sure the NSA have been watching his every move for quite some time now.

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Facebook's shields are up over the NSA debacle, reveal requests for user data from the US authorities

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 15, 2013 11:26 am

Thank you NSA, for not being as secure as you wanted to be, because all of this news is showing the world that user data isn't as secure as we thought it was. Facebook have now come out stating they received between 9000 and 10,000 requests for user data from US authorities in the second half of last year alone.

 

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These requests ranged from child disappearances to petty crimes, all the way to terror threats and saw between 18,000 and 19,000 accounts. Facebook didn't state how often they complied with the requests for users' data. The social network have said they "aggressively" protect their users' data, according to Facebook's general counsel, Ted Ullyot. He added:

 

We frequently reject such requests outright, or require the government to substantially scale down its requests, or simply give the government much less data than it has requested. And we respond only as required by law.

Thought the speed of light was fast? NASA is about to get a speeding ticket with their next field test

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jun 15, 2013 10:22 am

I think mainstream science has been suppressed for a very long time now, and it's about time that we find out, as a human race, what the reality of our existence really is. The first steps in this, are reversing the mainstream points of science. It looks like NASA could do something good here, with their latest field test that could prove that there is a possibility of faster-than-light travel.

 

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Harold White and his team at NASA have been working on something called the Alcubierre Drive. This new method could use a solution which would see a craft placed within a space that is moving faster than the speed of light. This means that the craft itself isn't moving at the speed of light, meaning the craft itself doesn't need a propulsion system capable of travelling at that speed. This is where things get a little confusing, so grab your white lab coat and come on a walk with me.

 

The Alcubierre Drive is based on Einstein's field equations, which suggest that a spacecraft could indeed travel faster than the speed of light. But, instead of the craft itself pushing past the speed of light, it would do so by contracting space from in front of it, and expanding the space behind it - a nice trick. It's this type of science that I love reading about, and I think this is the future of space travel - thinking outside the box, which this kind of is.

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Google X Project Loon would give balloon-powered Internet to the world

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Jun 15, 2013 9:23 am

Google's super-secretive but super-cool Google X labs have designed some amazing things so far, such as Google Glass and the self-driving cars from Google. Google X have just outdone themselves today by announcing Project Loon, which would see balloon-powered Internet access to parts of the world where Internet access is hard, or impossible to come by.

 

 

Google even started testing this new initiative during the week, which would provide users with 3G-like speeds using balloons blasting Internet down to the people below in New Zealand. Google have said that they've found a way to let these balloons "sail freely in the winds" and would steer them by moving them up or down to catch the right winds. Of course, this means that Google still have some work to do, which I can see them creating the technology to at least automate this process.

 

The Mountain View-based search giant have said that they're solving this problem "with some complex algorithms and lots of computing power." Google would be using wind data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to give the balloons their flight paths. The search giant are currently using 30 balloons to test the project with around 50 tests in New Zealand who are using the service on the ground.

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