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Intel create $100 million fund for Internet-aware car technology

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 2, 2012 9:29 am

Ever wanted to buy a car with an 'Intel Inside' sticker on it? Well, soon you'll be able to. Intel is creating a new venture fund to invest in companies that develop technologies used in cars and other powered vehicles.




Intel is planning on putting $100 million into the fund over the next four-to-five years, promising research for automotive hardware, software, and services. The investments could be for a range of things, from navigation to in-car entertainment systems.


Intel is wanting to bust out of the bubble they've created for themselves with a market of processors for laptops and PCs. We can see this as they want to get into the smartphone and tablet market, but now cars? Sales of computing products is expected to decline over time as domestic and global markets become saturated. This should be translated to "because people don't need faster upon faster desktop processors as their dual- or quad-core smartphones and tablets are more than powerful enough'.

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Boxee Box intros another box, now offers Pornhub, the 'YouTube of Porn'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Mar 2, 2012 8:33 am

Boxee has slowly been making their Boxee Box more awesome, but I think today's change will catapult it into the hearts, souls and pants of many more. Boxee has just teased they're nearly ready to introduce Pornhub.




Yes, Pornhub. Pornhub is considered the YouTube of porn, where it offers user-generated video, as well as professional-grade content. Yes, it's porn, but porn is a multi-billion market, and Boxee are smart for entering that arena. Boxee are also not new to offering adult services, such as Fyre.


Pornhub will make its ad-free debut, free to watch is a great way to get customers interesting. It also claims its the first, official free adult app on Boxee to do so. This marks the first move of Pornhub being made available on TVs. Right now, Pornhub's bread and butter (I was going to use a pun, but I'll keep it clean!) is still the web, where they enjoy an insane 100 million page views per day, with 25 million visitors and 3 billion page views per month.


You can now see this is serious business, which will mark a change in Boxee Box. Hopefully users of Pornhub won't hear about Boxee Box and think it's an up-and-coming porn star.

BioShock Infinite slides onto consoles, PCs on October 16

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 2, 2012 7:31 am

Irrational Games has come out and whispered into the ears of gamers everywhere that BioShock Infinite will hit the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC in North America on October 16, 2012 with the international release three days later on October 19.




Irrational President and Creative Director, Ken Levine, said that BioShock Infinite has been "our sole focus for the last four years", and will be the culmination of a "vision for a follow up that dwarfed the original in scope and ambition". Boy does he know how to get me excited.


Additionally, Sony is offering a bonus for the PlayStation 3 version: they will include a copy of the original BioShock on the same Blu-ray disc. How's that!

Windows 8 Consumer Preview was downloaded 1 million times in 24 hours

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Mar 2, 2012 6:34 am

The Windows 8 Consumer Preview came out just a little over 24 hours ago, and has enjoyed an insane 1 million-plus downloads in those 24 hours. This is a runaway success for Microsoft, which is pretty much going all-in with their next-generation OS.




Considering that over 1 million people downloaded the OS, the servers handled it pretty damn well. I personally had no issues with the download, with it maxing out my 8Mbit connection. I also didn't notice a single person on my Facebook news feed whinging, so that's a good sign, isn't it? Or maybe I don't have enough friends?


Microsoft broke the news on their BuildingWindows8 Twitter feed, saying "One day later... one million downloads of the consumer preview.


Have you downloaded it yet? Your thoughts on Windows 8 thus far?

Windows Phone 8 being tested with dual-core Snapdragon S4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 2, 2012 5:27 am

Thanks to a leak from The Verge, Microsoft staff are said to be testing early versions of Windows Phone 8 running on a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, or the MSM8960. "At least one" phone would have the combination sometime later in the year.




Sprint was also said to be interested enough in Windows Phone 8 that it was courting Nokia about the prospects of an LTE-based Windows Phone 8-powered device. Sprint has skipped most newer Windows Phones since the HTC Arrive last year, and might not want to go back without there being an LTE-powered device to keep them competitive.


Microsoft's jumped into a minimum of a dual-core processor should help them along, but Microsoft have always used Snapdragon-based processors in their Windows Phone chassis spec, so this shouldn't change.

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OnLive Desktop launch Android app, lets you run an instance of Windows 7 through the web

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 2, 2012 4:29 am

OnLive Desktop launched for the iPad recently, and now has launched for Android. OnLive Desktop is free, available in the Android Market right now, and lets smartphones and tablets run an instance of Windows 7 through the Internet.




The Windows environment is hosted in the cloud through OnLive's servers, and the Desktop client allows remote access over a Wi-Fi or mobile broadband connection. OnLive says that Android-based suers can use Microsoft software on their device, which is a great feature. Software such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint, or Adobe Reader for PDFs.


OnLive Desktop whilst free, limits data storage to 2GB. For just $4.99 per month, OnLive offers higher priority to the virtual machines and accelerated browsing. For $9.99, 50GB of storage will be made available, but is "coming soon" and will be dubbed OnLive Desktop Pro.

RumorTT: PlayStation 4 to drop the Cell processor

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 2, 2012 3:52 am

We've talked about AMD powering the PlayStation 4's GPU, but what of it's CPU? The PlayStation 3 had Sony running parade's around the world (ok, well, not really) about it's revolutionary Cell processor, but after the PS3's release, developers said it was harder to code for.




Now that Sony would be at least piecing the puzzle together that will eventually be the PlayStation 4, rumor has it that the Cell processor, which was once the be-all-and-end-all of chips from Sony (and others) will not be making the cut, according to unnamed sources of Kotaku.


Considering AMD will most likely be building the GPU for the PlayStation 4, one would think they've either use a combination CPU/GPU chip, or would at least slap a 6- or 8-core CPU on the new PlayStation 4. I think that would work well, as cross-platform development would be insanely easy compared to today. If the three main consoles all use AMD-based GPUs (which it seems to be the case), then we should expect much better PC ports of the games, in theory.

NSA develops ultra-secure Android phone for top secret calls

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 2, 2012 3:29 am

The National Security Agency (NSA) have developed an ultra-secure Android phone built using off-the-shelf parts which will allow the US government to discuss "top secret" materials. 100 of the Fishbowl phones were developed, and released, to government staff.




The new NSA Android-based phones are built by the NSA's 40-year-old Information Assurance Directorate, who are responsible for providing secure communications to the US government, including the Department of Defence. The division's head, Margaret Salter, has said that anyone could reproduce the phone using specifications posted online, because it uses off-the-shelf components.


Salter adds:


The plan was to buy commercial components, layer them together and get a secure solution. It uses solely commercial infrastructure to protect classified data.


Salter adds that she would previously "speak in code" if she was using a commercial mobile device, when she was discussing classified information. Users can install defence applications on the device from an enterprise app store which is run by the US Defence Information Systems Agency. This ensures that only secure applications were installed, and remove the need for NSA staff to worry about the integrity of third-party applications.

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HTC comes to their senses, admits Sense UI is cluttered an that refinements are coming in Sense 4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 2, 2012 2:23 am

HTC's Sense UI is popular, but at times, can be a bit of a mess and HTC are now admitting to this. During an interview with Pocket-lint at Mobile World Congress, HTC chief product officer Kouji Kodera said that Sense UI had become too cluttered. Kodera says:




From the original Sense up to Sense 3.5 we added too many things. The original concept was that it had to be simple and it had to be easy to use and we had that philosophy, but over time it got cluttered. There were too many things in there. Even on the home screen we had four or five icons before consumers got a chance to add things themselves.


HTC's Sense 4 arrives on HTC One X, One S, and the One V, as well as Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and is said to provide a more refined experience. HTC are also planning on releasing less products from now on, which could lead to a more Apple-like product lineup. Instead of the 32 (slight exaggeration) of phones that HTC release every 3 weeks (another exaggeration).

The press get a hold of Max Payne 3 and say "the experience is mind-blowing"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 2, 2012 1:46 am

WHERE WAS MY INVITE, ROCKSTAR?!?! Anyway, the worldwide gaming press have had their first hands-on taste of the slow-mo, gun-toting Max Payne 3 and have some seriously amazing things to say about it.




Rockstar showed them a bit of the game, with the story early on, they find Max and his partner Passos meeting up with the ruthless Comando Sombra gang at a local football stadium in an attempt to exchange cash for the captive Fabiana Branco. However, things quickly turn bad as the deal is crashed by unknown assailants. From there, they're also given a taste of a level where Max tracks Fabiana's kidnappers to the hostile, rain-soaked docks by the TietĂȘ River...


The impressions and quotes? Incredible. Excitement... building... The only thing holding me back is most of these sites give games like Call of Duty: Yet Another Sequel games high scores, but Max Payne is quite close to my heart, please let these quotes be complete 100-percent excitement and truth.




It's easy to be impressed when you're standing on the outside looking in. Once you're actually in control in Max Payne 3, the experience is mind-blowing.

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