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PDXLAN November charity event sponsored by Thermaltake

By: Idene Saatchi | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Nov 26, 2013 3:13 am

PDXLAN is a West Coast Mecca of LAN parties, usually with 500 PC gamers from all across the United States and Canada. They come together and game for four days straight. On November 8, 2013, 400 PDXLAN gamers donate over 37,000 Lbs of food to local charities thanks to a sponsorship from Thermaltake for the November charity event.

 

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Gamers are always considered to be aggressive or violent by the media because of the games they play, but thanks to PDXLAN many unfortunate families can receive meals this holiday season. Matt "Vector" Conwell the PDXLAN Owner and Organizer says "Gamers Give Back." This act of kindness demonstrates that the gaming community is full of amazing people that care.

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Amazon's new Kindle Paperwhite to be released early next year

By: Idene Saatchi | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 26, 2013 2:02 am

Amazon will be releasing their new Kindle Paperwhite early Q2 2014. The new Paperwhite e-reader will have a high resolution 300 PPI display as opposed to the current model that has a 212 PPI. The prototype of the new Paperwhite has a screen that sits flush with the edge of the device and not recessed in, like the current model. It weighs less and has a matte-like glass screen to replace the plastic.

 

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Amazon is upscaling the software for a better high resolution look as well as making a custom font that will be better for reading. There is no official release date or pricing for the new Kindle Paperwhite, but it will be available sometime Q2 of 2014.

Microsoft doesn't want bad language on the Xbox One's Upload Studio

By: Idene Saatchi | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 26, 2013 1:03 am

The Xbox One's Upload Studio is an app that allows you to upload video clips of your game footage and according to some reports some users are losing Xbox Live privileges due to the profanity used in their videos. Some have reportedly lost privileges to Skype and other apps, and according to Microsoft the excessive profanity in videos can result you in getting some or all of your privileges taken. These bans are temporary and non-permanent; users aren't getting banned from gaming. Just Kinect related apps and in most cases just the Upload Studio.

 

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Microsoft's statement: "To be clear, the Xbox Live Policy & Enforcement team does not monitor direct peer-to-peer communications like Skype chats and calls. Also, we take Code of Conduct moderation via Upload Studio very seriously. We want a clean, safe and fun environment for all users. Excessive profanity as well as other Code of Conduct violations will be enforced upon and result in suspension of some or all privileges on Xbox Live. We remain committed to preserving and promoting a safe, secure and enjoyable experience for all of our Xbox Live members."

FDA orders Google's DNA test startup, 23andMe, to stop all sales

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Nov 26, 2013 12:21 am

Today reports have surfaced that state that the FDA has ordered the Google backed startup 23andMe to immediately cease and desist all sales of its DNA testing kits. The ban on sales is the result of the company failing to obtain "marketing clearance or approval" from federal regulators to sell its product.

 

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The company sells a "DNA Spit Kit" that is used to test a customers DNA and then reports on over 250 health conditions, traits and other genetic identifiers that one might have, or be susceptible to. In a statement, the FDA said that it "is concerned about the public health consequences of inaccurate results from the PGS device. The main purpose of compliance with FDA's regulatory requirements is to ensure that the tests work."

 

In response 23andMe had the following to say. "We recognize that we have not met the FDA's expectations regarding timeline and communication regarding our submission. Our relationship with the FDA is extremely important to us and we are committed to fully engaging with them to address their concerns."

Circuit Scribe is a rollerball pen that writes in conductive ink

By: Charles Gantt | More News: | Posted: Nov 25, 2013 11:22 pm

One of the biggest bottlenecks in any project involving custom circuitry is troubleshooting the actual circuit itself before moving to manufacturing something permanent. A new project on Kickstarter will greatly improve on the speed at which one prototypes electronic circuits.

 

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Circuit Scribe is exactly what its name says it is, a pen that lets you draw electronic circuits via conductive ink. Designed for Makers, STEM Educators, Artist, Kids and Life Hackers, the Circuit Scribe pen allows users to simply draw out their circuits, place components onto the lines, connect a power source and then watch things come to life.

 

The team wanted to offer an easy way for Circuit Scribe users to quickly prototype circuits, so they also created a set of modules that house individual components and dubbed them "Electroninks Components." These little modules range from LED boards all the way up to boards that house integrated circuits such as 555 timers. Rare earth magnets appear to hold things in place on the paper to keep good contact with the inked circuit.

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Netgear launches what it calls the fastest NAS in the world

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Nov 25, 2013 10:22 pm

There is one word that you will find in just about every piece of marketing material related to both data storage and networking, and that word is "speed." Today Netgear unveiled a new network attached storage device that just might be worthy of excessive use of the word "speed"

 

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The all new Netegear ReadyNAS 716 is designed to be nothing but a pure speed demon and is based off of a 10-Gigabit Ethernet controller that delivered blazing transfer speeds. The device features two 10GBASE-T ports on its rear and is packed with 16GB of error-correcting code memory. The new ReadyNAS 716 is available in a 24TB capacity configuration and is expandable to 84TB via an eSATA expansion chassis. The new ReadyNAS 716 from Netgear is available now and retails at an MSRP of $4500.

Leaked promo image of PlayStation 4 & PlayStation Vita bundle

By: Idene Saatchi | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 25, 2013 10:20 pm

There is no official announcement or release date for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita "Ultimate Edition Bundle" but Sony's senior product manager; Ben Law mentioned a few days ago to MCV that the Ultimate Edition Bundle will be at retailers this holiday season before Christmas, more than likely early December.

 

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The Ultimate Edition Bundle will come with the PlayStation 4, a Dualshock 4 controller, mono in ear mic, the PlayStation Vita, and in the leaked promo picture it looks like it will also be coming with a memory card for the Vita.

Futuremark delist several flagship Android phones for false scores

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 25, 2013 9:22 pm

Designing your smartphone hardware to cheat the benchmark system seems to be the trendy thing to do, but some benchmarks are ensuring that this form of cheating is no-longer a viable method to boost the perceived performance of you device. Today Futuremark announced that it has delisted several phones from its results.

 

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The phones were delisted from rankings because of accusation that they feature hardware-based loopholes that allow them to run faster when benchmarking apps are activated to run test. All in all a total of six smartphones were delisted, including the :HTC One, HTC One Mini, Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Exynos 5 Octa, Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 MSM8974, Samsung Galaxy Note III Exynos 5 Octa, and the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 MSM8974. While no mention of what each device did specifically to falsely boost scores, Futuremark did release a statement about the delistings.

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Samsung officially announces the Samsung Galaxy Grand 2

By: Idene Saatchi | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 25, 2013 8:35 pm

Samsung has officially unveiled their new Galaxy Grand 2. Samsung's new large screen smartphone comes with a 5.25 inch HD display. The Galaxy Grand 2 runs on Android Jellybean 4.3. Other specs on the device are a quad-core 1.2 GHz processor, 1.5 GB RAM, Bluetooth 4.0, 2,600 mAH battery, a 8 megapixel rear camera and a 1.9 megapixel front facing camera. The Galaxy Grand 2 comes with 8 GB of built-in storage and is expandable to 64 GB with its microSD slot. Samsung will also be releasing models with dual-SIM capabilities. Samsung has not commented about availability or pricing for the Galaxy Grand 2.

 

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Samsung announcement: "This evolution of the Galaxy Grand series brings meaningful upgrades to its predecessor including an improved HD viewing experience, enhanced performance, and many other intuitive features."

HTC continues the gold smartphone trend with new One variant

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 25, 2013 8:22 pm

While we are on the topic of the HTC One, we might as well introduce you to the all new gold variant of HTC's flagship. While not actually gold plated, this new color for the HTC One comes courtesy of HTC's anodizing process, and is just dyed gold the same way the blue and red versions are.

 

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The Gold HTC one is purely a cosmetic release with all of the internal hardware staying exactly the same as its silver and black counterparts that were released at launch. In case anyone has forgotten, the HTC One features a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor that is clocked in at 1.7GHz, 2GB of RAM, and a full 1080p display. An HTC UltraPixel camera is present as well as either 32GB or 64GB of on-board storage. Unfortunately, HTC has not disclosed which carriers and retailers will be stocking the device, or when it will be available.

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