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Acer shows off a 20-inch touchscreen monitor for $199

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Dec 23, 2013 7:27 am

The new Acer FT200HQL 20" touchscreen monitor is an appealing choice for consumers that want an affordable monitor to utilize a customized computing experience from touch technology.

 

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It's a relatively small monitor considering the current market of choices, but should be great for casual use. The high-­definition LED monitor has a 1600x900 native resolution, along with dual speakers, VGA port, and two HDMI ports. Although it can be mounted to the wall, the FT200HQL provides 10­90 degrees tilt, so it can be used as a true touch surface.

 

"The Acer FT200HQL is a great choice for consumers or small businesses wanting an affordable and compact touch display for making the most of Windows 8 touch capability," noted Frank Chang, Acer America Director of Product Management, in a statement. Acer's FT200HQL is available now with a $199 MSRP.

 

It is expected that touchscreen monitors will become more popular in 2014, as a growing consumer base becomes familiar with using touch technology. Microsoft Windows 8 and 8.1 aren't as popular when compared to Windows XP or Windows 7, but touch features truly can be a fun and useful play thing.

evasi0n7 brings jailbreaking to iOS 7, but it's not all fun and games

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Dec 23, 2013 5:33 am

For those living in the land of the free (Android), it's hard to run a stock version of iOS, but never fear, evasi0n 7 is here! The untethered jailbreak allows both Mac and Windows users to modify iOS 7 on any device.

 

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This includes the recently released iPad Air and iPhone 5S, which is great. But, there's a huge but here: the early versions of the jailbreak aren't exactly super easy to get working, and there are risks associated with jailbreaking your device - as always. We don't openly recommend jailbreaking your device here at TweakTown, but it is something you can certainly do now.

 

Then, you run into the issue of something I found on Reddit, which says that the reason the Cydia store doesn't work, is because a Chinese company paid the hackers a rumored $1 million for the jailbreak, pushing their own store onto the phone. You can read more on that here.

Steam Holiday Sales: Tomb Raider, Max Payne 3 discounted!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 23, 2013 4:25 am

You can grab yourself some cheap games right now through the Steam Holiday Sales, with today's sales having some highlights: Shadow Warrior for $9.99, down from $39.99. Or you could grab Dragon Age: Origins for $4.99, a huge 75% off its original $19.99 price.

 

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Alternatively, The Witcher 2 is on sale, with 75% off its original $19.99 price, down to $4.99. The slow-mo, third-person shooter Max Payne 3 is 80% off, down from $34.99 to just $4.99. If you enjoyed Skyrim, you can get its predecessor, Oblivion, for just $4.99, down from $19.99.

Microsoft gives Windows Phone users 20GB of free SkyDrive storage

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Storage | Posted: Dec 22, 2013 11:29 pm

Microsoft gave Windows Phone 8 phone owners an early Christmas gift, announcing they will have 20GB of free cloud-based storage with Microsoft's SkyDrive service.

 

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The promotion is only available to Windows Phone 8 owners only, with interested parties having until January 31, 2014 to accept the deal, with e-mails being sent out to owners. Microsoft currently offers new users 7GB of free storage - early SkyDrive users have 25GB of storage space - and Microsoft Office 365 users now have access to over 50GB of cloud-based storage space.

 

This is a good effort by Microsoft, as the company's Windows Phone OS is clawing its way up the smartphone market - the Apple iPhone and Google Android platforms still garner most of the attention - but Microsoft continues to grind away. Providing 20GB of free SkyDrive storage is a good tactic, especially with more users wanting to store content in the cloud.

Gartner: Wearable electronics to be huge at CES 2014

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Dec 22, 2013 10:10 pm

Wearable technology continues to advance at a rapid pace, and will be a major draw card during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2014 next month in Las Vegas, according to research firm Gartner.

 

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The wearable technology market grew from 3% in 2012, to 13% this year, and should increase even further as consumers and businesses become more familiar with the technology. Devices such as the Samsung Galaxy Gear, Sony Smartwatch 2, and other smart watches will gain a bigger following - but the fitness sector should boost the market in the coming years.

 

In fact, the fitness and personal health wearable technologies should reach $1.6 billion in 2014, but will rise to $5 billion in 2016. Specifically, CES will show off enhanced athletic shirts with sensors to better track the person's heart rate, respiration, and other vital sighs. Building consumer engagement and educating potential customers about the benefits of these types of devices moving forward.

Microsoft: Bing will soon be a money-maker

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Dec 22, 2013 8:38 am

For the last few years, Microsoft has been making losses on Bing, but going forward, the software giant is optimistic that Bing will turn profitable. ZDNet reported yesterday that Applications and Services CFO, Dave O'Hara, said that Bing was ready to turn the corner.

 

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This is thanks to Microsoft now having the resources to keep its search engine running, without having to continue to pump more investments into it. Future infrastructure of Bing will be incremental, according to O'Hara. The losses on Bing, according to O'Hara, was because the company was building infrastructure to support Bing: things like data centers, and the effort necessary to build Bing's search engine.

 

The completion of Bing's foundation is now nearly complete, so Bing is ready to be profitable.

Samsung to use faux leather, or 'pleather' on its upcoming laptops

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Dec 22, 2013 7:32 am

We've already seen a faux leather (or 'pleather') look on the Galaxy Note 3 smartphone, as well as the Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 edition) slate, but now it looks like Samsung could use this look on its upcoming notebooks.

 

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The news is coming from a person who attended a Samsung S Academy event, who said that the new Ativ Book 9 family would run Windows 8.1, feature four 2W speakers, and a leather-like case compete with a stitching effect along the edges. The image above is supposedly from an Ativ Book 9 Style laptop, which features a faux leather lid.

NASA begins its ISS repairs, the first 6.5-hour spacewalk has begun

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Dec 22, 2013 6:39 am

Four days ago we reported that NASA had ordered urgent repairs to the International Space Station (ISS), with these repairs now beginning with a 6.5-hour spacewalk.

 

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Astronauts Rick Mastracchio and Mike Hopkins will begin the repairs, where they will hopefully replace a faulty piece of cooling equipment. This is the first of three spacewalks the astronauts will do, with the last one happening on Christmas Day, just a dew days from now.

First major US retailer to accept Bitcoin in the second half of 2014

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 22, 2013 5:34 am

Overstock.com CEO, Patrick Byrne, has said that his company would be one of the first to accept Bitcoin, where it will accept the digital currency in the second half of next year.

 

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Byrne spilled the news during an interview with the Financial Times, where he said there is going to be a market in Bitcoin, and he wanted his company to embrace it. Byrne believes Bitcoin will hold its value better than the fiat-based dollar, thanks to the fact that it is mathematically constrained, versus the limitless printing of the dollar through the Federal Reserve and government authorities.

 

The Overstock.com CEO stated that his company would bank the digital currency in the event that similar digital funds increase in popularity. If, however, the digital currency begins to deflate, the company would transfer Bitcoins to dollars on a daily basis.

Former EA Senior VP joins Oculus VR as head of worldwide publishing

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Dec 22, 2013 4:34 am

Oculus is securing talent every couple of weeks it seems, with the brain child of Doom and Quake, John Carmack, stepping on board as Chief Technology Officer not too long ago. Now have news that the VR outfit has secured a former EA Senior VP to join as the head of worldwide publishing.

 

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This department is fresh, with the aim of the new department to help developers create games that work with the Oculus Rift. David DeMartini is the man for the job, and in a statement to Gamasutra, DeMartini described his position as "not particularly different from what I did for seven years" when he was involved with the EA Partners program.

 

He continued: "I'm figuring out how to partner effectively with big developers, small developers, all the way down to the individual who just wants to make something great for the Rift."

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