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FTC chairman pushing for a Google antitrust decision this week

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 3, 2013 9:26 am

It's looking like the Federal Trade Commission will, this week, rule on its antitrust investigation of Google. Sources familiar with the matter have stated that the settlement will be quite similar to the one discussed in December.

 

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FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz is leading the charge for the vote from all five commissioners and is hoping for the gavel to fall late this week.

 

The push to make a quick decision is no doubt based on the decision by the senate to replace Commissioner Thomas Rosch with law professor George Mason. Rosch's last day on the commission will be Friday.

NYE fireworks in reverse is explosion of awesomesauce

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jan 3, 2013 8:38 am

Everyone loves fireworks right? Ok so maybe almost everyone loves fireworks, and I am willing to bet that a lot of our readers ventured our to watch a fireworks show as part of their new year celebrations.

 

 

What I bet you have not seen is a fireworks show played in reverse. I am a sucker for mindless entertaining videos and I will admit that I watched the above selection no less than 5 times before writing this article.

 

The video was shot New Year's Eve at Docklands, Melbourne Australia. Do you have an amazing reversed video you would like to share with us? Post it in the comments and who knows, we may post a quick news article about it.

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Raspberry Pi gets educational manual, free to use and distribute

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jan 3, 2013 7:28 am

The tiny Raspberry Pi has been a popular system among hackers and educators alike. For $35, you get a fully functional PC to mess around with, program, and do what you like. If you own one and don't know where to start, you're in luck, as the system has gotten a free educational manual courtesy of a team of UK teachers from Computing at School.

 

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The manual is licensed with a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 unported licence, which in non-legal speak means you can use, redistribute, change and copy. There's only one limitation: you can't sell it. There's lots of information in the manual, such as information of Scratch, Python, and the command line.

 

You can grab it from the Pi Store, or from this link if you don't have a Pi yet.

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LG creates a voice-controlled air conditioner, listens for when you say it's too hot

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jan 3, 2013 7:01 am

LG is showing off a cool air conditioner that uses to voice recognition so that it knows when you complain that it's too hot--or cold. Dubbed the LG Whisen, it uses voice commands and can be controled from up to 16 feet away. It's advanced enough to understand powering on and off, temperature changes, and fan speed.

 

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It also supports NFC, so you can tap your smartphone and have it auto-change to the preset on your device. You can also use the LG Whisen app to control the air conditioner remotely or view the included camera feed. The top-of-the-line model will set you back 350 million Korean Won, or roughly $3,291.

Samsung teases an update to the Series 7 Chronos, sticking Radeon HD 8870M graphics inside

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jan 3, 2013 6:29 am

Samsung has released a new video which teases the update of the Series 7 Chronos line of laptops. Not much detail was given in the video, seen below, besides a RAMaccelerator, said to load apps 50 percent faster, a full HD display, JBL speakers, and the new Radeon HD 8870M GPU.

 

 

CES is just a week away and we're pretty confident this machine will be seen there. If it is, we'll grab all of the details.

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AMD picks Devinder Kumar as new CFO

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 3, 2013 6:01 am

AMD has picked a new CFO. The internal and external search turned up Devinder Kumar, who will now be a senior vice president and chief financial officer, effective today. Kumar is 57 and will report to AMD CEO Rory Reed. Kumar has served as the interim CFO since September 2012 and as senior vice president since 2006.

 

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"Devinder has been with AMD for more than 28 years and is a talented finance veteran with deep industry knowledge," said Read. "As we accelerate our strategic growth initiatives, Devinder will play an integral role driving the new business model in the near term and strengthening AMD's long-term financial foundation."

 

Kumar is well equipped for the job: He holds a bachelor's degree from University of Malaya, Malaysia, a master's degree from University of California, Santa Barbara, and a master's degree in business administration from University of California, Los Angeles.

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RumorTT: HTC to debut 'M7' smartphone at CES, would be new flagship

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 3, 2013 5:29 am

According to XDA-Developers forum member "Football," who has previously reported accurate HTC information, HTC could be unveiling a new flagship mobile device at CES next week. Code-named the "M7," the device is reported to possibly feature screen buttons instead of the traditional hardware buttons.

 

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It's believed to be the One X replacement and specifications are said to be a 4.7-inch full HD panel, 1.7GHz Snapdragon processor, 13MP camera, LTE and HSPA+, and 2GB of RAM. Whether or not the device will be enough to turn the failing company around remains to be seen, though it appears to be no slouch in the hardware department.

WhatsApp sets new day record of 18 billion messages sent and received

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Jan 3, 2013 4:46 am

Wildly popular texting app WhatsApp set a new daily record for message traffic on December 31, with the service seeing over 18 billion messages generated. The company tweeted, "On Dec 31st we had a new record day: 7B msgs inbound, 11B msgs outbound = 18 billion total messages processed in one day! Happy 2013!!!"

 

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Those are impressive numbers when you consider that iOS 5's iMessage service only generates more than 1 billion messages a day. WhatsApp has proved a popular alternative to normal texting, partially due to the additional features available through the app and the ability to send messages internationally for free.

Razer launches Sabertooth Xbox 360 controller for $79.99

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 3, 2013 3:02 am

Razer has launched a new Xbox 360 controller known as the Sabertooth. The device looks very similar to the Microsoft Xbox controller, save for the fact it features six extra buttons. It has the normal buttons all in the same locations and could easily be mistaken as a normal controller.

 

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It's currently available in the UK and US for £69.99/$79.99 and comes with a carrying case and a detachable cable. Two buttons are on the shoulder, two are on the undercarriage, and two are beside the OLED screen. It's not clear if the device features any sort of rapid fire or other mods.

 

There are multiple reviews on the Internet should you find yourself interested in buying one.

Microsoft says Google preventing the company from providing fully featured YouTube app for Windows Phone OS

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Jan 3, 2013 2:04 am

Microsoft has brought up an issue last dealt with over a year ago. Back in a March, 2011 post regarding Microsoft's concerns about Google's anti-trust investigations, the company said that Google is preventing Microsoft from accessing data that would allow a full-featured YouTube app on Windows Phone.

 

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What they wrote at the time:

 

[I]n 2010 and again more recently, Google blocked Microsoft's new Windows Phones from operating properly with YouTube. Google has enabled its own Android phones to access YouTube so that users can search for video categories, find favorites, see ratings, and so forth in the rich user interfaces offered by those phones. It's done the same thing for the iPhones offered by Apple, which doesn't offer a competing search service.

 

Unfortunately, Google has refused to allow Microsoft's new Windows Phones to access this YouTube metadata in the same way that Android phones and iPhones do. As a result, Microsoft's YouTube "app" on Windows Phones is basically just a browser displaying YouTube's mobile Web site, without the rich functionality offered on competing phones. Microsoft is ready to release a high quality YouTube app for Windows Phone. We just need permission to access YouTube in the way that other phones already do, permission Google has refused to provide.

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