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Digital Storm unveils its PRO line of custom-built workstations

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Oct 31, 2013 4:01 pm

Digital Storm makes some unbelievably awesome custom-built PCs, but until now, they were limited to the gaming side of the fence. Well, the company has just outed its new PRO line of machines, destined for the workstation market.

 

 

The company will use its expertise in the custom-built, liquid-cooled world of desktop PCs to push its new PRO line of workstation machines. It all starts with every PRO machine running Digital Storm's proprietary HydroLux cooling system, which combines both the liquid and airflow worlds with fully customizable control software.

 

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All Digital Storm's PRO workstation machines have the same 72-hour stress test, as well as the multi-point QA inspection where every single part of the system is looked into, from part fitment to software setup to ensure that every single PRO workstation is a piece of custom-built PC art. The new PRO workstations will start at $2,442.

Streaming music makes its way to Google's Chromecast via Pandora

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Oct 31, 2013 3:41 pm

Pandora Internet Radio is the first new app to officially come to Google's Chromecast since its release and was not something many expected to be honest. Many thought that we would see an Amazon Prime, Spotify, or Plex app for Chromecast release by now, but I guess Pandora will suffice for the time being.

 

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Pandora will be updating their app for Android and iOS to include the "Cast" button which users can press to "Cast" their Pandora station to their Chromecast connected TV. "By integrating Google Cast technology into our mobile apps, users now have another easy access point to a better listening experience from the biggest screen in their living room," said Tom Conrad, Pandora's chief technical officer.

 

I reviewed Google's Chromecast and since then, I use it almost every day. I am still holding out for a Plex, and am hopeful that Spotify will release an app soon as I have not logged into Pandora in quite some time. Another big name I would like to see come to the Chromecast is Audible, as I would enjoy listening to my library without the need for headphones or smartphone audio.

RumorTT: Google said to be launching Nexus 5 this morning

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 31, 2013 2:33 pm

It's been almost 2 months since we first got a glimpse of the Nexus 5 during the Android 4.4 announcement, and if this mornings rumors are true we will see Google officially launch the smartphone in about an hour. A writer for Android Police announced via Google+ that several inside sources have tipped him off that Google would be launching the Nexus 5 this morning.

 

 

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"Several previously reliable sources have confirmed that the Nexus 5 (I have no information about KitKat, sorry, just sticking to N5) launch is indeed scheduled for tomorrow, October 31st." He wrote on his Google+ page. After cruising the web this morning, it does appear several reliable sites are reporting the same and citing their own sources. The launch is said to take place between 8AM PST and 11AM PST and that puts us at about 30 minutes out from the event at its earliest. Stay tuned to TweakTown for full coverage of the Nexus 5 launch.

Apple loses tablet market share, Samsung and ASUS gain ground

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 31, 2013 12:35 pm

The IDC has posted up its Q3 tablet market share estimates, where it sees that Apple is sliding once more, with Android-powered slates taking most of its market share away.

 

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Samsung claimed 20.4% of shipments, but ASUS is the surprise jumping from just 4.5% tablet market share last quarter to 7.4% this quarter. Year-over-year gains were also big, but Acer and Lenovo are making strides, too. ASUS were behind the refreshed Nexus 7, which we loved. This time last year Apple was enjoying nearly 40% of the tablet market share, but have slipped to below 30% this quarter.

 

The next few months should change, with the dominant refreshed and awesomely-priced Nexus 7, but the refreshed iPad, iPad mini, Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 slates, among others, arriving on consumers' doorsteps.

Google Glass accessories now available to Explorer Edition owners

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Oct 31, 2013 11:37 am

If there's one piece of tech that I want, but simply can't get my hands on, it's Google Glass. There's a few friends on my Facebook list who own them, and while I've considered mugging them for the wearable unit, it wouldn't work anyway.

 

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Well, Explorer Edition owners can now buy Glass accessories. One of which is a clear visor for the Glass redesign and is in stock ready to ship. Other accessories that aren't quite ready yet are the earbud, charger and a carrying pouch, which will be available soon. There's not a lot of accessories, but it's good to see Google already selling these, all before the consumer editions go on sale.

Hellraid, from the makers of Dead Island, postponed to 2014

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 31, 2013 10:28 am

Hellraid has been delayed until next year, "or to be more precise: when it's done," according to Marcin Kruczkiewicz, a Producer over at Techland. The developer has said it requires more time to polish Hellraid, but plans to add in new features, game modes and a reworked magic system.

 

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Kruczkiewicz said: "If we released our game this year we would have to make too many compromises and the final product probably wouldn't meet all our promises and your expectations. For example, we want to redesign the magic system to make it even more powerful and diverse, add new ways of casting spells and a set of new, more visually stunning spells."

 

If you didn't know, Hellraid is a dark fantasy, hack-and-slash RPG that works in a singleplayer capacity, but also features four-player cooperative play where it would put players against the armies of Hades.

Frostbite-powered Command & Conquer cancelled by EA

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 31, 2013 9:30 am

I was waiting with anticipation of the upcoming Frostbite-powered Command & Conquer, but unfortunately Victory Games' free-to-play title has been scrapped by EA.

 

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The new C&C game was featured at the recent GamesCom in an early alpha form, but feedback from players said that the developers "are not making the game you want to play." If you want to know more about why the C&C reboot was canned, you can read more about it here, but it looks like it was a result of the economy-based multiplayer experience which wasn't enjoyed by players of the closed alpha test.

 

EA said: "Part of being in a creative team is the understanding that not all of your choices are going to work out. In this case, we shifted the game away from campaign mode and built an economy-based, multiplayer experience. Your feedback from the alpha trial is clear: We are not making the game you want to play. That is why, after much difficult deliberation, we have decided to cease production of this version of the game. Although we deeply respect the great work done by our talented team, ultimately it's about getting you the game you expect and deserve."

Intel to begin making 64-bit, ARM-based processors in 2014

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Oct 31, 2013 7:32 am

The shift is beginning, with chipmaker leader Intel moving into manufacturing ARM-based processors next year. Intel will expand on its current relationship of allocating some of its plant capacity to contract-manufacturing, pumping out a quad-core part based on the ARM architecture.

 

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The Stratix 10 SoC will be manufactured for Altera, and it will be based on Intel's most advanced 14nm process, and based on ARM's 64-bit Cortex-A53 platform. The chipmaker has said that this is the first chip manufactured by anyone, and is the first 14nm Tri-Gate-based processor out of their fabs, even including Haswell which is built on the 22nm process with Tri-Gate.

 

The new SOC will be targeted at high-end networking and communications equipment, so it's something we probably won't be seeing in our consumer devices at all. This means Intel won't be competing in the same space as NVIDIA, Qualcomm or Samsung. It is interesting to note that Intel is now pumping out ARM-based SoCs, which is an interesting move considering its Bay Trail platform is to continue spreading into more and more devices as time goes on.

New Snowden leaks show the NSA captures Google data center traffic

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Privacy & Rights | Posted: Oct 31, 2013 6:31 am

According to some documents supplied to the Washington Post by Edward Snowden, Google and Yahoo data centers across the world are intercepted directly by the NSA and GCHQ. The program is known as "Muscular" and can tap into the main communications link that connect Google and Yahoo data centers.

 

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A documented dating back to January 9, 2013 says that the NSA captured millions of records from the search giants each and every day, sending them to NSA data warehouses. Within a 30-day period, over 180 million records were collected, all of which included metadata, text communications, audio and video, too.

 

The Washington Post did say that the NSA doesn't keep everything, which should help you sleep at night (so much sarcasm intended). Both search giants maintain multiple data centers around the world for redundancy reasons, with data shared between the data centers all the time. Google has said that it was not aware of the NSA activity, with a Yahoo spokesperson saying that it has strict controls in place to protect the security of their data centers, and that it has not given the NSA or anyone else access to their data centers.

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The PlayStation 4 will not play CDs or your MP3s... say what?!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Oct 31, 2013 5:02 am

Weeks before its launch, the PlayStation 4 FAQ is out and it is a real disappointment for Sony's next-gen console. The FAQ is absolutely gigantic weighing in at 30 pages, but one of the biggest tidbits from it is that the PS4 will not playback CDs or MP3s.

 

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The only way of playing background music in-game is through Sony's Music Unlimited service. Very disappointing for an electronics giant the size of Sony, who have countless music labels under their wing. What do you think about the PS4 not playing CDs and MP3s? In this day and age I really expect a console that costs $400+ to playback my CDs at least... right?

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