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Google's Schmidt says that YouTube has "crushed" traditional TV

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 3, 2013 2:06 pm

During a meeting with advertisers earlier this week, Google's Eric Schmidt said that YouTube has "crushed" the traditional television competition. Schmidt was of course alluding to the recent news that YouTube now has more than one billion unique visitors a month.

 

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While most would be satisfied with a billion unique visitors every month, Schmidt is keeping his eye on the prize and holding out until YouTube launches in more third world countries. "Wait until you get to 6 or 7 billion," Schmidt said, according to the Associated Press. "It's not a replacement for something that we know. It's a new thing that we have to think about, to program, to curate and build new platforms."

 

Google's attack on mainstream television will take a step forward later this year when YouTube plans to begin offering select partners the option to begin charging users to view their content, in addition to offering episodic programming and pay-per-view events. "TV is one-way, but YouTube talks back," said YouTube's global head of content, Robert Kyncl.

Take a look at the UEFI DualBIOS on Gigabyte's new Haswell motherboard

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: May 3, 2013 12:28 pm

We had a very nice look at Gigabyte's Z87 G1-Killer motherboard yesterday and now we get to have a glimpse at their UEFI DualBIOS, which is looking absolutely gorgeous. It features the orange and black theme that we know and love from Gigabyte's high-end boards, which looks amazing.

 

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There seems to be something I think Gigabyte should patent here, something along the lines of 'everything but the kitchen sink' when it comes to BIOS options. The new UEFI DualBIOS looks incredibly detailed, and should cater perfectly to enthusiasts and power users. I can't wait to get my hands on a few of these bad boys.

OWC offers an incentive, upgrade your Accelsior to new Accelsior E2

By: Tyler Bernath | More News: Storage | Posted: May 3, 2013 12:20 pm

It seems our friends over at Other World Computing (OWC) are pushing out the new Mercury Accelsior E2 and want current Gen 1 Accelsior users to upgrade to the latest and greatest. If you purchased your original Accelsior before 12/31/2012 OWC is offering a 100$ rebate if you upgrade to the latest E2. For those of you that purchased the Gen 1 Accelsior on or after 1/1/2013 you will receive $150 in rebate.

 

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  1. Purchase the 0GB Accelsior_E2 Card
  2. Transfer the original Accelsior's SSD blades to the new E2 card (The original Accelsior SSD blades are 100% compatible with the Accelsior_E2)
  3. Send in the original card to receive rebate check.

 

The new Accelsior E2 offers all the great performance benefits you've enjoyed with the original Accelsior with the addition of two 6Gb/s eSATA expansion ports for transferring data for backup or archival purposes.

Apple now offering 256GB and 512GB SSD storage options on iMacs

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: May 3, 2013 11:28 am

Apple has updated the selection of available storage devices on the iMac product. The new options are a 256GB SSD and 512GB SSD. Previously only a 5,400RPM 1TB drive or a 1TB Fusion Drive was available. The new options cost an additional $300 and $600, respectively, but should bring a noticeable bump to performance.

 

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These additional choices mostly effect the 21.5-inch iMac. The 27-inch iMac did already have a 768GB SSD option available, though it came in at a costly $900. Some users don't require mass amounts of storage and only require speed. Apple is now catering to those users with some reasonable SSD choices.

Barnes and Noble Nook HD and Nook HD+ get full access to Google Play Store

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 3, 2013 10:34 am

Barnes and Noble has announced that their Nook HD and Nook HD+ will gain full access to the Google Play Store. One of the long-running complaints has been that the Nook HD, often touted as an excellent Android implementation, has a limited selection of apps due to the use of Barnes and Noble's own app store.

 

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That's all going to change now that the Nook HD and HD+ have full access to the Google Play Store. The selection of apps for these excellent devices has just increased by a massive amount. Barnes and Noble will be issuing a software update that will bring Google Play directly to the desktop.

 

William Lynch, chief executive officer of Barnes & Noble:

By adding Google Play to NOOK HD and NOOK HD+, we are offering our customers even more great entertainment on our award-winning tablets. Now with access to more than 700,000 apps and the best reading experience available, NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ are must-see products for entertainment lovers looking for high-quality tablets at incredibly low prices.

Functional Apple 1 computer signed by Steve Wozinak to be put on auction, get your checkbooks ready!

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: May 3, 2013 9:34 am

One of an estimated six working Apple 1 computers will be going up for auction at the German auction house Breker. This rare PC, signed by Steve Wozinak himself, is expected to bring in between $240,000 and $400,000 at auction. And you thought your new iPhone was overpriced!

 

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The Apple 1 was originally released back in 1976. Only 200 were produced and somewhere between 30 and 50 are still in existence, though as mentioned above, only six are believed to be working. Apple 1's have a history of fetching large sums of money, regardless of whether or not they are working.

 

Back in December, a working Apple 1 sold for $640,000. Before that, a non-working Apple 1 went to auction with an estimated value of $125,000. Finally, before that, an Apple 1 sold for $375,000.

Pentagon approves Samsung Galaxy S4, makes history as Samsung's first DoD approved device

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 3, 2013 8:28 am

Samsung has made company history by getting its new Galaxy S4 approved by the Department of Defense (DoD). For a long time, BlackBerry has had a stranglehold on government contracts, especially in the security sensitive areas such as the DoD. The security clearance also covers Samsung's Knox security system.

 

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We recently told you about how the DoD also cleared BlackBerry's new line of BlackBerry 10 devices and PlayBook tablets. Now, however, BlackBerry will face some competition. The competition couldn't really come at a worse time for the faltering company. As of late, BlackBerry has been facing declining sales and market share as Android and iOS devices have taken over.

CPU-Z result shows Haswell Core i7-4770K at 7 GHz

By: Trace Hagan | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: May 3, 2013 7:31 am

It looks as though Intel may have a winner on its hands with Haswell when it comes to overclocking. One of the results in the CPU-Z database shows a Haswell CPU running at an impressive 7,012.65MHz. It's important to note that CPU-Z reported that the core was running four cores and four threads, suggesting that higher clocks could be achieved with a single core enabled.

 

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Also interesting to note is the fact the BCLK was reported as 91.07MHz, suggesting that Haswell might scale better with a lower BCLK and higher multiplier. After all, Intel did increase the maximum multiplier to 77, which was used in achieving this impressive score.

 

As an overclocker, I can't wait to see what I can achieve with Haswell.

Department of Defense approves the use of BlackBerry Z10, Q10 and PlayBook

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 3, 2013 6:33 am

Department of Defense employees have now been given the green light to use a couple of BlackBerry devices, with the company behind them announcing that the DoD will soon use their BlackBerry 10 smartphones and PlayBook tablets running Enterprise Service 10.

 

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These devices have been added to the Defense Information Systems Agency's approved products list. Up until now, the last BlackBerry device they were approved of using was the BB7 handset, so they'll be able to get with the times now at least.

YouTube Capture for iOS gets updated, now includes Wi-Fi-only upload option

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: May 3, 2013 5:36 am

Google have updated their YouTube Capture for iOS app, which is a video sharing app for Apple's mobile OS. Google have pushed it up to version 1.3, which includes a bunch of colorless enhancements like faster startup times, an upload timer and HD previews of image enhancements.

 

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The biggest change YouTube Capture for iOS version 1.3 includes is the ability to flick on Wi-Fi-only sharing, which is great for those of us without unlimited mobile data plans. The new update is 28.3MB, and you can get it from the iTunes Store.

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