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Dell releases UltraSharp U2713HM, an AH-IPS display with a resolution of 2560x1440 at $799

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Aug 9, 2012 10:37 am

Dell have just replaced their UltraSharp U2711 monitor with some seriously slick looking screens, with specs to match their looks. Dell's latest display is the UltraSharp U2713HM and is Dell's first monitor to sport the AH-IPS (Advanced High-Performance IPS) panel, which is meant to feature improved color and clarity over other IPS-based technologies.




Dell's UltraSharp U2713HM sports a resolution of 2560x1440, with the company claiming that the U2713HM offers a color gamut of more than 99% sRGB, maximum brightness of 350 cd/m2, grey-to-grey response time of 8ms, a 178/178-degree wide viewing angle, as well as an anti-glare coating.


The U2713HM has a plethora of connectivity, featuring four USB 3.0 ports, dual-link DVI, DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI and VGA. All of the connections are on the back of the display, keeping those nasty cables out of sight. Dell also mentions that their U2713HM is environmentally friendly, with the U2713HM's chassis made out of 25% post-consumer recycled plastics, as well as providing a 37% reduction in energy consumption when compared to its predecessor, the U2711.

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Apple to soon release the first build of OS X 10.8.1 to developers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Aug 9, 2012 9:41 am

It looks as thought Apple is ready to begin seeding builds of OS X 10.8.1 out to developers. 10.8.1 will most likely include some bug fixes that were found in the recently-launched Mountain Lion, so we're not talking of big changes, just minor fixes.




OS X usually receives maintenance updates pretty quick after the initial builds land, which is due to the company wanting to push major bug fixes out to the public as quick as they can. The final version of OS X Mountain Lion was fixed two weeks ahead of the public launch, which means the Cupertino-based company was most likely working on 10.8.1 for quite a while now.


To compare this to other versions of OS X, 10.7.1 launched 27 days after the launch of OS X Lion, where OS X 10.6.1 launched 13 days after the launch of OS X Snow Leopard.

The Hobbit in 48 fps will be getting a limited release

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Aug 9, 2012 9:41 am

It looks like The Hobbit, which is now a trilogy by the way, will only be shown in limited amounts of cinemas in 48 fps. Variety reports that according to a source familiar with Warner's release plans for the first Hobbit movie, is that the HFR version will only hit select locations, and maybe not even major cities.




Though, people who have had the pleasure of eyeballing the 48 fps version of the movie have said that it now looks much better than the test footage shown at CinemaCon back in April, which had not "undergone post-production polishing" and received a mixed reception from viewers. Warner's wants to protect the HFR format, where they'll be going into a limited release for the HFR version of the movie, hoping that they'll be able to test the marketplace and expand the HFR release for the second, and third Hobbit movies.


Right now, there are no HFR-ready theaters, with some requiring a simple software upgrade that will be ready next month. It also looks like HFR is the future, where myself, and many people in the industry seem to think its going to take off. Does someone want to find me a theater, and fly me over to the US to watch it at 48 fps? Drool.

NYPD teams up with Microsoft for new advanced city-wide surveillance system

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 9, 2012 7:24 am

The New York mayor, Michael Bloomberg, has taken the covers off of a new crime-fighting system developed by Microsoft. Bloomberg also revealed that New York City will take a cut of the profits if the system is sold to other administrators.




The new system will give police the ability to quickly gather and visualize massive amounts of data from multiple sources such as cameras, license plate readers, 911 calls, police databases, and more. Once it collates the data, it then displays the information in real-time, both visually and chronologically, giving investigations a central location to look into crimes as they happen, or as they're reported.


The new system has been dubbed "Domain Awareness System", and was developed by Microsoft engineers who worked with New York police officers. DAS for short, has the ability to host a features, such as being capable of spotting a suspicious looking vehicle, and being able to track its recent movements, or use cameras to track back and see who left a suspicious package. DAS sports live video feeds, massive databases of recent crime patterns and can accept input direct from the field in real-time from sources like 911 calls or police radios. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly has said "all the information is presented visually and geographically and in chronological context".

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Amazon to jump into patent war, arms themselves with IP leader

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 9, 2012 6:34 am

According to a piece on Reuters, Amazon is looking to scoop up a bunch of intellectual property (IP) experts to help them enter the patent acquisition and licensing game, after seeing the patent war between Apple, Google, and more.




Amazon have reportedly hired executive recruiting firm Argos Search in order to help Amazon hire an IP "Acquisition and Investment Leader" that can "identify and evaluate strategic IP acquisition and licensing opportunities" according to a job description that Reuters had fall into their hands. The person Amazon hires will work close with all of Amazon's technology team's and leaders on future product development, according to the document. Amazon said in their job posting:


At Amazon we are rapidly growing in many new and exciting technology areas. To support and protect our expansion we are seeking an executive to work with our business teams to identify and procure intellectual property.

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RumorTT: RIM could license BB10 OS to Samsung

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Aug 9, 2012 5:26 am

We all know Research in Motion (RIM) is in trouble, and one of, if not their only safe haven, is their forthcoming BlackBerry 10 OS. But now there's some new spark to rumors that the troubled company could be saved by Samsung.




This is all according to Jefferies analyst, Peter Misek, who believes that RIM's strategic review will end up with a decision to license the company's BlackBerry 10 OS, and that the company best suited to handle it, is Samsung. Misek wrote in a note to clients:


Given recent management comments in the press, it now appears that RIM is realizing what Wall Street has been saying for some time: they are a subscale manufacturer and desperately need a partner. We believe RIM is attempting to revive discussions with Samsung regarding a BB10 licensing deal.


Does it seem far fetched? Not really, considering that RIM's CEO, Thorsten Heins said that licensing BB10 was definitely an option under serious consideration at RIM, and considering the stress the company is under right now with the competition from Google and Apple, it seems like a viable option. Heins said:


We don't have the economy of scale to compete against the guys who crank out 60 handsets a year. To deliver BB10, we may need to look at licensing it to someone who can do this at a way better cost proposition than [we] can do it.

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Ouya's journey on Kickstarter comes to an end, they finish with $8.5 million and over 63,000 backers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 9, 2012 5:02 am

Ouya's journey on Kickstarter has come to an end, and what a journey it has been. The Kickstarter-funded, Android-powered home gaming console raised its required $950,000 goal in 24 hours, and since then has reached limits that the creator didn't even realise.




We've posted a few times about Ouya, as it is a great story of gamers all across the world coming in and pledging their money toward a device that isn't even available yet. There were multiple models to choose from, with some Kickstarter-exclusive models that are sure to get people bragging once they receive them. The $225 (or more) pledge was a Kickstarter-exclusive, where you received an Ouya console, with two controllers, each with your username ETCHED into it. Yes, how cool is that. I managed to get in on one of those, and I'm incredibly excited as there are only 2,500 of them making their way out to people.


Ouya received over $200,000 in the last couple of hours of funding, as well as over 1,000 more backers. Ouya finished its Kickstarter funding with $8,579,673, and 63,264 backers at the time of writing. This number is slowly increasing with the few remaining pledges.



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HP to take $8 billion charge for EDS purchase

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 9, 2012 4:34 am

HP looks to be taking a considerable hit for their purchase of EDS, where they're looking at a $8 billion in pre-tax assets as part of an "impairment of goodwill" in relation to the purchase of Electronic Data Systems (EDS). Not only that, but the company is looking to get hit by a pre-charge of around $1.5 billion in Q3 to handle employees that are deciding to take early retirement packages.




John Visentin was head of HP's Enterprise Services Unit, and has decided to leave in order to pursue other interests, with this move promoting Mike Nefkens into Visentin's previous position in the interim. More shifts have taken place, with Jean-Jacques Charhon moving into the position of CEO for the division, where he reports to his new boss, Nefkens.


HP have said that the shuffle is to help service innovation, profits, and I'm sure the most important: customer satisfaction. Third-quarter earnings should be up $1 per share, from the previous estimates of between 94 to 97 cents.

Nexus 7 gets cranked up to 1.64GHz, smashes benchmarks

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 9, 2012 3:18 am

Some Android developers have tinkered with the Jelly Bean-powered Nexus 7, where they've overclocked its NVIDIA Tegra 3-based processor to an astonishing 1.64GHz, where it promptly smashes all other smart devices on the market in benchmarks.




The Nexus 7 was rooted, with a kernel installed named Trinity Seven and as you can see from the above screenshot, it scores 7130 in Quadrant, with the closest devices the HTC One X with just over 4500, and the other ASUS-made Transformer Prime TF201 with a little over 4000. These are some truly remarkable results for such a cheap tablet.


But, how does an overclocked device like that keep battery life when its spitting out 1.64GHz on all four cores? Well, the Trinity Kernel Toolbox lets you control this, where you can overclock when you're gaming and want the best results, and underclock for everything else. That's not the only benefit, either, as standby usage has been improved, big time. Deep sleep mode offers huge results, where even after a 12 hour stint at being awake, there's still plenty of battery left on the Nexus 7, as the screenshot below shows.



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An Apple Store Genius saves woman from being kidnapped

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 9, 2012 2:28 am

This is something you don't see or hear everyday, but a few nights ago a Kentucky-based woman was forced to walk into an Apple Store with her kidnapper, who was forcing her to purchase goods on her credit cards. But an alert Apple Store employee came to her rescue, and she is now safe and the kidnapper is in prison.




Police have said that the woman met the man, who called himself "Greg", when he arranged a date with her. When they first met, "Greg" showed up to her house and forced her into his car at gunpoint. While holding a gun to her, he forced her to drive around to a handful of stores to purchase cellphones in her own name, with her own money.


"Greg" and his victim then drove to an Apple Store in Louisville, where they tried to buy some Apple products from one of the in-store Geniuses:


At some point during the visit, the woman found a window of opportunity and was able to discreetely tell the store clerk that she needed help. Police say the clerk then quietly called store security, who then contacted Louisville Metro Police.


The police arrested "Greg", whose real name is Victor A. Salver Jr, who was charged with kidnapping and robbery. I think that Genius deserves a reward! Free Retina MacBook Pro?

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