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Roku 3 owners can now download the official YouTube app

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Apps | Posted: Dec 18, 2013 2:02 am

Google has rolled out a new YouTube app for the Roku 3 set-top streaming player, providing Roku owners easy access to the world's largest video sharing site. The new channel is available starting immediately.

 

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The new YouTube app includes HD video streaming, "Send to TV" feature from wireless phones, and easy access to all subscribed channels that can be shown on the TV. The new Roku 3 YouTube app is available for users in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and Ireland, with additional rollouts expected in the future.

 

Even with HDTVs, Blu-ray players, and other living room electronics using streaming services, lack of YouTube access for Roku 3 owners has been a major complaint. The Roku 3 is the premier model from the set-top maker, providing access to a large amount of TV episodes, movies, sports, and other content all in HD - with integrated support for Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus and VUDU - and includes a headphones jack so content can be enjoyed quietly.

 

With Apple iPhone, iPad and Google Android support, viewers can use their mobile electronics as a Roku 3 remote.

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LG G Flex making its way out of Asia and into the UK in Feb 2014

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 18, 2013 2:00 am

Today LG Announced that its first curved-screen smartphone, the LG G Flex will be launching in the UK sometime in February of 2014. The G Flex has already been released in Korea, Hong Kong, and Singapore, and this trip to the UK will mark the phones first entry into a non Asian market.

 

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The phone will be available at the UK carrier EE, and while pricing is unknown at the moment, we can expect to see it retail above $500. After its UK debut, the G Flex will hit India followed by other UK markets, but unfortunately a US debut seems unlikely. Why the Korean electronic giant has chosen to keep the G Flex out of the US is still unknown, but I suspect that we will see a curved-screen smartphone from LG launch in the US sometime in 2014.

Coby Electronics 32-inch HDTVs recalled after fire risk

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 18, 2013 1:09 am

Coby Electronics 32-inch flat screen HDTVs with the model number "TFTV3229" are being recalled due to potential fire risk, according to media reports.

 

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The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) confirmed there have been at least six reports of TVs overheating, emitting smoke, or igniting in small fires. No reported injuries related to the faulty TVs.The TVs were sold starting in August 2011 until November 2013 at Best Buy, Fry's Electronics, H.H. Gregg, Toys 'R' Us, ABC Warehouse, P.C. Richard and Son, Sears/Kmart, and Nebraska Furniture Mart.

 

Coby was a Chinese-based high-definition TV manufacturer that is known for selling low-cost, entry-level HDTVs that are drastically cheaper than rival models from Samsung, Sony, LG, Sharp, and other competing companies. Unfortunately, Coby USA is no longer in operation, so the retailers are handling the recall.

 

Visit the CPSC website to see if your Coby TV is currently being recalled.

LG announces the Chromebase, the world's first all-in-one Google PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Dec 18, 2013 12:42 am

LG will unveil its all-in-one, Google Chrome OS-powered Chromebase, at CES 2014 next month. The LG Chromebase features Google's Chrome OS, a 21.5-inch Full HD IPS-based screen, and much more.

 

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We have an Intel Celeron CPU inside, 2GB of RAM, a 16GB iSSD for storage, HDMI-in, three USB 2.0 ports, one USB 3.0 port, LAN, and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing webcam. There's some built-in speakers, coming in at a whopping 5W. It looks like the Chromebase will be enough for most casual users, but it won't be forming any performance world records.

 

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We'll be hands-on with this Chromebase at CES 2014 in just a few weeks time.

Fedora 20 "Heisenbug" has arrived with support for ARM CPUs

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Dec 18, 2013 12:30 am

Red Hat announced today the release of Fedora 20 "Heisenbug." The new version of Fedora ushers in support for ARM CPUs as the systems main controller, and this means that developers and system administrators no longer need to utilize Intel chips for full support for from Red Hat.

 

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Fedora 20 also features improved virtualization thanks to a new visual interface, and "first-class" virtual machine images. The desktop also received updates as well with new support for GNOME and KDE. For anyone looking to build a linux machine and has no other option but to run an ARM chip, it appears that Fedora 20 is right up your alley.

Google, or Skynet? Google acquires robot maker Boston Dynamics

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 18, 2013 12:12 am

Is Google feeling festive, or is the Mountain View-based giant feeling a little T-101ish? Well, Google has acquired robotics engineering company Boston Dynamics, which is best known for its quadrupeds, and super-impressive robots.

 

 

We've already seen BigDog, a motorized robot that is capable of walking through ice and snow, the Cheetah - which is capable of running at 29 miles per hour, and a convincing humanoid known as Arnold Schwarzenegger PETMAN. We don't know the business side of the deal, or the exact amount of money it took to acquire the robot maker.

 

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We do know that a $10.8 million contract that the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) had with Boston Dynamics would still be honored after it has been acquired by Google. Something else I find fishy, is that a year ago the Director of DARPA left the defense agency, moving to... Google. Now Google acquires a high-end robotics maker? Yeah... Skynet is getting closer, folks.

Thecus set to unveil two new NAS units at CES 2014

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Dec 17, 2013 11:00 pm

Today Thecus announced the launch of two new NAS devices designed for small business and enterprise networks. The all new N7710 and N8810U will officially make their debut next month at CES 2014. Thecus says that the two new NAS units feature new hardware and software that make them powerful for both SMB and enterprise environments.

 

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Both NAS units are powered by Intel Pentium G850 Dual Core processors that are clocked in at 2.9GHz, and feature 4GB of DDR ECC RAM. Additionally, both devices can be equipped with 10Gb Ethernet, and can utilize RAID 0,1,5,6,10,50 (N7710) and 60 (N8810U). JBOD is also available.

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NVIDIA releases GeForce Experience 1.8.1, adds in Twitch integration

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Dec 17, 2013 9:30 pm

Today NVIDIA announced an update to its GeForce Experience bringing the current version up to version 1.8.1. This new update comes less than a month after version 1.8 was released to the public, and brings forth Twitch streaming to ShadowPlay.

 

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This new feature allows users to stream their games live on Twitch via NVIDIA Shadow Play, and include real-time commentary as well. NVIDIA says that ShadowPlay streaming to Twitch does not have any negative impact on gameplay due to H.264 encoding. "Broadcasting to Twitch has become an integral part of the gaming experience," said Brooke Van Dusen, Director of Business Development, Twitch. "We're extremely excited to work with NVIDIA to make Twitch live streaming available to GeForce Experience users. ShadowPlay is revolutionary, providing high quality streams with almost no noticeable performance impact for our users."

Lian Li Unveils the PC-V358 M-ATX Flip-Open PC Chassis

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Dec 17, 2013 8:00 pm

Today Lian Li unveiled a new brushed aluminum cubed PC chassis designed for mATX motherboards that features the unique ability to flip open for easy access to internal components. The front hinge design of the PC-V358 is said to allow for ample access to core components of the PC making for a cube style PC that is much easier to work on than traditional small form factor cases.

 

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The PC-V358 features support for 240mm radiators from custom liquid cooling kits or All-in-One kits. The radiator can be mounted on a swing-open bracket which is secured by thumb screws, making for an effortless install of advanced cooling solutions. Two front 120mm fans and a rear 120mm fan handle all of the passive cooling duties by providing ample airflow to all components.

 

Storage capacity is capped at six 3.5-inch hard drives, and two 2.5-inch SSDs. Alternatively up to 8 2.5-inch drives can be installed with the use of adapters. The PC-V358 has room for a single slim optical drive as well. VGA cards up to 330mm long and PSU's up to 200mm long fit inside, and for those not into liquid cooling, a 130mm tall CPU cooler will fit as well. The new Lian Li PC-V358 will retail for $179 at Newegg.com at the end of this month.

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Never run out of I/O on your Arduino again with this new shield

By: Charles Gantt | More News: | Posted: Dec 17, 2013 6:32 pm

A new Kickstarter campaign has caught my eye after running out of I/O ports on my Arduino during a recent project. The 64 I/O Arduino Shield is designed to fit a standard Arduino Uno and will expand its I/O from the standard 20 pins to 64 pins thanks to the use of the Arduinos I2C bus.

 

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The shield appears to use the MCP2301, a 16-Bit I2C I/O expander, and the Kickstarter documentation says that thanks to an address changer, two shields can be used in conjunction to form 128 GPIO pins. The 64 I/O Arduino Shield can be purchased for about $28 US with shipping included. As someone who uses Arduinos for most of his projects, I will be picking up a few of these to keep in the workbench for future projects.

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