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A flaw in Apple Maps sends people driving across airport runway

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Sep 25, 2013 5:45 pm

Apple's Maps app has been plagued with issues since its release, and has often been unfairly compared to Google Maps, which has a development head start of over a decade. Unfortunately, many of the errors Apple Maps has been experiencing are quite fundamental and not simply a misnamed road or missing imagery.




A recent error has popped up that involves the Fairbanks International Airport located in Fairbanks, Alaska. The airport has reported several incidents where iPhone users were using Apple Maps to navigate around the airport and wound up driving on a taxiway and then across an active runway.


"We asked them to disable the map for Fairbanks until they could correct it, thinking it would be better to have nothing show up than to take the chance that one more person would do this," said Melissa Osborn, chief of operations at the airport.


The airport has asked Apple to disable navigation leading to the airport until it has been fixed, and has even had to take the extreme measures of erecting barricades that prevent people from driving onto the runway. Apple said that the problem will be fixed by Wednesday. Just for fun, when you navigate to the airport using Google Maps, you are directed around the airport and to the correct driveway.

Micron begins shipping first samples of 2GB Hybrid Memory Cube

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Sep 25, 2013 4:46 pm

Micron Technology has just announced that it has began shipping the first engineering samples of its new 2GB Hybrid Memory Cube DRAM modules. The company says that the new Hybrid Memory Cube (HMC) represents a dramatic step forward in memory technology and has been designed for applications that require high-bandwidth access to memory.




HMC utilizes what Micron calls advanced through-silicon vias, which are basically tiny conduits that transfer electricity through a stack of individual chips. Micron's HMC is a 2GB memory cube that is composed of a stack of four 4Gb DRAM die, which provides an amazing 160GB/s of memory bandwidth while consuming 70 percent less energy per bit than current technologies.


"The Hybrid Memory Cube is a smart fix that breaks with the industry's past approaches and opens up new possibilities," said Jim Handy, a memory analyst at Objective Analysis. "Although DRAM internal bandwidth has been increasing exponentially, along with logic's thirst for data, current options offer limited processor-to-memory bandwidth and consume significant power. HMC is an exciting alternative."

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A new Motorola tablet has appeared in a Verizon advert on YouTube

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 25, 2013 3:32 pm

A new Motorola tablet has been spotted in an advertisement video for Verizon on YouTube. The video is titled "Verizon Droid - The Drop" and portrays a spy-esque document drop gone wrong. At a point in the video, we see a glimpse of the back of a new Motorola tablet.




The tablet appears to be of the 10-inch class, which aligns with statements made by Motorola's CEO Dennis Woodside from earlier this month. The tablet is said to feature design cues and technologies seen in the company's flagship smartphone, the Moto X, and will feature Motorola's eight-core X8 processor.



Unfortunately with Verizon's CEO announcing that there will never be another unlimited data plan from the company due to its customers being greedy bandwidth hogs, buying a premium tablet with an LTE connection from Verizon is kind of pointless. Sure, it will most likely function fine on Wi-Fi, but then just buy the Wi-Fi only version and save yourself the money.

Flash Memory Summit 2013 - Interview with Sandisk's Rich Peterson

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Sep 25, 2013 2:46 pm

FMS 2013 - Richard Petersen, the Director of Marketing Management at SanDisk, stopped by the booth to explain the benefits of server-side caching with the FlashSoft solution from SanDisk. Richard gives us a high-level explanation of the software, and then drills down on some of the new features with the latest release of FlashSoft.



FlashSoft utilizes innovative caching technology to deliver the performance of enterprise flash with no disruption to applications, servers, or storage. FlashSoft works with any vendor's enterprise solid state technology, and supports all enterprise storage architectures.




We have conducted extensive testing with FlashSoft in our lab, and one of the most impressive aspects is the ease and simplicity of deployment. FlashSoft also provides the ability to utilize a whole host of SSD solutions for workload acceleration. Any flash solution can be used, with SSDs, RAID volumes and the always-exciting PCIe SSDs providing explosive acceleration of SAN and NAS workloads.

Netflix talks 4K streaming, minimum requirement is 15Mbps

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Sep 25, 2013 12:36 pm

The future is already here, and that future is Ultra HD, or 4K. 4K content streaming isn't going to be too far away, with Netflix CEO, Reed Hastings, already talking about it.



Hastings was interviewed by Claus Bülow Christensen, the producer of the Copenhagen Future of TV Conference, where the Netflix CEO said that 4K video will arrive on tablets, notebooks and PCs first as resolutions on these devices continuously improve. This will lead to a world filled with cheaper 4K TVs, and thus, a future of 4K is not too far away.


Streaming 4K content to devices has been a topic that Hastings has been interested in, stating that the minimum requirement for streaming 4K content would be around 15Mbps. He added that anyone with a 50Mbps connection would have no problems at all. Problem is, here in Australia, the land of backwards Internet, our newly appointed government thinks 25Mbps is enough for anyone, forever.

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AMD promises CrossFire, Eyefinity improvements ahead of Hawaii GPUs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Sep 25, 2013 11:34 am

Our own Shawn Baker is in Hawaii right now probably enjoying a cocktail and Luau or two for the AMD event that it set to take place in the following hours, but ahead of the unveiling, AMD is promising to fix some of its issues.




We should see the chipmaker improve CrossFire, Eyefinity and Linux support, on top of unveiling a bunch of next generation GPUs. We should expect the R9-290X "Hawaii" GPU unveiled tomorrow, which should retake the performance crown from NVIDIA. Ahead of this, AMD's Corporate VP of Visual Computing, Raja Koduri, walked up to the banks of Hawaii's Diamond Head mountain to provide a quick tease of what's coming in the software side of things.


AMD is going to be working on its support for CrossFire and Eyefinity (finally), with the aim set on improving the various frame pacing issues that should allow for a more consistent frame rate, and should put an arrow in the leg of stuttering. We should also see an improvement made to Linux support, where AMD seems to constantly lag behind NVIDIA in.

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HTC loses to Nokia in patent case, could see sales ban enforced

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 25, 2013 10:36 am

HTC is having enough troubles at the moment, but it looks like the knife is slowly being twisted by another struggling phone manufacturer: Nokia. On Monday afternoon, the US International Trade Commission found that several HTC smartphones infringed on two Nokia-owned patents.




In regards to a third patent, HTC were found innocent, thankfully. But an injunction preventing the Taiwanese manufacturer from importing several of its smartphones could be issued. This wouldn't affect HTC's latest smartphones, but we could see the HTC Amaze 4G, Inspire 4G, Flyer, Jetstream, Radar 4G, Rezound and Sensation 4G soon banned from sale on US soil.


Nokia issued a statement, where it said: "Nokia is pleased that the initial determination of the ITC confirmed that HTC has infringed two of our patents."

LG has high hopes for its G2 handset, hopes to sell over 10 million

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 25, 2013 9:28 am

For the past week, LG's flagship G2 smartphone has been for sale in the United States. But, it doesn't look like it's selling well, as it doesn't really do much to stand out from the crowd of handsets out there.




The South Korean giant behind the G2 smartphone has high hopes, where LG has said that it hopes to sell over 10 million G2 units across the world. In Taiwan alone, LG is hoping to sell 20,000 or so units per month, which would end up giving LG around 5% market share for smartphones in the country. LG will start selling the G2 in Taiwan on September 27 off-contract for NT$19,900, or around US$672.

iMessage for Android arrives, kinda, but it redirects data to China

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Sep 25, 2013 8:31 am

iMessage Chat for Android has arrived, but is it as good as what it sounds like? Well, yes and no. iMessage Chat allows Android users to chat between Android and iOS devices, but there should be caution used.




9to5Mac reports that iMessage Chat is definitely not an Apple app - which should be obvious - and was created by a third-party developed named Daniel Zweigart. iMessage Chat disguises the Android device you're using as a Mac mini, after which it pushes your messages to the Apple iMessage server. This means you'll require an Apple ID to gain access, but this isn't where the problems stop.


The creator of Cydia, Jay Freeman, noticed that iMessage Chat redirects to a server in China, before it forwards the information to Apple. This means that the server acts like a middle man, where it handles the transferring and processing of information between your smartphone and the iMessage server. The scary thing is, we don't know what the Chinese server is doing with your information - where it could be, and probably is storing your Apple IDs and chat logs.

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Samsung to unveil 'curved display smartphone' next month

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 25, 2013 6:43 am

Samsung used its event today to show off the Galaxy Gear and Galaxy Note 3, but took some time away from the event to tease the world by saying that the South Korean giant plans to "introduce a curved display smartphone in October."




There's no more information apart from those handful of words, no price, release date, or what OS it would arrive in. We could see Samsung unleash its Tizen handset tease with the curved display, or the Galaxy S5. We could even expect a totally new handset, or new range of smartphones from Samsung, too.


We have seen Samsung show off a flexible OLED screen, all the way back in January at CES 2013. Could this new curved display smartphone be the fruits of Samsung's labor? We don't have long to wait, folks.

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