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Hitachi-LG Storage accused of price fixing, again, this time in Florida court

By: Tyler Bernath | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 1, 2013 6:01 pm

It seems the legal woes aren't over for Hitachi-LG Storage.

 

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After shelling out $21.1 Million in criminal fines and subsequently pleading guilty to bid-rigging and price fixing of optical disk drives in September 2011, a suit brought on by the Department of Justice, Attorney General Pam Bondi of Florida is suing Hitachi-LG for price fixing once again saying:

 

Price-fixing hurts healthy business competition and costs Florida's businesses, consumers, and governmental agencies by requiring them to pay higher prices for products," stated attorney general Pam Bondi. "My office is committed to protecting Floridians, and we will work to obtain relief for those affected by this alleged price-fixing scheme.

 

Company's such as BenQ, Lite-ON, Sony, Samsung and Quanta are also named as conspirators in this forth coming suit. More to follow as it develops.

Cooler Master unveils N300 and N500 mid-tower chassis

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: May 1, 2013 5:25 pm

Today Cooler Master announced the arrival of two new mid-tower PC chassis branded as the N series. This new series was designed with cooling performance in mind, most notably liquid cooling.

 

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Sporting a sleek, compact design both cases can support up to a 240mm radiator, a full mesh front panel, and a good number of vents, strategically positioned on the case to improve airflow. The N300 has room for up to eight fans, 320mm long video cards, and eight hard drives with room for an additional SSD.

 

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The N500 is capable of supporting up to nine fans total, video cards over 400mm long, and a dedicated SSD cage capable of housing three SSDs total. This comes in addition to the HDD and ODD bays. Both cases are available with or without side panel windows and feature USB 3.0 front ports.

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T-Mobile seals MetroPCS deal, begins trading on the US stock market

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 1, 2013 4:28 pm

This morning T-Mobile finalized its deal to merge with MetroPCS and has begun trading on the US stock market at $16.25 a share.

 

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The merger is the result of a deal between T-Mobile and MetroPCS stock holder, where MetroPCS acquired all of T-Mobile's capital stock from Deutsche Telekom.

 

T-Mobile will continue to operate both companies as a separate entity with the ultimate goal of creating a unified network. The new company, which is headquartered in Bellevue, Washington, will have John Legere as its CEO, and the former MetroPCS vice chairman and chief financial officer J. Braxton Carter will take the CFO position.

Samsung unveils NX2000 Smart Camera, 20.3MP with touchscreen display

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cameras | Posted: May 1, 2013 3:27 pm

This morning Samsung has shown off a new compact so-called Smart Camera that features a removable lens and touchscreen display. The new NX2000 is essentially a touchscreen version of the NX3000, which was shown off earlier this year.

 

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Featuring a 20.3 megapixel APC-C CMOS sensor, a 3.7-inch touchscreen display and an ISO range of 100-25600, the NX2000 is capable of shutter speeds up to 1/4000th of a second. Video capabilities include 2D and 3D capture at a full 1080p resolution. Samsung says that the NX2000 will be able to use the full line of Samsung NX lenses.

 

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NFC connectivity as well as built-in WiFi and the option to control the camera through Samsung's Smart Camera app for iOS and Android are also included. Samsung has went the extra mile and is bundling Adobe Photoshop Lightroom with the NX2000, saving aspiring photographers about $80 in software.

Brace yourself, Zynga is developing Game of Thrones title

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 1, 2013 2:28 pm

A new social gaming title based on the Game of Thrones TV series is set to release from social gaming giant Zynga. The new title has been developed in partnership with HBO and Disruptor Beam.

 

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Game of Thrones Ascent, which was designed by Disruptor Beam, is set to be published on Facebook by Zynga, as well as the company's own Zynga.com website.

 

Disruptor Beam chief executive, Jon Radoff, had the following to say about the announcement:

 

One thing that I've learned in my years of starting and building companies is that gaming companies cannot always be solely responsible for 100 percent of their hits. Partnerships are integral to the success of any game company and any game."

EFF praises Twitter for keeping its user data safe in "Who Has Your Back" list

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Social Networking | Posted: May 1, 2013 1:45 pm

This year's "Who Has Your Back" report published by the Electronic Frontier Foundation has just been released and Twitter is sitting pretty in the number one spot. In contrast, Facebook, Apple and Amazon all ranked very low on the list.

 

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The report is based on how far the world's biggest tech companies go to protect your data from government demands. Each company is evaluated on six different criteria and given a star if they fit the requirements. Of the 18 companies tested, only two met every criteria with an excellent rating.

 

Twitter and Sonic.net both scored a full six stars, while on the other end of the scale, Myspace was awarded nothing. Facebook was middle of the road with three stars while Google, Dropbox, and Spideroak all tied for second best with five stars each.

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LeakedTT: Mid-range HTC M4 takes cues from One smartphone

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 1, 2013 1:05 pm

Everybody's favorite mobile phone leak source is at it again, and this time he is releasing info on a possible new phone from HTC. @evleaks has posted what appears to be an official PR style photo of the upcoming HTC M4.

 

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Centered around a 4.3-inch display, the M4 is said to share design cues from its larger M7 (HTC One) brother, such as an aluminum unibody. The M4 will be powered by a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and 2GB of RAM, according to the leak.

 

Internal storage is capped at 16GB and like the HTC One, no SD card slot is present. The 1700mAh battery is also non-removable. The M4 does, however, feature the same Ultrapixel technology camera that HTC released with its One phone.

 

We could see the M4 launch before the end of Q2 with an unknown price-point.

Anti-gravity has been through its first test at Cern's Alpha experiment

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: May 1, 2013 11:37 am

Researchers at Cern in Switzerland have some interesting things to play with, and have now proved the merits of a way to test antimatter as a source of the thing we all want to see in our futures: "anti-gravity".

 

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Antimatter particles are the "mirror image" of normal matter, but have an opposite electric charge. Antimatter and its relationship with gravity is still a mystery, but it may just simple "fall up" rather than down. Researchers reporting in Nature Communications have made a few steps toward solving this notion.

 

Antimatter continues to be one of the biggest question marks in physics, where equal amounts of matter and antimatter should have been created at the Universe's beginning. But, if the two were to shake hands, they destroy each other in what is called annihilation, turning into pure light. Cern's Alpha experiment is here to help the researchers hopefully solve this.

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Windows 8 now takes 3.84% OS market share, still isn't doing well at all

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: May 1, 2013 10:35 am

With the first quarter of 2013 out of the way, it's time to reflect on those Windows 8 numbers, isn't it? Net Applications' latest data shows that April was a good month for Windows 8, but for Windows as a whole, not so much.

 

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Worldwide OS market share for April 2013 showed that Windows 8 gained 0.53% from 3.31% to 3.84%, whereas Windows 7 dropped 0.01% from 44.73% to 44.72%. Windows 8 isn't growing much at all, gaining just 0.66% OS market share since December, four months ago now. Windows Blue, or Windows 8.1, is going to meet the same fate, unfortunately.

Nevada sees its first legal online poker site go online

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 1, 2013 9:26 am

Nevada gamblers get ready, as your state has become the fifth state in the US to allow legal online poker for money. Station Casinos' UltimatePoker.com was legalized for online poker in February, and currently operates under a 30-day license.

 

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This is coming from A. G. Burnett, chairman of the Nevada Gaming Control Board, while UltimatePoker.com works out "the kinks" before their official license is granted to them. Burnett adds "we have others right behind them". Players can compete in nightly games with a prize pool of $1,000 and two $10,000 Sunday games, which is operated by Station Casinos' subsidiary, Ultimate Gaming.

 

Chris Krafcik, North American research director online gaming analysts Gambling Compliance, said in an e-mail to Reuters:

 

Other states will be watching Nevada closely to see whether it can effectively implement technology solutions that allow gambling businesses licensed there to identify the age, identity and location of their customers.

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