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LG set to begin selling curved screen OLED televisions later this year

By: Charles Gantt | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Apr 18, 2013 4:24 pm

Curved screens were all the rage at this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, and LG was noticeably one of the biggest purveyors of curved screen technology at this year's show. Now those curved screens will be making way into your living-rooms by the end of the year, according to recent reports.

 

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In an interview with Trusted Reviews, LG Vice President Thomas Lee said that "curved TVs are coming in the second half of this year." The Verge also confirmed this with a spokesman for LG who said that curved screen TVs will begin shipping "sometime later this year."

 

Curved screen televisions are said to offer a more immersive and panoramic experience over traditional flat panel displays. They are touted as having a wider range of viewing angles and we've seen reports of less eye strain, when viewed at a close distance.

New Lumia to be launched later this quarter, says Nokia CEO - mostly likely Lumia 928

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 18, 2013 3:31 pm

During an earnings call with investors, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop let the proverbial cat out of the bag on when we will see the next Lumia device launched. During the call, Elop said "later this quarter a new Lumia device is anticipated to have hero status with a leading US carrier."

 

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Elop never openly called the device by name, but we are almost positive that it will be the rumored Lumia 928, which will be available through Verizon via a partnership with Microsoft. Two more devices were also alluded to as well, although nothing was mentioned by name.

 

One is expected to be an aluminum frame Lumia, which is most likely designed to compete with HTC's One and Apple's iPhone 5. The other device is rumored to be an EOS Windows phone that will be a rehashed version of the company's Pureview 808, which features a super high-resolution camera.

Twitter launches its new #Music app for the web and iOS

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 18, 2013 2:58 pm

This morning Twitter announced a new music service called #Music. Going live today, #Music will be centered around four tabs; popular, emerging, suggested and #nowplaying.

 

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The first two tabs will give users an idea of what is hot, and a fresh new way to discover new artist. The suggested category will suggest new music based on your listening habits.

 

This new service stemmed from Twitter's acquisition of the popular website We Are Hunted, which was based around a Spotify app that streamed music based around top tracks endorsed by reputable blogs. The new service is said to be integrated with Spotify, Rdio and iTunes, but is not yet live as of this writing. However, it is expected to launch before the end of the day.

Intel CEO curbs speculation on chip manufacturing deal with Apple

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 18, 2013 1:57 pm

There has been much speculation over a deal between Intel and Apple in which Intel would pick up the ARM chip manufacturing contract that Apple wants to pull from Samsung. A while back we covered the rumors here at TweakTown.

 

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During Tuesday's quarterly earnings report conference call, Intel CEO Paul Otellini put to rest all of the speculation when a reporter asked if the rumors were true. Otellini, not looking to drum up further speculation, answered with a resounding "No."

 

Intel already provides Apple with the processors for its notebook and desktop computers and sees Apple's A series of processors as direct competition to its ARM line. The company is not looking to enable the competitor any further, but Otellini did leave the door open to possible future deals if they involved multi-foundry options. "It would be great if we could form a strategic relationship with a customer so that it went beyond just a single foundry transaction," said Otellini.

Bitcoin exchange Bitfloor closes its doors, could be a sign of things to come

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 18, 2013 1:11 pm

Not all that glitters is gold, and this morning Bitcoin investors who traded on the Bitfloor Bitcoin exchange are waking up to that hard to learn lesson. Bitfloor has announced that it has been forced to cease all operations due to reasons "outside of our control."

 

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Bitfloor, while not as popular as Mt. Gox, was still a key player in the Bitcoin game. In the wake of last week's Bitcoin crash, the exchange has had its bank account closed and as a direct result, must end all trading. We are guessing that when the massive sell off was over, the bank deemed Bitfloor too much of a risk and opted to part ways in an act of self-preservation.

 

Roman, the founder of Bitfloor, had the following to say:

 

"I am sorry to announce that due to circumstances outside of our control BitFloor must cease all trading operations indefinitely. Unfortunately, our US bank account is scheduled to be closed and we can no longer provide the same level of USD deposits and withdrawals as we have in the past. As such, I have made the decision to halt operations and return all funds. Over the next days we will be working with all clients to ensure that everyone receives their funds. Please be patient as we process your request."

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Cirrus' revenue earnings down due to 'lacklustre iPhone demand'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 18, 2013 11:36 am

Apple's shares received yet another stab in the heart, getting themselves stuck in a riptide below $400. Now we have chip vendor Cirrus Logic, a company that Apple has used for a long time now for iPhone audio chips reporting some not so great earnings.

 

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Barron's latest node from Needham & Co analyst Vernon Essi Jr. says that one of the big reasons Cirrus will miss their quarterly revenues is because Apple is "losing its mobility mojo". The analyst says that the guidance "indicates that the recent fears of Apple's lackluster iPhone demand in 2013 are warranted" and that sales "are more likely in the 55M range for 1H2013 vs. Street forecasts that are above 60M units".

Anonymous to soon open Your Anon News, something they just raised $54,000 to open

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Apr 18, 2013 10:33 am

Yesterday, an Indiegogo fundraiser setup by someone using the name "Jackal Anon" raised $54,668 to set up a dedicated news site for Anonymous. The campaign originally needed $2,000 so this $54,668 is just a little bit more than was required.

 

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YAN will see some content move away from Twitter and Tumblr, where Anonymous' usual announcements and article links were posted. YAN's mission is also set to be more integrated with the news cycle, where they are "to report, not just aggregate the news". Anonymous' video has stated:

 

Our goal was to disseminate information we viewed as vital separating it from the political and celebrity gossip that inundates the mainstream.

Toshiba unveil the Kirabook Ultrabook, features 13.3-inch 2560x1440 display

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Apr 18, 2013 9:33 am

We've already got the Retina MacBook Pro from Apple, featuring a 2560x1600 display, and Google's Chromebook Pixel with its 2560x1700 display - but both of those machines are built for Windows. Toshiba have just unveiled a new Ultrabook, that comes with Windows 8 - the Kirabook.

 

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Toshiba's Kirabook comes with a 13.3-inch 2560x1440 display, giving us slightly less pixels than Apple and Google's offerings. Kirabook starts from $1599, which gives you an Intel third-generation Core i5 processor, 256GB of SSD, 8GB of RAM and a backlit keyboard. The $1999 model provides touchscreen capabilities, and a bump in processor to the Core i7. Toshiba's Kirabook is 0.7 inches thick, and weighs 2.6 pounds.

 

We should see pre-orders open up on May 3, with shipping beginning on May 12.

ASUS unveil their Raidr PCI Express-based SSD capable of 830MB/sec

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Apr 18, 2013 9:11 am

ASUS are ready to launch their first storage product in the form of the Asus Raidr storage card under their Republic of Gamer brand of products. What makes the ASUS Raidr device stand out from the crowd is its reliance on the PCIe 2.0 x2 port it'll use in your system, oh and those blistering read/write speeds.

 

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We're looking at dual LSI SandForce SD-2281 controllers using Toshiba's 19nm 16k page size MLC sync-NAND flash. Sequential read and writes are impressive, with the 240GB drive capable of 830MB/sec read, and 810MB/sec write. The 120GB is slightly slower, with 765MB/sec and 775MB/sec for read and write, respectively. ASUS' Raidr PCIe card is capable of 100,000 IOPS, it of course supports TRIM and has a total power consumption of around 16W.

 

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The drive runs a kind of internal RAID0, and the circuit board is covered by a protective metal shell with the usual red and black ROG theme. We should hear more about the ASUS Raidr the closer we get to Computex, which is only a little over six weeks away.

Disney to release new Star Wars films every summer, starting from 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Apr 18, 2013 8:33 am

If you're a Star Wars fan, you'll be delighted to know that Disney and Lucasfilm plan to release new Star Wars films every summer, starting with Star Wars: Episode VII when it gets released in 2015. These annual releases will include the other two movies isn the new trilogy, as well as standalone movies.

 

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The main episodes, VIII and IX, will be released every other summer, with a standalone movie released in the off years. The news come from Disney and Lucasfilm themselves, telling CinemaCon attendees on Wednesday. The standalone films, according to Disney CEO Bob Iger, are not part of the overall Star Wars saga.

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