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ReportTT: BlackBerry is building a 64-bit octa-core phone

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 10, 2014 11:50 pm

BlackBerry's downward spiral may have slowed as of late, but the once king of the smartphone is not out of the water yet. Today new rumors have surfaces that detail what the company's next phone may be like. The smarphone said to be a beast of a model, featuring a eight-core CPU and more.




Based on the 20-nm Snapdragon MSM8994 chipset, the octa-core CPU will be of 64-bit design and will be clocked at speeds up to 2.5GHz. 4GB of LPDDR4 will also be present and an Ardreno 430 CPU will handle graphics crunching duties. The phone will be in the 4.5-inch to 5.25-inch range, with a screen resolution of at least 1080p at the least. Unfortunately we are not likely to see this phone released until 2015 at the earliest, and even then it is likely to be an enterprise only release.

Devs say no more patches to Batman Arkham origins, new DLC instead

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 10, 2014 11:03 pm

Batman: Arkham Origins has been plagued with issues since launch, and it appears that its developer, Warner Bros Montreal, has no plan on any further patches to fix the games remaining bugs. In a support post on the game's official forums, a developer revealed that the development studio is not planning any future patches to fix issues with the game. Instead, Warner Bros Montreal will focus on bringing new DLC to the game.




"Hi all, the team is currently working hard on the upcoming story DLC and there currently are no plans for releasing another patch to address the issues that have been reported on the forums," said the forum post. "If we do move forward with creating a new patch, it will try to address the progression blocking bugs for players, not the minor glitches that do not prevent one from continuing to play. The issues that are not progression blockers will unfortunately no longer be addressed. We apologise for any inconvenience this has caused for some of you, and want to thank you for having been patient."


The thread was quickly inundated with post from angry gamers, and rightfully so. When you spend upwards of $60 on a game and commit to different DLC packs at additional cost, you expect that the game will work out of the box, and expect any issues that may arise to be taken care of swiftly. This is just a small segment in a long list of games that have been released with lots of bugs in recent years which have either taken quite a while to address of even be addressed at all.

Online gambling is the future, but bookies going online struggle

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Feb 10, 2014 10:20 pm

The casino industry in the United States understands the great potential for online gambling, though underage gambling, money laundering, and increasingly difficult national legislation makes it a rather confusing battle.




The Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling recently launched an ad effort to warn against Internet gambling, with an emphasis on criminals and terrorists potentially using the online service to commit money laundering. Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson, who supports the coalition's effort, said he's ready to spend "whatever it takes" to keep online gambling out of the limelight in the United States.


"The coalition will operate exclusively at the federal level - encouraging Congress to embrace regulation as the best means to protect minors, detect money launders and eliminate a dangerous black market," Geoff Freeman, American Gaming Association President, recently noted.


Casinos in Las Vegas and Atlantic City aren't as keen on Internet gambling, as they are concerned that online sites will keep people from visiting casinos. However, the Coalition for Consumer and Online Protection, with support from Caesar's and MGM, for example, want to throw their weight into the potential market.

Firepower Technology picks up OCZ's power supply assets

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Feb 10, 2014 10:16 pm

Shuttered electronics company OCZ Technology has sold its power supply assets to Firepower Technology, according to a recent filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Firepower paid just $850,000 for the OCZ business unit, as the former Silicon Valley company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in late 2013.




Specifically, ZCO Liquidating Corporation brokered a deal between OCZ and Firepower Technology, "mainly consisting of its power supply and power management assets," according to the SEC filing. Firepower is a private company based in Delaware, and it is rumored OCZ product technology will be absorbed and possibly re-distributed by Firepower.


Previously, Toshiba stepped up to pick up OCZ's solid state drive (SSD) technology, as companies continue to circle, trying to get some bargain technology. The company's fall from grace left PC enthusiasts with one less company - despite creating fairly popular products, OCZ was unable to properly transition from niche consumer company to successful business able to cater to the enterprise.

Broadcom unveils new SoCs that could bring LTE to mid-range phones

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 10, 2014 10:00 pm

For the most part, LTE connectivity has widely been reserved for the high-end smartphone market which is generally comprised of phones in the >$400 price range. Broadcom says that with the release of its new M320 and M340 system-on-chip processors, LTE could finally come to the low to mid-range smartphone market segment.




"We project that the LTE baseband market will register about 64 percent year-on-year growth in 2014 to reach over 500 million units," said Sravan Kundojjala, Senior Analyst, Handset Component Technologies service at Strategy Analytics. "Broadcom is one of the only players with a mature carrier-ready multimode LTE SoC, the engineering expertise and the worldwide scale required to deploy complete LTE platforms. The new Broadcom turnkey design will help accelerate the adoption of LTE worldwide and make high-performance, yet affordable devices available to the broader market."


The new M320 and M340 chips feature dual and quad-core processors respectively as well as 150Mb/s LTE radios built on board and Broadcom says that it has already integrated the processors with Android 4.4 KitKat, so OEMs will not have to worry about software support. While no mention was made of which OEMs might be utilizing the chips in upcoming phones, it did say that it has sent out sample units to "leading" manufacturers, so one would expect that to mean Samsung, HTC, Motorola, and Nokia have all gotten samples.

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg leads list of most generous Americans

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Feb 10, 2014 9:11 pm

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan became the youngest couple to lead the list of biggest U.S. donors, thanks to a gift of 18 million Facebook shares awarded to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. The lump sum gift was close to $1 billion, with a large amount aimed towards education and healthcare.




Zuckerberg and Chan were No. 2 on the list in 2012, with a heavy emphasis on developing Northern California and U.S. infrastructure.


Contributions from the top 50 philanthropists in the U.S. topped $7.7 billion, along with $2.9 in promised pledges. A recovering economy and a friendlier stock market has allowed Silicon Valley tech leaders to increase donations - an unwritten expectation among the wealthiest U.S. business leaders.

Home 3D printers could be $70 billion industry per year, analyst says

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: 3D | Posted: Feb 10, 2014 8:06 pm

Consumers following 3D printing likely haven't purchased a unit for use at home, but the market could evolve into a $70 billion per year industry, according to research firm Strategy Analytics.




"In spite of widespread publicity around 3D printing over the past year or so, 3D printers designed for home use are only at the beginning of their long journey towards widespread consumer adoption," said David Mercer, Strategy Analytics Principal Analyst, in a press statement. "The industry must overcome a number of barriers if the long-term potential of 3D printing as a consumer market is to be realized."


3D printing has become a popular topic of discussion in the business world, with consumer companies, manufacturing, biotech and medical industries especially interested in the emerging technology. However, until the price of printers - and materials - drops more in 2014, home users are likely going to simply sit and wait to see how the market develops.

GoPro is headed to Wall Street, files IPO papers with SEC

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 10, 2014 8:05 pm

GoPro is unmistakably the largest action camera brand in the world, and the company is about to get a whole lot bigger. This morning GoPro filed plans for its initial public offering with the US securities and exchange commission, a step that begins is journey down the path to transitioning from private ownership to becoming publicly held.




The filing is a confidential process which makes it hard to determine how much the company plans on raising with the IPO, but during 2012, GoPro was valued at $2.5 billion based on an investment from Foxconn of $200 million for 5.88-percent of GoPro. Additionally in 2012, GoPro made more than $500 million in revenue in 2012, and estimates put the company at over $1 billion for 2013, which means that a valuation of $3.5 - $5.5 billion is not out of the question. With the company seemingly doubling year over year, I would not be surprised to see a number closer to $6 or $7 billion total for the IPO.

LeakedTT: PlayStation Now launch titles surface in new screen shots

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Feb 10, 2014 7:02 pm

Its been about a month since Sony unveiled its PlayStation now service at CES 2014, and today we are getting a look at the game download service and what titles will be available on launch day thanks to a leaked image that has appeared on Reddit. Along with the screenshot comes a rumor that the service will cost customers $49.99.




AAA titles like God of War, Pay Day, The Last of Us, and Beyond Two Souls are said to be among the list of day-one titles with several others. Unfortunately, this image did first surface on Reddit from a user who had made an account just to post the image, so take this leak with a grain of salt. While it would be very exciting to see all these titles launched on the service on its opening day, until official word comes in from Sony, we won't be holding our breath. Take the $49 pricetag about as serious as the game titles as well, but $50 does seem like it is within the price range Sony will try to hit.

PG&E to install additional security following gun attack in San Jose

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Feb 10, 2014 6:30 pm

PG&E will build fences around critical power substations after its Metcalf power substation located in South San Jose was hit with numerous gun shots. During the nighttime attack last April, there was 19 minutes of shooting with more than 100 rounds fired, hitting 17 transformers which took more than a month to properly repair. Prior to the shooting, those responsible also cut through AT&T fiber-optic cables, with phone service temporarily disrupted.




The FBI said the PG&E power station attack doesn't appear terror-related, from domestic or international terrorists, but is a significant security issue that must be properly addressed. Even if this case wasn't direct terrorism, some PG&E officials are concerned the San Jose shooting attack was a precursor for a bigger, more sophisticated future attack.


This attack, which went largely unnoticed by most Americans, was "the most significant incident of domestic terrorism involving the grid that has ever occurred", said Jon Wellinghoff, former Federal Energy Regulatory Commission chairman.