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3D printing will stir ethics, regulation debate, Gartner predicts

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: 3D | Posted: Jan 29, 2014 10:09 pm

The 3D printing movement will see a strong boost from the biopharmaceutical industry, and that will bring about ethical and moral issues that need to be sorted out. Major ethical debates will likely take place by 2016, according to research firm Gartner, as developing nations and emerging markets should drive 3D demand.

 

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Companies that have the ability to print human tissue and organs, for example, are well-intentioned, but there is very little medical precedent.

 

"3D bioprinting facilities with the ability to print human organs and tissue will advance far faster than general understanding and acceptance of the ramifications of this technology," claims Pete Basiliere, Gartner Research Director, in a statement. "These initiatives are well-intentioned, but raise a number of questions that remain unanswered. What happens when complex 'enhanced' organs involving nonhuman cells are made? Who will control the ability to produce them? Who will ensure the quality of the resulting organs?"

 

As 3D printing continues to increase, with increased health and biopharma implications, the debate needs to begin sooner rather than later.

NFL nixes mobile Super Bowl streams for people in the stadium

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Online Video | Posted: Jan 29, 2014 8:17 pm

Live streams of the Super Bowl this Sunday will not be permitted for those in the stadium, as cellular and Wi-Fi networks would become overburdened. The game will be streamed live by Fox Sports and NFL.com, but people inside the stadium will be unable to use mobile apps or Web browsers to stream the game.

 

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The cell and Wi-Fi at the stadium can support an estimated 25,000 to 30,000 users, but more than 80,000 people are expected to attend the game. During the Super Bowl last year, a last-minute decision was made to cut off coverage, as the local networks became overloaded with users.

 

The NFL will allow the game to be streamed over the Internet for free, so PC and connected HDTV owners can still see the No. 1 sporting event in the United States.

T-Mobile's pressure on AT&T is working, as wireless battle ramps up

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 29, 2014 6:21 pm

AT&T, the No. 2 wireless carrier in the United States trailing behind Verizon Wireless, added 566,000 contract customers during Q4. Almost 440,000 of the new subscribers were new tablet users, as the carrier continues to try and battle against rivals in an increasing effort to poach customers from one another.

 

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T-Mobile is the No. 4 wireless carrier in the United States, and has continually increased efforts to steal subscribers away from rivals. T-Mobile is currently running a promotion for subscribers of other carriers to write so-called "breakup" letters to their current provider. T-Mobile added 869,000 postpaid subscribers during Q4, as the company was able to add at least 2 million subscribers throughout the entire year of 2013.

 

AT&T offered up to $450 in account credit to subscribers leaving behind T-Mobile - and will pay $250 for device trade-ins. Meanwhile, T-Mobile said it would pay early-termination fees for any new subscriber leaving behind AT&T, Verizon Wireless, or Sprint.

 

For the first time in years, consumers looking to purchase new smartphones and switch carriers have a variety of different options available.

HDTV makers, retailers offering pre-Super Bowl TV sales

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 29, 2014 5:22 pm

Just four days away from Super Bowl XLVIII, to be contested on Sunday between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks, leads to retailers providing good deals on high-definition TVs. Wal-Mart, Target, and other brick and mortar retailers have in-store ads, while online e-tailers also have a variety of different sales available.

 

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The Vizio 60" E-Series is available from Best Buy and Target for $800, for example, while Sears has a 50" ST60 plasma 3D for $1,000. Other similar deals are available through popular B&M retailers and online, so consumers should be able to find the deals they are looking for prior to Sunday.

 

This year's Super Bowl will be available via the Internet for free, and ultra-HDTVs will be able to see the game in 4K HD.

SpyEye malware creator pleads guilty, prepares for time in prison

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jan 29, 2014 4:26 pm

The founder of the SpyEye malware, Aleksandr Andreevich Panin, recently pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy and bank fraud charges. The Russian citizen was extradited to the United States early last year, and will be sentenced on April 29, where he will almost certainly receive a prison sentence.

 

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SpyEye was reportedly created in 2009 and remotely infected PCs so cyber criminals could access personal information, including bank accounts, usernames and passwords. Panin sold licenses to the software from $1,000 up to $8,500, with more than 150 global clients using the malware to steal information.

 

"As several recent and widely reported data breaches have shown, cyber attacks pose a critical threat to our nation's economic security," said Sally Yates, U.S. Attorney of the Northern District of Georgia, in a statement. "Today's plea is a great leap forward in our campaign against those attacks."

 

Developing malware and other malicious software for profit has become big business for savvy cyber criminals, and will continue to be a lucrative underground business.

Lenovo splits itself into four business groups

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 29, 2014 2:28 pm

Lenovo has just announced that as of April 1, it will split itself into four business groups that will each tackle completely different parts of the market.

 

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Yang Yuanqing, Chairman and Chief Executive of Lenovo, said "Today, Lenovo is in one of the most important and exciting phases in our history. We are the number 1 PC company in the world. We are number 3 in Smart Connected Devices (PC, tablet, smartphone). And we just announced the intent to make an acquisition that will make us a significant competitor in the enterprise space".

 

Lenovo will split into four completely different business groups, as follows:

 

PC Business Group (including Lenovo and Think brands), led by Gianfranco Lanci, who currently leads Lenovo EMEA. The business unit will continue to sell PCs and ensure that they offer value to both traditional users of Think-branded machines as well as offer modern functionality.

 

Mobile Business Group (smartphone, tablet, smart TV), led by Liu Jun, who currently leads the Lenovo Business Group (consumer and mobile products). This group is focused on making Lenovo a profitable global player in the smartphone and tablet markets and developing the company's smart TV business.

 

Enterprise (including servers and storage), will be led by Gerry Smith, who currently leads Lenovo's Americas Group. The goal of this group is to aggressively build a new, fast-growing profit engine in enterprise, where we already have a solid foundation. Pending regulatory approvals, the business represented by the recently announced acquisition of IBM's x86 server business would be integrated into Mr. Smith's organization.

 

Ecosystem and Cloud Services (including both Android and Windows opportunities), led by George He, senior vice president, Lenovo, who currently serves as Chief Technology Officer. The goal of this group is to continue building Lenovo's China ecosystem and drive a strategy for monetization and ecosystem expansion.

NVIDIA releases its new GeForce 334.67 Beta drivers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Jan 29, 2014 1:27 pm

NVIDIA has just posted its new GeForce 334.67 Beta drivers, which include a bunch of additions and improvements to its 3D Vision content. The usual tweaks and improvements across the board are also provided. This is what you can expect from GeForce 334.67 Beta drivers:

 

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SLI

 

  • Assassin's Creed Liberation HD - Created profile (download through GeForce Experience)
  • Gas Guzzlers - created profile
  • HeartStone: Heroes of Warcraft - created profile

 

3D Vision

 

  • Assassin's Creed III - Rating now "Excellent"
  • Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag - Rating now "Excellent"
  • Battlefield 4 - Rating now "Good"
  • BioShock Infinite - Rating now "Excellent"
  • Far Cry 3 - Rating now "Good"
  • Hitman: Absolution - Rating now "Excellent"
  • Need for Speed: Most Wanted - Rating now "Good"
  • Saints Row IV - Rating now "Good"
  • Sniper Elite V2 - Rating now "Excellent"
  • Splinter Cell: Blacklist - Rating now "Good"
  • Total War: Shogun 2 - Rating now "Good"
  • Warframe - Laser sight and shadows fixed

 

You can grab the new GeForce 334.67 Beta drivers right here.

AMD announces Operton A1100, an 8-core ARM-based SoC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jan 29, 2014 11:28 am

AMD has just announced its new Opteron A1100 processor, a chip built on a 64-bit capable ARM-based server SoC. This chip has been branded as an Opteron processor, which is the first processor the two companies have worked together on.

 

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The new Opteron A1100, codenamed "Seattle", comes in two flavors: four or eight CPU cores. These cores are based on ARM's Cortex-A57 design, which can be clocked up to 2GHz. Each core shares 1MB of L2 cache, as well as a total of 8MB of L3 cache that all shares can access. The SoC is built at GlobalFoundaries on a 28nm process.

 

Opteron A1100's memory controller is capable of supporting both DDR3 and DDR4 memory through its 128-bit bus, and AMD's reference platform will support up to 128GB of Registered DDR3 DIMMs. The SoC features an 8 lane PCIe 3.0 controller that supports one x8 or two x4 slot configurations, plus an 8-port 6Gbps SATA controller, and two 10GbE ports.

 

AMD's new Opteron A1100 chip will sample in March, with the company predicting that ARM-based solutions will occupy 25% of the server market by 2019.

Game developer lets people pirate his game, about pirating games

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 29, 2014 10:59 am

Greenheart Games ran an interesting test last year, where the indie developer released its very first game, Game Dev Tycoon, into the world. What the team did, was release a cracked version of the game, minutes after upcoming up their Store.

 

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Where it gets interesting, is that Game Dev Tycoon is about, well, you guessed it - a simulation of being a game developer. What the pirated version of the game does is let players spend hours and hours building up their studio, but messages begin to pop up, warning the player that piracy is causing their studio to lose money, and sales.

 

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Over time, players' studios begin to bleed money, with newly created games having a high chance of being pirated. Greenheart Games had some hilarious responses that they found online, with gamers asking for help. One of them even said "why are there so many people that pirate? It ruins me!" Obviously this gamer means it ruins his game studio, within the game - all from a pirated copy of the game itself. Alanis Morisette would even be proud of this one, folks.

 

Within 24 hours of Game Dev Tycoon being made available, 93.6% of its copies were stolen, pirated versions - leaving just 6.4% of the $7.99 game, legit, purchased copies. The entire thing can be read on Greenheart Games' website, which is quite the read.

Samsung confirms its working on a 2560x1440 panel for smartphones

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 29, 2014 10:30 am

Samsung has confirmed it is working on a new AMOLED QHD (2560x1440) smartphone panel, according to Korean media, was announced during the Semiconductor and Display Technology Roadmap Seminar.

 

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Better yet, we don't even have this new QHD panel in devices yet, but the South Korean giant also revealed it is working on a new AMOLED UHD panel - yes, Ultra HD, or 3840x2160. 4K displays, on smartphones. If a 4K display was baked into a 5-inch display, we would be greeted with a Retina busting 820 pixels per inch (PPI).

 

We should be expecting Samsung to unveil its Galaxy S5 soon, which should feature the new AMOLED QHD panel.

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