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EssayTyper, fools people around you to make you look like a literary king

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Apr 27, 2012 3:28 am

Ever wanted to feel like a boss when writing, but didn't have the skills to do so? Well, you don't need skills if you want to use EssayTyper. EssayTyper turns your absolutely random keystrokes, or even pecking at the keyboard, into a literal piece of art. It's explained as:

 

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EssayTyper uses a patented combination of magic and wikipedia to help you write your essay - fast!

 

That said, please don't ever try to use this legitimately. The magic part is not real...and that's plagiarism.

 

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Once you've visited EssayTyper's website, you'll be placed into a page that looks like a Word document, where you can start typing away. You can type whatever you want, because it pulls information from Wikipedia on the subject of your choice.

Ivy Bridge-powered Acer Aspire launched in Japan

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Apr 27, 2012 2:28 am

Ivy Bridge is spreading its 22nm tentacles across products everywhere it can, with Acer's Aspire line of notebooks the latest to receive the Ivy Bridge upgrade. In just 48 hours Acer will release the new Aspire line in Japan.

 

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It will sport a 2.1GHz Corei 7 processor, up to 8GB of RAM and includes a 750GB HDD. It comes standard with Windows 7 Home Premium, a 15.6-inch LED-backlit display with a resolution of 1366x768, a 1.3-megapixel web cam, Bluetooth 4.0, Dolby Home Theater v4 surround speakers and should sport a 4.5-hour battery life (or so).

 

Acer hasn't release any details on whether we should expect release outside of Japan, such as the US, but the Aspire V3-571-H78F should hit Japanese markets for around $1,111.

HTC admits defeat to the iPhone, says they can't beat Apple in the US

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 27, 2012 1:27 am

Apple had an amazing, record-breaking quarter and tech sites across the world were grinning whilst posting this news. It was amazing, and huge. HTC also announced its own figures, but didn't get anywhere near the same press.

 

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HTC reported a massive 70-percent drop in profits, taking in just $151.5 million during the quarter. The blame? HTC says its the iPhone 4S. HTC Chief Executive Peter Chou has specifically singled out the iPhone 4S for HTC's crappy financial results during an analyst call two days ago. Chou remained confident that HTC had better times ahead of them, but he was also razor sharp when saying that there's no chance HTC will see a return to the times when they took 50-percent of their revenue from the US. Chou adds:

 

A major challenge we faced last year was the big drop in sales in the U.S. because of competition from the iPhone 4S.

 

If we compare the $151.5 million HTC made in that quarter, to the smartphone they blame for their dismal drop in profits, the iPhone 4S, it's quite the kick in the teeth for HTC. Apple's iPhone 4S let Apple make over $11.6 billion during the same quarter. $151.5 million to $11.6 billion is quite the jump. HTC does have hope though, hope that their family of One smartphones will help turn the company around. Chou is also optimistic that China will help make up the lost revenue from the US.

Samsung confirms next GALAXY smartphone will sport Exynos 4 Quad processor

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Apr 27, 2012 12:58 am

Well, well, Samsung have made today quite interesting by announcing the Exynos 4 Quad processor which will be baked into Samsung's next Galaxy smartphone. Samsung have actually come out and revealed this, by saying:

 

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Already in production the Exynos 4 Quad is scheduled to be adopted first into Samsung's next Galaxy smartphone that will officially be announced in May.

 

Samsung's new Exynos 4 Quad processor is built on a 32nm process, and hits 1.4GHz and sports over twice the processing power of it's predecessor which is thanks to its High-K Metal Gate (HKMG) low-power technology. We should expect power savings of around 20-percent. Samsung's Senior VP of Product Strategy Team, Hankil Yoon, says:

 

The application processor is a crucial element in providing our customers with a PC-like experience on mobile devices. Samsung's next Galaxy device, which will be officially announced soon, offers uncompromised performance and ground breaking multitasking features, thanks to Exynos 4 Quad's powerful performance and efficient energy management technology.

 

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Samsung are also shopping the Exynos 4 Quad to other handset manufacturers such as Meizu, noting that the Exynos 4 Quad is pin-to-pin compatible with the Exynos 4 Dual, which powers both the GALAXY S II and Note, which gives the huge benefit of being able to update product designs with minimal costs, which is always good.

Latest footage from Battlefield 3 DLC, 'Close Quarters'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 27, 2012 12:16 am

Battlefield 3 DLC is nearly upon us in the form of 'Close Quarters', which moves the combat from outside, to inside, to give us more Call of Duty-style gameplay. Destruction plays a key part in it, and the destruction does look just as delicious, if not more so, when it's done inside.

 

 

EA and DICE recently held a European and US media event, where they teased four maps including Close Quarters, dubbed Donya Fortress. The new gameplay trailer (above) shows off a bunch of HD Destruction, as well as the new game mode Conquest Domination.

 

Conquest Domination is a mash-up of the tactical Conquest mode and the instant action gameplay in Close Quarters, which delivers it in droves with its tight level design and frantic close quarters combat.

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CISPA passes the House of Representatives with a 248 to 168 vote

By: Trace Hagan | More News: BREAKING STORY | Posted: Apr 26, 2012 11:15 pm

CISPA, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, has just passed the House by a vote of 248 to 168. This is not good news, at least in my opinion. The vote ran largely along partisan lines, with the occasional switch. The bill has passed with several amendments that it collected along its way to the vote today.

 

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The future of the bill isn't certain law, at least not yet. First the bill has to make it through the Senate, which is controlled by the opposite party of the House. Next, the bill would go before President Obama who yesterday made a veto threat of the Act, due to unhappiness with its potential lack of privacy controls.

 

Many citizens are concerned about the broad language contained within the bill which would allow the government to use the mandates and powers contained within in ways that would be antithetical to privacy and could be too intrusive. As a US citizen, I join with the people who fear the bill and I will be watching the progress closely. Stay tuned for more.

Verizon's leaked summer / fall smartphone roadmap gives vague insight into upcoming phones

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 26, 2012 10:36 pm

Most of the mobile news around here has been focusing on the upcoming Galaxy III release. And while that phone should be incredible, it's important to note that their are other options available. A new leaked roadmap for upcoming Verizon phones attests to the fact that their still are other phones out there.

 

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BGR is reporting that they have learned most, if not all, of Verizon's upcoming smartphone launches for summer and fall 2012. If the report is true, it's a good day to be a Verizon subscriber. First off, it is true that Verizon will be carrying the Galaxy S III phone that we have been reporting about for weeks.

 

In addition to that Android phone, there will be "multiple" Motorola RAZR models that will be coming to Verizon over the next months. One will likely feature a larger, clearer screen and be called something along the lines of RAZR HD.

 

HTC might just have the superstar Android phone this round, however. BGR has been told that "HTC will have a major flagship device hitting Verizon shelves in the fall." The device is said to feature a 1920x1080, 5" screen. It is also said to have a quad-core Krait CPU and an Adreno 320 GPU, HTC Sense 5 and a Scribe pen. Yes, it would appear that HTC is launching a Galaxy Note competitor.

 

Lastly, BGR reports that the iPhone is scheduled for a fall release.

Former Sun CEO says Google didn't need license for Java APIs

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 26, 2012 9:34 pm

Time for another update in the oh so fun battle that is Oracle vs Google. Today former Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz took the stand as a witness for the defense and proceeded to dispute Oracle's claim and support Google's. He testified that Google did not need a license to use the Java APIs. Oracle contends that Google violated some of its patents around Java and its APIs when producing Android.

 

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When questioned by the defense about whether Java APIs were considered proprietary code of Sun, he said "No. These are open APIs, and we wanted to bring in more people...we wanted to build the biggest tent and invite as many people as possible." His answers corroborated Eric Schmidt's in that what Google did was and is legal.

 

"My understanding is that what we were doing was permissible because of the sum of my experiences and interactions I had," Schmidt said. He added that he was "very comfortable that what we were doing was both legally correct and consistent" with the policies of Google and Sun.

 

Schwartz continued to reiterate that what Google did didn't violate any of Sun's policies or intellectual property. As long as a company didn't call their implementation Java, it was Schwartz's view that they could ship their version without any sort of licensing from Sun. It seems as though this testimony should deal a massive blow to Oracle's case, but it's hard to say how the jurors will see it.

New 3D printer is under $500, creator is former MakerBot exec

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Printers & Scanners | Posted: Apr 26, 2012 8:32 pm

I'm a bit of a fan of the maker community and I have a real interest in 3D printing and prototyping. I've been chasing a 3D printer for a while now, but the cost has always kept me from buying or building one. A former MakerBot exec has now created a 3D printer that is ready to print and it costs less than $500!

 

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Solidoodle is the company that produces this latest printer. It is led by Samuel Cervantes, who is MakerBot's former COO. The new printer can print objects up to 6"x6"x6" and is strong enough that "a 200-pound man can literally stand on top of the machine while it's printing." Not quite sure why you need that, but there it is.

 

The video above gives a quick explanation of how the printer works and shows some examples. Some of the stuff, such as Yoda, is really cool! It's incredible what you can now make in your house. A quick design on the computer and it can be printed in almost zero time. This is perfect for case modders like myself.

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Apple planning to build off-campus restaurant to stop competitors from overhearing staff conversations

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 26, 2012 7:33 pm

In another attempt to further separate Apple from the rest of the world, Apple has just had a planning request approved to build a new off-campus cafeteria for employees. The idea behind this is to prevent competitors from overhearing those common conversations that often take place during lunch. This way employees can discuss secret projects without the fear of the idea being stolen.

 

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The new facility will be 21,468 square feet and will be a short walk from Apple's headquarters. The cafeteria will provide cafes, meeting rooms, lounge areas and courtyard facilities. Apple's director of real estate spells out why the new building will be beneficial:

 

We like to provide a level of security so that people and employees can feel comfortable talking about their business, their research and whatever project they're engineering without fear of competition sort of overhearing their conversations. That is a real issue today in Cupertino because we've got other companies here in our same business.

 

Additionally, the current cafeteria at Apple's HQ isn't private. Visitors can eat there if they are signed in by an employee. The new restaurant won't have this problem since it will be strictly for Apple employees only. This new building is only a stop-gap measure until Apple gets its new 'Spaceship' HQ approved.

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