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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.

Samsung's new 20nm LPDDR3 RAM will give us PC-like performance in mobile devices

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: RAM | Posted: May 1, 2013 8:34 am

Samsung's new mobile memory could speed mobile devices up exponentially, giving mobile devices PC-like performance for multimedia-intensive features. The new 20nm class low-power DDR3 mobile RAM features 4GB of memory and is capable of speeds of up to 2,133 Mbps per pin.

 

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Samsung have stated that at those speeds, you could transfer three full HD videos in one second in a mobile device. Young-Hyun Jun, executive vice president, mobile sales & marketing for Samsung has said:

 

By providing the most efficient next-generation mobile memory with a very large data capacity, we are now enabling OEMs to introduce even more innovative designs in the marketplace. Our 20nm-class four gigabit mobile DRAM provides another example of our ability to deliver well-differentiated, high-performance, high-density memory to customers in a timely manner.

Numerous power supplies won't be compatible with Haswell's C6/C7 low-power states

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: May 1, 2013 8:31 am

Intel's fourth-generation Core processors are nearly here, otherwise known as Haswell. These processors feature C6/C7 low-power states, and are able to shift gears into a much more power efficient form of sleep.

 

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Well, it looks like most power supplies aren't compatible with this new method, as they aren't able to deliver less than 0.05 amps across the 12V2 rail. The news comes from VR-Zone and has been backed up by The Tech Report, with some words from Corsair's Robert Pearce. Older power supplies, or cheaper models, won't get anywhere near the required low-power that the Haswell processors require, meaning that some systems will experience stability problems, or worse.

 

The problem worsens, as most power supply makers don't state their PSUs 12V2 rail specifications, making it hard for users to find out whether their PSU is capable of the low-power state or not. Corsair's Robert Pearce has said that he expects most motherboard vendors to disable C6/C7 by default in the BIOS as there are too many PSUs on the market that don't support the C6/C7 low-power state. Pearce said that Corsair is working on making sure that all of their PSU units are C6/C7 compliant.

iPad mini makes up more than 64% of all iPads shipped in the last three months

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 1, 2013 7:33 am

It looks like Apple's 7.9-inch iPad mini tablet is doing well, according to unnamed sources of DigiTimes. Their sources have said that Apple have shipped 12.5 million iPad mini's in the last quarter, which accounts for around 64% of all iPads shipped.

 

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DigiTimes compares this to the Google Nexus 7 tablet, which has a round 4.5 million units shipped since it launched last summer. Apple are reportedly working on a new iPad mini, one that would feature a Retina display, and a cheaper version that would better compete against the cheaper Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire HD.

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