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ScienceTT: Source of great dinosaur extinction was not an asteroid, but actually a comet

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Mar 22, 2013 6:30 pm

For the last 50 years or so, it has been widely accepted that an impact from an asteroid was the direct cause of the extinction of the dinosaurs, but it appears that that theory has now been turned upside down. A recent report that was given at the 44th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference suggests that it was not an asteroid that caused the demise of the dinosaurs, but was actually a comet.

 

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This theory is based on the fact that 180km wide Chicxulub crater in Mexico is simply too large to have been caused by a meteor, which is supported by the lack of an abundance of iridium. An element which would have been kicked up in vast quantities if such a large asteroid were the source of the crater.

 

Dr. Jason Moore, of Dartmouth College said: "You'd need an asteroid of about 5km diameter to contribute that much iridium and osmium. But an asteroid that size would not make a 200km-diameter crater," He theorized that the crater was created by something moving much faster than an asteroid, something with less rock and more ice.

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Final Fantasy X and X-2 to get North America PS3 and PS Vita HD reboot

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 22, 2013 5:34 pm

Just about 10 years ago Final Fantasy X and X-2 were beginning development, and a man by the name of Yoshinori Kitase was brought on to serve in the roll of producer for the now legendary games. This morning on the official PlayStation blog, Kitase announced that both games would be getting a North America refresh in HD.

 

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On the blog, Kitase posted:

 

Around 10 years ago, I was given the privilege of taking on the role of Producer on FINAL FANTASY X and FINAL FANTASY X-2. Just in time for PAX East, I am excited to announce that FINAL FANTASY X/X-2 HD Remaster will be coming to North America this year for PlayStation 3 and PS Vita... I invite you all to once again join Tidus and Yuna as they combat the colossal menace known as "Sin" to bring about lasting peace to the world of Spira - all in gorgeous HD!

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LeakedTT: ZTE Grand X Quad images surface via @evleaks

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 22, 2013 4:45 pm

Smartphone information leaks are becoming more prevalent than the actual PR that manufacturers pay someone to create. Today the infamous @evleaks posted some very official looking images of ZTE's upcoming second flagship, the Grand X Quad.

 

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The images show a sleek looking Android phone that has a white battery cover. That is about as much information as one can gather from the photo other than what appears to be an 8MP camera.

 

The Grand X Quad is reportedly going to feature a 5-inch 720p gap-less display, 1.2GHz quad-core processor, dual-SIM support and a removable 2500mAh battery. While similar to its big brother, the Grand S, we assume that the Grand X will be sold at a cheaper price point, which should make it quite the popular phone.

Archos Gamepad finally ships in the US after a month of delays

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 22, 2013 3:59 pm

Archos announced today that it has launched its long awaited Gamepad in the US after more than a month of delays. The Android Jelly Bean powered gaming tablet is capable of running most games in the Google Play store and features controls off to each side.

 

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The Gamepad houses a 1.6GHz dual-core ARM Cortex A9 processor, but has just 1GB of RAM. Like most of the cheaper Android tables on the market, graphics crunching is handled by a quad-core Mali 400MP GPU. Internal storage is decent at 8GB with a micro SD card slot that can provide up to 64GB of additional storage.

 

A 1.2MP front facing camera along with a 2MP rear handle all your imaging needs, while the 1024x600 screen serves up all that Android gaming goodness. Coming in at 0.3-inches thick, the $179 Gamepad will appeal to some who just enjoy casual gaming, but do not expect it to perform on the level that something like Razer's Edge does.

Fujifilm releases two new camera models just in time for summer vacations, FinePix XP200 and S8400W

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cameras | Posted: Mar 22, 2013 3:01 pm

Fujifilm has just shown off two new cameras that will be added to its FinePix lineup in later this spring. One is aimed at the adventurer who finds themselves in or around water, while the other is more geared towards the higher end point and shoot market.

 

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The funky looking FinePix XP200 is encased in a protective housing that makes it waterproof up to a depth of 50 feet, and has the added bonus of making it impact resistant. A 16MP CMOS sensor with a 28-140mm lens gives the camera an effective zoom length of 5X. The Wi-Fi equipped XP200 is capable of full HD video and 10 frames per second of continuous shooting.

 

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A 16MP BSI CMOS sensor is at the core of the FinePix S8400W and offers a huge 24-1,056mm lens which equates to 44x zoom. An aperture of f/2.9 - 6.5 combined with an ISO range up to 12,800 ensures that you are always gathering as much light as possible for the best images possible. The S8400W is capable of HD video at 60FPS at 1080i and super slow motion capture at 480FPS.

 

The S8400W features Wi-Fi connectivity, macro mode with a focusing distance of just 0.39-inches, and an auto focus system that is capable of sharpening things up in less than 1/3 of a second. Both camera's will go on sale in May with the S8400W being priced at $350 and then XP200 coming in at a mere $300.

US Department of Defense orders over half a million Apple iDevices, what budget cut?

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 22, 2013 2:10 pm

The US Department of Defense (DoD) has just placed an order with Apple for over 600,000 iDevices to help supplement its arsenal. This huge purchase comes at a time of major budgetary cuts, a sequester which equates to $85 billion in lost spending.

 

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Electronista first broke the news earlier today which detailed over 650,000 Apple devices being ordered. Included in the order were 120k iPads, 100k iPad minis, 200k iPod touches and 2010k iPhones. By my reasoning, that could amount to more than a $250 million payday for Apple.

 

Before everyone grabs their pitchforks and torches, the US Government has been looking to move from its antiquated BlackBerry devices to something new for some time now. This is most likely the first wave of a transition to iOS based devices and likely not the last major order we will see.

BlackBerry Z10 smartphone now available in the US at AT&T

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 22, 2013 1:15 pm

The wait is finally over. Those in the United States who have been waiting for months to sink their teeth into some BlackBerry Z10 goodness can now do so at an AT&T store near you.

 

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BlackBerry released its first generation smartphone two months ago in the UK and Canada, but carrier testing held up a state side launch until this morning. AT&T is the first to bring the new BlackBerry Z10 to the US consumer. Pricing starts at $199 with a new two year contract.

 

Those of you who would like a BlackBerry Z10, but would rather avoid AT&T, will have to wait until March 27th when T-Mobile releases the Z10, or from Verizon the next day on March 28th.

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Raijintek to unveil high-end cooling, PSUs and Chassis in the coming weeks

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Mar 22, 2013 1:05 pm

We have a birdy close to our ear telling us to expect a new player on the block soon, Raijintek. Raijintek will be unveiling a bunch of products in the high-end cooling, high-end PSU and chassis markets.

 

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Raijintek's devices are designed in Germany, and made in Taiwan. There's not much more to tell than the tease, but be sure we'll be reporting on the products they release in the coming months. Their website will be up in the next 3-4 weeks, but for now they have a Facebook page you can check out.

SGI technology being used to search for oil and gas with Titan

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Super Computing | Posted: Mar 22, 2013 11:37 am

You've probably never heard of Total, but what they're digging around the world to find you most likely use - oil and gas. Total are one of the world's major oil and gas groups, and on March 25 they will announce they're working with SGI for their new supercomputer.

 

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SGI will be helping Total out with their SGI ICE X HPC system as the platform for its Total's new supercomputer named "Pangea." The companies will work together on Pangea, hoping to allow for more efficient upstream oil and gas exploration, as well as the discovery of reserves under challenging geological conditions. The new supercomputer will help scientists develop more complete visualizations of seismic landscapes over time, which will provide them with a better idea of what is happening beneath the Earth's surface.

 

Pangea is quite capable, delivering performance of up to 2.3 PFLOPS - considering the world's fastest supercomputers are only 10x faster than that - it still makes Pangea mighty fast. Pangea's unique computing architecture is based over 110,000 calculation cores, 7PB of storage, and an innovative cooling system that is intertwined with the processors. Power requirements sit at 2.8mW.

Apple, Adobe defend charging Australian customers more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 22, 2013 10:37 am

While addressing the House of Representatives committee on IT pricing today, Adobe Australia and New Zealand managing director, Paul Robson, was questioned about the higher prices in Australia for their Creative Suite 6 software.

 

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Considering Adobe charge Australians a not so down under 167% more, the question is a very big one to answer. Australians are paying $3175 compared to their US friends paying just $1899 for CS6. Robson said that consumers in Australia were paying the extra costs because they were automatically redirected to Adobe's Australian website, giving them the ability to access local discounts and community groups.

 

Robson didn't explain exactly why Australians pay more for Adobe software, saying that Adobe's use of Australian-only pricing or "geoblocking" was a "well established and legal process".

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