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Giada's N70E-DR motherboard is perfect for the NAS builder in your life

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Apr 10, 2013 11:21 am

If you've been looking to build yourself a NAS (network attached storage) system, then you might want to stop by Giada's new motherboard, the Giada N70E-DR. The motherboard packs an integrated Celeron C1007U processor, which chews on just 17W of power.

 

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The motherboard can handle native RAID 0, 1, 5 and 10 with data security protection and some high-performance Intel 82583V gigabit ethernet ports for some great networking speed and reliability. Also included are some smart hardware monitoring and management capabilities, which allows customers to keep a check on the health of their system.

 

There are six SATA ports, with two of them being of the SATA 3.0 standard. Two USB 3.0 ports are featured on the Giada N70E-DR for some speedy external connectivity. There's one DDR3 DIMM slot, and a PCI-Express x16 port for some speedy graphics if that's what you want your NAS to be capable of.

Samsung Display HQ searched by South Korean police over stolen LG OLED technology

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 10, 2013 10:28 am

It looks like the problems between LG and Samsung and OLED technology isn't being handled with poise and rationality, with Bloomberg reporting that the Seoul Metropolitan Police investigators have entered the Samsung Display HQ in Asan, looking for evidence of LG partners leaking secrets in their OLED technology.

 

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A Samsung spokesperson has denied any involvement, with an LG spokesperson saying that the police made the allegation themselves. Samsung and LG will continue this battle, with it hopefully ending on a nice note.

Batman: Arkham Origins announced with Rocksteady Studios not involved, are Warner Bros pulling an Activision?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 10, 2013 9:33 am

Batman: Arkham Asylum and its sequel, Arkham City, have been some of the most memorable, and most successful games of this generation. These games were developed by Rocksteady Studios - but there has now been a third game in the series announced today, Batman: Arkham Origins.

 

 

Batman: Arkham Origins will be released for the PC, PlayStation 3, Wii U and Xbox 360 - with no mention of next-generation consoles. It is being put together by WB Games Montreal, and has the game world of Origins set years before the events of the previous Arkham games. Players take control of a younger Batman, who meets many of the series' iconic characters for the very first time.

 

From my perspective, it looks like Warner Bros. are pulling an Activision here, with their Call of Duty series. Back in its hey day (I guess it's still there, isn't it?) it was being pushed between Infinity Ward and Treyarch - the former releasing the best COD titles, the latter selling the lesser quality titles. It made lots of money for Activision, but the entire series has been run into the ground (again, in my opinion).

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Foursquare goes version 6.0 on the iPhone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Apr 10, 2013 8:33 am

Foursquare have given their iOS app an update, pushing it up to version 6.0. The latest release sees the Explore part of the check-in app stretch its legs, where it now has the Explore search box on top of the navigation bar - completely replacing the Foursquare logo.

 

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There's an updated auto-complete engine that helps provide users results faster than previous versions, and the friends list is no longer a list of friends, but is a very hefty chunk of recommendations mixed with trending places, and people that you know that are nearby. Less-used features of Foursquare that resided in the "Me" tab are now in a drawer that slides out from the app's left side.

 

Foursquare 6.0 for iPhone also cuts down the functionality of the main screen, giving the cut parts to providing space for trending places and recommendations instead. When you open Foursquare 6.0 on the iPhone, it will respond to the date, time and location in a very different way. If you were to visit a particular restaurant, Foursquare will tell you where people usually go after visiting that restaurant, such as a local bar.

Acer to have a global event on May 3, what should we expect?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Apr 10, 2013 6:35 am

Acer's first global launch for the year is happening in New York City on May 3, where the company are going to have a demonstration on "how Acer is designing the best touch experiences in the industry."

 

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This could really be anything, from a new Windows 8-based product, or an entirely new smartphone or tablet we haven't heard about yet. Acer are one of the stronger Microsoft partners, so we should expect a Windows 8 PC - or maybe this could be the world's first tease of Windows Blue?

Three LulzSec members plead guilty to hacking US, UK websites

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 10, 2013 5:35 am

Three LulzSec hackers have pleaded guilty for cyberattacks against various UK- and US-based websites, reports The Guardian. The three UK-based hackers - Ryan Ackroyd, 26; Jake Davis, 20; and Mustafa Al-Bassam, 18 - admitted to hacking Sony, News International and the UK's National Health Service.

 

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The LulzSec hackers are set to receive their sentences on May 14, with another LulzSec hacker, Ryan Cleary, who pleaded guilty to hacking into websites for the Pentagon, the CIA, the NHS, News International, PBS, Sony, Nintendo, and the 20th Century Film studio joining them on the day.

Crowdfunding market surges in 2012, saw $2.7 billion in funding last year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 10, 2013 4:30 am

There have been various crowd funded websites talked about over the last year or so, with Kickstarter being the most popular of all. Growth in 2012 has been stellar, with sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo becoming massive sources of financing and independent business.

 

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There have been a total of $2.66 billion in projects backed, which is a huge 81% increase over 2011's crowdfunding of $1.47 billion. Most of the money came from the United States, of which US-based consumers invested $1.6 billion in various projects, which is a 105% increase over 2011.

iPhone 5 has helped Apple beat Q2 estimates

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 10, 2013 3:41 am

Apple may be lying on the street, bleeding from their various wounds to their stock prices, but this hasn't stopped iPhone's from selling like iHotcakes. According to Canaccord Genuity analyst, Mike Walkley, Apple have sold more iPhone's than expected during the March quarter.

 

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Walkley has now adjusted his full-year EPS estimates to $43.86 from $43.59, and sees Apple selling 37 million iPhone's in the March quarter, up from his previous estimate of 34.5 million.ii

Google Play Music extends to seven new countries

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Apr 10, 2013 2:45 am

Google has announced that there are now seven new countries that Google Play Music has extended into: Austria, Australia, Belgium, Ireland, Luxembourg, New Zealand and Portugal. This now allows users to buy music through the Google Play Store on both the web or their Android device, as well as the cloud associated with their Google account which will hold 20,000 songs for a user.

 

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The streaming service is made available to 10 devices at a time, with the settings allowing a user to tune the authorization and deauthorization of devices. You can check it out by downloading Google Play Music from the Google Play Store.

Elysium trailer arrives, looks to be one of the best sci-fi movies of the year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Apr 10, 2013 1:53 am

If you're like me, you've been waiting patiently for Neill Blomkamp's second movie, Elysium. His first movie, District 9, was a smash hit, and now the director is ready to launch his second movie which is due out in August.

 

 

It also stars District 9 actor Sharlto Copley, with Jodie Foster playing a government official. The trailer above doesn't show you too much, but what it does show you is enough to impress, that's for sure. Elysium is set in the year 2159, where two classes of people that exist, the extremely wealthy (today's equivalent of the 1%) who live on a perfect, man-made space station called Elysium. The rest? They live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth.

 

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The full synopsis, is below:

 

In the year 2159 two classes of people exist: the very wealthy who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. Secretary Rhodes (Jodie Foster), a hard line government official will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve the luxurious lifestyle of the citizens of Elysium. That doesn't stop the people of Earth from trying to get in, by any means they can. When unlucky Max (Matt Damon) is backed into a corner, he agrees to take on a daunting mission that if successful will not only save his life, but could bring equality to these polarized worlds.

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