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PlayStation 3 gets a native YouTube app in 19 additional countries

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Feb 11, 2013 10:32 pm

About half a year ago, Google released a native YouTube app for the PlayStation 3. There was only one problem: it was only available in the US and Canada. Google has finally rectified this issue and is releasing a native app in 19 additional countries around the world, including some in Europe, Africa, and Asia.




Most of Europe will get access to the new native YouTube app, along with Australia, New Zealand, and others. Considering YouTube is already native on the competing consoles, it's a wonder that it took so long to get it onto the PS3. The PS3 is the most used device in the living room for streaming Netflix, so you'd think Google would have wanted in on that.


The complete list of countries: Australia, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Israel, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Russia and the United Kingdom.

Google makes the Nexus 4 wireless charging orb available for $59.99

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 11, 2013 10:03 pm

For users looking to charge their Nexus 4 wirelessly in style, look no further than the Nexus 4 wireless charging orb. Google has finally made this Nexus 4 accessory available on the Google Play Store for $59.99. No longer will you have to search around in the dark for that elusive cable--now you can just set your device down on the orb.




Google is quoting a lead time of less than one week for shipment, though international availability remains unknown. Either through good fortune or a good plan, the charging orb has been made available shortly after the Nexus 4's stock was replenished. You can buy the charging orb from the Google Play Store.

ReportTT: iOS 6.1.1 being rushed out by Apple to fix 3G issues, other bugs

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Feb 11, 2013 9:32 pm

A German blog is reporting that Apple is rushing out the iOS 6.1.1 update to address issues with 3G connectivity and other bugs. iOS 6.1 has seemingly come with its fair share of issues, including a 3G data issue that has prompted carriers in Europe to suggest users not upgrade until it is fixed.




Other issues include people reporting a decrease in battery life. A beta version of iOS 6.1.1 has already been pushed out to carriers and developers to test and it looks like Apple is working diligently to push out this 23MB update in a final version. The reason for this is that major companies are encouraging users not to upgrade and this makes Apple look bad.


Yahoo has had to disable the ability to manage meetings in iOS due to a possible Exchange bug present in iOS 6.1. It's also possible that Apple will push out a fix to the vulnerabilities used by the Evasi0n jailbreak tool, though they could be so focused on fixing bugs that they don't find time to patch the vulnerability.


When Apple pushes out iOS 6.1.1, it's recommended not to upgrade if you have a jailbroken device until the developers confirm it won't break the jailbreak.

LeakedTT: HTC M7 image reportedly leaked online, shows off edge-to-edge screen

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 11, 2013 8:30 pm

Could this possibly be a picture of the upcoming flagship M7 from HTC? EVLeaks certainly thinks so and they've been correct with several other device shots that they have posted up in the past. The M7 is widely expected to be announced later this month at a press conference, so it should be nearing its final form:




As you can see, the M7 is equipped with what appears to be an edge-to-edge display. Coming in at 4.7 inches, it's not the largest mobile screen we've seen, though this one features a full HD 1080p resolution. Other rumored specifications include a 1.7GHz quad-core processor and "ultrapixel" camera.


HTC has a press conference scheduled for February 19 in New York City and it is widely expected the M7 will make its public debut at that time. We'll be sure to cover the news as it happens.

LeakedTT: Website lists the ASUS GTX Titan for sale, will only set you back $1,599

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Feb 11, 2013 8:02 pm

We've been hearing rumblings of a new card coming from NVIDIA that will be based upon the GK110 GPU. The GK110 is the GPU that powers some of NVIDIA's Tesla workstation GPUs. The rumors say that NVIDIA is planning to release the GPU to counter whatever AMD may have to offer with the HD8000 series.




A leaked posting for the new graphics card puts the price tag at $1,599. The GPU is listed online at Austin Computers, which is based in Australia. As such, the price might not be the same in the United States, but it should give us a starting point. Furthermore, some of the specifications were listed in the title bar.


The card listed is an ASUS that features a PCI-E 3.0 interface, 6GB of RAM, and a 512-bit RAM interface. Previous rumors had placed the RAM at 6GB on a 384-bit memory bus. Clocks are said to be 915MHz with a boost to 1019. There isn't a picture of the product, so take this with some reservations. This posting could be wrong.

SpaceTT: Astronomers ask public to help name Pluto's two new moons

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Feb 11, 2013 7:32 pm

Recently two more moons were discovered around the former planet Pluto, bringing the total count up to five. Dubbed P4 and P5 for obvious reasons, these two new moons have brought new understanding on how the dwarf planet fits into our solar system.




SETI, the institute that is more so known for its research into discovering alien life, has decided to spice up the bland names given to the newly discovered moons. Beginning today SETI will hold a contest to name the moons. The institute is asking the public to either pick from a list or write in names associated with Hades of Greco-Roman mythology fame.


A list of the pre-selected names can be found on SETI's website, which I have listed below in the Source #2 link below. I decided to go with two common names myself - Heracles and Persephone.

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Solavei becomes the first to market with BlackBerry Z10 in the US, charges premium of $999

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 11, 2013 6:20 pm

For most of the US, the BlackBerry Z10 will not hit shelves until mid-March, but early adopters can get a shiny new Z10 right now from virtual operator Solavei. The catch is that you will only have to sell a minor body part to have the luxury of being the first to have the new device.




For the low low price of $999, Solavei will hook you up with a BlackBerry Z10 and an unlimited voice and data package for $49 a month. The company piggybacks on T-Mobile's GSM / Edge / UTMS / HSPA+ network. With major carriers set to begin selling the new BlackBerry Z10 next month, is having it a few weeks before your friends really worth the greatly inflated price?


Ryan Wuerch, founder and CEO of Solavei, said in a release:


"We believe in giving our members access to the latest phones and wireless capabilities. Solavei not only gives its members the opportunity to pay less for unlimited mobile service, but even the opportunity to earn income by sharing Solavei with others."

UK satellite TV service Freesat to get new YouTube app

By: Charles Gantt | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Feb 11, 2013 5:24 pm

Google has reportedly signed a deal with the free-to-air UK satellite service Freesat that will bring a dedicated YouTube app to the service. It is a joint venture between the BBC and ITV that offers users more than 60 channels at no cost to its users.




Freesat has said that the app will be built using HTML5 and will "optimize" the videos for TV viewing, offering a "visually stunning" experience. This is a good thing because anyone who has ever watched YouTube videos on their large HDTV will be able to relate to the poor quality on larger screens.


Freesat has a reported three million+ in sales of its set top boxes, and gains a great deal of free content through this deal. Google will be the major benefactor here, as the addition to the service will most certainly see an increase in UK based viewers, giving it more people to display targeted ads to.

New world record for energy efficiency set by NVIDIA GPU-Accelerated Supercomputer

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Feb 11, 2013 4:20 pm

Eurora, Italy's supercomputer which uses NVIDIA Tesla GPU accelerators based on NVIDIA Kepler, has set a new world record in energy efficiency. The new Eurotech manufactured supercomputer went online last Wednesday at the Cineca facility in Bologna, Italy.




Eurora is Italy's newest and most powerful supercomputer to date and achieved the world record by sustaining an astonishing 3,150 megaflops per watt of energy consumed. Aiding in the record breaking performance is 128 high-performance, energy-efficient NVIDIA Tesla K20 accelerators.


Sanzio Bassini, director of HPC department at Cineca said:


"Equipped with the ultra-efficient Aurora system and NVIDIA GPU accelerators, Eurora will give European researchers the computing muscle to study all types of physical and biological systems, while allowing us to keep data center power consumption and costs in check."

Home Depot ditches BlackBerry and switches to iPhone

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 11, 2013 3:24 pm

It seems to be a constant roller coaster for the company formerly known as Research in Motion (RIM). One day we see amazing sales reports on its just launched BlackBerry 10 platform, then the next we hear of yet another corporate partner leaving the relationship.




Home Depot has reportedly decided to drop BlackBerry as its internal phone, and will equip its employees with nearly 10,000 Apple iPhone's. This is yet another corporate partner that is jumping ship and ending long standing relationships with the mobile handset manufacturer.


Other defectors include the NOAA, NTSB, and Booz Allen Hamilton. Don't expect BlackBerry to close up shop just yet though as the company has said that it has roughly 1,600 companies in North America alone who are conducting trial runs with the new BlackBerry 10 devices.

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