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Dell purchases Wyse, strengthens enterprise arm with cloud, virtualization

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 2, 2012 8:27 pm

Acquisitions and mergers are a common occurrence in business and today sees Dell acquiring Wyse. Dell purchased Wyse for an undisclosed amount in order to focus more on its corporate customers. Wyse specialized in thin-clients, offering vertically integrated, centralized computing solutions for corporations.

 

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Dell could benefit from Wyse's experience in the business computing market. Also, Dell may be setting its sights on the cloud as they referred to Wyse as a "cloud client" leader. Wyse has about 500 employees, 180+ patents, and is valued at roughly $350 million. Dell will probably combine Wyse's experience in centralized computing with its own reach and ability to produce inexpensive computers. This sounds like a match made in heaven.

Teacher's aide finds herself suspended after she refuses to share Facebook access

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 2, 2012 7:29 pm

Today's news has been filled with business and legal happenings, so here's one more! A teacher's aide has found herself on administrative leave after refusing Facebook access to her employer. This all started back in April of 2011 when Kimberly Hester posted a picture on her own time of her co-worker's pants around her ankles and a pair of shoes.

 

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Hester felt the image was harmless enough, but someone disagreed. A parent of a student at the school where she worked felt that it wasn't appropriate filed a complaint with the school district. Hester was summoned to the office of the Intermediate superintendent Robert Colby. Colby asked to see her Facebook account.

 

"He asked me three times if he could view my Facebook and I repeatedly said I was not OK with that," Hester told WSBT. Because of this refusal, Hester received a letter from the Special Education Director which informed her that "...in the absence of you voluntarily granting Lewis Cass ISD administration access to you[r] Facebook page, we will assume the worst and act accordingly."

 

"I stand by it," Hester told WSBT. "I did nothing wrong. And I would not, still to this day, let them in my Facebook. And I don't think it's OK for an employer to ask you." I think most people would agree with her. This has been on the minds of many people these days, and the lawmakers are even trying to pass a law regarding it in the United States.

Microsoft leaving Germany to protest Motorola's patent trolling

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 2, 2012 6:32 pm

I'm sure most of us know about the lawsuit going on between Motorola and Microsoft, but in case you don't, here's the quick rundown. Motorola is trying to block Microsoft from selling Windows 7 and the Xbox 360 based on a patent claim regarding H.264 video technology. Motorola is demanding way more money than other companies for licensing its patent.

 

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A decision in the case is expected April 17. If Motorola succeeds, the Xbox and Windows 7 could be banned from being sold in Germany, effectively gutting business. This is where Microsoft's move comes in. If Microsoft moves to the Netherlands, it could possibly reduce the vulnerability to legal actions if Motorola wins.

 

Microsoft ended teamwork with Germany company Arvato for software distribution. This move will cause a loss of about 50 jobs and is retaliatory to Motorola's patent lawsuit. Germany's patent system favors the suing party by allowing bans to be enforced by the winning party and and having court precedent that often finds in the favor of the suing party.

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RumorTT: Xbox 720 will feature 6-core CPU, two GPUs, and Blu-ray

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 2, 2012 5:28 pm

I always love me a good rumor, but I'm not so sure I'm happy with all the parts of this one. Oh, also, before we begin, take the salt and do your thing. Also, knock on some wood for a part of this rumor to be changed. Ok, let's go. The Xbox 720 has been fully detailed to some third parties and we now know that it is slated for a Christmas 2013 release.

 

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The next-generation Xbox will come with a Blu-ray player, contrary to some reports. This is a nice feature so that you don't have to buy a separate player. It will also allow the games to be bigger since a Blu-ray disc holds so much more data. Additionally, multiple sources have confirmed the same thing: it will have two GPUs. One said: "It's like two PCs taped together."

 

There's no final confirmation of the specs for the GPUs, but it's thought that they are equivalent to AMD's 7000 series GPUs. However, they are not SLI or Crossfire enabled. Instead of alternating, they will be able to work simultaneously to individually draw objects and items on screen. There will be four or six cores in the Xbox's CPU, one of which is reserved for the OS and one for the Kinect.

 

And finally, the part of the rumor I want changed. The Xbox 720 is rumored to require an always-on internet connection in order to combat piracy. I hate this, partially because my home internet is pretty bad and drops a lot. They really need to come up with better anti-piracy measures than making a user experience horrible.

A new service wants to allow you to skip those pesky pre-roll ads by paying up

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 2, 2012 4:32 pm

I'm sure that everyone here will agree that those pesky, annoying ads that come on before your favorite cat video starts playing on YouTube are really annoying. But SkipIt, a new service from the video advertising company SpotXchange has your back. If you don't want to watch the ad, you can just pay $0.10 to skip it. That's $0.10 per ad.

 

 

Meanwhile, SkipIt claims that web publishers will make more money from people skipping ads than if they had watched the ad in the first place. Additionally, they claim that the rest of the site's ads will be more valuable because people will only be seeing ads they really like. I can't really see any consumer reaching for their credit cards just to skip an ad. I know I wouldn't.

A new UK law could give the gov. right to monitor communication and internet

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 2, 2012 3:35 pm

There's a new bill running around in the UK and it is akin the US Patriot Act. This bill, if passed, would give the Government Communication Headquarters, or GCHQ, the ability to access phone calls, text messages, emails, and online activity of any citizen without a warrant. The actual contents of the emails and messages would be off-limits, but this is still a gross violation of privacy.

 

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I know we live in an age where privacy doesn't exactly mean much to anyone anymore, but at least with Facebook, we get to choose what to share with the world. This new bill would share the recipients, time, duration and frequency of conversations, plus a list of websites being visited with the government without the need for a warrant.

 

A similar bill was tried in 2009, but they made the decision to drop it after the massive public outcry. The public was not to happy about having their privacy violated anymore than it already was. The question is, will it pass? It most likely will have a similar outcry to the 2009 attempt, but Britain might still try to pass it. It's estimated at costing $2 billion, and that was in the 2009 attempt. Hopefully it's cost prohibitive enough so that it doesn't get passed.

 

We live at a scary time in the world where more and more of our lives are being put online in the form of communications and such. We have to take a stand at every chance to protect our rights and privacy.

Australian WiFi inventors win US legal battle, wins AUD $220m

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 2, 2012 2:30 pm

It looks like life is starting to get fair for the inventors of the technology that everyone uses daily around the world. Yes, I'm talking about the inventors of the Wireless LAN. The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) patented the technology in the 1990s, and has used that patent to sue companies without a license since 2005.

 

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Back in 2009, CSIRO recovered AUD$205 million (US$212 million) after suing and settling with 14 companies. They have continued to sue and settle with an additional 23 companies in which they have just received another AUD$220 million as payment. "It was important that Australia protect its intellectual property, and that those major companies who are selling billions of devices pay for the technology that they were using," Australian Minister for Science and Research Chris Evans said.

 

"CSIRO's commercial and legal teams on both sides of the Pacific have worked very hard over the past several years to gain a reasonable return and I would like to pay particular tribute to them for their extraordinary efforts," Nigel Poole, a senior executive at CSIRO, said. But, some credit also goes to the inventors. They had to solve the problem of the radio waves bouncing off of indoor surfaces and creating echos. They did just that and beat many of the major communications companies that were trying to do the same.

Monday Morning Roundup for April 2, 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Roundups | Posted: Apr 2, 2012 1:29 pm

The latest happenings in the technology world, April 2nd, 2012.

 

Storage:

 

Samsung 830 Series 128GB Solid State Drive - ThinkComputers.org

Runcore ProV Max 240GB 6Gbps SSD - The SSD Review

BIWIN S836 Elite SATA 3 120GB SSD - The SSD Review

Corsair Dominator GT 32GB - RWLabs

Samsung 830 Series SATA 3 512GB SSD - The SSD Review

 

GPUs:

 

Sapphire HD7870 Overclock Edition - KitGuru

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Deal of the Day: 256GB Samsung 830 Series SSD for $299.99 with FREE Shipping!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Apr 2, 2012 12:25 pm

Today's Deal of the Day is 256GB Samsung 830 Series SSD for $299.99 with FREE Shipping!

 

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Newegg has a good deal on the very fast 256GB Samsung 830 Series SSD drive at just $299.99 with FREE shipping. This 20-nanometer class 2.5" SATA6 drive can read up to 520MB/s and write up to 400MB/s, and carries a 3-year warranty.

 

256GB SAMSUNG 830 SERIES MZ-7PC256B/WW SSD SOLID STATE DRIVE DEAL

 

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Download of the Day: ImgBurn 2.5.7.0

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Apr 2, 2012 11:29 am

Our Download of the Day is ImgBurn 2.5.7.0.

 

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ImgBurn is a lightweight CD / DVD / HD DVD / Blu-ray burning application that everyone should have in their toolkit!

 

It has several 'Modes', each one for performing a different task:

 

Read - Read a disc to an image file

Build - Create an image file from files on your computer or network - or you can write the files directly to a disc

Write - Write an image file to a disc

Verify - Check a disc is 100% readable. Optionally, you can also have ImgBurn compare it against a given image file to ensure the actual data is correct

Discovery - Put your drive / media to the test! Used in combination with DVDInfoPro, you can check the quality of the burns your drive is producing

 

ImgBurn supports a wide range of image file formats - including BIN, CCD, CDI, CUE, DI, DVD, GI, IMG, ISO, MDS, NRG and PDI.

 

It can burn Audio CD's from any file type supported via DirectShow / ACM - including AAC, APE, FLAC, M4A, MP3, MP4, MPC, OGG, PCM, WAV, WMA and WV.

 

You can use it to build DVD Video discs (from a VIDEO_TS folder), HD DVD Video discs (from a HVDVD_TS folder) and Blu-ray Video discs (from a BDAV / BDMV folder) with ease.

 

It supports Unicode folder/file names, so you shouldn't run in to any problems if you're using an international character set.

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