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SanDisk announces world's fastest 64GB microSDXC card

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Jul 26, 2013 3:04 pm

This morning, SanDisk has announced what they are billing as the "world's fastest" 64GB microSDXC card. Designed for the latest generation of smartphones and tablets, the 64GB microSDXC card boasts speeds of 80MB/s read and 50MB/s write.

 

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The card features UHS-1 and is a Class 10 card, so video recording and playback even at the highest bit rates should perform exceptionally well. SanDisk says that the card is even fast enough to handle super high bitrate 4K Ultra HD video. The card is waterproof along with the usual compliments of being x-ray proof, shock proof, and can handle temperature extremes from -25 Celsius all the way to 85 Celsius.

Best Buy begins selling Nexus 7 four days early

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 26, 2013 2:04 pm

Best Buy seems to enjoy beating Google to the punch on the second generation Nexus 7. The electronics retail giant opened pre-orders of the device before Google had even confirmed its existence, and now those pre orders have began to ship a four days before Google releases the device to the public.

 

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During the Nexus 7 launch event, Google said that the device would begin hitting retail shelves and shipping to customers on July 30th, but the Verge has confirmed that Best Buy has indeed began shipping out pre-ordered units. They have also confirmed that the Union Square Best Buy in San Francisco actually has stock for in-store purchases today.

 

Google's second-gen Nexus 7 features a 1920 x 1200 pixel display, a 5-megapixel camera, and a much faster processor than the first gen model. RAM has also doubled to 2GB, and the device is overall thinner and lighter. It features Google's latest version of Android, version 4.3 Jelly Bean. The 16GB model is retailing for $229 while the 32GB version will set you back $269.

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What if Superman punched you? Other than it destroying you, you'd be surprised at the science behind it

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jul 26, 2013 12:30 pm

There has been a lot of discussion about the destruction of Metropolis in Zack Snyder's reboot of Superman, Man of Steel. Sure, there's insane amounts of destruction, but when two God-like (fictional) beings fight each other in an otherwise realistic portrayal of a city, what do you think would happen? Other than it causing an estimated $700 billion worth of damage, it would be an intense few nanoseconds.

 

 

The video above goes into the science of what would happen if Superman punched you, and has so many numbers and facts that it'll make you laugh out loud at how ridiculous it would be if Superman really did punch someone in real life. The punch itself would be so quick, you wouldn't even see it for one. Secondly, it would have so much force it would create a 1km deep crater in the ground.

 

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It would take just a few nanoseconds for it to happen, before a blast radius of several kilometers engulfed into fury and flames. So, what we see in Man of Steel is more 'realistic', but it could've been so much worse. I loved the destruction in Man of Steel, and thought it was one of the more realistic superhero movies to depict God-like beings fighting in a city.

Apple could be slapped with $490 million bill for eBook price-fixing debacle

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 26, 2013 11:23 am

Apple have been caught conspiring to fix eBook prices, something that might cost the iPhone maker $490 million. A lawyer from Hagens Berman, the lead class action firm involved in the case told GigaOM that Apple could pay three times' the publishers' total liabilities.

 

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This is minus the $166 million that the publishers have agreed to pay in separate settlements, but brings the total to be sucked out of Apple's cash piles to be $490 million. Considering they have just spent $16 billion buying their own shares - because, you know, they've been tanking pretty hard lately - this is nothing but a drop in the ocean to them.

 

Kind of like one of us mere mortals dropping $1 on the street from our wallet filled with $100 notes.

Intel have been building custom processors for big companies such as eBay and Facebook, are now looking at the datacenter market

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jul 26, 2013 10:29 am

Some interesting information is coming out from Intel engineer Ronak Singhal, who has spent most of his 17-year career at Intel developing relationships with the top computer experts in the world.

 

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The experts he has worked with include huge companies such as Amazon, eBay, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and more. Singhal spoke with EE Times during a break in a press briefing in regards to Intel's latest Xeon and Atom server chips, where he said: "When three of them all tell you they want the same thing, you know you are on to something."

 

But, as you can imagine, some companies don't want the same thing and want a CPU that is custom-made to their specific needs. In the last couple of years, Intel have been providing some of their biggest customers like eBay and Facebook, with custom versions of their CPUs. Intel is taking this slow, and isn't rushing into custom-made processors for companies just yet, though.

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Activision Blizzard breaks up with Vivendi in a deal worth $8.2 billion

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jul 26, 2013 10:06 am

Activision Blizzard have just broken off their relationship with Vivendi in a deal worth $8.2 billion. Activision will be purchasing $5.83 billion worth of shares back, combined with a share purchase totaling $2.34 billion from an independent investor group led by Activision CEO, Bobby Kotick and co-chair Brian Kelly.

 

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This might just sound like yet another move for a big company, but Activision Blizzard own quite a lot of hot gaming properties, such as Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, Diablo, and more.

 

What will this mean for gamers? Well, Activision CEO Bobby Kotick has said that his company "should emerge even stronger -- an independent company with a best-in-class franchise portfolio...The transactions announced today will allow us to take advantage of attractive financing markets while still retaining more than $3 billion cash on hand to preserve financial stability".

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Ouya: 73% of Ouya owners haven't purchased a game yet

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jul 26, 2013 9:31 am

I received my Ouya console a few weeks ago, but it just hasn't excited me that much. I feel like it's just a half-baked product, and it seems like I'm not alone. Ouya CEO, Julie Uhrman, has said that the console is performing well, but game sales are very slow.

 

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Slow enough, that only 27% of Ouya owners have purchased a game, leaving the other 73% playing the free titles. I'm in that group of 73%, as there's nothing that has caught my fancy on Ouya just yet. Uhrman, when talking to The Verge, said: "Monetization on Ouya is so far better than we expected. It takes time to build what traditional consoles have had decades to build."

 

She continued: "There are a lot of social and mobile app developers that would kill for an eight percent attach rate on a platform that's 30 days old. These numbers will grow as more gamers pick up consoles, and as we attract more developers, and I believe that by the end of the year, we'll see a few developers telling us they've made more than a million dollars on Ouya."

We finally get some more details on Battlefield 4's second screen abilities

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 26, 2013 8:24 am

I'm waiting for Battlefield 4, but I really didn't expect them to go this far with its second screen functionality. In the video below dubbed "Battlefield 4: Official Battlelog Features Video" we get a much better look at the second screen abilities of Battlefield 4.

 

 

Players will be able to use their mobile devices, such as an iOS- or Android-based smartphone or tablet, as a huge accessory to BF4. Not only that, you could use your tablet as a second display, which would show your map with gamers being able to use them for in-game tactical moves, such as tapping your tablet screen to set a meeting/bomb drop point.

 

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Commander Mode would make the best use of the second screen, but I can't wait to just have a large-sized map to the side of my monitor.

Intel provides some details on their SSD 530 Series of drives, includes four M.2 form factor models

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Jul 26, 2013 8:03 am

Intel have provided some details on their new SSD 530 Series of drives, which include some M.2 form factor models. There will be four M.2 form factor models, coming in at 80GB, 120GB, 180GB and finally, 360GB. The 80GB drive will be capable of up to 540MB/sec sequential read speeds, and up to 480MB/sec writes. We'll have 24,000 IOPS for random 4K reads, and up to 80,000 IOPS for writes.

 

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When it comes to the 120GB, 180GB, and 360GB drives, Intel kicks it up a notch by offering up to 540MB/sec sequential read speeds, and up to 490MB/sec writes. As for random 4KB read/writes, we can expect 41,000 IOPS and 80,000 IOPS for the 120GB and 180GB drives, and we see a big drop to 37,000 IOPS for random 4KB writes on the 360GB model.

 

There will be plenty of other models, with four mSATA-based models coming in at 80GB, 120GB, 180GB and 360GB and six models in the usual 2.5-inch flavor. We should expect the 2.5-inch form factor to see 80GB, 120GB, 180GB, 240GB, 360GB and the biggie: 480GB. All six of these drives are capable of 540MB/sec and 490MB/sec for sequential read/writes and 41,000 IOPS and 80,000 IOPS for random 4KB read/writes, respectively.

A group of MIT scientists have planted false memories in mice

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jul 26, 2013 7:26 am

Now this is a scary piece of news. A group of MIT researchers have successfully implanted false memories into the minds of test mice, with a study published in the journal, Science.

 

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The experiment was designed to look at the phenomenon known as "false memory syndrome", where the brain creates recollections of events that have never actually happened: you know, like seeing a black cat twice in The Matrix. By playing with the memory engram-bearing cells in the hippocampus, the MIT researchers convinced a bunch of mice that they had experienced shock to their feet, without physically doing anything different than just standing there.

 

Now, all this team has to do is sell me a dream pill that gives me the ability to "dream" some "memories". We could call it "iDream", should I go and get a patent on that?

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