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Google announces the launch of its new Open Gallery initiative

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Dec 11, 2013 4:00 am

It's widely known that Google would like to see the entire world digitized and uploaded to the web, and its newest initiative brings us one step closer to that reality. Today Google launched its Open Gallery service that enables museums and art galleries to easily upload photos and build online exhibits for the world to see.

 

 

The new Open Gallery Initiative is part of Google's Cultural Institute, and allows museums and galleries to enhance their existing website, or create a new one for free. Open Gallery will help parties develop extremely high-resolutions images of their exhibits so that visitors can zoom in on paintings and see each individual brush stroke the artist left behind. Entry into the program is on a Google-selected basis at the moment, and interested parties can visit the source link below to sign up to be considered.

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Corsair rolls out its Airflow memory coolers for Vengeance Pro RAM

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Dec 11, 2013 3:14 am

Corsair has released its Airflow memory coolers, which attach to the top of its Vengeance Pro line of RAM. There are multiple colors to choose from, so your RAM will look stylish in more ways than one.

 

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Corsair have used a 60mm PWM-controlled fan on the Airflow cooler, which can spin right up to 3500RPM if needed, pushing a nice 14.5CFM. So if you're overclocking your Vengeance Pro RAM, and you're finding it too hot, then the Airflow will be the best accessory for you. Not only that, but it'll look awesome sitting in your PC, too.

 

The three colors mentioned, are silver, red and blue. I'm sure there'll be more colors in the future, but for now this is it.

AOC unveils an all new 27-inch 2560x1440 monitor

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Dec 11, 2013 3:00 am

In today's world, a serious gamer, developer or designer needs to have a serious monitor and that is where AOC comes into play. Today, the company released its latest 27-inch high-resolution beast, the q2770Pqu. The monitor is a 27-inch WQHD unit that features a resolution of 2560x1440.

 

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The new Ultra-HD monitor boast a wide viewing angle of 178 degrees and a response time of just 5ms. A built-in USB 3.0 hub is present to add more connectivity to the desktop, while Dual-Link DVI, D-Sub, and HDMI handle the video input. AOC says that the monitor draws only 29W of energy while in Eco-Mode, and we can expect it to retail for around $500.

National Geographic partners with Google to offer over 500 maps

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Dec 11, 2013 1:30 am

Today Google announced that National Geographic will be the first of many companies to contribute its custom maps to Google Maps via the new Public Data Program for Google Maps. National Geographic will upload more than 500 historic and educational maps to the service for everyone to freely access.

 

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National Geographic does plan on offering high-resolution prints of each map however, and copies can be purchased by clicking on those maps once the feature has been implemented. The company says that this will generate revenue back to its non-profit efforts and will allow it to add more custom maps and interactive content as time passes.

Codeacademy launches new app to help people learn to code

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Dec 11, 2013 12:01 am

Today Codeacademy launched a new app for iOS users that allows them to continue their coding education even when on the go. The new app features lessons that are designed to take less than an hour each to complete and gradually teach the users the basics of coding.

 

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Codeacademy timed the launch with Computer Science Education week, and hopes that the app can play a role in helping 10 million students to participate in one hour of coding. At the moment the app only features one lesson, but the company's CEO says that it will eventually become a stand-along code learning platform much like its website is now. No word was mentioned on when we might see an Android version of the app released.

DICE introduces Top Issue Tracker for Battlefield 4

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 10, 2013 10:03 pm

Today DICE announced that they have just unveiled a new Top Issue Tracking page for Battlefield 4. The issue tracker is designed to display the top issues that are being reported in Battlefield 4 by gamers across all platforms. DICE says that the tracking system is the same as it use internally and that this is just a way to display the top issues to its customers.

 

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DICE says that the list is not comprehensive and only list the major top issues that are being experienced by gamers. Users can check the list to see of a bug they have been experiencing is listed, and see what its status is on each of the consoles or PC. Battlefield 4 is in my opinion the best shooter ever made, and this new list shows just how dedicated DICE is to keeping it that way!

Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 sales top the 10 million milestone

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 10, 2013 8:25 pm

Today Samsung announced that it has surpassed a major sales milestone with its Galaxy Note 3. Samsung says that channel sales of the Galaxy Note 3 have rocketed past 10 million unit sales in under the two months that it has been available for sale to the public.

 

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The Note 3's predecessor, the Note 2 took over 120 days to reach 10 million units sold, and is just ten days longer than the 50 day total it took to sell 10 million Galaxy S4 smartphones. With phablets like the Galaxy Note 3 growing in popularity almost as fast as the Samsung Galaxy series itself, I am willing to bet that the next generation of phables that we see in 2014 will sell even faster.

Plex and 10 more apps finally make their way to Google Chromecast

By: Charles Gantt | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Dec 10, 2013 6:41 pm

If you have ever ready any of my articles here at TweakTown that involve multimedia streaming, you know that I regard Plex as the best media streaming server and app combo out on the market today. You can imagine my excitement when Google announced this morning that Plex has finally made its way onto the Chromecast along with ten other third-party apps.

 

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"I'm happy to tell you that over the last few months, we've been working closely with Google to bring Plex to the Chromecast," said founder Elan Feingold. "It's an honor for us to be among the first handful of apps on the device, and it's been great working with Google - we've never met a smarter or more energetic group of people to work with."

 

For those of us with substantial libraries being served up by Plex, this news is great, and the the addition of other apps such as Songza, Red Bull.TV, Revision 3, and Avia make Chromecast an even more affordable streaming device for anyone. With today's additions, Google has shown that it fully intends to support Chromecast well into the future, and now lets hope to see a Spotify, Vimeo, Amazon Instant, and Redbox Instant join the party soon.

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3DMark for Windows gets updated and adds Ice Storm Unlimited testing

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Software | Posted: Dec 10, 2013 5:02 pm

Today Futuremark announced the release of an update to its 3DMark benchmarking software for Windows. The update adds in support for Ice Storm Unlimited testing which will allow users to compare scores from mobile devices with their PC. The update also integrates the GPU-Z library which improves hardware detection and restores clock speed and temperature monitoring during testing.

 

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With the integration of Ice Storm Unlimited, I am curious to see how some of the new Surface Pro 2 tablets and convertibles stack up against some of the desktop CPUs with integrated GPUs. With mobile connectivity and productivity becoming a bigger necessity with every passing day, the ability to run powerful apps such as those in Adobe's Creative Cloud, or even AutoDesk programs is more important than ever. With a benchmark that can compare mobile devices to desktop's figuring our what works with what just got easier.

ThePirateBay.sx is dead. Long live ThePirateBay.ac

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Dec 10, 2013 3:23 pm

When it comes to online entities, there are few who change domain names as often as ThePirateBay, and this morning we are learning that the infamous BitTorrent tracking site has moved yet again. After Caribbean authorities were bullied into to seizing the .sx domain name TPB had used over the last six months, the pirates have moved to Ascension Island and now lay claim to thepiratebay.ac.

 

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Unfortunately the website will not have much time to rest in its stay on Ascension, as the pirates are planning a more permanent stay in Peru and its .pe top level domain. If Peruvian authorities choose to let the RIAA and MPAA bully them into seizure as well, then TPB officials say that they have dozens of TLD's that they can move to at any time.

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