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Amazon releases Kindle app for Windows 8, get your read on

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Oct 25, 2012 11:28 pm

More and more companies are releasing apps for Windows 8. Amazon has just joined the party with the release of their Kindle app for Windows 8. The app will allow users to read their collection of Kindle eBooks on both Windows 8 and Windows RT. Of course, the app comes with all the features you've come to expect from Amazon and Kindle.

 

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This means the app supports Amazon's Whispersync technology, which "automatically syncs your furthest page read, bookmarks, notes, and highlights across all your devices that have the Kindle app installed and across any Kindle device." It even comes with the ability to pin your favorite Kindle books to the home screen.

 

This is great! No longer will I have to wait those extra few seconds to start reading Fifty Shades of Grey. Joking aside, this is a nice feature of the app, and a Kindle app should be well received and welcomed on the new Windows 8 and Windows RT platform. After all, there will be many more potential customers for Amazon with all of these new Windows 8 tablets shipping.

Are your fingers fatter in the morning or is there another reason you accidentally click more often in the morning hours?

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 25, 2012 10:28 pm

Accidental clicks are a big problem for advertisers as they have to pay for a click that yields them nothing. It's a problem that people have been dealing with since the introduction of mobile advertising. The general thought is the smaller the screen, the more likely you are to accidentally click that tantalizing banner ad.

 

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But is that the only factor? Probably not. How often are you surfing Facebook while driving? You might accidentally click on an ad then, not due to the small screen, but due to you being distracted with driving. GoldSpot is a mobile ad network that has taken a look into the problem of accidental clicks and they have a bit of insight to offer.

 

They figure that roughly four in 10 clicks on conventional banner ads are accidental. For rich media ads, the number drops to 13 percent, probably due to them being more noticeable as an ad. GoldSpot also believes accidental clicks are more likely to happen in the morning or evening, as you can see in the chart above.

 

No, I don't think our fingers are fatter in the morning. I figure it's because we're distracted by getting ready, driving, or possibly can't see the screen because we are just waking up. Of course, during the day and fully awake, the accidental clicks drop way off. They pick back up in the evening as people are possibly going to bed or driving home.

Android faces a growing malware problem, up 580% in one year

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Oct 25, 2012 9:26 pm

Here's reason enough to switch to Apple's walled garden: less chance of malware. Malware is increasingly becoming a problem for the Android operating system, no doubt due in part to its openness and the ability for anyone to post an app to the Play Store. Also sideloading apps furthers this problem.

 

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Don't believe me? Well, a new study shows that Android malware grew by 580 percent in the previous year. An incredible 175 million downloads were of apps deemed "High Risk." And these app downloads came from Google Play's Top 500. Let's stop the scare tatics, though, and focus on reality. For the most part, Android users will be safe from malware.

 

That 580 percent statistic is misleading. Malware samples grew from 4,951 in September 2011 to only 28,707 in September 2012. So while the 580 percent statistic is true, it's highly misleading. Looking at it in terms of total apps, roughly 1.69 percent of all Android apps are malware, though most of those are not in the Play Store.

 

Furthermore, "High Risk" does not mean malware. It just means the app has the potential ability to steal data, damage privacy, make payments, or various other nefarious activities that could have legitimate uses.

New AMD FX-8350 overclocking record set before the chip is even out

By: Trace Hagan | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Oct 25, 2012 8:34 pm

The new AMD Vishera desktop CPUs are proving to be quite the overclockers. Vishera is the codename for the new desktop chips that are taking advantage of the updated Piledriver cores. They're said to offer 15 percent more performance per clock. It appears they have also retained their incredible overclocking ability.

 

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As you can see in the image above, the new record saw the FX-8350 overclocked to 8.176GHz, which blows away the previous record of 7.443GHz. The feat was achieved by NAMEGT. NAMEGT utilized a Crosshair V Formula-Z motherboard and a dual-channel 8GB memory kit. Of course, liquid nitrogen was used for cooling.

 

The core voltage was a super-high 1.932V. The chip features a multiplier of 29x and an external frequency of 281.94. This resulted in an ultimate clock speed of 8176.5MHz, an impressive feat. It will be great to see what these chips can really do when more overclockers get them in hand after their launch. New clock speed record? Seems like a possibility.

Google said to be seeing $100 million per day through its AdWords service

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 25, 2012 7:32 pm

Investors were a bit upset with Google's financial performance, even though AdWords, the main business that Google offers, is going as strong as ever, if not stronger. A study conducted by WordStream attempts to quantify just how well AdWords, Google's advertising portion of business, is doing and the numbers are impressive.

 

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The study believes that Google was making $100 million per day from AdWords during the third quarter. The numbers are even more impressive that Microsoft's Windows 8 testing numbers: Google served 5.5 billion impressions per day on its search pages alone. The Google Display Network showed 25.6 billion a day.

 

However, even with these growing display numbers, the click-through-rate (CTR) has dropped from Q2 to Q3. However, displays have gone up, offsetting the decline in CTR. The CTR rate for Google Search came in at 3.5 percent, resulting in 192 million clicks being paid for. On the Display Network, the number is an even lower 0.18 percent, resulting in 45.8 million paid clicks.

 

The search number declined 12.4 percent from Q2, but display numbers increased 13.8 percent in the same period.

Wow: 1.24 billion man-hours went into testing Windows 8, consumers hope it was enough

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Oct 25, 2012 6:30 pm

Yes, there is no typo in the headline statistic. Microsoft announced during its official launch event that the new operating system was tested for a total of 1.24 billion (with a "B") man-hours. That's an incredible feat, and very unlikely that they're only counting official testing done in-house.

 

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According to Steven Sinofsky, President of Microsoft's Windows and Windows Live division, "No product anywhere receives this kind of testing anywhere in the world." The testing reportedly occurred in 190 countries and certified over 1,000 current devices for use with the "revolutionary" operating system.

 

I'm sure that the figure does not only account for in-house testing. There's no way that Microsoft could have conducted that much testing by themselves. I know for certain that Intel had Windows 8 in-house being tested well before it went gold, and Microsoft is sure to have included those numbers in that statistic.

 

Still, it's a staggering amount of testing. Let's hope it translates into real world quality.

Gigabyte introduces a range of Windows 8 notebooks, get your details here!

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Laptops | Posted: Oct 25, 2012 5:47 pm

The flow of Windows 8 devices are about to begin. Gigabyte is out of the gate today with a bunch of new devices out that will be running Microsoft's latest operating system that launches today. Offerings range from convertible Ultrabooks to regular Ultrabooks, and gaming notebooks to slates. That's right, Gigabyte has launched a tablet.

 

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Let's say hello to the Convertible U2142 (seen above).

 

Powered by the latest Intel® dual-core processor, the 10.1-inch S1082 is an exceptional mobile device to enhance and increase mobile productivity. With Windows 8, a large storage HDD (up to 500GB), and multiple connectivity ports, the S1082 is a powerful tool for work and play. With its excellent design and useful accessories, including a keyboard kit and the D1080 multimedia docking station, the S1082 has exceptional versatility and can be used as a slate, a notebook and even an entertainment center.

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Windows 8 will have more apps in its store than any other platform at launch

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Oct 25, 2012 12:31 pm

Windows 8, it's just hours away, folks. Tick, tock. In the meantime, we have Microsoft's Corporate Vice President for Windows Web Services, Antoine Leblond, who has discussed the current state of the Windows Store and the new developer ecosystem.

 

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Leblond has said that the Windows creator don't just want to fill the store with apps, but are concentrating on getting quality apps in the store. Microsoft don't want 50 different celebrity apps that are all really just the same app, for example. One of the biggest differences between Microsoft's Windows Store and Apple's App Store is that Windows 8 apps sport a trial period, meaning that developers don't need to put a free app on offer, as all apps are essentially free for the trial period.

 

He did note that Windows 8 will feature more apps in its Windows Store than any other competing platform had at launch - although, without stating how many apps are residing in the Windows Store right now, that's kind of hard to judge. Leblond has said that developers are very happy to have the ability to choose between different programming languages for writing their apps, and are "generally happy" about the onboarding process, too.

What you need to know about the Windows 8 launch

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Oct 25, 2012 11:28 am

Microsoft's biggest launch of pretty much any product they've ever released is here, Windows 8. But, a new operating system isn't the only thing launching with Windows 8. We're looking at the Surface tablet running Windows RT, Windows Phone 8, a slew of Windows 8-powered notebooks, Ultrabooks, tablets as well as countless Windows 8-compatible accessories, and hardware.

 

5.) Windows 8-powered notebooks and Ultrabooks - One of the most exciting thing about the launch of Windows 8 is that there are going to be countless new products for everyone to choose from. New notebooks with Windows 8, touchscreen notebooks with Windows 8, new Ultrabooks, new touchscreen Ultrabooks with Windows 8. There are exciting new products like ASUS' TAICHI, which sports dual 1080p screens, one on the normal side like a standard notebook, and on the rear, another 1080p screen, but touchscreen-capable.

 

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Before Windows 8, we never saw bold moves like this by players like ASUS, but now we are seeing dramatic shifts in the market as companies try new things. It's exciting.

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iPad resales jump 700-1000% after Apple's media event

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 25, 2012 11:27 am

I personally sold my third-gen iPad just yesterday, as I didn't use it that much - only for FaceTime with family. But, it looks like I wasn't alone. MarketWatch is reporting that sites that specialize in gadget resales saw a tremendous surge in iPad interest yesterday, with resale submissions smashing up by 700-1000% as Apple announced their fourth-generation iPad, and smaller iPad mini.

 

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Some 140,000 devices were put up for sale on Gazelle.com Tuesday - a 700% spike from the day before, says Anthony Scarsella, chief gadget officer at the site. Half of that increase occurred in the hours just before the announcement, he says - and the most common model put up for sale was the "new iPad" released just six months ago. Another resale site, NextWorth.com , reported that trade-ins for iPads rose over 1,000% on Tuesday.

 

The new models won't be available until November 2, but it looks like consumers are looking to ditch their current models quick and jump for the new models. The report says that nearly 70% of resale submissions are for the third-gen iPad, with the 32GB Wi-Fi-only model registering as the most popular resale at Gazelle.

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