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Windows Phone users reporting excessive data usage, cause now found

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 25, 2013 2:00 am

Today Microsoft confirmed that there is a bug in its Windows Phone 8 operating system that is allowing the built in Twitter feature to consume more data than it should be even when at idle. The issue is in the backend of the app and is causing the phone to re-download Twitter contact images frequently.




The Verge has reported that the Twitter feature on one of their Windows Phones has used over 3GB of data in under a week, which is many times more data than a lot of users consume in an entire month. This becomes a serious problem for people who have limited data plans, and are heavily taxed when their usage exceeds the predefined data caps.


Microsoft is working on fixing the issue, but as the problem lies within the Twitter feature, there is little that Microsoft can do to fix it. As for now, those who are worried about data overages can simply remove their Twitter account from the phone until a fix is found. If you would like to check your data usage, Windows Phone users can download the Data Sense app or can contact their provider for up-to-date usage metrics.

PROMISE Technology Announces Pegasus2 and SANLink2

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Oct 25, 2013 1:00 am

Today PROMISE Technology announced the launch of the Pegasus2 and SANLink2, the world's first storage solutions with Thunderbolt 2 technology from Intel. PROMISE says that the Pegasus2 line of hardware RAID solutions provides stunningly fast transfer speeds which dramatically accelerate the workflow in 4K environments by utilizing Thunderbolt 2 technology.




The all new SANLink2 is a Thunderbolt2 to 8GB Fiber Channel Bridge that is designed to remove storage bottlenecks for desktop and mobile computing systems by providing direct connectivity to an external Fibre Channel Storage Area Network (SAN) such as a VTrak x30 RAID storage system or a VTrak A-Class shared SAN filesystem for rich media video ingest and editing.


"SANLink2 and Pegasus2 have set new standards for performance and flexibility, creating a whole new realm of possibilities for multimedia pros and power users," said James Lee, CEO, PROMISE Technology. "Being the first company to bring to market storage solutions with Thunderbolt 2 technology further validates PROMISE's position as the leader in designing high-performance devices for the media and entertainment market -- which revolutionizes the creative workflows of our customers so they can be ready for creating, editing, and delivering HD and 4K and beyond content."

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MSI unveils two new All-In-One PCs, AE270 and AE221

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Oct 25, 2013 12:00 am

This morning, MSI unveiled two new additions to its All-In-One PC lineup. The new AE270 and AE221 both feature MSI's exclusive Flicker-Free and Blue Light Control technologies, and feature full HD 1920x1080 display panels. Additionally, both systems feature 10-point multi-touch touchscreen functionality.





The AE270 is a 27-inch system while the AE221 is a 21.5-inch system. Intel Core i3 and i5 processors are available, and upto 16GB of RAM can be installed. The systems feature 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and a Blu-ray drive is installed from the factory. Two 3-watt Creative Soundblaster Speakers have been integrated as well as a 2-megapixel webcam. Optionally a TV tuner can be installed from the factory, and the entire PC can be mounted on the wall via a VESA compatible mount. No pricing or availability were provided at the time of this writing.

Google's Nexus 10 leaks with what could be Android 4.4 KitKat

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 24, 2013 11:00 pm

Google's new Nexus 10 may have just been spotted in a recent leak. The ASUS manufactured device popped up in the form of a press rendering over at PhoneArena and it appears to be legit. At the moment, it is widely expected that we will see the Nexus 10 launched alongside the new Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 KitKat in November.




In the rendering, the image on the screen appears to be different than Android 4.3 and is leading many to speculate that it is in fact actually Android 4.4 KitKat, which makes perfect sense as we all fully expect the Nexus 5 to run KitKat on day one. As far as specs go, early rumors suggest that the nexus 10 will feature a display resolution of 2560x1600, and feature a quad-core processor such as Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800. 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage will be present as well.

Kia and Hyundai to offer Android-based in-car systems next year

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Oct 24, 2013 10:00 pm

While Microsoft may have the market on Ford vehicles, it appears that both Kia and Hyundai are preparing Android as the in-car system for their 2014 models. At the moment, Kia has a version up and running called UVO 2.0 which features a custom app store. UVO 2.0 is said to be compatible with Android and iOS smartphones for multimedia streaming.




Hyundai is said to be featuring UVO 2.0 in its 2014 models as well. With two major manufacturers adopting the open source Android platform as their in-car computer system, Microsoft should play very close attention to how it proceeds from here, or it may face another debacle like it did with Windows Phone. Tesla is also considering adopting a version of Android for its in-car control system as well, which is not that big of a surprise, given Elon Musk's relationship with Google.

Samsung files patent on "sports glasses" that connect to smartphones

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Oct 24, 2013 9:00 pm

Rumors of Samsung developing Google Glass-like headwear have been running rampant for months now, and it finally appears that we have some confirmation on the device. A recent patent filing has been spotted by The Wall Street Journal that depicts a very Google Glass-like pair of glasses which are being called "Sports Glasses."




Samsung filed the patent earlier this year in Korea and was recently granted full registered status on the device. The accompanying description states that the glasses will be compatible with smartphones and will feature a pair of built-in earphones. Interestingly enough, while Google's project Glass is completely wireless, the Samsung version appears to feature a wired connection that would run down the users back and connect to the smartphone via USB.

Corsair launches the new Hydro Series H75 Liquid CPU cooler

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Oct 24, 2013 8:00 pm

Today Corsair announced the launch of the all new Hydro Series H75 dual-fan liquid CPU cooler. The H57 is an all-in-one 120mm liquid cooling solution for desktop PCs and features a unique push-pull fan setup for maximum thermal dissipation. Corsair says the new H75 is easy to install and not only more effective than air-coolers, but it is much quieter as well. Priced at just $84,99, this cooling solution is going to be hard to beat!




The H75 is designed around a low-profile CPU waterblock that is connected to high efficiency pump and housed in a compact package. Tubing then connects the pump/cooler combo to a 25mm-thick 120mm radiator. The CPU block is designed with micro-fin copper plate for maximum heat transfer, while the pump features ceramic ball bearings that provide exceptionally long life to the pump. Dual 120mm SP120L PWM fans are included for a push-pull setup ensuring ample airflow over the radiators fins.


"The H75 is a great choice for PC enthusiasts who want the streamlined features of our H60 120mm cooler but desire the additional cooling performance of a dual fan design," said Xavier Lauwaert, Director of Product Marketing at Corsair.The Hydro Series H75 features a simple, tool-free mounting system and wide Intel and AMD socket compatibility. Like all Hydro Series liquid CPU coolers, the H75 is completely self-contained and does not require filling or maintenance.

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Taiwan FTC hits Samsung with $340,000 fine for HTC smearing campaign

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 24, 2013 7:00 pm

Two marketing firms representing Samsung have been caught red-handed hiring writers to post good reviews about its products while at the same time giving HTC products a bad review. This practice violates Taiwan Fair Trade Rules and has ended up costing the electronics giant $340,000 USD in fines from the Taiwanese government.




The two firms who were the actual offending parties have been fined more than $100,000 each themselves for their participation in the violation. This is not the first time something like this has happened either. Earlier this year, Samsung was caught up in a similar scandal where 3rd party firms were hiring developers to promote Samsung on StackOverflow.

HTC begins rolling out Sense 5.5 update today to HTC One smartphones

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 24, 2013 6:00 pm

Today HTC announced that it has began rolling out an update to its HTC One smartphones that updates the current Android skin from Sense 5.4 to version 5.5. The new version of sense features two major changes including the ability to disable BlinkFeed as well as being built on top of Android 4.3. The rollout is staggered so it may take a day or two for all the HTC Ones running Android 4.3 to update.




While HTC says that BlinkFeed is the base upon which Sense is built, 30-percent of its customers do not use the service at all, and allowing them to free up a home screen is an important move HTC feels it needs to make. For those who do not know, BlinkFeed is a Flipboard style news reader that replaces the default home screen on HTC devices. BlinkFeed also gets updated with new features, including the ability to pull news from RSS feeds. Personally, I like Blinkfeed and use it throughout the day to keep up on the latest breaking stories as well as my friends social feeds and am quite excited to check out the new version.

Feenix launches high-end Nascita gaming mouse and Dimora mouse pad

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Oct 24, 2013 5:00 pm

Feenix is known for their high-end luxury gaming peripherals and this morning the company added two new items to their collection. The all new 2014 edition Nascita gaming mouse, and Dimora mouse pad truly live up to the company's high-end boutique image. The Nascita features bold curves, and sleek styling, while the Dimora is well refined and appears to be what a high-end mousepad should be.




"Everything in gaming had always looked exactly the same; it was black with loud red or green lights around it. There was no simplicity or elegance to it," says Ashkon Shayani, Creative Director. "Our main goals at Feenix are design and quality. Our instruments deliver the best gaming experience possible and sleek designs that fit right into any home or office."


The Nascita's ergonomic curves provides for a comfortable gaming experience no matter the gamers mouse handling style. "The 2014 Nascita's form factor offers perfect ergonomic feel regardless of whether the user is a palm, claw, or semi-claw gamer," the company said in a press release. The Nascita runs completely driverless, meaning that gamers can take it to any PC they wish and begin gaming instantly. Additionally the mouse retains user configurations without the need to load anything from host software.

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