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Kim Dotcom unveils new music service called Baboom

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Sep 8, 2013 4:30 am

As a heavy Spotify user, it's going to be very hard to make me, and millions of other Spotify, Pandora, or other music streaming service users change, but Kim Dotcom hopes we will with his new music service, Baboom.




Baboom is still months away from a public release, but it's yet another service in the constantly growing line of services from Mega founder, Kim Dotcom. Baboom is currently being prepared for a public launch, which will launch at Dotcom has said that he's secured several million dollars in funding for Baboom, and has 22 developers working on it.


Dotcom believes that Baboom will revolutionize the music industry, handing over the power to artists once again. Dotcom told TorrentFreak: "I am really excited about Baboom. I can't wait for artists to see what i have created for them. Their entire career can be managed on Baboom. Artists never had more freedom, transparency and control."

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition sales 'likely to be small'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 8, 2013 3:30 am

DigiTimes is back, this time reporting that Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition tablet won't sell well initially, stating that sales on Samsung's latest 10.1-inch tablet are "likely to be small" according to unnamed industry sources.




The site adds that shipments will reportedly land somewhere in-between 400,000 to 600,000 units per month at first, as consumer demand shifted to smaller slates quite a while ago. The Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition isn't a slouch, though, as it features an eight-core processor, 3GB of RAM, and a 10.1-inch 2560x1600-pixel display.


I think I'll be picking one up, but I'll be using it mainly for Battlefield 4's second screen mode.

We take a look at ASUS' gorgeous Transformer Pad TF701T at IFA 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 8, 2013 2:34 am

IFA 2013 - One of the hottest devices unveiled at IFA 2013 would have to be ASUS' Transformer Pad TF701T. This 10.1-inch slate stands out from the crowd with its incredible 10.1-inch 2560x1600-pixel WQXGA panel, but it's also no slouch when it comes to its internal components.



We have NVIDIA's high-performance Tegra 4 SoC, which is a quad-core ARM Cortex-A15 CPU, backed up by a 72-core GeForce GPU. This means you can play some seriously high-end games on a tablet, that also has some astounding battery life. We have 13 hours of battery life for the slate itself, but when it's docked on its keyboard dock, we have a total of 17 hours battery life.




This is great, as it can allow a TF701T owner to use the tablet as a netbook/notebook, with more battery life than a similar priced notebook. Better yet, the TF701T can also drive a 4K display from its HDMI connection, which is just amazing. All of this gets crammed into a device that is just 8.9mm thick and weighs just 585g.

NASA plans to revisit the moon, will bring robots and lasers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Sep 8, 2013 2:29 am

It has been quite a while since NASA has bothered with the moon in any great deal, but the US space agency is looking to make a lunar come back next month.



NASA sent up its Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer from its Wallops Flight Facility launch pad based in Virginia. LADEE is currently orbiting the Earth at the moment, but next month it will be circling the moon conducting various experiments, all without a human being on-board the craft.


NASA will be using a Lunar Laser Communications Demonstration, which, in a nutshell is fancy laser-powered space Internet that puts anything you use to shame.

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RumorTT: Amazon to give out free smartphones, without a contract

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 8, 2013 1:27 am

We all live in a world of one- or two-year contracts for smartphones, unless you go pre-paid, but it looks like US giant Amazon would like to give out smartphones for free, off-contract. The news is coming from sources of former Wall Street Journal reporters Amir Efrati and Jessica E. Lessin.




The two claim that Amazon has talked with various wireless carriers about offering the smartphone through traditional carrier channels, but at the end of the day the company would like to offer the device on its own website, where they don't need to force customers to sign up to a two-year wireless contract in order to receive the phone.


Amazon would have to pull in some serious favors to see this happen, but it isn't that far out of the question at the moment. The company could push Amazon Prime, which usually sells for $79 per year and offers multiple member perks such as free two-day shipping and $3.99 per item overnight delivery on millions of Prime eligible items.

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Hands-on with Sony's new Xperia Z1 at IFA 2013

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 7, 2013 4:50 pm

IFA 2013 - While at IFA 2013 in Berlin, Germany, our very own Johannes Knapp went hands-on with Sony's latest flagship smartphone. The Xperia Z1 is a water-resistant Android-based smartphone that heads up Sony's smartphone lineup with impressive specifications. Check out our hands-on impressions in the video below:



The Xperia Z1 follows in the footsteps of the Z-models that came before it by continuing to be waterproof. It features a 5-inch Full HD Triluminos display. Powering the display is a quad-core QUALCOMM Snapdragon 800 CPU. On the back of the device, a 20.7-megapixel camera can be found. Johannes notes that the camera preview is really smooth and guesses that it's running at 60FPS.

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We check out Sony's new VAIO Fit 13A

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Laptops | Posted: Sep 7, 2013 4:43 pm

IFA 2013 - Our man Johannes Knapp is on the ground at IFA 2013, a tradeshow currently taking place in Berlin, Germany. He got his hands on Sony's new VAIO Fit 13A, a 13.3-inch notebook that packs a punch. You can see his hands on video below:



The specifications for the 13A vary depending on the model. The one he got his hands on features a 13.3-inch Full HD display with touch capability. The 13A is one of the new convertible notebooks, meaning that the system can be switched into a tablet. It features USB 3.0, HDMI, and a card reader. Powering the system is a capable Intel Core i7-4500U and 8GB of RAM.

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We check out LG's new G Pad 8.3 at IFA 2013

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 7, 2013 2:53 pm

IFA 2013 - Our very own Johannes Knapp is in Berlin, Germany, for IFA 2013, an industry tradeshow currently taking place. While there, he got a chance to go hands-on with LG's recently announced G Pad 8.3, an 8.3-inch tablet that packs an impressive list of specifications.



The LG G Pad 8.3 features a quad-core QUALCOMM Snapdragon 600 processor clocked at 1.7GHz. The processor is coupled with 2GB of RAM to keep everything running smoothly on the 8.3-inch 1920x1200 full HD display. It features 16GB of internal storage, a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, and a 1.3MP front-facing camera for selfie duty.


The system is powered by Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and a 4600mAh battery, ensuring that the G Pad 8.3 should stay powered up for hours on end.

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Your common encryption protocols are nothing for the NSA

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Privacy & Rights | Posted: Sep 7, 2013 10:32 am

If you thought your piddly little firewall would protect you, think again: the NSA can get into virtually anything according to a new leak that has popped up on The Guardian and The New York Times.




The leaked documents are from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, who details in the documents that HTTPS and SSL encryption that is used by most e-mail and banking services are nothing to the NSA to break through. The article talks about a ten-year long NSA project that attacks encryption standards from all angles.


This method uses server farms for brute-force decryption, using malware to intercept messages before encryption could happen, as well as working from within the walls of the tech industry to make sure the adoption of new protocols take place that would make the NSA's job of spying on the world was easier.


You can read more on the scary documents here, and here, but you'll most likely be joined by an NSA analyst somewhere, who is enjoying sharing your screen with you.

ctOS Mobile app for Watch Dogs lets you challenge your friends

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Sep 7, 2013 9:28 am

Ubisoft's upcoming open-world game, Watch Dogs, is looking more impressive by the day, especially with the ctOS Mobile app. The ctOS Mobile app will let you challenge your friends, or poke them if you dominate them in a game.




The news is coming from Anne Lewis, who is a communications associate for Ubisoft, who showed the application off by locating her friend on the app's map of Chicago, tapping on them and starting a challenge. One her friend accepting the challenge, he had to hit four checkpoints within a limited time period. Her job was to stop him from changing the game world from within the app.


She elaborated by saying: "By dragging the helicopter on the screen to hover over the console player's marker (which moved in real-time with his movements on the screen) I was able to see the various aspects of Chicago's infrastructure I could affect. As my opponent stole a car and headed toward an intersection I quickly hacked the traffic lights, sending cars careening into him. His luck held out and he was able to keep moving. If a player dies during the challenge it's not an automatic game over, but he'll have to start back at the beginning and none of the time is returned."

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