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Bethesda announces registration for Elder Scrolls Online beta

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 22, 2013 9:29 pm

Interested in the upcoming Elder Scrolls Online MMORPG? If so, you might consider signing up for the beta. Bethesda has announced that gamers can sign-up for The Elder Scrolls Online beta. Of course, only a select few will actually be chosen to participate in the beta, so polish those resumes before sending them in.



Along with the beta sign-up announcement, Bethesda released a new cinematic trailer, seen above, which contains a look at the CG sequences in the game.


The beta has not been scheduled to begin quite yet. According to Bethesda: "If selected, you will be one of the first people to embark upon the newest Elder Scrolls adventure, and help us beta test The Elder Scrolls Online. Please be aware that this is just beta sign-ups. The first beta test will begin soon-watch our official website, Facebook, and Twitter for an announcement about the first round of invites."



Microsoft announces Surface Pro is launching February 9

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 22, 2013 9:02 pm

We've finally received an official launch date from Microsoft for the upcoming Surface Pro tablet. The Surface Pro's release date is a bit outside the 90-day window that was originally provided by Microsoft when the Surface RT went on sale next to Windows 8 on October 26.




The Surface Pro will set you back $899 for the 64GB model, not including the keyboard cover, and $999 for the 128GB model, again, not including the keyboard cover. The Surface Pro will utilize one of the 17W Ivy Bridge Core i5 CPUs produced by Intel coupled with 4GB of RAM. Performance should easily outpace the iPad and Surface RT.


It's not clear who will opt for the slightly expensive Surface Pro. Priced in a similar range to most Ultrabooks, an educated guess would attribute most sales to the corporate world. When Microsoft holds its earnings call on Thursday, we should be able to take a look at how the Surface Pro's little brother is doing.

SpaceTT: Evidence of once water filled lake found on Mars, says NASA

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jan 22, 2013 7:33 pm

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has found evidence that the 57 mile wide, 1.4 mile deep McLaughlin Crator once was filled with water that flowed from an underground source.




The evidence lies in the bottom of the crator where there are layered, flat rocks which contain carbonate and other minerals that form only in the presence of water. Small channels in the crator wall also resemble something you might find in a dried up lake bed here on Earth.


The findings were published in the latest edition of Nature Geoscience, and lend even more evidence that Mars could have once been a habitable planet. "This new report and others are continuing to reveal a more complex Mars than previously appreciated, with at least some areas more likely to reveal signs of ancient life than others," said Rich Zurek of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

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MSI launches Enjoy 71 Android 7-inch tablet in Europe, no details on US launch yet

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 22, 2013 6:31 pm

MSI, following suit of other hardware manufacturers this year, has released a new budget 7-inch class Android tablet that will cost roughly 129 euros ($172 USD). Named Enjoy 71, the new tablet is no slouch when it comes to performance while running Ice Cream Sandwich.




Under the hood, the Enjoy 71 sports a dual-core 1.5GHz ARM Cortex M9 8726 processor, Mali-400 GPU, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. A micro SD slot supporting up to 32GB cards, 2MP rear and 0.3MP front cameras, USB and HDMI ports round out the features.


The display is a 1024 x 600 IPS type that is on par with the Nexus 7. A 3200mAh battery gives the device a decent run-time as well as keeping things light weight. Unlike other cheap 7-inch tablets, the Enjoy 71 is housed in a metal frame. No information has been released on when the tablet will be available in the US.

AT&T to acquire Alltel assets for $780 million

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 22, 2013 5:49 pm

This morning AT&T announced that it has signed an agreement with Atlantic Tele-Network to acquire the company's Alltel holdings for $780 million. The acquisition lands AT&T 585,000 new paying customers, some spectrum space, licenses, and all the Alltel retail locations.




In 2008 Alltel was previously scooped up by AT&T rival Verizon which was ordered to divest subscribers in 105 markets where the US government feared Verizon may grow too large. AT&T had previously secured 79 of those markets with ATNI landing just 26. Today's approval lands AT&T the full 105 markets once owned by Verizon.


AT&T gains spectrum in the 700MHz, 850MHz and 1.9GHz ranges. The big issue lies in Alltel being a GSM carrier, meaning existing customers will have to be "transitioned" to new phones working on ATT's GSM, HSPA and LTE networks. Pending a review by the FCC and Justice Department, the deal should finalize sometime later this year.

CyanogenMod 10.1 released, Nexus and Galaxy now compatible

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Jan 22, 2013 4:55 pm

CyanogenMod, the popular rooting tool for Android, has finally reached its milestone "mostly stable" 10.1 revision. Although, most of the risks are still there, the dev team has cleaned up things a good bit.




Most Nexus devices as well as many Samsung Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab devices can now install unofficial Android 4.2 builds for themselves without having to wait out the manufacturers upgrade timeline. This is risky, though, and bricking your device could be a possibility. Do so at your own risk.


The M1 code being released as "mostly stable" and should work well enough for daily use, it however is not 100% stable and is a far cry from being in the same ballpark as a factory firmware.

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Apple and Qualcomm senior engineers hired by AMD, looking to make a big push in 2013

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 22, 2013 4:16 pm

AMD has hired two new senior engineers who had previously worked for the company earlier in their careers. Wayne Meretsky was the technical lead for Mac OS at Apple before joining AMD in 1999, then left for a position at a robotics company only to return to AMD in December.




Charles Marar, also a former AMD employee, is returning as vice president of System-on-Chip Development after spending some time at Qualcomm. AMD describes the two hires as an effort to expand into new markets. These hires come on the heels of Apple's Jim Keller who joined AMD as chief architect this past August.


Rumors are floating around that both Sony and Microsoft may be using AMD chipsets in their next-generation consoles set to launch this spring. If those rumors are true, and AMD's Temash tablet processor is a hit, 2013 could prove to be a pivotal year for the company which has seen a downtrend over the past few years.

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Mozilla unveils two developer phones for Firefox OS, meet 'Kenon' and 'Peak'

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 22, 2013 3:33 pm

The mobile OS market is heating up this year with both Mozilla and Ubuntu looking to break down the strong hold Google's Android and Apple's iOS have on the market. Mozilla just revealed two new developer handsets from its partnership with Spanish startup Geeksphone.




The devices, named Kenon and Peak, are not power houses when compared to high-end Android devices, but they fall in line with Mozilla's plan to pursue low-end emerging markets. The Kenon is the lower of the two models, with a single-core Snapdragon running at 1GHz, a 480 x 320 HVGA touchscreen, 512MB of RAM, and 4GB of onboard storage, a 3-megapixel camera and WiFi / 3G antennas.


The Peak is a little more "peppy" with a more powerful 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4, 4.3-inch qHD (960 x 540) display and an 8-megapixel camera. It includes the same 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage. We have not seen any official pricing structures yet, but Geeksphone is saying that it'll arrive with a price tag "you could never have imagined".

Jobs listings come to Google+, apply for position with a single click

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Jan 22, 2013 2:53 pm

Google's job search page has been one of the search giant's often visited pages, and now Google has decided to spice things up by adding the service to Google+, making it easy for its 500+ million member base to search listings.




The Google Jobs board now lets users narrow down search results by using their Google+ profile data. This gives users a customized job recommendation list and quickly lets one apply for the job. Users also get the ability to follow with existing Google employees, sign up for job alerts, and the option to "star" roles.


I have found myself searching the Google Jobs page before with dreams of working at one of the massive employee friendly campuses. While we are on the subject of Google+, it would only be natural for me to plug the TweakTown Google+ page.

Micron announces new P400m 25nm MLC enterprise SSD

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Jan 22, 2013 2:36 pm

Today Micron is unveiling their new P400m SSD. This SSD is designed for data center servers and storage platforms and increases Microns impressive enterprise SSD portfolio. This 25nm MLC NAND SSD provides surprising endurance from standard MLC, with up to 10 full drive writes per day for five years.




This provides an overall endurance of up to 7PB of lifetime data written to the drive depending upon the capacity utilized. Micron is backing up this endurance promise with a five-year warranty for this new product. The P400m is geared for a multitude of applications including Cloud, VDI, bootstorm management, social media and logging applications.


This terrific endurance is due to Microns implementation of their proprietary XPERT (eXtended Performance and Enhanced Reliability Technology) drive management. This suite of highly optimized firmware algorithms and hardware enhancements increase the endurance of MLC NAND and provides full data path protection. As part of their approach Micron utilizes the same RAIN (Redundant Array of Independent NAND) technology that we have seen utilized in their P320h PCIe SSD. Additional facets of the XPERT approach include Adaptive Read Management/Optimize Read (ARM/OR) and DataSAFE technology.

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