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Microsoft starts off the day with a $40 billion share buyback program

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 17, 2013 7:03 pm

Early this morning just before Wall Street opened for trading, Microsoft announced that it would be buying back $40 billion of its own stock as well as increasing its quarterly dividend by 22 percent. This announcement comes on the heels of the company's previous $40 billion buyback program that will expire at the end of this month.

 

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Microsoft said that its quarterly dividend will rise to $0.28 per share, which is up from the $0.23 per share it paid last quarter. Unlike the last buyback initiative, there is no expiration date for the new program, which means the buyback could take a while to complete. Shortly after the announcement, Microsoft stock opened about $0.60 per share higher than at closing on Monday at about $32.75 per share. At the time of this writing, it is down to about $33 per share, which is an increase of 0.7 percent over its closing numbers Monday, and is actually lower than what the stock closed at on Friday.

ASUSTOR launches new entry-level AS 2 Series NAS

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Sep 17, 2013 6:09 pm

Today, ASUSTOR announced the launch of a brand new budget-friendly, entry-level NAS. The AS 2 Series NAS is designed to fill the storage needs in a personal home network and is subdivided into two different lines.

 

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The AS-20XT series is designed around the idea of creating a personal cloud for customers who just need network storage. The AS-20XTE series is designed to give users both personal cloud storage as well as digital entertainment functionality. Both series feature a 2-Bay and 4-Bay solution, which were designed to meet the needs of consumers as well as provide an entry-level product for those using a NAS for the first time.

 

All four of the ASUSTOR 2 Series NAS feature Intel's latest dual-core Atom processor running at 1.2GHz, with the AS-20XT featuring 512MB of DDR3 RAM while the AS-20XTE boasts an impressive 1GB of DDR3 RAM. The AS-20XT includes powerful cloud storage software that allows users to quickly set up their own backup server, file server, video surveillance solution, or even a web server.

 

The AS-20XTE features an HDMI port, IR receiver, and an XBMC App that can be downloaded to turn the NAS into a full-featured media player. ASUSTOR also features an optional remote control that will allow users to control the media center functionality from their recliner. Optionally, users can download the XBMC remote app to their mobile device for easy control as well.

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ASRock close to launching its highly anticipated M8 barebones system

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Sep 17, 2013 5:05 pm

ASRock is said to be close to launching its highly anticipated M8 barebones PC. The mini-ITX-based PC was designed in collaboration with BMW's Design Works team and is one hot looking mini PC. Although it may be small, the M8 barebones packs one heck of a punch even before the processor, RAM, and GPU have been added.

 

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The M8 features an ASRock Intel Z87 mini-ITX motherboard, which supports 4th-Generation Intel Core Processors code named Haswell. Also included is built-in Creative SoundCore 3D 7.1 HD audio, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0. ASRock has also integrated its A-Command with G-Sensor technology and the device supports ASRock Key Master. 3 Months of XSplit Premium is also included in the package.

 

TweakTown got to take a sneek peek at the new ASRock M8 during the Computex 2013 show that was held in Taipei, Taiwan, earlier this year. Our own Shawn Baker was quite pleased with the new M8 and said that it is an innovative little PC. You can find his full preview here along with many photos of the new micro-PC.

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Sharkoon's new FireGlider is one hot optical gaming mouse

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Sep 17, 2013 3:40 pm

Today, PC Gaming peripheral manufacturer Sharkoon announced the launch of a revised optical version of its popular FireGlider gaming mouse. The new FireGlider Optical features a 3000 DPI, 3600 FPS optical sensor that is adjustable all away down to 400 DPI.

 

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The new FireGlider Optical mouse features a seven button layout, of which five are freely programmable via the included software. Individual macros can be created and then stored on board the mouse's built-in memory. The mouse features Sharkoon's Weight Tuning System that is made up of seven interchangeable metal weights and allows the mouse to be tuned from 118g all the way up to 135g.

 

The mouse retains its prized matte black paint job with a vibrant red tribal flame design as well as a 180cm long USB cable that is sleeved in a textile braid and capped off with a goal-plated USB plug. Sharkoon says that the FireGlider Optical gaming mouse is available from authorized retailers for 17.99 Euros.

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Analyst: GTA V will generate $1 billion in sales in the first month

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 17, 2013 12:36 pm

My Facebook news feed is quickly filling up with my friends' posts about Grand Theft Auto V, but it looks like the latest title from Rockstar Games could generate over $1 billion revenue... in the first month on sale alone.

 

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This comes from Colin Sebastian, who is an analyst for Robert W. Baird, who predicted that GTA V will outpace its predecessors because it is launching on platforms that have massive player bases. Sterne Agee analysts, Arvind Bhatia and Brett Strauser chimed in, saying "we see potential for worldwide day-one sell-through of 6.5 million units [and] $400 for GTA V."

 

We did report not too long ago that Rockstar had pumped some significant coin into GTA V, to the tune of around $265 million. While this might sound like a lot, we are talking about Grand Theft Auto V here. Making its money back within a month would be quite the payday for Rockstar Games and Take-Two, that's for sure.

Apple allows developers to start submitting 64-bit apps for iPhone 5S

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Sep 17, 2013 11:32 am

It looks like that A7 processor Apple is baking into each and every iPhone 5S is about to get used a helluva lot more. The Cupertino-based giant is now allowing app developers to submit 64-bit apps for the iPhone 5S. Developers with apps that work on both iOS 6 and iOS 7 will be limited to 32-bit for the time being, but the company is set to support a single app binary for both 32- and 64-bit apps rolling into October.

 

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You can submit 64-bit apps for iOS 7 today that take advantage of the power of iPhone 5s. Xcode can build your app with both 32-bit and 64-bit binaries included so it works across all devices running iOS 7. If you wish to continue to support iOS 6 then you will need to build for 32-bit only. Next month we will be making changes that will allow you create a single app binary that supports 32-bit on iOS 6, as well as 32-bit and 64-bit on iOS 7.

Google sells out of its Nexus 4 in the US, won't be making a comeback

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 17, 2013 10:32 am

Well, well, well... Google is sold out of its Nexus 4 smartphone in the United States, which should excite everyone. A "trusted source with knowledge of the company's plans" told The Verge that this is the end of the Nexus 4 in the US.

 

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There are a few Nexus 4 smartphones with other countries' Google Play Stores, but they're now sold out in the United States. This is great news, as it means that Google should be primed to unleash its Nexus 5 smartphone any day/week/month now. We've been hearing more and more about the Nexus 5, with a tease at the Android 4.4 KitKat unveiling, and another tease just earlier on tonight.

 

We will bring you more details on the Nexus 5 as it happens, so stay tuned, folks!

Microsoft was working on a Surface smartphone, plans scrapped now

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 17, 2013 9:36 am

Before Microsoft signed the dotted line on its acquisition of Nokia's Devices and Services division, the Redmond-based giant was rumored to be working on a Surface smartphone, or at least a prototype of one.

 

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If the deal with Nokia didn't go through, they would've at least had a backup plan. There were also reports of Nokia working on an Android-based smartphone before they were acquired by Microsoft, so they had a backup plan, too. I don't think Microsoft should release a Surface smartphone until they know it is ready to kick some ass.

 

I would love to see a Surface smartphone for something like $299, competing with the Nexus range of smartphones from Google, and bashing the apples out of the iPhone 5C which was meant to be "cheap" but obviously Apple don't know what that means. Maybe they should look at the $300 billion+ missing from its value on the stock market and reevaluate its position on "cheap."

Samsung already working on a Galaxy Gear 2 smartwatch for 2014

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Sep 17, 2013 8:29 am

For those of you who were looking at buying the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch, you might want to just hold off on that as there's rumors that the South Korean company is working on the Galaxy Gear 2 smartwatch for a release early next year.

 

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Korean language news site, Daum, reports from unnamed industry sources that Samsung is already working on a second-generation Galaxy Gear smartwatch. Daum is reporting that the second-generation Galaxy Gear smartwatch would work on a larger range of Samsung smartphones, compared to the first-generation Galaxy Gear which will only work with the Galaxy Note III smartphone at launch.

 

It's a bit worrying that Samsung would launch a second Galaxy Gear so close to the first-generation unit, but this just makes Omate's TrueSmart "Smartwatch 2.0" device stand out much more.

HTC One Max smiles for the camera, should be a monster of a phone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 17, 2013 7:26 am

HTC needs a superstar smartphone, stat, but could we expect it with the HTC One Max? HTC's latest smartphone has arrived yet again in the form of more leaked pictures.

 

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The HTC One Max features a 5.9-inch 1920x1080-pixel display, a 1.7GHz processor (most likely Qualcomm's Snapdragon 600 SoC), a 4-megapixel UltraPixel rear-facing camera, 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of on-board flash storage, a 3,300mAh battery and runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The biggest surprise, is what looks like a fingerprint scanner on the back.

 

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We should expect the HTC One Max to launch next month for around $800.

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