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PayPal begins letting users pay by scanning a QR Code

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 8, 2013 11:30 pm

PayPal has been seemingly fighting an uphill battle while trying to get it's mobile payments system off the ground, and established mobile payment competitors like Square are not making things easy. In an effort to make paying with your mobile phone even easier, PayPal today announced a new way to pay by using QR Codes, something they hope will become the defacto payment method for mobile purchases.




The new QR code payment services works by letting you check into a location with the PayPal mobile app, and then a QR Code is generated which the business can then scan to complete the payment. If the merchant does not have a scanner that is QR code friendly, a code is provided that can be punched into a PIN Pad to complete the transaction. This new service is set to begin rolling out in Q1 of 2014, and only time will tell if it is a good move or not.

HTC One MAX will arrive October 15th with fingerprint scanner & more

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 8, 2013 11:00 pm

Today, a new report from the Wall Street Journal has been released that is suggesting that HTC will unveil it's 5.9-inch HTC One MAX phablet on October 15th. The report also seems to confirm that the extra large smartphone will contain a fingerprint scanner which will be located on the back of the device, just below the camera lens.




If other recent reports are correct then the HTC One MAX will take the throne as king of the phablets with a full HD 1080p display, a quad-core 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and as much as 3GB of RAM. A 3,300 MAH battery will also be present. Unfortunately other rumors are suggesting that the device will feature a combo aluminum and plastic housing similar to the HTC One Mini.

Popular messaging service WhatsApp gets taken down via DNS hack

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Oct 8, 2013 10:04 pm

If you happened to visit WhatsApp's website early this morning, you might have noticed things looked a little bit different. Some time in the wee hours of Thursday morning, a pro-palestinian message replaced the websites homepage with political rhetoric and the message "You Got Pwned."




The hacker group known as KDMS Team took responsibility for the hack, and boasted that "no security measures could stop them from attacking again." The hack was not a direct intrusion of the company's web server, but rather an exploit conducted on the website's DNS records to spoof the DNS and hijack the website's URL. As of this writing, WhatsApp's website has been restored to normal and no further attacked on the messaging service have been reported.

VisionTek adds five new AMD Radeon graphics cards to its lineup

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Oct 8, 2013 8:02 pm

Today VisionTek announced the launch of five new AMD Radeon R Series graphic cards that are designed to provide extreme performance at almost any budget level. The new cards are built on the AMD Radeon R7 and R9 series GPUs and feature some very powerful features with prices starting at just $69.




The newly introduced video cards are comprised of three R7 series and two R9 series GPUs. These two new lines of GPUs from AMD are the first to offer support for DirectX 11.2 and the stunning 3D visual effects, life like visuals and realistic lighting this new standard brings forth. The cards also offer AMD's PowerTune, ZeroCore and App Acceleration technologies that greatly enhance not only the performance, but the entire user experience.


"We're very pleased to announce a new line of high performance graphics cards utilizing AMD's incredible new R7 and R9 Series GPUs," said Mark Bilson, Executive Vice President of VisionTek. "Our cards will redefine the gaming experience due to their visual, audio, and compute capabilities. And because they're priced attractively, these cards should be among the best-selling tech products in the fourth quarter. To coin a phrase from AMD, 'Radeon Is Gaming' truly defines our new line."

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QLogic FlexSuite provides 16Gb Fiber, 10Gb iSCSI for Dot Hill Storage

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Oct 8, 2013 6:40 pm

QLogic announced today that its FlexSuite technology will be providing the converged interface for Dot Hill's ninth-generation storage architecture. QLogic says that this technology will provide Dot Hill's OEM customers and channel partners with the industry's first mid-range 16Gb Gen 5 Fibre Channel/10Gb iSCSI converged networking storage solution.




"Customers want higher bandwidth and greater flexibility in their storage solutions, and we've responded with the launch of our

ninth-generation architecture," said Ken Day, chief technology officer, Dot Hill. "This platform takes advantage of the revolutionary QLogic(R)FlexSuite dual-personality adapter technology to provide our customers with the fastest Fibre Channel and iSCSI connectivity available today, all from the same hardware. Our converged interface architecture

delivers unparalleled flexibility, allowing organizations to instantly convert their storage from Gen 5 Fibre Channel to 10Gb iSCSI and vice versa."


QLogic designed their FlexSuite dual-port ASIC with the company's unique multi-port traffic isolation technology which lends greater reliability and security on implementations which feature dual-port solutions. This architecture features on-chip CPU and memory isolation, that ensures one port will continue to function securely should the other port experience issues. This technology is essential to enterprise level data centers, and assures the highest level of availability for mission-critical applications.

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Google and HP launch Chromebook 11, retails for $279 without LTE

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Laptops | Posted: Oct 8, 2013 6:26 pm

Yesterday I posted a rumor that HP was developing an 11-inch Chromebook and could release it very soon. As it turns out, that launch came much earlier than anyone expected. This morning Google and HP teamed up in New York City to launch the new Chromebook 11, a low-cost laptop that runs Google's Chrome OS.




The Google Chromebook 11 features a 1366x768-pixel, 11-inch IPS display that features a 176 degree viewing angle, while managing to shine 50-percent brighter. Processing is handled by a Samsung Exynos 5250 CPU and 2GB of RAM is present to keep things running nice and smooth. The Chromebook handled connectivity through dual Micro USB 2.0 ports and a wireless 802.11 N connection, use a Micro USB cable to charge their smartphones.


The Chromebook 11 weighs in at just 2.3-pounds and measures in at 0.7-inches thick. This lightweight design is accomplished thanks to a plastic exterior shell which surrounds a magnesium frame that provides strength and rigidity. The Chromebook 11 retails for $279, and is available to order from Google Play, Best Buy, Amazon, and direct from HP today.

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Lulzbot unveils the TAZ 2.0 3D printer, now print without a PC

By: Charles Gantt | More News: | Posted: Oct 8, 2013 5:17 pm

Today, Lulzbot announced the launch of its fifth generation 3D Printer, the TAZ 2. The new printer is quite similar to the original TAZ, but now features an LCD display and SD card reader that allows users to print their objects without the need to connect the printer to a PC.




The TAZ 2 features the largest build volume of any other desktop 3D printer in its class, and can handle prints with a footprint of 12-inches x 11-inches x 10-inches. The TAZ 2 has already raised over $228,000 in crowdfunding on and represents Lulzbot's move into a more mass-production mindset. The TAZ features more laser cut parts than its predecessor and now the electronics are shielded by a metal enclosure. Additionally the electronics cooling fan is much quieter than the previous model, which is a direct result of customer feedback.


"At Aleph Objects, we're continually evolving our LulzBot 3D printers to not only meet marketplace needs in real-time but to raise industry standards for 3D printing as a whole," said Jeff Moe, President and Founder. "Our latest printer, the TAZ 2, represents our community-driven approach by capturing the best-of-class in ideas from engineers and innovators around the world."

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Yahoo Mail just got a makeover that should make Gmail jealous

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Oct 8, 2013 3:40 pm

Over the last year, Yahoo's Marissa Meyer has been working hard at revitalizing the stale company with new looks, new services, and changing the companys image to something more modern and hip. Today the company has unveiled a complete redesign for its Mail service that brings forth a more refined and elegant email experience.




The new Yahoo Mail is being rolled out today across all platforms and features a new compose screen as well as a new Flickr-generated theme that gives the service a transparent UI. Users now also have a data cap of 1TB, which is much larger than Gmail, but still not unlimited like previously given. Yahoo does say that 1TB of email storage is enough room for 6,000 years of email though.


Yahoo chose to roll out the new design today, on what is the service's 16th birthday, and personally I love the look and feel of the new Yahoo Mail. As an avid Gmail user I really hope that Google takes a long and hard look at this new UI from Yahoo and implements some changes of its own to Gmail. What do you think about the new layout? Are you a fan of Gmail or Yahoo? Let me know in the comments.

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Coca-Cola opens up its own stores in developing countries

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 8, 2013 12:37 pm

Well, I never thought I'd see the day, but Coca-Cola is now opening up one-stop shops for the most basic of human needs. The soft drink company is opening up what it is calling Ekocenters in developing countries such as Africa, Asia, and even North America and Latin America.




Coca-Cola will be opening up somewhere between 1,500 and 2,000 of its Ekocenters around the world, which will supply resources such as clean water, power, Internet, vaccines, cooked meals and ice cold Coca-Cola. You know, because if you're in a developing country, you're going to sit down and pump away at some free Internet drinking some Coke.


The basic goal of these Ekocenters will be promoting access to water, power and health supplies, but there's no concrete yes or no on whether Coca-Cola would charge for these supplies. A pilot Ekocenter has been opened up in South Africa, and each Ekocenter will be run by a woman, according to Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent.

LG to use curved, 'cable batteries' in future devices

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 8, 2013 11:30 am

We know LG is working on 6-inch curved smartphone displays, but just how would that smartphone be curved if the battery is not curved? Well, LG is working on this, announcing that it is indeed working on curved batteries.




LG Chem, a division of LG, is working on producing both curved, and "cable batteries." The company has a patent on "Stack & Folding" technology which will allow it to build a battery with several 'steps' in it. This would allow for a curved battery for devices in that particular form factor. LG also says that the batteries would eventually find their way into watches, and glasses, too.


The curved batteries are already in mass production, where they'll power the next generation of phones from LG.