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Put your smartphone down while you dine, receive 50% off at dinner

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 28, 2013 11:31 am

There's one restaurant in Israel that is offering 50% discount for its diners, if they turn their smartphones off while they dine. Restaurant owner Jawdat Ibrahim told Time that he has this offer for this diners, because he is disgusted with the changed culture of eating.




Where people will sit at the table, on their smartphones, and not paying attention to their friends, family and loved ones at the table next to, or across from them. I hope that more restaurants around the world begin to offer this, it would be a nice change.

Exclusive: Lian Li wants your feedback on its upcoming PC-A51 chassis

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Nov 28, 2013 10:52 am

Lian Li has a sexy new case in prototype form, and has taken to our forums to show it off. The new case is the LC-A51, which is built to handle water cooling, has great cable management, and has a tool-less HDD system.




Lian Li has pushed the PSU down into the front, which is a weird, yet nice change, and allows the case to be a little smaller than usual. Even with this little shrink, it will still pack a punch in terms of the hardware that will fit inside. As for the look, it's a beautiful anodized black, which not only looks great, but feels great to the touch. Inside we have a black and red interior, which looks slick.




What do you think of this new prototype chassis from Lian Li? Let us know in the comments, or on the forums!

Netflix can't keep up with demand, Super HD content is suffering

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Nov 28, 2013 10:35 am

It looks like Netflix is having issues pushing out its content to its massive user base, and because of that, Netflix is not able to push it all out in what it calls "Super HD", or 1080p.




Netflix's stream gets pushed out to you as soon as possible, but not in its full-resolution glory. This is done so that you're not sitting there watching it buffer for minutes on end, but as soon as the stream is capable of delivering 1080p video, it will switch over. If the bandwidth slows down, the resolution will drop and the buffering of Super HD will begin again.


This is all done to keep you, the content consumer, with a full show always - instead of buffering constantly, not being able to enjoy the latest episode of Orange is the New Black, or House of Cards. The bigger question I have, is that Netflix wants to push Ultra HD, or 4K, content to the masses, but if it's tripping over the network cables in its servers trying to deliver Full HD, with issues, what will Ultra HD cause?

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Nintendo gives out free Wii U consoles to a plane full of passengers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 28, 2013 10:24 am

A Southwest Airlines plane full of passengers had quite the surprise trip, where Mario himself jumped on board and handed out free Nintendo Wii U consoles to each and every passenger.



I think this has multiple parts which need to be discussed - the first, is good guy Nintendo, handing out free consoles - this is just great. Secondly, it's perfect timing, because the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 have launched. Third, it's a completely random act of generosity on Nintendo's part. I wish I was on that flight, that's for sure.


Better yet, an actual Nintendo representative states that the console is for ages 5-95, which is great - another point for the Wii U console.

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Apple's supply on Retina iPad mini is improving

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 28, 2013 9:31 am

If it's one company having issues with production lately, it's Apple. Apple's new Retina iPad mini has been having supply issues since it launched earlier in the month, with the company reportedly struggling with low display yields.




Multiple analysts have said that the Retina iPad mini production would be at around two million units for Q4 2013, but DigiTimes has something else to say about that. DigiTimes is claiming that production issues are all but ironed out, and that Apple is pushing ahead with orders scaling up to four million units for the month of November.


Obviously it is the holiday shopping season, and Apple needs something to sell, DigiTimes has said: "As bottlenecks in making components for the iPad mini with Retina have gradually been removed, Apple has increase orders in November to nearly four million units, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers. Currently, Apple's orders for the iPad mini with Retina have already surpassed those for the first-generation iPad mini, the sources noted."

RumorTT: Next-gen Galaxy Gear to launch with the Galaxy S5

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Nov 28, 2013 8:27 am

We know that there's a next-gen Galaxy Gear coming out, but the latest reports from Korea's ETNews, is that it will be accompanied by the Galaxy S5 smartphone.




This would make much more sense, as the Galaxy Gear 2 would compliment the Galaxy S5 smartphone, instead of how the South Korean giant launched its Galaxy Gear smartwatch, and how it only worked with a few Samsung smartphones. One of ETNews' sources said that the Galaxy Gear 2 "is about 15% to 20% thinner" than the original model, and that the new smartwatch will "further enhance convenience and portability".

As iPhone 5S production improves, Foxconn hires more workers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 28, 2013 7:32 am

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Foxconn has hired more workers, and thanks to its high volume production capabilities, iPhone 5S availability is improving and is now able to meet consumers' demand.




Apple has a 3-5 business day shipping time on the iPhone 5S, which is much better than the 2-3 week wait from last month. Foxconn hires around 300,000 workers at its Zhengzhou site, which is dedicated to manufacturing the iPhone 5S, and some of its most key components. The Journal's source, who was an "executive who declined to be named", said: "we have been churning out about 500,000 iPhone 5Ss everyday, the highest daily output ever."

CyanogenMod Installer pulled from Google Play, sideloaded app it is!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Nov 28, 2013 6:45 am

The CM Installer has been removed from the Google Play Store, according to the official CyanogenMod blog. CyanogenMod Installer is an application that allows you to get a custom ROM onto the device. CyanogenMod have said:




Today, we were contacted by the Google Play Support team to say that our CyanogenMod Installer application is in violation of Google Play's developer terms.


They advised us to voluntarily remove the application, or they would be forced to remove it administratively. We have complied with their wishes while we wait for a more favorable resolution.


To those unfamiliar with the application, it has a single function - to guide users to enable "ADB", a built-in development and debugging tool, and then navigates the user to the desktop installer. The desktop application then performs the installation of the CyanogenMod on their Android device.


After reaching out to the Play team, their feedback was that though application itself is harmless, and not actually in violation of their Terms of Service, since it 'encourages users to void their warranty', it would not be allowed to remain in the store.

Bitcoin tips over the $1000 mark, a 4000% increase in 12 months

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 28, 2013 5:30 am

Bitcoins are massive business right now, with the value of the digital currency passing $1000 for the first time ever. This is a gigantic milestone for the digital currency, and represents a 4000% year-over-year increase in value.




People who have sold their Bitcoins early would be feeling quite ill right now, with an early Bitcoin owner purchasing 10,000 Bitcoins for just $50. He ended up giving his Bitcoins away, but if he had held onto those 10,000 Bitcoins, it would be worth a very swift $10 million today. The Winklevoss twins purchased $11 million worth if Bitcoins back in April, which cost them $120 a piece - an investment that has turned into $90 million or so right now.


I was so close to getting into Bitcoin when it first launched, but backed off - even a small investment back then would be worth magnitudes more now, which makes me a sad man.

US government busted pirating military software, pays $50m settlement

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 28, 2013 4:23 am

We all know how harsh the US government is on piracy and illegal activities, and while we have Vice President Joe Biden saying things like "piracy is theft, clean and simple", the same government he works for was doing just that: stealing.




The US government has been in a multi-million dispute with Apptricity, a software company that makes enterprise software that manages the US Army's troops and supply movements. The deal struck between Apptricity and the US government was signed in 2004, and allowed the US government to use Apptricity's software on five servers and 150 standalone devices.


The company explains: "The Army has used Apptricity's integrated transportation logistics and asset management software across the Middle East and other theaters of operation. The Army has also used the software to coordinate emergency management initiatives, including efforts following the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti."

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