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Bitcoin's surge past $45 each, a 250 percent gain since January

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Mar 11, 2013 1:28 pm

Most digital based currencies come and go, but it seems that Bitcoin may just stick around for a while. As of this morning, a single Bitcoin is worth about $48, which equates to a 250 percent rise in value since January.

 

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250 percent growth in two months in any financial market is unprecedented, and is sure to make some people very wealthy if they can figure out how to convert those digital dollars into physical assets. In just one year the humble Bitcoin has risen 800 percent or a whopping 54,900 percent since its launch back in 2011.

 

No solid reason for the massive growth has been pinpointed at the moment, with speculators stating that it is due to high profile sites like Reddit who now accept donations in the digital currency. Others say that it is a matter of investors trying to capitalize on the fast paced growth Bitcoin has seen.

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Asetek files suit over Cooler Master Seidon liquid coolers

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 11, 2013 12:56 pm

Cooler Master is waking up this morning to a fresh lawsuit involving its Seidon closed loop liquid CPU coolers. Asetek, the company who licenses similar coolers to companies like NZXT, Corsair and PNY is claiming that Cooler Master is infringing on two of its patents.

 

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US Patents 8245764 and 8240362 are the two in dispute here, both of which provide a very vague overview of a sealed "cooling system for a computer system". Both reference a maintenance free liquid cooling system that is connected to a pump and radiator and "different embodiments of the heat exchanging system as well as means for establishing and controlling a flow of cooling liquid".

 

These patents (2010 filing) are updated versions of the ones Asetek used against CoolIT in a similar suit which were filed in 2005 which means that they are valid for any product created since 2005. Neither company has released a statement about the suit and both have refused to comment on the matter.

Leaked details on AMD's upcoming Radeon HD 7790 "Bonaire" GPU appear

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Mar 11, 2013 10:09 am

There's a gap in AMD's GPUs that needs to be filled, which is the very lucrative $110-$170 price point. NVIDIA currently nails this with their GeForce GTX 650 Ti, but AMD are looking to correct their mistake with the HD 7790, or "Bonaire".

 

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The Radeon HD 7790 looks to skip the "Pitcairn" and "Cape Verde" silicons, moving directly to an entirely new ASIC codenamed "Bonaire". The first SKU to be built on this silicon will be the Radeon HD 7790, which should feature 896 stream processors, and will perform at around 10% slowly than the HD 7850. This should definitely take some of the lime light away from the GTX 650 Ti, and if AMD work on the price, they could move a lot of that lime light away.

 

We should see the HD 7790 launched sometime next month.

Google Glass app recognizes people by the clothes they wear

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Mar 11, 2013 9:35 am

A group from Duke University have unveiled a new app destined for Google Glass called "InSight". InSight is capable of recognizing people without using the normal facial recognition technology, instead it will detect people by learning and identifying the patterns and colors of their clothes.

 

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This means that someone wearing Glass and running InSight could detect friends or co-workers in a crowd of people, without the app having to go crazy with facial recognition, instead just detecting the person through their fashion. The group have pushed out a paper describing how Glass users could use a nametag for each person in a room, or, when names are not suitable, users could tweet for someone else "looking to share a cab."

 

You can read more on InSight right here.

Samsung executive says Windows 8 is no better than the Windows Vista platform

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Mar 11, 2013 8:34 am

The president of Samsung's mobile chip division, Jun Dong-soo, has had some very interesting comments to say regarding Windows 8 when speaking with The Korea Times. The Samsung executive said: "The global PC industry is steadily shrinking despite the launch of Windows 8. I think the Windows 8 system is no better than the previous Windows Vista platform."

 

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With Windows Vista being one of Microsoft's low points, it is quite the statement to make. Samsung is a big partner to Microsoft, another point to consider when thinking about that strong statement. The Samsung executive had even more to say, adding:

 

MS's rollout of its Windows Surface tablet is seeing lackluster demand ... Meanwhile, previous vigorous pitches by Intel and MS for thinner ultra-books simply failed and I believe that's mostly because of the less-competitive Windows platform.

Facebook announces over 400 billion Open Graph actions have been shared

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Mar 11, 2013 7:32 am

Facebook's platform team have shared some big numbers over the last couple of days, including that more than 400 billion Open Graph actions have been shared "back to Facebook" as of March. Facebook defines their Open Graph actions as "the high-level interactions users can perform" in a Facebook-connected app.

 

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These actions could include a multitude of things, following, liking, listening to music, reading an article, watching a video, etc. This makes the 400 billion action number impressive, but with 1 billion+ users, you can't be that astonished. Facebook add that "on average, people choose to share their app activity" with friends over 1 billion times per day. The social network have also said that as of this month, "110 million songs, albums and radio stations have been played 40 billion times" through Facebook-integrated apps and "1.47 million books have been shared."

ASUS intros Transformer AiO, is a Windows 8 all-in-one PC and Android tablet

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Mar 11, 2013 6:36 am

Among the various news and releases from Mobile World Congress from ASUS, we missed their Transformer AiO. ASUS' Transformer AiO is an all-in-one Windows 8 PC with a big twist - it doubles as an Android tablet.

 

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Essentially, there are two products with the Transformer AiO, with a full PC powered by a third-generation Intel Core i5-3350P, 8GB of RAM a 1TB HDD. Detaching the 18-inch Full HD display gives you a large 18-inch tablet with Android Jelly Bean powering it, inside we have NVIDIA's Tegra 3 SoC, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.

 

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I think it's a very cool device, and it's great to see ASUS thinking outside the square yet again. I'm surprised we haven't seen Apple do this yet. We should see the Transformer AiO release in Q2, priced at $1299 in the US.

Samsung launches the Galaxy Pop in South Korea, is available in bright orange

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 11, 2013 5:34 am

If you were bored of the same black and white smartphones and were after something completely different, Samsung have launched their Galaxy Pop in South Korea. The 4.65-inch smartphone might sound like a low- or mid-range handset, but it's not.

 

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The Galaxy Pop packs in quite a punch, including a 1.4GHz quad-core processor, 4G LTE capabilities, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, 2-megapixel front-facer, NFC, and a 2100mAh battery. We have the usual Samsung software doing burnouts inside, such as Smart Stay, S Beam, and more. Samsung are pushing the device to younger consumers, let's just hope you get a bag of oranges with it, eh?

Iran blocks VPN access to the global websites

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 11, 2013 4:34 am

Iran have been in the headlines over the last few months from putting up fences to their Internet access, creating a type of intranet. Popular websites like YouTube and Facebook can only be accessed through VPN, which bypasses Iran's filter.

 

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From now on, this might prove to be an issue as Iran is stopping this "illegal" VPN access. Ramezanali Sobhani-Fard, Iran's head of information and communications technology committee has said "Within the last few days illegal VPN ports in the country have been blocked. Only legal and registered VPNs can from now on be used." Typical workarounds to this will not work, but registered and legal VPN access is still a way to get around it, for now.

PlayStation 4 will have support for NVIDIA's PhysX

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 11, 2013 3:35 am

AMD might have won the contract for the hardware inside of Sony's PlayStation 4, but NVIDIA's PhysX and APEX technologies will be supported on the PS4. NVIDIA have announced their support for the PS4, introducing new PhysX and APEX SDKs for developers.

 

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These technologies allow developers to provide dynamic physics to environments, particles, and objects, delivering more life-like destruction, character models, and effects that react in real-time to player interaction and in-game action.

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