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Google seeks to disclose FISA requests separately, invokes first amendment rights as part of argument

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 18, 2013 10:01 pm

Google is one of the first companies to release transparency reports that disclose the number of requests for personal data they receive from various governments. Unfortunately for Google, FISA and NSL requests often come with gag orders to prevent them from disclosing the fact they even received a request.

 

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We have long pushed for transparency so users can better understand the extent to which governments request their data-and Google was the first company to release numbers for National Security Letters. However, greater transparency is needed, so today we have petitioned the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to allow us to publish aggregate numbers of national security requests, including FISA disclosures, separately. Lumping national security requests together with criminal requests-as some companies have been permitted to do-would be a backward step for our users.

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Facebook for iOS gets updated, brings with it emotions for status updates

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Jun 18, 2013 9:29 pm

Facebook has released an update to their iOS app that brings with it emotions for status updates and better controls over sharing. Emotions for status updates were released not too long ago on the desktop side of things, but it has now been brought to iOS through this latest update.

 

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Facebook has also made it easier to adjust who can see something you've shared, making it easier to protect your privacy. Of course, Facebook has included the prerequisite "bug fixes," but they have also added in the ability to start a new conversation with photos you receive in messages.

 

The latest version of the app can be grabbed from the Apple App Store.

GameStick delayed until August, cites the need for user feedback

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 18, 2013 9:03 pm

GameStick was one of the biggest so-called "game changing" Android-based gaming console to be talk about this year. After successfully completing its Kickstarter funding campaign, GameStick has gathered cash and has shipped out all of its units, but the commercial release has been delayed not once, but now twice.

 

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Today, we learned that the GameStick will not be released to the commercial public until early August at the earliest. The company cites the UI development as the reason for the delay and is waiting on developers to provide valuable feedback. The company does say that manufacturing tooling is complete and that the first Kickstarter controller has rolled off the line.

Logic Supply releases new LGX Core i3 and i5 fanless industrial computer systems

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jun 18, 2013 8:33 pm

Today, Logic Supply announced the release of their LGX ML250 Intel Core i3 / i5 fanless industrial PC systems. The system is built around ASRocks's IMB-170 industrial motherboard and features Intel's Core i3, i7, and Celeron processors. The systems are being touted as "an economical alternative to wide-temperature fanless systems. The LGX ML250 combines commercial-off-the-shelf, high-performance, mobile computing with a silent, compact, fanless chassis that's designed to be redesigned."

 

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The systems feature a wide range of customizing options including three different processors, several memory choices, and SSD and HDD storage options. The devices can be accessorized with two different Wi-Fi setups and features several different mounting options.

 

Operating system options run the full gamut of Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Embedded, and even Linux distribution choices. The LGX ML250 was "designed to be redesigned" which makes it easily rebranded or customized to fit your application. Options range from additional front panel I/O designs to screen printing.

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AMD announces x86 server roadmap, Berlin and Warsaw are the future

By: Charles Gantt | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jun 18, 2013 8:13 pm

Earlier today, we covered the announcement of AMD's ARM-based server architecture codenamed Seattle. Following that announcement, AMD laid out the next generation of its x86 server compatible chips.

 

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First up is Berlin which will replace the Opteron 3300 series at the end of this year. From looking at the specifications, Berlin appears to be a server-oriented version of the upcoming Kaveri APU which includes the Steamroller CPU microarchitecture. Berlin will include accommodations for servers including ECC support any internal caches or memory, as well as uniform memory access which is promised by AMD to be the next big thing.

 

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Up next is Warsaw which appears to be a very small update to the current eight-core Opteron chips. It will only be offered in dual-chip package configurations with 12 to 16 cores. Warsaw will be built on a 32nm process and will feature the current Piledriver cores instead of the next-generation Steamroller architecture. It will be socket compatible with the Opterton 6300 series and AMD is promising power efficiency improvements even though it utilizes the older technology.

LeakedTT: First accessories begin appearing for Low-Cost iPhone

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 18, 2013 7:48 pm

A video has surfaced detailing what appears to be a new case accessory for Apple's upcoming low-cost iPhone. The case shows that the cheap iPhone may be about 2mm thicker than the iPhone 5 and will have rounded corners instead of flat corners.

 

 

While there are no official specs known for the cheap iPhone, it is highly believed that it will feature a plastic body in lieu of the metal frame Apple has used in the past. Additionally, the device will come in an array of colors that span the rainbow. The cheaper iPhone is expected to sell in the $300 to $400 range unlocked and for around $199 with a contract.

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Yahoo looking to acquire video maker app Qwiki for a reported $50 million

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 18, 2013 7:04 pm

In a world where we see startups and dev houses being snatched up left and right, it is no surprise that someone is looking to purchase the automated video maker app Qwiki. With Vine growing every day in popularity and Instagram looking to add video to its service later this week, Yahoo is looking to get in on the video app craze that is so popular at the moment.

 

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According to All Things D, sources close to the company are disclosing that Yahoo is looking to purchase Qwiki for somewhere close to $50 million. Things could still go south in the deal, but word on the street is that both companies are in the advanced stages of the acquisition, and transfer of ownership looks to be imminent.

 

For those not familiar, Qwiki is an app that lets iPhone users quickly combine photos and videos into a single stylized video for sharing with friends on the web. This is yet another purchase in a long line of acquisitions since CEO Marissa Mayer took the head seat at the company.

Giveaway time thanks to AMD! Win one of five A Series A8 6600K 3.9GHz CPU's

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Jun 18, 2013 6:33 pm

While at E3 last week, we visited AMD, and left with five A Series A8 6600K 3.9GHz (4.2GHz Max Turbo) quad-core processors - ours to give away to you, our lovely TweakTown readers.

 

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How to enter? Simple! AMD wants to know what you think of its Never Settle: Reloaded Bundle program. The best five responses posted in the replies on the post on our Facebook page that are most detailed and useful will take home a new A8 6600K CPU - global entry and we cover shipping! You can also give AMD suggestions about future bundle programs - AMD will be monitoring and looking at all responses posted.

 

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This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. You understand that you are providing your information to TweakTown and not to Facebook.

 

Good luck everyone! Enter here!

AMD 5GHz FX-9590 CPU pricing info spotted, seems a bit too high

By: Charles Gantt | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jun 18, 2013 6:08 pm

Last week during E3, AMD launched its new FX-9590 CPU, the world's first factory clocked 5GHz CPU. While the timing was a little odd for such a big deal product, it still managed to make some enthusiasts turn their heads and once again look AMD's way. Unfortunately in another weird move, AMD announced that the new CPU would only be available to system integrators for the time being.

 

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AMD neglected to release any pricing information for the CPU, but lucky for us, a Tier 1 system integrator, PC SuperStore, posted pricing information on the AMD FX-9590 as well as the FX-9370, which is the 4.7GHz little brother. AMD seems to think that the 5GHz FX-9590 is worth a premium of $920, while the FX-9370 will only run consumers $346 for a mere 300MHz drop in clock speed.

 

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As a long time AMD user, the idea of a $920 CPU simply turns me off entirely. I was actually considering sticking with AMD for my new system when the FX-9590 is released to consumers, but at that pricing point, I will just switch over to an Intel Core i7 Haswell 4770K, which may only have four cores compared to the eight of the AMD CPU, but the Haswell will use half the power, and with HyperThreading and Turbo Boost, it will outperform the CPU by leaps and bounds. Just for full transparency, if AMD would have priced the FX-9590 at around $450-$500, I most likely would have stuck with them.

Samsung will live stream it's "Premiere" event on Thursday from London on YouTube

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jun 18, 2013 5:15 pm

Samsung will hold a launch event dubbed "Premiere" this Thursday to showcase new Galaxy and ATIV devices, and TweakTown will be there to cover it with hands on video as well as a complete Live Blog.

 

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The event will take place at 7PM (1PM US EST) in London with the event lasting roughly two hours.

 

We are expecting to see Samsung debut a new Galaxy NX camera as well as a few new ATIV Windows based devices appear. We could also see the upcoming Galaxy S4 with LTE Advance, or even a new Galaxy Tab tablet.

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