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'Anonymous' hackers to create a new social music platform

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Apr 20, 2012 4:12 pm

Ah, yes. Anonymous, the group that does these hackings in order to benefit the greater good. Social activism, justice. Well, a small group of coders from the larger hacktivist organization are coming together to program a new social music service that will collect music from around the web and allow it to be organized into playlists and share...anonymously.



That's right, a small group of coders from Anonymous are planning on creating a social music service, called Anontune, which will pull together music from various sources such as YouTube and SoundCloud and aggregate them so that they can be put into playlists and shared anonymously. Anonymous will not be hosting any of the music.


The whole project hinges on running a java applet which will provide the anonymity as well as the functions of the project. With running an applet from a group such as Anonymous comes some risk, so you do so at your own risk (read: I am not encouraging this behavior, nor do I or TweakTown necessarily approve of this behavior).


According to reports, the service is only 20% complete, so it still has awhile before its debut. The creators hope that the new service will change the way people engage with music. Think of it as an anonymous version of Spotify. The video above is the announcement from Anonymous. I love Anonymous for their entertainment value.

Win a trip to Computex Taipei 2012 as a Guest TweakTown Blogger!

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Apr 20, 2012 3:03 pm

UPDATE - winner announcement!

UPDATE - entries are now closed!


Join the TweakTown media crew as a special Guest Blogger at Computex Taipei 2012 (June 3 - June 10, 2012)!




Win an all-expenses paid trip (flight, hotel and daily expenses) to the biggest computer trade show in Asia and one of the biggest and most exciting of the year in the world.


See the latest and greatest in new tech before all of your friends and write about it on TweakTown as a Guest Blogger. You will visit tech companies in the Computex halls and nearby hotels with the TweakTown crew as we check out their new products. You will get a chance to play with those products and even attend Computex media parties and our very own TweakTown party with us. You will get the chance to write about our sponsors new products and we'll publish your posts on the TweakTown front page under your name as a guest blogger.


The winner will be flown to Taiwan in June and experience Taipei and Computex. The winner may even take home some tech goodies from our sponsors including Sapphire, Corsair and LSI and maybe even some other

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Nvidia's 7 billion transistor Kepler GPU - the GTX 690?

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Apr 20, 2012 2:48 pm

A new posting by Nvidia for one of its sessions at the upcoming GTC has some very interesting pieces of information in it. Mainly the fact that they are promoting "div[ing] into the features of the compute architecture for 'Kepler' - NVIDIA's new 7-billion transistor GPU." Yeah, 7 BILLION, which is just under double the GK104 chip that powers the GTX680.




Oh please let this be reality! As long as that isn't a typo, and yields are good, then it's very possible that this could power the rumored GTX690 instead of two GK104 chips. And, with the date of the conference, it's highly likely that we could see this chip next month. What price will it debut at? I'll put a bet at $1000.



S0642 - Inside Kepler


Stephen Jones (NVIDIA) , Lars Nyland (NVIDIA)


In this talk, individuals from the GPU architecture and CUDA software groups will dive into the features of the compute architecture for "Kepler" - NVIDIA's new 7-billion transistor GPU. From the reorganized processing cores with new instructions and processing capabilities, to an improved memory system with faster atomic processing and low-overhead ECC, we will explore how the Kepler GPU achieves world leading performance and efficiency, and how it enables wholly new types of parallel problems to be solved.


Topic Areas: Parallel Programming Languages & Compilers

Level: Beginner


Day: Wednesday, 05/16

Time: 2:00 pm - 3:20 pm

Location: Hall 1

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Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) now hitting unlocked Galaxy S II in America

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 20, 2012 1:49 pm

The update that has arrived today for the Samsung Galaxy SII phone in the United States had already been out in South Korea for sometime. Now today, we finally get an update to Ice Cream Sandwich, well, Galaxy SII phone owners do. I'm still on one of those Galaxy SI phones and I haven't seen an update past 2.3.4.




One of our friends over at Engadget was super excited when he woke up and found the screen seen above on his Galaxy SII. The update is for unlocked Galaxy SII phones only, meaning your phone needs to be an unlocked, non-carrier specific phone. But, you might as well check your settings for an update even if you don't have one of those.

Intel's private goals for Ultrabooks: 20-30 million sold in 2012

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Laptops | Posted: Apr 20, 2012 4:34 am

It seems that Intel's private goals for their heavily-invested-in Ultrabooks have leaked out, where they hope to have between 20 and 30 million units sold before the end of 2012. The supposed internal roadmap details were passed onto DigiTimes, and those numbers are said to either double or triple in 2013.




By 2013, the supply chain would be truly ready for mainstream adoption, with reinforced plastic available to emulate to rigidity of metal without the higher cost. The next wave of Ultrabooks are nearly upon us as it is, with Ivy Bridge-based Ultrabooks nearly ready. Touchscreen-based Ultrabooks will arrive with Windows 8, which is when sales should begin their very large vertical climb in numbers.


Early sluggish adoption of Ultrabooks has been blamed on Windows PC builders not being used to developing with the higher-end components that Apple are used to. These include aluminum, solid-state drives, and low-voltage Core i5 and i7 chips. This should change as time goes on, and the higher adoption rates of not only Ultrabooks, but the components within them.


Windows 8-based Ultrabooks can't come soon enough!

Facebook could see an IPO on May 17th, will open up at over $100 billion

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 20, 2012 3:37 am

Facebook and IPO, we've heard these two words so many times over the last year or more, and we're inching closer to that magical day. Facebook's recent acquisition of Instagram is sure to go a decent way to help them expand their value, and we could see them eyeing IPO on May 17. This is pends on whether the SEC agrees that all of the paperwork is in order.




Earlier reports have pegged Facebook of hitting NASDAQ during the third week of May, with another source over at CNBC saying that Facebook could go public either on the 17th or 24th of May. Facebook is valued at around $100 billion, right now. Other reports are pointing toward the company wanting to raise $10 billion at a $100 billion valuation.


The only problem with this, is something that I would've said anyway, but TechCrunch points it out: a lot can happen in four weeks. TC cites that the European economy could crash, another oil crisis, etc - and whilst it may be tongue-in-cheek, anything can happen. We'll see how we go between now and then, but it looks like Facebook are going public, and it's not too far away now, folks.

Verizon 4G LTE network will spread its networking tentacles to more than 2/3 of Americans, starts on April 19

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 20, 2012 2:25 am

Verizon have just announced that they are bringing their 4G LTE network to 27 new markets and expanding service in 44 additional markets come April 19. Once Verizon starts this, 4G LTE will be available in 230 markets across the US.




Verizon's 4G LTE service will be made to more than 66-percent of America's population, and by the end of 2012 Verizon hopes to offer its service in over 400 markets, covering 260 million Americans. If you're ready for a mouthful of cities that will receive either new, or an expanded service, get ready:


On Thursday, Verizon will introduce 4G LTE service in Auburn and Tuscaloosa, Ala.; Pine Bluff, Siloam Springs and Van Buren, Ark.; Visalia/Porterville, Calif.; Fort Walton Beach and Ocala, Fla.; Brunswick, LaGrange and Macon/Warner Robins, Ga.; Peoria, Ill.; Kokomo/Logansport and Marion, Ind.; Dodge City, Garden City, Great Bend and Hays, Kan.; Salisbury, Md.; Cattaraugus/Allegany, N.Y.; Sandusky, Ohio; Ardmore and Ponca City, Okla.; Salem/Albany/Corvallis, Ore.; Pierre, S.D.; and Big Springs and Tyler, Texas.

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MIPS-powered tablets see huge shipment numbers, more than 1.8 million in the wild

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 20, 2012 1:48 am

During a panel with senior executives from Linley Group, Intel and Qualcomm, Amit Rohatagi, Principal Architect for MIPS Technologies detailed their mobile strategy of its company and the effects of collaboration with Chinese Ingenic Semiconductor.




MIPS-powered tablets have seen a stellar rise in shipment numbers, thanks to Google announcing that Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich will work on MIPS-based processors, MIPS started to grow in mainland China very unexpectedly.


We first saw Ainovo (sold under the Ainol brand) hit the market with a 7-inch Android 4.0-based tablet for just $99, after which the company began offering $79 and $119 parts, all of which continuously sold out. Ainol is said to be producing as much tablets as they can, and they're now seeing competing companies launching similar MIPS-powered tablets.


For a part that only went into mass production at the end of 2011, Ingenic Semiconductor have shipped 1.8 million chips for tablets. Their next step is to aim for 10 million units shipped by the end of this year. With the insane popularity of Ainovo's tablet, that shouldn't be a problem for Ingenic.

AMD does better than expectations but still loses money

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 19, 2012 11:27 pm

AMD reported its first quarter financial results today and it's not quite as bad as was expected. AMD beat expectations, but they still posted a loss of $590 million. AMD has a strong product line-up in both the CPU and GPU markets, but it's pretty hard to compete against the chip giant that is Intel.




The loss, however, is not due to operations but rather an accounting charge. Revenue for the quarter was $1.59 billion which was higher than the expected $1.56 billion Including the accounting charge, the loss of $590 million amount to 80 cents a share. If we take out the accounting charge, AMD had a good quarter, with a non-GAAP profit of 12 cents a share, or $92 million. Analysts predicted only 9 cents a share with the accounting charge taken out.


"AMD delivered solid results in the first quarter as we remain focused on improving our execution, delivering innovative products, and building a company around a strategy to deliver strong cash flow and earnings growth," said Rory Read, AMD president and CEO. "A complete top-to-bottom introduction of new APU offerings, combined with ample product supply resulting from continued progress with our manufacturing partners, positions us to win and grow."

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RumorTT: Apple to release iPad Mini: orders placed, release date this summer

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Apr 19, 2012 10:27 pm

Rumors about an upcoming Apple iPad Mini refuse to die. This week, rumors are point to Apple releasing another new iPad even though the iPad 3 came out less than a month ago. This new iPad is dubbed the iPad Mini and, pretty obviously, would be smaller than the current generation of iPads.




The current 3rd generation iPad features a 9.7-inch screen and a resolution of 2048 x 1536. The rumors place the new iPad mini with a 7.85-inch screen and a 1024 x 768 display. This is likely so that Apple can sell a version of the iPad at a cheaper price and better compete against the upcoming Windows 8 tablets.


A site is claiming that reports out of China that manufacturers Foxconn and Pegatron both started receiving orders from Apple for the smaller iPad. If you believe this site, the factories will have 6 million iPad Mini units ready to go by Q3 of this year meaning that you could have one in your hands by early- to mid-summer.


The late Steve Jobs wasn't a fan of a smaller screened device: "If you take an iPad and hold it upright in portrait view and draw an imaginary horizontal line halfway down the screen, the screens on the 7-inch tablets are a bit smaller than the bottom half of the iPad display," he said. "This size isn't sufficient to create great tablet apps in our opinion." This begs the question to why the iPhone and iPod Touch are seemingly easy to use.

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