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Transformer 4 confirmed, Michael Bay to direct, currently has no cast or story, will be released in June 2014

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Feb 14, 2012 8:13 am

Get ready for more Special FX pr0n, as Michael Bay is now confirmed to direct yet another sequel to the phenomenally successful Transformers series. The movie doesn't have an official name outside "Transformers 4" at the moment, and it doesn't even have a cast, or story yet.

 

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The news was rumored last year, but confirmation has now come from producer Lorenzo DiBonaventura, where he says that a fourth Transformers is planned and should hit in 2014, with veteran Transformers director Michael Bay to direct. MTV spoke to the producer, who said:

 

Michael's going to direct it, and it'll be in the summer of 2014. We'll be releasing it [then]...I think the challenge there is we really are going to do a reboot there, and what that's going to be we don't even know yet.

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Grammy's take in 40 million viewers, near-record ratings, CBS thanks the Web

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Feb 14, 2012 7:21 am

This years Grammy Awards enjoyed a very tidy 40 million viewers, making it the second-largest audience that the Grammy's have ever enjoyed, a number that is up 50-percent versus the 2011 Grammy's. Why the huge 50-percent jump in viewers? Well, most would presume it has to do with Whitney Houston's untimely death the day before, but we also have the digital side of things pumping along.

 

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Big, live TV events are huge on social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook, where online chatter expands like nothing else, and this draws more viewers to TV, where they expand with even more chatter of said event. 2012's Grammy Awards saw 13 million "social media comments", says "social TV" tracker Bluefin Labs. That's more than even the successful Super Bowl, which had more viewers than the Grammy's.

 

CBS say they worked hard to generate online interest for the show, where they point to a fact that they attracted a million visitors to the various sites and iPad/iPhone apps it operated over the three days leading up to the show. CBS say they attracted a peak of 165,000 concurrent viewers to the livestream of pre-Grammy's red carpet coverage on Sunday afternoon.

 

CBS also say they worked hard with artists, and Twitter to pump the show up on their own social networks.

Google-Motorola deal has been approved by both the European Commission and US Department of Justice

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 14, 2012 6:22 am

Google's $12.5 billion purchase of Motorola has not only been approved by the European Commission, but the United States Department of Justice. Google is now edging closer to the deal being completely approved, but they're still waiting on approval of China, Taiwan and Israel, before the transaction can officially be completed.

 

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The DoJ's Anti-trust Division, who conducted the investigation, said the purchase was "not likely to significantly change existing market dynamics" or "substantially lessen competition". Of course, there are still concerns and they will have eyes on them to make sure they don't abuse patents, like other companies do. Reuters have reported that the DoJ "would not hesitate to take enforcement action", if Google were to manipulate the licensing of standard essential patents to their own advantage.

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Steam suffers worldwide failure over the weekend, runs out of... steam

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 14, 2012 5:21 am

Valve's Steam has had quite the press lately, last year they announced Steam Guard, which featured increased security for gamers, but in November of last year, we reported that Steam confirmed they had been hacked. This was after the Steam Forums went down for "maintenance".

 

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This year, Valve released Steam for Mobile, which was a step in a different direction, and then just a few days ago confirmed that last year's hack was actually worse than previously thought. So as you can see, they're having a hard time.

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Google splurging $120 million on Googleplex expansion, includes secret test labs, demo facility

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 14, 2012 4:16 am

Google have whipped out their [Google] wallet and are paying more than $120 million for construction projects at their Mountain View HQ, including work on a series of new or previously secret hardware testing labs, that are hinting at Google expanding interest in making consumer objects to combat rivals Apple, Microsoft, and more.

 

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Included in these new secret labs, is a reported new secret consumer product under the brand name "@home", that is said to wireless stream music or data to other household devices. Google are also said to be modifying a lab for their "Project X", which seems to involve precision optical technology and be part of the secret technology projects that Google co-founder, Sergey Brin is heading.

 

The biggest project in this expansion is said to be a "Google Experience Center", which is at the core of the Googleplex. The 120,000-square-foot center is said to be a kind of private museum for Google's most importan clients and partners, where they plan to "to share visionary ideas, and explore new ways of working" with up to 900 VIPs and other important guests.

 

I'd love to have a tour through these new facilities, it sounds super exciting. I really just want a pair of those Intersect glasses (Chuck fans, unite!). Well, not Intersect glasses, but Google's augmented reality glasses.

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Samsung outs Galaxy Tab 2, sports Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 14, 2012 3:24 am

It seems as though Samsung have just announced their first line-up of tablets for 2012, by announcing the Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0). Samsung have said that this is the perfect "personal on-the-go device" and will be made in both 3G and Wi-Fi variants. The Galaxy Tab 2 will launch in the U.K. and then globally in March.

 

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JK Shin, President of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics has said:

 

Two years ago, Samsung GALAXY Tab began to offer customers more possibilities on the go. Since then, Samsung has actively enhanced our tablet line-up with several tablets in different sizes. The new GALAXY Tab 2 (7.0) will provide people with delighted multimedia experience and allow efficient communication.

 

Samsung's Galaxy Tab 2 sports a 1GHz dual-core processor, 7-inch WSVGA PLS TFT display with a resolution of 1024x600, a 3-megapixel rear-facing cam, and VGA front-facer for video calls, HSPA+ connectivity, the usual Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and USB2.0 host is also included. It will come in sizes of 8, 16 and 32GB, with microSD to expand this storage, too. It also sports 1GB of RAM, and a standard Li-on 4,000mAh battery.

 

This will be Samsung's first Android 4.0-powered tablet, so we should see some good things from it.

Shares of Apple closed at above $500 today, has a market capitalization of almost $470 billion

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 14, 2012 2:19 am

Apple shares closed above the $500 mark today, ending the day at $502.60. Impressive. Being the world's most valuable company must feel good, but being able to boast a market capitalization of almost $470 billion, must feel better.

 

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This means they're up 9 points from yesterday's close, and up more than 80 from the day Apple released their numbers for their super-impressive quarter on January 24th. This $500 mark is said to be a 'psychological milestone', with the market cap the most important. $470 billion may sound like a lot, but during the 1990s boom, Microsoft, Cisco and GE also reached that height.

 

Considering Apple also hold close to $100 billion in cash, this goes to expand those numbers that little bit more. The question I have is, just like all companies, and empires, they fall. Will Apple continuously expand and hit $1000 per share? Or will they fall? What could do that? A true market crash? It seems nothing can stop this freight train that is Apple.

Samsung aren't worried about Apple's TV, says "TVs are ultimately about picture quality"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Feb 14, 2012 1:45 am

Dem be fightin' words from Samsung... Samsung's AV Product Manager said in an interview today, that "TVs are ultimately about picture quality. Ultimately. How smart they areĀ…great, but let's face it that's a secondary consideration".

 

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We all know that picture quality is important, but what if Apple can come along and truly redefine what we think about TVs? Gesture control, voice-controlled, iTunes-powered, and more? Apple could truly come in and change everything we think we know about TVs, just like they did with the iPhone.

 

Let's also think that most people don't even know the difference, or can't see the difference, between 480p, 720p and 1080p. I personally have many friends, who could not tell the difference between an XviD clip, and a 1080p clip. To me, the difference is day and night. To people who buy a $600 1080p screen, versus a $4000 1080p screen, they can't see a difference. All Apple needs to do is use a good quality panel, and make it, different.

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Monday Morning Roundup for February 13, 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Roundups | Posted: Feb 13, 2012 3:01 pm

The latest happenings in the technology world, February 13th, 2012.

 

Motherboards & CPUs:

 

ASUS Rampage IV Extreme BF3 - Vortez News

Foxconn Quantum Force Quantumian-1 X79 Motherboard - Ninjalane

ASUS Maximux IV Extreme Motherboard - OCIA.net

 

Storage:

 

Kingston SSDNow V+200 90 Gigabyte - ocaholic

Synology DS212 NAS Server - Techgage

 

Cases & Cooling:

 

Thermaltake Overseer RX-I Chassis - Overclockers Club

Kingwin LZP-1000 Platinum & Tiche PC HDD Vibration Killer - Silent PC Review

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Deal of the Day: Coupon Code for 27" Planar PX2710MW 1080p LCD Monitor for $209.99 with FREE shipping!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Feb 13, 2012 1:16 pm

Our Deal of the Day is Dell Home - Coupon Code for 27" Planar PX2710MW 1080p LCD Monitor with VGA, DVI, HDMI, 2ms Response, and 3 Year Warranty for $209.99 with FREE Shipping!

 

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$209.99 with FREE shipping after a whopping $260 off coupon code ($469.99 original price) gets you a 27" Planar PX2710MW 1080p LCD monitor with 1200:1 contrast, 300 cd/m2 brightness, 2ms response time GtG, VGA, DVI, and HDMI inputs, plus a 3 year warranty. Use coupon code: GV$C7GQG6C5$BK for the discount.

 

Expires 2/16/12 at 7AM CT.

 

PLANAR PX2710MW 1080P LCD MONITOR DEAL

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