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Hearst begins publishing magazines on iPad days before printed copies released

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jan 18, 2013 6:28 pm

Magazine publishing powerhouse Hearst has started publishing its magazines on Apple's iOS newsstand days earlier than it releases the print editions to physical newsstands. This could be a pivotal moment in how magazines are published industry wide.

 

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Hearst has started publishing 22 of its major magazines early to the iPad's newsstand. This bucks the trend seen in recent years where publishers paid little attention to early publishing for digital devices.

 

Apple has said that it welcomes other publishers to follow and notes that other online stores do not offer the same privilege of early publishing.

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XBMC for Android gets "User Friendly" app release

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Jan 18, 2013 5:17 pm

If you are a media junkie and a computer geek like me, you have most likely heard of XBMC, the Xbox-born open source media center software. Also if you are like me, you have used XBMC for years to shuttle your digital media from servers to televisions. Then like me, you will be glad to hear that XBMC has released a "user friendly" version of the XBMC app for Android.

 

 

While we have had access to the official app for a while now, it has been complicated to get working properly on most Android devices, leading to hours of frustration for not so tech savvy users. XBMC has announced that a stable, user friendly version of the app is now available for download. Details on how to get everything up and running can be found here.

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Facebook to the world: Develop a new kind of more efficient flash memory for photo storage

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 18, 2013 4:19 pm

Facebook's Jay Parikh, VP of infrastructure engineering, wants to move everyone's photos to flash memory for both quality and energy saving purposes. The only issue is that the proper kind of flash memory needed simply does not exist in commercial scale.

 

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Our own Anthony Garreffa recently reported that Facebook users uploaded a massive 1.1 billion photo uploads on New Year's day alone, and it is metrics like that that is pushing Facebook into looking for better image storage methods than the old school mechanical hard drive method.

 

It's not that the hard drive storage method isn't working, but rather it is inefficient, slow, and consumes a ton of power when compared to solid state storage. That is why Parikh is calling upon the world to create a new kind of flash memory that is designed for occasional data retrievals, unlike current technology that is designed for persistently accessed files - that is, high performance NAND. This truly is one of those "If you build it, Facebook will come" scenarios.

RumorTT: PlayStation 4 to be more powerful than Xbox 720

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 18, 2013 3:17 pm

A popular gaming website is reporting that the PlayStation 4 will be significantly more powerful than its rival, Microsoft's Xbox 720. VG247 has said that their developer sources who possess intimate knowledge of the PS4's specs as well as the Xbox 720 have confirmed the rumors.

 

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VG247 says that the PS4 will clock in at around 1.84 teraflops of run-capability which is significantly more than the mere 1.23 teraflops possessed by the Xbox 720. The Xbox however, will sport 8GB of RAM over the PS3's 4GB, according to the source.

 

The website is also reporting that the new Xbox will have Blu-ray playback capabilities this time, which should come as no surprise because developers will need the extra disc space to fit all of those high-end graphics on. We will know for sure which console wins the power race in March when both companies are set to make announcements. Until then we'll keep reporting on developments on the subject as they come to hand.

JK Imaging unveils Kodak-branded S1 Micro Four Thirds camera, Kodak name lives on

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cameras | Posted: Jan 18, 2013 2:43 pm

Kodak has taken a beating recently that can only be described as "epic." There is a chance to own a new digital camera bearing the spiraling company's name, though. JK Imaging has just unveiled its Kodak-branded S1 Micro Four Thirds camera.

 

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JK Imaging bought the Kodak brand for it's own line of cameras and the S1 is its first product released under the Kodak name. We tried searching for a detailed specifications list, but it seems that any info about this new camera is being kept a well guarded secret.

 

At this point all we do know is that it will have built-in WiFi, and most likely it will bear a Sony-made CMOS sensor. Word on the street is that the S1 will launch sometime in Q3 of this year and as soon as we have more info we will pass it along.

Nokia releases design files for Lumia 820 cover, enables you to print your own with a 3D printer

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 18, 2013 1:36 pm

3D printing is huge at the moment, with DIY models starting at $400 and ranging up to $2000 for ready built replicators. Nokia has also taken notice of the uptrend in 3D printing and has released 3D design files for the Lumia 820 cover.

 

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Nokia was the first to bring us cell phones with swappable cases back in the 1990's and now they are hoping to refuel the custom case craze that once was. The Lumia 820 already has a range of colored rear covers, but the Finnish company wants you to print your own on a 3D printer.

 

The design files were released on Nokia's developer site and can be download by anyone who creates a free account on its website. As a long time proponent of 3D printing and a 3D printer owner, I wish more companies would begin doing this. I would even be willing to pay up to a few bucks for a design file of a simple broken part that I could print out at home.

US politician proposes tax on violent video games, would help 'prevent mass shootings'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jan 18, 2013 12:35 pm

Diane Franklin, a Missouri-based representative, has proposed a new sales tax on violent video games, in which she thinks "would finance mental health programs and law enforcement measures to prevent mass shootings."

 

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The Entertainment Software Association told Joystiq in response to the proposal that "the U.S. Supreme Court ruled only 18 months ago that laws penalizing video games are unconstitutional. Taxing First Amendment protected speech based on its content is not only wrong, but will end up costing Missouri taxpayers."

 

I don't see how pushing in some new taxes is going to somehow curb mass shootings - guns don't kill people, people, kill people. I don't think video games are the cause of all of this, and if they're going to be targeted as a source, then I think we should be looking at the bigger picture. Is it society? Parenting? The influence within movies, music, TV shows?

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Chrome Beta arrives on Android, features new icon displaying "BETA"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Jan 18, 2013 11:36 am

Now that the Chrome Beta channel app has opened its doors for business in the Google Play Store, we're finally getting some constant updates. The latest update includes a new icon that has a black and white "BETA" tag on it.

 

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This may not sound like world changing news for most, but usually the BETA tag has a grey and white color scheme. The new update brings some small fixes:

  • 165783 - Enable compositing scrollable frames on Android
  • 168368 - Chrome progress bar should be displayed as soon as the user clicks a link
  • 165244 - Text handler jumps or disappears when moving
  • 162486 - iframe scrolling broken

 

As with most Beta releases, there are still some bugs hanging around - such as the yahoo.com page links not working as well as some graphical glitches on some devices. You can get the Chrome Beta right here.

Sony dump their New York City HQ for $1.1 billion, hopefully investing it into the PS4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 18, 2013 10:36 am

I knew Sony were in trouble, but is this a sign of serious problems for the Japanese electronics giant? Sony have now announced they're selling their New York headquarters to a consortium led by The Chetrit Group.

 

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After Sony settle their debts on the building, the $1.1 billion sale will see Sony cash in around $685 million in operating income. This will help their Q3 earnings, but it won't help the company in the long run. Rumor has it that Sony are looking to repeat the sell off in Japan, which will see another $1.14 billion enter their accounts.

 

Do you see this as a sign of confidence for Sony? Or as a sign of things to come? I personally think that if the PlayStation 4 isn't super successful, and by that I mean a total homerun, it'll be lights out for Sony. Maybe not right away, but in the coming 1-2 years, that's my prediction. They need something big and they need it now.

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Diablo III lead director leaves the game, will shift somewhere else within Blizzard

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 18, 2013 8:36 am

Diablo III's Game Director, Jay Wilson, has announced through the Blizzard forums that he is leaving his post. Wilson has been in this position for seven years now, and is looking to move on as he has "reached a point creatively where I'm looking forward to working on something new".

 

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Wilson will now move from the Diablo III project and onto something else within the company, so this definitely isn't hit resignation from the company. Wilson cites that he wasn't the only person working on the project and there are still many committed employees of Blizzard tweaking and working on Diablo III to continue to impress fans.

 

Wilson finishes his post by telling the world that patch version 1.0.7 is on its way, and that there are "many other great things brewing for Diablo in 2013". He finishes his post with something personal, and witty:

 

You are the most passionate, dedicated group of gamers a designer could hope to have. I wish you all the best, and want to thank you for making this an amazing experience for me. Keep your axes sharp, your spell books handy, and that crafty devil in check.

 

--Jay

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