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Yahoo acquires Qwiki for a rumored $50 million

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 2, 2013 10:37 pm

Yahoo has been on an acquisition binge as of late. The latest company that Yahoo has acquired is the start-up Qwiki. Qwiki is an app that takes a user's pictures, music, and videos and turns them into short videos, hence the name Qwiki. The purchase price has not been disclosed, though it's rumored to have been around $50 million.




Yahoo has gained a reputation as a company that often kills a start-up after acquiring it. However, this doesn't seem to be the case for Qwiki. Yahoo has said in a blog post that the team will join Yahoo in its New York offices. "We will continue to support the Qwiki app, and the team will join Yahoo in our New York city office to reimagine Yahoo's storytelling experience."

ReportTT: Motorola to run Moto X ad tomorrow, says its the 'first smartphone you can design yourself'

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 2, 2013 10:02 pm

Things have just gotten interesting on the smartphone front. In a leaked ad due to run tomorrow in several major newspapers, Motorola claims that the new Moto X is the "first smartphone you can design yourself." This clearly doesn't detail just what they mean, but the ad also plays up the smartphone's "Made in America" tag.




It's possible that customers will have the ability to customize the outside of the system, but it's also possible that Motorola may be taking a customized laptop approach to smartphones. If this is the case, you should be able to choose specific specifications aside from just the internal storage. You could theoretically pick different processors, screens, and RAM to suit your needs.


With Motorola starting to run ads, it's pretty likely we'll start to see and hear more about the Moto X. I would expect the device to possibly launch around the same time as the next iPhone, making it available for the holiday shopping season.


I know I'm extremely excited. Just how excited are you?

SanDisk acquires SMART Storage Systems

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Jul 2, 2013 4:03 pm

SanDisk continues their string of SSD-related acquisitions today with the purchase of SMART Storage Systems for $307 Million. This purchase comes after there was tremendous speculation that SanDisk was looking to acquire OCZ over the last several months. SMART Storage Systems, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SMART Worldwide Holdings, is a leading provider of current and next-generation enterprise solid state drive (SSD) products and technology.




SMART Storage Systems makes more sense as an acquisition for SanDisk due to their patent portfolio that includes such revolutionary technologies as the Guardian Technology Suite. SMART also has much deeper penetration into the enterprise market than OCZ, and SanDisk has traditionally focused on enterprise-centric acquisitions in the SSD market. Recent acquisitions of Pliant and FlashSoft have created significant value for SanDisk over the last several years as they increase their presence in the enterprise market.

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Battlefield 3 leads July's PlayStation Plus list of free games

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 2, 2013 1:26 pm

PlayStation Plus members are getting a good deal this month with the July list of free games available to Plus members. Sony Computer Entertainment announced through the PlayStation Blog that beginning on July 2, DICE and EA's first-person shooter, Battlefield 3, will join PS Plus' instant game collection.




Four more games join BF3, and will hit the PS3, PS Vita and PSP in North America this month:


  • Battlefield 3 (PS3)
  • Metal Slug XX (PSP, Compatible on PS Vita)
  • Jet Set Radio (PS3)
  • Dokuro (PS Vita)
  • Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee HD (PS3)

Kickstarter-funded Leisure Suit Larry Reloaded hits retail later this month

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 2, 2013 12:24 pm

The amount of hours I poured into this game as a youngster was ridiculous, and with the Steam version hitting last month, the retail copy will reach store shelves later this month.




Publisher, Replay Games, said that the June release date for the retail version was "somewhat less certain". Leisure Suit Larry Reloaded was on Kickstarter, where it passed its $500,000 funding goal with the help of over 14,000 backers.

Firefox OS-powered smartphone debuts in Spain for $90

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 2, 2013 11:27 am

Say hello to the first Firefox OS-powered smartphone, the ZTE Open. ZTE's Open goes on sale in Spain today on the Telefonica Movistar network and will cost 69 euros ($90 or so).




But, it gets better - for $90, you get the ZTE Open and a 30 euro pre-paid balance for calls, as well as a 4GB microSD card. Quite the bargain if you ask me. Inside the ZTE Open, we have 256MB of RAM, a 3.2-megapixel rear-facing camera and 3.5-inch HVGA touchscreen. The OS is built entirely on HTML5, which means it has the ability to run a variety of apps.


We should expect more Firefox OS-based smartphones in the near future, but it'll be a while before they start throwing punches with the big boys over at Apple, Samsung and Google.

Microsoft snuggles up with resellers in order to push more Surface Pro tablets

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 2, 2013 10:27 am

Microsoft have announced that they're teaming up with resellers in their Microsoft Devices Program, which will see certain third-party resellers have the Surface available for purchase by commercial customers such as schools, business and universities.




The software giant have selected 10 companies for now, with these companies now allowed to sell Surface Pro and Surface RT devices. These 10 companies are: PCM, Softmart, CDW, CompuCom Systems, En Pointe Technologies, Insight Enterprises, Softchoice, SHI, PC Connection and Zones. Microsoft are pushing this program across the world, so this list should only continue to grow from here on out.


Microsoft also took the time to confirm that they're releasing a 256GB edition of the Surface Pro tablet, which will be made available in the US. It will sell for $1,199.99 with availability set at between 4-6 days.

Apple to build a solar farm to power their Nevada-based data center as well as the surrounding community

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 2, 2013 9:27 am

Apple will be working with NV Energy, a Nevada-based utility company, where they'll build a solar array together. The new solar array will be built next to Apple's Reno, Nevada-based data center, and will power the data center once it's complete, as well as the surrounding community. Apple said in a statement:




All of Apple's data centers use 100 percent renewable energy, and we are on track to meet that goal in our new Reno data center using the latest in high-efficiency concentrating solar panels. This project will not only supply renewable energy for our data center but also provide clean energy to the local power grid, through a first-of-its-kind partnership with NV Energy. When completed, the 137 acre solar array will generate approximately 43.5 million kilowatt hours of clean energy, equivalent to taking 6,400 passenger vehicles off the road per year.


The new facility will create around 1,000 jobs in and around Washoe Country, as well as "result in, over a 10-year period, a total of $24.1 million in direct and indirect revenues in Nevada" according to a survey by Applied Economics for the State of Nevada. Apple's goal is to eventually have all of their facilities powered by 100% renewable energy, and at this rate, they'll get there in no time.

Windows 8 has actually passed Windows Vista as the third-most used OS on the market

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jul 2, 2013 8:26 am

Net Applications' latest data has some good news for Microsoft, as Windows 8 is finally getting into its stride. It has passed Windows Vista to become the third-most used OS in the world.




Windows 8 enjoys 5.1% of the OS market share, with first place going to Windows 7 with 44.37% and second place we have Windows XP with 37.17%. Windows Vista gets pushed into fourth position with 4.62% of the worldwide OS market share, and Apple enjoys the next three positions with OS X 10.6, 10.7 and 10.8.


Net Applications' data shows that Microsoft have enjoyed a nice uptick in selling Windows 8-based systems since May, increasing from their 4.27% figure to the current 5.1% figure. It'll be a very long time in third position, unless consumers start buying Windows 8 devices in serious numbers, but I don't see that happening anytime soon. I would be surprised to see them break 8% by the end of the year.

Minecraft 1.6.1 'The Horse Update' has gone live

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 2, 2013 7:29 am

The unstoppable Minecraft has a new update available, which is known as "The Horse Update". The Horse Update pushes Minecraft up to version 1.6.1, which - you guessed it - includes horses in the game now.




Mojang have also provided donkeys and mules, which can be bred and spawned naturally. These animals do require taming before you can ride them, but once you do you can ride them around in the game world, adding chests to their saddles. You can also name your horses like other 'pets' and add all sorts of armor like iron and diamond.


The Horse Update also includes improvements, such as a conversion tool that lets you convert texture packs to resource packs, which will allow you to add sounds to different items. This update includes the usual performance and stability fixes, as well as improvements in riding mounts, respiration enhancements, extra tooltips, carpets in different colors which can be added on blocks, and like you can do stain wool you can now do stained clay.

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