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NVIDIA announce the first ever GeForce eSports World of Tanks Open Tournament

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 22, 2013 6:32 am

NVIDIA have announced the first ever GeForce eSports World of Tanks Open Tournament, with gamers competing to win NVIDIA GPUs and a shot at the $100,000 total prize pool. Pre-registration is now open, with team and player registration opening up its doors on March 28 for two weeks. Head of Community and Wargaming in North America, Kevin Van Ness, has said:

 

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World of Tanks really strikes a chord with players looking for that ultimate competitive gaming experience, thanks to its team-based gameplay and strategic action. We're looking forward to combining our world-class community with the world-class expertise of NVIDIA for this exciting event.

 

Five regions are open to enter the World of Tanks tournament, China, APAC, the Americas, Russia and Europe. The five regional finalists will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the Grand Finals, which will be announced at a later date. All tournament matches are seven-person teams playing the best of three game matches.

 

There should be at least four weeks of group play, with the top players from each group moving onto the double-elimination championship brackets.

Oculus Rift dev kits ship on March 29, first Rift unboxing video is out

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Mar 22, 2013 5:34 am

I wish this were me doing the video, but I'll continue to dream for now. The team at Oculus have received their first Rift off the production line, and have done a nice unboxing video for the world.

 

 

They've also taken the time to announce through the Oculus blog that developer kits will begin shipping to the earliest Kickstarter backers by March 29. Once the dev kit ships to the backer, they'll receive an e-mail confirmation so that they can track their Rift as it is shipping to their door. Oculus expect to deliver between 1000-1500 units per week until they've fulfilled all of their orders.

 

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The Oculus Rift developer kit comes with a plethora of goodies, including:

  • 1x Rift Development Kit + Control Box (6ft cable)
  • 1x Hard-Shell Case
  • 1x 3ft Mini USB Cable
  • 1x 3ft DVI Cable
  • 1x 3ft HDMI Cable
  • 1x 6ft HDMI Cable
  • 1x HDMI / DVI Adapter
  • 3x Pairs of Lens Cups (Focal Adjustment)
  • 1x Power Cord with Adapter
  • 3x International Plug Adapters

 

It's great to see Oculus taking care of international users, including 3 international plug adapters. It's these little things that show they're listening to users, and helping out in anyway they can to make developing on the Rift as easy as possible.

RumorTT: FCC chairman to step down tomorrow

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 22, 2013 3:36 am

Adding to the growing pile of resignations and upper-echelon members of the technology industry is the rumor that Federal Communications Commission Chairman, Julius Genachowski, will announce he will step down from his position.

 

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The news is coming from an FCC official, who says Genachowski is stepping down from the agency after a four-year term that saw him focus on improving Internet access across the United States. The FCC chairman told FCC staff of his plans earlier today, according to an industry source. His exit from the FCC has been rumored for weeks, with his term set to expire in June.

 

Possible replacements for Genachowski are Lawrence Strickling, the head of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, Karen Kornbluh, the recent ambassador for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and finally, Blair Levin, who is a former FCC staff member and now industry analyst.

Samsung reiterates their commitment for their devices for emerging markets

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 22, 2013 2:41 am

Samsung may be getting ready to launch their Galaxy S4, but this doesn't stop them from working on a thousand and one other devices, especially in the very lucrative emerging markets.Samsung may be getting ready to launch their Galaxy S4, but this doesn't stop them from working on a thousand and one other devices, especially in the very lucrative emerging markets.

 

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Samsung have plenty of devices in the low- to mid-range market, such as the Galaxy S3 Mini, but they're also wanting to hit the super low-end emerging markets, such as India and Indonesia. These markets are pretty much controlled by feature phones, with Samsung clawing considerable amounts of the market share with devices in the sub-$100 market.

 

The Wall Street Journal has reported that the South Korean electronics giant has seen their market share in Indonesia rise from just 2% in 2010, to a market-dominating 50% in the last quarter.

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ReportTT: Google kills Frommer's print guidebooks

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 22, 2013 1:31 am

One source is reporting that Frommer's will no longer be selling print versions of the book. The brand name was acquired by Google last August for $22 million, though Google declined to comment on the future of the series at the time. Skift is reporting that no future Frommer's books will be printed.

 

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The source says that the last two Frommer's books to be printed were from the Day-by-Day series, specifically the Napa and Sonoma and Banff and the Rockies versions. The source reportedly spoke with authors who were supposed to be having travel books published in the future.

 

Some of the authors stated that they were informed by editors at Google that the books would not be published, while other authors were told that there would be a delay before new contracts were signed.

 

Wiley's Unofficial Guide series was sold to Google and this series will continue in print and eBook form. "The Unofficial Guides will continue to be published in print and also be available as eBooks. The creators of the Unofficial Guides, Menasha Ridge Press, will enjoy greater autonomy and editorial control than under Wiley."

JD Power ranks Apple #1 for smartphone satisfaction, tough fight for second

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 22, 2013 12:31 am

J.D. Power and Associates' new study shows that Apple leads the pack when it comes to consumer satisfaction. This is the ninth time in a row that Apple has topped J.D. Power's survey, though not everything remains the same. Second place is in fierce contention by four different manufacturers.

 

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Apple is the only company to be above the study average, coming in with a score of 855. Just one point behind the study average, Nokia comes in at a satisfaction rating of 795. Samsung pulls a close third with a score of 793. Just behind Samsung is Motorola with a score of 792. HTC brings up the rear with a score of 790.

 

Once you move down the list, the scores drop off. LG received a score of 744 and BlackBerry only scored 732. Interestingly enough, about 17 percent of those surveyed said that they encountered some sort of bug or glitch. Bugs and glitches really detract from the user experience and companies should probably focus heavily in these areas.

RumorTT: Ouya might be getting streaming video content

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 21, 2013 11:31 pm

Everyone's favorite $99 console might be getting streaming video content, at least if the CEO's hint proves accurate. At a keynote at South By Southwest, CEO Julie Uhrman hinted that the Ouya console would be able to function as a set-top box, meaning that we should expect streaming video.

 

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The PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii have all successfully integrated online video streaming service apps and these have helped the consoles extend their lifespan. Uhrman noted that she "feels pretty confident" that Ouya will feature streaming content via native apps from some of the larger players.

 

This will probably be a fairly easy task as the console will be running Android. Hulu and Netflix already have streaming video apps available for Android. Uhrman added that if it isn't available directly at launch, it should be available shortly after. "We're talking to everyone."

Apple says Google Now hasn't been submitted for approval

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Mar 21, 2013 10:32 pm

Apple is refuting Eric Schmidt's hint that Google had submitted a Google Now app for approval. Schmidt had commented earlier today about whether Google Now would be coming to iOS devices. "You'll need to discuss that with Apple. Apple has a policy of approving or disapproving apps that are submitted into its store, and some of the apps we make they approve and some of them they don't."

 

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While his comment seemed to indicate that Google had submitted an app to Apple, Apple says that this isn't the case. Apple confirmed that no Google Now app has been submitted for approval as of yet. Previously rumors swirled that Apple was delaying the approval of, or rejecting completely, a Google Maps app.

 

We'll have to hear what Google has to say about what Schmidt meant. For now, it appears that Google Now is not confirmed to be coming to iOS.

Apple brags data centers now powered by 100% renewable energy, emissions still up 34%

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 21, 2013 9:32 pm

Going green is the big push right now and has been for the past several years. Apple releases its "Apple and the Environment" report to show just how Apple's business affects the environment around us. The latest report shows that while Apple is moving towards green energy use, its overall production of CO2 is still increasing.

 

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Apple has started to brag that its data centers are 100 percent powered by renewable energy sources. Even with this change, Apple's overall production has increased by 34 percent. Apple attributes this increase to its overall increase in products sold. It's true that Apple produces less CO2 per dollar revenue.

 

Since 2008, Apple has reduced its emissions per dollar revenue by 21.5 percent. Apple has also increased renewable energy at its corporate facilities by 114 percent. However, facilities only contribute 2 percent of Apple's emissions. 61 percent, or the large majority, come from the manufacturing of the devices.

Apple unveils two-step verification for iCloud, Apple ID

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 21, 2013 8:32 pm

Apple is implementing a security feature known as two-step verification. It's similar to the security measures used by Google and other web services. Users are able to enable the service through the Apple ID website, after which two-step verification will be required to make changes to a user's account.

 

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Users will set up a trusted device, such as a Mac or iPhone, and will need to print a recovery key. In order to reset a user's password, they will need to have access to the recovery key that they printed out. The first time you attempt to buy an app on a new device, you'll be required to enter a pin that can be accessed from a trusted device.

 

You can head over to the Apple ID website to enable it for yourself. It's definitely recommended, though it's only currently available in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland, and New Zealand.

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