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Self-driving cars hit the highways of Europe

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: May 29, 2012 7:29 am

The future is here, nearly. After Google's try at an autonomous car driving the streets of Las Vegas, Volvo have done something even more impressive. Volvo were impressive in the way that they platooned three cars behind a lorry for 200 kilometers on a busy Spanish motorway.




Don't know what platoon means outside of a first-person shooter like Battlefield 3? The term "platooning" means, in effect, queueing cars behind e ach other with a lead car as a pace setter. The technique is also known as road-training.


It involved several research partners alongside Volvo, with the latest version of the project codenamed SARTRE (Safe Road Trains for the Environment). The first public road test for the SARTRE took to the roads outside of Barcelona, Spain at the end of last week. The cars travelled at 85 kilometers per hour (roughly 52 miles per hour) at varying distances from each other.

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ASUS takes out 6 awards from the Best Choice of Computex awards

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 29, 2012 7:12 am

ASUS have smashed Computex before its even started, taking out no less than 6 Best Choice of Computex awards for various ASUS products. This includes a Green ICT Green Energy Saving Product Award for the Eee Box EB1033 as it has a recyclable ratio of more than 90-percent.




The star of these awards would be ASUS' Transformer Pad Infinity and PadFone, both taking out the Best Choice Gold Award. Filling out ASUS' award takings is the Display and Digital Entertainment Best Choice award which was given to the O! Play TV Pro.


ASUS' EA-N66 Dual-Band Wireless-N900 Ethernet NIC took out the Communication Class Best Choice award while the high-definition LED projector P1 took out the iF Gold Award, Red Dot industrial design prize. ASUS should be happy with their new awards, quite the array to be proud of!

Megaupload user asks the court for his files back, again

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 29, 2012 6:15 am

The Megaupload case continues, with Kyle Goodwin, an EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) asking the court to return the files, that were legal, back to Goodwin.




Goodwin lost his files when Megaupload was seized in January, since then they've been to court, both for a hearing and a mediation, but nothing has changed according to the EFF. The problem between Goodwin's files and the court, is that the government isn't helping third parties like Goodwin to get access back to their data. This leaves no choice but court.


On May 24, EFF filed a brief asking the court to order Goodwin's rightfully owned data returned. But the problem is, is that's not just Goodwin'd files, it's the thousands upon thousands of other Megaupload users who had data on their servers, where they thought it was safe.

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Latest Absinthe jailbreak for iOS reaches 1.1 million downloads

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: May 29, 2012 5:19 am

The Chronic-Dev Team have announced that around 1.1 million people have downloaded their software to jailbreak their iOS-based device using the latest version of the Greenpois0n Absinthe 2.0 hack.




Considering that it was launched for iOS 5.1.1 just last Friday, with 211,401 new iPad users included. The remaining users are made up of devices powered by Apple's A4 and A5 processors, with the only device yet to receive the hack is the iPad 2 using the 32nm version of the A5 processor.


Want to try it out yourself? All you need is a Mac, Windows or Linux machine. Back up your device first, as always, as the hack will erase your device and its content when launching the jailbreak.

RandomTT: Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, make surprise cameo on a Chinese police video

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: May 29, 2012 4:22 am

Bit of a random post this morning, with rumors of Facebook entering China finally, and in the spirit of China, Mark Zuckerberg with wife in tow, have made a surprise appearance in a documentary about China's Police force, which aired on broadcast channel CCTV.



The video shows Zuckerberg and his wife as bystanders for just a second (at 0:29) and is ironic considering Facebook is blocked in China. The couple visited the country in March, which is probably when this clip was filmed.


Personally, I don't think it's an 'appearance', or 'features' Zuckerberg, but it almost looks like they accidentally caught him on camera. He seems like he's in mid-power walk mode, or he just has a very energetic walk. It doesn't seem pre-scripted, or as though he's on a set, or aware he's being recorded.

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What could a Facebook phone look like?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 29, 2012 3:25 am

We reported on the rumors of social networking giant Facebook looking at building their own phone, again. As well as the company hiring ex-Apple engineers who worked on the iPhone and iPad to help make a 'Facebook Phone'.


Enter New York-based UI designer Jay Moon mocked up a bunch of amazingly cool visuals in April, which he updated yesterday and would really look great on a 'Facebook Phone':




Not bad, hey? Considering that Moon is just 16 years old, this is quite a great job. I would be so torn if Facebook were to release a phone. I love how I have everything in my Google account, on an Android phone, so this would have to be hands-down amazing for me to change.

RumorTT: Facebook to acquire facial recognition tech startup for up to $100 million

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 29, 2012 2:29 am

Even though Facebook are hurting right now post-IPO, where they've seen a huge drop in their share prices since the IPO went live last week, the fresh rumor is that the social networking site is looking to purchase face recognition technology company




Tech news blog Newsgeek reports that the deal could be as large as $80-$100 million. Of course, this is all rumor right now, but Facebook are flush with cash right now thanks to the IPO, and $100 million isn't that big of a deal to them.


The rumors of Facebook building a phone would definitely gel with the rumors of the company buying a facial recognition startup., founded in 2007, offers accurate facial recognition software that could help Facebook users identify people in photos faster, both on desktops and mobile.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook declines huge pay check, declines $75 million in stock dividends

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 29, 2012 1:29 am

Would you decline $75 million? Heck, $75 for free wouldn't be too bad these days. On the flip side, Apple CEO Tim "Good Guy" Cook has declined a $75 million payout in restricted stock dividends owed to him. Yes, declined.




Apple announced plans last week where they would pay a $2.65 per share dividend on restricted stocks held by Apple employees. This is rare for a company to reward its employee stockholders like this, and even more strange for a high level executive to decline the money they are entitled to.


But, it's not all bad. AllThingsD reports that this could actually benefit both the company, and Cook in the long run. This move gets positive press for not just Apple, but Cook, which could, and most likely will, translate into more stocks sold. It also shows the kind of person Cook is, in this world of increasingly greedy CEOs and executives.

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LG unveils the world's first Full HD smartphone display, sports a pixel density of 440ppi

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 29, 2012 1:06 am

Just when you thought you wouldn't upgrade your phone beyond the already-announced and nearly here GALAXY S III from Samsung, or alternatively, HTC's One X, or if you're an Apple fan, the not-out-yet iPhone 5.




LG have just unveiled a new display for smartphones that shoves 1920x1080 pixels into a 5-inch screen. It's the world's first Full HD smartphone display and has an amazing pixel density of 440ppi, way out and beyond what we have in today's phones.


The panel LG have used is an Advanced High Performance In-Plane Switching or AH-IPS LCD. It's the same technology that LG used in one of their panels last year and when compared to a standard IPS panel, AH-IPS panels sport greater color accuracy, wider viewing angles and greater light transmission which all leads to lower power consumption.


We should expect this 5-inch Full HD display to be released in the second half of the year, and baked into smartphones sometime next year.

GTX 690 overclocked to world record 1547MHz by TiN using LN2

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 28, 2012 11:47 pm

Extreme cooling is a must for any sort of extreme overclocking. Kingpin cooling looks to provide the solution with liquid nitrogen heatsinks designed for extreme overclocking. Using said heatsinks, overclocking expert managed to take a GTX 690 all the way up to 1547MHz which I believe is a new world record.




Originally he had tried for 1600MHz but it wasn't stable so he backed it off to the final speed of 1547MHz. He also managed to take the effective RAM speed all the way up to 7336MHz. Of course, he couldn't just achieve the clocks without running some benchmarks, so that's what he did. After a run of 3DMark 11, we saw some impressive results.


With the help of a 3960X running at 4.5GHz, TiN managed a whopping 20962 points. This is basically double the score of a stock clocked card. To match this score, one would need to use two AMD HD 7970s clocked at 1260/7400 MHz or two GTX 680s at 1527/7132. What an incredible card. It'll be interesting to see how the upcoming dual-Tahiti chip will perform in comparison.

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