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Google CEO, Larry Page poses for the camera with Google Glasses

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: May 25, 2012 12:52 am

News on Google's augmented reality Glasses hasn't been strong since they were teased a few weeks ago, but CEO Larry Page was spotted rocking the Glasses in London. The pictures you see below are thanks to a Google employee, where they posted them on Google+.




The employee wrote alongside his pictures "My life is now complete - met Larry Page today! Thank you for visiting EMEA". Google's Glasses project is quite big, as its the company's first jump into cutting-edge hardware.




On top of this, thanks to the acquisition of Motorola yesterday, we should see Google's hardware division strengthened considerably. The best picture is the one above, where I think Page is laughing at the Facebook share prices tanking, as a layer in front of his eyes thanks to the Glasses, but that's just my guess.

RumorTT: AMD Piledriver FX CPU production to begin Q3 2012

By: Trace Hagan | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: May 24, 2012 10:36 pm

"Industry sources" are reporting that the next-generation AMD architecture code-named "Piledriver" will commence production in Q3 2012. Bulldozer, Piledriver's predecessor, was only released in October of 2011, so this could match Intel's one year release cycle. Trinity, an APU based upon Piledriver was released just last week.




The upcoming CPU will continue to be based upon the AM3+ platform. This simple fact should keep enthusiasts happy and will allow for current Bulldozer users to upgrade for only the cost of a CPU. AMD has always had a history of retaining sockets and providing upgrade paths whereas Intel often kills off sockets with each new processor.


Piledriver will be very similar to Bulldozer in that it will be made on a 32nm process and feature the same compute module design. Piledriver will also retain the same dual-channel 1866MHz DDR3 memory controllers. Piledriver will continue to feature AMD's Turbo Core at version 3.0. The new CPU will deliver more performance, thanks to an improved IPC, at lower power usage, thanks to AMD's new energy-recycling technology called resonant clock mesh.

PayPal adds 15 retail partners for its in-store payment system

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 24, 2012 9:30 pm

As part of PayPal's effort to move out of the digital world into the real world, PayPal has been courting big retail stores to add the option to pay with PayPal at the point-of-sales terminals. Home Depot was the first to jump on board and has been offering the option of paying with PayPal when checking out since at least March of this year.




PayPal wants to compete with the credit card companies along with other emerging payment systems such as Google Wallet. The announcement was made at a press event today to show the progress PayPal is making with its real world payment system. PayPal still has to convince consumers that maintaining another payment method is worth the hassle.


But, if PayPal makes it simple enough and available at enough locations, it is a viable alternative to credit cards and cash. It would be especially nice if someone were to forget their wallet or not have enough cash with them. Currently, users just have to type in their phone number and a pin to pay which is pretty simple. If they add in the features they are looking to, it will be quite the competitor.


The 15 newly added retail stores include: Abercrombie & Fitch, Advance Auto Parts, Aeropostale, American Eagle Outfitters, Barnes & Noble, Foot Locker, Guitar Center, Jamba Juice, JC Penney, Jos. A. Bank Clothiers, Nine West, Office Depot, Rooms To Go, Tiger Direct and Toys "R" Us.

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Google removes a massive 250,000 links per week over piracy, copyright concerns

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 24, 2012 8:30 pm

Google has given us a bit more insight into the links that are removed from search results as a result of copyright and piracy complaints. The details include which organizations make the request, who actually owns the content, and the top targeted domains. The numbers are actually pretty shocking, so let's just start with one. 250,000. That's the average number of links taken down per week.




That 250,000 number is more than the total number of links removed for all of 2009. Even more incredible is the fact that Google's senior copyright counsel Fred von Lohmann says that the majority of requests are legitimate. Most of the requests are for sites that are offering unauthorized copies of software, entertainment or pornography.


Now, another number: 22,923. That's the number of sites that were targeted last month. Those sites generated over 1.1 million take-down requests. The illicit content was owned by just 1,190 people. This means, on average, each copyright owner had roughly 1,000 links removed over the past month. But, the numbers show that the average is extremely skewed.


What I mean by that is just over 520,000 URLs hosted Microsoft-owned content. Just under half of the removed links were due to Microsoft. This data should be extremely useful in the continuing debate regarding online piracy. The numbers should help Google and others fight off another SOPA should one be introduced as legislation.

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Facebook Camera: a new app to make using Facebook photos faster and easier

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: May 24, 2012 7:33 pm

Facebook Camera is a new app which is designed to let users see just pictures from all of your Facebook friends. Designed and released by Facebook, I can't help but feel the Instagram acquisition is partly to blame for this. With the new app comes the ability to share multiple photos at once, instead of having to upload them one at a time.




The new app makes viewing photos easier as you can swipe through the pictures in an album. In Facebook's words: "When you launch the app, you'll see a feed of just great photos from the people you care about. You can swipe to see more of any album or tap to enlarge an individual photo." Cool. But isn't that what you already do on the regular Facebook app?


The reason to believe it is due in part to the Instagram acquisition? This feature right here: "It's also easy to edit photos with new tools like the ability to crop, rotate and add filters to any picture in your camera roll." Specifically, the add filters function. The new app will be available on iPhones later today and Facebook is offering the option to have a link texted to your iPhone.

Yahoo debuts Axis, a new way to search

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 24, 2012 6:28 pm

Yahoo is working hard to turn themselves around from the brink of ruin, and this new Axis search that they have released could just manage to do that. Axis is a new way of searching the web and focuses on getting rid of the search results page. Interested yet? I certainly was, so I investigated the story a bit further.




TechCrunch spoke with Yahoo's Director of Product Management Ethan Batraski: "No one's innovated on 'How do I get rid of the search results page altogether'", Batraski said. "That is what we want to do." And so that's what they did. The new way to search is via a plug in to Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari, and Firefox. There is also an iOS app for this new search.


Once you type in your Yahoo credentials, a small black bar gets added to the bottom left of your browser window. Click inside the search bar and it expands to about 1/3 of your page. No longer do you have to leave the page you are on to do a search. It will probably take a bit of getting used to as I know I am in the habit of quickly Ctrl + T'ing a new window and punching in my query.


The now expanded window fills with thumbnails of the search results as opposed to the traditional links. Users can scroll through the results by dragging the mouse or by clicking on the arrows. The desktop is only half of the new product. The iOS is a browser itself along with being a new search engine.

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RumorTT: 7" Google tablet to begin shipping next month

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 24, 2012 5:31 pm

A rumor has surfaced that Google is producing its own tablet to compete with the Amazon Kindle Fire. The rumor has been started by DigiTimes who has quoted "sources from the upstream supply chain." While sometimes these sources are right, they are also sometimes wrong. I have a feeling that they could be wrong this time.




According to the reports from upstream sources, there will be around 600,000 in initial shipments ahead of a July launch. This rumor goes along with one that was released back in January, also by DigiTimes, which says that Google is prepping a 7" tablet running Android 4.0 ICS. That rumor put the price point at $199.


That rumor was originally saying a March or April launch date, but has now been updated to July since "design and costs did not reach its expectations." The tablet is reportedly going to be built by ASUS at Google's request. Curiously enough, ASUS showed off a 7" Tegra 3 tablet in their suite at CES and later showed it off at an NVIDIA presentation. The price then was quoted at $249, so this could possibly be the device in question.

Overclockers UK get an exclusive BitFenix case, called the BitFenix Prodigy

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: May 24, 2012 4:28 pm

Mini-ITX cases often lack the physical size required to build a gaming rig with any sort of muscle behind it. The new BitFenix Prodigy, exclusively at Overclockers UK, looks to be a game changer in this regard. The press release is claiming room for nine drives, 120/140mm fans, the possibility of a 240mm radiator and "ample room for even the longest graphic cards."




The case uses a beautiful combination of materials and really stands out from the crowd. While the case is a rounded cube shape, it has large round arch protrusions which act as feet and carrying handles. The handles are made from "FyberFlex" material which is designed not to break or bend permanently. The case itself is constructed from solid steel and is painted in either all black or all white.


The case even features room for a full ATX power supply which is a great addition. When the top hard drive bay is removed, users can fit graphics cards up to 31cm in length inside. Even with the drive bay installed, users can still manage cards up to 16.5cm in length. The price for the new case? A reasonable £59.99 exclusively offered at

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Corsair announces SSD upgrade kit for notebooks

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Storage | Posted: May 24, 2012 3:31 pm

Corsair has announced the availability of its new SSD notebook upgrade kits which aid a user in transitioning to a solid state drive. The purpose of changing over to a solid state drive is the better performance and battery life offered by one. They are quite a bit better than their mechanical alternatives, so having an easy upgrade path should help more users transition.




The kits are available in both a 120GB version and a 240GB version and have an MSRP of $139.99 and $259.99 respectively. The kit includes an easy-to-use USB-to-SATA cable and software which help with the data migration. The software is capable of transferring the operating system, program files, and data files to the new drive.


"Laptop owners have become more aware of the performance, power efficiency, and reliability of SSDs but many have been put off by the complexity of moving their existing data," said Thi La, Vice President of Memory Products at Corsair. "The new Force Series 3 SSD Notebook Upgrade Kits simplify the data migration process, making upgrading to an SSD easier than ever."

Obama orders government agencies to create websites optimized for smartphones and tablets

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 24, 2012 2:02 pm

President Obama is embracing technology. On Wednesday, he ordered major governmental agencies to create mobile-optimized websites. The agencies have to provide two key services to mobile users within a year. The directive also ordered agencies to create websites to report on their mobile websites progress. These sites have to be completed in just 90 days.




I've had to go onto government sites from my phone before and it's near impossible to gather anything as the site is designed for desktops, and not even designed that well for those. Obama has recognized this fact and realized the importance of mobile phones and data access. By 2015, it's likely more web traffic will come from mobile devices than desktops.


"Americans deserve a government that works for them anytime, anywhere, and on any device," Obama said in a statement. "By making important services accessible from your phone and sharing government data with entrepreneurs, we are giving hard-working families and businesses tools that will help them succeed."

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