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RumorTT: AMD working on a 5GHz CPU based on their Vishera architecture

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Apr 14, 2013 1:17 am

AMD are definitely doing their best to jump back into the market, as they're really struggling right now. They've won contracts to have various products in all three next-gen consoles, and their Never Settle promotion for Radeon GPUs is doing very well.




In the CPU market however, things aren't so well, as Intel are just dominating too much. Haswell is about to launch, Intel's fourth-generation Core processor, and AMD have, well, nothing - or do they? There are now rumors going around that AMD are to release a super-FX CPU based on the Vishera architecture that makes the FX-8350 come to life, which runs at 4.2GHz.


This new CPU, codenamed 'Centurion', will be released in very limited quantities and would ramp the clock speed up to 5GHz - all on air. There's no details on what voltage or supporting hardware needed to run at this speed - but if the rumors are true, we're looking at around $795 for this limited edition FX CPU.


I think this CPU would have to run rings around Intel's Haswell CPU - especially at $795, which would most likely buy you a Core i7 4770K, a good motherboard and 16GB of RAM in just a few months time.

Bing returns 5x as many sites with malware as Google, searchers beware!

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Apr 13, 2013 5:01 pm

A study conducted by AV-Test, an independent German testing lab, found that Bing returned over five times as many links to malicious sites than Google did. The study, conducted over 18 months, found out that malware sites are still appearing as top search results, even with all of the work Google does to keep them from appearing.




The entire study examined around 40 million different websites that were returned from seven different search engines. Google did quite well in the study, returning just 272 malicious results in 10 million. Bleko did even better, though not by percetnage. Bleko returned just 203 out of three million results.


Bing, on the other hand, returned a massive 1,285 malicious results out of 10 million. Yandex was one of the worst offenders, returning 3,330 malicious results out of 13 million pages.


Unfortunately, the creators of malicious websites are using search engine optimization tricks, causing malicious websites to sometimes be the top returned result. Just remember to be safe when searching the web.

US House of Representatives can now listen to Spotify after previous ban prevented use

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 13, 2013 3:43 pm

The House of Representatives now have access to the music streaming service Spotify. Previously, Spotify had seen itself banned in the House due to an IT rule that prevents peer-to-peer technology when operating on the House's secure network.




To help protect House data, our IT policy generally prohibits the use of peer-to-peer (P2P) technologies while operating within the secure network. While Spotify is currently not authorized, the CAO has and will continue to work with outside vendors to enable the popular services that improve member communication capabilities.


Hopefully some Spotify music will calm the nerves and reduce the fighting between members of the House. May I recommend Why can't we be friends by War?

Ouya provides a shipping schedule for their consoles

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 13, 2013 6:26 am

I received an e-mail today, along with the thousands of other early backers of the Ouya console, detailing the shipping schedule of their consoles. All backers are still set to receive their consoles by May 25, where 25% of which will receive them before the end of April.




Ouya have said that they've changed a partner this week, so they "could shave days off the total shipping timeline". They've hired more people to expand the Ouya team, in both their production house and distribution facility, in which they're already "seeing the benefits of this".

Samsung Galaxy S4 teardown contest between HTC One sees the Galaxy S4 come out on top

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 13, 2013 5:31 am

Samsung's Galaxy S4 isn't even out yet and there's already one lucky SOB who has received one, and like you'd do with one of the hottest phones of the year (I'm grinding my teeth typing that), you tear it apart.



TechnoBuffalo posted the teardown video, which sees the Galaxy S4 surprisingly easy to take apart. The S4's screen might cost users a bit to replace, if they ever needed to, but other than that the S4 is "almost infinitely" easier to repair than the HTC One. You can also read the teardown write up here.





Seiki offering a 50-inch 4K TV for $1299, it wants to be your next display

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Apr 13, 2013 4:36 am

If you thought the $10,000+ for an Ultra HD TV was too much, Seiki are coming to the result. TigerDirect have this Seiki 50-inch 4K-capable TV for sale, for just $1299. Yes, $1299.




The Seiki 50-inch Class 4K2K LED HDTV has the eye-busting 3840x2160 resolution we all dream of running, backed up by the buttery smooth 120Hz refresh rate and 6.5ms response time. This should mean it will provide some ultra high-res, ultra pretty, and ultra smooth gaming. Desktop use on this thing would be a beast, I just wish I could have it shipped to Australia.

ReportTT: iPad 5 could slim down by shrinking LED backlighting

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 13, 2013 3:10 am

According to a CNet report, the next iPad--likely the iPad 5--could be slimmed down by shrinking the LEDs used to backlight the screen. They cite NPD DisplaySearch, an authority on all things display related: "It's likely that part of the thinner/lighter design will be reducing the size of the LED backlight, partly by making the display more efficient and partly by using more efficient LEDs."




Other option for Apple to reduce the thickness and weight of the next iPad would be to change the touch sensor: "The other significant change that we feel is likely is a shift to a film-based touch sensor," Paul Semenza, an analyst at NPD DisplaySearch, wrote.


Apple has also been rumored to be looking into different display technology, such as IGZO. Sharp has heavily pursued IGZO and was originally expected to be present in the third-gen iPad.


Rumors place the next-gen iPad arriving sometime in the third quarter, likely around September.

Google gets domain to use as URL shortener

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Apr 13, 2013 2:33 am

Google has obtained a new domain to use for URL shortening. is now in Google's possession and we imagine that it will be used to shorten links to YouTube videos. Currently Google uses for shortened links that point to YouTube videos, but characters are becoming increasingly important.


google_gets_yt_be_domain_to_use_as_url_shortener_1 is currently redirecting to Google's URL shortening webpage. Google acquired the new URL from a Belgian Internet entrepreneur who originally purchased the domain in May 2003. Purchase price has not been disclosed.


It's unlikely that Google would opt to use for anything other than YouTube issues for many reasons. The most obvious reason would be branding issues, which is the same reason Google only uses for Google websites.


Google will likely start using to shorten YouTube URLs soon.

Facebook Messenger update gives Chat Heads feature to most Android smartphones, even without Facebook Home

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Apr 12, 2013 6:30 pm

Those of us with older Android smartphones were pretty bummed out to hear that our devices will not be able to run Facebook Home. Things are not as bleak as they appear, though. Facebook has just released an update to Messenger that will bring Chat Heads to most Android phones.




The new update will install Chat Heads to Facebook Messenger on Android devices running Android 2.2 or later, which means that unless you own a bottom of the barrel 3+ year old phone, the update should work on your phone.


I checked out the available updates for my phone and tablet, and both had a Facebook and Facebook Messenger update available, but after installing the update and testing, I have yet to see any Chat Head functionality. I only update about once a month, so chances are that both updates were old and the new one has not yet been pushed to my devices.

Nintendo to cancel some built-in Wii apps on June 28th

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 12, 2013 5:34 pm

This morning Nintendo officially announced that it will be canceling several services built into the Wii effective June 28th. The apps on the chopping block are ones not featured on the Wii U, and were expected to be canceled at some point.




Wii users will no longer have access to News, Weather, Everybody Votes, Mii Contest, Digital Camera Print and Nintendo channels, as well as WiiConnect24 apps like messaging and exchanging system data.


Nintendo has yet to announce if the apps will be removed elsewhere too.