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RumorTT: Bing could be scooped up Facebook

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 16, 2012 7:31 am

Microsoft could end up swapping their search engine, Bing, for Facebook shares after the upcoming Facebook IPO. This news comes from a news editor at CNBD where they let details slide that Microsoft could be doing the swap. The source hasn't been revealed, and it is reportedly from the anonymously authored Kindle e-book that has just come out called "The Facebook IPO Pitch".




Just last week Microsoft purchased 800 patents from AOL which could be used to protect its Partner, Facebook, from social networking litigation. We already know that Microsoft and Facebook are in bed together, so this makes sense. On top of that, Facebook and Skype collaboration is playing into this fight, with Microsoft owning Skype and all.


At the moment Microsoft are bleeding cash from Bing, big time: $2.5 billion a year to be exact. Facebook already sports Bing for its results in search, but a full ownership of the search engine could help Facebook integrate Bing much deeper into its social networking site. This year is definitely turning out to be very interesting for both Microsoft and Facebook.

Best Buy to close 50 of its big box stores across the US

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 16, 2012 6:27 am

Best Buy are set to close 50 of their big box retail stores, as they said they would before the end of its 2013 fiscal year, and that time has come. Just days after Mike Mikan took over as CEO from Brian Dunn, they've listed the stores that will be closing down.




Two locations have already been closed down, with six others to be closed before the end of the year, Best Buy also hope to have the remaining 42 closed by May 12th. Employees were informed of the news over the weekend, and the company is hoping to re-position them within the company, or at least offer some severance packages.


Best Buy is also trying to reassure customers that its all OK, and that even though their local Best Buy stores are closing down, they still have other stores in nearby locations. There's no word about the 100 Best Buy Mobile stores the company hopes to open up, but that information should follow through this year.

Medal of Honor: Warfighter gameplay footage has arrived

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 16, 2012 5:34 am

EA's rebooted again first-person shooter, Medal of Honor: Warfighter has received some gameplay footage. The Frostbite 2-powered FPS is shaping up quite nicely after the mess that was the last MOH title.



The new gameplay trailer shows off some of the single-player campaign, its gorgeous graphics which definitely have been taken on PC if the sharpness and AA are anything to go by. The gameplay looks like the same old thing, with nothing really changing which isn't exciting me one bit.


How about we change things up from the usual first-person shooter formula? I'm going to be very disappointed if next-gen consoles launch and all we get are prettier first-person shooters. Yes, I want graphics, but I also want the beefed up hardware to bring better gameplay. New gameplay. Reinvigorated gameplay. Something that every single person plays and goes "Yep, this is THE shiznit".

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Autodesk Smoke 2013 for Mac is coming, costs just $3,495

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Apr 16, 2012 4:32 am

Autodesk have been tinkering with their video editing and post-shot visual effects tool, Smoke, and will release it later in the fall. Smoke 2013 brings a bunch of new features, such as a unified interface that mixes the traditional, editorial track-based editing with Autodesk's own interface elements.




A node-based compositing tool, ConnectFX, allows editors to insert advanced effects without having to jump to a separate interface. New specific tools make the jump to the 2013 edition of Smoke, including a Color Warper for pro color adjustment, a Master Keyer for faster chromakey editing for green screens and stereoscopic 3D editing, and a 3D visual effects workflow with real 3D effects for elements like logos and titles.


All media is also put into a central area, called the MediaHub. Hardware requirements have been actually lowered, and not increased for Smoke 2013, where users can also now take advantage of Thunderbolt-based external drives and video peripherals to get the same kind of editing one would receive from the high-end Mac Pro.

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Intel's Windows 8 tablet now has a public checklist

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 16, 2012 3:27 am

Intel is now pushing more information out on their Windows 8-based tablets during a conference in Beijing. The goals Intel have set for themselves are, well, quite a stretch, but if they pull them off I'm willing to say they will definitely have a strong iPad competitor.




Intel-powered Windows 8 tablets will sport an Atom Z2760 "Clover Trail" chip, a dual-core CPU with "burst mode" (which provides quick bursts of performance when required) and Hyper-Threading, which lets the dual-core chip act like a quad-core, again, when needed.


Intel are looking to have two tablet designs, a 10-inch tablets to verse all the tablets out now, such as the iPad, and hybrid 11-inch designs with physical keyboards. Battery life is king here, with Intel boasting 9+ hours of battery life, and roughly 30 days of standby. Remember this is just on paper right now, real-world testing will surely be less than that.

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RumorTT: Motorola engineer outs Droid RAZR HD, posts photo with EXIF data

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 16, 2012 2:30 am

Google may be rumored to be ditching the hardware side of Motorola, but that doesn't mean Motorola are sitting around crying in the corner. No, nothing of the sort here: they seem to be actually working on brand new products.




The name of this product, Droid RAZR HD, has been leaked out from the EXIF data from a series of photos uploaded by a purported Motorola employee. The photos were uploaded to Picasa, and are listed as being uploaded by Vic Yu, who according to his Google+ and LinkedIn page is an engineer and program manager at Motorola Mobility.


Not only is the product name shown, but we know details of the camera itself: it sports an f/2.4 aperture and a focal length of 5mm. The software version listed is Ice Cream Sandwich build 4.0.3 and could have a product codename of "Vanquish". We should note that EXIF data can be faked, so the usual TweakTown-branded Salt should be thrown around here.

NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 580 enters retirement

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Apr 16, 2012 1:53 am

NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 580 was a powerhouse of a card, it pushed the company away from the mess that was the GTX 480 with its various power, heat and noise-related issues, and showed the world that yes, the top dog could still be, top dog.




They reiterated this with the GEFORCE GTX 680 (with the capitilization meant to emphasise the word GEFORCE I'm guessing) and are now enjoying the fruits of their labor. The GTX 680 kicks ass, which means the GTX 580 can slide into retirement, put its slippers on and enjoy a nice, fat green pension for the rest of its life.


The GeForce GTX 580 officially launched all the way back in November 2010, and has enjoyed the crown of fastest single-GPU card until the day AMD launched their HD 7900 series. That didn't last long for AMD as NVIDIA launched the GTX 680, taking back that crown. Enjoy your retirement, GTX 580, my GTX 570's are enjoying their SLI goodness in my PC right now as I type this.

MegaUpload saga continues: Judge wants MegaUpload user data preserved for now

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 13, 2012 11:37 pm

MegaUpload had a pretty successful day in court: they got most of what they wanted, as far as user data preservation, from a ruling by U.S. District Judge Liam O'Grady. In short, the Judge has agreed that the data needs to be preserved, at least for now. He has sent the interested parties back into negotiations to come to a compromise.




Unless the interested parties wanted to hire a mediator, or "special master," the judge will send them to a magistrate judge known for "bringing people together." If you're rooting for MegaUpload, like me, or have data on the service, this ruling is good. If you're rooting for the MPAA, government, or others, you may not be so happy.


It appears, from the Judge's demeanor, that he is unlikely to make a ruling which would result in the loss of the data. It seems as though most of the interested parties want the data preserved, they just can't seem to agree on how or who should pay for it. At least for now, the data is safe and Carpathia is still stuck footing the bill.

Industry sources say Ivy Bridge will launch Monday, April 23

By: Trace Hagan | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Apr 13, 2012 10:27 pm

It looks like we could be in for a treat. Industry sources are saying that Intel will launch the die shrink of Sandy Bridge, dubbed Ivy Bridge, this coming Monday, April 23, 2012. Previously, it had been rumored that Intel was launching the new Ivy Bridge April 29, so it will be coming just under a week early.




This has to be one of the worst launches in recent Intel history. Leaked chips and performance "previews" have been running rampant. Even we have managed to get a hold of one of these chips and put it through its paces. Rumors have been running around that a new, thinner MacBook Pro will be launching with the new Ivy Bridge chips.


The launch will be similar to other Intel launches where the high performance quad-core parts come out first. Then they will be followed by the more power-efficient processors destined for the MacBook Air and Ultrabooks. Intel has said some of these power-efficient chips may launch a few weeks later than originally planned.

A massive 38% of kids on Facebook are under 13 according to a study

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Apr 13, 2012 9:36 pm

I thought it was ridiculous when I saw an 8 year old with a cell phone last week, but apparently it's worse than I thought. A new study suggests that he was using Facebook on his phone as well, even though Facebook requires users to be 13 years of age or older. With all of the money and the technical prowess that Facebook has, shouldn't they be able to find an under-aged user?




Apparently not, or at least according to a new study released by Minor Monitor. I would like to point out the self interest that the company might have in a study like this. The study says that 38% of the kids on Facebook are under 13, with an incredible 4% being under SIX. I'll remind you we're talking about physical age--if it were mental age, I'm sure the number would be much higher.


It's incredible to think that parents either allow their kids on Facebook or don't know that they're on there. Three-quarters of parents surveyed in this study admitted to worrying about their children's safety on Facebook, but it doesn't appear to have caused them to prevent their children from using Facebook.


The most feared issue of Facebook is, obviously, Sexual Predators. It wins by a large margin against "Sharing too much info." 17% of parents, according to the survey, do not do any type of monitoring of the kid's activities on the site. 51% log-in using a username and password, which I believe is technically against Facebook's Terms of Service. See the full post for an info-graphic.

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