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Netflix to begin offering Adult Swim and other animated shows starting in March

By: Charles Gantt | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jan 15, 2013 5:44 pm

Netflix has announced that it will begin offering animated shows from Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Warner Bros., and normal shows from Turner Broadcasting beginning in March.




Fans of such shows like Robot Chicken, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, and Dallas will be able to queue up past episodes via their Netflix account starting in March. Also coming to the service is Sony Pictures Television's The Boondocks and from Warner Bros, Children's Hospital.


"We are delighted that Netflix will become the exclusive over-the-top streaming subscription destination for past seasons of favorite Cartoon Network and Adult Swim titles," said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer of Netflix. "We're also thrilled to be able to offer the latest seasons of Dallas, one of the greatest all-time guilty pleasures."

Archos GamePad should launch in February, Android gaming inbound

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 15, 2013 4:54 pm

Tablet-like game-pads running Android are going to be a huge thing this year, and a new game pad is set to launch in February from Archos. The GamePad is both powerful enough to run most Android games, and still retains a sleek, lightweight, configuration.




The GamePad is fueled by a 1.6GHz dual-core ARM Cortex A9 and 1GB of RAM. Graphics crunching is handled by a very capable quad-core Mali 400MP GPU, and internal storage is set at 8GB. Storage can be expanded up to 64GB by adding a Micro SD card. Also featured is a 1.2MP front facing camera with the rear camera weighing in at a mere 2MP.


The company has included its own Media Center apps which include music and video apps and 1080p video decoding thanks to multiple codecs. The GamePad also features integrated physical controls and still retains a touch interface as well.

Foremay releases world's first 2.5" SATA 2TB SSD

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 15, 2013 4:04 pm

Foremay, an OEM SSD manufacturer, has released the world's first 2TB SSD drives with a standard 2.5" SATA interface. Both new models seem to only be available for OEM and industrial applications though at this stage.




Foremay is offering the SC199 (for mission-critical applications) and TC166 (for terminal computing) product families in either commercial or industrial grades to suit end-user's specific applications. Features include Advanced Power Management, Advanced Error Correction, Military Secure Erase, and hardware based encryption.


"By leveraging Foremay's patent pending technologies, we are proud to deliver the world's first 2 TB SSD in standard 2.5" SATA form factor," said Jack Winters , Foremay's CTO and co-founder. "We hope our high reliability 2 TB SSD drives can help create more design freedom and storage space for both mission-critical and enterprise applications."

SpaceTT: Astronomers discover largest objects in known universe

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jan 15, 2013 2:46 pm

A multinational team of astronomers have discovered the largest objects in the known universe. In research led by the University of Central Lancashire, the team recently observed a large quasar group comprised of dozens of highly energetic "star-like" objects.




Each object averages about 500 Megaparsecs, with the entire group being close to 1,200 Megaparsecs at its widest point. If that makes no sense to you, the distance between our Milky Way, and our closest neighboring galaxy, Andromeda, is about 0.75 Megaparsecs. If this new object was within 100 light-years of Earth, it would dominate the entire night sky. For those who are curious, 1 Megaparsec equals 3,261,633.44 light years.


This discovery will have huge implications on the study of cosmology. Einstein's Cosmological Principal states that the universe looks the same regardless of the observation point when viewed at a large enough scale. If you combine this principal with modern theories, we shouldn't be able to find objects larger than 370Mpc. This new quasar group is not the first to question Einstein's theory either. Other smaller objects have been discovered that add weight to the challenge.

BitFenix releases Prodigy side panel window accessory and Alchemy Mixed Cables

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 15, 2013 2:21 pm

BitFenix just released two exciting new products to their growing line of custom PC hardware. The company said that "overwhelming response from the community" lead to the development and release of a side panel window accessory for the popular Prodigy mini-ITX chassis, as well as a full line of Mixed color Alchemy Cables.




The Prodigy Side Panel Window Accessory is billed as a "hassle free" option to obtain a clear view into the inside of your Prodigy Mini-ITX Chassis. It mounts without any "clips, or tacky mounting hardware" meaning your sleek Prodigy chassis will retain its good looks.


The Alchemy Mixed Cables are a fresh twist to the company's existing line of custom sleeved cable extensions. Featuring a red / black or black / blue color scheme the cables are sleeved with BitFenix's ultra-dense NanoSleeve braiding. Both the Alchemy Mixed Cabled and the Prodigy Side Panel Window will be available mid-February.

Myspace launches new look, ignores conventional social networking layout

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Jan 15, 2013 2:03 pm

Myspace, the once king of social networking, has been hard at work completely redesigning the website and business model as well. The new design has been in beta for some time now, with only users who requested early access being able to participate, but now it's open to everyone.




The new site is bright, vibrant, and (thankfully) not full of glittery GIF images. Users can upload a "cover" photo as their background, "connect" to friends, celebrities, and entertainers, and even update your status. The social network also allows users to build playlist from what appears to be a music library that rivals Spotify.


As you can see above I did create an account for this article, and one interesting thing that popped up is that you can now sign up to the service by using Facebook or Twitter via OAuth. You can also access Myspace classic at the sign up page. Myspace says the redesign is focused around following artists and consuming content such as music, film and photographs.

Aliens: Colonial Marines gets some system requirements, pre-purchase on Steam now

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 15, 2013 1:33 pm

I really have my fingers crossed for Gearbox Software's upcoming Aliens: Colonial Marines. The sci-fi, first-person shooter set in the Aliens world is shaping up quite nicely, and now we have some PC system requirements to look over:




Minimum Specs: Operating System: Windows XP SP3. Processor: 2 GHz Intel Dual Core Processor. RAM: 2GB RAM (XP),2GB RAM (Vista). HD: 20GB free hard disk space. Optical Drive: DVD. Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible. Video Card:NVIDIA GeForce 8500/ATI Radeon HD 2600 (256 minimum).


Recommended Specs: Operating System: Windows XP SP3/Vista/Windows 7. Processor: 2.3 GHz Intel Quad Core Processor. RAM: 2GB RAM. HD: 20GB free hard disk space. Optical Drive: DVD. Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible. VideoCard: NVIDIA GeForce GTX560/ATI Radeon HD 5850 (512 minimum).


Other Requirements: Initial installation requires one-time internet connection for Steam authentication; software installations required (included with the game) include Steam Client, DirectX 9, Microsoft .NET 4 Framework, Visual C++ Redistributable 2005, Visual C++ Redistributable 2008, Visual C++ Redistributable 2010, and AMD CPU Drivers (XP Only/AMD Only).

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Rumors shot down of a Nexus 5 unveiling at Google I/O 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 15, 2013 12:32 pm

I'm still absolutely smitten with my Nexus 4, but we're still hearing about supply constraints all across the world. LG are now saying that nobody is to blame during an interview with a Korean website.




An LG official stated that the Nexus 4 production is going "without a hitch" at their Pyeongtaek-based planet, and that there is no problem with supply. The biggest part of this news is that there have been rumors of another teamup between Google and LG for the Nexus 5, which would be unveiled at Google I/O in a few months time.


According to LG, though, this won't be happening. We've heard this before, from countless companies. I'm still going to hold my breath and hope for a Nexus 5 unveiling at Google I/O.

HzO dips smartphone in beer, it lives to tell the tale

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jan 15, 2013 12:02 pm

CES 2013 - Walking the halls of the Consumer Electronics Show 2013 in Las Vegas last week, we came across a demo from HzO which was super impressive. They've developed a proprietary nanotechnology that uses nanocoating that gets applied to the internal components of a device.



After this, the device is put through a vapor deposition process and voila, your smart device is pretty much water proof. The demo involved dropping a smartphone into a bowl of beer and it survived. The phone was taken out of the beer, quickly dumped in some water, and had the battery reinserted. It was turned on in front of our eyes and it worked.




Can this be applied to all technology, yesterday? Thanks, HzO.

Ontrack Data Recovery are capable of retrieving data from an iPad that survived a plane crash

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jan 15, 2013 11:48 am

CES 2013 - If I survived a plane crash, the last thing I'd be worrying about is the data on my iPad, but hey - some people carry around some seriously sensitive, or precious data on their smart devices these days.



At CES 2013, we talked to Ontrack Data Recovery who told us they were able to recover data from a customers iPad that was heavily damaged in a plane crash. What Ontrack Data Recovery do is take apart the device, in this case an iPad, and take the physical memory chips off. After this step, they image the chip raw, and then piece the data back together in the same pattern that is normally done by the controller chip.



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