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Samsung confirms it is developing a Smart Watch to compete with Apple

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Mar 19, 2013 3:09 pm

Samsung has made it no secret that it intends to go head to head with Apple in everything it does. This time we are getting reports that the Korean make-everything giant is planning on entering the Smart Watch game... again.

 

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Samsung's executive VP said in an interview with Bloomberg today that "We are preparing products for the future, and the watch is definitely one of them." He went on to say that between Apple and Samsung the "issue here is who will first commercialize it so consumers can use it meaningfully."

 

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This is not the first time Samsung has taken on the role of Smart Watch builder, just back then we did not call them smart watches. The S9110 "Watchphone" debuted in 2009 and a decade earlier, it released the SPH-WP10 "Watch Phone". Who do you think will win the Smart Watch war? My bet is on Samsung, but in reality all we can do is sit back and watch.

Spotify's Five Plays per Track policy for free users lifted in the UK

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Mar 19, 2013 2:25 pm

Over the last several months free users of Spotify's music streaming service have been increasingly experiencing caps on how many times they can listen to a specific track. The limits seem to take effect after the six month free trial period has expired.

 

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UK users have been limited to five plays per track unless they subscribe to Spotify, but as of today, that limit has been lifted. In a statement on the company's blog Spotify said: We've got some mighty fine news for all Spotify Free users. From today, there's no more 5 play-per-song limit. You can listen to your favorite songs as many times as you like.

 

The company went on to state:

 

That's right, no more greyed-out songs. The tracks that you couldn't listen to before will once again be available for your listening pleasure...Of course, if you've been using Spotify for less than 6 months, this change won't affect you. You can already listen to whatever you want, as often as you like.

New NATO cyber war manual details what is and what isn't allowed in cyber warfare

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 19, 2013 1:47 pm

NATO has released a new document that lays down the law about cyber warfare for all of its members. The document details what is considered acceptable and what is thought of as out of bounds for state sponsored hacking.

 

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Hospitals, nuclear power stations, dams and dykes are all on the do not touch list much like similar UN resolutions that do not allow its members to bomb certain targets. The new document does give the go-ahead to enact analog war against a country who is digitally attacking you.

 

"An international armed conflict exists whenever there are hostilities, which may include or be limited to cyber operations occurring between two states or more." The Guardian suggest that this may roll over into the so-called "hacktivist" community as well. This could leave its members venerable to physical attack if a country deems them a threat.

Andrew Auernheimer enjoys last night of partying before 3 years in the slammer for hacking

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 19, 2013 11:34 am

Andrew Auernheimer might not be a name that rings any bells for you, but in June of 2010, he created a program that would connect to a publicly accessible, unsecured AT&T database of iPad subscribers. At the time, I'm sure he didn't think a few years from then, he'd be locked inside of a prison.

 

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Fast forward two years, into November of 2012, where he was found guilty of violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) and identity theft. For his last day of freedom before his sentencing, Auernheimer and his supporters rented a 10,000 square foot hall where they partied the night away. Auernheimer told John Koetsier from Venture Beat: "It's a f***ing ludicrous charge. The FBI has tried to frame me for terrorism five times, and by their own admission they've been surveilling me since I was 15 years old."

 

Auernheimer was lucky to enjoy his last day of freedom, as he was sentenced to 3 years in jail, and $73,000 in fines.

PC shipments could take a sharp dive in Q1 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 19, 2013 10:31 am

PC shipments aren't looking too good for this quarter, with the IDC's latest report saying it won't get better anytime soon. The IDC pegs the blame on an economic slowdown in China will eventually lead us to a loss in PC sales in the first quarter of 2013.

 

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This is a big problem, as China has accounted for "over 21% of global shipments for 2012," making it the world's largest market for PCs. IDC analyst Loren Loverde has projected that "we could see a drop [in PC shipments] touching double-digits in the first quarter and a mid-single-digit decline in the second quarter before we see any recovery in the second half of the year."

 

Loverde adds that it will be hard for the PC industry to push into growth in 2013, and that the PC industry will need to release "attractive new PC designs and more competitive pricing relative to tablets and other products."

RumorTT: Apple 'revival' said to come with a 'killer feature' on the iPhone 5S

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 19, 2013 9:38 am

Apple shares have been sliding for months now, losing hundreds of billions of dollars of market cap for the Cupertino-based iPhone giant. Talk of a 'revival' (not my words) is now happening, with Morgan Stanley analyst, Katy Huberty, during an interview with CNBC on Monday that Apple's shares are quickly approaching the bottom, and will rebound later in the year with the launch of the iPhone 5S.

 

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Firstly, I thought we were to expect two iPhone's this year - the iPhone 5S and iPhone 6 - so this is why I slapped a 'RumorTT' stamp on this news. Huberty recently met with Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer, with Huberty saying: "Apple will surprise this year" with "a killer feature that drives consumers increasingly to the platform" that will debut on the iPhone 5S. I thought users constantly flocked to the iOS platform, and that there was no new killer feature required, iOS is, after all, the world's most advanced mobile OS.

 

What could the killer feature be exactly? Leave us your thoughts in the comments.

ARM CEO set to retire in July, will be replaced by ARM president, Simon Segars

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 19, 2013 9:00 am

We're seeing some shifts of power in big companies this year, where earlier today we saw EA's CEO step down, and now we're hearing that ARM's CEO, Warren East, will retire in July. East will be replaced by current ARM president, Simon Segars.

 

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Segars has been with the company since 1991, where East has helped expand ARM's business from one product line when he took over in 2001, to the position of power they find themselves in today. Their technologies are used by over 300 chip customers, which in turn have seen ARM technology baked into 9 billion chips last year alone, according to ARM chairman John Buchanan. An interesting turn for ARM.

Sapphire releases the HD 7950 Mac Edition, high-end graphics for Apple's Mac Pro desktops

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Mar 19, 2013 8:38 am

There have been rumblings about this for a few weeks now, but Sapphire have just announced the release of their new HD 7950 Mac Edition graphics card. From the model alone, you can tell this is destined for an Apple machine, more specifically, their Mac Pro series of desktop PCs.

 

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Sapphire's HD 7950 Mac Edition comes with 3GB of GDDR5 memory, and works on the PC too thanks to its dual firmware support through a simple dual BIOS switch. The HD 7950 Mac Edition GPU is compatible with Apple Mac Pro late-2010 and up models, as long as there is an available PCI-Express x16 slot. Two six-pin PCIe power connections are required, which come in the box.

 

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AMD brings along their powerful Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture, which gives the Mac a number of technologies to play with. These include de-blocking, de-noising, automatic de-interlacing, Mosquito noise reduction and edge enhancement as well as advanced image quality enhancement technology, such as adaptive anti-aliasing and 16x angle independent anisotropic texture filtering.

 

As for graphics horsepower in games, there's a huge improvement in that department - up to 200% faster than competing graphics cards (an NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT is what Sapphire are comparing to - a commonly used GPU in Mac Pro's).

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RumorTT: Google to unify their communication system with 'Babble'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Mar 19, 2013 8:34 am

Google have so many different services you can communicate through, Google Talk, Google+, Google Voice, and oh-so-many more - how could the Mountain View-based search giant bundle all of these together? With their rumored 'Babble' service, that's how.

 

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Babble is reportedly how Google will unify their communication services, which would be powered by the XMPP protocol. This means it'll be future-proof, scalable and versatile enough to morph its way around the many services Google currently use. This information is coming from "multiple sources" of Geek.com, and the XMPP-based nature of Babble will see Google forcing you to use their new service, their way - which will push some people out of the Google bubble. Those who continue to soldier on will most likely enjoy a super stable, well-featured service.

 

There's no ETA on Babble, but I would guess that we'll hear more about it at Google I/O in a few months time.

What can 15 GoPro cameras do? They can provide some Matrix-like content thanks to one amateur filmmaker

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cameras | Posted: Mar 19, 2013 6:32 am

What can fifteen GoPro cameras do in the hands of an amateur filmmaker? They can provide some Matrix-like content, where Marc Donahue from Permagrin Films showing off his half-circle bunch of GoPro cameras in a bunch of different ways, check out the video below.

 

 

The video shows off basic things like cooking, or people riding bikes, and slowing them down and going into different angles like we've seen in The Matrix. The fifteen GoPro cameras are synchronized to shoot around the subject, giving off the effect of wrapping around the item, or persons in focus. Donahue has admitted that his technique isn't perfect, adding that he is "making a cable" to help the cameras snap photos quicker, so future videos will be smoother.

 

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GoPro provided the cameras to Donahue, where he'll continue to pump cool content out with them in the future, where Donahue has a music video coming out soon using the same technique.

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