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Rumor TT: Toshiba cuts NAND prices 20 to 25% today

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 10, 2012 9:06 pm

On the eve of Intel Developers Forum San Francisco, we received word from a SSD manufacture that Toshiba just slashed the price of Toggle Mode NAND Flash by 20 to 25%.




If you recall, just a few months ago Toshiba announced a 30% reduction in manufacturing. Toshiba expected other NAND flash manufacturers to follow suit to increase the cost of flash. Micron took the opportunity to gain market share and either held flash production or increased output. We've seen Micron gain some market share because of it. Companies are even making special Micron flash versions of existing products, like the new OCZ Vertex 4 512GB M (M for Micron) SSD.


With the massive price drop, we can only assume that Toshiba is backing off their reduced output strategy. This is good news for consumers looking for even lower priced SSDs. How good is this for consumers? Well, this is a quote from one of my inside sources:


"Full on price war started today. I just got news from ******, all [our] SSDs are getting cut by around 25%"

Blue Toad admits responsibility for leaked UDIDs

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 10, 2012 8:01 pm

Remember those 1,000,000+ Apple UDIDs that were leaked last week? Well, it turns out that they probably didn't come from an FBI laptop after all. The CEO of Blue Toad, a small, Florida-based publishing company has issued an apology as the data was taken from their servers about two weeks ago.




The data originated from the company's servers, though this doesn't completely rule out that the data made its way to the FBI. It does, however, contradict the story that went along with the leak as the data was taken just two weeks ago, not back in March as claimed. Blue Toad was alerted to the likelihood of it being their data by security researcher David Schuetz.


Schuetz noticed that several of the device names included in the leak made reference, or contained, "Blue Toad." The numerous references seemed to indicate development devices, so he contacted the company. They ran a comparison between the leaked data and their database and found a 98 percent match.


"That's 100 percent confidence level, it's our data," DeHart, CEO of Blue Toad, said. "As soon as we found out we were involved and victimized, we approached the appropriate law enforcement officials, and we began to take steps to come forward, clear the record and take responsibility for this."

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Instagram is coming to Windows Phone 8

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Sep 10, 2012 7:33 pm

Fans of Instagram and Windows Phone rejoice, the app will be coming to the new Windows Phone 8 platform. According to The Verge's sources, Instagram will be made available on Windows Phone 8. A slip-up in a promotional video tipped them off, though the video could possibly be showing a Vimeo live tile.



The Verge then went and independently verified that Instagram is indeed coming to the platform. As you can see in the video above, at 0:52, the tile on the right, second from the top appears to be Instagram likes and comments. An image is provided below for your viewing pleasure.


Now, you no longer have to make a decision on buying a phone based on needing Instagram as it should make its way onto Windows Phone 8 before the end of 2012. Now you can use Nokia's PureView camera to take even better grainy 600x600 sunset or meal pictures. Won't all your friends be impressed?

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Toys 'R' Us unveil tablet designed for kids, priced at $150

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 10, 2012 6:28 pm

Tired of your kids dropping your expensive tablet? Well, Toys 'R' Us has your back as they are going to be selling a tablet designed just for kids, including built-in features for the drop that it is almost guaranteed to experience. The tablet looks like most of your entry level Android tablets, but comes with a few kid-centric features.




For one, the device comes preloaded with 50 games, books, and educational apps. There are also more than 6,000 additional apps available through the Tabeo Store. Children can also use the built-in Wi-Fi to browse the web safely as the tablet features parental controls that can block objectionable web content.


The tech specs side of things prove pretty marginal. It's powered by a 1GHz processor, 4GB of built-in storage, and a 7-inch multitouch screen. The storage can be upgraded through the use of micro SDHC cards. The device will be sold by Toys 'R' Us exclusively so people can't try it out in store and then buy it online cheaper.


Expect the device to hit store shelves October 21. The device is currently available for pre-order on the Toys 'R' Us website with an estimated ship date of October 1.

Nokia Flame surrounded in rumors, said to be a low-end Windows Phone 8 device

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 10, 2012 4:26 pm

Nokia, fresh off an advertising scandal, is now the subject of rumors. Now that we've learned about the Lumia 920 and 820 at Nokia's press conference, rumors have started to surround Nokia's plans for lower devices. Today, we bring you the latest on all things Nokia Flame, Nokia's Lumia 710 replacement.




The Nokia Flame is rumored to be a 4-inch Windows Phone 8 device at the low-end of the performance spectrum. The screen is thought to be a WVGA screen resolution. According to KitGuru, "other known specifications include a 1.0 GHz dual-core processor, 512 MB of RAM, 5 MP camera, 4 GB of internal storage and a MicroSD slot."


The new device is due out sometime in the first quarter of 2013 and has already been labeled as the replacement for the Lumia 710, so it will likely come with a nice low price tag.

Gottfried Warg, a co-founder of Pirate Bay, faces new charges

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 10, 2012 3:28 pm

When Gottfried Svartholm Warg was arrested two weeks ago, it didn't really come as a surprise to anyone. But, as the time goes on, the plot thickens. Originally, it was thought that the arrest in Cambodia was due to his conviction of copyright charges. Now, sources are reporting that his arrest is in conjunction with an alleged hacking of Logica.




Logica provides IT services to Sweden's tax offices. It seems as though the Logica servers were infiltrated several times between 2010 and 2012. The result of this is that there appears to be a compromise of tax records stored on said servers. Why would Warg want to do something like this?


After all, his copyright charges weren't that big of a deal, but he if is responsible for these hackings, they are a big deal. It's not clear why someone already in legal trouble would want to bring more upon himself. Furthermore, the question must be asked: what did he want with those tax records?

Large majority of Kansas City neighborhoods sign up for Google Fiber

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Sep 10, 2012 2:27 pm

It's not clear whether Google's advertising or neighbor's canvasing is responsible for the large amount of neighborhoods that have qualified for the service, but one thing is clear: nearly 90 percent of eligible neighborhoods have have signed up for the new super-fast fiber optic Internet connection from Google.




Google has released figures on its blog that at least 180 out of 202 "fiberhoods" have qualified for the service and Google is still verifying requests, so that number is likely to increase. Of course, not every single neighborhood will qualify, and this could leave those users out in the cold until sometime next year.


Google Fiber's pre-registration was announced six weeks ago. For $70 a month, customers will get up to 1Gb/s download and upload speeds. For $0 a month, users can get 5Mb/s down and 1Mb/s up. All they have to do is pay the $300 construction fee as bringing fiber to your door isn't cheap. For $120 a month, users can get the $70 Internet, plus TV.

Battlefield 3's Armored Kill DLC is nearly here for PC, Xbox 360

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 10, 2012 9:21 am

Battlefield 3: Armored Kill is nearly here for PC and Xbox 360 gamers, but it has been on the PlayStation 3 for Premium members for nearly week now.



Armored Kill is the third downloadable content pack for the first-person shooter, but it's not currently on PC or Xbox 360 yet. Premium subscribers get access to the game on PC and Xbox 360 on September 11, and the regular date is two weeks later for everyone else. The PlayStation 3 non-Premium gamers get access on September 18, with non-Premium PC and 360 owners getting access on the 25th.




What do you think of being charged $40-$50 for the Premium pack just to gain early access to the content?

Minecraft developer inks deal with the United Nations for urban development

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 10, 2012 7:34 am

Minecraft developer Mojang has just inked a deal with the United Nations, which will see the indie dev help upgrade urban spaces around the world through the use of Minecraft.




Mojang will work with UN-Habitat where they'll support its Sustainable Development Network with the developers 'Block by Black' programme helping the redevelopment of around 300 spaces around the world by 2016. Block by Block will get young people involved in the planning processes in urban areas, as well as letting them share with planners and decision makers how they would like to see their cities developed.


The United Nations first approached the indie developer after its Mina Kvarter project in Sweden, which encouraged people to take part in the reconstruction process of neighborhoods through Minecraft. The programme has actually been recognized internationally as an alternate way of development planning.

FBI to spend $1 billion on next-generation facial recognition system

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Sep 10, 2012 6:29 am

If all the existing cameras on our streets, front-facing cameras on our smart devices, and even the ones that are now being baked into our TVs aren't enough, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are spending $1 billion on a next-generation facial recognition system.




This new next-gen system would be capable of identifying someone under various conditions with as much as 92% accuracy. The Next Generation Identification (NGI) pilot program was launched two years ago, and if the results are anything to go by, the best algorithms were capable of narrowing down someone's identity 92% of the time, from 1.6 million mugshots, impressive.


The person doesn't even need to be looking directly at the camera, as the technology is able to match the person to the available mugshot in the database using various biometric analyses. Said algorithms can analyze features on front and side views of mugshots, create a 3D model of the face, and even rotate the model as much as 70 degrees in order to match the angle of the face in the photo.

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