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Netflix announces new social sharing features for US customers for 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Dec 27, 2012 11:27 am

Netflix are poised to introduce new social sharing features to US-based customers next year, just days after a Senate bill passed which allowed them to do so.

 

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The company will begin pushing out the new feature in 2013 after the bill is signed into law by now second-term President Obama. For a while now, Netflix has let customers in Canada and Latin America to post what shows they're watching through Facebook's "frictionless sharing", which is the same method used to share what music they're listening to, or what they're reading.

 

It was only until that bill was passed that the Video Privacy Protection Act blocked Netflix from such social sharing features for video, as it was illegal. The new bill was passed by the House of Representatives, and then approved by the Senate, and has amended the VPPA so that customers can opt into sharing their video data using online means instead of requiring written consent.

RumorTT: Apple's Mac mini to be the first US-built computer from Apple

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 27, 2012 10:35 am

Apple teased us a few weeks ago talking about bringing production of one of their products to the United States, but no one knew which exact product it would be.

 

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The latest report from DigiTimes seems to think that it will be the Mac mini. Apple have talked about investing over $100 million into bringing Mac production home, and now DigiTimes are reporting that Apple will run their new US-based production lines with the Mac mini.

 

Foxconn will still be heavily involved as they will be "responsible for handling establishment", according to DigiTimes' sources from the "upstream supply chain". Foxconn has around 15 operating bases within the US and will be looking for new employees when the new year rolls in for their new automated production lines.

LG to make quite the Ultra HD splash at CES next month

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Dec 27, 2012 9:35 am

It looks like the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next month is going to be huge for Ultra HD (4K) tech, with LG announcing that they are going to be showing off their 55-, 65- and 84-inch sets at the trade show.

 

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These sets all sport FPR passive 3D technology built-in, and we'll also see the South Korean company unveil a 30-inch 4K monitor, a 5.5-inch 1080p screen destined for smartphones, a 7-inch 1920x1200 tablet display and finally, a new QSXGA panel which provides us with 2560x1700 pixels crammed into laptop-destined screens of just 12.9 inches.

 

We should also expect some new monitors, with the company set to unveil a 23.8-inch monitor which will enter its Neo-Blade Series. This screen will be a 13.3-inch laptop screen with a tiny 2mm bezel. We'll also see a 4.7-inch mobile screen with a 1mm thick bezel. LG are also expected to do some tweaks to their OLED displays where we should see an ultra light and thin design which weighs just 3.5kg and is just 4mm thick.

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EA's stunt backfires, removes real-world gun purchase links from Medal of Honor Warfighter website

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 27, 2012 8:36 am

With the tragic Newtown, Connecticut shooting just weeks ago, it looks like EA's grand plan of marketing has failed. When EA started their marketing for the latest Medal of Honor Warfighter game, on their website you could go a step further than most games, and buy guns within a few clicks of the MoH website.

 

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Alongside the weapons you could use in the game on the MoH website, were links to manufacturers who actually sold them. After the Newtown shootings, the Internet went on a stampede and called EA out, where the company were quick to reply that they'd forgotten of the links, sure.

 

The Warfighter website has been updated and one would think anything related to violence would be removed, but no - we find links to Zero Dark Thirty, the movie based around the SEAL raid on Osama bin Laden's compound. You know, the one where he was shot in the head with a gun.

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Apple stock gets bashed over the holidays, at a new 10-month low

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 27, 2012 6:32 am

The days of $700-plus Apple Inc. (AAPL) stock seem to be well and truly over, but the iDevice maker has seen their stock getting bashed around for a couple of months now. In the last 24 hours, it has reached a new 10-month low of just $513 per share.

 

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Around six weeks ago we reported that it was dropping big time, and at that stage it had reached $558 - so we're another 10% or so down in the last six weeks alone. On December 14 we reported their stock dropping 4% based on poor iPhone 5 sales in China.

 

I've expressed my thoughts many times on this, and I don't think we're going to see Apple recover. They've released new devices in all categories, so now all they can do is try and excite the market with something new - but have they burnt bridges in their journey?

Marvell to pay $1.17 billion in damages over patents

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 27, 2012 5:34 am

Chip maker Marvell has been hit with a huge patent fine, with the company violating two patents that are held by Carnegie Mellon University, which has seen a Pittsburgh federal jury award the University $1,169,140,271 in damages.

 

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The two patents were issued in 2001 and 2002 and are in relation to techniques of using noise signals to more precisely record data sequences. With Marvell wanting to take on Intel in the huge enterprise data market with their ARM-based chips, this is a huge setback having to shell out over a billion dollars.

 

The jury also ruled that Marvell violated the patents in question internationally, which will allow Carnegie Mellon to ask the judge to triple the already huge $1.17 billion verdict. Of course, Marvell will appeal the ruling, and they'll most likely make a mess of the case as court records have already shown that the company have demanded a mistrial, with the reason behind this unknown.

 

You can go through the jury verdict right here if you wish.

25-year AMD veteran leaves, joins Samsung

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 27, 2012 4:03 am

AMD are already going through tough times, but a 25-year veteran has just jumped ship to Samsung. Michael Goddard's last title with the company was Corporate Vice President for Product Design Engineering and Chief Engineer on Client Products has left the company after a quarter of a century.

 

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He has been with AMD since 1988, and has changed jobs just this month according to his LinkedIn profile, where he has joined electronics giant Samsung as their Vice President and System Architect at their Austin, Texas-based facility.

 

In the last couple of months, AMD have seen some 26 executives leave the company - from the higher levels of power, all the way down the ranks. AMD sliced 15% of their workforce this fall and are expected to slash even more jobs when the new year arrives.

Nintendo getting free to play games for the Wii U in 2013, starting with Tank! Tank! Tank!

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 27, 2012 2:30 am

Nintendo's jumping into the free-to-play gaming model in 2013 with the release of Tank! Tank! Tank! on the Wii U platform. The Namco Bandai arcade game Tank! Tank! Tank! will be free to play starting in Japan in 2013. You can download the free demo on the Nintendo eShop starting in January.

 

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The game will allow free access to the City Map on the multiplayer modes Free For All, Giant Monster, and Team Battle. The game will only be able to be played three times per day. Unlocks will come in the form of game modes and maps: My Kong ($12), maps ($2.30), and single player ($26).

 

What's interesting is that if you add up all of the individual eShop upgrades, you end up spending $6 more than buying the full retail version of the game. It does, however, allow you to only purchase those parts of the game that you want, possibly making the purchase cheaper.

 

The eShop game model has only been confirmed for Japan, but there doesn't seem to be a reason that it wouldn't be brought to the US and other locations.

Poke falls out of favor in App Store, Snapchat stays strong

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Dec 27, 2012 1:51 am

Facebook's Snapchat competitor, Poke, has fallen out of the top position in the App Store on iOS. Not only is it not number one anymore, it's not even present in the top 25 apps. In fact, the app has dropped all the way down to number 34 on the list of top free apps. Snapchat, meanwhile, has increased to number 4.

 

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Right after Poke came out, Snapchat dropped from number 6 to the 8th popular app on the list. Since then, an uptick in its popularity has pushed it to 4th. Facebook's strong marketing ability is likely why Poke was able to obtain the number one spot, but with the app being a bit frustrating to use, according to reviews, it doesn't seem to have staying power.

A Virginia town wants you to report crime, creates free iOS app to make it easy

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Dec 27, 2012 1:02 am

A new app has been released by the Marion Police Department that allows easy crime reporting and tips to be sent to the police department neatest the tipster. Using GPS technology, tips, pictures, video, and crime reports can be sent easily and quickly and get to the department that should deal with them.

 

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Because iWatch Marion uses global positioning technology, the system intelligently forwards information to the Howard County Police Department based on where the handheld device is physically located at any given moment.

 

The app will also work in reverse, allowing the police department to send out alerts about missing children, weather, and more. It's another example of technology being put to good use.

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