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Samsung has sold 100+ million Galaxy phones since release

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 14, 2013 4:18 pm

Samsung has passed a major milestone for its Galaxy S smartphone line. The Korean tech company giant said that it has sold over 100 million Galaxy S smartphones since its launch just over two years ago.

 

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The Galaxy S III is by far the its fastest selling model, with 40+ million sold in just seven months with the S II being next in line with over 40 million sales over a 20 month period. The S II is still quite popular, which has led the company to refresh it, and launch it as the S II plus, but we expect the S III to continue to rise in sales drastically over the next few months.

 

The next-generation Galaxy S IV is rumored to be nearing completion and could be the company's bestselling smartphone yet. It is expected to feature a 5-inch 1080p Super AMOLED screed with a super high pixel density of 441 pixels per inch, a 13mp camera, and an Exynos 5440 quad-core processor. We should see it hitting the market sometime in March or April of this year.

US gets first paper-less library in San Antonio, Texas

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jan 14, 2013 3:38 pm

BiblioTech library in San Antonio, Texas, is the first of its kind in the US. They are ditching the traditional public library model of vast amounts of paper bound books and switching to a much more modern and efficient e-books and digital media.

 

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The library will feature around 10,000 digital titles, and is designed to "supplement" the area's traditional libraries. Those who like to visit the library and bring home a book need not to fear as BiblioTech will carry e-readers for you to check out. Checked out e-books will be programmed to be available for only two weeks, upon which the e-reader will be returned.

 

We all knew it was coming and rightfully so. Hardbound books are expensive, costly to maintain, and take up vast amounts of space. With dwindling budgets, falling public interest and rising book cost, the traditional library model is just not cutting it anymore.

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ASUS rolls out MeMO pad, a Nexus 7-esque Android tablet for $149

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 14, 2013 2:27 pm

We heard rumors before and during CES that ASUS would begin shipping a new sub $150 class Android tablet, and it seems that the rumors were true. The MeMO Pad is a direct competitor with Google's Nexus 7, which by the way, is manufactured by ASUS.

 

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The MeMO Pad is a 7-inch 1024x600, 170 pixels per inch tablet running Android 4.1 Jelly bean. At the MeMO's core is a VIA WM8950 A9 processor running at 1GHz, 1GB of RAM and a Mali-400 GPU. The tablet features a 10 point multi-touch digitizer, and a Micro SD slot that supports up to 32GB SDHC cards.

 

With a 140-degree viewing angle, the Nexus 7's IPS display greatly outshines the MeMO however. 802.11 N, 720p, 30FPS front facing camera, and a 4270mAh Li-Po battery round off the 7" tablets features. The MeMo is finished with a rubberized coating and is available in three colors including white, grey and pink. The MeMO is expected to ship in April at a price point of $150.

Lego unveils their next-generation robot, the EV3

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jan 14, 2013 11:33 am

Lego has announced that they will soon be offering up the next-generation of their Mindstorms line. The new system, which is the third-generation of its line, will be the EV3. EV3 sports a bunch of improved features in both hardware and software, where it's headed to the classroom and will also be used in Lego League competitions. Soren Thomsen of LEGO Education told Forbes:

 

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We gathered information from teachers and coaches to meet their needs. This is a strong new kit that should last for a lot of years.

 

Some of the new features being built into EV3's kit include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, the ability to add memory to the units - which is something that the Lego League teams have been asking for - as well as the file sizes of the programs being streamlined. The new EV3 has a 3D instruction manual which should make it easier for users to see all the pieces from all angles, allowing them to design and construct their own robots.

 

The EV3 is available right now for preorder and will ship in the fall semester of 2013.

Huawei to unleash even more smartphones at Mobile World Congress next month

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 14, 2013 10:37 am

Huawei used the Consumer Electronics Show 2013 last week in Vegas to unveil two new smartphones, but it looks like we're going to see the same strong presence and unveiling of new devices at Mobile World Congress next month.

 

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The news comes from Huawei's Consumer Business Group's head, Richard Yu. Yu wouldn't go into details of course, but he's quoted as saying "Huawei will be launching two new products at MWC that are more innovative than these phones." The phones he is referring to are the Ascend D2 and Ascend Mate. Considering the Ascend D2 sports a 5-inch 1920x1080-pixel display and the Ascend Mate sports a huge 6.1-inch device, this should excite most.

 

What innovative smartphones could we expect from Huawei? Something thinner? Something much faster? Something that has a little of both? We only have a few weeks left until we find out, and we should be bringing you this news live from MWC 2013 itself.

Windows Phone to soon reach one million sales per week

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 14, 2013 9:34 am

In this world of iOS and Android dominance, the voice of Windows Phone isn't heard too much. Well, now we have something to go on. Forbes' latest report is talking about Qualcomm's CES keynote, in which Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer ran onto the stage and spilled some numbers.

 

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During his speech in the Qualcomm CES keynote, he said that the latest Windows Phone was selling "five times more devices than the same period last year". There are no exact numbers here, but if we go back to Q4 2011, we're looking at around 2.5 million units. Ewan Spence, who wrote the article for Forbes, he made:

 

A couple of assumptions, I make the range of Windows Phone handsets sold in Q4 2012 as being between 9,500,000 and 13,250,000 smartphones. My gut feeling is that the sales are at the lower end of this range, but I'd expect Q1 2013 to build on Q4 2012, mostly because the Windows Phone 8 devices were only available for half the quarter. So there's lots of room to improve those numbers over the next three months.

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G-Technology shows new and existing products at CES 2013, boasts their SNL link

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 14, 2013 9:00 am

CES 2013 - Now that G-Technology, a division of HGST knows their fate after Western Digital picked up HGST, they can get to product innovation. At CES we sat down with G-Technology to discuss the needs of professional user's and how they use external storage in their professional lives.

 

 

Professional users of products like Photoshop, Premier and Vegas need high speed, sustained performance when creating their essential work videos and images. Not only does the storage component need to be fast but it also needs to be reliable. A hardware failure means Saturday Night Live becomes Tuesday Night Live. We bring SNL into this news post because post production runs on a G-Technology storage system.

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New Java exploit is in the wild, has the potential to affect more than 850 million computers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jan 14, 2013 8:36 am

There's a new exploit on the block which has pushed security experts to recommend that users disable or uninstall Java altogether after they've found a zero-day Java exploit which lets hackers gain control of your PC.

 

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The exploit targets a vulnerability left open in Java 7 Update 10, which was released in October 2012. The exploit works by getting Java users to visit a website that has malicious code, which takes advantage of a security gap to take control of users' computers.

 

Just after this story broke, Oracle pushed out Java SE 7 Update 11 which supposedly addressed the exploit. Oracle "strongly recommends" that Java SE 7 users upgrade immediately.

Anomymous hack MIT website, leave an Aaron Swartz tribute

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jan 14, 2013 7:46 am

The tragic supposed suicide of digital activist, and co-founder of Reddit, Aaron Swartz happened just days ago and now Anonymous have stepped into the ring to play [hacking] ball. They leave a tribute message to Swartz, which says:

 

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We tender apologies to the administrators at MIT for this temporary use of their websites. We do not consign blame or responsibility upon MIT for what has happened, but call for all those feel heavy-hearted in their proximity to this awful loss to acknowledge instead the responsibility they have - that we all have - to build and safeguard a future that would make Aaron proud.

 

The link to see it is here, and at the time of writing wasn't loading. I'm sure MIT will have the site updated shortly.

Kim Dotcom shows off a screenshot of Mega

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 14, 2013 7:37 am

2012 was an interesting year for MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom, but it looks like he's into the full swing of things this year. Dotcom has now shown off a new image of Mega in beta form, and boy does it look nice.

 

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We don't see too much of it, with some menus up top in the form of File Manager, My account, Sign out, language selection and Menu. The image above shows off the My account section where we can see some options like Account details, Transfer settings and Session History. We can see Storage Space listed and gives 50GB, so this might be the default option.

 

You have a slider to control the number of parallel download and upload connections, as well as a fixed upload speed limit if you choose. There's two more options down the bottom for skipping identical files when uploading and finally, using SSL for file transfers.

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