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New Resistive RAM crams 1TB of data into a space smaller than a stamp

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 6, 2013 3:04 am

California-based start-up, Crossbar Inc., have just dived onto the storage radar with a totally new way of storage technology which they're calling "Resistive RAM" or RRAM.

 

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Resistive RAM is a huge leap for storage, capable of storing 1TB of data on a 200 sq. mm chip, something that is smaller than a postage stamp. RRAM technology uses a three-layer structure, is also stackable and scalable, which means multiple terabytes of storage can be crammed into one 3D chip package with chips stacked on top of each other.

 

The start-up claims that these chips will feature 20x faster write performance, 20x lower power consumption and 10x more endurance when compared to "today's best-in-class NAND flash memory." I'm sure that our in-house storage editors Chris and Paul are rubbing their hands with glee right now.

iPhone 5C and iPad 5 get caught in two new videos

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 6, 2013 2:26 am

It's getting to that time of the year where we hear more and more about Apple's product releases, with two new videos to show you. The first, below, is of the fifth-generation iPad.

 

 

As you can see, the video shows the front and back shells to the iPad 5, assembled together for the first time. The Apple logo looks to have gone through a little change, instead of the silver logo we're accustomed to, it's a transparent or translucent logo. We should expect Apple to launch the fifth-generation iPad as soon as next month.

 

 

As for the budget iPhone 5C, we have that video, above. The iPhone 5C video shows the rear shell and front bezel parts from the budget iPhone, which we should expect to arrive to our hands as the iPhone 5C.

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Microsoft updates Bing app for Windows Phone 8, improves UI

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Aug 6, 2013 2:03 am

Today, Microsoft announced an update to its Bing for Windows Phone 8 app that brings forth several months of refining user experience on mobile. Once updated, users will notice that search filters have been reduced to just three which include web, images, and video, which will help greatly with providing more relevant content on the first screen.

 

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The app will also show more usable results on the main screen with immediate results for searches such as flight schedules, movies, and word definitions. Infinite scrolling has been added to photo searches as well as auto-sized thumbnails. Not everyone will get the update immediately as Microsoft plans to roll it out nationwide over the next few weeks. No information was released on when the worldwide rollout will take place.

Zynga kills OMGPOP, ignores employees' request to buy back company

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 6, 2013 1:29 am

Today, Zynga announced that it would be shutting down game developer OMGPOP despite the fact that it paid $200 million for it back in March 2012. TechCrunch is reporting that many within OMGPOP's leadership banded together and tried to buy back the company, but Zynga refused to sell.

 

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The employees were hoping to purchase the company's website, games, and intellectual property and were open to acquiring everything that Zynga wish to sell even if it excluded the company's most valuable asset Draw Something. Zynga cited that selling the site would take too much work and that it was just easier to shut the entire operation down.

 

Back in June, Zynga laid off OMGPOP's entire staff and today the company announced that OMGPOP.com would go dark at the end of next month on September 30. Zynga will keep alive several of the company's games, but for the most part, games like Cupcake Quarter, Jim Rush, Pool World Champ, and Snoops will all disappear forever.

Vulnerability found in Tor Browser Bundle, beams info back to the NSA

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Aug 6, 2013 1:03 am

In the ongoing saga of NSA spying, it appears that not even the darknet is safe. Today, reports came in that an exploit has been discovered in the Tor version of Firefox 17 that comes packaged with the Tor browser bundle. An exploit in the browser's code allowed malware to be injected into the system which then beamed the machine's hostname and MAC address back to a remote server in Reston, Virginia.

 

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The exploit was based on a vulnerability that arises when websites on the darknet attempted to run JavaScript. After a little digging, sources found that the remote server located just outside of Washington DC then sent those hostnames and MAC addresses to NSA servers located all over the country. The exploits as well as the NSA spying were discovered by Baneki Privacy Labs, a collective of Internet security researchers, and VPN provider Cryptocloud.

 

The vulnerability is only present in the Windows version of the Firefox Extended Support Release 17 browser that was bundled with the Tor Browser Bundle before June of this year. Because automatic updating is turned off in this version, anyone who downloaded the Tor Browser Bundle before June is susceptible to the spying. Tor recommends that users download the new version of the Browser Bundle to stay secure.

LeakedTT: WP8 Amber firmware leaks on Nokia's Lumia 820 and 920

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 6, 2013 12:21 am

Today we got a glimpse at the long anticipated Amber firmware update Windows Phone 8. Website WindowsMania somehow managed to get their hands on the official release of the Amber firmware update for the Nokia Lumia 820 and 920.

 

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New features in the firmware include activation of the devices FM radio feature alongside some upgrades to the camera software which now allows images to be taken at ISO 800 all the way up to ISO 3200. More camera features include the ability to take shots in burst mode and then pick the perfect action shot out of the sequence of photos.

 

Inpatient users who would like to upgrade to the new firmware now can do so by visiting Source #2 & #3 below, but please be aware that unlike Over-The-Air updates, flashing your device with these ROMs will delete any and all data stored on your device. I recommend just waiting for the OTA update to release soon to avoid any headaches that may arise.

Roku gets Verizon's Redbox Instant, allows on-demand renting

By: Charles Gantt | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Aug 5, 2013 11:33 pm

Today, Roku announced that Verizon's RedBox Instant service is now available on the Roku 3, Roku 2, Roku HD, and Roku LT set-top boxes and the Roku Streaming Stick. The new service allows not only Verizon subscribers but everyone else to access the app and rent and purchase new releases on-demand.

 

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RedBox Instant is also offering a one-month free trial of its subscription service that includes free unlimited streaming of a list of "hit movies" and four DVD credits to be used at RedBox kiosks. Users can download the app by visiting the Roku Channel Store and searching for the RedBox Instant by Verizon logo. Below is a list of features that Roku says is available via RedBox Instant:

 

5,500+ active digital movies instantly and more than 680 discs available in Redbox kiosks

  • The ability to locate and reserve movies and video games* on disc at more than 43,000 Redbox kiosks nationwide.
  • Movie trailers and user reviews to allow previewing and researching films before you stream, reserve at the kiosk, rent or buy (when available).
  • Bookmark functionality to keep track of all movies discovered on the service for future viewing
  • The option to start, stop and resume watching movies.
  • Parental controls to manage on-demand purchasing and content restrictions for young children, children and teens.

Acer will release its budget friendly Liquid Z3 this month

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 5, 2013 11:01 pm

Today, Acer announced its newest budget-minded smartphone dubbed the Liquid Z3. The device features a 3.5-inch display alongside an unnamed dual-core 1GHz processor, and 4GB of internal storage. Unfortunately, we have been unable to find any specifications on how much RAM the device features, but if I were to guess, it would be 1GB or lower.

 

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A three-megapixel camera is present alongside the usual complements of Wi-Fi, GPS, and HSPS+. The phone also features a dual SIM slot and runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Acer says that the Liquid Z3 will be made available in several countries including Europe and Russia for $131 sometime around the middle of this month. Unfortunately, it does not look like the device will make its way to the US.

Amazon's Jeff Bezos buys The Washington Post for $250 million

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 5, 2013 10:29 pm

Today, the Washington Post officially announced that it would be selling its operations to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos for a reported $250 million. The 135-year-old Washington Post is being sold because of the current owners' unsuccessful attempts to thwart years of newspaper-industry challenges. The company hopes that Bezos, with his tax savvy business skills, can help steer the company a new direction that will once again return it to being an industry leader.

 

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Bezos says that the values of the Post do not need to change, but things about the company will change. We are sure this means that the Post will become much more intertwined into the Internet and a reduction in its print media levels could be on the horizon. In a statement to the Washington Post's staff, Bezos had the following to say:

 

The Internet is transforming almost every element of the news business: shortening news cycles, eroding long-reliable revenue sources, and enabling new kinds of competition, some of which bear little or no news-gathering costs. There is no map, and charting a path ahead will not be easy. We will need to invent, which means we will need to experiment. Our touchstone will be readers, understanding what they care about - government, local leaders, restaurant openings, scout troops, businesses, charities, governors, sports - and working backwards from there. I'm excited and optimistic about the opportunity for invention.

LeakedTT: Manual for LG G2 leaks online, unveils nano SIM, microSD

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 5, 2013 10:05 pm

It appears that it is becoming harder and harder for phone manufacturers to keep any secrets about their devices under wraps. Today, the user manual for LG's upcoming G2 phablet surfaced online and was spotted by the French blog Nowhere Else. According to the manual, the device will use a nano SIM card, which puts it in the top list of phones to use the new technology.

 

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The manual also shows the device will have a microSD card slot and a 2610mAh battery, which means this phablet could quite possibly rival the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note III that we reported on earlier today. Sadly, there does not appear to be a fingerprint reader anywhere on the device which seems to debunk many of the rumors we have been hearing for the last couple of weeks.

 

LG is expected to launch the G2 phablet this Wednesday and you can tune in to TweakTown for full coverage on the new device. Samsung will launch their next-generation phablet September 4, which puts LG quite a few weeks ahead in the new phablet race.

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