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Intel's Haswell CPU begins shipping to PC makers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Apr 8, 2013 7:37 am

The time is nearly upon us, when we get to see what the fourth-generation Core processor from Intel can do. Haswell, as it's otherwise known, has begun "shipping to customers now and will launch later this quarter" according to a source of CNET's.

 

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Intel is expected to make a statement at the IDF Beijing conference next week, and should arrive in June for Computex in Taipei. Haswell is a special chip, as it is a next-generation processor that will scale incredibly well, from Ultrabooks to smart devices, right up to the high-end desktop and more. Intel CEO, Paul Otellini, has said that Haswell's new micro architecture will deliver "the single largest generation-to-generation battery life improvement in Intel history."

 

The chipmaker has confirmed the USB bug attached to chipsets, known as errata, will be "in production" during the initial ramp which happens later this month:

 

4th gen Core is on track for a mid-year launch. Intel issued a PCN documenting a chipset USB errata and stating that chipsets with the errata will be in production during the initial ramp. But Intel has confirmed that there is no chance of data loss or corruption. This issue has only been observed with a small subset of USB SuperSpeed thumb drives and does not affect other USB peripherals. We take all customer issues seriously and should any customer have a question or concern they can always contact Intel customer support.

Sony announces their 55- and 65-inch 4K TVs, start shipping on April 21 from $4,999

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Apr 8, 2013 6:31 am

Sony have just announced their 55- and 65-inch 4K-capable TVs, which will be made available as of April 21. The two new sets are the XBR-55X900A and XBR-65X900A and will sell for $4,999 and $6,999 respectively.

 

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Sony's new 4K-capable LED TVs sport passive 3D, an edge-lit display, and built-in Wi-Fi connectivity. Sony had hoped to have reached a "more accessible price range" with their line of TVs, and it seems they have hit that point. Considering I paid just $1000 less for my Samsung 55-inch 1080p-capable TV, this is quite a heartbreak for me.

Samsung could see some Galaxy-branded products slapped with US sales ban

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 8, 2013 5:31 am

The on-going war between Samsung and Apple has hit an interesting point, with Apple looking to jump out in the lead once again. Judge Thomas Pender from the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) has ruled that Samsung devices infringe on a text selection patent owned by Apple.

 

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This is a feature that is available on the iPhone and iPad, with another claim from Apple that is seeking an injunction against Samsung's use of a patented technology for detecting microphones when they are inserted into the headphone jack, which has been rejected. The first claim, of which can be appealed, could see Samsung slapped with a sales ban in the US for most of their smartphones and tablets.

 

The final decision should arrive in August, but we don't know if Samsung could avoid the import ban through a software update - something that could easily be done between now and then.

WikiLeaks' latest release is their biggest yet, puts US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in the firing line

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: BREAKING STORY | Posted: Apr 8, 2013 5:25 am

WikiLeaks have chosen today to release their largest ever unleashing of formerly confidential information, known as the "Kissinger Cables". These cables include over 1.7 million diplomatic records spanning 1973-1976, where 205,901 are connected to controversial US Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger.

 

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The release has an eye-busting 700 million words, and contains something WikiLeaks describes as "significant revelations about US involvements with fascist dictatorships, particularly in Latin America, under Franco's Spain (including about the Spanish royal family) and in Greece under the regime of the Colonels."

 

These files should be an interesting read for those involved in the various industries, so hopefully we see some juicy content from them in the coming hours, days and weeks.

Anonymous claims to have caused billions of dollars in damage to Israel in their latest cyberattack

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 8, 2013 4:31 am

Anonymous are in the news again, this time for their claims of a cyberattack against the Israeli government and their various Web sites, which has caused billions of dollars in damages. Israeli officials have said that there has been no serious disruptions.

 

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Anonymous have claimed to have hacked over a dozen website, including the Israel Police, the Prime Minister's Office, the Israel Securities Authority, the Immigrant Absorption Ministry, and the Central Bureau of Statistics. Anonymous estimates that #OpIsrael has caused over $3 billion in damages, after hacking over 100,000 websites, 40,000 Facebook accounts, 5,000 Twitter accounts and 30,000 Israeli bank accounts.

Acer ready their Iconia A1-810 to fight the iPad mini

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 8, 2013 3:33 am

It looks like Acer is preparing a new form-factor tablet, something that will compete with the popular iPad mini among other smaller slates. Acer's Iconia A1-810 would feature a 7.9-inch IPS panel with a resolution of 1024x768.

 

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This display slaps it right on iPad mini territory, but loses out to the Nexus 7 ever so slightly. We should expect Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, an 1.2GHz MediaTek MT8125 ARM Cortex-A9 quad-core processor. The usual suspects will also make an appearance, such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS. The A1-810 also features an micro HDMI port, 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, VGA front-facer, and a 3250mAh battery.

 

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1GB of RAM will be included, as well as 16GB of on-board storage. The Acer Iconia A1-810 weighs 460 grams and measures in at 208.7 x 145.7 x 10.5 mm. We should expect a price of around $250 and it should ship sometime in June.

NASA gets one step closer to $100 million grant to acquire an asteroid

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Apr 8, 2013 2:25 am

It looks like NASA might just get that $100 million grant to find an asteroid, bring it back to the Moon, and study it. The $100 million initial fund would be used to find the right asteroid to retrieve.

 

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The good news comes from the Christian Science Monitor, who says that President Obama is putting aside $100 million in a 2014 budget for the project. This isn't written in ink just yet, but it is exciting. The full project will cost much more, somewhere around $2.6 billion - a huge twenty-six times as much as the initial $100 million grant.

HTC First can go from being the Facebook Phone to a stock Android phone easily

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 7, 2013 5:43 am

HTC's upcoming "Facebook Phone" or the HTC First, will still just be an Android phone underneath. Phandroid has reported that the OS shaking along underneath the First handset is accessible by either resetting the default launcher, or disabling the Facebook Home app from its own settings.

 

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This is quite interesting, because it could change the future of the Facebook app itself. I would expect a future iteration of the Facebook for Android app to give all Android users this ability in the near future. Most people live their entire lives through their smartphone, and most of the time it's heavy Facebook use (I'm looking at you, my dear sister-in-law) and the background OS doesn't matter to those people.

 

Give them their games, status updates and 'liked' pages, and you've done your job.

More than 10 million copes of Minecraft have been sold on the PC making it the 7th best-selling PC game ever

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 7, 2013 4:12 am

Indie superstar, Minecraft, has sold more than 10 million copies according to Mojang customer support manager Marc Watson. Watson tweeted the news, with the milestone including just copies from PC, Mac and Linux - making it the seventh best-selling PC game of all time - a huge, huge milestone.

 

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The game is also available on Android, Xbox 360 and iOS, so these numbers would be much higher if the extra platforms were counted. The developer has said that the Xbox 360 version alone has sold more than six million copies as of last month. Developer Jens Bergensten believes that across all platforms, sale numbers on Minecraft was around 20 million in January of this year.

Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is coming, Ubisoft wants to kick it old school style

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 7, 2013 3:09 am

What was originally thought of as a huge April Fool's Day joke has turned into an actual serious tease of the upcoming Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon from Ubisoft. A bunch of screenshots have made their way to the official Xbox.com website, which has gamers talking.

 

 

Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon goes down a very different path to the usual DLC, where we should expect some seriously fun first-person shooter fun. Here is the official synopsis from the game's website:

 

The year is 2007. It is the future. Earth has been ravaged by a nuclear war and new paths for peace must be found. A U.S. cyborg army may have found a solution: a powerful bioweapon on a distant island. A Mark IV Cyber Commando, Sergeant Rex Power Colt has been sent over to gather information and figure out what the hell is going on.

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