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Netflix finally comes to Facebook for US customers, see what your friends are viewing

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Mar 13, 2013 6:30 pm

Last year I reported on a bill passing congress that would allow Netflix to integrate with Facebook to share your watch history with your friends. Three months later, Netflix has finally implemented some functionality with the social network.

 

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Today Netflix rolled out new features that will allow you to share your activity on your Facebook wall. After enabling the feature, two new rows will appear in your Netflix app that allows you to share your activity with your friends. Users will have the ability to post shows and films to Facebook and offer comments about recently viewed items.

 

This functionality has been available to the international crowd for well over a year now, but was held up in the US by obscure laws dating back to the VHS rental days that prevented renters from disclosing an individual's rental records. Netflix and Facebook teamed up to get the law amended - things were made official this past January.

Dell unveils massive 18" Windows 8 tablet, say hello to the hefty XPS 18

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 13, 2013 5:01 pm

Dell has just announced a new Windows 8 based tablet, and normally that would not be much of a big deal, but this tablet is actually a very big deal - literally. Measuring in at a whopping 18.4-inches, the new Dell XPS 18 is the direct competitor to Sony's VAIO Tap 20.

 

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The 18" Windows 8 beast features a run-time of about five hours on a single charge, and weighs in at 4.85 pounds. The tablet features custom flip-out feet that allow it to transition from "desktop mode" to lap mode quickly. The tablet will ship with a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse when it ships in April.

 

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For a mere $900 you will get a dual-core Pentium ULV processor and 320GB hard drive. Premium editions will feature a Core i7 CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. This monstrosity may not be for everyone, but it is the first tablet that has me considering purchasing a Windows 8 device.

Porn on the internet is safe in Europe for the moment, printed porn banned

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Mar 13, 2013 3:29 pm

The European Parliament has passed a proposal that effectively bans all porn within European Union member states. This was considered a major blow to the online porn industry, but after some wording was removed, it seems that internet porn is safe for now.

 

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Members of the European Parliament removed wording from the porn ban section, essentially limiting the ban to advertising and print media, which appears to leave internet porn in the free and clear. This removal took place at the last minute as the original proposal called for the ban of "all forms of pornography in the media."

 

Speculators are suggesting that online porn was removed from the proposal because it would effectively place the burden of policing the internet onto the shoulders of the ISPs. Whether you are an online porn aficionado or not, this move to remove the ban of online pornography can only be seen as the right one as internet censorship in any form is never a good thing. In the long run, will only cause more harm than good.

Twitter Global Weekly Giveaway - Corsair Hydro Series H90 and H110 CPU Liquid Coolers

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Mar 13, 2013 3:08 pm

In this Twitter weekly giveaway we have teamed up with Corsair to giveaway one of its new Hydro Series H90 and Hydro Series H110 all-in-one CPU liquid coolers. For this giveaway we increase your chances of winning as two winners will be selected for either prize.

 

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In our review of the H110, our cooler editor Chad Sebring had the following to say:

 

"In the realm of the casual buyers out there, the H110 shines in a different light. It is one of the largest sealed AIO solutions on the market. It does do pretty good, and the results are great compared to a stock cooler. Then there is the fact that a lot of buyers out there also have Corsair cases, PSUs, SSDs, and memory, so why not keep the theme going?

 

In this type of a situation, I can see someone spending the money and using the H110 to complete the themed build with a bit of bragging rights to having the largest Corsair AIO you can buy."

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 3G could be hitting US shelves soon, arrives at FCC for approval

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 13, 2013 2:30 pm

Samsung's Galaxy Note 8.0 could be arriving on US retail shelves sooner than was previously thought. In a filing with the FCC, Samsung has submitted the "phablet" for review.

 

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Based off the filing, the Galaxy Note 8.0 will feature 3G carrier support in the 800MHz and 1900MHz bands and suggest that it could be released for sale alongside it's WiFi only counterpart. It is expected however, that while the filing was for a 3G device, the US model will in fact feature LTE instead.

 

The Galaxy Note 8.0 is by far the largest smartphone we have seen and features an 8-inch 1280 x 800 display, 1.6GHz Exynos quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and will run Android Jellybean. It will include the beloved S Pen stylus and will feature Bluetooth 4.0. I am not fully sold on these so-called "Phablets" I just feel that an 8" phone would be more of an obstruction than a productivity device.

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Google's Eric Schmidt gets major payday in the form of a $6 million bonus

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 13, 2013 1:48 pm

In a regulatory filing made on Tuesday, Google has disclosed what bonuses some of its high ups received for the 2012 fiscal year. At the top of the list is Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt who received a reported $6 million cash bonus.

 

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Other notability large bonuses include CFO Patric Pichette who earned a $2.8 million bonus, and CLO David Drummond who took home a cool $3.3 million in extra cash. Rounding things out is Google's CBO, Nikesh Arora, who received a $2.8 million bonus. Google says that all the bonuses are given in recognition for contributions to the company's performance last year.

 

Google co-founder and current CEO, Sergey Brin took no bonus this year, following in the footsteps of Larry Page, the other co-founder of the search giant. Schmidt's massive bonus came on the heels of reports that he will be selling off roughly $2.5 billion of his stake in Google.

Hotmail, Outlook.com outage enters hour 12 - Microsoft still working to fully bring services back online

By: Charles Gantt | More News: BREAKING STORY | Posted: Mar 13, 2013 1:26 pm

This morning TechCrunch is reporting that Microsoft's Outlook.com and Hotmail email services have been down since 4:00PM EDT yesterday. That puts the services past 12 hours or so since they were last accessible.

 

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SkyDrive and Calendar were also affected, but it appears that those services have been restored. Early speculation tied the outage to the Hotmail to Outlook.com migration, but an official statement from Microsoft denied that the migration had anything to do with the outage.

 

As of this posting I am unable to reach outlook.com and attempts to login to an old Hotmail account also failed. TechCrunch is reporting that the outage is not a total systems blackout though with some users still being able to reach the service.

French Apple stores banned from forcing employees to work late

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 13, 2013 1:13 pm

This week a Paris court passed down a ruling that bans seven French Apple stores from forcing its employees to work night shifts. The ruling was in response to a complaint that was filed by several national labor unions against the Cupertino based company.

 

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In addition to the ruling, the court fined Apple 10,000 euro (about $13,000 USD) in damages to the unions who filed the suit. The court said that any additional infraction would cost the company an additional $65,000 in fines per infraction. Apple stores in France on average close at 9PM, but employees are often required to stay until 11PM to finish close out duties such as cleaning the store.

 

In a statement one of the unions that filed suit said: "We are asking only that the law be respected," Apple is appealing the decision and a higher court in France is expected to pass down its ruling on the case sometime next month.

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Intel Computing Technology Demo in Taipei - controlling lightning with our fingertips and driving a car with no hands

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Mar 13, 2013 12:52 pm

Earlier today here in Taipei we attended the yearly Intel Computing Technology Demo which is tour held by Intel folks from the headquarters in US where they give Asian press a look into some fairly exciting tech that it's working on and stuff that we may see in the future.

 

 

At the event at the Sherwood Hotel today, Intel showed off a lot of its new Ultrabooks, tablets and smartphones, which of course are all powered by Intel chips. A lot of those products have been seen at events prior to this one, but what took our interest was Intel's take on perceptual computing and where it sees it going in the future.

 

At the front of the room was an Acer Aspire S7 Ultrabook running Windows 8, some may get excited for that fact alone. Besides just multitouch where we are now with such Windows 8 based machines, Intel showed off various demos which makes uses of the computer's web camera to produce some rather interesting results.

 

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In the video above the first part shows a demo where a Creative Labs 3D camera (attached via USB) is able detect the user's fingertips and control lightning. It uses depth perception and other cool technologies to recognize your fingertips and interact with them on-screen. Another demo we saw (not shown in the video above) showed the camera being able to recognize an Intel employee's hands, and he was able to accurately move around balls on the screen, even flick them with a real flicking motion - quite cool.

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