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Motorola to stop voiding warranties on developer edition phones

By: Idene Saatchi | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 22, 2013 12:30 am

Motorola announces today that they will be making a couple of changes to their Developer Edition Program. The Developer Edition phones are for users that want to mess around with their operating systems and user interface. Users that would request a bootloader unlock code would get their warranties voided on their Developer Edition device by Motorola.

 

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Motorola has changed that policy and will be reinstating warranties on Developer Edition devices that where purchased directly from Motorola in 2012 and 2013 and that requesting an unlock code will no longer void user warranties. Motorola will also be offering return-to-factory software images so you can format it to the way it came at purchase if needed. The recovery images are available on Motorola's website.

LSI's Kent Smith explains DuraWrite Virtual Capacity (DVC)

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Nov 22, 2013 12:27 am

Kent Smith from LSI fame walked us through a new complex feature that may tip up in future LSI SandForce products at the retail level. The feature is actually implemented now, but only by companies we the resources to build it own operating systems.

 

 

At the time of writing, DVC is not supported by Windows but with enough prodding by manufactures of storage products, the feature may see future implementation. This is where we need Intel to bang the drum and push for dynamic volumes in real-time.

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Spotify secures $250 million in new financing, now valued at $4B

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Nov 21, 2013 11:57 pm

Today reports have surfaced that indicate that the industry's largest mobile music streaming service, Spotify, has managed to secure $250 million in financing which raises the company's valuation to the $4 billion mark. That is up more than $1 billion in just one year.

 

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Unfortunately, even with a valuation of $4 billion, Spotify can not seem to make money. The cause of its negative cash flow stems from what many consider an antiquated business model that many big-name record labels are holding onto quite tightly. Spotify has managed to increase its revenue in just one year to more than $600 million, but its losses also increased to $77 million. Unless Spotify figures things out in the next few years, we may have to bid adieu to the streaming service we so dearly love.

ADATA first to show working SF3700 PCIe and SATA III

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Nov 21, 2013 11:02 pm

ADATA Technology, at LSI's AIS 2013 event was the first to show working M.2 and SATA III versions of the new SF3700 controller.

 

 

We already know that existing SATA III LSI SandForce drives can maximum the SATA bus with compressible data. The new SF3700 should be able to perform better with incompressible data on SATA so we're excited about the SATA products just as much as we are the PCIe versions.

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New Kingston USB drive automatically encrypts data content

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Nov 21, 2013 10:47 pm

With everyone from out employers to the government spying on every aspect of our daily lives, data encryption has become more important than ever before. Kingston Technology knows this and has released an all new USB 3.0 thumb drive that automatically encrypts your data as it is being loaded.

 

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The new DataTraveler Vault Privacy 3.0 from Kingston offers hardware encryption as well as a built-in anti-virus engine for added security. The drive also has features that allows administrators to set security policies that lock the drive into read-only mode which prevents any malware, spyware, or other nefarious data from being loaded onto the drive. Kingston is offering the DataTraveler Vault Privacy 3.0 in capacities ranging from 4GB all the way up to 64GB with pricing starting at $40 for the 4GB stick, and hitting the $355 mark for the 64GB model.

HTC One Max for Verizon is available today for $299 with contract

By: Idene Saatchi | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 21, 2013 10:37 pm

The HTC One Max is available today from Verizon Wireless. The HTC One Max is priced at $299.99 with a two year contract or $25 a month on Verizon's EDGE plan. Verizon bundles in a ISIS-ready SIM card so you can use contactless paying.

 

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The HTC One Max comes equipped with a huge 5.9 inch 1080p display and a fingerprint scanner that can store up to three people's fingerprints. The device comes with Android 4.3 with HTC Sense 5.5 equipped. Some other specs for the HTC One Max are a quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor with 2GB of RAM, a 4MP "UltraPixel" rear camera, a 2.1MP front camera, a 3,300mAh battery, NFC, and Bluetooth 4.0. As for storage there is a 16GB and a 32GB model, and they both feature a microSD slot which allows expansion of up to 64GB. Sprint already has the HTC One Max and has it priced at $250 in-store or $150 online.

Acer's founder returns to its helm after President and CEO resign

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 21, 2013 9:37 pm

Over the past few months Acer has been in a bit of a downward slide and in recent weeks we have seen both the company CEO and Chairman of the Board, J.T. Wang, and its President, Jim Wong resign their positions. This is the direct result of the $20 million operational loss and 20-percent slump in sales the company reported for Q3 2013.

 

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Now it appears that the company's founder will be returning to its helm after more than eight years of retirement. Stan Shih retired from Acer in 2004 just as it was beginning to grow into a netbook monster with its line of eeePC line. Shih will take on the role of chairman and acting corporate president based on a press released issued by Acer today.

 

"Due to the situation that now faces Acer and my personal social responsibilities, I must stand up and take the rein without salary," Shih said in a statement. "I will honor and complete all the public affairs and event engagements that I have committed to, but I will also fully support Acer's ICT device business and carry out the company transformation. In addition, George Huang who is one of my co-founding partners of Acer will join with me and the management team to lead our company at this time."

Google updates Translate for Android, now supports more languages

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Nov 21, 2013 8:25 pm

Today Google released an update for its Translate app for Android that brings forth a newly redesigned user interface as well as a few new features I am sure we all will appreciate. The new UI is much cleaner and more modern looking, and brings everything more inline with the current theme of other Google apps.

 

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The app now also features support for Hebrew, Greek, Javanese, and Esperanto. Users can switch languages by simply tilting their device, and loading new screens by tapping the microphone. The app can also use your built-in camera to decipher text in Malay, and Ukrainian, as well as a wealth of other languages. Google has also fixed a few bugs and tweaked the app for better performance and after a quick test on my HTC One, I can say that the app does feel much faster now.

Microsoft improves SkyDrive cloud service on iOS with new update

By: Idene Saatchi | More News: Apps | Posted: Nov 21, 2013 7:53 pm

Today Microsoft has released a major update for SkyDrive on the iOS app users have the ability to automatically upload their camera photos into the SkyDrive cloud storage. Microsoft says they are "looking at" doing the same for Android users.

 

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When you snap a photo using the iPhone's default camera app SkyDrive will back it up into the cloud service. The automatic cloud uploading is not on by default, when you update the app you will be able to go into the app and enable this feature. The automatic cloud backup isn't only for photos either it works with your videos as well. Your photos and videos will be backed up over Wi-Fi unless you enable it to do so over your mobile data.

 

SkyDrive gives you an option to automatically re-size your photos so they don't use up all your cloud storage. The interface has also been updated to better fit iOS 7 with a cleaner look and larger thumbnails. The update for SkyDrive on iOS is available now and can be downloaded through Apple's App Store.

SK Hynix begins full-scale mass production of 16nm 64Gb MLC NAND

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Nov 21, 2013 7:09 pm

This week SK Hynix announced that it has began full-scale production of its new 16nm scale 64Gb MLC NAND Flash Modules. This is the company's second version of 16nm NAND Flash with the first version going into fabrication earlier this year in June. SK Hynix says that this revision is more cost competitive due to its smaller chip size.

 

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This is very good news as well as this means that SK Hynix has recovered from a nearly industry devastating fire at one of its fabrication facilities located in China earlier this year. While it is still unclear exactly how much fabrication equipment was damaged in the fire, the ramp up to full-scale production of these new chips should help lower the NAND Flash price per GB some.

 

SK Hynix says that it has also developed a new 128Gb MLC Chip that is based on the 16nm specification and endurance design of its 64Gb MLC. The new 128Gb chips will go into full production in the first half of 2014 which should further lower the price per GB of NAND Flash. This will equate to lower SSD pricing, which is a winning scenario for consumers.

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