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LeakedTT: Xbox 720 GPU specifications reportedly leaked online

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 4, 2013 11:27 pm

It would appear that detailed specifications of the Xbox 720's GPU have been leaked online. While there is no guarantee that these specifications are authentic, they are along the lines of what we would expect from the next-generation console. Couple that with the fact we are only a few months away from the expected announcement and these specifications get a bit more credence.

 

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As you can see in the picture above, the GPU is said to have an 800MHz clock speed. The GPU reportedly features 32MB of embedded ESRAM, similar to the EDSRAM on the 360. However, this ESRAM is said to be free of some of the many restrictions placed on the 360's ESDRAM.

 

The GPU is also reportedly able to do 2x, 4s, and 8x MSAA antaliasing, which means picture quality should be vastly improved in games. The Xbox 720 is widely expected to be announced by Microsoft in June at E3, which is a couple of months after Sony is expected to announce the PlayStation 4.

US Department of Energy was hacked, hundreds of employees affected

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 4, 2013 11:02 pm

In another example of the future being cyber terror and cyber warfare, the US Department of Energy has announced that it was hacked mid-January. The hack reportedly affected several hundred employees, though the agency says that "no classified data was compromised."

 

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This story comes on the heels of The New York Times announcing that they had been the target of Chinese hackers after running a story about the new president of China. The hack appears to have only provided the hackers with personal data of employees, though there is cause for concern as the Department of Energy oversees the US's nuclear research.

 

The hackers have not been identified, though it appears that they may not be connected with any countries that have previously been accused of hacking.

HP releases the Pavilion 14 Chromebook, could signal they are here to stay

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Laptops | Posted: Feb 4, 2013 10:02 pm

HP has officially unveiled and launched the Chromebook Pavilion 14. Based upon Google's Chrome OS, this new Chromebook is built by the world's largest PC maker and shows that Chromebooks could be here to stay. The 14-inch laptop is priced at $329.99, the same as an iPad mini, and is above the pricing of other available Chromebooks.

 

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So, what exactly do you get for that extra cash? Not much, actually. The screen is the largest of any of the available Chromebooks, but the Celeron processor is actually a step down from the Samsung Chromebook 550's Core processor. Other than that, most of the Chromebooks share similar components.

 

The Pavilion 14 comes with a 16GB SSD, 2GB of RAM, a 1366x768 screen, and a 4-cell battery, which is said to provide up to 4 hours and 15 minutes of battery life. It's not clear why someone would pick the Pavilion 14 over some of the other available Chromebooks. Other than brand and price, the devices are all very similar.

 

You can buy the new HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook on HP's website.

RumorTT: iPad mini 2 to feature Retina display with 324 PPI

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 4, 2013 9:33 pm

A new rumor is placing the next iPad mini with a Retina display that outputs a resolution of 2048x1536. That puts the pixel per inch count at 324, or near double that of the current iPad mini's 163. The Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD both come with PPI's of 216, so the new iPad mini would blow them away if this rumor proves true.

 

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Many slammed Apple for releasing the iPad mini with such a low-resolution screen. However, the Retina display is more power hungry and costs more, so it was a sacrifice that Apple had to make in order to keep the device thin, light, and cheap. This rumor may prove to be true, however, as it goes along with an earlier rumor that Apple has picked AU Optronics to make the HD Retina panel for the next iPad mini.

 

We likely won't see a new mini until at least August. When that time rolls around, we should hopefully know more about the device.

Amazon will start collecting Conn. sales tax, residents prepare to pay 6.35% more

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 4, 2013 9:02 pm

Amazon has struck a deal with Connecticut officials to start collecting the state's 6.35 percent sales tax. For the last two years, the online retail giant had been fighting against state officials who wanted Amazon to collect the sales tax from the online shoppers.

 

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Amazon, as part of the deal, promised to build a $50 million order-fulfillment center in the state to create jobs. Connecticut is expected to get $8 million in the first year of tax collection and $13-$15 million in the next. Amazon is also putting pressure onto other online retailers by starting to collect tax.

 

Tax will start being collected November 1. Amazon is supporting federal reforms that would "finally resolve the sales tax issue, level the playing field for all retailers, protect states' rights and allow states to collect the revenue owed." If you live in Connecticut, you might consider buying your Christmas gifts before November 1.

Evasi0n jailbreak out now, jailbreak all your iOS 6/6.1 devices

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Software | Posted: Feb 4, 2013 8:28 pm

The evasi0n jailbreak has officially been released earlier today and is capable of jailbreaking all of your iOS 6 and iOS 6.1 devices. I've given the piece of software a test run on my iPhone 5 and it is confirmed to be working and extremely easy to use. All it takes is one click on your computer and a tap on the iPhone and the device will be jailbroken.

 

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Linux, Mac, and Windows are all supported by the jailbreaking tool, which means you can jailbreak your iDevice no matter what operating system you are using at home. You can download the jailbreak tool at the evasi0n website. Let us know if you have any trouble jailbreaking your device!

Nokia considering both Windows and Android for upcoming tablet

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 4, 2013 7:29 pm

Nokia CEO Stephen Elop has gone on the record saying that Nokia is willing to consider "any option" for the OS on its upcoming tablet. Both Android and Windows are in the running with Nokia leaning towards Windows at the moment.

 

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With the surmounting success of its Windows Phone 8 based Lumia smartphones, Nokia has all the right to consider going with Windows as its new tablet OS. It has a massive Windows Phone user base that would more than likely trust the company's tablet offering better than others.

 

Speaking to the Australian Financial Review, Elop said the "opportunity for companionship is something that any user is looking for," before he went on to talk about the integrated experience of a Lumia 920 and a Windows Tablet, PC and even Xbox. He did however attempt to put a stop to rumors of a new tablet launch at the Mobile World Congress later this month by saying, "We have made no decision or announced anything."

Ziff Davis buys IGN, as Rupert Murdoch's News Corp continues digital property selloff

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 4, 2013 5:54 pm

Rumors of IGN being up for sale were abundant and today they proved true. IGN has been sold by its parent company News Corp to Ziff Davis Enterprises in its quest to sell off much of its digital properties.

 

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Word on the street is that Ziff Davis will be bringing the gaming website 1UP back into the mix as after it sold the site to Hearst Media which intern sold it to IGN. The deal between Rupert Murdoch's News Corp and Ziff Davis over IGN was reportedly made for less than the $100 million News Corp was asking.

 

In recent years, News Corp has been unloading its digital properties at an alarming rate. In 2011 it sold MySpace for over half a billion dollar loss. The selloff is no doubt the result of the company's plans to split the publishing and entertainment sides of its business into separate entities.

HTC expects to see massive profit drop ahead of M7 launch

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 4, 2013 5:01 pm

Things seem to be looking worse every day for the Taiwan based smartphone manufacturer HTC. The bad news this time is from HTC CEO Peter Chou himself. Chou said that profits for its first quarter will plummet much lower than market analysts predicted.

 

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HTC is expected to announce that its profits have dropped 90% in the last three months and is expected to drop another 17% by the time the quarter ends in March. HTC says first quarter revenue will be in the $2 billion range, which is below market estimates.

 

Chou blamed the decline in sales on a lack of marketing combined with strong competition. "Our competitors were too strong and very resourceful, pouring in lots of money into marketing," he told the Wall Street Journal. "We haven't done enough on the marketing front." HTC is set to unveil its M7 handset at an event ahead of Mobile World Congress, and HTC is hoping it could be a change in recent tides for the company.

Affected Facebook users begin to be notified of Class Action lawsuit settlement, did you win $10?

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Feb 4, 2013 4:27 pm

You might have read a story I did a few days ago on a class action lawsuit settlement in which Facebook admitted to using its users images in "Sponsored Posts". The settlement was agreed upon with $20 million being set aside to compensate affected parties.

 

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This morning I received my settlement notice even though I had no idea that I was one of the affected parties. The notice does say that I could be entitled to up to $10, but if the number of claims exceeded a financially feasible number, then all the money will be donated to charity. Other than that, it is full of legalese, but it does state a few interesting things which I have quoted below.

 

This Notice relates to a proposed settlement ("Settlement") of a class action lawsuit ("Action") filed against Facebook relating to a particular Facebook feature called "Sponsored Stories." According to available records, you may be a "Class Member."

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