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Navy successfully destroys drone with laser weapon set to debut in 2014

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Drones | Posted: Apr 9, 2013 12:27 am

The Navy has successfully completed a test of its upcoming laser weapon system that is set to debut in 2014. The laser system successfully shot down a drone. We have embedded video of the test below for your viewing pleasure:

 

 

Previous experiences with laser technology haven't been so successful. Part of the issue is that high-power lasers are large, require massive amounts energy, and large amounts of cooling. There have been some experimental laser weapon systems mounted in airplanes and on ships.

 

All I can think about is how cool lasers are. Pew, pew! Pew, pew!

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California court rules it's illegal to check maps while driving

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 9, 2013 12:07 am

A California court has ruled that it's illegal for drivers to check mapping applications on a smartphone while driving. This does not preclude drivers from using navigation systems that are built in to a car. This ruling comes after a driver argued he was using a phone for directions rather than texting or talking.

 

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According to vehicle code 23123, drivers are not allowed to use a smartphone while driving. The ruling states:

 

This case requires us to determine whether using a wireless phone solely for its map application function while driving violates Vehicle Codesection 23123. We hold that it does.

 

Our review of the statute's plain language leads us to conclude that the primary evil sought to be avoided is the distraction the driver faces when using his or her hands to operate the phone. That distraction would be present whether the wireless telephone was being used as a telephone, a GPS navigator, a clock or a device for sending and receiving text messages and emails.

 

Drivers are still able to use in car navigation systems. Drivers are also able to use voice controlled systems, so this means iPhone users can use Siri to get directions.

EVGA sets 22K record score in 3DMark Fire Strike, three other scores

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Apr 8, 2013 11:33 pm

EVGA and "k|ngp|n" have set new world records in 3DMark Fire Strike. The four records have been achieved using a single EVGA TITAN GPU and a pair of TITAN's in SLI. The four records were set in the 3DMark Fire Strike and 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme benchmark with both single and dual-GPU setups.

 

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  • #1 3DMark Fire Strike (SLI) = 22,054
  • #1 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme (SLI) = 11,559
  • #1 3DMark Fire Strike (Single Card) = 14,600
  • #1 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme (Single Card) = 7,308

 

EVGA also made use of an upcoming EVGA X79 Dark motherboard. k|ngp|n also made use of their Precision X 4.0 tool for overclocking the GPUs. You can see EVGA's records in the Futuremark 3DMark Hall of Fame.

News Corp threatens to take FOX network to subscription only if Aereo prevails in lawsuit

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 8, 2013 10:28 pm

News Corp, owner of the FOX network, has threatened to start charging for the network (i.e. take it to cable-only) if Aereo prevails in its current lawsuit. News Corp, along with numerous different TV networks, sued Aereo over their renting of Internet-connected TV antennas.

 

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The networks allege that this is an unlawful rebroadcasting of their content. The courts, however, ruled that it was legal because Aereo uses one antenna per viewer. News Corp's COO Chase Carey has threatened to move FOX to a subscription model if Aereo wins in court:

 

We need to be able to be fairly compensated for our content. This is not an ideal path we look to pursue, but we can't sit idly by and let an entity steal our signal. We will move to a subscription model if that's our only recourse.

 

Virginia Lam, a spokeswoman for Aereo, e-mailed the following statement:

 

It's disappointing to hear that Fox believes that consumers should not be permitted to use an antenna to access free-to-air broadcast television.

AppGratis pulled from AppStore over push notification abuse

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Apr 8, 2013 10:03 pm

The free app per day app, AppGratis, was pulled from the App Store yesterday. Many assumed that AppGratis was pulled from the App Store because of Apple's new 2.25 clause regarding apps that promote other apps in a similar manner to Apple's own store.

 

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2.25 Apps that display Apps other than your own for purchase or promotion in a manner similar to or confusing with the App Store will be rejected.

 

Apple has confirmed that AppGratis was pushed out of the App Store because it violates clause 2.25. Apple added that it also violates clause 5.6 that prevents using Push Notifications for advertising and promotions:

 

5.6 Apps cannot use Push Notifications to send advertising, promotions, or direct marketing of any kind.

T-Mobile confirmed to be getting HTC One on April 19

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 8, 2013 9:31 pm

Along with AT&T and Sprint, T-Mobile has been confirmed to be getting the HTC One on April 19. This news comes courtesy of Best Buy who posted the HTC One online for $249 with contract or $699.99 without. T-Mobile will also offer up the HTC One for $99 without a contract, but you'll need to make monthly payments.

 

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HTC has been downgraded to a second-tier company, resulting in component supply shortages and delays in the launch of the HTC One device. These delays have resulted in the HTC One being released near the same time as the Samsung Galaxy S IV and the rumored release of the iPhone 5S.

Intel debuts next-gen Thunderbolt capable of 20Gbps throughput, 4K video

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Apr 8, 2013 9:03 pm

Engadget is at NAB in Las Vegas, Nevada checking out the latest technology from Intel. Intel debuted an upgraded Thunderbolt technology capable of 20 Gbps in both directions. This is double that of the previous Thunderbolt iteration, which was only capable of 10 Gbps.

 

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Intel stated that they currently have around 200 licensees and added that more Thunderbolt devices should be coming in the upcoming months. Intel also added that thinner Thunderbolt cables are in the works. The upcoming controller is code-named Redwood Ridge and Intel added that it will be built into some of Intel's upcoming Haswell processors.

 

Falcon Ridge, the next-gen Thunderbolt technology, will enable 4K video file transfer and display. This will be in addition to being capable of 20 Gbps transfer. The technology will be backwards compatible with previous cables and connectors.

ReportTT: Microsoft to use AMD chips in next-gen Xbox

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 8, 2013 8:26 pm

Microsoft is said to be using an AMD processor in its upcoming Xbox 720, according to a Bloomberg report. News of the upcoming product has boosted AMD's stock by over 13 percent, or up $0.30, to $2.59. Meanwhile, Competitor NVIDIA's stock fell a quarter of a percent to $12.43.

 

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AMD is already confirmed to be powering the next-gen PlayStation 4 from Sony, so it will be a major win if AMD is inside the Xbox 720. Microsoft's logic in switching to AMD could include lowering production price and trying to entice more developers to produce games for the platform. By adapting a PC architecture, both are achieved.

 

Neither AMD nor Microsoft would comment on the report. Microsoft is said to be aiming for a May or June unveiling, possibly at E3. Other sources have pegged May 21 as the day that Microsoft will unveil the Xbox 720.

ConfirmedTT: Austin, TX getting Google Fiber, roll out date unknown at this time

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Apr 8, 2013 8:02 pm

It has been confirmed that Austin, Texas will be getting the elusive Google Fiber. Austin, TX will be just the second city to get access to Google's super-fast 1Gbps fiber internet connection and TV service. Kansas City, Kansas and Missouri is the other city to have access to Google's fiber ISP.

 

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Gig.U congratulates Google and the City of Austin for their initiative to bring a world-leading network to one of the world's great research university communities. This effort will pay enormous dividends for the country, as it will help develop the human capital America needs to lead a global economy that increasingly creates value with big data and big bandwidth. The Austin project, as well as the recent response to the North Carolina Next Generation Network project demonstrates that university communities are increasingly recognized as attractive partners for next generation network deployments because of the innovative spirit and demand profiles of their residents. We look forward to watching and learning from the exciting growth and innovation to come from the Google Fiber projects, and accelerating such efforts in Gig.U communities throughout the country.

 

It's probably not enough to draw most people to move to Austin, but it could certainly help the start-up scene. Austin, Texas is already home to the South by Southwest conference and start-ups wouldn't have to travel if they were already based in Austin.

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Electronic Arts in running for prestigious 'Worst Company in America' title

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 8, 2013 7:35 pm

The Consumerist, a website dedicated to customers fighting back against companies, hosts a yearly competition to pick the worst company in America. The tournament is ran much like the March Madness basketball tournament with two companies being placed head-to-head and voted on for worst company in America.

 

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64 companies started and we're down to the final two: Electronic Arts and Bank of America. Interestingly, this is the same way the tournament ended last year. EA garnered 64 percent of the popular last year and could end up winning the Golden Poo award again this year.

 

We've covered the failed SimCity launch in detail, so if you feel EA deserves the title "Worst Company in America," you can head over to the Consumerist's website and cast a ballot up until 9p.m. PT tonight.

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