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RumorTT: Nexus 11 to launch at Google I/O, would feature an 8-core processor

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 30, 2013 5:30 am

At last year's Google I/O conference, Google unveiled the popular Nexus 7 tablet, but with rumors of this year's Google I/O conference stating we'll see a Nexus 11 tablet, we should begin to get excited.




The Nexus 11 is rumored to feature an octo-core processor, making it the world's first 8-core-powered tablet. This should arrive in the form of Samsung's 8-core Exynos 5410 processor. The 11-inch display should be a Super PLS TFT screen, with a 2560x1600 resolution just like the Nexus 10. We should expect an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera backed up by a 2-megapixel front-facer.


One of the bigger nuggets in this rumor, is the fact that the Nexus 11 would arrive with expandable storage in the form of a microSD card slot. Until now, Nexus devices have had their internal flash storage and no upgradeable storage options, which is a bit of a lack when comparing them to other Android-powered slates on the market.

NASA's Cassini probe checks out a gigantic super cyclone on Saturn

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Apr 30, 2013 4:32 am

NASA's Cassini probe sure is clocking up some serious frequent flier miles, but as the probe was circling Saturn for nine years, NASA's probe managed to capture some spectacular video of a gigantic storm on Saturn's north pole.




Our cyclones don't last anywhere near as long as this monster, which was spinning for several years, and at speeds that exceeded 300MPH. This cyclone is also locked to Saturn's north pole, and is fueled by small amounts of water vapor versus having an actual ocean to suck it up from. The hurricane's eye measures 1250 miles wide and is surrounded by fluffy white clouds that are the size of Texas.

AMD introduces heterogeneous Uniform Memory Access

By: Charles Gantt | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Apr 30, 2013 4:01 am

This morning AMD announced the next big advancement concerning their APU technology. AMD heterogeneous Uniform Memory Access (hUMA) is an intelligent computing architecture that enables the CPU, GPU, and other processors to work in harmony from a single piece of silicon in a single pool of memory and seamlessly move task to the best suited processing unit.




This means that in a single application, some calculations will run on the CPU while others run on the GPU accessing the same memory though the same addresses without worrying about which software touched the data last. AMD has been able to achieve this by moving the GPU and CPU onto a single die and then AMD enabled the GPU to have direct access to the CPU memory from the same address space. Finally AMD was able to simplify the data sharing by updating the GPU memory set so that it can follow pointers and complex data structures in the same way that the CPU does. These advancements allowed for better efficiency and lower power consumption.




AMD is touting hUMA as restoring the GPU to the world of Uniform Memory Access. As it sits now the GPU utilizes non-uniform memory access and creates a mass of coding headaches for developers. With hUMA application coding can be simplified, and made more efficient throughout the code base.

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Angry Birds Friends for Android and iOS arrives on Thursday

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Apr 30, 2013 3:34 am

Rovio has taken to their official Angry Birds Twitter account to announce that Angry Birds Friends is coming to both iOS and Android on Thursday.




Angry Birds Friends is currently limited to being a web-only Facebook title, so Angry Birds fans should be happy to hear this news. Angry Birds Friends allows you to join up with friends and hold tournaments to compete together, a huge change in the usual way Angry Birds is played.

Samsung announces the Galaxy Tab 3, their lower-end 7-inch 3G-capable tablet

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 30, 2013 2:27 am

Samsung have just announced their latest addition to the constantly growing Galaxy range of devices, the Galaxy Tab 3. Samsung's new Galaxy Tab 3 features a 7-inch display running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.




The previous-generation Galaxy Tab 2 featured a 1GHz dual-core chip, with the Tab 3 receiving a slight upgrade to a 1.2GHz processor. 16GB of internal flash storage is on offer, up from the 8GB maximum on the Tab 2. We also have a 3-megapixel rear-facing camera and 1.3-megapixel front facer on offer.


The resolution of the 7-inch display hasn't changed from the Tab 2, with the Tab 3 offering a 1024x600-pixel display, not even matching the 1280x800 display on the Nexus 7. There's no details on price at the moment, but Samsung have said that the Wi-Fi-only Tab 3 will be made available at the beginning of May, and will be followed by a 3G-capable model in June.

Twitter sends out memo to news organizations warning 'we believe that these attacks will continue'

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Apr 30, 2013 1:34 am

Twitter has issued a memo to news organizations around the world warning them that they believe the recent attacks on high-profile news accounts will continue. "We believe that these attacks will continue, and that news and media organizations will continue to be high value targets to hackers."




Twitter pleads with the companies to help them keep their accounts safe. They encourage companies to designate one computer to use for Twitter...and not use them for general web surfing or checking e-mail. Rumors of Twitter's two-factor authentication system are still floating around. We imagine it's a bit more difficult for them to develop a system for an account that is often used by multiple people.

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Facebook said to be losing users in most lucrative markets

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 30, 2013 1:05 am

Things aren't looking so bright for Facebook ahead of their first-quarter earnings announcement. According to several different groups tracking Facebook usage, numbers are down in some of the most lucrative markets. SocialBakers estimates that Facebook has lost around 6m US-based users in the past month alone.




Further losses have been incurred around the world, with SocialBakers estimating Facebook has lost 1.4m UK users in the past month. Over the past six months, they estimate Facebook has lost around nine million monthly visitors in the US and two million in the UK.


New media specialist Ian Maude at Enders Analysis:

The problem is that, in the US and UK, most people who want to sign up for Facebook have already done it. There is a boredom factor where people like to try something new. Is Facebook going to go the way of Myspace? The risk is relatively small, but that is not to say it isn't there.


No one is saying that Facebook is heading the way of Myspace, but it looks like Facebook's massive growth is over, at least in the developed world. Facebook is still adding users in developing countries such as Brazil and India.


Jefferies' analysts agree with SocialBakers, stating that user levels may have declined from peak in the first quarter.

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Opera sues Trond Werner Hansen, claims he gave trade secrets to Mozilla

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 30, 2013 12:33 am

Trond Werner Hansen, a former Opera employee, has been sued by the company who alleges that he took trade secrets and gave them to Mozilla. Opera is looking to receive damages of 20 million kroner, or about $3.4 million US. Of course, Hansen denies that allegations, saying he has been "wrongly accused."




Opera's lawyer Ole E. Tokvam:

Opera is of the opinion that the former employee has acted contrary to his contractual and other legal obligations towards Opera. Among other things, we claim that he is in breach of the duty of loyalty and his contractual and statutory confidentiality obligations.


Hansen has been forced to return to Norway for a hearing in late August. "The lawsuit caused me to have to return to Norway, instead of pursuing my album release and other art projects in New York," Hansen said. Hansen has provided a lot of background information in this blog post about his employment and a "green browser" project that Opera failed to become interested in.


Firefox is remaining out of it, noting that they were not implicated in the lawsuit: "Mozilla is not being sued, and is not implicated in the lawsuit. Mr. Hansen worked for a time as an independent contractor and is no longer affiliated with Mozilla Corporation."

Nintendo starts selling refurbished 3DS and DSi, offers normal one-year warranty

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 30, 2013 12:05 am

Looking to score a 3DS or DSi on the cheap? Nintendo has your back. Nintendo is now selling refurbished versions of the 3DS and DSi systems with the standard one-year warranty that comes with new devices. These refurbished devices are cleaned, tested, and inspected to make sure they meet Nintendo's standards.




These deals are only available through Nintendo's official Store. The store warns that some of the consoles may come with "minor cosmetic blemishes." Pricing starts at $99.99 for a metallic rose DSi XL, but can go as high as $169.99 for a midnight purple 3DS and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D bundled in.


If you're in the market for a 3DS or DSi, head over to Nintendo's store.

Microsoft's latest Windows Phone ad makes fun of Samsung and Apple rivalry

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Apr 29, 2013 11:33 pm

Are you an Android or Apple? Samsung has long played on Apple fans standing in line to get the latest iPhone in its advertisements. Microsoft apparently doesn't want to be left out, especially as Windows Phone continues to make small increases in market share. The following video will soon air on US TV stations:



The video pits Samsung and Apple users against each other after an Apple user asks one of the Samsung users to move his enormous phone. Of course, a fight breaks out between the two with insults flying back and forth. The advertisement ends with two of the wedding's servers standing calmly and talking about Windows Phone.


I feel that this ad is way more effective than Microsoft's Surface beatboxing ad that they ran a few months back. What do you think of the ad?

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