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NVIDIA talks about how they build Project Shield

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 31, 2013 7:36 am

NVIDIA unveiled their portable gaming device, Project Shield, at CES a couple of weeks ago now, and now they're talking about the process they went through to build it, going from engineers to the NVIDIA CES keynote stage.

 

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The GPU, and soon to be portable gaming device maker, started their project in early 2012 where it began as a game controlled attached to an Android smartphone, on a block of... wood. Yes, a block of wood. They spent the rest of the year designing and testing various devices, with the first two prototypes delivered on December 18 - just mere weeks before the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this month.

 

In the final days and weeks before CES, engineers were cramming serious hours into assembling the units that would be shown off at CES in a contract partners facility in Silicon Valley. Engineers pulled off the last-minute work, getting batteries in place and then carefully building the device in its shell. It's crazy to see that NVIDIA were working right down to the wire.

Microsoft CEO says Dropbox is 'a fine little startup'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 31, 2013 6:36 am

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has come out swinging during an interview with Bloomberg, where he was bragging up their just-released Office 2013 which would beat Dropbox, saying that the 100 million users that use Dropbox, myself included, "sounds like a pretty small number to me".

 

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Ballmer must've realised he was dropping a pretty big bomb, recovering himself by saying "I'm not beating on Dropbox", adding "They're a fine little startup and that's great". 100 million users constitutes "a little startup" now does it, Ballmer? Wow. Considering from what I've seen and used, Dropbox seems far more popular and easier to use than SkyDrive, I don't know what Ballmer must be thinking other than defending his company.

Valve founder Gabe Newell is worried more about Apple than he is about consoles

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 31, 2013 5:37 am

Valve founder and all-round awesome dude, Gabe Newell, recently had a talk at the University of Texas' LBJ School of Public Affairs, where he talked about Valve's biggest competitor. Newell talked about the upcoming battlefield, which is in our living rooms, where he said:

 

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I think that there's a scenario where we see sort of a dumbed down living room platform emerging - I think Apple rolls the console guys really easily. The question is can we make enough progress in the PC space to establish ourselves there, and also figure out better ways of addressing mobile before Apple takes over the living room?

 

Newell also expects there to be products that will turn up shortly that will help bridge the gap between the living room and the PC, where Valve will be happy to join the club. Newell fears that Apple might beat them to it, which will hurt the PC to living room transition.

South Korea builds their own rocket and satellite, successfully sends it into space

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jan 31, 2013 4:36 am

South Korea have just become the 11th country in the world to successfully build their own rocket and satellite and wave goodbye as it flies into space. South Korea have launched their self-developed, two-stage Naro rocket, as well as putting the vehicle's Science and Technology Satellite-2C into orbit.

 

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South Korea's great achievement arrives after two unfortunate failures in 2009 and 2010, but the fun stops here as there's no short-term plans to send anything else into space. The Korea Aerospace Research Institute is working with contractors to build their own in-house rocket stages in 2016, where they hope to reach 300 tons of thrust by 2018.

Google+ app gets updated, adds new notification tray and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Jan 31, 2013 3:38 am

Google have updated their social networking app, Google+, adding a little functionality as well as a new notifications system. The last update gave us a new post composition screen that gave you the ability to add a photo, or a mood to a post.

 

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This new update throws in a "link" option between the two, where tapping on it lets you manually add a URL. In regards to the UI side of things, notifications have been given a fresh coating of paint, coming out from underneath the navigation controls in the left slide-in panel, and out to a separate notification tab between the refresh and settings buttons that when tapped displays a full notification-specific panel from the right.

 

You can download the latest Google+ app directly from the Google Play Store on your Android-based device, or right here.

iOS 6 iPhone 5 untethered jailbreak gets named, website

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jan 31, 2013 2:03 am

Users stuck on a jailed iPhone 5 or tethered jailbreak of iOS 6 can rejoice. News of an untethered jailbreak for iOS 6/6.1 and iPhone 5 possibly releasing Sunday has been supported by the release of a website and name for the jailbreak. Introducing evasi0n, produced by Evad3rs team.

 

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The website says that they are currently finishing up the GUI and that the next step is private beta testing. The jailbreak is said to be compatible with all iPhones, iPod touches, iPads, and the iPad mini running iOS 6-6.1. Here's to hoping that the jailbreak does release on Super Bowl Sunday!

Google Maps, TiVo won't be coming to Wii U in January, have been delayed to early 2013

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 31, 2013 1:33 am

The Nintendo Wii U has just been struck another blow. Nintendo has had to delay both TiVo and Google Maps integration beyond their original January launch. Well, Google Maps was originally slated to launch in January 2013. TiVo, on the other hand, has already been delayed once before.

 

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TiVo was originally supposed to launch with the TVii service, which was set to launch with the console. TVii didn't come until late December and, when it launched, it was missing Netflix and TiVo integration. TiVo integration has now been pushed back to "early 2013," which isn't a very solid time frame.

 

Google Maps integration was announced back in December with a January 2013 launch. It has also been pushed back, though it has the more solid time frame of "first quarter of 2013." The Wii U is already said to be having sales below expectations, and these delays are certainly not going to help sales, or Nintendo.

Apple is looking for a Plastics Design Engineer, could signal plans for plastic iPhone

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 31, 2013 1:02 am

Apple has posted up a job listing for a Plastics Design Engineer, and that has, of course, sparked questions about whether or not Apple is planning to produce a budget iPhone using a plastic case. The job listing is looking for a Manufacturing Design Engineer with a focus in Advanced Plastic Tooling and Process.

 

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Identify, develop and launch new tooling and process capabilities in support of new Apple product developments. Areas of focus will be "non-traditional" Apple plastic processing such as thermoforming, foam molding, blow molding, etc., and their application to new Apple products. The successful candidate will have demonstrated history of bringing new process and tooling technologies through a full development cycle and launch into high volume production.

 

Of course, an engineer hired at this late date would be unlikely to be working on a device rumored to launch later this year, though they could be working on future designs. Most of Apple's products have utilized aluminum, though plastic is still used in keyboards, Apple TV, Airport Extreme, and other accessories.

 

If you happen to be a Manufacturing Design Engineer, you can find the job listing on Apple's website.

Facebook reports Q4 financial earnings, revenue up, profit down

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 31, 2013 12:33 am

Facebook reported their fourth quarter financial results today. For the fourth quarter, Facebook saw increased revenues, yet experienced decreased profits. Part of the reason profits were down is the amount of investing that Facebook is doing to build an empire and plan for the long-run.

 

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Revenue was up to $1.59 billion, a 40 percent increase from last year. Wall Street estimates had placed revenue at $1.52 billion, so Facebook performed better-than-expected. Revenue, however, was down 79 percent from last year as a result of increased investment spending.

 

"2012 was a big year for us," said Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and CEO on Wednesday's earnings call with analysts and journalists. "There are now more people using Facebook on mobile every day than on desktop."

 

Facebook's monthly active users climbed to 1.06 billion by the end of 2012. Facebook drew in an average of 618 million daily active users in December 2012. Costs and expenses were up 82 percent from Q4 2011 to $1.06 billion.

California sending out tax bills amounting to $120 million to startup investors

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 31, 2013 12:07 am

Since 1993, California has had a tax deduction that allowed startup investors who invested in small businesses to not pay taxes on the money made from selling stock, as long as they reinvested that money in more small businesses. This deduction was aimed at encouraging angel investors and others to invest in small businesses.

 

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Well, the tax break has been ruled unconstitutional because it benefits companies based in California over other states. This ruling came about when Frank Cutler sued back in 1998. The Franchise Tax Board has agreed to honor the ruling, and removed the deduction this past December, applying it retroactively back to 2008.

 

This means investors who sold their stock in a small business after 2008 will have to pay up taxes that they never thought they would. It's a bit unfair to apply the change retroactively, at least in my opinion, and it should have some consequences and ramifications that extend beyond just this $120 million in back taxes.

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