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LeakedTT: Windows 8.1 screenshots show Start button is making a return

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: May 29, 2013 7:03 pm

Leaked Windows 8.1 screenshots show that the much-loved Start button will be making its return to the desktop. In the screenshots posted by Paul Thurrott, we can see just how Microsoft plans to implement the Start button. (Hint: it's not exactly the same as the current Windows 7 Start button)




In the screenshot above, you can see that the Start button has returned to its usual location in the lower left-hand corner of the screen. The Start button is currently unable to be disabled, but it's not clear if there will be an option when Windows 8.1 is officially released.




In the above screenshot, you can see how the new Start button will function. It will still make use of the new Start screen that was introduced in Windows 8, which is unfortunate for those who love the old Start button. Users will be able to have the desktop wallpaper as the Start screen background, though that is an option that defaults to off.

Google Glass to get porn app from adult Android app maker MiKandi

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: May 29, 2013 5:32 pm

In an interview with ZDnet journalist Violet Blue, adult app maker MiKandi confirmed rumors that it is working on an adult app for Google's Project Glass. MiKandi has recently grown to become the largest adult app developer for Android and features its creations on its own app store, the MiKandi Store.




"Google Glass Porn has been making its rounds, and while studios are intrigued, no one seems to be doing anything about it, we picked up our Glass and, yup, we're making content for it," said Jennifer McEwen, co-founder of MiKandi "As far as I know, we're one of the few, if not the only, adult companies with the device right now. So far, it's really fun!"


She went on to say:


"We're experimenting with the features of Glass. From our initial use of the device, photo and video recording is more powerful than we expected. Obviously, Glass is perfect for shooting POV video, so we're experimenting with that first. But what's really interesting about Glass is that it's not just a hands free camera. It can receive and send data, so there are a lot of interesting interactions that we want to explore. with Glass you can share and interact with fans and followers, allowing them intimate access to your experiences."

Spotify rolls out new Discover page to aid in finding new music

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: May 29, 2013 4:31 pm

We first saw Spotify's Discover service back in December and now the music streaming giant has began rolling out the music discovery page to its users. The new page allows users to "Discover and Sample" new music, something that was previously hard to do.




"With the Discover page, we're making good on our promise of helping you choose what to listen to when faced with millions of songs," Spotify Chief Product Officer Gustav Söderström said in a statement. "We've made your listening experience more personal, more social, and more current."


The new Discover Page will include the following features:


  • New personalised recommendations every day based on the music you love
  • New releases from the artists you follow
  • All the music and playlists shared by friends and trendsetters you follow
  • Find out when an artist you love is touring near you - the information will just bubble up through recommended shows from Songkick
  • Related Music: play a song and get instant recommendations on what to play next


As of this writing the "Discover" page is available to all Spotify users on the web-based app, and the company says that it will "gradually" roll out the new feature to desktop and mobile apps in the coming weeks.

Microsoft releases updated Office 365 for Business

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Software | Posted: May 29, 2013 3:33 pm

Early this morning Microsoft announced the release of it's revamped Office 365 for Business. Microsoft says that the updated service now has new features and offerings tailored to the needs and budgets of small, medium-size and large organizations.




In addition to updated Microsoft Lync Online, Microsoft Exchange Online and Microsoft SharePoint Online services, business users can now get the rich Office applications they are familiar with, on up to five devices, delivered as an always up-to-date cloud service. Office 365 features enhanced enterprise social capabilities with SharePoint and Yammer today, and Lync-Skype connectivity for presence, instant messaging (IM), and voice by June.


"With Office 365, everyone from large enterprises to small businesses to individual consumers can now benefit from the power of Office and the connectivity of the cloud," said Microsoft Office Division President Kurt DelBene. "This release unlocks new scenarios and delivers capabilities that far surpass anything available in browser-only solutions."

T-Mobile will launch BlackBerry Q10 and HTC One in the U.S. on June 5th

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 29, 2013 2:33 pm

This morning we are finally getting word on when T-Mobile will be launching the BlackBerry Q10 as well as the HTC One. Both devices will hit T-Mobile shelves on June 5th, reports the website TmoNews. While the HTC One was already launched, it was only available in 300 stores due to supply shortages.




June 5th will see the HTC One available in all T-Mobile stores nationwide as well as T-Mobile branded privately owned stores. BlackBerry's Q10 will also land on the company's shelves on the 5th of June and will be available for the same no contract price as the HTC One: a $99 down payment followed by 24 equal monthly installments of $20.


In case you forgot, BlackBerry's Q10 features a 3.1-inch AMOLED screen, a dual 1.5GHz processor, 2Gb of RAM and 16GB of onboard storage. The Q10 also features LTE connectivity and should prove to be a fine phone for those who do not want the hassle of touching a screen over physical buttons.

Samsung Galaxy Note III will reportedly run the Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 chipset

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 29, 2013 1:32 pm

A new report has surfaced this morning that is leading industry analyst to believe that Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Note III will be powered by Qualcomm's not yet released flagship CPU, the Snapdragon 800. This is a big change from the previously poised octa-core Samsung Exynos 5450.




While this move may seem a bit backwards to some, this is actually how Samsung likes to do business when it comes to their Galaxy Note line of products. They first try to implement their fastest processor, but if it is not fast enough they quickly switch over to a third-party chipset to ensure their phablets and tablets are the best available.




For those not familiar with the Snapdragon 800, here is a little refresher. Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 is based on the Krait 400 CPU architecture, and is a quad-core CPU can deliver up to 10% faster performance than competition when clocked as high as 2.3 GHz. Featuring the new Adreno 330 GPU, it will bring a near 50% increase in performance over the previous generation Adreno 320 GPU. The SoC also supports 4K video recording and playback.

OCZ regains favorable NASDAQ listing pending filing of periodic reports

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 29, 2013 12:33 pm

OCZ announced this morning that Company received a determination from the NASDAQ Listing Qualifications Panel indicating that the panel had granted the company's request to remain listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market, subject to the condition that the company is current in the filing of its periodic reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission by September 16, 2013.




OCZ must promptly notify NASDAQ of any significant events that occur during the exception period and the panel reserves the right to reconsider the terms of the exception at any point if it believes that the continued listing of the company's stocks is inadvisable or unwarranted.


"We are delighted that NASDAQ has granted us this extension. As recognized by this extension, the Company has made substantial progress in becoming current with our filings and we look forward to completing this as soon as possible," said Ralph Schmitt, CEO of OCZ Technology Group.

LeakedTT: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 specs surface, pricing may be cheaper than previously thought

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 29, 2013 10:42 am

Things are looking good for NVIDIA's upcoming GeForce GTX 770 this morning as new specifications and pricing information has leaked. The GTX 770 appears to be identical to the GTX 680 in hardware but will feature higher clocks and faster memory frequency. The leak comes from retailers located in Tokyo's Akihabara shopping district in the form of photographs taken of the sales sheet on a monitor.




The chip is said to be clocked at 1046MHz and will feature a massive 7GHz memory clock. If these specifications are true, then the GTX 770 will be the highest clocked GPU ever made, albeit with a power draw of 230 watts. The card will feature the same cooling solution used on the GTX 780 and GTX TITAN. Combining the speed with good looks and topping things off with a pricing point of $400 makes the GTX 770 the best bang for your buck GPU on the market.

Silicon Power unveils new portable hard drive dubbed Stream S03

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: May 29, 2013 10:29 am

This morning storage company Silicon Power released its latest portable hard drive, the Stream S03. The new portable hard drive features design cues that were inspired by how folded pages may look in a book.




The Stream S03 features a matte finish which does well to hide fingerprints and stains while still maintaining the sleek and stylish streamlined design the Stream series is known for. In addition, the portable storage device utilizes rounded corners that allow users to handle the device with ease.


Located on the "page fold" corner is the LED status light which turns red when a USB 2.0 port is used and Blue when connected to USB 3.0. The Stream S03 is available in 500GB and 1TB capacities and features a free backup utility as well as a three-year warranty.

AMD launches new x86 chips aimed at the microserver market

By: Charles Gantt | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: May 29, 2013 9:59 am

AMD has just launched a new line of new super low-power processors that are aimed at the NAS and microserver markets. The quad-core and dual-core processors, code-named Kyoto, are designed for high density servers where computer makers try to jam as many processors in a small amount of space as possible.




The new processors include the Opteron X2150 which is the quad-core variant which consumes about 11 watts of power while the Opteron X1150 features dual cores and consumes about 9 watts of power. Both processors are clocked at 2GHz and are said to run faster than similar Intel Atom processors.


A spokesperson for AMD said:


The data center is at an inflection point and requires a high number of cores in a dense form factor with integrated graphics, massive amounts of DRAM and unprecedented power efficiency to keep up with the pace of innovation of Internet services. AMD has a proud history of server innovation, and the AMD Opteron X-Series processors challenge the status quo by providing unmatched capabilities to drive the most energy-efficient servers in the industry.