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Google to expand Chromebook availability

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jun 17, 2013 8:03 pm

Google is looking to get Chromebooks into the hands of more consumers. As part of this push, Google is expanding the availability of Chromebooks by partnering with more retail outlets. This means Chromebooks will be available in 3 times more retailers, bringing the total up to over 6,600 stores with Chromebooks.




In the United States, Walmart and Staples will be joining the Chromebook retail chain. Walmart will begin selling the Acer Chromebook with a 16GB SSD for just $199 in around 2,800 stores nationwide. Staples will be selling Chromebooks from HP, Acer, and Samsung nationwide across all of its 1,500+ stores.


Around the globe, Google is continuing to increase availability with new partners and retail locations so you can try before you buy. It looks as though Chromebooks are here to stay for the foreseeable future.

Microsoft to drop linked accounts in, will be replaced with user aliases

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jun 17, 2013 7:02 pm

Microsoft users have long enjoyed the privilege of linked accounts in both Hotmail and services, but that is all about to change. Microsoft says that sometime in the next few months it will be removing the linked account feature from and will be replacing things with user aliases.




Microsoft ultimately blames poor security for the changes noting that users usually keep their main account up to date with password changes, but rarely modify linked account passwords. The new user aliases will essentially be new email addresses that are managed under a single user account. Additionally you will be able to forward all email from secondary accounts to the main account and have the ability to reply from any of the secondary accounts from within the main account.


We've found that quite often, people who use linked accounts keep their primary account's security info (including password and proofs) up to date, but don't lavish as much care on their secondary accounts. It's easier for a malicious party to compromise one of those secondary accounts, which gives them full access to your primary account. Note that if we detect suspicious activity in your account, we automatically unlink accounts to try to help prevent this abuse, but we think we need to go further.

Digg's Google Reader replacement to move into Beta and possible launch days before Google pulls the plug

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jun 17, 2013 6:29 pm

In just a few weeks Google will shut down its Reader service for good, despite the massive outcry to keep it alive. Website Digg has been working on a replacement since the announcement was made that reader was going away. This morning it appears that the Digg Reader may just be ready to roll out a few days before the closure, giving everyone ample time to transition over.




Digg's reader uses the same API as Google Reader, so it should be very similar in function to what we are used to. Unlike Google Reader, the service most likely will not stay free, though. Digg says that "free internet services do not stick around very long" and that they "would like their users to become their customers." Pricing plans and other relevant information has not been released yet.


For now the service will be free and will enter public beta starting June 26th with "Friends and Family Beta" beginning this Wednesday with limited access.

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Samsung to release new Galaxy S4 variant, this time with 100% more LTE Advanced

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 17, 2013 5:53 pm

Samsung's Galaxy S4 is redefining diversity in the mobile phone market. The company has already released several iterations of its flagship phone including what is basically a point and shoot camera glued onto the back. This morning we are catching word of yet another variant that will propel the S4 into another level of speed.




Samsung's co-CEO JK Shin confirmed this morning that the company is working on a modified version of the Galaxy S4 that will support 4G LTE Advanced. This next generation radio will boost the S4's speeds significantly, up to as much as 3Gbps down and 1.5Gbs up in theory. Real-world speeds will be somewhere in the 300Mbs down and 150mbs up due to software constraints.


"We'll be the first with the commercial launch of the advanced 4G version of the smartphone," Shin told Reuters, adding that he expects the device to be a crucial part of its product portfolio. "The new LTE-Advanced (4G) phone will be another addition to our high-end segment offerings that ensure healthy profit margins."

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G.Skill breaks six world records during live OC event at Computex 2013

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Tweaking & Overclocking | Posted: Jun 17, 2013 4:48 pm

G.Skill became the big winner during the 2013 Computex show held in Taipei Taiwan with a massive six world records being shattered during a live overclocking event held by the company. Each rig that broke the record was using G.Skill extreme performance DDR3 memory modules and was overclocked by the best professional overclockers in the world.



In all six world records were broken including: Memory Frequency, PI Fast, Super Pi 32M, 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme, 3DMark Fire Strike and 3DMark 05. Other participating hardware was provided by ASUS, Intel, GIGABYTE and EVGA.



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RumorTT: Instagram to get Vine-like video capabilities on June 20

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Jun 17, 2013 4:11 pm

A lot of speculation has been circling in the rumor mill about Facebook's mysterious press event being held later this week onJune 20th. Today TechCrunch may have just cracked the code that will let the genie out of the bottle. Apparently an unknown source has confirmed that Facebook will be launching video capabilities for it's popular Instagram service.




Facebook adding videos to Instgram makes a lot of sense as its biggest competitor, Vine, is based around sharing short video clips. Analyst expect a similar model to Vine in which Instagram videos would be between 5 and 10 seconds each to make sharing quick, simple, and as low bandwidth hungry as possible.


Of course the added video feature would attract even more users which would further bolster Facebook's plans to monetize the service with ads. Being able to inject a 5 second video before a users video is played would bring in more cash than a simple banner ad placed over a photo. While details on the press event later this week are still unknown, we will be sure to bring you all the latest news as it is released.

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LeakedTT: Possible hardware specs surface for NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 17, 2013 3:04 pm

The mid-range NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 just may be the most anticipated GPU of the summer as the "60" series cards are usually powerful enough to run all of the year's new games with very respectable settings while remaining budget friendly. As such, gamers all over the world have been diligently awaiting the release of the card. This morning, we are learning what kind of punch the GTX 760 will pack.




According to a leaked screenshot from GPU-Z, the new GTX 760 will be a true successor rather than a rebadged GPU from the previous generation. The 760 will feature a GK104 GPU with only three of its graphics clusters enabled, while leaving the memory and raster operations untouched. This gives the GTX 760 1,154 CUDA cores, 96 TMUs, 32 ROPs, and a 256-bit GDDR5 RAM bank clocked to a massive 7 GHz. Core clock is set at 1072 MHz with a GPU Boost of 1111 MHz available.

Apple releases statement on customer privacy in wake of PRISM

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jun 17, 2013 2:11 pm

This morning, Apple has released its first official statement on customer privacy in the wake of the PRISM scandal in Washington. Apple was one of the companies named as a willing participant in the NSA's spying program and was one of the first to deny its participation entirely. The statement released by Apple this morning clarifies how and when the Cupertino giant hands over customer information to the US Government.




To get started, Apple released some vague figures on the number of data requests received from US law officials during a 17-month period that ended on May 31, 2013. The company says that during that time frame it received between 4000 and 5000 request for customer data, most of which involved investigating robberies and "other crimes", aiding in the search for missing children or alzheimer's patients, or suicide prevention measures.

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Oxford English Dictionary recognizes Tweet as an actual word

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 17, 2013 10:32 am

We all know what "tweet" means, and for the uninitiated, it's when posting a "tweet" from Twitter, the second largest social network in the world. Well, now, it is considered an actual words thanks to the Oxford English Dictionary.




OED chief editor, John Simpson, announced the word being official as both a noun and a verb, in his June update. Tweet has been a word previously, for birds obviously, but now the definition has been expanded to include Twitter, the explanation: "To make a posting on the social networking service Twitter. Also: to use Twitter regularly or habitually."

PS4 demolishes Xbox One in an Amazon customer poll

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 17, 2013 9:30 am

I think the line in the sand has been drawn with next-gen consoles, but just how far back as Microsoft been pushed? Well, according to a poll run by Amazon on their Facebook page, Microsoft are really losing this war, by a long shot.




They asked readers which next-gen console they prefer, the PS4 or the Xbox One and the results are absolutely huge. The PS4 has 31,689 votes and the Xbox One has just 1,754 votes - yes that is not a mistake. Of course, this doesn't mean that the PS4 is going to be 20x more popular, or make 20x the sales - but this is an interesting statistic. This doesn't mean the Xbox One is finished, but it'll be interesting to see where things sit in a couple of years from now.


All I know is that I would've bought an Xbox One on launch if there was a killer app, but nothing I've seen makes me want one. The built-in Kinect sensor being always-on kind of turns me off, and isn't something I want sitting in my house. I like that Sony at least gives you the option, which is definitely the right move.

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