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Ouya provides another shipping update, Limited Edition units have been 'fast-tracked'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 20, 2013 1:33 am

Ouya have provided another shipping update to their upcoming Android-based console, taking to their Kickstarter page and through e-mail, notifying consumers of some new information. Limited Edition units have been "fast-tracked", and will be finally shipping out sooner, nearly two weeks earlier than they were estimated to.




Standard orders are no longer prioritized over orders with extra controllers, with the orders including spare controllers to start shipping next week. The company are also working on methods of getting international orders out to backers faster, too. I'm looking forward to receiving my Limited Edition Ouya console, with some user names etched into the controllers, booyah.

Yahoo turns the switch off on Deals, Kids, Upcoming and other features in an effort to tighten focus

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Apr 20, 2013 12:34 am

Yahoo has decided to take some advice from rival Google and cut the ambilical cord to some services that have been underperforming. This morning the once king of search announced that it would be shutting down several features that have not performed well as of late.




Yahoo Deals, Yahoo Upcoming, Yahoo Kids, Yahoo SMS Alerts, and the feature phone versions of Yahoo Mail all will see their lives come to an end April 30th. Older versions of Yahoo Web Mail will also see a shut down during the week of June 3rd. The shutdowns come as Yahoo CEO Marissa Meyer restructures the company and refocuses their goals into something profitable.

Twitter sets kill date for TweetDeck on Android, iOS, AIR and Facebook

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Apr 19, 2013 11:35 pm

Last month Twitter announced that it would be shutting down TweetDeck Air, TweetDeck for Android, and TweetDeck for iOS but had not finalized the date on which the apps would go offline. Today we found out that date.




May 7th will be the last time that the TweetDeck mobile apps will see the light of day. They will be removed from their app stores and their APIs turned off. Facebook integration to TweetDeck will also cease to function.


Twitter says that both the Windows and Mac versions will stick around for the time being and will slowly be updated following browser updates. No word on if we will see a TweetDeck like replacement for mobile devices anytime soon though and our advice would be not to hold your breath.

SpaceTT: Hubble Telescope takes a new look at the Horse Head Nebula, resulting image will blow your mind

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Apr 19, 2013 10:26 pm

This year marks the 23rd anniversary of the Hubble Telescope taking flight in orbit around the earth. To celebrate the occasion it revisited one of my favorite monuments in the night sky; the Horse Head Nebula (IC 434).




Located within the Orion Nebula (M42), the Horsehead is a massive star forming region which is comprised of dust and gas. The Hubble first imaged the Horse Head about 20 years ago and the resulting visible light image can be seen above. The red or pinkish glow originates from hydrogen gas predominantly behind the nebula, ionized by the nearby bright star Sigma Orionis. The darkness of the Horsehead is caused mostly by thick dust, although the lower part of the Horsehead's neck casts a shadow to the left.




The new image of the great Horse Head can be seen above. It shows the region in infrared light, which is made up of longer wavelengths than visible light and can see through the dusty cloud that usually obscures the nebula's inner regions. The result is a rather amazing, and stunning looking structure, made of delicate folds of gas.

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T-Mobile announces HTC One contract free pricing

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 19, 2013 9:29 pm

The HTC One is no doubt one of the most highly anticipated new smartphones of the year. It's all aluminum uni-body design combined with some serious new camera technology has generated massive amounts of chatter amongst Android enthusiasts.




Four days ahead of its launch with T-Mobile, the company has announced its pricing structure for the HTC One based on its new "Un-Plan" business model. The 4.7-inch 1080 x 1920 pixels screened phone will run T-Mobile customers a contract free price of $99 down and 24 equal monthly payments of $20. Those not looking to sign a commitment on a "no commitment" plan can purchase the phone outright for $579.99.


The HTC Once is already on sale at Sprint and ATT and will arrive on T-Mobile shelves on the 24th, which is next Wednesday. I am still on the fence about upgrading to an HTC One or Samsung's Galaxy S4.

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Take a stunning photo tour of the Starship Enterprise's bridge

By: Charles Gantt | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Apr 19, 2013 8:32 pm

In anticipation of the upcoming movie Star Trek Into Darkness, J.J. Abrams' production company, Bad Robot, has released some breathtaking HD images of the Enterprise's Bridge used in the 2009 blockbuster Star Trek.




The images (source #1) show off the beauty of the Enterprise Reboot designed by Scott Chambliss, and display a remarkable level of detail that many fans just chalked up to being CGI creations. Bad Robot has also released a Star Trek Into Darkness app that will let you scan these high resolution images to earn extra points that will help you move up within the Starfleet ranks.




Star Trek Into Darkness releases on May 17th and I for one will be first in line to see it.

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IBM in advanced talks to sell partial server business to Lenovo

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 19, 2013 7:49 pm

Just eight years ago IBM sold off its consumer PC business to Lenovo and now the company is looking to offload part of its server business to the Chinese business as well. Both the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg are confirming the reported $2.5 billion to $4.5 billion dollar deal.




The low-end System X server division would go to Lenovo if the deal passes, and the Server X line could see a complete revitalization after several years of low performance.


News of this deal comes shortly after IBM announced less than desirable earnings for Q1 2013, which saw System X earnings drop by more than nine percent. In contrast, IBM's high-end System Z mainframe business rose by seven percent.

WikiLeaks releases five-hour conversation between Julian Assange and Google's Eric Schmidt

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Apr 19, 2013 6:30 pm

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt made a secret trip to meet with the infamous Julian Assange while he was under house arrest in 2011. The reason for the meeting? Schmidt was researching information for his soon to be released book The New Digital Age.




The conversation covered topics from Assange's thoughts on Bitcoins, to Assange's seemingly never ending list of "crazy female visitors", and even Schmidt's past experiences with Delta Airlines. Schmidt asks Assange about his feelings on the damage that is caused by his website's information leaks, to which Assange compares WikiLeaks to YouTube. He says that like Google, WikiLeaks cannot review every piece of information uploaded to its site.


Assange went on to suggest that Google could provide WikiLeaks with some information on requests made by the US government under the Patriot Act. Schmidt responded by telling Assange that that would be illegal, but he would have Google's lead council forward future request notifications to WikiLeaks.

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World of Tanks takes a direct hit from hackers, user information compromised

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 19, 2013 5:33 pm

The popular online tank shooter World of Tanks suffered a security breach recently that could have led to account information being stolen from subscribers. The developer,, has not released any detailed information on what exactly was stolen, but is advising all users to change their account password to ensure no accounts are lost.




In a statement on the matter had the following to say:


"As a part of usual security practices, we recently became aware that some personal information may have been compromised due to a security incident. We immediately launched an investigation into the incident and can assure you that no financial information was accessed. However, we believe that some password hashes and email addresses were affected by the compromise."


As an incentive, the company is giving users who change their passwords 300 in-game gold, which is enough to purchase one day of premium services, resulting in a faster tank and faster research into new tanks.

Apple admits that it retains Siri generated voice data for up to two years

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Apr 19, 2013 5:01 pm

Every time someone uses Siri on their iPhone, Apple stores that voice data for future testing and debugging. The files stay on Apples servers for a period of two years. This news comes after Wired inquired about ambiguity in Siri's privacy policy, which was brought to light by the ACLU.




Apple says that each data set is assigned a random number string that represents a person. After six months the data is disassociated with the account and stored for 18 months afterwards to be used in development and testing. If a user turns Siri off on their device, all data is deleted instantly.

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