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Go Dark For IE, a new movement to encourage adopting up-to-date browsers

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Aug 27, 2012 9:34 pm

A website,, is encouraging other websites to black out on October 26, 2012 to users of Internet Explorer below version 9. Dabbling in web development a bit myself, I know first-hand just how frustrating it can be to develop for all the browsers, especially fixing bugs in older IE versions.




GoDarkForIE argues "old browsers hurt the web! They don't understand modern technologies, lack features, they're buggy, have security holes and prevent you from seeing the web the way it should be seen." They liken it to not upgrading your TV ever. "Imagine if everyone didn't upgrade their TV or computer? It would mean all the great advancements like HD, DVD's etc would all go to waste. Imagine what you'd be missing out on!"


The mission? "To get websites to go dark on October 26, 2012 to users of Internet Explorer below version 9."

The goal? "To get users of old versions of Internet Explorer to upgrade."


Now, the site isn't completely ridiculous, they realize people are still stuck on XP and can't upgrade beyond IE 8. However, they offer up the idea of using a different browser. They also encourage users to put pressure on their IT departments to allow them to use a different browser. "Users need to put more pressure on their IT departments and get them to upgrade their browsers or give greater choice."

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Apple seeks 8 Samsung devices banned from store shelves in preliminary injunction request

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 27, 2012 8:32 pm

Store shelves could soon be bare of Samsung products, if Judge Koh accepts Apple's preliminary injunction request. We knew that Apple would go after sales bans after winning by so much over Samsung, we just didn't know which products. Now, Apple has filed with the court listing the models that they would like banned.




Apple is going after the eight devices listed in the chart above. Why wouldn't they go after all 24 of them? Well, a large majority of them are no longer being sold and Judge Koh doesn't like having her time wasted, as Apple and Samsung found out, so they've narrowed the list down to a more reasonable amount.


The devices included in the list are the Galaxy S 4G, the Galaxy S II ATT, the Galaxy S II Skyrocket, the Galaxy S II T-Mobile, the Galaxy S II Epic 4G, the Galaxy S Showcase, the Droid Charge, and the Galaxy Prevail.


I really find it interesting that the Galaxy S II Epic 4G was found to be infringing. It's the phone I personally own and use and it looks nothing like the iPhone, at all. It will be interesting if Samsung can manage to get the jury's verdict overturned by Judge Koh or by an appeals court.

RumorTT: Samsung Galaxy Note 2 specs leaked online

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 27, 2012 7:34 pm

Those looking forward to the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 2 know that the device is set to be showcased at IFA this week in Berlin. However, they probably don't know the specs of the device, at least not yet. Well, a Korean news agency is reporting the specs of the device, and many of them line up with previous rumors.




The upcoming device is rumored to feature a 5.5-inch screen, bigger than its predecessor's 5.3-inch one. The 5.5-inch behemoth will be a 1,280x720-pixel, super AMOLED display panel. Driving the device will be done by a 1.4GHz quad-core Exynos 4412 processor and Google's Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system.


The rear-camera is showing as an 800-megapixel device, but I'm sure that is a misprint. It's likely an 8-megapixel rear camera. The device will also support 4G LTE connectivity and will come with 16GB or 32GB of internal storage. Final details of the device should be known by the middle of next week when IFA wraps up. More as it comes.

Sony to open up PlayStation platform

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 27, 2012 6:30 pm

Sony is starting to think differently about how it presents the PlayStation brand to users. Previously, with the PlayStation 1, 2, and 3, only games approved by Sony could be played on the system. Well, at least until modders and hackers got their hands on the system. However, with the massive losses that Sony showed during its last earnings, it's doing everything it can to expand.




Sony has realized that the PlayStation can no longer be a closed platform. They need to open it up and allow other developers to write games and other manufacturers to create controllers that interface with it. In order for it to compete with mobile and PC gaming, these things are a must as they are already available in the competition.


"[The] old model of these very siloed platforms is breaking down a bit," said Ryan, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe head honcho. "PS2 was not a connected device. PSP was not really a proper connected device. PS3 is and PS Vita most definitely is. So we have the ability now to have devices talk to each other. We are having to reset a lot of our thinking. And I am enjoying that. But it is a challenge, because we've been pushing PS1, PS2, and PS3, basically the same way, and then all of a sudden we are like 'You have to forget that and think differently.'"

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Samsung value drops a massive $12 billion after Apple victory

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 27, 2012 5:33 pm

Not only was Samsung smacked with a $1 billion dollar verdict, they have now been smacked by investors to the tune of $12 billion. Apple, on the other hand, is trading up after the decisive victory over the Korean electronics giant. This shedding of shares by investors has lowered Samsung's value to its lowest point since October 2008.




Kawk Joong-bo, an analyst at Samsung Securities said "There was steady buying from foreign investors despite Samsung Group shares weighing in the wake of Samsung's legal loss." According to KitGuru, "Foreign investors bought $309 million in shares while institutional and retail investors sold 116.6 and 199.5 billion won respectively."


The stock hit didn't only affect Samsung, it also affected group companies that owned Samsung shares or Samsung's companies in the supply chain, such as Samsung Electro Mechanics Co which saw a 6.4 percent dip in stock value. Like I've said before, Apple's victory over Samsung is going to have far-reaching implications.

LeakedTT: AMD 'Vishera' FX-Series CPU specifications confirmed

By: Trace Hagan | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Aug 27, 2012 4:28 pm

Looking for a new CPU? You may just want to hold off for a little bit longer, at least until you see what AMD is planning to bring to the table. Thanks to leaks, we can now provide you with an idea of what they may be planning for their Vishera line of FX CPUs, set to launch in Q3 or Q4 of 2012.




The launch plan looks to be similar to the launch plans of "Zambezi" in that they are launching one eight-core CPU, one six-core CPU, and one quad-core CPU. The launch of Vishera is supposed to be coordinated with the launch of their new APUs using the same processing core, Piledriver, which is an updated Bulldozer.


The eight-core FX-8350 will ship with a 4.00 GHz clock speed, with a speed of 4.20 GHz for TurboCore. The six-core FX-6300 will ship with a clock speed 3.50 GHz, and a 4.10 GHz TurboCore speed. The quad-core FX-4320 will feature the same clocks as the FX-8350 with half the cores. The document also provides some more information on AMD's upcoming APUs.

Scientists create flat lens without distortions

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Cameras | Posted: Aug 27, 2012 3:29 pm

Sick of the distortions from modern day lens and cameras? Well, researchers clearly were too and have designed a flat lens that doesn't have any distortions. The only thing is that it will probably set you back more than a pretty penny. The new lens is crafted from silicon and gold, not exactly the cheapest elements.




The 60-nanometer thick lens was created by my favorite department at Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the physics department. The flat lens "approached the ultimate physical limit set by the laws of diffraction." Federico Capasso, professor of applied physics said "Our flat lens opens up a new type of technology. We're presenting a new way of making lenses. It's extremely exciting."


The lens is created by creating a very thin layer of silicon and then coating that with a nanometer thin layer of gold. This design eliminates the "fish-eye" effect of current wide angle lens and the researchers state that the image doesn't require any sort of complex corrective techniques.


Lead author Francesco Aieta said in a statement "In the future we can potentially replace all the bulk components in the majority of optical systems with just flat surfaces."

Samsung shows off video squares with small bezels used for video walls, transparent displays

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Aug 27, 2012 2:02 pm

Head to your nearest mall and you're sure to see some sort of video wall that is made up of smaller screens showing a portion of the overall picture. Samsung has shown off a 21.6-inch square display, which features a 1:1 aspect ratio and more importantly a 5.5mm bezel so that they can be stacked and installed next to each other to make up a bigger surface.




It's also reportedly much more efficient than slamming a TV onto your wall as they automatically adjust brightness and can save up to 30 percent in power. Along with this innovation, Samsung is unveiling the NL22B, which is a transparent screen in the shape of a case. This builds on the see-through tech presented at CES.


The idea here is that the case can show facts and figures while the merchandise is still visible behind. It would likely be used at that high class jeweler you like to shop so much. Imagine the screen enticing you to buy that $6,000 watch with its cool interactivity and other features.


Both will be shown at IFA, but don't expect them to be for sale, not just yet, anyway.

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Could the ban on Samsung devices in the US be overturned?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 27, 2012 11:30 am

Apple may have won their patent case against Samsung, but it was simply the first punch. The second patent war is about to happen, and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 could be the key to Samsung's revival in the US.




The jury may have been anti-Samsung with its verdict, but they did agree on one thing against Apple, just a single patent. This one covered the design elements on the iPad. This put the jury at odds with the judge in the case, who two months ago sided with the Cupertino-based company over allegations of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 copying Apple's iPad design.


It was only late on Sunday that Samsung asked Judge Koh to dissolve the order, due to the jury's finding, where Samsung have said: "THere is thus no proper basis for maintaining the injunction". Koh does have the power to overrule the jury's decision, and find that Samsung did in fact infringe on Apple patents with their Galaxy Tab 10.1 device.

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Samsung shows off their Galaxy Player 5.8 ahead of IFA, hopes Apple doesn't see it

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 27, 2012 10:33 am

Ahead of the IFA event in Berlin next week, Samsung have unveiled their Galaxy Player 5.8 device. As you can probably tell from its name, it sports a 5.8-inch, 960x540 LCD.




This screen is quite a bit bigger than the flagship Galaxy S III, as too with the 5.3-inch screen on the Note. The Galaxy Player 5.8 also features Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich as well as the latest version of Samsung's TouchWiz UI, so it should be pretty in the looks department.


The player also comes in two sizes, 16GB or 32GB, features a microSD slot, front-facing VGA camera and a massive 2,500mAh battery. More details should show themselves at IFA, such as the processor baked inside, and we'll report those when they happen.

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