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Twitter announces Vine, a service to capture short, looping videos

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jan 24, 2013 7:02 pm

Well, we were right. The tweet by Twitter's CEO was a tip that they were going to release Vine soon. Today, Twitter has announced the launch of Vine. According to the blog post by Twitter, Vine is "a mobile service that lets you capture and share short looping videos." Twitter hopes the short length of time will inspire creativity.




Vine is available for iOS devices, specifically the iPhone and iPod touch. The app is free and currently available in the App Store. The blog post states that they are currently working on bringing the app to other platforms, meaning we should soon see an app available on Android and possibly Windows Phone, Windows 8, and other devices.


Vine explains the app a bit better in their blog post:


Posts on Vine are about abbreviation - the shortened form of something larger. They're little windows into the people, settings, ideas and objects that make up your life. They're quirky, and we think that's part of what makes them so special.


We're also happy to share the news that Vine has been acquired by Twitter. Our companies share similar values and goals; like Twitter, we want to make it easier for people to come together to share and discover what's happening in the world. We also believe constraint inspires creativity, whether it's through a 140-character Tweet or a six-second video...[/quote]

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FAA investigates pilot after insane stunt flyby video goes viral

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jan 24, 2013 6:20 pm

In the past people have landed in hot water after their video went "viral" on YouTube. This is certainly the case for pilot Jason Newburg who was recently seen making a 200+ MPH low altitude pass that came with in mere feet of the person holding the camera.



FAA regulations clearly state that "no person may operate an aircraft in a careless or reckless manner so as to endanger the life or property of another." In the video above, you can see that the pilot's plane came within feet of a pedestrian on an ATV and within a few feet of the person shooting the video.


Newberg was granted a waiver for practicing daring maneuvers by the FFA, which most likely was valid at the time of the incident. "Even with a waiver, there a requirement that people on the ground not be endangered," said FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford. Newberg in defense said, "this was a structured shoot, and some people don't understand that."

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Twitter ordered to reveal users personal data by French court in an effort to combat racism and antisemitism

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Jan 24, 2013 5:18 pm

The AP and Reuters are reporting that a Paris High Court has today ordered Twitter to reveal data that will help authorities identify authors of racist and anti-Semitic tweets.




The ruling is the result of a summons filed against Twitter by the French Jewish Students Union which wished to trace users who had tweeted hate speeches and rhetoric last October. The Students Union is hoping to get the tweeters prosecuted on the grounds that racial hatred is a crime in France.


Twitter has been given 15 days to comply with the order, after which the social networking company will be fined a daily penalty of $1335 until compliance is met. No word has been released yet on when or if Twitter will comply with the court's ruling.

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Amazon enters the text-to-speech game, buys IVONA - look out Siri?

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 24, 2013 4:28 pm

Amazon announced this morning that it had acquired text-to-speech software developer IVONA, the company who developed the Kindle Fire's Text-to-Speech, Voice Guide and Explore by Touch features.




Ivona's software holdings are not limited to Android based devices. The company delivers text-to-speech products and services for thousands of developers, businesses and customers around the world. This could be the beginning of a true competitor for Apple's Siri, or even Google's Voice Search.


"IVONA's exceptional text-to-speech technology leads the industry in natural voice quality, accuracy and ease of use. IVONA is already instrumental in helping us deliver excellent accessibility features on Kindle Fire, including Text-to-Speech, Voice Guide and Explore by Touch," said Dave Limp, Vice President, Amazon Kindle. "The IVONA team shares our passion for innovation and customer obsession, and we look forward to building great products to deliver world-class voice solutions to customers around the world."

United Kingdom fines Sony $395,000 over 2011 PlayStation Network hack, plans to appeal

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 24, 2013 3:36 pm

How many of you remember the incident with Sony and its PlayStation Network back in 2011? I am of course talking about the hacking incident that crippled the network for months. The Information Commissioner's Office of the United Kingdom sure remembers, and has fined Sony 250,000 GBP ($395,000 USD) over the ordeal.




The report released by the ICO states that personal data, such as names, addresses and payment details, were unprotected and at risk. "If you are responsible for so many payment card details and log-in details then keeping that personal data secure has to be your priority," said an ICO Deputy Commissioner and followed with "the security measures in place were simply not good enough."


Sony has stated that it "strongly disagrees" with the ruling, and plans to appeal against the fine. A spokesman for the company said that "Sony continually works to strengthen our systems, building in multiple layers of defense and working to make our networks safe, secure, and resilient."

Temple Run 2 finally makes its way to Android, iOS version downloads hit 20+ million

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Jan 24, 2013 2:50 pm

After 20+ million downloads on iOS, Temple Run 2 has finally made its way into the Google Play store. The sequel to the widely popular endless runner game launched early this morning after making Android users wait nearly a week after its iOS launch.




The iOS version topped the free-app chart in less than eight hours after launch. Within 24 hours it had amassed over six million downloads, and reached 20 million downloads in just four days. We can expect the Android version to do as well if not even better if other iOS to Android ports are any indication.


Imangi Studios, the developers behind the Temple Run series, co-founder Keith Shepherd was quoted saying the response from fans was "overwhelming" and added that the studio plans on expanding the game in the coming months. The series has grossed more than 170 million downloads since its release in August 2011.

CM Storm Sirus S 5.1-channel gaming headset unveiled by Cooler Master

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Jan 24, 2013 2:03 pm

Cooler Master has just announced its latest addition to the CM Storm line of gaming accessories. The Sirus S 5.1-channel gaming headset is a variant of the Sirus which ships with a custom 5.1-channel USB sound card.




The original Sirus dates back to spring 2011 and included a purpose built USB sound card, effectively making the unit more expensive. Cooler Master designed the Sirus S to run without the sound card and includes a simple volume control pod and 3.5mm audio jacks.


This new setup allows users to take advantage of their own sound card or even the motherboards built in HD integrated audio. We expect that Cooler Master decided that the constant driver support needed for a custom sound card was just too much and redesigned the headset as a quiet way out. The Sirus S should be much cheaper than its predecessor when released in February.

LG unveil their 15.6-inch U560 Ultrabook, features an optical drive!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jan 24, 2013 11:38 am

The Ultrabook market continues to swell, especially now that Windows 8 is here. LG have unveiled a new Ultrabook, dubbed the LG U560. LG's U560 sports a 15.6-inch display and wait for it... an optical drive!




Yes! An optical drive in an Ultrabook - with it all being crammed into an Ultrabook that weighs in at 4.3 pounds and is just 0.82 inches thick. The 15.6-inch panel is of an IPS variety, an Intel Core i5 CPU cranks along inside, with discrete GPU, a normal HDD as well as an SSD. The U560 will launch in South Korea at first, but it should float across the pond eventually.

AMD CEO says they'll return to profitability in the second half of this year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 24, 2013 10:30 am

AMD aren't doing so well right now, especially when compared to Intel or Apple's latest financial results, but according to reports, CEO Rory Read has outlined the company's three-phase restructuring goal.




Those restructuring goal will see AMD return to profitability by the second half of this year. Read has said that the return to profitability will take more than one quarter, and will involve a total restructuring of how the company runs its business. The chipmaker will also deliver a new set of powerful products this year, as well as begin the transitioning of the company in order to take advantage of high-growth opportunities in other markets where their IP could provide others will a competitive advantage.


These markets include things like servers, custom silicon, the embedded space and ultra-low-power products such as gaming consoles. Considering AMD have reportedly won contracts to have their products in every single next-gen gaming console, this is a huge, huge uptick for AMD. AMD hopes to collect 20% of their revenue from these 'alternative' markets by the end of the year.

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RumorTT: iOS 7 to launch alongside the fifth-generation iPad

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 24, 2013 9:27 am

I wasn't originally going to place the 'RumorTT' stamp on this post, because I think we're going to see Apple launch a completely redesigned iOS in the near future, but KitGuru expect Apple will release iOS 7 with the fifth-generation iPad.




The fifth-generation iPad... you read that right. We only saw the release of the third-generation iPad last year, and late last year we saw the release of the fourth-generation iPad. What can we expect from the fifth-gen iPad? Well, a better screen - bigger, expected to jump up to 10 inches. We should see the resolution stay the same, or get bumped up slightly.


A better processor baked in, and hopefully a better form of battery technology is used. A thinner, lighter battery as that is one of the heavier and bulkier components of the iPad right now. What should we expect from iOS 7? Well, that's the best part - everything. Maps was a complete joke with iOS 6 and has been a constant problem for Apple since its release.

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