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PlayJam wraps up successful GameStick Kickstarter campaign to the tune of $650k

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 1, 2013 5:45 pm

When PlayJam first launched its Kickstarter campaign, they were only hoping to receive about $100k in funding to get the GameStick, a small yet powerful Android based gaming device, enough funds into production. Today they wrapped up that campaign to the tune of $647,658.

 

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With the Kickstarter campaign over, all PlayJam has to do is deliver on its promise to ship about 5,500 GameStick's by April including additional docking stations and special editions of the device itself. While that may seem like a tall order, we are sure that the manufacturing process has already begun.

 

"We are overwhelmed, excited, grateful, thrilled and everything in between." says Anthony Johnson, CMO, PlayJam. "The campaign has been an incredible success with support from thousands of backers worldwide but this is just the beginning. The feedback from the Kickstarter community has been invaluable in shaping the final product and we will continue to seek input from those that supported us to ensure continued innovation ahead of a global retail launch."

Kim Dotcom to Mega search engines: Play by the rules or else

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Feb 1, 2013 4:59 pm

Kim Dotcom says that Mega is behind the shutdown of Search-Mega.me after mountains of DMCA takedown notices for thousands of files stored on MEGA were issued yesterday. Dotcom says that the search engine did not have a takedown policy which offended some copyright holders.

 

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Dotcom said that all search engines wishing to crawl Mega will have to play by the rules or lose access to the service. He pointed out Filestube as the golden standard of Mega search engines. In an interview with TorrentFreak, Dotcom said that Mega was concerned about the enormous amount of attention the search engine received, with articles mostly focusing on the many copyrighted files that were indexed.

 

"We have had some emails from rights holders that said 'these guys don't even have a takedown procedure, what are you doing about that? When we are faced with a situation like this, then we have to act" Dotcom told TorrentFreak. "If it's right in front of our face and it's put to us so prominently, we have to do something about it. Then we are in a state of knowledge and legally required to act."

Outlook.com and Office 365 services experience outages for some users

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Feb 1, 2013 3:55 pm

In what seems to be the great internet outage week of 2013, even more services are experiencing server outages and downtime today. Reports are coming in that Microsoft's Outlook.com appears to be down as well as the Office 365 subscription service.

 

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Engadget is reporting that they are getting reports from users that the Outlook.com site has been unreachable for some of the morning and that subscribers to the Office 365 service are unable to reach their accounts.

 

From my testing, Outlook.com is down and my attempt to visit Office 365 was unsuccessful as well. No statement has been released from Microsoft at this point and we have no ETA on when the services will be back online.

RumorTT: Dell could go private with the help of Michael Dell, Microsoft and Silverlake

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 1, 2013 3:16 pm

We have been hearing rumors that Dell wants to remove itself from the publicly traded market and once again become a private entity. If the recent rumors are true, Dell may just get its wish thanks to Michel Dell himself, Microsoft and Silverlake.

 

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Michael Dell reportedly contributed his stake of $3.6 billion yesterday along with an additional $500 million to $1 billion investment, which gains him the majority share of the company's stock. That puts him owning over half the company's $9 billion equity check. Microsoft is said to be investing $1 - $2 billion, with Silverlake following suit. The company itself could contribute some funds to its buyout as well.

 

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Microsoft will have more than just a stake in the PC manufacturing company. They are said to have a say in Dell's operations, and could shape the future of the once king of the personal computer market. Dell still holds the title of third largest PC manufacturer, but is losing market share.

Sony will end it's MiniDisc payer production in March

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Feb 1, 2013 2:42 pm

Some of you may remember the MiniDisc; it looked like a weird mash-up of a CD-ROM and a 3.5-inch floppy disk and was originally designed by Sony to replace the audio cassette. Much like the PlayStation 2, Sony kept the MiniDisc production alive to appease a loyal fan-base in Japan.

 

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In a statement made to the Japanese website Ashashi, Sony says that it will cease production of the MiniDisc this March. The storage format used a magneto-optical disc that was kept safe inside a plastic case that featured a sliding mechanism that protected the disc when not in use.

 

It was able to store 74 minutes of audio in the ATRAC format with the linear PCM format and 80 minutes of record time developed later. Sony sold over 27 million MiniDisc players over its 20 year run despite being overtaken by the CD and much more popular Walkman portable CD player. We at TweakTown say sayonara to the MiniDisc and wish it a happy retirement.

RumorTT: Google Glass to come with bone-conduction speakers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Feb 1, 2013 12:42 pm

With Google saying that their "Explorer Edition" of their augmented reality headset would arrive early in 2013, it looks like they're finally here as they're sliding through the FCC.

 

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Now that they're hitting the FCC, we can see some specs - 2.4GHz 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, and the latest Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy technology. The charging method appears to be a USB charger, but another listing tells a story of a "barrel" connector.

 

Something else that has been spotted is that Glass looks to feature a "vibrating element" that would provide the wearer audio "via contact with the user's head". We don't know exactly what this is, but it does sound like bone conduction technology, which would suit Glass quite well.

Battlefield 3: End Game DLC receives new 'Capture the Flag' mode, shown off on video

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 1, 2013 11:32 am

The last Battlefield 3 DLC is nearly here, "End Game". But, it looks like this is going to be one of the most exhilarating DLC packs for Battlefield 3, with End Game introducing a new Capture the Flag mode.

 

 

The video above shows it off, as well as the all-new dirt bikes. There's also new dog tags, a new dropship, 4 new huge maps, new assignments and air superiority mode. End Game will be released in March, but will reach the PlayStation 3 one week before the other platforms.

 

What do you think? I'm just getting back into Battlefield 3 after nearly a year off, and I'm loving it. I can't believe this is the last DLC we'll receive before we begin playing Battlefield 4, which I'm like a little kid on Christmas over.

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Intel to unveil some dual-core Android-powered smartphones at Mobile World Congress

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 1, 2013 10:35 am

The supreme leader in CPUs, Intel, is set to show off some new Android-based smartphones at Mobile World Congress. These devices will be powered by the company's new Atom Z2420 SoCs that are "targeted at emerging markets".

 

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Intel will also be displaying their latest smartphone technologies and devices running on Google's Android OS, including their dual-core processor and dual graphics platform, as well as some OEM- and service provider-supported devices.

 

Let's hope Intel show off a device that we'll all want, to really get them a running sprint into the runaway train that is the mobile devices market.

Nokia receives $1.35 billion grant, will use the funds to develop the "strongest material ever tested"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Feb 1, 2013 9:36 am

Finnish smartphone maker Nokia have received a tidy $1.35 billion grant which will see them attempt to develop the strongest material ever constructed - how incredibly exciting! Currently, graphene is a class 2D structure measuring just a single atom thick.

 

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This is an incredible feat, and it is currently the strongest material ever produced. Graphene is 300 times tougher than steel and is also one of the lightest conductors available. Nokia is leading the pack of the Graphene Flagship Consortium, which includes 73 other companies and academic institutions from a number of mediums.

 

Nokia's grant will see them research and develop graphene for practical applications, where the European Union for the Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) the ones behind the $1.35 billion grant. Research Leader at Nokia Research Center, Jani Kivioja, says:

 

Not only does creating a graphene research consortium open up new research possibilities, it will also create work and jobs across all of Europe. This kind of research is also an investment to the people that live within the EU, from an economy perspective. When we talk about graphene, we've reached a tipping point. We're now looking at the beginning of a graphene revolution. Before this point in time, we figured out a way to manufacture cheap iron that led to the Industrial Revolution. Then there was silicon. Now, it's time for graphene.

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European Space Agency is looking into 3D-printed moon bases

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Feb 1, 2013 8:37 am

We've previous reported about entire 3D-printed buildings, but now we're looking at taking one small step for man, one giant leap for 3D printing with the idea of 3D-printed moon bases. Yes, that's not an error - 3D-printed moon bases.

 

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The European Space Agency and partners from London-based architecture firm Foster + Partners are currently scribbling down some ideas on how they would get 3D-printed moon bases onto the surface of our moon. Lunar dust creates a difficult a problem in terms of building materials, which has forced those involved to think outside of the box, big time.

 

Simulated moon dust has been combined with magnesium oxide and a "binding salt", which helps to mixture stick together, with the entire process capable of working within the vacuum of space thanks to a new approach to extruding liquids on the moon. The first concept designs from Foster + Partners used a large weight-bearing dome with a "cellular structured wall" in order to keep the people who would be inside of these structures safe from ambient radiation and micrometeroid strikes.

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