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Google suggest they can predict box office performance with 94% accuracy

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 10, 2013 11:30 am

Google do countless things, but did you know that one of them is predicting just how much money a new blockbuster movie will make at the box office up to four weeks from its release? A new study from the Mountain View-based giant called "Quantifying Movie Magic with Google Search" has found that by using data from Google's search engine, they can predict a film's opening weekend box office results with up to 94% accuracy.

 

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Google puts them down to search volume for a movie's trailer a month before release, and as the release of the movie gets closer, the predictions become slightly less accurate. Just a week before a movie is released, Google uses search volume for a film's title rather than the trailer, combining this with theater availability to make predictions that are still around 92% accurace.

 

The company notes that if a movie receives 250,000 more searches than another movie that opens in the same week, it will make an average of $4.3 million more during its opening weekend.

RumorTT: Sony Xperia Z to be the next 'Google Edition' smartphone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 10, 2013 10:32 am

I reviewed the Sony Xperia Z a little while back and loved it, I donned it our Editor's Choice Award and was left with the feeling that it could be the phone that sees Sony walk out from behind Samsung's shadow. Sure, they're not selling 10 million smartphones a month, but not everyone has the power to do that.

 

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One thing I've wanted for a while is just a pure Android experience, which is why my day-to-day smartphone is still the Nexus 4. But, the "Google Edition" smartphones are definitely getting more and more popular with Samsung announcing the Galaxy S4 Google Edition and then we saw HTC unveil the One Google Edition. Rumor has it that Sony and Google are preparing a stock Android version of the Xperia Z, which is something I would truly, truly love to see.

 

If you've been sitting on the fence from both the Galaxy S4 and One, then having a third choice just might make things easier for you. The Xperia Z is truly a work of art and worthy of your hard-earned dollars, even more so as a 'Google Edition'.

RumorTT: Google to acquire Waze for $1.3 billion

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 10, 2013 9:26 am

If the current reports are true, it looks like Google could be gunning to acquire crowdsourced navigation app Waze for $1.3 billion. The deal isn't final yet, but according to reports, Google agreed to keep Waze workers at their Israel-based development center, and will allow the company to continue their development in Israel "for at least three years".

 

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The deal will reportedly see Waze CEO Noam Bardin continue his top dog position, while Waze will also keep their brand and won't be integrated into Google. There was a bidding war between social network giants Facebook and Google, with Google reportedly getting the +1.

Leaked E3 trailer to Watch Dogs will have you throwing money at your screen

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 10, 2013 8:22 am

We're just hours away from E3 starting but that doesn't mean we can't enjoy some leaked trailer goodness now, does it? One of which is the game at the top of my most wanted list, Ubisoft's Watch Dogs.

 

 

The trailer isn't in-game footage, but it does set the pace for the game and what it is all about. It has a great feel to it, and I'm pretty sure that everything that is done in the trailer is capable of being done in the game. It truly is a no holds barred trailer, and something you need to watch right now.

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NSA whistleblower isn't scared, doesn't like the surveillance state the US has built

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jun 10, 2013 7:50 am

This is something conspiracy theorists (like myself) were laughed at about just last week, and for years now, but now we have an NSA whistleblower coming out and feeling compelled to talk about it. Edward Snowden thinks that the US public needs to know about the control all of the data that is being recorded about them on a day-to-day, heck a second-to-second scale.

 

 

All data is recorded, Facebook, Google, Apple, SMS, e-mail, everything digital, is being targeted and secured by the NSA. The NSA collect, store, analyze and keep that data to get data on every living person within the United States right now. They use the reason of 'they're targeting suspected terrorists' but it picks up data on everyone at the same time. We live in a post-9/11 world, and this is something the people of the world need to stand up and say "no" to, and this is what Snowden is here to do.

 

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He is fully aware that coming out and stating these things puts a target on his back bigger than anything I personally think has happened before, and I really expect a big 'event' to go down to throw the media and the citizens off this trail. We're talking about some seriously bad things that the US has done, and this guy has proof of that fact. The question is, where do we go from here?

Supermicro displays SuperStorage 6047R-E1R72L with 72 HDD bays

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Jun 10, 2013 7:27 am

Computex Taipei 2013 - The Supermicro line of SuperStorage Servers features one server with a whopping 72 HDD bays for maximum storage density. How do you cram 72 HDD's into one chassis?

 

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Dual-drive HDD bays help to double the number of storage devices per slot. There is also an integrated LSI 2308 HBA to help handle the vast number of storage devices.

 

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The 6047R-E1R72L supports the C602 chipset and Xeon E5-2600 family of processors. There is up to 512GB of RAM support, and 4 PCI-e x8 low profile slots for attaching the HBA's and/or RAID controllers needed for such a dense storage deployment.

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Supermicro displays SuperStorage Server at Computex 2013

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Jun 10, 2013 7:07 am

Computex Taipei 2013 - Supermicro had a beast of a SuperStorage Server on display at Computex 2013, with support for up to 24 x 2.5" drives, which could either be the latest and greatest 10 and 15K HDDs, or SSDs, including the new breed of 12Gb/s SSDs on the market.

 

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From the top, we can see the three 12Gb/s controllers for the HDD bays. We typically expect rebranded HBA's and RAID controllers for large OEM suppliers, but the origin of these controllers is unclear.

 

Supermicro was not forthcoming with many details, including the ROC utilized in these builds. These controllers look to be a custom design with large capacitors to the end of the board.

 

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Supermicro displays 12-node 5038ML-H12TRF Haswell server architecture

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Jun 10, 2013 5:43 am

Computex Taipei 2013 - At Computex 2013, Supermicro displayed their newest line of Haswell servers, with the SuperServer 5038ML-H12TRF on display.

 

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The power efficiency of the new Haswell architecture provides the possibility for enhanced density in server solutions. Here we can observe a 1U rack with a single processor server.

 

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Here we see the 12-node version of the Supermicro Supersaver 5038ML-H12TRF on display. These hotpluggable racks pull out for easy service and each hold 2 drives for storage.

 

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Each tray holds one CPU and up to 32GB of Ram. These dense compute servers each feature dual port Intel Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports.

 

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Support for the Intel Xeon E3-1200 v3 families allows for power consumption of 13 to 80 Watts per node, and the C224 chipset.

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Fable III free on Xbox Live right now

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 10, 2013 5:05 am

While surfing Xbox Live tonight, a friend of mine noticed that Fable III is available for download for the sweet sweet price of $0.00. That's right it's 100 percent free! First released in October 2010, Fable III has sold more than 3 million copies.

 

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For those unfamiliar with the game, the story focuses on the player character's struggle to overthrow the King of Albion by forming alliances and building support for a revolution. After a successful revolt, the player becomes the monarch and is tasked with attempting to defend Albion from a great evil.

Western Digital are the first with a 7mm-thick 1TB HDD

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Jun 10, 2013 3:47 am

Computex Taipei 2013 - Western Digital had a lot of momentum going into Computex but at the show they went for the checked flag. First up in a few posts coming from the company is the new 7mm, dualplatter 1TB, 2.5" HDD.

 

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Getting to 7mm is a feat in itself but stuffing two platters in 7mm took some engineering talent. We sat down with Western Digital so they could explain some of the engineering that went into making the world's highest capacity 7mm HDD.

 

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