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AMD launches the new Socket AM1 platform, new Athlon and Sempron APUs

By: Charles Gantt | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Apr 9, 2014 12:00 pm

AMD's Athlon and Sempron lines are back and now in APU form. This morning AMD announced the launch of its new quad-core and dual-core Kabini APUs, and the new Socket AM1 platform. Kabini brings back the legendary Athlon and Sempron brands and pairs them up with AMD's award-winning Graphics Core Next architecture and Jaguar CPU cores to form a flexible and powerful APU platform.

 

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"AMD consistently builds on its industry leading technology by continuing to offer a diversified product stack which is proven today with the availability ofthe AM1 platform with "sockete" Sempron and Athlon APUs designed for the mainstream market," said Bernd Lienhard, corporate vice president and general manager, Client Business Unit, AMD. "With quad-core performance and AMD Radeon graphics the AM1 platform is an affordable solution that provides great flexibility due to an infrastructure built to deliver a multitude of options to our end users and system builders."

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Newegg begins pilot program to ship products to the UK, and Australia

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 9, 2014 11:32 am

Newegg is looking to expand its reach across the pond, into the United Kingdom and Australia with a new pilot program. Customers located in the new countries Newegg is shipping to will be able to order a limited range of products from the US giant.

 

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Each country will have a select range of products to choose from, but there are several thousands to choose from right now. Customers can also enable a "Newegg Global Eligible" filter which will show purely internationally-shippable products, where the cart will display the estimated shipping charges, tax, and duty to any orders placed.

 

Newegg's Chief Marketing Officer, Soren Mills, said in a statement: "We're extending the Newegg customer experience beyond North America, selectively addressing English-speaking countries overseas to begin that process. This is an important step forward for our company and we're taking a very deliberate approach to our international growth".


Amazon says it dominates video streaming against Apple and Hulu

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Apr 9, 2014 10:31 am

Amazon has said that its Instant Video streaming service is now the third most popular video streaming service in the United States, and while Netflix may dominate in the area, Amazon says it has passed both Apple and Hulu.

 

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Qwilt, a video-delivery analysis company, has some data that shows that Amazon video streams have tripled in the past twelve months, pushing them from fifth place, to third. Netflix and YouTube are sitting in positions one and two, forcing Apple and Hulu lower down the video streaming ladder. Yahoo is rumored to be launching its own instant video service in the near future, with original programming. Microsoft is also putting its hat into the ring with the Xbox, so we should expect the video streaming space to really heat up.

 

But, Netflix has some incredible original shows under its belt with House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, so the competition has a heavy uphill battle if they want to fight against Kevin Spacey and some really tough women in jail, including the still-sexy Captain Janeway, or Red.

Twitter acquires Cover, an Android lockscreen start-up

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 9, 2014 9:36 am

We talked about Cover last year, knowing it was going to get big - but big enough for Twitter to acquire? I didn't see that coming. The social network has acquired the Android-focused start-up.

 

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Cover took to its blog to talk about the acquisition, where it said: "Twitter, like Cover, believes in the incredible potential of Android. They share our vision that smartphones can be a lot smarter - more useful and more contextual - and together we're going to make that happen". Cover launched last year, where it used your location and app usage history to predict which apps you would use next. It provided these apps in a beautiful quick access menu on your lockscreen, depending on where you were - home, at work, in the car, or when you're out.

 

With this acquisition, we can see that Twitter wants to be more of a force to be reckoned with on Android, and rightly so, considering that 75% of Twitter users are using the social network on their smartphones. Just what will Twitter do with Cover? That remains to me seen, but I'm now very interested in what the company will do with the exciting new start-up.

Lenovo's refreshed A-series tablets start from just $129

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 9, 2014 8:33 am

Lenovo has refreshed its 2013 lineup of A-series slates, with the TAB A7-50, TAB A8 and TAB 10 priced quite competitively. All of the Lenovo A-series tablets are powered by a MediaTek quad-core processor, with each slate featuring a 1280x800 display.

 

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We have screen sizes matching up with model numbers, so expect a 7-, 8- and 10-inch slate from Lenovo. Each device ships with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, but will include an upgrade to Android 4.4 KitKat in the near future. Common features among the new A-series slates includes 1GB of RAM, 16GB of on-board flash storage, an SD card slot, and Wi-Fi b/g/n. Camera wise, we have a 5-megapixel rear-shooter backed up by a 2-megapixel shooter on the front.

 

The A7-50 weighs 320 grams and comes in at a cost of just $129, while the A8 is a little heavier and more expensive, at 360 grams and $179, respectively. The A10 is the heaviest, which shouldn't come as a surprise, weighing 560 grams and priced at $249. The new Lenovo A-series tablets will hit US shelves and e-tailers starting next month.

More rumors of GTA V hitting the next-gen consoles, PCs in June

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 9, 2014 7:31 am

It feels like we've been reporting on this for months now - well, we have - but there is a new rumor from TECH-NICK, the manager of German retailer Saturn.de, who said in a tweet that Grand Theft Auto V is coming for next-gen consoles and the PC in June.

 

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He did clarify in a follow up tweet that it is just a rumor for now, but E3 is getting close, so we should hear more about GTA V on next-gen consoles and PCs then, hopefully.

WWE Superstar and Hall of Famer, Ultimate Warrior dies at age 54

By: Tyler Bernath | More News: Sport | Posted: Apr 9, 2014 6:31 am

Chances are if you grew up in the 80s or 90s you have heard of the Ultimate Warrior. Born in 1960 as James Hellwig he was known for his charisma in and out of the ring and even went so far to legally change his name to Warrior in 1993. Sadly, the Ultimate Warrior passed away Tuesday night at the young age of 54.

 

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In a statement from the WWE: "We are grateful just days ago, Warrior had the opportunity to take his rightful place in the WWE Hall of Fame and was able to appear at WrestleMania 30 and Monday Night Raw to address his legions of fans. WWE sends its sincere condolences to Warrior's family, friends and fans."

 

In his final public appearance Monday night, Warrior donned the long jacket with his image airbrushed on the back and put on a mask that looked like his trademark face paint. Addressing the fans Warrior said: "No WWE talent becomes a legend on their own,Every man's heart one day beats its final beat. His lungs breathe their final breath. And if what that man did in his life makes the blood pulse through the body of others and makes them believe deeper in something that's larger than life, then his essence, his spirit, will be immortalized by the storytellers -- by the loyalty, by the memory of those who honor him, and make the running the man did live forever. I am the Ultimate Warrior, you are the Ultimate Warrior fans and the spirit of the Ultimate Warrior will run forever."

Virtuix Omni VR treadmill will begin shipping in September

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 9, 2014 6:31 am

The perfect companion for the Oculus Rift or the GameFace Labs' VR headset is the Virtuix Omni virtual reality treadmill. Something that was born on Kickstarter, the VR treadmill will begin shipping to consumers this September starting from $499. Kickstarter backers will begin receiving their Omni's in the Summer, according to Virtuix.

 

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If you decide to purchase the Virtuix Omni, you're going to need to buy an Oculus Rift or own a PC controller to use it. The $499 price also does not include shipping, so expect the price to balloon out considerably depending on where you live. The Virtuix Omni supports multi-directional movement with VR support, with gamers supported on the treadmill through a back harness and a pair of shoes.

 

All of this is controlled and monitored through tracking software that will allow players to "move" through the game. The company finished up its crowdfunding on Kickstarter last June, racking up $1.1 million, much more than its $150,000 goal.

LG shows off its Android Wear-powered smartwatch

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Apr 9, 2014 5:29 am

LG has already unveiled its Android Wear-powered G Watch, but now we're hearing some more information on LG's wearable device. LG talked its G Watch with Pocket-lint, where it showed the site a non-working prototype of the G Watch, but in its final design.

 

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Pocket-lint wrote: "As the original mock-up pictures, already revealed by LG suggested, there will be no buttons on the device at all. The design offered a solid, seamless build that wasn't heavy but certainly felt premium". The Android Wear-powered smartwatch will arrive with interchangeable straps, which should have people impressed.

 

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All we know so far is that the G Watch will be powered by Google's Android Wear platform, with more details shared at Google I/O in June.

Someone smashes a Galaxy S5 on camera, battery explodes in his face

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 9, 2014 4:25 am

I've never seen the appeal of smashing a smartphone I can't even get my hands-on yet, but you know - YouTube and website hits and all, folks. Well, a YouTube reviewer has done just that, smashing Samsung's flagship smartphone with a hammer.

 

 

The 5.1-inch powerhouse of a smartphone survived the first few hits, but then crumbled under the pressure of some harder hits. Once those first few smashes were out of the way, down came the hammer like Thor. The reviewer smashed the phone into pieces, puncturing the battery in the process, which saw the battery itself very quickly expand, getting very close to an actual explosion.

 

Harmful chemicals sprayed out from the Galaxy S5's battery, thanks to the design of the battery it didn't explode, as the battery itself will vent pressure out of a single corner of itself. This avoids the battery catching fire, resulting in a quite harmful explosion.

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