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Moto G successor should feature 5-inch display, better rear camera

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 7, 2014 3:29 am

We are beginning to see more information on the second generation Moto G smartphone, thanks to the new Moto G being spotted on GFX Benchmark. The specs show it as the XT1063, the successor to the popular Moto G.

 

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The specs listed on GFX Benchmark point toward the new Moto G featuring a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, Adreno 305 GPU, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of flash storage and a 5-inch screen. The 5-inch screen is bumped up from the 4.5-inch screen on the original Moto G, but the resolution should stay the same: 1280x720. As for the rear-camera, we should expect this to be better than the 5-megapixel shooter on the original Moto G, with an improved 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, while the front-facing snapper stays at 2 megapixels.

There is a new Edward Snowden leaking government secrets

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Privacy & Rights | Posted: Aug 7, 2014 2:36 am

According to CNN reporter Evan Perez, authorities are now claiming there is a second leaker exposing classified secrets on the government surveillance programs. There has been speculation of a second leaker for a while now, especially from Glenn Greenwald's new outlet, The Intercept.

 

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But, there have been two new stories posted recently that cited unnamed sources, meaning the information given and reported on wasn't coming from Snowden. One of which was from August 2013, months after Snowden had downloaded his documents when he was working with Booz Allen Hamilton in Hawaii, before giving them to Greenwald when he left the country for Hong Kong, before finding solace (in a way) in Russia.

 

Greenwald said back in July that it "seems clear at this point" that there was a second leaker. We don't know who this second leaker is, but I'm sure after everything Snowden has gone through, he or she won't be unveiling themselves to the world anytime soon.

'Babylon 5' eyed for reboot film by creator J. Michael Straczysnski

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Aug 7, 2014 12:54 am

The final episode of the sci-fi series might have aired 16 years ago, but creator J. Michael Straczysnski hasn't given up hope of rebooting the series in a big budget feature film, airing his plans at the recent San Diego ComicCon.

 

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According to a post on TVWise, Straczysnski announced to assembled fans that he has begun work on the film's script and could begin production in 2016. Warner Bros, who produced the original series would have first right of refusal on the project, but if they decline, Straczysnski is free to shop the project around to other parties.

 

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It's not the first time that Straczysnski has attempted to get a 'Babylon 5' feature off the ground, but with renewed interest in cult sci-fi, thanks to the 'Star Trek' reboot and the forthcoming 'Star Wars Episode VII', the time could be right to bring the series back to life once more.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Extended Cut coming to Blu-ray

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Aug 7, 2014 12:26 am

The middle entry in Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit Trilogy'; 'The Desolation of Smaug' might have already hit Blu-ray back in April, but that hasn't stopped Warner Bros Home Entertainment from announcing an even longer extended cut of the film on 3D and 2D Blu-ray, for release later this year.

 

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Coming to disc on November 12, the film has been extended by a full 25 minutes (for a total run time of 192 minutes) and comes with over nine hours of bonus features, including a Peter Jackson audio commentary, copious behind the scenes documentaries and featurettes, along with a copy of the film in the portable UltraViolet format.

 

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The final entry in the saga, the newly renamed 'The Battle of Five Armies', which just released it's first theatrical teaser trailer, will be released in December 2014.

Fox ditches plans to purchase Time Warner

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Aug 6, 2014 5:00 pm

20th Century Fox has been working on a deal that would have seen it purchase time Warner. That purchase deal has now fallen through as Fox has withdrawn its plans to purchase Time Warner. The announcement was made Tuesday and has sent shares of Time Warner stock tumbling 11% in trading.

 

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Word of the potential purchase surfaced in June and the expectation was that Fox would make a higher bid than the $85 per share that had been offered. News of the offer sent shares of Time Warner stock trading above that $85 per share offer at the time.

 

A source had said previously that Fox would not offer more than the $90 to $95 range. Fox did announce a $6 billion share buyback program to help sooth disappointed shareholders. The move has sent shares in Fox up by 7% in trading.

Surface tablets continue to be a money loser for Microsoft

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 6, 2014 4:03 pm

Things are continuing to look bleak for Microsoft and its surface tablet business. Microsoft lost money again on surface tablets in its recently wrapped fiscal 2014 year with losses totaling $1.7 billion. Microsoft announced that its Surface revenue was $409 million for the quarter ending June 30.

 

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However, Microsoft failed to announce a crucial piece of information, the cost of the revenue for Surface needed to figure out profit. However, data was given that allows analysts to estimate the costs for Surface. Computerworld figures that Microsoft's Surface costs for the quarter that ended in June were $772 million.

 

That means a loss of $363 million in the quarter for Surface. Some of the money in the cost of revenue calculation was from a write-off to cover the cost of designing and producing an unspecified number of Surface Mini tablets. Microsoft reportedly produced a Surface mini and decided at the last minute to not release the tablet. The number shows that Microsoft lost a total of $676 million for fiscal 2014.

SpaceX confirms plans to build rocket launch facility in Texas

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Aug 6, 2014 3:00 pm

SpaceX has become a big name in the modern space race with a contract to send supplies to the ISS with NASA and the company sells its services to put satellites into orbit. SpaceX has announced that it is set to build a new launch facility in southern Texas where it will launch its Falcon 9 rockets in the future.

 

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Texas was chosen in part because the state offered $15.3 million in incentives to a location on the gulf coast east of Brownsville. The location is near Boca Chica Beach and is only a few miles away from the US-Mexico border.

 

Texas plans to offer $2.3 million from the Texas Enterprise Fund and another $13 million from the Spaceport Trust Fund to pay for infrastructure development. SpaceX plans to spend $85 million in the area and create 300 jobs. The launch site could eventually be a location where astronauts head into space and to the ISS.

FMS 2014- Kevin Conley from SanDisk on Client and Enterprise Solutions

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 6, 2014 3:00 pm

Flash Memory Summit 2014 - Today we sat down with Kevin Conley at FMS 2014. Kevin is just back from a trip but still made time to swing by to chat about new client and enterprise solutions coming from SanDisk. We've all ready about the new Extreme Pro SSDs available now in 256GB, 480GB and 960GB capacity sizes.

 

[Editors Note: TweakTown and SanDisk will give away an Extreme Pro 960GB SSD]

 

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FMS 2014 - Kent Smith from LSI ASD talks Seagate and flash technology

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 6, 2014 2:30 pm

Flash Memory Summit 2014 - Kent Smith from LSI's Accelerated Solutions Division sits down with TweakTown to cover a wide range of topics.

 

 

Kent touched on a number of topics in the video including TweakTown's flash testing methods, the Seagate acquisition, extracting more data out of flash and SF3700.

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Rosetta spacecraft meets up with comet after 10-year trip

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Aug 6, 2014 2:13 pm

Back in 2004, the European Space Agency launched a spacecraft called Rosetta that had a mission to meet up with a comet and land on its surface. The comet that was the target for the mission is called 67P/CG and after a decade of traveling through space, Rosetta has entered the gravitational pull of the comet.

 

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Rosetta is set to land on the surface of the comet in November. When Rosetta is ready to start the next phase of the mission, it will fire an explosive harpoon into the surface of the comet to send the Philae lander down to the surface of the comet.

 

Mission controllers are putting the spacecraft into a series of triangular paths around the comet that will each take 3-4 days to complete. The goal is to gather all the data possible so we can learn more about comets.

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