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Comcast offers poor families six months of free internet access

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 5, 2014 11:00 am

Comcast has revamped its low cost internet program that is in place for poor families to ensure that they have access to the web for education and other uses. The original program that Comcast offered was criticized for being too hard to sign up for. After the criticism, Comcast has revamped the program and is offering up to six months of internet access for free to new subscribers.


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The program gives poor families access to Internet Essentials for $10 per month if there are school age children in the house. Comcast is also offering existing customers with unpaid bills an amnesty program where they can be reconnected in some instances.


The catch with the amnesty program is that the overdue bills and unreturned equipment has to be over a year old to be eligible. For bills that are less than a year old, Comcast wants the debt settled before the customers can sign up.

Xiaomi outpaces Samsung in China to become first in market share

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 5, 2014 10:28 am

Xiaomi is a Chinese smartphone vendor that has been offering its wares on the Chinese market and in other places. The company has been fighting to get to the top of the smartphone market and has made a significant increase in sales to overtake Samsung in China. By surpassing Samsung's numbers, Xiaomi has become the largest smartphone vendor in the Chinese market.


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The stats for the quarter come from research firm Canalys, and the firm says that Xiaomi saw its market share in Q2 increase to 14%. Behind Xiaomi were three major smartphone manufacturers that all tied for second spot with 12% market share each including Samsung, Lenovo, and Yulong.


Xiaomi increased its market share considerably between Q1 and Q2, in Q1 the company held 10.7% of the market while Samsung had 18.3%. In the same quarter a year ago, Xiaomi held only 5% market share. Analysts point to high quality products and aggressive pricing for the impressive growth.

Cyberith Virtualizer hits $250k funding goal, still has 26 days to go

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Aug 5, 2014 10:18 am

After just a few days on Kickstarter, Cyberith has reached its goal of $250,000 for the Virtualizer. The Virtualizer still has 26 days to go, so we could see this be another large Kickstarter success story.



The Virtualizer is "an award-winning locomotion device for Virtual Reality that allows the user to move freely in virtual environments. Step inside the game and become one with your character". It is one of the biggest talked about devices that is coming soon, especially when the world's of the Virtualizer and the Oculus Rift combine.


Cyberith had 150 of its 'Virtualizer Early Bird' pledges up for offer, at $699, with them now all gone. There were also 750 of the 'Virtualizer Standard (Full Package)' that were all sold out, priced at $799 each. The $949 pledge, which is known as the 'Virtualizer HT (Early Bird)' still has 56 left of 150. There are plenty of other levels available on the Virtualizer Kickstarter, but with its $250,000 funding goal met and 26 days to go, I think we might see this edge closer to $500,000 without a problem.

Continue reading 'Cyberith Virtualizer hits $250k funding goal, still has 26 days to go' (full post)

Microsoft to release white Xbox One console with Sunset Overdrive

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 5, 2014 9:29 am

Microsoft is preparing two Xbox One bundles in the coming months, with the first being EA Tiburon's Madden NFL 15, while the second is Insomniac Games' Sunset Overdrive. Sunset Overdrive's bundle will include a white-colored Xbox One, something quite unique.


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Starting with the Madden NFL 15 bundle, which will see the normal black Xbox One without Kinect included, with a code for the digital version of Madden NFL 15 in the box, for $399. Considering its $399 for the Xbox One without Kinect, you're just getting Madden NFL 15 for free. The bundle should be available when Madden NFL 15 launches, later this month on August 26.


The other bundle, with Sunset Overdrive, will include a white Xbox One. This marks the first time that the public will have the option of purchasing a white Xbox One, with the only other time being when the company launched the Xbox One last year, making them available for employees of Microsoft and no one else. Sunset Overdrive launches on October 28 exclusive to the Xbox One, so we should hear more information on the bundle before then.

CD Projekt Red: DX12 isn't going to help the Xbox One at 1080p

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 5, 2014 8:31 am

The Witcher 3's Lead Engine Programmer, Balazs Torok, spoke with Gaming Bolt where he had some interesting things to say about DirectX 12. Torok said that while DX12 will allow developers to pull more triangles out of the Xbox One's GPU, the shading power inside of the Microsoft's console isn't enough to make it worth it.


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He added: "I think there is a lot of confusion around what and why DX12 will improve. Most games out there can't go 1080p because the additional load on the shading units would be too much. For all these games DX12 is not going to change anything". Torok continued: "They might be able to push more triangles to the GPU but they are not going to be able to shade them, which defeats the purpose. I think we will see a change in the way graphics programmers will think about their pipelines and this will result in much better systems hopefully".


What do we take away from that? Well, the Xbox One is capable of 1080p gaming, but what he is saying is that DirectX 12 won't improve the performance at 1080p when it arrives.

Destiny Ghost Edition for the Xbox One sells for $1000+ on eBay

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 5, 2014 7:30 am

The Ghost Edition of Destiny was announced last month, with a retail price of $150, but quickly sold out. Well, some people are now selling the Xbox One version of Destiny: Ghost Edition for a huge $1025 on eBay. Destiny: Ghost Edition includes a bunch of goodies for the increased price, with a huge list to gander over:


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  • Limited Edition SteelBook Case and Game Disc
  • Ghost Replica: This is your motion-sensing Ghost, featuring lights and audio from the game. May it lead you through the Darkness.
  • Letter of Introduction: These world's were once ours. If you accept your destiny, you will be asked to do the impossible.
  • Golden Age Relics, which include a Patch, Sticker, and two Chrome slides of the Traveler
  • Guardian Folio, containing:
  • "Arms and Armament" Field Guide: Many believe the weapons and armor featured in this record are a myth. -You will learn the truth.
  • Postcards from the Golden Age: Our world's have been claimed by our enemies. Now, it's time to take them back.
  • Antique Star Chart: Explore the wild frontiers of our solar system. Discover all that we have lost.
  • Collector's Edition Digital Content: The City has also provided you with a cache of items to start you on your journey, including:
  • A Unique Ghost Casing
  • An Exclusive Player Emblem
  • An Exclusive Player Ship Skin
  • Includes the Destiny Expansion Pass


Bungie won't be making any more of these copies, with the company stating: "No promises. We wanted to release limited editions that were actually limited. When you play the game, you'll appreciate the appearance of exotic loot because not everyone will have it. The same goes for the editions of Destiny that have been designed for collectors. If you can find one, collect it."

Silicon Motion targets TLC NAND flash with new SM2256 SSD controller

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 5, 2014 7:22 am

Flash Memory Summit 2014 - Silicon Motion today announced a new 4-channel controller designed to leverage the value of 3-bit per cell (TLC) NAND flash in a consumer SSD product. The new SM2256 uses new NANDXtend technology to increase TLC flash's endurance from 1K P/E cycles to 3K P/E cycles.


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The SM2256 is a high-performance SATA 6Gb/s SSD controller ideally suited for client SSDs targeting HDD

replacement, ultrabooks and tablets. The SM2256 is a complete merchant ASIC/firmware solution supporting

1x/1y/1z nm triple-level cell (TLC) NAND and extensible to 3D NAND from all major NAND suppliers.

Leveraging Silicon Motion's proprietary NANDXtend error-correcting code (ECC) technology, the SM2256

provides a comprehensive data protection and enhances the endurance and retention of TLC NAND, delivering

more than three times better durability for TLC SSD.

Continue reading 'Silicon Motion targets TLC NAND flash with new SM2256 SSD controller' (full post)

Halo: The Master Chief Collection spotted on Amazon UK for the PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 5, 2014 7:04 am

While this is just a rumor, it's a juicy enough one to post. Halo: The Master Chief Collection might end up on the PC according to a listing on a few of Amazon's sites around the world, including Amazon UK.


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Not only that, but it teases the Steam release of Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2 and even Halo 3. Amazon UK isn't shy to leaking information about games before their release, with the PC version of Tekken 7 teased, and even Mortal Kombat X before E3. Halo: The Master Chief Collection will feature the remade Halo: Anniversary Edition, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3 and Halo 4. The two first games will be remastered games, capable of being driven at 1080p and 60FPS.


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Halo: The Master Chief Collection drops on the Xbox One on November 11, but if it is confirmed for the PC before then, you'll be sure to hear about it right here.

Phison announces 4-Core PS3110 SSD Controller at Flash Memory Summit

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 5, 2014 6:46 am

Flash Memory Summit 2014 - Phison Electronics announced the upcoming PS3110 quad-channel SSD controller today at Flash Memory Summit.


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The press release sheds more lights on the new controller recently previewed in a world exclusive here at TweakTown just days ago.


Key highlights for PS3110 solution include:

· Up to 2 Terabytes support

· 1Ynm and 1Znm SLC, MLC, and TLC support

· Ultra high performance

- Sequential Read: up to 550MB/s

- Sequential Write: up to 530MB/s

- 4K Random Read: up to 100,000 IOPS

- 4K Random Write: up to 90,000 IOPS

· Support both commercial and industrial grade requirements

· AES-256, TCG OPAL 2.0 compliant (A10 derivative)

· S.M.A.R.T support with Phison SSD ToolBox


Advanced Features:

· End-to-end data path protection

· SmartECC RAID data protection

· P-fail protection with SmartFlush and GuaranteedFlush technology

· Advanced read disturb management with SmartRefresh technology

· Advanced global wear-leveling

Continue reading 'Phison announces 4-Core PS3110 SSD Controller at Flash Memory Summit' (full post)

BioShock will be taking iPhone, iPad users back to Rapture very soon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 5, 2014 6:34 am

While most mobile gamers enjoy their made-for-mobile games, there aren't many AAA titles from the PC and consoles that hit Android and iOS all that often. Well, BioShock is coming to iOS, and it's coming soon.


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2K Games has told Engadget that iOS users will soon be able to return to Rapture, Irrational Games' first-person shooter will hit certain iPhone and iPad models. BioShock for iOS will also be compatible with Bluetooth-enabled controllers, for those who wants a closer to PC or console feel. The game should find a price somewhere between $10 and $30, but I think we'll see it closer to $10, as it is a seven-year-old game now.


BioShock for iOS will only work on certain iOS-capable devices, including the iPad Air, iPad Mini 2, iPad 4, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C or iPhone.

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