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GoPro IPO goes well, stock surges to over $31 per share

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 27, 2014 4:04 pm

GoPro cameras can do just about anything from recording racetrack antics for car guys to diving into the ocean depths. The rugged camera is among the most popular for sports fans of all types for recording their fun. GoPro went public this week with an IPO that kicked off yesterday.


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GoPro began its IPO with share prices set at $24 per share. The stock surged in trading to over $31 per share in trading. GoPro raised about $425 million and is now valued at nearly $3 billion.


After the IPO, GoPro has about 123 million shares outstanding. GoPro currently holds about 45% of the camcorder market in the US by dollars, but the company is facing some serious competition with other firms, like Google, stepping into the wearable camcorder market.

Apple Podcasts app users faced crashing issues yesterday

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Apps | Posted: Jun 27, 2014 3:01 pm

Fans of podcasts on the iPhone or other Apple devices faced an annoying issue yesterday afternoon that saw the app crashing frequently. The Podcasts app was crashing on multiple devices running iOS 7.1.1 and for devices that were running the iOS 8 beta 2 version of the OS.


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Users report that the app would open briefly on the Apple device, but would then close only a few seconds later. The crash issue began early in the morning on June 26. Later that morning, users reported success with getting the app to work after switching the phone into Airplane Mode and then opening the Podcasts app.


Once that was done, the app would reportedly stay open for some users when Airplane mode was turned off again. By 10pm last night, the podcasts app was reportedly working normally.

WatchESPN World Cup viewership was higher than the Super Bowl

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 27, 2014 2:07 pm

Depending on what country you are from, Football can mean different sports. In the US, football is what we watch in the fall with the NFL, but in much of the rest of the world football is soccer. With the World Cup tournament underway, people all around the globe are flocking to the TV to watch the matches and root for their favorite team.


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WatchESPN is available as an app or a website and allows people with verified cable subscriptions to watch sports content, like the World Cup, on the TV screen. WatchESPN has set a viewership record with more people streaming World Cup matches at the same time than streamed the Super Bowl earlier this year.


WatchESPN racked up 1.7 million concurrent viewers during the World Cup US versus Germany match this week. In fact, the number of viewers was so high that many people had trouble logging on to view the game. Concurrent viewers using WatchESPN to watch the Super Bowl hit 1.1 million.

Google Chromecast to pair with devices using ultrasonic sounds

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 27, 2014 1:00 pm

Users of Chromecast devices know that it is easy to pair the Chromecast with a phone or tablet if the devices are all on the same Wi-Fi network. The catch is if you have a friend over who wants to stream content from their device to the TV via Chromecast, you have to share your Wi-Fi credentials with them to make that happen.


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Chromecast is set to get a new way to pair with devices that aren't on the same Wi-Fi network using ultrasonic sounds. Humans can't hear the ultrasonic sounds, but nearby devices can. The feature was announced at Google I/O 2014 last week.


With this new feature enables, users will be able to cast content from their phone to the TV when on a mobile network. A four-digit pin will also be offered to allow users to manually pair devices that aren't on the same network. Google's Chromecast device will produce the ultrasonic sounds from the TV audio system to pair with the mobile device. Ultrasonic paring will hit Chromecast in the coming weeks; no specific time frame is offered.

Apple working on smart home gear says rumor

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 27, 2014 12:00 pm

We can thank companies like Nest for raising awareness about home automation and related gear and thanks to that raised awareness more companies are looking to get into the home automation market. One of the companies that are looking to get into the home automation market is Apple according to a rumor.


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That rumor claims that Apple will be putting out a line of home automation products that integrate deeply with existing Apple devices. Rumor sources haven't said what sort of products Apple is developing, but the project is said to be past the exploratory phase.


Rumor sources have claimed that Apple isn't building gear to compete directly against Nest; presumably, that means no smart thermostats or smoke detectors. Apple is targeting devices with wider usage than the gear Nest is producing. Exactly when these Apple home automation products will hit the market is unknown.

NASA Orion crew capsule successfully completes parachute test

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jun 27, 2014 11:00 am

Since the space shuttle fleet retired, astronauts in the US have had to hitch a ride into space with Russia to get to the ISS. That will all change eventually when the US gets its Orion crew capsule ready to take astronauts into space in a method similar to what we used in the Apollo days.


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The crew capsule that will eventually let the US put its own astronauts into space is the Orion capsule, and that capsule has completed an important test. An Orion test capsule was strapped into the back of a USAF cargo plane and dropped out of the back of the aircraft at 35,000 feet.


NASA says that a drop from an aircraft at that altitude is the most realistic test yet for simulating reentry from space. In this test, the Orion was allowed to free fall for ten seconds to gain speed before the parachutes were activated to put additional stress on the chutes. Orion is set for its first space test in December, that test will be unmanned.

Pacific Rim 2 hits theaters in spring of 2017

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jun 27, 2014 10:30 am

The original Pacific Rim movie didn't exactly burn up the box office in the US, but it ended up doing well overall. I thought the movie was cool with the big robots battling the monsters coming from deep within the ocean. Domestically Pacific Rim made about $100 million.


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Once the film hit theaters overseas, it racked up considerably more money, enough money that a sequel is in the works. Director Guillermo del Toro says that Pacific Rim 2 will hit theaters on April 7, 2017. The new film will be released by Universal rather than Warner Brothers, the studio that released the original.


Also confirmed with this announcement is that the comic book prequel series will continue and an animated series that covers events between the first and second films will continue as well.

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Smart Modular starts shipping samples of its DDR4 RAM

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: RAM | Posted: Jun 27, 2014 10:14 am

The DDR4 game is heating up, with Smart Modular Technologies now shipping its DDR4 in sample quantities. The new DDR4 memory modules are designed for servers, micro-servers, workstations, storage and networking applications.


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Smart Modular's lineup includes DDR4-2133 1.2V modules, including VLP (very low profile) and standard height RDIMMs up to 16GB in size. ECC SO-DIMMs are available, but only up to 8GB. The new DDR4 288-pin DIMMs feature everything that DDR4 has going for it, including improved power efficiency, higher performance, enhanced system reliability and more.


These samples are currently being seeded out for qualification in next-gen server, storage and networking applications, all of which are expected to launch later this year, and into 2015.

Google's Tegra K1-based Project Tango developer tablet will cost $1024

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 27, 2014 9:33 am

We just reported that Google would be selling its Project Tango-based devices to consumers next year, but developers need them first so that they can get content on them, right? Right. Well, Google will begin selling its Project Tango developer kit tablet to developers later in the year, for $1024.



The Project Tango Tablet Development Tablet is powered by NVIDIA's very capable Tegra K1 processor, features 4GB of RAM and 128GB of on-board storage. It will feature an LTE modem, which is somewhat of a surprise for a developer kit.

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Scientists say after spending $10 billion: the universe doesn't exist

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jun 27, 2014 8:35 am

Just minutes after the Big Bang, scientists theorize that the universe blinked itself out of existence - that's the current, new theory, anyway. After spending $10 billion, decades of research and tests, and the world's largest particle accelerator, scientists theorize the universe itself doesn't exist, or that it shouldn't exist.


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One of the researchers said thanks to finding the Higgs Boson particle, it shows that the universe may have blinked out of existence moments after the Big Bang itself. This researcher continued: "This is an unacceptable prediction of the theory ... if this had happened, we wouldn't be around to discuss it!"


Australian astrophysicist Dr Alan Duffy says: "I love this idea of bringing together two discoveries found at the biggest extremes of size you can imagine. From studying the Higgs Boson at tiny scales much smaller than an atom to (potentially) measuring Inflation by searching into the distant past of our enormous universe".

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