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Facebook says it will not re-brand Oculus VR or the Oculus Rift

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Mar 28, 2014 6:05 am

With all of the backlash that has cropped up against the Facebook / Oculus VR acquisition deal, the social networking giant has came out today and publicly stated that it has no intentions of re-branding Oculus VR, the Oculuc Rift or integrating its social networking platform to the Oculus Rift.

 

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What this means is that Facebook will not rename neither the company nor its virtual reality headset, and that despite rumors, Facebook will not integrate its login or authentication features into the device as a method of logging in to play games or use the device in general. While this is definitely a good thing, I feel that it will do little to change the minds of those who are convinced that Facebook will ruin the technology. Personally, I do not think that Facebook will screw things up, but I have chosen to withhold judgement on weather the deal was the right one to make until I see the Oculus Rift retail version launched.

RumorTT: Spotify is planning to go public in the US later this year

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 28, 2014 4:20 am

Music streaming is big business, and for companies like Spotify, that business cost money. One of the best way to raise extra funds is to let the public buy into your company, and it appears that Spotify is going to do just that. Rumors have began appearing that Spotify could be looking to take its company public before the end of the year.

 

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Back in February Reuters reported that they had came across a job listing that indicated that Spotify was looking for an External Reporting Specialist that would prepare the company for SEC filing, and compile all the reports needed to be SEC compliant. Spotify is the leader in a heavily competitive market, but does that mean that the company can sustain that number one position as companies like Google and Beats by Dre have new music streaming services that are continuing to grow in popularity? Only time will tell...


Report says 97% of mobile malware is targeting Android devices

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 28, 2014 3:52 am

Android had a greatly successful year in 2013, capturing around 87 percent of the international smartphone market - but during the same year, the Android community had to deal with a large amount of malware and security threats.

 

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Ninety-seven percent of current mobile malware targets Android, and users will continue to face a large amount of threats moving forward.

 

Security company F-Secure recommends sticking to the Google Play Store to download apps, as one in every 1,000 apps might have had malware - while purchasing or downloading apps from other sources can easily lead to malware infection.

 

Cybercriminals rely on malware for both targeted attacks and to try and infect as many people as possible.

We go for a drive in the Tesla Model S with Google Glass

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Mar 28, 2014 2:36 am

GTC 2014 - As an Australian-based editor of TweakTown, one thing I've always wanted to do is go for a drive in Tesla Motors' Model S electric car. Well, while I was at the GPU Technology Conference in San Jose, California, I took the opportunity to jump in and take a look.

 

 

Jonathan Katz, Product Specialist of Tesla Motors, drove the car - and just as we were taking off, I asked if he could wear my Google Glass unit, where he was more than happy to help out. The video above gives you a first-person perspective of the drive itself, something that I don't think has been done before, at least with Google Glass.

 

 

 

It gives you the perfect look at the car, with Katz explaining the various features and functions of the car, of which there is actually many. There were five of us in total in the car, but the backseat did not seem cramped. The 'frunk' as Katz explains (the front trunk, as there is no traditional engine and components under the bonnet is spacious, with the trunk featuring even more space.

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Disney's cool $1b blockbuster Frozen coming to Blu-ray next month

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 28, 2014 1:29 am

The last few months have been good for the house of mouse; after years of middling responses to their animated offerings, their latest animated release Frozen has hit pay dirt both critically and financially, grossing over $1 billion at the world wide box office and receiving two Academy Awards at this year's ceremony.

 

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After the film's successful theatrical run, the Australian arm of Disney Home Entertainment have now announced the forthcoming home video release of Frozen for April 30 in both 2D and 3D/2D Blu-ray combo releases. The disc will include a small collection of supplemental materials, including the newly created Mickey Mouse short Get a Horse!, featurettes, music videos, deleted scenes and trailers.

 

In addition, TweakTown has also heard that the studio is looking to unveil an even more elaborate special edition Blu-ray release later in the year.

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Plextor announces Q2 availability for new M6S SSD

By: Kalen Kimm | More News: Storage | Posted: Mar 28, 2014 1:28 am

Plextor, a developer of digital storage technology, announced the launch of the M6S, an efficient, high-performance SSD. According to Plextor, the new M6S is capable of delivering random read/write speed of 94K IOPS/80K IOPS and a 520/440 MB/s sequential read/write speed. Compared to the best-selling M5S, there is an additional power savings of 30% to 50%.

 

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According to Yaping Zheng, product manager at Plextor, "The new M6S gives desktop and notebook users the ultimate system upgrade. Its combination of speed and efficiency makes it an ideal replacement for a hard drive. By installing an M6S rather than a traditional hard drive, Windows 7 boots in a quarter of the time, applications start quickly, and saving and loading become almost instant. Our tests even show that notebook users can gain an extra 30 minutes of battery time by using an M6S".

 

The M6S will come in a thinner 7 mm form factor, allowing it to fit into thin notebooks. Availability of the new drives begins in the second quarter of 2014 with 128 GB, 256 GB, and 512 GB capacities.

 

You can see our review of the M6S on April, 10th 2014.

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CliffyB calls Notch a "pouty kid" over Notch's thoughts on Oculus VR

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Mar 28, 2014 1:22 am

You might remember the name 'CliffyB' as one of the brains (now ex-brain) of Epic Games. Cliff Bleszinski took to his Tumblr to talk about the recent acquisition of Oculus VR by Facebook: "The brain droppings of a formerly employed videogame ninja". CliffyB seemed to think it was going to happen, where he said: "this is exactly what was going to happen". He explained in much more detail:

 

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When a company raises money from venture capitalists the end game IS acquisition. While it might have been interesting for a dedicated gaming company to purchase Oculus it might have ultimately limited their potential in regards to the myriad of things that the Rift is capable of. I want games, but I also want virtual tourism. PTSD treatment. End of life quality comfort care improvements. Treatment for a variety of fears. Architectural visualisation. Pilot training. Scuba training. The list simply goes on, and on, and on. Start to imagine a VR experience that's more social where you can sit, say, in a virtual IMAX with your best friends who all live in different cities and things start getting incredibly intriguing.

 

It gets better, as the founder of Epic Games took a swipe at Oculus VR's Kickstarter backers - who are after Oculus VR's blood - saying that investing in a Kickstarter project guarantees you a reward, and now equity and that "crowdfunding can only take you so far, especially when you're doing something this ambitious". He also took a big swipe at Minecraft creator Notch, where he said: "Notch, your cancelling Minecraft makes you look like a pouty kid who is taking his ball and going home. It's a bratty and petty move and it saddens me greatly".

Microsoft makes Office for iPhone and Android phones completely free

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Mar 28, 2014 12:59 am

Office is available for iPad, but Microsoft's productivity suite is now free for the iPhone and Android smartphones. You can download it right now from the Apple App Store, or the Google Play Store.

 

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Why did the Redmond-based software giant make it free? The company wanted to better align Office Mobile for Windows Phone with its iOS and Android versions. Office Mobile is now capable of allowing users to view, and edit content while on the go, all for free. Previously, an Office 365 subscription was required.

 

But, Microsoft considers tablets a premium device, which means tablet users who use Office have to pay for the mobile goods that Office offers - which is locked to iOS for now. The company has confirmed it is working on bringing Office for Android tablets, as well as a Metro-based version for touch-capable Windows slates.

Prepare for Google to push 'Powered by Android' branding on devices

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 27, 2014 11:46 pm

The iconic Apple logo on the back of an iPhone is something that Google doesn't have going for it, but this looks like it could all change. The new HTC One M8 or Samsung Galaxy S5 upon first being booted up will display to users "Powered by Android".

 

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Google is mandating that the phrase "Powered by Android" be used during the boot animation on new smartphones. Pushing this further, both HTC and Samsung are both using the classic Android logo that was used as the boot animation on the original Android phone, HTC's G1 device. We should see this rolling out across devices going into the future, and I think this is the big lead up to the true competitor to the iPhone 6, the Nexus 6.

UFO, or most likely a military aircraft, spotted flying over Texas

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Mar 27, 2014 11:31 pm

Well, it looks like the military is having some fun above the skies of Texas, where defense technology blog Ares is reporting on a mysterious, unidentified flying object flying over the skies of Amarillo, Texas, back on March 10.

 

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Bill Sweetman, Aviation Week's defense experts is perplexed, but he is convinced it's real. "Three of us here-myself, Graham Warwick and Guy Norris-concur that the photos show something real. Guy and I have known Steve Douglass for a long time, and know that the reason that he sees (and monitors by radio) unusual things is that he spends time looking for them. Here is Steve's account of one of his better radio intercepts. This is more than a random image.

 

The photos tell us more about what the mysterious stranger isn't than what it is. The size is very hard to determine, for example, although the image size at contrailing height suggests that it is bigger than an X-47B. However, the basic shape-while it resembles Boeing's Blended Wing Body studies or the Swift Killer Bee/Northrop Grumman Bat unmanned air system-is different from anything known to have flown at full size, lacking the notched trailing edge of Northrop Grumman's full-size designs".

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