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OneDrive cloud service adds albums - auto photo import coming soon

By: Chris Smith | More News: Cloud Computing | Posted: Jan 29, 2015 2:26 pm

In a order to easily organize and store photos in your account, Microsoft has added an Albums feature for their OneDrive service - claimed by some as a move to compete with popular competitors including Dropbox and Google's storage options.

 

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Released this Wednesday through a company blog post, this addition will feature capabilities mirroring Dropbox's Carousel photo gallery app and Google Drive's built-in albums feature. Available through the iOS app now, the company has stated they will add Android and Windows phone support "soon".

 

It's also claimed that next month will see an addition of automatic photo import features for Windows 7 and 8 users, as already seen with Android, iOS and Windows Phone versions as of last July. This new feature will see a camera imports folder added, becoming the location for all automatic imports from both PC's and mobile devices - changing it from the current "All photo's" folder.

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The new Dell XPS 13 2015 is set to take on the MacBook Air

By: Chris Smith | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jan 29, 2015 1:28 pm

Complete with a 13-inch screen squeezed into a bezel that generally houses 11-inch offerings, Dell's new XPS 13 2015 is packed full of tech goodies including the new Broadwell U CPU, 4GB of RAM, a tiny 2.99lb weight rating and a 1366 x 768 resolution touch-screen.

 

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Being initially released to the market at a tiny price of $800, some are claiming this model to be a MacBook Air killer. Touted by many at CES to be part of their 'best of' categories, with the vibrant screen, strong audio and configuration options helping describe why it's such a winner. Bear in mind that the touchscreen isn't part of the $800 base-model, however it's a great inclusion if you're that way inclined.

 

Comparing this to Apple's MacBook Air, you're looking at a starting price of $999 for 128GB of PCI-e based flash storage, an Intel i5 dual-core and 4GB of RAM. With the specifications sitting fairly close, you can't argue with a $199 saving on Dell's product.

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Motorola returns to the Chinese market with their Moto X

By: Chris Smith | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 29, 2015 12:35 pm

In a bid to win back over the Chinese market, Motorola has returned with their new smartphone offering - the Moto X.

 

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Said to set themselves apart from the rest of the crowd by providing advanced customization, Motorola are hoping that giving users the ability to change the back panels on their devices will win over a large amount of consumers. Marking two years out of the Chinese scene, Motorola's new Moto X smartphone comes packed with a 4.7" AMOLED screen displaying at 720p, a Dual-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor running at 1.7GHz, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a 2200 mAh battery and Android 4.4.2 Kitkat as standard.

 

Although not the highest-rated smartphone component wise, we've seen that high-end expensive phones don't really fare too well in the Chinese market - which is constantly being dominated by domestic brand offerings.

 

Listed for a start-price of 3,000 Yuan ($480 US), we'll be very interested to see how it performs.

Facebook posts strong Q4 financial results as smartphone ads fare well

By: Chris Smith | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Jan 29, 2015 11:25 am

With smartphones now accounting for over two-thirds of Facebook's total revenue, Mark Zuckerberg and his staff have just published some extremely positive Q4 2014 results.

 

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Claimed by the social media giant to make up for roughly 69 percent of total revenue, their total number posted for this period was $3.85 billion. This exceeded the $3.77 billion consensus estimate by analysts polled by Thomson Reuters and is a 49 percent rise when compared to 12 months earlier.

 

Just one year ago, mobile advertisements made up for only half of Facebook's total revenue, showing that the rise of the smartphone has been sharp and expansive. CEO Mark Zuckerberg was impressed by the results, stating "we got a lot done in 2014. Our community continues to grow and we're making progress towards connecting the world."

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More HAF Stacker mods on the way - Dan Woods is on the case

By: Chris Smith | More News: Modding | Posted: Jan 29, 2015 10:32 am

We've previously covered Dan Woods and his awesome Parvum chassis project named 'ARCTIC GOLD' - providing a white and gold color scheme matched with rigid tubing and some top-notch technology components. Well he's now back and has started work on another project - the 'STACKER MARK S'.

 

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Set to be as impressive as other HAF Stacker mods like that of Stuart Tonks' beast, Woods has already gone about painting the full exterior of this chassis in a blue and white color scheme - setting it apart from almost any other case on the market.

 

With the internals being kept a secret, Woods has let slip on his Facebook page that this build will include custom panels, all painted in the same blue color scheme with white accents.

 

We will continue to follow this project as it progresses, Dan is known for making some killer systems and we believe this won't be any different. What's even cooler is that he will be selling off select projects once their completed, if you're interested in owning a super charged modded rig of your own.

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Banned American CS:GO player Braxton "swag" Pierce apologizes to fans

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 29, 2015 9:26 am

It's been a rough few months for the CS:GO community, seeing six top figures from the North American and Canadian scene get pinned with match-fixing, a betting ring scandal and then a plethora of bans from almost-all major tournaments across the globe.

 

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In unusual fashion, even Valve spoke up - damning the betting ring and match-fixing, personally banning the players involved from all future Valve major events.

 

One of the players involved in this scandal was 17 year old Braxton Pierce - gamer name 'swag'. Name aside, he first hit it big in the North American Counter Strike 1.6 scene where he competed in many top level tournaments at the ripe old age of 15, often surpassing many players 10 years his senior and proving himself as a major player to watch in the future.

 

He released a long-winded apology on his public Facebook page recently, admitting the match was lost on purpose, explaining that although only one skin was won by him - he was still in the wrong and that "the ban was necessary in order to set a precedent for future players to come."

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YouTube now defaults to HTML5 instead of flash

By: Chris Smith | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jan 29, 2015 8:28 am

As of today, YouTube will now default to HTML5 video on your web browser when available - if not, Flash will still be used. This is said to promote faster video loading, better compression and smoother frame rates.

 

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Flash was was seen on almost every major website, providing a once-new aged feel and expansive additions to various companies who loved to auto-play music, display animations and provide interactive experiences. Now these features are long gone, along with Flash and their default integration with the massive online streaming service, YouTube.

 

Explained as a four-year development cycle, HTML5 will enable YouTube videos to load "15 to 80 percent" faster due to this process including updates for MediaSource extensions, enabling ABR and the potential for time-shifted live video broadcasts. This HTML5 inclusion supports Ultra HD and 60 frames per second streaming, hinging on Google's open-source VP9 codec - often known as WebM. WebM is said to continue the video quality trend of H.264, but will reduce bandwidth requirements by 35 percent as explained by Gizmodo.

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Valve has given out $57 million to Steam Workshop content creators

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 29, 2015 7:31 am

When Valve launched Steam Workshop, I don't think most people could have imagined it would grow this large. Well, it has continued to grow and there's no signs of it stopping, with the company announcing it has given out over $57 million to content creators since 2011.

 

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Creators of in-game content for titles like Team Fortress 2, DOTA 2, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive have made quite a lot of money over the years, with over 1500 creators in 75 different countries. Valve has also announced that it has curated Workshops opening for two non-Valve games which will allow gamers to purchase in-game items for Dungeon Defenders: Eternity and Chivalry: Medieval Warfare.

 

Valve has also added that "We expect more curated Workshops to become available for creators and players in various games over the coming weeks and months". The company also teased that it would soon be releasing new tools for these content creators, something that will allow them to keep track of their sales, for both individual items and overall, both in real-time.

LG adopts all-plastic flexible OLED displays, no more glass

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 29, 2015 5:29 am

It looks like LG is about to jump ahead of the competition with an impressive successor to its flexible OLED displays, which will have double the bending radius. Right now we have 2.95-inch (or 30mm), but the new displays will flex much more, right up to an insane 1.18-inch (or 75mm).

 

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Not only will the new screens be much more flexible, but they'll be shatter-proof, too. This is thanks to LG adopting a "true flexible" plastic OLED display instead of using glass. Tech spec wise, this is what we can expect: 60lm/W efficiency, 75lm (807 nits) peak brightness output, 3000K in color temperature, and CRI over 85.

 

What devices will these new all-plastic flexible OLEDs be going into? We don't know just yet, but we could expect the G Flex 3, G4 and many other devices. Maybe a new wearable, too.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 causes company to lose a 'large customer'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 29, 2015 4:32 am

According to Qualcomm's Q4 earnings release, we have learned a few things. We've seen that the chip giant has revised its profits estimations to between $26 billion and $28 billion, compared to $26.8 billion and $28.8 billion.

 

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But, it was something else stated in this release, that should have people opening their eyes. The company said "Expectations that our Snapdragon 810 processor will not be in the upcoming design cycle of a large customer's flagship device". We would dare say that this would be the Samsung Galaxy S6 not using its Snapdragon 810 processor, with the South Korean giant being a "large customer", something most could agree on.

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