Nokia has been operating its own music streaming service and trying to compete against the big dogs in the market like iTunes and Spotify. Nokia's service is called MixRadio and it has now launched in China.
With the Chinese launch, Nokia has become the first global music streaming company to launch in the country. The launch gives Nokia access to half a billion internet users that access the web via a mobile device.
With the new launch, MixRadio is available in 31 countries around the world. To localize the service for Chinese users a bit, Nokia has teamed with Chinese musicians to create curated playlists. The artists include Khalil Fong, Tia Ray, and DJ Wordy.
Security is a big deal for users of all sorts of services and applications online. When those services are blogging and photo platforms like Facebook, tumblr, and others, security is even more important since a hacker could gain access to information and images that could be harmful to the user. Tumblr has announced that it is introducing a new form of authentication.
Users of Tumblr can now choose to activate two-factor authentication for their accounts. With the two-factor authentication activated, before you can access your account you need a password you type in and a code sent to your mobile device. If a hacker learns your password somehow, they will not be able to access your account without the ability to get the cell phone auth code.
If you aren't worried about hackers getting into your account and writing embarrassing things or stealing your photos, you can leave the new authentication method off. The downside is if you lose your mobile or leave it somewhere, you won't be able to get into your Tumblr account.
GTC 2014 - NVIDIA has just unveiled its next-generation mobile system-on-a-chip (SoC), Erista. What makes Erista an important step, is the incredible power that NVIDIA have baked into the mobile chip.
Erista isn't coming until 2015, but it will be based on the company's Maxwell architecture, which is the technology powering its next-gen GPUs on the desktop. Right now, we have Tegra K1 right around the corner, which is based on the Kepler architecture, and has around 40 GFLOPS of performance, but Erista drives that up to around 65-70 GFLOPS. We should hopefully hear more on that as 2014 comes to a close.
Panasonic has show off an interesting new camcorder for those that want to be able to record 4K video hands free. The camera is called the HX-A500. This strange looking camera has the lens and main unit as separate pieces connected by a cable.
This allows the lens of the camera to be placed at eye level so the user can record hands free. I can see that being a popular feature with people that are into action sports. However, the lens is too large to be worn inside a helmet, but perhaps it could be worn on the outside.
The camera is able to record in 4K UHD resolution at 30 frames per second. It can be connected to a smartphone making it easy to upload video recorded. Panasonic does ship the camera with a head mount and an armband case for the main unit.
GTC 2014 - NVIDIA just took the wraps off of its incredible new GPU, the GeForce GTX TITAN Z, but what better way to show it off by displaying Unreal Engine 4 running in real-time.
We have a video above, and while it's not super impressive in terms of physical destruction within the environment, the lighting and model detail is nothing short of impressive.
GTC 2014 - Jen Hsun Huang, the co-founder and CEO of NVIDIA, has just unveiled the new GeForce GTX TITAN Z GPU. What does the Z variant of an already incredible GPU do?
Well, how does 12GB of VRAM sound? GeForce GTX TITAN Z features two GK110 cores, 12GB of VRAM, 5,760 CUDA cores (2,880 cores per GPU), 8 TeraFLOPS of performance and a price tag of $2999. The TITAN Z's two GPUs run at the same clock speed, thanks to NVIDIA deploying dynamic power balancing.
This means that both GPUs will never see a performance bottleneck. We should see a card that is both cool and quiet, instead of hot and loud. NVIDIA is using low-profile components with a ducted baseplate that channels turbulence and improves acoustic quality.
We will have more on this soon, but I'm hoping I can score four of them before I go (please?).
If you re a fan of the Alien series of movies, you probably saw the 2012 release Prometheus. That movie started as a prequel to the Alien films and then became something else. It wasn't a horrible film, but it wasn't exactly what many fans of Aliens hoped for.
Despite some negative reviews of the film, the studio is reportedly moving forward with Prometheus 2. That is a working title for the film at this point. Reports indicate that the movie will enter production this fall.
The release date for the film is March 4, 2016. The person writing the original script for the movie was Jack Paglen, the writer of Transcendence. That script needed more polishing and sources say that Michael Green was brought in to finish things.
Green was brought in by Ridley Scott to polish the script for the new Blade Runner as well. The new film is said to feature multiple Davids, the android played by Michael Fassbender in the original. I hope this film will more closely tie in to the Alien franchise we all love.
The leader of the Appbucket group, which was responsible for trafficking pirated Google Android apps, has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to commit criminal copyright infringement.
Nicholas Anthony Narbone from Florida pleaded guilty, while co-conspirator Thomas Allen Dye from Florida pleaded guilty earlier this month. Both Narbone and Dye will be sentenced in July, while two others have court dates scheduled for April.
"These men trampled on the intellectual property rights of others when they and other members of the Appbucket Group distributed more than one million copies of pirated apps," said David O'Neil, Justice Department attorney general, in a statement. "These mark the first convictions secured by the Justice Department against those who illegally distribute counterfeit mobile apps."
The group shared more than 1 million copies of pirated apps worth more than $700,000 before being shut down.
The steady popularity of smartphones and tablets has led to a rush to steal apps - and either distribute them freely - or offer them for sale.
Computer hardware company MSI today announced the GS60 Ghost and GS70 Stealth gaming notebooks, with 15-inch and 17-inch models available, as the gaming notebook market continues to heat up.
The GS60 Ghost uses the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M, while the GS70 Stealth ships with the GeForce GTX 870M. Powered by the Intel Core i7-4700HQ, 1920x1080 resolution, with 128GB mSATA HDD, plus either 750GB or 1TB of additional storage, with 12GB or 16GB DDR3L RAM. The machines run Microsoft Windows 8.1.
"The GS60 and GS70 Stealth answers portable gaming prayers by packing smoking speeds and deadly graphics into featherlike notebooks," said Andy Tung, MSI Pan America CEO, in a statement. "NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 800M Series graphics gives the GS Series incredible graphics processing ability, translating into an ultra-realistic and immersive gaming experience."
GTC 2014 - NVIDIA has just unveiled its next generation GPU at its GPU Technology Conference in San Jose, California - Pascal. Don't let the name fool you, there's some incredible technology that has made Pascal possible.
Pascal has three key technologies that have made it possible, NVLink, 3D Memory and a new Module size - one-third the size of a PCIe card. NVLink provides some incredible bandwidth - where it will provide up to 5-12x the bandwidth of PCIe 3.0, which NVIDIA expects to see 1TB/sec memory bandwidth by 2016 thanks to the next technology, 3D Memory.
3D Memory is something that has been coming for quite sometime, but it will provide 2-4x memory bandwidth, and its extremely small. This helps NVIDIA's next-gen Pascal GPU to be just one-third the size of standard GPU - such as the just-released GeForce GTX TITAN Black GPU.