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Apple smartwatch mass production tipped to start in July

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jun 20, 2014 2:04 pm

One of the biggest Apple rumors that has been going around in the last year or so is the smartwatch rumor. A new rumor about the smartwatch has turned up with a source claiming that Apple will begin mass production of the smartwatch in July.

 

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Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Quanta is said to be the company that will produce the smartwatch for Apple. Smartwatches have proven to be a hot category for many technology fans and so far, we have no official word from Apple on what its watch will feature, but there are plenty of rumors.

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EA is giving out Titanfall for FREE for 48 hours - go go go!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 20, 2014 1:41 pm

How do you fight the Steam Summer Sales if you're EA? Well, you offer one of your biggest games of the year on a 48-hour trial - that's right, Titanfall is free right now for a 48-hour timeframe, or "Game Time". This means you get to play the game for 48 hours as a 'trial' and if you end up liking it, you can buy it.

 

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All you have to do is log-in to Origin, and download the (albeit massive game weighing in at 48GB) game. Over on Origin's blog, EA explains: "We're launching Origin Game Time for Titanfall across the world over the next several hours, so if you don't see it available yet in your territory, you will soon. Origin Game Time games will appear on our Free Games page when they're available to download".

Chelsea Handler to host talk show and stand-up on Netflix

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jun 20, 2014 1:04 pm

Chelsea Handler is a talk show host that has been hosting the Chelsea Lately talk show on E! for a long time, but her show is ending this August on that network. After her time on E! is done, Handler will move to streaming service Netflix where she will be part of a multi-tiered deal for content on the streaming network.

 

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Handler will host a talk show for Netflix with the show format to be decided on later. Along with the talk show, she will also be filming a standup comedy special based on her current "Uganda Be Kidding Me" tour that is to be taped on June 20.

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Sprint secures $40 billion to finance T-Mobile purchase

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 20, 2014 12:02 pm

After AT&T was unable to get the regulatory approval needed to purchase T-Mobile a few years back and loosing big money in the process, the odds of Sprint being able to seal the deal seem slight. That isn't stopping T-Mobile and Sprint from moving forward with their plans to merge.

 

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Sprint has reportedly secured $40 billion in funding to purchase T-Mobile resulting in the third and fourth largest networks in the country becoming one. Sprint reportedly had talks with eight banks to secure the money needed for the deal. Sprint also had to get funding of around $20 billion from Japanese bank SoftBank and another $20 billion to refinance existing T-Mobile debt.

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Facebook outage cost the site $500,000 in half an hour

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Jun 20, 2014 11:04 am

We all know that Facebook is in business to make money. It's easy to forget that the social network isn't there just to let you quote random saying from the web and let you keep in touch with people you probably don't want to see in the real-world. Yesterday Facebook was down for about half an hour, and for some it was the longest half hour of the day.

 

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The short outage reportedly cost Facebook $500,000, which suggests that the site rakes in about a million dollars an hour during normal operation. That $500,000 figure came from Facebook's quarterly earnings report for Q1 that showed $2.5 billion made in ad revenue, working out to about $1.16 million an hour.

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Harley-Davidson unveils new electric motorcycle called LiveWire

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Jun 20, 2014 10:19 am

Harley-Davidson is a popular American motorcycle maker that makes some very big and loud motorcycles that you probably see on the roads every day. The thing that all those motorcycles have in common is loud, thumping V-twin engines under the seat to propel the bike around. Harley-Davidson has unveiled an all-new electric motorcycle that gives up that big a loud gasoline engine for a battery pack.

 

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HD says that the goal of this electric bike is to appeal to younger people who are concerned about the environment. The real question in my mind is will fans of the HD brand buy a motorcycle that lacks the company's trademark sound and style? HD doesn't plan on releasing the electric bike for at least two years.

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LG isn't making the Nexus 6, so Android Silver will replace Nexus?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 20, 2014 8:19 am

We've known for a while now that the new premium Nexus device could be something called the Android Silver experience, but now it looks like this is being confirmed - by the phonemaker behind the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5, LG.

 

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LG's Communications Director, Ken Hong, has said that Google has not contacted LG regarding a new Nexus smartphone. According to Hong, he is the person at LG that would be contacted if Google were to request a next-gen Nexus. So unless Google is going with another company to make its Nexus 6, I thin we can expect the Android Silver program to replace it - something I hope we see at Google I/O next week.

Apple iPhone thefts dropped following kill switch implementation

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jun 20, 2014 7:45 am

The addition of the "Activation Lock" on Apple iPhone smartphones, starting with iOS 7 last year, has led to a drop in iPhone thefts and robberies, according to police reports. San Francisco police authorities saw a 38 percent drop in iPhone robberies, while London saw a 24 percent drop, police said.

 

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"The introduction of kill switches has clearly had an effect on the conduct of smartphone thieves," said Eric Schneiderman, New York Attorney General, in an interview with the New York Times. "If these can be canceled like the equivalent of canceling a credit card, these are going to be the equivalent of stealing a paperweight."

 

A new survey from Lookout found that one in 10 smartphone owners have had devices stolen, and some of the thefts are violent robberies. Smartphone theft has led to a flurry of laws created to force mandatory kill switches, however, manufacturers and wireless carriers were initially hesitant. They gave in due to rising political pressure, able to work with lawmakers and police authorities.

Ubisoft admits Watch Dogs contains 'old, unused render settings'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 20, 2014 7:08 am

Ubisoft has released an official statement on the website for Watch Dogs about claims that the company gimped the PC version of the game, where it said that "notion that we would actively downgrade quality is contrary to everything we've set out to achieve".

 

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The company has said that the PC version does actually include "some old, unused render settings that were deactivated for a variety of reasons, including possible impacts on visual fidelity, stability, performance and overall gameplay quality". Ubisoft has said that the mod that unlocks the better graphics and settings that were gimped and cut away on the PC version can cause issues.

 

Ubisoft explains: "Modders are usually creative and passionate players, and while we appreciate their enthusiasm, the mod in question (which uses those old settings) subjectively enhances the game's visual fidelity in certain situations but also can have various negative impacts. Those could range from performance issues, to difficulty in reading the environment in order to appreciate the gameplay, to potentially making the game less enjoyable or even unstable".

 

What do you think? I haven't seen anyone complaining about instability with this mod being used in Watch Dogs, but maybe Ubisoft have wrapped their game about conspiracy into a conspiracy itself - which seems to be the case - and after the PC version of the game is patched, these "issues" will all of the sudden pop up.

AMD wants to see 'several days of battery life' in future PCs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jun 20, 2014 6:48 am

AMD has quite the claim for the future, where the chipmaker wants to see the power efficiency in mainstream processors increased by 25x, with a goal of 2020 to reach this point. The company wants to see laptops and other devices with "several days of battery life" according to AMD Researcher Sam Naffziger.

 

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Naffziger says that larger gains for the world are capable with more power efficiency in its processors, noting that there are over 3 billion PCs in the world that consume 1% of the entire power output of the planet, with 20 million servers consuming another 1.5%. Naffziger also said that power management is improving so quickly that soon a CPU will be capable of shifting into low-power between user keystrokes, or between frames in a video.

 

This concept, is something called "race to idle" which turns off portions of the processor rapidly, or as quick as possible following a processor-intensive job. Mark Papermaster, AMD's Chief Technology Officer says that this is a big move away from the process-based improvements that we have been seeing until now, something that makes up the framework of Moore's Law. Papermaster says that power management and efficiency improvements are "going to have a big impact on the industry".

 

Papermaster continued: "Through APU architectural enhancements and intelligent power efficient techniques, our customers can expect to see us dramatically improve the energy efficiency of our processors during the next several years. Setting a goal to improve the energy efficiency of our processors 25 times by 2020 is a measure of our commitment and confidence in our approach".

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