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Microsoft pushes forward with Xbox original programming efforts

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 28, 2014 9:20 pm

Microsoft has outlined some of its online programming efforts for the Xbox One, and will include a wide variety of content: reality shows, documentaries, videogame-based shows, and scripted dramas for Xbox viewers. Even with its $5-per-month Xbox Live subscription, industry analysts believe it will be difficult to try and compete with the likes of Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and other more-established competitors in an increasingly crowded market.

 

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"What we're interested in is giving subscribers a reason to stay on our platform," noted Nancy Tellem, Xbox Entertainment Studios President. "We're really focused on the fans of the Xbox, the millennials... many of whom are not subscribing to cable, and use a console as their entertainment device."

 

Both Microsoft and Sony hope to see their consoles turn into something more than just a game console - they want users powering up the Xbox One or PlayStation 4 for Web browsing, using Netflix, and watching other online content.

With 4 days to go, MetaWear has surpassed its Kickstarter goal by $80k

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Maker & DIY | Posted: Apr 28, 2014 8:48 pm

A few weeks back I wrote a news post on an exciting new DIY wearables development board from Mbient Labs called MetaWear. In the time since the MetaWear campaign went live, it has managed to blow its initial goal of $8000 in just a two days and are almost at the $100,000 milestone.

 

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With their initial goal blown past by several hundred percent, MetaWear's campaign has just four days left to go, and has already reached its stretch goals as well. MbientLabs says that it will only be producing 2000 boards at Kickstarter prices, and that they still have some slots left, so if you are one the fence about backing this awesome project, you should jump in as soon as possible! I will have a full review of MetaWear up shortly after the campaign ends as I have managed to secure an early production model that should arrive in the next few weeks, so stay tuned to TweakTown for that.

LeakedTT: HP's upcoming 14-inch Slatebook will run Android as sole OS

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Laptops | Posted: Apr 28, 2014 7:34 pm

Traditionally, Android has widely been reserved for devices under 10-inches in screen size, and even then, unless the device was a tablet or phone, it was always the second OS on the system. Today a leaked video has given us some insight into what could be the next Slatebook from HP. If true, the video means that HP will be one of the first OEMs to release a fully Android powered laptop in the 14-inch class.

 

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The video has been removed due to HP claiming a copyright violation, but it depicted a 14-inch Slatebook from HP that would be running Android as its sole operating system. The screen would be a full 1920x1080 resolution, and would feature a quad-core NVIDIA SoC. The device would feature a touchscreen so Android's soft-keys could still be utilized, and they would also be on the physical keyboard. Hit the source link below if you like, but unfortunately the video is long gone.

Apple rolls out iPhone 5 sleep/wake button fix

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 28, 2014 7:00 pm

If you own an Apple iPhone 5 and it has a sleep/wake button that has stopped working, Apple has announced a new repair program that will grab your attention. Apple has announced that it will be repairing some devices with this issue free of charge.

 

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Apple hasn't said how many devices this issue affects and has only stated the problem affects a "small percentage" of the iPhone 5 smartphones out there. The program launched this week in the US and will go live in other countries on May 2.

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Hulu blocks foreign watchers trying to stream via VPNs

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Apr 28, 2014 6:34 pm

Hulu is a video streaming suite that is meant to be used by people in the US only. That fact hasn't stopped a bunch of people outside the US from using Hulu to watch shows they like before they air in their home countries. The way many people are able to access the site from outside the US is by using a VPN.

 

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Hulu knows this is going on and has taken steps to crack down on VPN users. Recently people who had been able to access Hulu via a VPN in the past have been greeted with a message rather than TV shows to watch when they reach Hulu.

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Samsung 3-bit NAND SSDs enter mass production aimed at enterprise use

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Storage | Posted: Apr 28, 2014 6:03 pm

Samsung has announced that it has begun to mass produce the industry's first 3-bit NAND based SSD for servers and data centers. The new and speedy SSD is aimed at improving workload management for social networking, web surfing, email and other operations. The SSD uses 3-bit MLC NAND.

 

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Samsung's drives carry part number PM853T SSD and will be offered in 240GB, 480GB, and 960GB capacities. All versions of the drive are designed for high levels of random IOPS performance and QoS that are essential in the data center.

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Samsung Galaxy K launch event rumored for April 29

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 28, 2014 5:30 pm

We know that Samsung is planning to launch its latest smartphone on April 29. We know this because it sent out invites this month for an invitation only press conference on that date. The event invite carried the tagline "Kapture the Moment" and has a large K on it suggesting the Galaxy K will be the big unveil.

 

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Some rumors on this device have surfaced with the big feature being a 20MP camera with 10x optical zoom. The Galaxy K is also tipped to have optical image stabilization. Rumors suggest it will feature a 4.8-inch screen with modest resolution.

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Insane 600hp Audi S1 can hit 60 mph in 1.9 seconds

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Apr 28, 2014 4:55 pm

In the racing world, cars that roll off the assembly line with impressive performance and looks are often made much more insane than the factory counterparts. Such is the case with a new racecar built by Mattias Ekstrom. Ekstrom is a racing driver that has won races in several different vehicles in the past and he is getting into the World Rallycross Championships next season.

 

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His ride for the race series is a heavily modified Audi S1. That car is interesting as it rolls off the assembly line, but it's completely bonkers in race trim. The car uses a 2.0L 4-cylinder turbo engine. It's unclear how much boost the engine makes but with 600 hp on tap I'd say a lot.

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Google is working on mastering city driving for autonomous vehicles

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Apr 28, 2014 4:23 pm

Google has been working on autonomous vehicles for years now in an effort to create cars that can drive to and from locations without human intervention. Early in the program, city driving was a challenge for Google, but the search giant now says that things that would have stumped it two years ago are easy.

 

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Google says that it has logged thousands of miles with its autonomous fleet driving on city streets in Mountain View, California. Google also notes that a mile of driving in the city is more complex than a mile of driving in the highway.

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Microsoft finally catches up with Google, Skype Group Calling now free

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Apr 28, 2014 4:12 pm

Since its launch, Skype has been an important communication tool for both the private and corporate sectors, and when Group Video Calling was launched, it changed the way many of us conference. Unfortunately, Microsoft slapped a $8.99 price tag on this feature by bundling it into the Skype Premium package, and many of us simply moved on to the free group video conferencing platform Google Calls Hangouts. Today Microsoft has seen the errors of its ways and has opened up group video calling for free to everyone.

 

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"For the last few years, we've offered group video calling to Premium users on Windows desktop and Mac and more recently Xbox One," Skype said in a blog post. "Today, we're excited to announce that we're making group video calling free - for all users on these platforms. And, in the future, we'll be enabling group video calling for all our users across more platforms - at no cost."

 

The change is mostly because Microsoft wanted to bring Skype group video calling to Xbox One and to do that, it needed to make the service free of charge. As of this morning Skype group video calling is available free on Windows desktop, Mac and Xbox One clients. With this new change, Microsoft has also ended the Skype Premium subscription all together, but it will still charge for making domestic and international phone calls.

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