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LinkedIn now has over 300 million members, mobile is important

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 21, 2014 6:40 am

LinkedIn continues to grow, where it has just announced a massive milestone: 300 million members. A more surprising nugget of news from the company is that most of this massive growth comes thanks to mobile.

 

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Mobile users are expected to represent 50% of all global traffic later this year, showing that mobile is unstoppable. LinkedIn took to its blog to show that members in regions like Costa Rica, Malaysia, Singapore, Sweden, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom already use the service more on their mobile devices, than they do on their desktops or notebooks.

 

Each and every day LinkedIn is seeing an average of 15 million profile views, 1.45 million job views, and 44,000 job applications throughout 200 countries on mobile alone. Out of the 300 million LinkedIn users, 100 million of those are based in the US. These figures represent registered users, and not monthly active users.

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10Gbps Wi-Fi is coming, will provide over 1GB/sec over the air

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Apr 21, 2014 4:50 am

Last week, Quantenna Communications teased the world with something it is calling "10G Wi-Fi". This new Wi-Fi technology will have support for data transfer speeds of up to 10Gbps, and a much longer range than current Wi-Fi technology.

 

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Stanford Professor of Electrical Engineering Andrea Goldsmith said of Quantenna's new tech: "Quantenna's 8x8 architecture with adaptive beamforming demonstrates that the 'massive MIMO' promise of significantly higher throughput, robustness, and reduced interference can be realized in practice. This architecture will also significantly enhance the capabilities of MU-MIMO, allowing it to support interference-free transmission to many more devices simultaneously. These technology advances will transform the landscape of applications and devices that Wi-Fi can support. As we move into an era of exponentially-growing video usage and the Internet of Things, the 8x8 architecture and MU-MIMO technologies will become essential in all high-performance Wi-Fi devices".

 

This is the kind of technology we need as 4K (and higher) starts penetrating into our homes, where we're streaming and blasting out super high-res videos and data everywhere, all at once.

G.SKILL unleashes 32GB kit of DDR3L SO-DIMM RAM clocked at 2133MHz

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: RAM | Posted: Apr 21, 2014 3:52 am

G.SKILL has been dominating the SO-DIMM market lately, continuing that lead today with the announcement of its new DDR3L SO-SIMM memory that is clocked at 2133MHz. Not only is that impressive, but it comes in a gigantic 32GB kit.

 

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The 32GB kit comes in 4 x 8GB sticks, with a low voltage of just 1.35V and a timing of 11-11-11-31. It joins the ever-expanding RIPJAWS line from G.SKILL, and has been tested out in the high-end MSI GT70 2OC gaming laptop, where the new RAM was perfect under extreme load.

Radeon R9 295X2 begins selling, holds your bank account hostage

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Apr 21, 2014 3:31 am

If you've got a spare $1500, and were in the market for a new GPU, then you might want to consider AMD's Radeon R9 295X2. AMD has started selling its dual-GPU video card, which is now on e-tailers and retailers' shelves.

 

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The Radeon R9 295X2 is a dual-GPU powerhouse of a video card, powered by two Hawaii-based GPUs. The Radeon R9 295X2 has a total of 5632 GCN2 stream processors, 352 TMUs, 128 ROPs, a total of 8GB of RAM which is spread across two 512-bit memory interfaces. As for cooling, we have a factory-fitted water-cooling solution build by Asetek.

 

Now that little devil on your shoulder? It's whispering to you: "buy two of them, you know you want to".

Star Citizen detailed in a massive 40-minute video

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 21, 2014 2:34 am

Star Citizen was detailed during a video we posted during PAX East, but now there's a 40-minute video that has details about more aspects of the game. The video can be seen below.

 

 

In the clip, there's some edited footage of Chris Roberts playing Star Citizen on stage, a special follow-up that shows off some of Star Citizen's advanced features. Some of these shown off features include stealth maneuvering and leaving your ship so that you can take a zero-G walk around the dark beyond.

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White House won't deport Justin Bieber, despite online petition

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Apr 21, 2014 1:38 am

The White House finally responded to an online petition calling for Justin Bieber to be deported back to Canada, though "Beliebers" can breathe a sigh of relief because he won't be going anywhere just yet.

 

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Any online petition that collects more than 100,000 signatures must be answered by the White House, which is why the following statement was made available:

 

"Sorry to disappoint, but we won't be commenting on this one," according to a post on the White House Petitions website. "We'll leave it to others to comment on Mr. Bieber's case, but we're glad you care about immigration issues.

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NASA LADEE lunar explorer slams into moon's surface, as expected

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Apr 20, 2014 7:08 pm

NASA slammed the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft into the moon, following a successful 100-day science mission.

 

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Prior to crashing into the moon, as expected, LADEE was seen flying at an altitude of 300 feet, anticipating an impact before the end of the weekend. NASA researchers hope to use the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) to photograph the site of impact, along with capturing additional information about the lunar atmosphere.

 

"At the time of impact, LADEE was traveling at a speed of 3,600 miles per hour - about three times the speed of a high-powered rifle bullet," said Rick Elphic, NASA Ames LADEE project scientist, in a press statement. "There's nothing gentle about impact at these speeds - it's just a question of whether LADEE made a localized craterlet on a hillside or scattered debris across a flat area. It will be interesting to see what kind of feature LADEE has created."

China continues to push space program with increased militarization

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Apr 20, 2014 6:24 pm

The Chinese air force has received a request from President Xi Jinping to increase the department's air and space capabilities moving forward, in an effort to develop a "new-type combat force," so they are better able to deal with any type of air and space emergencies.

 

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It's not a big surprise to hear that China wants to help militarize space efforts, for whatever reasons, as western security officials noted a large amount of space budget in China stems from military-based efforts.

 

"The United States has paid considerable attention and resources to the integration of capabilities in both air and space, and other powers have also moved progressively toward space militarization," said Wang Ya'nan, Aerospace Knowledge Magazine, in a statement to Chinese media. "Though China has stated that it sticks to the peaceful use of space, we must make sure that we have the ability to cope with others' operations in space."

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Microsoft invests $1.1 billion in a new data center in Iowa

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 20, 2014 7:36 am

Iowa is quite the hot spot for data centers, with the state attracting Microsoft yet again to build its new data center in West Des Moines, a spot where the company already runs a data center.

 

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The investment is costing $1.1 billion, with the project being one of the largest in the history of the data center industry. The new facility will be spanned across 1.2 million square feet of space, on a massive 154-acre property. This data center has been a mystery for a while now, something that has been known as Project Alluvion.

 

On Friday, the Iowa Economic Development Authority Board approved a $20.3 million sales tax rebate to Microsoft on the project, something that will be made available until 2021. This is on top of the $18 million in incentives that the company has been promised by West Des Moines. Microsoft will be pumping around $8 million a year in property taxes back into the city, as well as creating 84 jobs when its fully built up. 66 of those jobs will have hourly wages of $24.32.

Motorola rumored to release the Moto E, an even cheaper, thinner phone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 20, 2014 4:30 am

The next couple of months will be an important time for the smartphone industry, and more importantly, the mid-range handset market. Motorola already has a cheap handset on the market in the form of the Moto G, but it looks like the company - now owned by Lenovo - is working on an even cheaper smartphone dubbed Moto E.

 

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Moto E will reportedly sport a 4.2-inch 720p display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 4GB of on-board storage. This will be joined by a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera and 1900mAh battery. When comparing the Moto E against the Moto G, the Moto E has a slightly smaller screen, half the on-board storage, half the processor cores and slightly less battery.

 

But, we should see the Moto E sliding in at just 6.2mm - noticeably thinner than the Moto G at 11.6mm, and a price of around $230 off-contract. This comes in off the heels of Google being rumored to be unveiling a new Nexus smartphone soon, priced at under $100.

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