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FirePower Technology honors OCZ PSU warranties, keeps products alive

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Feb 12, 2014 6:18 pm

Shortly after announcing FirePower Technology acquired OCZ's power supply assets, the company announced it will honor the warranty of current OCZ PSU owners. FirePower paid $850,000 for the OCZ business unit and plans to revive the brand, operating under the FirePower Technology name, with Silencer MK III, ZX, ZT, ZS, ModXStream, CoreXStream, Fatal1ty and StealthXStream products.


FirePower hopes to use the OCZ product portfolio to enter the gaming PC and industrial workstation markets.




"We are excited to launch our business with the OCZ power supply team, which was built on the successful legacy of the PC Power and Cooling brand," said Lawrence Firestone, FirePower President and CEO, in a statement. "The launch of this independent business unit within FirePower will allow us to re-establish these brands, launch new products and drive the company back to the market leadership position this group enjoyed several years ago."


OCZ product owners have been left in limbo following the company's demise towards the end of 2013, though customers with units under warranty have been given a reprieve.

Feds cracking down on pirates sharing Google Android, mobile tech

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 12, 2014 4:40 pm

The U.S. Justice Department is cracking down on Internet piracy, including building legal cases against alleged pirates distributing stolen apps for the Google Android operating system. Android is mainly used on tablets and smartphones, and marks a significant effort to begin cleaning up a growing market of illegal apps.




The feds have charged four people so far for copyright-related crimes in which paid apps were available to download for free. Additional charges are likely for other accused pirates in the near future, though it's uncertain when they will be publicly charged.


"These crimes involve the large-scale violation of intellectual property rights in a relatively new and rapidly growing market," said Mythili Raman, Justice Department criminal division leader.


Google thrives on an open app ecosystem in which third parties are allowed to distribute apps - something Apple has been careful to nip in the bud for its mobile devices - so Android piracy apps shouldn't be overly surprising.

Samsung to launch foldable flagship smartphone next year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 12, 2014 12:27 pm

The Korea Herald is reporting that we should expect Samsung to launch multiple Galaxy devices this year that will feature flexible, or bendable displays. Samsung will reportedly launch a new Galaxy device that will feature a "bent" display.




Next year, the company will launch a new foldable flagship smartphone, with the company investing around $1.9 billion in flexible panel production over the course of the year, with the bendable Galaxy smartphone expected to sell quite well. KDB Daewoo Securities analyst, Song Jong-ho said: "The bent smartphones will be rolled out as a Galaxy variant with a few million units at the end of this year, initially taking aim at the niche market".


Samsung tested public, and critic reactions with its Galaxy Round smartphone, but these new devices will be Samsung's "ultimate flexible product" that will launch in 2H 2015. Song said: "The bent device is the first step toward testing the market and gauging how it would react to its foldable smartphones that are to be unveiled in the second half of next year". The South Korean electronics giant is expected to ship between 20 million to 30 million foldable smartphones next year.

Intel preparing native 15-core Xeon processor

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Feb 12, 2014 11:36 am

Intel is preparing a new 15-core Xeon CPU, which will feature 4.31 billion transistors, a 3.8GHz Turbo Frequency, 155W TDP, 40 PCIe lanes, and will join the Xeon E7 line-up.




This means we can expect the new native 15-core processor to be joined by seven other CPUs for a total of eight CPUs, with Hyper-Threading thrown into the mix we can expect up to 240 threads being capable thanks to this new processor. The new Ivy Bridge-EX processor will feature 15 cores/30 threads, 37.5MB of L3 cache, will support DDR3-1600MHz RAM and most likely come in at over $5000 when it lands.


The new 15-core CPU will use the LGA2011 socket and arrive as the Xeon E7-8890 v2 CPU, we will see 8 members in the Xeon E7-8xxx v2 range.

Google rumored to be forcing OEMs to use recent versions of Android

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Feb 12, 2014 10:24 am

Google has pushed out a new policy that will see OEMs using newer versions of Android, if they want to quality for Google Mobile Services (GMS) - otherwise known as Google Apps, reports Android Police.




If the rumors are true, it would see the Mountain View-based giant no longer authorizing devices running versions older than Android 4.2. The report also states that OEMs will no longer be allowed to release devices running versions of Android older than Android 4.2 after April of this year, with the same rules applying to Android 4.3 after July 2014.


OEMs won't be happy with this news, but consumers will benefit greatly from having the latest versions of Android on new devices.

US Army to begin testing 'Iron Man' armor this June

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Feb 12, 2014 9:43 am

The US military is getting ready to test out its first prototype Iron Man armor, announced by the head of US Special Operations. Navy Adm. William McRaven stated that three unpowered prototypes of the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit, or TALOS, are currently being assembled, with an expected delivery date of June.



McRaven talked about the suit's potential to save lives during a special conference in Washington DC, where he said: "That suit, if done correctly, will yield a revolutionary improvement in survivability and capability for special operators".


TALOS should feature its on on-board computer, health monitors, and MIT-developed liquid armor that is capable of hardening itself in a matter of milliseconds. The end result should see TALOS being able to sustain gunfire, just like Tony Stark in Iron Man. Right now, the armor is being worked on by 56 corporations, 16 government agencies, 13 universities, and 10 national laboratories.

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Android app contest wants game developers to show their wares

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 12, 2014 8:14 am

App developers can partake in the recently launched Extreme Motion Android Challenge 2014, a competition to win cash prizes and the chance to meet Electronic Arts founder Trip Hawkins. Extreme Reality technology opens the door for Android smartphone owners to use built-in cameras for real-time body movement tracking.




Game developers have until May 20 to submit completed apps, which will be judged by Hawkins and other panelists.


"No longer limited to gaming consoles or other hardware, motion control is adding an entirely new and exciting experience to games on any platform," said Sarit Firon, Extreme Reality CEO, in a statement. "We look forward to seeing the innovations in motion gaming created by participants in the Extreme Android Challenges, from adventure to sports to fitness or dance games."


Independent app developers have a golden opportunity to release an app - and whether freeware to provide a wider user base, an attempt to monetize app development, or to draw attention from larger companies.

Twitter shows off latest profile redesign, looks familiar

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Feb 12, 2014 7:27 am

Twitter is currently showing off another user profile redesign in its test channels, with the redesign looking like the lovechild of Google+, Facebook, and Pinterest.




The new look features support for large header photos (up to 1500x1500 pixels), left-aligned profile images, and flat content cards to represent each tweet. It is a far cry from previous designs, where tweets can be be seen side by side, which is a massive change to how Twitter has worked up until now.


We don't know when this will be rolling out to the general public, but I would dare say it would be sooner, rather than later.

Titanfall beta registration is now open

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 12, 2014 6:30 am

If you want to signup for the Titanfall beta, your time has come: Respawn Entertainment and EA have just opened up registrations for the beta - on both the PC and Xbox One.




Registering for the beta doesn't guarantee you a spot, but it gets you in the running. EA will e-mail those who made it into the beta "no later than 11:59 PM PST on Feb 17th". We don't know what to expect from the beta, but we should see a couple of maps and game modes to play with. You can sign up right here.

Goat Simulator has become a real game, pre-order it for $9.99

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 12, 2014 4:31 am

I didn't think I'd ever be typing these words, but you can now pre-order Goat Simulator for $9.99 - yes, Goat Simulator. Coffee Stain Studios is behind the game.



The developer says that Goat Simulator is "a small, broken and stupid game. It was made in a couple of weeks so don't expect a game in the size and scope of GTA with goats. In fact, you're better off not expecting anything at all actually. To be completely honest, it would be best if you'd spend your $10 on a hula hoop, a pile of bricks, or maybe a real-life goat".


Goat Simulator is coming out in Sprint 2014 for Windows, with "no plans for Mac/Linux support at this time". The power of the Internet, eh? You can now pre-order a goat simulation game, what is next?

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