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HTC One 2 may not arrive at MWC2014, could be delayed until March

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 3, 2014 11:37 pm

Those who were excited to see HTC launch its successor to the HTC One at the 2014 Mobile World Congress are in for some disappointment today. A new report our from @evleaks, a very reliable source when it comes to smartphone information, has informed us that HTC will not be launching the M8 (aka HTC One 2) at MWC 2014.

 

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On Twitter, @evleaks said "Starting to look like a late Match, NYC launch for HTC M8." which means that we should still see the HTC One's successor arrive next month, and in a grander fashion than would be possible at MWC 2014 which is held in Barcelona. Rumors speculate that the HTC M8 will feature a 5-inch 1080p screen, and will be powered by a quad-core 2.26GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800. 3GB of RAM could be possible as well, and HTC will most definitely drop the Beats Audio hype this time around.

Google launches Chromecast SDK, as consumers await flood of apps

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Feb 3, 2014 11:24 pm

Less than one year after the public launch of its Chromecast HDTV dongle, Google has finally opened up the software development kit for developers trying to get in on the fun. The Cast SDK was previously available, but was in a restricted form as Google worked with exclusive partners to give them earlier access to create Chromecast apps.

 

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"With the Chromecast, we're resetting consumer applications," noted Rishi Chandra, Google Chromecast director of product management.

 

App developers now have the ability to integrate Chromecast apps with Google Android, Apple iOS, or Web-based apps - and Google developers believe the potential for Cast-enabled apps is huge - joining Netflix, YouTube, Chrome, and a small number of apps Google immediately included support for from launch.

Malwarebytes will now cost $25 per year following extensive update

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 3, 2014 10:25 pm

For many years now, Malwarebytes has been a staple in many Windows users anti-virus / anti-malware toolbox. It gained this position not only because it works so well, but because it was a powerful solution that was completely free. Today the company announced that Malwarebytes 2.0 will be moving away from its free to download model be moving away from a lifetime licence model, and will instead move to an annual subscription licensing model.

 

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The company says that Malwarebytes 2.0 will cost users $24.95 per year with a licensing covering three separate PCs, a fee that is much cheaper than many of the big-name anti-virus programs on the market. "As more and more people have come to rely on us for malware protection and cleanup, our costs in bandwidth, hosting fees, infrastructure, salaries of our researchers, QA department, and more have grown immensely," explained Kleczynski, CEO of Malwarebytes. "Though our company is about more than just making money, we are a company and we do have to make money to pay our staff to continue doing what they love, which is fighting malware. The subscription model will help us to be sustainable for the future while staying true to our roots that we will always make malware cleanup free for everyone"

 

Malwarebytes says that its customers who have already purchased lifetime licenses will not need to pay the annual subscription fee, and the company will continue to offer lifetime licenses for a short period to ease the transition for those users who have wanted to take the lifetime plunge, but have yet to do so. What do you think about Malwarebytes moving to a paid version only model to a annual subscription over lifetime license model, and will you be jumping in to grab one of the few lifetime licenses left?

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XFX unveils its first gaming PC chassis, the Type 1 Bravo

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Feb 3, 2014 8:49 pm

XFX is in large known for its high-end discrete video cards, but today the company has taken its first step down the path of top-quality gaming chassis. This morning the company announced the launch of its all-new Type 1 Bravo mid-tower ATX chassis that is built with the serious gamer in mind. Minimalistic in design yet strikingly beautiful, the Type 1 Bravo is a refreshing take on the mid-tower chassis.

 

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The Type 1 Bravo features a 200mm fan up front while a 140mm LED-lit fan resides in the exhaust location at the rear. Room for five 2.5-inch storage drives and three 3.5-inch storage drives are present and feature a tool-less design that ensures easy and convenient drive installation for the end-user. The case also supports three 5.25-inch drives, as well as full length video cards.

 

XFX says that the Type 1 Bravo measures in at 518mm x 232mm x 562mm in size and only weighs just 10.4 kilograms. On top of the chassis, four USB 3.0 ports are featured along with the normal compliment of HD audio ports. XFX has priced its first gaming chassis at just $129, which is not bad for a case sporting all of these features.

10 years ago today, Facebook came to life in a Harvard dormitory

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Feb 3, 2014 7:52 pm

It may not seem like that long ago for some of you, but Facebook has just turned 10 years old today. Back on Feburary 4th 2004, a young Mark Zuckerberg launched what was known as, TheFacebook, a social network designed to connect students at Harvard in one place instead of the schools individual dorm pages.

 

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While many doubted that TheFacebook would ever take off, no one but Zuckerberg himself ever dreamed that it would become the dominant social media platform in the world. With more than 1.23 billion active monthly users, Facebook is a powerhouse like never before seen on the internet. More people use the service every day than any other social / profile website in the world, a trend that is projected to continue into the foreseeable future.

BlackBerry market share in the U.S. drops to just 0.5 percent

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 3, 2014 7:07 pm

Struggling smartphone maker BlackBerry ended 2013 with a whimper, as the company captured just 0.5 percent of U.S. Q4 smartphone sales, Consumer Intelligence Research Partners indicated. Prior to the success of the Apple iPhone and Samsung Galaxy line of smartphones, BlackBerry had the most identifiable - and well supported - line of handset manufacturers, though struggled to convert regular users.

 

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The U.S. government recently ordered 80,000 BlackBerry smartphones, seemingly giving the Canadian company a temporary lifeline. However, the company will continue to work on its enterprise-grade software and won't focus as much on developing new smartphones, as the company has struggled to keep up with Apple, Samsung, and other smartphone makers.

 

During Q4, BlackBerry sold 1.9 million smartphones throughout the world, obviously trailing Apple with its 51 million units sold.

Sony executive all but confirms VR headset coming to PS4

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Feb 3, 2014 6:53 pm

During an AMA (Ask Me Anything) post on Reddit, President of Sony Online Entertainment, John Smedley, all but confirmed the existence of a Sony-made virtual reality headset. During the AMA, Smedley was asked about possible future support for the Oculus Rift pertaining to the upcoming Everquest Next game, and his reply more than hinted at the existence of a Sony-branded VR Headset competitor to the Rift.

 

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"Hearing good things about 2 competitors... one of which actually comes from Sony. So I'm thinking this is real and we may have our Snowcrash (a book about a VR based internet by Neal Stephenson) after all." was Smedley's reply. While rumors of a Sony VR Headset have been circling for months now, this is the first word on the matter from someone high up in Sony's management. Since Smedley runs SOE, he would be the person to know if such a headset exist, and exactly how much he could divulge on the matter.

 

With Oculus making huge leaps forward with its Rift headset, Sony has some tough shoes to fill in making a VR headset that people will actually use. Lets hope they listen to the wealth of feedback available online about the Oculus Rift Developers Kit, and include at minimum; 1440P resolution, and wireless operation. If Sony is going to enter this market, then they need to step out of the dugout with their best foot forward and swing for the fences on the first pitch, otherwise, a VR Headset from Sony will not survive the game Oculus is already dominating.

ReportTT: Dell set to lay off 15,000 employees this week

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 3, 2014 5:40 pm

Dell appears to be kicking its restructuring plan into high-gear if a new report from The Register is correct. The report states that as many as 1500 employees from the PC manufacturing and sales giant could be laid of before the week's end. The layoffs come as Dell settles down into private ownership again, and looks to return larger profits in a failing PC marketplace.

 

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The report goes on to say that the staff reductions will take place company wide in all global markets, and that this lay-off round will affect 15-percent of the company's workforce. Those laid off in US-based facilities of the company will receive a severance package that consist of two months salary as well as an extra week's pay per year of service to the company. Additionally, those laid off will receive a 75-percent bonus, COBRA health insurance for 18-months, and outplacement services. No word was given on what those from countries outside of the us may receive.

New Sony PS4 update brings in official support for wireless headset

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Feb 3, 2014 4:25 pm

This morning, Sony announced that the next system software update for the PlayStation 4 will be available late tonight. The update will bring the PS4's system software up to version 1.60 and will bring in support for the PULSE and PULSE-Elite Edition, Sonys official wireless headsets for the PS4.

 

 

Alongside the update announcement, Sony unveiled the latest member in its wireless headset lineup. The Gold Wireless Headset is a 7.1 virtual surround headset that features dynamic profiles that can be tuned by game developers to get the most out of their games audio. The Gold Wireless Headset will retail for $99 when it goes on sale early this month. Sony says the Gold Wireless Headset is compatible with its PS3 and PS4 consoles, and it will even work with your Mac or PC.

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14 year old girl burned by iPhone 5C that caught fire in her pocket

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 3, 2014 3:12 pm

Word has came in this morning about yet another incident where someone was severely burned due to a faulty battery in a mobile device. The smartphone in question this time is one of Apple's new iPhone 5C models, and the victim of the fire is a 14 year old girl from Kennebunk, Maine. The girl is said to have suffered second degree burns to her hands after the phone burst into flames in her pocket.

 

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The 14-year-old girl had sat down just before her first-period French class Friday morning when she and her friends sitting nearby heard a pop from the Apple iPhone 5C she had been given by her mother two months earlier.

 

"Immediately, smoke starts billowing from around the student," said Jeff Rodman, principal of the Middle School of the Kennebunks. "She knew right away something was wrong and, in a panic, knew her pants were on fire caused by the cellphone," reports the Morning Sentinel.

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