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ReportTT: Kim Dotcom ratted out Megaupload rivals

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 23, 2013 9:30 pm

The US Department of Justice has just released a new batch of evidence against the infamous Kim Dotcom. Last week the US Government filed a 191-page document outlining its case against Dotcom that included evidence such as emails, Skype transcripts, and other information.

 

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Perhaps the biggest disclosure is that Dotcom had seeded information on, identified, and helped locate individuals who ran rival file sharing sites to Megaupload. Dotcom even went as far as contacting payment services to inform them of his competition's illegal activities. As all of this occurred, Megaupload thrived as its watched many of its biggest competitors fold under and their traffic slowly trickle into its service.

Seagate Technology set to acquire Xyratex LTD

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Dec 23, 2013 8:00 pm

Today Seagate Technology announced that it has agreed to buy Xyratex, a HDD testing equipment manufacturer. The deal will see Seagate acquiring all outstanding shares of Xyratex in an all-cash transaction that is valued at $13.25 per share, for a total of about $347 million.

 

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Xyratex is one of the leading manufacturers of hard disk drive testing equipment, and this acquisition strengthens Seagate's vertically integrated supply and manufacturing chain. The buyout also strengthens Seagate's portfolio by adding Xyratex's enterprise storage systems and high-performance computing business to Seagate's already impressive holdings.

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The wait is over, Temple Run 2 arrives on Windows Phone

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Dec 23, 2013 6:30 pm

Temple Run 2 has been one of the biggest mobile games of 2013, and has gained millions of downloads since its release about eight months ago. Today Temple Run 2 has finally made its way onto the Windows Phone platform for the low price of FREE!

 

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While eight months may seem like a long wait, I would like to remind you that it took an entire 18 months before the original Temple Run made its way onto Windows Phone. One major feature the Windows Phone version of the game boast over its iOS and Android counterparts is the inclusion of Xbox Live Achievements. This is not something normally seen on free games on Windows Phone.

RumorTT: 12.9-inch iPad talk resurfaces, could launch soon

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 23, 2013 5:00 pm

A new report from Digitimes is suggesting that Apple will release a 12.9-inch iPad targeted at the educational community as early as next October. While Digitimes is not always the most reliable source, the Wall Street Journal has mentioned a 12.9-inch Apple slate a few times this year as well.

 

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The 12.9-inch iPad would be built by Quanta Computer, not Foxconn like previous models. Reports suggest the mega iPad will feature a display resolution of 2732x2048, not quite 4K, but much higher than anything previously seen on an Apple Device. Given Apple's previous endeavors into the education arena, a 12.9-inch iPad makes sense, but with previous tries to integrate iPads into schools hitting bumps in the road anything could happen.

Chinese World of Warcraft hackers sentenced to two years in prison

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 23, 2013 3:37 pm

Hacking has always been a scar on the PC gaming community, and with the rise of the MMORPG genera it has become more of a problem than ever before. Recently more than 10,000 World of Warcraft accounts were compromised by a group of Chinese hackers who would nab a players account, and then sell off its contents.

 

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The group set up a small shop and would also purchase stolen accounts for small sums and then sell the high-value items in online auctions. The group managed to make more than $10,000 before being caught by Chinese officials. Five of the groups members were caught, and found guilty of hacking. Eventually nine out of the ten involved were caught and convicted. Eight were sentenced to two years in prison and fined $1,000, while the leader was handed down two years in prison and an $8,000 fine.

This new ad for the Galaxy Gear will stop you from wanting one

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Dec 23, 2013 11:33 am

I'm not much of a fan of smartwatches just yet, sure they look cool, but outside of that, I don't see them changing my day-to-day life. Well, Samsung has just released a new ad for its Galaxy Gear, which you can watch below - but be warned - it's bad.

 

 

I don't know what Samsung was thinking when it approved that ad, it's just so very bad. I wanted it to end within seconds. I don't see how this is going to sell any Galaxy Gear smartwatches, if anything, it'll make people stop and think twice about beginning to even consider purchasing one. What do you think?

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Acer shows off a 20-inch touchscreen monitor for $199

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Dec 23, 2013 7:27 am

The new Acer FT200HQL 20" touchscreen monitor is an appealing choice for consumers that want an affordable monitor to utilize a customized computing experience from touch technology.

 

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It's a relatively small monitor considering the current market of choices, but should be great for casual use. The high-­definition LED monitor has a 1600x900 native resolution, along with dual speakers, VGA port, and two HDMI ports. Although it can be mounted to the wall, the FT200HQL provides 10­90 degrees tilt, so it can be used as a true touch surface.

 

"The Acer FT200HQL is a great choice for consumers or small businesses wanting an affordable and compact touch display for making the most of Windows 8 touch capability," noted Frank Chang, Acer America Director of Product Management, in a statement. Acer's FT200HQL is available now with a $199 MSRP.

 

It is expected that touchscreen monitors will become more popular in 2014, as a growing consumer base becomes familiar with using touch technology. Microsoft Windows 8 and 8.1 aren't as popular when compared to Windows XP or Windows 7, but touch features truly can be a fun and useful play thing.

evasi0n7 brings jailbreaking to iOS 7, but it's not all fun and games

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Dec 23, 2013 5:33 am

For those living in the land of the free (Android), it's hard to run a stock version of iOS, but never fear, evasi0n 7 is here! The untethered jailbreak allows both Mac and Windows users to modify iOS 7 on any device.

 

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This includes the recently released iPad Air and iPhone 5S, which is great. But, there's a huge but here: the early versions of the jailbreak aren't exactly super easy to get working, and there are risks associated with jailbreaking your device - as always. We don't openly recommend jailbreaking your device here at TweakTown, but it is something you can certainly do now.

 

Then, you run into the issue of something I found on Reddit, which says that the reason the Cydia store doesn't work, is because a Chinese company paid the hackers a rumored $1 million for the jailbreak, pushing their own store onto the phone. You can read more on that here.

Steam Holiday Sales: Tomb Raider, Max Payne 3 discounted!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 23, 2013 4:25 am

You can grab yourself some cheap games right now through the Steam Holiday Sales, with today's sales having some highlights: Shadow Warrior for $9.99, down from $39.99. Or you could grab Dragon Age: Origins for $4.99, a huge 75% off its original $19.99 price.

 

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Alternatively, The Witcher 2 is on sale, with 75% off its original $19.99 price, down to $4.99. The slow-mo, third-person shooter Max Payne 3 is 80% off, down from $34.99 to just $4.99. If you enjoyed Skyrim, you can get its predecessor, Oblivion, for just $4.99, down from $19.99.

Microsoft gives Windows Phone users 20GB of free SkyDrive storage

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Storage | Posted: Dec 22, 2013 11:29 pm

Microsoft gave Windows Phone 8 phone owners an early Christmas gift, announcing they will have 20GB of free cloud-based storage with Microsoft's SkyDrive service.

 

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The promotion is only available to Windows Phone 8 owners only, with interested parties having until January 31, 2014 to accept the deal, with e-mails being sent out to owners. Microsoft currently offers new users 7GB of free storage - early SkyDrive users have 25GB of storage space - and Microsoft Office 365 users now have access to over 50GB of cloud-based storage space.

 

This is a good effort by Microsoft, as the company's Windows Phone OS is clawing its way up the smartphone market - the Apple iPhone and Google Android platforms still garner most of the attention - but Microsoft continues to grind away. Providing 20GB of free SkyDrive storage is a good tactic, especially with more users wanting to store content in the cloud.

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