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Sony begins releasing Android 4.3 updates to Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 16, 2013 7:45 pm

Sony Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra owners will be happy to hear that the company is finally beginning to roll out Android 4.3 to their devices. This is good news because Sony previously said that its high-end devices would not be getting Android 4.4 until after they receive Android 4.3 updates.




Today Sony has began pushing out OTA updates to Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra and the process should populate to all of the aforementioned devices before the weeks end. Sony recommends users have a Wi-Fi connection and the device be plugged into its charger before attempting the update.

Gigastone unveils a new On-The-Go USB drive for mobile devices

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Dec 16, 2013 6:14 pm

This morning Gigastone announced the launch of a new USB On-The-Go drive designed for use with both standard and mobile USB capable devices. On-the-Go drives are growing ever more popular recently with the introduction of Android devices that can utilize their USB port for external storage.




The all new Gigastone On-The-Go drive features a capacity of up to 32GB and allows content from mobile devices, PCs, and Macs to be quickly transferred between each other. The device also functions as an easy to use external storage solution for Android Devices.


"People today face a dilemma of having material stored on their PC or laptop and needing it on their smartphone or tablet," said Sherry Chapman, senior director of marketing at Gigastone. "Our new dual-drive, bi-directional On-The-Go USB/MicroUSB connector is the perfect way for 'on-the-go' individuals to save, backup, or transfer files. And the process is as easy as 1-2-3."

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RumorTT: Apple to launch iWatch in October of 2014

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Dec 16, 2013 4:30 pm

Rumors about a Smartwatch from Apple have been circling for months now, and today information was released from a Chinese technology site that says we could finally see the iWatch next October when the iPhone 6 releases. At the moment the hold-up is said to be that Apple has yet to decide on what size screen the iWatch should have.




The report also states that the iWatch will feature a 100mAh battery, which is 1/20 the power of a standard rechargeable AA battery. In comparison, Samsung's Galaxy Gear features a 315mAh battery and has been heavily criticized over its short battery life. Today's report seems to somewhat confirm a report last month from Digitimes who said the iWatch would be released in Q4 of 2014.

No, Apple has not installed Bitcoin mining software into its devices

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Dec 16, 2013 3:00 pm

Rumors about secret hidden software in tech devices are as old as tech itself, and since the beginning of personal computing people have been devising clever ways to trick others into formatting their machines. Unfortunately, a new rumor has popped up that has tricked Mac owners into doing just that.




A new infographic is spreading like wildfire around the internet that claims that Apple has been installing Bitcoin mining software into their Mac devices since 2009. The infographic informs users that they can unlock this feature by opening up the terminal and entering the command "sudo rm -rf/*" Unfortunately, this command does not unlock any hidden programs, apps, or features, but actually tells the users Mac to format itself, which causes a loss of all data, and a bricked device.

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Avago Technologies announces LSI acquistion for $6.6 Billion

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Dec 16, 2013 2:33 pm

Avago, a leading designer and developer of compound semiconductors, has announced their intention to purchase the smaller LSI for $6.6 Billion. Avago, with its market cap of $11.3 Billion, is much larger than LSI, with a cap of $4.32 Billion.




Stocks of both companies are skyrocketing in early trading, with LSI up 38% in the first 6 minutes of trading, and Avago is up 11.7% and climbing.


Avago turned to Silver Lake for partial funding for the venture. Silver Lake, a technology investor, is a common player in the storage space. Silver Lake actually owned, and sold, Avago last year. The Avago deal was the largest payoff for Silver Lake, they received a 5X return on their investment, and have a seat on Avago's board.


Times are busy for Silver Lake, they also owned SMART Storage Systems and recently sold them to SanDisk.


Avago will pay $11.15 per share, which was 41% above LSI's closing stock price on Friday. That is sure to change with the stocks of both companies skyrocketing in early trading. LSI is up 38% in the first 6 minutes of trading, and Avago is up 11.7% and climbing.


The acquisition of LSI, with 32 years in the semiconductor business, will significantly expand Avagos portfolio. LSI makes an attractive target, with $2.5 Billion in revenue and $196.2 million in profit last year. The terms of the deal are still subject to approval from regulators and LSI shareholders. There isn't much doubt that the acquisition, six months in the making, will be approved. Stay tuned to TweakTown as we will cover any news as it develops.

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Everspin and Buffalo lead the way with new ST-MRAM technology

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Dec 16, 2013 1:11 pm

The future of memory storage took a big step recently with the announcement from Everspin Technologies and Buffalo Memory that an ST-MRAM cache layer has been incorporated into Buffalo's SS6 industrial SSD. This is the first commercially available SSD to utilize persistent MRAM as a cache layer.




MRAM (magenetoresistive random access memory) is a disruptive technology that looks to change the landscape of memory technology, with many predicting that MRAM will supplant other forms of memory in the near future. In fact, over 20 companies are currently working to develop MRAM products, and mass production from these companies is slated for the 2018 timeframe.


While the industry 'heavies' are 4 years from production, a frontrunner has emerged in Everspin Technologies. They actually have working MRAM in production already, products in the field, and a whopping 600 active patents in their portfolio.

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Oculus secures $75 million more in funding, new Rift on the way

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Dec 14, 2013 4:29 am

Oculus VR has just secured itself $75 million in Series B funding, with a new lead investor: Andreessen Horowitz. Marc Andreessen is now stepping up to the Oculus board, as well as his partner, Chris Dixon.




What coerced them into investing into virtual reality? Well, Oculus has shown off a new Rift headset, which is said to have solved a lot of the problems that the original Rift headset included. What Andreeseen and Dixon saw, is what the world will see at CES 2014 in just a few weeks time: a brand-new Rift headset, which has a higher resolution, lower latency, and takes away the motion blue of the original Developer Kit.


Over the past year, Oculus has seen John Carmack of id Software, Doom and Quake fame join the team as its Chief Technology Officer, and now this additional funding, virtual reality is ready to be propelled into the hands of consumers across the world in 2014.


Palmer Luckey, Oculus VR's founder and VR genius, has said: "[Full positional tracking is] one of the things that's really going to help with the motion sicknes. Right now we're basically faking head translation ... it only really works if you sit in a chair, hold your back completely still, and just move your neck around. You never have a mismatch between what you're doing in real life and what our sensors think you're doing."

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BitFenix launches the all new Flo Headset

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Dec 13, 2013 5:00 pm

Today BitFenix took a step into an entirely new realm of PC peripherals by launching its first high-end headset. The new Flow headset is designed to be extremely comfortable at and away from the PC. An included mobile audio cable, makes this headset perfect for use on-the-go as well as during intense gaming sessions.




The Flow Headset features the same sleek, modern, and minimalist design theaming that BitFenix is known for, while powerful 40mm drivers deliver clear, crisps audio that is sure to please. The SoftFeel ear cups will cushion your ears while a steel frame will keep everything rigid. No pricing information was provided at the time of this writing.

Corsair releases a white version of its Carbide Air Series 540 case

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Dec 13, 2013 4:40 pm

Corsair's Carbide Series 540 is one of the hottest PC chassis to be released this year, and it seems like everyone wants to add one to their collection. Today Corsair has sweetened the pot and has began offering the popular chassis in white alongside its traditional black color.




The new White edition of the Carbide Series 540 features dual side-by-side chambers for excellent cooling, and supports Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX and Extended ATX motherboards. The case boast handy tool-free mounting, and has room for up to six 120mm cooling fans. Six HDDs and two Optical drives can be installed while enough room is provided for extensive liquid cooling setups. The Corsair Carbide Series Air 540 White Edition has an MSRP of $149.99 and is available at Corsair retail partners everywhere.

Nintendo sends Ganon Statue to Video Game Pirate it previously sued

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 13, 2013 4:20 pm

Some of you may recall a lawsuit that Nintendo filed and won against an Australian citizen named James Burt. Burt was successfully sued by Nintendo back in 2010 for pirating games for the Nintendo Wii. Nintendo won $1.5 million AUD in the suit, and today it appears that the company has decided to put that in their past.




Burt has just received a statue of Ganon, the evil villain from The Legend of Zelda series. The Statue was given to Burt for being a "Good Customer of Nintendo," something they obviously did not think three years ago. Burt took to Reddit to thank Nintendo, and tell the world that despite the lawsuit, he still loves Nintendo.

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