Denon and Marantz blow away last day of winter with new professional audio products

Matthew Wu | Audio, Sound & Speakers | Sep 1, 2012 5:07 AM CDT

At their first event in Australia, professional audio brand Denon and Marantz late this week announced their new range of lifestyle gear including headphones and dock speakers for personal mobile devices.

Differentiating between key types of users and their music needs and tastes was what Denon did in their new range. With 8 new on-ear and in-ear models across four different lifestyles: Music Maniac, Globe Cruiser, Urban Raver and Exercise Freak - there should be a product that will fit your lifestyle.

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High-end audiophile gear can be found in the Music Maniac range, with two on-ear (AH-D7100, AH-D600) and 1 in-ear (AH-C400) models. We were able to play around with these headphones that were connected to an amplifier.

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Coming from an Audio Technica AD900 user connected to the ASUS Xonar ST, the D7100 and the D600 both had a nice representation of bass, (something that the AD900 lacked being open-back designed), but the bass wasn't muffled so each word from the song was crisp and clear, including the instruments used in the track. Both headphones feature a 50mm driver to deliver the sound...

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Court filing provides insight into Apple's and Samsung's legal fees

Trace Hagan | Business, Financial & Legal | Aug 31, 2012 5:32 PM CDT

Wondering how much Apple and Samsung paid in attorney fees for the trial? Well, we don't have those numbers, but we do have a breakdown of what some of their lawyers bill and an idea of how long they had to work for different things. Apple's lawyers spent a total of 232 hours working on just one motion for sanctions against Samsung.

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The bill for those hours? $116,668.50. Not bad, eh? Sounds like some of us need a change in career. And when it's all said and done, all of that money could come directly from Samsung, as often the other party is liable for attorney's fees in a lawsuit. That's minuscule when compared to the $1+ billion in damages, but only accounts for one motion. The entire trial was likely much, much more expensive.

Samsung, to not be outdone by Apple, has released information about its expenditures for three separate motions. The total, $258,200.50, is higher than Apple's, but was for three motions instead of one. Incredibly, one of Samsung's lawyers charges over $1,000 ($1,035, to be exact), which is more than a third more than Apple's highest paid lawyer.

I think Samsung might need new legal counsel.

Of course, the actual trial consisted of months of legal discovery and three weeks of trial time, so the total bills are much, much higher. It's likely we may never see the total tab, but it's easily in the millions.

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Skyrim players on PS3 may never see Dawnguard due to technical issues

Trace Hagan | Gaming | Aug 31, 2012 4:31 PM CDT

I have a bit of bad news if you play Skyrim on PlayStation 3 and wanted the Dawnguard DLC: You may not ever get it. Bethesda has announced this simple fact. Due to technical issues, Dawnguard may never become available on PS3. It appears they have been unable to get it to run like they would like on the system.

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"Skyrim is a massive and dynamic game that requires a lot of resources, and things get much more complex when you're talking about sizable content like Dawnguard," reads the statement, "We have tried a number of things, but none solve the issue enough to make Dawnguard good for everyone. The PS3 is a powerful system, and we're working hard to deliver the content you guys want. Dawnguard is obviously not the only DLC we've been working on either, so this issue of adding content gets even more complicated"

"This is not a problem we're positive we can solve, but we are working together with Sony to try to bring you this content."

Since Skyrim's launch, it's had trouble running on the system, so this shouldn't come as that big of a surprise. Plagued with frequent slowdowns and crashes, they've had enough trouble getting the main game to run, let alone this add-on content. It's nice to see that they are actually working on getting it fixed, though, and shows their dedication to their customers.

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The first wave of Xbox LIVE games coming to Windows 8 has been announced

Trace Hagan | Gaming | Aug 31, 2012 1:31 PM CDT

As many of you know, Microsoft is trying to integrate all of its platforms like Apple has done. This means that bring Xbox to Windows 8 is a natural extension and something Microsoft has done with the latest operating system. Today, Microsoft has announced the first wave of games from Xbox LIVE that will be available at launch on October 26.

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The games will be playable on any Windows 8 device, including laptops, desktops, and tablets. Since these are Xbox games, they will feature in-game achievements just like games on the Xbox console do. They will also take advantage of other features offered through Xbox live such as leaderboards, chat, and multiplayer modes.

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ASUS unveil their 15-inch Ultrabook, Zenbook U500VZ

Anthony Garreffa | Laptops | Aug 31, 2012 4:17 AM CDT

Finally, we're seeing a company branch out from the usual 11- and 13-inch Ultrabooks, and announce a 15-inch Ultrabook. ASUS have announced the Zenbook U500VZ which sports a 1920x1080 15-inch IPS-based panel, drool.

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Thanks to its larger design, it has the room for a separate numeric keypad, if that's your thing. The entire keyboard is backlit, and all of this arrives in a package which measures just 19.7mm at its thickest point.

ASUS' Zenbook U500VZ, if you've noticed, has lost the Prime suffix, because the design of the Ultrabook isn't ultra-thin. It does however tag along the Zenbook Prime's upgraded screen and new keyboard. The ASUS Zenbook U500VZ sports Intel's Ivy Bridge Core i7 processor, an optional NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M GPU, and storage-wise you've got some options. The Ultrabook sports two 2.5-inch drive bays, meaning you can scoop up two large SSDs if you really wanted to. ASUS offers a 128GB SSD + 500GB HDD option, if you want the best of both worlds.

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Google Now gets updated, now offers movie showtimes, sports and more

Anthony Garreffa | Software & Apps | Aug 31, 2012 12:30 AM CDT

Android search app Google Now has some new abilities thanks to its update on Wednesday. Google Now's latest version adds support for movie theaters, public alerts, enhanced sports information and now includes Korean support.

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Google Now can show movie showtimes based on how a user runs a search, or if the GPS in your phone detects a cinema close by. Public alerts can be displayed during emergencies, and will display information and warnings about storms, earthquakes and other emergency situations.

Sports information lets users manually input their favorite teams, after which they'll receive scores and updates on their team. The latest version of Google Now is available in the Google Search app, which is available for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean users through Google's Play Store.

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Samsung to 'immediately sue' Apple if the new iPhone is 4G-capable

Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Aug 30, 2012 10:21 PM CDT

Things are really heating up in the Samsung vs. Apple patent lawsuits, where last week we saw Samsung slapped with a $1 billion-plus fine, as well as many of their Galaxy-branded devices removed from US retail shelves. But, and this is a big but, Samsung are waiting in the shadows, with some serious firepower.

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The Korea Times is reporting that Samsung have "confirmed that it will immediately sue Apple if the latter releases products using advanced long-term evolution (LTE) mobile technology". IP research firm iRunway, earlier this year found that Samsung fully owns 10% of all LTE patents issued so far, meaning that they are definitely putting their money where their mouth is.

Now, Apple would be a bit stupid, and far behind the times to release a next-generation iPhone without LTE, so this is going to get very, very interesting. If they release the new iPhone with 3G only, we'd be looking at waiting nearly an entire year before they release another phone, which would still not include 4G. Apple don't have many moves to make here. Another thing to consider is that the Cupertino-based company already has their iPad with 4G capabilities, have Samsung been waiting for the new iPhone before they pounce?

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Dell shows a very unique looking Windows 8 convertible notebook, brings back the Duo brand at the same time

We've seen a bunch of Windows 8-based devices announced and shown off this week thanks to the IFA event being held in Berlin right now, and Dell have just joined the ranks with a very cool looking, but different Windows 8-based convertible notebook.

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The new product from Dell brings back the Duo brand, which should excite some people. It sports a netbook design that allows the display to flip vertically 180 degrees inside the frame of the display itself. I'm not sure how many times you'd be able to do this without it breaking (or at least feeling like it's going to break) but it is a seriously cool looking convertible notebook. Dell is making this outing of the Duo brand a premium device, sporting a machined aluminum carbon fiber design, as well as featuring Corning's Gorilla Glass. Welcome to the Dell XPS Duo 12.

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FBI arrests another LulzSec hacker involved with Sony Films hacking

Trace Hagan | Business, Financial & Legal | Aug 30, 2012 6:33 PM CDT

LulzSec, a hacktivist group similar to Anonymous, has seen members getting arrested after the leader of the group started helping the FBI. The latest arrest is of Ronaldo Rivera (20), a hacker from Tempe, Arizona. He faces up to 15 years in prison if he is convicted on charges of conspiracy and unauthorized impairment of protected computers.

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Rivera is said to have worked with Cody Kretsinger (24) in hacking Sony Picture's computers. During the hack in 2011, they obtained more than 1,000,000 users' personal information including passwords, email addresses, home addresses, and dates of birth. The hacking was announced and credit taken by LulzSec through a posting on Pastebin:

We recently broke into SonyPictures.com and compromised over 1,000,000 users' personal information, including passwords, email addresses, home addresses, dates of birth, and all Sony opt-in data associated with their accounts...What's worse is that every bit of data we took wasn't encrypted. Sony stored over 1,000,000 passwords of its customers in plaintext.

Curiously, the hacktivist group said the hacking cost them more than $600,000. It's not clear what that money was used for. Sony Pictures has not revealed how much the hacking has cost them, but the hacking of Sony's PlayStation Network was estimated by the company to cost $170 million to fix. It seems people can no longer hide on the Internet.

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Publishers agree to $69 million settlement over eBook price fixing allegations

Trace Hagan | Business, Financial & Legal | Aug 30, 2012 3:30 PM CDT

I'm sure most users have heard about the alleged eBook pricing that several publishers were involved in. Three of the major publishers that were accused of price fixing have agreed to settle with 54 District Attorneys across the United Sates. They announced the settlement in which Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins Publishers, and Simon & Schuster have agreed to pay $69 million over the alleged eBook price inflation.

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"While publishers are entitled to their profits, consumers are equally entitled to a fair and open marketplace," Attorney General Jepsen said today in a statement. "This settlement will provide restitution to those customers who were harmed by this price-fixing scheme, but it also will restore competition in the eBook market for consumers' long-term benefit."

Apple has, of course, refused to to settle. Macmillan and Penguin have also declined to settle. Steve jobs could be the root cause of bringing attention to the issue when he told his biographer about offering them the agency model, which came with higher prices.

"We told the publishers, 'We'll go to the agency model, where you set the price, and we get our 30%, and yes, the customer pays a little more, but that's what you want anyway," Jobs told his biographer. "They went to Amazon and said, 'You're going to sign an agency contract or we're not going to give you the books.'"

The $69 million will be used to pay reparations to those who were affected by the the price fixing.

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